MOE/NSC hosts successful cricket coaching workshop in Region 6

first_imgTHE Ministry of Education/National Sports Commission (NSC) recently conducted a three three-day cricket coaching workshop at Pour Mourant cricket ground for teachers of Secondary Schools in Region #6.The programme, which concluded last Thursday, saw male and female teachers from 20 schools drawn from New Amsterdam to Crabwood Creek, tutored on the basics of cricket.Sessions were conducted by former Guyana national female and NSC Level One cricket coach Latchman Yadram.Teachers actively involved in the lecture.In the three-day foundation of the coaching workshop teachers were actively involved in lectures and several practical sessions. The participants were schooled in the basic roles of a coach, coaching styles and principles, understanding coaching objectives, warm-up, batting, bowling and fielding techniques.According to Yadram, “Women’s cricket is growing, and the presence of these teachers shows that development of the game is necessary.”Yadram also urged the teachers to organise and manage sessions in schools for the growth of the game.Carl Vanier of Corentyne Comprehensive said, “The programme was informative and it will benefit not only the teachers but the students and he hopes to use the skills learnt to better equip his students.”All participating schools received a Cricket Coaching Manuel for Schools.last_img read more

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The Spain trip and why big business should take notice

first_imgApart from what I consider the ridiculous involvement of Enyimba players in the All-Star team, I think the Spain trip is another monumental step in the right direction for the NPFL and, were we thinking men, now would be the time to start taking positions in the local football industry. It never ceases to frustrate me when the so-called elite Nigerians point their noses upward when one talks about how we need to support local sport.They often hold the different sports leaders responsible for the failure of our sports, while they themselves offer no support as they are mostly ensconced in foreign sports. The NPFL organisers have proven that they are keen to make a success of the league and the Spain trip was a further way to globalise Nigerian enterprise. So there is work being done and we all must join in with our little bits to help make this a success for all of us. The joke actually is on the elite if they keep neglecting to support the local league as ultimately the financial consequences will be theirs to bear.When Ford Motors opted to pay the groundbreaking five dollars per hour in America in the early 20th Century and everyone shouted that it was too much and unsustainable, the Ford management simply said something like “the more money people have, the more of our cars they’d buy”… that is what enlightened self-interest is about. It is a lesson our mostly blank captains of industry should learn in this country. The more successful the local game becomes the more jobs people will have and the more disposable income they will have to spend on businesses locally. When our banks and other businesses sponsor foreign football and not the local league, they ultimately encourage a capital flight that enhances business for their foreign competitors while weakening their own business communities. If a look at the Nigerian economy of today cannot teach us any wisdom, then our journey has not even begun.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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National : Adams overcomes hearing impairment on hardwood

