Whitewater Ski Team prepares to host Nancy Greene Zone Finals

first_img Whitewater sent an incredible seven athletes to the games, all of whom posted impressive results against some of the best skiers in the province.Sophie Hickson(SL), Aliza Jones(GS), and Zarah Murray(SL) placed 18th, 20th, and 39th respectively, while Liam Lazier and Troy Bellman came in 23rd and 20th in GS.Assaulting the top fifteen were Henry Leishman, finishing 13th in Slalom, and Yael Ooshuizen capturing ninth in the same event. The course was in great condition, and the racers went home with ribbons, candy, and swag donated by generous local businesses and thrown into the madding crowd.Whitewater Ski Team invites the public to come to the hill to watch future skiing stars in action.Seven Whitewater skiers shine at BC Winter GamesThe 2016 BC Winter Games have come to a close, having brought 1700 athletes, 1800 volunteers, and a $1.8 million dollar economic boost to Penticton. Even more importantly, the Games — now in its 38thyear — renewed the spirit of competition and provincial pride in a region formerly referred to as “The Best Place On Earth.” Whitewater Ski Team is gearing up to host the Nancy Greene Festival for zone finals Sunday (March 13th) at Whitewater Ski Resort.There will be five different event stations including downhill, long jump, dual slalom, a speed trap, and a mogul competition.The event comes after Whitewater played host to its annual zone race held recently at the local resort.An amazing 186 skiers and their families descended upon the resort, carving ruts in Upper Concentrator and keeping the fleet of volunteers busy.last_img read more

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Errani beats Svitolina to reach Dubai final

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP):Sara Errani of Italy, advanced to her second Dubai Tennis Championships final with a 6-4, 6-4 win over 21st-ranked Elina Svitolina of Ukraine yesterday.The 22nd-ranked Errani was a 2013 finalist, losing to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic.The match was a one hour, 51-minute battle of long rallies and games, featuring eight service breaks.Errani prevailed with a final break in the ninth game of the first set and seventh game of the second set.”It was really tough,” said Errani, who will seek her ninth WTA title. “Every point, every game was really long. It’s unbelievable for me to be playing in another final”.Errani will play the winner of the semi-final between 38th-ranked Caroline Garcia of France and 47th-ranked Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic.last_img read more

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Africabio Enterprises Holds 5th Regional Annual Laboratory Confab

