Roof Top Challenge a Success

first_imgPhoto: Members of Moose FM & Big Brothers and Big Sisters lived on the roof of the NP Leisure Pool in hopes of getting more Big Brothers and Big Sisters – Johanna Henderson/Energeticcity.caA record number of people have sign up to be Big Brothers and Big Sisters. The local agency held their annual Roof Top Challenge Friday and Saturday and had 27 people sign up to mentor a child. – Advertisement -Danielle Armstrong is the Executive Director and says sitting on the roof of the North Peace Pool paid off. [asset|aid=309|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=efc85b76654025eb5baae49fb2a46937-Danielle Armstrong – 1_1_Pub.mp3] Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Fort St. John currently has a waiting list of over 20 children and they hope these volunteers will help. You can still sign up to be a Big Brother or a Big Sister by calling 250-787-9674. Big Brothers and Big Sisters will also hold an open house this Wednesday to celebrate the opening of their new office. The open house will run from 6pm to 7:30pm on 106th Street across from Ship to Shore.last_img read more

Lazio join long list of clubs chasing Aston Villa captain Vlaar

first_img Ron Vlaar 1 Lazio have made Aston Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar their No.1 transfer target, according to reports in Italy.The Netherlands international has been linked with a host of clubs this summer after impressing for his country at the World Cup.Manchester United have been rumoured as one of the teams interested in Vlaar, with Arsenal, Southampton and Juventus also said to be monitoring his situation.However, according to Corriere della Sera, Lazio have now made Vlaar their top priority and are keen to tie up a deal quickly.They will not find it easy to do so, with Villa boss Paul Lambert determined to keep the 29-year-old.It is understood that if a move for Vlaar does not materialise, the Serie A side would turn to other targets.Parma’s Gabriel Paletta is reportedly their second choice and Juventus’ Angelo Ogbonna their third and final option.last_img read more

‘When hell freezes over!’ – Arsenal forward laughs off Tottenham switch rumours

first_img Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski 1 Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has laughed off rumours he could join Tottenham in January, insisting “hell will freeze over” before he moves to the Gunners’ north London rivals.The World Cup winner is yet to start a Premier League match this season and reports on Monday suggested he could make a £10million switch to Spurs when the transfer window opens.Posting a link to the rumour on Twitter, Podolski wrote: “Hell will freeze over before this transfer would happen. #Poldi #aha #AlwaysAGunner #NeverCheatYourClub #AFC #Redarmy”.Germany international Podolski is desperate for first-team football and has been strongly linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium over the past few months.Turkish giants Galatasaray are thought to be keen, having originally registered an interest over the summer, though Wenger has insisted the 29-year-old remains in his long-term plans.Arsenal and Tottenham are currently level on points in the table and the two sides drew 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium last month.last_img read more


first_imgRoots of Empathy in Donegal celebrated their ‘tiny teachers’ at their annual Baby Celebration in Letterkenny this week.The event was organised to thank all those who participated in the programme and who made this year’s programmes such a success. Over 100 people attended the baby celebration which brought together everyone who participated in the programmes, including staff and children from the schools and the Roots of Empathy families.Anne McAteer, Health Promotion Department, HSE West, and Roots of Empathy Programme Manager, said; “Roots of Empathy is a unique and innovative programme which brings a local baby into a class in a primary school.“Nine times throughout the year, the parent and baby visit the class, where a trained Roots of Empathy instructor guides children as they observe the relationship between the baby and parent, chart the baby’s development and label the baby’s feelings.“The instructor visits the classroom before and after each baby visit to reflect on the learning from the baby visit and help the children to relate the learning to their own lives. They work with the children through story telling, art and discussions to help the children identify and think about their own feelings and experiences and those of others.” Anne continued; “The programme, which is delivered over 27 weeks, teaches children more about their own emotions and feelings and those of others. When children learn to understand how other people feel, and how their actions can make other people feel, this will help to reduce bullying and aggression among the children.“Last year, we introduced the programme into 14 schools. The positive feedback from those schools and demand from other schools led to the expansion of the programme into 28 classrooms across the County. We hope to continue the success of the programme next year by increasing the number of schools in which the programme is delivered.”Speaking after the event Anne said; “The Baby Celebration has brought together everyone who has participated in the programme, school principals and class teachers and some of the pupils from each class.“It was an opportunity to say thank you to all those families who volunteered their time to come into the class and share the special moments of their baby’s first year. It was fantastic today to see so many of our Roots of Empathy families come together with the schools to celebrate such a successful year.”For further information on the Roots of Empathy programme, contact Seana Hume, Project Coordinator, on 074 91 09118 or email IT’S CHILD’S PLAY AS TINY TEACHERS CELEBRATE! was last modified: June 22nd, 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)last_img read more

