first_imgRegistration at 1.00 Race at 2.00Entry €5 Adults -€2.00 childrenMoney collected goes to Club óige Chnoc Fola and the the Community Centre.  CNOC FOLA 5K THIS SUNDAY was last modified: April 13th, 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:CNOC FOLA 5K THIS SUNDAYlast_img read more

A’s reunite with left-hander on minor league deal

first_imgRyan Buchter is the … Signing a left-handed reliever wasn’t as high up on the A’s list of priorities as starting pitching or catcher, but they may have just filled that need before the other two.A familiar face is back with the organization as the club signed Jerry Blevins to a minor league deal Monday. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Blevins would earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the big league club, and he should have a good shot given the current state of the bullpen.last_img read more

The Darwin Empire Strikes Back

first_img(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 It would seem the ID republic is imprisoned on its own ice-world of Hoth, scrambling to escape as the empire has mobilized its machinery against the rebels.  The AAAS, for instance, held its “Evolution on the Front Line” event in St. Louis and has posted its weaponry on its Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology website, along with portraits of its commanding generals: Eugenie Scott, Ken Miller and the rest.  Another example can be found on the new Defend Science website with its “urgent call by scientists” to crush the rebels.  It singles out red leader George W. Bush as a prime suspect for tie fighter targeting computers:And that is not all: Here we are in the 21st century, and the head of the government himself, George W. Bush, refuses to acknowledge that evolution is a scientific fact!  THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.    The President claims: “On the issue of evolution, the verdict is still out on how God created the earth,” and then sits smugly by while Creationists carry out an assault against evolution in classrooms, museums, libraries, government bookstores, and even IMAX movies and science theaters.    No, Mr. President, the verdict is NOT out on evolution.  EVOLUTION IS A FACT — IT IS ONE OF THE MOST WELL-ESTABLISHED AND WELL-DOCUMENTED FACTS IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE.  TO DENY AND ATTACK EVOLUTION IS TO DENY AND ATTACK ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL FACTS ABOUT ALL OF NATURE AND REALITY AND ONE OF THE MOST CRUCIAL FOUNDATION STONES OF ALL OF MODERN SCIENCE. (Bold added; caps in original.)That should be enough to mobilize the troops.  This sample rhetoric displays that to certain evolutionists the situation is past negotiation or compromise.  The emperor will accept nothing but unconditional surrender.    William Dembski, one of the most prominent intelligent-design philosophers and advocates, is remarkably calm in the face of these ultimatums.  In an article on Leadership U in 2004, he predicted the backlash and saw it as a sign of progress.  It means we’re at step 2 of the Schopenhauer path: “All truth passes through three stages: First it is ridiculed.  Second, it is violently opposed.  Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”Conflating Darwinism with all of scientific progress – the old association propaganda tactic.  Don’t follow the hordes of storm trooper lemmings after that one.  Shouting the big lie “evolution is a fact” in all caps is likely to backfire.  Too obvious.  In fact, that whole quote wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week, or maybe of the month.  If you can tell a politician is lying when his lips are moving, you can tell a Darwinist is lying when he has to use all caps.    Unless Darwin’s critics tire of the battle and let the empire sweep the field without a contest, these are bad days for Darwin Vader.  It’s the beginning of the breakup of a long Hothian winter (like a Narnian one).  Dembski explains why we should not take their threats so seriously or become demoralized: “We have this going for us, however, which the evolutionary naturalists don’t, namely, the evidence and arguments are on our side.”    Read Dembski’s whole article and take heart – and keep the heat on.last_img read more

