Cats rebound to grab silver medal at Penticton Volleyball Tournament

first_imgMount Sentinel scored a straight set victory (25-19, 25-10) over Kelowna’s Mount Boucherie in the Consolation Final.“Our inconsistent play at Best of the West was a necessary wake up call,” said head coach Joe Moreira.“For the most part we were focused and determined the entire weekend (in Penticton).”The Wildcats finished second to Boucherie in pool play action, winning tough matches against Penticton and Westsyde of Kamloops.Saturday, the Cats continued to play well, defeating West Van 2-0 before losing to host Princess Margaret. The Maggies happen to be one of the better ranked AA teams in the province.Third-ranked single-A Mount Sentinel, which finished 21st in the 48-team pool at Best of the West, travel to Kimberley Friday to compete in the Selkirk Storm Girl’s High School Invitational Tournament. Time is running out on the Mount Sentinel Wildcats in this shortened BC High School Volleyball season.The Wildcats rebounded from a poor showing at the 48-team Best of the West tournament in Kelowna to capture the bronze medal in Penticton Saturday.last_img read more

Several drivers in Linden fined for traffic violations

first_imgSeveral drivers in Linden appeared before Magistrate Dylon Bess at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and were fined for a number of traffic violations.Wisroc resident Jamar Azore was fined $25,000 with an alternative of three months’ imprisonment for not having a policy of insurance in place when he drove motorcycle CJ7925 along the Burnham Drive public road on December 4, 2019.Additionally, 37-year-old Danny Saul of Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden was fined $40,000, in default of which he would serve three months’ imprisonment, for having neither a motor service licence nor a certificate of fitness in place while driving motorcycle CH2643.He was given two months to pay the fine or serve the alternative jail sentence.Twenty-six-year-old Rondel Arthur of Blueberry Hill was also fined $20,000 for not having a fitness certificate in place while driving motor car PXX 3852 along the Burnham Drive public road on December 4.Arthur, who pleaded guilty to the charge, explained to the presiding magistrate that he had just come back from an interior location and did not realize that his fitness certificate had expired.The Magistrate also permanently revoked the licence of a Speightland, Linden resident who appeared before him charged for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and failing to have his vehicle properly maintained.Additionally, the perpetrator, Joshua Mangar, was ordered to pay a fine totalling $12,500 after pleading guilty to the offences.The court heard that on December 4, 2019, Mangar, who is a taxi driver, drove motor vehicle HD 84 along the Bamia Public road on the Linden-Soesdye Highway while his breath alcohol level was 185 micrograms, which is above the prescribed legal limit.He was also found guilty of failing to have his vehicle properly maintained in order to prevent danger.Prosecutor Vernetté Pindar told the court that it was Mangar’s third time appearing before the court on separate DUI charges, while adding that his licence was suspended twice before and this was his third conviction.In his response to the Presiding Magistrate, Mangar failed to give a reason why his licence should not be permanently revoked. He was fined $7,500 or a week’s imprisonment on the DUI charge, and $5,000 for the motor vehicle maintenance charge.last_img read more

Travel advisory issued for Pine Pass

first_imgHere is the official statement from the Ministry of Transportation:Travel Advisory in affect for Highway 97 from Junction with Highway 39, south of MacKenzie to 10 km south of Junction with Highway 29, in Chetwynd (137.8 km). Travel Advisory in effect. Travel is not recommended unless absolutely necessary because of freezing rain.Crews are out sanding the highway, but residents are asked to avoid travel today.- Advertisement –last_img

