Emperor’s Challenge increasing racing capacity

first_imgTUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The 20th Annual Emperor’s Challenge in Tumbler Ridge will see an increased racing capacity this year.After last year’s event sold out in 18 hours, the decision was made to raise the increase participation capacity by 1,100. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, August 11th, with registration opening at 9:00 a.m. on April 11th through April 18th.Admission for adults for the 20km race will be $75, while kids can compete in the kid’s race for $20. Tickets for the event will be available on www.strideandglide.ca.- Advertisement -For more information, visit emperorschallenge.com.last_img read more

Canfor announces curtailments for BC Sawmills due to “very poor” lumber markets

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – Canfor Corporation announced on Monday, June 10, that it will be curtailing operations at the majority of its British Columbian Sawmills.According to Canfor, mills will be curtailed for two weeks or the equivalent, with extended curtailments of four weeks at Houston and Plateau, and six weeks at Mackenzie.Canfor says the curtailments are due to very poor lumber markets and the high cost of fibre, which are making the operating conditions in B.C. uneconomic.- Advertisement -The curtailments will reduce production output by approximately 200 million board feet and are scheduled to run from June 17 through to July 26.last_img read more


first_imgMayor of Donegal Frank McBrearty has said the Garda Ombudsman must be made completely independent if it is to work.  In a wide-ranging attack on Garda misconduct, the Labour politician also points the finger at his own party and coalition partner Fine Gael for remaining silent on the issue.He also challenges the Minister for Justice to publish the files sent to the DPP by all Garda investigations into the death of Donegal cattle-dealer Richard Barron. Cllr McBrearty told Donegal Daily that it has been proven that Gardai cannot investigate Gardai.“I have listened over the last number of weeks to the many allegations being made against the Gardai. It is of no shock to me these allegations that have been leveled at the force and now the conduct of Minister Alan Shatter TD which is similar to previous Justice Ministers. The comments being made by politicians about the Morris tribunal recommendations still not being implemented is deafening to say the least and they are somewhat annoying when you have the knowledge I have about Garda wrong doing.“We have heard about the two Garda whistleblowers and how they are being treated. The reason they are being treated so badly is because the whistle blower charter is designed not to work and “even the dogs on the street” know this.”The Raphoe-based politician revealed that both whistle-blowers came to see him in February at his home. He spent three hours listening to their concerns and says it is disturbing that the division that one of them has served in had an internal Garda investigation recently which he claims has been ignored by the media over the last number of weeks.“I know how whistle blowers are treated as I have seen first-hand how members of the Gardai that helped my family and I were treated by the state.“The Minister is careful how he chooses to react to these allegations in public. What has changed since the Morris tribunal – nothing. Why, well we need to go back to the Morris tribunal and look at the whole issue of Gardai investigating Gardai. When the Gardai in Donegal were exposed by myself and my family, the then Minister for Justice John O’Donoghue TD brought the allegations to the then Garda Commissioner Pat Byrne who then appointed Assistant Commissioner Kevin Carty to investigate the allegations that where coming out of the division.“At the same time the Garda complaints board was conducting investigations into various complaints and eventually the then Minister appointed Shane Murphy SC to do a review which resulted in the setting up of the Morris tribunal.“This would not have happened if my family and I had not fought to clear our own names. What lessons have we learned – none. The Gardai are still conducting internal investigations into their own conduct. “The Minister for Justice is still supporting Senior Garda positions on allegations against the force. The Garda Ombudsman is still using members of the Gardai to investigate Gardai which is not independent,” he said.Mayor McBrearty said the Minister should now publish the reports and evidence that were held in camera at the Morris Tribunal and he should also publish the full internal Garda investigation conducted by Assistant Commissioner Kevin Carty to show the public the extent of reform that is needed within the force and it will show the similarities to the Kieran Boylan case.“The Ombudsman should be funded properly to the extent that it can be totally independent of the Gardai. To show the level of corruption within the force the Minister should publish the files sent to the DPP by all the Garda investigations into the death of Mr Richard Barron.“This will show the public the extent the Gardai will go to when they cover up for their own. “The Ian Bailey case is just one example of how the Gardai operate when they come under the microscope and there are many examples dating right back to the Kerry babies case.“The work of Kathleen O’Toole and the Garda inspectorate during her period in the job should be fully published, which in my opinion would show the extent of resistance within the ranks of Senior Gardai to reform the force.”He also attacks his own political colleagues on the issue of Garda misconduct and their failure to act on it.“I am very disappointed at the silence of my own party and Fine Gael on this issue as they are well aware of the problems that exist in our Garda force and the true reform that is needed.“Both parties know the extent that the Gardai went to in trying to discredit Minister Brendan Howlin TD and Jim Higgins MEP, which was not properly investigated by the Morris tribunal or the internal Garda Investigation which was conducted by former Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy then an A/Commissioner.“Last night we saw on RTE news a murder case in Co Cavan with serious question marks and the division that had an internal investigation recently. Can I remind the public of the many allegations made against me by Senior Gardai to the Minister for Justice John O’Donoghue and where Deputy Wallace now finds himself in a similar position, but there is a big difference – I was accused of Murder and he is accused of using his mobile phone.“The Minister should start the reform needed, by starting with the Department of Justice and if he does not then we will continue to see issues like the ones raised over the last few weeks surface into the future.“Finally we are a small country with a population the same as Manchester and we have a police force that has not been reformed since the foundation of the state and the serious allegations of corruption continue to surface against a force that is accountable to no one. We were promised reform after the Morris Tribunal, where is it Minister?”MAYOR MCBREARTY ATTACKS JUSTICE MINISTER – GARDAI CANNOT INVESTIGATE GARDAI was last modified: May 22nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Garda misconductMayor Frank McBreartylast_img read more

