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Kaneta torpedoes Robbins at Navy

first_imgNear Pins: Tony Robbins (2), Geoff Cox, Stuart Tinkler.On a beautiful morning 11 players set out to a course we have not played in a while and were very pleased to be welcomed by an affordable green fee for the full package.The course was looking lush and in good condition although we found that the greens were a bit slow, with many golfers not putting up to the hole.  There were also some complaints about the dogs and their habit of making the bunkers a resting place, which made for impossible shots.  We also had some welcome rain while out on the course but this only delayed us by about fifteen minutes.Scores very close and Mashi Kaneta and Tony Robbins battled it out all day, with Mashi finally taking the honors with 32 points.  Les Hall crept into third place with 30 points, winning on count-back from Frank Quinlan, Geoff Cox and Stuart Tinkler.Wednesday, May 18, Greenwood B & C – Stableford1st Geoff Parker (15) 34pts2nd Tony Robbins (15) 33ptsNear Pins: Peter AllenHeavy rain all night that continued through the morning as we left Pattaya reduced numbers and only 8 players made it to Greenwood.  To our surprise the rain cleared and we played a course in terrific condition and in beautiful weather.Geoff Parker made a welcome return to the winner’s spot with 34 points while there was a three-way tie at 33 points for second, with Tony Robbins edging out Stuart Tinkler and Jimmy Carr on count-back.This course was in excellent condition and very good value with the current discount package and seems to be one of the few courses that is not suffering from the recent heatwave.Only one near pin was won, Peter Allen scooping the pool yet again but only by using his driver.Friday, May 20, Crystal Bay B & C (white tees) – Stableford1st Neil Carter (14) 36pts2nd Peter Allen (29) 35ptsNear Pins: Tony Robbins, Peter Allen, Neil Carter.Heavy overnight rain again deterred people and only 7 golfers made the trip to Crystal Bay on Friday.  However, we enjoyed excellent golfing weather on a course managing the drought very well.  We like this course and the staff are helpful and the renovation of the B course is applauded but we were disappointed to see the lack of attention to the bunkers, with numerous instances of weeds encroaching.Peter Allen set off like a tornado and with 21 points on the front nine he looked set to finally break that magic 100 score.  However golf bites back and his back nine 14 points for a total of 35 again left him over 100 and being knocked off the top podium spot by Neil Carter with 36.It is getting near the end of the month and things are getting tight in golfer of the month with only 4 rounds to go and only 7 shots separating 5 players, with Tony Robbins heading Stuart Tinkler by 1 and Neil Carter by 3Two Bunker boys hosted 14 international visitors at Phoenix on Saturday and it turned out to be a very disappointing experience.  All the tees, blue and white were on the yellow or sometimes red locations for 18 holes.  The marshall said they were resting the tees.  So we had international visitors paying close to THB 4,000 to play the ladies tees!  And to compound the problem all the bunkers had piles of sand in them carefully raked around but no GUR indication.  This group has played at Phoenix for the past 8 years and loved it but this time they were appalled at the redesign of the Lakes nine and have vowed never to play here again.Note: It was a big week for The Bunker Boys with the Ranch Bar closing and us moving to a new home.  We are now at the M Club which is located 100 metres along Soi 14 off Pattaya 3rd Rd.  We still play every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and we welome new golfers who do not need to book in advance and only need to be at our departure point by 9.30am.  Call mark on 084 758 9907 for details. PSC Bunkers Boys GolfMonday, May 16, Plutaluang N & W (white tees) – Stableford1st Mashi Kaneta (15) 32pts2nd Tony Robbins (15) 31pts3rd Les Hall (24) 30ptslast_img read more

Sticking with

first_imgBy Melissa MeehanWHILE many will be nursing a post Grand Final Day hangover, Tammy Brisbane and her family will be…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Sports Shorts

