FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John native Jim Hughson has been selected as a recipient for the Foster Hewitt Award.Selected by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, Hughson is best known for his play-by-play work with the Vancouver Canucks and “Hockey Night in Canada,” and is receiving this award for his outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster.Born and raised in Fort St. John, Hughson got his first broadcasting job at a local radio station in the 1970s, broadcasting games for the South Peace Hockey League, and eventually worked his way to become a play-by-play announcer for various roles within National Hockey which included broadcasting games three and four of the 1982 Stanley Cup Finals between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Islanders.- Advertisement -Hughson then moved on to take on the role as play-by-play for the Toronto Maple Leafs and then for the Canucks.For a time, Hughson was also a commentator for the Montreal Expos and then for the Toronto Blue Jays. Hughson called for the Jays’ ’92 and ’93 Division Championship series.Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association, says Hughson is an excellent choice as a recipient for the award as he has been an exemplary broadcaster on both the local and national levels.Advertisement “Jim Hughson has been an exemplary broadcaster on both the local and national levels for many years since his days with Vancouver Canucks. Jim is an excellent broadcaster and a very deserving recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.”Hughson will be honoured at the Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Media Awards Luncheon in Toronto on November 18, 2019.
The annual Loreto Secondary School Christmas Trade Fair takes place today (Tues.)Students at the Letterkenny school have spent weeks on their small businesses and they will be selling their goods at the Fair.The Fair takes place from 9.30am until 1pm in the school’s gym and everyone is welcome. There will also be complimentary tea and coffee and a chance to taste many of the homemade goodies on offer.And if you haven’t had a chance to get those all-important stocking-fillers then you’ll have plenty of goods to choose from at the Fair.Entry is free so see you all there.Loreto Letterkenny hosts it Christmas Trade Fair today was last modified: December 9th, 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:Christmas Trade FairdonegalLoretoSCHOOL
A Pune-based woman, held in the run up to the Republic Day functions in Kashmir valley amid intelligence agencies’ inputs regarding presence of a female suicide bomber, has been released by the police, as it failed to establish any links with militancy.Police sources said the police investigation failed to establish anything against her and decided to set her free on Saturday. She was allowed to board a plane along with her mother, who along with her brother arrived in Srinagar last week. The woman remained in Srinagar’s Rambagh police station and went through “repeated questioning”.A police spokesman told The Hindu that Sadiya Anwar Shaikh, a resident of Maharastra’s Pune, had arrived in Srinagar on January 16 on a Vistara flight.A police official said she boarded a train from Bijbehara to Awantipora on January 25, immediately after the security agencies flashed inputs about a Pune-based girl “planning to detonate explosives inside or outside a Republic Day venue in J&K”.Police sources said the woman approached the Awantipora police station “on her own as she saw her name in the reports published by the local newspapers”.During her stay in the Valley, she tried to get in touch with a boy from Lal Bazaar in Srinagar. “The two had become friends on the Facebook and had developed a relationship. However, we could not establish if they got married or not,” a police officer said.Ms. Shaikh, with a religious bent of mind, also approached a nursing college in Anantnag’s Bijbehara for admission in a nursing course. She has already done a course in pharmacy in Pune.Earlier, the Pune police had also denied any pending case against the woman.
