The bottom of the hill looked more like the area two weeks after closing than opening day. I stepped into my skis with careful route finding through the mud patches arrived at the bottom of the Elk Chair.It was wet. It was sloppy.Almost to the top of the chair, snow started mixing with the rain. The air became distinctly colder. There was hope.Off the Elk, I dropped to skier’s left down the little pitch and picked my way through fist-sized rocks littering the surface. At the Bear and open ditch crossed the run. Most folks managed to pop over. A couple didn’t.Almost immediately on the Bear it switched completely over to snow. By the summit off-load, the hill was full-on winter–a whiteout of swirling snow and fog.As I of-loaded, I realized my annual gradual 200 yard first of the season balancing stretch was not in the cards. The snow was broken and piled high between where skiers passed. The upper layer was distinctly dryer than the lower layers exposed by the traffic. My first few turns were arm fallers.Chill. And speed up.”I loosened a bit, thought about staying centered on my foot, feeling the whole foot. I pushed my knees into the turn and found an even speed that kept my skis out of the glop below the surface.Boom. I was skiing. Turning left and right. All was good.So this year, when you drop of the lift for that first run, think simple. Think bottom of your foot. Ski evenly on your foot, clearly feeling the ball of your foot.Feel your socks.Feel the front of your boot.Point your knees; both of them, into the turns and let your knees guide your skis.And most of all, gain a little speed and power through the clumps of snow. Don’t be afraid of speed. In early season snow. Speed is your friend. Keep turning and keep your speed constant.It’s here. Happy New Year to all.Keith Liggett is a Fernie-based skier and writer. This year the first day of the year appeared brutal. At my house it was raining heavily. Clouds obscured the top of the mountain. And maybe snow showers? It was opening day, and there was nothing to do but try it. The opening weeks of the ski season across our mountains show a smattering of areas opening in early December with this last pulse of moisture and cold bringing snow enabling the lifts to crank up at the few remaining closed. For me the New Year’s Day is that first day on the hill.That event passes on the old and the rings in the new.Over the years I’ve developed a little routine to quickly get me comfortable and centered on my skis. After dropping off the lift, there is always that moment of looking at the mountains around, the valley below and wondering at this absurd sport of sliding down a slick snow covered hill, Then putting doubts aside, I find a moderate slope. Starting with a gliding wedge, the beginner turn, I crank out a few turns. I feel the bottom of the ski. I feel the ball of my foot.I press my shin into my boot just a little bit and point my knee into the turn. Gradually, I speed up the turns and voila, I am skiing.Simple.A few years ago the day turned a little sideways. , I kept trying to ski anyplace before a Whistler trip, but nothing worked out. I was scheduled into heli-skiing the first couple of days at Whistler and my first run that year was off the top of some name-forgotten peak 60 clicks north of the Village.The summit was not much bigger than needed to land the chopper and off load the skier. And the slopes off the summit appeared Chugash-like. I survived, although for the first few turns I seriously wondered, “Do you remember how to turn?”I let it go and all went well.
Game one was the season opener for both teams back in September, when the Trackers handed the Thunder a 6-2 defeat in Slave Lake. The Thunder returned the favour mid-October, beating the Trackers twice in two days, 5-3 and 6-2, on the Trackers home ice.Despite only being behind the Trackers by one spot in the standings, the fourth place Thunder have no chance to catch the third place Trackers this weekend, as 13 points separate the two teams.It’s a significant six points on the line for the Trackers, as the Bantam boys only trail second place Grande Prairie by four points, so a weekend sweep could potentially see the Trackers improve to second place in the North Black Division. Friday evening, the Trackers will find themselves in Spruce Grove, Alberta, taking on the PAC Spruce Grove Saints (19-6-1), the first place team in the NAMHL’s West Blue Division.The Trackers will have to be sharp defensively, as the Saints boast a league-high number of goals for, finding the back of the net an impressive 166 times this season already, and allowing 90 to be scored against.Friday’s meeting will be the first time the Tracker and Saints have squared off this season.- Advertisement -Saturday, the bus travels to St. Albert, Alberta, where another introduction of teams will take place between the hometown Crusaders, and our Trackers.The game will continue the competition within the West Blue Division, with the Crusaders occupying the fifth place in the standings, with a record of 6-12-6. The team has scored 105 goals for, while allowing 110 against.Finally, the weekend wraps up in Slave Lake, as the Trackers take on a familiar North Black division rival, the Thunder (6-17-1). The two teams have already met three times this season, with Slave Lake leading the season series 2-1.Advertisement
Fort St. John youth will use their talents to keep Brazilian kids in school. The North Peace Secondary School is holding a Talent Show and Art Auction on Saturday, with all proceeds going to a school in Olinda, Brazil. – Advertisement -17 year-old Kimmie Gulevich says the idea stems from a “Me to We” conference held in September. Students from the School District 60 pledged to hold a ‘Global Event’, and focused on fundraising for kids in need. [asset|aid=2591|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=163233bf0de3c2d465c879027ab9c587-Kimmie Gulevich 1_2_Pub.mp3] Kids that attend the Brazilian school live in the slums of Olinda, and education is usually their only refuge.Advertisement By Christine Rumleskie The North Peace students hope to raise $3,000 for the school. It takes $50 a day to operate the facility in Olinda, so the school could be fully-operational for two months, if the students make their goal.Tickets to the event are $5.00 each, and include access to the talent show and art auction. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. at the North Peace Secondary School.
