Nielsen named to Canada White roster for upcoming U17 World Hockey Challenge

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – With action set to get underway next week, Hockey Canada has finalized the rosters for the three Canadian teams participating at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie next week.Fort St. John native Tristen Nielsen will be playing for Team Canada White, which will be coached by Lethbridge Hurricanes head coach and former Calgary Hitmen Assistant General Manager Brent Kisio. Nielsen, who currently has one assist in five games playing in his first full season with the Hitmen, says that he’s incredibly excited going into the tournament, especially playing for the team that won the U17 in Dawson Creek last year.In addition to playing for the Hitmen, Nielsen is also a veteran of playing internationally, when he represented Canada at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer earlier this year. He said that the he feels that the experience has given him an advantage over some of the other players that tried out, knowing some of the Hockey Canada staff, their methods, and their expectations. He added that he’s excited to play with Joe Veleno, who is the only player that will be returning to the U17’s this year, this time playing for Canada White. He will also be bringing in his WHL experience, which he says has far more structure in terms of learning new positions and new skills than Midget hockey that he’s played up until this year.- Advertisement -Nielsen said that apart from the hockey itself, he is also looking forward to meeting the other players representing both Canada and the other five countries at the tournament, learning who the competition will be going forward into the NHL Entry Draft in several years’ time. After leaving for Sault St. Marie next Monday, Nielsen will be spending the week practicing before Canada White’s first preliminary round game on Thursday against Canada Red. The team begins the tournament on October 30th at 4:00 p.m. EST against Canada Black.The Essar Centre and John Rhodes Community Centre will play host to the eight teams who will gut it out during seven days of competition in the hopes of securing gold for their country. Team Canada Black, Team Canada White, the Czech Republic and United States will play in Group A, while Team Canada Red, Finland, Russia and Sweden will comprise Group B.last_img read more

‘Severe lack of sunshine’ to blame for low Vitamin D levels in Donegal – GP

first_imgDonegal people have significantly lower levels of Vitamin D due to a lack of sunshine in the county, according to new findings.Sun levels are lower in Donegal than the rest of the country due to its northern location, which is causing low levels of the vitamin which is crucial to bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.Donegal GP Martin Coyne, who has a special interest in osteoporosis, told the Irish Times that his results from tests at Letterkenny University Lab were “frightening”. He found that 75% of 10,000 vitamin D test results in Letterkenny had insufficient vitamin D levels and 12% were extremely low.The findings were so low that they had to be rechecked to ensure the machines were working properly. ‘Severe lack of sunshine’ to blame for low Vitamin D levels in Donegal – GP was last modified: August 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UK honours top SA nurse

