On Saturday morning, the nation woke up to some truly tragic news out of Oakland, CA. Late Friday night, a fire broke out at a warehouse party. As the fire engulfed more and more of the building, dozens of patrons were trapped inside, perishing in the flames or asphyxiating on the thick black smoke.Emergency workers said they arrived to find the building filled with heavy smoke and flames. According to Chief Teresa Deloach Reed of the Oakland Fire Department on Saturday, bodies were found on the second floor of the building. “In my career of 30 years,” she said, “I haven’t experienced something of this magnitude.” Even without a full accounting, the fire was one of the deadliest in the United States in many years.On Saturday morning, the event’s Facebook page said admission to the show was $10 for those who arrived before 11 p.m. and $15 after that. By the end of the day, the pricing had disappeared and the page had turned into an emergency message board, as dozens of friends and family members posted about missing loved ones. People have distributed a spreadsheet listingidentifying information — age, height, weight, hair color, tattoos — and contact numbers for many of those who are still unaccounted for.The tragedy brings to light an underlying fear for many in the underground music scene, where this sort of warehouse party is commonplace. The building, known as the Ghost Ship, in the Fruitvale neighborhood, was the site of an event featuring a variety of experimental electronic music, performed by a synth musician drawing from the “black, queer diaspora” and others, as well as a visual installation. The makeshift, two-story venue, described by one attendee as “a dim and cluttered area with a maze of furniture, canvas paintings on the walls and papier-mâché hanging from the ceilings”, had only two exits and no ventilation.Diego Aguilar-Canabal, 24, a blogger and freelance writer who lives in Berkeley and plays guitar in a band called the Noriegas, explained to the New York Times that he had been to three dozen house and warehouse parties over the past two years. “The basic idea is people want to do loud things late at night, and industrial space is really good for that because there aren’t many neighbors to complain,” he said. “There’s a lot of anxiety about income inequality and class warfare, and a lot of these artists are trying to do the best they can to have a community.”As of the time of publication, the death toll has been reported at 24, though the search for bodies is ongoing and will likely take several days to complete. If you are from the San Francisco/Oakland area, be sure to contact your loved ones and let them know you’re OK, as we wait with heavy hearts for responders to complete their search. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.[Photo via @Oaklandfirelive]
Zhao Lim/The Badger HeraldLast week, Wisconsin men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves admitted the rough patch his penalty kill unit recently hit. Two games later, it appears the shorthanded ship might be righted.After a less-than-stellar performance Friday night against Minnesota State-Mankato, the Badgers looked dominant on the penalty kill in game two, holding the Mavericks to an 0-for-5 performance on the power play. MSU managed only six total shots on goal on its five man-advantages.Wisconsin sophomore assistant captain Craig Smith said there was one main adjustment the Badgers made.“We just wanted to make sure there was communication. Friday night, we had a couple guys running around – including myself – we didn’t really feel it out as well as we thought we had it,” he said. “We came back, we took video and made sure there was a lot of communication on the ice, made sure we had our guys covered.”The Mavericks were hard-pressed to gain any rhythm on their first two power plays Saturday night, as the Badgers were able to easily clear the puck and disrupt MSU with an aggressive forecheck.It was a stark contrast to Friday, where MSU looked very dangerous with the man advantage.“We were somewhat scrambling last night with our penalty killing. We weren’t as concise as we wanted to be last night,” Eaves said. “Coach Butters did a nice job, along with the penalty killers. It was a great meeting, the players were talking, they were asking questions, they got up on the board and what here and this there. They were part of the process. I think going through that helped us be more concise and detailed in what we did tonight.”The work UW did on the penalty kill looked eerily similar to last season’s unit, which at times outshot its opponents while they had the man advantage.But for Eaves, the important thing was the win.“We score one goal and they don’t get any in the specialty teams, and that’s the difference in the game, perhaps.”Gudmandson still going strongAfter holding the Mavericks to just one goal Saturday night, Wisconsin goaltender Scott Gudmandson extended his own streak of allowing two or fewer goals in a game to 12 contests.The last time Gudmandson allowed more than two goals was a 6-5 loss to the University of Minnesota-Duluth in November, where he was pulled during the game.The senior came up with big stops in both the 3-2 win Friday and 2-1 win Saturday, making 71 saves on the weekend.It wasn’t just the quantity of stops that was impressive, though, as Gudmandson made some highlight-reel saves Saturday. On a bouncing puck near the end of the game, he was able to make a key stop to preserve the win. Earlier in the game, he flashed a quick glove in snagging a shot over his shoulder as he was falling forward.“I don’t know if I could really rank the saves, but I’d say it’s probably up there,” Gudmandson said. “I think that save and the backdoor one in the second period were my two best.”And while the Badgers knew they would be leaning on Gudmandson more this season than last, the Sherwood Park, Alberta native has managed to elevate his play as the season has worn on.“Yeah, he did. He made some huge saves tonight,” Smith said. “It was getting late in the game there, they were making some pretty good rushes on us, jamming the net hard. He stood his ground well and made some huge saves for us. And we’re happy to have it.”The streak has contributed to Gudmandson leading the WCHA in both goals-against average and save percentage. His 1.76 GAA and .935 save percentage are also second and third in the nation, respectively.“Well, Goody’s been playing well for quite a period of time,” Eaves said. “And if you want to talk about the things that he’s doing well, he’s stopping the puck well, the first shot. He’s controlling most of his rebounds. His puckhandling has been the best it’s ever been, in terms of the actual passing. The actual reading up ice and taking what’s given – like a defenseman, he’s been almost like a third defenseman at times. So when you put all those things together, you’re getting a pretty complete package.”The biggest thing, though, might be how strong Gudmandson is mentally.“The bonus that he has going now is his confidence level,” Eaves continued. “For a goaltender, that’s as important as his glove hand. If that’s working for you, then it gives you a chance to be a really good goaltender.”
