Trans Liberation #NoJusticeNoPride

first_imgOn June 25, the Trans Liberation Collective led a coalition of accomplices to shut down the Chicago Pride Parade for fifteen minutes, demanding an end to the parade as it exists in its current form, and for a celebration to take its place to bring Pride back to its roots, honoring trans women of color and recognizing the police as an oppositional force to queer and trans liberation. TLC groups included the BTGNC (Black, Trans, Gender Nonconforming) Collective, Black Lives Matter Chicago, Jewish Voice for Peace, Assata’s Daughters, the Pilsen ­Alliance and others.Pilsen Alliance created puppets of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera to march along with the group of protesters, visibly bringing them into the space and centering their legacy as the mothers of Pride. A statement from organizers declared: “Trans people are the vanguard of the queer liberation movement. We demand more resources, facilities, funding, and access for Black and Brown trans people in Chicago!” A full list of TLC demands, including solidarity with other freedom struggles, is at thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Sutton Foster Puts Up with Ghosts, Cardio & More this Week on Younger

first_imgWe suddenly have this urge to use excessive emoji, and that can only mean one thing: There’s a brand new episode of Younger! This week on the TV Land series, Liza (Sutton Foster) juggles everything from tolerating a ghosting boyfriend to being coerced into a walking competition to saving the day the new imprint’s launch party. Meanwhile, a certain someone who once hooked up with a pregnant Renée Elise Goldsberry hosts a sex party. It’s a lot to take in, but we’re breaking it all down in this week’s recap.SEASON 2, EPISODE 3: “Like a Boss”Emoji UpdateTranslation: Liza puts off telling her millennial friends about her real age to Josh’s chagrin. Short on cash, Maggie considers putting her apartment on Airbnb. At Empirical Press, Kelsey and Liza share their imprint launch party plans (it’s at a glue factory and they’re inviting someone named Pompous Croissant). Diana, always eager to win and even more eager to force labor upon her assistant, has Liza wear her Fitbit to out-walk her rival. Lauren arranges a fitting for Kelsey and Liza to ensure they’re dressed to the nines at the launch. Over wine, the three girls and Lauren’s mom (Kathy Najimy) discuss Josh’s ghosting habit. Dismayed by Internet comments and her custom dress that vaguely looks like one of the moons of Jupiter, Kelsey begins a slow descent into madness. Meanwhile, Josh discovers Maggie is not hosting an Airbnb couple from Albany, but rather a full-blown sex party. At the launch event, Liza saves the day by talking Kelsey through her speech via Bluetooth. Impressed by her craftiness, Charles chats up Liza, but before he can make a move, Josh (no longer a ghost) steps in.Biggest OMG Moment:If the eggplant and peach emoji make you blush, do not attend a party at Maggie’s place. To make ends meet, our favorite fictional lesbian artist hosts an orgy in her apartment (safe sex only; men pay $50, women $25). And from the look of it, she has absolutely done this before. Hey, when times are hard, some bake people into pies, some burn their rock posters and screenplays, and others host sex parties in their Williamsburg flats.Millennial Glossary:To Ghost:(verb) To seemingly disappear off the face of the earth, but still manage to pop up in social media feeds. It’s what Josh keeps doing to Liza, and just when Peter’s about to swoop in with Champagne and workplace flirting, Josh reappears. We’ll give Josh some credit for sticking by Liza after her big reveal, but this is surely a red flag.Pompous Croissant:(noun) A fictional member of the “cyber-elite” invited to Kelsey and Liza’s imprint launch. We’re not sure what his or her exact beat is, but we’ll be at any party that promises baked goods (hint hint, Alex Brightman).Moment That Made Us Go:When Diana defeated her Fitbit rival! And by Diana, we mean Liza. Yes, Trout Pout even delegates her fitness regime to her lowly assistant. But with everything else going on, Liza still managed to step her way to victory. Must have been that eight-minute tap break on a boat.Diana’s Statement Jewelry Update!After flashing medieval and ultra-hygienic looks, Diana Trout is serving us Department of Defense Realness. Not only is she sporting a torpedo pendant as this week’s statement necklace, but it’s also paired with actual pentagon earrings. Do they sell those at the gift shop? Is there even a Pentagon gift shop? View Commentslast_img read more