first_imgSports Shorts The Monmouth Power Sports Club is looking for dedicated and team-oriented players for its 16- and 17-year-old AAU boys basketball teams for the upcoming season (February-November). Call (732) 833-5020 or e-mail monmouthpower@aol.com. Players should be college oriented, dedicated, goal-oriented and willing to play about 80 games for the nine-month season. The MPSC is also looking for dedicated and team-oriented Rutgers Safety Certified coaches for the boys program. Daniel P. Maloney, past exalted ruler of Middletown Elks Lodge 2179, and local event director for the Elks Hoop Shoot, has announced the winners of the recent event. Held at the Croyden Hall gymnasium, the children competed in their respective age group, and scored more free throw baskets than others in their group. Winners of the local event will continue to the South Central District competition, where they will compete against winners of other Elks Lodges’ events. Winners of that event will continue to state and region competitions, and eventually to a National Shoot. Winners of the Middletown Elks Lodge 2179 event were: (Girls 8-9) Christine Borghese of New Monmouth; (Girls 10-11) Drew Pedone of Keansburg; and (Girls 12-13) Michelle Borghese of New Monmouth. Michelle was recently crowned Girls 12-13 Soccer Shoot winner in the Region II Soccer Shoot held in Martinsburg, W. Va. The boys’ age 8-9 champ was Cody Thompson of Port Monmouth; the age 10-11 champ was Nick Ciccone of the East Keansburg section of Middletown, and age 12-13 champ was Sean Wentz of Hazlet. These local champs will all be recognized at the Elks Youth Awards Breakfast to be held March 14 at the Elks Lodge. Their families will all be invited to the awards presentation and a breakfast prepared by fellow Elks. The Middletown Elks Lodge 2179, located in the Belford section of Middletown, is a fraternal organization dedicated to helping those less fortunate than themselves. Their major programs center around the youth, handicapped children, scholarships for academic students, and hospitalized veterans. For further information about the Elks, and their many programs, contact the lodge at (732) 495-2733, or the lodge Web site at http://middletownelks.com. Michelle Borghese of New Monmouth, a student at Thorne Middle School, recently competed in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Region II Soccer Shoot, and placed first in the girls age 12-13 category. Michelle has been a consistent champion in both soccer and basketball, and plays for the Middletown Cyclones, a travel team, as well as for the Thorne Middle School team. She also plays basketball with the BYAA. The Region II Soccer Shoot was held in Martinsburg, W.Va., where participants from Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey all received trophies. Each was the winner of her or his respective state. Michelle began by winning the Middletown Elks Lodge 2179 event and progressed to the district, region and state levels, taking top honors at each location. The competitors each kick a ball at a goal divided into different point sections. Michelle was the highest point-scoring female for the 2003 event, and was able to help bring the Kenneth V. Cantoli trophy back to New Jersey. The trophy is awarded to the state whose participants score the most points for the day. This is the fourth year in a row that Michelle has placed in the New Jersey State Elks Association event. The Angels All-Stars Cheerleading Association will hold a Breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 12 Route 36, Middletown. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children under age 12 and are available at the door. The event is a fund-raiser for the March team trip to compete in the Americheer National Cheerleading Competition in Orlando, Fla. The event will feature a hot breakfast, door prizes, pictures with Santa, 50/50 raffles, a gift auction, face painting, a craft and “My Sports Dreams.” The Angels All Stars Cheerleading Association has been in existence for 10 years and is a competition cheerleading program comprised of more than 50 youths and young adults from the Bayshore area. Cheerleading offers the girls the opportunity to learn teamwork, cooperation, leadership, sportsmanship, respect and personal achievement. The senior squad placed sixth at the Americheer National Cheerleading Competition in March 2000. For more information, contact Debbie at (732) 530-4752. The Hazlet Youth Athletic League will hold registration for its 2004 baseball/softball season for boys ages 5-18 and girls ages 5-16 on Jan. 14, 21 and 28 from 7-9 p.m. at Middle Road School, and Feb. 7 from 9-11 a.m. at Raritan High School’s cafeteria. Registration fees, which include a $30 raffle book donation, are as follows: boys and girls ages 5-12 — one child $85, two children $105, three or more $130: boys 13-18 and girls 13-16 — $115 per child. A separate work deposit check of $200 dated April 1, 2004, is required. Birthday cutoffs are as follows: boys — July 31; and girls — December 31. All new HYAL participants are required to provide proof of residency and birth certificate. Please call (732) 264-3060 with any questions. The Aberdeen-Matawan Girls Softball League will hold its annual softball registration for ages 5-17 during the months of December and January. Registration will be held at the Matawan Municipal Community Center Dec. 10 and Jan. 14 and 21, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration will also be held on Dec. 13 and Jan. 10 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All first-time players need to submit a copy of their birth certificate. The Bayshore Jammers U11 girls AAU basketball team seeks players born in 1992. Tryouts will be held in early January. The team is based in Hazlet/Keyport/Keansburg/Middletown area. Call (732) 581-6288 or e-mail Bayshorejammers@aol.com for additional information.last_img read more

