WICB mourns passing of former president Peter Short

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has described the late Peter Short as “an extraordinary man” who was a “powerful voice” in the elevation of cricket in the Caribbean.In a statement released late yesterday, the WICB said it is saddened to hear of the passing of its former president and secretary following a lengthy illness in Barbados.Short, who also served as WICB’s representative on the International Cricket Council (ICC), died early Tuesday morning at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 89.”The directors, management and staff of the WICB send our collective, heartfelt condolences to the Short family and pledge to honour his life and legacy,” said WICB president Dave Cameron.”He was an extraordinary man. There are many in the Barbados and West Indies cricket community who will deeply mourn his passing, as his was a life of service, compassion and excellence.”Longest tenureShort was the longest-serving president of the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) between 1973 and 1993 before resigning to take up the presidency of the the WICB, which he held until 1996. He was first elected to the board of management of the BCA in 1964 and became its president when he succeeded Eric Inniss, who died suddenly in office. Only twice during his leadership of the BCA was Short challenged for the post.In 1989, Short was awarded Barbados’ Silver Crown of Merit for his contribution to cricket.Short, who was born in Trinidad and was married to a Barbadian, is a former captain of Barbados Division One champions Wonderers. He was also a cricket commentator from 1957 until 1979, covering every first-class and Test match at Kensington Oval.Short was predeceased by his wife, Ann, but leaves to mourn his son, Walter; daughters, Sally and Susan, along with four grandchildren.last_img read more

Trackers hosting meet and greet after naming new head coach

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Tukon Trackers have announced that they have hired a new head coach.The team announced last Thursday that it had hired David C. Johnston as their new head coach. Johnston has an array of experience under his belt, most recently serving as the former head coach of the BCHL’s Nanaimo Clippers.For prospective and returning players that are interested in meeting their new head coach, the Trackers will be hosting a pair of meet-and-greets this week. The first is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, August 16th in the Meeting Room of the Super 8 hotel in Dawson Creek. The second will take place on Wednesday night at the Energetic Learning Campus at the Pomeroy Sports Centre in Fort St. John. Start time for both meet-and-greets is 7:30 p.m.- Advertisement -To get more information, and find a link to the Trackers training camp registration forms, head to http://www.fsjminorhockey.ca/.last_img read more

Enerplex parking lot shows ‘green’ design

first_imgThe heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding that occurred on July 29 affected many low-lying areas in the city, including parking lots.However, new designs in parking lots have decreased the possibility of such flooding problems as what occurred at the Totem Mall.The Enerplex parking lot is one that was designed in a more ‘green’ manner.- Advertisement -According to the Director of Engineering Services Horacio Galanti, the lot was designed with a Storm Detention System, with two catchment areas. During a rainfall, the water travels along the surface to various catchbasins positioned around the parking lot and into a system of underground pipes.From the pipes, the water is stored in underground plastic chambers and subsequently released into the main storm system at a controlled rate.Together, both catchment areas can hold up to 225 cubic metres of water at any one time and would take approximately 2-3 hours to empty.Advertisement The design of the system allows the area to act similarly to a grass surface.Under the new Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw, this type of system has been mandatory in residential subdivisions and large commercial and institutional areas since June 2009.last_img read more

Fire department raising awareness with fire prevention week

first_imgFurthermore, Nicoll says they will have various fire trucks available for the public to view, along with a fire safety house which allows children to practice exiting a house in case of a fire.[asset|aid=3174|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2affdc713ec8ef99dcc1f3f3d08553ce-Greg Nicoll Fire Prevention 2_1_Pub.mp3] Throughout next week, firefighters will be visiting schools and giving presentations to students.On Wednesday evening, the department is encouraging residents to practice their fire evacuation plans and firefighters will be in and around the neighbourhood surrounding C.M. Finch Elementary School and will be available to speak with residents about their safety plans.The final event will be a draw for ‘Fire Chief for the Day’ on Oct.8. Nicoll says one lucky student will be chosen to take on the role. The student’s prize will consist of being driven to and from school in a fire truck and having lunch at the Fire Hall with both the Fire Chief and the Mayor.Advertisement – Advertisement -The Fort St. John Fire Department will be blazing through town for Fire Prevention Week.The aptly named theme for this year’s week of events is ‘Smoke Alarms: A sound you can live with’.Despite not having a parade kicking off this year’s week of events, the three fire departments from Charlie Lake, Taylor, and Fort St. John will be hosting a barbecue at the Canadian Tire parking lot on Saturday, beginning at 11:30 a.m.The barbecue will be by donation, with the money going towards the department’s burn fund, says Fire Prevention Officer Greg Nicoll. Nicoll says there will also be various fire prevention items on display for the public, such as emergency lights, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers.He says people will have the opportunity to use a fire extinguisher on a live fire and the department will also have a live fire demonstration.[asset|aid=3173|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2affdc713ec8ef99dcc1f3f3d08553ce-Greg Nicoll – Fire Prevention 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Photo:  Fire fighters show the proper technique when using a fire extinguisher – file photolast_img read more

