St Johnsbury Academy announces $15 million ‘Embrace the Dream’ campaign

first_imgLed by a $5 million challenge gift, from an anonymous boarding student parent, St. Johnsbury Academy has announced the largest campaign in the school’s history. Academy Headmaster Tom Lovett and Board of Trustees President and Campaign Chair Lee Hackett ‘57 officially announced the Embrace the Dream campaign during the school’s annual alumni banquet on June 5. During the quiet phase of the campaign, leadership gifts from trustees, faculty, alumni, parents, friends, and foundations have raised more than $12 million in cash and pledges toward the $15 million goal.‘I am always humbled by the generosity of the Academy community,’ Lovett said.  ‘To have raised so much money without publicly launching a campaign is an inspiring sign of the faith our alumni, friends, and benefactors have in our mission and our people.’The Embrace the Dream campaign is already benefitting Academy students through gifts received prior to publically announcing the campaign. The campaign has provided funds to build a new dormitory, endow two faculty Chairs, and construct a new engineering laboratory. In its next phase, the campaign will continue to improve school facilities (including the construction or remodeling of on-campus housing and upgrading technology infrastructure) and build the school’s endowment (emphasizing additional endowed faculty chairs and financial aid for needy incoming students). The campaign, as a comprehensive campaign, will also enhance student programs and services by increasing funds raised through the Academy Annual Fund.This comprehensive campaign has already received broad based support, including every annual fund donor. Director of Alumni and Development, Tammi Cady ‘88, emphasized the importance of every gift, regardless of size, stating, ‘Every donor is important, not just for the dollars given, but also for the commitment that their support demonstrates.’ Cady added, ‘Despite the worst economy in 70 years, we have established new records for the annual fund in each of the past two years, helping us to reach 80 percent of the campaign goal prior to announcing the campaign. This is a great testament to the loyalty and generosity of our community.’In announcing the campaign, both Hackett and Lovett spoke of the transformational impact that this campaign will have on the Academy and the local community, enabling the Academy to continue its mission of providing world class educational opportunity to every student, regardless of ability or circumstance. Lovett added, ‘Other people in other times have done heroic things to make the Academy great.  Now it’s our turn, our time to embrace the dream of the Fairbanks brothers.  We have the opportunity to change the lives of young people, to help them dream big and attain those dreams, regardless of where they come from, what they love, or how they learn.  This is what we promise every parent, whether they are from Caledonia County, California, or China. This campaign will help us continue to deliver on that promise.’This dream, combined with the resources to make it possible, has been renewed repeatedly through the generosity of those who share this vision and love for the Academy. ‘For decades, we have boasted that Academy students have left this place better than they found it and that those who come before take care of those who will come after,’ said Lovett.  ‘This campaign is just one more way to keep that tradition alive.’ From John Watson ‘00, whose bequest established the modern Academy, to the ‘Building on Tradition’ and ‘Just Imagine’ campaigns, the Embrace the Dream campaign will renew and transform the Academy, providing the resources to extend its mission well into the 21st century.Source: St. Johnsbury Academy. 7.28.2010last_img read more

Once-in-a-lifetime Father’s Day miracle: Dad delivers baby in living room

first_imgAfter contractions began to get close, the Greenfields prepared to head to the hospital. But by that point, the Greenfields said it was too late to leave the house, forcing the couple to head to the floor of their living room where Jonathan helped deliver the baby. On Friday, Brittany began to have contractions, but told 12 News it was “nothing irregular.” Dad wasn’t alone, as he remained on the phone with 911 dispatch getting instrcutions. Brittany said she and her husband were able to remain calm throughout the entire process. “I thought it was slowly progressing until all of a sudden it wasn’t,” said Jonathan. “It’s the best father’s day weekend I can remember and we won’t forget this for sure,” Jonathan said. “Obviously an incredible bond between father and daughter knowing I was the first hands to bring her into this world,” said Johnathan. “She did amazing, and I got to deliver like a life-long bucket list thing of delivering one of our kids,” said Jonathan. But throughout the course of the night the situation continued to progress. ” [They] told me to tie off the umbilical cord with a shoe lace so we did that Little House on the Prairies style,” Jonathan said. “We came down stairs to get everything packed up and I had two or three more contractions before my water broke,” Brittany. The miracle right in the living room of the Greenfield household welcoming their daughter, Collins, just in time for Father’s Day. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Over the weekend, Broome County natives Jonathan and Brittany Greenfield welcomed their third child to the world not in a hospital, but in their living room. last_img read more

