Saint Mary’s announced the cancellation of all study abroad programs for the spring semester due to the global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in an Oct. 7 email, leaving some students with a change to their plans.Saint Mary’s study abroad programs are popular among the student body, as there are 28 programs in nearly 20 different countries, and 51% of students study abroad at some point within their four undergraduate years, according to the Saint Mary’s study abroad webpage. The global COVID-19 pandemic cut study abroad programs short last spring and cancelled them for this fall, causing the College to make exceptions in some major departments to allow students an opportunity to study abroad at some point. Emily Moriartey, a sophomore nursing student, was planning to study abroad in Rome this fall.Due to the rigorous and structured nursing curriculum, study abroad is only possible in the fall of a student’s sophomore year or during the summer, in order to keep them on track to graduate in four years. Moriartey said she strategically saved a few of her required Sophia courses for when she went to Rome because she couldn’t take her nursing classes abroad. “Clinicals start junior year so I will not have the opportunity to study abroad for the semester again and this breaks my heart,” she said. “I was so excited to travel to as many countries as I could, including Belgium where my mom’s whole side of the family lives.”Amidst their disappointment, students say they understand why Saint Mary’s made the tough decision. Taylor Bean, a sophomore double major in communication and humanisitic studies, said she tried to stay optimistic about her plans to go abroad to Rome in the spring, but wasn’t surprised when she received the email from the College. “I am thankful for the College’s precautions to keep all of its students healthy and safe, but like everyone else in the world right now, the pandemic is altering my plans in very unexpected ways,” Bean said.Many students, including Bean, are still undecided about when or if they will study abroad if given the opportunity.Aside from moving course schedules around to study abroad and again after, junior business administration and economics double major Meredith Heckert has to plan around her tennis schedule.Heckert planned to study at St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, London this semester and had to delay that plan until spring semester, but now does not know if studying abroad is in the picture anymore.“Because of COVID-19 and my junior status here at Saint Mary’s, it’s very uncertain if I will be going abroad before I graduate,” she said.The College said in the email to students that they sympathize with students who might not have another opportunity to study abroad, and they are still contemplating a decision for summer programs.Students like Heckert and Bean have the option to consider study abroad programs in the summer, but all plans are still in the decision making process.Tags: CWIL, global pandemic, spring study abroad
From all this, it can be concluded that tourism in the Western Balkans has a good perspective. Travel “from the country” reached the number of 1,4 billion passengers last year, which is an increase of 5,5% compared to 2017. From European countries the increase in travel was 5%, as well as from North America while outgoing travel from Asian countries grew by 7% and from Latin America by 6%. Tourism accounts for 10% of world GDP. THE COUNTRIES OF THE WESTERN BALKANS ARE BECOMING MORE AND MORE INTERESTING DESTINATIONS THE KINDNESS OF PEOPLE HAS NO COMPANY Tourism is not an industry but a platform for the placement of domestic products and services that would not be competitive on the open international market. In such a model of tourism development there is profit, earnings, progress, but it cannot be the first, only and most important motive for inclusion in tourist flows. PURPOSE OF TRAVEL If we ignore these facts, it can happen that tourist traffic grows and the community weakens, remains without income and without population, only to be unattractive in the end and replaced by another, new, tourist destination. That is why today we are talking more and more about managing a tourist destination. All the advanced countries have left the old model of tourist organizations that dealt exclusively with promotion. Tourist organizations in the most developed tourist countries function as development agencies. They are managed by representatives of several neighboring municipalities and cities. When traveling for vacation, the first motive is “sun and sea” (29%), followed by short-term visits to cities (29%), then tour trips (18%), trips to the countryside and mountains (8%), cruises by boat (3%) ). The largest increase in reasons for vacation is recorded by short-term visits to cities, as much as 222% !. Cruises by boat are on the rise 78%, sun and sea 76%, tours 27%, rural and mountain trips 23%. TOURIST TRAFFIC IS GROWING AND THE COMMUNITY IS WEAK? In the MICE travel segment they are up 42%. 