2019 Canadian High School Rodeo Finals took place over the weekend in Merritt

first_img5th – Carson GundersonJunior Breakaway Roping Short Go:5th – Carson GundersonJunior Ribbon Roping:7th – Korbin Mills / Fallon JonesJunior Ribbon Roping Short Go:7th – Korbin Mills / Fallon JonesJunior Girls Goat Tying:3rd – Shelby Corr6th – Rylie Dowling8th – Twiggy EsauJunior Girls Goat Tying Short Go:Advertisement 5th – Korbin Mills7th – Carson GundersonJunior Team Roping:5th – Rylie Dowling / Carson GundersonJunior Team Roping Short Go:5th – Rylie Dowling / Carson GundersonJunior Barrel Racing:7th – Kerri MoatJunior Barrel Racing Short Go:8th – Kerri MoatJunior Breakaway Roping:Advertisement 2nd – Shelby Corr8th – Rylie Dowling9th – Twiggy EsauJunior Boys Goat Tying:3rd – Wyatt Bondaroff4th – Korbin Mills5th – Ethan Nelson6th – Carson JohnsonJunior Boys Goat Tying Short Go:3rd – Wyatt Bondaroff4th – Korbin Mills5th – Ethan Nelson6th – Carson JohnsonJunior Saddle Bronc:2nd – Danny JonesSenior Boys Cutting:1st – Wyatte CopelandSenior Boys Cutting Short Go:1st – Wyatte Copeland3rd – Ben JacksonSenior Tie-Down Roping:1st – Ben Jackson7th – Kolton Johnson8th – Wyatte Copeland10th –  Jesse JonesSenior Tie-Down Roping Short Go:1st – Ben Jackson7th – Kolton Johnson8th – Wyatte Copeland10th –  Jesse JonesSenior Girls Cutting:7th – Tyler BondaroffSenior Girls Cutting Short Go:7th – Tyler BondaroffSenior Team Roping:4th – Ben Jackson / Kolton JohnsonSenior Team Roping Short Go:9th – Ben Jackson / Kolton JohnsonSenior Saddle Bronc:5th – Zane Jones6th – Jesse Jones9th – Tyrel RobertsSenior Saddle Bronc Short Go:4th – Zane Jones6th – Jesse JonesSenior Pole Bending:4th – Aspen Wollen7th – Daylyn CallisonSenior Pole Bending Short Go:4th – Aspen WollenSenior Barrel Racing:2nd – Aspen Wollen6th – Kali Clare AtkingsSenior Barrel Racing Short Go:2nd – Aspen Wollen8th – Kali Clare AtkingsSenior Breakaway Roping:5th – Tyler BondaroffSenior Breakaway Roping Short Go:Tyler BondaroffSenior Goat Tying:5th – Rylie BondaroffSenior Goat Tying Short Go:5th – Rylie BondaroffSenior Steer Wrestling:3rd – Zane Jones4th – Ben Jackson5th – Wade Roberts6th – Jaytin JonesSenior Steer Wrestling Short Go:1st – Ben Jackson2nd – Zane Jones3rd – Wade Roberts4th – Jaytin JonesWorking Cow Horse Short Go:2nd – Rachel Moat3rd – Rylie Bondaroff6th – Wyatte Copeland FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2019 Canadian High School Rodeo Finals took place over the weekend in Merritt.A great number of cowboys and cowgirls from the Peace Region took part in this year’s Rodeo Finals in both the Junior and Senior divisions.One of the local participants of note from the Rodeo Finals is Wyatte Copeland, of Fort St. John, who managed to win the Senior Boys Cutting, making him the Senior Canadian High School Champion in that event.- Advertisement -Copeland was also named Canadian Reserve All-Around Champion for winning the Boys Cutting Short Go event.Gracie Chapple, of Fort St. John, was the 2019 Canadian High School Rodeo Finals Rodeo Queen.Here are the results for participants from the Peace Region:Advertisement Junior Pole Bending:1st – Twiggy Esau4th – Kerri Moat8th – Cashlyn CallisonJunior Pole Bending Short Go:2nd – Twiggy Esau5th – Kerri Moat8th – Cashlyn CallisonJunior Chute Dogging:2nd – Korbin Mills6th – Carson GundersonJunior Chute Dogging Short Go:Advertisementlast_img read more

