Fort St. John Slo-Pitch League year-end tournament is this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Mixed Slo-Pitch League’s year-end tournament is taking place this weekend.League secretary Becky Pruden says that a total of 29 teams are registered to participate in this year’s tournament. The action is kicking off at Surerus Fields Friday at 7:00 p.m. Games take place Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. before the season wrap-up banquet at the Pomeroy Hotel. The action resumes Sunday morning at 8:00, with the finals taking place at 3:00 p.m.The tournament will feature a concession and beer gardens as well.- Advertisement -On behalf of the entire league executive, Pruden extended thanks to all of the league’s players for a great season, and to the City of Fort St. John for their help and support.last_img read more

Newly engaged Jennifer Lopez faces new Alex Rodriguez cheating claims — this time from, ahem, Jose Canseco

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceIt’s been looking like Jennifer Lopez has finally found the man of her dreams in Alex Rodriguez. The entertainment diva and former MLB player announced over the weekend that they had become engaged by sharing Instagram photos of the very big diamond ring he had given her while on a recent tropical vacation.Maybe the fifth time, engagement-ring-wise, is going to be the charm for Lopez, who has previously been engaged …last_img read more

Contrasting Two Washington Projects

first_imgThe difference between creationist and evolutionist projects on the National Mall could hardly be more stark.Christians, who affirm God as Creator and Jesus as Lord, will be gathering this week in Washington DC for 24-hour prayer for the nation: bowing humbly in prayer to God for healing of our divisions, for repentance and for revival in the spirit of II Chronicles 14:7. Called ‘Awaken the Dawn’ 2017 from Psalm 57:8-9 and Psalm 108:2-3, the event will feature a tent for every state in the union where people can gather for prayer, worship, and national confession at all hours of the day and night. Organizers at the EventBrite page hope that this gathering will be the start of a new Jesus movement and national revival. We are calling the nation to the National Mall in Washington DC on October 6-9, 2017. We will gather from all backgrounds, not around speakers, but around the presence of God and the worth of Jesus. We will gather around the invisible God knowing that he will respond.In addition to the tents on the Mall and outreaches across the city, the event concludes with A massive gathering on the final day of worship and prayer, preaching the gospel with healing, and a commissioning to send thousands of youth to carry the gospel and complete the Great Commission!Our Evolution?A very different event is planned on the Mall afterward. This one features the installation of a 45-foot statue of a nude woman (see United Press International). The organizers are raising $90,000 to transport and erect the statue, where it will stand near the Washington Monument, lit up at night in lavender lights for four months. Ostensibly, the sculptor wanted to make a statement about the abused status of women, showing how a woman feeling completely safe would look. Its placement facing the White House, though, gives it a not-so-subtle political message.The statue was first installed at the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert, an annual orgy of radical self-expression where people wear outlandish costumes (or nothing at all), in unrestrained activities often with pagan overtones. What’s most telling about the occasion, though, is not just the nudity of the art (since nude statues are not that uncommon in city parks and art galleries, even around Washington). Some who honor the Bible might, after all, celebrate the intelligent design of God’s creation of the human form in a manner reminiscent of Eden. The statue shows the woman just standing – nothing more. In those respects they might tolerate the event in spite of its in-your-face, larger-than-life dominance of this national public space.No, what is most telling about the project is the name the artist gave to it: R-EVOLUTION. This can be read as either ‘Revolution’ or ‘Our Evolution’ in contrast to the “re-” words in the Christian event (repentance, revival, renewal).  The Catharsis on the Mall project page makes it very clear that the organizers are cultural radicals who want a revolution for evolution:In bringing R-Evolution to the National Mall, Catharsis organizers hope to inspire dialogue among women, and people, of all bodies, ages, races, religions, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations about the role of art and community in nurturing the heart and healing, and in turn creating lasting social change. It’s difficult to see, though, how this artistic statement will help women by saying that they don’t exist. For explanation, see essay by Dr Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.As it was in the days of Elijah, so it is now. We have God-fearing people on one side, and Baal worshipers on the other. God-fearing people humble themselves in obedience to their Creator, but Baal-worshipers follow after their own lusts. Today, Baal is known by the name Darwin. How long will you halt between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him. If Darwin is god, follow him (I Kings 18). Just don’t be lukewarm about your commitment (Revelation 3:14-20).center_img (Visited 433 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Examining the Connection between Poverty and Child Maltreatment and Neglect

