Campana joins Sampdoria from Crystal Palace

first_img1 Jose Campana in action for Nurnberg Jose Campana has joined Sampdoria from Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee.The London club confirmed on Tuesday that the former Spain Under-21 midfielder had travelled out to Italy at the weekend and that the final paperwork on the move had now been completed.The Eagles signed him from Sevilla last summer but he made just six appearances for the club and joined German side Nurnberg on loan in January until the end of the season.last_img

UK Pushing Darwinism on Elementary Students

first_imgWith new methods and materials, UK teachers will be promoting Darwinism on Grade 5-6 students.Good news: The UK has developed curricular materials for teaching evolution that include argumentation.Bad news: The only arguments allowed will be Darwinian arguments, aimed at correcting students’ misunderstandings of evolution.This is a bit like a teacher directing students to believe that fish sticks are better than fish spheres or fish cubes in the cafeteria—fish being the only food on the menu. Only the shape of the fish will matter; students will never be exposed to the existence of beef or chicken. The DODO curriculum will be all evolution, all the time. And it will be all Darwinian evolution at that. This is clear from looking at the website of the Nuffield Foundation, which has funded the development of teaching guides for use in UK schools at the grade school level. Its press release for January 24, titled, “New guidance supports the teaching of evolution” is echoed on the University of Liverpool website,  One of their recommended resources is the Berkeley website “Understanding Evolution,” an American DOPE-pushing outlet.Like Nuffield, Berkeley gives visitors the impression that nobody at any place, at any time, ever doubted evolution—at least, no intelligent person. Ignoring Darwin skeptics is the best way to indoctrinate. When it comes to the science of biology, students will come to see that Darwinism is the only game in town. The only controversies to use ‘argumentation’ about involve the shape of the food, not the substance. Darwin fish is the only thing on the menu.Initial sketch of a branching tree of life from Darwin’s notebookNuffield came up with a clever way to steer impressionable children toward the politically correct view. It offers recordings of children explaining what they think evolution is. This helps teachers prepare for student’s feelings and misperceptions, so that they can gently nudge them toward the Darwinian view (27 Sept 2012, 11 June 2017). For instance, if a student looks at the Ascent of Man icon and asks, “If humans came from monkeys, why are there still monkeys?”, the teacher can hold up a diagram of Darwin’s ‘tree of life’ drawing, encouraging the students to use ‘argumentation’ to understand why Darwin’s icon answers the question. That way, they will feel like they came up with the idea themselves that Darwin’s diagram (branching gradualism) is better than the Ascent of Man icon (orthogenesis).Famous ‘ascent of man’ icon from Time-Life books. Even Darwinians don’t believe this simplistic diagram any longer (see 10 April 2018 entry). Notice the racist depiction of progress from dark skin to light skin. This kind of propaganda was unquestioned in the 1960s, and still appears in various forms today.Other methods of indoctrination include taking students on an “evolution walk” outside, with signposts showing the kinds of animals that arose over geological ages. This helps them grasp the concept of Deep Time visually. They will never question this manufactured symbolism. It will become Truth to them. They saw it. They walked through it. By the time they reach high school or college, it will have become so familiar, so entrenched in their thinking, they will react in disbelief—even horror—at the thought that anybody could possibly doubt it.The concept of geological or ‘deep’ time is not directly considered in the science curriculum, so ways of making the enormous numbers more accessible to pupils were successfully developed, including evolution trails made by scaling time in terms of distance walked.“Evolution trails” are popular tools of indoctrination into evolution at parks and museums. Notice emphasis on imagination, and absence of any indication of controversy about the dates and Darwinian “progress” from bacteria to man. (DFC: Florissant Fossil Beds, CO; Hot Springs Mammoth Site, ND; Grand Canyon, AZ)When Argument Is Not Critical ThinkingNuffield’s website “Ideas About Evolution” looks noble on the surface. It encourages teachers to respect students’ views, challenge claims, and support ideas with evidence. It helps teachers understand students’ views. It suggests using the audio recordings of students as the primary way to facilitate argumentation and understanding. A closer look, however, shows that any controversies only regard particulars about the way Darwinian evolution works (see their page “Representing Evolution“.) The goal is already predetermined: students must be nudged toward the Darwin ‘tree of life’ icon, where the wonders of animals and plants unfold gradually over time as the Stuff Happens Law (natural selection) creates endless forms most beautiful.Note: The Nuffield Foundation says the views expressed are those of the authors, not necessarily the foundation itself, which is “an endowed charitable trust that aims to improve social well-being in the widest sense.”“Well-being,” right. Teaching impressionable kids that they got here by accident, with no purpose or meaning. Teaching the Stuff Happens Law as science. Teaching argumentation by arguing only details of one side. Teaching a world view that strongly influenced the genocides of the 20th century, eugenics, and abortion to this day. How well does that make you feel?Remember the short story about “The New Teacher”? It bears reading again (see 21 Dec 2005 entry). Evolutionists are masters of visualization propaganda. We must inoculate students against indoctrination. We must teach real critical thinking: the kind of argumentation that doesn’t win by sidestepping the opposition and card stacking the evidence.From slime to astronaut: made simple, given billions of years of Darwinian Stuff Happens. (Poster at La Brea Tar Pits Museum, Los Angeles)Fight fire with fire?The late Jack T. Chick, a Christian illustrator, had some fun with the iconic progression, pointing out flaws in the interpretation.(Visited 342 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