Experts worry that antivirals may mask avian influenza

first_imgAug 24, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Avian flu experts in two of the countries with the most human H5N1 avian influenza cases to date—Vietnam and Thailand—are warning that the antiviral drug oseltamivir may mask the infection and complicate laboratory detection.Menno de Jong, a virologist at an Oxford University clinical research unit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, told Bloomberg News this week that avian influenza may go undetected in patients who take the drug days before testing. An incorrect diagnosis is problematic because it may hamper early detection of disease spread.Some countries are responding to local human H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks by distributing oseltamivir to local citizens. For example, the Jakarta Post reported this week that Indonesia’s health ministry had distributed the drug to 2,100 villagers in Garut, a district in West Java, Indonesia, where three recent cases have been documented and authorities are investigating the possibility of human-to-human transmission.Antiviral drugs such as oseltamivir are designed to reduce the duration of viral replication and should be taken within 48 hours of symptom onset, according to World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. However, De Jong’s team, which observed 18 cases in Vietnam, found that analysis of nasal and throat swabs taken from patients 48 to 72 hours after beginning oseltamivir treatment was unable to detect the virus.A study of Vietnamese H5N1 cases in a September 2005 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine found that genetic evidence of the H5N1 virus could not be detected in throat swab samples until between 2 and 15 days (median 5.5 days) after illness onset.”If a patient is on oseltamivir for 3 days before the first swab is taken for diagnostic testing, it’s possible the result will be negative, but the patient could be infected,” he told Bloomberg News.To prevent the drug from masking a possible H5N1 virus infection, he advises that patients undergo testing before or soon after taking oseltamivir. Obtaining a swab sample from the patient takes only seconds and should not delay the patient’s treatment, de Jong said.Meanwhile, a public health official in Thailand expressed the same concerns about possible false-negative testing results for the H5N1 virus in patients who take oseltamivir. In an article that appeared in The Nation, a Thai daily newspaper, Paijit Warachit, director-general of the Department of Medical Sciences, said that initial laboratory tests did not detect the H5N1 virus in the country’s two most recent cases.Warachit said the disease progression may be becoming more complicated in humans, or the use of oseltamivir could be complicating the patients’ lab results. He noted that the drug is able only to prevent the virus from replicating, not destroy it, and that little of the virus was in the patients’ respiratory tract for testing.With the last two Thai cases, the avian influenza virus was found to be deeper in the respiratory tract than is typically found with other influenza viruses. Warachit said the medical staff has been told to probe deeper to obtain a complete testing specimen.Since 2004 Thailand’s health ministry has tested more than 4,000 people for the H5N1 avian influenza virus, with a 3% failure rate. However, Warachit said the failure rate has risen to 20% this year. “We need to continue our studies to see whether the virus will become more and more difficult [to detect] in the future,” he noted.See also:Sep 29, 2005, New England Journal of Medicine article on avian influenza in humanshttp://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/353/13/1374last_img read more

