Trinidadian singer Melly Rose is hoping to empower black women to love themselves more with a new single and accompanying video, titled “Body Good.” “Being a black woman and a graduate from an HBCU, Morgan State University, I will always side with black people,” Melly Rose said passionately. “I want my fellow black women and women of any body type or complexion to feel and look good in their natural-born beauty.” To go along with the single, Rose adds in a powerful music video in which various scenes showcase black women of all skin tones and body types that illustrates the point that black women should be loved regardless of how they look. Her message is clear and akin to the legendary Tupac verse, “the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice, the darker the flesh, the deeper the roots.” Watch the official video below: Throughout the video, she pays homage to the Black Lives Matter movement going on worldwide with BLM on her fingernails and other powerful symbolism, which is meant to send a clear message to viewers. Hoping to make a difference with her gift of making mellow music, Melly Rose hopes “Body Good” makes significant progressive progress changing the landscape on how society views black women. Accompanying the upbeat production of the track, Rose uses her distance voice to curate an audio safe haven for black women all over the world to listen and feel appreciated for all of their beautiful imperfections.
Luxe For Style – Appointments Available For Prom Night and Weddings
Facebook12Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Luxe for StyleSpring is here. Prom and wedding season is right around the corner. At Luxe for Style hair salon, we are studying up on the latest hair and makeup trends for the 2013 season. This year mira bella is using a lot of metallic tones with winged out tips reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe with a strong coral, red or pink lip. Skin is soft and dewy and everything well blended. Of course following trends are not for everyone. At Luxe, we can customize a look that is best suited for you and brings out your best features. You will look amazing on your big night!Luxe is definitely on top with our team of stylists and makeup artists. If you are looking for a prom style, wedding ‘do or just a big night out, we know we can help you create the look you are going to absolutely love. We can create a beautiful, structured chignon or a tousled textured style. Perhaps your look is a long wave or extreme volume. We offer extensions that will take you to that amazing look that will make you feel like the star you are.Give Luxe for Style a call today to set an appointment or a complimentary consultation. We look forward to being a part of your big day!360.754.1600
Eva Gifford: Rossland’s rising star triathlete
“I just did it and balanced it out. I find training relaxes me from school. I really just enjoy going out and riding my bike or going for a run or swimming. Even though it’s a lot of work – I’m putting in about 15 hours a week of training – it works well with what I’m doing with homework and schoolwork. I can come home from being at school and go and work out and feel relaxed enough that I can go back into my schoolwork not feeling like such a head case. It is a balancing act, especially with stress, but I enjoy the challenge of doing it.”This summer, Gifford competed in two triathlons, one in Sooke and one last weekend in Kelowna, the Canadian Nationals. In the Sooke race, she placed 6th over all in her gender and in the Kelowna race her time would have placed her 3rd in the 20-24 age group, even thought she competed in the 18-19 year old category. In that competition, she posted her personal best time of 2 hours 30 minutes exactly.This finish qualified her for the Age Group World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, taking place in October 2012 (anyone who doesn’t have “elite status” in the International Triathlon Union is an “age grouper”, meaning that they are categorized by age). Gifford will be going to represent Canada at this event. Not bad for a young woman who had a rough start to the sport: Gifford broke her foot in the Wasa race and spent 2010 coming back from that injury. 2011 is actually her inaugural year training and competing in triathlons.With all elite athletes, goal-setting is important, and Gifford’s goal is to become an elite status triathlete in the Olympic distance (1500m swim, 40km bike ride, and 10k run) within the next two to three years.She explains what gaining elite status involves. “The rules are pretty strict. For Triathlon BC–that’s the organization here–you need to be in three sanctioned races in BC and you need to place in the top five in your gender. So it doesn’t matter what age you’re competing against, you just need to be in the top five. And that has to be within three races, so it’s a pretty hard goal to achieve, especially since I’m 19 and I have to compete against 30 year-old women – and they’re pretty fast!”She estimates that she’ll need to shave at least five to 10 minutes off of her personal best time in order to gain elite status.Career-wise, Gifford’s plan right now is to finish her biochemistry degree and go into med school, with the goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.