A representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s football team Toni Sunjic delighted residents of Capljina and indeed the whole country with his generous gesture.The footballer is actively involved in humanitarian actions and recently donated funds for “Dzematska Liga”, a football competition organized by the local Muslim community. The organisers of the event announced Toni never forgets who he is and the experiences that shaped his path to success.They added “the humanitarian side of our Toni is not known, he is a person who has helped many for years, but has always remained simple and accessible. One confirmation of this story came to us today when Sunjic paid the money for Dzematska Liga”, the donation was a pleasant surprise one the organisers were immensely grateful for.They affirmed “we promise that we will be his greatest support in all the matches of Bosnia and Herzegovina team. Once again, thank you Toni”.
By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – A proposal to redistrict over 500 students among nine Middletown schools was unanimously shot down by the Board of Education on Monday evening after hundreds of visibly outraged and distraught parents came out to squash the plan before it got off the ground.The plan sought to address overcrowding at three of the district’s 17 schools, which Middletown Superintendent of Schools William O. George III, Ed.D, said could lead to negative impacts on educational spaces, class scheduling and co-curricular activities. It was designed by an ad hoc committee comprised of George, board president Danielle Walsh, board vice president John Little, and school district administration and community members.But the plan was met by intense resistance, including from some members of the board.“The plan that was presented to us tonight rips apart the core of Middletown, which consists of 12 villages,” board member James Cody said after making a motion to kill the proposal mid-meeting. “If we proceed with this plan, it will start to break up our villages that make Middletown unique.”Middletown Superintendent of Schools William O. George III listened to over 50 Middletown school district parents voice their concerns about the redistricting plan. By the end of the meeting the plan was scrapped.Over 650 residents dressed in different shades and varieties of red garb packed Middletown High School North’s auditorium to see the draft presentation and put their comments on the record.George said while student enrollments are trending down, overcrowding is an issue at Nut Swamp Elementary School, Thompson Middle School and Middletown High School South.According to enrollment tallies taken over two weeks ago, Nut Swamp is 73 students over capacity; Thompson has 258 more students than it can handle; and Middletown South has 90 students too many. According to a report by T&M Associates, tasked with analyzing the redistricting, 573 students would have been shifted throughout the township to different schools to address the capacity issues.Using geocoding methods with specific student enrollment information, T&M planner Stanley Slachetka said he was looking at “changing boundary lines at specific geographic points, whether it’s a street edge or railroad right of way.”When the public session commenced, more than 50 parents and students immediately lined up to speak. Parents with students in the affected schools did not hold back when speaking their piece to board members.“I want to reiterate that my children are not ‘geodots.’ The children who are sitting in here are not ‘geodots,’ ” said Ivan Mendez, a father with three children attending Middletown Village Elementary School. “They’re not points on a map you can shift around at whim to try and meet your numbers.”Mendez, who said he worked with the New York City Department of Education, said Middletown’s redistricting lacked focus.“I have never in my career seen a decision of this magnitude made with so little community input,” he said.Former Board of Education member Vinnie Brand also questioned the necessity of the proposal.“I have to tell you, this is a bad plan,” Brand said. “I put four children through Thompson Middle School, 12 years of education, and never once did I hear a kid tell me that school was overcrowded – and two of them are chronic complainers.”Bill Tufaro, a Middletown resident of over two decades now living in the Harmony Glen development, said he spoke on behalf of 30 students who could be shifted if the plan was initiated.School board member James Cody initiated a motion to dismiss the plan.“Redistricting is a decision that should be made by the community,” he said. “If it benefits the children, it’s important to consider their well-being. We all want our children to be happy in familiar environments and perform at their best.”As the three-and-a-half-hour meeting concluded, Cody’s initial motion to scrap the current redistricting plan and look to alternative solutions to ease overcrowding issues was seconded and unanimously passed by the nine-member board. Notably, Walsh and Little, who helped construct the proposal, joined in. The decision was met with rousing cheers by elated parents.Board of Education members expressed willingness to look at trailers, pods and other temporary methods to help alleviate overcrowding in those affected schools.“We have to come up with a plan that is sustainable and that is reasonable,” said board member Leonora Caminiti. “We will do that. I promise you that.”This article was first published in the Nov. 2-9, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
There’s no mystery about the L.V. Rogers Bombers Rugby team as the Mount Bouchiere Bears of West Kelowna realized last week in Trail.The Bombers clobbered the Bears 25-0 in High School Boy’s Rugby Exhibition action in the Silver City.The game was part of a Mystery Tour where the visiting Bears got on a bus not knowing where the team was heading to who they were playing. “The boys played very well in most aspects of the game,” said Bomber coach Michael Joyce. “They were able to run many consecutive phases and swing the ball from sideline to sideline.””Grade 10 student Ezra Lloyd scored his first try playing as a senior,” he added. “We also saw some big improvements with our Grade 11 players.”The Bombers were to have played in the Kamloops RugbyFest this weekend. However, the tourney was cancelled due to the recent job action by the B.C. Teacher’s Federation.Joyce does hope to take LVR’s junor boys and girl’s teams to Kamloops for a pair of exhibition games.The game will be the first of the season for both teams.The Bombers opened the Kootenay High School season Friday, April 27 in Grand Forks.LVR meets Kimberley’s Selkirk Storm and Rossland Royals.