Minister tells Telkom to focus on data center, quips over Telkomsel’s 70% revenue contribution

first_imgState-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir has criticized publicly listed state telecommunications giant Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) for being financially reliant on its subsidiary, cellular operator Telkomsel, for its revenue.Erick said on Wednesday that Telkomsel earnings made up nearly 70 percent of Telkom’s overall earnings. Thus, he wanted Telkom to change its core business and be less dependent on the subsidiary by focusing on areas such as big data and cloud computing.”It’s better to not have Telkom at all [with current conditions] and directly make Telkomsel a state-owned firm. Then, their dividends [earnings for the government] are clearer,” Erick said during the launch of a state-owned enterprises internship program in Jakarta. Telkom currently runs data centers operated by its subsidiary PT Sigma Cipta Caraka or Telkomsigma. The company has more than 283 clients, mostly from the banking and financial service sectors. According to Harry, the new data centers will also be operated by Telkomsigma.Read also: Telkom to invest around Rp 1 trillion in cloud data centers next yearTelkom chief financial officer Harry Mozarta Zen said in October the company planned to invest around Rp 1 trillion in additional data centers in the country as a facilitator for clients with big data needs. Construction will only commence this year but Telkom is already acquiring plots of land.“A data center will only be constructed if there is enough demand from our clients. If we had planned to construct a specific amount of centers and it turns out the demand is higher than expected, it is possible for us to build more centers to accommodate as many clients as possible,” Harry told The Jakarta Post.Read also: Telkom pockets $1.1b profit in Q3 as data business soars Despite the lagging progress in its data management business, Telkom booked Rp 102 trillion in revenue between January and September of 2019, a 3.5 percent increase from the same period a year before. Telkomsel booked Rp 68.3 trillion or 67 percent of the revenue in that period.As for net profit, Telkom saw a 15.6 percent increase to Rp 16.45 trillion while Telkomsel alone booked Rp 19.2 trillion net profit, a 5 percent increase. Topics :center_img Erick envisioned Telkom’s cloud and data center business as being competitive with that of Alibaba Cloud, a subsidiary of Chinese tech behemoth Alibaba Group, especially in the domestic market.“In the past I experienced firsthand during the Asian Games how I was [forced] to use Alicloud. I didn’t want to, why could that not be served by Telkom?” he wondered, expecting Telkom to fix its business lines to be on par with foreign technology and telecommunications operators.“We also don’t want Telkom to just rely on Telkomsel. [They should] explore new business opportunities,” Erick concluded.Alibaba Cloud opened its second data center in the country last year, 10 months after launching its first. US tech giant Google has also announced that it was planning to open a Google Cloud Region data center in Indonesia this year, configuring big data using its cloud system while serving clients throughout Southeast Asia.last_img read more

Jermell Charlo regains WBC junior middleweight title, drops Tony Harrison three times

