Hoosier Chefs Honored by Indiana Pork

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Hoosier Chefs Honored by Indiana Pork Chef Greg Schiesser from Indiana Downs in Shelbyville took home the top award at this year’s Taste of Elegance held on Tuesday, February 5 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.  The premier chef’s competition – hosted by Indiana Pork in partnership with Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council – is a culinary event designed to inspire innovative and exciting ways to menu pork. SHARE SHARE By Andy Eubank – Feb 9, 2013 Each year, the Taste of Elegance program brings talented chefs together from across Indiana to compete in the prestigious event created to encourage chefs to use pork more frequently in creative, non-traditional ways.  The event attracts more than 400 pork farmers, ag industry leaders, and dignitaries to downtown Indianapolis for an evening of elegance and celebration.The 2013 Indiana Taste of Elegance featured some of the state’s top chefs, including:Chef Carlos Salazar – Oakley’s Bistro, IndianapolisChef Sam Brown – Second Helpings, IndianapolisChef Greg Schiesser – Indiana Downs, ShelbyvilleChef Lucas Trinosky – The Chef’s Academy, IndianapolisChef Josh Horrigan – The Chef’s Academy, IndianapolisChef Craig Baker – Local Eatery & Pub, WestfieldChef Ricky Hatfield – Peterson’s Steak – Seafood – Spirits, FishersChef Roger Duran – Patrick’s Kitchen and Drinks, ZionsvilleChef Grant Michael – Albatross Grille at Prairie View Golf Club, CarmelChef Vlad Victor Bora – Hilton Hotels, EdinburghChef Chip Huckaby – Barto’s Banquets & Catering, IndianapolisChef Alan Sternberg – Ivy Tech Community College, Muncie campusSchiesser’s winning entrée was candied pork belly with bacon infused goat cheese. As the Taste of Elegance winner, Schiesser was presented with a check for $1,000 from Indiana Pork.  He will represent Indiana at the Pork Summit hosted by National Pork Board in Napa Valley, CA.Other winning chefs from the night include:Superior Chef Award: Grant Michael – Albatross Grille at Prairie View Golf Club, CarmelPremium Chef Award: Lucas Trinosky – The Chefs Academy, IndianapolisWine Pairing Award: Lucas Trinosky – The Chef’s Academy, IndianapolisPeople’s Choice Award – Favorite Entrée: Carlos Salazar, Oakley’s Bistro, IndianapolisPeople’s Choice Award – Favorite Wine: Oliver Chambourcin – Oliver Winery, BloomingtonPeople’s Choice Award – Favorite Display: Carlos Salazar – Oakley’s Bistro, IndianapolisSource: Indiana Porkcenter_img Facebook Twitter Hoosier Chefs Honored by Indiana Pork Facebook Twitter Previous articleBeef Board Elects 2013 LeadershipNext articleA Few Thoughts on God Made A Farmer Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Press release: DVLA sets a new challenge

first_img Only for use by journalists and the media: 0300 123 2407 The DVLA Code Challenge was so successful that schools and sponsors enquired straight away about how they could sign up to the next competition, so we’ve decided to do it all over again. This year, we are adding a new age group and opening up the competition to children aged between 7 and 11, and 11 to 14. This means that we can include both primary and secondary school pupils. By taking part in the challenge, budding programmers can develop their coding abilities in a fun and engaging way. The competition also aims to promote teamwork and communication – these are all increasingly vital skills in the workplaces of today and tomorrow. Press office There will be an award day on Tuesday 4 December with fantastic educational prizes, a prize draw for all entrants, feedback on the entries from expert judges and a celebrity host.Full information, including details of how to enter the competition, is available on the DVLA Code Challenge website. DVLA has once again laid down the challenge to pupils across Wales to work in teams and design a computer game, with the winning entries set to receive thousands of pounds worth of IT equipment for their schools or community centres.The DVLA Code Challenge was first launched last year to promote Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and IT learning in primary schools and community centres in Wales.Around 200 children and 150 adults attended the inaugural prize-giving event at DVLA’s digital theatre in Swansea last December, which saw state-of-the-art IT kit given out to teams from over 50 primary schools and community groups from all over Wales. Pupils unable to attend on the day also had the chance to take part in the day’s action via a live internet link, just as though they were there.After the huge amount of interest last year, this year’s competition has been opened up to include 11 to 14 year-olds, meaning pupils from secondary schools can also showcase their skills and win fantastic IT prizes for their schools or community centres.DVLA IT Manager and STEM Ambassador Mark Jones said: Email [email protected] DVLA Press Office Longview Road Morriston Swansea SA6 7JL last_img read more