first_imgPanelists at the laboratory confab brainstorm challenges in the sector with specific reference to West Africa.— As scientists recommend to international partners for diagnostic equipmentBy David A. Yates and Simeon S. WiakantyAfricabio Enterprises Incorporated on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 began a two-day regional laboratory conference in Monrovia.Africabio is a trade organization for professionals and companies in the life sciences industry around the world seeking to compliment relationships and expertise in health system strengthening, neglected diseases, agribusiness, diagnostic, and industrial biotechnology in Africa.The ongoing event is being sponsored and co-hosted by the Ministry of Health, the National Public Health Institute of Liberia, World Health Organization and Fouta Corporation, among others.The lab event, which is ongoing at the Monrovia City Hall, provides a platform where scientists, laboratory professionals and stakeholders as well as key industry players discuss and proffer practical and workable solutions to the challenges of healthcare within the sub-region. It is the fifth Annual Medical Laboratory Professionals’ week in the country, held under the theme; “Bio-risk Management in West Africa” truly captured the ideas of our thought-leaders who serve as Ambassadors from the region.Events marking the ongoing celebration include panel discussions, concurrent workshops that examined different thematic areas and included exhibitions. Participants are expected to learn networking and solutions that would create basic building blocks among healthcare workers in the country and West Africa.Ms. Candace B. Eastman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Africabio Enterprises Inc., declared conference open, saying that it demonstrates the dire need for continued learning, networking across borders and upgrading of skills.She said the conference places importance on improving systems, processes, and communication between clinicians and their colleagues in the laboratory. “Equally significant is providing a venue for exhibit of technology best-suited for West Africa to showcase how critical the lab impacts research everyday, and the list continues.”This conference, according to her, born out of necessity, is achievable because it begins with a group of dedicated planners, ambassadors, public health officials and private entities who give their time over a period of six months to develop the program and provide ideas of most current information to share among professionals impacting the environment.“If professional meetings are good enough for the rest of the world; surely it can make a difference in all our work in West Africa. Government cannot do everything.“I hope you find this time productive as you build networks, share your work and experiences and if it leads to making some adjustments in our lab culture and attitudes, together we will make the impact felt as we return to our little corners in West Africa,” she said.In a remark, Edward Abayomi, a Nigerian Laboratory Quality Assurance Manager, said lack of capacity building is what is suffering Africa’s health sector. To correctly identify micro-bio causes of an outbreak, he said, is a serious challenge because of the risk associated with biological materials and infectious dangers.He said based on these associated risks, there should be extra capacity development strategies to minimize the likelihood of occurrence of bio risks.“So I recommend to international partners that, in terms of helping Africans, they should consider the issue of diagnostic equipment that are affordable and available, not those in thousands of dollars.“Globally, there are standard guidelines and frameworks for taking care of bio risk issues, but most of these guidelines were developed in places of higher containment laboratories and places with high income and so information sharing is difficult,” he added.Earlier, Madame Catherine Cooper, Assistant Health Minister for Curative Services, lauded the efforts made by partners in building the competencies of laboratory staff, who will boost the laboratory’s capacities.Minister Cooper also expressed her gratitude to Africabio and WHO for their continued partnerships and supports to strengthening laboratory services in the country. She lauded the laboratory technicians, who she described as crucial partners to the improvement of quality healthcare.According to her, medical laboratory professionals play important roles in saving life alongside doctors and nurses.The conference brought together local and international scientists including Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan, a biomedical scientist and expert in Infectious Diseases, based in the USA; Mr. Desmond Williams (USA); Mrs. Ellen Munemo (Liberia); Kassaye Tekie Desta (Ethiopia), among others.It is expected to end today, Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Labourer claims Police forced confession

first_imgArmed robberiesTwenty-four-year-old labourer Jerome Smartt, of C Field, Sophia Reserve, Greater Georgetown, was on Wednesday remanded to prison by city Magistrate Fabayo Azore after bail was refused on charges that he carried out two armed robberies on March 29, 2018.Smartt is accused of using a handgun in the company of another person to rob Jamal Angus of US$200, 1 HTC mobile phone valued $26,000, and $1100 in cash. Smartt swiftly denied the charge.He was also accused of using a gun to rob Donald David of his cellphone valued $40,000 on the same day in question at Prashad Nagar, Georgetown. Smartt also entered a not-guilty plea for that offence. The Court heard that a search was conducted on the defendant and a cellphone was found in his possession.However, in Smartt’s version of events, he said that he found the phone on the road, and he added that he was in fear for his life. He claimed that Police forced him to confess to the crimes.The presiding Magistrate remanded him to prison based on objections raised by Police Prosecutor Simon Payne over the serious nature of the offences. The labourer will make his next court appearance on April 25, 2018.last_img read more

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Temporary fix keeps water out of Zeelugt as tide rises

first_imgWater rushing in at the Zeelugt kokerAs the high tide impends across coastal communities, the Cinderella Park koker at Zeelugt on the West Coast of Demerara recorded a rushing channel of water entering the community, which resulted in a temporary fix to normalise the situation.A regional official confirmed on Wednesday that water was seen entering from the koker during the afternoon hours. Officials from the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) and the regional administration was called in immediately. While there was an increase in the water levels, the situation was being monitored until a stoppage medium could be installed.“We have the NDIA engineer and the regional engineer out here. The water levels in some areas in close proximity to this area has raised but we’re monitoring the situation. Maybe when the tide changes, they will put a stop block to prevent any further flooding to the area,” the official said.It was indicated that a permanent fix is required but there has been no confirmations as to when this will be done.“They’re looking at the situation. So far, they have indicated that some repair needs to be carried out. We’re not sure as to when that will happen. In the meantime, the stop block will be placed there before the tide comes back,” the official said.Over the past months, a series of sluices were rehabilitated along the WCD with special attention on sections of the sea defence, which was ruptured during the April high tide last year, causing mass flooding and millions of dollars in damages to property and livestock.The areas for rehabilitation includes Blankenburg, Windsor Forest, La Jalousie and Cornelia Ida, Leonora, Uitvlugt, Stewartville, De Willem and At Anna Catherina. Presently, those works are still ongoing.last_img read more

