Dottin’s hopes dashed

first_imgPERTH, Australia (CMC):There was disappointment for West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin as her Brisbane Heat missed out on the final of the Women’s Big Bash, after going down by nine wickets to Perth Scorchers in yesterday’s semi-final.Playing at the WACA, Heat could only muster 124 for five and Scorchers cruised to their target with more than four overs remaining.They will now meet the winner of today’s semi-final between Sydney Sixers Women and Hayley Matthews’ Hobart Hurricanes in Brisbane.Sent in, Brisbane got a top score of 39 from captain Kirby Short, while Delissa Kimmince chipped in late on with a 15-ball unbeaten 25.Dottin, batting at number five, scored 18 from 15 balls with two fours, in a crucial 34-run, fifth-wicket stand with Kimmince.She was eventually run out off the last ball of the innings, chasing a second run with Kimmince but finding herself short of her ground.In reply, Scorchers made light work of their run chase with opener Elyse Villani striking 52 and her partner Nicole Bolton, 32.Villani faced 48 balls and counted eight fours, putting on 67 for the first wicket with Bolton and another 58 in an unbroken second-wicket stand with captain Suzie Bates, who made 27 not out.Dottin sent down two overs of medium pacer which went for 11 runs.last_img read more

City ponders overcrowded home dispute

first_imgThe share of complaints by community in 2006 were: 32percent in Newhall; 30percent in Canyon Country; 19percent in Saugus; 16percent in Valencia. 3percent in Sand Canyon. About one-third of violations were because of poor maintenance, 12percent were illegal signs, and about 8percent were illegal garage conversions. Peterson said numbers can be deceiving because some communities are larger than others. He is devising a method that will yield something akin to per-capita figures. Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar said he has fielded numerous complaints about overcrowding in recent years, but he said the city is hamstrung to intervene. The former Los Angeles police officer called for the task force to “find a lawful solution” to protect residents. “We need to act when you have 20 people living in a residence … you can imagine parking on the streets and lawns … complete disregard for the aesthetics of the communities,” he said. City staff members and county fire, sheriff’s and health department officials will make up the multijurisdictional task force. In Canyon Country, where residents have complained about overcrowded homes for years, an initial effort at code enforcement is already planned, Peterson said. Code-enforcement officers will be deployed in Canyon Country for about a year, surveying residential areas east of Whites Canyon Road, north of Soledad Canyon Road, up to Nadal Street and east to about Eaglecrest Avenue. The first phase will start around Stillmore Street, and the next will be on the west side of Whites. Two notification letters will be sent to violators before they are cited. Peterson said the city will work with people who have special needs, and city grants are available for some who qualify for help. Sprucing up the neighborhood could hardly be faulted, but one man wonders if it could go too far. “We’re trying to decide and discuss what the fine line is … of what the city’s role is in maintaining safety, reasonable standards – and becoming the Canyon Country homeowners’ association,” said Alan Ferdman, chairman of the Canyon Country advisory committee. “We think there’s a certain level of enforcement that should take place, but we don’t want it to go so far as living under a homeowners’ association, which, if we would have wanted to, we would have moved in somewhere else.” Canyon Country is not a monolithic area, he noted, with much diversity in the ages of its homes. Many older homes were built under the county’s authority, before the city formed in 1987. Ferdman questions the fairness of subjecting older areas to city laws passed since 2000 and will meet with city officials May1 to discuss how “we can decide” which ordinances should or should not apply to older neighborhoods. Rules on setbacks have changed in recent years. “When someone wants to improve their property, they have to deal with the letter of the ordinance, and we want to address complying with the spirit,” he said. (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Most code-enforcement complaints to the city of Santa Clarita come from Newhall and Canyon Country, where residents grumble about seriously overcrowded houses, a study has found. City code enforcers are prowling for blight as a multijurisdictional task force prepares to convene and address overcrowding. “We want to work with people to maintain the quality of life that people in Santa Clarita expect,” said David Peterson, supervisor of the city’s Community Preservation Division. “This is part of keeping the city great.” Code officers deployed to banish unsightly piles of junk and trash, overgrown yards, illegal add-ons and graffiti handled 1,726 cases in 2006. last_img read more