Risky business good for Vermont

first_imgCaptive insurance industry tends to be counter-cyclical, lawmakers consider beneficial provisionAmid the gloom enshrouding Vermont’s economy, one bright spot stands out: the captive- insurance sector. In fact, its glow may grow even brighter in the coming year, despite the dimming prospects for an early recovery.”It’s counter-cyclical,” Molly Lambert, president of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association, says in regard to her industry. “As conditions become more volatile, companies learn to take more control of what they can. Risk management is one of those areas, so the mechanism of captive insurance becomes very attractive.”Long before the current recession, many businesses were establishing their own insurance companies, known as captives, in order to cover themselves for property and casualty losses. Captive insurance related to workers’ compensation claims has proved popular as well, while firms in particular industries have also insured themselves against specific types of risk.In the 28 years since BF Goodrich became the first company to establish a captive in Vermont, this form of insurance has been widely embraced for its efficacy and money-saving potential. “It’s now a well-accepted way of covering risk,” Lambert says. “It’s not looked at as a far-fetched, alternative sort of thing.”Due to Vermont’s visionary initiative in the early ’80s and its diligent follow-through in subsequent decades, far more captives have come to be domiciled in Vermont than in any other state. Starting with Goodrich, Vermont has licensed a total of 863 captives; South Carolina, the second-ranking state, recently celebrated its 200th licensing.Vermont also ranks third in the world as a domicile for captives. Only Bermuda and the Cayman Islands have issued more licenses.An entire industry, mainly situated in Burlington, now revolves around the captives. It directly accounts for 400 Vermont jobs that pay an average annual salary of about $52,000, according to Lambert’s trade association. As many as 1,000 additional positions at banks, law offices, accounting firms and other businesses depend to a significant degree on the captives, the association estimates.Captive-insurance management companies are continuing to hire – even at a time when jobs in almost every other white-collar sector are hard to find, Lambert says. There actually aren’t enough accountants in the Burlington area to keep pace with captives’ demands for their services, she notes.Another 16 captives set up operations in Vermont last year, bringing the total of active firms in the state to nearly 600. And the industry’s promoters suggest that Vermont should manage in 2009 to return to its historic average of attracting between 25 and 30 new captives per year.The growth rate slowed last year due in part to a proposed federal tax regulation that would have prevented captives based in the United States from claiming deductions for money set aside to cover future claims. The proposal produced a sense of uncertainty that discouraged many companies from launching captives, notes Dan Towle, specialist on this sector who works for the Vermont Department of Economic Development. The Internal Revenue Service ultimately decided to withdraw its proposal, but soon afterward the U.S. economy began its nosedive. “That took everyone’s focus off new initiatives,” Lambert says.Industry experts expect the rate of captive formation to resume this year even if the general economy continues to sputter. “While nothing is technically recession-proof, insurance does have to be there, boom or bust,” notes Tim East, a director of risk management for The Walt Disney Co. And Towle declares himself “very bullish on both 2009 and 2010. The stars are all aligned for us to do very well.”Lambert echoes that optimistic appraisal, saying “Vermont has a great chance to put a lot of distance between it and the competition.” More and more companies are expressing interest in establishing captives, with Vermont widely identified as the preferred venue, Lambert finds. She points to a “road show” that her association regularly stages in Atlanta that usually draws between 40 and 60 registrants. This year, 75 have signed up in advance, Lambert says.Growing interest in Vermont among companies forming captives may be motivated by a newfound desire by some to base their insurance operation in the United States rather than offshore, Lambert suggests. And the Vermont brand, along with the state’s expertise in this area, drives decisions to locate captives here. “Boards of directors are very sensitive now to how their actions are being perceived by the public,” she says. “When you open a captive insurance company in Vermont, there’s no thought that it’s anything but pure and high-quality.”East, the California-based manager of two Disney captives, says the company chose Vermont “because of the infrastructure that’s available there” in the form of