The Nelson Leafs continue to build a team worthy to host the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup.Leaf skipper Frank Maida dealt away two more players from last season’s roster in a move to acquire the rights to defenceman Darnell St. Pierre.The soon to be 19-year-old St. Pierre, who toiled last season for the Revelstoke Grizzlies before playing two playoff games with Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BC Hockey League, was acquired for defenceman Kyler Wilkinson and forward Damin Devlin.St. Pierre, finishing the season with 25 points and 110 penalty minutes, brings a physical presence to a Leaf blueline that in the past lacked toughness.Nelson also may have lost the services of local defenceman Cole Arcuri. The Nelson Daily has learned the 17-year-old rearguard is close to signing, or already has inked deal with Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL.However, Arcuri was back on the Leaf roster for Tuesday’s exhibition tilt. Earlier this summer Maida traded sent forwards Dallon Stoddart and James Sorrey along with D-man Seth Schmidt to Castlegar in exchange for sniper Jamie Vlanich and forward Travis Wellman.Nelson opens the exhibition season Tuesday against Beaver Valley Nitehawks at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Leafs host Nitehawks Tuesday to open KIJHL exhibition seasonNelson Leafs jump right into the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition season after concluding a quick three-day camp Sunday at the NDCC Arena.The Leafs welcomed approximately 40 players to the Heritage City to determine the host team for the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup.Tuesday, Nelson plays host to the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in pre-season action beginning at 7 p.m.Nelson hosts Creston Friday at 7 p.m. before travelling to the Hawks Nest in Fruitvale Sunday for a return match against Beaver Valley.The Leafs play a home-and-home series — Tuesday, September 10 in Castlegar and Wednesday, September 11 in Nelson — against the defending KIJHL champion Rebels.Nelson opens the KIJHL regular season Friday, September 13 on Banner Raising night in the Sunflower City.
HIGH PRAISE These young champions, however, deserve high praise for what they have done. They are the first West Indians to win this title, but they have just started. The development must go on and on. It cannot stop here. It must not appear to stop here. The West Indies need more cricketers, much more good cricketers. The West Indies won for the first time, but this is a development tournament. It should be noted also that Namibia defeated South Africa, that Nepal defeated New Zealand, that Afghanistan defeated Zimbabwe, that Zimbabwe defeated South Africa, and that Afghanistan defeated New Zealand. It should be noted also that Namibia, Nepal, and Afghanistan finished at numbers seven, eight and nine, and above Zimbabwe, South Africa, and New Zealand at numbers 10, 11, and 12. With Australia absent, it was also good to see not only Burnham of England scoring three centuries, but also that the improvement of smaller nations and the fact that the most successful players were from the less fancied teams. They included the most successful fast bowler, left-hander Fritz Coetzee of Namibia, the most successful bowler in a match, Cakacava Tikolsuva of Namibia, who took six wickets against the West Indies, the third most successful bowler, Lamichlanke of Nepal, and that Karim Tanat of Afghanistan scored the second highest total of 156, admittedly against Fiji. It is written, somewhere in the Good Book, in huge, bold, bright letters, that “a little child shall lead them”, and that is gospel. It has been proven right. One week ago, in faraway Bangladesh, West Indies cricket came alive again, and it came alive, not through performances of the West Indies team, but through the surprising, dazzling deeds of the young West Indies team in the Under-19 World Cup tournament. The young West Indians denied overwhelming favourites India a fourth hold on the title, used the opportunity to surprise everyone and win their first title, covered themselves in glory, and all with refreshingly attractive cricket built around wonderful awareness of the game, good captaincy, sensible batting, consistent bowling, generally brilliant fielding, and magnificent self-confidence. It was more remarkable the way they came back to snatch and