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Too late to turn back for KIJHL?

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt a decision the movers and shakers at Kootenay International Junior Hockey League headquarters said would not happen, move into a larger markets like Kamloops or Kelowna.But in 2006 Osoyoos was granted a move to Spoolmak Country and in the spring of 2010, there was the KIJHL announcing the Chase Chiefs were moving south to the red-hot hockey market of Kelowna for the 2010-11 campaign.Nine months later the mighty Chiefs are cruising along in second spot in the Okanagan Division of the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.The team has made peace with the WHL Rockets — who held the junior hockey rights in the Central Okanagan City — and have quietly made an impact during season one.“That was the rumour mill at its finest,” Ken Andrusiak, head coach of the Chiefs told The Nelson Daily prior to last week’s game against Nelson at the NDCC Arena. “We started the process of getting a franchise in Kelowna about a year ago and have always had the Rockets on side.”“We had to get the City, we had to get the rink and we had to get KIJHL on side, so we had bigger fish to fry than the Rockets,” Andrusiak added. “So we never had a problem with them one way or another.”Fact is the Rockets are glad to have the Chiefs in town. The junior B league allows the WHL power to groom its two 16-year-olds in preparation for a spot on the Tier I squad.As for the rest of the roster, Andrusiak had more than enough players to choose from.“In the first year at least half of our team came with the team,” Andrusiak explained. “We had to take some of the players from the Chase franchise and mix them in with local players from Kelowna.”“As for the future, there is an abundance of local players . . . we have six right now on our team,” he added.That number should grow next year and the season after. However, the Chiefs gain is a loss for many of the other teams in the league.Nelson, for one, has used Kelowna players to fill out the majority of its roster for the past few seasons. Stats show more than 40 players in the KIJHL originate from Kelowna Minor Hockey.“We’re not going to be able to recruit all of those players, but I believe with our franchise now in Kelowna, we’ll put a major dent in that number, for sure,” said Andrusiak, who has two former Nelson Leafs on the roster, son Landon and winger Dane Rupert.Both younger Andrusiak and Rupert are happy to be able to play before the 300-400 plus family and friends that attend games at the Rutland Arena.”I really like playing at home, so for me it was the right move,” Rupert said.”It’s a good feeling to play at home . . . now I’m going to university and to play in front of family and friends is definitely pretty special,”  said Landon Andrusiak.The Chiefs also bolsters the Okanagan invasion in the KIJHL.The league has gone from a few teams to two divisions of four. That number grows when Chase is welcomed back to the league following a one-year hiatus.Which begs the question, will there be two junior B leagues in the B.C. Interior in the not too distant future?“I hope not, but reading between the lines I think that’s where (KIJHL) is going,” Andrusiak confessed. “You’d lose the characteristics of this league if (Kootenay and Okanagan teams) only played each other in the playoffs.But economically that’s the push coming from out end of the league,” added Andrusiak, hoping the KI never loses its identity and ability for smaller communities to ice teams that can compete.“It’s very expensive to bring a team over here for two of three games and the dollar is probably going to win out in that argument.”Which makes you wonder why the KIJHL ever expanded into the big markets after all.Only time will tell.NOTES: The Kelowna Rockets have made a history of finding players in the KIJHL. Those players who have made their mark with WHL franchise, but started in the KI, include Chuck Kobasew (Osoyoos 1998-99), Shea Webber (Sicamous 2001-02), Clayton Bauer (Sicamous 2003-03), Justin Keller (Summerland 2002-03) and James McEwan (Castlegar 2003-04)[email protected]last_img read more

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HC admits over age players plea against DDCA and BCCI

