Spring break activities in Fort St. John

first_imgThe Hunger Games are for youth aged 12 to 18, and will have them break up into different ‘tribes’ to represent their ‘district.’The Fort St. John Library will have its doors locked at 7:00 p.m. and everyone left inside the arena will have to rely on their wits to survive – with ‘weapons’ supplied by the library.The event runs Monday March 30, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Library and Beyond Camp: Ninjas VS PiratesThe Fort St. John Public Library is also hosting Library and Beyond Camp: Ninjas VS Pirates.This is a free day camp for kids in grades one through seven, and includes exploration, sports, challenges and art.The camp starts March 30, 2015 and requires registration. Kids may register for one day only.Activities run 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Contact the Fort St. John Library for more informationDrop-in pitch sessions at the Kids Arena Field HouseThe City of Fort St. John is also offering drop-in pitch sessions at the Kids Arena Field House during the second week of Spring Break; one session for parents and toddlers and another for youth.The parent and toddler drop-in takes place Tuesday March 31, 2015 and Thursday April 2, 2015. The sessions will run 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at a cost of $2.00 per child with no fee for parents.Children five and under must be accompanied by an adult on the pitch, while parents of young children are not required on the pitch but are encouraged to be on site.The youth drop-in takes place Monday March 30, 2015 – Thursday April 2, 2014 and is for youth aged 11 – 18.Those looking to participate can come and go at any time between 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., but must also sign in with the programmer and provide their name, age, and emergency contact number.There’s a $5.00 fee for this drop-in, and both are accepting cash only.Attendees are reminded to bring a pair of indoor shoes.The Kids Arena Field House is located on 9615 96 Avenue and can be reached at 250 787 8150. Spring Break Camp at the North Peace Cultural Centre The ArtSpace and NEAT have teamed up to present Spring Break Camp.Children will participate in mixed media arts, drama, dance, yoga, cooking, science, and learn survival skills.- Advertisement -The camp also includes field trips and special guests.The purpose is to teach youth about the world around them and how to protect the environment.The camp runs March 23 to 27, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m at a cost of $40.00 per day.Advertisement Children can look forward to daily activities on the pitch, trips to Centennial Park, the North Peace Leisure Pool, North Peace Arena and the Fire Hall to name a few.The day camp will run March 23 – 27, 2015 at the Kids Arena Field House – located on 9615 96 Avenue, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.For more information, including inquiries about possible space still available, contact the Pomeroy Sports Centre at 250 785 4592, or the North Peace Leisure Pool at 250 787 8178.15th Annual Chocolate FestivalThe North Peace Cultural Centre is hosting their 15th Annual Chocolate Festival on March 28, 2015.Advertisement Tickets go for a price of $15.00 each or four for $30.00, and allows for the unlimited tasting of many decadent chocolates.There will also be a silent auction on the backed good beginning at 6:45 p.m.Proceeds from the Chocolate Festival go to supporting children’s arts programming in the form of an expanded Free Kids’ Art Programming Initiative. This initiative gives away student bursaries and supports the arts at Peace Gallery North and the North Peace Cultural Centre.For tickets, contact the North Peace Cultural Centre at 250 785 1992.Hunger Games at the Fort St. John LibraryAdvertisement If your child is interested in participating, print a registration form and submit it to NEAT’s office – located on 10027 100 Street.For more information, call 250 785 6328.Week-long day camp at the Kids Arena Field HouseThe City of Fort St. John is offering kids aged five to 10 the opportunity to participate in a week-long day camp at the Kids Arena Field House, although the March 18 deadline has already passed.