UPDATED: South Okanagan dumps Nelson 7-4 to knock host team out of playoffs

first_imgSouth Okanagan ended the hopes of the host team advancing to the playoff round at the B.C. Hockey Peewee Rep Championships Tuesday night at the NDCC Arena.South Okanagan rode the stellar netminding of Colby Dynneson to score a 7-4 victory over Nelson Leafs Tuesday in round robin action at the NDCC Arena.The loss drops Nelson to a 2-2 record, two points behind Dawson Creek (3-0) and South Okanagan (3-1).Both teams have defeated Nelson in the tournament.Aedan Osika, Carter Anderson, Cody Barnes and Reece Hunt scored for Nelson.Charlie Curiston faced 35 shots and was outstanding between the pipes for the Leafs while Dynneson was equally as strong in the South Okanagan nets.Nelson now meets Whitehorse Wednesday in the team’s final game of the tournament. Puck drop is 8:30 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.On the other side of the tournament, Victoria jumped to a 3-0 record with a 6-2 win over Seafair.Arbutus of Vancouver (2-1) kept pace with Victoria with a 2-1 win over Cranbrook. The East Kootenay squad dropped to a tournament record of 1-2.The top four teams — two from each division — advance to the semi finals Thursday at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.The winners play for the provincial crown Friday at 11 a.m. The bronze medal is set for 8 a.m.Nelson Leafs pull out win over Vanderhoof to keep provincial playoff drive alive The Nelson Leafs managed to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot at the B.C. Hockey Peewee Rep Championships with a narrow 6-5 victory over Vanderhoof Monday.Mike Zarikoff and Cody Barnes each scored twice to lead the Leafs to the thrilling win.The victory, the second in as many games for the host club, keeps Nelson in the race for one of the two playoff spots with a 2-1 record.Dawson Creek and South Okanagan are currently tied for top spot with 2-0 records.Tyler Badger, also with two assists, and Carter Anderson also scored for Nelson. Taylor Harrison added assists while Reid Vulcano chipped in with two helpers.Brody Fillion was in goal for Nelson to register the win.Nelson now meets South Okanagan in key, must-win, matchup Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.”We need to basically win out to have a chance at the playoffs,” said Nelson coach Jeff Hunt.Vanderhoof and Quesnel are 0-2 in the Nelson pool.Nelson concludes the round robin draw Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. against Whitehorse.In the other division, Victoria leads with a 2-0 record after blasting Cranbrook 11-4.Three teams are tied at 1-1 — Seafair, Victoria and Cranbrook.Trail, the other West Kootenay team in the tournament, is winless in two starts.The semi final round of the playoffs, with the top two teams in each division advancing, is set to being Thursday at 5 p.m. with the A pool winner meeting the second-place finishers in the B division.At 8 p.m., the B winner plays the runner up from the A pool.The Championship game is set for 11 a.m. Thursday. The bronze medal game goes at 8 a.m.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, PARADISE WOODS, WINNER: “Sometimes the first ones are the best ones, I’d like to take some credit but honestly it was John Sherriff and his crew, man they did a lot of work on this mare and they finally got her to a point where she will listen to you a little bit, I left the gate and had a great post, I stayed as still as I could and just kind of let her get that big beautiful stride of hers going, once she did that she had the race under control.“I wanted to engage her against Just a Smidge but, when you engage horses they are taught to fight. They will get after each other so the pace would have been quicker, I might be losing a little bit of ground but, I got her to do it relaxed. If I can get them to relax, I’d rather do that. Once I came into the far turn and engaged her, you saw what she did, she took off and she might have done that earlier. Sometimes this works sometimes it doesn’t.“Working her in the morning helped and just being around her, she used to run against Unique Bella quite a bit and honestly they are very very similar, it’s too bad they haven’t raced against each other because they would knock each other in the head so I basically rode her like I did Unique Bella.”TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SHIRREFFS, TRAINER OF PARADISE WOODS WINNER: “When we first got her, she was very anxious. When she gets mad, she stays mad for a long time, so we spent a long time focused on ways to keep her from getting anxious. The first thing was to get her to relax in her gallops and hopefully, we’ve taught her a better way to relax. She has tremendous ability and we need repeatable performances and we need her to develop a style. As you saw today, she was sitting there relaxed, she was just off that filly (Just a Smidge) but she wasn’t pulling. That’s the kind of talent she has.“This is very gratifying because (co-owner) Marty Wygod really wanted to campaign her this year and there was a lot of criticism about not breeding her.”NOTES: The winning owners are. Steven Sarkowsky, Martin J. Wygod, and Pam Wygod.last_img read more

