State Budget focussed on ambitious initiatives to tackle climate change

first_imgState Budget focussed on ambitious initiatives to tackle climate change Peter Gutwein,Premier and Minister for Climate ChangeTasmania is a leader in climate change action. We have achieved our target of net zero emissions four years in a row, have the lowest per capita emissions of all states and territories and we are one of the lowest emitters of carbon dioxide on the planet.Tasmania will continue to lead the nation in the transition to a low-emissions economy, and the Government will continue to lead by example, driven through the initiatives outlined in this year’s State Budget.Over $30 million will be invested in waste and resource recovery initiatives across Tasmania that will benefit our state for years to come and help us rebuild a stronger Tasmania.The State of the Climate 2020 Report clearly highlights the impacts of a changing climate in Australia, including increasing temperatures, extreme fire weather and reduced rainfall. The 2020-21 State Budget makes our commitment to further climate action clear, and outlines initiatives to adapt and keep Tasmanians safe from a changing climate.This includes an ambitious target to transition our Government vehicle fleet to 100% electric vehicles by 2030 and $2.3 million over three years to continue our sensible and measured transition. This is one of the most ambitious targets of any state.We will also establish a new $10 million no interest loan scheme for large Tasmanian greenhouse gas emitting businesses and industries. The loans will assist business and industry to trial existing clean technologies or test new innovative production processes, leading to reduced emissions.A further $15 million has been allocated for public housing energy efficiency measures to reduce emissions and energy bills improving the cost of living for tenants.The Budget includes $20 million to advance our plans in renewable energy and hydrogen, to increase investment and grow jobs in Tasmania.In addition to these measures, we’ve also announced a $17.6 million package to keep Tasmanians safe from the threat of bushfires, including $8 million for the State Fire Commission, which includes the creation of a new division in the Tasmania Fire Service to manage the planning and response to bushfire and $9.3 million to bolster the Government’s Fuel Reduction Program. A further $295,000 has been provided to the build on the successful Red Hot Tips program.A further $720,00 has been allocated over three years towards TasAlert Emergency information Service, and $850,000 towards the Flood Mapping Project to better understand these risks to Tasmanians.We will also review our climate change Act and emissions reduction target, with a view to strengthening our legislation and taking a more ambitious approach. Consultation will occur early next year, and the Budget allocates $300,000 towards this review.As we recover from the COVID-19, the Government is focussed on growing jobs, future-proofing our industries, and reducing Tasmania’s emissions even further, and the 2020-21 State Budget makes these priorities clear as we rebuild a stronger Tasmania. /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:AusPol, Australia, carbon dioxide, climate change, Commission, efficiency, electric vehicle, Emergency, energy efficiency, Government, Investment, legislation, production, renewable energy, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, zero-emissionlast_img read more

25% fall in community hospital beds in Donegal – Mac Lochlainn

first_img Google+ Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Previous articleMichael Murphy wants Donegal improvement in RoscommonNext articleRoad safety campaigner says “drugalyser” should be operational by Easter admin Facebook Facebook Homepage BannerNews It’s been revealed that almost one in four beds have been closed across Donegal’s network of Community Hospitals since 2006.The figures were released to Donegal Senator Padraig MacLochlainn from the Health Minister in response to parliamentary questions.Overall bed numbers are down in Donegal from 490 to 377 in the same period.Senator MacLochlainn says while the figures are shocking it still does not reflect the true picture………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Twitter 25% fall in community hospital beds in Donegal – Mac Lochlainn WhatsAppcenter_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By admin – February 10, 2017 last_img read more

Writer’s Block: Spring Break 2017

first_img Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] Spring Breakers! Welcome to our beautiful South Padre Island, where the sun shines warm, the wind blows cool and the music plays loud.I know I speak for many when I say we’re glad you’re here. And we hope you enjoy your week of fun and sun beside the glittering turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. There’s plenty to do while you’re here, from the beachside parties during the day to the electric concerts that go down once the sun sets. But there’s also a lot of things you may not know about our little Island.For instance, did you know you can see sea turtles up close and personal without ever getting your feet wet? The Island is home to Sea Turtle, Inc., an organization that focuses on sea turtle conservation. They also play a key role in rescuing and rehabilitating injured turtles. Their facility, located on the north end of the Island near the SPI Convention Centre, serves as a permanent home to several turtles who would love to say hi.Also, did you know you can learn how to build sandcastles like a pro? I’m sure you’ve seen some of the intricate sand sculptures that sit outside some of the Island’s best restaurants, bars and landmarks. They’re part of the sandcastle trail and many of the artists who created them love teaching others how to make sandcastles, too. One quick search on and you’ll find several artists to choose from.If you think the waves look enticing and might be fun to surf, you’re in luck there, too. There are several surf shops across the Island that also offer surfboard rentals and lessons. Again, a quick Google search will set you up with a list of who’s and where’s.If you’ve got a bit of an outdoorsman or outdoorswoman streak in you, then you might want to try your hand at fishing while you’re here. With the Gulf to the east of the Island and the bay to the west, there’s many different kinds of fishing to try. You can toss a line directly into the surf from the beach, or wade out directly into the calm waters of the Laguna Madre from the tidal flats north of the Convention Centre with your fishing pole in hand. If that’s not your style, not to worry! You can hop on a bay fishing or offshore fishing charter and learn all the secret hot spots from boat captains who were practically born with a rod and reel in their hands.Or maybe getting an up close and personal view of the water sounds good, but the fishing doesn’t. Well, there’s something for you, too. Take a ride on one of the Island’s or Port Isabel’s dolphin watch cruises. The captains of these double decker boats will pilot you around the bay and the entrance to the ship channel out by the jetties on the south side of the Island where you’ll be able to see bottlenose dolphins playing in the water.That’s just some of the stuff you can do that’s off the beaten path. There’s so much more! I hope you give some of it a try and I guarantee you’ll have fun if you do. Be safe, and have a happy Spring Break!Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedWriter’s Block: South Party IslandBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Hello Spring Breakers, and welcome to South Padre Island! Whether this is your first time to the Island for Spring Break or not we’re just glad you’re here. Now, while there’s plenty to do in terms of concerts and beach parties, what you…March 11, 2016In “News”Writer’s Block: Spring Break Like a LocalBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Welcome, Spring Breakers, to the best vacation spot this side of heaven! Welcome to sunny South Padre Island and the Rio Grande Valley. If you really want to have an incredible Spring Break experience, you need to enjoy the Island the way we…March 9, 2018In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Babies on BoardBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Pretty much everyone has heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” Those five little words do so much to encapsulate the riot of spring and the new life it ushers in. Flowers aren’t the only bright new things that appear during this…April 29, 2016In “Editor’s Column”last_img read more

