Inconnu Swim Club attends meet in GP; three swimmers qualify for meet in Edmonton

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Inconnu Swim Club was on the road over the weekend, November 2 and 3, to Grande Prairie for the Fast Track Into Fall Swim Meet.In attendance for the Swim Meet from Inconnu Swim Club were 23 swimmers.The majority of Inconnu swimmers, except one, were able to set new best times.- Advertisement -Out of those 22 swimmers, three swimmers were able to achieve qualified times for the J.P. Fiset Invitational Swim Meet, which is scheduled to take place on December 12 to the 15 in Edmonton.The three swimmers off to Edmonton include Frankie Woods in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, Grayson Louie in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, and Viggo Pederson in the 50m freestyle.Others to have previously qualified for the Swim Meet in Edmonton include Owen Lang, Julien Kemp, Alexander McDonald, Eric Louie, and Cameron Louie.Advertisementlast_img

Worksafe BC continuing Encana Water Hub explosion investigation

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Worksafe BC investigators are continuing to investigate after an explosion at an Encana facility northwest of Dawson Creek on Monday.The explosion happened at around 9:00 a.m. Monday at Encana’s Montney Water Resource approximately 20 kilometres northwest of Dawson Creek near Farmington. Worksafe BC spokesperson Trish Chernecki said their preliminary survey of the scene showed that that the explosion involved a storage tank at the facility, but could not say what caused the explosion, whether it originated from the tank, or what the tank contained. Worksafe officers responded to the incident and conducted an initial response before standing down while the RCMP investigated, along with Emergency Management BC officials, and officials from Encana and the BC Oil and Gas Commission.Chernecki added that the RCMP turned the scene over to Worksafe BC investigators on Tuesday afternoon at 1:10.- Advertisement -Investigators should be submitting their preliminary report by early next week that will have more information on what possibly caused the explosion.last_img read more

Things To Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsDance Show, 7 p.m. today in the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall, Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 259-7575. Spring Concert will feature the symphonic and jazz bands and orchestra, 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Ranch High School, 26255 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Admission: $5. Call (661) 222-1220. Canyon High Spring Choir Concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at La Mesa Junior High, 26623 May Way, Canyon Country. Admission: $5-$6. Call (661) 252-6110. Placerita Junior High Spring Orchestra and Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hart Auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-1551. “BB Wolf: The Trial” will be presented, 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. Spring Home & Garden Show will feature over 120 exhibitors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call Terri Burbank at (661) 259-3886. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. “Don’t Dress For Dinner” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dinner Jacket” will be presented, 2 and 7 p.m today in Fellowship Hall at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Tickets: $15 for adults and $5 for children. Call Kathy Lively at (661) 269-1441. Spring Desert Flower outing for seniors will depart, 10 a.m. Thursday from the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783 to reserve a spot. Spring Jazz concert, “All About Jazz,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Valencia High School Theater, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Cost: $5. Call (661) 294-1188. Campfire program, 8-9 p.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA91355.160Want 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

Gardai claim indicator on trailer in fatal crash was not working

first_imgGardai have claimed that a trailer involved in a collision which killed a motorcyclist did not have a working indicator light.The evidence was given during the opening day of the trial of Lifford man David McCauley at Letterkenny Circuit Court. Mr McCauley, aged 36, denies dangerous driving causing the death of Hugh Shalvey at Magherasolis, Raphoe on the afternoon of October 29th, 2014.The late Mr Shalvey, who was aged 34 and from Monaghan but married to a local woman, died at the scene.Counsel for the State Ms Patricia McLaughlin said this was a tragic case not just for Hugh Shalvey’s family but also for David McCauley’s family.The court heard yesterday how Mr Shalvey overtook two cars on his Honda 900 motorcycle but collided into the rear of Mr McCauley’s Toyota Landcruiser jeep as it turned right.Gardai estimated Mr Shalvey’s speed to be 101 KPH in an 80KPH zone.Garda evidence given in court stated that upon examination at the scene, the right indicator lights on Mr McCauley’s trailer was not working.Upon cross-examination, Gardai did admit that there was no forensic examination of the lights at the scene.However, in his statement to Gardai, the accused man claims that his jeep including its indicators were all in working order.He said that on October 6th, he had his trailer checked and that all its indicators and lights were working.The court was told that evidence will be given to the court to this respect.In his statement Mr McCauley, of Drumleen, Lifford, told how he had slowed down to 10 MPH, looked in his mirrors three times before turning in right to a farmyard.He said he saw two cars in his mirror but did not see a motorbike.However, as he turned he heard a bang and was shunted forward in his jeep.He said he looked out his window and saw the body of a man and a motorbike but remained in his vehicle because he was in shock before eventually getting out.Garda Sgt Joe Hannigan told the court that when he arrived on the scene he saw the trailer in a jack-knifed position and the motorbike in the mouth of the laneway.There was some slight damage and scuffing to the right side of the twin axle trailer and he noticed debris at the entrance to the farmyard.He noticed the motorcyclist’s helmet had come off and was under the trailer and also saw a shoe further back on the road.Further evidence was given by two other women who were traveling in different cars in the vicinity of the crash on the day.Maura Toland from Carrickdawson, Raphoe was driving behind the jeep and was overtaken by Mr Shalvey just moments before he struck the trailer.She looked ahead and suddenly saw the trailer turn right and then heard a loud bang as the two vehicles struck eachother.She saw Mr Shalvey come off his bike and was lying in the road.Brigid Gallagher from Porthall, Lifford described how it was a beautiful afternoon and how she spotted Mr Shalvey’s bike pull up as Ballinalacky Crossroads and his bike was glistening in the bright light.She did not see the crash as Mr Shalvey drove on in the direction of Raphoe but soon noticed debris on the road.She said she took out her rosary beads, said a prayer for the man but left the scene as she knew she could not do anything at that time.The trial continues today.Gardai claim indicator on trailer in fatal crash was not working was last modified: April 27th, 2017 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:courtcrashDavid McCauleydeathHugh ShalveymotorbikeRaphoelast_img read more