1 Robin van Persie is expected to go straight back into Manchester United’s starting line-up at Swansea on Saturday after overcoming injury.The Dutch striker missed the 3-1 win over Preston in the FA Cup clash on Monday after picking up a knock, but has been passed fit for the trip to the Liberty Stadium.His return means Louis van Gaal will have to decide whether to hand his fellow countryman a start at the expense of Wayne Rooney or Radamel Falcao – or drop his captain into midfield.Van Gaal will also welcome back defender Phil Jones, who missed the victory against Preston with a knee problem.The meeting with Swansea has come too soon for Michael Carrick, however, with the experienced midfielder expected to return to training next week having been sidelined with a calf injury since the end of last month.Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Van Gaal said: “They [Jones and Van Persie] are fit to play.“Only Carrick is still injured. I think he shall train with the group next week. I expect that, but you never know. You’ll have to wait and see.”United head to Wales having lost just one of their last 19 games, but the run of good form has not spared Van Gaal from criticism from fans not entirely taken with the style of play under him.The Dutchman knows improvements must be made, although he insists producing positive results remains his main priority.“I am never 100 per cent happy,” the 63-year-old said.“We can play better but the main thing is to win your match, not to lose.“We have shown this year a lot of times team spirit and that is very attractive for the fans but also for the coach, because then you can see a player wants to follow you.” Robin van Persie and Louis van Gaal
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Since 1997, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, have provided grants to build playgrounds at some 400 LAUSD schools. On Wednesday, the couple dedicated two new playgrounds at Shirley Avenue Elementary School in Reseda. And, wouldn’t you know, Kirk was the biggest, happiest kid of the bunch. The Douglases clearly delight in giving to the children of L.A. – and for that, a charmed city is grateful. HERE in Los Angeles, we do things differently. Our philanthropists have been known to wear clown suits, to play on children’s slides, and to jokingly threaten to take away kids’ Halloween candy. At the age of 90. Well, at least one of our philanthropists. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
FRIDAY Seminar for nonprofits will discuss Preparing for a Capital Campaign, 9 a.m.-noon at the SCV Resource Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $20. Call (661) 250-3720 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Cheer tryout clinic, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Gymcheer USA, 20724 Centre Pointe Parkway, Unit 3, Canyon Country. Call (661) 299-6849. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Block sale to benefit the Ewart family, 7-11 a.m. on Via Escovar in Valencia. Call Deborah Mann at (661) 255-6271. Free landscape education class will discuss plant selection, 9 a.m.-noon at the Castaic Lake Water Agency above Central Park at 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Karen Denkinger at (661) 513-1230. Shel Silverstein story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Public meeting to share concerns or ideas regarding the city’s Transportation Development Plan, 11 a.m. in the Century Conference Room at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 294-2549. Cheer tryout clinic, 2-4 p.m. at Gymcheer USA, 20724 Centre Pointe Parkway, Unit 3, Canyon Country. Call (661) 299-6849. Newhall branch of the Italian Catholic Federation will meet for dinner and socializing, 6:30 p.m. at our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall, 23233 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Dinner: $5. Call Lorraine at (661) 284-1923. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Classics Book Group will meet, 10:30 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Open house, noon-4 p.m. at Animal Acres Farm Sanctuary, 5200 Escondido Canyon Road, Acton. Call (661) 269-0986. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Free program, titled “Natural Healing Through Ayurveda,” 7-8:30 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, 24130 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Tina Landrum at (661) 260-2377, Ext. 210. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Santa Clarita Republican Women will meet, 10-11:30 a.m. at Republican Headquarters, 24267 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-3422. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Free health lecture, titled “How Gum Disease Threatens Your Health,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Free financial program, titled “Nuts and Bolts of Small Business,” 6:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Dual Diagnosis Group for those who are chemically dependent and affected by mental illness, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Francis Counseling Center, 25050 Avenue Kearny, Suite 101, Valencia. Call (661) 294-2880. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at email@example.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. TODAY SCV Bar Association will meet, 11:45 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 287-3260. After-School Cooking with Kids will create smoothies, 3-5 p.m. at Whole Foods Market, 24130 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 260-2377, Ext. 210. Stories from Ireland, 3:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Santa Clarita Corvette Club social meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 298-1494.
