Steady diet of Murdoch Division competition continues for Leafs

first_imgIt’s almost like a playoff series in October for the Nelson Leafs and the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The two Murdoch rivals will face off for the fourth time this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season Friday night in Fruitvale with Nelson holding a 2-1 advantage in the season series thanks to a 3-2 double overtime win last week in the Heritage City.“It certainly provides us a view of what we can expect to compete against to get out of our division,” said Leaf coach Mario DiBella when asked about the early season quirk in the schedule.“I don’t think the team is getting tired of playing BV,” DiBella added.“I think they’re enthusiastic about playing teams they have to beat come playoffs to get out of the Murdoch Division.”Nelson returns home Saturday to face the Castlegar Rebels at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Rebels have defeated Nelson twice this season — 3-2 and 5-4 in overtime.Sandhu remains on Injury ListLeaf netminder Jason Sandhu remains on the injury list after suffering a lower body injury four games into the season.The 20-year-old Chilliwack native began to skate again but is not spending much time between the pipes until the body heals.Nelson was able to grab another goalie after then coaching staff acquired Devin Allen from the Melfort Mustangs of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Allen was instrumental in the Leafs being able to rally from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Beaver Valley in double overtime last week.Thompson on loan to Langley RivermenIn keeping with team philosophy, the Leafs have loaned defenceman Dash Thompson to Langley of the BC Hockey League.“Part of our philosophy is to make sure we’re helping with the development of these players so we wouldn’t hold a player back if we can accommodate the player playing at higher level in an AP position,” DiBella explained.The Rivermen travels to Coquitlam Friday before hosting the Express in a return game Saturday and Trail Smoke Eaters Sunday.Former Leaf Hulston off to SaskatchewanLeafs experienced a brief visit from former center Levi Hulston.DiBella said Hulston, after being released by Langley following a two-game stint, has decided to pursue his Junior A career with Humbolt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.“Humbolt pursued Levi all summer so once he was let go by Langley they made their pitch,” DiBella said.“Levi did come to Nelson to practice with us but as a 19-year-old he felt this was his opportunity and I can appreciate that and wish him well.”New players expected soonDiBella said the Leafs are still tweaking the roster as the club enters October.He said the team is expecting a forward and a defenceman into camp as soon as the weekend.”The forwad is very fast with good hands has ability to put puck in the net while the D-man is 6’3″ and gives us the grit I feel we need to help the back end,” DiBella said.last_img read more

RALIS, TOUGH IT OUT, GOLD RUSH DANCER & MIDNIGHT MING ALL PROMINENT IN $200,000 SNOW CHIEF STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA

first_img                RALIS: A winner of Saratoga’s Grade I, seven furlong Hopeful Stakes on Sept. 7, Reddam Racing’s homebred colt by Square Eddie, out of the Ten Most Wanted mare Silar Rules, has been winless in five subsequent graded stakes assignments and is taking a massive drop in class in the Snow Chief–his first-ever try on turf. Far back early in the Grade III Pat Day Mile (one turn) at Churchill Downs May 7, Ralis ran his best race since the Hopeful two starts back, as he finished fifth, beaten three quarters of a length, in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles Spiral Stakes on synthetic Polytrack April 2 at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky. Trained by Doug O’Neill, Ralis is the leading money earner in the Snow Chief field, as he has earnings of $290,923 from an overall mark of 10-2-1-0. SNOW CHIEF IS ONE OF FIVE STATE-BRED OR SIRED STAKES ON CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAY GOLD RUSH DANCER: Second, beaten 4 ½ lengths by Tough It Out in the 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes here April 9, Gold Rush Dancer turned the tables in the one mile turf Silky Sullivan at Golden Gate Fields May 1, winning by 1 ¼ lengths under Flavien Prat, who will ride back on Saturday. By Private Gold and out of the In Excess mare Dances On Water, Gold Rush Dancer is owned by his breeder, John Parker and is conditioned by Vann Belvoir. Originally stabled at Emerald Downs near Seattle, Gold Rush Dancer is well-seasoned and has an overall mark of 10-3-3-2, with earnings of $184,423. An easy minor stakes winner going 1 1/16 miles at Emerald in his fifth start on Sept. 27, Gold Rush Dancer has the credentials to be a solid contender here in the Snow Chief. Ralis–Mario Gutierrez–124The Big Train–Santiago Gonzalez–120Glory Bound–Edwin Maldonado–120Midnight Ming–Rafael Bejarano–120Tough It Out–Joe Talamo–124Gold Rush Dancer–Flavien Prat–124First post time on Saturday is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com THE $250,000 SNOW CHIEF STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Race 5 (of 11)                         Approximate post time 4 p.m. PDTcenter_img MIDNIGHT MING: A bay colt by Midnight Lute, he’s owned by his breeders, Jack and Barbara Owens. Third, beaten 2 ½ lengths by Gold Rush Dancer in the aforementioned Silky Sullivan at Golden Gate Fields May 1, Midnight Ming, who had three consecutive second place finishes in Golden Gate allowance sprints coming into the Silky Sullivan, has been winless in six starts since breaking his maiden going six furlongs in his debut at Golden Gate on Nov. 22. Out of the Slewdledo mare, Candi Capri, Midnight Ming is trained by William Morey and will be ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano. TOUGH IT OUT: This Nick Alexander homebred gelding by Grazen appeared a bit erratic in running second as the 4-5 favorite in the one mile turf Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on May 1. Beaten 1 ¼ lengths by Gold Rush Dancer, Tough It Out, who is out of Alexander’s Marquetry mare, Mark Set Go, appeared to be running in spots the final sixteenth of a mile. A rousing 4 ½ length winner over a sloppy main track of Santa Anita’s 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes on April 9, Tough It Out’s only other win came at one mile on turf at Del Mar on Nov. 12. Trained by Phil D’Amato, his overall mark stands at 9-2-2-2, with earnings of $231,790.                 ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2016)–Grade I winner Ralis, Tough It Out and Midnight Ming all loom prominent among a field of six sophomores in the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes at a mile and one eighth on turf Saturday at Santa Anita.Named for the winner of the 1986 Santa Anita Derby, the Snow Chief was first run in 1994 at Hollywood Park and will be contested for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday.last_img read more

Big night for Rangers at Loftus Road

first_imgQPR are preparing for a vital game at Loftus Road, where a win against Swansea would ease their relegation fears.Rangers have won their last two home matches, beating first Liverpool and then Arsenal, and a victory tonight could take Mark Hughes’ side three points clear of the drop zone.Bobby Zamora and Joey Barton, who both missed Sunday’s defeat at Manchester United, are set to return.For updates on the night’s events, follow us on Twitter. A report and post-match reaction will appear here later.last_img

