Leaf profile: Nick Newman, a player that hits all the right notes

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 we focus on California-native Nick Newman, who is not one of the traditional hockey players Leaf fans have seen go through the Green and White dressing room over the years. If fans see Nick Newman strum his hockey stick like a guitar to celebrate his next goal, please don’t be alarmed.Because it’s not the sound of the surf off the California coast this 6-foot, 180-pound American-born hockey player misses.It’s the sound of his guitar or harmonica or piano or time spent doodling Newman chooses to occupy idle time when he’s not burning up the ice for the Nelson Leafs.“I like all kinds of music . . . I guess especially classic rock,” Newman said during the recent off-weekend the Leaf enjoyed.“I like to play my guitar or my harmonica and write my own music.”Newman is not your traditional Canadian hockey player who eats, sleeps and breathes the sport — although Newman does possess a love for the pond game.Instead he enjoyed a love for music at a young age that mirrored his time on the ice.“I’ve always liked hockey and I guess my goal is to play (U.S.) college, hockey,” explained the native of Santa Clarita, California, the fourth largest city Los Angeles Country.“But after hockey I’d probably like to do something like combining music with that of a conception artist.”“My family works in film industry so I have all the connections,” added the 18-year-old Newman. “Something in visual affects, working for Pixar (animation studios).”Newman has been one of the pleasant surprises for Leaf coach Frank Maida.Arriving during training camp via the Vernon Vipers of the B.C. Hockey League, Newman has managed to help stabilize a scoring attack that lost its top scorer when Patrick Martens bolted for Junior A hockey.“I was scouted by the Vernon Vipers, who really liked me and had been watching me over the past few years at various tournaments,” Newman explained. “I was sent here to Nelson via (former Leaf coach) Chris Shaw who is now with Vernon.”Newman, the oldest of two sons for Tina and David Newman of Saugus, California, started hockey when he was three years old after witnessing a Los Angeles Kings game on television.He graduated through the minor hockey ranks to the Los Angeles Junior Kings U-18 team.However, the transition to the Canadian game did not come as easy as fans may think.“(The KIJHL) definitely is very different,” said Newman, tied for second in team scoring, two points behind leader Colton Schell. “A lot of people disagree with me but I feel Canadian hockey is more aggressive and physical.”“For me the way I play is a lot more on the skill side of the game, like European hockey where there’s a lot more flow to the game . . . it’s not very physical.”The transition to Canadian hockey was slow for Newman, who feels it took him 15 games to get adjusted.“I had no time or space to do anything,” said Newman, who’s mother Tina is a production executive for Disney and father, David, a freelance cinematographer. “But I’ve been able to adjust to it and I actually like it better . . . I think it’s more fun.”The crazy schedule that saw Nelson Leaf players fall quicker than timber at a mountain logging show has seen Newman playing with a host of different wingers.The influx of new line mates has not slowed Newman on the ice as the centerman has only been held off the score sheet in five of 26 games this season.“I honestly believe our team is the best in the league even though we haven’t played like it of late,” said Newman, liking the fact there no true one line on the Leafs but four equally skilled sets. “We kind of got on a high after we started beating everyone early in the season but injuries really set us back.“But we’ve been winning a lot lately so I think we’ve turned it around.”Newman & Company have just the opportunity to prove to all the league Nelson is the team to beat when the club faces a tough part of the schedule beginning Friday at the NDCC Arena against the Castlegar Rebels.The game is the first of two in December against the second-place Rebels.There is also a two-game set against Beaver Valley, the second overall team in the KIJHL and the always-tough Spokane Braves.“(Head coach) Frank (Maida) is putting a lot of importance on these next games coming up,” said Newman, scoring 17 times this season.“We were going to have the weekend off but since these big games are coming up he’s making us stay in shape by running and biking and working out.”And when he’s not running or biking there’s always time to clear the head by strumming on his guitar, with pen or pencil in hand.Nick Newman Fast Facts Age: 18Born: Santa Clarita, CalifHometown: Saugus, Calif.Height: six feetWeight: 180 poundsShoots: leftFavourite Pre-game meal: Eggs & ToastFavourite Hockey Player: Dustin Brown, L.A. KingsFavourite NHL Team: Los Angeles KingsFavourite Music: Likes all music, classic rockHobbies other than hockey:  Art & music, plays guitar, harmonica, piano, writes own musicFuture Goal: Scholarship to U.S. College Hockey Team and continue pursuing music and art sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

