LYNN, MA – The 62nd Harry Agganis Invitational Basketball Tournament will take place starting Thursday, March 30 (5:30 p.m.) at the Harry Agganis Memorial Gymnasium at St. George Greek Orthodox Church on the Lynn Commons, Daily Item reports. The event has taken place every year since 1956, a year after Agganis’ tragic death at the age of 26.\The St. George Greek community, where he was baptized Aristotle “Harry” George Agganis, was so moved that they established the Harry Agganis Tournament to perpetuate his name and life, celebrating one of the greatest Greek-American athletes ever.Over 25 teams consisting of Greek-American players from all over the U.S. will participate. The three gymnasiums that will be utilized are located at St. George, Fecteau-Leary and St. Mary’s. The tournament tips off on Thursday (5:30 p.m.) at the Agganis Memorial Gymnasium with the St. George Youth Basketball teams consisting of grade school-aged children. They will be playing against St. Val’s of Peabody. Also on Thursday, two boys high school division games will be played in St. George vs. Andover and Roslindale vs. Weston A. The boys high school division will have new entries this year in teams from Bridgeport, CT, two squads from Weston, MA and New York. A dozen teams will compete in a double elimination round. The defending champs are from Manchester, NH.TweetPinShare0 Shares
“Harvey Norman is delighted to become the naming rights sponsor of NRL Touch Football. It was a natural fit for us – a game of Touch brings families and friends together in the best possible way; its great fun and good exercise,” Ms Page said. “It is a partnership that will bring all that is positive about rugby league to as many people as possible. All you need is a ball and you are ready anytime, anywhere for a game of Touch Football.”Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer Colm Maguire applauded the partnership, adding it provides another fantastic boost for the profile of the sport. “On behalf of Touch Football Australia, I am delighted to confirm Harvey Norman’s whole-of-game sponsorship of NRL Touch Football. This is another fantastic benefit of our strategic partnership extending the relationship across our entire touch football community, Mr Maguire said “It is terrific to see such a prominent and well recognised Australian brand partner with us and provide valued investment to our sport. The partnership further cements the relationship established between the NRL and Touch Football Australia in 2013, which created the largest sporting community in the country. To celebrate, the Australian Women’s Touch team took on a team made up of Mediaon Sunday in a prelude to the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final at ANZ Stadium. Currently the naming rights partner for All Stars, Harvey Norman CEO Katie Page said Touch Football is synonymous with the Australian way of life and consequently the Harvey Norman product. Long term NRL supporter Harvey Norman has secured the naming rights to the game’s latest participation initiative, NRL Touch Football. “We will be working with the NRL and Harvey Norman in the coming months to build a meaningful relationship with their company and our participant base. This will be demonstrated on the ground with various activation elements at our major events and at Affiliate-level across the country. Our focus has been on investing in our grassroots community.”NRL Head of Commercial Paul Kind said, “Harvey Norman has provided outstanding support to rugby league across the years and this agreement allows us to continue this partnership in one of our growth areas.”Related Files031014_harvey_norman_touch_australia-pdfRelated LinksHarvey Norman
zoom Due to volatility in the tanker shipping industry, Bermuda-based Nordic American Tankers (NAT) wrapped up 2017 with a net loss of USD 75.5 million, compared to a loss of USD 4.5 million seen a year earlier.The company’s net loss narrowed to USD 21.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 from USD 39.2 million recorded in the corresponding quarter of 2016.NAT said that 4Q 2017 was “an important quarter” with the first major steps in the recapitalization program having been completed.During the quarter, NAT agreed with Ocean Yield ASA the full financing of its three newbuilds to be delivered in June, August and October 2018.In addition, the company raised USD 110 million in new equity in December 2017.NAT also agreed to establish a new credit facility as part of the plan to replace the original credit facility of 2004.Earlier, World Maritime News reported that Herbjørn Hansson, CEO of NAT, expects 2018 to be a better year for the company than 2017, bringing higher earnings and dividend.In its 4Q 2017 report, the company confirmed this view: “We expect the tanker market to turn for the better in 2018.”Currently, NAT’s fleet comprises 33 Suezmaxes, including the three newbuilds, with an aggregate cargo capacity of 33 million barrels of crude oil.
