Major Midget tryouts set for NDCC Arena

first_imgHead coach Mario DiBella is going have his eyes glued to the NDCC Arena ice as more than 50 players are expected for the Kootenay Ice Major Midget Evaluation Camp.Team officials and BC Hockey High Performance evaluators will evaluate players at the three-day camp.  Final selections of the 20 players, including two goaltenders, which make up each Major Midget team will be made by September 15.Evaluation camps are run every year in order to evaluate players and help select the following year’s teams.Camp registration is designated as “open” registration, meaning that the number of players who can attend each camp is unlimited.The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.Also this weekend at the NDCC Arena, the Kootenay Wildcat Tryouts are scheduled for Saturday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sunday, 7:30-8:45 a.m. and Noon to 1:30 p.m.last_img read more

ACU Names Allen Ward as Ninth Director of Athletics

first_imgExternal support is at an all-time high at Murray State, highlighted by receipt of the largest gift in the history of the program – $3.3 million for the naming of the Community Financial Services Bank (CFSB) Center. Ward was at the helm as MSU’s athletics facilities were transformed by more than $13.5 million in enhancements, touching virtually every sport.  Last year the Wildcats won the Southland Conference championship in women’s cross country for the second time in three seasons and finished sixth in the conference’s Commissioner’s Cup standings. ACU has finished sixth each of the last two years after a third-place finish in 2015-16 and a sixth-place finish in 2014-15. The league-wide competition measures its best overall programs and ACU has finished in the top half of the standings each of the last four years. ABILENE, Texas – Allen Ward, who led the athletics program at Murray State University the past 13 years, has agreed to become the ninth director of athletics at Abilene Christian University, ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert announced at a Monday afternoon press conference.  “I’m so looking forward to using the powerful tool of NCAA Division I athletics to tell ACU’s story and help it achieve its mission,” Ward said. “What intrigues me even more is the opportunity it provides to impact others for Christ. We have a higher purpose at ACU and I’m a firm believer that intercollegiate athletics is the front porch to ACU’s life-changing message. “We are looking forward to Allen’s leadership,” Schubert continued. “We have a tremendous staff of coaches and administrators and I believe we have an opportunity over the next several years to make great strides in Division I.” Ward, 51, joined the Murray State program in March 2005 after serving the previous 14 years in several roles at the University of North Texas, including the final seven years as senior associate athletics director. Ward has spent 27 years in collegiate athletics, including serving as the director of athletics at Murray State since March 2005. The Racers play NCAA Division I FCS football in the Ohio Valley Conference and its men’s basketball program is annually one of the top mid-major programs in the nation. Under Ward’s leadership, the Racer Club was established as MSU’s annual fundraising arm, varsity softball was added as a sport, additional staff was added in key areas vital to student-athlete well-being and achievement, a comprehensive Title IX plan was developed to ensure compliance, and numerous events were digitally broadcast live and in HD each season. “I’d like to thank Dr. Schubert and the members of the search committee for the invitation to join the leadership team at this extraordinary university,” Ward said. “My family and I are excited for the opportunity to join the Wildcat family and fully immerse ourselves on campus and in the community. I look forward to returning to Texas, and I envision great things for ACU. When Ward joined MSU athletics, its overall Academic Progress Rate (APR) score was 911. Last year it grew to 986. Student-athlete graduation rates now consistently outpace the general student body with the 2018-19 difference expected to be 14 percent. “There was a tremendous amount of interest in this job from across the nation,” Schubert said. “Allen brings a significant depth of NCAA Division I experience from a highly successful