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Anderson rink advances to championship pool at Scotties

Anderson rink advances to championship pool at Scotties

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Sherry Anderson and her rink from the Nutana Curling Club in Saskatoon are in the mix for a spot in the playoffs at the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary.

After posting a 6-2 mark to lead the way in Pool B play, Anderson is tied for the third and final playoff spot with Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones and Quebec’s Laurie St-Georges as the top eight rinks in the round-robin start championship pool play on Friday afternoon.

Ontario’s Rachel Homan and Team Canada’s Kerri Einarson lead the way at 7-1, while Alberta’s Laura Walker and a pair of Wild Card rinks skipped by Beth Peterson and Chelsea Carey sit at 5-3.

“I don’t think anything’s going to change, other than just going out and trying to make more shots and be a little more precise,” Anderson said during a virtual press conference on Thursday night.

“I know that I can make a few more shots and that’s my goal here over the next four games.”

Following a 7-6 setback to New Brunswick’s Melissa Adams on Tuesday morning, Anderson and her teammates Nancy Martin, Chaelynn Kitz and Breanne Knapp rattled four straight wins.

They officially clinched the top spot in Pool B thanks to a 9-3 victory over Newfoundland and Labrador’s Sarah Hill on Thursday night, as their wins over Jones and St-Georges earlier in the week gave them the advantage in the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Anderson will open up her championship pool slate at 1:30 p.m. Friday against Einarson, before a 7:30 p.m. tilt with Peterson.

Her rink will then go up against Walker at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, with a matchup against Homan slated for 7:30 p.m. that night.

Unlike previous years, a Page playoff format will not be used as the top team in the standings will go to Sunday’s final, while the second and third place rinks will meet up in the semifinal that afternoon.

A tiebreaker game, if necessary, would be held Sunday morning.


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Indian successes $1 million at Dubai Duty-Free pool

Indian successes $1 million at Dubai Duty-Free pool

An Indian evacuee in Dubai has won 1 Million dollars in the Dubai Duty-Free Millennium Millionaire and Finest Surprise advancements draw. The individual named Sarath Kunnummal a dollar mogul.

Suraj Aneed, a 35-year-old Indian public situated in Abu Dhabi, who won the advancement last time, gone to the introduction.

In the stunning warmy draw, Rhea Roopesh a 17-year-old Indian public situated in Abu Dhabi won a BMW X6 M50i. He is a twelfth-grade understudy is an outstanding one.

Erwin Speiser, a 53-year-old Austrian public situated in Neidling in Lower Austria won a BMW F 900 XR (Racing Red) motorbike while Sanyo Thomas, a 40-year-old Indian public situated in Abu Dhabi won an Aprilia Tuono Factory (Atomico Racer) motorbike.

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Guardia Civil swoop on migrant youths enjoying a swimming pool to enforce covid rules after multiple complaints by neighbours GranCanaria.NEWS

Guardia Civil swoop on migrant youths enjoying a swimming pool to enforce covid rules after multiple complaints by neighbours GranCanaria.NEWS

The mobile phone footage showing the youths enjoying a swimming pool (Que Horror!) without complying with health restrictions led to Guardia Civil agents being quick to act, due to multiple complaints from local residents, and once they had verified the facts they filed four separate complaint reports, three for disobedience and one against the hotel management for having allowed the gathering of up to thirty young males without masks or social distancing.

The Guardia Civil reported in a brief statement that the incident came to their knowledge thanks to viral images being repeatedly shared, in which a group of young migrants were seen enjoying a swimming pool at a tourist complex, without respect for interpersonal distance or wearing masks, and having greatly exceeded the maximum number of people allowed to meet together in the same space.

“The Civil Guard of Puerto Rico has proceeded, this afternoon, to draw up four reports of complaints in a tourist complex used for the reception of migrants,” they explained.

They also highlighted that because the images reached the Civil Guard, actually while the gathering was happening, the group could be dispersed quickly.  Thereby limiting any possible health concerns raised from their enjoying a swimming pool.

The Canary Islands Government Ministry of Social Rights, however, have said no infraction was in fact committed by the youths simply enjoying a swimming pool, because at the time these people can be deemed to be living together, as cohabitants. Guardia Civil sources on the other hand say that they had acted in accordance with the current law and in accordance with Alert Level 3 restrictions that currently prevail on the island of Gran Canaria, pointing out that, outside of a family, more than four people cannot mix together, unless they reside at the same address. In this particular case, enjoying a swimming pool in a hotel complex where the teenagers are all living together, it is understood that those who live in the same room are to be treated as cohabitants, but not those living in different rooms.

