Former Kootenay Ice, Castlegar Rebels star back in Sunflower City after inking deal with Saints

first_img“I’m very excited to join the Saints and attend Selkirk College,” says Georgopoulos. “I have heard nothing but good things about the hockey program and I’m very familiar with the West Kootenays so I feel like it will be a great fit for me.”The 5-foot-9, 165 pound forward recently completed his final KIJHL season with theFernie Ghostriderswhere he scored 20 goals and added 15 assists. Georgopoulos spent three full seasons with the Ghostriders and also played one campaign with the Castlegar Rebels in 2013-2014. Earlier in his hockey career, Georgopoulos was a member of Kootenay Ice Major Midget team based out of Nelson.In 169 KIJHL regular season games, Georgopoulos posted 67 goals and 67 assists. He is a proven winner at the Junior B level.“George will bring speed, excitement, and a great personality to locker room,” says Ghostriders head coach Craig Mohr. “The fans will love his work ethic and his ability to get them jumping out of their seats.”Georgopolous joins others member of the recruiting class: Dallas Calvin (Trail BCHL), Troy Maclise (Osoyoos KIJHL), Marcel Fuchs (Creston KIJHL), Richard Gratz (OCN SJHL), Ashton McLeod (Humbolt SJHL), Nathan Browne (Campbell River VIJHL), Bret Huber (Summerland KIJHL), Nelson Hurry (Summerland, KIJH) and BJ Avery (Swan Valley MJHL).Georgopoulosplans on enrolling in the School of University Arts and Sciences at Selkirk College in the fall. Veteran Kootenay Junior International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) forward Derek Georgopoulos will suit up for the Selkirk College Saints starting this September.The defending British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) champion Saints announced this week that the Cranbrook resident will join the team for the 2015-2016 season.last_img read more

EVERTON VS MAN UNITED

first_imgEVERTON (4-2-3-1)HOWARD, BROWNING, JAGIELKA, MORI, GALLOWAY, McCARTHY, BARRY, DEULOFEU, BARKLEY, NAISMITH,LUKAKUMAN UNITED (4-2-3-1)MARTIAL, MEMPHIS, ROONEY, MATA,SCHWEINSTEIGER, CARRICK, YOUNG, BLIND, SMALLING, DARMIAN, DE GEAEverton are unbeaten in their last seven games in the Barclays Premier League and Capital One Cup, winning four and drawing three since they were beaten 2-0 at home by Manchester City. But Roberto Martinez’s men won only once at home in the league so far, drawing two and losing another.Manchester United, meanwhile, arrive at Everton in third place following their shock 3-0 defeat at Arsenal a fortnight ago. That loss was only United’s second of the season but both have come on the road – the other was at Swansea – and the fact is 10 of their 16 points have come at Old Trafford.While United’s record overall at Goodison is impressive, recent trips have been less productive. In 23 games in the Premier League at Goodison, United have won 15, drawn two and lost only six.However, in their last seven trips there they have won once – in October 2011 – while drawing two and losing four. And in their last three trips to the blue half of Merseyside United have lost all three without scoring. Indeed, United have gone 341 minutes since Javier Hernandez scored United’s last goal there, in a 1-0 victory four years ago.last_img read more

