FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies have been making moves in the offseason, and have hired a new member of the team’s coaching staff.Cameron Weir will be joining the Huskies’ bench at the end of July, where he will specialize in training the team defensively. Weir’s hockey background includes a Junior ‘A’ career in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and a stint with the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack. He has also been coaching minor hockey for over four years.Cameron Weir with the TRU Wolfpack. Photo by Fort St. John Huskies/Facebook- Advertisement -“He’s coached minor hockey for the past four or five years, so that direction was on the right path.” Huskies GM Jeremy Clothier said, “We figured he was a good fit, just a different set of eyes. Having a non-local sometimes helps, not only in coaching but in recruiting as well.”The Huskies recently lost assistant coaches Andrew Riddell and Braden Latanzzi due to job transfers, so they are still actively looking for one more potential coach.
Gary Neville has backed Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos to win the 2018 Ballon d’Or, much to the chagrin of plenty of Liverpool fans.During a Twitter Q&A on Thursday afternoon, the Manchester United legend was asked who he think should win the prestigious award and be recognised as the best players in the world – picking the Spain centre half. GETTING RID Neville backs the centre-half to collect the prestigious award ARISE SIR KENNY Most Popular Football Stories TIME RUNNING OUT revealed scrap Ramos went on to lift the Champions League trophy, but is Neville just winding fans up? Karius, Origi and Ings all set for Liverpool exit door in £100m clearout Klopp ‘under pressure’ to end Liverpool’s six-year trophy drought don’t you watch football Gary?— David Clarke (@david4bcn) November 1, 2018 BEST OF During the 2018 Champions League Final in Kiev, Ramos received death threats after he collided with fellow Ballon d’Or nominee Mohamed Salah in a challenge which saw the Egyptian suffer a dislocated shoulder.Although Ramos lifted the trophy that night, the defender endured an indifferent season – helping Los Blancos to finish third in LaLiga and Spain to a round of 16 exit in the World Cup in Russia. 3 Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 3 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions gameday cracker No wonder you failed as a coach— ⓐ (@Barzaboy) November 1, 2018 tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City 3 Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish awarded knighthood pic.twitter.com/1YO7rWVoP2— FtLingard (@FtLingard) November 1, 2018 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT He’s just trolling is my guess.— Viljar (@P1N3APPL37) November 1, 2018 pic.twitter.com/n7QslUYmlD— ░N░i░c░k░ (@ronan_01_) November 1, 2018 latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Latest Liverpool News MARC-ED MAN pic.twitter.com/7eZE6ymqd3— Ricky Lodge (@rickylodge) November 1, 2018 The right-back was fined £5,000 by the FA after running the length of the pitch and goading Liverpool fans after a late winner at Old Trafford during a Premier League game in 2006.Check out what these Liverpool fans had to say about Neville’s latest remarks! Liverpool’s Marco Asensio pursuit receives major boost GOING HOME The infamous tackle which left Salah in tears in Kiev NAB-BED The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 The centre-back did manage to chip in with five goals in all competitions, but was also booked an incredible 12 times.With seemingly plenty of more deserving candidates for the accolade, some Liverpool fans are convinced the former England international is merely winding Reds fans up with his somewhat controversial choice. LATEST New Liverpool signing set to take legend’s shirt number at Anfield ‘I’m glad Egypt got knocked out’ – Liverpool fans happy Salah is leaving early Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’
The Deputy Minister of Sport & Recreation: Mr Gert OosthuizenThe Director General of Sport & Recreation: Alec MoemiLeaders of Federations who have joined usMembers of the MediaLadies & Gentlemen On the 18 of February 2019 the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CSA) will hear the matter between International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Athletics South Africa and Caster Semenya. Our history as a nation was in the main based on the defence of our people against their human rights violation, a right to belong, that all humans are created equal. Therefore as South African government we have a direct interest in the proceedings and outcome of this case. This interest is informed by our historical stance as a nation towards human rights and also if the proposed regulations go unchallenged will have a negative impact to our Golden Girl, Caster Semenya. What’s at stake here is far more than the right to participate in a sport. Women’s bodies, their wellbeing, their ability to earn a livelihood, their very identity, their privacy and sense of safety and belonging in the world, are being questioned. This is a gross violation of internationally accepted standards of human rights law.The IAAF introduced rules and regulations governing eligibility for females with hyperandrogenism to compete in women competition for the first time in 2011.The purpose of these Regulations was to determine Eligibility classification of female athletes with the hyperandrogenism to participate in the female athletics categories and the conditions under which they would be allowed to compete.The adverse effects of these Regulations were seen in 2014 when Duntee Chand, a sprinter from India was suspended from participating in international competition after hormone testing reportedly revealed that her body produced excessive natural levels of testosterone.She challenged these Regulations at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CSA) arguing that they are unlawfully discriminating against some female athletes on the basis of a natural