Denny Morrison qualifies for 1,500 metre race at Sochi Olympics

first_imgThe feat was especially impressive as Morrison needed to overcome the emotional let down of not qualifying for the 1,000 metre race. It appeared as though Morrison had a spot in the 1,000 metre race sealed up, but he clipped his skates on the final turn and fell, eliminating his chances to compete in the event.Fans and supporters of Morrison can get an up close look at his story on the Canadian Olympic team’s official website by clicking here.- Advertisement –last_img

Power Almost Restored following Wind Storm Monday

first_imgPower should be restored to the remaining homes in the Peace Country tonight, following a strong wind storm yesterday.As we first reported Sunday night, there were several power outages in the North Peace beginning at around 5:30pm. The outages were caused by strong winds that knocked down power lines. The majority of the customers without power had it restored by 2am this morning. The rest, about 400 had it restored by 3pm today.Bob Gammer with BC Hydro says the reason it took so long was the fact that crews are only allowed to work a certain amount of time.- Advertisement – [asset|aid=438|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=41cbd45515f162f9b288011c91a87c1b-Bob Gammer-1_1_Pub.mp3] There are still about 6 customers without power at this time and Hydro hopes to have everything back up by this evening.last_img read more

Peace Region gets two major road upgrades

first_imgPeace Region will be getting two major road upgrades this summer.The first project will cover 44 km of Highway 77 between Highway 97 and Fort Nelson River Pit. The second will be the Upper Halfway Road, where the Iron Bridge will be demolished and replaced. The bridge will be able to handle over 85 tonnes.- Advertisement -Construction is expected to be complete by September of this year. Work will be done from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Highway 77. There will also be maximum delays of 20 minutes, with posted speed reductions, while users of the Upper Halfway Road will be provided with a detour bridge directly downstream of the current bridge.South-Peace MLA Blair Lekstrom says the major construction aims to increase accessibility to the north.last_img

PPP condemns David Granger’s “waging civil war” accusation

first_imgThe Opposition – People’s Progressive Party – on Saturday condemned President David Granger’s accusation that the Party is waging “civil war” in Guyana. In a strongly-worded statement, the Party said that it was drawn to the attention of the Leader of the Opposition that “de facto President, Mr David Granger, accused the Opposition of ‘waging civil war’ in the country. He was speaking on a radio programme”.Opposition Leader, Bharrat JagdeoThe statement said that the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, unreservedly rejects this allegation and condemns such language since it is as inflammatory as it is irresponsible. According to the Party, “it is obvious that the de facto President cannot speak to a track record of accomplishments by his Government, neither can he articulate his party’s developmental plan and vision for Guyana. As a result, he resorts to such inane assertions”.It must take a special mind to perceive legitimate actions of an Opposition Party in the discharge of its constitutional duty to the citizenry, which is a norm in any democracy, as “waging civil war”, the Party said.President David Granger“Fortunately, we have a sensible and intelligent population who are very much aware of the political activism of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in the Parliament, in the Judiciary and on the streets of this country”.According to the statement from the PPP, not a single violation of the law has ever been alleged against the PPP in relation to any of these political pursuits.“In fact, they were largely intended to get the de facto President and his recalcitrant Government to obey the Constitution, to comply with democratic norms and practices and to uphold the rule of law in our country”. The Party said that having regard to his party’s political history, Granger should be the last person to accuse anyone of “waging civil war” in Guyana.The PPP also called on the international community and the Ethnic Relations Commission to condemn this “irrational and incendiary utterance of Mr Granger”.last_img read more

