Fort St. John’s Laura Jensen headed to Paralympics in China

first_imgOn Friday the Canadian Paralympic Team officially announced who will be attending the 2008 Paralympics in China.One of those named will be Fort St. John resident Laura Jensen. Laura will compete in several swimming events at the upcoming games, which are scheduled for September 6th to 17th.Growing up in Fort St. John, Jensen made the move to Vancouver in the fall of 2007 to follow long-time coach Chad Webb when he accepted a position with the CHENA swim team.Advertisement – Advertisement -At the 2007 Para Pan American Games Laura won a gold medal in the womens 4 x 100 Free relay, a silver medal in the 100 m Free and two bronze medals in the 50 m and 400 m Free. This will be Jensen’s first Paralympic Games.Good Luck to Laura and we’ll of course have full coverage of her trip to the Paralympics this September.Here is more on Laura from her official Bio with the Canadian Paralympic Team:Laura Jensen gives 110% throughout an entire practice, and in Beijng she plans to swim personal best times in all of her events while representing Canada. She holds the S7 Canadian record in the 200m backstroke with a time of 3:19.27. At the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships, she was on Canada’s 400m freestyle relay team that placed second. She started swimming lessons at a young age. She was introduced to competitive swimming by Janet Dunn, a founding member of the Alberta Cerebral Palsy Sports Association and the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association. Her personal motto is: “Live life to the fullest. Everything happens for a reason.” If she could dine with anyone, alive or deceased, she would choose actor John Wayne, whom she considers an honourable man.last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin Justice spokesperson Pádraig MacLochlainn TD says that if Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan does not withdraw his comments and apologise to the Garda whistleblowers then he should resign.He was speaking as the controversy continues over the Commissioner’s use of the word ‘disgusting’ during a Dail hearing.Deputy MacLochlainn said: “The outrageous comments made by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan when he last appeared before the Oireacthas Public Accounts Committee have fundamentally undermined the stated objective of this government to encourage and support whistleblowers in the public and private sector. “It is remarkable that weeks after making the comments the Commissioner still refuses to withdraw his remarks and apologise.“I welcome the fact that a number of government Ministers have called on the Commissioner to withdraw his comments but an apology is also required.“The people of this state expect that after the Cabinet meeting tomorrow the Taoiseach will demand a withdrawal and an apology from the Garda Commissioner.“If this is not forthcoming from the Commissioner then his position is untenable and he should resign.”  SAY SORRY OR RESIGN, Mac LOCHLAINN TELLS GARDA BOSS was last modified: March 24th, 2014 by John2Share 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:disgusting!Garda CommissionerMartin CallinanPadraig Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more

Africa Dialogue 2012: Turning ideas into economic success

first_imgThe turnaround of Africa from a “hopeless Continent” to a rising star is the result of profound changes that have taken place in the last ten years. Stability in governance, peace and democracy; infrastructure development; developing trade policies that allow for better regional trade; and poverty eradication as a priority for each government. These are the changes that have made way for steady progress and have providing Africa’s entrepreneurs with the necessary environment to promote themselves and establish different industries.Brand South Africa chairperson, Chichi Maponya, says that the new developments in Africa are supported by growth figures in the last decade. “According to figures from the International Monetary Fund, region-wide GDP growth has averaged 5.5% from 2000 to 2010. More than double the rate we had in Africa during the 1980s and 1990s.”Ms. Maponya also adds that the biggest problem with Africa is the disunity amongst its people and the scepticism about its state.“More and more governments and global investors are recognising and appreciating the value of cohesive societies. The process of democracy can never be complete when the demographic is ambivalent, disbelieving and unconvinced in a country’s potential. It goes beyond infrastructure developments and establishing a Free Trade Area – it’s about understanding the benefits of these developments in Africa and how they will ensure that every single person, small and large business, private sector and public departments, all progress.”President Zuma also spoke about the impact of military coups and forced removals of democratically governments. As Africa is still embracing the arrival of democracy in over a two-thirds of its countries, instability in governance, security and peace not only steer foreign direct investment in the other direction, but also discourage entrepreneurial development. Achieving stable governance, policies and security has been the cornerstone for South Africa’s development. Ms. Maponya says that last month’s coup in Mali is the sort of occurrence that should not be tolerated on the continent.“Africa needs to guarantee peace of mind to foreign investors and the region’s governments. We cannot achieve the establishment of sustainable larger regional markets if there are countries still being run under military rule or dictatorship. It jeopardises the strides that have been made and the constitutional rights of every citizen on the continent.”The Africa Dialogue continues to address governance, policy, trade and economic challenges that Africa still faces; and will further discuss what the past decade’s achievements mean for business, government and citizens. Leaders are also discussing possible ways to make it easier to facilitate the movement of goods across the continent’s borders so that trade can be faster.EndsBrand South Africa, previously known as the International Marketing Council of South Africa, officially changed its name to best align with its mandate of building South Africa’s nation brand reputation in order to improve its global competitiveness.last_img read more

