Teary-eyed Calabar High basketball coach praises repeat all-island champions

first_imgIt was an emotional night for Calabar High School’s coach, Ludlow Barker, after watching his team hold off Ardenne High to win back-to-back Under-19 ISSA National Basketball Championship titles, following a 62-52 overtime win at the G.C. Foster College auditorium on Tuesday evening.Led by a game-high 28 points from MVP Maliek McCarthy and 13 points from Jevaun Faulder, Calabar High shrugged off a fourth-quarter surge from the Basil Barrett-coached Ardenne before going on to dominate overtime 12-4.Justin Rhoden was Ardenne’s top scorer with 15 points.However, in his post-match interview, Calabar High’s coach, Barker, could not restrain the tears as emotions overwhelmed him while he piled praises on his players for their sacrifice on the road to winning back-to-back Southern Conference and national championship honours.”I know these players,” said a tearful Barker. “When they commit to do the work, they come up trumps. I believe in them; they believe in me. I just love these players. I love coaching the school because they have heart and soul.TOP COACH, PLAYERS”They (players) say they have a top coach, but I say I have top players – the greatest players in the world – and I’d never exchange them for anything,” he stated.”Winning back-to-back South Conference titles was going to be tough, but winning back-to-back all-island was going to be harder. We had to have a lot of self-discipline and play good defence.”After an evenly contested first quarter (12-12), Calabar High captured the second period 11-7 to lead 23-19 at half-time. They continued to hold the ascendancy after taking the third quarter 17-14, but in the final quarter, Ardenne upped their game a couple of notches and Calabar High could find no answer as the Basil Barrett-coached team were hitting shots from all angles and range. In the final analysis, Ardenne High won the period 15-8 to be tied 48-48 at the final whistle.However, in overtime, Ardenne did not know what hit them as Calabar High came out firing and easily captured the period 12-4 for a convincing win.”My team held its nerve when it went to overtime. They were still feeling good about themselves even though they gave up the lead,” Barker admitted. “We didn’t lose concentration. We stuck to the game plan and we supported each other, and defensively, we did an excellent job. So to repeat at this level is quite a joy.”In the junior final, St George’s College avenged their Southern Conference final defeat to St Catherine High with a 54-47 win.Jordon Gilles with 17 points and Nathan Reid (10 points) were the top scorers for St George’s. Shevran Williams was St Catherine’s top scorer with 13 points.last_img read more

Red Bluff 11-12 Giants complete 24-0 season

first_imgCorning >> If you want to know how it feels to lose a Little League game, don’t bother asking a member of the Red Bluff Giants 11-12 girls softball team, which completed a perfect 24-0 season Tuesday evening with a 12-1 win over the Corning Alabama team at Estil C. Clark Park.The win was not unusual for the Giants, many of whom have played together for years, ending after just four innings due to a lead of 10 runs or more. The same thing happened in all but one game this season, a match-up …last_img

