22 In Beijing For Richards?

first_img Those firsts don’t occupy his mind too much. “It does feel good but I’m not too concerned about the history,” he explained. “I believe that other people will come up and do great,” he predicted. He eased off the gas at the Pan-Am Games after the big throw. “I’d thrown 21,” he stated. “So the rest of the throws were safe throws to try and keep healthy,” he said. The St George’s College and University of Technology graduate is looking forward to meeting world leader Joe Kovacs of the USA and reigning champion David Storl of Germany and the rest of the world’s best in Beijing. “I expect them to come and do well, and I’d like to be one of those persons who compete well against them and possibly beat them,” he hoped. The 25-year-old had appeared to struggle early in the season but he and coach Linval Swaby were working on building strength. “After we achieved what we set out in the strength area,” explained Swaby, “we started focusing back on throwing and he has been responding.” SAFE THROWS O’Dayne Richards is already the finest shot-putter in Jamaica’s history. Richards, however, isn’t resting on his hard-won laurels. He has his eye on Beijing, the upcoming World Championships and the 22-metre line. The stocky MVP putter produced a second-round national record throw of 21.69 metres to win Jamaica’s first gold medal at the recent Pan American Games. That mirrored his win last year at the Commonwealth Games, where he took charge of the national record with a distance of 21.62. Even though no Jamaican had ever won shot put gold in either the Pan-Am or Commonwealth Games before, Richards has his aim on Beijing. “The goal is to throw 22 in the final in the World Championships in Beijing,” he asserted calmly. ELITE GROUP Kovacs, 22.56, and Storl, 22.20, are the only men with marks past 22 metres, but Richards is number three this season with his national record. Even so, he expects the American pair of former World Champions Christian Cantwell and Reese Hoffa to return to 22-metre territory in Beijing. “I’d just like to join that elite group of throwers who have gone over 22,” he said quietly. “That’s my goal,” he concluded, “and I believe it is possible to throw far enough to medal.”last_img read more

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Health Ministry fire accused freed

first_imgThe man accused of setting fire to the Public Health Ministry seven years ago was set free on Tuesday after Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan deemed the prosecution’s witnesses as “not credible.”Keith FerrierKeith Ferrier was charged in July 2009 along with two others, Clayton Westford, 19, of Lot 7 West La Penitence, an Office Assistant at the Finance Ministry, and 21-year-old Tedenna Bagot, a porkknocker, of Lot 32 Second Street, Alexander Village, for unlawfully and maliciously setting fire to the Health Ministry’s Building on Brickdam.In court on Tuesday, Magistrate McLennan declared that the prosecution’s witnesses were not credible, and as such, a prima facie case was not made out against the defendant.She then dismissed all charges to the delight of Ferrier’s family members who were present in court.The Public Health Ministry on Brickdam was completely destroyed in the fire.Upon investigations, wanted bulletins were issued for the three men. However, Ferrier escaped and was hiding in neighbouring Venezuela.In was only in March of this year that Ferrier was caught and charged.last_img read more

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MCSS Discloses More Student Enrollment in 2014

first_imgThe Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), Benjamin A. Jacobs, has disclosed an increase in student enrollment for academic year 2014-2015, despite the outbreak of the deadly virus disease in the country.Jacobs told journalists Wednesday at the Ministry of Information daily press briefing that enrollment at MCSS schools increased to over 25,111 students, compared to 22,000 the previous academic year.“This is because of the movement of people from the rural parts of the country to Monrovia in search of what I call quality education as well as higher studies. And we are doing everything possible to ensure that Ebola preventive measures are also observed at MCSS various schools,” Mr. Jacobs said.At the same time, Superintendent Jacobs disclosed the provision of libraries, science laboratories and other facilities at high schools to prepare students for national and international examinations.“While the N. V. Massaquoi School in West Point has registered 1,080 students, it remains closed following the looting of the facility, but renovation work is nearing completion and the school will open in May,” Jacobs said.He assured the general public that all topics prescribed by the curriculum through the Ministry of Education would be taught before the end of school year in December.The MCSS Superintendent, however, lamented the lack of water supply on MCSS campuses, describing it as a major challenge that often leads to the abrupt suspension of classes. Jacobs appealed to government, local and international partners to help remedy the situation to ensure maximum use of instructional time to prepare the future generation.Meanwhile, the MCSS Superintendent and family have lamented the loss of 10 employees to the Ebola Virus Disease, and consoled families of the deceased for the irreversible loss.The MCSS is a government-run institution with oversight responsibility for all public schools in Monrovia.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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Bess Legault elected as Women’s Vice-President for National Farmers Union board

