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Fort Nelson votes in favour of changing time zone

first_imgDuring Saturday’s Municipal Election, the Municipality asked a non-binding opinion poll asking residents if they are in favour of staying on Mountain Standard Time all year round.  Residents voted in favour of the question with 1096 voting yes and 371 voting no.If the Municipality changes to the Mountian Standard time zone year round, that would mean they would be on the same time as Fort St. John and Dawson Creek.The results of the poll will now be used to help the Municipality decide if to move forward with the change or not.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Pochettino linked to Bayern job

first_imgCurrent head coach Heynckes, 72, has implied he will leave at the end of the season and magazine Sport Bild claims Salihamidzic has approached the Spurs boss.“I know that Bayern have contacted Mauricio Pochettino,” Sky pundit Didier Hamann told the German magazine.“He was an option and possibly still is.”Highly-rated Argentinian Pochettino, 46, has a contract at Spurs until 2021 and Tottenham president Daniel Levy is unlikely to let him go after nearly four years.Bayern had been thought to want to hire a German-speaking coach.“That doesn’t have to be the case, if we said that we would automatically close a door — and it’s not closed,” Salihamidzic has said on the matter.Other possible candidates to succeed Heynckes include ex-Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, currently without a club, and RB Leipzig handler Ralph Hasenhuettl.The Austrian has been offered a contract extension past 2019, but negotiations with Leipzig are currently on ice.Bayern chairman Rummenigge is also said to admire Nice coach Lucien Favre, who has a buy-out clause in his contract with the French Ligue 1 club.Swiss coach Favre, who has coached Bundesliga sides Hertha Berlin and Borussia Moenchengladbach, has proven he can work with big name stars, such as Mario Balotelli, who has scored 14 French league goals this season for Nice.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is highly sought-after in Europe © AFP/File / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASBERLIN, Germany, Mar 22 – Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been linked to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich as a possible replacement for Jupp Heynckes next season.According to reports, Bayern’s director of sport Hasan Salihamidzic has recommended Pochettino to club bosses Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Uli Hoeness.last_img read more

