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Fraser-Pryce welcomes Schippers, Thompson threats

first_imgJamaica sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says this will likely be her final Olympic Games, However, the 29 year old is very excited about the prospect of becoming the first female to win a historic three Olympic 100m gold medals.She is also looking forward to facing the new sensation Daphne Schippers of the Netherlands and other rising stars of the sport.Schippers, the world 200m champion and 100m silver medalist and the fastest woman over 60m this year, has been phenomenal since switching from the heptathlon to the sprints and many are projecting her to be the biggest threat to Shelly’s legacy.However, the Jamaican insists she is not worried about her opponents and even welcomes the challenge, which she anticipates will be her toughest of her three Olympic Games appearance.”Each year, you have persons coming to the forefront, person who will rise and that’s what happened to me (earlier in career). Daphne is a heptathlete, so she is very strong. But I don’t subscribe to reading about my opponents, I don’t follow them to be honest. I keep my head in my training and focus on that,” she told The Gleaner at a luncheon at GraceKennedy yesterday.ADDEDCOMPETITIONFraser-Pryce is expecting the added competition from Schippers as well as her club-mate and World Championships 200m silver medal winner Elaine Thompson among others will bring female sprinting into the limelight this year.”I am really excited about where female sprinting is right now, the bar has been set, no longer people will sit around waiting on (Justin) Gatlin and (Usain) Bolt. They will look for us and I am looking forward to the challenge. Elaine has done times that not even I have done and it’s exciting just to train with her and that has helped me to know I can do it.”But 2016 is going to be an incredible year for female sprinting and I would love to be a part of that. It will not only be good for them but it’s good for me to have that,” she added.” … I believe this is a testing year, where I will have to more than rise to the occasion. I love those challenges, as I have been Olympic champion twice and three times world champion and that’s a big feat,” said Fraser-Pryce.”So when 2016 comes and everybody ask if I am worried, I am not worried. Challenges make us and if I am to create history by just walking on the track without challenges it wouldn’t be satisfying,” she added.last_img read more

Year in Review – Part 4 – July – August 2009

first_imgRosenau Transport and Unified Valve FireOn Sunday August 16th, 2009 the Fort St. John Fire Department was called to a fire at Rosenau Transport and Unified Valved on the Alaska Highway.  The fire was so intense balls of fire could be seen from any where in Fort St. John as they shot over 500 feet in the air. Highway crash kills 3 from TaylorA two vehicle accident on Friday August 21st, 2009 saw three lives taken after a concert in Dawson Creek.  At this time, the RCMP have not released anymore information about the accident.Advertisement Rosenau Transport and Unified Valve building in Fort St. John engulfed in major fireFire at Rosenau & Unified Valve out Threat letter sent to EnCanaOn July 15th, 2009, the EnCana bomber sent another letter to the local Dawson Creek Newspaper.  In this letter the Bomber said EnCana has three months to leave the area or else the attacks would get a lot worse.  To this date there hasn’t been another attack in the Dawson Creek area.Advertisement Fire investigation underway at the Unified Valve siteInvestigators determine Sunday fire an accident Video: Global TV reports on boy’s lucky adventure down the Peace RiverStory about 3 year old Demetrius Jones garners world-wide media attention Pimm pays tribute to rescuers of Demetrius JonesMLA Pat Pimm awards men who rescued boy on river 3 Fort St. John residents dead after HWY 97 crash Child floats down the Peace River and livesThis story got more attention than any other story published on Energeticcity.ca.  Our staff were taking calls from journalists as far away as New Zealand and Sweden.  On Sunday July 12th, 2009, three year-old Demetrius Jones drove his toy truck into the Peace River and lived. Over the next week, Energeticcity.ca will be posting a series of stories showcasing the biggest news stories in the BC Peace from 2009.  This list has been put together based on the total number of views a story received on Energeticcity.ca.  To see the top news stories from January to February 2009, Click HereTo see the top news stories from March to April 2009, Click Here- Advertisement -To see the top news stories from May to June 2009, Click Here Below are the top 5 news stories from July to August 2009 Councilors’ vote to pull fluoride from Fort St. John’s water supplyNorthern Health voices concerns over fluoride ban Flouride in Fort St. John’s Water SupplyOn Monday July 13th, 2009, Fort St. John City Council voted to remove fluoride from the city’s water supply.  Since that vote, Council has changed its mind and will put Flouride on the next civic election ballot and let the community decide. Missing child safe and sound after trip down Peace RiverUpdate – Child lucky to be alive after floating down Peace River Fort St. John Peace Country Trailer Park evacuees return homeSpectators intensify fire risk Fluoride fate to be determined at next civic election RCMP says EnCana threat letter is blackmail to local communitiesEnCana threat-letters likely written by the same person Man offers to split reward with EnCana BomberRCMP urges EnCana Bomber to come forwardlast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Salmon season opens Friday

