Facebook16Tweet0Pin0submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Julian! He is a cute, alert, and sweet little dog who is looking for snuggles and a forever home. Julian is dog friendly, likes children, would do well with cats, and did well on his van ride. He enjoys walks, cuddles, and is a wonderful companion.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.
The Innkeepers and Dirty Dozen were declared first half regular season winners as Nelson City Soccer begins its month-long summer hiatus. Innkeepers, defending league champion, hold a commanding 10-point advantage over West Kootenay United in the Leo’s Men’s Open League as teams head into its final games prior to the break.The Innkeepers meet third-place The Action while West Kootenay United play Kootenay Co-op.Wednesday, Kootenay Co-op is up against The Action.Kootenay Co-op and The Action are tied for third spot, each with 12 points beginning the week.Meanwhile in the Finley’s Ladies Rec League Dirty Dozen concluded the first half with only one blemish on the record to claim the title with 27 points.Lily Whites finished second with Red Dog third.Defending champion Finley’s Jiggers finished in fourth spot, one point ahead of Selkirk Eyecare.Both leagues resume play following the Labour Day Weekend.Jackson’s, Bia Boro deadlocked heading into final gamesJackson’s Hole and defending league champ Bia Boro are tied heading into the final games of the first half of the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters League.The teams have identical 9-1-1 records, 13 points in front of third place Club Inter.In the final games Thursday before the summer break, Jackson’s Hole meets fourth-place Real Nelson while Bia Boro is up against Club Inter.In the other game on the schedule, Ted Allen’s plays Red Dog.Jackson’s Hole was the first-half winner in 2010.The Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters league resumes Thursday, September 1 with a full slate of [email protected]
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Seed Consultants, welcomes Brandon Beck as a new area seedsman covering Northwest Indiana. Brandon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Ball State University and has been working with farmers in Northwest Indiana for the last seven years.“Brandon is focused on servicing the needs of his customers and has a strong passion for the seed industry,” said Brian George, Regional Sales Manager for SCI.
Getting buoyant on the Indian Tablet market, iBall has announced Slide WQ32, a Windows based tablet priced at INR 16,999. The 8 inch (1280X800) device that comes equipped with Microsoft 365 Office having a year’s validity and impressive 1 TB OneDrive storage is arguably the lowest priced Windows tablet.The gadget supports 16 GB inbuilt storage which can be expanded to up to 64 GB. It sports a 5 MP primary camera accompanied by a flash and also houses a 2 MP front camera, one of the best options provided by gadgets in this category.Slide WQ32 is powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor coupled with a 2 GB RAM, decent enough to meet daily official chores.Other than this, the tablet has a HDMI port which can like it to a television or a projector, USB flash drive and a micro USB slot for charging. Though the device supports 3G but lacks Wi-Fi connectivity, which might be a serious disadvantage of the gadget, since it will hamper high speed internet surfing.Another notable feature offered by Slide WQ32 is that you can connect a wireless mouse/ keyboard and use it as a laptop screen.
Several new land owners in Linstead are expressing gratitude to the Government for giving them the opportunity to own a title, which, they say, is a lasting legacy they can pass on to their children.The residents articulated their appreciation on Thursday (January 31) after receiving registered titles from the National Land Agency (NLA) for lands that they occupy.Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, was on hand to make the presentations during the NLA’s Road Show, which was held on the grounds of the St. Helen’s Catholic Church.The titles were provided under NLA’s initiative aimed at assisting ordinary Jamaicans to formalise their property ownership. Ruby Richards said she intends to pass on the property to her children and grand children. She said that she started the process of ownership of the land some five years ago, noting that it has been in the possession of her family since the 1980’s.Fitz Green, another recipient, said that being a landowner “makes me a better man”. He told JIS News that having the title will benefit his children, pointing out that “if I should die now, I leave them somewhere”.Dave Daley said he was “elated”. He noted that not having a certificate of title for the land he occupies has prohibited him from accomplishing certain goals.He said he is involved in agriculture and the land will assist him in obtaining a loan.Minister Pickersgill congratulated the recipients and urged them to put their titles to good use. He said the Government is in the process of creating an “ownership society” where all Jamaicans, regardless of their background, education or socio-economic standing, can secure land ownership.The Minister praised St. Catherine for having an “excellent record” of 70 per cent land registration, which is the second highest level next to Kingston and St. Andrew.“As at January last year, the parish of St. Catherine had 146,329 parcels. Out of that number, 102,472 have registered titles,” he said.
