World Girl’s Hockey Day to take place in Dawson Creek

first_imgGirls that are 5 years or older are encouraged to come out for the event which will be catered towards new hockey players. Those wanting to take part in the event are asked to call 1-250-782-2229.Walk ins will also be accepted starting Saturday morning at 9 a.m.- Advertisement –last_img

L.A. hits mute button on giving money

first_imgSeveral months ago, my sushi addict ex-boyfriend takes me to a Japanese dive on a restaurant-barricaded stretch of Pico Boulevard in West L.A. Knowing my un-affinity for high-brow sushi establishments, he thinks a small, quirky alternative will appease my wasabi-skeptic palate. It’s something of a compromise. The sushi place is small and cramped. The theme isn’t Japanese minimalism at all, but Jamaican Rastafarian. The crowd is a mix of truck-driver chic and Tokyo grunge. As we wait for a table, a well-dressed man in his 30s with a bicycle enters the scene with a startling clang. Everyone turns for a moment and looks the intruder up and down. His bike has a flat and he asks for some change for bus fare. I look to see everyone’s reaction. Nothing. Even the two slipshod customers at the bar dismiss him. Americans responded in record numbers to victims of Hurricane Katrina, but we still have problems giving money to people on the street. Sometimes, the garden-variety disadvantaged just can’t compete. As Americans, we mean well. We give money to the needy through trusting organizations like the Red Cross that have Web sites and can do it for us. We get tax breaks and a thank-you letter. It’s just the “in” thing to do. Like eating sushi. Back at the dive, I have trouble finishing my salmon steak nonsushi dinner. It would not have bothered me half as much if the bicyclist was homeless. I am bothered by the fact that he wasn’t. He was just a regular guy in a moment of panic. Is it when money is involved that some people hit the mute button, or is it, I’m afraid to say, an L.A. thing? The check arrives. My boyfriend tells me I seem preoccupied. I am, but I don’t want to give the impression that I think he puts a price on his conscience, or that he’s cheap. My real dilemma, however, isn’t with him. He isn’t the one afflicted by his lack of good Samaritanism. My real problem is with myself. The fact is that although I gave the bicyclist a dollar, I could have given him two.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre So much for convincing me sushi restaurants aren’t all sanctuaries for the secretly snooty. What’s going on here? Both my boyfriend and I gave our donations to the Hurricane Katrina victims. Both of us attended the same tree-hugging community-service-geared liberal-arts college. I know he is a good person. Is he just too hungry to remember to act like one? Maybe I just can’t stand the tension anymore, but I open my wallet and give the man a dollar. I am reminded of the murder of Kitty Genovese in 1964 and the bevy of research experiments on good Samaritanism that followed. Was this a case of the Bystander Effect firsthand? I confront my boyfriend at the table. He raises a lackadaisical eyebrow. “You’re obviously a better Samaritan than me,” he says. last_img read more

Sharks center fired up for NHL debut: “This has been my dream”

first_imgSAN JOSE — Defenseman Erik Karlsson isn’t the only player who will be making his regular season debut in a Sharks uniform Wednesday night.Center Antti Suomela will also be in the lineup against the Anaheim Ducks in the season-opener at SAP Center,The major difference: Karlsson is starting his 10th NHL season. Suomela is playing in his first NHL regular season game, and has had almost an entire lifetime to think about what this moment might be like.“When I started to play hockey when I was …last_img

5 intriguing prospects on Raiders Senior Bowl team

first_imgMOBILE, Ala. — Jon Gruden won’t delve into his Senior Bowl roster with the No. 4 pick, but the Raiders have two other first-round picks and 11 selections in total as he and general manager Mike Mayock rebuild the franchise following a dismal 4-12 campaign.Here are five intriguing prospects playing for Gruden on the North squad this week, some of whom just might play for him again in a couple months.Andy Isabella, UMass WRIsabella stands only 5-foot-8 and 186 pounds, but he screams Gruden …last_img

