Two local cadets compete at Provincial biathlon competition

first_img Ben Sharpe at the provincial biathlon competition in Whistler over the weekend. Photo by Cpt. Geoff Bough WHISTLER, B.C. – Two Fort St. John cadets competed at the Provincial Biathlon Championships at the Whistler Olympic Park this past Saturday.Coached by Capt Geoff Bough, 16 year-old Ben Sharpe and 18 year-old Jesse Simons competed in the Sr. Boys Open Team category against ten other teams of two from across the province. Sharpe and Simons were up against some tricky conditions this past weekend, as the recent warming and cooling trend across the province turned the biathlon course into a sheet of ice on Saturday. The pair competed in both the Sprint and Patrol races. – Advertisement -In the Sprint, teams complete three laps of the two kilometre course along with two shooting sessions in both the prone and standing positions. The Patrol race features three laps of a shorter 900 metre course, with more two more shooting sessions. Both Simons and Sharpe had a fairly rough go of it on the icy course in the Sprint, and were not used to terrain in the Coast Mountains that is more hilly than their practice venue in the Peace. Bough said that the two had a couple of spills in the first race, one of which caused Sharpe to injure his wrist.Despite this, the two cadets made a valiant effort in both races. Sharpe also managed to hit an impressive number of targets despite competing with an injured wrist. The pair ultimately placed 9th out of 11 teams in the competition.last_img read more

DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN BUYS ROCKHILL HOUSE FOR €670,000

first_imgRockhill House in Letterkenny has been sold for almost three times its reserve price.The one-time army barrcks had a reserve price of €260,000 but sold for €670,000 at a public auction on the grounds today.It is understood a businessman from the county bought the property. It is understood that more that 80 bids were put in for the property.There had ben previous calls to turn the former army barracks into a museum.It is not known what the house will be now used for.  DONEGAL BUSINESSMAN BUYS ROCKHILL HOUSE FOR €670,000 was last modified: August 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:army barracksdonegalletterkennyRockhill Housesoldlast_img read more

Colombia v England: How previous meetings between two nations ended

first_img 6 David Beckham celebrates his first England goal – a trademark free-kick 6 Michael Owen in action for England in their 1998 World Cup clash against Colombia England v Colombia – Head-to-head Colombia goalkeeper Rene Higuita became famous for his flamboyance between the sticks England wins = 2Colombia wins = 0Draws = 2 England 3 Colombia 2, Friendly, 2005Michael Owen became England’s fourth-highest scorer (at the time) with a hat-trick as Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side signed off their tour of the United States with a victory. Mario Yepes’ weak header trickled past goalkeeper David James – who was replaced by Robert Green at the break – to briefly make it 3-1 and Juan Ramirez scored late in the second half but England held on. Michael Owen celebrates his trio of goals against Colombia – two of his 14 career hat-tricks came for the Three Lions 6 6 England face Colombia on Tuesday for a place in the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals, live on talkSPORT.The last 16 showdown in Russia will be just the sixth meeting between the Three Lions and Los Cafeteros (The Coffee Growers). Carlos Valderama was one of Colombia’s colourful characters – here he is battling Paul Gascoigne in their goalless 1995 meeting 6 Colombia 0 England 4, Friendly, 1970This World Cup warm-up took place two days after England captain Bobby Moore was falsely accused of stealing an emerald bracelet from a gift shop in the foyer of the team hotel in Bogota. Martin Peters scored twice – one at either end of the first half – with Bobby Charlton and Alan Ball doubling England’s advantage after the break.England 1 Colombia 1, Rous Cup, 1988Gary Lineker opened the scoring at Wembley midway through the first half only for Andres Escobar – later murdered in the aftermath of the 1994 World Cup, reportedly as retaliation for having scored an own goal which contributed to the team’s elimination – to equalise after the break.England 0 Colombia 0, Friendly, 1995A goalless draw memorable for one thing – goalkeeper Rene Higuita’s ‘Scorpion Kick’. Debutant Jamie Redknapp’s miscued cross from distance sailed towards the fuzzy-haired, eccentric Colombian goalkeeper in his tracksuit bottoms and, with the referee seemingly not noticing the offside flag, Higuita launched himself forward, flicked up both his heels and cleared the ball. A signature move was born. Higuita was also famed for his risky – some said arrogant – ‘Scorpion Kick’ save 6 But what happened in those games? See below for a brief history… It will provide Gareth Southgate’s men with their toughest test yet, after their final Group G clash against Belgium eventually proved to be a dead rubber.Colombia go into the game with the same record as England – two wins, one defeat – but looked a dangerous side as they dispatched Poland 3-0 and Senegal 1-0 in their group.But England will perhaps be boosted by the fact they have never tasted defeat against the South Americans. Colombia 0 England 2, World Cup, 1998England went into their last group game in Lens hoping a win would see them avoid Argentina in the knockout phase. Darren Anderton drilled home a dropping cross midway through the first half before David Beckham scored his first international goal – a trademark 25-yard free-kick – soon after. However, Romania’s 1-1 draw with Tunisia meant a last-16 meeting with Argentina regardless. talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

