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Former L.V. Rogers Bomber Eric D’Andrea is off with the Vancouver Island University Mariners to the CCAA National Men’s Basketball Championship held this week at Holland University in Prince Edward Island. D’Andrea, in his fifth season with the Mariners, helped the Nanaimo-based squad capture the PACWEST crown for the third straight season with a 94-77 victory over the Capilano Blues recently in the conference championship game.VIU meets George Brown of Toronto in the opening game of the tournament Thursday at 9 a.m. PDT.The Mariners shot 49 percent from the field in the victory and were led by tournament MVP Usama Zaid. Zaid collected a game high 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Bryson Cox was equally impressive scoring 19 points, had nine rebounds and seven assists and was named the player of the game. D’Andrea, attending VIU on a Bacherlor of Arts degree, came off the bench to finish with five points in 13-plus minutes of playing time while shooting 2-4 from the field.D’Andrea averaged 7.1 points per game during the season during 22.6 minutes per game.VIU won the regular season PACWEST title with a 16-2 record.D’Andrea was coached by Ross Naka at LVR during his high school career before heading off to attend Thompson Rivers University.The 6’6” forward later transferred to Vancouver Island University and was part of the CCAA National Champion squad in 2013 and PACWEST silver medalist squad in 2014.George Brown is a wild-card entry into the tournament after losing to Sheridan College in the Ontario College Athletic Association Championship.
Mampho Selokoma, the enterprising owner of Bustique 244.(Image: bbqonline)MEDIA CONTACTS• Dr Lia VangelatosActing head of Zimele+27 11 638 9111Lucille DavieMining giant Anglo American has not forgotten the little guys – its enterprise development arm Zimele is lending a hand to small and medium enterprises, helping them to grow.With a little help from Zimele, protective clothing manufacturer Bustique 244 has seen its fortunes soar over the past year or so.“Previously, my company was faltering and not operating profitably,” says owner Mampho Selokoma. “However, acquiring Zimele’s assistance has significantly improved my business model, enabled quicker turnarounds, and set me on the road to profitability.”Zimele has been running since 1989 and supports sustainable small and medium enterprises, particularly in rural and peri-urban mining communities.Over a four-year period it has provided R567-million (US$64-million) in funding to black entrepreneurs. Some 1 085 companies have received support through 1 481 loans, collectively employed 19 575 people, and achieved a collective annual turnover of R2.4-billion ($270-million).Breaking into the marketBustique 244 manufactures quality and tailor-made protective clothing, primarily boiler and conti suits, used in the mining and construction sectors. A conti suit is a two-piece workman’s overall.The word zimele comes from Zulu and Xhosa and means “to be independent” or “to stand on one’s own feet”.“This support has also enhanced Bustique 244’s future prospects, as doors have been opened recently for potential orders with Anglo American’s supply chain, including its Kumba Iron Ore, Platinum and Thermal Coal businesses,” adds Selokoma.Selokoma says she has been in business since 2006, after extensively researching the protective clothing industry. Spotting a gap, she started small but in the past year or two she has been able to scale up with assistance from Zimele and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).“While Bustique 244 demonstrated great potential, the company was faltering because its owner Mampho Selokoma lacked the business experience, skills and financial resources to break into the market and achieve long term gains,” says Dr Lia Vangelatos, acting head of Zimele.“Zimele identified that it could make a real difference in the prosperity of Bustique 244, by offering financial support, as well as mentorship in key facets of her business.”Bustique 244 satisfied Zimele’s key criteria: that it has the capacity to grow substantially, and that it will create employment within the sector.“As such, Zimele is highly satisfied with what Bustique 244 has achieved thus far, as the company has not only gone from strength to strength, but has made real difference to the prosperity of the local community,” adds Vangelatos.Zimele provided a loan of R809 000 ($91 000) to Bustique 244 in 2011 – this enabled the company to take on an order from construction company WBHO, which built three of the 2010 World Cup stadiums and is involved in the King Shaka Airport in Durban, the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, and the ongoing Kusile Power Station, among others.The DTI has provided a R1-million loan ($112 000) to Selokoma for machinery.Secret of successSelokoma was born in Soweto, and holds qualifications from the Wits Graduate School of Public Development Management, and the Graduate Institute of Management Technology.She has worked in the retail banking, corporate and tourism sectors, in particular Pepsi Cola International, South African Breweries, Katekane Investments, and South African Tourism, for the past 20 years.Her secret to success is that she has been scrupulously careful about paying back the loans as soon as she receives payment from the contractors.