first_img**SubmittedThe 12th annual CMRC Western Canada Amateur National Motocross Championships completed this past weekend, with approximately 650 entries from all over Western Canada battling at the famed track for motocross glory.The event big winner was Fort St John, BC’s Trae Franklin. The 14 year old KTM rider dominated in the Supermini, Junior and GP Junior classes the entire week. Franklin won all 9 motos he entered, and took home the coveted Gaerne Bronze Boot award for the event’s top rider. “Trae was as good as we have seen at Raymond in all the years we have done the event. He was the best rider here, and deserves the recognition” said Gerry Nelson, the WCAN’s promoter.- Advertisement -A full list of results can be found at under the Alberta region results. The 2009 Western Amateur National Motocross Championships is promoted by Gerry and Heather Nelson of Top End Promotions. Event information can be found at read more

first_imgA team of 36 Guyanese swimmers between the ages of 7 and 17 will depart today as they seek to better their performances at the Goodwill Swim Meet, which is being held in Barbados from August 17-19.Young swimmers preparing to take their mark in the 2017 Goodwill Meet hosted at the National Aquatic Centre, Liliendaal (file photo)The Goodwill Meet is a developmental competition, which seeks to improve the performance of young swimmers within the Caribbean. The Meet began with just Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Suriname, but has grown to include St Lucia, Barbados, Grenada and The Bahamas. Every year, an honorary team is allowed to participate; this year’s team will hail from Jamaica.When Guyana hosted the Meet last year, the home team copped third place with a total of 60 medals for the first time in decades. As such, the home team will be looking to up their performance this time around, despite competing without talents like Leon Seaton and Raekwon Noel – owing to their CARIFTA participation this year – local coaches have assured that the team are poised to do well.The Coach of the Silver Sharks Speed Club, Haresh Bhagwan, has expressed confidence in the two swimmers who would be representing his club and Guyana. Although noting that he is disappointed that swimming sensation Leon Seaton Jr will not be able to compete, Bhagwan is of the opinion swimmers Joseph Matthews and Latisha Blair can get the job done.Out of 10 events in the 13-14 age group, Matthews will be participating in four events inclusive of the 150 metres backstroke, 50 metres freestyle and 50 metres backstroke. The Coach noted that Matthews had the potential to excel in all the events; however, he was selected for the four, since he was an excellent swimmer and those events were the toughest.“The only reason he did not get the opportunity to swim the other events is because after distributing the events, three swimmers per event, Joseph has shown consistently that he is the fastest in the four as opposed to the others and we need him well-rested to perform his utmost best,” Bhagwan explained.On the other hand, his clubmate, Blair will be competing in all the events. The Coach said, “She is swimming all 10 based on her competitive level at her age group is much easier and she has a great stamina level. She can swim distances and she can swim 50m now and 50m next 10 minutes.”Full list of participantsGirls:8 and under: Jasmin Allen, Nia Burch-Smith, Zara Crane, Shareefah Lewis, Ariel Rodrigues, and Jessica Sookram9-10: Kayla Hardy and Kayle Hardy11-12: Althacy Hunte, Patrice Mahaica, Aleka Persaud, and Monique Watson13-14: Latisha Blair, Giselle Crane, Amber DeGoeas, and Sofia PinolBoys:8 and under: Macaiah Enoe, Karsten DeJonge, Dean Spencer, and Ricardo Spencer9-10: Hashim Mohammed, Jeremy Sookram, and Jeron Sookram11-12: Jaleel Anderson, Micah Chichester, Ethan Gonsalves, Paul Mahaica, and Vladimir Woodroffe13-14: Sion Jeffers, Joseph Matthews, Vidjas Mohammed, and Sekhel Tzedeq15-17: Andrew Jordon, Antonio Rodrigues, Daniel Scott, and Fitzroy Thomlast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000That’s better: Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon celebrates after the 3-0 win over Sampdoria © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Apr 16 – Juventus galloped towards a seventh straight Serie A title with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday, pulling six points clear of Napoli whose dwindling championship ambitions were dented by a goalless draw at AC Milan.The title could be tied up by next Sunday when Juventus and Napoli go head-to-head in a top of the table clash in Turin. Juventus would have to win on Wednesday at Crotone and Napoli lose at home against Udinese, while the champions would also have to win next Sunday’s game for the title to be decided.“Napoli are having a sensational campaign, they are still right up there and I think the next two games could be almost decisive for the Scudetto,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.