Submitted – Advertisement -This past weekend, 33 youth bowlers from the Fort St. John area headed to the zone competition in Prince George.An incredible 23 of them came home with medals.Highlights included:Bantam boys – silverJunior Girls – bronze Junior Boys – silverSenior Boys – silver, Senior Girls – goldBoys Combo Team #2 – gold.Fort St. John’s Senior Girls Team and Combo Boys Team will compete March 6 in Vernon/Kelowna.
Dust off the camera and don’t forget to take off the lens, as the Fort St. John Visitor Centre is persuading residents to take part in the eighth annual Photo Scavenger Hunt.Anyone can get involved and residents are encouraged to let their creativity shine.- Advertisement -The VIC will have a variety of clues for photographers and will also be handing out prizes for the best pictures in various categories.The Scavenger Hunt will take place from July 23 to Aug. 14 and residents can sign up at the Visitor Centre starting now and the list will be available on July 23.
“We’ll keep our focus the same,” Crammer said. “We’ve had a real good season so far and the girls are enjoying it. I think we’re peaking at the right time, and we’re looking forward to the challenge ahead.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The host Lady Torreys, who defeated Francis Parker, 45-38, to win the title Saturday, are the division’s No. 2 seed behind Los Angeles Marlborough. “I don’t know much about them, other than they are a real solid ballclub and definitely one of the top programs in the San Diego area,” Whittier Christian coach Bill Crammer said Sunday night. And while he wasn’t complaining about the pairing, Crammer said, “I think the state committee ranked us lower than we should have been. But you have to play them all to get to the championship, so it doesn’t matter.” La Jolla Country Day’s record is 22-7, which includes losses to Lynwood (twice), Long Beach Poly, Ventura and Highlands Ranch of Colorado. In winning their San Diego Section title, the Lady Torreys had a first-round bye before defeating Coronado, 69-21, and The Bishop’s (La Jolla), 52-33, to reach the championship game. Whittier Christian High School’s 40-28 win over Village Christian in Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section, Division V-AA girls basketball championship game brought home the school’s first CIF trophy in the sport and earned the Heralds a berth in the state playoffs that begin this week. Their accomplishment, however, apparently didn’t carry a lot of weight with the state playoff committee that puts together the playoff brackets. The divisions for the state tournament are based upon enrollment, and Whittier Christian moves up to Division IV. The Heralds (24-6), who are seeded No. 7 , will travel Thursday to play La Jolla Country Day, the CIF-San Diego Section Division IV champion, in the first round of the Southern California Regional. Game time is 7 p.m.
Neither club has officially confirmed or denied the deal, despite reports from France saying Mahrez would have a medical soon at Liverpool.The club’s number one target, according to many reports, is the French international forward Thomas Lemar, part of the impressive Monaco team that reached the Champions League semi-finals last year but which has since been dismantled.Comparing the most expensive transfer fees following the addition of Philippe Coutinho © AFP / Gal ROMAArsenal had a £92 million bid ($125 million, 104 million euros) for 22-year-old Lemar rejected in the summer transfer window and the player is reportedly keen to work with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.Monaco have already crashed out of the Champions League this season, so Lemar could be open to a move, although coach Leonardo Jardim is reluctant to see one of his remaining star names leave.“Monaco don’t usually make big sales in the winter,” Jardim said last week.Other reports have linked Liverpool with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, an increasingly divisive figure at the Emirates. His contract expires in the summer, meaning Arsenal either cash in on the Chilean now or risk seeing him walk away for nothing.Before the January transfer window even opened, Liverpool moved to address their defensive frailties by bringing in Dutch centre-back Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton for £75 million, one of the most expensive transfers in history.– PSG clearout –Arsenal, who were dumped out of the FA Cup by Championship side Nottingham Forest on Sunday, face a similar dilemma with Mesut Ozil, who is also out of contract in the summer.Meanwhile, Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has admitted he has been in talks about bringing Theo Walcott back to the club from Arsenal.The enormous TV receipts enjoyed by Premier League clubs forces many into the transfer market to compete with the biggest earners in their own division.Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has admitted he has been in talks about bringing Theo Walcott (L) back to the club from Arsenal © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLSo Everton, still far from safe from relegation after a dreadful start to the season, have signed a much-needed centre-forward in Cenk Tosun on a four-and-a-half-year deal worth a reported £27 million.The forward has scored 41 goals in 96 Turkish Super Lig games for Besiktas.Leicester City will fight to keep Mahrez, who was one of the driving forces when the unfashionable club won the Premier League title in 2016.But if Mahrez is tempted away — and he reportedly has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave if a substantial bid comes along in this window — then Leicester’s French boss Claude Puel could turn to Hatem Ben Arfa, who has failed to break into Paris Saint-Germain’s star-studded first team.Ben Arfa has previous Premier League experience with Newcastle and he worked with Puel at Nice in the 2015-2016 season.PSG could be prepared to let Ben Arfa leave cheaply as the Qatari-backed club need to reduce their wage bill to comply with financial fair play rules after their spending reached stratospheric levels last summer with the world-record arrival of Neymar for 222 million euros, followed by the acquisition of the lavishly talented French teenager Kylian Mbappe.Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura also looks set to be offloaded by PSG, with fellow Ligue 1 side Nantes entering the race for his signature.Javier Pastore could be allowed to leave the French capital, with Inter Milan leading the race for his services. The Argentinian may not have helped his case for by arriving back in Paris late from his New Year holiday.Several Premier League clubs are also said to be tracking two young talents in the Bundesliga.Bayer Leverkusen’s 20-year-old Jamaican winger Leon Bailey is said to be a target for Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, and German international midfielder Leon Goretzka could reportedly join Liverpool from Schalke 04 on a free transfer next summer.Two veteran German strikers, Sandro Wagner and Mario Gomez, will have new teammates when Bundesliga action resumes next weekend. Wagner is the new backup for Robert Lewandowski at league leaders Bayern Munich while Gomez has joined Stuttgart.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000It took the third largest amount ever paid for a footballer to prise Philippe Coutinho away from Liverpool and the rumour mill has already linked the club with Leicester’s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez (R) © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYPARIS, France, Jan 8 – Philippe Coutinho’s 160-million-euro (Sh19.8bn) deal to join Barcelona is likely to unleash a series of big-money transfers, not least as Liverpool seek to re-invest the proceeds.It took the third largest amount ever paid for a footballer to prise Coutinho away from Liverpool and the rumour mill has already linked the club with Leicester’s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez as a possible replacement for the Brazilian playmaker.
Unless Huddersfield can beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, Liverpool will go into Sunday’s home game against Brighton knowing they must at least match Chelsea’s result against Newcastle, managed by former Reds boss Rafael Benitez.Should they fail, they would have to beat Real Madrid in this month’s Champions League final in Kiev to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition.“It’s my life, it’s our life, that we always make it a little bit more exciting,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com.“We had these situations a few times and it will be, for sure, exciting because Brighton is in a good moment, they played fantastic against (Manchester) United.“But it’s all OK, as long as we have it in our own hands, life is good. We still have to take it then but we will try everything.”After five matches, including an emotionally draining two-legged Champions League semi-final, in 16 days Klopp has a full week to prepare for the crucial fixture.“I’m really happy that this very intense period is over now because we have one week to prepare for Brighton — that feels like a year and we will use that,” he added.Liverpool have suffered a fresh injury blow after England defender Joe Gomez was ruled out of the Champions League final and the World Cup following ankle surgery.A statement from the club confirmed Gomez’s season was over, saying: “The surgery means the 20-year-old will play no part in the remaining two fixtures of the 2017/18 campaign, or the World Cup finals with England.“However, Gomez will be ready for the start of Liverpool’s pre-season training schedule in July following a rehabilitation period.”Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has already been ruled out of the World Cup in Russia with a knee injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp is confident Liverpool will seal a place in next season’s Champions League © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, May 8 – Jurgen Klopp is confident Liverpool will recover from a disappointing Premier League run to seal qualification for next season’s Champions League in their final game against Brighton.Defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, following damaging draws against Stoke and West Brom, has taken the race for Champions League football next season into the final week of the season.