South African paddlers shine in Europe

first_img11 August 2014South African paddlers shone in Europe on the weekend, with sprint star Bridgitte Hartley repeating her London Olympics bronze medal effort at the World Championships in Moscow, and the country’s river racers grabbing two podium places, including a win, at the legendary Sella Descent in Spain.Hartley came into the Sprint World Champs in Moscow after having had her season disrupted by illness. However, she showed her class and tactical acumen by racing well into the women’s 500m A final. She then used her trademark surge over the final 250 metres to clinch the bronze medal behind Hungarian ace Danuta Kozak and New Zealander Lisa Carrington.A member of the Sascoc Opex support programme for leading athletes, Hartley was elated to make it onto the podium, particularly as she had been concerned about her health.‘I just had to push through’“It felt like I was getting a temperature when I was warming up,” she said after the race. “I told myself that it didn’t matter if I got sick, I just had to push through to my last final. It probably helped that I wasn’t putting pressure on myself to get a medal actually.“I was just trying to have a race that didn’t have any flaws,” she explained. “I just wanted to concentrate on making every stroke count, counting every stroke and making sure each one was powerful.“Going into the last 20 strokes, I felt that I was in the mix and I just concentrated on taking it all the way to the line.“When I crossed the line, I thought Germany had got the third, and even when I was called to boat weigh-in I wasn’t sure. Then I was told that I had to be ready for the medal ceremony in 10 minutes. That’s when I knew!” she rejoiced.Confidence boostHartley said the medal had given her a major confidence boost because she has made numerous changes to her training regime, and was now working closely with Craig Mustard in Pietermaritzburg.“I have been challenging myself more, which has helped a lot,” she said. “Working with a team of a coach, dietician and a sport psychologist, and Craig (Mustard) working with me on the water has definitely made a difference.”“I think I was also happier going into this World Champs having someone with me who was South African, and not being on this massive European continent all by myself and spending all my weekends alone.“I was really down after my World Cups, but I am really enjoying my training a lot more now and things are going a lot better. I know I haven’t hit my best form yet and I can’t get complacent because there is still a lot of work to do in the next years,” Hartley added.Other World Champs resultsLater in the day, Hartley added a solid seventh in the women’s 200m K1 final to wrap up an excellent weekend for the South African team.Under-23 speedster Crisjan Coetzee raced into the 200m K1 C final in his first senior world championship outing, while the crew of Ali Glass and Ant Collopy also did well, making the 1000m C final.Para-canoeist Jono Wing also made a big impression, but was denied a shot at a final by a heavily loaded heat that saw him just miss out in his 200m K1 LTA category.Sella Descent successesMeanwhile, on Saturday, South African paddlers powered to podium finishes in the men’s and women’s K2 races at the 78th Sella Descent in Spain, with Andy Birkett and Greg Louw finishing third overall, while Abby Adie and her partner Laura O’Donaghue scored a shockingly convincing win in the women’s race.Birkett and Louw, who were using the race as part of their preparations for the upcoming World Marathon Championships in Oklahoma City next month, got their tactics rights after an excellent start that saw the contenders whittled down to a fast six-boat bunch.‘We are stoked’“We managed to get into the right place in the ends-print and just stayed on the right of the two Spanish crews, because we knew that those two Spanish boats were going to trying to kill each other. We are stoked, over the moon,” four-time Dusi Canoe Marathon champion Birkett said after the race.“I don’t think we expected this, but it is nice to take something like this to the World Marathon Champs and to have raced against those two (Spanish) boats that everyone is trying to hang with,” he added.Women’s race victoryThe victory in the women’s race was a nervy one for Adie and O’Donaghue after they managed to get clear of the other fancied women’s crews in the mayhem at the start because they were never sure where their challengers were in the massive field of paddlers on the small river.“We were seeded 311th, which wasn’t too bad, and we got such a good start that were able to get away from the other women until the first corner where there were quite a few pile ups and things got quite chaotic. But we managed to stay clear of all that mayhem and carnage and that set us up for the rest of the race,” said Adie.“We were expecting the top women to come past us at some stage, so we just put our heads down.“There are so many people, it is quite hard to spot where the other women were in the big bunches. They finished about two-and-a-half minutes behind us in the end,” she explained.World Marathon Championships preparationLike Birkett and Louw, the value of the podium outcome lies in the pair’s preparations for their K2 challenge at the World Marathon Championships in Oklahoma City in September.“We are both over the moon with the result, so happy,” said Adie, who, like Birkett, last month won the tough four-day Berg River Canoe Marathon title in the Western Cape.Dusi champion Robyn Kime finished sixth in the women’s K1 race. “It felt great to be back in a boat. The Sella is just crazy,” tweeted Kime, who had been taking a break from her paddling in recent months.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Revolution Analytics Offers Free Software for Kaggle Competitors

first_imgToday Revolution Analytics announced a partnership with Kaggle to provide Revolution R Enterprise software for free to participants in Kaggle’s data contests. Competitors can download the software here.Revolution is a company that provides commercial support and tools for the statistical programming language R (see our previous coverage). Kaggle hosts data analysis competitions for organizations such as such as Deloitte, NASA, Wikipedia and The Heritage Health Network.Kaggle reports that 50% of its contest winners submit data models written in R, and nearly 1/3 of contestants cite R as their preferred data analysis tool. David Smith of R-bloggers highlights this chart of the results: Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#Big Data#hack How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts klint finley Revolution has published a white paper on the use of R in Kaggle contests.Also, a poll by found that 34% of respondents do at least half of their data mining in R.last_img read more