“We are absolutely not favourites for the Scudetto. I want to thank everyone today, because it’s not easy to win like this after such a draining experience as the Champions League.”Juventus showed they had put their midweek Champions League defeat to Real Madrid behind them as they were greeted with a banner “Proud of You” and applause for captain Gianluigi Buffon who was sent off in Madrid.Brazilian Douglas Costa was the architect of the victory coming off the bench in place of the injured Miralem Pjanic to set up all three goals.Costa crossed for Mario Mandzukic who volleyed under the bar just before the break, and dinked another for Benedikt Howedes whose diving header found the mark on the hour mark.The Brazilian then set-up Sami Khedira for the third with 15 minutes to go, with Buffon denying Duvan Zapata a late consolation goal for Sampdoria.“Douglas Costa was meant to come on, not quite that early, but it was part of the plan,” said Allegri.“We played with focus, calm and intelligence. Then Pjanic did the rest! He just had a thigh twinge and it was best to come off.”Juventus now have have 84 points from 32 games, six ahead of second-placed Napoli with six games to go.– Donnarumma denies Napoli –No way through: AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma frustrates Napoli © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAA Gianluigi Donnarumma wonder save in added-on time denied Napoli a last-gasp victory in the San Siro.The 19-year-old Italian — who became the youngest player to reach 100 Serie A appearances on Sunday — dived to keep out substitute Arkadiusz Milik’s goal-bound effort two minutes into added-on time as Napoli lost further ground on Juventus.Napoli — bidding for an elusive third title after those won in 1987 and 1990 — now have 78 points from 32 games.“We don’t care what Juventus do,” said Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri after a third draw in their past five games.“We are on our journey, the team did well and if we had played this performance with this result in the first half of the season, we would have been praised for it.“Aside from a couple of crosses, we allowed Milan absolutely nothing.”AC Milan remain sixth and within the Europa League places but look too far behind for the Champions League.“As long as we’re still mathematically in contention, we believe. But there’s a lot of points between us and fourth place,” said Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso.Roma and Lazio are in third and fourth place respectively on 61 points after playing out a goalless Roman derby in the Stadio Olimpico.Inter Milan missed the chance to pull ahead of both teams and back into the Champions League places with a goalless draw at Atalanta, leaving Luciano Spalletti’s side a point behind in fifth.The bitter Roman rivals both showed signs of fatigue after their varying European fortunes midweek.Roma — who shocked Barcelona to advance to the Champions League semi-finals — had more chances with Bruno Peres hitting the post before the break and an Edin Dzeko header hit the crossbar in added-time.Lazio — dumped out of the Europa League — held on despite being down to ten men after Stefan Radu was sent off for the final ten minutes.Meanwhile, rock-bottom Benevento earned their first away point with a 2-2 draw at Sassuolo, thanks to a double from Malian striker Cheick Diabate who has scored seven goals in six matches.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Arsenal want to sign Polish defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak from Spanish side Sevilla, although the 24-year-old could cost as much as £20m. (Daily Mirror) Chelsea and Manchester United are ready to bid for Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 30, after the Netherlands international’s agent suggested he was unhappy at not playing in recent matches for the Turkish side. (Daily Express) Bayern Munich and Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 23, a former transfer target for Liverpool, will be allowed to leave the German champions in January. (Daily Mail) Liverpool and Manchester United are both interested in buying Netherlands Under-21 international Daley Sinkgraven. The 19-year-old, who can play as an attacking midfielder or winger, is currently with Dutch side Heerenveen. (Daily Star) Ipswich Town are poised to sign Leeds United striker Noel Hunt, 31, on loan until January. (Yorkshire Evening Post) Birmingham City have failed in their attempt to take Wolves midfielder Michael Jacobs, 23, on loan. (Birmingham Evening Mail) Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed reports that he will replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager. (Daily Express) Sporting Lisbon midfielder Nani, 28, says he has got his confidence back since joining on a season-long loan from Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News) And here are the latest transfer tales…Exclusive – Chelsea will NOT go the season unbeaten, claims WilkinsExclusive – Man City legend Dickov hails ‘special’ Aguero following Bayern Munich showingExclusive – Former Man City star tells Joe Hart: Improve or you’re outExclusive – Former Liverpool boss slams Rodgers sack talk and demands players step upDutch starlet wanted by Manchester United tipped to join big clubThe answer to Arsenal’s January transfer window prayersQPR keen to tie up permanent deal for on-loan Juventus starEverton striker in line for loan movelast_img read more

