Time to end Chechnya’s impunity after threats to Novaya Gazeta

first_img News Related documents cp_novaya_gazeta_ru.pdfPDF – 80.05 KB News News Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesReligious intolerance WomenJudicial harassmentImpunityPredatorsViolenceFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize Читать по-русски в PDF и ниже / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) is very concerned about the safety of the staff of the independent Moscow-based newspaper Novaya Gazeta, who have been threatened by the Chechen authorities ever since it reported that gays are being persecuted in Chechnya. RSF calls on the Russian federal authorities to end the impunity enjoyed by Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov’s regime.A public meeting was held in the central mosque in Grozny, the Chechen capital, a few days after Novaya Gazeta’s story on 1 April about the arrests and mistreatment of a hundred of suspected homosexuals in Chechnya, a story that has been picked up by media all over the world.In the course of the meeting in Grozny, which was widely covered by the Chechen broadcast media, Adam Shakhidov, an adviser to President Kadyrov, accused Novaya Gazeta of defamation and referred to its journalists as “the enemies of our faith and our fatherland.”Twenty-four Chechen religious officials and other opinion makers signed a five-point resolution describing the newspaper’s story as an “absolute lie (…) that besmirches the honour and reputation of Muslims, the inhabitants of Chechnya and Russian citizens” and warning the public that circulating it would be a “terrible sin.”“We pledge that the true instigators will eventually be punished, wherever they are and whoever they are, and that there will be no statute of limitations on this punishment,” the resolution added.Novaya Gazeta responded that the resolution “encourages religious fanatics to retaliate against journalists.” And indeed, threats quickly began to appear on social networks.In an interview for the Washington Post on 15 April, the journalist who wrote the story, Elena Milashina, said she was planning to flee Russia temporarily. Radio Echo of Moscow news editor Alexei Venediktov was threatened as well by the Chechen authorities for defending his fellow journalists.Russian officials eventually reacted. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said the government was “categorically opposed” to any extra-judicial measure against journalists, and that any disputes should be settled in court. Yesterday, Russia’s federal Investigative Committee said it was “verifying” whether threats had been made against journalists.“The threats against Novaya Gazeta and Echo of Moscow are extremely disturbing and must be taken seriously,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“We note that a judicial investigation has begun, but much more is needed to challenge the horrendous impunity enjoyed by the Chechen authorities. After eradicating independent journalism within Chechnya, the Kadyrov regime is increasingly targeting Russia’s national media. It’s time for Moscow to put a stop to this.”Cracking down ever harder in Chechnya Very little independent journalism still survives in Chechnya, an autonomous Russian republic that was traumatized by two bloody civil wars and has been ruled with an iron hand by Kadyrov since 2007.The impunity enjoyed by those who masterminded well-known journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s murder and those who murdered her colleague, Natalia Estemirova, have reinforced the climate of fear that prevails in the region.The very few journalists who still dare to defy the official consensus and obligatory pro-government enthusiasm are warned or threatened, and pressure is put on relatives – a situation that RSF has documented in several reports. Harassment of critics has intensified in recent years and the least comment on social networks is now liable to have dire consequences.Zhalaudi Geriyev, a young Chechen journalist who contributed to the independent news website Kavkazsky Uzel, was sentenced to three years in prison in September 2016.Public figures of all kinds are liable to be abducted. Ruslan Martagov, a political analyst critical of the human rights situation in Chechnya, “disappeared” from 1 to 3 September 2016. Two academics were kidnapped in late March and early April 2016 only to reappear and make public “apologies.” A third, tortured and then released, now leads the life of a recluse.A new threshold was crossed when a minibus carrying Russian and foreign journalists and members of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture was attacked in neighbouring Ingushetia, just a few hundred metres from the Chechen border, on 9 March 2016. A score of masked men beat the passengers, forced them get out of the bus, and then set fire to it. The investigation drew a blank.Kadyrov often describes independent journalists and members of Russia’s liberal opposition as “traitors” and “enemies of the people.”Novaya Gazeta was awarded the RSF-Fondation de France Press Freedom Prize in 2006. Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesReligious intolerance WomenJudicial harassmentImpunityPredatorsViolenceFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize Нападки на “Новую газету”: безнаказанности чеченских властей должен быть положен конец Сообщения “Новой газеты” о массовых преследованиях предполагаемых гомосексуалов в Чечне стали ведущей темой мировых СМИ . Реакция на это не заставила себя долго ждать. Через несколько дней после появления публикации, 3 апреля 2017 года, в Центральной мечети города Грозный было организовано большое собрание, широко освещенное местными СМИ. “Угрозы в адрес “Новой газеты” и “Эха Москвы” исключительно тревожны и они должны быть приняты всерьез, – заявил глава отдела Восточной Европы и Центральной Азии “Репортёров без границ” Иоханн Бир, – мы внимательно следим за тем, будет ли возбуждена соответствующая юридическая процедура. Вместе с тем, хотелось бы большего, – чтобы был поставлен вопрос о скандальной безнаказанности, которой пользуются чеченские власти. После того, как независимая журналистика в Чечне была уничтожена, режим Рамзана Кадырова стал периодически производить нападки на общенациональные российские СМИ. Пришло время положить этому конец”. Наконец появилась и официальная реакция российских властей. Пресс-секретарь президента Путина Дмитрий Песков заявил, что он “категорически против” любых неправовых действий против журналистов, напомнив, что любые споры должны решаться в судах. 17 апреля Следственный комитет России объявил о начале “проверки” факта угроз в адрес журналистов. Однако чеченские власти полностью отрицают информацию, опубликованную “Новой газетой” и продолжают призывать журналистов принести извинения. Organisation В его ходе, советник президента Чечни Адам Шахидов обвинил “Новую газету” в “клевете” и ясно обозначил “врагов нашей веры и нашей родины”. Двадцать четыре религиозных и общественных лидера Чечни подписали “резолюцию” в пяти пунктах, в которой они назвали журналистское расследование “абсолютной ложью и клеветой, порочащей честь и достоинство мусульман” и призвали граждан не распространять эту информацию, чтобы не совершить “страшный грех”. “Мы обещаем, что возмездие настигнет истинных подстрекателей, где бы и кем бы они ни были, без срока давности”, – добавили они. Представители “Новой газеты” считают, что эта резолюция “подталкивает религиозных фанатиков к расправе над журналистами”.И действительно, вскоре через социальные сети начали распространяться угрозы в адрес редакции. В интервью “Вашингтон пост”, опубликованном 15 апреля, автор расследования Елена Милашина сообщила, что она предполагает временно покинуть страну. 16 апреля главный редактор “Эха Москвы” Алексей Венедиктов также стал объектом угроз со стороны чеченских официальных лиц за то, что он высказался в поддержку своих коллег. April 19, 2017 – Updated on April 20, 2017 Time to end Chechnya’s impunity after threats to Novaya Gazeta Усиление репрессий в Чечнеcenter_img Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Russia Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Credit: Natalia Kolesnikova / AFP to go further Независимая журналистика практически уничтожена в Чечне – автономной российской республике, пострадавшей от двух кровопролитных войн и находящейся с 2007 года под жесткой властью Рамзана Кадырова. Безнаказанность заказчиков убийства известной журналистки Анны Политковской и убийц еёколлеги – Натальи Эстемировой усилили атмосферу страха установившуюся в этом регионе. Журналисты-одиночки, которые решаются на то, чтобы противостоять официальному единомыслию и навязанному обязательному энтузиазму подвергаются угрозам, предупреждениям и давлению на их близких. Эта ситуация документально отражена РБГ в целом ряде расследований и отчётов .Преследование любой критики резко обострилось в последние годы. Малейшее высказывание в социальных сетях с некоторых пор чревато самыми тяжкими последствиями. Молодой сотрудник сайта “Кавказский узел” Жалауди Гериев был приговорён к трём годам тюрьмы в сентябре 2016 года. Множатся похищения известных лиц. Так, политолог Руслан Мартагов, критиковавший положение с правами человека в республике, “исчез” между первым и третьим сентября 2016 года. Два учёных, похищенных в конце марта-начале апреля 2016 нашлись после того, как они принесли публичные “извинения”. Eщё один был отпущен после того, как он подвергся пыткам и с тех пор ведёт жизнь затворника.Новый порог терпимости был преодолён во время нападения, 9 марта 2016 года в Ингушетии в нескольких сотнях от чеченской границы на микроавтобус перевозивший русских и международных журналистов вместе в правозащитниками из “Комитета по предотвращения пыток”. Около двадцати людей в масках избили пассажиров, заставив их покинуть автомобиль, после чего подожгли его. Следствие, идущее по этому делу пока не дало никаких результатов.”Пожиратель свободы прессы” Рамзан Кадыров периодически называет независимых журналистов и представителей либеральной оппозиции “предателями” и “врагами народа”. “Новая газета” в 2006 году стала лауреатом ежегодной премии РБГ.