Golden Knights’ magic ride heads to conference final

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Marc-Andre Fleury was his usual brilliant self with 28 saves in his fourth shutout of the postseason and Vegas benefited from a couple of fortunate bounces to advance to the Western Conference Final with a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.“It’s a bit crazy thinking about it for sure,” defenseman Brayden McNabb said. “But we’re here to win. We’re not going to get caught up in we shouldn’t be here or whatever. We’re here to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Golden Knights have done that all season despite being thrown together at the expansion draft last June among players deemed expendable by their former teams. They won eight of nine games to open the season to take the league by a bit of shock, posted 109 points to win a Pacific Division filled with playoff-tested teams and then gone 8-2 in the playoffs with a first-round sweep against Los Angeles and a six-game series win over the Sharks.They became just the third team in NHL history to win multiple series in its first season. The Toronto Arenas won the Stanley Cup in the first postseason in league history in 1918 and St. Louis won two rounds to win the all-expansion West Division in 1968. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Next up for Vegas is the Western Conference Final against either Winnipeg or Nashville. The Jets lead that series 3-2 heading into Game 6 at home on Monday night.While the Golden Knights got help from a couple of shots that hit the iron and went out for San Jose and one that went off the post and into the net for a goal by Nate Schmidt that was only detectable on replay, the recipe for success has been speed, tenacity and depth more than luck.“We made ourselves a good team,” Fleury said. “We had great chemistry right from the start. We keep improving throughout the season. I feel like we’re using everybody in the lineup to get wins. That’s what’s made us successful.”Fleury has been a big part of that, capped by his fourth career series-clinching shutout, one shy of Chris Osgood’s NHL record.Fleury allowed just three goals in the sweep against the Kings, posted shutouts in the opening and closing games against San Jose and was brilliant in an overtime win in Game 3 over the Sharks.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Van Gundy won’t return to Pistons as coach or team president Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vegas Golden Knights players hug after a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks during Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Sunday, May 6, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN JOSE, Calif. — The crew of castoffs that carried the expansion Vegas Golden Knights to a division title and two rounds of playoffs wins in a reality-defying season are more than just a feel-good story.They’ve proven themselves to be legitimate Stanley Cup contenders.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ But he has had plenty of help. William Karlsson scored 43 goals in the regular season and had the overtime winner in Game 3 of this series. Jonathan Marchessault is tied for the team lead with 11 points this postseason, including the first goal in the clincher against the Sharks. Even the fourth line played a big role Sunday by controlling the puck and hemming San Jose in the defensive zone.“We’re having a lot of fun in this room,” Schmidt said. “″The guys have just been having a blast all year with each other. I think that we’ve done a lot more than we thought we were capable of, but we continue to set the bar to new heights with our group. We continue to just set new expectations for yourself. This group believes in each other and that’s more than anything you can ask for.”The Golden Knights took control of this game with some good fortune in the second period. It started when usually reliable Marc-Edouard Vlasic turned the puck over in his own zone. Reilly Smith took control near the blue line and found Marchessault alone in front for a goal that trickled between Martin Jones’ pads.The Golden Knights then added to the lead after an icing by Brent Burns led to an offensive zone faceoff. David Perron beat Tierney on the draw and Schmidt took a shot that appeared to deflect off the post and out.Play went on for 25 more seconds before the buzzer rang, with the situation room in Toronto calling for a video review. That quickly showed that the puck bounced off the post, off a piece equipment inside the net and out.Vegas then had a delayed celebration for the goal that made it 2-0.That was the type of bounce the Sharks didn’t get early in the game when they hit the post or crossbar three times in the opening period and then again in the third when they tried to cut into Vegas’ lead.“It’s a fine line,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “I think we had a couple of those that didn’t go in. That’s hockey. But Vegas deserves to be moving on. They played great. They finished the chances when they needed to and got saves when they needed to.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more

