Thompson to defend 60m title at Queen’s meet

first_img Meet director Olive McNaughton expects another excellent meet. “I am very pleased with the support so far as some 147 teams comprising over 2,000 athletes are down to compete and I expect more as last night was the deadline for entries,” said McNaughton. The men’s and women’s Invitational 60m will highlight the meet. On the men’s side, Julian Forte, Andrew Fisher and defending champion Oshane Bailey are expected to fight out the finish. A week ago at the Central Hurdles and Relays meet at G.C. Foster College, Fisher showed great form when he won the event in 6.53 to equal Kim Collins’ one year old record. HIGH EXPECTATIONS Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson will start her 2017 campaign tomorrow at the National Stadium when she competes in the Women’s Invitational 60 metres at the 16th staging of the Queen’s-Grace Jackson meet. Thompson, the defending champion for the event, won last year in 7.18 seconds. She will be among more than 2,000 athletes that will be in action where the first event, the boys’ Class Three 400 metres will get under way at 8:30 a.m. World Under-20 400 metres champion Tiffany James of Mico University College will open her account in the women’s open 800 metres.last_img read more

It’s time APNU/AFC deliver on promise of accountability

first_imgDear Editor,There are increasing reports about misconduct in office by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government Ministers; reports that are accompanied by a worrying silence from those coalition officials who are implicated.A few weeks ago, the report related to Minister David Patterson and the transfer of US$9000 to his personal bank account. Until now, Minister David Patterson has not answered adequately to clear the air – to assure Guyanese that his conduct in office is above reproach. Guyanese see the same silence from Minister Simona Broomes, who remains silent about monies allegedly paid to her two children – almost $10 million. Why were the monies paid over? Will this be investigated?The people of this country are awaiting answers to these questions. The APNU/AFC coalition Government promised transparency and accountability. It is time that it delivers on what it promised the Guyanese people in that regard.Sincerely,Todd Morganlast_img read more

AEL Donates Materials to Clean-up School Campuses

first_imgAlthough schools have remained closed since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the country, hopes are now emerging for the reopening exercises of all academic institutions with reports of decline in the spread of the virus.With that promising hope, the leadership of the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia (AEL) yesterday donated several items to a locally-based—Progressive Youth for Empowerment and Development (PYEP), to undertake series of clean-up campaign exercises at various school campuses in Montserrado Electoral District #6.Items presented for use by the PYEP through its president, Victor M. Jackson include eight brand new wheelbarrows, shovels, cutlasses, wipers, rakes, etc.“These items are being donated with the trust that you will begin to clean-up school campuses and around Monrovia to prepare ahead of normal academic resumption by early next year,” AEL Secretary-General, Rev. Isaac S. Wheigar told the group as he presented the materials to them.On behalf of PYEP, the president, Victor M. Jackson, expressed gratitude to AEL, and promised to take advantage of the materials received to commence the early cleaning of campuses that are within their immediate reach in District #6, before expanding the process to other parts of Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exclusive – Birmingham boss Clark tells Adeyemi to reject Championship advances

first_imgBirmingham City manager Lee Clark believes it would be a mistake for Tom Adeyemi to join another Championship club – because he’s Premier League quality.The Blues have rejected a bid from an unnamed club, believed to be Cardiff, for the midfielder, and also announced they have turned down the 22-year-old’s transfer request.And Clark claims the ex-Norwich man should set his sights higher than a club in the same tier as the Midlands side.“It’s not great timing to be honest,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, when asked about the midfielder. “I’m not surprised but, for me, he doesn’t need to go to another Championship club. He’s a Premier League player.“He’s a fantastic young man. I’ve known him since he was 14 or 15, when we worked together at Norwich. He’s very intelligent and is developing into a really top player. Tom has kicked on again this summer.“We’ve made him vice captain of Birmingham at 22 years of age, that tells you what we think of him. He’s a leader.“The news broke last night, which isn’t ideal in the week leading up towards the season. Things never run smoothly though.”last_img read more

The Donald wants fairway pathway renamed for him

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RANCHO PALOS VERDES – Donald Trump has hit a rough spot in his quest to change the name of Ocean Trails Drive, which leads to his $250 million ocean bluff golf course. He wants it renamed Trump National Drive. But some residents are already teed off about the billionaire’s impact since The Donald moved in and named his luxury golf retreat Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles. Some have suggested other names for Ocean Trails Drive, such as “Ego Aisle” or “Narcissism Lane.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsAlthough Trump’s bid would violate city street-naming guidelines, city officials said they were willing to grant the street change if Trump renames his golf course – substituting Rancho Palos Verdes for Los Angeles. The 261-acre oceanfront links should be called Trump National Golf Club Rancho Palos Verdes because it’s within the city’s boundaries, some 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, city officials said. Trump said Monday that his representatives are still in negotiations with the city over the street name change.last_img read more