South African Airways: best in Africa

first_imgThe awards were presented at the 11th Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany on 20 May, with some 40 different airlines from around the world gathering to receive their accolades. Award winners are selected by the airline industry’s most important audience – its customers. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material SAA corporate affairs head Fani Zulu said the awards came shortly before the start of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, “at a time when SAA has confirmed its readiness for the greatest sporting event on the planet and the largest ever to be held on the African continent. SAA also announced that its cargo division, SAA Cargo, has for the third consecutive year been named the Best African Cargo Airline at the Air Cargo News Awards ceremony held in London on 8 May. Award for cargo division The survey measures over 35 different aspects of passenger satisfaction for each airline’s product and service standards – evaluating the typical travel experience across both airport and onboard environments. Operating since 1999, the survey is held in highest esteem for its clarity of process and rigorously applied rules of complete independence. “We are elated and indeed feel very proud that our customers have, for three consecutive years, voted us the best in Africa,” said SAA Cargo’s Justice Luthuli in a statement earlier this month. “The measures we have put in place to ensure rapid and reliable airfreight movement continue to yield dividends in the form of increased customer satisfaction.” Over the years SAA has received several awards, making the South African national carrier the most awarded airline in Africa. Last year, SAA was ranked as being amongst the world’s top 15 international airlines for both its Business and Economy Class products and service. “Thousands of SAA customers can look forward to travelling onboard Africa’s most awarded airline,” Zulu said in a statement this week. South African Airways has been voted Africa’s best airline for the eighth year running, as well as the best cargo airline and first for staff service excellence in Africa, in the Skytrax World Airline Awards. This is the second award received by SAA Cargo this year in recognition of service excellence. In March, SAA Cargo received a Certificate of Air Cargo Excellence from Air Cargo World in Canada. 28 May 2010 The World Airline Awards are based on results from 17.9-million questionnaires completed by 100 different nationalities of airline passengers between July 2009 and April 2010, involving more than 200 airlines worldwide.last_img read more

