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  • Gardner takes part in Pro Rodeo Canada Maple Leaf Circuit Finals in Regina

    first_imgWhen it came to Bull Riding, Gardner had quite the performance as he placed 2nd in the first round, 3rd in the second round, and 1st in the fourth round. Gardner was to make an appearance at the PBR event in Dawson Creek but was unable to take part as he was in Regina the same weekend. – Advertisement -In Steer Wrestling, Gardner placed fourth in the second round with a time of 6.2 seconds and earned an amount of $340.00. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Jake Gardner, of Dawson Creek, was in Regina from November 27 to the 30 for the Pro Rodeo Canada Maple Leaf Circuit Finals. center_img For the Circuit Finals, Gardner had qualified for both steer wrestling and bull riding. Gardner also came in 1st place in the Average with 249.5 points on three head. Advertisementlast_img read more

  • PowerComm buys Unified Valve

    first_imgPowerComm Inc has entered into an agreement to purchase Unified Valve.Unified Valve has operations in Fort St. John, Calgary, Brooks. Red Deer, Edmonton and Grande Prairie and services all types of industrial and commercial valves with a focus on pressure relief valves.PowerComm started in 1993 as an industrial electrial/instrumentation contractor and valve reconditioning company in the Lloydminster and Provost Alberta areas. PowerComm has 11 offices in Alberta.- Advertisement -“Joining forces with a company of PowerComm’s reputation and capability is extremely exciting for Unified Valve,” said Keith Levoir, President and CEO of Unified Valve. “As it will without question create the largest aftermarket valve service company in western Canada giving us the opportunity to increase the services and product lines that we are able to provide our customer base,”he concluded.The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and approval by PowerComm’s Board of Directors.last_img read more

  • Grace Center turns a sweet 16

    first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “They’re here to help,” said Joel Tedholm, a 51-year-old client. “To me, personally, the food’s a small part of what they do. Having somebody to talk to is more important.” Grace was presented with a check for $543 from Amargosa Middle School’s leadership class, which raised the money for the charity in a Valentines messaging drive. Grace executive director Steve Baker said the plight of those his charity serves varies widely. He said most of his clients are among the working poor, and that about 2 percent are homeless. Grace’s doors are open to everyone. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 LANCASTER – One of the Antelope Valley’s most prominent charities turned 16 Tuesday. Grace Resource Center, a Christian charity that serves thousands of local residents each year, celebrated its birthday at its Lancaster headquarters where about 50 staffers, volunteers and clients lit candles and shared an oversize chocolate cake. Grace opened as a food bank in 1991 at its 3,800-square-foot Yucca Avenue location. It has been at its current Sierra Highway location, a 12,000-square-foot facility near Avenue I, since 2001. The charity provides more than 100,000 meals annually. It also provides social services such as medical care and job training, and religious counseling to countless others. last_img read more

  • Mark Hughes sacked as Southampton manager

    first_imgFormer RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuettl is reportedly the front-runner to replace Hughes — the new boss will be Southampton’s fourth permanent manager in 18 months.“We would like to express our thanks to Mark and his staff for all of their efforts during their time at St Mary’s,” the club said in a statement.“The search for a new manager to take the club forward is already under way.“First team assistant coach Kelvin Davis will lead the team for Wednesday’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.”Assistant first team manager Mark Bowen and assistant first team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki have also left the club.Southampton, who were 2-0 up against Jose Mourinho’s United at home on Saturday at one stage, are 18th in the Premier League, just one point ahead of bottom club Fulham.They have won just one of their 14 Premier League matches this season under Hughes, suffering seven defeats.The former Manchester United, Barcelona and Chelsea forward signed for Southampton as a player towards the end of an illustrious career.During his subsequent coaching career he has managed Wales as well as Blackburn, Manchester City and Stoke.Asked if being given control only up until Wednesday’s Tottenham trip suggests a permanent appointment will happen before the weekend, Davis said: “To me it does indicate that.“But whether that happens or not will be up to the guys upstairs. I’m taking the team up until Wednesday and we’ll see after that.”The former Saints goalkeeper revealed his pride at taking temporary charge of the club but said he would not look beyond Wednesday’s match.“The opportunity I’ve got now is to take the lads for a couple of days’ training and to prepare for the Tottenham game,” said Davis. “After that is after that. I don’t think it would be wise to even consider anything after that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mark Hughes only won one game in the Premier League this season as Southampton manager © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 3 – Mark Hughes has been sacked as manager of Southampton after just eight months in charge, the struggling Premier League club announced on Monday, despite an improved performance in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United.The Welshman, 55, took over at St Mary’s in March and guided them to Premier League survival as well as an FA Cup semi-final but was unable to inspire a better campaign this season.last_img read more

