Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I have to see the banners,” said Rivers, who, remember, coached the Boston Celtics team that lost the 2010 NBA Finals to the Lakers in seven games (during which, current Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 7.6 assists for the Celtics).Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Two years before that, Rivers and Rondo – who also will miss Friday’s game, sidelined with a grade 3 sprain to his right ring finger – did their part to delay the Lakers’ 16th championship banner, beating them in six games for the title.But even though the Clippers have won 21 of their past 24 games against the Lakers, theirs is no Lakers-Celtics rivalry.The Clippers have no championship banners, nor do they have any All-Stars as of yet on their roster; the Lakers have three All-Stars, including James, a perennial pick.The Lakers are, according to Forbes, valued at $3.3 billion, second-most in the NBA. At $2.15 billion, the Clippers rank eighth on that list. The Lakers are averaging 18,997 fans per home game, according to ESPN, which has the Clippers bringing in 17,063. Clippers still without Montrezl Harrell, who is in a 7-day quarantine Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie Fans might get to see Marjanovic – who is averaging 7.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in sporadic action this season – on Friday. Rivers said he likes how he matches up against centers who don’t often shoot 3-pointers, a description that fits the Lakers’ Ivica Zubac, Tyson Chandler (and, if he’s available following a bout of pneumonia, JaVale McGee).Related Articles PLAYA VISTA — If you’re a friend of Clippers coach Doc Rivers and you were hoping he could hook you up with tickets to see LeBron James live this holiday season, you’re out of luck.For one thing, James is recovering from a strained groin and is expected to miss the game between L.A.’s NBA teams on Friday night at Staples Center. For another: This will be the Lakers’ home game, and so the Clippers will be guests in their own building – thus, the reduced allotment of tickets.“Where it gets different is people call you for tickets and you have to explain to them, ‘It’s the Lakers’ game guys, it’s not our home game so I don’t have as many tickets,’ ” Rivers said at his team’s practice Thursday. “No matter how many times you say that, they look at you dumbfounded like, ‘Don’t you get the same seats?’ ‘Well, no, we don’t.’ ”That’s not the only difference, of course. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed There also are some commonalities – they share a hallway, and before the Lakers tipped off against Sacramento on Thursday night, identical 20-14 records, which puts them both in playoff contention for now. They’re also both top-10 in the NBA in pace and scoring.And both teams have players who produce “M-V-P!” chants when they’re at the free-throw line.For the Lakers, that’s James, who Thursday was named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year for the third time – and who is, arguably, the greatest basketball player of all time.For the Clippers, it’s Boban Marjanovic, the 7-foot-3 Serbian center who – fun fact – actually, statistically, is in that greatest-ever conversation too.At least according to the Player Efficiency Rating, a system developed by John Hollinger to sum up all of a player’s positive accomplishments, to subtract the negatives, and return a per-minute rating of that individual’s overall performance.By that metric, Marjanovic’s career PER of 27.8 is right there with Michael Jordan’s (27.9) and James’ (27.7). In his first three starts this season in place of McGee, Zubac has proved a difficult cover around the rim, averaging 17.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots.“He’s definitely done a great job for us and I think he’s earned the trust of his teammates and coaching staff,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said recently of the 7-foot-1 Croatian center. “So it’s nice to have that going for us right now with all the injuries and illnesses.”Count also on the heavily hyped Lakers and upstart Clippers sharing the same agenda when they finally meet, about 40 percent of the way into the season: They’ll both be fighting for an important Western Conference ‘W.’“Everybody’s gonna hype it up as Lakers vs. that other team, but we don’t really care about that,” the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell said after the Clippers hung on to defeat the Kings on Wednesday. “They gotta come in and lace their shoes up just like we gotta do, you know?“We’ll come in with an offensive and defensive game plan, we’re gonna look to execute on both ends of the floor and we’re looking to come out with the win. That’s all it’s about, man.”The Lakers’ Brandon Ingram drives to the basket as Clippers rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander defends during a preseason game at Honda Center. The teams have their first regular-season meeting on Friday night. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful”
