Bombers blast Lakers en route to Kootenay Soccer Zone title

first_imgEarlier in the day LVR blasted Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar 6-0 to claim the three-team, round robin tournament.Bekka Schrader led the Bomber charge against the Lakers with three goals while Morag Paterson, Abbie Bouchier-Willans, Erica Augsten and senior defender Brittany Wheeler added singles.In the opening game against the Rockers, senior Andrea Stinson scored twice along with Paterson. Chloe Kuch and Keegan Paterson each scored single goals.Keeper Kat Garbula was her steady self in goal to register two shutouts.The Bombers travel to represent the Kootenay Zone May 31 to June 2 in Kamloops.The tournament is hosted by Sahali Secondary and played at McArthur Island Park. The L.V. Rogers Bombers are off to the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships.A day after the Bomber boys captured the Kootenay High School Rugby Zone title, the girls did the same — also in convincing fashion.The Bombers routed David Thompson Lakers from Invermere 7-0 en route to the zone crown Thursday afternoon at the Lakeside Pitch.last_img read more

SANTA ANITA STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2017

first_imgARROGATE TO WORK FOR PEGASUS SUNDAY OR MONDAYSONGBIRD DUE JAN. 24; LAS VIRGENES FOR UNIQUE BELLAMANDELLA HOPES TO PULL SOME STRINGS IN LA CANADA SADLER ON A ROLL AT SANTA ANITA, WEATHER OR NOT Doug O’Neill4063715%40%$258,548 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Norberto Arroyo, Jr.3872018%24%$303,780 Richard Baltas3044513%43%$273,463 FINISH LINES: When Mike Machowsky sends out Southern Keys in Saturday’s seventh race, it will be the first horse he’s run for the late Donald J. Blahut since his long-time owner died last June 20 at the age of 87. “He was a great man; everybody loved him,” said Machowsky, who trained 22 years for Blahut, part owner of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap winner Southern Image and stakes-winning turf star Caracortado. “Southern Keys’ mother (Dixie Image) is a full sister to Southern Image,” pointed out Machowsky. A resident of Newhall, Blahut was born in Emporia, Kansas, and had horses with the late Leonard Dorfman prior to joining up with Machowsky . . . The Voice of Santa Anita, Michael Wrona, and horse player Sebastian Piscuskas will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. . . . Santa Anita presents holiday racing on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will also be Dollar Day, with beer, sodas and hot dogs on sale for a buck apiece. First post time is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Jerry Hollendorfer2747515%59%$514,489 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 9) ARROGATE COULD WORK ‘SUNDAY OR MONDAY’ FOR PEGASUSBreeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate, a leading contender for Horse of the Year along with arch-rival California Chrome, likely will work on Santa Anita’s main track “Sunday or Monday” as he prepares for a widely anticipated rematch with the popular California-bred in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28.“The horse is doing good,” said Bob Baffert, who trains Arrogate for Juddmonte Farms. “Everything looks positive.”Arrogate had been entered in the San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 1 as a prep for the Pegasus, but a wet track caused Baffert to scratch the four-year-old gray son of Unbridled’s Song. Arrogate’s most recent workout came before last Sunday’s first race, when he went six furlongs in 1:11.80 under Martin Garcia.California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year who was overtaken in deep stretch to fall a half-length short in the Classic, has been in Florida since Jan. 6 to prepare for the inaugural running of the Pegasus at 1 1/8 miles.Trainer Art Sherman plans to work California Chrome five furlongs at Gulfstream tomorrow.The Horse of the Year will be announced Jan. 21 at Gulfstream Park, along with other Eclipse Award winners. Rafael Bejarano3843911%42%$375,663 Flavien Prat4494820%48%$618,043 HOLLENDORFER FEASTING ON ‘FILLY MIGNON’Jerry Hollendorfer is sitting pretty with his fillies.Songbird, champion two-year-old female of 2015 and a lock to be named champion three-year-old filly of 2016, is due back at Santa Anita Jan. 24 from a 10-week respite at WinStar Farm in Kentucky, while the just-turned-three Unique Bella, a dominating 7 ½-length winner of the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes last Sunday, is ticketed for the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile on Feb. 5.“Songbird is getting on a plane on the 24th (of January) and coming to Santa Anita,” saidher Hall of Fame trainer. “She’ll dictate to us when she’s ready to run.“We’ll go cautiously and carefully with her, and when she’s ready to run, we’ll get her running. Everything is good. WinStar has been in contact with me quite a bit and I with them, so she’s getting ready to come back.”As to Unique Bella, if all goes well the imposing three-year-old daughter of Tapit will take the logical steps, starting with the Las Virgenes, followed by the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks at 1 1/16 miles April 8 and the Grade I Kentucky Oaks May 5.“I think we have a nice program right here at Santa Anita,” said Hollendorfer, who captured the Las Virgenes and Santa Anita Oaks with Songbird last year en route to an unbeaten string of triumphs that reached 11 before her crushing nose defeat by Beholder in an unforgettable edition of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 4. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Corey Nakatani1532020%33%$167,690 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller2365326%61%$317,780 ‘SHOW’ ME THE MONEY SADLER DQ AWAY FROM PERFECTIONJohn Sadler would be batting 1.000 in the money at Santa Anita through nine racing days, had it not been for a disqualification.The 60-year-old trainer, soon embarking on his fourth decade as a successful mainstay in California, has sent out 13 runners, winning with five, with four seconds and three thirds, a 92 percent in the money average.When St. Reno was disqualified from third to fifth in the second race on Dec. 29, it ruined what would have been a perfect in the money mark for Sadler.“Even with the rainy weather, we’ve been very selective with what we run on off tracks,” Sadler said in explaining his consistency. “That’s probably why the percentage is so good.“We’ve been lucky we’ve had a few horses that have handled it well (foremost was the Argentine-bred Infobedad, who won by 26 ½ lengths on a wet/fast track Jan. 1, believed to be the largest winning margin ever at Santa Anita).“Like everybody else, the big picture is it’s good for the state (which has long been drought-stricken). The rain brings a lot of water, but this being California, it won’t last that long.”Meanwhile, Stellar Wind, champion three-year-old filly of 2015, continues to prepare for her 2107 debut despite minor bumps in the road due to the inclement weather.“She’s on the track every day,” Sadler said. “She’s had a little setback in that she should be galloping more instead of jogging, which is what she’s been doing, but when we get good weather, we’ll be fine.” Luis Contreras2333613%52%$159,834 Victor Espinoza2044420%60%$236,130 Tyler Baze4896419%40%$363,082 Mario Gutierrez2232414%41%$151,116 MANDELLA SEEKS LA CANADA UPSET WITH WILD AT HEARTBarring something short of a Beholder-like performance, Richard Mandella realizes he’ll need some luck if Wild At Heart is to turn the tables on Vale Dori in Saturday’s Grade II La Canada Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at 1 1/16 miles.Vale Dori, trained by Bob Baffert, defeated Wild At Heart by three lengths last out in the Grade II Bayakoa at Del Mar, spotting her rival five pounds in the process.“Vale Dori won easy,” Mandella said. “We have to hope her shoelace comes untied or something.”The field for the La Canada, race five of nine: Vale Dori, Mike Smith, 1-5; Show Stealer, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Wild At Heart, Flavien Prat, 9-2; Enduring Erin, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; and Autumn Flower, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1. Brice Blanc1433121%50%$125,125 John Sadler1354338%92%$237,104 Drayden Van Dyke3746011%27%$234,060 Martin Pedroza2955317%45%$185,520 William Spawr940244%67%$134,541 Kent Desormeaux3363518%42%$537,173 Philip D’Amato1533420%67%$356,325last_img read more

