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Flyer lose 6-1 to the Grande Prairie Athletics

first_imgFlyers lose 6-1 to the Grande Prairie AthleticsWith the series tied up 1-1, Thursday night’s game three shifted back to Grande Prairie, in front of an unusually large crowd at the Coca-Cola Centre.But, the Flyers played possibly their worst game of the season, allowing the Athletics to take control, and by the end of the 1st it was 2-0 Athletics.- Advertisement -The A’s kept playing hard during the second and doubled their lead by 2 points for a second period score of 4-0 Athletics.Ryan Bjorklund replaced Chad Vizzutti in the Flyers net to start the third, in a bid by coach Brash to start the team, but it had little effect, as the Flyers looked tired and unfocused.  It looked like it was going to be a shutout for the Athletics, but David Alexander managed to get the Flyers on the board late, in the only bright spot in an otherwise long and forgettable night.  The Athletics definitely earned the win, keeping the Flyers to the perimiter all game, and allowing very few goal-scoring opportunities.  Grande Prairie went 3/5 on the powerplay, including two goals from Mike Mohr, while the Flyers went 0/8 with the man advantage, including an extended period of two-man advantage late in the second.  The Athletics now take a 2-1 lead in the series, with game four on Saturday night, again in Grande Prairie. Advertisement Listen to this highlights package [asset|aid=1132|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=9b2b2768b5190063fe222cbd487f3911-Flyer lose 6-1 to the Grande Prairie Athletics_1_Pub.mp3]Catch Saturday’s game four live on Moose FM, at 7:30pm PST.last_img read more

Leratong hospital gets much-needed revamp

first_imgKrugersdorp’s Leratong Hospital will soonbe able to offer a much improved service.  Not just the equipment and facilities,but also the patient environment isundergoing a revamp.  Currently run down and neglected, theLeratong Hospital serves residents of thesurrounding communities and informalsettlements.(Images: Romaana Naidoo)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Phumelele Kaunda  Media liaison, Gauteng health dept  + 27 11 355 3862 or +27 82 334 9851 RELATED ARTICLES • R13.8m surgical skills centre for SA • Smile Week to transform children’s lives • New centres to fight HIV in KZN • Soweto to get second state hospitalRomaana NaidooThe derelict Leratong Hospital outside Krugersdorp, east of Johannesburg, has been earmarked for major renovations which will transform it into a top-class public health facility.Located in the industrial area of Chamdor, the hospital, which already has a new reception area and trauma unit, will undergo further phased renovations in March at a cost of approximately R8-million (US$1.06-million).Through partnerships with corporates and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Leratong Hospital will be revamped from top to bottom, ensuring patients have healthy, clean surroundings and ample facilities.The upcoming renovation phase will form part of the hospital’s P3 Walk-in Casualty area.Better care for patientsThe renovations will be done with the help of the South African Medical and Education (SAME) Foundation, whose main function is to assist provincial health departments with medical equipment and infrastructure especially in relation to tuberculosis, HIV and trauma.Dianne Pols, director of the SAME Foundation, says technology at Leratong is so behind, it’s unbelievable. “We work in crises situations when people can’t afford to better their conditions.” In July 2011, SAME Foundation renovated and re-equipped Leratong Hospital with top-of-the-range Welch Allyn diagnostic equipment from Germany. Currently it is the only hospital in the country, public or private, to use such equipment.More beds, modern equipmentThis revamp forms part of a three-phase project. On 16 May 2011 a ceremony was held for the renovations and equipping of the Leratong Hospital. Three months later, Gauteng MEC for Health and Social Development Ntombi Mekgwe officially opened the Emergency and Accident Unit.Renovations of the unit included increasing the number of beds from 15 to 32.All beds have diagnostic and monitoring equipment and, owing to the size of the resuscitation area, a central monitoring station has been installed to alert staff if any patient is in distress.The reception area has also been restructured and refurbished. Because of the large volumes of people and patients using the hospital, it was vital to rearrange this section so that patients can be attended to efficiently, and sit in a comfortable environment while they wait for care.Leratong Hospital mainly serves previously disadvantaged communities and has a bed capacity of 800. However, a lack of equipment means that not all beds are utilised. Currently 755 beds are in use.The hospital serves mainly poor to middle-class communities in the surrounding area, which is densely populated with informal settlements.Its key health challenges are HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and trauma, with violence off all kinds being a major contributing factor to the latter situation.Leratong Hospital is known amongst emergency services personnel for its lack of sufficient equipment.last_img read more

