first_imgSo it was with concern that we learned Tuesday of Strauss’ heart attack Sunday, and current hospitalization. Best wishes on a speedy recovery. We would love to see Strauss, 48, back on the sidelines next fall. The news is more dire concerning a former Citrus Belt League wrestling champion, Phil Ufkes, who died Wednesday from what appears to be heart failure, according to Rev. John Juedes, a family friend. Ufkes wrestled at Pacific in the early 1980s, when Pacific was a wrestling power. Former coach Tony Finazzo recalled Ufkes reaching the CIF Finals at 157 pounds for a 1981 team that boasted eight CBL champions, including Bobby and Mike Sole, James Brown and Eddie Fonzi. “He was one of the nicest kids,” Finazzo said of Ufkes. “He was tall and lean, an overachiever, actually. He made himself into a good wrestler by working really hard at it. I was really proud of him and guys like him who put in the work. He was one of the finest kids I ever coached.” When bad things happen to good people … If you don’t like Harold Strauss, you don’t like anybody in the game of football. The Colton High School football coach is relentlessly upbeat and unflaggingly positive. He coaches values as well as Xs and Os. He is the kind of guy you gladly hand your teen over to – and know he’s in good hands. He also knows his stuff; he won two CIF eight-man titles at Bloomington Christian and took Colton to the playoffs quarterfinals the past four seasons. center_img Ufkes, who exercised regularly and looked as if he could still make weight at 157, was only 43 and leaves behind a wife and three daughters. His funeral is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Yucaipa. Michael Coleman, highly recruited San Bernardino Arroyo Valley High School quarterback, is being shifted from tailback to fullback at USC. It’s a good move. USC has 10 tailbacks on roster. Coleman could start this fall at fullback, if he is all the way back from hip surgery. Ronnie Fouch of Redlands East Valley is taking the Michael Coleman route – at least as far as leaving high school midway through his senior year to get ready for college ball. In Fouch’s case, at Washington, where he has a shot at starting at quarterback for coach Ty Willingham. Fouch completed his course work Jan. 25 but stayed in school so he could play with the REV basketball team, which reached the Division II-AA second round. He stopped going to school the day after REV was ousted and will go to Seattle in the coming weeks in time to make Washington’s spring drills. “It’s been kind of weird, knowing I’m done but still being here and knowing it could be over any time,” Fouch said after REV’s season ended. “But I’m ready to get up there and get to work.” He said he will be allowed to return for the REV prom and to walk in graduation. How often does a team get zero points in 69 minutes from its starting guards and still win? Happened to Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday. Billy Hofman and Luis Pulido were scoring zeroes through 44 minutes, 52 seconds. Right up till when Pulido hit the decisive 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds to play in a 70-69 overtime victory over Cal State Dominguez Hills. San Bernardino Valley College’s 61-59 upset of Orange Coast College Friday was the Wolverines’ first women’s basketball playoffs victory in school history. SBVC now is 1-6 but can advance to the state’s final eight with a victory at Fullerton at 7 p.m. Saturday. Good going by coach Sue Crebins and the Wolverines. Brian Schweiger, a Fontana High School alumnus and three-year starter at Cal State San Bernardino, has taken a job as bullpen catcher with the parent club. Schweiger played in the Mariners system for four seasons, including stints in San Bernardino with the 66ers. Have we mentioned how nice it is to have the Dodgers back in the California League? The Dodgers return to San Bernardino as the 66ers’ Class-A affiliate. The Mariners shift to Adelanto. And Rancho Cucamonga keeps the Angels. Very tidy. Rancho fans remember Brandon Wood tearing it up two seasons ago. The Quakes’ shortstop is being shifted to third base by the Angels. This year’s weirdest Cal League hookup: Lancaster and the Boston Red Sox. Thumbs up to KCBS and sports guy Jim Hill, who declined to show videotape of Shawn Livingston’s gruesome knee injury Monday night. It’s a pleasant switch from NFL broadcasts, for example, where directors seem to love to show ugly injuries from a variety of directions. How many times did we see Joe Theismann’s compound fracture? How often has tape rolled on Carson Palmer’s knee injury? Ugliest injury seen in person: Napoleon Kaufman’s leg being bent over double – forward – during a Raiders game at San Francisco. Most devastating: Long Beach State Todd Hart suffering a broken neck (and paralysis) after making an interception vs. UCLA at the Rose Bowl in 1982. You expect injuries, in sports. But they still can be a shock. Indoor football has suffered three fatalities in four years. Javan Camon of the World Indoor