Asafa can win gold – coach

first_imgBEIJING, China: Asafa Powell is in tremendous shape and is ready to contend for the gold medal. That is the message from his brother and coach, Donovan Powell, as the two-time World 100m bronze medallist arrived in Beijing, China, yesterday ahead of this weekend’s start of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics inside the Bird’s Nest. Donovan has been coaching his younger brother for over a year and has seen him post seven sub-10 seconds times this year, with a season best mark of 9.81 seconds, which makes him the second-fastest man behind American Justin Gatlin. It’s part of the reason behind a renewed sense of confidence around the former World 100m record holder and his handlers, with his coach believing that he’s in shape to take the top spot. “It’s been a great experience coaching him (Asafa). I’m just guiding him; it doesn’t seem to me that I’m coaching him. It feels like I’m just guiding him, and I’m trying to guide him in the right direction,” Donovan told The Gleaner. “He is in tremendous shape now, his weight is down and we are looking forward to the competition, to getting him through the rounds without problems.” The coach went on to state that though he does not necessarily think he would need to do a personal best in order to win a medal here, he is confident that Asafa will lower his all-time best 9.72 this year and quite possibly here in Beijing. “I’ve told him to just be confident, go out there and execute and run his own race,” said Donovan. “We are looking for a PB this year, and I see where we can get that done here. “He (Asafa) is just more confident now, and I think he is ready to go. He has a chance to win that gold, and if he does the right thing, then that can certainly make that happen,” added Donovan. “Furthermore, it’s not like a bunch of guys are running fast, I think 9.8 can get him on the podium, but I’m looking for a PB, personally,” he said. Powell’s personal best came in Lausanne in 2008.last_img read more

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Letterkenny is the place to be for spooktacular Halloween Fest

first_imgA huge number of children and families will be taking to the streets of Letterkenny this October 31st for a fun-filled fancy dress festival.The annual Letterkenny Halloween Fest returns this October 31st with a spooktacular day of events, games, competitions and treats! Each year, ShopLK and Letterkenny CDP join forces to create a fantastic festival filled with amazing costumes, scary creatures, storytelling, prizes and more!The festival attracts huge numbers each year from Letterkenny and beyond. Halloween Festival Parade in LetterkennyThe Letterkenny Halloween Fest will kick off on Halloween Day from 12.30pm at the Market Centre.At the Halloween Fest hub, young ghouls, goblins, witches and other scary creatures, can sign up for fancy-dress competitions, get their Trick or Treat Trail list and hear about all the other exciting events taking place during the day.This year, the festival will include new events, such as the Scary Trail of Tales by Elusive, alongside annual favourites such as the storytelling sessions, Halloween Fest parade and the Trick or Treat Trail. Lots of shops will take part in the Trick or Treat Trail with treats for everyone.Halloween Fest in LetterkennyThe President of Letterkenny Chamber, Leonard Watson, said, “We’re very excited to be working with Letterkenny CDP this year in organising this fantastic annual festival. We saw huge crowds travel from near and far last year to attend the Halloween Fest so we would love to see everyone return and bring their friends and families. We are very grateful to all the businesses that are taking part in our trick or treat trail and that are donating prizes for the festival. This year we have added some new exciting activities to the festival. We’re looking forward to seeing all the fabulous costumes on the day and we’ll be here to join in the fun.” Children and their families can also register (for a small fee) to take part in the Fancy Dress Competitions. From 1.00pm to 3.30pm the judges will be out and about to pick out the best costumes for all age groups.To round off the afternoon before the prizes are announced, everyone is invited to take part in the Halloween Parade at 4pm from McGettigan’s Hotel. Dancers from Pinehill Studios will lead the parade again this year and everyone is invited to join in and showcase their scary costumes.ShopLK are running a ghost story competition again this year and are inviting children to write a story (max 150 words) starting off with “It was Halloween night…”. Entries can be emailed to admin@letterkennychamber.com or they can be put into the competition box on the day.Check out the ShopLK Facebook page for more updates on the fest.ShopLK is funded by Donegal County Council and Halloween Fest 2019 is being delivered in partnership with Letterkenny CDP. Letterkenny is the place to be for spooktacular Halloween Fest was last modified: October 7th, 2019 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:childreneventsfamiliesHALLOWEEN FESTletterkennyLetterkenny ChamberShopLKThings to dolast_img read more

