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Leafs rebound to grab series lead against Spokane; Hawks steamrolling Rebels

first_imgPaxton Malone scored the only goal for Spokane less than two minutes into the game.However, Malone’s goal was the lone blemish on a stellar night for Leaf goalie Adam Maida, who stopped 25 of 26 shots.Nelson was better turning the other cheek than in Game two of the series where Spokane scored three power play goals, only taking three minor penalties.Meanwhile in Castlegar, the Hawks continue to roll past the Rebels, scoring five second-period goals en route to the convincing victory.Sheldon Hubbard and Walker Sidoni each scored twice to lead the Hawks to its third win in as many nights over the Rebels.During the three games, Beaver Valley has out scored Castlegar 18-5.Mitch Foyle, Dan Holland, Ryan Edwards and Braden Fuller also scored for the Hawks.Chase Reddin and Kody Disher replied for Beaver Valley.Brett Clark stopped 36 shots to register the win in goal.Patrick Zubick and Nate Rabbitt shared the netminding duties for Castlegar.Game four of the series goes Sunday at 7 p.m. in Castlegar.ICE CHIPS: For the third consecutive game, Nelson was missing its leading scorer Jamie Vlanich. The Trail product has been missing from the lineup since February 14 with an upper body injury. No word on when the KIJHL leading scorer will be back on the ice although Vlanich did make the trip to Spokane. . . . Creston Valley Thunder Cats lead the Eddie Mountain Semi Final against Columbia Valley Rockies 3-0 after scoring an 8-1 victory Friday in Invermere. Fernie edged Kimberley 3-1 to climb back in the other Eddie Mountain series, and now trail 2-1 with Game four Saturday in Fernie. . . .Kamloops (2-1), 100 Mile House (2-1) North Okanagan (2-1) and Osoyoos (3-0) all lead their respective series in the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference. The Beaver Valley Nitehawks are within a game of booking a ticket to the Murdoch Division Final after hammering the Castlegar Rebels 8-2 Friday in the Sunflower City.So the Nelson Leafs had better take care of business, and quick in their Murdoch Semi against the Spokane Braves.The Leafs took a step in that direction, getting a pair of goals from Linden Horswill to outlast the Braves 4-1 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Friday in the Lilac City.The win gives Nelson a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with Game four set for Saturday back in Spokane.Horswill, who did not play in the first two games of the series where Nelson scored a combined five goals, was a welcome addtion for the struggling Leaf offence.The Nelson Minor Hockey grad scored the winning goal late in the first period, combining with Carsen Willans to beat Jon Manlow with eight seconds remaining in the period.In the third Rayce Miller and Horswill, on the power play, secured the victory for Nelson.Willans led the Leafs in scoring with three points, including Nelson’s first goal.last_img read more

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Seamus McDonagh cultivates a new career with Donegal ETB

first_imgSeamus McDonagh is really reaping the benefits of a horticulture course he recently completed with Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service. The green-fingered Dungloe man is the proud owner of his own business – McDonagh Home and Garden Care – and loving every day of his work.Things were a lot different just over a year ago, when Seamus had a busy job as a bar manager. He decided to make a change, so he left and decided to train up on something he truly enjoyed – gardening.Seamus enrolled in a Level 5 Horticulture course with Donegal ETB in January 2018. He dug into the world of gardening over the next 11 months for full-time training at the ETB’s Letterkenny Training Centre. “It was excellent, we started in January so you begin in the polytunnel with seedlings and see them right through the growing season. We grew everything – flowers, vegetables, trees and hedges,” Seamus said.“You weren’t just growing. In the classroom we learned about soil technology and all the things that you never knew would come in handy when you’re growing. “Once you get started into it you want to keep learning more.”Former Donegal ETB learner Seamus McDonagh trained in Level 5 Horticulture from 2017-2018Seamus enjoyed how varied the course was, as they branched out into sowing, caring for plants raising beds, cuttings, grafting, soil technology, propagation, cross-breeding, and plant history. Another aspect of the programme which was a great advantage to Seamus was the business training. He learned how to create a business plan and run his own enterprise, which was his ultimate goal from returning to education.Well-known Donegal gardener Gareth Austin was the course tutor, who Seamus said is full of expert knowledge and infectious enthusiasm.Seamus enjoyed the emphasis placed on organic and natural gardening methods, while the work placement he completed at Glenveagh National Park opened his eyes to an exciting plethora of new species.“The work experience was very hands-on. There’s so much going on in Glenveagh and I got to work with so many different plans and unusual plants,” he said.Once he completed the course and gained his Level 5 QQI award, Seamus worked on setting up his own business, which was launched in January 2019. Now, he combines his horticulture qualification with his previous experience in the building trade to work on a variety of home and garden projects. McDonagh Home and Garden Care“I take care of everything around the home and garden. I do lawn care and lawn maintenance, so I won’t just cut the grass but I’ll show people how to look after it afterwards. I design and plant gardens and I’m growing some unusual plants myself that you wouldn’t find in a garden centre. If anyone needs a greenhouse built, I can do that or any odd jobs around the house.”Seamus loves the new career path that has grown from his new green-fingered skills. “It’s a pleasure, you enjoy what you are doing and you’re seeing the results of your work,” he said.He added that he would 100% recommend the course to others. “If you have an interest in gardening it will help you learn so much more. It’s not just for business people either. If you like working in your own garden or want to get into vegetable growing it’s very worthwhile. I would tell people to just go for it.” You can contact Seamus through his Facebook page McDonagh Home and Garden Care or call him on 087 267 2762.If you would like more information on the Further Educational and Training (FET) courses provided by Donegal ETB, check out their course finder on their website https://www.donegaletb.ie/further-education-training/course-finder/The Specific Skills Training course that Seamus completed is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Seamus McDonagh cultivates a new career with Donegal ETB was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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December Caregiving Webinar: Medicaid & Military Families (Part 1)

