DENVER | Colorado’s agriculture commissioner is kicking off a three-week road trip meant to promote food produced in the state.Commissioner John Salazar says residents can reduce carbon footprints by eating locally produced food that doesn’t have to travel thousands of miles to reach their kitchen tables.The road trip to promote Colorado food is heading to Grand Junction, Durango, Alamosa, Salida (suh-LY’-duh), Greeley, Vail and La Junta (lah-HUN’-tuh) after launching in Denver on Thursday. It will also visit the Colorado State Fair, where a new store will sell more than 200 locally produced agriculture products with the Colorado Proud logo.The state agriculture department started the Colorado Proud program in 1999 to promote local agriculture products. It started with 65 companies, but today more than 1,800 growers, processors, restaurants, retailers and others use the logo. The logo adorns products including fruits, vegetables, wine and liquor.A 2012 survey indicated 90 percent of respondents said they’d shop locally if products were available and labeled as being from the state, according to Colorado Proud. The survey said 81 percent of respondents are very or somewhat familiar with the Colorado Proud logo, a figure that has risen steadily from 59 percent in 2008.
Boats under full sail at the 15th Phuket Raceweek.There were some tired faces on the beachfront as sailors prepared for the fourth and final day of racing at the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek. Three full-on race days with winds averaging 16-22 knots throughout had taken their toll.Similar conditions on the final day made for a fitting finale to a memorable 15th anniversary Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek.Ray Roberts’ Team Hollywood thrived in the conditions, winning eight from eight to capture the third consecutive IRC I title for Ray Roberts, and second on Team Hollywood (2016 he won on his other TP52, Millenium Racing).In the IRC I – 40 Division, four competitive 40-footers were enjoying some neck-and-neck battles on-the-water, where the smallest error was enough to cost a place. In the end it was the ever-young Aquarii that proved they can still mix it with the best on IRC handicap and won overall. Loco upped their game in the second half of the regatta to claim second while East Marine Emagine tied with Ramrod and won on count-back. A DNF in the final race for Phoenix blew it open for the rest of the IRC II class and the podium places, and it was the fast finishing Susan Parker and her crew on Krabi Boat Lagoon Pinocchio who claimed second place on countback over Max Palleschi’s Prime Factor. With seven wins from eight races Phoenix defended their title and made it a three-peat at the Phuket Raceweek.A single race showdown in the Cruising Class saw Chris Mitchell’s Lady Bubbly record a win on the final day but it wasn’t enough to overhaul Keith Garry’s Beaux Esprits who held on to win the series by a single point. Venture, skippered by Tony Pfeiffer finished third.Team Hollywood race to the marker and the IRC I title.Multihull Racing was finely balanced with Bladerunner IX and Fugazi tied at the top coming into the final day, and with two races planned anything could happen. Fast out of the blocks in Race 1 was Scott Galle’s Bladerunner IX and although Dan Fidock’s Fugazi went on to claim their seventh line honours, the time difference just wasn’t enough and Bladerunner IX corrected out ahead to draw first blood. Fugazi would need to win the final race to tie the points and force it to a decision on count-back.The second race saw the fleet off on a longer course, around the islands and flying their hulls the two trimarans made light work of it. Despite finishing 13 minutes head, it wasn’t enough and Fugazi had to settle for second in the race and second overall. After some close racing and having come from behind, Bladerunner IX were crowned class winners while Cosmo had to settle for third overall.The team on Twin Sharks were dominant once more in the Firefly 850 class.John Newnham and his Twin Sharks team wrapped up the Firefly 850 title in three days, extending Newnham’s winning streak to six consecutive Phuket Raceweek wins.In the dial up for the Pulse 600s a port-starboard incident between Pixalux and SuDu Red saw Pixalux complete their penalty turn as the start gun went off. SuDu Red sailed off-the-line clean and Pixalux was playing catch-up for the rest of the race. They managed to sail back into contention and finish second behind Simon Oliver’s SuDu Red and tied the series points, but due to more first place finishes for Pixalux, they claimed the title while Zam Bevan’s Multihull Solutions H30 finished third overall.Sponsored by the Cape Panwa Hotel, the Phuket Raceweek took place from July 19-22. For more information, visit www. phuketraceweek.com.(Photos courtesy Guy Nowell)Susan Parker and her crew on Krabi Boat Lagoon Pinocchio finished second in IRC II class.Strong winds and close racing were prominent at this year’s Raceweek.