Huskies split weekend home games

first_imgThe Huskies were able to rebound on Sunday with a win over Sexsmith. After a scoreless first period, Brennan Billey got the Huskies on the board two minutes into the second. Dylan Apsassin added two goals and an assist, while Luke McInerney chipped in a pair of goals, as the Huskies powered to a 7-3 win. The third period also saw four fights break out. Jesse Disher fought Spencer Jebb, Colby Ames fought Shane McLaughlin, Robbie Sidhu fought Carson Ewing, and Tyson Pederson fought Cody Stevenson. The Huskies remain in second place in the NWJHL standings, with a 6-2-1 record.  They play a single game next weekend – Saturday night in Beaverlodge.Advertisement The Huskies remain in second place in the NWJHL standings, after a 1-1 weekend. On Saturday night, the Huskies hosted the league-leading Whitecourt Wolverines.   In the only previous matchup this season, the Wolverines beat the Huskies 5-1 in Whitecourt. On Saturday, the Huskies got into penalty trouble, particularly in the second period, when Whitecourt scored three powerplay goals in a span of five minutes, to take a 4-0 lead. – Advertisement -The Huskies began to claw back into the game, sparked by Cody Kalb’s top line.  Kalb himself scored two goals and an assist to narrow the gap to 4-3 Whitecourt. But, with seven minutes remaining in the third, Grady McMann added an insurance goal for the Wolverines.   Corbin Gavin added a late goal, giving Whitecourt a 6-3 win. The Wolverines added a 9-2 win in Dawson Creek on Sunday, to extend their record to a perfect 10-0.Advertisementlast_img read more

