Ice hockey club has hot run in Div. III tourney

first_img The 15th-seeded Cougars (11-11) gave second-seeded Wright State, which won the title, a battle through two periods before losing 6-1, then upset seventh-seeded Indiana, Pa., 4-3 in a sudden death shootout. They lost their last two games, 12-2 loss to 13th-seeded Central Florida and 8-2 to 14th-seeded Pittsburgh. “We were not expecting to go to the nationals,” said Schrage, who guided COC to a fifth-place ACHA finish three years ago. But there they were – plagued by injuries, lacking depth and tired from a six-hour, red-eye flight to Florida. “At that point,” Schrage said. “We were running on pure adrenaline.” The Cougars, the only junior college and California team in the tournament, went into the third period against Wright State trailing just 3-1. They beat Indiana on freshman forward Todd Stelnick’s goal to win 4-3. Another miracle on ice? Not quite, but College of the Canyons’ ice hockey club team gave it its best shot after sneaking into the American College Hockey Association Div. III National Championship at Fort Myers, Fla. The Cougars advanced to the tournament after Cal State Northridge, Texas and Texas Tech were ousted for using ineligible players, and UC Irvine wasn’t permitted entry because it had a first-year program. “We just kept getting bumped up the list,” coach Jim Schrage said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurantcenter_img “I told the guys, ‘We’re not going to win this game in overtime,’ ” goaltender Shaun Denes said. ” ‘Just get us to the shootout, and we’ll win the shootout.’ I’m pretty good at those.” “The team went crazy,” Schrage said. “It was like we won the Stanley Cup, or something.” Central Florida scored six first-period goals in the next game, and the exhausted Cougars were finished. “We were emotionally spent,” Schrage said. “After the (first period), Shaun (Denes) came up to me and said, ‘I’m done. My mind is there, but my legs can’t get me there.’ “After that game, it was like, ‘Let’s just go home now.’ ” Said Denes: “All these teams had 20 to 22 skaters and a bunch of guys on the bench waiting to play. “We were skating 10 guys for four days in a row. That’s what killed us. Matter of degrees: COC stayed at the same hotel as Central Florida, and the players met at the pool. “One of the guys had a bandage on his hand over in the spa,” Denes said. “He asked us, ‘Hey, any of you guys pre-med over there?’ ” Denes’ answered, “We don’t even have our AAs yet.” League of their own: COC’s women’s basketball team (20-11) was eliminated by top-seeded Mt. San Antonio 78-66 Saturday in Walnut. The Cougars made their 11th playoff appearance in 12 years after winning their eighth Western State Conference title. Freshman guard Leslie Ortiz (Sylmar High), Melissa Tachias (Poly of Sun Valley) and Janette Galindo (Burroughs of Burbank) were first-team all-conference selections, and 12th-year coach Greg Herrick was honored as Coach of the Year for the fifth time. Hina Kimitete and Facion Edwards (Quartz Hill) received honorable mention. Nathan Brown, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 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

USDA accepting applications to reduce costs for organic certification

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.“Producers can visit their local FSA county offices to apply for up to 75% of the cost of organic certification,” said Richard Fordyce, FSA Administrator. “This also gives organic producers an opportunity to learn about other valuable USDA resources, like farm loans and conservation assistance, that can help them succeed. Organic producers can take advantage of a variety of USDA programs from help with field buffers to routine operating expenses to storage and handling equipment.”OCCSP received continued support through the 2018 Farm Bill. It provides cost-share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products for the costs of obtaining or maintaining organic certification under the USDA’s National Organic Program. Eligible producers include any certified producers or handlers who have paid organic certification fees to a USDA-accredited certifying agent. Eligible expenses for cost-share reimbursement include application fees, inspection costs, fees related to equivalency agreement and arrangement requirements, travel expenses for inspectors, user fees, sales assessments and postage.Certified producers and handlers are eligible to receive reimbursement for up to 75% of certification costs each year, up to a maximum of $750 per certification scope, including crops, livestock, wild crops, handling and state organic program fees.The announcement also includes the opportunity for state agencies to apply for grant agreements to administer the OCCSP program in fiscal 2019. State agencies that establish agreements for fiscal year 2019 may be able to extend their agreements and receive additional funds to administer the program in future years.FSA will accept applications from state agencies for fiscal year 2019 funding for cost-share assistance through May 29, 2019.To learn more about organic certification cost share, please visit the OCCSP webpage, view the notice of funds availability on the Federal Register, or contact your FSA county office. To learn more about USDA support for organic agriculture, visit read more

