Blog from the Pod — Bantams return from northern road trip with bronze

first_imgA glitch in the network held up the final installment of the Tyler Podgorenko blog from Smithers, site of the B.C. Hockey Tier III Bantam Rep Championships.The West Kootenay rep, Nelson Leafs, managed to rebound from a pair of tough losses — including a setback in the semi final — to edge Revelstoke in the bronze medal final.Nelson defenceman Tyler Podgrenko has one last blog on what happened last week in Smithers.(Thursday) we again had to wake up at 8 a.m. for our final game as a team and for some of us our last game in Bantams.The game was for Bronze and we were playing the Revelstoke Grizzlies whom we have played three times before in exhibition and tournament (play).The game began very slow and by the end of the first we were winning 1-0.  The game then started to rise and both teams began to play hard and before you knew it we were up 3-2 with some great goals from our forwards. In the third the game began to  be a rough one and Revelstoke was starting to get penalty after penalty and began to play with no intention to win.  We were up 4-3 and the clock began to count down and we ended up winning 4-3 taking home the bronze. Right after the game our parents were eager to get home and we began our long journey home. After nine hours of  driving we stopped in Kamloops for the night and stayed in the Thompson Hotel on the main street. Waking up in the morning after a rough night with little sleep was tough after many players were sick from receiving the flu that night and some with colds. In the morning we all left the hotel for our last chunk of traveling to take on and by 2:30 p.m. the majority of the team was back home in Nelson. Even though not reaching our ultimate goal of winning the provincials i believe that we all gained much knowledge on what it takes,and also many memories. As a team we all improved tremendously and also individually.last_img read more

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Southland Gives Back: Southeastern Louisiana Participates in Food Drive

first_imgHAMMOND, La.  – As part of the Southland Conference’s “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southeastern Louisiana Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the SLU Athletics Ticket Office and SLU Multicultural and International Student Affairs (MISA) partnered for the “Season of Giving” Food Drive throughout the months of November and December.The drive benefitted the Southeastern Food Pantry, operated by MISA, the pantry aims to provide food to any Southeastern Louisiana student in need.SLU athletics collected non-perishable food items and toiletries throughout the two-month period. Fans who donated received a voucher for a discounted ticket for a men’s and women’s basketball game of their choice.Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Affairs/Senior Woman Administrator Michelle Harper, who serves as the SAAC advisor, says it was an easy decision for the SLU SAAC to partner with MISA.”Our student community provides great support for all of our student-athletes at their events,” Harper said. “We were pleased to be able to give back to those students who are in need.”Each Southland Conference member institution participates in a “Southland Gives Back” event around the holidays. As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.last_img read more

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Indian Businessman Charged with US$30,000 Theft

