Vikings looking to garner fourth straight Flag title

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Castlegar Vikings appear poised to win West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League for the fourth straight time.The Vikings head into Sunday’s playoffs as the top seed after claiming the regular season title with a 4-1 record.The Vikings were idle during the weekend and now meet Nelson Impact in one semi final. In the other semi the struggling Hume Brewers match up against the red-hot Dam Inn Mates.The Brewers and Mates finished in a tie for second, each with 3-3 records.The Impact, which forfeited its final game Sunday, edged out Our Glass for the final playoff spot using the plus-minus tiebreaker.In the other contest Sunday, Hume Brewers forfeited the final game against Our Glass.The WKMFFL final is set for November 21 at the Mount Sentinel Field in South Slocan.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Kinrade likes what he sees in Europe, heading back to SC Bern for season two in August

first_imgGeoff Kinrade knew he was taking a chance by signing a professional contract in the Czech Republic in the summer of 2011.However, the Nelson Minor Hockey grad probably didn’t realize he’d be seeing a lot more of Europe than originally planned.Kinrade, finished up his inaugural season playing professional hockey in Europe with SC Bern of the Swiss League after starting the campaign in the Czech Republic for HC Plzen 1929.“Though I loved living in Plzen and enjoyed my teammates, things were not working out with the coach and the transfer to the Swiss league was a great opportunity,” the 26-year-old Kinrade told The Nelson Daily from Penticton, his off-season home.“(But) it was a good move for me as the NLA (National League A) is probably the best European League to play in for an import player.”Kinrade made the decision to try hockey in Europe after he failed gain the attention of the Ottawa Senators management following the 2010-11 season.Despite playing a key role in the success of Ottawa’s farm team in Binghamton — Kinrade played in all 23 playoff games as the Senators won the AHL’s Calder Cup and was plus-2 with a goal and four assists — the smooth skating defenceman realized the chance of getting a shot at the parent National Hockey League club was remote at best.So when his agent found a team in Europe, Kinrade inked a one-year deal, believing he could parlay a positive season across the big pond into an NHL opportunity with another team.“I really enjoyed living in Europe,” explained Kinrade, following in the footsteps of other Nelsonites — Simon Wheeldon and Bruno Campese — who have gained notoriety playing in Europe.“It was a very cool experience since it was my first time leaving (North America).”Kinrade played 34 games for HC Plzen 1929 before getting a transfer to SC Bern in January.The former Nelson Leaf played seven regular season games with SC Bern before dressing for 17 playoff contests.However, this playoff ride did not conclude with the same playoff magic as Kinrade experienced in Binghamton.SC Bern finished the season losing out in the seven-game final against ZSC Lions.SC Bern watched as a 3-1 lead evaporated before their eyes.Then in the final game, at home not less, Trail native Steven McCarthy scored the winner with time running out.How ironic that a Nelson Minor Hockey grad goes across the ocean to lose out in a hockey final to a Trail Minor Hockey grad in a 2-1 game-seven victory for ZSC Lions. “There were similarities and differences, but playoff hockey is always going to be intense, so it felt the same,” Kinrade said about the post-season ride for SC Bern.Former Trail Smokie Travis Roche was a teammate of Kinrades while Jeff Tambellini, also with roots in the Silver City, was on the roster of ZSC Lions.It’s been a wild ride, not only this season, but throughout the Geoff Kinrade hockey career.The first season overseas only added to the rollercoaster ride.“Living in Czech Republic was the most difficult since most people did not speak English,” Kinrade said.“Western Europe is much more English friendly as almost everyone can speak at least a little English.”“(But) I got to see a lot of Europe,” he added. “We played games throughout Finland in the beginning of the season and I also traveled throughout Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland on my own and also with hockey.”And what’s in the cards for next season?“I have already signed in Bern for next year,” heading back to Switzerland in August.Looks like the NHL is going to wait at least for another season.last_img read more

