Fraser McConnell makes impressive debut at Tall Pines Rally

first_imgDespite making his debut in one of the most challenging North American rally events, 17-year-old Fraser McConnell had an electrifying start to Canadian motorsport which saw him place a sensational 11th place in the national standings, at the North America Tall Pines recently.It was the teen’s second rally as a young driver.Co-driving for the Jamaican was the very experienced Nathalie Richard who helped the teen to third overall, first in class production in two-wheel drive, first in novice and 11th place in the national standings.Co-driver Richard remarked of McConnell’s exploits: “For his first rally he chose the most challenging event in North America (Canada), Tall Pines. He did a great job and impressed me right from shakedown, which was his first time sitting in a car.”I was almost as proud of him as his supportive (but freezing) family members! Good stuff, Fraser!” she added, describing Rally of the Tall Pines as one of the most challenging annual events of the Canadian Rally Championship series.A total of four classes of cars in the order of speed/power: four-wheel drive open, four- wheel drive production, two-wheel drive open, and two-wheel drive production.The registered competitors faced off for National and/or Regional points and drivers were classified as ‘Expert’ or ‘Novice’.McConnell, who is currently a high school student in Canada, remains upbeat as he eyes a great future in the sport.”It’s a new experience for me. Good learning experience with a new car and new navigator.”Throughout the day I got faster and faster. It was quite a challenge, but what was exciting for me is that I was beating turbo four-wheel drive and open class,” the teen recalled.He added: “It was like the biggest event in the world for me and I just wanted to make my name. I will be trying to compete more abroad next year and get more power in the car,” said the 17-year-old.”Meanwhile, father Peter McConnell said: “We were torn about this decision because it coincided with Rally Jamaica, but we felt that he had much more to gain by competing in one of North America’s premier rally events.”With Fraser now introduced to the North American Rally World in a big way, he will no doubt be able make an even positive impact next time and chart a way forward.last_img read more

B.C. Hydro awards worker accommodation contract for Site C

first_imgThe crown corporation says Two Rivers is known to have experience in creating worker accommodations in northern climates.The site is anticipated to house about 1,600 workers – with capacity for 2,200.The crown corporation says the work camp is being built to have the least impact on nearby communities like Fort St. John and Taylor.- Advertisement -Some amenities that will be available include private washrooms, TV, WiFi, dining options, indoor and outdoor recreational activities, as well as other leisure and entertainment facilities.There are also further business-to-business networking sessions being planned for Fort St. John to allow local and regional businesses, as well as job seekers, to meet with Two Rivers Lodging Group and other Site C contractors.The amount this contract is worth was not made immediately available by B.C. Hydro.Advertisement Site C, one of the province’s most costly infrastructure projects, is a hydroelectric dam on the Peace River that would create an 83-kilometre-long reservoir southwest of Fort St. John.last_img read more

City of Fort St. John considers feminine hygiene products at public facilities

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At Monday’s Regular Council meeting Councillor Byron Stewart made a notice of motion regarding public facilities and free feminine hygiene products.Councillor Stewart inquired if free feminine hygiene products were available in public facilities in response to the news of the provincial government now offering free hygiene products in schools.“Wondering if we have a policy in place regarding feminine hygiene products in our public facilities,” said Councillor Stewart, “going forward with that in my mind it’s part of our bodies regular functioning as much as toilet paper, water and paper towel.”- Advertisement -The provincial government issued a press release Friday, April 5th, 2019, under a ministerial order, that all B.C. public schools will be required to provide free menstrual products for students in school washrooms by the end of 2019.Education Minister Rob Fleming said it’s time to normalize and equalize access to menstrual products in schools, helping to create a better learning environment for students.“Students should never have to miss school, extracurricular, sports or social activities because they can’t afford or don’t have access to menstrual products,” said Fleming, adding that current research indicates that one in seven students has missed school due to their periods because they cannot afford products.Advertisement “This is a common-sense step forward that is, frankly, long overdue. We look forward to working with school districts and communities to make sure students get the access they need with no stigma and no barriers.”The ministerial order – takes effect immediately but allows districts until the end of 2019 to comply – comes with $300,000 in provincial startup funding. Over the coming months, the ministry will continue to work with school districts, community and education partners to look at the needs of each district, identify gaps and ensure they have the funding needed to meet this new requirement.last_img read more

