COMMENT: Possible expansion at Red Mountain serves as a ‘Grey area’ for development

first_imgI’m confident that everyone reading this has heard at least one of the many rumours surrounding the proposed ‘new’ chairlift going up Grey Mountain.  With an official announcement from Howard Katkov postponed until further notice, the rumour mill seems to have found another gear.  Everyone I’ve talked to has heard something different, and it is easy to understand the reasons why.  The Grey Mountain expansion represents a cautious next step in the development of Red Mountain Resort.Management at Red Mountain Resort is proposing the expansion under an “If you build it, they will come” philosophy, hoping to attract more skier visits from out of area.  Many locals don’t need a lift to get to the top of Grey, and those same locals would chuckle or scoff at those taking the ten dollar cat rides this past season.  However, the idea behind the lift is to make more of the terrain accessible to those who would normally not be able to. Tourists on a short term holiday (among others) fit this description.  These out-of-area visits are crucial to the maintenance and development of the resort, and consequently the town of Rossland as well.  More visits to the ski hill equal more visits to the town, with money being spent on the slopes as well as in local establishments.  Without the out of town visitors and seasonal population, both ski hill and ski town suffer. This is the paradox that spurs arguments both for and against development at Red.  We need people visiting the area and experiencing what makes Red Mountain Resort and Rossland so unique, but not so many or in such a way that we lose that uniqueness.  It is a tough needle to thread. How is the resort supposed to attract more people and create an economically viable and sustainable product, while maintaining that “hidden gem” feeling that so many of us have fallen in love with?  I don’t believe to be a black and white matter.The word ‘development’ strikes fear into the hearts of many locals, as visions of skied-out lines, long lift waits, and slope-side real estate appear before them.  I share those same fears myself, though I don’t believe they will come to fruition. Neither is the fear of development at the hill taking away business from local establishments in the cards at this time.  Businesses providing amenities to a population that stays at the resort require some sort of population that stays at the resort.  With real estate as it is, we won’t see a boom up at the hill any time soon.  Visitors will still be spending their money in Rossland. As for skied out lines, it would take a massive influx of people in order to put a dent in the wealth of untouched snow we are privileged to.  A lift up Grey will serve to spread whatever influx of people may occur around the mountain, just don’t make Grey you’re ‘secret’ powder stash.  If the lift goes in, depending on where the base is, the lift lines will also be spread around.The possible Grey Mountain expansion may attract more visitors to the area.  However, I don’t feel that it will bring massive (or even noticeable) changes to the day to day operations.  The resort and town will still maintain their classic persona, and they both will hopefully enjoy a much-needed financial boost.  If the lift gets put in this summer, we’re not going to go to sleep and wake up in a Whistler-like environment.  On the other hand, if the hill doesn’t attract more visitors, it runs the risk of losing its financial stability, in which case the future is much more grim.This topic has the potential to polarize attitudes for and against development at Red Mountain Resort, which have existed for decades, and will continue to exist for decades to come.  It also has the potential to be a ‘grey area’ between the two, providing benefits for everyone.last_img read more

CALIFORNIA-BRED WHAT A VIEW GOES GATE TO WIRE TO WIN GRADE I, $400,000 FRANK E. KILROE MILE (TURF) BY 3 ¾ LENGTHS UNDER DESORMEAUX; VRONSKY GELDING GIVES TRAINER BLACK HIS FIRST GRADE I VICTORY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2016)–In what appeared to be a case of no one wanting the early lead, California-bred What a View fell into a perfect front-running trip under Kent Desormeaux, as the 5-year-old gelding took Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) by 3 ¾ lengths thus providing former rider and current trainer Kenny Black with his first-ever Grade I victory. Over a course listed as “good” due to heavy rains on Friday, What a View covered the mile distance in 1:35.57.“Well, from the ‘View’ I had, everyone was going for the lead and this guy loves that,” said Desormeaux. “I thought that if they all wanted to come at him, then he’d run them into the ground and I wanted to try and win the race that way.“The time is incredible because the turf has a tremendous amount of give…For him to put that number up on the clock, he’s a real racehorse.”A winner of the California Cup Turf Classic versus state-breds here on Jan. 30, What a View, was off at 6-1 in a field of six older horses and paid $14.00, $5.80 and $3.40.“We’ve had some issues with his feet and I just wanted to keep him on the grass,” said Black. “There were some really tough horses in here: Bolo, Bal a Bali and Om, so I knew we were going to have to run big to win.”Bred by Old English Rancho and Patsy and Sal Berumen, What a View is owned by Sal Berumen, Robert Riggio and the Elwood Johnston Trust and partners. With his first graded stakes win, What a View picked up $240,000, increasing his earnings to $532,148. He now has five wins from 11 overall starts.Ridden by Mike Smith, favored Bolo ranged four-wide turning for home but never threatened the winner, finishing second, a nose in front of Bal a Bali.Off at 2-1, Bolo paid $3.80 and $2.80.“I think anybody that was going to lay close to (the winner) was just going to shoot themselves in the foot,” said Smith when asked for assessment of the Kilroe pace. “To be honest, I think that helped us run second. If I had tried to lay close, I wouldn’t have run second.”Ridden by Flavien Prat, Bal a Bali just missed the place at 2-1 and paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.65, 46.25, 1:10.17 and 1:22.64.last_img read more