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Friday admitted a petition that accuses the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of allowing over age players to get selected in under-16 and under-19 teams and play.It says that this June, 47 players were selected and trained by the DDCA. However, six months later, 15 of them were found to be over age for the team that they were selected for.Treating the petition as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), Justice S Murlidhar on Friday referred it to a division bench for January hearing. The court, however, has yet not issued notices to the accused parties that also include the Union government.Petitioner Rajiv Gupta, father of a budding cricketer, has alleged that the DDCA by selecting and allowing over age players to play in various tournaments has thereby ” affected and foreclosed” the rights of the eligible under age players to show their talent and play for the state of Delhi.Citing a specific incident, the petitioner claimed that this June the DDCA selected tentatively 46 players in an extremely ” arbitrary and incoherent manner”. ” It is submitted that these 46 players who were short listed were given a comprehensive training to play for DDCA in various tournaments where players under the age of 16 only were to play. However, in October, when the DDCA was to select the final team, the players were sent to Apollo Hospital for getting their age tested and it was found that 17 players were overage and were not fit to play the tournament,” said the petition. ” Interestingly, barely two days after this, another report from a private doctor from Apollo Hospital declared two of the 17 players to be within the age of 16 years and thus competent to play the tournament.” The petitioner has also raised objections to the process followed by the DDCA for determining the age of the cricketers.advertisement” The DDCA in its endeavours to select the players of its choice has adopted a mechanism whereby a player is sent for the medical examination only once and thereafter he is allowed to play for subsequent years even if he becomes overage as per the date of birth provided by him,” said the petition.The petition further explains that the procedure adopted by the DDCA re- introduces the old malice of cheating on age as players comfortably manages a date of birth certificate that allow them to remain in the team for next three years.” The practice also saves the medical practitioner as all he has to do is to ascertain whether the player sent to him is of 19 years or below on the date of examination and he nowhere has to give an opinion on the age of the player on the date of the examination,” said the petition.However, other states have adopted a fair mechanism, according to which the doctor concerned has to give a specific opinion as to the age of the player on the date of examination.Also, the players are sent for age determination tests every year before being selected in the team. ” It shall be pertinent to mention that even the DDCA was earlier following the practice but recently, for reasons arbitrary, capricious and malafide, the said practice, was discontinued without any plausible reason,” the petition added.The petition seeks the court’s direction to the government of India to ensure that the BCCI and the DDCA ” function in an accountable manner and for the objects for which they have been created and recognised by the government, failing which the government must withdraw its recognition and patronage from these organisations”.last_img read more

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro launched: Key specs, features, India price and everything you need to know