  • Liverpool star set for sensational comeback, Madrid want Ozil, City £22m deal, Spurs want striker and more stories

    first_img Transfer rumours Here’s a selection of stories and rumours from Sunday’s newspapers…Mamadou Sakho could return to action for Liverpool next weekend after resuming full training following five weeks out. (Liverpool Echo)Arsenal will compete with Tottenham for the signature of Marseille’s 22-year-old Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi. (Sunday Telegraph)  Real Madrid will try to re-sign Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil if they sell 24-year-old James Rodriguez. (Don Balon) Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes Arsenal defender Calum Chambers could be a replacement for John Stones, should the 21-year-old leave Goodison. (Sunday People) Manchester City’s Yaya Toure will be offered a £24m deal to sign for Chinese side Shanghai SIPG. (Sun on Sunday) City have scouted PSV Eindhoven’s 20-year-old Uruguayan midfielder Gaston Pereiro. (Manchester Evening News) Brazilian star Alexandre Pato says he would be happy to play in the Premier League. (Mail on Sunday) Liverpool’s £29m attacker Roberto Firmino has been told by Anfield hero John Aldridge that he needs toughen up if he wants to win over Reds fans. (Sunday Express) Pep Guardiola is under pressure from his wife to stay in Germany rather than switch to Manchester City or Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror) Carlo Ancelotti is being lined up by Bayern in case Guardiola leaves. (Sunday Express) 1last_img read more

  • DANIEL WHO? SINGING TEACHER HADN’T A CLUE WHO SINGING SENSATION WAS

    first_imgIreland’s most famous singing teacher has admitted she didn’t have a clue who Daniel O’Donnell was when he came to her for lessons.Dr Veronica Dunne has trained many of the world’s greatest singers in a career that has spanned more than four decades.But she didn’t realise who megastar Daniel was – until she saw him on television. Daniel, 49, pestered Dr.Dunne for lessons after calling her a number of times at her home in Dublin.“He arrived with the most beautiful bunch of flowers but I honestly didn’t know who this man was. I couldn’t see him behind the flowers.“He had a beautiful soft and lilting Donegal accent but I didn’t want to ask him his name.“He wanted me to listen to his records but I just wanted to hear his voice and some scales,” she said. It was only when the famous Opera singer saw the Donegal star on a television commercial that she realised who he was.“I was shocked when I realised it was Daniel. Soon after that I told him that I didn’t think I could do anymore for him.“I didn’t want to strengthen his voice too much that he would lose that lovely lilting quality it has.“I think he understood what I was saying because he never came back to me after that,” she revealed.Ends DANIEL WHO? SINGING TEACHER HADN’T A CLUE WHO SINGING SENSATION WAS was last modified: October 23rd, 2011 by StephenShare 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:daniel o’donnellVeronica Dunnelast_img read more

