Archives for January 2016
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Kelowna orchardist Fred Steele re-elected Saturday in Kelowna for another term as president of the B.C. Fruit Growers Association.
Steele challenged by North Okanagan fruit grower Jeet Dukhia (and former President), said he was relieved that the campaign was over.
“I think this is the third time he and I have run against each other now. He ran a good, tough campaign and I respect that,” Steele said.
Pinder Dhaliwal of Oliver re-elected as Vice President.
Are Media Images Motivational?
We are bombarded with images in the media of how we should look, how fitness should look. Those images for the most part are unrealistic. And they also are not relevant to the average healthy, fit person. Does seeing a ripped body in the media motivate you to pursue health? Do these images make you feel better about yourself? Or do these images turn you off? Research shows that spending time looking at such images on social media can lead to negative body image and even eating disorders!
When you see images like these that are real, these people have been dieting & training for months in order to try to be the best in a competition. This trend is not a healthy one. My cousin was involved in competing for a short time… as this lifestyle is not sustainable. She was so exhausted & dehydrated that she fell asleep & missed the big competition. Those who do participate in this way of life are not participating for a long period of time because such extremes are not healthy & not doable for the long term. One lady I have spoken with who used to compete is now dealing with kidney failure do to the extreme practices involved with competition.
I personally am not inspired by a fitness model showing abs or booty with a motivational quote. I am inspired by seeing those in real time working hard and having fun by enjoying the trails or lifting heavy stuff (not 2 pound pink dumbbells). What does make me feel good is seeing someone accomplish a movement that they couldn’t do before through consistent hard work & determination. That’s inspiring!
Walk into your local gym or a group fitness class & tell me what you see. For the most part it’s regular looking people like you & I dressed in comfortable active wear, not ‘underwear’. They are working hard to live a better life. People in general want to move better & feel better. If you’re not working towards your health goals for those reasons but rather to look a certain way, it’s probably not going to last.
Ignore those images on social media that are in poor taste & if you need to be motivated by images then look at the ones who are hiking, biking, lifting weights & enjoying other activities. Look at your neighbor or co-worker that has been looking & feeling better since they started moving more. Ask them how they got started.
Stop comparing & start moving!
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“ The Silent Killers Amongst Us “
One of the greatest birding attractions of the South Okanagan is that we host so many owl species. There are only 5 ( out of 19 ) breeding owl species in North America that are not represented in this region. Granted, some are irregular visitors like the Snowy Owl and the Northern Hawk Owl. The elusive Flammulated Owl just visits in the spring/summer to breed. The Burrowing Owl is officially extirpated from B.C., but is making a comeback thanks to human intervention. The Northern Spotted Owl is the only B.C. breeding owl that is not found here and, unfortunately for this species, due mostly to habitat loss, it is almost gone ( extirpated ) from the province.
Despite the fact that the South Okanagan is a great place to see/hear owls, the question remains as to why it is so hard to find them. The obvious answer is that most are nocturnal, and do their hunting under the cover of darkness. It is that time of day that we often hear them with the most common, Great Horned Owl, making its presence known in a variety of habitats, many of which are close to our homes. During the day these nocturnal birds basically hide away unseen by us, and birds of prey like certain hawks that look on owls as a potential meal.
There are a lot of cool physical attributes that all owls possess to one degree, or another, that make them successful predators, and, at the same time, make them so interesting to people. For one, all owls, especially nocturnal owls, have really big eyes, a necessary physical attribute if you are going to hunt at night. It has been estimated that proportionate to body size, if humans possessed owl sized eyes ours would be as big as grapefruits!! Their nighttime vision is 3 times more sensitive than humans and is equivalent to cat vision. Their eyes, however, are fixed in place, so to adapt to this restriction their flexible necks can rotate up to 270 degrees, a physical trait that when seen gives most humans a literal pain in the neck.
To enable owls to “ sneak up “ on their prey; ( mostly rodents ), their flight is basically silent. Unlike when a raven or eagle flies by and we can hear the pronounced swoosh of their wings , an owl’s flight produces no sound. They accomplish this by having downy hair like addendums to their wings. These hairs cause air turbulence around their wings in flight, thereby breaking down the pressure waves that cause vibrations that cause sound that we, and, potential prey can hear.
