The winners, in no specific order, include, A Division champs Renato Nicli and Joe Sacino of Cranbrook, A Division second place Joe Guerico and Nic Morano of Trail and Hans Barth and Peppi Bertuzzi of Nelson finishing third.B division champion Sergio Peloso and Guido Babuin of Trail, B Division runner up Nelson’s Cosimo Chirico and Dominic Cerone and Armando Savarin and Terry Tagami of Nelson third Bocce may be a two-man team game, but Sunday at the Lakeside Rotary Park a bigger team got together to compete in the Nelson Italian Society Bocce tournament.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute, just not the winners, but all the player who entered the one-day tourney as Team of the Week.
The Mount Sentinel Wildcats took it on the chin for the second day in a row at the B.C. High School A Boy’s Basketball Championships Thursday at the Events Center in Langley, losing 68-33 to North West Bulkley Valley Christian of Smithers.Once again the Cats could not match the offensive power of North West Bulkley Valley Christian.Mount Sentinel continues to play in the consolation pool, meeting Duncan Christian Friday.Kootenay rival Fernie also lost its second game 72-52 to Bulkley Valley.The Falcons opened the tournament Wednesday losing 76-16 to Unity Christian of Chilliwack. BC Christian Academy dumps Mount Sentinel at A-Boys Hoops provincialsThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats ran into a buzzsaw in the form Port Coquitlam’s BC Christian Academy, falling 86-42 in opening round play at the B.C. High School A Boy’s Basketball Championships Wednesday at the Events Center in Langley.The Cats, the second ranked team from the Kootenays, got behind early and never could mount a sustained rally against the second-ranked team in the province.Mount Sentinel now drops to the consolation round, meeting the loser of Glenlyon Norfolk and North West Bulkley Valley Christian of Smithers Thursday.
DURBAN, South Africa (AP):James Taylor led England’s fightback on the first day of the first test against South Africa as his half-century took the tourists out of trouble and to 179-4 at stumps yesterday.The 5-foot-6 Taylor – affectionately nicknamed ‘Titch’ – stood tall for England to make 70 after Dale Steyn’s fiery early burst had the tourists struggling at 12-2 in overcast, fast-bowler-friendly conditions in Durban.”It couldn’t have been more perfect conditions for the South African bowling unit, so, overall, I thought it was a pretty solid day for us,” Taylor said.Steyn struck the first blows with the dismissals of England captain Alastair Cook for a duck and Test debutant Alex Hales for 10. Joe Root’s aggressive innings of 24 ended swiftly, leaving Taylor and Nick Compton to steady the innings.Compton was 63 not out and helped Taylor rescue England with a 125-run partnership on the opening day of the four-Test series against the top-ranked Proteas.Steyn ended their resistance when he tempted Taylor to hang his bat out and feather an edge to wicketkeeper AB de Villiers right at the end of the day.”I loved batting today. It’s just a shame I couldn’t kick on,” Taylor said.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Man, it feels great running out there with the guys. It was a lot of fun,” he said after logging in close to 25 minutes in Ginebra’s 105-91 win over Blackwater on Friday.Coming back from a severe ankle injury that sidelined him since February, the Cebuano giant admitted that there were times in the game where he still felt tentative.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I felt pretty good on my ankle. But there’s just a little discomfort sometimes. There were a few moments out there I was catching my breath a little too hard,” he said.The game meant everything for Slaughter, who finished with 12 points, six rebounds, and two assists, as he tried to move past the dark times brought by his injury which took a toll on the Gin Kings’ championship aspirations in the past conference. “It came out in the worst timing,” he lamented. “We did everything we could to try and come back for the (Philippine Cup) playoffs. But obviously, it was really bad. It was really frustrating but rather than be down about it, just gotta keep working to come back.”Knowing that he’s still far from being in tip-top shape, Slaughter challenges himself to get better in the games to come, with his eyes firmly set on achieving something he missed out on doing last conference: win a championship.“I got to work in getting in shape. There’s still time to get in shape,” he said. “It feels great to be back and I’m excited to build on this.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award BIÑAN — Greg Slaughter couldn’t stop smiling after playing his first game in three months.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Ferrer pounces on Slaughter’s return Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments
President David Granger, consistent with advice from his team of specialist doctors at the Centro de Investigaciones Medico Quirugicas (CIMEQ) in Havana, Cuba, continues to take precautionary measures in light of his recent diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.President David GrangerThis is according to the Ministry of the Presidency, which in a statement on Sunday said that owing to his continued treatment, the Head of State’s public engagements have been reduced. It added that notwithstanding, President Granger continues to perform his duties.According to webmd.com, chemotherapy targets cells that grow and divide quickly, as cancer cells do. Unlike radiation or surgery, which target specific areas, chemo can work throughout the body. But it can also affect some fast-growing healthy cells, like those of the skin, hair, intestines, and bone marrow. That’s what causes some of the side effects from the treatment. According to the website, some of the most common side effects of chemotherapy are fatigue, hair loss, easy bruising and bleeding, infection, anemia (low red blood cell counts), nausea and vomiting, appetite changes and constipation.Accompanied by his wife, the Head of State travelled to the Republic of Cuba on October 30, to undergo a medical investigation. While there, the President was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma after an intensive series of tests by specialist doctors at CIMEQ. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is a cancer that starts in a person’s lymph system.The President’s medical team performed a number of medical interventions, including the first round of chemotherapy.On November 21, one day after his return, the Head of State expressed gratitude to all his well-wishers and those who have lent support while he was away in Cuba.“Thank you for your expressions of concern over the last three weeks … Throughout that time, I received greetings from you all and from other well-wishers.”Lymphoma occurs when the lymph node cells or the lymphocytes begin to multiply uncontrollably, producing cancerous cells that have the abnormal capacity to invade other tissue throughout the body.The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma is further classified into a variety of subtypes based on the cell of origin (B-cell or T-cell), and the cell characteristics. The subtype of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma predicts the necessity of early treatment, the response to treatment, the type of treatment required, and the prognosis. The risk of developing Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma increases with age.In May of this year, the President and the First Lady had travelled to Trinidad and Tobago to undergo what was referred to as their annual medical check-up.At the time, and in response to reports in the press, the Government had revealed that the couple did their tests under a Caribbean medical insurance scheme at the Good Health Medical Centre. Those results, Government had said, indicated a clean bill of health.
The first Challenge Cup in GP for the season. It will be a hill climb at Grovedale at 11 am and a road race at 2 pm (both at Alberta time). The Blizzards currently lead the points for the season after two races out of the nine race series. Colter Young set the fastest Baldonnel 16 km time of the season, on Thursday night, with a blazing fast 22:30 minutes. Stephen Ferris was second at 25:00 and Bob Andrews third at 25:29. P at Ferris was 4th at 25:42 and Kevin Shaw 5th at 26:01.- Advertisement -George Gamble was 6th at 26:05, Roger St. Jean 26:15, Peter King 26:27, Les Elliott 26:45 and Tim Gladysz 28:07 for the top ten times.Richard Wood was 11th at 28:19, Dean Lowry 29:12, Sam Keats 29:33, Owen Giebelhaus 30:39, Adam Currie 35:48 and Dawn Gladysz 49:50.Tristen Bourassa did 26:20 for 8 km.Coming up Sunday:Advertisement -submitted story
Camden power station in Mpumalanga is one of the previously mothballed plants that Eskom recommissioned. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Eskom is looking for innovative technology to reduce power consumption in residential areas. (Image: Solar Geysers Gauteng) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hilary Joffe Spokesperson Eskom +27 11 800 6993 or +27 79 697 9374 RELATED ARTICLES • Huge savings from green light bulbs • Eskom build programme powers ahead • Camden power station working again • Kusile power station to go aheadBongani NkosiUnder a newly launched open innovation pilot project, South Africa’s power utility Eskom has invited public proposals for innovative technology to help it reduce residential energy consumption by 700MW while improving its efficiency.A permanent 10% reduction in residential use is one of Eskom’s goals for the coming years, when it’s expected to add more power capacity to the national grid.The utility hopes that the open innovation challenge will produce the required, and sorely needed, technology.The scheme will open for submissions on 1 June 2011 via the new website www.openinnovation.eskom.co.za. Eskom urges innovators from South Africa and abroad to take part.The pilot project has other focus areas besides low energy consumption technology. Participants may also submit ideas for the design of early power failure detection machinery, as well as technology for effective water and waste management in industrial processes.Eskom also wants to find experts to participate in its peer review group, which focuses on methods used to measure the impact of power generation and distribution on the environment and economy.The new challenge is Eskom’s way of reaching out to the private sector and the public for new ideas. “By embracing inspiration and creativity both internally and from outside Eskom, we accelerate the discovery and implementation of innovative solutions,” said Eskom’s Innovation Circuit Manager, Kammy Dhaver.“Tapping into the knowledge of a global citizenship will accelerate the innovation cycle and help us find the missing pieces of the puzzle that much quicker,” said Barry MacColl, acting GM of Eskom Research and Development.