Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and communities 12 March

first_imgCanada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and communities 12 March From: Indigenous Services CanadaIndigenous Services Canada (ISC) is closely monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases reported in First Nations communities across the country. Overall, active case counts continue to decline, with 1,123 active cases reported as of March 10, 2021.Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is closely monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases reported in First Nations communities across the country. Overall, active case counts continue to decline, with 1,123 active cases reported as of March 10, 2021.This week marks one year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic. Communities all across the country have been overwhelmingly impacted over the course of the last year. But despite the challenges, Indigenous Leadership has played a critical role in ensuring community members have the information and resources needed to stay healthy and combat COVID-19.First Nations, Inuit, and Métis have demonstrated strength, resilience and courage throughout this year and that must be celebrated and acknowledged. Health care workers and front line staff have been at the centre of efforts to respond and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus for the past year. The Government of Canada continues to thank everyone for their efforts and dedication to save lives.While we have made tremendous progress, it is critical that everyone continue with physical distancing, wearing masks, avoiding gatherings and non-essential travel, staying home when sick, get the COVID-19 vaccine when possible, and keeping up with frequent hand washing, cough and surface hygiene. The combination of all these public health measures are required to stop the spread of the virus.In First Nations communities, as of March 10, ISC is aware of:22,581 confirmed positive COVID-191,123 active cases21,208 recovered cases250 deathsThere is a total of 48 confirmed positive cases in Nunavik, Quebec, with only six of those being active. As of March 9, the Government of Nunavut is reporting 23 active cases in the Kivalliq Region, and a total of 381 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. Of the 381 reported cases, 357 people have recovered from the virus.As of March 3, 2021, more than 2.9 million Moderna and Pfizer vaccines have been distributed across the country. As of March 9, 2021, 162,155 doses have been administered in 536 communities, with a 53 per cent dose administration rate among adults in First Nations and Inuit communities in provinces and Indigenous and non-Indigenous adults in the territories.There are now four COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in Canada. The vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson will be available to everyone in Canada who is recommended to receive it by federal, provincial and territorial public health authorities this year.In line with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s recommendations, all Indigenous adults, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, are recommended to be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as possible. The Government of Canada is working with provincial and territorial governments to allocate, distribute and administer vaccines as efficiently, equitably and effectively as possible.We are also continuing to support the vaccine roll out for Indigenous adults living in urban cities and towns across Canada. For example, cities across British Columbia have started booking appointments for Indigenous People 65 years of age and older. And of note, Chatham-Kent, Ontario will start offering COVID-19 vaccination appointments to Indigenous adults starting this week as well. First Nation, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous people who are over 16, as well as their immediate household members will be eligible.ISC is also working with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada and Public Services and Procurement Canada to identify and address any unsolicited offers of COVID-19 vaccine for sale to Indigenous communities that are deemed suspicious. Public Services and Procurement Canada, on behalf of the Public Health Agency of Canada and based on advice from the Vaccine Task Force, leads negotiations and finalizes agreements with vaccine manufacturers. This ensures the legitimacy of all vaccine products coming into Canada, and further ensures everyone in Canada, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, can have confidence in the authenticity and safety of the vaccines being provided to them. Vaccine orders are confirmed by provinces and territories to the Public Health Agency Vaccine Rollout National Operations Centre (NOC). Shipments of doses from manufacturers to Canada and select destinations across all provinces and territories are then coordinated and monitored through NOC to ensure the safety and security of all deliveries.ISC is also working with partners to help dispel some inaccurate information that has been circulating to certain communities about fraudulent offers and false and distorted information about side effects. The spread of misinformation can have real consequences and can distort people’s behaviours and decision-making. It is important to look for current and up to date information from trusted sources, and to consider the source of information before spreading or sharing articles of facts. Trusted information includes that from federal, provincial and territorial health authorities, community health centres, nursing stations or local healthcare providers.A number of federal partners, including the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), ISC and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, continue to work in collaboration with communities, provinces and territories in an effort to assess on-going community needs, and supports. This week, the CAF will deploy to Mathias Colomb Cree Nation in Manitoba to assist the community with their COVID-19 response. This is in addition to the many First Nations communities that the CAF has supported in recent months with managing COVID-19 outbreaks and facilitating vaccine distribution. In Ontario, Weeneebayko and ORNGE, who are leading Operation Remote Immunity, are currently administering second doses in a number of communities. ISC is also exploring with First Nations and provincial partners where there may be an interest in partnership opportunities with the CAF to expand capacity for logistics support and accelerate the administration of vaccines.As vaccines continue to roll out across the country, we remain thankful for all healthcare workers, nurses, Doctors, Indigenous leadership and countless others, who are playing a critical role in helping communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:British, Canada, community health, coronavirus, Government, health, healthcare, Indigenous, leadership, Pfizer, public health, Public Service, resilience, Suspicious, vaccination, World Health Organizationlast_img read more