A third physical characteristic that assists an owl in hunting mode is the shape of their faces. Most owls have faces that resemble a parabolic dish, and stiff facial hairs around the rim of “ this dish “ focus the sound waves generated by their prey moving around towards their ears which are mostly hidden within the facial area. For a Great Grey Owl, for example, this superb hearing ability allows them to hear and locate their main prey, voles, even though they may be under up to about a half meter of snow.
So, where in the South Okanagan can we have the opportunity to see and admire these great birds. In the birding community that probably generates more questions than answers. Because owls have a definite attraction to humans, and can be relatively sedentary during the day, when a bird is found, the unwritten rule is not to publicize its location. This is because an owl can make a perfect photographic opportunity, and, in populous areas like the Lower Mainland, once an owl’s daytime location is known, many photographers looking for the perfect shot, will swarm to the area, and harassment of the bird can be an unfortunate consequence. Nevertheless some general suggestions can be ethically made. Certainly anywhere along the Oliver hike-bike trail all the ways to Osoyoos Lake can generate some daytime sightings.
Many rural properties in and around Oliver have owls roosting, and invitations by property owners can be rewarded by owl sightings. Up the forestry/secondary roads like Shuttleworth Creek behind Okanagan Falls, McKinney Road behind Oliver and Kilpoola Lake Road West of Osoyoos will often lead outdoor enthusiasts to sites where at least they can hear owls ( if going after dark ). For those who might like to try their chances during the day, there are a couple of species like Northern Pygmy Owl, and Barn Owl, that are often most active during the day.
It really helps, of course, if bird watchers are familiar with what the owls look like for identification purposes, or what they sound like for the same reason. As I have mentioned before purchasing a good printed bird guide ,or an inexpensive app for your smartphone that has pictures and calls will only make your bird watching experience that much better. Similarly there are a couple of good printed guides that specifically describe sites for finding birds locally. If anyone would like further information on any of the above or have questions about birding in the South Okanagan they are welcome to contact me at:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Good birding.
Submitted by Dave Whalley
Due to overwhelming demand the Oliver Curling Club hosted a 2nd Snowman Bonspiel for ladies Saturday. The winning team pictured here consisted of Roberta Dodge, lead, Delphina Antunes, second, Sylvia Lowe, third and Jan Dewar skip. All ladies attending the bonspiel enjoyed two games of curling with an amazing lunch. All players also received a prize from the prize table.
First spiel ( held two weeks ago) was 7 out of town teams and one local, this time we had mostly local teams with one team from Penticton. Both winning teams were from Oliver.
Submitted by Cathryn Pidduck
The second place team consisted of Jenny Rinsma, lead, Cathy Pidduck, skip, Diane Cameron second and Faye Kelly third.
Picture this….New Year’s Day, four thirty in the morning and we are in a large room surrounded by dozens of other bleary eyed people.
It’s very quiet as most of us are only half awake.
I look around and see most people are half undressed, shoes off, all top clothes being taken off and nothing to break the silence except the shuffling of bare feet. Dave and I begin to undress and pile our clothes and shoes into the plastic box we have been ordered to use.
Have the Whalleys been to an all night orgy? Have we been arrested and being checked in to prison? No, we are at Vancouver airport, waiting to go through security.
Going on vacation, by air, used to be fun. Exciting to go to the airport and in an hour or so be winging your way to somewhere exciting. Not so today. Air travel now has become a bit of a nightmare with all the security measures at the airport.
Arriving a minimum of three hours for an international flight seems rather unnecessary, but it takes most of that time to be “processed”. I am all in favour of security measures but is it really working? Do the powers that be really think things through?
At security we have to turn in tiny manicure scissors, nail files, even a comb with a sharp handle. However, knitting needles are quite acceptable and, on many flights, we are allowed to carry on our duty free liquor to stow under our seats. How many of us have seen western movies where the cowboy smashes the bottle to use as a weapon. Isn’t a bottle of liquor, with a rag stuffed in the neck and lit by a match, a home made bomb and fifteen inch knitting needles seem far more lethal than a two inch pair of nail scissors.
After the indignity and inconvenience of going through security, we then make our way down to the gate and wait to board. Here we are allowed to buy fresh water to take on board. However, in a recent trip to Chile, we were stopped again, on the walkway to enter the plane, bags searched yet again and our water confiscated because we had opened it and split it between two bottles. No amount of arguing that we had already been searched and had just bought a new bottle would allow me to keep the water.