Year in Review: Site C

first_imgLooking ahead to 2016, the main civic works are expected to start on the project early next year. The contract, valued at a whopping $1.75 billion, will be awarded to Peace River Hydro Partners. Some have cited concerns that Hydro has commitments to hiring workers from the Prairies for the project, but they assure they will be putting an emphasis onhiring local workers and contractors — as they did with the Fort St. John Hospital.For more stories about the project, from 2015 and beyond, check out the Site C section of our website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — 2015 marks the year that Site C started taking off and the project was actualized not just by BC Hydro, but by residents of the Peace Region. The year also started right after the province announced that they would be moving forward with the project in December 2014.This summer, construction on the project officially began — with upgrades of Old Fort Road, 269 Road, and 240 Road on the north bank of the Peace River. In November, the construction of a 300-worker camp had also made significant progress.But where BC Hydro has made progress this year, they have also faced, arguably, some of their great opposition.- Advertisement -Many members of some Treaty 8 First Nations are critical of the project, citing the impact it would have on the farmland and wildlife as a primary concern. The West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations took the crown corporation to the B.C. Supreme Court to challenge the permits this fall, after the Supreme Court also dismissed a request for a stop-work injunction in August.A vote in legislative assembly saw the B.C. Liberals almost unanimously vote to keep construction continuing on, despite strong NDP opposition — in January of this year, the NDP called out the B.C. Liberals on not following expert recommendations on the project. Though the province has made it clear they will see the project through, the election of a new federal government with a Liberal majority shone a new light on it. Representatives from various Treaty 8 First Nations appealed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to refuse the issue of permits for Hydro to continue work.Countless rallies and protests across the province have taken place this year — including one event that hosted notable environmentalist David Suzuki, and the most recent of which at the main entrance of the construction site seeing the arrest of a protester. This is not the first time things took a turn for the worst at at Site C-related function; in July, a man was shot near the location where a B.C. Hydro open house.Advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool fans stunned by £20m signing’s shock turnaround

first_imgIt’s fair to say Liverpool fans weren’t too enamoured with Dejan Lovren last season.The Croatian defender joined the club from Southampton in a £20million deal last summer but his performances failed to justify the price tag.So, when he started their opening game of the new season against Stoke there were, perhaps understandably, a few grumbles – but the 26-year-old put in a good display to silence his critics as the Reds won 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium.You can see what Liverpool fans thought of Dejan Lovren’s performance against Stoke below… Dejan Lovren wins a header 1last_img read more


first_imgDetails of traffic plan as supplied by An Garda Siochana.Traffic approaching Cavan from the Ballinagh direction N55 will be facilitated with parking on the Ballinagh Road.Traffic approaching Cavan from the Dublin direction N3 / M3 will be facilitated with parking on the Dublin Road. Traffic approaching Cavan from the Cootehill direction R188 are asked not to use the Cavan bypass but to continue into Cavan Town where there will be parking available in car parks and street parking.Traffic approaching Cavan from the Belturbet and Butlersbridge are asked to use the N3 where they will be directed onto the R188 and R212. Traffic will should then continue into Cavan Town where there will be parking available in car parks and street parking.Gardai will be on duty to assist people attending the event and people are asked to obey the instructions of Gardai and to follow the signage provided.  GARDA ADVICE TO DONEGAL FANS TRAVELLING TO BREFFNI PARK FOR MATCH was last modified: June 23rd, 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:GARDA ADVICE TO DONEGAL FANS TRAVELLING TO BREFFNI PARK FOR MATCHlast_img read more

College to hold forum for board candidates

first_img 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The college is at 26455 N. Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. VALENCIA – The Associated Student Government and Political Science Department at College of the Canyons are sponsoring a forum for legislative measures and board of trustees candidates from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today in the Honor Grove on campus. The event will provide an opportunity for students and community members to better understand the statewide propositions on Tuesday’s ballot as well as listen to and ask questions of all the candidates running for seats on the board of trustees. Bob Stern, director of the college’s Center for Governmental Studies, will discuss ballot propositions. Points of view by the two major parties will be presented in a session moderated by College of the Canyons political science professor Hamoud Salhi. Board candidates Joan MacGregor, Teresa Todd, Ronald Vitale, Ernest Tichenor and Jonathan Kraut will participate in a forum moderated by student Vice President Tania Aziz. last_img read more

