Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) U.S Department of Agriculture ImageOLEAN — Heavy rainfall caused a runoff of raw, untreated sewage into the Allegany River late Thursday evening, according to officials.The sewer lift station was inundated with two inches of rain that caused runoff into the river, with as much as 64,000 gallons of sewage polluting the waterway.All pumps were activated at the facility, officials said and the runoff lasted roughly one hour.No other information was available.
The issue of fair play in athletics is set to go in front of Congress again Wednesday, as a House and Energy subcommittee has called a hearing on the “deeply flawed” Bowl Championship Series of college football.No, I’m not going to focus this entire column on whether this action is necessary or what should be changed … but I knew you’d want my opinion, so I’ll give it to you quickly.To me, this seems like just another way for our legislators to pass another Wednesday afternoon. If co-workers can debate this topic for 10 minutes by the water cooler at their leisure, why not let Congress spend a whole day on it?My guess is that it will just turn out to be the equivalent of a conversation between you and your argumentative roommate. One guy is going to say that a playoff system is the only way to go, while one will say that there is too much tradition and money behind the bowls to just get rid of them. It’ll be a fun argument, but not a whole lot is going to change.Personally, I’m fine with the way things are. There’s going to be arguing no matter what system is used, so just pick something and go with it and stop giving me a headache.On the other hand, not too long ago, Congress stepped in to control steroid testing and consequences in baseball.All of this has led me to wonder, what’s next? Which sport and which topic will find its way to Washington down the road?I figure I’ll offer them a few suggestions — my Congress Christmas list, so to speak — since they seem to have nothing better to do than debate and study sports.Let’s start with the NHL and the biggest question of when it is coming back.What? … It’s already back? Oh, yeah, that’s right, I forgot about that Blackhawks game I caught a few weeks ago.Seriously, new shootouts, goalie rules and whatever the hell else they changed, I haven’t even noticed. In fact, I’ve watched more Champions League soccer matches than NHL games this season and I don’t feel bad about it.But I do like to watch hockey, so if Congress could please figure out a way to get me to even realize that the NHL is actually in action, that would be great.Oh, and while we’re on the subject of hockey, lets talk NCAA, and more specifically its postseason tournament — and even more explicitly, the PairWise Rankings. Something has to be done with that system.You think the BCS is flawed? Try dealing with a system that can sometimes penalize a team when it wins a game. Sure, you think Oregon got snubbed in this year’s Bowl run, but they’re ranking in the BCS system did not decrease as they won contests.And why not throw the NBA into the fray?I’d like to hold a hearing to challenge the league to make traveling against the rules again, to force teams to play defense and to raise the rims about two-and-a-half feet. Oh, and can they get rid of that stupid semi-circular no-charging zone while they’re at it?If all the other professional sports get to take a trip to the nation’s capital, we cannot forget the NFL.First and foremost, Congress should hold a study of Cincinnati wide receiver Chad Johnson’s antics and find a way to make it illegal for the league to fine him for as long as he continues to be hilarious — and I don’t see it ending anytime soon.If you could call together a search party for the Eagles and Packers, that would be nice, too.Oh, and perhaps more importantly, find Jim Mora and make sure he gets a job. The NFL is diddly-poo without our favorite head coach. I think he’d be a perfect fit for the Lions, or Packers, or Titans or Texans. After all, they all play poorly enough that we could enjoy a handful of the classic Mora blowups and tirades before the season is over.Last but not least, how about college hoops? Oh wait, college basketball is perfect, especially now that the kids almost have to come to school to showcase their talents for at least one year before going to the Association.I realize that my list is long, but figured since Congress has some time on its hands, why not bring the real issues to the forefront?Steroids? BCS? Yeah, they’re pretty important, I suppose, but let’s get down to the greater things at stake here, like finding Mora a job before the “Playoffs”!