Guyanese protest Guyana’s illegal Govt

first_imgHundreds of People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) supporters and civil society members – led by Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali – flocked outside the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown, where caretaker President David Granger was slated to deliver an address to the business community on Thursday morning.The protest comes after the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairperson, retired Justice Claudette Singh, advised the Head of State that the Commission will be ready for elections by the end of February 2020 – more than a year after the Government was defeated by a No-Confidence Motion.Oppostion Leader Bharrat Jagdeo stands infront of TSU ranks among protestersAlthough the protest was peaceful, scores of Police officers and members of the Tactical Service Unit (TSU), commonly called the “Riot Squad”, were deployed to the scene with protective shields, placing barricades at strategic points to block off and guard the entrance of the hotel, where several high profile officials and Government ministers were in attendance.This, however, did not deter the protesters, who used microphones to highlight the fact that the Government is illegal and in breach of the Constitution of Guyana.“We want elections now! Who must go, Granger! Who sell out Guyana, Granger! Granger is a waste!” were among the slogans being chanted.Speaking with Guyana Times, one protestor called President Granger “shameful”, since according to her, he is disrespectful to the oath he took upon assuming office.PPP/C Presidential candidate Irfaan Ali on the protest line“Mr Granger does not respect the pledge which he took, the pledge in part says ‘to be obedient to the laws of Guyana’ where is the respect and obedience?” the woman questioned.Another protestor pointed out the fact that heavily equipped Police were called out to the peaceful protest when just the day before the same was not done when residents of Leopold Street, Georgetown, blocked off the street with burning tyres and debris and damaged a fire tender.“We out here peacefully protesting, protesting for democracy and constitutional rule and this is how we’re being treated by this coalition Government. Police come out here with big shields and barricades blocking off the streets, but yesterday when people were burning tyres on the road and blocking off it, they were nowhere to be seen. This is how this Government operates,” he contended.Nevertheless, the protesters were adamant that they will continue these protest actions to highlight the transgressions of the coalition Administration. Also braving the heat to stand strong with his party, General Secretary of the PPPC, Bharrat Jagdeo informed that his party and supporters intend to protest President Granger at every public forum he attends until he complies with the Constitution as is mandated.Oppostion Leader Bharrat Jagdeo stands infront of TSU ranks among protesters“I just saw a statement from the international community, and they spoke about them being unconstitutional and they say that it comes at a great cost to Guyana and clearly everyone sees this except this corrupt cabal that we have headed by Granger. We will have to go wherever Granger is and the protest will move to all the venues where he attends to impress upon him that he is in breach of the Constitution and we are not going to tolerate that,” Jagdeo asserted.No governmentMeanwhile, PPP’s Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali contended that Guyana is presently without a government.“We have a set of people occupying the space of a government. We have a dictatorship occupying the space of government, and we have a dictator occupying the space of the presidency. There is no president. Democracy has been trampled upon, the rule of law has been kicked aside, the Constitution has been thrown out of the window. That is what has happened to our country,” Ali stated.Every Guyanese, the PPP Presidential Candidate went on to say, has a moral and ethical responsibility to stand up against the Government’s dictatorship.Adding to this, Opposition Member of Parliament (MP), Priya Manickchand, who also joined the protest action, stated that President Granger has no legitimate mandate to govern Guyana. She maintained that he is “unlawful”.“Anybody who derives power from his office – so Ministers, the First Lady, Advisors and anybody who got their power from him – is also equally illegitimate and unlawful, and the people of this country will not have it,” the MP informed.Article 106 of the Constitution states that following the passage of the No-Confidence Motion, the Cabinet including the President must resign and elections held within three months. That deadline elapsed since March 21, 2019, with Government having spent much of this time in court seeking to overturn the motion, rather than ensuring elections were held.GECOM had also began the holding of House-to-House Registration, also in a bid to delay the holding of Regional and General Elections.However, this was halted by GECOM’s newly-elected Chair, retired Justice Singh.last_img read more

Police brothers arrested over alleged beating, torturing of teen with hot water

first_imgTwo constables of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) have been taken into custody for allegedly beating and burning a 17-year-old boy on Monday.Police Commissioner Leslie James called an emergency press conference on Tuesday, where details of the matter were brought to light.Police Commissioner Leslie JamesBased on reports, the incident occurred at about 11:30h. The teen was picked up in a private motorcar and taken to a residence at La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara. The house is occupied by the duo – who is said to be brothers and also sons of a senior police officer.On December 12, the said house was broken into, and the teen was allegedly listed as one of the perpetrators.“Two members of the Guyana Police Force allegedly caused some injuries to a 17-year-old male…He was picked up by these two ranks, who were allegedly with other persons, and taken to a dwelling in the Parfaite Harmonie area. I think the dwelling is their residence. The background to that is that their dwelling was broken into sometime prior and it was felt that the young man was a suspect,” James shared.Upon reaching the house, the two ranks – one of whom is stationed at the Tactical Services Unit and the other, at the Wales Police Station – proceeded to inflict injuries and even poured a hot liquid on the teenager. This substance is believed to be hot water.“The allegation is that the ranks proceeded to inflict injuries on him, that is, he was beaten and he was also burnt about his body by some liquid. I suspect it must’ve been water, hot water.”The Top Cop said these allegations were made via a report by the young man’s relatives, and an investigation was later launched to determine what transpired. Since then, both constables were taken into custody and the teen is said to be nursing his injuries at home.“The investigation is being led by a very senior police officer…According to the Divisional Commander who reported to me, the young man reported to his sister who then took the information to her mother and they all went to the Parfaite Harmonie Police Station where a report was made,” he informed.Just two days ago, it was announced that a police officer who was caught on video using his handcuffs to beat a man while trying to arrest him at the Meadow Bank Wharf, Georgetown, earlier this month, was relieved of his duties which involve dealing with the public.Commander of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Sub-division A (Georgetown), Assistant Police Commissioner Edgar Thomas told Guyana Times on Sunday that investigations into the matter were currently ongoing and is being spearheaded by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).However, in the interim, until the probe is concluded, the rank has been tasked with other duties which do not permit him to deal directly with the public.According to Commander Thomas, once the OPR makes its recommendation after its investigation, he will abide by it. As such, that policeman’s career depends solely on the findings of the OPR.Police ranks are issued various items to execute their duties; for instance, a baton is used to assist in subduing a suspect, the Commander noted, while a pair of handcuffs is used for another purpose.However, according to the Commander, when a police officer uses one of his tools for a purpose than the one originally intended, this will lead to questions about whether or not the rank had stepped out of line or breached the rights of the suspect.On December 5, a video went viral on social media (Facebook) with the police officer in question attempting to aid his colleague in arresting 32-year-old Quincy Little.Little was accused of stealing a snapper from another vendor and the police visited him two hours after the simple larceny report was made requesting that he accompany them to the Ruimveldt Police Station. (Rupa Seenaraine)last_img read more