Women’s Tennis Falls To SIU In MVC Tournament Semifinals

first_img 4. Ana Sofia Cordero (SIU) def. Brills, Summer (DU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 WICHITA, Kan. – The Drake University women’s tennis team fell to Southern Illinois, 4-1, in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Saturday.The Salukis jumped on the Bulldogs early as they took the doubles point.Senior Maddie Johnson evened it up at one with a dominating 6-1, 6-1 victory at the No. 2 spot, earning her 102nd career singles victory to tie Cecily Dubusker for the most singles wins in program history.Southern Illinois went on to earn straight set victories on courts one and five to go up 3-1. Ana Sofia Cordero secured match point for SIU with a hard fought 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over Summer Brills.The Bulldogs end the season with a 15-12 record and finished third in the MVC.Southern Illinois 4, Drake 14/30/2016 at Wichita, Kan. (Crestview Country Club)  1. Xiwei Cai (SIU) def. Ante, Mariel (DU) 6-4, 6-0 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament – Semifinal #2 2. Johnson, Maddie (DU) def. Athena Chrysanthou (SIU) 6-1, 6-1 Singles competition 5. Katie Fries (SIU) def. Lomas, Joely (DU) 6-4, 6-2 Doubles competition Drake 15-12 1. Ana Sofia Cordero/Xiwei Cai (SIU) def. Johnson, Maddie/Ante, Mariel (DU) 6-3center_img 6. Polina Dozortseva (SIU) vs. Kozulic,Lea (DU) 2-6, 6-3, 3-0, unfinished 3. Athena Chrysanthou/Polina Dozortseva (SIU) vs. Herder, Tess/Kozulic,Lea (DU) 3-4, unfinished Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (2,1,5,4) Print Friendly Version Southern Illinois 16-11 3. Meagan Monaghan (SIU) vs. Herder, Tess (DU) 6-7 (5-7), 3-1, unfinished Match Notes 2. Vitoria Beirao/Meagan Monaghan (SIU) def. Lomas, Joely/Brills, Summer (DU) 6-2last_img read more

Donegal Ladies football star Aoife bringing Spanish lessons….to Glenveagh!

first_imgDONEGAL Ladies football star Aoife McDonnell is set to bring Spanish speaking classes to Donegal – with Glenveagh National Park as one of the venues.The courses are aimed at local Donegal students hoping to improve their Spanish proficiency.The intensive one week Spanish Program is for 1st-3rd and 4th-6th Year Students. This one week intensive Spanish course will suit students wanting to improve their level of Spanish. The program will be facilitated by an excellent native Spanish teacher who will be in Donegal for the month of August. Venues lined up for the classes include:Letterkenny- St. Eunan’s GAA Clubhouse on Monday 13th-Friday 17th August from 10am-1pm daily – with a tour on Thursday 16th to Glenveagh National Park – all conducted through Spanish!Donegal Town-Abbey Vocational School on Monday 20th- Friday 24th August from 10am-1pm daily.Naomh Conaill player Aoife is of course a teacher herself – her day job when she’s not playing for Donegal. Said Aoife: “It keeps me busy in the summer when I’m not training and playing with the county.“This is an excellent opportunity to get a step ahead in Spanish without having to visit a Spanish speaking country.“It is also a more cost-effective alternative to the euro languages colleges here in Ireland. Students will be exposed to all aspects of learning Spanish including; writing, speaking, listening and reading.”Each week is limited to 20 students with a booking closing date of June 25.Contact: Aoife McDonnell on 0871245587Email: atlanticwayexperience@gmail.comWebsite: www.atlanticwayexperience.comFacebook: Donegal Ladies football star Aoife bringing Spanish lessons….to Glenveagh! was last modified: June 11th, 2018 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:Aoife McDonnelldonegalSpanish lessonslast_img read more

