May 31, 2021

Head of Kootenay Christian Martial Arts School reaches Sixth Dan Black Belt level

first_imgAccording to World Taekwondo Federation statistics, there are only 130 – 6th Dan in Canada out of 42,831 registered black belts.GM Brenda Sell and GM Melanie Wyatt of the UCDKA headed the exam.Siminoff, head of the Kootenay Christian Martial Arts School in Nelson and Crescent Valley, also had an opportunity to compete as the USCDKA held its National Championships.”There were schools from all over the USA and just a hand full from Canada,” Siminoff explained.”In this division I competed in continuous free spar and came out with gold,” he added.This is an exciting time for Siminoff and his KCMA School. The Nelson-based training facility is moving to a new location near the Nelson Airport beside Nelson Home Building Centre.Siminoff has also been instrumental in founding a local-based Martial Arts For Justice chapter in the area.”Martial Arts For Justice is a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting “all” martial artists for the cause of justice,” Siminoff said, adding the cause has grown ten-fold since starting out.More information can be found on Siminoff’s Facebook Page. Crescent Valley’s Dean Siminoff joined an elite company after the local martial arts expert tested, and passed, his Sixth Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo.Siminoff achieved the feat during United States Chung Do Kwan Association (USCDKA) recently in Florida.”Florida was fantastic,” Siminoff said.”I tested alongside three other Masters and even though any testing is very intense and hard work there is extreme feeling of accomplishment when it is finished.”last_img read more

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Guyana welcomes Canada’s support on Venezuela border controversy

first_imgPresident David Granger extended Guyana’s gratitude to the Government and people of Canada for the firm support that country has shown in the face of the ongoing Guyana/Venezuela border controversy, even as heCanada High Commissioner to Guyana Pierre Giroux, and President David Granger share a toast in celebration of ‘Canada Day’ as well as the 50 years of friendship between the two countriescommitted to ensuring the bilateral ties between the two countries remain strong.The President made these comments during his address at a reception held to observe ‘Canada Day’ on Friday evening. The Head of State said that Guyana remains appreciative of the position, which has been taken by Canada to support Guyana’s stance on the ongoing border controversy.“Guyana applauds the consistently principled position that Canada has taken in defence of Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Guyana welcomes and appreciates this approach, which is a manifestation of Canada’s interest in ensuring respect for the inviolability of international treaties, particularly here in the Western Hemisphere,” President Granger said.Canada’s support, the President said, is a testimony of the friendly and strong relations that exist between the two countries. He noted that ‘Canada Day’ could not have come at a more opportune time as Guyana and Canada are celebrating 50 years of bilateral ties, which he hopes will extend for a long time.“It is a happy occasion that this celebration is a coincidence. Not only is Guyana observing its 50th Anniversary of Independence, but 50 years of diplomatic relations with Canada… Relations between Guyana and Canada have been strengthened through increased technical cooperation, trade and development assistance…Canada has been an important ally of Guyana within the Commonwealth. Guyana looks forward to continued collaboration with Canada in international organisations,” President Granger said.He noted that Canadian companies are engaged in Guyana’s forestry and mining sectors and have brought considerable expertise and experience in the extractive industries.Further, Canadian markets are more accessible to Guyana’s goods under the preferential CARIBCAN trading arrangement and as such, “Guyana is keen to attract investments from Canada that will attract value to its exhaustible resources”.The President said too that Guyana is examining actively the proposal that has been made by Canada, for training and development and the country welcomes the offer of assistance for the setting-up of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF). Meanwhile, Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Pierre Giroux remarked that Canada and Guyana share many common goals and characteristics as well as membership in many international organisations, which speak to the countries’ values and culture. “We have a long-standing trade relationship that goes back centuries and Canada is also one of the largest sources of foreign direct investment in Guyana. Canada and Guyana share a vision for a more secure and prosperous region, which is why Canada established the Caribbean Regional Development Programme…Canada and Guyana also share extensive people-to-people ties, with the Guyanese diaspora in Canada estimated to be around 200,000, linking our cultures and peoples ever closer,” High Commissioner Giroux said. The High Commissioner also said that Canada looks forward to growing together with Guyana for the next 50 years and beyond and “together, we will shape the future of our two great countries.”The event was also attended by First Lady Sandra Granger, other ministers of government, members of the National Assembly and the diplomatic corps.last_img read more

