first_imgThe Nelson Leafs made another move to bolster the lineup of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League club Wednesday by acquiring goalie Caiden Kreitz.Kreitz, who turns 20 later this month, started the season with the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League before being moved to Cowichan Valley Capitals of the BC Hockey League.However, according to Leaf GM Lance Morey, Kreitz was not enamored with move to the BC Hockey League and decided, after visiting the Heritage City over Christmas, to agree to come to Nelson.“Caiden is a big pickup for us . . . a major find that really helps us a lot,” Morey told The Nelson Daily Wednesday.“We don’t have a No. 2, we now have a 1 and 1a in our lineup,” Morey added.In 15 games this season the 6-foot, 175 pound Kreitz registered a 3.88 goals against average in 15 games with the Canucks.On December 1, Kreitz was dealt to Cowichan Valley exchange for the CJHL playing rights of defencemen Riley Thorpe.But Kreitz felt playing for the Capitals was not a good fit for the Calgary native. “The acquisition of Caiden really bolsters our roster,” explains Morey, adding Kreitz joins Josh Williams as the Leaf goalies.Morey said to make room for Kreitz, the Leafs dealt Sam Burford to Creston Valley Thunder Cats for future considerations.“Sam is a good kid who wanted to play more, and we knew that, so we wanted to help him out and traded him to Creston,” Morey said.The deal to acquire Kreitz is the second move by the Leafs.Last week, Nelson acquired one of Kreitz’s former Calgary Canucks teammates in forward Dylan Williamson.However, Morey said North Battleford, the team Williamson was traded to by Calgary, is holding up the deal. So, Nelson brass has asked BC Hockey to intervene to get the deal completed.“We don’t expect Dylan to able to play by the weekend,” said Morey, adding that Williams is practicing with the team. “We are hopeful he’s be ready by the January 10th roster deadline.”Nelson faces a tough test this weekend.The Leafs travel to Fruitvale for a date against the defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday before returning to host Eddie Mountain Division leading Kimberley Dynamiters Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Game time is 7 p.m. Saturday.Nelson, which has more points now, 49, than the team managed during the 2015-16 season, currently sits in second spot in the Murdoch Division, three points behind front running Castlegar Rebels and 12 ahead of third-place Beaver Valley.ICE CHIPS: Leaf GM Lance Morey said a scout for University of Mary Men’s Hockey program of Bizmark, ND, will be in Nelson Saturday to have a look at three Leafs — forward Sawyer Hunt, defenceman Zach Morey and goalie Josh Williams. . .. Nelson will have three players in Kelowna, January 13th to play in the KIJHL Prospects Game. Forwards Ryan Cooper and Ryan Piva is joined by defenceman Dash Thompson. Leaf coach Mario DiBella is coach of the Kootenay Conference squad due to Nelson holding down first place in the Conference as of December 1. . . . Morey said the Leafs are not done yet on the trade market with two cards remaining before the January 10th roster deadline. Currently Nelson has two goals, six defencemen and 13 forwards, not including Dylan Williamson, on the roster.last_img read more

first_imgGalway came from behind to beat Waterford in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Quarter Final and in doing so, will face Cork in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on the 17th of August at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Here is another opportunity to hear the commentary of the game with Tommy Devane. Presented by Doc O’ConnorThis is the Match Report from Tommy DevaneAfter the game, Tommy spoke to Galway Captain Sarah DervanTommy then spoke to Galway manager Cathal Murray The Galway Intermediate drew 1-10 apiece with Kilkenny and topped their group and will play Tipperary in the All-Ireland Semi-Final on the 17th of Augustprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