Россия занимает 148 место из 180 во всемирном рейтинге свободы прессы за 2016 год, публикованном РБГ. Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown June 2, 2021 Find out more После публикации сведений о преследовании гомосексуалов в Чечне независимое российское издание “Новая газета” стало объектом серьёзных угроз со стороны чеченских властей. Еще одним объектом для их нападок стала радиостанция “Эхо Москвы”. Репортёры без границ (РБГ) выражают серьезную озабоченность по поводу безопасности сотрудников этих СМИ и призывают Москву положить конец безнаказанности режима Рамзана Кадырова. May 21, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Receive email alerts May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The Alexander technique

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Golfing welcome for disability sport’s Charter for Change

first_img England Golf has welcomed a new charter which aims to grow the number of active disabled people.The Charter for Change, from the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), outlines the key changes needed to ensure many more disabled people can reap the benefits of being active for life.Jamie Blair, the England Golf Disability Manager, said: “We believe that this framework emphasises the approach we are already taking with golf clubs. We are engaging with disabled people, finding out what they want and including them within golfing activity at clubs and facilities.”England Golf is currently working with 17 counties, identifying three clubs in each which offer a high quality experience of golf for disabled people wanting to take part.“We are encouraging these clubs to talk to disabled participants and find out what they want from our sport – whether it’s range based-activity or support to become a championship golfer,” said Jamie Blair.Examples of club activities include:Padbrook Park, in Devon, ran a taster session for the Exeter Deaf Academy before Christmas and now sessions are being organised at the club. PGA professional Stuart Disney is completing an Effective Communications Course so that he can provide a better experience and integrate students into the club’s existing junior programmes.The School of Golf at Little Channels, Essex, worked with the City of Chelmsford Mencap group to set up a Discover Golf project. Students visited the club for taster sessions and eight of them took part in a five-week structured coaching course which concluding by playing on the course. Club members support the sessions and new beginner sessions are being set up to continue the relationship.Leamington and County, Warwickshire, has a wide network of connections to local special educational needs schools and hearing impairment units. Professional Paul Aitkens is also BSL Level 2 qualified and uses these skills in all his coaching, disabled or non-disabled. Victoria School pupils are regularly involved in golf, enjoying the fun of the game and all being able to participate together.Hatchford Brook, Warwickshire, hosted a golf festival for local special educational needs schools run by students taking Applied Golf Management Studies at Birmingham University. The club have since offered coaching sessions to three of the six schools and continue to support events, such as Wheelpower Primary Sports Camps, ensuring that there are continuing opportunities to learn at Hatchford Brook. Boringdon Park, Devon, is connected to the Plymouth Deaf Children’s Society and is planning a family day for May. It is seen as a perfect opportunity for parents to be involved in activity with their children as well as offering the opportunity for all of the family to be involved in golf.England Golf’s county network will support the MIND “Get Set to Go” project which aims to get 74,000 people with mental health wellbeing issues active in sport. County Development Officers will work with local MIND Sports Coordinators to offer golf as part of a multi sports club and to create Get into Golf opportunities in their area.The EFDS Charter for Change asks that:•    Everyone involved in providing sport or physical activity will support disabled people to participate.•    Disabled people will have the same opportunity as non-disabled people to be active throughout their lives.•    All communications about sport and physical activity will promote positive public attitudes towards disabled people’s participation.For more information on the Charter click hereGolf clubs can access resources and examples of best practice through the England Golf website. 18 Mar 2015 Golfing welcome for disability sport’s Charter for Change last_img read more

Sea Bright Officials Secure In Use Of Metered Parking Fees

