Inukshuk of pucks debated at City Hall

first_imgCouncilor Lori Ackerman proposed Brandmann consider gluing the pucks together. But Brandmann said if the structure was free-standing, it could be considered for the Guinness Book of World records.The Inukshuk would require 5,000 pucks in total and take around one week to construct.Councilors commended Brandmann on his creativity, but delayed their decision making until the first council meeting of 2010.City Staff will investigate liability issues, and alternative methods to barricade the free-standing structure.Advertisement Photo: Chris Brandmann wants to construct an Inukshuk – made entirely out of hockey pucks – in the city’s rec centre- submitted.A Fort St. John man presented an unusual request to City Council on Monday afternoon.Long time resident Chris Brandmann is proposing to construct a six-foot tall Inukshuk in the city’s rec centre.- Advertisement -And he wants to build the iconic arctic structure completely out of hockey pucks.[asset|aid=2257|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e8620f540c7f638ccc038b20edbe7872-bandmann 1_2_Pub.mp3]Brandmann said the Inukshuk would be free-standing.That idea wasn’t too popular with city councilors, who were concerned about the liability issue of the pucks collapsing.Advertisementlast_img read more

La Verne man links up with U.S. Pro Golf Tour

first_imgInactivity was ruining Steve Thorwald. Literally. The La Verne resident, a nationally recognized golf nut, was at home, slipping into what he called a “couch potato mode” when he got an opportunity he now says has re-energized him. The 65-year-old is director of the new California Series, which is being operated under the U.S. Pro Golf Tour umbrella. His new position with the U.S. Pro Golf Tour fits him well, considering he is an honest-to-goodness golf nut. Thorwald, in fact, is reigning Golf Nut of the Year for 2006, according to the Golf Nut Society ( How crazy is he about the game? Thorwald played golf with his future father-in-law on the day of his first wedding. They changed into tuxedos on the course and made it to the ceremony with only minutes to spare. Thorwald and his current wife, Trina – also recognized as a golf nut – snuck out of a recent family reunion to play a quick nine holes and returned without anyone noticing their absences. Thorwald, however, felt almost out of touch with the game until U.S. Pro Golf Tour officials called him earlier this year to see if he’d be interested in working for them. “It was beginning to bug the hell out of me,” Thorwald said. “I was almost getting too lazy to go out and play golf. But this has re-energized me … I feel 20 years younger, I’m in better shape and I’m better looking.” Thorwald said the timing of the opportunity was ideal. “Honest to God, it couldn’t have been better,” he said. “I was bored and looking for something to do. I was seriously thinking of consulting again (he previously ran a marketing consulting business), then this came along. Golf has always been my first love … except my wife, of course. “It’s like that old line from the Robert Redford movie, `The Natural,’ when Redford said, `I always had my mind in the game.’ Which I did, but I felt the game slipping away from me, and I didn’t like it. But this has me right back in the middle of it.” Thorwald told tour officials he will give it three years to build the tour where it is “solid as a rock.” “As you know,” he said, “minitours are notorious for going broke in about a year. That’s the one thing we have going for us, an extremely solid financial base. “I’m excited about this, absolutely. I wake up every day with new ideas.” For more information on the tour, go to its Web site at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Many of the West Coast’s top aspiring professionals are competing in state ranking tournaments for tour cards that will enable them to compete in the California Series events. A designated number also will gain eligibility to play in the Tight Lies Tour in Texas and the U.S. Pro Golf Tour, which will operate mainly in the South and feature $300,000 purses. Players also declare for a particular area; just under 150 designated the California Series as their preferred tour. “Our goal is to stage the best-run tournaments on the finest courses in the state,” Thorwald said. Thorwald’s enthusiasm for the first-year tour, which replaces the AG Spanos Tour – one of several minitours to have come and gone over the years in California – almost matches his devotion to the game in general. Thorwald, who said he has been involved in golf “since dirt,” has worked in tournaments and tournament administration for years. He was, for example, a member of the 1998 U.S. Senior Open staff at Riviera Country Club and worked in the first World Golf Championship at La Costa (1999). center_img It is a minitour circuit consisting of 16 events, with guaranteed purses of $125,000. It will begin on March 21. Tour stops include courses such as San Juan Oaks in Hollister, Oak Valley in Beaumont, La Purisima in Lompoc and Temecula’s Redhawk. last_img

