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Gov. Wolf: Access to Food Assistance, Healthcare through Safety-Net Programs Available During COVID-19

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that public benefit programs are available to families and individuals who have lost jobs, income and health insurance as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. These programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).“The Department of Human Services held a briefing today to talk about how the department is supporting Pennsylvanians through this public health crisis and in the weeks and months of rebuilding our economy that will follow,” Gov. Wolf said. “These programs are important for so many Pennsylvanians every day, and now more than ever as we face this pandemic together.”Since this crisis began in early March, the department’s Office of Income Maintenance (OIM) has taken many steps to ensure that Pennsylvanians who need help and who qualify for programs are able to access them as quickly as possible. Examples include lifting requirements for face-to-face interviews and temporarily suspending the closure of Medicaid cases except in certain circumstances.DHS has also worked with its partners at the state and federal levels to implement policies that are responsive to the exceptional ways that all of our lives have changed in recent weeks, including extending certification periods for public assistance programs so participation can continue through the public health crisis. On Thursday, DHS began issuing emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in line with the federal government’s interpretation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Payments include a supplemental increase for both March and April and will continue to be issued for current SNAP households through April 29. DHS is also advising Pennsylvanians in need of food assistance of local supports that can help meet essential needs during the public health crisis.“These programs exist to help all of us in the moments we cannot plan for – the times that an injury or an accident changes our life and sense of security as individuals, and the times that a global pandemic alters our daily life as a society,” DHS Sec. Teresa Miller said. “These programs are needed for many in the best of times, and they are critical in the worst. We cannot forget this when this moment passes.”County assistance offices located in every Pennsylvania county are staffed by OIM caseworkers who are skilled at connecting individuals to benefits they need while also maintaining program integrity and the responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars. While CAO offices are currently closed to the public in observance of guidance from public health professionals to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, work processing applications, determining eligibility, and issuing benefits continues.“At this critical moment, I want Pennsylvanians to know that we are doing everything we can to connect families and individuals who are struggling economically with the programs that, in many cases, they have been supporting with their labor and tax dollars for years,” Sec. Miller said. “The act of submitting an application for SNAP or Medicaid during a time of crisis is an act of advocacy for yourself and your family, and there should be no shame attached to it.”DHS encourages the public to take advantage of the ability to submit applications for all of these programs online at www.compass.state.pa.us. Individuals with a smartphone can also download the mobile app, MYCOMPASS PA, which is available at the App Store or Google Play Store.Applications by mail are also acceptable or they can be dropped off at any County Assistance Office, which are closed to the public but equipped with drop boxes for this purpose. Clients in Philadelphia with questions or information to report about their case should call the Philadelphia Customer Service Center at 215-560-7226. Clients in all other counties can call the Statewide Customer Service Center at 1-877-395-8930.Pennsylvanians can also apply for Medical Assistance by phone by calling the Consumer Service Center at 1-866-550-4355.EBT payments are still scheduled to occur during the closure and activated EBT cards can still be used as usual at ATMs and in stores at point-of-sale machines if the client has a balance. Balance and transaction inquiries, as well as EBT card replacement, can be requested from DHS’s EBT contractor, Conduent, at 888-328-7366.View this information in Spanish.  Gov. Wolf: Access to Food Assistance, Healthcare through Safety-Net Programs Available During COVID-19center_img April 18, 2020last_img read more

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The Latest: NC high school sports allowed to resume June 15