first_imgSpain’s Marc Marquez wrapped up his third straight MotoGP championship with victory at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday after title rival Andrea Dovizioso fell on the penultimate lap while trying to find a way past the Honda rider.The 25-year-old is now tied with Australian Mick Doohan on five premier class world titles, with only Italian’s Valentino Rossi (seven) and Giacomo Agostini (eight) having won more.Marquez, who had sealed two of his previous titles at Motegi, moved 102 points clear of Ducati’s Dovizioso with three races remaining.Dovizioso started on pole and led for most of the race before Marquez, who had started sixth on the grid, made his move with four laps left.Marquez had been on the Italian’s tail for much of the race and the pressure eventually told on the Ducati rider as he relinquished the lead.Dovizioso attempted to move back past Marquez on the penultimate lap but pushed it too far and came off his bike. He recovered but eventually finished 18th.That left Marquez knowing he was going to secure his fifth title as he completed his final lap, shaking his head in disbelief at the achievement.“I feel really, really good,” said Marquez after celebrating with the Honda team, who were joined by the company’s CEO Takahiro Hachigo at the manufacturer’s home race.“After Aragon I already felt, I already imagined that it will be here, but the good thing is when you have the first chance (to win the title), then you do it.”In a bizarre turn of events, Marquez dislocated his shoulder while celebrating on the track with British rider Scott Redding.“I just lay there on the asphalt and my brother and Jose put it in again,” motorsports website Crash reported the champion as saying.“It was not the first time; maybe it was my weak point of the season because I dislocated it many times during training at home.“In December I need to make a stop with the doctor and for next year it will be perfect.”Redding apologised for his role in the incident, adding: “Congratulations to @marcmarquez93 with 7 titles on there my babbbie. Once we were rivals “big rivals” now we have nothing but respect and fun!!! Sorry for the dislocated shoulder…..”Marquez pipped Dovizioso on the final lap of the Thailand Grand Prix last time out and while he did leave it quite as late at Motegi the result was the same.“I was able to follow Andrea, then I say okay, I will try to use the same strategy as Thailand, attack before the last lap because I felt like they had something,” he said.“I was pushing really hard and he did a mistake.”“I disappointed because he deserves to be here on the podium with us, but okay, the big boss will enjoy it.”Dovizioso, who was the championship runner-up to Marquez in 2017, will have to wait another year for a shot at his first MotoGP premier class title.“The battle (with Dovizioso) has been great all year,” said an exuberant Marquez.“Dovi had been a great opponent throughout the year and coming into this he was very, very fast.”LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow was second after a brilliant performance that saw the Briton hang with Marquez and Dovizioso until the final stages.Another Spaniard, Alex Rins, was third for Suzuki.The next stop is the Australian Grand Prix next weekend.last_img read more

first_img…and betrayalWhile your Eyewitness won’t pretend to being a man of the cloth, he was yet taken aback when the Minister of Natural Resources gave, as the reason for shutting down the debate on the SARA Bill, the explanation that it was “Holy Thursday”. No, your Eyewitness wasn’t upset about mixing religion and the state – even in this highest bastion of the state – following the faux pas of the Headmistress of CHS. Your Eyewitness knows from whence the breeze blows in THIS administration!! Wasn’t David chosen to be King by God Himself??What surprised your Eyewitness was how Trotman let his dirty Freudian slip show with his invocation of Holy Thursday. As an old Altar Boy, your Eyewitness knows that that was the day Jesus held His last supper. Yep! The day that was supposed to be a happy occasion, with everyone gathered to do the right thing, but which would eventually end in betrayal by some at the feast. And this was what went down in Parliament on Thursday. Wasn’t it?Now, everyone from both sides of the aisle agreed that recovering state assets was a good thing. This was unlike 1992, when Jagan, for reasons known only to him, decided he wouldn’t go after all those PNC types who’d grown fat off state assets during the PNC’s 28 years at the helm. The PNC’s hand was more often in the till than on the steering wheel of state. No wonder the ship of state crashed!! Remember that big one — who eventually became the biggest one — who made a bundle on a barge from Texas that would solve our electricity woes??Well, anyhow, the point about Holy Thursday in Parliament was the betrayal. And sure enough, even before the cock had crowed thrice – actually, it wasn’t even 10pm, and the cock probably hadn’t even settled down after servicing the hens – that the betrayal came; a betrayal of the foundation of parliamentary democracy. This was the truncation of the debate on the merits and demerits of the SARA Bill, right after a man of the cloth – Bishop Edghill – had delivered his homily.And what a homily it was! He reminded the Pharisees across the aisles that if they were imitating the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and going after the recovery of state assets, then the least they could do was institute laws controlling campaign financing. After all, in this day and age, there are other ways to raid the treasury than dipping into the till, like the first PNC government had done.Remember fellas who make “political investments” on which they expect a hefty return from the parties they invested in??