Stickleback Fish Achieve Stardom in Evolutionary Labs

first_imgAccording to Elizabeth Pennisi in Science June 18,1 the three-spine stickleback is being studied in 100 labs as a model of evolution.  Over the last century, the little fish has been the subject of some 2000 papers, seven textbooks, and a Nobel prize-winning thesis.  Evolutionists have been attracted to this fish because it appears to evolve quickly; outward changes have been observed in short time scales, especially as populations migrated from marine to freshwater environments.  Some studies have suggested “a provocative idea that a little DNA—perhaps just a single gene—can control many traits that affect an organism’s ability to thrive.”  Maybe this fish, easy to cultivate in the lab and found in a variety of natural environments, can provide evolutionists a genetic basis for rapid speciation:Since the 1930s, the prevailing view has been that evolution moves in a slow shuffle, advancing in small increments, propelled by numerous, minor genetic changes.  But some have challenged this dogma, notably H. Allen Orr, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Rochester in New York.  In 1992, he and his colleagues argued that just a few genes, perhaps even one, could power long-term change.  Such change could rev up speciation.  Lately, the Orr camp seems to be gaining ground, in part because of studies of sticklebacks, says R. Craig Albertson, an evolutionary biologist at the Forsyth Institute in Boston.  He and others are finding that “simple genetic changes can have profound effects.” On closer inspection, however, the effects do not appear all that profound, and the genetic bases for them appear to be of questionable value for evolutionary theory.  The marine species and the freshwater species supposedly branched apart 22,000 years ago as retreating glaciers trapped some populations in freshwater lakes.  Yet the primary differences involve lower numbers of body plates and shorter spines on the more recently-evolved freshwater populations, as well as changes in the shape of the jaw and some other bones.  From Pennisi’s review, here are the observations that are drawing evolutionists to the study of sticklebacks:Convergence:  “Although they evolved to look very different from their ancestors, they often came to resemble their counterparts who were evolving in a similar way in lakes that are geographically distant….”Interfertile Variety:  “‘These remarkably divergent populations have created a unique resource,’ in part because freshwater and saltwater populations can interbreed.”War and Peace:  The differences appear to be adaptive:Oceangoing sticklebacks are built for battle.  Prominent spines stick out behind their lower fins, and their bodies are covered with as many as 35 plates—presumably to fend off predators.  But spines and plates are reduced or missing in most of their freshwater cousins, probably an adaptation to the new habitat.  It pays to lose the bulky armor, says Michael Bell, an evolutionary biologist at the State University of New York, Stony Brook: Lakes may favor lightness because they typically have places to hide, if fish can dart into them fast enough.  Because fresh water lacks the rich calcium reserves of salt water, bony armor could also be too costly to make.  Whatever the cause, “selection against [these traits] must be incredibly strong” to cause such rapid evolution, says Foster.Loss of Information:This selective pressure seems to be targeting the same part of the genome in fish at various geographic locations.  In every population researchers have examined, from Japan to California to Iceland, they are finding the same thing: A gene or set of nearby genes is causing the loss of certain parts of the fish’s armor.  “It’s remarkable,” says Postlethwait, that a single gene could exert such a large effect in so many different groups of sticklebacks.  Along with armor, “a whole suite of bony characters is changing,” he says, including jaw shape and bones associated with protecting the gills.  This is not what researchers had expected to find.  But when they tried a breeding experiment, the same pattern emerged: Small DNA segments affected vast areas of bone and armor.Dominance:  “In one experiment, they crossed marine and freshwater fish and found that the resulting offspring all had a complete set of armor and a fully formed pelvis— suggesting that the DNA, or allele, belonging to the marine fish overrode the effects of the allele of the freshwater cousins.”One for All  “Next, the Oregon researchers tested to see if the altered pelvis and lateral plates of the lake fish were controlled by the same genes in each population.  They expected the opposite: that the gene involved in armor loss would be different in the three groups because each had evolved that trait independently.  But their surprising finding was that the alterations were always in the same gene.” Speed:  “Bell has found that, from an evolutionary perspective, this gene may change at lightning speeds.  In the most recent issue of Evolution, he and his colleagues report on a case in Alaska where plates disappeared in most fish within a decade.”  The results, Pennisi comments, “ suggested that natural selection had taken its toll on the armored fish in just a few years.”Spinelessness:  A similar one-gene effect has been found with the pelvic spines.  