Who will win the men’s 400m?

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first_imgAndre: Event? ‘KC’ Graham: Congrats, first, on your call about Gatlin tightening up. You were perfect. Andre: Thank you, Sir. Andre: He gave it away. Andre: Not used to that kinda pressure. KC: Men’s 400m. Andre: Tough one. Andre: Ok, you start. KC: What a start to the men’s 400 metres, amazing and unbelievable running in the first round. Can this continue all the way to the final, and who will come out on top here? Andre: It might, but surely those who ran sub-44 in the heats cannot find that sort of time again in the next round. There is so much talent in this 400m field, anything can happen – almost. KC: Before going further, I would just like to highlight the massive PR and national record done by Rusheen McDonald, as this is truly unbelievable. Andre: Amazing … . I never saw that coming. At least, not at this point. But did he run too fast too soon. And how can this affect his ambitions to make the final? KC: I think that it will surely affect those guys who ran in that second heat, where two ran sub-44 and three did sub-45. This is crazy running, and it will be interesting to see how many of them from this heat advance to the final, after going into a different threshold. Andre: We’ve seen a lot of good running all season from folks like Van Niekerk, Makwala and others, but despite their improvements, the class-athlete here is Kirani James, and I think he’s desperate to make up for Moscow and will win comfortably here. KC: He did win his heat quite easily, along with Merritt and Van Niekerk. However, I was most impressed with Van Niekerk running out of lane nine. Both Bromwell and DeGrass, who medalled in the 100 metres, have shown that experience will be no factor at these Championships, as once you come with your A-game, anything can happen and Van Vanierk has beaten James already this season, and this could play on the mind of James. Andre: I have been told that James is in super shape and is focused on a big performance here… . That’s all I need to hear. James for the win, with a strong time of 43.6 KC: After losing to the South African in his only defeat this season, I think he will want to show that that was just a one-off thing and will be eager to put things right when they meet again. He will start as favourite, but Van Niekerk cannot be taken lightly. And do not write off Merritt, who would have been waiting all season for this moment.last_img read more

WADA appoints outside experts to oversee Russia reforms

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first_imgMOSCOW (AP):The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wants three outside experts to oversee the clean-up of Russia’s anti-doping system.A WADA report in November accused Russia of operating a state-sponsored doping programme in track and field and also led to the national anti-doping agency RUSADA being stopped from carrying out tests, following accusations that it covered up drug use by Russian athletes.As RUSADA tries to earn back its right to run Russia’s anti-doping operation, WADA announced yesterday that it would appoint two “international experts” to oversee the process and wants a third to sit on RUSADA’s board.”There is much work to be done if RUSADA is to become compliant again,” WADA director general David Howman said in a statement.”By appointing independent international experts, WADA will be able to monitor the situation and determine when requirements will have been met that will protect the rights of clean athletes worldwide and help re-establish public confidence in the Russian anti-doping programme.”UK BODY TO TAKE CHARGEMeanwhile, the UK Anti-Doping agency said yesterday that it had been asked by WADA to run Russia’s doping test system across all sports, while RUSADA is suspended and is close to signing a contract. WADA said this would mean “targeted and intelligence-led testing” for Russian athletes.”If you are talking about state-sponsored doping, you question whether it is just limited to just athletics. You have to be careful you are not singling one sport out in an effort to avoid a bigger issue,” Nicole Sapstead, chief executive of UKAD, said at a briefing in London. “If anyone thinks this is purely about Russia and purely about athletics, they are supremely naive.”It is not single figures, the countries where they need to do more. I’m not saying it’s state-sponsored or corrupt. It’s whether they are fit for purpose. I would say there is a big question mark over a number of countries’ anti-doping organisations.”Even if Russia’s ban from track and field is lifted in time for the Olympics, no Russian athlete will be allowed to compete internationally without having been tested at least three times.Natalia Zhelanova, an adviser on anti-doping to Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, told Russia’s Tass agency that she expected UKAD to work with RUSADA and that the pair would start joint operations “by February”.last_img read more

