first_imgMark and Kylie Kalas – 59Lisa and Sasha Letendre – 65Lisa and Renee Smith – 68 Natalie and Sterling Middleton – 44Russ and Chase London – 44Brian and Bryce Kelly – 45Darcy and Riley Letendre – 45Advertisement Sheldon and Aiden Steele – 47Tracy and Andrew Travis – 47Larry London and Isaac Wagner – 47Kevin and Tanner Pearson – 50Bruce and Connor Kindrat – 52Advertisement Dale Hofstrand and Michelle Kelly – 52Randy and Richard Wainwright – 52Koral and Kimi Asai – 53Dwayne and Wyatt Lutz – 54Kimberly Hait and Brophy Dunn – 57Advertisement Fort St. John Links held their annual Parent-Child golf tournament on Sunday. This year’s event welcomed 24 teams and the winning score was a round of 37 by Len and Mike Holland.Behind them was a two way tie for second between Ray and Melissa Asai, and Leroy and Adam Kruegel. Both groups shot rounds of 39. Glen and Ryan Harvey were just behind with a round of 40.The rest of the results are as follows:- Advertisement -Sheldon Wheeler and Alexander Travis – 42Rose and Jeff Holland – 42Chet and Evan Wagner – 44Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAll systems are a go in the construction of the new Dawson Creek Calvin Kruk Centre for Arts.Friday morning, the city of Dawson Creek held a ribbon cutting ceremony, signifying the beginning of the renovation process, converting the historic downtown post office into the brand new centre for arts.- Advertisement -The tender for the construction of the centre was awarded to a lower mainland company named Preview Builders International INC, who presented a bid of $8,863,984 to the Dawson Creek City Council on March 16.According to Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier, construction has already begun and the city estimates the centre will be completed by December, 2011.Mayor Bernier, who has been involved in the entire four year development process, says the new centre will be very beneficial to the city of Dawson Creek.[asset|aid=3575|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=34213fe2408f4e5eff019bb4bcf6bc5f-Mayor Bernier_1_Pub.mp3]  Advertisement The Calvin Kruk Centre for Arts is being built in hounor of Calvin Kruk, the late mayor of Dawson Creek.last_img read more


first_img24 January 2014 The government remains committed to finding options for the safe release of South African teacher Pierre Korkie, who is being held hostage in Yemen, Deputy International Relations and Cooperation Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said after his visit to the country on the weekend. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday, Ebrahim said he had met with representatives of the Yemen security services, the deputy minister of foreign affairs, the prime minister and the president of Yemen. In addition to this, Ebrahim had appeared on Yemeni television to appeal to the kidnappers for Korkie’s release. Ebrahim said details of the discussions could not be divulged at the moment, but that he had received a comprehensive report with the latest information regarding the kidnapping. “We used our engagements to seek advice and look into what Yemen and South Africa can do together to secure the release,” he said. Korkie and his wife Yolande, who had been living in Yemen for four years, were captured in May last year in the Yemeni city of Taiz. Yolande was released on 10 January without any ransom being paid, but the militants have demanded R32-million to release Korkie. “The Yemeni authorities, who have considerable experience in dealing with situations of this type, emphasised that the motive of the kidnapping was not political,” Ebrahim said. “It was confirmed [to me] that South Africans are not the only ones targeted and that it was a case of mistaken identity.” Foreigners were frequently kidnapped in Yemen by al-Qaida militants or tribesmen, who demanded a ransom for the release of their prisoners. Currently, eight other foreign nationals are being held hostage in areas that are not under government control. In Korkie’s case, they had issued an execution threat if the ransom was not paid. The kidnappers extended the deadline for the ransom money to be paid last week Friday, by 21 days. On Wednesday, disaster relief organisation Gift of the Givers said the kidnappers had contacted them via SMS asking them about the ransom. The kidnappers later sent a picture of a bomb belt after the organisation said the government did not negotiate with terrorists. Ebrahim said although the threats were being taken seriously, they remained hopeful that Korkie would be released unharmed. The deputy minister said the government’s position was clear and that it did not pay ransom under any circumstances. “This is not only a South African policy but the international norm of governments across the world … We do not negotiate with the kidnappers, we work with the government of that country.” Regarding reports that the family was trying to raise funds for Korkie’s release, Ebrahim said that this was a private family initiative in which the government was not involved. Despite no warning having been issued to South Africans travelling to Yemen, Ebrahim advised people to be careful when travelling in conflict areas and to register with the voluntary registration service Registration of South Africans Abroad. This service is provided in the event that there is a need to contact citizens travelling or living outside of the country to offer important advice on a natural disaster, civil unrest or a family emergency. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more