O’Brien needs support – Plumtree

first_img “I think Sean is right up there in that world class, right up there with those two in the next two weeks but I think all the boys across our back row have great quality. “If they stick together and stay tight, believe in each other, then they will be okay. “If even one person doesn’t believe in themselves, or what we’re trying to achieve, then we’ve got a passenger. “I’m just looking forward to seeing these boys playing against this Australian side, so they can measure themselves and I’m sure that’s going to happen.” Plumtree knows any defensive line dog-legs will be impossible for Australia’s livewire pivot Quade Cooper to resist. Calling on Ireland to shut half-backs Cooper and Will Genia down, he continued: “You’ve certainly got to work together to combat Cooper. “He looks for opportunities against individuals that push out of the line, he likes really fast ball. “So we’ve got to try to deny him that, but defensively he can be a real handful with his partnership with Genia, they’ve got a real understanding of each other’s play. “That’s been a big focus this week, but I guess Quade’s used to hearing that. “He’s got a bag of tricks that needs to be looked after and when he’s playing with confidence and front-foot ball he can be a real handful.” Plumtree believes Ireland back-rower O’Brien sits comfortably alongside renowned Australia seven Hooper and All Blacks captain McCaw. But he has warned the rest of Ireland’s pack that equal status does not mean O’Brien can handle those big threats by himself. Ireland’s “world class” openside flanker Sean O’Brien must not be left to combat Michael Hooper and Richie McCaw alone in the next fortnight, according to forwards coach John Plumtree. Ireland host Australia in Dublin on Saturday where they will bid to build on their 40-9 opening autumn international victory over Samoa. Wallabies’ flanker Hooper will be desperate to disrupt Ireland’s rhythm this weekend, while McCaw will aim to do likewise a week later. As a result, Plumtree has challenged Ireland’s entire pack to stop the two standout stars from shining at the breakdown. He explained: “It’s not all about one person, that’s for sure. “Sean’s going to need help and support in that area, and it’s up to the rest of the pack as a start to make sure they do support him. “If he’s carrying the ball really well we’re going to need our cleaners in there quickly, and if he does get his hands on the ball in defence, we’re going to need to support him in there as well in terms of stealing ball. “So it’s really not all about one person, and it’s unfair to put a lot of pressure on Sean O’Brien to be competing with Richie McCaw, Hooper or whoever else. “It’s a team game, and certainly from a pack perspective it’s important that our pack works closely together, whether that’s scrum, line-out, carrying ball or defending. It’s got to be a team thing. Press Associationlast_img read more

Rihanna shocks fans with surprise appearance at the Cricket World Cup

first_imgRIHANNA made a surprise appearance in the crowd for the Sri Lanka v West Indies match at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Durham on Monday. The Work singer, pretty much startled the world – and Londoners – when she announced she has been secretly living in the capital for the last few months.And in case we did not believe her, the 31-year-old made a surprise appearance at the cricket match to prove to us that she is really truly soaking up the UK culture – and rare sun.The actress even posed for photographs inside the Riverside Stadium which the West Indies cricket team’s Twitter page then posted.The singer from Barbados, where cricket is already a popular sport, cheered on from her seats with a friend as she wore a large white jacket which she paired with a matching crop top and high-waisted white trousers. Adding on a truly large pair of rockstar shades, Rihanna completed her look with a bright red lip. The Fenty founder clearly enjoyed her day off from running a business empire as she laughed and chatted with a friend while sipping on a drink.last_img read more

Cairo Clash:10,000 spectators and 20,000 security personnel to be permitted

first_imgAhead of the Cairo Clash, FIFA says it will allow  only 10, 000 fans  into the Air Defense Stadium for next Tuesday’s Brazil 2014 World Cup playoff return leg between Egypt and Ghana in Cairo.The rest of the 20,000 capacity will be filled by the security personnel on duty.This directive has been clearly spelt out in the detailed security plan for the decisive 19 November clash.Authorities do not want to take chances at all after skirmishes between fans and police outside a stadium in Cairo on Sunday before Egypt’s Al Ahly beat South Africa’s Orlando Pirates in the final of the African Champions League.No injuries were reported, although police fired tear gas at hundreds of rioting Al Ahly fans ahead of kickoff outside the Arab Contractors Stadium.FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke wrote in a letter to the Ghana FA that permanent police escorts for players and officials, and ”sufficient” security at team hotels and at training sessions. ”The security plan has been designed in order to ensure total protection for all the delegations (Ghana, Egypt and Fifa) from arrival up to departure,” Valcke wrote in his letter, according to the GFA.Ghana won the first leg 6-1 on aggregate and are likely to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil.last_img read more