The contrast couldn’t be more incongruous. Affectionately referred to as ‘Rani’ and ‘Basanti’, there is nothing feminine about the the bullet-proof Rakshaks — specially designed vehicles by Mahindra Defence Systems for crowd control — that the Jammu and Kashmir police increasingly view as saviours amid a rising graph of protests this month.To express their gratitude to the vehicles that keep them safe amid a barrage of stones, grenades and other projectiles, many senior officers have posted pictures of the dented and battered vehicles on the social media after the demonstrations against the rape of a three-year-old girl in Bandipora earlier this month. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ganderbal, Fayaz Ahmad Lone wrote: “One can understand the quantum of stone pelting we face.” SSP, Shopian, Shailendra Kumar Mishra, administering the most volatile district in south Kashmir, tweeted a picture of his battered but undeterred Rakshak. “Our trophy. It takes stones, bricks, petrol bombs, grenades, live fire, pipes, fruit carts, rods, and what not. The Rakshak vehicle is a true companion of the J&K Police,” he said. Sub-Divisional Police Officer Amran Farooq is among the officers who survived an attack of stone-throwing, thanks to the vehicle’s armoured plating by Plasan Sasa, a variety of steel fabricated in Israel. “It was during the post-Burhan Wani protests in 2016 that my Rakshak was stuck on an interior stretch in Anantnag, with stones raining from all sides. It was evening, the front lamps were damaged. The vehicle took stones for over two hours before we negotiated the huge logs and boulders blocking the road. It stood steady all this while,” he told The Hindu. Introduced in 2008 with just 100 vehicles, the Rakshak was improved after the 2016 street protests. The company claims the vehicle has withstood 41 live fire tests and a grenade explosion underneath it. The J&K police further modified the vehicle to meet local challenges — the head lamps were covered with wire mesh and the five firing ports and small bullet-roof windows were cushioned with fizz bottles and mesh “to recoil the stones thrown”. A fleet of around 50 such vehicles was inducted in 2017 to control situation in south Kashmir. And the department has requisitioned for more. Former Director General of Police (DGP) K. Rajendra said the vehicle has emerged as the life line for the State police in its fight against militants and stone throwers. “Any delay in procurement of such essential equipment will severely dent operational capacity of the J&K Police,” he said.
PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games But head coach Pat Aquino admitted that the schedule—not just their opponents—presents a big stumbling block.“I don’t know about the schedule but it works against us,” said Aquino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCompetition starts Aug. 20. He said Perlas, which played in the tough Fiba Asia Women’s Cup, will play Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar in that order.“Then we will take on (title favorite) Thailand the following day. Thailand will be coming from a break going into that game,” Aquino told the Inquirer. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PH water polo gunning for podium celebration WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERIt won’t be just Gilas Pilipinas shooting for a basketball gold in Kuala Lumpur.Perlas Pilipinas, the less-heralded women’s squad, will also go all out for a Southeast Asian Games crown when the biennial meet kicks off next week.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The crucial game against the Thais will be at 8:30 p.m. Then the Philippines takes on host Malaysia at 11 a.m. the following day.“Imagine we need to go back to the hotel, it would take time. How much sleep can we get?” said Aquino.Still, team captain Raiza Rose Dy said the team is in high spirits.“Our experience in the Fiba Asia Women’s Cup was a big help, because of world class competition; we got to play against WNBA players,” said Dy. “That is something not experienced by other SEA Games countries.”The Philippines wound up fourth two years ago in the Singapore edition which was dominated by Malaysia.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Shevchenko: AC Milan now have right men in chargeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndriy Shevchenko says former AC Milan teammate Rino Gattuso is the right coach for the club.The former Milan striker admits he’s a fan of Gattuso’s style.The Ukraine coach told Gazzetta dello Sport, “Very good, I like this attitude of the club, there are people who have clear ideas, who do not dance in the periods of difficulty: Leonardo and (Paolo) Maldini are working calmly and competently, Leo and Paolo know the reality better than anyone else, and then there is the blocking of the market: if you can only work on loans, getting back to the top is not easy. “I hope that Milan can continue to work serenely for the ascent. Rino’s support is very important because he is working well, he has given the team a sense of belonging. This is the right man for Milan, and I am happy with the confidence that he is collecting from the club.”
TagsEnglish ChampionshipAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Leeds look to increasing capacity at Elland Road to 50,000by Ian Ferris7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeeds United are planning to expand Elland Road stadium to 50,000 if they get promoted to the Premier League, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The announcement was made by the club’s managing director, Angus Kinnear, during a civic reception to mark the team’s 100th anniversary.The planned extension will take place on the West Stand, matching the East Stand in terms of height, with Kinnear wanting the venue to “compete with other stadiums in the Premier League and in Europe.”But any move to take Elland Road’s capacity from just over 37,000 to 50,000 is dependent on a top-flight return for Leeds, according to the Yorkshire Post’s Graham Smyth.Last season, they had the second highest average attendance in the Championship with 34,033, second only to eventual playoff winners Aston Villa.