Tom Rennie is joined by the former Premier League forward Darren Eadie (Norwich City, Leicester City) to look ahead to this weekend’s key fixtures – including Chelsea versus Hull City, Leicester against Man City and Newcastle’s trip to Arsenal.The former Republic of Ireland international Alan McLoughlin tells Tom that Manchester United can’t win the Premier League this season – with Tom adamant that they can.The former Newcastle and Coventry striker Micky Quinn gives us his ‘three to watch’ and Michael Nzioka from Xfm in Kenya (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) plays ‘Tom against the World’.
Inishowen Engineering Reserve First Division Reports Cockhill Colts 0-1 Rasheney ResThis was a close hard fought encounter with few chances and defences on top for long periods.The visitors made an early breakthrough when they opened the scoring on 5 minutes when Charlie Doherty fired low past Liam Lynch after the colts defence had failed to clear.The colts had plenty of possession for the next period of the game but they failed to trouble Sean Friel in the Rasheney goal.The visitors spurned a great chance on 39 minutes when Kevin Noone was upended in the area but Darren Doherty’s spot kick was superbly saved by Lynch.The second half followed the same pattern as the opening period with defences dominant and few chances.Midway through the half Rasheney’s went close again but Charlie Doherty’s effort was cleared off the line by substitute Gary Roninson.The colts best chance came very late on when following a corner the ball broke to Robinson but he fired just over from twelve yards. Illies Res 1-5 Redcastle Res League leaders Redcastle began well and took the lead on 11 minutes when Stephen Bonner steered home and Antonio Rea cross from twelve yards. They doubled their lead midway through the half after a great ball from Robert McLaughlin found Liam Mclaughlin who fired low past Christy McCallion.Illies responded and when Liam Doherty picked out John Hutchinson he headed wide when well placed.A poor clearance by the home defence allowed Bonner to grab his second on 33 minutes and just after this the home defence failed to clear and Aiden Cunningham fired low to the net to make it four nil.Illies started the second period better and both Liam Doherty and Charlie Mclaughlin had efforts saved by Ryan McCole before Jamie McCarron had an effort from distance just wide.Redcastle upped the ante and scored their fifth when Liam Mclaughlin broke on the right and crossed for substitute Emmet McConway to drill low past McCallion.Illies got a consolation after Charlie Mclaughlin was upended in the area and he picked himself up to convert.The visitors were reduced to ten men late on when Rea was redcarded for dissent but from the free kick McCarron fired just over. Moville Youths 3-1 Greencastle Res There was a dour opening to this derby clash with play bogged down in midfield until the 25th minute when Colin Doherty released Brian Orr but Seamus Bovaird advanced to smother.At the other end James Henry released Cathal Kelly but he fired just over the bar.Moville then took the lead on 40 minutes when Kevin McDermott converted a penalty low to the right after Doherty was upended.On the stroke of half time Doherty broke clear but his effort was saved by Bovaird.Greencastle got the perfect start to the second period when they got back on terms on 47 minutes after Henry found Kelly on the edge of the area and he controlled before drilling past Lee McElroy in the home goal.Moville upped the pace with Gearoid McQuillan firing just wide before they regained the lead on the hour mark after a low free from Conor Radcliffe was poked home from close range by Doherty.Moville were on top now and Radcliffe and Orr combined for the latter to fire over before McDermott releaed Doherty and he slid the ball past the advancing Bovaird to make it three one. Greencastle had the final chance when Jamie McCormick squared for James McDermott but he fired over when well placed. Rasheney Rovers 1-2 Dunree Res This game was reversed to Dunree and they were first to show when David Eccles saw his long range effort turned round the post by Declan Grant.Rasheney responded with Fergal Doherty breaking clear on the right but his poor delivery was gathered by Philip Doherty.Dunree took the lead on 29 minutes when Emmet Dunphy advanced on the right and crossed for Thomas Doherty to head home from close range.Tey went close again before the interval when Constantin Bamica saw his looping effort drop just over.On the restart Dunree were first to show again after Dunphy fed