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Moose Jaw wants to challenge Norway for tallest moose statue title

first_imgMOOSE JAW, Sask. — The City of Moose Jaw, Sask., is on the antlers of a dilemma — how to reclaim the title of having the world’s tallest moose statue?For decades its Mac the Moose statue held the record at almost 10 metres tall.But then Norway put up a silver moose statue between its capital city of Oslo and Trondheim, narrowly edging out Mac by 30 centimetres.Now, Tourism Moose Jaw has launched a campaign asking for suggestions on how the city can win back the title.One idea is to have Mac the Moose wear a Saskatchewan Roughriders helmet. Some people in Norway are aware of the campaign and say they are prepared to lock antlers with Moose Jaw to retain the honour of having the tallest statue.Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie said he’s taking the fight personally, noting his family has a connection to Mac because it was named after his wife’s great-uncle and former city councillor, Les MacKenzie.“There are some things you just don’t do to Canadians — you don’t water down their beer, you don’t tell them they can’t put maple syrup on their pancakes and you don’t mess with Mac the Moose,” Tolmie said Thursday.“(The Norwegians) purposely built a moose bigger than ours, but we’re going to be dignified and we’re going to win.”Longtime city resident Clayton Boyer said regaining the title is imperative.“I think we’ve lost a little bit of our sparkle,” he said, adding a top hat would help Mac grow a few feet.People in the community have started a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $50,000 towards whatever addition is decided for the statue.Tourism Moose Jaw notes that Mac weighs 9,000 kilograms and has been luring visitors to the city since 1984.The statue won an award in 2013 for being Moose Jaw’s best celebrity. (CJME, The Canadian Press) CJME, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Help Us Find Families Who Have Been Separated At The Border

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneImmigrant families released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) take respite at Catholic Charities in McAllen while waiting on disposition of their deportation cases.The federal government’s recent “zero tolerance” policy for undocumented immigrants crossing the border has led to more than 2,300 children being separated from their parents or guardians. The Texas Tribune has interviewed a number of those parents at local shelters, immigration detention centers, international bridges and bus stations.Although the government says it has a plan to reunify these families, its most recent figures say roughly 2,000 kids remain separated from their parents, with adults and children housed in shelters and detention centers scattered across the country. Members of Congress, immigration lawyers and advocates say they’ve seen little detail about the reunification plan and little evidence that it’s been deployed.The Texas Tribune and ProPublica are partnering with media organizations in the U.S. and Latin America to gather vital information about the children and immigrants who have become the focus of an international controversy.The map below identifies facilities where children may be held. We are asking anyone who has direct knowledge about a separated family or a facility where children are being held to reach out to us. Information can be submitted anonymously or with names. It will not be made public without the permission of those involved. Sharelast_img read more

Excricketers join hands to encourage players from backward classes

first_imgSudama Premier League, a cricket tournament to be held in Delhi, is one of the boldest initiatives of encouraging talent from the financially backward classes of the society by Prasar, (People’s Right and Social Research Centre) a non-profit NGO. The promoters have taken the novel way of sourcing players from the BPL and EWS categories for the cricket tournament through screening. These players were trained by luminaries from the cricket world and shaped up in the T20 format to compete with other teams in the tournament. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfKapil Dev, a legendary captain of the Indian Cricket Team, inaugurated the match and spoke with the teams to motivate them and guide their performances to the optimum levels. Atul Wassan, a cricketer of the Indian team and well-known commentator, also graced the occasion to mentor the players. On being asked for an autograph by a player, Kapil Dev said, “I want to see the world requesting your autograph, not mine. That is the motive of this initiative.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIndia has an untapped bouquet of unlimited talent and skills which ‘Prasar’ has endeavored to bring into the public stage. This will motivate these players to overcome the challenges they face due to lack of resources, and this unique format and a bold initiative will also render an exercise in nation building and social engineering.To make the event a grand success, an open and transparent screening was conducted which witnessed a turnover of 750 youths in the age group of 16 years to 23 years from East, West, North and South Delhi regions. The trials that followed for a final selection yielded 300 young and talented boys who have undergone mentorship and guidance under Atul Wassan, Sanjeev Sharma, K. Hariharan and have also been given uniforms, cricket kits, and other amenities during the training period for free. The trained boys will now play in the cricket tournament being held in batches from February 14 to March 11, 2018. The opening ceremony was thrown open with stalwarts from the sport, speaking and motivating the young team members. This was followed with stellar performances by groups showcasing talent on the field providing wholesome entertainment to the audience. The winners in the tournament will then be sent to an international cricket academy for further training and the runners-up will be sent to cricket training academies all over India for special training. The entire training will be free of cost for the winners and the runners-up.Sudama Premier League is a lifetime opportunity to dream big and see these dreams take the form of reality.last_img read more