dominate the action. Starting the tournament as rank outsiders, the West Indians suffered early embarrassment when they lost three practise matches to Bangladesh before losing their first match of the tournament to England by a comfortable margin of 61 runs. From there on, however, they reeled off victory after victory until victory, sweet, expected, and emotional victory, became theirs as if by divine right. First, Fiji were beaten by 262 runs, but that was hardly unexpected. Then came victory by two runs over Zimbabwe, and then, after squeezing past Zimbabwe into the second round by the skin of their teeth, the West Indies, getting better and better, and stronger and stronger with every match, knocked off Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India one by one, one after the other, to shock the world and lift the crown. In the end, the young West Indies, considered by many, except those closely connected to the team, to be more a prime consideration for the Wooden Spoon, fluttered around Pakistan and Bangladesh, displaying their new-found skill in batting, bowling, and fielding while fully enjoying themselves, and except on occasion, at 70 for five in the final, while preening themselves and playing as if they were untouchable and unbeatable. LOW-SCORING FINAL The young West Indians ended up winning the low-scoring final, 146 for five to 145, in the last over, to end cock of the walk and the champions, the undisputed champions of all they surveyed. And they ended in style. After falling to 70 for five against India, the young West Indians settled themselves, lost not another wicket, and batted on confidently and without much trouble, or so it appeared. Man for man, they were not the best, however. The batsmen did not compare with Jack Burnhan and David Lawrence of England; Sarfaraz Khan and Rishalb Pant of India; Hashan Moshin and Unair Masood of Pakistan; neither did all-rounder Mehidiz Hasan Miraz of Bangladesh; neither did the pacers, left-armer Fritz Coetze of Namibia; Avesh Khan of India; Saqib Muhammad the Prophet of England; Muhammad the Prophet Jalfuddin of Bangladesh; and neither spin bowlers like left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar of India; and right-arm spinner Sandeep Lamichlanke of Nepal. In a team in which all the boys were apparently brim full of confidence and played like one, always with a smile and with a purpose, the standouts were captain and batsman Shimron Hetmyer, batsman Shamar Springer, batsman Gidron Pope, batsman Keemo Paul, batsman Keacy Carty, paceman Chemar Holder, and fast bowler Alzaar Joseph with Joseph as the one most likely to push ahead. The West Indies won the title, and every one of the players, every one of the party, deserved every credit for their wonderful achievement and their surprising gift. The ones which, to me, made the big difference, however, were the captain Hetmyer and his leadership; Paul, with his presence of mind for his controversial but correct run-out of Zimbabwe’s last batsman, Richard Nagarava; Pope’s innings, all but one of them, which set the team on the way; Springer’s innings against Bangladesh, wicketkeeper Tevin Imlach’s unusual stumping of Pant (from the unusual distance of some 20 yards back) in the first over of the final match; and the consistently good fast bowling by Joseph. The victory should serve as an inspiration to young cricketers in the region. It shows beyond a doubt that there are still good cricketers around these shores, and that providing that they are groomed properly, there are enough good cricketers to make the future promising and fulfilling. These young West Indians could, with a little luck, make the people remember the happiness of days gone by, days like in the 1960s when the West Indies had six players on the Rest of the World team Conrad Hunte, Rohan Kanhai, Garry Sobers, Lance Gibbs, Wes Hall, and Charlie Griffith. Hopefully, however, as some do not remember, the players will also remember that they are only young cricketers; that they are still learning the game; that as good as they are or promise to be, they are not yet members of the West Indies team, or great members; that they are still only 17, 18, or 19 years old; that there are players only a few months older than they are who were not eligible for the team; that some of them – most of them – will never make it; and that others around their age will make the West Indies team instead.