World Cup Becomes Most Popular Web Event Ever

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Real-Time Web#Social Web#web Related Posts deane rimerman The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The 2010 FIFA World Cup is now the most popular event in Web history. Record usage began last Friday before the wins and losses. Not since Obama’s election day victory has the Web swayed under a greater burden of Internet-connected hope.The official FIFA World Cup website is currently receiving as many page views as Facebook. For all of us creators of the Web it’s a great time to learn more about real-time visualizations as well as how to better handle soaring usage numbers. So here’s a roundup of how Twitter, Facebook, Univison, ESPN/ABC and app makers are handling all the excitement. Univision Promises 900 Hours of CoverageUnivision.com is an official internet broadcaster of the World Cup and is offering live streaming of all 64 matches. On average a quarter of a million people in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are watching live streams of each match. These streams have helped drive 16 million page views to Univision’s interactive media platform, including mobile and mobile apps. Its Soccer App also recently became the second most popular free app in the iPhone store.World Cup on TwitterThe official FIFA World Cup website is currently receiving as many page views as Facebook.Radio and TV once gave the world real-time soccer coverage. But today you can forgo both and simply watch Twitter’s World Cup tweets as fans of each team go head to head as each game is being played. With peaks up to 3,000 tweets per second this marvel of millions of soccer tweets is inspiring, except that Twitter can’t really handle it. In a recent blog post Twitter suggests users brace themselves for weeks of Fail Whales.Facebook CoverageAs always Facebook is in the thick of it with its campaign to get you to like everything. Facebook’s sports page has a passion rank, which currently puts Chile’s victory over Honduras in the number one spot. Almost a half a million people have liked Chile’s World Cup profile. And in related soccer-passion news, Chile’s capitol city of Santiago used tear gas and water cannons to disperse celebrants and arrest 81. This year is the first time in 48 years that Chile has won a World Cup match!World Cup on ESPN/ABCThe match between England vs. the U.S. drew 16 million viewers, and became the fifth most popular World Cup match ever covered by U.S. television. Complimenting this coverage was 1.7 million visitors to the ESPN website during the first four days. Of additional interest is analysis that indicates multi-platform users who switch between TV, radio, mobile and the Web are engaged for five times longer than those who only watch on TV.Flood of Soccer AppsOf course this roundup would not be complete if we didn’t mention the huge flood of Phone and iPad apps that are begin offered. The number of people trying to get us to promote their World Cup apps has skyrocketed. And while there are plenty of top World Cup app posts out there, I would only recommend one: the Vuvuzela iPhone app. It’s currently the number one free soccer app at the iTunes store. Even though this app is only capable of emitting 90 decibels (a real Vuvuzela horn hits 130), in the hands of a small child this app could be almost as annoying as all the Vuvuzela haters combined. last_img read more

Odisha teacher held for selling fake BEd degrees

first_imgA teacher allegedly involved in taking lakhs of rupees from students and providing fake BEd degrees was arrested by the police in Odisha’s Malkangiri district.According to Malkangiri town police station inspector in-charge Ram Prasad Nag, accused Arun Sen was arrested on Tuesday after three FIRs were filed against him. Mr. Sen is reported to be posted as a teacher in Udupa Primary School in the Malkangiri district. The police have started investigation to ascertain whether he had used fake certificates for his appointment or not.The certificates provided by Mr. Sen were in the name of universities and institutions outside Odisha, especially Bihar. “Persons like me who got a BEd certificate from Mr. Sen never appeared for any examination,” said one of the cheated youths Ganesh Sarkar. Through RTI applications to institutions concerned, it was found that they had received fake certificates.Mr. Sen had allegedly taken ₹1.5 lakh to ₹4 lakh in instalments from each student. He is reported to have cheated at least 20 youths.“He used to come to pur homes to motivate us to go for higher studies, like BEd, through distance education and collect money,” said Madhuri Biswas. Mr. Sen also took cash and online transfers into his account as well as his wife’s.According to complainants, Mr. Sen never arranged for any classes or examinations. Later, he handed over fake certificates to them. “When we enquired, Mr. Sen said somebody else appeared for us in exams,” said M.R. Sarkar. He also claimed that he and several others like him had got government jobs by using such certificates.last_img read more

Notre Dame’s Malik Zaire Drops Cryptic Tweet About Upcoming QB Battle

first_imgMalik Zaire pictured in a kitchen.Notre Dame will have a quarterback competition this off-season between redshirt sophomore Malik Zaire and incumbent Everett Golson. Both players played well in the program’s Music City Bowl win over LSU, and each candidate brings a different skill set to the table. In order to play a high-profile position such as quarterback at Notre Dame, one needs to have an abundance of self-confidence. If his Twitter this morning is any indication, Zaire is very confident in his own abilities.Never apologize for being confident in yourself.— Malik Zaire (@LuckyLefty8) March 5, 2015If you think you should have my spot. Play me for it. -KD— Malik Zaire (@LuckyLefty8) March 5, 2015The second tweet is a quote from NBA superstar Kevin Durant in regards to criticism that he was unworthy of a starting spot in this year’s All-Star game after missing time due to injury. Zaire seems ready to bring it on the field, and he should be a formidable competitor for Golson at the very least.last_img read more

