NCAA Soccer Roundup: 9/2

first_img Written by Tags: Allegra Weeks/Amber Tripp/Ashley Cardozo/Breanna McCarter/Brooke Rubinstein/Daniel Trejo/Erin Rickenbach/Georgina Stiegeler/Johnny Rodriguez/Khalid Hunter/Marli Niederhauser/Raimee Sherle/Whitney Paskins/Wolfgang Prentice FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMen’s SoccerNORTHRIDGE, Calif.-Daniel Trejo amassed a hat trick as the Cal State Northridge Matadors dismantled Utah Valley 6-1 in NCAA non-conference men’s soccer action at Matador Soccer Field Sunday.Wolfgang Prentice, Khalid Hunter and Johnny Rodriguez also scored for the Matadors in the win. Zach Maas scored in the loss for the Wolverines.Women’s SoccerTOWSON, Md.-Erin Rickenbach, Ashley Cardozo and Marli Niederhauser all scored as the Utah State Aggies downed Towson 3-1 in NCAA non-conference women’s soccer action at the Tiger Soccer Complex Sunday. Justine Stoner scored in the loss for the Tigers. The win was the Aggies’ first on the season as they improved to 1-2, while the Tigers fell to 0-5-1 on the young season.BOISE, Idaho-Raimee Sherle scored twice while Allegra Weeks also found the net as the Boise State Broncos blanked Southern Utah 2-0 Sunday in NCAA non-conference women’s soccer action at the Boas Soccer Complex. The Broncos improved to 4-1 on the season with the dominant victory.SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.-Whitney Paskins scored the game-winning goal at the 84:35 mark for the Utah Valley Wolverines as they downed Cal Poly 3-2 Sunday in NCAA non-conference women’s soccer action at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. Amber Tripp and Breanna McCarter also scored for the Wolverines in the victory. In defeat, Georgina Stiegeler and Brooke Rubinstein scored for the Mustangs. The win was Utah Valley’s first of the season, improving them to 1-3-1. September 2, 2018 /Sports News – Local NCAA Soccer Roundup: 9/2 Brad Jameslast_img read more

Thibault Forget earns Player of the Week honors

first_imgSophomore Thibault Forget picked up his first Pac-12 Player of the Week award this week after stellar play at the BNP Paribas Open Collegiate Challenge, held last week at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.In two 4-1 USC victories over top-25 teams — Oklahoma and Baylor — Forget won his first match 6-2, 6-1 over Oklahoma’s top-100 player Max Mora, following it up the next day with a  6-1, 6-1 victory over Baylor’s Jimmy Bendeck.In addition to this week, Forget has had a great season, currently on a 10-match winning streak, a key component of the Trojans’ recent three-match win streak, propelling them to a 10-3 record and top-15 ranking. Forget was the third player for USC to reach the 20-win club on the season, which will likely help increase his ranking past his current spot of 91 in the country. The award shows the depth of this year’s team, as Forget is the third player to claim the award, following senior Max de Vroome’s win last week and junior Nick Crystal’s win in January.Forget is no stranger to tennis success, as his father Guy Forget reached two French Open finals in doubles and three Wimbledon quarterfinals in singles in the late 1980s and the 1990s. As a key contributor his sophomore year, Forget has a lot to look forward to as he gains experience throughout the next couple of seasons.Forget and the Trojans travel north this weekend to try and remain hot as they begin Pac-12 play against Washington and Oregon before returning home to Marks Stadium to face the Cal Golden Bears on April 1.last_img read more

‘Brave’ Man City youngster praised after Saddlers win

first_imgWalsall boss Sean O’Driscoll has praised the maturity of Manchester City youngster George Evans and wants to extend his loan deal.Evans, 21, was signed by O’Driscoll’s predecessor Dean Smith and played a key role as the Saddlers knocked Smith’s new side Brentford out of the FA Cup.It is the third League One loan spell for Evans, who has spent time at Crewe and Scunthorpe, and the Walsall boss is impressed with his attitude.He said: “A lot of kids at his age don’t play any [first-team] football.“Sometimes they turn their nose up at League One because they all want to play in the Championship or the Premier Division, but this is a difficult league to play in.“I think the more they get experience of it the better they become. He took a brave decision and that’s a sign of maturity which will stand him in good stead for his career.”O’Driscoll was pleased with the result at Griffin Park, which secured Walsall’s place in the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in 10 years, but admitted they were indebted to keeper Neil Etheridge for a clean sheet.He said: “I thought we were clever with what we did, especially in the first half.“We got a goal, something to hang on to, and we were grateful to the goalkeeper in the end.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mobile phone boost to African internet