Shocking decision! Referee misses blatant handball at Women’s World Cup

first_imgColombia provided the biggest shock so far in the Women’s World Cup as they defeated France 2-0 over in Canada.The South Americans registered their win with goals from Lady Andrade and Usme Pineda, as the French, ranked third in the world, crumbled.But as Les Bleues pushed for a leveller during the clash in Moncton they were denied possibly the most blatant handball since Luis Suarez’s for Uruguay against Ghana at the 2010 World Cup.As Eugenie Le Sommer, the scorer of France’s winner against England earlier in the week, moved through on goal, Colombian defender Daniela Montoya nudged the ball away from her head with a flick of a hand.Despite plenty of calls for a penalty, though, referee Liang Qin waved away appeals leaving the French fuming.Perhaps it was karma for Thierry Henry’s handball against Ireland?You can see the video above…last_img read more

Bouncer accused of breaking man’s arm in scuffle is cleared of assault

first_imgA man who claimed his arm was broken by a bouncer while he was being ejected from a Letterkenny nightclub has had his case thrown out. Arthur Fajkowski appeared before Letterkenny District Court today charged with the assault of Brett Watson. Mr Watson, who was with his girlfriend, claimed he received a broken arm after being escorted from Voodoo Nightclub.However, Mr Fajkowski of Glenveagh Court, Letterkenny, claimed he used minimal force to escort Mr Watson through an alleyway at the side of the premises.CCTV footage of the incident on June 2nd, 2015, was shown to the court.It showed the alleged victim being led off the premises by two security staff, each one holding an arm before he leaves the premises.In his evidence, Mr Watson said he paid €5 into Voodoo and was told to go into the side entrance of the club.Mr Watson and his girlfriend, Kirsty Robb, tried to access the Vintage Nightclub area but were told it was full and they would have to wait.The couple tried to gain entry again but were again told the nightclub was full and Mr Watson alleged one of the bouncers was cheeky to him.He then admitted that he called the security staff member a “prick” and said he was not leaving.Another security staff member then moved in and the two men then proceeded to eject Mr Watson from the premises.However, when half-way down the alley, Mr Watson, of Waterside, Derry claimed he felt a bang and pain as a result of pressure on his left arm.He then attended the accident and emergency department with his girlfriend at Letterkenny University HospitalThe accused man said he used normal force to restrain Mr Watson and lead him off the premises.“It was a normal ejection,” he said.Judge Paul Kely said there may have been an altercation inside during which Mr Watson may have received the injury but there was no evidence of this.Dismissing the charge of Section 3 assault against the nightclub bouncer, Judge Kelly said “There is no evidence on the CCTV footage that they were excessively restraining Mr Watson down the alley. There was some incident inside the club.“We haver a relatively calm man being ejected from the premises by the two security guards. At the end we can see Mr Watson and his left arm is moving quite freely.“IT is absolutely conceivable that it could have occurred in the struggle earlier but to convict a man on Section 3 would have to require evidence of intent and I have not seen such evidence today.”Bouncer accused of breaking man’s arm in scuffle is cleared of assault was last modified: May 31st, 2017 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:assaultBOUNCERdonegalletterkennyVoodoo NIghtlcublast_img read more

England World Cup win sparks crazy reaction from presenter and pundits

first_img England fans celebrate the penalty triumph in a pub 1 This is how you celebrate an #ENG penalty shootout win!Keep an eye on @JasonCundy05! 😂😂— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 3, 2018England fans were also loving the reaction from ITV’s punditry team of Gary Neville, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon.The trio have all suffered heartache playing for England in the past and celebrated as if they had won the shootout themselves!Check out their brilliant reaction below… England have won a World Cup penalty shootout. Repeat: England have won a World Cup penalty shootout.If that’s not reason to go completely bonkers, then we don’t know what is.center_img Fans up and down the country were throwing pints in the air, singing songs about our new Lord (Gareth Southgate), and telling everybody who would listen that football is coming home after witnessing the truly historic occasion.Some of the reactions we’ve seen to England’s glorious triumph have been brilliant but none more so than the one from talkSPORT’s very own Jason Cundy!He didn’t know what to do with himself! Check out his crazy reaction below. That’s what it means to win on penalties! Isn’t that right lads? 😂 🎉@GNev2, @IanWright0, @LeeDixon2— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 3, 2018England v Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals is LIVE on talkSPORT on Saturdaylast_img read more