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Passover celebrates freedom

first_imgThe football, his guests usually say, refers to the angel of the Lord passing over the Jewish homes and sparing their first-born sons. The history book often incites debate about whether the Exodus is the literal history of the Jewish people or a mythical story. And the corkscrew, well, some say it represents the work required to release the joy of life; others the treatment Pharaoh gave the Jews. “It’s the story of the Jews throughout history,” Kipnes said. “My kids are pretty comfortable and well off, and they need to learn from our history and our traditions that their responsibility is not to sit back and enjoy it but to bring others to the table, into freedom.” The eight-day holiday will be celebrated with tens of thousands of Seders in homes and synagogues for family, friends and strangers. The meals, like the objects on Kipnes’ table, are heavy with symbolism. Bitter herbs represent the pain of slavery. Leavened bread is removed from homes and replaced with matzo because the Jews didn’t have time to let the bread rise before fleeing Egypt. The Haggada, a tract that retells the Exodus, guides the Seder. Many Haggadot are written with modernized messages, such as focusing three decades ago on the plight of Soviet Jews or calling attention to contemporary genocides. By highlighting their own flight from slavery during Passover, Jews experience an annual call to pursue social justice and free the oppressed. “If you see yourself as having been a slave in Egypt and having been freed from Egyptian slavery, you are supposed to become much more sensitive to all those who are enslaved in the world today,” said Rabbi Eli Herscher of Stephen S. Wise Temple in Bel-Air. “You’ve never arrived in the Promised Land until all people are living in freedom.” At Beit T’Shuvah, a Jewish addiction recovery center in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, 250 people gathered for a Seder titled “Addiction: The New Egypt.” Half there supported the residents and the other half were recovering addicts, like Jacob Sandomire, 32 of Seattle. “Exodus is leaving your slavery,” Sandomire said. “My slavery was to an addictive lifestyle of immediate gratification. Now I am learning to have a goal – like the Promised Land.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The dinner table at Rabbi Paul Kipnes’ house was topped Monday night with more than the ceremonial food associated with commemorating the Exodus from Egypt. The arrangement of bitter herbs, parsley and matzo also included a football, history book and corkscrew. The purpose of Passover, which began at sundown Monday, is to remind Jews of their deliverance from Pharaoh and to educate Jewish children about the seminal story of their people. So Kipnes, leader of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, regularly uses props to spark discussion on Passover. last_img read more

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Argentina hoping it’s Messi’s year at World Cup