Karim Benzema was sold to Real Madrid for £30m in 2009 – An amazing summer in 2009 saw Benzema arrive at Real Madrid along with Xabi Alonso, Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo. He has become an integral part of the Real attack and has won the league twice as well as three Champions League trophies. 11 Samuel Umtiti was sold to Barcelona for £21m in 2016 – Umtiti is only 23, but the centre-back looks like being a Barcelona defender for years to come. He has all the attributes needed to play at the very top level of club football and, alongside Gerard Pique, the club won the Copa del Rey in 2017. Arsenal are the latest club to hand over a sizeable chunk of money to Lyon, with the striker costing £52m.He is the latest in a long line of big names to leave the French club in recent years and here, talkSPORT.com looks at some of the biggest.MORE: Look how much money Benfica have made from their incredible player sales in recent yearsRemain up to date with all the latest transfer news and rumours here. 11 11 Hugo Lloris was sold to Tottenham for £12m in 2012 – He may not have won anything since leaving France, but he has cemented his place as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe and one of Spurs fans’ favourite players. Its no surprise he has been linked with Man United and PSG in recent seasons. 11 Mahamadou Diarra was sold to Real Madrid for £22m in 2006 – He helped Real Madrid win successive Spanish titles following his transfer. He left for Monaco in 2011 and later signed for Fulham. Now 36, he spent the 2016/17 season training with Brentford. 11 Eric Abidal was sold to Barcelona for £12.75m in 2007 – Replacing Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Abidal won the league four times in Spain and the Champions League twice, coming back to win the 2011 edition after undergoing surgery to remove a tumour from his liver. 11 11 11 11 Michael Essien was sold to Chelsea for £24.4m in 2005 – Essien became a favourite at Chelsea and of manager Jose Mourinho, who later took him to Real Madrid. A midfield featuring him, Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack was a frightening prospect and Essien won two Premier League titles, the Champions League, four FA Cups and the League Cup during his stay. Alexandre Lacazette was sold to Arsenal for £52m in 2017 – Over the last three seasons, Lacazette has scored an incredible amount of goals and this ultimately led to Arsenal spending big to sign him. Gooners are expecting big things from the 26-year-old. Corentin Tolisso was sold to Bayern for £35m in 2017 – Hes only 22, but the central midfielder has already secured a massive move to German champions Bayern. Tolisso has one France cap to his name. 11 Miralem Pjanic was sold to Roma for €11m in 2011 – Since moving to Roma, the playmaker has secured another big-money move to Juventus, who he joined in 2016. He won a league and cup double and played in the 2017 Champions League final. Roma have also recently bought Lyons Maxim Gonalons for 5m. Anthony Martial was sold to Monaco for £4.4m in 2013 – Lyon received money from United when they shelled out £36m for the 19-year-old Monaco forward in 2015. His debut goal against Liverpool endeared him to fans and he finished his first season with 17 goals, including an FA Cup semi-final winner against Everton. Hes already won the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League. 11 Florent Malouda was sold to Chelsea for £13.5m in 2007 – Malouda spent six years at Chelsea, winning the double in 2010 and the Champions League in 2012. The 37-year-old is currently playing in India.
