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By The Nelson Daily SportsThe Glacier Gymnastics club culminated an impressive season on the balance beam by hosting the Kootenay Zone Championships at the Civic Centre facility.Teams from throughout the zone joined the host from the Heritage City in the annual windup competition to the local gymnastic season.The zones were held over two days with competition in boys, girl’s pre-competitive, interclub and high school events.Glacier results included:Level 1 Argo 2002 Alexis Dyck, first on bars, second on floor and beam and first overall; Senna Moroney, first on beam, second overall; Teigan Barnhart, first vault, third overall; and Gwen McCrory second on bars first on floor, third on beam.Level 1 Argo 2001Ohia Wintraub, first on beam and bars, secnd on floor and vault, second overall; Olivia Kelly, third on floor, fourth on beam, third overall; Ashley Caponero, second on floor, fifth overall and Mimi Lockhurst, third on beam, fifth on floor and sixth all overall.Level 1 Tyro (10 & 11yrs old)Sara Tolles, first on vault, floor and beam, second overall and Brenna Barnhart, second on floor, third on vault and bars and third overall.Level 1 Novice & Open combinedKaya Fraser, first on beam, second overall; Maddie Sternloff, second beam, third on floor, fourth overall; Miranda Boisvert, fourth on beam, sixth overall and Katie Poetsch, third on beam and fourth on floor.Level 2 TyroBryn Walsh, first on bars and floor, second overall; Kylee Dyck, second on floor, third on Bars, third overall; Victoria Lawrence-Jeffery, second on beam, fourth on floor, fifth overall and Hailey Lothrop, third on beam and sixth overall.Level 2 NoviceChultim O’Neil was first vault, bars, floor and first overall; and Bronwyn Sutherland, first on beam and third on vault.Level 2 OpenJulie Poetsch took third on floor and bars, fourth overall; Kelly Westrop, second on vault, fourth on floor, fifth overall; and Rebecca Benner, sixth on vault, beam, floor and overall.Level 3 Tyro/Novice combinedJasmine Schacher captured first on beam, second on floor, bars and overall and Ella Kellan, third on floor and fourth overall.Highschool Level 1 Category Trilby Buck, first on vault, floor and first overall.Highschool Level 2 CategoryDanielle Cousins was first on beam, floor and overall; Shaylene Geist, second on bars, beam, third overall; Leanne Kalmikoff, third on floor, bars and overall and Abby Cowan second on floor, third on valult and fourth overall.Boys Level 3 Under 13Quinn Barron dominated with a gold in all six events and overall; Ciun Murphy, second on floor, rings and parallel bars second overall and Oliver McDougall-Eisele, second on vault and horizontal bar and third [email protected]
GLENDALE – Energy from the winds of southwest Wyoming will soon power local appliances by way of interstate power lines. The City Council this week unanimously approved a roughly $1.8 million-per-year contract with PPM Energy Inc., to supply electricity for 16 years from a wind farm in Unita County, Wyo. “It’s a renewable resource so it doesn’t contribute to carbon dioxide and other pollutants,” Ned Bassin, the city of Glendale’s power management administrator, said Thursday. The deal buys enough turbine capacity to generate up to 10 megawatts of electricity if winds are blowing full force. The actual amount of power is a steady 3-MW stream – enough for 600 customers, Bassin said. The city also is reviewing other proposals, including solar power, but Bassin said officials are not in any hurry. “Because we’re doing so well on this, we don’t feel pushed to accept the next thing that comes along,” he said. Wind-farm development nationwide has intensified in recent years as energy costs continue to rise. The Federal Aviation Administration has said applications for wind turbines have doubled over the past two years. About 2,200 of the 5,000 wind turbines proposed in the United States this year have been approved. [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The wind doesn’t always blow, and it doesn’t always blow consistently hard for continuous power,” he said. It’s the second wind-power deal for the city. Glendale Water & Power signed a 20-year deal in August 2003 with a Northern California wind farm at a rate of just over $50 per megawatt-hour, compared to $63 in the new contract. Electricity generated locally costs between $50 to $70 per MWh, Bassin said. “During the last year with high energy prices, this contract has helped us save money,” he said. When natural gas prices shot up last winter, electricity costs rose to between $80-$90 per MWh – rates the wind energy contract helped buffer. GWP serves about 80,000 customers and generates 30 percent of its electricity at the Grayson Power Plant and at the Magnolia Power Plant in Burbank, Bassin said. The rest is purchased from outside Southern California. In 2003, the council set out to meet at least 20 percent of local power needs through renewable sources such as wind, hydroelectric dams and landfill gases by 2017. With the new wind contract, the tally is about 18 percent, Bassin said.
