Local Speed Skaters Clean Up at CanWest Short Track Skating Championship

first_img 4 TELIZYN, Joshua (T2T 15 M) British Columbia 2,468 8A Champ 1500 (100) mQualif. 1 2: 44.343 16A Champ 200 Pursuit/MS (100) m Qualif. 2 0: 20.251 24A Champ 1500 (100) mFinale 4 2: 41.037 543 pts 32A Champ 200 Pursuit/MS (100) m Finale 3 0: 31.678 666 pts 44B Champ 400 (100) m Qualif. 1 0: 38.943 52B Champ 400 (100) m Semi 1 0: 38.020 60A Champ 400 (100) m Finale 2 0: 39.460 816 pts 68A Champ 3000 Points (100) m Finale 5 0: 00.005 443 pts 5 “Coming into the relay, Team Saskatchewan had won four years running so there was a lot of pressure to beat them. Right off the start, one of the skaters on Team BC fell putting us a lap behind and by the time we finally caught up a few laps later, a skater off Team Sask fell and took out another Team BC skater. In the end, it turned out to be a full-on three-lap sprint between myself since I was the anchor of Team BC and the anchor of Team Sask. I won the sprint so Team BC won the race but it was a very tight victory.”At the championships, Brooke Braun finished 3rd overall in the T2T 14 Female Category with 2,964 points while Joshua Telizyn finished 4th overall in the T2T 15 Male category with 2,468 points. Sidney Bennie finished in 11th place in the T2T 12 Female Category with 758 points with notable second and third place finishes respectively in the 200m Pursuit and 2000m points Finale.Brooke Braun T2T 14 Female- 3rd Place. Photo by Michael MongSidney Bennie said, “I learnt a ton from the competition; not only from my competitors but also the Team BC coaches that I have never had the opportunity to work with before. Next year, I want to requalify and take what I learned and place higher overall.”  Advertisement T2t 12 11 BENNIE, Sidney (T2T 12 F) British Columbia 758 2B Champ 1500 (100) mQualif. 2 2: 55.655 10A Champ 200 Pursuit/MS (100) m Qualif. 10 0: 24.322 18A Champ 1500 (100) mFinale 6 2: 51.315 362 pts 26C Champ 200 Pursuit/MS (100) m Finale 2 0: 24.133 160 pts 38D Champ 400 (100) m Qualif. 4 0: 47.078 46C Champ 400 (100) m Semi 2 0: 46.295 54C Champ 400 (100) m Finale 4 P-Impeding 106 pts 62B Champ 2000 Points (100) m Finale 3 0: 00.003 130 pts 42D Champ 400 (100) m Qualif. 1 0: 42.352 50B Champ 400 (100) m Semi 2 0: 41.811 58A Champ 400 (100) m Finale 3 0: 41.521 666 pts 66A Champ 3000 Points (100) m Finale 2 0: 00.002 816 pts Head Coach of the Elks Speed Skating Club, Richard Stickel was ecstatic with how the three athletes did.“They all skated super well and even though short track speed skating is not our full-time pursuit. All three were still strong in comparison to the skaters who only skate short track.”Stickel says the big goal for the upcoming season is to prepare the local skaters for the Canada Winter Game Trials that will be taking place this winter.The Elks speed skating season has officially wrapped up as the ice is being removed from the Pomeroy Sports Centre early next week. Skaters will hit the ice again in mid-August.center_img FORT ST JOHN, B.C. – Three local speed skaters hit the ice to compete on Team B.C. at the CanWest Short Track Championship in Abbotsford this past weekend.Local athletes Joshua Telizyn, Brooke Braun and Sidney Bennie all represented the local Peace Region and the Elks Speed Skating Club at the championship. The competition featured the best athletes across Western Canada including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The three athletes were selected to don the Team B.C name and compete in the competition based on their performance at the BC Short Track Provincials in early March. Although it was the last competition of the season, the championship offered an excellent environment to compete against the best. “The biggest take away for me, was the opportunity to have fun with the competitors and set goals for the upcoming season,” said Braun. – Advertisement -She added that she plans on continuing to develop her endurance and stamina throughout the summer so she is strong and ready for the first competition of the season. Similarly, veteran athlete Josh Telizyn has competed at the CanWest Championship numerous times. He said the highlight of the competition was his relay. Advertisement T2t 14  3 BRAUN, Brooke (T2T 14 F) British Columbia 2,964 6B Champ 1500 (100) mQualif. 1 3: 04.341 14A Champ 200 Pursuit/MS (100) m Qualif. 3 0: 22.661 22A Champ 1500 (100) m Finale 2 2: 57.697 816 pts 30A Champ 200 Pursuit/MS (100) m Finale 3 0: 22.227 666 pts Advertisement Full Results BelowAdvertisementlast_img read more

Central Bank asked to encourage banks to assist Mica-affected families in Donegal