a month agoInter Milan boss Conte admits Lukaku and Brozovic clashed midweek

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Inter Milan boss Conte admits Lukaku and Brozovic clashed midweekby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan boss Antonio Conte admits Romelu Lukaku and Marcelo Brozovic clashed in midweek.The pair scored in victory over AC Milan – just days after their clash at the end of their Champions League draw with Slavia Prague.Conte said: “Brozo and Lukaku are lovely lads and if anything, I get cross with them because they are too nice. They need to be more clinical on the field and not so naïve. If clashes happen, that’s welcome, because it means there’s blood in the veins and fire in there.“I’ve been a player, I’ve argued with teammates many times and then gone out to dinner with them afterwards. It’s not a big deal.” last_img read more

Nakota chief says TransCanada used conniving tactics to secure Energy East deal

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe chief of a Saskatchewan First Nation says TransCanada used underhanded tactics to secure a deal with his community on the Energy East pipeline project before a scheduled band election at the end of the month.Carry the Kettle Chief Barry Kennedy said TransCanada used “sneaky and conniving business practices” to convince a group of councillors to sign onto an $18 million deal that would allow the energy firm to repurpose pipelines crossing through reserve lands for the proposed Energy East project.The deal still needs final approval through a band council resolution and a sign-off from the Indigenous Affairs department because it involves a surrender of land along the pipelines’ right-of-way, said Kennedy.The vote on a new band council is scheduled for March 31. The community votes on a new government every two years.Carry the Kettle is a Nakota First Nation with about 3,000 band members. The community sits about 80 kilometres east of Regina.Five TransCanada pipelines cross through Carry the Kettle’s reserve territory and the energy firm is looking to repurpose three of those pipelines, which currently carry natural gas, to transport oil as part of the Energy East project.“To be trying to get a deal at the 11th hour on the eve of an election is just not good business,” said Kennedy. “They know that Carry the Kettle is in election mode. Their liaison for the last couple of years…is running for chief.”Kennedy said he is exploring legal options to kill the proposed agreement.Kennedy is running for chief against Elsie Jack, who is described as a TransCanada employee in consultation logs submitted by the energy firm with the National Energy Board as part of the Energy East approval process.Jack did not respond to a request for comment.TransCanada’s proposed $15 billion, 4,600 kilometre Energy East pipeline is projected to carry about 1.1 million barrels of oil per day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to Saint John, N.B., for refining.  The pipeline project would cross through the territories of 155 First Nations.Carry the Kettle First Nation is a pinch-point for the Energy East pipeline project.The proposed Energy East agreement with Carry the Kettle would renew TransCanada’s easement over the existing pipeline right-of-way through the reserve and allow it to pump oil through the territory, according to a copy of the proposed deal obtained by APTN National News.The proposed TransCanada agreement with Carry the KettleDownload (PDF, Unknown)The agreement would also give TransCanada “the right to pass and repass over the reserve to such extent as may from time to time be reasonably required for the purpose of ingress and egress to and from the right-of-way.”Under the deal, Carry the Kettle would agree to “not oppose, interfere or try to set aside Energy East project approvals” in exchange for $18 million, says the document titled, Relationship Agreement Term Sheet.Under