8th Tourist Forum of Continental Croatia “Cultural tourism and perspectives for the development of religious tourism in Croatia”

first_imgThe Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Vukovar County Chamber and the LUX Promotion Agency are jointly organizing the 8th Continental Croatia Tourist Forum, which will be held on October 3 and 4 at the Pastoral Center in Vukovar.This year’s theme of the Tourist Forum is “Cultural tourism and perspectives for the development of religious tourism in Croatia.” The aim of the Tourist Forum is to present the real possibilities of the development of religious tourism in Croatia as well as to open an expert discussion on the topic of whether religious tourism is part of cultural tourism or a separate selective form of tourism.The presentations will be given on the first day by numerous lecturers (preliminary program can be found in the accompanying documents), and a panel discussion on the topic will be held on the second day Cultural tourism vs. religious. The organizers will certainly take the opportunity to present to all participants in the program the key religious and cultural tourist attractions of the easternmost Croatian county, holders of the label EDEN destination in cultural tourism.Look for the application form and the Forum program HERElast_img read more

The new Collective Agreement for Workers of Jadran dd brings better working conditions

first_imgA new Collective Agreement of Jadran dd Crikvenica and an Agreement to the Collective Agreement were signed, by which the employer undertook to pay all employees in the operations department the salary for the months of June, July and August in the amount of HRK 1,000.00 as a non-taxable receipt. “All employees who have concluded an employment contract with the employer on the basis of this KU, or whose salary is determined in accordance with the Tariff Annex, for the month of June, July and August 2019 to pay a stimulating part of the salary in the amount of 6 percent”Point out from Jadran dd Crikvenica. The entry of new owners with fresh capital into the ownership structure created preconditions for more intensive investments in the improvement of accommodation capacities, and the expansion of business on the Makarska Riviera brought a significant increase in accommodation capacities, says the President of Jadran dd Goran Fabris. “We currently manage nine hotels of different categories in the area of ​​Crikvenica and Makarska with more than 1.600 accommodation units, and three camps with 1.130 pitches available to tourists. Last year was a time of clearing the debts of the past, and this year I expect an increase in income by about 30 percent with a significant increase in the profitability rate. ” concludes Fabrice. Total operating revenues in 2018 amounted to 91.521.423 kuna and are 9 percent higher than operating revenues generated the year before. The highest growth in operating revenues, as much as 16 percent more than in 2017, was recorded in hotels on the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera. But that is only part of the news and the improvement of working conditions for Adriatic workers. The new Collective Agreement increases the basic number of days for workers to calculate annual leave from 18 to 22 days, increases the number of days of paid leave for certain categories (for the birth of a child from 3 to 5 days, for blood donation from 1 to 2, in one year the worker can use a maximum of 10 days, and so far he could 6 days of paid leave), the incentive part of the salary was increased from 30% to 50%, solidarity assistance for the birth of a child was introduced in the amount of non-taxable amount, for transportation costs and on routes shorter than 2 km, and it was agreed that in the case of double work with breaks longer than 6 hours, the employee is entitled to payment in the amount of an individual ticket for each time of arrival at work. According to the business plan, in the next three years they plan capital investments in Jadran dd in the amount of 117 million euros, which will increase the categorization of accommodation capacities to the level of 3 to 5 stars. In 2018, there are two key events for the company. First, the takeover of the majority stake in Jadran dd by two mandatory pension insurance funds – PBZ Croatia osiguranje and Erste plavi in ​​the first half of the year, and the takeover of Club Adriatic doo by Jadran dd in the second half of last year. The Tariff Annex has also been amended and the coefficients in operations have been increased. A larger number of jobs has been introduced (for example, we have had one job in the restaurant department so far: waiter, waiter and head of the hall, with the new tariff annex we have the following jobs in that department: waiter II, waiter I, bartender II, bartender I , waiter III, waiter II, waiter I and head of the hall) and thus enabled the workers to advance, which according to the tariff annex established so far was not possible, points out the Trade Union Commissioner of STUH in Jadran dd Crikvenica, Ivan Blažević. Increased revenues, announced new investments last_img read more

