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5 aftermarket truck accessories to improve capability and practicality

first_imgWhen poet Robert Frost wrote of two roads diverging in a wood, he was not likely thinking about air intake accessories for the Canadian truck market. However, unlike the subject of that prose, buyers of these particular frills can indeed take both paths.The majority of air intake systems purport to permit an engine to make more power thanks to its ability to force-feed more air into the power mill. These kits generally result in a less restrictive path of airflow from intake to engine, permitting the truck to breathe more freely and create (a few) more horsepower. The verdict on an attendant increase in noise will depend on your level of extroversion. Installation often requires not much more than a couple of screwdrivers and an afternoon’s work. An unintended consequence of truck makers building cabs with completely flat rear floors is the loss of contained storage under the back seat. Sure, some manufacturers offer solutions to this vexing problem, notably Ram which builds a flip-out thingamabobber (that is actually the technical term) designed to hold a few slim items in place. Fortunately, the aftermarket can supply some better answers.Try to find an under-seat storage box specifically designed for your pickup. Stay away from the one-size-fits-all solutions, as they generally end up being one-size-fits-none. These plastic wonders do a great job of holding the various detritus that inevitably washes up in the cab of a pickup, such as jumper cables and draw bars. They are generally installed using fabric straps that connect to the seat structure with no drilling required.If your cargo frequently includes a copy of the National Post or other items too shameful to mention, look for lockable under-seat boxes. These are generally made of metal or some other stout material, and are considered a great deterrent to larceny.Aftermarket lightsLED grille lighting for Ford pickups Some items have been naturally paired with each other since approximately the dawn of time. Bacon and eggs. Whole Foods and Birkenstocks. Government agencies and endless plodding. And, as most of rural Canada knows, trucks and accessories.Adding these times to a pickup is more than just insufferable posturing. Well, OK, maybe oversized tires on a truck that never leaves the pavement can be argued as such. There are, however, plenty of accessories which add a dose of capability and practicality.It’s the latter items on which we’ll focus today. As a bonus, these products can all be ordered online, and installed solo. advertisement Handout / Action Truck Accessories The signature characteristic of a pickup truck is the open box residing astern of the passenger cab. Unfortunately, the key word there is ‘open’, leaving one’s cargo completely at the mercy of unpredictable weather and impish thieves. That open box — whether it’s five-and-a-half, six, or eight feet long) is the indisputable king of cargo.As their name implies, tonneau covers are designed to cover up the box of your truck, essentially sealing it from the climate and prying eyes. The buying demographic can be split between those who want a cover for security purposes, and those who install one simply for looks. Do as you wish — we won’t judge. Much.Soft surface tonneaus generally occupy the entry-level space of this realm both in terms of price and security. Essentially a piece of material stretched over the open box, it certainly tidies up the rear of a truck, but it’s the most susceptible to thievery as it can be defeated simply with a sharp knife. The generally roll up like a tarp against the truck’s back window when not in use.Solid tonneau covers, however, are many leagues more expensive but offer acres more protection for your cargo. Many varieties are available, with some opening on a hinge while others flip-and-fold like an abnormally large Niagara Falls brochure. These are generally secured with robust clamps and hasps, some of which require the patience of Job to operate. Shop around to find a unit to your liking.Under-seat storageAn under-seat storage solution by Husky Liners Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. No, we aren’t talking about the brodozer-grade LED light bars that span two metres in width and are capable of simulating the brightness of a collapsed sun. There are plenty of illuminators that add to the functionality of a truck without running afoul of one’s roadmates — or the law, for that matter.With the grilles of modern pickups approaching the size of roadside billboards, options abound for discreetly embedding a couple of bright-when-ya-need-em lights right in the expansive chrome maw of your truck. Since most of Ford’s lineup has a grille that looks like an equals sign bookended by a pair of brackets, it’s easy to find aftermarket peepers designed to slot neatly in the negative space between those large strips of chrome.Some owners choose to install lights in the blank spots where factory fog lamps should reside had they not cheaped out and bought the base model. This is fine but, for the love of all that’s holy, don’t simply stick a couple of sad-sack reflectors in there and call it a day. And, as with all accessories that require wiring into an electrical system, make sure to follow your pride and RTFM.Running boardsRunning boards on a 2020 Ram 1500. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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Styles run the gamut from gaudy chrome and plastic things, to rough-and-tumble units that are coated in bedliner and protect from impacts with rocks during hyperactive off-road sessions.Installing these by one’s lonesome will require laying prostrate on the ground, effecting a delicate balance between holding up one end of the running board with your knee while massaging the other end into place with you two (now calloused) hands. If you can, phone a friend. Or balance it in place with a floor jack.Air intakes and snorkels2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison RELATED TAGSGMCPickup TruckFlexSafety and MaintenanceFeature StoryMaintenanceNew VehiclesAccessoriesFlexPickup TruckPickup Truckscenter_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Troubleshooter: Here’s the scoop on pickup bed coversTonneau coversAn aftermarket tonneau cover on Matthew Guy’s personal GMC Sierra. Trending Videos See More Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” What’s the other path? Why, installing a snorkel, of course. First used by off-roaders who wanted to forge paths through deep water without hydrolocking their engine, these accessories have grown in popularity to the point where some truck owners install them without the slightest intention of wading through anything deeper than that big pothole by the mall. Note: these installations require sawing a volleyball-sized hole in the fender of one’s pickup. With its engine hoovering in atmosphere from several inches above the heads of driver and passenger, your truck will look like it’s ready for the Serengeti. Sounds like a pretty good pairing to us. 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Scottish independence is new JP Morgan forecast

