Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SAN ANTONIO >> The banishment lasted four days before Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell reclaimed something he thought belonged to him. Russell started a game. His quick promotion had more to do with Lakers second-year guard Jordan Clarkson sitting out with a sprained right ankle than Lakers coach Byron Scott believing he wrongfully demoted his No. 2 draft pick. But as his role has fluctuated by the game in the past week, Russell stated his case on why it should stay the same. The Lakers may have lost another game, a 109-87 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday at AT&T Center cementing a five-game losing streak. The Lakers (3-20) also could not stop LaMarcus Aldridge (24 points on 11-of-20 shooting, 11 rebounds), Patty Mills (22 points in 9-of-11 shooting) and Kawhi Leonard (16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, 11 rebounds). But Russell logged career-highs against the Spurs (19-5) in nearly every category, including points (24), shooting clip (9 of 23, 5-of-10 from 3-point range), assists (six) and minutes played (36). Scott rated Russell’s development a “7” on a scale of 1 to 10 after projecting him two weeks ago at a “5.” Still, Russell added another line on his resume. After posting 23 points on 8-of-20 shooting and three assists on Wednesday against Minnesota, Russell appeared comfortable both with his outside shot and setting up teammates. He also attacked the basket as Scott wanted. Still, Russell had some limitations. He could not test his skill against an established point guard, as the Spurs rested point guard Tony Parker. After entering the fourth quarter with 8:12 remaining, Russell also missed his last five shots. Meanwhile, Lakers second-year forward Julius Randle picked up four fouls before finishing with four points on 2-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds in 20 minutes. Randle had 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting an 12 rebounds in 33 minutes on Wednesday against Minnesota. “It didn’t look like he was ready to play,” Scott said of Randle. “He didn’t seem like he was focused.”As for Russell, he believed his success stemmed elsewhere.“Just relationship with Coach,” he said. “I may be a rookie coming into this league. But I didn’t get here by accident. Once I get that trust with my coach, I know I’ll have that opportunity.”Those developments overshadowed Bryant, who sparked an equal mixture of both boos and chants. Unlike other past road opponents, the Spurs did not honor Bryant with any tribute since the Lakers will also play in San Antonio on Feb. 6.But Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sounded reflective about Bryant, calling him “an iconic figure” as the Lakers beat San Antonio in four of seven playoff appearances during his 20-year NBA career. “Those years with he and Shaq were great. (Kobe) came in at a very young age and performed well for a very, very long time,” said Popovich, who hugged Bryant afterwards. “There aren’t too many people who understand how you bring it night after night after night for all those years at that level. He’s one of those very few guys who did that.”Soon enough, Russell and Randle will find out if they will become one of those few. “I’ve always had confidence,” Russell said. “It’s just about opportunity.”Russell fulfilled this role by mostly playing with Kobe Bryant,who scored 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting, six rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes. “I felt pretty good. I’m not going to force anything,” Bryant said. “I just kind of sit back and see what comes my way.”More will come Russell’s way. He will likely start today against Houston, considering Clarkson’s expected absence. What will ensure Russell a permanent starting spot? “Consistency,” Scott said. “The trick is doing this for a week, two weeks, a month.”