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Blending comedy with capitalism in The Outer Worlds

first_imgBlending comedy with capitalism in The Outer WorldsObsidian’s senior designer Brian Heins also discusses why tougher moral choices are more interestingJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefWednesday 28th August 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleObsidian EntertainmentGiant corporations steer the course of human history, prioritising profits over people and expanding their business into any area that will deliver more of the former.Sound familiar? It’s how many people view the Googles and Facebooks of our world, but it’s also the premise of The Outer Worlds, the upcoming action RPG from Obsidian Entertainment.While it can be argued that the game is a comment on capitalism, senior designer Brian Heins tells us the early inspirations actually stretch back much further than the last ten years. The team looked at early 1900s America, and the industrialists and robber barons that were grabbing for power at the time. The US Government introduced regulations that broke up some of this power, but Obsidian pondered: what if that never happened?The result is the sci-fi setting of The Outer Worlds, where human colonies in the far reaches of space are run by vast corporations, each with their own agenda. This already sounds like quite a dark premise — and there’s certainly a sinister undertone to it — but Obsidian was determined to maximise the appeal by making it fun and entertaining at the same time.Brian Heins, Obsidian EntertainmentHeins tells GamesIndustry.biz the premise itself injects a little humour: ” Obviously, this world has a certain level of absurdity just because of the complete control corporations have over everyone’s lives, which doesn’t exist in our own.”But still there are echoes in our lives that we’re used to — everyone’s had a crappy customer service call with a corporation at some point, so everyone can understand that level of bureaucracy invading even the smallest aspects of your life.”So it was more like the idea that how we can we take a serious thing in our world and add a humourous spin to it as well.”It arrives at an interesting time where there are anti-corporate sentiments from some pockets of the gaming community. There’s the long-running perception that EA is evil, a distrust of Google and its plans for Stadia, and conspiracy theories that Tencent’s stake in Epic Games means the company is spying on Fortnite players and its store users for the Chinese government.Even Obsidian is perhaps in a precarious position now that it has been purchased by Microsoft, one of the ‘big faceless corporations’ that have been decried by gamers over the years. Heins says the fictional firms in The Outer Worlds “don’t necessarily reflect on games industry corporations specifically”, and reflects on his own experiences with such organisations.”I’ve worked for the ‘big faceless evil corporations’ and on the inside they’re not faceless or evil. There’s always reasons for why decisions are made” “I’ve worked for EA, I’ve worked for Take-Two, Rockstar, now I work for Microsoft,” he says. “I’ve worked for the ‘big faceless evil corporations’ and on the inside they’re not faceless or evil. There’s always reasons for why decisions are made. Not always ones that individual people agree with or understand because a lot of the times when a company makes a decision, they don’t always communicate ‘Here’s all the reasons behind how we got to this point.'”In The Outer Worlds, this is all personified by the Board, the group that oversees the corporations running each colony. Rather than setting this entity up as an obvious villain, Obsidian ensures players see events from the Board’s perspective as well and in a relatable way.”We wanted to put a human face on it, so you’re actually working with specific people,” Heins explains. “Each person has their own personality, their own human moments that help you relate to them. We wanted to give a personal touch to the faceless corporations. If you can’t sympathise with the corporate board, you can sympathise with the person you are dealing with in the game.”He continues: “Whether you end up agreeing with them or not, they have reasons for doing what they do and the way they are doing it. There’s a logic to it, although you might disagree with their methods. We try wherever we can to not just have one point of view we force on the player. Because ultimately we want them to be able to see multiple different points of view and then make the decision. “Choices are interesting when they’re hard, when both sides have equal weight to their argument and you have to decide which one to go with. That’s much more interesting than if one side is clearly right, the other is clearly wrong and you don’t have to think about the choice at all.”Obsidian has tried to ensure each corporation has a human face in the form of characters that players interact with, making them more relatableHeins comments echo those of co-director Leonard Boyarsky, who said the game wouldn’t deliver one point of view and won’t be “politically charged” (part of the ongoing ‘Are games political?’ debate). The senior designer says the goal of the game is to “create interesting situations, not tell the player how to feel about those situations.”As a result, Heins emphasises that there will be no good or bad choices, once again pointing to the efforts made in presenting both sides of each argument. He compares it to morality systems in past games where the bad option in any given choice might be to just slaughter everybody.”Choices are interesting when they’re hard, when both sides have equal weight to their argument and you have to decide which one to go with” “It’s hard to come up with a logic there that makes it sound like the right decision,” he says. “We do have quests that are kill quests, but we try to give the reason why that character wants these people eliminated. It may be dark, but if you buy into their world view you’ll understand why that’s what they want to achieve.”That’s our goal — to give the player enough grey. The good side isn’t purely good, the dark side isn’t purely dark. It’s all different shades of the individual motivations of the characters.”The lack of binary good and evil is complemented by the humourous tone of the game, which also dissuades any reading of The Outer Worlds as a serious, anti-capitalist piece. The humour, Heins tells us, is the direct result of the pairing in charge: Boyarsky and his fellow co-director Tim Cain. While the former has a “dark, cynical look on life”, the latter is “very goofy” so any title he works on is “never going to be a totally serious game.””Our job as the team was working out where the line was on the humour,” Heins says. “That’s something every person on the team had to understand — what’s too far, and what’s not far enough? Once we had that level of humour, we could do things like the cystypigs, which are an example of something that’s both dark and also absurdly humourous.”For anyone not aware, cystipigs are genetically modified animals that grow meat-flavoured tumours around their neck, which shed naturally and are sold as “sustainable meat products.” It’s elements like this littered throughout the game that provide “moments of light-hearted whimsy to contrast against the more dark and serious tone of the overall story that’s being told.”Finding the right balance, however, has taken a lot of iteration.”One of the things we’ve done is as we play through the game, we look at where we can add jokes,” says Heins. “And sometimes we’ve added jokes and been like, ‘No, that’s kinda ruining what we’re trying to say’ so we’ll just pull it out. Or conversely, there are bits where it’s like ‘Wow, this conversation is super serious, we need to lighten it up a little.’Heins says Obsidian would eagerly take the opportunity to grow The Outer Worlds into a new franchise”One of the nice things about The Outer Worlds’ development is we’ve been able to play through the entire game early enough to start finding those moments where we need to pull back or push forward on the humour a bit more. We luckily have some very talented writers who are good at writing comedy as well as writing the serious stuff. That’s been invaluable.”Inevitably, comparisons have been drawn between The Outer Worlds and Fallout — including by Obsidian itself in the announcement trailer. Heins attributes this to having Cain and Boyarsky at the helm, both key designers on the original Fallout, and says the words many a franchise fan has been waiting to hear: “It’s the spiritual successor to Fallout: New Vegas.”There’s a slight caveat here: by ‘spiritual successor’, Heins admits he means it’s a “Obsidian-style RPG”, with branching narratives, deep character progression systems, and player skills and attributes that play into both. These core aspects are also found in Pillars of Eternity, Tyranny and even (to an extent) South Park: The Stick of Truth, he says.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “In that sense, any game we make is a spiritual successor to New Vegas. The fact that there are direct parallels between the two is just down to the fact that this is part of our DNA as a studio, this is the type of game we want to make and how we want to make them.”The Outer Worlds arrives on October 25th for PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One, but Obsidian’s new corporate overlord Microsoft recently said it sees potential for the IP to continue life as an exclusive franchise on its own devices. Heins is certainly open to the idea.”The team would love to take it as far as we can,” he concludes. “It’s really great to hear Microsoft sees this as a potential franchise. We would love to turn it into one… Just give us the opportunity to do it, and we’ll take it.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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Teen boy killed in school bus crash while headed to Christmas musical; no seat belts on board