SHOCK AT SUDDEN DEATH OF DONEGAL VEC CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

first_imgThere has been widespread shock at the sudden death of Donegal VEC Chief Executive Mary-Ann Kane.Ms Kane, a hugely respected leader in education, was a native of Mountcharles.She took over from former VEC boss Sean O’Longain who retired a number of years ago. Ms O’Kane, who was based at the VEC offices in Letterkenny, had been battling illness for a number of months.Tributes have been flowing in for Ms Kane who was considered a leader in education reform across the country.As well as a former Education Officer within Donegal VEC, Ms Kane was a former principal of the Abbey Voctional School in Donegal Town.An official notice has been posted on the Donegal VEC website expressing the organisation’s sympathy with Ms Kane’s family. Funeral arrangements have yet to be made.   SHOCK AT SUDDEN DEATH OF DONEGAL VEC CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER was last modified: August 2nd, 2012 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:deathDonegal VEClast_img read more

MORE RAIN ON THE WAY AFTER ‘WASHOUT’ DAY FOR DONEGAL

first_imgA Donegal Mountain Rescue Team member on Errigal today as rain lashed downWE were excluded from a National Met Eireann weather warning – but Donegal was hit with torrential rain today…and there’s more on the way.Some parts of the country got a month’s rainfall in a single day.Met Eireann issued both Orange and Yellow alerts for parts of Ireland. Incredibly – despite all our rain – Donegal was NOT included.However the forecaster says we can expect at least another 12 hours of downpours.There are reports of flooded roads across the county this evening, with Gardaí warning motorists to slow down.  MORE RAIN ON THE WAY AFTER ‘WASHOUT’ DAY FOR DONEGAL was last modified: August 3rd, 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:donegalMet Eireannrainweatherweather warninglast_img read more

Mandela Rules adopted for prisoners

first_img25 May 2015The Mandela Rules could herald a new era of respect for prisoners’ human rights, according to Amnesty International.This follows the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which adopted crucial revisions of 60-year-old international standards on treatment of prisoners at a meeting on 22 May in Vienna.The Mandela Rules include extensive revisions and additions to the UN’s Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which date back to 1955. It is expected the UN General Assembly will adopt the new rules later this year.They have been named the Mandela Rules to honour the legacy of the late South African leader, and are an essential update of the original rules adopted at the very first Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Geneva in 1955.“The Mandela Rules could herald in a new era in which prisoners’ human rights are fully respected,” said Yuval Ginbar, the legal adviser at Amnesty International, who attended the Vienna meeting.“The rules, if fully implemented, would help turn imprisonment from a wasted time of suffering and humiliation into one used for personal development leading to release, to the benefit of society as a whole.”Basic principlesThe Mandela Rules now contain an expanded section of basic principles, including the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The independence of health care staff is assured, and extensive restrictions are placed on disciplinary measures, including the prohibition of solitary confinement beyond 15 days.Clear and detailed instructions are provided on issues such as cell and body searches, registration and record keeping, investigations into deaths and complaints of torture and other ill-treatment, the needs of specific groups, independent inspections of prisons, the right to legal representation and more.Amnesty International joined a coalition of NGOs and academics which took an active part in the five-year process, working for a progressive redrafting of the rules.Following agreement on the rules, the executive director the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, said the world now had an updated blueprint offering practical guidance on how prisons should be managed safely, securely and humanely.Countries are encouraged to reflect the Mandela Rules in their national legislation so that prison administrators can apply them in their daily work.At their core, the rules stress the overriding principle that all prisoners shall be treated with respect due to their inherent dignity and value as human beings. “Most importantly”, said Fedotov, “the rules stress that prisoners will be protected from torture and other cruel or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This means the rules probably represent one of the most significant human rights advances in recent years.”In the words of the late Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who spent 27 years of his life in prison: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Microsoft Joins Coalition Opposing Google’s Acquisition of Flight Search Provider ITA