Freedom Park: celebrating peace

first_imgSurrounded by steel reeds, the amphitheatre overlooks the sanctuary with its ever-burning flame, and also offers an impressive view of Pretoria.(Image: Janine Erasmus) The wall of names honours those who gave their lives for freedom.(Image: Jenny Tennant) Citizens may submit names to the Freedom Park Trust for verification and inclusion on the wall of remembrance.(Image: Jenny Tennant) Eleven stones in the Isivivane, the spiritual resting place of the ancestors, represent South Africa’s nine provinces, the national government, and the international community.(Image: Janine Erasmus)The Voortrekker Monument is located on neighbouring Monument Hill.(Image: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Ilse PosseltPR, Freedom Park Trust+27 12 336 4103 or +27 79 515 3371Janine ErasmusAs you drive into Pretoria, South Africa’s capital city, two structures can be seen on two adjacent hillsides, silhouetted against the sky. Both are monuments to historical struggles for freedom in the country, although they’re different in character.To the left, on Monument Hill, stands the square outline of the Voortrekker Monument, a granite-like edifice inaugurated in 1949 and filled with heroic sculptures commemorating the Great Trek – the difficult 19th-century journey the Boers took into the country’s interior in a bid to escape the grip of British colonialism in the Cape. It was declared a national monument in 2011.First seen from the highway as poles that seem to move against the sky, the monument on Salvokop Hill, to the right, is more thoughtful, less imposing. This is the 52-hectare Freedom Park, inaugurated in 2002 and opened in 2007, a place celebrating liberation from the apartheid system put in place largely by the descendants of those same Voortrekkers.The two sites were directly linked on 16 December 2011 – the annual Day of Reconciliation – when President Jacob Zuma opened a road that had been built especially for the purpose. The connection between the two is also intended to symbolise the reconciliation taking place among the people of South Africa.“The access road linking Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park, appropriately named Reconciliation Road, marks a poignant milestone of our young democracy,” said arts and culture minister Paul Mashatile at the time.South Africa’s democracy is celebrated every year on 27 April, a public holiday known as Freedom Day. It marks the country’s first-ever democratic elections which took place on this day in 1994, and reminds all citizens that the freedom enjoyed today was hard-won and should not be squandered.“We celebrate, cherish and honour the memory of 27 April 1994 as a culmination of many years of people’s struggles to liberate themselves, both nationally and internationally,” said Zuma during the 2012 celebrations. “It is a day that represents peace, unity, and the restoration of human dignity of all South Africans. In doing so we want to ensure that our people never take our freedom for granted.”Belonging to all South AfricansDesigned as a place for pilgrimage and inspiration, Freedom Park represents the vision for which so many South Africans fought and died. It is a key presidential legacy project and was established in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which saw a need for symbolic reparation of South Africa’s tumultuous history.Officially handed over to South Africans on Youth Day, 16 June 2002, the park was described by then-president Thabo Mbeki as “the fulcrum of our vision to heal and reconcile our nation”. Youth Day commemorates 16 June 1976, when schoolchildren in Soweto, and soon across the country, rose up to protest against the forced use of Afrikaans in their schools.The Soweto uprising was one of many fatal conflicts that could have taken South Africa into a civil war – but democracy won the day and Freedom Park calls upon everyone to acknowledge this phenomenon and be inspired.“Clearly, one of the most practical ways of doing this is through a monument such as the Freedom Park,” said Mbeki at the handing over.The park is run and developed by the Freedom Park Trust, a parastatal organisation that receives funding from the Department of Arts and Culture. Freedom Park belongs to all South Africans, says the Freedom Park Trust, and it is essential that they take ownership of the project and participate fully at various levels.Construction started on Freedom Park in 2003. Every element has been chosen for its symbolism and meaning, and names of elements are drawn from all 11 official languages of South Africa.Phase One saw the building of the access road and ring road, parking area, the information centre, ablution facilities, Isivivane, and the Mveledzo (Venda, meaning “success”) spiral path that takes visitors around the park.During the intermediary phase, the S’khumbuto memorial area, comprising the gallery of leaders, amphitheatre, line of poles, sanctuary and eternal flame, and wall of names, as well as the Moshate hospitality and exhibition area were completed.Phase Two is also complete. This includes the interactive exhibition area //hapo as well as the Vhuawelo (Venda, meaning “nesting place”) garden and walkway, parking lot, curio shop, restaurant and kiosk. In the later stages of the phase, the office building and access road to the Voortrekker Monument were completed.