132 teams express interest for 2014 NTL

first_img132 teams, including five each from Japan and Papua New Guinea, have expressed interest in participating in the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League. For more information and to see who has nominated for each division, please click on the attached memo below. Related Filesntl_memo_-_29-11-2013-pdfRelated Links2014 NTLlast_img

Pushback in BC as Trans Mountain pipeline expansion hearings start

first_imgNational Energy Board hearings are set to start Monday in British Columbia on the detailed route of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion which would run through North Surrey, Coquitlam and Burnaby.The federal government approved the pipeline in November 2016 along a 150 metre corridor and the hearings will help determine the route within that corridor.But there is still a lot of local pushback.Municipalities and residents in Metro Vancouver are set to argue the proposed route would damage the environment and adversely impact homeowners.There have already been a number of protests and Mike Lloyd with NEWS 1130 in Vancouver said that will continue.“People setting up protest camps along some of these areas where the survey work has been done, some of the early survey work they’re doing before finalizing these routes and getting them through to the tank farms and the areas here in the coast,” he explained.Burnaby is a major opponent of the project and will present for three days during the hearings, but Lloyd said lines have been drawn within communities as well.“When you look at it a little more regionally, there is a lot of support for the expansion of the pipeline, but it certainly has been a contentious issue for many people still and that’s what we’ve seen with these protest camps,” he said.Spokeswoman Ali Hounsell said the company tried to route the new line along the old line where possible, but in some areas, urbanization made that difficult.She added they’re committed to replanting trees and minimizing the impact of construction on sensitive areas.The existing Trans Mountain line has carried oil from Alberta to B.C. since 1953.The hearings wrap January 31 before a second set of hearings is held in March.last_img read more

Even small companies may be able to cut Amazonlike deals

first_imgNEW YORK — A company doesn’t need to be as big as Amazon to get a good deal on real estate.Whether a small business wants to buy or rent, it may have leverage with landlords or local governments to get breaks on rent or taxes. It’s especially doable if a company can be a drawing card that helps boost local commerce or has significant job creation plans. The key is often to look for real estate in an area that needs an economic boost.Even the smallest and newest businesses may be able to negotiate, says Seth Kaplowitz, who teaches real estate courses at San Diego State University. For example, a young doctor or dentist willing to start a practice in an area that needs more medical or dental services may be able to get financial help in buying and/or setting up an office.Small businesses can also band together and negotiate as a bloc, Kaplowitz says.“They can say, ‘this is what we’re bringing to the downtown. What can you do to help us?’” he says.Amazon, which plans headquarters in New York’s Long Island City section and Arlington, Virginia, each employing 25,000 people, won a promise from New York officials for at least $2.8 billion in tax credits and grants and expects $573 million in breaks from Virginia. Amazon, which is moving into a formerly industrial boat basin in New York, pledged money to fund job training programs for public housing residents, provide space for a new school and pay into a city fund that will be used for projects that benefit the community, Mayor Bill de Blasio says.When businesses that cater to consumers are looking to rent, they can get favourable leasing terms and help with renovations and repairs if they have an attractive or unique brand that’s likely to draw shoppers or other businesses to a neighbourhood or small shopping centre. A retailer or service provider who offers “something nobody else has in the neighbourhood” will appeal to a landlord, Kaplowitz says.Owners are also likely to get a better deal in a neighbourhood that’s been depressed but is showing signs of turning around.But even companies that cater to other businesses can get a deal. If they are willing to rent in a building that’s sat empty for some time, landlords are likely to make more concessions.Owners need to first figure out if they want to buy or rent. If they’re interested in buying, they should consider if the business is likely to outgrow a property within a few years? And if it does, is it feasible to add on to the space?Owning a building means being responsible for its upkeep. Does the owner have the time or available staffers to deal with maintenance and emergencies? And financial resources for unexpected expenses like damage from severe weather?Does the business have predictable or stable cash flow? If it does, buying may be best, Kaplowitz says.“If you’re going to be around for a while, you want to own,” he says. “If you’re willing to wait out the up and down cycles, ownership is the way to travel.”_____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Aquaman still rules and others see a postChristmas bump