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes For Week Ending Sunday 24th FebruaryCongratulations: The club would like to congratulate William McLaughlin on his performance in the National Championships on Friday night. Although William will be disappointed, he did the entire parish proud with his performances throughout and especially in the final against Andy Nolan. Poker Tournament: Buncrana GAA held a Poker Evening on Friday 22nd in the Scarvey Clubhouse. An enjoyable night was had by all, especially Breda Friel Quirk who was the tournament winner. Congratulations to all who won prizes and thanks to everyone who attended and supported the event.Boxing Night: Don’t miss the ‘Clash Of The Clubs’ on Saturday 9th March – For one night only Buncrana GAA and the Illies will be clashing in the ring to raise funds for both clubs. The boxers are training extremely hard in preparation for this event and some great fights are expected. Much is expected of Shane ‘Yank’ McDaid, who has already enlisted Irish Olympic Coach Billy Walsh for one-to-one sessions, and has arranged sparring sessions with Kenny Egan following their secret meeting at the National Championships on Friday night. Tickets are priced €20 and are available from club members. Fights begin at 8:30pm with Disco to follow. Membership: Club membership for the upcoming year can now be paid. Adult membership is €100 (including weekly lotto entry), Student membership is €50 and child membership is €20 (€50 for 3 children or more). Dates of registration nights for juvenile members will be confirmed soon, and all information will be made available through facebook, twitter and the club notes. For further details please contact Grainne Soal at secretary.buncrana.donegal@gaa.ie.Senior and Reserve Football: Buncrana recorded a convincing win over Glack O’Connor’s in the Ulster Intermediate League on Sunday. The opening half was a scrappy affair, with the home side dropping players into defence and Buncrana giving away possession with misjudged long passes. This was reflected in the halftime scoreline, 0-1 to 0-3. However, in the second half Buncrana began to dominate and make better use of possession. Goals by Simon Cuffe and a second by Paul McGonigle, who started a sharp five pass move on the half-way line before hitting the back of the net, ensured that Buncrana ran out comfortable winners. Final score Glack 0-3 Buncrana 2-9. Training will continue each Tuesday and Friday at 7.30pm and on Sundays at 11.00am. All new and returning players who are over the age of 16 and wish to play in Division 2 this year are invited to attend.Girls Football: Girls football training is on Monday night at 7.00pm sharp. Open to all girls from the ages of 9 to 16 years of age. New players are also welcome. Please bring your own water bottle.U5 and U6 Gaelic Games: Under 5s and 6s sessions continues on Saturday mornings at 11.15am sharp in Crana College. The sessions are based on GAA Fundamentals; a Croke Park initiative based on European wide research aimed at bettering your child’s coordination (including hand eye) balance, agility and basic fitness in a fun filled environment.U8 Hurling: U8 Hurling will continue on Wednesday 16th January at 5.30-6.30pm in Crana College. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and learn the basic skills of Hurling in a fun, safe environment.U8 Football: U8 Football will continue on Friday at 6.30pm, new members are always welcome.U9 Football: U9 Football (for children born in 2004) is on every Thursday in Crana College from 7pm-8pm. New players are always welcome.U12 Football: U12 training started back on Tuesday 12th of February at 7.00pm. The training times are as follows: Tuesday 7.00-8.00pm and Friday 7.00-8.30pm. Mouthguards are now compulsory for all training as well as matches. Newcomers are always welcome to come along and learn the basic skills of Gaelic football in a fun, safe environment. U14 Football: Buncrana U14 Footballers got their season off to a winning start with a hard fought challenge game against a strong Four Masters team last Sunday. It was a great all-round team performance. Training continues Tuesday at 5:30pm and Thursday at 6:30pm, new players welcome.Stewards: Anyone who is interested in stewarding matches in MacCumhaill Pairc is asked to email club secretary Grainne McCarron secretary.buncrana.donegal@gaa.ie.Referees Courses: A Referees beginner course will be held in Jackson’s Hotel Ballybofey on Saturday 23rd February at 10am. Referees refresher course for senior and underage, both hurling and football will be held in Jackson’s Hotel Ballybofey on Thursday 7th March at 7-30pm. All clubs are asked to be represented at both of these courses, for further details please contact Referees Administrator Pat Walsh on 0879142748 / 0749842514.Lotto: The winning numbers in the lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 19th February in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 3-5-10-22 There was no jackpot winner this week, however prizes of €20 go to each of the following participants:Patrick McClay 52 Elm ParkAmy Staunton, FahanAdrian McMyler, Grainan ParkGalbraith Family, MillfieldSiobhan/Patrick Kearney, BallymaganClub Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Oisín at buncrana.pro@gmail.com by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on www.facebook.com/buncranagaa or www.twitter.com/buncranagaa @buncranagaaGAELIC GAMES: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: February 24th, 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:GAELIC GAMES: BUNCRANA GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Arsenal set for talks with Man United star ahead of potential summer move