the agreement, TransCanada would give Carry the Kettle $7 million from the Energy East project. About $300,000 of the total would flow immediately to the First Nation once the company received an official sign-off on the term sheet of the deal. The document states the money could be used for community consultation on the deal, a legal review and a signing ceremony for the final agreement.The rest of the money would flow in phases, including $450,000 for a new firetruck which would be transferred within 10 business days of the signing of a final deal. That money would be followed by $1.7 million which would flow 10 days after the final agreement comes into force. The community would then get $500,000 on the anniversary of the agreement.Carry the Kettle may have to wait to receive the remaining $4 million. According to the agreement, the First Nation would get $2 million after Energy East receives a “positive final investment decision” which usually precedes the construction phase. The First Nation would get another $2 million after the Energy East project goes live.The federal Liberal cabinet is expected to make a final decision on the Energy East pipeline by the middle of 2018. If approved, the pipeline could be moving oil by 2020.The deal with TransCanada would also give Carry the Kettle $11 million in “legacy payments” over the next 20 years, or $550,000 a year, as compensation for the historical trespass of the existing pipelines through the reserve.Carry the Kettle First Nation Coun. Kurt Adams said he believes the deal with TransCanada is a good one.He said money from the deal would be used for a much needed senior’s home, a new administration office, the expansion of the local store and a community centre with a skating rink.Adams said community members would all get a copy of the agreement and an information session is planned for after the election.“Right now, it is a campaign thing and it is getting kind of political,” said Adams. “It’s not a done deal.”Adams said Carry the Kettle could ask for changes in the agreement “if the community thinks it’s not enough.”TransCanada said in an emailed statement that it expects the deal to change as a result of the consultation process.“We expect both parties will seek confirmation and concessions through this process as this was an important milestone for both parties and provides Carry the Kettle with a range of benefits,” said the statement.The deal was agreed to by a quorum of five councillors after negotiations with TransCanada.Kennedy has been in a dispute with the band councillors for over a year and was not involved in the direct negotiations.Carry the Kettle First Nation Chief Barry Kenndy. APTN/PhotoKennedy said the agreement, which was announced last week, is a bad deal for Carry the Kettle.“To put an agreement like this that is taking all Carry the Kettle’s rights way from the tract of land with no economic and environment safety nets in place. Everything is at the mercy of (the company),” he said.  “In this agreement every time we want to cross that piece of land we have to go and ask their permission to do what we want on our land.”Kennedy said the deal also offers too little compensation for the historical trespass of pipelines through Carry the Kettle’s lands which date back to the 1950s. The compensation for the historical trespass should be at least $56 million, said Kennedy.Kennedy also said he wants Carry the Kettle to have an equity stake in the Energy East project.“Why can’t Carry the Kettle have an equity portion? What is wrong with sharing? Why aren’t we allowed to put a tariff on the product that goes through that line, even for 20 cents a barrel? We would make millions of dollars.”[email protected]@JorgeBarrera–Editor’s note: Article was updated on March 10 to change the last name of Elsie Koochicum to Elsie Jack. Elsie Jack said Koochicum is her maiden name and she now goes by Jack.last_img read more

