Gbarnga Faces Quarantine

first_imgCogent information filtering in from central Liberia suggests that the Bong County Health Team is poised to quarantine the provincial capital, Gbarnga, if the trend of suspected Ebola deaths throughout the city continues as it has in recent days.Just this week, a total of ten suspected Ebola deaths occurred from the Civil Compound and the Millionaire communities of Gbarnga, Bong County. In at least one case, it was an entire household.Speaking to the Daily Observer on condition of anonymity, a senior member of the County Health Team said that although there was no Ebola test conducted on the dead, the circumstances under which the persons died, it is almost impossible to rule out hemorrhagic fever.“The manner and form people in which people are expiring in the city in recent days has created panic among the residents, including the County Health Team; so the Team has to take some actions to protect others who have not fallen prey to the disease,” the official said.The Senior Health Official explained that the quarantine exercise will serve as a means to contain the spread of the disease in the city and its environs.  “With the number of deaths in recent days in the city, the County Health Team is troubled, so we have to do everything in our power to discontinue the increase of infections in other communities.”The official told this paper that one of the underlying reasons for the increase in deaths in recent times is the entrenched culture of silence on the part of Liberians; something he said is going to harm everyone.As a result, the health official said, the County Health Team is finding it tremendously difficult to fight the Ebola virus in the city.  Also, suspected Ebola virus carriers are not willing to be quarantined or to report to the health facilities for early check up.When the Daily Observer sampled the views of ordinary citizens on the purported information, there were mixed reactions. Some welcomed the idea of quarantine, while others described it as harsh and a violation of human rights.Some of the citizens argued that the quarantining of the city will impose economic hardship to the already impoverished residents, especially given the current State of Emergency where some business people have already hiked prices of their commodities.  Others argued that the action will help to restrict the movement of people who are suspected carriers of the Ebola virus.It has been established by this paper that entertainment centers in the city are virtually without customers due to the alarming death toll in Gbarnga suspectedly from the Ebola virus.Meanwhile, the citizens of Gbarnga have called on the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) to provide the necessary protective materials to the various hospitals to enable the health workers return to duty and resume services. Residents agree that the deadly Ebola virus exists but are also concerned that other people are also being killed by curable diseases such as malaria due to the closure of the two main hospitals in Bong County.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Eureka falls 4-2 to Terra Linda

first_imgEureka softball played what would become the final game of its 2018 campaign Saturday, losing 4-2 to visiting Terra Linda in the quarter final round of the North Coast Section Division III playoffs.“It’s disappointing to make it this far and then come up short,” Eureka head coach Katelyn Graeser said. “We definitely feel like we had a longer postseason run in us. But, it’s the playoffs so it’s anybody’s ballgame on any given day.”Tournament No. 3 seed Eureka (14-11) took an early lead over …last_img