legal, accounting and regulatory resources. State overseers of the industry have managed to strike a balance between flexibility and firmness that Disney and other companies find appealing, East explains. “Their regulations are reasonably stringent and they have high expectations. But while holding to high standards they’re able to work with captives’ owners,” East says.Dianne Salter, vice president of the Mountain Laurel Risk Retention Group, adds that her captive came to Vermont in 2002 because state regulators were able to help it get established in short order. Mountain Laurel was created by Jefferson Health System, which at that time was being buffeted by “a crisis of medical malpractice insurance,” Salter notes. Because the crunch was especially acute in the Philadelphia area where Jefferson is based, “we needed to get something done quickly,” she says. “Vermont helped us move fast.”But no regulatory shortcuts were taken, she adds, noting that Pennsylvania officials were familiar with Vermont’s protocol for captives and “felt very comfortable with the regulation in Vermont.”The turmoil shaking the financial markets has not been experienced in the captive insurance sector, Lambert notes. That’s partly because “it’s a well-managed, well-capitalized industry,” she says. There’s been no known instance of a troubled company misdirecting funds from its captive, Lambert points out.The stability may also be partly attributable to the sure-handedness of Vermont’s experienced regulators. The collapse of Enron, for example, did not result in disruptions in the operations of the Texas corporation’s Vermont-based captive, notes David Provost, who oversees captive insurance for the state’s Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (Bishca). “We handled the dissolution of the Enron captive appropriately,” Provost says. “They didn’t run off with the money. All claims were paid.”Vermont’s relative remoteness does not appear to present obstacles to companies that have situated their captives here. Most of the insurance firms with Burlington addresses are in fact managed from other states, with officials of the parent companies visiting Vermont occasionally to meet with regulators, lawyers and accountants.Both Salter and East say they do not share the view held by some out-of-state business executives that travel to Vermont can be inconvenient and time-consuming. East says Vermont is relatively close to Disney offices in New York and Connecticut, while Salter notes that it’s only a little over 1-hour flying time from Philadelphia to Burlington.One of the qualities that captives find especially appealing about Vermont is the ability of regulators and political leaders to respond in timely fashion to changing circumstances, Salter says.”Vermont is constantly looking for options so it can improve. Vermont is always on the cutting edge,” she observes.For example, Lambert is currently lobbying legislators to win approval of a proposal to exempt a newly formed captive from paying the minimum $7,500 yearly premium tax. It’s a small, mainly symbolic gesture intended to signal Vermont’s eagerness to remain the preferred venue for captive insurance companies, Lambert says. A total of 30 states now compete with Vermont to attract captives, and it’s important to offer incentives as a sign of continued commitment to the industry, she adds.The Legislature adopted this same provision a few years ago and it remained in place until it reached its sunset date.”This seemed like a good year” to revive the tax break, Lambert says.She notes that the move wouldn’t cost the state much in the way of lost tax revenues – less than $200,000 if Vermont were to succeed in attracting 25 new captives this year. The newcomers would still have to pay premium taxes in excess of $7,500, meaning that a captive with a tax bill of $200,000 would be required to put $192,500 in the state’s coffers.A portion of the $24.5 million in premium taxes that the state collected from captives last year goes to cover the costs of regulating and promoting the industry.”This is all money that Vermont is getting from out-of-state sources,” notes Towle, the financial services director for the Department of Economic Development. “It’s not coming out of Vermonters’ pockets.”Towle works close to fulltime to support the captive insurance sector. But he’s the only state official focused on developing an industry that has proved highly beneficial to Vermont and that holds the promise – exceptionally valuable these days – for strong growth potential. So shouldn’t the state be putting more resources into its efforts to lure captives?”The governor and the state Legislature have given us tremendous tools to be successful,” Towle responds. Vermont excels, he adds, because competitor states “haven’t had such tremendous support from their governors and legislators.”Kevin J Kelley is a freelance writer from Burlington and US Correspondent for Nation Media Group (Kenya).last_img read more

