Oscars hitting the court for AAA Basketball Championships

first_imgThe tournament, being played in Langley, B.C., will see the Oscars play their opening match versus Port Coquitlam’s Terry Fox Ravens.Both teams enter the tournament unranked in the province’s Big Top-10, but as of February 27, boast a record of 17-14. The Oscars also enter the tournament unranked, but that is because of the high amount of games the team played in Alberta over this year’s season.Ten days ago on February 27, the Oscars defeated the Correlieu Clan in consecutive finals to emerge victorious at the Zone Championships, booking their tickets to the upcoming provincials.- Advertisement –last_img

Caltech engineers celebrate 100 years

first_imgPASADENA – Caltech is bringing out the birthday candles this week for the hundred-year anniversary of its mechanical engineering department. The two-day festivities will feature not only the work of its students and faculty in the department today, but also its generations of alumni. “The mechanical engineering department has contributed to a wide range of projects through the years, particularly after the Second World War,” said Chris Brennen, a longtime mechanical engineering professor.Caltech’s mechanical engineers also specialized in studying high-speed flow, helping design the pumps necessary to build the aqueduct from the Colorado River to Los Angeles, and for the space shuttle main engine. These days, Brennen said, “things have moved on to an even wider range of different subjects. Modern mechanical engineering is spreading into areas associated with biology, very small things, and very large complex systems.” Caltech projects include developing autonomous rescue vehicles and robots for medical applications. “Mechanical engineering has always done machines, always done energy and always done mechanics,” said Melanie Hunt, the department’s current head. “We’ll continue to do those things, but hopefully looking at problems that people don’t look at in other universities.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Friday’s celebrations featured some of these advances, including a test run of Alice, the vehicle students are assembling to drive city streets autonomously in a military funded competition in November. Today will be the alumni’s moment in the sun. Former students and faculty, who include two astronauts, a University of Michigan president, a race car designer, and an oil industry executive, will talk about the wide variety of fields they have applied their mechanical engineering education to. “Caltech is a remarkable place, one that I feel fortunate that I had the opportunity to have,” said Tom Tyson, who got his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1954 and returned for his Ph.D. in aeronautics 1967. elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, EXT. 4451last_img read more

