17 Inconnu athletes take part in Prince George swim meet

first_imgTy Haugan qualified for the Swim BC AA provincial championships and Kade Schwarz earned one of his Swim BC AAA provincial times. Both achieved their qualifying times in the boys 10 and under age group.Inconnu swimmer Cameron Cole competed in his first out of town regional meet and broke his personal bests in all of the events he competed in.Jamie Jodoin achieved a personal best in the 100 metre breaststroke for the first time in two years.- Advertisement -The Inconnu Swim Club will be hosting a regional swim meet this weekend at the North Peace Leisure Pool.last_img

Warm weather wakes snakes

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Spring promises warmer days and budding blooms, but beware: Unseasonable weather has awakened rattlesnakes early from their winter snooze. The local nature center has documented several sightings. “When you have strange, erratic weather patterns, you have strange, erratic emergence of animals,” said Ian Swift, director of the Placerita Canyon Nature Center and supervisor of the 350-acre park. “Things like temperature, rainfall, humidity are all these cues they respond to when it’s time to emerge.” Gauges at the nature center measured just 2inches of rainfall since July, one-tenth of the norm. Winter days when temperatures rise above the low 70s are considered warm. November tallied 10 such days; December had eight; January had five; and February had eight, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service. Southern Pacific rattlesnakes are the species indigenous to Southern California. About 200 snakebites are reported each year statewide. This month, a sixth-grader at Leona H. Cox Elementary School in Canyon Country was bitten by a juvenile rattlesnake that found its way into a classroom. The school backs up to a rugged hillside, and staff members are reviewing animal-safety precautions with students, Principal Laura Banda said. Swift said the recent cold snap, where temperatures dipped lower than in decades, probably killed many snakes, especially babies. Snake season typically ranges from mid-March to late October. “Snakes are a natural rodent control,” Hoffman said. “They’re part of nature’s checks and balances.” Experts caution against handling rattlesnakes and urge people to call the department of animal control for removal. If you are bitten, call 911, immediately lower the area of the bite below your heart and remove any jewelry or clothing that might constrict blood flow. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 During winter, rattlers become inactive, imbedding themselves deep underground in abandoned animal burrows where the thermostat is pretty constant. Snakes are cold-blooded and unable to control their inner warmth. “Warm temperatures and extended daylight causes reptiles to become active,” said Russ Smith, general curator of reptiles at the Los Angeles Zoo. “They start crawling around looking for food, and in early spring they start looking for a mate. This month, we’ve already had 90-degree weather, and that’s gotten the little guys active.” If snakes had hands to set their ideal thermostat, they would fix it between 75 and 85degrees. Frank Hoffman, education director at the nature center, attributes the flurry of sightings before the first day of spring to warm weather and lack of rain. According to the National Weather Service, southwestern California has experienced a very warm year, in part because of strong northeast winds blowing lots of warm, dry air. last_img read more

Ocean fishing restrictions to start today

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The state Fish and Game Commission voted to approve the first network of marine protected areas in April, following more than two years of often contentious negotiations with environmentalists. SAN FRANCISCO – California will ban or severely restrict fishing in more than 200 square miles of ocean waters off the Central Coast today as part of a landmark plan to protect marine life. The first set of 29 marine protected areas, which go into effect in state waters from Santa Barbara County to San Mateo County, will include 13 reserves where fishing will be prohibited and 15 conservation areas where some commercial and recreational fishing will be allowed. Another site in Morro Bay will permit some sport fishing. “This starts off a program that will help sustain California’s marine resources into the future,” said John Ugoretz, a state scientist who is overseeing the creation of the marine preserves. “We’re trying to make sure that we have healthy fisheries and sustainable resources.” Department of Fish and Game wardens will patrol coastal waters to enforce the new restrictions, and scientists will study the protected zones to understand their effects on fish and other marine life. last_img read more