first_img Fellaini will send representatives to speak with Arsenal 1 Arsenal are set to hold talks with Marouane Fellaini with his Manchester United contract expiring at the end of the month.Fellaini, the Belgium midfielder, is reportedly going to leave Old Trafford this summer when his deal runs out, having failed to agree new terms with Jose Mourinho’s side.AC Milan have emerged as contenders for the 30-year-old, who will feature for Belgium at this summer’s World Cup, while Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be interested in Fellaini.However, France’s Foot365 now say Fellaini is set to have his representatives meet with Arsenal boss Unai Emery over a potential summer move to the Emirates.Fellaini started just five Premier League matches in 2017/18, having suffered with a knee injury for much of the campaign, and he wishes to secure more consistent first-team football for next season.last_img read more


first_imgESB Networks has restored power to thousands of homes after electricity cuts on Saturday evening.At one stage more than 2,500 customers in the Milford area were without power.Hundreds more customers in Rathmullan, Ramelton, Ray, Kilmacrennan, Keadue, Burtonport, Dungloe and Arranmore Island were also cut off. As of midnight, just 16 homes in Milford were still affected.ESB has apologised for the “inconvenience” of the outages which were weather related.“The power cuts were caused by extremely high winds on Saturday evening and crews worked into the night to restore power to customers,” said an ESB spokeswoman.The horrible Saturday weather saw wind gusts of 110 km/hr, slightly less than forecast but still extremely strong. It also brought torrential rain which is continuing overnight; the N56 between Creeslough and Dunfanaghy was flooded for a time.Gardaí are warning motorists to take extra care on the roads on Sunday morning. ESB RESTORES POWER TO THOUSANDS OF HOMES IN DONEGAL AFTER STORM was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 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:donegal daily weatherpower cutsstormslast_img read more

Jean Barton: Memories from 1976 Christmas letter

first_imgThe 7th annual Beef ‘n Brew will be held in downtown Red Bluff 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 for the 25 beef appetizers and 30 businesses with 60 craft beers.Presale tickets are $20, available at The Loft, Plum Crazy, Suburban Propane, The Gold Exchange, Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce and online at www.redbluffbeefnbrew.com or via PayPal.The tickets will be exchanged for a wristband and a mini beer mug sponsored by Dolling Insurance. Tickets at $25 will be for sale on Saturday afternoon at Bob’s …last_img

Fishing the North Coast: Ocean loaded with small kings

first_imgOne thing we know for sure after the first week of salmon season on the North Coast – the future looks very bright. According to reports, there is no shortage of small kings from Shelter Cove all the way to Crescent City. Boats fishing out of Eureka and Trinidad have been weeding through the undersized fish and filling their boxes with kings ranging in sizes from 20 to 26-inches, with the occasional 7-8-pounder in the mix. Trinidad has been the spot for bigger fish the past couple days, with …last_img

What did Garoppolo do that Kaepernick last did among 49ers QBs?

first_imgIt … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo’s spectacular effort that lifted the 49ers on Sunday over the New Orleans Saints also snapped a ridiculously long drought when it comes to NFL honors.Garoppolo was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday, as named by the NFL’s communications wing.“It’s a great honor,” Garoppolo said. “Our offense played great this past Sunday. It was a big, group effort.”last_img