first_img Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson, says the film, animation and music sector is reaping significant benefits from the investment, export and trade initiatives that the entity has been facilitating. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on March 27, she pointed out that JAMPRO manages several talent programmes by identifying, discovering and providing opportunities for individuals who demonstrate that they are investment-ready and commercially viable. Story Highlights Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson, says the film, animation and music sector is reaping significant benefits from the investment, export and trade initiatives that the entity has been facilitating.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on March 27, she pointed out that JAMPRO manages several talent programmes by identifying, discovering and providing opportunities for individuals who demonstrate that they are investment-ready and commercially viable.“We take them into different markets throughout the year by hosting several national delegations to film festivals across the world, some of which are related to the talent programme, and then others are broader and open to film industry professionals across Jamaica,” Miss Robinson highlighted.She added that throughout the year, JAMPRO does open calls for the national delegations, then organises, coordinates and manages the missions in order to ensure that the business that is conducted in the various markets is sustainable and impacts the Jamaican companies.The Film Commissioner informed that one of JAMPRO’s signature talent programmes, which it undertakes with Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA), is Propella, a script-to-screen project that nurtures Jamaican content creators and enables them to tell their stories cinematically by providing funding and technical support.“We will be launching the fourth cohort of this [thrust], which identifies up to five local film-making projects and then assists them throughout the year with script development, production funding and engagement with various markets,” Miss Robinson said.She noted that the programme has produced excellent content, and opens the door for film-makers in international markets, which is a crucial element of JAMPRO’s film-development strategy.“The programme itself has seen many significant wins. We now have a catalogue of short films ready to represent the potential of talent in the sector. Over the years, several of the shorts have secured financial interest in further development into features or television episodics; and key on-screen talent has been discovered internationally through this platform,” she said.The Film Commissioner noted that JAMPRO, through partnership with the British Council and JAFTA, facilitates a Film Lab, a talent discovery and project preparation programme, that takes feature films from the initial stages and develops the writer, editor and producer.Another important initiative that JAMPRO is spearheading, in partnership with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), is the Business of Sustainability for Studios (BOSS) programme, an enterprise-building thrust that forms part of the Youth Employment in Digital and Animated Industries (YEDAI) programme.The BOSS programme aims to groom 20 existing animation production studio executives to grow their businesses into sustainable and profitable production and animation entities; support the development of the local animation industry; and ultimately, transform the landscape in Jamaica to encourage greater local direct investment in the creative economy.In terms of the delegations and film festivals, Miss Robinson said that these activities are used to seek development prospects for Jamaican films and promote Jamaica for filming opportunities.The delegations usually include local film-makers, producers, production managers and other industry representatives working in content creation, broadcast and television services.“We attend the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) every year, as it is one of our key markets and we know that there is a large Caribbean diaspora there and a good connection between Caribbean and Canadian films,” Miss Robinson said, adding that “TIFF is one of the top-five film festivals in the world when it comes to trade and sales, so we need to ensure that we have a presence there”.This year, for the first time, a national delegation attended the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.“We participated at the European Film Market (EFM) and had a variety of business meetings, met with financiers, sales agents, distributors and potential executive producers who could help to partner with Jamaican film-makers and identify opportunities for our local film professionals to conduct and engage in global business,” the Film Commissioner informed.She said that, soon, JAMPRO will be opening calls for national delegations for the Cannes Film Festival, which will be held in France in May; Durban International Film Festival in South Africa; and the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.“I am encouraging professional film-makers who are working in the industry right now to keep your ears open for these national delegation open calls, as when we attend these missions, persons can see the benefits of participating on the international scene and understand what sales and trade in the global film industry look like,” Miss Robinson said. “We take them into different markets throughout the year by hosting several national delegations to film festivals across the world, some of which are related to the talent programme, and then others are broader and open to film industry professionals across Jamaica,” Miss Robinson highlighted.last_img read more