Telemundo reassigns mayor’s girlfriend

first_imgLOS ANGELES: When the ex-anchorwoman’s suspension ends, she’ll cover Riverside. By Alice Walton CITY NEWS SERVICE The KVEA-TV reporter/anchorwoman suspended over her romantic relationship with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will return to work as a Riverside- Following an investigation by the station, KVEA general manager Manuel Abud was reassigned and news director Al Corral was suspended for two months without pay. Ibra Morales, president of the Telemundo station group, which oversees 16 of the Spanish-language network’s stations, was also reprimanded. The mayor announced June 8 that he and his wife, Corina, were separating after more than 20 years of marriage. She filed for divorce four days later. Salinas had covered politics for KVEA, including stories on Villaraigosa’s effort to gain control over the Los Angeles Unified School District. She also covered Villaraigosa when he traveled to New York City in March 2006 and Sacramento three months later. At the end of last year, station managers agreed to reassign Salinas so her job would not involve stories about Villaraigosa, citing “a friendship that had developed between the reporter and the mayor,” according to a memo Telemundo President Don Browne sent to the station’s staff last month. In April, Salinas became a temporary news anchor and read lead-ins and other materials involving stories on Villaraigosa and politics. On June 8 and June 11, Salinas read stories about Villaraigosa’s separation in what Browne called “a flagrant violation of these guidelines.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! based general assignment reporter, a station official confirmed Monday. Executives at the station’s parent company, Telemundo, suspended Mirthala Salinas Aug. 2 for two months without pay after determining her relationship with the mayor had violated Channel 52’s ethical standards. When she returns to work next Monday, Salinas will be assigned to the station’s Inland Empire News Bureau, according to KVEA spokesman Victor Franco, who said he could not elaborate on the reasons behind the decision. Villaraigosa spokesman Matt Szabo declined to comment on the announcement. The couple’s relationship was first disclosed by the Daily News in July. last_img read more

Remi Garde’s resolute Aston Villa hold Manchester City

first_imgRemi Garde made a positive start to his Aston Villa tenure after his side produced a stoic defensive display to neutralise a toothless Manchester City at Villa Park.The Premier League leaders were reduced to half chances throughout, with Brad Guzan’s reaction save from Raheem Sterling after the break their first opening.Kevin De Bruyne was wasteful and Fernando headed against the crossbar in injury time but City, who moved a point clear of Arsenal and Leicester at the summit for the time being, never truly worried Garde and the hosts.The former Lyon manager took the opportunity to reinstate four of the French-based players recruited over the summer who had been reduced to bit-part roles in recent weeks, with Jordan Amavi particularly impressing at left-back.After a largely non-eventful first half which, aside from a pitiful Sterling dive when looking for a penalty, passed by without any incident, Guzan pulled off a brilliant save to deny the Englishman.Sterling found himself completely unmarked at the back post but his header was instinctively saved by the American from point-blank range.While Villa were offering nothing in an attacking sense they were defending stoutly, although Garde’s side were fortunate when De Bruyne inexplicably tried to flick home Jesus Navas’s low cross when a simple tap in was required.Substitute Leandro Bacuna provided a rare burst of imagination for the hosts but his run into the box was snuffled by Joe Hart.Fabian Delph was then introduced to become the pantomime villain after his dramatic transfer U-turn in the summer which saw him leave Villa for City, with the England midfielder greeted with inflatable snakes by sections of the home crowd.Rudy Gestede, a late substitute for Jordan Ayew, then flicked a Villa corner onto the roof of Hart’s net before Fernando rattled the home crossbar in stoppage time to leave City without a win in three away league games. Remi Garde 1last_img read more

