Cone can’t wait to tell good pal Spoelstra about PBA record crowd

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Game 7 drew 54,086 fans in attendance and Cone couldn’t wait to tell his good friend and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra about it when he flies to the United States for a family reunion and watch an NBA game between Golden State and Miami at Oracle Arena in Oakland.READ: Game 7 breaks PBA attendance record anew FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s unfathomable you’ll play in front of 54,000 people,” said Cone Friday at Philippine Arena. “I’ll watch the Warriors-Heat game in San Francisco and I’d get a chance to see Erik Spoelstra and I can’t wait to tell Erik that I just got through coaching in front of 54,000 people. That’s amazing.”The two coaches share a special bond and there will surely be a lot of ribbing happening when they catch up. Desiderio nails clutch 3 as UP forces tie at 4th with FEU Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE—As Tim Cone steered Barangay Ginebra to a 101-96 win over Meralco in Game 7 of the Governors’ Cup Finals, he knew he had just been part of something special.Not only did Cone chalk up his 20th title, he and the Gin Kings celebrated it in front of a record crowd at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 READ: More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6“He’s been in the NBA Finals and such but he’s never coached in front of 50,000 people so I got a one up on him,” said Cone. “It’s awesome, I’m proud of being part of it.”“Nobody does that, nobody coaches basketball in front of 54,000 people. Maybe 30,000, or 25,000. But 54,000? That’s such a privilege.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Poison ivy- oak- sumac

first_imgDefinitionPoison ivy, oak, or sumac poisoning is an allergic reaction that results from touching the sap of these plants. The sap may be on the plant, in the ashes of burned plants, on an animal, or on other objects that came in contact with the plant, such as clothing, garden tools, and sports equipment.Small amounts of sap can remain under a persons fingernails for several days unless it is deliberately removed with very good cleaning.This family of plants (Toxicodendron) is hardy and difficult to eradicate. They are found in every state of the continental United States. They grow best along cool streams and lakes and luxuriate if it is also sunny and hot. They do not grow in Alaska or Hawaii, and do not survive well above 1500 m (5000 feet), in deserts, or in rainforests.This is for information only and not for use in the treatment or management of an actual poison exposure. If you have an exposure, you should call your local emergency number (such as 911) or the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.Alternative NamesPoison oak; Poison sumac; Sumac – poisonous; Oak – poisonous; Ivy – poisonousPoisonous IngredientOne poisonous ingredient is the chemical urushiol.Where FoundBruised roots, stems, flowers, leaves, fruitPollen of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumacNote: This list may not be all-inclusive.SymptomsBlistersBurning skinItchingRedness of the skinSwellingIn addition to the skin, symptoms can affect the eyes and mouth.The rash may be spread by touching undried sap and moving it around the skin.advertisementHome CareWash the area immediately with soap and water. Quickly washing the area can prevent a reaction, but it doesnt usually help if done more than 1 hour after touching the plants sap. Flush the eyes out with water.Carefully wash any contaminated objects or clothing alone in hot soapy water. Do not let the items touch any other clothing or materials.An over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benadryl or a steroid cream may help relieve itching.Before Calling EmergencyDetermine the following information:The patients age, weight, and conditionThe name of the plant, if knownThe amount swallowed (if swallowed)Poison ControlThe National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can be called from anywhere in the United States. This national hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions.This is a free and confidential service. All local poison control centers in the United States use this national number. You should call if you have any questions about poisoning or poison prevention. It does NOT need to be an emergency. You can call for any reason, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.Takea sample of the plantwith you to the hospital, if possible.See: Poison control center – emergency numberWhat to Expect at the Emergency RoomUnless the reaction is severe, you will probably not need to visit the emergency room. If you are concerned, call your doctor or poison control.At the doctors office, you may receive:Antihistamine or steroids by mouth or applied to the skinWashing of the skin (irrigation)Outlook (Prognosis)Life-threatening reactions may occur if the poisonous ingredients are swallowed or are breathed in (which can happen when the plants are burned).Typical skin rashes usually go away without any long-term problems. A skin infection may develop if the affected areas are not kept clean.PreventionWear protective clothing whenever possible when travelling through terrain which is known to harbor these plants. Do not touch or eat any plant with which you are not familiar. Wash your hands after working in the garden or walking in the woods.ReferencesShofner JD, Kimball AB. Plant-Induced Dermatitis. In: Auerbach PS, ed. Wilderness Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2011:chap 63.Smolinske SC, Daubert GP, Spoerke DG. Poisonous plants. In: Shannon MW, Borron SW, Burns MJ, eds. Haddad and Winchesters Clinical Management of Poisoning and Drug Overdose. 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 24.Review Date:10/21/2013Reviewed By:Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

Renovation of old facilities seen as rebirth of PH sports

first_imgThe newly-refurbished Rizal Memorial Coliseum inside RMSC will be completed come Nov. 15, the first time it experienced complete renovation since the 1935.Three hundred meters away is the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, which will reopen on Nov. 21, nine days away from the kick-off ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.These facilities are part of the P842.5-million financial assistance that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) has given to the PSC for the total facelift of both complexes.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Members of the House Committee on Youth and Sports Development visited both complexes on Wednesday and hailed the renovation as the renaissance of Philippine sports due to the opportunities these venues can provide to the Filipino athlete.“There are more Lydia De Vegas, Elma Muros, Isidro Del Prados and Teofilo Yldefonsos out there, who don’t have the chance to hone their skills due to the deficiency of world-class facilities,” said House committee chairperson Eric Martinez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“These new facilities inside RMSC and Philsports will address the need,” added the representative from the 2nd district of Valenzuela City.PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez toured Martinez around the complex with House committee members Rep. Faustino Michael Carlos Dy III of Isabela, Rep. Strike Revilla of Cavite, Rep. John Rey Tiangco of Navotas and Rep. Jose Teves Jr. from TGP party-list. LATEST STORIES Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View comments Ejected Eboña rues quick end to his final UAAP game for FEU MOST READ Rice industry paralysiscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ In this photo taken on December 15, 2016, street dwellers sleep outside the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. INQUIRER PHOTO/LYN RILLONMANILA, Philippines — There are several promising athletes that remain untapped to this day due to the lack of sports facilities.With the renovation of facilities inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila and Philsports in Pasig City being undertaken by the Philippine Sports Commission, these undiscovered athletes will now have a world-class training ground where they improve their craft.ADVERTISEMENT Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Priority legislation in the 18th Congresslast_img read more