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – Could a court decision last month that ordered Belmar to place funds from increased beachfront parking fees into the account that is utilized only for beach operations have any impact on Sea Bright’s new metered parking revenues?Kenneth Pringle, who was the mayor of Belmar until 2010, recently argued in a suit against the town that Belmar beachgoers were not treated fairly because the town was using the fees from beachfront parking for other uses than the operation of the beachfront, such as projects that did not benefit them.Superior Court Judge Katie Gummer ruled that funds from the parking fees that had been slated for use for projects not related to the beachfront instead be put back into the beachfront account.In 1989, the New Jersey Supreme Court said the towns on the Jersey shore could not use beach revenue to lower municipal taxes.Councilman Charles Rooney said that because the parking in the Sea Bright lots is metered between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., it does not fall in the same category as Belmar, since it covers more than beach parking.He said the council had only wanted to have paid parking from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. but the Sea Bright Business Association objected and said the burden of possible loss of customers from paid parking was being unfairly placed on the merchants and requested the time be extended to 9 p.m. to share it with other businesses in the town. The attorney for the Sea Bright Business Association, Rooney said, told the town that if the hours were not changed until 9 p.m., it would face a lawsuit. Rooney said that changing the metered parking to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. beyond beach parking hours “gets us out of that situation.” “They actually did us a favor,” Rooney said.“We would’ve probably found out about it eventually,” he said, referring to constraint on using beach parking fees for uses other than the beach facility as cited in the Belmar case.Rooney was a strong supporter of the new paid parking system and at council meetings, stressed how the income from it would help pay for the $5.7 million bond issue that voters approved last month to rebuild facilities lost in Super Storm Sandy by lowering the burden of paying for the bonds on taxpayers.Acting Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said Tuesday that the 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. hours of metered parking make it general parking. He said that all the costs of installing and operating the metered parking system were paid out of the general funds of the borough, not the beach facility funds.The paid parking system in the town extends from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. The kiosks to pay for the parking have been removed for storage.last_img read more

Middletown Wants Microgrid Grant for Emergency Power

first_img“Staff is in the process of evaluating the 13 micro-grid feasibility studies that have been submitted and determining next steps,” said BPU spokesman Peter Peretzman in an email Feb. 14. “Through us, we can guarantee a price and a completion date,” he said. “We can have an operating system delivering power in under 30 months.” MIDDLETOWN – A New York-based real estate and infrastructure investment firm said last week that it is interested in partnering with Middletown on the construction of a microgrid to supply the community with backup power. “My interests are aligned with you,” he said to an audience that included township officials and others. “I want this service to get online efficiently and on time, because I don’t make any money otherwise.” The microgrid would supply power to the sites identified in the report, even in non-emergencies. A system relying upon a renewable energy source like solar would help the township immediately in case of an outage or a shortage, one Middletown official said at the information session. By Philip Sean Curran In all, the BPU awarded 13 grants to towns and others to create feasibility reports for microgrids. Middletown was hit hard in 2012 when Super Storm Sandy caused widespread and prolonged power outages. In 2017 Middletown received a $150,000 grant from the state Board of Public Utilities to create a feasibility study for a microgrid to supply power to “critical facilities” located in a 3.5-mile span of the township. Among other places, those include public schools, the municipal Sewage Authority, Naval Weapons Station Earle and traffic signals on Routes 35 and 36 and Leonardville Road.At the information meeting, municipal administrator Anthony P. Mercantante said the report is completed and went to the BPU for review. The project does not have a price tag yet or a location. David R. Soares, president and CEO of Lexden Capital, made his presentation Feb. 13 during an information session at the Middletown Arts Center about the project. He said the firm would work with the township from the pre-construction phase, through such steps as engineering, to building the grid. In an email Feb.15, Mercantante said the “BPU is supposed to select three or four proposals to go to the next phase for more detailed design, along with additional funding.” Paul Heitmann, president of Businovation and consultant on the project, said in a phone interview Feb.14 