Reid sure of gold medal in Class Three girls’ 400m

first_imgLAST year’s Class Four sprint double champion, St Jago High’s Joanne Reid, says she has no competition in the Class Three 400 metres at this year’s ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships. The lanky 14-year-old cruised to victory in heat two of the girls 400m qualifiers in 57.77 seconds, and despite producing only the ninth fastest time in her category for the day, she is confident that she could take the record along with her as well. “I am very confident of winning the event,” she told The Gleaner. “There’s nobody (competitions) right now, and I believe I can run a record time.” Reid described her race as easy and the Class Four 200- metre record holder expects a much stronger performance from herself when she turns out for the semi-finals and final. “It (heats) was alright. It wasn’t my best time, but it (race) wasn’t hard, it was a comfortable race,” she told The Gleaner. “But I expect a much better performance from myself for the semi-final and final. I don’t know what time I might run as yet, but I expect to win,” she stated confidently.last_img read more

Matthews and Kin Park skating surfaces ready for the public

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the extreme changes in weather so far this winter season, skating surfaces in Fort St. John are in skateable conditions.The Matthews Park skating loop has been getting lots of use throughout January, as the City hasn’t received any complaints about the ice.“The ice remains in good shape,” said Director of Facilities and Grounds Robin Langille. “The surface has been seeing a lot of use over the last three weeks even with the weather.”- Advertisement -The Kin Park outdoor rink is in slightly worse shape and hasn’t seen as much use even though the surface has been in place for a few weeks.“The hockey rink at Kin Park is a work in progress,” added Langille. “The edges are still a little rough and the middle is okay at this point. We will need the weather to cooperate to flood and get the ice up to par. The perfect weather for making ice is the minus eight to ten range.”With the weather expected to plateau at around minus 10 starting next week, the ice surfaces should only get better during that time.Advertisementlast_img read more

Loonie Oil and Gasoline

first_imgThose predicting the Canadian dollar will reach parity with its U.S. counterpart this summer may have to revise their forecast, to the end of this week.At last word the loonie was continuing its surge and it opened this morning, at 98 point nine cents U.S.The key in all this is the U.S. Federal Reserve, which continues to hold U.S. interest rates at historic lows hoping to fuel the slow developing American economic recovery.Meantime, speaking of fuel, the price of crude oil is also on the rise again, and at last report was approaching 82 dollars and 50 cents U.S.That could reverse the Canadian gasoline price trend of the past week, as the latest 60 city cross-country survey by Calgary-based MJ Ervin and Associates, shows the national average fell one point two cents a liter to a dollar three point two.However, that is still higher than the common posted price for a regular liter in Fort St. John, which remains at a dollar one point two…and, among the six BC survey cities is second only to Prince George, at 99 point 9 cents a liter.BC-Gas-Prices-dot-com has the provincial average over a dollar and eight cents a litre, for the second consecutive week…nearly 15 cents higher than this time last year. – Advertisement –last_img read more

College roundup: Bruins get past the Waves

first_imgMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Long Beach St. 3, UCLA 2: Dean Bittner had a career-high 21 kills to lead the No. 14-ranked 49ers (7-8, 4-7 MPSF) to the come-from-behind victory over the No. 5 Bruins (10-8, 8-7) at The Walter Pyramid, 30-23, 24-30, 26-30, 30-23, 16-14. In a battle between the past two NCAA champions, the UCLA men’s tennis team rebounded after losing the doubles point and eventually stormed back to take a 6-1 victory over Pepperdine at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Wednesday. In the only match featuring two ranked opponents on Wednesday, fifth-ranked Benjamin Kohlloeffel downed 15th-ranked Andre Begemann, 6-3, 6-3. It marked Kohlloeffel’s 11th straight win, pushing his record to 19-2 (11-0 in dual matches) for UCLA (9-2). Pepperdine 3, Johnson & Wales (Colo.) 0: J.D. Schleppenbach had 16 kills as the host Waves (14-1) won their 11th straight, 30-16, 30-22, 30-22. CSUN 3, UC Santa Barbara 1: Senior Dan Rhodes had a season-high 25 kills at the Matadors (9-9, 7-6 MPSF) defeated the Gauchos (12-6, 10-5) 23-30, 30-23, 30-27, 30-26 at The Matadome. center_img 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