South African film shines at Zanzibar festival

first_imgSmall boys with big dreams – often it isfrom these humble beginnings that futurestars emerge. Singer Simphiwe Dana makes a strongacting debut as Themba’s mother Mandisa.(Images: Themba) Young Themba and his best friend Sipho.(Image: alpha medienkontor GmbH)MEDIA CONTACTS • Joy SapiekaPublicist+27 73 212 5492• Helene TurveyPublicist+27 76 024 2993RELATED ARTICLES• South African film a hit at Cannes• New film tackles race with hunour• 2010 opportunities for SA film• New Afrikaans film a hit• Global acclaim for SA filmJanine ErasmusSouth African film Themba: A Boy Called Hope, directed by Pretoria-born Stefanie Sycholt, has scooped the Unicef Child Rights Award at the 2010 Zanzibar International Film Festival (Ziff).Sycholt received the prize from Unicef Germany board member Anne Luetkes at the film’s Cologne premiere on 1 August 2010.Every year since 2004 international child rights organisation Unicef has presented the award to a film that it feels best represents the struggle to uphold children’s basic rights in the Eastern and Southern African region.The film also took the Golden Dhow award for the festival’s best feature film.Last year’s Unicef winner was Mother Unknown, a film by Sudanese director Taghreed Alsanhouri about infants born out of wedlock in Khartoum, who become innocent victims of the stigma surrounding such situations. Alsanhouri received her award from US film star and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover.Directors interested in competing for the Unicef Child Rights Award at next year’s festival can email [email protected] best of African cinemaThe Zanzibar International Film Festival took place between 10 and 18 July 2010, mainly in Stone Town, the old part of Zanzibar City, located on Unguja Island. This is East Africa’s only functional historical town and is a Unesco World Heritage site.Some events took place on Pemba Island, the other main island in the Zanzibar archipelago, and mainland Tanzania.Ziff is said to be East Africa’s largest festival for film, music and the arts. Attendance at the 2009 event was around 45 000 in Stone Town alone, with over 200 000 attending screenings elsewhere in Zanzibar and on the mainland. Of these, 12 000 came from abroad. The films on show represented 43 countries.This year’s event coincided with the 2010 Fifa World Cup, which took place in South Africa. Themba’s award is therefore especially fitting as football is one of the film’s central themes, and the film’s South African premiere took place during the tournament.The film is garnering rave reviews from all over the world. On the Internet Movie Database it has a score of 7.6 out of 10. It is currently showing at the Labia on Orange in Cape Town.Breaking down barriers through footballThe story is based on Crossing the Line by German-Dutch author Lutz van Dijk, now resident in Cape Town. Van Dijk is a founding member of the NGO Homes for Kids on South Africa, which cares for HIV-positive children and those affected by HIV/Aids, when their families or neighbours are unable to.He based the story on his own experience running a children’s home in the turbulent township of Masiphumelele, on the west side of the Cape Peninsula.Sycholt, who took part of her degree studies under Nobel literature laureate John Maxwell Coetzee, said she was inspired to bring the book to the big screen as soon as she read it, as it was an inspirational coming-of-age story rather than one of despair and hopelessness. She later wrote the screen adaptation.“Themba’s story is universal,” she said. “It’s not a football movie that builds up to one match at the end. Football is an important element though; it’s an element of hope in the boy’s life.”The film focuses on young Themba (an Nguni word meaning “hope”), played by 21-year-old Nat Singo, who admitted that he was attracted by the “amazing script”. The sporty nature of the film, however, was something of a challenge for him.Themba is a talented footballer and has great ambitions of one day becoming a star, but first must overcome a number of challenges; HIV, violence, poverty, and more.Themba’s father, a miner in the northern parts of South Africa, no longer sends money for the family. His best friend Sipho recently lost his mother to Aids, becoming yet another statistic in the growing number of child-headed households. However, because of the shame associated with the condition, the family has secretly buried her in the backyard and pretends to the community that all is well.While still young, the two boys develop an interest in the Beautiful Game and later Themba joins the Lion Strikers football team. However, on the eve of the regional championship finals he is raped by his mother’s lover, and escapes to Cape Town to seek her, taking his sister with him, but abandoning the match.They find their mother but realise from her frail condition that she is seriously ill – later she reveals that she has Aids, and even with treatment, it would be a long time before she would be well enough to work again.Themba is forced to look for odd jobs around the city, and finally plucks up the courage to phone Big John Jacobs, who had made contact with the boy during the regional tournament, to ask him for work.Jacobs, the Ajax Cape Town football coach and talent scout, is played by Former German goalkeeper and World Cup player Jens Lehmann, who makes his on-screen debut as in the film.But Jacobs has other plans for the boy, and he is invited to practise with the team. One of the players is injured before a big match, and Themba finally gets his chance to hit the pitch.Multi-talented castLehmann is joined by South African football veteran Doctor Khumalo, of Kaiser Chiefs and Bafana Bafana fame, as well as popular local screen star Rapulana Seiphemo as Themba’s father.Other performers include Kagiso Mtetwa as Sipho, local songbird Simphiwe Dana as Themba’s loving mother Mandisa, and Patrick Mofokeng as her jobless lover.Filming wrapped just as the 2009 Confederations Cup came to a close, and took place largely in Cape Town and the rural areas around Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape province. This part of the country has been hard hit by HIV/Aids, and is also one of the poorest provinces. The visuals of this stark and impoverished region are superb.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, a keen supporter of the film, said it reminded him of his own childhood in a small village in the former Transvaal, now Gauteng.The young Tutu, like Themba, had hopes of rising above poverty and making something of himself in the world. “In football, Themba seems to be a lot better than I was,” Tutu said, adding that he wished the film “all possible success”./index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=555:global-acclaim-for-sa-film&catid=42:land_news&Itemid=110last_img read more