WATCH: UFC fighter accidentally soils herself mid-fight

first_imgJustine Kish shit herself. #UFCOKC 👇 pic.twitter.com/dX936oi3h1— Davei Boi (@Davei_Boi) June 26, 2017ADVERTISEMENT 8 injured in foot bridge collapse in Negros Occidental Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marck Espejo shines in triumphant Thailand debut Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. New Queen: Hallasgo dethrones Tabal in Milo Marathon Magnitude 4.2 earthquake jolts Batangas LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Professional fighters have to endure a certain amount of stress before each bout and, on top of that, stay focused on their opponent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnNow imagine balancing all that with an uncooperative gastrointestinal system.Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Strawweight Justine Kish experienced quite a fecal episode during her match with Felice Herrig during UFC Fight Night 112 over the weekend. With only 12 seconds remaining in their bout, the 29-year-old Russian-American fighter had to fend off an extremely tight choke to avoid being submitted.According to MMAJunkie, Kish was within seconds of losing consciousness but managed to squeeze out of the dangerous position.However, viewers were appalled to see several brown stains on the mat as she made her escape. Kish ultimately lost the fight by unanimous decision.Shortly after her messy episode, Kish took to Twitter to address her unusual case.Although she did not admit or deny outright her pooping accident, she seemed to take it in stride.ADVERTISEMENT Australian Open: A look at Serena, other things to know View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet I am a warrior, and I will never quit #ShitHappens haha be back soon.— Justine Kish (@JustineKish) June 26, 2017“I am a warrior, and I will never quit #Sh*tHappens haha be back soon,” she wrote.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: MMA fighter brought to tears after brutal groin kickSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: McGregor in awe of mural showing him punching Mayweather Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyerlast_img read more

A Visit to Bomi Lake

first_imgSometimes the most exciting weekend activities are visits to places that are off limits to the mind. That makes the journey all the more fascinating; especially to places we don’t get to visit often. Bomi Lake is situated in the middle of the surrounding mountains and is about 300 feet deep. The area was once an iron ore mine owned by the Liberia Mining Company, which finally closed down in the late 1970s due to the reduction of iron ore on the world market.After we passed Tubmanburg, the capital city of Bomi County, the LIB Life team had to stop and ask for directions, as the road leading to the lake has no signs directing travelers on their expedition. The road from Tubmanburg to Bomi Lake is not that long but is a very rough, uphill terrain. It is recommended that a sport-utility or higher-built vehicle be used when accessing the lake. The lake is a regular hangout spot for many youth living in Tubmanburg. On the way up the mountain, there are groups of them going and coming from the place, and can readily give directions on the right way. It only took us a few minutes before we parked in front of our destination: a calm, beautiful lake with an amazing history.As we drove through the rock, the spectacular view revealed itself in the sun’s reflection on top of the water, giving it the blue surface from whence its name is derived. When our LIB Life team drove further down to the mouth of the lake, I noticed that the iron ore mining operations had left large cascading platforms on the mountains, but that was not all. I was surprised to find that the water had risen to the extent that it covered the vast hole left behind. I began to wonder where the water came from to fill the crater, since it is not linked to any flowing water sources. When I asked one of the boys who were taking care of the area to show me where the water came from, he pointed his finger directly up a mountain far above the lake in front of me. It became clear to me that the waters sprang from there and ran down into the crater. Indeed, the mark indicating the water’s origin and trail was clear. On that particular day, however, I saw no water running down into the crater, and I again asked why. He explained to me that we are in the dry season; but that when the rains arrive, the water will flow again. Whether rain or shine, however, the lake never rises above its banks, nor does it run dry.It was not just the color of the water that fascinated me but also its warmth, purity, and the incredible beauty of the entire environment. The singing of the weaver birds from their nest-covered trees rendered my mind stress free like never before and the cool air gave me a warm sense of relaxation. The site would be wonderful for a hotel or casino, and of course water sports. The water level is absolutely stable, making it a fantastic scuba diving spot. There is ample flat ground around the lake for picnics and other group or more private activities. The lake is managed by the office of the Mayor of Tubmanburg, which is responsible to keep it clean and safe. There is a cost to enter the facility: approximately L$100 per person and US$5 for vehicles. From the trip, I came away with the overwhelming conclusion that if Bomi Lake is properly taken care of, it definitely has the potential to rival any world-class tourist destination.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No to legalisation of marijuana