first_imgMicrosoft has joined a coalition of travel sites that want to make their opposition known to Google’s acquisition of ITA Software. Google announced its plans to buy ITA back in July, but the acquisition likely faces regulatory scrutiny as ITA technology powers the organization of price and schedule information for the major airlines, travel booking companies, and search engines. And the Fairsearch.org coalition argues that if Google buys ITA that competition and innovation surrounding the online travel industry will be stifled.Microsoft uses ITA software to help power Bing, and the fear of Microsoft and others is that by acquiring ITA Software, Google will control the software that powers most travel-related searches. The $700 million price-tag for ITA points not just to the strength of its technology and predominance in the industry, but also to Google’s desire to make its search data better – more accurate, more real-time.But Microsoft, along with the UK search engine Foundem, the French online travel agency Level…com, and the Singapore-based travel agency ZUJI, join existing Fairsearch.org members Expedia.com, Hotwire, TripAdvisor, and Kayak in urging the Justice Department to challenge the acquisition deal. “Competition in online travel search over the last decade has not only created more choices and innovation for travelers, but has also driven prices lower around the world for consumers,” says ZUJI president Roshan Mendis. “We are concerned that less competition in flight search in the U.S. will result in less innovation in travel search globally, and more importantly, less pressure on travel service providers to offer the lowest price for consumers regardless of where they are located.”For its part, Google has said it has no plans to sell airline tickets or set prices. The purchase is aimed to “provide better results for our users,” says Google. audrey watters Tags:#search#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

India Among World Leaders Expected to Push For China-backed Trade Deal Excluding US

first_imgWorld leaders will push for the rapid completion of a massive, China-backed trade deal that excludes the US at a summit this week, in a rebuke to rising protectionism and Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda.China, Japan, India and other Asia-Pacific countries could announce a broad agreement on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which covers half the world’s population, on the sidelines of the annual gathering.Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img