River edge out Boca to win Copa Libertadores

first_imgIt means River prevailed 5-3 on aggregate after the first leg finished 2-2 and the club reclaim the trophy they had last won in 2015, lifting it for the fourth time in their history.Postponed on three occasions and then relocated from Buenos Aires to Madrid, the supporters of these two great clubs showed in the Santiago Bernabeu why this fixture had been billed as one of football’s greatest ever.Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin were among the 62,200 in attendance.But, despite the bouncing huddles in the streets, the plumes of blue and red smoke, the swinging scarves, fluttering flags and fans that were chanting in their seats three hours before kick-off, there was nothing to extinguish the lingering sense of regret.There was no repeat of the scenes that cast a shadow over Argentinian football and saw the original game at River’s El Monumental on November 24 postponed, when around 50 fans attacked Boca’s team bus and left some of their players injured.Madrid, which will also host the Champions League final in June, was chosen in part because of its record of hosting major events and the security, which included around 2,500 police officers, did its job before kick-off.Fans were separated into zones either side of the stadium and had to go through checks even to enter the area immediately surrounding it.The shame was only that the operation was not as thorough 15 days ago and that a minority decided to take advantage.– Raucous atmosphere –Both clubs were allocated 25,000 tickets, with 5,000 of those reserved for residents of Argentina. The fear had been most of those buying would be tourists and neutrals, but the atmosphere suggested different.Both teams had initially refused to play in Spain’s capital but as the losers, Boca’s sense of grievance will now become more entrenched.They felt River were responsible for the chaos two weeks ago and should have forfeited the trophy. They took their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but the appeal was rejected on Saturday.When the players shuffled out two hours before kick-off to inspect the pitch, they held up their phones to capture the thousands already inside and the view of a stadium most of them had never played in before.The cheers grew louder when they came out for kick-off. Then there were whistles as the teams swapped ends and each were greeted by their opponent’s fans behind the goal.Jonatan Maidana was playing for Boca when they last won the Copa Libertadores 11 years ago and, now in the red and white of River, he almost gave his former club an early lead, slicing just over his own crossbar.The game lacked quality but came alive one minute before half-time. Nahitan Nandez’s superb pass split two River defenders and Benedetto kept a cool head, guiding into the corner, before taunting the beaten Gonzalo Montiel.River had been inferior but improved. Their first real attacking move was also a brilliant one as Leonardo Ponzio and Quintero exchanged passes before the latter pulled back for Pratto to sweep home.The game meandered towards full-time and seemed destined for penalties until Quintero intervened. It was a goal worthy of winning the tournament, as he collected 25 yards out, glanced up and whipped the ball in off the underside of the crossbar.Leonardo Jara almost snatched a late Boca goal but his shot nicked the outside of the post. Then, with goalkeeper Esteban Andrada up for a corner, River added the final touch.Martinez ran the ball into the empty net and River’s substitutes and staff all poured onto the pitch to begin the celebrations.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A brilliant goal by Juan Quintero steered River Plate to a fourth Copa Libertadores crown © AFP / Javier SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Dec 10 – River Plate won the Copa Libertadores by beating their fiercest rivals Boca Juniors 3-1 after extra time on Sunday, bringing an end to a final tainted by violence and moved more than six thousand miles away from Argentina.Boca took the lead through Dario Benedetto but Lucas Pratto equalised before Juan Quintero and Gonzalo Martinez both scored in extra time to win a fittingly dramatic contest for River.last_img read more

OUTRAGE AS WAR LANDING MEMORIAL ATTACKED BY THUGS WITH HAMMERS

first_imgThe monument in Dunfanaghy which was attacked by vandals with hammers. Pic by 100% Pix.Damage to a World War Two monument at Killyhoey beach in Dunfanaghy has led to anger and dismay amongst the community.The vandals have struck on two occasions in recent weeks with what appears to have been a stonemason’s hammer.Brendan Rohan who led the memorial project has expressed shock over the damage to the memorial which was unveiled in June last year.Brendan RohanThe memorial marks the emergency landing of an Lockheed Hudson bomber with a crew of four after their plane ran out of fuel on June 16th 1942 while on route from Newfoundland to Prestwick.The memorial has been the subject of vandalism in the past year says locals but the latest damage has been the worst.And Brendan Rohan says the memorial has been attacked by someone using a stonemason’s hammer.His name has also been scratched off the plaque and it is suspected a chisel was used to inflict the maximum amount of damage.He told the Tirconail Tribune: “The damage to my name does not matter to me although it seems to be the reason why some locals are taking it personally.”“The earlier damage, with a carpenter’s hammer, was to both flags only, in the second week of June and was more superficial and only obvious on close inspection.”The Blue Flag beach at Killyhoey is close the local golf club and 1.5 kilometres from Dunfanaghy.It is a quiet location with no houses close by and it is an easy target for vandals. The impressive memorial stands several feet tall and is visited by visitors from many nationalities.The WWW2 aircraft had made the epic 2115miles journey from Newfoundland in 1942 and while a long way off-course made a successful landing at Killyhoey. Some days earlier a similar aircraft made a landing on Pollan Strand, Ballyliffin.These planes were part of Lockheed’s famous Hudson patrol bombers and the crew escaped unscathed. And it was only last year when the event was commemorated some 42 years to the day of the event happening on the 16th June 1942.Ramona Dzinkowski, a daughter of one of the crew made the trip to Dunfanaghy for the occasion and she was joined by other military personnel from Britain, Canada, Ireland and the United States.  Local school children who had been part of the project to trace people who had seen the plane when it was landed were also there.The memorial theme with the The Children of Lir was adapted by Mr Rohan to represent a 20th century shape-shifting, after an original design and by kind permission of Dublin silversmith, Aidan Breen, which was then interpreted and constructed by local artist and blacksmith, Harry Rice.It is meant to symbolise the four brave young men who travelled such a long and perilous journey over the seas, who dropped in for a short visit and then flew away again next day. This monument also honours the Irish Defence Forces and Irish government who ignored the Rules of Neutrality, to help those in need and … it honours the generosity, kindness and hospitality of local people who welcomed and assisted them.OUTRAGE AS WAR LANDING MEMORIAL ATTACKED BY THUGS WITH HAMMERS was last modified: July 9th, 2015 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:attackedBrendan RohandonegalDunfanaghymonumentwar memoriallast_img read more