Image Courtesy: Sirius ShippingOn February 1, the keel was laid for Sirius Shipping’s new oil/chemical tanker.The vessel is the first in the series of two 7,999 dwt newbuildings ordered by Sirius Shipping at China’s AVIC Dingheng Shipyard in 2016.Sirius Shipping said that ESSO Norway will take this newbuild on a time charter once it is delivered.To be built to the EVOLUTION design, the 9,700 cbm tankers will have ICE class 1A and will comply with TIER III (IMO II).Scheduled for delivery in 2018, the newbuilds will feature a length of 119.9 meters and a width of 19.4 meters.The company currently operates a fleet of fourteen oil/chemical tankers and LNG tankers.
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Statistics Canada is warning the partial shutdown of the U.S. government could have an impact on the agency’s ability to release a complete picture of trade between North America’s largest trading partners.Each country has been using the other’s import data to produce its export statistics since 1990.U.S. imports from Canada reported to U.S. Customs and Border Protection are compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau and sent to Statistics Canada to be used as statistics for Canada’s exports to the United States.Data for November won’t be affected by the shutdown which started Dec. 22. However, future months could be affected because data for Canada’s exports to the United States ended with the December numbers.The U.S. is Canada’s most important trading partner, with about 75 per cent of Canada’s total merchandise exports destined for the U.S., while Canada is the top export destination for U.S. goods, accounting for about 18 per cent of total U.S. merchandise exports.The statistics agencies of each country normally publish trade statistics simultaneously on predetermined dates.“The sharing of import data, which is generally preferred because of the greater scrutiny import shipments are subject to by customs agencies, helps to ensure accurate and coherent bilateral trade statistics, while reducing the administrative burden on exporting companies,” Statistics Canada said in a statement Thursday.
Andul(WB): Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday claimed that her party will win all the 42 seats Lok Sabha seats in the state and BJP will draw a blank. “I am sure that BJP will not come to power in the country and in West Bengal it will draw a blank this time, down from two seats it got in the last LS polls”, Banerjee told a public rally at Andul in Howrah district in support of TMC candidate footballer-turned-politician Prasun Banerjee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Referring to BJP president Amit Shah’s statement at a rally at Kalyani in the state during the day, Banerjee without naming him said “a person has come and said the National Register of Citizens will be implemented in the state when his party comes to power. Let them (BJP) come to power first and then we will show how they dare do it”, she said. Shah had said that NRC would be implemented in Bengal to weed out infiltrators. Banerjee said that election to 300 L S seats is already over and BJP is staring at defeat in the states of Rajshthan, UP, Bihar, Punjab, Gujrat, Tamil Nadu and Delhi. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Now the BJP has turned its eyes on West Bengal. Is it so easy for a party like BJP, whose workers’ minds are infertile like a desert to make inroads in Bengal?” the TMC supremo lashed out. “BJP is not putting its ears to the ground and feeling the pulse of the people. Twelve thousand farmers have committed suicide and three lakh jobs have been done away with,” she said. Referring to the Ram Temple issue, she said BJP is in the habit of raising it during elections. “In the last five years has the party had been able to build even a miniature Ram Temple?” she asked. “Now Narendra Modi is coming to Bengal often and asking for votes. Modi does not know anything about the state,” she said. Referring to demonetisation, which she and her party have often opposed, Banerjee said the Modi government had announced it apparently to stop terrorism. “A day will come when they (BJP) will close down banks saying that there is no money”, she said. Referring to the naxal attack at Gadchiroli in Maharashtra which claimed the lives of 15 policeman, Banerjee said “We have restored peace in Junglemahal area (comrpsising the erstwhile Maoist affected forested areas of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore districts). We have establish peace there”. “Let BJP do the same in states like Jharkhand and Maharashtra in dealing with the Naxalites and restore peace,” she added.