Folau’s anti-gay stance won’t divide Wallabies – Pocock

first_img0Shares0000Devout Christian Israel Folau, one of Australia’s top players, has been embroiled in a storm since posting on social media in April that gay people were destined for hell © AFP/File / WILLIAM WESTSYDNEY, Australia, Jun 4 – Star flanker David Pocock says he “strongly disagrees” with teammate Israel Folau’s anti-gay views but insists it will not affect harmony within the Wallabies camp ahead of this week’s Test against Ireland.Devout Christian Folau, one of Australia’s top players, has been embroiled in a storm since posting on social media in April that gay people were destined for hell, sending rugby chiefs into damage control. Pocock, a strong advocate of marriage equality, said he fears anti-gay social media posts by professional athletes will reverse steps taken to make sports more inclusive.“Having Australia’s best rugby player using his platform like that has the potential to really harm young people who are going through some pretty rough stuff trying to come to terms with their sexuality,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday.“They’re (trying to do) that in a culture that clearly hasn’t become inclusive enough. The fact there are still no footballers in Australia who are openly ‘out’, that says plenty about current sports culture and our society.”But Pocock, who is making his Test comeback in Australia’s three-game series against Ireland after a year’s sabbatical, insisted his differing views with Folau would not divide the Wallabies.“Absolutely (we can play together), I’ve got family who have those views and we’ve had it out over the years,” he said.“The bottom line is they’re family. You talk about it in a civil way … and when you do that you realise we’ve got far more common ground than we have in difference of belief.“I just don’t see who wins if we aren’t able to relate to each other as humans and keep talking about things rather than having these really nasty polarising debates to decide who is and isn’t part of our tribe based on their beliefs.Folau said his bond with Pocock was as strong as ever after a recent conversation between the two.“Poey came up to me and we started an open conversation about our different beliefs,” Folau told reporters.“We’re both grown men and we talked about things. Like I said, it was nothing personal and we respect each other fully. There’s a whole lot of respect in our team and I like that.“It won’t change anything when we step out onto the field … I’ll be there to cover him and so will he (for me).“We’re 100 percent behind each other.”Australia play Ireland in Brisbane on June 9, Melbourne on June 16 and Sydney on June 23.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Leeds land striker on four-year deal

first_img Chris Wood Leeds United have completed the signing of striker Chris Wood from Leicester for an undisclosed fee.The 23-year-old New Zealand international has penned a four-year deal to become the Whites’ fourth summer arrival.“I think he’s another important piece in the jigsaw,” head coach Uwe Rosler told the club’s official website. “We were looking for a number nine type – like Chris Wood is.“He’s physical, strong and experienced in this league. He has potential to develop and has his best years in front of him.“It’s exciting. He already has a proven goalscoring record and I think there are many goals to come. We think that he is the right player.”Wood scored 20 goals in 62 appearances for the Foxes after arriving at the club from West Brom in 2013.He spent the second half of last season on loan at Leeds’ Championship rivals Ipswich, and had also attracted interest from Wolves this summer. 1last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal man who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of another man on Arranmore Island has been jailed for six years.Stephen Boyle, 41, of Cambridge Park, Kilburn, London, stabbed father-of-one Paul Boyle, 19 in the neck with a glass during a row.The victim was rushed to hospital in Letterkenny following the attack but died on October 3rd, 2009. Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy sentenced Boyle to six years in prison, backdating it to October 2009 for time already spent in custody.During the trial the court had heard that both men had worked together previously in London and there was a question over money which led to the row.Judge McCarthy said Boyle had a number of previous convictions of a minor nature but said he would disregard them in relation to sentencing.He also noted that Paul Boyle’s family went through a great deal of trauma and that his parents were particularly traumatised.The judge took account of a psychiatric report which said Boyle was of minimal risk of re-offending and that nine persons had given him the highest references.He also noted that a defence of diminished responsibility was used during the trial but that the jury did not accept it.Mr Vincent Heneghan BL prosecuting told the court on that date the prosecution did not accept that there was minimal risk of reoffending but that it accepted the decision of the jury.DONEGAL MAN GETS SIX YEARS FOR MANSLAUGHTER ON ARRANMORE was last modified: April 17th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Fed move stuns Asian markets