Dr Paul Wright | Put a stop to Windies demise

first_img AUTHORITARIAN STRUCTURE “Elected” leaders, democracy at work, yet when you look closely at their governance structure, it appears a lot like authoritarianism running rampant. Elections do not make a democracy. Elections without democratic institutions merely lead to dictatorships, which will eventually lead to a kind of “mob rule”. The woes of the West Indies cricket team are blamed on outside conspirators, who seek to undermine the ‘culture’ of West Indies cricket. Stalwarts of the game, who are contributing to cricket in other countries and media outlets, want absolutely nothing to do with this group of men. So the slide continues. The abuse and sidelining of those West Indians who are recognised by cricket aficionados and administrators around the world, as “must pick”, are publicly humiliated by a seemingly vindictive group of men, who will dismiss or sue anyone who dares to question their modus operandi. Are we the fans of West Indies cricket to believe that we are powerless? We are most definitely not powerless. These men continue their merry way because of the monetary support that they get from us, we the people. Sponsors and gate receipts are the lifeblood of these men. We can and should take a stand. No mas! No more! Let the team play to empty stands and sponsors see steeply declining sales for their products. Within one year, victory will be ours, and the West Indies cricket team will for the first time at last, get a chance to prosper and improve. On the eve of the departure of the West Indies cricket team to the United Arab Emirates to do battle with Pakistan, news arrived that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has not only dismissed the coach, Phil Simmons, but also reprimanded the captain of one of the teams Jason Holder, apparently warning him of impending doom if certain performance criteria were not met during this tour. It seems the WICB has decided that these actions will inspire the team to achieve better results than what usually occurs on recent cricket tours. Where is Dr Rudi Webster when you need him? West Indies cricket is in crisis. We cannot seem to do well in the purest form of the game: Test cricket, while in the shortest forms: Twenty20 and One Day, where a free spirit is mandatory, we “rule the world”. This fact seems lost on the members of the cricket hierarchy, who consistently use every “trick” in the book to stifle individualism. They listen to no one, and react in a most acute and draconian fashion to anyone who dares to criticise them publicly. There is a “CARICOM Committee” on cricket comprising of the heads of Government of the states that comprise the West Indies cricket team. There have been special committees set up by the very same WICB to advise on the way forward. There have been statements from previous members of the WICB, (including past presidents), and there have been numerous outbursts from past players who all, with one accord, state that the present structure and members of the present WICB is the real reason for the continued slide of the team in the World Test rankings, and yet nothing happens. It is as if their own requests for assistance from the committees they select was nothing, but a public relations exercise. “Look, we want to improve, help us”. How can that be? How can the cricket loving people of the Caribbean and fans of cricket allow this to go on, unabated? We are constantly reminded that the members of the WICB are “elected”.last_img read more

Former CANU Prosecutor found dead in car

first_imgFormer Prosecutor for the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), Oswald Massiah, was on Wednesday found dead in his parked car at the Parika Stelling, East Bank Essequibo.It is believed that Massiah, who resides on the Essequibo Coast, suffered cardiac arrest while waiting to board the ferry to return home. The Police have since confirmed that there were no marks of violence about his body that would suggest foul play was involved.Reports are that the well-respected Prosecutor was ill for quite some time and had to visit the hospital on a regular basis. He recently retired after serving as Prosecutor for the drug enforcement agency.Before joining CANU, Massiah worked with the Guyana Police Force and elevated himself to one of the leading Prosecutors in the Force.Head of CANU, James Singh, when contacted, told Guyana Times that Massiah’s death was a shock to the entire drug enforcement body. Singh explained that he met Massiah when he took up the position of head of the agency and they have always shared a cordial relationship.He reflected that Massiah was a jovial, professional and very knowledgeable Prosecutor who was on top of his game at all times. He expressed condolences to the immediate family members of the now dead man, while noting that Massiah will be missed.last_img read more

Appiah still retains AFCON qualification faith

first_img“I still believe that we can qualify. Personally, I know that we will be there next year. It is an unfortunate loss, but you learn from defeat and make sure you don’t do the same mistakes next time,” the tactician who was just appointed this year said.Ghana reached the semi-finals of last year’s showpiece, losing 2-0 to eventual champions Cameroon, before also losing the play off to Burkina Faso by a solitary goal.Appiah was left ruing missed chances as his side was blanked out by Kenya’s resolute defending, but says on a different day, probably the results would have been different.“In the second half we were pressing a lot to equalize. We had lots of chances, but it’s unfortunate we could not utilize them. I believe Kenya did well but we could have done better with the chances we created,” the tactician noted.Ghana players during their 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added; “I never underrated Kenya. They did well and defended deep to protect what they have. In football chances come and if it’s not your day, you will not convert them. On my part though, I have learnt a lot about the players. It was important to know what they can do especially the new ones and this game has shown me a lot.”The tactician was also short of admitting that the performance of his players disappointed him, saying some did not play at the level he was expecting them to.“Personally, the level I was expecting from some of them was not what they showed on the pitch,” the coach further noted.Meanwhile, the tactician refused to blame the absence of three key players, the Ayew brothers and skipper Asamoah Gyan for the loss. Appiah also defended himself for starting star midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah and wingback Harrison Afful from the bench.Ghana skipper Daniel Amartey during their 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I don’t play with names; I play with players who will be fit at a particular time. Kwadwo being on bench does not mean he’s not a good player but under circumstances we had to make some players start,”“When you are building a team, if you don’t give others chance to play, how do you assess them? We shouldn’t look at who can play today only, but also those who can play in 10 years,” the tactician stated.Ghana return to the drawing board and Appiah is under pressure as he prepares for the back to back home and away ties against Sierra Leone next month, matches he has to win to ensure the hopes of qualification remain afloat.The tactician also notes that his biggest ambition is to see the Black Stars qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Doha, Qatar after missing out on the Russia showpiece this year.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ghana head coach Kwesi Appiah during their 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Kenya’s Harambee Stars at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on September 8, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 10 – Despite Saturday’s 1-0 loss at the hands of Kenya’s Harambee Stars, Ghana head coach Kwesi Appiah remains confident that his charges will qualify for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.Ghana remain top of Group F despite the result, though the group is massively open after Ethiopia beat Sierra Leone 1-0 on Sunday, meaning all teams in the group are on three points.last_img read more