first_imgBY CATHAL MacSUIBHNE: Donegal’s high flying stars would have been grateful of their plane journey back to Carrickfinn last night – it would have been tough facing into a long bus journey home after a frustrating defeat to Cork at Pairc Ui Rinn.It was the proverbial game of two halves as the All-Ireland Champions dominated the opening period but were uncharacteristically wasteful and inefficient in the second thus allowing a rejuvenated Cork side to take the spoils.Captain Michael Murphy started at midfield at it looked a clever ploy from the management as the veteran Graham Canty couldn’t keep up with the Glenswilly man. He claimed a lot of possession around the middle early on and drove straight at the home defence and his team profited from some early frees as a direct result. The strategy was soon abandoned though with Murphy restored to his natural habitat at the edge of the square and indeed it was strange to see it such was the good work he had produced from deep. Donegal continued to boss midfield however with the star of last year’s joust Neil Gallagher again impressing. Murphy was often double-teamed by the Cork defence after he moved inside, himself and Eoin Cadogan having an ongoing battle with the Douglas clubman performing well against the All Star.Both these teams have numerous similarities as regards their footballing ability, their forward power and the conditioning. The key difference is that Donegal instinctively know what they are doing, what options are available to each player and they are so used to playing the system that its second nature to them. They illustrated this in the opening thirty-five minutes with an assured performance.Cork on the other hand can run forward with endeavour but when confronted with a mass defence they appear short on ideas and move the ball around without a plan as to what they’re going to do with it. The groans from their own supporters in the stands convey the exasperation they feel when watching their team – they possess some classy footballers allied with big, strong athletes yet they wait for something to happen, wait for someone else to do something rather than knowing what they want to do collectively.Indeed they were reminiscent of Donegal of a few years back – no one taking responsibility to shoot or to take their man on and instead engaging in laborious possession back and across the field. Faced with a similar sight of a defensive blanket, Donegal are patient. Sure they move the ball around searching for an opening but the player in possession knows there will be man on his shoulder if and when he tries to take on an opponent. Such is the team’s upper body strength they can break a tackle and then dish the ball off to a runner and create two on one situations.Donegal also showed their foot passing ability with Dermot Molloy and Rory Kavanagh unlocking the Cork defence playing clever passes in front of Colm McFadden and Ross Wherity and they were then able to offload to the obligatory runner coming through.Cork lost their best forward Colm O’Neill to what looked like yet another serious knee injury. The current All Star was showing well early and produced a particularly impressive score off his right foot just before he suffered the sickening injury. As he went for the next ball that came his way his foot planted into the Pairc Ui Rinn turf and, in a similar way to what happened Tommy Bowe when playing for Ulster against Northampton last December, all his body weight went onto his knee and it buckled under the strain. The pace of the game dropped considerably following the stoppage in play; O’Neill’s history with knee injuries was on everyone’s mind and there was genuine sympathy amongst the crowd when he was stretchered off.Onto the second half and it was as if the players swapped jerseys at the break. Suddenly it was the visitors who looked confused in possession and often took the wrong option. One of the great strength’s of this Donegal team, and it’s the same with the top teams in any sport, is that they do the basics very well. The quality of their passing, handling and soloing is taken as a given. Yet after the change of ends they made bad decisions and their passing into the forward line was poor. Instead of giving passes that gives the advantage to the attacker, on several occasions they gave at best 50-50 passes and it was often less than that, with the defender having the advantage.Time and again long ball was played into Murphy but the technique of the kicks were awful. The optimum ball to play into a forward is a diagonal ball and with the majority of players being right-footed these usually come from the right wing, as we saw to devastating effect from Karl Lacey in last year’s All-Ireland Final. Substitute Ryan McHugh and midfielder Kavanagh were among those who tried to execute this type of pass in the last quarter last night and the result was a mis-kicked low, cross field ball straight to a red shirt. We have the country’s best footballer waiting for a decent ball to come inside and beside him we have last year’s top scorer and they were kept waiting. You can be sure that this will be one the vital components that Jim and Rory will have the lads working on in training as it was a source of huge annoyance and greatly affected the team’s chances of claiming two points. Instead Cork used these stray passes to launch counter attacks and reeled off seven points without reply midway through the second half which ultimately left Donegal with too high a mountain to climb. Murphy’s Dublin housemate Aidan Walsh and Nemo Rangers’ Paul Kerrigan were especially impressive during this spell, despite the best efforts of Paddy McGrath to stifle with the latter.Donegal managed to make a decent fist of a comeback and it looked as if the team would be awarded a third penalty in as many games when Murphy got inside the cover and was through on goal only to be hauled down by Michael Shields. The foul though was committed just outside the 13-metre line and with that Cork claimed the points, 0-12 to 0-10.Donegal will likely need six points to stay in Division One so are one more win away from safety. With Dublin to come in the last game, the team will want to avoid a final day shoot out with Jim Gavin’s impressive side. That makes next week’s All Ireland rematch in Castlebar all the more important; Mayo will be relishing locking horns with their September conquerors, making a tough trip even more difficult. A performance of champions will be needed to secure the points.CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: UNDONE BY THE RISING REBELS was last modified: March 17th, 2013 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CATHAL MacSUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG: UNDONE BY THE RISING REBELSlast_img read more