Men’s Basketball Closes Home Season Against Indiana State

first_imgStory Links Buy Tickets Drake Game Notes Live Audio Potential MVC Player of the Year candidate Nick McGlynn continues to lead the league in rebounding in league games at 9.1 rebounds per game and ninth in scoring at 15.0 points per game. He is coming off an 18-point, nine-rebound performance in the Bulldogs’ last game, a 67-60 stumble at Illinois State. The Bulldogs are 12-2 at home this season and defeated Indiana State, 68-62, in Terre Haute earlier this year for the team’s third-straight win over the Sycamores. ESPN+ Drake’s 20-win season is the sixth in program history, the first since 2007-08 and second since 1970-71. The 21 wins are tied for the fourth most in program history and the Bulldogs have secured back-to-back winning conference records for the first time since 1971. The Drake University men’s basketball plays its final home game of the 2018-19 season when it hosts Indiana State Wednesday evening. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Mediacom MC22 and ESPN+. Before the start of the game, the program will honor its three seniors in their final home game.In addition to honoring the program’s three seniors, the Bulldogs also aim to maintain a grip on first place in the Missouri Valley Conference as they enter the final week of the season in a three-way tie on top of the league standings.  Live Stats Following Wednesday’s home finale, the Bulldogs close the season on the road at Missouri State Saturday, March 2. The Bears are the second team in the three-way knot at the top of the league standings. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

ARCHBISHOP IN TRIBUTE TO ‘INCOMPARABLE’ BRIAN FRIEL

first_imgThe late Brian Friel.ARCHBISHOP Eamon Martin has paid tribute to the ‘incomparable’ Brian Friel who died yesterday.The leader of Ireland’s Catholic said: “Generosity and modesty were the hallmark of this great Irishman, who never strayed far from his roots.“During my time as President of Saint Columb’s College in Derry, I had contact with Brian on a number of occasions, he being a most distinguished past pupil of the college. “He was genuinely interested in the students’ progress and especially supportive with regard to the development of their literary skills.“Brian Friel’s many achievements, nationally and internationally, are too numerous to mention and his legacy is a truly great one. We are all honoured to have had him in our midst.“My prayers today are with his beloved wife Anne, and children Mary, Sally, Judy and David,” he added.ARCHBISHOP IN TRIBUTE TO ‘INCOMPARABLE’ BRIAN FRIEL was last modified: October 3rd, 2015 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:ArchbishopBrian FrielEamon Martinlast_img read more

