Neptunes take positive approach to 2016 Kootenay Summer Swim Association Season

first_imgIt hasn’t been easy running a summer swim program in Nelson during the past few years.Constant upgrades to the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre has forced the Nelson Neptunes to pack their bags for alternate pools to keep the program alive.This season, the Neptunes have adopted the slogan of “Have goggles will travel” as the team builds for the upcoming 2016 Kootenay Summer Swim Association Season.”Due to the renovation closure of their home pool in Nelson for the entire competitive season, the Neptunes will be swimming around the region,” said Chad Badry of the Neptunes executive on the eve of the season opening day for the Heritage City club, May 1.Badry said the Neptunes will start the season swimming five times a week at the Castlegar Aquatic Centre for the month of May and then move their home base to the Salmo outdoor pool for June, July and August.”For the second time in history that anyone on the team can recall, a swim meet will be held in Salmo at the end of June,” Badry said. “This will bring hundreds of athletes and families to Salmo and area.”Badry said the Neptunes have dipped into his graduation list to hire Nialan Collier as team skipper.Joining Collier is long time Neptune Sage Cowan for the first part of the summer until returning head coach Cynthia Pfeiffer joins the team later in the season.Badry said the three Neptunes recently completed their level 1 National Coaching Certification which will be a great contribution to the swim coaching and succession planning for the team.This year, the Neptunes are offering a new program in Salmo for the month of June called Introduction to Competitive Swimming.Swimmers who want to give speed swimming a try can practice with the team with reduced commitment and cost.Then they can take part in the swim meet in Salmo at the end of the month. Badry said Neptunes are hopeful that the prospect of a season like no other will make a difference in the enrolment numbers.Coaching staff is planning plenty of dryland training and a few open water swims in Nelson as well to help reduce the travel.Badry said last year these events included a game of quidditch, hikes up Pulpit Rock, early morning cardio, and some carefully chaperoned open water swims from Lakeside Park.For more information or to register a swimmer, go to read more

BCC men are fitting pieces of puzzle together

first_imgBY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer MIGUEL JUAREZ staff Brookdale’s Correy Haskins heads to the hoop during the Jersey Blues’ game against Essex on Dec. 1. A few games into the season, Paul Cisek has been able to draw two conclusions about his Brookdale Community College men’s basketball team. “We’re young and we’re making young mistakes,” he said. “Second, we’re talented, but we’ll take our lumps early. “The pieces of the puzzle are there,” he added. “We have to get them to fit together. We need to get down to a rotation.” The Blues opened up 1-1, having beaten Camden, 94-70, and lost to Mercer, 63-50. They have since gone on to capture the Brookdale Invitational title over the weekend, after defeating Division II Prince George, 77-75, in the first round on Saturday, and following that win a win in the finals over Technical Career Institute of new York, 83-73, in Sunday’s final to improve to 4-3 on the year. Brookdale is undoubtedly a work in progress. Of the 16 players on the roster, only three are sophomores; and of that trio, only one, guard Devin Gilliard from Woodbridge, played for the Blues last year. The other sophs are guard Joel Modestil, a transfer from Middlesex, and forward Paul Butler from Passaic. Cisek is breaking in a large freshman class that does have talent led by two solid big men in 6-foot-4 Omar Garrett from Tampa, Fla., and 6-5 Jami McBride from Franklin High School. “Omar is a slasher who can who can shoot the three,” said the Blues veteran coach. “Jami is raw, but will give us an inside presence. He will be a factor.” Freshmen Correy Haskins (Red Bank Regional) and Jed Marquez (Jackson) have been the starting backcourt for the Blues thus far. With the way Brookdale is running its offense this year, the designation of point guard and shooting guard doesn’t apply to either Haskins or Marquez. Both can handle and pass the ball as well as score. Kevin Fallon, a 6-2 shooting guard from Roselle Catholic and Theo Fujita, a guard from Middletown North, have been seeing big minutes off the bench. Sean Carter (Freehold Borough), Derrick Truesdale (Passaic), Jeff Wedick (Mater Dei), Jason Miller (Rumson-Fair Haven) and Todd Eastmond (Manasquan) also figure in the rotation with 6-4 Miller, 6-2 Carter and 6-3 Truesdale, providing depth and size up front. Rounding out the team are Sean Murphy, a guard from Middletown, and Alex Henn, a guard from Keansburg. One of the reasons that Cisek said his team will take its lumps early in the season is the number of freshmen on the squad. He noted that it takes time for them to adjust to the quicker, more physical game played at the college level. Brookdale should be a fun to watch this year as Cisek uses his athleticism and depth to play an up-tempo game. “The big thing about this team is that it is athletic,” he said. “We can score and shoot. We’re going to get after people in our man-to-man defense, and we can press.” One important ingredient that is missing on the young Blues is leadership. “We’re lacking a leader, that floor leader who takes control,” said Cisek. Cisek believes that in time, that leader will emerge as roles become more defined and the players themselves see who the floor general is. This past weekend, the Blues signs of maturity in winning their home tournament. Against Prince George it was Fallon setting the pace offensively with 18 points, while McBride chipped in with 10 points and nine rebouds. Then, against Technical Institute of New York, it was Haskins that led the way, scoring eight of his 14 points during a key 13-2 run late in the game. After years of playing in the South Division of the Garden State Athletic Conference, the Blues have been moved to the North, where the competition this year is Passaic, Bergen, Sussex, Raritan and Middlesex. Passaic and Bergen are already ranked in the top 10 nationally in the junior college polls. Cisek expects that there will be some growing pains in December and early January. The goal is for the team to jell in the second half of the season and be playing its best ball when the postseason GSAC tournament begins at the end of February.last_img read more