Ivory Coast star Zaha commits to Palace

first_img0Shares0000Ivory Coast star Wilfried Zaha boosted Crystal Palace by signing a new contract which ties him to them till the end of the 2022/23 season. © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 15 – Wilfried Zaha gave Crystal Palace a huge boost on Wednesday by signing a new contract which will see him tied to the Premier League club till the end of the 2022/23 campaign.The 25-year-old Ivory Coast forward — who is Palace’s joint highest Premier League scorer — has been a transfer target for several higher profile clubs. However, Zaha, who has been with the Eagles since he was 12, has committed himself to Palace.“Crystal Palace are delighted to announce that Wilfried Zaha has pledged his future to the club by signing a contract extension, which will see the Ivorian forward remain in south London until the end of the 2022/23 season,” read a club statement on their website.Zaha, who played a pivotal role in Palace retaining their place in the elite last term scoring nine goals as they recovered after a woeful start to the season, said he was delighted to have the contract discussions out of the way.“I’m very pleased,” he said.“Obviously, I just wanted to get it over and done with, so I can just focus on the season. I’m buzzing that we managed to get it sorted.”Palace chairman Steve Parish — who also persuaded manager Roy Hodgson to extend his contract last week — said it reflected Zaha’s loyalty to the club and the area of south London he grew up in.“This agreement is yet another example of his lifelong commitment to the club, and our commitment to him,” said Parish.“This is an amazing day for everyone here at Palace, our supporters and of course Wilf – and is richly deserved.”Zaha, who played a couple of times for England in friendlies which still allowed him the leeway to opt to play for the country of his birth Ivory Coast, has been at Palace all his career save an unhappy two year spell at Manchester United but he attracted interest in the close season from reportedly the likes of Everton, Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Parents’ parking habits putting schoolchildren in danger – Gardaí

first_imgGardaí in Milford have issued a warning to parents to stop blocking school entrances with cars during drop-off and pick-up times.The issue of double parking is putting children in danger, gardaí in the Milford district warn, as buses cannot access safe drop-off points.“The result is dangerous with small children weaving in and out of parked and moving cars at the school gate, many of whom are too small to be seen by drivers pulling in and out,” said Garda Claire Rafferty. Parents are being encouraged to be as proactive as possible when it comes to road safety and not to double park or park on yellow lines at schooltimes.Garda Rafferty is also urging motorists to remember to heed signs and slow down when approaching schools.Garda Rafferty said: “Another issue we have encountered recently in the Milford District is that some road users are not slowing down on the approach to schools and this is causing safety issues for traffic wardens who have reported cars being unable to stop in time at crossing points. “We are currently monitoring the School areas and I would encourage drivers and parents to be mindful of children and their safety in and around schools. If the problem persists drivers will be prosecuted under the Road Traffic Act.”  Parents’ parking habits putting schoolchildren in danger – Gardaí was last modified: October 31st, 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)last_img read more