first_img huge blow shining Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City However, the Eagles were not so successful, beaten 1-0 at Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.Despite some woeful October form, Roy Hodgson’s men did manage to end Arsenal’s winning run with a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park last time out in the league.Meanwhile Maurizio Sarri’s side were dominant in a 4-0 triumph at Burnley. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card whoops REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Chelsea benefitted from two own goals as they ultimately outgunned Derby REAL DEAL Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED What The Managers Are SayingMaurizio Sarri: “In every experience I have done before, I was in trouble in the first two months! I thought it would be the same here. Here I was lucky, because the players were able to win without a very good level of tactical organisation.”Roy Hodgson: “Teams change, but the players will know the quality of the opposition. They’ll know the daunting task they face with Chelsea unbeaten. We played well against Liverpool and Arsenal, did more than just compete.“I wasn’t surprised Chelsea appointed Maurizio Sarri after his success at Napoli. I’m impressed by how quickly he’s settled and the appointment of Gianfranco Zola alongside him has been a very good one.” 2 gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 no dice Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Chelsea are back in action in the Premier League after their topsy-turvy 3-2 win over Derby in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.Victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge will see the Blues leapfrog Liverpool after they could only manage a draw at Arsenal yesterday. tense Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Latest Premier League News Roy Hodgson is wary of the threat Chelsea pose Confirmed teamsThere is no place for star man Eden Hazard who only makes the bench to begin with.Meanwhile, Palace welcome Max Meyer to their starting XI after the German made a positive impact when coming on as a substitute during their 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal last weekend.Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Barkley, Jorginho, Kante, Willian, Morata, PedroCrystal Palace: Hennessey, Van Aanholt, Sakho, Tomkins, Wan-Bissaka, McArthur, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Zaha, Meyer, Townsendlast_img read more

first_imgEarly Childhood Care and Education students all over Donegal this month are caught in the middle of the latest bureaucracy bedlam over Garda Vetting for placement in early childhood services.Donegal Childcare Manager, Avril McMonagle has this week confirmed that this issue was flagged earlier last year as having the potential to bring training placements to a standstill if a solution wasn’t agreed by January 2014.This is proving a significant challenge for training organisations, students and Donegal’s 151 childcare providers and will impact negatively on the delivery model of early childhood degree and FETAC training programmes offered to an estimated 400 students across the county. Traditionally, Garda Vetting was carried out by colleges, IT’s and training organisations for early childhood students before going out into childcare services.The previous practice of confirmation by individual letter that Garda Vetting had been undertaken and that there are no issues arising, no longer meets HSE requirements.New HSE inspection standards now require Garda Vetting forms to be held on site by the childcare providers otherwise the service will be deemed non-compliant under this particular regulation.“This all sounded fine, well at least until the Data Protection Commissioner was thrown into the mix,” says Ms. McMonagle. The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner have informed training providers that they cannot, under the Data Protection legislation, share Garda Vetting forms with a third party that is, the childcare provider.A common sense solution was then put forward to query whether the student could pass on the clearance evidence obtained by training organisation to the childcare provider directly themselves – but no, this practice has been deemed unacceptable also.Understandably, early childhood service providers do not want to have a recorded non compliance through no fault of their own and are currently forced to refuse student placements.Some students have commenced vetting procedures independently through allocated agencies in an attempt to get around the chaos. However existing delays of 14-16 weeks will prohibit second semester placements and no doubt cause a snowball effect in an already inefficient vetting system.Ms. McMonagle concludes ‘If this debacle was created so that children would be better protected from harm or abuse, then every professional involved would exercise tolerance and understanding. However, when this shambles of officialdom has been caused by the physical location of a piece of paper – it’s difficult to exercise any tolerance at all’. DCCC are currently working with training organisations and childcare providers to form a collective response to be put to the appropriate agencies at the end of January.BUREAUCRACY BEDLAM OVER GARDA VETTING FOR DONEGAL STUDENTS was last modified: January 20th, 2014 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:Avril McMonagleDonegal Childcare Committeelast_img read more

