Austrian Ambassador Martin Pammer won the first Ski-Race of Ambassadors

first_imgThe Ambassador of Austria to BiH, Martin Pammer, won the first ski-race of ambassadors, which was organized by the Olympic Center “Jahorina” and the Embassy of the UK in BiH, on the ski trail Poljice.Deputy Head of Mission of the Council of Europe in BiH Toni Pavlovski was second, while the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to BiH, Jakub Skalnik, occupied the third place.Ambassador Pammer said that he loves to ski in BiH and that he never won the first place on similar events in his homeland.British Ambassador Edward Ferguson noted that he started skiing again at the beginning of his service in BiH and that he gladly accepted to be the co-organizer of the first ski-race of ambassadors.He also noted that BiH has great potential when it comes to ski-tourism, and he expressed his hope that the ski-race of ambassadors could become a regular event.Director of the Olympic Center “Jahorina” Dejan Ljevnaic expressed his gratitude to the British Ambassador on his help to organize this important event, whose aim is achieving greater cooperation of all the relevant factors that can make a great prosperity with the promotion of Sarajevo mountains on the domestic and international markets.According to him, Jahorina had around 100 guests last year at the end of March , and this year there are 20,000 of them.Graeme Higgs, the director of the British-BH company “Ski-Sarajevo”, stated that Sarajevo represents a great potential due to the vicinity of mountains Jahorina and Bjelasnica, as well as the airport.last_img read more

Yorkshire’s Walker is selected for golfing honour

first_img22 Nov 2018 Yorkshire’s Walker is selected for golfing honour  Yorkshire’s Les Walker has a keen eye for golfing talent and he’s just been honoured for his years of volunteer service as an England and GB&I selector.Walker, from Selby Golf Club, received England Golf’s Award for Excellence in Coaching at the annual coaching conference at Woodhall Spa.He is renowned for his vast experience and encyclopaedic knowledge of boys’ and men’s golf. He’s got a great eye for spotting talent and has proved it over and over again by helping to pick successful teams, with players such as Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Paul Casey and Luke Donald among his selections.Walker’s second term with the R&A has just come to an end after eight years as a boys’ selector and he bowed out after a convincing win for GB&I over Continental Europe in the boys’ Jacques Leglise Trophy, which involved five England players.Prior to this he trawled the fairways as a Walker Cup selector and was involved with the winning teams of 1999, 2001 and 2003. “We changed the pattern, we turned it around to win three on the trot and we only lost the next two by very small margins,” he said.He first became an England selector over 30 years ago and has been involved in many national successes.Walker is continuing as a boys’ selector and most recently has played his part in picking the England teams which have won the Boys’ Home Internationals for the last three years.“We have a very, very strong squad and they are young so we have them for more years than we used to,” he commented as he looked forward to more successes.Walker has his own proud record as player, having represented Yorkshire 178 times, winning 103 matches and halving 18. “It’s a good ratio,” he commented, viewing his record from a selector’s point of view! “It shows the lads that I have some expertise, that I did peg it up!”Walker was recognised alongside three other award winners. JJ Vallely of Matfen Hall, Northumberland, and coach to the North girls’ squad, was named Squad Coach of the Year. A Special Recognition Award was presented to David Ridley of Coxmoor Golf Club, Nottinghamshire, to mark his retirement after 32 years as an England coach. Paul Cannons of Kingsdown and Walmer Golf Club, Kent, was honoured as the Volunteer Manager of the Year.Caption: Les Walker, left, receives his award from England Golf Performance Director, Nigel Edwards (image copyright Vicki Head). Tags: Awards, England teams, performance, Selectorslast_img read more

School buses cancelled in North and South Peace

first_imgSchool buses in School District 60 (Peace River North) and Dawson Creek have been cancelled.Drifting snow in both the North Peace and the South Peace has caused the cancellations.Buses are still running today in Chetwynd. Schools will still be open on both school districts. – Advertisement –last_img

€1M funding pot open to groups who support older people

first_imgCommunity and voluntary groups are being encouraged to apply for a share of a €1million funding package to support older people and dementia related initiatives. An extra €1M in grant supports was announced this week as part of a joint initiative by Jim Daly, Minister for Older People and the HSE Services for Older People.Under the scheme, a variety of grants will be made available to groups who support older people, family carers and significant others to stay well and remain connected with their local community. Approximately €250,000 of this funding will be dedicated to dementia related initiatives.  This funding is open to community and voluntary agencies that currently hold a Service Arrangement or Grant Aid agreement with the HSE, or, non-statutory agencies who aim to provide health and personal social services similar or ancillary to services that the HSE may provide.It is envisaged that grants will range from €5,000 – €20,000. The level of contribution under the fund will depend on a range of factors including the type of project, availability of other sources of funding, and the overall number of applications seeking funding under the Scheme. The fund is in recognition of community and voluntary agencies who provide a wide range of services to support older people to continue living in their communities and maintain their social connections. These services, which contribute to positive ageing and better overall health, include befriending, day care, social centres, meals on wheels, etc. The closing date for receipt of applications for the Community & Voluntary Support Grant is 15th August 2019 with funding allocated in August / September 2019.Detailed information and application forms are available from the HSE Community Health Organisations or via the following link: €1M funding pot open to groups who support older people was last modified: July 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fundinggrantHSEolder personslast_img read more

