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Leisure Pool to host Special Olympic Qualifier

first_imgSeven Fort St. John swimmers will hit the water in hopes of qualifying, racing in 20 events featuring a variety of swimming strokes.Athletes will qualify for provincials based on their results, and if they follow that up with successful competition in Langley, they will earn themselves a chance to compete at the national competition, being held in Vancouver in 2014.The Special Olympic Region 8 qualifier will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at the North Peace Leisure Pool. Anyone interested in watching is invited to attend.- Advertisement –last_img

Lakers’ Jackson still asking for patience

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — At his welcome back news conference in June, Phil Jackson sent writers and fans alike racing to the dictionary with his declaration that he wouldn’t be a “panacea” for the Lakers this season. There was no confusion, though, when Jackson said he would be “most amazed” if the Lakers were contending for a championship by the last of the three years he is under contract to coach. Even so, Jackson again played down expectations, though the Lakers do play in a conference where seven teams won at least 49 games last season. “We don’t think that by and large that we’re anywhere close to a team that could step out and challenge in this conference that we’re in,” Jackson said. “This is a difficult conference. But we anticipate that in the next year, two years, we’re going to be able to develop that talent.” In between questions about his relationship with Jackson, Kobe Bryant was asked Monday about his coach setting the bar so low. “I haven’t put a cap or a ceiling on what we can do,” Bryant said. “It’s one of those things where if the team gels and we’re executing the right way, you never know what may happen.” Odom, meanwhile, said he can sense many people already are counting out the Lakers. He said the only goal is getting to the playoffs, because that comes with the chance of playing for a championship. Can the Lakers advance to the second round or beyond? They have finished out of the playoffs in back-to-back years only once before, in 1975 and 1976. “I think so,” Odom said. “I know so.” Bryant sounded almost compliant Monday in talking about Jackson, even declaring, “He’s the coach, I’m the player. He gives me things that he needs me to execute or things that he needs me to do, I do them. …” Odom estimated his left shoulder was about 85 percent and said he would not rush things in the preseason. Odom has not been cleared to play after undergoing surgery in April to repair a torn labrum. He might have to miss early exhibition games. Forward Jumaine Jones, the subject of trade rumors, was not at media day after taking an elbow to the face over the weekend. A team spokesman said Jones would be on the Lakers’ flight to Hawaii. Ross Siler can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He might not be a miracle worker, but sometime during Jackson’s season away, the Zen master turned into a master of managing expectations. He was at it again last week, speaking about winning 44, maybe 45, games and fighting for a playoff spot. The question, then, as the Lakers held their annual media day and left for training camp in Honolulu, was whether the coach with nine championship rings might have designs on something greater than the eighth seed in the Western Conference. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Phil is a winner,” forward Devean George said. “I don’t think he’s going to come back and expect us to be mediocre. I think he wants to come back and get everything out of us and himself that he can. “I’m not sure if we’re satisfied with 45 (wins) as players. I don’t know, I think we want to make more of an improvement than 10 wins from last season.” After finishing 34-48 and missing the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, success can be measured modestly for the Lakers. Yet there are clues that Jackson expects greater things sooner, particularly if Lamar Odom and Kwame Brown develop this season. Jackson said last week that Brown, who underachieved in four seasons in Washington, could be the difference between being good and “really good.” There also is frequent talk about the redemption of the Lakers, something that would require more than a first-round playoff exit. He said Monday that the Lakers offered the best chance of being competitive in the shortest period of time as he mulled his return to coaching. He compared this season’s team to his 1994-95 Chicago Bulls that finished 47-35 with Michael Jordan returning for the final 17 games. The Bulls went 72-10 the following season. last_img read more

49ers vs. Browns pregame: Coleman returns, Wilson sits, Ward to debut

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Running back Tevin Coleman will suit up for the first time in 2 1/2 games and defensive back Jimmie Ward will make his season debut as the 49ers (3-0) host the Cleveland Browns (2-2) tonight.With Coleman’s return, the 49ers opted to inactivate Jeff Wilson Jr., who had scored two touchdowns in two games since his promotion off the practice squad.CINCINNATI, OH – SEPTEMBER 15: Jeff Wilson, Jr., #30 of the San Francisco 49ers scores a touchdown during the second quarter against …last_img

