North Peace Gymnastics is holding a winter raffle with the draw being held December 23. Tickets are being sold tomorrow and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. at Safeway.The top price is two tickets for anywhere WestJet flies. Also up for grabs is a guitar autographed by Journey, and third prize is an iPad Mini.1,000 tickets are being sold at $20.00 each.- Advertisement -The draw will be held at North Peace Gymnastics, Unit A – 9803 – 100 Avenue at 6 p.m. December 23.
Spencer will face four other competitors that competed in Rio including Canadian Noelle Montcalm, who was a semifinalist in Rio as was Sparkle McKnight and Leah Nugent. Nugent, a Jamaican, was sixth in the Olympic finals. Kemi Adekoya, a native of Nigeria who competes for Bahrain, also joins the field to try her hand at the 400-meter hurdles. She is coming off a semifinal appearance in the 400 meters at the Rio Olympics and was a two-time Asian Games champion in the 400-meter hurdles. The women’s 400-meter hurdles Rio Olympic Rematch is scheduled for 2:02 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at Drake Stadium. Tickets for all sessions of the 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee are available through the Drake Athletic Ticket Office in person, by calling 515-271-3647 or visiting DrakeTix.com. Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Ashley Spencer leads a field that includes six Olympians set to race in the women’s 400-meter hurdles Rio Olympic Rematch at the 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Relays Blake Boldon announced Monday, April 2. A trio of the top American hurdlers complete the field including Relays regular, Georganne Moline. Moline, a three-time U.S. Championship runner-up placed fifth at the 2012 Olympics. Kori Carter finished fourth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and was 2015 World Championship semifinalist. A 2013 NCAA Champion at Stanford, she also owns the NCAA record of 53.21 in the event. Cassandra Tate finished just behind Carter at the U.S. Olympic Trials after winning a U.S. Championship in the event in 2015 and a bronze medal at the 2015 World Championship. Spencer returns to Drake Stadium, where she won three titles on relays teams while competing for Illinois before earning a bronze medal at last summer’s Olympic games. In addition to her newly minted bronze medal, she owns a personal best of 53.72 and was the 2016 World Indoor Championships silver medalist and a three-time NCAA champion at Illinois.
West Ham’s summer signing André Ayew could be facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering an injury during their 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.Ayew went off in the first half at Stamford Bridge after appearing to sustain a thigh injury as he chased Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.He will undergo a scan in the next 24 hours.“We will have to wait for the scan to tell us how long he will be out,” said Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.The visitors looked set for a point after James Collins’ equaliser cancelled out Hazard’s penalty.But Diego Costa fired home an 89th-minute winner for the Blues – and Bilic admitted they deserved their win.“Of course when you concede so late in the first game it makes you disappointed,” he said.“It’s a big frustration for us because we were so close against a top side on their ground.“But they deserve it. Let’s be honest, apart from the first 15 minutes and when we equalised – in that middle period which was about 60 minutes – they were better than us.“They were more aggressive, winning second balls, and if you add on top of that players like Eden Hazard then you have to admit they were better than us.“Chelsea were very energetic and compact. I wasn’t happy with the way we played.”See also:Chelsea 2 West Ham 1 – as it happenedLate Costa goal gives Chelsea dramatic victoryChelsea v West Ham player ratingsConte plays down Fabregas’ omissionConte thanks fans after Chelsea winFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
In order to avoid a repeat of Monika Devi doping scandal-like incident before the Olympics, the National Anti-Doping Agency has tested the urine samples of all the athletes except for a few who have been based abroad for training, its Director General said on Wednesday.NADA Director General Mukul Chatterjee said on Wednesday that all the Indian athletes, except for a few who have been based in foreign countries for training, have undergone mandatory dope testing.He said those athletes who have been based in foreign countries for training for some time would be tested by the Olympic Doping Control Team when they checked in at the Games Village in London.”It’s mandatory that all the athletes will have to be tested three months prior to any mega event. That we have done for all the athletes except for a few who have been based in foreign countries for training like Vikas Gowda and Om Prakash Karhana,” Chatterjee, who took charge recently, said.”The Doping Control Team under the London Games Organising Committee has the authority to do the dope testing.So we have requested the LOGOC to ask the doping control team to test the Indian athletes, who have not been tested by the NADA, when they checked in at the Games Village,” he said.”These are out-of-competition tests. They will also undergo the in-competition tests to be done by the doping control team during the Games,” he added.Gowda is based in the United States while Om Prakash has been training in Hungary for the last two years.advertisementWeightlifter Monika Devi was caught for doping just hours before she was to board the flight for the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.Her ‘B’ sample, which was tested in a Tokyo laboratory on the recommendations of T.S. Krishnamurthy Commission which probed into the doping scandal, had also returned positive for banned drugs.
