Registration for 2019 Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge closes this Friday

first_imgThe Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge is a not-for-profit event, with 100 percent of the proceeds raised from this event going towards the Hot Meal Program at local schools.The Verticle Slam Ultimate Challenge is taking place this Saturday morning, June 8 at the Beatton River Valley Hills, with the shotgun at 8:00 a.m.To register for this event, you can sign up at FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Registration for the 2019 Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge closes this Friday, June 7.Registrants have until Friday night at 6:00 p.m. to sign up online for this event.According to event organizers, registration will not be accepted on the morning of the Challenge.- Advertisement -This year, the Challenge is taking place at the Beatton River Valley Hills, rather than at Big Bam Ski Hill.Other changes include the removal of the obstacle courses and they will be having the race start at one time.Sign up fees start from $25.00 to $55.00 depending on which distance you wish to participate in.Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla could be out until OCTOBER with ankle injury

first_imgArsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla may not return to action until October, having undergone eight operations to rectify an ankle injury.The 32-year-old played just 11 times for the Gunners last season before damaging his Achilles in the Champions League win over Ludogorets in October.Cazorla was at Wembley with his team-mates to celebrate the north London club’s record 13th FA Cup win on Saturday, but has since said he is not expecting to be fit in time for the start of next term.“You feel like throwing in the towel but my desire to play football is above everything,” he told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.“I haven’t been given a timeframe. It’s very difficult to put a date, but I don’t think it will be before five months.”Despite his ankle problem, Cazorla was handed a one-year contract extension at the turn of the year.Many Arsenal fans pointed to the absence of the Spain international as a key factor in the poor run of form which ended the Gunners’ Premier League and Champions League hopes.A run of seven defeats in 12 games saw Arsenal drop out of the title picture, eventually finishing fifth, while Bayern Munich recorded a 10-2 aggregate victory over Arsene Wenger’s side in Europe.Cazorla continued: “It’s been since October that I last played.“I’ve undergone eight surgeries, the last one (on Monday). I hope that things go better.“I’ve had complications since November. I got a bacterial infection in surgery, my bone got infected, the wound would not close and I had a graft done.”Cazorla, who moved to the Emirates Stadium from Malaga in 2012, said the 2016/17 campaign had been his most difficult to date but praised the club for sticking by him during his drawn-out recovery.Asked if it was the worst season of his career, he said: “Yes.“I remember I had a bad spell with a back problem but this is worse because it doesn’t depend on me.“Right now I can’t think about the future. I just want to return to playing.“Arsenal have been very good to me. They gave me a contract extension before I had my surgery. The coach (Wenger) spoke to me and reassured me.”If Cazorla’s timeline to a full recovery is accurate, it could mean the Achilles issue – and all the related problems – end up costing him a full year of his career.An October return would see him miss the start of the 2017/18 Premier League season as well as Arsenal’s opening Europa League fixtures. 1 Santi Cazorla ahead of the FA Cup final last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL LGFA NEWS: ‘For the Attention of Ladies Club Players in Donegal’.Davy McLaughlin Donegal ladies Senior manager will hold a 2nd “Open” Training session on Monday night 1st Sept. in the COE in Convoy beginning at 6.30 sharp- on the lookout for new players!This is open to any player who feels they may have what it takes to step up to senior inter county level! Davy held a similar evening last Monday and described it as a huge success.He later told the monthly meeting of the County Board that he wanted players from clubs at all levels to turn up, not just senior team players.Any player who feels she might make the jump from club player to county player should attend!Interested? Contant Davy directly on 0861521414. REMEMBER MONDAY 1st September @6.30SHARPCENTRE OF EXCELLENCE,CONVOY!MESSAGE-PHONE-OR JUST TURN UP ON THE NIGHT! WANT TO PLAY FOR YOUR COUNTY? DONEGAL SENIOR LADIES MANAGER HOSTING ANOTHER OPEN SESSION was last modified: August 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalLGFAopen sessionsenior squadlast_img read more