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Chelsea’s Ake joins Bournemouth on loan

first_imgNathan Ake has joined Bournemouth from Chelsea on a season-long loan.The Dutch defender, 21, spent last season on loan at Watford, where was voted the club’s young player of the year and helped them reach the FA Cup semi-finals.Ake, who ended the previous campaign on loan at Reading, has made 12 first-team appearances for Chelsea, with five coming in the Premier League.Meanwhile, winger Reece Mitchell, 20, has left Chelsea and joined Chesterfield on a two-year deal.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

The Long Precambrian Fuse Gets Longer

first_imgWhy did complex multicellular life explode on the scene some 550 million years ago?  That’s mystery enough, but finding complex single-celled life a billion years earlier makes it worse.  A new paper evaluated claims of Cambrian-like fossils from India dated 1.6 billion years old in the evolutionary timeline.  It did not explain the Cambrian explosion, but it did require belief in a long, long fuse.    Bengtson et al evaluated rocks in India where claims of early Cambrian fossils had been reported in recent years.  They reported in PNAS this week.1  What they found was not multicellular life, but a complex assortment of real fossils indicating bacterial mats, cyanobacteria, along with segmented tubes and evidences of eukaryotic life – the more advanced form of unicellular life.  The fact that some of these eukaryotes formed tube-like shapes raises the question: why would a billion years go by with no more complex assemblages?  There were also “embryo-like globules” indistinguishable from those found in early Cambrian deposits, though the authors assumed the resemblance was superficial.    Prior reports of complex fossils so early in the timeline caused serious controversy.  “If these and earlier reports are correct, they have profound implications,” they said; “either the radiometric dating consistently reflects inherited dates not related to sedimentation, as suggested by Azmi and coworkers, or Cambrian-like fossils occur in rocks that are a billion years older than the Cambrian.”  They determined some imprints were due to gas bubbles in microbial mats.  Though they could not rule out a few problematic forms, they concluded that the fossils were all from prokaryotes and a few colonial eukaryotes.  Putting the happiest face possible on their findings, they said, “the Vindhyan deposits offer important new insights into the nature and diversity of life, and in particular, the early evolution of multicellular eukaryotes.”    Most important, the paper admitted that the Cambrian explosion had a long fuse.  Here’s how they put it:In terms of the evolution of major taxa, the most significant information to come out of the Vindhyan phosphorites is the detailed 3-dimensional morphologic evidence for late Paleoproterozoic multicellular eukaryotes (filamentous algae).  Previously accepted multicellular eukaryotes were only known from the late Mesoproterozoic or early Neoproterozoic (i.e., some 400� 600 million years later), although some older discoveries had at least suggested the possibility that they had a longer prehistory.    The potential of the Vindhyan phosphorites to yield fresh information on the Paleoproterozoic biotas is thus considerable, and the “shelly” biota discovered by Azmi et al. gives new insight into the nature of the Paleoproterozoic biosphere.  The discredited reports of “Cambrian” fossils [i.e., in the Vindhyan deposits dated 1.6 billion years old] turned out to be an important discovery.1.  Bengtson, Belivanova, Rasmussen, and Whitehouse, “The controversial ‘Cambrian’ fossils of the Vindhyan are real but more than a billion years older,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print April 24, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0812460106.How credible is it to think that eukaryotes could not come up with anything more than tube-like colonies for a billion years, then bang! — trilobites, worms, crustaceans, jellyfish, and all the major animal body plans in a geological instant?  Evolution is supposed to be this inexorable force for innovation that invented mammals, birds, flying insects and all the other wonders of nature in far, far less time than that.  The real mystery here is how Darwinism survives wave after wave of falsification.  The propensity of evolutionists to snow the public with their implausible, fictional, ad hoc, speculative, imaginative, self-contradictory plot lines to rescue their theory from the evidence deserves condemnation.  Don’t let them get away with their pretensions of scholarship when defending absurdities.  The integrity of science is at stake. (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Soccer City: an architect’s dream