Now-famous names pop in Alito papers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The department’s position was explained by John Bolton, then the assistant attorney general and now the controversial U.N. ambassador. After Reagan signed the legislation, another White House lawyer penned a one-sentence note instructing that the file be closed. That was John Roberts, now the chief justice. The documents were among 22 pages involving Alito made available by the Reagan Presidential Library. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Say, that name’s familiar. And that one. And. … Documents released Tuesday concerning Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito didn’t reveal much about him but did illustrate the closeness of official Washington. One exchange from 1986 involved three people who were largely unknown at the time but have been in the news lately. A three-sentence memo from Alito, then a deputy assistant attorney general, accompanied the Justice Department’s view of a radioactive waste bill President Reagan was preparing to sign. last_img read more

Mail carrier comes to rescue

first_imgWHITTIER – When you think about mail carriers, the word “hero” doesn’t exactly jump to mind. But consider the recent actions of Whittier postman Ted Snyder.Early this month, the 54-year-old was working his usual South Whittier route when he came upon some teenagers helping up an elderly man who had fallen in the street. Snyder parked and began his house-to-house walk, keeping an eye on the man, 86-year-old Carl Millis, as he teetered toward his home carrying two bags of groceries.A few minutes later, he watched helplessly from a distance as Millis stumbled and fell face-first into his garden, still clutching his grocery bags.When he rushed over to help, Snyder saw that Millis was struggling to lift his head.“As I helped pull his head up, I realized he had impaled his face on a piece of rebar sticking out of his garden,” Snyder said. “It went in a couple of inches and was gushing a lot of blood.”Since Snyder did not have a cell phone, he ran to five different houses before finding a neighbor able to provide a cloth and call 9-1-1. He also knocked on numerous doors looking for someone with medical training.Paramedics soon arrived and airlifted Millis from a field at nearby Hillview Middle School to a local hospital where he underwent surgery to implant a metal plate to cover the hole in his cheekbone.Millis was back home within a week – the only sign of his mishap a 1-inch swelling beneath his eye.According to Millis’ neighbor, retired nurse Mildred Morse, such actions are typical of the modest Snyder, a 20-year employee of the Michigan Avenue post office.“It could have been a lot longer that Carl was there if it wasn’t for Ted,” said Morse, 77. “He’s an excellent mail carrier, but he’s more than that. He’s a kind and compassionate human being.”Snyder said he often notices irregular or unusual activities, like residents who have died or burglaries.“Letter carriers do this kind of thing a lot,” Snyder said. “Anyone who’s carried for a while will eventually end up helping people. The flip side is that you might get bitten by dogs. I think anyone would have done what I did. You’d have to be pretty hard-hearted not to.”Millis teasingly agreed.“Yeah, you were pretty handy that day,” he said, adding more seriously, “I don’t know how I can thank you enough.” pam.wight@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want 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