Shweshwe, the denim of South Africa

first_imgDescribed as the denim of South Africa, shweshwe, the pure cotton fabric in multiple patterns and colours produced exclusively in the Eastern Cape province, is worn by women in every cranny of the country.The range of new colours includes pink, turquoise, orange and purple. Traditional blue and brown shweshwe has been popular for decades. (Image: Meerkat Shweshwe, via Facebook)Lucille DavieDescribed as the denim of South Africa, shweshwe, the pure cotton fabric in multiple patterns and colours produced exclusively in the Eastern Cape province, is worn by women in every cranny of the country.It’s been around for 170 years, at first imported, now produced in South Africa, and is as ubiquitous as the braai or barbecue. First worn by German settlers and Xhosa women from the 1840s onwards, besides the trademark blue, brown and red, it is now produced by Da Gama Textiles in a range of colours. The cloth is made into anything from traditional wedding dresses, to stylish designs for out-there women.Johannesburg designer Bongiwe Walaza has made it her personal signature fabric, creating gorgeous designs that dazzle on the catwalk.“I love the prints,” she says. “They inspire me. I like to coordinate the colours. I really love working with it.”It’s something she does with aplomb, combining the patterned fabrics in frills, layers and stylish bodices, in long and short dresses and skirts, usually using up to 10 metres for each outfit.Walaza says she gets her design inspiration from looking through the catalogue of new fabric designs; once she has the fabric in front of her, the ideas flow. She says her background, growing up in the Eastern Cape, where women still wear the fabric as traditional dress, provides her prime inspiration.“When someone gets married, they wear shweshwe; it’s just a home thing. I wanted to make it fashion.”Walaza’s mother was a dressmaker, and she learnt the basics at her elbow while growing up.It’s been around for 170 years, at first imported, now produced in South Africa, and is as ubiquitous as the braai or barbecue. (Image: Reflections of Norfolk Island)From engineering to designShe originally qualified as an electrical engineer, and she still sees this training as useful. She says she lays out her designs, flat, and “draughts a pattern”, with multiple designs for each dress. “I don’t use a mannequin.”Rees Mann, the man behind the rebirth of downtown Joburg’s fashion district, says of her: “She understands the technical aspects of fashion; she constructs garments, like an architect.”Walaza worked for a while as an engineer but when she came to work wearing one of her designs, her colleagues clamoured for her to make them similar dresses. It wasn’t long before she changed careers, and moved to Durban in KwaZulu-Natal to study fashion design. While there, from her first year she picked up awards and nominations, and showcased her designs at the New York Fashion Week in 2001.At her first local Fashion Week show, she used 40% shweshwe, after which Da Gama approached her, offering to sponsor her for a while.Walaza’s father wanted her to be a doctor because she was good at maths and science, but when she started being a successful designer, he said: “I delayed you, you’d be far.”She describes her target market as a woman who is “individualist, a non-conformist”.HistoryThe distinctive fabric, traditionally in indigo blue, brown and red, was introduced into the country in the mid-1800s by German immigrants settling in the Eastern Cape. The fabric was printed in Czechoslovakia and Hungary but in the 1930s production moved to England, with four companies supplying the ever-increasing demand in South Africa, according to the Da Gama website. The most popular brand name was Three Cats, originally only available in blue.Local Xhosa women over time adopted the fabric, making dresses and skirts.It is believed that the name derives from King Moshoeshoe I who was given a gift of printed indigo cloth – his name being adapted to “shweshwe” in time.The manufacture of Indigo Discharge Printed Fabric, as it is called, in South Africa began in 1982 when UK company Tootal invested in Da Gama Textiles. The blue print fabric was produced under the Three Leopards trademark, the local version of Three Cats. At the same time two new colours were introduced – a warm brown, and a vibrant red.In 1992 Da Gama bought the rights to the Three Cats range of designs, and once the copper rollers needed for production were shipped out to the Zwelitsha plant near King William’s Town, it became an exclusively South Africa-manufactured product.The original German print is still faithfully produced, using the traditional method of feeding the fabric through the copper rollers which have patterns etched into them, followed by a weak acid solution washed over the fabric, bleaching the trademark white patterns.“The fabric can easily be identified for its intricate all-over prints and beautiful panels,” says Da Gama.Its distinctive trademark, Three Cats – Three Leopards has been dropped – appears on the back of the fabric. Another distinctive trademark is the stiffness of the new fabric. The stiffness stems from starch applied on the long sea voyage from England to South Africa, used to prevent damp damage, and is still used today. Once washed, the stiffness disappears.It is believed that the name derives from King Moshoeshoe I who was given a gift of printed indigo cloth – his name being adapted to “shweshwe” in time. (Image: Diva Headwraps)The real thingAlthough Chinese manufacturers now produce a rip-off shweshwe fabric, Anwar Vahed, home sewing sales manager at Da Gama, insists that customers can tell the genuine item by the “touch, smell and taste”. He says that people do literally taste the fabric to test its authenticity.Only the indigo fabric, like denim, is made to fade with washing, while the fake fabric fades quickly and doesn’t endure like the original shweshwe, says Vahed.Da Gama produces five million metres of shweshwe a year, says Vahed. Production used to be higher, but with increased competition in the local market, growth has stagnated. He says there is a need to establish new markets. The fabric is exported to neighbouring Lesotho and Botswana, and once the local market has grown, Da Gama wants to expand further north into Africa.Vahed says Da Gama has embarked on a Seamstress Empowerment Programme, to help women start or expand their businesses, while growing Da Gama sales. A pilot programme had 44 women in Zwelitsha participate in a week-long training session in business skills, sales and marketing, and life skills. This is being followed by a three- to six-month mentoring programme, in which seamstresses are monitored and encouraged, shown how to keep records and market their products, open a bank account, and plan their future direction.“The message to every woman was to make just one more dress a week, and grow the brand,” says Vahed. The programme has now moved to Gauteng.Competition has brought Da Gama “to its knees”, says Vahed, but “it has stood the test of time, and been very strong, and very patient”. Factory worker numbers have been reduced from 3 000 to 600, but there has been no compromise on 100% cotton quality. The imported fabric sells at around R25 a metre, half what the local shweshwe sells for, but, says Vahed, “you can’t compare the two”.Shweshwe has durability, and “the market doesn’t want it any different”.To grow the product beyond the traditional market, Da Gama has, in the past six years, brought out funky new colours – pink, orange, purple, and turquoise – to lure the younger woman.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