Motivated WI seeking to avoid whitewash

first_imgKANDY, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies will attempt to avoid their second straight whitewash on Sri Lankan soil when they take on the hosts in today’s final One-Day International.Five years ago, the Caribbean side were swept 3-0 with the decisive third victory also coming here in the central Sri Lankan city.And though the visitors have already conceded the three-match series following defeats in Colombo and Hambantota, head coach Phil Simmons does not anticipate any problems motivating the West Indies for the finale.“My players have no problems being motivated,” Simmons told a media conference ahead of the encounter at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.“So whatever happened in the last two games does not hinder the motivation of the players.“We didn’t turn up for the [last] game. We didn’t bowl well and dropped too many catches. And in the batting, we didn’t put an innings together chasing 340-odd.“I think it was one of those days where all three facets of the game went wrong, but all we can do is continue to work as we have been working hard before, so we can correct it [on Sunday].” DISAPPOINTING GAME Searching for their first-ever series win in Sri Lanka, West Indies suffered disappointment in the opening game when they went down by one wicket defending 289, in a contest that ended in the last over.The second defeat was far more comprehensive, however, with the West Indies crashing to a heavy 161-run loss last Wednesday, in pursuit of 346.Despite those results, Simmons said they were aspects of both games which had been encouraging for the West Indies and which they needed to now build on.“From the first game, definitely the way we fought back after [conceding] 78 off the first 10 overs and in the second one, the way that we bowled in the first 10 overs,” Simmons explained.“So if we can put the two of them together [for Sunday], then we can get a complete 50 overs.”Note: Today’s match starts at 4 a.m. Ja time.last_img read more