West Point Townhall Project Constitutes Board

first_imgThe West Point Townhall Construction Project held its first board meeting Friday, April 4, at the new Evelyn’s Restaurant in Sinkor.Representatives of the township of West Point in the persons of the Commissioner, elders and governors of the various ethnic groups, the European Union, architects and patrons of the project were in attendance.After welcome remarks by West Point Commissioner, H. Miatta Flowers, and an overview of the project by Mr. Kenneth Y. Best, whose brain child the project is, a corp of officers was elected as follows:Mr. Charles A. Minor, Interim Board ChairMr. Amos Sie-Snowie, Kru Governor of West Point, Vice ChairThe European Union, TreasurerMs. Nelly S. Cooper, representing the women of West Point, Vice TreasurerMs. Lindiwé N. Khumalo, Board SecretaryMr. Isaac T. Roberts, Chaplain of the boardMr. Kenneth Y. Best, Sr. and West Point Commissioner H. Miatta Flowers, PatronsLead project architect, Mr. Adolphus McCritty, gave the board an overview of the design of the building, allaying fears that based on the beach front location designated for the town hall, the building might be undermined by sea erosion. McCritty explained that the structure has been designed like that of a bridge to withstand water the force of a tsunami. The building, he said, will have a finished floor 18 feet above sea level as well as four via ducts for water to pass through.Partnering with Mr. McCritty as an architect on the town hall construction project, Mr. F. Augustus Caesar explained to the board that in order to circumvent land ownership issues, the elders of West Point had designated two acres of land for the people’s use. No transfer of ownership is being requested or required. A declaration prepared by a lawyer will be signed by the elders of West Point, attested to by Commissioner Flowers and submitted to the Ministry of Public Works.While the building itself would not require the demolition of houses, some West Point home owners may have to make sacrifices to make way for an access road to the site, Caesar said.Construction is scheduled to begin after soil tests have been completed. The project has been estimated at US$1.5 million. The actual size of the building, the architects explained, will be dependent upon the amount of funds raised.Two financial institutions, the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment and Afriland First Bank, have been designated by the board, and signatories authorized.Supporters and friends of the project wanting to give to the project may deposit funds of any amount into the project’s escrow account currently set up at LBDI. An online portal will, in short order, be set up for overseas-based supporters wishing to make donations to the construction of a town hall for the township of West Point. All supporters making donations of any amount to this cause will have their names engraved on the wall of the building upon completion.The West Point Townhall Project was launched on Saturday, October 27, marking the 75th birth anniversary of Kenneth Y. Best, publisher and managing director of the Daily Observer newspaper.Mr. Best said he wished no celebration for himself but, with the assistance of family, friends and well wishers, to reach out to the people of West Point, from where the Observer got its first front page story at its launching on February 16, 1981. The story was headlined, “West Point Dwellers Are Angry”.The board expresses its thanks to all who have already contributed to the project and calls upon all well-meaning Liberians, especially those whose peoples constitute the township of West Point, to give charitably to this most worthy cause.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Upcoming anniversary discussed at PNCR Congress

