Journalist sentenced to 15 days in prison as national security ministry steps up pressure on opposition media

first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders called today on the central government in Baku to order the release of Hakim Eldostu Mehdiyev, a reporter for the opposition newspaper Yeni Musavat in the autonomous republic of Nakhchivan, who was arrested on 23 September in the village de Jalilli and was sentenced the same day by a local court to 15 days in prison for resisting arrest. June 4, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts April 9, 2021 Find out more Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Azerbaijan News RSF_en Help by sharing this information AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia September 26, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist sentenced to 15 days in prison as national security ministry steps up pressure on opposition media RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says to go further Reporters Without Borders called today on the central government in Baku to order the release of Hakim Eldostu Mehdiyev, a reporter for the opposition newspaper Yeni Musavat in the autonomous republic of Nakhchivan, who was arrested on 23 September in the village de Jalilli and was sentenced the same day by a local court to 15 days in prison for resisting arrest.“We also call on the national security ministry to put a stop to the harassment of Mehdiyev’s family,” the press freedom organisation said. The authorities have closed a café owned by his brother.The day before his arrest, Mehdiyev was forced into a car by national security ministry agents and held all day in a ministry building where, according to Reporters Without Borders’ sources, he was beaten because of his reports about gas and electricity problems in the region.After his release, he only had a few hours to warn his family and try unsuccessfully to see a doctor about his injuries before the court ordered his arrest the next day. The authorities have not yet appointed a lawyer to defend him and it is not known where he is currently being held. It is believed he has gone on hunger strike. AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Newslast_img read more

Swiss pension funds produce 0.7% median return, says ASIP

first_imgThe median return for Swiss pension funds stood at 0.7% last year, according to pension fund association ASIP.As at the end of 2015, the allocation of ASIP’s sample portfolio, as calculated by Towers Watson, stood at approximately 10% domestic equities, 20% foreign equities, 37% bonds and 20% real estate.Real estate was the chief driver of returns, with direct Swiss property returning 5.3%, indirect Swiss property 5.1% and foreign real estate 3%, respectively, ASIP said.Commodity investments, accounting for 3% of portfolios on average, fared worst over the period, producing a 23% loss in ASIP’s sample portfolio. Domestic bonds returned just under 2%, while foreign bonds lost 3.7%, with both asset classes accounting for roughly 18% of ASIP’s model portfolio.The Swiss pension fund association said many schemes were thinking to increase exposure to equities, real estate and “even alternatives such as infrastructure”, given the investment market for bonds.It also pointed out that some Pensionskassen had divided their liquidity holdings among various banks to avoid having to pay a negative interest rate, which some banks are demanding above a certain threshold.ASIP said 2015 would be the last year for which it would calculate an average return, as “there is now a large number of other performance information available”.For example, the Credit Suisse Pensionskassen index, based on a portfolio of Credit Suisse custodial clients, returned 0.95% over the same period, again due mainly to the performance of real estate, which accounted for 22.37% of the overall portfolio, a record high.According to calculations made by UBS based on its client sample, the average return for 2015 was 0.7%.In its sample, real estate was also the best performer and accounted for 27% of the overall portfolio.Pictet’s 2015 index returned between 0.11% and 0.48%, with higher returns achieved by the portfolios with a lower equity exposure.last_img read more

