Anderson Caps Off Smoke Eaters Overtime Victory vs. Centennials

first_imgThe Trail Smoke Eaters used a 33-save performance from Adam Marcoux and an overtime winning goal off the stick of Bryce Anderson to help them to their 3rd straight win on home ice, picking up a 2-1 overtime victory over the Merritt Centennials at the Trail Memorial Centre on Friday night. Carter Jones opened the scoring for Trail while Adam Marcoux took the game from there, making some impressive stops to keep his team in the lead before Bradley Cocca’s 3rd period marker tied the game and forced overtime. Bryce Anderson would be crowned the hero, scoring 3:03 into the extra frame and helping Trail to their third straight home ice win. The Smoke Eaters came out with an energetic start and jumped on the scoreboard first with an opening goal at the 5:51 mark of the 1st frame. Trevor Zins sent a pass to the right face-off circle for Chase Stevenson, who zipped a pass across to the left wing where Carter Jones teed up a one-timer with Centennials netminder Vincent Duplessis having the puck go off of his glove and past him for Jones’ 9th of the season and a 1-0 Smoke Eaters lead on the power play.The scoreboard showed nothing in the 2nd period as the Smoke Eaters continued to hold their lead of 1-0 through 40 minutes of regulation. Adam Marcoux continued his strong play in the Trail goal, making stops on all 17 shots he faced through two periods while Vincent Duplessis stopped each of the 7 shots he faced in the middle frame and 12 of the 13 he saw through two periods of action. Bradley Cocca knotted the game up at 1-1 early into the 3rd period at the 3:28 mark of the final regulation frame. Cocca worked his way over the blue line and let a shot go from the top of the right face-off circle that eluded the glove side of Marcoux and past him to tie the game. Merritt had the stronghold in shots in the final 20 minutes of the contests but Marcoux continued to keep his team in the game, turning aside 15 of the 16 shots he faced in the 3rd period while Vincent Duplessis stopped all 6 shots thrown his way to force overtime. Bryce Anderson sped down the left wing and cut his way to the net on his backhand before lifting the puck to Duplessis, who made the stop but saw him momentum carry him past the goal line and result in a good goal for the Smoke Eaters and their 11th win of the season with Anderson collecting his 5th goal of the season. Adam Marcoux stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced in the game as his outstanding effort was rewarded with his 9th win of the season while Vincent Duplessis turned aside 22 of the 24 shots he saw in his 5th defeat of the season.  FINAL SCORE: 2-1 Smoke Eaters (OT)SHOTS ON GOAL: 34-21 CentennialsSMOKE EATERS PP: 1/3SMOKE EATERS PK: 4/43 STARS:1) Bryce Anderson (1-0-1)2) Vincent Duplessis (22 saves on 24 shots)3) Bradley Cocca (1-0-1)Fortis Energy Player of the Game: Adam Marcoux (33 saves on 34 shots)ATTENDANCE: 1,978 The Smoke Eaters (11-12-4-2) head back out on the road for their final trip of the season to Kal Tire Place as they take on the Vernon Vipers (9-9-6-3) on Saturday night. Puck drop is slated for 6:00 PM with the broadcast available on as well as beginning at 5:50 PM with the Voice of the Smoke Eaters, Trevor Miller.last_img read more

Spurs’ Dier hoping for Chelsea slip-up at Man United

first_imgTottenham Hotspur can put pressure on Chelsea by winning their Saturday’s game against Bournemouth and cutting the lead at the top of the Premier League table to four points before the leaders play the next day, midfielder Eric Dier has said.Tottenham, who trail by seven points and are on a six-game winning streak in the league, can reduce the deficit ahead of Chelsea’s game against Manchester United on Sunday.Chelsea travel to United with no league wins at Old Trafford since 2013 and Dier is hopeful that the extra pressure of Tottenham’s result can cause their London rivals to falter.“It is always nice to play first… Hopefully we can narrow the gap to four points and then hope for them to slip up,” Dier told NBC Sports.Antonio Conte’s side ended 2016 on a league record equalling 13-game winning run stretching back to the start of October, but were beaten 2-0 at Spurs in their first game of the new year.Dier praised Tottenham’s consistency but admitted that Chelsea deserve to be on top.“It isn’t a case of ‘we’ve lost it’ but it’s a case of Chelsea have done extremely well themselves and went on that amazing unbeaten run,” Dier said.“As a season, we’ve been consistent and going into the last period now we’ve been impressive and want to try and keep that up.”last_img read more