Asian Games: A brief history

first_imgThe Asian Games was first held in 1951 in New Delhi, India. They were held from from March 4 to March 11, 1951.491 athletes from 11 Asian National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated in 57 events from eight sports and disciplines. The National Stadium was the venue of all the events.Japan athletes won the most number of medals with 60 to their tally, out of which 24 were gold. Host nation India had 15 golds and 51 overall medals. They won the most number of bronzes with 20.Since then, 17 Asian Games have been held with the 2018 tournament being the 18th. So far, nine nations have hosted the Asian Games and 46 nations have participated in the Games, including Israel, which was excluded from the Games after their last participation in 1974.The last Asian Games were held in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 to October 4 2014.The 2018 Games will be held in Jakarta from August 18 to September 2 and 45 nations will be participating in it across 465 events from 40 sports.China have won the most number of medals so far in the games with 2898 and they are followed by Japan (2851) and South Korea (2058). India have 602 medals from 17 Games so far.Here are all the venues of the Asian Games so far:1951 Asian Games – New Delhi (Nations participated: 11)1954 Asian Games – Manila (Nations participated: 18)1958 Asian Games – Tokyo (Nations participated: 20)1962 Asian Games – Jakarta (Nations participated: 17)1966 Asian Games – Bangkok (Nations participated: 18)1970 Asian Games – Bangkok (Nations participated: 18)1974 Asian Games – Tehran (Nations participated: 25)1978 Asian Games – Bangkok (Nations participated: 25)1982 Asian Games – New Delhi (Nations participated: 33)1986 Asian Games – Seoul (Nations participated: 27)advertisement1990 Asian Games – Beijing (Nations participated: 36)1994 Asian Games – Hiroshima (Nations participated: 42)1998 Asian Games – Bangkok (Nations participated: 41)2002 Asian Games – Busan (Nations participated: 44)2006 Asian Games – Doha (Nations participated: 45)2010 Asian Games – Guangzhou (Nations participated: 45)2014 Asian Games – Incheon (Nations participated: 45)Here is India’s medal tally at each Asian Games since its inception in 1951:1951 in New Delhi: 15 Gold, 16 Silver and 20 Bronze (ranked 2nd)1954 in Manila: 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 5 Bronze (ranked 5th)1958 in Tokyo: 5 Gold, 4 Silver and 5 Bronze (ranked 7th)1962 in Jakarta: 12 Gold, 13 Silver and 27 Bronze (ranked 3rd)1966 in Bangkok: 7 Gold, 3 Silver and 11 Bronze (ranked 5th)1970 in Bangkok: 6 Gold, 9 Silver and 10 Bronze (ranked 5th)1974 in Tehran: 4 Gold, 12 Silver and 12 Bronze (ranked 7th)1978 in Bangkok: 11 Gold, 11 Silver and 6 Bronze (ranked 6th)1982 in New Delhi: 13 Gold, 19 Silver and 25 Bronze (ranked 5th)1986 in Seoul: 5 Gold, 9 Silver and 23 Bronze (ranked 5th)1990 in Beijing: 1 Gold, 8 Silver and 14 Bronze (ranked 11th)1994 in Hiroshima: 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 15 Bronze (ranked 8th)1998 in Bangkok: 7 Gold, 11 Silver and 17 Bronze (ranked 9th)2002 in Busan: 10 Gold, 12 Silver and 13 Bronze (ranked 8th)2006 in Doha: 10 Gold, 17 Silver and 26 Bronze (ranked 8th)2010 in Guangzhou: 14 Gold, 17 Silver and 34 Bronze (ranked 6th)2014 in Incheon: 11 Gold, 10 Silver and 36 Bronze (ranked 8th)last_img read more