Handed contrasting but demoralising defeats in their opening Super Eights matches, England and New Zealand would aim for resurrection when they face off in what is likely to be an even contest at the World Twenty20 in Pallekele on Saturday.England were done in by the all-round brilliance of Chris Gayle as they lost by 15 runs to the West Indies, while New Zealand were stunned in the Super Over even though they came close to a victory in regulation play itself.A distinct flaw in both teams’ approach has been the tendency to leave it too late, something that is suicidal in the Twenty20 format.For New Zealand, their top order showed fine form with openers Rob Nicol and Martin Guptill and number three Brendon McCullum coming good with the bat. It is the lower order that hasn’t quite clicked, including experienced allrounder Jacob Oram.More is also expected of skipper Ross Taylor even though he has shown glimpses of his explosive self in entertaining cameos.England, on the other hand, have failed to fire from the top.The team has lost early wickets in most games which has invariably hurt the all-important scoring rate.In the absence of the temperamental but immensely talented Kevin Pietersen, England’s title defence has looked shaky and the team is likely to be put through a tough test by the Kiwis, who have a reputation of punching above their weight in big events.”We’ve got to stop losing early wickets because it’s hurting us,” England skipper Stuart Broad has said, underlining the biggest problem plaguing the team.The bowlers too have not had an exceptional outing so far even though Broad himself can draw confidence from the economical spell he bowled against a destructive West Indian line-up.A lot was expected of spinner Graeme Swann but he hasn’t really worked much magic in conditions that are considered tailor-made for tweakers. But he might hit his stride against the spin-wary Kiwis.New Zealand’s bowling problems are quite similar. Their pace spearhead Tim Southee hasn’t been too effective. Experienced Daniel Vettori’s spin has also not produced desired results.Given the very similar nature of their strengths and weaknesses, it would be an intriguing battle.advertisement
Addressing a graduation ceremony for 90 newly trained DCs at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James, on July 4, the Minister said the DCs form part of the Visitor Safety Unit. The Minister explained that the establishment of Destination Assurance Councils, launched recently in conjunction with the Visitor Safety and Security Programme, is essential to the seamless, successful and rapid development of the sector, and that now, more than ever, the success or failure of a tourist destination depends heavily on being able to provide a safe and secure environment for visitors. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says District Constables (DCs) who have been trained under the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) programme will be given strict orders as to the areas in which they must operate. Story Highlights Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says District Constables (DCs) who have been trained under the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) programme will be given strict orders as to the areas in which they must operate.Addressing a graduation ceremony for 90 newly trained DCs at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James, on July 4, the Minister said the DCs form part of the Visitor Safety Unit.“The specific operational zones for the Visitor Safety Unit are cruise-ship piers; commercial districts, especially those frequented by visitors; craft markets; beaches and major attractions. Constables will be strategically placed in areas identified as hotspots. We need to do everything within our powers to protect our tourism industry, so it can grow exponentially and benefit more people,” he said.Mr. Bartlett argued that destination assurance is very important to Jamaica as competition in the international marketplace heats up.“The fact is, Jamaica is competing with destinations all over the world for travel dollars. It is, therefore, critical that we establish a competitive advantage that sets us apart from other international destinations,” the Minister said.“This calls for us to provide our visitors with authentic and high-quality tourism experiences. This is what we call Destination Assurance – guaranteeing our visitors that their expectations of an outstanding visitor experience will be met. A critical element of destination assurance is ensuring the safety and security of our visitors,” he added.The Minister explained that the establishment of Destination Assurance Councils, launched recently in conjunction with the Visitor Safety and Security Programme, is essential to the seamless, successful and rapid development of the sector, and that now, more than ever, the success or failure of a tourist destination depends heavily on being able to provide a safe and secure environment for visitors.He said efforts must be made at all levels to preserve Jamaica’s reputation as a destination in which crime against tourists is minimal.“If our visitors don’t feel free to move around unharassed, and enjoy the beauty of Jamaica as freely as they want, then very soon there will be a decline in arrivals. In turn, this will result in a decline in business for hotels, restaurants, taxi operators and our artisans and craftpersons. We have to control crime and harassment in Jamaica if we are to realise the true potential of tourism in terms of consistently increasing our visitor arrivals and providing benefits to Jamaicans,” the Minister said.