SOUTHCOM Commander Stresses Regional Cooperation During Trip to Central America

first_imgBy Antonio Ordoñez/Diálogo January 31, 2019 U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), concluded his first trip to Central America since assuming command in November 2018. Adm. Faller visited the countries of the Northern Triangle, where he met with Honduran, Guatemalan, and Salvadoran leaders, and stopped by several military sites, January 21-25. The objective of his visit was to reaffirm the continuous commitment of the United States in support of partner nations and their security forces. The visit also enabled officials to address different regional security cooperation issues, and coordinate operations to counter narcotrafficking and related crimes. “Honduras and its immediate neighbors, Guatemala and El Salvador, are among the first partners I will visit,” said Adm. Faller during a press conference in Honduras. “One of my first priorities was to travel to the region to meet with key partners, listen to their concerns, understand their perspectives regarding security challenges, and hear their ideas on how we can effectively work together to address those challenges.” Enduring friendship with Honduras During his first stop, in Honduras, Adm. Faller met with Honduran Minister of Defense Fredy Santiago Díaz and Army Major General René Orlando Ponce Fonseca, chairman of the Honduran Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández at the government palace. During his stay, he visited the National Police Special Forces Directorate in Tegucigalpa, whose units fight organized crime. He also spent time with SOUTHCOM’s Joint Task Force-Bravo at Soto Cano Air Base. Faller not only praised both countries’ enduring friendship and the achievements of Honduran security forces, but also their collaboration during the Enduring Promise 2018 mission aboard hospital ship USNS Comfort, an 11-week-long humanitarian assistance mission that concluded in Honduras. The ship also made stops in Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. During Adm. Faller’s visit, the Honduran military leadership announced that the country would host the SOUTHCOM-sponsored Central American Security Conference 2019, in May. “At SOUTHCOM, we are confident we can advance together toward countering those challenges,” said Adm. Faller. “We have witnessed the unwavering dedication and important contributions of our security partners in Honduras, and more importantly, we’ve witnessed the professionalism with which the Honduran military conducts operations and continues to work toward a more secure nation for the citizens it serves.” Close collaboration with Guatemala In Guatemala, Adm. Faller met with Army Major General Luis Miguel Ralda Moreno, Guatemalan minister of defense, and other national security leaders to address narcotrafficking, disaster response, and human rights, among other issues. In addition, he visited Huehuetenango department to meet with Interagency Task Force Tecún Umán, which safeguards the border with Mexico. “We dealt with general issues, the fight against narcotrafficking, immigration, humanitarian disaster assistance, and combined training and exercises to improve force capabilities,” Maj. Gen. Ralda told Diálogo. “Adm. Faller came in person to see the situation in Guatemala. He came to see that Guatemalans are good, peaceful people, and that the Army is an institution devoted to serving Guatemalans, an institution that the people recognize and appreciate.” As part of the efforts to counter organized crime, SOUTHCOM’s commander visited the Guatemalan Army’s Naval Special Force Command. This unit executes maritime drug interdiction and rescue operations. “He visited to acknowledge our heroes who work day after day at sea to prevent the transfer of drugs and arms to the north or south, and to see the rather precarious conditions they encounter at sea,” said Maj. Gen. Ralda. “It was a first approach, and he said he is fully prepared to cooperate.” Solid commitment to El Salvador Adm. Faller ended his trip in El Salvador, where he exchanged knowledge and ideas with Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés and other members of the Salvadoran Armed Force. He concluded his weeklong visit with an affirmation of the trust and cooperation that exist among partner nations in the region. “El Salvador has an important role in the fight against transnational crime, narcotrafficking, and human trafficking,” said Adm. Faller in a press release from the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador. “We recognize the collaboration we’ve had, and we stress the importance of continuing to have a strong relationship to fight together for the security and prosperity of both countries.” The trip was an opportunity for SOUTHCOM’s commander to get to know the leaders of partner nations that contribute to regional peace, and show the enduring support of the United States. “We know partnerships work; we know partnerships between friends who trust each other work best, [they] respect and support each other,” said Adm. Faller. “That’s why I’m here, to continue our enduring promise as both a partner and a friend, ready to continue our collaborative work in support of peace, security, and the stability that we all value.”last_img read more