Chelsea vs Swansea: Team news & TV guide

first_imgPremier League Chelsea vs Swansea: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 21:28 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Eden Hazard Chelsea ROLAND HARRISON/AFP/Getty Images Premier League Chelsea Swansea City Chelsea v Swansea City With Arsenal hot on their tails, the Blues will hope to keep hold of their position in the table by beating the struggling Welsh outfit Chelsea are out to extend their unbeaten streak to five games when they take on Swansea City at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Wednesday.The Blues come into the game having drawn 1-1 with Liverpool at the weekend and they will be determined to pick up three points in order to avoid slipping down to fourth, with rivals Arsenal also in action against Huddersfield Town.Antonio Conte’s men will be confident in their ability to secure a positive result, particularly considering the dismal run of form the Swans are currently on, which sees Paul Clement’s side languishing at the bottom of the table along with Crystal Palace. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game Chelsea vs Swansea City Date Wednesday, November 29 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Alvaro Morata Chelsea 2017The match will not be available to watch live on television or to live stream in the United Kingdom, but you can follow live updates on Goal. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A In the United States (US), the match will not be available to watch live on television but it can be watched by live stream online using the NBC Sports Gold service. US TV channel Online stream N/A NBC Sports Gold SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Caballero, Courtois, Eduardo Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Christensen, Clarke-Salter, Sterling, Baba Midfielders Fabregas, Kante, Drinkwater, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Willian, Scott, Ampadu Forwards Morata, Batshuayi Conte has indicated that David Luiz, Charly Musonda and Kenedy are not available, while Michy Batshuayi is also out with an ankle issue.Victor Moses is fit again following an injury lay-off and he could come into the starting XI for Davide Zappacosta.Potential Chelsea starting XI: Courtois; Cahill, Azpilicueta, Christensen; Moses, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Hazard, Pedro; Morata. Position Swansea players Goalkeepers Fabianski, Mulder, Nordtfeldt Defenders Van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson, Rangel, Naughton, Bartley, Fernandez, Rodon Midfielders Ki, Britton, Fer, Dyer, Carroll, Routledge, Clucas, Sanches, Mesa, King, Fulton Forwards Bony, Abraham, Ayew, Narsingh, Baker-Richardson, McBurnie Tammy Abraham is unavailable because he is not permitted to play against his parent club, while there are concerns over the fitness of Federico Fernandez.Defender Kyle Bartley is a long-term absentee due to a knee injury. Potential Swansea starting XI:  Fabianski; Naughton, Van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson; Mesa, Ki, Sanches, Carroll; Ayew, Bony.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Wilfried Bony - SwanseaChelsea are favourites to win at 2/11 according to dabblebet, with Swansea priced at 16/1 to beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge. A draw between the sides is considered a 6/1 bet.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s markets for the game, including goalscorer odds, correct score predictions and more.GAME PREVIEW Antonio Conte Chelsea 2017Since losing 3-0 to Roma at the end of October, Chelsea have rediscovered their form in recent weeks, totting up three consecutive wins before snatching an unlikely 1-1 draw away to Liverpool last weekend.Conte’s men currently find themselves in third place in the Premier League, six points behind second-place Manchester United, and they can narrow that gap to just three points with a win over the Swans. While they naturally have an eye on United above them, Chelsea are also looking over their shoulder at Arsenal and they will need to win in order to avoid being overtaken by the Gunners this evening.Swansea will be a weaker unit without the talents of Blues loanee Tammy Abraham, but they managed to arrest a losing streak that had stretched to five games without him at the weekend by drawing against Bournemouth.They will be hoping to build on that result as they attempt to extricate themselves from the quagmire of the drop-zone, but Chelsea will be doing them no favours. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Minister Mckenzie to Seek More Funds for Trucking Water

first_imgStory Highlights Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says he will be going to Cabinet to seek more funds for the provision of water to communities that are severely affected by the current dry conditions. Minister McKenzie was speaking with journalists following a tour of the new Portmore municipality building in St. Catherine on Friday (July 27), which is currently under construction. “We are going to be doing an assessment of what is happening across the country, and once we have concluded, I am going to be making a submission to Cabinet,” he said, indicating that this will be done within the next two weeks. Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says he will be going to Cabinet to seek more funds for the provision of water to communities that are severely affected by the current dry conditions.“We are going to be doing an assessment of what is happening across the country, and once we have concluded, I am going to be making a submission to Cabinet,” he said, indicating that this will be done within the next two weeks.Minister McKenzie was speaking with journalists following a tour of the new Portmore municipality building in St. Catherine on Friday (July 27), which is currently under construction.He noted that, already, the Government is providing close to $170 million to truck water to communities.Approximately $61 million of that amount is coming from his Ministry, with the rest of the funds being provided by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, under which the National Water Commission (NWC) falls.“We have just released some $36 million, and we’re going to release an additional $25 million (this) week to help prop up the parishes that have become more desperate for water,” he said.Five parishes – Portland, St. Elizabeth and sections of Manchester, Trelawny and St. Ann – have been identified as worst affected by the dry spell.Meanwhile, the Minister warned that trucks transporting water to affected communities must meet the requirements under the Public Health Regulations, which require them to be sanitised and certified.He indicated that he has been receiving “numerous complaints” about vehicles that have not met the requirements.“The Government is not prepared to risk the health of the citizens just because persons are against following what the requirements are,” he declared.last_img read more

Decision in Dellen Millard murder trial expected in September judge

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto judge says she will deliver a decision in late September at the trial of a man accused of killing his father, whose death was initially deemed a suicide.Dellen Millard, 32, of Toronto, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 71-year-old Wayne Millard.The judge-alone trial heard that Wayne Millard was found dead in his bed with a bullet in his brain on Nov. 29, 2012.The Crown alleges the younger Millard killed his father because millions in potential inheritance money was being squandered on a new aviation business for the family company, Millardair.The defence says Wayne Millard’s death was a suicide.Justice Maureen Forestell says she will rule on the case on Sept. 24.The murder trial is the third for Dellen Millard, who has been convicted of first-degree murder for the deaths of Toronto woman Laura Babcock and Hamilton man Tim Bosma.last_img read more