first_imgLONDON — Scotland is likely to break away from the United Kingdom by 2019 in the wake of the Brexit vote and finance firms will decamp from London’s City, according to a new scenario released Wednesday by JP Morgan.“Our base case is that Scotland will vote for independence and institute a new currency at that point,” according to a memo from the investment bank’s European analysts.Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was in Brussels on Wednesday to meet with EU leaders. But her hopes of joining the EU in the event of independence suffered a blow when Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s prime minister, said he was opposed to direct talks with Scotland. “France and Germany have already signaled that they expect (and hope) the U.K. to lose its ‘passporting’ rights in financial services,” Rahman wrote, noting that French and German employers’ organizations were “openly discussing how to capitalize on this new reality.”If a rival European financial center becomes the destination of choice, the shift away from the City is likely to occur swiftly, according to JPM’s analysts.As to the timing of the exit, the bank predicted that the U.K. will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty in late 2016 and then extend divorce negotiations beyond the two years called for in the treaty.“The U.K. will likely secure agreement to extend the discussions into 2019, as the focus shifts onto the detail of a set of sectoral arrangements which provide some access to goods sectors beyond [World Trade Organization] terms,” said the JPM research.Meanwhile, Britain is likely to try to retain access to the single market on the same terms as under its existing EU membership without accepting free movement of labor or contributions to the EU budget.“We doubt this will be successful,” said the memo. Accordingly, Britain will have to chose between a “Norway option” — in which the U.K. would have to pay into the EU budget, accept labor migration and not have influence over EU decisions as the price for accessing the single market —  or an arrangement which has “significantly less market access.”“As of now the latter option appears more likely,” the JPM analysts found.This article has been updated to include Spain’s comments on Scottish EU membership. Also On POLITICO Nicola Sturgeon heads for Brussels to keep Scotland in EU By Stephen Browncenter_img “Scotland does not have the competence to negotiate with the European Union,” he said. “If the United Kingdom leaves … Scotland leaves.”Uncertainty caused by the referendum will also prompt international companies to move their operations away from Britain.“Financial services are among the sectors that will be most exposed to this process. Even if the U.K. begins to signal that it will compromise on other priorities in order to secure ‘full’ access to the single market in financial services, there is a clear risk that euro-denominated activities relocate to within the EU simply to ensure continuity of relationships,” the analysis said.The risks of that happening were underlined by French President François Hollande, who said in Brussels that the City should lose its ability to clear euro-denominated trades if the U.K. leaves the EU.London had fought efforts to cut it off from that market; a stance backed last year by a ruling from the European Court of Justice.That ruling “will now come under much more pressure,” wrote Mujtaba Rahman, an analyst with the Eurasia Group consultancy.last_img read more