Genes in freshwater populations lacking spines were missing a protein known to be active in the formation of limbs in mice.Expression:  The spineless fish still had the gene for spines.  “ The solution … is that a change in the gene’s regulation—and not in the gene itself—caused the lake sticklebacks to lose their spines.  Simply changing the way a gene is regulated in one part of the anatomy or at one point in development ‘is one of the ways to make a [change in a] very powerful development control gene without having detrimental effects,’ says Kingsley.”Ignorance: Researchers have found that other organisms such as birds seem to exhibit the same or similar new traits because of changes in the activity of the same genes, even when the species are unrelated (Science, 19 March, p. 1870).  No one knows exactly why.  It could be that certain genes or bits of regulatory DNA are particularly prone to mutation.  Or perhaps rapid evolutionary responses are channeled into genes that don’t affect development on a broad scale, so as not to short-circuit an organism’s ability to survive.  As a result, “you find the same gene involved more often than you would initially expect,” says Schluter.  He and other stickleback experts are trying to solve this puzzle. More research is needed, she concludes:Bell hopes that these studies will lure even more developmental, evolutionary, and genetic biologists to the study of these fish.  Evolution occurs at many levels, involving modifications of DNA sequence, alterations in development, shifts in behavior, changes in community structure, and, ultimately, survival.  It’s important to see how these various levels interact during natural selection.  Adding molecular genetics studies to stickleback science, he predicts, “will allow us to tie up everything in one neat package.”1Elizabeth Pennisi, “Evolutionary Biology: Changing a Fish’s Bony Armor in the Wink of a Gene,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5678, 1736, 18 June 2004 [DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5678.1736].Sometimes we have to provide enough detail to prove we are not making this stuff up.  If we just summarized this story with an opinion like Evolutionists base their belief in macroevolution on oscillatory changes within one species, someone might question that conclusion.  But here it is, mostly in their own words.  You just read it yourself.  We just highlighted their model organism for evolutionary studies, the one they are proud of and excited about.  They are calling all evolutionists to jump on the bandwagon because of the fantastic evidence it provides that humans came from amoebas.  And the evidence is?  They have demonstrated that some fish lost a few spines and armor plates, and got them right back again when they interbred with their marine relatives.  No speciation occurred.  Most of the evolution was due not to a genetic change, but a change in the expression of a gene.  The genes for loss always mutated the same way in widely-distributed populations.  This is not what neo-Darwinism hoped for.  Random mutation was supposed to provide the raw material for novelty and innovation, not the same mutation over and over in the same gene.  Despite all the hoopla, no novel, innovative feature emerged from all this so-called evolution.    Surely if there were better evidence for evolution than this, it would be showcased by Science magazine.  The hype in the opening paragraphs attracted our attention, because it seemed that now, finally, we were going to get some solid evidence for real evolutionary change.  But look how trivial the results; all the populations are not only still fish, but three-spine stickleback fish.  They are all still interfertile, indicating no speciation occurred.  How is this story much different from what we already know about blind cave fish?  They are adapted to the darkness, because eyes are not of much use in the dark.  Similarly, the lake sticklebacks might be adapted to their habitat (if their just-so story holds up that armor and spines are less helpful when there are more places to hide).  On the other hand, the difference might only be a non-adaptive effect of lower concentrations of calcium, as in nutrient deficiency diseases in humans.  “Whatever the cause,” pre-existing information was either lost or unexpressed in both cases.  No new structure or function was gained.  How can this possibly be of any good news to someone who wants to explain the whole of biology by evolution?    The article is enthusiastic about how “powerful” selection must have been, yet sprinkled with wiggle words expressing doubt: probably, maybe, might etc.  As usual, the ignorance is profound and more funding is needed, so that the evolutionary storytelling fest can go on and on and on.  But the actual evidence should make it clear that this evolutionary tale makes no more sense than claiming that a new human species is emerging from a population of scurvy sailors deprived of vitamin C.  It doesn’t take much to get an evolutionist excited.  To a prisoner, even the breeze-blown dust dancing on the floor is entertainment.  Maybe it will evolve into a tornado, and from there, a 747 can’t be far behind.(Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Geocaching: Treasure Hunting Your Way to Happiness