– reduction as income from interest fallsThe Guyana Bank for Trade and IndustryIts profits are reduced compared to the previous year’s, but business is still good for the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI).The Bank made $1.4 billion in profits for the 2018 fiscal year.This is according to GBTI’s financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018. According to the statements, this $1.4 billion in profits came after tax. It is still, however, less than what the Bank made in 2017.According to the Bank’s statements, it made $1.5 billion in 2017, thus making 2018’s figure a 4.93 per cent reduction. The Bank disclosed that its income from interest fell by 8.62 per cent, going from $5 billion in 2017 to $4.6 billion in 2018.In total, the Bank’s assets came up to $107.5 billion, with total liabilities of $91.3 billion. Its assets include case resources of $21.3 billion, loans and advances of $43.3 billion and $6.8 billion in property and equipment.“At December 31, 2018, the Bank and group investments amounted to $33.619 billion and $33.623 billion respectively. The group’s investments consist of structured financial instruments valued at amortised cost.“Property and equipment is stated at a netbook value of $6.8 billion and $6.886 billion for the company and group respectively. No revaluation of property and equipment was done during the year,” the Bank noted.Back in 2017, GBTI had had to contend with the multimillion-dollar fraud allegedly perpetrated against it by gold dealer Siddiqui Rasul, who allegedly defrauded the Bank of some $941 million.GBTI Chairman Robin Stoby had subsequently told shareholders that the Bank would recover the $941 million lost in a fraudulent transaction allegedly conducted by Rasul. Stoby had said that while, in the short term, the Bank would have to make provisions for the loss, affecting earnings for that year, the Board’s intention was to make an insurance claim for the money, in addition to conducting civil proceedings in an attempt to recover as much of the funds as possible.Rasul, owner of SSS Minerals Trading, was on April 3, 2017, charged with six counts of fraud, wherein it was alleged that between March 21 and March 22, 2017, at Bartica, with intent to defraud, he obtained from GBTI $96 million, $290 million, $89 million, $45 million, $298 million and $138 million by falsely pretending that he had cash in a Citizens Bank account to honour cheques that he had written.
Corning >> The hardwood version of the Tehama County Shootout filled the South Gym at Corning High Tuesday night as the defending section champion Cardinals hosted the Red Bluff Spartans boys, with Corning coming out on top 62-44.The Spartans started strong, matching Corning’s intensity and using their speed to finish the first up 8-7.“Early on, we weren’t taking advantage of the offensive opportunities we had and we were giving them too many second chances on the offensive glass,” Cardinals …
A youth panel discusses their vision of AfricaBrand South Africa chairperson Anitha Soni, speaking at the Brand Africa Forum in Johannesburg on Thursday, challenged African nations to co-operate in developing strong country brands to improve the continent’s global competitiveness.Soni told a gathering of more than 300 government, business and civil society representatives at the Sandton Convention Centre that this would require better cooperation and information sharing among African countries.David Haigh, Founder and CEO of Brand Finance PLCHosted by Brand South Africa and the Brand Leadership Academy and featuring several high-profile local and international speakers, the 2nd annual forum sought to harness African and global wisdom and experience to find home-grown solutions to improving the continent’s image and reputation.Brand Africa founder and chairman Thebe Ikalafeng, addressing the forum, said that a key to increasing Africa’s growth was to be found in “in stimulating and growing thriving African and global businesses and brands in Africa,” which in turn required a better understanding of local environments.Founder and Chairman of Brand Africa Thebe Ikalafeng‘Brand equity’ counts in tough timesBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said that, in times of economic uncertainty such as the world is presently undergoing, “brand equity” would attract direct foreign investment.“The return on risk is obviously a factor which will be taken into account, but a country’s reputation for financial excellence and maturity will be the real driving factor,” Matola said.Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara told delegates that the benefits of nation branding were immense, “as they have both financial and non-financial implications.“But it is critical to ensure that the country brand transcends political affiliation,” Mutambara said. “Our politicians need to be aware that, as nation brand ambassadors, they have to sacrifice political gain in lieu of the greater brand, the country.”Mutambara said that in order for Africans to gain international respect, the continent as a whole had first to excel.