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Senior AAA Flyers season starts Saturday in Grande Prairie

first_imgThe Flyers first home game will be Oct. 30 against the Canucks at the North Peace Arena.Advertisement The defending Allan Cup Champion Fort St. John Senior Flyers will open their season this Saturday, Oct. 23, in Grande Prairie against the Athletics.Flyers General Manager Rob Larsen says that he definitely expects the team to make a run at the Allan Cup again this year. Larsen says they are short a few players at the moment, but the team team should still look strong in the early goings.- Advertisement – [asset|aid=3242|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=78903ea3c95bb6a92336a7921d1d4040-RobLarsen 1_1_Pub.mp3] Larsen also expects Grande Prairie to be a tough early test for his squad. [asset|aid=3243|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=78903ea3c95bb6a92336a7921d1d4040-Rob Larsen 2_1_Pub.mp3]last_img read more

COUNTDOWN ON WITH JUST TWO WEEKS LEFT TO NORTH WEST 10K

first_imgNorth West 10k Chairperson James Boyle with Canon Stewart Wright of the Conwal Parish Church Restoration Committee and Mick Lagan Chairperson of the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association of IrelandWith just two weeks to go now to the 18th North West 10k charity road race and walk the momentum is building rapidly for an event that has been attracting an average of 3,000 participants in recent years. The organizing committee is encouraging as many people as possible to either enter on-line or at the 10k office based at Letterkenny Community Centre, which opens on Tuesday evening, April 29th.The charity race and walk, which is once again being sponsored by the DonegalDaily.com and Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure has raised over €650,000 for 19 charities since 1997. The two benefiting charities this year are the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and the Conwal Parish Church Restoration Committee.North West 10k committee members Paddy Bond and Neilly McDaid with Valerie Bright and Hilary Moore from the Conwal Parish Church Restoration CommitteeDyslexia Association Chairperson Mick Lagan says his members are delighted to have been selected to be one of the two main beneficiaries from this year’s event. The organization has been an ‘associate charity’ of the 10k for past four years.The local Dyslexia branch has been existence for 19 years and provides professional tuition to help children with reading and writing. Currently they have 45 pupils on their books at night classes in the LYIT funded fully by voluntary contributions. It costs around €40,000 a year to keep the teaching service going.The Conwal Parish Church Committee has to raise over €100,000 which will go towards essential works on the restoration of the tower and spire at the Church which is located opposite St. Eunan’s Cathedral. The two main charities have been working closely on range of fundraising initiatives over past month to maximize their revenue return from the North West 10k. Chairperson James Boyle has again emphasized that ensuring safety is first and foremost in the minds of the organizers when it comes to hosting an event that attracts on average of 3,000 participants annually. With that key objective in mind the expertise of Council engineer Charlie Kerr has been central to the development of a comprehensive road safety statement and traffic management plan which has been updated again for this year’s charity race and walk. Sponsorship cards to raise funds for the 10k charities are available by dropping in to the Letterkenny Chamber, Grand Central Complex, Canal Road or ring 9124866 for more details. For further details go to www.northwest10.com.Gerald McLaughlin and Mick Lagan from the Letterkenny Branch of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland withNorth West 10k committee members Bernie Brennan, Brendan McDaid and Grace Boyle COUNTDOWN ON WITH JUST TWO WEEKS LEFT TO NORTH WEST 10K was last modified: April 20th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalletterkennyNorth West 10klast_img read more