46% refers to conferences and seminars, 16% to congresses and conventions, 20% to business fairs and to incentive, incentive trips 18%. NIGHTS 72% of trips are aimed at vacations, 14% are business trips, 14% are visiting relatives and friends. Travel to other countries for vacations increased by 60%, for visits to relatives and friends by 59%, while business trips in terms of business deals decreased by 4%. South America recorded an increase of 87%, Asia and the Pacific 84%, North America 48%, Europe 45%, the Caribbean and Cent. America 32% of arrivals. Tourism is important for the EU because of its economic and employment potential and because of its great impact on society and the environment. During 2015, as many as one in ten companies in the European non-financial business economy belonged to the tourism sector. Approximately 2,4 million people were employed in these 12,7 million enterprises. Companies in industries with tourism-related activities employed 9,2% of all employees in the entire non-financial business economy, and 21,5% of persons were employed in the services sector. All these data are of great importance to us so that we can follow the world trends in tourism and according to the golden saying – “think globally and act locally.” Thus, one of the key factors on which the good performance of tourism development depends, has become a resident of a tourist destination. The biggest challenge is the way we will educate people well, direct them to tourist, entrepreneurial waters, teach them to live with tourism, but to preserve the original values of their culture. How to persuade young people to stay, work and thrive in tourism in their environment with a quality family life? How to ensure a good standard of tourism staff and how to encourage the development of responsible and sustainable tourism that benefits the local community? Croatia, as the last associate member of the EU, has become a starting point for exploring the surrounding countries in a package of weekly and multi-week trips. Such trips were also encouraged by the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative, launched 19 years ago, which brings together Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania and Greece. On the platform of this initiative, cooperation projects financed from EU funds are created, and many of them rely on tourism through measures of rural development and cooperation in culture. The average number of overnight stays worldwide is 8. In North America it is 8,3, in South America 8,2, in Europe 8,2, and in Asia 7 overnight stays. The average number of overnight stays has been growing since 2015 when it was at 7,4. Hotels are mostly used for accommodation (60%), 15% of passengers stay with friends, and 25% of passengers use other types of commercial accommodation. Overnight stays in hotels increased by 59% in one year, but only in hotels of the highest and lowest category. 5% more passengers stay with friends and 72% more passengers choose all other types of commercial accommodation than a year earlier. So-called “homesharing” accommodation occupies only 6% of the market share. WE MUST NOT MAKE MISTAKES IN DEVELOPMENT What tourists expect when traveling to our region is authenticity. This feeling of “mild exoticism” “at the door of Western Europe” is a real challenge for travelers – explorers. Sometimes we make the mistake of “Europeanising” or “industrializing” our offer too much. Thus we lose the strongest trump cards of attraction. We must be as good as we are – in terms of authentic gastronomy, authentic architecture, authentic customs, costumes, products… Being authentic does not mean being backward, just as the introduction of Western European standards does not mean that we will be immediately valued as similar tourist destinations in Western Europe. Of course, the comfort of the accommodation, the cleanliness of the space, the kindness and dedication of the staff are not in question. These are “points” that need to be constantly improved. THE IMPORTANCE OF TOURISM FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION The kindness of the people in this area is as fascinating as the history. The warmth of the welcome with occasional travelers, visitors, tourists is incomparable with the cold-friendly, professional hospitality in Western Europe. Our people are our greatest strength and competitive advantage in the tourism market. The attitude of people, the host towards the traveler, the traveler remembers the most and the longest. This is an important fact that is hard to point out these days when people are leaving us for better business opportunities. However, although caterers and hoteliers manage to “import” workers from third countries, those who manage to keep domestic workers, at least in key positions, will be at an advantage. The reason is very simple. Travelers are curious, inquiring about many things related to the place, the region they are visiting. Good feedback strengthens the feeling of passenger satisfaction. Let us remember that travelers today have the role of journalists, editors, publishers of news that is spreading like wildfire through the expanses of social networks. LOCAL POPULATION “THE KEY TO SUCCESS” IN TOURISM The so-called “gold markets” with average travel costs of more than 2.000 euros were Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Brazil