Boomer bikers are turning to threewheelers to keep up life in the

first_imgMONTREAL — Pam Fraser had never been on a motorcycle — or anything resembling one, such as the three-wheeled Piaggio scooter her husband Brian hauled home from the dealership 10 years ago.“I thought for sure he is going to kill himself on this thing,” she said.Brian, a firefighter at the time, relented, trading in the Piaggio a few months later. “The next thing you know he’s buying a Can-Am Spyder,” recalled Pam, 64. “Boys and their toys.”Brian, 66, who gave up biking as a young man, implored her to try the trike, made by Quebec-based BRP Inc. and resembling one of the company’s Ski-Doos on wheels — one in the back, two wide apart in the front.“So I put on my snowmobile helmet and popped on behind him and went for a little ride,” Pam said, her risk aversion honed by decades in personal insurance. “I was hooked.”The roadster has rerouted their retirement. Pam and Brian have put more than 250,000 kilometres on seven Spyders over the past decade. They’ve trekked to trike rallies in Missouri, Tennessee and North Carolina. Last July they rode to Deadwood, S.D., notching 1,000 kilometres a day.“I wouldn’t say it’s a hobby; it’s more of a lifestyle,” said Pam, who moderates the Ontario Spyder Ryders Facebook page, which counts more than 770 members. “It gives you a sense of freedom that you don’t have in a car.”The retirees from Orangeville, Ont., are part of a growing wave of baby boomers who are rediscovering life on the open road aboard the motorbike’s more stable cousin, the three-wheeled motorcycle. And manufacturers are scrambling to get on board, aiming to expand a mere industry sidecar into a major driver of sales while dodging licensing obstacles and derision from the hog elite.The number of three-wheeled vehicles registered in Quebec rose 60 per cent to 15,147 between 2014 and 2017, according to the Transport Ministry. Motorcycles grew 17 per cent to 185,416 in the same period.The rest of the country has been slower to adopt, but producers have their eyes on sunnier climes than Canada.Companies like BRP, Harley-Davidson Inc., Quebec-based Campagna Motors and Minnesota’s Polaris Industries are looking to expand in the U.S. as well as Australia, Japan and Europe.BRP chief executive Jose Boisjoli hopes to triple global sales of three-wheelers over five years to more than $1 billion — or nearly one-quarter of total company revenues in 2017 — driven largely by the newly released Ryker roadster. The sporty trike chops the Spyder’s starting price of US$17,000 to US$8,500 in a bid to attract younger and less wealthy riders.Ultimately, though, youth is not where it’s at. The average Spyder customer is 62, Boisjoli said.“To be honest, at the beginning we were saying we should attract younger people. But lately we’re saying, why? Retired people have disposable income. They have time,” he said.Enthusiasts say three-wheelers offer the exhilaration of a standard motorcycle but without the physical strain that comes with it.Still, some traditionalists remain resistant, even hostile, to three-wheelers, said Jeff Maguire, an account director with a Toronto-based ad agency that focuses on power sport products.“Most motorcyclists wave to each other,” he said. “I’ve noticed with Can-Ams, that doesn’t really happen. It’s not that they don’t wave, but they don’t get a wave back.”The sentiment may be “snobbish,” but having tried three-wheelers, he said he gets where it’s coming from.“It took all the things you get from riding a motorcycle — the freedom, the handling, the ability to lean into a corner — and sucked the fun out of it,” said Maguire, a third-generation biker who owns two Harleys and a 1972 Honda.On top of rider ridicule, licensing and regulations pose another hurdle. Some states, such as California, allow anyone with a driver’s licence to ride off the lot with a three-wheeler, though getting that licence can still be a deterrent.In Quebec, car drivers need only complete a special seven-hour course to drive a BRP roadster, which the company makes available at 17 driving schools in the province.Many states and several provinces and territories, however, require riders to enter a graduated motorcycle licensing system that amounts to a barrier to entry, he added.Ryan Blake, a motorcycle instructor at Learning Curves in Toronto, said three-wheeled motorcycles are partly an industry response to shifting tastes as riders look beyond big Harley cruisers for “old white guys” or roaring Japanese performance bikes.Products such as the Harley trike and Seattle-based Ural Motorcycles — famed for its sidecars — present a viable option to aging hog riders and disabled individuals, he said“In the old days, a lot of senior riders would get a sidecar to balance their vehicle — and put their dog in,” he said.“I have seen a lot of students with disabilities, guys who have artificial limbs…Their intentions are often to go and get a three-wheeled machine. It think it’s great, it’s fantastic.”Three-wheelers’ automatic transmission and stable handling can build confidence for consumers new to motorcycling as well as older riders returning from decades of self-imposed exile, Blake said.“‘As a real man, you ride two wheels, you don’t ride three.’ I think those stigmas are dropping today, I really do, because the technology is so fun to play with,” he said.“Back in the old days, you would never, ever see a group of Harley riders riding with sport bike riders. Now you see it everywhere. Everyone’s riding together.”Chris Reynolds, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Husky Energy reports Q1 profit up lowers oil production due to Canadian