first_imgThe pleading  words of Nora Clitheroe have haunted me for almost thirty years: “Don’t leave me, Jack,  don’t fling me from you now.”Haunted me because of the jeers from the lads in the audience from the visiting schools as they mocked my dodgy Dublin accent and took great delight at our all-girl cast in the annual school play.How I cursed Sean O’Casey. But that was then. As part of its national and UK tour, the Abbey Theatre will stage a revived production of O’Casey’s  tragic-comedy The Plough and the Stars at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny later this month.Under the direction of Wayne Jordan, Associate Artist with the Abbey, we are told he will bring “the fresh perspective of a new generation to this iconic play”.Set in the midst of the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart in the idealism of the time.A classic of the Abbey Theatre repertoire The Plough and the Stars is set in a tenement house, against the backdrop of the Easter Rising in 1916. The Plough and the Stars is both an intimate play about the lives of ordinary people and an epic play about ideals and the birth of our nation.Amidst the tumult of political upheaval, Jack and Nora Clitheroe are ‘like two turtle doves always billing and cooing’, much to the ridicule of their bustling neighbours.But when Ireland calls, Jack must choose between love for his wife and duty to his country.Heartbreaking, disturbing and very funny, The Plough and the Stars is a historic play that every generation needs to see.It is the third play in Sean O’Casey’s trilogy of Dublin life during a period of revolution. The Plough and the Stars at An Grianan Theatre 25 Sep, 26 Sep, 27 Sep, 28 Sep, 29 Sept.Tel: Box Office : 074 91 20777ABBEY THEATRE PRODUCTION OF THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: September 11th, 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:ABBEY THEATRE PRODUCTION OF THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS IN LETTERKENNYlast_img read more


first_imgA CHILD support network has angrily condemned childcare providers who are charging parents for services which should be free.Donegal County Childcare Committee (DCCC) is this week inviting parents to contact the DCCC offices to get clarity on valid charges for pre-school education under the Free Pre-School Year.It has again been brought to the attention of DCCC that parents of children in the free pre-school year are being charged for additional services marketed as a requirement of their child’s enrolment in the early childhood service and also for children with special educational needs. DCCC is highlighting that some of these charges are breaching the early childhood services contractual agreement with the Childcare Directorate and are urging parents to access information from DCCC.The Free Pre-school year, under the Governments Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme, is a universal service for all children regardless of individual need or circumstance.According to Donegal County Childcare’s latest census figures, over 2,500 children in Donegal participate in the ECCE scheme annually. The scheme is offered across over 150 community and privately managed early childhood services across the county.Under the terms of the ECCE contract, participating service providers must provide the pre-school service free to parents. An additional fee can only be charged as an ‘optional extra’ and this includes arrangements such as additional time outside the 3 hours per day or for activities which would generally not be regarded as a normal part of a pre-school service such as outings, food, dance or music sessions.Under no circumstances can an additional charge be placed on a free pre-school place to facilitate a child with a disability or special educational need. As a rule, all additional extra notices to parents should carry an approval stamp from Donegal County Childcare.Avril McMonagle, County Childcare Manager has condemned the behaviour of childcare services participating in this practice and said today:  “It is damaging the reputation of all early childhood services – the majority it has to be said – who are compliant with the terms of their funding contract.“Although I acknowledge that there are significant funding constraints on pre-school services and in particular inadequate capitation levels for children with special educational needs – the core of the problem will not be addressed by passing the charge on to parents.“The Government claims to have provided a free pre-school year – if the sector cannot provide a free service to parents on the grant they receive, then they should voice this clearly to their public representatives who have a duty to bring this message to Government. The early childhood sector either locally or nationally has nothing to gain by sweeping this problem under the carpet. “Parents, just because their child has additional needs or because their local pre-school has higher running costs than another should not be expected to pick up the tab for what is being extolled as a success story for all children and parents. Either it’s free or it is not – either it is universally available to all children equally or it’s not – simple as that.”DCCC are urging parents to contact the office to speak with a Development Officer if they are unsure about any additional charges in relation to the free pre-school year on 074 9123442 , by email or by accessing a range of information on the DCCC website www.donegalchildcare.comREVEALED: DONEGAL PARENTS BEING CHARGED FOR CHILDCARE SERVICES WHICH SHOULD BE FREE was last modified: May 29th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal County Childcare Committeefree pre-school placesovercharginglast_img read more