Klaveness Delivers Profit in 2018

first_imgNorwegian shipping company Torvald Klaveness managed to improve its financial performance in 2018 after consolidating its combination carrier activities.Klaveness delivered a profit before tax (EBT) of USD 10.1 million in 2018, compared to a loss of USD 2.1 million seen a year earlier.EBITDA for 2018 was USD 37 million, up from USD 28 million in 2017. The combination carriers were the largest contributor to the EBITDA, according to the company.“The financial results of Torvald Klaveness improved in 2018 both due to somewhat improved underlying markets and a more optimal trading pattern and contract composition for the combination carriers,” Klaveness said.During the year, the company focused on consolidating combination carrier operations under one holding company, Klaveness Combination Carriers AS, and further developing its activities through raising external capital, registering the shares on N-OTC and growing the newbuilding program by three vessels.In addition, Klaveness has continued to invest in digital initiatives and maintain its position among dry bulk operators and pool managers.Gross revenues from operation of the company’s vessels ended at USD 317.5 million in 2018, compared to USD 326.6 million in 2017, while net revenue from operation of vesselsended at USD 89.7 million in 2018, against USD 78 million recorded in 2017.The combination carriers continued to deliver positive results in 2018. Earnings for the nine vessels on water, the caustic-bulk (CABU) combination carriers, strengthened in 2018, mainly due to somewhat improved dry bulk markets, a more optimal trading pattern, a higher number of caustic soda cargoes and higher bunker fuel prices.Both the dry bulk market and the container market continued to improve in 2018, however, sentiment in both markets turned negative towards the end of the year. Average container vessel earnings improved in 2018 and the vessels still achieved rates above the general market due to the vessels’ fuel efficiency.Results for the dry bulk activities were positively impacted by active long and short positions along with market development. However, weather delays and related extended port stays impacted the results negatively, the company explained.last_img read more

McIlroy shares lead in Denver

first_imgTwo late bogeys saw Rory McIlroy slip back into a share of the lead after round one of the BMW Championship as he chases a first FedEx Cup title. Press Association The world number one came into the third leg of the four-tournament play-off series sitting second in the overall standings and led in Colorado on five under after 15 holes. But dropped shots on two of his last three saw the Northern Irishman record a 67 and drop back into a share of top spot alongside Jordan Spieth and Gary Woodland. “You can see by the scores it’s pretty tricky out there,” he told Sky Sports 4. “Low scores aren’t really too easy to come by so 67 is still a good start even though it could have been a bit better. “The fairways are firm so even when you’re hitting irons and fairway-woods off the tees they’re running out and through fairways and into the rough and the rough is thick. “Then the greens are so firm, the greens have got so much firmer over the past 24 hours and it’s really made a huge difference.” Beginning his round on the 10th, McIlroy picked up shots on 12 and 17 and a run of three birdies from the first to the third put him in the driving seat before his two late bogeys brought him back to the pack. The top 30 in the FedEx Cup rankings after this weekend at Cherry Hills Village will advance to next week’s Tour Championship where the points will be reset so every player has a chance of claiming the 10million US dollar (£6.1million) bonus. And after day one, while the positions within that top 30 had provisionally altered, no player from outside that group was on target to break in, although nine players were still on the course when play was stopped due to risk of electrical activity. Woodland enjoyed a steady round as he registered four birdies and a bogey while Spieth was a touch more eratic with three blemishes on his card countered by six birdies. A group of nine players sat a single shot off the lead including European Ryder Cup players Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson – who was coming up 18 when the horn sounded to end play. Justin Rose was in a group a further shot back with Ernie Els, Jason Day, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson all level par. Current FedEx Cup leader Chris Kirk was in the group at one over is delighted that his win last week has put him in with a good chance of winning the big prize. “It’s what it’s all about,” he said. “Being in this kind of position to possibly win that big of a prize is unbelievable and the FedEx Cup is kind of critical for us on the PGA Tour nowadays.” Following his win at the Deutsche Bank Championship, many thought Kirk may have been handed a Ryder Cup wild card by United States captain Tom Watson but the skipper instead went with Hunter Mahan, Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson. But Kirk claims that was not a huge disappointment, and said: “I pretty much was still on cloud nine coming off such a big win and, as I’ve said all along, those guys who finished in the top nine are the ones that have control of them being on the team. “Beyond that, captain Watson has the right to do whatever he feels like he wants to do.” Mahan experienced a poor first round as he shot a five over 75 while Patrick Reed, who qualified for the American team to play at Gleneagles, was seven over. last_img read more