first_imgLuke Adams stepped to the free-throw line for the first of three shots, and the Texas Christian student section began ridiculing his floppy haircut. The fans’ chants of ‘Justin Bieber’ rained down on the Texas Tech guard and echoed throughout Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.‘It was pretty bizarre,’ Adams said. ‘I’ve had some people joke around about it. The guys do, but never in an actual game.’Adams didn’t let the chants faze him, though. The 5-foot-9, 150-pound freshman tackled far more adversity to achieve his dream of playing Division-I basketball after being born unable to hear from his right ear and with just 10 percent hearing in his left. During Adams’ journey to Texas Tech, he silenced doubters, proved doctors wrong and found normalcy in a lifestyle many would consider debilitating.Adams relied almost exclusively on lip-reading before having a cochlear implant installed at age 11. The device is made of an auditory receiver deep inside his ear that is wired to an external magnetically attached transmitter system, which includes a sound-processing microphone.‘I guess when the little guy doesn’t know he’s the little guy, he can accomplish big things,’ Adams said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis parents, Mark and Jennifer Adams, didn’t know their son was deaf until Adams was about 2.5 years old.Jennifer Adams thought that when Adams pulled her face close to his, he was being cute. Astoundingly, he was reading her lips.It wasn’t until Fourth of July weekend in 1994, when Adams sprinted away at Disney World despite his parents’ frantic screams to come back, that they suspected he was hearing impaired.A few days later, his mother had Adams face away from her before banging a pan violently behind his head.He didn’t even flinch.She soon took Adams to see an ear, nose and throat doctor, who administered an auditory brain response test.‘(The doctor) said, ‘Your son is profoundly deaf,” Jennifer Adams said. ‘He said, ‘Your son will lose all his speech utterances. Your son will never use his voice. Your son will need to learn how to (use) sign (language).”He recommended Adams attend the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin, Texas.But they chose to fit Adams for hearing aids and hired an auditory-verbal therapist to work with him regularly. With her help, they trained Adams to listen — not lip-read — by covering their mouths while speaking.‘I was just determined that he was going to talk,’ Jennifer Adams said. ‘I was determined that he was going to go to a regular school because he didn’t have a cognitive disability. I knew he was smart, he just couldn’t hear.’When his family moved to Lubbock, Texas, when Adams was 6, school officials said he couldn’t join the public school system. So he enrolled at Trinity Christian Academy, where he stayed until January of his junior year in high school.Throughout the chaos, Adams never let his disability hold him back.‘If it bothered him, I never knew it,’ Jennifer Adams said. ‘He never cried about it. He was very, very resilient. I guess because they always told him he was never going to be able to do certain things, he always rose above it.’When the cochlear implant was installed, Adams could suddenly hear sounds like the clicking of a turn signal on a car and the fizz of a soda can when opened.That heightened hearing ability carried over to success on the basketball court.During summers, he practiced every day with the Howard College (Texas) basketball team, which his father has coached since 2004.Playing at Big Spring (Texas) High School as a senior, Adams led Class 3A in scoring with 26.9 points per game. He received scholarship offers from numerous mid-majors, junior colleges and Division-II schools, but he chose to walk on at nearby Texas Tech.‘I pretty much could go to any Division-II school I wanted, but Division-I was always what I had my dreams on,’ Adams said. ‘And everyone always told me that I couldn’t play at this level. So in spite of that, I just wanted to prove everyone else wrong.’And he’s done that so far. Wearing his trademark headband, which holds the cochlear implant in place, Adams averages roughly 20 minutes per game and has scored in double figures three times.‘He probably had to work harder than most of us to be able just to hear,’ Red Raiders head coach Billy Gillispie said. ‘And he definitely works harder than most players to be able to play.’Adams speaks frequently to children with cochlear implants, sometimes talking with them on the court, before or after games.Adams met with the mother of a boy with cochlear implants in both ears before last Saturday’s game against Missouri. She told Adams that a doctor said her son would never play sports and that Adams served as their inspiration.‘She said, ‘Well, thank God for you. We didn’t know if he would be able to. I always think he would love to play basketball,” Adams said.He still faces challenges every day, be it a flight attendant on an airplane assuming he was a team manager or the external magnetic section of his implant falling off during games, rendering him incapable of hearing anything.He finds a way to succeed regardless of the circumstance.Even during his collegiate debut — a moment he had envisioned his whole life — Adams brushed off the jeers emanating from the Horned Frogs’ student section and knocked down all three free throws.Those TCU students join the Lubbock school administrators who turned Adams away and the doctor who said he would never read above a second-grade level as people Adams has proven wrong on his path to success.‘If you have faith, anyone can accomplish anything,’ Adams said.sebail01@syr.edu Published on March 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Gardiner bids for Olympic spot continues today

first_imgHaving secured his place at Rio yesterday, O’Reilly will face an Iraqi opponent in the Middleweight semi-finals today with the pressure off.But Gardiner needs to win gold this week in the Super Heavyweight division if he’s to achieve an Olympic spot and the Tipperary native goes-up against a fighter from Moldova in their semi-final.last_img

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Jo Dennis: Random Colour Animal – Industry requires a big & brave brand rethink

