Kootenay Wildcats hope public jumps on board goal of attending hockey tournament in Saskatchewan

first_imgThe Kootenay Wildcats Girl’s Hockey team needs help from the public to attend the prestigious Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament next month in Wilcox, Sask.The tournament attracts many elite teams and college scouts from across North America.“This year the Wildcats have worked hard and as result of their early achievements have for the first time qualified to participate in the Mandi Schwartz Memorial Tournament to be held at Notre Dame,” said a team spokesperson.The estimated cost to attend the tournament is approximately $20,000. The players are currently locked in fundraising plans to help offset costs.The Wildcats, consisting of players from Golden to Trail, compete in the B.C Hockey Female ‘AAA’ Midget League playing against teams from Richmond, Fraser Valley, Prince George and Kelowna.Team members train weekly, some traveling hours in cars to attend practice.The Wildcats program has experienced tremendous success during the past decade, twice earning Female Midget ‘AAA’ Provincial Championship honours.Graduates of the Wildcats have received scholarships at play at the college and university level while pursuing an education.For more information on how to help the Wildcats get to Saskatchewan contact Team Manager Curtis Biggs at (250) 357-9373 or email curtis.biggs@teck.com; or coach Cary Fisher (250) 368-1688 cary@redstoneresort.comOVERTIME: To help raise funds the Kootenay Wildcats have entered the Best Buy All Star Grants competition. This is an online voting competition with 10 winning teams taking home a $2000.00 grant. Voting is open now until December 6, allowing fans to can vote once everyday. Go to http://application.3tierlogic.com/bestbuy/microsite/bc/preview.php?p=&cid=482# to help Kootenay Wildcats:last_img read more

Cherry: “Anfield is very old, he would not pass the technical exam”

first_imgEnrique Cerezo She was present at the event organized by the EFE agency to reward Kenti Robles, as the best Latin American player. The chief executive praised the great role that Atleti played against Liverpool in the Champions League and spoke of the return at Anfield. I also support Simeone.“I always sleep well. There are days of glory and not so much. According to the press, a week ago we were deranged and now we are very much alive. They had almost 30 games without losing, they say it is the best team in the world. We are happy with the results but another match is missing. We have met again, that’s the best news “said Cerezo. Cerezo wanted to endorse Diego Simeone: “We have a great coach, he will be much longer with us. And we also have a great team.”he sentenced. “The one who hits first, hits twice. Seeing a hobby delivered with the team was amazing. It was a show. Anfield is a great field but it is old. I would not pass the technical inspection if I had to pass it “, he joked.last_img read more

Ghana FA dissolved over corruptions allegations, risks FIFA ban

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Ghana was expected to vote for fellow African country Morocco next Wednesday in Moscow against the joint World Cup bid of the United States, Canada and Mexico.The Ghana government said the documentary had exposed “widespread fraud, corruption and bribery” at the Ghana Football Association.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe government had taken “immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved,” it said in a statement from the Ministry of Information, and would inform FIFA and the Confederation of African Football of its decision.It also invited police to investigate the officials accused of wrongdoing, which included GFA president and FIFA Council member Kwesi Nyantakyi and the acting director general of the country’s government-run National Sports Authority, as well as match officials and referees. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The documentary was a collaboration between Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and the BBC.President Akufo-Addo viewed excerpts from the documentary last month and asked police to investigate Nyantakyi for fraudulently using his name. The soccer official was arrested and questioned.The documentary also claimed to show referees and soccer officials in other African countries accepting money from the undercover journalists, including one Kenyan referee who was due to work at the World Cup in Russia this month.Aden Range Marwa, who was to be a referee’s assistant in Russia, will no longer officiate at the World Cup, his national referees’ association said, after being shown accepting $600.He was defended by the Kenya Football Referees Association, which said the money “could have been offered to Marwa to thank him for being interviewed.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next French Open: Del Potro has ‘nothing to lose’ against ‘king of clay’ Nadal MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Because of the “apparent rot involving top GFA officials, top NSA officials, match commissioners, football administrators and referees, the government has decided to take immediate steps to have the GFA dissolved,” the Ministry of Information statement said.The decision throws one of African soccer’s recent success stories into chaos. Ghana made the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and was widely praised for that run. It’s one of the most successful teams in African football, although the national team didn’t qualify for this year’s World Cup.More immediately, the move by the government puts Ghana at risk of being suspended by FIFA, which typically bans national soccer bodies from international matches and meetings for “government interference” in how they are run.Nyantakyi, one of numerous officials accused of corruption in the documentary, is an elected member of FIFA’s ruling council, which meets Sunday in Moscow. He’s also the second most senior official in African football as first vice president of the Confederation of African Football.The documentary claims that Nyantakyi took $65,000 from undercover reporters posing as businessmen to secure favor with Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo and other senior government officials, which would lead to favorable business deals.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE- In this Saturday Nov. 25. 2013 file photo, President of Ghana Football Association Kwasi Nyantakyi attends a World Cup trophy tour in Accra, Ghana. Ghana risks being suspended from the 2026 World Cup hosting vote by FIFA after its government disbanded on Thursday, June 7, 2018 the soccer federation amid corruption allegations that implicate its head, who is also a member of the FIFA Council. The Ghana government says an undercover documentary exposed corruption that implicated, among others, FIFA Council member Kwesi Nyantakyi.(AP Photo/Christian Thompson, file)ACCRA, Ghana — Ghana risks being suspended from the 2026 World Cup hosting vote by FIFA after its government said Thursday it had disbanded the national soccer federation amid allegations of “widespread” corruption made in an undercover documentary.The allegations implicated, among others, the federation president, who is a member of the FIFA Council.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Bomi County Ebola Holding Center Discharges 2 Ebola Survivors