It Tuesday May 2 and we are looking at some of the top stories across your Caribbean American community. Welcome… I’m……and you’re watching CNW90. Today’s news is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, who wants to remind you that Immunizations are SAFE, PROVEN PROTECTION.Nominations are now being accepted for the positions of Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board Member and Advisory Board Member Alternate for the Southern USA. The office is voluntary and duration of term of office for each position is two years. Nominations closes on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Persons applying for the position are expected to meet specific criteria, and be committed to bear certain roles and responsibilities during the two-year duration.Jamaica’s first lady, Juliet Holness, made an impassioned plea for the eradication of child sexual abuse at last Saturday’s Protect the Children Gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. The wife of Jamaica’s prime minister Andrew Holness, was keynote speaker at the event. Citing statistics from the United Nations and UNICEF which showed millions of children throughout the world living in poverty and being sexually exploited, Holness noted that, “Child sexual abuse, like poverty, sickness and death, knows no boundaries, but must be stopped.”Angry residents of North Oropouche, near Sangre Grande in Trinidad staged a fiery protest, against the poor state of the road network leading into the village. The residents blocked five roads with burning tyres on Monday morning. The demonstrators were not satisfied with the response by authorities to repair an eight-mile stretch in North Oropouche.And in sports Jamaica’s former world and Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown recently made her seasonal 100 meter debut, with a 11.06 second clocking to beat Trinidad’s Kelly-Ann Baptiste who clocked 11.15, at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic in Gainesville, Florida.Here’s what’s trending The record-breaking performances of Jamaica’s Usain Bolt in the 100-meter and 200-meter events at the 2009 staging of the IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany are ranked number one of all time by the governing body of track and field.For Tomorrow’s weather forecast.It will be partly cloudy with isolated showers in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties with a high of 86 and a low of 73. Today’s news was brought to you by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, who encourages you to Protect Your Baby, Vaccinate On Time, Every Time. They remind you that Immunizations are SAFE, PROVEN PROTECTION. For more on these and other stories visit us at caribbeannationalweekly.com Make sure to pick your copy of Caribbean News weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.
Canada Captain Nitish Kumar summed up his team’s disappointment but remains grateful that they made it to Division II.“We bowled well to restrict them to 160 odd but we just batted poorly and made some silly mistakes. We should have chased this off easily at one point but I think more focus is now on tomorrow’s game so we are putting this disappointing result behind us,” Kumar [email protected] Comments Singapore.By Alvin BagayaSingapore beat early pacesetters Canada by two runs to insure their place in the ICC World Cricket League Division III yesterday.The match at Kyambogo Cricket Oval saw Canada win the toss and elect to field. For Singapore this was a do or die game and they did it in one of the most dramatic style in the tournament.Singapore’s total was helped by their senior batsmen who contributed positively even when the Canada bowling was tight and wickets were falling around them. Mutreja went early but Anish Paraam 58(75) and Chetan Suryawanshi 38(39) put on 59 for the fourth wicket to dig their side out of trouble — a worthy contribution in a tournament where senior batsmen have had to put up their hands for their side.Paraam went to Adhihetty and Suryawanshi to the left arm spin of Saad Bin Zafar but 16-year-old Janak Prakash 27(34) played an innings that may have saved his side from relegation to Division IV putting up 59 for the sixth wicket with Paraam and pushing Singapore close to the 150 mark. Singapore all-out for 166.Canada’s run chase got off to a false start losing key players Adhihetty, Kumar and Dhanuka to stand at 3/29. Hamza Tariq 18(20) and Rizwaan Cheema 42(35) put on 45 for the seventh wicket to drive Canada back into contention.Anantha Krishna, however, had other ideas and he bowled three magical balls for Singapore to pick Tariq, Cheema and Saad Bin Zafar 11(14) the last line of resistance.The pressure mounted on Canada and it was telling when Cecil Pervez attempted suicide with a needless run and Prakash and Suryawanshi combined to run him out and save Singapore from the drop to Division IV.“It was a really close game and towards the end I got too close. We batted quite well and bowled really well; focus was on bowling dot balls and in the end our plan worked, it was a great game, said man of match Janak Prakash.Singapore Captain Chetan Suryawanshi credited the team with showing up for the important match.“We needed to score big and win by a big margin but we missed out on that. However, even with the low score, we managed to restrict them. The team has been performing well for us but it is disappointing that we never made it to the top two,” he said.