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first_imgIt has been a long road back for former world 100m champion Yohan Blake, who continues to lay the blocks for his comeback after two serious injuries in as many years derailed his career.Blake, the second-fastest man in history in both the 100m (9.69) and 200m (19.26), suffered a hamstring injury in 2013, forcing him to miss the chance of defending his title at the World Championships that year. He suffered yet another injury a few months later, sending him back on the shelf after a brief return.This time around, Blake, confident that he will eventually get back to his best, says he is exercising much more patience, competing at smaller meets, developing assurance, as he looks to take his conditioning up a few levels before the end of the season.Blake, who recently posted an encouraging season best of 10.12 (the fastest time ever run on Irish soil) in testing conditions at a meet in Dublin, Ireland, will today compete at the Dutch Championships.”I don’t have any doubts in my talent. There is no doubt, I am always confident in my ability,” Blake underlined. “During this comeback, I now know that I have to be patient because injuries take time to heal, and I have to do work to get the muscles strong again, so I have to be really patient with this,” said Blake, who also spoke about his run a week ago.”It was really a good experience running in Ireland. It was my first time competing there. It wasn’t great weather, but I still enjoyed it, and to become the fastest man to ever run in Ireland is really good,” Blake told The Gleaner.REGAINEDCONFIDENCE”Running at these small meets helps me to regain my confidence and also gives me a sense of where I am going because to start back at a high level is not easy, so it’s important to build myself up. This run in Ireland was worthwhile and the same for other smaller meets. This run in Ireland tells me that I am closer to where I want to be. It could have been better, but I am thankful,” Blake added.The 25-year-old competed at the National Senior Champion-ships but failed to make it to the final, missing a spot on Jamaica’s team to next month’s World Championships. While admitting that he was disappointed, Blake is certain his two runs there have not gone to waste.”We are humans, but I wasn’t that disappointed knowing how my training was going and everything, especially knowing I was just coming back. In my camp, the expectation wasn’t that high because they knew where I was, but to get in the runs was really good for me. Overall, everything is falling into place and I just have to take my time and work towards better things,” said Blake, while sharing his struggles in coming back from the injury.”The toughest thing about coming back has been the mental part of it. Knowing that the body has healed but in the back of your mind it was to overcome that you could go out there and perform and not be afraid to run fast,” Blake said.last_img read more


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first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Rahkeem Cornwall secured career-best figures, but West Indies A were slumping towards a heavy defeat after suffering another dramatic batting collapse in the opening four-day Test against Sri Lanka A here yesterday.Trailing by 110 runs on first innings, the Caribbean side ended day three of the game at the Khettarama Stadium on 165 for nine – only 55 runs in front-heading into today’s final day.Left-hander Vishaul Singh top-scored again with 46, tail-ender Gudakesh Motie-Kanhai chipped in with 34, while captain Shamarh Brooks got 28, but West Indies A struggled to put meaningful partnerships together.They were undermined by left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan, who claimed three for 47 while seamers Asitha Fernando (2-16) and Asela Gunaratne (2-30), along with off-spinner Charith Asalanka (2-27), all supported with two wickets each.West Indies A never really recovered from losing left-hander Kieran Powell for a first-ball ‘duck’ to the sixth ball of the innings, bowled by Fernando, and they quickly tumbled to 31 for three as opener Rajendra Chandrika (5) and John Campbell (22) also fell cheaply.For the second time in the game, Vishaul and Brooks came together to repair the innings, this time putting on a crucial 44 for the fourth wicket.Vishaul faced 111 deliveries and struck five fours while Brooks failed to find the boundary in his 95-ball innings.When Brooks was caught at the wicket off Gunaratne, wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton (8) joined Vishaul to post a further 28 for the fifth wicket before things fell apart.FOUR QUICK WICKETSHamilton’s dismissal – caught and bowled by Asalanka – triggered another slide as West Indies A lost four quick wickets for 29 runs to collapse to 132 for eight.Only a 33-run, ninth-wicket stand between Motie-Kanhai and Keon Joseph (9 not out) saved the tourists from being bowled out late in the day.Motie-Kanhai faced 69 deliveries and counted four fours before becoming Sandakan’s third wicket of a fine spell.Earlier, Cornwall added two more wickets to his six on Wednesday to finish with eight for 108 as Sri Lanka A, resuming on 348 for eight, were dismissed for 386.Gunaratne, unbeaten on 15 overnight, made 38.last_img read more


