Women’s hockey: Desbiens’ impressive season acknowledged by voters

first_imgAnne-Renée Desbiens set a new highest-standard for NCAA goaltenders this season.The junior goaltender was named WCHA Player of the Year on Thursday after posting a 0.77 goals against average and an NCAA record 18 shutouts.That record stands for both men’s and women’s play.Desbiens also surpassed the previous NCAA record for shutout minutes by 100, tallying 543:53 scoreless minutes from Oct. 3 vs. Providence to Nov. 14 against University of Minnesota-Duluth, who she will face this Saturday in the WCHA Tournament semifinal.Women’s hockey: Remembering last season’s heartbreak, Badgers on mission for national championshipLast March, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team was sitting in a locker room, their heads down and their season over. Read…Desbiens took her place in an impressive lineage of Wisconsin goaltenders by surpassing records set by former Badgers Jessie Vetter, two-time U.S. Olympian, and Alex Rigsby.Vetter holds Wisconsin’s goals against record (0.83), but Desbiens’ 0.77 mark so far this season bests the U.S. starting goaltender while playing in 10 more games. Desbiens is even on pace to top the Badgers’ record for single-season save percentage, which Christine Dufour set in the 2006-07 season (.955), after stopping .958 percent of shots this season.Desbiens’ 29-3-1 record and numerous statistical marks merit the award and she is only the second goaltender to win in the award’s 16-year history.Her performances placed her at the top of all three major statistical goaltending categories (GAA, save percentage, win percentage) and the awards don’t stop at the WCHA-level.The Quebec-native is also among the final three candidates for the Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the top player in women’s college hockey, along with Northeastern’s Kendall Coyne and Boston College’s Alex Carpenter.Stats and awards aside, Desbiens’ focus will be on this weekend when Wisconsin plays UM-Duluth in the semifinal of the WCHA Tournament, the very team that broke her shutout streak.Women’s hockey: Badgers advance into single elimination portion of postseasonStakes just got higher for the Wisconsin Women’s Hockey team, who will be finishing up their WCHA campaign this weekend. Read…Despite the tough environment in Minneapolis, Wisconsin is the heavy favorite at No. 2 in the country, in large part due to Desbiens.last_img read more

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Arrest warrant issued for election candidate after security guard’s car attacked

first_imgA former election candidate who attacked a security guard’s car during a stand-off at a repossessed building in Letterkenny has had a warrant issued for his arrest.Michael Mooney failed to appear at Letterkenny District Court where he was charged with criminal damage. The court heard how Mooney, aged 44, who is originally from Culdaff but who owns houses in Letterkenny, was at the Kube building at the Thorn in Letterkenny in January, 2017.A security company was patrolling the premises which had been at the centre of a court battle between the banks and its original owner Brendan Gildea.Dashcam footage of security guard Samuel Chestnut showed him arriving at the building with Mr Mooney standing on the road in front of him.Mr Chestnut stops momentarily as Mooney refuses to move and the security guard then revs his engine.The driver’s car then appears to strike Mooney who suddenly bangs his mobile phone off the bonnet of the car and then proceeds to kick the passenger wing-mirror  of the vehicle.Mr Chestnut is then heard saying “That was Michael Mooney” as he drives on.The security guard said that the damage to the car was over £250 sterling to repair as the wing mirror was smashed and there was a dent in the bonnet.Mooney, who stood in the 2016 General Election as an Independent candidate, was later arrested and admitted he was there in support of Mr Gildea but denied any wrongdoing.He told interviewing Gardai that he was not interfering with anybody’s business and that Mr Gildea had merely wanted to maintain ownership of the building and he was offering support to him.He said he had been crossing the road when a car approached him on the wrong side of the entrance into a building and then struck him.He said he had to go to hospital after developing a pain in his back and was still having physio as a result.Judge Paul Kelly said Money had originally been in court on March 25th and he had refused to enter a plea.“I told him he should get legal advice and he declined to agree to that and I told him I was entering a not guilty plea on his behalf,” said Judge Kelly.He added that having heard the facts he was finding matters proved and issued a bench warrant for Mooney’s arrest for sentencing.Arrest warrant issued for election candidate after security guard’s car attacked was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by StephenShare 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:BRENDAN GILDEAcourtcriminal damageGardaiKubeMartin Mooneyprotestlast_img read more

