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_imgThe offices of a high profile accountancy firm in Co Donegal have been petrol-bombed.The incident happened on Wednesday morning at the offices of Farren-Roarty Auditors and Accountants in Letterkenny.Staff arrived for work at the premises on the Thorn Road on Wednesday to find the gates of the premises locked. A Garda patrol car was at the scene of the incident and staff were told to go home.Gardai are remaining tight-lipped about the reason behind the fire but it is understood to be malicious.It is understood to be the second such attack on the premises in recent months.Nobody was hurt in either attack which is believed to have happened around 3am. Workmen as well as partner Seamus Farren were at the scene yesterday afternoon.A number of windows in the premises have been boarded up.The company has been acting as a receiver for a number of cases taken by various banks on behalf of the Revenue Commissioners.A Garda spokesman would not be drawn on possible reasons for the attack. ACCOUNTANCY FIRM PETROL-BOMBED FOR SECOND TIME IN RECENT MONTHS was last modified: September 7th, 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) Tags:accountantsFarren Roartyletterkennypetrol-bombedlast_img read more

Iguodala recalls when he and Draymond got under Kevin Durant’s skin at practice

first_img“Hey bro we not doubling in open gym. I … Length is a big deal in basketball. Legs, arms, wingspan, stride, elevation. The longer the better.One possible exception: A long memory.Three former Warriors teammates — Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant — were recently included in a hot topic circulating on Twitter.The subject sprung to life recently when Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker got his tank top in a knot because he was getting double-teamed during a pick-up game.last_img read more

Will seek fast-track trial in lynching case: Assam CM

first_imgAssam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has assured the parents of the two men lynched in Karbi Anglong that he would request the Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court to fast-track the trial, an official statement released here on Wednesday said.Nilotpal Das (29) and Abhijeet Nath (30) were pulled out of their vehicle at Panjuri in Karbi Anglong district on June 8 and beaten to death by a group of irate villagers, who suspected them to be child-lifters.The victims’ fathers, Ajit Kumar Nath and Gopal Chandra Das, called on Mr. Sonowal on Tuesday evening and submitted a petition demanding maximum punishment for the culprits. They also demanded constitution of SIT for expeditious investigation in the case, the release said.Mr. Sonowal told them that the SIT had already been constituted under a Deputy Superintendent of Police and acting swiftly, the Assam police had nabbed all the accused within a short period of time, it said.A total of 64 people, including the prime accused, have been arrested in the case. The CM is personally monitoring the progress of the case.last_img read more

Big Earth Publishing Acquires Telluride Magazine

first_imgIn February, Big Earth—which primarily publishes books—acquired Women’s Adventure, the first in its newly-formed magazine publishing division. Neenah, Wisconsin-based Big Earth Publishing has acquired Telluride magazine and its accompanying Telluride Visitors Guide. M.C. Alcamo & Co. represented Telluride in the deal. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Telluride is the flagship magazine of southwest Colorado publisher Telluride Publishing, and features health, environmental and sports content about the Colorado mountain town. The 25-year-old, twice-yearly magazine has an annual circulation of 70,000. In addition to the magazine and travel guide, Telluride Publishing produces a number of custom products. Telluride owner and publisher John Arnold will join Big Earth’s leadership team as part of the deal.last_img read more