Powerful SA team for Canoe Marathon Worlds

first_img19 June 2014 A powerful South African team, which includes a number of world champions, was named to contest the 2014 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships on Wednesday. The event takes place in Oklahoma City from 23 to 28 September. A host of big-name competitors made a charge for a spot on the plane to the USA when they recently took part in the biggest South African Canoe Marathon Championships ever and it was three-time canoe marathon world champion Hank McGregor who won the men’s K1 title, as well as the K2 crown with his partner Jasper Mocke. Tough competition With the criteria stating that the top two in each of the senior and junior events would be selected for the South African team, reigning under-23 K1 world champion Andy Birkett missed out on a K1 selection. However, he and partner Greg Louw earned selection in a K2. Although Birkett and Louw were third in the South African Championships, they gained selection due to former Junior and under-23 world champion Grant van Der Walt being unavailable for the Tour. “Grant has been studying recently and so he hasn’t been focusing on his paddling, which meant that he made himself unavailable for selection,” Brett Austen Smith, the Chairman of the South African Canoe Marathon Committee, said in a statement on Wednesday. “That ultimately meant that we could include Andy (Birkett) and Greg (Louw) in the side to go to Oklahoma. “This really highlights the depth in the senior men’s canoe marathon discipline [in South Africa]. With a world champion unable to make the men’s K1 team, that just shows the strength that we possess,” he added.Women’s line-up The women’s team will be made up of one K1 competitor and two K2 pairs, with Olympic bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley being the only women’s K1 and Abby Adie and Laura O’Donoghue making up the one K2, with under-23 K1 hopeful Jenna Ward and Hayley Arthur partnering up in the second women’s K2. “Bridgitte was in a class of her own in the K1 final,” Austen Smith said of the Natal Canoe Club star’s South African Championships victory by over four minutes. “The depth in women’s canoe marathon paddling is not where it was a year ago and this is something we as a Committee need to address in the build-up to 2017,” he explained. In the Junior Girls’ category, the winning boat won’t be going to Oklahoma as, unfortunately, the junior K2 team made themselves unavailable for selection because one of the girls, who is still in the under-16 age category, has a hectic schedule. Having recently been to the African Youth Games in Botswana, she is also set to head to China in August for the Youth Olympics. “It is a little disappointing not being able to see them race at World Champs,” Austen Smith said. Nonetheless, the South African team, ranked fifth in the world last year, remains very strong and Austen Smith is confident that there are good paddlers coming through, with the under-23 age group being one to watch from a men’s point of view, he said.‘World-class’ “The Under-23 men are very strong this year and I think that both Brandon van der Walt and Stuart Maclaren are world-class paddlers and I believe that we can do really well there,” he opined. “We will be strong in the seniors again, as well as the masters. We will send a very strong field to the World Champs in the masters’ categories, and this year should be no different, although it is not the biggest team we have sent to a World Champs,” Austen Smith concluded.SA WORLD CANOE MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM Senior Men Hank McGregor (K1, K2), Jasper Mocke (K1, K2), Andrew Birkett (K2), Greg Louw (K2) Senior Women Bridgitte Hartley (K1), Nikki Russel (K1), Abby Adie (K2), Laura O’Donoghue (K2), Jenna Ward (K2), Hayley Arthur (K2) Nikki Russel Under-23 Men Brandon van der Walt (K1), Stuart Maclaren (K1) Under-23 Women Jenna Ward (K1), Brittany Petersen (K1) Junior Boys Bryan Leroux (K1, K2), Louis Hattingh (K1, K2), Jean van der Westhuizen (K2), Stuart Bristow (K2) Junior Girls Julia Trodd (K1), Martine Beukes (K1) Masters Team Marion Young (K1, K2), Gustav Smook (K1, K2), Gustav Radloff (K1, K2), Katarzyna Lapacz (K1), Hilde Lapere (K1), Lee McGregor (K1, K2), Alan Hold (K1, K2), Chris van den Berg (K1), John Evans (K1, K2) Len Jenkins Snr (K1), Nigel Briggs (K2), Cathy Doherty-Bigara (K2), Linton Hope (K1) SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Opera: Facebook Rules the Mobile Web