South African rugby in 2003

first_imgMuch like 2002, 2003 will go down in the history books as a poor year for South African rugby. The Springboks failed to fire during the course of the season, and only in a 60-10 victory over Samoa during the World Cup did they look like a world-class outfit.SA rugby was hit by accusations of racism after an incident involving Quinton Davids and Geo Cronje at a World Cup camp. After that neither player was selected to go Down Under for rugby biggest tournament.Revelations about a military-style camp, named ‘Kamp Staaldraad’, which took place just before the World Cup, shocked both the South African public and the rugby world.Coach Rudolf Straeuli, who had always maintained he should be judged on the Springboks’ performance at the World Cup, came under heavy fire, especially when sensational photos of naked players carrying out tasks came to light.Straeuli subsequently resigned and on the same day SA Rugby boss Rian Oberholzer stepped down. South African Rugby Football Union (Sarfu) president Silas Nkanunu followed soon afterwards, also resigning. Brian van Rooyen then took over as Sarfu president in a major shake-up for the embattled sport.Player of the year: Juan SmithThe one area of South African rugby that did stand out in an otherwise poor year was in the loose forward department. And Juan Smith stepped up and made his mark in the Springbok number-eight jumper.A tall man, he showed excellent speed off the mark, a motor that ran at 100 percent throughout every contest, and the heart of a lion. Together with Joe van Niekerk and Corne Krige, Smith formed a formidable loose trio, capable of upstaging many a back row combination in world rugby today.Providing Van Niekerk avoids the injuries that have plagued hm, he and Smith should be two of South Africa’s stars for many years to come.Special mention: Ashwin WillemseAshwin Willemse made his mark in 2003. A member of the South African under-21 World Cup winning team of 2002, he first made the step up to Super 12 level during the 2003 season, and then to international level where he proved to be one of the Springboks’ more consistent and exciting players.In some of the Boks’ poorer performances he stood out like a lighthouse in the mist. Willemse was well rewarded for his excellent performances when he became the first player in history to scoop the top three awards at the SA Rugby Player of the Year awards. Willemse won the Player of the Year, Promising Player of the Year, and Players’ Player of the Year awards. Maybe the reason I didn’t pick him ahead of Smith is because in some of the Boks’ poorer showings Willemse was effectively shut out of the action.Most overlooked player: Brent RussellBrent Russell is the kind of player that can turn a match on its head in the blink of an eye. He has an unbelievable ability to spot the gap and incredibly fast feet that enable him to create spaces where none should exist. He is, in a word, a game-breaker.Russell was the catalyst in South Africa’s 26-22 win over Australia in July, and was rightly showered with praise. However, next time out against New Zealand, he had a below-par outing and was dropped. He never got the chance to play for the Boks again.Although he was injured at a stage before the World Cup squad was chosen, Russell could still have played Down Under – especially when the Boks were crying out for a playmaker, someone who could make a difference.It seems the constant obsession with size is the problem that Russell faces. But surely his fantastic skills outweigh any considerations that he is too small to make it at the top level?Best Test performance: SA vs Samoa (Brisbane)South Africa’s most complete performance of the year came in the World Cup against Samoa in a must-win match. The Samoans had pushed eventual winners England all the way in their previous match and, based on that performance, it was thought that they could upset the Springboks.But the Boks never allowed the Samoans into the showdown and ran out comfortable 60-10 winners. South Africa dominated all facets of play from the very first whistle and with the scrum calling the tune up front the backs were able to flourish. By the end of the game the Boks had outscored the Samoans eight tries to one and were full value for their win.Worst Test performance: SA vs New Zealand (Pretoria)South Africa’s worst performance of the year came at Loftus Versfeld where they lost 52-16 to New Zealand. Springbok hopes were high after their win over Australia the week before, but the All Blacks tore the Boks apart with fine running rugby.If Carlos Spencer had had his kicking boots on the New Zealand score would have been closer to 70 points. In the end they ran in seven tries to one and it was the most emphatic victory the All Blacks have ever scored over South Africa.Newcomer of the year: Kabamba FloorsSouth Western Districts Eagles flanker Kabamba Floors quickly made a name for himself in 2003 with his wholehearted game. He demonstrated a real nose for the ball and exceptional pace for a loose forward.Considered to be undersized, Floors didn’t let that get him down at all. He caught the eye of Springbok Sevens coach Chester Williams and when he was given the opportunity in the IRB Sevens Series on his home ground in George he delivered a dynamic performance, winning the player of the tournament award. With his dyed-blond hair he’s hard to miss, and his performances are just as eye-catching.Coach of the