first_imgPetr Khamukov vs. Maceo CrowderMiddleweight Andre Dirrell vs. Juan Ubaldo CabreraSuper middleweight 8:22 p.m.:  Near the end of the third round, Giron sent Balderas to the mat with a blistering left hook. He got at up at the count of nine, but stumbled back to the corner. The referee told him to come forward. The first time he didn’t do so and the second time he stumbled there. Why did the referee alllow that to happen? Absolutely uncalled for. That’s why fighters suffer serious injuries. The referees need to be looking out for these fighters.8:08 p.m.:  Kicking off the main card of Harrison vs. Charlo 2 is Carlos Balderas (9-0. 8 KOs) meeting Rene Giron (13-1, 7 KOs) in lightweight action.The bout is an eight-round contest, so neither guy can afford to make a monumental mistake because if they do, it will be hard climb back up. 8:00 p.m.:  Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of the rematch between Tony Harrison and Jermell Charlo for the WBC junior middleweight title. Sit back and relax as SN takes you along for what should be an exciting night of action.Tony Harrison vs. Jermell Charlo 2 undercard resultsHugo Centeno Jr. and Juan Macias Montiel battle to a split draw (97-93 Centeno, 96-94 Montiel, 95-95); MiddleweightOscar Escandon def. Jhack Tepora by knockout at 1:30 of the first round; Jr. LightweightAndre Dirrell def. Juan Ubaldo Cabrera via TKO at 1:36 of the fifth round; Super MiddleweightTony Harrison vs. Jermell Charlo 2 fight cardMatchupClassBeltTony Harrison vs. Jermell CharloJr. middleweightWBCEfe Ajagba vs. Iago KiladzeHeavyweight Eimantas Stanionis vs. Julio Cesar SanchezWelterweight Anthony Flagg vs. Jamarcus WarrenLight heavyweight Adrian Taylor vs. German PerezHeavyweightcenter_img Charlo was a man of his word, dropping Harrison three times, including twice in the 11th round, to win by TKO to recapture the WBC crown. Sporting News had the fight scored 95-94 for Harrison at the time of the stoppage.“I got the belt back,” Charlo said in his post-fight interview on Fox. “It took me a while, but I didn’t leave it up to the judges. Tony’s a former champion, he came to fight. He had a lot on the line, he had pressure on him. I did what I had to do. I went in there, I dominated, and I knocked him out.” LIONS ONLY! 🦁 @TwinCharlo knocks down Harrison not once, but twice in Round 11 to win back his belt! #HarrisonCharlo2 pic.twitter.com/o4coEpIBwV— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) December 22, 2019 Charlo came out a man on a mission and unloaded everything he could in the opening round. That plan nearly worked as he dropped Harrison with a perfect left hook in the second round. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearHarrison (28-3, 21 KOs) composed himself and took control of the fight by walking Charlo down, throwing pinpoint shots and leaving Charlo desperate for answers as he continously would throw one punch at a time. Sensing the fight was close, Charlo started to increase his output in the ninth round while Harrison was feeling like he was well ahead and decreased his activity. During the 11th round, Charlo (33-1, 17 KOs) threw a left hook that staggered Harrison and a second left hook sent the Detroit native to the canvas for the second time. Feeling like the title was in his grasp, Charlo threw another left hook followed by three violent left uppercuts and an overhand right to send Harrison back down. Charlo thought the fight was over and jumped to the second turnbuckle in jubliation. But a member of the California commission told Charlo the bout was still on. Charlo put Harrison away with a barrage of heavy shots, which was enough for referee Jack Reiss to step in and call the fight.Here is what happened at Tony Harrison vs. Jermell Charlo 2.Tony Harrison vs. Jermell Charlo 2 live results, updatesJermell Charlo stops Tony Harrison to regain WBC junior middleweight title10:44 p.m.: Charlo def. Harrison by knockout at 2:28 of the eleventh round to win the WBC junior middleweight championship.  The beginning of the end came when Charlo hit Harrison and then dropped him with another left hook. Charlo understanding he had Harrison in trouble and threw another left hook coupled three vicious left uppercuts punctuated by a right hand to send Harrison back to the mat. Charlo closed the show by getting Harrison against the ropes and uncorking a series of left hands and referee Jack Reiss had seen enough and called it off. Round 10:  Harrison took his foot off the pedal for the majority of the round which allowed Charlo to gain a bit of confidence and start to land to the body. Harrison came back during the final 30 seconds with a combination, but not enough to win it. Needs to keep up for a full three minutes. It’s still a fight. (10-9 Charlo, 95-94 Harrison)Round 9:  Charlo finally started to up the activity and it paid off. Needs to continue it as he’s in trouble. (10-9 Charlo, 86-84 Harrison)Round 8: Better round for Charlo, but Harrison is now the one landing the sharper shots including the stiff jabs and crisp straight right hands. Once again, Charlo needs to up his workrate. (10-9 Harrison, 77-74 Harrison)Round 7:  Harrison can’t miss right now. Everything he’s throwing is connecting. It isn’t like Charlo isn’t touching Harrison up. He’s doing that, but it’s too often one punch at a time and not enough combinations. (10-9 Harrison, 67-65 Harrison)Round 6:  Can see the adjustment Harrison made and it’s paying off in