My name is Krista and I am a mother of two children ages 5 and 7. The ever-so-kind editor of this newspaper approached me at a recent wedding my family attended and asked me if I would be interested in doing a mommy blog. I have writing experience, and 7 short years of mommy experience so I jumped at the chance to do it. The editor must have seen my two unusually well-behaved children at the wedding and assumed I had this whole parenting thing down to a science. I didn’t want to disappoint her and tell her that I am often the mom arguing, screaming, and sometimes crying as my children push my limits on a daily basis and leave me asking why is it that I decided to have children. I can say that I thought long and hard about having children. In fact, I was married 7 years before my husband and I decided to have children. We never discussed having children before we got married (not something I recommend), we always just figured things out as we went along. My husband and I enjoyed stress free ski and scuba vacations, quiet dinners, staying up late, sleeping in, going to the beach and actually sitting in a chair, reading, writing and all the other pleasures that childless adults experience. I knew of several reasons why I didn’t think I would make good parent. I am cranky if I don’t get at least eight hours of sleep, I have limited patience, I like a neat house, and would stop to pet a cute puppy before I would reach for a baby to hold. At least I was able to acknowledge my shortcomings, something that actually proved helpful once I became a parent. However, I was slowly becoming aware of how much children loved my husband. At parties they gathered around him waiting in line to be tossed high in the air. He had the ability to make the most introverted kids come out of their shell and join in a game of football. He was the one giving piggy back rides, throwing pitches, pushing a swing, all the while looking like he was actually enjoying himself. Still he was not pushing to have kids and neither one of us seemed able to make up our minds, so we continued to live our happy, yet childless, life. I thought in order to know if you were ready to have children you had to be one of those people who couldn’t imagine your life without them or who stopped to look at babies in strollers or who loved to hold a newborn. I knew that person would never be me. However, there was a part of me who thought that my husband and I did have some good things to offer to another human being. If nothing else, we both had dark hair and blue eyes and I hated to see those genes go to waste. So, we decided to take the plunge into parenthood. 9 months later we were rewarded with a vivacious baby girl and two and a half years after that a sweet baby boy. And that is when life got interesting.Krista NewbertI hope you enjoy my perspective on parenthood on a variety of topics in the future. I am going to take a nap now. Until next time…
By Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily SportsIn years past the Nelson Leafs have faced must win games — but against Grand Forks, a team the coaching staff generally gives the back-up goalie the start and an opportunity for the players to improve the individual stats?However, when your record is 5-8 and 10 points from the top of the division, every game, especially against a team lower in the standings, are, well you guessed it, a must-win game.The struggling Nelson, losers of two straight and three of its last five games, face the Border Bruins Saturday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.“There are huge games coming up,” said Leaf sniper Adrian Moyls when asked about the weekend tilts against Grand Forks and Sunday in Spokane. “These games are going to be crucial to our year.” Nelson is a not-very-good 1-1 against the perennial Murdoch Division bottom feeders from Grand Forks.The Leafs received a rude awakening to start the season when the Bruins scored six power play goals en route to a 6-2 victory. Nelson managed some revenge, thanks to a four-point night from Gavin Currie, to take the rematch 8-3.One aspect the game the Leafs may want to improve if the club wants to make a run in the Murdoch Division is the power play. The club is a dismal 1-for-31 with the man advantage in October.“Our power play has got to get going,” Moyls admitted, one of the many Leaf forwards with no power play goals. “Right now there’s no finish. It’s getting better but right now it’s not good enough.”Grand Forks just might be what the doctor ordered to help the Leafs regain some confidence. The Boundary City squad had one win in its last ten games, and has allowed league-high 5.30 goals per game this season — perfect medicine for a team that scores 2.70 goals per game.Sunday Nelson travels to the Lilac City to meet the red-hot Braves. Spokane had reeled off six straight wins before the Fernie Ghostriders cooled the Braves with a 7-4 victory.LEAGUE NOTES: Spencer Brodt of the Rebels has a few more games to sit on his four-game suspension for a gross misconduct during an October 9 home contest against Beaver Valley. . . .Brodt’s teammate Adam Smith and Ryan Schibler of the Bruins received one-game suspensions for earning game misconducts in the last 10 minutes of the game October 16. . . .Taylor House and Stefan Jensen of Osoyoos lead the KIJHL in scoring, respectively. Ryan Aynsley of Castlegar is third. [email protected]
Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Despite witnessing Sean Manganti rip the heart out of the Fighting Maroons in their 80-72 loss last Sunday, UP head coach Bo Perasol remained positive of his team’s chances of entering the Final Four of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.“I’m really positive about our chances,” said Perasol. “The way we see our players played, how we played is just a sign of immaturity as a group, but I told them this is not the time to think about that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissUP had a chance to take the no. 4 spot in the standings had it completed its ill-fated comeback attempt against the Soaring Falcons.The Fighting Maroons were down 67-48 at one point in the second half before going on a frenzied 22-7 run that cut the deficit to 74-70. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. South Korean World Cup footballer banned over military service fakes Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But that was when Manganti stepped in.Manganti found himself open at the right wing and his three-pointer with 1:14 left for the dagger, giving them a 77-70 lead.Perasol said they have to quickly recover on the soul-crushing loss and get as much wins in their remaining three games.“This is the time to do something, for us to really have a chance for the Final Four,” said Perasol. “Whether we’re immature or mature enough, it doesn’t matter. We need to do something to win the next game, the next, and the next.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college University of the Philippines isn’t giving up its fight just yet.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES View comments
…yet sends home thousands from GuySuCo same day – RamsaroopThe hypocrisy of the David Granger-led A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance For Change (APNU-AFC) coalition Government has reached staggering, if not dangerous proportions, in the light of what transpired this past week with the single largest retrenchment of workers in Guyana’s recent history.The scathing conclusion was arrived at this past week by Economic Advisor to the Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Ramsaroop.He was at the time weighing in on the recent termination letters which were issuedEconomic Advisor to the Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Ramsaroopto more than 3000 workers of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).News of the retrenchment came on the same day that President Granger was on the African continent, pontificating to those leaders, the need for the principle of ‘people before profits’ – a policy he said, was being upheld in Guyana. What crass hypocrisy!The President, according to Dr Ramsaroop, “was being less than honest since on that same day, the nation learnt that thousands of sugar workers in Berbice were being sent home.”Head of State David Granger addressed the United Nations Environment Assembly, held in Nairobi, Kenya with the objective of combatting pollution in the extractive sector. In his address, the Guyanese leader espoused that people “must be at the heart of the development of our natural resources… people must come before profits.”Dr Ramsaroop has since observed that there “was in my opinion a blatant attempt to cover up by the Government’s chief cook, bottle washer, now chief propagandist spinner.”He was referring to Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who when cornered in the corridors of Parliament Building over the dismissals of literally thousands of workers, said he read about it in the newspapers as did everyone else.“Minister Harmon wants this nation to believe that a wholly Government-owned entity, with a Board of Directors which was recently installed by the newly installed Government, took a decision to send home 3000 workers without communicating such a decision to the actual owners… He must be joking,” Ramsaroop posited.Speaking to the Government’s contemptuous display of hypocrisy and arrogance in its handling of the nation’s business and the treatment of its assets, Dr Ramsaroop posited “he (Harmon) had the gall to tell this nation that the Cabinet was not informed of this decision… What next is going to happen only for Minister Harmon to come and say Cabinet didn’t know.”Dr Ramsaroop, in seeking to point the danger of this practice being embraced by the APNU/AFC Government, said had reporters not cornered the Agriculture Minister literally minutes after speaking to Minister Harmon, the charade might have worked.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder told reporters that nobody should be surprised since the move to retrench the workers is in keeping with a white paper he had presented to the House.Minister Holder told reporters bluntly there will be no planting of canes and as such there will be no work at the Rose Hall and other Estates.