first_imgPolice in Monrovia have investigated and forwarded to court, an Indian national accused of stealing several cartons of brake fluid valued at US$30,000.Defendant Darnesh Byramji was also accused of stealing 15 cartons of engine oil at the price of US$250.00 each.He allegedly stole the items from an Indian-run business center, Naresh Brothers, situated in Vai Town, Monrovia.For the past four years Byramji had served as warehouse manager of that business’ Randall Street branch.Byramji is charged with the commission of the crime “theft of property,” based upon a complaint filed against him by another Indian national identified as Bunty Anandani.Anandani is the general manager of Naresh Brothers.At his trial yesterday, defendant Byramji, dressed in a blue short sleeve t-shirt and blue long trousers, with a blue pair of slippers sat all day on the prisoner’s bench.He was yesterday allowed to walk freely out of the courtroom.  Apparently his legal team may have filed a bond on his behalf.The crime is a baliable offense under Liberian laws.The bond was very important because it prevented him from being remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison yesterday.It is not clear whether Byramji’s bond was paid in cash or an insurance because it was not disclosed, as had been done in previous cases.Usually, the bond fees either double or triple the amount which the individual is accused of stealing.In most instances, it is the Judge or Magistrate hearing the case who determines the bond fees.In his complaint, Anandani alleged that on November 9, they (management) of the business entity decided to conduct an inventory of their warehouse around the National Port Authority (Freeport) community.It was during that process, the Naresh Brothers general manager further alleged, that they discovered several empty bottles of brake fluid in the area.He said they also discovered 15 barrels of empty engine oil.According to him, the inventory was carried out in the presence of defendant Byramji.“We immediately questioned defendant Byramji about the discoveries,” the Naresh Brothers manager stated.While interrogating the defendant about the discoveries, Anandani claimed that defendant Byramji asked them to allow him to use the rest room.“After using the rest room Byramji escaped the scene and switched off his phone,” Anandani further narrated.He also claimed that the defendant later left the apartment where he had been residing for an unknown location.According to Anandani, defendant Byramji and he lived in the same apartment.Explaining about the defendant’s incarceration and subsequent charge, Anandani said, “After he went missing for three weeks, we came across him on the street, then we quickly contacted the police who arrested him.”According to police, during preliminary investigation, defendant Byramji admitted to the allegation levied against him.Police further said that based upon his voluntary admission and eye witness account, including evidence gathered from the warehouse, they agreed to charge defendant Byramji with the crime of theft of property.In their investigation, Police said, defendant Byramji told them that he usually gave out goods from the ware house when his boss issued him delivery notes for him to supply customers.He was also quoted as saying that “three months ago I was at the warehouse when one of our customers, Rufus Pewee, came to me that he wanted to buy engine oil.”“Pewee and I used to transact on a daily basis and along with my driver, Andrew Dennis.”“I sold several cartons of brake fluid to Pewee at the price of US$290 each and 15 cartons of engine oil at the price of US$250 each to him,” the defendant allegedly admitted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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First Lady calls for health curriculum in education sector

first_imgWorld Population DayFirst Lady Sandra Granger on Wednesday called for a comprehensive health curriculum to be implemented in the schools’ education system at the early childhood level.She made the call as she delivered her address to attendees of the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA’s) World Population Day, held under the theme “Family planning is a human right”, at the Cara Lodge hotel in Georgetown.“I am an advocate for teaching [family health] at the nursery level, but it does not mean that our parents must be [excluded]… Parents have a large role to play in how our children are socialised… Let us hope that the Caribbean region will come up with a comprehensive health and family life education curriculum which theyFirst Lady Sandra Granger addressing the gatheringcan implement in all our schools, so that our children will have the much-needed education and the knowledge that they deserve,” the First Lady explained.She added it is hoped that communities and parents are educated on how they can protect their children, and how they should socialise their children to be responsible human beings and productive adults.She also stressed the benefits of accessible family planning as she said, “It has been estimated that if the need for modern contraception was met, there would be 70 percent less unintended pregnancies, 74 percent less unsafe abortions, [and] 25 percent less maternal deaths… There would be an increase in educational opportunities for girls and women, greater participation by women and girls in the labour force, and an increase in their earning potential”.Notwithstanding the importance of including men in the family planning process, the First Lady said, family planning gives women more control over their lives.Liaison Officer at the UNFPA office, Adler Bynoe, delivered the World Population message on behalf of the organisation’s Executive Director, Dr Natalia Kanem. It was pointed out that accessible family planning can only be realised through collaboration.“Family planning is not only a matter of human rights, it is also central to women’s empowerment, reducing poverty, and achieving the sustainable development… the UNFPA is fully committed to continuing to support countries’ efforts to uphold the right to plan a family. We are striving to end all unmet needs for voluntary family planning in developing countries by 2030… We cannot do this alone. Governments, parliamentarians, the private sector and civil society must join forces to make it happen,” he said.Minister within the Public Health Ministry (MoPH), Dr Karen Cummings, was also present at the event. She noted that the MoPH will be doing more to educate young people about the importance of family planning.“One of the areas in which it will be placing greater emphasis will be (on) generating more awareness about sexual reproductive health and the importance of family planning… At the Ministry, we are cognisant that effective and informed family planning has multiple health and social benefits… Through various health promotion activities, the Ministry of Public Health is ensuring that…accurate, unbiased information, to assist in preventing unplanned pregnancies as well as empowering young people to make educated decisions about sexual and reproductive health, is disseminated countrywide,” she said.A few panellists and teen mothers from Women Across Differences (WAD) gave their perspective on the importance of family planning as they told their stories of trials and testing.World Population Day is annually observed on July 11. It was introduced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the affirmation of family planning as a human right.last_img read more