NCP 2007 Conference Background

first_imgOn 15 August 2007 the 2010 National Communication Partnership (NCP) will hold its second annual conference. At the conference, communicators from the African continent have been invited to discuss how best to take advantage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ to positively project Africa to the world, to take advantage of the opportunity to build African solidarity and to foster a climate that contributes to African growth and development.The first African World Cup provides a unique communication opportunity for Africans to tell their own stories of the continent.By taking advantage in this way of the opportunity provided by the 2010 World Cup, Africa will create as a legacy of 2010 a strengthened capacity to insert its own content into international information and communication flows.The conference theme – Africa’s time has come – celebrates the continent’s joy and pride at being at long last the host of the world’s most popular tournament. It expresses the continent’s confidence that the 21st Century is a century of African growth and development in Africa. It expresses a resolve to ensure that the 2010 World Cup contributes to that progress South Africa, the African Union, FIFA and the Organising Committee have committed that the 2010 World Cup will contribute to a 21st Century of growth and development in Africa and provide momentum to the African renaissance.One of the biggest impacts from hosting the World Cup will come from the phenomenal marketing and communication opportunity it will offer the country and continent. That is why communicators from across the continent have a vital role to play in achieving this continental commitment to a truly African world cup and one that leaves a legacy for Africa.In South Africa a 2010 National Communication Partnership has been established to ensure that the country’s communicators make the most of this opportunity of a lifetime. To fully achieve the vision of an African World Cup this must be extended to create linkages and partnership with communicators across the continent and in the diaspora. This year’s Partnership conference is one step in this ongoing process.Please note: This conference is by invite only, please contact [email protected] should you require further information.Speaker profilesMr Tim ModiseChief Communications and Marketing Officer2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (O.C)Mr Nkenke KekanaChairperson: 2010 National Communication Partnership (NCP)Rev Dr Makhenkesi StofileMinister of Sport and Recreation South AfricaMr Danny JordaanCEO: 2010 OCMr Ben EgbunaPresident of the African Union of Broadcasting and Director General of the Federal Radio Corporation of NigeriaMs Yvonne JohnstonCEO: International Marketing CouncilCluster championsAdvertising and marketingMr Nkwenkwe NkomoCo-chairperson: 2010 NCPAssociation for Communication and AdvertisingTourism promotionMr Sugen PillayGeneral Manager: Events Platform South African TourismMedia and communicationsMr Thabo MasebeChief Director: Government and Media LiaisonGovernment Communication and Information SystemNews‘Africa’s time has come’ – 2010 National Communication Partnership Annual ConferenceConference to look at communications opportunities for SA, Africa in 2010Media releasesAfrican communicators to discuss Communication AlignmentAfrican broadcaster for 2010 NCPlast_img read more

Anti-corruption efforts awarded in South Africa

first_img17 September 2015Zanele Mxunyelwa, the National Treasury’s head of specialised audit services, was named the 2015 Certified Examiner of the Year at a gala dinner of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) held at the Sandton Convention Centre, on 15 September.“As South Africans, we have a responsibility to prevent fraud and corruption. It is a struggle that must be fought by all of us,” Mxunyelwa said. “With our well educated future generation who understand the impact of fraud and corruption in hindering service delivery, I strongly believe that we will eliminate this scourge.”She joined the National Treasury in 2010, and took it upon herself to set up the first forensic investigation unit for the country. “We are responsible to conduct forensic investigation for all spheres of government and co-ordinating all investigations and feed them to the Anti-Corruption Task Team,” Mxunyelwa said.“We are also assisting the country to investigate foreign bribery. My unit is capacitated with advocates, chartered accountants, cyber specialists and there are 10 forensic firms that are assisting us throughout the country. I believe that we will conquer and we will succeed.”The significance of the award, she added, was increased awareness from the public about the National Treasury and its work in fighting fraud and dishonesty.“No one talks about the National Treasury in terms of dealing with fraud and corruption in the country. No one knows that we exist; no one knew where to report fraudulent activities. Now that we’ve won the top awards, it means people will know that there are effective fraud busters at the National Treasury.”Congratulations on fighting a good fight“While we congratulate [Zanele Mxunyelwa] for her tireless efforts, we also need to warn those who are planning to get involved in the corrupt and fraudulent activities to refrain from doing so before our law catches up with them,” said Communications Minister Faith Muthambi at the event.She commended the National Treasury for winning the ACFE corporate member award. “We congratulate the National Treasury for their efforts of saving millions if not billions of rands of the taxpayer’s money.”#ACFE gala dinner. CFE of the year award goes to Zanele Mxunyelwa. National Treasury going home with a second award . Congratulations!— Claudelle von Eck(@CvonEck)September 15, 2015Zanele Mxunyelwa receiving CFE of the year award at ACFE Gala Dinner#[email protected]/lGyoL3d64f— Morne Britz (@Morne_73)September 16, 2015About the ACFEThe ACFE is recognised as the only professional body for fraud and forensic examination practitioners in South Africa.“As a non-profit professional body we exist to improve the level of professionalism and positively influence the quality of advice delivered by our members,” reads the company website.Source: SAnews.gov and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Deer hunter survey returns critical