Reynolds charged with returning glory to Rusea’s

first_imgWestern Bureau: Rusea’s High School Principal Linvern Wright believes that building a long term programme around Coach Vassel Reynolds is the key to a return to daCosta Cup supremacy for the institution. Rusea’s is one of the most successful teams in the competition with 10 titles, however, they have not lifted the title since 2011. The institution was the undisputed king of the 1980s when they dominated with five titles between 1984 and 1990 and Wright wants to bring back the glory days a challenge he feels Reynolds is capable of matching. “My aim is to have a good programme, and what I see is a coach that believes in moulding the players, doing the things right from day one, and eventually, titles will come,” said Wright who is also the chairman of the daCosta Cup competition. Meanwhile, Reynolds acknowledged the importance of returning the daCosta Cup to Rusea’s and underlined that his aim is to ensure that the team remains competitive each season. “Year after year, we must always be a force to reckoned with as to if that grants us trophies so be it but we are focused on being challenging,” said Reynolds. When asked if he will display the same philosophy that brought him success at Wolmer’s Boys last year, Reynolds who is the reigning winning coach of the Flow Super Cup, shared that he wants to display that same brand and philosophy of football with his new team. “Most definitely, especially on understanding the game form a tactical point of view and what we need to do to win games,” Reynolds said. “I’m very positive that once we can get that done, we will get them to perform at their utmost best, and from there, the sky is the limit for now and years to come.” When quizzed on goals for the season Coach Reynolds said that though his team is prepared to take on the new season it is going to take it game by game and round by round and then assess its general possibilities going forward. “I think we have as good a chance as any to challenge for any trophy that is available, but we just want to focus on getting through the preliminary rounds,” Reynolds said. Challengeslast_img read more

GTUC rubbishes Labour Dept’s denial over handling of complaints

first_imgEven in light of repudiations, Head of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) Lincoln Lewis is maintaining that the Labour Department within the Social Protection Ministry has failed in its responsibility to effectively and efficiently investigate labour complaints made by workers.Junior Social Protection Minister with responsibility for labour, Keith ScottGTUC Head Lincoln LewisIn debunking the Minister’s denials, Lewis disclosed that the Postal and Telecommunication Workers Union (PTWU) made several complaints to the Labour Department, asking for a meeting to address a major matter pertaining to the working hours of the staff at GTT.Lewis said the Union has written the Ministry twice within the past three months, but was yet to receive a response.This revelation comes on the heels of a recent statement released by the GTUC expressing grave concern over the fact that it has been receiving a number of reports that workers making labour complaints at the Ministry were being turned away.“GTUC continues to receive complaints from workers that they are being turned away from the Ministry of Social Protection when they seek to lodge complaints against employers. The process in industrial relations on matters of such nature is not to turn away complainants but to activate a process to investigate and resolve the complaint,” the organisation had stated.In a statement subsequently, Junior Social Protection Minister with responsibility for labour, Keith Scott denied the allegations made by the GTUC.The Minister asserted that his labour officers were unaware of any such instance occurring within the Department.“From investigations conducted with staff, not surprisingly, they have all categorically denied this baseless allegation,” Scott stated.However, he admitted that in rare cases when persons come to the Department without the requisite information pertaining to their employment/ past employment, they were requested to furnish same to facilitate a speedy investigation into their complaints.last_img read more

