Get ready to play ball — exciting season on tap for NDBA

first_imgThe upcoming season looks very promising for Nelson Baseball on the eve of completion of upgrades to Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview.Thanks to the many hours of volunteer work, those upgrades should be completed in the next few weeks.“New irrigation system and natural turf infield replaces the hard clay infield we’ve been playing on for a few decades,” said outgoing Nelson and District Baseball Association President Larry Martel.“The City of Nelson is helping to upgrade the player dugouts, the backstop fencing and trees this year.“The outfield banks were overgrown and full of weeds and thorny scrubs which have been cleaned up and re-seeded.”Martel said had increased by 30 percent in 2014 last season in Nelson and NDBA also saw Okanagan Falls, Salmo and Kaslo join the West Kootenay Little League association for our house league schedule. The registration increase saw NDBA increase to 20 teams playing in the Minors — 9-10 years — and Majors 11-12 years.These divisions play a 12-15 game schedule and attend a couple of tournaments during the 10-week season that runs from April to June.Martel said T-ball 5-6 years — and Rookies —7-8 years — also have seen registrations increasing.“These younger baseball players have very limited travel and play all their games and practices at the new Lions park diamond,” he explained.NDBA baseball registration closes Friday (April 1) so that division managers can evaluate and get teams in coaches in place for the start of the West Kootenay League.Practices usually start soon after April 1 and the first games around the April 15th, weather permitting.“The season runs to the end of the school year then a few of the players continue with summer baseball in the American Legion, Little League provincials or with travel baseball teams that attend tournaments in July in the Okanagan or in Montana, Idaho and Washington state,” Martel said.Anyone interested in umpiring should attend at clinic hosted in Castlegar this year in early April before the first games.David Gray is  the new association president for NDBA.last_img read more

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The Atleti squad pays the price of tickets for Valencia

first_imgThe Athletic will be very well accompanied by Atlético’s fans in the next league match against Valencia (Friday 14, 21:00 hours). The club sold out the quota of places that Valencia had given it and 508 followers of Atlético will attend the match. There were even more requests, but the Valencian club has not sent more tickets for the match. The price of each ticket is 40 euros, but traveling fans will not have to pay the cost of them. Atletico players have decided to run with the expense of the tickets, in gratitude for their support in a difficult time for the Madrid team. The template of Athletic He knows that things are not going as they thought and still the fans are still responding. And so they have decided pay the tickets of the 508 fans who will travel to Valencia.last_img read more

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Recruitment coup testament to UP’s commitment to produce results

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Both Paras and Rivero are part of the Gilas program that is being groomed for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.Perasol said that there’s a “win-now” mentality with UP, and he wants to see results as soon possible.UP experienced steady development under Perasol in the UAAP with the team winning five games in Season 79, two more than the year before the head coach took over, and six in Season 80.“It’s a process but we all want the result as soon as possible because it’s been so long that we’re in the upper half of the league,” said Perasol. “We just have to do it the right way. The important thing is we give ourselves a chance top barge into the Final 4 for us to have a chance.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Serena Williams nears 8th Wimbledon title, 24th Slam overallcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ University of the Philippines is arguably the most hyped about team in the UAAP at the moment, but fans have to wait another year to see the team’s top prospects in action.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES With Gilas cadets Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras, two of the most talked-about young talents in Philippine basketball, now on their program, the Diliman team became an instant favorite for years to come.Rivero and Paras can only play in Season 82 but UP head coach Bo Perasol said the recruitment of the two players is a testament to the school’s goal of competing in the highest level.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Kobe brings an excitement to the community, to the supporters of the team, because when you have a high caliber player like Kobe or Ricci the thought is you’re serious about what you’re doing,” said Perasol in a phone conversation with INQUIRER.net Thursday.Rivero transferred to UP from De La Salle while Paras, who had a short-lived US NCAA career, moved from Cal State Northridge to Diliman. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

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Stop wasting our tax dollars

first_imgDear Editor,Look at how fast this APNU/AFC Government is becoming Orwellian! Ever since the successful passage of the No-Confidence Motion on December 21, 2018, the Government and its operatives have used and wasted State resources to stifle our democracy! If paying exorbitant fees on Counsel for legal challenges, chartering planes for 19 Ministers to visit and campaign in Region Nine and using Government vehicles as part of the APNU mash parade contingent were not insulting and abusive enough; check out Imran Khan’s commentary of March 10, captioned “The current political situation – why we are here”. This inflammatory political commentary was produced with State resources and shared publicly on the Department of Information’s Facebook and YouTube channel. Khan has a duty as the Head of the Department of Information to only provide factual information. The DPI’s information dissemination media are for public interests and matters based on facts – not fake news and Imran Khan’s misrepresentation of the facts. Attempting to avoid defamation challenges by not naming persons directly does not excuse Khan’s inciteful behaviour and abuse of State resources. Let me answer Khan’s question – “why are we here?”  And let me add – Where is here?  We are “here” because the Government lost a vote of confidence. Where is here?  Here is 10 days away from a constitutional crisis!  Why?  Because the Government refuses to honour and respect the Constitution. It is that simple!  No amount of name calling by Imran Khan (opened eyed an all) will change the fact that this soon to be illegal APNU/AFC Government is clutching tightly to the reins of power while Guyanese suffer and our country is laughed at!  Every time Imran Khan opens his mouth and eyes, he confirms the widely held view that the APNU/AFC Government is scared, incompetent and power hungry.  Stop wasting our tax dollars! Stop abusing State resources! Stop spreading propaganda! Call elections now.Yours truly,Vickram Bharratlast_img read more