  • Galaxy must settle for fourth in West

    first_img The Galaxy’s postseason fate pretty much was decided 38 minutes into the first half when it was announced that FC Dallas tied Kansas City 2-2. That meant the Galaxy could do no better than third in the conference. Saturday’s loss to the Earthquakes left the Galaxy (13-13-6, 45 points) tied with Colorado (13-13-6, 45 points) for third place, but the Rapids got the edge on goal differential and a matchup with Dallas in the first round of the playoffs. The Galaxy, in turn, finished fourth in the West and got the Earthquakes. The Galaxy did beat the ‘Quakes 2-1 in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals in late August, but it hasn’t won a regular-season match in San Jose since a 1-0 victory on Sept. 21, 2002. There was plenty of action early on, but it was more a war of attrition than anything. Two players, one from each team, were ejected in the opening 22 minutes. The first was Galaxy defender Tyrone Marshall, who was red-carded by referee Jair Marrufo in the 17th minute for stepping – not once, but twice – on prone San Jose midfielder Alejandro Moreno as they battled for a loose ball. The second ejection occurred five minutes later after Earthquakes defender Kevin Goldthwaite tripped Gomez, who had just intercepted a pass at midfield and had plenty of running room ahead of him. Marshall and Goldthwaite miss next week’s playoff opener. The action appeared to open up after the player dismissals, and the Earthquakes took a 1-0 lead in the 42nd minute. Brian Mullan lofted a beautiful pass across the goal crease to Mark Chung, who had slipped behind the Galaxy defense at the corner of the net. Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartman was a split-second too late in getting over and preventing the score. Hartman had no chance on San Jose’s second goal three minutes later. Dwayne De Rosario leads the league in assists, but he’s not too bad at scoring goals, either, and got his ninth of the season on a 30-yard free kick in the 45th minute. His attempt just evaded the Galaxy defensive wall and rocketed into the upper corner of the net. Landon Donovan got the Galaxy goal on a penalty kick in the 68th minute. San Jose’s Mullan closed the scoring nine minutes later. Larry Morgan, (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 larry.morgan@sgvn.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CARSON – The Galaxy’s best-laid plans were laid to waste. Los Angeles, clinging to hopes of a second-place finish in the Western Conference and a matchup with FC Dallas in the first round the MLS playoffs, instead settled for fourth in the West and got another meeting with conference champion San Jose, which rolled to a 3-1 victory over the Galaxy on Saturday in front of an announced crowd of 27,000 at Home Depot Center. Galaxy scoring sensation Herculez Gomez, who was guarded closely all night and was credited with just one shot on goal, said the Galaxy will need to be much improved in the return engagement. “We got beat in every aspect of the game,” he said. “We have to learn from this, come into the next game and really take it to them. “They’re a good team. They took advantage of their opportunities and we didn’t.” San Jose coach Dominic Kinnear, however, scoffed at those who felt Saturday’s result was an affirmation of the Earthquakes’ superiority. San Jose, interestingly, had been 0-6-1 in Carson before Saturday’s game. “The playoffs are brand new and everyone starts over,” Kinnear said. “We did well this week, but next week is more important than the week before.” center_img “We felt very confident we could go up to Spartan Stadium and get a result up there,” Galaxy coach Steve Sampson said. “Now we have an opportunity to play here and there. We don’t like the fact we finished fourth, but I believe this club can get a result against them.” The first game of the two-game series will be next Sunday at noon at Home Depot Center and will be televised by ESPN2. The return match – the winner of the series will be decided on goal aggregate – is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in San Jose. last_img read more

  • Police closing in on Vipers’ Henry Katongole

    first_imgKatongole signed for Vipers in the summerKAMPALA – Police FC are understood to be in negotiations over signing Vipers’ defender Henry Katongole.Sources close to the two clubs confirm that they are in talks over a potential loan deal that will see Katongole join the Lugogo based side until the end of the current season.Katongole has not featured for the Venoms since moving from SC Villa in the summer.Despite signing a two year deal at Kitende, the defender clashed with former Venoms’ tactician Javier Martinez, who froze him (Katongole) out of the picture.After Martinez’s departure, Katongole was recalled to the first team and has been training but with Livingstone Mulondo, Geoffrey Wasswa, Bashir Asiku, Ibrahim Kiyemba and Halid Lwaliwa all fit, it will be difficult for Katongole to get get the desired playing time hence a move to Police looking most likely.Police have been dreadful at the back, conceding a League high, 26 goals so far including 5 in a single game away to KCCA FC.With his experience, Katongole would indeed be the short time solution for the Cops’ woes.Comments Tags: Henry KatongoleJavier Martinez Espinosapolice fctopvipers sclast_img read more