The Book Bench

first_imgThe New Yorker:In the News: Out on a Limn, Pronoun PsychologyThe composer Philip Glass will publish a memoir with Norton.Remember the uproar over the critic Michiko Kakutani’s (over)use of the word “limn”? It’s back.Which of your favorite songs have expanded your vocabulary?The writer Sam Kean explains the weirdly smutty cover of the Chinese version of his book.On the heels of Grantland, The Classical.Roger Ebert tantalizes readers with an excerpt of his forthcoming memoir, “Life Itself.”The psychologist James Pennebaker says the way we use pronouns reveals much about us.Read the whole story: The New Yorker More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Earlier Alzheimer’s diagnosis may be possible with new imaging compound

first_imgShare By the time unambiguous signs of memory loss and cognitive decline appear in people with Alzheimer’s disease, their brains already are significantly damaged, dotted with clumps of a destructive protein known as amyloid beta. For years, scientists have sought methods and clues to help identify brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s earlier in the disease process, so they can try to stop or even reverse the changes before they severely affect people’s lives.Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a chemical compound, named Fluselenamyl, that detects amyloid clumps better than current FDA-approved compounds. If a radioactive atom is incorporated into the compound, its location in a living brain can be monitored using positron emission tomography (PET) scans.The compound, described in a paper published Nov. 2 in Scientific Reports, one of the Nature journals, potentially could be used in brain scans to identify the signs of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or to monitor response to treatment. LinkedIn Pinterest Emailcenter_img Share on Twitter Share on Facebook “Fluselenamyl is both more sensitive and likely more specific than current agents,” said Vijay Sharma, PhD, a professor of radiology, of neurology and of biomedical engineering, and the study’s senior author. “Using this compound, I think we can reduce false negatives, potentially do a better job of identifying people in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease and assess the effects of treatments.”Amyloid plaques are one of the most telltale findings in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. The neurons near such plaques are often dead or damaged, and this loss of brain cells is thought to account for difficulty with thinking, memory loss and confusion experienced by Alzheimer’s patients.Amyloid plaques can be either diffuse or compact. The compact kind has long been associated with the disease, but conventional wisdom has held that diffuse plaques are benign, since they can be found in the brains of elderly people without any symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as the brains of those with Alzheimer’s. Sharma believes that diffuse plaques may mark the earliest stages of the disease.“It is a relatively underexplored area in the development of Alzheimer’s pathology,” Sharma said. “Since current approved agents don’t detect diffuse plaques, there is no reliable noninvasive imaging tool to investigate this aspect in animal models or in patients. Our compound could be used to study the role of diffuse plaques.”Using human amyloid beta proteins, Sharma and colleagues showed that Fluselenamyl bound to such proteins two to 10 times better than each of the three FDA-approved imaging agents for detecting amyloid beta. In other words, Fluselenamyl detected much smaller clumps of the protein, indicating that it may be able to detect the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease earlier.To determine whether Fluselenamyl can detect plaques in the brain, the researchers used the compound to stain brain slices from people who had died of Alzheimer’s disease and, as controls, people of similar ages who had died of other causes. The brain slices from the Alzheimer’s patients, but not the controls, were identified as containing plaques.When a radioactive atom was incorporated into the compound, the researchers found very little interaction between Fluselenamyl and the healthy white matter in the human brain slices.“A huge obstacle with existing state-of-the-art PET agents approved for plaque detection is that they tend to bind indiscriminately to the brain’s white matter, which creates false positives on the scans,” Sharma said. Nonspecific binding to other parts of the brain creates “noise,” which makes it difficult to distinguish samples with plaques from those without.A similar experiment comparing mice genetically predisposed to develop amyloid plaques with normal control mice showed the same pattern of high sensitivity for amyloid beta and low binding to healthy white matter.Furthermore, Sharma and colleagues showed that when Fluselenamyl with the radioactive atom is injected intravenously into mice, the compound can cross the blood-brain barrier, bind to any plaques in their brains and be detected by PET scan. In mice without plaques, the compound is quickly flushed from the brain and then excreted from the body.The next step is to move to testing in patients. Sharma already has submitted an application to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a phase 0 trial, to establish whether Fluselenamyl is safe for use in humans and behaves in the human body the same way it behaves in mice. Phase 0 trials involve a low dose given to a small number of people to learn how a molecule is processed in the body and how it affects the body.“Ideally, we’d like to look at patients with very mild symptoms who are negative for Alzheimer’s by PET scan to see if we can identify them using Fluselenamyl,” Sharma said. “One day, we may be able to use Fluselenamyl as part of a screening test to identify segments of the population that are going to be at risk for development of Alzheimer’s disease. That’s the long-term goal.”last_img read more