first_imgAs Government intensifies efforts to fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country, Bomi County’s Ebola holding center has discharge two Ebola survivors.The discharging ceremony of the two Ebola survivors took place Wednesday in Tubmanburg Bomi County.According to the Bomi Health Officer, Dr. G. Gorbee Logan, “The two Ebola survivors have  gone through proper treatment and have tested  negative of the Ebola Virus.  On Friday of this week we will have a reunion ceremony for the survivors.”He said the majority of the citizens that in that part of Liberia have understood the danger of the deadly Ebola virus.Dr. Logan also disclosed that since the establishment of the Ebola holding center, there have been 15 death cases and two survivors.He indicated that early presentation of patients will help greatly by saving the lives of Liberians in the fight against Ebola.“Presently this holding center has about 12 beds and patients are still coming in.  Health workers we are trying all their  best to save the lives of our people in this county.   We  advise our people to take all preventive measures by reporting themselves early to the hospitals or treatment centers if they experience the signs and symptoms of Ebola.We also advise them to wash their hands frequently, to stop eating bush meat, to stop shaking hands and hugging,  among others.”Bendu Kamara, one of the survivors at the holding center,  called on all Liberians to report to the various treatment centers when they start to show the symptoms of the deadly virus.“I got in contact with the Ebola virus while taking care of my husband and baby who came down with the virus and they died.  I also came down with all of the symptoms of the virus, and this the Ebola response team quickly brought me to this center where I was well treated and today am free of the virus,”Bendu explained.For her part, Patience Kamara, the other Bomi survivor of the virus, said: “I got in contact with the deadly virus while attending to a sick person in my house, who later died.  I was brought to the Ebola holding center for 21 days after which have been proven  negative of the disease.Ms. Patience called on all Liberians, including politicians and doctors to join the fight against the Ebola virus to save the lives of other citizens in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hinterland residents to be trained in aviation