  • Looking for Laws to Make Darwinism Scientific

    first_imgImpressed? Darwin’s laws of nature are about as helpful to the understanding of nature as the Stuff Happens Law. Your science might be healthier with a bit of Cole’s Law (i.e., thinly sliced cabbage).(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Science needs natural laws.  Darwinian laws that have been put forward by evolutionists contain so many exceptions and complexities, they seem to have a bad case of physics envy.Coping with Cope’s Rule:  Evolution tends to make animals larger over time – except when it makes them smaller. In Science,1 Kaustuv Roy lamented the perils of this principle that animals evolve toward largeness, known as Cope’s rule. It has some examples but plenty of exceptions. If Cope’s rule were a law of nature, wouldn’t we find lots of giants? “Instead, most species tend to be small to intermediate in size, with few in the smallest and largest size classes.”Bergmann’s suggestion:  Maybe Cope’s rule is offset by a competing principle. This happens sometimes in physics when two forces compete with each other. Bergmann’s rule says that animals grow larger in colder climates. Polar bears grow larger than black bears, for instance. Again, this is too simplistic, Roy argues:Translating these “rules” into predictions about trajectories of size evolution is not straightforward. If bigger really is better, then we should have a world full of giants, yet most species are small. Clearly there are costs to getting bigger, which prevent a runaway Cope’s rule. Such costs involve complex interactions among a multitude of factors including development time, population size, and patterns of resource use. In addition, the temperature-size rule [Bergmann’s rule] suggests that the external environment, which changes in a complex and nonlinear manner over geologic time, is also important in driving size evolution. So, not surprisingly, simple process-based models of size evolution (such as one based on energetics) have not been widely accepted.As if that weren’t complex enough, “There is also the problem of scaling up from observations at the population level to macroevolutionary trends in size,” he said. It is unclear whether models built on samples from a few generations (living or extinct) will hold up “across geographically separated populations and macroevolutionary time.” The uncertainty about these “rules” of body size evolution make it difficult to quantify the apparent influence humans are having on large animals today.Extinction rules or rules going extinct?  Three Turkish scientists brought up problems with measuring extinctions. There are no agreed-on measures of how “great” an extinction event was. Writing in PNAS,2 they said that even since Cuvier proposed multiple catastrophes, and on through the time of Lyell to the present, “it has remained controversial as to how completely and how fast those disappearances occurred,” they said. “Interpretations about the nature and origin of these fluctuations in the progression of life have long been bedeviled by uncertainties as to what constitutes a mass extinction and which mass extinction is ‘greater’ or ‘lesser’ than any other.” The fact that these authors proposed a quantitative scale highlights the fact that no one had done it successfully before. Here’s how they ended their discussion:Great extinctions are generally less catastrophic than widely thought: they are generally Lyellian, only exceptionally Cuvierian. When they are Cuvierian, as the end-Cretaceous extinction so obviously was, and as the present one so alarmingly is, they stand out among the other, more mundane, Lyellian ones. It is not profitable to study extinctions in isolation, among few taxa, in few sections and in limited time frames. They are simply parts of one continuous evolution of the entire earth system and must be studied as such.And yet, aside from the admitted uncertainties and complexities of defining an extinction event and measuring its magnitude, can there really be natural laws governing events as random and unpredictable as catastrophes?Know your limits:  Evolutionists from UK and UC (University of California at Santa Cruz) pulled some reins on how much can be generalized from in vitro evolution models. Some scientists, for instance, study populations of E. coli in a Petri dish and watch what happens when bacteriophages invade. Can the results be generalized into laws of co-evolution? Writing in Nature,3 the team began by asking, “Given the difficulty of testing evolutionary and ecological theory in situ, in vitro model systems are attractive alternatives; however, can we appraise whether an experimental result is particular to the in vitro model, and, if so, characterize the systems likely to behave differently and understand why?”They optimistically proposed a mathematical model that was concordant with one experimental result. So far, so good, but can that be extended to other