Foton, Cignal eye elimination-round sweep

first_imgFoton and Cignal will aim for a three-game sweep of their divisions when the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference resumes Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Foton battles Cocolife at 7 p.m., while Cignal takes on F2 Logistics at 3 p.m. Petron and Sta. Lucia collide at 5 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing PLAY LIST 01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreakcenter_img Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Pocari tries to firm up PVL dynasty Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ The Tornadoes are coming off wins over Cherrylume and Generika-Ayala with 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago banging in 35 points in those two matches.Coach Moro Branislav said the Tornadoes are still far from top form.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“We’ve to play as hard as possible,” said the Serbian. —MARC ANTHONY REYES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Pope Francis on TED

first_imgDear Editor,It is not surprising to me when Pope Francis comes up with innovative ways to reach out to people especially with his down-to-earth message of love and unity. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened TED Talks yesterday and saw him giving his message of unity, love, and tenderness. The pontiff has been very creative in his approach to his pontificate by using modern mediums to communicate the Gospel message to the world. Hence, I would tend to think that Pope Francis rises to the modern times so that he can reach out to thousands of people in an effective and faster way.Let me briefly express the message that he delivered to the world in his TED Talk. This message fits well with the Season of Easter. Firstly, he emphasised the need for unity and peaceful coexistence. “The future you” is his tagline to convey the message of unity, knowing well the atrocities which are divisive and done to the people in the world. This message is crucial as he prepares for a two-day visit to Egypt at the end of this week. It is crucial as experts on the country say he will face a series of difficult choices while he’s there. The trip could be one of the most delicate yet of his four-year papacy. For the Pope, “unity” has been a key factor in his papacy.Secondly, his message of love is communicated powerfully throughout his papacy. Although, the Pope himself promotes technology, he is well aware that technological innovations have blinded humanity to see our neighbour who is suffering. We watch the stars and planets orbiting in the far distance, but we also need to see people who are orbiting us to provide our help.Thirdly, his message of tenderness is crucial for our times. He emphasises the use of our eyes and ears to see and listen to the children, the poor and those who are afraid of the future, and also to listen to our common home, Mother Earth. Tenderness is to use our hands and hearts to comfort others, to take care of them.The message of unity, love, and tenderness is important for our modern times, irrespective of religions. Although the Pope speaks as a Christian, this threefold message could apply to every individual and every country in the world, including Guyana, because our issues are similar with varying intensity.Sincerely,Reverend JerriMelwin Dias, SJDiocese ofGeorgetownlast_img read more

