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Busy January for high-school track meets

first_imgWITH the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships set for March 15-19 and the World Junior Championships, one of several international meets for local high-school athletes on the 2016 calendar, it will be a shortened Christmas break for many under-20 athletes. Many high-school athletes are now in holiday camps at their various institutions and are on a break this weekend. The 2016 season starts in earnest on January 9 with meets at Jamaica College and Herbert Morrison High School. Both meets should be well supported as they will be used as qualifiers for Boys and Girls’ Championships. On January 16, three meets are scheduled. In Kingston, the Douglas Forrest Invitational is set for the National Stadium. Over in central Jamaica, Manchester High will host the Charlie Fuller field events meet, while at Kirkvine Oval, it will be the JAAA/Puma Development meet. January 23 will be the busiest track and field day for the month. As many as seven meets are scheduled. Most focus will be on Red Hills Road as Calabar High, the first high school in Jamaica to get a synthetic track, will be opening that track with the staging of the McKenley/Wint Invitational meet. Also in Kingston will be the Big Shot Invitational at the UWI/Usain Bolt Stadium. Following a year’s break due to the non availability of a track, the Central Hurdles and Relays meet will be hosted at the newly furbished G.C. Foster College track. On the North Coast, there will be the North Central Development meet in Discovery Bay, while in the east, Morant Bay High will stage the Howard Jackson Relays. In the west, Manning’s School will be the venue for the Field, Distance and Hurdles meet, while there will be the Treasure Beach Classics in St Elizabeth. On the last Saturday in January, the Queen’s/Grace Jackson meet will take the spotlight at the National Stadium, while in Discovery Bay at the Noranda Bauxite Sports Club, it will be the Deon Hemmings Classic. In St Elizabeth, the annual invitational meet will be held on the grounds of St Elizabeth Technical High in Santa Cruz.last_img read more

Fireman’s Ball raises over $70,000 for charity

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Firefighters Charitable Society held their 11th Annual Fireman’s Charity Ball on Saturday at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.According to Brent Morgan, of the Charitable Society, the Ball was a great event, raising just over $70,000 from sponsors and attendees.“It went over great once again, we’ve always got a great community sponsor and support behind us for this. It was sold out within three weeks before the Ball. There were about 320 people that attended the event and we raised just over $70,000.”- Advertisement -The Ball was an evening of dinner and dance as well as a live and silent auction and raffles.The funds raised will go to supporting local people through the Fire Fighters Charitable Society’s Medical Travel Program and burn survivors in B.C. and the Yukon.last_img read more

Video: Arsenal target bags brace in France

first_imgArsene Wenger has a real penchant for attacking midfielders and one of the men on his radar, Yoann Gourcuff, managed to hit a cool brace this weekend.The 28-year-old has had a topsy-turvy career in football with his potential leading to a switch to AC Milan at 20 before returning to Ligue 1, tail betwixt legs, and excelling with Bordeaux.His €22million move to Lyon in 2010, combined with his selection for France’s World Cup squad, looked like propelling him onto the biggest stage but, as he admitted himself, the No.10 struggled and injuries have also curtailed his playing time.In his second start of the season this year, though, Gourcuff impressed with his two-goal display and, if he continues his resurgence, Arsene Wenger may well swoop in January, especially if Mesut Ozil exits the Emirates.See Yoann Gourcuff’s double in Lyon’s 5-1 victory over Montpellier above…last_img read more

Hazard test set for site of campus

first_imgPALMDALE – The Palmdale School District plans to conduct more tests for hazardous materials on the proposed site for an intermediate school after state officials recommended further study. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control reviewed an environmental report of the parcel and recommended additional investigation of the 20-acre parcel at Division Street and Avenue Q. “We are obligated to prove to them that the soils do not contain anything that would be of concern.” Deputy Superintendent Lori Ordway-Peck said. “It’s fairly routine to require that second level (of testing).” The vacant site was used decades ago for agriculture, so there are concerns about possible pesticide contamination, the report said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The district has not yet purchased the site. The regulations regarding the review process stem from questions raised about the never-completed Belmont Learning Center in Los Angeles, which was stalled for years because of concerns about pockets of potentially explosive methane located beneath the surface. The Palmdale district needs to conduct a so-called preliminary endangerment assessment of the property and will pay $16,586 to the DTSC for oversight costs. “You have to contract with a company to take soil samples,” Ordway-Peck said. “You have to do this before acquiring the property. Depending on what comes back – they may find too many chemicals – they may say, you need to go to the second level, the PEA level.” A district report said a PEA would “determine whether a release or threatened release of hazardous materials exists at the site, or whether naturally occurring hazardous materials are present.” The district in November hired an engineering firm to help district officials evaluate whether to build the school there because the city is asking the district to consider doing major street and storm drainage work at the site. The improvements could include creating a retention basin for storm runoff and straightening Division Street, work that could encroach on where the district wants to build the campus. The intermediate school is one of three the district is planning for or designing in eastern and central Palmdale. Currently under design is Desert Willow Intermediate School at Avenue S-4 and 62nd Street East. The district also is planning an elementary school near 25th Street East and Avenue R-10. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