The Donegal Sports Star Committee has more outstanding achievements to examine after plenty of success inside and outside the county during the month of September.On the national front the Ulster Senior League winning the FAI National Inter-provincial tournament for only the second time ever was one of the highlights that the adjudicating committee will run the rule at the end of the year.The 38th Donegal Sports Star Awards function takes place in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday, January 31st. Also expected to be in the mix for recognition is the Donegal Ladies team who won the National Surf Lifesaving title along with young Zach Gibson (Go-karting), athletes Arlene Crossan and Anne Marie McGlynn, cyclist Ciara Doogan, showjumper Shannon Ramsay, Damien Faulkner (motorsport) and the Cockhill and USL manager Donal O’Brien. O’Brien had an incredible month of success in September O’Brien guiding his club Cockhill Celtic to an Ulster Senior League and Cup double before being joint manager of the USL team who won the FAI National Inter-provincial tournament for only the second time ever.In the team award category the Donegal Ladies who won the National Surf Lifesaving title for the sixth time in a row on Curracloe Beach will expect to be nominated. The team included Triona McMenamin (Letterkenny); Tahita Britton (Rossnowlagh); Meadh McCloskey, Sarah Patton and Danika Maguire (Ballyshannon).In motorsport Moville racing driver Damien Faulkner claimed a first win of the season for his TRG team in the American Le Mans series in Austin, Texas. 12-year-old Zach Gibson from Trentagh achieved stunning results in Go-Karting winning the Southern Ireland karting championship.The 38th Donegal Sports Star Awards committee will also be anticipating a nomination for Arlene Crossan the Loreto Convent Letterkenny student who posted an impressive series of results to win the Ulster Schools Multi events at the Mary Peters track in Belfast in September. Lifford AC’s Ann Marie McGlynn superb season continued as she won the ladies section of the Waterside Half-Marathon in Derry last month while Pauric McKinney won the Masters section in a time of 72.31 which placed him sixth overall.Mark English just failed to beat his personal best despite a superb run in Italy clocking 1.44.89 to come fourth in the 800 metres. The UCD student is now just two hundredths of a second off the Irish 800m record held by Kildare man David Matthews, who ran 1:44.82 in Rieti almost two decades ago.The winning run of Rossapenna GC came to a heartbreaking end as the golfers lost 3-2 in the AIG Senior Cup Final to Co. Sligo at the Royal Tara Golf Club. And there was also defeat for Letterkenny Golf Club in the final of the GUI Ulster Cup to Cairndhu GC after the second leg at Barnhill. Burnfoot professional golfer Brian McElhinney won the PGA Irish Assistants Championship at Nuremore, Co. MonaghanIn badminton sister and brother Chloe and Sam Magee lost their Belgium semi-final against a Danish pair after a shock victory against the number one seeds from England. In boxing Donegal middleweight Joseph Duffy went to Southern Germany to defeat a Romanian opponent Ionut Trandafir Ilie while the Buncrana Banger John Hutchinson also won a professional bout in Belfast against a Hungarian opponent.Letterkenny born cyclist Philip Deignan signed a deal with the famous Team Sky racing outfit, which will see him linkup with some of the world’s top cyclists including Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome next season. However there was to be disappointment for Deignan when he missed out on representing Ireland at the Road World Championships in Italy after breaking his collarbone in the Tour of Britain. Errigal Cycling Club’s Ciara Doogan had a first and a second at the Sainsbury School Games in Sheffield. The sport of equestrian is also likely to feature on the 2013 Donegal Sports Star Awards honours list with a number of exciting successes in September including Letterkenny showjumper Shannon Ramsey who was crowned Ulster Region League Champion in Cavan on her gelding Bracken.17-year-old Lisa Moore from Ramelton represented Ireland at the Eurotrec Young Riders Championships, held in Belguim. She was the highest scoring Irish rider on the POR phase and second highest on the PTV.There were men’s and women’s GAA finals in September. At the beginning of the month Termon won the county senior Ladies Football Championship for the third time in four years while Milford took the Donegal Intermediate title for the first time at MacCumhaill Park.Burt won the Donegal senior hurling title but reigning champions St. Eunan’s were sensationally knocked out of the senior football championship at the quarter-final stage by Malin who were joined in the semi-finals by Glenswilly, Killybegs and Ardara. Naomh Ultan won the Junior B Championship while Moville took the St Jude’s All Ireland. Naomh Conaill defeated Ardara in the U-16 League Final at Davy Brennan Memorial Park and the Buncrana ladies adult team made history winning the club’s first title at this level taking the Junior B football title.The Minor B Championship Hurling Final was won by St Eunan’s who were also victorious in the U12 Hurling County A Final. The Three Rivers Shotokan Karate Club took home three gold and two bronze medals from the JKS National ChampionshipsThere was international soccer recognition for four young Donegal girls last month, which is also expected to attract the attention of the Donegal Sports Star Awards Committee. At the beginning of the month Milford girl Amber Barrett grabbed a 85th minute equalizer which earned her Republic of Ireland U-19 side a 1-1 away draw with Portugal in an international friendly.Later in September Gemma McGuinness (Greencastle) and Barrett (Lagan Harps) were members of the Republic of Ireland U-19 squad who played three games at the end of the month in the UEFA Women’s Championship qualifying tournament in Dublin.Greencastle’s Roma McLaughlin was on the Republic of Ireland