Bengals’ Palmer helps lead AFC

first_imgHONOLULU – Even while the star-studded AFC cruised to a comfortable lead in the Pro Bowl, USC product Carson Palmer could sense a wacky finish lurking just beyond everybody’s control. “With this much talent, anybody could change the game at any time,” the Cincinnati quarterback said. “You’ve got to expect something crazy to happen, because it will.” Palmer’s hunch proved correct in the improbable final minutes – but thanks to Palmer’s poise and a costly NFC penalty, the AFC’s Hawaiian vacation ended with another win. Nate Kaeding kicked a 21-yard field goal as time expired to cap another strong drive led by Palmer, the MVP of the AFC’s 31-28 victory Saturday in the 57thedition of the NFL’s all-star game. The NFC trailed 28-14 with 3minutes to play before injecting a little drama into this normally mellow exhibition. Steven Jackson scored on a fourth-down TD run, and Ronde Barber recovered an onside kick to set up Anquan Boldin’s 47-yard TD catch from Tony Romo with 1:48 left – followed by a tying 2-point conversion catch by Carolina’s Steve Smith. Suddenly, the AFC’s $40,000bonuses for winning the game were in doubt. But just as quickly as the NFC’s playmakers got back in the game, the AFC got it together again. “I had a feeling they were going to have one more shot,” Jackson said. “These games are all about who lands the last punch, and Carson is a great player.” Palmer, who passed for 190yards and two touchdowns, calmly got the AFC across midfield – and then Arizona’s Adrian Wilson, mistakenly believing Palmer’s long pass had been tipped, leveled Chad Johnson at the goal line before the throw reached them. The 39-yard pass-interference penalty put the ball near the goal line. SanDiego’s Kaeding easily made his field goal, setting off fireworks at sold-out Aloha Stadium for the talent-rich AFC’s eighth win in the last 11 Pro Bowls. Palmer threw a 42-yard TD pass to Johnson and a 72-yarder to Reggie Wayne, and Baltimore’s Ed Reed intercepted two passes before the frantic finish. Palmer, who took over for Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning after just two series, went 8 for 17 in his first Pro Bowl appearance after missing last season’s game with a knee injury. center_img “This is all just a fun game,” said Reed, who tied the Pro Bowl record for interceptions. “Carson made two great throws, and those guys made great catches. We needed those points.” League MVP LaDainian Tomlinson also ran for a score as the AFC underlined its regular-season superiority – but until things got tight, neither side cared much about the result in the league’s annual postseason showcase. NFC starter Drew Brees also played just two series before dislocating his left elbow – a scary moment for Sean Payton, his coach with both the Saints and the NFC squad, but one that’s unlikely to affect next season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Marquette cruises to win