first_imgjetcityimage/iStock(ARGOS, Ind.) — A teenage boy died after a packed school bus headed to a Christmas musical crashed in Indiana on Wednesday morning, according to state police.There were 38 children and three chaperones on the bus when it collided with a straight truck around 9 a.m., the Indiana State Police said.The bus did not have seat belts, which are not required by law, state police spokesman Ted Bohner told ABC News.The accident was on U.S. 31 near Argos, which is located about 30 miles south of South Bend.A teenage boy in the back of the bus was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Another student, a 14-year-old, was airlifted to a hospital with injuries believed to be non-life-threatening, police said.The crash unfolded after the bus driver lawfully stopped at a railroad crossing, police said. As she started to accelerate, the bus was hit from behind by a Freightliner straight truck, which was towing a trailer, police said.The other students were taken to Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth to be evaluated and reunited with their families, police said.The group was headed to a Christmas musical in Warsaw, Indiana, according to police.Weather isn’t believed to be a factor, police added.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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I can’t wait to test myself in England – Biesmans

first_imgThe talented midfielder only arrived at the club recently due to playing for Belgium in UEFA Women’s Euro 2017, where her side were knocked out in the group stage.Biesmans, 23, joined the club from Standard Liege and is looking to test herself in a new environment after completing her degree in her native Belgium.Speaking for the first time to the club, the Belgian international is excited to show what she can do on the pitch this season.She said: “I really appreciate the welcome that I have had, the girls are always asking if they can help me with something so I already feel really comfortable here in Bristol.“The Euros was a great experience for both me and my country, everyone learned a lot and it will certainly stand us in good stead for the future. Belgian football is in a really good place at the moment and the support we had in Holland was amazing.“When I first started playing football it was just for fun, then I slowly progressed through the ranks for my club and country. When I finished my studies and had the opportunity to play here, I couldn’t turn it down because it will make me a better player and I really like the way the team play.“I like to think I am technically gifted and also an intelligent player, I can distribute the ball well and I like creating chances for my team mates.”Biesmans added that she hopes the Vixens fans are looking forward to watching her play and that she can’t wait to meet them all.“I was told there were some big numbers during the Spring Series, I really hope they come down and support us because it gives us a massive boost. I can’t wait to meet them all, I’ve heard nothing but good things.”Season cards are on sale now, buy herelast_img read more

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Gasser shines at Green Valley

first_imgLewiinski’s Golf SocietySunday, Dec. 18, Green Valley – StablefordA Flight1st JP Gasser (14) 39pts 2nd Paul Hack (16) 37pts3rd Ian Pickles (16) 35ptsB Flight1st Bill Eyles (22) 38pts2nd Don Lehmer (24) 35pts3rd Aiden Murray (26) 34ptsNear Pins: Dave Boran, Jim BellLong Putts: J P Gasser, Bruce WaltersJP Gasser (right) with his better half.Well you can tell the weather has improved because the courses have been in excellent condition and the winning scores have all been better than basic par, and in most cases by a long way.  Today was no different as a great crowd left to play our usual Sunday bash at Green Valley.Top man in A Flight and man of the match was JP Gasser with a fine 39 points and a bonus long putt.  JP was followed up the podium steps by Paul ‘the thunder from down under’ Hack with a steady 37 points.  The third podium step went to a count back as both Ian Pickles and Mickey ‘nine holes’ Beresford were tied on 35 points.  After nine holes one would have though Mickey was going to win the game but two no-scoring holes in the last three put paid to that idea so it was Ian who got to stand on the podium, leaving Mickey at sea level and potless.Bill Eyles took the honours in B Flight with a fine 38 points while Don ‘the ladies’ man’ Lehmer followed Bill up the podium steps with 35, one stroke clear of third placed Aiden Murray.Monday, Dec. 19, Pattavia – Stableford1st Derek Briton (34) 38pts2nd Jeff Downes (20) 37pts3rd Marcus Earp (29) 37pts4th Torben Lindgarrd (30) 36pts5th Pierre Zbinden (24) 36ptsLong Putt: Steve BakerToday we played Pattavia golf course, a beautiful layout in great condition with very pleasant fairways and greens.  Lewiinski’s and Colin’s Golf Bar players enjoyed a very pleasant day with a slight breeze and sunny skies.We had just one flight today but with five places up for grabs and one longest putt.The scores were very good as Derek Briton took the match honours with a fine 38 points.  Two players were just one stroke behind, Derek Jeff Downes and Marcos Earp; Jeff out-gunning Marcus in the count back to lift the silver with a inner nine score of 20-19.The calculator was out again as three players all returned even par rounds for the two remaining podium steps; Torben Lindgarrd, Pierre Zbinden and the Donkey were all locked on 36 points and the count back dictated that they finished in that order.Wednesday, Dec. 21, Green Valley – StablefordA Flight1st Paul West (17) 38pts2nd Paul Hack (16) 35pts3rd Nick Shaw (19) 33ptsB Flight1st Stuart Hall (31) 39pts2nd Sean Larner (21) 36pts3rd Robert Baird (31) 35ptsNear Pins: Sean Larner, Mike HollingsworthLong Putts: Pierre ZbindenIt was back to our home course Green Valley once again, the course was in fine condition as usual and the weather was hot with a little breeze.  But for some reason most found the going tough as only two players managed to better their handicap.B Flight’s Stuart Hall took the man of the match honours with a rock solid 39 points and he was three clear of Sean Larner in second and four up on Robert Baird in third.The top spot in A Flight went to Paul West with a fine 38 points and he was followed up the podium steps by Paul Hack.  Nick ‘Elvis’ Shaw hit all the right notes as he closed the flight on 33 points but needed the aid of a count back over a player whose name is not to hand.Back at Colin’s Bar and after the presentation the lucky draw was made but was not claimed.  Remember you have to be in the bar to win the prize.Friday, Dec. 23, Khao Kheow – StablefordA Flight1st Paul West (16) 37pts2nd Walter O’Keefe (13) 37pts3rd John Harrison (11) 34pts4th Matt Polkinhorn (14) 34ptsB Flight1st Tina Orth (26) 42pts2nd Colin Davis (22) 36pts3rd Torben Lindgarrd (28) 35pts4th Gabriel Enright (19) 35ptsNear Pins: B8 Steve Baker, C3 Gabriel EnrightIt was off to the favourite of many, Khao Kheow, and it was a good day for those who normally find the course to be too demanding.  We played the B & C nines in near perfect conditions and had a fair sized field so two flights were required with four places in each.There was no man of the match today but that was not for the lack of trying.  The top honor went to the belle of the bar, Tina Orth, with a fantastic 42 points, normally unheard of at this track.  Colin ‘the Donkey’ Davis followed Tina up the podium steps with a solid even par round and a count back was required to fill the minor flight spots between Torben Lindgarrd and Gabriel Enright.  Torben’s back-nine was more favorably spread out but Gabriel was not that much bothered because he had a near pin prize.The laurels in A Flight went to Paul West as he made it two flight wins on the trot, but first he had to win a count back over the unlucky Walter O’Keefe.  A further count back was required to separate John Harrison and Matt Polkinhorn and after the divots had settled it was John who filled the third podium spot.last_img read more