U-17 side that lost 2-1 to Spain in Romania in an Elite Phase UEFA Championship qualifier. Also in the squad was her club mate Sara Jane McDonald.Meanwhile, Letterkenny’s Ciara Grant was in the Republic of Ireland Women’s senior squad for two FIFA World Cup qualifying matches which included a 2-0 home win over Slovakia and an away draw against Croatia.Greencastle FC won the Ulster Women’s Cup Final with a 3-2 win over Lagan Harps at Maginn Park thanks to a double from Sarah Jane McDonald and one from Niamh McLaughlin. In the U-14 Ulster Girls Final also at Maginn Park on the same day a Shania McGonagle goal gave Illies Celtic a 1-0 win over Greencastle.The Glenree Utd girls were crowned U-12 blitz champions of Donegal in Ballyare. Milford Utd took the silverware in the Letterkenny Area Brian McCormick Shield Final after a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over holders Rathmullan Celtic at the Flagpole. The other area winners Dunkineely Celtic, Glenea Utd and Castlefin Celtic.Ramelton’s Barry McNamee was an unused sub as the Republic of Ireland lost 4-0 to Germany in an UEFA U-21 qualifier in Sligo. There will be no World Cup for Seamus Coleman next year as the Republic of Ireland lost two vital qualifiers to Sweden (2-1) and Austria (1-0).Finn Harps made their exit from the FAI Senior Cup losing 2-0 in a quarter-final replay against Drogheda Utd at Hunky Dory Park. Isle of Doagh man Stephen McLaughlin made his debut for Bristol City in a 2-0 away defeat to Southampton in the Capital One League Cup.McLaughlin moved from Derry City to Nottingham Forest at Christmas and is now on loan with Bristol City. Four days later McLaughlin came off the bench to make his League 1 debut setting up the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Colchester Utd.Young Moville Celtic coach Eunan McDaid was part of the Northern Ireland management team who played in the first ever ‘Homeless World Cup in Poznan, Poland. Eunan was an Assistant Coach with the team, which won the ‘Best Newcomer’ award at the global event.In Triathlon Margaret Kelly competed in Las Vegas while her 24/7 club colleague Aidan Callaghan had wins in Rosses Point, Mullaghmore and Gartan. Siobhan Gallagher from Gartan a member of the Sligo Triathlon Club finished ninth in both the Aquathon (swim and run) and sprint in the 20-24 age group in London at the ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championships. Hazel Scorer from Dungloe, a member of Triathlon Ireland, finished 39th overall in her age group (30-34) at the same championships.For further details on the Donegal Sports Star Awards visit donegalsportsstarawards.ie or find us on Facebook at DonegalSports StarawardsDONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS SEPTEMBER REVIEW was last modified: October 14th, 2013 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:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARD
Elderly people who have a sense of purpose live longer, reported Science Daily. Scientists at Rush University Medical Center monitored 1,238 community-living seniors for five years in order to test the hypothesis that purpose in life affects mortality. “Purpose in life,” explained research leader Patricia Boyle, “reflects the tendency to derive meaning from life’s experiences and be focused and intentional.” After adjusting for other factors, the team found that persons with a high sense of purpose were half as likely to die during the monitoring period. The statistics held across racial differences, income, and other medical conditions. To flourish, to age successfully, we need to have a sense that our lives matter, the team found. The study did not factor in religious commitment, but asked participants for their feelings about these statements:I sometimes feel as if I’ve done all there is to do in life.I used to set goals for myself, but that now seems like a waste of time.My daily activities often seem trivial and unimportant to me.Boyle was excited about the results of the study because it shows that people can take positive steps to improve their well-being. “Although we think that having a sense of purpose in life is important across the lifespan, measurement of purpose in life in older persons in particular may reveal an enduring sense of meaningfulness and intentionality in life that somehow provides a buffer against negative health outcomes,” she said.It’s very difficult to account for all the factors in statistical surveys such as this, but it stands to reason that a will to live for a purpose is a healthy attitude. It doesn’t mean your cancer will not kill you, or that you will necessarily outlive a depressed person, but we should employ all the strategies we can for healthy living. A weakness of studies like this is the lack of accounting for the object of purposefulness. It’s like saying that having faith is good. Faith in what? Not all faith is healthy or wise. Some faith is stupid. Some is dangerous. Should we have faith that when we leap out the window we will fly? The key to healthy purposefulness is having the right object for it. For a negative example, what if your purpose was to hurt as many people as you can before you die? or to indulge in all the vain pleasures you can, like some Hollywood movies portray the good life of a terminally ill patient? It would be hard to consider one’s last breath satisfying if that is all there is to life, and there is no hope beyond. How would a sense of purpose evolve? This study would make no sense in a Darwinian world view. An evolutionary biologist would have to pity an elderly person believing he or she has purpose. Why? Because to an evolutionist, such things are an illusion. But if that were true, why have a purpose to be a scientist? Evolutionary “purpose” defeats itself. There’s only one purpose that matters: to know Who put you here, and to please Him. He alone knows what makes us tick. He wrote the Operations Manual. He revealed how He is to be found, and what we are supposed to be doing in life. Before