Girls’ basketball notes: Titles on the line this weekend

first_imgThe three remaining games will all take place Saturday, with Village Christian set to face Whittier Christian of La Habra in the Div. V-AA final at 9:30 a.m. at the Pyramid. Kris Contangco and Alex Dill each average double figures for the No. 2-seed Crusaders (24-6), while top-seed Whittier Christian (23-6) is led by Whitley Brown’s 12 points and nine rebounds per game. Immediately following that game, Flintridge Prep will meet Laguna Hills in the Div. IV-A final. The No. 2-seed Rebels (24-3) have never played in a girls’ basketball final, and winning their first title won’t come easy against top-seed Laguna Hills (24-4). Flintridge Prep is riding a 16-game winning streak, but Laguna Hills heads into Saturday winners of 12 in a row. Later that night, Taft will attempt to win its first City Section title against Washington of Los Angeles at 8 p.m. at the Sports Arena. “I’m so excited to reach the final,” Marshall said. “We’re making history right now.” No. 3 seed Bishop Conaty-Loretto (14-11) is led by Jessica Orozco and Carol Vasquez, who each average 10 points per game. Four local girls’ basketball teams will compete for championships this weekend: L.A. Baptist of North Hills; Village Christian of Sun Valley; Flintridge Prep of La Canada Flintridge; and Taft of Woodland Hills. L.A. Baptist faces Bishop Conaty-Loretto of Los Angeles in the Southern Section Div.V-A final at 3 p.m. today at the Pyramid in Long Beach. The top-seeded Knights (20-6) are led by Andrenna Marshall, whose area-best 25.7 points per game have catapulted the team to the first Southern Section title game in school history. center_img The top-seeded Toreadors (22-2) enter the game having won an area-best 22 straight games. Autumn Davis leads Taft with 15 points per game, while her team-high 60 3-pointers provides the team with a legitimate outside presence. Mykieh Russell averages a team-high 11 points for No. 6 seed Washington (22-6), which upset No. 2 Dorsey of Los Angeles 56-53 last Friday. kevin.connelly@dailynews.com (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!last_img read more

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Seachtain na Gaeilge festival kicks off in Donegal