Passivhaus Design in Minnesota

first_imgAs net-zero energy and Passivhaus-certified houses become more commonplace, it’s not at all unusual to hear of exterior walls rated at R-40 or R-50. But that’s not going to be nearly good enough for Tom Schmidt, who’s building a 3,800-square-foot house in Minnesota.R-80 is more like it, and the walls need to be “cost-effective” as well as not too thick.Schmidt’s quest has apparently been prompted by a design that places living space over a garage. According to Schmidt’s Passivhaus consultant, this configuration brings with it some energy penalties and results in the need for additional insulation.“We have already gone through a couple passes to make it as efficient as possible and are at the point where the only change left that would have a big impact would be to take the garage out from under the living area and have it separate,” Schmidt explains in a post at GBA’s Q&A forum.“I like the current design (it took us two years to get to this point between the back and forth with my wife) and I want to have the house certified. I could pass on the certification and still have a very high-performing house, but honestly I think it’s cool and want it.” RELATED ARTICLES A Passivhaus Design for Alaska’s Frigid ClimateMeet the Tightest House in the WorldPayback Calculations for Energy-Efficiency Improvements From Building Science Corp: High R-Value Enclosures for High Performance Residential Buildings in All Climate Zones From the Cold Climate Housing Research Center: Subarctic Passive House Case Study Passivhaus Homes are Extremely Tight and Energy-Efficient Are Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary?Can Foam Insulation Be Too Thick? But if you insist, there are ways to get thereOne way of accomplishing the R-80 wall, says Jerry Liebler, is to use a double 2×4 wall filled with mineral wood or blown-in fiberglass. With an overall wall thickness of 19 1/2 inches (plus drywall and sheathing), Schmidt would get to R-82. And, Liebler adds, the added cost over an R-40 wall would be about $2 a square foot.Whatever you do, writes Jason Hyde, you’re going to need a multi-layered assembly, and no matter what wall assembly eventually wins, it will be thick.“Build a SIP home and clad it with outstation,” Hyde continues. “Basically a double-stud wall but the inner wall is [a] SIP. This outsulation could be [dense-packed cellulose], blown fiberglass, mineral wool, whatever. The main advantage here is that you get SIPs up quickly (weathered in) and then can proceed with the outsulation. The drawbacks here, in addition to the standard SIP drawbacks, are that you still must frame an outer wall.“I would have suggested doing what Go Logic has been doing (successfully) and do a stick frame clad with SIPs,” he says, “but to hit R-80, your inner wall would need to be made out of 2x10s or 2x12s.”If the problem is the garage below the conditioned space, adds AJ Builder, possibly the solution would be to beef up the garage doors. “So, maybe install two garage doors, one behind the other — superinsulated custom doors,” he says. “Be kind of cool to have a stack of doors opening with about a foot of lift delay each… Watching the babies go up and down would make hanging out in front of them in your Tesla a great place to be. Pop a cold IPA.”Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost has to say:There are two questions posed here: Can Schmidt’s goals be achieved? And are they reasonable? These two questions may seem mutually exclusive, given the design and the requirements of the Passivhaus standard. But I would argue that Schmidt’s goal of Passivhaus certification is clearly attainable, and that he simply needs to convince his lender and/or the next owner of his home that what he did is reasonable. (Translation: valuable to the next owner).I have argued before that selecting the interest rate for payback analysis is pretty much a Ouija board exercise for even relatively short-lived goods but completely speculative for long-lived durable goods like buildings. (For more information on payback calculations, see this BuildingGreen blog, or this article by Martin Holladay: Payback Calculations for Energy-Efficiency Improvements.) If the energy performance improvements that Schmidt is considering last beyond his ownership, he just needs to find someone willing to pay for the features he has selected. This is true regardless of whether the feature is an R-80 wall or a granite countertop.I think that a great way to design, market, or underwrite a “wildly” performing home is to link extraordinary performance with resilience: make the home self-sufficient in the face of extreme events or crises. The “payback” seems like a pretty silly singular rationale for super-high-performance in the face of the grid going down or a hurricane making every home in your neighborhood except yours uninhabitable. BuildingGreen founder Alex Wilson is spending most of this time now on this issue; see the Resilient Design Institute. In reality, Schmidt is chasing the wrong goalThere’s no real reason to design R-80 walls, writes Dana Dorsett, because it should be possible to win Passivhaus certification with walls in the R-50 neighborhood, even in Climate Zone 7. But having conditioned space over the garage probably won’t work.“The other way to go would be to shoot for net zero energy rather than Passive House, buying your thinner walls with a PV-clad roof,” Dorsett says “It’s probably less expensive overall, and you could probably keep the space over the garage.”With the cost of a photovoltaic (PV) system now under $4 a watt in Dorsett’s area (and $2 a watt in Germany), and the availability of high-efficiency ductless minisplit heat pumps, there are more appealing avenues that Schmidt might choose.“In 20 years, when it’s time to replace the heat pumps and/or PV,” he says, “the PV will cost less than half as much, and the heat pumps will have gained in efficiency. The full life cyle cost of heating with ductless heat pumps and $3/watt PV is on par with natural gas in some places, and in 20 years it will be dramatically cheaper than it is today, making the 50-, 75-, 100-year outlook even more favorable for site-produced power and heat pumps than over-the-top super insulation.“Methinks R-80 is only ‘cost-effective’ in terms of meeting your certification goals, but those certifications have little to do with breaking even on energy costs over the next 100 years, or what’s actually nice for the planet,” Dorsett says.center_img Return on investment is clearly not importantGBA senior editor Martin Holladay suggests that Schmidt might want to emulate the details used by Thorten Chlupp (a builder in Alaska who built R-75 walls insulated with cellulose) or the details used by Tom Marsik (a builder in Alaska who built 28-inch-thick R-103 walls insulated with cellulose).Holladay says that the least expensive way to get to the R-value that Schmidt is looking for is probably with a double-stud wall 22 inches thick that’s packed with cellulose insulation. “Of course,” he adds, “on the day that your insulation contractor comes to do the dense packing, you’ll need several tractor-trailer loads of cellulose.”What about dense-packing the walls with hundred dollar bills? (That was Stephen Sheehy’s suggestion.) Or, Jesse Thompson suggests, building two rigid geodesic domes, one inside the other, with a vacuum pump that evacuates the space between then.This is the kind of thing that gives Passivhaus construction a bad name, says Peter L. It’s really about bragging rights and seeing how much money a homeowner can use for construction.It’s all crazy talk, says Nick Welch. “Stuffing a 3,800-square-foot house with R-80 walls to get a [Passivhaus] certification is like putting five Prius engines in a Hummer so you can drive in the carpool lane,” he writes. “…However, it also piques my morbid curiosity, and I would love to see pics of it actually built this way.”Schmidt has no illusions about the quixotic nature of his pursuit. “I fully realize I am likely at a point where the [return on investment] is difficult to justify or ever pay itself back,” Schmidt replies. “I am essentially over-engineering something that doesn’t need it to meet the demands of a standard that doesn’t handle my particular design very well. All to satisfy my desire to have a piece of paper that says my house meets a particular standard.” Schmidt says he has investigated a number of options and is currently leaning toward structural insulated panels filled with expanded polystyrene (EPS).“Vacuum insulated panels sound interesting, but I don’t know if they are meant for an entire external envelope,” he adds. “The goal is to still keep it cost effective. I just don’t want a 3-foot wall to do it.”Are Schmidt’s goals achievable? And even if they are, are they reasonable? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight.last_img read more