The Pens: Week2Week, Vol.2

first_imgPittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14), center Evgeni Malkin (71) and Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) celebrate the winning goal in front of San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) during the third period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Pittsburgh. The Penguins defeated the Sharks 3-2. (Fred Vuich/Associated Press)A look at the Pittsburgh Penguins, their 50th season, and some history of Pittsburgh hockey. Hall-of-fame goalie, Les Binkley (who had a stint in the broadcast booth during the Ducks game with Paul Steigerwald on the 15th) recorded his 10th shut out on this day (Oct. 17th) in 1970.  But hall-of-fame goalie Bernie Parent for the Philadelphia Flyers (another expansion team) had one as well, as the game ended in a 0-0 tie.But that was then and this is now.October 17thThe Colorado Avalanche came to town for game three of the Pens’ first home stand of their 50th season. There were plenty of scoring opportunities for both teams in the first period, especially for Pittsburgh.  But first it was the Avs.Just 90 seconds into the game, first line centerman Nathan MacKinnon of Colorado came in on Fleury from the left circle using defenseman Olli Maatta as a screen.  Fleury made a left pad save.  The rebound went into the right circle and MacKinnon, fighting off Maatta, managed to get another shot on Fleury, who made that save too.Two minutes later, the Avs had a three-man rush when Pens’ defenseman Kris Letang stole the puck from Avs’ winger Matt Duchene and started a fast transition into the Avs’ zone, with Letang getting off a shot that was rebounded right to Evgeni Malkin in the slot.  Goaltender Calvin Pickard made both saves.At six minutes in, the Pens had a three on two with center Matt Cullen and left wing Chris Kunitz both getting quality chances on Pickard, who made both stops.With 12:34 left in the period, right wing Patric Hornqvist, playing on the first line with Malkin and second year winger, Scott Wilson (who led the Pens in the pre-season with the most goals) came in on Pickard, who made the save.  But Malkin was high-sticked on the play and there was no call.Coach Mike Sullivan complained and worked the refs for that make up call, which he got when Colorado’s Nakita Zadorov took a cross checking penalty, and the Pens had a power play.  The Pens wasted no time in scoring as right winger Phil Kessel skated into the left circle and shot it off his back foot, a familiar move, scoring at 8:57. Then center Matt Cullen scored 36 seconds later to make it 2-0.When the Avs’ Carl Soderberg was called for tripping, the Pens went on their second power play. But Nick Bonino was called for the same at 14:32 and that evened it up to a four on four.  Fleury made some solid saves during that four on four, including one on first line winger Gabe Landeskog, after a Carl Hagelin giveaway.After the Avs’ penalty had expired, the ensuing five on four had become a five on three, after Chris Kunitz was called for hooking.  Coach Sullivan was incensed.  But before Bonino could return from the sin bin to make it a five on four, Jerome Iginla, the ex-Pen (a Pen so briefly two years ago, he barely had time for a cup of coffee) had been stopped by Fleury. Iginla wasted no time getting the puck back to the net scoring from between the circles and through four bodies to make it 2-1.Defenseman Patrick Wiercioch scored on a wicked slap shot from just inside the blue line to tie it at 2-2 with 2:10 left. And it would have been 3-2 Avs had not Fleury made a big save on Landeskog at the goal mouth with 90 seconds left.A few minutes into the second period, Fleury made key saves on right wing Rene Bourque in front of the net and two long slappers from blue liner Francois Beauchemin, one off the chest and one in the glove, and then two more from Bourque and Iginla.  Pickard made some key saves as well on Letang, Hornqvist and Malkin just five minutes into the second period.With 11 minutes left in the second, Andreas Martinsen kicked the puck into the net with his right instep, which was quickly disallowed.  For the next several minutes, the Pens spent a lot of time in the Colorado zone, working hard, passing and grinding, until Nick Bonino drew a penalty on Patrick Wiercioch for holding.  In the ensuing power play, a rebound from a Malkin shot went into the neutral zone and the Avs went the other way short-handed until the speed of Kris Letang enabled him to get back in the play and break it up, which then allowed Malkin to feed Phil Kessel coming back into the Avs zone and wrist it into Pickard’s glove.Late in the period, 37-year old Chris Kunitz and former teammate, 39-year old Jerome Iginla, decided to scrap.  It wasn’t much but the fans loved seeing these two old warriors of the NHL going at it.  After that, Joe Colborne of Colorado split the Pens’ defense and came in all alone on Fleury, but the buzzer rang just as he was teeing it up.  It was 2-2 after two.Things were appearing good for the Pens in the third.  Just three minutes in, Avs’ Rene Bourque was called for hooking Pens’ fourth line winger Tom Kuhnhackl and the Pens went on another power play.  But Avs center Nathan MacKinnon came back short- handed, rang one off the left post and Phil Kessel took a hooking penalty, negating the power play. Then Chris Kunitz was called for high-sticking and all of a sudden, a Pens’ power play became a four on three Colorado power play…soon to be a five on three when Rene Bourque returned from the box.Coach Sullivan has been vehement about his players staying out of the box when someone is already in the box, creating these five on three situations for this team.  Already the Avs had a five on three goal.In that configuration, Fleury stopped Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie from the top of the slot, then flopped on his back to stop a scrum shot, until Matt Cullen cleared the puck.  Barrie again had the puck and Fleury stopped him again, as other Avs scrambled in front of the net, peppering Fleury, until he dove out into the paint to grab the puck.  The crowd gave Fleury a standing “O” and every teammate on the ice came to Fleury with a head slap.At 12:53 left in the third, Malkin skated through the Avs’ crease behind goalie Pickard who was stopping another shot that came from just inside the blue line from Phil Kessel.  Avs’ defenseman Fedor Tyutin tripped over Pickard’s skate and both went down.  The puck drifted out to Pickard’s right, Malkin turned and fired, and the Pens had a 3-2 lead.  Pickard immediately skated over to the officials claiming goaltender interference.  