2020 GMC Sierra HD tows 30000 pounds has Xray camera tech

first_imgIn one of the bigger unveil events of the year, General Motor’s GMC premium truck and SUV brand has just revealed its new 2020 GMC Sierra HD. The heavy-duty, full-size pickup is touted as “the crown jewel of the GMC lineup” and the model that most lives up to the brand’s “Professional Grade” motto, so it’s important that they get it right with this new generation.Let’s cut right to the most important detail you need to know about the 2020 GMC Sierra HD: when properly equipped, it has an estimated towing capacity in excess of 30,000 pounds. If you could find a trailer big enough to carry an F-250 Super Duty, a Nissan Titan XD and the previous generation Sierra HD, this new 2020 Sierra HD could tow ’em all. That’s like two African elephants (or 3,000 cats) worth of mass; we’re talking serious pulling power. 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive: Diesel power and upgraded tech GMC also brings its MultiPro tailgate from the smaller Sierra to the HD party. This soft-opening tailgate has a smaller tailgate nested within it that allows a total of six functions including full-open, half-open, easy access, step-up and extended loading modes. The bed also features box steps on all sides, 12 tie-down points and an available in-bed 120-volt outlet. Inside, the Sierra’s dashboard is home to the familiar GMC Infotainment System — a dark reskin of General Motors’ MyLink/IntelliLink software — featuring snappy navigation, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi connectivity, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Like other Sierra and Silverado models, the Sierra HD will also feature available USB-A and USB-C ports, 120-volt outlets and available wireless charging to keep any devices onboard juiced up. Denali and AT4 GMC tells us that more than half of the Sierras it sells are the pricier, premium Denali trim level. So, the 2020 Sierra HD will step up its game to appeal to those buyers with premium leather seating, open-pore real wood trim and dark-finish aluminum details. New for 2020 is an off-road focused AT4 trim level that matches trail-busting capability with the Sierra HD’s heavy-duty capacities. The Sierra HD AT4 will feature an off-road suspension with Rancho Shocks, an Eaton locking rear differential, skid plates and, of course, bright red tow hooks. The rubber meets the dirt road at 18-inch wheels — or optional 20s — wrapped in Michelin all-terrain tires. 2020 GMC Sierra HDThe heavy-hauling 2020 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD will hit the road later this year in premium Denali and new AT4 trim levels. GMC In addition to the hardware, the AT4 will also get a special off-road software setting for its Traction Select System with hill descent control and hill start assist features. The Sierra’s 15-inch head-up display gets augmented with an off-road inclinometer that shows how severely you’re ascending or descending at a glance and a standard surround-vision camera helps the driver spot the vehicle’s surroundings on tight trails. The 2020 Sierra HD goes on sale later this year in 2500HD and 3500HD dually and single rear wheel configurations. Pricing, packaging and more complete specifications will be announced later closer to launch. More From Roadshow Trucks Tags Share your voice 2020 GMC Sierra HD revealed with new camera tech, off-road AT4 model Comments 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2020 GMC Sierra HD has super strength, X-ray vision 2020 GMC Sierra HD first drive: Towing tech marvel 55 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 1:40 2 GMC General Motors 4G LTE Towing and tech That towing prowess is made possible by a larger, beefier frame, a new 10-speed Allison automatic transmission — the first 10-speed in this heavy-duty pickup class — and GMC’s 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel. Thanks to improved breathing and cooling, the Duramax is now good for 445 horsepower and a whopping 910 pound-feet of torque, which can be put to the road with better control thanks to the transmission’s close-spaced gear ratios. Towing, you may have guessed, is a big reason people consider heavy-duty pickups, so GMC has loaded the Sierra HD with a laundry list of trailering technologies and electronic traction and stability control acronyms and even integrations with the ProGrade Trailering System’s in-vehicle Trailering App.  By stitching together multiple camera views, the 2020 GMC Sierra HD’s Transparent Trailer feature can see through a towed payload. GMC I’m most impressed, however, by the new camera-based trailering technologies. The Sierra HD boasts a ridiculous 15 selectable camera views and a class-first Rear Camera Mirror that allow the driver to get the best view of the road around the large pickup and its payload. None of those 15 views is more impressive than the “Transparent Trailer” mode that stitches together views from two tailgate cameras and an accessory remote camera mounted at the back of the trailer to make the trailer appear invisible when viewed through the dashboard display. It’s like your very own x-ray machine that lets you see through the trailer you’re towing.Easier to work and live with Aesthetically, the Sierra HD is looking pretty good, leading off with a grille and headlamp design that’s much less… divisive than its recently debuted cousin, the Chevrolet Silverado HD. The Sierra HD’s C-shaped LED light signature doesn’t differ too much from the standard-scale Sierra, but its grille is significantly beefier. That grille isn’t the only thing that’s larger. The 2020 Sierra HD is longer with a taller hoodline than the 2019 model, which gives it a more imposing look. However, GMC has designed the Sierra HD to be more approachable and easier to live with, thanks to details like a 1-inch lower bed height that makes for easier loading. last_img read more