first_imgKenya’s hugely popular M-Pesa mobile banking system allows low-cost and hassle-free money transfers among people previously without access to financial services. (Image: Scott Mainwaring, Institute for Money, Technology and Social Inclusion) • Ericsson Corporate Communications +46 10 719 69 92 [email protected] • Ericsson Investor Relations +46 10 719 00 00 [email protected] • #BringBackOurGirls shows the power of social media in Africa • Seven reasons to be optimistic about Africa • How Africa tweets • Happy Africa • Student viral campaign tells the world: Africa is not a countryMary AlexanderThe internet is coming to Africa on a handset. According to new research by Swedish telecoms multinational Ericsson, mobile data traffic in sub-Saharan Africa is set to increase 20-fold by 2019 – as opposed to only a two-fold increase in voice traffic – while cellphone subscriptions rise to 930-million.The June edition of the quarterly Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts 635-million cellphone subscriptions in sub-Saharan Africa by the end of 2014, increasing to around 930-million by the end of 2019.“Digital technology is fast becoming a part of everyday life in sub-Saharan Africa,” the report says. With a mobile penetration rate of 70% at the end of 2013, sub-Saharan Africa is rapidly closing in on the global penetration rate of 92%.Nigeria and South Africa still have the most mobile subscribers, followed by Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana. Subscription growth in the first quarter of 2014 rose the fastest in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Ghana.Sub-Saharan Africa is a prepaid market. In 2013, the report says, 99% of Nigerian subscriptions were prepaid, as were 98% in Kenya and 83% in South Africa. The overall trend in sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile subscriptions growth, and the countries playing a key role in that growth. (Image: Ericsson Mobility Report)Cheaper smart devices, more dataIn sub-Saharan Africa, phones are used for tasks done on laptops or desktops elsewhere in the world. Consumers use their devices all day, in different locations and for a broad range of activities. A price-sensitive market, Africa is now seeing a rapid rise in ownership of low-cost smartphones and tablets priced under US$100. This will accelerate when smart devices costing less than $50 become available in the next few years.The rise of data phones has made connecting to the internet easier and more affordable across the region. Mobile broadband is now the primary way sub-Saharan Africa accesses the internet: 70% of mobile users in the countries researched browse the web on handheld devices, and only 6% on desktop computers.Mobile data traffic in the region is expected to increase 20-fold between the end of 2013 and the end of 2019, a rate double the 10-fold rise predicted in global mobile data traffic. Mobile data growth and mobile voice growth in sub-Saharan Africa, compared. (Image: Ericsson Mobility Report)The barrier to this growth is the scarcity of spectrum, which causes traffic congestion, delays in network rollout, higher service costs and a generally lower quality of service. According to the research, 47% of sub-Saharan cellphone users believe mobile data is still too expensive, although they also believe it is cheaper and more accessible than fixed-line internet.“Mobile operators and relevant ICT stakeholders, including governments, must drive the development of appropriate infrastructure to handle the growing traffic demand on networks,” the report says.A better society with broadband accessThe low cost of mobiles and the continued drop in prices has made them available to consumers from most income brackets, especially the rising middle class. Digital communication is also growing among lower-class urban consumers, and among the poor in rural areas, where 75% of sub-Saharan Africans live. And it is helping improve social conditions. Click graphic for a larger viewMany people remain unbanked in sub-Saharan Africa – and cellphones may be their only route to financial services. The report says 58% of handset users in the region are interested in using mobile banking in future. Mobile banking is also an example of digital services moving moved beyond the cities. It gives rural people cheaper access to their money, reducing the need to travel and generally cutting the cost of financial services.A new electronic wallet system has helped transform Nigerian agriculture. Farmers are able to get electronic vouchers for subsidised seeds and fertilisers sent directly to their phones, allowing them to pay for farming inputs from local dealers.Kenya-based MedAfrica is a mobile app providing basic information about health and medicine. It can be accessed on all cellphones – not just smartphones. People use the information independently, lowering the burden of care on doctors and reducing the need to travel and queuing.Watch a BBC report on Kenya’s MedAfrica:And as the recent #BringBackOurGirls Twitter campaign to rescue kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls reveals, mobile internet access can help shine much-needed global light on previously ignored political conflict in Africa.“Affordable access to mobile broadband is not a luxury, but a necessity in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa,” the report says.Local content, new businessAs low-cost smartphones and tablets enter the sub-Saharan market, they create demand for locally produced content. Apps are being developed for African entertainment, communication, utility and productivity.In Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria, smartphone apps are increasingly used to broadcast TV and media services, boosting the production of local content.The smartphone revolution has been a boon to the film industry of Nigeria, one of the top producers of movies in the world. Some Nollywood movies have even played a role in promoting smartphone uptake in the country.Consumers’ increased internet access has boosted new businesses offering value-added apps and services for smart devices, contributing to the growth of many industries in sub-Saharan Africa. In the financial sector, for example, mobile phones have transformed consumers’ banking behaviour and promoted financial inclusion.The rise in sophistication of social networking platforms is also contributing to increased mobile data traffic. According to the report, 74% of sub-Saharan social network users send messages to friends, 62% check their friends’ updates, 46% upload photos and videos, and 15% stream content from these platforms.The social, economic, political and technological gains ICT and broadband offer sub-Saharan Africa are huge. As a result, most countries in the region have national broadband policies in place to deal with this, and the rest are busy developing them.“Sub-Saharan Africa is a dynamic region, with technological advancements becoming a big part of how society functions,” the report says. “Consumers in the region are fast becoming the creators of content and deciders of services provided in the market.”last_img read more

Brownlee moves on from last year’s title run ahead of rematch with Bolts

first_imgJustin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESJustin Brownlee has fond memories of Game 6 of last season’s Governors’ Cup Finals, but he knows that it’s already a thing of the past.“I definitely remember it,” Brownlee said, looking back on the shot that downed Meralco and ended Ginebra’s eight-year title drought. “But I’m just trying to move on from it.”ADVERTISEMENT “Like coach said, the guy is a beast. I got to give it to him, he’s just been a beast and he’s been unstoppable. That’s why he’s in the finals and his team. I’m looking forward to it, hopefully we can slow him down,” he said.But it’s not just Durham alone, as the rest of the Bolts are raring to get their redemption against the Gin Kings.“If I was with that team, I would want to face Ginebra in the Finals, too,” he said, understanding the sentiments of a lot of Meralco players, particularly Jared Dillinger, who’s been vocal of his desire to have the rematch. “That just shows his fight and you know, maybe get some revenge. I would be the same way if I was him so I respect that.”Game 1 of the best-of-7 Finals series kicks off on Friday at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And with the Gin Kings and the Bolts clashing anew in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, Brownlee is focused on leading his team to back-to-back titles.“A lot of people still talk about it, but this is a new year and a new conference. Whatever we did last year, it doesn’t matter in this time. I’m just trying to move forward from that. It was a great memory and nothing can take that away, but I’m just moving on,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrownlee unfurled monster numbers on Sunday, scattering 46 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and five shots in the series-clinching win over TNT.That was just the kind of performance coach Tim Cone would like to see from his import going into the tough series against Meralco, but Brownlee is wary of the Bolts’ threat, specifically Allen Durham. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img Ferrer on Rice ejection: ‘I didn’t do anything’ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

Golden day for Indian athletics

first_imgPreeja Sreedharan and Sudha Singh made it a golden evening for India as the track and field athletics programme got off to a roaring start at the Aoti arena on Sunday. Riled and ridiculed in the last edition of the Asian Games in Doha and a flop show at the Beijing Olympics, Indian athletics is beginning to show guts and glory. If the Commonwealth Games was a big surprise, Day One at athletics was truly sensational as Preeja and Nashik-born Kavita Raut clinched gold and silver respectively in the 10,000 metres in a classy field where the Chinese and Japanese runners were supposed to dominate. Even before the euphoria of the 10,000m could sink in, unassuming Railways girl Sudha Singh won a sensational 3,000 steeplechase final with China’s Jin Yuan at her heels. She clocked 9 minutes 55.67 seconds. Back to the first surprise of the day, the way Preeja and Kavita ran the 25-lap event in front of a packed stadium was remarkable.Not having won a medal in the Commonwealth Games, rankled Preeja. As one who has also been battling asthma, the Kerala girl’s hunger for success was magnified. Yet, what made the two Indians look so good on Sunday was the final stage of the race when Preeja came into her own and outkicked the field after the final bend to seal gold in a personal best 31:50.47. Her winning margin was almost a second and Kavita came second in 31:51.44. Both of them clocked their personal best timings. In a race where saw seven of the 11 runners registered their personal best timings, another Ethiopian-born Bahrain athlete Shitay Habtegebrel claimed bronze. In the history of the 10,000m which was introduced at the Seoul Asiad in 1986, this is the first time a Chinese or a Japanese runner did not win a medal.advertisementAt 28, Preeja is one of the most accomplished 5,000 and 10,000 metres runner. An Asian Games gold was very special as she did an emo- tional victory lap with Kavita as fans cheered them. “Our coach Nikolai (Snesarev) had told us to run a tactical race. His advice was that if Kavita and I could run together, there was a medal chance. And that’s what we did as the last lap turned out be decisive. Our coach has been truly inspirational,” said Preeja. “I ran my own style and my own pace and I won. I didn’t think about the other competitors,” she said. The uniqueness about the 10,000m event was that till the last 100 metres, neither Preeja nor Kavita led the field.Japan’s Kayoko Fukushi, who had the fastest personal best in the field at 30:51.81, led for the first 2,000 metres. After that, Shitaya Habtegebrel of Bahrain took the lead for a couple of laps after which the lead kept changing between Fukushi, her teammate Hikari Yoshimoto and Habtegebrel. As the runners approached the last two laps, it was Habtegebrel who took the bell first and even on the back straight of the final lap, she looked in control. Into the final bend, the Indians made their decisive move and raced home. The 3,000m steeplechase turned out to be even more dramatic as the Mumbai-based Sudha held off a strong late challenge from China’s Jin Yuan, with close to 55,000 fanatic fans cheering, to win by four one-hundredths of a second.The sparse Indian fan base had their jaws gaping as in the final moments of the race Jin increased her stride length rapidly. Had the race been a metre longer, she may have won. Sudha had finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games in October and was very keen to do well here. However, it is on nights like these that a star is born and Sudha made a sudden burst for home. Minori Hayakari of Japan won the bronze medal. “I have won at the same venue before at the Asian championship when I broke the national record. “I knew I had to win at any cost as I lost a medal at the CWG. This is a very big day as I had not dreamt of winning gold,” said the ultra-thin Sudha.last_img read more

Raptors Hit Big Shots, Beat Warriors For 2-1 NBA Finals Lead

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green and Kyle Lowry kept finding answers for every big shot by Stephen Curry and the beat-up Warriors, and the Toronto Raptors grabbed a pivotal road win in the NBA Finals by beating Golden State 123-109 on Wednesday night for a 2-1 series lead.Curry scored a playoff career-best 47 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists, but couldn’t do it all for the two-time defending champions, down starters Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson and key backup big man Kevon Looney because of injuries.Leonard scored 30 points, Lowry contributed 23 with five 3-pointers and Green had 18 points with six 3s after Pascal Siakam got the Raptors rolling early as Toronto shot 52.4% and made 17 from deep.Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) makes a layup as Golden State Warriors forward Jordan Bell (2) defends during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Splash Thompson missed his first career playoff game after straining his left hamstring late in Game 2, while Looney is out the rest of the series after a cartilage fracture on his right side near the collarbone that also happened Sunday. Durant, a two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP, is still out because of a strained right calf.Golden State hopes to get healthier by Game 4 on Friday night back at Oracle Arena.The Warriors trailed 96-83 going into the final quarter then Curry’s three free throws at 10:37 made it a seven-point game before back-to-back baskets by Serge Ibaka.Siakam scored 18 points and established the momentum for Toronto from the tip, hitting his first three shots and setting a tone for a defensive effort that stayed solid without the foul problems that plagued the Raptors in Game 2.Golden State greatly missed not only Thompson’s touch from outside but also his stifling defense.Raptors coach Nick Nurse challenged his team to produce more defensive stops in order to get out in transition — “make them miss more,” he said. Ibaka produced six blocked shots in the effort.“We’re at a point in the series we’ve got to get out and guard these dudes,” Nurse said.Curry shot 14 for 31 including 6 of 14 on 3s while making 13 of 14 free throws in his sixth career 40-point playoff performance.Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) walks on the floor during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Nurse pulled out a box-and-one to try to stymie Curry in Golden State’s 109-104 Game 2 win, then the Raptors made Curry’s short-handed supporting cast try to beat them this time — and it sure worked.TIP-INSRaptors: All five Toronto starters scored in double digits and Fred VanVleet added 11 off the bench. … The Raptors began 10 for 14 and scored 12 early points in the paint. .. Former Warriors G Patrick McCaw, who departed after last season in contract dispute, drew boos from the crowd when he checked into the game late in the first.Warriors: Curry’s 17 first-quarter points matched his most in the period for the postseason. He also did so on April 27, 2014, against the Clippers. … In the first half, Curry was 4 of 8 from 3-point range the rest of the Warriors 1 for 11. … Draymond Green’s streak of double-doubles ended at a career-best six games. A 12th overall this postseason would match Denver’s Nikola Jokic for most in the 2019 playoffs. … Tim Hardaway from the Warriors’ “Run TMC” era attended the game.WARRIORS INJURIESDurant went through extensive workouts both Tuesday and Wednesday at the practice facility with the hope he would do some scrimmaging Thursday. While the Warriors weren’t scheduled for a regular practice Thursday, coach Steve Kerr said some of the coaches and younger players might be called upon to give Durant the full-speed court work he still needs before being medically cleared to return.He missed his eighth straight game since the injury May 8 in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets.Thompson was hurt in Game 2 on Sunday and was to be evaluated by the training staff before tipoff. He didn’t end up warming up on the court.Thompson did some running and shooting earlier in the day but Kerr said the Warriors weren’t going to play him “if there’s risk” of further damage at this stage of the series. Thompson is averaging 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists this postseason, including 23.0 points through the first two finals games.He will have another full day to recover before Game 4.ORACLE OVERDUEThe home fans waited 20 days between home playoff games with the long layoff after the Western Conference finals sweep of Portland then Golden State opening the finals in Toronto.It had been since Game 2 against the Trail Blazers on May 16 that the Warriors hosted — the second-longest lapse between home games since the current 16-game, four-round format was established in 1983.The Warriors hosted a Game 3 in the finals for the first time since winning the 1975 title, having begun at home in each of the previous four.By: Janie McCauley, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock: Crystal Palace and Jordan very good for me

first_imgCardiff boss Warnock: Crystal Palace and Jordan very good for meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock admits former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordon helped him fall back in love with the game.Warnock faces his former club today.He said, “I’m looking forward to it because I’ve got some special memories there. I’ve got some good friends there and it’s always a good atmosphere.”I enjoyed it. Simon Jordan got me that love back. I felt really let down leaving Sheffield United. I think I would’ve jacked it in had it not been for Simon.”I ended up having a fabulous relationship with him and I’m disappointed how it ended for him as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

PM Tours Completed Barbican Road Project

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, toured the completed Barbican Road Upgrade Project today (June 1).The US$4.4 million project was done under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).The works at Barbican entailed significant widening and upgrading in the vicinity of the Barbican Centre, which is expected to alleviate congestion in the area.The Prime Minister said the Barbican and other upgraded roads have been designed with law enforcement in mind.“We have built into them technology. These areas will be monitored with the latest sensors and cameras. We are not building roads to make it easier for criminals to do what they do. These roads are built to make it harder for criminals,” he said.The Prime Minister noted that the technology will enable the police to identify licence plates; identify individuals facially; and track persons through road crossings.“If you are about to commit a crime, don’t drive through here,” he warned, in reference to Barbican Road, pointing out that this will be replicated throughout Jamaica, “because we must get on top of the criminals.”The Barbican project is one of several legacy road projects under the MIDP which the Prime Minister visited in Kingston and St. Andrew.He also toured the Constant Spring Road Improvement project; Mandela Highway Realignment and Reconstruction project; and the Hagley Park Road Improvement projectThe legacy projects are aimed at significantly improving the targeted roadways to facilitate seamless travel by the commuting public. The Prime Minister noted that the technology will enable the police to identify licence plates; identify individuals facially; and track persons through road crossings. Story Highlights The legacy projects are aimed at significantly improving the targeted roadways to facilitate seamless travel by the commuting public. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, toured the completed Barbican Road Upgrade Project today (June 1).last_img read more

