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McLeod sets sights on Rio gold

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:Finishing sixth in the final at the World Championships is a very creditable achievement, especially for a 21-year-old competing for the first time on such a big stage.But though Omar McLeod just that last season, many expected more given the form that he showed going into the final.”Last year, my legs were shot at World Championships, and that was because I was racing competitively every single week as a collegiate athlete,” McLeod explained. “So definitely, that took a toll on my legs, and I got hurt before the World Outdoor Championships.”McLeod, now 22, is fast out of the blocks this season, again winning gold at the World Indoors before running 9.99 seconds in the 100m to create history as he is the first athlete to run under 10 seconds for the 100m and 13 seconds for the 110 m hurdles.With no collegiate commitments this season, he is assuring that he will not fade come Olympics.”This year, we are a lot smarter in competition. We are not competing every single week as this year is kind of a defrosting year,” McLeod said. “So this year, I will be doing more competitive races, and that will definitely get me sharp for Rio. I want to be in the middle (gold medal podium), so that’s the goal.”SURPRISED TIMEThe former Manchester High and Kingston College student admitted that he, too, was stunned by his sub-10 100m clocking, which was achieved last month at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville with a 2.0 metres per second wind. That was McLeod’s first competitive 100m outing since becoming a senior.”I knew I had speed, but I didn’t know I had speed of that sort. You can call that my first 100m ever,” McLeod told The Gleaner. “Though I haven’t done a lot of speed work, I just wanted to get sharp before opening, so my coach was like, ‘Go run a 100m just to get your feet wet’, and I really didn’t know what was going on in the race. I really didn’t execute it good. I just went in the blocks and ran, to be honest, and the time came. So it was definitely a shocker.”McLeod knows he will not only face strong competition on the circuit, but also at the Jamaican trials next month when he is scheduled to line up beside World and Olympic medallist Hansle Parchment and Andrew Riley.”It is always exciting competing with those guys because every time I line up with them, you can always expect a great race,” McLeod said.ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

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Vegetable Farming (Part 1)

first_imgUse contour rows or terraces on slope or hillside sites to avoid erosion.By Bisi Klah (Contact: +231886587547 / +23177874301)Locating the GardenSome vegetables grow best in a level area with loose, well-drained soil and need at least 6 hours of sun (8 to 10 hours is ideal).Here are several factors you need to consider in locating the garden.Use contour rows or terraces on slope or hillside sites to avoid erosion. South-facing slopes are warmer and less subject to damaging frosts.Locate near a good and easily accessible supply of water if possible.Avoid windy locations, if you must plant in a windy spot, build or grow a wind-break.Choose a spot near your home so it is convenient to work in the garden when you have a few minutes.Avoid planting near trees and shrubs; they compete for nutrients and water and may cause excessive shading.Sites too near buildings may result in plants not receiving enough sunlight.Observe shading patterns through the growing season; if possible, before starting the garden. If you have a shaded area you wish to use anyway, plant shade-tolerant crops. Increase effective light, if needed, by providing reflective surfaces around plants.Try not to plant vegetables from the same family in exactly the same location in the garden more often than once in 3 years. Rotation prevents the build-up of insects and disease.Avoid locations near busy roads. Airborne lead from automobile exhaust can contaminate vegetables, especially leafy types. If you must plant in a lead-prone area, try planting a hedge to trap lead in the air.The ideal vegetable garden soil is deep, friable, well drained, and has high organic matter content.Proper soil preparation provides the basis for good seed germination and subsequent growth of garden crops.Careful use of various soil amendments can improve garden soil and provide the best possible starting ground for your crops.EquipmentThe type of equipment used to prepare your garden will depend on the size of the garden and your physical ability, time, and budget.However, cutlass, hoes, water can, rope, wheelbarrow, sprayer, basket, buckets, are the elementary equipment needed for appropriate gardening.Direct PlantingMany seeds like carrot, radish, and beet may be sown directly in the garden. If garden soil is quite sandy or is mellow with a high content of organic matter, seeds may be planted deeper. Young seedlings can emerge from a sandy or organic soil.If garden soil is heavy with a high silt and or clay content, however, the seeds should be covered only 2 to 3 times their diameter. In such soils, it may be helpful to apply a band of sand, fine compost along the row after seeds are planted.This will help retain soil moisture and reduce crushing, making it easier for seedlings to push through the soil surface.NurseryThe seed is first and foremost planted on nursery beds which are constructed under the relatively shaded area to avoid overheating. The beds that serve as the nursery are made and well tilled and smoothed out. Before the seeds are spread evenly on it, it is watered. After watering it, the seeds are very carefully spread all over it.Then, some stones are placed on the edges of the bed and by the sides. These will serve as support to the rectangular board with the net on top of it, which is used to cover the bed. In the absence of this kind of cover, ordinary leaves can be used.These are also not to be placed directly on the plants. The reason for this is that the weight of either the board or the leaves might obstruct the germination of the plants. Therefore, the blocks that are deposited at the edge of the beds help raise these up. The covers are removed after four days.Irrigating the GardenAdequate soil moisture is essential for good crop growth. A healthy plant is composed of 75 percent to 90 percent water, which is used for the plant’s vital functions, including photosynthesis, support (rigidity), and transportation of nutrients and sugars to various parts of the plants.During the first two (2) weeks of growth, plants are becoming established and must have water to build their root systems.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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7 homeless as Linden home goes up in flames