first_imgDear Editor,We learnt that President David Granger has said that the “removal of custodial sentences for possession of small amounts of cannabis is on the cards for Guyana” in sections of the media.Editor, with the growing movement to legalise marijuana for medical purposes, the drug has become increasingly accessible, and its use has become more widely accepted. Its use is particularly common among young adults, with a high percentage endorsing its use.Many members of our local and international medical community have acknowledged the therapeutic value of the drug as well, but its social, health, and occupational risks remain as real as ever.Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant, also known as hemp. Marijuana is often smoked for the fastest delivery of its primary active ingredient.The buds and leaves can also be consumed in foods or liquids. While marijuana does come from a natural plant source, this does not necessarily mean that it is safe — many illicit drugs are derived from botanical sources, but can still have harmful effects.The American Medical Association (AMA) recognises that medical marijuana can play a role in treating nerve pain, preventing muscle spasms, and restoring appetite in people with chronic illness. But the AMA adds that the organisation wants to ensure that as a psychoactive drug, marijuana should be subject to the same safety precautions as any other drug in its class.In popular culture, smoking a joint is often considered no more harmful than having a beer, and many people who smoke pot enjoy the relaxing effects of the drug. In our stressful, accelerated world, marijuana can slow things down and make stress seem to melt away.In reality, though, marijuana can interfere with motor coordination, short-term memory, and concentration. And regular marijuana smoking can damage the respiratory tract.Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the ingredient in marijuana that fosters dependence and leads to cravings with chronic marijuana use. Cravings can be triggered through neurological changes that disrupt the brain’s reward-seeking circuitry or by psychological issues like stress.Some susceptible users may even develop patterns of use that qualify as an addiction to marijuana, as categorised by the American Psychiatric Association. According to clinical guidelines, some of these signs may signal an addiction to marijuana.Withdrawal symptoms often resemble quite the opposite effects as those sought by using the drug in the first place, which means that if you smoke weed on a daily basis and you suddenly lose access to pot, you may start to feel angry and tense. Frequent or heavy smokers who stop using the drug may experience the mild withdrawal symptoms.You may know many people who smoke a joint now and then without developing any of the signs of addiction or dependence. You may even be one of these casual users yourself. But if you think there’s no danger of becoming dependent on marijuana, take a look at these statistics.Marijuana is a sedating drug that acts on the central nervous system to create a sense of relaxation, reduce sensations of pain, and impact several of your body’s involuntary processes.The primary components of marijuana – THC and cannabidiol – act on the cannabinoid receptors in the brain in the following ways.Like alcohol, marijuana can impede motor coordination and slow reaction times, making it dangerous to drive while you’re under its influence.In addition to altering the way you think, learn, and react to hazards, marijuana can affect the way you feel too.Marijuana is the most commonly-used illicit substance, and smoking is the most popular way to use marijuana – inhalation quickly delivers THC to the brain via the lungs.Marijuana smokers tend to inhale more deeply than tobacco smokers and release the smoke from their lungs more slowly. Regardless, marijuana smoke has been found to be significantly less carcinogenic and harmful than tobacco smoke, though this does not mean that it is safe. Some research continues to explore the relationship between marijuana use and lung cancer.Marijuana has been popular among teens for years, but a recent spike in marijuana use among young people has addiction experts worried. Statistics from Monitoring the Future, an ongoing study of youth in the United States, show that marijuana use among junior high and high school students has risen over the past few years.Marijuana is the second most widely-used substance among adolescents. During the adolescent years, the brain and body are still developing, so disruption of this development may cause lasting effects.Recovery requires a combination of approaches to address the physical, emotional, and psychological aspects of substance abuse. Individual counselling can help you explore the reasons why you’ve come to depend on marijuana, while group therapy and drug education can provide you with valuable coping strategies for staying clean and sober.The focus is on behavioural therapy, the type of which will depend on the doctor and the user — most treatment programmes will adapt their therapy to the patient’s needs.It is also a common therapeutic technique that helps users address their reasons for abusing marijuana as well as teaches them how to resist future use and temptations by identifying faulty or unhelpful thoughts and beliefs around their use.I think that the President should not allow the legalisation of marijuana as it would not be of benefit to our society.Yours faithfully,Rooplall Dudhnathlast_img read more