Chelsea as good as Real Madrid – Spurs boss

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insisted Chelsea are as good as Real Madrid after his side came out on top in an eight-goal thriller at White Hart Lane.A Harry Kane-inspired Spurs beat the Blues 5-3 as Pochettino celebrated a victory over counterpart Jose Mourinho for the first time.But, having masterminded the triumph, he was quick to praise not only his own team but also that coached by his friend Mourinho.He said: “For me, Mourinho is one of the best, if not the best, managers in the world.“I’m not especially happy for me but for the team. Mourinho is my friend but at the end it’s three points.“It’s difficult to find a weakness in Chelsea. They are at a Real Madrid level.“They have a lot of international players but we had a great performance and I want to congratulate my players.”Pochettino also played down calls for in-form striker Kane, who scored twice against Chelsea, to be given an England call-up.He said: “We need to be careful with him, he’s still young. It’s impossible to hide him because of his performances but we try to help him and improve him every day.“If the national-team manager believes in him and gives him the opportunity to play, that’s not my decision.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Plant Communication: How Leaf Calls Bud

first_imgPlants communicate with themselves in email (07/13/2001), and the messages are being hacked by scientists.  Miguel Blázquez, writing in Science,1 discussed three recent studies that help solve the problem of how a plant, without a nervous system, buds into flowers all at once.  Two of the studies describe a couple of proteins that, working in concert, turn on the budding process.  “The third paper by Huang et al. in this week’s Science Express,” he writes climactically, “reports how the two factors meet—FT transcript travels from leaf to shoot via the plant vascular tissue” (emphasis added in all quotes).  This is just one example of a widespread phenomenon.  “Indeed, long-distance movement of RNAs through the phloem has been well documented in plants,” he writes.    Robert Roy Britt has written a popular account of this research on  See also the Max Planck Society press release about a related study.1Miguel A. Blázquez, “The Right Time and Place for Making Flowers,” Science, Vol 309, Issue 5737, 1024-1025 , 12 August 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1117203].This is just too cool.  Imagine– plants communicating via microscopic packets of information through their vessels.  You thought those tubes just carried water and nutrients from the soil.  Had you any idea that, included in that oozing sap, was all kinds of coded information?  Think of it: plants invented TCP/IP before man did.  To Comprehend Plants / Information Processing.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Earthquakes Don’t Kill: Corrupt Leaders Do