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SA hosts World Blood Donor Day

first_img7 June 2004A worldwide campaign to increase the number of volunteers who regularly donate safe blood will be launched in Johannesburg, South Africa on the first ever World Blood Donor Day on 14 June.The United Nations World Health Organisation (WHO) has chosen the SA National Blood Service (SANBS) out of all other blood transfusion services worldwide to officially host the event.“South Africa’s national blood service has achieved 100 percent voluntary blood donation”, the WHO said in announcing the choice of SA for the official launch of its “Blood, a gift for life” campaign.“A sufficient supply of safe blood is one of the cornerstones of a good health care system and a powerful tool for preventing the transmission of disease”, the WHO said. “Yet most countries in the world experience a shortage of blood in their hospitals and health care facilities. Others have faced problems with infected blood.”The main launch of World Blood Donor Day will be held in Johannesburg in partnership with the SANBS and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The day will be celebrated with music and entertainment, and will honour a group of young South Africans who regularly donate blood, known as “Club 25”.Events and activities will be organised across the world, uniting in a global celebration.SANBS medical director Robert Crookes said the Blood Transfusion Services of South Africa had a proud record of providing safe blood to patients for more than 70 years.In the past four years alone, Crookes said, over 2 000 donors had reached a milestone of 100 donations and over 350 individuals had given over 200 donations.Crookes said there were 18 donors in the country that had given more than 300 donations.“In fact, we believe that the world record for whole blood donations … is currently held by a South African, who has donated an incredible 342 blood donations, and is still donating”, Crookes said.Crookes said statistics from around the world show that despite significant improvements in recent years, over 70 countries still do not test all donated blood for at least one of the major infections that can be transmitted to patients.“This is another reason why the safety of the blood supply in South Africa compares favourably with that of other industrialised countries”, he said.World Blood Donor Day events on 14 June are being planned by local organisations with the collaboration of the WHO, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations, and the International Society of Blood Transfusion.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Fertilizer applications for spring ‘17

