Creating chaos with State Employees’ CEO Jim Blaine (Part 1)

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr We have a real treat for you today: a candid discussion of various credit union issues with State Employees’ Credit Union CEO Jim Blaine. In fact, the chat with Jim was so good we decided to make it a two-parter. So stay tuned for part 2 next week. continue reading »last_img

The Mommy Chronicles: No More Participation Awards, Please!

first_imgIf you remember from my first blog, I like a neat house – not “Mommy Dearest” neat, just organized and (relatively) clutter-free. That being said, if every program that children participated in these days eliminated participation trophies, certificates, ribbons and plaques, I would have a much easier time keeping up with it.My children are 5 and 7 and have already accumulated more “awards” than I ever had. I could likely stomach the clutter if they had received these awards due to their superior athletic and/or academic prowess. Were that the case, I could easily substitute my affinity for neatness with parental pride.  Regrettably, however, they received the majority of these awards not for such accolades, but simply because they showed up.Don’t get me wrong, I am all for building self-confidence and making kids feel good about themselves…when they deserve it.  I don’t think kids should be yelled at, belittled or be made to think that winning is everything.  But, why can’t the experience of participating in the activity itself be enough? Why are kids given awards for merely showing up and trying? Isn’t that what they’re supposed to do?Last year, I coached my daughter’s soccer team.  We had lots of fun. Girls who never played soccer learned about the game, new friends were made, and we lost LOTS of games. And guess what? At the end of the season I had to hand each player a personalized soccer trophy. When we got home my daughter asked me why we got a trophy when we only won one game. I had no answer.Some of you may think I’m mean and that not every kid will be on a winning team or ever have a chance to win a trophy and so what harm does a participation award do. The harm is that it dilutes their understanding and appreciation of what it truly means to accomplish something. I think over time with hard work, every child will eventually find something that he or she is good at. They might not discover what they’re good at when they are 5, but that gives them the chance to explore the vast opportunities that are available to them. And when they do finally win an award for coming in first place at a swim meet, art contest, spelling bee or whatever activity they excel in, they can display that award with pride, knowing that they truly earned it.If you don’t agree with me on that level, consider that eliminating participation awards will cut back on the amount of natural resources we use to create the endless numbers of trophies, certificates, and ribbons that inevitability end up in the trash … at least they do at my (relatively clutter-free) house.last_img read more

White Rock Christian sweep past Cats at A Girl’s Volleyball Championships

first_imgFourth-ranked Mount Sentinel Wildcats open the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships Thursday in Duncan against Okanagan No. 4 Vernon Christian.The Cats, winners of the bronze medal in 2012, play Mulgrave of West Vancouver and White Rock Christian in pool play Thursday.”On the basis of the season play there seems to be a gap between the top three teams and next three or four,” Mount Sentinel head coach Joe Moreira said before departing for Vancouver Island.”We are clearly intent on closing the gap.”Friday, teams begin the playoff round before Saturday’s semi finals.The top seed in the 16-team tournament is Kelowna Christian Knights.City rival Immaculata is the second seed followed by Cedar Christian of Prince George.The final is set for Saturday at 7 p.m. The Mount Sentinel Wildcats were dealt a blow Thursday at the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships in Duncan after the Kootenay Champs lost in straight sets to White Rock Christian.The Cats, fourth ranked entering the tournament, lost 25-19, 25-12 in Pool D round robin action.The loss drops Mount Sentinel into second spot in the Pool standings.Mount Sentinel now meets A Pool third place Fernie Falcons in action Friday.The Wildcats opened the tournament by stopping Vernon Christian by identical 25-12 scores.The Cats, without a single senior on the team, then dumped Mulgrave of West Vancouver 25-19, 25-21 to finish pool play with a 2-1 record.Wildcats looking to close gap at Single-A Volleyball Championshipslast_img read more


first_imgGardai are hunting a gang who broke into two pubs in Buncrana overnight.Hutton’s Bar (left) which was broken into overnight.The thieves broke into the premises on the town’s Main Street and got away with a considerable amount of spirits.The gang also stole a consignment of cigarettes from vending machines. The two bars which were targeted included Hutton’s Bar and O’Doherty’s Bar.The gang are understood to have gained entry to Hutton’s Bar through a skylight before getting away with a considerable amount of alcohol.Gardai are viewing CCTV as part of their investigation into the break-ins.They have also urged any members of the public who may have been offered cheap alcohol to contact them. Local town councillor Ciaran McLaughlin urged business owners and the public to be vigilant.“It’s tough enough for small business owners to make a living at the moment without being faced with a robbery.“I am appealing to business owner to ensure to take all the necessary precautions and also to the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to Gardai,” he said.  GARDAI WARN PUBLIC ABOUT CHEAP BOOZE AFTER PUB RAIDS was last modified: May 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:barsbuncranaburglarydonegalgangGardaiHutton’s BarO’Doherty’s Barlast_img read more