first_imgLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — “Aquaman” is still leading the pack at the box office, but other films like “Mary Poppins Returns” and “The Mule” are enjoying post-Christmas bumps too.Warner Bros. on Sunday says “Aquaman” has added an estimated $51.6 million in North American ticket sales over the weekend to take first place again. Down just 24 per cent from its domestic debut, the DC Comics pic has grossed nearly $748.8 million worldwide.Up 19 per cent, “Mary Poppins Returns” took second place with $28 million, while “Bumblebee” settled in third with $20.5 million.“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” got fourth with $18.3 million. And “The Mule,” up 24 per cent, took fifth with $11.8 million.The Dick Cheney movie “Vice” grossed $7.8 million from the weekend and $17.7 million since its Christmas opening.RELATED: Thor’s Hammers: Vicelast_img read more

An Evening Under the Stars

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Sunrise Rotary Club is hosting the gala fundraising event an ‘Evening Under the Stars’ February 16th, 2019 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Center.This is a major fundraiser for the year which includes live entertainment, dinner and live and silent auctions.Funds raised from this event will go towards two projects. The Fort St. John Rotary Spray Park is the local project and the international project is in support of the End Polio Now Campaign, Rotary’s international fight for global polio eradication. Tickets for the event cost $100.00 each and are available to purchase from Sunrise Rotary Members, SunFM, The Investors Group or contact Amy Titley of the Rotary club at 250.261.8032.The evening starts at 5:30 pm with Cocktails followed by dinner at 6:30 pm Dinner. The featured entertainment for the evening will be live music performed by Last Horse Standing.To view, the FB Event Page CLICK HERElast_img read more

Gimelstob right to quit ATP board Federer

first_imgMadrid: Roger Federer believes there should be lessons learned from the Justin Gimelstob ordeal and is happy the American chose to step down from his position on the ATP board. Gimelstob pleaded no contest to a felony assault, reduced to a misdemeanour, after attacking an old friend, venture capitalist Randall Kaplan last Halloween. The former tennis player, who is also the coach of US star John Isner, was sentenced to three years of probation, must serve 60 days of community service and complete 52 weeks of anger management classes. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuGimelstob has been an influential figure in the political scene on the men’s tour and was believed to be a key factor behind the non-renewal of ATP CEO Chris Kermode’s contract beyond 2019. Now that Gimelstob has vacated his board seat, many believe the decision on Kermode’s fate should be reversed. “I don’t know exactly the process, when the votes are happening, when the new CEO, all this stuff gets decided. But anyway (Kermode) should maybe be put back in the mix,” Federer told reporters at the Madrid Open on Sunday. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”But then again I don’t know if he would want to be after everything that happened. Sometimes when these things happen, it is like ‘Okay, I had a good run, and it’s okay to go’.” The silence from the leading voices of the game following news of Gimelstob’s sentencing was seen as deafening, with only players like Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka calling for his removal from the board before the American took the decision himself. “I think it’s definitely the right move by Justin. He needs to go back and figure things out. There is no doubt about that. And the Tour needs to keep moving forward in these challenging times and important times right now,” said Federer. “I was speaking also to some of the players on the Council to get a feel where they were standing when everything was brewing and I’m happy that the decision was taken by Justin and that now we can move forward and really like learn from what had happened also.last_img read more