Chaps rip 11 hits in home winBy Steve PilzMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Chaparrals amateur baseball team got all the runs it would need in the first inning along with a strong starting stint by Ryan Metz on the mound to take a Dairyland League game 9-1 against the Abbotsford Merchants on Monday night at Jack Hackman Field.The win moves the Chaps a little closer to .500 at 6-7, and their Dairyland League record is now 4-5.The Chaps jumped all over Abby starter Jay Soyk in the first inning. Justin Rayburn stroked a one-out single, and Curtis Englebrecht walked. A passed ball and a walk got Rayburn to third, where he was driven in by a Sam Schwanebeck sacrifice fly to center.Luke Wirtz was next with an RBI triple, and he scored on a Lucius Messerschmidt single to right. Alex Steines reached on an error, and Jack Donahue walked. They moved up a base on a wild pitch, and Noah Panzer drove them both in to stake the Chaps to a 5-0 lead.Metz was tough on the hill, taking a no-hitter into the fourth. He left after seven scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits while striking out eight and walking one, a performance not overlooked by his manager.“Metz pitched well for us,” said Rayburn. “When his curveball is on, he’s tough to beat. He hit his spots tonight.”The Chaps added single runs in the second and third.Englebrecht hit a solo home run in the second, and the Chaps got an unearned run in the sixth after Messerschmidt singled again and scored on back-to-back errors by the Merchants.Bobby Pilz led off the Chaparrals’ eighth with a single and moved to second when Rayburn walked. Schwanebeck drove them both in with his third double of the season, and the Chaps led 9-0.Donahue pitched the eighth and ninth for Marshfield.Abbotsford got its only run in the ninth when Andy Hodgen scored after a lead-off walk.The Chaparrals’ next game is on the road against Rock Falls at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.(This article was originally published at MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Chaparrals 9, Merchants 1Abbotsford 000 000 001 – 1 4 4Marshfield 511 000 02x – 9 11 3WP: Ryan Metz. LP: Jay Soyk.SO: Soyk (4 inn.) 1, Tyler Robida (4 inn.) 0; Metz (7 inn.) 8, Jack Donahue (2 inn.) 1. BB: Soyk 3, Robida 2; Metz 1, Donahue 1.Top hitters: M, Justin Rayburn 2×4; Curt Englebrecht 2×4, HR, RBI; Sam Schwanebeck 2×3, 2B, 3 RBIs; Lucius Messerschmidt 2×4, RBI; Luke Wirtz 3B; Noah Panzer 2 RBIs.Records: Marshfield 6-7 overall, 4-5 Dairyland League; Abbotsford not provided.