The disrespecting of Amanda Nunes and the real reason she’s not the UFC’s biggest star

first_imgThere was a time that Top Rank thought Floyd Mayweather Jr. wasn’t marketable and allowed him to buy himself out of his contract. Mayweather had the foresight to see that he needed to create a reason for fans to care. Whether they loved or hated him, they were interested. And even though he was rarely in a fight that fans would deem as “exciting,” Mayweather’s persona was one that elicited a response from a general audience. Top Rank didn’t see it at the time and it subsequently held back the man who would be the biggest star the boxing universe had ever seen. This is not to say that Amanda Nunes needs to go out there and trash talk her opponents, wear gaudy jewelry and have run-ins with the law. But what this is suggesting is that the baddest woman on the planet has a story to tell. She’s piqued the interest of people across the globe due to her scintillating performances in the Octagon, but now we need a reason for the casual fan to invest in her.   Amanda Nunes has a story to tell and the UFC simply isn’t telling it nor are they putting her in a position to succeed outside of the Octagon. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year​​Business analyst Darren Rovell has drawn the ire of White by suggesting that wins over Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg were “brutally damaging to UFC” because the Brazilian doesn’t have the same selling power as the two women she defeated. White fired back at the UFC 239 post fight press conference: “He says ‘the worst thing that ever could’ve happened tonight is Amanda Nunes won — she’s not a star for the UFC.’”This is the second time that White has addressed Rovell and he doubled down. “This is the type of stupid s— we hear,” he continued. “Amanda Nunes is a star. You get to a point where you can’t deny anymore. You can’t deny anymore. Amanda Nunes is the s—.”Rovell has attempted to back up his claims by citing Nunes’ PPV numbers for events that she has headlined. UFC 215 saw Nunes successfully defend her title against Valentina Shevchenko, while UFC 224 saw her put a beating on Raquel Pennington. Both events failed to eclipse over 100,000 buys. Watching Rovell and White go back and forth makes you realize that neither man comprehends how this has gone wrong and have allowed their respective egos to take center stage than address the real issue. The failure of making Amanda Nunes a star began shortly after she defeated Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 196 and punched her ticket to a title opportunity against Miesha Tate, who had choked out Holly Holm in the co-main event of that very card. A pay per view that was headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz.  The spotlight was on, but the UFC didn’t quite see what Amanda Nunes was about to become. It’s forgivable considering that much of the attention surrounded Conor McGregor and Nunes wasn’t much more than a table setter for a monster PPV that drew over 1.3 million buys. Meanwhile, Miesha Tate pulled off a stunning comeback to beat the woman who beat the woman when she submitted Holly Holm to claim the UFC women’s bantamweight title. It set the stage for a title clash between Tate and Nunes at UFC 200 in 2016, which was marred by controversy when Jon Jones infamously was pulled from the card just three days before his scheduled fight with Daniel Cormier for an Anti-Doping policy violation. Tate-Nunes would be elevated to the main event where Nunes ran roughshod over Tate, eliciting a submission in just over three minutes to claim the women’s bantamweight title. Again, with so much going on, an oversight in marketing Nunes would be forgivable. However, you have to recognize the train before it leaves the station. And that’s something the UFC would fail to do.What was unforgivable was the build for Nunes’ first title defense against the returning Ronda Rousey at UFC 207. Without knowing what the former champion had left after being knocked out by Holly Holm a year prior and with Rousey unwilling to participate in any press events to build toward her return, the UFC had a golden opportunity to begin building a new star in Nunes by presenting her as more than a viable opponent. Hell, Nunes was the champion and treated like the challenger.Instead of building Nunes, the UFC opted to have the entirety of the promotion surrounding Rousey’s return and actually went as far as completely excluding her from the first run of promotional ads heading into the fight. The entirety of the promotion was built around Nunes being nothing more than collateral damage for Rousey’s return. And the UFC couldn’t have been more wrong about it. Nunes needed only 48 seconds to send Rousey into exile and put an end to her era. But the problem was that the UFC did very little to create a star to replace the one who would depart their promotion forever. It should have been a no-brainer to capitalize on creating the next big thing in Amanda Nunes, who halted two women who were responsible for bringing women’s MMA to the forefront. Instead, the UFC was left with a new champion that nobody knew.That’s the UFC’s fault. “Nothing about me. Everything about her [Ronda Rousey],” Nunes said in an interview with FOX Sports about the UFC’s promotion of her fight with Rousey. “I was the champion, and to go through that was pretty hard and it hurt me a lot. All the promotion, all the TV. I was pissed off.