first_imgFreshman Lazar Hayward scored a career-high 18 points to lead No. 16 Marquette to an 80-67 victory over visiting Villanova on Monday night. Hayward, who entered the game averaging six points per game, had 13 in the first half before fouling out late in the second. Dominic James added 18 points and Wesley Matthews had 16 points for the Golden Eagles (22-7, 9-5 Big East), who snapped a three-game losing streak. Marquette made all 16 of its free throws in the final 5:58 of the game. Matthews was 12-for-12 from the free throw line. Scottie Reynolds scored 25 points for Villanova (18-9, 6-7), which lost its second straight game. Curtis Sumpter added 14 points. The Wildcats’ last four losses have come against Top 25 teams. No. 15 Butler 68, at Wis.-Green Bay 58: A.J. Graves scored 20 points and Brandon Crone had 17 to help Butler beat Wisconsin-Green Bay. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Mike Nardi made two free throws to cut Marquette’s lead to 70-64 with 2:24 remaining, but Villanova scored just three points, all on free throws, the rest of the way. At No. 6 Kansas 71, Kansas St. 62: Freshman reserve Sherron Collins scored 20 points and led a key second-half run, and Kansas beat Kansas St. to extend its winning streak in Manhattan to 24 games. Mario Chalmers added 17 points, Darrell Arthur had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Brandon Rush finished with 11 points for Kansas (24-4, 11-2 Big 12), which has never lost in Bramlage Coliseum since it opened for the 1988-89 season. The Jayhawks’ last loss in Manhattan was a 58-57 defeat on Jan. 29, 1983, in Ahearn Fieldhouse. No. 10 Pittsburgh 71, at Seton Hall 68: Levance Fields scored seven of his 15 points in the final 2 minutes to help short-handed Pittsburgh hold off Seton Hall. Levon Kendall had 14 points and eight rebounds and Sam Young added 11 points for the Panthers (24-4, 11-2 Big East), who were without injured enter Aaron Gray. last_img read more

Semifinals should pack a wallop

first_imgJunior forward Demar Derozan has had a breakout season, averaging 22 points a game and in the playoffs, he’s been phenomenal. In last Friday’s 75-68 win over La Mirada, Derozan scored 27 points, including nailing a 15-foot jumper with 42 seconds left that gave Compton a 69-65 lead. However, what makes the Tarbabes so tough to beat is the fact that Derozan has help in the form of 6-10 junior forward Edgar Garibay, who’s averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds. “Edgar had finally come into his own and he’s doing what he does best and that’s score and play defense,” Thomas said. “But with him, Demar and Taylor all playing in the same game, I think it’s going to be great for the fans. It’s going to be a battle of the superstars.” In the other semifinal, the Pioneers are hoping to continue their quest toward winning a second consecutive state title after winning it all in Division III last season. They’ve been nothing short of spectacular in the postseason, thanks to the talented trio of senior forward James Harden, junior guard Malik Story and sophomore power forward Renardo Sidney. Harden, who’s signed with Arizona State, was also named to the McDonald’s All-American team over the weekend while both Story’s and Sidney’s games have risen in their three playoff victories, including an 83-73 victory over Jordan in the quarterfinals. The Dons, however, are also playing great and nobody exemplifies that more than Illinois-bound guard Quinton Watkins, who had his third consecutive big game in the playoffs against Thousand Oaks on Friday night. Watkins scored a season-high 29 points as Dominguez never trailed in a 68-60 win. Matt Dewaal also played well in the victory, scoring 14 points to go along with 17 rebounds and six blocks. “Given their history of winning championships, I would think Dominguez is the favorite tonight,” Artesia coach Loren Grover said. “Watkins is a tremendous player and they can all really shoot the ball. I think in the second half of the season, they have really stepped up their game, especially on defense. “And their coach, Russell Otis, is really experienced in games like this and he’s going to make sure they’re ready for us. I think the game is going to be a dog fight.” Here’s a look at the other local playoff game tonight: DIVISION I-A Los Alamitos (25-4) vs. M.L. King (27-3) at Citrus Hills High, 7:30 p.m. The Griffins came within an eyelash of losing to Etiwanda in the quarterfinals, but they escaped with a 49-47 win when Xavier Mudd missed a wide-open 3-pointer at the buzzer. Still, Los Alamitos proved it could win a grind-it-out, defensive-minded game as well as an up-tempo one. After scoring 36 points in the second round, Cameron Jones was held to just seven against the Eagles, but expect that number to go up tonight. Senior forward Clint Amberry played one of his best games against Etiwanda, scoring 21 points and was the emotional leader on the floor. Ben Villa can be reached at ben.villa@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When the CIF realigned divisions this season, it wanted to make sure the best teams played each other in the playoffs and judging by tonight’s match-ups, it looks like it got its wish. The CIF Southern Section Division I-AA semifinals get underway tonight at 7:30 p.m. with two potentially great games locally. Compton’s game, however, is an especially big one for its first-year coach Tony Thomas, who felt his team should have earned at least a three or four seed after winning the Moore League title and beating the Dons twice this season. But a win tonight for the Tarbabes would validate them as one of the elite teams in Southern California. “We do have a chip on our shoulder and when the playoffs started, one of our goals was to make it to the final four and we’ve done that,” Thomas said. “Now we have to beat Mater Dei to reach the finals. If there is one thing that scares me about them, it’s their height. “They have a lot of tall guys at every position and we have to do a good job at rebounding the ball and eliminating their second chances. It should be a great game, though. There’s going to be a lot of Division I talent on the floor and a lot of scouts and coaches in the stands.” McDonald’s All-American Taylor King, who’s going to Duke next season, leads the Monarchs. The 6-foot-8 senior forward is averaging 25.9 points and 11.1 rebounds, but the Tarbabes have their fare share of big- time talent on their squad as well. center_img In one semifinal, top-seeded Mater Dei (28-3), which is ranked 13th in the nation by USA Today, will play fifth-seeded Compton (26-3) at Dominguez High. The other semifinal pits second-seeded Artesia (27-2), which is ranked 12th by USA Today, against third-seeded Dominguez (22-7) at Gahr High. last_img read more