and China. “Silver markets” with consumption per trip between 1.500 and 2.000 euros were the USA, India, Qatar, Japan and the Emirates. Europe still wants to remain the most visited tourist destination. Travel within Europe is growing as are arrivals in Europe. In addition to the large influx of tourists in the “tourist mecca”, the symbols of Europe such as Paris, London, Rome, Venice, Barcelona su are increasingly popular tours that include several countries. In recent years, touring has flourished in Croatia. Americans, Koreans, Chinese, Australians but also Swiss, Germans… want to get to know the most interesting natural and cultural sights of the countries they pass through. In this way, a very intensive and effective promotion of countries and destinations takes place. Each traveler creates and publishes personalized content from their trip and shares it via social media with hundreds of their friends who in turn share the most interesting posts with their friends and so on. Tourism organizations aim to implement models of development plans that have been adopted by the representative body of local self-government and agreed with neighboring municipalities and cities. Only after the acceptance of the new “tourist story” by the market, the private sector is involved in the sales process. But that’s a topic for one new article. What should guide us through progress is the desire to learn from the best in every segment of social and private entrepreneurship. Tourism is a key driver of the world economy These are data collected and processed by the IPK Institute, and presented at this year’s ITB Congress in Berlin. IPK conducts research continuously throughout the year for the following year. The survey is conducted using questionnaires in 60 countries around the world, on a sample of 500 respondents, in 000 languages. In Europe, the surveys are conducted in 55 countries with 33% market coverage, in the Americas in 99 countries with 13% market coverage, in Asia and the Middle East in 90 countries with 17% market coverage. Aircraft are the most used for travel (65%), while land and water transport participate with 35%. The growth of traffic was recorded by aircraft (+ 74%), ships (+ 72%), rented cars (+ 70%), railways (+ 4%), while bus transport recorded a minus of 7%. Last year, the first place in terms of the increase in arrivals was Turkey, which recorded a new 8,5 million arrivals, followed by the United States with an increase of 5,3 million, then Egypt 3,4 million, France 3,2 million, Greece 2,9 million , Italy 2,9 million, Thailand 2,8 million, Japan 2,6 million, Vietnam 2,6 million and Germany 2,6 million arrivals. Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com / Cover photo: Stanislava Borovac
Accra Hearts of Oak will battle for supremacy with their arch-rivals, Kumasi Asante Kotoko in Game Week 6 of the Ghana Premier League.The match is set to happen on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at the Accra Sports Stadium.Ahead of the clash, here are four things to look out for ahead of the game:The historical statistics ahead of the gameThe pending game between Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko will be the 105th time both sides have met in a league match.Phobia has the upper hand over the Porcupine Warriors winning 34 games. Kotoko has managed two fewer wins than its rivals, with 38 games ending in a draw.The Accra Sports Stadium has hosted this epic clash 55 times and both sides have shared equal victories, winning 16 games respectively.A win for Kotoko will solidify their claims of the Accra Sports Stadium being their second home.2019/2020 statisticsThe two clubs have had a rocky start to the 2019/2020 season with just 5 matches played so far.Hearts of Oak have won 2 games, lost 2 and drawn a game.In the process, they have conceded 7 goals and scored just 4. They sit ninth on the league log with 7 points from a possible 15.Kotoko, on the other hand, have picked up 3 wins, 2 losses and have drawn no match so far in the premier league this season.They sit two places above their rivals in the seventh position on the league log after five matches played.First-time battle Edwin Nii Odum and Maxwell Konadu will be facing each other for the very first time as head coaches of Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko respectively.In matches of this magnitude, oftentimes, statistics and form play little or no role and the best tactician often carries the day.That will be the story on Sunday as both coaches will be seeking to whip up their players and the fans to victory.The 12th manIn football, fans play a pivotal role in whipping up energy for teams to propel themselves to victory.This Sunday will be no different as both sides will be hoping their fans will sing songs to help them fight for the maximum points.However, it will be the home side, Accra Hearts of Oak who will be craving for the needed support to overcome their arch-rivals.Fans have been urged to desist from hooliganism by the president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).The GFA is embarking on a #SayNoToHooliganism campaign to ensure safety during football matches and most especially this epic tie.