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has written to the Central Bank asking that they encourage the banks and financial institutions to assist the families affected by Mica defective blocks.The families are being asked to make a 10% contribution they will have to make to the cost of making their homes safe under the forthcoming Redress/ Repair Scheme.Senator Padraig Mac Lochlainn and Deputy Doherty had submitted a similar request to the Minister for Finance through a parliamentary question. However, this was ruled out of order under Oireachtas rules as the Minister is not directly responsible for the banks.Senator Mac Lochlainn said “I commend the efforts of the Mica Action Group in Donegal who have been engaging with the banks and financial institutions to attain commitments on their contribution to the 10% of the cost of making family homes safe across the county.“The Government have confirmed that the homeowners must contribute 10% of the overall costs under the soon to be announced Mica Redress/ Repair Scheme. This 10% contribution will not be possible for many families who are already struggling to pay their mortgage on homes that are falling apart”.“It is therefore incumbent on the banks and financial institutions to step up to the plate and assist these families. At the very least, they need to supply interest-free loans but they should also cover some, if not most of the 10% cost.” He added that this is very much in their financial interest as these homes have dramatically reduced in value due to the presence of these defective blocks and the deterioration of the structures.He added “If they ensure that these homes are made safe by helping the affected families with adequate financial supports, then everyone wins.”Sinn Féin have now written to the Central Bank, requesting that they encourage and facilitate the banks and financial institutions to do just that.Central Bank asked to encourage banks to assist Mica-affected families in Donegal was last modified: December 16th, 2019 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:banksdonegalFinanceMICAlast_img read more

Amazonia Not Pristine

first_imgThe tropical rainforests of Brazil, once thought to be pristine habitats of noble savages, show evidence of mass reworking by humans for millennia.They gained global attention in the 1950s: naked tribes living deep in the rainforests of the Amazon River basin. They murdered Christian missionaries, including Jim Elliott, who had come to share food, medicine, and the gospel. Civilized people around the world felt either revulsion or fascination with these people. Were they noble savages living in harmony with nature? Were they less-evolved members of Homo sapiens? Or were they degenerate children of once-mighty civilizations?Conventional wisdom, exemplified by National Geographic, took the first view: they were misunderstood families of basically peaceful primitive humans who survived in a pristine world, living off the land with no need for clothes, permanent dwellings or western implements. How dare westerners intrude on their space with alien religious ideas! The missionaries were killed out of fear or misunderstanding, not out of western vices like hate or intolerance. Anthropologists, aghast at finding tribespeople with western clothes and iron pots, fought with developers pushing the remaining untouched people groups further into the jungle.The Disney-style, Hiawatha, Jungle-book portrayal of Amazonia is starting to come crashing down. Discoveries of massive earthworks throughout the jungle are revealing an ecology modified by cooperative societies on a massive scale for centuries. Forerunners of today’s naturist monkey-hunters must have been sophisticated exemplars of intelligent design. A paper in PNAS explains the shift in thinking:Amazonian rainforests once thought to be pristine wildernesses are increasingly known to have been inhabited by large populations before European contact. How and to what extent these societies impacted their landscape through deforestation and forest management is still controversial, particularly in the vast interfluvial [between-river] uplands that have been little studied. In Brazil, the groundbreaking discovery of hundreds of geometric earthworks by modern deforestation would seem to imply that this region was also deforested to a large extent in the past, challenging the apparent vulnerability of Amazonian forests to human land use. We reconstructed environmental evidence from the geoglyph region and found that earthworks were built within man-made forests that had been previously managed for millennia. In contrast, long-term, regional-scale