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Mamas move for health awareness

first_imgThe Clover Mama Afrika project has a number of women taking part who are determined to make the correct nutritious foods available in their communities. (Images: Clover Mama Afrika)Health Awareness Month is in full swing, and as always Clover’s Mamas are taking action to help the people in their communities eat balanced diets and get the right nutrition to maintain their health.Many people know about healthy food choices but it is difficult for the poorer members of society to maintain a balanced diet. It is here that Clover Mama Afrika works to help people lead healthy lives.South Africa’s current drought has had a huge impact on food security in general, and has resulted in food prices rising significantly. This has made it even more difficult for underprivileged people to get the nutrients needed to fight off infection.But there are community heroes who step in to provide for those who need it most. Clover Mama Afrika is a corporate social investment project run by dairy company Clover in an effort to give back to the country and make a positive difference to its people.The project has a number of women taking part who are determined to make the correct nutritious foods available in their communities.MAMAS IN ACTIONMama Sipiwe Solomons from Hazyview, in Mpumalanga, has her own food garden and piggery. Through these, she provides a feeding scheme for orphans. She delivers 30 food packages a day to 10 high schools, catering to more than 80 children in the programme.Her food garden also supplies her community hospice with food packages, feeding 20 patients.In addition, Solomons’s garden helps her to generate much-needed income, which in turn allows her to sustain her garden and piggery and so continue her efforts to help her community.The founder of the Ebenezer Care Centre, Shirley Merime, feed 120 pre-school children, 55 children from her own centre, 75 elderly people, 18 of her own workers and 60 underprivileged people from her surrounding informal settlement each day out of her food garden.Other Clover Mama Afrika food garden champions include Florence Nyakiso from Botshabelo, Dawn Irons from Ubombo and Pauline Mokae from Randsgate.Nkanyiso provides a safe haven for over 250 children and feeds an average of 7 000 young and old people each month.Although she has been badly affected by the drought, Irons still feeds 26 children and 10 adults daily, as well as 70 more people every Sunday.Mokae feeds 150 children through her feeding scheme and supplies food to nine orphans and 15 adults daily, as well as 50 church members.Many people know about healthy food choices but it is difficult for the poorer members of society to maintain a balanced diet with the rise in both food prices and unemployment ratesNO CHALLENGE IS TOO GREAT“I am so proud of our Mamas,” says Professor Elain Vlok, manager of Clover’s corporate services and founder of Clover Mama Afrika. “Even though our Mamas have been hit hard by the drought crisis they never give up and continue to supply food to their communities which helps community members get the nutrition they need to keep going.“With each Clover Mama Afrika we are able make a difference in so many lives and we hope to reach even more communities throughout the rest of this year.”Clover Mama Afrika started as a humble project 12 years ago and has since become the dairy company’s flagship CSI programme.To date, it has appointed 41 Mamas throughout South Africa. These remarkable women collectively care for more than 15 500 children and 2 500 elderly people who are unable to provide for themselves.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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Pitch report