The Latest: NASCAR drivers having to fend for themselves

first_imgRyan Newman was in the car behind The Associated Press in the screening line. He leaned out his window for the temperature check and removed his hat so the thermometer could scan his forehead. Newman, wearing a camouflage face mask, was cleared to enter the track to prepare for his first race since he suffered a head injury on Feb. 16 in the season-opening Daytona 500.___12:30 p.m.Darlington Raceway President Kerry Tharp says he’s amazed at how quickly every part of NASCAR came together to bring back the sport.NASCAR’s top Cup series returns to the track later Sunday after 10 weeks off because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on NASCAR’s return at Darlington Raceway (all times local):___3 p.m. The Latest: NASCAR drivers having to fend for themselves His only victory of the season was a Truck Series race at Las Vegas the second week of the season.___2:30 p.m.South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster gave a brief welcome over video to NASCAR in a virtual version of the traditional pre-race driver meeting.The meeting was streamed on, and McMasters thanked the stock car series for coming to Darlington for its restart. “Help me, guys. I’m lost,” Keselowski said. “Let’s go racing.”___2:40 p.m.Kyle Busch’s car failed inspection twice before Sunday’s race at Darlington Raceway and the reigning Cup champion will drop to the back of the field at the start.Busch is planning to run the first seven of NASCAR’s races resumed schedule over the next 11 days. His No. 18 Toyota from Joe Gibbs Racing was originally slated to start fourth. Busch is winless in Cup through the first four events held before the season was suspended March 13. McMasters said he was disappointed not to be at the track but vowed to be at Darlington’s first race with fans.“I love ‘The Lady in Black,’” McMasters said. After a video saluting healthcare workers, the rules for Sunday’s race were laid out. NASCAR used graphics to present virtual explanations for the racing procedures and the images included simulated fans in the stands. There are no fans permitted to attend a NASCAR race through at least June 21.At least one vehicle attempted to enter the property but was turned away at the only open gate outside the speedway.___ NASCAR President Steve Phelps is promising “the best race and racing experience possible every time we hit the racetrack.”Phelps released a letter to NASCAR fans Sunday, hours before the racing series returns to the track for the first time in more than two months.“Our drivers, race teams and officials have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to get back to the race track and we want to assure you that we have taken the return to racing very seriously,” Phelps wrote.NASCAR chose Darlington, the oldest speedway on the Cup circuit, as the safest place to restart the season after eight events were postponed and the series sat idle for 10 weeks amid the global coronavirus pandemic. NASCAR was facing a financial collapse if live races didn’t resume on national television. So the sanctioning body had its health plan approved in South Carolina and North Carolina and released an aggressive schedule that included 20 races across seven Southern states between now and June 21. May 17, 2020 Associated Press The 75-year-old France is considered high risk to contract the coronavirus. NASCAR executive Steve O’Donnell posted audio on Twitter in which France grabs the public address microphone in the scoring tower and thanks “the entire industry for their efforts to get us back racing.”Roughly 900 essential people have been approved to be inside the gates. NASCAR is returning to racing following a 10-week layoff amid the global pandemic. The Real Heroes 400 begins at 3 p.m.___11 a.m. William Coats, another member of the group, said the fellowship they’ll share Sunday is important.___12:45 p.m.The first sign that Sunday’s race wasn’t a normal one for NASCAR was the lack of traffic on the four-lane highway outside of Darlington Raceway.Traffic is always one of NASCAR’s biggest issues as thousands of fans descend on often rural areas not equipped for the overflow of cars. Participants then turned onto a gravel road guarded by four state trooper vehicles and entered a health screening area. NASCAR officials there checked names, administered a temperature check with a device pointed at the forehead and logged the reading on a chart. 1 p.m.Kevin Nobles wasn’t going to miss a race at Darlington Raceway. It didn’t matter that he couldn’t get near the track. Nobles was part of a five-person group setting up a tailgate at an RV park outside the venue known as the the track “Too Tough To Tame.”Nobles, 56, from Aynor and on his way to Myrtle Beach, says he wanted to be close enough “to hear the engines and smell the gas fumes.”Nobles was excited that races were going live and believes it could be a big lift for fans following a 10-week hiatus amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Since only essential personnel are allowed to attend Sunday’s race, drivers were on their own to prepare for 400 miles of action. They typically have a staff that manages their schedules, prepares their beverages for the race and other important details.Seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson posted a photo of all the things he had to do himself at Darlington.“One of the perks of making it to the big time is showing up to the car with everything ready,” Johnson posted on Twitter. “Times R different right now & some of the responsibilities R mine again. Hopefully the drink bag won’t leak, visor doesn’t fall off, cool shirt is primed correctly & so on. #NascarIsBack”Brad Keselowski also took to Twitter to show his new normal, a pre-race lunch he had to make for himself. It included a few raviolis, two hard-boiled eggs and a roll. He asked if water boiled differently in South Carolina. Tharp was visiting the Raceway Grill outside Turn 2, where team owners were setting up for a watch party. He says the cooperation in NASCAR was essential in setting up three races over four days.Xfinity drivers race Tuesday night, with Cup series racers going again at Darlington on Wednesday night.___11:30 a.m.NASCAR Chairman and CEO Jim France is at Darlington Raceway and will remain outside the infield. The first event is called the “The Real Heroes 400” and is dedicated to health care workers fighting COVID-19. Health care workers will give the command to start the engines.Darlington is hosting three events over four days. Roughly 900 essential people have been approved to be inside the gates.___More AP auto racing: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

