Kootenay Chill Club Basketball is hosting tryouts for the upcoming Spring Hoop League beginning Thursday (April 4) from 5-7 p.m. at the L.V. Rogers Gymnasium. Now that coaches and gym times have been confirmed, the tryouts will continue April 9th and April 11th from 5-6:30 p.m.If any player is unable to make any of these dates/times but is still keen at a chance to participate they are asked to contact Kootenay Chill Head Coach Jeremy Phelan at 250-777-3318.It’s likely that the U16 group will continue with Tuesday and Thursday practices. If alternate days/times accommodate the younger groups staff will adjust schedules pending gym availability.For more information go to the Kootenay Chill website.
Briton’s Lewis Hamilton won the Malaysian Grand Prix with a pole-to-flag victory ahead of Nico Rosberg on Sunday in a first Mercedes one-two since they returned to Formula One as a works team in 2010.The 2008 Formula One world champion easily pulled away from his rivals on a dry track with a three-stop strategy to win the race by 17.3 seconds, his 23rd career victory and first in Malaysia at the eighth attempt.“Incredibly happy, it’s my eighth year here (at Sepang) and finally I got that win,” the Briton told reporters after taking the chequered flag for his second win for Mercedes since he joined them last year and first points of the season.“Its quite special to get a one-two, I haven’t had many in my career, so that makes it even more special. A great day,” added the former McLaren driver.Rosberg, who won the season opener in Australia two weeks ago, started in third place but squeezed past quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel into the first corner and was able to keep the Red Bull at bay and stay top of the driver standings.It was Mercedes’ first one-two since 1955, their last year as a works team before 2010.Rosberg almost touched the wall as he took Vettel at the start and struggled to manage his rear tyres in the early stages as the two Germans remained close before the Mercedes driver pulled away over the closing laps.The second place finish moved him on to 43 points in the standings, 18 clear of Hamilton with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso third on 24 points after his second fourth of the season.Mercedes took the lead from McLaren in the constructors’ standings.“I had a really good start.. got away well and I thought Sebastian was going to put me into the wall but he stopped just before so thank-you for that,” Rosberg said.“My heart skipped a beat a little bit but it was OK. I was trying to chase Lewis but he was a bit too quick today.”VETTEL THIRDVettel finished third, 7.2 seconds behind Rosberg, for his first points of the season following an early retirement in Australia as he struggled to make an impact on the Mercedes pair without the rain that helped his qualifying bid on Saturday.Having endured a tricky time during off season testing, Vettel was delighted to make the podium.“Congratulations to them, they are bloody quick, the package they have is very, very strong,” Vettel told reporters.“For us there is mostly positives. It’s much better than what we expected during the winter.”Alonso was involved in a tight battle with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg in the closing stages before finally overtaking the German although he will be disappointed that once again the Ferrari looked well short of challenging the Mercedes duo.McLaren’s Jenson Button was sixth with Felipe Massa of Williams seventh just ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas after the Brazilian refused to yield to his Finnish team mate despite team orders to do so.The row, at a circuit where team orders blew up into a major controversy last season at both Red Bull and Mercedes, threatened to cause friction for the coming races between the new team mates.McLaren’s Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen and Toro Rosso’s Russian newcomer Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10 of a race that suffered just a couple of light drops of rain despite concerns about possible thunderstorms.Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who was disqualified in Australia pending an appeal, missed out on points for the second race in a row after a disastrous third pit stop when he was in fourth.The Australian pulled away before his front left wheel was fully attached with engineers sprinting down the pitlane to push him back and fix the issue.Ricciardo was then given a 10 second penalty for the unsafe release but his chances of points were already over after he shredded a tyre and damaged a wing shortly before the stewards’ decision and he retired before the end.“Deep down I’m really disappointed but at the same time there’s a little bit in me which is happy because I think I’ve come out how I wanted to,” the Australian said of his start to the season.“I still want to improve but we’ve started off on the right foot. So for that I’m pleased. I know a little bit of luck will turn around soon and I’ll get my revenge and get some points.”