Doherty in the area and although he controlled well he was crowded out by the Rasheney defence.Rovers replied with substitute Eoin Sweeney laying the ball off for Brendan Grant but he failed to hit the target.On 65 minutes Bamica for Dunree fed Doherty but he fired straight at Doherty who gathered well.Rasheney upped the tempo at this stage with Grant breaking clear on the left but his low shot was well saved by Doherty before substitute Ken McCandless advanced into the area only for Doherty to smother.Rasheney got back on terms on 79 minutes when Ryan Gill crossed for Fergal Doherty to send a looping header over Doherty in the Dunree goal.But Dunree hit back within minutes to retake the lead after Michael Grant fed Thomas Doherty who laid off for John Doherty to drive low to the net from fifteen yards.Dunree had another chance when Neil Moran broke clear but he shot wildly wide when well placed.Rasheney almost snatched a point on 88 minutes after a long range Gill shot was palmed out by Doherty but there were no takers for the rebound.With Rasheney pushing forward Dunrees Sean Henderson squandered two late chances to increase the lead.Inishowen Engineering Reserve First Division TablePPtsRedcastle925Rasheney Res922Moville Youths1016Cockhill Colts812Dunree79Rasheney Rovers109Illies87Dunree66Greencastle83INISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: EVERY REPORT FROM THE INISHOWEN ENGINEERING RESERVE FIRST DIVISION was last modified: February 3rd, 2013 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:COCKILL COLTSDunreeGreencastleilliesINISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE: EVERY REPORT FROM THE INISHOWEN ENGINEERING RESERVE FIRST DIVISIONmovilleRASHENEY RESredcastle
South Africa’s large areas of semi-desert scrub and grassland might suggest a certain poverty of plant life. Aside from the fact that a tract of pristine grassland can hold up to 60 grass species, nothing could be further from the truth.Namaqualand is dry, rocky and desert-like for the most of the year except for a few weeks during spring when it yields its floral wealth in dazzling sheets of colour. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThere are eight major terrestrial biomes in South Africa:Nama Karoosucculent Karoofynbosforestthicketsavannagrassland, anddesert.These biomes, or ecological life zones, have distinct environmental conditions and related sets of plant and animal life.Around 10% of the world’s flowering species are found in South Africa, the only country in the world with an entire plant kingdom inside its borders: the Cape Floral Kingdom. While it represents less than 0.5% of the area of Africa, it is home to nearly 20% of the continent’s flora.Also called the Cape Floristic Kingdom, it contains 9 000 species, 69% of them endemic – and 1 435 identified as threatened. It is a World Heritage site and a biodiversity hotspot.The Cape Peninsula alone boasts more plant species than the whole of Great Britain.FynbosThis southwestern area of South Africa is the home of the fynbos (an Afrikaans word meaning “fine bush”), which is composed of ericas (heathers), proteas and the grass-like restios.Most spectacular in flower are the proteas (Proteaceae), which include the king protea – the national flower – and others of broadly similar shape, the pincushion leucospermum types, and spiky leucadendrons. The colour range is vast.The ericas (Ericaceae), the largest genus of flowering plants in South Africa, are more delicate, repaying close examination of their almost infinite variety of colour and form. One or other of these species will be found in bloom at almost any time of the year.These share their Cape home with such beauties as the red disa orchid, one of South Africa’s 479 wild orchids, which grows in the mountains, as well as numerous irises, pelargoniums and many more.South Africa’s pelargoniums, in particular, have contributed greatly to gardens all over the world, as have the arum lilies – the classic white species is from this area, the yellow and pink from elsewhere in the country.The world’s gardens also have South Africa to thank for the agapanthus, gladiolus, Barberton daisy and Gardenia thunbergia, to name a few.Carpet of flowersThe Cape in the spring is a breathtaking sight, but even more astonishing is Namaqualand. Dry, rocky and desert-like for the rest of the year, it yields its floral wealth for a short few weeks in the spring in dazzling sheets of colour.The golden yellow and orange Namaqualand daisies are predominant, but in between them are a wide variety of flowers, including the iridescent