From race to rape how the conversation in film changed in 2016

first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement The talk was all #OscarsSoWhite at the beginning of the year, a critical and passionate response to the second round of pure vanilla nominees at the Academy Awards. The controversy opened up a necessary conversation about diversity in media and gave Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation the steam it needed to rise to the top at the Sundance Film Festival in January.The standing ovations, celebratory ink, record-breaking distribution deal and Oscar predictions over Parker’s incendiary account of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion were doubtless a reaction to the moment. The movie itself doesn’t have the artistry or insight to deserve more than a passing notice, but its hot take on race relations at a time when #BlackLivesMatter and #OscarsSoWhite were trending made it seem like the movie of the year, despite the fact that it premiered opposite Manchester By The Sea and Certain Women.That talk changed in August. Parker’s history re-emerged in the media, and a broader public was made aware that he and his BOTN collaborator Jean Celestin had been charged with rape. Parker was acquitted, Celestin convicted, despite the fact that the college roommates allegedly acted together. Celestin’s conviction was overturned on appeal, because the prosecution could not re-gather the witnesses. The victim, years later, committed suicide. The conversation suddenly shifted from race to rape, and Parker’s film was torn down just as easily as it was propped up.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

City of Fort St John now accepting nominations for Community Awards

first_imgMayor Lori Ackerman said “Our local volunteers and organizations always go above and beyond. This is an excellent opportunity to recognize a person or organization in our community who shows just how energetic they are by going that extra mile and making our community the best place to live,”Nominations packages can be picked up at City Hall, the Pomeroy Sports Centre and North Peace Leisure Pool, or downloaded; CLICK HERE Or completed online; CLICK HEREThe deadline for nominations is March 8, 2019, and the Community Awards Gala will follow in April. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City is is now accepting nominations for the 2019 12th Annual Community Awards.Nominations can be chosen from seven categories as a way to recognize residents and the contributions they make to the community. This is an opportunity for the City to honour these people.1. Cultural Award – Recognizes an individual or a group for their volunteer efforts in historical, visual, performing, or literary arts. 2. Recreation Award – Awarded to an individual or a group for their volunteer efforts in thepromotion, organization, support, and/or motivation of sports, recreation, and leisure pursuits including healthy and active living.3. Literacy Award – Presented to an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution towards promoting in areas including literacy, language, multiculturalism, and community issues in Fort St. John.4. Humanitarian Award – Recognizes an individual or a group of volunteers whose actions,commitment, volunteer leadership, service, and community spirit have made a difference in the lives of those in the community.5. Youth Award – Awarded to an individual under the age of 19 who has made a positive contribution to the community on a volunteer basis.6. Lifetime Achievement Award – Acknowledges an individual’s remarkable contribution anddedication to the community.7. Mayor’s Citizen of the Year – Recognizes an individual that has achieved positive notoriety outside our community for their actions, recognized as a leader or role model by their peers, or has won international, national, or provincial titles or awards for their efforts.last_img read more

ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Friday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close ThuJuly ‘ 17 0.00 0.00 0.00 558.20 554.20Nov. 500.60 508.50 495.20 507.30 502.50Jan. ’18 502.50 512.70 500.00 511.30 506.40March 505.00 515.90 505.00 514.60 510.00May 515.00 516.00 512.70 514.40 509.80July 504.90 516.90 504.70 514.30 510.20Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 480.10 471.40Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 480.90 472.20March 0.00 0.00 0.00 483.60 472.20May 0.00 0.00 0.00 483.60 472.20July 0.00 0.00 0.00 483.60 472.20Barley (Western): Open High Low Close ThuJuly ’17 0.00 0.00 0.00 138.00 138.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 140.00 140.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Thunder Bay CW: $178.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $512.30 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $532.30 (November 2017) read more

From 4000 megawatts to 44

NANTICOKE – The site of the former Nanticoke Generating Station today is a study in contrasts.On a busy day, the giant coal-fired generating station – the largest in North America – would burn 30,000 tonnes of fuel.That’s as much coal as a large freighter would deposit on site during a regular run across Lake Erie from Pennsylvania.The coal yard itself contained as much as 5 million tonnes in a giant black pile.Meanwhile, as many as 1,000 full-time employees worked on site. They were either operating the 4,000-megawatt plant or building and maintaining it.Today, the giant twin stacks are gone while workers with the firm Delsan-AIM dismantle the massive powerhouse they stood beside until last year.“I’ve been told this is the largest demolition project in all of North America,” Joe Mateus, Ontario Power Generation’s demolition manager, said during a site visit Friday.The demolition has been underway for more than a year and will continue through the summer and beyond. The massive powerhouse will be levelled sometime in September. But the site won’t sit idle.In early March, the utility flipped the switch on a 44-megawatt solar installation. It consists of 192,000 solar panels spread over 260 acres.Unlike the hydro generated when coal was king, the power out of Nanticoke today is clean and renewable. And like most every solar farm, it takes only a handful of people to operate.Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett and many others tried to save the Nanticoke station after the McGuinty Liberals phased out coal in 2014.For a time, converting the plant’s eight boilers to biomass fuel was the most promising alternative.Farmers in Norfolk and Haldimand mobilized in case the call went out for fast-growing hemp, miscanthus grass or willow as the new fuel of choice.Unfortunately, the business case for biomass was weak.During Friday’s tour, Mike Martelli, OPG’s president of renewable generation, said the cost of converting the utility’s Atikokan station to biomass has been steep.Basic biomass, he said, needs to be sheltered to keep it from getting wet. This, he said, is expensive.Some leading-edge firms have come up with a method for processing biomass that doesn’t require sheltering from the elements. But these companies are in Scandinavia and Texas.“Biomass isn’t cheap,” Martelli said. “It’s an expensive conversion. Transporting fuel is too expensive.”Solar power isn’t cheap either.For all its faults, the Nanticoke station’s saving grace was the three cents per kilowatt hour cost of producing electricity. Coal kept hydro bills down while serving as a draw for Ontario’s once-thriving manufacturing sector.But the days of cheap electricity are gone thanks to the Green Energy Act. In a recent report, the Fraser Institute said solar providers in Ontario today receive about 48 cents per kilowatt hour.This compares with seven cents per kilowatt hour for nuclear, six cents a kilowatt hour for hydro-electric power, and 14 cents a kilowatt hour for wind.Advocates of renewable energy say technological advances are driving down the cost of renewables everyday.However, officials weren’t willing to put that assertion to the test during Friday’s tour in Nanticoke. OPG officials said the price Ontario is paying for this electricity is a secret.“Because of our contract, that is confidential,” says OPG spokesperson Neal Kelly. “That is proprietary information.”Whatever this installation is costing Ontarians, stakeholders in Six Nations and the Mississaugas of the Credit are pleased with it.The Six Nations Development Corporation and the Mississauga First Nation have invested in the Nanticoke solar farm. They will reap the benefits for the next 20 years.“I was pushing for partnerships and I was pushing for access to capital through the 1990s,” said Larry Sault, former chief of the Mississaugas near Hagersville.“This to me is all I’ve been pushing for over the last 30 years. We’ve come from the dream to the reality. This is a serious project for us and our future.”This is also a serious project for Six Nations but by no means the biggest of its kind.Six Nations spokesperson Tabitha Curley pointed out that the reserve’s investment wing also has stakes in the 100-megawatt Grand Renewable Solar project near Cayuga, the 230-megawatt Niagara Regional Wind Farm, and 11 other renewable energy read more