French anti-doping officials worried about cocaine use PARIS (AP) French anti-doping officials are worried about the increased use of cocaine by athletes to enhance their performance. Damien Ressiot, who is in charge of controls at French anti-doping agency AFLD (Agence francaise de lutte contre le dopage), said yesterday that taking the banned stimulant for doping purposes now seems to be a “fairly common practise.” Cocaine is among a class of stimulants whose use is banned only in competition. Speaking at a news conference at AFLD headquarters, scientific adviser Xavier Bigard insisted it would be “extremely dangerous to minimise its use as a purely recreational drug.” Ressiot added that several cases involving cocaine use which are currently under the scrutiny of the AFLD will help the agency determine the type of networks used by cheaters. Law sees bright future for Hope GROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC): West Indies head coach Stuart Law has identified young strokemaker Shai Hope as one with immense promise and whose professionalism can take him far in the game. The 23-year-old copped the Man of the Match award for his crucial unbeaten 48 in the second one-day international against Afghanistan last Sunday, which West Indies won by four wickets to level the three-match series. Hope also top-scored with 35 in the opening game, which West Indies lost by 63 runs last Friday. Law said while the right-hander was still developing, he was ticking all the right boxes. “He’s a class act. He’s very easy on the eye when you watch him bat,” the Australian said. “At this stage, he’s still learning how to play at this level, but the steps he’s made since I’ve arrived [have been impressive].” Iran qualify for World Cup TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Iran became the second team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup by beating Uzbekistan 2-0 on Monday, sparking celebrations in the streets. It is the first time Iran have qualified for consecutive World Cups, and will be their fifth appearance at football’s marquee tournament. Sardar Azmoun scored in the 23rd minute and Mehdi Taremi in the 88th at Azadi Stadium in Tehran. Iran, managed by former Real Madrid and Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz since 2011, topped Group A of Asian qualifying. The team is unbeaten from eight games and eight points clear of third-placed Uzbekistan with two qualifiers remaining, so cannot be denied a top-two finish and an automatic spot in Russia next year. South Korea are in second place, a point ahead of Uzbekistan with a game in hand.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland: One of the highest-profile athletes in Lausanne for today’s Diamond League meet is the South African Wayde van Niekerk. It is therefore no surprise that he has been getting the most attention since his arrival on Monday. At yesterday’s press briefing, a full house was present as the man of the moment took the spotlight. When he enters the track today at 2:40 p.m. (Ja time) in the men’s 400m, it will be his first one-lap race in Europe this season. He, however, has been in great form so far in shorter sprints. He has a season’s best of 9.94 seconds in the 100m, 19.84 over 200m and a world record of 30.81 in the rarely run 300m. Anticipation is high among the fans that he could go sub 43 seconds and erase the Stadium Record of 43.66 set by the American Michael Johnson in 1996. “This will be my first 400m race in Europe this season, and I do not have any particular target. I am confident, (so) let’s see what I can do,” van Niekerk said when asked if he is looking to go sub-44 seconds in his race today. ” I never think of breaking records. I still need to improve my endurance and my resistance to be ready for London. If I don’t go sub-44 seconds I won’t be disappointed as my goal is to have a great performance … that is the most important point, not to chase times,” he added.
Grammy Award-winning singing sensation from Britain, Joss Stone is expected to send her Guyanese fans into a frenzy on Monday, January 28 at the Eucalyptus Garden Amphi-Theatre of the Theatre Guild of Guyana, in Georgetown.Stone, who won the Grammy in 2007 for best R&B singer, is on the last leg of her Total World Tour this month in the Caribbean.She is currently in Cuba and will perform in Haiti next week before heading to Guyana the following week and then to Suriname. Stone’s performance kicks off the growing Guyana season of Jazz and R&B, which will culminate in the much-anticipated G-Jazz Festival in April 2019.Among the local artistes lined up to perform alongside Stone are Lerone Souvenir and Atajah, Mikey Smith, MaszkaJazz with Indus Voices and Gavin Mendonca.Stone will perform in Guyana for the benefit of two charities – Help and Shelter and The University of Guyana’s Artist in Residence Programme.The event is a partnership between the Joss Stone Foundation, the Theatre Guild, The University of Guyana, Guyana’s Ministry of the Presidency’s Culture Department’s Music Department and the Ministry of Business’s Tourism Department.The British High Commission in Guyana is also a collaborator.The concert on Monday is set to commence at 19:00h and will last for two and a half hours with nonstop music.Tickets for ringside chairs cost $6000 and $3000 for grass seats; children are welcome.These tickets are available at the University of Guyana’s Office of Philanthropy and at the Theatre Guild on weekdays from 10:00h to 17:00h and on Saturdays from 10:00h to 14:00h. For reservations, fans are encouraged to contact the organisers on 614-2244, 662-5036 or 669-8989.