Nitish hails ‘har ghar jal’ scheme in Budget

first_imgWelcoming the Union Budget, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said the target of the Central government to make it a $5 trillion economy was an appreciative move. He hailed the government’s scheme of “har ghar jal” (tap water to every household). But Opposition RJD and the Congress said “people of Bihar have been cheated in the Budget.”Mr. Kumar said, “The har ghar jal scheme which is already being initiated by the Bihar government’s saat nischay [seven resolve], is a welcome move.” He hailed the announcements on promoting electric vehicles and solid waste management initiatives saying “these are important for protection of the environment.” Funds for railwaysHowever, he cautioned on the proposal for raising funds for railway projects through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode as “it should not send a message that the Railway is being privatised.”However, Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress leaders slammed the Budget. “The people of Bihar have been cheated… special status grant to the State should have been announced as the BJP is in power both at the Centre and in the State,” charged RJD leader and former Chief Minister Rabri Devi. Senior Congress leader Prem Chandra Mishra said “not even a single promise made by Narendra Modi for Bihar was found mention in the Budget.” Former Union Minister and RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha said the Budget had ignored the interests of the poor, farmers, unemployed youth and women.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton plan bids for Bournemouth striker Wilson, Batshuayi

first_imgEverton plan bids for Bournemouth striker Wilson, Batshuayiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are aiming for a busy January market.The Daily Express says manager Marco Silva has been forced to utilise Richarlison up front, with Cenk Tosun and Oumar Niasse not trusted to lead the line.And director of football Marcel Brands wants to secure another goal-getter’s signature in the new year.Callum Wilson has been lined up after impressing at Bournemouth.While Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is on Everton’s radar too with his loan spell at Valencia potentially set to be cancelled. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 months agoReal Madrid in new attempt for Roma youngster Nicolò Zaniolo