No PSG contact over Sanchez, says Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Wednesday he has had no contact with Paris Saint-Germain regarding Alexis Sanchez, who will miss the start of the season through injury.Sanchez, 28, has been linked with a move to PSG, who have just completed a world-record 222 million euros ($260 million) swoop for Barcelona superstar Neymar. But Wenger said he had not heard from PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and referred to French media reports suggesting PSG are more interested in signing Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe.“It’s a long time I didn’t speak to Nasser, because it’s certainly very busy to complete the transfer of Neymar,” Wenger told a press conference at Arsenal’s London Colney base.Asked if he expected Al-Khelaifi to get in touch, Wenger replied: “No, no. I think if you read the French papers, they are on Mbappe’s case to finish their transfer market.”Wenger was coy, though, when he was asked if any bids had been tabled for Sanchez.“I can’t tell you that at the moment,” said the Frenchman, whose side open their Premier League campaign at home to Leicester City on Friday.“I just think we are not open — what I said to you many times — to any offers, anyway.”Sanchez, who has also been linked with Manchester City, has not played for Arsenal in pre-season after being granted extra time off after playing at the Confederations Cup with Chile.Wenger said the forward had sustained an abdominal injury and was likely to miss both Friday’s game against Leicester and the trip to Stoke City on August 19.“He has a little abdominal strain that he caught on Sunday morning in training, before he came to Wembley (for last Sunday’s Community Shield),” Wenger said.“He had a scan two days ago and he’s out for a while. I don’t know if it is two weeks or one more week, but he will not be available. I think he will not play at Stoke, yes.”Wenger added: “For us Alexis Sanchez is a loss, of course. But we have all the other players prepared in pre-season and they are all ready.“It can happen in pre-season and anyway, I don’t think I would have included him on Friday night. I don’t think I would have started him.”Speaking after Arsenal beat Chelsea on penalties at Wembley, Wenger revealed he was looking to trim his squad before the transfer window closes, but he said no departures were currently imminent.“No,” he replied when asked if any players were poised to leave.“Yesterday I had the managers’ meeting and was talking with the other managers in the other clubs. It looks like everywhere there is many, many players and a bit of congestion at the moment everywhere.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Champions League-winning boss wanted by Aston Villa’s new owner

first_img Roberto Di Matteo 1 Aston Villa are expected to step up their move for Roberto Di Matteo after Chinese businessman Tony Xia completed his takeover.Villa confirmed in a statement that former owner Randy Lerner’s reign had finally come to a close following the deal with Xia’s Recon Group.A club statement read: “Aston Villa Football Club is pleased to announce that an agreement has been signed today for the sale of 100 per cent ownership by Randy Lerner to Recon Group owned by Dr Tony Jiantong Xia subject to the approval of the Premier League and the Football League.”Xia has reportedly already been in contact with representatives of former West Brom and Chelsea boss Di Matteo over taking up the role vacated by Remi Garde – although other contenders remain in the frame.Di Matteo, who won the FA Cup and Champions League during an eight month spell in charge of Chelsea, has been out of management since leaving Schalke last summer.In the statement Villa said Xia developed his love of the game after playing as a striker whilst at college – and that he had become a fan of Villa “many years ago”.It added: “Dr Xia’s immediate objective is to return Aston Villa to the Premier League and then to have the club finish in the top six, bringing European football back to Villa Park. He plans to make Aston Villa the most famous football club in China with a huge fan base.”His ambitious plans will be welcomed by Villa fans who had become increasingly disillusioned with Lerner’s reign, staging protests at a number of games this season.A supporters’ group began an ‘Out the door on 74’ campaign, where some fans left during the home matches against Everton, Tottenham and Chelsea, making a stand after 74 minutes of play to symbolise the club’s formation in 1874.Lerner, who first signalled his intention to sell the club in 2014, penned a long and bizarre open letter to supporters on the club’s website once the sale was confirmed, in which he likened their relegation campaign to “Bannockburn”.He wrote: “It was my hope that ownership and custodianship of the club would have been transferred some years ago when I knew that personal and professional matters made it impossible for me to contribute the time I did in my first five years at the club.“Still, fates are fickle in football so that we could claw back to safety last season, end up at Wembley at a cup final sitting amongst old friends, and then spend the 2015/16 campaign at Bannockburn!”last_img read more


