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Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

By on January 12, 2020

first_imgHighlights stand out.  After a long 14-year battle, I’ll never forget the joy I experienced when my Cabinet colleague, Jim Flaherty restored the northern residence allowance to Mackenzie.  Or when support across Canada for my private member’s legislation proposing a federal tax credit for adoption expenses compelled the Liberals to incorporate it into our tax system.I’ve always believed that the most important things in life are the relationships we build… I truly have been blessed by my political occupation which has allowed me the opportunity to make good friends all across this great land of ours and around the world.What an unbelievable honour it has been for me to be your Member of Parliament all these years.  To have consistently won re-election by healthy majorities each and every campaign.  To have known the feeling of having the support of so many truly terrific people.  To owe so much to SO MANY, as opposed to “so few” as Winston Churchill’s famous quote put it!And, to borrow from another oft-repeated quote … “thanks for the memories”. “Thanks for the Memories”Bittersweet.- Advertisement -That’s the only word that came to mind this Tuesday evening when I rose to address the Prince George-Peace River Conservative Board of Directors.What words could I use to convey my deepest appreciation for the loyalty, support and friendship I’ve unconditionally received over the past couple of decades from these folks?Bitter… because it’s sad to know the time has come to end a career that has brought me many of my most cherished memories and accomplishments.Sweet… because I’ve always felt that for politicians the time to go is when things are still going well… when you’ve reached the crest of the hill, but before starting down the other side… for me that time is now. And, that is why I chose now to announce that I will not be seeking re-election as your Member of Parliament. I want to ensure that those folks I owe my greatest loyalty and immense gratitude to… those who have always been there to support me through seven federal elections and all the years in between, have sufficient  time to select the next Conservative candidate for our great constituency.Advertisement Last week Leah and I had the opportunity to attend “the greatest outdoor show on earth”… the Calgary Stampede.  Among the many events we packed into that week was the Prime Minister’s annual Calgary Southwest BBQ at Heritage Park.I remarked that the last time I was at a political event there was 22 years ago next month when I, along with a couple of dozen other freshly nominated Reform party candidates gathered for a rally to show our readiness to contest the upcoming 1988 federal election.One of those was a young man named Stephen Harper.  And here he was addressing his riding supporters (and hundreds of others)… as our Prime Minister.22 years.  While it seems such a  long time most of the time… as is the case in all our lives, actually the time has flown past,  marked by so many emotional remembrances… the bad, and the good.  And, as is often said… you can’t truly know one without the other.Advertisementcenter_img MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.last_img read more

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Trinity holds off Arcata in high-scoring affair at the Redwood Bowl

By on December 21, 2019

first_imgARCATA >> To put it bluntly, the Trinity Wolves put it on the Arcata Tigers last season.Trinity cruised to a 48-0 drubbing over a young and inexperienced Tigers team in 2015.A much-improved Tigers team showed up at the Redwood Bowl on Friday night, but it was the Wolves that ended up with the victory in a high-scoring 52-44 affair.Early on the game took on a similar look to last season’s contest, with the Wolves jumping out to a 16-0 first quarter lead after a touchdown run by Shawn Scribner …last_img read more

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Giants’ brutal homestand comes to a merciful end

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. SAN FRANCISCO — It’s not just that the Giants went 1-6 on their homestand this week. It’s that they often never even gave themselves a chance.For the fourth time in seven games at Oracle Park, the Giants on Sunday never held a lead as they allowed two runs in the first inning and three more in the second in a 6-2 loss to Arizona, as the Diamondbacks completed the three-game series sweep and handed San Francisco its …last_img read more

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Electronic Nose Can’t Outsniff Yours

By on December 19, 2019

first_imgElectronic nose makers are smelling your dust, said Science Daily.  “Despite 25 years of research, development of an ‘electronic nose’ even approaching the capabilities of the human sniffer remains a dream,” the article said.    Biological noses are great at discriminating between volatile compounds.  We can immediately sense things that are fruity, grassy, and earthy, for instance.  Electronic noses are good for detecting particular compounds like carbon monoxide, but have a hard time doing what the human nose does easily: picking out the signatures of thousands of odors.    The future doesn’t look any brighter for nose engineers: “Keeping its limitations in mind and adapted for a special purpose, this will be the future for the electronic nose for as long as the ability to smell odors rather than detect volatiles is still far away over the rainbow.”Maybe they need a code in their nose (06/27/2005, 11/07/2001).  Think of it: your lowly schnotz, the mountain on your map, is a peak that geeks cannot conquer.  Take time to smell the flowers as spring approaches.  There’s one thing your iPhone can’t do.  How do I know?  iNose.  I just nose.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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CTC coming soon to Ada with more than 60 speakers