Isaac expected to reach Eastern Caribbean islands Thursday

first_img Barbados, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines bracing… You may be interested in… Isaac now moving across the Caribbean Sea Sep 26, 2018 Isaac a little weaker as it moves towards the Eastern CaribbeanThe Wednesday morning forecast includes a Tropical Storm Warning for Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique, and a Tropical Storm Watch for Antigua/Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius.  However, forecasters say the maximum sustained winds have decreased from 75 to about 60 mph (95 km/h) and further gradual weakening is…September 12, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Tropical Storm-force winds nearing the Leeward IslandsA weakening Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to pass through the Leeward Islands and Northern Windward Islands today bringing storm force winds and heavy rains. The Thursday morning Advisory puts Isaac at 15.4 North, 59.7 West or 105 miles (170 km) East of Dominica, and moving towards the West at…September 13, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Isaac now moving across the Caribbean SeaAn 11:00 am Advisory has put the Centre of Tropical Storm Isaac at 14.9 North, 61.8 West or about 50 miles (75 km) South West of Dominica.  Isaac is moving away from the Eastern Caribbean Islands and into the Caribbean Sea at near 20 mph (31 km/h).  The maximum sustained…September 13, 2018In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp Eastern Caribbean bracing for strengthening Tropical Storm… Sep 13, 2018center_img A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique, and a Tropical Storm Watch for Antigua/Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts/Nevis, Saba and St. Eustatius.  However, forecasters say  Tropical Storm Isaac’s maximum sustained winds have decreased from 75 to about 60 mph (95 km/h) and further gradual weakening is expected during the next few days. The latest Advisory puts Isaac’s centre at 15.1 North, 55.7 West or 370 miles  East of Dominica. It is moving towards the West at 21 mph (28 km/h) and this path should take it across the island chain and into the Caribbean sea on Thursday. Forecasters expect Isaac to produce between two and four inches of rainfall across Dominica, Martinique and Guadeloupe and up to one inch in the remaining Windward and the Leeward Islands. The rainfall may cause flash flooding. Sep 19, 2018 CDEMA sets US$3M targeted budget for hurricane season Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Sep 26, 2018last_img read more