year: Heyneke MeyerBlue Bulls coach Heyneke Meyer, as he was in 2002, is my pick as coach of the year.Under Meyer the Blue Bulls continued to build on their Currie Cup victory of last year and they became stronger and stronger as the season progressed.The Blue Bulls were forced to take on the experienced Natal Sharks in the Currie Cup final without a single member of their first-choice tight five – all on World Cup duty – but that didn’t hold them back. They overpowered the Sharks in a one-sided match, winning 40-19.Rugby fans had begun to forget the Blue Bull dynasty that once ruled South African rugby, but with Meyer at the helm in Pretoria those memories have become nightmares to the supporters of other teams – and happy recollections of days gone by for Blue Bulls fans.Provincial upset of the year: Blue Bulls vs Griquas (Pretoria)The upset of the year took place at Loftus Versfeld where struggling Griquas managed to upset the Blue Bulls.The men from Kimberley kept the defending Currie Cup champions on the back foot throughout the match, dominating the much-vaunted Blue Bulls pack on their way to a 19-15 win. in which Griquas outscored the home team three tries to two.Heading into the game, Griquas were winless in four outings and had not challenged for victory in any game.Special mention: Western Province vs Blue Bulls (Cape Town)The Blue Bulls opened their Currie Cup season with a 64-29 thrashing of Western Province.The second time the teams met Heyneke Meyer’s charges had lost only one game, away to the Sharks, and had five wins under their belt. Province, who had been struggling throughout the season however, tore the Bulls to shreds with a display of great running rugby in the finest traditions of the men in blue and white stripes.Province were too fast and too slick for the Blue Bulls and there could not have been a more complete turnaround from the opening match of the season. Province led 42-7 at the break and went on to a comfortable 63-26 victory that included nine tries.Provincial game of the Year: Cheetahs vs Sharks (Bloemfontein)Heading into their final round-robin match, the Natal Sharks needed to beat Free State in Bloemfontein – never an easy task – and also score at least four tries to pick up a bonus point and advance to the Currie Cup final.The Sharks built up a 15-10 lead at halftime, but the Cheetahs fought back strongly in the second half to take the lead. Meanwhile, Sharks flyhalf Butch James squandered three kicks at goal.James’s opposite number Kennedy Tsimba had put his team ahead with two fantastic tries as the Free Staters first led 22-15 and then 25-20 with only 11 minutes to play.Charl van Rensburg the pulled the Sharks level with his second try of match that also earned the visitors a bonus point, but at 25-all it wouldn’t be enough to take them into the final.In the final movement of the game the Natalians surged deep into Free State territory and when the Cheetahs were trapped offside, James was given an opportunity to make amends for his earlier misses. He slotted the penalty to give the Sharks a 28-25 win and a spot in the final.Feel-good moment of the year: SA under-19 win World CupFollowing in the footsteps of the under-21 World Cup winners of 2002, the South African under-19 team captured the World Cup in their age group with a spirited and deserved 22-18 victory over arch-rivals New Zealand.Ably led by scrumhalf Paul Delport, the young South Africans fought fire with fire but found themselves 15-10 down at the break. However, South Africa kept the pressure up and the Kiwis started to wilt under the never-say-die commitment of the green and gold.A penalty by the outstanding Earl Rose pulled South Africa to within two points of the defending champions and another successful kick put SA in the lead 16-15. New Zealand hit back immediately, though, and went 18-16 in front with another penalty.But South Africa took they game to the Kiwis and earned another penalty that Rose slotted to put his team back in front. He missed a tough kick at goal shortly afterwards, but flyhalf Isma-Eel Dollie sealed a great win with a well-taken dropped goal as South Africa became World Cup winners with a 22-18 victory.Top domestic points scorers in 2003Kennedy Tsimba (Cheetahs) 230Chris Rossouw (Western Province) 199Casper Steyn (Pumas) 193Butch James (Sharks) 174Nel Fourie (Lions) 139Louis Strydom (Blue Bulls) 133Derick Hougaard (Blue Bulls) 83John Daniels (Lions) 65 Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBy Dr. Barbara O’NeillHow can Personal Financial Management Program staff encourage eliminating duplicate/redundant expenses? When working with military families, Personal Financial Management Program (PFMP) staff can help service members reduce monthly expenses by pointing out possible redundant expenses. Such expenses may include cell phone service versus a land line telephone, cell phone Internet versus home computer Internet, postage stamps for bills versus online bill paying, and an automobile loan versus public transportation.An elimination of one expense over the other can yield savings for the service member. Of course, prior to canceling an expense, service members should consider the pros and cons of all expenses and inquire with the service provider whether there are any early termination fees.Find more military personal finance blog posts and webinars here.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on February 11, 2013.last_img read more