‘Country branding is not by accident’“Country branding is not by accident. It is a strategic, holistic engagement which is a long-term commitment, at least 20 years. Only then can we claim success on all levels, personal, national and continental.”He also highlighted the need for African countries to create pockets of excellence both to foster economic growth and development and to improve international competitiveness.Other speakers at the forum included international economist Dambisa Moyo, author of Dead Aid and How the West was Lost, Malik Fal, managing director of Endeavour, and Vijay Mahajan, author of Africa Rising.Dr Vijay MahajanDuring his keynote address on the BRICS group of fast-growing emerging economies, Vijay Mahajan stressed the significance of Africa as a new market that could not be ignored.“Africa is richer than you think, and it is certainly not a ‘media dark’ continent,” Mahajan said. “In light of this, the BRICS economies [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] have both a direct and indirect role to play in Africa’s continued growth and development.”SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week finalized a rule to ensure that farm safety-net payments are issued only to active managers of farms that operate as joint ventures or general partnerships, consistent with the direction and authority provided by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill. The action closes a loophole where individuals who were not actively part of farm management still received payments.The changes apply to payments for 2016 and subsequent crop years for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs, Loan Deficiency Payments and Marketing Loan Gains realized via the Marketing Assistance Loan program. As required by Congress, the new rule does not apply to family farms, or change regulations related to contributions of land, capital, equipment or labor.For more details, producers are encouraged to consult their local Farm Service Agency office.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Additional showers move over the state today. Winds will switch from the south west to the west and eventually northwest today, beginning to usher in some cooler air. However, we still will not be looking for a significant push below normal, it will just feel colder after yesterday’s exceptionally mild run. Moisture today will add up to another .3” or less, with coverage at about 50% of the state. Even though we are cooler today, we still expect all rain, where it falls.Drier weather moves in behind the front for tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. We will see clouds slowly break up tomorrow, and clouds increase again on Friday afternoon. Temps make another leg down and we will spend most of the next three days near normal (after today), but there is no significant cold air blast coming.The weather situation gets interesting Saturday. Models are in significant disagreement on what comes through. The GFS model thinks we could see 1-8 inches of snow over the state, with the worst in southern and southwest Ohio. The European model looks for very light moisture and keeps the biggest precipitation off to our south and to our west. We are adding some minor moisture into our forecast, as the Saturday period has always been the most suspect. Honestly, we should not have removed it from our forecast 24 hours ago. This system will be very track dependent, but we think that available liquid equivalent moisture will be limited to a few hundredth to a tenth or so. At this time, we are putting a coating to an inch of snow in the forecast over 70% of the state for this coming Saturday. We do not buy into the large snowstorm fearmongering at this point. Stay tuned, as this may end up being the main feature for the week, depending on track of any storm. The map at right shows one model’s early depiction of snow potential this weekend through Sunday mid morning. Again…this is just early model thoughts, not our official forecast – that will come later this week.Dry weather is back for Sunday and it holds through at least next Wednesday. High pressure dominates the early part of the week on Monday. This will come with some colder air too. However, models also are in major disagreement toward the end of the 10 day period. The euro stays dry for next Thursday, while the American model, brings snow, and some good accumulations again. The precipitation potential likely lies in how much cold air lingers over the region at the end of the 10 day window. Right now, we are leaning toward better precipitation potential for next Thursday.To kick off the extended 11-16 day forecast period, we have rain for the 19th and 20th, ending as snow on the 21st, with potentially significant accumulations. From there we remain cold with snow and flurries for the 22nd and 23rd.
John Calipari Colin Cowherd John WallColin Cowherd likes to criticize John Wall. The ESPN personality does it often on his radio show. For an in-depth look at Cowherd’s distaste for the Washington Wizards’ star point guard, you can read this by the Washington Post‘s Dan Steinberg. This morning, Wall’s college coach, John Calipari, went on Cowherd’s ESPN radio show. During his appearance, Calipari discussed Cowherd’s criticism of his former player. He doesn’t like it. The 56-year-old Wildcats’ coach joked that Cowherd has to “go to church” and “ask for forgiveness” for his Wall hate. Calipari to Colin Cowherd on John Wall hate: “You’ve gotta go to church, ask for forgiveness, let it go.”— Dan Bodner (@DanBodnerKSC) June 5, 2015Here’s video of the interview, courtesy of Sports Grid.This is why Kentucky fans love Calipari so much.