Maranatha is victim of revenge

first_imgPASADENA – If there is a rubber match between the Pacific Hills and Maranatha high school boys basketball teams, it could be for all the marbles come March. The visiting Bruins, ranked No. 2 in this week’s CIF-SS Division V-AA poll, knocked off the top-ranked Minutemen 57-44 on Thursday to claim a share of the Delphic League title with Maranatha. It was a reversal of sorts. On Jan. 23, Maranatha was No. 2 when it knocked off the then top-ranked Bruins 54-49 at Pilibos High School. Thursday’s setback was the Minutemen’s (17-8, 7-1) first loss in eight games and it probably will cost them the top seed when the Division V-AA pairings are announced on Sunday. But the way Minutemen coach Doug Ravasdy explains it, if the Bruins (17-8, 7-1) are on opposite sides of the draw, there is only one place they can meet. “Hopefully this sets up for a showdown in the championship game,” Ravasady said. “I think we’re clearly the two best teams. We just have to get there.” It was turning into another barn-burner entering the fourth quarter tied, 31-31. It was also tied at half and the Minutemen led most of the way, although they never had more than a five-point lead. But the Bruins opened the fourth quarter scoring the first six points and turned it into a 19-3 run to take a commanding 50-34 lead. center_img Then it turned into a free-throw contest in the final three minutes and the Minutemen didn’t make their second field goal of the quarter until there was less than a minute remaining. The Minutemen connected on 5 of 15 free throws in the final period, but the Bruins lived at the line in the fourth, making 14 of 21 at the stripe. “A team like (Pacific Hills) is all about runs,” Ravasady said. “If you don’t control their runs and answer their runs, you have no chance to beat a team like that. “We have to learn how to make our easy shots and control our runs. We missed about six to eight layups and you’re not going to beat a championship team missing that many easy baskets.” The Bruins’ Joshua Wade finished with a game-high 21 points and 6-foot-7 center Alex Osborne finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Minutemen didn’t have any players in double figures as Derrick Sims and Josh Ivory finished with eight points apiece. Mark Elffers had five points, and Joseph Roland, Brandon Brown and Jeff Jepsen had four points each. fred.robledo@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 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

