Local gardener recognized on national level in Best Backyard Contest

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A local resident has been recently recognized on a national level for their backyard garden.Carla Demers, of Fort St. John, was the recent recipient for the grand prize of the Communities in Bloom 2019 Canada’s Backyard Contest.Demers says, back in July, she came across the contest on Facebook and, not having much of a horticultural background, decided to enter it on a whim with no thought of actually being a finalist or of even winning it.- Advertisement -“I entered the contest on a whim one day, while I was drinking coffee in the morning, and actually I never thought much about it until I got the phone call saying that I was a finalist. I just thought “what the heck, I’ll give it a try” and never really thought about it again.”Demers had entered three photos into the contest and was up against about 400 other entrants from across Canada.As being a top winner, Demers received a $1,000 Home Hardware gift card, which she says will be put to good use for the next garden season.Advertisementlast_img read more

Uganda records mixed results at FIBA Africa U16 championships

first_imgThe Junior Silverbacks lost their opening game at the Championships. (PHOTOS/AGENCY)FIBA Africa U16 Zone V ChampionshipWednesday, 12-06-2019Kigali, Rwanda-Uganda 63-55 Rwanda-Rwanda 96-36KIGALI – Uganda’s participation in the 2019 FIBA Africa U16 Zone V championships is so far bitter-sweet.The girls’ team has been in scintillating form, winning both of their first two games but for the boys, lost their first game on Wednesday.After defeating Tanzania 58-39 in their first game, the Gazelles registered a come-back victory over Rwanda in their second game on Wednesday.The Gazelles started slowly, trailing 14-17 by the end of the first quarter. By halftime, Rwanda increased their lead to four (33-29), after taking the second 16-15.However, Uganda wiped out Rwanda’s four-point advantage, taking the third 13-09 to ensure they head into the last 10 minutes level at 42-42.In the fourth, the Gazelles blew away Rwanda, taking it 21-13 and in the end sealing a 63-55 victory.Maria Najjuma stared for the Gazelles as she registered a double double of 31 points and 36 rebounds, shooting 14-31 from the field.The Junior Silverbacks have now won both of their two games at the champions.Regina Ajuna and Shilla Lamunu scored 11 points each in game 28-94 from the field and outrebounded Rwanda 75-60. Ajuna added 12 rebounds to her good tally.For the Boys, they endured a very disappointing start to the championship as they lost 36-96 to Rwanda.Rwanda started brightly, taking the first quarter 26-06. They continued their brilliant start to the game, taking the second 25-05 and went into the break leading by 40 points with the scores 51-11.The third was also another blow out as the Junior Silverbacks lost 12-28.Uganda put up a spirited performance in the fourth but ended up losing it 13-17. In the end, Rwanda triumphed 96-36.Jonathan Kasilimbi, scored 10 points, was the only Uganda player to reach double figures in terms of scoring. Joseph Lokol and Joseph Angucu managed six points each in a losing effort.The teams – Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda – are fighting for a single ticket (one each for boys and girls) to the 2019 FIBA Africa U16 Championship.The upcoming fixtures:Thursday, 13-06-2019Girls: Tanzania vs RwandaFriday, 14-06-2019Girls: Uganda vs TanzaniaSaturday, 15-06-2018Girls: Rwanda vs UgandaBoys: Uganda vs RwandaComments Tags: FIBA Africa U16 Zone V ChampionshipJunior GazellesJunior Silverbackslast_img read more