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Bob Ursel rink of Kelowna managed to claim the top prize at the Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cashspiel Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.Ursel, third Dave Stephenson, second Don Freschi of Trail and lead, Fred Thomson of Nelson, won $2,100 by defeating Myron Nichol of Castlegar 6-2 in the A Final.The Ursel rink now prepares to challenge for the BC Senior Men’s title in Enderby. Mallard’s Source for sports wants to spotlight not only the Ursel rink with Team of the Week honours but also the entire organizing committee of the Doug Bothamley Memorial Open Cashspiel.
Officials at Roscommon Racecourse have been working hard on their track to ensure Monday’s Flat meeting takes place on safe ground, with the feature Lenebane Stakes, a Listed race over just shy of a mile and a half, heading to post at 8.20pm. Ballingarry, County Limerick trainer Richard O’Brien sees his recent impressive Curragh handicap winner Maths Prize take a step up in class under regular rider Billy Lee, with Ger Lyons’ Mustajeer likely to be one of his toughest rivals in the six-strong line-up. Elsewhere on the card in-form Kells, County Meath trainer Michael Mulvany sends My Silver Nails into battle for the Property Partners Earley Auctioneers Fillies Handicap after winning at Bellewstown just four days ago.Dublin-based handler Damian English saddles Alfirak, after finishing second at the same popular fixture five days ago, in the Super Valu Roscommon Apprentice Handicap where he will have to defy top weight.Racing gets underway at Roscommon at 5.50pm and the going is currently good-to-firm, with watering set to continue during the warm weather. Looking ahead to the action is George McDonagh…Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/Roscommon%20July%209th%20Preview.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.George’s Roscommon Tips:6.50 Althib7.50 Check Your Pockets8.20 Kalaxana (NAP)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Mick Halford’s Ulster Oaks winner Kalaxana shouldn’t be inconvenienced by stepping up in trip from her last win, while the Aidan O’Brien-trained pair of Family Tree and Somerset Maugham are still relatively unexposed.
The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Tom Renney, chief executive officer, and Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, on the return-to-hockey process in Canada.“On March 12, the decision was made to cancel all Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities across the country. This was a difficult decision, but one made to maintain the health and safety of all participants and the general public amid growing concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Currently there are no Hockey Canada-sanctioned activities being conducted, and we are working with our Members on their return-to-hockey plans.After ongoing discussions with the board of directors, our chief medical officer, the 13 Members and public health authorities across the country, it has been determined that the best approach for a return to hockey in Canada is to allow each Member the opportunity to work with authorities in their respective regions to determine when it is safe to return to the ice in areas that fall under their jurisdiction. We expect the timing of each Member’s return to hockey will be different, but will be based on the advice of their government and public health authority.It is imperative to note that we are not ready to return to the game across the country. As we have seen in respect to flattening the curve, the impact of the pandemic varies from region to region.Permitting our Members the opportunity to decide on an appropriate return-to-hockey timeline will allow them to work directly with public health authorities to determine when it is safe to return while also implementing specific safety measures and rules within their associations and leagues.Hockey Canada knows the game will look quite different, and the return will happen at different speeds and at different times across the country. Be assured, we continue to work on our multi-faceted return-to-hockey plan that includes health and safety regulations, communications and seasonal structure.As with so many people across the country, we look forward to returning to the game when it is safe to do so, and we will support our 13 Members as we continue to work towards getting back on the ice.”For more information on the Return to Hockey plan, please visit HockeyCanada.ca/returntohockey.