South Africa has indefinitely suspended the fishing of abalone – commonly known as perlemoen – in its waters, effective from 1 February 2008.Wild abalone in South Africa has declined to such an extent that the resource is threatened with commercial extinction, says Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Minister of Environment and Tourism. (Image: South African Police Service)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa has indefinitely suspended abalone fishing in its waters, effective from February 2008, as marine authorities take drastic measures to protect the rapidly depleting shellfish species from commercial extinction.Illegal fishing and increased inward migration of a lobster species that destroy abalone habitat are being blamed for a decline in the shellfish’s numbers.Addressing the media following a Cabinet meeting this week, government spokesperson Themba Maseko said politicians had also approved a social plan to provide alternative employment opportunities for legal fishers of the shellfish, commonly known in South Africa as perlemoen.The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism states that there are currently 302 rights holders – 262 individual divers and 40 close corporations – operating in the sector, accounting for about 800 jobs.“Some of the measures incorporated in the social plan will include the development of a sustainable aqua-culture industry and issuing of additional permits for whale watching and shark-cage diving,” he said.Maseko conceded that it was not an easy decision to indefinitely suspend fishing of the species, but that the government had the responsibility to “strike a good balance” between the needs of coastal communities and the species becoming extinct.“Wednesday’s tough decision by Cabinet to support the suspension of wild abalone commercial fishing will ensure the survival of the species and will also ensure that our children and the generations that follow will know what perlemoen is,” Environment and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said, welcoming the decision.“We are unfortunately at a point where the commercial harvesting of wild abalone can no longer be justified because the stock has declined to such an extent that the resource is threatened with commercial extinction.”One reason for the decline is the migration of West Coast Rock Lobster into abalone areas. The Rock Lobsters consume the sea urchins, which provide shelter to juvenile abalone.“This in turn subjects the juvenile abalone to increased mortality. Studies further show that unless decisive and immediate action is taken, the resource will collapse completely with little prospect of recovery,” he said.A main cause for the decline, however, has been rampant poaching over the years, as the shellfish is highly coveted and fetches high prices especially in the Far East, and had to be dealt with.“I want to give notice that if there is not a drastic decline in poaching I will have to apply my mind at the start of the next season as to whether it is perhaps time to consider a complete ban on all perlemoen harvesting for a period of ten years to allow the resource to recover,” Van Schalkwyk warned.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
South Africa’s ground-breaking Bill of Rights is widely regarded as one of the most progressive in the world. All South Africans should know their rights, and respect the rights of fellow citizens. Read the full text of the Bill of Rights.The entrance to South Africa’s Constitutional Court, the highest court in the land, spells out its name in all of the country’s 11 official languages. The court hears cases to ensure there is no violation of South Africans’ constitutional rights. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)South Africa’s enlightened Bill of Rights, the rights enjoyed by all who live in the country, is laid out in Chapter 2 of South Africa’s Constitution. It was signed into law in 1996 by Nelson Mandela in the township of Sharpeville, the site of one of the worst human rights atrocities in the country’s history.Fifty-six years ago, on 21 March 1960, apartheid police opened fire on a crowd of people assembled in Sharpeville to peacefully demonstrate against the hated pass laws. Sixty-nine demonstrators were killed, many shot in the back as the crowd fled the bullets.Since the dawn of South Africa’s democracy, 21 March has been celebrated as Human Rights Day, a public holiday that commemorates the sacrifice those 69 martyrs made for the rights that guarantee our freedom under democracy.To honour the heroes of Sharpeville, all South Africans should know their rights, and respect the rights of fellow citizens.Read the Constitution in your own language:• Afrikaans• isiNdebele• isiXhosa• isiZulu• Sepedi• Sesotho• Setswana• SiSwati• Tshivenda• XitsongaThe full text of the Bill of Rights:Equality1. Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law.2. Equality includes the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and freedoms. To promote the achievement of equality, legislative and other measures designed to protect or advance persons, or categories of persons, disadvantaged by unfair discrimination may be taken.3. The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.4. No person may unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds in terms of subsection (3). National legislation must be enacted to prevent or prohibit unfair discrimination.5. Discrimination on one or more of the grounds listed in subsection (3) is unfair unless it is established that the discrimination is fair.Human dignityEveryone has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected.LifeEveryone has the right to life.Freedom and security of the person1. Everyone has the right to freedom and security of the person, which includes the right –a. not to be deprived of freedom arbitrarily or without just cause;b. not to be detained without trial;c. to be free from all forms of violence from either public or private sources;d. not to be tortured in any way; ande. not to be treated or punished in a cruel, inhuman or degrading way.2. Everyone has the right to bodily and psychological integrity, which includes the right –a. to make decisions concerning reproduction;b. to security in and control over their body; andc. not to be subjected to medical or scientific experiments without their informed consent.Slavery, servitude and forced labourNo one may be subjected to slavery, servitude or forced labour.PrivacyEveryone has the right to privacy, which includes the right not to have –a. their person or home searched;b. their property searched;c. their possessions seized; ord. the privacy of their communications infringed.Freedom of religion, belief and opinion1. Everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion.2. Religious observances may be conducted at state or state -aided institutions, provided that –a. those observances follow rules made by the appropriate public authorities;b. they are conducted on an equitable basis; andc. attendance at them is free and voluntary.d. This section does not prevent legislation recognising –i. marriages concluded under any tradition, or a system of religious, personal or family law; orii. systems of personal and family law under any tradition, or adhered to by persons professing a particular religion.e. Recognition in terms of paragraph (a) must be consistent with this section and the other provisions of the Constitution.Freedom of expression1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes –a. freedom of the press and other media;b. freedom to receive or impart information or ideas;c. freedom of artistic creativity; andd. academic freedom and freedom of scientific research.2. The right in subsection (1) does not extend to –a. propaganda for war;b. incitement of imminent violence; orc. advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm.Assembly, demonstration, picket and petitionEveryone has the right, peacefully and unarmed, to assemble, to demonstrate, to picket and to present petitions.Freedom of associationEveryone has the right to freedom of association.Political rights1. Every citizen is free to make political choices, which includes the right –a. to form a political party;b. to participate in the activities of, or recruit members for, a political party; andc. to campaign for a political party or cause.2. Every citizen has the right to free, fair and regular elections for any legislative body established in terms of the Constitution.3. Every adult citizen has the right –a. to vote in elections for any legislative body established in terms of the Constitution, and to do so in secret; andb. to stand for public office and, if elected, to hold office.CitizenshipNo citizen may be deprived of citizenship.Freedom of movement and residence1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement.2. Everyone has the right to leave the Republic.3. Every citizen has the right to enter, to remain in and to reside anywhere in, the Republic.4. Every citizen has the right to a passport.Freedom of trade, occupation and professionEvery citizen has the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession freely. The practice of a trade, occupation or profession may be regulated by law.Labour relations1. Everyone has the right to fair labour practices.2. Every worker has the right –a. to form and join a trade union;b. to participate in the activities and programmes of a trade union; andc. to strike.3. Every employer has the right –a. to form and join an employers’ organisation; andb. to participate in the activities and programmes of an employers’ organisation.4. Every trade union and every employers’ organisation has the right –a. to determine its own administration, programmes and activities;b. to organise; andc. to form and join a federation.5. Every trade union, employers’ organisation and employer has the right to engage in collective bargaining. National legislation may be enacted to regulate collective bargaining. To the extent that the legislation may limit a right in this Chapter, the limitation must comply with section 36 (1).6. National legislation may recognise union security arrangements contained in collective agreements. To the extent that the legislation may limit a right in this Chapter the limitation must comply with section 36 (1).EnvironmentEveryone has the right –a. to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well -being; andb. to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that –i. prevent pollution and ecological degradation;ii. promote conservation; andiii. secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.Property1. No one may be deprived of property except in terms of law of general application, and no law may permit arbitrary deprivation of property.2. Property may be expropriated only in terms of law of general application –a. for a public purpose or in the public interest; andb. subject to compensation, the amount of which and the time and manner of payment of which have either been agreed to by those affected or decided or approved by a court.3. The amount of the compensation and the time and manner of payment must be just and equitable, reflecting an equitable