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Tourism Department working with GuySuCo on ‘Heritage Tourism’

first_imgAs the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) continues to revamp its image under Government’s overhaul to the sector, a partnership was forged with the Business Ministry’s Tourism Department to develop ‘Heritage Tourism’. GuySuCo on Tuesday said it has a new business stream as a part of the Corporation’s new strategic direction.The sugar entity stressed that while key components of the new strategic plan focuses on value added products; such as plantation white sugar and cogeneration, and improving the Corporation’s overall capability and efficiencies, “the Corporation has recognised that it is important that the preservation of the invaluable sugar history be factored into the transition programme.”According to GuySuCo, its new ‘Sustainable Business Model’ will allow it to focusGuySuCo meeting with the Department of Tourism on Tuesdayon accounting for a Triple Bottom Line (TBL). These components are: economic (financial), environmental and social. The statement outlined that the partnership will ensure that Heritage (Sugar) Tourism becomes integrated into the tourism industry in a structured and well-coordinated way.The move to establish this latest venture comes as a result of the first meeting that was held on September 24, 2018, where the two sides discussed the partnership and the specifics of the engagement. Moreover, the Sugar Corporation stated that the business line for the Corporation “will be organised around educational as well as relaxation for students, groups, visitors and tourists”.“The Department of Tourism will support GuySuCo in the development of a ‘Heritage Tourism’ strategy in line with the national tourism policy; assist in defining the strategic direction for tourism relative to sugar; assist in the designing project proposals for funding for the development and creation of heritage and other sites in the sugar industry, including a ‘sugar museum’; determine market opportunities (current and future); establish and ‘Annual Estate Week’ for 2019; training in tourism, heritage tourism and other relevant areas,” the company pointed out.The Corporation added that it will also build on its engagements with the National Trust of Guyana, National Archives and other relevant agencies “to ensure that the sugar heritage is sufficiently captured, secured and documented as the transition process continues”. These measures follow the downsizing of the sugar industry whereby thousands of sugar workers were retrenched. The Estate of Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt remain under GuySuCo’s control while the entities at Wales, Skeldon, East Demerara and Rose Hall were transferred to the Special Purposes Unit.last_img read more

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GTT launches high-speed Internet in Essequibo

first_imgBy: Indrawattie NatramBusinesses and residents, as well as students residing in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) will now be able to surf, stream, share and connect with just one click, as the Guyana Telegraph and Telephone Company (GTT) launched its LTE high-speed Internet, which will be available in all the villages along the coast. The high-speed Internet will cost some $5,499 for installation and $5,250 for the equipment, along with one-month’s free Internet.Persons flocked the GTT booth to access the servicesThe GTT team hosted the launch in a grand style at the Anna Regina Car Park, with a cultural programme which featured songs, dances and live tassa drumming.Addressing those gathered, Public Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes, congratulated GTT for acting on their promises of providing faster Internet to the people of Essequibo. She emphasised too that technology is the greatest equaliser which can link companies to companies and countries to countries.According to Hughes, the Government has recognised that prior to 2015, Guyana has been lagging in the area of telecommunication, and has therefore tried successfully to bridge the gap.Alluding to the benefits the enhanced service will have in Region Two, the Telecommunications Minister explained that with the service, there will be more opportunities for business development, research and education. She also pointed to the benefits to e-commerce and encouraged farmers, as well as entrepreneurs within the region to use the Internet as a way of finding online markets.“I truly believe that ICT will deliver the transformation within Guyana and innovative ideas can come from all sectors,” Hughes stated.Meanwhile GTT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Justin Nedd, said that the company is satisfied to offer the service in Essequibo. He said the service was launched in response to the many demands for faster high-speed Internet in the region. He reminded of the company’s aim to provide faster Internet to the entire Guyana so that all users will be able to access the Internet with ease. He therefore called on Essequibians to make use of the service which has the potential to change their lives.“Faster Internet means that you can do more, your lives will be changed, and you can communicate more and do more researches,” Nedd stated.The CEO also explained that the company is happy to partner with the Government in providing digital services to Guyanese. The LTE will be installed in March and according to the CEO, the company is working along with the Government as its key stakeholder to bridge the communication gap.At the launch, four lucky persons were winners of free equipment for the services. Several customers noted that they chose the LTE Internet because of the speed. Other persons were anxious to use the Internet as in the past they were not exposed to 4G at their home, and many were forced to sit long hours to download pictures or surf the Internet due to slow connectivity.last_img read more