“The period of national mourning started today. We will miss our beloved president and commander. Elections for the office of president will take place within 90 days. In the interim, I am the acting president,” Guy Scott told Zambia in a radio address. (Image: Patriotic Front) • My Africa Is … not what you think • Zambia’s ancient rivers of history • Seven reasons to be optimistic about Africa • How Africa tweets • CNN’s Richard Quest examines the rise of Africa Sulaiman PhilipFor the next three months an African country will be run by a white man, the first since Paul Berenger became prime minister of Mauritius in 2003. The death of President Michael Sata in a London hospital on 28 October has elevated his deputy, 70-year-old Dr Guy Scott, to the most powerful office in Zambia. In a country of 13 million, a white farmer will be the leader, at least for the next three months.For Scott, a Cambridge educated economist, the strangest thing about his day is his motorcade, or the “truckloads of guys following me on motorbikes”. And the helicopter – for travel to the sylvan hinterlands of Zambia. As he told The Spectator magazine: “I am enjoying the toys, I must say.”Coverage of his ascendancy in the media outside Zambia has focused on the colour of Scott’s skin. Some commentators talk of it as evidence of Africa’s post-colonial rebirth. In Zambia, though, there has been nary a comment on his race.Most of the country’s white farming community are refugees from Zimbabwe, farmers who were forced off the land by Zimbabwe’s Africanisation policies. Belonging to this 40 000-strong white minority, his ascendency is a result of Zambia’s stability and tolerance, Scott says.Speaking to The Spectator in 2012 after he was named deputy to Sata, he explained: “I don’t think I would be nearly as welcome in South Africa, for example. Or West Africa… I get the suspicion they are pretty dubious, wondering what a white man is doing there. But for some reason, I’m very popular here.” King Cobra Michael Sata led Zambia from 2011 until his death in a London hospital this week.(Image credit: Patriotic Front) The white population is not his constituency; he represents a district of Lusaka. His position allows him to amuse himself at their expense. The sirens of his motorcade are rarely used, he has claimed, except when he visits his own constituency. “Then they are put on full blast, in defiance of all those who thought I couldn’t make it – mainly my fellow whites.”Scott has been called “a scaly old dude” by George W Bush and “a sick old man” by members of the opposition. No one, however, can say that he is not Zambian. Born in Livingstone, the son of a Scottish father and English mother, Scott’s presidency will run for just 90 days. Constitutionally, only Zambians whose parents are Zambian born can be president. Not that he couldn’t win a presidential election – as agriculture minister the plain-spoken and boisterous Scott was credited with saving Zambia from a drought-caused famine in 1992/93.When Sata made him vice-president in 2011, Scott was just a heartbeat away from the highest office in Zambia, but no one questioned the decision. He became, Scott says in his self-deprecating manner, a good luck charm for African politics. “I don’t think Michael thought it was a racial thing, he just thought it was a good idea. I’ve been involved in politics here for a long time. As a schoolboy I was involved in the liberation movement,” he told The Telegraph in 2012.“Michael knows about political symbolism. It’s one in the eye for his critics who say he’s a tribalist. Obviously, he’s not.”University of Zambia political scientist Lee Habasonda says that Scott’s elevation was smart politics on the part of Sata. Scott was a major funder of the Patriotic Front and helped it to gain power in 2011 for the first time, but he is also the link between Zambia and foreign powers. “Mr Scott was a farmer, and sufficiently endowed with financial resources. Mr Sata gave him the deputy presidency out of appreciation. It is not a powerful post,” Habasonda told the BBC.Dr Alec Scott, the president’s father, moved to what was then Northern Rhodesia in 1927 to work on Cecil John Rhodes’ railway. He went on to study law, publish a newspaper (today’s Zambia Daily Mail) and became a politician allied to African nationalists.Scott considers himself an African nationalist. His political education began when he was at school in Zimbabwe and having to contend with the racism of fellow pupils and their parents. “It was a whites-only school; they tried to introduce an Indian and he was hounded out at the instigation of the parents of the boys. It was like being in the Hitler Youth: the theories about black inferiority and this kind of stuff.”By the time Scott returned from Cambridge – he also read cognitive science and robotics – he was able to say of Zambia: “I have long suspected Zambia is moving from a post-colonial to a cosmopolitan condition. People’s minds are changing: they are no longer sitting back and dwelling on what was wrong about colonialism.”South Africa’s introduction to the impolitic opinions of Scott came in 2010 when, during an interview with The Guardian newspaper, he dismissed South Africans as “backward”. What he actually said in the interview was that he hated South Africans, before backtracking. “I dislike South Africa for the same reason that Latin Americans dislike the United States, I think. It’s just too big and too unsubtle.”Generous with both praise and criticism, the charismatic Scott has said he is not interested in becoming president beyond this interim period. At his age he has his own health concerns. His right hand trembles and he may have cancer: “It’s possibly Parkinson’s, I haven’t had it diagnosed yet. In my age group, there are on average six things wrong with you at any one time.”Scott is respected in Zambia, but not loved, especially not by opposition parties. The Patriotic Front has been accused of dragging Zambia towards authoritarianism. Scott’s sarcastic response: “Our opponents would complain to the Commonwealth, then the UN and, if still unsuccessful, the Klingon empire.”