Grassroots football alive and kicking

first_imgYoung footballers training on a dusty field near Mafikeng in the North West province. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)A few years ago, less than five to be precise, I was a village boy with an incalculable passion for playing football, or iDiski as we call it in South Africa’s black communities, and used to dribble with flair.I played on various fields around my home village of Tweefontein, located in the former KwaNdebele homeland in Mpumalanga province. All the fields were gravel, rough and dusty, and most of us played barefoot.In fact the fields have not changed, they are still not grassy, and there’s no sign they will change any time soon. But what has changed is that I no longer play football on them – I have moved to the city of Johannesburg, some 100km from my home.Memories of the days I used to model my playing style on Siyabonga Nomvethe, at that time a darting and goal-banging striker for my favourite team Kaizer Chiefs, came flooding back when I visited North West province recently.It’s the young footballers of Six Hundred, a district outside Mafikeng, who reminded me of the years which shaped me, the years during which many of us nurtured dreams of becoming top football stars like Benni McCarthy.It’s truly amazing how many youngsters in villages live for football during their school years, and yet so few go on to play professionally.As I drove into Six Hundred in the afternoon, the interest in football was unmistakable. Alongside fellow journalists and officials of the North West University Soccer Institute, we passed a number of pebbly fields buzzing with primary and secondary school boys – clear proof that grassroots football in South Africa is alive and kicking.Gateway to bigger thingsOur destination was the training session of local team ACS Savagers, which practise and play their home matches on the dusty field we visited. The field is right in the middle of the village and surrounded by some of the players’ homes.This is where Thabo Mosethle, a teacher at Letsatsing Science High School in Mafikeng, nurtures young football talent. “Players here are passionate, they want to go somewhere,” he said. “The passion for football is there in each and every village in Six Hundred.”He coaches more than 60 boys in different age groups. “I have many dreams for these boys,” Mosethle said. “One of them is to see some playing in major leagues, maybe the Vodacom League or NFD (National First Division) or PSL (Premier Soccer League).”One of his protégés will play for a Vodacom League side in Rustenburg this season, he said. “I’ll monitor his movements to see how he fares.” Rustenburg is also in North West, about 160km from Mafikeng.Mosethle, also a football mentor at Letsatsing, merged three teams from the village to form ACS Savagers. They used to compete against each other as Alfa FC, Cameroon FC and Swallows FC, hence the acronym ACS.They now play in the local league of the Mafikeng Local Football Association (Malfa). Successful performance under Malfa could be start of big things for ACS and the village.Being Malfa champions could promote them to a regional league, which is then promoted to the provincial Vodacom League.The Vodacom League is a gateway to the NFD league, whose victors go through to the elite PSL – where South African footballers make millions of rands annually.Mosethle does realise what needs to be done to achieve this, and gives his all to his team, including financial support. “I’m the owner, a sponsor, a coach and everything to this team,” he said with an excited expression on his face.‘You don’t know who’s watching’Football experts and students of the North West University Soccer Institute help ACS and other teams in surrounding villages with training, as part of their community outreach programme.“From day one our students go to communities to run coaching clinics,” said the institute’s director Johan Govea.Professional trainers at the university, such as Khulu Nsibanyoni, expose ACS players to different methods of playing football, Mosethle added.An ardent footballer himself, Mosethle is fully aware of the opportunities the institute could provide for his players. Three players he’s mentored, two from ACS and another from Letsatsing school, have already made it into the academy, which offers fully paid scholarships.“I always tell them: ‘you don’t know who’s watching you’. At least some of my players have got scholarships at the university,” Mosethle said.last_img read more

Ducere Foundation tells African stories

first_imgLearners at Zandspruit Primary School during the launch of Ducere’s African Children’s Stories Program. (Images and e-book: Ducere)Reading can be boring if the stories do not resonate with the lives of readers. The Ducere Foundation knows this, and aims to provide an African alternative in children’s literature.All too often, library shelves and school bags are filled with Western stories that have little or no relevance to the reality of primary schoolchildren in Africa. But the foundation’s African Children’s Stories Program is leading the way with an innovative initiative that aims to one day publish and distribute African children’s stories from each and every African nation.Julia Gillard, the former prime minister of Australia and its former minister of education, is the chancellor of Ducere and chair of the board of directors of its Global Partnership for Education. She was in South Africa earlier this month to celebrate the foundation’s African Children’s Stories Program roll-out.Julia Gillard, the chancellor of Ducere and chair of the board of directors of its Global Partnership for Education, emphasised how the grassroots are important for children to excel in basic education and literacy.Ducere has partnered with Monash South Africa (MSA), a leading private higher education provider founded by Monash University (Australia) and a member of Laureate International Universities, for the roll-out of the latest collection of stories. They were written by local South African pupils.EDUCATIONAL VISITWhile she was in Johannesburg, Gillard visited Zandspruit Primary School, where she encouraged the children to keep writing and to make their education a priority.“Education, employability and entrepreneurship begin at grassroots level, from the support of basic education and literacy to the preparation of students for today’s global economy,” she said.The MSA and Ducere collaboration is made possible through the MSA student-led programme, This is Me, which promotes children’s creative thinking, storytelling and literacy skills to support their academic and personal growth.“We will continue publishing stories written by African children, for African children to be shared across the globe,” said Di Fleming, the chief executive of the Ducere Foundation. “We encourage and celebrate literacy from a young age, and empower the young learners to embrace their African culture.”MSA distributed hundreds of these stories to schools through its campus community engagement programmes.STUDENT DEVELOPMENTEsther Benjamin, the chief executive of MSA and of Africa operations for Laureate International Universities, believes this project, one of many MSA outreach programmes, strengthens students’ passion for volunteering as part of their personal development, gives them an opportunity to make important contributions to the community, and equips them with valuable skills for leadership and entrepreneurial thinking.An example of African Children Stories from Rwanda (Collection 22).“By facilitating important conversations on education’s link to building robust economies and skilled marketplaces, we strive to be a leading change agent in South Africa and beyond,” she said.“We pride ourselves on local relevancy as well as a global perspective. We work with an extensive global network of thought leaders to ensure that our graduates are equipped for the global business environment as well as for entrepreneurial initiatives relevant to the marketplace.”Gillard’s visit culminated in a panel discussion that included prominent business, NGO, and community leaders.At the discussion, Gillard and Benjamin spoke about the challenges and opportunities for students in the global marketplace. It was emphasised that students needed to pursue academic excellence along with cultivating essential life and personal skills for employability and entrepreneurship.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in transforming South Africa? If so, submit your story or video and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Ohio FFA Convention Fourth Session recap

