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Long Island Band Gives Hope to Teen With Cancer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Patent Pending, a Long Island-based pop-punk band, recently played a private show for a teenager with cancer (Joe Nuzzo).Cassandra Kerr has been to every show her favorite band, Long Island’s own punk-pop heroes Patent Pending, played in her hometown of Reeders, Penn. since she was 13. Now 19 and being treated for cancer, she had to skip the band’s latest show in nearby Stroudsburg.Her father, Paul,  knew he had to do something to lift his daughter’s spirits. So he emailed Joe Ragosta, the lead singer of Patent Pending, explaining his daughter’s situation.“I lost my source of income and my social life in a very short period of time,” Cassie said of being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and her continuing treatment of chemotherapy followed by painful injections.Coping with the fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and–worst of all for a teenage girl–hair loss, Cassie was devastated that her treatments forced her to miss the show. It was just another thing she loved taken from her in her battle with cancer.“Her boyfriend just kind of disappeared, even though he promised no matter what he would stay by her side.” Paul said. “That totally broke her.”All but one of Cassie’s friends abandoned her.  The isolation of having cancer, it turned out, can be just as difficult as the chemo.“I was hoping for a signed T-Shirt or a CD,” Paul recalled of his message to the band. “Within minutes I got an answer.”And the answer was not what Paul had expected. If she couldn’t make it to the show, then Patent Pending would bring the show to Cassie, as her friends call her (pronounced KC).In the days that followed, Cassie had no idea her father and her favorite band were secretly making plans for a private show in her home. Her family had told her that an uncle from out of town had come to visit and was at her grandmother’s house next door.When asked about what happened next Cassie’s voice suddenly became bright.“I saw Joe [Ragosta] and Rob [Felicetti, guitarist for Patent Pending] standing there in my Grandma’s living room,” she remembered. “I just stopped. I was so shocked they were there.”Ragosta said the meeting was emotional for all involved.“I thought I knew what chemotherapy was, but when she walked over to us she walked so slow…” Ragosta said.  “As soon as she saw us she started to cry. Then I started to cry.”They sat Cassie down and told her to pick any songs she wanted. This was her show.Members of Patent Pending and Cassie, second from left, in her Pennsylvania home.She picked “One Less Heart to Break,” a song about a teen struggling with thoughts of suicide.  Ragosta, tears still fresh on his face, looked over at Felicetti on the guitar and told him: “Just play, I’ll sing when I’m able.”Cassie requested “Second Family,” a the lyrics of which remind fans that “We can face any storm together.” The band then played “Douchebag,” rebellious song written about people who are too self-centered to recognize the needs of others around them.Ragosta’s cell phone later rang and a voice on the other end told him the opening act was on stage at The Sherman Theater. The band rushed back to the theater, making it just in time to step out on stage. They pressed on through their set list until they reached the song “Second Family.”Ragosta stopped mid-song and told the audience about Cassie’s struggle. He took out his cell phone.“As soon as we told the story and said we were going to call her, people in the crowd started crying,” he said. “It was just one more way to bring the show to her.”Then Patent Pending and the audience of The Sherman Theater sent a simple message… “We Love You Cassie,” a message that she will never forget.As Cassie moves forward with her treatment she does so with a renewed spirit. “I just want to be able to go to shows again, hang out with friends and have my life back.”She’s at the half-point of her struggle. But, the experience has given her renewed strength to carry on.Cassie  said: “It made me think keep fighting, because there is so much in life worth fighting for.”last_img read more

Duke Basketball: Blue Devils Release “Duke In The NBA” Alumni Highlight Video From 2014-15 Season

first_imgNBA players in the league based on colleges they attended.Duke NBA PlayersTwenty former Duke players appeared in NBA games during the 2014-15 season. That’s a hefty number, and the most of any college program. Naturally, the Duke program wants to promote that next-level success, which it did via highlight video yesterday. The “Duke in the NBA” video features highlights from nearly all Blue Devil alumni, though some (Kyrie Irving, J.J.Redick, Mason Plumlee etc) are featured more prominently than others.Here’s the full clip:last_img