Men must be more Involved in Family Planning – UNFPA

first_imgDirector, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean, Geeta Sethi, says men must play a greater role in making family planning decisions. Her comments come against the background of a recommendation in the State of the World Population Report 2012, for the engagement of men and boys in family planning, for their own benefit and to support the right of women and girls to use contraception. Ms. Sethi, who was addressing the launch of the report on November 14, at the Comprehensive Clinic in Kingston, said the issue is not only a challenge in Jamaica, but across the world, where family planning is largely seen as the responsibility of the female. “I think that’s (unacceptable) because a child doesn’t get born with one parent. Yes, there is artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization. But by and large….this is a joint decision by both partners, who contribute to the creation of that life. So it cannot be taken by just one person; it needs to be the couple,” she stated.  She noted further that the enjoyment of sexual relations is seen as a man’s prerogative, and men are not taught to be responsible for pregnancies outside marriage. “They learn to pursue their own pleasure, rather than mutual pleasure and respect,” Ms. Sethi said. Acting Executive Director of the National Family Planning Board (NFPB), Dr. Sharlene Jarrett, said the agency is cognizant of this issue, and is working to find ways to reach males to sensitize them of the important role they play in family planning. The State of the World Population Report, published by the UNFPA, calls for developing and developed countries, international organisations and civil society, to do a number of things to make family planning accessible to all. The report suggests that countries need to radically increase financial and political commitment to ensure that quality family planning services are available to everyone; promote family planning as a right; and integrate voluntary family planning into broader economic and social development. It also called for the elimination of economic, social, logistical and financial obstacles to voluntary family planning so that everyone can have access; and reduction in the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions by increasing availability, reliability and quality of family planning supplies and services, including emergency contraception. Countries are also urged to make family planning programmes available to the full range of users including adolescents, unmarried people, and all others who need it. For her part, Acting Manager of the Population and Health Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Toni-Shae Freckleton, said through support from various partners, Jamaica has been working to strengthen its family planning and reproductive health programmes.   “As we strive to meet our international and local obligations to promote family planning as a human right and promote choice rather than chance, we are cognizant of the strategies to strengthen this approach. Jamaica, through support from all its partners within government, civil society and our international development partners, have made significant contributions to achieve the progress we have made, to date, in this area,” she said. The report titled: ‘By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development’, examines the challenges in ensuring that all women, men and young people are able to exercise that right and suggests actions that governments and international organisations can take to give everyone the power and the means to decide freely and responsibly, how many children to have and when to have them.last_img read more

