Inconnu Swim Club participates at Winter Age Group Championships in Vancouver

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – In Vancouver, this last weekend, was the Winter Age Group Championship swim meet for males 11-13 years old and females 10-12 years old. Over 460 swimmers from all over BC participated.  Our three athletes, Owen Lang, Alexander McDonald, and Julien Kemp, all swam 7 events each in the three day meet.All three boys improved their best times in almost every race they swam.Alex McDonald had an amazing weekend and achieved 5 best times. This included 9.2 second drop in his 200 breaststroke, 3.6 seconds off his 100 backstroke, and 4.4 seconds off his 100 breaststroke.Julien Kemp had a very successful weekend with 6 best times. Julien placed 15th overall in his 100 backstroke and placed 13th in his 200 backstroke. “In both backstroke races he shaved off big time! He has worked hard it and it showed this weekend”, said Coach Norah.Last, but not least, Owen Lang had some amazing swim this weekend. He found himself in the top eight in 6 out of his 7 swims. Twice, Owen found himself just shy of a bronze medal. First in his 100 butterfly and secondly in his 50 freestyle.  “Owen had a great race in his 100 fly and just missed out on third place by 0.2 seconds!”, Coach Norah reported.Overall, the weekend was a huge success. The athletes not only placed best times but also executed their swims properly. “Swimming isn’t just about going up and down a black line. It’s about strategy too and these Inconnu swimmers are definitely on their way to more great swims.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

A new sheriff in town joins the Fort St. John courthouse

first_imgA total of 12 new sheriffs from the program will be joining the service, stationed in courthouses across the province after completing intense 16 week training at the institute.Skills developed at the program include driver training, firearms, force options, legal studies, report writing and physical fitness, followed by an additional 5 weeks of field-based training in Lower Mainland court locations.“Sheriffs keep our courthouses safe and ensure all court proceedings are more efficient in the interest of justice,” MLA for Peace River North, Pat Pimm said. “It is my pleasure to welcome our new sheriff, Joshua to serve our growing community and wish him the very best in his new role.”- Advertisement -B.C. Sheriffs are trained to uphold the security of our courthouses and the safety of people who use court facilities.Duties include providing security inside and outside courtrooms, performing jail duties, escorting accused, convicted and other persons by ground and air, organizing jury selection and providing jury management, assisting with Coroner’s court, and serving court-related documents.There are approximately 500 full-time equivalent sheriffs working in 45 courthouses and 44 circuit courts in B.C. communities.Advertisementlast_img read more

Saturday school recommended for absent students

first_imgLANCASTER – Rather than slashing grades or banning students from school sports or proms because of excessive absences, high school district officials are recommending that they be given more time to attend school on Saturdays to make up missed classes. Currently Antelope Valley Union High School District students who have more than 10 unexcused absences have until the end of the semester to clear absences, but a proposed revision of the district’s attendance policy would lengthen that time by about nine weeks. “We have recommended a change in the amount of time that students have to attend voluntary Saturday school to get the student back in good standing and receive credit,” said Larry Freise, coordinator of attendance and special projects. “The new policy gives them a window of time after the semester has ended to get rid of absences.” The district is reviewing its attendance policy because thousands of students have lost academic credit for classes in which they had passing grades but too many unexcused absences. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIn spring 2005, nearly 1,700 students at district schools lost credit in one or more classes because they had more than 10 unexcused absences, even if their grades were otherwise passable. Their grade for that class shows up as an “N,” for no credit. In the first semester of this school year, more than 1,300 students received no credit for excessive unexcused absences. Absences for illness and other times when the student has an excuse do not count toward the 10-absence maximum. Under the proposed revision, students would have until the beginning of the fourth quarter after the end of the first semester to make up absences, a period that is typically about nine weeks, Freise said. After the end of the second semester, students can clear up absences in the week between the end of school and the start of summer school, when the district would run morning and afternoon sessions of Saturday school during the week, Freise said. The board is scheduled to take action on the proposal at Wednesday’s meeting. Rather than penalize students academically, district administrators had considered penalizing students who repeatedly ditch class by banning them from activities such as school sports and proms, as a way to keep teens in school. Freise said the district’s attendance committee rejected that approach because extracurricular activities are not evenly shared across all grade levels. For example, juniors and seniors go to the prom but freshmen and sophomores typically don’t, unless invited. “Seniors have grad night. Seniors have a lot of things going. Freshmen don’t have a lot of things going except sports and some clubs,” Freise said. “The committee didn’t feel denying access to those things was enough of a dissuader to keep them in school on a regular basis.” District officials have noted that students with absences already over the 10-day limit have no incentive to continue going to class. The current policy has been in effect since 2000. Before that, students lost credit if they were absent 15 days, and that counted all absences, excused and unexcused. The students denied credit because of the attendance policy are crowding summer school and other programs the district has set up for students who are failing their classes and need extra help academically. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