first_imgJoin the Military Caregiving Concentration team as they host their FREE monthly professional development webinar on the topic of ‘Medicaid and Military Families: An Introduction’ – part one of a three part series.Date: December 10, 2014Time: 11:00 a.m. EasternEvent Location: Part I Medicaid and Military Families: An Introduction *No registration is requiredChristopher Plein Ph.D., an Eberly Professor of Outstanding Public Service at West Virginia University, will provide an introduction into a three-part series on the overall purposes of the Medicaid program; its relevance to military families, especially those with family members who have special needs. Medicaid is a federal-state program that often provides health care coverage for low-income families and those with disabilities. The purpose of the ‘Medicaid and Military Families’ three-part series is to assist military service providers and others with a general knowledge of Medicaid and to provide guidance on where to turn for resources and further information.Webinar training objectives include:Describe ‘What is Medicaid?’Understand eligibility requirementsIdentify medicaid essentialsImplement program in current workRecognize the future of MedicaidCEU Credit Available!The Military Families Learning Network will be providing 1.0 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continuing education credit to credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well. For more information on CEU credits go to NASW Continuing Education Instructions.Interested in Joining the Webinar?*No registration is required; simply go to Part 1 Medicaid and Military Families: An Introduction the day of the event to join. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense so you must install security certificates if you are not located on a military installation. Instructions for certificate installation can be found by clicking on DCO Adobe Certificate Installation. You can connect to the Adobe webinar using iPhone, iPad, and Droid apps. Search for DCO Connect in the respective stores.For those who cannot connect to the Adobe site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream.This post was written by Mikala Whitaker, MFLN- Military Caregiving Social Media assistant, and published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on November 17, 2014.last_img read more

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With bolstered roster, Phoenix confident it can play at higher level next PBA season

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Manny Pacquiao goes hard in sparring as training rolls on for Broner fight “We’re really positive about the next season.”Phoenix was just a run-of-the-mill team in the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups, but became an instant threat when the mercurial Calvin Abueva arrived in the team via trade with Alaska.Abueva paid instant dividends for the Fuel Masters, delivering a brute physicality for the franchise. He averaged 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.3 blocks during the Fuel Masters’ stellar elimination run.Despite the playoff exit, Phoenix has started to build a solid foundation centered around Abueva, Matthew Wright, and Rookie of the Year frontrunner Jason Perkins.Phoenix also added veterans Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo, who have five titles between them, to bring championship experience to the team.ADVERTISEMENT As early as now, the Fuel Masters are already on the lookout for potential imports to bring them to the next level in the last two conferences.Alas, team manager Paolo Bugia, and alternate governor Atty. Raymond Zorilla traveled to Las Vegas just before Christmas to scout for reinforcements during the NBA G-League Winter Showcase.“It was very enriching for us because we had a lot of choices on who we’ll get as an import but of course Eugene [Phelps] will always be there, knowing him he’s a warrior,” said Alas.“We watched a lot of games, seven games for four days, and we saw a lot of prospects and it’s up to manager Bugia on how we’ll sign them and I’m very positive about it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MANILA, Philippines—In the past 2017-18 PBA season, Phoenix did exactly what the mythical bird it’s named from does.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting After failing to enter the playoffs of the first two conferences, the team channeled its inner phoenix and rose from the ashes to get to its best campaign yet, finishing with an 8-3 record for the second seed in the Governors’ Cup.That fire, however, burned out quickly when the playoff newcomer lost two straight to Meralco in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionBut that was still an invaluable experience for the Fuel Masters, who remain in search of the franchise’s first playoff win and head coach Louie Alas said he is positive that his team can be a legit contender this upcoming PBA season.“I have no choice but to believe that we can play at a high level because we’ve beefed up our roster, added players we needed, and we need on the loopholes that need to be fixed,” said Alas in Filipino Sunday at the team’s practice gym at The Upper Deck. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View commentslast_img read more