Frenzy of violence Alberta man avoids trial pleads guilty to triple murder

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Family members of three murder victims stabbed a total of 244 times in a “frenzy of violence” at a townhouse say they will never fully recover from the senseless attack.Five knives and a meat cleaver were found at the crime scene.“It’s like a wicked nightmare. I cannot erase it from my mind. They were brutally stabbed to death,” Wendy English told court after Austin Vielle pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Monday on what was supposed to be the first day of his first-degree murder trial in Lethbridge, Alta.Vielle, 24, answered Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Rodney Jerke with a “yes” when asked if he understood that he was admitting to the crimes.Vielle was charged after Kyle Devine, 27, Clarissa English, 24, and her 18-year-old brother Dakota were found stabbed to death in a Lethbridge townhome in April 2015.English and her brother were Wendy English’s grandchildren.“We all want justice,” she said.Laurie English, mother of Clarissa and Dakota English, is now raising her two grandchildren. She spoke directly to Vielle.“You have brought complete tragedy to our lives,” she said. “I now know what hate means. I feel no compassion for you at all. You’ve destroyed more than half of my heart and my soul.”Crown prosecutor Vaughan Hartigan told court the number of wounds can “only be described as a frenzy of violence” and the victims’ families are left to struggle with the “sheer senselessness of the attacks”.“We’re simply left with a why.”Chantelle English, sobbing throughout her victim impact statement, said she found it hard to believe when she heard her siblings were dead. She said she saw photos in which her brother’s face was “squished in.”“Did they feel pain? What really happened? We’ll never know. Only the Creator will know,” she cried.Allen Devine said the day he found out he had lost his son was the worst day of his life.“His life was cut short,” Devine said. “My pain remains insufferable.”He addressed Vielle directly.“I suggest you pray and ask the Creator for forgiveness.”Judge Jerke delayed sentencing until Tuesday afternoon to mull over a joint submission from the Crown and defence that Vielle receive a sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 20 years.Vielle declined to address the court and the families of his victim directly but opted instead to have his lawyer Tonii Roulston read a statement.“I’m sorry this happened. I don’t remember what happened. I’m sorry for bringing this pain on you and your family,” the statement read.“They were my friends. I wish this didn’t happen. I hope in the future there can be some kind of reconciliation but I know this will be very difficult.”An agreed statement of facts said all three victims were heavily intoxicated at the time.The statement said Dakota English was stabbed 57 times, Devine had 84 cuts and stab wounds and Clarissa English was stabbed 103 times. Many of the wounds were to the faces, necks and upper bodies of all three.Court heard Vielle was intoxicated when he committed the murders and has no recollection of what happened.He was arrested nearly two weeks after the bodies were found. He was described as a friend to all three.Police said at the time that they believed Vielle had spent time with them in the hours prior to their deaths and that the attacks were targeted.— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. Previous versions misspelled Allen Devine’s first name.last_img read more