program. Murray State has had great competitive success, and it’s also seen tremendous growth in the academic performance of its student-athletes. As I got to know Allen throughout the course of the hiring process, it became clear that he exemplifies the spiritual fit we are looking for in the leader of our athletics program. During his tenure at Murray State, the Racers have captured 39 Ohio Valley Conference championships and participated in NCAA Tournament play 29 times. Under Ward’s leadership, MSU has been one of the top overall athletics programs in its league, finishing in the top three in the OVC Commissioner’s Cup race six times since its inception in 2009, including second place each of the last two years. “My vision for ACU athletics will be simple: provide every opportunity for student-athletes to win a championship and ensure they earn their degrees,” he said. “At the same time, we will all work to promote a culture in which our young men and women develop intellectually, physically, and most importantly, spiritually. Preparing Christian leaders to make a real difference in the world through athletics is our objective.” “I’ve been blessed during my 13 years at Murray State to experience remarkable success,” Ward said. “And the credit belongs to a great group of coaches, an incredible staff, top-notch student-athletes and a passionate fan base. Those same elements are evident at ACU, which means there’s great promise for the Wildcats in Division I.” “ACU will be recognized as a leader in the Southland Conference in all that we do,” he said. “From winning championships to graduating student-athletes, I am fully committed to working closely with an incredible group of coaches, staff and student-athletes to position us for success. It’s a team effort and it starts at the top with Dr. Schubert. His support – coupled with the passion of Wildcat fans everywhere – is a recipe for accomplishing something very special.” Murray State – a university of almost 10,500 students – has won 25 OVC conference championships in men’s basketball and reached the NCAA Tournament 16 times, including last spring when the Racers lost to West Virginia in the first round. During Ward’s tenure at MSU, the Racers won six regular-season men’s basketball championships, four conference tournament titles, reached the NCAA Tournament four times (2006, 2010, 2012 and 2018), the NIT (2011 and 2015) and the Tournament (CIT) in 2014. In the classroom, ACU student-athletes boasted a cumulative 3.17 GPA for 2017-18, the highest such mark since Abilene Christian began tracking the measure. The re-branded Wildcat Club – the official athletics fundraising organization – has contributed more than $6.25 million through the Wildcat Annual Fund, capital and endowment gifts, as well as donations to sport-specific funds. The club’s membership grew to 980 in 2017. In the last five years, the Wildcats won Southland titles in women’s basketball (twice), women’s cross country (twice) and men’s tennis. The track and field program has been revitalized and sent 14 athletes to the NCAA West Preliminary meet in May. Squads from women’s soccer, volleyball, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis and softball all qualified for Southland postseason tournaments in their first year of Division I eligibility (2018-19), with the volleyball team advancing to the championship match despite being seeded eighth. And the men’s basketball team posted its first winning regular season since 2007-08 and earned a bid to the CIT. Ward replaces Lee De Leon, who announced in late May his resignation to accept a role in athletics administration at Purdue University. Ward’s first day on the job in Abilene will be Monday, Aug. 6.  A native of Rolla, Missouri, Ward earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from William Jewel College and went on to earn his M.Ed. in physical education and sports administration from Wichita State University in 1991. He and his wife, Sharon, have two children: Nathan and Nicole. Ward takes over an ACU athletics program that in 2018-19 will be in its sixth year as a Division I affiliate and second year eligible for all Southland Conference and NCAA post-season tournaments. The 2018 season will mark ACU’s second season to play at Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium, its first on-campus home for football since World War II. last_img read more