first_img25 February 2010 Architect Bob van Bebber waited 15 years to realise his dream – and it’s a dream the world can share on 11 June when 88 851 spectators take their seats at South Africa’s spectacular Soccer City stadium for the opening of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. Van Bebber originally proposed a stadium – not just any stadium but a World Cup stadium – back in 1991 while completing his architecture degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. But he was told a stadium required too much engineering – until then engineers mostly designed stadiums. So he told his professor at the time, respected conservation architect Herbert Prins, that one day he would do it. That day arrived in 2006, when his design for Soccer City was approved. “This has been a dream project that I have been chasing for so long,” he says. A massive calabash, one of the symbols of rural African life, rises from the ground at Nasrec on the outskirts of Soweto in Johannesburg, outflanking the long, surrounding mine dumps. “I wanted to bring aesthetics and design into a stadium,” explains Van Bebber, a keen footballer at one time. The calabash was selected from a number of designs as being “the most recognisable object to represent what would automatically be associated with the African continent and not any other”, he says. “The calabash, or ‘melting pot of African cultures’, sits on a raised podium, on top of which is located a ‘pit of fire’. Thus the pot sits in a depression, which is the ‘pit of fire’, as if it were being naturally fired,” reads the info pack. It is hoped that the calabash shape will be “recognised instantly by spectators in every corner of the world”. Aesthetics and design So, does it have aesthetics and design? Its large, rounded shape is created by means of thousands of glass-fibre concrete panels in eight different earthy colours, fitted together in a patchwork, and curving around into the cantilevered roof. Odd glazed panels punctuate this facade, allowing sunlight to stream in. The three-tier stadium soars 60 metres into the air, and stretches across 300 metres. At night when the lights are on, it takes on a fantastic glow, something almost extraterrestrial. It looks magical from a distance; it looks magical from inside, with its multiple shapes and colours soaring above your head in a curve, as you enter. Although it encases you in its roundness, that roundness is tempered by huge angled concrete columns and ramps on the inside, and although the concrete is dead and grey, the contrasting shapes are alive with design, enhanced by tall open spaces. Van Bebber says that for him the design of the calabash has special meaning. “It symbolises people coming together, a melting pot of cultures, sharing and passing around the calabash.” And the world is going to be sharing from that calabash come June. He says now, with the stadium almost complete and a truly splendid addition to Johannesburg’s growing list of African-inspired structures, that he is “very proud” of it. Construction will take three years – it started in February 2007 and will be complete in March 2010. Sibongile Mazibuko, the executive director of Joburg’s 2010 unit, says the design of the stadium “symbolises the unity of Africa”. “There is something very cultural about it, it touches who we are,” she says. World football body Fifa describes it as “one of the most artistic and awe-inspiring football venues on the African continent”. Seats Arguably the most striking of all the 10 stadiums, teams playing at Soccer City are likely to be overwhelmed by the sounds of cheering and vuvuzelas coming from 88 851 people, the number of seats in the stadium. This is almost double the capacity of any of the other nine World Cup stadiums around the country. Symbolism has been built into it. Nine vertical lines run through the seats and through the facade, aligning with the other nine 2010 stadiums, as well as the Berlin Stadium, where the 2006 World Cup was held. “These are representative of the road to the final, and it is hoped that, after the World Cup, the scores of each game at each venue will be placed in pre-cast concrete panels on the podium,” reads the information statement. “A visit to the stadium will thus provide one with a full history of the World Cup and all its scores.” The stadium has other significance, too. In 1990, Nelson Mandela was welcomed back to his home town, Johannesburg, here. A funeral service was held here for Communist Party leader Chris Hani, who was assassinated in Boksburg in 1993. First in South Africa Van Bebber is an