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Kootenay Ice take optimistic approach into net BCMMHL season

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsNow the fun begins.The Kootenay Ice kick off the 2011-12 B.C. Major Midget Hockey League season with plenty of optimism as the interior based squad heads to Vancouver Island for a two-game set Saturday and Sunday in Nanaimo against the North Island Silvertips.And new head coach Mario DiBella isn’t shy about what his goal is for this new group of 15-17-year-old midget hockey players.“We are looking to make the playoffs for the first time in Ice history,” stated the veteran bench boss.That goal will not be easy to achieve after the Ice, under the coach last season of Simon Wheeldon, lost the likes of 18-goal scorer Jesse Knowler of Castlegar and Nelson’s Dryden Hunt to the Western Hockey League and sniper Luke Bertolucci to the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL.However, DiBella believes he has the players ready to fill the skates of the rookie Tier I hockey players.“We have Jake Lucchini (Trail), Darren Medeiros (Castlegar) and Quinn Klimchuk (Castlegar) who are equally as talented as the (Hunt, Knowler and Bertolucci),” DiBella said of his three second-year players.“We’ve also added Mitch Foyle (Fruitvale), Jeremy McGregor (Christina Lake) and Brandon Savaia (Grand Forks) as talented first years that can put the busier in the basket.”The Ice has three grads from the Nelson Minor Hockey Association in Colton Dachwitz, Greyson Reitmeier and late edition Brandon Sookro.Cole Arcuri, thought to be a lock to make the Ice at defence, decided to return to the Okanagan Hockey Association.After the Island trip, the Ice are idle until opening the home part of the season October 8-9 at the NDCC Arena against Okanagan Rockets.The home dates will shift around rinks in the West Kootenay, with stops in Castlegar, Trail and Grand Forks.DiBella likes the idea of showcasing the players throughout the region.“I feel it’s good for the program and it provides home games where the players live,”  said DiBella, who has former Nelson Leaf assistant coach Sean Dooley with him behind the Ice bench.The B.CMMHL was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds the opportunity to play at a high level within their age group.Each year all Major Midget League teams have the opportunity to compete for the National Midget Championship.Kootenay finished the 2010-11 season in 10th spot with a 8-25-7 record with the Vancouver Northwest Giants winning the BCMMHL title.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Liberians Rally for Justice

first_imgDemonstrators gathered at the American Embassy to present their petition demanding the establishment of a war and economic crimes court in Liberia(Photo: Greg H. Stemn)Demand establishment of war and economic crimes court in LiberiaHundreds of Liberians under the banner “Campaigners and Victims For Justice,” yesterday, November 12, marched through the principal streets of Monrovia to present petitions to the American Embassy, European Union, United Nations and to the office of President George Weah, calling for the establishment of War and Economic Crimes’ Court in Liberia to seek justice for victims of the 14 years civil conflict (1989-2003).The protest march which created a traffic gridlock across Monrovia, was well attended by a mix of old people, youth, children, and even street hustlers including Zogos, who sang and danced as they trooped from their assembly point at the Centennial Pavilion to the United States Embassy and then to the European Union office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and finally to the United Nations headquarters on Tubman Boulevard, crying for justice for their loved ones and families victimized during the war.In a related development, a separate group of demonstrators had also besieged the entire Jallah Town route connecting the Capitol By-Pass demanding the restoration of electricity to the community, which the protesters claimed had been in darkness for over three weeks.Meanwhile the war crimes protesters continued singing and chanting “We are the victims we can’t get tired, the pro-poor government we want justice, Liberian people what you want….we want justice, your leave us oh da justice we want…”A concerned Liberian resident from Canada, Emmanuel Savice, who led the protest action declared, “We are serious about justice and accountability because no country will develop without ending the culture of impunity. If you ever think that God will come down and bless us, the two hundred and fifty thousand souls will continue to keep us down until we seek justice in this country.”Emmanuel SaviceWhen asked about the views of those Liberians that are calling for restorative justice, instead, Savice angrily said, “We want retributive justice for our people we lost their lives. You can’t tell me what I want. I lost my three brothers, one sister, my mother is still mourning for them. That is why I am pushing for international justice for every human being who his or her life.”Continuing, Savice said the current government campaigned on a platform for justice, “so they must stand up and listen to the cry of innocent Liberians who lost their parents and other relatives during the war and give them justice.”The protesters in their Petition said that crimes committed by the perpetrators violated international criminal laws, international human rights laws and international humanitarian laws and therefore they should not go unpunished.Savice said there are facts and evidence that tell the sad and ugly story of the country which is readily and conspicuously available in every nook and cranny of the country.“Heads of warring factions were involved in the massive killing of our people and the destruction of our country and they still walk freely in the midst of their victims that they violated, degraded, abused, vilified, raped and sexually enslaved during the heydays of their violence,” he said.Savice said, “These war criminals’ massacred and engaged in extra-judicial killings, and other unthinkable crimes against their victims and they still linger in the minds of Liberians, owing to the fact that justice is being delayed and denied.”He said the sorrow and agony of the Liberian people lie in the ugly fact that these very war criminals have been rewarded with state power in all its ramifications, thereby giving them political control over their victims against their will.“This kind of scenario continues to torment and psychologically affect the people of Liberia.  It is no secret that the Liberian brutal civil war produced numerous massacres like the killings of the five Catholic Nuns, the Sinje Massacre, the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Massacre in Sinkor and others,” he said.The petitioners said only a War Crimes Court will bring justice to the families, relatives, and friends of victims who were gruesomely murdered and raped. Savice said seeking justice for these barbaric crimes is the only way to right the wrong, reconcile the country and its people and finally end the culture of impunity in Liberia.“It will be sad, regrettable and shameful for the world to let these atrocities go unpunished. It will be disappointing and a mistake for such heinous crimes to go unpunished. These appalling crimes must be investigated, and the required judicious measures taken to avoid replication in the future,” he said.Savice further maintained, “Also on record is the persistent greed and dishonesty of leaders of the country who also, with impunity continue to unduly amass wealth for themselves, thereby subjecting the entire citizenry to horrible poverty.” He said the constant wave of corruption which pervades the country keeps the people in a state of poverty and disease has denied them basic life incentives because people elected to power personalize the country’s wealth at their detriment.He said corruption in government must be wiped out to bring about the needed development in the country. “Corruption is eating up every part of Liberia, impoverishing 90% of the citizenry. It is eating up the entire country making development stagnant,“. Savice said corruption is the vice responsible for reducing many citizens to beggars on a daily basis and it must stop, he emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