VANCOUVER — Assessed values of some single family homes in Metro Vancouver’s once red hot housing market dropped between five and 10 per cent in the latest assessments used to determine property taxes in British Columbia.Meanwhile, BC Assessment says some property owners in the rest of the province have seen five to 15 per cent increases in their property values.The agency forecasts condominium values will increase by up to 20 per cent across B.C. this year.Commercial and industrial properties saw an increase of between 10 and 20 per cent across most of the province, with some markets around Metro Vancouver increasing up to 30 per cent. BC Assessment collects, monitors and analyzes property data.Its assessments are based on the estimate of a property’s market value on July 1 of each year and its physical condition on Oct. 31.Deputy assessor Keith MacLean-Talbot says increases in property assessments do not automatically translate into a corresponding increase in property taxes. The Canadian Press
OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) rushes into the endzone for a touchdown during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIf there’s one word to define an Urban Meyer offense, it’s speed. Since being hired at Ohio State in 2012, the Buckeye offense under Meyer has finished the season twice ranked in the top 10. However, through many different players, Meyer has been attempting to reincarnate one of his greatest weapons from his time at the University of Florida.Former Florida Gator and NFL wide receiver Percy Harvin won two national championships for Meyer, alongside Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, and was the No. 1 playmaker for Meyer for the better part of two seasons.From Dontre Wilson in 2013, Jalin Marshall in 2014 and Braxton Miller in 2015, Meyer might have finally found his next Percy Harvin in junior H-back Curtis Samuel.And frankly, Samuel might be better. Meyer said on Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches’ teleconference that he believes Samuel should be in the Heisman Trophy discussion with his performance through the first four games.“I think it’s a little harder for those positions to get it, in H-back,” Meyer said. “But he’s certainly having that kind of year that he should be in the conversation.”The last time Meyer had two players in the Heisman race was with Tebow and Harvin in 2008. In Harvin’s 2007 sophomore campaign, he exploded for 764 yards and six touchdowns rushing, and 858 yards and four touchdowns receiving. The next season, before he declared early for the NFL, Harvin finished with 1,304 total yards and 17 touchdowns.While Samuel has eight games left in the regular season to rack up those numbers, he’s already on pace to surpass Harvin’s junior-year stats.Samuel has 673 total yards and five touchdowns through four games this season, compared to Harvin’s 461 total yards and five touchdowns through his first four games in 2008. To be fair, Samuel has had 18 more touches than Harvin did at this point, but the two are nearly identical in average yards per touch.Harvin was all over the field for Meyer back at Florida, much like Samuel. But unlike Harvin, and Buckeyes in the past Meyer tried to put into the role, Samuel has shown the ability to run between the tackles. Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett is fairly similar to Tebow in his ability to takeover a game almost at will. Albeit in different styles, Tebow went to Harvin often, just like Barrett’s trust in Samuel.Meyer has always put trust into his quarterbacks and his playmakers, but what makes Samuel even more impressive when comparing him to Harvin is that OSU has a legitimate 1,000-yard running back in redshirt freshman Mike Weber.After the first game against Bowling Green, Weber and Samuel combined for 220 yards rushing, prompting Weber to equate the backfield duo to Lendale White and Reggie Bush, who accounted for an asstounding 3,042 rushing in 2005.At the time, it sounded ridiculous, but could it really happen? Could Weber and Samuel somehow be this good, and could Samuel be in the Heisman Trophy race?Statistically speaking, yes, both of those could happen. However, Harvin, Bush and White all performed at high levels for more than one season. For now, Samuel still has to live up to the expectations of following Braxton Miller and every other player to be named Meyer’s No. 1 playmaker.“I feel like both at receiver and at running back (I’m best utilized),” Samuel said. “I can be at running back and go against a linebacker, which is a mismatch, or I can go to receiver and be against a corner or safety, which I feel is still a mismatch.”