Kane seals Spurs place back in the Champions League

first_img0Shares0000Harry Kane celebrates scoring his 28th Premier League goal of the season to give Tottenham the lead against Newcastle. Photo/DMLONDON, United Kingdom, May 9 – Tottenham Hotspur will play Champions League football for a third consecutive year next season as Harry Kane’s winner earned a nervy 1-0 win over Newcastle at Wembley on Wednesday.Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Huddersfield means Spurs opened up a four-point gap on their London rivals with just one game of the Premier League season remaining. Victory also moved Mauricio Pochettino’s men above Liverpool into third.Spurs had won just one of their previous five games as a late season slump threatened to cost them Champions League football at the club’s new 62,000 capacity stadium next season.And in their penultimate match at temporary home Wembley, the hosts were grateful to some good fortune and wayward Newcastle finishing to seal their return to Europe’s premier club competition next season.A Christian Eriksen free-kick unconvincingly parried to safety by Martin Dubravka was Spurs’ only threat early on as a Newcastle side that has now lost their past four games since mathematically securing survival posed the greater threat.Jonjo Shelvey smashed a free-kick from the edge of the box off the post before Hugo Lloris produced a fine flying save to his right to parry a powerful header from Jamaal Lascelles.Dwight Gayle headed over a decent opportunity with a free header from close range and then saw a tame effort comfortably handled by Lloris once more.With tension among the home support rising, Spurs fans could barely believe their eyes when Kane completely failed to make contact as the ball fell invitingly for home with just Dubravka to beat just before the break.Kane on target: Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane vies with Newcastle United midfielder Mohamed Diame© AFP Ian KINGTONKane hasn’t been at his best since returning from ankle ligament damage last month that kept him sidelined for three weeks.However, England’s talisman still can’t be offered too many clear-cut chances, and he made amends to settle Spurs’ nerves five minutes into the second-half.Son Heung-min’s low cross teed up Kane to open his body and curl home his 39th goal of the season into the top corner.Confidence restored, Spurs could have added to their lead as Dubravka did well to save from Jan Vertonghen’s volleyed effort.However, there were still a few scares to survive for Spurs men as Ayoze Perez fluffed his lines with a great chance to equalise and Matt Richie saw claims for a penalty as he went down under a challenge from Lloris waved away.Newcastle substitute Jacob Murphy then had the visitors best chance of the night, but blasted high and wide to a palpable sense of relief.The Spurs fans rose to their feet to greet Toby Alderweireld’s return as a substitute. The Belgian having been sidelined by Pochettino in recent months reportedly due to his refusal to sign a new contract with the club.And seconds later there were more celebrations as news of the full-time score filtered through from Stamford Bridge that Chelsea’s Champions League chase had faltered.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

DDTV – ANDREW GETS BANG FOR HIS PUCK AS HE RAISES €10,500

Donegal hurling legend Andrew Wallace is best known as a proud Burt man but most of all a lover of hurling. The former hurling star and Donegal hurling manager may have stopped playing competitively for Donegal but he recently faced another challenge.The well-known former sportstar took on a huge challenge in the form of the Westport sea2summit Challenge.the supreme endurance challenge for 2012, the Westport sea2summit Challenge.The sea2summit challenge is made up of a 45 K run, 8 K cycle, 5k mountaon climb (Croagh Patrick), 35 K cycle run and a 4 K obstacle course run. The total distance covered in the challenge is 56.5 K Andrew managed to raise €10,500 for MS Ireland and the Donegal Hospice.Simply click to view.With thanks to our friends in Wallace Media for the video footage. DDTV – ANDREW GETS BANG FOR HIS PUCK AS HE RAISES €10,500 was last modified: January 31st, 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:Andrew WallaceSea2summit challenge read more