first_imgDame Nita Barrow, a nurse and formergovernor-general of Barbados.(Image: Unesco.org) Professor Philda Nomusa Nzimande,the recepient of the prestigious award.(Image: Alberts Nomandla Group)Khanyi Magubane The stellar work and self-sacrifice of a long-time serving South African nurse Professor Philda Nomusa Nzimande has been honoured by a United Kingdom-based nursing federation.Nzimande was honoured for her contribution to the nursing profession in South Africa, with the prestigious Dame Nita Barrow Memorial Lecture award. She is the fourth recipient of the award.The Association of South African Nurses in the UK nominated Nzimande for the award.The award, named after Dame Nita Barrow, who was also a nurse, honours women outside of the UK who have been in the forefront of the profession.Barrow, popularly known as “Dame Nita”, was an outspoken and articulate fighter of social injustice.During apartheid, Dame Nita was part of a seven-member team of Commonwealth dignitaries assigned on a fact-finding mission to the country. The team, known as the Commonwealth Group of Eminent Persons, were mandated to take a first hand look at the system of apartheid and advise on ways the country could move forward from the old regime. And as its mandate the reduction of the rapidly rising levels of tension in the strife-ridden country and the initiation of fruitful dialogue.No stranger to politics, Barrow was born into a family of civic activists. Her father, an Anglican priest, was removed from his pulpit in the Caribbean Island after his ministry was considered too socially progressive for the island’s local leaders.In 1986, she was also the former governor-general of Barbados in the Caribbean, a position to which was appointed in 1990.She died in Barbados on December 18, 1995.Beating the odds to reach her dreamsProfessor Nzimande – a registered nurse, midwife, educator, administrator, researcher, academic and businesswoman, started off with a dream to become a doctor, but she didn’t have a matric (grade 12).Not one to be deterred, she studied and obtained her grade 12 qualification through correspondence study, while she worked.After completing her high school study, she pursued a career in nursing and over the years, has worked in various South African hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal where she built up a reputation for herself as a kind and compassionate nurse who went the extra mile to care for patients.She continued her academic studies, and she now holds five degrees, and a professorship.During the apartheid years, Nzimande was a key figure in the fight to improve the conditions of black nurses in South Africa. Her advocacy work led to her being recognised as a nursing activist and visionary.Speaking to a South African weekend paper, Sunday Times, Nzimande describes herself as a visionary passionate about uniting nurses regardless of their race and ethnic background, “I grew up when apartheid was at its peak, but it was my wish that as nurses we must be united. That was what moved me.“The legacy of apartheid policies in SA created large disparities between racial groups … which created disunity, sometimes mistrust, among members of the nursing profession.”Nzimande was pivotal in the formation of nursing associations in South Africa, whose primary work it was to fight for the rights of nurses.She established three nursing organisations and she was also part of a group who engaged in discussions that led to the formation of South Africa’s leading nursing organisation, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa), of which she became the first president.Nzimande’s other achievements include establishing a nursing college in 1976.It was also during that year that she became the first black South African nurse to be awarded a master’s degree in nursing science by a South African university.In 2001 she was elected to the board of the Commonwealth Nurses Federation, representing 14 countries in east, central and southern Africa.Currently, the mother-of-four is one of the three presidents of the International Council of Nurses.She is also overseeing the Open Learning Academy of Nursing Institute at the University of Zululand.Representing South AfricaSouth Africa currently has thousands of nurses working in the United Kingdom.In 2006, workpermit.com, a website informing the public on work permits abroad, estimated that there were about 10 000 South African nurses working in the UK.Because of the high influx of nurses from South Africa in that country, stricter regulations have been put in place by British Authorities to give British citizens who’ve qualified in health services, first rights to jobs at hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.In a bid to represent the needs of the South African nurses, the Association of South African Nurses in the UK (ASANUK) was formed.ASANUK is an organisation formed to help provide a link with health service development in South Africa and facilitate professional support for South African Nurses working in the UK.Part of ASANUK’s work includes mobilising nurses in the UK to engage themselves in the process of sharing knowledge; information and advice with colleagues back home in South Africa.It also encourages nurses to be a part of the healthcare policy development in their home country, as well as sharing specialist clinical knowledge and information, through seminars and exchange visits between nurses based in South Africa and those based in the UK.Awarding excellenceNzimande is not the only South African nurse being recognised for contributions made in the nursing profession.The Department of Health has two esteemed annual awards, regarded as the highest honours in their profession – the Cecilia Makiwane Nurses Recognition Award and the Marilyn Lahana Trust Award.The Cecilia Makiwane award, named after the first black person to be registered as a professional nurse in South Africa, is awarded to nurses who have gone beyond the call of duty in their nursing services.The Marilyn Lahana Trust Award is administered by Denosa and awarded to an outstanding member of the nursing and midwifery profession who has shown a quality of caring and dedication to both patients and colleagues.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] articlesHealth in South Africa New laws to cure health costs Useful linksDenosaHealth Professionals Council of South Africa South African Nursing CouncilAssociation of South African Nurses in the UKlast_img read more