9 months agoSpalletti: Inter Milan in Coppa Italia to win it

first_imgSpalletti: Inter Milan in Coppa Italia to win itby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti says they’re in the Coppa Italia to win it.Inter meet Benevento in the round of 16 on Sunday.“As we saw last year, these games can hold hidden dangers, but the team is focused and learned from that experience,” said Spalletti.“We have a stronger mentality now and will try to improve it further in this match. Benevento boss Cristian Bucchi has experience now and is very good at setting his team out, so his type of side can cause problems.“We also saw in Cup competitions in England and France that big clubs can be surprised by minnows. Benevento eliminated Udinese in order to get here, so in one-off matches, the gap between teams can be wiped out.”On winning the Coppa, he added: “It is certainly an objective. This is probably the simplest to achieve, because there are fewer games on the way to the Final. Big clubs take part and it’ll be tough, but a side like Inter must aim for victory.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Rogers beats expectations as wireless segment grows looks to new TV system

first_imgTORONTO – Strong wireless results helped Rogers Communications Inc. beat analyst expectations in the third quarter and raise its full-year outlook.Wireless revenue climbed five per cent while churn, a measure of customer retention, was the best in a decade, said company CEO Joe Natale in a conference call Friday.“In wireless we’ve delivered another strong quarter. We’ve continued to reduce post-paid churn, delivering the best Q3 postpaid churn since 2009.”The improved financial picture saw the company increase its outlook for adjusted earnings growth before taxes and other charges by two percentage points to between seven and nine per cent.Cable revenue climbed a modest one per cent in the quarter, but the company expects to see future growth with its new Ignite TV system introduced in the quarter.The move to the internet-based television product, which Natale said they’re rolling out at a “thoughtful pace,” has the company seeing an end to conventional television products some time in the future to drive down costs and boost simplicity.“At some point in the future you will see us stop selling legacy TV, and then really kind of drive further efforts in getting the built op-ex and cap-ex efficiencies of that move,” he said.Installation costs alone would lead to substantial savings, with conventional cable costing about $1,100 for a full install, compared with $400 and potentially lower with internet-based services, said Natale.Service costs would also be lower in the future with fewer systems, he said.“Having various vintages of TV set-top boxes and home gateways drives complexity in the field for our people.”The new service, which allows customers to browse Netflix and YouTube as well as cable channels from one source, will also allow a boost to revenues per account as they spend more time watching.“Customers have an easier time finding content, navigating through content, and therefore we think a much easier time consuming content,” said Natale.“We’ll continue to find other ways of packaging and merchandising content in the fullness of time, which we think will also help with economics of the business.”Overall, Rogers net income was up 17 per cent to $594 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30 from the same quarter last year.The telecom company says the earnings per share for the quarter worked out to $1.15 per diluted share, up from 98 cents per share last year.Adjusted net income hit $625 million, or $1.21 per share, which beat analyst expectations of $601 million and $1.17 per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Overall revenue was up three per cent to $3.77 billion, driven by the wireless gains. Media revenue was down five per cent because of lower revenue from the Toronto Blue Jays.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)last_img read more