we can live a healthy purpose-filled life, we have to realize that we have the wrong purpose by default. We all desire to please ourselves. We have an innate tendency to choose the wrong path. We have to turn around, admit our lostness, and receive His pardon purchased by Christ on the cross. Then we can have confidence that our lives matter. Paul wrote about this eloquently in I Corinthians 15 (a very appropriate passage for this entry). This chapter is all about purpose and the justification for purpose. If Christ did not rise from the dead, Paul said, then we are of all men most pitiable – we should eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die, if the dead are not raised. But because Christ died and rose again, He can raise us to eternal life with the same power He had in his resurrection. That eternal life doesn’t start when you die; it begins the moment you trust Him for it. What’s more, it begins a relationship with your Maker in which you can join in His purpose for the world. The purpose He gives is not just an emotion or illusion. It really matters. Paul concluded, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” When you know your labor is not in vain, you have joy! You can go at your work with enthusiasm. That’s healthy. Are you elderly and feeling worthless? Maybe not yet (but see Ecclesiastes 12). Are you agreeing with those three fatalistic questions the researchers asked? Consider the Creator’s purpose for you. Your life matters to him. Don’t waste your life on earthly things that don’t satisfy (read the book of Ecclesiastes for the ultimate example). You were made on purpose for purpose. Even if you are old or infirm, there is always something you can do. You can pray, for instance. You can be an example of endurance. You can encourage others. Read our online book for a real-life testimony. When your prayer includes Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, you have solid ground for a meaningful, joyful purpose that will help you flourish in life, and that will outlast the grave.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Some research centers appear to be on the verge of a golden age – the age of biomimetics (the imitation of biological design). Products that will change our lives are springing from designs inspired by studying how plants, animals and cells have solved real-world problems. Although some of the research mentions evolution, the real power behind the research and development is the word design. Here are just a few recent examples.Make a muscle: Scientists at the University of British Columbia are taking inspiration from muscle proteins. They want to design materials that mimic their mechanical properties, “which are a unique combination of strength, extensibility and resilience,” they said in their paper in Nature.1 The chief molecule responsible for these desirable properties is a giant protein aptly named titin. It acts like a “complex molecular spring” thanks to “a series of individually folded immunoglobulin-like domains as well as largely unstructured unique sequences.” The scientists have now succeeded in recasting solid biomaterials by making “artificial elastomeric proteins that mimic the molecular architecture of titin” that “behave as rubber-like materials showing high resilience at low strain and as shock-absorber-like materials at high strain by effectively dissipating energy.” They call it a new “muscle-mimetic biomaterial.” Even though it is a passive substance, they can tweak it: “The mechanical properties of these biomaterials can be fine-tuned by adjusting the composition of the elastomeric proteins, providing the opportunity to develop biomaterials that are mimetic of different types of muscles,” they said. Wow; will this be the new flubber? “We anticipate that these biomaterials will find applications in tissue engineering as scaffold and matrix for artificial muscles.” Watch for the biceps on upcoming robots. Elliot L. Chaikof commented on this paper in the same issue of Nature,2. He said that biological materials are attractive because they allow for dissipation of energy and damping vibrations that prevent structural failure. “The elasticity and energy-recovery properties of such structural proteins are therefore fine-tuned for their biological roles, and are crucial determinants of the normal physiological responses of a broad range of tissues, including those that comprise the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems.” The problem with synthetic materials in biomedical devices (microvalves, microactuators, etc.) is that “they cannot facilitate tissue repair, remodelling or regeneration, and they often provoke maladaptive host responses at tissue�material interfaces.” Creating parts out of protein is therefore a worthy goal. Chaikof reminds the reader that we are merely at the frontier:Lv and colleagues’ material is certainly impressive, but is it a true muscle mimic? Muscles are complex molecular machines, in which several components are assembled into well-ordered structures capable of converting a stimulus into motion. Titin is a major constituent of muscle, but a titin mimic alone does not reproduce all the properties of muscle – such as its tensile strength, or force-generating and force-sensing abilities. In the absence of a self-repair mechanism, protein-based materials are also inherently susceptible to biological degradative processes after implantation, which could release ‘foreign’ protein fragments into the host. For biomedical applications, such materials therefore need to be carefully assessed to ensure that no fragments cause adverse immune reactions. Future work will undoubtedly address these issues, leading to creative designs and fabrication techniques for assembling artificial muscle elements that reproducibly and repeatedly respond on command, perform work, and function well after surgical implantation.Flubber basketball players may have to wait a while longer. This job is harder than it looks. Science Daily reproduced