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Trackers win at home, lose in Peace River

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The NEBC/Yukon Trackers went 1-and-1 this past weekend.On Saturday, the Trackers hosted the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in Dawson Creek at the Memorial Arena. The Oil Barons managed to get on the board first just over two minutes into the first period with a breakaway, in what would be the highlight of a tame first frame. The Trackers managed 12 shots on net in the first, none of them able to find the mesh behind Oil Barons netminder Ethan Paulin-Hatch.Things picked up in the second period. Reid Jacobs took a major penalty for charging the goaltender, but the Trackers managed to kill the off Fort Mac’s 5-minute man advantage. The Trackers continued their assault, and were finally able to finish plays. Connor Bowie got the Trackers on the board with 2:18 left in the second to tie things up, assisted by Connor Kindrat and Keenan Halverson. Halverson would tally another assist before the end of the period, as Cooper Willms got the go-ahead goal with just nineteen seconds left.- Advertisement -The Trackers held the Oil Barons at bay in the third, getting 23 shots on net to the Barons’ eight. Aiden Craig-Steele added some insurance for the Trackers, after taking a pass from Garyn Waldie. Final score of the match was 3-1 for the team from Northeast BC.The Trackers unfortunately were not able to repeat on Sunday morning in Peace River. Facing a very tough opponent in the Royals, the Trackers came out of the box at full speed for the first 6 minutes. The Royals scored their first goal 5:44 into the frame, and the Trackers ran out of gas. Peace River was able to outshoot the Trackers 41-26, and shut the Trackers out with a 5-0 win.The Trackers are on the road once again this coming long weekend, playing a trio of games in St. Albert and Edmonton.Advertisementlast_img read more

Churches to begin providing sanctuary to illegal immigrants

first_imgOrganizers don’t believe immigration agents will make arrests inside the churches. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has not tried to arrest Elvira Arellano, an illegal immigrant who has taken shelter at a Methodist church in Chicago since August. ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice declined to say if agents would attempt to arrest others who take sanctuary in churches, although she did say agents have “the authority to arrest those who are in violation of our immigration laws anywhere in the United States.” Participating churches in San Diego, Seattle, Chicago and New York won’t initially house illegal immigrants. Instead, leaders will provide legal counsel, accompany people to court hearings and prepare plans to house them in churches if authorities try to deport them. In New York, religious leaders gathered at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Paul the Apostle and said their promise of sanctuary could include financial assistance, legal help and physical protection, if necessary. LOS ANGELES – Two churches intend to give sanctuary to illegal immigrants to protect them from deportation and pressure lawmakers to provide a chance at U.S. citizenship. Beginning Wednesday afternoon, a Catholic church in downtown Los Angeles and a Lutheran church in North Hollywood each intend to shelter one person as part of the “New Sanctuary Movement.” A handful of churches in other U.S. cities plan similar efforts in the months ahead to spotlight the plight of illegal immigrants. “We want to put a human face to very complex immigration laws and awaken the consciousness of the human spirit,” said Father Richard Estrada of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Los Angeles, where one illegal immigrant will live. “For us, sanctuary is an act of radical hospitality, the welcoming of the stranger who is like ourselves, the stranger in our midst, our neighbors, our friends,” said Rabbi Michael Feinberg of the Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition. Two families facing deportation stood with the religious leaders. Jani, a U.S. citizen who did not give her last name, said her Haitian-born husband Jean is facing deportation because of a 1989 drug conviction in the U.S. that put him in prison for 11 years. She said the family would take refuge in a church, if necessary, rather than be separated. Anti-illegal immigration groups called the sanctuary effort misguided. The faith groups “don’t seem to realize that they are being charitable with someone else’s resources, and that’s not charity,” said Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which favors limits on immigration. “We are talking about illegal immigrants taking someone else’s job, filling up the classroom of someone else’s child,” he said. The sanctuary effort is loosely based on a movement in the 1980s, when churches harbored Central American refugees fleeing wars in their home countries. Organizers of the current movement include members of the Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and other faiths. The plans come as immigration reform legislation has been stalled since last summer, and tens of thousands of illegal immigrants have been detained and deported in stepped-up immigration raids in recent months. The first to receive refuge in Los Angeles will be a single father from Mexico who has two children who are U.S. citizens, said Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, executive director of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, an interfaith association spearheading the national plans. The man, whose name was not released, worked 17 years as a cook at Los Angeles International Airport before getting injured on the job more than a year ago, she said. He has been unable to work and is facing deportation. “If he goes back to Mexico, the family will literally not have enough food to eat,” she said. The other church will shelter an unidentified Guatemalan man who runs a small gardening business and has two U.S. citizen children. He fled Guatemala in the 1990s during its civil war. He has been denied political asylum and is facing deportation. The churches put out calls for immigrants who were willing and wanted to take part in the sanctuary movement. Immigrants were screened to make sure they paid taxes and didn’t have criminal backgrounds, Salvatierra said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Weaver bright spot of series, future

