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first_imgChairman for the PNGRFL, Sandis Tsaka said the board will present the 2015 Annual Report highlighting all the activities and programs and audited financials for 2015.  He said also presented will be the 2016 Calendar with all affiliates and stakeholders to be advised on the implementation of the PNGRFL’s strategic plan.He said focus will be placed on plans for the 2017 World Cup which will be jointly hosted by PNG, Australia and New Zealand. “All PNGRFL affiliates are requested to consult and to work with their respective confederates to ensure their requirements and reports are prepared and finalized and in order for them to attend the AGM,” said Tsaka.Formal notices in line with the PNGRFL constitution will be released in due course to advise of the AGM and its business.last_img read more

first_imgOne man is in critical condition after a motorcycle accident outside of Fort Nelson. The Fort Nelson RCMP responded to a crash at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at the 670 km mark of the Alaska Highway, near Toad River.- Advertisement -Raymond Dress, a resident of Ohio, U.S. was apparently travelling southbound on the highway and lost control of his bike.He was airlifted to Dease Lake and then taken to hospital in Vancouver.Police are continuing their investigation but do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.last_img read more

first_img REV, among the league favorites, improved to 11-4 overall, 1-0 in conference. Yucaipa had its three-game winning streak stopped in dropping to 6-7, 0-1. “We did a good job with the press,” Berich said. “And we hit some threes, too.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Yucaipa turned the ball over 22 times, including 14 in the first half. Brandon Dowdy scored 27 points, making seven three-pointers, and Darnell Ferguson added 20 points despite being limited in the second half with foul trouble. “Darnell does a lot for us,” Berich said. “He’s got a cool head and does everything well. He might get in some foul trouble if we press a lot.” Plenty of teams will have trouble handling Yucaipa’s big man, 6-foot-10 senior Jared Anthony. Anthony finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, but he was limited to no points (on 0-of-4 shooting) in the first quarter and two points in the first quarter and a half. YUCAIPA – Redlands East Valley boys basketball coach Bill Berich didn’t hide his game plan against Yucaipa. He aimed to press the bigger Yucaipa team, and the plan was effective as the Wildcats got off to a quick start en route to a 71-45 rout of Yucaipa in the Citrus Belt League opener for both schools at Yucaipa High School. “We knew what they were going to do,” Yucaipa coach Yon Okorodudu said. “It wasn’t a surprise. They’re so talented and so well-coached. We had to do a better job against the press. And we missed some open looks.” REV jumped out to a quick lead, and a 19-4 run late in the first quarter and early in the second gave the Wildcats a 32-12 lead. Yucaipa never got closer than 18 points thereafter. “We needed to shut down two of their big three players to have a chance in the game,” Okorodudu said of REV’s Ferguson, Dowdy and Lance Evbuomwan. Evbuomwan scored only two points but grabbed eight rebounds. Dowdy, who had four three-pointers and 16 points in the first half, and Ferguson, who added 10 rebounds, weren’t shut down at all. There’s no rest for CBL teams this week as there are also league contests Thursday and Friday. 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

first_img“The last speech he gave, he used the word `victory’ 14 times. What does that mean?” asked Reid. Arguing against withdrawal, Bush said that “to retreat before victory would be an act of recklessness and dishonor and I will not allow.” As he has in the past three weeks, Bush acknowledged that missteps and setbacks, and took responsibility for ordering the invasion based on faulty intelligence. But, he said, “Not only can we win the war in Iraq – we are winning the war in Iraq.” He said there were only two options for the United States – victory or defeat. “And the need for victory is larger than any president or political party because the security of our people is in the balance. I do not expect you to support everything I do but tonight I have a request: Do not give in to despair and do not give up on this fight for freedom.” The Pentagon hopes to be able to reduce U.S. troop levels as Iraqi security forces become more capable of defending their country, but it is unclear when that point will be reached. The usual U.S. troop level this year of about 138,000 was strengthened to about 160,000 this fall out of concern for a potential rise in violence during voting in October and December. “It is also important for every American to understand the consequences of pulling out of Iraq before our work is done,” Bush said. “We would abandon our Iraqi friends and signal to the world that America cannot be trusted to keep its word. … We would hand Iraq over to enemies who have pledged to attack us and the global terrorist movement would be emboldened and more dangerous than ever before.” Acknowledging doubts about his strategy, Bush said, “Some look at the challenges in Iraq, and conclude that the war is lost, and not worth another dime or another day. “I don’t believe that,” he said. “Our military commanders do not believe that. Our troops in the field, who bear the burden and make the sacrifice, do not believe that America has lost. And not even the terrorists believe it. We know from their own communications that they feel a tightening noose and fear the rise of a democratic Iraq.” Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., has said the United States should redeploy all troops as quickly as possible because more than half of the Iraqis people “want us out and almost half of them think we’re the enemy.” A new poll shows that a strong majority of Americans oppose an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops. The AP-Ipsos poll found 57 percent of those surveyed said the U.S. military should stay until Iraq is stabilized. There is skepticism on Capitol Hill about the U.S. military’s ability to sustain forces in Iraq indefinitely and about the ability of Iraqis to carry the load. “We failed to expand the Army and Marine Corps as many of us wanted to happen a long time ago,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. Despite the faulty intelligence behind his war decision, Bush said the United States was right to remove Saddam Hussein from power, calling him “a murderous dictator who menaced his people, invaded his neighbors and declared America to be his enemy. Saddam Hussein, captured and jailed, is still the same raging tyrant – only now without a throne.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remakeThe address came on the heels of four major speeches in which Bush acknowledged setbacks and surprises in the war and took responsibility for ordering the invasion on the basis of inaccurate intelligence. The admissions were part of a White House effort to address complaints that Bush lacked a solid strategy for the war and has been oblivious to the violence that Americans plainly see on television. “I know that some of my decisions have led to terrible loss and not one of those decisions has been taken lightly,” he said. “I know that this war is controversial, yet being your president requires doing what I believe is right and accepting the consequences.” Bush said last week’s voting for parliament will not bring an end to the violence in Iraq, where he has estimated that 30,000 civilians have died. But, he said, Iraq’s election “means that America has an ally of growing strength in the fight against terror.” His speech came amid an uproar in Congress over whether he exceeded his powers in conducting the war on terror with an eavesdropping program and on a day that Vice President Dick Cheney made a surprise visit to Baghdad and faced questions from U.S. soldiers about their mission. Democrats were scornful even before the president spoke. Regarding a turnover to Iraqi troops, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said Bush “has to tell us how we’re going to get there. The people on the ground said there is one battalion that can fight alone. WASHINGTON – President Bush asserted Sunday night the United States is winning the war in Iraq and issued a plea to Americans divided by doubt: “Do not give in to despair and do not give up on this fight for freedom.” In a prime-time address, Bush acknowledged setbacks and sacrifice and cautioned there would be more violence and death in the months ahead. “Some look at the challenges in Iraq and conclude that the war is lost and not worth another dime or another day,” he said. Struggling to build confidence in his policy, the president hoped for withdrawing American forces as Iraqi troops gain strength and experience. The president spoke from the Oval Office, where in March 2003 he announced the U.S.-led invasion. Nearly three years later, more than 2,150 U.S. soldiers have died, Bush’s popularity has plummeted and about half of Americans think the war was a mistake. Yet a majority oppose immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces. last_img

first_imgTeams took advantage of the ideal, sunny conditions Tuesday to post low scores across the board. The winning team from Norwalk Ready Mix of Scott Bohlender, Jim Brown, Eric Berkey and Tanner Weatherman claimed the team title with a score of 130. Eric Boehlert was the individual winner of the Classic for the second-straight year and third time overall with a score of 65 to earn the coveted Blue Jacket awarded to the low-score of the tournament. For the 11th time, Bulldog supporters enjoyed an afternoon of play at the lush Talons of Tuscany. The pristine course is owned by one of Drake’s biggest supporters, Mr. Dennis Albaugh. Mr. Albaugh generously allows the Drake athletics department the opportunity to host its annual golf tournament, which serves as one of the department’s biggest fundraisers. ANKENY, Iowa – The annual Drake Golf Classic was played under pristine blue skies at one of Iowa’s most exclusive golf courses, the Talons of Tuscany, in Ankeny, Iowa, Tuesday, June 12.center_img For more information about the 2019 Drake Golf Classic at The Talons of Tuscany, contact Austin Strawhacker ( Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgThe first anniversary of the Ballybofey Alzheimer’s Café will be celebrated this month in the Villa Rose Hotel.The cafe has brought comfort, joy and support to many local people since it began in September 2018.Since then, the Café has met on the third Wednesday of every month from 11 am – 1 pm. The Café will celebrate its first anniversary on the 21st August 2019 and would like to invite any