… PAYBACKOooops! Trotman DID say something about that a while back. Didn’t he? Think “Speciality Hospital”, or “Wind Farm”, or “Pharma Warehouse”, or “Jubilee Stadium”, “Parking Meters”, or “$604M Pharma sole sourced contract”, or…you get the point! Don’t you? The way this lot is humping the treasury is to pass the hefty sums of money to their “business buddies,” who will then deposit their shares in secret bank accounts here and abroad. But this is where the AML/CFT Bill will kick in.The point here is, of course, that time is longer than twine; and just as how the descendants of Burnham lived to rue the day in regard to the Constitution they used to cackle about, they will weep and wail and gnash their teeth about this SARA Bill.  The examples just quoted will inevitably multiply by 2020 — probably exponentially, from the way this lot is going on — being augmented by the shysters from the AFC. And then the same SARA powers will decimate them!!Payback is a bitch; and revenge is best served cold!!…ITS OPTICSThe Chronic ran a very revealing pic of those running SARA. There sat Clive Thomas, the omnipotent Director; Retmeyer, CEO; Basil Williams, AG; and Brian Horn, Legal Advisor. Harmon, their subject Minister; and Eric Philips, advisor, were absent.A pic is worth 1000 words!last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,To many that I know personally from the fields, it is viewed that the government of the day has a role to play and one with interference with GOA’s December 2016 Elections. Is this the way forward for the transformation and development of sports in Guyana?The mere fact that a member of the National Sports Commission, which is directly an arm of the Department of Sport, Culture, Youth under the Ministry of Education and Sport, Mr Edison Jefford, is allowed to campaign for the GOA’s current President and his establishment to vacate office confirms that the government of the day is playing a major role.Minister Nicolette Henry (2nd in command) and Minister Jones (3rd in command), is it not wise that Mr Edison Jefford relinquish his post as member of The National Sports Commission and perhaps he can continue his journalism outburst against GOA?His representation reflects negatively on behalf of Vice President and Minister of Education and Sport, Mr Rupert Roopnarine and the Head of State, President David Granger… His approach from his first article is also one that showcases “Bullyism Behaviour” and from a Marketing Perspective, it was a total turn off with his marketing strategy in representing his potential candidate/s challenging for the chairmanship of the GOA…With reference to a KN article dated Sunday, October 9, 2016 and captioned ‘The Buck Stops at GOA’s Ballot’, I dare say to the general public that there is no athlete currently in the making and based in Guyana who will attend the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and stand on the medal podium… For that to become a reality, it will more likely be an overseas based Guyanese athlete to make it happen…Mr Edison Jefford, were you ever so vocal against Mr Colin Boyce, former President of the Athletics Association of Guyana, and Mr Colin Bynoe, former President of the Guyana Teachers Union which is responsible for Guyana National School Championships over the years on “Sports Development in Guyana?’Yours faithfully,T Pembertonlast_img read more

first_imgThe Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has officially launched the Compliant Traders Program (CTP) that will provide better business opportunities and services to large importers and exporters with strong tax compliance. The CTP is consistent with the LRA’s strategic objectives to facilitate legitimate trade and collect lawful revenue.Speaking recently at the launching ceremonies held at the LRA Headquarters, Mrs. Decontee King-Sackie, Deputy Commissioner General for Technical Affairs stated that the LRA was doing this “In recognition of traders/importers’ compliance and to promote voluntary self-compliance”.Mrs. King-Sackie said the program “seeks to provide trade facilitation benefits to those importers/ taxpayers with strong history of compliant behavior through the ASYCUDA Selectivity Program”.ASYCUDA is a computerized customs management system which covers most foreign trade procedures. The system handles manifests and customs declarations, accounting