first_imgFor more information on the Blizzard Bike Club or any of the Club’s upcoming events, visit its official website. Local riders Peter De Bruyn and Quinton Du Preez both competed in the Oliver Olympic distance Triathlon, with De Bruyn completing the event with a time of 2:41:11 hours, while De Preez crossed the finish line at 2:53:25.Over in Alberta, Irving Tang beat out eight other local athletes, placing first in the Grande Prairie Olympic distance triathlon, winning the race at 2:14:44. Fellow Club member Davide Loro raced in the abbreviated Sprint distance, placing third at 1:19:57.Back in town, Chris Haugan out-sprinted Roger St. Jean to win a very soggy 45 km Monteny Road Race, both finishing with a time of 1:20:30.- Advertisement -George Gamble and Kevin Shaw were the next two to cross the finish line, both with a time of 1:21:15.It’s a busy upcoming week for the Blizzard Bike Club riders, who will race Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.Also this coming weekend, a group of riders will be in Whitehorse for the 24 Hours of Light mountain bike relay.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFOOTBALL FRIDAY HE SAID “Right now, I’m not as far along as I want to be. There’s a whole lot more I need to accomplish.” – Valencia receiver Virgil Hill who has caught 10 passes with two TDs the past three weeks after sitting on the bench most of the season opener. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 DID YOU KNOW? Loyola of Los Angeles, which plays Hart tonight, is one of two teams to defeat Hart three times during coach Mike Herrington’s 17-year career (St. Bonaventure is the other.) Hart leads the series 5-3 and has beaten Loyola the past two meetings, pulling out a last-minute 17-16 victory last season. SPOTLIGHT Marcus Hood, a promising Burbank junior who played on the JV team last year because of transfer restrictions, is breaking out. He rushed for 190 yards (125 in the first quarter) and three touchdowns in a 48-7 rout of Hoover of Burbank last week, improving his four-game totals to 421 yards (7.7 avg.) and seven touchdowns. He also is averaging 47.0 yards as a kick returner and 17.0 on punt returns. OFFBEAT Something not seen very often: Ronnie Holt, a Saugus defensive lineman, last week caught Notre Dame’s blazing fast running back Rodney Glass from behind on a 60-yard run, bringing him down at the 4-yard line and saving a touchdown in the Centurions 21-7 loss. Glass, who runs a sub-4.4 40-yard dash, is the area’s fastest player. He finished second in the state 100-meter finals last spring. “How rare is it for defensive lineman to catch someone like Rodney Glass? You tell me,” Saugus coach Jason Bornn said. “Ronnie Holt just really hustled on that play.” OFF THE CHART Valencia’s Michael Herrick has passed for 8,492 career yards, pulling within 1,479 of Keith Smith’s state record of 9,971, set in 1991-93 at Newbury Park. Herrick’s production this season and in his prep career: 2005 OppAttCompYdsTD B.Amat35203711 Birm.29182601 El Toro16123143 S.J.Bosco28193151 Total108691,2606 Career 20034432893,1672120044342884,065322005108691,2606 Total9856468,49259 NUMBERS GAME 10 Fumble recoveries by Burbank – an average of 2.5 per game. James Antaplylan and Anthony Yelding have two, and six others have one. THIS WEEK’S GAMES SAUGUS (2-2) at ST. FRANCIS of La Canada, (4-0) 7:30 p.m. Player to watch: Kevin Mack, St. Francis. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is the latest in a long line of tough, physical St. Francis linebackers. He leads the Knights with 29 tackles. Outlook: Saugus always seems to play its best against St. Francis – the underdog Centurions hold a 3-1 series edge the past four years. Saugus overcame a 15-point halftime deficit and twice scored touchdowns on fumble recoveries in the end zone in last year’s 35-34 overtime victory. Saugus has lost two in a row, but the second was a 21-7 loss to three-time Southern Section Div. III champion Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks in a game that was much closer than expected. Zach Summers has passed for 493 yards (60.4 pct.) and four TDs, and he has scored four TDs. Ryan Purdy has rushed for 267 yards and five TDs. Ramsen Golpashin leads the offensive line. St. Francis, coached by former Hart quarterback Jim Bonds, has allowed just 187 total yards per game, and no opponent has scored more than 12 points. WR/DB Scott Stephens has caught 15 passes for 343 yards (22.9 avg.), intercepted seven passes and scored five TDs – three on returns. VALENCIA (4-0) at NOTRE DAME of