TVWAN picks winner for its World Cup comp

first_imgWith over 25, 000 entries from the subscribers, the winner is yet to be contacted and announced as they must have a play box and a passport to be considered eligible.Chief executive officer for Digicel TV Ralph Siebenaler was proud to press  the magic button to generate the draw for the competition.Mr Siebenaler said TVWAN was excited to be launching the competition as it helps to engage them more directly with their viewers.  Papua New Guineans are more passionate about rugby league and TVWAN would like to give the opportunity for its viewers to watch the 2015 Rugby World Cup live.The winner will receive 2 return tickets, 4 nights’ accommodation, tickets to watch the final game and AUD $1500 spending money.“We look forward to rewarding the winner and once again Digicel TVWAN commends all the participants of the competition,” Mr. Siebenaler said.last_img read more

Tiu says ‘intentional’ elbow by White like ‘getting punched by Pacquiao’

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial “It was clearly intentional,” said Tiu after Rain or Shine’s 96-90 win Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “He’s been very rough the entire game, unfortunately, I didn’t see it at all and he got me clean.”“It’s been the worst, the hardest hit I’ve ever gotten in my basketball career. I lost consciousness for maybe two seconds, it was like getting punched by [Manny] Pacquiao.”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 crownTiu was initially told to get immediate medical help after the incident but he refused to go to the nearest hospital and instead had trainers look at his wound.White’s elbow to Tiu’s face, however, was just the beginning. 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 Tiu hit the dagger of a three that gave the Painters a 92-83 cushion with only 1:14 left. He finished with 10 points, four rebounds and six assists.“We just have to be focused and the objective is to win the game,” said Tiu whose team sits atop the standings with a 5-1 record. “I think the best way is to win the game, that’s the best revenge we could give them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Taguchi’s boxing history bid ended by ‘Hexecutioner’ The two teams once again went at it that resulted to GlobalPort center Kelly Nabong and Rain or Shine guard Maverick Ahanmisi getting ejected with 3:20 left in the game after getting into a shoving match.GlobalPort guard Ryan Araña was also slapped with a technical foul after he entered the playing court along with former teammate Beau Belga.Nabong and Ahanmisi’s ejections weren’t the end of the heat, though, as Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan got into the face of White.Almazan also got tossed in the process with 40.3 seconds left in the game.Interestingly, it was Tiu, who ended up making the biggest shot of the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rain or Shine guard Chris Tiu reacts after getting elbowed in the face by GlobalPort import Malcolm White during the fourth quarter of their game. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat has been a physical game between Rain or Shine and GlobalPort intensified after Batang Pier import Malcolm White hit Elasto Painters guard Chris Tiu with a crushing elbow to the face in the fourth quarter.The 6-foot-9 import clocked Tiu, who is listed at 5-foot-11, at the 6:50 mark of the quarter that paved way to a wild last five minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Energy Dept working on deficiencies in local technical training

first_img…based on needs assessment done on TVET institutionsA prevailing concern is that lack of capacity will see locals losing out on technical jobs arising from the oil and gas sector. But armed with a needs assessment report, the Energy Department is looking to fix that.Energy Department Head,Dr Mark BynoeThis was explained at a press conference held on Friday by the Department at the Ministry of the Presidency. According to Head of the Department, Dr Mark Bynoe, they are working in collaboration with the Council for Technical and Vocational Education Training (CTVET) and its Director, Floyd Scott.“We’ve been working very closely with the Council and those entities that have been coming trying to set up parallel structures; we’ve been encouraging them to set up partnerships with the TVET institutions,” he explained.Dr Bynoe related that they are considering initiating two pilot programmes within the TVET institutions. He also referenced the Board of Industrial Training (BIT) and the University of Guyana, which are also building capacity for the sector.“The University of Guyana has recently launched their own petroleum programme. We are also working with the Board of Industrial Training. And one must recall the Public Service Ministry still provides opportunities for Guyana to build its capacity as we move towards the oil and gas sector,” Dr Bynoe stated.In 2016, the Government had signed an agreement that would see the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) contributing US$14 million towards TVET institutions. Another agreement to develop TVET worth US$83,000 was signed between Guyana and the Organisation of American States (OAS) last year.This year, the University of Guyana also launched its Masters and Associate of Science in Petroleum Engineering programmes.TVETIn March of this year, CTVET Director Scott had revealed at a forum in Albouystown that Guyana was missing hundreds of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) skills from its technical and vocational curriculums.CTVET Director Floyd Scott“There is currently in the region of Occupational Health and Safety standards, 250 skills. In Guyana, within our TVET institutions, we only have 17 occupational skills being taught. So, if there is a need for a skill outside of that 17, the foreigners will come,” he had said.Scott also revealed that during a recent meeting of the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT), he learnt that they were now issuing skilled certificates to categories of workers.“The agriculture workers, security workers and domestic household… What was interesting is what the skilled certificates mean, it’s a work permit to travel throughout the Caricom Region. Guyanese cannot get it…because that certification is not afforded in Guyana,” Scott noted.“With oil and gas, you will see tourism. You will see a lot of hotels. You will see the need for people to be day-care workers. And the foreigners aren’t going to come and ask you to work for them, because you look good. They want to know you are capable of doing the job.”Local content and what it will do for Guyana has been a burning question since the announcement of the oil discovery in the Stabroek Block. After Exxon first tempered expectations by saying that few job opportunities will be created by oil, it has since said that it would help with local content delivery.One measure it has taken is to set up a Centre for Local Business Development (CLBD). A major complaint has been that Guyanese are losing out to foreigners when it comes to local content, especially as the Local Content Policy is still to take effect.last_img read more