McNeese’s Kennedy Repeats as Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgMen’s Basketball Player of the Week – Sha’Markus Kennedy, McNeese – Senior – Forward – Tuscaloosa, Ala.Against SLU on Wednesday, Kennedy scored 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting with five rebounds and five blocks, becoming the first Southland student-athlete to record five games with at least five blocks. He scored the team’s first six points and 14 of the Cowboys’ first 17 on the board within the first 9:33. Week 13 Southland Conference Release (PDF) Kennedy turned in a H&HP Complex record and career-high 37 points in Saturday’s win over HBU, missing just one attempt from the field as he finished 14-of-15 to lead McNeese to its sixth-straight win. He pulled down 12 rebounds, giving him his eighth double-double of the season and fifth double-double in conference play. During the Cowboys’ six-game streak, the senior forward is averaging 23.5 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 76.9 percent from the field. Kennedy has four double-doubles in that run and has won back-to-back Player of the Week awards. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese forward Sha’Markus Kennedy is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.  Ranked second in Division I in field-goal percentage (69.9), Kennedy earns his second-straight weekly honor and fourth of the season after shooting an eye-popping 25-for-28 from the field and nearly averaging a double-double with 31.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. He also averaged four blocks a contest. The Cowboys (11-9, 6-3 SLC) kept their winning ways going with a 77-61 victory over Southeastern Louisiana and a 102-89 win over Houston Baptist to extend their win-streak to six games. McNeese will flex its 8-2 home record in a showdown with second-place Nicholls at 6:30 p.m. CT Wednesday before hosting rival Lamar at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Honorable Mention: Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin; Elvis Harvey Jr., Nicholls; Kai Mitchell, Sam Houston State.last_img read more

Hot-serving Raonic advances in Paris

first_imgPARIS, France (AP): Fourth-seeded Milos Raonic hit 17 aces and as he beat Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (5), 6-4 yesterday to reach the third round of the Paris Masters. The big-serving Canadian has been hampered by a recent right ankle injury that forced him to withdraw ahead of his China Open semi-final three weeks ago. Since then, he lost in the third round of the Shanghai Masters and in the first round of the Swiss Indoors last week. But he was moving freely as he beat Carreno Busta for the third time in as many career meetings – all of them this year. “The ankle is improving. I still have it wrapped up for safety,” Raonic said. “But it’s not really causing any nuisance.” Neither player faced a break point in the first set. At 5-5 in the tiebreaker, Carreno Busta patted a return into the net and Raonic sealed the set with an ace. He secured the only break in the second set when his opponent scooped a low shot into the net from the baseline. Raonic, a runner-up here to top-ranked Novak Djokovic two years ago, sealed victory with consecutive aces. “It’s always important for me to serve well,” Raonic said. “I haven’t served that well this summer, this hard court swing.” Earlier, Tomas Berdych avoided another early exit by beating Joao Sousa 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 to reach the third round. At 4-4 in the deciding set, Berdych trailed 15-40 and saved two break points. Although Berdych won the Shenzhen Open in China last month, the Czech player’s form dropped sharply with first-round exits at the Japan Open and the Erste Bank Open in Vienna. In- between, there was a second-round loss at the Shanghai Masters. Losing so many ranking points forced Berdych out of the top 10 for the first time since reaching the 2010 Wimbledon final. It also leaves him needing to reach the semi-finals in Paris to have a chance of qualifying for the season-ending ATP finals in London – a difficult task considering he could face Andy Murray in the quarter-finals. Berdych, the 2005 Paris Masters champion, next face either 10th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut or Gilles Simon. Seven players are vying for the two remaining spots in London. Sealed victorylast_img read more

Ellen Fetes Disabled Community

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday began her traditional festivity gift giving mainly to the less fortunate people across the country.From the courtyard of the Executive Mansion where the President presented several 25kg bags of rice and cartons of mackerel fish to each of the physically challenged persons, she then proceeded to do a similar gesture to patients at the TB Annex in Congo Town, near the Ministry of Health.Toe Wesseh, Coordinator of Logistics in the President’s office, headed yesterday’s distribution team. He said the items were distributed by the President with the intent to put smiles on the faces of the less fortunate so that they and their families too can feel a part of the festive celebration.Wesseh said in 2005, President Sirleaf committed herself to providing gifts to the less fortunate and health related institutions that cater to physically challenged persons during the festive season.According to Wesseh, over 350 less fortunate persons and health institutions will benefit from this year’s gifts from the President. “This is a tradition of the President that she adopted ever since in 2005, which she remains passionate about,” Mr. Wesseh told reporters.He said President Sirleaf has over the years demonstrated her love for the less fortunate as well as the institutions charged with their care. This year she is donating at least 1,000 25kg bags of rice, beginning yesterday.The exercise has targeted the Coconut Plantation, T. B. Annex, Bishop Gray on the ELWA/Robertsfield highway, Mother Wreh and ACFI in Gardnersville, among others.Apart from those institutions, Mr. Wesseh named Grand Bassa, Bong, Margibi, Bomi and Montserrado counties as some of the counties expected to benefit from the President’s gesture.In response, a representative of the Streets Disabled Persons, Abraham Kpaingbay, expressed gratitude on behalf of the group to the President for the gifts.“We will continue to appreciate our President, because she has over the years celebrated with the less fortunate,” Mr. Kpaingbay said.As chairman, he said, “I will make sure that everyone gets a fair share of the gift items,” noting that with the presentation, the disabled have already started celebrating the season. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