Sherman Oaks (4-0), 7:30 p.m. Player to watch: Taylor Sellnow, Valencia. The Vikings receiver, recovered from a sprained ankle, will be crucial with top receiver Jason Engleberg out with an ankle injury. Sellnow also is the long snapper. Outlook: Valencia has been superb the past three years – but not against Notre Dame. During that span, the Vikings are 0-2 against the Knights and 26-8 against everyone else. A 33-3 loss last season was especially disheartening because the game was televised and Valencia had outscored its first four opponents by an average of 31 points. Only four times in Valencia QB Michael Herrick‘s stellar, two-plus season prep career has he failed to surpass 200 yards in a game. Twice it was against Notre Dame. Defending Div. II finalist Valencia is averaging 41 points and 511 yards, and Herrick has completed 64 percent of his throws for 1,260 yards and six TDs despite missing much of the second half in two of four games. Valencia’s other big player is RB Shane Vereen. He’s rushed for 519 yards (10.4 avg.) and scored 10 TDs, and he’s also a top CB. Notre Dame QB Garrett Green, a top prospect whom USC is recruiting, has concentrated on defense the past few games because of a thumb injury. RB Rodney Glass (608 yards, 9.4 avg., 11 TDs) is a blazer. HART (3-1) vs. LOYOLA of Los Angeles (4-0) at College of the Canyons, 7 p.m. Player to watch: Alex Pettee, Hart. The Indians’ starting quarterback in Tyler Lyon‘s absence, Pettee has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 302 yards with three TDs and no INTs. Pettee started two weeks ago, when Lyon was out with a shoulder injury, and he got the call again after Lyon suffered a concussion on the second play of last week’s win over Birmingham of Lake Balboa. Outlook: Always an anticipated nonleague showdown, this televised encounter (FSN West 2) matches two of the Southern Section’s strongest teams. Hart, which has lost only to state power St. Bonaventure of Ventura in Week 2, hasn’t generated as much scoring as Indians teams customarily do, but it has played tough defense, allowing 233 yards per game. Div. I power Loyola, led by QB Henry Burge (662 yards, 60 pct., 5 TDs), is winning by an average of more than 21 points. Loyola rallied from a 16-point deficit in a 44-29 victory last week at Antelope Valley of Lancaster. Among Loyola’s top defenders are LB Brent Baltimore (35 tackles) and DL Nicholas Bertole (31 tackles). Bertole had 16 tackles at Antelope Valley.CRESPIof Encino (2-2) at CANYON (3-1), 7 p.m. Player to watch: Garrett Leary, Canyon. The defensive lineman must watch for Crespi RB Josh Morgan, who has rushed for 604 yards (8.3 avg.) and scored six TDs. Outlook: This matchup should bring back memories for Canyon coach Harry Welch, who played at Crespi more than 40 years ago and began his coaching career at the Catholic school. Expect lots of scoring in a showdown featuring two high-powered offenses. Canyon loves feeding the ball to J.J. DiLuigi, who has rushed for a Foothill League-best 559 yards, caught four passes for 124 yards and scored 14 TDs – many on long breakaways, such as a 99-yard kickoff return two weeks ago. QB Austin Civita has passed for 686 yards (52 pct.) and five TDs. Crespi also is balanced. Morgan is a threat, and Matt Wabby has passed for 702 yards (52 pct.) and seven TDs. In key situations, he looks for D.J. Holt (14 receptions, 19.8 avg., four TDs). Standout OL/DL Sione Fua (ankle) is questionable. SANTA CLARITA CHRISTIAN (2-1) vs. AVALON (2-2) at First Lutheran HS, Saturday, 1 p.m. Outlook: Don’t blink, or you might miss a TD. Eight-man competitor Santa Clarita Christian averages 51.6 points, and Avalon, from Santa Catalina Island, has allowed more than 50 points the past two weeks. INSIDE THE NUMBERS LOGS CANYON (3-1) 55at Leuzinger0 42Burroughs/R21 27Simi Valley34 42South Torrance6 TonightCrespi Oct. 14Burbank Oct. 21at Saugus Oct. 28Burroughs/B Nov. 4Valencia Nov. 10at Hart GOLDEN VALLEY (0-4) Home: Canyon HS 0Burbank66 14Knight24 14Pioneer Valley67 7Alemany38 Oct. 6Palos Verdes Oct. 13Quartz Hill Oct. 21at Ontario Christian Oct. 29Salesian Nov. 4at Carpinteria Nov. 11St. Genevieve HART (3-1) Home: College of the Canyons 7Moorpark6 21at St. Bonaventure33 38Westlake7 23at Birmingham13 TonightLoyola Oct. 14Saugus Oct. 21at Burroughs Oct. 28at Valencia Nov. 4at Burbank Nov. 10Canyon SANTA CLARITA CHRISTIAN (2-1) Home: Canyon HS 46Discovery52 48Hillcrest (TO)30 61Accelerated6 Saturday*Avalon Oct. 15at Thacher Oct. 22#L.A. Lutheran Oct. 29%Hillcrest (GH) Nov. 5Faith Baptist *at First Lutheran HS #at L.A. Baptist %at Valencia SAUGUS (2-2) Home: College of the Canyons 57at Blair0 48Pasadena7 21Chino48 7Notre Dame21 Tonightat St. Francis Oct. 14at Hart Oct. 21Canyon Oct. 28at Burbank Nov. 4Burroughs Nov. 11Valencia VALENCIA (4-0) 35at Bishop Amat21 51Birmingham30 48El Toro20 30St. John Bosco3 Tonightat Notre Dame Oct. 14at Burroughs/B Oct. 21Burbank Oct. 30Hart Nov. 4at Canyon Nov. 11at Saugus STANDINGS FOOTHILL LEAGUE TeamRecord Valencia4-0 Hart3-1 Canyon3-1 Saugus2-2 Burroughs2-2 Burbank2-2 Others: Golden Valley 0-4 (freelance); West Ranch 0-1 (freelance); Santa Clarita Christian (Heritage League) 2-1.160Want 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