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This has been a year of making decisions to improve farm practices and being as efficient as possible. Technology sales remained stable through the winter months along with the generation of variable-rate fertilizer prescriptions. Regardless of implementing fixed-rate or variable-rate applications of fertilizers, an important factor to efficient and effective fertilizer use is proper maintenance, setup and calibration of spreaders. Annual calibration is always a necessity but when did you last take the time to properly setup and calibrate?Spreader settings need to change accordingly for each fertilizer product being applied.Additionally, the settings may need to be adjusted based on different application rates and field conditions. While technology on spreaders, especially VRT spreaders, has significantly increased in the last 10 years, the technology being adopted does not directly correlate to accurate field performance. Crop yield could be compromised if incorrect rates are applied or non-uniform application occurs. Calibration should be part of a regular maintenance schedule for all application equipment. Uncalibrated applicators are like driving with a broken speedometer on the interstate, you have a general idea of the speed you’re going but you may be under the minimum speed limit (under applying) or possibly even over it (over applying). Here are six points to consider for fertilizer spreaders to make 2017 a profitable year. Equipment setupType of fertilizer matters! Fertilizer products vary in density and physical properties, therefore spreader setup in accordance to product is vital. Measure fertilizer density and adjust settings accordingly. Visit http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/fabe-5501 for a detailed discussion on the effect of fertilizer material properties on spreading plus density charts of common fertilizers.Proper maintenance of the spreader is important. Repair and replace as needed. Before operation, double-check the following maintenance points: proper conveyor tension, bearings, tire inflation, conveyer wear along with vane and spinner wear. Common problems include un-level spinners, spinners operating at different RPMs, damaged discs, spinners not centered evenly under chute, fertilizer build-up on parts, bent or cracked spinners, and corroded hoppers or components.CalibrationCalibration procedures can vary between manufacturers and models. However, two essential aspects exist for accurate field execution; 1) metering to obtain the right rate (bin to spinners) and 2) uniformity of spread (spinners to ground).Meter – bin to spinners. Meter calibration will include running the conveyor over a known time or distance then measuring the amount of dispensed product and comparing to the in-cab display estimated amount. Adjustments to gate height and conveyor constant will help dial into an accurate metering. One will need to calibrate for different fertilizers since varying in density and properties. Equipment manuals outline the proper procedure and specific adjustments to make.Spread uniformity – spinners to ground. Spreader distribution patterns can be hard to accurately evaluate without conducting a proper spread pattern test. Pan testing following standard protocol is required to evaluate spread uniformity. Consult with a spreader dealer on obtaining a spread pattern test kit.Be sure to take good notes of settings for future reference. Note any calibration constants and setups. Field operationSpread width or swath spacing needs to be maintained in order to prevent too much or too little overlap between swaths. If not already being used, guidance systems greatly reduce error and operator fatigue in spreaders/spreader trucks.Proper Setup — use the calibrated settings for a particular fertilizer including adjusting the product density within the in-cab display setup, using the correct spinner speed, and adjusting the chute to the proper position. Remember to operate at the specified spread width to ensure correct overlap with adjacent passes. There is still time to calibrate. These six points help ensure accurate field execution; 1) type of fertilizer (use the correct product density), 2) proper maintenance, 3) meter calibration, 4) spread uniformity calibration, 5) correct spread width, and 6) proper setup. Trey Colley is graduate student in the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and can be reached at colley.65@osu.edu. Dr. Fulton, Associate Professor, can be reached at fulton.20@osu.edu. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

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Lucknow IPS officer dies, suicide suspected

first_imgA 30-year old Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, who had reportedly consumed some poisonous substance, died Sunday at a nursing home in Kanpur after battling for life for four days.Surendra Kumar Das, an officer of the 2014 batch, was posted as Superintendent of Police (East) in the city.A ‘suicide note’ was recovered from the scene of the incident; it mentioned “family issues” as the reason behind the extreme step.Dr. Rajesh Agarwal, a senior doctor at the nursing home where Mr. Das was undergoing treatment, had on Saturday said that many organs of the officer’s body had stopped functioning.Life supportHe was on life support in the intensive care unit. “He died during treatment on Sunday,” said an official spokesperson, adding that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had expressed deep condolences to the family.A police official said: “The [suicide] letter stated that he was doing so [taking his life] because of family issues. The letter was addressed to his wife and further stated that he loved her a lot. The end of the letter stated that no one else was responsible for it.” At 4 a.m. on Wednesday, his wife, a doctor, noticed that his health had deteriorated suddenly.ADGP Kanpur zone Avinash Chandra said in Kanpur that Mr. Das consumed a rat poison that he had asked his domestic help to fetch for him from the market.last_img read more

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Chairman of SD County Democratic Party says Beiser needs to resign

first_img Posted: March 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Chairman of SD County Democratic Party says Beiser needs to resign Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – More calls tonight for the resignation of Kevin Beiser, the San Diego Unified School District trustee facing allegations of sexual harassment, groping and sexual assault.A little while ago the group Democrats for Equality agreed that Beiser must step down.KUSI’s John Soderman is at the school district headquarters in university heights with the story. March 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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Hasinas polltime govt to deepen political crisis Fakhrul