Evolutionary Theory: Verified or Vilified?

first_imgJeffrey Schwartz has reason to be happy that his particular theory of evolution received some support recently, according to a press release from University of Pittsburgh.  But look at the pedestal he is standing on: the ruins of classical Darwinism and neo-Darwinism.  In supporting his own theory, he kicked out the props from under standard evolutionary theory (emphasis added in all quotes):Fossils:  The missing links Darwin expected to find “have not been found because they don’t exist,” he claims.  The gradualistic theory “glosses over gaps in the fossil record,” he accuses.Gradualism:  Gradual change does not occur: “evolution is not necessarily gradual but often sudden, dramatic expressions of change.”Resistance to change:  “Why don’t cells subtly and constantly change in small ways over time, as Darwin suggests?  Cell biologists know the answer: Cells don’t like to change and don’t do so easily.”Quality Control:  “Cells in their ordinary states have suites of molecules—various kinds of proteins—whose jobs are to eliminate error that might get introduced and derail the functioning of their cell.  For instance, some proteins work to keep the cell membrane intact.  Other proteins act as chaperones, bringing molecules to their proper locations in the cell, and so on.  In short, with that kind of protection from change, it is very difficult for mutations, of whatever kind, to gain a foothold.”Improbability:  Mutations “may be significant and beneficial (like teeth or limbs) or, more likely, kill the organism.”Disequilibrium:  “This revelation has enormous implications for the notion that organisms routinely change to adapt to the environment.  Actually, Schwartz argues, it is the environment that knocks them off their equilibrium and as likely ultimately kills them as changes them.  And so they are being rocked by the environment, not adapting to it.”With statements like this, that seem to echo those of creationists, what is Schwartz proposing in the place of standard neo-Darwinism?  It’s called the “Sudden Origins Theory.”  That sounds like creationism, too.  It’s not.  It is repackaged evolutionary theory, just as unguided and naturalistic as the old, but now it puts more emphasis on the environment as the instigator of adaptive change.  Aided by colleague Ian Tattersall, Schwarz wrote a book on this six years ago, Sudden Origins: Fossils, Genes, and the Emergence of Species (John Wiley & Sons, 2000), that the press release summarizes:The mechanism, the authors explain, is this: Environmental upheaval causes genes to mutate, and those altered genes remain in a recessive state, spreading silently through the population until offspring appear with two copies of the new mutation and change suddenly, seemingly appearing out of thin air.Because cells resist change and correct their errors, defeating gradualism, Schwarz and Tattersall looked for other ways to make mutations stick.  The environment became the stressor to knock organisms out of kilter and plant the germs of creative change into their genes, in a recessive state.  There, the ones that don’t kill the organism await the next opportunity to bloom.  These recessive mutations amount to a sort of toolkit for evolution to tinker with, not knowing what they are good for until a need arises in the environment.    Why is this six-year-old proposal getting press now?  Schwarz just co-authored a paper with Bruno Maresca, appearing in the Jan. 30 New Anatomist Journal, that they claim supports the new theory, based on some “emerging understanding of cell structure” that was left unspecified in the press release.    One implication of Schwarz’s theory is that today’s organisms are loaded with mutations from previous environmental stresses.  It is too late, therefore, to try to make a quick fix to the environment.  “The Sudden Origins theory, buttressed by modern cell biology,” he said, “underscores the need to preserve the environment—not only to enhance life today, but to protect life generations from now.”So he ends with a flourish, giving a little politically correct environmentalist spin to help legitimize his rhetoric and distract attention from his crazy idea.  This is rich.  Schwartz and Tattersall have just corroborated all the criticisms creationists bring against neo-Darwinism: mutations are generally harmful, cells are intricately designed to resist change, and the fossil record, riddled with real gaps, debunks gradualism.  Thank you, Dr. Schwarz, for helping shovel standard evolutionary theory into the dustbin of history.    But is his replacement any better?  All he has done is transfer the creative power of evolution from one undirected, natural cause (gradual natural selection) to another undirected, natural cause (the environment and sudden natural selection).  Has he shown that the pool of recessive mutated genes has any more creative power to generate wings and eyes than the old gradualism?  Has he explained how fully-formed, functioning complex organs, like teeth or limbs, could burst on the scene, as if from nowhere?  This is not science, this is magic.  The new evolutionists have become illusionists, producing rabbits out of thin air.    With friends like these, Charlie doesn’t need enemies.  This press release announces open season for creationists and intelligent design people and all the critics of evolutionary theory to brush past the fluff of “Sudden Origins” evolution and to say, “We told you so!”(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Evolving Consciousness Without a Soul