LETTERKENNY AC NOTES 11/04/2011 – NATIONAL 10K RACE

first_imgIT was a case of mixed fortunes for our senior athletes at the National 10K road championships in the Phoenix Park on Sunday.Well done to our stalwart, Pauric McKinney who finished first in the Over-45 category. Pauric ran 32.59 to finish 29th overall in what was yet another impressive showing by the Lifford man.Elsewhere, Paul McGlinchey was next home for the club in a time of 35.05 followed by Kevin Ferry (35.48), Ivan Toner (37.01), Aidan McKenna (38.47),  Pauric Friel (39:48), Ciaran O’Donnell (40.02), Glen Duncan (40:20), Neil McCollum (40.32), Daniel Cullen (41:51), Gregory Campbell (43:14) to name just a few. Well done to our club captain, Gary Crossan who won the Ultra Marathon in Galway at the weekend. Gary had trained very hard for this event and it was a great achievement to win.Elsewhere, the club had a number of athletes participating in the Finn Valley 5k series on Friday night. The first club man home was Adam Friel (4th-16.28), Garvin Walker (7th 16.42), Kieran McBride (9th-17.03), Humphry Murphy (13th- 17.25), Joe English (17th-17.49), Paddy McDaid (22-17.59), Marcus McClintock (25th-18.18), Adrian Callaghan (32- 18.40), Ben Dunleavy (37th- 18.57), Darren Wallace (41st- 19.04), and Richard Raymond (20.08).Details of this year’s Donegal Grand Prix Road Series have been announced. The first of the 38 race series will be the increasingly popular North West 10K which takes place in Letterkenny on Sunday, May 1st at 2 pm. The last race in the series takes place on Sunday, September 24th, with the staging of the Orla Memorial 5K in Ards Forest Park. For the full list of races, see our website at lac.ie.Preparations are continuing for the Easter 3 K and the North West 10k which take place on April 24 and May 2 respectively. All roads will lead to the North West and the Banks of the Foyle on Wednesday evening April 20th, for the first race in the ever popular Furey Insurances 5K Series,organised in the traditional six race format in Derry and Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula by City of Derry Spartans.endsLETTERKENNY AC NOTES 11/04/2011 – NATIONAL 10K RACE was last modified: April 11th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FINN VALLEY AC’S SPECIAL NIGHT FOR YOUNG ATHLETES

first_imgTHIS week was presentation time for Finn Valley’s young athletes and close to 300 parents and athletes turmed out at the club Centre for what was a simple yet effective community occassion.Acknowledging some 52 athletes that amassed 102 national championship medals during the past season Patsy McGonagle underlined the enormous voluntary imput by the various group leaders introducing them and asked them to make presentations to each medal winner.In addition team bags were handed out and all current athletes in this age range also received same the kind sponsorship contribution of Ann Marie Mc Geehin a club coach was mentioned on behalf of her company Rite Financial Solutions. It was also alluded to that the club had a representative in the Olympic Games in Tori Pena plus team manager a further 2 competitors in the world junior champs with international schools and Masters recognition.The year ahead will hopefully be an exciting challenge as both work on the training  track to achieve and the physical completion of swim pool is due with work to begin on an additional playing field due to begin April.The evening concluded with a social cuppa and refreshments and the parents who did turn out to show their appreciation were thanked.The progress of the current development was outlined to those present. The club feel it very important to underline both the coach contribution and the dedication of the young people in their care with the final word being that the basic requirement of all who become involved is that they should show respect and adopt a positive attitude and remembering that there is no substitute for working together. FINN VALLEY AC’S SPECIAL NIGHT FOR YOUNG ATHLETES was last modified: November 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FINN VALLEY AC’S SPECIAL NIGHT FOR YOUNG ATHLETESlast_img read more