NFL Week 13 Betting Guide: Spread, moneyline, over/under picks

first_imgWeek 13 is shaping up to be another interesting betting slate. Six different games have spreads of a field goal or less, and the seven other games have spreads of a touchdown or more. There’s also only one double-digit spread (Redskins-Panthers). Meanwhile, only one game (Chiefs-Raiders) has an over/under over 50 points (51), while four others have totals under 40. More than at any other time this season, it’ll be important for you to trust your process in an attempt to identify edges. Luckily, BetQL can help out in that area. Our subscribers can view NFL ATS picks from BetQL’s model and make the most informed, data-driven wagers possible. Let’s get into some of the Sunday slate’s top options. WEEK 13 FANTASY RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker All data presented is as of Wednesday morning. You can track all NFL line movement on BetQL’s Line Movement Dashboard. Figures below calculated by wagering one unit on each touted bet with -110 spread odds.NFL Week 13 Betting Picks: Spread pick of the weekJets (-3.5) at Bengals The Jets are soaring! They’ve scored 34 points in each of their past three games and are riding a three-game winning streak into this matchup against the winless Bengals. Cincinnati has already named Andy Dalton its starting quarterback for this matchup, but it most likely won’t matter much against a surging New York defense that allowed 17 points to the Redskins in Week 11 and then just three points to the Raiders last week. The Jets even knocked Derek Carr out of that contest due to his general ineffectiveness. Sam Darnold’s passing offense is clicking, and Le’Veon Bell has a dream matchup against the NFL’s worst run defense. Further, after one or more UNDERs this season, the Bengals are 0-6 ATS (their game against the Steelers stayed under the total last week). The momentum is squarely in the Jets’ favor heading into this contest.WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endNFL Week 13 Betting Picks: Moneyline pick of the weekPatriots (-170) at Texans The Patriots are 10-1, in need of a statement win after Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have been anointed as the team to beat, and have a very frustrated Hall-of-Fame quarterback that knows their offense needs to be better. It’s hard not to trust New England’s incredible defense and believe that Brady and company will figure things out in this road contest against one of Bill Belichick’s former disciples, Bill O’Brien. Consider some of these trends working in the Patriots’ favor: New England is 23-2 in their last 25 games against terrible defenses (teams that allow six or more yards per play), 53-8 in its past 61 games against poor passing defenses (teams that allow seven or more passing yards per attempt), 28-8 in its past 36 games in which it’s coming off of a low-scoring offensive game (in which it scored 14 or fewer points), and 36-9 in its past 45 games against AFC South opponents. You can find more trends like those on BetQL’s Patriots-Texans game page, as well as updated odds, schedule analysis, injuries, and more. Per BetQL’s NFL Public Betting dashboard, the Patriots’ moneyline has received 41 percent of total bets, but a whopping 93 percent of the total money, which proves the sharps are all over New England.WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | Y! Cash | Y! GPP NFL Week 13 Betting Picks: Over/under pick of the weekVikings at Seahawks UNDER 49If you like a ground-and-pound style of football, you’re going to want to tune into this one. Minnesota ranks third in the NFL in rush-play percentage (50.2 percent) while Seattle ranks fifth (46.4 percent). While both of their passing offenses have shown bright spots at various points of the season, each team’s offensive scheme requires establishing the run. Therefore, expect the clock to keep moving without an abundance of scoring, especially since both defenses rank in the top 10 against the run (Vikings rank sixth, allowing 94.2 rushing yards per game, Seahawks rank 10th, allowing 101.5 rushing yards per game). You can find all of BetQL’s NFL over/under picks on their Totals spread dashboard.last_img read more