Noemí Santana, Canary Islands Minister for Social Rights, made clear that the migrants reported for enjoying a swimming pool, are all minors, cohabiting and that they had permission to use the common areas of the establishment. Sources from the Ministry of Social Rights, which has jurisdiction over unaccompanied foreign minors who arrive on the islands, clarified that the young people involved do not have to wear masks because they all live together and, like the rest of the people who arrive to the Archipelago by sea, a PCR is performed on them, on arrival. “They are like a family. It doesn’t matter if they are ten or one hundred. They live together,” said Santana.

The teenagers at the complex, however, were deemed by the agents to be breaking Covid-19 regulations, when bathing in a pool, because they were not maintaining safe distances, and more than four people were seen mixing together. When the agents went to the scene, monitors at that complex prevented them from verifying these facts, as they did not grant them access without their having a court order.  Normal procedure when dealing with minors.

Three of the reports filed are for disobedience, while the last one is against the managers of the apartment complex for allowing the youths to ignore current restrictions.

While it is of course of paramount importance that everybody understands and complies with the current COVID 19 Alert Level 3 restrictions, no question, it does feel a little awkward that these, what we have assumed to be, unaccompanied minors, all living together for the last couple of months, under the social care of volunteer associations and the Regional Government, might find it difficult to understand why they may not use the swimming pool.  They are teenagers with little else to do, enjoying a swimming pool.

Differing opinions were reported this Sunday between the Guardia Civil’s interpretation and that of the Ministry of Social Rights who say, for the purposes of covid restrictions, this group can all probably be seen as cohabitants.  It is clearly a point up for debate.  We can’t really be angry with the kids for not understanding restrictions that the authorities themselves are unclear about.

There is, of course, a sub-section of our resident community that is utterly outraged by young migrants being allowed to use the pool, at all, and who are on guard night and day for fear of their worst nightmares coming true.  They constantly talk of invasions and outright lawlessness, threatening behaviour and daily intimidation, when there really is very little of anything like that to be seen. While there is no doubt that there have been isolated incidents, some empty restaurants have certainly been broken into and booze stolen, it is probably that fact that incriminates the young migrants more than anything, but little more complex or criminal than your average British village Bobby might have to deal with.

There have been reports of fights, mainly among the migrants themselves, within one or two of the more crowded complexes, and these have led to a couple of arrests, but in general what we are really dealing with here is young men with nothing to do, being forced to stay in one place while the otherwise preoccupied central Government tries to figure out what to do with them next.  It’s not good enough, but it is easy to understand.

Without making excuses, all those idle young hands and restless testosterone is bound to lead to some bad decisions and challenges to authority.  And while some of those kids are undoubtedly tougher than any who grow up round here, this is not exactly a post-apocalyptic scene from Mad Max.

While there have been credible reports of small groups breaking the current curfew restrictions, and even video of a small number attempting forced entry in to locked businesses in the middle of the night, most of what we are dealing with here is a woefully inadequate provision of services to wards of the state.

Nevertheless, as a society we are coping pretty well. Those few thousand migrants still in our care, including at least 500 unaccompanied youths in the south, out of 2,500 migrant minors currently cared for by the Regional Government, are not being left homeless without food, they are not forced into ever increasing criminality, they have on the whole plenty to be grateful for, with the least worst option, receiving food and a bed, and a chance to be processed through our social system, to progress with their aims, which all generally include wanting to leave The Canary Islands as soon as they can. None of this merits the clear xenophobia that has been loudly voiced for months now, by a small minded few, nor the extremist misinformation that gets repeatedly peddled to try to justify fear based reactionary comments and leads to feelings of insecurity, despite the evidence.

No one likes this situation, but throwing our toys around and acting out, as though we are under threat, will not make us look like the adults in the room.

Editor’s Statement:

There have been lots of people in recent months who have surprisingly decided they know our politics, or how we think, without ever asking for our input.

Often they do this without even reading our work. They broadcast their opinions without being willing to engage in dialogue.

We have received multiple threats, for daring to report observations from here on the ground, no matter how many sources we use to verify the information we publish.

We have been subjected to abuse, lies, defamation of character and constant name calling.  But this has little importance to when we personally witness the violent hatred, false accusations, lies and unfounded fear that is repeatedly directed at migrant arrivals, none of whom ever seem to have a voice in all this.  It seems it is alright to say whatever you like against migrant arrivals, but woe betide anyone who argues for compassion, or evidence, or verifiable witness testimony.

It is sickening to encounter repeated racism and vilification of “The Other”, divisive attitudes finding voice among friends and neighbours in our communities, sometimes even being accepted by those who really are not racially motivated, but who perhaps fail to see that these prejudices allow much darker perspectives to begin to be given a platform for hateful discourse, where previously there was none. Don’t we all prefer to avoid the politics of anger and hatred and lies?