first_imgDonegal ETB launched a new Traineeship in Automated Software Testing on Monday last in Gaoth Dobhair. This exciting new training opportunity has been developed in partnership with Pramerica and Údarás na Gaeltachta.The course is being delivered in the [email protected] Dobhair innovation and digital hub, one of a network of thirty hubs to be developed in locations throughout Ireland’s Gaeltacht areas by Údarás na Gaeltachta. At the launch of Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) Automated Software Testing Traineeship in [email protected] Gaoth Dobhair on Monday last are left-right: Vinny McGroary (Area Training Manager, Donegal ETB), Colm Richardson (Assistant Training Centre Manager, Donegal ETB), David Roche (Director FinTech Services & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Pramerica), Anna Ní Ghallachair (Chairperson, Údarás na Gaeltachta), Cróna Gallagher (Director of Further Education and Training Services, Donegal ETB), Michael Logue (Director, Systems Development and Gweedore Site Exec Pramerica Systems Ireland) and Micheál Ó Duibhir (Manager, [email protected] Dobhair).In opening the launch event Údarás na Gaeltachta Board Chairperson, Anna Ní Ghallachair, said, ‘Údarás na Gaeltachta are delighted to have had this opportunity to collaborate with our colleagues in Donegal ETB and our client company Pramerica. Innovation is central to our 3-year strategic plan and in supporting the delivery of this training provision we have developed a new innovative collaboration with the industry which we hope will reap significant benefits for course participants and this Gaeltacht community. This type of collaboration is essential for the development of the region and we look forward to working together on similar projects in the future.”In speaking about the development of the course, Pramerica’s Director FinTech Services & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, David Roche said, ‘This career traineeship has been developed in close collaboration with Pramerica here in Donegal. It will allow learners to progress directly into employment in the software sector. This is a great example of the strategy and success of ICT/FinTech working in collaboration with academia. Because of the Donegal ETB’s flexibility in course development and delivery, we are delighted that courses like this can be provided in all parts of county.”The traineeship covers a range of modules relevant to the industry including HTML5 application development fundamentals, software development fundamentals, database administration, computer programme using C#, software testing fundamentals and computer program using JAVA. Work experience is a core component of the traineeship with thirty percent of the training consisting of practical work experience in the industry.At the launch of Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) Automated Software Testing Traineeship in [email protected] Dobhair on Monday last are left-right Dara Devine (Contracted Training Officer, Donegal ETB), Micheál Ó Duibhir (Manager, [email protected] Dobhair), Paul Herron (Automated Software Training Instructor, Donegal ETB), Cróna Gallagher (Director of Further Education and Training Services, Donegal ETB), Colm Richardson (Assistant Training Centre Manager, Donegal ETB), Anna Ní Ghallachair (Chairperson, Údarás na Gaeltachta), Vinny McGroary (Area Training Manager, Donegal ETB), David Roche (Director FinTech Services & Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Pramerica), and Mairead Carlin (Assistant Training Centre Manager, Donegal ETB).In officially launching the traineeship, Cróna Gallagher, Director of Further Education and Training (FET) with Donegal ETB stated, ‘We are delighted to launch this exciting new training development here in Gaoth Dobhair today. Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service, has worked closely with Pramerica to develop this new traineeship in collaboration with Údarás na Gaeltachta. It has been a wonderful example of how our FET Service is working with industry in the county to meet their training needs and subsequently helping to fulfil employment requirements.’ Traineeships are co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.Donegal ETB launch new Automated Software Testing Traineeship was last modified: May 28th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Automated Software TestingDonegal ETBÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