first_img June 8, 2020 Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak. It is scheduled to resume on June 20.The plans were approved by an 18-3 vote at an FIGC council meeting. Italian soccer clubs had asked for no champion or relegations unless mathematically certain.Playoffs are the preferred idea but an algorithm will be used to determine the final standings if matches cannot be held because of time restrictions or the worsening of the pandemic. But there will not be a champion if the algorithm is used.The top two men’s divisions are the only ones set to resume their regular seasons. The women’s Serie A will not restart.___ The organization announced Monday that it would allow limited workouts beginning June 15, though education agencies across the Southern U.S. state must also permit it at a local level.Restrictions for the first phase of return include having workouts of no longer than 90 minutes, with no more than 25 people at outdoor venues and no more than 10 in gymnasiums. They also require daily temperature checks and social distancing, along with instructing schools to keep the same groupings of athletes working together each time.Locker rooms and weight rooms remain closed for now. The restrictions include no shared use of athletic equipment. Guidelines for future phases will be developed and shared at a later date.___The Italian soccer federation has approved plans for a playoff or the use of an algorithm with no champion declared if the season is stopped again. Juventus, AC Milan and Sassuolo are the only three clubs which have managed to resume training. Many of the clubs also have players who are still abroad.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: NC high school sports allowed to resume June 15 Italy’s female soccer players are against the possibility of a playoff format to finish their season.A decision on whether and how the Serie A women’s league will resume is expected to be made during an Italian soccer federation meeting.One of the proposals is to have playoffs. That would involve half of the 12 Serie A teams.A statement by the Serie A women’s players says they are against it because “it doesn’t guarantee true fairness.”They say “we all go out on the field or no one does.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will lift its dead period next week to allow for in-person workouts for prep athletes. Associated Press English soccer club Brighton is offering fans the chance to have cardboard cutouts of themselves in the stadium when the Premier League resumes.Games in the league will be closed to spectators for the remainder of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Five of Brighton’s nine remaining games are at home. The first is on June 20 against Arsenal.Fans need to send in a photo wearing a Brighton jersey and pay $25.___last_img read more

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Students to expand Native American group

first_imgNASU members (left to right) Kolton Nephew, Maracea Chase, Josefina Garza and Moakeah Rivera are among the small Native American population at USC. They believe NASU deserves recognition as a cultural presence on campus rather than as a religious group. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) “I didn’t know how to react with so many different cultures around me or not seeing familiar faces or familiar languages spoken,” Nephew said. “I felt like I needed to at least connect with people who had a similar background as me, if not the same nation as me.” “Back at my high school, we had so much support for different Native American groups,” Chase said. “We would host powwows, ceremonies, all the time. It was such a weird transition coming here to USC when none of that is present. It’s opened my eyes, and it’s made me want to bring that kind of community here.”  At its core, NASU membership is a way for students with common experiences to share their culture and build a community, Chase said. Kolton Nephew, a sophomore majoring in political science, grew up on the Navajo Nation reservation in Arizona’s Four Corners region. After transferring from Fort Worth College, a school with a 27% Native American student body, Nephew said he experienced culture shock.  Chase said she also noticed how limited Native American student resources are at USC compared to her high school, which was located near her Navajo reservation.  For some, the challenges of their Native American identities began before college. Vice President Moakeah Rivera said that growing up in the affluent community of Encinitas, she was patronized and treated differently from her peers. While acquiring resources and members are high on the group’s agenda, its main goal is to transition as a member of the Interfaith Council — an umbrella organization of religious groups on campus — to a cultural assembly under USG, like the Black and Latinx student assemblies.  Vice President Moakeah Rivera (left) and President Maracea Chase (right) table on Trousdale Parkway in Fall 2019. (Photo courtesy of Native American Student Union) “We have been told that we don’t have the numbers to be able to make that transition and make our presence known, which is unfortunate because …  it’s not something that we have control over,” Chase said. “Being able to have [the University’s] support would mean so much.”  “[We’re] trying to revise this process so that it’s more feasible for smaller communities on campus to become cultural assemblies,” USG Chief Diversity Officer Jeffrey Cho said. “[We’re] thinking about creating this petition system where, potentially, if enough students sign this petition, then [NASU is] allowed to start the process of becoming a cultural assembly.” However, NASU has repeatedly been denied recognition as an Undergraduate Student Government cultural assembly because of a bylaw that requires that a group be affiliated with five recognized student organizations to become an assembly. But this  may change following a proposed amendment to the bylaw,  allowing organizations to submit a petition of at least 50 signatures to become an assembly under USG. USC is composed of a student body that is 1% Native American, according to a diversity breakdown published by the University in 2016 — a stark difference from Nephew’s first school.center_img The organization is currently categorized as a religious group. As an active member of USC’s Native American Student Union since Fall 2019, Nephew found community in the organization and with its 30 active members, who identify with the club’s goal of establishing a cultural center for Native American students and others interested in Native American issues and culture. “Native Americans are the least funded in their education systems — we’re separated from the rest of the world,” Rivera said. “There’s a lot of things that affect us in our college, in our childhoods that other people can’t understand.” Rivera said tensions between Native American groups and other communities develop when non-Native Americans perceive that Native Americans are receiving special treatment, such as affirmative action. However, she said these policies are necessary to close the gaps in educational opportunities. “We would have a greater voice in how we are represented [if we became an assembly],” Rivera said. “We would also get funding, which would actually help us greatly with advocating and our outreach work … We just want to be treated like every other ethnic group within USG.”  “I was raised in a very privileged area where I was a token,” Rivera said. “I was only treated nicely because I was the only [Native American].”  “[NASU members are] passionate and determined, and in an institution that still doesn’t really choose to recognize us, we’re limited to a religious center,” Nephew said. “That’s demoralizing to us as Native Americans — saying that what we are is more of a religion than who we are as a lifestyle.” Chase added that Native Americans receive comparatively little recognition in postsecondary education. Chase said she was frustrated with the common argument that NASU’s membership is too small to establish it as a cultural assembly. “I think it’s just the struggle that Native American students face in general when it comes to pursuing a second education,” Chase said. “[You’re] always trying to find a little crack, a sliver through to be able to catch up with everyone else.” “When you look at Native American cultures, we’re so family oriented,” Chase said. “It’s just so hard to be away from that, so when we come here as a group of people, we’re able to create our own little family. We’re able to keep our culture, which is amazing.”last_img read more