Cal State needs help to play host to regional

first_imgThe Coyotes (20-5, 16-4) are a solid second. The teams split regular-season meetings, with each winning on its home floor. Cal State closes out play at Cal State Bakersfield (14-13, 13-7) tonight and at Cal State Los Angeles (10-15, 7-13) on Saturday. The only game that matters is the second one. With Bakersfield transitioning to Division I, that game does not count toward a regional ranking. Humboldt, 14-0 at home and 9-3 on the road, won at Chico (7-19, 5-16) on Thursday and will play at Stanislaus (13-15, 9-12) on Saturday. Oliver concedes that if both contenders win out as expected, Humboldt likely would get the nod, despite the logistical nightmares that come with having a tournament there. Travel into Arcata – 40 miles south of the Oregon border – is difficult. Flights are limited and that could be a problem with teams possibly coming from as many as five states. Hotel space is limited, East gym is small and antiquated and there is no parking available at the venue. Cal State San Bernardino men’s basketball coach Jeff Oliver might want to send some positive karma to Cal State Stanislaus. If the Coyotes are to earn a share of their seventh CCAA title in eight years or have a shot at hosting the West Region tournament, that is the team that can help them out. The curtain comes down on conference play this weekend. The NCAA committee will meet Sunday night to announce pairings and host schools for each of the eight regionals. Humboldt State (23-3, 18-3) has the inside track. The Lumberjacks have been first in the West since Cal State’s loss to Cal Poly Pomona on Feb. 6. center_img “They can’t take it away from them if they have earned the right to host,” Oliver concedes. “The problem would be if teams can’t get in and out of there.” In that case the committee could leave Humboldt ranked first in the region, but still award hosting rights to the No. 2 seed. Cal State, which is 12-1 at home and 8-4 elsewhere, has a far better strength of schedule. Its nonconference foes are a combined 59-41 including wins over GNAC leader Seattle Pacific (17-9) and Pacific West frontrunner Grand Canyon (18-7), who are fourth and fifth in region. Humboldt’s foes are 47-57. Oliver admits his team just has to go out and win and hope for the best. “There is only one thing we can control and that’s how we play,” he said. “We have to take care of that first.” UC San Diego (21-4, 17-3) is No. 1 on the women’s side with Chico State (21-4, 17-4) next. Cal State (16-9, 12-8) is in position to make the field at No. 7 and did not drop this week despite two losses last weekend. Six of the top eight schools are from the CCAA. Even if the Coyotes win, they still could fall out of the top eight, pending the outcome of other games. Their strength of schedule will drop considerably because they play Los Angeles (3-22, 1-19). The Cal State women last qualified for the regional in 1998. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