first_imgShare WATCH: Jesper Svensson discusses keeping a sportsbook up to date February 26, 2019 StumbleUpon Share Hervé Schlosser: Sportnco – French experience will power growth in Spain with LATAM to follow April 5, 2019 Submit Ian Bradley: Big Bang just the start for SBTech in 2019 February 20, 2019 Following years of executing uniformed marketing strategies, can industry incumbents develop meaningful brand propositions, engaging customers, whilst tackling betting’s wider responsibility agenda?Jo Dennis is the Managing Director of Random Colour Animal (RCA), a ‘brand-first’ industry marketing agency. She tells SBC audiences that in 2019 and beyond, the sector’s winners will be those that treat brand development as the lead marketing discipline across all verticals. Founded in 2018, fast-growth RCA has worked on B2C/B2B brand-centric campaigns for The Football Pools, Carousel Group, onSport.io and SG Digital._____________________SBC: Hi Jo, thanks for this interview on an intriguing topic. From your experience, why has betting neglected ‘brand development’ as a corporate discipline? Jo Dennis: As an industry, there is a focus on game creative, and to an extent just making the technology work, which in some cases is harder than it should be – this means that brand inevitably comes down the list of ‘things to do’. Brand awareness is not traditionally considered a primary driver of revenue ahead of financial incentives and odds advertising – which ironically presents perhaps the most limited opportunity to differentiate.Not everyone who starts a gaming company (operator or supplier) understands brand; it’s a general incorrect assumption that brand is just a logo, but the visual identity is only one part of a brand experience. A logo can make people aware of the brand, and help with discovery and recognition, but it can’t tell customers who you are or what you care about, what makes you different or better.Brand and marketing are often pushed together in gaming companies (both B2B and B2C) and this means the conversation steers towards CPAs, affiliates and exhibition stands. But this neglects the real underlying brand experiences and touchpoints which make a company unique, memorable and desirable to the target audience… and that unify digital products and customer communications with consistency, strength and authenticity.Brand is also an internal thing and many people forget this. Other than aligning teams on a clear vision (which 100% makes for a more successful company) it can also remove ambiguity, create a talking point (for PR), generate an army of brand advocates (and even influencers), and help acquire and retain talent – this maintains real-world fiscal value.SBC: In 2019, the industry enters maturity across multiple markets; can incumbents really build brand value or equity this late in the game?JD: Yes. In some cases, brand is the only thing they might have as a point of differentiation… With games, platforms and associated services coming from a finite selection of industry suppliers, getting these to drive unique positioning is tricky. The development of a strong brand, strategy, and associated experience with downstream marketing and communications activity can provide that unique voice, even in saturated markets.It’s also worth noting that even in mature markets we are also seeing new technology, customer types and channels emerging to create even greater playing experiences.Voice-activated AI is a good example; knowing how your brand will use voice to support and serve customer experience and/or search is important – non-participation is definitely not an option. Could this represent a new opportunity to reinvigorate brand personality and build more equity? We don’t know yet, but I think it demonstrates that this late in the game there are still many moving pieces.Further, many operators are looking at moving into regulated only markets. Part of this will represent a certain ‘growing up’ in terms of proposition and positioning as a responsible corporate entity. Brand certainly plays a big part in telling that story as well as living it.SBC: However, the industry has been served a significant ‘social responsibility agenda’; does this not complicate building and sustaining brand competencies? JD: Brand plays a significant role in this; building and sustaining competencies in no way detracts from the CSR agenda. In fact, strategically planning a socially responsible stance into a brand story, experience and touchpoints work together to make that an authentic part of an operator or supplier’s future… and make it credible, believable and genuine.RCA is a big fan of using our position as one of the leading suppliers to the market to support the CSR agenda in many ways. In terms of our work with clients, we realise its importance and take our responsibility seriously in creating brands that are entertaining and successful but ultimately designed to be conscientious and pro-active in this area.SBC: Working with B2B and B2C incumbents, what misconception do you feel industry stakeholders have with regards to developing impactful brands – what has worked and what is going wrong? JD:  Probably the most common misconceptions are the assumption that brand is just a logo or that brand manifests in the biggest, boldest stand at ICE… No matter how creative or memorable those things are, they’re standalone. A strong brand strategy goes to the very heart of what a successful business represents and how it consistently communicates those messages to the outside world across every channel.Operationally, it’s also difficult to drive a brand when nobody is ultimately responsible for that specific task. Across the trilogy of commercial, platform and game creative/technology, only elements of the brand are communicated and not the whole. The default position is, therefore, to fall back on PR (and a mix of social repurposing) to make announcements – but that’s a one-way conversation. Curating meaningful communications relies on knowing your audience: Not starting from a place of ‘what do we want to say’ but who are we talking to, where are they, and what do they want to hear.Another issue is not understanding how the brand ties into corporate vision. A company really clicks when mission, brand and culture converge. Motivated by the culture and driven by the mission, employees become an intrinsic part of the brand – and as they’re creating the customer experience that’s critical to sales and revenue, it can’t be overlooked.There is also the misconception that good brand strategy and downstream execution has no real-world fiscal return. It very much does. While it’s tougher to attribute specific ROI, the result of a strong visual and verbal brand backed by consistent marketing tactics and reliable business practices will be steady growth. When people are familiar with and trust the brand, you can expect them to more quickly convert from a visitor to a customer, increase engagement and lifetime value. That can definitely be measured. SBC: As a discipline, doesn’t brand development clash against standard industry marketing values which have been predominantly acquisition and cost-based… are we facing somewhat of a culture clash challenge? JD: This is interesting; as we mentioned earlier, brand and marketing are often bundled together, but are not the same thing. Marketing and communications are downstream from brand (the tactical execution of a strategic blueprint), otherwise it would be the tail wagging the dog…In a nutshell, branding is who you are, and marketing is how you build awareness. Brand is a core element of corporate strategy and is brought to life through content, digital touchpoints (websites, apps, social, voice etc), internal and external communications, team operations and player/customer interactions among many other things.SBC: So where should brand development within a betting-related company – is this a marketing or leadership remit?JD: I simply can’t stress this strongly enough: Brand development is a leadership remit – tied to corporate strategy and how the business generates a fiscal return… In 2019 this dynamic has to understood by industry leaders.SBC: Moving forward, what brand-led debates and challenges should the industry leadership focus on? (How do we really improve things?)JD: The hot topics in brand development for betting-related companies to focus on, in our opinion, would be: Related Articles Thinking of brand development as an internal as well as external exerciseAsking yourself whether your brand is actually generating more customers and revenue or whether it’s an after-thought bundled into marketingGetting measurement into the brand conversation as one of the key metrics of business successUsing brand elements to develop hyper personalised experiences for players, a one-to-one contextually-relevant conversation is utopiaIncorporating social responsibility into the brand strategy to build public and regulatory trust (a pre-requisite to a future-proofed and sustainable business)For larger companies, if brand and strategy culture is not at the heart of the business, focusing on smaller super on-brand initiatives rather than trying to turn the cruise liner will be key ______________________________Jo Dennis – Managing Director –  Random Colour Animallast_img read more