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John’s Bess Legault was elected as Women’s Vice-President for the National Farmers Union. – Advertisement -Legault joins six other officers from across the country that makes up the Union’s board. The National Farmers Union is a direct-membership voluntary organization made up of Canadian farm families who share common goals with the goal of working towards the development of economic and social policies that aims to maintain the family farm as the primary food-producing unit in Canada. Legault was elected the position by acclamation at the National Farmers Union’s 50th-anniversary convention that took place from November 24 to the 27 in Winnipeg. Legault, a first-generation farmer, is the owner of Hip Peace Produce and is involved with the Northern Environmental Action Team’s Northern Co-Hort program.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES

first_imgSenior Football: On Saturday evening in the Scarvey, Buncrana Senior Footballers earned a valuable 2 points with victory over Red Hugh’s of Killygordon. The first half proved to be closely contested, with neither side managing to find form. Early scores for Buncrana from Odhran Doherty were cancelled out by the accurate free-taking of Red Hugh’s. However, further scores from lively corner forward Ryan Curran and an excellent goal by young Buncrana midfielder Simon Cuffe gave Buncrana some breathing space going in at half-time. Red Hugh’s started brightly in the early stages of the second half, registering 2 unanswered points. However, the home side replied with scores from Adrian Doherty, Oisin Doherty, Ronan Doherty and Odhran Doherty. In the end Buncrana finished the game with a 6 point advantage and will be happy to have registered another 2 points in Division 3.In the Reserve match Buncrana trailed by 2 points at half time following an even first half. Buncrana completely dominated the game but wasteful finishing cost them the game. Best for the home team were Pauric McLaughlin, Caolan McCann and Gerard McLaughlin. H-T 0-5 to 1-4 F-T 0-8 to 1-6 Senior Ladies Football: The Buncrana Senior Ladies Team played their latest league match in very windy conditions on Sunday at Scarvey against Gweedore. Buncrana, playing against the wind in the first half, couldn’t make as much of an impact as they would have liked, but did hold the in form Gweedore team at bay for the first 20 minutes. Gweedore then, backed by a very strong wind, took the lead with a volley of points in succession, to go in with a good lead at half time. With the wind in the second half, Buncrana took control of the game from the throw-in and got the game back to level pegging. Mainly thanks to some great defending from Martina Mullan and Catherine McLaughlin, as well as some great forward passing from Doreen McGee and Michelle Browne, great attacking runs from Caroline Gallagher and Maria Browne, and great battling for possession from Lauren Hegarty. However, Gweedore added some fresh legs to their squad at this point and managed to score 2 goals, to Buncrana’s 1 point in the last 10 minutes. Gweedore won by 5 points, keeping them on top of Division 3 for the moment. With 3 games played and 3 more to go in the league, Buncrana are sitting in a good position in mid-table; considering it is the clubs first adventure into Senior Ladies Gaelic Football. The girls now have a friendly match against Convoy on Wednesday evening in Convoy (throw-in 7.30pm) and their next league match against Termon on Sunday in Scarvey (throw-in 12noon). Training continues on Wednesday evening from 7.15pm and Friday evening from 8.00pm.Minor Hurling: The Minor Hurlers completed the league schedule at home against a good MacCumhaills side, with the match ending in an entertaining draw. As in most of their games this year the Scarvey Boys took the field with no actual minors making themselves available for selection, and had to take the field with 14 players. To the young boys credit this has never held them