This resulted in a coach’s challenge from Avs’ head coach, Jared Bednar.  Indeed, Malkin’s stick made contact with Pickard’s glove as Malkin glided through the crease before Pickard and Tyutin collided.  The goal was disallowed and the game remained tied.With 11:26 left, Colorado’s Joe Colborne was called for high-sticking on Chris Kunitz.  Defenseman Trevor Daley scored on a rocket shot from inside the blue line.  Pickard never saw the puck due to the speed of Daley’s shot and bodies in front of him.  The Pens reclaimed that disappearing lead.Malkin took a tripping penalty with 6:50 left in the third and Landeskog scored from the right circle just 18 seconds in, and all of a sudden it was tied 3-3.  And the period ended that way with the Pens facing overtime for the second time in three games.  Overtime and its three on three format allows for much more ice to make plays and this OT was no exception.  Just 22 seconds in overtime, Landeskog scored again to win it for Colorado..Fleury was 9-3 with a 1.89 GAA lifetime against Colorado but it wasn’t enough tonight, giving the Pens their first loss.  Next up… a short trip to Montreal.Tuesday, October 18thAs we look back at 50 years of hockey and that first season in 1967, we see the aging star, the first star for this new franchise… Andy Bathgate… score for the newly christened Pittsburgh Penguins, the teams’ first hat trick against the Minnesota North Stars (now the Dallas Stars), also an expansion team–today, October 18, 1967.The Pens went on the road for the first time this season to face the Montreal Canadians and their former coach in Michel Therrien, who coached the Pens in 2008, taking them to a third Stanley Cup final, and losing to the Detroit Red Wings.  He then subsequently was fired in March of ’09, to make way for Dan Bylsma, who took the Pens back to their forth finals and won it over those same Red Wings for Cup # 3.But that was then and this is now.There was great pomp and circumstance pre-game as Montreal (the Mecca of all hockey in the world) had their home opener.  With a huge steel drum pounding on the ice, the Habs (short for Les Habitant…early farmers in Quebec) introduced legendary former coach and now a Canadian politician, Jacque Demers, who was wheelchair bound after a stroke.  Coach Therrien pushed the wheelchair to the edge of the ice.  Demers passed a torch from the side boards to Habs’ captain Max Pacioretty.  Then an eight-piece brass band played both anthems.  It was a huge moment for the Habs’ fans, players, coaches and brass.  And of course, Montreal is the hometown of Mario Lemeiux.The action started early with Montreal centerman Alex Galchenyuk having a quality scoring chance just 16 seconds in, which missed the net when Fleury miss handled the puck, only to have captain and centerman Max Pacioretty score seven seconds later at the :23 mark.Just one minute in, the Pens’ Wilson, Malkin and Hornqvist scrambled at the Canadian net but couldn’t score.  The Habs’ goalie, Al Montoya, who was filling in for the veteran goaltender Cary Price (who got a standing ovation during the pre-game fanfare.) made the stops.  Wingers Chris Kunitz and Conor Sheary came in on Montoya at the four minute mark but the Habs’ goalie came up big.  The Pens had seven shots in just the first four minutes.  An interesting note on Chris Kunitz…he leads the league in hits at 37 years old.Bryan Rust returned to the line-up for his first game of the season after an undisclosed injury throughout the summer.  The speedy Rust was a hero in last years’ Cup win as a rookie.At six and a half minutes in, winger Scott Wilson had his doorstep shot go through the paint behind Montoya, passing Malkin up at the other side of the net.At 9:52 in, Max Pacioretty took a holding call, only to see the Habs have a short-handed chance for Arturi Lehkonen from one foot out.  Fleury made the save but the Pens wasted the power play opportunity.  At 6:18 left in the period, Phil Kessel found himself behind the Habs’ net and fed both defensemen Justin Schultz and winger Nick Bonino.  Schultz took the pass and shot but Montoya was up to the task. Then center Matt Cullen had a front door opportunity when Montoya got confused in handling the puck but stopped Cullen anyway.  The Pens were getting bang-bang opportunities throughout the period.Center Tomas Plekanec rang one off the Pens’ left goalpost at the 15-minute mark and Fleury stopped right wing Alexander Radulov twice and center Galchenyuk as well.  With 3:24 left in the first period, defenseman Alexei Emelin fed centerman Andrew Shaw, who was robbed by Fleury with a toe save at the left post.At 1:25 left, Radulov was busted for interference on winger Phil Kessel.  The shortened power play had scoring chances but nothing developed, nor did some short-handed chances for the Habs.In the second period, both teams traded chances early on with pucks going through the paint, until Habs’ right wing Brendan Gallagher, from a Max Pacioretty feed, was stopped by a Fleury glove save five minutes in.  Then Montoya made a stop on Phil Kessel on the front door step from a puck that bounced off the end boards.  Nearing the mid-point of the period, Radulov went off for sticking Conor Sheary in the eye.  The Pens had a four-minute power play.  However, Nick Bonino used his hand on the face off… a penalty, and once again, the Pens’ power play is negated to a four on four, an all too common theme so far this year.The Pens did little on the four on four and when Bonino returned from the box, the Pens had part two of the four minute minor to Radulov.  In that, Fleury made a spectacular stacked pad save on left wing Paul Byrons’ short-handed attempt.  At the end of the power play, Scott Wilson missed a close range attempt after splitting the Montreal defense by lifting his puck over the defensemen’s sticks and then knocking it down to the ice so he could get the shot off….something very Sidney Crosby like.But seconds later, the Habs center David Desharnais scored point blank from a behind the net feed from Andrew Shaw.  The Pens’ defense was nowhere to be found.  Seconds later, Max Pacioretty had the same chance but Fleury was there with a left pad save.With six minutes left in the period, the Habs went on their first power play as defenseman Kris Letang went into the box for holding. The Habs wasted the opportunity. Montreal center Brian Flynn was called for high-sticking in the last two minutes of the period, but on the face-off, Evgeni Malkin was called for hooking. It mattered not, the Canadians led 2-0 after two.  There was no question that the Pens squandered opportunities in this game.Things stated to unravel in the third.  