LONDON — Police have charged four men who were accused of threatening the crew of a cargo ship in the Thames Estuary outside of London.Essex Police said Sunday the four were charged with “affray,” a crime defined as using of threatening to use violence in a way that makes by-standers fear for their safety.The operator of the cargo ship Grande Tema said the men had been discovered stowed away on the vessel, which travelled from Nigeria to England.The men were confined to a cabin but escaped and, according to ship operator Grimaldi Lines, threatened the crew with iron bars. Friday’s incident ended peacefully after authorities intervened.The men range in age from 20 to 27.They are scheduled to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Monday.The Associated Press
Phallon Stoutenburg, Outreach and Housing Co-ordinator of the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society was ecstatic about the fundraiser. “Thanks to the wonderful overwhelming support from the community between August to Christmas, the pantry at the outreach store is still doing ok. But we are still averaging 500 clients per month so all support is welcome.”The final count of the number of non-perishables donated will not be known until the end of the week, but it is clear that this year’s event surpassed the goals and expectations based on last years fundraiser. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Scissors were flying at Studio 105 on Saturday. The Studio hosted the 2nd Annual Cuts for Cans event with all proceeds going to the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society.In exchange for a non-perishable food donation, people received complimentary haircuts courtesy of seven stylists from Studio 105. The event ran from 10am-3pm on a first come, first serve basis. In 2017, the event resulted in seventy-eight haircuts in six hours, but by the three-hour mark, that number was already surpassed.
Councillors also voted in favour of the City giving letters of support for several non-profit organizations seeking grant funding. The North Peace Seniors Mouth-Eye-Foot Care Foundation, Fort St. John Association for Community Living, and the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society are all applying for a $10,000 grant from BC Hydro’s GO Fund. The fund was set up by Hydro as part of the Site C dam’s construction and is administered by NDIT. Council also voted to give the Fort St. John Community Action Team a letter of support for their application to get $100,000 in funding for the Overdose Emergency Response Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — According to the City of Fort St. John’s draft financial statements that were presented to councillors on Monday, the City ended up with a surplus of $29.8 million in 2017.Alan Bone from Sander Rose Bone Grindle LLP made the presentation of the the draft statement to councillors, saying that overall, the City is in good shape financially. Fort St. John had 41.2 million in net financial assets at the end of last year, with revenues of $87.2 million, and expenses of $57.4 million.Council also awarded two contracts to purchase new pieces of equipment for its Public Works department. Burnaby-based Vimar Equipment Ltd. was the lone bidder for the contract to provide the City with a new sewer cleaner/hydro excavator unit, for a total of $476,395. The City will also be getting $125,000 to trade in its existing unit that was bought in 2007. Councillors also approved a tender to Surrey-based Falcon Equipment Ltd. to buy two new loader-mounted snowblowers for $285,111, which came in nearly $115,000 lower than what the City had budgeted for snowblower purchases this year.
UPDATE – The RCMP have released information about this incident. Click here for the details.TAYLOR, B.C. – The RCMP are investigating at the Spruce Manor Apartment building in Taylor after an incident early Sunday morning.The RCMP have not yet released any information about the incident, but eyewitnesses confirm there is police tape covering the front entrance to the building and in one of the stairwells. The RCMP have said the incident is still unfolding and they should have more information to release on Monday. The apartment building is located at 9816 Spruce Street. Two RCMP vehicles were still at the vehicle just before noon on Sunday.If you have any information to share about what happened, email [email protected] As we get more information from the RCMP we will post updates to this story.
Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy Friday sought removal of the Telangana Congress chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy, terming his leadership as a “failure”. The demand of the four-time MLA and ex-Minister comes at a time when the Telangana unit of the Congress is facing a crisis of sorts after putting up a dismal performance in the Assembly elections last December. Congress won only 19 seats in the 119-member Assembly, and since early March as many 11 of those MLAs have announced their decision to cross over to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi, headed by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ There already talk in political circles that if two more Congress MLAs switch sides, they may decide to merge the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) with that of TRS which also means the Congress would lose its tag of main opposition. Speaking to PTI, Shashidhar Reddy, also a former Vice-Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority, called for total overhaul of the party setup in Telangana, which is “long overdue and absolutely necessary”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “We have not focused on the organisation at the grassroots level; building the organisation at all levels is something which has been lacking,” the son of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Marri Channa Reddy said. Shashidhar Reddy alleged the Congress in Telangana, had missed a lot of opportunities to take on the TRS government, particularly to highlight its “glaring failures and corruption.” As a result, the party has not been able to gain the confidence of the people, according to him. “It’s a clear case of failure of the (party) leadership in the state,” Shashidhar Reddy said hitting out at the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee President and demanding his removal. “We have not been able to give that kind of confidence to the people,” he said and alleged the party’s agitations against the TRS government have been “only on paper”. “There are many sections of society who feel threatened or let down; if we don’t stand by them and gain their confidence, they will not trust you,” he said. Uttam Kumar Reddy should have been made to step down “long back” as he has failed to lead the party with single-minded objective of winning elections and carry everybody together, he said. “We have failed to win the confidence of the people. It’s a sum total of all the failures. We have not been able to take on the government, on all their shortcomings, failed promises,” Shashidhar Reddy added. Asked if he was ready to assume charge as TPCC President if the party’s central leadership gives him the responsibility, he said: “Yes, absolutely”.