GFC Provides Life Saving Skills to Teenage Mothers

first_imgGirls For Change Executive Director, Mrs. Ora Barclay Keller.Having the cognizance that adolescence is a vital stage of growth and development when young people are intensely influenced by their peers and the outside world, Girls for Change (GFC) Executive Director, Mrs. Ora Barclay Keller said.She says her organization, since 2013, has been keeping sleeves above elbow to provide lifesaving skills to teenage mothers and nurturing them to form a positive self-image, manage emotions, build relationships, strengthen social skills, and deal with peer pressure.Mrs. Keller added that adolescents at this stage are more prone and vulnerable to high risk, especially considering the fact that more than half of Liberia’s population is under 18 years.These alarming stats are further compounded by the availability of limited opportunities for education, training and employment, which render this age group particularly vulnerable. It is this situation, Mrs. Keller said that GFC is working to address with the requisite support from those who believe in Liberia’s future.She spoke in a exclusive interview with this newspaper on Monday, May 20, 2019 at her Thinker’s Village office.Mrs. Keller said that GFC is prepping these young women, most of whom dropout of school by providing scholarships, health clubs in schools, training and awareness on teenage pregnancy, early childhood development for teenage mothers’ children, while they are in school and mentoring.According to her, this initiative grew out of the realization that many young women who dropped out of school would go back but not stay in school because there are no facilities to cater to their children while they are in school.It is based on this that the GFC began running their childhood development programs to provide care for these kids to sustain their mothers in school. “This allows the mother to be settled in school and pay attention to her studies, because her child is being taken care of at our child development center,” she said.“Most of the girls we are providing opportunities for are victims of sexual abuse and some got pregnant while in school. Retaining them in school is a primary concern for us. We saw a gap in the lack of a safe environment for those children to play and learn,” Mrs. Keller said.Besides taking of these children while their mothers are in school, GFC saw the need to educate teenagers on reproductive health as the surest way to prevent teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and the consequence of getting pregnant while still seeking primary education since there are not courses in schools to provide such knowledge.During school vacations, beneficiaries of GFC scholarship program and other community residents are encouraged to attend skills training activities such as tailoring, graphic design, knitting of African slippers, painting that would keep them busy during vacation.Mrs. Keller said that more than 500 teenage mothers and their children have benefited from the organization’s programs. Some of the students who completed the training are being used as ambassadors to teach their peers about the importance of healthy living, prevention of teenage pregnancy and peer-to-peer coaching.GFC is a women’s rights non-profit organization committed to transforming society and supporting women/girls affected by all forms of violence.The self-supported civil society organization, which operates within Montserrado, Bong and Lower Margibi counties with focus on supporting teenage mothers, less fortunate girls and under privileged and marginalized youth through the provision of scholarships in formal and informal education.GFC expertise provides a holistic trauma-sensitive and empowering approach to survivors of sexualized and other forms of violence and to service providers and stakeholders.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NOEL GETS CHASED IN NEW ‘EVERYBODY PLAYS FOR JIMMY’ ALL-IRELAND VIDEO

first_imgEVERYBODY CHASES NOEL IN EVERBODY PLAYS FOR JIMMYHERE’S the legendary Noel Sweeney as you’ve never seen him before – getting chased by hundreds of Donegal-mad GAA girls for a new video supporting the county team!The Swilly Drive boss was filming scenes for the video for the song ‘Everybody Plays For Jimmy’ at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny.The Ladies GAA U-12 development squad was there having a blitz – and were soon recruited as extras! Orgaanisers are asking anybody interested in taking part in the ‘Everybody plays for Jimmy’ Donegal song and YouTube video to be released this coming week to submit photographs or short (5-15seconds) dvd/video footage of ALL THINGS DONEGAL by Monday morning (4th Sep) 11am, to B Carr, at yabiddy@yahoo.com.They will then be short listing the happier, snappier more colourful shots/vids for inclusion in the final edit, sung by local artists including Noel of course, Trevor Loughrey, (and starring Alma Kavanagh as ‘Granny’ amongst other future screen stars!) to be broadcast mid-week under the title ‘Everybody plays for Jimmy – Up Donegal!’What they are looking for…..Choruses: Video compilations of children/gangs/groups miming the words in specific locations, such as schools, pitches, shops, streets, beach, wherever to be mixed with photographs of supporters dressed in donegal colours etc. Verse 1:Pub photographs and videos (adults) in green and goldVerse 2:Grandmothers, bingo-ladies, dinner-ladies, shoppers, more grandmothers! (in green and gold)Verse 3: Kids kids and more kids, families, football pitches, sports groups (gymnasts, footballers, cyclists etc) in green and gold.Get going for Donegal!NOEL GETS READY FOR THE SCENE!THE EXTRAS FOR THE VIDEO SHOOT FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTYNOEL GETS CHASED IN NEW ‘EVERYBODY PLAYS FOR JIMMY’ ALL-IRELAND VIDEO was last modified: September 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:NOEL GETS CHASED IN NEW ‘EVERYBODY PLAYS FOR JIMMY’ ALL-IRELAND VIDEOlast_img read more