Being a fresh face in West Delhi might give me an edge

first_imgThe battle for West Delhi might very well be a formidable one, even though Balbir Singh Jakhar, AAP’s fresh face will go up against two seasoned politicians. In an exclusive interview with Abhinay Lakshman of the Millennium Post, Jakhar explains what he can bring to the table and why being a fresh face might actually give him an edge in West Delhi. Excerpts What is your campaign strategy looking like? Look, my first and foremost appeal to the people of West Delhi is to vote based on the party’s work and its manifesto; that is how democracies work everywhere. Whatever our government has promised, it has delivered. Starting from uplifting the poor, bringing water, electricity, to building infrastructure for health and education, the AAP government has achieved so much in this limited time with limited powers. So, my appeal is for people to vote for legislators who will go to parliament and raise questions on behalf of their electorate. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesWhat are some of the issues you will be focusing on while campaigning in West Delhi? Most importantly, we are looking at jobs for youth and education. If we are successful in making Delhi a full state, within three months we will be able to bring several lakh job vacancies for the youth to fill up. We have already written to the LG that there are currently around two lakh vacancies. So many of these vacancies are taken up by people from outside Delhi. If you look at any state in India, youth and residents there get first preference so that they get an opportunity to better their lives. But here, residents of the Capital city don’t get these jobs because Delhi is not a full state. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarYour opponents have both won the seat at least once. How do you think that will affect your chances? See, my opposition here does not bother me one bit. It would have been difficult for me if these candidates had actually done good work, for Delhiites and their electorate, but that is not the case. Even though I’m a fresh face, the AAP government has done a lot of good for the people, I have always been involved in social work. As a lawyer and as chairman of bar councils, I have worked for the electorate of Delhi and now I want to work for the people of West Delhi. In fact, the reason I might have an edge is that both of my major opponents have been in politics for so long and have failed to accomplish anything meaningful. What area will you focus on, if elected? Firstly, people here in West Delhi live in the countryside; most of them own land in some form. I am also from a zamindaar farmer family. Farmers’ issues here are something I understand and empathise with to a great extent. Moreover, the AAP government has done so much for them. In fact, the compensations that this government has fought to provide for farmers in cases of land lost due to natural disasters is something no other government in India has managed to do. Our party has always taken care of farmers’ needs, be it times when their yield was not good enough or when they didn’t have enough to feed themselves. So, this is something I promise to fight for if I get into parliament. The recent sealing drive in Mayapuri will surely be used by politicians in their campaign. How will you address the issue? Look, I am not going to unnecessarily politicise this incident. When it happened, I went down there and immediately applied myself to their problems, legally. Being a lawyer and having a legal background, we immediately went to court with the issue and that is where we have and will continue to argue our side of the matter. The legal work is what will get them results at the end of the day. And this is what I’ve told people in Mayapuri. I’ve assured them that no matter what the outcome is on May 23, I will continue to fight the legal battle for traders in Mayapuri. The AAP manifesto makes promises with a condition of Statehood. What happens if you are elected and fail to get statehood? We are in service of the “aam aadmi”, we serve at the pleasure of our electorate. And this principle is so strong within our party that our Chief Minister, himself does whatever is required to get work done for the people of Delhi. If a man like him can sit in protest for seven days to get better policies for Delhiites, then any of our parliamentarians can put in everything to fight for full statehood in Lok Sabha. Former governments and politicians have gone back on promises of statehood for Delhi. What I’m asking for is a chance to put up a fight in parliament for this cause. I am confident that we will be able to push it through.last_img read more

