Spencer embraces big sister role at IAAF World Championships

first_imgBEIJING, China:Kaliese Spencer is embracing her big sister role at MVP Track Club, sharing with The Gleaner that she takes pleasure in encouraging and offering advice to the younger athletes in the unit.It’s largely why she was so thrilled to see upcoming stablemate Janieve Russell join her in the women’s 400m hurdles final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, set for tomorrow at 7:10 a.m. inside the Bird’s Nest Stadium.Spencer, whose run in the heats here in Beijing was also her return to competitive action after over a month on the sidelines, has looked good through her campaign and was easy as she qualified without breaking a sweat yesterday, clocking 54.45 for second place in her semi-final.The Commonwealth Games champion, who is also hunting her first individual World Championships medal, will have Russell for company in the medal race, as the University of Technology student booked her spot with a second place finish in 54.78 seconds.happy returnSpencer, who was disqualified after the first round in Moscow two years ago at the last instalment of the World Championships, was happy with her return to the 400m hurdles final and was also thrilled to see Russell, the bronze-medal winner at the Commonwealth Games, also secure her lane.”I watched her (Russell’s) race just now, she has been working really hard and it’s great to see her in the final with me,” Spencer said.”I’m getting old now, but I like to motivate people and even in training, I like to take the time out to motivate people because sometimes it’s very rough and sometimes you don’t get the chance to train properly, plus you know our coach, Stephen (Francis). But yes, I like to motivate and I guess it helps,” Spencer laughed. “They are young athletes and they listen, and I guess it’s helping as well.”I must give God thanks that I went through that race and I’m now into the finals, so I’m happy with that,” she added, before picking apart her race.”I got to the first 200m and I think it was pretty ok. When I got to the corner I had a bit of problems there, but I’m just grateful that I’m into the finals and I have a day’s rest, so I can go back and get ready for it,” said Spencer.An extremely calm-looking Spencer added that she is not overly concerned with her past experience in finals, noting that she is putting all her trust above as she prepares to launch an assault on a podium spot.”When God is in it everything is different, so I’m just getting prepared for my final. To God be the glory, I’m very spiritual, I knew I would be in the final and I’m really happy I’m there now and that’s my focus,” Spencer said.last_img read more

NAREI warns against importation of agri supplies without permits

first_imgThe National Agriculture and Research Extension Institute (NAREI) has requested all importers of agricultural products to be aware of the requisite documentations that are needed to transport these items into the country, since legal actions will be taken against offenders.In a notice on Wednesday, the agency informed that the importation of agricultural commodities and regulated articles, namely fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, plants, plant parts, timber and timber products require an importation permit. This is according to the Plant Protection Act No 9: Part Three, which specially deals with imports.Failure to provide these documents prior to importation will result in legal actions being imposed against defaulters. Guyana Times understands that the imported goods can be seized, along with the imposition of penalties. Imprisonment will depend on the offence as dictated in the legislation.In the past, the National Plant Protection Organisation, which is spearheaded by NAREI, would make impromptu visits to local supermarkets and other business establishments to examine the products being retailed. Products which were brought into the country without permits would be seized and destroyed.According to the Plant Protection Act 2011, “Consignments shall be imported into Guyana only by the issue of an import permit granted by the Institute upon application by an importer in the prescribed form; where accompanied by an original phytosanitary certificate including an additional declaration if so required by phytosanitary requirements”.It further specifies that any person that commits an offence under the Act is liable on “summary conviction”. The magnitude of the offence will determine what actions are taken.In the case of a first offence, a fine of more than $20,000 but less than $60,000 and imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years will be activated.For a subsequent office, liable offenders will be slapped with a fine exceeding $40,000 but no more than $80,000 and to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years.Where it is a continuing offence, there will be an additional fine of more than $5000 and imprisonment for five days for each day of which the offence continues.“Upon the conviction of any person for any offence under this Act, the court may, in addition to any other sentence imposed, declare any plant, plant product or other object in respect of which the offence has been committed, or which was used in connection with the offence, forfeited and disposed of as the court may direct,” the Act reads.last_img read more