“They know we are reliable, and like what we are doing,” says Selokoma. She sees reliability as her competitive advantage, together with the good quality of her products, and delivering on time. This has given the confidence to apply for more loans in the future.Selokoma employs four permanent staff, and takes on extra workers on a contract basis. She operates in the Northern Cape and Gauteng, and recently offered 80 workers temporary contracts in the Cape. She is confident that as the company grows she will take on more permanent staff.“We are growing in leaps and bounds. We can market freely, knowing that the future is good,” she enthuses.Selokoma was invited to speak at the 2012 Enterprise Development conference, held in Midrand in November. She saw it as an opportunity to “provide a considerable boost to her career aspirations, but inspire others to match her business achievements”, according to the BBQ website.Four funds for businessesZimele has four funds that focus on emerging black businesses. The Supply Chain Fund focuses on procurement and business development opportunities for black-owned and managed SMEs within Anglo American’s supply chain.The Khula Mining Fund manages mining-related investments as a joint initiative with Khula Enterprise Finance Limited, a government entity that promotes SME development.The Community Fund supports entrepreneurs and small businesses in the communities in which Anglo operates, by means of loan finance and hands-on guidance and support from a network of small business hubs.The Green Fund targets investment opportunities that specifically focus on environmental risks and improving the long-term environmental welfare of local communities. Areas of particular focus include reducing carbon emissions, energy and water consumption, and improving waste and emissions management, as a contribution to sustainable development.
Video: Virginia’s Darius Thompson Banks In Buzzer Beater To Complete Amazing Comeback vs. Wake Forest
With 1:20 left in the game, Wake Forest led No. 11 Virginia 64-54 at home. Over those final 80 seconds, the Cavaliers scored 18 points, capped off by a wild buzzer-beating bank shot by Darius Thompson, to beat the Demon Deacons 72-71. Virginia wins!! https://t.co/9SYoM5JmBv— Will Ojanen (@WillsWorldMN) January 27, 2016FOR THE WIN! @dthomp15 finishes off an incredible comeback in Winston-Salem for @UVAMensHoops ! #WAHOOWA # pic.twitter.com/Pe2ZXsAxRW— VirginiaSportsTV (@VaSportsTV) January 27, 2016The game log is crazy.College basketball has been impossible to predict this season, and the ACC is no different. Current ACC standings: UNC D$:[email protected]/&,!3 BC— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) January 27, 2016March will be here very soon. We can’t wait.
Bringing her signature sense of optimism, generosity and glamour to the table, Kate Hudson will join Michael Kors and Watch Hunger Stop to help build a world with zero hunger by raising awareness and funds for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).Kicking off in October 2015, the Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated actress’ first philanthropic role for Michael Kors will be helping to launch two limited-edition styles of the Bradshaw watch as part of this year’s Watch Hunger Stop campaign. Every sale of one of these special styles, named the Bradshaw 100, will enable 100 children in need to receive a nutritious meal through WFP’s School Meals program. The watches will be available exclusively in Michael Kors stores worldwide and on michaelkors.com in the U.S.For every sale of a watch from the Watch Hunger Stop Collection, Michael Kors will donate US $25 to WFP.“I’m proud to join Michael Kors in this global effort to end hunger,” says Kate Hudson. “As a mother, I can’t think of anything more important than raising a healthy and educated generation of children, and WFP’s School Meals Program is committed to exactly that. This is a cause that I’m eager to be a part of because I believe we can all make a real and significant difference.”And, the feeling is mutual. “I am so excited to have Kate Hudson join me in the fight to ensure that no child anywhere in the world goes to bed hungry,” says Michael Kors. “Not only does she have a unique star quality but she also brings an incredible amount of generosity and a can-do attitude to a cause that is extremely important to me personally. I’m grateful to work alongside her and WFP to make a real change.”Since launching in 2013, the Michael Kors Watch Hunger Stop campaign has already helped WFP deliver over 10 million meals to children in need.Source:Watch Hunger Stop