Being Overcommitted is a Sign of Being Uncommitted to Your Goals

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now There is this story about Warren Buffett and his pilot. As the story goes, the pilot is talking about his goals and dreams, and Buffett gives him a three-part exercise. The first step is to write down his top 25 goals. The second step was to select his top 5 from the list, the ones that he wanted. When he finished, Buffet asked him what he was going to do about the other 20 goals, and the pilot suggested he’d work on them when he could. Buffett explained that that strategy was precisely wrong, that he should avoid the other 20 at all costs.Buffett is also famous for this quote: “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”One of the challenges for people who are capable and who enjoy different projects is that they are easily seduced by the opportunity to participate and contribute to an endless parade of “opportunities.” When you know you can create value for other people, it’s difficult to refuse to help, especially when it makes you feel good to do so. And then, there is the fear of missing out.Over is UnderThe willingness to say “yes” to the 20, or 30, or 257 things that you might enjoy and that might be fun, interesting, and maybe even valuable means one ends up being overcommitted. Saying “yes” to the requests for help and potential opportunities is how you end up with so many commitments that it is difficult to manage them all, and difficult to do your very best work. As negative as those things might be, they are not the real negative outcome that comes from saying “yes.” What makes saying “yes” detrimental to your success is that it indicates that you are uncommitted.Imagine you have a metric that it made up of your time, your attention, and your resources (think money, energy, favors and help you need, etc.). Let’s call this Metric E, with the letter “E” representing your effort. Each day, you have 100 percent of Metric E to do the work to move all your projects forward, completing the most important tasks. Because you have agreed to participate in this project and that new initiative, none of which are anywhere near making the list of your top 3 priories (I have removed 2 from Buffet’s list), you start the day with commitments that account for about 50 percent of Metric E. You are, sadly left with only 50 percent for what you know to be the most critical projects, goals, and tasks.All these commitments that are not your own mean you are uncommitted, not overcommitted.Uncommitted to Your Goals and DreamsWithout meaning to, you can wind up overcommitted on your calendar and uncommitted to your goals and dreams. You can end up investing your time, energy, and resources in things that, while being fun and exciting and potential opportunities, strip you of the resources you need to move your own goals and projects forward. Your commitment to your goals and dreams is something less than your commitment to all the things that you might do that are not your own.Shifting your results here requires that you say no to the many other things that you might do, even the ones that you want to participate in so that you can devote yourself to what is most important. The way to make this shift is to increase your commitment to your own goals and dreams and to make that commitment so great that it crowds out your willingness to agree to devote any significant portion of your Metric E to things that don’t move you closer to what you want.Of course, you can still help others. You can still participate in things that might be fun and interesting and provide new opportunities, but not before you do what is necessary to keep the commitment that you owe yourself and your goals.last_img read more

After Jinder Mahal’s Success in WWE; Gama Singh To Head Desi Hit Squad Faction In Impact Wrestling

first_imgWrestling, as a sport, in India is a huge craze amongst Indian public. For a long time, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has been a sole source of wrestling entertainment for the fans in India. Other wrestling companies tried their level best to eat a chunk of that share, but have not been able to compete with WWE on that front.Read it at Latestly Related Itemslast_img