first_imgUnited States Defender turned down USWNT call-up to avoid wearing LGBTQ pride jersey Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:28 6/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jaelene Hinkle Jerome Miron United States Jaelene Hinkle says that her faith meant she didn’t feel comfortable wearing the special-edition kits When Jaelene Hinkle turned down a call-up from the United States women’s national team last June, the defender only cited “personal reasons.”Almost a year later, Hinkle has revealed the real motivation behind her choice: She did not want to wear the USWNT’s LGBTQ Pride Month jerseys.This week, the 25-year-old North Carolina Courage defender told Christian talk show The 700 Club that her faith caused her to feel uncomfortable with the special-edition kits that featured rainbow-colored numbers on the back.  Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I just felt so convicted in my spirit that it wasn’t my job to wear this jersey,” Hinkle said. “And I gave myself three days to just seek and pray and determine what He was asking of me to do in the situation.”Hinkle has been capped eight times by the USWNT, but hasn’t been called up again since turning down the invitation last June. The defender said she’s at peace with the possibility that she may never represent her country again. “If I never get a national team call-up again, that’s just part of His plan and that’s OK,” she said. “And maybe this was why you were meant to play soccer. Just to show other believers to be obedient.”last_img

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first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Quebec’s finance minister smiled widely on a New York City stage as dozens of U.S. investors carefully followed his words — perhaps more closely than they had in recent years.The province’s strengthening economy was the subject of numerous questions at a conference last week that brought together American investors interested in learning more about Canada’s potential.Carlos Leitao appeared to take great pleasure in making a sales pitch for his province’s resurgent economy.“We are doing well, by the way — very well,” the beaming finance minister told the experts who gathered for the event, which was hosted by Bloomberg.“I’m very pleased to be here — I’m also very pleased to see there’s a large number of investors.”There were clear signs in the crowd that Quebec’s encouraging economic performance over the last year or so has reverberated south of the border. In the past, the province might have been overlooked because of its sluggish economy and fears over the prospect of another referendum on independence.Many in attendance probed for more information about Quebec — they discussed it inside the conference room and later over chicken at the networking lunch. Several even pressed a Canadian Press reporter for more details on the province.Their queries touched on a wide range of topics: the staying power of the surging economy in Canada’s second-largest province, its impressive run of job creation, the strength of the Montreal housing market, the city’s tech sector and the fact there’s been less talk of late about independence.The event’s participants specialize in fixed-income investments, such as the bonds offered by Canada’s federal and provincial governments.On stage, Leitao told his audience how Quebec’s growth had accelerated through 2016 and into 2017. He predicted it would continue because it had been led by a consumer-driven expansion fuelled by rising incomes — not ballooning debt.“This is growth funded by income gains, which makes it much more sustainable,” Leitao said.Earlier that morning, fresh numbers showed that Quebec’s real gross domestic product — a measure of economic growth — expanded at a robust annual rate of 2.5 per cent in the second quarter.The real GDP reading marked Quebec’s sixth straight quarter of growth above two per cent, the province’s longest run since 2007, said a research note by the National Bank.Later in the week, TD Economics said in a note that “Quebec has been firing on all cylinders” with growth projected to come in at just under three per cent for 2017 — its fastest pace since 2002. TD also noted how the province’s unemployment rate fell to a record low of 5.8 per cent in July, before rising to 6.1 per cent a month later.However, the analysis by National Bank senior economist Matthieu Arseneau pointed out that the province’s first-quarter growth was revised downward last week to 2.8 per cent from 4.3 per cent. He also pointed out that business investment fell 1.2 per cent in the second quarter.As next year’s provincial election approaches, Leitao also said the government would continue to reduce the tax load on the so-called middle class and would likely deliver a second-straight budget surplus in 2016-17. Eventually, he suggested a third surplus could be posted for the current fiscal year.One senior official from a big U.S. investment firm, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the company’s views, said it was encouraged that it had heard less talk about another referendum on independence in Quebec.Later in the day, the audience heard a panel of Canadian-based experts who compared Quebec with the bigger provincial economy next door: Ontario.Chris Kresic, a partner and portfolio manager of fixed income for Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd., told the conference that Ontario was more exposed to high household debt than Quebec, in large part because of its hot housing sector.Fellow panellist Aubrey Basdeo, managing director of fixed income for BlackRock Canada, said the Toronto housing market remained a concern for investors, particularly with the Bank of Canada on an apparent interest-rate hiking path.“(It) could result in Ontario looking weaker in a relative sense,” Basdeo said of the two provinces in an interview after his appearance.He added that the higher-rate potential, combined with Ontario’s plan to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, could be a problem for future growth.Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa also appeared at the conference to make the pitch on behalf of his province.Sousa argued that Ontario played a role in helping Quebec.In a later interview, Sousa credited the Ontario economy for its ability to withstand shocks over the years, its fiscal stability, low unemployment, infrastructure investments and measures introduced last year aimed at easing risks in the housing market.When asked about Quebec, Sousa said he had heard more talk about it.“Quebec and other provinces — their prosperity, their improvement, is good for all of us,” Sousa said.He also said that Ontario had provided billions of dollars in indirect support for Quebec through the federal equalization program.“I’m encouraged by Quebec’s ability to come to balance. That’s important. Of course, Quebec benefits from transfer payments from the federal government that Ontario doesn’t get. We’re a net contributor to the federation, always have been, even when we qualified for equalization.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement MIKE MYERS: ‘AUSTIN POWERS 4’ IS LOOKING GOODMike Myers says ‘Austin Powers 4’ is “looking good”, as he teased fans of the series can expect to see the spy “soon”.The 55-year-old actor starred as both the titular comedic parody of suave spy James Bond and his arch-nemesis Dr. Evil in three movies – ‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery’ in 1997, ‘Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me’ in 1999, and ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember’ in 2002 – and after 16 years away from the roles, he has now claimed the eagerly awaited fourth instalment could be coming to cinemas soon.   READ MOREMIKE MYERS TEASES AUSTIN POWERS 4: “IT’S LOOKING GOOD”Mike Myers is saying “yeah, baby, yeah!” to a fourth Austin Powers movie.The 55-year-old actor, who starred in all three Austin Powers films from 1997 to 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember, has opened up about a possible new film in the franchise. While it’s been 16 years since the last Austin Powers movie was released, fans are still holding out hope that there will be a fourth film. So what are the chances the fans will get another Austin Powers movie?  READ MOREMIKE MYERS SAYS PROSPECTS FOR FOURTH AUSTIN POWERS MOVIE ARE ‘LOOKING GOOD’The actor predicts that his character Dr. Evil should make his return ‘soon’Mike Myers has further teased a possible fourth instalment for the Austin Powers franchise.The Canadian-American actor said prospects for a new film are “looking good” and predicted that his character Dr Evil should make his return in the near future.“You’re going to see Dr Evil soon, somewhere in the culture,” he told Access Online at the premiere of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, in which he plays EMI executive Ray Foster.  READ MOREOH GOOD, MIKE MYERS SAYS HE MIGHT MAKE ANOTHER AUSTIN POWERS MOVIEHe said the prospects for a new sequel are “looking good.”Because we apparently haven’t suffered enough in 2018, it looks like Austin Powers might be crawling out of his grave for a return to the big screen “soon,” Mike Myers told Access Online in a red carpet interview.Asked if we might be getting a fourth film in the franchise, the writer and actor behind it said “it’s looking good,” which, you know, is one person’s opinion.“You’re gonna see Dr. Evil soon, somewhere in the culture,” he added.  READ MORE Login/Register With: Advertisement Would you want an Austin Powers movie told from Dr. Evil’s perspective?The Austin Powers franchise has been dormant since 2002’s Austin Powers in Goldmember, but a fourth instalment in the series might finally be on the way. Mike Myers, who plays Austin Powers and Dr. Evil in the silly spy series, said in interviews recently that a fourth instalment is “looking good,” and it could have a unique hook.Myers told Entertainment Tonight that he is interested in making an Austin Powers movie told from the perspective of Dr. Evil instead of Austin Powers. “I would love to do a movie from Dr. Evil’s perspective. So it would be Dr. Evil 1, Austin Powers 4, is how I would roll,” he said. “Start the campaign, please. Thank you.”   READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img