L’ouverture du score de Hamza Lahmar sur CF direct. #TUNOUG #Tunisie ?? pic.twitter.com/1w9ndJMHOT— Tunisie Football (@tunisiefootball) January 4, 2017 8 January 2017FriendlySlovakia –Uganda Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 17 January 20172017 AFCONGhana – UgandaPort-Gentil, Gabon 11 January 2017FriendlyIvory Coast –Uganda Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 4 January 2017FriendlyTunisia –Uganda Tunis, Tunisia Cranes coach Micho has named his sideToday’s RESULT:Tunisia 2 Uganda 0Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevich has named his final 23 for the African Cup of Nations, dropping home based players, goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan (KCCA), midfielder Mutyaba Muzamir (KCCA) and striker Edrisa Lubega (Proline)Micho named Uganda’s team to travel to Gabon after a 2-0 loss in a key international friendly against Tunisia today.It is this final team that will fly out to Dubai to take on Slovakia and Ivory Coast, before the Nations Cup kicks off January 14. The three dropped players return home.FINAL TEAM:Goalkeepers: Salim Magoola Jamal (Al Merrikh/SUD), Robert Odongkara (Saint George/ETH), Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns/RSA)Defenders: Timothy Awany, Joseph Ochaya (both KCCA), Shafiq Batambuze (Tusker/KEN), Denis Iguma (Al Ahed/LIB), Isaac Isinde (clubless), Murushid Juuko (Simba/TAN), Nicholas Wadada (Vipers)Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Baroka/RSA), Mike Azira (Colorado Rapids/USA), Geoffrey Kizito (Than Quang Ninh/VIE), William Kizito (Rio Ave/POR), Tony Mawejje (Thotur/ISL), Hassan Wasswa (Vipers), Moses Oloya (Hanoi T and T/VIE), Godfrey Walusimbi (Gor Mahia/KEN)Strikers: Geoffrey Massa (Baroka/RSA), Faruku Miya (Standard Liege/BEL), Yunus Sentamu (Ilves/FIN), Geofrey Sserunkuma (KCCA), Muhammed Shaban (Onduparaka).Coach: Milutin Sredojevic (SRB)****Today’s RESULT: Tunisia 2 Uganda 0Venue: El Menzha Olympic Stadium, TunisiaUganda Cranes Starting XI19-Salim Jamal, 12-Iguma Denis, 22-Batambuze Shafik, 16-Wasswa Hassan, 05-Isaac Isinde, 03-Kizitto Geoffrey, 06- Tonny Mawejje, 23- Mike Azira, 11- Massa Geoffrey, 07- Sentamu Yunus, 09-Lubega EdirisaSubstitutes: Benjamin Ochan, Godfrey Walusimbi, Timothy Dennis Awany, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Shaban Muhammad, Faruku Miya“The match against Tunisia is purely a selection match where I will field a team to help us assess who should make it into the final 23 man squad,” he told the federation’s website www.fufa.co.ug.“The boys have shown determination to do well in this continental assignment and I want to call on Ugandans to rally behind the Cranes as this game is one of them. And the journey starts tomorrow” Micho said Tuesday.No gift&award but earn&deserve Football is not played in bush to hide but on field to be seen as 11+6UGplayers today fight place for AFCON23— MICHOcoach (@michocoach) January 4, 2017 ****[email protected] on: WhatsApp Tweets about @OfficialFUFA Tunisia are among the Africa Cup of Nations Finals favourites and Uganda Cranes’ performance against them will be an indicator of what to expect when the continental football event starts January 14.St George goalkeeper Robert Odongokara joined the team from Ethiopia on Tuesday afternoon and will be follwed by William Luwagga Kizito, who plays for Clube De Rio Ave in the Portuguese Premier League and Denis Onyango, who is in Nigeria for the GLO CAF player of the year awards. 21 January 20172017 AFCONEgypt – UgandaPort-Gentil, Gabon 25 January 20172017 AFCONUganda – MaliOyem, Gabon Le but du 2-0 signé Med Ali Yaacoubi de la tête. #TUNOUG #Tunisie ?? pic.twitter.com/rDrwWPF4Gc— Tunisie Football (@tunisiefootball) January 4, 2017
President Donald Trump Friday morning was live on FOX news and was asked if Attorney General Bill Barr was his original selection, rather than Sen. Jeff Sessions, would there have been a Russia investigation? The president said, “Absolutely not.” Trump said he felt obligated to nominate Sessions as his AG because he was the first senator to endorse him, he was from one of his favorite states Alabama and he begged him for the job. Shortly after being confirmed as the U.S. Attorney General Sessions recused himself from the Russia probe which lead to the hiring of a special prosecutor, Robert Mueller.Trump said that if Bill Barr was his AG then, he would not have shut down the investigation because he recognized early on that it was a fraud. Finally, President Trump fired Sessions who was eventually replaced by Bill Barr who was the former AG for President George H.W. Bush.Better late than never, AG Barr has gotten to the bottom of the Russia investigation and the fur is flying. The DOJ has asked a federal judge to drop all criminal charges against former Trump National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn after documentation shows that he was entrapped by the FBI in an investigation that began before Trump’s inauguration.President Trump said, “Bill Barr has done an excellent job” in unearthing the facts about the investigation “that was aimed at trying to unseat a duly elected president.”Speaking with reporters yesterday, Trump said Flynn is an “innocent man” who was “targeted by the Obama Administration.” He added that a “big price should be paid” for the mistreatment of Flynn. Flynn pled guilty to lying to the FBI, but later tried to withdraw the plea. New evidence shows FBI agents tried to entrap the aide to President Trump.