Record mergers and acquisitions likely in India next year

first_imgIndia is heading into another calendar year of record mergers and acquisitions on the heels of the second year of topping global investments, an investment banking executive says.This year saw Walmart Inc, ArcelorMittal, and Berkshire Hathaway Inc on a buying spree taking India ahead of China for the second time, a Bloomberg report said citing a top Goldman Sachs manager.Deals in technology-driven consumer and financial services will keep the momentum going in the year ahead, says Sonjoy Chatterjee, chairman and co-chief executive, Goldman Sachs India.Goldman advised on two of the three biggest acquisitions involving Indian companies this year when $128 billion of transactions went through, he says.”All pools of global capital – from strategics to financial sponsors – are focused on India,” the report cites Chatterjee as saying. “Some of these large global companies are sitting on enormous amounts of cash. They need to get into markets which are important for them, and India is a top priority.”A mixture of factors helped India draw more investments than China. Foreign acquirers spent a record $39 billion on acquisitions in India this year, according to Bloomberg data.Regulators’ crackdown on bad loans put assets worth billions on the block at a time when Asia-focused private equity funds were looking to deploy liquid funds.Political uncertainties around elections are going to remain short-term and are unlikely to hurt investor confidence given the macroeconomic conditions, he said.”A painful but interesting churn is happening in India – driven by governance and capital – where you will see a new corporate order emerging by 2020,” Chatterjee told the news agency.”The third factor driving change in corporate India are families that want to rethink the future, either because of the next generation, an uncertain horizon or simply to optimise their portfolio and capital allocation.”He said there was a liquidity issue, which the government and the central bank were trying to tackle. “Investors who are serious, mature and deep will look at the data following disruptions in 2008 and 2013 and determine when to come back in. Going by empirical evidence, the sector takes about 18 months to reverse,” he added.last_img read more

Want to become doctor say majority of toppers

first_imgKolkata: Most of the toppers in the Madhyamik Examination expressed their desire to become doctors in order to serve people in the rural areas, while some others wanted to pursue research on various fields.Sougata Das of Mahammadpur Deshpran Vidyapith in East Midnapore, who topped the examination this year 99.98 percent marks, shared his happiness soon after the result was published. “I want to become a doctor. I thought that I would score good marks, but I never thought that I would come first in the Madhyamik Examination. It’s a great feeling. I want to serve the people after becoming a doctor,” Sougata said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShreyashi Paul of Falakata Girls’ High School in Alipurduar, who ranked second with 691 marks, was also amazed to see her name flashing on the television screens. She wants to become a doctor as well. “It is a great feeling for me. I was quite determined that I would score high marks but the idea of securing second position was far from my mind. My parents and elder sister have always supported and guided me. I will be pursuing science stream and want to be a doctor. I want to serve the poor people. There was no specific time for my studies. I used to study whenever I had time on my hands,” Shreyashi said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDebasmita Saha of Ila Devi Girls’ High School, who also secured the second position, said: “I am excited to see the result. I never thought that I would rank second. I had obtained 665 marks in my test examination. The number has gone up in the Madhyamik examination. I would give the credit to my parents and teachers. I used to study for 9-10 hours on an average basis. Listening to music, drawing and watching TV were my pastime habits. I want to become a doctor.” Camelia Roy of Raiganj Girls’ High School scored 689 and jointly stood third with two others. She said that she wants to pursue science and do research work in future. Bratin Mondal, who also stood third, is a student of Santipur Municipal High School. He said: “I did not indulge in mobile phone too much as it diverts the attention of students. I use mobile for getting information. I preferred not to indulge in social media. One should do creative things. I want to do research on physics. Both of my parents are physics teachers.”last_img read more