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Photos: Warriors star Kevin Durant selling oceanfront Malibu home for $13.495M

first_imgDurant purchased the home a year ago for $12.05 … Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant is selling his oceanfront Malibu, Calif. home for $13.495 million, reports the L.A. Times.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The four-bedroom, six-bath multi-level home spans 5,136 square feet. It features disappearing walls of glass with a cove view, an exercise loft, spa and media room among many other amenities.James Harris and Sandro Dazzan with The Agency are the listing agents.last_img

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Corona for Windows Now Available

first_imgTags:#mobile#news What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perezcenter_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Remember the story of the 14-year-old Robert Nay whose Bubble Ball iPhone app knocked out Angry Birds from the #1 spot on the App Store’s free apps list? Well, the software development kit (SDK) Nay used, Ansca Mobile’s Corona SDK, has just been made available on Windows.That means that PC developers can now develop Android apps using Corona’s tools and can then port their code and assets to Mac for building iOS apps for iPhone, iPad and the iPod Touch.The new toolkit includes the following:Corona Project Manager: Manages all the projects and assets (source code files, graphics, audio files, etc.) that go into developers’ apps, so they can quickly switch between them, swap out assets, and have a smoother workflow.Corona Remote: Sends remote accelerometer data between developers’ devices and Corona SDK, allowing them to test their apps’ rotate/tilt functions in real-time before finalizing the builds.Lime: A set of Lua libraries that enables anyone to take a tile map created with Tiled Map Editor and include it in their Corona SDK-made apps and games with only two lines of code.SpriteDeck: A drag-and-drop option for building 2D mobile apps and games with Corona SDK.In addition, Ansca Mobile also announced new subscription tiers for all their product offerings. The Corona SDK for both Mac or Windows remains free to download and try, but when developers are ready to publish apps in the iTunes Store on Android Market, they’ll need to select from one of the two available subscription tiers:Indie: For developers building either an iOS or an Android app, the price is $199/yearPro: For developers building both an iOS and an Android app, the price is $349/yearlast_img read more

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You Own It

first_imgYou own it.You own the decisions you make about what you choose to do with your time. You also own your decision as to what you choose not to do. You are as responsible for what gets done as you are for what doesn’t get done.You own the decision about when you do what you do. You also own a decision not to do something at some particular time. You are responsible for when something gets done, and you’re responsible for the things that you don’t get done.You own the commitments you make to other people. You also own the implied commitments that you made without having said anything. You own the explicit promises you make and the promises that were implied or inferred.Your success is yours, too. You own it. But if you own your successes, then you also own your failures. What goes right is yours, and so is what goes wrong.The results you produce are yours, good or bad. If they are not what you want them to be, then you have to make the necessary changes to produce the results you want. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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3 days agoLiverpool ace Shaqiri: Much to learn from Federer

first_imgLiverpool ace Shaqiri: Much to learn from Federerby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInjured Liverpool ace Xherdan Shaqiri says there’s plenty he can learn from tennis icon Roger Federer.The Switzerland international, who is currently rehabbing an injury, watched Federer the Swiss Indoors in Basel.When asked what he can learn from Federer, Shaqiri told Blick: “So much!”You have seen, he is in a good mood. He’s here at home in Basel, then he’s running well and he’s winning.”It went very fast and I’m happy for him.”He is no longer the youngest and still plays at a top level, because you can look a lot off.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Manitoba CFS organizations receive millions for studies programs