10 months agoSTUNNER! USA pal declares Pulisic joining Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say STUNNER! USA pal declares Pulisic joining Chelseaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are a step closer to landing Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.It emerged in Germany on Friday that Pulisic had agreed terms with Chelsea about a June move to London.And there’s now claims a fee between the two clubs of €45m has been settled.Meanwhile, former Fulham and USA striker Eddie Johnson took to social media to confirm the switch via his Instagram.The message reads: “So stoked for you lil’ bro, great move.“Can’t wait to watch you alongside Eden Hazard.”Pulisic would have had a year left on his current deal next summer, and the emergence of England teenager Jadon Sancho at the Westfalenstadion, the Bundesliga outfit have opted to cash in. last_img read more

Desjardins partners with fintech to boost online brokerage capabilities

first_imgTORONTO – Desjardins Group has partnered with fintech Hardbacon to boost the capabilities of its online brokerage as the interest in do-it-yourself investing and lower-fee investment options continues to rise.Desjardins Online Brokerage, a division of Desjardins Securities also known as Disnat, allows self-directed investors to conduct trades and manage their stocks on their platform.The partnership with Hardbacon gives the online brokerage’s clients access to stock and portfolio analysis tools on the fintech’s mobile app, as well as a six-hour online investment course, while new clients get 10 free trades within one year on Disnat.Desjardins Group, the largest co-operative financial group in Canada, is the latest company to rollout enhanced options for self-directed trading at a lower cost.On Wednesday, TD Bank Group announced a deal with fintech Hydrogen Technology Corp. to enhance its TD WebBroker platform for do-it-yourself investors and later launch a robo-adviser platform.Desjardins Online Brokerage’s business development manager Louis D’Anjou said interest in self-directed investing is rapidly growing with trades on their platform up 25 per cent in 2018 compared to last year.He added that the biggest growth for the platform was in the number of clients between the ages of 18 and 30, which is up 200 per cent compared to a year ago. The online brokerage has roughly 105,00 clients currently, he said.One sector driving activity on the platform is the cannabis industry, which has seen a flurry of activity as Canada prepares to legalize marijuana for recreational use next month.“It’s incredible — we have a lot of new clients because of that,” D’Anjou said in an interview.Portfolio analysis software has been around for a few years, but have usually been targeted towards institutional investors, said Julien Brault, chief executive of Hardbacon. Their tools help to “empower regular investors,” he said.Desjardins paid Hardbacon an undisclosed amount to offer the fintech’s services to their clients.Companies in this story: (TSX:TD)last_img read more

Premier announces childcare savings coming into effect next month

first_imgCOQUITLAM, B.C. — B.C. Premier John Horgan announced today that parents with children enrolled in licensed childcare will start seeing savings of up to $350 a month next month.The child care fee reduction is available to families with children up to kindergarten age, who go to licensed child care and whose providers opt in. To date, providers have applied for fee reductions for more than 18,000 children, and more providers are opting in to savings for families every day. The fee reduction will result in savings of:$350 per month for each child in group infant and toddler care.$200 per month for each child in family infant and toddler care.$100 per month for each child in group care for children aged three years to kindergarten.$60 per month for each child in family care for children aged three years to kindergarten.“Parents in every corner of B.C. will start seeing their child care bills go down next month,” said Premier Horgan. “These fee reductions will offer families relief, and help people, particularly women, return to work. No one should be forced to choose between child care and other family needs.” In order to maximize the number of families receiving benefits next month, the government has extended the deadline for child care providers to opt in to April’s fee reduction until April 20th. After that date, providers can sign up for savings for future months at any time.However, not all childcare providers will be able to drop their fees starting next week. Adam Reaburn, owner of the Wiggle and Giggles Daycare in Fort St. John as well as and 100.1 Moose FM, said that fees at his daycare will not be reduced April 1st. Reaburn explained that his Daycare has applied for the Childcare Fee Reduction Program, but the B.C. Government has not confirmed if the daycare has been approved to participate. He added and he doesn’t expect to hear anything before Easter, but that if Wiggles and Giggles is approved, the fee reduction would be applied to future bills.“Parents have been left to struggle with rising child care costs for too long,” said Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy. “The child care fee reduction is the first step toward bringing down sky-high child care costs so that families can get ahead.”The child care fee reduction will help providers to keep their program competitive with other programs in their community. Those who choose to participate will receive an increase of 10 percent on top of their individual base funding to support operational expenses.last_img read more