that the location of the grid would be determined during the upcoming design phase of the project. There was some initial thought of putting the entire grid at Naval Weapons Station Earle, but nothing has been finalized, he said. “So we expect to hear in a couple of months where we stand,” he said. “JCP&L has committed to working with the BPU, municipalities like Middletown and their consultants as they work to conduct feasibility studies related to development of microgrids and is providing information to help inform the studies,” JCP&L spokeswoman Jennifer Young said by email Feb.15. “It’s very early in the process and too soon to say how JCP&L might integrate with a microgrid in the future, but we will continue to engage in the process to determine the microgrid potential in Middletown.” “So there’s no delay and, most importantly, the power gets generated locally,” said township committeeman Kevin M. Settembrino. “We don’t have to wait for power from outside the region.” The township’s normal electricity provider is Jersey Central Power & Light. last_img read more

Red Bank Volunteers Take Trash Pickup in Hand

first_imgBy Grant Playter Now, on the first Wednesday of each month, Taylor and an ever-expanding group of volunteers meets up at Antoinette Boulangerie on Monmouth Street at 9 a.m. to spend an hour going up and down the street picking up trash. “I see a lot in the media about overabundance and toxicity of plastics everywhere in our oceans and environment and so forth,” said Taylor, 48. “Going into Red Bank every day I see garbage on the streets and thought this would be an awesome event to put together.” The event is sponsored by the Red Bank Business Alliance (RBBA), a nonprofit coalition of Red Bank business owners formed three years ago with the goal of bringing as many people to town as possible. The “Pick It Up!” program is one of the latest RBBA efforts to help the town. Taylor serves on its board of directors and brought this proposal to them for approval and funding. “And I said, don’t give up,” said User. ”I said, one day everyone will hear about it, this is going to be great. Just don’t give up. Even though there are two people, keep doing it.” “The whole idea of the slower you go, the more you see, is going to help people realize just how much of a problem that is,” said Taylor. “And I hate to be so ‘doom and gloom’ about it, but you kind of need this shocking, eye-opening experience to really bring it to light and to start helping people make a change.” Ultimately, while Taylor expressed interest in expanding the “Pick It Up!” program as much as possible, more than anything he wants to spread awareness of one’s surroundings. Even if people don’t attend the Wednesday morning pick-ups in Red Bank, slowing down, seeing garbage where they are and picking it up and throwing it out serves the goals just as much as volunteering with the group. Taylor advocates for pedestrians to slow down and really look at the ground as they walk along the street. He theorizes that the slower someone walks, the more they will realize that streets that seem clean are still covered in little bits of trash. “My whole goal is there’s so much plastic on the street, let’s just pick it up,” said Taylor. “If you see a piece of plastic on the ground – paper, cardboard, whatever it is – you see garbage, pick it up. It’s that simple.” For Taylor, this cleanup isn’t just about his immediate surroundings. He’s worried about the large-scale environmental impact human pollution is having on the world. He is particularly passionate about the impact of plastics. “Red Bank just needs a group like us, getting their hands dirty, to keep moving and making this the Red Bank that it used to be,” said Ayca User, 40, former president of RBBA and owner and operator of Antoinette Boulangerie. The event has grown over its six month tenure. Its inauspicious beginnings started with just Taylor and a few others, but as time has gone on, more and more volunteers have joined. On Aug. 7 more than a dozen volunteers came to volunteer for the program. RED BANK – For his birthday Adam Taylor, CEO and owner of Splendor Design Group, wanted a cleaner environment for the town that houses his business. Rather than wait for others to make it happen, however, Taylor took the initiative, gifting himself the beginnings of the “Pick it Up!” program on that day six months ago. “Think globally, act locally, is what got me thinking about whatever I can do in my own life and my own day walking up and down the street,” said Taylor. “If we can come together and spread the word a little bit, maybe we can reach more areas.”last_img read more

Canucks Suffer 2-1 Overtime Defeat At Hands of Blackhawks