“I’d one day love to see myself working in the Kootenays. I just love the area, and it’s a job I can do here.”You can follow Gifford’s adventures on her blog, Red Wheels and Ramblings, and if there are any local businesses out there who would like to support her on her journey to Auckland in 2012, she is looking for sponsors.Good luck, Eva! The Mountain Kingdom definitely has a track record for producing world class athletes. Kerrin Lee Gartner, George Grey, and Dallas Drake are some notable names that have spent time in Rossland honing their talents. Of course, they all are known for winter sports, but did you know we have a rising star in the triathlon world from our midst as well? Let me introduce to you Rossland’s own Eva Gifford, a 19-year-old RSS grad, university student, prospective orthopedic surgeon, and hard-training triathlete.Having done some long distance running in high school, Gifford’s running mates encouraged her to try out triathlon, and in December 2009 she signed up to participate in the Wasa Lake Triathlon, near Cranbrook. She decided to do the Olympic distance and then began training in earnest for the event, which took place in June 2010.In order to train, she became involved in the local High Altitude Triathlon Club (HATC). The club has a core group of about 10 or so members, most of whom are training for Iron Man competitions. They hold group training sessions for swimming at the Trail pool (they must be dedicated if they’re going to pay the higher Rossland rate for using the facility!), and they support each other during long distance bike and running sessions. They travel to events together and have their own team jerseys.“It’s a very Kootenay-based organization,” Gifford told me in a phone interview.After competing at Wasa Lake, she became hooked on the sport.So serious is she about triathlon that GIfford recently decided to transfer from SFU to UVic this year in order to train with coach Noa Deutsch. A native New Zealander, Deutsch is known for training elite athletes in long distance sports and is a noted sports nutritionist, exercise physiologist, and biomechanist. She also runs a triathlon training camp in Penticton in addition to her coaching practice in Victoria.Although not liking the suburban aspect of living in Burnaby and Coquitlam (Gifford admits to being a small-town person at heart), the switch to Victoria will not only provide her with a change of pace and scenery, but also a change in majors. She’ll be leaving behind biomedical physiology at SFU and taking up biochemistry at UVic. It’s a demanding program, but at SFU she got used to balancing triathlon training with a rigorous school schedule.
Leafs road to the Cyclone Taylor Cup begins Friday the 13th
In all Nelson plays 20 of the 26-home-game-season on Friday and Saturday night — 10 Friday and 10 Saturday.Nelson hosts two Sunday afternoon matinees and three mid-week Wednesday contests.The final game of the home season goes Tuesday, December 31 against Murdoch rival Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the traditional New Year’s Eve game.Nelson, which opens came prior to the Labour Day weekend, has five exhibition games scheduled, the first Tuesday, September 3 at home against Beaver Valley.Nelson also hosts Creston, Friday, September 6 and Castlegar, Wednesday, September 11 before travelling to both the Sunflower City and Fruitvale.The season concludes Saturday, February 22 with eight games, including Nelson at Beaver Valley.The playoffs open the following weekend with the center of the universe coming together April 10-13 at the NDCC Arena when Nelson plays host to the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup.No doubt the Leafs want to enter the tournament as the KIJHL champ than by gaining an automatic berth as the host club. It’s obvious from the blockbuster trade the Leafs made with Castlegar during the summer, the pressure is on Leaf coach Frank Maida to advance past the first round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs this season.Maida and Company, eliminated last season by Beaver Valley in the first round of the Murdoch Semi Finals, get the party started Friday, September 13 when the Green and White face the defending KIJHL champs on banner raising night at the Castlegar Complex.The KIJHL season opens the night before, Thursday, September 12, when Grand Forks hosts Spokane Braves in the Boundary City.Nelson returns home the following night, Saturday, September 14, to kick off the Cyclone Taylor hosting campaign against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.
Grinding > Whining
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Resisting the things you need to do to succeed doesn’t do anything to lessen the need to do them. What’s worse, however, is complaining and whining about having to do them. Heightening your negative emotional state makes things worse, as does the search for evidence that might absolve you from having to do the work.You can whine, complain, and commiserate with others that you shouldn’t have to prospect, especially using the telephone, but while you are whining, your competitor is dialing the phone—and they’re calling your dream client (or your existing client).Griping about your irrational competitor’s willingness to sell at a price that would be impossible for you to meet doesn’t help you to create greater value, nor does it help you to justify the delta. You can complain, but your competitor is working to sharpen their skills when it comes to value creation without complaint.Complaining about clients and prospects doesn’t do anything to help you produce better results, and it doesn’t do anything to help your clients produce better results either. The same clients that you whine about having to take care of are the clients your competitors are trying to take from you. Your competitor is grinding away trying to create a new opportunity inside your client, and your attitude towards your client can open the door for them.Whining and complaining don’t do anything to improve your results, but it does disempower you, and the negativity prevents you from doing the work you are capable of. Worse still, you have competitors who are willing to do the work that you whine about, who are indefatigable in their efforts to produce the results they need, and who are competing for you for new business—and to competitively displace you.Grinding > Whining.