2017: The Unexpected (and inspiring) Year of the Woman

first_imgFrom the office windows and balconies of those in power, it looked as though a tide was swallowing cities whole.It was an amazing, powerful moment full of hope.But there was no unifying message, no concrete demand, no specific goal or 10-point action plan.Now we see: There didn’t have to be.The women’s march ignited an energy that roiled and swelled through the rest of the year.By the end of 2017, a seismic change in American culture began toppling dozens of sexual predators in the #MeToo movement.A surge of female candidates ran for office and won a stunning number of elections, from city mayors to the nation’s statehouses. Categories: Editorial, OpinionIt didn’t feel like this on Jan. 1, did it?But 360-something days later, 2017 has turned out to be the Unexpected Year of the Woman.A shocker, yes. Because remember, 2016 was supposed to be the official, glass-shattering Year of the Woman. Hillary Clinton made history as the first female major-party candidate for president.Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson became the first woman to head a U.S. combatant command.Kathryn Smith was hired as the first female NFL coach. American women did the job at the Olympics, clanking home with the majority of the country’s medals.Harriet Tubman was picked to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.Three women of color – a record number – were elected to the Senate.And at long last a woman, Samantha Bee, joined the dude-dominated lineup of late-night shows.Then came the backlash.Even though the majority of American voters elected a woman to the White House, the electoral college – a convoluted institution created by men – gave the presidency to a man with 2.8 million fewer votes.And that man, Donald Trump, made a hobby of objectifying women, insulting women and openly bragging about grabbing women. And it felt as though 2017 might be the year that the massive boulder women have been pushing uphill for centuries rolled back down.But no.It turned out to be the exact opposite, and, in a way, far more powerful than any of the milestones of 2016.The year began with what was believed to be the largest march the country has ever seen.On Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration, women and the men who support them filled the streets, plazas and squares of Washington and cities across the country, as well as across the world.It was a breathtaking mass of humanity.On the ground in the nation’s capital, it felt as though no square foot of land was empty.center_img It was 51 percent of the population demanding long-overdue change in the way we are treated.In one year, our nation went from a place where 46 percent of American voters didn’t mind having a commander in chief who brags about grabbing women’s genitals to a place where a celebrity chef who allegedly gropes his female employees isn’t considered fit to be in the kitchen.We are officially traveling at warp speed, my friends.The Unexpected Year of the Woman was breathtaking, and the momentum can’t be stopped.Watch out, 2018.Petula Dvorak is a columnist with The Washington Post’s local team who writes about homeless shelters politics and social issues.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes “Women claimed big victories” with the Nov. 7 elections “in a night that marked many firsts and could signal the start of a sea change for women in politics,” wrote Governing magazine, a publication not known for breathless declarations on culture and feminism.“The sheer volume of success for women candidates was a surprise to many, mainly because they were running against incumbents who historically win re-election 90 percent of the time.But not this year. Incumbents in Georgia, New Jersey and Virginia all lost their seats to women.”The milestones women achieved last year were significant, for sure. But for the most part, they were seals of approval bestowed upon women by the patriarchy.Women made progress because men at male-led institutions scooted their chairs over a bit – just a bit – and let a few women join their circle of power.But what happened in 2017? That was organic and driven by women.It was a massive shift in our culture.last_img read more