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‘Desist from Extorting Passengers’

first_imgThe Ministry of Transport has again warned commercial drivers to stop “extorting money from passengers.” The Ministry in a release stated that the unscrupulous behavior of some commercial drivers, who are in the constant habit of overcharging passengers thus violating the published transportation rates issued by the Government of Liberia in a joint memorandum signed by the Ministries of Commerce and Industry and Transport must now stop.It urged all commercial taxi drivers in the Monrovia area to desist from extorting passengers with immediate effect and adhere to the official transport fares.It stated that any violators caught will be charged, for first offense US$100 for taxi and US$200 for transport pick-ups (TP)/transport buses (TB). The fine will be paid to the Ministry of Finance/Central Bank in a 24-hour period.It further stated that a second offense will result into US$200 for taxi and US$400 for TP/TB; while a third time offender will have his driver’s license suspended for two years.“To help the Ministry adequately enforce these measures, commuters and the general public are encouraged to report violators by calling the below hotline numbers for prompt redress by our field inspectors: 0888-960960 or 0888-961961.The Ministry’s latest warning comes following persistent cries from commuters about being constantly overcharged.One commuter, James Teah, who was waiting to board a bus on McDonald Street, yesterday told this newspaper that he does not believe that the Ministry’s warning will yield any result for them.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport said it is pleased to inform the public that the House of Representatives has passed the Axle Load Law submitted to the body in December 2014. The Axle Load Law will control certain kinds of vehicles from using certain roads, and will restrict the amount of load a vehicle can carry based on the number of axles the vehicle has. This will help to avoid the fast destruction of the road infrastructure in the Republic of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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US$59.6m Loan Agreement for Road Network

first_imgPartial view of members of the House of Representatives voting to forward the Agreement for revisionPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has submitted for legislative ratification a pre-financing agreement recently signed between Liberia and the East International Group Incorporated, worth US$59,567,000.According to a letter to House Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay, which was read during Thursday’s session, the purpose of the pre-financing agreement is for the pavement of a 24.5km road from Klay to DC Clarke and 51km of selected neighborhoods and communities in Monrovia and its environs.The president’s letter further said the proceeds of the financing agreement shall be applied for the sole purpose of financing one hundred percent of the project.The letter also indicated that the objective of the agreement is to implement government’s developmental agenda and create an accessible and durable road network to make it easy for citizens and residents to travel in the said areas.The completion of the project will reduce travel time in case of medical and other emergencies and give the citizens in those areas opportunities for immediate relief, and improve the social welfare, economic condition and zoning effect within Monrovia and its environs, the letter noted.The agreement stipulates that the repayment schedules for the 24.5km Klay to DC Clarke Road to Bomi County and the 51km of selected neighborhoods/community roads, with disbursed amounts of US$19,905,537.39 and US$39,661,473.51 respectively, shall commence and be repaid in seven years.Meanwhile, the House’s plenary has mandated the Committees on Public Works, Judiciary, and Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning to review the agreement and advise it in two weeks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mayor’s gang strategy

first_imgThe real challenge is for City Hall to stop giving away the treasury to the rich and paying lip service to the poor. The solution to the gang issue is to provide greater opportunity for people to join the middle class, and that requires better paying jobs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! To be sure, Angelenos have heard politicians wax gang crackdown many times before. But Villaraigosa promises this time will be different because of his commitment to rally for state and federal assistance. The mayor certainly has offered the basis for a promising anti-gang strategy this time, as outlined in the 36-page document that proposes a “comprehensive, collaborative and communitywide approach.” Undeniably, it’s the right thing to do politically, economically and morally. In many ways, the prevalence of gangs in Los Angeles is a reflection of the city’s largest problems – poverty, economic disparity, illegal immigration, lack of affordable housing, failed public education and City Hall’s abysmal record of solving problems. To get a handle on the gang problem that’s festered for decades, we must address it in a comprehensive manner. In Villaraigosa’s description, L.A. is “becoming a city of marble and cardboard, a city of prodigious wealth and withering poverty.” Changing that isn’t as easy as dedicating a few more resources toward fighting gangs, but it’s a strong first step. IN his second State of the City address, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said his top priority for the coming year is gangs – or rather, their negative influence on the city and its people. After two failures in the past week over issues the mayor had little control over – the schools and the Olympics – it was good to see him taking on an issue not only within his purview, but one that affects everything in the city, from the quality of life to the economy to education. To do this, Villaraigosa earmarked $168 million in the $6.7 billion, 2007-08 city budget. Ninety percent of that money already is being spent on the gang problem without any kind of accountability, coordination or measure of success. That modest amount of money will pay for intervention and prevention programs, appointment of a “gang czar,” counseling, creation of more jobs for young people. Meanwhile, the mayor will ask City Controller Laura Chick to audit gang-prevention programs and dump the ones that aren’t working. last_img read more

