SFP a cinch for 100 title at World Championships in Beijing

first_imgONE thing guaranteed in Beijing at the World Championships is that Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will win the women’s 100 metres title and give herself title number three after winning in Berlin in 2009 and in 2013 in Moscow.The ‘Pocket Rocket’ looks the safest bet in any track event for the gold medal in Beijing.When Fraser-Pryce won on both occasions, she sped to world-leading times, and with a season best of 10.74 seconds, she is expected to go much faster in Beijing, and we could see a sub 10.70 seconds from the world fastest female sprinter.Known for her bullet start, she has added another arsenal to her armoury, as her top-end speed has improved dramatically this season, and this is not good news for her rivals, including the United States duo of Tori Bowie and English Gardner, along with the Ivory Coast’s Murielle Ahoure and Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare.What is more frightening for her rivals is that Fraser-Pryce’s coach, Stephen Francis – a man who is hardly wrong – made a bold statement after his charge’s 10.74 clocking at the Paris Diamond League, that she can go much faster.imposing dismissalIn her last race on the circuit, what was very imposing was the way she dismissed the United States champion, Bowie, with ease in Stockholm to win easily, despite a less-than-impressive start.Jamaica will be hoping for more medals here as veteran Veronica Campbell-Brown, Sherone Simpson and Natasha Morrison, in her first major Championships, will be gunning for good results. Campbell-Brown, who was second in 2005 and first in 2007 in Osaka, will find it more difficult this time around to be among the medals, as she will need big improvements on her season-best 10.99 seconds.Despite Simpson’s season-best 10.95 seconds in winning the Senior Pan Am Games title in Toronto, Canada, she will also have her hands full, as this time was done on a really fast track. Several of the athletes who were close to her then have not run close to the times recorded in Canada.With Fraser-Pryce a cinch, it will be a dogfight for the other medals. The United States’ Bowie and Gardner, along with Ahoure and Okagbare, are expected to have a very keen battle.TOP THREE1 Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (WL)2 Blessing Okagbare3 Tori Bowielast_img read more

Leguan Stelling to be rehabilitated

first_img…Wakenaam, Vreed-en-Hoop to followJust over a week after Guyana Times published an article in which residents of Leguan were calling for their stelling to be rehabilitated, the Public Infrastructure Ministry has announced that the stelling was on the list for pending rehabilitative works.Some of the rotted wooden supports, and loose decking and panels of the stellingThis revelation was made by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson on Wednesday, who noted that tenders were produced for the refurbishing works and would be out shortly. At that time, Patterson also took the opportunity to announce the completion of works on the Leguan Stelling.“We’ve awarded contracts for the rehabilitation of the sea defence in Leguan and Wakenaam as well as the stelling in Leguan, the tenders are out and shall be completed shortly. The Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling will commence rehabilitation in 2019, which will provide a revamped passenger port, focusing on safety in operations,” he stated.Last Saturday, this publication visited Leguan where residents were up in arms about the current state of their stelling among other concerns.Residents and even visitors had expressed their dissatisfaction with the state of the stelling. The timber planks supporting the stelling are rotten, causing residents to be fearful since heavy vehicles traverse the stelling. In addition, the decking is loose and uneven, with rails hanging on to literally nothing at certain sections on the ramp.At that time, an outspoken resident, Hans Buer, had indicated that the issue was raised with Minister Patterson on several occasions, which resulted in the Minister responding to him on social media promising to have it fixed. He said the stelling has been in that deplorable state for over one and a half years and was rapidly deteriorating, but no system was being put in place to have it addressed.The residents also indicated that a concrete-post and wood-decking stelling served no purpose; hence, they were calling for a fully concrete stelling, noting that it would last longer with little to no repairs.“Laden vehicles cannot use the lower ramp because it will fall out. The decking is unlevelled. You can fall. When the boat come in at nights, it is horrible, because the stelling has no lights, passengers fall over the little rails and some of the boards on the decking have holes,” Buer noted.Guyana Times was also told that in addition to loose decking and rotten posts, the lower ramp used to load laden vehicles onto the ferry was in such a deplorable state that vehicles were unable to access it. Vehicles have to wait until the tide is high enough for them to access the high ramp to load or offload, which affects the business community, since critical goods could not be delivered in time and farmers’ produce would perish.last_img read more