Jakarta not ready to enter ‘new normal’, LaporCOVID-19 survey suggests

first_imgA survey conducted by LaporCOVID-19 (Report COVID-19) community reveals that Jakarta is not yet ready to enter the so-called “new normal” as the capital is gearing up to ease social restrictions. Based on the survey, the group has expressed concern that the new normal policy might instead cause a spike in transmission as there is low risk perception of COVID-19 among Jakarta residents. The survey took place between May 29 and June 2 in collaboration with Singapore’s Nanyang Technology University (NTU) Social Resilience Lab. It was aimed at finding how Jakartans perceive the risk of COVID-19 using a risk perception index developed from sociological theories of risk.On a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 equals critically low, Jakartans scored 3.46 in the risk perception index, meaning they were between “rather low” and “rather high”. NTU associate professor Sulfikar Amir said the score should be 4 or higher for the capital to apply the new normal policy.“Overall, we can say that residents of Jakarta are not yet ready to enter the new normal phase until we reach a score of at least 4,” Sulfikar said during a virtual discussion session on Thursday.“If the survey reaches the score of 4, it means that residents have become more disciplined and are aware of the risk of COVID-19, which is [suitable to] reduce the transmission rate in the capital,” he added.Read also: Jakarta discusses ‘new normal’ possibilities for nightclubs, massage parlorsThe survey measured several variables to determine the index score, namely knowledge and information about COVID-19, how much the participants are willing to protect themselves from transmission — such as by wearing a protective mask as well as their social and economic condition, in addition to their overall risk perception.The close-ended survey asked 3,079 participants from almost all subdistricts in the capital city several questions, such as “in your opinion, how likely are you to contract COVID-19?”, “how likely are you to help acquaintances that have contracted COVID-19?”, and “how much has your income decreased due to the pandemic”. Respondents were also questioned about their knowledge of the disease, such as its symptoms and methods of transmission.Sulfikar said Jakartans received a relatively high score in terms of their knowledge and information regarding the disease and how much they are willing to protect themselves. However, they scored lower in economic and social conditions, which affected the overall risk perception scoring.Sulfikar, for example, said a poor economic condition might result in someone risking their health and safety by going out to work instead of staying at home.To improve residents’ risk perception, Sulfikar said the Jakarta administration needed to be consistent in educating the public about the pandemic. Additionally, LaporCOVID-19 co-founder Irma Hidayana suggested that the administration should be more transparent about COVID-19 data, such as the number of deaths among suspected individuals showing symptoms. Transparency is an important factor as the survey also showed that 66.9 percent of respondents trusted the data provided by government officials.National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa previously said that the new normal policy was aimed at keeping the economy running while maintaining restrictions. However, on the other hand, the country faces slumping economic growth and a looming recession. Read also: Experts warn of turbulent ‘new normal’ amid COVID-19 data, testing issuesIrma said the government carried the responsibility of ensuring social and economic welfare of the people during the national health crisis.“[In a state of health quarantine], social and economic assurance should be provided by the government so that an alarming condition [showed in the survey] that affects public perception does not happen,” she said during the discussion. “The [1945] Constitution guarantees social and economic rights, especially during a pandemic like this,” added Irma.Jakarta, the epicenter of the epidemic in Indonesia, continuously records the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country. As of Wednesday, the Health Ministry reported 7,623 confirmed cases with 523 fatalities. However, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartanto has suggested that Jakarta is one of the provinces ready to enter the new normal phase despite concerns over the low testing capacity and incomplete data in the country.The capital applied the first period of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) from April 10 to 23, with several extensions prolonging the period until June 4.On Thursday, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan decided to extend the period of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to the end of June as Indonesia’s capital city enters the transition phase with gradual easing plans in place for several sectors.Topics :last_img read more

New Estonian pension provider crowdfunding start-up capital

first_imgBy Tuleva’s reckoning, the management company, once established, will be sustainable once 3,000 members join and transfer their existing second pillar savings.The mandatory second pillar currently has close to 685,870 member and €2.7bn of assets.As of 23 August the association was half way past its target, with €1.53m of capital collected since the end of April, and a membership of 1,700 acquired entirely by social media and word-of-mouth.Members pay an up-front fee of €100 and pledge to bring in their second-pillar savings.The first 3,000 members can also make an additional voluntary contribution of between €1,000 and €10,000 to the start-up capital, fully returnable if the fund management company is not established by the end of next July, in return for a higher profit share.According to Pekk, a former chief executive of GA Fund Management who has also worked for PwC and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 0.05% of the Tuleva’s AUM will be distributed among the members according to the size of their pension account in Tuleva funds, while the rest of the profit – both from the business as well as investment income of the start-up capital – will be distributed among all members according to their contribution to start-up capital.In addition to the novel ownership structure, Tuleva intends to charge lower management fees, a contentious issue in the Estonian pensions market. According to Pekk, management fees currently average 1.26%, while the total expenses ratio is some 1.5-2%.Tuleva will initially charge a management fee of 0.5%, reducing this when the membership increases.It intends to achieve the lower costs through a fully passive investment strategy – 75% invested in the MSCI All Country World Index and 25% in the Barclay Capital Global Aggregate Index – using mostly BlackRock as its provider.Pekk told IPE that Tuleva hopes to have the necessary documentation ready by September and the finances in place by the end of October, with the pension fund launching next year pending regulatory approval.Estonia’s finance ministry, meanwhile, which itself called for greater competition and fee transparency, is incorporating two of Tuleva’s proposals into forthcoming amendments to financial legislation.The current exit fee for pension fund members switching providers is to fall from 1% of assets to 0.1%, while the minimum share capital will be cut to €1m.Tuleva is not alone in turning to passive investment to cut fees.This week LHV announced that it plans to launch two new passive index funds – a second-pillar fund 75% invested in equities, and a third pillar one fully invested in equities –  each of which will charge a management fee of 0.39%.LHV plans to receive the regulatory go-ahead for its new offerings later this year. Estonia’s shrinking pension fund landscape may soon have a new player, operating on a profit-sharing cooperative model.Tuleva, started up by 22 prominent Estonian financial and business individuals, has been established as a commercial organisation, a collective of members with similar interests, with each member holding one vote, in contrast to the four existing bank-owned market players.“The market for the second pillar fund system is uncompetitive, and returns since its launch in 2002 have been poor,” Tuleva board member Tõnu Pekk told IPE.The association is building up capital to set up a second-pillar pension fund management company, which under current Estonian law needs a minimum capital of €3m, as well as funds to finance costs such as regulatory, legal and depositary expenses.last_img read more