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Osasuna negotiates with Liverpool for the centenary rojillo

first_imgThe President of Osasuna, Luis Sabalza He addressed the current news in an interview with Radio Pamplona (SER). As it could not be otherwise, the highest red president recalled the recently deceased Michael Robinson. Too he referred to the ruling of the so-called, ‘Osasuna Case’: “I always say that it is not the Osasuna Case, that it has been a trial in which people who at a certain time were in the club have been tried. Osasuna denounced them and it was a private accusation in the trial. acknowledges the damage caused and they have to return three million euros, which I hope will be returned to us. That corruption among individuals, by party fighters, will also be judged, which has raised comments at the national level, but the core of the trial was the amounts of money that had disappeared. Osasuna has gone well. “As for the stadium works, which due to unforeseen events during the works, will increase their amount over the 16 million euros planned, he said: “When a work is done, things are done that are done if they can. If we had been in Second, we would not have increased the budget dedicated to the reform of the stadium. If we can afford it, it is better to do it all at once. There is going to be a more closed stadium and it will put an end to the leaks. “ Osasuna will be one hundred 100 years old on October 24 and the celebrations were scheduled to take place, especially from June, something that will not be as the club wished due to the crisis caused by COVID-19. The works are working at forced marches so that El Sadar looks totally renewed in its centenary. As for the planned events, one of the highlights was the dispute, this summer, of a match against one of international relevance and Luis Sabalza said: “We will have to celebrate the centenary between 100 and 101. We will have the entire season that He comes to do it and celebrate the concert he had planned and the match, which hopefully can be with Liverpool, which is a team with which we have certain ties. We are both red and we have both had two very important players, such as Robinson and Sammy Lee. “Regarding the possible return of the competition, he said: “Osasuna defends the resumption of the League, but also defends that it be resumed with guarantees. If Sanidad says otherwise, it will not be possible to play. We have to try to beat COVID-19, and also, if we can, the rivals. “last_img read more

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Rodel Mayol sees KO win for Jerwin Ancajas