person who is living with Dementia and their carers, family members or friends to join the party.The first Alzheimer’s Café was started in the Netherlands in 1997 by Dr. Bere Miesen. The Alzheimer’s Café is more than just a “social outing”; it’s a gathering of people affected by or interested in Dementia.The monthly gatherings are for the purpose of education, discussions, exchanging information about Dementia and the opportunities to socialise and meet others. Attending the Alzheimer’s Café is free of charge. People can come and go as they please, just like at any café.Anyone who attends the Alzheimer’s Café can receive support, information, education about Dementia, and meet others in similar circumstances. They also meet professionals knowledgeable about Dementia, members of the local Alzheimer’s Society or any other Dementia Support Group. People can converse, listen to one of the themed talks and enjoy refreshments and music.Anyone living with Dementia, irrespective of what stage their illness is at are invited to attend the café.The aim of the Alzheimer’s Café is to help reduce the stigma about living with Dementia, providing an opportunity for learning more about the condition, for providing information, practical support and opportunities for questioning and interacting.Over the last year of the Donegal cafe, various professionals have delivered talks, engaged in discussions and Q&A sessions with people living with Dementia and their carers.People have attended from their own homes, but also from Nursing and Residential Homes.No one with an interest in Dementia is excluded, in fact they are warmly welcomed. Over the past year talks have been delivered by a Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Dietician, Bank Officials, to name but a few. The owners of the Villa Rose Hotel, Tommy and Bridget Gallen have been extremely supportive in maintaining the Alzheimer’s Café. Their staff always provide a very warm and welcoming setting, providing tea, coffee and homemade scones.The Café will celebrate its 1st anniversary on 21st August 2019 with a party. Anyone who is living with Dementia, their carers, families or friends are more than welcome to attend and see for themselves the positive impact the café has had on our community. The setting will be informal with song and dance and light refreshments. The Café also welcomes any volunteers who have an interest in Dementia and who like to become involved.If anyone requires further information or has any queries please contact Fergus Sweeney on (074) 9189021 or Patricia McGinty on (087) 9271734Positive impact of Ballybofey Alzheimer’s Café to be celebrated at special event was last modified: August 4th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Alzheimer cafeBallybofeyTealast_img read more

first_img(Visited 714 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If one of your major model inputs is off by up to 50%, what does that do to the precision of your predictions about degrees of temperature change a century from now?The politics of climate change rests on scientific models, about which the consensus voices audacious certainty. The press browbeats “climate skeptics” as denialists or worse, and pads their triumphant announcements with statistics on how many scientists agree that global warming is real, and is one of the biggest threats facing humanity.Against that backdrop, look what Ohio State News announced this week: “How much snow accumulates in North America each year? More than scientists thought.” How much more? “If distributed evenly, 7.5 inches of snow would cover the entire continent.” That’s a lot of snow. And that’s a lot of error:There’s a lot more snow piling up in the mountains of North America than anyone knew, according to a first-of-its-kind study.Scientists have revised an estimate of snow volume for the entire continent, and they’ve discovered that snow accumulation in a typical year is 50 percent higher than previously thought.In the journal Geophysical Research Letters, researchers at The Ohio State University place the yearly estimate at about 1,200 cubic miles of snow accumulation. If spread evenly across the surface of the continent from Canada to Mexico, the snow would measure a little over 7.5 inches deep. If confined to Ohio, it would bury the state under 150 feet of snow.If the climate models are so reliable, one would think the inputs are reliable, too. The paper, however, begins, “Despite the importance of mountain snowpack to understanding the water and energy cycles in North America’s montane regions, no reliable mountain snow climatology exists for the entire continent.” Given America’s pre-eminent position in science, it seems likely that the snowfall estimates for Asia, Africa and the other continents are even less reliable.Mountains hold more snow than thought. Photo by David Coppedge.Old estimates tended to focus on flat plains, but mountains (which are harder to get measurements from) hold the vast majority of snow. The Canadian Rockies and 10 other mountain ranges hold 60% of snowpack despite having only 25% of the land surface. The old estimates had things backwards:Whereas scientists previously thought the continent held a little more than 750 cubic miles of snow each year, the Ohio State researchers found the total to be closer to 1,200 cubic miles.They actually measure snow-water equivalent, the amount of water that would form if the snow melted—at