first_imgTeam ManThe final over of the Indian innings against Bangladesh started with Yusuf Pathan on strike. India’s score read 365/3 and Pathan went to Virat Kohli, who was two runs short of a century, to ask what he should do. Instead of asking Pathan to take a single and give him the strike, the 22-year-old Delhi boy told his partner, “Maaro (hit the ball).” That’s what we call teamwork.Mission BodylineEngland opener Kevin Pietersen is on a new mission-finding a new tattoo. He already flaunts several tattoos, including one of England’s Three Lions. “Time to look into finding some more tattoo designs,” tweeted Pietersen. His mates will want him to find a design to win the Cup instead.Weighty IssueGeoffrey Boycott has written off Yuvraj Singh even before the start of the World Cup. “Yuvraj looks jaded and overweight. If he delivers, fine, or else, the powers that be are likely to move on,” wrote Boycott in a column. Are you listening, Yuvi?”Harbhajan Singh is the best spinner in the world. The way he bowls is unbelievable. Every time I watch him, my game improves.”- Jason Krejza, Australian spinnerThe Good HostSri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa banned a World Cup song which warned that Australia would end up as bird food while New Zealand would have their jaws broken. Rajapaksa ordered the song to be taken off all state-run radio and TV channels. He censured authorities for allowing the “insulting” lyrics. Local artiste Lahiru Perera lent his voice to this three minute-long song in Sinhalese and Tamil.advertisementWhat’s in a Name?Ashish Nehra was not only ignored for the match against Bangladesh, captain M.S. Dhoni even forgot his name at the toss. When TV interviewer Ravi Shashtri asked the skipper to name is team line-up, Dhoni replied: “Ashwin, Chawla, Raina and one other guy will not play.”last_img read more

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Rules needed for candidates withdrawal Elections Nova Scotia report

first_imgHALIFAX – An Elections Nova Scotia report is recommending the government move to clear up voter confusion around the withdrawal of candidates after nominations close.During last spring’s provincial election campaign that happened in the case of three candidates — one from each party.“The Elections Act currently doesn’t offer solutions to these circumstances, leaving local electors uninformed of the status of the affected candidate,” chief electoral officer Richard Temporale said in a news release.The report outlines what occurred when the Liberal party withdrew its support for candidate Matthew MacKnight in the Pictou East riding, who formally withdrew from the race on May 9.Although MacKnight’s name was removed from the printed on demand and election day ballots and replaced by that of new candidate John Fraser, there was no adjustment to the write-in ballot which only includes the names of the registered parties and a space to write in the name of an independent candidate.The report says on election day — May 30 — the 16 write-in ballots cast for the Liberals were included in the overall vote totals for Fraser.In the case of NDP candidate Bill McEwen, who withdrew May 15 in Dartmouth East, his name remained on the ballot and all of the seven write-in ballots and the 957 ballots cast for him on election day were credited to the party, which had said it didn’t want to benefit from any provincial funding arising from the votes.“There are no provisions in the Act for Elections Nova Scotia to withhold funding based on votes received and therefore the provincial funding tied to the votes for Mr. McEwen remain earmarked for the NDP party,” the report states.In the third case, the report notes that candidate Jad Crnogorac was dumped by the Progressive Conservatives in Dartmouth South and subsequently ran as an Independent.Despite that, all 12 write in votes and all votes cast for Crnogorac were counted as votes for a Tory candidate and the subsequent funding was earmarked for the party.“In the Dartmouth East case, most of the 957 votes for Mr. McEwan were cast in the 15 days remaining in the election after he withdrew,” the report says.“If his name and party affiliation was removed from the ballot, some of these voters may have chosen another candidate. Likewise, in the case of Dartmouth South, if the PC Party affiliation for Ms. Crnogorac had been removed some of the voters may have voted for another candidate.”Temporale recommends that a legislated process be put in place to address the situation.He recommends steps including a process to allow a party to withdraw support through to the end of the Saturday immediately before election day.And if a party does that, Temporale says it should allow the removal of the per vote subsidy. He says Elections Nova Scotia should also update ballots to reflect that a party has withdrawn its endorsement.The report also recommends the introduction of e-voting for out-of-province military members and flexibility to allow people to opt out of reporting their sex when registering to vote.The report says the province has made changes in how gender identity is recorded in government documents such as driver’s licences, and as a result the idea that sex be recorded for voter’s lists should be changed from mandatory to optional.last_img read more

