Dacres plans double at Nationals

first_imgEncouraged by good early form, Fedrick Dacres is considering a throws double at the National Senior Championship in June. Speaking on Saturday at the first JAAA All Comers meet of the season, Dacres says he intends to contest both the discus and the shot put at Nationals. A national record holder in the discus, the 23 year old University of the West Indies student has made progress in the shot including a reported mark of 21.49m. “Well for me, shot put is always fun, so I don’t take it as seriously, but if I can do it, I will”, he said to explain that the discus is his primary event. “I’m doing it to get the marks and everything”, he elaborated, “but I just don’t take it as serious as the disc.” Asked about a possible throws double at Nationals, the 2015 Pan-American Games discus champion replied, “I will do it at the Nationals because since I was young I’ve been doing it, so why stop doing it now when it hasn’t hampered me in any way?” “I’m going to see if I can make it for both”, he forwarded. Few successfully double at the global level but Holland’s Rutger Smith did place third in both discus and shot at the 2007 World Championships. Dacres promises that the Nationals will feature great competition in the throws. “It’s going to be very hot overall”, he predicted, “because you have shot, I can compete with the big man a bit so I’ll try to push him.” The ‘big man’ he referred to is 2015 World Championship shot put bronze medallist O’Dayne Richards. Regarding the discus throw, he said, “I think we have, you know, six guys who can get over 60. Dacres extended the national record in the disc to 68.88m at Excelsior High School earlier this year. He also expects great things from the lady throwers, led by Danielle Dodd and Kellion Knibb. Dodd and Knibb, both 2016 Olympians, have already set national records in the shot and discus respectively this season.last_img read more

Expanding areas of Ohio suffering from hot, dry conditions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mike Lutmer, Warren Co.We are very, very dry. The corn is rolled at the moment and the beans are starting to wilt. I am pretty concerned. Out in Hillsboro it has been wet. We had a two-inch rain where we farm over there and then another three inches within seven to 10 days. Here in the past month we haven’t even had a half-inch — maybe two tenths. We got a sprinkle Friday or Saturday but not enough to do anything. The ground is cracking really badly. The beans are still green and blooming but they are not putting anything in the pods.Last week the corn didn’t look too bad yet but we are starting to get some tip-back already. If we would get a rain this week it would help immensely. There is a 60% chance for tomorrow afternoon. I am not holding my breath but I hope we get it.If you go over to the Ohio-Indiana line the crops over there look phenomenal, but this area here in Warren, a little bit of Butler and some of Clinton counties is really dry. The rain keeps going north or south of us.The hay I am raking now is pretty thin. I would like to see another 10 inches of growth on it but it had already bloomed. The hay quality has been very good, there is just not a lot of it. We are on the tail end of second cutting now so we’ll see what happens.Somebody in Warren County near the Clinton County line had 60 acres of soybeans that had Palmer amaranth really bad and they had to bush hog it all. I don’t know how they got it. I have heard about problems in Ohio with that but not around here.For the rest of this week’s droughty reports click here.last_img read more

Lady Maroons turn back Red Spikers

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight UP Rising PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:29Attacks vs UP Visayas students a ‘natural reaction’ from Duterte supporters – Palace02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City UP thus notched its third straight win after dropping a five-setter to unbeaten group leader Adamson Lady Falcons (3-0).The victory tied UP with idle Arellano U at 3-1 as the Lady Maroons stayed in the hunt for one of the semifinal berths in the two-division tournament serving as the season-ending conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBoth teams will dispute that semifinal slot on Sept. 30.The Lady Maroons also virtually knocked the Red Spikers (2-2) off the race going into the last four playdates of the elimination round. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alisa Buitre (left) and Isa Molde underscore the UP Lady Maroons solid blocking against the San Beda Red Spikers on their way to a three-set romp.University of the Philippines steadied a shaky start in the third set and frustrated San Beda, 25-16, 25-19, 25-20, to boost its Final Four bid in Group B of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre yesterday.The Lady Maroons fashioned out the victory in a little over an hour, with most of that time spent fighting off a letdown in the third set before completing the shutout.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ The Red Spikers dropped UP in a 3-8 hole in the third set, but Diana Carlos, Isa Molde and Justine Dorog provided the strong finish the Lady Maroons needed to seal the victory.last_img read more