first_imgFANS staying in Donegal for Sunday’s All-Ireland will have the best of the weather, says Met Eireann.But Dublin will be hit with heavy showers on Sunday afternoon, so don’t forget those wellies for the big match as Donegal go for an All-Ireland win against Mayo on Sunday.The rain will move into south Leinster on Saturday night. Said a Met spokeswoman: “It looks like being a wet final at this stage.“The rain will become widespread and heavy during Sunday across Munster, Leinster and east Ulster but amounts will be small further west where it’ll stay mostly dry, so Donegal itself will be grand.“It’ll be mild in a fresh northeast breeze.”It’s also set to warmer in Donegal – and colder in Dublin. You see – there is an upside to not having tickets.  MATCH DAY WEATHER – DON’T FORGET YOUR WELLIES FOR CROKER was last modified: September 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:All Ireland Final weatherDonegal v MayoMATCH DAY WEATHER – DON’T FORGET YOUR WELLIES FOR CROKERlast_img read more

The World Against I.D.

first_imgThe Inter-Academy Panel (IAP) on International Issues, a global network of scientific academies, has issued a statement endorsing cosmic and biological evolution.  It urges “decision makers, teachers, and parents to educate all children about the methods and discoveries of science and to foster an understanding of the science of nature.”  Though the statement does not specifically mention intelligent design or creation, a report on BBC News says its release “follows fierce debate about whether so-called intelligent design (ID) should be taught in biology courses in schools, mainly in the US.”  It opens with this veiled reference to opposition: “We, the undersigned Academies of Sciences, have learned that in various parts of the world, within science courses taught in certain public systems of education, scientific evidence, data, and testable theories about the origins and evolution of life on Earth are being concealed, denied, or confused with theories not testable by science.”  The document lists 68 member societies, including the US National Academy of Sciences.    Next, it calls for “evidence-based” teaching about at least four subjects that, while having details still open to question, “scientific evidence has never contradicted” – (1) The Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago in a universe 11-15 billion years old, (2) Earth’s geology and environments have continued to change since its formation, (3) Life appeared at least 2.5 billion years ago, followed by the evolution of photosynthetic organisms which transformed the atmosphere, and4. Since its first appearance on Earth, life has taken many forms, all of which continue to evolve, in ways which palaeontology and the modern biological and biochemical sciences are describing and independently confirming with increasing precision.  Commonalities in the structure of the genetic code of all organisms living today, including humans, clearly indicate their common primordial origin.The statement affirms a view of science based on observation, formulation of testable hypotheses leading to theories, and prediction.  It says science is an open-ended process subject to correction and expansion, and that questions of value and purpose are outside its scope.  The BBC has made the full text available.One can imagine that in the time of the Reformation, every Catholic academy across the Latin world would have unanimously risen up to condemn Luther.  The list of signatories would have been impressive.  It must have been a fearful moment for Luther to stand alone against the tidal wave of illustrious scholars and officials arrayed against him, and say, “Here I stand.  I can do no other.  God help me.”    Don’t be impressed by the number of signatories to this dogmatic document (that, ironically, claims science is not dogmatic; if they really believed that, they would recognize the possibility that evolution is wrong and listen seriously to the claims it has been falsified).  