Football League’s Daytona Thunder died Monday after a helmet-to-helmet collision. Al Lucas of the Los Angeles Avengers was fatally injured while making a tackle in an April 10, 2005, Arena Football League game with New York. And Julian Yearwood of the Bakersfield Blitz collapsed and died after blocking a field goal in 2003. Livingston’s injury is so extensive (torn ligaments, etc.) that it’s fair to wonder if the kid will be able to deliver on his considerable promise. In the meantime, the Clippers bank on Sam Cassell at point guard. NASCAR should strip California Speedway of one of its two Nextel Cup dates, writes Terry Blount of ESPN.com. He thinks Las Vegas is more deserving of a second date, and he’s right. Certainly, NASCAR generated more buzz and was a hotter ticket back when the Cup guys came to Fontana only once a year. Gillian Zucker, California Speedway president, would prefer her two Nextel Cup spots be moved from late February and the Labor Day weekend to April and late September or early October. Weather would be nicer, for both dates, and the second race would be part of The Chase for the Cup. NASCAR is unlikely to cooperate. Kudos: To Fontana Kaiser and Ontario Christian for guaranteeing a local CIF champion out of the Divisipn IV-AA boys basketbal title game Thursday night at Colony High School. Condolences: To Kaiser or Ontario Christian, one of which is a guaranteed local loser. Look-alikes: NASCAR’s Mark Martin, the Marlboro Man. Where are they now? San Bernardino native Derek Parra, gold- and silver-medalist at the 2002 Olympics, has been named director of the Inline Transition Program by U.S. Speedskating. Parra was an inline ace before shifting to ice late in his career. They said it: “I lost a freshman. I’d like to lose a sophomore.” Colton coach Harold Strauss, on successfully shedding more than 100 pounds two years ago, and hoping to lose more. And finally: It seems a miracle that more coaches don’t have serious health problems. The long and stressful hours they put in often go unrecognized and underappreciated. 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_imgSouth Africa’s future is in good hands, President Jacob Zuma said as he joined Britain’s Prince Edward in recognising the achievements of 130 young people from across the country at the President’s Award for Youth Empowerment ceremony in Cape Town on Thursday night.President Jacob Zuma presented the awards together with Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of WessexPresenting the awards at the Table Bay Hotel together with Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, Zuma paid tribute to Mandela, the awards’ founding patron-in-chief, who passed the role on to him in 2010.The awards form part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award programme, which takes place in 144 countries.Zuma praised the 300 award recipients and 1 500 youngsters from schools, community youth groups and correctional centres that took part in the awards programme through various projects – including a pre-school literacy project in the Eastern Cape, a clothing project for those in need in the Western Cape, and a desk refurbishing project for a needy school in Gauteng.“We always say that the youth are the future of our country, but it takes coming to an event like this and to see the determination to succeed and to contribute to building the country, that we become convinced that indeed, this country will be in good hands.”Zuma was encouraged to hear about the joint collaborative projects that the youth are involved in through the programme.“In fact, we are particularly pleased by the participation of youth from correctional centres, as our view is that their lives must change for the better,” Zuma said, pointing out that the introduction of the award programme in correctional centres was Mandela’s initiative.The awards form part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award programme, which takes place in 144 countries (Images: The Presidency flickr stream)He said he was also encouraged to learn that, as part of the awards’ 30th anniversary year, three regional workshops were held with the support of Brand South Africa, the National Youth Development Agency and the Department of Arts and Culture.Part of each workshop involved award participants being informed about the National Development Plan (NDP) and how they, as young people, could help to realise the plan’s Vision 2030.“We want the youth to own the NDP and to be part of its implementation, as it is designed to make this country a better place for them.”Zuma added that the awards programme played an important role in promoting relations between South Africa and the UK.Last month, during the 10th session of the SA-UK Bilateral Forum, a youth empowerment dialogue was held to discuss youth employment, skills and entrepreneurship.South Africa and the UK both recognised that, in tackling social transformation, it was crucial to create “platforms in which youth development in all its forms can thrive and translate into meaningful contributions to the economy”, Zuma said.Jason Caldicott, a prison inmate and drug addict who joined the Presidents Awards programme and took part in making a film and in various community projects, said the programme had helped change his perspective on life, such that he was “ready to contribute to a better South Africa”.