Press Freedom Day: release Hammerl

first_imgJournalists and supporters gathered outside the Parliament building in CapeTown in April to voice their outrageat Hammerl’s continued imprisonment.(Image: Free African Media) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tanya de Vente-BijkerPublic relations, National Press Club+27 72 267 0751 RELATED ARTICLES • Tutu speaks out for press freedom • Press freedom in SA • Press freedom on Sanef agenda • New journalism centre for SU • Fifa guarantees press freedomSource: BuaNewsSouth Africa’s media have used World Press Freedom Day as an opportunity to urge the government to ensure that press freedom is upheld and that journalists are allowed to do their jobs without interference, intimidation or detention.In a statement to mark the event, the National Press Club also called on the Libyan government to immediately release South African photographer Anton Hammerl, who was seized by Libyan militia on 5 April, and other detained journalists.The UN General Assembly declared 3 May to be World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.World Press Freedom Day also marks the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of free press principles put together by African newspaper journalists in 1991.National Press Club chairman Yusuf Abramjee said: “The continued detention of our colleagues in Libya is worrying.”On behalf of the club, Abramjee appealed to the South African government to help with applying pressure to the North African country to release Hammerl, saying that he and the other captives are on many people’s minds.“I’ve recently had discussions with Libya’s ambassador to South Africa, Dr Abdoola Al-Zubedi, who promised to assist. We hope to meet him this week again to follow-up and see what, if any, progress has been made. “Abramjee said that journalists should be allowed to do their work without fear or harassment, and without being detained, although this is not the case in many parts of the world.The National Press Club also paid tribute to reporters who were killed in the line of duty.Abramjee said media freedom had to be protected, and that legislation that hampered the free functioning of the media would be “strongly opposed”. He asked newspapers to leave some pages blank in upcoming editions to symbolise censorship.“Radio and TV stations should also dedicate a few seconds of ‘dead air’ to create awareness around media clampdowns,” he said.Abramjee said there have been a number of worrying incidents where journalists have been intimidated and threatened with arrest and in some cases, even arrested while doing their job.“We will continue to raise our concerns with the police leadership,” he said. “We must be allowed to work freely.”He reiterated the need for the media to be fair, balanced and independent.“If and when we err, we must be bold enough to apologise with the same prominence as the original report,” he said. “Journalists have to be bold and fearless. We must continue to expose wrongdoing at every turn. We must be the watchdogs for society.”Media freedom in South AfricaAccording to media freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF), South Africa is ranked at number 38 in the organisation’s 2010 Press Freedom Index. This puts the country ahead of France (44), Italy (49), and the US (99), and well within the top 50 countries said to have “genuine press freedom”.RSF’s ninth annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index, which covers the period from 1 September 2009 to 1 September 2010, reports on the degree of freedom journalists and news organisations enjoy in each monitored country, and the efforts made by governments to respect and ensure respect for this freedom.last_img read more