Didier Drogba backs Kolo Toure over failed drugs test

first_imgChelsea striker Didier Drogba has backed his Ivory Coast colleague Kolo Toure by declaring his failed drugs test a “stupid mistake”.The Manchester City defender, 29, was suspended last week after testing positive for an unspecified substance.Drogba said: “Everyone knows how great he is [and] how stupid the mistake was. I don’t think he did it to improve his performance – it was just a mistake.”Drogba added Toure’s absence from this month’s game against Benin is a blow.The two sides face each other at the end of the month in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.“It will be a difficult situation for us because he is one of our most important players – one of the oldest and the most experienced,” Drogba continued. Drogba said he had spoken to Toure since the incident and that his long-time team-mate is troubled by the prospect of a potential two-year ban from football.“He was down but that’s normal,” the Elephants star added.“We feel sorry for him and he’ll have all our support and that’s the maximum we can do.”“He told me what happened and there’s not a big difference between has been said by Arsene Wenger and what Kolo says.”Last week, Arsenal coach Wenger said that Toure, a former player of his, had failed the drugs test after taking his wife’s dieting pills. The centre-back made his international debut in 2000 and has gone to make over 80 appearances since, winning caps at both the 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals.last_img read more

Alpena’s Favorite Pastry, Paczki Sale is Back!

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena will be a little heavier this weekend because the All Saints Parish Annual Paczki Sale is happening.The Polish pastry tradition started Saturday morning with workers frying up a variety of Paczki’s including date, raisin, jelly filled, sugared and frosted.The popular pastry that has become a favorite in the United States is sold before Lent season.Proceeds made from this weekend’s sale will benefit the activities for the All Saints Women’s Group and the All Saint’s School.“We help with all sorts of things around the church. We sponsor blood drives, and help with linens in the church and lot’s of things,” Kilmaszewski said.Cooking since 4 am workers at Saturday’s event says it’s important to pass Polish tradition down from generation to generations.“We think it’s important to continue this tradition that has been passed on through so many generations so that the next generation will know about it and continue to pass it on,” Kowalski said.If you missed out on Saturday’s sale, there will be another sale on Sunday, February 26th from 8 am until every pastry is sold out.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: All Saints Parish, Fat Tuesday, Lent Season, Paczki, Paczki SaleContinue ReadingPrevious Hope Shores Alliance Trying to Make Impact About Teen Dating ViolenceNext Michigan State Troopers do 22 Push-ups Challenge for Veteran Suicide Awarenesslast_img read more

England quartet chase South American hat-trick

first_img5 Jan 2015 England quartet chase South American hat-trick Double European Amateur champion Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park, Shropshire & Herefordshire) and three more internationals will aim to complete an England hat-trick of victories when they compete in the South American Amateur Championship in Lima, Peru on 22nd – 25th January. Callum Shinkwin from Hertfordshire won the title in Colombia in 2013 while Lancashire’s Paul Howard triumphed, again in Colombia, a year ago. Now Chesters, Joe Dean (Lindrick, Yorkshire), Luke Johnson (King’s Lynn, Norfolk) and Michael Saunders (Dartford, Kent) have the chance of making it three-in-a-row by lifting the Arturo Calle Cup. Chesters, 25, (Image © Leaderboard Photography) won his first European Amateur title at El Prat in Spain in 2013 and successfully defended it at St Andrews last year, becoming the first player to win in successive years. It enabled him to top the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Men’s 2014 Order of Merit having also finished runner-up in the Brabazon Trophy. Dean, 20, an England boy cap, has won the Lee Westwood Trophy for the past two years and also reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship last summer. Johnson, 22, won the Berkhamsted Trophy and the West of England Stroke Play Championship last year and reached the last 16 of the English Amateur before making his full England debut in last September’s Home Internationals in Wales. Saunders, 24, made his full England debut in the 2013 Home Internationals at Ganton. A former winner of the Lagonda Trophy, last year he tied second in the same event while also finishing joint third in the Welsh Open Stroke Play. The South American Amateur Championship is a 72-hole stroke play event.last_img read more