Solidaridad Graduates 80 ToTs on Cocoa Management Practices

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first_imgSolidaridad Cocoa Management Graduates celebrate with their certificates shortly after the ceremony endedThe Liberian branch of Solidaridad West Africa recently graduated 80 farmers in contemporary cocoa management practices, as part of the entity’s effort to improve farmers’ capacity in the cocoa sector.The training, which Solidaridad West Africa is implementing in the country, was conducted under the Liberia Cocoa Sector Improvement Program (LICSIP).The three-week Trainer of Trainers (ToT) workshop was held in Ganta, Nimba County. It brought together Farmers’ Field School Facilitators, which are people who voluntarily serve as extension officers. They were introduced to some of the best practices in cocoa nursery establishment, management of farmers’ field school, rehabilitation of cocoa farms that involve under-brushing, shade management, fighting cocoa diseases and pests management.According to a release from Solidaridad West Africa- Liberia, the training, which is being implemented in Lofa and Nimba counties, was designed to improve the capacity of Farmers’ Field School Facilitators that are in the LICSIP project counties.Participants were drawn from selected communities where the program is being implemented.The release quotes Sylvanus Agordorku, a lead trainer on Solidaridad’s workshop, as saying that those trained facilitators will return to the various communities to train other cocoa farmers.“There are several cocoa farmers in these communities, but they don’t have support in terms of information sharing, knowledge and skills. We expect the facilitators to run the various schools for 10 months by teaching them what we learned earlier,” said Agordorku.He said the ToT model could impact farmers and other agents that are working along the cocoa value chain, adding: “If we get this right, we will have enough farmers doing the right thing, and thereafter, we will be producing quality cocoa with the desired yields to change the lives of the struggling farmers.”The Program Associate of Solidaridad West Africa-Liberia Kefi Conteh, said cocoa has been one of the cash crops in the sub-region, and his organization is making effort to have a strong presence in the cocoa value chain.Conteh said that Ivory Coast and Ghana are driving the region in the production of the crop, but that Liberia has a promising future, especially with the support the European Union (EU) was giving through the LICSIP.“Liberia is at present contributing less than 1% of the cocoa coming out of the region, but the soil here is better than some of the other places that are producing more. The LICSIP hopes to address this problem under our activity, to improve farm-level production,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

39-year-old man remanded for raping teenage girl

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first_imgA man who allegedly had sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl who was left in his care was on Thursday arraigned for the offence at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Jessy BoyalThirty-nine-year-old Jessy Boyal of Waramuri Village, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini), appeared before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty and was not required to plead to the indictable charge.The charge stated that between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 at Waramuri Village, he engaged in sexual penetration with an underage child. The matter was heard in-camera.According to information, on the day in question, the child was left in the care of the accused and he allegedly made advances towards her, which resulted in him having sexual intercourse with the child.Nevertheless, the child later confided in her mother and the matter was reported. An investigation was carried out, and Boyal was arrested and charged.Boyal was remanded to prison, and his next court appearance was slated for October 7, 2019 when he would appear before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for reassignment.last_img read more

Chetwynd faces major flooding after heavy rains

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first_imgThis photo is from the Chetwynd Echo Facebook PageThe District of Chetwynd has been hit hard by heavy rains and flooding.- Advertisement -There are several reports of flooding all over the community. Right now there is a large amount of water in the downtown core and residents are sand bagging to save as many building as possible.Two bridges in the community are still open but the water is running just below those bridges.According to eye witnesses, the water has created sink holes in sidewalks and roads in the community and in some cases washed out parts of the road or sidewalk.The water has also washed out a large part of the rail road tracks that run through the community.Advertisement We understand the Moberly Lake Campground was evacuated Friday night because of water levels in the area.Moberly Bridge on Highway 29 north is closed because the bridge could be washed away at any moment.If you have any further information about what’s happened in Chetwynd, email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com.If you have any photos or video you can also email contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com Advertisementlast_img read more

Trojans get rare win at Arizona

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first_imgYoung and Stewart led USC with 26 points apiece, and Pruitt added 17 points and four steals. “I think it’s the best the three of them have played in sequence since we’ve been here,” Floyd said. Stewart didn’t start because he missed two days of practice this week, first to go to Mississippi for the funeral of his great grandfather and then with a sore throat. But he provided a spark the moment he took the court, hitting a 3-pointer to spark a 10-0 run that erased an early 19-10 deficit. Stewart was a factor at the end, too. He took two steps to his right and drained a jump shot to put USC ahead for good 74-73 with a little over three minutes remaining. He made 11 of 15 shots. Young extended the lead from there, nailing a jumper while being fouled and completing the 3-point play. Then Pruitt leaped high to steal an overhead pass from Mustafa Shakur and converted two free throws that gave USC a six-point advantage with just over a minute remaining. Arizona is the sixth ranked team that USC has beaten this season, making the Trojan a virtual lock for the NCAA Tournament. One more victory Sunday at Arizona State, giving the Trojans 20 victories, might close the deal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A lot has changed since Jan. 17, 1985, and USC showed Thursday that the state of Trojans basketball has earned a spot on that list. The hot shooting of Nick Young and Lodrick Stewart along with pocket-picking defense from Gabe Pruitt led No. 22 USC to an 80-75 victory over No. 19 Arizona, breaking the Trojans’ 21-game losing streak at McKale Center. TUCSON, Ariz. – The last time USC won a men’s basketball game at Arizona, Ronald Reagan was president, the Berlin Wall stood tall and the first “Back to the Future” movie was No. 1 at the box office. Or, in basketball sense, Michael Jordan had yet to win an NBA Championship or scoring title, Tim Floyd was an assistant at Texas El-Paso dreaming of his first head-coaching job and Abdoulaye N’diaye was the only current Trojan player alive. center_img “It means a lot,” Young said of the victory. “I wasn’t born the last time they won here. I was born a few months later. It’s something I’ve been dreaming about all week, to come in and get this win.” With the victory, The Trojans (19-7, 9-4) extended their lead for third place in the Pacific-10 Conference to a game and a half over Arizona (17-8, 8-6) and Oregon. USC’s first win at Arizona in 22 years didn’t bring much of a celebration. Young hugged Daniel Hackett at midcourt, tossed the ball high in the air and pumped his fist while heading toward the bench. Most of the players just walked to the locker room. The Trojans had beaten Arizona two games in a row, both in Los Angeles, giving hope that this could be the year for USC to end the streak. last_img read more

