start lost BEIJING, China: “I have a bullet in my gun, and I’m going to use it tonight.” That’s what Usain Bolt said to Asafa Powell moments before he went on to retain his 100-metre title at the World Championships in Beijing, China, yesterday. It was a sweet night for Bolt, who overcame a so-so season to post 9.79 seconds and beat rival Justin Gatlin, 9.80, into second place, with youngsters Trayvon Bromell and Andre De Grasse both posting 9.92 to share the bronze. However, it was misery for Powell, who again failed to live up to expectations, finishing seventh in 10.00 seconds flat and ending his hope of adding to his two World Championships 100m bronze medals. Powell, who was full of praise for Bolt, said he simply did not have the legs and admitted that it will be even more difficult to shake his reputation of not producing his best when it matters most. “I just didn’t have the legs to finish the race. I just need to go back and focus on getting my start back. I lost that and just didn’t have the legs to finish,” said Powell. “I’m very disappointed because I should have been in the top-three tonight, and I just didn’t pull it off. “I have been having a great season, and I think the expectations were high for me at this World Championships, and it’s one more disappointment added to all those before, and I just need to go back to the drawing board and focus on running a full race,” Powell assessed, before addressing his reputation. “I hope I can move on from that. It has been going on for a while now, and I definitely hope I can pull it off one day. I felt very confident at the start of the race, I thought I had more left in me, but when the gun went off I just could not get going,” said Powell. “Everyone wanted Justin (Gatlin) to lose tonight, and Usain managed to pull it off, and I am very happy about that. I’m not surprised; once you have it, you can’t lose it. There are some athletes that have to run themselves into shape, but once it’s there it’s there,” said Powell.
Bill Twehway, Managing Director, National Port Authority.The Management of the National Port Authority (NPA) last weekend announced with immediate effect, the cancellation of demurrage payments and charges on all containers being shipped into the country as of April 1, 2019.The Port management said its decision’s is extremely necessary to alleviate the unwarranted hardship and huge financial nightmare on shippers and members of the business community suffered over the years.A statement issued in Monrovia on Sunday, March 24, dates the imposition of extra fees and charges as far back as 2016 by the former ruling government, terming it ‘demurrage’; something that usually amounts to several thousands of United States Dollars and has caused serious financial headache to shippers as well as end–users.“Demurrage is a charge levied by shipping agencies to the importers in cases where they have not taken delivery of the full container and move it out of the port or terminal for unpacking within the allowed line free days”.The NPA Management says the imposition of demurrage in 2016 by the past government cost huge losses to shippers and diversion of consignments and containers to neighboring ports.“The NPA management is therefore positive that the cancellation/abolition of demurrage at the port will foster improved customer service delivery, unpin business distress and halt overstay charges for importers,” the statement said.The NPA also says the move is part of the Weah administration’s commitment to relieve the business community of unnecessary barriers and boost international trade.Bill Twehway, NPA Managing Director, expressed gratitude on behalf of the Executive Management team to the shipping agencies and other stakeholders for their cooperation and consent to cancel demurrage at the port, following a roundtable discussion on the matter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club hosted dozens of skaters from across the Peace Region and Northern BC this past weekend in their first interclub long track skating meet.The competition, which was held on Saturday at the Pomeroy Sports Centre, saw skaters from Dawson Creek, Grande Prairie, and Prince George in a wide range of age groups skating on the oval track.The Elks’ Renee Kalkman ended up placing first in Division 1 with 3,000 points at the competition, skating in the 500, 1000, and 3000 metre races. Elks skaters Josh Telizyn, Yuna Lovell, Nyam Newlove, and Nicholas Guliov were the top four in Division 2, skating in the 500m and 3000m, as well as a pair of heats in the 300m mass start.- Advertisement -The full results from the weekend can be found on the Elks’ website here: http://fsjspeedskating.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Results-2016-FSJ-LT-1.pdf
…escape with missionary moneyArmed bandits on Thursday morning broke into the home of a Pastor at Letter Kenny on the Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) and threatened to shoot him if he did not hand over the church’s money.Kalyan EtwaruKalyan Etwaru, who heads the Letter Kenny Full Gospel Church and is also a teacher at the Port Mourant Secondary School, related that he was severely beaten by the bandits who demanded he hands over the church’s money.Speaking with Guyana Times, the Pastor stated that he retired to bed at about 22:00h on Wednesday evening and shortly after 01:00h on Thursday, he woke up to the sound of breaking glass.“I thought a cat had come into my kitchen. Usually, cats come into my kitchen so I was coming downstairs and, on my way down, when it reached the last step, there were two guys in front of me; one with a gun and one with a cutlass”.The house owned by the PastorPastor Etwaru said that one of the intruders punched him, causing him to fall backwards. He was then instructed not to make any sounds.Etwaru said he was pushed flat on the floor as one of the bandits demanded the keys for the church, stating that they were there for the money box.“I said I don’t have the keys for the money box. It is the janitor that usually keep the keys”. Upon stated that, he was further kicked and assaulted by one of the intruders.Etwaru further disclosed that there was a third man keeping watch outside the house. He had reportedly unscrewed a bulb to make the area dark.“He asked me to call out my neighbour for him to open his door but I told him that my neighbour does not sleep at that house”, he recalled.The broken window which the men used to gain entryHowever, he was then taken to the upper flat of the building where he was instructed to sit in a chair while two of them ransacked the house.During that period, the intruder with the gun demanded gold and money but the Pastor said he did not have any.“We went back downstairs and he pointed the gun straight at me and told me that if I did not give him the money, he was going to shoot me.”The bandits removed $250,000 from the Pastor’s home before making good their escape. The money, according to the Pastor was missionary funds. After the men left, the Police were contacted and commenced their investigations.No arrests were made up to press time.