first_imgTags:#news#social networks#web Update: Opera just informed us that there was a large error in the report. Twitter’s numbers didn’t drop 21% last year. Instead, Twitter’s numbers actually increased by 689%. You can find the rest of the original post – including the conclusions we drew based on the faulty data – below.Opera collects its data from users of its Opera Mini browser. As every request is routed through Opera’s servers, which then compress the sites to speed up delivery, Opera is able to collect very accurate statistics about its user base. In total, over 46.3 million people use Opera Mini every month and these users access close to 20 billion pages.It’s important to note that some of this data is skewed towards the countries and regions where Opera is highly popular. These include Russia, Southeast Asia and Great Britain. This explains the large number of Russian social networks like vKontakte and spaces.ru in Opera’s global top 10. If anything, however, this strong bias towards Russian sites makes Facebook’s growth rate even more impressive. Opera Mini in the USIn the US, the most popular site among Opera users is Google, followed by Facebook and Yahoo. Also in the top 10 are Wikipedia, MySpace, Opera’s own homepage, YouTube, CNN, ESPN and AccuWeather. Twitter.com’s Growth Rate in the US in 2009: -21%With regards to social networks in the US, Opera registered a 194% year-over-year growth for Facebook.MySpace, which hasn’t gotten a lot of good press lately, managed to grow 25% in the US, while the number of users who went to Twitter.com on their Opera-enabled mobile phones declined by 21%. Globally, however, Twitter grew 2,859%.Considering that some of these users probably opted to use a dedicated Twitter client instead of a mobile browser, these numbers by themselves aren’t too alarming for Twitter. It could also be that very few of the most active Twitter users are also Opera Mini users. In the context of some of the other numbers about Twitter we have covered in the last few weeks, though, this decline lends more credence to the theory that Twitter isn’t attracting a lot of new users in the US anymore. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… frederic lardinoiscenter_img Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Opera just released its latest State of the Mobile Web report. In this report, Opera focused on analyzing the behavior of users of Opera Mini, the company’s mobile Web browser. Worldwide, Facebook is the leading social network among Opera Mini users, and the social network saw its traffic from Opera Mini users increase by 619%. Twitter’s global growth rate was close to 2,900%. In the US, however, Opera Mini’s users are not very interested in using Twitter. Traffic to Twitter from Opera Mini users declined 21% over the course of the last year. last_img read more

View Your Prezi Presentations Anywhere Via New iPad App

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … If you’re one of the people who shudder at the thought of PowerPoint, but know you still need to make slide presentations, then you probably know (or you should know) about Prezi. Now the company has released a Prezi app for the iPad, that will give users the ability share their Prezi presentations via the device.The free app lets you access your presentations via the iPad, and the device’s pan and pinch motions work perfectly with the visual presentation style that Prezi is already known for. Rather than flipping through a series of slides, Prezi zooms you in and out of the appropriate portions of a presentation, creating a much more animated and visually-appealing experience. As the iPad doesn’t support Flash, you might find some of your presentations won’t load. And you can’t create or edit presentations on the iPad yet. However, Prezi says that it will continue to work on the app, so those features might come. Related Posts Tags:#mobile#web center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement audrey watters The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

25 days agoEveryone will know ‘top class’ Man Utd youngster Garner – Fletcher

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Everyone will know ‘top class’ Man Utd youngster Garner – Fletcherby Freddie Taylor25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United star Darren Fletcher believes that James Garner is one to watch from the club’s academy.Garner has received significant praise for his performances for the under-23 side so far this season.He is a goalscoring, box to box midfielder who has appeared a level above the others at the under-23 level.And Fletcher believes the 18-year-old is a huge talent who can go all the way.”People talk about the leaders and who is going to help them, which is an important side [to the argument], so it’s a difficult one but I’m sure as the season goes on you’re going to see more of James Garner because he’s top class,” Fletcher told BBC Radio 5 Live.”I’m surprised he’s not featured so far but by the end of the season I’m sure that people will know who he is without a doubt, if you don’t by now.” last_img read more