“It is a key strategy in Eskom’s quest to meet the energy challenges we all face,” he added.Eskom said while it always outsources expertise which can’t be found within its ranks, the “concept of open innovation explores these possibilities on a much larger scale”.Techno companies Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability and NineSigma have been roped in to work with Eskom to assess potential innovation. The two will also play a role in transforming ideas into viable and efficient tools.“Eskom’s open innovation program demonstrates their continuing commitment to their vision of empowering South Africa, its people and the economy,” said NineSigma’s vice president Skip Davis. “We are pleased to be working with Eskom.”Projects to avoid outageThe state-owned Eskom, which generates 95% of South Africa’s electricity, is on a campaign to ensure that the country does not experience power blackouts in future, as it did in 2008. The utility produces 45% of the electricity used in Africa, and several neighbouring countries also draw power from it.Besides building new power stations, Eskom has recommissioned power stations that were previously shut down in its bid to boost the national grid’s power generation capacity.Construction of Medupe power station in Limpopo restarted in mid-May after a protest by contract workers. The plant is expected to start supplying electricity in 2012, when its first unit is switched on. It will add 4 800MW to the power grid once it’s fully commissioned by 2015.Eskom wants to increase its capacity to 80 000MW by 2026.On 30 May the utility announced a US$805.6-million (R5.7-billion) loan from the Export Import Bank of the United States for the Kusile project, one of its major power stations currently under construction. The coal-fired plant in Mpumalanga will generate 4 800MW of power once complete.Eskom continues to urge South Africans to use electricity sparingly. It recently denied media reports that it was planning power cuts in parts of the country.
Try, Try Again: Prying Open The CryptStill, I’m trying to find a shoe that fits. I’ve been tooling around in Springpad for the past month or so. It’s not the same kind of sprawling archive as Evernote, but at least I don’t dread opening it (yet). If Evernote began to seem like a sarcophagus, Springpad feels like a living record. Now, instead of hoarding the desiccated remains of half-baked ideas and everything my eyeballs graze online, I’m trying to shake the compulsion to keep everything, instead curating a small batch of themed notebooks for work and play. But I admit: I still harbor fantasies about Evernote. Making it work still feels like the sweetest dream of the seasoned cyberhoarder. For now I’ve abandoned it, but a battalion of active IFTTT triggers still fire away at my account. I can’t quite bring myself to turn them off.The messy chronicle of my life piles up passively, megabyte by megabyte. And I guess if I ever need it, I know where to look. Image of files and abyss via Shutterstock. In the dawning era of persistent digital experience, an obsessive documentarian like myself should flourish. In my pre-Web, analog life, I was the one with shoeboxes of photos, scrawling notes and lists on anything scrawlable. But the advent of the cloud – the arrival of multi-gigabyte virtual storage lockers, auto-syncing, and bookmarklets, oh bookmarklets! – has taken it all too far. My sanity is buckling under the collective desire to keep everything on the Internet. All of these little processes, saving that New Yorker essay to Pocket, poring over my archived tweets, figuring out which corner of the cloud I stuffed that then-genius story idea in… it makes me crazy and I hate it and I’m done. I come to you teetering on the existential irony of it all – the recursive madness of obsessively chronicling my life in lieu of living it. Is there a Hoarders for the Web? Sign me up.The Enabler: Evernote One tool landed me in this mess to begin with: Evernote. I turned to Evernote to subtract the paralysis of where do I keep this? I’ve worked at training myself to use Evernote. I’ve read approximately 3,000 Lifehacker odes. I watched the Verge’s cute video about “backing up your brain” just like everybody else did. But it doesn’t stick. And that’s okay. I think.(See also Why Evernote Just Doesn’t Work For Me, by Brian Proffitt.)We all want to be that guy with our home organized perfectly: file folders, tiny little boxes for different sized paper clips – the whole nine yards. But we’re not all that guy… in fact, almost nobody is. That guy is the abominable snowman of organization. He’s an employee at the Container Store with a mile-high pile of dishes in the sink at home. Digital Detritus And The Existential AbyssUltimately, the tension is psychological. My obsessive need to document, archive and stash just plays out on the stage of Evernote.Joan Didion has an excellent essay about (analog) notetaking that’s always stuck with me. The urge to keep is a classic mental struggle – not one of insufficient technology at all.“The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself”, Didion writes.