Four stories in the news for Monday, Dec. 10———TRADE TRIP TO CHINA CANCELLED OVER MENG DETENTIONThe detention of a top Huawei executive in Canada has impacted British Columbia’s forestry trade mission to Asia. The delegation has cancelled a stop in China, and will instead end its trip in Japan. It follows the arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer. The U.S. is seeking Meng’s extradition, alleging she tried to evade American trade sanctions on Iran. A bail hearing will resume today, and Beijing has warned that Canada will face “grave consequences” if Meng isn’t released.———ONTARIO JOINS CALLS FOR EQUALIZATION OVERHAULFor the first time in a decade Ontario will not receive an equalization transfer from Ottawa, prompting the province’s finance minister to join calls for a program overhaul. Canada’s finance ministers are in Ottawa for the second of their two annual meetings. And just before they met at a working dinner last night, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau revealed that only five provinces — Manitoba, Quebec, P.E.I., Nova Scotia and New Brunswick — will qualify for a share of nearly $20 billion in equalization payments in 2019-20.———CANADA POST DELAYS MEAN HOLIDAY HEADACHESCanada Post says it’s dealing with two to three times more parcels than usual this holiday season. It says there’s a six-million-package backlog after five weeks of rotating strikes that ended last month. Spokesman Jon Hamilton says the Crown corporation has rented almost two-thousand additional vehicles and hired four-thousand seasonal staff. But he says delivery windows still can’t be guaranteed in the lead-up to Christmas. The Canadian Union of Postal Employees disputes that the rotating strikes caused any backlog.———BREAST CANCER SCREENING GUIDELINES UPDATEDNew guidelines for breast-cancer screening are intended to give women a bigger say in their health-care decisions, considering personal values and preferences over age and risk factors alone. The guidelines from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care encourage women aged 40 to 74 to discuss breast cancer screening with their doctors and make a shared decision about whether to get a mammogram based in part on a woman’s preferences. The previous guidelines recommended against women aged 40 to 49 having routine mammograms, while those aged 50 to 74 were advised to get the test every two to three years.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— The 2018 Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards will be presented in Halifax.— Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will be available to speak to media for the first time after spending his first week in orbit.— Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson will make announcement to ensure Canada’s aquaculture industry is a global leader.— Business leaders, decision makers, government reps and heads of state in Toronto for International Economic Forum of the Americas’— Calgary Trial for Nelson Tony Lugela, charged in the shooting death of Calgary Stampeder Mylan Hicks.— Former B.C. Lions player Joshua Boden makes court appearance in Vancouver on charge of second-degree murder.———The Canadian Press
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan had a clear and unequivocal message for running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who is seeking a new contract.He’s not getting one.“There’s no decision here,’’ Khan told the Times-Union newspaper of Florida.“It’s his choice. There’s been very little for us to do rather than wait on whatever he might choose to do.’’That could result in a long holdout for Jones-Drew, who has two years left on a five-year, $31-million contract he signed in 2008.Coach Mike Mularkey will not only be missing Jones-Drew at his first practice today, but also first-round draft choice Justin Blackmon, who has yet to come to terms on a deal because the Jaguars want protection in case he has another off-field incident.Jones-Drew, the NFL’s leading rusher last season, can be fined $30,000 a day for his absence although Mularkey has declined to say if he will impose the fine.Blackmon is the Jaguars’ last unsigned rookie after punter Bryan Anger, the team’s third-round pick, agreed to a four-year contract and signed the deal.Jaguars general manager Gene Smith previously said the team wants Jones-Drew to honor the final two years of his contract and isn’t going to give him a new deal. Khan made it obvious that continues to be the team’s position.“There’s more than 50 players under contract,” Khan said. “There are other people under contract in management, coaches. Does that mean if you do it for one, you do it for everybody. Where do you draw the line?’’The danger of a long holdout is Jones-Drew wouldn’t know the team’s new system and might not be in football shape and could be liable to injury.“My only concern is learning the system,’’ Mularkey said of Jones-Drew. “It would be difficult to come in and jump right in the huddle for anybody who isn’t here. I think veterans know what kind of shape [they have to be in]. Especially in this kind of heat. Football shape is different, especially if you don’t get some banging early.’’