Using a Roof for Rainwater Harvesting

first_imgThe coastal community of Small Point shuts down its water supply in winter, which forced Laura Sewall to find an alternative source of water. A well was one option, but the high mineral content in local groundwater would have required treatment. More than that, Laura did not want to interfere with the area’s delicate hydrological balance.Factoring in supply and demandIn designing the system for Laura’s house, builder Christopher Hahn looked at the average rainfall for coastal Maine (about 4 inches per month) and calculated how much the home’s standing-seam metal roof could reliably collect. He used a formula that assumed a half-gallon of water would be collected for each inch of rainfall on each square foot of the home’s footprint. With a roof area of about 2200 square feet, the system would collect 4400 gallons in an average month. The four tanks hold almost twice that amount. With Laura’s water conserving fixtures and appliances, the system exceeds her needs during the months when there’s no other source of water. — This blog is an excerpt of the Fine Homebuilding article Ebb and Flow, by architect Stephen Sullivan. Find the full article at FineHomebuilding.com.last_img read more

Pakistan militant killed in J&K

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NBA: New Thunder recruits Anthony, George try to lure Wade to OKC

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lakers are happy with the hype surrounding rookie Lonzo Ball BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:55Next challenge for OKC is ‘getting on same page,’ says Adams01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade recently agreed to a buy-out from the Chicago Bulls and both Anthony and George have expressed their desire to team up with the 35-year-old guard.READ: Dwyane Wade, Bulls agree on buyoutFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I would love to have him here in Oklahoma City, but am I allowed to say that? Is that tampering?” the newly acquired Anthony said during the Thunder’s media day, as relayed by The Score.After getting notification that Wade is officially a free agent, Melo added: “Oh, he’s free now? Come on, you know where you belong, D. That’s all I’m going to say.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dwyane Wade. AP FILE PHOTOThe Oklahoma City Thunder has managed to create its own version of a “Big Three” by acquiring perennial All-Stars Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to pair up with last season’s Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook.But apparently, the organization is not done making moves, as the trio looks to add another superstar to the fray.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa RELATED STORY:LeBron James ‘would love’ to have Dwyane Wade in Cleveland MOST READ George, who also joined the team via a blockbuster trade this off season, likewise shared his willingness to have the 12-time All-Star in their roster.“It’d be great to get D-Wade here,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Thunder. “I’ll be in his phone, texts, his DMs, his Snapchat, whatever I gotta do to try to get this dude here.”Meanwhile, Wade and Anthony have a tight bond, having been teammates several times with Team USA and coming from the same star-studded 2003 draft class. George, on the other hand, worked out with Wade this off season in California.Thunder General Manager Sam Presti has expressed the same desire to sign the crafty veteran, claiming he’ll be chasing after him “like the rest of the league,” per ESPN’s Royce Young.The team’s front office, however,  will have to come up with a strong push, as Wade has also received interest from the likes of the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

Pet Passion

first_imgYusuf Pathan is a busy man. Not only is he attempting to demolish the opposition, but he also bought two grey parrots in Bangalore, each worth Rs 35,000,and two Amazon parrots for the same price. All four are trained to talk. The batsman who shows no mercy to bowlers is a soft touch when it comes to abandoned and injured animals. Six years ago, Pathan met Snehal Bhavsar of the Gujarat Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at her husband’s shop for pet foods. He has been associated with the NGO since then. Pathan has three horses, four cats, an imported goat and a couple of parrots at his home. He is getting a special shelter built for pets at his farm house in Nadial, 45 km from Ahmedabad. The 28-year-old is now waiting for a special certificate from the wildlife conservation department before taking the parrots home.last_img read more