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_img_This podcast series is excerpted from a two-day class called “Building Science Fundamentals” taught by Dr. Joe Lstiburek and Dr. John Straube of Building Science Corporation._ For information on attending a live class, go to BuildingScienceSeminars.com In our last episode, Dr. Joe Lstiburek compared air barriers and vapor barriers, and explained how airtightness helps keep homes free of mold and rot. This week Dr. Joe explains how water and salt move through masonry by osmosis, often causing serious damage to foundations. He also offers some solutions to this common problem. __________________________________________________ Osmosis isn’t a problem everywhere In new construction, it’s real easy: you coat the top of the footing, you’ve got your stone (capillary) break, you’ve got your dampproofing. You don’t have to worry about salt, and you don’t have to worry about capillarity — life is good. It’s kind of hard to retrofit this. It’s a wonderful way to do it in new construction, but it’s tough if you’ve got a 100-, 200-, or 300-year-old structure to deal with. What’s so bad about salt and water? The physics of the osmosis forces works like this: water takes the salt in solution to a surface, the water evaporates, and the salt is left behind. And as more water evaporates, more salt accumulates, so the concentration of salt goes up. As the concentration of salt goes up, water rushes to the concentration of salt in order to dilute it — because one of the rules of physics is that nature doesn’t like these kinds of concentrations. The action of the water rushing to the surface actually creates hydrostatic forces. This pressure from the water rushing through the pore system causes the material to flake apart, and the explosive flaking is referred to as spalling. Let me summarize this: salt is very bad; water is very bad; salt and water together — whoa! Osmosis is powerful stuff The pressures are extraordinary. With diffusion, pressures are 3 to 5 psi — it’s nothing. Water vapor never pushed nothing off of nothing. Capillary pressures are fairly impressive — 300 to 500 psi. It moves water to the top of a 400-foot tree. That’s a pretty impressive force. But it isn’t anywhere close to the league of osmosis pressures, which are 3000 to 5000 psi. The compressive strength of even good concrete is 2000 to 3000 psi — salt and water will beat concrete every time. Osmosis beats capillarity which beats diffusion. Wow. Bridges fall down, life comes to an end, when you have salt and water. Sacrificial mortars are one solution Well, old-timers figured stuff out. What these folks noticed was that the mortar was eaten away much faster than the masonry, and certain mortars were eaten away much faster than others. The pore structure of the mortar was very critical to this. And someone said, “Aha! Maybe if I get the pore structure just right, all of the salt will end up in the mortar instead of the brick. And the mortar can sacrifice itself to protect the integrity of the brick.” That’s when we figured out that softer, weaker mortars are actually the ideal complement to clay brick that’s been fired at a specific temperature. And the solution would be to re-point the mortar as it was eaten away. You never want to have a mortar that’s stronger than the brick, because then the brick sacrifices itself to protect the mortar. That’s why historic preservationists — the old ones that know stuff because they’ve been around a long time — go to an enormous amount of trouble in old buildings to match the mortar chemistry precisely. The general rule is: if you don’t know what’s going on, don’t mess with the building. Or if something’s been around for two or three hundred years, don’t mess with the strategy. If you come up with the right mix, all of the deterioration happens in the joints, and you simply re-point them on a 15 or 20 year basis. Parging protects the entire surface Well, why not just coat the whole thing with a sacrificial layer? And instead of doing this on a 10-year basis, why not extend this to a 30- or 40-year basis? The way you think of this sacrificial layer is as a sort of lime-based poultice that sucks the salt poison out of the assembly. So how do you know when you have to replace it? Well, when it falls off. It’s the building telling you it’s time to put on another sacrificial layer.Related topicsRead about a real-world example of water damage in a brick foundation. And find strategies for keeping bulk water away from a basement.last_img read more