On board the plane, security seems to differ depending how much you paid. If you sit in economy, it is plastic knives and forks, plastic drinking glasses and disposable food containers. If you upgrade, you get real china, steel silverware and real glassware. They also give you as much complimentary alcohol as you want, does this mean that the people who pay more do not suffer from lack of judgement. So, if you want to pull a hijack, just go business class.
In the course of our recent trip to South America and Easter Island, we experienced quite a few airport departures. The differences in attitudes and security levels was amazing.
I think the most security conscious was Houston. Like all the U.S. airports we have travelled through, their security clearance is verging on the absurd. We were unfortunate to be just one of three large planes all boarding at the same time. Security was a nightmare. I felt very sorry for the attendants who were trying to get this huge amount of people through in a reasonable time.
People just do not listen or read notices. Signs for what is not allowed through are in abundance but most people just do not take any notice of them, so the attendants were constantly calling out what to do. Because there was such a huge amount of people being processed, there was a shortage of the xray trays, so they were asking that large bags and shoes not be put in the trays, but just put on the conveyor. Nobody listened and the attendants were constantly lifting these articles out of the trays. People were not removing outer clothing, or shoes, so getting through the screening was constantly held up.
In Houston, as most US ports, they have the body scanner. This has a set of footprints painted on the floor, so you know where to stand, so why do people face the opposite way? You get the feeling that some people just are not fit to travel.
As a complete opposite, the security at Easter Island’s small airport is nil. The island is still completely unspoiled but the tiny airport receives a large plane with over three hundred tourists, every day, so eventually it will probably succumb to development, which would be such a shame.
The airport is one large room with an old fashioned xray machine to pass your baggage through, to ensure that you are not taking artefacts off the island. After this you proceed to the desk where they book you in and take luggage. You are then free to wander through an unmanned door to the one and only gate, which is all in the open air but has a cover, for shade.
The only people attending are on the xray machine and the desk. Anyone is free to roam into the airport and through to the airfield, nobody is looking at passports, checking to see if you are carrying bombs, water or nail files. Clothes and shoes are not removed for inspection. The plane we boarded was going to Houston, so is flying over US territory, but I guess the US haven’t realized this.
I love to travel but airports do not any joy to the journey. It is horrifying to think of the cost involved for all this and does it actually deter terrorists, I doubt it.
Daylight picture of car involved in an accident near River Rd and Hwy 97 last night. No one hurt seriously. Campers across the road credited with helping the driver out. Emergency crews had to assist a passenger to get out and get to hospital for observation. It was a tele/cable pole so no worries about a shocking experience. 12 noon Saturday – no car removed or pole secured.
Out for a stroll on new hike and bike path on east side of the river. Incredible views of snow capped mountains. But turn around and see man at his worst. Garbage all over the place, makeshift portable homes and a serious camper with a large tent. One passerby said – a man can be heard at night screaming.
Another said – the big tent is just below a sign that says “No Camping”. Sad
Kelowna – A 28-year old man remains in police custody after a dramatic arrest inside the mall early Friday night.
On January 29, 2016 at 6:05 pm, the Kelowna RCMP responded to several reports of a man yielding a knife inside a jewellery store at the Orchard Park Mall. As many as twenty police officers, including several members of our traffic units, quickly descended on the mall from all sides.
“Our officers effectively cleared the immediate area inside the mall of civilian shoppers for their safety,” said Cst. Jesse O’Donaghey, “while several police officers, some armed with carbine rifles, made verbal contact with the suspect who was still inside the store and still in possession of a steak knife.” adds O’Donaghey.
Investigators have determined that the emotionally disturbed man, who had been yelling incoherent sentences, had entered at least two of the stores inside the mall brandishing the knife to store employees and demanding the use of their phones to call 911. When confronted by officers the suspect failed to follow police commands to put down his weapon. Subsequently an officer deployed a Conducted Electrical Weapon (CEW or Taser), which had no effect due to the thickness of the suspects clothing.
After further negotiation with the suspect, he finally complied with police and put down the knife. He was then taken into custody without further incident.
Location: Hwy 97 (south of McAlpine Bridge at River Rd.)
Small car swerves on black ice, rolls over next to pole. People across the street awakened and helped first person out of car. Passenger trapped and extricated by ambulance and fire personnel.
Traffic has resumed. RCMP in charge of traffic. Injuries light and not life threatening.
More accidents at this corner than anywhere else in South Okanagan.