Former Newcastle, Birmingham and Rangers star Lovenkrands retires from football

first_img1 Former Newcastle, Birmingham and Glasgow Rangers striker Peter Lovenkrands has retired from football.The 34-year-old was out-of-contract after being released by Birmingham in the summer when his deal expired and he has since decided to hang up his boots.On Twitter, he wrote: “Today I announce my retirement as a football player, I am proud of all the things I have achieved in my career!“Making history with my goals for Rangers in the Champions League, league titles, last-minute Cup winner in the Old Firm derby, Schalke’s players’ player of the season and helping get Newcastle back in the Premier League was amazing and playing for my country in a World Cup & European Championship.“All my dreams as a young boy came true and I am so proud of that. I want to thank all my team-mates over my career for some great times and great memories.“And I want to thank some of the coaches and medical staffs for looking after me and I want to thank all the the fans that has supported me my whole career I will never forget it! But most of all I want to thank my wife and kids family and friends.” Peter Lovenkrands in action for Birmingham last_img read more

Salah injury ‘serious’, says Liverpool boss Klopp

first_img“It doesn’t look good. That’s it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Egyptian, who will be desperate to be fit for the World Cup, was visibly emotional as was forced off on the weekend. Photo/COURTESYKIEW, Ukraine, May 27 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed that Mohamed Salah’s injury that forced him off in the first half of the Champions League final on Saturday was “serious”.“It is a serious injury. He is in hospital for an X-ray. It is either the collarbone or the shoulder itself,” Klopp said after Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the final in Kiev.last_img read more

Area umpires needed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Long Beach Softball Officials Association will hold its first meeting of the year tonight at 7 in the auditorium at Bellflower High School, 15301 S. McNab Ave., Bellflower. Organization assigner Russ Fendley encourages anyone interested in becoming an umpire to attend the meeting. Fendley, an assigner for a number of high school sports in Southern California, is also looking for anyone interested in officiating other sports, including football, basketball and baseball. For more information: (562) 594-8135 or (562) 594-8254. last_img read more


first_imgJason Black with Mr. Michael McGroarty , Charlee Mc Clafferty and Mr. Noel ScottThe students, parents and staff of Loreto Community School Milford have once again shown their great ability to support good causes.Their latest innovation was providing the school community with a Defibrillator and to raise some much needed funds for Temple Street Hospital.Mr Andrew Kelly Congratulates Ellie TrosiThe appeal was spearheaded by Mr. Noel Scott and Mr. Michael McGroarty ably helped by their class groups of N.Brendan and N. Bernadette. The school community collected an impressive 565 phones for a Zoll Aed Plus defibrillator and an Ipad 2.The ipad was won by Charlee McClafferty , with the runners up prize of 50 euro won by Ellie Trosi.A Special mention must go to three students who earned prizes by making huge individual efforts in the fundraiser, They are Paul Sheridan, Eoin Roulston and Liam Loughrey who collected 100 phones between them.“We would like to thank our special guest Mr. Jason Black for taking the time to come along to present the Defibrillator to the principal Mr. Andrew Kelly, and share his experiences with the students of the school,” said a school spokesman. Jason Black and Deputy Principal Anthony Harkin LORETO MILFORD MAKE THE RIGHT CALL (ALL 565!) FOR CHARITY was last modified: March 15th, 2014 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:donegalLoreto Milfordlast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has criticised the lack of progress which has been made in delivering the long awaiting Gaoth Dobhair Sewerage Scheme.Deputy Doherty made the comments following recent correspondence from Irish Water in which the utility states that it is continuing to engage with both Donegal County Council and the Department of the Environment to resolve the problem: this being despite the fact the a dedicated waste water collection network has yet to be delivered for the area.Deputy Doherty said: “I’ve this week received correspondence from Irish Water that the company has confirmed that consultation is continuing with both Donegal County Council and the Department of the Environment to identify what they have termed an ‘economically viable’ solution for the collection of Waste Water in Gaoth Dobhair. “While of course I would cautiously welcome any progress being made to ensure the delivery of this much needed project, and while Irish Water has informed me that a further progress update regarding the scheme will be issued in the coming weeks, it’s disappointing that this project yet remains at consultation stage.“It is vital that a resolution is found without any further delay. The people of Gaoth Dobhair have been waiting for over 40 years for a much needed sewerage scheme to serve the region and this ridiculous delay is an indictment of the complete lack of concern which successive governments have for the area, its economic development and also its residents.“In fact in May of this year my party colleague MEP Matt Carthy lodged a submission to the European Commission in Brussels in which he brought this unacceptable failure by Irish authorities to the attention of the Commissioner Mr Karmenu Vella, as the inaction to address the matter was a clear violation of the Urban Waste Water Directive.“The Commission responded to Matt Carthy’s submission some weeks letter to state that it intends to include the scheme to the outstanding infringement cases against Ireland as they agreed that the failure to introduce waste water infrastructure in Gaoth Dobhair contravened EU legislation. “Of course, while it’s shocking that the Government’s hand has had to be forced into acting to resolve this issue, I very much welcome this news that efforts are currently being made to address waste water infrastructure in Gaoth Dobhair.“I will of course continue to work with the relevant authorities to ensure that all appropriate action is taken to have this scheme progressed for the benefit of the region as a whole.”40 YEAR WAIT FOR SEWERAGE SCHEME SO WHY IS GAOTH DOBHAIR BEING IGNORED AGAIN? ASKS TD was last modified: October 23rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:40 year waitdonegalGaoth DobhairPearse Dohertysewerage schemelast_img read more