Novak Djokovic has found a ‘strong candidate’ for England cricket team

first_imgSerbian tennis ace Novak Djokovic has proposed a strong candidate for the England cricket team in the form of his chauffeur, Imran Bashir.Revealing that Bashir has received a Best Batsman of the Year trophy in the local cricket circuit, Djokovic asked the Engalnd cricket team coach, Trevor Bayliss to keep an eye on Imran.”Imran Bashir (my chauffeur for the #NittoATPFinals) has been part of #TeamDjokovic for 10 years! He is also a famous batsman for his local #cricket team. He received this trophy for best batsman of the year and we need to get it out there!” Djokovic tweeted.ATP Finals: Djokovic breezes past Anderson to set up title clash vs ZverevImran Bashir (my chauffeur for the #NittoATPFinals) has been part of #TeamDjokovic for 10 years! He is also a famous batsman for his local #cricket team. He received this trophy for best batsman of the year and we need to get it out there! pic.twitter.com/yrRQCjtlisNovak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) November 17, 2018″#TrevorBayliss @englandcricket, you should keep your eye on Imran. I think he is a strong candidate for your team,” he wrote in another tweet.ATP Finals: Alexander Zverev stuns Roger Federer in semis#TrevorBayliss @englandcricket, you should keep your eye on Imran. I think he is a strong candidate for your teamNovak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) November 17, 2018World governing body of cricket, International Cricket Council also joined the fun conversation inviting Djokovic for a net session at the 2019 Cricket World Cup as part of his preparation for the Wimbledon Championship.advertisementAlso Watch – After Ronaldo watches Djokovic at ATP Finals, Kroos cheers for Federer”We know you try to avoid nets as a tennis player, but if you feel like mixing up your @Wimbledon preparation next year, come down and have a net session at the @cricketworldcup!” ICC tweeted.We know you try to avoid nets as a tennis player, but if you feel like mixing up your @Wimbledon preparation next year, come down and have a net session at the @cricketworldcup! https://t.co/n20kStBSzMICC (@ICC) November 17, 2018Djokovic on Saturday produced a masterful display to outclass South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 to set up an ATP Finals title showdown with Alexander Zverev.The world number one was immaculate from start to finish against the 32-year-old as he put himself within touching distance of a record-equalling sixth title at the year-ender.He offered up a mere 14 unforced errors and not a single break point as he again proved too good for Anderson, who he beat to win Wimbledon this year.MATCH POINT: Destructive @DjokerNole reaches another #NittoATPFinals title match after defeating @KAndersonATP in two [email protected] pic.twitter.com/skJqsKcnQCATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 17, 2018″I think it was the best match I’ve played so far this week — it came at the right time,” Djokovic, who has been almost unstoppable in the second half of the year, said.”Kevin has been playing great tennis this week. He lost his serve in the first game which was big because he relies so much on his serve. I tried to win as many points on his second serve as possible. It worked very well. I’m very happy to reach the final,” the world number one added.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

9 days agoAgent: Napoli need to let Elseid Hysaj leave

first_imgAgent: Napoli need to let Elseid Hysaj leaveby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Napoli fullback Elseid Hysaj has invited interest from Roma.Hysaj is ready to leave Napoli in January.”There had been discussions in the summer with Roma, then we stopped when the season began, but we still like them as a destination,” agent Mario Giuffredi told Radio Marte.“I think it is Napoli’s interests to negotiate a transfer in January, seeing as they risk losing him as a free agent in June 2021. They’d only have the summer left otherwise, and seeing as Napoli have been fundamental in Hysaj’s career, we want to avoid leaving for free.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Parents of Halifax mall murder plotter say she is not capable of