about a 3-to-1 ratio. For North America, the snow-water equivalent would be around 400 cubic miles of water—enough to flood the entire continent 2.5 inches deep, or the state of Ohio 50 feet deep.And while previous estimates placed one-third of North American snow accumulation in the mountains and two-thirds on the plains, the exact opposite turned out to be true: Around 60 percent of North American snow accumulation happens in the mountains, with the Canadian Rockies holding as much snow as the other 10 mountain ranges in the study combined.The researchers realize this is extremely important to the proper understanding of climate change. Michael Durand, professor who oversaw the data collection by two grad students, came very close to calling this a ‘whoops’ moment for the global climate community:“Each of these ranges is a huge part of the climate system,” Durand said, “but I don’t think we realized how important the Canadian Rockies really are. We hope that by drawing attention to the importance of the mountains, this work will help spur development in understanding how mountains fit into the large-scale picture.”At least snow sits long enough for satellites and ground crews to take measurements if they can get to them. Some climate inputs are even more sketchy to measure: clouds, for instance, which are constantly changing. Temperature data points are always oscillating every day and night on every point on the globe and through the seasons. Exactly how reliable are climate models?Climate change is off-topic for CEH, but the principle here applies to other matters of consensus. Like the Darwin Party consensus, the global-warming consensus tends to be audacious and overconfident, influencing governments of the world with their highly public warnings at global summits. Everyone assumes the models are correct or close to correct, but here is one input that was 50% wrong, and was wrong the wrong way. It makes the earth colder, not warmer! Climate science is mostly about observable, measurable data, except when researchers make assumptions about past climate millions of years ago, or try to predict future climate trends for decades or a century. How much more unreliable are Darwinian assumptions about the unobservable past? The only record of the past, the fossil record, shows mostly abrupt appearance, stasis and extinction – not evolution. This leads to a law of science: audacity in a consensus is directly proportional to uncertainty in the data.last_img read more

first_imgBrand South Africa and The Odd Number agency bagged yet another award at the 2019 Loeries that took place in Durban this weekend, receiving a silver award in the category Film Online (above 30s), for the Africa Day: The Prayer campaign. The Loeries is the most prestigious creative festival across Africa and the Middle East.                   For the 40th year now, the Loeries reward, inspire and acknowledge creative brilliance in the brand communication space for Africa and the Middle East. The standard of excellence makes it an extremely competitive space, encouraging South Africans in the industry to push the boundaries, whether it be through film or art of any form.         The Prayer campaign, coincided with the recent attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal, served as a reminder for Africans to exercise compassion, tolerance and acceptance of each other. If ever we needed a reminder that we are united in our diversity and differences, this campaign served that purpose. Viewers were captured by the intense emotions depicted in the advert.Last week Durban was abuzz during The Loeries Creative Week, as creatives gathered to engage in conversation on how to Tell Better Stories, and in so doing, raise the bar even for aspiring filmmakers, producers, graphic designers and content producers.         Brand South Africa was an active participant and partner in The Loeries, successfully hosted a Masterclass under the theme: Telling Better South African Stories: My S’African Identity on Thursday morning. The panel of experts from every corner of the creative industry; Loyiso Bala (Channel Director: TBN Africa), Mathe Okaba (CEO: ACA), Suhana Gordhan (Creative Director: FCB Global), Shani Kay (MD: Regency Global) and Yaron Assabi (Founder and director: Digital Solutions Group), explored ways in which the industry can elevate the Nation Brand through our unique storytelling. The outcome? Everyone in the room was reminded that people are at the heart of storytelling.Brand South Africa calls on Africans to endorse a culture of social inclusivity, advocating for a better Africa for all who live in it to prosper.Watch the ad here:last_img read more