“Remember it was Harmon who said only recently that Government had put off the closure of the estates until 2018… well folks, the Agriculture Minister laid it bare when he clarified that 2018 in relation to the closure of the estates meant January 1.”The Economic Advisor was adamant however, “it is the President himself who has to shoulder the blame for this… such a decision could not have been taken without his knowledge and approval and the true hypocritical nature of the once aloof statesman (President Granger) is now being revealed.”He questioned how else does a person explain, President Granger going to Africa, preaching about the importance of people before profits – no doubt in reference to oil revenues – and on the same day back home thousands in Berbice woke up to the news that they are now jobless.”Dr Ramsaroop, said “the events of the past week signal a turning point in Guyana’s history, since the President is now operating not only with impunity and disregard for the laws of the country, but with a clear disregard for constituencies – the people that vote at elections.”He posited, “any student of political science in their first semester would tell you that the firing of 3000 Berbicians days before the Christmas holidays, represent not only 3000 lost votes for the Government come elections, but 3000 families directly impacted with a loss of income days before Christmas… this was indeed a heartless act on the part of this Administration.”The Economic Advisor is convinced, however, that the answers as to President Granger’s “boldness in his actions and callous disregard for Guyanese who did not vote for him can be found in the Budget presented for 2018.”He told Guyana Times that at present, the Government speakers are engaged in a process of obfuscation and given the voting divide in the House, it is unlikely that anything the Opposition advances will be taken on board. The one-seat majority, with a few hundred votes will prevail.The analyst said instead of listening to politicians’ attempts to score political points and press coverage, a careful look should be had at the actual figures which are now publicly available.Dr Ramsaroop is committed to providing a complete analysis of the 2018 Budget, adding that “President Granger’s arrogant actions, disdain for and treatment of the sugar workers in a functioning democracy spell the end of the coalition at the helm. Such bold and hypocritical stances being taken by this Administration must lead people to wake up and really ask serious questions.”He said, “before getting into the corruption and mismanagement of the nation’s resources, there are several specific allocations or in some cases non-allocations of monies in the 2018 Budget that are causes for concern.”The Economic Advisor concluded by again reminding of the recent shenanigans at the Guyana Elections Commission, a situation compounded by a cut in its budget for 2018 by almost $1 billion – “2018, a year it is supposed to run off Local Government Elections after which general elections are to be held.”
The Government is now accepting applications for the Financial Hardship Property Tax Deferment Program announced by Premier Gordon Campbell on Nov. 1, 2008.The Financial Hardship Property Tax Deferment Program allows eligible homeowners who are facing financial hardship due to current economic conditions to defer the 2009 and 2010 property taxes on their home.Homeowners may apply once they receive their annual property tax notice. B.C.’s Financial Hardship Property Tax Deferment Program will allow eligible homeowners with at least 15 per cent equity in their home, and who are experiencing financial hardship due to current economic conditions, to defer their property tax payment for each of the next two years. Homeowners will not have to repay the deferred taxes until they sell or transfer their home, other than to a surviving spouse, but may pay the Province back earlier if they choose.- Advertisement -The Province will charge simple interest at the prime rate on the balance outstanding on the taxdeferment loan.More information on the program is available online at:www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Property_Tax_Deferment/fh_ptd.htmAdvertisement By Telephone:Victoria: 250-387-0555Vancouver: 604-660-2421Elsewhere in B.C.: 1-800-663-7867
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — Draymond Green has been the Warriors’ heartbeat since they embarked on this dynastic run. Sunday against the Rockets was no different.Apathy amongst these Warriors, especially after they needed six games to oust the Clippers in the first round?Nope, and especially not in Green, who stepped up as Steph Curry struggled in the Warriors’ 104-100 Game 1 win against the Rockets in the Western Conference …