first_imgHALIFAX – The family of Lindsay Souvannarath, the American woman sentenced to life in prison for plotting a Valentine’s Day shooting rampage at a Halifax mall, says she would never have carried out the murderous plan.In a newly released letter written to a Nova Scotia judge, her parents describe her as a sad and lonely person who is sensitive and not capable of violence.Phyllis and Chanthaboun Souvannarath said she wanted very much to have friends but was rejected by her peers, bullied in school and struggled with being biracial.“Lindsay never would have carried out the plan she discussed online with James Gamble,” they said. “We know in our hearts that it was her loneliness and desire for friends that led to her online relationship.”The Facebook conversation between Souvannarath and Gamble, which started on Dec. 21, 2014, and ended on Feb. 13, 2015, quickly devolved into a shared admiration of the Columbine shooters, mass killings and a murderous conspiracy to open fire at the food court of the Halifax Shopping Centre.The online messages expose gruesome details about the foiled plot to kill as many people as possible with Molotov cocktails, guns and knifes before committing suicide.Police thwarted the plan after receiving an anonymous tip.Gamble killed himself in his Halifax-area home, while Souvannarath was arrested at the airport and later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder. A third accomplice, described as the “cheerleader” of the plot, was sentenced to a decade in jail.Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Peter Rosinski asked Souvannarath before her sentencing last week if she would like to address the court. She said: “I decline.”The judge said in his decision that the sentence — life in prison with no chance of parole for a decade — reflects her failure to express remorse or renounce the ideological motivations for the conspiracy.Those ideological motivations included an obsession with Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, two teenage gunmen who killed students and a teacher at Columbine High School.Souvannarath’s parents said the mass shooting in Littleton, Colo., deeply affected her.“Her first grade teacher gave a graphic and inappropriate description of the Columbine shooting that left Lindsay terrified and unable to sleep alone,” they said.“We had to sit with her until she fell asleep for a few nights afterward.”The letter, entered as an exhibit in the case, details Souvannarath’s struggle with being of mixed race.“Lindsay always has struggled with the fact that she’s biracial,” her parents wrote. “When she was just four years old she came to us crying, saying she was sad because she did not look like her mom.”Souvannarath’s mother appears to be white, while a Facebook account that appears to belong to her father indicates he is originally from Southeast Asia.Her parents said when she attended a summer camp in Chicago with mostly African-American children, she happily declared “Look, Mommy! Those kids look just like me.”When Souvannarath was seven, the family moved from Chicago to a suburb that was “not very diverse or tolerant,” her parents wrote.During a recent phone call, her parents say she opened up about her difficulty being biracial.“She usually keeps her feelings pent up, and I was very pleased to see that she was willing to talk about this matter,” her parents said.They said her elementary school teachers called her “delightful and imaginative” but that she started facing bullying in middle school.Her parents said her appearance, coupled with her unique personality, made her a target for bullying and exclusion.“She is very awkward socially and this has made it difficult for her to make friends,” they said, adding that she was “without friends for most of her teen and young adult years.”Her parents said despite her high IQ, Souvannarath is “emotionally immature” and childlike in many ways.“Up until this awful incident, Lindsay never caused any trouble for us,” they said. “She has always been a good girl.”They added: “We were completely shocked when we learned what happened.”Souvannarath, now 26, is expected to be transferred to a prison in southern Ontario. After credit for time served in custody, she will be eligible for parole in seven years.Her parents said they will likely move back to Chicago, where there are abundant resources for ex-offenders.They said they will be there “to support and guide her” whenever she is released.“We will make sure she gets the help and support she needs,” they wrote.However, the sentence of life in prison means she could spend the rest of her days behind bars.Souvannarath’s grandmother and grandfather also wrote letters to the judge ahead of sentencing. The handwritten notes were entered as exhibits in the case and made available Monday.Her grandmother said she believes Souvannarath was never accept in the Midwest suburb of Geneva because “she looked a little different.”“Lindsay had dark hair and Asian features,” she wrote. “When the children waited for the school bus in groups, Lindsay stood alone.”Her grandmother said she would sit alone in her room while other children played games outside, and that she was never invited to birthday parties.“It broke my hear to see her so sad.”last_img read more

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