first_imgSaying that the historic 1818 battle of Bhima-Koregaon represented a watershed moment for the Dalit community in their struggle against caste prejudices, newly elected Gujarat Assembly legislator Jignesh Mevani on Sunday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governmentrepresented a ‘neo-Peshwai’ mentality.Mr. Mevani was among several notable progressive speakers who addressed a humongous congregation at the Elgaar Parishad at the historic Shaniwarwada to commemorate the bicentenary of the Bhima-Koregaon of January 1, 1818. As many as 500 soldiers of the untouchable Mahar community had fought alongside the English to defeat the forces of Peshwa Bajirao II in the battle.Lashing out against regional parochialism, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student activist Umer Khalid “apologised” for not delivering his address in Marathi. “Ours is not the xenophobic credo of the ‘Marathi Manoos’ but a celebration of plurality and diversity … forces are aware that the battle of ideas cannot be won by words and hence are resorting to bullets,” said Mr. Khalid.Relevance todayCommenting on the murders of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, Communist leader Govind Pansare, scholar M.M. Kalburgi and journalist Gauri Lankesh, Mr. Khalid said the Bhima-Koregaon bicentenary was not merely a commemoration of the struggle of the Mahar community against the Brahminical Peshwa rule, but had modern-day echoes in the ongoing fight of progressives against Hindutva forces.Radhika Vemula, the mother of the late research scholar Rohith Vemula, said, “The Bhima-Koregaon battle was a defining moment for the Dalit community. Today, the BJP government represents the ‘neo-Peshwai’ mentality … it is this mentality and their agents, be it ministers or legislators, who conspired to killed my son and persecute Dalit scholars like him.” Ms. Vemula said that people must take inspiration from the 1818 battle and form a joint front of progressives to combat the ‘new Peshwai tyranny’. Earlier, following much controversy over the event, the police eventually granted permission to organisers with several caveats, specifying that the programme would not include objectionable slogans, posters, banners or feature acts that would “hurt sentiments of members of any caste or religion”. The event had met with considerable opposition from Hindu outfits and pro-Brahmin groups.Groups from across StateThousands of people from more than 250 progressive social outfits, including several left-leaning, Ambedkarite groups across Maharashtra, participated in the event which was symbolically held at the Shaniwarwada fort, the erstwhile seat of Peshwa power. For Dalit activists and progressives, the narrative of the Bhima-Koregaon battle is emblematic in the ongoing struggle against caste oppression and Brahminical domination.The six-hour event, which began at 2 p.m., featured cultural programmes by groups like the Kabir Kala Manch. Later in the evening, the speakers joined lakhs from the Dalit community to visit the Koregaon Ranstambh (victory pillar), a memorial dedicated to the battle in the village of Bhima-Koregaon, 30 km from the city.last_img read more

first_imgThree Asom Gana Parishad Ministers said on Saturday that they opposed the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 at a meeting of the Assam Cabinet, in a U-turn a day after a party leader claimed the issue was not raised at the key State forum.The Cabinet meeting was held on Friday and immediately after it Assam government spokesperson and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary had told reporters that the AGP did not raise any issue related to the Bill.AGP general secretary Ramendra Narayan Kalita also told the media that the three AGP Ministers — Atul Bora, Keshab Mahanta and Phani Bhusan Choudhury — did not raise the issue at the meeting as Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had met them before it commenced and requested them to discuss it at the next sitting of the coordination committee of the three alliance partners.But taking a U-turn, Mr. Bora, who is the AGP president and the State Agriculture Minister, said on Saturday, “We strongly raised the issue (in the Cabinet meeting). We said that we cannot be in the government if the Bill is passed.”At a hurriedly called press conference in the face of widespread criticism over the reported silence, Mr. Bora said, “We did not say it yesterday (after the Cabinet meeting) as we wanted to maintain the confidentiality of Cabinet meetings. But this has led to confusion among the people. The issue was not on the agenda (of the meeting), yet we raised it and discussed it for about half-an-hour, which led to a lot of debate.”‘Hindu migrants’Though the Bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 15, 2016, seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims who have fled persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, indigenous groups in Assam view it as a move to legitimise Hindus who have migrated from Bangladesh after 1971.The AGP is a constituent of the BJP-led NDA government in Assam and a meeting of the AGP Legislature Party held on May 31 had decided to oppose the Bill, which has triggered protests across the State during the past one month.The Bodoland Peoples’ Front, the other partner of the ruling alliance, is also opposed to the Bill and has asked the Centre to withdraw it keeping in view the interests of the State.Mr. Bora said that there was an understanding after a request from the Chief Minister that nothing from the Cabinet meeting would be made public.“But it was not kept. If the statement (by the government spokesperson) was made in a different way, this situation would not have arisen in Assam today,” Mr. Bora said.The AGP, despite being in the government, has been opposing the Bill since the beginning. Mr. Bora has publicly stated the party’s official position many times that it would leave the government if the Bill is passed.The opposition to the Bill has united all parties, except the BJP, and former Chief Ministers Tarun Gogoi (of the Congress) and Prafulla Kumar Mahanta joined a sit-in on May 31.last_img read more