17-year-old stabbed to death by cousin for $440

first_imgA West Bank Demerara, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) teenager was stabbed to death by his 16-year-old cousin after he did not repay 0 that was borrowed to purchase bread.Dead is Leon Anthony Ritchie, 17, of Lot 20 L’Oratoire, Canal Number One Polder, West Bank Demerara. He was stabbed once to his chest by his 16-year-old cousin, during an argument at about 18:10h on Tuesday evening. Reports are the fatal stabbing stemmed from a row over money owed to the suspect. Guyana Times understands that the now dead teenager, a construction worker had borrowed 0 from his cousin to purchase bread about two weeks ago.Dead: Leon Anthony RitchieHowever, the bread was utilised by the suspect and another cousin, Akeem Gittens, and as such the young man apparently did not see the need to repay the money.However, on Tuesday afternoon, the suspect confronted Ritchie for the money and an argument ensured. Ritchie was reportedly in the kitchen preparing a meal when he was attacked by the suspect and dealt one blow to the chest with a knife that the suspect picked up in the kitchen.An injured Ritchie reportedly collapsed and upon realising what he had done, the suspect raised an alarm. The injured teen was taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The suspect, who accompanied his injured cousin to the medical facility, was immediately taken into custody and is assisting with investigations. At the house where the stabbing occurred, Akeem Gittens, the brother of the suspect, said he was no where around and knew little about what might have prompted the stabbing incident.He explained that he was at a shop in the area and was informed about the stabbing incident by two young ladies. With some disbelief, he rode home but by the time he arrived, his cousin was already taken to the hospital. He further stated that when he entered the kitchen, there was blood everywhere.Nevertheless, he claimed that he went to see his brother at the La Grange Police Station but was prevented of doing so.The house where the stabbing incident occurred“All I hearing is lil thing here and there… one time, I hear is about money, another time is about charged, the other time about a girl… so I nah know exactly what happen… All I know is that the two of them does go out and lime and come home late… I never know they had any vibes,” the young man noted.He further stated that his now dead cousin was a quiet person who did not get into trouble. The dead teen’s father, Michael Ritchie, when contacted via telephone told Guyana Times that he was standing in front of his house when he received news of the incident. He is one of the persons who took his son to the hospital.The aggrieved father, who is still in shock, said he was not afforded an explanation as to what prompted the stabbing. Although his son did not live with him, he would visit him quite often.The father said his son lived at his grandparent’s house along with his other cousins. Their grandfather, who supervised the boys, passed away last year and ever since they have been living alone. Persons in the area could not recall hearing any argument prior to the stabbing incident.One woman posited that she was at home all day and only heard loud music but after a while, the place went quiet followed by scream from the suspect, who was shouting “Leon! Leon!”It was at that time that residents in the area thought something was amiss and ran over to the house where they found the young man lying in a pool of blood. Leon Ritchie is survived by his parents and only brother.The Police have since recovered the murder weapon as they continue their investigations. They are expected to institute charges before the end of the week. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more