PM Says JCF Undergoing Strategic Transformation

first_imgMr. Holness noted that the implemented initiatives have already been reaping rewards.“Already, the JCF is changing before your very eyes. You may not see, you may not even believe it, but your organisation is changing to become what we all want it to be – a force for good,” he told the many policemen and policewomen in attendance.“There was a time when you could not turn on your radio or your television and not see someone decrying the JCF, particularly as it relates to police killings,” the Prime Minister added.Mr. Holness said the perception of the JCF as a brutal force in changing, and it is now at the point where citizens are thinking differently.He noted that the violent perception of the JCF was prevalent for much of its 151- year history; however, in recent times, that has changed, partly due to the efforts of the organisation’s leadership, which took a serious look at the JCF’s operational procedures and use-of-force policy to ensure that officers are changing the way in which they use force.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister informed that the Commissioner has implemented a new welfare department to address the issues of rank and file officers.“This is very important because the conventional thinking of the force that existed for many years was that welfare was not the responsibility of the administration of the JCF,” Mr. Holness said.The Prime Minister noted that officers are prone to non-communicable diseases because of the nature of their jobs, and, as such, he has pledged to provide funding for the construction of gyms for JCF members through his Positive Jamaica Foundation.“I know that the Commissioner has already started discussions to ensure that for those members who want to have access to gym facilities, that access can be put in place, and sometime ago, I had made a commitment to assist with a gym, but in speaking to the Commissioner, he said that one gym cannot help,” the Prime Minister said.“So, the commitment that I am making now is, through my Foundation, which is separate from anything to do with Government, I will work with the Commissioner and the Federation, to make a small contribution towards the access to gyms right around the country, ” Mr. Holness told the police officers.For his part, Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, said the Government is committed to improving the working environment of the police officers, citing the ongoing construction and rehabilitation of several police stations across the island.This, Dr. Chang said, is to ensure that officers can perform at their optimum. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has been undergoing a strategic transformation that augurs well for the welfare of police officers and the organisation’s image. “There is a deliberate, planned and strategic intent to transform and to change the JCF, and the Jamaica Police Federation is an integral player in the transformation of the Force,” the Prime Minister said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has been undergoing a strategic transformation that augurs well for the welfare of police officers and the organisation’s image.Speaking at the Jamaica Police Federation’s 76th annual conference at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on May 29, Mr. Holness pointed out that as part of the ongoing transformation, Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, has implemented several initiatives, and there are some in the pipeline that will be implemented over time.“There is a deliberate, planned and strategic intent to transform and to change the JCF, and the Jamaica Police Federation is an integral player in the transformation of the Force,” the Prime Minister said.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (left), is greeted by Chairman of the Jamaica Police Federation, Corporal Arlene McBean, at the Federation’s annual conference, held at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on Wednesday (May 29).center_img Story Highlights Speaking at the Jamaica Police Federation’s 76th annual conference at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, on May 29, Mr. Holness pointed out that as part of the ongoing transformation, Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, has implemented several initiatives, and there are some in the pipeline that will be implemented over time.last_img read more

Energy Minister tells Business In Vancouver that Petronas is buying a stake

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall has reportedly let it slip that Petronas will be taking a stake in the Shell-led LNG Canada project near Kitimat.According to Business In Vancouver, Mungall said during an interview that Petronas made it clear when it announced the cancellation of its Pacific NorthWest LNG  project last year that the cancellation was due to market conditions, and had nothing to do with the change in government.“And to fully emphasize that point, Petronas is now investing in LNG Canada’s project,” said Mungall during the interview.Business In Vancouver says that neither LNG Canada nor Petronas have confirmed Mungall’s statement. The Globe and Mail has previously reported that since scrapping Pacific NorthWest LNG last July, Petronas has been looking at acquiring a minority stake in LNG Canada, and has also said to be interested in acquiring Chevron’s stake in the proposed Kitimat LNG project. LNG Canada confirmed last week that it has awarded the engineering and procurement contract for its proposed LNG export terminal to the partnership of U.S.-based Fluor Corp. and Japan-based JGC Corp.Story courtesy Business In Vancouver: https://biv.com/article/2018/05/petronas-taking-stake-lng-canada-energy-minister With files from The Globe and Mail.last_img read more

Old Fort Residents still without power no estimate on when it will

first_imgResidents can use the water taxi to transport fuel to the Old Fort but will need to organize transportation to the boat launch.Hydro crews did start the work to restore the outage, but crews were told to evacuate due to the area they were working was now under an evacuation order.  There is no estimate on when B.C. Hydro will be allowed back into the area to try and restore power. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Residents of the Old Fort are still without power, and there is no estimate on when power will be restored.The power went out at approximately 6 p.m. Saturday night, and B.C. Hydro crews were trying to restore power but were evacuated due to the landslide.  In a post to Facebook on Sunday, the Peace River Regional District said they would not be providing generators to residents of the Old Fort.last_img read more