Production Begins on New Original Drama REX – Coming to Citytv in

first_imgStarring John Reardon as Detective Charlie Hudson, Rex’s partner; Mayko Nguyen as chief of forensics Sarah Truong; Enrico Colantoni as Superintendent Joseph De Luca; and Diesel (a Canadian Kennel Club Grand Champion) as Rex.“We have wanted to make Rex for a number of years and are overjoyed to now be making this with our partners Rogers Media, Pope Productions, and Beta Film, and in beautiful Newfoundland,” said Christina Jennings, Executive Producer,REX / Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury. “The original series was a ratings hit around the world and we think Canadian and international audiences will delight in the antics of Charlie and Rex.”“Rex is part of our initiative to enlarge our involvement of English language productions. We are thrilled to partner with Shaftesbury, Pope Productions, and Rogers Media, sharing the same vision for this great contemporary re-imagination and the potential for a new addition to this successful franchise. Rex has a cult following and as long-established brand it delivers a unique and steady prime-time success throughout Europe. We are convinced that we can build on the extensive fan-base and enlarge its footprint internationally, especially in North America,” said Oliver Bachert, Beta Film EVP International Sales and Acquisitions.Shaftesbury and Pope Productions Ltd. produces REX in association with Citytv, a division of Rogers Media, and Beta Film GmbH. Beta Film GmbH holds worldwide distribution rights. Produced with the participation of the Newfoundlandand Labrador Film Development Corporation, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund.“Pope Productions is thrilled to partner with Shaftesbury along with Canadian broadcaster Citytv and international distributor Beta Film to bring the production of REX to Newfoundland and Labrador. We’ve assembled a stellar team and are looking forward to filming throughout St. John’s. This city is a great place to shoot. The crews here are of the highest calibre, our post-production house NIFCO boasts state-of-the-art technology, the scenery is unbeatable, and our hospitality is legendary. We’re very grateful for support from municipal, provincial and federal governments, who recognize the significant economic and cultural contribution the film and television industry makes to our community,” said Paul Pope, Executive Producer, REX / Principal, Pope ProductionsREX is executive produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Paul Pope, Ken Cuperus, and Avrum Jacobson, followed by Laura Harbin as Supervising Producer, Julie Lacey as Producer, and Lisa Porter as Associate Producer. Friedemann Goez and Oliver Bachert are Executive Producers from Beta Film GmbH. Episodes are written by Showrunners Ken Cuperus, Paul Aitken, John Callaghan, Jessie Gabe, Avrum Jacobson, Simon McNabb, and Celeste Parr. Episodes are directed by Felipe Rodriguez, Alison Reid, and John Vatcher. From Rogers Media, Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, is Executive Producer, Hayden Mindell is Vice President of Television Programming & Content, and Colette Watson is Senior Vice President of TV & Broadcast Operations.Social MediaCitytv Website: CitytvCitytv on Twitter: @City_tvCitytv on Facebook: Facebook.com/CitytvCitytv on Instagram: @city_tvRogers Media PR on Twitter: @RogersMediaPRRogers Media PR on Instagram: @rogersmediaprAbout Citytv:Citytv offers viewers intensely-local, urban-oriented, and culturally-diverse content through its seven television stations inToronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, and Montreal, plus the award-winning Citytv Video app. A distinct alternative to other conventional television stations, Citytv delivers an entertaining mix of Canadian and acquired prime-time programming, news, and local-interactive formats with influential brands such as Cityline, CityNews, and Breakfast Television. Citytv is part of Rogers Media, which is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX, NYSE: RCI). Visit Citytv.com.About Shaftsbury:Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television, film, digital, and brands. Shaftesbury’s current slate includes 12 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV, and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment, two seasons of detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries for CBC and UKTV, and three seasons of critically acclaimed thriller series Slasher for Netflix. Shaftesbury’s digital arm produces original digital, convergent, and branded entertainment projects including the global phenomenon and MIPTV Brand Content of the Year award winner Carmilla, scripted comedy Upstairs Amy for Walmart and Interac®, and supernatural drama Inhuman Condition. Shaftesbury’s branded entertainment division drives profitable engagement with millennials using scripted series, turning brands into executive producers. Recent brand partners include Walmart, Interac, U by Kotex®, and RBC.About Pope Productions:Pope Productions is a St. John’s based media production company, helmed by producer Paul Pope. Recent features and MOWs include the CBC comedy A Christmas Fury and festival favourites Hunting Pignut, Beat Down and Grown Up Movie Star, which scored a Special Jury Prize at Sundance for Tatiana Maslany.  Documentaries include It’s Mental,Heavy Weather Presents, the multi award winning My Left Breast, Legends and Lore of the North Atlantic and Going the Distance. From the historical dramatic miniseries Above and Beyond, to the classic comedy Rare Birds and the outrageous series Drunk and on Drugs:The Happy Funtime Hour, Pope’s rich repertoire reflects its deep commitment to a vibrant production industry both in Newfoundland and nationally.About Beta Film:Beta Film based in Munich/Germany is one of Europe’s leading distributors of licenses rights for TV, HV, new media and theatrical with a portfolio of over 15.000 hours of program and established itself as a producer and co-producer of national and international high end drama. While the Beta Cinema portfolio comprises many Academy Award-nominated and -winning films, Kineos is responsible for licensing German-language rights to 12,000 titles. In the classical-music domain, Unitel is the global leader in the production of audiovisual music recordings, with a film stock of around 1,500 productions. The corporate group also has stakes in several national and international production companies as well as special interest channels. Founded in 1959, Beta Film has been part of Jan Mojto’s company group since 2004. TORONTO , Oct. 11, 2018 – Shaftesbury, Pope Productions, and Citytv announced today that production has begun on new drama series REX (wt). Centred on the partnership between a police detective and his hardworking dog, REX is a procedural drama with a twist. Starring John Reardon (Van Helsing, Continuum), Mayko Nguyen (Killjoys, Fahrenheit 451), and Enrico Colantoni (Bad Blood, Flashpoint), the eight-episode, 60-minute series is based on the long-running, international hit series Rex, a Cop’s Best Friend. Executive produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, and Paul Pope, the series has begun shooting in St. John’s, Newfoundland and will continue through December 2018.Set in St. John’s, Newfoundland, REX is an action-packed police procedural dramafocused on the partnership between a dedicated detective and his extraordinary former K9 dog. Rex and Charlie are a detective team that combine their individual skills to solve the most puzzling crimes. This is the first English-language adaptation of the highly successful European format that has aired in 125 countries around the world for 18 seasons.“Citytv is proud to add Rex to our robust slate of original series,” said Nataline Rodrigues, Director of Original Programming, Rogers Media. “Now with dramas in production from coast to coast, we are proud to be truly reflective of our unique viewers across the country with premium Canadian content that we think will connect with audiences at home and abroad.” Twitter Advertisement Advertisement (L-R): Diesel as Rex and John Reardon as Detective Charlie Hudson in REX (Photo by Duncan de Young for Shaftesbury; Copyright: Shaftesbury) (CNW Group/Citytv)center_img Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Suit alleges Motel 6 discriminated against Latino customers