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12 hours agoCarlos Vela keen on Barcelona loan move

first_imgCarlos Vela keen on Barcelona loan moveby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLos Angeles FC striker Carlos Vela is hopeful of joining Lionel Messi in a loan spell at Barcelona once the MLS season is over.LaLiga giants Barça reportedly considered a left-field move for the former Arsenal and Real Sociedad forward in January as they sought cover for Luis Suárez. Vela told the New York Times: “Who could say no to playing with Messi for four months and then coming back to LA? Enjoy, learn and then come back home.” For now, Vela is focused on LAFC’s playoff campaign and an El Tráfico meeting with LA Galaxy in the Western Conference semi-finals on Thursday.”I have not had the pleasure [of meeting Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic],” Vela said, adding: “Maybe the people don’t really love my decision [to play in MLS]. But for me, it was the best option, and I’m really happy that I made it because I am enjoying it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Health services affected again as docs take to streets against NMC

first_imgKolkata: Health services at outpatient departments (OPDs) of various state-run hospitals and medical colleges in the state were partially affected on Wednesday, as the doctors stayed off-duty in response to the Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) call for a 24-hour nationwide strike to protest against the passage of the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill in Lok Sabha.There was a long queue in many of the medical colleges in the city in the morning, as many doctors were not in the departments. As a result, the patients coming to the city’s medical colleges from various parts were serious inconvenienced. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe doctors in the hospitals observed the strike showing solidarity with the country’s apex body representing the medical fraternity, with around three lakh members across the country. The nationwide strike started from 6 am on Wednesday and would continue till Thursday morning. The IMA announced the withdrawal of non-essential services throughout the country, but they assured that all the emergency services would remain unaffected. It also urged the medical students to boycott classes. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe emergency wards at the city’s medical colleges performed normally. The health services in trauma care units, ICUs and ITUs of various government hospitals remained unaffected as well. Doctors from various hospitals took a part in a rally from NRS Medical College and Hospital to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, to protest against the NMC Bill. Doctors and the junior doctors alike cried anti-NMC Bill slogans and also carried posters and banners in their hands during the rally. The IMA argued that the NMC Bill seeks to replace the controversial Indian Medical Council (IMC). It also termed the NMC Bill as “draconian” as well as anti-people, anti-poor and anti-students. IMA also alleged that section 32 of the NMC Bill provides for licensing of 3.5 lakh unqualified non-medical persons to practice modern medicine.last_img read more

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Ending NAFTA would trim less than one per cent off Canadas economy