We don’t argue in favour of migration, but we certainly don’t see how you can argue against the fact of it.  It exists.  We argue for practical solutions, humanitarian compassion, justice and the rule of law.  We stand against hatred, lawlessness, violence, misinformation and discrimination.  It is not OK to misdirect your anger just because you feel powerless right now, we are in some of the most defining moments of our time, a global pandemic and the worst economic collapse in literally hundreds of years.

You do not enhance or progress your society by ignoring evidence, by looking for someone else to blame or by making it ok to just point at any particular group and make them all your scapegoat.

How we choose to move forward will define the future of our society, our communities, our children’s opportunities and the world we want to create, for better or for worse.

FYI: Here’s where we stand on a few other issues too:

Crime: Should be reported to and dealt with by the police.  Who investigate and decide the best course of action.

Migrants: Should be treated with dignity and respect, if we expect them to return the favour.  I have been an immigrant my whole life and am familiar with the territory.

Minors: Should be treated as children first, and given the opportunity to use their excess energy constructively, to learn and grow from the unusual experience they find themselves in.  Where they come from is less important than where they are going.  In our society they are children until they are 18.

Community: Should be working together to ensure we don’t get an ugly reputation for inhospitable attitudes. We are better and stronger than that.

Constantly Angry Men: Should check their facts, along with their injured egos, and try to act as responsible role models for future men, represent the sort of society we should want to promote, including the rule of law and caring for others. Name calling, abuse and violent behaviour pretty much have no place in solving any of our social issues, you don’t get your own way simply by being angry. Grow up.

Worried Women: Should take similar responsibility, helping to ensure that feelings of fear and protectiveness are kept in check, while constructiveness, practicality and compassion are promoted, there are few wilting flowers resident here, most women on Gran Canaria tend to be strong, forthright and intelligent, worldly-wise and all the more beautiful for it.  You don’t survive long on a small sub-tropical island without that sort of get up and go.


Local Journalists: Should try to tell the truth at all times, even when it is unpopular, reveal the reality while promoting the values of a society they seek to inform and sometimes even have the privilege to represent.  They should not repeat lies, parrot fashion, and instead look for evidence of facts, conscious of local concerns and feelings.  Speaking truth to power is just as important as speaking truth to feelings of powerlessness.  We document some small part of the lives around us.

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QUESTIONS: Will $14m for a new pool help bushfire recovery?

QUESTIONS: Will $14m for a new pool help bushfire recovery?

CLARENCE Valley Council has defended using a bushfire recovery grant scheme to apply for $14m to build a new pool complex in Grafton.

The council announced it would apply for the funding from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund for the new pools as well as 14 other projects across the Clarence Valley.

At the most recent Clarence Valley Council meeting, however, they stated that they were not in a position to support requests from the Maclean High School P & C and the Woombah Rural Fire Service for upgrades to their facilities.

Council has already had a successful grant made from the recovery fund, with the state government funding a shortfall in a Restart NSW grant from the fund, allowing council to build a roundabout at Shores Drive in Yamba

>>> RELATED: Buy two, get one free for Yamba roundabouts

Social media chatter has run hot over the issue, with many questioning how roundabouts and pools fulfil the criteria of bushfire recovery.

Acting general manager Laura Black said that the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund was available in three categories: infrastructure projects, such as roads to support increased industrial development, environmental projects and programs including social, business and environmental education initiatives.

“We are proposing a range of projects across the Local Government area that address each of these criteria,” Ms Black said.

“The Grafton Pool is a regional facility and it is considered that redeveloping it to its full potential will have a positive impact on the social wellbeing of the broader community and will also be a draw card for visitors to the area that supports economic recovery.

“It meets the conditions of the grant fund, however funding it will be the decision of the funding body.”

>>> RELATED: Olympic sport omitted from new pool masterplan

At the recent meeting, council declined to support a request from the Maclean High School P & C to create a multipurpose facility on school grounds that has the capacity to host cultural, performance, educational and social events that would be available for the local Lower Clarence community to access.

“The P & C is concerned that Council’s plans to rebuild the Maclean Civic Hall would not create the capacity to host larger events or gatherings and would not benefit the school community,” the report read.

“Council’s plans to upgrade the Maclean Civic Hall is to create a performance space and facility that can accommodate up to 350-400 seated patrons which is considered adequate for the majority of community events held within the local Lower Clarence area.”

Maclean High School had 796 students as of last year, making it the second largest school in the Clarence, just behind Grafton High at 831 students.

“The P & C correspondence has also highlighted that when compared to other schools within the area Maclean High School lacks an appropriate facility that can cater for all students and their families to attend music, drama and presentation events.

“The lack of appropriate facilities at Maclean High School (MHS) is not something that Council can address with an application to this round of the BLER Funding. There needs to be further consultation and planning undertaken with the NSW Department of Education, Maclean High School and MHS P & C and the broader Lower Clarence community.”