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DONT LIKE CHÂTEAU ADDITION TOM GREEN IS HOSTING PICNIC FOR YOU

first_img[email protected] arrives at Ottawa city hall ahead of the #ChateauLaurier debate. He’s calling on councillors to “reject this architectural abomination and demand that it be redesigned” #ottnews @ctvottawa @CFRAOttawa pic.twitter.com/dhAdyeiodw— Katie Griffin (@KatieGriffinCTV) July 11, 2019 Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TOM GREEN IS HERE TO SAVE THE CHATEAU LAURIERIn the office pool of Things That’ll Make Ottawa Melt Down This Summer, anyone bet on a proposed expansion of the Chateau Laurier? The fate of the landmark hotel, which might soon have a radiator-shaped goiter jutting out its back end, plunged Ottawa city council into disarray and attracted the likes of Ottawa hometown hero Tom Green to team preservation. Stephen Maher, writing in Maclean’s, blamed the whole fracas on Mike Harris and his pro-suburb bent. READ MOREComedian Tom Green at the Ottawa city council meeting where the decision to allow renovations to the Château Laurier was granted. ERROL MCGIHON / POSTMEDIATOM GREEN HOSTING PICNIC SATURDAY TO #SAVETHECHATEAULAURIERWhen comedian Tom Green was a teen in Ottawa, he’d skateboard back from nights in Hull and take in the capital view of the Château Laurier and Parliament Hill against the Ottawa River.“Even growing up when you’re living here and you’re used to it you’d still say to yourself: ‘Wow, how lucky are we to live in this beautiful place?’ READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: DON’T LIKE CHÂTEAU ADDITION? TOM GREEN HOSTING PICNIC FOR YOUOttawa comedian Tom Green is hosting a picnic Saturday evening in Major’s Hill Park to bring attention to the controversial proposed addition to the Château Laurier. He is also asking people to post pictures of the downtown hotel on social media to show officials the addition is “a bad idea” for a capital city.“You wouldn’t go build a glass addition on the edge of the Lincoln memorial. They wouldn’t go put a modern addition on the edge of an iconic American building in Washington, D.C.,” Green told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning on Tuesday. “So why do we feel like that’s acceptable here in the city of Ottawa?” READ MORE Actor, comedian and Ottawa native, Tom Green, went to Ottawa city hall on July 11, 2019 to oppose the addition to the Chateau Laurier hotel. (Kate Porter/CBC) Facebooklast_img read more

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Qatars evolution a work in progress as 2022 World Cup nears

