Local curlers competing for spot in Provincials

first_imgLocal competitors include Glen Godberson and his squad representing Fort St. John, while Jeff Ginter and Mark Heartt, along with their respective teams will represent the home town Dawson Creek.The tournament begins Friday, with games taking place throughout the entire weekend, culminating with the finals on Sunday afternoon.The weekend event will round out the competitive fields for the upcoming provincial tournament, set to take place in Leduc, from February 6 – 10.- Advertisement -Teams competing at the provincial level could possibly earn the opportunity to play at such significant curling events such as the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, being played this year in Kingston, Ont. or the Tim Horton’s Brier, taking place in Edmonton.last_img read more

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FIFA study Neymar Barcelona bonus claim

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona are seeking compensation from Neymar for breach of contract following his €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain © AFP / Bertrand GuayPARIS, France, Aug 24 – FIFA said Tursday it was investigating Brazilian superstar Neymar’s complaint over an unpaid loyalty bonus from Barcelona in the increasingly bitter feud with his former club since his move to Paris Saint-Germain.A FIFA spokesman said the complaint was “pending and being investigated” and he could not comment any further. Barcelona are refusing to pay a 26-million-euro ($30.6 million) bonus to Neymar for signing a five-year contract renewal last year.In a separate issue, the Catalan giants are seeking 8.5 million euros in compensation from Neymar for breach of contract following his world record 222-million-euro move to PSG in August.Neymar’s family hit back on Tuesday with their representatives expressing their “surprise” at Barcelona’s compensation claim “given that the player fully respected the contract valid at the time”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Premier League Preview Show

first_imgThe former Liverpool midfielder David Thompson tells Tom Rennie on the Preview Show this week that Christian Benteke is a great signing for the Reds and should fire the club back into the Champions League this season, after scoring his first goal for the club on Monday. Liverpool travel to Arsenal on this week’s Monday Night Football.Elsewhere, the former Crystal Palace defender Matt Lawrence joins us to discuss Everton, who impressed him in their win over Southampton last weekend but says they still need to add to the squad before September 1st. The Toffees host Manchester City on Sunday.The former England international Danny Murphy picks his three to watch this week, and Joe Tolleson from Sirius XMFC (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) plays the predictor game ‘Tom vs. the World’.last_img read more

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Shrewsbury 0-3 Man United: Smalling, Mata and Lingard see Red Devils through

first_imgManchester United avoided a third-straight defeat as they beat Shrewsbury in the fifth round on the FA Cup on Monday night.The Red Devils dominated the ball throughout and the pressure told in the first half when Chris Smalling broke the deadlock.Juan Mata scored a free kick and Jesse Lingard got the third either side of half time to see United safely through.Louis van Gaal’s side face West Ham in the next round but first they must turn their attentions to FC Midtjylland on Thursday, live on talkSPORT.Manchester United dominated the possession from the outset, as expected with a starting XI worth around £169m in comparison to Shrewsbury’s estimated £10,000 line up.Memphis Depay had two early efforts from distance but was in more danger of doing damage the Greenhous Meadow roof than the net.Memphis tried to make it third time lucky with a free kick on the edge of the area, but his goal-bound strike hit Anthony Martial on the back of the head before deflecting over.Martial then found himself free in the 18-yard box but saw his low shot well saved by the feet of Jayson Leutwiler before Abu Agogo headed off the line.However, the Red Devils finally took the lead in the 37th minute when captain-for-the-night Smalling latched onto Morgan Schneiderlin’s header before volleying scruffily into the back of the net.And Mata doubled the lead on the stroke of half time with a perfectly placed free kick from the edge of the area.It was more of the same after half time and it should have been three when Martial got his header all wrong after Daley Blind’s well improvised cross.But it was 3-0 just after the hour mark when Ander Herrera picked up the ball on the edge of the area after a sweeping counter attack and found Lingard who finished first time.Will Keane nearly put the icing on the cake with 15 minute remaining but he struck the post, and in doing so pulled his groin, meaning United had to finish the game with ten men. Juan Mata 1last_img read more