So long and good riddance? One Black Hole fan’s final game at the Coliseum

first_img Raiders Straight Talk: Derek Carr speculation won’t stop any time soon Fittingly, the Raiders came to a crashing halt in their farewell game in Oakland — much to the bitter disappointment of the Black Hole denizens.That’s the place Jackson had invested 14 years of her life.Hundreds of face-painted, costume-wearing fans crammed into one of the most notorious and colorful seating sections in American sports for a gathering that was part family reunion, part wake.Mostly it was a teary-eyed, beer-soaked going-away party for this small segment of the 52,788 fans in attendance Sunday.As they’ve done so many times before, the Raiders left fans reeling in a second-half collapse that led to a 20-16 defeat. Soon they depart for Las Vegas and a modern, glitzy $1.9 billion stadium expected to open next summer. A more accurate reply, she admits, would’ve been “Maybe.”“I’ll have to see how I feel,” she said later. “I’ll always follow the Raiders.”Standing by her car hours later in the December twilight, Jackson kept repeating that she thinks the Raiders will play a few games in Oakland next year because the Las Vegas Stadium will not be ready for the 2020 season.Then she stopped herself.“It’s the last time I’ll be here,” Jackson said. “I head home and that’s a wrap.”It was true. This time goodbye felt like the real thing. How 6-8 Raiders can still make NFL playoffs after 4-game losing streak CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Sad. Mad. Cheated.Veronica Jackson, aka Mz Feisty Raider, summarized what many fans near and far felt Sunday as the sun finally set on the NFL at the Oakland Coliseum. Raiders Hudson, Brown make Pro Bowl; Waller, Jacobs do not Raiders’ Trent Brown goes to I.R., Jacobs won’t play against Chargers Boy gets caught in Black Hole frenzy, leaves with Derek Carr’s towel Jackson, 43 from Salinas, stood on a seat, reacting with outstretched middle fingers as the Jacksonville Jaguars scored with 31 seconds left to somehow overcome a 16-3 deficit in a matter of 15 minutes.She did not get the moniker Mz Feisty for nothing.SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times.But Jackson mostly remained stoic while Black Hole mates nearby screamed obscenities in a section where “F-bombs” are as commonplace as hellos.The south end zone section of the Coliseum became home to a community of devotees like Jackson who turned Sundays into a semi-weekly Halloween festival. It began organically when the team returned from Los Angeles to Oakland in 1995.Cleveland has its “Dog Pound” and Green Bay its Cheese Heads. But those fans cannot match the passion and grittiness of the Black Hole where the participants share the duality of love and hate, sometimes in the same breath.Jackson has been coming for the love of it since 2005, as she developed lasting friendships through fanbase charity golf tournaments and other events. If misery loves company, then Jackson came to the right place.No one in the raucous section could find a Silver-and-Black-lining on this day even as thousands of fans lingered in the place they had felt so at home in for 25 years. The fraying threads of the Coliseum appealed to deep-rooted fans who took pride in an underdog mentality as Oakland lived in the shadow of glittery San Francisco.“It’s nice to have a new stadium, but I love our little craphole here,” Jackson said. “I love our broken seats, broken cup holders. We don’t need fancy.”While many said they would make the trek to Las Vegas when possible, the afternoon felt like the end of a piece of the NFL’s past. None of the Oakland contingent thinks Las Vegas fans can re-create the aura they had cultivated and nourished. Firstly, the Las Vegas parking is not conducive to the Coliseum’s massive tailgate parties.“It’s like getting the Grateful Dead together without Jerry Garcia,” said Black Hole fan Albert Diaz of San Diego. “It won’t be the same.”Jackson, a mother of two adult children, knew something precious had come to an end Sunday as much as she kept denying it.  She has never been the Black Hole’s most flamboyant character. But Jackson was part of the fabric that challenged the conventions of fandom.“The feeling once you go in there is so just alive and so vibrant,” she said. “Other sections are so boring. It’s so somber. They’re just sitting down.”Throughout the dismal second half, Jackson either stood quietly, screamed encouragement, or, as she had promised in the morning, sent a torrent of salty language toward those on the field.She contributed to the deafening din,  screaming every time the defense needed a stop in the woeful fourth quarter.Jackson also was not exactly surprised by the crushing outcome after witnessing only one winning season — in 2016 — since first going to a game in 2005. Jackson recalled meeting star receiver Jerry Rice in Las Vegas one time during an autograph promotion.“You’re a Raiders fan, huh?” Rice asked.“Through the good and the bad and the bad and the bad,” Jackson said she told him.The bad did not discourage her from continuing to return to the Coliseum. She was not about to miss Sunday’s finale.Jackson got a room by the Oakland International Airport so she could hang with friends on the eve of the game. They congregated Saturday night at the 991 Club in San Leandro. Jackson said she returned to her room at 4 a.m.Yet gameday preparations started just after 7 o’clock. Jackson chugged Dr. Pepper — her coffee — while applying makeup. Jackson is known for wearing a fedora hat over her long, chocolate brown hair and costume contact lens.She was dressed Sunday head to toe in Raider gear, including an Oakland shield chain necklace and dangling team-style earrings.Jackson became a Raiders fan while watching football with her grandfather, Arthur Jackson. Her grandfather loved the 49ers. But she loved the Raiders and their pirate image. Jackson said he looked as if he could have been former Raiders owner Al Davis’ brother.“He hated that,” she added.Although Jackson wanted to watch parades and cartoons on television, she also wanted to spend time with her grandfather. She was a bona fide fan by the time Jackson entered middle school.But she never imagined it would come to this.After triple checking that her makeup was in place, Jackson put a box of tissues into her purse. “I’ll be using these all day,” she said.Jackson then brought her luggage to her blue Lincoln with the license plate: FYZTR8R for Feisty Raider.Once inside the parking lot, Jackson was in her element. She bounced about thousands of other black-clad fans stopping at her friends’ tailgate tents as if on a pub crawl. “Tell Me When to Go” by Bay Area rapper E-40 blared across the parking lot.Jackson was stopped by an Oakland police officer who gave her a hug. “Come down and see me later,” he told her.Later, she bumped into former Los Angeles Raiders linebacker Jerry Robinson. More hugs and selfies for posterity.Jackson kept making the rounds. She dropped off a tequila bottle she had decorated in Raiders motif at the Darth Raider tent for an auction.A little later, Jackson, a personal assistant and creative artist, encountered Raiders fan Hector Marquez of Seattle. After they hugged, Marquez asked, “See you in Vegas?”“Yeah,” Jackson said.Related Articleslast_img read more