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Centrelink to tackle domestic abuse

first_imgBy Aneeka Simonis CENTRELINK workers have been trained to spot signs of domestic abuse when dealing with welfare recipients…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Considering the circumstances, Leafs off to a great start

first_imgLike most KIJHL clubs, rosters are far from set — Leafs included.The late start by the BC Hockey League only exacerbated the situation as late cuts have only begun to trickle down the Junior B pipeline.For McLellan & Company, that has led to plenty of pieces still remaining to fill out the Leaf player puzzle.“I’m trying to find the piece I’d like to add,” McLellan confessed when asked about the remainder of the roster.“We’re pretty happy where we’re at now but it would be good to find a top six forward and that’s sort of our focus right now. And if it requires a trade to do that, we’ll do it.”The Leafs reaped some early rewards when McLellan was able to snag former Nelson goalie Brett Soles.The Cranbrook native, who played two seasons ago for Nelson, toiled with Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.Soles, 19, played 15 games for the Hounds last season, finishing with a 6-8-1 record, and gives Nelson a one-two combo between the pipes with Adam Maida.Another piece McLellan was able to add was 16-year-old protégé Cody Paivarinta via the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.Paivarinta, whose uncle Henry is a retired Deputy Chief with Nelson Police Department, comes to Leafs compliments of former Nelson native and now coach and GM of the Raiders Bruno Campese.“The goal is to develop Cody into a player who can compete at the Western Hockey League level and he’s shown really good signs already here with us,” McLellan said. It’s not the best-case scenario — playing six home games in September to start the season — but those are the cards Dave McLellan and the Nelson Leafs have been dealt.And the way the team has responded thus far this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season, who’s going to bet against them.Nelson begins week two of the KIJHL campaign Friday in Beaver Valley against the defending league champs bolstered by a three-point weekend at home on opening weekend.However, after Friday’s tilt in Fruitvale, Nelson plays four more games at the NDCC Arena, beginning Saturday against the always-tough Kamloops Storm.“Sure it puts a bit of pressure on us, but it also, if we do well at home here, it’s going to make (NDCC Arena) a tough place to play if you’re the opposing team coming into our arena,” McLellan explained.“We’re going build our team around our arena,” he added. “This is a great facility, there’s a great sheet of ice and we want to have a team that can skate and make plays on it as well.”Nelson opened the season with a tie against the Nitehawks before exploding for three goals in the third period to erase a lead and dump rival Castlegar 5-3 Saturday.“We want to make this place a tough place to play, and hopefully we have a good month at home, that would really do us well to help us get off to a good start,” McLellan said.last_img read more