Kumaraswamy dubs raid on JDS leaders as politically motivated

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said on Thursday that the income tax raid on JD(S) leaders overseeing the electioneering of his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy in Mandya and nephew Prajwal Revanna in Hassan was “politically motivated” and he would stage a demonstration against it in Bengaluru along with Congress leaders. “I am going to stage a demonstration in Bengaluru. Let the whole nation see how the income tax department is being misused. These raids are politically motivated,” a visibly upset Kumaraswamy told reporters in Mysuru. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The pre-dawn raids at 15 to 20 places triggered an angry backlash from Congress as well as JD(S) leaders. More importantly, the raids were on people who were monitoring the electioneering of the two belonging to the Gowda family, including state minor irrigation minister C S Puttaraju and his nephew Ashok, who is a district Panchayat member in Mysuru. Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Prajwal Revanna are testing political waters for the first time under the tutelage of Kumaraswamy and PWD minister H D Revanna. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Asserting that he had predicted the raids Wednesday night itself, Kumaraswamy said for the first time the I-T officials raided government offices too, such as PWD office in Hassan and Tahsildar office in Kanakapura. Accusing the principal chief commissioner of income tax department (Karnataka-Goa region) B R Balakrishnan of acting as a “political agent”, the chief minister said he was eyeing on a gubernatorial position post retirement. “A BJP leader sends list of people to Amit Shah, who eventually forwards it to Balakrishnan to carry out raids. Balakrishnan is acting as an agent of BJP. It seems that he wants a post retirement position such as governor of some state,” he added. Kumaraswamy questioned BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa as to whether he could win elections without money. “Note counting machine was found during raids at BJP leaders’ houses. They are now teaching us about honesty. Did the I-T officials find note counting machine at Puttaraju’s house? They are out to frighten us but the fact is the BJP is shaken and wants to win election by intimidating us. We are not the ones who get scared,” said the chief minister. The raids did not perturb Revanna. Speaking to reporters in Hassan, he said, “So long as I have the blessings of Sringeri Sharadamba and Shankaracharya, nothing will happen…Anybody conspiring against me or trying black magic will be destroyed. I am so well protected.” Former chief minister and Congress strongman Siddaramaiah said if the BJP thought that these intimidation tactics would win them the election, then they are wrong in their assumption. Yeddyurappa rubbished the charges, saying the Income Tax department was doing its duty and it should not be linked with politics. Meanwhile, the income tax department in a press release in the wake of the chief minister’s statements to the press, said no MP, MLA or minister had been covered in the searches and they were being carried out on the basis of credible information received. “Certain searches are being carried out by the income tax department in Karnataka Goa on contractors and connected persons. No MP, MLA or minister have so far been covered in the searches. These searches are being carried out on the basis of credible information received,” it said. The searches were carried out on a wide range of professions and businesses including bureaucrats, breweries, MNCs, mining barons, diagnostic centres, trusts, educational institutions, medical colleges, real estate, fisheries, and film industry and including politically exposed persons, said the release. It also said these searches have resulted in collecting credible evidence on tax evasion. The searches on politically exposed persons have covered their entire range of the political spectrum. The I-T department also said CRPF personnel being used for the searches had not been flown from outside the state. “While it is true that CRPF is being used for providing security, the said central armed police personnel were requisitioned from the State Police (ADGP Law and Order) following normal protocol and have not been flown in outside the state,” the release said. The department also said its activities should not be politicised, personalised or trivialised. “We also request that the activities of the income tax department should not be politicised, personalised or trivialised. In particular statements which sound like an incitement to physical violence issued by persons holding very responsible posts are deeply deplorable,” it added. The Income Tax department is committed to carrying out its functions in a professional and fearless manner. The Department will act on credible information regardless of political affiliations, the release said.last_img read more

Delhi BJPs Purvanchal Morcha to explain govts schemes to parkgoers

first_imgNew Delhi: Purvanchal Morcha workers of the Delhi unit of the BJP will hold interactions with the city park-goers telling them about Modi government’s schemes for their benefit while “exposing” AAP government in Delhi.The teams of Purvanchal Morcha will visit parks across the city, specially in areas dominated by people from Bihar and eastern UP (Purvanchalis) settled in Delhi, and explain to them how Modi government has worked for their welfare Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderin the past five years, president of the Morcha, Manish Singh, said. “The campaign will begin from Thursday with Purvanchal Morcha visiting 15-16 major parks in each of the 14 districts in the national capital to popularise schemes and work of the Modi government,” Singh said. The planning for the park visits by Morcha workers was discussed in a meeting on Wednesday, attended by Singh, vice president of the outfit Jagdamba, general secretary Rahul Ranjan, and district presidents. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”We will focus on those areas where Purvhanchali population is concentrated in the city,” Singh said. Singh claimed the community, comprising 44 per cent of the Delhi voters, is “disillusioned” by the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) which they “wholeheartedly” supported in the 2015 Assembly elections. The Morcha has so far held over 1,200 meetings in different parts of the city having sizeable Purvanchali population. It has set a target to hold 2,000 such meetings by April 20 in the run-up to the general elections, he said.last_img read more