TRACK DENSE WITH WORKERS BEFORE RAIN COMESWith rain forecast tonight and through the upcoming week, horsemen took full advantage of clear skies and a fast track Sunday, keeping clockers at fever pitch with 333 recorded works on Santa Anita’s tab.Among the workers was unbeaten Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Nyquist who went five furlongs in 1:00.40 for his three-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 15, weather permitting.“He breezed great,” trainer Doug O’Neill said. “He galloped out super. I couldn’t be happier.”Also working was Los Alamitos Futurity winner and runner-up Mor Spirit and Toews on Ice, the former going six furlongs in company with Coach Q and the latter going four furlongs in company with Mt Veeder.Mor Spirit was clocked in 1:13, Coach Q in 1:12.60. Toews on Ice and Mt Veeder went in the identical time of 48.80. Edwin Maldonado2031115%25%$77,130 Kristin Mulhall520140%60%$86,900 CALIFORNIA CHROME AWAITS SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL After a stylish six furlong workout in 1:10.04 before yesterday’s first race at Santa Anita, California Chrome was at the ready Sunday for his first race in nine months come this Saturday, the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes, but Dortmund’s status for the race was questionable at best following a seven furlong breeze Sunday in a bullet 1:25.80.The time equaled that of Point Piper, also San Pasqual-bound for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Only five horses worked at the seven furlong distance Sunday.“I missed a little time with him after that second quarter crack and he didn’t really finish the way I like to see him finish,” Bob Baffert said of Dortmund after his drill under Martin Garcia following the second renovation break at 7:45 a.m.“I wanted to see him finish up a little better than he did . . . Our goal for him is the Big Cap (Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap at 11/4 miles on March 12).”The Hall of Fame trainer added that last year’s San Pasqual winner, Hoppertunity, was still “possible” for the San Pasqual.Also working Sunday in advance of imminent rain forecast starting tonight was Imperative for red-hot Richard Baltas, atop the trainer standings with five wins from 10 runners through six racing days.Imperative worked four furlongs in 48 seconds.“I got him in 24 flat the last quarter, just breezing,” Baltas said. “He galloped out real strong, so he looks good. He’s ready to go.”Also working for the San Pasqual was Harry F. Brubaker Stakes winner Point Piper with Rafael Bejarano aboard.Meanwhile, all was calm with California Chrome, who had his customary walk under the shed row the day after his workout.Private clocker Gary Young was among those impressed with Chrome’s work.“He was cruising,” Young said. “He went in one-10, he didn’t seem to be asked and Victor (Espinoza) was just sitting on him. It was an unbelievable work.”Probable for the San Pasqual: Alfa Bird, Tyler Baze; California Chrome, Victor Espinoza; Hard Aces, Joe Talamo; Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia; Imperative, Mario Gutierrez; Mystery Train, no rider; and Point Piper, Rafael Bejarano. William Spawr521040%60%$35,500 Patrick Gallagher921122%44%$173,084 Joseph Talamo2645215%42%$232,290 Steve Knapp720029%29%$46,250 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita’s jockeys’ room will have two open spots shortly. James Graham and Corey Nakatani are leaving for greener and likely colder pastures, Graham departing for the Fair Grounds and Nakatani bound for Oaklawn Park when it starts its meet Jan. 15. “Things have slowed down and I just need to go back where I’m comfortable,” Graham said. “I can’t sustain my family doing what we’re doing right now, so I have to keep going, I have to find something new.” Through six racing days, Graham was winless from 19 mounts, while Nakatani was zero for three . . . Probable for Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes for three-year-olds at one mile: Collected, Martin Garcia; Dressed in Hermes, Mike Smith; Frank Conversation, no rider; Imalreadythere, Rafael Bejarano; Laoban, no rider; Rare Candy, no rider; and Sorryaboutnothing, Flavien Prat. Philip D’Amato1623513%63%$242,070 Santiago Gonzalez3386224%48%$246,310 Rafael Bejarano3087227%57%$453,650 Gary Stevens1230025%25%$346,820 Steven Miyadi722029%57%$51,770 Mike Smith1731218%35%$322,390 Richard Baltas1051050%60%$283,530 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 2) Peter Miller2041120%30%$120,320 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS CHROME READY TO SHINE, BUT NOT DORTMUND MORE THAN 300 WORKERS IN ADVANCE OF RAINLONG-TIME RACING OFFICIAL DICK WHEELER DIESGOOD LUCK, HARD WORK PAY OFF FOR BLANC -30- TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won FAN WINS $1,000 IN MYSTERY MUTUEL CONTESTCongratulations to THOROUGHBRED member Robert Robbins on winning $1,000 in Saturday’s Mystery Mutuel Contest at Santa Anita.Robbins attended North Hollywood High School and currently resides in Eagle Rock. Santa Anita is his favorite track, and he has fond memories of visiting The Great Race Place with his father, and still visits the track frequently with his brother.