Black Sunday: Oakland’s diehard Raiders fans say one last goodbye before Vegas

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Oakland Raiders’ yearlong march into oblivion will end Sunday at the aging Coliseum.The transition from gritty Oakland to glitzy Las Vegas becomes real as the second chapter of a colorful era closes in the East Bay. It comes with a mixed sense of nostalgia, grief and anticipation that has swept across the players, coaches and their costumed devotees who populate the Coliseum’s infamous “Black Hole.”“We’re going …last_img

Cape Epic a shining success

first_img8 April 2008 The final stage of this year’s Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas saw the Cannondale Vredestein team of Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang and Belgium’s Roel Paulissen walk away as overall winners of the 2008 event.With a nine-minute advantage built up of over the last couple of stages, they solidified their position as winners once again when they crossed the finish line within the leading bunch of riders who sprinted the last couple of metres of “the Magical and Untamed African Mountain Bike Race.”Thousands of enthusiastic spectators lined the impressive finish at Lourensford in Somerset-West to welcome the top guns across the line.Final stage winnersHowever, first across the finish line of the final stage was the Bulls team of Karl Platt and Stefan Sahm in a time of 2:42:21. The stage win secured them the second place overall in 36:10:49.Following the Bulls, in second place, was another German pairing, Hannes Genze and Jochen Kaess of Alb-Gold Mountainbike, in a time of 2:42:25, which clinched them a fourth overall finish in 36:28:35.The Cannondale Vredestein team finished one second later to take top honours in 26:01:45.SA’s bestThe final stage of this year’s Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas saw the Cannondale Vredestein team of Denmark’s Jakob Fuglsang and Belgium’s Roel Paulissen walk away as overall winners of the 2008 event at the weekend.For the final stage of the 2008 Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas, riders enjoyed a stage half the length of the longest one, but the climbs were amongst the steepest.Through the vineyards and orchards of Oak Valley there were several short, jagged hills. The long, steep climbs over Nuweberg followed, which forced many of the riders into their ‘granny gear’.As slowly as they had to ride uphill, the opposite was true of the next downhill sections. Hair-raising descents forced riders to stay alert in order to avoid a tragic exit to the race at such a late stage.This took them to the flat section nearing the bottom of Gamtou Pass where, like last year, they had a compulsory portage section through the National Heritage Site. The Absa Cape Epic participants followed in the Voortrekkers’ footsteps down to the railway line, through more vineyards, which took them to the finish line at Lourensford.Winners’ strategyRoel Paulissen, one half of Cannondale Vredestein, the overall winning team, says they were prepared to ride the final stage at a very relaxed pace, as they felt they didn’t need to fight too much thanks to their time advantage. It didn’t work out that way, however.“In the beginning, Brandon Stewart of USN/adidas broke away to set the pace for the first 20 kilometres. Once he shot off to attack, our race instincts kicked in and we immediately stayed with him,” Paulissen said. He then decided to take over in terms of leading the teams, which he did for most of the race.The leading teams – Bulls, Alb-Gold Mountainbike, Cannondale Vredestein, MTN Energade and USN/adidas – enjoyed the final stage, although USN/adidas encountered some problems when Brandon Stewart had a chain suck one kilometre from the finish line, and had to fix it.“After that, I was out of the sprint and I am really sad about it. We felt so good today that I believe we could have stepped on the podium in the last stage,” he commented.ThrilledThe MTN Energade team was thrilled with their third place ranking overall. Kevin Evans said: “David (George) had very good legs today so he could have performed well in the sprint.“I ended up in the back of the leading bunch and once I tried to get to the front, it was too late and I was not in a good enough position to compete in the final sprint. However, we are really proud of our overall third place and our African category overall win.”He added that after winning the race’s prologue, he and George thought they might be able to take top honours in this year’s event. “But after stage two and three, we thought absolutely not. Then our confidence grew after stage four and we thought that maybe if we fight, and with Lady Luck’s help, we can climb the overall podium, which we did!”David George added: “What impressed me most about the Absa Cape Epic is the camaraderie between the pro riders. The mutual respect and the relaxed atmosphere amongst the top riders is something I have never experienced before in road racing. That’s why it stood out for me.”Defending championsIn second place overall, the German Bulls team returned to defend the title they won in 2007. Asked on whether they thought prior to the race that they could win again this year, Karl Platt said: “Absolutely, yes. I have never felt this good before during any Absa Cape Epic as I did this year.