The Geocaching Blog Has a Brand New Look!

first_img SharePrint RelatedThe Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”Geocaching HQ Says Geocaching without Speaking a WordMay 11, 2015In “Community”Visit Geocaching HQOctober 28, 2019In “Community” Here at Geocaching HQ, we are inspired every day by stories from people who have discovered that adventure still exists in the real-world — stories of exploring the unknown, rocketing a trackable into space or seeing a child connect to the world for the very first time.One of the best parts of working at HQ is getting to share these stories with all of you. That’s why we’re excited to announce that the Geocaching Blog has a new look — one we hope matches the extraordinary stories it holds.Here are some of our favorite geocaching stories from over the years (now with a fresh, new look!):Behind the Scenes: My Travel Bug®’s Mission to SpaceThe World’s Oldest Unfound Geocache — Getting the FTF After 12 Years!Geocachers Find a Message in a Bottle from 1970. It says…A Powerful Father and Son Connection Through GeocachingGeocacher Finds a Veteran’s Lost Dog Tag – 25 Years LaterOldest Unfound Geocache in Europe… Found! (12 Years Later)What’s your most story-worthy geocaching moment? Tell us in the comments below.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

The State of the Internet of Things – Is There Enough Commercial Activity?

first_imgrichard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple Hacking (Actual Apples, Not Steve Jobs’ Company)The hackathon in Lancaster, England, ran their event outside – in an orchard at Lancaster University. Participants used tree sensors to detect things like tree growth patterns and orchard weather. The goal going in to the event was to plant 4 apple trees and sensors, then “get applehacking throughthe night.”The results (made available as a PDF poster) included an“Apple of the month” system. It deployed tree sensors to calculate tree growth patterns, from which “apple recommendations” can be made. The organizers explained that this “recommendation system helps students rediscover local orchards as sustainable source of healthy and enjoyable food.”The results unfortunately didn’t delve more into how these systems were made or what they actually do, but from what I can gather it was a fun day of experimenting with apple tree sensors. It’s unclear what these sensor systems would be used for, other than educating students. But I can imagine this kind of sensor system being useful for apple harvesting and giving consumers information about the apples they purchase.Photo: Hvpritchard; see more photos from the Lancaster event on Flickr.Marvin the Paranoid LaptopFinally, at the main London event, Pachube founder Usman Haque named Marvin the Paranoid Laptop, by Sarah Mount, as his favorite project. Haque explained that the project “involved using Pachube to monitor a range of internal variables from a laptop (temperature, load, capacity, threads, etc)” and then using that data to interact with the laptop. Haque found this to be an inspiring project because “it wasn’t about the data, it wasn’t about the hardware, it was about the human interaction.” Related Posts Over the weekend there was a hackathon held to promote the Internet of Things (IoT), when real world objects get connected to the Internet. The event was run by London-based IoT platform company Pachube. So what got created at this hackathon and what does it tell us about how the Internet of Things is progressing?I took a look at a number of the projects that were worked on. In this post I’ll highlight three, two from the U.K. and one from NYC. What all 3 projects show is that development around the Internet of Things is still very experimental. Perhaps too experimental. While there was lots of creativity on display, in all honesty I was hoping to see more projects that showed commercial potential. So I have to ask, as an open question at the end of this post: is there enough commercial activity currently happening in IoT?The Pachube blog has an excellent round-up post about the event. According to the company, about 150 people from cities around the world were involved. “The Hackathon was our first concrete opportunity to work directly with developers who are actually making the ‘things’ in the Internet of Things,” the post states.Remote Controlling a MicroscopeThe following was an interesting project from the New York City hackathon, showing how a cellphone can be made into a remote control for a real world object connected to the Internet. This was developed using sensors and Arduino (“a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer”). The speaker in the video explained that one use case might be enabling people to operate a microscope in a museum, using the phone as remote control – so they can’t touch the actual microscope. It allows people to “interact with the real world, in a way that’s a little bit shielded off.” The first one and half minutes of the video has a good explanation of this. As with the previous two projects, Marvin is very experimental and pretty geeky. However, like the NYC remote control project above, it enables people to interact directly with Internet-connected devices. In the case of Marvin, the device is just a common computer. Imagine though that it’s a car, or a garden shed, or a washing machine. Being able to interact with and communicate with devices like that is where the real power of the Internet of Things will show through.Too Many Experiments, Not Enough Commercial Activity?Given what I saw of the projects from Pachube’s hackathon, many of the developers are still playing with sensors and data feeds and hooking those up to either computers or electronics devices using Arduino. The apple tree experiment was probably the closest I saw to something that could be developed commercially – and even that was very experimental.Granted, this was a developer-focused hackathon and this is cutting edge technology. Much of the commercial potential in it is yet to be discovered. So I’m being provocative asking this question. Still, I am itching to see more development done with real world objects. Something that we can all look at and think, wow so that’s the Internet of Things. I didn’t see that from the hackathon and I really wanted to.center_img Tags:#Internet of Things#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