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Arsenal legend Henry to make final decision on Bordeaux job this weekend

first_img Koscielny’s nine-year Arsenal stay ends as £4.6m Bordeaux transfer is completed 1 BANISHED Arsenal legend Thierry Henry will conclude discussions over the Bordeaux manager’s job this weekend.The Frenchman held talks with the Ligue 1 club this week. They are on the hunt for a new boss after suspending their current tactician Gus Poyet last week. Arsene Wenger has backed Henry for a job in management REVEALED FIFA 20: 44 cheap career mode wonderkids you need to buy – bargains! Gone PAPER TALK CONFIRMED DOESN’T SIT WELL french return koscly error showdown Ex-Arsenal man Koscielny labelled ‘disgraceful’ for Bordeaux video Four clubs want Coutinho, Man United ‘close’ to deal, Koscielny leaves Arsenal Arsenal target centre-back signing after agreeing deal to sell Koscielny Koscielny reveals he was thinking of leaving Arsenal a year before he quit Bordeaux took the decision to suspend Poyet after he branded the club a “disgrace,” following an emotional dispute with their owners.One of his strikers, Gaetan Laborde, was reportedly sold to rivals Montpellier without before securing a replacement.Henry is the favourite to take over from the Uruguayan and, according to L’Equipe, he has been given the weekend to agree on terms.Both the Bordeaux hierarchy and Henry are keen to work together as the ex-striker looks to make his first step into management, having previously worked as Roberto Martinez’s assistant for Belgium. Latest Bordeaux News Arsenal legend disgusted with Laurent Koscielny over exit and Bordeaux video Koscielny ‘preparing for legal battle’ with Arsenal as contract dispute goes on Bordeaux suspend three youth players for attack which left teammate hospitalised DISGRACE Koscielny slammed by Arsenal legends over ‘disrespectful’ unveiling video last_img read more

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‘FORGET EUROVISION! I’M EVEN IN THE CHARTS IN AUSTRALIA’ SAYS RYAN DOLAN

first_imgSINGER Ryan Dolan has already forgotten about coming last on Eurovision – after hitting the charts Down Under!The Strabane man, whose relatives are in Glenswilly and Lifford, appeared on the Stephen Nolan show on the BBC last night.He said the song which won just five votes in the weekend show in Malmo. And then he told Nolan how he had first felt gutted about the result – but not for long.“Then we went out and partied,” said Ryan.“And the next day I was told that I had charted in 17 countries across Europe and now I’m told we’re even in the charts in Australia.”  ‘FORGET EUROVISION! I’M EVEN IN THE CHARTS IN AUSTRALIA’ SAYS RYAN DOLAN was last modified: May 23rd, 2013 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:’FORGET EUROVISION! I’M EVEN IN THE CHARTS IN AUSTRALIA’ SAYS RYAN DOLANglenswillyLiffordRyan Dolanlast_img read more

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Men’s Golf Announces 2016 Fall Schedule

first_img“I am very excited for our 2nd annual Zach Johnson Invitational.  The tournament will be at The Harvester Golf Club which will be a great test and a wonderful venue for a collegiate event,” Lewis said. “Our fall schedule will be a great challenge for us with some repeat events along with a couple new events.” Drake hosts the second annual Zach Johnson Invitational at The Harvester Golf Club in Rhodes, Iowa on Oct. 3-5. The Bulldogs will welcome MVC foes Bradley and UNI as well as Creighton, Eastern Illinois, Green Bay, North Dakota, North Dakota State and Indian Hills Community College. DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University head men’s golf coach Matt Lewis released the Bulldog’s 2016 fall schedule on Wednesday which features five tournaments and highlighted by hosting the second annual Zach Johnson Invitational.center_img Drake opens its fall state on Sept. 11 at the Badger Invitational hosted by Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. and then heads to Chicago for the DePaul Invitational on Oct. 19. The Bulldogs concludes the fall portion of their schedule at the Northern Illinois Invitational in Chicago on Oct. 9 and the ODU/Outer Banks Invitational on Oct. 23 in Powell’s Point, N.C. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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49ers not ready for prime time (maximum), to host Rams in daytime

first_imgSANTA CLARA — So much for the 49ers playing five of their next seven games in prime time.Not even the Los Angeles Rams’ undefeated start was enough to keep their Oct. 21 visit to Levi’s Stadium on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” and kickoff instead will be at 1:25 p.m. against the injury-depleted 49ers (1-4).Los Angeles Rams’ Todd Gurley II (30) scores a touchdown against San Francisco 49ers’ Dontae Johnson (36) in the second quarter of their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., …last_img read more

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Evidence for Evolution, or for Uncontroversial Variation?