Mr. President, do not take farm vote for granted

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I know that many people involved in agriculture, myself included, were thrilled to see President Donald Trump take time out of his very busy schedule to visit the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting in Nashville in January.In that speech, we found out that the President is hearing about and working on so many issues that will affect farm country. From a new farm bill, to NAFTA, immigration reform, infrastructure, or countless regulations that are currently hindering progress in our industry, Mr. Trump mentioned the many woes facing agriculture as he spoke directly to thousands of farmers and ranchers from that stage in Music City.The elephant in the room when it comes to rural America and politics at the highest levels of government is whether President Trump will truly take into account why he holds the title of Commander-In-Chief. If not for farm country, the oval office décor would have a completely different vibe.As the President talked about everything that is being tossed around inside the Beltway that agriculture has a stake in, I couldn’t help but wonder if he really understood how impactful pulling out of the North American Free Trade Agreement would be for farmers, or how taking one wrong step in immigration reform might leave so many fruits of labor dying on the tree, or how a farm bill with less funding due to trying to balance other federal programs would be a detriment to growers doing their best to last another season.I am surely not saying that because the middle of America was red hot the night Mr. Trump got elected that we should hold that over his head as he contemplates major decisions about trade, policy and regulations. The reason we should hold him accountable for the things that matter to the farming community is because he told us, first hand, that he will be handling such issues in a way that will please his rural constituents and he is counting on the voters that put a check mark by his name in 2016 to repeat the action in 2020. A little piece of me wonders, though, if he will make some choices that may not be suitable for agriculture because he knows the other choices on the ballot will likely not be nearly as palatable to rural Americans in 2020.I am, by no means, expecting everything to go 100% in the favor of agriculture under the Trump Administration. That is simply not how government works. Farmers will be the first to tell you that having things go their way happens just as often as when they don’t.So all I ask, Mr. President, is that you dig a little deeper into the topics that you spoke about in a room full of America’s finest hard working men and women and make every effort to give farmers an opportunity to continue doing what they love and what they do best.Please don’t bite the hand that voted for you, especially when it feeds you as well.last_img read more

UL Environment Begins Validating Eco-marketing Claims

first_imgUL Environment has its work cut out for it. The Underwriters Laboratory subsidiary, established to validate the environmental claims that manufacturers use to market their goods, recently announced the first validation in a progression that could easily continue indefinitely.EcoRock – a drywall that its maker, Serious Materials, says is made from 80% recycled content, produces low VOC emissions, and is mercury free and mold resistant – landed UL Environment’s first eco-label.UL Environment will focus on only two product categories, building products and personal electronics. But both categories are huge, so even if only a relatively small percentage of the products in each are touted as having sustainable features and are submitted for testing, UL Environment could be pretty busy.The company says it will use Federal Trade Commission guidelines to help determine whether a product under testing measures up to environmental marketing claims made by its manufacturer. Eventually, UL Environment told Sustainable Industries magazine, it could add sustainability standards certification to its services as production and performance data accumulate and manufacturer standards evolve.The sooner certification standards evolve, the sooner, too, builders and consumers will begin looking for certification labels they’ve learned to trust.“There is a very confusing market space because there isn’t a clear leader to define what a sustainable product is,” Chris Nelson, UL Environment’s director of global commercial development, told Sustainable Industries. “Some companies we work with are going through five certifications because they don’t know what will resonate.”last_img read more