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Husky Energy Inc. reported a first-quarter profit of $248 million, up from $71 million a year ago, as it lowered its annual production guidance.The energy company says the profit amounted to 24 cents per share for the three months ended March 31, up from six cents per share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Husky says it earned $245 million or 24 cents per share in the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $73 million or seven cents per share in the same quarter last year. In its outlook, Husky says due to wide Canadian heavy oil differentials it will temporarily reduce heavy oil production and substitute discounted third-party crude as feedstock for its downstream operations. It also noted that its BD Project in Indonesia is ramping up more slowly than expected.As a result, the company is lowering its annual production guidance for 2018 by 10,000 barrel of oil equivalents per day and is now expected to average in the range of 310,000 to 320,000 boepd, exiting the year in the 330,000 to 340,000 boepd range.Husky says funds from operations for the year are still expected to be $4 billion.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

An Evening Under the Stars

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Sunrise Rotary Club is hosting the gala fundraising event an ‘Evening Under the Stars’ February 16th, 2019 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Center.This is a major fundraiser for the year which includes live entertainment, dinner and live and silent auctions.Funds raised from this event will go towards two projects. The Fort St. John Rotary Spray Park is the local project and the international project is in support of the End Polio Now Campaign, Rotary’s international fight for global polio eradication. Tickets for the event cost $100.00 each and are available to purchase from Sunrise Rotary Members, SunFM, The Investors Group or contact Amy Titley of the Rotary club at 250.261.8032.The evening starts at 5:30 pm with Cocktails followed by dinner at 6:30 pm Dinner. The featured entertainment for the evening will be live music performed by Last Horse Standing.To view, the FB Event Page CLICK HERElast_img read more

Tips to enjoy the Canada Day Parade in Fort St John

first_imgThe parade procession starts from the North Peace Arena parking lot and will travel North up 100 Street, turn right onto 108 Ave, turn right onto 98 street, left onto 100 Ave, and right onto 96 street to head back to the North Peace arena. The North Peace Arena parking and the back parking lot of the Pomeroy Sport Centre will be closed as a holding (marshalling) area for the floats to prep and unload after the parade. These lots will open to the public once the parade is over (approximately 1:00 pm).Those wishing to attend the parade should consider the following tips for success:Be EARLY (parking lots are limited and fill up fast)Park your vehicle and walk (it will be difficult to get a vehicle too close to 100 Street/Centennial Park)Save your spot on the sidewalk for the parade (do not sit on the road and bring your lawn chair!)Be aware that road closures will be in effect as early as 9:00 am on the day ofBe patient & polite (people running the barricades are volunteers)Obey ALL signs and orders from traffic control and barricade volunteersBe sun smart and stay hydrated!Supervise your children closely and keep them from going onto the road during the paradeStay informed! Follow the “City of Fort St. John Recreation” Facebook page for regular updatesHAVE FUN and celebrate our AMAZING country!It is important to note that the parade route does a loop. There will be a high congestion zone on 97Ave, 98Ave, and 99 Ave between 96Street and 100 Street from 11:00am-12:00 pm as surrounding roads will be blocked by the parade. It is recommended that anyone who chooses to park their vehicle in this area (near No Frills, Salvation Army, and the surrounding residential areas) do not attempt to drive until after 12:00 pm to avoid this congestion.Here is a copy of the Canada Day Parade Route FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With Canada Day set for Monday, the City of Fort St. John has shared tips to enjoy the Canada Day Parade.The Canada Day Parade will take place on July 1 at 11:00 am. This parade is volunteer-based featuring a variety of entries from non-profit organizations, businesses, and more. For safety purposes, the City has will be enforcing road closures, detours, and partial road closures. The main road closure will take place on 100 Street from 93 Ave to the south side of 100 Ave. This will be enforced by 9:00 am on the day of and will not open until after 12:00 pm.There will be roving entertainers on 100 Street between 93 and 95 Ave around 10:15 am to perform for those waiting for the parade to begin.last_img read more

