Nelson sends trio of grads to 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament

first_imgThe 19-year-old, who had breakout season recording 21 goals and 40 points in 62 games, followed by a team-high four goals and one assist in four playoff contests, landed an amateur tryout with Carolina, and played so well as the recent camp, Hurricanes staff decided to invite to play in the Prospects Tournament.”I’m just going to go in with an open mind,” Hunt told the Regina Leader Post.”I’m obviously nervous because there are a lot of great players down there. I’m just going to try to play my game, do what I do best, and then see if they like how I did.”As for MacLeod, who played for the Nelson Leafs before landing a NCAA college scholarship, the 22-year-old rearguard needed to wait out the summer before beginning his professional career after graduating from Boston College in the spring.MacLeod, who spent time recently in Boston training before the Prospects Tournament, signed a minor league contract in the East Coast Hockey League but was granted status to play in the tournament with the Blue Jackets squad.”(Playing in the tournament) will be great for exposure for me and the chance for me to see the level of other rookie players,” MacLeod said.The Traverse City tournament, which begins Friday, is divided into two divisions — Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay.Columbus, Detroit, Minnesota and St. Louis are in the Gordie Howe pool while Buffalo, Carolina, Dallas and NY Rangers make up the Lindsay draw.The teams cross over into Tuesday’s playoff round.Nelson Leafs president Larry Martel said while NMH may have played a part of the equation to get the three to this level of hockey, hard work put them over the top.“I feel proud because I understand the work, commitment and sacrifice these athletes have gone through to get to this point in their young careers,” Martel explained.“It’s and incredible amount of work and they have a dream and they are doing everything in their ability to realize that dream.”Of course nothing is etched in stone during the weekend with more than 400 players trying to catch the eye of NHL scouts and brass at the Traverse City tournament, other than Hiller working behind the bench in the NHL for Detroit.Hunt is going back to junior in Regina to play for the Pats while MacLeod is destined for the minor leagues, hopefully with a team in the American Hockey League.But one can only hope the success of these Heritage City players can pave the way for other Nelson Minor Hockey grads to enjoy success on the professional hockey stage. The Octopus Thrower website lists five players for Red Wings Nation to watch at this weekend’s 2014 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament.The Die by the Blade site puts the spotlights the top 2014 draft picks of the Buffalo Sabres in Sam Reinhart and Brendan Lemieux as two players to keep an eye on.The main focus of The Nelson Daily is three grads from Nelson Minor Hockey Association who will also be wetting their NHL appetitie at the Traverse City tournament in one capacity or another.Forward Dryden Hunt and defenceman Isaac MacLeod will suit up on the ice for the Carolina Hurricanes and Columbus Blue Jackets, respectively, while former Nelsonite Jim Hiller will make an appearance as one of the new assistant coaches for the Red Wings staff.“This is great for Nelson,” said Simon Wheeldon, a former professional hockey player and hockey coach of the KIJHL’s Nelson Leafs.“I don’t think any other time there has been this many players taking part in an NHL like camp . . . maybe the only time was when Danny (Gare), Pat (Price) and Greg (Adams) were playing in the NHL,” Wheeldon added.Danny Gare, Pat Price and Greg Adams all played minor hockey in Nelson before going on to experience successful NHL careers.While Hiller, MacLeod and Hunt all got their first taste of life on the pond game in the Heritage City in Nelson Minor Hockey, the trio took different routes to Traverse City and the NHL Prospects Tournament — an event that runs from Friday to Tuesday (September 12-16) and features from Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues.Hiller played his hockey in Nelson before moving with his family to finish his minor career in Cranbrook.He then played NCAA hockey with North Michigan before getting a taste of the NHL with Los Angeles and Detroit.Hiller, finishing his playing career in Europe, coached in the BC Hockey league before landing a spot with the Tri-City Americans where he took the Western Hockey League club to the League Finals in 2010 and winning the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy as WHL Coach of the Year.Hunt, who jumped Junior B Hockey in Nelson for a few seasons with the Notre Dame Hounds program, is currently on the roster of the Regina Pats of the WHL.last_img read more