Michael Phillips Of Los Alamos Top 50 Kids Coach

first_imgLos Alamos Golf Professional Michael Phillips GOLF News:PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. – Michael Phillips of the Los Alamos has been honored for the second time as a Top 50 Kids Coach by U.S. Kids Golf, the world’s leading organization in developing young golfers.Phillips, a golf professional at the Los Alamos County Golf Course also was honored in 2018 as a Top 50 Kids Coach.The Award recognizes coaches who have excelled in developing players, fostering a positive environment, and using the best available resources to help advance their students.The Top 50 Kids Coaches of 2019 includes golf professionals from 25 states, and seven countries including Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Italy and Northern Ireland.Each year, award recipients include coaches who work at public, private, resort and municipal courses.“This is the highest distinction for youth coaches,” U.S. Kids Golf founder Dan Van Horn said. “These are the professionals that have dedicated a career to youth golf and families, and truly embody the spirit of the U.S. Kids Golf mission.”The Top 50 Kids Coach Award has been administered by the U.S. Kids Golf Coaches Institute (a division of the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation) since 2004. The awards will be officially presented Wednesday, Jan. 22, at a special presentation during the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. The ceremony will be live-streamed via the U.S. Kids Golf Facebook page.  Top 50 Kids Coaches – Class of 2019 Jeff Allen… Lake Merced G.C… Daly City, Calif. Leslie Andrews… Nehoiden G.C… Wellesley, Mass. Tim Bakker… King Ranch G.C… Frenchtown, Mont. Jean Paul Bedard… Niagara Falls C.C… Lewiston, N.Y. Jennifer Bermingham… Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club… Coto de Caza, Calif. Kerry Bower-Herr… Victoria Hills G.C… DeLand, Fla. Chrisitne Brembs… Mt. Freedom Golf… Randolph, N.J. Jon Bullas… Laurel Oak C.C… Sarasota, Fla. Emily Burns… Cantigny Youth Links… Wheaton, Ill. Linda Campbell… The Peninsula Club… Cornelius, N.C. Marianna Causin… Golf della Montecchia… Padua, Italy Frankie Chan… Tuen Mun Golf Centre… Hong Kong Barry Churchill… Stonebridge G.C… Monroe, N.C. Lucas Cohen… New York Golf Park… Hudson, N.Y. Alfredo Da Corte… Campodoglio G.C… Chiari, Italy Nix Duncan… Cherokee Town and C.C… Atlanta, Ga. Leon Faulkner… Golf Rocks Kids Academy… Sydney, Australia Lauren Gates… Summit Golf School… Spring, TexasMariana Gottret… Riviera C.C… Coral Gables, Fla. Chip Inks… Park Ridge G.C… Lake Worth, Fla. Dorothy Kasper… The Golf Dome… Chagrin Falls, Ohio Jan Kleiman… Ironwood G.C… Fishers, Ind. Jason Kuiper… Bobby Jones G.C… Atlanta, Ga. Brad Lawrence… Brad Lawrence Golf Academy… Brampton, Ont. Andy Little… Little Golfers… Esher, United Kingdom Travis Lynch… The Trails of Frisco… Frisco, Texas Dave Malone… Pine Lake Golf and Tennis… Lincoln, Neb. Bryan McManis… Lakewood Ranch Golf and C.C… Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Chris Meade… Lady Bird Johnson G.C… Fredericksburg, Texas Brian Moose… RiverCrest G.C.… Phoenixville, Pa. Janean Murphy… Oakhurst G.C… Porter, Texas Daniel Neben… T.P.C. Potomac… Potomac, Md. Ed Oldham… The Ranch C.C… Westminster, Colo. Michael Phillips… Los Alamos G.C… Los Alamos, N.M Kathleen Robinson… Sky West G.C.… Hayward, Calif. Jane Rosenberg… Black Gold G.C… Yorba Linda, Calif. Evan Sales… Angel Fire Resort… Angel Fire, N.M. Daniel Shea… Michelle Holmes School of Golf… Norfolk, Va. David Sherman… The Villages Golf Academy… The Villages, Fla. Kevin Shoults… Crown Hill G.C… Williamsport, Ohio Julieta Stack… Pine Ridge G.C… Lutherville, Md. Shelby Thibodeaux… WindRose G.C… Spring, Texas Monique Thoresz… The Apawamis Club… Rye, N.Y. Laura Tyler… Frosty Valley Resort… Danville, Pa. Bob Usher… Grey Oaks C.C… Naples, Fla. John Wainwright… Longleaf Golf and Family Club… Southern Pines, N.C. Thomas Watkins… Whisper Lake C.C… Pearl, Miss. Brody Whetham… Sawmill G.C… Fenwick, Ont. Gavin Witzer… Henry Brunton Golf Academy… Irvine, Calif. Nicholas Zurowski… Dona Lerner Golf Academy… Raleigh, N.C.About U.S. Kids GolfU.S. Kids Golf is the world’s leading organization for growing, promoting and enhancing golf among youth and families. Founded in 1997, U.S. Kids Golf offers three distinct lines of clubs in up to nine sizes, hosts more than 1500 tournaments – including the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship held annually in Pinehurst, NC, and has more than 1,400 members as part of its Coaches Institute. Additionally, the organization is active in several projects and campaigns designed to grow the sport among important demographics. In 2018, U.S. Kids Golf was recognized by the National Golf Foundation as one of the “Top 100 Businesses in Golf” based on influence, innovation, and social good among other criteria. Connect with U.S. Kids Golf at www.uskidsgolf.com.last_img read more