Reclaiming My Roots

first_imgHere’s my dirty secret. I stayed away from Slumdog Millionaire for a full two months after the film came out. My initial decision had nothing to do with rebelling against media hype. No, my reason is rather embarrassing. It’s because Slumdog was about India and I’d revoked my identification with my parents’ homeland long ago.It wasn’t always that way. I had a personal romance with India in childhood. Like a girl willing to brave icy patches on I-80 to visit the love of her life, I eagerly sat through nauseatingly long plane trips for the joy of seeing the happy faces of relatives at the airport and feeling the gush of steamy Calcutta air on my skin. In India, I ceased to be an only child. I had cousins who became my brothers and sisters. Everything about Calcutta stirred my senses: the jasmine incense wafting from elaborately grilled windows, the garlanded Ganeshas staring from street-side temples. Even the calls of early-morning peddlers became a welcome alarm clock. I was thrilled that this exotic place was in my blood.My attachment to India would remain even after I’d flown back to New York. While other grade-schoolers raved about Madonna and Michael Jackson, I played songs from Khoobsurat until the tape broke. I spoke loudly in Bengali with my parents in public places, indifferent to the strange stares that elicited from other children, but so what? I was born an individualist.As I grew older, however, I realized that individualism did not mesh well with my Indian background. The revelation first came to me in middle school. The key conversational themes for both children and adults at Indian social gatherings were stellar grades and competition. Who’d made it into Honors Algebra 2 by age 12? Who had an IQ that made Einstein look like an idiot? Not me. I was — to my deep shame — ordinary.I wondered, why should mathematical accomplishments decide an Indian child’s value? What about talents in art, literature, self-knowledge? But I was too young and my mind still too undeveloped to clearly articulate these thoughts. Instead, I just stopped attending Indian parties and pujas. Thus came my first break from the Indian crowd.The trips to India changed too. I’d always been physically affectionate, but now throwing my arms around my male cousins prompted strange glances. Relatives and friends told me my skirts were too short. In a strange twist, everyone became more protective as I grew older. And if I wanted to go anywhere by myself? Forget it. For the first time vacationing in India, I’d daydream about being back in America, with the freedom to take long drives at night with only Jim Morrison’s voice for company.I stopped visiting India. I felt too confined there now. Thus came my second break with my culture.By the time I left for college, I was Indian only in name. But I attended a large state university, and I started noticing packs of desi students everywhere. I became jealous watching them enjoy each other’s company. There seemed to be a special bond among them, and I felt I was missing out. Perhaps I’d been too hasty in denying myself the company of Indian friends. I attended parties sponsored by the South Asian Students Association, but soon discovered that the main conversation among female students were methods and the right makeup to snag a hot Indian male.Now, I like discussing men and makeup as much as the next woman, but I also love pondering current events, art, and music. My forays into these topics elicited blank stares or rolling eyes. When I admitted I preferred Bob Dylan to Bollywood soundtracks, people looked at me as if I’d sprouted a second head. I dropped the Indian crowd and befriended students who shared my interests.By the time I reached my early twenties, I’d decided that being Indian was a limitation; it meant living in a box. So, I should have just calmly accepted that I was born into the wrong race, right? Well, kind of. I did go on quietly with my life, but I was angry. It sounds narcissistic, but I was convinced that my own people and culture had failed me.Then Slumdog Millionaire came out. Acquaintances assumed I’d seen it. “Are you insane?” was their response when I replied in the negative. After I heard this one too often, I decided to suck it up and buy my matinee ticket. I went inside, fully prepared to criticize. But when the lurid scenes of Bombay appeared, all the anti-Indian sentiment I’d garnered over the years was turned on its head. Pride. It’s a much maligned word, but that is what it took for me to reclaim my roots. Pride stirred in me as I watched Prem and Jamal grow up onscreen. I was proud to have origins in a land that claimed the gleaming majesty of the Taj Mahal. It also brought back sweet memories of walking by that same “swimming pool,” as Jamal hilariously referred to the pond. I understood the characters’ satisfaction as they sipped cold Cokes on a blistering day. It reminded me of the good times spent in my cousins’ cozy company, feeling that same heat, drinking those same Cokes made unique by India’s water. The nostalgia was almost painful and for the first time in years, I was dying to take the next Air India flight out of JFK airport.Ironically, my biggest source of pride came not from the arresting image of the Taj Mahal, but from little scenes throughout the film: Latika pouring chili powder over tyrannical Prem to the orphans’ amusement, Jamal’s glee, in spite of being covered with feces, in getting Amitabh Bhachchan’s autograph, and the exuberance with which Jamal and Prem chased trains throughout India. It’s likely that many audience members forgot these scenes as soon as they left the movie theater, but their impact stayed with me long after.Why is that? It’s because I’d seen my own Prems and Jamals in Calcutta — children growing up suffocated by the filth and poverty that average Americans see only on television (assuming they’re watching CNN instead of Dancing with the Stars). I saw those children, in spite of their desperate conditions, chase each other through congested streets in childish games. I saw their faces alight with happiness on receiving a simple paise or orange rind. It was astounding to me then — and still is — that a human spirit constantly beaten down can remain unbroken.The same can be said about India in general. It is a land that has been torn by invasions, violence, and corruption. But it still manages to remain, more or less, united, strong and vibrant. I was humbled by and indebted to my roots. Now I’m wearing my Indianness again like a rediscovered favorite piece of clothing.It’s been seven years since I last visited my parents’ birthland. In many cultures, seven is a magic number. It is time for me to revisit home.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Alas can’t hide dismay after Phoenix blowout loss to his former team

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Escoto returns from ACL injury, admits conditioning not at peak John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments “That was my post-game talk with my players, ‘you allowed them to rape us.’ Before the game, I was saying that this kind of officiating goes for everybody but it fitted Alaska primarily.”READ: Alaska continues streak, decimates Phoenix FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhat Alas pointed out was the Aces were able to impose their physicality on the Fuel Masters as the referees this season have been more tolerable in allowing some rough contact.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlaska used that to its full advantage and limited Phoenix to just 33 percent shooting, 30-of-90, and run the Fuel Masters to the ground as the Aces raced to 27 fastbreak points. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “If you remember the championship games Alaska before, we got there because of our physicality,” said Alas in Filipino as he referred to the Aces’ runner-up finishes from 2014 to 2016.The game started off slowly with Alaska ahead just 5-4 five minutes into the game, but with a 21-4 run across the first two quarters, the Aces managed to blow the game wide open and push the lead to 34-14 lead after Nonoy Baclao’s jumper.READ: Foes first, friends afterAlas was upset with how the Fuel Masters let Alaska take control when Compton fielded his reserves against their starters.“I was wondering why the game was such a low-scoring one, then Alaska decided to change its players and they had a lot of easy baskets,” said Alas. “We can’t just rely on our starters”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Alaska Aces vs Phoenix Fuel Masters. PBA IMAGESPhoenix head coach Louie Alas was in no mood to tone down his choice of words after Alaska ripped his team apart in a 93-75 beating in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.“We were raped by my former team,” said Alas, who was the former head assistant coach at Alaska under Alex Compton.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more