Human waste overflowed at Indian takeaway shut by FSAI

first_imgThe details of a closure order served on an Indian takeaway and restaurant have uncovered shocking breaches of food safety laws.A Food Safety Authority closure order was served on Saffron in Creeslough on October 19th 2017 and lifted again on October 27th 2017.The closure report detailed how a pond of human excrement was discovered in one area, food was found in use well past best-before dates and dead flies were found in the oil used on pizzas. HSE inspectors declared there was or was likely to be ‘a grave and immediate danger to public health’ at the premises. Breaches of the food safety regulations at Saffron, Creeslough in the report included:Human excrement was overflowing and ponding in an area beside the shed in which the potato peeler waslocated due to an overflowing manhole. As staff had to stand outside while using this food equipment,they would be standing in the excrement, thereby carrying it into the food premises on their shoes.Foods cooked on the premises were not being given proper use by dates and as a result, cooked chickenand minced beef were stored to use for more than 5 days after cooking.Pre-packed cooked diced ham was being used for pizza toppings even though the use by date was 02ndOctober 2017. There was a risk of contamination of foods as evidenced by cooked chicken being stored in a containerwhich also contained raw chicken juiceRaw whole chickens were sitting on top of bags of breaded chicken and bags of chips in the freezer.Dead flies were floating in oil used to baste pizza dough.Cooked rice was on the premises with no date of cooking or use by date.Dirt, mould and encrusted food were found throughout the premises in the kitchen sinks, on the windows, floors, doors and doors of storage units. Food storage containers in the fridge were found covered with black mould. Utensils, cutlery and crockery were not being adequately washed or disinfected as evidenced by food debris and dirt found on all equipment.The HSE Officer said that staff at Saffron were not adequately supervised and instructed and/or trained in foodhygiene matters, as evidenced by the many issues.The full report is available online at www.fsai.ieHuman waste overflowed at Indian takeaway shut by FSAI was last modified: November 8th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:food safetyFSAISaffron creesloughlast_img read more