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Time to put the pedal to the metal for the 2016 West Kootenay Glacier Challenge

first_imgIt’s back to the basics for West Kootenay Glacier Challenge organizers as annual ride to fight MS (Multiple sclerosis) is returning to its original route August 20-21.After a shortened route in 2015 due to paving of Highway 6 in the Slocan Valley, organizers are pleased to once again offer the traditional route around Kokanee Glacier from New Denver to Nelson to Kaslo and back to New Denver.”It is our fifth annual tour and we are back to our original route that starts and finishes in New Denver with an overnight in Nelson,” said Leona Dimock, West Kootenay Glacier Challenge Bike Tour Coordinator. “(Ride of) 222 kilometers over two days with great food with more than 100 volunteers to help make it a memorable weekend and Fundraiser for the MS Society.”All participants must raise a minimum of $350 to participate in the event. Dimock said if the minimum has not been achieved by event weekend participants will be asked to cover the difference in order to participate. “Of note the average fundraising total for participants in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge is $1100,” Dimock said.Proceeds from MS Bike fund vital MS research and programs & services that enable those affected by MS. To participate, all you need is a bike and a passion to end MS.Multiple sclerosis (MS), also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata, is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problemsDimock said this tour is run by the West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society and the money raised supports the programs and services we offer in the West Kootenay and Boundary areas to people living with MS and their caregivers.The top fundraiser in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge receives a gift certificate for dinner at their favourite Heritage City restaurant compliments The Nelson Daily.Currently there are 76 cyclists and 14 teams entered.In 2015 59 riders busted the $60,000 mark to help the fight against MS.For more information on the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge go to webite link or contact Leona Dimock at 1-866-352-3997 or email [email protected]last_img read more

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Southland Softball: Feb. 14 Scoreboard

first_imgMcNeese State bounced back from a 5-4 loss to Tulsa to knock off No. 8 Texas A&M 4-2 Friday evening on day one of the Aggie Classic in College Station, Texas. The Cowgirls were led by Alanna Divittorio who finished one-for-two with a double, two RBI and a run scored. In other softball action, Central Arkansas defeated Valparaiso, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi beat New Mexico State and Sam Houston State beat league foe Stephen F. Austin 7-2 in non-conference game in the Houston Hilton Plaza Classic.Tulsa 5, McNeese State 4McNeese State 4, No. 8 Texas A&M 2COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The McNeese State softball team took down one of collegiate softball’s giants Friday as the Cowgirls picked up a 4-2 to win over No. 8 Texas A&M and handed the Aggies their first loss of the season. | MCN RecapCentral Arkansas 4, Valparaiso 3Boston College 6, Central Arkansas 0LAFAYETTE, La. – The Central Arkansas softball team opened their run in the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun Invitational with a pair of games on Friday, facing off against Boston College at 9:00 a.m. this morning before battling Valparaiso this afternoon at 3:00. Central Arkansas was unable to get on the board against BC, falling 6-0 to the Golden Eagles, but rebounded in spectacular fashion, taking down Valpo 4-3 with a walk-off home run. | UCA RecapNorthern Colorado 8, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 5, New Mexico State 0LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi softball team fell to Northern Colorado 8-3, but bounced back in the second game to win 5-0 over New Mexico State on Friday at the Troy Cox Classic at NMSU Softball Complex. Dani Tefft went a combined 4-for-6 to ignite the Islanders’ offense today. | A&M-Corpus Christi RecapSam Houston State 7, Stephen F. Austin 2Houston 11, Sam Houston State 5HOUSTON, Texas – Center fielder Tayler Gray blasted two home runs and right fielder Cecilia Castillo and pinch hitter Hillary Adams each added another to power Sam Houston to a 7-2 victory over Stephen F. Austin Friday morning. | SHSU RecapSam Houston State 7, Stephen F. Austin 2Stephen F. Austin 7, Army 1HOUSTON, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin softball team notched its first win of the season on Friday, and it was a big one. The Ladyjacks took down Army by the score of 7-1 thanks to an impressive showing on the rubber by Carlie Thomas and a stellar day at the plate by first baseman Shalie Day. | SFA RecapUIW 8, Oklahoma Wesleyan 5Texas Wesleyan 5, UIW 3UIW 4, Baker 3FORT WORTH, Texas – The University of the Incarnate Word softball team opened the Cowtown Tournament by going 2-1 on Friday at Gateway Park. The Cardinals defeated Oklahoma Wesleyan, 8-5, lost to Texas Wesleyan, 5-3 and defeated Baker, 4-3. | UIW RecapNorthern Iowa 4, Nicholls 3North Texas 8, Nicholls 4DENTON, Texas – Nicholls softball team opened play in the Lovelace Invitational Friday and was defeated in both games, falling 4-3 to Northern Iowa in extra innings before suffering a 8-4 loss to host North Texas. | NICH RecapNorthwestern State 9, Mississippi Valley State 0NATCHITOCHES, La. – Home runs from Micayla Sorosiak and Natalie Landry aided the Northwestern State softball team in a 9-0 (5 inn.) victory over Mississippi Valley State Friday night in its home opener at the Lady Demon Softball Complex. | NSU RecapSoutheast Missouri State 9, Houston Baptist 7MONROE, La. – Southeast Missouri State scored all nine of its runs in the final three innings to defeat HBU softball, 9-7, to begin the Mardi Gras Classic Friday afternoon from ULM Softball Complex. | HBU RecapOklahoma Christian 7, Abilene Christian 1ABILENE, Texas – Abilene Christian softball ripped six base hits and drew five walks, but left nine runners on base in falling 7-1 to Oklahoma Christian Friday night at Poly Wells Field. | ACU Recaplast_img read more