No, it’s not just you; it’s getting hotter

first_imgThe sweaty bus conductor exclaimed, “This place hot bad, man!” as he scurried off to fill the few vacant seats in the zone 48 bus. A typical bus conductor in Guyana works in the heat with no air conditioning for 8-10 hours per day. He is not alone, over 40 percent of Guyana’s population is not formally employed, and they usually turn to selling at different outdoor markets in Georgetown and various parts of the country to make ends meet. Therefore, much of the population is directly exposed to heat on a daily basis. While it might seem like an exaggeration to say that the days are getting hotter (surely we must just be feeling that way), the temperature is in fact getting warmer than usual, and trending warmer still.Feeling Hot! Hot! Hot!We are aware that Guyana is below sea level, and is it predicted that climate change will result in rising sea levels of one to two feet by the end of the century; hence the reason the seawall continues to be built higher and higher. Living in Guyana, we have already witnessed the effects of climate change through extreme weather events such as floods, heavy rainfall, and droughts. I have been surprised to find that, in Guyana, I have not heard the word “heat wave” as much as I would have expected in conversations, given the abnormally hot weather. The danger in a hot country like Guyana is that we do not notice the slow burn of climate change until it is too late.Guyana is a tropical country, and therefore the overall temperature should be warmer than in other parts of the world; but, in recent years, we have seen and felt the temperature peak at alarming rates.According to a UN study, 2016 was recorded as the warmest year on record dating back to the 19th century, while 2017 and 2015 tied for second place. This alarming rate in temperature increase is tied directly to man-made emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane, released from burning fossil fuels like oil, coal, and natural gasYou are at riskWorking outside and battling heat is a way of life for many Guyanese. Rising heat will lead to more heat-related illnesses. Equally important, agriculture is one of the main economic sectors of Guyana, employing 17.8 percent of the population, yet climate change is increasing pest populations while decreasing plant growth and crop yields.Lastly, with rising sea and water levels, Guyana faces significant risks from more extreme storms and greater flooding, leading to greater property damage and fatalities.A vendor’s perspectiveWalking around the markets in Guyana, you are greeted by lots of tall, colourful umbrellas. This is the main way many vendors seek refuge from the blazing sun.Sharon Mollyneaux, a fruit vendor at Stabroek Market for over 30 years, spoke out about the heat, stating that she has felt the difference in temperature and noted it has gotten hotter these past years. When asked how the heat affects her, she said, “Sometimes I feel dizzy; the sun and extreme heat burn up my fruits.” She pointed to her bananas on the wooden stall. “It’s unfit to sell to customers,” she said. Her daughter Keithana Mollyneaux agrees with her.They are at the market from 6 am to 6 pm daily. Keithana mentioned that she drinks plenty of water to keep cool in the hot weather. Sharon Mollyneaux added that the Government can build proper shade for vendors, because the umbrellas she uses are not always sufficient against the smouldering heat of the sun.Knowing is betterThe heat will continue to rise at uncomfortable and deadly levels; therefore systems have to be put in place to address this urgent issue. There are opportunities for businesses to work with Government officials to create more indoor spaces, cooling centres and to promote smarter water and energy use. Most importantly, citizens should be aware of the effects of heat waves, and stay indoors during particularly hot days.These are some of the reasons why it’s important for you to understand Guyana’s Green State trajectory, and actively participate in the process. In order for us to move Guyana towards being a more resilient nation; one that is equipped to address the effects of climate change, the power lies in an informed citizen body who are aware of the issues concerning the environment and ways they can get involved in crafting solutions.You can share your ideas and questions by sending letters to: “Our Earth, Our Environment”, C/O ECEA Programme, Environmental Protection Agency, Ganges Street, Sophia, GEORGETOWN, or email us at: eit.epaguyana@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more