Security Council members demand respect for ceasefire in Côte dIvoire

In a statement to the press following a closed-door briefing by Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Council President for November, Ambassador John Danforth of the United States, also stressed that the “rights and security of United Nations personnel and all foreigners in Côte d’Ivoire [must] be fully respected.”He told reporters that the Council is reviewing these “worrying recent developments” and the overall situation in Côte d’Ivoire with a view to taking action in response.The Council’s session followed attacks by the Government of Côte d’Ivoire on rebel-held areas in the north. Insecurity across the country forced the UN to suspend its humanitarian relief operations.In New York, the Secretary-General’s spokesman issued a statement urging President Laurent Gbagbo and all the Ivorian parties to immediately cease all hostilities and to take all possible actions to prevent further bloodshed.Côte d’Ivoire was plunged into crisis some two years ago when rebel forces took control of the northern part of the country. The Government maintained its authority in the south and French forces known as Licorne and peacekeepers serving with the United Nations mission (ONUCI) are currently stationed in between.The 6,240-strong UN operation, deployed in April, is mandated to monitor the ceasefire, help demobilize soldiers and reintegrate them into society, promote human rights, support the peace process and facilitate the flow of relief aid. read more

Mike Vrabel to take job with the Houston Texans

OSU defensive line coach Mike Vrabel coaches his unit during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorOhio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel is leaving the Buckeyes to take a job with the Houston Texans, according to multiple reports.The Texans, who hired former Penn State coach Bill O’Brien as head coach Jan. 3, finished 2-14 in 2013 and have the top overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.Vrabel confirmed the move from his personal Twitter account at about 6:20 p.m. Thursday, thanking OSU in the process.“I am thankful for everyone assoc with TOSU for 3 great years and my family and I are excited to join the Houston Texans as the (linebackers) coach,” the tweet read.An OSU spokesman also confirmed with The Lantern that Vrabel is leaving OSU.Vrabel has been a member of the Buckeye staff since 2011, starting as linebackers coach under then-coach Luke Fickell and switching to the defensive line when coach Urban Meyer joined the program in 2012.A three-time Super Bowl Champion as a linebacker for the New England Patriots, Vrabel played defensive end at OSU from 1993-96, being named a consensus All-American in his final year at the school. He holds school records for career sacks (36), career tackles for loss (66) and owns the single season record for tackles for loss with 26 in 1995.Vrabel becomes the second OSU defensive coach since the end of the regular season to leave the program, after co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Everett Withers accepted the head coaching position at James Madison University Dec. 20.This season, Vrabel coached a unit that finished third in the country with 42 sacks, and tied for 19th in tackles for loss with 91. The Buckeye defense as a whole, however, finished ranked 47th in total defense in the country, giving up 377.4 yards per game. In the team’s final four games, opponents scored no less than 34 points against OSU. read more

Womens basketball Ohio State wins in unconvincing fashion over Western Kentucky in