Stars reflect at Dedeaux funeral

first_imgThe respect Dedeaux garnered was evident in the number of baseball A-listers among the full house for the service led by Cardinal Roger Mahony. Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver and former American League MVP Fred Lynn highlighted the list of former Trojan big leaguers. Chicago Cubs all-star pitcher Mark Prior was among the more recent Trojans. Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson, former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley and major league executives also were there. Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully gave a eulogy. “He was one of the greatest single coaches that ever coached,” said Anderson, who also noted that ever since he was as a 9-year-old serving as USC’s bat boy, he was one of the rare people Dedeaux did not call Tiger, instead having always been called Georgie because that was what Anderson’s mother called him when he was young. LOS ANGELES – Guests were given name tags that read Tiger, a joking reference to the name former USC baseball coach Rod Dedeaux used to call almost anyone he met. Whatever they were called, many of the biggest names in baseball were in attendance Monday for Dedeaux’s funeral at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. The legendary coach and international ambassador of the sport died Jan. 5 from complications of a stroke he suffered Dec. 2. He was 91. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“He was like my second father. He made me a better person and he taught me what this game is all about.” Dedeaux, whose major-league playing career lasted just two games with the 1935 Brooklyn Dodgers, spent 45 years as USC’s head coach before retiring in June 1986. He guided the Trojans to a record 11 national championships, including five in a row from 1970-74. Nearly 60 of his former players went on to the major leagues. In 1999, he was named college baseball’s coach of the century. Dedeaux posted a 1,332-571-11 record with the Trojans (.699 winning percentage), giving him more wins than any other college baseball coach at the time of his retirement. A memorial service is planned at a yet to be determined date this season at USC’s Dedeaux Field. center_img 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

Daily News systems editor remembered fondly by all

first_imgFor his 40th birthday, Tim Fairholm got Paris. It was just a whirlwind tour through the City of Lights, but the one-day excursion arranged by his best friend was the perfect end to his trip to London to celebrate the big 4-0. Fairholm, computer systems editor for the Daily News, died Feb. 6 at UCLA Medical Center from complications of lupus, an autoimmune disease he had battled quietly for much of his adult life. Jen Martin, his former roommate and longtime friend who arranged the birthday getaway last spring, said he had been debating between London or Paris – but she decided he should see both. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “He was the best friend that everybody should have,” Martin said. “When I found out Tim was gone, my first instinct was to call Tim. I can’t do that anymore.” Tim had just celebrated his 10th anniversary with the Daily News, where he worked as systems editor for the Daily News and seven other Southern California papers that comprise the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. He was known in all the newsrooms as an unflappable computer guru who could solve just about any request with his quick wit and easy style. “Tim’s loss is like a death in the family,” said Daily News Editor Ron Kaye. “He had a gentle spirit and light humor that made him universally loved. He was a skilled member of the team and always helpful to everyone on the staff.” Timothy Rex Fairholm was born April 25, 1965, in Orem, Utah, the youngest of five children born to Rulon and Barbara Fairholm. He graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, and later went to work at the Utah County Journal. Fairholm came to Los Angeles in 1994, while working for a company that provided computer training to newsroom personnel at the Daily News. One look at Southern California’s glorious weather and he was hooked. He was hired in 1995 as the Daily News’ systems editor, handling the range of computer and technical needs faced daily by reporters, editors and designers. He later worked as the paper’s pre-press manager, before being promoted to systems editor for LANG. Martin recalled him explaining his interest in L.A. to her relatives. “He said, ‘One of the things that I absolutely love about Los Angeles is there are a million different languages, a million different people of different colors,”‘ she said. “He loved that about Los Angeles, that there were all walks of life here. On every street corner you could see everything.” Fairholm began experiencing health problems in his 20s, suffering symptoms that would later be diagnosed as lupus. However, he rarely let family or friends see him struggle. “He tried to not let it rule his life,” said his eldest sister, Diana Hall of Provo, Utah. “He just tried to be happy and do the things that made him happy. Being with friends and family made him happy. Being with people who cared about him and he cared about.” Once he moved to California, his siblings and their families frequently visited. “I’m sure he was sick to death of Disneyland, but still he would meet us there two or three times a year,” Hall said. Hall’s daughter, Wrandi Greenwalt, now 31, of Orem, remembers wanting a clown for her birthday party as a kid. Her then-teenage Uncle Tim learned to juggle and do magic tricks then donned a clown suit for her big day. He could already ride a unicycle. The two also had an ongoing war of wits, and once he collected all of her right shoes in retribution for one of her earlier pranks. “All of my cousins, my sisters, they all think they’re Tim’s favorite. I know I’m Tim’s favorite. If you talk to anyone in the family, they’ll say the same thing,” said Greenwalt. “When you’re with Tim he just gives you all of his attention. He listens to what you have to say. He just makes you feel just so important. “He took the time to get to know all of us and love all of us.” In addition to his parents, Fairholm is survived by his siblings, Diana Hall, David Fairholm, Susan Ferran and Kenny Fairholm. A funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Orem. Flowers can be sent before 5 p.m. Monday to Walker Sanderson Funeral Home, 646 E. 800 N., Orem 84097. In Los Angeles, a memorial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Feb. 18 at Will Rogers State Beach, 17700 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 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