‘Artificial’ intelligence sounds scary, but it isn’t

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I’ve been working in the financial services space for close to 30 years now. In that time, I’ve seen many trends and technologies emerge. Some take hold, several are just a flash in the pan. Regardless of how long a concept sticks around, one thing remains: Terminology plays a material role in shaping perceptions.In a world where messaging tends to overcomplicate things, too many acronyms, and too many buzzwords all work against what should be the primary objective of any technology: clearly illustrating value. I’ve certainly found this to be true when it comes to artificial intelligence or “AI.”Generally speaking, the word artificial doesn’t readily call to mind a positive image, does it? By definition, the word “artificial” has listed meanings of, “insincere” or “affected” and “made by humans” as opposed to “happening naturally.” It is the second part of this definition I’d like to explore a bit further.Artificial intelligence is, in fact, created by humans. And it isn’t a new fad or concept. Many don’t realize that the term was first coined by John McCarthy, Ph.D., a Stanford computer and cognitive scientist, back in 1955. AI has continued to evolve as a concept with practical applications across many industries ever since. continue reading »last_img read more

Remembering 9/11

first_imgA memorial plaque at Riverside Gardens Park placed in remembrance of Red Bank resident Mark Hemschoot. Joe McGrath of the Red Bank Elks Lodge recalls the events of Sept. 11, 2001, during the ceremony at Riverside gardens park. Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna speaks during the Sept. 11 remembrance at Riverside Gardens Park, home to the borough’s monument and garden area that honors residents who died on Sept. 11, 2001. The ceremony was sponsored by the Red Bank Elks Lodge No. 233. Members of the Red Bank Elks Lodge No. 233 and The Chorus of the Atlantic  (in blue shirts) remember the victims of 9/11 on the 11th anniversary of the attacks. The column of light to remember those lost on Sept. 11, 2001 as viewed from Atlantic Highlands.last_img