Randy Toor – presenting wine with harpist Ingrid Schellenberg
A meeting, a reception, business awards Friday at the Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver
Annual General Meeting – Re-elected: Brian Highley, John Powell, Sara Amos, Linda Buhler, Grant Storzuk, Eileen McGinn – with new comers: Doug Lamb, Corry Adolph, and Carmine Maddalena
Leaving the board Myers Bennett, Cheryle King and Tracy Lydiatt.
Entrepreneur of the Year – Owners of JoJo’s Café in Osoyoos
Small Business- Medici’s Gelateria – (centre) Jessica Jane Stelkia
The lady in red – a representative of Eastlink – sponsor of the event.
Award presentation pictures by Leza Macdonald
A 95 year old Penticton resident scared off a break and enter suspect and provided a description and the direction of travel which enabled police to apprehend the 47 year old suspect using the Police Service Dog.
On January 28th, 2016 at 1157 pm, a 95 year old woman reported to police that a male had just kicked in the front door of her residence on Brandon Avenue in Penticton. She had scared him off and he ran out of the back door. Police immediately flooded the area, setting up a perimeter, ensuring the safety of the victim who was not injured, confirmed the description and the direction of travel of the suspect.
The Police Service Dog “Tig” was able to track the suspect to an area of thick thorn bushes near the Channel Parkway where a male, matching the description, was located and began fighting with the police officer and the police dog.
A second officer arrived and they were able to take the suspect into custody and transport him to Penticton Regional Hospital for treatment before taking him to cells. The Police Service Dog handler suffered a broken hand during the arrest and also required treatment at hospital.
“This is an extremely serious crime that has traumatized an innocent person in our community. I commend our officers who responded quickly and appropriately to this situation” said Staff Sergeant Kurt LOZINSKI, “We will continue to work with the victim to ensure her safety and wellbeing”.
A 47 year old Penticton resident, is currently in Police custody and will appear in Penticton Provincial Court today.
Break Ins, vehicle thefts, mischief, arson, assaults with bear spray, etc all across the City are suspected to have been caused by the same group of youth.
On January 28th, 2016 at approximately 9pm, Penticton RCMP began to receive complaints of a group of youths causing problems in the area of Power Street, Churchill Road and Lakeshore Drive. Police patrolled the area and at 10 pm they came across a male that had been bear sprayed and he was transported to Penticton Hospital for treatment. This male was not cooperative in assisting police in identifying who bear sprayed him.
At 1039 pm, police received a report of six young people running around Lakeshore Drive associated to a van parked nearby, the only description was that they were wearing dark clothing and making lots of noise. The youth were gone upon police arrival and the van appeared to have a tampered ignition but had not been reported stolen. The registered owners were contacted and surprised to learn their van was not in the driveway of their Latimer Street residence.
At 11pm, a resident of Power Street reported that a male had entered her basement suite through a window and when she confronted him she was bear sprayed. Police attended and cleared the residence and the occupants were transported to Penticton Regional Hospital for decontamination.
The suspect is described as a young male with no facial hair, Caucasian, very pale, approximately 6 feet tall, thin, wearing a black hoody and dark pants.
Throughout the night there were several reports of youth kicking down fences, lighting napkins on fire at a doorway of Penticton Secondary School and smashing a car window on Forestbrook Drive.
Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth is asking the public “Do you have a teenage son? Where was he last night? Who was he with? Did he and his friends steal a car, assault people with bear spray, break into houses, break car windows, commit arson and other endless mischief in Penticton?”
As all of these crimes were happening, Police responded to the Brandon Avenue break and enter of the 95 year old lady’s residence (which was not related).
Police have a number of leads and have identified potential suspects in these matters and will continue to investigate. If the public have any information that can assist in identifying the culprits please call the Penticton RCMP or Crimestoppers.
Osoyoos RCMP Media Release
Just after 7 am on January 29, 2016 the RCMP responded along with Osoyoos Fire Department to a building fire at Gyro Beach. Sometime in the early morning of January 29, someone spray painted graffiti onto the public washrooms and concession building at Gyro Park. The suspects then started a fire in the men’s washroom causing a significant amount of smoke damage.
If anyone has any information about who may be responsible for these senseless crimes or if you recognize the graffiti tags we ask that they please call the Osoyoos RCMP at (250)495-7236 or Crime Stoppers is they wish to remain anonymous.
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