first_imgWhere do we go from here? Or more specifically, where does Vivo go from the Vivo X21, a phone that the company launched in India in May? The answer is Nex, a phone that the company unveiled just a few weeks ago as part of its global launch. And just like the Vivo X21 which made news with its unique and industry-first feature of an under-the-screen fingerprint sensor, the Nex will probably end up creating a buzz with its unique bezel-less screen and a selfie camera that pops up when required.Of course, we will get to know how much of an impact the Nex makes in the industry once it arrives, but we are sure it does have a few features that no other phone right now has in the Indian market. This is a futuristic phone and its launch is set for July 19. It was first announced in early June in China. Vivo is now bringing the Nex to India, making it only the second market in the world after China to gain access to its sci-fi tech.Vivo Nex: Straight out of the futureThe USP of the Nex is its futuristic design. In fact, it is a design that no other phone has right now. The Nex has an all-glass front (and back), and has an over 90 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. This is because the Nex does not come with an iPhone X-style notch like a majority of Android phones do. There’s a small chin at the bottom but overall, the Nex is the most bezel-less phone in the market right now.advertisementIt is, in fact, the commercial variant of the concept Apex phone that Vivo had showcased at MWC 2018. The Nex does not have a forehead, and as such, the earpiece and sensors are placed underneath the display. Much like it is in the case with the Xiaomi Mi Mix. Unlike the Mi Mix, however, the Nex does not have a bottom-seated selfie camera. The Nex, instead, comes with a rather unconventional pop-out selfie camera that’s built out of mechanical parts. While it is possible that the pop-up camera design may not find takers from others because of its moving parts — or maybe it will — Vivo says that is perfectly safe and durable because it can be used hassle-free for about 50,000 times and can withstand up to 45 kilograms of weight.The Nex also sports third-generation fingerprint scanner under the display. This sensor is faster and more accurate than the one we saw on the recently launched Vivo X21.Vivo Nex: High on specsThe Nex isn’t a one or two trick pony though, or at least, that is what it looks like. And the impression is based on how the Vivo X21 turned out, a fairly all-rounder phone. Yes, the Nex is about the design and the sci-fi tech, but it also comes with high-end specs that may make it stand neck-to-neck with the Galaxys and the iPhones of the world.The super phone comes with a 6.59-inch, 1080p+ Super AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 19.3:9 and pixel density of 388ppi. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that has been clubbed with 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. There is no microSD card slot but in 2018, who uses a microSD card in a high-end phone? The dual-SIM phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS, which is Vivo’s custom skin.In terms of the camera, the Nex comes with a dual-camera system on the rear consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. It also boasts Dual-Pixel Phase Detection Autofocus, similar to what we saw in the Vivo X21 and something that should help in faster focus and low-light photos. The camera also comes with 4-axis Optical Image Stabilisation. On the front, the Nex comes with an 8-megapixel camera. Once again, the proof of the pudding is in eating so how well the Nex does with its camera is something we will only be able to figure out once we use it, but on paper it surely looks like a sharp shooter.Finally, there is the battery, and here too, the Nex seems to have pushed the boundaries. Most high-end phones come with a battery size of around 3500 mAh or less. This one comes packed with a 4,000mAh battery and supports fast charging.The sum of the matter is that the Nex, arguably, could be the most exciting phone launch of July 2018. It has the technology that no other phone has right now. How well this technology is used by Vivo in the Nex is something that we will talk about in the review of the phone after it launches on July 19, but if Vivo can price it right, this phone could be a new beginning for the company in India.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Benfica president Vieira: Mourinho? Money is no problemby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBenfica president Luis Filipe Vieira has the financial backing to hire Jose Mourinho.The sacked Manchester United manager has been raised by Vieira as a replacement for the sacked Rui Vitoria.There’s been claims Mourinho’s personal demands would be too much, but Sport says the president has said “the money is no problem”, opening the debate again.Vieira insists he had not spoken to Mourinho though. Bruno Laje is working as interim coach for now and the president said that he will stay in charge until the end of next week. Mourinho is a free man after being sacked by Manchester United. last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea smash seven past Grimsby as debutante James shinesby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea demolished Grimsby Town by seven goals to one to secure their place on the Carabao Cup fourth-round on Wednesday.Teenager Reece James was excellent on debut, scoring and setting up two goals.Michy Batshuayi also took advantage of his first start of the season by scoring a brace.Ross Barkley, Pedro and Kurt Zouma also got on the scoresheet.Callum Hudson-Odoi rounded off the win in his first appearance since going down with an Achilles injury in April. last_img read more