Efficiency Is Still the Best Energy Deal

first_imgThis post originally appeared at the ACEEE blog. New data by Lazard, a financial advisory firm, show that prices for renewable electricity declined again last year, continuing their downward trend. But the data, released last month, miss another critical clean energy resource. Energy efficiency — the kilowatt-hours we avoid by eliminating waste — remains, on average, our nation’s least-cost resource. Efficiency also delivers a host of other benefits. It improves electric grid reliability and resilience, can target savings where and when needed the most, creates jobs, spurs other economic development, reduces customer utility bills, makes homes and buildings more comfortable, and reduces harmful pollution.RELATED ARTICLESU.S. Lags in Energy EfficiencyAre Energy-Efficient Appliances Worth It?The Fine Print on Energy EfficiencyHow to Improve Energy-Efficiency ProgramsCost of Renewable Energy Continues to Fall What do the data show? Research by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy shows that energy efficiency programs cost utilities, on average, about 3.1 cents per kilowatt-hour nationally. It examines program costs and performance incentives for the 49 largest U.S. electricity utilities in the 2015 program year. (The data do not include additional participant costs.) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) has found similar results in an analysis of 2009-2015 program year data (with a few differences in approach). It has also examined the total cost of efficiency programs, including participant costs. The average cost of efficiency to utilities is still generally less than that of wind or utility-scale solar. And overall, energy efficiency and clean energy continue to come in at a lower cost per kilowatt hour than more traditional resources. Worth noting, these are national data; regional data will vary. Also, the levelized cost data in the Lazard analysis and our paper are a simplified and limited metric and they do not tell the full story of the benefits of energy efficiency (or other resources) to utilities. For example, the Lazard data do not include costs for needed storage or transmission and distribution. The levelized cost of electricity resources. How big are efficiency investments? Investments in energy efficiency can have a big impact. Those made between 1990 and today have helped us avoid building the equivalent of 313 large power plants and have delivered cumulative savings of nearly $790 billion to customers nationwide. The need and opportunity for efficiency as a utility resource will continue in the coming years as states and utilities will need to meet evolving goals. For example, investments in transmission and distribution have grown significantly over the past decade. This trend means higher costs for customers. Energy efficiency can help keep these costs in check by serving as both a broad-based resource and a distributed energy resource that meets specific time and locational needs on the grid. Efficiency also has a large role to play in reducing emissions and meeting aggressive climate goals for many states and cities. The good news: Utilities are increasing efficiency investments, helping their customers use energy more efficiently, and meeting demand by saving energy rather than generating it. A recent LBNL analysis projects, in its medium case scenario, that utilities will increase efficiency investments from $5.8 billion in 2016 to $8.6 billion in 2030, a jump of more than 45%. But will this, or even the LBNL study’s high scenario, be enough to meet states’ growing energy and climate policy needs? Not likely. New and refined policy tools will be needed, such as the next generation of energy efficiency resource standards, utility business models aligned with efficiency, and financing options that help businesses and households leverage public and ratepayer funding to drive deeper savings. Check out our State Policy Toolkit, which can help state policymakers and regulators increase use of our nation’s least-cost energy resource.   Maggie Molina is senior director for policy at ACEEE.last_img read more

Kashmir Valley remains cut off for second day

first_imgThe Kashmir Valley remained cut off for the second consecutive day on Tuesday as the government anticipated violence after Parliament passed a resolution ending Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in the Indian Union under Article 370.The Hindu’s Srinagar Correspondent could not send any despatch for lack of connectivity. A senior official in Delhi said the “curfew-like” situation would continue for at least a week, and it would have to be monitored for three-four months.As per the details accessed by The Hindu, at least 15 incidents of stone-throwing were reported in the past 48 hours in Srinagar and Awantipora districts. Some incidents continued for six hours. “One or two boys would come out, throw stones and go back; they would not stay out for long as they might be detained,” the official said.An official said around 8,000 additional Central armed police personnel were rushed to the State on Monday. In the past 10 days, 32,000 additional personnel were deployed in the Valley. Another 32,000, deployed for the Amarnath Yatra, were diverted to secure the interior districts. “The deployment of Central forces is based on verbal orders. There is no written communication any more because such orders leaked in the past, creating panic,” the official said. Central forces posted in the north-eastern region were being sent to the Kashmir Valley. “There are the maximum number of boots on the ground. As of now, there are no personnel in reserve; there is 100% deployment,” the official said. The last time the Valley came under a similar clampdown was in 2013 when the 2001 Parliament attack case convict Mohammad Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri, was hanged and buried in the Tihar Jail in Delhi.“Curfew was imposed for around 10 days then. All major roads were blocked and people were prevented from coming out of their homes as protests and disturbance in law and order arrangements were expected after the hanging of Guru. But for two incidents, there was not much impact on the ground,” said the official. The official added that the situation went out of control after Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter on July 8, 2016. “No one anticipated any large-scale violence after Wani’s death, but the Valley remained disturbed for almost six months. It all depends on how prepared the administration is,” the official said. As per government data, from July 8, 2016 to September 6, 2016, 1,732 law and order incidents were reported, and 62 people, including two security men, died. Several Kashmiris were blinded, having been hit by pellet guns, and 82 government buildings, including schools, were burnt or damaged.last_img read more