first_imgSeachtain na Gaeilge got off to a momentous start across Donegal last Friday following an exciting launch at An Grianan Theatre.The Seachtain na Gaeilge International Festival will take place from 1 – 17 March 2019 and a wide range of events is planned for Donegal and the North West Region. The festival gives absolutely everyone a chance to enjoy the Irish language, be they native Irish speakers, language learners or those with only a few words. Seachtain na Gaeilge was officially launched by the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Séamus Ó Domhnaill with Chairperson of Coiste na Gaeilge, John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh and the Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Séamus Neely also in attendance. Staff members from various services in Donegal County Council were also present, as were several representatives from the various organizations, both at local and at national level to show their support for Seachtain na Gaeilge. Many have contributed to the schedule of events for Seachtain na Gaeilge, the details of which can be pursued in the colourful booklet produced by Donegal County Council here: https://donegalgathering.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/sheachtain-na-gaeilge-2019-web-1.pdfFiona Sweeney, Séan Ó Daimhín, Seamus O’Domhnaill, Cathaoirleach of Donegal, Róise Ní Laifertaigh, Seamus Neely, CE Donegal County Council, Liam Ward, Director of Community Development & Planning Services, Cllr John Sheamais Ó’Fearraigh and Niamh Sweeney at the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge in An Grianan Theare on Friday last which runs from the 1st to 17th March. Clive WassonThe renowned Clann Mhic Ruairí from Rann na Feirste got the proceedings off to a flying start.  Further along in the proceedings, the pupils of St. Joseph’s N.S Rathmullan delighted the audience with a repertoire of their best loved Irish songs. Speaking during the launch, the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Séamus Ó Domhnaill said that he was delighted as a native speaker himself to officially launch Seachtain na Gaeilge for 2019. He spoke of the importance of supporting the Irish language both within and beyond the Gaeltacht areas and encouraged the promotion of the Irish language and culture as a valuable economic and tourism product. While acknowledging the legal and moral obligations the Council has regarding the Irish language, Mr Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council stated that Seachtain na Gaeilge provides a platform to enjoy the Irish language through the many events that will take place during Seachtain na Gaeilge in a relaxed and enjoyable way. The launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge in An Grianan Theatre on Friday last which runs from the 1st to 17th March. Clive WassonMr Neely paid tribute to the many local groups who organize events as part of the Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations. He also acknowledged the significant contribution of the Library Service and that of Rannóg na Gaeilge in the preparatory works for Seachtain na Gaeilge. He hopes that the range of events will suit all ages!He said he was particularly delighted with the collaboration now happening between the Irish Officers of Donegal County Council and of Derry City Council and Strabane District Council in the promotion of the Irish language and culture in the three counties under our remit. Mr Neely concluded by appealing to the people of Donegal and the North West to come out to support the many events scheduled for Seachtain na Gaeilge, most of which are free of charge, and to celebrate this, our ancient language and culture with pride purpose. Cllr John Shéamuis Ó Fearraigh, Cathaoirleach on Donegal County Council’s Irish Language Committee, said: “If we want the Irish language to survive, we have to speak it. And we have to give every support to our children in using the language, and to older people, and to the new Irish who have come to live in our country. But if we are really serious about the language there is a real need for a complete cultural transformation in this country and a complete change of mindset too”. Niamh Nic Suibhne, a student in the LYIT and who is on placement in Rannóg na Gaeilge came to the podium and gave a comprehensive account of the benefits she has gained in her time in Rannóg na Gaeilge.  She spoke of the many projects she has been involved in, many of which she has had a central role in herself and she acknowledged, with appreciation, the value this placement has had in improving her confidence in the use of the Irish language.Seachtain na Gaeilge is an international Irish-language festival promoting the use of Irish language and culture, both at home and abroad, running over a fortnight in March every year. The festival has built up incredible momentum in recent years, becoming the largest celebration of our native language and culture held every year. For more information on events in Donegal, contact Róise or Seán 074 94275 or e-mail: rmcclafferty@donegalcoco.ie or sdaimhin@donegalcoco.ie, or go to www.snag.ie or to Donegal County Council website, to look for events near you. SEOLTAR SEACHTAIN NA GAEILGE 2019 i gCONTAE DHÚN NA NGALLCuireadh tús spleodrach le Seachtain na Gaeilge ar fud Dhún na nGall, nuair a seoladh imeachtaí na féile bliantúla in  Amharclann an Ghrianáin, Leitir Ceanainn inniu, ar an Aoine, 1 Márta ag 1.00 pm. Beidh an Fhéile Idirnáisiúnta, Seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl ó 1 – 17 Márta 2019 agus tá clár fairsing imeachtaí Gaeilge beartaithe do Chontae Dhún na nGall agus do Cheantair an Iarthuaiscirt i mbliana.Sheol Cathaoirleach na Comhairle Contae, An Clr Séamus Ó Domhnaill Seachtain na Gaeilge go hoifigiúil.  