Valencia thinking deep

first_img Anderson and Palmera give the Vikings a doubles combination that Kellogg believes could take the Vikings to the next level. “They’re a team that could step up,” Kellogg said. “They’re going to need to step up and lead our team.” Kellogg is hopeful Alexa Strange will be able to contribute. She’s questionable for Thursday’s match. Kellogg said it was uncertain whether Alexa Strange would play singles or doubles if and when she does return. Her return figures to bolster a team well-positioned for another deep playoff run. “We’ve got a great opportunity ahead of us,” Kellogg said. “I think if the girls compete and work hard the way they have all season, they’ve got a shot.” Surprise: Sophomore Holly Beaman and freshman Thalia Wilczynski lead upstart Saugus, the league’s biggest surprise story. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Centurions, who finished in a tie for second place with Burroughs of Burbank. Saugus was scheduled to play host to Pacifica of Garden Grove in a wild-card match Tuesday. The winner advances to a first-round meeting Thursday against top-seeded Brentwood. Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Valencia High’s girls’ tennis team went unbeaten in the Foothill League for a second straight year on its way to a fourth consecutive league title. Then, for good measure, the Vikings dominated the league singles and doubles championships Thursday, with singles champion Cassie Strange and doubles titlists Kristin Anderson and Monique Palmera defeating teammates in the finals. Now their focus turns to the Southern Section Div. III team playoffs. Valencia plays host to Almont League runner-up Schurr of Montebello in a first-round match Thursday at 2 p.m. If victorious, the Vikings would play the winner of Thursday’s Mayfield of Pasadena/Bonita of La Verne match Saturday in the second round. It is in this phase of the season that Valencia coach Annie Kellogg believes depth and experience matter as much as, if not more than, ability. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week That’s good news for the Vikings, a No. 2 seed that returns nearly its entire roster from a team that last season reached the semifinals for a second consecutive season. Strange, the team’s No. 1 singles player, is 87th in Southern California in the USTA 18-under rankings. She is the only Viking in top 100. Depth figured in Valencia going 89-1 in league doubles play. It also helped the Vikings overcome an injury to senior Alexa Strange (Cassie’s twin sister), who has missed more than a month with a third-degree ankle sprain. “You’re going to run into some pretty tough (singles) players, so to really go far, you have to depend on all nine players contributing,” Kellogg said. The Vikings excel in doubles. League champions Anderson and Palmera (61-4) and runners-up Alessandra Horii and Carissa Eisler (55-8) were unbeaten in league play. last_img read more

Wesson, Huizar revel in easy wins

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “We have a long and close relationship and we agree on probably nine out of 10 things,” Wesson said of the mayor. “I think we will work well together.” Huizar said most of his top issues – increasing public safety and working to improve schools – also are the mayor’s priorities. “I am my own man, but we have many interests in common,” said Huizar, whose election now leaves a vacancy on the Los Angeles Unified School District board. Officials said Wednesday they were unsure whether the seat can be filled with an appointment or if the board will wait until next June’s scheduled election. Wesson, a former Assembly speaker termed out of office last year, said he plans to start working this week even though he and Huizar will not be sworn in until the election results are certified in three weeks. “If I could, I would take the oath of office today,” Wesson said. “I’m ready to get started.” Wesson, who began his public service career in City Hall as an aide to former Councilman Nate Holden, said he plans to begin meeting with city department heads to review the needs in his district. “While the City Council has been kind in not taking away any money from the district, there are still needs that only a council member can address,” Wesson said. “We are going to start immediately.” Wesson also said he plans to take a role as a salesman for his district. “I am going to make sure this district gets its fair share and the people in this district are earning the same salaries as elsewhere in this city. “I want to bring in developments and jobs to this district. If someone wants to do business in the 10th District, I’ll drive the bus to show them around.” Huizar said he also hopes to use his school board background and experience as a land-use attorney to become more involved in city planning issues in areas where there can be a more coordinated approach with the LAUSD. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles’ two newest City Council members celebrated their victories Wednesday with pledges to immediately begin working to fill a void created during the five months the seats were vacant. The easy elections of Councilmen-elect Herb Wesson and Jose Huizar will bring the council to its full 15-member strength for the first time since Antonio Villaraigosa was elected mayor and Martin Ludlow took over as secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. The council elections also proved a victory for Villaraigosa, who had endorsed both men in the election and whose remaining term in the 14th Council District will now be completed by Huizar. Wesson captured nearly 80 percent of the vote in his mid-city district to easily win his election over two challengers. Huizar won 54 percent of the vote in his Eastside district, avoiding a runoff against a field of 10 candidates, including former Councilman Nick Pacheco. last_img read more