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“We had three and possible four players from last year’s team move onto college hockey for next season through McLellan’s efforts.”Leaf treasurer Gord Davis said the Leafs are grateful for the continuous support of the community.But said the new executive will need to look at how to get more people back in the stands.“It was an okay year as we were close to break-even taking the (Leafs) Recycling Centre into consideration,” Davis explained.“(However) fan base numbers has not increased over the past few years and the club will need to focus on that area.”Davis said expenses are increasing although well controlled, adding the Leafs Recycling Centre is the glue that holds the team together, financially.“That’s what keeps hockey operations and game day tickets at a reasonable level,” Davis said, adding Nelson Leafs are always grateful for the support from the community which maintains the club as one of the top teams in the KIJHL.The Leafs recently completed a very successful spring camp that saw players from Burnaby Winter Club and Yale, Edge, Pursuit and Delta Academies to Edge Academy, Calgary AAA as well ass California AAA programs attend.“I can’t recall if Nelson Leafs have ever had a GM that did this much recruiting and is this well connected to Junior A and College programs before,” Martel said.The Nelson Leafs lost out to Beaver Valley in the first round of the KIJHL Murdoch Division playoffs.Leafs begin training camp for the KIJHL season in September.Before training camp, executive members will be attending the KIJHL AGM June 5-7 in Osoyoos. The Nelson Leafs hockey club dug into the “experience vault” to select its new executive that will guide the franchise into the 2015-16 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.The new executive, that includes former Nelson Mayor John Dooley and ex-Nelson Minor Hockey president Tony Maida, was selected during the team’s Annual General Meeting last week at the Nelson and District Community Complex.Wendy Maida and MJ Swetlikoe join Maida and Dooley, who comes with a ton of experience from time in Nelson Minor Hockey and the former Nelson Senior Maple Leafs Hockey Club, as newbies on the Leaf executive.Back for year two of their terms are Lauretta Wilson, Gordon Davis, Gioconda Maida-Gordon and Randy Horswill.“The new board has not met as of yet since both John Dooley and Tony Maida were not at the meeting and were voted in by proxy,” said former Leaf president Larry Martel, who, himself, was not re-elected to the board.Despite not finding a spot in the new executive, Martel is pleased at the direction the Leafs are heading.“I really like the direction the new coach (Dave McLellan) is taking the team,” Martel told The Nelson Daily.“He is a career professional coach and has been doing a lot more recruiting of players that I believe we have ever seen in Nelson before.”
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 3, 2015)–Santa Anita Park has announced that XpressBet.com will present a free Belmont/Santa Anita handicapping seminar this Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the track’s East Paddock Gardens. Hosted by top handicappers Jeff Siegel, Aaron Vercruysse and Millie Ball, the seminar will feature a complete analysis of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes as well as a comprehensive look at the Belmont Day card and Santa Anita’s 11-race program on Saturday.All attendees will receive a free issue of Thoro-Graph Sheets for the Belmont Stakes, and the first 100 fans will get a free American Pharoah hat.With Santa Anita-based American Pharoah seeking to become racing’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, there is tremendous interest in the Belmont Day racing card and a large crowd is expected at Santa Anita, which will open early Saturday at 8 a.m.Longtime stalwarts at HRTV, Siegel and Vercruysse are now in the process of developing The Stronach Group’s (TSG) digital efforts, while Ball is currently serving as Santa Anita’s daily simulcast paddock host along with Michelle Yu.First race post time on Friday is at 4 p.m. Admission gates will open for simulcast wagering at 11 a.m. ALL ATTENDEES TO RECEIVE FREE THORO-GRAPH SHEETS FOR BELMONT STAKES, FIRST 100 TO GET FREE AMERICAN PHAROAH CAP
21 July 2009 Commenting on the standard of intellectually disabled swimming, both locally and internationally, she said it “just keeps getting higher every year, which just makes Craig’s accolades all the more impressive.” Groenewald, who received the Most Successful Male Athlete Trophy from the President of the Senate of the Czech Parliament, scored more points than anyone else out of the 818 athletes in action at the Global Games. He also received the Top Male Swimmer award, thanks to his five individual gold medals and two relay bronze medals. Groenewald attributes his success to “dedication and preparation, and two tiring training sessions six days a week!” Paying tribute to those who helped the team shine in Hungary, Luus said: “Our athletes remain motivated, and our coaches, who are mostly teachers, are prepared to work hard as volunteers in their schools and areas.” The basketball team started their campaign with promise, thrashing Hungary, but their challenge was soon derailed by a spate of injuries to key players. Bongi Shongwe, national basketball convener, said that despite the “bumps in the road our players still did their very best, and salvaged a seventh place finish. ‘Dedication and preparation’ Table tennis Champion Groenewald is no stranger to success, having been declared the top male swimmer at both the 