A ‘fountain of youth’ within vets’ reach

first_imgI shouldn’t have to be doing this, but I’m passing the hat again for some great guys over at the Sepulveda VA in North Hills. They’ve been training hard all year to compete in the upcoming Golden Age Games in Virginia Beach, Va., this May. It’s the Super Bowl, World Series and Olympics all rolled up in one for our veterans 55 and older. The Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration used to pick up the travel tab for the team, but it stopped last year. They cried poor. Only first-year participants get their flight and hotel room paid for now. The rest of the guys who have competed before have to go hat in hand to raise the $1,000 travel cost. Many of these guys find themselves at a VA late in life because they’re in bad shape, either from sickness or alcohol and drug abuse. “I came to the VA with high blood pressure and cholesterol that was off the charts,” said one 59-year-old Vietnam veteran. “Like a lot of vets, basically I had given up. “Then I see these guys a decade older than me in great shape working out every day in the gym. They changed my life; not the doctors.” Even the VA, in its own brochure on the Golden Age Games, admits as much, calling the games “a fountain of youth for the rapidly aging veteran population.” “It’s the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States,” the VA says. It just doesn’t want to pay for that fountain of youth for our aging veterans to go to the games anymore. “We were spending more than $100,000 annually to send participants from West Los Angeles, Sepulveda and outpatient VA clinics,” VA spokeswoman Beverly Fitzgerald told me last year when the cuts were announced. “We could not justify spending that huge amount on the games when there were other medical costs we could spend the money on,” she added. If the program is indeed a fountain of youth that has turned the lives of so many previously unhealthy vets into healthy ones, how can the VA afford not to pay? Sounds like the Golden Age Games are a great medical cost. Beats me, but it’s not. So the guys over at Sepulveda VA have to come to us again this year, hat in hand. Our local Golden Age Games team has 17 men eligible to participate this year. Only three of them are first-time participants, so the VA is picking up the $1,000 tab for each of them this year only. Starler and Palmer are paying their own way, so that leaves 12 men who need our help to make it back to their fountain of youth. If you want to help sponsor a Golden Age Games vet, a check for whatever amount you can afford should be sent to the VA Medical Center, 16111 Plummer St., Sepulveda, 91343, care of Patty Jones, CTRS, (Recreation Therapy 117F). The check needs to be made out to GPF #2071, a group plan fund set up for participants. A memo on the check should say it’s for Sepulveda Golden Age Game Athletes. Again, we shouldn’t have to be doing this, the VA should. But these hardworking vets deserve another shot at that fountain of youth. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant It isn’t right, but that’s the way it is. “These aren’t guys with $1,000 lying around for an airline flight and hotel room for a week,” says Steve Palmer, an 83-year-old World War II vet, who brought home a gold medal in the pentathlon and a silver in the half-mile bike race last year. “Most of them are living on a shoestring. The games are a lifeline for them, but they’re not going to be able to go unless we can raise the money for them.” So Palmer and 71-year-old Don Starler – two team members who can afford to pay their own way – were looking to raise some cash on Presidents Day for some of their buddies in the gym fitness program over at the Sepulveda VA. Our local team always brings home a ton of medals because it works hard all year in a regimented training program. The benefits to the vets and the public are enormous – even if the VA doesn’t think so anymore. last_img read more

Nelson Mandela Bridge goes pink

first_imgAlong with other global landmarks, Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg will be illuminated in pink for the month of October to raise awareness of breast cancer.For the fourth year running, the City of Johannesburg has partnered with international cosmetics company Estée Lauder to highlight breast health and early detection of the disease.October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Nelson Mandela Bridge PINK ILLUMINATION in support of breast cancer awareness drive. #breastcancerawareness ^LM pic.twitter.com/3AbFhVgnsd— City of Joburg (@CityofJoburgZA) September 21, 2016“The lighting of the Nelson Mandela Bridge will serve as a reminder that the earlier breast cancer is detected and diagnosed, the better are one’s chances of beating it,” said Dr Mpho Phalatse, the member of the mayoral committee for health and social development.South Africa was ranked 50th on the World Cancer Research Fund list of countries with the highest cancer prevalence rates, the city said.“Breast cancer now represents one in four of all cancers in women and is the most prominent cancer in women worldwide, increasing particularly in developing countries, where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages,” said Estée Lauder SA general manager Loren Dreyer.She said calling attention to breast cancer “serves to create a dialogue around taking a conscious interest in one’s health”.Watch:Source: City of JohannesburgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Ryan Lee, July 20

