Kieran O'Connor

2017 Miss BC winner, Arshdeep Purba from Surrey poses on stage at the Chief Sepass Theatre in Fort Langley during last year’s pageant finale (Photo courtesy of Maninder Purba)

Vote for your favourite Miss BC contestant in the People’s Choice Awards

Miss BC, Mrs. BC and Miss Teen BC pageant finale is July 2 in Fort Langley

2017 Miss BC winner, Arshdeep Purba from Surrey poses on stage at the Chief Sepass Theatre in Fort Langley during last year’s pageant finale (Photo courtesy of Maninder Purba)
Poland’s star striker, Robert Lewandowski prepares in training for their first World Cup group stage match against Senegal on June 19 (via @lewy_official/Twitter)

FIFA World Cup preview: First game begins, last preview with Group H

Colombia’s James Rodriguez poised to repeat his success from 2014 World Cup in Group H

Poland’s star striker, Robert Lewandowski prepares in training for their first World Cup group stage match against Senegal on June 19 (via @lewy_official/Twitter)
24-year-old striker, Harry Kane, has 108 goals in 150 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur. Kane is set to captain the England national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup (via @HKane/Twitter)

FIFA World Cup preview: Manchester’s De Bruyne to lead top-ranked Belgium side through Group G

Young England side hopes to return to winning ways and advance to knockout stage

24-year-old striker, Harry Kane, has 108 goals in 150 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur. Kane is set to captain the England national team in the 2018 FIFA World Cup (via @HKane/Twitter)
Germany’s star goalkeeper and Captain, Manuel Neuer will be healthy to start for his nation after being sidelined since September of 2017 with a fractured foot (via @DFB_Team_EN/Twitter)

FIFA World Cup preview: Defending World Cup champions Germany prepared to lead Group F

Battle for group runner-up will be close with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea

Germany’s star goalkeeper and Captain, Manuel Neuer will be healthy to start for his nation after being sidelined since September of 2017 with a fractured foot (via @DFB_Team_EN/Twitter)
Vancouver Whitecaps’ Captain, Kendall Waston (with ball), prepares for his first World Cup match against Serbia on June 17 as he represents his native Costa Rica (via @kwaston88/Twitter)
Vancouver Whitecaps’ Captain, Kendall Waston (with ball), prepares for his first World Cup match against Serbia on June 17 as he represents his native Costa Rica (via @kwaston88/Twitter)
Argentine Captain, Lionel Messi, trains in the rain prior to their first match against Iceland on Saturday, June 16. Messi has yet to win the coveted World Cup. (via @Argentina/Twitter)

FIFA World Cup preview: Lionel Messi set to shine on the world stage in Group D

Argentina are the favourites to win Group D, as the battle for the runners-up will be a great one

Argentine Captain, Lionel Messi, trains in the rain prior to their first match against Iceland on Saturday, June 16. Messi has yet to win the coveted World Cup. (via @Argentina/Twitter)
France celebrates as they beat Italy 3-1 in a friendly on June 1, 2018 at the Allianz Riviera in Nice, France (via @equipedefrance/Twitter)

FIFA World Cup preview: France, Denmark poised to push through Group C

Young, star-studded French team have high hopes for World Cup

France celebrates as they beat Italy 3-1 in a friendly on June 1, 2018 at the Allianz Riviera in Nice, France (via @equipedefrance/Twitter)
Star player Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to win a World Cup with his native Portugal (via @dalli58/Flickr)

FIFA World Cup preview: Portugal and Spain set to cruise through Group B

Portugal aim to continue championship form from 2016 Euros

Star player Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to win a World Cup with his native Portugal (via @dalli58/Flickr)
African Footballer of the Year and Premier League Footballer of the Year Mohamed Salah hopes to be ready for Egypt’s first group stage match against Uruguay on Friday, June 15. (via @premierleague/Twitter)

FIFA World Cup preview: Uruguay expected to stomp through Group A

Suarez and Cavani leading the charge against Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt

African Footballer of the Year and Premier League Footballer of the Year Mohamed Salah hopes to be ready for Egypt’s first group stage match against Uruguay on Friday, June 15. (via @premierleague/Twitter)
Washington Capitals’ Captain celebrates during game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Capitals look to take a two-game series lead tonight in Washington. (via @NHL/Twitter)

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Vegas Golden Knights look to pull even with Caps tonight in Washington