first_imgHuawei just announced its newest Mate 20 Pro smartphone in India. This is the first time the company is bringing its Mate series to the country and it comes just a few months after the Mate 20 Pro. The launch of the Mate 20 Pro is a significant step and highlights the company’s growing confidence in the Indian market.The Mate 20 Pro goes big on design and features. It highlights a curved glass design and a matrix-designed triple rear camera system. Under the hood, the phone is powered by the latest 7nm-based Kirin 980 chipset and offers a 40W fast charging support, among other things. The Mate 20 Pro is loaded with top-of-the-line features and here’s a look at what the new flagship brings to the market.Huawei Mate 20 Pro specificationsDisplay: The Mate 20 Pro sports a 6.39-inch (3120×1440) 2K+ OLED display with 538 ppi pixel densityProcessor: It is powered by Huawei’s latest 2.6GHz Kirin 980 chipset that is based on a 7nm processRAM: 6GB and 8GB of RAMInternal storage: The 6GB RAM variant comes with 128GB of internal storage while the 8GB RAM option comes with 256GB of internal storageRear camera: The Mate 20 Pro gets Leica-branded triple rear cameras that include a 40MP wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, a 20MP Ultra wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture. The cameras also support laser and phase detection auto focus as well as AIS (AI-based stabilisation)Front camera: On the front, the Mate 20 Pro sports a 24MP 3D depth sensing cameraadvertisementBattery: The Mate 20 Pro houses a 4,200mAh battery with support for 40W fast charging. The device also supports 15W wireless charging as wellSoftware: Huawei’s latest flagship ships with EMUI 9 based on Android 9 PieHuawei Mate 20 Pro features– The Mate 20 Pro is all about offering a premium design on the outside and top-end features on the inside. The phone has a Galaxy S9-like look to it with 3D curved glass on the front and back. The 6.39-inch OLED display also curves on the sides much like Samsung’s flagships. The rear panel comes in an attractive gradient Twilight colour with nano-coating that makes it non-slippery and resistant to fingerprint. It also comes in Emerald Green and Black colours. — The Mate 20 Pro brings and in-display fingerprint sensor that will unlock the device by placing a finger on a specific part of the display. The notch on the top also houses some sensors to enable 3D facial recognition as an alternative biometric login. The 3D sensors are also useful to create Animoji-like animated emojis based on your facial reactions.– One of the big highlights about the Mate 20 Pro is its triple camera system on the back that is arranged in a matrix along with an LED flash. The matrix design offers a kind of symmetry to the whole system. The sensors on board are almost similar to the P20 Pro. There is a 40MP wide-angle lens with f/1.8 aperture, a 20MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture.– The Mate 20 Pro is powered by the latest Kirin 980 chipset which is based on a 7nm process. Huawei is touting a 75 per cent performance upgrade, 46 per cent GPU performance upgrade and 58 per cent power efficiency over its predecessor chip.ALSO READ: Huawei Mate 20 Pro with triple rear cameras, Kirin 980 AI chip launched in India at Rs 69,990– The Huawei flagship houses a large 4,200mAh battery, but the more attractive feature is the SuperCharge support that offers 40W fast charging capabilities that will power up the phone by 70 per cent in just 30 minutes. Huawei is bundling a 40W charger with the box and the company is also selling its 15W wireless charger as an accessory.Huawei Mate 20 Pro price in India and availabilityThe Mate 20 Pro India price has been set at Rs 69,990. This is for the 6GB RAM model. Huawei will not be bringing the 8GB Ram variant just yet. The Mate 20 Pro will go on sale exclusively on Amazon India starting December 3 for Prime users and midnight December 4 for regular customers. Huawei is also throwing in a pair of Sennheiser headset worth Rs 29,990 if you purchase the the Mate 20 Pro for Rs 71,990.At the event, Huawei announced that it will also bring a special Porsche edition of the Mate 20 Pro in a few weeks as well as its Huawei Watch and Matebook X Pro.last_img read more

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Injured Kane withdraws from England squad

first_imgHarry Kane Kane and Winks join Alli in withdrawing from England duty Harry West Last updated 2 years ago 05:47 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Harry Kane Tottenham Getty Images Harry Kane England Tottenham Hotspur England v Germany England v Brazil Premier League Friendlies The Tottenham duo become the latest players to pull out of the friendly clashes against Germany and Brazil, with Jake Livermore called up Harry Kane and Harry Winks have joined Tottenham team-mate Dele Alli in pulling out of England’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil.Kane 7/4 to be PL top scorerWest Brom midfielder Jake Livermore has been called up by Gareth Southgate for the games at Wembley on November 10 and 14. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It was confirmed on Sunday Alli would play no part in the matches due to the hamstring injury that ruled him out of Spurs’ 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.Squad update: we’ll be without @HKane and @HarryWinks for this month’s games, while @29_JL has been called up. https://t.co/7Vbo4UZNeS — England (@England) November 6, 2017 And Alli has been joined on the sidelines by Kane and Winks as Southgate suffers a blow in his planning for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.Kane took a knock to the leg against Palace, with Spurs keen to avoid any risks being taken with his fitness ahead of their clash with Arsenal upon the resumption of the Premier League while Winks sustained an ankle problem during the same game.Kane’s absence increases the chances of Swansea City’s on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham making his England debut.last_img read more