balance between the public interest and the interests of those affected, having regard to all relevant circumstances, including –a. the current use of the property;b. the history of the acquisition and use of the property;c. the market value of the property;d. the extent of direct state investment and subsidy in the acquisition and beneficial capital improvement of the property; ande. the purpose of the expropriation.4. For the purposes of this section –a. the public interest includes the nation’s commitment to land reform, and to reforms to bring about equitable access to all South Africa’s natural resources; andb. property is not limited to land.5. The state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to foster conditions which enable citizens to gain access to land on an equitable basis.6. A person or community whose tenure of land is legally insecure as a result of past racially discriminatory laws or practices is entitled, to the extent provided by an Act of Parliament, either to tenure which is legally secure or to comparable redress.7. A person or community dispossessed of property after 19 June 1913 as a result of past racially discriminatory laws or practices is entitled, to the extent provided by an Act of Parliament, either to restitution of that property or to equitable redress.8. No provision of this section may impede the state from taking legislative and other measures to achieve land, water and related reform, in order to redress the results of past racial discrimination, provided that any departure from the provisions of this section is in accordance with the provisions of section 36 (1).9. Parliament must enact the legislation referred to in subsection (6).Housing1. Everyone has the right to have access to adequate housing.2. The state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to achieve the progressive realisation of this right.3. No one may be evicted from their home, or have their home demolished, without an order of court made after considering all the relevant circumstances. No legislation may permit arbitrary evictions.Health care, food, water and social security1. Everyone has the right to have access to –a. health care services, including reproductive health care;b. sufficient food and water; andc. social security, including, if they are unable to support themselves and their dependents, appropriate social assistance.2. The state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources, to achieve the progressive realisation of each of these rights.3. No one may be refused emergency medical treatment.Children1. Every child has the right –a. to a name and a nationality from birth;b. to family care or parental care, or to appropriate alternative care when removed from the family environment;c. to basic nutrition, shelter, basic health care services and social services;d. to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation;e. to be protected from exploitative labour practices;f. not to be required or permitted to perform work or provide services that –i. are inappropriate for a person of that child’s age; orii. place at risk the child’s well -being, education, physical or mental health or spiritual, moral or social development;g. not to be detained except as a measure of last resort, in which case, in addition to the rights a child enjoys under sections 12 and 35, the child may be detained only for the shortest appropriate period of time, and has the right to be –i. kept separately from detained persons over the age of 18 years; andii. treated in a manner, and kept in conditions, that take account of the child’s age;h. to have a legal practitioner assigned to the child by the state, and at state expense, in civil proceedings affecting the child, if substantial injustice would otherwise result; andi. not to be used directly in armed conflict, and to be protected in times of armed conflict.2. A child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child.3. In this section ‘child’ means a person under the age of 18 years.Education1. Everyone has the right –a. to a basic education, including adult basic education; andb. to further education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible.2. Everyone has the right to receive education in the official language or languages of their choice in public educational institutions where that education is reasonably practicable. In order to ensure the effective access to, and implementation of, this right, the state must consider all reasonable educational alternatives, including single medium institutions, taking into account –a. equity;b. practicability; andc. the need to redress the results of past racially discriminatory laws and practices.3. Everyone has the right to establish and maintain, at their own expense, independent educational institutions that –a. do not discriminate on the basis of race;b. are registered with the state; andc. maintain standards that are not inferior to standards at comparable public educational institutions.4. (4) Subsection (3) does not preclude state subsidies for independent educational institutions.Language and cultureEveryone has the right to use the language and to participate in the cultural life of their choice, but no one exercising these rights may do so in a manner inconsistent with any provision of the Bill of Rights.Cultural, religious and linguistic communities1. Persons belonging to a cultural, religious or linguistic community may not be denied the right, with other members of that community –a. to enjoy their culture, practise their religion and use their language; andb. to form, join and maintain