The most amazing sports story didn’t come to us from Daytona Beach this week. It didn’t happen in Houston, either. It didn’t even come off the slopes of Turin.Would you believe it came from the ever-popular Ivujivik, Quebec?I bet none of you know what the hell I’m talking about. Here’s what happened according to Toronto Globe and Mail, a Toronto paper, and I’ll ask you to resist the urge to fire out Brian Butch jokes.A 90-pound mother wrestled a 700-pound polar bear that was threatening her two children, who were playing a game of street hockey.And we thought NHL games were too dangerous.Before I move on, let that sink in for a moment. Again, the woman weighs 90 pounds, as in two digits, as in only slightly larger than your average SI swimsuit model.Conversely, the bear weighs 700 pounds, almost eight times more than this heroic mama.So, for those of you who are in the 150-200 range and would like a proportional metaphor, just imagine taking on the UW offensive line and a pissed-off Mike Tyson.God, I hope I end up loving my kids that much.Here’s the great part: For our intensive purposes, the woman won. Reports say that she got between her kids and the bear, and began kicking and punching it.Anyone else smell a Budweiser ad for Super Bowl XLI?The bear fought back, slamming her to the ground, but an onlooker grabbed a gun and shot the beast several times, killing it instantly. Supermom suffered minor injuries, and the children walked away without a scratch and with an unbelievable story to tell their grandkids someday.All of a sudden, I miss the aggression in NHL games. I mean, if we were still living in the age of NHL thuggery, then this lady would have had to garner attention from the Detroit Red Wings.She’s taking on freaking polar bears! Tie Domi would be no match for her!Let me tell you this: Her kids won’t be catching any more crap from the neighborhood bully.”Oh yeah? Well, my mommy can beat up your daddy!”No word yet on whether the next Mother of the Millenium had knocked back one too many Labatt Blues and simply thought she was starring in one of those crazy commercials with the Labatt Blue bear, but you gotta love the story of this woman, especially at this time of year.As we sit here in the dead period between the Super Bowl and the NCAA tourney, the sports world has been saturated with ridiculous stories like Barry Bonds’ retirement “issue” or Ricky Williams screwing up … again and the continuation of the Tony Stewart saga.Oh, and I can’t leave out the medal-less, senseless Bode Miller. The latest news on the greatest Olympic disappointment in recent USA history is that he rolled his ankle playing basketball with friends, hindering his ability to find success in Saturday’s slalom event — Bode’s last chance to land a medal.I’m not criticizing Miller’s decision to play some hoops — it’s a common workout for many Olympic skiers over the duration of the Games — but the timing of his injury is bordering on hilarious. Serves him right, the way he’s ashamed himself and his country in Turin.So, with all that in mind, I say this woman should get a couple of gold medals of her own — one for saving her kids from the most fearsome creature of our northern neighbor and another for outdoing each of the aforementioned jokers in the newsworthy department.The only way she could outdo herself, in my book, would be going up against Miller for three minutes.After taking down the bear, I’d pay big bucks to see what she’d do to him.Aaron is a freshman majoring in journalism. You can learn more about stunningly courageous events in isolated Canadian villages by contacting him at [email protected]
Rust was definitely a problem as the Selkirk Saints opened the second half of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season.Mason Spear rescued the Saints undefeated record, allowing the Castlegar-based school to set a new league record by scoring the winner with just over three minutes remaining in the third period to lift Selkirk to a 4-3 BCIHL victory over Simon Fraser before the largest crowd of the season Saturday night at the Castlegar Complex.”We anticipated some rust coming out in the first and we didn’t really get going until midway through the game, but once we found our legs we seemed to carry the play in the second and third,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. Selkirk trailed 1-0 after one period and 3-2 after 40 minutes.The one-goal deficit remained until Thomas Hardy tied the game with 3:29 remaining in the frame. Nineteen seconds later Spear sent the crowd of 550 into a frenzy with the game winner.”We have a confident and resilient group, and the feeling on the bench and in the room between periods was that it was just a matter of time before we got rewarded for our hard work,” Dubois explained.”SFU has a very talented team and we know we’re going to have some more battles with them down the road, but tonight the guys put in the type of effort that it takes to win a tight game and it paid off.”Logan Proulx and Jordan Wood also scored for Selkirk.Trevor Milner, with a pair, and Bruin McDonald replied for the Clan.Selkirk outshot the Clan 12-1 in the third period as the host club, pushed the play to set a new BCIHL record — the Saints are 13-0 on the current campaign.Saints netminder Alex Sirard turned aside 19 shots in the victory while Graeme Gordon made 34 saves — including a number of outstanding stops in the latter half of the game — in a losing effort.The Saints return to their home ice on Friday, January 18th when Trinity Western University visits Castlegar. Face-off is set for 8 p.m.SAINTS NOTES: Saturday night’s crowd set an all-time record for attendance at a Selkirk hockey game with 550. . . .The Saints (13-0-0) now boast a five-point lead over SFU in the BCIHL standings and also hold a game in hand over the 10-3-1 Clan. . . .The teams next meet on Saturday, February 2 when the Clan returns to Castlegar. They conclude their four-game regular season on February 23 in Burnaby.