Ohio State senior forward Shayla Cooper sizes up Western Kentucky guard Kendall Noble at Memorial Coliseum in Lexington, Kentucky, in the first round of the NCAA tournament on March 17. Credit: Dana Lewin | Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 5 seed Ohio State women’s basketball team (27-6) utilized strong defense to hold off the No. 12 seed Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (27-7), winning an ugly game, 70-63, in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Lexington, Kentucky.Both teams fought a back-and-forth battle in the first half as each struggled to find consistent offensive production. The Hilltoppers hit just 10-of-35 shots in the first half, but stayed within striking distance as they headed to the second half down 37-30. The Buckeyes ended the first and second quarters on runs of 7-0 and 7-2, respectively. Junior guard Asia Doss, a reserve who averages just 5.4 points per game, paced the Buckeyes early, as the team struggled to find its rhythm in the first half. She led both teams with an efficient 11 first-half points, hitting 4-of-6 shots, including two from beyond the arc. Redshirt sophomore Kelsey Mitchell scored just four first half points. The Big Ten Player of the Year continued her struggles in the second half as the Buckeyes’ leading scorer missed her first four second-half shots. This is the second game in a row Mitchell has struggled to find an offensive flow, shooting just 3 of 22 in a Big Ten tournament semifinal loss to Purdue.The Buckeyes stayed ahead in the second half as OSU never led by less than 3 points. They shot 53 percent from the field in the final quarter, but did no favors for themselves as they turned the ball over five times. Mitchell began to heat up as OSU pulled away in the fourth quarter. She finished with 15 points. Western Kentucky set a school record with 233 3-pointers this season and continued hoisting shots from downtown in Friday’s game. Over half of the Hilltoppers’ shots were from 3-point range. They hit just 9-of-37 3-point attempts.OSU connected on 8 of its 20 3-pointers.The Hilltoppers struggled not just from deep, but from inside the arc as well. Western Kentucky made just 29 percent of her shots from the field.Western Kentucky redshirt senior guard Kendall Noble led the Hilltoppers in scoring and rebounding with 19 points and 12 boards. The first-team Conference USA player made 7-of-22 shots.Redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga, a gametime decision according to OSU coach Kevin McGuff, did not play against WKU on Friday. The North Carolina transfer has been dealing with a right foot injury that has held her out of action since she injured it in a practice in early February. Freshman forward Tori McCoy started in place of Mavunga, as she has in every game since the injury happened. She scored 12 points before fouling out. Senior forward Shayla Cooper scored 6 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.OSU relied on its depth off the bench as the Buckeyes’ reserves contributed 28 points off the bench compared to the Hilltoppers’ 12 points from bench players.Redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper transferred from Kentucky midway through the 2015-16 season, and she will face off against her former teammates as the Buckeyes will take on No. 4 seed Kentucky (22-10) in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday in Lexington, Kentucky. The Wildcats snuck past No. 13 seed Belmont (27-6), beating the Bruins 73-70 in first round on Friday afternoon. read more

Wrestling Ohio State seeking second Big Ten championship in a row

Ohio State senior heavyweight wrestler Kyle Snyder runs out of the tunnel prior to his match in the the dual meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State wrestling team will have a chance to win its second Big Ten championship in a row when it heads to East Lansing, Michigan, Saturday to face off against wrestlers from 11 teams ranked in the top 25.The Buckeyes have an opportunity to win a team title, but also have multiple wrestlers in contention for individual championships. Ohio State finished the regular season ranked second in the country, but sophomore Luke Pletcher believes the important part of the year has not yet begun.“Everything before this really doesn’t matter too much,” Pletcher said. “Now we get to the postseason, some people either crumble or they rise to the occasion. I think that just speaks to how we handle the pressure.”Ohio State (14-1, 8-1 Big Ten) has two No. 1 seeds at their respective weight classes this weekend, but 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist and second-seeded heavyweight Kyle Snyder is not one of them. Snyder entered the season as a heavy favorite to earn a third national championship, but lost his first match in nearly three years on Feb. 11 to Michigan heavyweight Adam Coon, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound behemoth who did enough to defeat Snyder. In order for Snyder to capture an individual conference championship, he would likely have to defeat Coon. So in this case, at least, Snyder finds himself as the rare underdog.Ohio State’s Joey McKenna wins against Vince Turk in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“You base somewhat the future by what you’ve seen in the past, right? And the past says that when the stakes are really high he performs really really well,” head coach Tom Ryan said. “Coon is going to get the very best Kyle has to offer. That I can guarantee.”Ohio State junior 141-pounder Joey McKenna and redshirt sophomore 197-pounder Kollin Moore are both top seeds in their weight classes. But both of them will enter the tournament with wildly differing trajectories. McKenna has climbed up to No. 4 nationally after upsetting North Carolina State’s now-No. 5 Kevin Jack in the last dual meet of the season. McKenna also upset now-No. 8 Nick Lee of Penn State on Feb. 3, but Lee will be searching for revenge as the second seed behind McKenna.Moore spent the majority of the season as the top wrestler at 197 pounds, but lost two of his past three matches. He lost to Penn State’s unranked Anthony Cassar in what was the main turning point of that dual meet, which the Nittany Lions won. Moore rebounded against Michigan’s Kevin Beazley, delivering a major decision win over the four seed for the Wolverines. However, Moore also dropped a bout with Michael Macchiavello, a top-10 wrestler from North Carolina State. Ohio State’s drastically different directions are one of the reasons Ryan believes his team has not yet reached its potential.“In no one weekend did we really wrestle 10 guys the way they can, and we are banking on this is the first of two weekends where that happens,” Ryan said.Ohio State’s Bo Jordan wrestles Michael Kemerer in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAlong with Snyder, Pletcher, a 133-pound wrestler, and 174-pound Bo Jordan enter the tournament ranked second in their weight classes. To capture a conference title, Pletcher will need to beat Michigan’s Stevan Micic, who defeated him on Feb. 11. Jordan is the underdog to Penn State’s Mark Hall, but also lost to Michigan’s Myles Amine.“I was ahead in both matches and got taken down in the third period on both to lose, so I’m excited for both of those rematches,” Jordan said. “Usually at this time heading into the Big Tens and nationals I haven’t been tested, and I haven’t really wrestled anyone in the top five.”That is not the case this season. Jordan has faced plenty of competition against the best guys in his weight class. Last season, Jordan beat Hall 6-4 to win the Big Ten championship at 174 pounds, but Hall got revenge at nationals, beating Jordan 5-2 in the championship. Bo Nickal of Penn State is the top seed at 184 pounds, with Ohio State junior Myles Martin one spot below. The pair has wrestled seven times in their college careers, and there will likely be an eighth matchup this weekend. Nickal leads the series 5-2 versus Martin.Ohio State senior 125-pounder Nathan Tomasello lost against Iowa’s Spencer Lee on Jan. 21 and didn’t wrestle against Nick Suriano of Rutgers when the Buckeyes beat them on Jan. 7 because he was recovering from an injury. “We love Nate. It’s his senior year, he’s going for his fourth Big Ten title, and he’s got an opponent that’s real,” Ryan said. “This guy has won three world titles. He thinks he’s going to win. We think we’re going to win, so that’s when the fun starts.”Tomasello finds himself seeded third behind Suriano and Lee, and would likely wrestle both if he has a chance to win the Big Ten championship. At 157 pounds, Ohio State No. 4 seed Micah Jordan will be looking for revenge against Michael Kemerer of Iowa. Kemerer is tied with Jason Nolf of Penn State for the top seed, since it is still unknown if Nolf will wrestle after suffering an injury on Jan. 28 against Rutgers. Jordan did not match up with Nolf on Feb. 3 because of the injury. None of the Buckeyes’ 10 wrestlers is seeded lower than ninth, and nine of them are seeded in the top five. Ke-Shawn Hayes is seeded fifth at 149 pounds and Te’Shan Campbell is slotted ninth at 165 pounds.Ohio State has aspirations beyond this weekend, which puts an emphasis on being mentally prepared.“It’s kinda difficult cause as much as you want to have a great performance at the Big Ten’s it’s important. But the endgame is the NCAA tournament,” associate head coach J Jaggers said. “So we can’t dial back our training too much to peak for Big Ten’s because we still have twelve days until NCAA’s start.” read more