a month ago​Norwich announce Official Primary Club Partner

first_img​Norwich announce Official Primary Club Partnerby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwich City has confirmed Alvexo as its Official Primary Club Partner, reports Operating Officer at Norwich City, Ben Kensell, said of the partnership: “We’re delighted to have Alvexo on board as a partner and are thrilled to welcome them to the Premier League. “We know Alvexo pride themselves on tradition, integrity and innovation so it is great to partner up with a business that is aligned with the values of the Club.”Managing Director of VPR Safe Financial Group, Yael Kleinman, added: “We are excited in having established our partnership with Norwich City FC and believe in the future prospects it holds for both of us.”We share a commitment to integrity, experience and tradition while striving to grow and strengthen our client and fan base with a team of professionals dedicated to strong performance and maintaining long term loyalty.” TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

City of Toronto apologizes for rappers language during Canada 150 performance

TORONTO – The City of Toronto is apologizing for the “inappropriate content” during a rapper’s closing performance to the city’s Canada Day festivities at Nathan Phillips Square.“As per contracts, the city expects all artists to deliver G-rated, family-friendly shows suitable for all ages,” the city said in an emailed statement Tuesday afternoon.The city’s apology comes after complaints from revellers, who also expressed their displeasure on social media, about what they said was repeated use of profanities by Belly.The city said it is “disappointed with what happened” during performance and has followed up with the rapper.Belly, who was born in the Palestinian city of Jenin and raised in Ottawa, was the final performer of the four-day celebrations, which ended with fireworks Monday night.The musician has been defending himself on social media, saying organizers were aware his performance would contain profanities.Since the show, he has also posted various tweets denouncing censorship and promoting freedom of expression.“A young immigrant came to the greatest country on Earth with nothing and made my dreams come true. That’s the real story here,” he tweeted Tuesday. read more

The NFL Likes Running Backs Again Kinda Sorta

It’s no secret that running backs have been falling out of favor on draft day since the NFL’s pre-1980s ground-and-pound era. The amount of draft value invested in the position1As defined by a pick’s expected approximate value in his first five seasons. has declined continuously over the last half-century. This reached a low point in 2014 when not a single running back was taken in the first round for a second consecutive season.Things have changed a bit over the past few years. In the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, two rushers — LSU’s Leonard Fournette (who went to the Jacksonville Jaguars) and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey (picked by the Carolina Panthers) — were taken among the top eight picks for the first time since 2005. This came after the Dallas Cowboys picked Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall in 2016, to great success. And in 2015, two running backs were chosen in the first round.Clearly, a running back renaissance is in the works. Right?Well, sort of. While it’s true that teams haven’t sworn off stud running backs completely at the top of the draft, they’re also being more selective. After McCaffrey went at No. 8, the class of 2017’s other first-round hopefuls — such as Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara and Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon — were all still available at the end of the night. It’s been five years since a team has taken a RB in the second half of the first round.A lot of this has to do with the economics of the position, as ESPN’s Kevin Seifert wrote on Wednesday. Because the rookie wage scale pays high picks well and running backs are being devalued across the league as a whole, highly drafted RBs are instantly among the highest-paid players at their position before they ever take a snap in the pros. That means teams better be damn sure about a running back before spending a first-rounder on him (lest they end up with the next Trent Richardson). The problem: teams can’t be sure about much on draft day. Only the elite of the elite check off enough boxes to make that kind of investment feel worthwhile.Adding to the risk, running backs also age differently from the rest of the NFL. Unlike, say, quarterbacks — who improve steadily during their early-to-mid 20s and peak right before age 30 — a running back’s shelf life is much shorter. Depending on the research you look at, RBs peak somewhere between the ages of 24 and 26, with the majority of their most productive seasons front-loaded early in their careers. So if you do manage to snag a game-changing runner, you’re most likely getting the best he has to offer before his rookie contract even has a chance to expire.Because of this, a team willing to invest a high pick on a running back better be in a position to win immediately, otherwise his best years could be squandered. For all the talk about the “Zeke Effect” — that Elliott’s high selection and subsequent performance in Dallas would spur increased investment in running backs on draft day — Elliott fell into a tremendous situation as a rookie with the Cowboys. Dallas’s mammoth offensive line paved the way for Elliott to lead the NFL with 999 yards before first contact.2To be clear, Elliott is a tremendous player; he was also second with 632 yards after contact. That’s a luxury Fournette won’t have in Jacksonville, where he’ll run behind an O-line that ranked sixth-worst in Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards metric. (Maybe he should call 2015 No. 10 pick Todd Gurley, who has had to run behind a patchwork Rams line, for advice.)The Jags are betting that Fournette’s ridiculous ability to break tackles and run away from defenders in the open field will render that point moot, and maybe it will. But that also underscores just how talented a running back needs to be to justify a high draft pick these days. For those who possess that skill level, things are looking up compared with a few years ago. But for the rest, they’ll still have to wait to hear their names called at the podium. read more