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Speakers were showcased, officer awards were presented, CDE winners were recognized, and parents of state officers were honored in this busy session. Attendees got to hear the Spanish (and English) versions of the FFA Creed and an inspirational message from National Officer Ruth Ann Myers as well. Luce Perez presented the official Spanish verso of the FFA Creed. Jerrett Crowthers, from the Edgewood/Butler Tech FFA (and also a 2015 student reporter) presented the Creed. Equine Science Placement – Elysse Shafer, Clear Fork Valley FFA National officer Ruth Ann Myers was the keynote for the Fourth Session.last_img

Nation’s Top Green College Plans a New Green Building

first_imgThe school ranked by The Princeton Review as the number one green college in the U.S. has announced plans for a new campus center that will be built to the German Passivhaus standard. In a news release, the College of the Atlantic said that the 29,000-square-foot Center for Human Ecology will be a multipurpose teaching and gathering space. It will include science laboratories, lecture halls, faculty offices, art studios, and a teaching greeenhouse. Key to the design is the use of mass timber components to replace concrete and steel, a move that will substantially lower the carbon footprint of the $13 million project.RELATED ARTICLESGearing Up for a Passive House Residence at Unity CollegeOn College Campuses, Signs of Progress on Renewable EnergyAnother Maine School Chooses the Passivhaus RouteIn Maine, A Passivhaus School Takes ShapeCareful Air Sealing Trims Energy Use at New College Dorms The college is located next to Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine, a spectacular setting facing the Atlantic Ocean. The school has made environmental stewardship a cornerstone of its program, and it’s topped The Princeton Review green list for the last three years. The college has just 350 students and 35 faculty members, and offers a single undergraduate degree: a bachelor of arts in human ecology. Founded 50 years ago, COA in 2007 became the first carbon-neutral college and has pledged to stop using fossil fuels by 2030, according to its website. The architects are GO Logic of nearby Belfast, Maine, and Susan T. Rodriguez Architecture – Design. GO Logic has designed other Passivhaus school projects, including a Montessori school in Belfast and an ecology center at the University of Chicago. “The center, and the project as a whole, demonstrates that building performance and sustainability, design aesthetics, functionality, and cost consciousness can be maximized together when you have the right vision and the right partnership between client and design team,” COA President Darron Collins said. Collins is a 1992 graduate. Construction is to begin this spring and be completed by September 2020. Projects totaling another 16,000 square feet are in the works. Mass timber replaces steel In a telephone call, Lock explained that the structure of the building would consist of mass timber components to replace the steel and concrete structure of a more conventional commercial building. The 2×8 exterior walls, which will be wrapped in 6 inches of Gutex fiberboard insulation, will essentially be curtain walls without any structural role. “It’s mostly nominal lumber, but a large portion of the structure is mass timber framing, glue-laminated beams, with a deliberate attempt to move away from steel and concrete as a construction method,” Lock said. “It addresses the college’s desire of a full cycle analysis of embodied carbon throughout, cradle to grave, of all the materials that go into their buildings.” Designers relied on software that calculates the carbon impact of the materials they selected. The carbon analysis covered not only the efficiencies during the building’s service life but also in what it was made from. Substituting glulam beams for steel and concrete provided a significant drop in embodied carbon and also beat steel and concrete in cost by a “fair margin.” Although mass timber added about $1 a square foot to construction costs over engineered lumber, carbon sequestration improved. Manufacturing engineered wood and mass timber components generate similar amounts of carbon dioxide, Lock said in an email, but mass timber sequesters much more carbon. “About 50% of the total mass of the wood is stored C02 in the form of carbon molecules,” Lock wrote, “so you actually have a net positive impact in using wood while the building is standing (versus steel or concrete). The key to going to mass timber is that increase in mass.” The college’s location on Maine’s Mt. Desert Island has helped shape its environmental sensibilities, and its desire for a building with a minimal carbon impact. (Image credit: College of the Atlantic) When carbon became part of the equation for selecting materials, Lock said, designers looked for a way to explain the difference between using mass timber and concrete and