Evacuation order put in place for Siphon Creek area

first_imgThe PRRD says to not drive more vehicles then you have to, and do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service.evacuation order UPDATE: The PRRD has revised this evacuation alert to include more residences, include the Doig River First Nation.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The PRRD has issued an evacuation order for the area around the Siphon Creek fire.The area includes the following:256 Road between 221 Road and 211 Road221 Road just north of the 252 Road211 Road just north of the 252 RoadAlberta border from just north of the 252 Road, to approximately 40 km north along the Alberta border, then southwest to just north of the 256 Road, then south to just north of the 252 Road and then east to the Alberta border.- Advertisement -Those affected by the evacuation order must leave the area immediately, and check in at the reception centre at the North Peace Arena in Fort St. John, by calling 250 794 3310. Anyone needing help moving or housing livestock should contact them as well.Those in need of transportation assistance from the area please advise the individual providing this notice or call 250 784‐3200.Residents are asked to close all windows and doors, shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers, close gates but do not lock, and gather family members, take a neighbour or someone who needs help, take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and Keys) only if they are immediately available, and take pets in pet kennels or on leash.Advertisementlast_img read more

Man City legend rejects ‘one man team’ claims following Champions League heroics

first_imgManchester City legend Dennis Tueart insists the Blues’ character to progress to the Champions League knockout stages without Sergio Aguero disproved recent claims they are a one man team.City have endured a somewhat indifferent run of form throughout the early stages of this season, with Argentine star Aguero carrying the side at times with 19 goals in all competitions.Doubts were raised over their chances to progress in Europe’s premier club competition, therefore, when the striker was ruled out of Wednesday’s must-win clash at Roma after suffering a knee injury in the Premier League.But – despite missing a host of other key first-teamers – Manuel Pellegrini’s men certainly delivered as Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta found the net in a 2-0 victory.And Tueart believes Pellegrini has a team to be reckoned with after booking their place in the last 16.“We have a really big squad and they proved they can deliver as a team with the win at Roma,” he told The Sports Bar.“We know City don’t have to rely on the likes of Aguero, [Vincent] Kompany, [David] Silva and [Yaya] Toure to get results now.“Individual belief will be growing game by game and other teams will be thinking: ‘If anybody goes to Rome and wins 2-0 they got to have something about them’.“And with Aguero, Silva, Kompany and Toure all coming back, I think we’ll certainly have a team to be reckoned with, that’s for sure.”last_img read more

Ballyraine FC launch Goalkeeping Academy

first_imgFOOTBALL: Ballyraine FC will this week announce the establishment of a Goalkeeping academy for its underage footballers. Specialised goalkeeping training will be provided to Ballyraine FC registered players at under 8, 9 and 10 age groups. The academy will kick off on Thursday 15th September with regular sessions every fortnight complementing the current underage soccer skills programme running at the club. Letterkenny businessman Enda Nicholls will head up the goalkeeping programme. Enda is a former goalkeeper himself and part of the underage coaching team at Ballyraine FC.He will be assisted by Nina Singaroyan, a recent recruit to the Ballyraine FC coaching staff.Nina is the daughter of former Finn Harps manager and Sligo Rovers stalwart Chris Rutherford.New boys and girls wishing to avail of goalkeeping training should call club registrar Kieran Shiels on (087) 998 4749 regarding registering as a Ballyraine FC player. New boys and girls welcome. Ballyraine FC launch Goalkeeping Academy was last modified: September 5th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballyraine FCENDA NICHOLLSGoalkeeping AcademylaunchedSportlast_img read more

CHP car rammed; suspect jailed

first_imgPALMDALE – A 55-mile chase that topped 120 mph ended when the fleeing car turned onto a dirt road in Red Rock Canyon State Park and rammed a California Highway Patrol car, authorities said. Max Garcia, 32, of Lake Los Angeles, who sheriff’s records show had been arrested three times in the last five weeks on misdemeanor charges, was booked on suspicion of evading a peace officer, a felony. “He rammed the patrol car. There were no injuries,” Officer Henry Ross of the CHP said. The chase started about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday on Palmdale Boulevard, west of the Antelope Valley Freeway, after Palmdale sheriff’s deputies tried to stop a 1992 Honda Accord on suspicion the driver was drunk. The Honda sped off. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Two CHP officers saw the Honda as it got on the Antelope Valley Freeway headed north from 10th Street West in Palmdale. They said they chased it north into Kern County, reaching speeds of 120 to 130 mph. Mojave CHP officers joined as the chase went through their area on Highway 14. At Red Rock Canyon, about 20 miles north of Mojave, the fleeing car turned onto dirt Dove Springs Road. Then it made a U-turn and rammed the Lancaster CHP car, which disabled the Honda, CHP spokesman Ross said. The driver and his passenger were taken into custody and turned over to sheriff’s deputies. The passenger was not identified. Garcia was jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail on suspicion of evading a peace officer, drunk driving and drug possession. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