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Greenpeace is using Aboriginal people for the organization’s own aims in its fight against the tar sands, according to Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau.Brazeau, an Aboriginal Senator, said that he found Greenpeace’s use of Aboriginal people in its campaigns “problematic.”Several prominent Aboriginal leaders participated in a protest this week in Ottawa against the tar sands. Greenpeace was one of the organizers of the event, along with the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Council of Canadians.About 117 people were arrested Monday during the protest which saw at least 400 people turn out to chant and wave signs condemning the expansion of the tar sands.“What is really problematic is when you have organizations like Greenpeace…who use Aboriginal leaders and communities to basically ask them to support their message,” said Brazeau, during APTN National News’ weekly political panel. “For organizations like that to use Aboriginal people when it is creating jobs and when it’s good for the economy and good for the country, I find it very hypocritical.”Brazeau said the tar sands employed about 1,600 Aboriginal people, making it the largest employer of Aboriginal people in the country.Brazeau also said some of the companies working in the tar sands were Aboriginal owned and managed.“Those are the hard, cold facts,” said Brazeau.NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Linda Duncan said Brazeau was forgetting that the Dene, Mikisew Cree, Fort McKay First Nation and the Athabasca Chipewyan were at the front and centre of opposition to the tar sand’s expansion.“They are the very people who have been intervening in hearing after hearing on the expansion or further development of the oil sands,” said Duncan. “They are the ones front and centre who are calling for a slow-down of this industry because the only source of income they are being given…is to work in the very industry that is destroying their health and their environment.”
MONTREAL – An air passenger rights advocate is suing the Canadian Transportation Agency and Air Transat over decisions related to incidents last summer that left hundreds of passengers stranded on the tarmac for hours.Gabor Lukacs is asking the Federal Court of Appeal in Halifax to overturn the regulator’s decision in November to waive the $295,000 fine it imposed after finding the Montreal-based airline had committed several violations of transportation rules.Lukacs said the fine was just a “slap on the wrist” that is far below the level included in its enforcement manual.“The penalty is unfit and unreasonable in light of the seriousness of the violations, the extreme suffering they have caused to passengers,” said the 12-page application.He added that there is no deterrent value if fines are reduced by the amounts passengers receive in compensation.In his application, Lukacs said the administrative penalty amounted to just five per cent of the maximum available fine even though the regulator found Air Transat committed 590 violations that captured international attention.And by waiving the fine, “public money” owed to the government is diverted to passengers as compensation.Lukacs wants the penalty overturned and sent back to the CTA for reassessment. He is also asking the court to rule that the regulator doesn’t have the authority to waive penalties for violations.Nearly 600 passengers were kept on board two flights arriving from Europe that were diverted to the Ottawa airport on July 31 due to bad weather.Passengers were trapped aboard the jets for about five hours and testified at public hearings about sweltering heat, a lack of water and the stench of vomit in the cabin.The Air Transat flights were just two of 20 large planes that were diverted following the closure of Trudeau International Airport in Montreal and Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. One of the aircraft was the double-decker Airbus A380.The unscheduled arrivals put pressure on Ottawa airport, which struggled to refuel the aircraft amid a breakdown in communication.The CTA declined to comment about the lawsuit because it is before the courts.Air Transat declined to comment on the lawsuit but said it will pay $500 to each passenger on four flights diverted to Ottawa that day, including two that weren’t investigated by the CTA.Spokesman Christophe Hennebelle said the company has processed payments that represent more than 80 per cent of the imposed fine.“We are paying the difference to the CTA, but will nevertheless pursue our efforts to pay the full $500 to every single of our passengers for the four flights,” he wrote in an email.During the hearing, the airline said the events were the result of a confluence of factors beyond its control that is comparable to a force majeure event.However, in its ruling the CTA said Transat tariff rules require it to offer drinks and snacks and consider whether or not to let passengers disembark after a 90-minute delay.The agency also determined that it had no statutory authority to award compensation to passengers for inconvenience or pain and suffering.In addition to compensating passengers for expenses incurred, it ordered Air Transat to properly train employees, including pilots, about their obligations under Air Transportation Regulations.