Nuclear Affair, Future King win Guineas classics

first_imgTHE 42nd running of the Post to Post 1000 and 2000 Guineas – the season’s first classics over a mile – went according to the script at Caymanas Park yesterday.Victory went to the favourites NUCLEAR AFFAIR and FUTURE KING in the 1000 and 2000 Guineas races, respectively, both closing from well off the pace to win in contrasting fashion.In the 1000 Guineas for native bred three-year-old fillies, the Gary Subratie-trained NUCLEAR AFFAIR, with three-time champion Dane Nelson riding for popular owner Michros, circled the leaders GOLD MINER (35-1) and BIRD CATCHER (6-1), entering the straight and streaking away in a flash to win by resounding margin of 91/2 lengths in the good time of 1:39.2.The improving A THOUSAND STARS (18-1), with Robert Halledeen riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, stayed on well to pip Philip Feanny’s filly, SORRENTINO’S STAR (5-2), under leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths by a neck for second in a field of 14.Unbeaten in three starts this season, NUCLEAR AFFAIR is now on course for the Jamaica Oaks over 2000 metres on April 30 as, according to Subratie, ‘this should be a mere formality as she is leagues ahead of the other fillies at this stage”.TERRIFIC TURN OF FOOTContinuing, the second-generation trainer proclaimed: “In fact, she is so talented that she is as good as the top colts or even better, and given her terrific turn of foot, the classics is hers for the taking so long as she remains healthy.”Bred by Michael Bernard (Michros), NUCLEAR AFFAIR is a chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne out of Commandra Affair. She has now won four races from seven starts.Later in the afternoon, the DaCosta-trained FUTURE KING, running as the 9-5 favourite in the 2000 Guineas for colts and geldings, stormed through on the inside from a furlong out, going by long-time leader CHACE THE GREAT (3-1) to win by 11/4 lengths from ORPHEUS (3-1), who closed strongly for second, with champion jockey Shane Ellis aboard.CHACE THE GREAT, the recent Prince Consort Stakes (Guineas Trial) winner, was another half a length away in third ahead of highly fancied BIGBADYKOOL (3-1), closing late for fourth.FUTURE KING, who beat NUCLEAR AFFAIR by a head over a mile when they last met in the $4.25 million Supreme Ventures 2-Y-O Stakes last Boxing Day, recovered from a setback (hoof injury) over three weeks ago to provide jockey Halledeen and DaCosta with their second 2000 Guineas winner, following ALI BABA last year.DaCosta said: “It was a race against time to prepare him for the race due to the setback, but his class saw him through and I expect great things from him in the months ahead.”Owned by Alfred Lee and Jeffrey Mordecai and bred by Y.S. (1955) Limited, FUTURE KING is a dark bay colt by Natural Selection out of Millenium Princess.This was his third win from seven starts, but his time of 1:39.4 was slower than that of NUCLEAR AFFAIR, sparking a debate as to who is better.last_img read more

JUTC: Do not blame us for 4-0 thrashing

first_imgThe Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) Communi-cation Manager Cecil Thoms has admitted they erred in the picking up of the Tivoli Gardens Red Stripe Premier League team for their game against Humble Lion in May Pen on Sunday, but refused to take the blame for the west Kingston team’s 4-0 thrashing.”We are not shirking the fact that one of our buses was late. But it has been a very busy period for us. We had six games on Wednesday, and on the weekend, we had six games. It was really busy because it was the Easter holidays. However, the bus company cannot be blamed for the outcome of the game. That, to me, is irrational thinking,” he stated..”In this particular case, it was a hiccup … . It was extremely challenging, but it’s a one-off,” he added.Tivoli arrived for their final regular season game against Humble Lion at Effortville only 25 minutes before the match, and according to a JUTC source, a mix-up in the depot assigned to pick up Tivoli led to the bus being late.Depots are assigned to teams based on logistics, and Rockfort usually picks up Tivoli, while teams travelling to Clarendon are transported by buses from the Spanish Town depot. Crews were unsure as to which depot was, it appeared, responsible for Sunday’s pick-up. Thoms said the real reason behind the bus being late has not yet been ascertained and he is awaiting a report.”I have asked for a report … as to why the bus was late. I don’t want to point any fingers. I have been hearing some stuff, but they are very preliminary. I don’t want to send that out,” he stated.NO BLAME FROM HUMBLE LIONJUTC are the sponsors responsible for transporting teams to Red Stripe Premier League games and operations have been smooth for most of the season. Thoms said mishaps do happen, and noted that even Humble Lion, a team owned by the Minister of Transport Mike Henry, have encountered setbacks with the bus company this season, and he also pointed to recent incidents with Tivoli and Boys’ Town.According to reports, the JUTC bus was late in picking up Humble Lion for a game against Portmore in Spanish Town, so the club chartered its own transport, but were transported back home by JUTC. Thoms hopes to avoid these glitches in the future, but insisted they can’t be blamed for results.”I can imagine that they (Tivoli) would be upset (for being late). But on Wednesday with Humble Lion, we did not make it, and they suffered a draw. Although their situation was different, they are not blaming the bus company,” he reasoned.When contacted, Tivoli manager Brian Rose said only the club president, Edward Seaga, could speak on the matter. However, Seaga was not in office and could not be reached for comment.Sunday’s 4-0 win earned Humble Lion a $1 million bonus for topping the points standing at the end of the preliminary round. They ended with 61, two ahead of longtime leaders UWI FC, who were blanked 2-0 by Portmore United in their final match.last_img read more