JAMAICA ended the 45th Carifta Games in St Georges, Grenada, last night in fine style as they had a clean sweep in the 4x400m to follow up on their sweep in the 4x100m on yesterday’s final day as the country ended with a record 86 medals.This included 43 gold, 28 silver and 15 bronze medals.The Bahamas was way behind in second place with 34 medals (6 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze), while Barbados occupied third place with 14 medals (6 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze).The girls’ Under-18 quartet of Shania Powell, Stacy-Ann Williams, Shian Salmon and Sanique Walker got the show going as the Jamaican team led from start to finish, clocking a fast 3:39.31 to win easily, as The Bahamas (3:43.06) and the British Virgin Islands (3:47.43) had to settle for silver and bronze.Despite some early challenge from Barbados, Jamaica’s quartet of Anthony Cox, Dashinelle Dyer, Jhevaughn Matherson and Christopher Taylor cooled their rivals to win the Under-18 boys’ event in 3:12.54.Satanya Wright, Semoy Hemmings, Junelle Bromfield and Tiffany James continued the streak in the Under-20 girls’ event, stopping the clock at 3:34.73 ahead of The Bahamas, 3:48.96 with Grenada finishing third in 3:47.43.WELL-CONTROLLEDRunning a well-controlled anchor leg, Akeem Bloomfield piloted the boys’ Under-20 team to a win in 3:10.55. The other members on the team were Jauvaney James, Nathan Brown and Kimor Barrett.It was a bright start for Jamaica on the track yesterday evening as it was a clean sweep for the country’s athletes in the sprint hurdles, with Dasazay Freeman setting the stage in the girls’ Under-18 100m hurdles, winning the gold medal in 13.44 seconds.In the girls’ Under-20 100m hurdles, Rushelle Burton captured the gold medal after winning in 13.36 seconds. It was close for second, but her teammate Sidney Marshall got the better of Jeminise Parris of Trinidad and Tobago for the silver as both athletes were given an identical time of 13.73 seconds.It was disappointment for Jamaica’s Dejour Russell in the boy’s Under-18 110m hurdles as he was disqualified for false-starting, but his teammate Damion Thomas, who was competing for the first time for Jamaica, captured the gold medal after stopping the clock at 13.32.Jamaica ended the sweep with Rohan Cole taking the Under-20 boys’ 110m hurdles gold after winning the event in 13.71 seconds.DOMINATE 800MIt was three out of four victories for Jamaica in the 800m with Cemore Donaldin the girls’ Under-18 and Shevon Parkes in the boys’ Under-20 leading the way, taking their second gold medals of the championships following wins in the 1500m on Saturday’s opening day.Donald clocked 2:10.66 for the win as teammate Chrissani May made it a one-two for Jamaica picking up silver in 2:13.90.Parkes’ winning time was 1:51.76 as team-mate Nathan Brown captured the silver in 1:52.99. Anthony Cox also picked up silver in the boys’ Under-18 event after finishing second in 1:52.23.Jamaica’s other win came in the girls’ Under-20 800m, as the outstanding Junelle Bromfield showed her class for a runaway win in a personal best 2:06.21.There was two success for Jamaica in the 200m as defending Under-18 girls’ champion, Shaniel English retained her title, while Michael Stephens won the Under-18 boys’ event.