cultural, religious and linguistic associations and other organs of civil society.2. The rights in subsection (1) may not be exercised in a manner inconsistent with any provision of the Bill of Rights.Access to information1. Everyone has the right of access to –a. any information held by the state; andb. any information that is held by another person and that is required for the exercise or protection of any rights.2. National legislation must be enacted to give effect to this right, and may provide for reasonable measures to alleviate the administrative and financial burden on the state.Just administrative action1. Everyone has the right to administrative action that is lawful, reasonable and procedurally fair.2. Everyone whose rights have been adversely affected by administrative action has the right to be given written reasons.3. National legislation must be enacted to give effect to these rights, and must –a. provide for the review of administrative action by a court or, where appropriate, an independent and impartial tribunal;b. impose a duty on the state to give effect to the rights in subsections (1) and (2); andc. promote an efficient administration.Access to courtsEveryone has the right to have any dispute that can be resolved by the application of law decided in a fair public hearing before a court or, where appropriate, another independent and impartial tribunal or forum.Arrested, detained and accused persons1. Everyone who is arrested for allegedly committing an offence has the right –a. to remain silent;b. to be informed promptly –i. of the right to remain silent; andii. of the consequences of not remaining silent;c. not to be compelled to make any confession or admission that could be used in evidence against that person;d. to be brought before a court as soon as reasonably possible, but not later than –i. 48 hours after the arrest; orii. the end of the first court day after the expiry of the 48 hours, if the 48 hours expire outside ordinary court hours or on a day which is not an ordinary court day;e. at the first court appearance after being arrested, to be charged or to be informed of the reason for the detention to continue, or to be released; andf. to be released from detention if the interests of justice permit, subject to reasonable conditions.2. Everyone who is detained, including every sentenced prisoner, has the right –a. to be informed promptly of the reason for being detained;b. to choose, and to consult with, a legal practitioner, and to be informed of this right promptly;c. to have a legal practitioner assigned to the detained person by the state and at state expense, if substantial injustice would otherwise result, and to be informed of this right promptly;d. to challenge the lawfulness of the detention in person before a court and, if the detention is unlawful, to be released;e. to conditions of detention that are consistent with human dignity, including at least exercise and the provision, at state expense, of adequate accommodation, nutrition, reading material and medical treatment; andf. to communicate with, and be visited by, that person’s –i. spouse or partner;ii. next of kin;iii. chosen religious counsellor; andiv. chosen medical practitioner.3. Every accused person has a right to a fair trial, which includes the right –a. to be informed of the charge with sufficient detail to answer it;b. to have adequate time and facilities to prepare a defence;c. to a public trial before an ordinary court;d. to have their trial begin and conclude without unreasonable delay;e. to be present when being tried;f. to choose, and be represented by, a legal practitioner, and to be informed of this right promptly;g. to have a legal practitioner assigned to the accused person by the state and at state expense, if substantial injustice would otherwise result, and to be informed of this right promptly;h. to be presumed innocent, to remain silent, and not to testify during the proceedings;i. to adduce and challenge evidence;j. not to be compelled to give self -incriminating evidence;k. to be tried in a language that the accused person understands or, if that is not practicable, to have the proceedings interpreted in that language;l. not to be convicted for an act or omission that was not an offence under either national or international law at the time it was committed or omitted;m. not to be tried for an offence in respect of an act or omission for which that person has previously been either acquitted or convicted;n. to the benefit of the least severe of the prescribed punishments if the prescribed punishment for the offence has been changed between the time that the offence was committed and the time of sentencing; ando. of appeal to, or review by, a higher court.4. Whenever this section requires information to be given to a person, that information must be given in a language that the person understands.5. Evidence obtained in a manner that violates any right in the Bill of Rights must be excluded if the admission of that evidence would render the trial unfair or otherwise be detrimental to the administration of justice.
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It’s surprisingly snowing quite hard in Fort Worth, Texas, this afternoon. TCU running back Aaron Green is using the rare snowfall to channel one of his favorite athletes – LeBron James. Standing on the Horned Frogs’ campus, Green did the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star’s famed pre-game powder toss, using a snowball in place of the chalk. Check it out: Well done, Aaron. TCU opens its season Sept. 3 against Minnesota in Minneapolis.