Lab-Produced Meat on Rise

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — In March 2017, Australian real estate mogul Tim Gurner advised millennials to quit wasting money on expensive avocado toast and coffee if they struggle to buy their first homes.The avocado market suddenly surged and continues to thrive.In the food business, consumer preferences and demand can change at the speed of light in the internet age.Responding to sudden changes in consumer demand is something farmers — by the nature of the business — find difficult to do.For example, Arlington, Nebraska, farmer J.P. Rhea seized opportunity in organics, but completely remaking his 11,000-acre farm didn’t happen overnight.“Dad always said you have to adapt to survive,” Rhea told an audience at the Food and Ag at the Intersection symposium in Omaha, Nebraska, on Thursday.“The main lesson is, as farmers we have to adapt. Going to organics is completely changing everything I’ve ever done. We’ve got to dramatically rethink risks if we want farmers to dramatically change production systems.”The growing development of a cell- and plant-based meat industry is attempting to respond to market demands from millennials. Many millennials want food produced with certain attributes — environmentally friendly, made with animal welfare in mind, and so on.TAKING NOTICEJarrod Sutton, vice president of domestic marketing for the National Pork Board, said the milk industry’s 14% loss of sales to alternatives such as almond milk, is a reason the pork industry should take notice of the alternative meat industry.“The lesson for us is to be aware and understand how consumer trends are changing,” Sutton said. “There’s going to be jabbing back and forth. It is the new reality. Meatless Monday is a thing. We have to stay in the dialogue and make sure the facts are presented.”Sutton said the cell-based and plant-based protein markets are “about saving the earth.”“They’re pouring a lot of money into this,” he said. “It’s Silicon Valley. It’s about failing slow.”Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and head of the ag economics department at Purdue University, said although news stories don’t feature a lot of good news for the meat industry, there continues to be rising demand for animal proteins.His research shows beef demand is highest among conservative Republicans, but as education levels grow the divergence increases.“Beef demand is becoming increasingly polarized over time,” Lusk said. “Conversation about meat consumption are going to become more difficult over time.”In addition, he said when consumers have the same price points for real beef and beef alternatives, demand for beef doesn’t really change.“Even if real beef is more expensive, demand for real meat stays over time,” Lusk said.GROWING INDUSTRYBruce Friedrich, executive director of theGood Food Institute, said plant-based and cell-based meats have a $3.7 billion market. Currently there are more than 25 companies operating in the space.Friedrich told DTN in an interview the market provides some opportunity for traditional row-crop and livestock farmers.“Obviously … there are quite a few cattle ranchers who are making an excellent living, but there are not a lot of chicken farmers or pig farmers that are making an excellent living,” he said.“And slaughterhouse jobs are not exactly coveted. This is a net advantage for those sorts of folks. It should be a net advantage for people who are farming crops, because it will allow them to get higher prices for other legumes, primarily. Pea protein, chickpea protein and lupine are being turned into plant-based meat. So you end up with a situation where you can go to more crop rotation, less mono-cropping, basically turning back the clock. The plant-based stuff should end up with a lot of opportunities for farmers.”More traditional food companies are launching plant-based segments in their businesses in an attempt to respond to the market quickly.For example, Tyson announced plans this year to launch vegan plant-based products. Archer Daniels Midland is entering the plant-based protein space with its pea-based proteins.On Thursday, Beyond Meat launched its initial public offering, raising about $240 million in selling 9.6 million shares at $25 each. The company is valued at about $1.5 billion. The plant-based burgers and sausages company based in El Segundo, California, faces competition from the likes of Tyson and Burger King.Earlier this week Burger King announced plans to launch the plant-based “Impossible Whopper.” In addition, Tyson was an original investor in Beyond Meat, but sold its shares to launch its own business.Friedrich said the question remains about how fast Beyond Meat can scale up production. It could take five to 10 years, he said.FOOD COMPANY INVESTMENTSWhen it comes to cell-based meat companies, the likes of Tyson and Cargill have invested in a company called Memphis Meats. Tyson also has invested in a company called Future Meat Technologies.Cell-based meat companies are working feverishly to scale up the technology. That involves using a cell from a single animal and essentially immortalizing the animal through growing meat in a laboratory at a rate far faster than livestock producers who raise animals.“So that one cell can lead to the production of millions and millions of pounds of meat,” Friedrich told DTN.“For farmers who are treating animals well, and for farmers who are focused on regenerative agriculture, our hunch is that you’ll see more of a market for that. The market for that is pretty small at the moment. There are significant opportunities for farming. It’s the nature of any changing economy. Families are changing how they feed their families, it is a market that is growing more and more and more. It will be extremely lucrative, and should be something farmers should be looking at.”Steve Lerch, founder of Story Arc Consulting, said the food system is moving toward a benefits-driven system, because consumers have more information at their fingertips.Food companies and farmers face a challenge to keep up with changing consumer preferences.For instance, Lerch said consumer are beginning to lose interest in the GMO debate, while companies began responding five years ago by moving toward offering GMO-free products.“There are quick, simple things [you] can do to catch waves,” he said.“Companies don’t have to create waves. There is value in telling consumers something. If Burger King today created a message that there is no rubber in our hamburgers, they get benefits from this. Some people may then begin to think, ‘Does McDonalds put rubber in its hamburgers?’”Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

India vs New Zealand: MS Dhoni out injured, Hardik returns after Koffee with Karan row

first_imgHardik Pandya has been included in India’s playing XI for the third one-day international against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui on Monday. Pandya has replaced Vijay Shankar in the side.On the other hand, India will miss the presence of wicket-keeper and former captain MS Dhoni after he sustained a sore hamstring. Dinesh Karthik has replaced him in the playing XI for the third ODI at Bay Oval.Dhoni has overall missed only five ODIs in the last 14 years because of fitness issues.The last time Dhoni missed an ODI due to an injury was six years ago during a tri-series in the West Indies in 2013. Dhoni had missed three matches in that series because of hamstring strain.In 2007, he did not play against Ireland and South Africa due to viral fever.Hardik Pandya, along with KL Rahul, was suspended for sexist remarks on popular TV show, Koffee with Karan. The duo was sent back home from Australia. However, the suspension was lifted last week pending the appointment of an ombudsman.Pandya returns to the playing XI for the first time since an injury he picked up in the Asia Cup in September last year. After gaining full fitness, Pandya joined the team during the Test series in Australia and was expected to play in the ODIs before the Koffee with Karan controversy erupted.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 3RD ODI MOUNT MAUNGANUI LIVE SCOREPandya’s presence lends solidity and balance to the side and skipper Virat Kohli has time and again admitted it. The Baroda all-rounder’s replacement Vijay Shankar is a decent cricketer but is yet to possess the X factor that Pandya has. That Shankar was given only two overs in the second ODI is an example that he is still not ready to shoulder extra responsibility.advertisementKoffee With Karan was aired on January 6 and soon after the controversy followed. In the show, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul talked about their relationships, crushes, favourite movies, actors and actresses. While Rahul kept a level head on his shoulders and chose his words very carefully while replying to Karan Johar’s questions throughout the show, it was Hardik Pandya who boasted about hooking up with multiple women and even spoke about how open he is with his parents.”When I lost my virginity, I came home and said, ‘Main karke aya hai aaj (I had sex today)’. At a party my parents asked me ‘acha tera wala (women) kaun sa hai [who is your interest here?] so I said yeh, yeh, yeh (pointing out women)’ and they were like ‘waah proud of you beta’,” Pandya boasted.The 25-year-old also said things like, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move,” when Karan Johar asked him why he doesn’t ask women for their names in nightclubs.The Baroda all-rounder received a further setback when Gillette terminated its contract him. Pandya was also replaced in the team by Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar for the ongoing ODI series in Australia and India’s limited-overs tour of New Zealand later this month.The two did apologise for their mistake and the case is under probe now.last_img read more