Bhí Cathaoirleach Choiste na Gaeilge, John Shéamais Ó Fearraigh agus Príomh-Fheidhmeannach na Comhairle, Séamus Neely i láthair ag an ócáid chomh maith. Ba bhreá agus ba mhór líon na n-ionadaithe a bhí i láthair ó na seirbhisí éagsúla  i gComhairle Contae Dhún na nGall agus ó eagraíochtaí eile, ag leibhéal náisiúnta agus ag leibhéal áitiúil, lena dtacaíocht a léiriú do Sheachtain na Gaeilge, cuid mhaith acu a chuir le líon na n-imeachtaí do Sheachtain na Gaeilge.  Is féidir sonraí na n-imeachtaí a aimsiú i leabhrán ildaite atá foilsithe ag Comhairle Contae Dhún na nGall.Chuir Clann Mhic Ruairí as Rann na Feirste tús bríomhar leis an ócáid agus arís i ndiaidh na n-óráidí le ceol breá sultmhar.  Cheol grúpa páistí scoile, ó Scoil Náisiúnta Naomh Iosaf, Rath Maoláin traidhfil amhrán taitneamhach as Gaeilge a chuaigh go mor i bhfeidhm ar an lucht i láthair. Agus é ar na bonnaí, dúirt Cathaoirleach na Comhairle Contae, An Clr Séamus Ó Domhnaill go raibh lúcháir air mar chainteoir dúchais Seachtain na Gaeilge a sheoladh go hoifigiúil don bhliain 2019.  Labhair sé faoi chomh tábhachtach is atá sé an Ghaeilge a chaomhnú, a neartú agus a fhorbairt, ní amháin sa Ghaeltacht ach sna ceantair taobh amuigh di, agus go bhfuil gá leis an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn mar acmhainn chultúrtha agus turasóireachta. Is maith is eol don Chomhairle ‘na dualgais reachtúla agus morálta atá le comhlíonadh ó thaobh seirbhisí Gaeilge’ a dúirt Príomh-Fheidhmeannach na Comhairle, Séamus Neely ach is é a bharúil go ‘bheireann Seachtain na Gaeilge ardán eile dúinn lenár dteanga agus ár gcultúr a cheiliúradh ar bhonn atá sultmhar, taitneamhach agus pléisiúrtha’.  Mhol sé go mór obair na gcóistí áitiúla as an iarracht a dhéantar bliain i ndiaidh bliana le Seachtain Gaeilge fhiúntach a reáchtáil sa chontae. Thug sé buíochas faoi leith don tSeirbhís Leabharlainne agus do Rannóg na Gaeilge as an réamhullmhúcháin ar fad le Seachtain na Gaeilge a chur ar obair arís i mbliana. Tá súil aige go mbeidh imeacht ar siúl a shásóidh idir óg agus aosta! Bhí lúcháir faoi leith air faoin chomhoibriú atá ar bun anois idir Rannóg Gaeilge Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall agus Oifigigh Ghaeilge Chomhairle Chathair Doire agus Cheantar an tSratha Báin leis an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn sna trí chontae faoinár gcúram. Mar fhocal scoir, d’impigh sé ar mhuintir Dhún na nGall agus an Iarthuaiscirt an deis iontach seo a thapú agus freastal a dhéanamh ar a laghad, ar chuid de na himeachtaí fairsinge Gaeilge a bheas ar siúl le linn Sheachtain na Gaeilge, an chuid is mó acu saor in aisce, agus ár dteanga agus ár gcultúr ársa álainn a cheiliúradh le bród agus le mórtas. Labhair An Clr John Shéamais Ó Fearraigh, Cathaoirleach Choiste Gaeilge na Comhairle Contae ag an ócáid. “Má tá muid ag iarraidh an Ghaeilge a bheith beo caithfidh muid í a labhairt. Agus caithfidh muid oiread a thig linn a dhéanamh chun tacaíocht a thabhairt do pháistí, agus daoine níos sine, agus na hÉireannaigh úra as tíortha eile.  Ach má tá muid dáiríre faoin teanga a shábháil tá géarghá le hathrú mór cultúrtha sa tír seo agus athrú mór meoin”. Tháinig Niamh Nic Suibhne, mac léinn atá i mbun staidéir san Institiúid Teicneolaiocht i Leitir Ceanainn agus ag caitheamh seal i Rannóg na Gaeilge ar thaithí oibre chun tosaigh agus rinne sí cur síos cuimsitheach ar a taithí oibre go dtí seo.  Labhair sí faoi na beartais éagsula ina raibh ról aici féin iontu agus mhol sí go mór d’aon mhac léinn seal a chaitheamh i Rannóg na Gaeilge mas main leo feabhas a chur ar a gcuid Gaeilge. Is féile idirnáisiúnta Ghaeilge í Seachtain na Gaeilge a chuireann úsáid na Gaeilge agus an cultúr Gaelach chun cinn in Éirinn agus thar lear. Tá an fhéile tar éis neart fuinnimh a bhailiú le blianta beaga anuas, agus tá sí anois ar an cheiliúradh is mó dár dteanga agus dár  gcultúr dúchais. Tugann an fhéile deis d’achan duine sult a bhaint as an Ghaeilge, idir chainteoirí dúchais, fhoghlaimeoirí agus lucht an chúpla focal araon.Fá choinne tuilleadh eolais faoi na himeachtaí, ní gá ach teagmháil a dhéanamh le Róise nó le Seán ag 074 94275 nó seol ríomhphost chuig: rmcclafferty@donegalcoco.ie nó chuig sdaimhin@donegalcoco.ie nó dul go www.snag.ie nó chuig suíomh idirlín na Comhairle Contae ar donegal.ie/ie, chun cuardach a dhéanamh d’imeachtaí i do cheantarsa.Seachtain na Gaeilge festival kicks off in Donegal was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Seachtain na Gaeilgelast_img read more