American TweetPenn State made some news yesterday when it was revealed that the team literally buried the game tape of its 27-10 season-opening loss to Temple with a shovel. In the embarrassing defeat, the Nittany Lions surrendered 10 sacks. While Penn State was ready to let that game go, the American Athletic Conference, of which Temple is a member, wants to relish the memory of it . That’s why the AAC’s official football Twitter account dropped a solid troll job on Penn State this morning. Penn State may have buried the game tape, but you can watch all 10 @Temple_FB sacks from Sat on our YouTube page https://t.co/xkp5lidkzS— American Football (@American_FB) September 9, 2015That’s tremendous. This was Temple’s first win over PSU in over 70 years, and they set a conference sack record in the process. The AAC doesn’t have many opportunities to brag about its football accomplishments, so it is understandably proud of the Owls’ performance.
Amber BernardAPTN NewsThe Senate committee on Aboriginal Peoples has released a report on the history between Indigenous people and Canada.The vision of the committee in releasing How did We Get Here?, was to implement parts of the study into the classroom.“So we imagined for instance an audience of high school kids, who may not know a whole lot of Indigenous people, who may be able to pick up this kind of report find it interesting,” said Senator Daniel Christmas.The study looks at an unvarnished account of the development of Canada, to treaties and polices that have affected Indigenous communities.Melissa Campbell Schwartz, department head of First Nations, Metis and Inuit studies at Hillcrest High School, picked up the report for her grade 11 Indigenous Literature course.“The senate report is exciting,” Schwartz told APTN News.“It gives us another piece to move the steps forward.”Schwartz believes educators play a big role in shifting the conversation to include Indigenous perspectives.“As a settler within a colonial structure, I play a really interesting role, trying to change the conversation and trying to get kids to understand their role as a settler.”She says Indigenous history needs to be taught in order to create a better future between Indigenous people and Canadians.The grade 11 Indigenous literature class often starts with a discussion circle, exploring various topics affecting Indigenous people in Canada.Schwartz says her students eagerly participate in the conversation and are passionate about creating a better relationship with Indigenous people.She says some of her students after taking the class begin to challenge negative stereotypes they hear at home and in school.“They see the injustice, they see a simple answer and they want that to happen,” she said.“They become agents for change.”Students enrolled in the Indigenous literature class would like for more Canadians to learn about Indigenous history in Canada.“I think if everyone had this knowledge at a young age, there wouldn’t be any adults like there were in first contact,” said Azan Mubasher, a grade 11 student at Hillcrest High School.Students are hopeful with the Indigenous history they’ve been learning about in Schwartz class.“Knowledge is key and right now we’re taught an in depth knowledge of Aboriginal history, that personally I never knew of,” Bassant Mohamed said. “It’s definitely going to shift dynamics.”Schwartz hopes the Senate report can be used widely by educators in Canada and is confident her students will create positive change.“When I was reading it (the senate report,) I actually wrote a note to myself that Murray Sinclair had said a couple years ago about education getting us into this problem and education is what’s going to get us out,” she said.“Because I see the education getting us out.”[email protected]
The BCUC also received more than 70 letters of comment from members of the public and interested parties as well as three reports prepared by two independent consultants, shares the BCUC.The process also included four days of Oral Workshops for the Panel to ask Interveners questions, and for Interveners to ask questions on the independent reports.The Panel has recommended a one-month comment period on the Report to provide the Inquiry’s participants with an opportunity to submit additional evidence relevant to questions posed by the BC Government.To review the Panel’s detailed findings, refer to the Executive Summary or Final Report; CLICK HEREThe BCUC shares a final copy of the report has been provided to the Honourable Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) issued its Final Report with responses to questions posed by the Provincial Government and its key findings from its Inquiry into Gasoline and Diesel Prices in BC.Following the inquiry process, some of the Panel’s key findings include;There is a significant unexplained difference of approximately 13 cents per litre in wholesale gasoline prices between Southern BC and its Pacific Northwest cost comparator;The wholesale market for gasoline in BC is not truly competitive with high market concentration levels, high barriers to entry, and their ability to influence prices. Retail market prices can also be controlled by five refiner-marketers;There is no evidence to suggest that there is collusion among the retail operators nor is there evidence of cartel behaviour; andRegulation could potentially reduce the wholesale and/or retail margins to what is earned in comparable jurisdictions and reduce price volatility. However, further investigation should be done to determine if such an approach would be of benefit to British Columbian consumers.According to the BCUC, they established an independent, transparent and public inquiry process. The Panel considered evidence filed by 11 registered interveners including all major companies that have refining and retail business in BC.