Russia’s latest star Zagitova takes European gold

first_imgView comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Bellator begins yearlong heavyweight tournament at Forum “I woke up this morning with the thought that I’ll just do everything that’s in my power at the moment. I’ll live in the moment,” she said.Carolina Kostner of Italy, the Sochi Olympics bronze medalist, struggled through an error-filled free skate that included falling on her opening triple lutz, but took bronze on the back of her strong short program.The 30-year-old Italian veteran wore a pistachio-green catsuit that she said was inspired by the renowned Russian ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky.“It was not at all my best performance and it’s a pity because my body’s ready and the practices were easy-going and mostly flawless and then you get into the competition and it just slips away,” she said.Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron won their fourth consecutive European figure skating championship, extending the two world records they already held.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Zagitova augmented several of her jumps by raising one of two hands above her head, her elbow-length crimson gloves drawing attention to the move.“I’m happy I performed two clean skates. Of course I’m happy I became the European champion and I want to keep going,” she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMedvedeva, who had won gold in every appearance since late 2015, landed some of her jumps with less assurance than her compatriot, though her “Anna Karenina” theme outpointed Zagitova on program components.Medvedeva missed the Grand Prix Final and the Russian nationals this season to recover from a foot stress fracture, and said “there were some moments during the skate when the two-month break had an impact.” LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The French duo’s free dance to sections from Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” reflected the music’s mood changes. They were fluid in the first movement and animated in the stormy third. Papadakis and Cizeron scored a record 121.817 points for the free dance and 203.16 total.“I think we’re very happy with our scores and we had a great feeling on the ice today,” Cizeron said. “(We’ll) just keep working as usual and really just keep working with our team.”“The Olympic Games will come up very soon now and we’re really excited.”Silver and bronze went to Russian couples Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev and Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin, respectively, reversing their positions from the results after the short dance.Bobrova and Soloviev’s free skate was a touching tale of love sought, found and lost, ending with him trying to embrace her but missing as she stares in apparent dismay. The program featured a straight-line lift in which he kneeled on one leg and she balanced upside down on the outstretched thigh“Yes, we achieved a personal best, but we still want the mark to be higher,” Bobrova said. He added: “Now it is important that we relax a bit and then on January 27th we will fly to Japan and wait for our invitation” to the Pyeongchang Olympics, where Russians are to compete under a neutral flag.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Russia’s Alina Zagitova shows her gold medal, center, as she poses with Russia’s silver medallist Evgenia Medvedeva, left, and Italy’s bronze medallist Carolina Kostner, right, after the ladies free skating event at the European figure skating championships in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW — Alina Zagitova’s nearly flawless free skate on Saturday not only won gold in her debut at the European Figure Skating Championships, but also snapped the two-year winning streak of training partner Evgenia Medvedeva.The 15-year-old Russian landed seven clear triples as well as two double axels, one of them dramatically late in the program, skating to lively music from the ballet “Don Quixote.” The program scored 157.97 points, more than three points ahead of second-placed Medvedeva.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Jayjay Helterbrand, Ginebra beat rival Purefoods in PBA Legends game

first_imgMOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nostalgia hits in PBA Legends charity event LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Roger Yap scored a game-high 27 points for Purefoods, which also had trouble containing Ginebra’s towering frontcourt of Marlou Aguino and EJ Feihl.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? PBA IMAGESJayjay Helterbrand played as if he could still make a PBA team today to lead Ginebra San Miguel over longtime rival Purefoods, 97-89, to cap off the PBA Legends: Return of the Rivals event Sunday night at Araneta Coliseum.Helterbrand, who retired just two years ago, posted a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists with four steals to boot.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments “It feels good. It’s really an honor to play on the court with all the legends and getting a chance to be coached by the legend himself and play for a good cause,” said Helterbrand.“I didn’t really plan on playing that hard but I don’t wanna let them down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 42-year-old Helterbrand, one-half of Ginebra’s Fast and Furious tandem that ran havoc in the league in the 2000s, shared the best player of the game honors with Vince Hizon.Hizon fired 19 points and looked like his old deadly self from downtown in the third quarter where he caught fire with 16 points to spearhead Ginebra’s breakaway. He also grabbed nine rebounds.last_img read more