//hapo is a Khoi/San word that means “dream”. The Khoi believe that a dream cannot be a dream until it is shared with the community, and this area will share the history of South Africa with the world.A place of remembrance and contemplationVisitors to Freedom Park can wander around on their own, or opt for a guided tour, which sets off every day at 9h00, 12h00 and 15h00, except for Good Friday and Christmas Day. Music can be heard at intervals, revolutionary songs which were sung during the struggle.S’khumbuto (a Swati word meaning “memorial”) is the venue’s major element and is located right on the top of the hill with a panoramic view of historically important sites, including the majestic Union Buildings, Fort Klapperkop, Fort Skanskop, and the Voortrekker Monument. The multi-purpose amphitheatre can accommodate about 2 000 people for national events and commemorations.The area is replete with history. The Union Buildings house the office of South Africa’s president, and form the governmental seat. The buildings were designed by eminent architect Sir Herbert Baker and built in 1910 – the year that the Union of South Africa was established.The forts on Klapperkop and Skanskop were built by Boer forces during the South African War (also known as the Anglo-Boer War) to protect Pretoria from the British.The 200 steel poles – the tallest of which is 32m high – that almost completely encircle S’khumbuto symbolise the reed, because in African culture reeds imply birth and regeneration. White lights at the top of each signify clarity, peace, unity and tranquillity. Initially these lights were red to create awareness of the construction that was going on, but because red also means danger the lights were later changed to white. Now there are just three red lights, for aviation safety.Honouring those who fellOther elements in S’khumbuto include an ever-burning flame to honour unsung heroes and heroines who made sacrifices for their country. There is also a sanctuary, where visitors can light candles, honour their loved ones, or simply sit in solitude to reflect on past events in South Africa.A wild olive tree, planted by President Mbeki as a symbol of peace, looks down on the amphitheatre. The plaque reads “Motho ke motho ka batho” which means “A person is a person because of others”, the core principle of the African philosophy of ubuntu.The gallery of leaders honours exemplary men and women who were instrumental in shaping our world for the better – and not necessarily South Africans.The impressive wall of names, 697m in total length, is inscribed with the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the conflicts.The wall is divided into separate sections for each conflict and has space for about 120 000 names. The wall is far from full and people are encouraged to submit names on the Freedom Park website for verification. This will ensure that those who struggled for freedom are deservedly honoured. Names are not arranged in alphabetical order in order to simplify the inscription process and to avoid having to rearrange the whole wall should a name be submitted later than others.To date, about 75 000 names of the South African fallen have been verified for inscription.Next to S’khumbuto is Moshate (a Pedi word that refers to the place where the king resides), a top-level hospitality suite that can be used for negotiations and the signing of agreements, as well as presidential and diplomatic functions.Paying homage to traditionFurther down the Mveledzo path, the visitor comes across Isivivane, the symbolic resting place of all those who died in the many significant conflicts that helped to shape South Africa. Among these are the precolonial conflicts, slavery, genocide, wars of resistance, the South African (Anglo-Boer) War, the first and second world wars, and the liberation struggle.The area has been cleared of alien vegetation, leaving only indigenous plants in the soil, making this a truly South African place.Isivivane is situated on the eastern side of the hill. It is surrounded by tumbling waterfalls and packed layers of stones, symbolising the traditional practice of placing a stone when visiting a graveside. It’s logistically impossible to accommodate every visitor in this way, so stones have been neatly packed to symbolise their laying on a grave. And water is the symbol of everlasting life – it also helps to diffuse the noise that drifts up from the freeway below.Isivivane is a holy place. During its construction religious leaders from all faiths performed cleansing rituals in the nine provinces of South Africa as a closure to conflicts from the past, and to lend their weight to the call for symbolic reparation and healing that came out of the TRC proceedings.The central feature of Isivivane is a ring of eleven standing stones, the Lesaka. Nine of these stones have been brought from the provinces – one from each – and the other two, which were lifted from the Freedom Park construction site, symbolise the South African nation and the international community, which supported the country through its years of struggle.The stones were carefully chosen. The Northern Cape stone comes from the battlefield of Magersfontein, a South African War site where the Boers defeated the British in 1899. The KwaZulu-Natal stone comes from the place known as emaKhosini, the Valley of Kings where Zulu rulers are buried. The Limpopo stone comes from Mapungubwe, the site of one of the earliest kingdoms on the subcontinent and one of South Africa’s eight world heritage sites.Mpumalanga’s green verdite stone comes from the Barberton Greenstone Belt, where fossils dating back 3.6-million years have been found. The stone from the North West is taken from Monthibestad, an area of historical importance. The Free State boulder comes from Winburg, where women marched in 1913 under the leadership of struggle heroine Charlotte Maxexe, in protest against pass laws.Gauteng’s stone was taken from Mamelodi in Pretoria, where police reacted in 1986 with brutality against marchers who were demonstrating peacefully, killing 13. The stone represents similar incidents around South Africa. The stone from the Eastern Cape comes from Bulhoek, where the Israelites, a religious sect, were set upon by a government artillery unit in 1921. And finally, the stone from the Western Cape was lifted from Table Mountain, another world heritage site.Steam seeps from beneath the stones at intervals of two minutes. The steam stands for cleansing and purity, and also acknowledges the burning of incense, used by many religious groups in their rituals.To the side stands an umlahlankosi tree, also commonly known as the Apiesdoring or monkey thorn tree, beneath which is a semi-circle for seating. This is the Legotla, a place where issues of the community traditionally are dealt with. Here visitors can sit in the presence of the ancestors and discuss and contemplate various topics.Once the tour experience is concluded, the Uitspanplek (Afrikaans, meaning “resting place”), serves as a picnic site for visitors, and a place to relax afterwards.last_img read more