first_img SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 20): Love Big Trackable promotionFebruary 13, 2019In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 19): Annie LoveJanuary 30, 2019In “Community”Back to School with GeocachingSeptember 16, 2019In “Community” A photo from geocacher Troy Tomita (t-prime), geocaching with his son in Hawaii Take a moment to think back into the Kodachrome snapshot memories of your childhood.   There’s something there. It’s clutched in your hand in the split-second flashes of family and friends and bursting sounds of laughter.  It’s the one item that helped define your childhood.  For me, it’s a brightly illustrated children’s book.  My mother read the book to me as a toddler. Not long after, I’d read the book to her over and over and over.  The yellowed price tag on the book must have read less than a dollar.A wonder of the world is that there’s often little relationship between what something costs and its value.The book was priceless to me, not because of its retail value, but because of the experiences that the book nurtured and bonds it cemented reading after reading after reading.  In your childhood memories, most likely, there’s a snapshot of a similar item. Whether it was a worn doll or a battered soccer ball or a small half-broken toy, it brought more happiness than the price could ever suggest.Odds are, if you’re a geocacher, your fingers curl around an equally powerful item now.The New York Times just published an article about the relationship between happiness and spending.  The lessons we’ve pulled from the economic ruin of the recession taught us that more money doesn’t necessarily mean more happiness.  According  to the article, one major finding of recent research is that spending money on experiences, rather than objects, provides longer lasting happiness than just buying stuff like a couch.Picture taken by geocacher, Kevin Smith (follieus), with his kids in ScotlandExperiences may, in fact, triple your happiness.  You anticipate an experience, live it and then remember it.  The value grows over time as you reminisce.  A couch’s value only declines.Geocaching offers a life time of experience growing closer with friends and family and requires only a GPS device and a willingness to explore. There are countless stories among the four to five million geocachers around the world about the value that geocaching adds to their lives.Geocacher Martin Pedersen has lost nearly 30 pounds and now hikes with his three kids more often.  Bruce Alexander began geocaching three years ago, when he was 85. He now geocaches with his son and granddaughter.  Thousands of geocachers visited Seattle one weekend in July to attend GeoWoodstock VIII and Groundspeak’s Lost & Found Celebration, where they shared their own stories about finding a little more happiness by following a GPS device to a geocache.Thinking back to your childhood provides clarity about value. Now, think about the future. Do you choose to “have” or to “do.”  Few of us get to choose both.  Holding that GPS receiver in your hand might just mean holding years of memories that you haven’t made yet.  If you choose to “do” you could end up finding more than geocaches, but more happiness, at the end of your treasure hunt.What are your favorite memories from geocaching?Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Let the flames begin! Flying diver ignites SEA Games