Mens hockey Lack of offense hurts No 12 Buckeyes in series finale

Ohio State freshman defenseman Matt Miller fights for the puck against a Michigan forward against the Wolverines on Feb. 25 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorEntering the weekend, Ohio State and Michigan averaged 11 combined goals per game in their last six contests. After a 4-2 victory at home Friday night, the Buckeyes’ (17-9-6, 8-7-1-1) offense went silent in the series finale, falling in a quiet Game Two to the rivaled Wolverines, 1-0.The lone goal in the game from Michigan freshman forward Nick Pastujov sealed the win for the visitors, who recorded just their first regulation win in 2017. The loss drops the Scarlet and Gray to 6-6-2 at the Schottenstein Center this year, and marks their first shutout loss at home since 2012 — a 4-0 loss to the Wolverines.“I thought we chased it from the start,” coach Steve Rohlik said following the loss. “Give credit to Michigan, give credit to their goaltender. They did what they had to do to come in here to win a game.”Similarly to Game One, the Scarlet and Gray controlled the tempo the opening half of the first period — but the Wolverines (10-17-3, 3-11-2-2) again found the back of the net first. Freshman forward Nick Pastujov cashed in from close range to give the visitors a 1-0 lead with a little over 10 minutes remaining on his first goal of the season.Five minutes later, Michigan senior forward Max Shuart found himself one-on-one with OSU senior goaltender Christian Frey for a chance to quickly double the lead just outside the crease. However, the Buckeyes’ netminder prevailed with a pad save to keep the one-goal deficit into the first intermission.Even on shots out of the locker room, OSU continued to pepper Wolverines’ senior goaltender Zach Nagelvoort throughout the period, searching for the equalizer. Rohlik’s squad provided a number of opportunities to level the scoreline, but the nation’s third-ranked offense lacked the finishing touch in front of net and struggled to bury its chances.“(Chances) are so close at times with scrums in front of the net, and you wonder why they’re just not going, but it’s just kind of how it goes sometimes,” senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey said. “You can’t quit on it….we did force it at times, but for some reason they just weren’t going.”It took nearly two full periods for the both sides to earn their first power plays of the game, but neither could add to the scoresheet in the second stanza as the visitors carried their lead into the third at 1-0.More and more chances presented themselves in the final frame for Michigan to add to a one-goal advantage, or OSU to get back into the game. Frey and Nagelvoort continued to fight off waves of shots, but after 60 minutes, the Buckeyes dropped an important conference clash, 1-0, despite outshooting the Wolverines 42-23.“Down the stretch, I feel like we drew a few calls that normally we would actually get. But the reality is that we have to score some five-on-five goals,” Schilkey said. “We’ve got to be better offensively five-on-five, and that was kind of the theme of the night.”A home series with Michigan State, and a weekend trip to Wisconsin remain on the regular season slate for the Scarlet and Gray. With Big Ten seeding and NCAA tournament implications on the line in the closing weeks, Rohlik said his team can’t dwell on this loss to Michigan, and that their hopes of postseason play still remain in their control.“We just want to get back on the ice. We got to get back after it next week, and have a great week of practice,” he said. “We just got to go out and keep winning hockey games, and as hard as it is, we’ve got to put this one behind us and we’ve got to look forward to Michigan State next week.”Puck drop next Friday for Game One of a weekend series with the Spartans is set for 7 p.m., while the season’s home finale Saturday night is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. read more