first_img A huge part of the Canucks’ success killing penalties tonight was their complete domination of Chicago in the faceoff circle.  The Canucks won 60% of their draws tonight. The Canucks are still struggling to put a totally complete game together.  That said, tonight they can be proud that they played as a team, stuck up for each other, and limited Chicago’s scoring chances.  Their goals will come, especially if they continue to put forth the effort we saw tonight. IF THIS WERE A PLAYOFF GAMETonight basically was a playoff game and was decided in overtime, no shootout required.  The only way to conclude here is that this would have been a playoff loss.  The Canucks are now 2-3 since I started gauging the games in this manner. PARTING SHOTSBroadcast Observation of the Night:  TSN broadcast the game tonight and while I’m not a huge Chris Cuthbert guy, I love Ray Ferraro.  His experience as a player shines through as he’s able to provide insight as to what might or might not be going on within the team over the course of the game, in addition to his excellent analysis of the play.I thought the panel had good segments in the first and second intermissions as they analysed and discussed the Keith/Sedin incident.  Aaron Ward seems to have taken on a liking of the Canucks over the course of the season, as he hardly says anything overtly negative about them.Looking ahead: Vancouver flew to Dallas directly following tonight’s game, where they will face the surging Stars tomorrow night. Amazingly, Daniel wasn’t credited for a hit when he hit Keith (he actually hit someone else on that shift as well). As a result, there just weren’t a lot of opportunities for the team to get at him.  When they did, he refused to answer the bell.  There really wasn’t much the Canucks could do. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.Most of the chatter surrounding the Vancouver Canucks’ recent swoon has centered around their lack of effort and the appearance of coasting as they finish off the regular season.  Tonight’s game in Chicago was viewed by many as an opportunity for the Canucks to up the ante as they ready themselves for the playoffs.  The  team did just that, playing an inspired game, but came out on the wrong end of a 2-1 overtime decision to the rival Blackhawks.  Unfortunately, this increase in intensity may have cost the Canucks leading goal scorer, Daniel Sedin.Tonight’s game really has two storylines.  One is of the game itself, which featured stellar play by Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo and some intense, uptempo, pressing hockey from the Canucks through much of the first and third periods, play which should comfort most of the fan base and prove they can bring it when they need to. The second storyline, however, centres around a brutal cheap shot delivered to Daniel from Norris-trophy winner Duncan Keith, which knocked Sedin out of the game with what is widely being speculated as either a concussion or a fractured jaw.  The Canucks’ attempts to exact some level of retribution on Chicago through most of the second period continued this story, the attempts to enforce hockey’s outdated “code” putting the Canucks on the penalty kill for a total of 10 minutes in the middle frame, which slanted most of the play in the Blackhawks’ favour.Vancouver opened the scoring in the first minute after a tremendous cross ice pass out of their zone by Sammy Pahlsson to Jannik Hansen, who used his speed to go around Johnny Oduya and beat Chicago starter Corey Crawford. From that point, Vancouver was handed three consecutive power plays, however, the power play struggled and they weren’t able to generate much of anything against Chicago’s penalty kill.During the second power play, Daniel hit Keith in the corner just after Keith had moved the puck up ice.  It was a rare hit by Daniel, and unfortunately, his shoulder hit Keith’s head, the play going unpenalized. Four shifts later, Keith retaliated by delivering a dirty, cheap elbow to Daniel’s face in the neutral zone, just after Daniel turned around to chase the puck (which at the time was about 15 feet in the air headed into the Chicago zone).  Keith made no attempt to chase the puck and it is patently obvious that the hit was intentional and was meant to injure. The officials, who had attempted to clamp down on the two teams in the early going, assessed only a minor penalty to Keith for elbowing.  Daniel played the next shift on the ensuring power play, but did not return.The Blackhawks tied the game three minutes into the second period after Marian Hossa’s pass from behind the net went off Pahlsson into the slot onto Patrick Kane’s stick, where he shot it into the net past a frozen Luongo.  After the goal, Kane celebrated as though he had just won the Stanley Cup (literally it looked like his celebration from his Cup winning goal against Philadelphia in 2010).From that point forth, the Canucks did their best to enforce “the code” and avenge the dirty hit on Daniel by targeting Keith every chance they got.  Unfortunately, Keith did not oblige, which led only to a multitude of scrums. The referees, tonight clearly not righting previous wrongs, kept sending Canucks to the penalty box with extra minor penalties.  Daniel’s brother Henrik, clearly upset with what had happened both as a brother and as team captain, also took a couple of minors in the latter half of the period.  