Learn Your Body Toolkit

first_imgHere are some tricks of living in a human body that you may not know about, because they happen automatically.The eye trick. How come the lights don’t go out when you blink? Think about that. The world should go dark, but we perceive a continuous view, even though blinking all the while. Scientists at the University of California Berkeley looked into this. In “Why the lights don’t dim when we blink,” they describe how their research “shows that the brain works extra hard to stabilize our vision despite our fluttering eyes.” Details are published in Current Biology, where you can learn about “automatic calibration of gaze direction” during blinking.Voice tricks. The human voice is phenomenally versatile. Think of all the sounds it can emit just in talking. Add singing, and the voice’s range and flexibility is truly amazing. On The Conversation, Noel Hanna offers some interesting facts. First, he shows that in Chinese, with its five tonal rules in language, a speaker can emit 840 distinct sounds, but only half of those are actually used in speaking; the range of possible words is actually 2,000 x 2,000, or “4 million possible unique words using this system of pronunciation.” Then those words are strung together in complex sentences. “And that is just one language,” he says. “Each language has its own set of different sounds, which may or may not overlap with other languages.” After some anatomy lessons and three interesting videos, including an MRI of an opera singer (worth watching), Hanna has answered many questions about the mechanics of the voice, but not how humans came into possession of such remarkable equipment.Hair power. Hair is so strong and break resistant, researchers at the University of California San Diego want to imitate it to make body armor. Here are some factoids about the material you brush or comb each day.Hair has a strength to weight ratio comparable to steel. It can be stretched up to one and a half times its original length before breaking. “We wanted to understand the mechanism behind this extraordinary property,” said Yang (Daniel) Yu, a nanoengineering Ph.D. student at UC San Diego and the first author of the study.“Nature creates a variety of interesting materials and architectures in very ingenious ways. We’re interested in understanding the correlation between the structure and the properties of biological materials to develop synthetic materials and designs — based on nature — that have better performance than existing ones,” said Marc Meyers, a professor of mechanical engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and the lead author of the study.Such a common material, yet such fascinating properties.Hair, eyes, the voice – we could go on and on, but that’s enough boggle for today. Sing while you comb your hair and blink. (Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Chamber of Mines turns on Africa’s first platinum fuel cell

first_img7 April 2015Africa’s first 100-kilowatt (kW) fuel cell that runs on platinum and natural gas has been installed at the Chamber of Mines in Johannesburg, which will provide baseload power to the entire building.The Platinum Power Fuel Cell is Africa’s first-ever building base-load fuel cell that runs on natural gas. It could power the equivalent of about 100 average South African homes.Speaking at the launch last week, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said South Africa, home to 80% of the world’s known platinum reserves, was at the forefront of developing fuel cell technology.Davies said the fuel cell components would see South Africa gain entry into the manufacturing and distribution of fuel cell components. They would be targeting 1 000 Megwatts (MW) of platinum fuel cell-generated electricity supply by 2020, which would increase platinum demand by 5%.Platinum Power Fuel Cell is a joint project between the Department of Trade and Industry and Mitochondria, the energy company that received loan financing of R3.25- million from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). The DTI contributed R7.5- million for feasibility work of the projectGreen energyThe fuel cell’s reliability and security of supply make it particularly attractive in the South African context, the project said on its website. Advantages of the technology are that it is green energy, and can provide distributed, off-grid generation. It also has low operating and maintenance costs.Davies said the fuel cell answered demand and enhanced opportunities for the mining industry. “The real value chain is by being involved in value addition through beneficiation,” he said. “We have been looking at ways we can add value to our resources as a driver of industrial development in our country.”He said South Africa was well placed to become a “significant player” in the manufacturing of fuel cell generators using platinum. About 70% of the country’s platinum is currently used for the manufacture of jewelry or catalytic converters in cars.Top of the value chainDavies said platinum power fuel cell technology takes the country to the top of the value chain where “we would be able to establish small plants like this one providing power in outlying areas and areas where it is difficult to connect people to the grid”.He said the DTI had “a range of incentive programmes” in place and was contemplating the development of a platinum-based Special Economic Zone (SEZ).Impala Platinum announced on Tuesday that it had partnered with Mitochondria to develop and deliver fuel-cell solutions, including the development of a 1.8MW hydrogen- fed fuel cell power solution at its Springs refineries in the second quarter of 2015.“We envisage this being rapidly followed with the execution of a larger installation at the refineries with the ultimate goal of moving our refineries off-grid,” Implats chief executive Terence Goodlace said at the launch. “The second phase is expected to deliver 8MW of fuel cell driven power from a natural gas source, with the final phase delivering in excess of 10MW.”SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Counseling through Comfort: Utilizing Restorative Yoga for Rest, Introspection, Healing, and Self-Care

