Castlegar’s Hadley scores to help Canada West win World Jr. A Challenge gold Sunday in Langley

first_imgCastlegar’s Aaron Hadley scored once and former B.C. Major Midget star Alex Kerfoot had two points to lead Canada West to a 4-2 win over rivals Canada East in the final of the 2011 World Junior A Challenge Sunday in Langley.It’s the first time Canada West has won the gold medal since doing so in 2007 at the tournament hosted in Trail and Nelson.Kerfoot, who led the BCMMHL in scoring last season with the Vancouver Northwest Giants and is now a member of the BCHL’s Coquitlam Express, set up Evan Richardson for the game’s first goal.Kerfoot then scored an unassisted marker minutes later to give Canada West at 2-0 lead.Canada East, with first and second period goals, tied the game before Hadley and Carsen Cooper, with the winner, scored in the third to give Canada West the victory.Canada West ran the table in the playoffs after struggling during the preliminary round, Czech Republic 4-1 in quarterfinal play before upsetting Sweden 2-1 in overtime during semi final action.Canada East defeated Team USA 4-2 to advance.Following the game, Kerfoot and Canada West goaltender Sean Maguire (Powell River, B.C./Powell River, BCHL), along with Canada East forward Devin Shore (Ajax, Ont./Whitby, OJHL) and defenceman Kevin Lough (Ottawa, Ont./Cumberland, CCHL), U.S. forward Mario Lucia and Swedish defenceman Ludwig Bystrom were named to the tournament all-star team.Castlegar’s Hadley finished the tournament with three goals while West Kootenay teammate, Travis St. Denis, who plays for Penticton of the BCHL, had a goal and an assist.last_img read more

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Property prices on border region rise 16.1%, new figures show

first_imgProperty prices in Ireland have increased by 84.7% since early 2013 according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO).The CSO said that residential property prices nationally rose by 2.3% in July – ending a 14-month run of slowing annual price inflation. The 2.3% growth also compared to a 10% increase the same time last year.The region outside of the capital that saw the largest rise in property prices was the border at 16.1 per cent, while the smallest rise was recorded in the mid-east at 0.4 per cent.House prices decreased by 0.5% in Dublin, while apartments rose by 0.9% in the year to July. Outside of Dublin, house prices rose by 4.6% and apartments by 5.4% in the same period.However, the national average price of a house in June 2019 was €263,606, a fall of 2.5% over a period of six months.Analysts point to a lack of confidence in the market as uncertainty over Brexit continues. Leo McCauley of McCauley Properties in Inishowen, Co Donegal, said there were more people buying property in the Border regions but that the figures were pitted against a “very low base” following a severe decline since the recession.“Things around the Border were so, so depressed,” he told The Irish Times. “My turnover is up this year and I have been busier. Also, there probably hasn’t been a house built in Donegal for 12 years‘If you see a concrete lorry coming up the main street, it’s like seeing a T-Rex walking up. It’s so archaic at this stage.”Property prices on border region rise 16.1%, new figures show was last modified: September 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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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EPA Looks at Fracking Risks to Water