Donegal Deputies Pat the Cope Gallagher and Pearse Doherty have both expressed serious concern about the planned closures of Ulster Bank branches in Raphoe and Ardara.The TDs have both issues statements on the proposed closures which are part of a plan to shut 22 branches of the bank nationwide.Deputy Doherty has today called on Ulster Bank to reverse its decision announced this week to close its branches in Ardara and Raphoe as part of the company’s latest round of branch closures across the state. He said “I am extremely saddened to learn of the decision taken by Ulster Bank to shut its branches in Ardara and Raphoe.“These planned closures will mean that residents and business owners in those towns will no longer have access to banking services locally should these closures go ahead, and this will obviously have a devastating impact on their local economies.“While this is clearly a corporate decision which has been made by a private company, I would of course strongly urge Ulster Bank to reconsider its decision and to make every effort to keep both these branches open for the good of the local communities involved.“Only three months ago in fact Sinn Féin questioned Ulster Bank over what plans if any the company had to close further branches, and the bank gave no indication then that further closures were imminent. “I have today written to management at Ulster Bank asking that it rethinks these closures, and I have also requested that the bank will now agree to meet with the local communities involved to sit down with them and discuss the fate of its branches in Ardara and Raphoe in an effort to retain these vital services.“I am willing to work with everyone to keep these important services open, and I look forward to working closely with both communities to do everything possible in the hope that these branches can remain open.”Meanwhile Deputy Gallagher his is a very concerning development for the two towns of Ardara and Raphoe, as both communities depended solely on the Ulster Bank for all their banking services, as the closure will leave the two towns and their wider communities without any bank.“This is another tangible sign of how much rural Ireland is being allowed to decline before the Government shouts stop , despite published action plans on rural development and strategies for jobs – nothing is actually happening on the ground to combat rural decline by this Government.“I believe that the Ulster Bank have taken the easy option and have failed to consider the long term implications of their decision, whereby in the case of Raphoe; the entire border region from Carrigans to Lifford is now left without a Bank other than travelling to Ballybofey or Letterkenny. “The entire border region of the Finn Valley area is left without a bank as a result of the Ulster Bank closure and that makes no economic or strategic sense and it is leaving a vast area and population of people without access to a bank.“Similarly in the case of Ardara with the closure of the last remaining Bank in the town, it leaves the town without any banking service other than an ATM. The Ulster Bank in Ardara was very strategically located covering a vast rural area from Glencolumbkille to Glenties, and in the context of Ardara being a premier tourist destination notwithstanding the number of businesses in the area the closure is very difficult to comprehend.“Personal and Business customers need in branch access in order to deal with requests, but most affected by this decision will be the older or elderly people within our communities as many always prefer to go in to branches to conduct their business – online or phone banking certainly is not an option by enlarge for them.”He has now called on Ulster Bank to publish the rationale behind the decision to close both Ardara and Raphoe and to reconsider the move, to allow for a period of consultation with the two respective communities and during that period to place a stay on the closures. “I will also be seeking a meeting with senior management of the Ulster Bank in order to put the local case for both banks as I personally believe that this is a very retrograde step and one which will have serious consequences for the future progress and development of both towns. Entire swathes of the county cannot be left without access to a bank branch or personal banking services. It’s unfair, and deeply debilitating to communities who rely so heavily on their services,” he added.Donegal TDs call for Ulster Bank to reverse decision to close local branches was last modified: March 24th, 2017 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)
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 Perchlorate, a chemical residue from rocket fuel that has been implicated in thyroid problems, is the major contaminant that remains. DTSC Unit Chief Rita Camat said perchlorate and volatile compounds “drive the risk” on the site. The compounds evaporate easily at room temperature. Bermite manufactured a number of explosives, including dynamite, practice bombs, flares, fireworks, igniters, ammunition rounds and rocket motors. The devices contained lead azide, red phosphorus, barium, copper, solvents, perchlorate and other chemicals. The site is sectioned into areas that correspond to former buildings or operations. More than 400,000 cubic yards of soil will be removed to reach the 150,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil destined for cleaning, said John Naginis, a senior geologist for the DTSC. The cleanup process is like composting on a large scale. “You put it in a bag and add some nutrients to it, which breaks up the perchlorate,” Diaz said. Each bag holds 400 cubic yards of soil. The DTSC has been overseeing the investigation of the 996-acre property for about 10 years. Its