Heena Bajrang nominated for Khel Ratna Ronak for Dronacharya

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has recommended the names of Heena Sidhu and Ankur Mittal for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Asian Games bronze medallist Heena, in 2013, became the first Indian pistol shooter to win a gold medal in an ISSF World Cup finals when she won the 10m Air Pistol event. The 29-year-old has also won a silver medal in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event, and a gold medal in the women’s 25m Air Pistol event. In 2014, she was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award. Ankur, on the other hand, had won a gold medal in Double Trap event at 2018 ISSF World Shooting Championships at Changwon, South Korea. He also won a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIn the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, he won a bronze medal in the Double Trap Shooting (Men) event. Last year, he was conferred with the Arjuna Award. Earlier, shooters Abhinav Bindra, Anjali Bhagwat, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Vijay Kumar, Gagan Narang, Ronjan Sodhi and Jitu Rai had been conferred with the prestigious Khel Ratna Award. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) on Monday recommended recently-crowned Asian Champion Bajrang Punia and last year’s Asian Games gold-medallist Vinesh Phogat for the country’s highest sporting honour — the Rajeev Khel Ratna award. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersBajrang and Vinesh’s names were sent by WFI owing to their remarkable performances in the last couple of years. “They (Bajrang and Vinesh) have been recommended for Khel Ratna by the WFI after both of them submitted their applications,” a WFI official confirmed. Besides, the NRAI has also recommended the names of Anjum Moudgil, Shahzar Rizvi and Om Prakash Mitharwal for the Arjuna Award while Jaspal Rana and Ronak Pandit have been recommended for the Dronacharya Award.last_img read more

Salgado reveals Real Madrids high profile targets

first_imgReal Madrid legend Michel Salgado, revealed that Los Blancos will actually go after one of two high profile targets during the next summer transfer window.Not making any giant moves during the last summer transfer window, doesn’t mean that Real Madrid won’t go after one of the biggest targets next summer and Michel Salgado seems to have some privileged information he just shared. The former Los Blancos full-back and one of the club’s legends, keeps in contact with president Florentino Perez and he expressed his confidence on the club going after one of three big targets for next season. In the last month, there had been reports of Florentino Perez saving over €300 million to sign either one or two players that could replace Cristiano Ronaldo. The president attempted to get Neymar as hard as he could, but Paris Saint-Germain refused to let the Brazilian leave the club and they could never strike the deal Perez wanted. But after the World Cup that the star had with his national team, Florentino’s urge to sign him diminished and he opted to cool down all the transfer talks with the player for now because he is playing the long game for next summer. Perez’s intentions became clear not long ago, when there was a report of him asking for Kylian Mbappé for the near future. There is also another target that Florentino put his eye on last summer, which was Belgian winger Eden Hazard.Extrêmement fier et heureux de pouvoir faire partie cette équipe 🙏🏽 Merci d’avoir voté pour moi #TheBestFifaAwards— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) September 24, 2018The Chelsea player flirted hard with Real Madrid before the World Cup and he even stated publicly that he wanted to play for Los Blancos, but Hazard was more of a Zinedine Zidane obsession and Florentino backed down from the deal after the French manager left the club. If ‘Zizou’ had remained in Real Madrid, Eden would be wearing white today and probably wearing the number ‘7’ shirt, but for some reason this didn’t happen. So after many failed attempts that Florentino made to get that Ronaldo replacement, the club’s president decided to be patient and save his money for next summer when the market opens again. Those three targets remain a priority with Kylian Mbappé having more pull than the other two, but Perez will go after the one that becomes more accessible for the club’s economy and pretensions. Florentino’s days of spending too much for a top player seem long gone, but he might still do something crazy for a player who could potentially become a legend like the French star. It was precisely this Monday when this new information from Michel Salgado emerged, he claims to have privileged information about Real Madrid’s next market move and he didn’t waste time to divulge it in public.#FIFAFootballAwards Michel Salgado speaking on emerging talents. Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.— ACLSports (@acl_sports) September 24, 2018The former Real Madrid full-back claims that Real Madrid will for sure go after one of the best players in the world who are in the club’s orbit bit he didn’t disclose who this player is. The options are pretty clear and specific, Salgado spoke directly to Sports Mole about this possibility and confirmed that the transfer is happening for sure: “Everybody was talking about it. I think the big signing this year, the main change, was the manager [Zinedine] Zidane [leaving]. It was another surprise as well. Our manager Zidane leaving after winning three Champions Leagues back to back, so it was a complicated summer for us. We went and signed the national manager. We’re going to win more possession, team football, to try to score goals in a different way because we don’t have a scorer like Cristiano Ronaldo and it’s very difficult to find something in the market like that right now. Neymar and Mbappe are both at PSG so it’s difficult to take them, but I know the president and I know that something’s gonna happen in the next transfer window or in the summer. For sure I know Real Madrid are going to sign a big, big name,” said Salgado.Michel Salgado#TheBest#Spain— بدر الحمد (@BaderAlHamad5) September 24, 2018Which of the three targets do you think Florentino will sign next summer? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more