Feds mulling safeguards to prevent surge of cheap steel imports into Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government extended an olive branch of sorts to Donald Trump’s tough-on-trade White House on Tuesday as it began exploring how best to address industry concerns that U.S. tariffs are turning a trickle of foreign steel imports into a torrent.Over the next 15 days, Ottawa will seek input from producers, users and the public as it considers imposing “safeguards” on the import of several steel products, said Finance Minister Bill Morneau. The measures, if applied, could include quotas, surtaxes or a combination of both.If the consultation period identifies a risk of potential damage to the Canadian industry, then Ottawa will impose safeguards in an “expeditious manner,” Morneau told a news conference in Hamilton, Ont.The main goal is protect Canada’s steel industry, the government insists — but taking a stand against cheap steel imports will have a vital side effect: appeasing the Trump administration.The White House has complained that Canada has opened a back door to the American market, allowing for an invasion of bargain-basement steel into the U.S. from places like China.U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in June that the steel and aluminum tariffs Washington imposed on Canada and other allies were designed to force them to address the overproduction and overcapacity of steel around the world.The Trump administration has also drawn direct links between steel imports, tariffs and the ongoing efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.With the crucial U.S.-Canada trading relationship at a low point, it’s in Ottawa’s interest to show Trump that Canada is taking action on the diversion and dumping of steel.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has insisted that Canada introduced stronger safeguards on steel well before the U.S. imposed the tariffs in June. At the same time, however, Ottawa acknowledged more work was necessary and promised to consult with industry on safeguards.In unveiling his plan Tuesday, Morneau said worries about cheap, foreign steel finding its way into Canada have grown since the application of the U.S. duties on steel imports against numerous countries.The levies have put producers in other parts of the world on a quest to find new markets, such as Canada, he said.“We’ve seen increases in imports,” Morneau said, although he did not offer specifics. “That surge in imports leads us to be concerned that we need to consider what measures to take.”International trade rules enable a country to introduce safeguards to protect its domestic market when it finds itself in an unusual situation, said Morneau, arguing that the expected fallout from the U.S. tariffs qualifies as an “exceptional circumstance.”The consultations will focus on products that could see safeguard action: steel plates, concrete reinforcing bars, energy tubular products, hot-rolled sheets, pre-painted steels, stainless steel wire and wire rods.Joe Galimberti, the president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, welcomed the consultations, noting that industry has been seeing increased import activity from offshore sources.“This is a serious, serious challenge for the industry and a flood would truly be devastating to a lot of our producers,” he said.Some industries in Canada that use steel have already started urging Ottawa not to proceed with safeguards.The Canadian Coalition for Construction Steel, which represents construction steel suppliers, fabricators, service centres, and importers, warns that safeguards would put more than 60,000 construction jobs in the country at risk.“The government needs to be really cautious about this,” said Jesse Goldman, a lawyer representing the coalition, which also has support from labour unions.The retaliatory steel tariffs introduced by Canada against the U.S. in response to the American levies are already providing a lot of protection for the steel industry, Goldman said. Imposing safeguards on the rest of the world would likely cause a supply shortage of steel in Canada, he added.Lawrence Herman, a Toronto-based trade lawyer with Herman and Associates, said the overcapacity of steel has been a chronic issue for years on the international stage. He called the safeguards “absolutely necessary.”“The world is awash in excess steel,” Herman said.“Hopefully, it will show the U.S. administration — the Trump White House — that on steel matters, Canada and the U.S. have common interests.”Morneau insisted Tuesday that there’s no connection between NAFTA talks and the steel issue.The federal government has been in a holding pattern on NAFTA as it awaits the conclusion of high-level, one-on-one talks between the deal’s two other partners, the U.S. and Mexico. Those bilateral talks are now in their fourth straight week.Some observers fear Canada’s absence could force Ottawa’s hand if a deal is reached between the U.S. and Mexico.In an interview Monday, Trump trade adviser Kevin Hassett told the FOX Business Network that the U.S. and Mexico were very close to a deal on NAFTA. A bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Mexico would be “good news for a deal with Canada,” he added.“I think the hope is the Mexican deal becomes a model for what Canada accepts with us as well,” said Hassett, the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.— with files from Tara Deschamps in Hamilton, Ont.last_img read more

Fence goes up around lot next to Totem Mall to stop dumping

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Officials with the Totem Mall say that no imminent development is taking place on the vacant lot located across 96a St. from the mall, and that a steel temporary fence erected around the lot is to ward off trespassers.A mall official, who declined to be named, said that the lot has been used as a parking area by truckers for the past several years, especially after the mall and the City upgraded sewers in the area. The official said that the truckers that park on the lot have been dumping oil and other fluids, while RV drivers have even been disposing of toilet refuse on the lot.“It’s disgusting,” said the official. The mall’s owner, the Canadian Tire Real Estate Investment Trust, also owns the piece of land between the mall and Wal-Mart and decided that the fence needed to be erected to stop the trespassing and illegal dumping.last_img read more