The Warriors Dynasty Is Different

CLEVELAND — After three titles in four seasons — two straight with Kevin Durant winning Finals MVP — it seems fair to begin questioning where Golden State sits in the conversation about the best teams of all-time. But the more compelling thing to analyze now might be whether the Warriors are better positioned to win at this level for a longer amount of time than the other modern-day dynasties the league has produced.And in looking at the vast array of things that make Golden State so dominant — from the club’s versatility and balance on both sides of the ball, its unselfishness on and off the court and its largely magic touch from a managerial standpoint — that feels like a real possibility.“Sometimes you come across those dynasties where you’re just outmatched, and it’s just their time,” Cavaliers guard George Hill said after his team had been swept on its home court.Stylistically, it is so difficult — arguably impossible — for anyone to truly replicate what the Warriors do. Even before the addition of arguably the league’s best pure scorer in Durant, Golden State possessed a point guard with the sort of 35-foot range that most players would only see in a practice setting. In the same backcourt, the Warriors had another guard who was arguably an even more accurate shooter, with a release that is the quickest in basketball — so fast that he doesn’t even need to have his feet set before he shoots.Put another way, this is the best shooting team the sport has ever seen. Golden State breaks defenses regardless of how well positioned or prepared they are. The Warriors were the best jump-shooting club in the NBA when left wide open this past season. And a closer look at the numbers shows the Dubs were also the best jump-shooting team in situations where a defender was draped all over them. Because of that, there really is no surefire way to guard this team.More often than not the Cavaliers, like the Rockets in the round before them, sought to use switches on defense to blanket Golden State’s offense. But in Game 2 of the Finals, the Warriors countered that predictable gameplan (and then changed things up in Game 3 in anticipation of a counterpunch), by using dump-off passes to spring give-and-go opportunities, or to set up lobs for JaVale McGee and Jordan Bell, who were often left all alone in the paint.The latter highlighted how the Warriors, in Bill Belichick fashion, have quietly been a chameleon of sorts by relying far more heavily on their bigs than most observers realize — even as they continue to be viewed as a club that relies solely on its dynamite 3-point shooting.Because of that constant evolution and comfort playing with different styles, the challenge of dethroning the champs could become even more difficult for challengers like the Rockets, who are so heavily vested in a singular type of play that it’s too difficult to adjust to something different if that style stops working in the middle of a postseason series.While the young average age of Warriors’ core would seem to be a plus in their quest to become the best team of all-time, they’re actually not all that unusual when it comes to how young they are when compared to modern NBA clubs that have won three titles in four years. TeamYear of Third Title WinTop Four Players By Win ShareAVG. Age Source: Basketball-Reference Lakers1988Magic Johnson, Byron Scott, James Worthy, A.C. Green26 Bulls1998Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Ron Harper, Toni Kukoc33 Warriors2018Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson28 The Warriors aren’t as young as you thinkTeams that won three titles in four seasons by the age of their core players in the last title season, 1976-2018 Lakers2002Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Robert Horry, Derek Fisher29 Bulls1993Michael Jordan, Horace Grant, Scottie Pippen, B.J. Armstrong27 If there’s something that makes this team different — and gives it better odds of winning for a greater amount of time — it’s that this group of highly talented players doesn’t seem as likely to be torn apart by the retirements, contract issues and jealousies that trouble other clubs in this spot.The Lakers of the late 1980s began running out of steam when then-coach Pat Riley resigned, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar retired and