Image: Emanuele Bertuccelli, FlickrJeff Radebe, minister in the presidencySouth Africa and the world last week marked the first anniversary of the death of an icon, former President Nelson Mandela. In South Africa the commemoration was marked by a number of events held around the country during which citizens were encouraged to participate in wreath-laying ceremonies in honour of the man who visualised a country with equality for all.Madiba became the first democratically elected president of the country in 1994 and left South Africa and the international community with a notable legacy. His contribution to humanity and world peace is immeasurable.Madiba led from the front. He could have lived a good life as a chief in Qunu or as a practicing lawyer. Instead, he chose a different path because of his love for the country and its people. He, along with others, realised the need for societal change and he sacrificed much to make the country and the world a better place. He led the fight against apartheid and was ready to die for his belief of a free, peaceful and non-racial society.His willingness to die for the cause was reflected in a statement he delivered in court in 1962. He said: “Men of honesty, men of purpose, and men of public morality and of conscience can only have one answer. They must follow the dictates of their conscience irrespective of the consequences which might overtake them for it.”Madiba taught us many lessons. He emphasised our collective responsibility to care and provide for those in dire need, especially children. He led by example and donated part of his salary to a number of charities which helped those in need.That we are free and live in a society that is seen worldwide as a pillar of democracy and freedom is a testament to the legacy of Madiba.The one-year anniversary provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how each and every one of us can contribute in taking forward his legacy of building a caring nation based on the principles of freedom, justice and equality for all. Our communities are crying out for selfless people to stand up and make a difference. There is a Mandela inside all of us.Now is the time for us to step forward and take the lead towards building a better country. To achieve this we must become the change we want to see; we should become change leaders and inspire others to join in the push to move our country forward. It is often easy to forget that Madiba was just an ordinary man who identified what needed to be achieved and never looked back.To take his legacy forward we must be advocates of justice and peace. President Jacob Zuma last year reminded us that Mandela “stood for freedom. He fought against those who oppressed others. He wanted everyone to be free.” We cannot claim to embrace Madiba’s legacy and values when we stand on the sidelines and are comfortable in complacency when the majority of our people suffer the challenges of poverty and unemployment.We cannot say we are building the type of society he worked tirelessly to construct by being silent when our voices should be heard on behalf of the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged.We must begin by assuming the personal discipline required to build a society rather than participating in its destruction. Do we litter? Buy stolen goods? Cheat on our taxes? Drive drunk? Bribe a government official? Or does each of us strive in our personal lives to build bridges between races, genders or nationalities? Do we work to pass our skills and knowledge to others? Are we identifying the challenges facing our communities in order to help resolve them in partnership with government, business and civil society?Madiba taught us that life is more than just an endless quest for material possessions. We must look beyond status, position and titles and begin to focus on contributing towards the greater good for society. The successes we enjoy can be channelled into an instrument that will help to move our beloved country forward.To honour his long walk to freedom we have to take forward his ideals. Just like Madiba, we must be prepared to take action, engage, forgive and more importantly ask ourselves how best we can contribute towards the greater good.Our response one year after his death and into the future will continue to shape the nation we are building. Our collective efforts will ultimately give substance to Mandela’s dream of building a united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa.
MS Dhoni has unveiled his new haircut The Jarhead ahead of the Australian tourAs Team India readies battalion to face mighty Australian brigade in the 1st Test, their skipper MS Dhoni has once again surprised his fans with a ravishing haircut ahead of the all-important tour Down Under.Dhoni, who has never been afraid of experimenting with his hair, unveiled his new slick hairstyle “The Jarhead” on Friday. Dhoni’s personal stylist and friend Sapna Bhavnani shared the photos of the Indian captain while styling him.MS Dhoni strikes a pose after getting the new haircutThe 43-year-old celebrity stylist labeled Dhoni’s new haircut as “The high and tight” or “The Jarhead.” The back and sides of Dhoni’s head have been shaved to the skin and the top is blended or faded into slightly longer hair which appears like a trimmed Mohawk.”The high and tight” is a military variant of the popular buzz cut. It is a very short hairstyle most commonly worn by men in the armed forces of most countries. Due to the functionality of this hairstyle, it is also popular with law enforcement officers and other public safety personnel. Members of the United States Marine Corps have been called “Jarheads” because the hairstyle resembles a mason jar.MS Dhoni sports his new Jarhead haircutWhen Mahendra Singh Dhoni debuted for India in 2004, it wasn’t just his exploits with the bat that caught the world’s attention. Along with his rising popularity as a hard hitting batsman, his long hair became a rage with the former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf also praising his hairdo.advertisementBut after guiding India to the T20 World Cup title in 2007, Dhoni cropped his hair short.In 2011 when Dhoni was conferred with the rank of honourary Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army by then Indian president Pratibha Patil, he decided never to wear his hair long again. Again in 2013, Dhoni raised eyebrows with his sizzling Mohawk hairstyle in Chennai Super Kings’ Champions League opener against Titans.MS Dhoni’s stylist Sapna Bhavnani shared his photos on TwitterThe Indian captain, who’ll be missing in action for the 1st Test against Australia, has clearly set the tone for the upcoming tour.