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Conservation Tillage Conference will be March 6-7, 2018 at Ohio Northern University in Ada. The full program, registration details, CCA and CLM credits, maps, and more are on the website: ctc.osu.edu.The program has more than 60 speakers including 11 from USDA, 30 OSU folks, several from 9 other universities, plus industry experts and farmers.David Montgomery, a well-known author and speaker from the U. of Washington, will give the keynote based on two of his books, “From Dirt to Regenerative Agriculture.” He will also speak later during one of four concurrent sessions, the special 2-day program on Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters, held in the Chapel.A Tuesday session on Nutrient Management, organized by Glen Arnold and Amanda Douridas, OSU Extension, has ten presentations including legal issues, manure application mistakes, drag hose research, response to sulfur, and the impact of big rains on Lake Erie. Two other Tuesday sessions are Corn University and Precision Ag & Digital Technologies.Although the General session starts at 9:00, two of the concurrent sessions begin at 8:00 and break for the keynote speech. The March 7 (Wednesday) lineup of concurrent sessions includes: the second day of Healthy Soils for Healthy Waters; Soybean School; Water Quality Research and BMPs; Alternative Crops (half day); and Management of Atypical Pests (half day). Two start at 8:00, the other two at 8:30. The new session on alternative crops includes barley, hops, blueberries, honeybees and woodlot management. The “atypical pests” include slugs, voles, geese, deer and invasive plants.Do you need training for applying dicamba? As a benefit for our CTC attendees, Monsanto will provide a training session, both days, from 1:00 to 2:30, in another room at the McIntosh Center. Sign up at: www.roundupreadyxtend.com/training.You can register for CTC online or by mail. Advance registration is: $85 for both days or $65 for one. For mail, please send by Feb. 24; online registration is available until March 1. The website is: ctc.osu.edu.Connect with us on Facebook.com/Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference, to receive updates and other details.last_img read more

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Uyloan says D-League stint with Cignal ‘rejuvenated’ his career

By on November 30, 2019

first_imgRead Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Emotional Morrison wins gold in taekwondo, avenges teammate’s loss MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensioncenter_img SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Jonathan Uyloan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Jonathan Uyloan playing somewhere else is better than not playing at all.With Meralco set to put him in the reserve list, the sharpshooting guard made the bold decision and asked the management to allow him to play for Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT But more than anything, what the Fil-Am guard treasures more is the chance to be with this group of guys, a mix of veteran campaigners and aspiring amateurs, all seeking to make it to the PBA.“It was great, being around with guys who are hungry to get better in basketball and are trying to make it to the PBA. I’m happy to help out and show that it all starts with integrity and hardwork first. And it all paid off,” he said.With this short stint now over, Uyloan is positive that he has made a good account of himself as he returns to the Bolts.“I just hope that they see that wherever I’m at, I’ll work hard. With Rain or Shine, I was able to win a championship for the first time. And then, when I was with GlobalPort, that team went to the semifinals for the first time. With Meralco, we made it to the Finals for the first time. Then here in Cignal, we became back-to-back champions. Every team I’ve been on, it’s been a blessing,” he said.“I don’t know what it is. But I just know that where I come from, it’s all hard work and you got to show it in every team you go. Every part of the team is valuable and whatever they bring individually, collectively, it’s going to be great.”ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I asked Meralco if I could play with Cignal and everything worked out well. Some people may think it’s a demotion, but for me, it’s a blessing. I have a contract with Meralco and I have a contract with Cignal. I was pretty much working two jobs,” he said.Turns out, it was the right move with Uyloan going as far as citing this stint with the Hawkeyes as one of the best decisions he’s ever made.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was probably the best move of my career. It made me love basketball more,” he said. “I came from the PBL before, and I was a practice player for Rain or Shine. The move helped me go back to where I came from. I wasn’t the superstar, I had to work my way up, so going back to Cignal rejuvenated my basketball career.”Suiting up in time for the playoffs, Uyloan averaged 8.0 points on a 39 percent shooting from threes, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists as he became a valuable contributor for Cignal’s back-to-back title wins in the developmental ranks. Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program02:51’Mamatay man:’ Bato says no ‘money-making’ at NBP when he was BuCor chief01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball to host Robert Morris to kick off NCAA

