Huskies ‘guarantee’ a win over Jr. Canucks

first_imgThe Huskies are guaranteeing a win when they host their arch-rival Dawson Creek on Friday night. After winning the first two meetings of the season, the Huskies lost 4-2 in Dawson Creek on Dec. 11th, as the Jr. Canucks began to surge after a slow start to the season.  The Canucks are 7-1-1 in their past 9 games, and now sit in 4th place in the NWJHL standings.  The Huskies, on the other hand, lost their first game of 2010, falling 4-1 in Sexsmith on Jan. 9th. Those trends suggest a win is anything but a sure thing – but the backer of the event doesn’t seem to mind. – Advertisement -Gus McLeod is the owner of Fort St. John’s KFC, and he’ll be giving every fan in attendance a ‘Yum Buck,’ to be used on any KFC item, if the Huskies don’t win on Friday.  McLeod is actually one of the founding members of the Junior Canucks organization, and has two nephews playing for Dawson Creek this year.  But, McLeod is firmly behind the Huskies this year, and he doesn’t seem worried about seeing the Huskies lose, even if the rink is jammed to the rafters.   “Hopefully we will have a sell-out” he says. Friday’s game kicks off at 8 o’clock, at the North Peace Arena. On Saturday, 8 Huskies will head to Sexsmith as part of Team West, for the annual NWJHL All-star Game and Skills Competition.  Catch the All-star game itself live on Moose FM at 6 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Health Minister Commends Rainforest Seafoods

first_img Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has lauded Rainforest Seafoods for providing consumers with a healthy food option. He said the health authority interfaces with food processors to ensure that consumers can buy with confidence the products that have gone through a “particular process”, and it is important for him as Minister, to see the establishments. Story Highlights Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the company, Brian Jardim, informed that they are advanced in penetrating markets in the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has lauded Rainforest Seafoods for providing consumers with a healthy food option.During a tour of the company’s processing plant on Slipe Pen Road in Kingston today (October 5), the Minister said persons can preserve their health by what they eat, and the company has demonstrated that, with management, much more can be consumed from the “natural resources that we have been afforded”.He said the health authority interfaces with food processors to ensure that consumers can buy with confidence the products that have gone through a “particular process”, and it is important for him as Minister, to see the establishments.Minister Tufton said the company, which started operations in 1995, has grown over the years, maintaining “high standards and quality output”.“It shows that Jamaicans can compete anywhere in the marketplace,” Dr. Tufton said.Rainforest is the largest supplier of seafoods in the Caribbean, with staff numbering over 600. It supplies markets in the English-speaking Caribbean, the United States and Asia with more than 400 types of fish, shellfish and other seafood, in both fresh and frozen forms.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of the company, Brian Jardim, informed that they are advanced in penetrating markets in the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe.He also pointed out that the company has established a farm in Trelawny, growing yam, sweet potato and other crops, “largely destined for the export market”.Mr. Jardim said the Jamaican brand is strong across the globe, and the company is investing in processing plants to ensure that its products are available far and wide.last_img read more

There Is Absolutely Positively No Way LeBron Can Keep This Up …

It took seven back-and-forth games, but the NBA’s most perplexing team will continue to confuse observers — and statistical models — for at least one more round.The Cleveland Cavaliers ensured that by beating the Indiana Pacers 105-101 in Sunday’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal finale, earning LeBron James a trip to the second round for the 13th time in his storied career. James was incredible in Game 7 on Sunday, with 45 points (on 64 percent shooting), 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The performance capped one of his greatest series ever; he led the Cavs in points, assists and rebounds over these seven games against Indiana.But the Cavs’ big questions are still unanswered. Can Cleveland keep advancing while asking so much of its best player? And is this team really still good enough to contend for a championship? This series provided few insights.When James finally got a little help in Game 7, it came in the unlikely form of center Tristan Thompson. Despite scoring only 3 points (in 24 minutes) during Games 1-6, Thompson produced a crucial double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds) in Game 7. But on the whole, James’s teammates were still not efficient Sunday, shooting just 16-for-49 from the field to finish off a series in which they made only 38.8 percent of their shots — even as James himself shot an impressive 55.3 percent from the field.In fact, for all of James’s heroics, the argument could be made that the Cavs were the least-convincing winner of any playoff series in modern history. (Going back to 1984, when the NBA playoffs expanded to 16 teams.) Before Sunday, no team in that period had won a series while being outscored by more than 34 total points — a “record” that belonged to the 1990 Portland Trail Blazers, for their win over the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference finals. Despite winning Game 7 by four, the Cavs were outscored in the series by 40 points, the worst total point differential for a winning club in a series since 1984.1Yes, 34 points of that differential came in Game 6 alone, a massive Pacers blowout. But the Cavs were also outplayed for far longer stretches of the series than they dominated: They won just 11 of the series’ 28 total quarters.Now the Cavs will advance to face the top-seeded Toronto Raptors, and once again the stats have major doubts about their ability to win. Their defense is historically weak by the standards of a champion. Our CARM-Elo model gives Cleveland a 29 percent chance of knocking off the Raptors and an 11 percent chance of making the Finals. The logic there is clear: If the Cavs struggled against the Pacers with home-court advantage, why should they be favored without it against a Toronto team that was 6.1 points per game better than the Pacers during the regular season?Then again, the Cavs are, well, the Cavs. They’ve eliminated Toronto in each of the past two postseasons, by a combined margin of 8 games to 2. They have the LeBron trump card to play in any crucial game. (After Sunday, James is the all-time NBA leader with 34.9 career points per game in Game 7s.) A James-led team has represented the East in the NBA Finals every single season since 2011. All signs point to that streak ending this year — except it hasn’t ended the past few times that all signs pointed to it ending.No matter what happens next, though, let’s appreciate the amazing show LeBron put on in Game 7 against Indiana. It was the kind of performance reserved for history’s greatest players, and the Cavs needed every bit of it to extend their season and keep on confounding the stats deeper into yet another spring.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Pentagon Report Details FarReaching Scope of Water Contamination

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A recent report prepared by the Pentagon in response to a congressional mandate reveals that more than 100 active and closed installations across all four services have reported elevated levels of the contaminants PFOS and PFOA in either their drinking water systems or groundwater supplies. At 36 installations, drinking water systems tested above the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines for the chemicals, reported Army Times. Ninety installations reported contaminant levels above EPA’s lifetime health advisories following groundwater testing at on- and off-base locations, according to the March 2018 report. As of August 2017, DOD identified 401 active and BRAC installations in the United States with at least one area where there was a known or suspected release of PFOS or PFOA. The contamination is believed to stem from the use of firefighting foam. The department quickly moved to address the 24 drinking water systems that were contaminated in which it managed the water supply. At 12 others, however, a vendor or local utility provides drinking water. Cleaning up contaminated groundwater supplies, though, will take years and cost an estimated $2 billion, according to Maureen Sullivan, DOD’s deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and occupational health. Air Force photo by Grace Nicholslast_img read more