first_imgSeven persons are now homeless after a fire gutted their Second Street, Silvertown, Wismar, Linden home on Friday morning. The two-storey home belonged to 54-year-old Brenda Temple and her reputed husband Oscar Anthony.The woman told Guyana Times that she observed fire emanating from the meter attached to the front of her home. Temple lived on the upper flat of the building along with her 15-year-old daughter and her reputed husband. She said the lower flat is rented to a female tenant who has three children. Neither of the families were able to save anything from the home, managing only to escape with the clothes on their backs.Temple, a sweeper/cleaner and her reputed husband, who is visually impaired, have lived in their home for the past 15 years. The woman told this publication thatThe burnt out Silvertown, Wismar, Linden houseshe left for work around 05:30h on Friday morning and returned shortly after 08:00h. In the midst of preparing breakfast, she said she was alerted by her husband who was seated at the front of the home.“He turned and said, B, B, is what really going on here?” I said, “Tony, look, look is fire! Come out. And I hold he and bring he outside… and after I tried to call people to see what going on, the fire start blazing. It start from by the meter side, by the wire side right at the front where the girl [tenant] was living,” Temple told Guyana Times.She said the tenant and her children were, however, not at home at the time of the fire. She also said this is a great loss for both families; explaining that all of her furniture, documents, clothes, electrical appliances and household equipment were destroyed.“I ain’t get to save nothing…The girl downstairs, she ain’t get to save anything either. Is a lot of things I had. I leave and I go and the Regional Chairman give me some clothes for me, my husband and my daughter. All she school clothes, everything burn up,” the distraught woman indicated.The families are now appealing for assistance following the tragic losses.“I need some help to get up back some things at least to fix back this place. I’m appealing to people who could donate to see how they can assist,” Temple said.Officials from the Linden Fire Service, who responded to the emergency call, were able to contain the blaze and prevent it from spreading to other houses. An investigation has been launched. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

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Runners’ challenge: Keeping it straight