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first_imgThe World Bank (WB) Executive Board of Directors have approved a US$40 million International Development Association (IDA) grant for Liberia to help address governance reforms and human capital development in the country.World Bank Country Manager for Liberia, Larisa Leshchenko, who spoke yesterday at a quarterly media dialogue with journalists held in Congo Town, said the Third Poverty Reduction Support Development Policy Operation (PRSDPO-III) grant, which includes US$8 million from the IDA Crisis Response Window (CRW), will support government’s strong policy efforts to adjust to the twin shocks of the Ebola crisis and the slump in commodity prices.“We are pleased to inform you that Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima Kamara and I signed the agreement to enable the operation to become effective. This operation will strengthen governance, with particular emphasis on transparency and accountability, as well as budget execution and oversight. It will address key constraints to growth, including electricity, and improve human capital development, particularly through improved access to education and health,” Ms. Leshchenko said.She said the poverty reduction grant agreement is the third in a series of four operations and that Liberia has developed a good track record of undertaking difficult and challenging reforms.These reforms, according to her, are crucial for helping to create the enabling environment for the transformation of the economy and the improvement of lives.Reforms on governance, she said, will also help to create a more transparent government, limit corruption, and raise the confidence of citizens and investors.Addressing the lack of electricity, she said lowering its price “helps to increase access to both residential and business customers, thereby not only providing more light for children to study by at night, but also facilitating the development of the manufacturing sector, including the agro-industry.” Additionally, Ms. Leshchenko informed journalists that the WBG and the Liberian government signed a US$4.2 million grant of the bank’s Africa Catalytic Growth Fund to support the completion of key construction of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program in the country, including the completion of the Mesurado Fish Complex and the integration of the Mesurado-Robertsport Cluster.“We like to reiterate that the process of developing a new Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for Liberia has started,” she added.Explaining further, she said the CPF will guide the bank’s engagement with Liberia over the next three to five years and the bank will work towards engaging with various stakeholders, including the media, to get inputs.These inputs, the World Bank Manager said, will be important to the development of the CPF, which will assist the bank to identify constraints to poverty reduction and shared growth, adding that the WB considers the media an important partner in working towards achieving these goals and objectives.Meanwhile, Program Leader Errol Graham said “This operation will help the Government of Liberia to strengthen governance with particular emphasis on transparency and accountability. It will also address key constraints to growth, including electricity, and will help mitigate the commodity price shocks.”He said the grant will also strengthen the weak infrastructure, which is critical for achieving inclusive growth in Liberia.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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first_imgWhere: Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale Clubs: League bowling What: J&J Social and Travel Club will hold its weekly league bowling. For information, call (661) 267-2586. When: 6-8 p.m. Where: Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster Meetings: Republican Women to meet What: The featured speaker at this month’s meeting of the Antelope Valley Republican Women, Federated will be Drew Mercy from the office of state Sen. George Runner. Guests are welcome and reservations are required. Call (661) 274-8533. When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Holiday Inn, 38630 Fifth St. West, Palmdale Wednesday Meetings: Community awareness What: The Antelope Valley Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Policy Coalition will hold a special community meeting. Media, chambers of commerce, city councils, law enforcement agencies, health associations, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and the community at large are all welcome to attend. For information or to R.S.V.P., call Nicki Brown at (661) 274-9831 or (818) 744-0083. When: 10 a.m.