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks in a press conference on Saturday. Photo: Focus BanglaBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said the prime minister’s statements on the election-time government will only deepen the country’s political crisis, reports UNB.Speaking at a press conference at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office on Saturday, the BNP leader urged the prime minister to shun her ‘stubbornness’, and take steps for an acceptable election under a neutral government through discussion with the opposition parties for the sake of peace, people’s welfare and stability.Mirza Fakhrul also said the prime minister should take an initiative for holding dialogue with all the stakeholders if she has any new idea on the election-time government.”It’s the only way to take Bangladesh forward. Let’s play a responsible role.””Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s statements will only deepen the current crisis over the election as there is clear provision in the constitution about the election-time government,” Fakhrul added.”People have got frustrated, surprised, and worried with the prime minister’s address to the nation. There is no clear outline in her speech to resolve the existing national crisis. What she has talked about the next parliamentary polls is very ambiguous and confusing,” said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.”Our party thinks it’ll be possible to get a meaningful solution to the problem over 2018 election through talks in a cordial atmosphere. We also want to believe that the uncertainty (over polls) prevailing in people’s mind will be possible to remove if the dialogue is held in a congenial atmosphere.”BNP arranged the press meet to give its formal reaction to the prime minister’s address to the nation.In her address to the nation on Friday, the prime minister said the next general election will be held as per the constitution, and expressed her high optimism that all the parties registered with the Election Commission will take part in the polls for upholding the country’s democratic process.”In line with the constitution, the 11th parliamentary elections will be held towards the end of 2018. How the election will be held is clearly stated in our constitution. An election-time government will be formed under the constitution which will provide all-out cooperation to the Election Commission to conduct the election,” the PM said.”The next election won’t be free and fair if it’s held under a partisan government keeping parliament functional as per the current constitution. Because the election time-government will be similar to the existing one if parliament remains in place,” Mirza Fakhrul observed.He said their party will come up with its proposal on the election-time government at the appropriate time.Fakhrul said there is no similarity between the reality and the statistics the prime minister presented about the country’s development in her address to the nation.BNP standing committee members Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan and Amir Khasru Mahmud were present.last_img read more

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Stage set for Mamatas mega show

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress has set an example before all the other political parties in the country regarding how to conduct a rally where almost half-a-crore people are expected to take part with clock-like precision.The state administration is looking after the security arrangements and overseeing the construction of the main stage and four other stages at the Brigade Parade Ground. The party leaders are running a parallel administration to ensure that TMC workers who have come to attend the rally from the districts do not face any inconvenience. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalDespite her busy schedule, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is keeping a tab on each and every arrangement. She had visited the Brigade Parade Ground on Thursday to take stock of the security arrangements. Thousands of party workers have come to Kolkata from far off districts including Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, South and North Dinajpur respectively. As soon as the party workers reach Sealdah Station, they will be ferried to Central Park where 50 camps have been set up. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA dedicated corridor has been prepared for the VVIPs from the hotel to the venue. The camps have bio-toilets, medical camps and the visitors are being served food as well. Sujit Bose, minister of state for Fire and Emergency Services, who is looking after the camp said no compromise has been made with the cooking medium. The medical camps have been manned by doctors and medicines for indigestion, loose motion, pain and common cough and cold have been provided. The Trinamool supporters have been put up at Gitanjali Stadium and Uttirno. In Howrah, they have been put up at the stadium where state Cooperation minister Arup Roy and Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs Lakshmi Ratan Shukla are looking after the make-shift kitchen. Roy said: “Fifty thousand party workers are staying at the stadium. We are looking after them and quality food is being served.” Jyotipriya Mallick, the state Food minister added: “We are not only welcoming our party workers but we will be there at Sealdah and Howrah stations to see them off too.” Senior party leaders including ministers and MPs were deployed to welcome the national leaders who started arriving on Friday afternoon. Subrata Mukherjee went to the airport to receive former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda. Saugata Roy was there to welcome Sharad Pawar while Shatabdi Roy welcomed BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha. Binay Tamang, president of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and Anit Thapa, general secretary, GJM, will be sharing the stage with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Brigade Parade Ground on Saturday. “BJP has betrayed the Gorkhas. They have played with our sentiments. Our presence at the Brigade Parade Ground will be a befitting answer to the saffron camp,” stated Tamang. Relations between the GJM and the BJP got strained over issues including a separate state. The BJP’s silence during the 105-day bandh in Darjeeling in 2017 and inclusion of 11 Gorkha sub-communities in the Scheduled Tribe list despite Darjeeling having a BJP Member of Parliament has also contributed to the alienation.last_img read more

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