Families decorate cemeteries in growing U.S. custom

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonWith tiny white picket fences and garlands that glinted in the sun, the family members fashioned an extension of their Christmas. “The shopping, the dinners, the parties – you escape all that,” said Trina Bailey, 37, Clarence Bailey’s sister. “It’s comforting. There is a sense of calm. You forget the living world.” At three cemeteries run by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, Christmas decorating is now officially limited to flowers placed in a maximum of two urns and potted evergreens no more than 12 inches high, with weekly sweeps on offending Santa Claus blankets, plastic-foam candy canes and the like. “Decorations can be an impediment to backhoes, and there are liability issues in tripping over candy canes,” said Kathy Atkinson, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. “People understand this with their head,” she added, “but with their heart they need to do something.” Though the tradition of decorating ancestors’ graves is an ancient one – most commonly associated in the United States with el Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican and Latin American Catholic folk tradition of the Day of the Dead – the ritual is gaining broader favor. CULVER CITY – Around the country, this is the season when cemeteries become homes for many families’ second Christmas tree as devotion meets tinsel, “Let It Snow” garden ornaments and the occasional Santa swizzle stick. A kind of populist ritual is flourishing far from front yards and transforming the graves of loved ones. Like memorial walls and the spontaneous shrines that appeared after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, displays in scores of cemeteries are at once intimate and public. Their sheer exuberance often poses challenges for cemetery officials who find themselves issuing decorating regulations and occasionally enacting crackdowns on “nonconforming” grave decor. Recently members of the Bailey family gathered, as they do every year, at the Holy Cross Cemetery and Mortuary in Culver City, better known as the final resting place of Bing Crosby, Bela Lugosi, Rita Hayworth and other Hollywood luminaries. Bearing a flotilla of evergreens, ornaments, guavas and oranges and carrying paper-cup offerings of tequila, coffee and cigarettes, family members decorated the unadorned markers of their departed, including Clarence Joseph Bailey, a tequila aficionado who died two years ago, at age 34, of diabetes. “The grave has become the extension of the living room,” said Helen Sclair, a cemetery historian in Chicago. “If people decorate, they decorate. There seems to be no stop to it.” In Culver City, the normally staid landscape of Holy Cross, one of 11 Catholic cemeteries run by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles – which covers Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, becomes a glittering tribute to family creativity and loss. Seasonal displays are permitted from Dec. 14 through Jan. 9, and many offer a collective act of devotion born from the unpredictability of life itself: car crashes, freak accidents, illnesses, murders, the incomprehensible sudden death of a child. Milly Rodriguez spent four days decorating the grave of her daughter Vanessa, who died of cystic fibrosis last October at age 10, after a year in and out of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Rodriguez festooned her holiday tribute with Disney princess lights and a Cinderella doll as the star. During visits, she uses the cigarette lighter in her car as a power source to light up the tree. She wants to show Vanessa “that life is still out there,” she said. Lights are officially prohibited by the archdiocese, as are trees taller than 2 feet, battery-operated and electricity-operated equipment, anchoring spikes, easily breakable ornaments and standing Santa Clauses, snowmen and theatrical figures. But the urge to create has snowballed, making enforcement difficult. As when suburbanites bicker over property lines, tension among families occasionally occurs when displays spill over to neighboring headstones. “We want everyone to be able to honor their loved ones in a way that is respectful to the person but also to the people around them,” said Tod Tamberg, a spokesman for the archdiocese. In Los Angeles, climate, immigration and cultural experimentation have made the city’s cemeteries resemble outdoor galleries at Christmastime. This is especially so in memorial parks, where acres of uniform flat stones “beg for personalization,” said Sandra Mizumoto Posey, a folklorist and assistant professor at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. The seasonal practice also reflects a broader emotional proliferation of memorials in the culture, as symbolized by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, said David Sloane, a professor of planning at the University of Southern California and the author of “The Last Great Necessity: Cemeteries in American History” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991). In Los Angeles, cultures sit side by side, gravesite to gravesite. For instance, at the Asian Garden of Peaceful Eternity, a section of Westminster Memorial Park in Orange County, Tran Hop, who was born in Vietnam, combines the Vietnamese graveside tradition of lighting incense with a Christmas tree powered by a solar battery. “We decorate like Caucasians,” he explained rather proudly. “We have been here for a long time. We are very easy to adopt.” Nevertheless, cemeteries are not immune to the more secular competitive zeal seen in neighborhoods where huge inflatable Santas and computerized light displays dominate front yards. “Someone pushes the boundary a little bit, and then someone else tries to top it,” said Stephen M. Goldstein, who gives monthly tours of Los Angeles cemeteries for the Studio for Southern California History and founded the Web site “Then it becomes a thing.” When 20-year-old Herberth Hernandez was killed recently, his brother Martin noticed the decorations in the cemetery. He was inspired to go all out, with a rich garden brimming with garlands, flowers and Superman balloons. “I think about him while I’m doing the work,” Hernandez said. Despite snowless ground, to enter the nondenominational Forest Lawn Memorial-Park, Hollywood Hills, where Liberace, Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton lie, is to have no doubt that Christmas is near. Alicia Montes and her daughter Lyz, 15, prayed beside a fragile tableau of beaded garlands and homemade eggshell ornaments they created in honor of baby Ivan, Montes’ firstborn, who died in childbirth 20 years ago. Nearby, Bernadette Filosa, a 56-year-old retired court administrator, hauled a Christmas tree from her Toyota Prius to her parents’ graves, though it appeared to exceed the regulation height of 4 feet. Her mother, Bernadetta, who lived to 91, never lost sight of her own parents’ Italian traditions. They ran an Italian restaurant across from Desilu Studios. Filosa said she had been baking chocolate cookies, with raisins, sprinkles, cloves and chocolate icing, from her mother’s recipe. They were cooling back home. “I’m making your cookies, Ma,” she said out loud as she wrapped garlands around the tree. “We’re still celebrating.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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first_imgENTERTAINMENT: A Donegal singer is celebrating this afternoon after her new hit single ‘Suds in the Bucket’ rocketed to No.1 on the ITunes chart.Mikaela Bonner, 22, from Lettermacaward beat off stiff competition from the likes of, Taylor Swift, Nathan Carter, and Shania Twain, to claim the coveted position. Bonner told Donegal Daily, “I can’t believe it, I’m so happy! I’m over the moon, t’s only my second single release.“I can’t believe that it’s got to number one, especially when you consider it’s number one ahead of Shania Twain, Nathan Carter, and Dolly Parton – It’s crazy.”And how will the Donegal songstress be celebrating this weekend, “Oh God! We’ve got a christening tomorrow, so we’ll have a few drinks, I suppose.”Suds in the Bucket – which was originally a hit for Sarah Evans back in 2003 – was recorded in Donegal’s Newtown Studios, under the watchful eyes of Bonner’s agent, Brian Cunningham, and musical directors Jim Corbett and Kevin Corrigan – a team who say they are absolutely delighted with Mikalea’s success. Mikaela is the niece of former Donegal Minor Manager Declan Bonner and the daughter of Sean Bonner and Helen Bonner (Nee Duddy).Suds in the Bucket is available now on iTunes.For more info check out mikaelabonnermusic.comDELIGHT FOR DONEGAL SINGER AS SHE HITS NO.1 SPOT IN THE ITUNES CHART was last modified: January 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentItunesMikaela BonnerMUSICnewsNo.1last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club NotesThe Minors will open their league campaign on Sunday next with a noon match against Cloughaneely. Underage training in Game On Sports Centre, Kiltoy-Tuesdays 6pm U14/16 fitness training Stephen Doherty 086 0763903. Tuesdays 6pm Camogie Aideen Quinn 086 8163605. Thursdays 6pm Hurling U6,U8,U10 & U12 Dan Harnett 085 1743228 Sharon Harnett 086 8405785. AlsoU12 girls gaelic, Monday, Woodland School hall, 7-8pm. Contact Shona 086 8121414 for information. U14/16 girls gaelic Friday, Game On Sports Centre, 6-7pm. Contact Michelle 087 9930238 for information. Gaelic for U6 and U8 continues in Woodlands School on Friday evenings U6 6-6.45pm, U8 7-7.45pm. 2 euro each or 3 euro per family. Contact John 086 8561768 or Oisin 086 7325955 for more information. Mouth guards are compulsory for all underage gaelic training in line with GAA rules. These can be purchased within the club from Tom Murray 086 8341436. Well done to the U10 hurlers who travelled to the Ulster blitz on Saturday and who played brilliantly. Thank you to the coaches and parents who helped with transport. Our club will again be entering a float in the St. Patrick’s day parade, Sunday 17th March. As many children and adults as possible are encouraged to take part. Further details at training sessions or call 087 3119580 for details. Registrations are now due. All Adult and underage players must register before the season commences. Forms and details are available on the club website or from your team manager.Lotto results for W/ending the 3rd March Numbers were 4,11,13 & 17 Match 3 winner was Kieran Murray Listillion. Next weeks jackpot is 1,550Euro. Training is continuing For the Jigs and Reels show which takes place on Sunday night the 17th March in the Mount Errigal Hotel. The skills are improving and a super show is anticipated. Tickets are available 25 Euro per family 10Euro per adult and 7Euro per student.Contact any club officer to order your tickets today.  GAELIC GAMES: LETTERKENNY GAELS CLUB NEWS was last modified: March 6th, 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: LETTERKENNY GAELS CLUB NEWSlast_img read more