first_imgBy: David Lee Sexton, Jr., MS & Bari SobelsonPixabay[Kid by Madalinlonut on October 20, 2015, CC0]Slack, Holl, McDaniel, Yoo, and Bolger (2004) provide extensive evidence documenting the relationship between poverty and child maltreatment, indicating the existence of a negative relationship between income and multiple forms of child abuse and neglect. This means that as the household level of income decreases, instances of child abuse and neglect are statistically more likely to occur. This is a startling revelation which suggests that children in low socioeconomic status families may be more susceptible to child maltreatment.However, it is more alarming to note that the existence of a relationship between poverty and child maltreatment is about the extent of what is known. Slack et al. (2004) point out that a virtually endless number of outside variables could affect this relationship. For example, it is unknown which aspects of poverty are responsible for this relationship. To address this issue, Slack et al. (2004) combined survey research and child maltreatment data to examine the roles poverty and parenting characteristics might play in this relationship. They found support for the assumption that certain factors within these variables were more responsible for the relationship between poverty and child maltreatment. However, it is perhaps most interesting to note that this study indicates that reports of child neglect to Child Protective Services (CPS) were NOT significantly correlated with household income range or material hardships. This finding represents a foundation for families struggling economically to stand on, as it suggests that economic hardship alone will not lead to negative outcomes for their children.More recently, Cancian, Slack, and Yang (2010) found that families who received greater amounts of governmental child support payments experienced fewer investigations from the child welfare system related to child maltreatment. Also, when accounting for poverty, mothers with larger families and younger children- factors that likely increase the difficulty of the parenting process- were more likely to become involved with the child welfare system. Finally, mothers who did not earn a high school diploma were also more likely to become involved. This reiterates the idea that other factors, such as education and family size, may play a role in the relationship between poverty and child maltreatment.So, what does this mean for us as service providers? What can we do differently within our practice? Slack (2017) acknowledges that the central focus of child maltreatment prevention programs is parenting. This focus includes the use of interventions such as parent support groups, parenting classes, parent-child attachment therapies, home visiting, play groups, and respite programs. But, what if the parenting focus just isn’t enough? It is important to consider Slack’s suggestion that “parenting interventions may not work if economic context is in chaos”. Taking this into consideration, it would be beneficial to “inventory economic hardships during [the] service assessment phase (in CPS as well as in prevention programs)”. By acknowledging, listening, considering, probing, and understanding through assessments, service providers can gain a clearer path of intervention for families. Additionally, service providers can infuse the social-ecological framework by emphasizing more than just parenting strategies in prevention efforts.Slack (2017) believes that through work towards changing policies, practices, and societal beliefs on community responsibility in preventing maltreatment, among other things, can lead us down a road of hope towards addressing poverty in child maltreatment prevention.ReferencesCancian, M., Slack, K. S., & Yang, M. Y. (2010). The effect of family income on child maltreatment. Institute for Research on Poverty, Discussion Paper No. 1385-10.Slack, K. (2017). Addressing the Connection Between Poverty and Child Neglect [1-29].Slack, S.S., Holl, J.L., McDaniel, M., Yoo, J., & Bolger, K. (2004). Understanding the Risks of Child Neglect: An Exploration of Poverty and Parenting Characteristics. Child Maltreatment. 9 (4), 395-408. doi:10.1177/1077559504269193This blog was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT and David Lee Sexton, Jr, members of the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