“[Ronda] did a lot for this sport, she was the most dominating for a while. But now everything is changing. This sport is moving forward. And she takes days off. It’s her fault, it’s not my fault. Now we have a new champion, the UFC has to be everything about the belt, that’s why I have the belt!”She’s not wrong.The subsequent pay per view events that Nunes headlined performed poorly for two reasons:​Terrible undercardsUnderwhelming oppositionIn the case of UFC 215, where Nunes defeated future UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko, a look at the card revealed a paper-thin run of fights that drew very little interest. Her next title defense at UFC 224 was against a woman who got the opportunity due to the lack of talent at the top of the division. Also, the undercard was underwhelming. In that sense, Rovell is correct in that Nunes was unable to draw on her own. But the problem isn’t Nunes as much as the shouldering of the blame should go to the UFC. Where he’s loud and wrong is in his comment that Nunes isn’t marketable. ​Being the first openly gay UFC champion should have been a key selling point for Nunes and an opportunity to tap into a market that the mixed martial arts promotion had yet to even attempt to crack. Superstars aren’t created by simply defeating opponents; they have to be positioned properly to succeed. In order to crossover, you have to catch the casual fan and give them a reason to root for the fighter, not the fight nor the promotion that he or she fights for. The UFC has given the casual fan no reason to be interested in a Brazilian wrecking machine with a sense of humor that is in an openly gay relationship with another UFC fighter.This isn’t rocket science, guys. The lack of support from the UFC’s marketing team has hurt Nunes more than helped because they either don’t understand how to position Nunes or simply don’t care. Either answer is the wrong one. It’s important to note that the UFC has always had difficulty marketing fighters of color to a broader audience. Champions such as Tyron Woodley, who happened to appear in the N.W.A. biopic, have been in the news more for his dustups with Dana White than his story being a fighter from Ferguson, MO. – the very place that Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer and sparked countrywide outrage – as one of 13 children. Instead of focusing on building Woodley as one of the most dominant champions in welterweight history, who can identify with an African American audience that has been criminally underserved by the UFC, we’ve been treated to constant criticism from White in suggesting that Woodley didn’t really want to fight. That’s not how you build stars. Meanwhile, Colby Covington won an interim title and met Donald Trump at the White House. While the only thing the division’s then-true champion met was criticism. The picture is being painted; you just have to be willing to accept it. And that picture lacks color.Every fighter has a story and the UFC only really knows how to tell one to a very specific audience. The UFC had little trouble positioning Sage Northcutt and Paige Van Zant to mainstream acclaim with sponsorships and magazine covers. Neither has had the success that Nunes has had in the Octagon. But, for them, it’s an easy subject to market.      Nunes, for whatever reason, is more complicated for them to market. Why Nunes hasn’t been a symbol for Pride month or ran the talk show circuit or covered more magazines is beyond this writer. She’s improved her English immensely over the past few years and has compiled a highlight reel that is absolutely astounding. But what is her story? The UFC doesn’t know and that doesn’t give fans a reason to care. Heading into her fight with the woman recognized as the most dominating force in mixed martial arts history in Cris Cyborg, the UFC seemed to understand what they had, but didn’t know what to do with it. Her 51-second dismantling of Cyborg should have been met with more fanfare than it had. But that’s because the UFC failed in creating an atmosphere where Nunes was known outside of the niche world of MMA. For those like Rovell who suggest that she isn’t marketable, they need to understand that everyone has a story that connects with an audience. And that story isn’t being a blonde-haired all-American who can fight. That’s just lazy and waiting for a superstar — like Conor McGregor — to fall into your lap.Digging beyond the surface is what is necessary to push Nunes beyond the boundaries of MMA. It may take a little creativity, but if she’s set up to succeed, the work she’s put in as a mixed martial artist will speak for itself and build her growing legend. Perhaps the UFC should diversify their reach as a promotional outfit and go beyond the usual run of media outlets for their fighters.   Amanda Nunes put the exclamation mark on her claims to the greatest female mixed martial artist of all-time this weekend when she knocked out Holly Holm at UFC 239. The victory put the 31-year-old two-division champion in rare air as she has stopped every woman who has touched a world title in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions (Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg, Miesha Tate and Holm). Perhaps more importantly, she’s definitively polished off two of the women who sat at the top of the world as the most dangerous fighters (Cyborg and Rousey) with both knockout stoppages coming in less than a minute. However, Nunes remains a virtual unknown outside of MMA circles despite her remarkable resume and the fact that she can lay claim to being the greatest mixed martial artist of all-time, male or female. And now the UFC is being taken to task for how they have managed to underpromote such a dominant force. Strangely enough, as much as UFC president Dana White may be to blame for this, he’s also quick to be protective when outside forces challenge Nunes’ star power.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Friday, Jan. 16