New marketing, trends drawing more to the convent

first_img“We’re not selling ourselves like we’re worried we’re gonna die out,” Scott said. “We’re evolving into something else.” Plenty of girls and young women visit Sister Julie Vieira’s popular blog, A Nun’s Life, which originally wasn’t meant as a recruiting tool. A member of Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monroe, Mich., Vieira blogs about politics, enjoying a beer at a bar and her favorite bands along with religious content, hoping to dispel sister stereotypes. “A number of religious communities are finding that the Internet is where people are gathering,” said Vieira. “We’re realizing that we need to have a presence there as well.” Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the largest religious order in the United States, hired an outside ad agency to design ads for secular magazines like People, along with Internet banner ads. Yet, it is the tradition of the convent that ultimately attracts outsiders. Several of the women say they are looking for communities that still wear habits and are rooted in conservative theology. “It’s a radical way of living,” says Sister Catherine Marie Hopkins, of The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tenn. “When you used to put the habit on, it was conventional. Now it’s radical and I think people want to do something radical with their lives.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MIAMI – Twenty young women who want to become nuns will arrive this fall at the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Michigan – so many candidates that there aren’t enough beds. Helped by aggressive marketing and a new generation of conservative Roman Catholics, convents around the country say they are experiencing an increase in applicants for the first time in decades. The women are inspired by Pope John Paul II and his defense of Catholic orthodoxy, and are seeking a life that draws them closer to God. Anecdotal evidence about the increase has convinced the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, which analyzes church trends, that it should start a formal study of the growth. “It’s not a huge increase, but for a while there was hardly anybody and now there are some, so something is going on,” said Mary Bendyna, executive director of CARA, based at Georgetown University. The number of U.S. nuns dropped dramatically since its peak of about 180,000 in 1965 to 66,600 in 2006, according to CARA. The numbers will continue to decline as older nuns die, even with a recruiting surge – but the decrease could slow. Sister Mary McGlynn, 23, is among the new recruits. McGlynn watched a promotional DVD and visited the Dominican Sisters Web site before deciding to join. “That helps a lot because online you can read about the community and see pictures and see what they’re about,” she said. Along with McGlynn, the other new members include a former lawyer and bartender whose average age is 24. The national average age for nuns is in the 70s, according to CARA. At The Villa, a two-story motel turned convent where about 25 nuns live on the Barry University campus in Miami Shores, the nuns are also changing with the times. Their founders would tell them to “go to the edges,” embrace technology, says Sister Arlene Scott, assistant vice president of mission at this coed Catholic school in Miami. That attitude has helped their order, the Adrian Dominican Sisters in Michigan, attract a handful of new candidates in their 20s and 30s this year. They used billboards and hired an ad agency to research what would appeal to younger women. last_img read more

Wanted: Proposals For Construction Of Site C Dam

first_imgThe RFQ includes the building of an earthfill dam, two diversion tunnels, and a concrete foundation for the generating station and spillways.“It is standard practice for major infrastructure projects to initiate procurements concurrent with environment and other regulatory processes” according to Communication Relations Manager Dave Conway.Contractors interested in carrying out the work will have until May 30th to put their proposals in.- Advertisement -The proposal is posted on the BC Bids website.last_img