South African fly farm to produce protein from waste

first_img10 July 2014The world’s largest commercial fly farm, which will harvest the larvae of 8.5-billion flies to produce food for chickens, pigs and farmed fish, is under construction in South Africa, news agency Bloomberg reported on Thursday.Cape Town- and Gibraltar-based company Agriprotein has raised US$11-million from investors to build its first two commercial farms – the first in a planned rollout of 40 such farms – based on an innovative waste-to-protein concept that could revolutionize the global animal feed market.In a process that has been under development since 2009, Agriprotein uses flies reared on an industrial scale to lay eggs that are hatched into larvae fed on readily available organic waste material – including out-of-date and uneaten food, animal manure and abattoir waste.The larvae are then harvested and dried into a natural and sustainable feed – dubbed and trademarked MagMeal (from “maggot meal”) – for chicken, pigs and farmed fish. Also generated during the process are an extruded oil (MagOil) and a nutrient-rich fertilizer (MagSoil)“Instead of polluting the environment with abattoir and other organic waste, it is turned into high-quality protein that can naturally replace fishmeal in industrial farming and help save our seas,” the company said in a recent statement.Agriprotein broke ground on its first industrial scale factory, located in Cape Town, in May, and expects the plant to come on line in 2015 and produce seven tonnes of MagMeal, three tonnes of MagOil and 20 tonnes of MagSoil per day. Its second factory will also be built in South Africa, at a location still to be decided.The company has received product approval in South Africa and is confident that its insect protein meal will achieve European acceptance as an animal feed within 24 months.After all, the company says, insect larvae are the natural food of chickens in the wild and fish in streams, with a nutritional composition as good as that of fishmeal and better than soya – the two most commonly used sources of protein animal feed used by industrial farmers.And while land-based soya plantations require vast amounts of land and water, and and over-fishing has put a strain on the supply of fish meal – helping to drive the prices of both protein sources up in recent years – waste nutrient sources for fly larvae are abundantly available.Five years of academic and manufacturing research conducted with the help of the University of Stellenbosch’s Animal Nutritional Department has, according to Agriprotein, proven the efficiency of larvae protein in a range of farmed animals.In chickens, larvae protein has been shown to produce better weight gain and less gizzard erosion than fishmeal. Gizzard erosion is a dietary deficiency disease affecting younger birds.AgriProtein’s backers include Australia’s Twynam Agricultural Group, German fashion company s.Oliver, as well as UK, US and South African investors.The company says it will start licensing its nutrient recycling technology worldwide in 2015, adding: “Within 15 years we will consider it as normal to recycle our waste nutrients as we do our paper, tin and glass today.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Share the Joy of Geocaching & See the Results

first_imgIt’s a fact: geocaching is better with friends. And another fact: geocachers love stats. Now you can bring your friends along, share the high-fives and earn a few more stats with the brand new Geocaching Refer-a-Friend page.Many geocachers found out about their favorite hobby from a friend or family member. You can invite your friends, family, acquaintances, favorite pizza delivery person, hairstylist… You get the idea.Share your personal invitation link on Facebook and Twitter, or with an email. And remember: as your friends find and hide geocaches, you can see a brand new set of stats start to climb. Invite your friends now and go geocaching!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching 2 by 2 – Power your Relationships with GeocachingJune 3, 2013In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Planetary Pursuit launch support (aka FAQ)February 27, 2018In “News”Planetary Pursuit Starthilfe (aka FAQ)February 27, 2018In “Deutsch”last_img read more