first_imgMayol predicted that Gonzalez will be knocked out either in the sixth or seventh round.“The Mexican is strong and will likely go inside, but Ancajas will be ready for that and eventually will control the fight,” said Mayol, trainer of power puncher Romero Duno, who earned plaudits with his first round demolition of Mexican Yardley Suarez at The Forum in Inglewood, California, last month.For his part, Jalnaiz said Ancajas is benefiting from his remarkable amateur career as former Palarong Pambansa champion and National Youth Games gold medalist.“His (Ancajas) footwork is good and his fighting stance refined,” said Jalnaiz, who left the fight game at 24. “His hands are fast and he doesn’t throw wild punches.“If one solid punch or his combination gets through, then Gonzalez will be in deep trouble.”ADVERTISEMENT Jalnaiz, who oversaw Ancajas’ weight reduction in this coastal city, featuring the old school sauna, ice and calamansi spit out session, said the southpaw’s punches will even be harder and snappier on fight night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH’s Eumir Marcial win by KO middleweght final (Highlights) PLAY LIST 03:01PH’s Eumir Marcial win by KO middleweght final (Highlights)02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jalnaiz, the 1992 Beijing Asian Games bantamweight gold medalist and two-time Olympian, assists chief trainer Joven Jimenez in keeping Ancajas’ body in tiptop shape and gives suggestions relative to the title duel on Saturday night.Mayol and Jalnaiz were regulars in the US training camps of Manny Pacquiao, who charts Ancajas’ career by way of his MP Promotions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThey were simply glad to lend a hand to Team Ancajas, which also includes unbeaten pro prospect Mark Anthony Barriga (8-0), former national boxer Delfin Boholst, Filipino-Australian cutman Todd Makelim  and MP Promotions’ Joe Ramos and Sean Gibbons.After watching Ancajas’ workouts and viewing some clips of Israel Gonzalez’s fights, Mayol and Jalnaiz were convinced that the top Filipino hope to step up when Pacquiao retires will come out victorious. MOST READ Victims’ dad apologizes after lunging at Nassar in courtroom Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Former boxing world champion Rodel Mayol, right, with Asian Games gold medalist Roberto Jalnaiz. Photo by Roy Luarca/INQUIRERCorpus Christi, Texas—Tapped for their extensive ring experience and street smarts, Rodel Mayol and Roberto Jalnaiz are providing invaluable help to Team Ancajas here.Mayol, the World Boxing Council light flyweight champion from 2009-2011, takes care of Jerwin Ancajas’ nutritional needs.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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SEGAL at 10 Vows to go Regional in 5 Years

first_imgThe Security Expert Guard Agency of Liberia (SEGAL), during the commemoration of its 10th anniversary on May 13 in the mining town of Yekepa, Nimba County, vowed to go regional in five years.SEGAL has urged all of its staff members to be in readiness, by obtaining their necessary traveling documents.Speaking at the occasion, Chief Executive Officer Mimi Cyrus said owing to the services provided in the country “as the number one private security firm,” serving in 13 counties, SEGAL anticipates going regional in five years.“Our desire is to provide services in regional countries,” he said, adding that prior to going regional, SEGAL hopes to cover the entire country, serving all 15 counties, by the end of 2016.He admonished the security personnel to think of advancements in the future when SEGAL extends its services beyond the borders of Liberia.“Get yourselves passports to enable you to attend international training,” he said.SEGAL recently won the bid to provide security services to all of ArcelorMittal Liberia’s facilities across the country.SEGAL earlier provided security services to the concession in Yekepa, while ArcelorMittal Liberia facilities outside Yekepa were under the protection of another private security firm.Late last year, Arcelor Mittal Liberia decided to put to a bid the protection of its facilities to one security firm which gave SEGAL the upper hand to take care of the iron ore giant’s assets from Yekepa to Buchanan, including Green Hill and Monrovia.Meanwhile, the 10th anniversary celebration was held under the theme “Reviewing Our Past, Charting Our Future” and brought together scores of SEGAL officers, government officials and representatives of ArcelorMittal Liberia.It began with a parade through the principal streets of Yekepa followed by an indoor program. On Saturday May 14, a day long retreat was held, where issues pertaining to the sustainability of the firm were discussed.Commissioner Alex S. Kawah told the security firm that professional private security can become an auxiliary to national security. Speaking on the topic; “The Role of Private Security in the Criminal Justice System,” he said the difference between private and national security is the fact that national security has the power to arrest and prosecute, while private security doesn’t.“You are not an inferior group, because the LNP trained four classes of SEGAL officers, comprising of over 1,000 men and women,” he said.However, administrator Gbawu F. Woiwor said during an historical overview that SEGAL seeks collaboration with national security to host the security of Liberia as UNMIL draws down.“The national security cannot succeed without the collaboration of the private security,” Woiwor said. “We will soon get deputy police power, which will allow you to carry arms.”In regard to private security firms carrying arms, Representative Worlea Sehwah Dunah of Nimba District #7, who was the keynote speaker at the retreat, said it is necessary for private security firms to carry arms, especially those manning facilities that lie close to the border, like those belonging to ArcelorMittal Liberia.He said in some countries, private security firms carry arms, especially where the security situation is troubling.He added that an act has recently been passed into law to allow private security firms to carry arms. He said once the law is printed into Hand Bills, private security firms will be able to carry arms, adding that they should however know how to handle arms as the law calls for an arm bearer’s name, along with serial numbers and registration in the event of any incident.Meanwhile, the workers are calling on SEGAL management to improve conditions such as housing, medical and education for their children, which the management has agreed to consider if the new contract with ArcelorMittal Liberia is signed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Truck Thief and Police Chase