architect at Boogertman Urban Edge & Partners. The firm was ranked first in South Africa and Africa and 63rd in the world for 2008, according to the World Architecture Magazine. It has been around for 25 years, with offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Dubai and Mauritius. Its designs range from hotels, shopping centres, office parks and showrooms, to industrial parks and homes and palaces. It has picked up awards for the design of the Parktown Quarter, the Irene Village Mall, the Blu Bird Centre in Rivonia and the Bigen Centre in Pretoria. Van Bebber has previously been involved in the design of office towers, a beach resort in Dubai, retail developments, a parkade, sections of OR Tambo International Airport, and Emperor’s Casino in Benoni. He had been working on a stadium design since 2001, believing that South Africa would win the bid to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. So when, in 2004, it was announced as the host for the tournament, the firm was asked for its design. Boogertman were ready with seven different proposals, among them a design acknowledging the city’s disappearing mine dumps; the kgotla, defined by the tree, of the African city state; the African map as a horizontal representation, with the roof of the stadium depicted as a desert plane set within the mineral wealth of southern Africa; and a representation of the national flower, the protea. Van Bebber says that very little of the old remodelled FNB Stadium was kept. It had only one grandstand, on its western side, with the other three sides simply banked seats. All sides now have covered stands, with two levels of VIP boxes and suites running completely around the stadium. The moat and the curved geometry of the edges of the field have been retained. Van Bebber is particularly proud of the fact that all seats have a good view of the field. The stadium has green-friendly elements. All lighting is energy efficient; materials from dismantled sections of the old stadium were re-used; water collected in the moat around the field is used to water the field, and excess water is used to flush the toilets. The flushing of the urinals is programmed, releasing water in tune to the use of the toilets. Budget The major challenge has been making the budget stretch as far as it can, says Van Bebber. “But despite this, I think we have given value for money.” The original budget started at R1.9-billion in 2007, and escalated to R3.3-billion by the end. Increasing costs for items like materials, the scope of the stadium and import duties led to the jump in budget, costs felt equally by all the stadium construction teams. Mazibuko agrees, saying that the City has got value for money in Soccer City, and that the investment was “quite justified”. She is also pleased with the impact of the development on the surrounding neighbourhood, which is receiving an upgrade. A transportation hub and pedestrian mall is being constructed to its south and the precinct will contain new roads, walkways, lighting, signage, landscaping, CCTV cameras and public amenities. Boogertman brought in overseas stadium contractors Populous, despite not being required to. One person spent three to four days for six weeks working with Van Bebber’s team, fine-tuning the design. “It was amazing how much we had done right,” says Van Bebber. He admits, however, that building the stadium has been an “almost vertical learning curve”. He is pleased with the comparison with the other stadiums around the country. He feels three of them – in Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth – are good but Eurocentric designs, having been designed by German architects. “They’re very slick, with very high specs, and therefore more expensive.” The Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban cost R4.8-billion to build and the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town cost R5,8-billion. “Soccer City compares very favourably with the others, but we feel it’s ahead of the pack,” he says. It seems appropriate that South Africa will play the first game here. At 4pm on 11 June, Bafana Bafana will run on to the field, to face Mexico. Every South African hopes that the final game, at 8.30pm on 11 July, will also see Bafana Bafana run into the stadium, to take the trophy. Standing with Van Bebber in the stands on a wet day, I suddenly became aware of a gentle roar. I looked around, wondering what it was, then realised: it was the rain flashing down on the roof. A gentle roar seemed a good sound for this spectacular stadium. 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