first_imgMalaysian athlete Nur Dhabitah Sabri lights the torch during the opening ceremony of the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur on August 19, 2017.  AFP PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Teenage diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri flew through Malaysia’s national stadium in a brave stunt to light the cauldron at the climax of a glittering Southeast Asian Games opening ceremony on Saturday.The 18-year-old rising star was suspended high above the Bukit Jalil stadium floor in Kuala Lumpur, carrying a flaming torch, at the end of the four-hour extravaganza.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Katropa fields Rice, try to catch up with leaders MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Malaysia, who have given the 29th edition the tagline “Rising Together”, are aiming to top the medals table for only the second time by matching the 111 golds they won on home soil in 2001.Ahead of the opening ceremony, they have already made a strong start with seven golds to lead the table ahead of Singapore and Thailand, who both have three.The Games retain a distinctly regional flavor, with Olympic sports like swimming and athletics contested alongside Asian favorites such as pencak silat, sepak takraw and wushu.They are a big source of national pride in the fast-growing region of about 650 million people, which all too often finds itself outclassed on the world sporting stage. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img View comments Games mascot Rimau, a fluffy Malayan tiger, flew into the stadium on a wire, after LED-lit pedal cars and flag-wavers wearing glittering gold suits had entertained the crowd.Fans watched video messages from Malaysia’s badminton and squash stars Lee Chong Wei and Nicol David, who are busy with world championships commitments, and cheered the succession of marching bands.After the Games had been declared open, the stadium erupted in song as hundreds of dancers waving silver palm trees and waving red-lit parasols gave the event a carnival atmosphere.Olympic silver medal-winning diver Pandelela Rinong passed the flaming torch to Nur Dhabita, who took off slowly towards the 40-foot (12-metre) cauldron and lit it, setting off a blaze of fireworks.The biennial SEA Games, formerly the Southeast Asian Peninsula Games, have been running since 1959, when the region was still emerging from its long era of colonialism.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Earlier a flying tiger, shiny gold suits and a parade of marching bands took center stage as the two-week Games opened in a blaze of color.More than 4,000 athletes from 11 nations strode into the newly refurbished, 87,000-capacity Bukit Jalil stadium, which was sold out for the vibrant show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTorrential rain early on failed to dampen enthusiasm as the hosts put on an entertaining spectacle before Malaysia’s king, Sultan Muhammad V, declared the Games open.About 4,200 athletes are competing for 404 gold medals in sports ranging from boxing and equestrianism to petanque, speed skating and lawn bowls at the popular and unique SEA Games. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool seeking to upgrade Sadio Mane deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool seeking to upgrade Sadio Mane dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are seeking to upgrade Sadio Mane’s deal.The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool have opened talks with Mane over extending his contract.According to reports from France, negotiations have already started between Mane and Liverpool, with the club keen to tie down their forward.Mane’s current contract runs until 2023, but with the Senegal international fast becoming one of his side’s standout stars, the Reds, it appears, are keen to keep the forward for the foreseeable future.The former Southampton man scored twice as Jurgen Klopp’s side made it five wins from five in the Premier League, leaving them top of the Premier League table with a five point lead over Manchester City. last_img read more

