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Javon Francis focused on Olympics, not records

first_imgFor two and a half months last season, Javon Francis was just one stride away from the five-year-old national 400-metre record of 44.40 seconds. Then national teammate Rusheen McDonald blasted the record to 43.93 in the heats of the World Championships in Beijing. Now, with the Olympic Games on the horizon, Francis is happy for McDonald, but says he isn’t chasing records. His focus is on the Games. The former Calabar High School standout just missed the World Championships final last year in Beijing, China, and wants to improve on that at the Olympics. “Right now, I’m staying focused, trying to make the final this year,” he said quietly, but confidently earlier this week. He wishes his national relay teammate well, and noting McDonald’s troubles with injuries, he said: “I hope he stays injury-free. Rusheen is a good guy.” Francis emphasised: “I’m just going to work hard. I’m not going after any record. Records come, records go. “I just want to try to stay focused for the Olympics,” he reiterated, “and just go out there and do my best and represent my country to the fullest.” Now a repeat semi-finalist at the World Championships, the Michael Clarke-coached Akan Track Club athlete bettered his old personal best in 2015. That mark was his 2014 Boys’ Championships Class One record run of 45.00 seconds. Last year, he sprinted past that time on five occasions, with his fastest clocking – 44.50 – coming with McDonald not far behind in 44.60 seconds on June 13 inside the National Stadium. That was McDonald’s lifetime best until his destruction of the national record held by Jermaine Gonzales.last_img read more

B.C. LNG Alliance talks impact of oil price, greenhouse emissions and infrastructure

first_imgThe first question went to the potential negatives associated with the drop in crude oil prices.Mr. Keane does not see that as having a long-term derailing impact on the development of the industry in this province.“These very large companies are not going to make long-term economic decisions based the spot prices of crude oil,” says Keane. “Whether it’s $57.00 or $120.00, they’re going to be making their long-term economic forecasts or investments based on what they see as the real price of crude oil 20 or 30 years from now.”- Advertisement -We also raised the recent report by Moody’s Investors Service suggesting the B.C. government has an overly optimistic goal of having three west-coast LNG plants operational by 2020, and the counter argument of the CEO of the Pacific Northwest LNG consortium.Not surprisingly Mr. Keane agrees with Michael Culbert that lower oil and gas prices have actually improved the economics for project development, and he touched on what he sees as the price drop’s silver lining.“I think the big contractors are looking for ways that they can sustain work, so they’re getting more competitive in terms of their bid. Price of steel I think is coming down so that’s good for pipeline construction; it’s good for the facilities itself,” Keane goes on to explain. “And of course one of the big concerns that we had as an industry was to labour, and I think the low oil prices is brining up some of the workers that would normally go from British Columbia to the oil sands.”Advertisement “Having said that, we do recognize that individual greenhouse gas emissions from the facilities are going to increase the overall greenhouse gas production.”Keane says as an industry alliance, the plan to address this concern is buy purchasing carbon offsets.“We’ll be not only paying our carbon tax of $30.00 per tonne, but we will also be purchasing carbon offsets.”Finally, we asked Keane if the industry has been having conversations with the province in regard to the impact this type of development will have on local infrastructure.“I think that’s a very good question – it’s one that we are looking at,” Keane concludes. “The issue around infrastructure and how it gets developed…is something that we are looking at, and we recognize the pressures that are going to be placed on the northeast.”Advertisement “So they will be available to help build this industry once we get to a final investment decision.”Some people have also raised concern that an LNG industry would prevent the province from attaining its 2020 goal of a 33 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.Keane disagrees, and while he expressed confidence the goal will be met, he also took time to expand upon the Premier’s initiative encouraging critics to think globally.“If we can supply British Columbia natural gas to China and replace coal fire generation with natural gas fire generation, we can reduce CO2 emissions by up to about 45 to 50 per cent – so there’s a huge benefit in terms of reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions” says Keane. “We have to remember, we all breathe the same air; we live in a closed-loop system.”Advertisementcenter_img “It’s something that is on our list of things to focus on and get done.”last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL athletics fans are celebrating this weekend after one of its adopted sons won Gold at the London Olympics.Mo Farah, who won the 10,000m race on Saturday night, is pictured here taking part in the St Stephen’s Day 5k run at Finn Valley AC four years ago.So when he went for gold FVAC members were right behind him. As were the people of Milford.That’s because super Mo’s manager is Milford man and former Finn Valley AC athlete Ricky Simms!Mo spent Christmas in Donegal with the Simms family a couple of years ago.Farah, who was joined on his lap of honour by wife Tania and daughter Rihanna, said afterwards: “I just can’t believe it, the crowd got so much behind me and was getting louder and louder. “I’ve never experienced anything like this – it will never get any better than this, this is the best moment of my life.“It doesn’t come round often and to have it right on the doorstep and the amount of people supporting you and shouting out your name.”Farah, who moved to London from Somalia with his family when he was eight, ran a near-perfect race to cross the line in 27 minutes 30.42 seconds, with his training partner Galen Rupp (USA) in silver and Ethiopia’s Tariku Bekele in bronze.All eyes now turn to another athlete managed by Simms – someone called Usain Bolt.FROM THE FINN VALLEY AC 5K TO OLYMPIC GLORY FOR MO FARAH! was last modified: August 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