-noon Where: Chimbole Cultural Center, 38300 Sierra Highway, Palmdale Clubs: The Clever Consumer What: J&J Social and Travel Club will present a seminar/discussion on “The Clever Consumer.” Bring a snack and a beverage. For information, call (661) 267-2586 or (661) 943-5938. When: 7 p.m. Where: The home of Donna and Larry Dilley, 3033 W. Avenue L-2, Lancaster Meetings: EyeOpeners Toastmasters Meetings What: Toastmasters meet every Wednesday. You can order a great breakfast and enjoy a great meeting. Improve your speaking and listening skills as well as leadership skills. For more information, e-mail poof1967@aol.com or call (661) 948-1979. When: 7-8:30 a.m. Where: Crazy Otto’s, 1228 W. Ave. I, Lancaster Friday Clubs: Games snack night What: J&J Social and Travel Club will have a cards, Pokeno and other games snack night. Bring food and a beverage to share. For information, call (661) 267-2586 or (661) 723-3237. When: 7 p.m. Where: A private home in Lancaster Theater: The Umbilical Brothers: Thwak! What: A hyperactive comedy duo from Australia, The Umbilical Brothers, David Collins and Shane Dundas, present 85 minutes of two-person frenetic physical comedy combined with unparalleled vocal sound effects. For tickets and information, call (661)723-5950 or visit www.lpac.org. When: 8 p.m. Where: Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster Charity: Dinner and wine tasting What: “Dressed to Kill,” guests will gather to sample fine wines paired with a specially created six-course gourmet dinner and dessert while, at the same time, benefiting The Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley and projects of the Models Auxiliary to Assistance League of Antelope Valley. Entertainment will include Kenny Herrera and The Hit Machine; dancing, silent and live auctions. Tickets are $100 per person. For information, call (661) 949-1206 When: 6-10 p.m. Where: Cascades Restaurant, 3905 Club Rancho Drive, Palmdale Saturday, April 21 Clubs: Mexican potluck and dance What: J&J Social and Travel Club is having a Mexican potluck and dance party. Bring a traditional main dish, salad or dessert and a beverage to share. Dance music provided by DJ Joanne. For information, call (661) 267-2586 or (661) 945-1217. When: 7 p.m. Where: The home of Laura Anderson, 44533 Lowtree Avenue, West, Lancaster Volunteering: Earth Day at Saddleback Butte What: Volunteers are needed at the annual Earth Day Clean-Up at Saddleback Butte State Park. Meet at the park entrance at Avenue J and 170th Street East, at 9 a.m., to pick up windblown trash at the park. Bring hiking shoes, gloves and water, and be prepared for the weather. When: 9 a.m.-noon Where: Saddleback Butte State Park, Lake Los Angeles 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tuesday Volunteering: Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon What: The city of Palmdale will host its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. The city has more than 275 volunteers on record who devote tens of thousands of hours to the Parks and Recreation Department, the Palmdale Playhouse, Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42, the Palmdale City Library, South Antelope Valley Emergency Services, the Senior Center and Volunteers on Patrol. For more information, call (661) 267-5115. When: 11:30 a.m. last_img read more


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first_img0Shares0000Kenyan youth coach Hamisi Mohamed wins a lifetime opportunity to receive coaching clinic from Arsenal FC.NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 9 – Kenyan youth tactician Hamisi Mohamed will earn a lifetime opportunity to get coach training from English Premier League giants Arsenal FC after being named the winner of the Future Stars Programme run by WorldRemit.Competing against five other youth football coaches from across Africa, Hamisi secured over 35% of the votes on futurestars.worldremit.com to win the chance to train with coaches from Arsenal Soccer Schools. Hamisi will now prepare to travel to London to attend a customized training programme to support him in building a legacy of positive social impact through football in Kenya.“I am very happy to earn this lifetime opportunity. I thank all the Kenyans for voting for me, this shows that Kenya has a lot of talent in grassroot football. I will come back with experience that I will help my country grow in football and see that one day Kenya qualifies for World Cup,” Hamisi told Capital Sport.Hamisi, known locally as Coach Kaka, is one of the founders of Young Talents Soccer Academy, a mixed academy in Embul Bul, Ngong.The academy aims to help children to succeed both on and off the pitch. “We use the power of football to address social issues, to teach them life skills. We want them to learn to respect themselves, to know the effects of drug abuse, the effects of violence and crime,” says Hamisi.Reflecting the shared values of the two companies, the Future Stars programme was set up by WorldRemit together with Arsenal to acknowledge and reward the valuable contribution of youth coaches to their local communities.Through the programme, 25 shortlisted coaches have already been granted Arsenal replica shirts for their entire youth squad in recognition of their work.Andrew Stewart, Managing Director Middle East & Africa at WorldRemit said:“Our business is all about helping our customers’ financial support for their community to go further. The work of all the coaches in the Future Stars programme has reinforced our belief in the immense potential of sport to inspire positive change and encouraged us to explore further opportunities to support the communities we serve through sport. We hope that this programme will encourage others to follow their example and that this will be only the beginning of a much longer story.”Hamisi is a founder of Young Talents Soccer Academy, a mixed academy in Embul Bul, Ngong.Back in 1985, in response to social unrest on London estates, Arsenal became one of the first clubs in the UK to set up a dedicated community team in 1985.The Young Talents academy emerged from similar origins: Hamisi founded the club over 10 years ago to bring young members of his community together following the post-election violence in Kenya.As Arsenal’s community has grown, so has the impact of Arsenal in the Community’s work and the team now deliver sport, social and education programmes to over 5,000 individuals each week.Simon McManus of Arsenal Soccer Schools said:“Arsenal itself is an example of how the social impact of football can grow from a small local community to an international programme. It is inspiring to us to see how coaches across Africa are using the power of football to support and educate children at the grassroots level and I think there is a lot we can also learn from them.