Half-time: Fulham 0 Cardiff City 1

first_imgPoor defending from Fulham saw them go a goal down four minutes before the break.Despite having the better of the chances in the first half, the Whites were caught out when Aron Gunnarsson escaped the attentions of Richard Stearman and, with the outside of his right boot, clipped in a cross for Lex Immers, who was left totally unmarked to head in.Cardiff almost doubled their lead immediately afterwards as Sean Morrison’s header came back off the post.Fulham had had the better of the first half chances prior to the goal, with Emerson Hyndman and Ross McCormack both denied by Cardiff keeper David Marshall.Slavisa Jokanovic’s side, chasing a third league win in seven days, looked bright going forward and Moussa Dembele skied an early shot from the edge of the box.Cardiff, who need the points to keep in touching distance of the play-off places, responded with headers from Gunnarsson and Bruno Ecuele-Manga, which did not unduly threaten the home goal.Hyndman, who replaced the injured Tom Cairney in the starting line-up, showed the energy he can bring to the side when he intercepted a pass on the halfway line, strode forward 40 yards and then getting a shot away which Marshall palmed behind.Marshall was also equal to McCormack’s curling free-kick, but Fulham were left to rue lapses of concentration at the back when Cardiff went in front.Fulham: Bettinelli; Stearman, Madl, Amorebieta, Garbutt; Tunnicliffe, Parker, Ince, Hyndman; McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Lonergan, Fredericks, Burn, Baird, Christensen, Woodrow, Smith.Cardiff: Marshall; Peltier, Morrison; Ecuele-Manga, Malone; Noone, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Whittingham; Lawrence, Immers. Subs: Moore, Fabio, Connolly, Dikgacoi, O’Keefe, Zohore, Saadi.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Small-scale farms grow African women’s income

first_imgKenalemang Kgoroeadira is just happy that she is able to live her dream of providing healthy food to her community (Image: eNCA)Run by indigenous knowledge systems PhD candidate Kenalemang Kgoroeadira, Thojane Organic Farm combines traditional African knowledge with modern permaculture techniques to produce retail-worthy organic produce and a sustainable source of income.Kgoroeadira and five other local women planted the first crops in 2009 on a single hectare plot. She wanted her neighbours to rebuild their communities using traditional African knowledge. “Transformation by enlargement is the vision behind this farm. It’s a place where people can have self-determination and begin to live like Africans, where what you do or learn is for the benefit of the whole society.”last_img read more

National Corn Yield Contest winners overcome 2015 challenges to produce bountiful yields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2015 growing season will be memorable for Ohio’s corn growers, with many of those memories being not so positive. That, however, is not the case for the state winners in the National Corn Growers Association 2015 National Corn Yield Contest.The Ohio winner in the No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated Category was James Jacobs of Bloomingburg with 276.9825 bushels with Seed Consultants SCS 10HR43.“It is not an easy contest and Mother Nature plays a big role. We just had the right weather this year and things turned out very well for us,” Jacobs said. “I know a lot of folks suffered from too much rain in Ohio but we were really blessed this year.”Like most of the state, there was plenty of moisture in the spring on the Fayette County farm.“It was wet early, then we got a dry spell and we were able to start planting corn on May 2. The contest field was no-till and we waited a little longer to plant it — I believe it was May 5. We had a good dry stretch of weather right there,” Jacobs said. “We had one field where we were putting tile in and cleaning a fence row and we planted that corn later. I know it suffered more when we got some rain after planting and that corn wasn’t big enough to handle all the moisture. All of the early-planted corn did really well, though. We had a lot of rain throughout the growing season and we had a good, cool summer and I think that helped with the yields.”The bountiful moisture did boost yields but it also led to nitrogen loss concerns.“The rain was a big issue and nitrogen loss seemed to be a big factor in the growing season this year. We used different management practices to help control that,” he said. “Typically we put down about 20 gallons of 28% with the chemicals in the spring and then we come back and sidedress with around 140 pounds of anhydrous, but in the contest field we put down 160 pounds last year. Then we did put a little more nitrogen on that field at tassel to finish it out. We flew it on. I did not do that in every field but that is something we might take a look at in the future if we get another year where get a lot of rain and nitrogen loss. That is something we may look at to help finish that corn out.”The moisture also created some issues with diseases and fungicides were applied as needed on the farm, including on the winning contest field.The SCS 10HR43 is a corn borer and Roundup resistant hybrid with the ability to tolerate stress, a trait that paid off in 2015.“I picked that hybrid because in the last two years it was up near the top in the Seed Consultants trials. I liked how it handled the stress. It has been really consistent. It did really well for us. I think the winning field averaged 221 bushels over the whole field and we picked the right sweet spot in the field to get that 276,” he said. “Seed Consultants gives you $1,000 if you win first place in your state contest to go toward your seed purchase. You get a trip to Commodity Classic too and this year it is in New Orleans and my wife is excited about that. Down there you get to pick the brains of good corn growers and hear about their production practices to gain some insights. I am a firm believer that you can’t expect to do the same thing year after year and get different results, so it is always nice to go down there and learn about different things to incorporate into your program to get higher yields in the future.”Here are the other top finishers in Ohio by category.In the Non-Irrigated Category, the top Ohio yield was from Adam Smith of North Fairfield with 289.5824 bushels with DEKALB DKC64-89RIB. Ohio’s second highest yield in the category was from Nathan Smith from Marion with 289.1934 bushels with Channel 213-59STXRIB and the third place yield was from Fred Penick from Hebron with 277.9642 with Channel 209-51VT2PRIB.In the No-Till/Strip-Till Non-Irrigated Category, the Ohio winners were Jacobs of Bloomingburg with 276.9825 bushels with Seed Consultants SCS 10HR43; Chris Waymire of Yellow Springs with 268.0480 bushels with DEKALB DKC63-33RIB; and Dale Stewart of Springfield with 256.2333 bushels with DEKALB DKC62-77RIB.In the No-Till/Strip-Till Irrigated Category, Ohio winners were Mike Funderburgh of North Lewisburg with 266.4969 bushels with Pioneer P1197AMTM; Jim Motycka of Napoleon with 257.8354 bushels with Pioneer P0825AMXTTM; and Matt Milless of Amanda with 254.8025 bushels with Seed Consultants 1135.In the Irrigated Category, Ohio winners were Matthew Funderburgh of North Lewisburg with 266.2018 bushels with Pioneer P119AMXTTM; Byron Gearhart from Chillicothe had 253.3042 bushels with AgriGold A6559 VTPRIB; and Dan Watchman of Napoleon had 249.4837 bushels with Seed Consultants 1125AMX.last_img read more