Ronaldo-less Real complete Super Cup rout of Barcelona

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP |  Real Madrid shrugged off the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo to cruise past rivals Barcelona 2-0 in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup to cap a 5-1 aggregate win.Ronaldo was slapped with a five-game ban for pushing the referee after he was sent off in the first leg, but his replacement Marco Asensio enhanced his reputation as one of world football’s rising stars as he smashed Madrid into the lead after just four minutes.Karim Benzema then deservedly doubled Real’s lead before half-time.Barca responded with a more spirited second-half showing and were unfortunate not to at least pull a goal back as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez hit the woodwork.Victory continues Madrid’s run of success under Zinedine Zidane with the European champions now having lifted seven trophies in the 20 months since the Frenchman took charge.“We played a great match tonight,” said Zidane. “Especially in the first half it was spectacular.”Zidane even had the luxury of leaving first-team regulars Gareth Bale, Isco and Casemiro on the bench as Real’s strength in depth was demonstrated in a dominant first 45 minutes.“This team has hunger and every time we play it shows,” added Zidane.“We have to try to continue like this. To start the season like this is very good, but we know a long season is just starting.”In similar fashion to his strike in the first leg, 21-year-old Asensio sent an unstoppable left-footed shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen into the top corner from outside the box.“I think we were superior across the whole tie,” Asensio told Spanish TV station Telecinco.However, he rejected suggestions he is now ahead of Bale in Zidane’s pecking order.“I am working to have as many minutes as possible on the field.“I am happy on both a collective and individual level.” Share on: WhatsApp – Barca ‘on the ropes’ –Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has suffered the worst possible start to his reign with back-to-back defeats against the Catalans fiercest rivals and the visitors never threatened to mount a comeback after conceding.“We have to recover quickly, the league is on the horizon,” said Valverde, ahead of Barca’s La Liga opener against Real Betis on Sunday.Shorn of Neymar after his world record breaking transfer to Paris Saint-Germain and injured captain Andres Iniesta, Barca’s star front two lacked the service needed to make a meaningful impact.“In three days we find ourselves against the ropes,” added Valverde.“Things have happened in pre-season that have affected the balance of the team and our job is to refind that balance.”Indeed, the scoreline could have been a lot more embarrassing for Barca as Marcelo dragged wide before Lucas Vazquez hit the post with a glorious chance.The hosts finally doubled their lead six minutes before the break when Benzema nipped in front of Umtiti and slotted past Ter Stegen.An 11:00 pm kick-off time meant half-time saw Wednesday turn to Thursday and Barca did at least salvage some pride in the early morning with an improved second-half display.Messi was desperately unlucky not to net a consolation goal as he hit the underside of the bar from a narrow angle.The visitors’ night was summed up when Suarez headed against the post with the goal gaping after Navas had parried Messi’s driven shot into his path.And there could be even worse news to come for Barca as Suarez ended the game visibly suffering from a knee injury that Valverde said will be assessed on Thursday.last_img read more

1 person injured after active shooter reported in Indian River County

first_imgThe Indian River Sheriffs Department is reporting that they have arrested a man who was reportedly walking down a street with a shot gun and shooting at random cars.The incident was reported Friday near 3800 block of 44th Street in Gifford.Officials say they received a call about a driver who was shot in the shoulder by a man who was walking with a shotgun and a flag.The suspect, 33-year-old Torrevio Ealy, was later located by police as he was walking near a home on 44th Place. Authorities say when Ealy spotted them, he then ran inside the home. Seconds later, Ealy attempted to flee the area, however, he was captured by officials with the SWAT team.Investigators searched the home and found three other firearms and a large amount of drugs. Officials also reported that at least two of the guns were stolen.Ealy has since been arrested and taken to the Indian River County Jail on charges of attempted felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm in public, and resisting arrest without violence.His bond has been set at $217,000.last_img read more