3 Out of 5 Doctors – Leaves 2

first_imgEvery once in awhile it’s good to be reminded that yesterday’s nutritional advice can be wrong.  We need to beware of simplistic approaches to health.  For instance, the cliches “If a little is good, more is better” or “it worked for me” can be deadly.  TV commercials are filled with glowing promises for this or that pill, followed by rapid-talking disclaimers.  Live Science warned of two principles that contradict conventional wisdom: (1) Some antioxidant supplements may increase the risk of death (see also Science Daily about overdosing on vitamins A and E).  (2) Iron can make you strong or kill you (ironic, isn’t it?).  But then there is a third announcement from Nottingham University that most people will be glad to learn: chocolate is healthy.  We hope the bad news is not another cliche: “less is more.”    Incidentally, speaking of health and human physiology, PNAS reported earlier in the month that your forearm skin is literally a zoo crawling with bacteria, many kinds unknown to science (see also Science Daily).  If you’re feeling OK, though, just don’t think about it and everything will be fine.Human physiology is so very complex, we cannot know for sure the truisms in which we trust will not be overturned by tomorrow’s findings.  Complicating the picture are the influences of genetics, age, sex, geography, weather, time of day, time of year, ecology and psychosomatic effects.  Even prayer can render all the above irrelevant.  If medical science struggles with understanding these things, don’t expect the salesperson with supplements at your door to have the pill to cure all ills.  Moderation is usually good advice (except when it comes to wisdom).(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

California May Have A Lot More Water Than It Knew

first_imgA new study has tripled the amount of fresh groundwater in California that could be used for drinking and irrigation.In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Stanford University authors find evidence of groundwater aquifers as deep as 3,000 meters in eight Central Valley and coastal counties. That’s good news for a state in the grips of a long-standing drought.The rub is that oil and gas projects are common in the same areas, raising new concerns about the potential for contamination.“In the Central Valley alone, fresh groundwater volumes can be increased almost threefold, and useable groundwater volumes can be increased fourfold if we extend depths to 3,000 meters,” the study notes. “However, some of these deep groundwater resources are vulnerable to contamination from oil/gas and other human activities. Our findings provide the first estimates, to our knowledge, of underground sources of drinking water depths and volumes in California and show the need to better characterize and protect deep groundwater aquifers.”The study found oil and gas activity in seven of the eight counties covered in the survey. Although most of the activity was light, in Kern County in the Central Valley between 15% and 19% of oil and gas projects were occurring in freshwater zones, a report at Inside Climate News said.Robert B. Jackson, one of the two authors, told the website, “We don’t know what effect oil and gas activity has had on groundwater resources, and one reason to highlight this intersection is to consider if we need additional safeguards on this water.” Longstanding concerns about frackingOne worry in California, as in a number of other states, is that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can pollute underground water supplies. The Environmental Protection Agency issued a report in March concluding the practice had in certain instances affected drinking water supplies. The EPA said the number of cases of contamination was small when compared to the number of fracking wells.California decided against an outright ban on fracking and instead imposed some of the toughest regulations in the country on oil producers to guard against contamination.Still, the proximity of oil and gas operations to supplies of fresh water is potentially troubling. An earlier report by Inside Climate News found that fracking in relatively shallow groundwater supplies in Wyoming left chemicals related to fracking operations in the water.The industry has argued that fracking typically occurs much deeper than aquifers supplying drinking water. However, this new research points to underground sources of drinking water — water with a higher saline content that could still be used for drinking water with some treatment — deeper than typical freshwater supplies.Jackson said that past studies looked only at shallow water reserves because scientists didn’t think freshwater would be found at great depths. This study, he said, indicates that fresh water is “surprisingly abundant at deeper depths.”While there are apparently ample water reserves deep in the ground, not much is known about the impact of oil and gas operations on water quality. The authors of the study said it’s “rarely possible” to know because there is little or no monitoring of water beyond the 100-meter mark, the depth of a typical domestic well.last_img read more