characteristic of unusual natural genetic trait, even if that trait confers an advantage over fellow female athletes who do not have a trait.Subsequently the Regulations were suspended by CSA and Ms. Chand was allowed to compete again, while the IAAF was instructed to produce a scientific evidence that will support their thesis of causality between female testosterone levels and their performance, and report back in two years, and that was 2017.Instead of bringing compelling evidence as per the directive of the Court, the IAAF instead introduced new Hyperandrogenism Regulations in 2018, which amplified the previous 2011 Regulations.In terms of this new Regulations a female with hyperandrogenism who is recognised as a female in law shall be eligible to compete in women competitions in athletics provided that she has androgen level below that of a male, specifically their natural levels of testosterone must be below 5 Nanomoles Per Litre.Moreover, the new Regulations are only applicable to 400m to mile, including 400m, hurdle races, 800m and 1500m, the categories wherein coincidentally Caster Semenya participate and generally dominates. The logic as to why Regulations were restricted to these categories is still unclear, thus compelling us, as a country, to suspect they are targeted to our very own daughter of the soil, who is the reigning world champion in the 400m and 800m track.These Regulations have drawn criticism from organizations and eminent individuals in various sectors including human rights, medical science, sport and sports law both here at home and abroad. The critics have elevated a point that the Regulations are discriminatory and violates fundamental and international human rights, including a right to physical and bodily integrity, the right to freedom from torture, and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and harmful practices.As a South African government, we have added our voice in condemnation of these Regulations mainly as a matter of principle as a country that respect and promote human rights and also in support of an application lodged by Athletic South Africa (ASA) at CAS challenging these regulations because they appear to be specifically targeting Caster Semenya.Through our department of Sport and Recreation we have established a high-level panel consisting of the Medical and Legal work-streams respectively. This panel consists of experts in both medical and legal fraternities who constitute the respective work streams. There is a third work stream constituted by the departmental personnel and its mandate is to raise public awareness and mobilise public support on the discriminatory nature of these regulations.Work in all the streams has commenced and the high-level panel have prepared a formidable case based on legal and medical data collected, and the Legal Team will appear before CAS to present the case in support of the case lodged by both Athletic South Africa (ASA) and Ms. Caster Mokgadi Semenya. The third government stream has also started with its work, which primarily focus on mobilization of public and international support for the ASA and Caster Semenya cases, and condemnation of the Regulations, both their letter and spirit.Ladies and gentlemen – our media colleagues, sporting fraternity, international human rights platforms and human rights advocates – it is important to take a moment to reflect on what these regulations truly mean for the little girl growing up in an African village with dreams of becoming a top sports woman. These regulations have the potential to deprive the world from seeing and experiencing the natural superiority of future athletes to come from our African soils. Ms. Semenya put it so well when she said and I quote: “It’s not about me anymore. It’s about the African girls who come from the rural areas who do not believe that they can do this…”It is for this reason that we honour AND declare the GREATNESS OF CASTER SEMENYA!I must thank the sporting community who have raised their hands in support, this includes our Federations.As government we urge you media- as voice of the people to partner with us in this campaign of declaring that #NaturallySuperior. The campaign will target various sectors of local and global community and through proper channels engage Human Rights organizations and eminent persons locally and internationally in an effort to ensure that the whole world condemn these Regulations as a gross violation human right. The World once declared Apartheid as a crime against human right, we once more call people of the World to stand with us as we fight what we believe is a gross violation of human right.As a girl from Rural Limpopo Caster continue teaching us that we can overcome adversity, that role models can come in the least expected places, that through resilience you can be a beacon of hope. I want to borrow the words of another great athletes who has faced similar challenges in her career, Ms Serena Williams “Think of all the girls who could become top athletes but quit sports because they’re afraid of having too many defined muscles and being made fun of or called unattractive.” We therefore encourage every individual, organization and sector intolerant of discrimination, violation of human rights, particularly of women, and injustice to join and add their voice to this movement that condemn these discriminatory IAAF Regulations which in their nature seek to unfairly exclude other sections of society from competing in sport.To Caster, please remember Tata Mandela when he said, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” We have no doubt that in no time Caster will be rising our flag in glory as she do what she does best, collecting medals.With this mobilisation campaign of NaturallySuperior – we honour AND declare the GREATNESS OF WOMEN – We pronounce thatLet women have the freedom to be women IN OUR SPORTING SOCIETY,Let women have the right to participate in this society’s sporting platforms which does NOT judge their genderLet women’s sporting performance and resultant greatness not be questioned NOR doubted.
