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High on Ice Festival seeks competitors

first_imgTo download the registration forms, click on the attachment below. Fort St. John is getting ready for another weekend dedicated to ice and snow.The 6th annual High on Ice festival is just under a month away and the city is encouraging anyone interested to sign-up for the snow-sculpting and ice-carving competitions.The ice carving competition is open to adults only, as participants will be working with sharp tools and chainsaws. Registration costs $50 per team and will be held on Saturday, January 16th.- Advertisement -The beginner category will not be judged, but each carver will be entered to win a gift certificate. The intermediate category has three cash prizes, ranging from $400 for first place to $100 for third place.Meanwhile, the snow sculpting competition is open to teams consisting of two to four people. Children under 14 are welcome to participate, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Registration for the snow sculpting costs ten dollars per person, and the event will be held on Sunday, January 17th. The first place prize for the snow sculpting is $200.To get regular updates on the festival, join the High on Ice Facebook page called, ‘High on Ice 2010 – Ice Carving Competition.’Advertisementlast_img read more

Focus on Arizona: Kyler Murray, Cardinals offer 49ers a unique challenge

first_imgIt’s been impossible for the Arizona Cardinals ignore all their doubters, because the noise has been incessant ever since they hired a coach who couldn’t win in college and drafted a diminutive quarterback No. 1 overall.Now halfway through the season, coach Kliff Kingsbury and his hand-picked quarterback Kyler Murray haven’t quite silenced those non-believers but those who expected them to fail miserably have been disappointed. The Cardinals had a three-game winning streak snapped in New …last_img

Bangin’ Around to Get Something New Under the Sun

first_imgYou’ve heard of the Big Bang, and the Cambrian Explosion.  Now, to get the solar system started, astronomers have added a Little Bang to move things along in the naturalistic path from nothing to everything.  Science Daily, Space.com and PhysOrg all reprinted a press release from the Carnegie Institution claiming that a nearby supernova led to our solar system.    Alan Boss thinks he’s gotten the devil out of the details.  A nearby supernova, you see, was needed in the model for two reasons: to get our sun’s birth cloud to gravitationally collapse, and to seed it with isotopes like iron-60, whose short-lived daughter radionuclides are found in some meteorites.  These two requirements did not work well together.  “Until this study,” Boss explained, “scientists have not been able to work out a self-consistent scenario, where collapse is triggered at the same time that newly created isotopes from the supernova are injected into the collapsing cloud.”  By fine-tuning the explosion in his computer model, Alan Boss and team found a way to keep the right ingredients together.    Students of solar system cosmogony may not have realized that the supernova-shock model was so plagued with difficulties.  A 10-year-old conundrum regarding the need to heat by compression at the same time the cloud cools by radiation “has left serious doubts in the community about whether a supernova shock started these events over four billion years ago or not,” one astronomer commented.  But now, Boss has hope again.  “This is the first time a detailed model for a supernova triggering the formation of our solar system has been shown to work,” he admitted.  “We started with a Little Bang 9 billion years after the Big Bang.”Well, that just makes our planet even more privileged than ever to have had such a fine-tuned explosion nearby to gently deliver our baby sun.  Better not expect this to have happened so delicately around other stars.  Alan Boss, you may recall, rocked the astronomical community a few years ago by proposing his heretical disk-instability model for the origin of planets, as opposed to the conventional slow gravitational accretion model, which was struggling with the problem of planetary migration (see 03/21/2006).    Why this evolutionary fascination with explosions?  It’s all they have, folks.  In the absence of a designing intelligence, they have to look at what remains: chaos, chance and violence.  From bangs and booms and flotsam and jetsam the most graceful and elegant examples of design known to man just magically “emerge” by chance.  And they call creationists stupid-stitious.    At least creationists have more fun.  They are in church praising God, the supreme Architect of our fine-tuned universe, using their whole being – body, mind and emotions – in joyful celebrations with highly-skilled musicians employing finely-crafted instruments, singing out with all their might the glories of One who knows how to employ controlled energy toward purposeful ends:O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made;I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,Thy power throughout the Universe displayed.Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:How great Thou art! How great Thou art!Meanwhile, in dreary laboratories, morose naturalists, their minds lost in imaginary worlds, trying in vain to get their brains to emerge from a series of explosions, drone on:Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old,Sometimes I’d like to quit,Nothin’ ever seems to fit;Bangin’ around,Nothing to do but frown;Reinin’ in my models always gets me down.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Infographic: Mining robot can save lives

first_imgSafety in mines is a big issue in South Africa, and robots produced by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research present the perfect solution. Its Mobile Intelligence Autonomous Systems group created and tested robots that can monitor the safety of mines after blasting.For more on the Mining Indaba, check out:Iron lady of manganese takes on mining’s big boysSouth Africa’s message at the 2017 Mining IndabaFollow #MiningIndaba and #CompetitiveSA on TwitterClick to enlarge image:last_img