back and to a man have been able to compete against all Donegal teams and qualify for the B league final against the Ballybofey outfit (date to be confirmed). Thursday’s match was a tight game from the throw in, Goalie Tom Clare was in great form and his many save and accurate swift puc outs being the launch pad for many Buncrana scores. The full back line was marshalled by Donal Óg and was well supported Conor Mc Glynn, the half back line was led by seasoned campaigners Daniel Wilson and Conor Grant, ably supported by Darren Roe who will have been pleased by his hours work. In midfield duo of Jamie McLaughlin and Stephen Nelson were impressive throughout. The half forward line of Jack O’Loughlin, Sam Roe and Michael Farrell carried the main attacking threat and all three can be happy with their effort. In the full forward Aedan Stokes and Paul Nelson battled hard from the start, bearing in mind both were carrying injuries into the match and kindly offered to play, Caoimhin MacLochlainn.will have also been pleased by his industrious hours work. The management of this team would like to thank this group of dedicated hurlers for their hard work throughout the year to date and well deserve their place in the B league final. No doubt it is this group who will form a base for the club to once again field at Senior level in the not to distant future, and hopefully be supported by some returning older players who have lost out over the last few years due to the club not having enough players at the adult age to field. This age groups championship will not take place until after the exams. Gaelic4Girls: Gaelic football for girls under 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18’s every Monday night from 7.00pm – 8.30pm in the Scarvey. As always everybody is welcome. Please remember to bring boots, your own water bottle and warm clothing.U6 FUNdamentals: FUNdamentals for boys and girls aged 5 & 6 years (or turning 5 during 2012) will continue on Fridays at Scoil Mhuire between 6.15pm and 7.00pm.U8 Football: U8 Football Training continues every Friday and will now take place at the Scarvey from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Parents, if your child is interested in having fun whilst learning the basic skills of gaelic football please come down and try it out.U10 Football: Training continues every Friday at 7.00pm at the Scarvey and new players are always welcome.Boys U14 Hurling: Boys U14 Hurling training takes place at the Scarvey every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.00pm. If you haven’t played before and are interested in playing Hurling please feel free to come along.Boys U14 Football: Training for the boys U14 team will take place on Monday evening at 5.00pm. Competitive games are due to begin in 6 weeks so all players are asked to attend. New and returnig players are always welcome.Boys U14 & U18 Hurling: Hurling training for boys aged 14 to 18 years takes place every Saturday at the Scarvey at 3.00pm-5.00pm. New players are always welcome.U8 and U10 Hurling: Hurling training for children under 8 and under 10 years takes place each Sunday at 11.00am. If your child would like to learn the basic skills of hurling in a safe and fun environment please come down and try it out, new players are always welcome. Lotto: The winning numbers in the €2,720 jackpot lotto draw, which took place on Tuesday 8th May in O’Flaherty’s Bar on the Main Street, are as follows: 6-10-12-19 . There was no jackpot winner this week, however there were five €20 prizes which went to the following lucky participants:John Doherty (Boss), 6 Tirmacool ParkDanny Henderson, c/o BingoJean O’Flaherty, c/o Bar Christine Porter, 10 Carraig FernConor Gill, BackhillCongratulations to our winners and thank you to all for your continued support, it is very much appreciated.GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 13th, 2012 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)Tags:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more