Facing Reality About Life on Other Planets, 5: Water and Rock

first_imgby Dr Henry RichterThere is much interest in searching for life elsewhere in the Universe. In previous articles I talked about the many criteria describing conditions and circumstances required to establish and maintain life on a planet. I talked about the importance of the location of the planet in its solar system. The location of the solar system in its galaxy is important as well. Being in the habitable zone around the host star sets the temperature. Having a suitable atmosphere, a moon, and a magnetic field each play a part in allowing life. Now, homing down to a planet’s surface, let’s consider the presence of water: liquid water.WaterWater is essential to life – and not just liquid water, but with the proper purity, neutral acidity, and chemical content. Water is an essential ingredient in living cells, both plant and animal. And there must be ample water. In consideration of a human colony on the moon or mars, possible sources of water have been found, mainly small deposits of water ice, but these are not sufficient for the development of life forms, at best—just the sustenance of existing life.Water exists abundantly in all three phases on Earth: solid, liquid and gas. Photo by David Coppedge.Water is a phenomenal substance. It is the only liquid that can dissolve a wide variety of organic and inorganic molecules. Other planets have liquid ammonia or methane which dissolve a few things, but the capability is very limited. Living cells use water, not ammonia. The familiar structure of a water molecule, consisting of one oxygen atom and two hydrogen atoms, gives it the familiar “mouse ears” configuration. Perhaps because of this structure, the hydrogen atoms on adjacent water molecules interact with what is called a hydrogen bond. When water freezes, the hydrogen bonds line up in such a way as to expand the water, resulting in a solid (ice) which is less dense than the liquid water, and thus it floats. This is a unique property that very few other liquids possess. When most liquids change from the liquid to solid state (i.e., when they freeze), they become more dense, and therefore sink to the bottom of the liquid. If water behaved this way, we would not have much liquid water on earth, because ice would sink to the bottom of the ocean, lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, accumulating upward but never melting. Maybe there would be a few centimeters of liquid water on top on a warm day, but not much. Water as a chemical works best in a temperature range of 50° to 100° C which brings us back to those factors that determine a planet’s temperature. So let me say, water was created in a special way, again to allow life to exist.Ample water means oceans or major lakes will exist. These would allow a water cycle transporting water over solid land to supply life forms needed fluid to carry on metabolism and cellular processes. Just water vapor in an atmosphere would not do it. An ongoing intake and outflow of water to cells is required for life. This means a ready supply of liquid water. So, a search for oceans will certainly top the list when it becomes possible to closely examine exoplanets.Two sides of the glass. Photo by David Coppedge.Saltwater vs freshwater.  The existence of water on our earth is interesting. Water is found in two conditions: fresh and salty. I believe everything exists as it is for a purpose, so a salty ocean accomplishes something. Having a doctoral degree in chemistry should give me a clue as to what the salt does, but I can only make some suggestions. The swimming pool at our village has salt, as did a neighbor’s pool in Palm Springs, and the reason for the salty pool was to generate a small amount of chlorine (salt is sodium chloride) to avoid having to add chemical chlorine to rid the pool of bacteria or other contaminants. So maybe the salt helps keep the ocean from being overrun with microbes. The salt lowers the freezing point of the ocean as well. It increases the conductivity of water, contributing to temperature regulation. What about fresh-water lakes?  I know they are more subject to contamination, but plant life, particularly nearby marshes are instrumental in clearing the water. Groundwater entering lakes is also filtered by soil and rock through which it passes. In addition, most lakes (with exceptions like the Dead Sea and the Salton Sea) have an inlet and outlet that permits new freshwater to replace the old.Rocks and Minerals       In addition to water, dry land is required for an ecosystem. True, there are plants and animals that thrive in a watery environment, but that makes for a limited set of forms and creatures. The movie Waterworld (1995) portrayed humans trying to exist in a planet completely covered by water. They had to develop a pseudo-land like environment to operate. It was, of course, quite weird and awkward. To have higher forms of life like humans, some fraction of the planet needs to be solid land—and not just solid land, but a rocky surface. This is another necessary criterion for life.* I do not know if anyone is able to compute the optimum ratio of sea surface to land surface on a planet to best support higher forms of life, but a good quantity of both types of surfaces are undoubtedly necessary.Minerals and mountains. Photo by David Coppedge.The rocky land provides a source of chemical elements, minerals, and compounds required for both plant and animal life. Other types of surfaces could be imagined, but a chemical surface such as ammonium chloride or calcium carbonate would not support life. Plants are required for the nourishment of animals. They provide fuel for metabolism as well as substances such as vitamins and some minerals like iron and calcium. It is amazing that many of these nutrients are needed by animal bodies but do not seem to be needed by the living plants that take them up from the soil (processed rock) and synthesize them. So a rocky surface on a planet can be listed among the requisites for the existence of life.Lastly, somewhat related to the composition, form, and makeup of a planet, is the requirement for plate tectonics in the material under the surface. This results from the underlying rock being formed in large sheets under the continents and oceans which can move as a large mass. These sheets move against each other and over and under each other. This churns up the material, mixes it, and refreshes it. It is a very slow process, at least today. This movement of the plates also wrinkles the rocky surface, creating mountains and ocean trenches. When the plates move over places where hot magma wells up from the hot interior of the planet, they are sometimes penetrated, allowing the molten magma to reach the surface in the form of volcanoes. Many believe plate tectonics is also essential for the development of life (at least higher forms of life).At this point in the series we have examined some 15 requirements an exoplanet must meet to allow for complex life. More factors can be added to our growing list, but the emerging picture is clear: life cannot survive just anywhere, and by meeting all these requirements perfectly, our earth is very special, indeed.*Notice that evolutionists believe the large mammals in the ocean came from land. —Ed.**It’s interesting that Venus, without plate tectonics, has volcanoes but a relatively low-relief surface except for one spot, Maxwell Montes, named for Bible-believing scientist James Clerk Maxwell. —Ed.Dr Henry Richter, a contributing science writer to Creation-Evolution Headlines, was a key player at NASA/JPL in the early days of the American space program. With a PhD in Chemistry, Physics and Electrical Engineering from Caltech), Dr Richter brings a perspective about science with the wisdom of years of personal involvement. His book America’s Leap Into Space: My Time at JPL and the First Explorer Satellites (2015), chronicles the beginnings of the space program based on his own records and careful research into rare NASA documents, providing unequaled glimpses into events and personnel in the early days of rocketry that only an insider can give. His next book, Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers, is due out later in 2017. For more about Dr Richter, see his Author Profile.(Visited 407 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Personal Finance Webinar: How to Read a Mutual Fund Prospectus

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonMilitary families know the importance of saving money, but do they understand the options available for maximizing savings? Along with taking advantage of Thrift Savings Plans (TSPs) and Roth IRA retirement savings options, military families could also be using mutual funds as a savings tool.“Reading” by Sebastien Wiertz. Creative Commons.In the Tuesday, October 21 webinar, Dr. Michael Gutter will discuss mutual funds in detail and will explain the fees, performance measures, and characteristics of mutual funds that are highlighted in a mutual fund prospectus. Dr. Gutter will also discuss some of the tools and resources available for researching mutual funds. This 90-minute webinar will enable financial educators who attend to work with military families who are interested in using mutual funds as a long-term savings option.To join the webinar and to view resources, including the presentation slides, click here.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on October 14, 2014.last_img read more