first_imgThe Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is expanding its training to include hinterland residents being trained as air traffic controllers.One of the Authority’s 2018 projections is the training of a minimum of 20 hinterland residents as air traffic controllers.Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Egbert Field, told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that hinterland residents would benefit from this training exercise.Director General, GCAA, Lieutenant Colonel (retd) Egbert FieldField explained that the air traffic control programme will commence by April of this year. “A new course will start, and we will be targeting some of the outlying regions when it comes to applicants for the training course,” he disclosed.Finance Minister Winston Jordan had, in his 2018 budget speech, announced that Government was negotiating with a multilateral donor to secure a US$15 million loan, to finance a project under which the Lethem airstrip would be upgraded into a regional hub and international aerodrome.Field has said that with this venture coming on stream, the GCAA would be training new air traffic controllers in order to address the current shortfall and have an adequate number of officers in place.“At the moment, our capacity doesn’t allow us to do inspections, so this will assist us in not only relieving the shortage which we suffer from right now, but also assist in the movement of aircraft in the Lethem region,” he advanced.The Director-General emphasised that as the aviation sector prepares to enter a new phase, the authority is ensuring that hinterland communities are not left out.Guyana’s Civil Aviation Training School (CATS) received its accreditation last July, enabling it to offer courses approved and recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).With enhanced equipment and the new state-of-the-art, three-dimensional simulator, it is also the aim of the GCAA to conduct several courses this year. The Authority is in the process of enhancing and upgrading all the facilities in the school, so that students’ training requirements can be satisfied.“This course, which will start in April, will be the first for this year; and in the last half of the year, another course will be done. We’re in the process of shortlisting students to undertake the course. At the same time we’re running introductory courses, we’re also upgrading our air traffic controllers in air control and other courses they need to do,” Field said.last_img read more

Trackers captain Jeridyn Loewen commits to SJHL’s Klippers

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers have announced that current team captain and third year player Jeridyn Loewen has committed to playing with the Kindersley Klippers of the Saskatchewan Jr. Hockey League next season.The 6 foot tall, 180 lb. defenseman has 23 points in 32 games with the Trackers this season. All eight of Loewen’s goals came on the power play, including one game-winner, along with 15 assists.“We are incredibly proud of Jeridyn and are very happy his character and tremendous work ethic have earned him this commitment.” said Trackers Head Coach Dave Johnston. “Our entire organization looks forward to seeing what Jeridyn will do with this great opportunity.”- Advertisement -Loewen got the call from the Klippers three weeks ago while the Trackers were on a three-game road trip to the Edmonton area. After getting the offer from Klippers head coach and General Manager Geoff Grimwood, Loewen said that he spoke with Johnston, other members of the Trackers, and of course his family on the merits of the decision before pulling the trigger. “I think that I can bring a lot to that team, and I think that as I develop I can become a better player there and maybe move on to the next level, see where it goes,” said Loewen. “I’ve hung around with people around that calibre before and I know that it’s a great atmosphere , and I’ve heard great things about it.”Loewen added that playing for an SJHL team instead of trying out for a team in the CHL also keeps open some academic doors, as Junior ‘A’ players are eligible to apply for scholarships at NCAA schools south of the border. “I haven’t been looking too much, but there’s a lot of good places out there. It’s kind of one of my goals to get up there. I think it’s a great thing to get a scholarship for school, and in the long run I think I can do that.”In the short-term, Loewen and the rest of the Trackers will be heading to Prince George this Saturday ahead of Tier 1 Midget Provincials, which begin on Monday.Advertisementlast_img read more

Wife’s kidney donation saves husband’s life

first_imgAt one point actor Paul Newman was the PKD spokesman, Polinsky said, and the disease received much-needed publicity. Since Newman left as spokesman, PKD has drifted back into obscurity, he said. The Los Angeles Walk for PKD has been held in Pasadena in September at the Rose Bowl for three years. Last month’s walk raised $70,000. “But that’s not much for a city the size of Los Angeles,” Polinsky said. “We should be able to raise more than $100,000.” PKD also affects the heart. Ten years ago Polinsky had open heart surgery to replace heart valves. His kidneys were so big they pressed against his diaphragm and lungs, making it hard for him to breath. They also pressed against his stomach. “I was eating like a fly,” he said. After he awoke from the four-hour transplant surgery at UCLA Medical Center, Polinsky first asked about his wife. Then he asked about the kidney. “They showed me a plastic bag filled with urine, a sure sign the kidney was functioning,” he said. “I’m incredibly grateful. It’s like a miracle.” But he’s not out of the woods yet. His body can reject the kidney at any time and he checks his blood pressure and temperature twice daily for signs of infection, said Polinsky, a therapist who works in Beverly Hills. His wife works for Parents Anonymous, child welfare advocates in Clarement. She turned out to be an unusually healthy woman. But Polinsky said he was fortunate in that several people offered to be donors. “I didn’t hesitate to donate,” Peggy Polinsky said. “It was a great privilege, but it was not a big deal. I went through a year of testing, what they call the million-dollar work-up, where they give you every test in the world.” Both are active in the PKD Foundation. “I don’t want to see my kids and the millions of people with this disease go through that,” said Polinsky. emanuel.parker@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Polinsky, 65, had Polycystic Kidney Disease, PKD, a hereditary ailment that also afflicts his two children, his brother, a niece and nephew and an uncle. PKD destroyed Polinsky’s kidneys. When they were removed in January, the organs that normally weigh a combined one pound weighed 16 pounds. “I was diagnosed with the disease when I was 40,” he said. “Cysts in the kidneys choke off their function. They stop filtering blood, so you have toxins in your blood. You feel exhausted, sluggish. It can effect your cognitive ability. Your blood pressure goes up and you may have hypertension.” While not as well known as cancer, heart disease or diabetes, PKD affects 600,000 Americans and 12.5 million people worldwide, more than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell anemia and Down syndrome combined. But while sickle cell anemia receives around $2,800 in funding per patient per year, PKD only receives $53. PASADENA – For two years, Joel Polinsky’s stomach was so big, children would ask if he was pregnant. “Yes,” he’d tell them. “I’m going to have triplets.” But far from being funny, the Pasadena resident’s condition was deadly. What saved his life was a kidney donation in June from his wife, Peggy, 63. “You only need one kidney, but you have two,” she said. “If you know someone who has none, give them one.” last_img read more