A stronger IT sector will attract more foreign investment to South Africa. (Image: Nelson Mandela Metro University)Janine ErasmusSouth Africa is the 37th most competitive country in information technology (IT), according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s How technology sectors grow – Benchmarking IT industry competitiveness 2008 report. The country’s ranking is unchanged from 2007.Established in 1946, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is a division of the Economist Group and is regarded as the world’s leading provider of country analysis, industry trends and management best practices. The IT study assessed 66 countries around the world on the extent to which they support the competitiveness of IT firms.The US is again the top-ranked country on the index, but a number of upstarts have moved into the top five, displacing traditional IT heavyweights such as Japan and South Korea. Taiwan came in at number two, followed by the UK, Sweden and Denmark. Although the top 20 countries did not change from 2007, the list was reshuffled with nine countries moving up and 11 moving down.Countries received a score out of 100 – South Africa’s score was 32.6. The IT competitiveness index is divided into six categories with varying weights, comprising 25 indicators in total. The categories are: overall business environment (10%), IT infrastructure (20%), human capital (20%), legal environment (10%), R&D environment (25%) and support for IT industry development (15%).Denis McCauley, director of global technology research at the EIU, stated in the report, “Few countries can hope to build strong IT production sectors without strong business and legal environments, deep pools of talent, support for innovation, and the widespread use of technology throughout society.”The current global economic climate indicates tough times ahead for IT, say experts, but the industry should remain competitive. In its report, the EIU predicts world gross domestic product to decline by a full percentage point in 2008, and this will be particularly apparent in the US and western Europe, the world’s largest IT markets.This will affect spending on IT, but, says the EIU, global technology companies will continue to invest in economies with a favourable environment for doing business. With South Africa coming in at a favourable position on the World Bank’s recently-released Doing Business index, this should be an encouraging sign, and the situation reflects on the Economist survey too, with South Africa obtaining a score of 76.9 in the business environment category.Emerging markets becoming more competitiveThe report showed that IT industry environments in emerging markets are becoming more competitive and the gap between them and the top countries is closing.South Africa was the second highest country in the Middle East-Africa region, behind Israel at number 16 and ahead of Turkey (38), Saudi Arabia (40) and Egypt (53). It also came in well ahead of India (48), a country known to boast a fast-growing IT sector, and China (50). Nigeria (64), Algeria (65) and Iran (66) were the other countries surveyed from this region.South Africa’s other strong showing was in the legal category, with a score of 63.5. The country is one of a few non-EU members to be signatory to the Convention on Cybercrime, a treaty endorsed by most EU countries. Drawn up in 2001 by the Council of Europe, the convention aims to harmonise national laws on cybercrime and to improve co-operation between countries in combating digital crime.Infrastructure a challengeIn South Africa, as with many other countries, a telecommunications monopoly has been detrimental to the development of a strong IT sector. The report states that in South Africa, despite many attributes that make it attractive to foreign investors including good skills and the widespread use of English, lack of access to good cost-effective broadband is hindering growth of local businesses – the country slots into 44th place in the infrastructure category with a meagre score of 8.4.The report cited Dimension Data, one of South Africa’s biggest IT services companies, as saying that liberalisation and deregulation have been factors in a number of its larger foreign investment decisions in regions such as central Europe, and the same could be expected to apply to South Africa.“Making the telecoms industry more competitive would be a huge stimulus for the South African economy,” said Brett Dawson, CEO of Dimension Data. “In service-related industries like call centres, massive industries could be created that would make a huge difference to our country.”Competitive broadband markets are conducive to strong IT sectors, for a number of reasons, according to the report. Technology firms need fast, secure and reliable internet access to interact with their business partners and to sell their products online. Good IT infrastructure also plays an important role in the development of IT skills, a valuable commodity.Alastair de Wet, chair of the South African chapter of the Business Software Alliance, which sponsored the survey, commented that, “South Africa has been identified, alongside Bulgaria, the Ukraine and Vietnam, as an emerging outsourcing destination and through the realisation of faster, more reliable and more secure internet access we can look forward to receiving a significant boost with fast, competition-led infrastructure development.”Human resources is another important factor influencing the status of the IT sector in developed countries, says the report, which also notes that the IT brain drain from emerging countries is declining and may possibly go into reverse, posing a serious challenge for developed IT markets.