first_img“A new assessment of global earthquake fatalities over the past three decades indicates that 83 percent of all deaths caused by the collapse of buildings during earthquakes occurred in countries considered to be unusually corrupt.”  That’s the opening statement of an entry in Science Daily.    Of course, no one can predict where a stone will fall when an earthquake hits, but the casualty numbers could be drastically reduced if it were not for corruption, a study published in Nature found.1  “The six-digit death toll from last year’s Haiti earthquake compared with the absence of any fatalities in New Zealand’s identical magnitude (7) earthquake was a stark reminder that poor building practices are largely to blame for turning moderate earthquakes into major disasters,” Ambraseys and Bilham said.    “Earthquake-resistant construction depends on responsible governance, but its implementation can be undermined by corruption,” or by poverty, use of substandard materials or poor siting – often consequences of bad government.  The researchers knew that poverty often tracks with corruption, but they teased apart the major factors and called corrupt leaders “geology’s accomplices” in mass death from natural disasters.  “Of all earthquake fatalities attributable to building collapse in the past three decades, 82.6% occur in societies that are anomalously corrupt,” their graph showed.  Chile and New Zealand, for example, are “less corrupt than might be expected from their per capita income, and have low earthquake fatalities.”  Japan was an outlier; its devastating Kobe earthquake could be attributed to “collapse of older structures in Kobe that predate the adoption of a code of earthquake-resistant building.”  Their ending paragraph was depressing:But our analyses suggest that international and national funds set aside for earthquake resistance in countries where corruption is endemic are especially prone to being siphoned off.  The structural integrity of a building is no stronger than the social integrity of the builder, and each nation has a responsibility to its citizens to ensure adequate inspection.  In particular, nations with a history of significant earthquakes and known corruption issues should stand reminded that an unregulated construction industry is a potential killer.On a related political note, New Scientist reported that independence for South Sudan could have a healthy spin-off: the eradication of the guinea worm parasite.  Decades of civil war inhibited opportunities to clean up water supplies where the worm eggs infest humans.  Though in ruins, the cessation of conflict might allow the new independent country a chance to bring the world a “peace dividend” – “the second human disease – after smallpox – to be eradicated.”1.  Ambraseys and Bilham, “Corruption kills,” Nature 469, pp 153�155, 13 January 2011, doi:10.1038/469153a.It would be an interesting study to examine how many deaths due to “natural disasters” are severely aggravated by human sin.  Imagine yourself outside in nature in a severe earthquake.  Sure, you might get hit by a tsunami or landslide, but chances are, you would be fine after the shaking stops – even in Haiti outside the city.  But experience the same quake in a shanty town of low-quality buildings thrown up by poverty-stricken people who cannot rise out of their poverty due to corrupt leaders, and the results can be, and were (a year ago), appallingly tragic.  Los Angeles is due for a big one.  The last two major quakes killed 57 in 1994 and 65 in 1971.  Compare that with 230,000 deaths in Haiti for a similar magnitude.    If Haiti had liberty and justice for all, and a Protestant work ethic that encouraged entrepreneurship regulated by righteous leaders and judges, the cities would have been built on the proper sites, with safe materials and reinforcements.  The citizens would be trained in disaster preparation and response.  Undoubtedly many would still have died in last year’s quake: perhaps a few hundred, but not 230,000.  To add major insult to major injury, the cholera epidemic that broke out and killed thousands more in Haiti was likely also caused by corruption and carelessness of the UN aid workers who came to “help” the victims.  When the people protested, the UN workers fired on them!  Read the JSF-Post blog about this and weep.  A reader submitted the following anecdote:Regarding your entry “Earthquakes Don�t Kill: Corrupt Leaders Do”, I thought you might like another comparison for the Haiti earthquake: the 2010 Christchurch earthquake.  It measured 7.1 on the Richter scale (as big as the Haiti quake), but there were zero fatalities directly linked to the earthquake.  There were two serious injuries, and one person died of a heart attack during the quake, but nobody was directly killed by the quake or debris.  The quake�s epicentre was on 40km (24mi) west of Christchurch, and Christchurch is New Zealand’s second largest city, with about 375,000 people, so the potential for a catastrophe was huge.  But mainly due to New Zealand’s strict building codes, and that people evidently adhered to them, Christchurch escaped with was it in comparison to Haiti a few minor grazes.    Solomon said, “An unplowed field produces food for the poor, but injustice sweeps it away” (Proverbs 13:23).  A prosperous society built on liberty and justice for all generates prosperity, funds science, punishes evil, produces civic stability that promotes commerce, and many other social benefits.  Constitutionally-protected liberty, as America’s founders established, is built on the Biblical values they espoused.  Knowing man’s tendency to evil, they constructed branches of government that provided checks and balances on power, to forestall corruption and to allow free people to pursue prosperity with their Creator-endowed rights of life and liberty.  That freedom had an unprecedented peace dividend for the world.    How scientific institutions can continue to support leftist policies (12/05/2010, 10/14/2010) that have produced the worst corrupt dictatorships of the 20th century is senseless.  Big government breeds ambition and corruption.  Don’t they realize that the leftist trend in America has led to financial ruin that threatens their own funding?  If they understood fallen human nature as taught by the Bible, they would realize that the founding American system is the best one to promote scientific research and education, because it works human nature against its evil tendencies: ambition is turned toward service, greed toward healthy competition, and selfishness toward excellence.  The Bible promotes hard work to serve others; it rewards responsibility and charity.  It doesn’t work for a society that has no regard for these values, because bribery that is unpunished undermines the safety inspections instituted to protect the poor.    The study authors said, “The structural integrity of a building is no stronger than the social integrity of the builder.”  Where does social integrity come from?  Evolution?  Ha!  Get real.  Integrity is a Biblical value right out of the Ten Commandments.  Corrupt governments, that violate the Biblical commands against stealing and bearing false witness, that do not love God with all their hearts and minds nor their neighbors as themselves, where power gets concentrated in a few individuals, have the worst track records on human rights and scientific achievement.  Nature News recently had to admit that Venezuela’s dictator, Hugo Chavez, a liberal darling and bosom buddy of fellow despots Ahmadinejad and Castro, is putting the squeeze on the country’s scientists.  Surprised?    Let these articles be a lesson to scientific institutions.  Supporting a return to America’s founding ideals and values would be the best investment they could ever make.  For the poor, it’s a matter of life and death.(Visited 57 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read 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Popular Sandbox Building Game Minecraft Finally Reaches Beta