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 average has tumbled 7.6 percent since May 8 – after surging 54 percent during the previous 12 months – and Hong Kong’s market is down 8.1 percent since the same date. The Russian market dropped 25 percent from early May through Thursday. Many analysts say the decline is a “correction” – market talk for healthy declines that bring stocks closer to their true values – and not the beginning of a meltdown. “I would say this is part of a global correction triggered by concerns about U.S. inflation and interest rates,” said Shane Oliver, the head of investment strategy at AMP Capital Services in Sydney, Australia. “But I don’t think it’s the start of a bear market.” Some markets had risen too far too fast, said Ben Kwong, chief operating officer of brokerage KGI Asia in Hong Kong. “They were extensively overbought. Any factor that’s going to make investors uneasy will trigger a sell-off,” Kwong said. “Greed and fear are contagious.” NEW DELHI – When the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates two weeks ago – and suggested more hikes might come – stock investors in Asia and emerging markets who had enjoyed spectacular returns over the past year had little clue their ride was about to end. In the following days, metal prices plunged and worries grew about the U.S. dollar’s drop. The confluence of events scared some investors into dumping shares, which in turn made others anxious, prompting them to sell. The result: Stock markets from Japan to Russia tumbled, leaving investors worried if this was a crisis-in-the-making. India’s market has been hard hit. After nearly doubling since April 2005, its benchmark Sensex index has plunged 14.3 percent since reaching an all-time high on May 10 – the same day as the Fed’s move. Few doubt the economic potential of Asia’s dynamic economies, particularly India and China. Amid the turmoil, the Bank of China, the mainland’s second-biggest bank, raised $9.7 billion in an initial public offering in Hong Kong last week, the largest IPO in six years. Russia’s key market index bounced back nearly 5 percent on Friday, in part because steel stocks put in a strong showing, led by Russian giant Severstal whose shares jumped on news of a deal with the world’s No. 2 steel maker Arcelor SA. But while many Asian and emerging markets recovered Friday, analysts warn that the markets will remain volatile for at least awhile. Investors are still worried that the U.S. central bank may keep raising interest rates, slowing the U.S. economy and undermining demand for Asian exports. Continued weakness on Wall Street and in the U.S. dollar, which hurts exporters from emerging markets, are also weighing on sentiment. And prices of commodities such as copper and aluminum, which have fallen after soaring for two years on Chinese demand, remain unsteady. South Korea’s benchmark index, which soared 59 percent in the 12 months prior to May 11, has since tumbled 9.8 percent, while Singapore’s market has dropped 8 percent since May 8. The Bank of Mexico noted that volatility in emerging markets knocked nearly 10 percent off the Mexican stock market’s leading index before it rebounded on Thursday. “There are renewed fears about higher world inflation, and uncertainty has increased as to how the main central banks will react and the impact on economic activity,” Mexico’s central bank said. “The markets have reacted nervously to the information published day-to-day, and risk aversion has increased noticeably.” Another fear resurfaced this week: bird flu. Currency markets were jittery after a World Health Organization report said an Indonesian man died of bird flu after caring for his infected son, raising the possibility of human-to-human transmission of the disease. China’s market, however, has been immune to the regional volatility, largely because foreign investors are restricted from direct dealings in most shares traded on the mainland. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index is up 37 percent this year. India’s market plunge was exacerbated by short-term investors who had borrowed money to buy stocks, but then were forced to dump them to meet margin calls. If securities bought with borrowed money fall below a certain point, brokerages require investors to either deposit more money or sell some assets to meet the shortfall. Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said the central bank would ensure ample liquidity to help banks to help meet such margin requirements. Also, the stock exchanges agreed to cut margin requirements by almost half. “We must accept the fact that markets will rise and markets will fall in response to developments,” Chidambaram told parliament on Tuesday amid criticism from lawmakers that the government was doing little to shield small investors from the brunt of the stock plunge. He attributed the past year’s surge to the economy’s strong growth potential luring foreign investors who have bought close to $15 billion in Indian shares since last April. “The India growth story remains intact,” he argued. India still remains “one of best-performing emerging markets.” Even after the recent slide, India’s Sensex index is still up 15 percent from Jan. 1. Fidelity International, the world’s largest mutual fund company, said in a statement from its Bombay office that such market declines are “not unusual.” “While the Indian equity market may continue to be volatile in the short term, Fidelity remains positive on the long-term growth story,” it said. Meanwhile, many individual investors in India are hurting. Parikshit Soni, a retired government employee in Mumbai, formally known as Bombay, has seen the value of his portfolio drop by hundreds of thousands of rupees (tens of thousands of dollars) in recent days. “I worry about telling my wife about how much we’ve lost,” said Soni, who had planned a vacation with his now-disappeared profits. “I don’t think that’s possible now.”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