first_imgDr Brendan McCreesh.The highly reputable Brady Opticians are an independent optical practice in the heart of Donegal Town, that have been providing affordable, professional eye care since 1975. Their motto is ‘Your vision is our vision’ and Bradys Opticians have over the years formed a superb reputation for providing first class customer excellence. The practice are committed to delivering the highest possible standards of eye care to all their patients, using state-of-the-art equipment including highly advanced 3D OCT scanning in a specialised and caring environment. Opticians make wearing glasses and contact lenses simple. The company pride themselves on their pricing clarity and high levels of customer service, so if you’re already a glasses or contact lens wearer, or even if you have never tried them before, Brady Opticians will make certain that they find the right eyewear for your needs, tastes and budget. The practice also have one of the largest designer frame and sunglass ranges in the North West, which can also be view online at www.bradyopticians.comBrands on display include; BVLGARI, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Jimmy Choo, Givenchy, Prada, Ray-Ban, Superdry, Esprit and Silhouette plus many more.The company are official certified stockists of Maui Jim sunglasses, and have a wide range of specialist eyewear for industry and sports such as swimming, cycling and skiing.To talk to Brady Opticians directly about your eye care needs please contact 074 9721727. MAKE WEARING GLASSES AND CONTACT LENSES SIMPLE BY CHOOSING BRADYS OPTICIANS was last modified: November 14th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Bradys OpticiansBusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Benz traffic limits OK’d

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Los Angeles County supervisors decided Tuesday to have signs posted on a stretch of county road to stop thousands of cars a day from taking a rush-hour shortcut through the older Benz Road city neighborhood. The decision to bar turns from Copper Hill onto Buckhorn Lane two hours a day was spurred by county residents who had opposed city government’s plan to bar turns four hours a day. “I believe this is a fair compromise,” said Anthony Michaelides, who lives on nearby Cross Creek Drive. He represented residents from the Cross Creek and Canterwood area at an informal meeting of city and county traffic engineers May 18 to resolve the issue. “Many residents didn’t want any restriction at all.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In February, the Santa Clarita City Council approved placing signs on Copper Hill and Bouquet Canyon Road to prevent drivers from using Benz as a thoroughfare. The signs on Copper Hill would have restricted traffic from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Instead, county officials made it 4:30 to 6:30. Benz was built under county control decades ago, before the city of Santa Clarita was incorporated. More than two dozen homes front Benz, which became a cut-through when Copper Hill Drive opened to Bouquet Canyon Road. Benz has handled about 3,300 car trips a day. Long-time Benz resident Tony Natoli, who urged city officials for three years to take action,questioned county supervisors’ move. “I’m not sure if it was a win or giveaway,” he said. “It’s like a nightmare where you can’t get a toehold or up a ladder.” He said he is taking a wait-and-see attitude but will push for a city backup plan to further restrict permissible turns if the Benz traffic does not subside to fewer than 2,000 trips a day. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich recommended the changes,including exploring the viability of placing a fire gate where a cul de sac once stood at Cross Creek and Canterwood drives. Paul Novak, a deputy for Antonovich, said the county Department of Public Works will talk to county Fire Department officials and look into getting a right-of-way from affected homeowners. Michaelides is pushing hard for the gate, which he said a majority of the impacted residents want. City and county traffic engineers will monitor the traffic for about three months to see if the signs are helping, said City Traffic Engineer Andrew Yi. They will consider extending the restriction to four hours if needed. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgLagan Harps FCOur Ladies team continued their good form with a win over Glenree in the Shield and a 4-2 win over Illies Celtic in the Ulster Junior cup semi-final. Scorers were Amber Barrett(3) and Catherine Fletcher. Our u/14 girls put up a good performance before losing 1-0 to Kilmacrennan in the cup final.Our men’s team start their season with a home game v Copany Rovers this Sunday. Kick-off is 2.00pm. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 1,3,5 and 21.Mary Mulvaney and Mary Doherty both had three numbers and won E25 each.Congratulations and best wishes to Sabrina Gallagher and Kevin Mc Gavigan on their marriage last weekend. SOCCER NEWS: LAGAN HARPS LADIES DEFEAT ILLIES CELTIC TO REACH ULSTER JUNIOR CUP FINAL was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Lagan Harps FCNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more