first_imgAs the 19th Biennial Delegates Congress of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) continued on Saturday at the Party’s Headquarters Congress Place, Sophia, plans were discussed for the PNC’s upcoming 60th anniversary.PNCR General Secretary Oscar Clarke during his presentation informed the gathering about the plans for the anniversary which will be on October 5, 2017.A section of the gathering at the opening of the CongressIt was announced that a Special Congress would be the centre-piece of the celebrations which will include a number of other activities at the central and regional levels.Clarke in his address also delivered the General Secretary’s Report, informing of the state of the PNCR, the work of the Party’s Secretariat and the major activities during the review period.Addressing the signing of the Cummingsburg Accord on the 14th February 2015 between the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC), the General Secretary said “our decision was a correct one and indeed is the correct one for the future of our Party and…in-spite of our differences our coalition administration have begun to work together to solve the myriad problems which we inherited…”During the first session which was chaired by Party Vice Chairman, Dr George Norton, a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of party members who died over the last biennium.There was a plenary during the second period of the morning session chaired by Party Chairman Basil Williams.The plenary examined the Chairman’s welcome address, the Party Leader’s address and the General Secretary’s Report.The 19th Biennial Congress passed a motion for the establishment of a resource centre for the preservation of works by former and future leaders of the People’s National Congress Reform.Six hundred and twenty-five (625) delegates and two hundred and seventy-five (275) Observers from one hundred and forty (140) groups are in attendance.last_img read more

Pochettino reveals Tottenham sold Brazilian star to reduce size of their squad

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he only sold Sandro to QPR as he needed to reduce the size of his squad.The Brazilian left White Hart Lane for Loftus Road in a £10million deal on deadline day, with many Spurs fans upset the club had decided to sell one of their most popular players.But Pochettino says he had to allow the 25-year-old to leave as his squad was too large and unmanageable, rather than as a reflection on Sandro himself.“You need to take a decision,” he said.“It is true that we have a bigger squad and needed to reduce our squad – in these moments you need to make a decision but this is football.” 1 QPR midfielder Sandro last_img read more

Keeping us well

first_imgThe San Fernando Valley is home to some of the nation’s leading specialty medical facilities. Among them is the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital, which treats patients flown in from as far away as Japan and Afghanistan for burn treatment and therapy. Northridge Hospital Medical Center specializes in rehabilitation and treatment of brain and spinal cord injuries. Last year, Northridge became one of only about 100 hospitals nationwide to offer a state-of-the-art Gamma Knife Center that uses gamma radiation – rather than traditional surgery – to treat lesions or tumors in the brain. The outpatient procedure targets specific areas of the brain to preserve healthy tissue. It is performed without a single cut and patients need not shave their head. The cost is about 25 percent less than for traditional methods, with patients having little discomfort and a shortened recovery time. Patients even bring CDs to listen to during treatment. Patient Claudette Sieger, 75, of Porter Ranch gets ready for her Gamma Knife treatment at Northridge Hospital Medical Center as her medical team monitors the procedure. Photo by Tina Burch / Staff Photographer AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “In many instances, it’s much safer than doing open surgery,” said Dr. David Huang, a radiation oncologist who helps perform Gamma Knife treatment at Northridge Hospital. Both Northridge and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center are part of Los Angeles County’s trauma-care network, which treats the most critical cases. West Hills Hospital and Medical Center plans to expand its emergency department, intensive care unit, and outpatient services facility beginning in April. The project, which will add 47,000 square feet to the hospital, is set for completion in 2008. West Hills Hospital specializes in cardiovascular health, oncology and critical care services. Many of the Valley’s hospitals also have wellness classes and support groups. For example, Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center has a Diabetes Care Center that offers services for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. The program includes support groups. Here is a list of major hospitals in the Greater San Fernando Valley: • Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center 16237 Ventura Blvd., Encino; (818) 995-5000. Tarzana, 18321 Clark St.; (818) 881-0800. Women’s Resource Center (parenting and childbirth), (800) 779-6636.center_img • Glendale Adventist Medical Center, 1509 Wilson Terrace, Glendale; (818) 409-8000. • Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, 1420 S. Central Ave., Glendale; (818) 502-1900. • Kaiser Permanente Foundation Hospital, 13652 Cantara St., Panorama City; (818) 375-2000. • Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 5601 De Soto Ave., Woodland Hills; (818) 719-2000. • Mission Community Hospital-Panorama, 14850 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City; (818) 787-2222. • Northridge Hospital Medical Center, 18300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge; (818) 885-8500. • Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, 14445 Olive View Drive, Sylmar; (818) 364-1555. • Pacifica Hospital of the Valley, 9449 San Fernando Road; Sun Valley, (818) 767-3310. • Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, 15031 Rinaldi St.; Mission Hills, (818) 365-8051. • Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, 501 S. Buena Vista St.; Burbank, (818) 843-5111. • Sherman Oaks Hospital and Health Center, 4929 Van Nuys Blvd.; Sherman Oaks, (818) 981-7111. • Valley Presbyterian Hospital, 15107 Vanowen St., Van Nuys; (818) 782-6600. • Verdugo Hills Hospital, 1812 Verdugo Blvd., Glendale; (818) 790-7100. • West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, 7300 Medical Center Drive, West Hills; (818) 676-4000.160Want 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

