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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares TORONTO — John Tavares again felt right at home on the road in Toronto.With 30 family members and friends watching from the stands, the New York Islanders captain continued his career mastery at Air Canada Centre and extended his lead in the NHL scoring race.And for good measure, Tavares scored the winning goal in overtime.Tavares netted his 33rd goal of the season 4:38 into the extra session, capping the Islanders’ two-goal comeback in a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 9.Tavares, an Ontario native, went around several defenders to score the winning goal during a delayed Toronto penalty. With a goal and assist, he stretched his advantage in the scoring race to three points over Washington’s Alex Ovechkin.“He’s one of the best players in the world,” said Maple Leafs center Peter Holland, whose job for the second and third periods was to defend Tavares.“He’s so skilled. He’s very good at making passes out there, and he’s so strong on the puck down low in the offensive zone that it’s tough to contain him.”Tavares, who was born in and lives in nearby Mississauga and grew up in Oakville, has the most points of any visiting player at Air Canada Centre since he entered the NHL in the 2009-10 season.“I just try to prepare like every other game,” Tavares said. “I don’t try to put too much pressure on myself or look at it any differently because I’m from here and I have a lot of friends and family (in attendance).“But you have them here, and you certainly want to play well.” Tavares has four overtime goals this season.“I just tried to gain some speed,” Tavares said. “I saw their defenseman kind of backed off and kind of gave me the lane to the net. I just was able to hesitate enough to open up Bernier, and I was just happy it trickled in.”Tyler Kennedy — in his Islanders debut — Frans Nielson and Casey Cizikas all scored in the third period for New York (43-21-4), which has a three-point lead over the New York Rangers atop the Metropolitan Division.Michal Neuvirth made 22 saves for the Islanders, who will host the Rangers on March 10.David Booth, Holland and James van Riemsdyk scored for the Maple Leafs (26-35-6). Jonathan Bernier made 39 saves.New York trailed 2-0 and 3-1 in the third period. “It’s a much better feeling than it could have been,” Tavares said. “We were disappointed with our first two periods.”Two days after Maple Leafs interim coach Peter Horachek criticized his team for a lack of effort in a blowout loss to St. Louis, Toronto showed plenty but couldn’t complete the victory.“We did do some good things, but when you’re up by two goals in the third on home ice, you should never lose the game,” said van Riemsdyk, whose goal was just his second in 18 games.With Nazem Kadri scratched as punishment for missing a team meeting, Horachek changed up the lines and broke up the trio of van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel. It paid off for much of the night.Booth opened the scoring 18:23 into the first period by deking and lifting a backhander past Neuvirth. The goal was Booth’s third in three games after he scored only one in his first 41 this season.Less than a minute after Bernier made a big stop on Tavares, Holland followed up on a loose puck at the side of the net to give the Maple Leafs a 2-0 lead at 10:27 of the third.Kennedy cut the deficit in half 1:32 into the third period off a pass from Tavares. After van Riemsdyk restored Toronto’s two-goal lead with a goal off the rush at 6:06, the Islanders continued their comeback.With Booth in the penalty box, Nielsen scored at 9:58. Just 30 seconds later, Cizikas tipped a shot by Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic past Bernier to tie it.As the Islanders buzzed around him, Bernier made two saves in the final seconds of regulation to get the game to overtime.last_img read more


first_imgStory Highlights “The Justice Ministry recently gave indication that steps are being taken to finalise the drafting of the OSH Bill by month-end. This means that the target for enacting this legislation within this legislative year is still achievable, and I pledge to work harder to bring this matter to fruition,” The Bill will set the groundwork for the protection of all workers in all spheres of economic activities, and will comprehensively address all occupational hazards. Plans remain on track for enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act within this legislative year, says Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier. Plans remain on track for enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act within this legislative year, says Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier.“The Justice Ministry recently gave indication that steps are being taken to finalise the drafting of the OSH Bill by month-end. This means that the target for enacting this legislation within this legislative year is still achievable, and I pledge to work harder to bring this matter to fruition,” he stated.Mr. Kellier, who was addressing a breakfast meeting at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston on October 16, said the Government is committed to putting the legislation in place, which will provide the framework for securing the safety and health of workers in the workplace and other connected areas.The Bill will set the groundwork for the protection of all workers in all spheres of economic activities, and will comprehensively address all occupational hazards.It covers a broader range of considerations than the existing Factories Act, to protect workers on the job and define working conditions. It also establishes a joint Health and Safety Council that monitors the safety and well-being of workers.Mr. Kellier pointed out that safe and healthy workers are the most productive “and so we work assiduously to ensure the protection of workers and promote wellness at the workplace.”The Labour and Social Security Minister noted that in recent times, one major workplace concern has been HIV and AIDS, which statistics show, is most prevalent in the 15 to 49 age group, when people are in their most productive years.He said the OSH Bill specifically makes it a responsibility for workplaces to help reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination, including prejudice, negative attitudes, abuse, and maltreatment directed at people living with the disease.“As leaders and managers and change agents in your organisation, we need you to understand that where workers are free from stigma and discrimination on the basis of real or perceived HIV status, they can lead long and productive lives and contribute significantly to their communities and the national economy,” he pointed out.Mr. Kellier further noted that the OSH Bill encourages all worksites to employ any standard that will protect the health and safety of workers and the customers and clients they serve.“The international standard for food handlers is HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points), and as you are all aware, the process for HACCP certification includes a pre-requisite about personnel, with specific reference to hygiene policy. One cannot obtain HACCP certification without compliance regarding communicable and non-communicable disease,” he said.Mr. Kellier informed that the Ministry has been pro-active in educating and preparing employers and employees for the legislation through its Voluntary Compliance Programme.The breakfast meeting was organised by the Ministry in collaboration with the Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA) and sought to increase awareness at the highest corporate level, about occupational safety and health issues, and the need to reduce levels of stigma and discrimination in the food service industry.last_img read more

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