Casablanca- Today, you can find anything exposed for sale on the internet—even a girl’s virginity! Catarina Migliorini, the Brazilian college girl who stirred a polemic by auctioning off her virginity online 15 months ago, is now doing it again after the initial deal proved to be a total failure. Surprisingly, someone has even proposed to her!We all remember the 21-year-old Migliorini who had sold her virginity online for $ 780,000. Well, the Japanese billionaire who won the online bid against three other bidders seemingly changed his mind, and Migliorini said she was the victim of a well-sewed dupery, especially after she shot the Justin-Sisely-made documentary “Virgins Wanted” on that very auction.The controversial Brazilian college student re-launched the online auction again, and this time on her own website, VirginsWanted2.com. Since then, one of the most tempting offers she has received for her virginity is $440,000. However, Migliorini is now raising the bar higher after she has recently received a $1.5 million marriage proposal from an undisclosed Arab billionaire. Hence, she has disregarded the $440, 000 offer, extended the deadline for bids until February 14 and started probing the very tempting marriage offer.“”I decided to continue because I received a proposal from an Arab millionaire and I’m thinking about it, [because] this proposal involves a possible marriage,” she was quoted as saying by The Huffington Post.” I decided to extend the time so I could analyze everything well in advance.”Migliorini seemed very optimistic about the Arab billionaire’s recent offer, describing the Arab proposer as a “romantic,” “handsome” and “very intelligent” man, who “lives in a beautiful mansion [and] speaks 11 languages.”Migliorini claims that she plans to donate 90% of the auction money for charity, mainly to enable certain associations in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, where she’s from, to build homes for people in need.However, according to Huffington Post, Australian filmmaker Sisely said he was surprised to hear Migliorini speak about the 90% charity donation part, since she had affirmed to him that offering her virginity for sale was “a business decision for her.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Within 20 days of the its first game, the Ohio State women’s hockey team has hired former Minnesota Golden Gophers assistant coach Nadine Muzerall as its head coach, announced in the second quarter of the Ohio State football game on Saturday.Muzerall fills a hole left by former coach Jenny Potter who left the program on Aug. 18, just five weeks before the first game and five days before classes began. OSU was 10-25-1 under Potter in 2015-16.“We’ve all heard such good things (about Muzerall),” junior defenseman Dani Sadek said. “She has a winning mindset and I think that’s what this program needs.”The first thing to know about the new Buckeye coach is her connection to the Golden Gophers’ women’s hockey program.Muzerall was on the bench of last year’s Minnesota squad that won the national championship over Boston College. She spent the past five seasons at Minnesota coaching in five national championship games and claiming four championship rings.As a player at Minnesota from 1997-2001, she began her extensive trophy case by collecting two All-American honors in 1998 and 2000. Muzerall was also on the Gophers team that won an AWCHA national championship — women’s hockey was not an NCAA-sanctioned sport until 2000-2001 season — and a 2001 Western Collegiate Hockey Association conference championship.Muzerall still holds the all-time goals record for Minnesota women’s hockey with 139 career goals. She also leads the all-time goals per game mark with 1.08. She ranks third all-time in career points with 235.The Ontario, Canada, native was the first women’s hockey player inducted into the hall of fame at the university. She is still the youngest athlete to be inducted into Minnesota’s hall of fame.Muzerall is OSU’s third coach in as many years following Porter’s departure and the resignation of former coach Nate Handrahan amidst sexual harassment allegations.OSU opens the season on Friday, Sept. 30, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.