Build Your Own Robot out of Coffee and Balloons howto

first_imgLast week, we introduced you to a robot that could grab anything utilizing a balloon filled with some coffee grounds. It is a simple–almost genius–innovation in robotic design. And now, you can build your own coffee balloon robot and have hours of fun lifting thimbles, dreidels, paperclips, and other small objects from one location to another.Mr. Wizard would be proud.Of course, the original universal gripper was connected to a complex automated robot arm that could maneuver some precarious choreography. The video demonstration of the homemade incarnation (available after the jump) is a poor man’s coffee balloon robot, for sure. But still, this is a lung-powered proof-of-concept that this design can be recreated anywhere which could spawn a whole industry of homemade robots and other gadgets.via hackedgadgets, Carlos Asmatlast_img read more

Arrows New Team Has Some Trust Issues

first_img ‘Elseworlds’ Recap: The Arrowverse Prepares for a CrisisThe Arrowverse Gets Batwoman, Supergirl Goes to the Movies, & More DC News Stay on target Last week, Oliver learned that he couldn’t treat his new team the same way he was treated in the Bratva. He needs to trust them and as a sign of that trust revealed his secret identity to them. How’s all that working out? Well, this week’s episode is titled “A Matter of Trust,” so you can guess not well.Things start out OK. The recruits are watching over Felicity’s shoulder as Arrow interrogates a dealer about a new designer drug called Stardust. He gets the name of another dealer and heads back to the Arrow-cave. Rene is getting impatient. He says he knows the neighborhood the dealer operates in and asks to be let out on the streets. Oliver says if the group impresses them in training, he’ll think about it.Wild Dog tracks down the drug dealer, Derek Sampson anyway and tries to attack him. He’s easily overpowered. Come on, Wild Dog. If the new villain is played by a professional wrestler, you’re not going to get very far on our own. You should know this. With Evelyn Sharp’s help, he’s able to throw Sampson into a vat of chemicals. But this is the DC Universe. We know that’s how supervillains are born.Evelyn (Madison McLaughlin) and Rene (Rick Gonzales) create a supervillain. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Oliver finds out what happened when his new D.A. storms into his office claiming that some vigilante in a hockey mask killed a drug dealer. He storms into the Arrowcave and tells Rene that trust goes both ways. He understands Rene’s need to trust him, but he needs to be able to trust Rene.Oliver’s political life isn’t going well either. News that Thea appointed Quentin to the office of Deputy Mayor has gotten out, and the press is not being kind. He asks Thea to fix it, and she makes it worse by telling a reporter that Oliver had no idea the appointment even happened.As we all guessed, Sampson is not dead. During his autopsy, he wakes up and attacks the doctor working on him. Green Arrow arrives at the hospital and shoots an arrow through Sampson’s shoulder. It doesn’t have much stopping power, as Sampson now feels no fear or pain. Felicity starts working on a way to counteract the chemical that made him that way.Deadshot (Michael Rowe) returns. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Things aren’t going great for John Diggle either. Last week, he was betrayed by his superior officer, who framed him for trying to steal one of Damien Darhk’s nukes and for murdering one of his new recruits. Now, he’s in jail. He tells his wife what happened during a visit, but he’s led back to his cell, where he’s tormented by visions of Floyd Lawton.Back in the past, we learn why present-day Oliver trusts their training techniques so much. When he asks why the executed a man at the end of the last episode, the leader brings him to a woman and shows her a photo of the body. She bursts into tears and thanks him profusely. The man had killed her son, and now she has justice. As Oliver is accepted into the Bratva, undergoing a ceremony where each member cuts into his back. He must trust that they won’t kill him.In the present, Sampson calls a bunch of criminals together and shows them his new abilities. He suggests they all take a chemical bath and use their newfound strength to take back Star City from Tobias Church.Cody Rhodes as Sampson. (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Felicity convinces Oliver that the problem isn’t that he doesn’t trust his team, it’s that he won’t. Because he didn’t listen to Rene, Sampson’s superpowers are ultimately his fault. Oliver apologizes to Rene, and they all go after Sampson as a team. They’re able to stop him from creating his army and we finally get to see the team fight together in a pretty great action scene. Oliver disables Sampson by slicing through his tendons, and he’s soon captured.The team is given their new suits, and Oliver applies what he’s learned about trust to his political life too. He calls a press conference and takes full responsibility for hiring Quentin. He says he trusts his sister and keeps Quentin on as deputy mayor. As the episode ends, Oliver learns that John is in prison and he has to break him out.At the end of this episode, it feels like we’re in the same place we were at the end of last week’s. Watching Oliver learns to trust his team didn’t make for the best TV. On the bright side, the final fight scene where the team works together was a reassuring preview of the kind of action we’ll see this season. Also, we were introduced to a new supervillain. I doubt we’ve seen the last of Sampson, and it’ll be fun to see how they bring him back.last_img read more