Ciolek stays with Team MTN-Qhubeka

first_img24 July 2013Team MTN-Qhubeka has announced the contract extension of star German rider Gerald Ciolek. The team captain declared himself happy in the team’s environment and has opted to stay with Africa’s first UCI Professional Continental team through 2015.“We’re delighted that Gerald has extended with us,” team principal Douglas Ryder said in a statement on Monday.“He’s made a huge impact on our team, not only with his results but also with mentoring the younger riders. They’re excited to have a captain that is down to earth and takes the time to share his experience. We now look forward to increasing our race program as we build towards our first Grand Tour.”There are three Grand Tours in cycling: the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.Racing for a higher purposeTeam MTN-Qhubeka races to raise awareness for the Qhubeka foundation, an organisation raising funds to mobilise people on bicycles in Africa. Racing for a higher purpose was one of the main attractions for Ciolek.The 26-year-old hit the headlines when he claimed the biggest victory of his career in March by winning the Milan-San Remo Classic, one of the five “Monuments” of cycling. The Monuments are considered to be the oldest and most-prestigious one-day races on the calendar.“I always said I would like to stay with this team,” Ciolek said in the statement. “As a professional cyclist you always look for other options but in the end I am really happy that I can go forward with this team.‘A great team’“When I first found out about the team last year, I discovered a great team with great character and performing on a high level and I really like this,” Ciolek said.“I think we had a really good year and now we want to build to go to an even better level next year. We are very ambitious as a team and want to grow and become the first African team to race the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.”After making its World Tour debut in 2013 and finishing atop the podium of Milan San Remo, with 11 victories in total so far this year, the team has made clear its ambitions to race a Grand Tour in 2014.Ready for a Grand Tour“We have a very competitive team for a Grand Tour already. If we get all the guys into good shape, I think we have the potential to go to a three-week stage race and do well. Not just the experienced guys but even the younger guys,” Ciolek reckoned.“It’s amazing working with the younger riders and how they follow the advice of the more experienced riders 100 percent. It gives us, the more experienced riders, confidence when they follow our advice.”Serame Taukobong, MTN’s chief marketing officer, commented: “We’re very excited that a world class rider like Gerald has extended his stay with Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung.‘One of the best’“As an organisation we are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve and the team mimics that. In Ciolek we’ve acquired one of the best riders, a true ambassador for our brand,” Taukobong said.“With our support we have managed to bring him into an African environment and he has flourished which shows how the continent is growing.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

“Triglav 2864” GC14N3H GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – February 27, 2012

first_img SharePrint RelatedExtreme Geocaching in Pictures (and Video)April 29, 2013In “Community”Started from the bottom, now we’re here. — Roof of the World (GC9A9E) — Geocache of the WeekMay 22, 2013In “Community””Para Emmy-n-Sapphie” GC19941 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK December 5, 2011December 5, 2011In “Community” Logging Triglav 2864Learning some quick Slovenian may smooth your long hike to reach this Geocache of the Week. The cache page for “Triglav 2864” (GC14N3H) shares a couple Slovenian phrases to offer other your fellow hikers as a courtesy. It reads, “When you meet or pass somebody say ‘dober dan’ (good day) or ‘zdravo or zivjo’ (hello).”Geocachers may also need the phrase, “How far to the top?” The  difficulty 1.5, terrain 4.5 geocache sits high atop a Mt. Triglav. The hike to the geocache and back can take two days.The peak of Mt. Triglav reaches 2864m (9390 ft) into the cool central European air. The mountain is highest in all of Slovenia and graces the country’s flag.Geocachers are advised to bring safety gear for the aggressive terrain and extra clothing to adapt to the shifting weather on the mountain. The cache page offers this warning, “Never underestimate the extremes of mountain weather. Check the weather forecast before you go and plan and equip accordingly.”View from near the cache locationHikers plan their trips  months in advance. The best time to climb begins in July. More than two hundred geocachers have taken the challenge to find “Triglav 2864” since TeMpL Team hide the traditional cache in 2007.Some geocachers say they overcame fears to find this cache, “So far the hardest cache. I am very glad that I finally decided to [go] up. I do not like heights too, so for me it was a really powerful experience. We had nice weather and it was a very nice view. Thanks for a nice, big cache.”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Cache containerIf you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@groundspeak.com. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Photo: Jim Harbaugh Hung Out With Hank Aaron While Wearing His Jersey Ahead Of Today’s Camp In Atlanta