Moments after learning about the plight of a young elephant who has been beaten so badly that he sustained an eye injury, Pamela Anderson fired off a letter to Vinay Kore, a member of the legislative assembly of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the leader of the Jan Surajya Shakti Party, from her home in Malibu, California.The blond bombshell with the big heart, who visited India in November 2010, wants the little elephant, named Sunder, to be removed from Jyotiba Temple in the Maharashtra district of Kolhapur and sent to a sanctuary in order to spare him further suffering. Last week, former Beatle Paul McCartney interrupted his Olympics rehearsals to send an urgent appeal to Forest Minister Dr Patangrao Shripatrao Kadam to help free Sunder from his chains.“I am in tears over the plight of the little elephant, Sunder, who you so kindly gave to Jyotiba Temple with the best of intentions. … He is the age of one of my sons, and as sensitive as anyone’s child”, writes Anderson. “Sunder must be rescued without delay. May everyone, including me, count on you, please, to save this youngster?”Anderson’s plea follows PETA India’s discovery that Sunder was being abused by his handler, who has been on the run from police since the group became involved. Sunder, who sustained injuries after the handler jabbed him in the right eye with an ankus (a sharp, hooked metal poker-like weapon), is also confined to chains with sharp spikes and is kept alone inside a dark shed. Lesions all over his body indicate past beatings by the handler.A scandal is growing over the way some elephants used in Indian temples to represent the Hindu god Ganesha are being housed and mistreated. Frequently controlled through beatings and prodded and gouged in sensitive areas behind their knees and ears with an ankus, they languish without veterinary care for even serious conditions, sustain leg injuries and are fed unsuitable food. Many elephants at Indian temples also show signs of severe psychological distress, such as swaying, head-bobbing and weaving – behaviour not found in healthy elephants in nature. Elephants also suffer from a lack of exercise and years spent standing in one position on hard concrete surfaces amid their own waste, which can lead to painful and crippling foot ailments and arthritis.Find out more here.
Categories: Iden News 05Feb Iden, colleagues reveal ‘Action Plan’ with focus on Michigan’s economy, job growth State Rep. Brandt Iden joined his colleagues today in announcing key initiatives for the upcoming legislative session.House Republican lawmakers outlined their top priorities as the new legislative session gets under way. Iden said a continued focus on fostering job growth and creating a good environment for entrepreneurs will create a stronger economy for Michigan.“Michigan’s economy has vastly improved over the last four years under Republican leadership. I look forward to working with my colleagues as we keep our collective foot on the gas to keep Michigan moving forward,” said Iden, R-Oshtemo. “Creating an environment which allows for greater innovation as well as providing more access to the necessary training to fill positions in the skilled trades will put more people back to work and offer greater opportunities for future generations.”The GOP’s Action Plan for the new legislative session can be viewed at gophouse.org/focusonmich.###