World to serenade Madiba

first_imgHundreds of South Africans gathered on Nelson Mandela Square to sing and record the happy birthday song for the former president.(Image: Ray Maota) Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola speaks at the launch of the song.(Images: Cadine Pillay)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory+2711 547 5600RELATED ARTICLES• Madiba birthday song a group effort• How does Mandela Day inspire you?• Schools to benefit for Mandela Day• Brand SA plays its part for Mandela Day• Make every day Mandela Day’ in 2011Cadine PillayAs the one-month countdown to International Mandela Day 2012 kicked off on Monday 18 June, the video of the special birthday song for former president Nelson Mandela was launched.Mandela turns 94 on 18 July, and every year his birthday is celebrated around the world, with the date officially declared by the UN in 2009 as an internationally recognised commemorative date.“The countdown has started – there is one month to go,” said social movement Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee, who spoke at the launch at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.Last year, Lead SA, the Department of Basic Education and the foundation garnered the support of South Africans to sing to Mandela on his big day. This year they decided to go bigger by encouraging the whole world to participate in the singing – which will take place simultaneously, at 8am South African time.A special tributeOn 29 May hundreds of people, among them TV, radio and sports personalities, gathered in Sandton for the recording of the song. Also present were basic education minister Angie Motshekga; Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the minister of home affairs; and Anitha Soni, trustee of the board of directors at Brand South Africa.Lead SA, the department and the foundation, supported by the Shout Foundation, Proudly South African and Brand South Africa, partnered to get the world movement going to sing the song and engage in 67 minutes of community service.Mobile provider Vodacom has also donated their infrastructure to provide a platform for people to download the song – by texting ‘Madiba’ to 44009, people will be able to download the song via a link sent in a reply.“We are exploring the possibility of breaking a social media world record. We want to mobilise South Africans and the world to sing and pledge their 67 minutes,” said Abramjee.South African Rugby has also pledged its support, saying that national team the Springboks, along with thousands of spectators who will be present at the test match against England in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 23 June, will also sing to Madiba.Footballs fans will also be getting involved. The song will be sung ahead of matches scheduled on the day, as well as half-time on the following Saturday in Durban and Cape Town respectively, when local teams take on Manchester United FC.Viewers of DStv will also be treated to the song as satellite operator MultiChoice pledged to play the recording on all its channels at 8am on the day.“This is in the true spirit of doing it for our country and honouring Madiba,” said Abramjee, thanking Imitiaz Patel, CEO of Multichoice.Goodwill and support for MandelaOver 100 community radio stations will play the song, while the Caxton and Independent newspaper groups will lend their support by promoting the movement in the lead up to the day.Lead SA and its partners have further invited companies, universities, NGOs, government departments and individuals to join in, while also calling on foreign media to put aside the differences and support the initiative.They have also called on representatives of foreign organisations in South Africa to assist in getting 67+ countries to join the initiative and sing happy birthday at 8am, their local times, and also to get their people to do 67 minutes of community service.Mandela’s grandson Luvuyo Mandela said he and his family will hand out blankets and plant trees as part of their 67 minutes project. South African news presenter Leanne Manas also assured her 67 minutes of goodwill and encouraged others to do the same.CEO of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory Achmat Dangor said no government can meet all the challenges by itself and the citizens of South Africa need to be active in making a difference.“When civil society realises its strength, it can make a difference,” added singer Kabelo, who is part of Shout.Speaking at the launch, Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa, one of the biggest partners of the initiative, said that in the spirit of Ubuntu, the people in his organisation are ready to roll up their sleeves and do their part for Mandela.94+ schools projectThe primary objective of the 94+ Schools Project for Madiba is to celebrate Mandela’s 94th birthday by giving hope and dignity to children at at least 94 schools across South Africa, by improving school infrastructure.The campaign to alleviate the infrastructure backlog in primary schools in poor communities across the country will make a significant contribution to fulfilling Mandela’s dream for every child in South Africa to be educated.“Let’s make his 94th birthday the magic of legends and an enduring memory,” said Abramjee.“We want to give him his best birthday present ever – the love of the world.”last_img read more