Rosberg trumps Hamilton in Hungary chaos

first_imgDefending three-time champion Hamilton, who is just one point behind Rosberg after 10 of this year’s 21 races, was 0.143 seconds behind his rival as the pair secured their team’s sixth front-row lockout of the season.“It was a really challenging qualifying with the changing conditions all the time,” said Rosberg, 31.“I’ve been feeling really good out there the whole weekend in all conditions. I’m looking forward to the race and the great opportunity tomorrow.”Hamilton looked to be on course to take pole when on an improved best lap he came across Spaniard Fernando Alonso’s McLaren spinning off the track dangerously in front of him.The Briton had to take evasive action, which cost him time, before Rosberg came round and was able to continue without easing off.“It was unfortunate with Fernando, but these things happen,” said a stony-faced Hamilton, who has been gnawing away at Rosberg’s lead in the standings and is chasing a third win in succession.“I did the best I could do and it’s a long race tomorrow so I’ll give it everything I’ve got.”The two Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo, who was also affected by Alonso’s spin, and Dutch teenager Max Verstappen were third and fourth ahead of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was unable to progress from Q2 in the treacherous conditions.There was a whiff of controversy, with Red Bull team chief Christian Horner suggesting that the race stewards should investigate to see if Rosberg had lifted off sufficiently in response to double-waved yellow warning flags after the Alonso incident.But Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff moved swiftly to defend Rosberg, who signed a new two-year contract with the team on Friday.– Red flags abound –Spaniards Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso and Alonso were sixth and seventh ahead of Briton Jenson Button in the second McLaren, Nico Hulkenberg of Force India and Valtteri Bottas of Williams, who was 10th fastest.Rosberg’s success brought him his 26th career pole position and his 50th front-row start for a race he has never won.Heavy rain delayed the start of Q1 by 20 minutes, flooding many parts of the paddock, including television commentary booths.“It’s pretty hairy out there, there’s a lot of spray and standing water,” said Williams deputy team chief Claire Williams.“The most important thing is the safety of our drivers.”When it did finally get going, there were four red flags in Q1 alone, as the drivers struggled badly.One of the victims was Swede Marcus Ericsson in his Sauber, slamming into advertising boards in front of a tyre barrier at Turn Ten, and bring another red flag with nine minutes remaining.Then his team-mate Felipe Nasr crashed. He was unhurt, but like Ericsson, his day was over.Another red flag, the fourth, with five minutes to go ensured a thrilling finale to Q1.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in action during the third practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 9, 2016/PHOTO/AFPBUDAPEST, Hungary, July 23-  Nico Rosberg rode his luck to grab pole position for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a prolonged qualifying session punctuated by rainstorms and red flags.The championship-leading German produced a fastest lap of one minute and 19.965 seconds at the end of a session stretched to nearly two hours by heavy rain and crashes in the hazardous conditions on the twisting Hungaroring circuit on Saturday.last_img read more

Is Messi only candidate for Ballon d’Or?

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England, November 2- There is little doubt in my mind that Leo Messi will be the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner when the award is handed out in Zurich in January of next year. As much as it would be interesting to speculate about who else could win it, there is no point.There are a lot of fantastic footballers in the list of finalists unveiled on Tuesday, but Messi is the master.This is a man who is head and shoulders above everyone else in the world of football right now. This is someone who is probably, along with Diego Maradona, Pele and Zinedine Zidane, one of the best players who has ever walked the earth. He may be little, but any player wanting to wrestle the award away from him any time soon is going to have a tough time.As a matter of fact, arguably his closest competitor is Messi’s Barcelona teammate Xavi.Considering he led Spain to their first ever World Cup title last year, the midfielder should have been crowned the best player in the world in 2010.I have been a long time admirer of the playmaker’s skills and believe he should have won at least one individual award over the last couple of years.However, it is easy to understand why he didn’t. After all, he has a much flashier teammate who scores bags of goals every single year, so it was always going to be tough for him to come out on top.What about Cristiano Ronaldo, you ask? Well he is a phenomenal footballer, but the fact that Real Madrid have been playing second fiddle to Barcelona for the last few years, means he doesn’t have much of a chance to win the award right now.I know Cristiano reasonably well and I know he wants to be the best player in the world so badly it hurts. That’s why he arrives early and leaves training late so often.That’s why he has worked so hard on his body to become not only a gifted footballer but a powerful athlete as well. What I think is missing from Ronaldo’s CV is a career-defining goal.Messi had the slalom against Getafe a few years ago in the cup. He has since scored some unbelievable solo goals while Ronaldo has become more of a finisher who, though deadly, does not dribble as much or as well as the little Argentine.As far as the prize for best coach in the world is concerned, that has to go to Pep Guardiola, hasn’t it? It’s not what Barcelona win, it’s how they win it – with a brand of football that leaves everyone hypnotized.Pass after pass after pass and before you know it, the ball is in the back of the net. In my mind this is the best team the world has ever seen, and Guardiola has to get a lot of credit for their achievements.I can’t wait to see him at another club. This might be his last season at the Camp Nou and it will be curious to see whether he can adapt to a different philosophy of football, or press his way of thinking onto another club.Pedro Pinto is a sports anchor for CNN International.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