a press release from UBC about the progress so far; see also PhysOrg’s headline, “Designed biomaterials mimicking biology: Potential scaffold for muscle regeneration.”Moths are the prototype: A perfectly non-reflecting display would be really cool for your eyeglasses or camera lenses. “Moths are the prototype” for a new nanocoating being developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg, Germany. Science Daily explained that moths have to avoid predators while flying about at night. While other insects’ multi-faceted eyes shimmer under light, “the moth’s eyes are perfectly non-reflecting.” That’s because “Tiny protuberances smaller than the wavelength of light form a periodic structure on the surface. This nanostructure creates a gentle transition between the refractive indices of the air and the cornea. As a result, the reflection of light is reduced and the moth remains undetected.” That trick is being imitated in a new process that applies the anti-reflective surface structure during manufacture of the component, without having to add a second coating process. This not only saves money but increases durability. The materials the Fraunhofer team is making are strong, scratch-proof and easy to clean. Imagine soon having cell phone displays, dashboard display covers, eyeglasses, and any other transparent surface that have all these desirable properties – thanks to the lowly moth.Purple is the new green: Purple bacteria, that live in the bottom of lakes and in coral reefs, are among the very best at harvesting energy from sunlight. According to an article in Science Daily, “Its natural design seems the best structural solution for harvesting solar energy.” That’s why “Neil Johnson, a physicist and head of the inter-disciplinary research group in complexity in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami, thinks its cellular arrangement could be adapted for use in solar panels and other energy conversion devices to offer a more efficient way to garner energy from the sun.” Johnson said (without first-hand observation) that these bacteria have been around for billions of years, and “you would think they are really simple organisms and that everything is understood about them.” But it was recently discovered that they can “adopt different cell designs depending on light intensity.” That realization “could help direct design of future photoelectric devices.” Purple bacteria have some tricks up their sleeves. They use a non-intuitive technique to squeeze more energy out of available light. To optimize, they can’t stay wide open all the time; they have to adjust the input to the ability to process the energy – which they do. They hit a balance: “purple bacteria create a design that balances the need to maximize the number of photons trapped and converted to chemical energy, and the need to protect the cell from an oversupply of energy that could damage it,” Johnson explained. At this point, the scientists are just trying to understand how the bacteria do it. “Currently, the researchers are using their mathematical model and the help of supercomputers, to try to find a photosynthetic design even better than the one they found in purple bacteria, although outsmarting nature is proving to be a difficult task.” Maybe its just too hard. So why not save energy, and harness the bacteria themselves? “Because these bacteria grow and repair themselves, the researchers hope this discovery can contribute to the work of scientists attempting to coat electronic devices with especially [sic] adapted photosynthetic bacteria, whose energy output could become part of the conventional electrical circuit, and guide the development of solar panels that can adapt to different light intensities.”Between the fern and the deep blue sea: “Tiny Hydrophobic Water Ferns Could Help Ships Economize on Fuel,” Science Daily announced. How is that? “The hairs on the surface of water ferns could allow ships to have a 10 percent decrease in fuel consumption,” the article explained. “The plant has the rare ability to put on a gauzy skirt of air under water.” That translates into reduced friction, which translates into fuel savings. The tiny water fern Salvinia molesta is so hydrophobic, it never gets wet – even under water. You can pull it out of the water and the water just drips right off, leaving it completely dry, even after it has been underwater for weeks. Imagine having swimsuits and scuba equipment like that. Previous attempts to create superhydrophobic materials have not been stable enough to last. Scientists have known about the fine hydrophobic hairs on the water fern, but they recently discovered that the tips of the hairs are hydrophilic – they attract water. Strange as that seems, it sets up a water layer that holds the air layer close to the plant. One colleague was excited by this: “After the solving of the self-cleansing of the lotus leaf twenty years ago, the discovery of the salvinia effect is one of the most important new discoveries in bionics.” Half the energy of moving a cargo ship through the water is caused by friction at the hull-water interface. A ten percent saving on fuel costs by coating the hull with a salvinia-effect material could have an enormous impact. “Surfaces modelled on the water fern could revolutionise shipbuilding,” the article concluded.Synchronized swimming: The dancing of a school of fish like a single organism moving gracefully through the water is a visual treat. “Nature shows and Caribbean vacation commercials often depict a school of fish moving as a single entity to avoid obstacles and elude prey,” PhysOrg agreed, adding, “Engineers hope to give unmanned mini-submarines, mini-helicopters and other autonomous vehicles the same coordinated movement.” To do that, they first need to understand how the fish do it. “Fish signal one another via visual cues and hydrodynamics (the movement of water),” the article explains, describing research at the University of Maryland. “A line of tiny hair cells down each side of a fish