A new defibrillator for Letterkenny was launched today as businesses in the Mountain Top came together to provide the potentially lifesaving device for the area.The cardiac equipment which is placed just inside the entrance of the 24 hour Kelly’s Centra store is available to the community and those working in the Mountain Top area, the emergency services and commuters heading in and out of the town.The new defibrillator purchase and installation was funded by Shining Stars Créche, Highland Motors, Letterkenny Precision Tooling, BM Blinds, Letterkenny Tool Hire, Fit Hub, Deemac Kitchens, Highland Radio, Kelly’s Centra, Pinehill Business Park, Carpet Interiors, Gloria Season’s, Orbit Security and Modern Motors. Mairtin Kelly of Kelly’s Centra, thanked those involved for the contribution.He said “It’s fantastic that the business community here have backed this project. It was easy for them to get behind it as the defib unit could save a life. It’s accessible at the front of the store so that anyone in the area can use it if needed.“Hopefully, we don’t see that day but it’s here should it come. A special word of thanks to Tracy Rodgers who works in Kelly’s Diner, she did a great job in leading out the project“.Gavin Boal of Pinehill Business Park added, “It’s a great addition to have at the Mountain Top. The businesses hope the device will not have to be put in use but if so, we have peace of mind that it is available at a location close to everyone if required and could save a life”. Local business at the Mountain Top pictured at the presentation of a AED defibrillator which will be located inside the door and Kelly Centrra Mountain Top. Included were Neil Barrett, Alanna Conaghan ,Tracey Rodgers and Bailey Robinson, back row from left.Oisin Kelly Laurence Harrigan Gavin Boal and Pat Deeney Photo Brian McDaidBusy Letterkenny suburb gets life-saving defibrillator was last modified: April 4th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:defibrillatordonegalMountain Top
SAN JOSE — Joe Thornton returned to practice Tuesday and suggested that he could be in the Sharks lineup when the team returns to action at SAP Center Thursday.Head coach Pete DeBoer offered a different take, chuckled and called Thornton “doubtful” for the Sharks game against the Buffalo Sabres.After participating in the Sharks entire hour-long practice Tuesday, Thornton said he’s awaiting the results of blood tests to find out whether the infection in his right knee has cleared. He also …
31 March 2016The Gauteng provincial government on Tuesday launched the third leg of the multimillion-rand Mzansi Libraries On-Line Pilot Project at the Nkalimeng Leutsoa Public Library in Sharpeville.New equipment at the library includes desk top computers, printers, scanners and tablets; free wifi is now also available. The upgrades will benefit the community of Sharpeville by providing them with access to information.See more:“As Madiba said, Sharpeville is the nation’s ‘cradle of human rights’ and it was therefore important that its people (were) among the first to benefit from such programmes, which are intended to contribute towards restoring people’s dignity and providing them with the necessary skills development and access to information,” said the director of library and archival services in the Gauteng department of sport, arts, culture and recreation, Koekie Meyer.Meyer said the project aimed to enhance and strengthen library services in Gauteng by turning public libraries into spaces for learning, recreation, socialisation and social cohesion.The R32-million two-year project is being piloted at three libraries in Gauteng; the others are the Suurman Library in Tshwane and Wedela Library in Merafong. It provides free new technological resources and training.#mzansilibs officially launched. pic.twitter.com/OKDTBWWKpu— Livhu Nemutanzhela (@L_Nemutanzhela) March 29, 2016PartnershipThe project is an initiative of the Global Libraries Programme of South Africa, and is funded by the National Libraries South Africa, the Gauteng department of sport, arts, culture and recreation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.The Global Libraries Programme has committed to roll out the project to 44 more libraries across Gauteng over the next three years, with 14 to be completed in the 2016/17 financial year.“We work to ensure adequate resources and public policy support for libraries, and we help public libraries, library staff, and the library field measure the impact of public access in libraries and strengthen their advocacy skills,” reads the foundation’s website.Other countries the foundation has supported include Chile, Mexico, Botswana, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia, Moldova, Jamaica, and Turkey.Source: South African Government News Agency