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I had the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW) deer program administrator, Dr. Mike Tonkovich, on my radio show late last month and he said that the agency is in the process of revising county deer population goals and is asking hunters that receive a mailed survey to help by completing and returning it as soon as possible.“Unlike previous surveys,” he explained, “there is no need to wait until the end of the season to submit these surveys.”He stressed the importance of the feedback. Among other things, the results will help define short-term population goals (increase, decrease, or remain stable). Results from this survey will be combined with the responses from over 11,000 farmers who have already completed a similar survey. Hunters for this year’s survey were randomly selected from the list of hunters who purchased a license and deer permit by Nov. 16.Tonkovich explained that public input is an important part of Ohio’s deer management program, and survey participants are asked to complete and return their surveys. By returning their surveys, hunters can ensure that they have a clear voice in helping to decide the direction of deer management in Ohio. The information provided will remain confidential, and will only be used and presented as a summary of all responses as a whole.He added that the ODOW manages Ohio’s deer populations through a combination of regulatory and programmatic changes, and that the goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.Information about balancing deer numbers versus deer quality can be found in the publication: Quality vs. Quantity: A Closer Look at Deer Herd Condition Trends in Ohio at: wildohio.gov.last_img read more

Raj Kummar Rao calls Patralekha hot in Love Games poster

first_imgMumbai, Mar 2 (PTI) Actor Raj Kummar Rao has wished his girlfriend Patralekha luck for her upcoming film “Love Games” and called the actress “hot” in its first poster.Rao, who shared screen with the actress in “CityLights” in which she sported a de-glam avatar, said he cant wait to see Patralekha, 26, in a different look.”All the very best @Patralekhaa9. Cant wait to see you in this totally different avatar #LoveGames. Many more to come,” Rao posted on Twitter.”Super cool @patralekhaa9 in her new super hot avatar. Cant wait for the trailer tomorrow #LoveGames,” he added.The thriller has been directed by Vikram Bhatt and also stars Gaurav Arora. He will release on April 8. PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more

Russian athletes Skorobogatko and Nikolayev allowed to compete as neutrals

first_imgTwo Russian athletes – 1,500m runner Yegor Nikolayev and 400m runner Alexander Skorobogatko – have been allowed to compete internationally as neutrals, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said in a statement.”The IAAF Doping Review Board has agreed that the applications of two Russian athletes have met the exceptional eligibility criteria to compete in international competition as neutral athletes in 2018 while the Russian national federation (RusAF) remains suspended,” the statement read, reports TASS news agency.However, a thing to note is that neither Nikolayev nor Skorobogatko have yet qualified for the European Athletics Championships scheduled to be held in Berlin on August 6-12.”A total of 74 Russian athletes have so far been declared eligible to compete as Authorized Neutral Athletes in 2018,” the IAAF said, adding that “68 applications have been denied and five athletes have had their ANA status revoked.”In December 2016, the IAAF decided that until the membership of the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF) was restored, Russian athletes who met all the anti-doping criteria could participate in international tournaments as neutrals. Those willing to become neutrals are to file individual applications that must be approved by IAAF officials.On Friday, the IAAF Council refused to reinstate the ARAF at its meeting in Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires.”The Council noted significant progress by the Russian Federation in meeting the outstanding requirements, and in some cases going above and beyond what was required, but has decided that the Russian federation’s suspension will remain in force until its next meeting in December,” the IAAF said.advertisement(With IANS inputs)last_img read more