Early snowfall ahead of normal January pace

first_imgAs reported earlier, the local airport weather station posted 19.6 centimetres of snow on New Year’s Day and then followed that with 14 more on Friday.That just missed setting a second consecutive record as the January 2nd mark is 15 centimetres recorded in 1954.However, it did push the two day total to 33.6, and it went to 33.8 on Saturday, compared to the January average of 32.7 cm.- Advertisement -We’ve also easily surpassed the January totals of last year when the airport station posted 25.3 centimetres of snow and 23.4 millimetres of precipitation.last_img

WATCH: Redknapp’s BRILLIANT post-match interview after Jordan’s 8-0 victory

first_imgHarry Redknapp took charge of his first match as Jordan boss on Thursday. The 69-year-old was appointed for their next two World Cup qualifying matches, a job he will balance with his football advisory role at Derby County.His side were 8-0 winners over Bangladesh and ‘Arry was certainly pleased with what he saw.With over 30 years’ managerial experience under his belt, Redknapp certainly knows what he is talking about and he told this reporter the ‘future is good’ for Jordan’s national team. Starting by standing away from the camera, Redknapp’s post-match interview is an amusing watch. See above!last_img

Growth? No way this way

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant This was the second time Moorpark residents refused to expand the city’s borders to accommodate development. “Ventura County will defend the SOAR vote boundaries,” Mikos said. “This is the largest project any developer wanted to get through that required a SOAR vote. We believe in building from within our city. … Growth belongs there.” William Fulton, an author and urban planning expert, said when developers spend millions of dollars on a slick campaign, the project usually loses. The Yes on A6 campaign spent more than $500,000. Opposition groups spent less than $50,000 combined. During the four-year process to get the project approved, the developer spent more than $2 million, plus an additional $250,000 to have the special election. MOORPARK – Their small-town character at stake, Moorpark voters last week defeated a housing plan in the rolling hills north of the city by a 3-1 margin that would have added 6,000 more residents to this east Ventura County suburb. “Nobody wanted to shut the gates to growth completely. They didn’t want it to sprawl out,” said City Councilwoman Roseann Mikos, a staunch opponent of North Park Village and Nature Preserve. “People realize there’s plenty of growth happening within our city.” The development, called Measure A6 on the ballot, was a test of the Save Open-Space and Agricultural Resources ordinance, and in the end, the voters made their voice count, observers said. In 1999, the local electorate adopted SOAR, which subjects projects outside the city lines to a public vote. It contains growth within city boundaries; in this case, the city would have had to annex 3,544 acres of unincorporated county land so the developer could build 1,680 homes. “The voters react adversely because they feel like they must be getting snowed,” said Fulton, a Ventura City Council member. “It’s not about the project. It’s about the campaign. Money does not equal victory when a developer project is on the ballot.” Fulton said the project was an important test to the growth-control measure. Other large-scale housing projects in the cities of Ventura, Santa Paula and Moorpark have suffered the same outcome, including the first incarnation of North Park, called Hidden Creek Ranch. “Some people are saying if this project can’t win, no project can win,” he said. “This is a project where the developer spent several years buying in the school district and other people in the community. But when a project goes to the ballot, the merits don’t matter. … You’ve got to win the campaign. It’s about the perception of the voters. “Voters have to see and understand the benefits and value them and have to feel like they’re winners. It didn’t happen here.” The amenities looked appealing on paper: a recreational lake, nature preserve, sports park, land for a new school and fire station. But opponents stressed the drawbacks: 23,000 daily car trips, 2,500 other homes already approved or slated to be approved within the city limits, loss of wildlife habitat and schools and city infrastructure stretched to their limits. Councilman Clint Harper, who backed the project, said he would not advise the developer to come back with a similar plan because “it would get killed again.” “Right now it would be difficult,” he said. Kim Kilkenny, vice president of Newport Beach-based North Park Communities LLC, said the project failed because the Yes on A6 campaign was not able to effectively communicate with enough voters. About 75 percent of the voters rejected it. “I was surprised by the size of the defeat,” he said. “I thought we had created a special community.” In the next few weeks, the company will review its options, which include getting a project before the county, going back to Moorpark with an alternative plan or selling the property. “We did not plan for defeat,” Kilkenny said. “It’s not like we had a Plan B sitting on the shelf. I don’t know what we’re going to do.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 angie.valencia@dailynews.com 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