New report claims significant increase in windenergy by 2025

first_imgA document released today at the CanWEA’s 27th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Vancouver debuted “WindVision 2025”, stating that B.C. can satisfy 17 per cent of its projected electricity demands with clean, affordable wind energy by 2025.Windvision, A Strategy for British Columbia, describes the province’s significant advantage when it comes to wind energy and the resulting economic, social and environmental benefits that can be achieved with a stable and supportive policy environment.CanWEA believes that sharing wind energy as a percentage of total generation within B.C. can increase from its current 250 megawatts or 1 per cent of electricity demands, to 5,250 megawatts or 17 per cent by 2025.- Advertisement -Between now and 2025, CanWEA believes that following through with WindVision would result in $16 billion of investment in the province, with over $3.7 billion of direct benefits to B.C. communities during the construction phase alone. Implementation of the program would generate an estimated 22,500 person-years of employment during construction and 7,500 person-years of employment during the 20-25 year lifespan of the wind energy project.Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA says, “this province has a proud history of responsible and strategic development of its natural resources. The time is now for B.C. to act decisively to expand wind energy integration as a key energy component in building a stronger, cleaner and more affordable power system for B.C. families and businesses.”The WindVision document links the compatibility of wind energy with the province’s existing cleanenergy targets and B.C.’s expectation for cost-competitive, low-impact, zero-emission electricity. The report also demonstrates that wind energy is extremely cost-competitive when compared to conventional forms of new electricity generation. Pairing wind energy with the province’s existing hydroelectric infrastructure would result in an electricity system ideally suited for the future needs of British Columbians.Advertisement Currently, B.C. rates 6th in Canada in installed wind energy capacity, but that ranking will improve as wind energy captured just under half of the successful bids in B.C. Hydro’s 2008 Clean Power Call.To view the full WindVision document, visit the CanWEA official website.last_img read more

Benzema a witness in money-laundering case

first_img“At this stage no more questioning of Karim Benzema is envisaged,” the judicial source told AFP.The Real Madrid striker had shares in a company which purchased a premises in Paris’ eighth district near the Champs Elysees to open a restaurant.Liberation newspaper said that “the footballer delegated all authority to his business partner … while giving a guarantee for the sum of 2.5 million euros for the sale”.The investigation concerns whether the purchase and the restaurant were used for money laundering from drug trafficking, a source close to the inquiry told AFP.According to Libération, the premises were sold “with a clear loss of two million euros”.Benzema, 28, is France’s leading goalscorer, but has been excluded from national duty since he was placed under investigation over an attempt to bribe France teammate Mathieu Valbuena for a sex-tape. Benzema has been accused of complicity in the attempt.An appeals court has upheld an investigating magistrate’s decision to lift restrictions placed on Benzema that prevented him from coming into contact with Lyon midfielder Valbuena, who was the target of the blackmail attempt.The French Football Federation faces sporting pressure to bring Benzema back into the national side. But Prime Minister Manuel Valls and other politicians have opposed any rehabilitation while the sex-tape inquiry goes on.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is France’s leading scorer with 27 goals in 81 games. PHOTO/AFPPARIS, March 18 – French striker Karim Benzema, already at the centre of a sex-tape blackmail inquiry, has given evidence in a money laundering investigation, a judicial source told AFP.Benzema’s testimony was part of an inquiry opened last September by top financial investigating magistrate Renaud van Ruymbeke into alleged money laundering by a criminal gang, the source said.last_img read more