first_imgFlying blindThe impact of the unconventional oil and gas boom on our water supply is not well understood, and the findings of the EPA report underscore just how much work remains to be done to fully comprehend the risks, the magnitude of impacts, and the best ways to manage the risks.Better and more accessible data on activities surrounding hydraulic fracturing operations is needed. There’s been some progress, and the EPA study is a step in the right direction in terms of better understanding this issue, but by no means are we out of the woods.Between 2000 and 2013, almost ten million Americans lived within one mile of a hydraulically fractured natural gas or oil well. They deserve as much information as they can get. The Environmental Defense Fund’s oil and gas team is poring over the lengthy report and will post further analysis of the report’s various pieces, so stay tuned. Mark Brownstein is a vice president in the climate and energy program at the Environmental Defense Fund, where this post was originally published. While industry advocates are touting the report as wholesale exoneration, newspapers including The New York Times and Washington Post recognized that activities related to hydraulic fracturing do, in fact, pose real pollution risks to drinking water. Although EPA didn’t find evidence of hydraulic fracturing activities causing widespread, systematic drinking water contamination, they did find many instances of localized impacts to water supply and water quality.Even in the limited scope of activity studied in the report, EPA also referenced hundreds of spills of hydraulic fracturing fluid and so-called “produced water” — the mixture of hydraulic fracturing fluid and salty water found naturally underground that comes back to the surface once the well is drilled — many of which EPA says resulted in contamination of water and soil. Just the tip of the icebergBecause of the huge size and massive scale of these oil and gas operations, the risks, however well managed, are genuine and numerous. Hydraulic fracturing itself is just one factor, and not even the biggest one. Other key issues include the ongoing physical integrity of the wells and the storage, transport, and disposal of some 800 billion gallons of wastewater generated annually by onshore oil and gas operations in the United States.Contamination risk associated with handling this wastewater is high, and the consequences can be dramatic. In many areas, this produced water is far saltier than sea water. It will kill plants, and can ruin the landscape for decades. It’s often laced with up to hundreds of toxic chemicals (antifreeze, to name just one).Gallon for gallon, in other words, a water spill could be even more dangerous for the environment than an oil spill.The potential for leaky underground injection wells to pollute water supplies, not evaluated in the EPA report, is another crucial pathway that is critical for regulators and industry to control. More than two billion gallons of produced water are disposed of in these wells every day.Another emerging disposal issue is how to protect water supplies when we know little about the environmental characteristics of the wastewater, particularly in situations where industry is given the go-ahead to discharge it into rivers. Serious data limitationsFirst, the report is a review of existing studies. EPA did almost no original scientific research or fieldwork. Nor does it include much in the way of actual water quality reading — or baseline, pre-drilling data by which to compare. EPA doesn’t use this data because, for the most part, it doesn’t exist.That’s a serious knowledge gap that needs to be filled. But in the meantime, it’s a mistake to think there are no problems just because they don’t turn up in the extremely limited data available. Indeed, EPA expressly acknowledges in the executive summary that “data limitations preclude a determination of the frequency of impacts with any certainty.” RELATED ARTICLES Will Natural Gas Be Our Domestic Energy Savior?Wastewater Disposal Linked to EarthquakesTaking Action on Climate ChangeDesigning for the FutureThe End of Peak Oil?Natural Gas — Not as Green as it Used to Be The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its long-awaited draft report on impacts associated with hydraulic fracturing on drinking water, completing the most extensive scientific review of published data to date.At nearly 1,000 pages, it’s a substantial report. But it’s nowhere near a comprehensive evaluation — or even enumeration — of the risks that oil and gas development poses to both surface and ground water. The biggest issues aren’t what’s in the document, but what isn’t. For all its heft, the biggest lesson in the report is just how little we actually know about these critical risks.last_img read more

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NSA may be slapped against two for murdering infant in Aligarh

first_imgThe Aligarh police said they could slap the stringent National Security Act against two persons accused of brutally murdering an infant girl in the west Uttar Pradesh district. The incident caused much outrage in the area with locals staging demonstrations demanding justice.The police also put rumours to rest and said that the autopsy of the two-and-a-half-year-old girl had ruled out rape. The infant was murdered by “strangulation,” said SSP Aligarh Akash Kulhary.The officer said the police were “trying to invoke the NSA” against the two accused who have been arrested. They were identified as Zahid and Aslam.According to police, the infant’s family lodged a complaint on May 31 at the Tappal police station that their infant daughter had gone missing and was kidnapped. Even as the family desperately tried to search for the child, her body was recovered from a waste dump.‘Body mutilated’The infant’s father said the body was found in a mutilated state, perhaps to “ensure that she could not be recognised.” He also accused the police of delay and laxity in investigation.Mr. Kulhary said the accused and the victim’s father shared personal animosity and the main accused Zahid had threatened the father two days before his daughter went missing. The victim’s father owed some money to Zahid.The victim’s mother demanded death sentence to the accused. “What animosity did they have with the child,” she asked on a television channel.The victim’s father has demanded that other family members of the accused be arrested as the crime could not have been carried out without their knowledge. Security measures at Tappal township, 50 km from the district headquarters, have been tightened as a precautionary measure after tension mounted there on Wednesday. (with PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Pakistan keen to put fixing shadow behind