first_imgOrtiz and Ramirez hit solo home runs in the fourth off Weaver, and he left on the wrong end of a 2-0 score in the sixth. The bullpen allowed seven runs in the eighth, and the offense scratched out one consolation run in the ninth. When the Angels find the time and fortitude to assess their postseason work, Weaver will likely be considered the bright spot. The Angels hit .192 as a team, scored four runs, had six extra-base hits and had more strikeouts (20) than hits (19). The bullpen allowed 10 runs in 82/3 innings of work. “The game plan was don’t throw any fastballs inside and stay in rhythm,” Weaver said. “I left that one pitch (to Ortiz) inside. There are no excuses. I felt good and thought I battled. I made some good pitches, but they have a great lineup. What are you going to do? People hit home runs.” If you pitch long enough in the American League, you’re going to eventually watch Ortiz and Ramirez tear a seam on your best fastball and relocate the ball into a different zip code. Between them, the Red Sox sluggers have hit 787 career home runs, including the postseason, off some of the greatest pitchers in baseball. When Ramirez bounced a ball off the rocks in center field, he tied Bernie Williams for the most postseason home runs in a career. Some of the pitchers on his personal top-10 list are Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens and C.C. Sabathia. There’s no shame joining that crowd, and home runs are a part of baseball. There are 10 Hall of Famers on the all-time top 20 list for home runs allowed, not including three pitchers who will or should be in Cooperstown: Johnson, Clemens and Bert Blyleven. “I don’t know if they feed off each other,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of the Big Papi/Man-Ram entry. “They’re trying to hit every time up whether the guy in front of them has made an out or (hit a home run). But they’re as good a 1-2 punch as there is in baseball. “I thought Jered did a terrific job out there today. He didn’t make many mistakes, but the couple he did they didn’t miss. He didn’t get his fastball to Ortiz in the zone he wanted, and with Manny he left a 3-2 curveball up in the zone, and Manny didn’t miss it.” There are more and better Octobers ahead for Weaver. He has the makeup to be a No. 1 starter and he will get better as he gains experience. In two seasons, Weaver is 24-9 with a 3.33 ERA playing in the run-happy AL. He allowed four runs or less in 23 of his 29 starts this season and he was 6-2 in August and September. He’ll really do well if the Angels can avoid the Red Sox in the postseason. The Angels don’t see red when they face the Sox, they merely go blind. They’ve now lost nine consecutive playoff games to the Sox by a combined score of 69-27 dating back to the last three games of the 1986 AL Championship Series, also known as the prequel to “Saw” for its gore and blood. The House that Ruth Built holds no spell on the Angels, but the Green Monster has beaucoup voodoo. There are easy-to-tab reasons why the Angels lost this series – the injury that sidelined Gary Matthews, Garret Anderson’s pinkeye, Casey Kotchman’s mystery illness and a sense that they’re intimidated by the Red Sox. It’s also possible to say the Angels lost this playoff series for the same reasons their seasons ended prematurely the past two seasons: The lack of a second big bat in the lineup behind Vladimir Guerrero. They’ve scored 14 runs in their past eight playoff games. “It’s a team game,” Weaver said. “We missed a lot of key players, but we have a lot of depth. We didn’t make many bad pitches but those we did hurt. We didn’t get the key hits. And when you start a series in Boston, you put a little extra weight on your shoulders. “(Mike) said there was nothing for us to hang our heads about. We were the AL West champs and had the best home record in baseball. There were a lot of positives.” Then he said something about looking forward to spring training and next season. The season’s over, but he’s still competing. bob.keisser@presstelegram.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Bob Keisser STAFF WRITER It was 31/2 hours after his day started and a few minutes after his season ended, but Jered Weaver was still in a competitive mood. When a radio reporter said the home runs hit by David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez off Weaver on Sunday traveled 1,000 feet, the former Simi Valley High and Long Beach State pitcher said, “A thousand feet. You sure? You mapped it off?” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAnd when he was told Ramirez has tattooed 322 different pitchers in his career, a note meant to reflect the Boston Red Sox slugger’s Bomb Club has many well-known members, it was no consolation. “Thanks for that,” Weaver said. It’s Weaver’s competitive spirit that fed optimism in the Angels and their fans that they could come back from a 2-0 AL Division Series deficit against the Red Sox, and his effort supported that belief. He struck out five in the first three innings, pitched superbly out of a pair of two-on jams in the second and fifth, and only exited in the sixth because he had thrown 95 pitches on a hot, blustery day and the Angels had no margin for error. The Angels had nothing, it turns out. last_img read more