4th and 5th INAS-FID (International Federation for people with Intellectual Disability) World Swimming Championships in 2005 and 2007 respectively. He was also a medalist at the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Ina Fowler, national swimming convener for intellectually disabled swimmers, believes that “Craig’s achievements are absolutely incredible.” She explained: “He got gold medals in all but one of his individual events, and we are so proud of him.” The second edition of the Global Games, which featured intellectually-impaired athletes from over 40 countries, were held in Liberec, Jablonec nad Nisou and Cesky Dub in the Czech Republic. South Africa’s team was 57-strong, with the country’s athletes competing in athletics, basketball, futsal, swimming and table tennis. He identified the lack of regular international exposure for South African players as a stumbling block. However, he was optimistic that the country could make its mark, saying: “With better structures in place, both provincially and nationally, we can become a force in the international table tennis arena.” Vogel further praised the South African team management. “The wonderful team of managers was a pleasure to work with,” she said, “and their hard work and good grace was recognised as the large team of Czech volunteers selected SA as the best managed country. So we know that the world took notice of South Africa.” The result, which could have very easily been bettered had the team not lost out to eventual winners Portugal by a goal in the dying seconds of their last crucial group encounter, was nevertheless “something to be proud of,” said Navigator Mangadi, the national convener for both football and futsal. Lizzie Vogel, the President of SASA-II (South Africa Sports Association for the Intellectually Impaired) was both proud of and pleased with the 21 medals that the South African team brought home. “It takes dedication and perseverance to be able to achieve on the international stage,” she said, “and I am just so happy that the hard work of all the athletes was rewarded with medals.” “The team has been improving a lot over the last two years, and if we can keep the team together we will achieve in the years to come.” The men’s team finished as the third most successful country in the athletics code, bagging three gold, two silver and three bronze medals over the course of the competition in a range of disciplines. The Eastern Cape’s Khanti Mncedi was the most successful of South Africa’s athletes, with an individual haul of two gold medals and one silver medal. “Although Mncedi was the standout athlete, it took a team effort for the men to be the third most successful country in the athletics competition.” The swimming team captured a total of 11 medals, and established many South African records along the way in both men’s and women’s individual events and relay events – an indication that the standards of intellectually-disabled swimming in the country is constantly improving. The futsal team, which was the first South African futsal team to representing the country at an international event, placed a very respectable fifth overall. ‘We are very proud’ Rocky Makgoka, the national athletics convener, was also full of praise for her athletes, who took home a total of 10 medals in individual and relay events. She said: “Nearly every athlete who attended the games has won a medal, and that was because our athletes were motivated and had trained very hard in the months and weeks leading up to the tour. South African team SAinfo reporter Piet Nhlapo, the national convener for table tennis, commented: “Although we have a lot of table tennis talent in the country, we still have a long way to go to meet the current international standard of countries like China.” The sole table tennis representative Thelma Mabena did well to beat one of her higher ranking opponents in the women’s individual competition. Team South Africa excelled at the 2009 Global Games for intellectually impaired athletes, which took place in the Czech Republic earlier this month, with swimmer Craig Groenewald winning the award for best male athlete of the Games and the men’s athletics team placing third overall. “For first time performers on the international stage, to be ranked fifth is not something that we were expecting, so we are very proud of our boys,” he said. “The girls’ relay team medaled in four of the five relay events, so the coaches and management are very happy with the all-round performance of the squad,” said concluded. In 12 attempts at the Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swimming event, Groenewald, competing against the able-bodied swimmers in the Iron Man category, is unbeaten. Tribute The South African team general manager Theuns Luus was very pleased with the team’s results. “This is all about hard work over many years, from school level up to club level, and this is just the beginning of much more to come in the future.” Success and depth She added: “We are obviously ecstatic that Craig (Groenewald) was chosen as the most successful athlete, as success breeds success, and it is good for the younger athletes who are just starting their international careers to feel what is like to be part of a successful international campaign.” ‘A team effort’ Fowler added that “the entire team had a successful championship; in many cases we had two or three swimmers in a final, so that also shows that we have depth in our squad. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Brand South Africa convenes high level forum to develop integrated approach to building South Africa’s competitivenessJohannesburg, Monday 21 October 2013 –To build confidence in our future and realise the vision of our National Development Plan, we need to position South Africa as a dynamic competitor in the global marketplace.Competitive companies not only offer great products and services, they brand and market their offerings competitively.How do we do that as a country?What do we need to do make the nation’s logo a symbol as potently positive in the responses it generates of as, say, Apple’s Apple?What are the sources of South Africa’s competitiveness? Where do we have a competitive edge? What stands in the way of our reaching our full potential?To what extent are we being held back by negative perceptions, to what extent by negative realities?What can we fix with better marketing and reputation management? What can only be fixed with better policies, implementation and delivery? What are the roles of government, the private sector, civil society and media?To consider these questions and help build consensus around answers, Brand South Africa is convening the first ever SA Competitiveness Forum.The Forum will bring together leaders from all sectors of society who collectively help determine our place in global minds and markets and our ranking in influential global indices.Participants will look at how South Africa stacks up against the world under five themes and consider what needs to be done to raise the nation’s game, both from a delivery and a perceptions perspective.The five themes are:Education skills and labourManufacturing and related industryGovernance and leadershipInfrastructureFDI attractivenessThe Forum will also look at how the talent, skills, knowledge and influence of South Africa’s diaspora, which Brand SA is working to connect and mobilise through its Global South Africans initiative, can be harnessed in support of the country’s value proposition.From the discussions will flow a better understanding, backed by specific recommendations and action items, of how all South Africans, at every level can play a part in making our country a truly competitive nation brand.Partners in this inaugural Brand South Africa initiative include: Deloitte, the International Women’s Forum (SA), the Reputation Institute, Manufacturing Circle, the Department of Trade and Industry, Proudly South Africa, the National Planning Commission, WITS Business School and PMR Africa.Citizens wishing to attend this conference should register online at: http://www.brandsouthafrica.com/projects/sa-competitiveness-forum/sacf-registration. Only 200 citizens will have the opportunity to be part of this historic Conference that will be a watershed in our country’s growth path.Note to EditorsInternational Women’s Forum (SA)The International Women’s Forum (IWF) is a global organisation of preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement who come together across national and international boundaries to share knowledge and ideas, enrich lives, provide a network of support and exert influence. Through its Leadership Foundation, the IWF helps prepare future generations of women leaders. With forums throughout North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the IWF facilitates networking among women of achievement and promotes opportunities for women in leadership. Founded in 1982 in the United States, the IWF has grown across five continents into 26 nations and 60 affiliated forum locations and currently has a membership of over 5 000 women leaders. The International Women’s Forum of South Africa (IWFSA) was established in 2000. IWFSA currently has some 70 members drawn from government, business, the sciences, the arts and numerous other areas.Reputation InstituteReputation Institute is a leading reputation-based advisory firm, founded in 1997. The most prominent management tool is the RepTrak model for analysing the reputations of companies and institutions – best known via the Forbes-published Global RepTrak 100, the world’s largest study of corporate reputations.DeloitteUnder the Deloitte brand, around 200,000 professionals in independent firms globally, collaborate to provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management and tax services to selected clients. Deloitte is one of Africa’s leading professional services firms. It provides these services through nearly 3,800 people in 9 offices in South Africa and 17 cities in Southern Africa. Deloitte is the South African member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Deloitte aims to drive economic growth, capitalise on business opportunities and respond productively to challenges. Through its business, it supports the creation of a sustainable and prosperous society.Manufacturing CircleThe Manufacturing Circle was formed in 2008. It interacts with government and other stakeholders in order to review, debate and help formulate policies which will have a positive impact on South Africa’s manufacturing base. The Manufacturing Circle is made up of a number of South Africa’s leading medium to large manufacturing companies from a wide range of