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Belgium pip England to top Pool G

first_img0Shares0000That goal by the 23-year-old was his first-ever for his country on his ninth appearanceKALININGRAD, Russia, June 28 – A brilliant strike by Adnan Januzaj lit up an otherwise insipid clash as Belgium beat England 1-0 to secure top spot in World Cup Group G in Kaliningrad on Thursday.Januzaj’s superb second-half goal sent Belgium into a last 16 clash with Japan while England will now advance to a second round meeting with Colombia on Tuesday. By finishing second in the group, England have though avoided a loaded top half of the draw containing past winners Brazil, France, Argentina and Uruguay as well as European champions Portugal.The fact second place in the group was no disaster seemed to be a big factor in both coaches’ team selection with their places in the last 16 already secured.Southgate made eight changes with Belgian boss Roberto Martinez going one better as only Thibaut Courtois and Dedryck Boyata retained their places from the 5-2 thrashing of Tunisia.Star Belgian duo Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne joined England captain Harry Kane in watching from the sidelines and their ability to thrill was badly missed as locals in the crowd turned on both sides with jeers and chants of “Russia”.Youri Tielemans did test Jordan Pickford with a fiercely struck effort just six minutes in that forced the Everton stopper into his best save of the World Cup so far.Moments later Pickford let a Michy Batshuayi effort squeeze past him and was rescued by Gary Cahill’s goal-line clearance.After an early burst, though, Belgium seemed more adept at picking up yellow cards that would have seen them finish behind England if the game ended in a draw due to a poorer disciplinary record.Tielemans and Leander Dendoncker both went into the book early to cheers from the Belgian fans.Six of England’s eight goals against Tunisia and Panama to reach the knockout stages came from set-pieces and they again proved the Three Lions greatest threat in the first-half as Cahill and Ruben Loftus-Cheek headed just wide.Marcus Rashford had the opportunity to put serious pressure on Raheem Sterling for his place in the side for the last 16 after two disappointing performances from the Manchester City winger.But unlike his substitute appearance against Tunisia, Rashford failed to further his case for a start and fired well off target when presented with a shooting chance from the edge of the box just after half-time.Januzaj suddenly sparked the game into life moments later when he twisted and turned inside the England box before curling a wonderful strike into the top corner.Rashford had by a distance England’s best chance 25 minutes from time, but again slotted wide with just Courtois to beat.Belgium were given a major boost ahead of the knockout stages when captain Vincent Kompany made his return from injury for the final 15 minutes.Southgate didn’t even turn to Kane in search for an equaliser, instead introducing Danny Welbeck to ensure every outfield player in his squad featured across the three group games.And Welbeck nearly earned a point eight minutes from time when his goalbound effort was deflected just wide by Fellaini.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Canadian Cancer Society launches new campaign to help ease financial burden for guests at Kordyban Lodge

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Canadian Cancer Society is launching a new campaign to help lighten the financial strain for patients that are seeking treatment at the Kordyban Lodge in Prince George.The Kordyban Lodge serves cancer patients of Northern B.C. and the new campaign ‘Peace of Mind’ aims to ease the financial burden associated with cancer treatment so that people who use the centre can rest and focus on their recovery.The Cancer Society’s new campaign hopes to reduce the nightly fee at the Kordyban Lodge from $54.00 to $20.00 per guest.- Advertisement -According to the Cancer Society, the goal is to raise $450,000, with more than $220,000 pledged to-date.The Society says the Peace River Regional District is providing a pledge of $50,000 per year for the next three years.For more information and to donate, you can visit the Canadian Cancer Society’s website.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Reports: Striking writers may change strategy of talks

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAlthough the union has not made any public comments this weekend, entertainment columnist Nikki Finke says the union told its members that it plans to start individual talks Monday. Finke wrote in her column that WGA negotiators will start contacting individual production studios starting Monday. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers’ Jesse Hiestand fired back by dismissing the possibility that the union could conquer the studios by dividing them. The producers group “may have different companies with different assets in different businesses, but they are all unified in one common goal – to reach an agreement with writers that positions everyone in our industry for success in a rapidly changing marketplace,” he said in a written statement. Negotiations between the WGA and producers group ground to a halt two weeks ago. The Writers Guild of America plans to begin negotiations with individual production companies starting Monday, in an effort to “divide and conquer” the coalition of Hollywood studios and networks after six weeks of strike. A spokesman for the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers shot back that the WGA initiative is “grasping at straws.” The news comes amid reports that David Letterman is seeking a separate contract with his WGA- jurisdiction employees, allowing his CBS late night show to return to the air with its regular staff just after New Year’s Day – regardless of whether there is a nationwide WGA settlement. The New York Times reported that NBC employees Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien may return to the air as early as Jan. 2 without their union writers. Letterman, as owner of his own show, has the advantage of creating his own contract offer to his union shop, whom he has been paying out of pocket for six weeks. last_img read more

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