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, Jan. 16, 2015:Friday•El Dorado at Wellington. G- 6 p.m., B – follow.Saturday•Dancing wit the teachers.No School on Monday!Friday lunch: Baked ham, potatoes/brown gravy, great beans, angel biscuit/jelly, pineapple chunks.Today’s News*NHS members- remember to sign up for Remind 101 in Ms. Hollas’ room. Also the Chisholm Trail Museum is looking for volunteers this Sunday starting at 1 p.m.. If you are interested in helping, please see Ms. Hollas.*Crusader Committed invites you to Rock n Bowl this Saturday night. This will be a 1980’s themed event, so dress from that era is encouraged. The event will be at Meadow Lanes from 9-12pm. Cost for this fun filled evening is $10.  If you have questions contact Trey Coulter.*It’s time to pay it forward to one of our biggest fans. We are raising money to buy Keith Finley a letter jacket for his birthday. It will be given to him at the homecoming basketball game on February 6. There will be buckets in the office, library and in Mr. Ginter’s room. If you have any questions you can ask Jared Shields or McKenna Oathout. This fundraiser will end on January 23.*Students- Can’t find your agenda? You can purchase a new one in the office for $5.*First Semester Geography Students- if you have not returned your textbook, please do so immediately to Mr. Young.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Officials Charge 57 with Rioting, Looting Felonies at Tampa Protests

first_imgProsecutors in the Tampa area have charged 57 people with rioting and looting that occurred just after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody sparked nationwide protests, officials announced on Friday.Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said in a statement that charges have been filed against dozens of people for allegedly ransacking stores, causing destruction and fighting with police officers in Tampa. The riots began on the night of May 30, less than a week after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota on Memorial Day.“These 57 people should not be confused with the large number of peaceful protesters in our community,” Warren said. “The defendants we’ve charged took advantage of the pain in our community and tried to turn it into a quick buck or set out to cause chaos. None of us will stand for that.”While most of the alleged offenses occurred more than a month ago, Warren explained that filing charges take time because prosecutors need to fully review all of the evidence for each case.The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office has declined to prosecute peaceful protesters, although Warren added that the 57 people accused of felony crimes could face anywhere from five years to life in prison.The businesses that were affected include jewelry stores, clothing stores and convenience stores.last_img read more