first_imgBy: David Lee Sexton, Jr.Pixabay[Yoga Zen by GDJ , 2017, CC0]Meet Adrienne BaggsAdrienne Baggs recently earned a Ph.D. in Counseling, but she prefers to help people process their emotions through yoga rather than dialogue. According to her website, Awaken through Rest: Restorative Yoga with Adrienne Baggs, Adrienne believes in the power of restorative yoga to offer an escape from the “mental quicksand” of everyday hassles. Her practice focuses on positioning the body in ways optimal for achieving parasympathetic dominance.According to Brooke (2010), restorative yoga utilizes simple yoga poses in conjunction with blankets, pillows, bolsters, and various other equipment to induce rest and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system; this stimulation results in decreased blood pressure, which facilitates a variety of restorative effects on the body. Adrienne goes on to elaborate the benefits of restorative yoga, including the effect of mindful observance of one’s thoughts which allows individuals to process emotions and anxieties rather than suppressing them.Restorative Yoga to Heal Trauma: Overcoming Memories Stored in the BodyWhile many approaches to treating the menace that is PTSD focus on managing cognition, or the thoughts that may keep an individual trapped in a past trauma he or she survived, Adrienne feels that this approach is often not enough. She insightfully indicates that many memories associated with trauma may be stored not only in the mind but in the body as well. The stress response is a fickle function within the body. It is not unrealistic to imagine seemingly harmless stimuli triggering a memory of a past traumatic event and returning the body to the same physical state it required in that moment for survival. In addition, many may suffer physical and emotional trauma so severe that they are unable to participate active yoga practice.As a solution, restorative yoga offers these individuals power over their own bodies. Here, Adrienne describes three poses that aim to teach individuals to return their bodies to a state of “pre-stress”, which could prove invaluable in managing the effects of PTSD that often leave individuals feeling that they are helpless to control their own bodies.Why Not Just Take a Nap?In a video posted to Awaken through Rest’s Facebook page, Adrienne addresses a question that she encounters fairly often in her tutelage of restorative yoga students: why do I feel irritable during restorative yoga practice? Of course, the idea is that the practice of restorative yoga is supposed to induce feelings of rest and relaxation, or a “blissed out state”. Adrienne explains that this is simply not the goal of restorative yoga. The practice is not intended to allow individuals to reach that “blissed out state” during a session; rather, the goal is to exercise and train the “muscle of rest” in order for it to grow stronger.Adrienne presents a useful simile comparing restorative yoga and weightlifting. Restorative yoga is like weightlifting; it takes practice to really make progress. One will not jump into the practice of weightlifting and immediately feel stronger. Similarly, one should not expect to be able to jump into restorative yoga and immediately feel relaxed. It takes time to train not only our physical muscles but our “muscles of rest” as well. In conclusion, one can think of restorative yoga as a practice that allows us to gradually become more adept at finding inner peace and relaxation between the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. While perhaps not as immediately gratifying as what many might envision restorative yoga as (*cough* adult naptime *cough*), the long-term benefits and the promise of finding a place of inner peace to retreat to when overwhelmed cannot be denied.Want to Learn More?Take a look at our archived webinars, Wellness Strategies, Burnout Prevention, and Mindfulness: Part 2. During these presentations, Dr. Adrienne Baggs and Dr. Isabel Thompson share other strategies for engaging in self-care and maintaining mental and physical well-being. In particular, Dr. Baggs discusses the practice and benefits of mindfulness, or being aware of one’s own thoughts, in each fleeting moment without judgment.She cites Gertrude Stein’s famous quote, “a rose is a rose is a rose”. While open to interpretation, this is a lesson we can all stand to learn: regardless of our current mental or emotional state and personal judgments, everything is exactly as it seems. When all is said and done, this is perhaps the goal of restorative yoga: allowing the body to enter a state of rest and restoration uninhibited by the commotion of the mind.ReferencesBags, A. (2018). Awaken Through Rest: Restorative Yoga with Adrienne Baggs. Retrieved from http://adriennebaggs.com/Brooke, C. (May, 2010). Restorative yoga: The art (and science) of slowing down. Alive: Canada’s Natural Health and Wellness Magazine, 331, 54-55.last_img read more