spades. He keeps staying on the inside and is beating Charlo up. Charlo keeps looking for a KO and Harrison is trying to win by boxing and that’s proving to be more effective. (10-9 Harrison, 57-56 Harrison)Round 5:  Very surprised by Harrison, who is walking down Charlo, staying on the inside and outboxing Charlo. He’s starting upstairs and then pounding the body. (10-9 Harrison, 47-47)Round 4:  Great action-packed three minutes. Harrison and Charlo had different blocks of moments but more of them came from Charlo. He’s throwing more combinations where Harrison more often not is throwing two at a time. (Charlo 10-9, 38-37 Charlo)Round 3:  Charlo came out on fire, looking to put Harrison away. But Harrison stayed composed and weathered the storm and started fighting well on the inside with right and left hands. How does Charlo adjust now? (10-9 Harrison, 28-28)Round 2:  Harrison was in control and using Charlo’s eagerness to his advantage until he hit Charlo with a short right hand and got immediately blasted with a left hook to get sent to the canvas. (Charlo 10-8, 19-18 Charlo)Round 1:  A tactical opening round which plays into Harrison’s hands on controlling the distance with the jab. Charlo is coming out too aggressive and needs to keep his composure. (Harrison 10-9)9:45 p.m.:  It is now time for the main event as Tony Harrison (28-2, 21 KOs) and Jermell Charlo (32-1, 16 KOs) battle one more time for the WBC junior middleweight title. Something has to give here. Who can make the adjustments from the first fight one year ago and walk out with the gold?Efe Ajagba drops Iago Kiladze twice to win in tougher than expected fight9:25 p.m.: Ajagba def. Kiladze by knockout at 2:09 of the fifth round.  After getting through a tough third round, in which he got dropped for the first time in his career, the Olympian had a good fourth round and closed it out in the fifth. He was hitting Kiladze with some hard right hands until a right uppercut sent Kiladze stumbling to the canvas. Seeing he could finally put the gritty Kiladze away, Ajagba threw one hard shot after another until Kiladze’s corner got on the apron and told the referee to stop it.That was a test Ajagba needed but also a little worrisome. He can’t be getting dropped by journeyman fighters if he’s going to make some noise in a division that needs new stars. A learning experience much needed and one Ajagba will learn from.Round 4: Good bounce back round for Ajagba. He went back to utlizing the jab and didn’t let Kiladze keep the momentum he had from the previous round. (10-9 Ajagba, 38-36 Ajagba)Round 3:  A fascinating round. Ajagba looked to have Kiladze out on his feet after a right hand. The referee let the fight go on. Kildaze challenged Ajagba to come at him and shockingly dropped Ajagba with a counter right hand. Anything can happen in boxing. A bad job by Ajagba not putting Kildaze away when he had him hurt. Put him away when the moment is there. (10-8 Kiladze, 28-27 Ajagba)Round 2:  It was a round where Kiladze was effective with the jab but in the heavyweight division, you are one shot away from victory. Ajagba did that, blasting Kiladze with a right hand to send him to the canvas. Ajagba tried to put Kiladze away with a series of heavy left and right hands but Kiladze survived. Only a matter of time. (10-8 Ajagba, 20-17 Ajagba)Round 1:  Ajagba nearly put Kiladze away in the opening moments after throwing a stiff jab followed by a hard straight hand. He’s able to keep Kiladze at bay with the jab, so let’s see how Kildaze adjusts. (10-9, Ajagba)8:58 p.m.:  It is time for the co-main event of Harrison vs. Charlo 2, as Efe Ajagba takes on Iago Kiladze in a 10-round heavyweight contest. Ajagba (11-0, 9 KOs) is thought of as one of the top prospects in a division sorely needing a second crop to join unified champion Anthony Joshua, WBC titlist Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury. After winning six in a row, Kiladze (26-4-1, 18 KOs) is 0-3-1 in his last four. This should be nothing more than Ajagba getting in some work against a battle tested veteran.Rene Giron upsets Carlos Balderas with sixth-round stoppage8:41 p.m.: Giron def. Balderas by knockout at 2:59 of the sixth-round. An exciting sixth-round was commencing with each guy trading heavy shots. At one point, Balderas dared Giron to hit him right to the chin. Giron had no problem obliging as he smacked a right hand to the liver and then a vicious left hook sent Balderas to the canvas. Balderas tried to time the count of the referee to get up at nine. By the time he rose back to his feet, the referee was already at 10 and the fight was over.A great way to start the main card, with good back-and-forth action. But this was an instance where Balderas underestimated the 20-year-old Giron and he paid for it dearly as the 2016 Olympian suffered the first defeat of his career. No coming back from this one! 😵Rene Tellez Giron drops Karlos Balderas a second time and this time it’s all over! #HarrisonCharlo2 pic.twitter.com/5Tl3jpeH95— FOX Sports: PBC (@PBConFOX) December 22, 2019  Jhack Tepora vs. Oscar EscandonJr. lightweight Hugo Centeno Jr. vs. Juan Macias MontielMiddleweight Jermell Charlo felt he got robbed in his first fight against Tony Harrison back in December 2018. That’s when he suffered his first pro loss and the WBC junior middleweight title to boot.Charlo vowed that he’d get his belt back in Saturday’s rematch at the Toyota Arena in Ontario, Calif.last_img read more

