Trackers fundraising with 50/50 tickets for upcoming provincials

first_imgThe N.E. B.C. and Yukon Trackers will be dropping the puck on their fundraising campaign to help send the team to provincials. Members of the team will be at various locations throughout Fort St. John on Saturday selling 50/50 tickets, and tickets will also be sold at their final home game on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Pomeroy Sport Centre against Slave Lake.On Saturday various team members will be at the mall, On The Rocks liquor stores, and the B.C. Liquor Store.The draw date for the tickets is March 7 with a potential payout of $10,000 up for grabs.- Advertisement -Provincials are being held in Comox, and it marks the first time B.C. Hockey has granted entry for the Trackers into the event.last_img

Gor handed two-year Kagame Cup ban

first_img0Shares0000The Gor Mahia team that started their CECAFA Kagame Cup match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 13, 2018NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 14- The Council of East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) Executive Committee on Saturday announced that Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia and their head coach Dylan Kerr have been handed two-year Kagame Cup bans.The club was banned after refusing to pick the third placed bronze medal after beating Zanzibar’s Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) while the coach was handed the two year ban for what CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye termed as ‘continuous’ abuse to match officials’. “They refused infront of the fans in the stadium and football leadership in the region to pick their medals. We as CECAFA we believe that leadership is about taking charge and making decisions. Whether good or bad, you cannot sit on the edge,” Musonye said in a press briefing on Saturday.On Kerr’s behavior at the competition; “We have warned The Gor Mahia coach to respect referees and to respect football leaders in the region. He is also banned for two years,” Musonye.“You can’t say bad things and abuse organizers. Every time he is abusing the referees and these reports have reached us. We have taken this thing very seriously,” he added.Gor Mahia’s Godfrey Walusimbi in action in the CECAFA Kagame Cup against Tanzanian side Azam. Photo/COURTESYMusonye further said that K’Ogalo had caused Kenya shame and has urged the Football Kenya Federation to take further action on the club who also reportedly missed out on the prize money.Gor went to Tanzania with drama rotating all around their heads, the players having staged a go slow before their last Kenyan Premier League match at the Kisumu Stadium. Upon reaching Dar, they rejected the hotel allocated to them by the organizers as it was not up to their standards and looked for their own.Prior to their semi-final match against Azam which they went on to lose 2-0, the team also refused to use the dressing room. The same happened in 2015 when they faced Azam in the final.“The organizing committee has looked at how Gor has behaved and as a big team they should have shown good example but unfortunately they have shown a bad example since coming here,” Musonye said in his press briefing.He added; “We want to have discipline in these competitions. All club leaders and federations should respect the law and put discipline in their clubs. If clubs feel they can’t be touched in their homes, it will not be the same with CECAFA.”And, in case Gor Mahia go on to win the KPL title, then the second placed team or the winner of the FKF Shield will represent Kenya in next year’s competition which might be held in Tanzania again.“There’s no chance to appeal. There are some things we can tolerate but not this one. I know some officials who went to beg Gor to come and collect their medals and they refused,” an agitated Musonye further stated.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

West Ham owners ‘want Premier League and Champions League titles within five years’

first_img1 West Ham celebrate during 3-0 win over Hull in the Premier League West Ham co-chaiman David Sullivan has revealed his astonishing ambition for the East End club to be Premier League and European champions within the next five years.It’s been a fine campaign so far for the Hammers who, in seventh place, are currently just four points adrift of the top four.Sam Allardyce’s side were as high as third at one point, with the Upton Park faithful granted their long-term wish of attacking football thanks to summer signings Alex Song, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia, along with a return to form for both Stewart Downing and record signing Andy Carroll.West Ham’s attractive style has joint chairman Sullivan – who along with David Gold bought the club five years ago – aiming “to finish in a Champions League spot” this season.And asked how he sees the next five years for the club, he said: “I’d like to see us win the Premier League and then the Champions League.“Yes, I know it’s unlikely but again, not impossible – look at Atletico Madrid. We can all dream.“We are West Ham United, we’re a big club, one of four big clubs in London. We have some catching up to do but we’ve closed the gap.“I’m optimistic and if things go our way we could beat Real Madrid tomorrow. It’s unlikely but not impossible.”Atletico broke decades of dominance from Real Madrid and Barcelona to win Spain’s Primera Division last season, while they also reached the Champions League final, where they were beaten in extra time by local rivals Real.Gold’s aims are not as fanciful as those of his colleague but he too believes his side can establish themselves as challengers for Europe for years to come.He added: “I would be disappointed if we don’t join the so-called top six within the next five years.“We know the fanbase is there and it will grow when we move [to the London Olympic Stadium in the summer of 2016].“This isn’t blind optimism. I can see everything coming together, culminating in us becoming a top club, challenging at the highest level with top players in an amazing stadium supported by amazing fans.”last_img read more