1 Josh Harrop Manchester United have produced a host of world class footballers since they were founded in 1878, and it appears another player is ready to step off the production line and into the first-team.Josh Harrop is the name of the midfielder who you should keep an eye on, as he looks to continue the United trend from the Busby Babes and Fergie’s Fledglings, to the recent academy graduates such as Marcus Rashford.The 20-year-old was part of a Red Devils team who beat Salford City 5-1 earlier this week, and he chipped in with two brilliant goals on the way to victory.Playing in front of the Class of ’92, Harrop’s second strike was especially eye catching, as he tricked a defender in the box before chipping the Salford goalkeeper.It is really something which cannot be described with mere words, so watch the goals below!Harrop’s strikes are number two and three, following an opening goal from James Wilson…https://twitter.com/United_U21/status/758294868737359873
Robert Lewandowski gets Kazakhstan captain Baurzhan Islamhan in a headlock Bartosz Kapustka, Leicester’s 19-year-old summer signing, scored for Poland in their World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan, who fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2. The winger stood out at Euro 2016 for his display against Northern Ireland and the Premier League champions made their move. It took him nine minutes to open the scoring in Group E, a game that saw 10 yellow cards, among them Poland captain Robert Lewandowski who was involved in a number of scrapes as well as scoring his country’s second goal.The striker tucked away his penalty, though he also appeared to elbow Yeldos Akhmetov and put Baurzhan Islamhan in a headlock.VIDEO: CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN AND VIKTOR FISCHER COMBINE TO SCORE GREAT GOAL FOR DENMARK IN GROUP E WIN 1
They signed a striker who has all the makings of a superstar, and dropped their error-prone goalkeeper for a more reliable option.They created chance after chance in what was one of the most one-sided 45 minute displays of Premier League football this season.Yet Pep Guardiola must still be wondering what needs to be done to make Manchester City more ruthless following a 2-1 win over Swansea.Gabriel Jesus made his mark on the game twice, opening the scoring inside 11 minutes and adding the winner in second half injury time after Gylfi Sigurdsson had appeared to have rescued a point for Paul Clement’s men.But it was a game which characterised all City’s struggles, as despite the three points moving them into third place, they made it much harder for themselves than it should have been.City started on the front foot, with teen superstar Jesus firing over from close range just a few minutes in, before being denied what appeared a penalty after an apparent foul from Mawson.But the Brazilian could not be shackled for too long, and he fired past Fabianski inside 11 minutes after some great work from Silva on the left side of the area.The Swans did find themselves in City’s half after a quarter of an hour, and a poor back pass from Clichy almost put Sigurdsson through on goal; but it was a rare momentary threat posed by the visitors.Jesus twice went close to doubling the lead – his movement continually confounding the Swansea defence – and Toure somehow dragged a shot wide after a corner fell to him on the penalty spot.De Bruyne mustered three chances in quick succession – all of which were blocked – and for all City’s dominance, praise had to be given to the impressive Swansea resistance.Despite taking 10 shots, only three were on target, and the visitors seemed to gain character from their opponent’s profligacy as the half wore on.A bright spell from Clement’s side signalled the end of the opening 45 minutes, as although the half-time whistle went without an attempt from the Swans, they were starting to make progress in the final third.They continued this progression in the early stages of the second half.Olsson drew a foul from Fernandinho with a direct run into the area in the opening stages, and Sigurdsson crashed the resultant free-kick against the post, although Sane’s own shot which hit the post was a clear sign of City’s threat.Scrappiness was the defining word of the following 15 minutes, with the visitors pressing high up the pitch and preventing Guardiola’s side building any momentum.And it was the Swans who were having the only chances on goal, with a number of counter attacks threatening Caballero and Mawson flicking a header just wide of the far post from a corner.Two positive substitutions saw Clement bring on Narsingh and Dyer as his team pushed for an equaliser in the final 15 minutes.And the equalising goal, which was coming, finally came in the last 10 minutes, Sigurdsson firing low past Caballero from outside the area.City pushed to reclaim their lead, but the profligacy which has characterised their season continued in the dying stages.Sane wasted one chance, Aguero was denied by a block, but there was time enough for Jesus to tap home the rebound after Fabianski had saved his header to claim all three points and make up for a wasteful City showing. Gabriel Jesus has already made his mark upon the Premier League 1