With mom on mind, James thrives in Canyon Country

first_img“With the scholarship, I’ll be able to focus on school and not have to work as much to try and pay for schooling,” Covarrubias said. Covarrubias’ father came to Santa Clarita about 20 years ago and started working in landscaping, while his mother sold tortillas and ice cream back in Jalisco, Mexico, until she could join him. Now his father owns his own landscaping business and his mom cleans houses. College of the Canyons and the Boys & Girls Club have teamed up to offer scholarships for the past decade. “These are the students who express an interest or desire in higher education, who probably would not find the resources or find their way through the educational maze without that help,” said Fashia Skjelstad, scholarship specialist for the college. James wants to spend two years at the college and transfer to a university, studying business so he can one day be his own boss. He misses his mom, who died in a car crash on a trip to the store on Thanksgiving Day 2004. “That was my best friend, and when she died and passed away it was like a piece of me gone,” James said. “But life goes on, the sun comes up the next day.” (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The year after DeAndre James’ mom sent him from their South Los Angeles home to live with an aunt in Canyon Country, she died in a car crash on Thanksgiving Day. Michelle Zacharey’s plan to get her son away from the gangs worked, even though she never got to see how well. James turned his grades around and won a $2,000 scholarship to College of the Canyons. James, 18, said he graduated high school this year with his mom in mind, since she sent him to Canyon Country hoping he would finish high school. “She wanted me to further my education,” James said. “Because she thought that I would not finish. She thought I would get caught up in the gangs.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2When he first got to Canyon Country, James missed hanging out with his friends at the Magic Johnson Theatre and World on Wheels skating rink. But the day after he arrived at his aunt’s place in Canyon Country, he found a new hangout. James first stepped into the Sierra Vista branch of the Boys & Girls Club to play hoops, but over time he got more involved and began mentoring younger members. He made the club a second home and brought his grades up to above a B average. Recognizing those efforts, a panel chose James to receive a $2,000 scholarship from the Boys & Girls Club to attend College of the Canyons. The panel also chose member Humberto Covarrubias, 18, for the scholarship. The son of immigrants who came to Santa Clarita from Mexico, Covarrubias plans to use his $2,000 to learn how to be a firefighter at College of the Canyons. He already jump-started his education by signing up for the college’s summer session, and paying for it with a supermarket job. last_img read more