County Councillor’s appeal against drink-driving conviction is adjourned

first_imgThe appeal of a Donegal County Councillor against a drink driving conviction has been adjourned to a special sitting of the Letterkenny Circuit Court next month.Fianna Fáil Councillor Ciaran Brogan was banned from driving for three years in December 2016 at Letterkenny District Court when found guilty of being drunk in charge of a vehicle. Brogan was said to have been found asleep behind the wheel of a Toyota Avensis parked on a road at Ballymacool, Letterkenny on June 22, 2015.Brogan (44) of Sockar, Trentagh, denied the charge.Defence counsel had travelled from Dublin this afternoon to represent Brogan, but Judge John O’Hagan told today’s sitting of Letterkenny Circuit Court that he was adjourning the matter to the July sitting when the appeal will be heard by a visiting judge.County Councillor’s appeal against drink-driving conviction is adjourned was last modified: June 30th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ciaran BroganCouncillor Ciaran Brogandrink drivingfianna faillast_img read more

Brand South Africa hosts international media

first_imgLow-cost fibreglass dish, an earlySKA prototype, at the HartRAOobservatory, west of Johannesburg. Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabanebriefed the group on South Africa’spreparations for COP17. The Gautrain station in Sandton.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Michael GaylardActing MD, HartRAO+27 12 301 3100• Tshepo NkosiBSA communications manager+27 11 483 reporterBrand South Africa recently played host to a group of international journalists from three continents, who were  here to gain exposure to South African business, government and citizens, as well as experience the local culture and way of life and learn of the latest technological developments.The tour’s aim was to build solid, constructive relationships with the media in target markets, especially where BSA does not have an office. The visiting journalists hailed from Angola, Brazil, Egypt, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Russia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.The expected outcome of the tour is a more positive perception of South Africa internationally, and, through reporting in overseas media, a greater global awareness of the progress made in education, health, infrastructure and other key aspects.The group was officially welcomed on 27 September by Brand SA CEO Miller Matola, Brand SA chairperson Anitha Soni, and prominent government representatives, at a dinner at the Lekgotla Restaurant in Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton.Matola spoke of the Play Your Part campaign, a countrywide initiative that encourages all South Africans to contribute towards caring for themselves, their fellow citizens, and the environment.“We hope to encourage all South Africans to listen to their social conscience and get involved in activities that will make a positive difference to the environment,” he said.On behalf of Brand South Africa, he asked the journalists to “continue to shape the image of Africa, and to set an agenda to drive the continent’s reputation, image and competitiveness.”“South Africa is on an aggressive economic development drive, evolving for the future,” said Soni. “Improved technology and infrastructure facilitates global competitiveness and creates an enabling trade and investment environment.”Deputy Minister in the Presidency Dina Pule closed off the evening, saying: “Through Brand South Africa, the government will use this platform to share our varied yet aligned messages to garner support from you, our media partners, so that you can experience our country and tell our story from an informed perspective.”On 28 September the group started the day with a business breakfast with representatives from the Banking Association of South Africa. Here they learned more about South Africa’s robust banking system, rated as one of the best and most secure in the world.Afterwards they again experienced the comfort and convenience of the Gautrain, racing at speed from Johannesburg to Pretoria.On arrival in South Africa they had travelled on the high-speed train from OR Tambo International Airport to Sandton, a trip that takes about 15 minutes but which could take up to an hour or more on the road.Addressing climate changeA visit to the offices of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation was next on the cards.Here the group met with Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, who briefed them on South Africa’s preparations to host the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) in Durban in November.Mashabane is the incoming president of the gathering, and assured the group that preparations were on track and progressing well.“Climate change is one of the most [pressing issues affecting us today,” she said. “We are striving for a comprehensive, balanced and ambitious result in Durban.”The minister said that one of the priorities would be to work through unresolved issues from the 2007 gathering in Bali. She also mentioned that the implementation of adaptation activities is key, and that the conference is also hoping to reach finalisation on the Green Climate Fund.“We are expecting about 30 000 delegates, 20 000 of whom are from official delegations,” she said.After a lively question and answer session, an indication of the interest from the media in this important event, the group departed for the offices of the health ministry in central Pretoria.National Health Insurance questions answeredHealth minister Aaron Motsaoledi did not mince his words as he described the present chaotic state of South Africa’s health system, and emphasised that the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme cannot be held off any longer if the majority of citizens are to get access to decenthealthcare.“South Africa makes up 0.7% of the world’s population, but it carries 17% of the HIV/Aids burden,” he said. “With tuberculosis, we are top of the list of all countries in terms of the percentage of population infected. We have a huge disease profile, but we don’t have the resources to properly address it.”The minister said that a national health insurance scheme is not a new concept, but that it had been under consideration since before the apartheid government came into power in the late 1940s.However, the new regime wasn’t interested in an equal system of healthcare and the idea was shelved until the arrival of a democratic government in 1994.Over-commercialisation of the private healthcare system was a big problem today. “It’s all about the return on investment,” he said. “These private clinics are run with more concern on the profits than on treating sick or injured people.”In terms of section 27 of South Africa’s constitution, no person may be refused access to emergency care.“But now, unless you have private health insurance you can die from your injuries if you have an accident outside the door of a private clinic, as they will refuse to even touch you if you can’t pay thousands up front.”This was totally unacceptable, said Motsoaledi, because it was discriminatory. The NHI would help to bridge this gap by making it possible for all citizens to have access to quality healthcare, no matter where they were.Looking into space for answersFrom Pretoria, the group paid a visit to HartRAO, the radio astronomy observatory at Hartebeesthoek, 50km west of Johannesburg. The facility started up as Nasa’s Deep Space Instrumentation Facility 51.Here they were given an overview of South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), an instrument that will be able to peer deep into the universe and answer many unresolved questions.The SKA will comprise an array of radio telescopes that together provide a reception area of a square kilometre. It will stretch over much of Southern Africa and will involve eight countries in the region.Dr Michael Gaylard, the facility’s acting MD, showed the journalists some of the important equipment operated and maintained by scientists at the observatory. A 26m telescope built by Nasa in the 1950s has been converted to receive radio signals and is used to track pulsar timing. Ownership of the dish has now passed to South Africa.HartRAO also operates a Nasa-owned satellite laser ranger that accurately measures the orbits of satellites, including positioning satellites. Finally, the group was introduced to the first prototype of the low-cost radio telescope designed in South Africa for the SKA and its precursors, the Meerkat and Kat-7 arrays.From Gauteng, the group headed to Cape Town, where they inspected renewable energy production at the Koeberg nuclear power plant, visited a successful wine farm, and experienced other sights and sounds of the Cape peninsula.last_img read more