helps them to sense the flow of the water around them.” A short video shows how the researchers are making their first clumsy attempts to get yard-long robotic submarines in a tank to read each other’s visual cues, using cameras, to steer. Another researcher is working on the hair cell mimics. All the while, they are monitoring a school of live fish called giant danios to learn from their coordinated movements. They’ve learned that one fish getting startled can set off a “wave of agitation” that propagates from neighbor to neighbors. Another video shows computer models built on the observations. “We’re developing modern engineering tools to quantitatively study this phenomenon,” the lead researcher said, an aerospace engineering professor with the design-friendly name Paley. “We’re taking methods you learn as an engineering student and applying them to study biology.” Next stop: synchronized aerial vehicles exploring the eyes of hurricanes, schools of unmanned submarines gathering data in the deep ocean, maybe even synchronized spacecraft.Autonomous roach robots: Artificial robots, including drones, unmanned subs, Mars rovers and spacecraft, have to be driven by humans. Often it takes too long for signals to reach the moving parts to avert danger, and the robot gets stuck. Roy Ritzmann at Case Western Reserve University is envious of roaches. They respond to obstacles so nimbly, he decided to wire their neurons to see how fast their brains command their legs. PhysOrg describes his work in “If only a robot could be more like a cockroach.” The way we design robots now is too clumsy for the kind of work we need them to do – to go into the World Trade Center looking for victims, or other rescue situations. “So, to make a robot that can turn, back up, climb over or burrow under and obstacle without the guidance of a far off rescue worker using computer controls, what could be better than mimicking an insect’s comparatively simple brain?” Ritzmann thought. “Easier said than done,” found Ritzmann and his assistant Allan Pollack. If you can imagine doing brain surgery on the head of a pin, that’s about what it took to wire a roach brain to study its neuron firing patterns when it walks. They found that steps occur about 450 milliseconds after a neuron fires. The cockroach is controlling the speed of its legs with its brain. If we can ever get our robots to do that, we’ll really have something – especially if we can get them that small, and able to climb walls and reproduce themselves. On second thought… restaurants, watch out.Overlapping with biomimetics is genetic engineering. Once living designs are understood, they can be tweaked in ways humans desire. New Scientist reported on ways that plant leaf shape, stomata density and photosynthesis rate might be adjusted genetically. Linda Geddes began the article on “Designing Leaves” by saying, “From blades of grass to the cup-like fly-catcher of the pitcher plant, the diversity of leaf shapes, sizes and structures is stunning. It is also incredibly useful, allowing plants to live nearly everywhere on Earth, from the deserts of the US Midwest to the lush shores of the Amazon. Now the precise molecular switches that control the process are being unpicked.” Once we understand how leaves grow and prosper, the question becomes, “what does an optimal leaf look like and can we design one?” If so, we may be on the verge of the next green revolution – producing crops with dramatically increased yields, making food plants more resilient to heat and drought, and taking the guesswork out of selective breeding.1. Lv, Dudek, Cao, Balamurali, Gosline and Li, “Designed biomaterials to mimic the mechanical properties of muscles,” Nature 465, 69�73 06 May 2010; doi:10.1038/nature09024.2. Elliot L. Chaikof, “Materials science: Muscle mimic,” Nature 465, 44�45 06 May 2010; doi:10.1038/465044a.All together now: “These articles said nothing about evolution.” This is all design, design, design. We are marveling at the design and complexity of living solutions to real engineering problems, and trying to imitate them. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, who are we trying to honor? For any Darwin Party maniacs reading this, worried that the r-word is coming, notice that all this research, though completely compatible with an intelligent-design approach to science, had nothing to do with religion. It shows that science can approach nature with regard to intelligent design without focusing on the identity of the designer, Designer, or God. In the ID Revolution, everyone can join in and get on board without starting a religious war, because the focus is on design detection and design imitation. Questions about the Designer are, of course, very interesting and important, and very compatible with all this research, but those discussions can be left in the hands of capable theologians and philosophers. Individual scientists do not have to state their affiliations in their papers. None of these did; and none of these felt compelled to tell Darwinian tales, either. If journals will just loosen the reins, and let scientists like these talk about design, even intelligent design, without getting whipped for using the phrase, all they would be doing is validating what is already taking place. Simultaneously, journals need to relax the requirement for allegiance to Darwinism. Just-so stories are becoming so 1940s. It’s getting harder and harder for observational scientists to maintain belief that blind chance could produce optimized computers (see next entry), synchronized robots, perfectly non-reflecting surfaces, and so many other marvels. Isn’t it time to jettison the bad habit of force-fitting Information-Age discoveries into a worn-out Victorian mindset? Intelligent design science is not so much about controversial additions to science. As you can see in the articles above, design thinking is already being put to great use. It’s more about some blessed subtractions.(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0