first_imgNorth Western Alliance Played on Saturday 4th February 2012 at Portsalon Golf ClubPar 72 s.s.s 72. 55 played.1ST Nett Garret Mallon (1) North West G.C. 79 B.O.T. 2ND Nett Clive Davison (15) Letterkenny G.C. 79 B.O.T.3RD Nett Connor McGettigan (13) Portsalon G.C. 794TH Nett Michael O’Donnell (13) Letterkenny G.C. 825th Nett George McCay (21) Strabane G.C. 84 6TH Kieran Martin (12) Strabane G.C. 871st Gross Enda Kennedy (Scr) Rosapenna G.C. 822ND Gross Ben Corry (4) Strabane G.C. 87 B.O.T.3rd John McBride (Scr) Portsalon G.C. 874TH John Sweeney (6) Portsalon G.C. 89 5TH Eddie McHugh (11) Strabane G.C. 98There was no card returned to award a 6th prize.Garry Duffy had a 2 and will get 4 Golf Balls.In perusing the results of the North Western Alliance competition played at Portsalon Golf club at the week end you could be forgiven for thinking that the competitors had really more than over indulged themselves over the break that they had over the Christmas period or even that they were still imbibing. Alas, nothing could be further from the truth. It was just an awful day to be out doors never mind playing Golf. When you consider that there were downpours of Biblical Proportions interspersed with sunny interludes and that the wind was blowing across the course from the sea and frequent hail showers for good measure. Then you are beginning to get some appreciation of the conditions that the 55 competitors set out in .There were only 11 cards returned .In the long history of the Alliance this was the single worst result a nett 79 and Gross 82 taking the top prizes .As only 11 completed cards were in returned the 6th Gross could not be awarded.The course itself was in excellent condition .Players were appreciative of the changes that the Club in consultation with Paul McGinley are making to “the Banks”.Great credit is given to Johnny Shields the Course Superintendent who is demonstrating that he has the skill and expertise to lead his team of Greenkeepers to translate Paul’s vision from a dream to reality.In looking at the cards little positive can be taken from them given the conditions. Garret Mallon was 5 over after 9 pursued by Enda Kennedy 6 over. John G. McBride was third at this stage on 7 over but his race was run when double bogies at the 15th and 16th while the hail stones made their presence felt undid his best efforts.It was a two horse race between Garret and Enda after 14. After the 10th they were level as Enda pared the par 3 10th to Garrets bogey. A hole later they were level again. They stayed like that until the par 3 15th when Enda again fell into arrears by the 16th they were level again but it was over the last two holes that Garret went away from him a birdie at the par 5 17TH and a par at the 18TH was too good for Edna’s par on 17 and bogey at the 18th.When one considers that an inter Club matchplay competition on a local course had to be abandoned one can gauge the effect of the dreadful conditions.In the Golfer of the season Enda Kennedy with only two further counting events to come is on 54, his nearest pursuer is Sean Quigg, City of Derry G.C. On 31 and with 10 points available in each event means that Enda has won this title .Enda last year was runner up in the Nett award.The Nett the position is not so clear cut. Odran McGettigan, Strabane G.C. Is on 33 and there are two opponents on 26, Michael O’Donnell from, Letterkenny G.C. and James Callan from Ballycastle G.C.Clive Davison, Letterkenny G.C. is on 23 while Eddie McHugh formerly Letterkenny G.C. and now playing out of Strabane G.C.retains an interest on 18 .Delwyn Montgomery of Strabane G.C. also has a mathematical chance of winning this prestigious title.The next competition is on 18th February in Rosapenna G.C. on 18th February 2012.NORTH WESTERN ALLIANCE GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 5th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:North Western Golf Club Alliance noteslast_img read more


first_imgTHEY come in all shapes and sizes.And they even come in sizes for kids.So when this little girl pulled into the charity car wash in Drumkeen today, locals made sure her wheels were shining! The car wash is a fundraiser for the local community.And it wasn’t long before a queue formed….  NO-ONE GETS TURNED AWAY FROM DRUMKEEN CHARITY CAR WASH! was last modified: June 23rd, 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:NO-ONE GETS TURNED AWAY FROM DRUMKEEN CHARITY CAR WASH!last_img read more