first_imgIt’s been a long wait, but the time is finally here. After suffering through a complete shutdown of our salmon season in 2017, beginning Friday morning sport salmon anglers will once again set their sights on ocean kings. I’m not sure whether it’s the year-long hiatus or the fact that nearly 360,000 adult Klamath kings are said to be swimming off our coast – but there’s a buzz around town like I’ve never heard. It’s all anyone wants to talk about. Standing in the checkout line at the …last_img read more

Who will be the Warriors’ opening night center?

first_imgOAKLAND – This summer, the Warriors made a splash signing polarizing center DeMarcus Cousins.The acquisition gave the team something it’d been missing: a multi-skilled big man with hall of fame level talent.However, with Cousins recovering from a torn Achilles, the youthful trio of Jordan Bell, Kevon Looney Damian Jones will try to solve an early-season challenge: finding a starting center to supplement Cousins during his rehabilitation.“I think that will unfold as we go,” said Warriors …last_img read more

South Africa: great for investment

first_imgHoliday Inn, one of the world’s largest hotel chains, is one of the big investors into South Africa. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Ignatius Sathekge of Brand South Africa said that South Africa’s recent ranking as the most competitive African country confirms its standing in the global economy. The report states that South Africa has in less than two decades become one of the most significant and successful countries on the African continent.(Images: Wilma den Hartigh) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kate Taylor   Oxford Business Group  +971 44 264 642 RELATED ARTICLES • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • Investors prefer Cape Town • No stopping Africa’s growth: Zuma • Invest in AfricaWilma den HartighThe Oxford Business Group (OBG), a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, has released a comprehensive landmark report about South Africa’s standing as an investment destination.While the report doesn’t ignore the country’s challenges, South Africa is still an attractive investment environment that few countries in the region could match.The Report: South Africa 2012 is the result of more than eight months of research by a team of analysts from OBG, assessing trends and developments in the economy, including macroeconomics, infrastructure, banking and other sectoral developments.The study has been produced in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry. Contributions have also been made by Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs for the report’s law chapter, and ABSA Capital provided the report’s capital markets analysis.Speaking at the launch in Johannesburg, Dr Rob Davies, South Africa’s minister of trade and industry, said that the findings of the report are good news for the country.“South Africa offers significant and serious long term growth and development potential, despite challenges of the world economy,” Davies said.Michael Benson-Colpi, chairman of the OBG, said that the message about South Africa is reassuring. “South Africa is doing well,” Benson-Colpi said. “This is not often the message, but the country is in pretty good shape in comparison with other African countries and the rest of the world.”According to the report’s political overview of the country, South Africa has in less than two decades become one of the most significant and successful on the African continent.Ignatius Sathekge, Brand South Africa stakeholder relations director, said that South Africa’s ranking as the most competitive African country in the 2010-2011 Global Competitiveness Index for Sub-Saharan Africa, confirms its standing in the global economy.“We know that great opportunities for growth, stability and development lie in increasing intra-African trade and cooperation,” Sathekge said.Those interested in getting hold of a copy of the report may order one from the OBG website. An important report for South AfricaOBG’s constructive outlook of South Africa is important for the country’s reputation as an investment destination.The OBG’s critically acclaimed economic and business reports have become the leading source of business intelligence for investors who are looking to enter markets in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.The report also contains a detailed, sector-by-sector guide for investors, including macro-economic and sectoral developments in the areas of banking, capital markets, insurance, energy, transport, industry and telecoms.The report contains an exclusive interview with President Jacob Zuma, and it also provides a wide range of contributions from experts in the areas of politics, the economy and business. These include Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan, Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus, and the minister of mineral resources Susan Shabangu.Some international personalities such as the president of Virgin Atlantic, renowned businessman Richard Branson, also offer their views on the country’s economic development.Focus areasRobert Tashima, OBG’s regional editor, explained that South Africa has intrinsic strengths and competitive advantages such as its political stability, solid regulatory regime, vast natural resources and well-developed infrastructure.“South Africa stands out as an example of a market built for growth,” Tashima said.He pointed out that political stability is possibly South Africa’s single biggest competitive advantage over its neighbouring countries.The country’s infrastructure such as telecommunications, energy and transport is also very impressive in comparison with the rest of Africa.Tashima says that in the group’s analysis of South Africa, it doesn’t deny that the country also has real challenges such as unemployment, education, high levels of inequality.In his speech, Sathekge said that South Africa can address these issues successfully. “Global competitiveness and our ability to compete for the global investment pool will be key factors in our ability to reduce unemployment, poverty and our economic inequity.”While job creation remains a high priority for government, a central topic of the report is South Africa’s efforts to stimulate industrial output. There is extensive analysis of the automotive and steel sectors, which have been flagged as key areas to further economic growth and attract investment.“The focus over the medium term will need to unshackle greater output in productive sectors, particularly those that provide greater multiplier effects, such as industry and infrastructure,” Tashima said.OBG’s new report also puts South Africa’s mining industry in the spotlight. It outlines the potential for expansion in new markets, particularly China, while exploring promising growth segments such as iron ore.Quoted in a media statement, OBG’s country director, Elizabeth Denworth said the report captures and analyses significant developments in South Africa.“We have produced a report that will be hugely useful to the global business community when they come to make their investment decisions,” Denworth said.last_img read more