Just seconds in, Pens’ defenseman Justin Schultz took a tripping penalty.  Fleury was subsequently peppered with shots but was up to the task until fourth line center Eric Fehr took a boarding call and yet again, the Pens had to fend off another five on three.  But Habs’ defenseman Shea Weber quickly took a tripping penalty on Pens’ defenseman Ian Cole and the Montreal power play was reduced to four on three. Then Max Pacioretty tripped Ian Cole and the teams now skated at three on three.  Pacioretty hurt his leg on the play and had to be helped off the ice.On the ensuing play, Habs’ center Tomas Plekanec came in alone on Fleury and missed the net but Kris Letang was called for slashing.  With thee Pens in the box, and since there is no such thing as a three on two power play, the last penalty would be extended.  So the three on three continued for another two minutes.  Fehr’s penalty ended and the Pens had a brief four on three.  When Weber returned to the ice, it became a brief four on four.Are you keeping up with this?  It continues.When Radulov, who was serving the penalty for the injured Pacioretty, returned from the sin bin, the Habs had a five on four power play…yes a five on four.  Radulov rushed the net and as the penalty ended, the puck went in.  Right wing Brendan Gallagher collided with Fleury, with some assistance from Pens’ defenseman Brian Dumoulin.  Fleury lost his stick and the puck went in.  Pens’ coach Mike Sullivan challenged the play based on goalie interference.  The play was reviewed.  The call stood.  It was 3-0 Montreal.With 12:20 left, the Pens’ were called for too many men on the ice.  Montreal had chances but did not capitalize.  Around the seven-minute mark, the Habs mounted some offense.  Fleury had to stop the Habs’ Emelin and others until Deshamais poked it in to make it 4-0. Habs’ goalie Montoya stopped defenseman Trevor Daley from in front of the net a couple minutes later.  Then Montreal took a delay of game penalty, giving the Pens their seventh power play but it was all too late for the Pens.  With 34 shots and 0-7 on the power play, the Penguins went away quietly.  Not only did they lose the game, they lost Kris Letang to injury.Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Scott Wilson (23) celebrates his first goal of the season with the help of defenseman Trevor Daley (6) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)Thursday, October 20th.They’re baaaack…. budda… budda… budda…..buddabuddabudda…buh buh buuuuuh!Ok,…this is not the proper forum to make sound effects.  They just don’t translate.  But if you’re aware of the Pens schedule, you’ll get that the San Jose Sharks are back in town.  Yes, those same Sharks that were here in June.  The last time they were here, they spoiled the party…you know, the 20,000 plus street party to raise The Cup downtown, uptown, crosstown.  So the Pens went to California to clinch The Cup instead.Looking back at 50 years of Pens’ hockey, that first season in 1967, the Penguin roster had 20 Canadians and one lone American.  In fact, according to, the league was made up of 302 Canadians and 6 Americans in 1967.  302 to 6.  Holy Mackerel Andy!But that was then and this is now.  Today this Penguin roster has 10 Canadians, 10 Americans, plus two Swedes, a Fin, a Russian and a German.And this roster (still without Sidney Crosby) started the game against San Jose with defenseman Kris Letang and forward Conor Sheary out with injuries. That made room for defenseman Derrick Pouliot and forward Bryan Rust.  Rust was the speedy winger who soared in the playoffs last year.The Sharks brought former Penguin defenseman Paul Martin to town along with heavyweight skaters Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Captain Joe Pavelski.The Pens had a nice chance just 90 seconds in with third line center Matt Cullen missing to the left of the net.  He had another sweet chance four and a half minutes in, stopped by goalie Martin Jones after a rebound.  The first period showed very little scoring chances. Both teams had a total of 16 shots…only six for the Pens.The first penalty of the game was called on defensemen Brenden Dillon of the Sharks for high sticking at 13:14.  That Pens’ power play proved fruitless.  The Pens themselves were penalized at 18:20.  Ian Cole was called for interference.  That didn’t sit well with coach Mike Sullivan, but what penalty does?  Fleury made a nice save with :38 left on Thornton and the period ended with little fanfare.Kris Kunitz started the second period with a tripping penalty at :56.  The Pens killed it but a Fleury rebound gave way to a goal by Tomas Hertl at 5:01 of the second.  Mike Sullivan discussed the goal for several minutes with officials before play resumed.  The Sharks were up 1-0.  The Pens continue to give up the first goal of the game.The Pens drew a penalty when left wing Mikkel Boedker was busted for holding at 8:04.  The Pens had another power play.  They did very little with it.  Their shots were either stopped, blocked or missed outright.  At the mid-point of the game, the Pens had a measly seven shots on goal.  The Sharks had 23.With 7:12 left in the second, the Pens went on their third power play after defenseman David Schlemko went off for slashing.  Finally…the Pens did something positive.  They scored on a Phil Kessel goal after a rebound save on Patric Hornqvist.  The game was tied 1-1.  Or was it?  The officials gathered, conferred and concurred that Horqvist interfered with goalie Martin Jones and the game was no longer tied.After the penalty, Fleury made a great toe save after an initial save on winger Joel Ward.  But with 3:45 left, Patrick Marleau scored on a nifty give-and-go with Logan Couture. It was 2-0 San Jose at the end of two.  The Penguins had only 10 shots in two periods.  The Pens were now in danger of going on a three-game losing streak early in the season.In the third period, Malkin was called for tripping four minutes in.  Left wing Carl Hagelin had a short-handed opportunity on Jones but the puck wandered off his blade as he attempted a cross ice pass.  But after the penalty expired, Malkin scored on Jones on a turning shot off of a high in the air deflection.  The Pens were on the board and Malkin displayed some high emotion on the celebration, as if to say “I told you so.”At the nine-minute mark, winger Scott Wilson scored the tying goal, much to the delight of some 17,000 fans who had sat through two torturous periods.  The crowd erupted when Paul Martin of the Sharks was called for delay of game at 10:17.   And it being Martin, the ex-Pen, and not always a popular Pen at that, just made the power play that much sweeter.  