£26m star spends first day at Arsenal after summer transfer

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Lucas Torreira joined Arsenal from Sampdoria in a £26million deal earlier this week.The Gunners announced they had bought Torreira, the midfielder, from the Serie A side after his impressive performances for Uruguay at the World Cup. NEW ERA Latest Arsenal news How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures silverware BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets center_img REVEALED LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ possible standings The wait is over… it’s #TimeForTorreira 👍Welcome to Arsenal, @LTorreira34 🔴 pic.twitter.com/wnUDYuDMeS— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 10, 2018Aged 22, Torreira is rated as one of the most promising midfield players in world football, and his transfer to the Emirates delighted Arsenal fans across the globe. gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? smart causal He is currently on holiday having been handed an extended break due to his inclusion in Uruguay’s World Cup squad, but Torreira did visit Arsenal’s London Colney training ground when he signed his contract with Unai Emery’s side.He had to have a medical and take part in squad photos that were used for his unveiling, and Dugout take you behind the scenes as Torreira visited his new club for the first time.There is serious hope Torreira is the player who will fix issues Arsenal have had for years and years, and everything the midfielder has shown playing for Sampdoria and Uruguay suggest these hopes may ring true.last_img read more

Politics as usual

first_imgHere are some of the candidates expected to run for statewide office next year: Governor: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is seeking re-election and is not expected to face a substantial challenge in the Republican primary. The leading Democratic candidates are state Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Westly, a co-founder of eBay. Lieutenant Governor: Democratic Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi wants to make this his next office, as do three state senators: Democrats Liz Figueroa of Sunol and Jackie Speier of Daly City, and Republican Tom McClintock of Northridge. Secretary of State: Republican Bruce McPherson was appointed secretary of state in 2005 after Democrat Kevin Shelley resigned and says he will seek re-election. Democratic state senators Debra Bowen of Redondo Beach and Deborah Ortiz of Sacramento are considering a challenge. Controller: This represents another battle of ambitious state legislators. Democrats include Sen. Joe Dunn of Garden Grove and Assemblyman Dario Frommer of Los Angeles. Republicans include Sen. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria and former Assemblyman Tony Strickland of Thousand Oaks. Democratic Board of Equalization chairman John Chiang also is running. Treasurer: Termed-out Attorney General Bill Lockyer considered running for governor before settling on treasurer. State Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Culver City; Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Chatsworth; Republican Board of Equalization member Claude Parrish; and Democratic Los Angeles County Treasurer Mark J. Saladino also have filed papers. Attorney General: Oakland mayor and former Gov. Jerry Brown is the most prominent candidate. He will be challenged in the Democratic primary by Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. State Sen. Chuck Poochigian of Fresno seeks the GOP nomination. Insurance Commissioner: Democratic Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante would like this post next. So would Republican newcomers Phil Kurzner, Gary S. Mendoza and Steve Poizner. Superintendent of Public Instruction: Jack O’Connell will seek re-election. Termed-out Republican Assemblyman Tim Leslie of Tahoe City is eyeing a challenge, as is political newcomer Michael M. Agbaba. State Senate: Twenty seats are up for election, 12 of them open seats. Yet the primary election will determine the outcome in most cases: 11 districts are considered safely Democrat and five safely Republican. That leaves just four seats up for grabs, three of which lean Democrat and one leaning Republican. State Assembly: All 80 Assembly seats will be on the ballot, but much of the activity is in the primary election. Of the 80 seats, 28 districts are solidly Republican and 38 strongly Democratic. There are 34 open Assembly seats but only four are in swing districts. Each of those districts leans Democratic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want 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

Men’s Basketball Begins Valley Season at Evansville

first_img Drake Game Notes ESPN+ Senior Nick Norton has helped lead the way in assists as he has a 58-to-11 assist-to-turnover ratio in the last nine games. That average as upped in its last outing as Drake scored 98 points and had 28 assists, the fifth-most in program history. It also marked the fourth time this season Drake has had 20 or more assists in a game and the Bulldogs rank 14th nationally in assists with 18.0 per game. Story Links Evansville is 6-7 this season under first-year head coach Walter McCarty with all six wins coming at the Ford Center.center_img Live Stats Live Audio Evansville leads the all-time series with the Bulldogs by a 27-23 margin after the two teams split last season’s meetings with each winning at home. Print Friendly Version The Drake University men’s basketball team takes to the road to open up its conference season Wednesday evening at Evansville. Tipoff for the Missouri Valley Conference opener is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN+The Bulldogs make their annual trek to southern Indiana with an 11-2 record and have the program’s most wins ever before the start of conference play. The Drake offense has averaged 104.0 points in its last two games and leads the MVC with 81.5 points per game this season. last_img read more