Dubai group ‘agree terms’ for Newcastle takeover

first_img0Shares0000Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has reportedly agreed terms to buy Newcastle United © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 27 – Representatives of Dubai-based Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said Monday they had “agreed terms” with Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, moving closer to completing a deal to buy the Premier League club.A statement from billionaire Sheikh Khaled’s Bin Zayed Group said: “We can confirm that representatives of His Highness Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahyan are in discussions with Mike Ashley and his team, about the proposed acquisition of Newcastle United Football Club. “We have agreed terms and are working hard to complete the transaction at the earliest opportunity.”The statement said Sheikh Khaled considered it “an honour to have the opportunity to build on the strong support, history and tradition of the club”.Reports at the weekend said Sheikh Khaled, a relative of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, was close to sealing a £350 million ($443 million) takeover.A spokesman for the club “politely declined” to comment, but sources close to the club have indicated there was interest but many ends still needed to be tied up before a deal could go ahead.Ashley, the founder of the Sports Direct retail chain, bought the club for £134.4 million in 2007 but has faced a string of protests from supporters disgruntled at what they see as a lack of investment in players.He has put Newcastle up for sale three times but every bid has failed to produce a deal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Food prices put bite on wallets

first_imgBy next year, it could be 56 cents. The forces behind the rise in food prices – China’s economic boom, a growing biofuels industry and a weak U.S. dollar – are global and not letting up anytime soon. Grocery receipts are bulging because the raw ingredients, packaging and fuel that go into the price of foodstuffs cost more than they have in decades. It’s the worst bout of food inflation since 1990 but not yet worrisome to the economy, said John Lonski, chief economist of Moody’s Investor Service. While high food prices can cut into consumers’ discretionary spending, the 4 percent rate of food inflation is still far below the crippling double-digit levels of the 1970s. Still, consumers anxious for relief in the checkout line may have to keep waiting. Andrea Williams, 32, can track the rise in prices of the food she buys for herself, her husband and their three children by looking back at the receipts she says she meticulously saves. “In 2004, I bought a gallon of milk, it was $1.63,” Williams said before heading into a Wal-Mart in Savoy, Ill., about 140 miles south of Chicago. A gallon of milk cost nearly $3 a gallon last month in her area. A couple of years ago, Williams would spend about $250 a month on one big grocery trip. Now she says she’s spending $250 on big trips every two weeks. It’s possible to trace the jump in food costs to the commodities markets, where the price of agriculture products and energy have reached multidecade highs this year. Crude oil, which helps dictate the price of gasoline and plastic packaging, hit an all-time high in September. Wheat prices also climbed to a record. The increase in commodity prices has as much to do with short-term supply and demand in each market as with long-term shifts in who produces and consumes those products. China is the juggernaut. Rapid growth there – and in Brazil, Russia, India and other developing nations – has led to massive demand for raw materials, including energy to run factories and cars, metals to build infrastructure, and beans and grains to feed livestock and people. China will import almost 50 percent of the world’s oilseeds within a decade, becoming the world’s largest importer, according to estimates from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Oils made from oilseeds such as soybeans are used widely in packaged foods, while corn is used to make high fructose corn syrup, a ubiquitous sweetener found in everything from soda to bread. China’s oilseed demand reflects another trend: The world is using more of its food supply to make fuel. Corn in the U.S. and China is being converted to ethanol, a gasoline additive. Europe is using more wheat for ethanol and rapeseed for biodiesel, a cleaner burning fuel that is mixed with regular diesel. Brazil has bulked up its production of sugarcane to make ethanol. Demand for corn from the burgeoning ethanol industry in the U.S. helped drive corn prices to a peak earlier this year, setting in motion a domino effect of price increases through the food chain as livestock raisers, food makers and retailers tried to recover costs. Corn prices have come off their high due to expectations for a huge crop this year, but prices remain historically elevated because of inflation across the agriculture market. A bushel of corn that went for about $2 a couple of years ago costs about $3.50 today. Higher commodity costs have led Kellogg Co., General Mills Inc., Kraft Foods Inc. and others to hike prices this year. Kellogg boosted prices 5 percent in April based on weight; in June, General Mills shrunk cereal package sizes in a way that had the effect of lifting prices. Starbucks Corp. decided to charge more for lattes and other drinks to cover its milk costs. “Ethanol got us started down this line, but other things moved to the forefront,” said Darrel Good, professor of agricultural economics at the University of Illinois. This year, such shifts in demand have met with shorter-term supply constraints to exacerbate the inflation. Because the markets for raw materials are often linked – both across geography and with each other – problems in one market can spread to another. In addition, a weaker U.S. dollar has raised foreign demand for commodities, which appear cheaper to buyers abroad. The greenback tumbled earlier this month to an all-time low against the euro. “All along the chain, you’re seeing price inflation,” said Standard & Poor’s Chief Economist David Wyss. “It’s a significant impact on food prices, but it takes a long time to show up.” High commodity prices tend to trickle slowly down to the consumer as growers, food manufacturers, distributors and retailers each swallow a portion of the added cost before passing a chunk of it on to the consumer. But with costs up for more than a year, the trickle-down process is under way. The Labor Department reports food inflation is running at 4.2 percent annually – twice the rate of overall inflation. Nationwide, milk prices are up 18 percent since the start of the year, while eggs cost 35 percent more than they did a year ago. The USDA estimates overall food price inflation will run 3 percent to 4 percent in 2008. The big picture, at least in the U.S., is that higher food prices don’t hurt like before. Today, about 8.5 percent of the American household budget goes to food at home, down from an average of 19 percent of the total budget in 1960, Wyss said. While food inflation is high, it’s not hyperinflation, he said. But it’s enough for some shoppers to notice and alter their habits.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SHOPPING: Rising costs of fuel, packaging and crops have some consumers cutting back. By Lauren Villagran THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – This morning, your bowl of cereal and milk probably cost you 49 cents. Last year, it was 44 cents. last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Petr Cech deal NOT enough to turn Arsenal into title winners