first_img– Advertisement -However, when a police dog was called to the scene a suspect emerged from a wooded area and surrendered.Police had initially responded to a call from the owner of the stolen truck, who spotted it being driven in the city.After recovering suspected stolen items from the vehicle, police are taking public information and stolen property assistance calls at 787-81-40 and 1-800 222-84-77.Meantime, 43 year old Christopher Pierre of Fort St. John faces charges of stolen property over five thousand dollars, flight from a police officer and, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.He’s been remanded in custody, until his next scheduled court appearance on June 23rd. There was a police pursuit incident in Fort St. John yesterday afternoon and, it ended with a suspect deciding he didn’t want to tangle with a police dog.The pursuit started shortly before one o’clock, on 99th avenue near 108th street, when the RCMP attempted to pull over the driver of a stolen 2007 Dodge pickup.He fled the scene and was followed to a rural area northwest of the city, where he attempted to flee on foot, after getting the truck stuck in mud.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Russian leader Yeltsin dies at 76

first_imgMOSCOW – Boris Yeltsin, who kicked the props out from under the tottering Soviet empire and then struggled to build a nation from its wreckage, died Monday after seeing many of his democratic reforms rolled back. The former Russian president was 76. Larger than life during his tenure, Yeltsin shrank from public view following his retirement on New Year’s Eve 1999, and in recent years has rarely given interviews. But the big, bumptious politician with the soft pink features and wave of white hair could be seen again Monday in file footage on Russian television. President Vladimir Putin spoke to the nation four hours after the announcement of Yeltsin’s death to praise briefly Russia’s first freely elected president as a man “thanks to whom a whole new epoch has started.” “New democratic Russia was born, a free state open to the world; a state in which power truly belongs to the people,” Putin said. Yeltsin will be buried Wednesday in Moscow’s historic Novodevichy cemetery, the resting place of such diverse figures as writer Anton Chekhov and former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Putin postponed his annual State of the State address from Wednesday to Thursday in deference. Yeltsin was, according to Andrew Kuchins of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, “a revolutionary leader at a revolutionary moment,” a reformer who battled the Communist Party from the inside, an exultant wrecker of the U.S.S.R.’s totalitarian regime. But as president of Russia, he seemed too willing to use force, too tolerant of corruption, too eager to trust his gut – even when it led to disaster. He stood on top of a tank during the 1991 coup attempt by communist hard-liners like a big game hunter celebrating his kill, but two years later, he ordered tanks to shell upstart members of parliament. He broke up the old Soviet Union, but then invaded Chechnya when the region joined the rush for independence. He abolished the old KGB, but then named a KGB veteran – Putin – as his heir apparent. But what angered many Russians was how Yeltsin the crusader against Soviet corruption presided over a fire sale of state-owned industries to Kremlin insiders, a move that created a small cadre of Russian billionaires overnight. Meanwhile, during his tenure, many ordinary Russian citizens saw their savings wiped out, their jobs evaporate, the society their parents and grandparents had created disintegrate. “He was one of us,” said Galina Alexandrovna, a Moscow resident, recalling the heady days after the Soviet collapse. “When we elected him, we all shouted, `Hurrah for Boris Yeltsin,’ but then Russia started selling itself off and we the simple people didn’t like what was happening.” Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet president, eulogized Yeltsin – both a comrade and a nemesis – as one “on whose shoulders are both great deeds for the country and serious errors,” according to the news agency Interfax. Perhaps frustrated by Russia’s stumbling out of the gate after the Soviet era, Yeltsin increasingly concentrated power in his own hands – and finally handed the president’s enormous powers over to Putin, whose loyalty impressed Yeltsin. Yeltsin was not one to apologize. “A man must live like a great, bright flame and burn as brightly as he can,” Yeltsin has been quoted as saying. “In the end, he burns out. But this is better than a mean, little flame.” Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin was born Feb. 1, 1931, into a peasant family in the Sverdlovsk region of the Ural Mountains. When he was 3, his father was imprisoned in dictator Josef Stalin’s purges for allegedly owning property before the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. As a mischievous child, he lost his thumb and index finger while playing with a stolen grenade. And from the start, he bucked authority. He was expelled from elementary school for criticizing a teacher at a school assembly. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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