Athletics swept by Astros to close homestand with five straight losses

first_imgOAKLAND — Houston is a problem the Athletics may not be capable of solving.The Astros got run-scoring singles from Michael Brantley and Yuli Gurriel against Lou Trivino in the top of the 12th inning Sunday to send the Athletics to their fifth straight defeat and sweep a three-game series before a crowd of 23,144 at the Coliseum.At 29-30, the Athletics are 10 1/2 games behind the two-time defending American League … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Open Thread: Is China Really Threatened by U.S. Social Media?

first_imgOne of the breakthrough moments for Twitter came in June 2009, when people in Iran used Twitter to protest the country’s election results. This gave Twitter a lot of exposure in western mainstream media. But more than that, other countries where democracy is tenuous sat up and took notice.The Chinese government started to view social media services as a way for “subversive” citizens to cause trouble. The New York Times recently reported that a January 24 editorial in People’s Daily, the Communist Party of China’s official newspaper, blamed “online warfare launched by America, via YouTube video and Twitter micro-blogging” for sowing discord amongst the Iranian people. China currently blocks prominent U.S. social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. However, it’s arguable how important those services are to Chinese citizens. As digital consultant Wei Wang guest blogged on ReadWriteWeb in November, “every social media category has a Chinese equivalent that is tuned to the particular needs of the mainland Chinese market.”Kaiser Kuo, a leading commentator about the Chinese Internet market, gave us further context in a comment on an August 2009 article on ReadWriteWeb:“Yes, there are some Chinese who use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media services that have been blocked in China. But the overwhelming majority of people interested in SNS will use, say, QQZone, or Xiaonei (recently rebranded Renren), or the very popular SNS Kaixin001, or Youtube is blocked, but long before that Youtube was a distant also-ran in the Internet video race, far behind sites like and Microblogging sites like, Fanfou, and Zuosa — all of which, lamentably, are now out of service in the aftermath of Urumqi — all boast(ed) user numbers that dwarf the number of Twitter users in China.” It’s clear that the Chinese government really is threatened by the rise of social media, because those services give citizens a voice in media – and that voice can potentially reach a global audience. But let’s be realistic: how much of a threat to freedom of speech is banning Twitter in a country where other types of social media are much more popular anyway.What do you think – are we in the West making too much of an issue of China banning Twitter, Facebook and similar social media sites? Just because they’re popular with us, doesn’t mean they’re as popular (and therefore dangerous) in a country like China. Are we over-reacting to the Chinese government’s moves against U.S. social media? There’s no doubting the impact of social media on our day-to-day lives in 2010. In the western world, most big brands have Facebook and Twitter accounts nowadays, many TV journalists “write a blog” about their beat every day, and services like YouTube are widely consumed. However it’s the rise of social media as a tool for social activitism that has really brought these technologies to the fore. Sometime over the past year, it reached the point where some governments became threatened by social media and started cracking down on it. China has been the most high profile example recently. But does the Chinese government really care about Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as much as we in the west think they do?Comment Highlights:Joel: China “will restrict the foreign original and support a more easily regulated domestic alternative.”Gabriela: “While it is true that there are Chinese alternatives, those sites are not nearly as open.”key: “China govt blocks websites not according to their popularity, but to their degree of freedom.” Tags:#international#Open Thread#Social Web#web richard macmanus Related Postslast_img read more

Arellano, TIP collide

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The Lady Chiefs need to summon the talents of mainstays Jovielyn Prado, Andrea Marzan, Regine Arocha and Mary Anne Esguerra in the 6:30 p.m. game against the Lady Engineers, who will be coming into the game with nothing much to lose.University of the Philippines will try to stay in contention when it clashes with another winless team St. Benilde in the 4 p.m. game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Maroons, toting a 1-1 card, will be facing the Lady Blazers who are winless in two matches.St. Benilde will lean on do-it-all middle blocker Ranya Musa who has been the only bright spot in the previous two games. PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:56Valdez, PH volleybelles stay positive despite ‘frustrating’ losses01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next View comments LATEST STORIES Eagles prey on Tams; Maroons post win No. 2 MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight But UP will have established open spikers Diane Carlos and Isa Molde working together with opposite hitters Roselyn Rosier and Justine Dorog.center_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Arellano University tries to get back in contention when it takes on Technological Institute of the Philippines Monday in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Shot down by Adamson in the previous game, 5-20, 25-22, 25-16, the reigning NCAA champion hopes to inch closer toward a semifinal seat against a TIP side that is still groping for form after suffering three successive defeats.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more