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman talks Wimbledon as Andy Murray prepares to kick off his campaign for a second title against Mikhail Kukushkin on Tuesday.He also reveals the signing of Petr Cech hasn’t made any difference to the odds on Arsenal winning the Premier League next season, with the Gunners [5/1 for the title] still behind Chelsea and Manchester City in the betting.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

How long will this continue? Ex-Chelsea star believes end is near for Jose Mourinho

first_imgThe end is near for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.That’s the view of Tony Cascarino after he witnessed his former club crash to their ninth defeat in 16 Premier League games at Leicester on Monday night.Mourinho is Chelsea’s most successful manager of all-time and was offered a public vote of confidence by Roman Abramovich last month.But Cascarino believes the club’s owner will have no choice but to swing the axe if there is not a dramatic turnaround in form over the Christmas period.“It has got to the stage now where it is getting a lit bit embarrassing,” said the ex-Blues striker, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Roman has done something he has never done before and that is back a manager. He has never backed one. And now we are looking and thinking, how long will this continue?“They are not going to make Champions League football [by finishing in the top four], as Jose said last night, so it feels like if it goes on there can be no alternative. You lose your job – that is Premier League football.“If you fail, if you fall short of the demands of an owner, or of a football club, you have a wage bill that is second or first in the Premier League and you come 16th or 15th, then of course you have to lose your job.”Mourinho accused his players of ‘betraying’ him following the loss to Leicester and Cascarino believes he has lost the support of the dressing room – contrary to the opinion of another former Chelsea star.“Frankie Lampard said after the game last night he doesn’t believe there’s a problem between the players and the manager, but there has to be,” he said.“If you’re a successful team and you start losing football matches and you’re not doing as well as you can, people make your voice known and you’re heard in the dressing room.“Last night was probably one of their tamest performances because Leicester outran them, outfought them and outplayed them in every department.”last_img read more