DONEGAL BUSINESSES THREATEN TO BOYCOTT PAYING RATES

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first_imgA group of businesses says it will stop paying rates if there is not a rates reduction.The Donegal Business Rates Reduction Campaign says it needs a reduction in rates if businesses are to survive.Spokesman Charlie Ferry says they have received massive support for their campaign with more than 600 signatures who pay rates signing up to their campaign. The campaign is being backed by TD Charlie McConalogue.Donegal County Council is due to hold its budgetary meeting this Wednesday with County Manager Seamus Neely suggesting a rates freeze.But many businesses say that is not enough and a reduction will allow many businesses some breathing space to survive tough economic conditions.The following is a letter from Charlie Ferry outlining the situation for many businesses across the county which was sent to county councillors. Donegal Business Rates Reduction CampaignMain Street,Ballybofey,Co. Donegal10.12.2013. Dear Sir,I am writing to you in my capacity as Chairman of the Donegal Business Rates Reduction Campaign to actively seek your support with our campaign to seek a substantial decrease in commercial rates in Donegal for 2014.As a business network we have now met on several occasions since early June with representations from the four corners of the County, culminating in us meeting the county manager and two of his colleagues in Lifford on the 28th of November. Mr Neely welcomed the interaction and took on board the widespread concerns that we conveyed to him on behalf of the businesses right across Donegal. He is reverting back to us when he gets concrete details of his local government figures for the forthcoming year.We fully realise that you our locally elected councillor hold the key to a lot of the decisions that will be made at the budget meeting in Lifford on December 18th so we are asking that you and your party to come out and support us the business community in advance of this meeting. To date we are very disappointed by the level of support we have received from you our local councillors and ask that you take the time to read the attached document which we presented to Mr Neely on the day of our meeting.. Ultimately we are all business people and fully realise that the books have to be balanced in Lifford but looking at some of the stats around our County we are being dealt an unfair hand which if it continues will undoubtedly force more businesses to shut.To date we have over 600 signatures on our County wide petition to drive rates down and at our most recent meeting we passed unanimously a motion to forgo all rate payments across the County for 2014.I trust you will take our concerns on board and revert back to us with your support as at this stage I genuinely believe that the County councillors don’t fully realise the extent of the concerns the 3000 rate payers face on a day to day basis in the County.I look forward to your responseRegards_____________Charlie Ferry.DONEGAL BUSINESSES THREATEN TO BOYCOTT PAYING RATES was last modified: December 16th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Around Whittier