New Generators To Power Emergency Shelters at Brookdale

first_imgThe generators are being funded through the Sandy Hazard Mitigation Grant Program’s Infrastructure Grant and Energy Allocation Initiative.According to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), the project cost for the new generator at Collins Arena is $457,560. The dollar figure for improvements to the Warner Student Life Center is currently being reviewed, though anticipated to be around the same amount.The estimated date of completion for the generator installation is December 2017, said MCSO public information officer Cynthia Scott. With these new generators, county OEM ser vices are anticipating the two buildings at Brookdale will be an integral piece of the Monmouth County Emergency Operations Plan.Scott said Brookdale was chosen as the site because the college “is located outside of any flood zones, the campus is accessible, and the Collins Arena and Student Life Center are capable of holding the largest number of evacuees in one location, thus allowing Monmouth County to maximize its resources.”Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden called Brookdale “an ideal location” for emergency shelters. Other locations are being planned, according to Scott.After Super Storm Sandy slammed the Jersey Shore, Monmouth University was used as the county’s evacuation shelter. Nearly 1,500 people flocked to the university in West Long Branch for relief.The Robert J. Collins Arena is the home court for the Brookdale Jersey Blues, and is also used for high school graduations and other large-scale events. Capacity inside is capped around 2,000 in the 23,000-square-foot event space, according to Brookdale. A four-lane track wraps around the length of the arena, spanning 1/10 of a mile.The Warner Student Life Center, which opened in 2008, is an 81,000-square-foot complex only a few hundred feet away from the arena. It houses the community college’s 335-seat cafeteria, bookstore, numerous large seminar rooms and smaller offices on the bottom floor.Murphy said Brookdale and Monmouth County jointly applied for and received the grant funding for the emergency generators in fiscal year 2015.Throughout Monmouth County, 50 total projects have benefitted from the two Sandy Hazard Mitigation Grants, with $11,457,031 being allocated to energy and infrastructure improvements.On April 13, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously passed a resolution approving a Memorandum of Understanding between the MCSO and Brookdale for the community college to become both an Emergency Evacuation Center and a Community Reception Center.This article was first published in the April 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By Jay Cook | LINCROFT – In the event another major disaster like 2012’s Super Storm Sandy strikes Monmouth County, two buildings on Brookdale Community College’s Lincroft campus will be a refuge for residents.Thanks to federal grants, permanent emergency generators will soon be installed at the Robert J. Collins Arena, and also at the Warner Student Life Center, both on the campus’ southern edge. The college is accessible from Phalanx Road and County Road 520.“In emergency situations, such as we saw after Super Storm Sandy, members of our community often need guidance, support and a safe place to go,” Brookdale president Maureen Murphy said in a statement to The Two River Times. “While we hope we never see a disaster like Sandy again, we are happy to be part of an initiative to provide a safe space for county residents.”last_img read more

Kootenay Ice host Major Midget tryout camp this weekend at NDCC Arena

first_imgMidget-aged hockey players from throughout the Kootenays will be in Nelson this weekend to attend the evaluation camp of the Kootenay Ice Midget AAA Hockey Team.The Ice is part of the 11-team B.C. Major Midget Hockey League for players 15, 16 and 17 year old.Camps are held every year to evaluate players and help coaches select teams. The Kootenay Ice camp, headed up by head coach Mario DiBella and former Nelson Leaf assistant Sean Dooley, is one of 11 held throughout the province.Camp, set for the NDCC Arena in Nelson, begins Friday at 4:30 p.m. with registration followed by a parent meeting.Players, divided into two groups, take to the ice for sessions to close out the first day.Saturday, coaches and evaluators select three teams for scrimmage games.Those teams will be cut to two teams, which play a two-hour game Sunday morning.The tryout camp concludes with player interview Sunday afternoon.The success of the BCMML is at an all time high with the 2011-2012 Evaluation Camps setting a new record for the highest registration in league history.  Approximately 800 players will hit the ice this weekend.The 2011 BCMML champion Vancouver North West Giants defeated Alberta rep Red Deer Rebels to advance to the National Midget Championship TELUS Cup for the first time in league history.In 2010-11 the Kootenay Ice finished 10th overall with an 8-25-7 record. Some of last year’s team, including Dryden Hunt of Nelson and Luke Bertolucci of Trail used seasoning in the BCMMHL to garner potential spots on Tier II Junior A rosters in the B.C. Hockey [email protected]last_img read more