Pepperdine sweeps past Fresno State

first_imgPepperdine broke open a 4-1 game with a six-run sixth inning, sending 10 batters to the plate. Salas hit a three-run double that gave the Waves an 8-1 lead. Third baseman Chase d’Arnaud went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the Waves, and center fielder Adrian Ortiz extended his team-high hitting streak to 10 games. Tulane 5, USC 3: Anthony Scelfo’s three-run homer in the sixth sparked a five-run inning as the No. 21 Green Wave (5-4) defeated USC (9-7) at Dedeaux Field. Oklahoma St. 10, CSUN 7: Jonathan Sakurai had three hits and an RBI and Jorge Andrade, Jr. drove in two runs for the Matadors (10-7) in their loss to the Cowboys (6-3). SOFTBALL UCLA 8, Northwestern 6: Senior shortstop Jodie Legaspi hit a grand slam for the No. 12 Bruins (10-5) as they defeated No. 7 Northwestern (10-5) in the Palm Springs Classic at Cathedral City. MEN’S VOLLEYBALL Senior left fielder Luke Salas equaled his career-highs with four hits and four RBIs, and sophomore left-hander Robert Dickmann earned his first career victory as the Pepperdine baseball team beeat Fresno State 10-4 Sunday at Eddy D. Field Stadium in Malibu, completing a three-game sweep of the Bulldogs. The victory was the No. 15 Waves’ ninth in their past 10games as they improved to 10-3, marking their best start to a season since opening the 2001 season 12-2. Fresno State lost its third in a row to fall to 5-9. center_img USC 3, Pacific 1: Juan Figueroa had 23 kills, seven digs and four blocks and C.J. Schellenberg added 14 kills and four blocks to help the No. 14 Trojans (6-9, 5-7 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) upset the No. 9 Tigers (8-9, 6-7) 30-21, 30-21, 20-30, 30-26. TRACK AND FIELD CSUN women win WAC title: Cal State Northridge beat last year’s champion, Louisiana Tech, by 2.5 points, 117.5-114, to win the Western Athletic Conference women’s indoor track and field championship Saturday in Nampa, Idaho. It is the first WAC indoor title for the Matadors. The Matadors’ Shelese Ruffin was selected as Freshman of the Year by a vote of the conference coaches, while CSUN’s Don Strametz was voted Coach of the Year. The CSUN men’s team finished fourth. CSUN’s Justin Johnson and Idaho’s Russ Winger were voted co-Outstanding Performers of the Year. HANDBALL National Intercollegiate Championships: Luis Moreno of Pima Community College won the men’s open singles title over top-seeded Brian Carroll of the Dublin Institute of Technology 19-21, 21-18, 11-8 at the Spectrum Club in Canoga Park. On the women’s side, Maria Daly of University College Cork defeated top-seeded Eimear Ni Fhalluin of University College Dublin 21-2, 21-12. 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