a month agoWatford boss Sanchez Flores: We must be careful with Welbeck

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores: We must be careful with Welbeckby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores won’t rush Danny Welbeck’s comeback.Welbeck, who has recovered from a broken ankle, scored his first Hornets goal in the 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Swansea on Tuesday night.He has played the full 90 minutes in both of Watford’s cup matches this term but made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League.“I said two weeks ago we have a plan for him,” said Sanchez Flores. “We are taking care with him and we are very passionate about him coming back to the team.“I just want the fans to see the good version of Danny, not the kind of Danny who goes to the pitch with some pain. I want Danny 100 per cent so we can enjoy this Danny.” last_img read more


first_img Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jeremy and Tunebug is designed as a multi-platform entertainment brand that includes fully-animated television half hours, digital shorts, a play-to-play-music/play-to-read-stories app, and a website where kids can interact with Jeremy, listen to his music, and learn to play music online. Parents, caregivers, and educators will have the opportunity to bring Jeremy and Tunebug to the classroom or see a live concert performance. Social Media Links:Website: hiddenpony.caTwitter: @JFishJunior @VirginiaTV – Virginia Thompson @VeriteCanada @HiddenPonyFacebook: @jeremyfisherjunior @hiddenpony Advertisement Advertisement Jeremy and Tunebug animated image courtesy of Vérité Films Advertisement Login/Register With: TORONTO – Vérité Films, the boutique production house behind Canada’s #1 comedy brand, Corner Gas, is thrilled to announce their return to children’s television with Jeremy and Tunebug. The animated children’s television, music, and multi-platform digital brand stars three-time JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter Jeremy Fisher Junior and is produced in association with Jeremy Fisher Music and Hidden Pony Records & Management. With support from the Canada Media Fund-Shaw Rocket Fund Kids Digital Animated Series Program, Jeremy and Tunebug will begin its first phase of production in Fall 2019.Jeremy and Tunebug brings to life the whimsical characters, stories, and songs from Fisher’s acclaimed debut children’s album Highway to Spell (available on Spotify and Apple Music). The series revolves around Jeremy, a story-telling singer-songwriter (voiced by Fisher), and Tunebug, his best friend and magical recording studio on wheels. Together they share their animated adventures to Destination: Imagination, where they discover how feelings and emotions inspire story and song. Facebooklast_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs changed water project once floated to Bruce Carson