first_imgJames and TeresaGLENSWILLY club man James Pat McDaid has been elected to take a seat for the Letterkenny Electoral Area on Donegal County Council.James Pat, pictured with girlfriend Teresa Canning, was the surprise package of the Fianna Fail election strategy in the area where 10 seats were up for grabs.“I want to thank Fianna Fail for selecting me to run in this election and all the support I got from the party,” said the 25-year-old. “I’ll be the youngest councillor in there and I’m hoping to be the voice for young people in there.“I want to thank every one who voted for me; I got votes from right across the political spectrum.“My canvassers asked the electorate to give the young fella a chance. I have been given that chance and I will ensure that chance is not wasted.”He added: “It is a very proud night for the McDaid family….the party’s in Glenswilly.”  ELECTED (LETTERKENNY): JAMES PAT McDAID (FF) CELEBRATES ELECTION VICTORY was last modified: May 26th, 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:fianna failglenswillyJames Pat McDaidletterkennylast_img read more

first_img Box Score OMAHA, Neb. – The No. 24 Drake University women’s basketball team used a strong fourth quarter performance to pull away from Creighton (1-4) in an 85-69 victory Wednesday afternoon contest between the longtime rivals. The teams traded 3-pointers in the second quarter as Drake led 25-21 at the media timeout. The Bluejays made four while the Bulldogs knocked down three. Rhine hit two of those as she equaled her career mark for a game with three 3-pointers. Drake extended its lead to seven at halftime, 36-29. Rhine had 11 points and nine rebounds while Bachrodt and Hittner each had six points. Drake (7-1), which played its fourth game in seven days, was led by Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) who scored a season-high 23 points, including surpassing the 1,000-career point mark, with her first 3-pointer of the game. Hittner shot 5-of-9 from the floor, hit 3-of-3 from behind the 3-point line and made a career-high 10 free throws on 12 attempts. She is the 32nd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. Drake, which led 58-55, entering the final quarter, ripped off six consecutive points as part of 13-3 opening run that pushed the Bulldogs’ advantage to 71-58, matching its largest advantage of the game. Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) capped the hot start with a 3-pointer and the team kept their lead in double digits the rest of the way for the win over their former MVC rival. In the last period, Drake outscored Creighton, 27-14, and its defense limited the Bluejays to 25.0 percent (4-of-16) from the floor and just 1-of-11 (9.1 percent) from three. PDF Box Score Creighton (1-4) was paced by sophomore Temi Carda who scored a career-high 20 points. The Bluejays made 11 3-pointers on 40 attempts. Carda made a team-high four 3-pointers. HTML Box Score center_img Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) and Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) each chipped in eight points. Bachrodt pulled down a season-high nine rebounds and added three assists and two steals. Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.), who on Monday was selected MVC Player of the Week for the third straight week to open the season, recorded her fourth double-double with 17 points and a season-best 13 rebounds. Rhine knocked down a career-high three 3-pointers. As a team, the Bulldogs nailed a season-high 13 3-pointers on 28 attempts. Story Links Late in the opening quarter, Creighton led 9-8 after a three-pointer, but the Bulldogs used an 8-0 run for a 16-9 advantage going to the second. Jonas scored four points during the run. Following Wednesday’s road game, Drake will enjoy a break before it hosts Clarke Dec. 4 for the program’s annual Pack the Knapp for Character Game Hosted by Drake’s Ray Center. Tipoff is set for 11 a.m. as thousands of area elementary and middle school students will pack the Knapp Center for a fun day of basketball and educational activities. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgSAN DIEGO — After an unusually quiet winter, the Giants spent the first days of spring training as one of the leading suitors for free agent slugger Bryce Harper.The team’s pursuit of Harper didn’t appear to mesh with the otherwise understated offseason approach, but the power-hitting outfielder wasn’t a typical free agent.At 26 years old, Harper was one of the youngest superstars to ever hit free agency. Even if the Giants understood they would have trouble competing in the near future, …last_img read more