Piketon farmer’s ingenuity scores him a U.S. Patent

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One hot summer of dealing with the task of connecting his old 330 John Deere hay baler’s driveshaft to the PTO of his John Deere 6230 was quite enough for 80-year-old Roy Noel.As Noel was working on his rolling-hill farm in Pike County, he came up with a solution for this painstaking chore.“The first year I had that tractor, I could hardly turn the power take off shaft and the driveshaft on that baler is really heavy. It was all I could do to hold it up when I was connecting it,” Noel said. “By the time I tried to hold that driveshaft up, in line, and turn the tractor’s shaft to put it together, 20 minutes would go by.”The second year in the hay fields with those same green and yellow implements, Noel knew that there had to be a better, more productive way to get the job done.“I had a prototype of this tool I designed made at a shop in Waverly,” Noel said, as he showed off his “Y”-shaped, wrench type instrument with a thumb screw on one tip. “I used it all of that summer on my baler, bush hog and mower conditioner and it worked just fine.”Noel knew he had something that could make a difference on many other farms, like it did for his, so he called up a lawyer in Cincinnati. After 3 years, Noel’s ingenuity and hard work was recognized in the form of a U.S. patent. Patent number 9,009,943, to be exact, means Noel is the only one that can manufacture this particular design.“Research was done about this idea of mine all the way back to the 1800’s, and I found out that PTOs on tractors didn’t start until the 1920’s,” Noel said. “So I figured I had something unique, which surprised me because the concept is so simple.”Noel’s inventions give a farmer just enough leverage to turn the tractor’s PTO shaft to get any piece of equipment hooked up safely and much more efficiently, in about 10 seconds.The prototype still sits on Noel’s kitchen table, alongside one of 31 tools that have been manufactured for sale. Right now he is all sold out.This isn’t the first time that Noel, a retired machinist, has come up with an idea on his farm that has made the job more productive. Years ago, he designed a guard on a small bush hog to keep the weeds from wrapping around the shaft, but the idea of patenting that concept never came to mind and he says he wouldn’t mess with another patent now.As for the patent he did get, he doesn’t plan to keep it too much longer.“I’m not sure what it’s worth, but the plan is to sell this patent,” Noel said. “I’m dealing with a company in Arizona that specializes in selling patents like this and they will deal on the price with a company that wants to buy it. They’ll get a small percentage for selling it and I’ll get the rest.”When that day comes, Noel says he doesn’t have any big plans because he is too attached to the farm.While Noel waits for that little piece of paper to come in the mail, he is getting plenty of big items sent to him, including commendations from the Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives.“Between the patent letter and those two recognitions from Columbus, we have plenty of new frames to hang,” Noel said, as he looked along the walls lined with his prized deer heads. “But I guess we’ll have to move some of these first.”Trophies from a good day in the woods will soon be replaced by trophies from a lifetime of a job well done in the field.last_img read more