procedures, and generates trade data that can be used for statistical economic analysis.At least 43 companies were selected to commence the program. They include 25 of the largest importers and 18 concessionaires. The launch was attended by the major importers and exporters as well as top business entrepreneurs. The Compliance Traders Program will specifically benefit businesses that show compliant behaviors such as ensuring that all their imports and exports are fully aligned with the governing rules through availability of records, and are fully compliant with domestic tax payment and filing requirements on a timely and accurate basis, a press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img Kanegai is one of 16 castaways competing for a $1 million prize in the up-to-39-day contest known for its grueling physical challenges, bland and skimpy diets, and unseemly back-stabbing. Nobody knows when or if Kanegai received the fatal words from host Jeff Probst – “the tribe has spoken” – but those who know him are confident he did well. “Everybody’s reaction is, ‘Wow, that’s so Bruce,”‘ said Arleigh Kidd, who heads the California Teachers Association for the Simi Valley, Moorpark and Conejo Valley region. “He has always been a survivor, out testing his physical limits and mental limits.” On campus, Kanegai is all the rave. Linsey Mead, 18, the student body president who took karate lessons from Kanegai: “He’s, like, way intense. He’s like the Jackie Chan of Simi Valley.” SIMI VALLEY – Bruce Kanegai holds a fifth-degree black belt in karate. He sometimes jogs barefoot in the hills to keep in shape. And for more than three decades, he has braved the minefield that is a high school campus, teaching teen-agers art. But recently, the 58-year-old Simi Valley man finished what might have been his toughest endeavor – an appearance on “Survivor.” While he is contractually obligated not to speak about his performance, and nobody but a few insiders knows how he did, the town is buzzing. “Bruce is a survivor in any environment that you put him in,” said Simi Valley City Councilman Glen Becerra, who met Kanegai as a Simi Valley High School student in the early 1980s. “He can adapt in any kind of environment. … I would put him up against anybody mentally and physically.” The latest installment of the show – “Survivor: Panama – Exile Island” – is scheduled to begin airing Thursday on CBS. The winner will be revealed in the final episode in May. Most of the show was filmed in the fall. Nicole Bernabe, 16, junior class president: “He’s like a cat. He has nine lives, and when he falls, it’s on all fours.” Sophomore Meghan Allen, 16: “I think he has the best chance of anyone because he’s the toughest.” Kidd also was a student at Simi Valley High when he first met Kanegai, who has been teaching art there for 32 years and is a master of the traditional Japanese school of Shotokan karate. Because of his high ethical standards, it’s unlikely he advanced on the show by lying, cheating or breaking “Survivor’s” so-called alliances, Kidd said. “If he goes all the way, it’s not going to be because he stabbed anybody in the back, but because he is so respected, nobody wants to stab him in the back,” he said. “He’s just the kind of guy you want to have around.” Kanegai is this season’s oldest competitor. The next oldest is 52. Initially, the show will split the competitors into groups of four, with the older men competing against the older women and the younger men against the younger women. While Kanegai can’t talk about his appearance, he was quoted on as saying he wants to be like Mr. Miyagi, the Japanese-American karate expert from “The Karate Kid” movies. He also told other teachers at Simi Valley High that his competition on “Survivor” was one of the hardest things he has ever done, and people who have seen him since the show was filmed say he appears proud of his performance. Neighbors say they have seen him regularly jogging through the streets, sometimes barefoot, and into the hills around his Simi Valley home. Kanegai is a third-generation Japanese-American who grew up in Los Angeles, where he was an Eagle Scout, according to his biography on the “Survivor” link. The graduate of California State University, Northridge, has taught more than 10,000 students and has received Teacher of the Year awards from various organizations, according to the bio. He also has taught more than 7,000 students over about 40 years in the martial arts, has assisted in teaching police instructors arrest and control techniques and was a police survival training instructor from 1978 to 1992. In the 1970s and early 1980s, he was a backpacking instructor at Moorpark College and the Yosemite Institute, and once ran the entire 220-mile