Army looks to resurrect Pattaya sports stadium project

first_imgThe military pulled out after the 2014 coup and has not returned to complete the work, leaving the project in a state of limbo.The Eastern National Stadium development on Soi Chaiyapruek 2 was slated to include a 20,000-seat football stadium, indoor arena, competition-sized swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts and 10 practice fields spread over 254 rai.The plan was for it to serve as a hub for sports and recreational activities on the Eastern Seaboard. To date, however, only Phase 1 – the indoor arena and a section of concrete terracing for 5,000 seats at the football field – were completed, in 2010.Still outstanding are the other 15,000 seats, the swimming pool, grandstands and roof – about 536 million baht in investment.Begun in 2009, then-mayor Itthiphol Kunplome’s pet project saw grass planted and construction of about 90 million baht in work completed before a series of design and construction delays halted proceedings.Itthiphol then diverted 140 million baht in stadium-construction funds to beautify the landscape on Pattaya Beach, work that was wiped out less than a year later when the mayor pushed through a plan to widen Beach Road.With less money to build, city hall demanded cost cuts and price concessions from the contractor.  Claiming the delays actually made the job unprofitable, the contractor quit, leaving the city with no money and no company to build Itthiphol’s dream stadium.City officials said they searched for a construction company to do the job at a lower price but, apparently, couldn’t find anyone but military conscripts to do the work on their budget.The army was supposed to provide labor, equipment, and construction materials with Pattaya pledging to pay the military 536.5 million baht for construction.  The army said it would begin construction within a month and finish the project within three years and four months.The army staged its coup two months later and the contract fell by the wayside.Pattaya City Council Chairman Anan Angkanawisai stated the obvious for the press that a lot of money has been invested in the project with no result.The council will look again at the project to see if it can be jump-started again. After taking on street vendors, property encroachers and speedboat captains, the military is ready to tackle Pattaya’s biggest white elephant: the 20,000 seat football stadium that still isn’t finished after eight years in the works.Col. Popanan Leuangphanuwat, Deputy Commander of the 14th Military Circle and members of Pattaya Council paid a visit to inspect the half finished 20,000 seated football stadium on Soi Chaiyapruek 2.Col. Popanan Leuangphanuwat, deputy commander of the 14th Military Circle, led an inspection of the Eastern National Stadium project Jan. 12, following up orders from the junta to investigate reasons for delays in major public works projects.Ironically, it was the army that dropped the ball in completing the 774-million-baht complex.The football stadium (top right) was to be the focal point of the sports complex scheme which also included the National Indoor Arena, Olympic sized swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts and 10 practice fields. (Photo courtesy Space Architects)The Royal Thai Army’s 1st Development Division was contracted in 2014 to complete the work begun in 2008 after Pattaya City Hall repeatedly failed to find private-sector contractors able to do the job.last_img read more

Bombers ready to prove six is more than enough at Junior Provincials

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Bombers face a huge uphill battle as the Kootenay reps begin play Thursday at the B.C. High School Junior Boy’s Basketball Tournament in Victoria.The Bombers, the only hoop team from LVR to qualify for a provincial tournament, meet two-seed White Rock Christian Academy in first round action at the 16-team tournament being held at St. Michael University High School.“The boys are excited to be playing especially after their (consolation title) finish in Edmonton,” said Bomber coach Vivian Kingdon.Unfortunately, for the Bombers the team must make the climb with only six players, seven if Grade 8 Avery Kushner is included in the mix.“We started the season with 11 players but we had some injuries and some kids dropped out,” Kingdon explained. “So we just have to play with what we got.”Kelowna Secondary School Owls open as the top-ranked team. White Rock is second with LVR being slotted into 15th spot.Each team plays one game Thursday, two Friday with seeding games set for Saturday.Last year the Bombers finished 16th overall.“We’re going to have to stay out of foul trouble that’s for sure,” said Kingdon, happy to be playing eight-minute quarters at the junior level. “It’s going to be really tough playing with six, but the boys are in really good shape so I feel we have a really good shot.”The Bombers dominated the zone this season, going undefeated against Kootenay opposition.Against teams outside the zone, LVR held its own against teams from the Okanagan.This year marks the 10th anniversary of LVR’s Provincial Junior Boy’s Champion. The Bombers, led by NCAA Division One Men’s player at Santa Clara, Sean Denison, defeated New Westminster in the final to finish the season not only with a provincial title but an incredible 38-0 [email protected]last_img read more