Habana SA’s rugby player of the year

first_imgVoting for the Player of the year was done by the South African rugby media and by the public, who were able to make their choice on the Springboks’ Facebook page ( The other nominees were Eben Etzebeth, Keegan Daniel, JP Pietersen and Keegan Daniel. SA Under-20 Player of the Year Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Blue Bulls) Springbok try scoring record Springbok Sevens Player of the Year Cecil Afrika Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year Winner: Hansie Graaff (Griffons) Finalists: JW Jonker (Ford Pumas), Rudi Mathee (Ford Pumas), Paul Perez (EP Kings), Luke Watson (EP Kings) The Bltzbokke’s outstanding playermaker, Cecil Afrika, won the Sevens Player of the Year award for a second year in succession. A new voting system saw the media contribute 50 percent of the vote and the public the other half. “We saw our Junior Boks win the IRB Junior World Championship on home soil, beating New Zealand for the title at Newlands. Western Province and the Sharks Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year Winner: Deon Fourie (DHL Western Province) Finalists: JC Janse van Rensburg (MTN Golden Lions), Elton Jantjies (MTN Golden Lions), Louis Ludik (The Sharks), Raymond Rhule (Toyota Free State Cheetahs) South African Rugby Union (Saru) president Oregan Hoskins congratulated the winners and applauded the achievements of local teams in 2012. Province flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis was named the Vodacom Cup Player of Year, while Province captain Dion Fourie picked up the Absa Currie Cup Player of the Season award. Absa Team of the Year Winner: The Sharks (Absa Currie Cup) Finalists: DHL Stormers (Vodacom Super Rugby), EP Kings (Absa Currie Cup First Division), Junior Boks (IRB Junior World Championship), The Sharks (Vodacom Super Rugby) Marriott Referee Award Jaco Peyer Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth, who turned 21 on 29 October, was named the Young Player of the Year. Under-20 Player of the Year During the course of the season, Habana extended his Springbok try-scoring record to 47. His feats included him scoring a hat-trick against Australia at Loftus Versfeld and finishing as the top try scorer in the Castle Rugby Championship. Habana previously won the award in 2005 and 2007. Only Naas Botha, with four Player of the Year awards, has been honoured more than him. “On the domestic front, the enlarged Absa Currie Cup First Division lifted the standard of play considerably and the six-team Absa Currie Cup Premier Division proved a massive success with every weekend delivering nail-biting action.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material SARU National Club Championship Player of the Tournament Nico Luus (Pretoria Police) Springbok winger Bryan Habana was named South African Rugby Player of the Year for the third time in a glittering ceremony at Cape Town International Airport on Thursday evening. 2 November 2012 “We had the DHL Stormers top the log of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition, which also had the Vodacom Blue Bulls and The Sharks in the top six, and then saw the latter reaching the final of the competition despite a very tough travelling schedule,” Hoskins said. The South African Rugby Players’ Association Players’ Player of the Year Award went to Springbok winger JP Pietersen, while Bryan Habana’s try against New Zealand in Dunedin was voted Supersport Try of the Year by the channel’s viewers. Sharks’ captain Keegan Daniel was voted the Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year by the six franchise coaches. Absa Coach of the Year Winner: John Plumtree (The Sharks) Finalists: Allister Coetzee (DHL Stormers and Western Province), Pote Human (GWK Griquas), Alan Solomons (EP Kings), Dawie Theron (SA Under-20) Saru Rugby Player of the Year Winner: Bryan Habana Finalists: Keegan Daniel, Eben Etzebeth, Pat Lambie, JP Pietersen Hard-running centre Jan Serfontein was named the SA under-20 Player of the Year, following on his winning the Player of the Tournament Award at the IRB Junior World Championship in June. Absa Young Player of the Year Winner: Eben Etzebeth Finalists: Marcell Coetzee, Johan Goosen, Elton Jantjies, Raymond Rhule. Junior world champions Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Tournament Sergeal Petersen (Eastern Province) SAinfo reporter Vodacom Cup Player of the Year Winner: Demetri Catrakilis (DHL Western Province) Finalists: Marcel Brache (DHL Western Province), Jaco Kriel (MTN Golden Lions), Gouws Prinsloo (Sharks XV), Jan Serfontein (Vodacom Blue Bulls) SARPA Players’ Player of the Year JP Pietersen (The Sharks) Western Province and the Sharks contested the final of the Currie Cup. The Stormers and the Sharks were also the best of the South African teams in the Super Rugby competition and this dominance showed up in a number of awards. The Sharks, meanwhile, were named the Absa Team of the Year, while their coach, John Plumtree, was recognised as the Coach of the Year. Women’s Achiever of the Year Yolanda Meiring (Blue Bulls) WINNERS AND FINALISTS Supersport Try of the Year Winner: Bryan Habana (Springboks v All Blacks, The Rugby Championship) Finalists: Johan Goosen (Toyota Cheetahs v Crusaders, Vodacom Super Rugby); Joe Pietersen (DHL Stormers v Highlanders, Vodacom Super Rugby); Paul Jordaan (The Sharks v Reds, Vodacom Super Rugby); Jaco Taute (MTN Golden Lions v Vodacom Blue Bulls, Absa Currie Cup) Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Year Winner: Keegan Daniel (The Sharks) Finalists: Marcell Coetzee (The Sharks), Bismarck du Plessis (The Sharks), Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), JP Pietersen (The Sharks) Sadly, Habana was injured early in the Absa Currie Cup final and will miss the Springboks’ end of year tour to the UK. Griffons’ utility back Hansie Graaff picked up the Absa Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year award. The speedster also played a big role in helping the Stormers finish top of the log in the Super Rugby competition. last_img read more