Federal beer tax means Canadians will pay two per cent more

first_imgJohn Papas owns a beer and wine store in Calgary’s southeast and says the escalator tax being used by the Liberal government is impacting his bottom line. The federal government’s escalator tax on beer was introduced last year in the 2017 budget. Finance Minister Bill Morneau implemented the tax last year to match inflation, after there was no increase in the country for thirty years. Beer Canada is calling on Canadians to sign their petition in an effort to scrap the tax. He says this is affecting the bottom line of his membership and cost beer lovers nearly $15 million last year. “This year, on April the first, with this escalator tax going up automatically, they’ll take another $10.5 million dollars out of the pockets of Canadians,” said Harford.center_img It means taxes on Canada’s favourite suds increased by about 2 per cent and it will continue to increase on an annual basis. “You might think one or two per cent isn’t a lot but, over a period of time along with the provincial taxes that continue to increase, it has dramatically increased the price of like a regular six pack on the shelf,” said Papas. Thousands have already signed Beer Canada’s petition and according to the organization Canada has one of the highest taxation rates on alcohol in the world. President Luke Harford calls it runaway taxation adding that taxes on a bottle of beer are already 47 per cent.last_img read more

VeganSmart Goes Glam With Hollywood Vegans

first_imgVeganSmart, a dominant force in the vegan lifestyle community for their networking events, partnered with Thrive Magazine and Wanderlust Hollywood to host Thrive Magazine’s Los Angeles launch and Grammy award winner Moby’s birthday party in Hollywood last month.The star studded event, held at the newly opened Wanderlust Hollywood, was the first successful celebrity partnership event presented by VeganSmart. VeganSmart has already proven that the vegan lifestyle could be fun through its brunch event series, but now, VeganSmart is ready for its close up and excited to introduce its product to some of Hollywood’s finest in entertainment.Over 300 vegans, yogis, health influencers and animal activists attended the Hollywood bash, including some of Hollywood’s elite like Moby, actress Vanessa Williams, actor Joaquin Phoenix, actress Heather Graham and actress Francis Fisher. Passed hors d’oeuvres from vegan caterers and trays of VeganSmart shakes were readily served while the DJ kept the party going with a set list mixed with today’s Top 40 hits as well as some welcomed blasts from the past.Since the beginning of summer, VeganSmart has been on a whirlwind tour of the United States to introduce its products to the masses through in-store sampling and brunch events. By partnering with Thrive Magazine to host a birthday party for Moby as well as to launch the first issue of Thrive Magazine, VeganSmart is not only attempting to establish itself as the premier choice for vegan protein shakes and vegan recipes, but to also stake its claim as the most entertaining and most innovative brand for vegan outreach.Whether mixing and mingling with the A-list or at a backyard BBQ with friends, VeganSmart is dedicated to introducing better health and wellness for all and bridging the gap between wanting healthier food alternatives and having access to better food alternatives.Naturade owner and CMO Kareem Cook’s passion for health and impacting his community is one of the driving forces behind VeganSmart’s outreach and partnerships: “We at Naturade believe that the world is headed in a catastrophically unhealthy direction. We are dedicated to offering healthy alternatives and bringing our products to the communities that need them most. Whether you are vegan or are just trying to eat a more healthy diet, VeganSmart is for you.”Together, Naturade and VeganSmart are committed to the education and the introduction of healthier lifestyles for the community. For more information about the VeganSmart products, recipes, wellness tips, or upcoming events, visit www.livevegansmart.com.last_img read more