experiments? They provided several cases where outcomes could be very different depending on the host, the parasite, the resources, and the genetics of the system. Their explanation for different results in different conditions seemed convincing, but their ending paragraph seemed to suggest that a model for one experiment cannot easily be extrapolated to others without auxiliary hypotheses. These seems to make it difficult to establish any laws of co-evolution:Given the above explanation, it is perhaps not surprising in retrospect that what is found for T7 E. coli interactions need not be true for other biologically viable modes of host-parasite co-evolution. These results show how appropriately framed mathematical models aligned with experimental analysis can obviate the need to presume typicality of one model within a class.Contingency vs Law:  It would seem that contingency is the opposite of natural law. Attributing events to chance is about as explanatorily useful as saying “Stuff happens.” That’s about all that a team from the American Museum of Natural History was able to say, though, about the evolution of dinosaurs. Writing in Science, they found that the famous “evolutionary radiation” of the dinosaurs did not follow any rule of size trends, superiority, character evolution or morphological disparity. “The results strongly suggest that historical contingency, rather than prolonged competition or general ‘superiority,’ was the primary factor in the rise of dinosaurs.” Stuff just happened. Such a premise flies in the face of many a textbook and TV documentary.The paper was summarized by PhysOrg, which titled its article, “Luck gave dinosaurs their edge.” Team member Steve Brusatte was quoted saying, “For a long time it was thought that there was something special about dinosaurs that helped them become more successful during the Triassic, the first 30 million years of their history, but this isn’t true.” In the AMNH press release, team member Michael Benton said, “Many people like to think that evolution is progressive: mammals are better than dinosaurs because they came later…. So it may be hard for us to accept that dinosaurs achieved their dominant position on earth largely by chance, just as mammals did when the dinosaurs were later wiped out by a meteorite strike.” Maybe the new phrase for Darwin should be “Survival of the luckiest.” But, then, if fitness cannot be correlated with evolutionary success, what becomes of any Darwinian claim to having established a new law of nature? What is natural selection selecting? What is survival of the fittest judging as fit?Lucky information:  This list concludes with a reminder that David Deamer said this about the origin of the DNA code: “I think genetic information more or less came out of nowhere by chance assemblages of short polymers.” (See the 09/10/2008 entry.)Geology Stuff Happens, TooIf evolutionary biology struggles with discovering natural laws, surely something as physical as geology should do better, right? Not so fast; in Science last week,4 Susan L. Brantley (Penn State) struggled with the complexities of determining the lifetime of something right under our feet: the soil. Soil is obviously important to humans for economic reasons. It also is easily available for study. But you would be surprised how many complicating factors there are when trying to calculate how fast it forms, how long it lasts, and how fast it erodes. Her opening paragraph only suggested the complexity of it all:Soils constitute the topmost layer of the regolith, the blanket of loose rock material that covers Earth’s surface. An open system such as soil or regolith is sustainable, or in steady state, only when components such as rock particles are removed at the same rate they are replenished. However, soils are defined not only by rock particles but also by minerals, nutrients, organic matter, biota, and water. These entities–each characterized by lifetimes in regolith that vary from hundreds of millions of years to minutes–are often studied by scientists from different disciplines. If soils are to be maintained in a sustainable manner, scientists must develop models that cross these time scales to predict the effects of human impact.Sure enough, each one of these ingredients of soil can increase or decrease at vastly different rates. Attempts to date a sample soil in Puerto Rico by cosmogenic nuclides has underscored the problem: how typical is it? A scientist needs to know the input rate, the erosion rate, the penetration depth and many other things which turn out to vary by several orders of magnitude in different soils. In Africa, for instance, the technique doesn’t work. And that is only one factor. If you study a soil based on its nitrogen input-output rate, or its water retention, or its minerals you can get vastly different results. “When scientists within a discipline study soils, they generally focus on one of these time scales while ignoring faster and slower