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Santa’s special secretary answers letters, wishes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals These kids want a lot more than that. They want Santa to be especially nice to all the kids who lost so much in Hurricane Katrina. They want him to keep our soldiers safe in Iraq. “One student in my class asked Santa to help make sure there were no more poor children in the world,” Meyer said. Now, where are you going to find a better Christmas present than that? The letters from all the 70 second-graders at Newcastle, and more than 10,000 others from kids in Glendale, Pasadena, Ventura, Santa Barbara, the San Fernando and Conejo valleys, and a wide area stretching across the Mojave Desert to Mammoth Lakes will wind up on the desk of Stacia Crane, Santa’s personal mail carrier. Eleven months out of the year, Crane is a U.S. Postal Service consumer affairs representative at the Santa Clarita postal annex, but not in December. In December, she’s Santa’s right-hand woman. She’s been that for the past 17 years, ever since a teacher at Bassett Street Elementary School in Van Nuys told her about a literacy program the teachers were starting, and how they wanted to encourage their kids to write letters. The one letter they all wanted to write was to Santa at the North Pole. Smart kids. The teachers just wanted to make sure that the letters would get answered. Crane put the word out to all employees in the post office: When you get a letter addressed to Santa Claus, bring it to me. I’ll answer it. Little did she know what she was starting. “Pretty soon, the Bassett Street principal talked to the Cohassett Street principal, who talked to other principals about the program, and it got way out of hand,” Crane says, laughing. Santa’s right-hand woman was deluged with hundreds more letters the second year, thousands more by the third and fourth years. Santa’s right-hand woman was getting writer’s cramp. “I hollered for help from other postal employees at first, then the community at large,” Crane says. “Everyone said sure, they’d help Santa answer every last letter.” What Crane didn’t see coming were the 300 or so letters Santa gets every year that tear your heart out. The letters from kids not wanting anything for themselves, but for their mommy because she’s been so lonely since daddy left. From the kids wanting something for their baby brothers and sisters who won’t be getting any presents this year because no matter how hard mommy and daddy work, there doesn’t seem to be enough money for things like that. For the little boy telling Santa his sister and brother sure could use some clothes, especially a new jacket for school. If that was asking too much, just some food would do. Santa’s right-hand woman put those letters in a special priority pile, and started looking for more help. It was one thing asking friends and co-workers to write a letter to a child from Santa; it was another asking them to reach into their pockets to buy them special gifts and clothing. Looking back years later, Crane says she doesn’t know what she was worried about. More than 100 people have stepped forward to become Santa’s Helpers, adopting the kids in Crane’s priority pile. As always, though, she could use more help as the pile continues to grow. “After Christmas, we always get letters from children so excited that Santa answered them. If you’ve ever gotten a letter from Santa Claus, you know what I mean. “Every child wants to believe he cares about them,” Santa’s right-hand woman says. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The kids hold nothing back. If you can’t trust Santa Claus, who can you trust? There are no secrets when you’re writing him. No embarrassment. No wish too big or too small. You can level with Santa. He knows who you are. So the 17 students in Steven Meyer’s second-grade class at Newcastle Elementary School in Reseda – along with hundreds of other kids in more than 90 classrooms in San Fernando Valley schools who mailed Santa a letter last week – let it all hang out. If you think what many of them want for Christmas this year is something you can buy in a store or charge on your credit card, you’re wrong. last_img read more