Life as a member of the Nelson Leafs ‘couldn’t be better’ says head coach

first_img“We’re always looking for a new piece, but we’re not going to change anything drastically right now. We like what we’ve got. The key thing is we have a good off-ice group and a good on-ice so we don’t want to disrupt it too much but if there’s something that makes sense to help we’ll certainly add the piece.”You said the Leafs need to land a goal scorer. Where are you hoping to find any new players?“It could be in our league, the KI, it could be in the BC Hockey League or other junior leagues we’re looking. I’m making sure I’m contacting people on the regular basis to let them know what we’re looking for and if they have a player whose fallen through the cracks at the high level. And there’s still a potential at the Western Hockey League player coming in our direction as well.”Tuesday, against Grand Forks the Leafs jumped to a 3-0 lead early in the first period, but were unable to close. What happened?“It was one of those games where we maybe let it get away from us . . .  up 3-0 right away. Junior players sometimes lose their focus of what we were trying to do. Give Grand Forks credit, they battled back to get themselves back into the game. . .. Their two goals were a result of our mistakes, bad decisions of pinching on the puck . . . but ultimately we won the game, which was mainly our focus. Anytime you can win at this level, it’s good.What makes you the most happy about the Leafs?“I really like the camaraderie of the team and we’re close to one of the best defensive teams in the league, which always has been a focus of mine. I want us to be good from our own zone, out. And I’m really happy with that aspect of our team and our hard work overall, in practice and in games. Work ethic, as coaches, is something we’re pushing . . . we want to out work our opposition and we’re happy with that so far.”Any disapointing factors?“Consistency, mainly. We strive to have our players really push forward on systems play. Players are not all the time sure of what we’re asking, so once we get more consistent, and understand, especially our forecheck . . . we’ve been hemming teams in for a long time when our forecheck works but when it doesn’t we get two goals scored against the flow of the play like we did against Grand Forks.”Back to work Friday for a two-game weekend home stand. What do you expect?“I like that we’re seeing teams coming to play us here at the top of the standings. I expect Kimberley and Sicamous to provide some solid opposition for us. Early in the year, for us as coaches, we want to play against tough teams so we can see what we need to improve on and work through.”LEAF NOTES: Kimberley arrives in Nelson undefeated in three games and one point behind Eddie Mountain leader Golden Rockets. Meanwhile, Sicamous is tied for second in the Doug Birks Division, one point in back of Revelstoke Grizzlies. Game time Friday is 7 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. start time Sunday. . . .Nelson is tied with Osoyoos Coyotes and Princeton Posse for allowing the least amount of goals in the entire KIJHL, with 13. . . . Surprisingly, that solid defence is leading the team in offensive stats as defencemen Robson Cramer (4 goals, 3 assists), Patrick Croome (3 goals, 2 assists) and Darnel St. Pierrie (1 goal, four assists) sit tied for first and tied for second, respectively, in Leaf scoring. Rayce Miller (4 goals, 3 assists) and Nelson Minor Hockey product Nolan Percival (2 goals, 3 assists) are the forwards in the top mix. Leaf coach Dave McLellan continues to work his magic with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise.The Green and White currently hold down top spot in the Murdoch Division with a 3-0-1-1 record — one point in front of the surprising Spokane Braves.However, before the PR department starts organizing any championship parade down Baker Street, let’s realize this is September and not April.And make sure everyone realizes the fact Nelson has played four of the five games this season at home in the friendly confines of the NDCC Arena.So four weeks in the season, how does coach Dave McLellan rate the club?“If you would have told me during training camp this far into the season we were in first place in the division, I’d would have been surprise so it couldn’t be better.”Are there any changes pending on the horizon?“No changes, but I’m actively looking at improving the team all the time. I’m currently in the process of acquiring a player right now . . . but it’s early in the process so we’ll see what happens.”So is the game plan to keep the team the same until a player or two comes down the pipeline?last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Amigos

first_imgThey went a gambling in a high-stakes game of hockey and came home with a pot of gold. Nelson Amigos dumped Edmonton Moosemen 7-2 to capture the Gold Medal at the Gamblers Cup Las Vegas this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.The win allowed the Amigos to Three-Peat at the annual Gentlemen’s Hockey Tournament in Las Vegas.Nelson finished the preliminary round of the tournament with a 3-0 record, posting wins over Edmonton 4-0 and Kamloops Rattlers 10-3 before finishing in a 5-5 tie against Taber Fading Sons.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute Nelson Amigos with Team of the Week accolades.The team includes, Jarrett Slomba, Ron Van Zanden, Doug Harrison, Murray Elias, No. 1 fan Tony Morea, Simon Wheeldon, Darrell MacKay, Len Maida, Mike Kennedy, Mike Grace, Ian Perrault, Peter Taillon, Shawn Swail, Kent Fearns and Ward Carlson.last_img read more