DrJayDrJay started geocaching in 2005 and is approaching an impressive 9500 finds, but the contribution he makes to his local geocaching community is even more impressive. According to geocacher firennice, “DrJay is one of those cachers who works as hard at caching, as he does at work. He has taken the reigns of our local geocaching organization and makes sure that we have had events every spring and fall for the last few years…dragging BBQ grills, and food to them all. He always takes the time to visit and answer questions with new cachers. Help them with ideas, and give them advice on what they can do to enjoy caching even more. Comment below to tell us who you think should be the October Geocacher of the Month. Vote by October 31st. If your nominee wasn’t recognized here, please submit your nominations again next month. We’re always looking for the next Geocacher of the Month. To nominate a geocacher,If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform. You’ll need to include the following information:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Featured Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Nominations for the next Featured Geocacher of the Month should be received by November 15th. Once Geocaching HQ has received the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so that we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:More You talk to into your GPS as if it’s a cell phone when a muggle walks by…The 1 Dollar/Euro store makes you happier than Disneyland…You’ve been to a CITO event (Cache In, Trash Out), and…You’ve been nominated for Geocacher of the Month!This month, these three awesome people know for certain that they’re geocachers (in case they had any doubts before).Here’s your opportunity to help decide who will take home the earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin (at left). Each featured Geocacher of the Month will receive the exclusive special edition geocoin, a hat and profile icon. They’ll also receive a certificate acknowledging their contributions, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com.Capt BigginsKnown as Capt Biggins, The Capt, or sometimes simply Bill, this geocacher is a great asset to the local geocachers of the Tampa Bay area. “First and foremost,” says geocacher oldrocknmetal, “Capt Biggins holds an annual Cache In, Trash Out (CITO) event on a mile of beach that he has adopted in Pinellas County. These CITOs are cherished by the residents and county personnel alike. In 2013, he even set up 31 events for the month of August so everyone had the opportunity to get all the souvenirs. Capt Biggins has a big heart too. He has created travel bugs in which all the proceeds go to a geocacher with MS. He has aso created a petition to try to bring the GPS Adventures Exhibit to the area. And of course, The Captain is a wealth of information for the geocaching world.Anything from hiding a cache to creating a cache page to hosting an event to locating a specific Geocoin, Bill is your go-to guy.” Pudsemand og konePudsemand & Kone, also known as Henrik and Tina, are “one-of-a-kind-cachers”, and not just because they attended the first geocaching Giga event this year. Geocacher hvidhoej says, they “are the most social, friendly, nice, caring, happy geocachers I’ve ever met. They arrange 3 to 4 events every year opening their private homes to up to 200 geocachers. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other ‘cachers, to talk geocaching and have a nice time. And the events are always successful, with many new and interesting caches in all categories from kid friendly to D5/T5. If I am ever in need of a good geo-advice or in geo-trouble they are always there for me and others.” The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month Geocoin (sun flare optional)You know you’re a geocacher if… SharePrint RelatedThere Are Geocachers Among Us…And They’re AmazingNovember 5, 2014In “Geocacher of the Month”Announcing the September Geocacher of the MonthOctober 23, 2013In “Community”Announcing the October Geocacher of the MonthDecember 6, 2013In “Community”