LOOK: Netizens abuzz over confirmed McGregor-Mayweather bout

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Fil-Am fan who asked Klay Thompson to sign toaster invited to Dubs’ victory parade LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire This won’t be good for anyone except for those making money off it. Terrible idea. Mayweather will work McGregor like a heavy bag. https://t.co/teaCRxdZbp— T.J. Quinn (@TJQuinnESPN) June 14, 2017 The much-anticipated announcement sent shock waves in social media, with fans and professional athletes alike sharing their two cents on one of the biggest matches ever in combat sports.In true McGregor fashion, the Irish UFC lightweight champion reignited the rivalry by taking a jab at his counterpart’s age.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Floyd/Pac had 4.4 million. I’ve seen estimates as high as 5.0 million for Mayweather-McGregor. seems like it will be close at least. https://t.co/FnukVWxw86— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) June 14, 2017 Mayweather v McGregor will last two rounds. Three, maybe, but only if Floyd wants it to. pic.twitter.com/iNe1T6Grzj— Rob AF. (@RobForbesDJ) June 14, 2017 Several athletes, on the other hand, expressed their desire to participate in the historic card, including retired NFL-wide receiver Chad Johnson and UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miotic, who called out his boxing counterpart Anthony Joshua.I want to fight on Mayweather-McGregor undercard— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) June 14, 2017 — #UFC214 #LetsGoChamp (@criscyborg) June 14, 2017Others, meanwhile, weighed in on the blockbuster fight’s effect on boxing’s future.  /raThere’s no way Conor vs. Floyd on August 26 doesn’t hurt Canelo vs. GGG three weeks later. Mac vs. May is obviously the bigger fight.— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) June 14, 2017 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hey @anthonyfjoshua let’s have a proper tussle and still have time for tea and crumpets before the main event! #MayweatherMcGregor— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) June 14, 2017Elite female striker Chris “Cyborg” Justino also expressed her desire to face female boxing champion Cecilia Brækhus in the undercard.Imagine @FloydMayweather vs @TheNotoriousMMA #MayweatherMcGregor with @criscyborg vs @1LadyCecilia on the #lasvegas event! @MayweatherPromo https://t.co/HLq18LYhDR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken After almost a year of endless teasing, the Conor McGregor versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. crossover bout is finally set in stone.READ: Mayweather, McGregor agree to August super fightADVERTISEMENT THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017Pundits, meanwhile, are already questioning McGregor’s chances, this being his first professional boxing match. The fact that he’ll be facing an undefeated defensive tactician only made people doubt his chances of victory even more.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Man, much respect to Floyd Senior still getting a few rounds in at the gym. I hope I can still train at that age.Respect. pic.twitter.com/Q2jv4Lffgd— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 13, 2017 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ McGregor is going to get battered, I reckon. Tbf though, I’d let Mayweather knock me out for a few million. https://t.co/L03DBwoxF9— Kirk McKeand (@MckKirk) June 14, 2017Twelve rounds of defensive boxing with Connor throwing hard and missing a lot. The build up will be fun though! https://t.co/UpXY55x3OH— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) June 14, 2017 View commentslast_img read more

Principals Urged to Stick to School Support Contribution Policy

first_imgStory Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is reminding secondary-school principals to adhere to the school support contribution policy in the 2017/18 academic year. The policy stipulates that contribution from parents cannot be made mandatory and must not be a requirement for registration, school access, graduation, examination slips, application to sixth form or access to any public service at a public education institution. center_img The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is reminding secondary-school principals to adhere to the school support contribution policy in the 2017/18 academic year.Under the policy, implemented in 2016, the Government abolished the payment of auxiliary fees, and increased the funding to the high schools from $2.6 billion to $5.3 billion.For the upcoming academic year, the allocation will be further increased to $7.2 billion.The policy stipulates that contribution from parents cannot be made mandatory and must not be a requirement for registration, school access, graduation, examination slips, application to sixth form or access to any public service at a public education institution.In addition, no more than $5,000 is allowed to be charged for registration packages for new students.Schools must ensure that discussions are held with parent-teacher associations as it relates to the contribution amount being requested from parents.This amount must be approved by the Ministry, and parents must not be forced to pay any contribution.Meanwhile, the Ministry will begin disbursement of funds for 2017/2018 starting June, in order to ensure that institutions can make adequate preparations for the opening of school.The second disbursement will be made in September, the third in December, and the final payout in April 2018.last_img read more

ESC Urges Terminals to Release Hanjin Shippings Containers

first_imgzoom The European Shippers’ Council (ESC) has called on terminals that currently hold containers because of the financial troubles of container liner Hanjin Shipping, to “release those containers immediately.”Namely, ESC said that the terminals should release the boxes because the stationary containers now hinder the global flow of goods, adding that it will work with the Global Shippers Alliance (GSA) in order to find a swift solution.“The containers held by terminals worries businesses throughout the world, as they hamper trade flows between businesses and their global commercial partners,” ESC said.GSA, which represents the logistic interests of manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers from Asia, the European Union and the United States, has also called upon all terminals that currently hold containers to release them as soon as possible.ESC said that the alliance would speak with the terminals in order to come to a solution.The move follows a recent announcement from South Korea’s container carrier Hanjin Shipping that the company intends to file for court receivership due to continued sluggish conditions in the shipping market.last_img read more

Police say BC farm search continues despite removal of shelters equipment

first_imgSALMON ARM, B.C. – Temporary shelters and heavy equipment have been removed from a British Columbia farm where the remains of an 18-year-old woman were found.But RCMP say the search of the site is active and ongoing and the investigation into Traci Genereaux’s death continues.Genereaux’s death is being treated as suspicious by police.Mounties began searching the rural property near Salmon Arm on Oct. 19 and last week confirmed Genereaux’s remains were found.Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says resource requirements are continually being assessed and as a result some resources are no longer required.He says a dedicated tip line remains in place and anyone who may have seen Genereaux or have any information is asked to call police.RCMP say they are working to establish a timeline of her whereabouts on the days leading up to May 29 when she was last heard from in Vernon, B.C.last_img read more