“Stefan had a few weak days in the beginning and I had to pull him on occasion, but we grew from strength to strength together. It was really hard work to at least claim the second place.”The champions, Jakob Fuglsang and Roel Paulissen of the Cannondale Vredestein team, embraced each other as they completed their race. Victory, they said, had been about tending to unfinished business.Ladies’ winnersFirst to cross the finish line in the ladies’ category were Finland’s Pia Sundstedt and Alison Sydor of Canada, the Rocky Mountain team, who won their sixth stage of the event in 3:23:45.They took overall victory in 43:05:51, which was enough to place them in the top 25 overall!.In second place during the final stage, as well as second overall, was the Trek/VW Wsd team of Susan Haywood (USA) and Jennifer Smith (NZL). They finished the stage in 3:28:16 and the race in 44:41:33 overall. The first South African team, Jane Seggie and Ischen Stopforth of the Scott Contessa team, captured third place in 48:00:03.CelebrationFor Sydor and Sundstedt, crossing the finishing line in Lourensford was a time for celebration as they hugged each other while rolling over the last timing mat of thes race.Unexpectedly, their handlebars caught, resulting in a crash in front of the astonished crowds. Sundstedt hurt her shoulder when they fell on top of each other, but she quickly back on her feet to celebrate the win.Sydor and Sundstedt both reckoned that the 2008 Absa Cape Epic was a hard race in a beautiful environment. “I can truly say that the Absa Cape Epic is the toughest sporting event I’ve ever done in my life. Everything about this race is extraordinary – the scenery, the organisation, the people. It is long ride, but it is a great ride and I can’t imagine a more fantastic way to explore this beautiful country,” explained Sydor.MastersIn the Masters’ category it was no surprise that the Absa Masters, South Africa’s Doug Brown and Switzerland’s Barti Bucher, walked away as the overall winners in 40:22:38.The were second on the final stage in 3:06:21, trailing the Adidas William Simpson team of Shan Wilson and Walter Platzgummer, who finished in 3:05:19. They ranked second overall, with third going to M. C. Franken and Peter Buggle of Pragma Masters.Brown said the Absa Cape Epic puts one through all the emotions a human being can experience in a very short period of time. “It’s an exceptional challenge and in a few years time I won’t be able to believe that I’ve finished it three times,” he said.His riding partner, Bucher, added: “I imagined the Absa Cape Epic to be a scenic ride through some game reserves where I can see giraffes and elephants. To be honest, during the first two stages I couldn’t see a thing around me. All I saw was the route that went up and down and up and down.“Big lungs and good legs are not enough for this race. You have to be an all-rounder who can cope with loose gravel, sand, steep climbs, single-track, wind, and endless flat stretches to win the Absa Cape Epic. Simply finishing it is a real accomplishment.”MixedTop honours in the mixed category went to the Joybike-Maloja Express combination of Ivonne Kraft and Nico Pfitzenmaier, who won their sixth stage in a time of 3:17:07. In addition, the German duo also won the Prologue. Their overall time was 43:31:32.Second place went the way of Cyclelab Toyota’s Johan Labuschagne and Yolande de Villiers in 44:15:58, while Absa Mixed’s Kobus and Fienie Barnard ended third in 45:50:21.Pfitzenmaier commented about his experiences during the event: “During the Absa Cape Epic you go through all stages in life. You experience emotional highs and lows, joy and happiness, as well as frustration and anger. It is a true life experience.”His riding partner Kraft added: “It is fun.pain, exhaustion, but happiness at the end.”RomanceThere was also a memorable romantic moment at the finish when John Bullens (41) proposed to his riding partner and girlfriend of the last 21 years, Patrice Vercammen (39), on the finish line as they completed their nine-day challenge. On reaching the line, Bullens, a firefighter from the Netherlands, went down on one knee and his bride-to-be accepted his proposal. They were married an hour later in Somerset-West!Mike De Beer and Casper van Wyk of Team River Group were the last riders to cross the finish line before the cut-off time in an emotional finale to the event. Overwhelmed by emotion, they rolled in to the tune of “Heroes Live Forever”.FinishersOut of the 1 198 riders who embarked on the gruelling journey on two wheels, 968 cycled the entire 966 kilometres Knysna to Lourensford.During the prologue and the eight stages, they climbed a total of 18 529 metres on their bikes, which is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest twice! In total, 435 teams managed to arrive at the final destination whereas 98 riders had to complete the event on their own.Since the event began in 2004, 29 riders have completed the Absa Cape Epic five times. In order to reward the loyalty shown by competitors who return each year to ride the Absa Cape Epic presented by adidas, the organisers have introduced a loyalty programme.‘Amabubesi’Riders that have finished the event three times will be awarded membership of adidas Amabubesi – The Absa Cape Epic Finisher Club. “Amabubesi” means “pack of lions’ in Zulu – an excellent description for mountain bikers that return year after year to ride the event.“To finish the Absa Cape Epic just once is a great accomplishment. That is why we would like to award mountain bikers that keep coming back and complete this tough race year after year. This way, we pay tribute to their achievements,” said Axel Burkhardt, head of Olympic Sports, Cycling and Outdoor at adidas Global Sports Marketing.Before the 2008 event, 139 Amabubesi riders had participated and completed the Absa Cape Epic at least three times. Eighty-five of those participated again in this year’s event!RESULTS MEN Cannondale Vredestein – Paulissen (Bel), Fuglsang (Den)Bulls – Platt (Ger), Sahm (Ger)MTN Energade (1) – Evans (RSA), George (RSA)Alb-Gold Mountainbike – Genze (Ger), Kaess (Ger)Full-Dynamix Rsm – Kessiakoff (Swe), Debertolis (Ita)Dolphin-Trek – Brentjens (Ned), Lakata (Aut)USN/adidas – Stewart (RSA), Knox (RSA)Etto Hoydahl (3) – Bratland (Nor), Torgersen (Nor)Etto Hoydahl (2) – Hoydahl (Nor), Kjoren (Nor)MTN Energade (2) – Heymans (Nam), Swanepoel (RSA) LADIES Rocky Mountain – Sundstedt (Fin), Sydor (Can)Trek/VW Wsd – Haywood (USA), Smith (NZL)Scott Contessa – Seggie (RSA), Stopforth (RSA) MASTERS Absa Masters – Brown (RSA), Bucher (Sui)Adidas William Simpson – Wilson (RSA), Platzgummer (Ita)Pragma Masters – Franken (RSA), Buggle (Ire) MIXEDJoybike-Maloja Express – Kraft (Ger), Pfitzenmaier (Ger)Cyclelab Toyota – Labuschagne (RSA), De Villiers (RSA)Absa Mixed – Barnard (RSA), Barnard (RSA)Source: Absa Cape Epiclast_img read more