It’s Back! Layar’s Mobile AR Browser Relaunches On iPhone

first_imgTags:#Augmented Reality#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts chris cameron 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App In December of last year, augmented reality (AR) browser makers Layar chose to pull its iPhone app from the App Store due to frequent crashes reported by users. They thought it was better for their brand to remove the application than to promote a faulty product. As we’ve mentioned in the past, Layar had hinted that a revamped iPhone app would be out near the end of February, and earlier this week they released just that.With the relaunch of their iPhone app, Layar rejoins acrossair, Wikitude and others now vying for elbow room in the mobile AR space. Layar boasts one of the largest collections of points-of-interest (POI) data sets and now that library is available again on the iPhone. The usual suspects can be found on Layar, such as Flickr photos, Google search, YouTube videos and Wikipedia articles, but one of the more unique layers on the app is Foursquare integration. Users can use the Layar AR viewfinder to find nearby Foursquare locations and by linking the app to their account can check in without leaving Layar. There is also a feature in each layer to view entries on a map, or in list view. The map is especially handy for Foursquare integration because Foursquare’s own app disappointingly doesn’t support a map view. An equally interesting layer to investigate is the layer which shows you which U.S. organizations in your area received funding (and the amount they received) from the Recovery Act.“The new Layar Reality Browser has a re-engineered engine under the hood. This new engine makes the application light, stable and very quick,” the company said on its blog. “It is ready to handle all the current layers and it is a good base to realize all of our exciting future plans.” Layar’s return to the iPhone platform comes just in time for the company’s new layer marketplace which will allow developers to charge users for their content; in other words, an App Store for mobile AR. If Subway wants to create a layer with all of their locations and charge $.99 for it’s use, they or any other company will easily be able to do that. One could assume that Layar will make use of Apple’s in-app purchase functionality on the iPhone, but it would be sad to see Layar lose a percentage of their cut on the purchases to Apple. If anything, that could raise prices on the layers themselves, but that’s a whole other argument.This could be a huge step forward for the mobile AR space. As these applications become more useful, more refined and more popular, companies will be excited to participate in providing branded content in an AR experience. Expect an announcement from Layar in the next few weeks about the launch of this exciting new platform, but in the meantime, iPhone users (3GS only) can go snag Layar’s free app (iTunes link) in the App Store. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

Klout Spam Is Back With A Vengeance

first_imgTags:#influence#Klout#social media Despite my best efforts to forget Klout, it apparently remembers me. And you. I took to Twitter to complain about Klout’s new attempt to make me care about its algorithms for influence and popularity, and discovered that I’m not alone in the Klout universe. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification I didn’t know I still had a Klout score. In fact, I wasn’t even aware that Klout still existed. I signed up years ago on a whim and then largely forgot about it, especially after Klout started forcing users to login using Facebook or Twitter credentials, making personal privacy impossible with the service.But yesterday Klout struck back. With a vengeance. And odds are it hit you, too. Related Posts center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… We are all, apparently, extraordinary together.Within seconds, a dozen Twitter followers had remarked that they’d had the same message from Klout. It’s possible that each of us “created a post recently that engaged a lot of people on [our] networks.” That we’re synchronizing our influential moments and Klout is merely the recorder of our greatness.Possible, but not likely. What is more likely is that some product marketing genius looked at LinkedIn, saw how well its useless Endorsements were doing, and decided to try to go one step further. The problem, however, is that with Twitter it’s easy to see that we’re all being played together, and often at the exact same time. As Monet Diamante notes: “It reminds me of the time LinkedIn told me I was in their top % of connectors and then saw everyone else got the same msg.”I’m told that some real companies actually use Klout scores to measure consumers and decide how to treat them. That’s pathetic, given, as Jon Mitchell says, “Klout is a nearly arbitrary scoreboard” and that “there is no point of Klout, at least for normal people.” Maybe some customer service representative will decide not to accept my return because my Klout score is too low. Maybe a restaurant will reject my reservation request because my Kloutishness is lacking.That’s OK. It’s a risk I’ll take. I just wish that Klout would stop sending me emails about “new moments.” The voyeur in me likes it when LinkedIn tells me who has been looking at my profile. There is no part of me that wants to hear how special Klout thinks I… and everyone else… is at the same time. The Register‘s Simon Sharwood thinks “Klout is evil.” I wouldn’t go that far. I just think it’s mind-numbingly pointless… and now obnoxiously invasive in my inbox.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.  Matt Asay A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more