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Valeria Salazar leads Syracuse to 6-1 win over Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 3, 2016 at 4:04 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Valeria Salazar hit a backhand that landed just past the baseline. Yukako Noi rose her finger to signal that the ball had landed out of bounds. With that failed return, Salazar’s lead tightened to 5-4 in the second set.Salazar then walked over to the bench and sat down. Associate head coach Shelley George came over and sat beside the junior. The two had a mini discussion before the line judge told both players to return to their position for the next game. Salazar took a sip from her bottle and jogged back to the baseline.“She needed to believe in herself and stick to her game plan that was working out there,” George said when Salazar experienced a few struggles. “Don’t panic and we’ll have good things happen in the end.”A few plays later, she found herself ahead 40-15, one point away from winning the match. Salazar bent over, threw the ball in the air and hit the ball towards Noi, who reached her racket out. The ball made contact with the racket, arced in the air. Salazar and all the fans at Drumlins Country Club watched as the ball landed a few feet past the baseline.“Point!” Salazar yelled out, smiling and walking toward the centerline to shake her opponents hand. She had won her singles match 6-3, 6-4 and took home the No. 1 doubles match, securing two points in No. 40 Syracuse’s (10-6, 4-6 Atlantic Coast) 6-1 win over No. 57 Florida State (9-11, 1-9 ACC).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSalazar did not break under pressure. While there were times when Noi made an attempt at a comeback, Salazar stayed strong by keeping her opponent on the balls of her feet all game. Noi was running often, setting up Salazar with quick-and-easy combinations of both forehands and backhands.As Noi served the ball to Salazar, a quick rally ensued. A backhand by Salazar had Noi run all the way to her right, before Salazar hit another backhand to the opposite corner. While both were returned, Salazar ran up to the middle of the court setting herself up for a forehand that was unreturnable.Noi took a step forward, put her hands on her hips, and exhaled deeply. She was sweating and breathing heavily often in that game. Salazar meanwhile, stayed focused on the task at hand: Making her opponent run hard on every rally.Salazar is the team’s No. 2 singles player and is 7-8 on the year. She mentioned that her serve is among her best qualities, as she pointed out that was one of the many reasons for her win in both singles and doubles against Florida State.“My game plan was to stay low and move her around,” Salazar said about her opponent. “I noticed she would miss (the ball) sometimes or leave the court open.” Commentslast_img read more