EATONTOWN — Home Instead Senior Care® is offering to help Monmouth County area families manage the challenges of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, diseases that eventually rob seniors of their memories and independence with free online training.The training for families caring for these older adults is now available through online e-learning modules at HelpForAlzheimersFamilies.com.The Alzheimer’s or Other Dementias CARE: Changing Aging through Research and Education Training Program offers a personal approach to help families care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease at home, where 60 to 70 percent of them live, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.The foundation of the Alzheimer’s CARE Training Program is an approach called Capturing Life’s Journey® that involves gathering stories and experiences about the senior to help caregivers provide comfort while honoring the individual’s past. Because people with Alzheimer’s disease have difficulty with short-term memory, the Capturing Life’s Journey approach taps into long-term memory.“The training we’re offering to families is the same kind of training our professional CAREGivers receive,” Venancio said.The program for family caregivers consists of four classes: Alzheimer’s Disease or Other Dementias Overview; Capturing Life’s Journey; Techniques to Manage Behaviors; and Activities to Encourage Engagement. Also available is a free guide for those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Called Helping Families Cope, the guide includes advice to help families keep their loved ones engaged and manage behaviors.Additional information about free family caregiver training or to obtain a copy of the Helping Families Cope booklet is available by contacting Home Instead Senior Care office at 732-542-9004 or visiting HelpforAlzheimersFamilies.com.
SANDY HOOK – It’s back home to Fort Hancock for a couple of local environmental organizations displaced by Super Storm Sandy.Clean Ocean Action and the American Littoral Society, which had to forsake their permanent longtime location in the former Army installation because of the late October storm, were able to return recently.“It’s nice to be back in a natural area,” said Lindsay McNamara, Clean Ocean Action’s program and communications associate, as she and her colleagues returned to Building 18 on Officer’s Row at the far end of Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook.The staffs of Clean Ocean Action and American Littoral Society settle back into their offices at Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook after being displaced by Super Storm Sandy.Clean Ocean Action and the American Littoral Society, another environmental group, were forced to leave the site as Sandy caused considerable damage at Sandy Hook and the National Park Service officials closed the park to the public.The building where the organization’s offices are located, however, survived the storm in fine shape. “No damage – not even water in the basement,” McNamara said.But, due to the damage to the park’s infrastructure, they were forced to relocate, she said.The park’s roadway, electrical, water and sewer systems were damaged and not operational. Since about two weeks after the storm until March 29, Clean Ocean Action was operating out of office space generously provided by Jersey Printing on First Avenue in Atlantic Highlands. Employees, who are accustomed to working out of the more than a century-old, three-story structure in the picturesque, natural setting at the park, were using two rooms, both wide open spaces.“There were definitely struggles and frustrations,” in the arrangement, said Tavia Danch, project manager, who has been with the organization for five years.Workers found themselves having to make their way back to their offices at Fort Hancock to get information or items needed for the various projects Clean Ocean Action were undertaking, among other obstacles, Danch said.“We kind of came to enjoy everybody in two large rooms,” said Mary-Beth Thompson, operations director.“There were nice things to being in Atlantic Highlands – civilization being one of them,” Danch said. She noted it made for a nice change from the somewhat distant fort location to be able to walk around a downtown area, to go out for lunch.“It was nice to be in a little neighborhood,” McNamara said.But, following the storm, “in terms of being more hands-on, to get to the communities, to get to support them and deal with some of their needs, it actually was beneficial for us to be out in Atlantic Highlands for those initial months,” said Cindy Zipf, Clean Ocean Action’s executive director.But now, “It’s great to be back,” she said.Especially now that the weather is warming up, the others observed.“It gives me inspiration to get outside and take advantage of the park,” Thompson said.The American Littoral Society wound up operating out of medical office space on Shrewsbury Avenue, Shrewsbury, that was made available by one of its board members, said Eileen Kennedy, the society’s deputy director. The arrangement worked well for the society’s handful of employees.“But everybody is happy to be back,” she said. “It’s especially nice to come back with spring. Winters can be brutal out here.” Clean Ocean Action, established in 1984, located to the Sandy Hook site in 1987, according to Thompson.The Littoral Society has been at Sandy Hook since 1961, and set up shop in Building 18 during the mid-1980s, Kennedy said.