Determined to share the ball, Salado joins D-League record books

first_imgBut Salado’s time with Racal is numbered as he is set to play his last game for Racal against Cignal HD on June 20, before finally shifting his full focus with the Chiefs for the upcoming NCAA Season 93.And he made it clear that he’s looking at that duel against the Hawkeyes as a title clash as the Tilem Masters seek to get back at their Aspirants’ Cup Finals tormentors.“I will treat that as a championship game. I want to gain redemption against them,” Salado said. “That’s going to be my last game so I want to leave the team without a loss.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Pocari dominates Power Smashers, advances to PVL finals Kent Salado. PBA IMAGESPicking up where Jio Jalalon left off, Kent Salado is keeping the ship afloat for coach Jerry Codiñera.Dazzling in the preseason tournaments for Arellano, the 5-foot-9 guard also brought out the goods for Racal on Thursday, racking up a triple-double in its 140-90 rout of Zark’s Burger in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trotting out a performance reminiscent of his former backcourt partner, Salado finished with 11 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds to become only the third player to achieve the rare feat following BDO-NU’s Bobby Ray Parks and Phoenix’s Mike Tolomia twice.“That’s what I want to do because in our team, we have lots of scorers. We have (Mac) Tallo, (Rian) Ayonayon, other guys who can score. Right now, what I want to focus on is my passing and rebounding,” he said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Cagayan de Oro native exuded confidence when he hit the court on Thursday, orchestrating Codiñera’s gameplan to a tee. That’s why the statline didn’t surprise the rest of the Alibaba as they saw how hard Salado played in his 23 minutes on the floor.“I work hard every time I enter the game. I don’t want to be a ballhog and I know I have to share the ball. I’m also confident because coach kept on telling my teammates to shoot whenever they get a pass from me. That’s what makes this triple-double more special,” he said. What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Photo: Alabama Awarded Broadcaster Eli Gold With A 2014 SEC Championship Ring

first_imgEli Gold has been broadcasting Alabama football games since 1988. In that time, he has seen the Crimson Tide capture four national championships and six SEC titles. To many ‘Bama fans, he is an indelible part of the program. To thank him for his time broadcasting for the program, Alabama football awarded Eli Gold with a 2014 SEC Championship ring.Sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart to the U. Of Alabama staff and players for the SEC championship ring. pic.twitter.com/JYazNIrJTL— Eli Gold (@EliGoldBama) August 21, 2015Gold is clearly very touched by the honor, and the response from the Alabama faithful. He responded to the dozens of fans who congratulated him on Twitter.eli gold thanks Congratulations, Eli. You deserve it.last_img read more

PM Launches Project to Assist Youth in Majesty Gardens

first_imgSeveral unemployed young persons from Majesty Gardens in South West St. Andrew are to benefit from the implementation of a training and income generating initiative, valued at just under $12 million.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on Tuesday, May 14, launched the ‘Income Generating Opportunities for Unemployed Young People through Linkages with Established Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMEs)’ project, at the St. Andrew Settlement in Majesty Gardens, Kingston.The Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA), in collaboration with the St. Andrew Settlement, will execute the project, which is being sponsored by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), with funding support from the European Union Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP).The Prime Minister encouraged beneficiaries to take full advantage of the opportunities for self development. She told them that through participation in the project, they will be embarking on a path that could change their lives forever.“Not long from now, I want to hear of exporters graduating from this programme,” Mrs. Simpson Miller told the participants.She urged them to pay attention to the training and never give up, no matter how difficult it gets.“You are on a path and you are destined for success. No matter what, no matter how frustrating it might become, continue your programme and ensure you graduate. It is critical. It is about self development. You must be able to stand tall and shoulder to shoulder with people anywhere in the world,” the Prime Minister added.The project will provide vocational training and internships for persons between the ages of 18 and 35 in areas such as creative craft from recyclable materials, and traditional craft; dressmaking; tailoring; crochet making and design; woodwork and carpentry; and jewellery making.The beneficiaries will also be exposed to business readiness training, which include basic accounting and record keeping, marketing and sales, inventory management as well as basic computer applications, to equip them to carry out basic research and communication on the internet. They will also receive training in business communication, office deportment and etiquette skills.Managing Director of JSIF, Scarlette Gillings, said the project is expected to be implemented over a five-month period.In the meantime, General Manager of the JEA, Jean Smith, said the objective of the project is to provide support for young people in Majesty Gardens.“We anticipate that these beneficiaries, through the empowerment tools and the programmes that will be provided, will be able to contribute in a more meaningful way to the development of their families and to their communities and also to the wider society, both in terms of the Industrial community here on Spanish Town Road and to the wider Jamaica,” she said.The original target number was 25 young persons. However, JEA President, Andrew Collins, informed that this target has already been exceeded, explaining that in several instances the training sessions have close to 50 persons.“This speaks to the desire of our young people to acquire income generating knowledge and skills, which can make them workplace ready or which can be used to become young entrepreneurs,” Mr. Collins said.“We are convinced that at the end of the programme we will have some beneficiaries entering the export sector, either as entrepreneurs or through employment in existing export companies,” he said.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