The goaltender intereference call on him was especially weak.The Canucks came out for the third period with a renewed focus on playing hockey and were the better team for most of the final stanza.  They generated a number of quality scoring chances and hit the post twice, with another shot going off the inside of Crawford’s skate and through the crease. They played with the passion and fire that we have all come to expect.  It was a welcome sight for sore eyes given the uninspired play we’ve seen from them of late.  They were unable to get anything past Crawford and into the net, however, and the game went to overtime. I felt that Lapierre, Weise, and Kassian all had some effective shifts in a more physical role.  Still I’d like to see just a bit more out of these guys, especially considering the Keith/Sedin incident.  Kassian did his best to lay some hits out there and stood up to the Blackhawks when challenged. The Canucks outhit Chicago 38-24.  This is a great indicator that the Canucks can turn it up when required. Many people will be upset with the perceived lack of response by the Canucks after the hit.  I saw the game unfold differently – immediately following the hit, the team was on the power play, which for obvious reasons isn’t a good time to exact revenge.  The period then ran out shortly thereafter.  In the second, the team took after him every chance they got, but after the most major scrum halfway through the period, he was assessed 14 minutes in penalties.  By the time he was back on the ice, the Canucks had turned their attention to getting the go ahead goal. The Kesler-Booth combination was more quiet tonight as Higgins was moved down to the third line to accommodate Raymond’s return to the lineup. During overtime, the Canucks did not play well and they eventually succumbed to the Blackhawks after an odd-man rush against saw an Oduya shot go off Andrew Shaw’s shinguard past Luongo.  The play came after Vancouver had a promising foray into the offensive zone, unfortunately Henrik was caught up ice and wasn’t able to backcheck in time to make a difference on the play.For many reasons, Canucks fans should be happy with what they saw tonight from the team – it was a step in the right direction.  The team played with a fire and intensity that has been seldom seen of late.  They played well defensively and didn’t give up an abundance of grade A scoring chances.  When they did, Luongo was there and as a result had a tremendous game.  The penalty kill was extremely effective. Finally, while the second period was spent in their own zone killing penalties, they were the better team for the bulk of the first and third periods.The hit on Daniel, if his injury isn’t severe, may prove to be a positive as it will hopefully spark the team and give them something to rally around.  In a season where motivation has been difficult to manufacture, they have now found it.  It’s up to the team to see what they can do with it. BUSH LEAGUE NHL CONTINUES TO DEAL INCORRECTLY WITH SERIOUS ON-ICE INCIDENTSThe fact the Keith hit was not assessed a five minute major and a game misconduct is abhorrent and is indicative of the bush-league state of officiating in the NHL.  From the NHL Rulebook, Rule 21: 21.1 Match Penalty – A match penalty involves the suspension of a player for the balance of the game and the offender shall be ordered to the dressing room immediately.A match penalty shall be imposed on any player who deliberately attempts to injure or who deliberately injures an opponent in any manner.Daniel was injured on the play.  The hit was delivered in a deliberate manner.  It seems clear this should have resulted in a five minute man advantage for Vancouver – however, it was assessed the same penalty as little-used Brandon Bollig was assessed just seven minutes earlier for a harmless glove to the face of Zack Kassian. Quite frankly, the inconsistency of the league’s officiating is a farce.  Referees are ludicrously hesitant to dole out a five minute major for anything other than fighting, which is always an offsetting penalty.  The fact that a player can go out and head-hunt, the only consequence being a measly two minute minor, pretty much tells you everything you need to know about how this league wants to conduct its business. For all the talk of skill and speed and everything that is great about the game, it’s all complete and utter lip service.  The league can say what it wants, but its actions paint a much different picture.The panel on TSN discussed the severity of the play and the likely suspension that will be handed down by Brendan Shanahan.  Bob McKenzie correctly pointed out that as far as the Canucks are concerned, the number of games meted out is irrelevant, especially if Daniel, the team’s leading goal scorer and one of its key players, is out for any length of time.Canucks Nation will wait with baited breath for news from the Canucks tomorrow regarding Daniel’s injury.  He did play one shift after the hit, but took himself out of the game thereafter.  