HBK talks about how close he came to signing with WCW

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Dustin Rhodes on AEW against NXT: “I don’t consider us going to war with anybody” Sammy Guevara talks about his match against Cody on TNT, the Wednesday Night Wars Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles WhatsApp Seth Rollins Shawn Michaels On WWE Return WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels talked about how close he came to signing with WCW in the 90s during an appearance on “Bell 2 Bell Radio” recently.“There were certainly times that I wanted to, but I was still under contract. Hall and Nash were different, they gave their notice and weren’t in breach of contract when they went over, that’s how they were allowed to go. Years later, when my contract was up, however, I did consider it, and thought about it, but it was after the back injury, so I wouldn’t have been much use to them anyway. But I decided to stay, and it’s safe to say, I wouldn’t be chatting to you today if I had indeed went over.”Source:, Bell 2 Bell RadioRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 100.00%0:08Remaining Time -0:23 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Shawn Michaels Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Google+ Shawn Michaels Breaks Down His Mid-Air Sweet Chin Music Move Facebook Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ethan Page on how Impact Wrestling has been better, winning the Tag Titles, booed in Canadalast_img read more

Elderly woman struck by car in Miami Beach roads closed

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A elderly female pedestrian was struck and injured Friday morning at Fifth Street and Meridian Avenue in Miami Beach, according to police.Police have shut down the westbound lane, the driver remained on the scene.This is the second incident this week that involved an elderly woman being struck by a vehicle. On Wednesday, a woman was hit and killed in the area of 41st Street and Sheridan Avenue.The woman involved in today’s incident was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital where her condition remains unknown at this time. UPDATE: #Traffic 5th/Meridian westbound closed. @MiamiBeachFire heading to JMH w one elderly female. Driver on scene— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) June 10, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Tonka Seafoods Tests Out The Shrimp Market

first_imgSeth Scrimsher stands in one of Tonka’s freezers with blocks of frozen pink shrimp. (Photo by Angela Denning, KFSK – Petersburg)Download AudioOne of Petersburg’s seafood processors is trying to make a go at shrimp. Tonka Seafoods, Inc. is starting small to see if the market is there for their limited operation. As Angela Denning reports, they should have their answer in a few weeks.Shrimping used to be a robust industry in Petersburg. The state’s first shrimp plant started here in 1916 but the market ceased being profitable and the last plant closed down ten years ago.Still, co-owner of the local seafood processor Tonka Seafoods, Seth Scrimsher, says the product is special.“There are very few cold water shrimp left in the world,” Scrimsher says. “It’s mostly warm water shrimp or farmed shrimp. And the cold water shrimp is known for a sweeter flavor.”We’re talking about pink shrimps, the tiny ones found on salads.Tonka Seafoods is a locally-owned business located just outside of downtown Petersburg and they think they may have found a new shrimp market involving Iceland and England.“We need to see if we can freeze them fast enough and maintain the quality and ship it to the buyer as cheaply as possible to work under their budget contraints,” Scrimsher says.Tonka can freeze up to 30,000 pounds of shrimp within 24 hours but this winter was about testing. They froze smaller batches totaling 250,000 pounds. Those shrimp are enroute to Iceland where they will be cooked and peeled and then sent on to markets in England.“Iceland has a tremendous amount of quota for these pink shrimp but it’s been steadily declining which is why they’re looking over here to replace some of that,” Scrimsher says.That means competing against Iceland’s at-sea processors who freeze the shrimp at sea.Tonka’s process starts at the back dock of the plant located along the Wrangell Narrows so boats can drive up and unload their catches.I follow Scrimsher into the first room off the dock.“The shrimp comes in here, would get dumped on that table where the initial sorting and the distribution to the belt begins,” Scrimsher says.As the shrimp travel along a large white conveyor belt they are rinsed and sorted by about a half dozen workers called “graders”.“And they’ll pick out the seaweed, the pieces of broken shrimp and pick out the side stripes and so we’re just running clean pink shrimps,” Scrimsher says.The cycle starts in the morning with the catch the fishermen delivered the night before. They try to have the shrimp frozen within 24 hours.They’re already good and cold as fishermen are icing the shrimp when they catch them which Scrimsher says takes a careful hand.“They’re layer icing them and then we ice them heavier once we get here,” Scrimsher says. “There’s kind of a fine line between too much ice and just enough ice.”Too much ice changes the flavor of the shrimp and too little will spoil it.The shrimp get frozen in 22 pound blocks in the freezing area. There are two huge storage freezers that keep the shrimp frozen before shipping.Tonka should know by mid-March if this whole process will work out with the international markets. And if it does?“Then we would try to add a few more fishermen to try to catch and process the entire guideline harvest amount,” Scrimsher says.That’s about three million pounds of shrimp near Petersburg. On a busy day, that would mean employing 18 people working shrimp at the plant.Although there is a strong domestic market for pink shrimp, Tonka doesn’t have the equipment to process it yet but Scrimsher says with luck, that could one day be happening too.last_img read more