Wont apologise for honest opinion

first_imgMumbai: Taapsee Pannu has said that she will not apologise for her “double filter” comment about Kangana Ranaut, for which she has faced flak from the latter’s sister and spokesperson Rangoli Chandel. The whole argument started when Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel attacked Taapsee on Twitter. “Kuch log Kangana ko copy kar ke he apni dukaan chalate hain, magar pls note, they never acknowledge her, not even a mention of her name in praising the trailer. Last I heard, Taapsee ji said Kangana needs a double filter, and Tapsee ji you need to stop being a sasti copy,” Rangoli tweeted in the reply. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Seriously, I will not apologies for my honest opinion. I did not know that she has a patent on curly hair because I born with curly hair, and my parents are responsible for that. So, I cannot apologies for that either. Rest, I do not know what else I have copied,” said Taapsee, further adding: “However, if I am a copy of a good actor like her (Kangana) – and I always maintain that she is a good actor – I take it as a compliment. I am also called ‘sasti’ (cheap). Yes, I am not the highest-paid actor, so that way you can call me ‘sasti’.”last_img read more

Starbucks citing ocean threat is ditching plastic straws from all locations

first_imgVANCOUVER – Vancouver Starbucks locations will be the first in Canada to serve drinks without plastic straws as it works to eliminate the product from all its stores by 2020, the company announced Monday.The coffee chain is the latest big company to acknowledge the environmental threat plastic straws pose and promise to implement an alternative in the face of mounting public pressure.There’s been a tipping point in the public’s awareness that plastic is a global problem, said environmental lawyer David Boyd.A video showing a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose received more than 30 million views on YouTube, for example, said Boyd, who also teaches at the University of British Columbia.Companies like Starbucks are responding to that surge in environmental concern.Starbucks will make a strawless lid or straws made from alternative materials, like paper of compostable plastic, available at its more than 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. It has created a strawless lid that will be standard for its iced coffee, tea and espresso drinks.“This is a significant milestone to achieve our global aspiration of sustainable coffee, served to our customers in more sustainable ways,” CEO Kevin Johnson said in a statement.The strawless lid is currently available in more than 8,000 Canadian and U.S. locations for some beverages.The Seattle-based company will implement the lids for all cold, non-blended drinks first at its hometown and Vancouver locations this fall, with phased rollouts within the U.S. and Canada to follow next year. A global rollout of the strawless lids will follow, beginning in Europe where the will be used in select stores in France and the Netherlands, as well as in the United Kingdom.It’s the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder and plastic straws have become one of the most prominent targets.“I think that straws are just widely seen as kind of the low-hanging fruit,” said Boyd.Some cities, including Seattle and Fort Myers Beach in Florida, have banned plastic straws. Vancouver will prohibit plastic straws as well as some other items by June 1, 2019 as part of the Zero Waste 2040 Strategy.Similar proposals are being considered in places like New York and San Francisco, as well as by the European Union.The issue is coming up in company boardrooms, partly in response to changing municipal regulations and partly due to growing consumer pressure.McDonald’s shareholders voted down a proposal requesting a report on plastic straws in May.However, McDonald’s recently said it would switch to paper straws in the United Kingdom and Ireland by next year, and test alternatives to plastic straws in some U.S. locations.In Canada, McDonald’s has said it planned to monitor the market tests to understand the impact the changes may have before making any specific decisions. A company spokeswoman did not respond to questions about whether the company planned to do any testing in Canada and did not provide a timeline for implementing any changes.Rival burger chain A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. has said it will eliminate all plastic straws from its restaurants by the end of this year.Ikea recently announced it would eliminate single-use plastic products from its shelves by 2020, including straws. Canadian restaurant chain owner Recipe Unlimited Corporation, formerly known as Cara Operations, and its 19 brands will phase out using plastic straws by the end of March 2019.But banning the drinking instruments is only the tip of the iceberg, said Boyd, and does not solve the global problem of plastic pollution.Plastic drinking straws make up only about four per cent of the plastic trash by number of pieces, and far less by weight.A stronger, more comprehensive response is needed, he said, and called on Canada’s federal government to develop a national plastic waste strategy.In April, environment minister Catherine McKenna launched a public consultation asking Canadians to share their ideas on how the country can reduce plastic waste. Their feedback will help develop a federal, provincial and territorial approach.— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Iran says it has added 2 mini submarines to its naval fleet