succulent mesembryanthemums.Colours here are particularly intense, although there is also much fascination in less colourful species such as the quiver tree (the San, or Bushmen, used to make quivers from its fibrous stem) and the bizarre-looking tall succulent known as the halfmens (half human).And anyone interested in plants’ abilities to adapt to harsh circumstances in a myriad different ways (not all are succulents) need not wait for spring to visit the area.ForestsAlthough South Africa has more than a thousand indigenous trees, large species are relatively scarce in many parts of the country.But they are very much at home in some areas, such as the Knysna-Tsitsikamma forest with its tall stinkwoods, black ironwoods and yellowwoods, and the northeastern region in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, home to the ancient cycads and Lowveld species such as the “fever tree”, so called because of its association with malaria areas.It is also in the north that one finds the famous thick-stemmed baobab, which according to African myth was accidentally planted upside down, accounting for the odd shape of its branches.Then there are the forests of KwaZulu-Natal, where the beautiful shade-loving orange Clivia miniata, a now much cultivated member of the amaryllis family, is found.Another popular orange (and purple) garden flower, now the emblem of the US city of Los Angeles, originates in the Eastern Cape: the strelitzia. In much the same colour range, South Africa’s winters are marked by the flowering of some of the country’s 125 species of aloes.The Eastern Cape’s Greater Addo National Park, which stretches across 180 000 hectares from the coast to the Karoo, includes samples of five of the eight South African biomes mentioned above.Medicinal plants and thorn treesThere is virtually no area of South Africa without its particular floral treasure or species of special beauty or interest.These include succulents that look almost exactly like stones (lithops), mangroves, tree ferns, traditional food plants and those that would kill you if you took a bite, and – one of the most promising fields of study in South Africa – a large number of plants of medicinal value.Some of these, such as the Aloe ferox, a purgative, were discovered to be medicinally useful by the early European colonists; many more have long been known and used by indigenous African people.Yet for all the spectacular plants to be found, perhaps the landscape that most eloquently conjures up the spirit of South African flora is the typical savannah, with its (often dry) grasses and more-or-less thickly scattered shrubs and thorn trees.Lingering images may vary widely, from fynbos field to subtropical forest, but for many South Africans the thorn tree is the nesting place of their hearts.Reviewed 17 May 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Pune: Senior advocate Rohini Salian has consented to take up the case of IT professional Mohsin Shaikh, who was allegedly murdered by fringe right-wing outfit Hindu Rashtra Sena (HRS) in 2014, after lawyer Ujjwal Nikam stepped down as special public prosecutor in the case last month.However, her appointment by the State government is pending.After Mr. Nikam quit the case, the Shaikh family had written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the Law and Judiciary Department requesting Ms. Salian’s appointment as the special public prosecutor.In a letter dated July 13 and addressed to Mohammed Sadiq Shaikh, the father of the deceased, Ms. Salian gave her consent appear as special public prosecutor on behalf of the State in the Sessions Court in Pune. Mr. Shaikh expressed hope that the government would appoint Ms. Salian soon.The already protracted case was in limbo for more than a month after Mr. Nikam stepped down. At the time, some social outfits had blamed the lawyer for caving in to pressure from right-wing groups, and others had accused Mr. Nikam of being close to such groups.Since then, Mohsin’s father has repeatedly petitioned Mr. Fadnavis, seeking appointment of a notable lawyer to take up his son’s case.The 28-year-old Mohsin was allegedly beaten to death by HRS activists on the night of June 2, 2014, in Hadapsar, after derogatory pictures of Chhatrapati Shivaji and late Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on social media had sparked communal tension across the city.The prime accused, HRS chief Dhananjay Desai, is incarcerated in Yerwada Central Jail. The Pune police had filed a charge sheet against 23 people. However, 17 of the 23 have been released on bail for lack of evidence.