industries. Some of the members are leading South African exporters of manufactured goods to markets around the globe, others are locally based and locally focused companies competing with the best in the world. There is one common denominator among them and that is a passion for manufacturing, coupled with a fervent belief that for South Africa to be economically strong, its manufacturing sector must be strong. A strong and developing manufacturing sector will drive the creation of skilled and semi-skilled jobs in the South African economy.Department of Trade and IndustryThe Department of Trade and Industry is headed by Minister Rob Davies. The Department aims to facilitate transformation of the economy to promote industrial development, investment, competitiveness and employment creation.Proudly South AfricanFirst conceived at the Presidential Job Summit in 1998, the Proudly South African Campaign was born out of socio-economic necessity to create jobs, under the leadership of the former South African President, Nelson Mandela. Through the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), the Proudly South African Campaign was launched in 2001 and supported by Government, Organised Business (BUSA), Organised Labour and Organised Community.The Proudly South African “buy local” campaign encourages the nation to buy local products and make use of local services, in an effort to stimulate the local economy and help create jobs. Proudly SA also promotes national pride, patriotism and social cohesion. When consumers buy locally produced products and support local service providers, the local economy is stimulated and sustainable job opportunities are created. By supporting local producers and manufacturers (by buying goods which carry the Proudly South African logo or a ‘Made in South Africa’ label) each and every South African can contribute towards creating a bigger demand for home grown products and services; stimulating South Africa’s economic growth; helping to prevent job losses and helping to create job opportunities.National Planning CommissionThe National Planning Commission is chaired by the Minister in the Presidency for National Planning, Trevor Manuel. The NPC is responsible for developing a long-term vision and strategic plan for South Africa. It will also advise on cross-cutting issues that impact on South Africa’s long-term development. The NPC’s mandate is to take a broad, cross-cutting, independent and critical view of SA, to help define the country we seek to achieve by 2030 and to map out a path to achieve those objectives. The Commission has produced the National Development Plan, which is the blueprint for a successful South Africa. The establishment of the NPC is government’s promise to its citizens that it is building a state that will grow the economy, reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of all citizens.PMR AfricaPMR Africa offers consulting, research and risk management services. The PMR Africa national survey measures ‘excellence’ according to eleven attributes, which include customer service, BEE, social responsibility and sustainable development. Its questionnaires are developed with the input of key role-players in the specific industries. PMR also generates country profiles, with information on nations’ economic and social standing and puts together community profiles. These community surveys and the collection of data on local dynamics constitute a vital source of information. The purpose of this survey is to strengthen the strategies of communities, as well as to empower communities.Wits Business SchoolThe Wits Business School mission is to establish and maintain excellence in scholarship in business and management education, through the promotion of research and teaching in the various business and management disciplines. WBS has a strong reputation as a leading business school provider of MBA and other Masters business degree courses, and an extensive range of short-course executive education, leadership development, and corporate learning options. As one of the leading business schools in South Africa, its terrain of knowledge and activity is local, African, and international. WBS academic faculty is drawn from a number of nationalities including Sweden, Great Britain, Germany, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Ireland, USA and Madagascar. Approximately half of its academic fulltime staff is non-South African. The visiting faculty is primarily based in the United States, and it has representation from several other countries.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected] Ends
Jeff Capel Quinn CookDuke senior guard Quinn Cook, one of the few upperclassmen who saw meaningful time for the Blue Devils on the floor during the NCAA Tournament, has a great relationship with the team’s coaching staff. Thursday, we saw yet another example of that fact in action.Duke assistant Jeff Capel posted a photo of a note that Cook left him on his office door from yesterday. In the note, Cook writes that he “came through” to talk to Capel. Capel’s response? “You most definitely came through.” Well done.Cook had a fantastic NCAA Tournament, averaging 13.5 points per game as he led the Blue Devils to their fifth national title. He’s out of eligibility, but we have a feeling that he’ll still be a fan favorite for quite some time.