Tendulkar to bat for J&K school

first_imgCricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has sanctioned over ₹40 lakh from the MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds for the construction of a school building in Bandipora district of North Kashmir.The letter he wrote to DM & District Collector Deependra Singh Kushwah, is in possession of PTI.Mr. Tendulkar, in his letter, mentioned that the Imperial Educational Institute Drugmulla, had requested funds and “the request must be scrutinised.” The description of work requested include construction of a school building with 10 class rooms, four laboratories, an adminstrative block, six toilets and an assembly/prayer hall.last_img read more

Meralco, Star seek Final 4

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The Hotshots slipped past the Road Warriors, 101-93, on Sunday, giving them a spot in the top four.As the fourth seeds, the Hotshots have two cracks at making the semifinals, just like top seed Meralco, No. 2 TNT KaTropa and No. 3 Barangay Ginebra.Star coach Chito Victolero is wary that fatigue may take its toll on the Hotshots.“It’s our third game in five days,” said Victolero. “I need to make sure that my players are motivated enough and ready for the battle. We need to be mentally tough and physically prepared especially coming from back-to-back games.”For the Road Warriors, it’s win or vacation time.ADVERTISEMENT “We lost our defensive intensity in the second half of our last game versus Star,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao. “It’s something we cannot afford to do again.”The Elite, meanwhile, made it past the eliminations for only the second time since joining the league three years ago.Import Henry Walker has lifted Blackwater from a 0-3 start and into a 5-3 record since coming in as replacement for original import Trevis Simpson.Mac Belo has also steadily regained his old fiery form while JP Erram is blossoming into one of the best centers in the league. —PBA.PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Jared Dillinger of Meralco (left) and Kyle Pascual of Blackwater battle for possession during their previous match. —AUGUST DELA CRUZAfter snaring the top seed, it’s time for Meralco to reach for another goal when it tries to cut short Blackwater’s playoffs stint at the start of the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.By virtue of finishing the 11-game preliminaries with a league-best 9-2 slate, the Bolts earned a twice-to-beat incentive which it will try to put to good use against the eighth-ranked Elite in the 4:15 p.m. match ushering in the last eight.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Changing of the guards BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bolts come into the match with a four-game win-streak capped by a 104-101 victory over San Miguel Beer at the end of the eliminations on Sunday.They also prevailed over the Elite, 107-78, in their elimination round meeting last July 21.Meralco coach Norman Black knows it won’t be easy this time around.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Now we’re going to the playoffs, where things are going to get more difficult,” he said.“The focus now is just to prepare for Blackwater because you know they’ve played very well in this conference and they have one of the best imports in the conference so we have to be really ready for them in our next game.”In the 7 p.m. main game, Star and NLEX mix it up anew just 48 hours after their elimination meeting. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games View commentslast_img read more

Woman paddlers settle for silver as men lose in semis

first_imgIndian women went down to the Singaporeans 0-3 in the team table tennis final on Friday, thereby having to settle for a silver medal at the Yamuna Sports Complex.However, the bigger disappointment was the men losing to England 1-3 in the team semi-final.The 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallists will now face Nigeria in the bronze medal match on Saturday.The Singapore team had players of Chinese origin and two of their players are in the top-10. The highestranked Indian player was Mouma Das at 214. Mouma gave a tough fight to World No. 3 Feng Tiawei before losing 5-11, 3-11, 11-9, 7-11.World No. 5 Wang Yuegu easily defeated K. Shamini 11-7, 11-7, 11-5.Poulomi Ghatak took the first game 12- 10 against World No. 23 Li Jiawei. But the Singaporean came back strongly to take the next three games 11-7, 11-9, 11-5 to seal the gold medal for her side.Malaysia beat England 3-2 to seal the bronze.The defeat of the men’s team was unexpected. When Achanta Sharath won his first match against Liam Pitchford 11- 8, 11- 4, 11- 8, it seemed that another easy win was on the cards.In the second match Anthony Arputharaj came back from a deficit twice against Paul Drinkhall and had reached match point at 10- 6 in the fifth game. But then nerves and a controversial umpiring decision went against him. The break was all that Drinkhall needed as he sealed the contest 11- 8, 4- 11, 11- 5, 7-11, 12-10.With the match poised at 1-1, Subhajit Saha went down in straight games 4-11, 10-12, 8-11 to Andrew Baggaley. It put a lot of pressure on Sharath’s shoulders in the fourth match and for once he could not deliver.advertisementDrinkhall, who had beaten the world number 40 previously, repeated his feat and closed the deal with a 11-9, 11-5, 10- 12, 11-4 victory.last_img read more