Ohio State senior attack Eric Fannell scored five goals in the Buckeyes dramatic comeback 11-10 overtime victory over Maryland on April 22 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsWHAT: NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship – No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 1 Maryland at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.HOW TO WATCH: ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Streaming on WatchESPN app and ESPN3.comIt all comes down to this. A matchup of Big Ten rivals who have battled neck-and-neck all season will determine the next NCAA men’s lacrosse champion.The No. 3 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team (16-4) has battled No. 1 Maryland (15-3) twice this season, edging out the Terrapins at home in an 11-10 overtime thriller on April 22, and losing 10-9 in the finals of the Big Ten tournament in Columbus.After the team lost to Maryland in the tournament finals, coach Nick Myers and the rest of his unit believed that if they played to the level they were capable of, this season would end in a matchup between them and their East Coast rivals.“We have a ton of respect for Maryland,” Myers said. “We felt that night, we looked at each other and without knowing how this was going to turn out, ‘Hey, we’re going to see these guys again if we take care of business.’”Though the teams have built up a rivalry through their close, competitive games this season, Myers said that contempt for the opposition will not be the driving factor behind their play on Monday. Instead, respect for the opposition and the desire to play their best possible lacrosse would be what pushes the Buckeyes to play well.“You have to play your best lacrosse if you want to try to go out there and beat Maryland,” Myers said. “I think that that, more than contempt, is what it brings out.”The players echoed Myers’ sentiment.“The whole team is excited to play Maryland again,” senior attackman Eric Fannell said. “They’re a very, very good team, as coach Myers said. We have a lot of respect for them. And every time we play them, we play to our best ability and so do they. Big Ten matchup again. Grudge match.”The two teams will enter the game coming off a pair of narrow victories in the semifinals. OSU edged out Towson 11-10, and Maryland hung on late against fifth-seeded Denver to win 9-8.Though both games were close, and relatively low-scoring, the Buckeyes are prepared for a game that could be more of an offensive show, taking on a team that averaged the 10th-most goals per game in the NCAA this past season (12.67 goals per game).“They play a good team offense,” Myers said. “They’ve got a good front six — as good a front six as there is in lacrosse. We feel strongly in ours, and I think you’re going to see a collision tomorrow as you did in the first couple games.”The matchup in the Big Ten tournament championship game did not prove to be quite the offensive show many expected, until late in the game when a total of nine goals were scored in the fourth quarter in an eventual 10-9 Maryland victory.Myers believes that for the Buckeyes to find success against the Terrapins on Monday, the Buckeyes will need to put together an offensive effort capable of keeping up with their opponents.“That was a heavyweight slugfest that you saw in the Big Ten championship,” Myers said. “We’re chasing our best offense, and for us to accomplish the ultimate goal, we’ll have to do that. I think Maryland’s going to bring that out in us.”But this time, the stakes are a bit higher than they were the last time these two teams met. It is no longer a Big Ten title on the line. Now it’s for the NCAA championship.In the history of OSU lacrosse, the team has never made it to this point. It had never even made it to the semifinals before this season. And now, on the doorstep of history for the program, seniors like midfielder Jake Withers believe that while the program has vastly surpassed expectation in their tenure, the end goal has still not yet been reached.“We came a long way since my freshman year four years ago, and we’ve stumbled and we’ve made some steps. I feel like this year, you know, the progression that we’ve made to championship weekend is a culmination of all those things together,” Withers said. “With that said, we’re not done. Although we made a championship weekend and championship game, we want to make history and be the first Buckeye lacrosse team to bring the trophy back to Columbus.”