Black Fives NY Exhibit highlights Monticello Athletic Club, Cum Posey, Jr.

first_imgWhen Claude Johnson was an engineering student at Carnegie Mellon University, he didn’t know Cumberland Posey Jr. was, in addition to owning the Homestead Grays Negro League Team, one of the seminal figures in the history of Black basketball.But, now after a career path that took him from Lawrence Livermore labs, to IBM, to the NBA and Nike, Johnson heads the Black Fives Foundation dedicated to preserving and educating people about Blacks in “basket ball,” as it was first called, from the early 1900s until 1950.And Johnson not only knows who Cumberland Posey is, he is featuring him in an exhibit he is guest curating at the New York Historical Society that opens March 14.Due to segregation in the early 1900s, Black athletes formed their own professional leagues. Because teams have five starting players, they were called “fives.” Some of the most famous Black Five teams were the New York Renaissance, or the Rens, the Washington Bears, and the most famous remnant of that era, the Harlem Globetrotters.But Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University feature prominently in the exhibit because Cumberland Posey also starred for Duquesne during the Black Fives Era.One of the great stories in sports of any kind, which Johnson previously wrote about for the foundation website, involves Posey and the Monticello Athletic Club team in Pittsburgh’s Hill District.Jim Dorsey (left) and Cum Posey (Second from left) pictured with members of the Monticello Athletic Club circa 1912. The Monticello lineup also featured Walter Clark, Sell Hall, Israel Lee, and Cum’s brother Seward.“They couldn’t practice in any quality gymnasiums because of segregation, but on that team was one of the Dorsey brothers, all great athletes. Anyway, Jim Dorsey worked as the janitor at a Whites-only Phipps Gymnasium on the North Side, and he would let the team in on Sundays,” he said. “They practiced in secret, so nobody knew who they were when they came out and started playing, and they just blew everyone away and won the 1912 league championship. So Dorsey literally held the keys to their success.”Union Labor Temple in Pittsburgh was one of the few gyms in Pittsburgh where Black basketball players could play.After World War I, Dorsey became the director of the Center Avenue YMCA. As Johnson put it, “he finally got his own gym.”Posey, at the time was a star athlete at Duquesne, captain of its baseball, basketball and golf teams, which led to another curiosity.“If you look at the basketball roster, his name is listed as Charles Cumbert,” said Johnson. “It wasn’t because he was Black, the Holy Ghost fathers integrated the school well before 1900. It was because he was playing for these professional teams—Monticello, the Loendi Big Five, The Monarch Elks Five– making money playing against white clubs in barnstorming exhibitions. It was because he was a ‘ringer.’”In an interesting coincidence, the current Duquesne basketball team will be in New York for the Atlantic-10 Tournament when the exhibit opens. Johnson said he hoped to arrange for them to visit, if they have an off day.The exhibit at the Historical Society features a host of photos from the Black Fives Era, including other famous players Jackie Robinson, of the LA Red Devils, and Paul Robeson, of the St. Christopher Club of Harlem.Exhibit workers put finishing touches on Cumberland Posey display at Black Fives exhibit in New York.It also contains memorabilia including ticket stubs, event broadsheets, and an advertisement for the 1912 “Pittsburgh vs. New York” Annual Christmas Basketball Games and Dance of the Alpha Physical Culture Club, as well as vintage equipment such as leather basketballs, buckle-front shorts, and leather and wool basketball knee pads.The exhibit runs through July 20 at the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park Westat 77th Street, New York, NY 10024.Images courtesy of the Black Fives Foundation, except Monticello AC photo, courtesy of Zerbie Dorsey Swain collection.(Send comments to cmorrow@newpittsburghcourier.com.)last_img read more