The beginning of a gruelling 60 km first stage can seem serene. (Image: Berg River Canoe Marathon) • Anthony Penderis Race Organiser Organisation +27 84 306 0331 [email protected] • South Africa is world’s endurance race capital • Andy Birkett gets his green number, at 23 • SA couple row across the world • Paddling through Northern Cape paradise •The pain is soon forgottenLucille DavieOne of South Africa’s toughest endurance races is the Berg River Canoe Marathon, which starts in mid-July. It’s tough because paddlers sit in their boats for some 60 gruelling kilometres each day of the four-day race, paddling in the middle of winter in a river that is at times blocked by trees and requires paddlers to portage.South Africans appear to have a penchant for pushing themselves to the limit, whether on their bikes, in their canoes, in their running shoes, or in their swimming caps and goggles. And this race certainly pushes paddlers to their limits.The Berg River Marathon was started in 1962 by Willem van Riet, who competed in the 1992 Olympics as a canoeist. “Willem van Riet as a young man took on most of southern Africa’s larger rivers in a canoe and wrote a book on his adventures. He was so inspired after these trips that he thought it would be a good idea to start a marathon on the Berg to get more young people involved in the sport of canoeing,” explains Giel van Deventer, who has completed 44 Berg races.It runs from Paarl to Velddrif in Western Cape, a distance of about 240 kilometres. On day one, the paddlers head off with mist rising over the water, to paddle 62km. Day two is a shorter day, at 45km, while day three takes supreme effort, at a hard 74km. The final day is not easy, at 58km. Throw in the north-westerly wind and a rain storm, and it is the only race in the country in which fewer than half the field step out their boats at the end of the four days.Van Riet’s last Berg race was in 2011. That doesn’t mean he is not paddling – he is, but Van Deventer believes he won’t do another Berg as he is now 75 years old. The competitiors have grown more diverse since the race’s beginning in 1961. (Image: Berg River Canoe Marathon) Race recordThe race record was set in 1990 by Mark Perrow in an incredible time of 13 hours, 34 minutes and 32 seconds. The women’s record is 14 hours, 55 minutes and seven seconds, set in 2008 by Abbey Ulansky. In all, 2 892 paddlers have finished one or more Berg races, with about 170 people finishing the race every year. In its 50th anniversary year in 2011, 317 canoeists paddled across the finishing line at the mouth of the river on day four.A friendly competition has existed for many years between Van Deventer and André Collins, a former race winner. Up until last year’s race they had both done 43 races; then, in 2013 Collins could not compete, so Van Deventer takes the honour of being the canoeist with the most races under his paddle.“Only the toughest will survive,” Van Deventer says. “In the history of South African canoe races it still stands as the only race where less than half the starters could finish.”Canoeing is part of his normal routine, he says – he has completed all the major races in the country numerous times. “I have completed more than 800 canoe races in the past 50 years and I am only 64 so still have many years to come to see if I can end my canoeing career after 1 000 races.”Seasoned paddler Hank McGregor has the record for nine races titles between 2000 and 2012. He did not do the 2013 race as he had international race commitments, but will be back this month, hoping to take his 10th victory. This year, the marathon runs from 16 to 19 July. Last minute route planning for the very first Berg River Canoe race. (Image: Berg River Canoe Marathon)
BORACAY—Swedish ace Atte Kappel and Philippines’ top kiteboarder Christian Tio reigned anew in the Twin Tip races during the ICTSI Philippine Kiteboarding Tour’s most challenging leg yet here.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59PH bet Tio, Swedish star Kappel top Boracay leg00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Competitions in the first two days of PKA’s third stop this year were cancelled due to the lack of wind, but when action resumed on the last day, some events had to be cut short because of gusty winds and heavy rain.Kappel, though, still managed to dominate and repeat as the masters champion of the Twin Tip racing. PKA president Jay Ortiz came in second followed by Carlo Leongson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 16-year-old Tio, meanwhile, bested an elite pool and topped the men’s Twin Tip, which is aimed at gearing him up for the Youth Olympic qualifying tournament in Thailand next march.Atte Kappel and Christian Tio leading the pack. Photo from PKA-Philippine Kiteboarding Association Facebook account.Mariska Wildenberg clinched the women’s crown while Remel Rentillo, also part of the national youth kiteboarding team pool which will compete in Thailand, won the youth category. Read Next Gilas training under wraps 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Bong Fernando and Anastasia Sashchenko ruled the hang-time events.The freestyle competition, Tio’s pet event, was cancelled due to unfavorable conditions. The price money was shared among the top finishers.Boracay is a staple venue for the annual kiteboarding tour because of the usually strong and consistent winds in the island.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding