VANCOUVER, British Columbia— Even though Ryan Miller didn’t know late Canucks coach Pat Quinn well, the Vancouver goalie went a long way to honor his memory.Miller made 20 saves for his second shutout of the season, and the Canucks beat the New Jersey Devils 2-0 on the night of Nov. 25.The win came after Vancouver held a pregame ceremony to remember Quinn, a former Canucks player, coach and executive, who died Nov. 23 in Vancouver.“It was pretty powerful,” Miller said. “I have gotten caught up on the history just in the last few days. It’s unfortunate I didn’t have more of an opportunity to interact with him. I’m not even sure how many games I was on the ice when he was coaching.”Alex Burrows and Shawn Matthias scored for the Canucks, who have won three of four.“This is a difficult day for a lot of people in this organization,” said Burrows, who returned after missing two games with an undisclosed injury. “It’s a sad day, but I thought we wanted to respond well and get the win.“I think, at the end of the day, that’s probably what Pat would have wanted the most.”Cory Schneider stopped 34 shots, but the Devils lost for the fourth time in five games. Schneider is winless in three tries against his former team after being traded to New Jersey in 2013.“They didn’t sit back,” Schneider said. “They dictated the way they wanted to play, and it seemed like we were trying to catch up all night.”Neither team scored in the first period, and the Canucks took a 1-0 lead into the third.The game was 8:30 old before the Devils recorded their first shot on goal. The Canucks posted 10 in that time en route to outshooting them 17-5 in the first period.Burrows put the Canucks ahead 1:14 into the second period. Standing almost even with the goal line, he deflected in Kevin Bieksa’s point shot. Burrows triggered the scoring play by applying pressure deep in the Devils zone and forcing a turnover.In the third, Burrows hit the post as he shot on a 2-on-1 rush. With just under seven minutes remaining in the final period, Miller foiled ex-Canucks forward Steve Bernier on a shot from the slot.About two minutes later, Matthias gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead. Schneider stopped him on a breakaway, but the rebound went in off the skate of Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky.“That’s kind of how it’s been a little bit this year,” Schneider said. “We’re still in games, and a late one like that, bad luck, bad bounce, whatever, kind of puts us out of it.”Before the game, a moment of silence was held for Quinn and a video tribute was played while Mark Donnelly sang Oh, Danny Boy.Bieksa said the tribute helped the Canucks come out “flying” with “a lot of emotion.”“I felt like I had a little bit of extra energy in my veins to start the game,” he said.TweetPinShare0 Shares
“The Government has remained consistent in its commitment to strengthening and improving education and human development in the country,” the Minister said. Story Highlights Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has reiterated that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be receiving $101.6 billion for 2018/19, up from $98.9 billion last year.Opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House on Thursday (March 8), Mr. Shaw said the sum is the largest from the Budget, because the Government remains committed to investing in the human development of the nation.“The Government has remained consistent in its commitment to strengthening and improving education and human development in the country,” the Minister said.“We can all agree that human development is essential to sustained growth and high living standards in Jamaica. We must all do our best to improve education services and student performance,” he added.Mr. Shaw pointed out that the funding being allocated to the Ministry will also focus on infants, not just children, teenagers and youth.“There is an insidious challenge that begins even before our children go to school. Studies have shown that failure to invest in our population during the formative first two years of life reduces the effectiveness of subsequent investments in education,” the Minister said.He said Jamaica’s ‘Reach Up and Learn’ programme is one platform through which they will invest in the early stages of infants’ lives.“It is acknowledged internationally as the most influential home-visit programme ever carried in a developing country. It is now best practice for similar programmes in other developing countries around the world. The unique approach, spearheaded by the University of the West Indies, targets low-income children between nine and 24 months,” the Minister said.Mr. Shaw added that during the 2018/2019 Fiscal Year, the Government will also continue to invest in basic schools to assist them to achieve the standards outlined by the Early Childhood Commission.“When this Government came to power, there were no basic schools that were certified to meeting quality standards. I am pleased to announce that since that time, the Government has certified over 100 basic schools to all 12 standards of quality established by the Ministry,” Mr. Shaw said.“The goal for the next two years is to certify an additional 300 early-childhood institutions,” he added.Mr. Shaw said the Government will begin the construction of five new secondary schools, as part of the five-year plan to eliminate the shift system in Jamaica.Regarding education at the tertiary level, he said the Finance Ministry is in advanced discussions with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to enhance the Student Loan Bureau in an effort to increase financing accessibility for eligible students. Mr. Shaw pointed out that the funding being allocated to the Ministry will also focus on infants, not just children, teenagers and youth. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has reiterated that the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be receiving $101.6 billion for 2018/19, up from $98.9 billion last year.