Thanks in large part to The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon, the last of 17 bears scheduled to be relocated from virtually barren concrete pits at a Georgia roadside zoo arrived this week at their new home at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado.The bears — including two who have since given birth — finally have the freedom to explore, roam, and nest in acres of natural habitat as well as the opportunity to enjoy nutritious food, including fresh fruits and vegetables. The move was a result of a collaborative effort among PETA, Simon (after whom PETA’s Virginia headquarters is named), and the Atlanta Humane Society.At Black Forest Bear Park in Helen, Ga., the bears showed signs of severe stress such as pacing, had little protection from the elements, and were forced to beg tourists for rotten pieces of apples, a federal law violation for which the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) cited the facility. The government also cited Black Forest — which, with the departure of the bears, has now closed for good — for housing the bears in unsafe and decrepit enclosures that contained rust, jagged edges, and protruding bolts.“Thanks to Sam Simon, these bears went from the miserable existence that they endured for years to the freedom and joy that they’re experiencing today,” says PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. “Bears don’t belong in roadside zoos, deprived of everything that’s natural and important to them, including being able to feel the earth beneath their feet.”Black Forest was one of a number of substandard facilities featured in a formal petition that PETA submitted to the USDA for bear-specific welfare standards. After more than a year of inaction on the petition, PETA sued the agency, which weeks later published it in the Federal Register and is seeking public comments.For more information, please visit PETA.org or click here.Source:PETA
CALGARY – A major merger could be in the works in Canada’s oil patch.Husky Energy Inc. is making a hostile bid to acquire MEG Energy Corp. in a transaction valued at $6.4 billion.In a statement issued Sunday afternoon, Husky says the proposed merger “will create a stronger Canadian energy company.”The new, Calgary-based operation would have the capacity to produce more than 400,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.The proposal has been unanimously approved by Husky’s board of directors, and will be open for acceptance by MEG shareholders until Jan. 16.Husky says MEG’s board refuses to discuss the deal, which led to the takeover bid.“Husky is confident the proposed transaction is in the best interests of Husky and MEG shareholders, employees and stakeholders,” Husky CEO Rob Peabody said in a statement.“However, to date, the MEG Board of Directors has refused to engage in a discussion on the merits of a transaction, giving us no option but to bring this offer directly to MEG shareholders.”Husky says the combined company “will have an improved opportunity to accelerate new projects in Canada compared to two separate entities.”It says it expects the deal to close in the first quarter of 2019, subject to regulator approval.
In a letter, Chief Executive Officer for NPSCU, Mitchel Chilcott says the closing of the branch is based on the lack of members and the increase in costs.“The business decision to reconsolidate our Taylor Branch with Fort St. John effective January 1, 2019, was made in consideration of decreasing volumes, low member traffic and an increase in costs.”The Credit Union is now in the process of coordinating the removal of equipment and furnishings from the premises.Chilcot says that despite the Credit Union leaving Taylor, they will continue to support the community. TAYLOR, B.C. – The Taylor Branch of the North Peace Savings & Credit Union has announced that they will be vacating the premises as of May 31, 2019.The announcement came when the Credit Union let the lease expire on November 30, 2018.NPSCU currently occupies an office space that is within the District Office, under a lease agreement with the District of Taylor.