By on September 28, 2019

Members of the OSU womens volleyball team during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern PhotographerWith a 12-8 record and a sixth-place finish in the Big Ten, arguably the nation’s best conference, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team believes it is prepared for the do-or-die nature of the NCAA tournament.As the No. 12 overall seed in the tournament, OSU (23-9) is set to take on Robert Morris (19-12) in the first round on Friday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.“It really is the third season,” coach Geoff Carlston said. “This is the fun part. There’s 64 teams now that have a chance … We beat Nebraska and went five (sets) with Minnesota, so I think our team believes we can make a run.”By earning the right to host for the first time since 2009, the Buckeyes accomplished one of the goals they set at the beginning of the season.“Getting to host is a huge opportunity, we’re so excited about that,” senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell said. “It’s something no one on our team has ever experienced. It’s been a long time since St. John (Arena) has hosted.”Unlike Robert Morris, which has won seven consecutive matches to end the season, OSU isn’t coming into the tournament on a winning streak, having gone 5-7 since Oct. 21. But after taking eventual No. 2 overall seed Minnesota to five sets and sweeping Rutgers in their final two regular-season games, the Buckeyes are going into the weekend with renewed confidence.“Battling with Minnesota is something I think we’re all going to remember and know that it could be a potential (big) match for us in the long run of the tournament,” senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said.Nearly every player on OSU’s roster has previously played in the tournament, as the program advanced to the Sweet 16 last year and has qualified in three of the last four seasons.Carlston believes having that experience will be huge for his team, especially in helping the two freshman starters — outside hitter Audra Appold and setter Taylor Hughes — who haven’t been there before.“Our freshmen have played great under pressure all year long and the rest of our team’s done a great job of laying the dynamic and supporting the rest of us so we can play fearless,” Carlston said. “The team that’s going to win the national championship is going to be the one that wants those moments and plays fearless in those moments.”Most of the team has tournament experience, but the grueling conference schedule has prepared OSU more than anything, said senior middle blocker Andrea Kacsits.“It’s one of those conferences that every single match is a big match,” she said. “You never have a team that will let down or anything … and because we’ve had that kind of training over the last three years, I would say that the tournament becomes a little bit — I don’t want to say easier — but it becomes a little bit more in step with what we’ve been doing the rest of the season.”Scouting Robert MorrisAfter winning the Northeast Conference tournament, the Colonels earned an automatic bid and will be making their sixth tournament appearance and their first since 2003.Carlston noted Robert Morris for being an evenly distributed team, as it has five players averaging 16 or more attack attempts per game.“You can’t key, necessarily, on any one individual and they run a system (where) they can mix it up,” he said.Four Colonels have registered more than 200 kills this season, led by junior outside hitter Arden Fisher’s 353 (3.12 per set).Robert Morris has also proven itself to be a scrappy defensive team, sitting ninth in the nation in digs per set (17.62). Three different players are averaging more than three digs per set: Fisher (4.53), freshman outside hitter Taylor Lord (3.67) and freshman libero Allie Yurkovich (3.46).To compare, OSU has one such player in junior libero Valeria León, who has picked up 4.34 digs per set.“The thing that they do well is they really keep the ball in play,” Carlston said. “You can tell they’re a well-coached team and a high-IQ team … They’re going to force you to be patient.”The Buckeyes and Colonels have met three times before, twice in the first round of the tournament. OSU has swept all three matches, with the last coming in 2006.4 Buckeyes win conference awardsThe results of the postseason awards for the Big Ten conference were released on Tuesday, and four OSU players were recipients.Junior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe was unanimously selected to the all-Big Ten team by conference coaches. It’s the third straight year she has taken home a postseason award, having been named to the all-freshman squad in 2013 and an all-Big Ten honorable mention last season.Sandbothe led OSU in hitting percentage (.364) and blocks per set (1.22), while ranking fourth and seventh in those two categories, respectively, in the conference.Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell was named an all-Big Ten honorable mention, while Appold and Hughes were selected for the all-freshman team.Campbell was one of the Buckeyes’ top offensive threats, leading the team and finishing fourth in the conference in kills per set (3.65). She also added 2.21 digs per set, second on the team, and had a team-high 11 double-doubles on the year.Appold had the highest single-game kill total of any Buckeye this season with 29 against Iowa on Nov. 18 and was named Big Ten Player of the Week once and Freshman of the Week twice. She ended the regular season third on the team in kills (312) and digs (234).Hughes still established herself as the starting setter, leading the team in assists (867) despite battling an elbow injury since late October. She was named the Big Ten’s Setter of the Week once.What’s next?If the Buckeyes are able to top Robert Morris, they’ll move on to face either American or Kentucky in the second round. OSU has met Kentucky in the Round of 32 the last two times it has made the tournament, falling to the Wildcats in 2012 before defeating them last year.First serve for the second-round match is scheduled to be at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday in St. John Arena. read more

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Review Real Madrid – Liverpool