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NBA wrap: Paul George leads Thunder to win over Bucks

first_img Kevin Durant says he will go to Nick Collison’s Thunder jersey retirement Paul George took over for Oklahoma City in some critical moments. He made eight of his 12 3-point attempts and finished with 36 points, along with 13 rebounds.Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied 27 points and 18 rebounds, but the Thunder made things tough for him around the rim. He was blocked a career-high seven times in the game, which made all the difference. Oklahoma City showcased its defensive prowess, racking up 10 blocks in all. Related News The Thunder (31-18) pushed their winning streak to five games and snapped the Bucks’ six-game winning streak.Studs of the NightJames Harden had 40 points and 11 rebounds for the Rockets in a 103-98 win against the Magic.Luka Doncic recorded his second career triple-double for the Mavericks. He tallied 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 123-120 loss to the Raptors.Andrew Wiggins scored 35 points as the Timberwolves fell to the Jazz, 125-111.Ivica Zubac had 24 points and 16 rebounds in the Lakers’ 116-102 win against the Suns.Duds of the NightRussell Westbrook scored 13 points on 5-of-20 shooting in the Thunder’s win.Josh Richardson shot 3-of-10 from the field in a 12-point performance as the Heat beat the Knicks 106-97.HighlightsRudy Gay went baseline for a slam in the Spurs’ 132-119 win over the Wizards. Russell Westbrook on if he’s cool with Joel Embiid: ‘F— no’center_img Watch your head, @RudyGay 😯#GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/iPDeja5p54— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 28, 2019Wayne Selden hung in the air on this no-look assist to Bobby Portis, but the Bulls fell short to the Cavaliers 104-101.Wayne Selden finds BP with the no-look pass 🔥 pic.twitter.com/yqEQ5od4QK— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) January 27, 2019What’s Next?Nets (27-23) at Celtics (30-19) 7:30 p.m. ET — Brooklyn is one of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference, as its riding a six-game winning streak while the Celtics lost a close game to the Warriors in TD Garden on Saturday. The Nets will enter the game directly behind Boston in the standings. The Thunder and Bucks had a heated matchup in Oklahoma City on Sunday.While the Bucks (35-13) trailed by 14 at the half, a second-half surge brought them back into the game late. But the Thunder ended up claiming a 118-112 victory.last_img read more

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The Northern Trust: Troy Merritt leads the pack after Round 1

first_imgFind you a hype man like @TroyMerritt_PGA’s caddie. pic.twitter.com/05gD3O0rLH— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 7, 2018“We’re in a good position now to contend for the championship,” Merritt told reporters after his round. “That’s why we tee it up each week. Obviously this week, it’s a little bit different with just trying to get into next week … and now we can shift our focus from winning the golf tournament.”Dustin Johnson finished in second at 8-under 63. He’s confident he can continue to do well because of how familiar he is with the course.”It’s a golf course I like. We played here in The Presidents Cup a couple years ago and I’ve played a couple other events here,” Johnson said. “I really like the golf course. I think it sets up well for me, and with the conditions, you’ve got to hit really good shots if you want to get it close to the hole. But with the soft conditions, you can be kind of aggressive.” Tiger Woods digs deep early hole at Northern Trust The Northern Trust teed off Thursday and Troy Merritt surprisingly came out on top at the end of Round 1.The 33-year-old has three career professional victories, with two of those coming on the PGA Tour.  He was on fire in Round 1 and tied a Liberty National Golf Course record by shooting a 9-under 62.Have yourself a day, @TroyMerritt_PGA. 👏#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/TMGk9GIaVC— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 8, 2019He made some clutch putts along the way. Related News Kevin Kisner and Jon Rahm finished in a tie for third at 7-under 64 while Tony Finau, Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson and Justin Rose are in a four-way tie for fifth at 6-under 65.Tiger Woods, meanwhile, struggled Thursday. He shot a 4-over 75 and is in a tie for 116th place.last_img read more