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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28 November 2013 A consignment of 33 rhino horns that was seized by customs officials in Hong Kong in November 2011 has been returned to South Africa. The horns together weigh 79.9 kilograms and are worth an estimated R23.8-million on the black market. The horns, along with a large number of elephant ivory products, arrived at OR Tambo Airport International Airport on Wednesday. Colonel Johan Jooste, of the Hawks special investigation unit of the SA Police Service, told a press briefing at the airport that a container allegedly containing waste, parings and scrap plastic had been cleared at an SA Revenue Service office in Johannesburg in October 2011, transported to Cape Town and shipped to Hong Kong. “On 15 November 2011, Hong Kong customs officials seized a container of 33 rhinoceros horns along with 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets,” he said. An investigation was then launched by the Hawks’ endangered species unit and a docket presented to the National Prosecuting Authority, after which South Africa applied to China for the return of the horns. Both countries are party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Jooste said the success of the investigation was encouraging, and that it was evident that the Chinese government was willing to co-operate in combating wildlife crime. “It’s a positive step forward, we see the engagement of other countries seeing it as important as we do.” He said the return of these items meant they could now be forensically analysed, which could lead to the arrest of the poachers as well as the couriers of the illegal shipment. Department of Environmental Affairs deputy director-general Fundisile Mketeni said that in addition to an existing agreement on legal assistance between South Africa and China, the government was now negotiating a broader agreement which included co-operation on biodiversity matters. This agreement was an improvement “because we are not [only] going to look at rhinos but all environmental crimes, issues of awareness, technology transfer, compliance, aligning our laws, harmonised policies. It gives us space to work better with Hong Kong.” Mketeni said the investigation and subsequent return of the horns demonstrated that the government took poaching and the illegal trade in horns seriously, “otherwise, we could easily lose all our rhinos and we would have lost our heritage.” Source: SAnews.gov.za
Liverpool consider loan offers for Woodburnby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe 19-year-old has recently had his season-long loan with Sheffield United cut short.Woodburn made just eight appearances for the Blades. Now the Reds are weighing up where to send him next, according to the Liverpool Echo. The report claims Liverpool have multiple offers for the Wales international.Blackburn Rovers, Brentford and Hull City are among those interested in providing game time for Woodburn, who is currently recovering from an ankle injury. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal fullback Tierney hints Lacazette nearing returnby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Kieran Tierney has hinted Alexandre Lacazette is nearing his return from injury.Lacazette, 28, has missed the last seven games in all competitions with an ankle problem.Lacazette made an impressive start to the 2019/20 campaign with two goals in his first three appearances.The Gunners predicted he would return to action this month and Tierney has shared an update to his Instagram page.Tierney posted a picture of himself alongside the Frenchman on the training pitches at London Colney.Alongside a laughing emoji, the former Celtic star wrote: “Wagwan @lacazettealex.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barcelona prepared to sell Coutinho back to Premier Leagueby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are prepared to sell Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League.That is, if Bayern Munich decide not to make his move permanent, says AS.Barcelona plan to offload the Brazilian playmaker permanently at the end of the season.Bayern Munich have an option to buy for a fee of around €120million.It is claimed that even if that option is not triggered, the Catalan club have no plans for Coutinho to play for them again – meaning a move back to England could be back on the cards at the end of the season.He was tipped to make a return to Liverpool in the summer, with Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal also linked with bringing him back to the Premier League, says the Mirror.
QUEBEC — The gunman who killed six worshippers in a Quebec City mosque is appealing his sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole for 40 years.Lawyers for Alexandre Bissonnette filed the motion today with the Quebec Court of Appeal.Bissonnette, 29, was sentenced Feb. 8 for his Jan. 29, 2017 attack on the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre.It was the harshest prison sentence ever in Quebec and one of the longest in Canada, which since a 2011 Criminal Code reform has allowed consecutive life sentences for multiple murders.But it was well under the six consecutive life sentences — 150 years before being eligible for parole — sought by the Crown.The six life sentences were automatic after Bissonnette pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, but the defence had asked that they be served concurrently, meaning he would have been eligible for parole in 25 years.The Canadian Press