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first_imgMONTEBELLO – Beverly Hospital’s diabetes wellness class for January will focus on making lifestyle changes to better manage the disease.The free monthly series will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Wilkinson Senior Resource Center, 2019 W. Whittier Blvd.Roque Estrada, a registered nurse and qualified diabetes educator, will present the program.For more information, call (323) 725-4333. Shelter’s Right Hand to hold tea WHITTIER – The Shelter’s Right Hand, an auxiliary of the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter, will hold its annual membership tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Wesley lounge of Whittier First United Methodist Church, 13222 Bailey St.Judy Gordon, executive director of the shelter, will speak on “Domestic Violence – Making It Go Away.”Reservations should be made by Wednesday by calling Mary Gladden, (562) 699-8911. Dinner to benefit Meals on Wheels LA MIRADA – The Kiwanis Club of La Mirada is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Meals on Wheels from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the La Mirada High multipurpose room, 13520 Adelfa Drive.The dinner includes spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and desserts, provided by the La Mirada Ebell Club.Two raffles will be conducted.All proceeds will go directly to the city’s Meals on Wheels program, which provides nutritious meals to elderly and disabled residents in the city.Dinner tickets are available at the Meals on Wheels office in the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd., or at the door.For more information, call (562) 943-0037 between 8 a.m. and noon. Los Nietos center to hold open house WEST WHITTIER – An open house celebration will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Los Nietos Community and Senior Center, 11640 E. Slauson Ave.Visitors can meet the center’s new director, learn more about center services and meet representatives from center groups.Entertainment will be provided by dance and karate groups and disc jockeys.For more information, call (562) 699-9898. Missing woman found in Whittier WHITTIER – A West Covina woman missing since Jan. 8 turned up in Whittier late Monday.Cindy Shannon, 41, was found by Whittier Officer Dominic Iraldo, who was responding to a call about a homeless woman at a business on Leffingwell Road.He found Shannon sleeping behind the business.”She didn’t look familiar as far as our local transients in the area,” Iraldo said Monday night. Iraldo arranged for her family to collect her from the Whittier Police Department – after giving Shannon a nice meal.Shannon is schizophrenic and on three types of medication. She wandered off more than a week ago, became lost in Long Beach and eventually stepped off a bus in Whittier. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

COMHALTAS CEOLTOIRI LETTERKENNY TO HOST SINGER’S NIGHT

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first_imgComhaltas Ceoltóirí LetterkennySingers NightThe local Comhaltas Branch hosts its ‘Traditional Singers’ Night’ in Gallaghers’ Hotel on Wednesday 2nd December commencing at 9pm.This quarterly event provides a forum for traditional singers to sing without accompaniment in an appreciative setting. If you are a traditional singer or interested in traditional singing you’ll be most welcome. This is the final Singers’ Night of the year so a good attendance is anticipated. Weekly Trad SessionThe weekly Branch Tuesday night session which is in its 58 year of existence takes place in Gallaghers’Hotel from 9.30pm. All traditional musicians and those interested in Irish Traditional music are welcome.
Comhaltas Branch membership is now due for the coming year and payable to the Branch secretary or treasurer who are in attendance on Tuesday nights.Music ClassesMusic classes continue to take place every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in Full Tilt Studio beside Highland Radio. Classes are for beginners and intermediate students. All instruments are catered for in the traditional style. We hope to include an adult class in the near future. For more information contact Joe Gibson at 086 0854326. COMHALTAS CEOLTOIRI LETTERKENNY TO HOST SINGER’S NIGHT was last modified: November 24th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Rafa Benitez forced to ‘wheel and deal’ in the transfer market to sign players

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first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Benitez, who guided the Magpies to an unlikely top-10 finish last season on their return to the Premier League, drew up his plans early and urged the club to “do the right things” to ensure continued development.To date, they have added only Sparta Prague keeper Martin Dubravka, who has made his loan move permanent, Chelsea winger Kenedy on a season-long loan deal and former Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng to the mix.But the former Sunderland man arrived on a free as a replacement for Mikel Merino, who joined Real Sociedad after a release clause was activated in his contract.With Isaac Hayden unsettled and citing personal reasons and speculation that Matt Ritchie could be sold to fund a move for Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend, there could yet be further upheaval. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has admitted he will have to no choice but to “wheel and deal” this summer if he wants to improve his squad.A lack of significant funds by owner Mike Ashley has meant the former Real Madrid boss has endured a frustrating summer to date. 2 There is also no agreement over the 59-year-old’s continued presence at St James’ Park beyond the confines of his existing deal, which has entered its final 12 months, in place.Asked at the club’s pre-season training camp at Carton House in Ireland if he will have to sell before he can buy during what remains of the summer transfer window, Benitez told Sky Sports: “Yeah, maybe.“I think it’s normal for us now to be like that. Unfortunately we wheel and deal – it’s the way for us.” 2 Latest Transfer stories from talkSPORT.com The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kenedy has rejoined Newcastle on loan already this summer LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND moving on Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED Newcastle missed out on Nice striker Alassane Plea when he opted instead for Borussia Monchengladbach, and Benitez’s budget – he is understood to have around £40million to £50million to spend, plus whatever he can generate himself – appears to be an obstacle.He said: “As soon as the price goes high, I know we can’t buy them. We have to be realistic with our budget, maybe sell some players and then buy some players. We have to adapt. We know the situation.”Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic could bring in up to £20million with Fulham, where he spent last season on loan, and Fenerbahce among his admirers, while Matz Sels, Chancel Mbemba, Achraf Lazaar, Jack Colback and Henri Saivet are also available. targets targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Benitez is no closer to signing any players or to signing a new deal last_img read more