GTU pushing for revision of CPCE curriculum

first_imgMulti-year agreementBy Samuel SukhnandanComing out of recent discussions between the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) and the Education Ministry regarding the next multi-year agreement was the revision of the programmes currently being offered at the Cyril Potter College Education (CPCE).The Union has urged the Ministry to look at commencing this process aimed at bringing Guyanese teachers on par with those in the Caribbean.At present, the CPCE offers an Associate Degree in Education (ADE) (two years); Associate Degree in Education (one year); and, the Trained Teachers’ Certificate (three years). While the ADE programme was introduced in 2010 and was designed mainly to create a qualitative difference from the Trained Teachers’ Certificate, the GTU believes that the time has come for the programme to be revised. Having the ADE introduced at the CPCE was essential, since the other Caricom countries have already implemented the programme. Some countries have also raised the bar even further, whereby an individual seeking to become a teacher must have a degree before pursuing the profession.GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonald told Guyana Times on Tuesday that the revision was not specifically to do with the ADE programme, but would also take into account the other programmes offered at the country’s only teachers’ training college to make it more modern and up to date.GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonaldMcDonald said often times teachers were trained for specific roles, but other issues arise in the classroom and teachers must be properly trained to respond effectively and timely. The GTU is, therefore, pushing to have teachers trained to deal with children who misbehave at school, to look for signs in children who may be abused at home, and how to effectively handle these situations.Meanwhile, the GTU official told this newspaper that more teachers were becoming trained and to assist this process, the CPCE has given preference to teachers already in the system this year. “So, you might hear of persons applying to attend CPCE, maybe in some cases students leaving school a year or two ago and they were not accepted; it’s not because they don’t want to accept them.”Despite this, there are several teachers already in the system who have not obtained formal training from the CPCE.The GTU has also requested that more focus be placed on ensuring that physical education and drama be fully included in the curriculum of every school. The Union’s General Secretary said these subjects have been placed on the back burner for a long time. The GTU has also proposed a 40 per cent across-the-board salary increase for all public school teachers. It must be noted, however, that in the previous agreement, the GTU had managed to get for teachers countrywide only a five per cent salary increase over the course of five years.McDonald explained that the GTU would like to see the salaries of all categories of teachers increased by 45 per cent in 2017 and by 50 per cent for the following three years (2018-2020). She explained that the GTU had arrived at these figures after considering inflation.Although negotiations in the above regard had not been fruitful with the previous Government, McDonald told Guyana Times, the GTU was hoping that negotiations with this current Administration would see teachers being placed in scales, which reflect the results of the debunching, in keeping with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) governing the period 2011-2015.This would mean that teachers with advanced levels of training would be placed on a scale that is different from those of recently graduated teachers.The GTU has proposed that the payment of sums of money in regard to debunching be retroactive to 2011, when the previous MoU was inked and if the MoU was approved, teachers would also benefit from monthly emotional, stress, risk and maintenance allowances.last_img read more

Spy service says federal pipeline purchase seen as ‘betrayal’ by many opponents

first_imgEarlier this year, Kinder Morgan dropped plans to twin an existing pipeline that carries about 300,000 barrels of bitumen daily from Alberta to British Columbia. The federal government announced in late May it would buy the pipeline and related components for $4.5 billion.The government intends to finance and manage construction of the second pipeline, which would increase the overall flow of bitumen to 890,000 barrels a day, and ultimately try to find a buyer.The CSIS brief characterizes resistance to the pipeline project as a “developing intelligence issue.”“Indigenous and non-Indigenous opponents of the project continue to highlight the increasing threats to the planet as a result of climate change and the incompatibility of new pipeline and oil sands projects with Canada’s 2015 commitment under the Paris Climate Accord,” the brief says. “At the same time, many within the broader Indigenous community view the federal government’s purchase and possible financing, construction and operation of an expanded bitumen pipeline as wholly incompatible with its attempts at Crown-Indigenous reconciliation.”Advertisement OTTAWA, O.N. – Canada’s spy agency says many members of the environmental and Indigenous communities see the federal purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline as a betrayal and suggests that could intensify opposition to expanding the project.A Canadian Security Intelligence Service assessment highlights a renewed sense of indignation among protesters and clearly indicates the spy service’s ongoing interest in anti-petroleum activism.The Canadian Press used the Access to Information Act to obtain a heavily censored copy of the June CSIS brief, originally classified top secret.- Advertisement -Civil liberties and environmental activists questioned the rationale for CSIS’s interest, given that opposition to the pipeline project has been peaceful.CSIS spokeswoman Tahera Mufti stressed the spy service is committed to following the governing legislation that forbids it to probe lawful protest and dissent.“While we cannot publicly disclose our investigative interests, we can say that it is important for the service to pose important analytical questions on these types of issues, such as the question of whether developments such as the purchase of a pipeline could give rise to a national-security threat to Canada’s critical infrastructure.”Advertisement Given past interest on the part of security and police officials, the CSIS brief is not surprising, said Tegan Hansen, a spokeswoman for Protect the Inlet, an Indigenous-led effort against the pipeline and tanker project.But she is curious as to why the spy service document makes reference to sabotage and violent physical confrontations.“I’m not sure why they’re trying to draw that connection with violence,” Hansen said. “I’d be interested to know. But it’s certainly not our intention to ever pursue violence.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) The CSIS brief notes there had been “no acts of serious violence” stemming from peaceful demonstrations and blockades at Trans Mountain facilities in British Columbia that resulted in the arrest of more than 200 people, or at smaller protests across the country.However, the document includes a section titled “Violent Confrontations and Resource Development” that mentions past conflicts over shale-gas development in New Brunswick and a high-profile pipeline in North Dakota.It is unclear, because of the redactions to the document, exactly what CSIS was looking at, said Josh Paterson, executive director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, which has expressed strong concern about the spy service’s monitoring of activists.In the information that has been released, there is no suggestion of a threat to national security or critical infrastructure, of clandestine activities or of violence in relation to the Trans Mountain project, Paterson said.“While some opponents of the pipeline were arrested during protest for breaching a court order, that was a matter for police and the courts, and was done out in the open, it should not be a matter for our spy agency.”Advertisement The pipeline acquisition and commitment to complete the project is, therefore “viewed as a betrayal” by many within both the environmental and Indigenous communities, CSIS says.“Indigenous opposition at the grassroots level remains strong. In response to the federal purchase, numerous Indigenous and environmental organizations have restated their commitment to prevent construction.”The brief singles out the Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion, noting it has signatories from over 50 North American First Nations in its bid to halt the project. It also features a May quote from Canadian environmental organization that the decision “will haunt the Trudeau government.”The intelligence brief was completed a little more than two months before the Federal Court of Appeal quashed government approval of the pipeline project due to inadequate consultation with Indigenous groups and failure to properly assess the effect of increased tanker traffic in the waters off British Columbia.In the wake of the court ruling, the federal government ordered the National Energy Board to reassess the tanker issue and asked a former Supreme Court justice to oversee fresh consultations with Indigenous communities.Advertisementlast_img read more