LB port approves $35-$70 cargo fee

first_imgLong Beach port authorities approved a controversial container fee Monday expected to generate $1.6 billion to subsidize the purchase of cleaner trucks working in the nation’s largest seaport. The fee, approved unanimously by the Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission, will be tacked onto every loaded container leaving or entering waterfront marine terminals by truck beginning June 1 and ending in 2012. Under the plan, each 20-foot long container will be levied $35 each time it enters or exits a terminal. Forty-foot containers will be charged $70. An identical fee is expected to be approved by the Port of Los Angeles on Thursday. Supporters contend the plan will ensure a healthier environment for area residents, truck drivers and dockworkers, who are routinely exposed to high levels of diesel soot. Opponents, however, argue the fee will negatively impact small companies and farmers, whose cargo tends to be less valuable than shippers transporting electronics, furniture and clothing. “With the margins in agriculture being so thin, extra port fees and costs can make the difference between winning a foreign sale and losing it to a competitor located in another country,” said Peter Friedman of the Agricultural Transportation Coalition, an industry group representing many California farmers. Opponents also argued that the new truck fee, along with an existing $100 per 40-foot container fee adopted in 2005 to reduce road congestion, make Southern California seaports less competitive. “We feel (this fee) is rushed and does not take into consideration the total impact of all these fees on port trade,” said Elizabeth Warren of Future Ports, a maritime trade group. The road congestion fee, known as PierPASS, assesses $100 per 40-foot container on cargo moved during peak hours, which the ports identify as between 3 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The fee pays for extended gate hours at marine terminals and has helped divert some 60,000 trucks each week from rush hour traffic, according to the Port of Long Beach. In November, the ports adopted a truck replacement schedule that begins with a ban on pre-1989 trucks starting Oct. 1. The ban grows progressively stronger through 2012, when all drayage trucks will need to meet federal 2007 standards. Many environmental and labor groups said Monday authorities should also approve a proposed concession program restricting waterfront access to truck companies with the cleanest fleets operated by employee drivers. Currently, most drayage is handled by contract drivers who are responsible for purchasing and maintaining their vehicles and earn a flat fee for transporting cargo. Studies show these drivers, after expenses, earn about $12 an hour – too little to purchase or maintain a new truck, which can cost $150,000 or more. “Retaining the current broken truck drayage system would jeopardize the long term sustainability of the clean trucks program,” said Colleen Callahan of the American Lung Association. “We (seek) a quick transition to employee status for truck drivers so that companies are responsible for the safety, upgrade and maintenance of trucks … for the long term.” Port authorities in Long Beach and Los Angeles are working on a separate fee for infrastructure improvements, which they plan to announce in coming weeks. They also plan to address the concession proposal, which is opposed by truck companies, before the spring. To learn more, visit www.polb.com. kristopher.hanson@presstelegram.com, 562-499-1466160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“I think this is a gigantic step forward … and it’s not perfect, but it’s darn good,” said Port of Long Beach Commissioner Mike Walter. “It’s high time the ports step up to this issue. The health issue is a very serious concern.” Funds will subsidize the replacement or retrofit of an estimated 16,800 diesel trucks with models meeting federal 2007 emission standards, which emit up to 90 percent less pollution than older models. Health studies link diesel pollution to abnormally high cancer, asthma and heart disease rates in local communities. The owners of the cargo, and not truck drivers, will be charged the fee. Containers moved by train, car carriers and fuel trucks are exempt. “Thirty-five dollars on a container, which are worth an average $70,000, is less than a penny on your iPod, and a few cents is surely not too high a price to pay for dramatic improvements in Southern California air quality,” said Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. last_img read more

WORK ON HOSPITAL STREAM WAS CARRIED OUT IN 2006 – HSE

first_imgA scene from the hospital. donegaldaily.comTHE HSE is dismissing claims that work wasn’t carried out on a stream as part of a planning process.Paul Connors, Director of Communications at the HSE, said work was carried out.A report today said that the work hadn’t taken place in 2002 as required by the council. If it had it would have had no effect on the flood three weeks ago as it was further downstream from where the small river burst its banks.However Mr Connors told a press conference today that the work referred to was carried out in 2006 and the HSE had the documentation showing this. WORK ON HOSPITAL STREAM WAS CARRIED OUT IN 2006 – HSE was last modified: August 9th, 2013 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

Govt must rethink VAT hike on food supplements following Vitamin D revelations – IAHS

first_imgHealth Stores Ireland has today reiterated its call on the Government to halt plans to impose VAT on food supplementsThe calls come after a Donegal GP has said vitamin D test results coming from Letterkenny University Lab have been so low scientists first thought the machines were not calibrated properly.VAT at 23 per cent was due to come in from March but that has been deferred to November to allow the Minister for Finance to examine options. A public consultation in Ireland over April and May received 121 submissions, most of them calling for the retention of the zero rate.Speaking today Matt Ronan of Health Stores Ireland said: “The report from Donegal reinforces the need for many people to take food supplements to help with health concerns and prevent illness.“Imposing VAT on food supplements, such as vitamin D, would mean food supplements will become more expensive to consumers and may compromise their health as a result.“We would like 0% VAT maintained on all health food supplements so that they are affordable to all.  Many people take a range of supplements to help maintain their health and vitamin D is particularly important in the fight against osteoporosis. “The reports today highlight how important food supplements are for many looking to maintain their health.”Govt must rethink VAT hike on food supplements following Vitamin D revelations – IAHS was last modified: August 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