Ohio State defensive line adopting a pack mentality to replace departed starters

OSU then-redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard (6) celebrates after a fumble recovery during a game against Penn State on Oct. 17 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe change in seasons is not the only change this spring at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. With 22 players having departed the program, the remaining players and staff for the Ohio State football team are left trying to fill those voids. A lot of that change can be seen in the defensive line. A gaping hole at the right side of that line is leaving many wondering how OSU will fare without Joey Bosa. Bosa, a two-time winner of the Big Ten’s Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year award and a projected first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, leaves big shoes to fill. OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson said he believes that the new contributors don’t need to be carbon copies of the player they’re stepping in for but can find ways to make themselves successful in different ways. “My philosophy is that you don’t try to replace them, you just try and find a guy to raise their game to the next level,” Johnson said. “I think the talent is there, and they want to be very good. What I do as a coach is to try and get them to raise their game.” Redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard is one such player expected to raise his game to the next level. The 6-foot-5 Cincinnati native is well aware that the ghost of No. 97’s shadow will be looming over the defensive line all season long, but he’s trying to avoid that pressure. “I don’t want to be Joey Bosa,” Hubbard said. “He’s a great player, but I just want to be the best Sam Hubbard.”Fortunately for Hubbard, he was able to accumulate enough experience last season to set him up for his newfound spotlight. Hubbard, who recorded 6.5 sacks as a redshirt freshman, was in the rotation, often giving Bosa a few downs off or even playing on opposite sides of the line. His biggest test, however, was when he replaced Bosa after the starter was ejected in the first quarter against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. From that point forward, Hubbard said he knew he needed to be a leader of the unit. “I used to watch the older guys, and now the younger guys are watching me,” Hubbard said. “There are great players that came before us, and if we have any drop off, then our possibility of losing the game is higher. We have to continue at the level of play that is expected at Ohio State.”One of the younger guys who could be a factor next year has a familiar surname: Nick Bosa. Before he even takes a snap donning scarlet and gray, one of the most highly touted recruits in the nation already has exceedingly high expectations. Although Nick Bosa is still on the road to recovery after sustaining a torn ACL as a high school senior, Johnson said he believes that once the younger Bosa gets back to work after his injury, the sky’s the limit.“He is so far ahead in his rehab right now, and we are talking and communicating. I am getting great video of what he is doing,” Johnson said. Johnson and his staff have yet to make a decision on where on the defensive line Nick Bosa will play. His older brother played on the outside, but the incoming freshman could find himself on the interior.“He can do both,” Johnson said. “We are going to see what’s the best fit for him and put the best 11 guys on the field. If he is a part of the best 11, we are going for it.”Alongside Hubbard is Tyquan Lewis, a redshirt junior defensive end from North Carolina. After playing through a shoulder injury last year, Lewis is spending his spring rehabilitating to get back and lead the younger guys. For Lewis, though, it’s not about one guy but the whole unit defensively. “We all have to play within ourselves but understand that we are playing together as one,” Lewis said. “The expectations for all of us are high because this is big-time football at a big-time university, so we want to make sure everyone gets a piece of the pie.”The culture that Johnson is helping bring to the defensive line is to limit the expectations of the individual but heighten expectations of the unit. This kind of collectivist thinking is influencing the players to think of themselves as one of 11. Hubbard, a primary leader of the defensive line, said he sets the example for not only the younger guys but for the entire defense.“I just want to never lose a rep, be a disruption, make plays, do my job, and be my one-eleventh part of the defense that everyone can rely on,” Hubbard said.OSU is set to make its return to the field on Saturday in the annual intrasquad spring game. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium following the men’s lacrosse game against Michigan. read more

Braxton Miller announces intentions to move from quarterback to receiver

Redshirt senior Braxton Miller (5) carries the ball during a spring practice. Miller announced on Thursday his intentions to switch to H-back for his final season.Credit: Lantern file photoWhile the three-horse race for the starting quarterback position has been much of the talk since Ohio State won the national championship in January, one of those horses dropped out of the running — but into a different spot on the offense.Redshirt senior Braxton Miller is set to make a transition from quarterback, where he started for OSU for three years, to a receiver role for his final collegiate season.This was announced in an interview with Sports Illustrated published late Thursday evening. In it, Miller, who entered the offseason competing with redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett and redshirt junior Cardale Jones for the starting spot, said he had begun to consider the idea in April.Since then, the article said, Miller began catching balls from Barrett at night in order to keep the possible transition a secret in case OSU coach Urban Meyer decided to tab him the starter.On Thursday, Miller announced that the secret was out as he was no longer in the running for the QB job and instead plans to play H-back, which is a position that acts as a hybrid of wide receiver, tight end and running back. It is a position requiring versatility and athleticism that was utilized last season in junior Dontre Wilson and redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall.In the SI story, Miller said he has not completely closed the door on playing quarterback this season, but he anticipates practicing with the wide receivers 80 percent of the time and quarterbacks 20 percent when fall practice begins in August.Miller said also he hopes to return punts for the Buckeyes, a role H-backs Wilson and Marshall shared last season.The Huber Heights, Ohio, product started 12 games in each of his first three seasons with the Buckeyes, throwing for more than 5,000 yards and 52 touchdowns. He also ran for 32 more scores.He was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year for his sophomore and junior seasons, as well as a Davey O’Brien Award finalist for the nation’s top quarterback in his sophomore campaign.Miller was set to be the starter heading into the 2014 season, but a torn labrum in his right shoulder cost him the season just a few weeks before it began. He was replaced by Barrett, who started 12 games before suffering an ankle injury on Nov. 29 against Michigan. Barrett was then replaced by Jones, who started OSU’s three postseason games and helped lead them to the national championship.Rumors swirled about Miller possibly transferring with the seemingly uphill battle toward winning back the starting job over Barrett and Jones, but he confirmed his intentions to stay in the scarlet and gray earlier in July.Now, Miller is set to begin his final collegiate season and his first in his new role on Sept. 7 when OSU travels to Blacksburg, Va., to open the season against Virginia Tech. read more