“I had a few on learner’s permits where the parents are in the car with them,” said Colleen Murphy, an operations assistant for the Sheriff’s Department, who reviews red-light camera photos. Every couple of months, she spots someone under 18 but most offenders are 18 to 85, she said. In addition to the cell-phone yakkers, , 10 percent of the lawbreakers running the red are eating, drinking coffee or reading. Once or twice a week, she goes head to head with folks who dispute the tickets – up to five cases each time – but said in her year on the job, a judge has found each one guilty. Perhaps drivers in Santa Clarita are talking to friends in Costa Mesa. “They’re always on the phone, the phone is, like, glued to everybody’s head,” said Sgt. Rich Allum, coordinator for the Costa Mesa Police Department’s red-light enforcement program. He said at least 40 percent of the violators can be seen yakking on the phone. Cameras wired at four city intersections since 2003 have caught people applying makeup, reading books and eating. “And one guy was shaving. Thank goodness, it was electric.” Folks in Bakersfield, too, have been snapped by red-light cameras, gabbing away, for the four years cameras have been in place. “It’s not uncommon for us to see people on film talking on the phone when they run the red light,” said Greg Terry, a spokesman for the Bakersfield Police Department. Terry said motorists on cell phones account for nearly half of red-light tickets issued at eight intersections there. In Lancaster, red-light cameras went into operation in September at two intersections and in their first 30 days photographed 322 red-light runners. Deputies who reviewed the photos said many of the motorists were talking on cell phones, though they didn’t count how many. “It’s not anything we’re taking count on,” Deputy Dennis Campbell said. “We’ve noticed it.” Pasadena’s red-light cameras have captured people applying makeup, chatting, holding pets and talking on the phone. An informal study done about two years ago by Officer Brian Bozarth of the Pasadena department showed a high volume of people – about 20 percent, he said – talking on cell phones as they ran the lights. Three Pasadena intersections have been wired since 2002. A nonprofit group that has spent three decades exploring what causes crashes and how to prevent them says drivers talking on cell phones are four times more likely to be involved in serious crashes. And its 2005 study showed outcomes can differ if drivers are engaged on the phone or with passengers. “Part of the difference may be the person in the car is in the same driving environment and can stop talking when he or she perceives the driver needs to pay attention,” said Russ Rader, a spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. “They can be an extra set of eyes to spot hazards.” Rader said early on, the biggest distraction posed by cell phones was thought to be when drivers take their hands off the steering wheel to dial, but research shows conversations are more dangerous. “You’re sort of going off into another place, not paying full attention to what is going on on the road.” The organization is funded by auto insurers. A California law that goes into effect in July 2008 will make it illegal for drivers to use hand-held wireless phones while driving. Speaker phones and hands-free headsets will be allowed. The fine for first-time offenders will be $20; thereafter, $50. Pivetti originally said the goal of the red-light program was to change driver behavior. Smoldt says it has happened. “Two years ago when a light turned green, you would have to stay stopped; you’d look to make sure cars were going to stop for the light,” he said. “Since the red-light cameras were installed, people are more aware of lights turning yellow and they are actually stopping for (them) the way they’re supposed to.” Murphy said firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – More than 40 percent of drivers nailed on camera for running red lights in Santa Clarita are freeze-framed, cell phone to ear. The chatter is blamed for slowing reaction times by a few tenths of a second, and the result is a clear photo and a $351 citation for chatty drivers. “People say phones are not a distraction, but … whenever you’re on the phone or eating, it affects your reaction time,” sheriff’s Deputy Robert Smoldt said. “It takes you longer to react to a threat, or a yellow light turning red or a car pulling out in front or you.” Drivers typically react to changing scenarios in 1