The Houston Astros currently sit on top of the American League West with a 2.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels, a team paying Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson, Jered Weaver, and the rest of the squad a combined $146.4 million. The Astros, meanwhile, will spend less than half that figure on players in 2015. Their total payroll comes in just north of $69 million, 29th out of 30 MLB teams and a remarkable $158 million less than the Los Angeles Dodgers are spending to field a team this year.The success of the Astros and the (comparatively) minuscule payrolls of other plucky small-budget teams is often cited by people trying to advance an egalitarian narrative: that the amount a team spends does not matter. In recent years, Time called the Royals the future of baseball. The New York Times went with Smaller Markets and Smarter Thinking. Baseball America wrote an article asserting, “if you look at competitive balance as the opportunity for teams to make the playoffs and legitimate runs at titles, baseball is truly in a golden era.” Sports Illustrated argued that the average payrolls of playoff teams show that money isn’t the factor it used to be and the Providence Journal offered, “money can’t buy success.” Andrew McCutchen, 2013 National League MVP, is the poster boy for what small-budget teams can accomplish, saying, “Payroll doesn’t mean everything. If that was the case, the Yankees would win every year.”That’s all heart-warming, but evidence suggests that the relationship between money and winning is as strong now as it’s been any time in the free-agency era. Check out the figure below, which shows the relationship between spending and win percentage during each of the three 10-year spans since 1985.1Salary and win percentage were standardized within each season to account for the league’s financial growth and changes in league competitiveness. Data collected from baseball-reference.com. Each team season is one dot in the figure, and the red line reflects a smoothed curve fit through the points. The smoothed curves represent the general relationship between spending and performance for each team season in each decade; aggregating all the decade’s data points shows a pattern: More money generally means more wins.The line gets steeper going from left to right, implying that in recent seasons, jumps in salary have been associated with larger gains in win percentage. Altogether, none of the 20 teams with the highest relative salaries since 1985 have finished below .500. GRAPHIC: Using data from the last 30 years, we created win-pay curves for every team in Major League Baseball. Click here to see how well your favorite team spent its money.J.C. Bradbury, an economics professor at Kennesaw State University, found that winning more increases revenue exponentially. “Going from 85 wins to 90 is worth more than 80 wins to 85,” he says. As a result, while it might cost more per win for a team that wins 90 games than 85, it makes financial sense because the revenue reward will be higher as well. This leads to a self-perpetuating cycle. Additionally, fans of teams that win frequently expect them to continue winning, and management pays more to do so. For a team like the New York Yankees, paying 10 percent more than anyone else for a second baseman who is only 5 percent better than his closest peer is worth the money (and they can afford it).But though the current narrative revolves around small-budget success stories as an argument against the importance of salaries, baseball has always had small-budget overachievers. “Just because you don’t spend money doesn’t mean you can’t win,” Bradbury says. As long as there has been baseball, there have been teams with low payrolls that have exceeded expectations in the win column.Perhaps one reason for the renewed focus on the success of small-budget teams is the importance of playoff success versus the regular season. Postseasons in American sports offer a smaller sample size than, say, soccer’s English Premier League, where the winner is determined by 38 games. In baseball, the better team (the one with the higher payroll) is less likely to prevail over the course of a short playoff series than they would be over an entire season. That, combined with the expansion of the playoffs, means it’s easier for a small-budget team to reach the World Series, as the Kansas City Royals did in 2014, losing to the San Francisco Giants in Game 7. Winning a playoff series can come down to a few factors — a couple of good pitchers and luck — that are less important during the regular season. “The formula seems to be: limp through regular season, get into playoffs, then win,” said Rodney Fort, professor of sport management in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan.Fort, however, also thinks that the case for the relationship between payroll and wins is overstated. “When have we ever been satisfied that a simple relationship between one variable and another variable tells the whole story of the determination of winning?” he says. “What you really need to do is stop and think about what are all the other things: nothing about coaches, nothing about front office/GM acumen.” In Fort’s view, equating payroll and wins leaves out too many other variables.He has a point, as the relationship between salary and winning can be drastically different among different franchises. Some teams don’t get results when they spend more — the New York Mets frowny face is almost too perfect given their fortunes.For a few small-budget teams such as the Cleveland Indians and the Royals, though, there’s a strong relationship between spending and winning.As you can see in the chart of every team’s win-pay curves, spending usually helps, but incompetent spending gets a team nowhere. It’s a waste.Click here to see every team’s win-pay curves.
Mauricio Pochettino has called on Tottenham fans to remain calm after their ‘massive’ 3-0 victory at Manchester United.Lucas Moura netted a brace after Harry Kane opened the scoring as Spurs demolished Manchester United at Old Trafford 3-0. But Mauricio Pochettino is refusing to get carried away by the result.“It’s only three points but after four years playing here without scoring one goal and all that was negative for us, 3-0 away from home at Old Trafford is a massive, massive victory. Pochettino told Sky Sports after the match.“I said from the beginning, this is not decisive. Of course, this will provide us with a lot of confidence, and trust in how we are working. But we know that it’s too far away, the end of the season.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“We need to keep pushing, try to be consistent throughout the season. We’ve started really well with three games and three victories. We must keep calm and work hard, that’s the most important thing.“The players deserve the credit because they believe [in the philosophy]. We will see what happens [in the title race]. If we are in a good position with 10 games to go of the season, then we must be ready to fight, but for now it is too early.“The most important thing now is to build the feeling that this is never enough. There’s always possibilities to improve.”