“I’ve only won $2 from the Mystery Mutuel in the past. I didn’t think any bigger amounts were available. I can’t believe I won a thousand bucks.” RACING MOURNS DEATH OF DICK WHEELERRacing mourned the passing of long-time California racing official Richard (Dick) Wheeler, who died at his Monrovia home Saturday at the age of 69.Wheeler worked in several capacities throughout the Golden State for nearly four decades, including Santa Anita and defunct Fairplex Park, where he was Racing Secretary. Wheeler retired 18 months ago.“He was kind to everybody; everybody loved him,” said Santa Anita Clerk of Scales Kevin Colosi, a long-time friend and associate. “He had been sick for a while and stopped eating. He just shut down.”Wheeler requested that there be no services, Colosi said.Added trainer David Bernstein, who knew Wheeler back in the day: “We had a lot of fun. We were young, 18, 19 years old and he and one of my clients, Bob Brown, used to meet in Santa Anita’s infield every Saturday.“Brown also passed away. Now I’m the last of the Mohicans.” PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF FOR BLANC ABOARD FLAMBOYANTFrench native Brice Blanc chalks up Saturday’s neck victory for trainer Paddy Gallagher aboard the French-bred Flamboyant, $94.20 winner of the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes, to a combination of good luck and hard work.“I got lucky,” Blanc said Sunday morning during a break from working five horses. “One day last October Paddy asked me to work him, and I told Aaron (his agent, Aaron Hesz) that he worked awesome.“Aaron was somewhat surprised because he’s not that good of a work horse, but since that time he’s been working lights out, even at Del Mar during the fall, but the races didn’t go.“Missing works didn’t seem to bother him, though, because he ran his butt off yesterday.” The 45-1 upset cemented a Pick Six carryover into Sunday of $80,409. Doug F. O’Neill242268%42%$122,882 Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450
29 January 2013 South Africa, despite being the last country to launch the Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA), is set on using every opportunity to achieve the targets set out by the strategy, says President Jacob Zuma. “South Africa is committed to doing everything we can to reduce maternal and child mortality and to improve the lives of women and children, both in our country and on the continent,” Zuma said on Monday. Speaking at a high level meeting of the CARMMA on the sidelines of the African Union Summit underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Zuma said the government had developed a national dashboard to monitor progress in the implementation of the strategy. With the aid of government’s development partners, the country’s provinces have been supported to strengthen their plans to achieve the goals of CARMMA. CARMMA aims to reduce the number of women who die as a result of childbearing, during pregnancy or within 42 days of delivery or termination of pregnancy, among others. Part of South Africa’s intervention will include strengthening family planning, especially teenage pregnancies, as they contribute up to 36% of maternal deaths, despite only constituting 8% of the total number of pregnancies. Others measures will include eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV; strengthening maternity services by deploying dedicated obstetric ambulances to transport women in labour to the nearest appropriate health facility; training doctors and nurses who work in maternity units in the essential steps in the management of child birth emergencies; training more midwives and advanced midwives; and expanding immunisation coverage. “Unfortunately, despite progress in dealing with HIV since 2009, HIV still contributes to about 40% of maternal and child deaths in South Africa. This means that unless we deal decisively with HIV, we will not be able to reduce maternal and child mortality to any significant extent,” Zuma said. In order to address this, he said the country’s HIV programme – where citizens are encouraged to get tested for HIV at least once a year – was imperative in beating the epidemic. According to the World Health Organisation, as many as 1 500 women die every day globally due to complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. Most of these deaths occur in developing countries, most of them in Africa. Source: SANews.gov.za