Striker’s Liverpool nightmare to end? Sampdoria president reveals his dream signing

first_img1 Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has revealed it is his dream to sign Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli during the January transfer window.The Serie A side want to end the forward’s nightmare spell on Merseyside and tempt him back to his homeland.Italy international Balotelli has registered just two goals in 15 appearances since signing for the Reds in August from AC Milan for £16million and failed to establish himself in Brendan Rodgers’ first-choice XI, despite Liverpool’s struggles in the Premier League.And now, according to Italian newspaper Il Mattino, Sampdoria owner Ferrero is ready to give his manager, Sinisa Mihajlovic, the funds necessary to secure Balotelli’s signature after missing out on re-signing Antonio Cassano from Parma.But it remains to be seen whether Liverpool will want to part with Balotelli, 24, so quickly after signing him.last_img read more

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock attends Emiliano Sala’s funeral in Argentina

first_imgThe 28-year-old striker died when a plane he was on crashed into the English channel on January 21st after he travelled back to Cardiff from Nantes, two days after completing his club-record move to the Bluebirds from the Ligue 1 side.Warnock said: “He was my player, he signed for me. I think he was going to be very instrumental in what we were looking to do.“I feel that it’s the only good thing you can do. I think family, they put it in perspective. I think family is so important. There have been many tributes for Sala outside Cardiff’s home ground 11 “I think everything here today has shown how important it is. Mercedes, the mother, and Romina (Emiliano’s sister) and the Dad (Horacio), they have all been so emotionally involved with the whole village, not just the family.”Choo added: “We feel very sad and the whole club feels very sad. Today I think it’s good for the family to have some closure.”Sala’s body was pulled from the wreckage of the plane on February 7th but British pilot, David Ibbotson has not been found. Sala’s tearful aunt speaks to the press before the wake Residents of Progreso pay their respects to Sala 11 11 RANKED Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock and the club’s chief executive Ken Choo joined mourners at the funeral of Emiliano Sala in Argentina on Saturday.Sala’s body was repatriated on Friday before being returned to his hometown of Progreso, about 350 miles from Buenos Aires, for a public vigil which Sala’s family members attended. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow 11 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Below you can see some more pictures from Sala’s funeral. BEST OF 11 REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 11 11 Warnock talks to the press during the wake of Emiliano Sala 11 Emiliano Sala 1990-2019 Sala’s relatives carry his coffin MONEY Warnock arrives at the service ADVICE 11 Sala’s brother Dario (left) is consoled by Nantes defender Nicolas Pallois Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 11 11 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Progreso says goodbye to its favourite son Sala’s mother Mercedes Taffarel Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cardiff’s chief executive Choo also attended no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red cardlast_img read more