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ISU study: Size does matter when it comes to being happy with your house

first_imgAn Iowa State University study finds people are more likely to be unhappy with their house if it’s smaller than their neighbors’ houses. Daniel Kuhlmann, an I-S-U professor of community and regional planning, studied data as far back as the U-S Census’ 1993 National American Housing Survey, which included a special neighborhood section assessing people’s home satisfaction.“There’s this idea that when position matters, if there’s some value people get from living in the largest house in their neighborhood, that itself is by definition a scarce resource,” Kuhlmann says. “Only one of us can have the largest house.” Our housing decisions may affect our neighbors’ actions, Kuhlmann says, and we could be unwittingly pushing our neighbors to spend more money to buy larger homes to “catch up.” It’s one possible explanation for the steady boost in the size of single-family houses nationwide over the last five decades.“We care about how we compare to our neighbors, right?” Kuhlmann says. “I don’t think it’s necessarily materialism exclusively that explains this. I think it raises larger questions that need to be answered about how we’re building neighborhoods and how we’re building cities and the impact that these things have on not only our own wellbeing but our social wellbeing.” As suburbs become more developed, Kuhlmann says big houses tend to beget even bigger houses. His research found that people living in the smallest house in their neighborhood are on average five-percent more likely to say they’re dissatisfied with their house compared to those living in the largest houses.“What really makes us better off?” Kuhlmann asks. “Is it living in larger homes in the suburbs or would we all be better off if our homes were slightly smaller? We’d be spending less on housing. We’d be living closer to our neighbors, stuff like that. It’s just one small part of this larger impact of the way in which we live that I like to think a lot about in my field.” The study was published earlier this month in the academic journal Housing Studies.last_img read more

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Canucks Down Pesky Oilers with 3-2 Shootout Victory

