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Fort St. John resident selected in the WHL Bantam Draft

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Western Hockey League held its Bantam Draft last Thursday in Red Deer, and for the fourth time in the past six years, a Fort St. John player was selected.Hunter Brown of the Fort St. John Northern Metallic Bantam Flyers was selected in the seventh round of last Thursday’s draft, 138th overall, by the Red Deer Rebels. A total of three players from the Peace Region were taken in the draft:Devin Aubin (Falher) – 4th round, 75th overall, Spokane ChiefsHunter Brown (Fort St. John) – 7th round, 138th overall, Red Deer RebelsJayden Watson (Grande Prairie) – 8th round, 162nd overall, Saskatoon Blades“He got picked because one he loves hockey, and two he knows what it takes on and off the ice,” said Brown’s former Head Coach Craig Brownlee. “He will not ever pass down ice time, he’s the type of kid who will work on his endurance and strength in team activities, but realizes thats an on going thing throughout the year so he does crossfit and things outside the team.”- Advertisement -Brownlee explained that Brown leads by example, and that he was a unanimous selection as the Captain of the team last season. Brown had 43 goals and 24 assists for a total of 67 points with the Flyers last season.Brown is now the fourth player from Fort St. John to have been picked in the WHL Bantam Draft in the past six years. In 2013, Ralph Jarrett was drafted in the 2nd Round, 38th overall by the Victoria Royals. Three years ago, Tristen Nielsen was drafted 19th overall in the first round by the Calgary Hitmen.Most recently, Connor Bowie was drafted in the 7th Round, 133rd overall in the 2016 draft by the Portland Winterhawks. Last season, Bowie was traded from the Winterhawks to the Prince George Cougars.Advertisementlast_img read more

UAE grants visa on arrival for Indians with UK and EU residency visa

first_imgThe UAE Cabinet has given a go-ahead for visa on arrival for Indian passport holders with United Kingdom and European Union residency visa.This move comes after Indians with valid American visa and Green card were given UAE visa on arrival from May 1 of this year. The decision to have a simplified visa process is to advance the UAE-India relations in economic, politics and trade, according to officials. This also puts forward UAE’s vision to be the leading country in attracting global tourism.The UAE-India trade has grown to around $60 billion (Dh220 billion) per annum. This makes India the second largest trading partner of the UAE. Last year, the country’s exports to India totaled $27 billion (Dh99 billion) while Indian exports to UAE were at $33 billion (Dh121 billion).India invests about $70 billion (Dh257 billion) in the UAE through 45,000 companies. The UAE, on the other hand, is investing $10 billion (Dh36 billion) in the Indian sectors of energy, metallurgical industry, services, technology and construction. The UAE companies that invest and operate in India are the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (ADNEC), Emaar, and Dubai Ports World (DPP). Dubai Ports World has operations at six major ports in India.According to the last year’s statistics, the number of Indian tourists to the UAE touched 1.6 million while 50,000 UAE tourists visited India. With 1,000 flights per week, 143 flights operate a day between the two countries.Bilateral ties between India and the UAE got a boost when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the country in 2015. This was the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to the Gulf nation in 34 years. This was reciprocated by UAE with the visit of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to New Delhi in February 2016.Shaikh Mohammad was also the chief guest at India’s Republic Day ceremony this year. This led to the signing of 14 wide-ranging agreements, including a strategic comprehensive partnership and deals on defence and maritime cooperation. Related ItemsDubai Abu Dhabi IndiaIndia UAE tradeIndia-UAE relationsIndian travel UAELittle IndiaUAE India visa on arrivallast_img read more