Intelligent Design Put to Good Scientific Use

first_img51; Evolutionists try to portray intelligent design as something outside of science that threatens science.  Actually, the techniques of intelligent design are hard at work within science, and have been for some time.  Examples are not hard to find on a variety of fronts.Archaeology:  “The ability to tell the difference between crystals that formed naturally and those formed by human activity can be important to archaeologists in the field,” began an article on PhysOrg.  Scientists at Duke University have “developed a process that can tell in a matter of minutes the origin of samples thousands of years old.”  Merely from the way that the calcite crystals are organized, they can detect whether a rock is natural or comes from man-made plaster.  Incidentally, the technique was recently tested “at an ancient site in central Israel at Tel Safit, close to where David is thought to have slain Goliath,” the article said.    On a related note, Science Daily reported on a team at Monash University in Australia that claims to have found the “world’s oldest ground-edge implement.”  This indicates the ability to distinguish natural structures from those worked by human hands on purpose – by design.Biomimetics:  The science of imitating natural designs is a form of intelligent design science in practice (11/04/2010, 10/30/2010).   PhysOrg reported on work by Newcastle University students who engineered bacteria to form a sealer for repairing cracks in concrete.  They make the bacteria swim into the cracks, where the microbes “glue” the sides together with their secretions.  This may make it possible “to prolong the life of structures which are environmentally costly to build.”    Similarly, Science Daily said that a researcher at Delft University in the Netherlands trained bacteria to convert biowaste into plastic.  And then there’s this: New Scientist reported that students in Tokyo got E. coli bacteria to solve Sudoku puzzles.Code in the nose:  Codes and information are stock-in-trade of intelligent design: conveying messages from one entity to another.  Did you know you have a code in your nose? (06/26/2005, 02/01/2008).  It’s a sophisticated one, too: “Odor Coding in Mammals Is More Complex Than Previously Thought,” reported Science Daily.  “A new study in the Journal of General Physiology (JGP) shows that the contribution of odorant receptors (ORs) to olfactory response in mammals is much more complex than previously thought, with important consequences for odorant encoding and information transfer about odorants to the brain.”  The patterns that researchers at Rockefeller University studied “may contribute heretofore unsuspected information used by the olfactory system in categorizing odorants.”    Another recent story on coding can be found on PNAS, where scientists at Johns Hopkins University found another molecule that is part of the “histone code” in genetics (09/25/2010, bullet 3; 07/26/2006).Other examples of current scientific practice using intelligent design techniques include SETI (10/16/2010), forensics, paleoanthropology (e.g., determining when self-cognition arose), computer science, information science, cryptography, steganography, operations research, cognitive neuroscience, some theories of psychology, sociology, political science, artificial intelligence, robotics, optimization, historiography, linguistics, philology – and, in biology, arguably biophysics, genetics and systems biology.Intelligence is real.  Design is real.  Information is real.  Intelligent causes are real.  The question is not whether the researchers in the above fields believe in evolution or I.D.  Many of the above probably believe fervently in evolution.  The point is that they use techniques predicated on the assumption that design is detectable.  Even a hiker can tell that three stones on top of one another were put there on purpose to convey a message.  Some websites like eSkeptic use gymnastic circumlocutions to deny this, calling I.D.’s comparison of SETI with intelligent design a “category error,” or the use of design detection as a “point of departure,” or claiming that the secular researcher knows in advance that the intelligent agent found will be human (in the case of archaeology).    Come now.  One cannot define science in such a way that rules out intelligent causes and then say that intelligent design is not science.  To do that, one would have to judge much of the history of science as unscientific, because Newton, Kepler, John Ray, Linnaeus and many other scientists performed world-class science to seek understanding of the Designer’s mind.  The skeptics cannot, furthermore, disqualify science based on the motives or beliefs of the scientists, or what their evidence might imply.  There are no demarcation criteria that can rule out intelligent design a priori in science.  Science is supposed to represent an authentic, honest effort to follow the evidence where it leads.  If one rules out intelligent causes at the outset, one can miss the true nature of reality.  And honesty in science already presupposes an intelligent cause for its existence.    The biomimetics researcher knows he has a good design to mimic.  The biochemist studying the histone code knows that a functional message is embedded in the structure.  The SETI researcher knows a message will imply purpose and intent – and in the particular case of SETI, the seeker has advance knowledge the intelligence will be non-human; it could even be robotic, angelic or demonic–how would anyone tell?  The comparisons between intelligent design and these other active sciences are obvious and real.  No amount of dancing with words can cover for ignoring the obvious, unless one is committed to malevolent intelligent design – which the devils also believe, and cause trouble.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Briefly Noted