“Both WorldRemit and Arsenal have grown from humble beginnings to become global businesses, credited with transforming our respective sectors. Now we hope that together we can help Hamisi to play a similarly transformational role in Kenya – perhaps even internationally.”0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“All of the heads were cut off,” said Morales, a kick boxer who was running with Joe Butanda of Rosemead. “Maybe it was a cult or something. Why cut the heads off?” Whittier police and county animal-control officials said the dumping is under investigation, but were pessimistic they would find who did it. “At this point we can’t link it to anyone,” said Brenda Sanchez, spokeswoman for the county Animal Care and Control Department. “At this point it’s just a dumping site. We don’t have any leads.” Sanchez said she also doesn’t know about the motive. “Sometimes those can be linked to witchcraft or Santeria,” she said. “It’s really hard to know unless you have a specialist on witchcraft or Santeria.” The county does not, she said. Whittier police Officer Diana Salazar said several calls came in Monday morning and were forwarded that day to the county Animal Care and Control Department. Whittier has a contract with the county to provide animal-control services. Apparently between Monday morning and the evening, someone moved the carcasses and trash from behind the brush to the street. A white sign with the words, “animal control,” and an arrow pointing to the brush was staked into the ground. Teri Salazar, who lives nearby on Elmquist Avenue, saw the dead animals Monday night and was horrified. “It’s beyond belief and despicable,” Salazar said. “People are going to be sick to their stomach.” Sanchez said she’s not sure why it took so long for the carcasses to be removed. She said City Hall didn’t notify the county until 3 p.m. Monday. “We did go and pick it up this morning within 24 hours as our policy requires,” she said. Sanchez said she isn’t sure why the remains weren’t removed Monday, but the fact that Monday was Columbus Day, a holiday, could have been the reason. Mario Ramos, an animal-control officer who removed the dead animals Tuesday, said he only found out because of a tip from a resident early Tuesday morning while he was removing a dead possum. Stephanie Bell, senior cruelty case worker for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said she is horrified by the killings. “As long as these perpetrators are at large, they pose a continual threat to the community,” she said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Decapitated animals dumped in Whittier WHITTIER – Several bags containing three decapitated goats, headless chickens and rotting fruit with maggots were found dumped at the top of Hadley Street on Tuesday. City public works and Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control employees removed the carcasses and trash Tuesday morning. Residents said the material had been left there most likely since the weekend. “It was terrible,” said Armando Morales of Whittier, who discovered the animal parts and trash behind the brush at the end of the street Monday morning. last_img read more


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first_imgA Donegal adventurer and former soldier has undertaken a gruelling march across Ireland in support of a colleague fighting cancer. Anraí Ó Domhnaill completed his charity power-walk in five days, covering 343.6km from Carrickfinn in west Donegal to the Curragh Camp in County Kildare.The Carrickfinn man covered a strenuous 343.6km over five days walking from Carrickfinn to the Curragh Camp in Co. Kildare. Anraí ‘s friend John, based in Kildare, was diagnosed with cancer and his colleagues in the Defence Forces organised a 5km fun run and obstacle course at the Curragh Camp to help raise funds for the Tullamore Cancer Unit where John is currently receiving treatment.Anraí, who served in the defence forces with John, decided to support him and the charity event in a solo walk while carrying 19.5kg pack plus two hi-tech trackers to monitor his progress.His total hours of walking reached 60 hours at an average speed of speed 3.6mph burning a massive 33,000 calories.Camping out each night, Anraí’s route covered Carrickfinn on the Wild Atlantic Way to The Curragh on Ireland’s Ancient East via Dungloe, Glenties,Donegal Town, Finner Camp Sligo, Carrick-on-Shannon, Longford, Mullingar Rochfordbridge Rhode, Portarlington,Monasterevin, Kildare Town, Curragh Racecourse to Curragh Camp. He started out at 6pm on Friday 24th June and finished early morning on Thursday.Anraí’s challenging walk inspired others to sign up for the charity 5k.He received a huge welcome in the Curragh Camp from John and hundreds of army, navy & air corps personnel from around the country who had gathered for the 5km charity fun run/obstacle course which Anraí also completed on his arrival.And of course Anraí did the 5k!He told Donegal Daily: “I’d like to thank my family, friends, colleagues and everyone who supported the event. “It was a tough journey but I enjoyed doing it and it was for such a worthy cause.”BONDS OF FRIENDSHIP INSPIRE ANRAÍ’S INCREDIBLE CHARITY MARCH FROM CARRICKFIN TO CURRAGH CAMP was last modified: July 3rd, 2016 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:Anraí Ó Domhnailcancercharity marchdonegalkildarelast_img read more