deforestation is strictly a modern phenomenon.This is like turning off the lights in the Fantasyland Castle and watching the workers change out of their costumes, pick up their lunchboxes and walk to their Toyotas as they head for home. The storyland was fun while it lasted, but now back to the real world: people are just people, where you find them.Other media have echoed this major paradigm shift:Mysterious Amazonian Geoglyphs Were Built in Already-Altered Forests (Live Science).Hundreds of ancient earthworks built in the Amazon (press release from University of Exeter).Amazon forest ‘shaped by pre-Columbian indigenous peoples’ (BBC News)The articles show photographs of some of the geoglyphs that had long been hidden by trees. First uncovered in the 1980s, they take the shapes of squares, circles and other clearly-designed patterns not explainable by natural causes. Live Science quotes Jennifer Watling of University of São Paulo and University of Exeter, the lead author of the paper:“There’s been a very big debate circling for decades now about how pristine or man-made the Amazonian forests are,” Watling said. The new study suggests that humans have been altering these forests for about 4,000 years.The press release adds:Dr Watling said: “The fact that these sites lay hidden for centuries beneath mature rainforest really challenges the idea that Amazonian forests are ‘pristine ecosystems’.“We immediately wanted to know whether the region was already forested when the geoglyphs were built, and to what extent people impacted the landscape to build these earthworks.”Even though the purposes of the structures remains unknown, the design is unmistakable. Researchers see evidence that large tracts were burned down to make clearings, but the rainforest modifications were done in a purposeful and controlled manner:Instead of burning large tracts of forest – either for geoglyph construction or agricultural practices – people transformed their environment by concentrating on economically valuable tree species such as palms, creating a kind of ‘prehistoric supermarket’ of useful forest products. The team found tantalizing evidence to suggest that the biodiversity of some of Acre’s remaining forests may have a strong legacy of these ancient ‘agroforestry’ practices.In other words, intelligent design is evident not just in the geoglyphs themselves, but in modifications of the forest species for the purpose and intent of the humans living there. The “legacy” of the forest today is different than it would have been if left to the unguided forces of nature.In addition to these evidences, the archaeologists found decorated pots that had been smashed, perhaps for ritual purposes. Watling thinks that people gathered at the geoglyph sites sporadically, at special times of the year for ceremonies or when coming to the ‘prehistoric supermarket’ for supplies. One thing is clear: “There’s loads of them,” Watling said of the earthworks. “And we don’t really know why.”Update 3/03/17: On The Conversation, Chris O. Hunt, a “cultural paleoecologist,” describes how science is often dictated by our political biases:When I started doing fieldwork in Borneo 17 years ago, most people thought of tropical forests as wildernesses, hostile to civilised human life and home only to vagrant, primitive people. Major textbooks portrayed these forests as largely unchanging over several million years.This mindset suited common political goals, previously for imperial expansion and more lately for corporate development. Logging, ranching, mining and dam construction were seen as bringing better lives to impoverished (and inferior) hunter-gatherers and small-scale farmers.But is he right to blame imperialists and businessmen? It could be argued that Darwinian materialists were expecting to find primitive people in remote wilderness areas, incapable of large-scale modification of their environments. Maybe he should look in the mirror and see what political biases are making him draw his own conclusions. All the while, he infers intelligent design from the evidence of forest modifications, but if he’s like most of his colleagues, he would probably abjure any association with the ID movement. Most certainly he would want to distance himself from the early Social Darwinists who exterminated primitive people on the grounds they were less evolved than white Europeans.Some principles of intelligent design theory are clear from this story. You don’t have to know who the designer was. You don’t have to know what the purpose was. All you need to establish a design inference is that an intentional modification of nature occurred that required