For the first time in ATA history, the past presidents of the organisation are set to meet together to celebrate the history and sport of Touch. What many Touch players are not aware of is the work that the past presidents have done to ensure the sport is as well developed Australia-wide at all levels of competition, as it is today. The president has an incredibly important role in the governance and direction of our sport and the ATA has a long and distinguished roll of those who have served the sport in this capacity. They’re set to meet together this weekend, in conjunction with a Board of Directors meeting, at the Blackett Hotel for dinner and a presentation function in Sydney on Saturday evening. The ATA’s first President, Ray Vawdon held the position from in 1978-79 and Ray is one of those credited with helping Touch take off in Sydney in 1968 at Snape Park in the Eastern Suburbs. 1976 saw the Vawdon Cup played for between South Sydney, Cronulla, Newtown, Canterbury and Manly and also in Vawdon’s time the first ever NSW State Cup was held in Port Macquarie in 1977. Phil Smith (deceased) was at the helm of ATA from 1980-82 and helped to introduce the concept of a National Championships, first held in 1980. Phil is now a life member of the Australian Touch Association, in recognition of outstanding service and his vision for the sport. Peter Rooney served the Touch community not only president but also as the Chief Executive Officer, leading the sport with drive and enthusiasm and achieving many milestones especially in the International Development area. Ken Wells is the ATA’s longest serving president, holding the position from 1984-1990 and was there when the Federation of International Touch started in 1985, of which Australia was an inaugural member. Ken’s vision and drive started the process of the ATA obtaining the building it now currently owns and occupies in Canberra. He also helped initiate the first recognised International game, a test series between Australia and New Zealand and the first ever mixed competition was introduced in 1985 under his guidance. Paul Jonson worked with Ken in 1990 and then ran as president himself from 1991-93. His time encompassed many achievements, including the adoption of a new constitution, revamping technical structures and organizing the official opening of the National Touch Championships in front of New Parliament House. He also organised the official opening of the ATA building by the then Minister for Sport Ros Kelly. Russell Mowles had a huge influence on Touch at a National level while he was President from 1994-97. By 1995 the National Championships had expanded from their original three divisions, to 11 divisions. Then in 1997 Russell and the ATA helped replace the National Championships with what we now know as the National Touch League or NTL. The school of thought behind this change was that it would allow competitors to identify with a regional area and to help keep building Touch Australia wide. We certainly thank Russell for helping to bring together what we now know and love. Brian Rooney served on the ATA board from 1994-1997 as commercial director and then as president 1998-2001. After finishing as President he then rejoined board in 2002, continuing as a director and is now a life member, awarded the title in 2004. Today the Australian Touch Association is continuing to push forward in growth, development nation-wide, in its professionalism and also management. Current president Michael Sparks has been leading Australian Touch since 2001 and has recently seen the implementation of the Management restructure kick off. It no doubt promises an exciting time ahead for Michael in his role and for the entirety of the Australian Touch Association. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the past presidents for their tireless effort, time and energy that they have dedicated and continue to dedicate to the growth and development of our sport over the years.
Anyone who has ever pulled a hamstring knows how painful it can be. Former Louisville defensive lineman B.J. Dubose, competing at the NFL Combine Sunday morning, did just that, pulling up lame near the end of his 40-yard-dash run. Dubose eventually lost his balance and fell to the ground as well. It’s tough to watch.B.J. Dubose. That’s no good. https://t.co/ZRBQeo3N0k— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) February 22, 2015We’re actually surprised this doesn’t happen more, given the fact that these athletes are giving it their all for four to five seconds. Hopefully he makes a fully recovery.
CALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has some advice for the next leader of Saskatchewan: handle the economy differently than the government has under current premier Brad Wall.The governing Saskatchewan Party is to choose a new leader later this month to replace Wall, who announced last summer that he was leaving politics.Wall rose to national prominence for his down-to-earth style, sharp wit and, more recently, his willingness to lock horns with Ottawa.The conservative politician has also been known to trade jabs with his left-leaning Alberta counterpart on everything from provincial budgets to beer taxes.There’s also been an interprovincial spat over Saskatchewan banning Alberta licence plates on trucks working on future government road and infrastructure projects.Notley said whoever wins the Saskatchewan Party’s leadership race can learn a thing or two from Alberta.“I believe that the advice I’d give to the new premier is to look at the facts, look at the data, look at the reporting on economic activity and reconsider the approach they’ve taken up ’til now, because one province is making its way out of a recession and one is not,” Notley said Thursday during a visit to Calgary’s Minhas Micro Brewery.The brewery said it has been able to grow its business thanks to NDP policies.“One province is adding tens of thousands of new jobs; one province is losing jobs. I would suggest that they should look at the data and start drawing some different conclusions.”Wall responded to Notley’s comments with a few rhetorical jabs of his own.He said his advice to his successor will be to not listen to an NDP premier who imposed a carbon tax on her oil-dependent economy and is presiding over an annual $10 billion deficit.Wall also accused Notley of not standing up to the federal government.“Rather than defend her province against carbon taxes imposed by the Trudeau government, this is a premier who actually called her own province ‘Canada’s embarrassing cousin that nobody wants to talk about,’” Wall said in a statement Thursday night.“Well I am proud to talk about both Alberta and Saskatchewan and their huge contribution to the country. If her government is not prepared to defend the interests of Alberta, we are happy to help.”Five candidates who hope to lead the Saskatchewan Party face a vote on Jan. 27 in Saskatoon.
(THE CANADIAN PRESS) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to face criticism from premiers about the federal approach to pipelines, carbon taxes, oil prices, environmental assessments and a planned General Motors plant closure in Ontario, none of which is specifically on the agenda.Notley also said she doesn’t want to spend time listening to what the federal government says it is already doing to try to address Alberta’s concerns.“It just doesn’t make sense … talking about things that have already happened,” she said. “We don’t need federal ministers to explain to us what they’ve already done. We’re all capable of reading their press releases.”In Ontario, Doug Ford’s office said the Ontario premier is prepared to walk away from the meeting Friday if it does not include specific discussions on the federal carbon tax. Ford was set to meet with Trudeau in Montreal on Thursday afternoon.Sources familiar with the dispute said Ford and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe have not been satisfied by the federal response that the first ministers meeting agenda already includes a discussion on economic competitiveness, a broad topic that Ottawa says will allow premiers to raise all the issues they please.Ontario government house leader Todd Smith said the agenda doesn’t deal with the concerns of the provinces, which include the carbon tax, the GM plant and the oil-price crisis. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’ll have allies in the room to help push talks on the oil-price crisis at the upcoming first ministers meeting.“There is really no province in the country that doesn’t owe Alberta to some degree for their schools, their hospitals, their roads. The fact of the matter is Alberta has to do well for Canada to do well,” Notley said in Edmonton Thursday before leaving for the meeting in Montreal.She noted that forecasts for Canada’s economic growth are already more muted because of the low price Alberta is getting for its oil in the United States and its inability to move its product to ports for shipment overseas. Federal officials have privately conceded that little headway is likely to be made on the official objective of the meeting: reducing interprovincial trade barriers.Asked by reporters in Montreal about the premiers’ dissatisfaction with the agenda, Trudeau refused to engage with the question directly.“I’m looking forward to a productive discussion. I have no illusions that we’re going to agree on everything,” he said.He was to have a private meeting with Ford later Thursday. The formal meeting among all the first ministers is Friday.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – On the morning of July 29, at around 10:30 a.m., Grande Prairie RCMP executed a search warrant at a hotel in Grande Prairie.According to RCMP, during the search, they located illegal drugs and weapons.The following items were seized as a result of the investigation:Approximately 43 grams of CocaineApproximately 60 grams of Crystal MethamphetamineApproximately 1.9 grams of HeroinApproximately 51 grams of CannabisApproximately 6.8 grams of mushrooms pillsApproximately 0.74 g of FentanylOne loaded 9mm hand gunOne pellet gunBrass knucklesFour people have been charged with multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Those charged include:31-year-old Alec Levin of Grande Prairie22-year-old Julia King of Grande Prairie35-year-old Joseph Read of Grande Prairie36-year-old Andrew Pysar of CanmoreKing, Read, and Pysar are scheduled to appear in Court Grande Prairie Provincial Court on July 31.Levin is scheduled to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on August 7, 2019.