The Penguins had chances, plenty of them, including a scrum inside the net with Hornqvist and four Sharks…but no goal.The Sharks came back into the Pens’ zone and Fleury made a great glove save, only to have the puck lay in the blue paint, which was cleared by Justin Schultz.  Things were heating up now, The Avs were called for slashing and the Pens went on power play number five.  Jones was peppered again and again, making stops on Kunitz and Rust.  Then Patric Horqvist snuck it in past Jones to take the lead.  The game had turned around drastically. Malkins’ goal early in the period sparked the Pens and the crowd.After losing the Stanley Cup to the Pens, the Sharks must have come looking for redemption, and maybe they thought they found it after two periods.  If so, they were mistaken.  Fleury shut the door in the third period and the crowd responded with “The Chant.”San Jose pulled Jones from the net with two minutes left.  Center Nick Bonino missed an empty net twice.  It didn’t matter though.  The Pens won 3-2 and avoided that third loss, and stand at 3-2 for the early season.  The crowd left in stitches.Saturday, October 22nd.A couple years ago, the Pens made a shocking trade.  The highly productive, highly popular, highly gritty James Neal, who came from the Dallas Stars a few years before, was traded to the Nashville Predators for the aging 35-year old center Matt Cullen and winger Patric Hornqvist, the 230th pick overall in the 2005 draft.  At the time, the trade raised eyebrows.  Who could have known that these two would contribute so much to the Pens winning Cup #4 last June?  I guess GM Jim Rutherford did.And it was the passionate play of Horqvist who had the game winner in the come-from-behind win over the Sharks of San Jose, whom were just itching to beat the Pens, who had beaten them for the Cup last year.In that game against the Sharks, the Pens lost both Olli Maatta and newly activated Derrick Pouliot on defense.  The Pens played with four defensemen for half of that game, none of them being Kris Letang, who left the Montreal game with an injury.  Defensemen Daley, Schultz, Cole and Dumoulin all logged over 21 minutes each of ice time to preserve the win over the Sharks.  Mike Sullivan called them warriors.And on this day in 1992, Coach Bob Johnson, who won the Pens’ very first Stanley Cup (and would have won more had he not died of a brain tumor just a few months later), former Pens’ player and eventual head coach, Rick Kehoe, and right wing Jean Pronovost, who was on the Penguins roster in their second year…all were inducted into the Penguins’ hall of fame.But that was then and this is now.The Nashville Predators have several ex-Pens on their roster.  In some cases that might be advantage Preds.  But just 52 seconds in, the Pens had a two on zero, with Horqvist feeding winger Scott Wilson, beating Preds’ goaltender Juuse Saros, who was replacing veteran Pekka Rinne.  And just like that it was 1-0 Pens…a rare first goal.  A couple minutes later, winger Phil Kessel was all alone in on Saros who made the save.  Then defenseman Trevor Daley took a delay of game penalty, shooting the puck over the glass.The Preds have, to this point in the season, 10 goals, eight of them on the power play.  That’s bad news for any team taking penalties.  The Preds made it nine of 11 when left wing Viktor Arvidsson scored from in front of the net after Matt Cullen blocked a PK Subban shot from the left circle.  It was tied 1-1.Then Olli Maatta gave the puck away in the Pens’ zone and Austin Watson came in alone on Fleury, who made a glove save to keep it at 1-1.  With 10:51 left in the period, left wing Tom Sestito was called for interference.  Pens’ coach Mike Sullivan was screaming at the refs, telling them the Preds had seven men on the ice during the delayed penalty call on Sestito.  The Pens survive the power play.With 50 seconds left in the period, Fleury tripped center Mike Ribeiro who was skating around the net.  Hornqvist served the penalty.  The silver lining was that this power play would be interrupted by intermission.  No damage done.In the first two minutes of the second period, the Preds had a defensive lapse that let Malkin, Kessel and Maatta all have scoring chances.  At 2:26 in, Kevin Fiala came in from the left circle and put it past Fleury.  It’s now 2-1 Nashville.At 3:47 into the period, Horqvist, from behind the Nashville net, fed center Nick Bonino who was eight feet from the goal mouth.  Saros made a glove save.  With 11:48 left in the period, left wing Colin Wilson and center Calle Jamkrok came boring down on Fleury who made a great sliding save on Jamkrok.  But the Preds scored their third goal two minutes later on a wrister from Jamkrok.  3-1 Nashville.This team, the Nashville Predators, had lost three games in a row, had played the night before, had a roster decimated by food poisoning, and were without captain Mike Fisher (ex-Pen) and star goalie Pekka Rinne.  They certainly didn’t look depleted.  Seconds later, left wing Kevin Fiala scored again on a Fleury rebound from a shot by left wing Filip Forsberg playing the right wing.  4-1 Nashville.  The Pens now face four unanswered goals.  Would coach Mike Sullivan bring in back-up goaltender Mike Condon, filling in for the injured Matt Murray?The Preds took a hooking penalty with 3:58 left in period two.  Saros made multiple saves during the power play, the first one for the Pens…on Hornqvist and Kessel and Daley.  The power play was over.  And with 36 seconds left, Preds’ center Mike Ribeiro fed winger Viktor Arvidsson with a cross ice pass that was plunked in by Arvidsson for his second tally of the game.  5-1 Nashville.Surely now Mike Condon would make an appearance in the third. Not that the issue is necessarily with Fleury but there were just too many opportunities for Nashville to get behind the Pens’ defense.Indeed, the third period started with Mike Condon in goal.  In the first minute of play, Malkin and Hornqvist had a two on one and failed to launch a shot.  At four minutes in, Preds’ defenseman Yannick Weber was called for playing with a broken stick.  Condon had the opportunity to get some work in.  He made numerous saves including a short-handed attempt by the Preds’ on this Penguin power play.Kunitz had a doorstep chance at the nine-minute mark when he took a slap pass from Olli Maatta but goalie Saros was there.  In fact, Saros stood tall on everything the Pens shot at him in the third period which wasn’t a whole lot except for Trevor Daleys’ golden chance from 10 feet at the 11-minute mark, which missed the net.  The Pens went quietly as Predator goalie Juuse Saros got his first NHL win.last_img read more