Clint Eastwood – The Quintessential Cowboy who was Allergic to Horses

first_imgWhen one thinks of Westerns one of the most recognizable figures to pop up is Clint Eastwood. Picture Clint in his iconic roles throughout his long career, from his star-making turn in A Fistful of Dollars (1964) to the Academy Award-winning Unforgiven (1992), from High Plains Drifter (1973) to Pale Rider (1985). You likely conjure his chiseled face, scruffy beard, and flat-brimmed hat, and you probably imagine his hands holding reins. Because he was almost always atop a horse. Only one problem: Clint Eastwood is allergic to horses.Clinton Eastwood, Jr. was born May 31, 1930, in San Francisco, California. Though his family moved often when he was young, he was raised in relative privilege. His home had a pool, and from an early age, he was athletic, a swimmer interested in healthy eating. As a young man, he worked as a lifeguard, a forest fighter, and golf caddy. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War, though he didn’t see action, serving instead as a lifeguard at Fort Ord in Northern California.While stationed at Fort Ord, Eastwood met a young movie assistant who’d later help him land his first audition in Hollywood. A few minor movie roles followed, but Eastwood finally got a breakthrough when he landed the part of Rowdy Yates on the hit CBS Western series Rawhide, which ran for eight seasons, and set the stage for his future career. During the Rawhide years, Clint cashed in by performing with other cast members at rodeos for as much as $15,000 a time.Publicity photo for Rawhide, 1961In 1963, after the show went off the air, his Rawhide co-star Eric Fleming suggested Eastwood for the spaghetti Western A Fistful of Dollars, to be directed by the then little known Sergio Leone. The film, which introduced a more desolate and unforgiving terrain than traditional Westerns, made a star of Eastwood. He reprised his character, The Man With No Name, in the classic followups, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The role became uber-Eastwood: gravely voiced, mysterious, not necessarily law-abiding but principled in his own way, a man of few words, though they were memorable and oft-repeated, and who, yes, almost always rode a horse. Ah-choo!As with allergies to cats and dogs, allergic reactions to horse are usually triggered by the animal’s dander, or flecks of skin and hair. Horse urine, saliva, and sweat can also trigger a reaction. Highly allergic people can have a reaction to clothing or equipment that has come in contact with a horse. Symptoms include red, watery eyes, sneezing, a runny nose, hives, and rashes. Antihistamines can help relieve symptoms.Other celebrities allergic to horses include Rachel McAdams, Kate Middleton, Sandra Bullock, Ellen Pompeo, and Gordon Ramsay.At a film shoot for The Eiger Sanction (1975) Photo: Beat Albrecht -CC BY-SA 4.0As it happens, Clint Eastwood is allergic to cats and dogs too. He likely suffered sneezing and sniffling in1978’s Every Which Way But Loose opposite his co-star—an orangutan.The Fistful trilogy was savaged by critics; some called Eastwood’s acting “wooden,” though a few conceded his coolness. Even so, the movies were box-office successes and established Eastwood as a major star, which has hardly dimmed in his nearly 60-year career.As the Man with No Name in A Fistful of Dollars (1964)Eastwood has appeared in 50 films over the years. A trained pianist, he has scored several of his own films, including Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, and Gran Torino. He has four Oscars—Best Picture and Best Director for Unforgiven; and Best Picture and Best Director for Million Dollar Baby. In the late 1980s, he served a two-year term as mayor of the wealthy boho town of Carmel-by-the Sea, California.As he approaches 90, Eastwood practices meditation has never smoked, eats healthfully, and continues to work: He directed Tom Hanks in the box-office hit Sully in 2016 and recently released a biographical thriller, The 15:17 to Paris, about an attempted terrorist train attack.Eastwood at the 2010 New York Film Festival Photo:Raffi Asdourian – Flickr CC BY 2.0Eastwood’s most recent cinematic efforts haven’t included horses. But if he were to return to riding, Horse Nation has a suggestion. Bashkir Curlies, a breed of horse known for its curly hair, are hypoallergenic. “Most people who are allergic to horses can handle them without suffering any allergic reaction,” Horse Nation reports. “Research indicates that a protein is missing from the hair of Curlies that may be what causes allergic reactions in allergy sufferers.”Related story from us: Eli Wallach almost got killed three times during the filming of Sergio Leone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”Even better news, according to the International Curly Horse Organization (yes, there is such a thing): Curlies are hard-working, easily trained horses well suited for western work. Perfect for Eastwood!last_img read more