O’Riley acknowledges in the letter that schedule and safety concerns impacted the overall health of the construction of Site C. “For these reasons we classified the overall health of the project for this quarter as “red”, or having serious concerns,” O’Riley wrote.“As noted above, we have worked hard over the past several months to improve our performance in these areas and since the reporting period, the overall health of the project has significantly improved and is now classified as “yellow,” or having some concerns.”O’Riley says that last month, BC Hydro reached a memorandum of understanding with Peace River Hydro Partners, the dam’s main civil works contractor, at a cost of $325 million.He says that the MOU includes a contractual schedule that achieves the diversion of the Peace River in 2020, which will keep the project on track to meeting the 2024 project in-service date.Also included in the memorandum are plans to accelerate a number of critical construction activities and purchasing some additional key equipment, with numerous incentive payments for PRHP if and when they meet critical project milestones.Finally, the agreement includes a settlement of past issues that O’Riley described in his letter to the Commission on October 4th, 2017. He said that Hydro has developed a plan to improve safety at the dam’s construction site, including implementing a senior-level safety steering committee with all prime contractors to address shared safety issues, hiring a permanent senior field safety manager, and regularly holding on-site safety conferences.“The contractors have confirmed their commitment to safety as well and developed plans to improve their performance,” O’Riley added.The full letter can be read here: https://www.bchydro.com/content/dam/BCHydro/customer-portal/documents/corporate/media/site-c-quarterly-report-11.pdf VANCOUVER, B.C. – BC Hydro President and Chief Operating Officer Chris O’Riley says in a letter to the B.C. Utilities Commission that after a number of issues and setbacks to the dam’s construction, the Site C project is back on track to be completed on-time and on-budget.In his letter to Commission Secretary and Manager Patrick Wruck, O’Riley also follows up on his letter to the Commission last October, when he said that the Crown Corporation was going to miss its deadline to divert the Peace River in September 2019 because of geotechnical issues.News of the letter was first reported by Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer late Wednesday. O’Riley explained that the $325 million settlement will be paid from the contingency fund of the dam’s main civil works budget, which he said will have no impact on the overall project budget.“The final contractual agreement between BC Hydro and the main civil works contractor is expected to be complete later this month,” he added.O’Riley also says in his letter that the Crown Corporation has also taken action to address safety concerns on the jobsite at Site C.“During the reporting period there were two lost time injuries, six medical attention treatment injuries and five near-misses – an increase from the previous quarter,” said O’Riley.
MOOSOMIN, S.K. – Federal Tory leader Andrew Scheer and the conservative premiers of Saskatchewan and New Brunswick are to speak today at a pro-pipeline rally near the Saskatchewan-Manitoba boundary.The event at a pumpjack facility is to draw attention to concerns about Bill C-69 _ federal legislation that proposes major changes to how energy projects are reviewed.Rally organizer Sinclair Harrison says if the bill passes it would be detrimental to future pipeline development. He also wants to encourage TransCanada Corp. to reapply to build Energy East, a pipeline that would have transported oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to New Brunswick and Quebec.The company scrapped the $15.7 billion project in 2017.Energy East would have featured a tank terminal in Moosomin, Sask., near where the rally is taking place.“We’re here to speak for the silent majority that are in favour of pipelines,” said Harrison.There were also plans for additional pipelines to be built further south.He said the area already sees tax revenue coming in from the existing TransCanada mainline and is reaping the benefits from construction taking place on another nearby pipeline. “The more pipelines, the better off we are,” he said.“If everyone could see the economic benefit that these construction companies have on the area, it’s phenomenal.”Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is attending the rally out of concern for the “harmful” policies coming from Ottawa that affect the energy sector, a spokesman said.Scheer is taking part to share his Conservative vision for Saskatchewan and to “send a clear message in the buildup to the October election,” said press secretary Daniel Schow in a statement. New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said he continues to fight for Energy East and will bring that message to the protest.The rally comes as a truck convoy that started in Red Deer, Alta., is making its way to Ottawa as part of a protest in support of the energy sector.