Wild shocks Bombers in Kootenay Soccer Final

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsThere will be no 15th consecutive trip to the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Soccer Championships for the L.V. Rogers Bombers.
The Mount Baker Wild ended the illustrious streak by the Bombers, knocking off the perennial Kootenay champ 3-2 in Wednesday afternoon in the Cranbrook.“We played a good game but in the end a lack of experience and confidence caused us to come up short,” said Bomber head coach Keith Williams in a text message to The Nelson Daily following the game.Williams was looking for his tenth straight trip to taking a team from LVR to the prestigious tournament that features the elite high school players in the province.Most of the scoring came in the first half. After the Wild opened the scoring, Bomber midfielder Luke Mori was fouled inside the penalty area. Striker Mitch Melanson calmly stepped up to the spot and buried the penalty shot to even the score at 1-1.LVR took the lead when Mori converted a cross past the Mount Baker goalkeeper. However, the lead was short lived as the Wild tied the game at 2-2 minutes later.The teams exchanged body blows in the second half with each squad squandering significant chances.With the game in injury time, Baker made a last push as the host club pressured the Bombers. The push was too much as Baker scored with two minutes remaining in the contest.LVR attempted to counter but time ran out giving the Wild the Kootenay High School AAA Boy’s Soccer title — its first in 15 long years.“This is the best Mount Baker team we faced in nine years as LVR boy’s soccer coach,” Williams admitted. “They never let us get our game in order. (They had) very good defence pressure and strong long ball wing to wing movement.”Williams took the Bombers to a 12th place finish in 2009.During his time coaching at LVR the best finish came a few years ago when the likes of Mark Dodsworth, Isaac Rosenberg and Avery Bartels took the Bombers to a bronze medal finish.Prior to the nine-year run for Williams was the combo of Mike Sedlbauer and Hogue Tyler that took LVR to the championship tournament for five consecutive [email protected]last_img read more

Leaf profile: Patrick Martens reaches back to his Atom roots to find pot of goal at end of hockey stick