Telkom rolls out its own 3G network

first_img3 October 2008South African state telecoms company Telkom is deploying its own third generation (3G) wireless network across the country, taking the fixed-line operator closer towards providing its customers with fully converged information communication technology solutions.Telkom said in a statement this week that fixed voice and fixed-mobile data services would be launched during October, with nomadic voice services becoming available later in the year.The company announced in March this year that it would look to expand into the fixed-mobile space as a means of maintaining its market share and growing revenues.Speaking at the time, Telkom CEO Reuben September said that the company’s revenues were under “significant pressure” from declining voice services, due to competition, and further affected by copper cable theft.“Three years ago, we announced we are investing in next generation network-based technologies to provide new generation customer services and products,” he said. “It isn’t about a single network but using various technologies, such as wideband code division multiple access (W-CDMA), to provide customer-focused services.”3G mobile technologyW-CDMA is a third generation (3G) mobile technology that offers services like high-speed Internet access, video and high quality voice transmission. Telkom will initially focus on providing fixed voice and fixed-mobile data and, in the near future, nomadic voice services, offering its customers choice at a highly competitive cost.Through the use of third generation technologies, Telkom is able to ensure sustained service without relying on copper cables, enabling the company to operate in areas where cables are repeatedly stolen or where the company lacks fixed-line infrastructure.Telkom has appointed Chinese telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei as a technology partner to deploy its fixed-wireless and mobile data network on a turnkey basis. According to the company, Huawei has a proven track record in the speedy deployment of infrastructure in both emerging and developed markets at a highly competitive cost.“The products and services that are lined up to be launched on this technology will certainly give our customers a lasting positive experience,” said Telkom chief operations officer Motlatsi Nzeku. “This innovative 3G network supports services such as high-speed Internet access, video and high-quality voice transmission.”“We will initially focus on providing fixed voice and fixed-mobile data services and within weeks, we also plan to roll-out nomadic voice services.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Microsoft GM for Windows Phone 7 Leaves to Starts His Own Company

first_imgRelated Posts The general manager of the Windows Phone project at Microsoft is leaving the company to start a new business. Charlie Kindel had been at Microsoft for 21 years and has headed up the transition from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone. Kindel’s departure is not a warning sign that not all is well with Redmond’s mobile division. However, in his departure email posted on his personal blog, Kindel said, “To the Windows Phone team: I may stop using some Microsoft products now that I’m out of here. But not Windows Phone. The BEST product Microsoft has ever built. Do not let up!”Kindel leaves Microsoft a few months before it releases the newest version of Windows Phone, “Mango,” and before the first iteration of a Nokia Windows Phone comes out, which is expected later this year. Kindel’s send-off email is filled with inside jokes and is sincere and heartfelt. In an era when people jump jobs every six months and the news is filled with scathing attacks of ex-employees at their former employers, Kindel’s letter to his colleagues is refreshing. He still clearly loves Microsoft and will be starting his new company in the Seattle region.“To my kids: No, just because I don’t work at Microsoft anymore, you may not use Google. Remember, every time you use Google, a puppy dies,” Kindel wrote.In an interview with GeekWire, Kindel elaborates on the state of Windows Phone 7 and his decision to leave. “Like taking vacation or having a baby, there’s never a good time,” Kindel wrote in an email exchange to GeekWire reporter Todd Bishop. “We have close to 27,000 apps in the marketplace, the best toolset, and amazingly high customer satisfaction. We would not have gotten to the table with Nokia if they didn’t believe we were in the race to win long term. We’re now in the middle phase of the marathon. This is where Microsoft’s stamina genes will come into play.”Kindel said his new company will be a mix of “sports, advertising, mobile, social-networking, and, of course, the cloud.” He told GeekWire that it is angel funded but cannot yet say who the early investors are. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Microsoft#mobile#web center_img dan rowinski Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more