The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Tuesday decided to support the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) nominee Om Birla’s candidature for the Lok Sabha Speaker’s post. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik-led BJD, which has 12 Lok Sabha members, took the decision at its Parliamentary Party meeting held in Delhi.“The BJD will support the NDA’s proposal of selecting Om Birla as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha since the regional Party stresses on constructive cooperation with the Centre,” BJD Parliamentary Party leader Pinaki Mishra said. He said senior BJP leaders and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi had sought Mr. Patnaik’s cooperation. “We have decided to support the BJP’s proposal,” he added. Replying to a question about speculation doing the rounds that the BJD will get the Deputy Speaker’s post, Mr. Mishra said, “We have not received any such concrete proposal from the ruling Party or the government. Let the Speaker’s election be completed.” If the BJD gets such a proposal from the BJP, the Party president will take a decision on the matter, he added. Asked about Wednesday’s meeting to discuss the idea of “one nation, one election”, Mr. Mishra said Mr. Patnaik has already made his stand clear; the BJD is in favour of “one nation, one election”.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday invited heads of all Parties for the meeting to discuss the idea. Mr. Patnaik will be attending the meeting, BJD sources said.
Fitbit Charge HR Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Comments Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Mentioned Above Fitbit Charge HR (black, large) The 17 best health and fitness apps for Apple Watch Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • One year later, Fitbit Charge HR stands out as the best Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier 3:49 Now playing: Watch this: Fitness trackers could have a flaw, according to Stat. Sarah Tew/CNET Since their debut, fitness trackers and smartwatches have become a common sight on people’s wrists. As of February, Apple, Samsung and Fitbit made up 88% of smartwatch unit sales in 2018, the Smartwatch Total Market Report said. However, the gadgets might not work as effectively for people of color or those with tattoos, according to findings published Wednesday by Stat, a health and medicine publication. Users have complained on Fitbit forums and on Reddit about the smartwatches having trouble giving readings on people with darker skin. Fitbit replied in the community forum and said the Charge HR tracks “heart rate on every complexion” and directed users to a support article. “Fitbit takes accuracy very seriously and continuously performs studies to rigorously test the accuracy of our products among diverse groups of users,” a Fitbit spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday.The company said its PurePulse technology performs to industry-standard expectations for optical heart rate on the wrist. The company said it designed its optical system to emit green light at a sufficient strength to effectively penetrate darker skin and its detector is sensitive enough to accurately detect the heart rate signal.Fitbit, Samsung watches, Garmin devices and other wearables use green lights, which are cheaper than infrared lights, to take readings. Stat’s report said that green light has a shorter wavelength and is “more readily absorbed by melanin.” This makes it harder for people with darker skin tones to get accurate readings. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple told Stat that it also uses green lights to continuously monitor, but uses infrared light to take readings every five minutes. The company’s support page says its watch measures a user’s heart rate using photoplethysmography. PPG is a low-cost optical technique that illuminates the skin and measures changes in light absorption, according to the US Library of Medicine. Apple’s support page says this works because your blood reflects the red light and absorbs the green light. Samsung and Garmin didn’t immediately respond to request for comment. Tags Share your voice Fitbit Versa 2 and Fitbit Premium promise to revamp my… reading • Fitbits might not track your heart rate right if you’re a person of color • Originally published July 24.Update, July 25: Adds comments from Fitbit and more background information on the Apple Watch. See it Wellness Gadgets Mobile Apps Mobile 18 Photos 8 Fitbit Garmin Samsung Apple $94 Apple See All