first_imgBecause of the “challenge,” the elite women will get a 19-minute, 51-second head start over the elite men. The first runner to cross the line will get a $100,000 bonus. Last year, there was a margin of 16:30 between the top man, Benson Cherono, and woman, Lidiya Grigoryeva, who claimed the bonus. “It all comes down to money,” said Larry Barthlow, the race’s elite athlete coordinator. “How deep are your pockets? The deeper your pockets, the better your athletes are going to be.” Cherono, who finished in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 40 seconds, and Grigoryeva (2:25:10) both set course records last year, but neither runner is back to seek a repeat win on the new course. The favorites among the men are, not surprisingly, three Kenyans: Wilson Komen, Moses Kororia and Fred Mogaka. Among them, Mogaka’s time of 2:12:03 in Melbourne last year is the best personal record in the field, so none of them seem likely to threaten Paul Tergat’s world-record time of 2:04:55. “It’s a smaller (elite) field and there a couple good unknown guys,” Barthlow said. Among the women, Lydia Kurgat (Kenya), Ramilia Burangolova (Russia), Abebe Tola (Ethiopia) and Alena Vinitskaya (Belarus) are the favorites, but the real drama in the race is back in the pack. Because the start and finish lines are now so far apart, race participants will be able to ride, free of charge, MTA trains that serve the area. But don’t get too comfortable with new course. As part of his constant tinkering with the course, Burke has already identified changes he will make next year, and some thought has been given to starting the race deeper in the San Fernando Valley. But first, there’s this year’s race to run. Burke is confident that the new course will be a success, but still admits to moments of anxiety as the start time draws near. “I have two nightmares,” Burke joked. “One is that it’s race time, TV is ready to go and there are still hundreds of people streaming out of the subway tunnel. I know that’s not going to happen. “The other is that we get lost on the route and everybody ends up at my house.” rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The race, which begins Sunday at 8:15 a.m., will be run in more of a straight line, beginning near Universal Studios and the finishing at its downtown location near the Central Library. That’s a major change from previous years, when the course consisted of a loop around downtown and Hollywood. Runners will pass the Hollywood Bowl, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Staples Center and some of the city’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods, and race organizers hope the pace will be faster than ever. With the new course comes a major elevation change. The first half of the race will be almost entirely downhill, which should lead to dramatically lower times. That’s good news for race officials, who know that the potential for lower times attracts better athletes, which raises the profile of the event. Dr. William Burke, the race’s founder and president, has long sought to elevate Los Angeles’ marathon to the level of New York and Boston and believes lowering first-place times is a step in that direction. “We’re on the way,” Burke said. “This is something we’ve been working on for seven years, and our staff has gone through a lot of trials and tribulations. But in the long term it’s going to be good for the race and the city. It’s going to give us better times and bigger numbers, and that’s the big thing.” An estimated 26,000 runners will take to the 26.2-mile course, but only a handful have a realistic chance to finish first and claim the prize money, which is the other big factor in attracting top-level runners. To that end, the race has taken a step backward. The first-place prize for men and women has decreased from $35,000 to $20,000 – plus a new car – but the race’s “challenge” competition remains in place. center_img Los Angeles’ marathoners no longer will be running in circles. In its 22nd year, the Los Angeles Marathon has undergone its most dramatic change in an effort to boost the race’s international profile and feature some of the more historic parts of the city. last_img read more

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New Canyons site gets dean

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – A 10-year veteran administrator at College of the Canyons has been named dean of the Canyon Country campus that is set to open in September. Dena Maloney, dean of economic development, was chosen unanimously Tuesday by the college board to oversee the new 70-acre campus on Sierra Highway. “I think the Canyon Country campus will be a wonderful resource for the community, and I am very excited to be a part of launching that campus,” Maloney said Wednesday. During her decade at College of the Canyons, Maloney has served as director of the Employee Training Institute and the Cooperative Work Experience Education Program. Fortine could not comment on the exact number of applicants because that information is kept confidential, but he said her selection was made based on her extensive list of merits. “She applied and went through the entire interview process and competed with everyone else, but she was the one that was recommended to the board, and it seemed appropriate.” Maloney, 50, who previously worked in management with Security Pacific Corp., holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, a master’s degree in government from Georgetown University and a doctorate from the University of La Verne. The east-side Canyons campus will provide several new programs, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Early College High School, jointly run by the Hart Union High School District and the college, designed to give underrepresented youths the chance to get college credits while in high school. The $13 million site won’t be completely done until 2015, but it has been operating from the Canyon Country library since last year, when it had more than 3,000 students enrolled. While many of the same courses and services that the Valencia campus offers will continue in Canyon Country, there will be a few site-specific programs and majors such as cinema and film studies, forensics, court reporting, auto technology and construction technology. Maloney said she hopes she can continue her success at the Valencia campus. “The goal is to have the same high-quality instruction and level of community responsiveness while having the same flexibility to offer new programs in response to community needs,” she said. “I am thrilled.” connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! She also helped develop several joint-use facilities, including the manufacturing education center in the Valencia Industrial Center, which is used by engineering students and for employee training. Mitjl Kapet, assistant superintendent and vice president of instruction at the college, said Maloney’s ability to bring innovative programs to the college made her the top candidate for the job. “Dena has started several initiatives on this campus that she has always brought to fruition. She takes ideas and brings them to life,” Kapet said. “The opening year at any new campus is a challenging (one), and I am so pleased to have her. She has what it takes.” Bruce Fortine, a College of the Canyons board member, said the board’s unanimous decision to hire Maloney felt like the natural choice. “The board has known her for many years and watched her come from a part-time position to a fine administrator,” Fortine said. last_img read more