first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsTwo First Nation organizations in Manitoba are receiving $3.3-million from the federal government, province and a Winnipeg foundation to cover programs, and studies related to the province’s child welfare system.The money will go to the family advocate’s office within the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, and a grassroots organizations called Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre based in Winnipeg.“With the $800,000 contribution from the government of Canada, the advocate office will complete a file by file audit of First Nation CFS agencies to ensure that children caught in a discriminatory system where there is no real concern for protection are immediately sent home to their parents or home communities,” said Cora Morgan, Manitoba’s First Nation family advocate in the AMC.Manitoba is commonly referred to as “ground zero” for child apprehensions.It’s estimated that a newborn a day is taken into care everyday.“These funds will support the advocacy role that has been played by the office in helping families be reunified with their children,” said Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services.The First Nations Family Advocate’s office works with thousands of families involved in the CFS system each year.Morgan said the money will go into running workshops and support services for families, and investigating agencies.The announcement comes as the government continues to face criticism over it’s chronic under-funding of on-reserve agencies that deal with child welfare matters.“There is still work to be done in terms of addressing the funding issues and our government is determined to address those gaps but I would also say that today’s announcement speaks to the fact that it will take more than addressing funding gaps, it requires dramatic transformation of the child and family services approach,” Philpott said.Receiving the bulk of the money is the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, a grassroots organization that primarily works toward rebuilding relationships within Indigenous families.It’s an organization that works with families in the child and family welfare system. Ma Mawi has been running a program called Family Group Conferencing since 2000.The program assists families with becoming the decision makers when it comes to children’s safety as opposed to the CFS system deciding what’s best for the children. The group needed money to keep the program going so the federal government provided $500,000 over three years, and the province and the Winnipeg Foundation provided $1 million over a three year period to help keep the program going.“The big theme of course giving every child in this country and in this case speaking specifically of First Nation and other Indigenous children giving them the opportunity to grow up as much as possible with their families,” Philpott said. Contact Brittany here: [email protected]last_img read more

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Tickets on sale now for the Fort St John Rodeo

first_imgConcessionsDo you have a concession?  Email [email protected] to get your application in! Buy a weekend pass in advance and save on your tickets to the rodeo.Adult tickets are $15 a day get a weekend pass for $40Seniors and youth (10 and up) are $10 a day or get a weekend pass for only $25Children under 9 freeTo check out the dance, tickets are either $25 a night or $40 for both nights.If you are looking for any further information or to sponsor or volunteer please contact:250-262-1032 and 855-262-1032 emails are [email protected] need volunteers to help make this event possible.  For more information about becoming a volunteer, email [email protected]  Are you a part of a local non-profit?  We could also use your help, email us for more information. The Fort St. John Rodeo returns for another year at the North Peace Light Horse Rodeo Grounds July 20-22, 2018. There will be all the rodeo events, chuckwagons, food trucks and more.Plus Dance in the Dirt featuring Trevor Panczak and friends on Friday and Saturday night. The dance gets underway at approximately 9 p.m. at the North Peace Light Horse Rodeo GroundsGates open at 11 a.m. each day. Tickets can be purchased online at, in person at Systems Sound Source or at the gate.last_img read more

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Top ports record marginal upswing in FY19 cargo handling at 699 mt

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s 12 major ports recorded 2.90 per cent growth in cargo handling at 699.04 million tonnes (MT) in the just concluded fiscal, as per ports body IPA. The growth at these ports, that had handled 679.37 MT cargo in 2017-18, was driven mainly by higher handling of coal, fertilisers and containers. These ports, under the command of the Centre, had recorded 4.77 per cent growth in 2017-18 over the previous fiscal. The 12 major ports — Deendayal (erstwhile Kandla), Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamarajar (earlier Ennore), V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia) — handled 699.04 MT of cargo during 2018-19, as per latest data by the Indian Ports Association (IPA). Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalIncreased demand from various sectors including coal, containers, fertilisers and POL (petroleum, oil and lubricant) was the main reason behind the growth in traffic, IPA said. Coking coal volumes handled by the 12 ports surged by 14.25 per cent to 57.50 MT during the last fiscal, while thermal coal volumes rose 9 per cent. Finished fertiliser volumes saw a growth of 9.69 per cent during the fiscal. Containers recorded a growth of 8.84 per cent in terms of tonnage. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAs per the figures, Kandla port handled the highest traffic volume at 115.40 MT during 2018-19, followed by Paradip (109.27 MT), JNPT (70.70 MT), Visakhapatnam (65.30 MT), Kolkata with Haldia (63.71 MT) and Mumbai (60.58 MT). Chennai port handled 53.01 MT of cargo while New Mangalore handled 42.50 MT. Volume of seaborne cargo is essentially in the nature of derived demand and is mainly shaped by the levels and changes in both global and domestic activity. The major ports handle about 60 per cent of the country’s total cargo traffic. Traffic handled by about 200 minor ports, either in the control of the state governments or private players, has been on the decline since 2014-15. “The share of major ports in traffic handled, which declined continuously up to 2014-15, is increasing since then. The share of major ports in traffic handled was 55 per cent in 2014-15 and increased to 58 per cent in 2017-18,” as per a report of the Ministry of Shipping.last_img read more