A position statement issued by the upper echelons of management of a scientific society no more reflects the views of all scientists than a labor union’s political endorsement reflects the rank-and-file workers.  How many of them even knew this document was being published?  Most of the scientists in those societies don’t even study evolutionary biology in their day-to-day work, and probably many who accept evolution don’t feel that strongly about it.  Probably one or a few activist leaders at a meeting of these academies wrote the statement and pushed it through for a vote; perhaps it included “Yves Quere, co-chair of the Inter Academy Panel on International Issues,” whom the BBC article quoted: “So in this statement we say you cannot teach this to children, it is wrong.”  Here’s a guy with an agenda.    Even if I.D. is a minority view at this time (but not among the public, only among Big Science organizations), science does not advance by majority vote.  As we saw from the case of Grote Reber (02/06/2003), the Lone Ranger is sometimes the good guy.  There have been many instances in the history of science where a maverick had to fight long and hard against entrenched ideas – sometimes for decades, facing official opposition that was sometimes strident and personal.  What’s important in science is not to be popular, but to be right.  There are notable nonconformists within the scientific societies.  Though pro-ID letters from scientists are routinely censored by most mainstream journals, Evolution News found a well-written letter to the Journal of Clinical Investigation that should be held up alongside the IAP document and any other saber-rattling position papers attacking intelligent design.  Read it and see who is taking the reasonable scientific position on this issue.    The IAP statement, despite its self-righteous condemnation of anything that questions evolution, is noteworthy for what it does not say.  The BBC article ended with a statement by Steve Fuller, who promotes teaching the controversy.  Fuller thought it was “pretty mild” and “really doesn’t hit on the kinds of issues that would separate either contesting schools within evolutionary theory or evolution versus intelligent design.”  It lacks, for instance, any reference to a naturalistic mechanism – including Darwin’s – that could lead from hydrogen to humans.  Once you scrape away the rust of evolutionary assumptions masquerading as evidence, there’s really not much left to argue with: the universe appeared, life appeared, photosynthesis appeared, geology changes and science should be falsifiable.  Remove the E-word here and there, and nothing is offered to demonstrate all living things arose from a common ancestor by an undirected natural process.  (For a refutation of the argument from similarity, see Icons of Evolution by Jonathan Wells.)    The statement also attacks a straw man.  No ID-friendly school board or organization is advocating removing the subject of evolution in the public schools, or replacing it with young-earth creationism.  Where has Quere been?  The whole controversy is about teaching the controversy and removing the artificial moat that protects Charlie’s castle from monitoring by independent inspectors.  One would think that scientific societies, committed to an open-ended process of inquiry and the formulation of falsifiable theories, would welcome the scrutiny.  So what if Darwin’s ideas are found to be false?  Great; science marches on.  So what if intelligent design wins?  Great; now we have another paradigm for trying to make sense of the natural world.  What’s the problem?  The only people working to conceal, deny and confuse the issue are the Darwiniacs.    Official denunciations like this suggest an underlying insecurity.  There would not be a need if evolution were so obvious.  Instead of engaging their opponents calmly with rational discussion, they entrench themselves behind their castle walls and talk tough.  Wouldn’t it be cool to lob boxes of Ann Coulter’s Godless over the wall, just for the fun of watching their pointy heads turn red and explode.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA’s drinking water is top class