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Ronaldo red card to be reviewed by UEFA next week

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off in the Champions League for the first time in his career © AFP / JOSE JORDANLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Sep 20 – UEFA have opened a disciplinary case over Cristiano Ronaldo’s red card in the Champions League which will be assessed on September 27, European football’s governing body said Thursday.Ronaldo was sent off in the 29th minute of Wednesday’s 2-0 win away to Valencia after a tussle with defender Jeison Murillo, with the former Real Madrid star leaving the pitch in tears. The Portugal captain fell to the ground in disbelief and then yelled into the air in frustration, although Juventus overcame his dismissal thanks to a pair of Miralem Pjanic penalties.It was the 11th red card of Ronaldo’s career, but first in the Champions League, and will see him miss Juve’s next group game against Swiss side Young Boys in Turin.He will find out next week whether his one-match ban is extended. An increase would also rule him out of a return to Old Trafford to face former club Manchester United.Ronaldo’s arrival at Juventus has raised expectations of a first Champions League title since 1996, with share prices peaking at a record 1.8046 euros on the stock market Thursday before closing at 1.581 euros.It represented an increase of more than 180% since late June when rumours began circulating of Ronaldo’s arrival at the club, with shares then trading at 0.64 euros.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Departing Didier Drogba reflects on ‘one of the best days in Chelsea’s history’

first_imgChelsea striker Didier Drogba believes the Blues’ Premier League title celebations after a straight forward 3-1 victory over Sunderland can be regarded as one of the best days in the club’s history.The runaway champions, who finished eight points clear of last year’s winners Manchester City, were presented with the Premier League trophy following the routine win at Stamford Bridge courtesy of goals from Diego Costa and two from Loic Remy.The Blues’ achievement was their fourth Premier League title and Drogba, who confirmed he would be leaving Chelsea for the second time in his career, was in reflective spirits after a day of mixed emotions for the Ivorian.“We won it in the best way possible. It’s one of the best ways to celebrate and cheer with our fans,” said Drogba.“It’s a sad day but at the same time one of the best days in Chelsea’s history. We have had fun all year and even in the difficult moments we have stuck together – that’s what made us champions.”Drogba lasted less than half an hour on his farewell appearance and was ceremoniously carried off by his team-mates on his exit from the pitch after announcing the news of his departure prior to kick off.The 37-year-old, who has been restricted to a bit-part role this season, revealed his desire to carry on playing, and ultimately believes his best chance of doing so lies away from Stamford Bridge.He said: “We had a good talk with the club and Jose [Mourinho] and all of us agree that if I want to play and get a bit more minutes, I have the possibility to go somewhere else.“I want to carry on playing, but the connection with the club is there and always will be there.”last_img read more

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Irish counties ranked by overseas visitor numbers – where does Donegal come in?

first_imgDonegal has been ranked as the eighth most popular destination for overseas tourists in 2015.The figures released by Fáilte Ireland show that 289,000 visitors travelled to Donegal from overseas last year.Tourists visiting from abroad brought in €83m of revenue to the county in 2015, which meant Donegal ranked in eighth place in a survey of tourism earnings. The statistics were provided by Fáilte Ireland to Independent.ie, and were based on rolling, three-year averages from their studies of overseas travellers.Dublin was placed top of both lists, with 4,938,000 overseas visitors bringing in €1,726m to the county.Cork, Galway, Kerry and Clare make up the rest of the top five destinations in terms of visitor numbers. The top five highest earning tourism counties are Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kerry and Limerick.Irish counties ranked by overseas visitor numbers – where does Donegal come in? was last modified: October 11th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:donegalFailte IrelandtourismTravelVisitorslast_img read more