As planting wraps up, replant ramps up in Northwest Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Chasitie Euler’s area of Henry, Fulton, Williams and Lucas Counties has seen a wide window of planting, with some corn fields just planted and some fields almost to the V4 stage. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visits with Euler about what to scout for in the early and late planted fields, as well as some replant decisions being made for corn and soybeans and the impressive wheat crop in that part of Ohio in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

Rep. Dorothy Pelanda tapped to lead ODA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rep. Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville) was nominated Thursday to serve as the next director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture by Gov.-elect Mike Dewine. In addition, Laurie Stevenson has been nominated to head the Ohio EPA.Pelanda will be stepping into the ODA director role occupied by Tim Derickson since October and previously held by David Daniels. Derickson will stay at ODA and return to his position as assistant director.Pelanda served on the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee during the 2013-2014 Legislative Session. Pelanda has been active on the state legislature, representing the 83rd House District, which includes Union and Logan counties, as well as most of Marion County.Pelanda’s career in public service began in 2011 when she was appointed to the Ohio House of Representatives. She quickly distinguished herself as a leader in the General Assembly, eventually being selected by her collegues to serve as House Majority Whip and House Majority Floor Leader. Pelanda is a graduate of Marysville High School, Miami University, and the University of Akron School of Law.Pelanda practiced law in her own private practice for nearly 30 years, where she represented hundreds of clients from Union County and the surrounding area. She has called Ohio home all her life and still lives on the farmland in Marysville where she was raised. Pelanda is married to Sam Gerhardstein and they have three adult children.Laurie StevensonLaurie Stevenson most recently served as Deputy Director for Business Relations Ohio Environmental Protection Agency where she acted as a primary contact for regulated entities to help coordinate permitting activities within the Agency, particularly for complex projects requiring multiple permits. In addition, she served as an Agency contact to help coordinate compliance assistance-related education and outreach activities. She also helped assist regulated entities with problem-solving related to permitting and regulatory issues. Stevenson has worked at Ohio EPA for more than 20 years.Gov.-elect DeWine is set to be sworn in Jan. 14.last_img read more