first_imgThroughout the KIJHL season The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr will take a capsule look at the players on the Nelson Leafs hockey club. Today the focus in on the red-hot Patrick Martens. The Maple Ridge Minor Hockey grad has been on one of the most amazing streaks in Nelson Leafs hockey history and now leads the KIJHL in scoring.Filling the net, like a Sidney Crosby or Wayne Gretzky, is the dream of every Canadian minor hockey player.However, seldom does the dream come true. Which is why there are so many checkers and grinders in hockey.Patrick Martens was one of those grinder-like players. That was until his sophomore season in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.Martens, or “Marty” to his teammates, has been on quite a roll for the Nelson Leafs. A streak that has seen the native of Moncton, N.B. score in the last ten games – including a seven-goal explosion during a recent road swing through the South Okanagan.Martens added a pair Wednesday night at the Murdoch Division-leading Leafs knocked off rival Beaver Valley 5-3.
 It was the seventh multiple point game during the streak for the 18-year-old sniper.”I think the last time I scored like this was in Atom. . .. I maybe had one four-goal game in Midget but nothing like this,” Martens, researching the career memory bank, admitted prior to practice at the NCDD Arena.”It definitely makes me more confident now,” added the 6-foot, 180-pound forward who has more points in 14 games this season than he did in the entire 2010-11 KIJHL season.”Our line is getting lots of chances now and it’s giving us lots of confidence knowing that I can put the puck in the net.”Martens is one of the few finds last season of coach and GM Chris Shaw.The Maple Ridge product had just experienced a successful conclusion to his minor hockey career playing for Ridge Meadows Midget AAA, where the squad lost in the B.C. Minor Hockey Midget AAA Championship to Kelowna.Martens registered ten points in six games to lead Ridge Meadows in scoring.Shaw liked what he saw, convincing the speedster to join the Green and White after a long courtship.”He (Shaw) has been watching me since Bantam,” Martens explained. “We  began a personal relationship and I decided to come to Nelson after talking to him.”However, the season under Shaw probably wasn’t the most enjoyable the 13-year career for Martens.Still, once hearing about the coaching change, Martens was confident with the core that was returning, this season would be different.”I heard Frank (Maida) was going in to coach and he coached with Simon Wheeldon and had good teams so I felt this was a good decision,” Martens said. “Plus I like the group of guys we have here so I was excited to come back.”And boy has there ever been a change both on and off the ice.Nelson has taken advantage of an abundance of home games to jump out to a 11-3-0-1 mark — tops in the entire KIJHL. Much of the reason for the early season success — Nelson is 8-2 in the last 10 games — is due part to the line of Martens, Matthew Naka and Colton Schell.The trio filled the net during the weekend series in the South Okanagan before combining for seven points in Wednesday’s win over Beaver Valley.”We’re doing everything the same,” Martens said when asked about the secret of the Naka, Martens, Schell unit.”We’re playing really well as a line, not worrying about who get points. Right now it’s kind of my turn and I’ve been fortunate to be able to put the puck in the net.””But it doesn’t really matter which one of us on our line or on the team scores,” Martens added. “Just as long as one of us scores and the team are winning.”The early season success has allowed Nelson to lead the Murdoch Division almost from the start of the season. Which has played a big part to the camaraderie on the Leaf roster.”It definitely wasn’t much fun playing last year,” said Martens, who spend time in Chile with family before moving to Maple Ridge with parents, mother Cindy and father Terry — the latter a big influence on his hockey career.”But being competitive this year has made the game a lot more funner the it was last year.”And then there’s the filling of the net for Martens who has climbed into top spot in KIJHL scoring.A similar spot those guys Crosby and Gretzky occupied on a yearly basis.Nice to see good things come to those who wait.Patrick Martens Fast Facts:Position: right wingAge: 18Born: Moncton, NBHometown: Maple RidgeHeight: 6-feetWeight: 180 poundsFavourite music: A bit of everythingFavourite hockey player: Pavel DatsyukFavourite NHL team: Colorado AvalancheHobbies other than hockey: Golf . . . sorry, hockeyBlackberry or iPhone: BlackberryFuture goals: Attend college to pursue an engineering degreelast_img read more