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Unnamed Warriors exec on trading Russell: ‘The stupidest thing I’ve ever heard’

first_imgIt’s been quiet on the Warriors’ front lately. Too quiet.Fortunately for us, realgm.com never sleeps.In a recent post, the website asked an anonymous Warriors executive about the team’s chaotic offseason.“Well, it was something,” the exec said. “As someone who lives this stuff, these are the kinds of offseason you live for. So many moving parts, we had to use every single inch of the CBA and cap rules. Are we still a good team? We think so. We’re happy with what we have and we’ve got …last_img

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R44bn for Ethiopia’s infrastructure

first_imgEthiopian government to spend 70% of itstotal annual budget on poverty andinfrastructure development (Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hon. Ato Wubneh Fmiru +251 1 11 24 10 00 extension 108 RELATED ARTICLES • Food production up in Africa • Congo welcomes SA farmers • Business school to expand in Africa • School for Africa’s future leadersNosimilo RamelaEthiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi announced on 1 July that the government had approved a record 70% spend of its total annual budget on poverty and infrastructure development. This is the largest spending on these programmes by any African country.  The R44-billion (US$5.6-billion) budget for 2010/11 is up by 20% from R36.4-billion ($4.7-billion) in 2009/10, and is the biggest budget ever passed by the country’s parliament.“We are working hard to electrify rural towns, and a large amount of our development spending will go on roads,” said Zenawi.Ethiopia is one of Africa’s poorest but fastest growing countries. Over the past four years, the country’s economy has grown by 11.2%, mainly thanks to improved infrastructure. Government says it is planning to attract more foreign investment in agriculture, mineral exploration, and hydropower.Breaking down the budget, Zenawi said more than R13-billion ($1.7-billion) would be spent locally by Ethopia’s nine federal regions. R6.8-billion ($879-million) will go to the country’s road network and the rest of the development budget will be spent on electrification. Ethiopia has spent R27.8-billion ($3.6-billion) on roads over the last decade.Zenawi said at least 10% of the total budget has been allocated to developing the country’s strong agricultural sector, which relies heavily on agricultural exports. Ethiopia is the continent’s top coffee exporter and second biggest exporter of sesame seed.Defence spending will increase by 10% to R2.5-billion ($323-million). The country has the biggest army in the in the Horn of Africa, and is a key US ally.R20-billion ($2.6-billion) of the total budget will go to development spending, an increase of 23.4%, while regular spending is up 17.2% to R9.2-billion ($1.2-billion).Domestic revenue accounts for R23-billion ($3-billion) of the budget while R8.5-billion ($1.1-billion) comes from aid. The R11.5-billion ($1.5-billion) deficit will be paid by foreign loans and grants, said Zenawi.Political uncertaintyOpposition parties are sceptical of Zenawi’s confidence in securing the deficit from foreign sources, because they believe the country’s recent election has damaged its relations with foreign investors.But Zenawi said, “The 20 billion birr [$1.5-billion] is little of the total pledged money and we have made sure it will land. There is zero chance this money won’t make it.”Though the International Monetary Fund predicts much lower growth of just 5% for 2010, Zenawi said he’s optimistic the country will achieve 10% growth in this year.  Ethiopian opposition parties have criticised the ruling party, accusing them of inflating the growth figures to attract foreign investment. They argue that the growth has not reached the disadvantaged people in a country where 13-million out of 80-million people needed foreign food aid in 2009.last_img read more

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Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – September 30, 2010

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 5, 2011January 5, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – June 22, 2011June 22, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – 6/3/2010May 22, 2010In “News” Save the Date – Groundspeak Block PartySignal and geocachers at the Lost & Found CelebrationThe Groundspeak Lackeys had such a great time meeting our fellow geocachers at the Lost & Found Celebration this past 4th of July that we’ve decided to do it again! The Groundspeak Block Party is planned for August 20, 2011. Geocachers will once again take over the streets outside of Groundspeak HQ in Seattle, WA. Next year’s celebration promises new activities, new prizes and repeat performances at the dunk tank.We hope to see those of you who didn’t make it this year, as well as reconnect with those whom we had the pleasure of meeting before.The event page is now available and can be found here. So, arrange your travel schedule, log a “will attend” on the geocache detail page, and don’t miss this event!Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more Groundspeak related information.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Chad Hurley: YouTube Needs to Improve Search – More Live Programming Coming Soon

first_imgChad Hurley and Loic Le Meur just talked about the past and future of YouTube at LeWeb. According to Hurley, YouTube‘s users now upload over 24 hours of content per minute. Hurley refused to talk about YouTube’s revenue, though he did mention that revenue at YouTube is up, and the cost of operating the site are down. Hurley acknowledged that the mobile site is currently growing faster than the regular website. YouTube also plans to provide more live programming on the site with the help of its partners.The ratio between creators and viewers on YouTube is very heavily skewed towards viewers. The number of creators doesn’t make up more than just a few percent of all of YouTube’s users.Challenges: Better Search and Discoverability According to Hurley, one of the biggest challenges for YouTube is to make videos more discoverable. YouTube needs to develop a better search experience, but the team is also thinking about recommendation technologies and adding more social networking features. Currently YouTube leverages social services like Twitter and Facebook, but isn’t much of a social service itself. However, while Hurley hopes that YouTube will be the place where users consume videos, but he isn’t necessarily interested in turning YouTube into a full-blown social destination.Moderator Loic Le Meur asked Hurley how YouTube manages to filter content on the site, and how the team decides what to take down. Hurley mostly sidestepped this question, though he did mention YouTube’s technology for finding copyrighted material.Handful of Users Make more than $1 Million per YearHurley noted that a handful of users on the site make more than $1 million per year from their videos on YouTube. The company wants to create more opportunities for publishers on the service, though Hurley didn’t go into details.YouTube in the Living RoomAsked about YouTube on television and in the living room, Hurley said that his vision is basically a “box, an Internet connection and pizza.” He did note, though, that all television will move towards an on-demand model. Tags:#news#web frederic lardinois Image credit: @scobleizer and thanks to DutchCowGirlsfor letting us use the visualization of Hurley’s argument. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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