foresight, intelligence and controlled execution. First, you rule out chance. Then, you rule out natural law. What you are left with is an intelligent cause. The design inference is robust; science uses it all the time. Archaeology is a perfect example. There’s no reason to rule it out for the earth, the universe or the DNA code when applying the same logic.Another implication of this story is that today’s tribes-people are degenerates from a once-great civilization. They are not noble savages, living peacefully with nature, even though they have gotten by for centuries with little in the way of tools. They obviously have the skills they need to live; they can climb trees, create poison darts, and find monkeys to shoot. They can grow their favorite crop. But their ancestors had organized societies, capable of modifying the landscape in big ways with cooperative effort. The BBC News estimates 8-10 million natives lived in Amazonia before Europeans arrived, but many were decimated by diseases they brought. Even so, the survivors could have remembered the technology they inherited.It’s also interesting that the archaeologists trace back the habitation to only a few thousands of years— not tens of thousands, or hundreds of thousands. The timeline fits the Biblical record for the history of man.We need to look at the living descendants differently than we have been taught. They are not on the evolutionary path of Progress. They have regressed due to sin and forgetting their Maker. They live getting drunk and drugged, fighting with their neighbors, killing some who come to help them. Jim Elliott was right; they need the gospel.For a historical look at the “rise and fall of Progress,” see chapter 21 in Tom Bethell’s new book, Darwin’s House of Cards. Victorians were so drunk on the elixir of Progress they couldn’t think straight. Darwinism was born in that era. Now, environmentalists view man as the enemy of the earth. Yet Darwinism remains! Time to ditch natural selection. (Visited 93 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cong. worker murdered in Ghatkopar, party cries foul

first_imgMumbai: A 45-year-old Congress worker was allegedly murdered at Asalfa in Ghatkopar on Monday morning. While the Congress has called it a political murder and an attack on democracy, the Saki Naka police believe the victim was killed in a road rage incident. Manoj Dubey used to stay with his family in Shivaji Nagar of Asalfa. Dubey, the police said, was found in a severely injured condition near Asalfa Metro station around 1.30 a.m., and was rushed to Rajawadi Hospital, where he died during treatment. After Dubey was identified based on some documents on his person, the police contacted his family.“Dubey’s family told us that he had got into an argument on Facebook after he put up a status saying the next government would be formed by the Congress, which attracted the ire of some local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers. On Sunday evening, Dubey and a BJP functionary came to the police station and Dubey registered a non-cognisable complaint against the people threatening him. To the best of our knowledge, the matter ended there,” an officer at Saki Naka police station said. Inquiries established that Dubey left his residence after midnight on Sunday to meet someone, and got involved in an accident. “We have found eyewitnesses who saw Dubey drive on the wrong side of the road and hit another car, after which an argument ensued between Dubey and the car owner. Dubey’s murder seems to have occurred during this argument, although we are verifying whether the people threatening him could be behind it,” the officer said. Meanwhile, calling it a murder of democracy, Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan said the BJP has brought in a new tactic of eliminating political rivals by murdering them. “This is not only the murder of a Congress worker but that of democracy. Our nation follows the tradition of discussion over differing views. Goons of the BJP murdered Dubey over his Facebook post,” Mr. Chavan said. Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam slammed the BJP and demanded action against its party workers involved in the crime. Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said the murder of the Congress activist merely over a Facebook post is absolutely shameful. “Is this State run by the law or goons?” he asked. BJP denies allegationReacting to the allegation, Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar said the government is doing its duty and an FIR has been filed against the accused. “None of them are BJP office-bearers. Above all, the police are investigating. Merely an allegation by the Congress does not prove anything. The law will take its own course,” Mr. Shelar said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone X) N.D. Reddy said, “An FIR of murder against unknown persons under the IPC has been registered, and several suspects are being questioned.”last_img read more