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Procedure aims to ease symptoms in patients with treatmentresistant depression

first_imgTORONTO – For the last seven years, Sky Zazlov has been fighting the demon of major depressive disorder — and none of the numerous medications, myriad types of therapy or other interventions she has tried have been able to lift the black cloud of despair that has enveloped her life.“It affects hygiene, sleep, diet, emotions,” Zazlov, 40, said of the severe treatment-resistant depression she developed in 2011.“It affects everything, how I interact with my family, whether I’m able to keep friendships, whether or not I can get out of bed and wash my hair and brush my teeth,” said the mother of a 12-year-old boy, who is no longer able to work as a 911 dispatcher in Toronto.“You feel numb sometimes and empty a lot of the time. There’s not a lot of interest in doing anything or seeing anybody or talking to anyone.”The symptoms she describes are classic hallmarks of major depression, which affects about a quarter of the Canadian population at some point in life. Almost 14 per cent of people will suffer recurrent bouts of severe depression; among those, about one in 10 will fail to respond to at least three standard antidepressants and be deemed treatment-resistant.It is a story Zazlov knows all to well.“Nothing has worked well, nothing has even worked OK up to this point.”So in desperation, Zazlov agreed to take part in a six-patient clinical trial of a cutting-edge procedure that uses ultrasound beams directed into the brain to alter a pathway known to be at least in part responsible for such psychiatric conditions as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder.Early Tuesday morning, she became the third patient with intractable depression to be treated at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre with MRI-guided focused ultrasound, a non-invasive procedure that sends more than 1,000 beams through the skull to a tiny target in each hemisphere of the brain.Her head shaved and fitted with a halo-like helmet, Zazlov was placed in an MRI scanner, which transmitted images of her brain to computer screens in an adjacent room. Using those images, doctors were able to pinpoint the four- to five-millimetre areas of her brain and precisely deliver the ultrasound beams.Those focused beams create a lesion in the region known as the anterior limb of the internal capsule — medical speak for a kind of circuit or information highway that connects the frontal lobes to emotional centres deeper within the brain, and which is implicated in depression and other mood disorders when its function goes awry.The idea is to “disrupt the activity in a circuit that’s not functioning properly, to effectively reset the activity of that circuit,” said Dr. Nir Lipsman, principal investigator of the trial, the first in North America to use focused ultrasound to try to overcome treatment-resistant depression.The beauty of the procedure is that it’s non-invasive, said Lipsman, a neurosurgeon who heads Sunnybrook’s Centre for Neuromodulation.MRI-guided focused ultrasound doesn’t require holes to be drilled in the skull or a probe passed through the brain, which is the case with such surgeries as deep-brain stimulation, another technique that’s been used to alter the pathway and mediate depression and OCD, for instance.“Now we can generate the same lesion under real-time image guidance without making an incision,” he said.The next challenge is to see if the procedure will be effective — something that won’t be known for at least several months, said Dr. Anthony Levitt, director of the hospital’s brain sciences program and a trial co-investigator.“What I anticipate us seeing in the earliest stages is some change in mood, not necessarily positive or consistent,” he said of Zazlov and the other trial participants.The patients won’t “necessarily feel wonderful and fabulous and recovered … but in that first two months you can see a variety of changes, just evidence that we have tampered with the mood-regulating system. It hasn’t yet adapted itself, it hasn’t come to a settled place, which takes two to six months or more.”Zazlov, who admitted to being apprehensive before undergoing the hours-long procedure, said she enrolled in the trial because she felt she had nothing to lose, even if “they don’t know if it’s going to work.”“I’ve done so many trials of medications, different classes of medications,” she said, following up with a lengthy list of therapies, from individual and group counselling to cognitive processing therapy for trauma, to many rounds of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, in which magnetic pulses are passed through the skull to specific regions of the brain.Some showed promise but then side-effects would set in and it would become unbearable, she said.“I’m not looking for a magic pill, I’m not looking for a magic bullet … I would like to think that this has the potential to make me somewhat OK, Zazlov said of the ultrasound procedure.“I’m hoping that I can have a day where I can get out of bed and I can have a day where I can not feel so hopeless and feel that despair — it’s brutal.“I’d like,” she said pausing with a sigh “to be able to live.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

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