Pat Kearney elected new Galway GAA Chairman

first_imgPat Kearney from Kilbeacanty is the new Chairman of Galway County GAA Board after defeating Kevin Clancy 127 votes to 126 at last night’s convention in the Salthill Hotel. There was unanimous support for the Liam Mellows Motion to ask Congress to admit Galway’s Minor and U21 teams to Leinster and the new Chairman was quick to outline the work he has ahead of him when he spoke to John Mulligan… Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/Pat+Kearney+New+Chairman.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume..print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

EPCR Announce Details of Rounds Five and Six of the European Champions Cup

first_imgThe exact dates, kick-off times and live television coverage for the decisive Round 5 and 6 fixtures in the European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup have been announced by EPCR today. With the five pool winners and the three best runners-up set to book their places in the quarter-finals of both tournaments, the tension-packed January matches will once again produce a dramatic conclusion to the pool stages.Click here for the Round 5 and 6 European Rugby Champions Cup fixturesClick here for the Round 5 and 6 European Rugby Challenge Cup fixturesWith the incentive of earning a home quarter-final in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup added to the mix, the exact make-up and ranking of the qualifiers for the knockout stages won’t be decided until the final pool games on Sunday, 22 January 2017. From then on, the road to the Edinburgh finals at BT Murrayfield on 12 and 13 May will become clearer.5 things to know about the Champions Cup:Before the new tournament format was introduced in 2014/15, no pool winner had qualified for the last eight in Europe’s top flight on less than 17 points since bonus points were introduced in 2003/04, however, Exeter Chiefs booked their place in last season’s Champions Cup quarter-finals with 16 points which indicates that there is still much to play for next month.Leinster Rugby and Montpellier get Round 5 underway at the RDS Arena on Friday, 13 January live on Sky Sports. Both clubs have won one of their past three meetings with the other match drawn. Montpellier have lost on each of their two visits to Ireland in European club rugby’s elite tournament.With the fixtures in the same Champions Cup pools kicking off at the same time in Round 6, and with all games televised live by either BT Sport, Sky Sports, beIN Sports, France Televisions or Sky Italia, the final weekend of the pool stage is certain to generate the customary nerve-tingling excitement.The rescheduled Champions Cup match between Racing 92 and Munster Rugby on Saturday, 7 January will have a major bearing on the Pool 1 standings going into Rounds 5 and 6.With qualification for the knockout stage at stake in Rounds 5 and 6, there’s plenty for supporters to get excited about. This season, the tournament has attracted over half a million fans through turnstiles across Europe.5 things to know about the Challenge Cup:The Challenge Cup returns on Thursday, 12 January when Bayonne host TOP 14 rivals La Rochelle at Stade Jean Dauger live on beIN Sports. The reverse fixture in October attracted a crowd of 14,634, the third-highest for a pool match in the tournament’s history.Attendances in the Challenge Cup have increased by over 18% compared with the same period last season. There have been five five-figure crowds to date including one from the English West Country derby between Bath Rugby and Bristol Rugby. The two lock horns again at Ashton Gate Stadium on Friday, 13 January live on BT Sport.Four former tournament winners – Bath Rugby, Cardiff Blues, Gloucester Rugby and Harlequins – are all in contention to secure quarter-final places.Ospreys are the only club with a maximum 20 points after four rounds and they defend that record at home against Lyon in Round 5 on Sunday, 15 January.The pool stage ends on Sunday, 22 January with the reverse fixture of the match that kicked off the season when Stade Français Paris host the 2016 runners-up Harlequins at Stade Jean Bouin live on beIN Sports. Connacht will play Zebre in round five on Saturday the 14th of January at 1pm with their final pool game against Toulouse now confirmed for 4.15pm local time, 3.15pm Irish time on Sunday the 22nd of January.center_img print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more