Five vie for college board

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After talking with teachers and other staff on campus, Teresa Todd hopes to improve relations among these employees and the school’s administration. The 47-year-old Santa Clarita resident said that many on the school’s staff feel jilted with salaries, in comparison to the annual increases that Superintendent Dianne Van Hook sees and the bonuses that others receive. Todd wants to find a way to meet the needs of these employee groups within the constraints of the budget. Another issue that motivates Todd to run for the board happened after she filed for the seat this year when trustee Ron Gillis was censured after revealing a real estate transaction that involved the college during open session at a board meeting. Todd disagrees with the board’s action. “Right or wrong, it really shed light on a board dynamic that may be dysfunctional,” Todd said. Todd owns McCabe Todd Consulting, a public relations and marketing agency in Santa Clarita. From 1999-2003, she served on the board for the Sulphur Springs School District. Todd is also a chairwoman for the Santa Clarita Council PTA. Trustee Ernie Tichenor, 49, says the college is in the middle of the most productive period in the school’s 36-year history and wants to keep the momentum going. He’s referring to the school’s partnerships with local businesses and the future opening of a biomedical lab on campus that will connect students with the biotech industry and its leaders. In addition, the school is expanding with a new satellite campus coming to Canyon Country in 2006. But overall, it’s classroom learning that matters most, Tichenor said. “Most importantly, it’s this great quality education that we’re providing the students,” Tichenor said. “And I want to continue along that same vein.” A political science teacher at Bakersfield College, a community college about 85 miles north, Tichenor also attends school at California State University, Northridge, where he’s working toward a credential to teach high school. He has served two terms as a trustee for College of the Canyons. Jonathan Kraut wants to cultivate a stronger internship program between students and local businesses, particularly in the fields of technology, dentistry and auto repair. The internships help students get on track with careers after college. In addition, Kraut wants professionals from those fields to design courses and teach on campus, since they are most current with what’s happening in those areas. Kraut also wants to improve relationships with the college staff and have more participation with them when it comes to making decisions that affect the school. The 50-year-old Santa Clarita resident is president of Net Check Investigations, a private investigation company. He also teaches Latin dance and culture part time through the Parks and Recreation Department with the city of Los Angeles. Kraut has not held public office before. As a former College of the Canyons adjunct professor, Ronald Vitale said the school’s faculty and students are not treated fairly by the administration and that the relationship needs reforming. Vitale said that faculty wages and grievances are mishandled and that the staff members fear retaliation by the school’s administration, the board of trustees, when they have complaints. “I’m deeply concerned because people are afraid that the administration that they work for would retaliate against them,” Vitale said. “I’m very appalled by that.” Tuition also weighs on his mind. Vitale said tuition must remain affordable in order to give all an education said that’s what community colleges are supposed to do. The 55-year-old Castaic man is a real estate broker and runs Vitale and Associates Real Estate Group. He taught real estate law, principles and practices at College of the Canyons for six years. He has not served in public office before. Sue Doyle, (661) 257-5254 sue.doyle@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week All want to sit on the five-member trustee board and have issues in mind that are driving them to serve for the next four years. For MacGregor, board president, it starts with funding. The 59-year-old Santa Clarita resident said College of the Canyons does not receive the money that it should, and that it never has. She said the school needs to generate more funding through grants and with partnerships in the community. MacGregor said the college must continue its high transfer rate of students to four-year universities. The rate is used as a measuring stick of academic success among community colleges. “It shows that our faculty and our students are achieving those results in order to get those students prepared for a continuation of their education after they leave College of the Canyons,” MacGregor said. A trustee with the college for 12 years, MacGregor also owns Valley Oak Properties Inc., a Santa Clarita-based brokerage real estate company. center_img SANTA CLARITA – Business partnerships, employee relationships and funding for College of the Canyons are on the minds of five residents vying for two trustee seats with the community college. The race has two incumbents seeking re-election and three hopefuls looking for a start with public service on a board that helps shape the education of more than 14,000 students enrolled at the Valencia school. New candidates choose the board members they want to challenge on the Nov. 8 ballot. So in this race, Teresa Todd and Ronald Vitale are aiming for Joan MacGregor’s seat. Jonathan Kraut hopes to replace Ernie Tichenor. last_img read more