Researchers Predict U.S. Furnace Industry Is Doomed

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members OAK RIDGE, TENN., April 1 — According to Andrei Constantinescu, a senior researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, it won’t be long before new American homes no longer require central heating. “Every year, the heat produced by electronic gadgets is increasing,” explained Constantinescu. “By 2014, most new American homes won’t need a furnace.”As televisions get larger, their heat output increases. “Four plasma TVs can heat a house in Kentucky,” said Constantinescu. “If you throw in a set-top box and two or three computers, you should be fine as far north as Maine.”Data from the Energy Information Administration confirm that the average heat output of electronic gadgets has been rising for years. “It’s only a matter of time before furnace manufacturers have to close their doors,” Constantinescu predicted. Carrier Corporation has already announced plans to move its corporate headquarters from Farmington, Conn., to Fairbanks, Alaska, where the demand for residential furnaces may last until 2018.According to Julie Flack, media coordinator for the American Association of Electronic Gadget Manufacturers (AAEGM), heating a home with plasma TVs makes a lot of sense. “When you go to bed, it’s important to leave all of your TVs on,” Flack advised. “Especially on cold winter nights.”The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been closely monitoring the heating-with-your-television trend. “Beginning in 2016, television labels will be required to include heat output in BTUH,” said DOE spokesperson Christine Keely. “The new labels will be a boon to consumers. If your home has a design heat loss of 30,000 BTUH, and you’re shopping for three new TVs, just be sure that each TV has a minimum heat output of 10,000 BTUH.”Editor’s note: This news story has been published a day ahead of Holladay’s usual Friday blog posting in order to meet the April 1st press… center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Beermen lose but get back Cabagnot in time for playoffs