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid in new attempt for Roma youngster Nicolò Zanioloby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid have made an attempt for AS Roma youngster Nicolò Zaniolo.Sport says his recent performances have alerted the attention of various teams in Europe including Real Madrid. Los Blancos are interested in Zaniolo but Roma chief Monchi has already moved quickly to tie down his emerging star.As for Real Madrid, Zaniolo is another example of their attempts to bring in all the best talents from around the world. The last was Brahim Diaz earlier this month. They’ve also recently signed Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo. last_img read more

Photo: An Alabama Fan Got An Auburn Recruit’s Phone Number, Is Harassing Him About Flipping To The Crimson Tide

first_imgAlabama Crimson Tide fans react in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Alabama Crimson Tide fans react in the second half of the AllState Sugar Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)If you’re a college football fan – or, really, anyone who is not a coach – and you’re thinking about contacting a recruit, just stop. Don’t do it. Whether you’re simply trying to encourage a recruit to come to your school or berating a prospect for committing elsewhere, you’re 99 percent of the time going to come off in ill form to the 17-or-18-year-old high schooler. The following Alabama fan is someone who, unfortunately, does not follow the advice previously stated. This person somehow got the phone number of four-star linebacker Darrell Williams, an Auburn commit, and proceeded to text him about the Crimson Tide. AuburnRecruitScreenShotWe realize you’re passionate about your college football teams, people, and that’s why we love you, but please, don’t ever text a recruit.last_img read more

Abhimanyu replaces Tiwary as Bengal captain in all formats

first_imgKolkata: Top-order batsman Abhimanyu Easwaran was on Thursday named captain of the Bengal cricket team in place of Manoj Tiwary in all the three formats for the upcoming season. Tiwary, who has played 12 ODIs and three T20 Internationals, had succeeded Laxmi Ratan Shukla in 2015-16 season and led the side to Ranji Trophy semifinals in the 2017-18. The Sourav Ganguly-led Cricket Association of Bengal wanted a split captaincy, giving Tiwary the option to lead in the shorter formats while promoting Abhimanyu for the Ranji Trophy. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBut the 33-year-old Tiwary declined the proposal and instead wanted to focus on his batting, while backing Abhimanyu for the upcoming season. Cricket Association of Bengal Joint Secretary Avishek Dalmiya said: “The selectors initially had thought of a split captaincy where they looked at the option of having Abhimanyu Easwaran lead the team in four-day format, while Manoj Tiwary will continue in 50-over and T20s. “We had discussed this with Manoj (Tiwary) and he feels that it is important for him to concentrate as a player right now. Manoj, whose contribution to Bengal cricket both as skipper and player remains invaluable, assured to guide Easwaran in his job as one of the senior colleague of the team,” he added. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterAn India A regular, the 23-year-old Abhimanyu’s assignment will begin with Bengal’s pre-season tournament in Jaipur from September 3, the 21-member squad for which was announced on Thursday. Abhimanyu scored a maiden double hundred, 201 not out, in a marathon batting display of about 10 hours in a drawn match against Punjab last season. Bengal had failed to qualify for the knockouts. Bengal will begin their domestic season, against Gujarat in the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day tournament on September 24. It will be followed by the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 meet in November as Bengal will have three North East sides — Assam, Mizoram and Meghalaya — in Group D. In the Ranji Trophy, Bengal are clubbed with Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Vidarbha, Hyderabad, Delhi, Rajasthan and Punjab in a tough Elite Group A as they face Kerala in their opening fixture from December 17.last_img read more

North Peace Fall Fairs Pioneers of the Year

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This year’s ‘Pioneers of the Year’ have been named at the 2019 North Peace Fall Fair.An annual tradition for the Fall Fair, the Fair Committee chooses two individuals or couples to be the North Peace Fall Fair Pioneers of the Year. This year’s recipients are Dennis Davidson and Herbert and Katrina Keuth.The chosen Pioneers are awarded a plaque and receive a gift certificate for a dinner for two. The criteria to be nominated as a recipient of the Pioneer of the Year include; Must have been involved in agriculture in the North Peace Must have been a participant in the Fall Fair Must be over the age of 70 years Must have been a past member or faithful volunteer to the Fall Fair Must have lived a minimum of 25 years in the North Peacelast_img read more