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s state TV says the country’s navy has acquired two new mini submarines designed for operations in shallow waters such as the Persian Gulf.Thursday’s report says the one of the submarines — also known as midget submarines — was built in 18 months. The other, previously built, took 10 months to overhaul.The report says the two Ghadir-class submarines have sonar-evading technology and can launch missiles from under water, as well as fire torpedoes and drop marine mines. Iran began manufacturing Ghadir subs in 2005. The first was unveiled in 2007 and by 2012, five such submarines were incorporated into Iran’s navy.Midget submarines weigh less than 150 metric tons and are used for short missions, with no living accommodations for a crew of up to nine.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Trans Mountain granted injunction against pipeline protesters at two BC sites

first_imgParker was also unsuccessful in his request for an order requiring the removal of a structure called the Watch House, sayingit’s on a pipeline right of way and would cause significant safety risks.“I’m sensitive to the concern of those who created this Watch House, that it is of considerable significance to them,” Afflecksaid of the structure that was erected near the Burnaby Terminal on Saturday, when people marched against the pipeline. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Protesters must be restrained from obstructing the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, says a British Columbia Supreme Court judge who has granted the company an injunction aimed at preventing people from entering within five metres of two work sites.Justice Kenneth Affleck said Thursday he felt it necessary to make a decision on the second day of a hearing instead of issuing a written order involving outraged demonstrators who have blocked vehicles and workers at the Burnaby Terminal and the Westridge Marine Terminal.The injunction is indefinite, allowing Trans Mountain to continue work it’s legally entitled to do after the federal government approved the twinning of an existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby in the belief it is in the best interest of Canada, Affleck said. Trans Mountain has said that while protests began last November, it sought an injunction after demonstrators began intensifying their blockades recently when trees were being cleared. It said construction at the sites in Burnaby, B.C., is expected to last until December 2020.Affleck agreed with lawyers for two of 15 named defendants in a notice of civil claim that a 50-metre perimeter as part of aninterim injunction he granted last week was too broad because it encroached on private property and trails.Trans Mountain’s lawyer, Shaun Parker, requested a structure called Camp Cloud near the Burnaby Terminal be removed, calling it a “hotbed of aggressive activity” for protesters who want to “destroy the project.”But the judge said it will stay.“In my view there has to be a means of allowing the protesters who object to this work to remain reasonably close to the site,” Affleck said. “The plaintiff is going to have to tolerate a certain amount of agitation.”center_img He said Trans Mountain would have to demonstrate any emergency need to remove the Watch House but would then have to replace it.Casey Leggett, a lawyer for one of the defendants, said citizens have a constitutional right to protest the expansion of the pipeline.“The inconvenience, which my friends call a blockade, hasn’t gotten to the level of establishing irreparable harm,” Leggett said.He read from affidavits presented in court by a Trans Mountain lawyer, saying the company’s security staff noted protesters have sometimes stood peacefully at or near access roads to two marine terminals in Burnaby without disrupting vehicles or workers and left after police arrived.He said in one case, a woman was seen praying on a road and didn’t engage with security staff while on another day a woman sat in a lawn chair as vehicles were guided around her at slow speed.Affleck said while the first protesters’ conduct was unobjectionable, the second woman had no right to sit in the middle of a public road and the police would be justified in removing her.The judge also suggested Leggett was cherry-picking incidents that did not involve blockades aimed at stopping work at the terminals.Leggett replied that Trans Mountain had done the same and also focused on blockades rather than inconvenience, which he said does not justify an injunction.Activists have said they will continue opposing the $7.4-billion project despite the injunction.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more