Dryden’s space efforts honored

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – California space advocates will honor the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center for its 50th space shuttle landing and continued support of the nation’s space program. The California Space Authority will present Dryden with a SpotBeam award at a banquet on Dec. 2 in Los Angeles. The award recognizes the center for supporting the Aug. 9 landing of the space shuttle Discovery, the latest in a long line of space efforts by the center. “This was the nation’s ‘return-to-flight’,” said Janice Dunn, CSA’s deputy director. “It was a major accomplishment.” The Edwards Air Force Base landing capped a two-week mission that was the first shuttle flight since the loss of Columbia on Feb. 1, 2003. Discovery was to have landed in Florida, but poor weather prompted NASA to direct the shuttle to Edwards. This is the second year for CSA’s SpotBeam award. Last year, recipients included two from the Antelope Valley – the late state Sen. W.J. “Pete” Knight, R-Palmdale, for his advocacy of space and the military, and the SpaceShipOne team, which made the first private, manned space flights. The other SpotBeam recipients this year are Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Riverside; the California Council on Base Support and Retention; the late Assemblyman Mike Gordon, D-El Segundo; the Los Angeles Air Force Base Regional Alliance; the Chabot Space and Science Center; Lockheed Martin’s work force; the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Trimble Navigation LTD.; and QuakeFinder LLC. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals NASA prefers to land the shuttles in Florida because it saves about $1 million in costs for ferrying an orbiter cross-country, plus it reduces the amount of handling of the spacecraft. However, about one out of every five missions ends at Edwards. The award recognizes Dryden’s work that dates back to the 1960s. The 1960s work included the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle, which supported the Apollo moon missions, and the X-15 rocket planes that tested a number of space-related technologies, including the first use of a full-pressure suit for space flight, the first use of a reaction control system for maneuvering in space, and the development of thermal protection for hypersonic re-entry. The award also recognizes a number of efforts that supported the space shuttle, including the lifting body craft that gave NASA confidence to land the shuttles unpowered; working testing flight control systems used by the orbiter; the approach and landing tests of the space shuttle prototype Enterprise; and tests on thermal protection systems. “NASA Dryden Flight Research Center will continue to contribute to the space program by serving as a potential landing site for the Crew Exploration Vehicle,” CSA said in its tribute to Dryden. “The infrastructure at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center is likely to play a key role in carrying out the bold objectives set by the vision for space exploration.” last_img read more


first_imgSnowball the seal catching a few rays with his mate in Dungloe Bay yesterday.Local Burtonport fisherman Danny Breslin captured this snap of two seals ‘chilling’ on the rocks in Dungloe Bay, with one of the seals being completely white.Danny who has fished in the area for years, said he regularly spots seals during his fishing trips, but said he’d never seen a white seal before.Danny told Donegal Daily, “I’d see seals quite a bit around the bay, so I was surprised when I seen a completely white one. “He seemed happy enough to pose for the snap, and in the picture it looks like he’s trying to wave to me.Fisherman Danny also revealed he’s now affectionately nicknamed the seal ‘Snowball’.“I’ve decided to call him snowball, and I hope I see him again when I’m out fishing next.“On the day I took the picture it was really warm, so I’m sure Snowball was just up on the rocks trying to catch a few rays and get a nice tan. 🙂   PURE WHITE SEAL SPOTTED ‘CHILLING’ ON THE ROCKS was last modified: July 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:burtonportDanny BreslinFeaturesfishermannewsSealSnowballWhitelast_img read more