Author gained fame for Beverly Hills Diet

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Her weight-loss regime advocated eating one type of food at a time. The Beverly Hills Diet told dieters to avoid combining carbohydrates and proteins in the same meal and called for eating only fruit for the first 10 days. Mazel who opened a Beverly Hills clinic where she counseled as many as 250 dieters a week, counted herself among her clients. She claimed to have lost 72 pounds and to remaining a “svelte 108,” according to her Web site. The book was a best seller and included celebrity endorsements from actress Linda Gray of “Dallas” and singer Engelbert Humperdinck. Mazel became something of a celebrity and frequent guest on TV talk shows. Even California first lady Maria Shriver admitted she used the diet while trying to break into television when People magazine asked in 2005 how she lost 25 pounds. “I couldn’t get a job, so I went on the Beverly Hills Diet, where you ate watermelon one day and cheesecake the next. It worked,” she said. “That was the last diet I ever went on.” By The Associated Press Judy Mazel, who wrote a 1981 best-seller The Beverly Hills Diet that was praised by celebrities and criticized by nutritionists, has died. She was 63. Mazel died Oct. 12 from peripheral vascular disease at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, said close friend Victoria Marechal. Mazel had been a longtime resident of Pacific Palisades. Mazel, who had no formal training in medicine or nutrition, came up with a theory about food enzymes and the digestive system that she turned into a complicated diet plan. She became interested in weight loss while recovering from a broken leg, reading books on nutrition and eventually studying with a nutritionist for several months. Medical experts, however, called the book fiction, and it made a nutritionists’ list of top 10 classic fad diets.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgTHE countdown is on to next week’s fun Easter camp at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar.The Centre is hosting a fun week activities for children aged from 4 to 12 and there are a limited number of places left!The Centre has come up with a superb menu of activities for its ‘Easter Camp 4 Champs’ with loads lined up every day over the Easter break. The camp runs for five days from next Monday March 21 until Friday March 25.The activity camp featuring a range of sports including soccer, bowls, hockey and athletics – and much much more – runs from 10am to 2pm each day.It costs €10 per day or €50 per child for the week with discounts for second and third children in families.To book call Niall on 086 1038036.  SOME PLACES STILL LEFT FOR FINN VALLEY CENTRE’S EASTER CAMP FOR CHAMPS! was last modified: March 14th, 2016 by John2Share 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:EASTER CAMPFinn Valley CentreStranorlarlast_img read more

Arsenal announce World Cup-winning star to retire and take charge of academy

first_img1 Per Mertesacker will retire at the end of the 2017-18 season Arsenal have announced Per Mertesacker is to retire at the end of the season and take charge of the club’s academy.The World Cup-winning German defender missed the majority of last season with a serious knee injury, making only two appearances. Having returned to full fitness, he will remain part of Arsene Wenger’s squad for 2017-18 and see out the final year of his playing contract before starting his new role.“This is the start of an exciting new chapter for me and I am delighted that I will be able to stay part of the Arsenal family,” he said.“This season I will remain fully focused on my job with the team and am looking forward to a successful last season on the pitch.“After that, I look forward to the exciting challenge of helping produce young players good enough to play for the Arsenal first team.”Mertesacker has made 210 appearances for Arsenal since arriving from Werder Bremen in 2011 and has helped the club claim three FA Cups during his time in north London.“Per is an exceptional character who is a great example for young players,” said Gunners boss Wenger.“He is a deep thinker about the game and committed to helping players fulfil their potential. He will be an inspirational figure for everyone connected with the academy.”last_img read more


first_imgA rampant second half performance was the the difference at the Aura Centre on Sunday afternoon as Letterkenny Rovers booked a spot in the semi final of the USL League cup defeating Swilly Rovers 6-1.In what was a very even first half a depleted Swilly side had the better of the exchanges and maybe should have gone ahead on at least four occasions.Laurence Toland had an effort deflected wide on 4 minutes while Michael McHugh should have scored with a headed effort on 24 minutes before Ryan McDaid missed a golden opportunity firing just wide on 26 minutes after McHughs neat headed flick.Toland then went close with another header in and McHugh again in  a 5 minute spell were Swilly were creating havoc for the Rovers rearguard which had to make changes after David Shovlin was forced off with a recurrence of an ankle injury early in the game..Rovers were not to be outdone and had a couple of half chances themselves through a Garbhan Grant header and shots from Okakpo-Emeka and Cathal McDaid which just shaved the wrong side of the post.A draw would have been enough for Swilly to finish group runners up and it looked like they would get to the interval on level terms but disaster struck 3 minutes into added time.Swilly lost possession on the half way line from a throw in and the ball found Paul McVeigh. who played a neat one-two with Okakpo-Emeka before teeing up Garbhan Grant and he finished neatly to the bottom corner from just inside the box.That came as a blow to Swilly and it didnt get any better just 6 minutes into the second period.After Kevin McGrath was fouled in his own penalty area, a long punt from goalkeeper Rory Kelly took an awkward bounce over the Swilly rearguard and in nipped the lively McVeigh to lob advancing keeper Caolan Bolton.Swilllys head dropped at this stage and a further 3 goals in a 8 minute spell ensured Rovers would win out comfortably.Mark Forker found Okakpo-Emeka and his low cross led to McDaid firing home on 64 minutes while another neat move involving McGrath and Terence Shields led to an unselfish assist from Shields to McVeigh and he could not miss from just three yards out.A rampant Rovers made it 5 on 72 minutes when the goal of the game was scored with Grant heading home a wonderful flowing move involving Forker, McGrath, Shields and Okakpo-Emeka.Rovers then made it 6 when Okakpo-Emeka fired home after some enterprising play by young substitute Tarlach O’Boyle on his senior debut.Swilly had no answer to Rovers second half display and their chief outlet was through Laurence Toland and he got a deserved goal for his efforts when some sloppy play from Rovers led to Ryan McDaid putting through an appetising throughball from which Toland clinically finished.Letterkenny now play Bonagee in the semi final next April  and begin their league proper in a fortnights time against Bonagee as well while Swilly must regroup and will be hoping to have the likes of James McCahill,Dan O’Donnell and Gareth Wade for next weeks FAI intermediate cup tie at Bonagee.Letterkenny Rovers; Rory kelly, Ryan Lonergan, Conal McGonigle, David Shovlin, Jonathan Minnock, Terence Shields, Cathal McDaid, Kevin McGrath, Paul McVeigh, Mark Forker, Garbhan GrantSubs; Steve Okakpo-Emeka for Shovlin 20 mins, Tarlach O’Boyle for McVeigh 78 minsSwilly Rovers; Caolan Bolton, Duncan Patterson, Shaun crossan, Dylan Hegarty, Damien Friel, Marty McDaid, Brandon Toye, Shay Durning, Michael McHugh, Laurence Toland, Ryan McDaidSubs; Caolan Murray for Friel 23 mins, Cathal Diver for Patterson 64 mins, Adam Salhi for McHugh 67 minsReferee; John Coll.ULSTER SENIOR LEAGUE: RAMPANT ROVERS HIT RIVALS SWILLY FOR SIX IN LEAGUE CUP CLASH was last modified: September 14th, 2015 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:soccerSportlast_img read more