first_imgThe editors of a leading geology journal consider the possibility that one of their core concepts is a mere paradigm.Thomas Kuhn left an indelible mark on philosophy of science with his 1962 bombshell book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn was the one who gave us the phrase “paradigm shift” and the portrayal of scientists working in guilds, beholden to their colleagues, unable to think outside the box of conventional theories that may or may not have anything to do with reality. Many scientists working under the assumption of “scientific realism” pretend Kuhn’s concerns have been dealt with, but his name turned up once again in a rare case of self-examination by editors of a journal that should represent rock-solid realism: the journal Geology.The occasion was a re-examination of a core principle in geology, the study of “sequence stratigraphy.” This important branch of geology interprets the time sequence of strata between unconformities. The basic idea is that each layer was deposited after the one below; it’s intuitive, simple, and straightforward. It can be represented in 2-D models. There may be dips in the strata, but each one was laid down depending on the sediment supply and the ability of a landform to accommodate it, perhaps as sea levels rose and sank over time.Now, that simple model has come under question by Andrew Madof and two colleagues in a paper in Geology, “Nearshore along-strike variability: Is the concept of the systems tract unhinged?”Sequence stratigraphic models assume that nearshore strata have relatively consistent and laterally persistent stacking at the systems tract scale and therefore may not fully describe the three-dimensional stratigraphic architecture in areas displaying marked nearshore along-strike variability. A stratigraphic model of nearshore deposits is presented that corrects for this assumption by explaining variations in along-strike stratal geometries in terms of a systematic change in the orientation of a shoreline trend or clinoform rollover, a scenario comparable to deflection around a hinge. The model defines hinge zones that are both fixed and moving with respect to time, and was created from outcrop, well-log, and seismic reflection data. Model end members predict contemporaneous progradational, aggradational, and retrogradational stacking bounded by surfaces displaying significant along-strike changes in architecture, implying that sequence stratigraphic surfaces can be diachronous.The details may be of interest to specialists. Suffice it to say that the Editors of Geology were impressed enough to conjure up the spirit of Kuhn over this sea change in thinking. Their concerns are expressed in an open-access editorial, “The future of the sequence stratigraphy paradigm: Dealing with a variable third dimension.” They ask if sequence stratigraphy is a method, a model, or a paradigm.So is sequence stratigraphy a method, or a model, or both? Following on from this it is important to ask, after just over 50 years of development since the original work of Sloss (1949,), how should the method and model continue to develop? To answer these questions, it is perhaps useful to think of sequence stratigraphy as a paradigm; that is, a framework of theories, methods, postulates, and standards for what constitutes a legitimate contribution to a field of science (Kuhn, 1962). As a paradigm, sequence stratigraphy is both method and model, and it is certainly possible in this case to progress from careful, objective observation to interpretation following certain theoretical models. However, it is also possible, as Kuhn (1962) points out, that the paradigm dominates thinking and observation, to the extent that it can make sufficiently objective observation and independent testing of the model elements difficult. In which case, it is very important to constantly review the various elements of the paradigm to check that they are performing well, and to encourage modifications or additional elements, to include new developments from theory and experiment, and to address relatively weak areas. Madof et al. is an example of a possibly useful additional element to the method, and this and other areas for possible modification are discussed here.It’s not surprising that the editors maintain the paradigm in the end. Would they, of all people, take decades and even centuries of thinking and toss it overboard? Unlikely. They do show, nevertheless, a refreshing openness to consider that conventional wisdom about sequence stratigraphy could need major repairs if not a complete overhaul.Science is about a progression of ideas, methods, and data, and even well-established paradigms change, sometimes through evolution, and sometimes through rapid revolution. Given this, it seems highly unlikely that sequence stratigraphy will stay as it is. More likely is that it will evolve and change as our knowledge and understanding grows, particularly through new methods that lead to new data and new understanding. Read Madof et al. (2016) with this in mind.If Kuhn is right, though, their bets on evolution instead of revolution are based on hunches. And even evolutionary change can lead to radical revisions, given enough time.Incidentally, Science Magazine reviewed a new book about Kuhn’s thesis 50 years after its debut (actually, 54 years). “Kuhn’s book, like the scientific revolutions it documents, initiated a paradigm shift in the way we think about scientific practice,” reviewer Sandra D. Mitchell writes, pointing out its enduring legacy. “Rather than seeing scientific change solely as rational progress—a slow climb up the mountain of truth—we now view it as a socially produced, psychologically influenced, and somewhat disjointed change of explanatory frameworks.”We invite creation geologists to read these two papers and comment. How drastic a change does the Madof paper represent? Are there implications for interpreting the ages of strata? (Visited 110 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more