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Vimeo Releases New Player with Improved Accessibility

first_imgMy Past Experiences with Vimeo CaptioningIn 2008, I started captioning videos for the short promotional videos we published on the college website. Our web team explored using Vimeo, but discovered there was no support for captions.Despite multiple messages and forum posts, I could never get a date from Vimeo support on when the captioning feature would be available on their player. We ended up using JW Player and eventually YouTube for the college videos.The New Vimeo PlayerThe new player uses HTML5, has faster playback, and better sharing options. In terms of accessibility, there are a couple issues to be worked out in the player. In the comments of Vimeo’s announcement, Jason Kiss pointed out the lack of visible keyboard focus for the player controls as well as lack of normal tab key order.Be sure to check out Vimeo’s new captions and subtitles page.Have you used Vimeo’s new player to caption your videos? Share your experience in the comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedKey Takeaways from HTML5 Video AccessibilityLast week I attended the HTML5 Video Accessibility: Updates, Features & Guidelines webinar from 3Play Media. Guest speaker John Foliot, W3C contributor and accessibility expert at Deque Systems, discussed guidelines for making videos accessible and shared his tips and insights on HTML5 video. Check out the recording of the webinar…In “Accessibility”Google and Adobe on Video AccessibilityThis week I attended the Google and Adobe Share Their Video Accessibility Strategies webinar from 3Play Media with guests Naomi Black, Accessibility Engineering Program Manager at Google and Andrew Kirkpatrick, Group Product Manager Accessibility at Adobe Systems joining Josh Miller, co-founder of 3Play Media to discuss video accessibility strategies, impact…In “Accessibility”Accessibility in Google AppsAt the September 21, 2011 webinar, Google staff discussed the importance of accessibility at Google as well as the challenges. Naomi Black of the Google Accessibility team shared the accessibility features and functionality in Google Docs, Spreadsheets, Sites and Calendar. Google is focusing on two areas to advance accessibility for…In “Accessibility” After years of saying accessibility was on their road map, Vimeo released a new player this week with improved accessibility features, including the ability to add captions. I was thrilled when I read the news about Vimeo’s new player and I’m looking forward to working with it. According to Vimeo’s announcement, the new player provides:Keyboard navigationWeb Content Accessibility Guidelines(WCAG) AA supportBetter support for screen readersSupport for VoiceOverAbility to add closed captions and subtitles, supported in all desktop players, Mobile Safari on iOS 7, Chrome on Android tablets, and Kindle Fire.Support for SRT, WebVTT, DFXP/TTML, SCC, and SAMI formatslast_img read more

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