a month agoWolves goalscorer Matt Doherty happy beating Watford

first_imgWolves goalscorer Matt Doherty happy beating Watfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Matt Doherty felt they deserved their first victory of the Premier League season for the 2-0 win against Watford at Molineux.The wing-back broke the deadlock with 18 minutes on the clock.Doherty said, “It was a good win. I felt they had a lot of possession at times but didn’t really penetrate us that much, we defended really well and then went ahead.“The back three were immense today, all of them, especially Boly aside me, he just wins absolutely everything and takes it off people one-v-ones, nobody can get round him. It’s good that we were able to keep the clean sheet.“It was great to get the first league win, especially at home in front of another packed out crowd. It’s nice to get the first win on the board, even though it’s taken a bit longer than we would have expected.“This result has brought us a bit of relief, obviously we would’ve wanted it to come earlier than it has, because the longer that it doesn’t happen you start to get itchy. But I felt we played well today and thoroughly deserved to win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

25 days agoBayern Munich defender Niklas Sule admits Prem move close

first_imgBayern Munich defender Niklas Sule admits Prem move closeby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNiklas Sule has revealed he almost joined a Premier League club before deciding on a move to Bayern Munich in 2017.The 24-year-old added that he would love to play in the English top-flight one day.“It was a thought to go to the Premier League [in 2017],” the 24-year-old exclusively told Goal and DAZN.“This is one of the leagues in which I really want to play. At the time, however, I saw the change to Munich as the best step. And, as you can see, I am very happy at Bayern.“Not only because I got my way, but also because the fans and all the staff are great.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img