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Property sale to fund abuse settlements

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles said Tuesday that the nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese will sell its central administrative building to raise money to settle hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits against it. In a statement posted on the Web site of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Mahony also said a special working group identified about 50 other nonessential church properties that could be sold to fund settlements. Those properties are not being used by any parishes, and no schools, parishes or ministries would be shut down, he said. The cardinal did not specify a timetable for settlement, but said he hoped the cases could be resolved in the “near future.” Archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg declined to comment beyond Mahony’s statement. last_img read more

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Health forum to be held September 17

first_imgAccording to organizer Brad Brain he hopes the forum will provide the community with a chance to voice their worries on the matter and see what can be done about it.“There’s a lot of concern in the community about the local health care situation. We’ve got 24,000 people in Fort St. John that don’t have a doctor. What I think we thought was the first step in making some progress on this was getting a chance to let people voice their concerns, ask questions and identify the issues in the first place,” he said.”He went on to say that the forum needs to provide a clearer picture of what the medical situation is here in Fort St. John.- Advertisement -“Basically cut through some of the political spin that’s been put on this issue, in particular Northern Health who in the past has made media statements that don’t really stand up to scrutiny,” Brain stated. What we want to do is set the record straight and say we’ve got 14 doctors in Fort St. John that have family practices despite what Northern Health says so lets get the cards on the table here and see what the problems are and start working towards solutions.”Northern Health representatives along with staff from the three levels of government will be invited to attend the session.last_img read more

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BABY STEPS WITH ÁINE: BREASTFEEDING – THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY.

first_imgBABY STEPS WITH ÁINE: Hi Everyone, As a new mum, the decision of how to feed your baby can be a tough one. For many, the choice to breastfeed or formula feed is based on your comfort level, lifestyle, and specific medical situations.You have probably all heard of the popular saying ‘Breast is Best’. This is something I believe in. However, if you are reading this, and have decided to formula feed your new born, I fully support this decision too. Both methods are very nourishing and can still provide bonding experiences between parents and their new-borns.Personally, I am an advocate of breastfeeding. I exclusively breastfed Ava for 7 months and it is something I am extremely proud of.Breastfeeding was much tougher than I had expected and it wasn’t always my favourite part of being a new mum. There were times I wanted to give up but the health benefits alone (along with some stubbornness) were enough to convince me to make it work.Here are some of my thoughts on the good, the bad and the ugly of breastfeeding. The Good:There was something empowering knowing I could provide Ava with the nutrients she needed. Breastfeeding not only provides nutrition for you baby. In addition to all the vitamins and nutrients, it contains disease-fighting substances that can protect your baby from illnesses.Breastfeeding burns up to 500 calories a day and helps shift your baby weight. That said, if you’re anything like me, you might just use this as an excuse to eat more.Financially, it was cheaper. Besides the initial essentials, breastpump, nursing bra’s etc, there were no ongoing costs.Breastfeeding in the long run, was convenient and made my life as a new mum a little bit easier. Breastmilk is there, as and when your baby needs it.There is no need for sterilising or bottle making.My favourite part was the bond it created between myself and Ava. This is very hard to explain to someone who hasn’t experienced it yet. But trust me, it’s a wonderful feeling.The Bad:Confidence to breastfeed publicly was definitely the biggest obstacle for me. You get stared at, talked about and some people might even voice their disapproval. Don’t let this shatter your confidence. You are not doing anything wrong.With breastfeeding there is no way of measuring how much milk is being given during every feed. I often worried Ava wasn’t getting enough milk.If you are getting enough wet and dirty nappies your little one is probably doing well.For the first few weeks you too might feel like you’re constantly feeding.You probably will be. Breastfeeding can be tiring. Feeding on demand can mean hourly night feeds.It will take a while for your body to adjust to the sleep deprivation but it happens, eventually!The Ugly:On reflection I was a little bit naïve about breastfeeding. I thought it was something that Ava would pick up immediately with complete success. This wasn’t the case.  People always told me it would take a week or two to get my head around it. Those two weeks were unbearable at times and they continued for the first two monthsSore, cracked nipples which made me want to cry and scream every time Ava latched on.Engorgement and leaking breasts were both painful and annoying. Breast pads became my new best friend.Night sweats in those first few weeks were not enjoyable.For me, expressing milk was an inconvenience. The thought of hooking myself up to a machine did not appeal to me.In the end I only expressed during the first two weeks.For all of you ladies who are considering breastfeeding, do not let the ugly put you off. Know that it is a wonderful experience, and one of the best gifts you can give your baby.The good far outweighs the bad and ugly. Yes, the first few weeks can be tough and long. You too, may want to change to formula at times. If you make this decision do not feel guilty. Be proud that you gave it a go. But, if it is your heart’s desire, stick at it. You will succeed.Thanks for reading,Áine xBABY STEPS WITH ÁINE: BREASTFEEDING – THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY. was last modified: May 6th, 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:ÁineBaby BlogBaby StepsBreasfeedingFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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What next for Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek?

first_img 5 moving on Loftus-Cheek excelled at Palace LATEST TRANSFER NEWS LIVING THE DREAM Loftus-Cheek expected to break into the Chelsea team this season It is no secret that Roy Hodgson would’ve taken Loftus-Cheek at Palace for a second-consecutive season.In fact, the Eagles boss told talkSPORT he would ‘knock Chelsea’s door down’ to resign the midfielder.However, with the summer window firmly sealed shut, Hodgson would now be forced to wait until January.Given their admiration of the 22-year-old, Palace may be willing to wait. He bagged two goals and three assists in his 24 appearances for the club last season.Everton LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The Daily Mirror are reporting that several Spanish clubs want Loftus-Cheek on loan before the end of August and the midfielder would be keen to move abroad.Valencia would present an attractive option. Los Che boast Champions league football this season and are currently the best-of-the-rest in La Liga outside the big three.They already share a link with Chelsea after Michy Batshuayi joined Valencia on loan earlier in the summer.While it is thought the Blues would rather see Loftus-Cheek develop under Sarri and learn his methods, Valencia play an attractive brand of football and could accommodate him in their first team.Schalke The Bundesliga club have already expressed their interest in Loftus-Cheek, according to the Guardian.He rejected the chance to spend the season in Germany but, after Saturday, his situation has changed and he may have changed his mind.If he expects to spend the first half of the season on the fringes of Sarri’s Chelsea team, an immediate loan switch to Europe would be tempting, rather than joining a Premier League side in January. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 5 5 targets center_img According to the Liverpool Echo, the Toffees were among a host of clubs interested in Loftus-Cheek during the summer.The England international’s best option may prove to be a loan move to a Premier League side in January.That way, he can fight for his Chelsea place in the first half of the season and move if opportunities are sparse under Maurizio Sarri.Valencia 5 Ruben Loftus-Cheek is considering his future after being left out of the Chelsea squad for the victory over Arsenal.Loftus-Cheek, who expected to break into Chelsea’s starting XI this season, watched on from the stands as Ross Barkley and then Mateo Kovacic impressed in midfield. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star It is understood the Blues want Loftus-Cheek to stay and fight for his place, but the 22-year-old is conscious of losing his England spot due to lack of game time.He spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, where his performances earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.And now he could push for yet another loan. Spanish, German and French clubs can sign players until the end of August, while English clubs must now wait until January.talkSPORT.com looks at what comes next for the talented midfielder:Crystal Palace Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED IN DEMAND REVEALED last_img read more

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