first_imgWhile coach Dominguez gave his 10-year-old charges instructions, Messi would listen while juggling a ball, eager to start training.“Messi is exceptional. The best in history. He competes against himself, his own records.”The impishness he brings to a football pitch was there even as a kid. Dominguez says that in those days he was fat and wore a red tracksuit for coaching, so Messi nicknamed him “Santa Claus”.Though admired the world over for his raw talent, Messi still trails behind the legendary Diego Maradona in the Argentine psyche.But that would all change if Messi finally won a World Cup, says Dominguez.Children playing for the junior team at Newell’s Old Boys, following in the foot steps of Argentine star Lionel Messi who played there as a child © AFP / EITAN ABRAMOVICH“Russia is the last chance with Messi as the top star of the national team and the world,” he says.Lifelong friend and neighbour Diego Vallejos still lives in Rosario’s Estado de Israel street. He remembers them hanging around together as kids.“Leo was naughty, mischievous. In football, he was better than everyone.” When it rained, and “when the streets around here were flooded we played with water up to our knees.”Like everyone in Rosario, Vallejo is hoping this will be Messi’s year.“What I want most is for Leo to win a World Cup, which will be his achievement. Argentina is going to have many more World Cups but I want this one to be his, ” said Vallejos, who was born in 1986, the year Maradona came to greatness as a World Cup winner — the stamp of greatness that still eludes Messi.Diego Vallejos, childhood friend of Argentine football star Leonel Messi, says he hopes his friend will bring back the World Cup from Russia © AFP / EITAN ABRAMOVICHIn the working class Las Heras neighbourhood, Messi’s house stands empty now, its facade shabby.On the street corner, a mural brings together several symbols of Argentina. There is Messi, fingers pointing to the sky in a typical goal celebration, Maradona, the Falkland Islands and the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.– Bigger than Maradona-In 2000, the Messis were going through financial hardship. Three years earlier, endocrinologist Diego Schwarztein had detected a hormone deficiency and prescribed daily injections.His father Jorge had lost his job as a metalworker, and the family were unable to pay for treatment for young Lionel’s growth hormone disorder.Neither were Argentine clubs willing to take a gamble.Barcelona stepped in for the 13-year-old. The family moved to Spain, and the rest is history.In the Catalan capital, he began a treatment that boosted his height by several centimetres to 1.69 metres, (5 foot, 5 inches).Schwarztein told Messi: “Don’t worry, you’ll be taller than Maradona. I don’t know if you’ll be better, but you’ll be bigger.”At the time, Messi’s family feared he would be too small to play professional football.Schwarztein told AFP he could never have imagined his shy patient would be a five-time winner of FIFA’s Ballon d’Or.He dreams now of seeing him becoming a World Cup winner in Russia, happy in the knowledge that he will have played his own small part.“Leo is neither my disciple nor my protege, but I feel part of his story,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Enrique Dominguez, former coach of Argentine football star Lionel Messi at Newell’s Old Boys, describes the moment he first saw 10-years-old prodigy © AFP / EITAN ABRAMOVICHROSARIO, Argentina, May 29 – Twenty years ago Enrique Dominguez was coaching 10-year-olds at Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina when he saw Lionel Messi for the first time. He remembers it still: “He was a gift of life!”Sitting in the empty stands of the Rosario club now as a 67-year-old, Dominguez gets emotional at the memory. “What was special about Leo was his naturalness. Leo was the natural leader of his group of companions.”last_img read more

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UntitledTV actors to join striking writers on picket lines

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Other celebrities slated to join the picketers include Ben Stiller, Lisa Kudrow and Camryn Manheim. The WGA is on strike in a dispute over future revenue from shows distributed over the Internet and other new media. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers yesterday took out ads in Daily Variety and the Hollywood Reporter headlined “Setting the Record Straight…” The ads asserted that the WGA knows, and its own records prove, that writers are already paid residuals on permanent digital downloads and pay-per- view digital downloads, and that “this additional compensation was part of more than $260,000,000 in record-breaking residuals paid to WGAW members in 2006. The ad went on to state that, “when the WGA went on strike, an offer to pay writers for Internet streaming was on the table.” As the strike by television and film writers enters its eighth day, TV stars plan to join the writers on the picket lines today, according to the Writers Guild of America. Children of some of the striking writers joined their parents on the picket lines at Disney, CBS, Fox and some other studios yesterday, and today it’s the turn of TV stars. Dubbed “Picketing with the Stars,” some 100 actors from about 30 shows are to picket at Universal Studios beginning at noon, according to the WGA. They include Bill Paxon (“Big Love”), Nicollette Sheridan (“Desperate Housewives”), Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) and George Lopez (“George Lopez Show”). The WGA responded with a statement claiming the producers are trying to roll back benefits to writers regarding new media. “The AMPTP told us in negotiations that new media was going to cannibalize traditional media,” Neal Sacharow, WGAW director of communications, said in the statement. “Therefore, writers need a fair residual formula just to keep up. The proposals the companies brought to the table would decimate writers’ incomes.” The strike started last Monday after the WGA contract expired and negotiations stalled. No new talks are scheduled. Daily TV talk shows have been hit hard by the strike, and many other programs have also stopped production without writers to provide dialogue. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has urged both sides to settle their differences quickly. He said the strike was already having a major impact on the state’s economy. A WGA strike in 1988 was the last to cause a major disruption in the entertainment industry. It lasted 22 weeks and cost the industry an estimated $500 million. The WGA claims about 12,000 members, about 4,000 of whom are in New York. 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