first_imgSouth African residents and visitors tothe country can rest assured that the tap water is of the highest quality.(Image: SA Water Research Commission)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Mava Scott  Spokesperson, Dept of Water Affairs  +27 12 336 8262 or +27 82 602 9640 RELATED ARTICLES • Cleaner water for Cape Town bathers • New solutions for water conservation • Better water supply for SA schools • A water-wise Lesotho adventure • SA’s biggest desalination plant opensSource: BuaNewsSouth Africa’s drinking water is among the best to be found anywhere, and the country remains among a few in the world where water can safely be consumed from the tap, said water affairs minister Edna Molewa.Molewa was releasing the 2012 Blue Drop report during the Water Institute of Southern Africa’s 2012 conference and exhibition, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.Introduced in September 2008, the Blue Drop certification programme encourages local municipalities to improve their water quality management while keeping consumers informed about the water they’re drinking. It was launched by Molewa’s predecessor, Buyelwa Sonjica.Molewa noted a significant improvement over the previous year’s results – she said 98 municipalities were this year awarded Blue Status, up from 66 last year.The average national Blue Status score jumped from 72.9% last year to 87.6% this year.All nine provinces showed progress in their 2012 Blue Drop results when compared to 2011. The scores have improved every year since the first Blue Drop report was released in 2009 with a national average of 51.4%.A score of 100% is rated as exceptional. A score between 95% and 99% mean that the municipality is managing its drinking water quality with excellence, while a score from 80% and 95% are rated as very good. A score between 60% and 80% is rated as good, and a score between 50% and 60% is reasonable. Below 50% means that improvement is needed.Assessing more than just water qualityIn all, 931 water systems within 153 of South Africa’s 287 municipalities were audited for this year’s report.Molewa stressed that just because a municipality was not awarded Blue Drop status, did not mean that its water was unfit for human consumption.This is because Blue Drop certification goes beyond the quality of drinking water to include aspects such as risk management, operations and asset management of water services.The programme is not voluntary, but is an incentive-based regulatory initiative which requires water services institutions to provide information in line with the legislative requirements of Section 62 of the Water Services Act.In this year’s Blue Drop report, Ekurhuleni in Gauteng came out as the top scoring municipality, with a score of 98.95%. It was followed by the City of Johannesburg with 98.92% and Mogale City with 98.79%.Ethekwini in KwaZulu-Natal, Tlokwe in the North West and the City of Cape Town were the next highest scoring municipalities, respectively.The top performing province is Gauteng – with a score of 98.1%, followed by the Western Cape (94.2%) and KwaZulu-Natal (92.9%), respectively.The remaining six provinces all notched up scores below that of the national average of 87.6% – with Mpumalanga ranked as the worst performing province at 60.9%, followed by Northern Cape (68.2%).The greatest improvement was seen in the North West province, with an increase from 62.3% in 2011 to 78.7% in 2012.Molewa commended the Victor Kanye Local Municipality (formerly Delmas), in Mpumalanga, which increased its score from 18.26% last year to 80.07% this year.She also congratulated the Thembisile Local Municipality, also in Mpumalanga, which increased its score from 27.77% to 78.30%.Tackling problem areasHowever, Molewa said she was concerned about the worst scoring municipality – Koukamma (5.6%) – and iKwezi (7.9%) both in the Eastern Cape, which are among 15 municipalities that have received warnings over the quality of their water.“Communities have been informed not to drink the tap water without improving the quality first by either boiling or using other methods of purification,” she said, adding that her department was working closely with these municipalities to bring the water quality up to standard.Molewa said despite the 15 warnings, her department now knew where the problems were and would be attending to them.Helgard Muller, acting deputy director-general of policy and regulation at the department, said the involvement of water boards and the private sector were key to improving the management of water services.While other countries’ water audits only looked at the quality of water, the Department of Water Affairs also considered risk management and asset management in the Blue Drop report.Of the 98 municipalities that achieved Blue Drop certification, 38 were serviced by water boards and about 20 by the private sector.last_img read more

HC rejects Nagpur Cong. chief’s plea

first_imgNAGPUR: The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Thursday rejected a petition filed by Nagpur Congress president Vikas Thakre demanding recognition of his nominated membership of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).A Division Bench of Justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Arun Upadhyay refused to admit Mr. Thakre’s petition challenging the election of Congress leader Kishor Jichkar as a nominated member of the NMC.Mr. Jichkar’s nomination was supported by a rebel Congress group, which had revolted against the party’s city unit and appointed its own leader of Opposition in the NMC earlier this year. Seventeen of the 29 Congress corporators were recognised as the original Congress group by the Nagpur Divisional Commissioner. The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court had also endorsed Tanaji Wanve’s appointment as the leader of Opposition by rejecting the city Congress’s petition challenging it.Mr. Thakre had alleged in his petition that his nomination to the NMC was the legal one as the rebel group was yet to be recognised by the Divisional Commissioner when he had filed his nomination. After Thursday’s ruling, he plans to move the Supreme Court. Both claim BJP hand“This is the BJP’s conspiracy to divide the Congress. They are scared that I would expose their scandals on the floor of the House. If this is allowed, everywhere people will walk away from the party and form their separate groups. The party will take action against the rebel group,” he told The Hindu.The rebel group, however, alleged that the revolt was forced because of Mr. Thakre and his mentor and former Nagpur MP Vilas Muttemwar’s “high-handedness”. “Under Mr. Thakre’s leadership, the party performed dismally in the NMC election earlier this year, and he lost his own seat. He was given a ticket to contest the Assembly election and lost, but still continues to be the city chief. How can one person be allowed to have a complete say in matters when he failed in elections continuously?” a corporator from the rebel group asked.He said, “Mr. Thakre has a secret understanding with the BJP and has weakened the Nagpur Congress. Our revolt has kept the real Congress alive in Nagpur.”last_img read more