Related Posts I can’t stop thinking about the iPad Mini. I really, really want to, but I can’t. Every time I use my iPhone for something, I wish the screen was twice the size. I think the smartphone might be doomed. A one-hand tablet and a smart watch would be so much better.Learning To Be MobileThe smartphone, specifically the 3.5-inch touchscreen phone, was the form factor that changed everything. But now that we’re used to touch and voice interfaces and mobile software, we’re getting more demanding. We want easy access to the Web and our apps all the time, wherever we are.Apple was right to halt work on the iPad to finish the iPhone first. We needed to start small to learn to use touch software and hardware. It worked; the rate of smartphone adoption was astronomical, and the rate of tablet adoption has been even faster. We get it now. The mobile applications we use most — messaging, reading, navigation, gaming — can be even better on a larger screen.The 10-inch tablet was necessary to show that some people don’t need a mouse-and-keyboard interface for anything. But tablets of that size are not really mobile devices. They’re too heavy to be used one-handed, too big for reading in portrait view, ridiculous for photography, and so on. Full size tablets taught us to use tablet apps, but they were still an incremental step.Too Many RectanglesThe era we’re in now is mobile’s awkward adolescence. The Android world is still focusing on 5-inch-ish things that are either huge phones or tiny tablets. They aren’t good at being either of those things, but they make one important point: Lots of people don’t really want a smartphone and a tablet. They’d rather just have one thing. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#smart watch#smartphone#tablet Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The one question is the camera. Do we want to hold up seven- or eight-inch tablets to take photos? Or do we want a sensor on the back of the watch, right next to the earpiece? Photography seems like the one case where a pocket-sized (smartphone sized) computer is the perfect tool for the job. But otherwise, get rid of it. Give me the big screen for thinking and doing, and a tiny one for talking. jon mitchell But then there’s the mini tablet. There’s the seven-inch world of Kindle Fires and Nexus 7s, and there’s the eight-inch iPad Mini. The early adopters want this to feel right. As Dan Frommer is fond of saying, the iPad Mini feels like the “real iPad.” It’s big enough for the capabilities of tablet software, but it’s small enough for true mobile use. But there’s still something missing.I still need a phone. I still need a thing that deals with voice calls and alerts us to urgent messages. I can’t carry an 8-inch tablet in a pocket and whip it out whenever it vibrates. In fact, I don’t want the tablet to bother me with all that communication stuff, since I’m using it for concentrating on something. So I still carry a powerful smartphone with a beautiful screen, and that makes buying a small tablet seem frivolous.Watch This SpaceAnd this morning, as I read a book on my phone on the subway and wished the screen was bigger, I suddenly realized why people are so excited about smart watches like the Pebble. A watch could be a “phone,” couldn’t it? It could be the device for short communications and reminders that I need to know about right away. And for things that require screen real estate and concentration, I could use a mobile-sized tablet. Then I wouldn’t need a phone at all.It’s the phone that’s the awkward size. That’s the thing I drop all the time. If I had a smart watch and a tablet, I wouldn’t need anything in my pocket at all. I know it sounds awkward to do a voice call on a watch, but A) voice calls are inherently awful, and B) it might not be so bad. Imagine if you could snap the device off of the wristband and hold the back of it up to your ear. A good enough microphone could make that work.Apple is rumored to be building a smart watch(article in Chinese). This rumor says it’s a Bluetooth device that connects to the iPhone. It could connect to the iPad just as easily. But it would even make a great standalone device, I say. Voice, text, calendar/reminders, weather, and you’re good to go. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
For those who feared for the future of finger-spin bowling, Ravichandran Ashwin’s stupendous success over the last 16 months has come as a mighty relief.While the art of off-spin has grappled with the menace of chucking, the 30-year-old Indian has risen to the top of the ICC Test bowling rankings on the back of seven Man of the Series performances. (Expectations help me reach greater heights, says Ravichandran Ashwin)Apart from skipper Virat Kohli, nobody is more important to India’s Test success on home soil and on Saturday he will unpack his bag of tricks in Mohali as the hosts attempt to lock up the five-Test series against England.All this success has come against the background of the International Cricket Council’s 2014 declaration of war on off-spinners with illegal actions. (I am 100 per cent method, 80 per cent skill and 150 per cent