Blackwater set to acquire Maliksi from Star in 4-player trade
E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn an interesting turn of events, Star is sending sweet-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi to Blackwater in a four-player trade.Sources close to the situation bared that the Hotshots are shipping Maliksi and rookie big man Chris Javier to Blackwater for hardworking forward Bambam Gamalinda and promising big man Kyle Pascual.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Trade papers have already been sent to the Office of the Commissioner on Sunday, beating the trade deadline on Monday.The 29-year-old Maliksi has had a career resurgence this season for Star, averaging a career-best 13.4 points on 41 percent shooting from three and 2.9 rebounds this season, enough for him to earn a nod to the Gilas Pilipinas squad in the 2017 Seaba Championship last May.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJavier, meanwhile, has struggled to find playing time in his first year in the pros after a stellar career from the University of the East.The two are expected to bring immediate impact to Blackwater, which is hoping to advance to the quarterfinals for only the second time in its franchise history. Stephens tells best friend Keys: ‘I wish it could have been a draw’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Gamalinda on the other hand is averaging 7.22 points on a 53 percent shooting from three to go with 3.8 rebounds this conference.Pascual is also hoping to finally get the break with the Hotshots after seeing his numbers dip in the import-laden conferences. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City
NBA legend Mutombo looking to purchase Houston Rockets
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Several interested buyers have already stepped up to the plate, including NBA Hall of Famer and former Rockets player Dikembe Mutombo.“I’m working on it,” the 51-year-old Congolese-American told Fox 26 regarding the possible purchase.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 stars“I’m talking to a lot of people already since [Monday]. We’ll see. I’m just talking to the people who can cut the check and they can make me be part of it. I’m working on that.”Mutombo, who retired as a Rocket after serving as Yao Ming’s back-up from 2004 to 2009, shared his willingness to purchase the franchise after missing the opportunity to buy his former team, Atlanta Hawks, in 2015. Robredo: 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 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo with his signature finger wag (AP Photo/David Goldman)The Houston Rockets are currently experiencing a major shake-up on their roster and front-office personnel.News that team owner Leslie Alexander has put the Western Conference powerhouse team up for sale hugged headlines earlier this week.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Chalmers back with Grizzlies after season on sidelines Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “A lot of people think it’s a great thing. It’s a great opportunity. Now it’s just a question of the number,” he said.“There’s going to be a lot of discussion and a lot of cash. I missed my opportunity two years ago with the Atlanta Hawks.”The polarizing figure, once known as “Mt. Mutombo,” also acknowledged the Rockets as a strong contender this year, with Chris Paul joining James Harden under coach Mike D’Antoni’s uptempo system.“It’s like someone who’s already sitting on the runway trying to take off,” he noted. “That’s what kind of team the Rockets are right now. The Rockets are a great franchise. They have a great team. They’ve got great coaches, great basketball players, great staff. Whoever is coming in, it’s not like they’re going to have to rebuild it.”He added: “It’s one of the best franchises right now. It’s really the right time.” Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments
9 months agoMan Utd willing to allow Valencia to join Inter Milan
Man Utd willing to allow Valencia to join Inter Milanby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are ready to allow captain Antonio Valencia to run down his contract this season.The Mirror says United have no intention of triggering a 12-month extension option in Valencia’s current deal, which will expire this summer.With this in mind, Valencia’s representatives have begun negotiating a move to Inter Milan for the Ecuadorian right-back, who has played just eight times this season.Inter reportedly want to sign the 33-year-old during the January transfer window but United don’t want to weaken Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad without bringing in a replacement.Valencia has played just once under Solskjaer having fallen out of favour under the Norwegian’s predecessor, Jose Mourinho. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Proposed Conservative parental tax credit would cost 600M or more PBO
OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s proposed tax credit for parents would cost the federal government over $600 million dollars in lost revenues in the first year — and this could go even higher, says a new report by the federal budget watchdog.The parliamentary budget office report released Thursday said Bill C-394, which would offer a tax credit for those on parental leave, would result in foregone revenues of $607.6 million in 2018-19.As a non-refundable tax credit, not all families would be able to claim the total amount in the first year. This means a further $261 million would likely be added to the costs of the measure in future years, PBO calculations found.Scheer tabled his private member’s bill in February, promoting it as a way to help parents offset taxes owing on their maternity and parental leave.It is, so far, one of the few concrete policy proposals he has put forward publicly since becoming Conservative leader.