Share Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesPeople who call themselves DREAMers protest in front of the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol to urge Congress in passing a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, on December 6, 2017, in Washington, D.C.The DREAM Act has failed to pass when Democrats have held complete control of government; when Republicans have held all the cards; and in periods when the two parties have split control of the White House, Senate and House.But lawmakers from both parties hope to secure permanent legal status for people protected by the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals , or DACA, program and they are trying to achieve some sort of solution over the next two weeks.DACA is set to expire in early March, but most advocates agree that the upcoming Jan. 19 government funding deadline is likely the best remaining window to cut a deal that grants some sort of permanent protection to the roughly 700,000 DACA enrollees — people in the country illegally who entered the U.S. as children.Whether or not something passes will likely hinge on two key questions: How far Democrats are willing go to force a vote, and whether President Trump will compromise on his demands for a border wall.In order to get a bill on the House and Senate floors, Democrats may have to embrace a position that many party leaders aren’t too comfortable with: brinkmanship over a government shutdown in order to achieve their goal.Democrats opted not to play that card in the days before Christmas, when the last government funding deadline came, went and was solved by a short-term resolution keeping things running through mid-January. That frustrated activist groups like United We Dream, which branded Senate Democrats who voted for the continuing resolution as the “Deportation Caucus.”It’s a criticism President Trump latched onto in recent days, tweeting that “Democrats are doing nothing for DACA — just interested in politics.” He went on to predict that “DACA activists and Hispanics” will start “falling in love with” Trump and the GOP — a prediction that ignores the fact that it was Trump who set the early March expiration date for the program in order to force congressional action. It’s also not clear how Trump could have DACA activists love him while holding onto his base, some of whom burned their “Make America Great Again” hats when Trump broached a possible deal on the program with Democrats last year.Democrats are doing nothing for DACA – just interested in politics. DACA activists and Hispanics will go hard against Dems, will start “falling in love” with Republicans and their President! We are about RESULTS.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018Since Trump announced in September that the DACA program would be ending, Democrats have repeatedly and loudly called for a fast-tracked vote to make it permanent. “[Republicans] are saying, ‘well, we can wait until March,’” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in December. “Well, we can’t. And as I said to them, that is an act of cruelty to say you can wait until March when people are losing their status every day.”But, so far, they haven’t used the leverage Trump handed them in September, when he agreed to a government funding deal that expired at the end of 2017.It’s still not clear whether they’ll use it in January. It’s also not clear what Trump would want to see in a final immigration deal.In early September, it seemed like Trump, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had struck the broad outlines of a deal: trade a permanent DACA fix for increased border security that would not include Trump’s signature campaign promise of a coast-to-coast wall on the southern border with Mexico.But that infuriated immigration hard-liners like Rep. Steve King, R- Iowa. “I know the people that were strong Trump supporters, that were on his bandwagon early on,” King said after the preliminary deal was made public. “They came on board because: build a wall, enforce the border, enforce immigration law, no amnesty ever. And if they see amnesty coming out of the White House, then that’s the one thing that will crack his base.”So Trump quickly backtracked, insisting his wall would have to be part of any deal.About a month later, the White House added to those demands, saying any agreement would also have to include major changes to legal immigration policies as well. Trump wants to swap policies that prioritize family ties, often referred to as “chain migration,” for a system that emphasizes the skills individual immigrants would bring to the country. That’s a shift Democrats say they won’t support.Negotiators have two weeks to figure out a deal — and perhaps just as importantly, Trump has two weeks to figure out what he’ll demand.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.