first_imgPeace River Zone Theatre Festival Flyer. Photo by the Stage North Theatre Society Facebook Page.Friday’s show is Blackbird, which is a heavy drama about two people who had a very unconventional affair when they were young. The Stage North Theatre Society presented this show back on May 10th, which means residents who didn’t get the chance to see this two weeks ago will have a second chance to witness the drama.Saturday’s show is Mary’s Wedding, which takes place the night before Mary’s Wedding in 1920. The play journeys through Mary’s dream, her past, and the moment she meets her first love Charlie before he volunteers for World War One. Charlie’s side of the story takes place in the trenches along side his mentor and sergeant. The play is as much about history as it is about romance.Tickets for the event cost $25 to see all three shows, or $10 for individual shows.Residents can purchased tickets at the North Peace Cultural Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Zone Theatre Festival starts today at the North Peace Cultural Centre.The festival runs until Saturday and will feature a different play each day. Shows starts at 7:30 p.m. and run until 9:30 p.m.Tonights show is “Stop Saying Nothing”, which is a collection about bullying presented by North Peace Secondary School.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northern Environmental Action Team is hosting a series of sessions looking at Northern Farmer Connections.The Northern Farmer Connections session is an informal evening to learn about what NEAT is planning in order to learn about and support local producers throughout the Peace. It will also allow farmers to ask questions and network with other local producers.Bess Legault, Northern Co-hort Coordinator with NEAT, says there is a growing interest in agriculture within the Peace Region. “In the last couple of years, there’s been an interest in the potential for a horticultural/agricultural industry or industry support in the Peace Region.”Legault hopes these sessions will create a local food system collectively and collaboratively with local producers in order to bring food to the local purchaser.“So we’re going to learn from one another what’s working and what’s not working. Is there an opportunity for farmers to work together to be able to supply a grocery store instead of just a farmers’ market?”.There are no production guidelines as both large and small producers are welcome to attend the sessions.The first session is taking place in Fort St. John on November 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the NEAT Office.For more information and a list of sessions happening near you, you can visit https://neat.ca/event/last_img read more

first_imgRyan Harvey, Communications Coordinator for the City of Fort St. John, said, “The response has been terrific, we love that people think it is funny and represents our community, and have had a number of people comment with their own unhappy examples.”‘Move Up Here’ was created as a recruitment program, to help local businesses draw new people to the community for employment.  By collaborating with businesses that require skilled employees and trained professionals to fill employment positions, the City helped to create a visually appealing campaign to attract potential employees to ‘Move up Here’.The campaign has been submitted to larger online and hard copy publications to try to help attract a large range of people from different demographics as well as being used in different capacities for social sharing.Statistic’s Canada Report, published in April 2015; Life satisfaction across economic regions; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Is Fort St. John one of Canada’s unhappiest places as a Statistics Canada reported in a report dated in April 2015?In a tongue in cheek response to the report ‘life satisfaction across economic regions’ staff of the city of Fort St. John replied to this in their latest ‘Move Up Here’ Campaign video.last_img read more

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 52-year-old Dennis Whitcomb.According to RCMP, Whitcomb was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on June 19, 2019.Whitcomb is being described as: Male5’5″ in heightWeighing 195 lbsGrey hairPolice say there is a concern for his well-being.Anyone with information regarding Whitcomb’s whereabouts is being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more