Leaders gather to help stamp out family violence

first_imgBy Mitchell Clarke Over 100 community leaders united at the Cardinia Cultural Centre for the Together We Can summit on Thursday 10 October…[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

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, July 19

first_imgThis Tuesday morning on Sportsday we bring you all of the big news from the world of sport including how Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme for four years across the “vast majority” of summer and winter Olympic sports, according to a new report.We also look back on yesterday’s Tour de France action and discuss England’s squad for the second Test against Pakistan which starts on Friday at Old Trafford. All brought to you by Jake Robson and the team.last_img

StopLift Detects 1.5 Million Incidents of Unscanned Items at Checkouts Worldwide

first_imgStopLift Checkout Vision Systems has now detected more than 1.5 million incidents of scan-avoidance at both manned and self-checkouts at retailers around the world.StopLift’s Scan-It-All™ video recognition technology has confirmed more than 1.5 million-plus incidents, which include “sweethearting”, when cashiers pretend to scan merchandise but deliberately bypass the scanner, thus not charging the customer for the merchandise. The customer is often a friend, family member or fellow employee working in tandem with the cashier. Many scan avoidance incidents are also caused by customers using self-checkout.See real scan avoidance incidents – and a realtime incident counter at Sponsor – StopLift’s patented Scan-It-All video analytics technology visually determines what occurs during each transaction to immediately distinguish between legitimate and fraudulent behavior at the checkout. As soon as a scan avoidance incident occurs, StopLift, which constantly monitors 100% of the security video, flags the transaction as suspicious. It quickly reports the incident, identifying the cashier or customer and the date and time of the theft. This includes incidents which may be due to mistakes by the cashier or customer at self-checkout as well as items left in the shopping cart.Retail chains can now receive realtime reporting on self-checkout theft and otherscan avoidance, prevent false alerts and interventions, alert the attendant before the customer leaves the store, and improve customer service at the self-checkout with StopLift’s new Self-CheckoutAccelerator (at left) “Retailers always suspected that self-checkouts would be highly prone to scan-avoidance, and our technology has certainly found this to be the case,” Kundu said. “Furthermore, using the incidents detected from their own stores, retailers are now able to train staff on the signals indicating when customers are either having problems using the self-checkout or are exhibiting suspicious behavior.” Dishonest associates are identified on the basis of video evidence the first time they conduct a fraudulent transaction, rather than months or even years down the road, significantly reducing inventory shrinkage, deterring future theft, and boosting profitability. Likewise, dishonest customers are identified at the self-checkout.“The system never sleeps. It lets me sleep,” said Piggly Wiggly owner Keith Holley of Alabama.The technology eliminates costly, time-consuming human review of video, drastically reduces and deters fraud at the checkout, and significantly improves profitability, Kundu said. Rather than take a one-size-fits-all approach, StopLift develops targeted applications to address the specific needs of retailers from different sectors including general merchandise, grocery, and specialty retail.Scan-It-All works with existing off-the-shelf overhead cameras. No special camera equipment needs to be purchased or installed, and no changes have to be made to the checkout. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: March 12, 2019