Mattel makes tiny treasures of rescue fleets

first_imgThe El Segundo City Council this week approved designs for the Fire Department vehicles, and the tiny cars will hit toy-store shelves in the spring, said Michele Sturdivant, a Mattel spokeswoman. El Segundo police and fire will be able to purchase the cars at cost for marketing purposes, which Smith thought was invaluable. “It’s a sense of pride to be immortalized, but it’s going to be something very special that we can give out to young people in the community,” he said. And Smith, who said he enjoyed playing with the toys as a child, just might let his staff get away with some on-the-job Matchbox play. “I would imagine these things would be popular with firefighters,” Smith said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There’s hardly a child who hasn’t played with one of those tiny die-cast Matchbox cars, and now El Segundo is poised for a spot in those happy memories of childhood play. Hometown toy giant Mattel will immortalize the city’s police and fire vehicle fleets in a new special-edition series of the miniature motorcars. “It’s definitely representative of the El Segundo Fire Department, and no one else,” Fire Chief Kevin Smith said. Children everywhere could soon be vrrrroooming three shrunken Fire Department vehicles: a tiny replica of a sport utility vehicle the department uses as a command vehicle, a firetruck and a fire engine. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAnd the miniature cars won’t be basic copies with just an El Segundo city seal slapped on their doors. A team of about eight Mattel designers came to the station a few months ago to crawl through the vehicles and make sure their drawings were exact, Smith said. “They asked us about our rigs, looked through them inside and out, and talked to our staff about the different applications,” he said. “They’re interesting people. They really get into this stuff.” And Mattel hasn’t forgotten about El Segundo’s police fleet, either – a tiny squad car will be included in the series, Capt. Max Phipps said. This isn’t the first time El Segundo police cars have been immortalized, though: A few years ago, Mattel made a series of vintage El Segundo police cars from the 1930s and 1940s, Phipps said. last_img read more

Premier League 2016/17 PFA Player of the Year odds: Who is the favourite?

first_imgIt seems like just yesterday Leicester City were crowned Premier League champions but tomorrow they will begin their defence of the title.The one of the key men in their outrageous romp to the top of the table was Riyad Mahrez and towards the end of the last campaign he was named as the PFA’s Player of the Year.It’s an honour to receive the award but the Algerian is going to have to have one hell of a season if he’s going to win it again.So, who are the top contenders for the trophy?Click the right arrow above…*Odds calculated based on leading bookmakers’ odds on 12 August 2016. 9= Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) – 25/1 13 13 13 9= Romelu Lukaku (Everton) – 25/1 – Click the right arrow above to find out who is favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award… 13 13 13 1= Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – 12/1 1= Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – 12/1 3= Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 14/1 13 3= Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – 14/1 9= Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – 25/1 5= Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – 16/1 13 13 13 13 13 9= David Silva (Manchester City) – 25/1 7= Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – 20/1 13 5= Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – 16/1 9= Diego Costa (Chelsea) – 25/1 7= Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – 20/1 last_img read more