27 children killed as school bus plunges into gorge in Himachal Pradesh

first_imgTwenty-seven children were among 30 killed when a private school bus ferrying them home veered off the road and plunged into a 200-foot-deep gorge at Malakwal in Nurpur in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh on Monday evening.At least 13 students from Classes I to V died on the spot, while the others succumbed to injuries at Nurpur hospital. The driver of the bus and two school teachers were also killed.Toll may mountThe death toll could go up as there were about 40 children in the bus, said Nurpur SDM Husain Siddique. The bus belonged to Vazir Ram Singh Pathania Memorial School in Nurpur.At least 13 seriously injured persons were rushed to a hospital in Pathankot where one of them died of injuries, an official said. The condition of the other injured was also critical, he said. Most of the deceased belonged to nearby villages.Senior Cabinet Minister Krishan Kapoor and local MLA Rakesh Pathania rushed to the spot to monitor the rescue operation.Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur announced an immediate relief of ₹5 lakh to the next of kin of each deceased.A magisterial probe was ordered and preliminary enquiries suggested the driver lost control of the bus, an official said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

India A beat South Africa A to set up final clash with Australia A

first_imgIndia A rode on a brilliant display from their top order and were backed up with the leather as they beat South Africa A by 34 runs to qualify for the final of the 50-over tri-series tournament at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Thursday.In reply to India A’s massive total of 371/3, the tourists managed 337/6 in 50 overs with left-hander Quinton de Kock top-scoring with 113 runs.Left-arm spinner Axar Patel was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he bagged figures of 3/32. India A will now lock horns against Australia A in the final here on Friday.Also read: When India A’s Mandeep Singh fielded for the Proteas The visitors started off well with openers Cameron Delport and de Kock notching up a quick-fire partnership of 53 runs in barely 5.2 overs. However, India clinched the break through as left-arm pacer Rush Kalaria rattled Delport’s (34) off-stump.De Kock impresses De Kock, however, continued the momentum along with Reeza Hendricks as both knit together a formidable partnership.The left-handed de Kock clobbered a few towering sixes and scored a pacy century in the process.At 181/1, South Africa seemed well on their way to overhauling the Indian total, but the hosts hit back with three quick wickets and reduced them to 184/4. The Proteas failed to recover from that setback despite a fine effort from Khaya Zondo (86).Mayank Agarwal is ready for the big test Earlier in the day, it was skipper Unmukt Chand and Mayank Agarwal who were scintillating from the very beginning of their innings. It was steady start as both batsmen got into their groove collecting just 37 runs from the first 10 overs but those runs were decorated by some delightful boundaries.advertisementBut once the new-ball had lost its shine, Agarwal went on the offensive, clubbing anything that was in his arc.Chand played his shots too, hitting Keshav Maharaj for two sixes and went onto score an impressive 64. The hosts then lost Chand with the score at 106/1.Just when the South Africans thought that they would be able to stop the flow of runs, first down batsman Manish Pandey came out to bat. The aggressive stroke maker pounced upon the inexperienced bowling line-up with his trademark cover-drives and wristy flicks. At the halfway stage India A were at 125/1.There was no stopping the duo once they got settled as the run-rate graph shot skywards. The hapless tourists kept hurling at a wrong line and length and the ball kept disappearing into the stands.After a partnership of 203 runs, Agarwal’s swashbuckling innings of 176 finally came to an end as his catch was lapped up at long on.Pandey continued to swing his willow and got good support from the others, remaining unbeaten at 108 off 88 deliveries.Brief scores: India A 371/3 (Mayank Agarwal 176, Manish Pandey 108, Quinton de Kock 113, A Patel 3/32)last_img read more