11 infants admitted with adenovirus infection at Institute of Child Health

first_imgKolkata: As many as 11 babies have been admitted at the Institute of Child Health with adenovirus. Some of them are stated to be in serious condition.According to sources in the hospital, five babies have been kept in ventilation while six others have been undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital. As many as 60-70 children affected with adenovirus have been treated at the hospital for the past two months. Some of the patients died despite best efforts by the doctors. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThere have been some of cases of pneumonia reported in the hospital as well. It has also been learnt that some children and a few elderly patients have been under medication at various hospitals in the city with similar symptoms. Dr Prabhas Prasun Giri, intensivist at the Institute of child Health, said that the babies who have been admitted to the hospital are aged between four months and one year. A large number of patients have been treated in the hospital so far, most of whom have already been released. Adenovirus can be a serious cause when it comes to morbidity and mortality. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to a senior official of the hospital, there is also a crisis of influenza vaccine due to the rising number of viral infection patients in the past two months. There is no proper vaccine for adenovirus and hence the doctors are administering other medicines to the patients. The affected children are developing a lung infection, which eventually leads to pneumonia. Children are more susceptible to the virus due to their low immunity. The infection can spread fast among the children who tend to be in close contact with the affected ones. Earlier, it was difficult to identify the virus. Respiratory problem, sore throat, fever, persisting cough and cold are the signs of the virus. If fever keeps recurring despite medication, the patient should be taken to the hospital and also if they complain of irritation in eyes or muscle pain. “Adenovirus appears to be like a common respiratory tract infection. Antibiotics do not properly work when the patient is affected with this virus. We fail to convince the family members that there is no proper medicine for adenovirus. If the symptoms persist for more than two to three days, the cause should get investigated without further delay,” an official of the hospital said.last_img read more

Dhoni fined 50 match fee faces flak for behaviour

first_imgJaipur: Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction. The incident took place in the last over of the Chennai innings. With eight runs required off the last three balls, Ben Stokes bowled slower full toss. While leg umpire Bruce Oxenford didn’t raise his arm, Ulhas Gandhe did and the buzzer also went off in the stadium which signifies that a no-ball has been called. But seeing Oxenford’s reaction, Gandhe then dropped his arm and changed the earlier call. This saw M S Dhoni storm into the field and have a long debate with both the umpires. In fact, he was seen constantly saying that Gandhe did call it a no-ball before the decision was overturned.last_img read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse finding its identity through defense

OSU redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey (3) tries to recover a ground ball during a game against Marquette on March 4 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Multimedia EditorIf there’s a word to describe what a lacrosse defense needs, it is unity.In almost any team-oriented sport, it is difficult to win if the team is not playing with unity on the defensive side of the ball. While one player might be able to carry the load offensively at times, an out-of-sync defense usually spells disaster.Unity is one thing that the Ohio State men’s lacrosse defense has prided itself on this year.After losing two of the top three goal scorers from last year in Jesse King and David Planning, OSU coach Nick Myers said the players on defense knew they would have to rely on each other in order to help an offense with a lot a fresh faces.“I think it’s big … anytime that you have relationships that you can lean on, that you have confidence in each other,” Myers said. “A lot of defense, and a lot of high-level defense, is trust and communication.”OSU’s scoring defense currently ranks in the top 20 in the nation, only allowing nine goals per game. Senior defensive midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos said he and his teammates have a special relationship that allows them to find their best stuff.“We have that comfort level with each other where we play together, and we can also push each other,” Kapinos said.The starters that make up the defensive side of the ball — seniors Robby Haus and Chris Mahoney, sophomore Erik Evans and redshirt junior goalie Tom Carey — have had the opportunity to play together for more than a year now, helping to create that unity every defense needs.”It’s really beneficial for us. I think me and Chris have been there for the longest amount of time, so we have a really good relationship. Then Tommy came in and we hit it off immediately,” Haus said. “Erik is a young guy, but he acts a lot older than he is, and I think being around some of these seniors and redshirt juniors has helped him a lot.“Our chemistry is awesome.”Carey continued, elaborating on what experience playing with each other means as opposed to playing with freshmen on the team.“I think the relationships we have with one another — (Robby) and I, and Chris and Evans, too — (they) just allow us to hold each other to a little bit different standard than the first-year guys,” Carey said.Those first-year guys, like freshmen midfielders Logan Maccani and Noah Best, have had a great mentor in Kapinos, Haus said.“I know we’re trying to develop some young faces at the defensive midfield, and he’s done a really good job bringing them in and building chemistry with them,” Haus said.OSU senior defender Chris Mahoney (21) during a game against Notre Dame on March 26 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Cameron Carr | Lantern PhotographerCommunication has been essential in the OSU defense’s success this year. Lacrosse is a sport that involves a lot of switching, commonly referred to as sliding.If an on-ball defender lets his man get past him, the defender has to be ready to slide in order to double team the ball-carrier. Then the whole defense has to slide in order to cover the now-open man. It’s a complicated process, one that would result in allowing a goal without constant communication, Kapinos said.“It’s just keeping everybody on the same page so that we’re all organized and making sure that we’re all doing the same thing,” Kapinos said. “You can’t have one guy doing one thing and five guys doing the other.”A lot of what the defense does is communicated by the goalie, and Kapinos said Carey is excellent at his job.“It helps with Tommy in the goal,” Kapinos said. “Tommy gives us a lot of communication and kind of quarterbacks the defense.”The Buckeyes are set to commence Big Ten play on Sunday. They’re scheduled to face a No. 18 Penn State team that ranks 12th in the nation with 12.67 goals per game.The team will be trying to sever its four-game losing streak, including a 15-6 loss to No. 1 Denver in which OSU gave up eight fourth-quarter goals after only being down 7-5 heading into the final period.Carey said he blames himself for the fourth quarter meltdown but said the defense as a unit cannot be making so many mistakes.“I think a lot of that falls back on me, and at the same time we play as a unit,” Carey said. “So, I’ve got to be a lot better, but we have to be better as a whole unit in stopping shots, getting the ball up and out in transition and … getting back to the basics and getting better every single day.”With the chances of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament dwindling, the Scarlet and Gray will need to turn things around quickly in order to be invited to the Big Ten tournament. A Big Ten championship would give the Buckeyes an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.However, it will take the whole defense, and, really, the whole team, in order to make this happen.“You’re only as strong as your weakest link,” Haus said. read more