“I sometimes delude myself about why I keep a notebook, imagine that some thrifty virtue derives from preserving everything observed. See enough and write it down, I tell myself, and then some morning when the world seems drained of wonder… I will simply open my notebook and there it will all be.”There’s a central fallacy in these obsessive gestures: the earnest belief that we will wend our way back to these things and extract meaning from them.But the notebook-keepers among us know the truth, though we choose to look away from it: these things are being saved for the saving’s sake alone.Digging DeeperIn fact, I’m never even going to organize my hoard. I’m never going to straighten out my Evernote tags or my Gmail labels or all of those saved stories on Read It Later, Pocket or Instapaper. I am an absolutely abysmal digital gardener, just like I am a terrible real gardener. I can hardly remember to keep my cat alive in real life – and she has a robust built-in reminder system. Perhaps I just need to slow down (this is what an Evernote acolyte would say, right?). Diligently tagging my virtual parallel life and filing it away in notebooks, funneling it into filters might make me saner – even happier! Or it might just turn me into a hopelessly OCD-afflicted automaton bent on making order out of so much digital chaos.Oh wait, that happened already. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Fear: A Booming Business ModelApps and tools that help us keep things often generate a Stockholm Syndrome-esque flavor of loyalty. The Evernotes and Flickrs of the world are evocative well beyond normal parameters. (Criticize one of these to an avid user and you’ll see what I mean.) They aren’t just apps – they’re where we put our memories. They might be meaningless or fragmented and we’ll most likely never even bother to dredge them up at all, but there’s just something incredibly soothing about knowing that all the stuff we’ve hoarded is in there somewhere. And there’s something unsettling about being soothed by that. Perhaps its a good thing I’ll never go looking for my stuff. My Pocket account is so clogged that facing that sea of unread stories feels like turning the doorknob to the hall closet you don’t dare open because you know three suitcases and a hockey stick will fall on your head. Same goes for Evernote… and for Kippt, and Simplenote, and Google Drive, and my old Flickr albums and my Pinterest boards and ancient Blogger drafts. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market taylor hatmaker Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud computing#Evernote#Pause
They’re the ones we love to hate, the ones who cop our abuse, our dissent, our frustration and just occasionally, our gratitude. But, if the tables are turned, there’s the travel, the people, the fitness and the enjoyment, that make refereeing a great pastime and career. Rick Borg is Australia and the World’s number one touch football referee and he is a firm believer that refereeing is something for all touch lovers to consider becoming involved with. Rick admits he more or less fell into refereeing because the local competition he was playing in was suffering from a shortage of referees. Touch refereeing has been a dream for Rick, who has travelled the world as a referee and made many good friends throughout his career. “I have many great mates, which I have made purely through my involvement in touch. The places I have been I could only have dreamed of, but I can honestly say if it were not for my involvement in touch they would have remained just that- a dream. It’s been both an enjoyable and rewarding career for me,” he says. Rick’s hard work and dedication throughout his rise in touch refereeing was rewarded in 1995 when he rose to the position of World’s Number one Touch Referee, a position he has held firmly for the past 9 years. Throughout his career he has 70 test caps or his country, consisting of 46 World Cup appearances, 21 tests and 3 other internationals; not bad for someone who started refereeing a social competition in Mackay 20 years ago. “I guess the highlight of my career as a referee was just recently when I was inducted in to the Australian Touch Hall of Fame. I was astounded when it was announced and it still brings a smile to my face every time I think about it. It was just such a big honour for me,” says Rick. For junior touch players or students working their way through high school or university, refereeing can provide valuable part time work and the cash you so desperately need. “Certainly it can be a great part time job for teenagers. After all how often do you get paid for doing something you love? But having said that, you must also show a certain amount of commitment as well. I started at a local level and look where it has taken me – far beyond my wildest dreams,” says Rick. Like coaches, it is possible for referees to undertake training courses, working their way through accreditation levels, receiving the training to referee at higher levels and to travel for National and International events. While we encourage our children to take up playing sport for their fitness and health, to build their sense of teamwork, co-operation and sportsmanship and to boost their self-esteem, refereeing is another aspect of touch to consider. “Being a referee has certainly been a boost to my self esteem, I have a sense of confidence and achievement that I would not have experienced if were not for touch refereeing,” says Rick. “I also feel I have gained a lot of respect from fellow referees as well as players. But probably most importantly it has taught me how to be a team player. The skills I will walk away with at the end of my touch career far outweighs anything I would have thought possible,” he says. By Rachel Moyle