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Joe Pavelski credits unsung hero for changing Sharks season

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski tipped his cap at Justin Braun, who took the credit with open arms.When the Sharks last met up with the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 2, Braun scored his only goal of the year, setting the stage for a win that helped turn the Sharks season around. Earlier in the day, the team had held a closed-door meeting with general manager Doug Wilson, who relayed a simple message in the wake of a four-game …last_img

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Is Dark Matter Going Out of Style?

first_imgDark matter has been a staple in cosmological theories for decades.  One of the initial reasons was that galaxy rotation curves could not be explained without it.  Another was that galaxy clusters, to be held together over long ages, needed more “stuff” to bind them.  Finally, Big Bang cosmologists invoke copious amounts of dark matter and (more recently) dark energy to make their models work.  What the dark matter is has remained an unanswered question.  If it were normal “baryonic” matter we would see it, and it would not be “dark” (i.e., undetectable by current methods).    On the scale of galaxies, a paper in the Astrophysical Journal has undermined some of the justification for dark matter.  Brownstein and Moffat found a way to account for galaxy rotation curves without it1 (see also summary on EurekAlert).    On the cosmological scale, two other papers show that dark matter and dark energy are not simple parameters to model.  An American-Israeli team writing in Astrophysical Journal2 put constraints on cosmological simulations of dark matter halos and showed the picture is complex: “the clear separation of the evolution of an individual halo into series of quiescent and violent phases explains the inability to fit its entire evolution by simple scaling relations, in agreement with previous studies,” they wrote.  A news story in Science3 described some of the ruckus over dark energy’s role in the cosmos.  Specifically, astronomers are arguing about using gamma-ray bursts as a “standard candle” to infer the history of dark energy in cosmological theories.  See also the reprint on EurekAlert of a report from New Scientist that said, “the result stressed how little we know about dark energy and the need for different approaches.”1J. R. Brownstein and J. W. Moffat, “Galaxy Rotation Curves without Nonbaryonic Dark Matter,” Astrophysical Journal 636:721-741, 2006 January 10, 2006.2Romano-Diaz et al., “Constrained Cosmological Simulations of Dark Matter Halos,” Astrophysical Journal 637:L000, 2006 February 1, 2006.3Robert Irion, “Astronomers Push and Pull Over Dark Energy’s Role in Cosmos,” Science 20 January 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5759, p. 316, DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5759.316.In the history of science, practitioners sometimes invoked “imponderable substances” in their theories.  These included phlogiston, caloric, wound salve, ether, electricity, magnetism, and animal magnetism.  Some of these substances went the way of the dodo, others became staples of science.  So far, it appears that cosmologists are in the dark about dark matter (put “dark matter” in the search box above and see).  It will be interesting to see how future astronomers look back on this period.  Till established, theories built on dark matter should be treated like phlogiston theory or The Force.  Duct tape is like The Force.  It has a dark side, a light side, and it holds the universe together – at least as well as dark matter.(Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Rail disruption avoided with PTC extension