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera and Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Federal bureaucrats once directed Bruce Carson, a former advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper now under an RCMP investigation, to the $5 million water pilot project for First Nations unveiled this week by Ottawa and Ontario.The Ottawa-based water filtration company Carson promoted, however, would likely not qualify for the pilot project announced Tuesday because it sold a different type of system than what was outlined in guidelines announced by the federal Aboriginal Affairs department.The department also changed the way bids will be considered for the pilot project from what was described to Carson in an email written by a department official last year.The pilot project aims to test technologies and try new ways to improve water quality on four selected Ontario communities. Alderville First Nation, Lac Seul First Nation, Munsee-Delaware First Nation and Zhiibaahaasing First Nation were selected to participate.Despite repeated requests by APTN National News to discuss the apparent change in the program, Aboriginal Affairs refused to discuss the announcement and the pilot project’s guidelines.According to information that was released by the department, the pilot project will favour bids from water filtration firms providing “point of entry” water systems that treat all water entering homes and are installed in a heated enclosure outside the building.Carson was lobbying Aboriginal Affairs officials on behalf of H2O Global Group and H2O Pros, which only sold point-of-use water filtration systems that treat water after it enters the house and before it reaches the tap.In discussions with the department, Carson referred to H2O’s product as “point-of-entry” filtration systems.The Prime Minister’s Office asked the RCMP, the Lobbying Commissioner and the Ethics Commissioner last March to investigate Carson after an APTN National News investigation into Carson’s ties to the water company and his lobbying efforts at the department. The company had a financial arrangement with Carson’s fiancée at the time, Michele McPherson, who was a former Ottawa escort.The systems sold by the company, which has since gone out of business, were eligible for the pilot project and the department was considering inviting H2O Pros to bid on the pilot project, according to a Feb. 17, 2011, email from a department official to Carson.“H2O Pros may be on the list of potential vendors invited to bid on this pilot-project,” wrote Lysian Bolduc, a senior infrastructure engineer for the department.Carson and H2O Pros were at the time trying to convince the Mohawk community of Tyendinaga, near Belleville, Ont., apply for department funding to install between 50 and 100 water filtration systems in the community.On Wednesday, March 16, 2011, Carson forwarded Bolduc’s email to a Tyendinaga band official with the note, “fyi-bc.”About two hours later, Tyendinaga Chief Donald Maracle phoned Patrick Ku, manager of technical services in the federal department’s Toronto branch asking him if H2O Pro was the “supplier of choice” for the department.“I received a call from Chief Maracle…10 minutes ago. He asked if H2O Pro is (the) supplier of choice,” said a March 16, 2011 email from Ku to three other officials that was obtained under the Access to Information Act. “I explained to him that (the department) does not endorse H2O Pro as the company to install their equipment in Tyendinaga.”The department has also changed the process for selecting firms to take part in the project. According to Bolduc’s email to Carson, which was written following a meeting between the former political PMO aide and department officials, a “pilot-project team” of federal and Ontario officials would pick the firms from a list compiled after a tendering process.“The pilot-project team is currently in the process of preparing a list of potential technologies and vendors,” wrote Bolduc. “Final technologies/vendors selected for evaluation through pilot-testing would be chosen by the project team through a tendering process that will consider both technical merit and anticipated life-cycle costs.”A few months after the email and following the eruption of the Carson scandal, which preceded the May 2 election, Aboriginal Affairs issued a press release announcing Ottawa and Ontario were launching three-year pilot project. But the July 6, 2011, press release stated that it would be up to the selected First Nations communities to pick and choose the companies it wanted to work with.“The First Nation communities selected for participation in this pilot project will be responsible for commissioning appropriate design and technology solutions for their communities through a request for proposals process,” said the release at the time.In Tuesday’s announcement, however, the selection process changed. Now, a committee with representatives from the selected First Nations, the federal Aboriginal affairs department and Ontario’s ministry of environment would select the winning bids.“Selecting appropriate design and technology solutions for these communities through a request for proposals (RFP) process conducted collaboratively with representatives from the First Nation communities, Ministry of Environment of Ontario and AANDC,” said the release.Joe Kim, spokesperson for Ontario’s environment ministry, said “no solutions have been excluded from consideration.”Kim confirmed the initial plan was to select companies from a list.“It was later decided that an open, transparent bidding process would be better,” he said.Kim said the First Nations would still have final say on who gets the winning bids, but Ontario and Ottawa officials would assist them with the technical review of the proposals.The pilot-project will also accept bids for improving existing infrastructure, new water trucks and pre-fabricated water treatment plants, along with “other approaches deemed appropriate,” according to the department’s statement.Kim said Ottawa had the lead on the file and that the province was primarily providing technical [email protected]@gmail.comlast_img read more