I will be Democratic presidential nominee: Clinton

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, May 20 (PTI) Hillary Clinton has asserted she will emerge as the US presidential nominee from the Democratic camp as she hit out at her Republican rival Donald Trump for his “dangerous” rhetoric including a ban on Muslims, saying the billionaire is unfit to lead the country.”I will be the nominee for my party. That is already done in effect. There is no way that I wont be,” Clinton told CNN.The 68-year-old former secretary of state is yet to reach the magic number of 2,383 delegates but with 2,293 delegates already in her kitty, she has a lead comfortable enough that she could lose all the states left to vote by a landslide and still emerge as the Democratic nominee to face Trump.This is so long as all her supporters among the party insiders known as super delegates continue to back her.”I am confident. Well, in part from my own experience, you know?” she said when asked where from she was getting the confidence.”I went all the way to the end against then Senator (Barack) Obama. I won nine out of the last 12 contests. Back in 2008 I won Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, so I know the intense feelings that arise, particularly among your supporters as you go toward the end. But, we both were following the same rules, just as both Senator Sanders and I are following the same rules,” she said about the contest with her sole primary rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.advertisementWhen asked if she thinks Trump is qualified to be the US president, Clinton said: “No, I do not.””I think in this past week, whether its attacking Great Britain, praising the leader of North Korea – a despotic dictator who has nuclear weapons, whether it is saying pull out of NATO, let other countries have nuclear weapons, the kinds of positions he is stating, and the consequences of those positions, and even the consequences of his statements are not just offensive to people, they are potentially dangerous,” Clinton said in the interview yesterday.She said Trump says a lot of things that are provocative that actually make the important task of bringing everybody to the table and defeating terrorism more difficult.”For example, when he says bar all Muslims from coming to the United States that sends a signal to majority Muslim nations, many of whom we have to work with in order to defeat terrorism, some of whom are already among our strongest allies in this fight – it sends a message of disrespect, and it sends a message that makes a situation inside those countries more difficult for them to call all-in the way we need them to go all-in,” said Clinton.Trump, she pointed out, has said all Muslims should be barred from coming into the US.”All Muslims. Nobel Prize winners, entertainers, sports stars, you name it. The new mayor from London, all Muslims should be barred.”Now, when confronted with the new mayor from London who, as you know, is the first Muslim elected to be mayor of London by the people of London, he says, well Ill make an exception for him. I mean, the whole approach is just incredibly provocative and wrongheaded,” she added. PTI LKJ DBS SAI AKJ SAIlast_img read more