New equipment for Gauteng hospitals

first_img22 June 2012 Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto, south-west of Johannesburg, was the first to benefit from a project to replace deteriorating electro-mechanical equipment in health facilities across South Africa’s Gauteng province. Gauteng Infrastructure MEC Bheki Nkosi visited Chris Hani Baragwanath on Thursday to inspect the newly replaced laundry equipment at the hospital. “Electro-mechanical equipment is central to the functionality of health facilities and the creation of a habitable healing environment,” Nkosi said. The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development embarked on the project last year, and was allocated R57-million for construction and R296-million for maintenance for 2012/13. The project includes the replacement and refurbishment of boilers, lifts, laundries, chillers, autoclaves, electrical reticulation and change-over switches of generators which have exceeded their life-span. The first phase of the project included the upgrading of the laundry at Baragwanath, which was recently completed at a cost of R16.5-million. With the new tumble dryer, iron liner and two roller ironers, the 2 880-bed hospital is now able to complete the washing and ironing of 1 200 sheets per hour – an improvement on the 450 sheets completed by the old machines. The new laundry equipment will also service other clinics in the Soweto, Vaal and Roodepoort areas, as well as forensic pathology units. It will also service the soon- to-be-completed Jabulani District Hospital. “We are very happy because the hospital is now able to handle the speed of the load, it is also of high quality and will ensure savings on energy, water and detergents,” Nkosi said. He added that the process of bringing the new technology to hospitals was being rolled out phase by phase. Other hospitals that will benefit include the Charlotte Maxeke, George Mukhari, Jubilee, and Helen Joseph hospital. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Too early to sell 2017 soybeans?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Soybean prices during the last five months of the 2015-16 marketing year averaged much higher than during the first seven months of the year. For example, the average daily bid price at central Illinois locations was $8.67 during the first seven months and $10.28 during the last five months of the year. Those daily prices ranged from $8.40 on March 1, 2016 to $11.58 on June 30, 2016.Through the first half of the 2015-16 marketing year, the soybean market traded on the basis of prospective year ending stocks of U.S soybeans of 450 to 460 million bushels. The 2015 U.S crop was very large, following an equally large crop in 2014; the 2016 South American crop was expected to be record large; U.S. exports were expected to be 150 million bushels smaller than in the previous year; and U.S. producers were expected to expand planted acreage in 2016 following the weather-induced decline in 2015. As things turned out, the South American crop was 225 million bushels smaller and U.S. exports were 250 million bushels larger than projected in March, U.S. producers increased soybean plantings less than expected, and the USDA’s September 1 Grain Stocks report to be released on September 30 is expected to show marketing year ending stocks of only195 million bushels. If confirmed, year-ending stocks will have been below 200 million bushels for two consecutive years following early year expectations for stocks to exceed 450 million bushels. Ending stocks have exceeded 200 million bushels only once since 2008.Soybean prices have now receded from the summer highs, with central Illinois bid prices currently averaging about $9.30, still about $0.75 higher than prices a year earlier. Prices have declined as new crop soybeans have become available and have alleviated some of the tightness in old crop supplies, resulting in a much weaker basis than experienced earlier in the month. In addition, early yield reports tend to confirm USDA’s forecast of a record high U.S. average yield this year, with some potential that the yield will exceed the current forecast of 50.6 bushels per acre. With consumption during the 2016-17 marketing already projected to be record large, an increase in the average yield forecast (without an unexpected decline in the estimate of harvested acreage) would likely result in an increase in the current projection of year-ending stocks of 365 million bushels.Two additional factors point to the potential for additional weakness in soybean prices as the 2016-17 marketing year unfolds. First, is the likely rebound in South American production in 2017. The USDA expects a modest increase in soybean acreage for harvest in South America next year. While an increase of only 1.5 percent is currently projected (mostly in Brazil), normal yield levels result in a projected 3.5 percent (220 million bushels) year-over-year increase in South American production. If that large crop materializes, the pace of U.S. exports would be expected to experience the normal sharp seasonal decline beginning in the spring of 2017.A second factor that could contribute to lower soybean prices is an increase in soybean acreage in the U.S. in 2017. While it is too early to form solid expectations about U.S. acreage, low prices of other commodities relative to soybeans would be expected to result in some switch away from those crops to soybeans. In particular, the large increase in corn acreage in 2016, prospects for relatively large year-ending corn inventories, and the relatively high cost of producing corn would be expected to result in fewer corn acres in 2017. Futures prices for the 2017 corn and wheat crops are higher than prices for the 2016 crop, but those prices are still low relative to prices for the 2017 soybean crop. The USDA’s Winter Wheat Seedings report released in the second week of January 2017 will provide the first indication of acreage response to current price levels. The size of the 2017 soybean crop will still largely hinge on the average yield. It will be interesting to observe if three consecutive years of above trend U.S. average soybean yields will alter early expectations for the average yield in 2017.While the potential for larger South American and U.S. soybean crops in 2017 are widely recognized, prices for the 2017 crop remain well supported. November 2017 futures are currently trading only about $.03 below November 2016 futures and July 2018 futures are $0.19 below July 2017 futures. Bids for 2017 harvest delivery in central Illinois are near $9.15. With so much production uncertainty over the next 10 months, a strong pace of Chinese buying, and the recent history of smaller than expected year-ending stocks, it is not completely surprising that the market is not yet reflecting the potential for a growing surplus of soybeans during the 2017-18 marketing year. The question for producers is whether or not current prices offer a pricing opportunity for a portion of the 2017 crop. The answer is more likely to be yes for those who intend to increase soybean acreage in response to current price relationships.last_img read more