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This is going to go down as the year that could have been.The earlier the crops were planted, the better off they are, but even in the early crops the constant rain is starting to take its toll. We are starting to see more areas giving up, but I know there is a lot of nitrogen to be put on in areas north of here and I’m not sure that is going to happen for those guys.There is some northern corn leaf blight showing up in corn and we are hearing some reports of frogeye leaf spot in the beans. But looking at the fields and how badly they are beat up, I don’t know that there will be any return from spraying fungicides. We still have a chunk of beans to spray with herbicide. We made the most of the day and a half that we had to spray. It wasn’t the conditions we wanted but it was not as bad as I thought it would be.We are wet here and have had constant rain but we are in a gap that is missing a lot of the rains people have been getting to the north and south. I am glad that I do not have hay to make or wheat in my rotation. Those two crops have been really tough this year. I know some guys who had to choose between cutting wheat and spraying beans. Then they either had to pay in terms of the drying bill and harvest loss for harvesting early or pay later in terms of vomitoxin, test weight and sprouting.With the forecast now hopefully they can get it wrapped up. I thought there might be some wheat harvested in August around here.last_img read more

Google Updates Blog Search – Where’s the Innovation?

first_imgGoogle Blog Search is the fastest in the industry but has gone almost untouched since the day it launched, except for a recent dabble with meme-tracking on the front page. Google Blog Search spam control is not good and recently the search engine started bringing back search results from places like blog sidebars. [Update: that appears to have been fixed now.] It thinks that content is new, too, every time a new blog post (the content we really care about) is published. It’s painful to look at Google Blog Search results pages, but if you’ve got a need for speed or want to make use of the relative heft of the Google search input box for things like complex queries – then it’s a good option.Day in and day out, I use Ask.com’s blog search instead. It’s nothing earth-shattering, but there’s a whole lot less spam.Is blogging such old news that only Twitter search is interesting to innovators anymore? When it comes to more thought-out, long-form, researched, discussed news and opinion, blogs still matter. We wish Google felt the same way. The web is a really exciting place these days – why isn’t Google Blog Search? marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Google just announced a number of changes to its blog search engine, Google Blog Search, but none of them will knock your socks off. RSS feeds for search queries were added, something that no self-respecting search engine of dynamic content would be without. Hot search queries and recent posts from popular blogs round out the slight redesign of the Blog Search home page.While many different Google projects push the envelope with features and interface innovation – users are excited just to see Blog Search make catch-up moves, since it’s a sign that the product is still breathing at all. No news about much needed spam control, no response to Twitter stealing many blogs’ thunder, no personalization, no visualization, no semantics, no mobile play – nothing. It’s really disappointing. Google Blog Search remains the best option if you’re looking for fast results, but other options are better if you have any needs other than speed. Six months ago we published an article titled The State of Blog Search, 2009. Here’s what we wrote then about Google Blog Search: Tags:#news#NYT#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Hot-Climate Design

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img People who live in Florida or Texas often accuse energy-efficiency experts of having a cold-climate bias. They’re right: most energy-saving tips are written with cold-climate buildings in mind — perhaps understandably, since Americans spend about twice as much for residential heating as they do for cooling.Whatever the origins of this pervasive cold-climate bias, it’s time to rectify the situation with a few hot-climate design tips. Most builders know that house designs need to be climate-specific. In areas of the country where air conditioning bills are higher than heating bills — as they are along the Gulf Coast and in much of Florida — homes should be designed to reject exterior heat.So what are the most important factors governing hot-climate design?Over the past decade, our understanding of the best building practices for hot climates has been significantly advanced by researchers working at the Florida Solar Energy Center. Useful hot-climate research has also been conducted by engineers from the Building Science Corporation; much of this research has been funded by the Department of Energy’s Building America program. The following advice represent a distillation of researchers’ findings.Although many of these suggested measures may seem obvious, they are widely ignored. When I last visited Nevada, I noticed that large residential developers like Pulte Homes don’t bother to orient their buildings to the points of the compass; rather, new homes are plopped down at random. Driving around Las Vegas, it’s easy to see hundreds of new homes with stingy roof overhangs and unshaded windows exposed to the full glare of the Nevada sun.Remember, if you live in a mixed climate — that is, one with significant heating as well as air conditioning bills — you’ll need to include a selection of measures that help a home retain heat… last_img read more

Nirav Modi Aide To Share Confidential Information In PNB Case

first_imgAfter the success in Christian Michel and Vijay Mallya case, another positive development overseas is set to provide a boost to Indian investigative agencies.Absconding diamond merchant Nirav Modi’s trusted aide Mihir Bhansali, has agreed to share confidential information related to the case with the Punjab National Bank (PNB). An agreement has been signed between Bhansali, who is in-charge of Nirav Modi’s business in United States, and PNB in New York. According to the agreement, the former president of Nirav Modi-owned Firestar Diamond Inc will be sharing documents and information related to the case which is not available with PNB.Read it at India Today Related Itemslast_img read more