processes,” she said.Can a scientist assume a sample is in a steady state? Whether any ecosystem reaches steady state, she said, is controversial: “If it is possible, steady state is a complex function of the extent and frequency of disturbances such as fires and insect infestations.” What other factors enter the equation? It appears that defining natural laws of soil evolution that will fit any meaningful set of diverse soils is unattainable. “For example, present-day and long-term denudation rates for catchments or soils have been shown to be equal across time scales in some cases, as required for sustainable soils,” she said, but added, “In other cases, the long-term and present-day denudation rates do not agree, perhaps because of variations in ecosystems, climate, glacial effects, extreme events, or human impact.”How, then, can humans predict what will happen? It’s kind of like debates about global warming: “Just as we use global climate models today to project future climate change, we will eventually be able to use global soil models to project future soil change,” she ended optimistically.1.  Kaustuv Roy, “Dynamics of Body Size Evolution,” Science, 12 September 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5895, pp. 1451-1452, DOI: 10.1126/science.1163097.2.  Sengor et al, “A scale of greatness and causal classification of mass extinctions: Implications for mechanisms,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print September 8, 2008, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0805482105.3.  Forde et al, “Understanding the limits to generalizability of experimental evolutionary models,” Nature 455, 220-223 (11 September 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature07152.4.  Susan L. Brantley, “Geology: Understanding Soil Time,” Science, 12 September 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5895, pp. 1454-1455, DOI: 10.1126/science.1161132.In science it is fairly rare to reduce a phenomenon to simple, neat laws. Physics has arguably been the best example – you can write the physical laws of the universe in equations on a sheet of paper – but even there, complications and difficulties arise (see 06/30/2008, for instance). Maybe you’ve seen one of those science toys that pits gravity against magnetism: a pendulum wobbles chaotically as it tries to fall but hits magnetic repulsive forces. The laws of gravity and electromagnetism are easily expressed mathematically, but it would be a huge challenge to predict the path of the pendulum. How much more so when dealing with all the complex factors involved in ecology and evolution? Don’t use the comeback, Darwinists, of the “Law of Natural Selection.” Go re-read the entry on “Fitness for Dummies” from 10/29/2002.One feels a bit of pity for the evolutionary biologist doing his or her best to capture nature’s exigencies in models, equations and natural laws. It seems a hopeless task. Valiantly they continue on, but the above examples highlight the quandary. One may never know all the factors that come to bear on a problem, or their relative influences, or their rates of action, or their interactions and feedbacks. Yet the NCSE and other pro-Darwin groups constantly parade the supposed priority of evolutionary theory over design or creation on the basis of its explanatory power with reference to natural laws. OK: show us the laws. Can they name any one evolutionary law or rule that is not plagued by exceptions, controversy and counter-claims? And when they have to admit that most evolution occurs without any apparent reason – the Stuff Happens Law – does that qualify as science?  Honk if you find this defense convincing:Why the Stuff Happens Law is ScientificIt is reductive: all events can be reduced to this law.It makes predictions: Stuff will happen.It is universal: Stuff always happens.It is normative, not just descriptive: Given matter in motion, stuff must happen.It is falsifiable: If nothing happens, the law has been disproved.It is practical: If something happens, you know you will find stuff around.Corollaries can be derived from it: e.g., Stuff happens at the worst possible timeBad stuff happens to good peopleMurphy’s Law, etc.last_img read more

  • Watch: Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes in South Africa

    first_imgMary AlexanderA new 43-minute online documentary, released on Saturday 10 May, captures unique footage from US rocker Bruce Springsteen‘s first-ever concerts in South Africa, in the first leg of his international High Hopes Tour in January 2014.The film includes a behind-the-scenes look at sound checks and press gatherings, and follows Springsteen fans at their homes, at work and at the shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The makers had extensive conversations with Little Steven and Tom Morello of the E-Street Band.Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes in South Africa was produced by Sony Music Netherlands.last_img read more