Darwin Fumbles

first_img(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 154 years after Darwin’s Origin of Species, evolutionists say they still do not understand the origin of species.  In addition, they’ve lost most of whatever data they had.An article on Science Daily says evolutionists still haven’t left :Darwin referred to the origin of species as “that mystery of mysteries,” and even today, more than 150 years later, evolutionary biologists cannot fully explain how new animals and plants arise.Maybe they can take refuge in that phrase, “cannot fully explain” the answer.  Maybe they can partly or mostly explain it.  The article does not allow that reprieve.  It’s even worse than not knowing: things they thought they knew are not true:For decades, nearly all research in the field has been based on the assumption that the main cause of the emergence of new species, a process called speciation, is the formation of barriers to reproduction between populations….But now a University of Michigan biologist and a colleague are questioning the long-held assumption that genetic reproductive barriers, also known as reproductive isolation, are a driving force behind speciation.Rabosky and Matute were “surprised” by the results of their study.  Looking at two-thirds of bird species and 9 fruit fly species, they expected to see a correlation between speciation rates and genetic markers of reproductive isolation.“We found no evidence that these things are related. The rate at which genetic reproductive barriers arise does not predict the rate at which new species form in nature,” Rabosky said. “If these results are true more generally — which we would not yet claim but do suspect — it would imply that our understanding of species formation is extremely incomplete because we’ve spent so long studying the wrong things, due to this erroneous assumption that the main cause of species formation is the formation of barriers to reproduction.”They said evolutionists’ “understanding” is not just incomplete, but “extremely incomplete.”  Another example cited on Evolution News & Views shows that foraminifera do not fit the reproductive-isolation–speciation pattern.  Since speciation and reproductive isolation appear uncorrelated, a “broader definition” of speciation is needed, they said.  In addition, so-called ‘speciation genes’ “speciation genes probably play a minimal role in the formation of species,” they said.All they could do was speculate that maybe most species, after splitting, go extinct, leaving no evidence in the fossil record.  The press release from University of Michigan is entitled, “Long-held assumption about emergence of new species questioned.”Whoops, We Lost Our EvidenceMeanwhile, Darwin’s tree has other problems, Science Daily said: holes.  Large portions of work on the “tree of life” have been lost, a paper in PLoS Biology reported, because of lack of data accessibility. “Given that reproducibility is a pillar of scientific research, the preservation of scientific knowledge (underlying data) is of paramount importance,” the authors began, warning that lack of reproducibility and evidential support for the Tree of Life project threatens to label it as “soft science,” putting trust in the word of scientists instead of the actual data:Perhaps more importantly, we call for a shift in thinking among all evolutionary biologists who rely on the power of phylogenetics to test hypotheses and make inferences. It is crucial for this broad discipline to consider the alignments and phylogenies themselves as key data that require appropriate storage for study reproducibility and data integration….  The biological community has lost most of the alignments and trees underlying the numerous phylogenetic analyses conducted over the past several decades—we should strive to do much better in the years ahead.Science Daily says that most of the data has been “lost forever” from publications that referred to the data but did not store it so that it could be cross-checked.  “There are ambiguities with the alignments, you have to make certain judgment calls, and so an alignment that I do is not going to be the same as an alignment that somebody else does,” lead author Bryan Drew said, based on a study of over 7,000 papers that found “about 70 percent of published genetic sequence comparisons are not publicly accessible, leaving researchers worldwide unable to get to critical data they may need” for their own comparisons.Can you think of a more pitiful example in the history of science of a majority of eminent scientists believing things that prove not to be true, teaching falsehoods for over a century, and then carelessly losing most of the data that supposedly supports its core beliefs?  What a sham that shaman Charlie started.  He wrote a book on “the origin of species” but 154 years later, his disciples are still behind Square One!  It would be funny if it weren’t for the fact that textbook makers, documentary producers, and educators worship at Charlie’s shrine.  The law require that this monstrous “mystery” religion (with its long-standing “mystery of mysteries,” the “origin of species by means of natural selection”), with its racist implications (“the preservation of favored races in the struggle for life”) be taught as fact, fact, FACT in public schools—no alternatives allowed.  Not only do they keep going bankrupt and landing in jail on their own Monopoly board, they won’t let anyone else play; whoever tries is persecuted and expelled.  If you aren’t yet angry at the damage done by the Charlietans for 154 years, you need to take a refresher course in righteous indignation.  One thing you can do about it is spread the outreach of Creation-Evolution Headlines, where we expose these frauds with their own words.  They don’t have a data storage problem; they have an integrity problem.  Time for regime change.last_img read more

Why Success Rewards Persistence and Punishes Quitting

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Success is an auditor. It measures the precursors to success to determine who gets to obtain it—and for how long. It is quite often that people misunderstand what success is measuring, mistaking luck and circumstances, things outside of their control with the things that are within their control.Talent: Some believe that talent is what is necessary for success. While ability is helpful, it doesn’t seem to weigh very heavily in success’s ultimate analysis. Countless people waste their talents, and in doing so, never achieve what their ability might make possible.Hard Work: Others believe hard work is the key to success. Success values hard work and rejects anything less. Hard work carries a lot of weight, but success finds it necessary but not sufficient. By itself, hard work is not enough.Resourcefulness: Of all the human attributes, this is the linchpin. It is creativity in action. It allows one to solve problems and adjust their strategies and tactics. When plan A fails, resourcefulness gets you through the rest of the alphabet. Sadly, ingenuity is not always enough by itself, even though success demands it of you.Pluck: The word indicates a sort of determined courage. It’s an indication of one’s spirit, that indescribable attribute that you recognize when you see it. If you want to get success’s attention, your big, bold goals and the courage to pursue them might be enough to draw its eye. Your courage matters, but you need something more.Luck: The very nature of luck prevents you from being able to command good luck somehow. Being born with talent is mostly luck. Being born with resources is also luck. If there were a way to will good luck, taking a lot of shots would rank among the best strategies, but success may smile on you for a minute, but luck isn’t sustainable.Success Values Persistence MostSuccess seems to value persistence with a weight more significant than most other factors. It seems to favor those who are willing to keep going when others quit. It also seems to require your persistence to be deployed as the natural response to missteps, mistakes, and setbacks. It’s a test to see whether you are prepared to pay the price in full and in advance for what you say you want.Persistence is used to sort out all the dabblers, dreamers, and do-nothings, those who talk a big game but play a small one. It is used to challenge those with the talent to reach their full potential, judging their persistence by their willingness to excel when they could easily coast.So you worked hard for weeks. Congratulations. The ability to persistently and doggedly work hard over an extended period is evidence of your willingness to grind it out and persist. Believing you have paid the price and deserve your success is evidence that you haven’t paid the price.You’ve been resourceful. You have been willing to figure things out, and you are moving closer to your goal. Success will see this as evidence that you are ready to give up what you wished worked for something better and reward you, but not the first time you adjust your approach. Success is not that easily impressed.You’re plucky. When you have crashed into adversity, you were not dissuaded. Your courage will be rewarded. Eventually, anyway.Luck isn’t quickly or often rewarded by itself. It is fleeting, and as far as success is concerned, it will carry some weight, but not if you aren’t ticking all the other boxes above. Success is happy to crown a few one-hit wonders, but luck doesn’t provide for much more than that.If you want success, whatever that means to you, you are going to have to persist, longer than you want, and longer than seems reasonable. You are going to have to keep going when you want to give up, and when others tell you it’s time to quit, something they would have already done, were they you. Your persistence separates you from those who want something without being willing to pay the price in full and advance.The secret is that there are no secrets. Just keep going.last_img read more