first_imgScience papers and articles often announce promising new evidence for evolution.  To distinguish Darwinian evolution from creation, though, requires evidence of a certain magnitude.  The staunchest Biblical creationist allows for a great deal of variation within kinds.  When evidences for evolution are announced, do they rise to the level of change Darwin theorized – like the change of one animal or plant into another, with new tissues, organs, and functions?  Do they support a grand story of the common ancestry of all living things from simple microbes?Mammals:  “Fossil shelved for a century reworks carnivore family tree,” announced PhysOrg.  A fossil from the American Museum of Natural History shelved since 1896 has been looked at anew.  The phrase family tree immediately connotes an image of Darwinian common ancestry.  One would expect the fossil would show progress in understanding evolutionary relationships.  The body of the article, however, shows problems instead of clarification:This analysis is the fifth time that early carnivore postcrania have been carefully described in detail.  Adding the information from this long-neglected fossil to the previously known data, though, does point researchers into new directions.  An analysis of 99 traits among 29 fossils and 15 living taxa resulted in a new evolutionary tree that shows that ‘M.’ uintensis is distantly related to the type specimens from the Miacis genus, suggesting that an extensive revision of the current understanding of the evolutionary relationships among early carnivore fossils may be needed.  But more significantly, the structure of the evolutionary tree suggests that adaptations to terrestrial or semi-terrestrial locomotion were more common than previously suspected in early fossil carnivores, preceding the split between the two major groups of living Carnivora, the Caniformia (a group that includes dogs, weasels, bears, seals and their relatives) and Feliformia (cats, hyenas, mongooses and civets).It appears that what was found was not the expected primitive carnivore, but a specimen that indicates just as much diversity of lifestyles as seen in modern carnivores.  The creature apparently was able to climb trees and walk on the ground.  But then again, so do raccoons today.  Curator John Flynn tried to explain: “It is typically thought that the miacoids of the Eocene—the basal fossil relatives of modern Carnivora that root the family tree—were arboreal.  But we now are beginning to see that there was a greater diversity of locomotor styles in early carnivores.”  The only thing that seems to have evolved here is the thinking of the evolutionists.Fish:  Over in Africa, evolutionists are still trying to figure out how the cichlid fish trapped in inland lakes evolved.  Cichlid fish have diversified in Lake Malawi and Lake Victoria in “a classic example of adaptive radiation and rapid speciation,” the authors of a paper in PLoS Biology said.1  (See also summary on Science Daily).  But the details of evolution they studied are mere shifts in the expression of existing genes and slight changes in existing proteins that affect sensitivity to wavelengths of light that differ, at most, by 100 nm, at the ends of the spectrum of sensitivity.  The words novel and innovation are missing from the paper.  There are no indications that something genetically new has arisen, even though the authors say, “Hundreds of new species have evolved in Lake Malawi within the past 1-2 million years and within a mere 15,000-120,000 years in Lake Victoria.  These two haplochromine radiations provide a large number of closely related, yet ecologically and morphologically divergent, species.”  The fish are still cichlids; they could be classified as variations rather than species.  Furthermore, the rates of variation differ widely between the two lakes.  It would seem that no natural law has been found that could illuminate Darwinian evolution in general: “The rapid changes in opsin gene expression that we observed among these closely related cichlid species are unprecedented in vertebrates.”Whales:  In five million years, just 2.5 times the interval in which the fish mentioned above changed little, whales are thought to have evolved from a cow- or dog-like land animal.  A pompous-sounding headline on PhysOrg would lead a casual reader to expect a breakthrough discovery: “Australian fossil unlocks secrets to the origin of whales.”  It touted “groundbreaking discoveries” to follow – but then disappointed with a mere re-interpretation of a fossil that had been sitting in a museum since 1939.  Dr Erich Fitzgerald decided to “hypothesize it was a bottom-feeding mud-sucker that may have used its tongue and short, blunt snout to suck small prey from sand and mud on the seafloor.”  According to Dr. Fitzgerald, “This indicates early and varied experimentation in the evolution of baleen whales.”  While the reader is left wondering who the experimenter is, the article was quick to announce that Darwin would be proud. “The research conducted by Dr Fitzgerald supports Charles Darwin’s speculation in The Origin of Species, that some of the earliest baleen whales may have been suction feeders, and that their mud grubbing served as a precursor to the filter feeding of today’s giants of the deep.”    A little closer reading, though, shows that Mammalodon colliveri was already considered a “primitive toothed baleen whale, one of a group of whales that includes the largest animal ever to have lived, the blue whale.”  An artist reconstruction in the BBC News shows the creature to look whale-like in most respects: flippers, tail, sleek body and all.  (It should be kept in mind that soft part reconstruction is highly subjective.)   Moreover, “Mammalodon is a dwarf, having evolved into a relatively tiny form from larger ancestors.”  That would seem a regression, not an evolution, if the blue whales were on the same branch of the tree.  How did the advanced baleen whales evolve their baleen if a dwarf experimenter was off over in Australia grubbing in the mud, doomed to become a dead-end line?  Dr Fitzgerald was unable, nonetheless, to contain his excitement over his old bones.  Because another family member of Mammalodon was found nearby, “Clearly the seas off southern Australia were a cradle for the evolution of a variety of tiny, weird whales that seem to have lived nowhere else.” Dinosaurs etc.:  National Geographic displayed the “Top Ten Dinosaur and Fossil Finds: Most Viewed of 2009.”  Most of the ten show extinction, not evolution.  The first eight show no progression from simple to advanced.  If anything, they show that the past had more diversity and larger sizes than today – giant snakes, giant crocodiles, giant arthropods, and, of course, giant dinosaurs.  Even so, NG acknowledged that “a third of dinosaurs” may never have existed due to human classification errors.  The last two entries are the controversial Ardi and Ida.  These alleged missing links arguably shed more controversy than light on the story of human evolution.  Regarding Ida, NG said, “The publicity frenzy made National Geographic News’s brief coverage our most viewed page of the year—and inspired a backlash as some experts, including one here at Nat Geo HQ, suggested Ida was more media event than milestone.”  Sure enough, the link to Brian Cooley’s blog on NGM Blog Central is quite critical of the media hype over Ida.Interesting as the varieties of extinct fossils are, the perceptive reader may be left wondering what they have to do with evidence for the evolution of carnivores, fish and whales from non-carnivores, non-fish, and non-whales. 1.  Hofmann et al, “The Eyes Have It: Regulatory and Structural Changes Both Underlie Cichlid Visual Pigment Diversity,” Public Library of Science: Biology, 7(12): e1000266. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000266, December 2009.We really tried to have a good time at the Darwin Party, but the event didn’t live up to the hype.  The place was filled with boors overcome with their own perceived self-importance.  Everywhere we turned, people were trying to sell us a bill of goods.  So we left and went to the other celebration instead.  MC2U&HNY2!(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Intact Dinosaur Skin Found

