Fivestar Fight League Fighter of the Week: Mike Friesen

first_imgEven though the fight on April 25th will be the first of his career, Friesen isn’t shy about his expectations of himself in the contest.“Winning. That’s hands down what I’m going in there for. I’m not stepping into the cage to get my butt kicked by anybody. I’m stepping in there to lay a whooping on somebody else and come out there with my hand raised.”Friesen will be squaring off against Jacob Moore who will also be making his debut in the sport.As for the event itself, tickets have been selling quickly and many of the tables for the event are already spoken for. Tickets are available at Fivestar Athletics, Hi-Performance Motor Sports, Marc Joseph and Trends Clothing, The Barber Shop, and MC Rehabilitation and Wellness. Those interesting in VIP dinner tables can also send an email to [email protected] or call 250-785-2736. Advertisement Friesen says a recent urge to get back into competitive sports brought him to mixed martial arts and he looks forward to stepping into the cage for the first time.“I’ve been doing MMA on and off for a little while. Come fall time I really started wanting to get back into competing in a sport. I liked the idea of MMA so I started training in jiu jitsu first and then migrated over and did some kickboxing classes,” he explains. “It’s my first time stepping into the cage and I’m not really nervous or anxious yet. Everyone says I will be but I really just like the fact of competing. I don’t care if it’s in a cage, in a ring, or on a football field. I love competing. I love that pressure on me to compete.”There are many competitive sports that would be less physically demanding that Friesen could have picked. He says however, that he’s always been drawn to the contact sports, so MMA is not something he is afraid to try out.- Advertisement -“I’ve always like the contact sports. I played football leading up to high school. I never really wanted to be a competitive hockey player. I know hockey is huge in this city but it just wasn’t my sport. Fivestar was a great option to be able to compete at a high enough level.” He says that his choice to step into the cage has made some people wonder why he chose MMA, but they have been supportive and are eager to see how he fares in his first bout.“I grew in this town so a lot of people know me and my family. I’ve had a lot of feedback that’s not negative, but ‘why are you doing this?’”, Friesen says. “A lot of people are really pumped to see what I can produce. A lot of people say I’m not mean enough to fight and all that stuff, but you don’t have to be mean to fight. I don’t view myself as a fighter. I view myself as a competitor in a combat sport.”Advertisement Dinner tables seat eight people and run at $1,400 which is $175 per person. First row seats are $100, second row is $90, third row seats go for $80, and general admission seats are $65.Leading up to Homecoming on April 25th, will be featuring one local fighter scheduled to appear on the card.last_img read more

Kontron ships new I/O intensive VX305C-40G 3U VPX SBC

first_img Continue Reading Previous Mouser: All Things IoT e-book explores opportunities and obstacles of IIoTNext SINTRONES awarded IRIS certification ISO/TS 22163 Kontron announced the first customer shipments of its new VX305C-40G 3U OpenVPX Open Systems Architecture SBC module to Herrick Technology Laboratories and another major U.S. system integrator. Developed in alignment with the SOSA Technical Standard, the Kontron VX305C-40G is the first instance of a new, fully-defined OpenVPX SBC profile, which was designed specifically to meet the needs of the U.S. defense community in their drive for Open System Architecture computing platforms.Designed to the soon-to-be-released VITA 65 slot profile SLT3-PAY-1F1F2U1TU1T1U1T-14.2.16, known as the “I/O Intensive SBC profile”, the VX305C-40G combines the computational power of the 12-core Intel Xeon D-1559 processor with a rich assortment of I/O, most notably the 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Data Plane. The Kontron VX305C-40G opens a new era in OSA for defense systems.Herrick is integrating the VX305C-40G SBC with a Model 71813 XMC board from Pentek, which will provide customizable I/O signal status and control for their new SOSA(TM) C4ISR demonstrator system for the U.S. Army. Herrick selected the VX305C-40G specifically to demonstrate the I/O Intensive SBC functionality needed for their system. The performance and extensive I/O of the VX305C-40G gives Herrick the ability to bring a new level of server-class computing and digital signal processing to the battlefield using open systems architectures, and fills a critical niche in OSA platforms.The goal of OSA standards activities such as SOSA is to reduce the cost of defense systems and to enable more rapid technology upgrades. By tightly defining the physical connectivity and a minimum feature set for hardware modules, OSA products like the VX305C-40G can potentially reduce technology upgrade project times from months or years to days or weeks. Systems can also be rapidly changed as their missions evolve and new technologies bring new capabilities. Common slot profiles and functionalities defined in OSA standards increase the likelihood that new hardware modules will “just work” when inserted into an existing system.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Manitoba court rejects demand from unions for injunction against wage freeze