No. 39 Men’s Tennis Downs Western Michigan and Green Bay

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The 39th-ranked Drake University men’s tennis team collected wins over Western Michigan, 4-3, and Green Bay, 4-1, on Sunday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.The Bulldogs dropped the doubles point for the first time this season as the Broncos managed to pull off a pair of tiebreaker victories on courts 2 and 3.Bayo Philips evened it up at one with a 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 2 singles. Freshman Tom Hands put the Bulldogs ahead 2-1, winning 7-5, 6-3 at No. 6. The Broncos took a 3-2 lead with wins on court five and four.The final two singles matches came down to third set tiebreakers. Freshman Vinny Gillespie split the first two sets 6-3, 5-7, before winning the third set tiebreaker 7-5 and tying the match up at three. The fourth and decisive point came down to court one between senior Ben Lott and WM’s Jefta Kecic. Lott took the first set in a tiebreaker as Kecic came away with the second set 6-4. Lott gave Drake the match by winning the third set tiebreaker 10-8.For the second straight match the Bulldogs dropped the doubles point, but they didn’t allow that to affect them in singles play.Gillespie rolled over Green Bay’s Florian Kraenzler, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3, while Hands earned his second win of the day, defeating GB’s Matej Kostadinov 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6 to give Drake a 2-1 lead. Sophomore Calum MacGeoch cruised to a first set win, 6-0, before closing out his match with a second set tiebreaker victory. Sophomore Ben Stride had to comeback from being down a set to clinch the match for the Bulldogs. He dropped the first set 6-4 and forced a third set after a second set tiebreaker victory. Stride used his momentum from the tiebreaker to dominate the third set, winning 6-1.The Bulldogs will return to action at nationally-ranked Minnesota on Feb. 14.#39 Drake 4, Western Michigan 3Feb 07, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Center) Singles competition1. Lott, Ben (DU) def. Jefta Kecic (WMU) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (10-8)2. Philips, Bayo (DU) def. Maik Steiner (WMU) 6-4, 6-33. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Matt Hamilton (WMU) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5)4. Matej Svjetlicic (WMU) def. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 7-5, 7-55. Ruben Greiner (WMU) def. Clark, Ben (DU) 6-3, 6-36. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Daniel Loebel (WMU) 7-5, 6-3 Doubles competition1. Philips, Bayo/Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Ruben Greiner/Daniel Loebel (WMU) 6-22. Matt Hamilton/Maik Steiner (WMU) def. Lott, Ben/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 7-6 (7-2)3. Jefta Kecic/Jimmy Beckwith (WMU) def. Clark, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) 7-6 (7-5) Match NotesOrder of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,6,5,4,3,1) #39 Drake 4, Green Bay 1Feb 07, 2016 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) Singles competition1. Lott, Ben (DU) vs. Leo Gomez Islinger (GB) 6-4, 5-7, 4-3, unfinished2. Philips, Bayo (DU) vs. Howard Scott (GB) 6-7 (9-11), 6-3, 1-2, unfinished3. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Florian Kraenzler (GB) 6-3, 6-04. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) def. Joshua Schramm (GB) 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)5. Stride, Ben (DU) def. Joey Leto (GB) 4-6, 7-6, 6-16. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Matej Kostadinov (GB) 6-2, 6-4 Doubles competition1. Leo Gomez Islinger/Florian Kraenzler (GB) def. Philips, Bayo/Gillespie, Vinny (DU) 7-6 (7-5)2. Howard Scott/Joey Leto (GB) def. Clark, Ben/Wood, Ben (DU) 6-43. Stride, Ben/MacGeoch, Calum (DU) vs. Rowan Isaaks/Miles McDowall (GB) 6-5, unfinished Match NotesOrder of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,6,4,5)   Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Healthcare from your mobile