Irani Cup: Umpire Nandan, who ruled Faiz Fazal out erroneously, hit on the head by ball

first_imgIrani Cup: Umpire Nandan, who ruled Faiz Fazal out erroneously, hit on the head by ballPlay was halted for a few minutes in the second session on Day 4 after a throw from the fielder at long-on hit umpire CK Nandan flush on the back of his head forcing him to go down on the ground.advertisement Rohan Sen NagpurFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 19:37 IST Umpire CK Nandan went down on the ground after being hit on the back of his head (BCCI video screengrab)HIGHLIGHTSCK Nandan was hit on the back of his head in the 2nd session on Day 4The umpire was attended by physios on the ground as play halted for a few minutesVidarbha reached 37 for 1 at stumps and need another 243 runs to win on Day 5Umpire CK Nandan suffered a nasty blow while officiating during the fourth day of the Irani Cup match between Vidarbha and Rest of India in Nagpur on Friday.During the second session of play and with Rest of India reaching 287 for 3 in their second innings, Hanuma Vihari took a single towards long off, the fielder picked up the ball and threw towards the stumps, at the non-striker’s end, but missed his aim and the ball hit umpire Nandan hard on the back of his head forcing him to go down on the ground.The impact shattered the sunglasses that Nandan had kept on the back of his hat as he winced in pain. Physios rushed to check on him and play was halted for a few minutes.The match referee also came on to the field to check on Nandan and even asked him if he could continue to which the umpire replied in the affirmative.pic.twitter.com/5q8o2cI4O0Dhoni Fan (@WastingBalls) February 15, 2019Vihari was batting on 144 at the time along with Shreyas Iyer on 8 as ROI led the Ranji Trophy Champions by 191 runs. ROI eventually declared their second innings at 374 for 3 with Vihari finishing unbeaten on 180 while Iyer made 61 not out, setting Vidarbha a target of 280 to win the match.They lost the wicket of captain Faiz Fazal for a duck but Sanjay Raghunath and Atharwa Taide steadied the innings and took the team to 37 for 1 at stumps. Vidarbha need another 243 runs to win the match with 9 wickets and one full day’s play remaining.advertisementThis was the second incident involving umpire CK Nandan in the past three days in this match as he was also the one who gave Faiz Fazal out under controversial circumstances on Day 2 when Vidarbha were batting in their first innings.Nandan was criticised for taking a lot of time to give Fazal out on the second day when the left-handed opener was batting on 27 with Vidarbha 50 for no loss.Fazal edged a delivery from Krishnappa Gowtham which ended straight in the gloves of wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan. All the players in ROI team went up in appeal but Nandan shook his head initially but suddenly raised his finger after his colleague, umpire Nitin Menon standing at square leg, confirmed that the ball had hit Fazal’s gloves.pic.twitter.com/e3oF3Q0haYDhoni Fan (@WastingBalls) February 13, 2019The decision left Fazal in shock while the ROI players, including the bowler Gowtham, were also confused as to what had just happened. But after realising the umpire’s final call they celebrated.Vidarbha managed to post 425 in their first innings and grabbed a crucial 95-run first innings lead after bowling out Rest of India for 330.Also Read | Irani Cup Day 4: Hanuma Vihari 180, Rahane 87 leave Vidarbha with tricky chaseAlso Read | Vidarbha’s X-factor, Aditya SarwateAlso Read | Hanuma Vihari creates Irani Cup history with hat-trick of hundredsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow CK NandanFollow umpire NandanFollow Irani CupFollow Vidarbha vs Rest of IndiaFollow VID v ROIFollow Faiz Fazallast_img read more