first_imgThe Tourism Fort St John Board was established to aid in the delivery of a community-based approach to tourism development. Tourism Fort St. John encourages tourism development within the city and with tourism providers in order to attract more tourists, increase their length of stay, and increase the volume of tourism experiences.BC’s tourism industry experienced record-setting numbers last year, and the trend is continuing as businesses and destinations across BC have already enjoyed a busy first quarter and are anticipating more record results this summer. Operators and communities around BC are sharing their Tourism Week celebrations on social media using the hashtags #BCTourismMatters and #TourismWeek. Fort St. John, B.C. –  Fort St. John is joining communities, cities, and regions across British Columbia to recognize National Tourism Week that runs May 27 to June 2, 2018.“Our community has enjoyed another banner year. We welcomed over 17,000 visitors last year; enjoying more than 20 tourism businesses that call Fort St John home,” said Mike Whalley, Tourism Fort St. John Board Chair. “Tourism is an important piece of our local economy and supports social, cultural, and recreational benefits for all residents of Fort St John.”“Tourism improves quality of life for British Columbians in many ways – it creates good jobs in every region of the province and allows us to enjoy festivals, museums, sports, arts and culture, making B.C. a better place to live and visit,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “The tourism industry is essential to the fabric of B.C. Our government is committed to championing tourism as we work to grow the industry and attract more visitors from Canada and around the world.”last_img

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