first_imgPortsalon Golf Club had reason to celebrate recently as the club received confirmation it had secured its highest ever position in the prestigious Golf Digest Ireland Top 100 Courses in Ireland.Portsalon has been steadily climbing up the list in recent years, largely down to a sustained commitment to self-improvement undertaken by the council and greens staff at the club. The hard work and commitment paid rich dividends once more as Portsalon took its place at No.22 in the rankings for 2016 – up one place from the year just past.The rise of Portsalon has coincided with the club partnering with former European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley’s Golf Course Design team to enhance the playing experience for members and visitors alike on the iconic Fanad links.Since a major revamp of Portsalon by renowned course designer Pat Ruddy in 2000, the club has continuously strived to subtly improve this founding member of the Golfing Union of Ireland.Paul McGinley and his team have been working closely with Portsalon Golf Club since 2011 and in congratulating the club on their 2016 standing, he suggested that further improvement in the Golf Digest Rankings are “a very attainable goal” for the club to aim at. Paul Armstrong, Captain of Portsalon, attributes the success of the club to the vision, hard work and commitment of Links Superintendent Johnny Shields and his team in working alongside their partners at Paul McGinley Golf Course Design as well as the backing received from Portsalon’s members.McGinley believes Portsalon has the capability to push itself towards the top ten in Ireland, a dream that is shared by the club.Paul Armstrong said this week: “We look forward to continuing to work together and share Paul’s ambition that someday soon we will be a top ten course.”Johnny Shields has been head of greens staff at Portsalon since 2007. Under his leadership, the club have climbed the Golf Digest Rankings from No.75 to their current position on the cusp of the top 20.Whilst implementing the changes advised by the McGinley team, the greens staff have also incorporated a series of aesthetic improvements that further enhance the ‘Portsalon experience’.Membership is open at Portsalon with extremely competitive rates for both beginners and experienced golfers alike. Despite the rain that battered Donegal during Storm Desmond last weekend, the links at Portsalon showed its resilience in remaining open for play throughout and it prides itself on providing all-year-round golf.This jewel in the Irish golfing crown hosts weekly Open competitions (Wednesday and Saturday, Seniors – Friday) where visitors can enjoy 18-holes at surprisingly reasonable and very competitive rates.Come along and see for yourself, one of Ireland’s top golf courses in the heart of the breathtaking Fanad peninsula.DONEGAL GOLF CLUB PLACES HIGH IN LIST OF TOP 100 COURSES IN IRELAND was last modified: December 9th, 2015 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:golfGolfer’s DigestPortsalonSportlast_img read more