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O’Canada Tour was welcomed in Fort St. John today

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first_imgBert Bowes Middle School hosted the workshop and performance which celebrates Canadian history. It focused on key nation building moments; examples are confederation, Louis Riel, Building of the CPR, women’s suffrage and Canadian lives lost in battle.Lynn Aubin, a grade eight and 9 teacher at Bert Bowes says workshops and presentations like this one, shows students that if they leave FortSt. John, they can practice their French in a different area of Canada.- Advertisement -The O Canada! Tour is sponsored by the Canadian Heritage – Youth Take Charge program, and is being organized by Canadian Parents for French.last_img

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Wal-Mart sends shiver

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first_imgNEW YORK – Tepid December sales at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. made Wall Street uneasy Tuesday, but many analysts don’t expect disappointing results from other retailers – most merchants are expected to meet their modest holiday expectations. “Clearly, there are some overtones for the industry, but I think largely Wal-Mart has some of its own issues,” said Bob Buchanan, an analyst at St. Louis-based A.G. Edwards. “I think they are still very sloppy with store-level execution.” Michael P. Niemira, chief economist at the International Council of Shopping Centers, agreed. He noted that Wal-Mart is still “behind the curve,” despite its efforts in improving its merchandise offerings. Nonetheless, given Wal-Mart’s size and reach, the estimated December same-store sales increase of 2.2 percent the retailer announced Saturday will hurt the overall industry’s sales for the month. Wal-Mart’s forecast is based on stores open at least a year, considered the best gauge of a retailer’s strength. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Merchants report their December results on Thursday. Wal-Mart’s news sent many retail stocks sliding Tuesday. Wal-Mart was off 1.22 percent, or 57 cents, to close at $46.23 in regular trading, and lost another 13 cents in after-hours trading to $46.10. Wal-Mart’s shares have traded in a 52-week range of $42.31 to $54.60. Target Corp., slipped 25 cents, to $54.72 after trading in a 52-week range of $45.55 to $60. Kohl’s Corp. shares fell 2.53 percent, or $1.23 to $47.37, having traded between $43.63 and $58.90 over the past 52 weeks. Because of Wal-Mart’s disappointing December sales, “the overall holiday picture doesn’t seem as bright as it did last week,” said Niemira. He now expects the International Council of Shopping Centers-UBS December same-store sales tally for the 70 stores it tracks to be up 3 percent, instead of 3.5 percent. Niemira believes December’s losers and winners will follow the same trend from the past year: Wholesale clubs and luxury stores will have the strongest gains, but apparel stores and department stores will have mixed results. The tepid results from Wal-Mart – which were at the low end of its 2 percent to 4 percent forecast – were surprising considering that the discounter was more aggressive with its discounting and marketing compared with the 2004 holiday season. Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expected a 3 percent increase. Wal-Mart had a solid start to the season in November, beating rival discounter Target. But Target appears to have gained strength; last week, it said it still expects a December same-store sales gain between 4 percent to 5 percent after posting a modest 2.6 percent increase in November. A big question is how profitable the fourth quarter, which ends in late January, will be for retailers. That depends in part on how much gift card redemption takes place this month and whether shoppers will use these cards to buy regular-priced merchandise, the most profitable in retailers’ inventory, according to Ken Perkins, president of Retail Metrics LLC, a research firm in Swampscott, Mass. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Centre derailing NRC, says Gogoi

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first_imgFormer Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said the Narendra Modi government was trying to derail the exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) by disclosing data and attacking NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela.Mr. Gogoi, who had been the Chief Minister for three terms, said this was an indication that the BJP was not interested in resolving the foreigners’ issue.“The BJP government has focussed on certain districts to claim that the names of Bangladeshi-origin people have been registered in the NRC. If Hajela, conducting the exercise, is doing this, why is he not being removed or transferred? After all, he is not a constitutional authority but a government servant and is directly answerable to the administration,” Mr. Gogoi said.He reiterated that the NRC would end up as “waste paper” and leave out many genuine citizens belonging to different communities.  “This exercise will only be 50% successful. Many among the Bengali Muslims, tea garden workers, Gorkhas and others will miss out while some foreigners will be included,” he said.The Sarbananda Sonowal government in the State , he said, must ensure the inclusion of all legal citizens in the NRC.last_img read more

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MVP Pablo rues horrible defense in loss to Bali Pure

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first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “We had a meeting with coach Rico [De Guzman] after the game and we all admitted that we weren’t in the game mentally,” said Pablo, who just won the conference’s MVP award, in Filipino.“We weren’t focused during the game and we absolutely had no reception against Bali Pure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Lady Warriors registered just 20 excellent receptions, while the Water Defenders tacked 33.And Bali Pure capitalized on Pocari’s lack of ground defense to score 39 spikes and nine service aces. Pablo expressed her discontent with how they failed to replicate whatever they did in training wherein they were able, she said, to execute their defensive plays perfectly.“That’s really the problem, we don’t have any reception,” said Pablo who had nine points in the loss. ”When we practice we’re able to execute them well but we just can’t seem to do it during games.”Pocari Sweat trail Bali Pure 0-1 in the best-of-three championship series.ADVERTISEMENT Pocari Sweat main man Myla Pablo lamented her team’s lack of defensive intensity in the straight set loss to Bali Pure, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22, in the first game of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference finals Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bali Pure strikes first for 1-0 lead over Pocari in PVL Finalscenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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