London: Arsenal moved into the Premier League top four, but made hard work of seeing off 10-man Watford 1-0 thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fortunate early opener on Monday. Aubameyang profited from an error by Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster as he blasted an attempted clearance in off the Gabon international. Watford captain Troy Deeney was then shown a straight red card after just 11 minutes, but the Gunners failed to make the most of their man advantage and were fortunate as the hosts twice hit the woodwork. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhHowever, Unai Emery’s men held out for a first clean sheet away from home in the Premier League this season to move ahead of Chelsea on goal difference into fourth. “We didn’t control the match like I wanted,” admitted Emery. “The team was anxious because they could (have) taken some moment. The most important for us is to score the second goal, which we didn’t do.” Arsenal also edge to within a point of north London rivals Tottenham and two clear of Manchester United in the four-way battle for the two remaining Champions League places behind Liverpool and Manchester City. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterFA Cup finalists Watford were already shorn of the man who helped book their place at Wembley against Manchester City next month as Gerard Deulofeu missed out through injury and Javi Gracia’s side did themselves little favours early on. Firstly, Foster dallied as Aubameyang closed in to concede a comical opener. “I’ve said sorry to the lads,” said Foster. “I have tried to drag it on to my left and pass it out but before I knew it he (Aubameyang) was bloody on me. “In hindsight, you have to get rid as quick as you can, even if it goes into row Z. “I am definitely not a modern goalie. They can’t score from row Z.” And within seconds, Deeney was punished for what the referee saw as an elbow into the face of Lucas Torreira. “If it is a foul I have a doubt, maybe a yellow card but (a) red card, I don’t understand why the referee did it,” argued Watford boss Javi Gracia. However, the 10 men were still causing problems to a defensively vulnerable Arsenal at the other end. Craig Cathcart’s shot was turned onto the post by Bernd Leno and the German goalkeeper was also a full stretch to turn an Etienne Capoue free-kick behind. Emery introduced Mesut Ozil at half-time in an attempt to improve Arsenal’s final ball with so much space to counter-attack into, but to little avail. Alex Iwobi looked to have provided the perfect cross to pick out Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but Foster made amends for his earlier error by spreading himself to make a brilliant save from the Armenian. Arsenal’s terrible away record is why they face such a tight battle to secure Champions League football next season. And they could have thrown just a second away league win since November away as Adam Masina crashed a 25-yard strike off the crossbar before Andre Gray miscontrolled Daryl Janmaat’s pass when clean through on Leno. Gray was then denied by a last-ditch challenge from Ainsley Maitland-Niles after rounding Leno, but without the firepower of Deulofeu and Deeney, Watford’s brave effort fell just short.
The Delhi Temple of Shri Venkateswara Swamy Vari, popularly known as Tirupati Balaji will be observing the Annual Brahmotsav Festival from May 15-25, 2019.Spread across 1.2 acres, the Delhi Temple of Lord Tirupati Balaji is located in the heart of New Delhi near Birla Mandir. It is under the aegis of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) and is a replica of the Temple situated at Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Brahmotsav, is the most important festival celebrated in Tirumala as it marks Lord Srinivasa’s self-manifestation day by Lord Brahma. The annual Brahmotsav is conducted with the same fervor at the Delhi temple as is done in Tirumala. Also Read – The Puja carnivalDuring the festival, the Utsav-murti (processional deity) of the presiding deity Lord Venkateswara (Tirupati Balaji), along with his consorts Padmavati Ammavaru (Mahalakshmi Maa) and Andal Ammavaru (Dharti Maa) is taken out on a procession on different Vahans on the streets around the Temple complex. The major highlights of the festival are Rath Yatra on different Vahans namely Pedda Sesha (seven-headed snake), Chinna Sesha (five-headed snake), Hamsa (swan), Muthya Pupandiri (pearl bower), Simha (lion), Kalpvriksha (wish-fulfing tree), Hanumantha (Hanuman), Sarvabupala (protector of universe), Garuda (eagle), Gaja (elephant), Surya Prabha (sun) and Chandra Prabha (moon). This year 10 vahans have been gifted by ardent devotees to the Delhi Temple of Lord Venkateswara each costing approximately Rs. 2 lacs. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraSpecial Pujas such as Abhishek, Kalyan Utasv (Lord Balaji’s marriage), Havan, etc. Mahaprasad will be done daily. The world-famous Tirumala Laddoos will also be available for Rs.100 each. The festival will also feature cultural programmes and special stalls. Praveen Prakash (IAS), Resident Commissioner Government of Andhra Pradesh and President, LAC, TTD has requested all devotees residing in Delhi and NCR to come forward to join the festivities and support the Delhi Temple Brahmotsav with heart and soul. Devotees may contact the Delhi temple for extending any support and donation.