Law society clarifies allegation against Kenora lawyer

first_imgBy Paul BarnsleyAPTN InvestigatesThe Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) has amended an allegation it made against Douglas Keshen, a Kenora-based lawyer with an extensive First Nation practice.On June 10, the law society’s tribunal hearing division released a notice of application informing Keshen an investigation into complaints made by 17 Independent Assessment Process (IAP) clients about him had convinced them there was grounds for a professional misconduct hearing. A hearing date has not yet been set.The IAP was established under the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to compensate former students who suffered serious physical and/or sexual abuse in the schools.Six allegations were made by the law society.On June 22, almost two weeks later, the tribunal hearing division released a revised notice of application with a significant change to the sixth allegation.“The notice of application was amended so as to avoid any confusion as to which attorneys the law society was referring in paragraph six. The amendments did not change the law society’s position,” the LSUC told APTN Investigates in an emailed statement.The wording of that allegation was open to misinterpretation. It originally read that Keshen had transferred the client’s money to “his attorneys.”The word “his” could mistakenly be understood to refer to attorneys at Keshen’s firm when it fact the word referred to other attorneys working for the client.The amended allegation makes it clear the law society is saying that Keshen transferred the money to a person holding a power of attorney over a survivor’s financial affairs “when it was apparent that all of the monies transferred were not for the benefit” of the client.Daniel Naymark, a Toronto lawyer acting for Keshen, in a letter to APTN, said the law society has misread the situation.“The law society does not allege that Mr. Keshen or any other lawyer with whom he is affiliated ‘pocketed’ the funds in question. Rather, the law society apparently alleges that relatives of the client in question misused a power of attorney authorizing them to direct the spending of the client’s IRS settlement funds by spending the money on themselves, and that Mr. Keshen should have noticed this theft and stopped it,” he said. “The relatives whom the law society accuses of stealing the client’s money include a very prominent member of the Treaty 3 community. Mr. Keshen has the utmost respect for this individual. He does not doubt that he and the other relatives accused by the law society spent the settlement funds with their vulnerable relative’s interests at heart. He believes the law society’s allegations against these respected community members reflect a lack of understanding of Ojibway culture.”But the law society disagrees with that reading of the amended allegation.“The law society is concerned with Mr. Keshen’s conduct and not the conduct of the individuals appointed under the power of attorney,” the LSUC email states.last_img read more

New style in stay new area for resort development with 444 million

first_img RitzCarlton sets up signs for 12-storey on Grace Bay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:cooper jack, cooper jack development, eauropean plan, ritz carlton Hotel icon J. W. Marriott Jr visits Turks and Caicos Government Former Planning Boss points to challenges with going taller with hotels in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Apr 2015 – Government signed some major documents just before the Easter holidays which bring two resort developments earmarked for Provo closer to fruition. Premier Rufus Ewing said this new concept in long stay ushers in a new era for the TCI. “This European Plan style hotel development provides a welcome diversification to the TCI tourism sector as it is more of a traditional hotel, rather than the previously prevalent condominium model in the TCI.” As for what we get on the Grace Bay strip with this new property: 124 luxury hotel guest rooms, penthouses, resort residences and associated facilities. The new resort will be managed by the Ritz Carlton Hotels Company L.L.C., an international luxury hotel brand operating 84 hotels and resorts in 26 countries; the contract put at $224 million dollars. The other signing was a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cooper Jack Development Limited to build a $220 million dollar hotel, spa and residences. Again the Premier noted how this project takes tourism to a new realm and a new part of Provo. Cooper Jack Development will be in the Cooper Jack area with a 281-bedroom resort consisting of a five-star stand-alone hotel of 100 bedrooms and suites, 76 condominium units and 3 luxury villas. The total project site area is 20.92 acres. Finance Minister Washington Misick and Acting Governor Anya Williams were a part of the signing; Minister Misick said, “This is an exciting time in the TCI and we welcome this new development”. The Desarrollos Hotel Group group begins construction on the Ritz Carlton in November; that work is expected to run three years. While Cooper Jack Development start date is more vague; government only saying within the third quarter of 2015 and lasting approximately 2 years. last_img read more