Groves eases to victory in Germany

first_imgGeorge Groves eased to his second quick victory in as many weeks, this time stopping Baker Barakat in round two in Magdeburg, east Germany.Only a fortnight after his third-round knockout of Dario Balmaceda at Wembley Arena, Hammersmith’s unbeaten super-middleweight was on top from the start against his Syrian opponent and staggered him with a vicious left towards the end of the first round.There was no reprieve in the second for Barakat, who was floored after being caught with two heavy right hooks.He got to his feet but was then hurt by a left-right follow-up, prompting the referee to end the contest.The fight took place on the undercard of the world title clash between Robert Stieglitz and WBO champion Arthur Abraham.Commonwealth title holder Groves, now the WBO’s number one contender, has been tipped to face the winner of the Abraham-Stieglitz bout.Last year an injury forced him to withdraw from a proposed world title challenge against Stieglitz, who was then champion.Groves, 24, is next due to appear as the chief support to the rematch between world champions Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena in May.See also:Groves eyes title clash against StieglitzYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A fun approach to science teaching

first_imgDr Mirriam Tawana believes that all children should know about South Africa’s valuable fossil collection. Zandile Ndaba says Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves have a valuable role to educate children about fossils and the origins of humankind in a fun, interactive way.(Images: Cathy Findley Public Relations)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nicolle Kairuz Cathy Findley PR+27 11 463 6372RELATED ARTICLES• No bedbugs for early humans • Fossils tell the mammal story• Maropeng top evotourism destination • Maropeng sets green standard Wilma den HartighTwo women from Wits University’s Institute for Human Evolution are inspiring a new generation of scientists in South Africa by reaching out to pupils who have not had much exposure to career opportunities in the discipline.Through the medium of story-telling, Dr Mirriam Tawana, a palaeoanthropologist and Zandile Ndaba, a fossil excavator, are bringing the world of paleoscience to life, sharing their career highlights, experiences and life stories to inspire children to be curious about science, and proud of South Africa’s fossil heritage.Tawana is part of a new group of progressive academics who believe that it is up to scientists to promote the discipline. South Africa has experienced a shortage of scientists and graduates in the field of science and technology for years.Tawana’s interest is in palaeoanthropology, a branch of palaeontology that studies the evolution of humans.“I think it’s terrible that I only first learned about palaeoanthropology when I was already in university,” she says, adding that she finds the field exciting and fun.When she enrolled at Wits University with the intent to study medicine, Tawana didn’t know that a short course in palaeontology, taught by Dr Lucinda Backwell, would grab her attention.Born in the same area where the Taung Child, a fossilised skull of a juvenile Australopithecus africanus, was discovered in 1924 by quarrymen excavating lime in Taung, a small town in the North West province.“I was instantly hooked,” she says, and immediately made arrangements to change courses.Reaching out to schoolsTawana’s experience as a student got her thinking about the predicament of many children in under- resourced schools across the country.“It is heart-breaking when I ask a child what a fossil is and they don’t know,” she says. “This motivates me to participate in outreach initiatives at schools.”All children should know about South Africa’s valuable fossil collection, says Tawana, who explains that it is one of the richest in the world, containing almost complete hominid skeletons.Tawana and Ndaba recently took their enthusiasm for palaeontology and fossils to the St Ansgar’s school in the Cradle of Humankind district.Every year the Maropeng cultural centre partners with the Cradle of Humankind Management Authority to give pupils from schools in the area an opportunity to visit the Sterkfontein Caves, the discovery site of two other world-famous fossil finds, Mrs Ples and Little Foot.The partnership came about three years ago after the authority identified a number of local schools that did not have the financial means to visit Maropeng.“What I want young boys and girls to know is that careers in palaeontology are suitable for anyone,” Tawana says.Exposing children to fossilsNdaba says Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves have a valuable role to educate children about fossils and the origins of humankind in a fun, interactive way.“How can children become interested in something they have never seen?”Dealing with mistaken beliefs about fossils and palaeontology can be a major challenge for a young person thinking about following a career in this field, says Ndaba.“When I used to return from the fossil site, my father would tell me to wash because I had been working with dead people. It took me a long time to get him to understand what it was that I was doing,” she recalls.Career highlightsFor Tawana, participating in excavations is always a highlight. “Every time I go to a site I experience a mixture of anxiety and suspense,” she says. “You never know what you are going to find.”One of Ndaba’s most memorable experiences is excavations of the Malapa site at the Cradle. Here significant parts of a skeleton, believed to be an entirely new species of hominid named Australopithecus sediba, were discovered in 2009.“While I was busy digging, I found a pelvis, one of the parts of Sediba,” she recalls. “I thought I found nothing, but I learnt that this was a very important find.” The pelvis is used to determine how ancient humans walked.“The atmosphere on site is crazy when you make a find,” says Ndaba. “There is a lot of activity with pictures being taken and filming.”Leaders in palaeontologyThe two scientists attribute their interest in palaeoanthropology to leaders in the field, such as Dr Lucinda Backwell and Prof Lee Berger.“Lee has been like a father,” Ndaba says. “He wants us all to succeed!”Tawana says Prof Phillip Tobias, who died earlier this year, also made a significant impact on her career.She recalls spending a weekend with Tobias in Taung on an outreach programme. “He was surrounded by kids, and he made time for them,” she says. “It was such an honour to know him and work with someone of his calibre. He was such a motivator.”We are fortunate to have many more people like him in this field, such as Berger and a Backwell, Tawana added.More science graduates needed in SAThere are growing concerns among various stakeholders such as the government and the academic and research fields that South Africa is not producing enough graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.According to the Paleontological Society of Southern Africa, there is a chronic shortage of qualified palaeontologists in the country, and a need to expand the industry’s limited skills base.This is why promoting this area of study is so important.A human capital development report by the National Research Foundation suggests that areas such as palaeontology, palaeoanthropology and archaeology offer special research, tourism and educational opportunities in South Africa.Tawana hopes that some of their stories will leave a lasting impression on the pupils of St Ansgar’s.“By the show of hands it was clear that few of them had intended to pursue a career in science,” she says. “Hopefully our stories and passion for the field convinced them that a career in the field can be interesting and fun.”last_img read more