first_imgPHOENIX – A civil rights group sued Motel 6 on Tuesday, alleging it discriminated against some Latino customers at two locations in Phoenix by giving their whereabouts and personal information to U.S. immigration agents who later arrested at least seven guests.The lawsuit by the Mexican American Legal Defence and Educational Fund said Motel 6 had a corporate policy or practice of giving Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents information that guests provided at check-in.It also alleges that Motel 6 provided such information without requiring authorities to get a warrant or without having a reasonable suspicion that crimes were being committed.“We are seeking to deter any (law enforcement) operation of this sort,” said Thomas Saenz, president of the civil rights group.Motel 6 declined to comment on the lawsuit but said in a statement that it takes guests’ privacy seriously.The national budget motel chain said in September that its Phoenix employees will no longer work with immigration authorities after the Phoenix New Times newspaper reported that workers were providing guests’ names to agents who later arrested 20 people on immigration charges.In a tweet at the time, Motel 6 said: “This was implemented at the local level without the knowledge of senior management.”Earlier this month, the Washington state attorney general sued the chain, saying it had violated a state consumer protection law by providing the private information of thousands of guests to immigration agents without a warrant.The lawsuit alleged Motel 6 was aware that agents used the registration information to single out guests based on their national origin. Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office began investigating after news reports about the Phoenix case.The chain has said it had told its more than 1,400 locations that they were prohibited from voluntarily providing guest lists to immigration authorities.The Phoenix lawsuit was filed in federal court on behalf of eight unnamed Latinos who stayed at two Motel 6 locations in the city during June and July. All but one of the eight was arrested.ICE agents visited some of the guests at their motel rooms a day after they showed passports, driver’s licenses or identification cards issued by the Mexican government to Motel 6 employees, according to the lawsuit.As a result, one woman was deported from the United States, while a man spent 30 days in a detention centre until he could raise a $7,500 bond. In two instances, ICE agents laughed when guests asked them whether Motel 6 had provided their personal information, the lawsuit said.It said the eight guests had a reasonable expectation that their information would not be shared with federal authorities and alleged that the discrimination was made because of their race or national origin.The Latinos who sued said they suffered emotional distress, fear and humiliation.They are seeking undisclosed financial damages and are asking a judge to declare the information sharing a violation of anti-discrimination law and constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.Immigration and Customs Enforcement wasn’t targeted in the lawsuit. Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, a spokeswoman for the agency’s operation in Arizona, declined to comment on it.___Follow Jacques Billeaud at twitter.com/jacquesbilleaud. His work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/jacques%20billeaud .last_img read more