first_imgWINNIPEG – Manitoba’s public-sector unions lost a bid Friday for a temporary court injunction against a provincial government bill that would freeze wages for 110,000 workers.Court of Queen’s Bench Justice James Edmond rejected a request from more than a dozen unions —representing teachers, nurses, civil servants and others — to delay the wage freeze until a full court hearing on its constitutional validity can be held.“Courts will rarely order that laws that Parliament or the legislature have duly enacted for the public good will not operate or be enforceable in advance of a full constitutional review,” Edmond wrote in his 50-page ruling.“I am not satisfied that this is one of those clear cases of a charter violation (where) an interlocutory injunction or stay should be granted pending a trial on the constitutionality of the (bill).”The legislation would impose a two-year wage freeze across the public sector as each collective agreement expired. That would be followed by a 0.75 per cent pay increase in the third year and one per cent in the fourth.The bill was passed by the legislature more than a year ago, but the Progressive Conservative government has yet to declare it in effect.Still, union leaders say it has affected contract talks because government and public-agency negotiators have used it as a guideline.Last year, the unions filed a lawsuit that alleges the bill violates the right to collective bargaining and the freedom of association under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.The government has argued it is within its right to legislate wage freezes as part of its effort to reduce the deficit. It also said the wage freeze is lawful because it only applies to new collective agreements and does not reopen existing ones.Kevin Rebeck, president of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, said getting a temporary injunction was far from guaranteed, and the battle will continue when a court hears the main constitutional argument.“We’re not entirely surprised. We knew it was a stretch to get an injunction, but we will always stand up and fight for public-sector workers to have collective bargaining,” Rebeck said Friday.“We’re pleased with the decision and look forward to ongoing collective bargaining in the public sector,” Finance Minister Cameron Friesen said in an emailed statement.“Our approach will continue to be guided by our commitment to repair and protect the front-line services Manitobans depend upon, while avoiding tax increases.“We have always said this effort will require everyone to do their part.”Edmond wrote in his ruling that lawyers for the government and the unions should appear in court Aug. 31 and be ready to set a date for the constitutional hearing.last_img read more

Government to strengthen Customs Marine Department

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 10th 2017: Acting Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Peter Turnquest says government is looking into strengthening the Customs Marine Department. Speaking at the U.S. Coast Guard Small Boat Operations 1 Course Closing Ceremonies at the Customs Building, Minister Turnquest says procurement of additional resources have commenced following recommendations received by the department. He says the “additional equipment will ensure that members of the unit can carry out their tasks in a safe manner.”Thanking the U.S Embassy for facilitating the training provided, the minister says his government recognised “the borders were very porous” and the need to have “effective deployment of law enforcement and revenue enforcement personnel” were important to securing borders from illegal activities, narcotics, as well as government revenue.”To date, the unit comprises of 19 officers, while six vessels are used by the unit to patrol New Providence, Grand Bahama and Exuma. Since its reestablishment in 2015, the Customs Marine Unit has been responsible for the seizure of 45 illegal vessels, and approximately $793,000 being deposited into the Public Treasury.As a result, the minister says it will look into working with the Comptroller and Senior staff at the department on working on short term measures on how staff can be augmented.Training facilitated by US Coast guard comprised of three areas, including the strengthening of customs management and capacity building, the modernisation of customs operations and implementation of the electronic single window, and the enhancement of the international trade institutional platform. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img #MagneticMediaNews#BahamasCustomsMarineUnitlast_img read more

Emery Ramsey remains focused at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery remains pleased with Aaron Ramsey’s commitment on the pitch and will respect whatever decision he makes over his futureReports emerged earlier today claiming that Ramsey has agreed to join Serie A champions Juventus on a free transfer this summer.Apparently, a pre-contract agreement between Ramsey and Juventus will be sorted out after the Bianconeri’s Coppa Italia game against AC Milan next Wednesday.But Emery refused to shed any light on Ramsey’s future and instead praised the Welsh star’s commitment to Arsenal.“I cannot say more about his situation,” said Emery on“The most important thing is that Aaron Ramsey is with us. His future I respect a lot because he has a very private decision but he is with us every day, and I repeat that I am very happy with him.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Ramsey played the full 90 minutes of last Saturday’s FA Cup third round 3-0 win at Blackpool.“In the last match I was very happy with him,” added Emery.“I asked in the last match at Blackpool if he is okay to help us play and he said, ‘Yeah, coach, I want to play’ and he played with a very big behaviour and commitment to us.“After, his future belongs to him, his family and agent. Every day he’s here with us, he’s working very well. I want his behaviour and his focus to be on West Ham on Saturday.”The Spaniard also announced that Arsenal will only be able to do loan signings this month.last_img read more