Washington – The expulsion by Algeria of Syrian refugees, including women and children, to Moroccan borders was condemned by US experts as immoral and shocking, all the more as this act comes at a time where the international community, and not only the Arab-Islamic nation, is concerned by the serious humanitarian situation in this country.“How can civilized nations turn their back to desperate Syrians seeking refuge” wonders Peter Pham, head of the Atlantic council’s African center, who called this a “regrettable gesture”.While stressing that he was not surprised by this act, the expert noted that the Algerian regime has been for a long time disregarding all international conventions related to refugees’ rights by allowing a guerilla group to sequester on its territory (Tindouf camps) populations for cynical considerations. Peter Pham also argues that by expelling Syrian refugees, the Algerian authorities are violating neighborliness principles and seriously jeopardizing the region peoples’ aspirations to economic integration.For Joe Grieboski, chairman of the administrative board of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy (IRPP), Washington, considers that this “immoral” expulsion of Syrian refugees experiencing an extremely vulnerable situation is a “typical” practice by Algerian authorities who are once again “shying away from their international obligations”.“It is no surprise”, says Grieboski, knowing that for three decades now Algerian authorities have not been concerned and did not show any sign of humanitarian feeling for sub-Sahran refugees on its borders not for the plague of populations sequestered in the Tindouf camps.This deportation is actually a form of support to Bashar Al-Assad’s regime and shows that the Algerian regime does not heed the tragedy experienced by the Syrians, he went on.By expelling the Syrian refugees, Algerian authorities fail to show any empathy for a humanitarian tragedy, he charged.
Cardrona Alpine Resort General Manager Bridget LegnavskyCardrona Alpine Resort has been focusing on understanding a changing international market as it gears up for the 2016 winter season.Recent trips to China and North America have enabled Cardrona management to prepare for an expected rise in Chinese skiers and snowboarders, plus learning about the needs of the Millennial generation.Resort general manager Bridget Legnavsky has just returned to Wanaka after attending the 2016 Mountain Travel Symposium (MTS) in Keystone, Colorado, earlier this month.Bridget Legnavsky on the Great Wall of China in January this yearMTS is the largest annual ski and snowboard industry networking and trade exchange event in the world and Cardrona was the only ski area from New Zealand to attend.At the symposium, mountain travel thought leaders spoke about the importance of adapting to the expectations of Millennials (people aged 18-35) across the globe – particularly around their desire for the ‘experience’.“The Millennial market is our biggest market, and we understand that traditional advertising is not as effective in reaching them anymore,” Legnavsky says.“They’re curious, they crave what’s next, they defy tradition and adapt fast. We’re already very focused on offering a world-class experience at Cardrona but it’s really important for us to understand how essential the ‘experience’ is for this age group.”Also discussed was the fact that North America’s biggest international market is Australia. Australia is also Cardrona’s biggest international market. “We need to be aware of that because we still want Australians to be taking their Southern Hemisphere ski holiday in New Zealand,” Legnavsky adds.Cardrona is anticipating a surge in numbers from China thanks to a relationship-building trip in January this year.“We’re expecting a significant increase each year from Chinese skiers and snowboarders, which is great for the industry,” Legnavsky says.“We were amazed to find out how quickly the country is developing world-class ski resorts. There are already 12.5 million skier days per season in China and 35% of these are planning overseas skiing holidays in the next two-to-three years.“China is predicting 60 million skier days by 2022. They are focused on how to transform beginners into committed skiers. Ski and snowboard instructors have become key for this to happen. Plus there is huge emphasis on the guest experience there too.”Cardrona has recruited a number of Mandarin-speaking ski and snowboard instructors, hosts and other department staff for this winter.“Last winter, we noticed an increase in Chinese visitors and found the best way to ensure they had a great experience was to have Mandarin speakers on the mountain. This year we have been getting China-ready,” Legnavsky says. Cardrona Alpine ResortSource = Cardrona Alpine Resort