Manchester City’s game against Borussia Moenchengladbach postponed after heavy rain

first_imgTorrential rain before kickoff meant Manchester City’s opening Champions League Group C clash with Borussia Moenchengladbach was postponed on Tuesday because of safety concerns.The match will now be played on Wednesday at 18:45 GMT.A downpour at 15:30 GMT was followed by persistently heavy rain, leading referee Bjorn Kuipers and UEFA officials to carry out an inspection of the pitch 50 minutes before the scheduled 18:45 GMT kickoff at the Etihad Stadium. (Also read: Champions League: Wasteful PSG held by Arsenal in Group A opener)The pitch appeared to drain well when the rain relented soon afterwards but the game was called off about 20 minutes before it was due to start.”Torrential rainfall across Manchester throughout the evening led to flooding in the areas around the ground, which forced the decision on safety and security grounds,” a statement from the club said.It is the second time in a month Moenchengladbach have had a game called off owing to rain after a friendly against Inter Milan on Aug. 10 suffered the same fate.City had a friendly with Manchester United in Beijing cancelled in July as a result of heavy rain. (Also read: Champions League: Lionel Messi sets hat-trick record as Barcelona hit seven)”We are disappointed for the fans because 90 percent of them will probably not be able to watch the re-arranged game,” said Moenchengladbach midfielder Oscar Wendt.”But if the decision had to be taken for safety reasons then we understand it and respect it.”last_img read more

Dave Sittler and Bill Young

first_imgDave Sittler and Bill Young have a really interesting conversation that I’m betting all my January paychecks neither knew was being picked up by the microphone. Take a look below with some comments after the jump. – I like how Sittler makes it a point in the first two seconds to let Young know that he has his tape recorder turned off but neither of them checks the mic. That’s pretty funny.– Sittler calls John Blake a slapdi** after Bill Young says “it wasn’t fun” about being at OU under Blake in 1996-1997 then Sittler goes on to claim that Donnie Duncan (OU’s athletic director at the time) told him that the only reason he gave John Blake the head coaching job for OU was because he was black and they were worried that Bob Simmons had an advantage in recruiting. That’s quite a 20-second exchange, no?! I mean, WOW!– Love when Young says “…and three years later we forgot how to coach.”– What does Young mean when he says “I would almost bet you 100% that some of these schools…maybe even the one down the street [came after Gundy]”? What are they going to do, fire Stoops?Update: as a few of you have pointed out, Young was referencing Arizona State as “the school down the street”, not OU. Makes sense now.– The long-range shot of the two talking at the 3:40 mark really shows you that they have no clue they’re on the mic.– “I just hope I’m going to be back.” Assuming he’s kidding, because If he’s not, that’s a travesty. He’s done a great job with the defense this season and seems like a great fit for the position. Also, he’s the only guy on the staff too old to be considered for a head job!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more