steel. “Turns out that they would have to make the life choice of their entire 450-person population not to drive for five years to save the same amount of carbon as they did switching to mass timber,” he said. “It starts to put these decisions in terms that are really tangible. It was really something that was very powerful.” While using mass timber for structural components made sense, cross-laminated timber components for the walls didn’t seem to offer as many advantages as the curtain wall approach the architects chose, Lock said. “I think that’s not the future of [cross-laminated timber], honestly,” Lock said. Instead, he suggested, in mid-size buildings designers could consider replacing the steel with mass timber beams and concrete with CLT panels. “You have a better system that sequesters a lot of carbon and it can be cheaper than steel and concrete,” he said. “That’s where you’re getting your biggest cost and carbon payback at the same time, and that’s what we’re doing here.” The dead whale challenge A mixed use educational building is a lot more complex than a house. A major nut to crack on design was how to handle all the added energy loads created by the various activities in the building. In addition to the usual painting studios and chemistry labs, for example, Lock and his colleagues also had to factor in a lab where students might be dissecting a whale, or a seal. Demands on the ventilation system would be huge. When students were actually working on the carcass, the ventilation system would have to ramp up to 12 air changes per hour, Lock said. So designers had to find out precisely how many hours per week, how many weeks per semester, that level of ventilation would be needed. The chemistry lab provided a similar challenge. Conventional fume hoods are vented directly to the outside, but they extract a steep energy price. Adding seven direct-vent fume hoods would almost double the size of the ventilation system. The solution? Fume hoods that recirculate air. Art studios, where oil-based paints might be used, also required much higher rates of ventilation at certain times. Once all of those activities were parsed out, designers could work with a mechanical engineer to devise a system that would perform adequately without exceeding Passivhaus limits on primary energy use. “The ventilation loads becomes by far the greatest energy load,” he said. “It becomes a very different numbers game. There is not a Passivhaus model like this right now. This will be the first of its kind.” Lock shared a few other building details: Heating and cooling: Plans are to use VRF (variable refrigerant flow) air-source heat pumps, which can heat and cool different spaces simultaneously. Windows will be made by Unilux; exterior doors by Schüco. Renewables: In keeping with a COA campus-wide standard that 75% of all energy for new buildings be produced on site, Lock said, the building will get a 115 kW solar array. Hot water will come from a pair of electric heat-pump water heaters. This post was updated on Feb. 6 to correct an error in the list of Passivhaus projects that GO Logic has worked on in the past.last_img read more

48-hour-long Operation Prahar big success: Chhattisgarh police

first_imgThe Chhattisgarh police on Sunday claimed that heavy damage was inflicted on Maoists during the 48-hour-long Operation Prahar in the State’s Bastar region.Vivekanand Sinha, Inspector General of Police, Bastar, said, “For the first time we conducted an operation in the Maoists’ core area in Sukma. For 48 hours our forces were in the area and inflicted heavy damage. There is a possibility that a minimum of 15 to 20 Maoists were killed in the operation. This is a big morale booster for our forces.”According to sources, Hidma, a Maoist leader and chief of the Maoists’ military battalion in south Sukma, suffered injuries during the operation. Mr. Sinha said, “Many senior Maoist leaders suffered injuries. That we stayed in the area for two days is a big achievement. We recovered a huge cache of explosives and other material.” Mr. Sinha said one of the five Special Task Force jawans injured during the operation succumbed to injuries on Saturday night. However, the Maoists denied the police’s claim that 15 to 20 Maoists had been killed in the operation. In an audio clip, the CPI (Maoist) said, “The police are misleading people about the death of 20 Maoists. Thousands of policemen attacked the villages in Tondamarka on Friday and many villagers died in the attack. Many elderly persons and women were beaten up by the police and forcibly taken away. Our People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army [PLGA] retaliated and managed to kill a large number of policemen. But the policemen are not revealing heavy casualties on their side. Only Lakkhu, a PLGA member, was killed in the counter-attack and the policemen took away his body.” The IGP said villagers reported seeing nine bodies in a village in south Sukma on Saturday.last_img read more