Local Effort to Double State’s Shore Protection Fund

first_imgProtecting the Coast and Tourism “After Sandy you couldsee the difference betweenthe areas of town where thedunes were maintained andmoney was invested andthe areas where that mon-ey wasn’t spent. We need todo the right thing to protectall of our coastal communi-ties,” Perry said. But pending before theLegislature are bills that aimto double the cap on fundingto $50 million annually. Margot Walsh, JSP executive director, said bill A-826 has stalled in the state Assembly, but she is encouraged by the recent advancement of bill S-1614 out of the state’s Environment and Energy Committee and into the Budget and Appropriations Committee. The next step would be a move to the state Senate for a vote. Perry and Walsh agreethat providing additionalfunding to protect the shoreis a move that will protect a$20 billion coastal tourismindustry in the state. A 200-foot-tall tide gate at Pews Creek is still being completed. It will be an automated lift gate model complete with 20-by-22-foot steel panels that can be clamped shut to keep stormwaters at bay. “Since Sandy there’sbeen a lot more work to do,and not just in the Bayshorearea, but for all of the state’sbeaches and coastal towns.And expenses for thesemaintenance projects haveincreased tremendously.It’s time for the fund to beincreased as well,” Walshsaid. “The resiliency of our coastline is critical to the future of our state’s economy, job growth, infrastructure, tourism and business development,” Walsh added. “The cost-share partnership with the Army Corps has provided a return on investment of billions in federal dollars for beach restoration and maintenance projects. And the beaches and shore directly account for $20 billion of New Jersey’s $44 billion tourism spending economy.” The most visible piece of the Port Monmouth Flood Control Project is a 200-foot-tall, automated tide gate at Pews Creek, complete with 20-by-22-foot steel panels that can be closed to keep stormwater from spreading.Photo by Chris Rotolo The Shore Protection Fund was established in 1992 following a series of destructive nor’easters that caused damage to properties from high winds and coastal flooding. The initial bill authorized $15 million to be transferred from the state’s real estate transfer tax and dedicated to beach and dune-erosion projects, as well as other shore protections measures. That annual cap bank was increased to $25 million in 1998 and has not been increased since. “I’m completely on board,” O’Scanlon said. “Our shoreline is the most valuable asset in Monmouth County, and one that is easy to take for granted. I understand that residents are pushing for increased funding and I stand with them.” Sen. Declan O’Scanlon(R-13) pledged to supportthe bill. MIDDLETOWN – For two decades, the amount of money annually dedicated to the state’s Shore Protection Fund has remained steady at $25 million. The fund was established to protect property owners from coastal storm damage, erosion and sea level rise. center_img Another major aspect of the project is a retaining wall with a mechanized road closure gate at the entrance to the Monmouth Cove Marina.Photo by Chris Rotolo A long flood wall and road closure gate near Port Monmouth Road and the Monmouth Cove Marina, and the installation of interior drainage/pump systems near Port Monmouth’s two major creeks are also in place. Already completed is the replenishment of the beach-front area and fishing pier near the historic Bayshore Waterfront Park. Additionally, concrete groins have been constructed to run perpendicular to the beach and extend into the bay. A series of levees, flood walls and pumping stations have been built as well. The bill also created a cost-share partnership among the state of New Jersey, its coastal municipalities and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to engage in shore protection projects, including beach restoration and maintenance. The legislation is the work of the Monmouth County-based group Jersey Shore Partnership (JSP). At their March 18 meeting, the Middletown Township Committee expressed its support for increasing the cap with a resolution citing the need to fund necessary projects following the devastation of Super Storm Sandy. “We have to do all we can to ensure the protection of our residents and their in- vestments,” Perry said. “We can’t allow taxpayer dollars to go toward restoring the shore and raising homes, and then ignore a long-term plan to protect those investments,” he said. “Over the past 20 years the state has seen its fair share of impactful storms, and Middletown has beared the brunt of the last two, in Sandy and Irene,” said Middletown Mayor Tony Perry. “We’re going on seven years since Sandy and the government and taxpayers have made large investments, not only to protect our homes, but to prevent the erosion of our beaches. Now is an appropriate time to protect those investments.” Shore protection measures are also critical for transportation, as seen in the wake of Super Storm Sandy when massive damage was done to state routes 36, 35 and 34. Jersey Shore Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that advocates for stable funding for coastal protection efforts, as well as beach replenishment initiatives. Aid For Projects Both Big and Small Stewart Farrell, director of the Coastal Research Center at Stockton University, said the fund-sharing partnership goes beyond smaller beach-filling and replenishment projects. It also helps fund large-scale endeavors like the $115 million flood control project underway in Middletown’s Port Monmouth section, which is now in its second phase. Completion is expected in 2022. last_img read more

Kimberley Newell blazes own trail as goalie for the B.C. Major Midget Kootenay Ice