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cruz makes immediate impact in TNT debut Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer lost its final elimination round game but regained its full strength with the return of starting guard Alex Cabagnot on Wednesday night.Cabagnot missed six games due to a partial tear in his right foot, but is back just in time before the the start of the playoffs where the Beermen will shoot for a fourth straight Philippine Cup championship.ADVERTISEMENT “It felt good. Probably timing is a little bit off, but overall, it was okay,” Cabagnot said after a 95-80 loss to Rain or Shine.San Miguel still managed to get the top seeding despite missing the services of Cabagnot, who was averaging 19 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists before the injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 35-year-old Cabagnot said the Beermen being able to sustain their form is a testament to the team’s “character.”“We had some guys who stepped up and that’s really how our team works. I was gone for six games, but we went 4-2,” he said. “That’s a good record to have in a six-game stretch for any team. That just shows our character, and it’s a paradigm of sorts on how we are as a team.” View comments Still groping for form, Cabagnot finished with 13 points, four rebounds and only one assist in over 30 minutes of play. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READcenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicolast_img read more

Champions League: Lionel Messi hat-trick fires Barcelona to victory vs PSV Eindhoven

first_imgLione Messi was back to his best as he scored a hat-trick in their UEFA Champions League opener to fire Barcelona to a 4-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven at Camp Nou on Tuesday.Messi netted a record eighth hat-trick in the Champions League.The Spanish champions’ all-time top scorer Messi broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute with an immaculate free kick which he curled over the wall into the top corner against a PSV side who had defended well and looked dangerous on the break.But Barca demonstrated the gulf in class as the second half progressed and doubled their lead in the 75th with a curling strike from French forward Ousmane Dembele, who scored his fifth goal in six games in all competitions this season.When that needle in the haystack is as sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel… pic.twitter.com/A3qszCJx1wFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018Messi got his second two minutes later when he turned Ivan Rakitic’s dinked pass into the net with a flick of his boot.The mood was briefly dampened when Barca’s France defender Samuel Umtiti was dismissed in the 79th for a second yellow card before Messi completed his treble three minutes from time.The Argentine received another chipped pass, this time from Luis Suarez, and ruthlessly smashed the ball home.And #Messi said, Let there be a goal: and there was a goal. pic.twitter.com/7ydlC9fSwUFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018The strike completed eight trebles in Europe’s top competition for Messi, one more than rival Cristiano Ronaldo who will make his Juventus Champions League debut on Wednesday.advertisementEXTRAORDINARY MESSI”Messi does extraordinary things and makes them look routine,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde told reporters.”We have to pinch ourselves to remind us that we are living through a unique era. When he stops playing it will be difficult to find someone like him.”#BarçaPSVPhotos#ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/Wuz1TDhYudFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018PSV, coached by former Barca and Netherlands midfielder Mark van Bommel, had produced an admirable performance on their first visit to the Nou Camp in 21 years until they tired late on.In the first half they shut down most of Barca’s attacks and plotted several spirited breaks, while after the interval their Mexico international Hirving Lozano fired just over the bar.Van Bommel thought his side were hard done by in conceding the free kick from which Messi opened the scoring but he also paid tribute to the five-times world player of the year.”I don’t think it was a foul but Messi put it in the net. For me he’s the best player in the world and it’s strange to me he doesn’t win the Ballon d’Or every single year. But, overall, I think the scoreline was harsh on us.”Another game ball for the collection. pic.twitter.com/mqtN8O1NQoFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 18, 2018Barca lead Group B on goal difference after Inter Milan beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at the San Siro. Umtiti’s dismissal rules him out of Barca’s next game at Spurs Hotspur on October 3.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Sovereigntist Quebec solidaire members refuse to swear oath to Queen in public

first_imgQUEBEC – The 10 members elected Oct. 1 for the sovereigntist left-wing party Quebec solidaire refused to swear allegiance to the Queen publicly Wednesday as they made their entry into the provincial legislature.Instead, they chose to swear the obligatory oath behind closed doors, away from the view of family and friends attending the ceremony.In public, they declared their loyalty to the Quebec people, the second part of the oath required of all members of the national assembly.Manon Masse, Quebec solidaire’s co-spokesperson, called the oath to the Queen “an archaic and, frankly, unpleasant ritual.”She said making the declaration out of public view was a matter of respect for members’ sovereigntist convictions. Sol Zanetti, who represents a Quebec City riding for the party, said it was “humiliating” to swear an oath that clashed with his personal convictions.The opposition party plans to table legislation to get rid of the oath to the Queen.last_img read more