first_imgVIDEO: Burglar uses power tools to steal $10,000 in cash, causes $7,000 in damagePolice in Houston, TX, are looking for a masked burglar who is accused of breaking through multiple locks at a southwest convenience store and stealing thousands of dollars in cash. The manager of Stop N’ In convenience store, Taimur Khan, said surveillance video showed sparks flying through the air as the burglar used a handheld cutting device to get inside of the store.“He cuts through everything … the metal shutters, the door, the locks,” Khan said. “The whole process literally took three minutes.” The surveillance video inside of the store showed the burglar split the locks off of four gaming machines. In all, the manager said the thief got away with $10,000 in cash and caused close to $7,000 in damage.Houston police said the suspect got away in a black Toyota Camry. Khan said he believes the person had been in the store before and that he had cased the locks and entrances. He also thinks he wasn’t alone. “These two guys came in the store that night. They spent a good three or four hours in the store,” Khan said.- Sponsor – Houston police said there are no leads in the case, but encourage anyone with information to contact the Burglary and Theft division or Crime Stoppers. Khan said he wants whoever did this to be caught so it doesn’t happen again. “I don’t feel safe in my business at all,” he said. (The video is hosted on the source website.)   [Source: Click2Houston]Parking lot fight gets robbery charge for shoplifterA Connecticut woman who fled the Southington TJ Maxx store with several purses and then fought with store loss prevention associates in the parking lot earlier this winter has been charged, a warrant states. Crystal Blake, 35, of Terryville, was arrested on March 9, for the Jan. 16 incident, police said. Blake is accused of entering the TJ Maxx store on Queen St. and stealing five hand bags and some jewelry items that carried a retail value of $183.95, police said. For that, she was charged with sixth-degree larceny.She had left store without paying for the items and TJ Maxx LP associates confronted her outside, according to a warrant. As they attempted to retrieve the stolen items, a struggle broke out and Blake was able to get away in a minivan. The fight landed her with a third-degree robbery charge, according to the warrant. Blake was held over the weekend on a a $5,000 bond and was to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Monday, police said.   [Source: Southington Patch]Could Barry Manilow be Canada’s next crime fighter?In an effort to combat ongoing crime issues in the downtown core, city council is considering a number of options, including surveillance cameras, security guards and even Barry Manilow music. “I know one community that had problems with vandalism and spray painting, and they came up with a unique idea,” said Ward 4 Coun. Ron Bodner. “They put speakers all around and started playing Barry Manilow records, and all the kids left. The stores were happy, the customers liked the music. I don’t want to diminish the discussion, because we do have a serious problem here, but it’s a thought.”Mayor Bill Steele of Port Colborne said the idea is not as strange as it sounds. “We used to have a local businessperson who would play classical music outside his strip mall,” said Steele. “It sounds funny, but there was no loitering over there either. And it’s a pretty inexpensive solution.” Expenses are at the heart of the city’s crime reduction strategy, as council grapples with the debate over how much money it should be throwing at the problem, how much of that onus should be on local businesses, and what role the police play in the whole puzzle.   [Source: Niagara This Week]Shoplifting $42.76 gets him  almost 2 months in jail… because of court’s boo-booA Minnesota man arrested for shoplifting $42.76 in merchandise from the Walmart in St. Paul wound up spending nearly two months in the Ramsey County jail after he was supposed to be released without posting bail. It was the result of a Ramsey County District Court clerk not updating a court record, according to an arbitrator’s decision filed last month.Because of this “clerical error,” the man “lost his liberty for almost two months,” arbitrator Joseph Daly wrote in his decision for the Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services. “This is egregious and serious.” Daly upheld the written reprimand that the Judicial Branch gave clerk Jami Stennett. But the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 5, said they have “repeatedly pointed out the absence of a fail-safe system,” according to Daly’s summary of the union’s position.   [Source: Twin Cities Pioneer Press]Shoplifter ODs after swallowing meth to hide it from copsSunday afternoon, Kennewick, Washington police responded to an alleged shoplifting at Grocery Outlet Bargain Market on 4th in Kennewick, only to find the suspect was apparently carrying drugs. 30-year-old Dennis Odom, in an obvious effort to ‘hide’ his meth, swallowed it to avoid detection by police.However, it quickly began to cause him extreme distress, and he was given a shot of Narcan by police to counter the effects. He was then rushed to Trios Southridge ER, treated and then sent to the Benton County jail. Police did not say how much he swallowed, but he’s facing multiple charges besides the shoplifting-including a DOC (Department of Corrections) escape warrant, resisting arrest, false reporting, and another outstanding felony warrant.   [Source: NewsTalk 870]Homeland Security Global Trade Task Force seizes $1M in fake productIn an effort to mitigate vulnerabilities within the commerce stream that threaten the nation’s consumers and to protect national security, Homeland Security officials recently launched its Global Trade Task Force (GTTF), a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-led multi-agency effort that leverages robust import and export controls and investigative authorities to combat illicit commercial activities. Authorities announced results from a recent task force effort Monday at Detroit’s Fort Street Cargo Facility.HSI Detroit Special Agent in Charge Steve Francis called the task force a vital next step in the battle against threats to the commerce stream and national security. He said the HSI Detroit task force could serve as a national model for related investigations across the agency and beyond.The new task force combines the investigative, interdiction, regulatory, and licensing capabilities from a variety of agencies, including HSI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, and the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations.To kick off the GTTF, HSI Detroit partnered with CBP and other agencies in a week-long enforcement effort at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Port Huron Blue Water Bridge Ports of Entry. The action targeted merchandise and shipments entering and exiting the United States from foreign countries at the FedEx, DHL, rail, and the centralized examination station. During the weeklong surge, HSI and CBP seized more than $1,000,0000 MSRP in counterfeit goods and counterfeit prescription drugs, which included, counterfeit Xanax pills and Botox, counterfeit Transceiver Network Modules, counterfeit e-cigarettes, and counterfeit Rolexes and iPhone, among other items.   [Source:] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Business Disruption: Most Businesses Expect Dramatic Changes, But Few Businesses Feel Prepared

first_imgDisruption is now the norm and is to be expected, say three-quarters of global senior executives interviewed by KPMG.  And those executives say the speed of change and disruption can only be expected to increase in the future.  But only 17 percent of companies say that they are prepared to address the expected volatility and are unsure of what path to take to counter disruptions.The KPGM report listed the Top Five Potential Disruptors to businesses:71 percent – Requirement to respond to regulatory and legislative rules63 percent – Increased security and cyber security60 percent – Instantaneous data access from anywhere58 percent – Digital and mobile workers and consumers49 percent – Global access to talent and skillsAs a counterbalance to potential disruption, some businesses are investing.  63 percent are investing to beef up their cybersecurity.  One quarter are adopting cloud computing services like IaaS and PaaS.  And another quarter of businesses are investing in updates to their legacy systems.Steve Chase, KPMG’s U.S. Advisory Management Consulting leader, said that “the fastest-growing and the most profitable organizations are increasingly – and smartly – leveraging these disruptors to continually deploy new business models, accelerate decision-making, convert data into valuable knowledge and focus on the customer.”Tudor Aw, KPMG UK Head of Technology, said that “the sectors and the businesses that will enjoy greatest success… will be those prepared to take a chance on something new. That’s not to say they should gamble on the next ‘big thing’ – but they shouldn’t be afraid to try.”last_img read more