Blackmagic URSA Quick Tip: Exposing for Low Light

first_imgThe Blackmagic URSA is an exceptionally powerful camera, but it really isn’t intended for low-light shooting. This simple tip will help you get better results on set when working with limited light.Top image via Blackmagic DesignMany of us have become spoiled by cameras (like the Sony A7S or Canon C300) that offer the ability to shoot extremely high ISOs in ultra low-light conditions. On the flip side though, there are cameras like the Blackmagic URSA 4K which have a native ISO of 400 and a maximum ISO of 800, adding some challenges to ultra low-light shoots.I’ve been shooting with the Blackmagic URSA for a while now and it’s quickly become one of my favorite cameras. I don’t need to do a whole lot of ultra low-light shooting, but in some rare instances I’ve had to use the URSA in some very dark environments and have managed to get some solid results.Image via Blackmagic DesignIt goes without saying that, just like any camera, using fast lenses and adding in at least some ambient light will help you out when working under these circumstances. But many shooters make the mistake of shooting at ISO 800 on the URSA in order to bump up exposure, when they really should always be shooting at 400.Although this might seem counter-intuitive at first, you will quickly realize that bumping up your exposure in post will give you better results than simply setting the camera to ISO 800. The images will have less grain in them, without any fixed pattern noise issues at all.Image via Blackmagic DesignTypically when working in an under-lit situation, I’ll set the URSA to ISO 800 as I frame up the shot, add any lighting (if possible), and then set it back to ISO 400 before recording. This allows me to visualize what the shot will look like once I bring up the exposure in post, but also allows the camera to record the cleanest possible image — even if it’s underexposed.The URSA may not be designed to be a low-light camera, but when you know its limits and how to treat it properly, you can certainly get good results even when dealing with limited light.In this video from ASC Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, he compares the various ISO settings on the Blackmagic URSA 4K.Ever used a Blackmagic URSA in low-light conditions? How did it work out for you? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

3 days agoEvra: Why Burnley winger Lennon one of the toughest opponents

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Evra: Why Burnley winger Lennon one of the toughest opponentsby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Patrice Evra admits Burnley winger Aaron Lennon was one of his toughest opponents.Evra clashed with Lennon when he was with Leeds United and Tottenham.He says the winger’s pace and style of play would sometimes cause him problems.”Lennon is the kind of player – if I wasn’t 100% fit – he would run behind me, and defenders hate when that happens.”He had this quick movement and it was also difficult to play against him.” last_img read more

UN chief could discuss Kashmir issue at UNGA

first_imgUnited Nations: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is likely to use the opportunity of discussions during the high-level UN General Assembly session that begins here next week to raise the Kashmir issue, the UN chief’s spokesperson has said. Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric during the daily press briefing here on Thursday said that the UN chief has underscored the need for dialogue as the only way to resolve the issue and, as part of the solution for the current crisis in Kashmir, to make sure that human rights aspects are very much dealt with, as well. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report” On Kashmir, the Secretary General has said previously, he remains engaged. I think he will also use the opportunity of discussions during the General Assembly to raise it, Dujarric said, responding to a question on the situation in Kashmir. On Wednesday, Guterres emphasised that dialogue between India and Pakistan is an absolute essential element for reaching a solution on the Kashmir issue, and said his good offices are available should both sides ask for it and called for full respect of human rights. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsWell, our capacity is related to good offices, and good offices can only be implemented when the parties accept it. And, on the other hand, it relates to advocacy, and the advocacy was expressed and will be maintained, Guterres said during his press conference ahead of the UN General Assembly session. Guterres was asked by a Pakistani journalist about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and what will he do to bring a solution to the Kashmir issue. I go on with a clear opinion that human rights must be fully respected in the territory, and I go on with the clear opinion that dialogue between India and Pakistan is an absolutely essential element for the solution of the problem, he said. India has always maintained that Jammu and Kashmir is its integral part and ruled out any third party mediation, including either from the UN or the US, saying it is a bilateral issue with Pakistan. The UN Secretary General has also repeatedly asserted that his good offices are available only if both sides ask for it. Tension between India and Pakistan escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5.last_img read more