first_imgJim Harbaugh MichiganJim Harbaugh MichiganJim Harbaugh and his staff are down in Atlanta for today’s satellite camp with Georgia at Cedar Grove High School, but beforehand, he took the chance to meet a local legend. Harbaugh sat down with Atlanta Braves great Hank Aaron, while wearing his jersey.Jim Harbaugh’s local attire for today’s Atlanta camp: Braves’ jersey of Hank Aaron. While sitting next to Hank Aaron pic.twitter.com/IeRfdesrLl— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 2, 2016The best part? He’s wearing the jersey while conducting the actual camp.Hank Aaron, former mayor/civil rights leader Andrew Young and Jim Harbaugh talking to campers pic.twitter.com/F5Q6U6YLCG— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 2, 2016Never change, Harbaugh.last_img

Discrimination case against Canada now in the hands of Human Rights Tribunal

first_imgAPTN National NewsAfter a year and a half of detailed testimony and tens of thousands of documents, the fate of a discrimination complaint against Canada is now in the hands of the three commissioners charged with making a decsion on the case.The case was first launched seven years ago by the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.Each claim the federal government pays less for First Nations children on reserve in care than the provinces do off reserve.Amnesty International and the Chiefs of Ontario are both intervenors.After months of delays and attempts by government lawyers to derail the process, the hearings finally got underway.APTN National News covered the hearings and all testimony and evidence can be found at  aptn.ca/news/tag/kids-in-care/APTN’s Annette Francis reports on the final day.last_img read more

CanniMed tells shareholders to wait while it reviews Aurora offer

first_imgCanniMed Therapeutics Inc. said Wednesday it needs time to review a surprise takeover offer from a rival marijuana producer that sent its share surging on another volatile trading day for pot stocks amid speculation a wave of consolidation is coming.“We advise shareholders to take no action until such time as the board has had the opportunity to fully consider and make a recommendation regarding the unsolicited offer,” CanniMed (TSX:CMED) said in response to the bid made public by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) after the close of markets on Tuesday.Vancouver-based Aurora announced an all-share offer valuing CanniMed’s stock at up to $24 per share that it said already has support from shareholders representing 38 per cent of CanniMed’s outstanding shares.Aurora said it submitted a proposal to CanniMed’s board of directors Monday and has given the company until Friday to respond. If the board doesn’t respond, it said it plans to launch a formal takeover bid.But CanniMed said that it has not received a formal written offer from Aurora, adding it would review the terms set out in the press release and respond by the Friday deadline.CanniMed cautioned that it considered Aurora’s estimates of how much the share-exchange deal was actually worth to CanniMed shareholders to be inflated, since Aurora’s valuation per share is based on its stock price as of Nov. 14 after a 125 per cent increase over the preceding 12 trading days.Following news of the proposed deal, CanniMed’s share price shot up $4.50 or 29.4 per cent to close at $19.80, while Aurora closed down $0.19 or three per cent at $6.22.CanniMed also said it is already in talks to acquire marijuana company Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP), a producer endorsed by members of rock band the Tragically Hip.Marijuana analyst Vahan Ajamian said this latest deal could spark merger and acquisition activity among the around 50 licensed producers in the burgeoning industry ahead of recreational legalization, slated for July 1.“This could spark a wave of consolidation with the larger players ‘gobbling up’ the smaller ones,” said Ajamian in a note.PI Financial Corp. analyst Jason Zandberg said he wasn’t sure if the deal would spark consolidation, but that it make sense to build scale ahead of next July.“If you can build scale, then not only can you guarantee supply numbers, but you also have a bit better negotiating power,” said Zandberg.But he said any deals would likely be shared-based ones within the industry, like Aurora’s proposal, since cannabis stocks have climbed so much in recent months.“The absolute value of the market cap of these companies would scare off a lot of outsiders from buying.”He said the deal looks to make a lot of sense from both sides, but given CanniMed’s response it could go hostile.Current valuations mean that for some companies it would make more sense to simply build their own facilities, said Chris Damas, editor of the BCMI Report.“You can build square footage at a lower price than you can buy it on the stock market, the difference is quite astonishing.”He said CanniMed offered some particular attractions to Aurora, including licensed soft oil gel capsules, a foothold in Saskatchewan and expanded facilities that haven’t yet been reflected in its financials.If Aurora’s acquisition is successful, it would boost its market capitalization to more than $3 billion and would see it serve about 40,000 active registered patients. That compares to 63,000 at Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), Canada’s largest marijuana company.CanniMed, previously Prairie Plant Systems, was one of the first medical marijuana companies to be granted a Health Canada licence to produce in 2013.last_img read more