After Effects Video Tutorial: Pencil Write-On Animation

first_img7Precompose the paper layer and add a fast blur. 1Create a new composition and create a new text layer with any words you want.  Create a write-on cursive animation in After Effects – great for explainer videos or title graphics.In this Premiumbeat exclusive video tutorial you’ll learn how to create an awesome cursive write-on effect using After Effects. The effect doesn’t look very difficult but it does utilize some upper level techniques. This tutorial covers:Toggling the transparency gridRoving keyframes and temporal lockStylizing graphite streaksThis tutorial is very different from most write-on tutorials in After Effects. Instead of using the built in write-on tool, we’ll use a shape layer mixed with rotational values.Prefer reading to watching? Check out the After Effects how-to below.Click images for larger view. 8Create a pencil on a single shape layer. 6 Add turbulent noise to simulate paper texture. 5 Make a new white solid and apply a grid effect to simulate paper. 11Set the rotation of the pencil to match a natural movement. Hold down ALT and click the rotation of the pencil creating an expression, type:x=2; y=“pick whip to the ‘follower’ position”[0]*.01;wiggle(x,y); 4Add a trim path to the shape layer and set two easy eased keyframes. 3Make a new null object and name it “follower”. Copy and paste the shape layer’s path into the position of the null object. 2Make a shape layer over the text layer with a light stroke. Draw over the word in a cursive manner. 10Pickwhip the position of the pencil to the position of the null object and add “value +” to the beginning of the pencil position expression. Set keyframes to simulate the pencil coming into the scene. 13 Set the text layer to multiply. 12Add a turbulent noise, noise HLS, tint, roughen edges, curves, and fast blur to the cursive shape layer. Stylize. 9 Move the anchor point to the tip of the pencil. If you have any questions regarding this tutorial or if you have any quick tips for using expressions in After Effects please comment below!last_img read more