first_imgHuman Body – You Smell Like a Dog:  Bloodhounds, we know, are good at telling the direction of a scent, but it turns out that humans have that ability, too.  Researchers at UC Berkeley did experiments with human subjects to see if they could tell which direction a scent came from.  Functional MRI (fMRI) was used to monitor their brain activity.  The subjects were able to tell which nostril found the scent, especially when they sniffed.  This means that the brain can judge time of arrival – as with hearing – to sense the direction of a source.  With practice, the researchers believe, we could get pretty good at it.  Source: – Most Science Papers Are Wrong:  There is less than a 50% chance that the results of any randomly chosen scientific paper are true, warns a researcher.  Personal biases, wish fulfillment, bad sampling, poor technique, conflict of interest and other biases combine to make most research findings false.  Source: New Scientist.  But how do we know that conclusion is true?Origin of Life – Light May Favor Left Hands:  Radiation from space might preferentially destroy one form of chiral molecules like amino acids, say researchers.  If amino acids were ferried to the early earth on icy dust, this may have favored one hand over the other.  But the experiments with circularly polarized light on one amino acid – leucine – produced an excess of only 2.6% – far less than the 100% purity required for life (see online book).  Source: New Scientist.Theology – Catholic Statement Worries Darwinists:  A letter from four Austrian scientists to Science Aug. 26 expressed dismay that a Viennese Cardinal said, “evolution in the neo-Darwinian sense is not true” and that there is “overwhelming evidence for design in biology.”  They called this a political move toward dogmatism and fundamentalism reminiscent of the Galileo affair.Early Man – Another Dmanisi Skull:  Another skull has been found in the republic of Georgia near Tblisi.  This one was in the best condition of the other five that had been found earlier.  The bones, a “million years older than any widely accepted pre-human remains in Europe, have provided additional evidence that Homo erectus left Africa a half-million years or more earlier than scientists had previously thought.”  That’s a lot of time for this human group to have done more than scratch, wouldn’t one think?  Source: Birds – Chickens Have Magnetic Compass:  Chickens are not so dumb; they have magnetic radar.  Two articles on EurekAlert (EurekAlert 1, EurekAlert 2) about experiments on birds with magnets and light suggest that “birds’ orientation abilities may be more complex than previously thought and that birds may be able to interpret magnetic signals by more than one mechanism.”  See also Current Biology Volume 15, Issue 16, 23 August 2005, Pages R620-R621.Amazing Bugs – Beetles Inspire Nanotechnology:  A Cornell scientist, intrigued by how beetles could adhere to leaves when threatened, decided to imitate them.  The beetles are able to take advantage of surface tension by exuding “120,000 droplets of secreted oil, each making a bridgelike contact between the beetle’s feet and the leaf.”  Each droplet is just a few microns wide, the report on Cornell University says, but in concert, they act like two wet pieces of paper sticking together.  A beetle can cling to a palm leaf with “adhesive strengths equal to a hundred times its own body weight – the human equivalent of carrying seven cars.”  Researchers are using the principle to create small, fast transistor switches.Cell Biology – Multi-Talented Telomerase:  Telomerase, the enzyme that keep DNA tips (telomeres) from unraveling, apparently does more than control the aging of a cell.  Science Now reports that it also regulates stem cells and spurs cell growth.  It can even grow hair on mice.Darwin – What Henslow Taught Darwin:  John S. Henslow, a “kindly Professor” at Cambridge and a creationist, taught Darwin how to collect plant specimens carefully and identify varieties within a species.  Henslow was the one who recommended Darwin to be naturalist on the HMS Beagle.  Four writers in Nature (436, 643-645, 4 August 2005, doi: 10.1038/436643a) believe that Darwin took the lessons he learned from Henslow with him on the voyage, and rather than use his data on varieties for demonstrating the stability of species, as Henslow did, began to entertain ideas of species transformation.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Big Five Marathon a wild challenge

first_img11 May 2011The Big Five Marathon, which takes place in South Africa’s Limpopo province every June, offers competitors the amazing experience of running a marathon in a game reserve that features Africa’s “Big Five” wild animals.The event takes place in the Entabeni Game Reserve in an area known as the Waterberg.Not only does Entabeni have the Big Five – lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant – it is also known for featuring almost all of South Africa’s antelope species. The reserve is part of Unesco’s Waterberg Biosphere Reserve, a status it acquired in 2001.Amazing settingsThe Big Five Marathon is part of Adventure Marathons’ portfolio of marathons that take place in amazing settings.Apart from the Big Five Marathon, their list of events includes The Great Wall Marathon on the Great Wall in China, the Petra Marathon in and around the ancient city of Petra, The Polar Circle Marathon on the ice sheet of Greenland, and The Solar Eclipse Marathon in Port Douglas, Australia.The route of the Big Five Marathon is particularly testing and features mountains, valleys, ravines, gorges, forests, savannah and bushveld. It’s an up and down tester, and that’s not including the care that needs to be taken around wild animals!Cool climateThankfully for competitors, June is right in the middle of the South African winter, so they can expect temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees celcius instead of summer temperatures of over 30 degrees.The race draws runners from far and wide and international tour packages, of either four or seven days, are part of what’s on offer. They include game drives, route inspections, and the marathon itself.Entrants for the marathon and half-marathon have to be at least 18 years of age. Younger runners may take part in the 10-kilometre run, but have to be accompanied by an adult.The marathon is a hot ticket, and this year’s race is already sold out.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more