first_img(REUTERS) – ALLYSON Felix won her 12th world title, and her first since becoming a mother, as the United States claimed the inaugural world championship 4×400 metres mixed relay on Sunday.In doing so, Felix, who won her first gold in 2005, overhauled Usain Bolt’s record of 11 world titles.Felix ran the second leg as the U.S. team also featuring Wilbert London, Courtney Okolo and Michael Cherry won in three minutes 9.04 seconds — a world record for the new event — to finish ahead of Jamaica and Bahrain.The team draped themselves in U.S. flags as they celebrated their win but, with barely any spectators in the Khalifa Stadium, went straight down the tunnel instead of completing a lap of honour.Seven of the eight teams chose to run the first and fourth legs with men while Poland went for men in the first two legs and women in the last two.That meant the Poles finished the second leg with a healthy lead which was cut back in the third leg and obliterated within the first 100 metres of the fourth as Justyna Swiety-Ersetic was overtaken by Cherry. Poland eventually finished fifth.Felix, 33, has also won three world titles in the women’s 200 metres, one in the 400 metres, three in the women’s 4×100 metres relay and four in the women’s 4×400 metres relay.last_img

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first_imgRawcorp’s new apartment project Bellevue at The Glades, Robina.Marketing Projects SEQ director Kyia Anderson said its location, views and floorplans were attracting a mix of local downsizers and first home buyers. Construction is expected to start in July.“Bellevue is ideally positioned close to Robina Town Centre and the Robina railway station, with easy access to the Pacific Motorway and numerous public and private schools,” she said.“Most apartments are over 110sqm, with just two to five apartments per level. “The majority of apartments face North East overlooking The Glades golf course, with views out towards the skyline from Burleigh right up to Surfers Paradise.” Rawcorp’s new apartment project Bellevue at The Glades, Robina.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoBellevue at Robina will have 58 apartments across two buildings connected at podium level. Residents will have access to a lap pool, gym, sauna and entertainment area.Ms Ferris paid $420,000 for a two-bedroom, two bathroom apartment with large balcony overlooking the golf course. Her older brother quickly followed in her footsteps.“While I can see this will definitely be a great investment opportunity down the track, I am looking forward to living at The Glades,” he said. Siblings Samantha and Chris Ferris have snapped up apartments at Bellevue.SIBLINGS Samantha and Chris Ferris are among the growing number of people who put off flying the coop to save for their first homes.The waiting paid off because the pair have snapped up apartments in Rawcorp’s new luxury development, Bellevue at The Glades. Rawcorp’s new apartment project Bellevue at The Glades, Robina.“Saving for a home deposit can take years and neither of us wanted to get stuck in the rental trap, which would only have made it harder to save,” Ms Ferris said.“We were lucky enough to be able to stay with mum and dad while we both saved enough to buy our own homes. “We were even luckier to discover Bellevue in time to take advantage of the $20,000 First Home Owners grant.” Rawcorp’s new apartment project Bellevue at The Glades, Robina.last_img

first_imgThe African Development Bank-managed Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a $990,000 grant to support the preparation of a 9-MW solar-hydro hybrid project in Burundi. The project consists of two plants, each featuring a solar and a hydro component as well as a local distribution network and interconnection to the national power grid. The hybrid design is anticipated to regularize the power output during dry and wet season and mitigate power shortfalls caused by climate change.The SEFA grant will support technical feasibility, environmental and social impact assessment and financial advisory for the project.Upon completion, the project will also electrify about 20,000 households in surrounding communities through a local distribution network. By enhancing access to electricity, the project will also generate socio-economic benefits especially for women and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).“In addition to the energy access and socio-economic benefits, with the strong government support, this innovative project will pave the way for increased private sector participation in renewable energy to diversify the energy mix in Burundi,” said Wale Shonibare, the Bank’s acting vice-president for Power, Energy, Climate, and Green Growth.Daniel Brose, president and CEO of Songa Energy Burundi said, “We are privileged to have secured this funding which is instrumental to the further development of our portfolio. This funding will bring us and the people of Burundi one step closer to our collective goal of widespread rural electrification in a country that has one of the lowest rates of access to electricity in the world.”The project is fully aligned with the Bank’s strategic goal to support inclusive green growth by promoting access to clean, modern, reliable and affordable energy services in rural areas, and to promote energy access and renewable energy technologies.It is also aligned to the Government of Burundi’s objectives to expand renewable energy generation capacity, and promote private sector involvement in the energy sector.last_img

first_imgTop US detective Keith Graves on what NZ can learn from US history of cannabis decriminalisationStuff co.nz 22 August 2016Family First Comment: Well summed up from someone who knows (and speaks) the truth. “If you keep possession of marijuana a crime, you are not hurting sick people. There are synthetic THC medicines available without the negative side effects of marijuana. What you will do is create a whole new problem of traffic deaths, accidental exposures and increased drug use among our youth.”In 1996, California was the first state in the US to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes. As New Zealand debates whether they will do the same, I ask that New Zealanders look at the history of legalisation/decriminalisation in the United States. There has been a large amount of propaganda from both sides of the debate, but somewhere in in the middle are the facts.What we do know can be gleaned from a report from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program, or HIDTA, a department that reports directly to the White House. HIDTA wrote a report in 2015 that looked at the impacts of marijuana legalisation in Colorado after that state legalised Cannabis in 2013.In 2014, when marijuana businesses began operating, there was a 32 per cent increase in marijuana related traffic deaths in just one year (2013-2014). Colorado marijuana related traffic deaths increased 92 per cent from 2010 – 2014.Drug related expulsions from schools increased 40 per cent from school years 2008/2009 to 2013/2014. The vast majority for marijuana violations. Positive THC urinalysis tests for juvenile probationers increased 20 per cent since marijuana was legalised in 2013.In 2014, there was a 29 per cent increase in the number of marijuana related emergency room visits in only one year. There was also a 225 per cent increase in marijuana related exposures to children in Colorado after commercialisation of marijuana (2006-2008 to present).On a personal note, I remember vividly when California made its move to decriminalisation of medical marijuana. At the time, I was a Narcotics Detective tasked with investigating major drug crimes. Also, my mother had just died from cancer, so I paid close attention to the legalisation debate. I was truly on the fence since I had interests in both sides of the debate.There are currently medications made from synthetic THC. These medications (Sativax and Marinol) are made in a laboratory and have none of the ill effects of marijuana. It is truly medicine. My mother used Marinol while she was sick and it did help immensely.There are no controls on marijuana. It will be diverted more for recreational use than to help truly sick people. Additionally, a recent study in California found that the average medical marijuana patient in that state was a young male with a history of drug abuse with no known medical problems.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/83352662/Top-US-detective-Keith-Graves-on-what-NZ-can-learn-from-US-history-of-cannabis-decriminalisation?cid=app-iPhonelast_img

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