300,000 cannabis plants, 150kg dried marijuana destroyed

first_imgA team of drug enforcement officers on Wednesday conducted a drug-eradication operation at Ebini, Upper Berbice River.The operation which lasted in excess of 15 hours saw an estimated 300,000 cannabis plants ranging between six inches to five feet in height, 150,000 kilograms of dried cannabis, a number of nurseries with about 100,000 seedlings and four camps were destroyed by fire.Some of the illegal plants unearthed during the exerciseA single-barrel shotgun, three live cartridges, a water pump and a chain saw which were also found during the operation, have been confiscated by the lawmen.No arrests were made but investigators are in the process of tracing the owner of the approximately 10-acre plot of land.last_img read more

Eliminating diabetes through prevention, control

first_imgWorld Diabetes DayThe Guyana Diabetic Association, in collaboration with the Public Health Ministry and private stakeholders, on Wednesday organised a small health fair at the Stabroek Square, attracting hundreds who took advantage of the services being offered.The event was organised in celebration of World Diabetes Day and sought to provide a medium for which citizens could be exposed to information that could save lives. It is known that many are sceptical about joining lengthy lines or paying hefty sums for healthcare services; this event eliminated such inconveniences.Services provided during the fair included blood testing, provision of information onDiabetes testing is offered to a passer-bypreventing diabetes from skilled medical personnel and medications that could control the disease.Elizabeth Ram of the New GPC was among those in attendance, delivering medications produced by the pharmaceutical company which were effective in controlling diabetes. There was also a display of high- quality medicines sold at reduced prices.“We’re displaying the products that are more suitable for diabetics. We have some very prominent products like Nutrophos which is very good for specifically diabetics and those ailments. We’re offering some products at a very low discounted price,” said Ram.Other products manufactured by the company include Ferrol, Limacol, the extended range of Whizz tablets, and the newly-introduced Phanadyl Children’s Multi-symptom Cold and Flu.Meanwhile, the Lions Club of Ruimveldt was among the groups to supply first-hand information on the disease.One of its members, Dillon Thompson explained, “We are collaborating with the Guyana Diabetic Association to hold this exhibition on World’s Diabetes Day, where we want to showcase some of the problems that people might encounterBlood pressure testing being done at another boothand we’re hoping that the visitors can be taught how to prevent it.”Guyana Times was also joined by Carlos Farley of the Public Health Ministry who highlighted the possibility of diabetes-induced blindness. At that booth, special attention was placed on eye testing for diabetics by trained ophthalmologists.Farley said, “We’re doing some eye tests [on persons] who are suffering from diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in Guyana. We’re doing some eye screening for patients and telling them what they need to do. This includes checking their eyesight every two years, because there can be bleeding behind the eye.”ANSA McAL was among the private stakeholders, and tasked healthcare professionals to conduct free diabetes testing on the spot. This service was utilised by many persons.The 2018 World Diabetes Day theme, “The Family and Diabetes” indicates that a different approach should be taken to eradicate diabetes and all should get involved in health education and testing.last_img read more