By on September 18, 2019

first_imgTwo horrible mistakes by Loris Karius and a wonder goal by Gareth Bale led Real Madrid to its third consecutive Champions League title in a final that was overshadowed by Sergio Ramos dislocating Mohamed Salah’s shoulder.Since this was a Champions League final, the chances of coaches coming up with something unexpected in the starting lineups were extremely low. Zinedine Zidane and Jurgen Klopp went with their best available. For Real Madrid those players were: Keylor Navas, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Dani Carvajal, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. Liverpool’s starting eleven were: Loris Karius, Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.Liverpool was off to a furious start. Its high pressing was choking Real Madrid, not affording its technicians space to manoeuvre. Klopp’s team was showing electric energy. There were a couple of situations on both sides where goalkeepers had to intervene in order to prevent potential danger. Real was trying to calm the pace and curb Liverpool’s enthusiasm. A mistake by Firmino gave Cristiano Ronaldo his first shot of the match in the 16th minute. It went slightly over the cross bar. Before that, Real’s defenders blocked three consecutive shot attempts on the other side of the pitch.In the 26th minute, Sergio Ramos made a vile move by hooking Salah’s arm while tackling him to the ground, dislocating the Egyptian’s shoulder. There was definite intent in Ramos’ actions. Salah tried to continue, but couldn’t. With tears in his eyes he left the field in the 30th minute. Madrid’s captain had destroyed the final and went unpunished. Much like with Robben in the semi-final, Real got lucky again. We can only hope that this year’s best player in Europe will recuperate in time for the World Cup. Adam Lallana came in to replace him. Unbelievably enough, another player was crying on the pitch five minutes later. It was Dani Carvajal, who had suffered a muscle injury that by the look of his reaction was serious. Nacho replaced Spain’s right back.In the 43rd minute, Loris Karius made a fantastic reaction save on Cristiano’s short-range header. Benzema scored on the rebound, but he was offside. Replays showed Ronaldo was also slightly offside, but the assistant referee didn’t raise the flag on his attempt. Liverpool’s fans, who were singing and shouting, became silent after Salah’s exit. The atmosphere in the stadium had completely died out. The electricity was gone. After three minutes of injury time, Milorad Mazic sent the players to their locker rooms.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.At the beginning of the second half, we saw the clearest opportunity of the final. A mistake in midfield and a careless clearance by Lallana led to an open shot for Isco, who should’ve scored. Instead, Real’s player hit the cross bar. What happened in the 51st minute will go down as the biggest mistake by a goalkeeper in Champions League final history. I can’t understand what Karius was thinking. He tried to hand the ball off to his teammate while Benzema was right in front of him, almost as if the German didn’t see the French striker. Karim stretched his foot, blocking Karius’ pass and scoring a ridiculous goal for any match, let alone a CL final.Sadio Mane, Liverpool’s most active player during the first half, equalized four minutes after the opener. It was a response Klopp and his lads needed desperately. It happened during a corner kick, which ended up on Lovren’s head. The Croatian’s header was closely followed by the aware Senegalese, who tapped the ball in, tying the score at 1-1. In the 61st minute, Gareth Bale substituted Isco. If Benzema’s goal was absolute nonsense, Gareth Bale’s overhead strike three minutes after he entered the pitch was an absolute wonder goal. Marcelo sent a cross with his weaker right foot, the Welshman went up in the air and did his best Ronaldo impression while scoring a spectacular goal that gave the lead back to Real Madrid. It was a very similar goal to Mario Mandzukic’s in last year’s final and a goal that will be on Champions League highlight reels for years to come.In the 70th minute, Sadio Mane hit the post with a shot from just outside Real’s penalty box. In the 74th minute, Andy Robertson’s perfect last-moment tackle saved The Reds from going down by two. Ronaldo was in an excellent position to score. The fact that he was on his weaker left foot gave Robertson just enough time to react and block his shot attempt. If you thought Karius couldn’t do anything worse, he did. In the 84th minute, Bale fired a shot from about 25-30 meters out. The ball was coming right into Karius’ hands, yet he somehow managed to let it slip through his fingers and allow it to go into the net. I just have no words to describe how pathetic his performance was tonight – the worst I’ve ever seen in an important match in my life. He basically gifted the title to his opponent. A true disgrace. If I was a manager, I wouldn’t let him step on a football field ever again.Zidane made his last switch two minutes before the end, changing Benzema with Asensio. That was it. Real Madrid is the back-to-back-to-back champion. Congrats to Los Blancos! They won in what was one of the weirdest finals I’ve ever seen. Gareth Bale was the difference-maker and the final score was 3-1, just as I predicted.last_img read more

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