madness, says Ashwin)Numerous bowlers required remedial work to get back to permissible limits of bend in their elbows and the crackdown wrecked the career of Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal, one of the world’s leading spinners in the post-Muttiah Muralitharan era.Ashwin, though, has managed to fox batsmen without ever needing to bend the rules. (Ashwin does what Kapil Dev and Imran Khan couldn’t)A tall off-spinner who bowls in half-sleeves, Ashwin is a rarity in an age when many slow bowlers look to hide the extent of their elbow bend under full sleeves.Against New Zealand in September, Ashwin became the second fastest bowler to take 200 Test wickets, taking one more match than former Australia leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmet (36) to achieve the feat.advertisementIt has not always been plain-sailing for Ashwin, however, particularly outside India.OVERSEAS STRUGGLESAn opening batsman in junior cricket whose father Ravichandran was a club paceman, Ashwin transformed himself into a off-spinner and emerged from the southern city of Chennai to overtake Harbhajan Singh as India’s leading slow bowler.Two years after making his debut against West Indies in 2011, he went wicketless in both innings of the Johannesburg Test against South Africa and lost his place as number one spinner to left-armer Ravindra Jadeja when India were overseas.”The criticism that came out of that game got the better of me,” Ashwin said recently.”It told me that I wasn’t good enough and that I needed to improve. It made me raise my standards.”Returning to the nets, he made some tweaks to his action and returned to the side in England in August 2014.A slow bowler with a penchant for targeting the opposition’s best batsman, his ‘carrom’ ball – a finger-spinner delivered with the knuckle – has flummoxed the best players of spin. (Kohli thrilled with Ashwin, the new batting star)He also bowls a slider and has the ability to summon up the occasional leg-break when he feels he needs it.With his refurbished armoury, he picked up 62 wickets from nine Tests in 2015 to finish as the highest wicket-taker in the world.He is firmly on course to repeat the feat for a second year with 55 wickets in nine matches so far and three more home Tests against England to come.PACE GREATSAgainst England at Visakhapatnam, his 5-67 gave him his 22nd five-wicket haul in his 41st Test, bringing him level with pace greats Waqar Younis (87 Tests), Malcolm Marshall (81), Curtly Ambrose (98), Courtney Walsh (132).On a docile Rajkot pitch in the opening Test, Ashwin had managed just three wickets but he made some adjustments and took eight on a Visakhapatnam track that offered little spin.”I’m really hungry in terms of how much I want to achieve as a cricketer,” he said.”It’s not about any specific number. If I get on a bit of a roll, then I don’t really want to settle for anything, I just want to keep going and going and going.”The (Rajkot) wicket was easy paced and I wanted to create some sort of pace into my action, so I tried to be a little slingy and load it up differently.”Ashwin goes to Mohali with 231 Test wickets at a strike rate of 50.4 and a batting average of 34.22, good enough to warrant the title all-rounder.His success with the bat – he has four Test centuries and eight fifties – has given Kohli the luxury of playing five bowlers and Ashwin has been promoted to number six in the Indian order, ahead of wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.India are keen to prolong their stay at the top of the ICC Test rankings and with another eight Tests on home soil before April and Ashwin on fire, it would be foolhardy to bet against it.advertisement
After winning eight of the nine games in Wollongong last April, the Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed teams will take on New Zealand on their home soil in an attempt to retain the Trans Tasman Trophy.With the retirement of key players in the Men’s and Women’s Open teams following last year’s series, Australia has called on some of its talented Youth players to progress into the Open game against the best competition in the world. Australia defeated New Zealand in five of the six divisions at the 2009 Youth Trans Tasman Series in New Zealand.The Trans Tasman Series will be held from Friday, 22 January to Sunday, 24 January 2010 at The Trusts Stadium Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand. Please stay tuned to the website for updated information on the Trans Tasman series and Tour Diary entries from Australian Players.To view the 2010 Trans Tasman website, please click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-6976-0-0-0&sID=155406