Japan GP Organisers Say Safety ‘Top Priority’ as Typhoon Hagibis Looms

first_imgSuzuka: Japanese Grand Prix organisers on Thursday pledged that the safety of fans and drivers would be their top priority as they monitor a massive typhoon threatening to cause havoc at the weekend.Typhoon Hagibis is classed as “violent” — the top end of Japan’s storm scale and the equivalent of a category five hurricane — and is currently predicted to make landfall near Tokyo on Saturday. The latest forecasts for Saturday predict heavy rain and storm-force winds to batter the Suzuka Circuit, which lies near the Honshu coast about 300 kilometres (180 miles) west of Tokyo.But clearer weather is forecast for Sunday, meaning qualifying could be postponed and shifted from Saturday to the morning of the race, something that has happened in Japan on two previous occasions, in 2004 and 2010.A Formula One statement on Thursday confirmed a decision on this weekend’s timetable would be made based on the safety of those at the circuit.”The FIA, Formula 1, Suzuka Circuit and the Japanese Automobile Federation are closely monitoring Typhoon Hagibis and its potential impact on the 2019 FIA Formula One Japanese Grand Prix,” the statement said.”Every effort is being made to minimise disruption to the Formula 1 timetable, however the safety of the fans, competitors and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit remains the top priority.”All parties will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates in due course.”French driver Jules Bianchi crashed in the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix after a typhoon brought wet conditions and reduced visibility to the Suzuka circuit. He died of his injuries the following year.The typhoon has also already affected the Rugby World Cup in Japan, with Saturday’s England-France and New Zealand-Italy final pool matches cancelled and other weekend matches in doubt. F1formula onejapanJapan GP First Published: October 10, 2019, 5:47 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Former Panathinaikos Star, Marcus Berg, In Talks With Olympiacos

first_imgNEW YORK – By the end of the week it’s likely that Swedish striker, and former Panathinaikos star, Marcus Berg will give his final decision to Olympiacos’ front office regarding an impending transfer to the Piraeus powerhouse.The two sides have had communication over the past few days, however nothing is yet clear as not all of the “obstacles” have been cleared so that Berg’s transfer can be completed.The latest updates allude to the fact that the biggest, outstanding hurdle to clear for the transfer is the length of the contract between the player and the club with the “Red-Whites” wanting a 1+1 contract, while the 33-year old Swede is demanding a clean two-year contract.While Berg is weighing a possible return to Greece, his wife Josephine’s recent social media activity might have hidden meaning regarding her husband’s relationship with Olympiacos’ summer transfer designs.Josephine Berg on Monday uploaded a post to social media that she missed Greece and on Tuesday she uploaded a picture packing suitcases.Specifically she wrote, “Packing again, it’s a never-ending story”, in a post that could mean a lot, or it could mean nothing, in relation to her husband’s talks with Olympiacos. The Piraeus-based club is hoping to have all its summer transfer business done before training camp begins so that new players have time to adequately settle in before the new season commences.TweetPinShare2020 Shareslast_img read more

SOUTH AFRICAN WEB-SITE LAUNCHED IN LEAD-UP TO WORLD CUP

first_imgThe South African Touch Association has launched their brand new web-site in the lead-up to the Federation of International Touch World Cup to be played in Stellenbosch South Africa 17-21 January 2007.Stories and information centreing on the World Cup, as well as all the news and views from the state of play of Touch Football in South Africa will be updated regularly.Check the site out for yourself by going to:  www.sata.co.zalast_img

Kirk Herbstreit Highlights Ohio State’s Strengths This Season

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talking on ESPN.Kirk Herbstreit remains bullish on Ohio State’s football team heading into the season.The ESPN college football analyst did a Q&A with his followers on Twitter late Wednesday night.One person asked Herbstreit, who played quarterback for the Buckeyes, to highlight OSU’s strengths heading into the fall.@KirkHerbstreit What is going to be Ohio State strength this year. I know we are young but lots of talent. Go Bucks— Chris Lawson (@Law_Dog_osu) August 4, 2016His answer: quarterback play, athleticism and, most importantly, having a team that is “motivated” and “hungry.” Being incredibly athletic, QB is special, and most importantly back to having a team MOTIVATED and HUNGRY https://t.co/b58vCXnU9H— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 4, 2016Ohio State opens its fall camp on Sunday.The Buckeyes open their regular season on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.last_img read more

Conservation officers investigating after grizzly bear mauls kayaker in BC

CRESTON, B.C. – A kayaker is recovering in hospital after he was mauled by a grizzly bear near Creston, B.C., Saturday morning.Insp. Joe Caravetta of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service says the man, who is in his mid-20s, was camping alongside the Kootenay River when he was attacked by the bear.He was transported to hospital and sustained injuries to his head, arms and legs that Caravetta says are non-life threatening “at this point.”The conservation officer service has engaged its predator attack team and four officers are on site assessing the area, securing it and ensuring public safety.Caravetta says the officers will be monitoring the area and are working to determine what prompted the attack. read more