first_imgThe MTN CareConnect line will initiallyoffer callers an advisory service staffedby qualified nurses.(Image: Rbairdpccam/Flickr) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bridget BhenguMTN senior manager, Communications+27 83 212 1964 RELATED ARTICLES • African TB nurses lauded • Better pay for SA’s TB medics • Goodness in the most unlikely places • Mobile doctor always on call • SA makes strides in medical researchNosimilo RamelaMobile provider MTN has teamed up with financial services group Sanlam to launch MTN CareConnect, a service that will allow all South Africans to receive basic healthcare assistance from qualified nurses via their mobile phones.Each call will cost R5 (US$0.74) per minute. The service will offer users a enquiry line for everyday health issues, where they can receive guidance on how to deal with ailments such as fevers, stomach aches and possible poisoning, as well as general children’s health tips for parents, to name a few.Nursing professionals will be on call 24 hours a daily, to give callers immediate assistance in any of the country’s 11 official languages on poison information, stress management, and medicine and drug databases.Nurses will also supply general health information and advice on worrying symptoms.Based on the information received, the nurse might give relevant advice, suggest that the caller visit their nearest medical facility, or forward the call to an emergency service and help the ambulance to get to the patient.Sanlam Health CEO Grant Newton said that by making its comprehensive health care knowledge and expertise available to the public, the company will help to ensure that citizens are informed about vital health matters – but without having to pay doctor’s fees.He added that, while callers will primarily be tapping into the knowledge and experience of qualified healthcare personnel, the service will also empower them to deal with basic health issues without having to leave their homes.“This is a really great service,” said Zinhle Thabethe from Bryanston in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs. “I have a baby and will be glad not to drive to a hospital in the middle of the night every time my baby is unwell, because I can call the CareConnect line and get advice on what to do.”Supporting the public healthcare systemSerame Taukobong, chief marketing officer for MTN SA. said the service would in no way aim to replace any healthcare service.“We will merely provide alternatives to consumers unsure of the severity of their health query, and hopefully alleviate the unnecessary stress of smaller complaints on an already overloaded healthcare system,” he said.Patricia Yekelo, a nurse from Pretoria, welcomed the initiative. “The truth is our public healthcare facilities are overburdened and sometimes people come in for really small things that may not have needed the person to come into the hospital or clinic.”She said the CareConnect facility will ease the burden on the public healthcare system, and save patients the trouble of sitting in long queues or spending money, which they can ill afford, for a private doctor’s consultation, especially for a small complaint.The advisory line is currently in the pilot phase, and will roll out around the country in stages. CareConnect will start operating in the Daveyton and Etwatwa townships, east of Johannesburg. The service will then spread to the rest of the country towards the end of the year.Initially callers will have access to the nurses’ service, followed soon after by a maternity as well as a high blood pressure programme, and an electronic screening facility.In future, said MTN, CareConnect may also offer advice to patients on diseases such as HIV/Aids, tuberculosis, diabetes and malaria.rbairdpccam/Flickrlast_img read more