Washington Capitals’ Captain celebrates during game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Capitals look to take a two-game series lead tonight in Washington. (via @NHL/Twitter)
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin celebrates as the Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to advance, for the second time in franchise history, to the Stanley Cup final. (via @WiserFan/Twitter)

COLUMN: Stanley Cup final prediction

Upstart Vegas Golden Knights clash with Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin celebrates as the Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to advance, for the second time in franchise history, to the Stanley Cup final. (via @WiserFan/Twitter)
Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society has decided to step down from his positions this coming fall (with files from Black Press Media)

BC Games Society president to step down

Kelly Mann says it’s time for a change after 26 years with the society

Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society has decided to step down from his positions this coming fall (with files from Black Press Media)
Brayden Point and the Tampa Bay Lightning look to close out the series tonight against the Washington Capitals and book a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in four years (via @TBLightning/Twitter)

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Vegas Golden Knights have done the impossible and have a chance at hoisting the Stanley Cup

Brayden Point and the Tampa Bay Lightning look to close out the series tonight against the Washington Capitals and book a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in four years (via @TBLightning/Twitter)
Grace Kennedy photo There’s plenty to sample at the annual Chili Cook-Off at Clover Square Village.

Cloverdale warms up for rodeo weekend with annual Chili Cook-Off

A dozen different types of chilies competed to take home this year’s bragging rights

Grace Kennedy photo There’s plenty to sample at the annual Chili Cook-Off at Clover Square Village.
A demonstration of a tsunami simulation designed by a team of researchers and developers from the University of Victoria was on display this week at the 2018 #BCTECH Summit held at Canada Place in Vancouver (Photo by Kieran O’Connor/Black Press)

Virtual simulation engages users in the event of a tsunami hitting Port Alberni

UVic team debuted simulation at the 2018 #BCTECH Summit

A demonstration of a tsunami simulation designed by a team of researchers and developers from the University of Victoria was on display this week at the 2018 #BCTECH Summit held at Canada Place in Vancouver (Photo by Kieran O’Connor/Black Press)
Vancouver Whitecaps captain Kendall Waston has been named to Costa Rica’s national team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in June. (via @kwaston88/Twitter)

Vancouver Whitecaps captain to represent Costa Rica at World Cup

Kendall Waston to help Costa Rica against Serbia, Brazil and Switzerland in Russia

Vancouver Whitecaps captain Kendall Waston has been named to Costa Rica’s national team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in June. (via @kwaston88/Twitter)
Winnipeg Jets’ goaltender, Connor Hellebuyck (left) made 19 saves in a 4-2 Game 1 win against the Vegas Golden Knights. Former Prince George Cougar Dustin Byfuglien (right) had the opening goal for the Jets along with an assist in the victory. (via @NHLJets/Twitter)

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Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning look to bounce back on the road after losing two straight

Winnipeg Jets’ goaltender, Connor Hellebuyck (left) made 19 saves in a 4-2 Game 1 win against the Vegas Golden Knights. Former Prince George Cougar Dustin Byfuglien (right) had the opening goal for the Jets along with an assist in the victory. (via @NHLJets/Twitter)
The BC Women’s provincial milk bank accepted donations from more than 300 mothers in 2017. (keatssycamore/flickr)

Breast milk bank keeps B.C. babies healthy

One mother describes why she donates to the bank and why it’s important

The BC Women’s provincial milk bank accepted donations from more than 300 mothers in 2017. (keatssycamore/flickr)
Washington Capitals celebrate their overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday in game 6 of the second round of the NHL Playoffs. For the first time since 1998, the Capitals will be heading to the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning (via @Capitals/Twitter)

COLUMN: Stanley Cup playoff conference-finals predictions

Vegas looks to keep the cinderella story rolling past the Winnipeg whiteout on Saturday May 12

Washington Capitals celebrate their overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday in game 6 of the second round of the NHL Playoffs. For the first time since 1998, the Capitals will be heading to the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning (via @Capitals/Twitter)
The Winnipeg Jets celebrate a goal in Nashville on Saturday night as they beat the Predators 6-2 to take a 3-2 series lead. The Jets are the last remaining Canadian team in the playoffs and look to advance to the Western Conference final today as game 6 will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Winnipeg (via @NHLJets/Twitter)

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Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals look to finally get past the Penguins tonight in Pittsburgh

The Winnipeg Jets celebrate a goal in Nashville on Saturday night as they beat the Predators 6-2 to take a 3-2 series lead. The Jets are the last remaining Canadian team in the playoffs and look to advance to the Western Conference final today as game 6 will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Winnipeg (via @NHLJets/Twitter)