Tributes pour in for rally legend Manus Kelly

first_imgThe rallying world has been paying tribute to multiple time Donegal International Rally champion Manus Kelly, who died in a tragic rally crash at age 41 on Sunday.Kelly was named as the competitor killed following a crash at the Donegal International Rally.Kelly, 41, is survived by his wife Bernie and their five children. Kelly’s co-driver Donall Barrett was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.Kelly lost his life as a result of a horror crash as he competed in this year’s Donegal International – an event he won in each of the previous three years.The tragedy occurred about midway in the Fanad Head stage at a place called Baile na Brocar a relatively short distance from a hairpin right.The Hyundai i20 R5 Kelly was driving left the road during special stage 15, Fanad Head, the first of six stages planned for Sunday afternoon, the final day of the three-day event. Kelly, a prominent businessman and Donegal County Councillor, was an extremely popular competitor on the Irish rallying scene.Manus lived in Glenswilly close to Gartan, where a stage of the rally was run on Saturday and was regarded as his home stage.Tributes have been flowing in on social media for the late Kelly who was described as ‘gentleman’, ‘top class competitor’ and a ‘huge loss to the community’.Tributes pour in for rally legend Manus Kelly was last modified: June 23rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Did Darwinism Build the Nuclear Pore Complex?

first_imgAfter nine years of work, three universities including a team at Rockefeller University completed a beautiful new model of the nuclear pore complex. The story is told by Science Daily. The article attributed the origin of this exquisite gatekeeper of the nucleus to evolution: “their findings provide a glimpse into how the nucleus itself first evolved,” the article says. How can this be? The article claims that eukaryotic cells split off from the prokaryotes “when they developed a nucleus and other specialized organelles that allowed them to compartmentalize different aspects of cellular metabolism.” This language suggests some kind of plan or intention – certainly not what neo-Darwinian theory allows. Nevertheless, Michael Rout of Rockefeller continued the language of planning and purpose as he described himself visualizing an evolutionary progress from earlier structures: “We think that once the cells gained this coating complex, they ran with it and started to duplicate it and specialize it.” As for a mechanism that could generate complexity from simplicity, Rout invoked a kind of copying and tinkering algorithm: “Evolution is a process of duplication and divergence,” he said. Because the nuclear pore complex contains multiple copies of similar structures arranged like a wheel, he thinks this is evidence they must have formed by gene duplication, even though wheels are usually built by intelligent agents:He and his colleagues saw clear evidence of this when they color-coded the proteins in the pore. One method of color coding revealed alternating stripes, like spokes on a wheel: For every protein, there was another one that looked quite similar. Color coding a different way showed the same pattern in the pore’s outer and inner rings, one of which appears to be a slightly modified duplication of the other. These are evidence of duplication events, Rout says, showing that the evolution of the complicated nuclear pore was a more straightforward affair than previously thought. “It’s made of many different variations of a theme of just one unit.”In music, “Theme and Variations” pieces are usually ascribed to intelligent composers. Strangely, as Rout continued describing the nuclear pore complex, his language shifted. He began talking less about unguided processes, and more about engineering and detective work:The nuclear pore is the communication device that the nucleus uses to communicate with the rest of the cell. And if you don’t understand how that works, you don’t understand a key part of how the cell works. And if you don’t understand that, you can’t completely understand how cancers work or how a single cell turns into a human being, or how a single grain of wheat turns into a whole crop. You have to see the cell as a machine and understand all of its parts.No attempt was made in the article to reconcile the apparently contradictory forms of description.We need a new word to describe evolutionary biologists who talk like intelligent fools. Everything they observe requires intelligent design and looks like intelligent design, but they glibly describe them as coming about