Rapid oil field development could affect Guyana’s profit oil take – IMF

first_imgArticle IV Mission Statement– as Govt expresses worry about lack of ring-fencing laws– IMF recommends NRF not to use finance budget deficitsThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) has noted that, with the lack of ring-fencing provisions in the Stabroek block Production Sharing Agreement, rapid oil field development could see oil and gas revenue for Guyana being affected.A team from the IMF during a previous engagement with the Opposition LeaderThis is contained in its concluding statement for the 2019 Article IV Mission, which was issued on Monday after an IMF team had spent time in the country and had held meetings with various stakeholders.“The authorities have indicated their concerns that the absence of a ring-fencing arrangement in the Stabroek Production Sharing Agreement could potentially affect the projected flow of government oil revenues.“The rapid appraisal and development of multiple oil fields could affect the timing and amount of profit oil to be shared with the government from a producing oil field by allocating costs from various fields under development to the producing field,” the IMF warned in its statement.But, in the same breath, the IMF said the authorities are developing strategies to mitigate such a possibility. One such strategy, according to the IMF, is a National Oil Depletion Policy to guide extraction and production, as well as clearer ring-fencing rules for new investments.Ring-fencing is a system which prohibits oil companies drilling multiple wells from transferring costs from one well to the next, thus reducing the overall profit cuts. In the case of ExxonMobil, the company is expected to use revenue from its production in the Stabroek block to recoup its capital investment. Whatever remains of this is the ‘profit oil’ Guyana will have to split with the oil company and its associates.The IMF has also reiterated the importance of Government addressing the weaknesses highlighted in the 2017 Public Investment Management Assessment. This is especially important, the fund noted, in light of the impending oil and gas sector coming on stream.“The mission notes authorities’ intent to move to rigorous project selection and prioritization criteria within the context of the new, long-term Green State Development Strategy. The authorities are committed to considering mechanisms to further improve fiscal transparency, including relating to the management of natural resources.”NRFThe IMF did commend the Government for passing legislation to create the Natural Resources Fund (NRF), which is intended to save and grow proceeds from the oil and gas sector through investments.At the same time, the IMF warned that certain supporting mechanisms have to be put in place to ensure money from the fund is not consumed by debt payments.“To ensure fiscal responsibility is achieved, the mission recommends complementing the NRF legislation with a fiscal framework that constrains borrowing and achieves a balanced budget in the near-to- medium term. To achieve this target, the annual non-oil deficit should not exceed the expected transfer from the NRF.“This would ensure that excessive public expenditure will not lead to debt growing at the same time as the NRF accumulates. It is also necessary to preserve the spirit of the NRF framework, which appropriately aims to save part of the income from oil as net wealth for future generations.”The IMF has, further, recommended a gradual scaling-up of public spending when the oil revenues start rolling in. This, the Fund noted, is to avoid wasting the money, and to minimise macroeconomic problems related to the ‘Dutch disease’, which the IMF noted often affects economies experiencing large increases in resource-based income.last_img read more

CCJ calls for “urgency” in appointment of GECOM Chair

first_img…as Jagdeo proposes urgent meeting with GrangerThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has called on President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to act with “utmost urgency” in the appointment of a new Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).On Friday, the regional court handed down consequential orders on the matter as well as on the consolidated No-Confidence Motion cases. It had ruled on June 18, 2019 that the President’s unilateral appointment of then GECOM Chairman, (retrd) Justice James Patterson, was flawed and in breach of the Constitution. Days after that ruling, Justice Patterson stepped down.CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders, in delivering the consequential orders on Friday, declared that it was “largely unnecessary” for the court to grant such orders, since Justice Patterson had already voluntarily resigned. As a matter of urgency, he urged that the two political leaders fast-track the process to appoint a new GECOM Chair.“It is now a matter of the greatest public importance that the President and the Leader of the Opposition should, as soon as possible, embark upon, and conclude, the process of appointing a new GECOM Chairman. This imperative is now of the utmost urgency in light of our decision in the no confidence motion cases that the motion was validly passed, thereby triggering the need for fresh general elections,” Justice Saunders stated.However, this call by the CCJ President comes at a time when there seems to be a stalemate on the process established to fast-track the appointment, since the Government side have been ambiguous on several aspects of the discussions. During a July 4, 2019 meeting between President Granger and Jagdeo, it was decided that representatives from the two sides would be appointed to “hammer out” a set of names in order to compile a list of six nominees to be submitted to the Head of State for selection of a new GECOM Chair.But after three engagements over the past week, the committee agreed on Thursday that the process should be returned to the two leaders, since progress was not being made. The Opposition representatives had explained that they were unable to get clarity from their Government counterparts on whether a reduced list of five names was acceptable by President Granger.Initially, during the informal process, the Opposition Leader had 11 names, but six were rejected and five were “shortlisted” during the engagements. The party then sought clarity on what is meant by “shortlisted”, and whether the feedback on the names was from the President or his representatives.After being promised those answers, at Thursday’s meeting, the Opposition said this was not done. In fact, it was noted that not only were the President’s representatives unable to definitively say whether or not those five “shortlisted” were acceptable to the President, but they could not say as well whether the eight names submitted to the Opposition Leader for consideration enjoy the confidence of the President.As such, at a press conference shortly after Friday’s CCJ hearing, Jagdeo told reporters that he is ready to meet again with the President on the matter. However, he lamented that the consultative process between the representatives was time-wasting.“Imagine… the President sends me eight names and say, ‘Can you consider these names?’ and then we’re told at the meeting — our representatives — that the eight names that the President sent, not all of them enjoy his confidence. How do you deal with that sort of things? It’s bizarre…“People don’t understand how hard it is to enter into these talks when there is no predictability, there is no principle, there is no good faith, there is nothing except a hodge-podge of, like, flimsy excuses and inconsistent positions, etc.,” the Opposition Leader stated.Meanwhile, President Granger, in a subsequent Address to the Nation, cognizant of the importance of the appointment of a new GECOM Chair, said “…it is clear that elections have to be held in the shortest possible time, and therefore it is crucial to appoint a chairman of the Elections Commission. This could be done as early as Monday, if the Opposition is prepared to act in a consensual manner and in good faith.”Jagdeo subsequently wrote the Head of State, proposing that they meet urgently. The Opposition Leader indicated to the President that he is available to meet at any time. He said he is will to meet over the weekend to work on a list of names for consideration for appointment to the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission in accordance with the Constitution.last_img read more