Photos by Patrick Olivero MIDDLETOWN – Seashells are a quintessential part of the Jersey Shore life, but have you ever stopped to wonder where they come from? Monmouth County Parks System senior park naturalist Joe Reynolds shared his knowledge of mollusks and their importance to the ecosystem at the Bayshore Waterfront Activity Center in Port Monmouth Sunday. On that frigid afternoon, beach lovers were encouraged to bring their collection of seashells in for the park naturalist to identify or browse the seashell collections on display. With each shell, the park naturalist explained a bit of what life is like for these small but critical creatures.
The Nelson U16 Selects girls picked up where they left off in July and captured gold at the annual Little Bear Tournament in Revelstoke over the weekend.The U16s — who captured the Provincial B Cup Championship in Penticton in early summer — went 3-0-1 in the first tournament since the summer break to secure the top spot.“Our entire line-up played very well, it was enjoyable to watch,” says U16 Selects head coach Paul Burkart.“What made this title particularly impressive is that we were playing in the U18 division so most of the teams were older than us. That didn’t stop our girls as they were in control with their ball movement and played really solid defence all weekend and showed once again that they are champions.”The tournament started on Saturday morning with a contest against the Calgary Villains U16 squad. Two minutes into the game, Nelson midfielder Emily Taylor shot a laser into the top corner for the 1-0 lead. The game was evenly played for the rest of the first half.Twelve minutes into the second half, Maya Ida took a nice through pass from Taylor and deposited it into the Calgary goal for a 2-0 lead. Four minutes after that Nelson mid-fielder Shianne Michalchuk picked up a loose ball in front and dangled her way past a couple of Villain defenders making the score 3-0. Calgary got one back late in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as Nelson started the tournament with a 3-1 win.In a hard fought second game against the Airdire FC U17 team produced a 1-1 draw which the Alberta club was lucky to escape with. Lucy Fox scored the lone goal for Nelson. “It’s always a concern after a few weeks off for summer break that the girls would come out flat,” says Burkart.“Although we started a little flat against the Calgary squad, the girls picked it up in the second game against a very strong team from Airdrie. We played very well, controlled the majority of the play and created a lot of scoring opportunities but had a hard time finishing. We were a bit disappointed not picking up a win in this one.”Sunday morning, the Selects faced a much bigger Cochrane Wolves U18 team, but again got off to a quick start when Shane Panko Dool took a nice pass from Fox and gave her team a 1-0 lead just over two minutes in.In a hard fought game, the Wolves came back to tie the game midway through the second, but Nelson quickly responded when Mattea Lorenzo pounced on a Jodi Surina rebound to give the Selects a 2-1 lead.Another fine pass from Fox, this time to Michalchuk gave the Selects a 3-1 advantage. A huge diving save late in the game by Nelson keeper Hanna Quinn preserved the second victory of the tournament.Needing to score three goals and win the final game to lock up the gold, the Selects were matched against rival Kootenay South U17s.In a spirited match, Nelson finally got on the board when Panko Dool scored off a header that was fed through by Surina. Three minutes after that, Ruby Seright was fouled in the box and Grace Dehnel was successful on the penalty kick to give Nelson the 2-0 lead heading into the half.Kootenay South scored early in the second half on a rebound and then tied the score 22 minutes into the half on a penalty kick to tie the score. But one minute after that, Taylor fired another shot over the Kootenay South keeper to regain the lead for Nelson. Michalchuk salted the game away late in the game to make the final 4-2.“Although the girls had two months off and looked a bit rusty at times, they played some real top notch soccer against very good, older girls,” says Burkart.“Their hard working, physical play is what won them the provincials and again won them gold this weekend.”The U16 Selects next action is this coming weekend when they take part in the annual Kootenay South Eye Of The Storm Tournament in Castlegar/Trail.
It seems the entire Giants pitching staff is on the trading block.Lefty Drew Pomeranz is the topic of discussion less than 24 hours before Wednesday’s 1 p.m. trade deadline. MLB.com writer Jon Morosi reports the Nationals have spoken to the Giants about a trade to acquire Pomeranz.What the Giants would receive in return is wholly unclear, but it appears Pomeranz, 30, has rehabilitated some trade value since joining the Giants bullpen.He’s struck out six batters in 4-2/3 scoreless relief …