first_img On the flip side, I have never seen Jordan Eberle this invisible in any game, ever.  He was on a line with Sam Gagner (who was noticeable and played well, strangely enough). While they didn’t appear on the scoresheet, the third line had a strong outing as well for Vancouver.  Hodgson just seems to get better and better, and Hansen was responsible for one of the crossbars.  Mason Raymond hasn’t scored much at all, lately, but was all over the ice tonight and as always played well defensively. Credit the Oilers for sticking with it – knowing the score was close, they never quit and were twice able to come back and tie the game. They were dangerous on almost every shift.  While Henrik was held pointless (for the fourth straight game), the line generated a ton of chances and when they play like this, it’s only a matter of time before the puck starts going in the net with more frequency.While it might appear the twins need some rest, they will unfortunately not get as much as the rest of the team as they are both headed to this weekend’s All-Star game in Ottawa.  I won’t go into a big diatribe about the All-Star game, but as a Canuck fan, I’d much rather that the players weren’t obligated to attend this useless excuse for a hockey game. CANUCKS’ TOP DEFENSIVE PAIRING STELLARThere’s only one word to describe the play of the Canucks’ top defensive pair of Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa tonight – spectacular.  While it wasn’t the flashiest game you’ll see NHL players put on the ice, these two were rock solid all night long, had great speed and quickness, and were a dominant force throughout the game.  Both players wound up plus-2, and Hamhuis got a key assist on the game’s first goal.  This is an important development for the Canucks, as the pair had been struggling somewhat in recent games.Every time it seemed like the talented young Oiler forwards were about to generate something, Hamhuis and Bieksa just seemed to make a good, smart play.  Whether it was outracing their opponent to the puck, putting their stick in the right passing lane, or getting the right angle on the puck carrier coming over the blue line, it was just perfect. While the game didn’t feature much hitting, they played a good physical game in their own zone and were often had good body position on the Oilers.  They also excelled at moving the puck tonight, clearing the zone with relative impunity and getting the forwards the puck, who were generally able to do something with it tonight (case in point was the Canucks’ second goal, the rush started on a stellar outlet pass from Hamhuis to Kesler).When these guys are on their game, the Canucks are difficult to beat.  Hopefully we’ll see this kind of effort on more consistent basis moving forward. DAVID BOOTH CONTINUES TO IMPRESSTonight was Booth’s fourth game since returning from his knee injury, and he put another great effort on the ice.  Since his return, the second line has been great, and again tonight they caused a lot of problems for the Oilers.  His speed is very good and while he’s not an excessively physical player, his size matches up well with other players and he’s able to use his body position to shield the puck and get it to his linemates in the offensive zone.At first blush, his goal tonight was a dirty, goal-mouth scramble type of goal.  However, I think it was much more than that – he was able to outmuscle Hall near the Oiler net (as he should be able to do), but he actually showed a lot of skill as he used his skate to touch the puck back to his stick before sweeping it in the net, all while being knocked to the ice by Hall.  Make no mistake, this was a very skilled goal scored by a skilled player. Seeing him and Kesler forming this kind of chemistry in limited time makes me excited to see what they will be able to do with another 20 games together under their belts. PARTING SHOTSQuick Comments: This game’s scoreline was much closer than it should have been and was not indicative of the run of the play.  The Canucks were the better team for most of the night, certain sections of the second period notwithstanding, and they generated far more quality scoring chances.  The four goalposts helped Edmonton’s cause, but that said, hockey can just be like that.  Next time, those pucks will hopefully go in. The game was a no-hitter, it seemed like both teams wanted to get to the break without any physical confrontation.  There were only three penalties called, all for hooking or interference. The Oilers’ line of Horcoff-Hall-Hemsky had a very good night.  I haven’t seen Hemsky play this well in ages – he was back to his old self, it seemed, the puck glued to his stick and him able to make some slick passes.  That said – Hall was by far Edmonton’s best player.  All over the ice, fast, skilled, good size – he’s going to be a beast in the NHL for many years. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks concluded their pre-All-Star break schedule on Tuesday night at Rogers Arena, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 by way of a shootout.The Canucks had a tremendous first period, as they came at the Oilers in waves and spent entire shifts possessing the puck in the Oilers’ zone.  They were able to break through on a beautiful goal by Daniel Sedin, his line having cycled the puck in Edmonton’s goal for approximately 90 seconds.  Inexplicably, the Oilers actually outshot the Canucks in the first period, but Vancouver had the lion’s share of the chances.This trend continued in the second period, but Edmonton played much better in what has been the Canucks’ worst period on a night to night basis.  Shawn Horcoff scored on a tremendous feed from young Oiler Taylor Hall, after a defensive breakdown in the Canucks’ end while the bottom defensive pairing and the fourth line were on the ice.  While Edmonton had a much better period, the Canucks hit a post late in the second (having hit one in the first as well) and this goal might have been the back breaker for the Oilers, who had played the previous night in Edmonton.The Canucks came out determined in the third to end the game favourably.  Buoyed by strong play from the top two lines, the Canucks returning to their swashbuckling ways, trading chances with Edmonton and for the most part, getting the better of the play.  The effort was rewarded on a goal by David Booth, the result of hard work in front of the net after a 3-on-2 where Oiler netminder Devan Dubnyk lost the puck to his side, next to the crease. The Canucks were unfortunate to hit the crossbar twice in the third period as well.  The resilient Oilers tied the game up a second time after a Hall deflection on a late power play, sending the game into an extra session.Overtime featured end to end play, and a couple of good saves by each goaltender, but didn’t solve anything.  Canuck rookie Cody Hodgson scored the winning goal in the fifth round of the shootout, to deliver the Canucks two points heading into the break.Vancouver is happy the break has now arrived.  Their play in the last couple of weeks has been very up and down – they have played their best against the tougher teams (Boston, San Jose, L.A., St. Louis), but have struggled against their weaker opponents (Anaheim, Edmonton, Tampa Bay, Florida). There have been times recently that they just look tired, and the six-day break coming up for all but four of the players should be a good tonic for them both physically and mentally.  Now that everyone is again healthy, the team needs to refocus and set their sights on the stretch drive into the playoffs. TWINS RETURN FROM MIA STATUSIn recent outings, the Sedins have not been their normal, dangerous selves, often relatively invisible.  In addition, the Canuck power play has been struggling, due at least partially to the Sedins’ lack of production.  Tonight, they appeared to be much more “Sedin-like” – they were toying with Edmonton on many shifts, including the one that resulted in the first Canuck goal.  Sami Salo returned to the lineup for the Canucks after missing the last seven game with a concussion.  He wasn’t that noticeable, however, you did notice the lack of problems with the Canucks’ D as Ballard and Rome could play third-pairing minutes. Luongo made a couple of very good saves in the shootout.  He also made a great save in overtime on Gagner.  He wasn’t called upon to make a ton of phenomenal saves tonight, but he played well at the end of the game.  He could not be blamed for either Edmonton goal.Broadcast Observation of the Day:  In general, I prefer the Sportsnet games to our other options.  That said, I’m not the biggest fan of Shorthouse.  Instead of calling the game, he often attempts to get Garrett involved in conversations about silly things like food, or jokingly makes fun of him and his NHL career.  It’s all in good fun, but for the TV viewer, it’s not that funny nor interesting.  I’d much rather have some proper analysis done of the game.Two nice touches tonight:  in his first intermission interview, Hamhuis told the residents of Burns Lake that the team’s thoughts were with them as they deal with the devastating fire in that small community’s lifeblood, its sawmill.  Hamhuis was raised in nearby Smithers. Also, GM Mike Gillis was with Dan Murphy in both intermissions, and the first segment was dedicated to the Canucks’ support of the re-launch of mental illness website, www.mindcheck.ca.  The site is dedicated to awareness of mental health issues and is meant to provide resources for youth and young adults in need.  The Canucks are behind this initiative primarily in memory of and tribute to Rick Rypien.Looking ahead: The Canucks will take six days off before returning next Tuesday night to play the Chicago Blackhawks.  Stay tuned to www.fightingforstanley.ca for mid-season reviews of all the Canadian-based NHL teams over the All-Star break, including an analysis of the Canucks, their season to date, their prospects in the playoffs, and what their trade deadline needs, if any, are.last_img read more