Por qué el Guardian US apoyará a México, el equipo norteamericano, en el Mundial?

first_imgMientras comienza esta semana el mundial sin la presencia de la selección estadounidense, el USMNT, fanáticos de fútbol estadounidense empiezan a decidir a quien van a alentar. Elegirán los campeones alemanes, el jogo bonito de Brasil, la albiceleste de Lionel Messi o una de las selecciones con posibilidades casi remotas como Panamá, Arabia Saudita e Inglaterra?Nosotros, en el Guardian US, decidimos alentar a México. Estados Unidos ya es la segunda casa del Tri – la mitad de sus partidos internacionales jugados desde 2007 se jugaron aquí, en EEUU, en 22 áreas metropolitanas.Los dos países también comparten una historia futbolística, desde los emocionantes partidos de eliminatoria, hasta los jugadores mexicanos que brillan en MLS y los estadounidenses que llegan a ser estrellas en la Liga MX. World Cup Topics Mexico Share via Email World Cup 2018 Share on Pinterest Mexico: North America’s team Share on Facebookcenter_img US sports Y además, está el momento político que vivimos. Mientras que políticas presidenciales abren grietas entre EEUU y México, vemos el Mundial como el mejor momento para, como dice el viejo cliché, usar el deporte para unir países.En las próximas semanas, tendremos un periodista presente en cada uno de los partidos de México, desde el primer silbato este domingo cuando se enfrentan a los campeones de 2014, Alemania. También tendremos liveblogs de cada partido del Tri – en inglés y español – y brindaremos noticias y análisis durante todo el torneo.Nuestra cobertura no se limitará a lo que suceda en el campo de juego. Para lanzar nuestra nuestra cobertura, tenemos una nota de Oscar De La Hoya, el Mexicano-Americano leyenda del boxeo, donde nos cuenta por qué Estados Unidos debería alentar a México, mientras que Raúl Vilchis nos explica por qué en este tiempo en que se construyen muros y divisiones, el Mundial es un momento de festejo para celebrar la historia y cultura que comparten los dos países. Él mismo explorará la importancia que tienen del fútbol y la selección nacional para la identidad mexicana.Luego, leeremos reportes de Tom Dart, que viajó a Laredo, Tejas, para hablar con Mexicanos-Americanos fanáticos del fútbol en la frontera sobre como manejan sus lealtades divididas. Además, Nick Ames retratará la carrera de Javier Hernández, una de las estrellas del equipo mexicano, sobre la víspera del torneo. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

The Texas Football Team Sent Rooster Teeth A Signed Ball To Pay Tribute To The Late Monty Oum

first_imgTexas sends signed ball to Rooster Teeth.Two weeks ago, world-famous web animator Monty Oum, who worked for an Austin-based production company called Rooster Teeth, passed away unexpectedly after suffering an allergic reaction during a routine medical procedure that left him in a coma. In response, his employer asked that anyone who was looking to pay tribute did so creatively – instead of simply sending flowers or gifts.Charlie Strong and the Texas Longhorns, who are also based in Austin, have obliged. The program put together a tribute ball signed by every player. Alan Abdine, director of business development at Rooster Teeth, thanked the Longhorns on Twitter.Huge thanks to Matt Sims and the @Longhorn_FB team from all of us at @RoosterTeeth for the #MontyOum tribute ball.— Alan Abdine (@abdine) February 17, 2015Very cool. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Oum’s family, friends and coworkers.last_img read more