Pembina Pipeline Corporation approves phase eight of Peace Pipeline Expansion

first_imgThe Corporation is anticipating phase eight to be placed into service in stages starting in 2020 through the first half of 2022, subject to regulatory and environmental approvals.President and CEO of Pembina, Mick Dilger, says the system expansion will allow Pembina to deliver timely and reliable transportation service solutions for their customers, adding that they are pursuing development with a long-term outlook.“Our strategic footprint continues to provide opportunities to complete staged expansions, enabling us to deliver timely and reliable transportation service solutions for our customers. Our customers continue to recognize the favourable economics in the Deep Basin and Montney areas and like us are pursuing development with a long-term outlook.  Further, they appreciate the new markets we are developing such as the Prince Rupert Export Terminal and the proposed PDH/PP facility.”Phase eight will include new 10 and 16-inch pipelines in the Gordondale to La Glace corridor of Alberta, as well as six new pump stations or terminal upgrades located between Gordondale and Fox Creek, Alberta. Phase VIII will enable segregated pipeline service for ethane-plus and propane-plus NGL mix from the central Montney area at Gordondale, Alberta, into the Edmonton area for market delivery.It is expected that the majority of the $500 million capital spending will occur in 2020 and 2021.Pembina says this expansion advances their ultimate vision of having segregated liquids transportation service for ethane-plus, propane-plus, crude and condensate across at least four pipelines between Gordondale, Alberta and the Edmonton area. As well as achieving fully their powered-up market delivery capacity of 1.3 million barrels per day across the Peace and Northern Pipelines, which could be fully realized with a phase nine expansion, currently being engineered. CALGARY, A.B. – Pembina Pipeline Corporation has announced that it has approved an additional expansion of its Peace Pipeline system.Pembina says this system will accommodate incremental customer demand in the Montney area by debottlenecking constraints, accessing downstream capacity, and further enhancing product segregation on the system.According to Pembina, phase eight of the system has an estimated capital cost of approximately $500 million and is supported by 10-year contracts with significant take-or-pay provisions.last_img read more

Why kids have math anxiety?

first_imgIs your daughter more anxious over maths than your son? Blame gendered stereotypes about mathematics as well as anxiety of both teachers and parents, finds a study. While mathematics is often considered a hard subject, not all difficulties with the subject result from cognitive difficulties. Many children and adults experience feelings of anxiety, apprehension, tension or discomfort when confronted with a maths problem. The study, led by researchers from the University of Cambridge, showed that maths anxiety is seen more in girls than boys. The gender gap stems from the gendered stereotypes about the ability to crack maths. Primary-aged children noted that they had been confused by different teaching methods, while secondary students commented on poor interpersonal relations with their math teachers. Secondary students indicated that the transition from primary to secondary school had been a cause of maths anxiety, as the work seemed harder and they could not cope.last_img read more

No farmer to be jailed for loan default: Rahul

first_imgJatara (MP): Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said no farmer will be jailed for not repaying loan and 22 lakh youth will be provided government jobs in a year if his party comes to power at the Centre.Hitting out at Narendra Modi, Gandhi said that after completion of half of the Lok Sabha poll process, the Prime Minister’s face has “withered”, and claimed the PM will lose the elections and Congress would come to power. Addressing a rally here in Tikamgarh district of Bundelkhand region in Madhya Pradesh, Gandhi again targeted Modi over the controversial Rafale jet deal and blamed the NDA government’s decisions of demonetisation and implementation of GST for “large-scale unemployment” in the country. “When the Congress comes to power in 2019, no farmer will be sent to jail for not repaying bank loans,” Gandhi said, while promising to provide government jobs to 22 lakh youth in one year and recruit 10 lakh youth in panchayats. He said if the Congress comes to power, it will bring a provision of “no permission” for first three years to those starting new businesses. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”There will be no need to take any government permission for youth to run any business for initial three years,” he said. Gandhi claimed the prime minister was speaking with “fear and hesitation”. “Look at Narendra Modi’s face. Half of the election is over. Modi is going to be defeated, his face is withered. He is speaking with hesitation and fear. The Congress is forming the (next) government,” he said. “And remember one thing, the money he stole from our Air Force in the Rafale scam and gave Rs 30,000 crore to Ambani…action will be taken and you will see two names will come out one Anil Ambani and second Narendra Modi,” he said. He said lakhs of youth lost jobs due to demonetisation and GST as production in factories stopped because of lack of demand in the market. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHe said the Congress will deposit Rs 3.6 lakh in bank accounts of five crore poor families in five years, “unlike Modi who promised Rs 15 lakh to them but did not deposit a single penny”. He claimed that the party’s proposed ‘NYAY’ poverty alleviation scheme would “jump-start” the Indian economy. “I am not here to speak lies. Our NYAY scheme will jump start the economy. The Congress government will deposit Rs 3.6 lakh in the bank accounts of each poor family in five years,” he said. “Modi gave crores to 15 rich people of the country…and you were told to stand in queues while he termed demonetisation as a fight against black money….” Gandhi said.last_img read more

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