first_imgA paper tackling the theory of consciousness begins,Any scientific study of consciousness is based on the premise that phenomenal experience is entailed by neuronal activity in the brain.  Given this premise, an adequate theory of consciousness must be consistent with physics and with evolutionary principles.  Nonphysical or dualistic forces or processes must be excluded, and neural mechanisms of consciousness must emerge ontogenetically and provide adaptive advantage to a species via the ongoing exchange of signals among brains, bodies, and environments.  Ideally, a theory of consciousness should propose neural mechanisms that account for its various features, which range from the multimodal characteristics of conscious scenes to the emergence of a first-person perspective.  An adequate theory should also consider whether certain of these features are susceptible to a quantitative analysis.Unfortunately, Seth et al., writing in PNAS,1 admitted that a fully quantitative theory seems elusive, and “a satisfactory theory is likely to be one that combines both qualitative and quantitative elements.”  They surveyed various approaches to understanding consciousness as an emergent property of physical neurons, but admitted in the end, the complexity of the mind-body problem is intractable to simple approaches:The various dimensions of relevant complexity discussed here require different strategies for their quantitative characterization.  Although we have considered several presently available candidate measures of the balance between differentiation and integration in the spatial domain, measures appropriate for the analysis of neural systems in the temporal and recursive domain remain to be adequately specified.They add, “Given that consciousness is a rich biological phenomenon, a satisfactory neural theory of consciousness must avoid reductionistic excess.”  Any theory that relies on one measure is likely to be excessively reductionistic, they explain.  “Even so, some aspects of consciousness are likely to resist quantification altogether.”  That’s why an evolutionary, naturalistic theory of consciousness is likely to be “one that consists of a combination of qualitative and quantitative elements.”1Seth et al., “Theories and measures of consciousness: An extended framework,“ Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0604347103, published online before print July 3, 2006.Is it any wonder that when science restricts itself to physical causes, it comes up with physical explanations?  It is any wonder that such explanations are often reductionist and unsatisfactory?  (Notice that these scientists are not against reductionism per se – just excessive reductionism.)  C. S. Lewis argued that modernism is not an inductive enterprise, but deduction from a prior commitment to the position that matter is all there is.  Here, in the opening sentences of this paper published by the National Academy of Sciences, they have just shown themselves guilty as charged.    Consciousness is one of the greatest enigmas of all to an evolutionist.  What is this seemingly immaterial phenomenon that gives us our sense of self, duty, purpose, longing and choice?  Why does our consciousness so often look beyond itself and mere survival, and ask questions about ultimate meaning?  Why can it deny itself and defy survival for altruistic purposes?  Why does it create art and music, and sense a source to whom it is responsible?  The problem of consciousness has baffled theologians, philosophers and the man in the street since Adam (ever notice the “Wherever you go, there you are” sensation?)  The mind-body problem is one of the biggest of all philosophical problems.  The body clearly influences the mind, and vice versa, but what is the nature of the connection?  Just what is this thing we call consciousness?  Descartes was sure it was nonphysical (I think, therefore “I” am), but the atomists and some Enlightenment elitists wanted to include it in the physicalist box along with everything else.  Unquestionably, theologians have always considered human consciousness as something “other” than physical stuff, whether calling it soul or spirit.  (This is different than the life principle animating animals, since they [as far as we know] do not manifest the human qualities of self, rationality, choice, religion and true altruism.)  Today’s evolutionary biologists say to all the great thinkers of history, “Step aside, we can tackle this one,” assuming that MRIs and better instrumentation and math will improve their chances of success.  Their record shows otherwise.    So-called scientific psychology is a mishmash of conflicting opinions and paradigm upsets.  In the late 19th century, consciousness was “in.”  During the behaviorist fad, it was “out.”  Now it’s “in” again, but in a reductionist, evolutionary sense.  Freud invented the idea that consciousness was mere foam on a sea of Unconsciousness that actually controlled our behavior, but now Freudianism is out.  (One could ask, was his theory generated by his Unconscious?)  No matter the fad, no matter the presuppositions, no matter the bravado the naturalists display, consciousness continues to defy reification.  The very idea of a conscious mind trying to understand itself as collection of matter in motion seems inherently self-contradictory.  Yet the evolutionist must live with this contradiction and try to make the best of it.  It’s no surprise, therefore, that these authors ended up procrastinating their scientific theory of consciousness into the never-never land of The Future and admitted that it will probably never be quantifiable.    The theory of consciousness sought in this paper is part and parcel of the evolutionary world view.  But what if evolution is wrong?  Why should one accept their stated presuppositions?  The fact that they have no answer argues against accepting their premise.  Think about it.  See?  You just illustrated our point.    One cannot get from observation of the physical world to consciousness without the key, and the key is inferring a Mind that can create minds.  Out of nothing, nothing comes.  When you throw away the key, even if you’re having fun wandering around, you’re lost.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