first_imgPlane talkSometimes you avoid eye contact, sometimes you share a newspaper and sometimes you open up your heart. Here are some in-flight conversations that the nation will remember for long.On January 15When the late Sunanda Pushkar and former minister Shashi Tharoor were having a spat on a flight from,Plane talkSometimes you avoid eye contact, sometimes you share a newspaper and sometimes you open up your heart. Here are some in-flight conversations that the nation will remember for long.On January 15When the late Sunanda Pushkar and former minister Shashi Tharoor were having a spat on a flight from Thiruvananthapuram to Delhi, the then I&B minister Manish Tewari heard it all seated behind.Just Last weekBabul Supriyo confessed how he bagged a BJP ticket for the 2014 General Election. He happened to be on the same flight as yoga guru Ramdev on February 28. As he overheard the Baba discussing ticket distribution, he asked if he could get one too. It was his.When Indira Gandhiwas assassinated on October 31, 1984, Pranab Mukherjee was on the same flight as Rajiv Gandhi-from Kolkata to Delhi. What did they talk about? No one quite knows, but speculation runs rife that it was the in-flight talk that led to Mukherjee’s six-year ouster from power, till he was resurrected by P.V. Narasimha Rao, who happened to be on the same flight but was seated quietly.After a Sleeplessnight next to a loud snorer on his way to London, Amitabh Bachchan had asked the late Dr K. Anji Reddy, chief of Dr Reddy’s Laboratory, “Do you have a drug for snorers?†“No, but I am working on a drug for Alzheimer’s,†Reddy had said, praising him for his role as an Alzheimer’s patient in Black. Donepezil, an Alzheimers drug, has just hit the market.advertisementHISTORY OR HISTRIONICSWhat happens when a film goes back in time to thousands of years? Ask Ashutosh Gowariker, who has decided to create yet another epic movie, Mohenjo-Daro, on the 5,000-year-old city that remains a historical puzzle. A smart choice. The Jodhaa Akbar director won’t face the long arm of the law or people baying for his blood this time around. Here’s what you can expect.What language did they use? No one knows, except that, well, they did not speak Hindi. New research shows their script to be an old version of Tamil. Get ready for a very different Hrithik. He will have to sport a beard, if not a shaved upper lip (say historians), long hair (he looks nice in that) held in place by a hairband or in a bun (Mohenjo-Daro men did that a lot) and wear a toga, with one bare shoulder. Weird, but leaves plenty of scope for the Greek God of Bollywood to show off his muscles. The Censor Board will be aghast if the film is too close to history. Remember the bronze dancing girl of Mohenjo-Daro? She had bangles all the way up one arm and nothing else on. Women in those days mostly went around naked or in tiny skirts.Expect a Bond girl moment at the Great Bath of Mohenjo-Daro, the world’s first swimming pool, with a skimpily clad heroine stepping out of the water and breaking into a song.But who will be the heroine? A cat fight is on between three beauties-Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Sonakshi Sinha-for the plum role. Check out some ancient figurines. Who do you think has the best chance?HOT, HOTTER, HOTTESTEach of the last three decades has been warmer than the previous one, reports the World Meteorological Organization. And 2014 is poised to become the hottest year on record.ALLAHABADReached 48.3°C in June, the hottest city as an intense heat wave swept across north India.NAGPURMercury soared to 47.3°C, the highest in last 11 years, and one of the highest maximum temperatures in the country.DELHIDelhi hit the highest June temperature in 19 years with the mercury zooming to 47.2°C.ADILABADContinuously above 45°C in June, one of the worst affected in the severe heat wave across coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.KOLKATARecorded the second-highest temperature in a decade (41.2°C), with discomfort index zooming to 67.6°C in June, 13 notches above the comfort level.GUWAHATIMaximum temperature touched 40.1°C, equalling the all-time high of April 1999 and about 9°C above the average of 31°C.MUMBAIFirst time since 1951, the minimum temperature for June rose above 27.9°C.last_img read more