BC Chamber of Commerce reports on the Budget 2019

first_imgThe BCCC shares the areas the Budget did not address issues identified by businesses;A commitment to a comprehensive review of the taxation system to make it fair and less cumbersome for businesses.A broad-based commitment to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) reports the Budget 2019 leaves business concerns to the side by falling short on addressing fundamental issues that affect B.C. businesses.The BCCC share there were some small wins in the budget, yet the budget failed to address key issues such as global tax competitiveness, reduced business confidence, and a slumping investment in BC businesses.“Our 2018 Collective Perspective Survey showed that confidence in the BC economy is declining in 50% of BC businesses.  “Current tax rates are hurting our ability to compete globally,” says Val Litwin, CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. This budget didn’t adequately address productivity or competitiveness in a way that will grow our economy, create meaningful employment, and generate the revenues we need to sustain a healthy prosperous province and country,” Litwin says. The BCCC shares the areas the Budget did deliver in areas significant to BC Businesses;Multiple funding mechanisms to ensure that high-speed internet access is Canada-wide by 2030, with $1.7 billion specifically earmarked for rural, remote and Northern communities.$631.2 million to expand Work-Integrated-Learning (WIL) programs, with a view to create up to 20,000 new WIL opportunities outside of STEM-related fields.$150 million to create new partnerships between government and industry to create up to 20,000 new WIL opportunities.Multiple funding mechanisms to enhance apprentice programs in skilled trades.$3 billion in tax incentives through the SR&ED tax incentive to support business research and development (R&D) in Canada. The program provides a 35-per-cent refundable tax credit to eligible small and medium-sized businesses.center_img A renewed commitment to eliminating inter-provincial trade barriers and mobility.Support for SMEs to find new export opportunities and expand Canada’s ability to diversify its trade.A clear strategy to move the Trans Mountain pipeline forward, given the significant investment made by Canadian taxpayers.Budget 2019 proposals the BCCC share, require more consideration and details before determining the impact on businesses;The Budget identified funding programs to develop “regulatory roadmaps” to address stakeholder issues and irritants. While these efforts align with the BC Chamber’s interest in reducing the regulatory burden on Canadian businesses, the Budget proposals, unfortunately, maintain a lacklustre, made-by-government solution to a made-by-government problem.The new Canadian Training Credit and EI Training Support Benefits to support the up-skilling and re-skilling of Canadians align with the BC Chamber’s recommendations. However, the potential impact on small businesses remains unclear. The BC Chamber needs more information and wants to see a commitment that business is consulted.The Budget offered little new information regarding the national pharmacare plan. The BC Chamber supports focusing on the 10% of Canadians that are uninsured or underinsured and also supports the value of bulk drug purchasing to help British Columbians manage costs.The BC Chamber supports the Global Talent Stream program but would like to see a commitment from the program to bring skilled immigrants to rural communities, where they are often most needed.The BC Chamber network will continue to engage with Federal representatives to prioritize restoring a competitive tax structure, reducing regulatory burdens, and increasing access to skilled labour as critical priorities to maintain prosperity for all British Columbians.last_img read more