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#gaming#web The popular sandbox building game Minecraft has finally entered beta after spending over a year in public alpha. For those who have yet to discover this glorious experiment (time suck), Minecraft is an open-ended environment where you must mine and build things in order to survive.Minecraft became an indie gaming hit this fall, with some reports that the game was bringing in around $350,000 a day. The popularity and sales are impressive enough for an indie game. But add to that the fact that Minecraft is not finished. It has been very much a work-in-progress throughout the alpha, with creator Marcus “Notch” Persson developing in the open, in response to emergent gameplay.With the move to beta, Minecraft’s price increases to €14.95 (roughly $20). But those who participated in the alpha version will get this and all future updates for free.The beta version of Minecraft brings a number of bug fixes and adds a server-side inventory. According to Persson, the focus on this beta stage will be on polish and content as well as adding proper modding support with a stable API. Persson also says Minecraft may add some kind of “non-intrusive narrative to the game to help drive the game experience early on and to provide some kind of late game goal.” 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img audrey watters 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

Burnley vs Newcastle United: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

first_imgBurnley are to host Newcastle United in the final match of the latest set of Premier League fixtures on Monday.The Clarets are without a win since late September but manager Sean Dyche is insistent that his side are showing signs of returning to their best form.Both sides are level on nine points going into the game, just one point clear of the relegation zone. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Burnley vs Newcastle United Date Monday, November 26 Time 8:00pm GMT/3:00pm ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on television on NBCSN and it can be streamed live online using NBC Sports Live. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN NBC Sports Live In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports Main Event or Sky Sports Premier League and livestreamed on Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League SKY GO Squads & Team News Position Burnley squad Goalkeepers Hart, Heaton, Lindegaard Defenders Lowton, Taylor, Mee, Bardsley, Long Gibson Midfielders Cork, Brady, Hendrick, Defour, Gudmusson, Westwood, Lennon Forwards Vokes, Barnes, Wood, Agyei, Vydra, McNeil Burnley boss Dyche confirmed that Monday’s match will come too soon for England defender James Tarkowski, who is recovering from a hernia operation.Johann Berg Gudmunsson has recovered from a calf injury, whilst fellow midfielder Stephen Defour should also be fit.Nick Pope and Stephen Ward remain out.Burnley Potential starting XI : Hart; Lowton, Long, Mee, Taylor; Lennon, Defour, Cork, Gudmunsson; Vokes, Wood. Position Newcastle United players Goalkeepers Dubravka, Darlow, Elliot, Woodman Defenders Clark, Lascelles, Manquillo, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez Midfielders Shelvey, Murphy, Diame, Ritchie, Hayden, Atsu, Ki Sung-yeung, Kenedy, Longstaff, Roberts Forwards Perez, Joselu, Muto, Rondon Defender Paul Dummett has been ruled out of the Magpies’ trip to Burnley, after injuring his calf whilst playing for Wales last week.Rafa Benitez has a number of other injury concerns, with captain Jamal Lascelles, midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and forward Yoshinori Muto all facing late fitness tests.Centre-back Florian Lejeune has returned to training just four months after having surgery on a serious knee injury, but Benitez says he will not rush him back into action on Monday.Newcastle United Potential starting XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo; Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy; Perez; Rondon.Betting & Match Odds Interestingly, Newcastle are favourites to pick up three points on Monday and can be backed at 7/4 by bet365bebet365. A home win for Burnley is priced at 19/10, while a draw is 11/5.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Jeff Hendrick, BurnleyThis is the first time that Burnley have less than 10 points after the first 12 matches of a Premier League campaign.They have only won one of their last eight home league matches, but Sean Dyche is adamant that his side have put in some much improved performances in recent weeks.”For the last number of weeks we have been showing signs of getting back to where we want to be,” Dyche claimed.”Now it’s about taking it on, about being at home, getting the fans behind you and taking on a performance; not waiting for it, actually being pro-active about making things happen.”Newcastle, meanwhile, will be looking to win their first Premier League away match of the season on Monday.If they manage to keep a clean sheet, it will be the first time they have recorded successive Premier League away clean sheets since December 2013. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more