from stupid, blind processes. Somebody provide us a one-word concoction that encapsulates the apostle Paul’s description, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” Wait: there is such a word – “sophomore.” (Apologies to all second-year students.) How about sophoxymoroniac? Perfect.Sophoxymoroniac, definition: a sophomoric (wise-fool) scientist with a mania for speaking in oxymorons (wise-foolish statements), like evolutionary design and Darwinian rationality. Now, we can expand our code language when describing Darwinists: you know, those sophoxymoroniacs with the fability to howl ev-illusionary mythoids in fogma. (To decode the message, see commentaries from 05/14/2007, 05/29/2003, 07/27/2007, 12/20/2007, 01/16/2007, 05/14/2007.) Believing that blind duplication can produce machinery as elaborate as a nuclear pore complex (06/02/2003, 08/06/2004, 11/13/2007, 12/02/2007, bullet 2) is like believing that swirling snowflakes can produce a living snowman without a kid and a fairy godmother. For a detailed response to the claim that gene duplication can produce new complex designs, see Jerry Bergman’s article “Does gene duplication provide the engine for evolution?” on CMI, and read Michael Behe’s latest book The Edge of Evolution – drastic measures, we know, but shock treatment is the only known cure for sophoxymoronia.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Coega IDZ investors start building

first_img14 March 2013Investor confidence in South Africa’s Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) is growing, with six new investors committing to the IDZ in the second half of 2012, and new investments set to inject R1.7-billion into the Eastern Cape economy in 2012/13.The IDZ is currently a hive of construction activity as new investors start laying the foundations for their developments.“On either side of the Coega IDZ section of the N2 coastal highway – linking Port Elizabeth from east to west – are major construction works by Chinese car and truck manufacturer First Automotive Works (FAW) and Africa’s leading quick service and casual dining restaurant franchisor, Famous Brands,” the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) said in a statement last week.FAW has begun construction on a truck assembly plant, while Famous Brands is building a 2 400 square metre cold storage and distribution centre.Deeper within the IDZ, construction is also taking place at Coega Cheese, Agni Steels and the Rehau Extension in the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park. Wind turbine parts manufacturer DCD and industrial gas supplier Air Products are also due to start construction in the new financial year, according the CDC.“By the second quarter of the new financial year, the Coega IDZ will have commenced with construction to the approximate value of R700-million, with the current value of construction projects estimated at R350-million,” said CDC spokesperson Ayanda Vilakazi.“This means a great amount of opportunity for local businesses and in turn, significant job creation prospects.”The FAW investment, worth more than R600-million in total, has been hailed as a major coup for the province.The initial R280-million investment in the first phase of the project, a truck assembly plant covering 10 hectares, is expected to create about 500 jobs during construction. Construction began in December and is due for completion by the end of the year.Famous Brands, which supplies inventory to leading franchise stores such as Debonairs Pizza, Steers, Wimpy and Mugg and Bean, is also involved in Coega Cheese, a joint venture with Coega Dairy, which will see the launch of a cheese factory to supply cheese to Famous Brands franchise stores in the Eastern Cape.Famous Brands managing executive for logistics, Tony Stephens, said their new cold storage and distribution centre, including state-of-the-art multi-temperature facilities, offices for regional management and staff, and a staging area for the distribution fleet, was due to be commissioned on 1 June.On their decision to invest in the Coega IDZ, Stephens said the demographics suited Famous Brands’ store footprint. “The easy access to the highway enables us to get en route quickly to franchisees in the north, as far as Mthata and East London, those in close proximity to Port Elizabeth and as far south as the Garden Route.”According to the CDC, the Coega IDZ is currently home to 21 operational investors, and has enabling the creation of 3 735 direct operational jobs and over 40 000 construction jobs in total.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Sibella, Karoo’s queen of the cheetahs, dies