Machel, Blair head to SA for Mining Indaba

first_img30 January 2015Graça Machel, the president of the Foundation for Community Development, is the keynote speaker for sustainable development at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, taking place from 9 to 12 February in Cape Town.She joins Tony Blair, the former prime minister of the United Kingdom, as the keynote speaker. Other speakers include:Robert Friedland, executive chairman and founder of Ivanhoe Mines;Anita Marangoly George, senior director for global practice on energy and extractive industries at World Bank Group;Dambisa Moyo, author and global economist;Rob Hersov, founder and chairman of Invest Africa;Jim O’Neill, chairman of Cities Growth Commission;Bob Diamond, founder director of Atlas Mara;Paolo Scaroni, vice-chairman of Rothschild; and,Ashish Thakkar, founder director of Atlas Mara.Mining thought leaders and some of Africa’s largest dealmakers are among the delegates – expected to number around 7 000 – from more than 110 countries.The Mining Indaba unites investors and dealmakers from around the world with attractive mining opportunities throughout Africa. The conference emphasizes the myriad investment opportunities in the sector from majors to juniors, brownfields to exploration.As the world’s preferred platform for deal-making in African mining, delegates should expect to hear: a global perspective on the investment climate, status of current and emerging mining projects across Africa, and insights on the current mining scenarios in Africa’s most attractive mining jurisdictions.“The 2015 Mining Indaba features a number of substantial investments we have made under our new ownership. These investments, made at a time when other events and the overall sector are contracting, reaffirms our belief that the long-term outlook for Africa mining is excellent and our commitment for the Mining Indaba to remain the premier forum for uniting investors, mining companies and mining ministers,” explains Jonathan Moore, the managing director of Mining Indaba.There will also be corporate presentations from: C-level executives representing approximately 40 of Africa’s top and emerging mining players, 20 of the continent’s most progressive mining ministers, and industry thought leaders driving African mining into the next phase.The annual Investing in African Mining Indaba is the world’s preferred destination in African mining. It is positioned better than ever to deliver an unparalleled deal-making and discovery platform for global investors and African mining companies, he says.Investing in African Mining Indaba, or the Mining Indaba, has been running for two decades. The annual professional conference dedicated to the capitalisation and development of mining interests in Africa. It is the world’s largest mining investment conference, the world’s third largest mining conference, and Africa’s largest mining event. It serves as the pathway for foreign investments into Africa’s mining value chain – opportunities ranging from small diamond deposits to mega coal projects. The Mining Indaba is now part of Euromoney Institutional Investor.“Global interest in African mining tripled from the early 1990s to 2011, with the mining industry at first cushioned from the 2008 financial crisis as the traditional safe haven of gold exercised its appeal,” says Moore. “The gold bubble this created was sufficiently substantial and sustained for benefits to flow through to secondary metals and secondary markets.”For the past year and a half, though, the mining sector has experienced challenges, as corrections to this curve brought down commodity prices and impacted value. For investors, on the other hand, this means great value can be found right now, both on the commodity markets themselves and in the stock markets that trade in mining and mining-related companies.Looking ahead, we see a bright outlook for the resources produced by the mining industry, as all indicators show vital world economies – Europe, the USA and China – will rebound in 2015.“As African economies have become increasingly stable and shown excellent growth, overseas investors have become more comfortable with placing investment on the continent. Doors have opened to regions and projects that were considered off limits some years previously,” he adds.The numbers:110 countries and territories across six continents are represented;35 African and non-African government delegations participate;2 300 international companies are represented;400 sponsoring companies represent an impressive sampling of the world’s largest mining companies by market capitalisation;Billions of American dollars of foreign investment have been channelled into the African mining value chain throughout the last 19 years of the annual Mining Indaba.Follow the Mining Indaba on social media:Twitter.com/MiningIndabaMiningindaba.com/LinkedinFacebook.com/africanminingindabaYoutube.com/Miningindaba.SAinfo reporter and APOlast_img read more

The New Blackmagic URSA Footage is Gorgeous

first_imgThis test footage shows the stunning Blackmagic’s new URSA camera in-action.The new Blackmagic URSA camera certainly made a splash at NAB 2014 this year, but up until this point there hasn’t been any real world URSA footage to see if the the camera shoots as well as the specs imply.That is until this awesome URSA test footage hit Vimeo just a few days ago. It was shot by John Brawley over the course of about 90 minutes. The video description states that he used a Cooke 25-250 MK3 T 3.7 zoom lens (which is the reason why there is some aberration on the edges).Almost everything was shot at 60fps in ProRes HQ 4K and it filled up 3 128GB CFast2.0 cards. This means if you are wanting to shoot with an URSA, it’s probably time to go out and get a new external hard drive!Apart from it’s capability to shoot quality footage, the thing that makes the URSA so special is its functionality. With 3 “work stations” the URSA was created to be a true all-in-one camera. If you want more information about the Blackmagic URSA go check out our NAB URSA release specs.The video description didn’t mention any problems related to the shoot which is incredibly reassuring. In fact, we’ve been hard-pressed to find anyone who has had a difficult experience using the URSA. Maybe Blackmagic has learned from the past and created a well tested product before it was released? Only time will tell…What do you think of the URSA footage? Share in the comments below.last_img read more