Durban hosts AIMS Congress ahead of Comrades

first_img26 May 2014The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) will be hosting about 200 delegates from around the world at the 20th World Congress of AIMS (the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) in Durban this week.The delegates will represent several of the greatest marathons and distance races in the world at the forthcoming gathering, which runs from 29 to 31 May, ahead of the 89th Comrades Marathon, an “up” run, from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, which takes place on 1 June.‘Relevant theme’Cheryl Winn, the 20th World Congress of AIMS Chairperson, said in a statement on Friday: “We are excited about hosting the Congress. This will be a first for our country and the continent; and with a very relevant theme for the Congress being: Africa – Home of Distance Runners.The congress includes delegates from every continent, with a total of 41 countries represented.Promoting and upliftingFrom Athens, Berlin, Beijing and Boston to Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca and Colombo, top international marathons will be participating in the forum, which is aimed at facilitating the exchange of information, knowledge, expertise, ideas and innovations to improve the quality of member events and generally promote and uplift the staging of marathons and the sport of road running around the globe.Relatively short races, such as The World’s Best 10km in Puerto Rico and Morocco’s 10km Marrakech International, will be represented, as well as an ultra-distance race like the Lake Saroma 100km in Japan, which together with the Comrades Marathon and Two Oceans make up the only three ultra-marathons attending the Congress.Special invitationsParticipation in the Congress is limited to bona fide representatives of AIMS-affiliated events, but as the host organisers, the CMA has been given special dispensation to invite a select number of non-AIMS affiliated races to attend as observers. They have thus extended invitations to the Soweto, City to City, Loskop, Om die Dam, Knysna and Zululand Marathons, with a view to them being exposed to the benefits of joining AIMS in the future.AIMS-affiliated South African road running races which will be represented include the Two Oceans, Peninsula, Cape Town, Maritzburg and Mandela Day Marathons.WelcomeAmong the dignitaries welcoming the AIMS delegates will be the Premier of KwaZulu- Natal, Senzo Mchunu, who will officially open the Congress on Thursday, 29 May, while the Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela will host the AIMS Board at a Mayoral Dinner on Tuesday, 27 May.The eThekwini Mayor, James Nxumalo, will welcome all delegates at a Civic Welcome Function on Wednesday, 28 May, and the MEC for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation, Ntombikayise Sibidhla-Saphethe will give the keynote address at the Legends Gala Dinner on Friday, 30 May.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

101-year-old Man Kaur bags gold at World Masters Games

first_imgCentenarian Man Kaur won the 100-metre sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand, on Monday, April 24. It took the 101-year-old Indian one minute and 14 seconds to completethe 100 metre sprint. Considering that she was the only participant inthe 100-years-and-over category at the New Zealand event, her victorywas guaranteed.She celebrated her victory with a little dance; this was the 17th gold medal in Kaur’s remarkable career, which she started when she was 93 years old.Kaur also has plans to compete in the 200m sprint, the two kilogram shot put and 400 gram javelin in Auckland.About World Masters GamesThe World Masters Games is a global multi-sport event for athletes of master’s ageIt is held every four years, in a different city of the world, each timeEvery sport is different with respect to the age at which athletes becomes masters. However, you’re a master at the age of 25 in swimming and generally a master in most sports by the age of 35The World Masters Games follows the Olympics model. There are summer and winter Games like the Olympics. Plus, there are opening and closing ceremonies and medals are awardedHowever, unlike Olympics, you do not need to be an elite athlete to compete, and in most sports, you don’t need to qualifyAnyone can register for the Games — whether to win, to have fun, to beat your personal best or to travel to a new place of the worldSome sports also have competition classifications for para-athletes.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.com.last_img read more