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first_imgDonegal County Council is pursuing members of the public and developers who have carried out development on foot of a grant of planning permission and have not paid charges.The outstanding payments are now being pursued by the Councils Development Charges Legal Proceedings Unit.The Council has set up a dedicated Development Charges-Legal Proceedings Unit to deal with cases where payments are still outstanding and are advising members of the public including developers that arrangements to pay outstanding contributions must be made immediately (where agreements are not currently in place), in order to avoid further interest being incurred on the outstanding balances and legal action being initiated against debtors. Failure to pay outstanding contributions will result in the matter being pursued by the Council’s legal office to recover outstanding charges as a simple contract debt in the relevant Courts.In such cases the Council’s legal office will seek a Court Order against outstanding debtors, including any legal costs that will be incurred and pursue all avenues open to ensure the prompt collection of the principal amount, including interest.These actions may involve –• referring the outstanding debt to the Sheriffs Office to collect all amounts due and to seize, in default, appropriate goods to satisfy the amounts owing and/or • the making of an application to the District Court for an instalment Order which may require the debtors attendance in court to be cross-examined to disclose financial means, before the Court decides on the level of the instalment order and/or• the registration of the judgement in Court which will lead to publication of debtors names and addresses in Stubbs Gazette and/or• the registration of a judgement as a mortgage against property of the debtor.To avoid the above imminent legal action and the associated claims for interest, penalties and legal costs, members of the public and developers should contact the Council’s Development Charges-Legal Proceedings Unit immediately on 074 9172307, Monday to Friday 9.00 – 12.30 & 1.00 – 4.30pm. COUNCIL TO SUE PEOPLE FOR NON-PAYMENT OF DEVELOPMENT CHARGES was last modified: November 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:development chargesDonegal County Councillast_img read more


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first_imgGARDAÍ have sealed off an area in Burnfoot today after the discovery of a man’s body.The man – in his 40s and from the area – was found at Carnashannagh today.The scene has been sealed off pending a forensic examination and the man’s body has been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for a post mortem examination. “He hadn’t been seen for a few days and people were worried about him,” said one local resident about the deceased man today.“The whole area is in a state of shock. He (the man) was well-known in the area.”Gardaí are investigating the death and the office of the State Pathologist has been informed.  GARDA PROBE AFTER MAN’S BODY FOUND was last modified: March 21st, 2014 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)last_img read more


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first_imgThe WGCA All-American Scholar Golf Teams recognize outstanding academic and athletic achievements in women’s college golf across Division I, II and III. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics with student-athletes needing to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50.  Print Friendly Version Glennie, who was named a Google Cloud Academic All-American last month, finished her career strong as she placed tied for 18th at the MVC Championship. She concluded her stellar career with a 76.5 round average over 106 career rounds. Jonsdottir averaged 80.5 over 23 rounds and posted eight rounds in the 70s. Paulak wrapped up her rookie season with an 81.3 stroke average over 26 rounds and recorded 11 rounds in the 70s.center_img CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Drake women’s golfers Madison Glennie, Sigurlaug Jonsdottir and Sam Paulak were named to the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar Team for their effort in the classroom. Glennie, a senior from Clearwater, Fla., maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average in English and law, politics to receiver her fourth WGCA honor. Jonsdottir also holds a perfect GPA in math and chemistry to earn her second award. Paulak maintains a 3.68 GPA as a business studies major.last_img read more