Questions and answers for royal watchers on the birth of Harry and

first_imgTORONTO — The much-anticipated child of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has arrived, igniting a flurry of baby fever and speculation on all manner of royal gossip.Questions abound for crown watchers and celebrity fiends: When will we see pictures of the baby? Who will his godparents be? What country will the new family visit first? Will Meghan ever get to enjoy Mother’s Day with her son’s birthday so close to her special day? Does England even celebrate Mother’s Day?For some of these and other pressing matters, The Canadian Press turned to monarchy experts to weigh in. Here’s what they said: ONE OF MEGHAN’S BESTIES IS CANADIAN STYLIST JESSICA MULRONEY, CAN SHE BE THE BABY’S GODMOTHER?It’s pretty much a certainty this child will be baptized in the Church of England, although plans have yet to be announced. Royal watcher and author Katie Nicholl suspects that will occur this summer at the historic St. George’s chapel at Windsor Castle, where Harry and Meghan wed in May 2018.She also believes Mulroney has a good shot at participating, after playing a key behind-the-scenes role at the wedding, which featured the Mulroney children as a bridesmaid and groomsmen.“I think it’ll be a mixture of some family and friends and Jessica is clearly at the top of the list,” Nicholl, author of “Harry and Meghan: Life, Loss, and Love,” said from Windsor, England. “I think there’s every chance that we could see Jessica as godmother.”Whether she meets the church’s requirements is another matter, since godparents are required to be baptized and ideally, confirmed Christians. Mulroney is a member of one of Montreal’s most established Jewish families, the Brownsteins, and wed TV personality Ben Mulroney in a Montreal ceremony that blended both Catholic and Jewish elements. Nevertheless, Nicholl suggests this rule may not be uniformly enforced across all parishes, if the godparent is willing to swear to certain Church of England vows.“Even if she’s not a godmother, she’s going to be a part of this child’s upbringing. You know the children will be close and Jessica has been a great friend to Meghan and also to Harry.” DO THE ROYALS CELEBRATE MOTHER’S DAY?Mother’s Day is this Sunday in Canada and the United States, but not so in England. Over there, mothers are feted on Mothering Sunday, which takes place on the fourth Sunday of Lent and three weeks before Easter Sunday, typically in late March. The next Mothering Sunday is set for March 22, 2020.But that’s not to say that Meghan can’t also mark Mother’s Day this weekend, says MacKenzie, noting that Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, reportedly arrived to stay with the royal couple in the days leading up to the birth.“Her mother, of course, is with her at Frogmore House so I suspect that they’ll be marking that in their own way,” says MacKenzie. “It’s a very special time of year, of course, for a baby to come along and for that child to be with his mother and grandmother. So I suspect there’ll be some American traditions sprinkled in this weekend.” ARE THE ROYALS ALSO CANADIAN CITIZENS? WILL THIS BABY BE PART CANADIAN?Prince Harry, of course, is a senior member of Canada’s royal family but does not actually hold Canadian citizenship. Nor does he hold citizenship for any other Commonwealth nation, says Barry MacKenzie of the Monarchist League of Canada. He says all members of the royal family are British, save for the Queen, who technically does not have any citizenship and does not travel with a passport — because passports are issued in her name.“And of course Prince Charles will eventually, when he becomes king, also not really have a citizenship,” he notes. “It’s sort of a strange sort of phenomenon.”However, the baby’s California-born mother may apply for U.S. citizenship on the child’s behalf, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration website. Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Presslast_img read more