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Railroad companies have warned of potential service disruptions if the Dec. 31, 2015 statutory deadline for implementing positive train control (PTC) was not extended by Congress.PTC is a GPS-based train electronic system designed to prevent collisions and over-speed derailments. The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 mandated that railroads implement PTC systems by Jan.  1, 2016 on lines that carry “toxic by inhalation” (TIH) materials, including anhydrous ammonia and chlorine, lines carrying 5 million or more gross tons every year, or any lines with “regularly scheduled intercity passenger or commuter rail services.”None of the railroads were going to meet the Dec. 31 deadline and they made statements that absent an extension of the PTC deadline, they would not transport TIH materials after Dec. 31. Some of their statements have suggested they would also cease any grain shipments and possibly all train movements.President Obama signed H.R. 3819, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015, into law Oct. 29. H.R. 3819 extends surface transportation programs through Nov. 20 and includes the bipartisan-bicameral long-term extension of the PTC deadline.The Ohio AgriBusiness Association supported work by The Fertilizer Institute, the Agricultural Retailers Association, and the National Grain and Feed Association to help petition Congress to extend the legislation. The bill was sent to President Obama after the Senate unanimously approved a short-term extension of the highway bill that includes an extension of at least three years — Dec. 31, 2018 — to the deadline for rail carriers to implement positive train control (PTC) technology.The final version of the legislation contains a requirement that each of the carriers required to install PTC submit a revised PTC implementation plan within 90 days of enactment, with several significant reporting metrics designed to ensure that carriers implement PTC as soon as possible.However, it does allow carriers to file an alternative schedule that would allow up to an additional two years — Dec. 31, 2020 — contingent upon approval of the secretary of transportation. For the additional two-year extension to be granted, the carrier would be required to: 1) show it already has installed all PTC hardware where required; 2) already acquired all radio spectrums necessary to implement PTC; 3) already completed employee training; 4) in the case of Class I carriers and Amtrak, implemented PTC on the majority of its geographic territories or route miles; and 5) included an alternative schedule and sequence for implementing PTC as soon as practicable.In addition, annual progress reports on the status of PTC installation would be required, with the first reports required by March 31, 2016.The measure also had the support of the American Soybean Association (ASA) and other agricultural industry partners urging Congress to extend the PTC deadline to avoid any disruption in rail service.last_img read more

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100 Days in Space – International Space Station Travel Bug Mission Update

first_img“What does your food taste like?” Students from Tinker School in Waterbury, Connecticut ask astronaut Rick Mastracchio and get the answer straight from space.Mastracchio says: “We have all kinds of food here on the space station. Most of the food has all the air and water removed to make it smaller and lighter. Then when we want to eat it we add water to it and it returns to its original form and shape. It does not taste as good as the food you have at home but it is pretty good.”Almost 100 days ago geocachers at more than 1100 events across the globe cheered a Travel Bug as it rocketed toward the International Space Station. Now the Travel Bug has circled the Earth many times (How many times a day? Find the answer here) and made up a mind blowing distance of more than 40 million miles.  More than 1200 posts have been logged so far on the Travel Bug page, as classrooms ask questions and Mastracchhio (Geocaching name AstroRM) answers them from zero-gravity.Also dangling in zero-gravity are hitchhikes attached to the famous Travel Bug. There’s a hitchhiker for each of the schools following Rick’s adventure from the Travel Bug page. It’s been so popular additional hitchhikers have been flown to the space station on supply missions. Each of the current schools will receive one of the Travel Bug hitchhikers once Rick returns to Earth in May of this year.Check out the Q&A with Astronaut Rick Mastracchio here. This is a great resource for teachers to bring to their classroom and anyone interested to learn about life on the ISS, geography and science. For the visual learner, have a look at the Pinterest board or check out the gallery on the trackable details page.Do you or your students have questions about space travel, that have not been answered yet? Post them on the Travel Bug details page! Let us know what school you are from, the grade, city, state and country!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching in Space – Q&A with Astronaut Rick MastracchioFebruary 10, 2014In “Community”Behind the Scenes: My Travel Bug®’s Mission to SpaceOctober 16, 2013In “Community”Track a Travel Bug in SpaceOctober 20, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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Feds socialfinance pledge turns Canada from laggard to leader experts say

first_imgOTTAWA — A Canadian attempt to help charities and non-profits find new ways to finance social services is set to be one of the largest such efforts in the world.A government-struck panel over the summer recommended the Liberals provide up to $500 million in financing for groups that provide services such as housing the homeless or skills training for hard-to-employ individuals.The government’s economic update this week went beyond that, promising $755 million over 10 years.Internal government documents from this fall note that similar funds overseas, scaled to Canada’s population and economy, would have about $400 million in government seed money.Social finance sees charities and non-profits partner with private investors to test new ways of delivering social services. The idea is that public dollars can bring in or increase private involvement in charity projects, or pay for performance if the experiments succeed.People who work in the nascent sector domestically say a decade of federal funding should lead to a point where public cash will no longer be needed because the system will sustain itself.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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