then halted entirely when Magic Johnson abruptly left the game following his shocking HIV diagnosis. No one knows how many consecutive titles the Bulls might have won had it not been for Michael Jordan’s retirements from the Bulls. And the infamous infighting between Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant shortened what likely could have been a longer run of success with the two Los Angeles superstars in the early 2000s.By contrast, the Warriors have already become the new-age San Antonio Spurs, as a number of their players have acted in the best interest of the team by taking much smaller deals than they could have. That attitude, illustrated by Durant, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala1Iguodala did this with his initial deal to join the Warriors. This past summer, he actually maneuvered to have the Warriors pay him more than what they initially expected to fork up. and Shaun Livingston, makes some of the long-term salary math more feasible in a league where these sorts of things can create strain on a star-laden club. (With Curry having just signed a five-year deal last July, and Durant saying he’ll stay with Golden State this summer, the next key player to look at is Thompson, who is slated to be a 2019 free agent. But even that may not be a concern, as he’s reportedly spoken with the Warriors about the possibility of taking a deeply discounted extension that would see him leave up to $50 million on the table.)The players’ willingness to often take less than market value, even for bit pieces like Zaza Pachulia, has allowed the Warriors to improve the roster on the margins each year — sprinkling in specific attributes that the team lacks. With McGee in particular, Golden State took a minimal risk by signing (then cheaply re-signing) a player who had a less-than-stellar reputation around the league, but was incredibly long and athletic — two things the Warriors lacked in a traditional center. Fast forward to this year’s Finals, and the one-time castaway was pestering LeBron James, the best player in the world, anytime he sought to get to the basket.James, whose own upcoming free agency could play a role in nixing the Warriors’ dominance the next few years, pointed out another advantage Golden State possesses: Brainpower. “Everyone’s trying to figure it out: How do you put together a group of talent, but also a group of minds, to compete with Golden State and compete for a championship?” James asked.Ascending teams may not like the idea of waiting out Golden State’s reign. Aside from how young the team’s core is, the players who compose it don’t depend much on raw athleticism. It’s likely they will age gracefully, given how well they shoot from outside and play off the ball.Injuries are a different story, and they can always come into play; particularly with Curry, whose presence has always been a deciding factor with this club. But short of that, the team is full of two-way talent and should be fine on D as long as it’s anchored by Draymond Green and long, versatile wings that make it possible to switch the way the Warriors do. (Still, Golden State would be wise to try to start the process of locating a younger, less polished version of Iguodala, given how different the Warriors looked at times without the 34-year-old this postseason.) The club has ranked in the top 10 defensively each of the past four seasons it reached the Finals.Coach Steve Kerr has made no secret of the other factor that could eventually catch up with his team, which at times struggles with complacency. Specifically, he’s talked about the weight of expectations, and the toll that comes with taking every opposing team’s best shot for years on end. And this season, Kerr said, was the toughest playoff run he’s overseen with Golden State.“I remember sitting in this room three years ago, and it seemed like a dream. This feels more like reality,” Kerr said Friday, perhaps a realization of the fact that titles are now expected as opposed to being hoped for. “And I hope that doesn’t sound arrogant. It’s just that the talent we have, and that’s the experience we’ve gained.”There are any number of things that could turn out to be the Warriors’ downfall. But Golden State also has a handful of factors to hang its dynastic hat on for the time being.— Neil Paine contributed research. read more