John Muir Trail from Mount Whitney to Yosemite National Park, the bio says. He lives in Simi Valley with his wife of 27 years, Nancy. They have two children, Alexander and Danielle. Tom Heyman, a fourth-degree black belt in Shotokan karate and a leader of the Santa Barbara dojo, said Kanegai is a hero to him. “Bruce is the most honest and mentally strong person I’ve ever met. If anyone can win ‘Survivor,’ I believe it’s Bruce,” Heyman said. “He still goes to special training and just blows away all the young guys.” Teachers and students recalled how Kanegai fell gravely ill three years ago when he was bitten by a large rattlesnake while golfing. “If he can survive a snake bite,” 15-year-old sophomore Lana Taylor said, “he can survive on ‘Survivor.”‘ Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 “SURVIVOR: PANAMA – EXILE ISLAND” The contestants on “Survivor: Panama – Exile Island” listed by name, age, hometown and profession: Dan Barry: 52, South Hadley, Mass., retired astronaut. Aras Baskauskas: 24, Santa Monica, yoga instructor. Austin Carty: 24, High Point, N.C., author. Terry Deitz: 46, Simsbury, Ct., airline pilot/retired Navy fighter pilot. Danielle DiLorenzo: 24, Pompano Beach, Fla., medical sales representative. Cirie Fields: 35, Walterboro, S.C., registered nurse. Misty Giles: 24, Dallas, Texas, engineer. Melinda Hyder: 32, Sevierville, Tenn.; singer. Bruce Kanegai: 58, Simi Valley, karate instructor/high school art teacher. Courtney Marit: 31, Los Angeles, performance artist. Bobby Mason: 32, Los Angeles, attorney. Ruth Marie Millima: 48, Greenville, S.C., director of retail leasing. Shane Powers: 35, Los Angeles, owner, entertainment marketing company. Tina Scheer: 45, Hayward, Wis., logging sports promoter/performer. Sally Schumann: 27, Chicago, Ill., social worker. Nick Stanbury: 25, Tempe, Ariz., financial sales.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgI recently talked with my mom about getting some very rude service from a cashier at a local grocery store.  Apparently, as she began putting her items on the belt, the cashier told her, “Get back! Get back!”  My mom is very hard of hearing, so this confused her. By this time, the cashier was saying it in a very loud voice and other customers were looking.My mom asked what she had done wrong and the cashier began to berate her saying that the customer who had been before her was running to another part of the store to pick another item.  Keep in mind that when my mom got in line, there were no other customers in sight, no other items on the belt, and she had no idea that another customer would be coming back to get in front of her.My mom picked up all her items and put them back in the cart, wheeled to another cashier, and finished her transaction.  I told her that if it had been me, I would have left it all there and walked out….no way on earth I’d spend a dime in a store that treated me that way.  There are many other ways that cashier could have communicated with compassion.  Interactions like this don’t happen to us every day, but when they do, what’s the best way to react?As I thought about it, I decided that I’d like the ability to write someone up for poor behavior when this happens.  According to common law in many states, citizen’s arrest is still legal if undue force is not used.    In fact, if you see a felony being committed, you can make a citizen’s arrest and deliver the offender to the nearest law enforcement official.  While I’m not a lawyer and certainly am not authorizing arresting just anyone on the street, I love the concept that we, as citizens, can hold people accountable.  Why not in a store or workplace?  I want to be able to make a “citizen’s corrective action”.I want the ability to write people up in their workplace when their work performance is out of line. I would write down specifics of the behavior, give the employee a copy, and turn a copy in to their manager.  Then, the manager could make a determination if the employee acted appropriately or not and take action if necessary.What do you think?  Would you do this?  Why or why not?last_img read more