Apple Watch to be sold alongside Aetna health insurance plans

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Follow the Puck Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…center_img The Apple Watch could soon be sold discounted or free to Aetna’s 23 million members, as a way to improve health outcomes and lower insurance costs, according to a CNBC report.Apple held a series of meetings with Aetna executives and hospital chief medical information officers, discussing the possibility of a plan that included the Watch. It is not the first time the two companies have met to discuss plans, Bloomberg reported a similar story in September last year.Aetna already offers the Apple Watch to its 50,000 employees as part of its corporate wellness program, so it has experience using the smartwatch.A number of changes plannedApple has made a number of changes to the Watch since the last reported meeting, including a switch to focus on health and fitness. Rumors suggest Apple will take this further with the next version of the Watch, adding health features that may need FDA approval.The Watch is also expected to have cellular connectivity, more battery life, and a new design.Apple has made significant progress in smartwatch sales over the past year, surpassing Fitbit as the largest wearable seller in the U.S., second in the world to Xiaomi. Sales reached 22 million in the first three months of 2017, according to Strategy Analytics.That said, the company has not yet pushed hard for the health industry. It switched its marketing to focus on fitness and health, but the Aetna discussions are the first move for insurance providers. David Curry Tags:#Aetna#Apple#Apple Watch#fitness#health#insurance#smartwatch#wearable last_img read more

FIFA World Cup: This is for all those who badmouthed me, says Suarez after Uruguay’s victory

first_img0Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who missed Uruguay’s opening match at the World Cup due to an injury, returned to the starting line-up against England and became the Man of the Match to make the difference on Thursday.Suarez had been doubtful for the game following a surgery last month to repair a small meniscus tear, but his brace helped Uruguay beat England 2-1 in the Group of Death which also has Italy and Costa Rica, reports Xinhua.Uruguay and England, who both lost their first round Group D matches, fought closely to stay alive.Suarez haunted his Liverpool team-mates in the 39th minute when the ball was spread to forward Edinson Cavani on the Uruguay left flank. Cavani chipped a delicate ball in to the onrushing Suarez, who nodded it superbly past England keeper Joe Hart.Ten minutes after Wayne Rooney scored his first-ever World Cup finals goal to equalise, Suarez broke through a static Three Lions defense in the 85th minute, smashing home past Hart to seal the crucial win.Suarez, 27, said after the match that he endured a difficult spell on the sidelines following the injury to his knee, and has expressed his gratitude towards his family for their support.”This is incredible. I had told my team-mates I had a dream that I was going to score two goals in this match,” he said.”We had to win this match and we did it playing like Uruguay does in these kind of games. Now we have to think about Italy, who are another very important rival.advertisement”This victory is for all those people who said so many bad things about the team, it’s for them,” he said.Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said, “Suarez is a wonderful player. We admire him.”Suarez has scored 41 goals in his 78 international caps for Uruguay. He was also this season’s English Premier League top-scorer with 31 goals.In 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Suarez was sent off for his deliberate handball in the last seconds of extra-time. Ghana missed the resulting spot-kick and Uruguay eventually went through on penalties.Today, Suarez said that the game against Italy would be another final and that the team would keep fighting until the end.last_img read more

Vale Scott Snell

first_imgThe touch football community in the ACT is in mourning following the unexpected passing of Scott Snell at the age of just 44. Scott was a key figure in ACT touch for the last two decades as a player, referee and referee coach.He was graded to level 4 as a referee in 2001 and received his level 6 upgrade in 2006, attending numerous tournaments in NSW and several national events. While best known outside Canberra as a referee, Scott had played touch at park level, with ANU teams, with the Canberra City Bears at representative level in the ACT Super League as well as at Australia Cup.Scott was Director of Referees in the ACT from 2008 to 2015, President of the ACT Referees Association and as a referee coach was a key figure in the development of many of the referees to come through the ACT system over the last 20 years.One of the great communicators in the sport, Scott was a fantastic bloke and admired as a true gentleman by all who met him. Scott was a great friend and mentor and he will be sorely missed. Scott is survived by his wife Clare and their 3 children, Nicholas, Megan and Ben, and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.The funeral will be held at 10:30 on Thursday 4 May at St Anthony’s in Wanniasa. (Words courtesy of James Steinberg)Related LinksVale Scott Snelllast_img read more