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GPF recognise ranks graduated from UG

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force on Tuesday hosted a simple ceremony to recognise those officers who have graduated from the University of Guyana in November.Thirty-one ranks assembled in the Commissioner’s conference room in the Force’s Headquarters where they were congratulated for their academic achievements by the Administration’s Deputy Commissioner, Paul Williams who is also performing the function of Police Commissioner.Williams, a three-time graduate of the University of Guyana, encouraged the ranks, especially juniors, to see the sky as the limit and urged them to apply their theoretical learnings into the practical aspects of their profession.Similar sentiments were conferred on the ranks by Deputy Commissioner of Operations Maxine Graham, and Deputy Commissioner of Law EnforcementUG graduates posed with Police Commissioner (ag) Paul Williams and other senior ranksLyndon Alves as well as the Public Relations and Press Officer, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan.Superintendent Brian Eastman, the most senior of the graduates, thanked the Administration of the Force to have afforded them the opportunity to pursue higher learning whilst working and has assured that the new batch of academics will certainly bring about positive changes in the Police Force which is currently undergoing a reformation process.The Superintendent, who graduated with a Commonwealth Executive Master of Public Administration acknowledged that the role of the police is much greater now than in the past.The ceremony concluded with a toast of a glass of champagne in celebration of an historic feat accomplished.last_img read more

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