Elgin-Middlesex-London: Conservative Karen Vecchio cruises to re-election

first_imgKaren Vecchio thanks her supporters while her husband Mike Vecchio looks on. Vecchio will serve at MP for Elgin-Middlesex-London for a second term. (Laura Broadley/Times-Journal) Karen Vecchio, the veteran Conservative politician, cruised to her second win Monday night, proving her popularity among voters in Elgin–Middlesex–London.“This is so much different than last time. You know, I’ve been serving for the last four years so it’s whether or not I’ve done a good job. This is a great way of saying, ‘You’re doing a great job,’ ” Vecchio said.She added she got to know her constituents all over again while she was on the campaign trail.“What I heard so much about was affordability and the struggles that families were having paying the bills,” Vecchio said.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer built his campaign on the issue of affordability.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Vecchio arrived late Monday night to cheers from supporters at her victory party at Boston Pizza. The riding has been reliable Conservative turf since 2004, when the current St. Thomas mayor, Joe Preston, wrested it way from the Liberals.Vecchio held the seat in the last Parliament as part of the Official Opposition.A rural-urban riding that takes in St. Thomas, Elgin County and a slice of London, it extends south to the Lake Erie shore and blends big-city issues — everything from attracting employers to dealing with the opioid drug crisis — with matters of more concern to small towns and the farm belt.Observers noted during the campaign that the riding is a tough nut to crack because the winning candidate must be able to adapt to all those different issues.In the urban areas, the concerns focus more on bread-and-butter issues such as reliable transit and managing urban growth. The riding’s many farmers – grain and oilseed producers – have been caught in global trade spats, including those between the U.S. and China.Awareness of climate change was tabbed as the sleeper issue in the riding.The only question was: Would the People’s Party of Canada find enough traction in rural areas like Elgin–Middlesex–London to pull votes from the Conservatives?But PPC candidate Donald Helkaa came in late to the race and ended with only 945 votes.“It’s definitely good practice for the next election,” the 26-year-old Helkaa said.He commended Vecchio for her win and said she was a formidable opponent who made him work harder.“She was a great contestant to run against. I feel I’ve really sharpened up my game.”In 2015, Vecchio received 49.2 per cent of the vote, with the Liberal candidate a distant second at 31 per cent.This year turned out even worse for the Liberals in the riding with 23.1 per cent of the vote compared to the Conservative share of 50.4 per cent.That didn’t dampen Liberal candidate Pam Armstrong’s spirits.“I’m happy. We wanted a majority government but Canada has spoken again and we still have a progressive agenda,” she said. “I’m still behind my party no matter what.”It was Armstrong’s first foray in politics, and the results mean she’s preparing for next time.“I’m happy because I gave it my best shot. It’s my first time out of the gate and still had good results, and the team had great results,” she said. “I figure, look out the next time. If I did that first time out of the gate, watch out for the second time out the gate. I’m not going anywhere.”Vecchio returns to Parliament as part of the Tory contingent, who will fill the Opposition benches again.With files from Free Press reporter Dan BrownTHE RESULTS(174 of 174 polls reporting)14,166 Pam Armstrong, LIB 10,909 Bob Hargreaves, NDP 945 Donald Helkaa, PP 3,522 Ericha Hendel, GRN 618 Peter Redecop, CHP 248 Richard Styve, LBRT 30,880 *Karen Vecchio, CON*MP in last Parliamentlast_img read more

Meet Santa at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

first_imgShare This!©Rikki NiblettIt was announced last week that Disney’s Hollywood Studios would introduce a brand new fireworks spectacular to celebrate the holiday season called Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, but also new this year is the news that Guests will be able to visit the one and only Santa Claus too!Reminiscent of the old days when Santa would visit department stores, Guests will be able to stop by the Once Upon a Time shop found on Sunset Boulevard and share their wish lists with the big man himself! Santa will be available for Guests to meet from November 14 through December 24.As you know though, on the eve of December 24, Santa has to deliver presents to all the good little girls and boys, and he will then return to the North Pole. This means that beginning December 25 through December 31, Guests will have the opportunity to meet Santa Goofy in this location instead!During the holiday season, Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes the “Tinsel Town” moniker to a whole new level, with great tinsel holiday displays, colorful garlands, sparkling lights, and a giant Christmas tree outside the main entrance.last_img read more