first_imgTHE 8th annual Danny McDaid-Station House Hotel 15k road race-fun takes place this Sunday.Preparations are now almost complete and the organisers are hoping that a record crowd of runners, joggers and walkers will turn out for the prestigious event. It was once the preserve of the elite runners – but now the Danny McDaid 15k has a fun run element too.The event is run in honour of double Olympian and LAC club stalwart, Danny McDaid who competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics for Ireland in Berlin and Melbourne.Almost 200 athletes from all over Donegal, Derry, Tyrone and further afield put their toe to the line for last year’s race and with a growing resurgence in keeping fit and competitive racing organisers are hoping the record turnout in 2011 will be suprassed.Speaking this week Mr Brendan McDaid of LAC, said the event has been growing in popularity ever year since its inception. “The Danny McDaid 15k carries a special aura and appeal for all runners. It is a top event on the local racing calendar but we’re also appealing to people to come out and just run the course. It is a great race and the numbers are growing every year,” he said.“We’re delighted to have The Station House as our main sponsor for the race. Hopefully, we’ll get big numbers,” he added.The event was formally launched recently at the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny , who are the main sponsors of the event. The race begins at 11.30am and registration will take place in Aura Leisure Centre from 10 am. There will be a host of category prizes including top prizes for the first man and woman across the line.The 8th annual Danny McDaid 15k it promises to be the best event to date. The winner of the race last year was Patrick Brennan in a time of 48.59.The race begins at 11.30am and registration will take place in Aura Leisure Centre from 10 am. There will be a host of category prizes including top prizes for the first man and woman across the line.The Danny McDaid 15k is one of the highlights of the racing calendar and attracts top runners from all over the country. However, the organisers are also hoping people will come out and jog around the course which runs from the town out around New Mills and Rashedogue before finishing back in town via Conwal. Mr Brian Gallagher, Proprietor of The Station House Hotel said he was delighted to be involved with the event.“Danny McDaid is a household name across the country. LAC is a great club and fosters great young talent. As a local businessman I’m always delighted to help out in any way I can.,’ he said.The top ten last year were: Patrick Brennan (LAC 48.59), Ciaran Doherty (LAC 49.11), Pauric McKinney (LAC 50.44), Michael Black (LAC 51.13), Paddy Doherty (City of Derry 51.25), Gary Crossan (LAC 52.38), Pius McIntyre (Foyle Valley (52.42), Paul McCafferty (City of Derry (53.16), Gavin Crawford (24/7 Triathlon 53.28) and Paul McGlinchey (LAC 53.57)DANNY MCDAID 15K TO ATTRACT THE CROWDS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 9th, 2012 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:danny mcdaid 15klast_img read more Recommendation Engine for TV and Film