Jackets flop to Penguins then end skid with win

Columbus Blue Jackets 5, Washington Capitals 4The last two players any struggling team’s goalie wants to see coming up the ice towards them are Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Unfortunately for the Columbus Blue Jackets, the NHL schedule doesn’t afford them a choice in the matter.Coming off of a heart-wrenching loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in which the Jackets gave up a 3-1 lead with under three minutes remaining, Columbus looked to rebound against Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals.Washington kicked off the scoring with a goal on a wrister by Nicklas Backstrom.  From that point on, Jackets’ captain Rick Nash put the team on his back and refused to lose.He scored the Jackets’ first goal on a backhander in the second period. Nash then assisted on R.J. Umberger’s goal to give Columbus the lead on the power play.In the third, Washington struck back with two goals by Brooks Laich and another by Quentin Laing.Raffi Torres came up with two goals of his own, including the equalizer in which Columbus had an empty net with twenty-three seconds remaining.In overtime, former OSU player Umberger scored again on a gorgeous assist from Nash to end the Jackets’ struggle. Columbus finally dispelled the stretch of bad luck that seemed to be plaguing them.      Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (SO)When you are being picked on and pushed around, the code of the schoolyard demands that you call out the biggest, baddest dude on the block and bloody his nose to re-establish your toughness.So with the Blue Jackets coming into Friday’s game losers of four of their last five and having given up 26 goals during that stretch, they looked to prove themselves against the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins.But there’s a reason that the bully is feared.The Columbus Blue Jackets, leading 3-1 in the third period, seemed to be getting the better of the fight until the Penguins got up off the mat, dusted themselves off and, with three minutes remaining in regulation, delivered a two-goal combination that sent the game into overtime.After five minutes of overtime saw both combatants still standing, Pittsburgh’s center Sidney Crosby delivered the knockout punch on the Penguins’ second shot of the shootout. The Jackets’ Kristian Huselius couldn’t counter, and the game was over.“It should have never got to a shootout,” Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We haven’t had the killer instinct. We could have shut the door and really hurt them, but we didn’t.”The 19,136 fans in attendance seemed to be split evenly between the Jackets and the Penguins when the game began. The bipartisan crowd traded chants, cheers and jeers throughout the night.Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash got the scoring started with just fewer than two minutes remaining in the first period. During a power play, he put a shot on goal with a nifty wrap-around move. The rebound kicked out to Jackets center Derick Brassard, who fired a slapshot from the right circle.Pittsburgh backup goalie Brent Johnson made the save, but the puck came off his blocker to Nash, who was on his knees in the slot. He put it past Johnson for a 1-0 lead.Nash struck again in the second period with a wrister off a nice pass from Jackets center Antoine Vermette that beat Johnson high and right.Pittsburgh struck back later in the period with a short-handed goal by left winger Chris Kunitz off an assist by Crosby.The Jackets closed out the second period scoring with a goal that highlighted the type of teamwork and hustle that was on display during Columbus’ early season winning streak.Jackets defenseman Marc Methot laid out and blocked a Pittsburgh shot in the corner.Columbus’ Derek Dorsett raced up center ice and passed to teammate Samuel Pahlsson. Pahlsson fed it right back to Dorsett who faked right and then went left with a backhander that Johnson couldn’t handle.In the third period, the Jackets seemed content with their lead.“We started to play the clock far too early,” Hitchcock said. “We took our foot off the gas, and we didn’t get the game shut down.”Pittsburgh capitalized.Penguin defenseman Martin Skoula fired a slapshot that Mason deflected. Another Penguins player fell in front of Jackets goalie Steve Mason, screening him from the puck. Ruslan Fedotenko cleaned up the rebound to bring the Penguins within one.Thirty-nine seconds later, Pittsburgh defenseman Alex Goligoski tied it up with a laser from between the circles.Mason stood tall in overtime. He stopped several Penguin point-blank attempts in front of the net.But the shootout proved to be too much for him. Crosby, taking Pittsburgh’s second shot, appeared to be stopped in his attempt. But the puck inched across the goal line just under Mason’s stick.“I thought he had me,” Crosby said of the game-winner. “I tried to get him to bite a little bit. I’ll take them however they go.”The Jackets stood toe-to-toe with the reigning champions and for 57 minutes appeared to be getting the better of them. This time, however, the bully won. read more