first_imgWASHINGTON – Canada’s economy would lose less than one percentage point if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement, say two new studies that suggest ending the trade treaty would do minor damage.The total impact of ending NAFTA and reinstating tariffs would trim 0.7 to 1 per cent off Canada’s GDP according to a Bank of Montreal study, while another study by the former head of computer modeling for Canada’s foreign-affairs ministry puts the damage at 0.55 per cent.Both studies’ authors agree these findings carry a lesson for Canadian negotiators: they can bargain with confidence and not feel pressured to sign a bad deal, because the end of NAFTA is far from a total scare scenario.The damage would be much smaller than the financial crisis of 2008; smaller even than the impact of the soaring loonie of the late 2000s; and would be roughly comparable to the national effect of the 2015 oil-price plunge, says BMO’s chief economist.”It’s an important risk to the outlook. It would be a fundamental change in the trading relationship. But I happen to believe we’ve dealt with much bigger challenges before, in the last 20 years,” said BMO’s Douglas Porter.”It’s a serious risk — but it’s a manageable risk.”His research finds the hardest-hit area would be Ontario and the auto sector. It finds that other provinces have more diverse trade, like B.C. with Asia and Quebec with Europe; while provinces reliant on oil and gas would get a reprieve from lower tariffs on those products.The paper also assumes the Canadian dollar would drop five cents, lowering the cost of investment in Canada.But Porter cautions that his paper only addresses the second-most-dramatic scenario: that’s NAFTA ending without the original 1987 Canada-U.S. trade agreement being reinstated, and with the U.S. reimposing tariffs.It doesn’t map out what-if outcomes for the most dramatic scenario, one Porter sees as unrealistically remote — that’s Trump entirely scrapping international trade norms, bypassing the World Trade Organization and reimposing tariffs beyond the current international rates.He still says ending NAFTA would hurt all three countries unnecessarily: ”I don’t mean to dismiss it. One per cent of GDP is still serious stuff… And it’s totally unnecessary… Normally policy-makers bend over backwards (to increase GDP).”The author of the other study uses a metaphor to describe the effect: he compares it to erecting a wall down the centre of Toronto, on Yonge Street. He says people would find workarounds and, after the initial disruption, the economy would grow again — but it would produce a permanent nuisance.”You would create a dead-weight cost, an inefficiency,” said Dan Ciuriak, a former federal official who now runs a consultancy, in an interview about his just-completed paper for the C.D. Howe think-tank.”There would be a permanent reduction in the efficiency of the economy.”Ciuriak found that the end of NAFTA would shave 0.55 per cent off Canada’s GDP, push 25,000-50,000 Canadians out of the workforce and reduce exports by 2.8 per cent. The damage predicted in his report is far less than the 2.5 per cent GDP loss he said he was expecting to find when he was interviewed as he began his work last month.The damage would be almost completely offset if Trump were to allow the reinstatement of the original 1987 Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, Ciuriak said. It would barely be offset if Canada and Mexico remained in NAFTA alone, which he said would soften the 0.55 per cent GDP loss by a mere 0.08 per cent.Ciuriak did not analyze how currency reactions might soften the blow. He merely looked at the direct effect of a NAFTA cancellation, and plugged tariff rates into computer models to assess how the new costs would affect trade.What he found was not so striking.”In a good growth year (a 0.55 per cent downturn)… it’s not (enough to cause) a recession,” he said.”It is fairly modest. That means Canada’s negotiators do have this luxury, if you will. Accepting a bad deal is not necessary. A bad deal may be worse than no deal at all. That’s … where this (research) is taking us.”last_img read more

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Fundraising tally doubles at 2nd Annual MS Walk in Fort St John

first_imgMytopher explained that the big increase in donations this year was due to the event being in its second year, and from other items that were donated to the silent auction. She also  said that residents who have been diagnosed with MS are more open to talking about it.“People are more aware that its happening. More people are wanting to talk about being diagnosed with it, that’s one thing that came across this year at the walk. People are ready to talk about it and come out and have a peer support group. They want to have that happen.”Mytopher said that she’s already begun to plan next year’s MS Walk, which includes other fundraisers leading up to the event including a burger and beer night. She said that next year’s walk is tentatively scheduled to happen in Centennial Park during the last weekend in May.Donations are still being accepted at the MS Walk website: http://mssoc.convio.net/site/TR/Walk/BCandYukonDivision?pg=entry&fr_id=6159 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After raising nearly $16,000 at the inaugural event last year, the second annual MS Walk in Fort St. John nearly doubled last year’s tally on Sunday.MS Walk organizer Sherri Mytopher said that 91 walkers and 15 teams registered for Sunday’s three kilometre walk, which took place at Centennial Park. She said however that on the day of the walk, there were 130 that checked in, with another 20 who didn’t, bringing the estimated total number of walkers to 150. Mytopher said that both online and cash donations, which are still being accepted, currently total over $34,000. She explained that the total that has been brought in so far is even than events in other communities that are led by MS Society staff.last_img read more

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DMK assures scrapping of NEET, quota in private sector

first_imgChennai: The DMK on Tuesday promised to do away with the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for medical admissions and ushering in quota in the private sector in its manifesto for the Lok Sabha election. “The NEET for medical admissions will be scrapped,” DMK chief M K Stalin said while unveiling the salient features of his party’s manifesto. Opposition to NEET in Tamil Nadu from major political parties and students had taken emotive overtones in the past. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Stalin said steps would be taken for implementing reservation in the private sector. The party also assured steps for waiver of all educational loans taken by students. Against the background of agitations by state government employees seeking reversion to the old pension scheme in place of the newly-introduced contributory scheme, the DMK chief said: “We will bring back the old pension scheme for both the central and state government employees.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The DMK president said the party would revert to the administered-price mechanism to regulate the prices of petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Another key feature of the manifesto is doing away with the direct cash transfer of subsidy for the LPG and bringing down the prices of cylinders. The DMK is contesting 20 seats in the state, allotting the remaining 19 to its allies. The state goes to polls in a single phase on April 18.last_img read more