Kelly Busch Residential school students say theyve been hurt by law firm

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe single mother of two young children needed a job. A non-Aboriginal woman, she was educated at First Nations University of Canada. Her two young children are of Anishnabe heritage and she deeply cares about First Nation people. She saw the chance to work as a form filler as an opportunity to do a job she could be proud of.But after working for Honour Walk in Saskatoon for a while, she started to see things that disturbed her.“I was asked to leave the Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship Centre in Oct. 2009 by a tall Native man who introduced himself as the head health support worker for Saskatoon. I was sitting with a prospective applicant inside the friendship centre,” she said.Busch said the man accused her of exploiting former students.Months later, she received a call from Peter McCallum, an Indian Residential Schools Coordinator with Health Canada’s Community Programs Division. He echoed the comments of the health support worker.That shook Busch up. But when she asked her supervisor, Doug Christmas, why these people were so angry with the company, he told her it was nothing to worry about.But she wondered. And she started watching closely, keeping copies of all her emails and trying to decide for herself if her dream job was really a nightmare.A woman who sincerely wanted to help, Busch was devastated by all this. She was worried that she was involved in something that was morally questionable, unethical and perhaps even illegal.Then she started hearing complaints from Honour Walk clients.“People I had never helped but who had my toll free number,” she said.The Honour Walk clients complained that their phone calls to their lawyer were never returned, that months, even years, had gone by and they’d never heard from their lawyer, that survivors had arrived at their IAP hearings and met their lawyer for the first time and the lawyer was not familiar with their case.She started talking to co-workers at Honour Walk and heard complaints that people were having claims dismissed or compensation amounts drastically reduced because the story they told the adjudicator did not match the version recorded by the form filler and that made it look like they were not telling the truth.Busch also had questions about her own relationship with Honour Walk. She was told she was not an employee, but a contractor. But she felt that she fit the description of an employee and should be eligible for the benefits and protections that employees receive from their employers.So she applied for a ruling from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) in February of this year. Before that ruling arrived, in April, she decided she could no longer be associated with Honour Walk and quit.After she quit, she got the ruling from the CRA.“The CRA deemed me an employee on May 9,” she said.She said she quit because she was disturbed by the many complaints she heard.“I worked in Saskatoon, but I worked with people from all over the province and Alberta and one in the US. I moved my family to the Muscowequan reserve for six weeks last fall and worked in the surrounding area,” Busch said. “That’s when people started coming up to me saying they hadn’t heard from the lawyers in years. Due to meeting so many people, my toll free number was widely distributed. So people were calling me as well. Up to that point I had not heard a bad thing about Honour Walk or Blott other than what the Health Canada people had said.”Then, she re-read an email from Thom Denomme that was sent to her on July 12, 2010 addressed to managers at the various Honour Walk offices:From: [Thom Denomme]To: [Honour Walk managers]Subject: FW: Most Popular Aggravating FactorsDate: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 13:46:50 -0500Hi GuysStarting as soon as you can, these are the only aggravating factors Iwant marked. Let all your people knowHave a great day!Thom DenommeResidential School Healing SocietyFrom: [David Blott]To: [Thom Denomme]Subject: Most Popular Aggravating FactorsDate: Sun, 4 Jul 2010 21:01:56 -0600Here are the most popular:Particular vulnerabilityHumiliationDegredation (sic)Inability to ComplainFailure to Provide Care and SupportWhat that email meant to Busch was that the lawyer in charge of the only law firm that Honour Walk signed up clients for was telling the form fillers to tailor the forms in a certain way.last_img read more