first_imgLeroy Fer returns to the QPR starting line-up for the game against Liverpool at Anfield. Fer will support striker Charlie Austin in the absence of Bobby Zamora, who is not fit enough to start.Zamora is among the Rangers substitutes, as is young forward Reece Grego-Cox.Liverpool are without strikers Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balotelli but Lucas is available again after injury and is on the bench. Liverpool: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Lovren, Johnson, Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana, Sterling, Coutinho, Lambert. Subs: Ward, Toure, Moreno, Lucas, Allen, Ibe, Markovic . QPR Green, Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Sandro, Henry, Fer, Austin. Subs: McCarthy, Yun, Wright-Phillips, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Zamora, Grego-Cox. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgThe 9 000 food parcels will be distributed by Vodacom employees to five schools in Worcester and to Strand Muslim Primary schoolVodacom staff in the Western Cape answered the call to serve on Mandela Day by completing the massive task of packing 9 000 food parcels for distribution to schools attended by children from impoverished backgrounds, in the outlying areas of the Cape.Staff were divided into groups of 60 and asked to pack the maximum number of food parcels in 67 minute sessions spread over two days, culminating on Mandela Day. It was an ambituous target as each parcel contains 1 kg oats, 1 large bottle of peanut butter, 2 cans of pilchards, 2 cans of baked beans, 2 packets of samp, 2 packets of sugar beans, a peanut and raisin snack and a R2 Vodacom power bundle.“In honour of our greatest citizen, Nelson Mandela, we all got together on a cold, rainy day before his birthday to spend time making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate as part of the Vodacom Foundation food security project,” said Steven Barnwell, managing executive: Vodacom western region.“It was rewarding to see Vodacom staff work side by side packing food parcels. The energy and teamwork was awesome to witness. On behalf of the recipients of the food parcels I would like to thank all our staff participating over the two days. After all, it’s about all of us doing a little bit that will go a long way to make a difference in people’s lives.”The 9 000 food parcels will be distributed by Vodacom employees to five schools in Worcester and to Strand Muslim Primary school next week.Maya Makanjee, Vodacom’s chief officer: corporate affairs, said the company supported the meaningful participation of its employees in volunteering activities – the company gives employees two days paid leave to participate in volunteering initiatives and were encouraged to give 67 minutes of their time to honour Madiba’s legacy.Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said the Foundation focused on food security, literacy and shelter and Vodacom had ensured close alignment with these by focussing its volunteering initiative on food security.“Vodacom continues to be a valued partner in driving the Mandela Day ethos and Tata’s legacy forward. Food security is a vital part of the development journey for learners and we would like to challenge others to take a leaf out of Vodacom’s book to ensure the future of our youth.” Hatang said.