Dollarama stock falls to lowest in a year as slower sales growth

first_imgDollarama Inc. shares experienced their biggest one-day decline of 2018 in heavy trading on Thursday, after the national discount retailer’s second-quarter revenue, earnings and sales growth were weaker than analysts expected and the company indicated that it has been reluctant to raise prices due to competitive pressures.The Montreal-based company’s stock — which has outpaced the Toronto S&P/TSX composite index over the past three years but began to lose momentum against the market benchmark earlier this year — was down $9.50 or 18 per cent at $42.57 shortly after 1 p.m.That erased all of Dollarama’s stock’s gains since they jumped up $4.32 to close at $44.91 on Sept. 7, 2017, after the company announced last year’s second-quarter results.Dollarama Inc. announced early Thursday that it earned $141.8 million for its fiscal second quarter ended July 29, up from $131.8 million a year ago.Despite the increased profit, the 43 cents per share of earnings was below the analyst estimate of 44 cents per share for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Additionally, sales grew to $868.5 million, up from about $812.5 million in the same quarter last year, but were about two per cent below the analyst estimate of $887.6 million.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Dominion Securities acknowledged the second-quarter margin and cost improvements offset “tepid” same-store sales growth but lowered her price target for Dollarama’s stock to $52, from $55, to reflect a deceleration in Dollarama’s sales growth.Dollarama executives told analysts in a conference call that they had decided to delay pushing through a price increase for its customers for now because the cost of its imported goods has been more stable than expected and cost reductions introduced last year have offset the impact of higher minimum wages.“We initially expected inflationary headwinds on goods purchased in China to have a notable impact on gross margin in the second half of this year,” chief financial officer Michael Ross said.He added that, based on its orders with Chinese suppliers, the impact should be less than anticipated “leaving the margins for the remainder of the year stronger than originally expected.”In terms of labour costs, the company’s competitors haven’t pushed through the cost of higher minimum wages in Ontario to consumers and Dollarama decided to follow their lead, he said.Dollarama’s decision to postpone its usual price mark-ups will probably remain intact for the rest of the year, although they can be introduced quickly if circumstances change, Ross said.“It’s a daily decision,” chief executive Neil Rossy said. “It’s really an item by item study, as it always has been during our whole history, and that’s how we try to remain competitive across the entire store.”Rossy acknowledged that the decision to hold off on price increases had a negative influence in same-store sales, an important metric in the retail industry, which grew 2.6 per cent in this year’s second quarter.The same-store-sales growth compared unfavourably with the year-earlier growth of 6.1 per cent, but Rossy said that was especially strong because of souvenir sales geared to Canada’s 150th anniversary.However, Rossy added that Dollarama was also able to improve its gross margin to 39.7 per cent of sales, from 39.6 per cent, and diluted net earnings per common share increased by 13.2 per cent to 43 cents from 38 cents last year.Ross also pointed out that, based on experience in the first half of fiscal 2019, the company expects higher gross margin and EBITDA margin (a pretax measure of earnings) and lower percentage of revenue spent on sales and administration for the full 2019 financial year.Companies in this story: (TSX:DOL)last_img read more