first_img15 September 2015Sibella the cheetah died early in the morning in the Samara Private Game Reserve near Graaff-Reinet after a clash with a duiker buck it was hunting. The cheetah suffered a deep wound to its abdomen.Born wild in North West province, Sibella was rehomed in Samara in 2003. It had been captured and tortured by hunters at the age of two. Sibella died on Friday, 11 September.“Lying at death’s door, she was fortunate enough to be rescued by the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust. She owes her life to the five-hour surgery and dedicated rehabilitation that ensued,” said Margie Varney, Samara general manager, said at the time of the relocation.Sibella began a new chapter in December 2003, when it was released on to the Samara game reserve. The release surpassed all expectations.Samara Private Game Reserve lies 20km southeast of Graaff-Rienet in Eastern Cape. It encompasses not only the Karoo mountain complex and parts of the Great Escarpment, but also sweeping plains to create a unique area for wildlife, including four of South Africa’s seven natural biomes. It is home to a variety of buck, birdlife and smaller carnivores, including the African wild cat and brown hyena, but is most famous for its Cheetah Metapopulation Programme, managed by the Endangered Wildlife Trust, of which Sibella was the most fruitful participant.Sibella reared an astonishing 20 cubs in four litters at Samara, alone contributing to a 3% increase in the wild cheetah population in South Africa.According to Varney, Sibella was a consummate mother, giving birth on steep mountain slopes to evade other predators, and always making sure the cubs had enough to eat and were well-protected before going out on their own.Sibella had shared an extraordinary bond with humans. “With the birth of each new litter, when the cubs were old enough to leave their den, this wild cat dutifully presented to her human guardians her latest bundles of fur. The degree of trust she vested in human beings, walking to within just a few metres of them, was simply astounding – her past suffering at the hands of her tormentors all but forgotten,” Varney said.On the official Samara blog, a simple message from Varney and the rest of the reserve team offered some final words on the loss of Sibella: “We mourn her loss but seek comfort in knowing that she lived and died in a wild environment. We feel incredibly privileged to have been witness to the life of this exceptional cat.”On social media, wildlife photographers, conservationists and ordinary people from around the world posted heartfelt messages and photos of Sibella, queen of the Karoo cheetahs.Rest in Peace, Sibella . @samarakaroo #cheetah #SouthAfrica http://t.co/WW1CxNXHLC— Marcy Mendelson (@MendelsonImages) Septemb er 11, 2015Iconic “matriarch’ Cheetah Sibella dies http://t.co/6bleCsbg55#Op4Cheetahs #Sibella pic.twitter.com/HmBxga9Enk— #Op4Cheetahs (@Op4Cheetahs) September 12, 2015Ah. But what a legendary cheetah she was! Samara’s Sibella is no more. http://t.co/KRYpECB9Fs— Julienne du Toit (@KarooSpace) September 12, 2015SAinfo reporterlast_img read more