“When parents go on EI parental or maternity leave, they sacrifice up to 45 per cent of their salary,” Scheer said during second reading of his bill two weeks ago. “After making that sacrifice, they have to pay tax on the benefits they receive. With tax being withheld from every cheque, it means that families with a parent on leave see their take-home benefits cut down and many get hit with an extra tax bill afterwards when they file their income taxes.”The parliamentary budget office delved into the projected costs of the credit, using employment insurance claim data.The tax credit, as proposed, would allow parents on maternity or parental leave to reduce their taxes by 15 per cent.Quebec residents receiving benefits under that province’s separate provincial parental insurance plan would also be eligible for a tax credit for an equivalent amount.The total cost for 2018-19 of $607.6 million would rise incrementally each year for the next five years, the PBO found.Additional costs for families who do not claim their full amounts would result in additional costs of $261 million the first year, which could also rise incrementally, or could get even larger in a single year, then drop in subsequent years, depending on how many people claim it.The report also measured how the tax credit could impact the Trudeau government’s new EI parental sharing benefit that will offer more weeks of parental leave for families where both parents take time off to care for a newborn.Scheer’s parental tax credit would increase the cost of this measure by another $24.1 million, the reported estimated.An official with Scheer’s office says internal cost estimates for the tax credit came in at about $900 million a year, which falls in line with the budget watchdog’s findings.It appears unlikely Scheer’s tax credit will be adopted. During debate on the bill last month, Liberal and NDP MPs poked holes in the policy, saying it doesn’t address the real needs of parents.“The tax proposal being presented here would not do half of what it promises it would do,” said Liberal MP Adam Vaughan.“It certainly would have very little impact on the most vulnerable families in this country and it would not provide a firm or comprehensive tradeoff that would allow our government to support it.”NDP MP Niki Ashton said she felt the spirit of the bill may be honourable, but since many Canadians are not eligible for parental leave in the first place, many would not benefit.“We want to be clear that the NDP supports the idea that we need to invest in Canadian families and in new parents, but we disagree with the proposal that has been put forward by the Conservative leader — a proposal that will increase inequality as it will do nothing to help lower-income families.”
QuickQuotes some of what was said about US decision to slap tariffs
OTTAWA – The American decision to levy tariffs against Canadian steel and aluminum exports prompted quick retaliation on Thursday, with Canada promising tit-for-tat levies of its own. Here is a selection of quotes on the issue:—“Canada intends to impose tariffs against imports of steel, aluminum and other products from the United States, representing the total value of 2017 Canadian exports affected by the U.S. measures, that is $16.6 billion. We are imposing dollar-for-dollar tariffs for every dollar levied against Canadians by the U.S.” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.—“These countermeasures will take effect on July 1, 2018. They will remain in place until the United States eliminates its trade-restrictive measures against Canada.” Freeland.—“The numbers are clear: The United States has a $2 billion US surplus in steel trade with Canada — and Canada buys more American steel than any other country in the world, half of U.S. steel exports.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.—“That Canada could be considered a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable.” Trudeau.—“These tariffs are an affront to the long-standing security partnership between Canada and the United States and, in particular, to the thousands of Canadians who have fought and died alongside American comrades-in-arms.” Trudeau.—“This is not about the American people. We have to believe that at some point, common sense will prevail. But we see no sign of that in this action today by the U.S. administration.” Trudeau.—“If Canada and Mexico choose to take retaliatory measures, it would not affect the ability to keep renegotiating NAFTA as a separate track. If any of these parties does retaliate, that does not mean that there cannot be continuing negotiations.” U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.—“We need to have the appropriate responses. We need to be thoughtful about this, but at the same time we need to send a clear response and signal saying that ‘Look, we’re a trusted partner, we’re deeply disappointed, and we’re going to stand up for our workers and for our industry’.” Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains.—“This short-sighted decision is an attack on Ontario’s steel industry and its workers. It is not the action of a friend, an ally or economic partner.” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.—“The decision of the U.S. administration is an unfortunate outcome for the North American economy. Steel and aluminum are a key component of countless manufactured goods. Because of the deep integration of manufacturing supply chains, the tariffs will drive prices up for all consumers.” Dennis Darby, president and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.—“This is a risk that we’ve highlighted in our monetary policy report in the past, the risk of protectionism and the fear of the tit-for-tat responses.” Sylvain Leduc, deputy governor of the Bank of Canada.—“Construction, autos and machinery manufacturing comprise 80 per cent of total domestic steel consumption and their input costs would rise. With costs going up, jobs and prices would take a hit.” Michael Burt, executive director of industrial economic trends at the Conference Board of Canada.—“Retail margins are narrow. So at some point it would have an impact on price.” Karl Littler, vice-president of public affairs for the Retail Council of Canada.—“On a long-term basis, if you’re raising the price of probably the biggest raw material input in a vehicle, you’re going to make any production of vehicles in Canada and the U.S. less competitive against foreign manufacturers and it might suddenly make Asian imports more attractive to consumers.” Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association.