LEDFC to Decentralize Loan Distribution

first_imgThe Liberian Enterprise Development Finance Company (LEDFC) has promised to decentralize the provision of loans to other counties to enable citizens contribute meaningfully to the economy and living standards.General Manager Ambrose G. Houphouet made the assertion at the Carols Night held Friday at the offices of LEDFC in Congo Town. The occasion was witnessed by many of its clients from other parts of the country.He said by 2016, the organization will decentralize its activities to other counties, including Grand Bassa, Nimba, Grand Gedeh, Bong and Lofa, among others, to provide Liberians to easy access to loans.Mr. Houphouet said LEDFC is a non-bank financial institution registered in Liberia that provides financing to enable Liberian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to start up, upgrade, and expand.Mr. Houphouet said this will enable Liberian entrepreneurs access capital to create, expand their businesses, and create jobs in the private sector.“If you give out loans, there is a need to have an aggressive strategy to recover the loans whether in Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Liberia. We make sure to call the clients when they have to pay.”He said the organization is also involved in providing technical assistance to clients, coach people on how to improve their businesses.“We visit our clients, including those in rural counties and see if they have difficulties and try to suggest new ideas that will support the growth of their businesses. If there are challenges, we also help them to pay and not to give money,” he explained.He said the Carols Night was organized to bring together their clients from other parts of the country, which focused on special messages from the Bible and songs that touched the minds of its clients during the Christmas season. Mr. Houphouet added that he was excited in having an occasion that brought together beneficiaries of LEDFC, considering the challenges during the Ebola crisis in 2014 and subsequently to 2015.In special remarks, George Kailondo, a local businessman and landlord of LEDFC, expressed appreciation to the finance institution for the level of support to Liberian businesses and called on business owners to take advantage of the opportunity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mocha child rapist appeals sentence

first_imgAfter being sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment on four counts of rape, 48-year-old Jegede Hodge of Mocha Arcadia, East Bank Demerara (EBD) is asking the Court of Appeal to reduce his “excessive” sentence.In appeal documents, Hodge’s present attorney, Everton Singh-Lammy, is arguing that the lawyer, Ravindra Mohabir, failed to adequately mitigate the sentence when he represented the convicted man during his trial. Singh-Lammy continued that the sentence is unfair, too severe and excessive in all circumstances of the case.The man’s lawyer made note that more grounds will be added at an appropriate time.The man was found guilty of engaging in sexual activity with a child between May 1 and 31, 2014. The child was 13 at the time. However, in 2015, he committed the act twice between January 21 and December 31. She was 14 at the time.As the child turned 16, he again raped her between September 1 and 30, 2017. For the first charge, Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall sentenced Hodge to 18 years’ imprisonment and another 20 years for the second. She further imposed a 22-year sentence for the third charge and 25 for the last. The sentences will run concurrently, hence, he will only serve 25 years.The victim, in a statement to the court, said she is still traumatised by the incidents and at times thought about ending her life. She also stated that she was disappointed that her mother did not believe her when she confided in her.The young lady noted that the convicted rapist collected her from school and took her to various locations where he would commit the act. The statement also revealed that the victim had pleaded with the man to use a condom to prevent her from getting pregnant.last_img read more

Areas of the Alberta Peace declared an Agricultural Disaster

first_imgThe County of Grande Prairie has declared an agricultural disaster after the area received only half of the normal amount of rainfall in the last three months.Dry, cracked fields and a debilitating loss of crops are a crushing reality for many farmers living in parts of northwestern Alberta.Disasters have also been declared in Clear Hills County and Spirit River.- Advertisement -Other areas in central and southwest Peace County are also expecting low crop yields because of drought.Some farmers says they could end up harvesting virtually nothing.Everett McDonald, Grande Prairie‘s reeve, said he is asking the provincial and federal governments to provide more aid to farmers.Advertisementlast_img read more