first_imgcurt hopkins Tags:#Recommendation Engines#web “ employs a proprietary algorithm that includes contextual and semantic analysis, collaborative filtering, and thematic push to deliver personalized TV, movie and video content recommendations.” I signed up for the beta and was interested to see if my weird taste in TV and movies would track at all. I like Blazing Saddles, Chuck, The Beekeeper, Erich Rohmer, Rick Steves, and A Blog About History, so heaven only knows what they’d make of that. You chime in on eight movies from Superbad to Casablanca. I wound up with The Bourne Supremacy (sure), Observe and Report (eh, probably not) and All Through the Night (never heard of it). It didn’t blow my mind but it wasn’t crazily out of the park either. Presumably, as I use the service, and rate more offerings, the engine will hone in on my weirdness and before you know it, voila! Kentucky Fried Movie and Cities in the Mist. Recommendations are broken into TV, Web, Mobile and iPad. A recommendation filtering mechanism can monitor your preferences. YouTube and most online video viewing sites have recommendation algorithms, but is a stand-alone site, with an emphasis on the recommendation process. The site provides you with a place to purchase each of its recommendations that are for sale, but unlike Hulu, say, it does not seem to be a platform for free programming.’s partners include Apple, YouTube, Tribune Media, Amazon, broadcast and cable networks and various online content creators. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… From shopping to music, the overload of information on the Web has been shaped and ordered by recommendation engines. There are even tools like the browser extension GetGlue that purport to sail the entire recommendations ocean. But one very important aspect of the online experience has been overshadowed: video. Milan- and Tel Aviv-based, currently in beta, has introduced a proprietary, cross-platform recommendation service to personalize television, film and video viewing. aspires to do for video what Pandora or do for audio.last_img read more