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EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: BELIEVING AND ACHIEVING

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Everyone has dreams that they want to achieve.These dreams could be large or they could be small. The size of the dream is irrelevant if the person doesn’t try and make their dreams a reality.Self-doubt is probably the biggest setback for most people when setting goals for themselves. Self-doubt is that little voice in your head that will tell you that the dream is too big, or the path to achieving the dream is too hard, or you don’t have enough time to prepare properly, or it will be too expensive, or that if you fail, everyone will be waiting to gloat and judge you.Trust me, I get it.In the last 5 months I have sold a house, moved house, am building a house, quit my job and set up a business.The few months leading up to quitting my job were probably the most stressful due to the amount of things I had going on in my personal life. I had every opportunity to stay where I was and be comfortable and safe.My self-doubt was on overdrive.We were building a house, so surely I couldn’t quit a job where I had a steady wage coming in each week.If I started up my own business, would anyone come to the classes I set up? 

Would I be able to keep my personal training clients with moving premises?Would I be able to attract new clients to work with? Could I make a living out of personal training in Donegal?What if I failed?I could have stayed put and no one would have thought any less of me.But I didn’t. In fact except for my wife, no one knew I was leaving my job until I handed in my notice, not even my parents.Why not?It was simple.Once I had weighed up all the good and bad points of staying or going and I had my mind made up, I didn’t want anyone to put any doubt into my head.Self-doubt is bad; when others are putting their fears on top of that it can stop you before you even get started.No one likes change.It makes everyone feel uncomfortable, and so it should.There is a popular quote that always shows up online;‘If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough’This is 100% correct.If you have something that you want to achieve lay out all the pros and cons, weigh up the odds of winning or losing and if everything points in the right direction GO FOR IT.Don’t let anyone talk you out of it. Don’t listen to any negativity. Believe 100% in yourself and what you are doing.On Saturday past I took members of my Better Bodies Challenge group up Mt. Errigal.For some of you this isn’t a challenge.For some of the members who have done it multiple times before, it wasn’t a huge challenge and that’s fine.For the members who climbed it despite having a fear of heights it was.For the people of the group who struggled from half way up, had to stop multiple times and thought they would never reach the peak, it was a challenge.They could have given up at any point and no one would have thought any less of them.But they didn’t.The sense of achievement that they felt when they reached the summit and saw the views of our breath-taking county’s scenery made it worth every single step.To achieve your dreams you will have to go through some sort of discomfort; be it in the gym, in your head or in your personal life.But to achieve even a small dream makes every bit of discomfort worthwhile.In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training or The Better Bodies Challenge, please contact me through the link below.

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* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: BELIEVING AND ACHIEVING was last modified: October 12th, 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:achievingbelievingemmet rushefitness columninspirationlast_img read more

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Breaking News: Lotto fever hits as Donegal shop sells Euromillions extra winner!

first_imgA Donegal shop has struck the jackpot after selling the Euromillions Plus winning ticket tonight.Some lucky punter has scooped €500,000 after matching five numbers in tonight’s Euromillions draw from a ticket sold in a local shop.It may not be the €100,000,000 Euromillions jackpot winning ticket which was sold in the UK. But it is a life-changing sum for most of us!The exact location of the Donegal shop to sell the Euromillions Plus ticket has not yet been revealed.The winning numbers were 16, 17, 43, 47 and 49.Get checking those numbers now and the very best of luck to all our readers! Breaking News: Lotto fever hits as Donegal shop sells Euromillions extra winner! was last modified: July 1st, 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:donegaleuromillionslottoshopwinnerlast_img read more

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