first_imgThe slow death of the 9-5 workday, together with the arrival of the new FLSA overtime rules, which do into effect on December 1, could create one of the bigger wage-and-hour pitfalls for employers in 2017 and beyond.Less flexibility to complete work outside of normal work hours.A few months ago, both The Washington Post (here) and SHRM (here) ran stories about how the new overtime rules could limit job flexibility. Citing a SHRM survey, The Washington Post story noted that 67% of HR pros thought the new regulation would decrease workplace flexibility and autonomy.These survey results to do not marry well with the latest survey from CareerBuilder, which found that nearly half of workers ages 18 to 24 keep working after business hours, with just over 40% checking and answering work emails outside of the office. A higher proportion of workers in age groups 45 to 54 (65%) and 55 and older (61%) agreed that the typical eight-hour work day was a thing of the past.What are your options as an employer?According to the DOL, you have at least three:Raise salary and keep the employee exempt from overtime: Employers may choose to raise the salaries of employees to at or above the salary level to maintain their exempt status, if those employees meet the duties test (that is, the duties are truly those of an executive, administrative or professional employee). This option works for employees who have salaries close to the new salary level and regularly work overtime.Pay overtime in addition to the employee’s current salary when necessary:Employers also can continue to pay their newly overtime-eligible employees the same salary, and pay them overtime whenever they work more than 40 hours in a week. This approach works for employees who work 40 hours or fewer in a typical workweek, but have occasional spikes that require overtime for which employers can plan and budget the extra pay during those periods. Remember that there is no requirement to convert employees from salaried to hourly in order to calculate their overtime pay!Evaluate and realign hours and staff workload: Employers can ensure that workload distribution, time and staffing levels are all managed appropriately for their white-collar workers who earn below the salary threshold. For example, employers may hire additional workers.And while the DOL emphasizes that, nothing in the new rules would hamstring an employer’s ability to control when employees perform work, the DOL isn’t exactly throwing a pity party for employers who have non-exempt employees who perform work outside of traditional business hours.So, how can you manage a great number of non-exempt employees who want more workplace flexibility?As a corollary to the three options listed above, employers will need to re-think their rules on non-exempt employees performing work outside of business hours.  This must include, among other things: (a) whether to permit it; (b) the circumstances under which it will be allowed; and (c) how to track those hours. Frankly, the framework isn’t much different than it is now, except you’ll need a wider net to catch your share of the millions of additional employees who become non-exempt on December 1.Or, maybe, the new rules will strike a blow to workplace flexibility.Originally posted on the Employer Handbook Blog.last_img read more

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#security#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces If your smartphone fell into the wrong hands right this very moment, imagine the types of information that person would have instant access to. If you’re like me, that unthinkable list includes things like your personal email, work email, account, Google Docs, and all of the data you have stored in Evernote and Dropbox. If they were feeling particularly mischievous, they could post embarrassing updates to Facebook and Twitter under my name and avatar, and even publish something wildly inappropriate on ReadWriteWeb. Fortunately, I keep my phone locked with a four-digit PIN number. Thus, in the rare event that my iPhone ever leaves my sight, it can’t be accessed should somebody else pick it up. While this may sound like common sense, I’m actually not in the majority in this case, according to a recent survey conducted by Confident Technologies. More than half of consumers do not lock their smartphones, the survey found. Of those, 44% said it was “too cumbersome” to bother with. Thirty percent say they’re not concerned about the security risk. All of this is despite the fact that about half of them use their smartphones for banking or some other financial purpose. This has risky implications not just for individuals and their private data, but for the companies those people work for. As smartphones become more popular among consumers, people are increasingly using them to access work email and networks, even in cases when the device is not company-owned or administered by the corporate IT department. Mobile security will only get more important moving forward, as the line between our work and personal lives continues to blur and as the eventual mainstream adoption of NFC turns our phones into a substitute for our wallets, our keys and much else. If you think the idea of losing your phone is nightmarish now, just wait a few years. center_img john paul titlow Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts last_img read more