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest “Farm Service Agency is running out of Direct Operating Loan (DOL) and Guaranteed Operating Loan (GOL) Fiscal Year 2016 funding in June, with a third of the fiscal year still remaining. This substantial shortfall will leave many beginning farmers, and others who cannot be fully serviced by commercial credit under current price conditions, without the loans they need to stay in business. It will also create a backlog and long waiting list for Fiscal Year 2017.”This was the beginning of a letter sent to congressional appropriators from groups including the American Bankers Association, Farm Credit Council, Independent Community Bankers of America, National Association of Credit Specialists, National Farmers Union, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, National Young Farmers Coalition and Opportunity Finance Network. These organizations share the concern about the possibility that farmers and lenders within the agricultural community, counting on FSA loans or guarantees, could see a delay in funding due to a higher than usual volume of interest for those available funds, thus tapping the FSA well dry.Current loan availability depends on the state. FSA grants states each their own allocation so some states may run out of funds before others. So, what does the situation look like for Ohio?“We have not run out of funds here yet, but we certainly could,” said Steve Mauer, Ohio FSA Executive Director. “We’ve had a lot of demand for our loan programs and that is simply indicative of the farm economy.”“When things start to get tight in any particular allocation category then the funds will begin to be pooled nationally which we have seen happen, but we still have control of some of our other state allocations.”If more allocations begin to run out, farmers could see a delay in loans granted for this year and a waiting list for loans granted for 2017, but this wouldn’t be a first.“This is not new to the agency,” Mauer said. “When we run out of money nationally to support our loan making, then we have to wait until somebody appropriates more money.”FSA’s fiscal year still has some time left in it as it runs until the end of September.Despite the possibility of funds not being available at their usual times, Mauer said that doesn’t mean that they won’t be accepting applications from farmers looking for loans. Local FSA offices will still have the ability to approve loans, but they may not be able to fund them until more money is made available.last_img read more

first_imgA day after the NCP core committee resolved to form an alternative government in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has put off his November 24 visit to Ayodhya, a Sena leader said on Monday. NCP president Sharad Pawar is expected to meet his Congress counterpart Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday to discuss government formation. In the wake of the Supreme Court judgment on the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute on November 9, Mr. Thackeray had announced he would visit the temple town in Uttar Pradesh on November 24.“The government formation process is taking time. Leaders of the three parties (Sena, NCP and Congress) are holding meetings. They are inching towards government formation. In view of these developments, Uddhavji has decided to postpone his visit to Ayodhya,” the Sena leader said. He also pointed out at the “security concerns” in Ayodhya.“Security agencies already denied permission to political parties planning to visit Ayodhya and the (Ram Janmabhoomi) site,” the leader said. Delivering a historic verdict, the SC had cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque. On Sunday, NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said in Pune that Mr. Pawar and Ms. Gandhi will meet on Monday and discuss the possibility of formation of an alternative government in Maharashtra, which is under President’s Rule since November 12. Mr. Malik also said leaders from the NCP and Congress will meet and discuss future course of action on Tuesday. Maharashtra was placed under Central Rule as no party or alliance could form a government for want of requisite numbers even 19 days after the results of the assembly polls were declared. After felling out with its ally BJP over the demand for the post of the chief minister for an equal term, the Sena reached out to the Congress-NCP combine for support. The saffron alliance had secured a comfortable majority by winning 105 and 56 seats, respectively, in the 288-member Assembly. The Congress and the NCP, pre-poll allies, won 44 and 54 seats, respectively.The Sena later withdrew its lone minister Arvind Sawant from the Narendra Modi government. On Saturday, Sena MP Sanjay Raut had announced that the Uddhav Thackeray-led party’s exit from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was a “formality”.The Congress and the NCP have already finalised a draft Common Minimum Programme (CMP) to run a possible coalition government with the Sena, and talks on sharing of power are expected to continue. The Sena has been firm on its demand for the post of chief minister.last_img read more