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Datebook

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FRIDAY Sheriff’s Department graduation ceremony, 10 a.m., College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Call (323) 526-5541. Sheriff Lee Baca and Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste are scheduled to speak. Sesame Street Live!, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. through Sunday, Kodak Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Tickets $15-$40. Call (323) 308-6363. Los Angeles County Sober Living open house, noon-4 p.m., Sober Souls Ranch, 5658 Tampa Ave., Tarzana. Call (818) 705-6363. Salute to Recreation Family Festival, 5-10 p.m. through Sunday, Northridge Park, 10058 Reseda Blvd. Free. Call (818) LA-PARKS (527-2757). Reseda High School NJROTC Awards and Dance, 5:30 p.m., American Legion Hall, 7338 Canby Ave., Reseda. Cruise Night Classic Car Show pre-1975, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Main Street, Santa Paula. Free. Call (805) 525-4474 or (805) 933-4226. Friday Night Lights, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Verdugo Skate Park, 1621 Canada Road, Glendale. Call (818) 548-2786. Wartime Romance WWII Musical Review, 7 p.m., Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Call (661) 257-7870. Night Hike, 8 p.m., Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. Bring flashlight. $5 parking fee. Call (310) 454-1395, Ext. 106. “Arsenic and Old Lace,” 8-10 p.m., Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Old Town Newhall. Call (661) 799-2702. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.last_img read more

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SEX ABUSE SCANDAL: COLAISTE MAY CLOSE, BOSS TELLS RnaG

first_imgIn an exclusive interview broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta this morning, Seosamh Ó Gallachóir, one of the directors of Coláiste Cholmcille, said that he would welcome an enquiry into the details surrounding the Michael Ferry case, and said that the future of the college was in danger.He reiterated the assertion that college authorities were not aware that Ferry was a constant presence in Ardscoil Mhuire, although this appears to have been the case for a significant number of years subsequent to his initial conviction on sex offences in 2002.Ó Gallachóir started the interview by expressing his deep remorse to all those who had suffered as a result of Michael Ferry’s actions, and said that the college management was as upset and distraught at these events as the community at large. Speaking to Frances Nic Géadaigh on Barrscéalta this morning, Seosamh Ó Gallachóir said that Ferry had not been employed by the college since 2002, and that he had been employed by contractors for any subsequent work undertaken in Ardscoil Mhuire, although this was done with Ó Gallachóir’s full knowledge and consent.He denied that he nor any other director, to his knowledge, had issued an instruction to staff at the college to inform anyone who might enquire about Ferry that he wasn’t working there.During the interview, Ó Gallachóir was also questioned as to the statement released yesterday which said that the Ardscoil Mhuire building was empty for nine months of the year, when a preschool had in fact been operating there for two years subsequent to Ferry’s conviction in 2002 after he had been placed on the register of sex offenders.Ó Gallachóir said that the college thought that they were taking every reasonable precaution to protect children from Michael Ferry at the time, but that he realises in hindsight that it does not appear that way. He said that he himself had made regular visits to Ardscoil Mhuire to check the building and that he had never seen Michael Ferry there, or any evidence that there was unauthorized access to the building.When questioned on the credibility of this stance, when it was well-known in the community that Ferry was living there, Ó Gallachóir  agreed that it was difficult to believe but that it was the truth, and that evidence that has since come to light shows that they were clearly mistaken.In the interview on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, Ó Gallachóir said that the future of the college was in danger, and that decisions would be taken in that regard in the next few weeks.  He said that he would very much welcome an enquiry into the case, and he finished by again saying that he understood and accepted the criticism levelled at college authorities about how this matter had been handled.The interview was broadcast on Barrscéalta on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta this morning.Listen back to the interview at www.rte.ie/rnag SEX ABUSE SCANDAL: COLAISTE MAY CLOSE, BOSS TELLS RnaG was last modified: July 21st, 2011 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:GAOTH DOBHAIR SCANDALlast_img read more

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