Five Family Members Survive Ordeal

first_imgThe five family members, including three children,  who last Thursday suffered what a doctor described as ‘suffocation due to heat’ in their Zeon Town, ELWA community home, have thankfully survived their ordeal.They are Sabastine Saye, his wife, Joyce Bartuah and their three children, Erica,  5, Eric, 5, and Patience Saye, 15.Doctor Rufus Tall, head of the Sunrise Clinic in the ELWA Community, where the victims received treatment, told the Daily Observer via mobile phone that the family suffered a major suffocation due to heat in the room.The heat was produced from an unattended coal pot in their room while they were asleep, said the doctor, who further explained  that charcoal has some dangerous chemicals that could cause unconsciousness, if not handled properly.When the Daily Observer visited the victims early Monday morning, the wife (Joyce) said that the tragedy started on her twin children, Erica and Eric.According to her, she went outside to prepare her cassava gravy soup, which is part of her daily routine to sustain the family. She said she was on her way back to the room, when one of the twins started to shout, “Mama see, Mama see,” but when she looked around she couldn’t find anything, but the child kept yelling at her to see.Joyce said it was then that she began to call for help and then she lapsed into unconsciousness, and then her husband and her big daughter followed.Joyce said her family is grateful to their neighbors who helped to take them to the clinic. She said they are presently staying with a relative in the same community.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Janelle Morrison optimistic for Ironman Canada

first_imgJanelle Morrison is adding another dimension to her budding triathlon career.The Fort St. John native turned pro in 2009, after posting the fastest female amateur time at the Ironman Canada in 2008.In an interview with Jon Zacks on Friday, Morrison recounted some of her experiences so far in the 2010 season, including getting sick from swimming in a river during ‘Ironman China’ and fighting through a mechanical snafu at the ‘Ironman St. George’ in Utah. Click here to listen to Friday’s interview (runs 9:00)[asset|aid=3118|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=38f8b4464f276cb1083f64ec968de524-Janelle-web_1_Pub.mp3] The 32 year-old bounced back with some strong finishes, including a victory at the Wine Capital of Canada Sprint Triathlon, in Oliver, B.C. Morrison suffered another setback in mid-July, when she injured her foot while trail-running in Penticton. However, she remains optimistic that she will be able to compete at the Ironman Canada Triathlon, set for August 29th. If healthy, she’ll be looking to improve on her emotional third place finish from 2009. But, as well as working to recover from injury, training for her races, and moving from Vernon to Penticton, Morrison is now adding another element to her career – professional coaching.The former Blizzard Bike Club member is joining her own coach, Scott McMillan, to offer cooperative coaching for athletes of all abilities. Using ‘Training Peaks’ software, Morrison is offering her services online, meaning she can work with clients around the world.”A lot of coaching nowadays is done online” Morrison says. “It’s an extremely effective software” she says, adding “I use it myself with my coach.” For more information on her coaching services, or her career, visit Advertisement –last_img read more