first_imgKeen to re-establish their reputation dented by the spot-fixing scandal, unpredictable Pakistan will look to launch their World Cup campaign on a rousing note when they take on minnows Kenya in Hambantota on Wednesday.Having suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Ireland, which eventually resulted in their first round ouster the 2007 edition, Pakistan would be wary of taking their opponents lightly this time around. In fact, captain Shahid Afridi has already warned his team to take every opponent seriously.”There have been so many upsets in the World Cup in the past, like the one against Ireland four years ago. So we have that in mind and we will be on our toes in every match, be it Kenya or Sri Lanka,” said Afridi.Going into the match, Pakistan would take heart from their recent 3-2 one-day series victory over New Zealand in New Zealand just before the World Cup.And even though they had mixed fortunes in the their two warm-up games – a win against Bangladesh and a defeat against England, Pakistan are well aware that if they play as a unit, they have enough firepower to go a long distance in the tournament.Pakistan’s batting, consisting of the likes of Mohammad Hafeez, former captain Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, the Akmal brothers Kamran and Umar, has the reputation of creating quite a flutter in the opposition camp.In the absence of their banned opener Salman Butt, Pakistan would be banking on Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad in the opening slots, followed by the more experienced middle-order. Veteran Younis is expected to bring in stability with all his experience of playing international cricket, followed by Test skipper and in-form Misbah and the two Akmals.ND with captain Shahid Afridi and allrounder Abdul Razzaq coming down the order, Pakistan should not have any trouble blowing the Kenyans away in their opening match.As far as the bowling department is concerned, Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul would be looking to go for the kill from the very first ball. This match will also give both the pacemen an opportunity to get back to their peak form.Even Saeed Ajmal would get a chance to experiment with his doosra before his team faces bigger names during the course of the tournament. Afridi’s fast wrist spin is also expected to come in handy against the African nation.Kenya, semi-finalists in 2003, Afridi not ready to take Kenya lightly in their opener at Hambantota suffered an embarrassing 10-wicket defeat against New Zealand in their opening match, would be keen to re-group against the Asian cricketing giants and pose a challenge.The Kenyans were bundled out for their lowest-ever World Cup total of 69 against New Zealand and the entire match was over in no time. Surely, the Kenyans will need to put up an improved show to be able to compete against the Pakistanis.They would be relying on their promising opener Seren Waters, who scored a century in their last warmup match against the Netherlands, to give them a good start.Their bowling unit has not performed too badly over the last few practice games they have played but the failure of their batsmen gave them little opportunity to make a mark. Nehemiah Odhiambo has performed consistently and has been well supported by Peter Ongondo and bowling all-rounder Thomas Odoyo.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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The Internet Is Convinced That Joe Lunardi Is Wearing A Toupée, And Is Unimpressed

first_imgA rack of NCAA basketballs.SUNRISE, FL – DECEMBER 21: NCAA basketballs in a rack on the court during the shoot-around proipr to the game between the Florida Gators and the Fresno State Bulldogs during the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on December 21, 2013 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Florida defeated Fresno State 66-49. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)ESPN’s Joe Lunardi is one of college basketball’s most well-renowned bracketologists, but his most recent bracket isn’t what has Twitter abuzz during today’s early college basketball games. Many noticed something…strange about Lunardi’s hairdo, and are convinced that he’s wearing a toupée.Joe Lunardi is not fooling anyone with that toupee #CmonBro— Josef (@Joeyy_Steeze) February 28, 2015Joe Lunardi’s toupee has upped its OOC schedule and is in as a solid 7 seed right now— Andrew Rush (@idiotsonsports) February 28, 2015I currently have Joe Lunardi as a one seed in my “worst toupee bracket”— C Payne (@FakeCPayne) February 28, 2015I’ve got Joe Lunardi’s toupee as the 8th seed in the east #bracketology pic.twitter.com/iOeo7I3RZd— Jordan Jones (@theRealjwjones) February 28, 2015Lunardi needs to fire his toupee guy pic.twitter.com/MyK0CjyFD8— Rob Preslan (@RPreslan) February 28, 2015Why does Joe Lunardi keep up the facade of that awful toupee. Just let that bald head breathe!— M. Butler (@mbutlerOK) February 28, 2015Joe Lunardi’s toupee is projected to be a 14th seed in the NCAA Tourney!— Miran Maric (@MiranMaric) February 28, 2015Marv Albert is wondering what Joe Lunardi is doing with his 1986 toupee— ChicagoTerps (@ChicagoTerps) February 28, 2015Lunardi has been asked about this in the past, and denies it, for whatever that is worth.last_img read more

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