Health Alert Hand Foot Mouth and Lice cases recorded among children

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 10, 2016 – Some health warnings now for children in particular as there are cases of lice and hand food and mouth disease confirmed by the Ministry of Health in the TCI.   An outbreak of lice at at least two Provo schools has prompted notice and when it comes to HFMD, there are cases in Provo mainly, Grand Turk and North Caicos also.Surveillance and education are among the ways the ministry says it is coping with the children’s illnesses.  In the case of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease is spread by youngsters under 5 and passes on through coughing or sneezing, also from saliva, fluid from blisters and infected stool.Child care institutions have to be most careful as this is where HFMD spreads most.  Symptoms are rashes, fever, headache, runny nose and sore throat.  Tylenol or Panadol can be used in medical treatment says the Ministry and care givers and parents must increase in fluids to avoid dehydration.  When it comes to lice; wash wash and more washing.  In both cases you should keep children at home until they are better. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Wilmington Residents Invited To Ipswich River Watershed Association Events

first_img(NOTE: The Ipswich River begins in Wilmington as a series of small streams and wetlands.)IPSWICH, MA — The Ipswich River Watershed Association is holding several upcoming events open to Wilmington residents.Beginners PaddleWednesdays: July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22, 5:30pm to 8pmJoin us for a relaxed, fun, family-friendly and free paddle from our Riverbend headquarters. This Paddle Series is perfect for all ages and levels of paddling experience. You will have the opportunity to learn basic paddling skills, from the proper way to hold a kayak paddle to different ways to steer your canoe. Please RSVP to let us know if you need to borrow one of our boats or plan to use your own. Our route depends on river conditions and water level.Mindful PaddleWednesday, July 18, 5:30pm to 8pmCanoeing and kayaking are a wonderful complement to a meditative practice. This entirely silent paddle will be led by Kent Harrop, a graduate of the Shalem Institute in Contemplative Leadership and a life-long lover of rivers and paddling. Before entering the water we’ll be introduced to a few simple yet profound meditation mantras designed to quiet our minds. The intent is to be as fully present to our time on the water as possible. Spaces are limited. Please RSVP.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedIpswich River Watershed Association Announces Paddle-A-Thon 2018, Registration Now OpenIn “Community”Wilmington Youth Organizations Invited To Take Field Trips To Ipswich RiverIn “Community”Ipswich River Watershed Association Looking For River Inspired ArtIn “Community”last_img read more

PF deposits may fetch 9 interest this fiscal

first_imgThe Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) may hand out more interest on provident fund (PF) deposits for the current fiscal, compared to the 8.75% offered in the past two years.The retirement body is expected to give 9% for it’s over-5-crore subscribers for the 2015-16 fiscal.”The income projection of Rs 34,844.42 crore for the current fiscal is expected to be revised upward. Thus, the body can provide 9% rate of interest on PF deposits for 2015-16,” EPFO trustee and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh Secretary P J Banasure told Press Trust of India.Earlier this week, the Employees Provident Fund Organisation’s (EPFO) Finance Audit and Investment committee (FAIC) had recommended 8.95% interest on PF deposits for the current fiscal year.”If the EPFO provides 8.95% interest rate on PF deposits for 2015-16, it will leave a surplus of Rs 91 crore as per income projections worked out in September last year. But the FAIC will meet again later this month to vet the latest income estimate which is likely to be revised upward,” said Banasure, who is also a member of the FAIC.Offering 9% interest on deposits will lead to a deficit of Rs 100 crore for the EPFO, according to its income projections made in September last year.”We are expecting that there will be a surplus of Rs 100 crore on providing 9% rate of interest on PF deposits when EPFO will work out the latest estimates. The FAIC can change its recommendation in the next meeting and suggest 9% interest rate for 2015-16,” he said.However, the proposal to pay 9% interest needs to be approved by the Central Board of Trustees (CBT) before the Finance Ministry notifies it.Recently, the Finance Ministry indicated it would cut interest rates on small savings like public provident fund, taking into account the rate cuts announced by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).last_img read more