Derby 1-0 Nottingham Forest: Redknapp influence helps Rams to derby day win

first_img Marcus Olsson puts Derby ahead 1 Marcus Olsson’s first goal for Derby was enough to secure a 1-0 victory over local rivals Nottingham Forest at the iPro Stadium and keep their promotion challenge on track.A game of few chances appeared to be heading for stalemate in front of a sell-out crowd of 33,000 until Tom Ince played Olsson in to settle the A52 derby 11 minutes from time.The game was full of sub-plots before the kick-off with Derby’s new football advisor Harry Redknapp watching from the directors’ box while former Rams midfielder Paul Williams was up against his ex-team mate Darren Wassall after replacing Dougie Freedman as Forest boss.The Rams won just their fourth match in their last ten. A half-time team talk by the football advisor and new Jordan boss seemingly helped as Swedish left-back Olsson went on to score the game’s only goal after 79 minutes. The ball broke to Ince just outside the area and he played Olsson in to place a low shot inside the left post.Forest have now lost six of their last eight Championship fixtures.last_img read more

Form, suit can protect homebuyer

first_imgQuestion: We expect to buy a house, but the seller is making noises about canceling escrow. What we think is happening is he has someone offering more money. If we have to sue, what prevents him from selling anyway? – W.B., Van Nuys Answer: A lis pendens is a legal form you can record in the county records where the property is situated which gives public notice of your claim to title. The expression lis pendens is Latin for “action pending.” This is a key way to try to prevent the seller from selling out from under you, but it requires that you also file a lawsuit which claims a right to title. Note that there are certain requirements for the lis pendens to be valid. Thus, get thee to a qualified attorney, soonest. Q: My sister’s husband was run over and killed. It is a devastating loss, and she is grief stricken. The lawyer tells her that she can pursue a wrongful death action but is not entitled to “pain and suffering.” This can’t be right, is it? The rationale for the percentage increasing once a trial date has been set is that the lawyer probably will have even more work to do. The bottom line is you are not stuck with one-third or 40 percent once trial is set. I have heard higher, but I have more often heard lower. Keep scouting around, and do not be shy. If you have a strong case, with the potential for significant recovery, it stands to reason that one or more lawyers will be willing to work out an alternative arrangement with you. Ron Sokol is a Manhattan Beach-based attorney with 29 years of experience who has arbitrated and mediated many cases. His column appears each Tuesday. E-mail questions and comments to him at RonSEsq@aol.com. This column is a summary of the law, and not a substitute for legal consultation on any particular case.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ – G.M., Hawthorne A: It is true that “pain and suffering” is not supposed to be a component of recoverable damages in a wrongful death action. In fact, that is part of the standard jury instruction. But, your sister can recover damages for “reasonable compensation for the loss of love, companionship, comfort, affection, society, solace or moral support (and any loss of the enjoyment of sexual relations).” How a jury differentiates between that measure of damages and pain and suffering is not something I can quite explain. Other damages also are recoverable in a wrongful death case, such as funeral and burial expenses, and loss of financial support. Q: We are scouting for a good lawyer to handle a matter on a contingent (percentage) basis. So far each one quoted one-third of the recovery, up to 40 percent depending upon certain circumstances (like a trial date being set). Are those industry-wide percentages that simply are not flexible? – K.B., El Segundo A: Those percentages are typical, in my experience, but they are negotiable. In fact, you are supposed to be told they are negotiable. Some lawyers will take less depending upon how hungry they are, or if the case resolves without having to sue, or if the case resolves in a limited period of time (eg., six months). last_img read more