Liverpool’s key man revealed, plus amazing Spurs, Arsenal and Leicester stats

first_img 10 10 Leicester City’s win over Everton was Claudio Ranieri’s 99th Premier League victory as a manager. 10 10 10 Roberto Firmino has been involved in 17 Premier League goals this season (10 goals, 7 assists); more than any other Liverpool player. 10 Man City haven’t won any of their eight games against the rest of the Premier League’s top five this season. Leicester City lifted the Premier League trophy on Saturday as they end the campaign with a bang.The Foxes were ruthless against Everton in a game that showcased exactly why their rise to the top shows no sign of losing pace.And the whole weekend served up a reminder the season still isn’t over, despite the fact we’re entering the last six days.Manchester United, Man City and Arsenal are all battling it out for a Champions League spot, while Sunderland, Newcastle and Norwich are scrapping to remain in the division.So, with all that action there were plenty of facts and figures coming out, but what were the best stats of the weekend? Click the right arrow above to find out… Sheyi Ojo has provided three assists in his four Premier League starts for Liverpool. Dimitri Payet made nine accurate crosses against Swansea on Saturday. No one has delivered more in a Premier League match this season. Since making his debut in August 2014, only Cesc Fabregas (25) and Mesut Ozil (23) have more Premier League assists than Dusan Tadic. Tottenham have lost 20 points from leading positions in the Premier League this season, more than any other team. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has scored 18 headed goals in the Premier League since his debut in 2012 – more than any other player. Click the right arrow above for more statistics from the weekend… 10 10 Tottenham have now scored 68 goals this season, their highest tally in a single Premier League campaign. Sergio Aguero is the first Manchester City player ever to score in six consecutive Premier League matches. 10 10last_img read more

Mourinho wants Chelsea target, Mkhitaryan confidence and more Man United gossip

first_imgJose Mourinho is planning for his first season at Manchester United and will be excitedly eyeing the summer transfer window.Louis van Gaal’s side, despite the number of pricey signings, failed to live up to expectations, looking tired under the tactics of the Dutchman.Mourinho, therefore, will know changes must be made – and money will need to be spent.The weekend saw the Red Devils being linked with a £157m bid for Barcelona forward Neymar, but which players are now said to be on the club’s radar?Catch up on the latest Manchester United transfer news by viewing the slideshow above. 6 5. Real Madrid uninterested in signing David De Gea? – Los Blancos president Florentino Perez has, according to reports in the Express, ruled out a move for De Gea. Zinedine Zidane is said to have informed the club of his satisfaction with current goalkeeper Keylor Navas and doesn’t view the signing of the Manchester United stopper as necessary. 4. Paul Pogba to be granted Juventus exit if valuation is met? – The France international, according to Marca, is free to leave Juventus at his choosing, provided his valuation is met. Real Madrid are reportedly leading Manchester United in the race for his signature, but if they are to pull off a deal, the fee will have to be world record. 6 6 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic to make official announcement after Euro 2016? – Ibrahimovic, according to his agent Mino Raiola, is yet to make a decision on his future, despite reports claiming the centre forward has already agreed a deal with the Red Devils. Raiola told French broadcaster Telefoot: “Manchester United are a great team with a great coach. It’s fascinating. I’ve made my decision, but he hasn’t made his. He’s really busy with the Euros.” It looks likely therefore that no official announcement will be made until after the Euro 2016 finals. 6 6 2. Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s agent confident Manchester United transfer will be completed? – Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola recently claimed his client has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford. He has since spoken of his confidence that a deal will soon be finalised, but admits Borussia Dortmund are currently standing firm on blocking his exit. Raiola said, “It would be a sin to stop talking. I am a positive guy. If I wasn’t confident of reaching some kind of conclusion, I wouldn’t try. I am very proud Manchester United want him and the talks are being held in a good atmosphere but at the moment Dortmund are still saying no.” 1. Jose Mourinho wants to sign Chelsea target Leonardo Bonucci? Read all about it below, then click the arrow above, right, to catch up on the latest United transfer gossip – Bonucci has been heavily linked with following Antonio Conte to Stamford Bridge this summer, but the incoming Chelsea manager could face competition from Mourinho. The Portuguese coach, according to the Daily Star, is after an experienced defender and has earmarked the Italy international as the player wanted. 6 6. Ryan Giggs expected to quit Old Trafford this week? – Manchester United chiefs believe Giggs will walk away from the club soon to go solo in management and could take on his first managerial role with Nottingham Forest, the Mirror reports. Newly-appointed manager Mourinho will bring in his own coaching staff, and it’s claimed the Portuguese has only offered Giggs a position as manager of the youth team.last_img read more

MAN QUIZZED OVER STOLEN CAR

first_imgGARDAI in Sligo are questioning a man after a car was stolen in the Long Lane area of Letterkenny last night.The Honda Civic coupe was nicked from outside the home of owner Jenny Higgins.The mother of two has been left terrified after discovering the car missing last night. However Gardai acted quickly and the vehicle was recovered today in Sligo.A Garda spokesman said a man detained in the stolen car is helping them with their enquiries. MAN QUIZZED OVER STOLEN CAR was last modified: January 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carletterkennyLong LaneSligo gardaistolenlast_img read more