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsUsually by the end of a B.C. Major Midget Hockey League game Kootenay Ice goalies have seen more rubber than Goodyear Tire.Which may be a bit of a nightmare to some aspiring netminders looking to parlay a successful midget campaign into a shot at tier two junior A.Not so for Kimberley Newell.Like a heat-seeking missile, Newell sought out the Ice goal crease as the best place to improve her skills.The idea is the boy’s game is  much more or a higher tempo and competitive which should easily for the rigours of college hockey next fall at Princeton.”I wanted to play in the B.C. Major Midget League and, after my mom moved to Nelson to work with B.C. Hydro, I thought the Ice would be the best place for me to play,” the beaming 5’8″ Newell said before taking the ice at the NDCC Arena against the Okanagan Rockets.Newell experienced ups and downs against the Rockets, winning the opener 5-4 before being shelled 7-0 in the game two.”Kootenay isn’t one of the stronger teams in the league so I thought I’d get lots of shots and have a better chance to develop my skills,” Newell added.Of course this is a male league and Newell, for those keeping score at home, is a female goalie.This may pose a bit of a problem for some coaches.However, Kootenay skipper Mario DiBella saw skill and not gender when making his final decision on goaltenders for the BCMMHL squad.”The competition was stiff but Kimberley came to camp and earned her position,” said DiBella, who had the luxury of seeing Newell in action when the Vancouver native played with is daughter Beth during the spring.”As much as this is a male midget league I certainly couldn’t be in a position where I held gender against her when she had the skill set to emerge as one of the two goaltenders on this team.”Newell was born in Vancouver and lived most of the past 16 years on the Lower Mainland. Putting on the pads is something Newell aspired to do at a young age.After spending the first few years of minor hockey as a regular skater, parents Jen and Nick were finally convinced to allow Newell to try goal.”Ever since I was young I’ve been fascinated with goalies,” Newell confessed. “I don’t remember this but my mom told me I’d go to rinks and watch the goalie sessions and goalie instructors and just loved that.”Newell has not looked out of place on the Ice, starting three of the four games this season, including the first win of the season for Kootenay against Okanagan.Normally goalies split the assignments but Kootenay’s other goalie Brett Soles of Cranbrook was sick with the flu forcing DiBella to give Newell consecutive starts against the Rockets.”I’m starting to fit in with the with guys,” Newell said. “These guys are good after a few practices when they saw what I could do they accepted me and I feel part of the team now.”But the other team? Now that’s a different story.Newell has taken her share of ribbing from the opposition players. Much like the criticism Mano Rheuame experienced — Rheuame is the first and only female to play in an National Hockey League exhibition game against the St. Louis Blues in 1992 — when the Quebec-born netminder played for the Tampa Bay Lightning.”Some of the players on the other teams do try to intimidate me like “hey, it’s a girl in net” and “we’re going to light you up”.But Newell knows “trash talking” is part of the game, which “will happen wherever I go so it really doesn’t bother me,” she said.It does, irk DiBella somewhat.”We actually experience that during the exhibition season,” said DiBella, a goalie when he played hockey. “She’s very strong mentally and able to block it out. I think it take more of a toll on her coach than it does on her.”Newell stock in goal has shot up faster than shares in gold mines.So much, the Newell returned from a tour of U.S. colleges eager for her signature on the recruiting document.And the winner is?Princeton.”I visited Cornell, Yale and Princeton because I’m looking at attending an Ivy League school and when I got back I decided to commit to Princeton,” explained Newell, currently attending LVR in Nelson and expecting to graduate from high school in June. “It’s very exciting because the campus is just beautiful and it looks like (Princeton) will have a strong team and it’s obviously a great school so I’m very happy with my decision.”Fans get a chance to see Newell in action as the Kootenay Ice play host to Cariboo Cougars Saturday and Sunday at the Castlegar and District Community Complex.Game time Saturday is 4 p.m. Sunday, puck drop is 9:30 a.m.No doubt fans may want to purchase a program. Because if you don’t know it’s Newell between the pipes, you’d probably think it’s a boy by the way she plays.Ice gain single point against BlazersThe Kootenay Ice gained a single point during a B.C. Major Midget Hockey League road series in Chase against Thompson Blazers.Four players shared in the scoring in a 4-4 tie to open the two-game set.Darren Medeiros of Castlegar, Colton Dashwitz of Nakusp, Quinn Klimchuk of Castlegar and Nelson’s Brandon Sookro scored for Kootenay.Thompson won game two 4-1. Jake Lucchini of Trail scored the lone goal for the Ice.The Ice falls to 1-4-1 on the season and sits last in the 11-team BCMMHL [email protected]last_img read more