Kenya’s IAAF U18 preparedness wows the world

first_img0Shares0000First Lady Margaret Kenyatta with the Germany team ahead of the IAAF World U18 at the Kasarani Stadium.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 10 – With just a day to the 10th edition of the IAAF World U18 Championships to be hosted in Nairobi, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Monday made a final inspection of Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani ahead of the global showpiece that starts on Wednesday.The First Lady inspected facilities in the main competition arena including the newly laid tartan tracks, the media centre, and the warm-up tracks before heading to the accreditation centre for registration. The First Lady is the current patron of the Biennial International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) W-U18 championships, Kenya Chapter.The Nairobi 2017 competitions mark the last edition of the iconic championships that have been held in nine other countries since the inaugural event in Poland in 1999.First Lady Margaret Kenyatta with LOC boss Mwangi Muthee.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAn impressed First Lady mingled and chatted openly with both the officials of the  W-U18 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and young athletes from various countries who excitedly took pictures with her.But even as the First Lady expressed her satisfaction with the renovations at the MISC where engineers and technicians were putting final touches to the facilities, officials from various foreign delegations gave a positive verdict that Kenya had put in place facilities meeting international standards.“These facilities are very good. This is fantastic,” said Mr Olaf Brockmann, a Press Delegate who is among those managing the Media Centre.“Such Media Centre has not happened before”, added Mr. Brockmann whose sentiments were echoed by a senior medical Doctor managing the 60-strong team of athletes from Germany.“This is a very good stadium. We like it very much,” said the doctor as young members of his team expressed their satisfaction with their stay in Kenya, a country they described as safe and with “fantastic weather.”Team Kenya training at Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMany other officials from the 135 countries attending the championships expressed similar sentiments that Kenya had put in place facilities and preparations that meet the international billing.“Kenya has exceeded our expectations. No wonder some of the greatest world beaters come from this country,” said one delegate who did not wish to be identified.The First Lady was taken around the various sporting facilities by Sports, Culture and the Arts Cabinet Secretary Dr. Hassan Wario and LOC  Chief Executive Officer  Mwangi Muthee among other officials.She was received at the MISC by renown world champions Catherine Ndereba (two time Marathon Gold Medalist and four times Boston Marathon winner), David Rudisha (King of 800 metres), Mercy Cherono (5,000 metres Queen), Julius Yego of the Javelin throwing fame, Douglas Wakiihuri (Marathon legend) and Tecla Lorupe.Firat Lady Margaret Kenyatta with some of the countries that arrived.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaLike Germany, Kenya is also fielding 60 young Athletes-comprising 31 girls and 29 boys- in all the 17 competitions on offer.Other countries fielding high numbers of athletes include China (61), France (45) and Turkey (44).Sporting enthusiasts are optimistic that no country can beat Kenya at home. Kenya has always emerged between position 1-3 in the previous 9 editions of the iconic championships.Besides the athletes and their managers, Nairobi expects to host over 5,000 visitors this week alone and pump over Sh 2.5 billion to the local economy.First Lady Margaret Kenyatta having a chat with an athlete from Germany.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThe event is also expected to have a major impact on the tourism sector because millions of people from over 200 countries will be watching the events in Kenya.The over 1400 athletes and their managers will also serve as ambassadors of Kenya when they return to their respective homes with a positive image of the country.President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to open the championships on Wednesday afternoon.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Governor should buck NRA, protect condors

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Perhaps it is true, as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger claims, that his firing of Fish and Game Commissioner R. Judd Hanna this month had nothing to do with pressure from the National Rifle Association. If so, Schwarzenegger should be willing to buck the gun lobby and sign a bill banning hunters from using lead bullets in areas that endangered condors inhabit. That’s what scientists are unanimously recommending, and a governor who argues that science should determine the state’s response to global warming should apply the same principle to protecting the state’s magnificent, endangered bird. ? Condors absorb lead as a result of eating squirrels, coyotes and other animals that hunters shoot. ? At a commission meeting last month, Hanna handed out a packet of information, including studies citing irrefutable evidence that lead from bullets has poisoned at least a dozen condors in the past decade. ? Fish and Game commissioners oppose SB 821, the lead-bullet ban, which they say interferes with their authority to regulate hunting. ? (But) the surest way to protect the condor is to sign SB 821. To do otherwise would be a black stain on this green governor’s reputation. – San Jose Mercury Newslast_img read more