Ian Wright racism part of Raheem Sterling criticism

first_imgManchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling criticism is partly motivated by racism, says Arsenal legend Ian Wright.After scoring against Arsenal on Sunday, Raheem Sterling celebrated his goal with a gesture aimed at silencing his critics after his lack of goals at the World Cup.He faced massive negative media attention before the world for a rifle tattoo on his leg.BBC pundit and Ian Wright has come to his defence, saying racism is partly to blame for the unwarranted criticism that the forward had been facing. Sky Sports reports.“How many people do you see get the criticism Sterling gets?” Ian Wright said.“The football criticism is something every player has to deal with, but what he gets I don’t see any other footballer getting,”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“They don’t get that stick because for whatever reason they don’t rub up the people in the corridors of power the wrong way. I think there is an agenda against him.”“There is an element of people at the high end of the media who want to keep that guy down. Simple.”“When you look at the wave of criticism that he takes, there is a certain amount of racism towards it – what else can it be?”“They are picking on him because of the background he has come from and they want to keep him down, drag him back down. They don’t want him to continue to be a success.”“People say you are playing the racism card, but you give me a good reason why Raheem Sterling gets the stick he gets for just being a footballer.”last_img read more

Novo reveals ex teammate who kept in touch during recovery

first_imgRangers legend Nacho Novo has revealed that former teammate Kris Boyd kept in touch with him during and after his heart surgery.The ex-Rangers star collapsed during a football tournament in Berlin and speaking about his trial moment Novo said that former teammate Kris Boyd who kept in touch with him was the only one who usually makes him laugh.“He’s a top man and a good friend. I want to be there for him. He’s a funny guy,” he said according to Daily Record:Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“I’ll always remember sitting next to him before one game and saying to him, ‘You fancy it today?’ and he said, ‘Yes, I think I’m going to get three goals’. He went out and got three goals.”“The next week, same thing, ‘How many? ‘One today, wee man just put the ball in there and I’ll put it into the net.’“It was scary. I used to wonder what was happening with this guy. He’s the only one who can make me laugh just by laughing himself. Once he starts laughing I start as well. He’s a great person and a good character for the changing room to have.”last_img read more