Leafs get jump on rest of KIJHL with mid-summer training camp at NDCC Arena

first_imgWhile other Kootenay International Junior Hockey League players are still working in a few more rounds on the golf course or runs down the mountain bike trails, Nelson hopefuls were focusing on skating, stickhandling or filling the net at the Leafs training camp Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Nelson coaches witnessed 40-plus players walk through the Green and White dressing room doors, each with goals of garnering one of those coveted spots on the Heritage City franchise.“I believe we brought in a good crew of new players . . . some players that we’re really excited to have here to start the season with us,” said Leafs coach Mario DiBella shortly after watching the final scrimmage game Sunday morning.Nelson’s camp is a few weeks ahead of most other clubs in the KIJHL. “We wanted to see the players before they attended Junior A training camps,” DiBella explained.“For those who don’t make a Junior A roster, we want them to know they have a place to play here in Nelson . . . and to give those players a head start on their Junior A experience.” The Leafs had eight returnees from last year’s team that was knocked out of the Murdoch Division Final to eventual KIJHL and Cyclone Taylor Champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks — led by captain Sawyer Hunt.Also in camp was defencemen Zach Morey, Brendan McKay and Michael LeNoury as well as forwards Nick Wihak, Ryan Piva, Jack Karran and Logan Wollum.Justin Podgorenko of the Castlegar Rebels also skated with the Leafs during the weekend.“I believe we’re going to be real strong in net . . . we’ve got some goalies I feel will prove to be some of the top goaltenders in the league,” DiBella said.“Certainly, we’ve got a good group of returning defencemen, one that’s not here and one that is who we feel will be stalwart players in this league.”DiBella said the players have a week off, some to attend Junior A camps, before returning to the NDCC Arena ice for a mini-camp beginning August 23.Four days later Nelson starts a six-game exhibition season with home-and-home series against Grand Forks, Beaver Valley and Castlegar.The three Nelson home dates are September 1, 2 & 3 — against Beaver Valley, Castlegar and Grand Forks, respectively.Nelson opens the KIJHL regular season Friday, September 8 against the defending KIJHL Champion from Fruitvale at 7 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 12, 2016)–Irish-bred Hunt rallied to win Thursday’s $63,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by one length under Flavien Prat as he got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course in 1:13.65.Conditioned by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old gelding notched his second allowance win in a row down the hill and got his third win in his last four starts–all of them down the hillside turf at 6 ½ furlongs and all of them in partnership with Prat.Fourth as the field crossed the dirt and back onto the turf at the top of the lane, Hunt rallied four-wide and overtook English-bred Producer a sixteenth of a mile from home while holding off longshot Forever Juanito for the win.Owned by Michael House, Hunt was off at 3-1 in a field of seven 3-year-olds and up and paid $8.20, $4.40 and $2.80. Hunt improved his overall mark to 15-4-5-2 and with the winner’s check of $37,800, increased his earnings to $174,329.Ridden by Agapito Delgadillo, Forever Juanito, who was the biggest price in the field at 17-1, held off No Silent by a neck for the place and paid $15.20 and $7.20.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, No Silent was finishing well late, but didn’t threaten the winner, finishing three quarters of a length in front of favored Cape Wolfe for third. Off at 3-1, No Silent paid $2.80 to show.With Spirit Rules and Iggy Puglisi showing the way to the furlong pole, fractions on the race were 22.12, 44.16 and 1:07.45.Kentucky Derby winning jockey Mario Gutierrez was welcomed back to Santa Anita on post parade for race one, but his mount, Tap It All, a first time starter trained by Doug O’Neill and owned in-part by Reddam Racing, LLC, was unable to live up to the standard set by her superstar stablemate, undefeated Nyquist, as the 2-year-old daughter of Tapizar ended up a well beaten second at odds of 1-9.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.last_img read more