There are rumours tonight that it could be a fractured jaw, as TSN reported he went into the X-ray room with a doctor.The pain from a fractured jaw would be so intense that it’s unlikely Daniel would have told training staff on the bench that he was “OK”, which he did after he got to the bench, and even more unlikely that he would have played the next shift. He looked a bit glazed over, and for those reasons, I believe that Daniel suffered a concussion – or at a minimum was held out of the remainder of the game to monitor him for this purpose.  With any luck, Daniel will have travelled with the team to Dallas tonight and be no worse for wear tomorrow.The downside of this hit is much worse.  If it’s a fractured jaw, this would be a six to eight week injury.  If a concussion, Daniel may be unavailable to the team for as little as a game or two, or at worst, for the remainder of the season, including the playoffs. I hope Shanahan bears this in mind when he figures out what to do with Keith, but my guess is that he will receive, at most, a meaningless three game vacation. GAME OBSERVATIONS Mason Raymond had one of his most effective games of the season tonight.  He was fast and, for a change, got to the middle of the ice where he was able to create a number of dangerous scoring chances.  This is the Raymond we saw immediately after he returned from injury earlier this season.  When he’s on his game like this, he can still be an effective player.  He started the game playing with Kesler and Booth, but after Daniel’s injury, played a lot of shifts with Henrik. There was an Alex Edler sighting!  He played pretty well tonight and was noticeable both offensively and defensively, even delivering a solid hit on Shaw in the first period.  Definitely a step in the right direction. Andrew Alberts drew into the game (his first in the last 10) and played very well.  I have been saying this all year, but I like the physical presence he provides on the back end.  He’s definitely not the fastest player, but he can be a very effective defenseman. Kane’s celebration of his tying goal was over the top.last_img read more

Nelson Minor Hockey’s Reece Hunt earns spot on Team BC U18 squad

first_img“We are very pleased with the roster that has been selected to represent British Columbia at the 2016 National Women’s U18 Championship,” said Team BC Head Coach, Christina Sharun. “Over the course of the past four months, the 20 players who will represent Team BC this season have competed with passion, intensity and focus each time they had the opportunity to wear the BC crest.”Sharun said each of the players, including Hunt, bring a unique and individual skillset which complements our team as a whole. “We are confident that this group will be great representatives, not only for our province, but for all those who have worn the BC jersey before them, and for those who were unsuccessful in making the final roster, but who brought energy and intensity to each camp along the selection process,” Sharun said.”We are looking forward to working with this group of highly talented young women over the next six weeks and are excited for the opportunity to make our mark among the country’s best.”Hunt is a forward with the Kootenay Wild of the BC Female AAA Hockey League. The Wild, now based out of Trail after spending many seasons in Nelson, begin the 2016-17 season against the Northern Capitals during the opening tournament in Surrey, October 7.Older brothers Sawyer plays for the Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League while Dryden, who won the Western Hockey League’s Four Broncos Memorial Trophy as the league’s player of the year, signed a free-agent contract with Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League.The Panthers opened Training Camp Friday.Team BC will travel to Regina, Saskatchewan for pre-stage camp from November 5 – 8 before taking on Manitoba in their first game of the tournament on November 9.Hunt follows in the footsteps of another Nelson Minor Hockey grad, Aimee DiBella who represented BC at the 2011 National Women’s Under-18 Championship in Saguenay, Que. Reece Hunt is following in the footsteps of playing at an elite level of hockey of older brothers Dryden and Sawyer after the Nelson Minor Hockey player was named to the Team BC U18 Female squad following tryout camp this past weekend in Vancouver.Hunt, 15, represents BC at the 2016 National Women’s U18 Championship in Regina, Saskatchewan from November 9 – 13.“It was just a huge sigh of relief to finally find out I made it,” Hunt told The Nelson Daily.“It’s a pretty long stressful process,” 5’4” forward added.“Over four months . . . several rounds of cuts so it’s stressful on all of the girls I would think.”The final Team BC roster was selected during the September Camp last weekend at the University of British Columbia Thunderbird Arena.During the four-day camp players competed in three exhibition games against the UBC Thunderbirds women’s hockey team and Ridge Meadows Bantam A1 team as well as on-ice practices and off-ice training. last_img read more