New chapter for SA’s colleges, Setas

first_imgHe said that, although the Setas continued to face challenges, the government was committed to keeping them. “That is what really requires a big improvement,” said Nzimande, adding that the National Board of FET colleges and the department would carry out an urgent national audit on the various institutions’ governance and administration. Setas were mandated to spend R16-billion and training, with the National Skills Fund making available a further R5-billion. In a bid to close South Africa’s skills gap, the country’s colleges and sector education and training authorities – both now under the Department of Education – are to work closely together to increase college enrolment and place college students in workplace programmes. Debate has raged for some time over whether the country’s 23 Setas were responding adequately to SA’s skills challenge, and Nzimande pointed out that he didn’t believe that there was any need to scrap any of the Setas at present. Continued government support Nzimande said a skills development summit was being planned for first half of 2010 that would look at questions such as whether the number of Setas should be scaled down or not. He said that while it was business as usual at the Setas, the greatest weakness in South Africa’s skills development system was the lack of alignment between the country’s Further Education and Training FET colleges and Setas. “The shape of our post-secondary system is not appropriately balanced between universities and colleges, and while access to universities must be increased, enrolment in colleges must double in the next five years,” he said. 5 November 2009 “I don’t buy this idea that just because there are problems with these Setas that we don’t need them,” he said.center_img Nzimande said challenging work lay ahead to make FET colleges institutions of choice for more young people and adults. The audit would also look at whether there were colleges that needed assistance on quality assurance. Commenting on the government’s R2.4-billion training layoff scheme, Nzimande said the department would monitor Setas that were carrying out training under the scheme, to ensure that “each and every rand and cent is well spent”. Speaking in Cape Town this week, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said his department had taken over control of the country’s Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) from the Department of Labour. The department was also looking at better aligning the needs and provisions of training and skills development and would be looking at developing better research so that data on such things as skills shortage could be readily available, he said. Institutions of choice “Our commitment is on really strengthening the Setas and that they are accountable and able to spend this money in a systematic way,” he said. “We think they are the best vehicles we have at the moment.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more