The upgrade of the Maclean Civic Hall is one of the applications council has made to the BLER, requesting $4.5m of a $5.5m project.

>>> RELATED: Maclean Civic Hall plans come to life

Council also resolved not to support an application under the BLER Funding to replace the Woombah RFS Brigade station.

In correspondence to council, Woombah RFS representative Thomas Kerr describes the station as “degrading and undersized” and a “work health and safety risk”.

“The replacement of RFS Brigade stations is the responsibility of the NSW Rural Fire Service and Mr Kerr should address his concerns to the Clarence Valley District RFS Superintendent Stuart Watts,” the report states.

At last week’s meeting, general manager Ashley Lindsay said there had been lots of applications coming in from various community groups.

“I’ve provided letters of support for a number of projects that don’t impact on council assets, but relate to community assets or community programs, and council staff are working with those people to help them with their applications,” he said.

“I’ve just had a meeting today with the Yaegl traditional owners about a project that they are going to put forward for BLER funding … so we’re working with the community as we speak.”

Council’s other applications for BLER funding include a $11m upgrade to the Treelands Drive community centre in Yamba to include the library, upgrades for emergency communication equipment, an upgrade for the Townsend Industrial estate, and Armidale Road Heavy Vehicle Safety and Access improvements.

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Rochelle and Marvin Humes ‘win battle over grand swimming pool plans at £3.3m home’

Rochelle and Marvin Humes ‘win battle over grand swimming pool plans at £3.3m home’

Rochelle and Marvin Humes have been given the thumbs-up for a grand new building project, reports say.

It’s claimed that the showbiz super couple have won the go ahead to build 12X6m pool and hot tub in their back garden – after opposition from concerned neighbours.

A neighbour whose home backs onto their £3.3 million north London home expressed worry that they’d be affected by the noise from the new project, according to The Sun.

Putting their objections in writing, they said: “We do not want to have potential noise pollution from the continual hum day and night of the pool machinery in our very quiet and peaceful garden.

“We have lived in our house for 28 years and it would be a shame to have our garden spoilt by this.

Rochelle and Marvin are said to have won the battle to build their pool
It’s said Rochelle and Marvin have had the go ahead for their pool plans

“The noise would not affect [them] as it is a distance from the house but it would impact on us.”

But Barnet Council has ruled that the plans can go ahead, case officer Radhika Bedi reasoning that the noise is “five decibels less than background noise a metre from any of the neighbour’s windows.”

She added: “If the noise emitted from the pool plant has a distinguishable, discrete continuous note (whine, hiss, screech, hum) and/or distinct impulse (bangs, clicks, clatters, thumps)…

“It shall be at least ten decibels below the background level, as measured from any point one metre outside the window of any room of a neighbouring property.”

Rochelle and Marvin are said to have won the battle to build their pool
The pool and hot tub would be an add-on to their already epic home

Rochelle and Marvin are said to have won the battle to build their pool
They went all out with the Christmas decorations this year

The Mirror has reached out to the couple for any comment or further guidance.

Rochelle and Marvin have been putting the finishing touches to their dream home since the summer when they moved in with their three kids.

In October they welcomed the fifth member of their family, first son Blake.

Rochelle and Marvin are said to have won the battle to build their pool
Their north London home is seriously impressive

Rochelle and Marvin are said to have won the battle to build their pool
The family of four recently became five

Their baby joy was shared by Rochelle’s This Morning colleagues Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield during the live show.

Proud parents Rochelle and Marvin already have daughters Alai, seven, and three-year-old Valentina.

They’d announced they were expecting their third on Easter Sunday, and in a sweet gender reveal video told their girls they were getting a baby brother.

And Rochelle shared a video with the newborn not long after the news broke on This Morning.

“The little man has settled in so well and is currently the happiest here…” she wrote, before adding: “But so am I so no complaints…”

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China to build gene pool of farm seeds

China to build gene pool of farm seeds

BEIJING, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) — A national gene pool of farm and tree seeds will be jointly formed by teams from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the China Forestry Group Corporation.

This comes after the two teams signed a strategic cooperation agreement on research and development in agricultural and forestry germplasm resources.

In the next five years, the two teams will try to promote and plant about 66,666.67 hectares of high-quality farm and tree crops at home and abroad, aiming to reach an output value of 10 billion yuan (about 1.53 billion U.S. dollars) in the primary and deep processing of domestic high-quality agricultural and forestry products.

China will strive to tackle problems related to seeds and farmlands next year as part of efforts to ensure food security, according to a statement released after the annual Central Economic Work Conference in the middle of December.

The country will enhance the protection and utilization of germplasm resources and step up the construction of seed banks, the statement said.

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