first_imgDOHA, Qatar — Nasser Al-Khater glances out his window across Doha Bay. The view is far different than it was eight years ago, when al-Khater served as part of the team that helped Qatar pull off a staggering upset to land the 2022 FIFA World Cup.In the distance the bare bones of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium are being laid, perhaps the most audacious and innovative of the eight venues that will play host to the biggest tournament on the planet.Four years out, everything appears to be running on schedule, from stadium construction — including at Ras Abu Aboud, which will incorporate 1,000 shipping containers while offering a sweeping view of Doha’s downtown skyline — to finding the right grass that can both meet FIFA’s exacting standards while also providing a long-term benefit to the Arabian Peninsula.Yet logistics are only a portion of Qatar’s story.The small country of 2.7 million — only 300,000 of them actual Qatari citizens — has spent the better part of a decade grappling with the white-hot spotlight landing the World Cup provides.The construction boom that accompanied the winning bid has been built on the backs of migrant labourers from India, Pakistan, Nepal and other Asian nations, much like it has in other oil-rich sheikhdoms in the region. As oil prices crashed below $30 a barrel in 2016, construction firms in Qatar and elsewhere in the region suffered. Some stopped paying staffers on time, if at all. Others seized workers’ passports or otherwise abused Qatar’s “kafala” system that ties expatriate workers to a single employer.In recent months, Qatar ended a requirement for some workers to seek their employers’ permission before leaving the country. It also required contractors who bring in workers from other nations to reimburse employees for any recruitment fee they paid to an outside agency to facilitate their placement.Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other activists say more needs to be done. There have been two reported deaths at Qatar’s World Cup projects.While al-Khater, deputy-secretary general of the World Cup organizing committee, understands “this is an area we’re going to have to do a lot of work,” he points to the headway made since 2010 as proof the World Cup has already made a lasting impact.“I think we should be very proud of ourselves,” al-Khater told The Associated Press from his office in the 33rd floor of the shimmering glass-ensconced Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy building in Doha’s West Bay. “And I think people should take a look at everything that’s happened here in the past eight years when it comes to worker’s welfare. Look at the progress and I think it’s a case study. I believe right now in the Middle East we are basically ahead of everyone else when it comes to this.”The questions about worker’s rights are one of many Qataris have grown accustomed to addressing. They stress they are taking great pains to answer them one by one. Do that and Qataris believe the conversation will turn away from “should Qatar be hosting the World Cup?” to “can Qatar pull it off?”On that front, the answers are far less nebulous. Qatar is intent on putting on a show, but doing it creatively and financially responsibly.In an era of bloat where budgets for big ticket events like the World Cup and the Olympics are calculated and then blown up, Qatar is determined to prove it can dazzle without saddling itself with hulking stadiums left unoccupied once the party ends. The majority of the venues used in the World Cup will have their capacity diminished from 40,000 to 20,000 after tournament, with the sections taken out then put up for sale. What’s left will serve as the home pitches for the local professional teams.Ras Abu Aboud won’t exist at all. After a champion is crowned, it will be meticulously taken apart and dismantled to make way for a mixed-use area that will feature housing and shops.Other innovations could lead to more far-reaching changes.Yasser Al-Mulla oversees a turf farm a few miles west of the city centre, where he’s tested 36 different kinds of grass, exposing them to various amounts of shade, sunlight and other forms of treatment to see what works. The turf isn’t designed simply for the games but for the open recreational areas that will surround the venues after the World Cup is gone. The strain of grass it believes it will use for the World Cup could possibly signal an opportunity for other arid countries to introduce their own public green spaces.Qatar is taking these steps despite being under an economic boycott by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates since June 2017 over a political dispute. That has seen its air routes affected and other regional airlines cut their flights. What should be a flight under an hour from Dubai now lasts far longer and requires a layover.Regardless Qatar continues to forge ahead, intent on making sure that its promise to “Deliver Amazing” is not broken. What once felt like a far-off goal is becoming more tangible — and Qataris believe — more attainable by the day.“I actually think it’s going to be something that really proves that … the World Cup can go beyond football and beyond sports and beyond what it means for the athlete,” al-Khater said. “But it goes toward real social and economic change and human change and I think that’s the beauty of the World Cup.”___Associated Press writer Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates contributed to this report.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsWill Graves, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Australia Holland and Russia start talks over downed MH17

first_imgSydney: The Netherlands and Australia confirmed Wednesday that three-way talks with Russia have begun over the ongoing criminal investigation into the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in 2014. The two countries announced last year they were holding Russia responsible for providing the missile fired by pro-Russian forces in war-torn Ukraine that brought down the jet, causing the deaths of all 298 people aboard. The dead included 196 people from the Netherlands and 38 from Australia. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok and his Australian counterpart Marise Payne said Wednesday that the first trilateral talks about state responsibility for the incident took place earlier this month, after diplomatic approaches were made earlier this year. “We cannot go into the content of this process because confidentiality is vital here,” Blok said at a news conference in the Australian capital, Canberra. “But I can say this: We remain committed to achieving truth, justice and accountability.” International investigators last year said they had strong evidence the Buk missile system that shot down the Boeing 777 plane came from a Russia-based military unit. Russia has denied involvement and dismissed the findings from the international criminal probe because it was not invited to be part of the investigation team. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPayne said Australia remained “a strong supporter of the Dutch national prosecution of the individuals responsible,” and pledged her country’s continuing commitment to the Dutch-Australian joint investigation into the incident. If Russia were ultimately to acknowledge some form of legal responsibility, it could lead to compensation claims from relatives of the people killed. When the Netherlands and Australia last year said they were holding Russia responsible, they quickly received backing from the United States, Britain and other allies.last_img read more

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