“Hello out there, we’re on the air, it’s hockey night tonight…”

first_imgBy Andrew ZwickerRossland TelegraphYou couldn’t be blamed over the weekend if you were humming Stompin’ Tom’s unofficial Canadian Anthem as you walked through town. While the goalie didn’t jump, the players did bump and the fans all went insane as someone roared andThe Outlaws scored at the good ole pond hockey game.Gifted with glorious sunshine and perfect temperatures for maintaining an outdoor hockey rink, the BC Pond Hockey Championships went off without a hitch after being delayed for a week by unseasonably warm and wet weather.Local ice-maker extraordinaire Raymond Von Diebeisch was out hosing down and manicuring the ice throughout the week leading up to the event and by puck drop on Friday night had a good 30cm’s or more of cold hard ice down on the Emcon lot.“I’ve got to give a huge hats off to the ice that Ray was able to create,” extolled organizer John Reed. “He did a phenomenal job going way over, above and beyond the call of duties. The ice was phenomenal!”Due to the rescheduling of the event just 15 of the 27 initially registered teams were able to make it, but sunny skies, hard ice and the sense of sportsmanship and cooperation that taking the game to the pond brings out kept the action hot and the puck cold.One wander around the events ground over the weekend and the subtle and not so subtle differences between the arena game and the pond game were readily apparent.From costumed players dipping into celebratory beverages together before the sun was even high enough to clear the shadows to the no goalie, non-stop style of play and high scoring affairs there was a noticeably different vibe from that of your typical rink.In the men’s competitive division the KVR Gilnockie Ruttin Bucks regained their title as Western Pond Hockey champs. The Bucks, winners of the inaugural tournament three years ago put a licking on the Top Shelf Construction team in the finals with a 27 -16 victory to claim the title.The Bucks include Jarod Seminoff and Aaron Shrieves of Nelson. Following a slow start which took some time to adapt to pond rules, The Outlaws after losing their first game of the tournament, picked up a secret weapon for the rest of the tournament and went unbeaten into the finals.“We had to learn to keep our shots down as we kept missing the net in the first game with the short little nets,” explained Mark Brooks of The Outlaws. “That first game we were basically just running and gunning and didn’t really have any strategy.”From game two on we started working on covering our men a little more and trying at least to make it look like we knew what we were doing.”Adding a local “over 50 year old” as they put it, local teacher Wayne Antsey brought the missing piece to the puzzle and the boys never looked back despite a chippy semi-final game against the Tighty Whiteys.In true dramatic fashion the rec division finals came down to overtime. During regulation time the Outlaws were leading significantly and appeared to be cruising to victory. Pond Hockey has a few unique rules however. At the end of regulation each team’s penalties from the games are tallied and the difference in number of penalties goes to the opposing team as goals.That tied the game up and sent it into overtime where ultimately Lifeworks were defeated 27-25.“It’s just a ton of fun,” added Brooks. “We love coming up for this tournament, the whole weekend is just a great time with some good hockey mixed in.”In the last two tournaments, on the women’s side, Jackie Haines played a key role for the Wild Things.This year however she decided to form her own team made up of some of the younger Smokettes and Chicks with Sticks players and in a grudge match of sorts ended up facing her old squad in the finals. Ultimately the Wild Things breakaway player came back to bite them in the final as the Organic Drycleaners knocked them off for the title in a 16 – 5 final.“It’s always fun to be able to play in a tournament like that with a whole bunch of your friends you know,” added Haines. “It’s especially fun when a lot of the girls in the area are teammates in our regular league. It gives us a chance to break up our regular routine and have some fun on the pond. We’ll be back next year to defend our crown for sure.”With a successful third year of the tournament now in the books Reed is looking forward to next year and is working on a few tweaks to fine tune the crowd favorite event for next year.One change Reed is hoping to make is to take the weather guessing game out of the equation after having to reschedule due to weather the past two years. The hope is to secure the Rossland arena for tournament weekend next year so that regardless of weather the event will go on with a full slate of teams.With the winners in each division winning free entry into both the National Pond Hockey Championships in Ontario as well as the Northern Regional Championships in Prince George next year the top teams will surely be taken where, the hockey players, face off down the rink and their beer cups will be filled up for the champs who win the drink.last_img read more