first_imgSome material that flaked off a fossil in Alberta was not stone; it was dinosaur skin.  Discoverers were excited and puzzled: how could it last so long?Here’s how Mauricio Barbi of the University of Regina described their discovery, according to PhysOrg:“As we excavated the fossil, I thought that we were looking at a skin impression. Then I noticed a piece came off and I realized this is not ordinary – this is real skin. Everyone involved with the excavation was incredibly excited and we started discussing research projects right away.”The reports on PhysOrg and on Nature World News focused on figuring what color the skin was.  Readers who go all the way to the end of the article, though, find out the really big question:But perhaps the greatest question Barbi is trying to answer at the CLS is how the fossil remained intact for around 70-million years.“What’s not clear is what happened to this dinosaur and how it died,” he said. “There is something special about this fossil and the area where it was found, and I am going to find out what it is.“The fossil was found in an area described as a “robust bone bed.”  Barbi claimed it’s the only 3-dimensional dinosaur skin fossil in the world.  According to the articles, the skin was preserved “almost intact,” with tissues that can be analyzed:For the experiment, the sample is placed in the path of the infrared beam and light reflects off of it. During the experiment, chemical bonds of certain compounds will create different vibrations. For example, proteins, sugars and fats still found in the skin will create unique vibrational frequencies that scientists can measure.“It is astonishing that we can get information like this from such an old sample,” said Tim May, CLS Mid-IR staff scientist. “Skin has fat and lots of dead cells along with many inorganic compounds. We can reflect the infrared beam off the sample and we can analyze the samples to give us very clear characteristics.”They will be studying melanosomes (pigment cells) in the skin to try to determine what color the hadrosaur was.Barbi promised he is going to find out what is so special about his fossil and the area in which it was found.  His only hope is to abandon the millions-of-years Darwinian story.  The reason the skin is intact, and its tissues can still be studied, is that it is recent—not 70 million years old.  If he were to propose that explanation, though, his career would be over.  So strong is the bias against Darwin skeptics (even stronger against old-earth skeptics), truth no longer matters.  The primary goal of evolutionary geologists and paleontologists is to defend Charlie’s quaint Victorian myth against all the evidence the world throws at it. “As we excavated the fossil, I thought that we were looking at a skin impression. Then I noticed a piece came off and I realized this is not ordinary – this is real skin. Everyone involved with the excavation was incredibly excited and we started discussing research projects right away.”Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-04-scientists-rare-dinosaur-skin-fossil.html#jCp(Visited 156 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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