How Chattanooga Transformed Itself into America’s First Gig City

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#Analysis#business#Data Centers#enterprise#Government Related Posts What can you do with a ubiquitous metropolitan gigabit Ethernet connection? Google has recently gotten lots of attention with the metro fiber network that it is beginning to build in Kansas City. Welcome to Chattanooga, Tenn. The city has laid its fiber network just about everywhere, and is beginning to reap the rewards of ultra-fast Internet service. What lessons can Google and others learn from the experience?Chattanooga’s gigabit fiber network wasn’t installed in the name of civic progress, or as a calling card to attract IT-related entrepreneurs, or to improve city services or to encourage telecommuting – all things that are happening as a result of the network.Instead, it began as a project from the municipal electric utility, EPB, to improve power delivery to its customers. Chattanooga suffers many violent storms that can knock out its power grid for hours or days. The utility wanted to increase the reliability of its operations through having a smarter grid that could minimize these outages.As part of the effort, EPB automated 1,200 power switches and added technology capable of anticipating potential transformer overloads by measuring power flows every 15 minutes using the fiber network. This smarter grid has cut the number of power outages by more than 40%. The utility says it has also saved money.But the same infrastructure that provides the control network for the utility can also be used to deliver Internet connectivity, and once the fiber network was in place, the utility became a fast Internet service provider. Take Me To The (Digital) RiverChattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield says, “Think of what we did as putting in place a digital equivalent of the Tennessee River.” That’s an apt analogy for the city.Chattanooga has always leveraged the Tennessee to its advantage. Back in the early 1900s, for example, it used its place on the Tennessee River to attract the first bottling plant for Coca-Cola as well as smokestack industries. The fiber network is just a different kind of river.The utility’s smart-grid efforts have made the area more of an employment magnet and given it new ways to attract talent. The city’s IT department, for example, has filled its past 10 jobs with out-of-towners, a post-fiber development. Major employers are encouraging telecommuting.“We now have a very balanced economy between industrial and clean jobs,” said Littlefield. “We have something no one else in North America has, and something that will sustain our future development.” New Uses for Fast InternetThe city has continued to build on its gigabit fiber network. For example, it put together a series of initiatives to monitor and control downtown areas. At one downtown park, the police can adjust the lighting to discourage flash mobs from gathering, as well as scan license plates on cars that are parked in the lot. This helps increase the perception of safety, not to mention discourage potential criminals. “People now know not to park in the park if they have a stolen car,” says the mayor.Speaking of street lighting, city engineers are in the process of replacing the 28,000 traditional halogen lights with LED lights and sensors that adjust their output based on ambient light. And traffic signals can be controlled by the police or first responders to move emergency vehicles through the city.In the works is the installation of more than 400 different wireless road sensors. In the past, the city needed to send out construction crews to dig up the road and install the common wire loops that are seen across cities around the world. The newer battery powered sensors are the size of hockey pucks and take just minutes to bury.All told, the city has built more than 50 apps to use the fiber connections, and more are on the way. “Fiber makes bring-your-own-device strategies possible,” says Mark Keil, the city’s CIO. “We will have three times more devices on our network next year than before we had the fiber, and we have made it easier to monitor and manage them, too.”Gigabit TakeawaysHere are five lessons to be learned from the gigabit experience of Chattanooga:Don’t build a fiber network just for Internet connections. What made Chattanooga’s gigabit fiber network work was the backing of its electric utility. Once this physical plant was in place, the utility was able to offer gigabit service for $350 a month to residential and business customers.Symmetrical service is key. Having both a gigabit up and download speed is important for a variety of applications that rely on user-generated content to receive the same benefit as downloaded Web pages. A local group of radiologists built their own app so that doctors could view digitized scans whenever and wherever. That wouldn’t have been possible without a symmetrical network.Focus on both big and small employers. The region was able to attract a new Volkswagen auto assembly plant and an distribution warehouse, but these success stories were matched with smaller firms. The mayor is effusive in his support for the various entrepreneurial efforts around the region in bringing in smart, tech-savvy people. City CIO Keil mentions that the city asked for some programming help from several Google developers from Atlanta. By the time the project was finished, at least one of them was packing up to move to Chattanooga because of the gigabit network. And this summer several private companies put together the city’s first Demo Day to feature eight tech companies who agreed to move to the city in exchange for a chance to win a $100,000 grant. One of them moved from Ireland to participate in the program. Banyan, the ultimate winner, provides integrated productivity tools.Find or create a university-based commercialization partner. Chattanooga was fortunate in having a branch of the University of Tennessee, and was able to establish a supercomputing center and a non-profit commercialization entity to help license the technologies developed by academia. Several of their apps are being used in disaster management and large-scale urban planning simulations, for example.Finally, don’t rule out many unexpected benefits. “We got into robotics and energy development when they were popular many years ago. But our fiber network is like having the first city that discovered fire,” says Littlefield. The city is just beginning to see lots of new apps on its network and is still discovering new uses for the universal connectivity. Images courtesy of Shutterstock. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair david stromlast_img read more