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Football Signing Day 2017 is one for the record books with five

OSU coach Urban Meyer smiles during his press conference on National Signing Day on Feb. 1, 2017. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorOhio State coach Urban Meyer has championed recruiting. The Buckeye program has been known for recruiting and receiving commits from the state’s top football talents. Meyer, however, has done that and taken the program to new heights in recruiting across the country. His second-ranked 2017 class is a perfect example with the most out-of-state signees since he joined OSU.Eight of OSU’s nine early-enrollees were available to the media on Wednesday after team workouts. Here are three stories from National Signing Day.Meyer’s best class adds MunfordFive five-star, 14 four-star and two three-star recruits make up what many consider to be Meyer’s greatest recruiting class not just at OSU, but in his entire coaching career. The class had the most five-star signees in Meyer’s time at OSU. Twelve of the 21 new Buckeyes are ranked in the top five of their respective positions. The Buckeyes became richer on Wednesday with the addition of four-star offensive tackle Thayer Munford.The 21 players in the 2017 class are the fewest Meyer has ever had, but there’s reason for celebrating given the talent he brought in from across the nation, including the state of Texas. However, only 33 percent of the class came from the state of Ohio, which is not enough, Meyer said.“50 percent is kind of the mark that I’ve been trying to (meet). I keep it right in front of me and I stare at it and make sure that we’re doing right,” Meyer said. “I’m glad it worked out with Thayer. We had another spot saved if we wanted to go after an Ohio guy and it just didn’t materialize.”There were no surprises for OSU on Signing Day. Munford actually committed to the Buckeyes a couple days before, Meyer said. OSU targets Marvin Wilson and Jay Tufele signed with Florida State and University of Southern California, respectively.Now with 90 players on scholarship, counting sophomore punter Drue Chrisman who paid his own way in 2016, the Buckeyes have to cut down to 85 players by fall camp.Defensive backs readyThe OSU defensive back class is second to none. And that’s a good thing.With the early departures of cornerbacks Gareon Conley, Marshon Lattimore and safety Malik Hooker to the NFL draft, OSU had to replace its three key members in the secondary. However, Meyer is confident that the recruits in the secondary will help immediately.Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade are the top two cornerbacks of the 2017 class and both could see the field immediately. Those two, cornerback Marcus Williamson and safety Isaiah Pryor enrolled early to get a leg up on the open positions.Wade was the Gatorade National Player of the Year. He and Okudah are taller than most cornerbacks in college, both at 6-foot-1, but have a similar size to former OSU cornerbacks Lattimore and Conley, who will all be in the NFL next season.“I know a spot is open,” Okudah said. “It’s all about competition and I know the best two corners will get on that field. It’s just whatever I make of it.”Wade and Okudah are in the running to start alongside junior cornerback Denzel Ward, who will likely have one of the starting positions in 2017. But the No. 1 junior college cornerback signee Kendall Sheffield has already had the college experience at Alabama, which qualifies him for the starting job.Brendon White’s positionOne of the few Ohio players in this class is Brendon White. He doesn’t have a true position right now, but is arguably the most versatile player in the class. His position is designated “athlete,” but he thinks of himself as a receiver.Meyer told White this offseason that the unexpected early departure of wide receiver Noah Brown left a spot for White. He has been playing on both sides of the ball in workouts and said he likes the comparisons of Darron Lee at linebacker and Michael Thomas at receiver.“It definitely helps (being versatile) because it helps coaches know that I can play different positions,” White said. “If I struggle at wide receiver, I can go to linebacker. If I struggle at linebacker, I can go to safety.”On top of that, White has deep ties in his family to OSU and expressed his interest of becoming a captain in his time at OSU. He has started to do that within the freshman class having been with the team during bowl practice.“When they first got here and the first move-in day was Jan. 9, I told them this warm-up they were about to do was going to be hard,” White said. “After the end of the warm-up, they thought that was our workout and so I was like, ‘We got way more than this.’ We’re doing better now.” read more

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