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January 12, 2020

Hughes named new head coach for the Okanagan Hockey Academy female prep team

first_imgPENTICTON, B.C. – Fort St. John native, Matt Hughes, has been named the new head coach for the Okanagan Hockey Academy female prep team.According to Okanagan Hockey, Hughes, 40, joins OHA after spending the past two seasons as the General Manager and Head Coach of the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs.Prior to his time with the Bulldogs, Hughes spent eight seasons in Junior A hockey as a Head Coach, Associate Coach, and General Manager in the BCHL, AJHL and NAHL. He also was part of the Team Canada U17 coaching staff on two occasions.- Advertisement -Hughes says he is excited about the opportunity of joining the OHA as head coach of the female prep team, adding that this has been of interest to him for some time.“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Okanagan Hockey Academy and their strong history in developing young student-athletes. Transitioning to the elite female game is a great opportunity that I have been interested in for some time.”Hughes will be at the 2019 OHA Female Development Showcase, which runs from April 19 to the 21 in Penticton.Advertisementlast_img read more

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December 30, 2019

Faith in country’s politicians takes a hit

first_imgISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A court must still rule whether Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s landslide win in Saturday’s presidential election is valid, but one loser was clear before the voting even began: public faith in Pakistani politics. Opposition boycotts, legal wrangling and the efforts of former leaders Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif to mount a comeback are the stuff of media debate in Pakistan. But many ordinary Pakistanis feel that power is the preserve of a corrupt elite, too busy securing their own interests to tackle issues such as rising Islamic militancy and the poverty and inflation that feed it. “All politicians are the same,” said Ali Ahmad, a 28-year-old teacher in the eastern city of Quetta. “They are the enemy of poor people. They gave us nothing but suicide attacks, terrorism and violence.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMusharraf’s standing has crumbled since he tried to oust the head of the Supreme Court in March. Many saw it as a clumsy attempt to ensure the court would not enforce a constitutional bar on government employees – such as army officers – running for office. Zafar Abbas, a 30-year-old carpenter sitting under a tree opposite the Parliament building where lawmakers were voting, said the court should disqualify him. “This is not happening under the constitution and law. This is disappointing,” Abbas said. Musharraf’s decision to drop corruption cases against Bhutto, with whom he has engaged in power-sharing talks, has also demolished his stance as an anti-graft crusader. Shaukat Abdullah, a 35-year-old factory worker from Gujranwala, said the lawmakers voting for Musharraf should be ashamed. “The people sitting in Parliament are selling their conscience,” Abdullah said. “Musharraf said they (Bhutto and Sharif) had no role in politics but now he is talking of a deal with them.” But others admire Musharraf’s political craft. Zafar Iqbal, a 28-year-old shopkeeper in the eastern city of Multan, said Saturday’s vote was “just a drama, not an election.” He added, however, that the general “played his cards wisely” by dividing Pakistan’s squabbling opposition parties and sending Sharif back into exile when he tried to return to Pakistan last month. “What is happening now was well-planned, and the political parties are playing into the hands of Musharraf,” Iqbal said. To the government’s relief, general discontent has not translated into street protests. “Everyone is respecting the election process of President Musharraf by doing their business, by not coming on roads, by not responding to the aggressive calls of some of the opposition leaders,” Information Minister Mohammed Ali Durrani said. But Ijaz Shah, a grocer relaxing on the lawn in front of the Parliament building, said there is no tension because ordinary people realize that Pakistan’s military remains firmly in control. “We have a saying that `He who owns the stick, owns the buffalo,”‘ Shah said. “If the government really had support, there would have been thousands of people here to cheer it.”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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August 11, 2019

Go back to the enewsletter On 2 March Travel Lea

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterOn 2 March, Travel Leaders Group’s Hotel Division formally introduced its new ‘Select Wellness Collection’ – the inaugural offering from the travel agency powerhouse that combines curated travel experiences with luxury hotel bookings.The Travel Leaders Group Select Wellness Collection already includes an introductory portfolio profiling 40 of the world’s most exclusive hotels and spa resorts renowned for their focus on health and wellness. Designed in conjunction with wellness travel and spa expert Sallie Fraenkel, the amenity-driven collection is only available to consumers through Travel Leaders Group’s more than 40,000 travel agents.“Since wellness travel is projected to grow by more than 9% annually – nearly 50% faster than overall global tourism – we created our Select Wellness Collection to meet the growing demand for this type of experience among our agents’ clientele,” explained Erick Rodriguez, Senior Vice President of the Travel Leaders Group Hotel Division.Wellness tourism now represents approximately 6% of all domestic and international travel, and it accounts for 14% of all tourism expenditures globally and is expected to grow to reach $678.5 billion next year, according to the Global Wellness Institute. The institute has also indicated that the global wellness market is now a $3.4 trillion per year industry, or approximately three times larger than the worldwide pharmaceutical industry.To help curate its Select Wellness Collection, Travel Leaders Group’s Hotel Division enlisted the expertise of Sallie Fraenkel, formerly the Chief Operating Officer of SpaFinder and Executive Vice President of the Global Wellness Summit (GWS).According to Rodriguez, three primary objectives for Travel Leaders Group have been achieved through the creation of the Select Wellness Collection. The first was to address the growing demand for a wellness product among agents and their clientele. The second was to extend the same high level of standards agents’ clients are already enjoying through its Select Hotels & Resorts program to curated wellness experiences. The third was to provide qualifying properties with entrée to its agents.The Select Wellness Collection is among the proprietary programmes offered by the Travel Leaders Group Hotel Division exclusively to travel agents within Nexion, Protravel International, Results! Travel, Travel Leaders Associates, Travel Leaders Corporate, Tzell Travel Group and Vacation.com.Travel Leaders Group is one of North America’s largest travel companies – encompassing nearly one-third of all travel agents – and generates gross travel sales of approximately $20 billion annually. Travel Leaders Group is a leader in both leisure and corporate, consistently ranking as one of the top travel companies nationwide.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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