inquiry into contaminated soil is done. Corrective work will be carried out in phases, with clean soil filling the voids. Contaminated soil will be cleaned on the premises on a treatment pad designated for this purpose. Diaz estimates the first phase will take 18 months to two years, but the end is not yet in sight. “It’s going to be a long process, seven to 10 years seems realistic to get to a point where you can say you could start building on it,” he said. “We won’t let them build till we clean the entire site.” Three developers are bidding for the property in bankruptcy court with plans to develop it. The DTSC knows soil much deeper down – to at least 200 feet – is contaminated with perchlorate, but Diaz said soil at more shallow levels must be tackled first. Soil in a couple of areas will be removed to a depth of 40 feet. “If you don’t get the hot spots now they will continue to pose a threat to the groundwater and to the surface water,” he said. The agency began looking into the phase 1 area, known as Operable Unit 1, six years ago. Even if the work is carried out on windy days, Diaz said blowing dirt contaminated with perchlorate would not pose a health risk. “It’s not really an inhalation hazard,” he said. “It’s like table salt, you mix it with water and it disappears and goes where the groundwater goes.” He said ingesting the substance in drinking water would be hazardous. The DTSC’s investigation of water on the Bermite site is about 70 percent complete. Test wells have been dug 1,600 feet in some places. The water utility is moving forward with its remedial action plan, which was approved by the DTSC in the last month or two. The plan design for the entire project is about 80 percent complete, said Bill Manetta, retail manager for the Santa Clarita Water Division of the Castaic Lake Water Agency. After the water treatment plan is finalized and the Department of Health Services has granted a permit, bids will be sent out. Work could begin on the project, which includes pipelines, and treating Saugus Wells 1 and 2, by the end of summer. “We hope to have the project online in early 2007,” Manetta said. Notices will be sent to residents and businesses within a quarter-mile radius of the excavation area before soil treatment begins. The site is bounded by Soledad Canyon, Golden Valley and San Fernando roads. Circle J Ranch is to the south. Camat said the next step is preparing a feasibility study that will explore alternatives for cleaning soil on the rest of the site. A remedial action plan will be devised for that purpose. Soil and water will be cleaned concurrently. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Nearly 20 years after Whittaker-Bermite stopped manufacturing and testing weapons on its nearly 1,000-acre property in the heart of town, cleanup will begin on contaminated soil left behind. The agency overseeing the site’s decontamination will start excavating the tainted soil March 22 from one sector. “We’re moving clean soil so we can get to deeper portions of contaminated soil to remove it and treat it,” said Jose Diaz, the project manager overseeing the project for the state Department of Toxic Substances Control. “Clean soil will be placed into the openings, which will be backfilled as quickly as possible.” Bermite manufactured and tested explosives from 1934 to 1987, often burning or burying items on the property.
The DWP launched its program in 1999 with the goal of raising money to buy renewable energy and build clean generating units while also raising public awareness of the slogan “Green power for a green L.A.” The program is open to both residential and commercial customers, and the extra charges are based on electricity usage. Typical residential costs range from $3 to $6 per month. The program was touted in a multimillion dollar marketing campaign that became embroiled in the “pay-to-play” scandal that dogged the administration of former Mayor James Hahn. Related public-relations contracts were terminated in 2004 after critical audits by Controller Laura Chick and investigations into overbilling and other alleged wrongdoing. The Green Power Program did not bounce back from the woes, but rather kept a low profile in 2005, officials said. “We’ve gone to very cost-effective means trying to shift away from some of the previous ways the program was promoted,” said Gary Gero, the DWP’s director of energy efficiency and renewable solutions. The main venue for advertising is now an insert included in the bill of each of the DWP’s approximately 1.9 million residential customers, Gero said. Utility representatives also talk to ratepayers and distribute material at community events, he said. The frugality is partly in response to the past scandal, but also reflects a wider uncertainty at the utility. “Unfortunately, it’s been a little bit of waiting for the larger picture of the (renewable energy portfolio) to come into focus while we let the Green Power Program move along behind that,” Gero said. Renewable power sources now make up about 5 percent of the DWP’s portfolio. While state officials have called for utilities to have 20 percent of their power renewable by 2017, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s new DWP commissioners have set a more ambitious goal of 20 percent by 2010. The board has been pushing department managers to develop geothermal, solar, wind and hydroelectric projects, as well as to convert waste to energy. The commissioners expressed dismay last week when they got the impression that DWP managers failed to show any sense of urgency in a quarterly update on green-power progress. Among other things, the managers said a significant wind-power project would be delayed an additional year because they lost out in stiff competition to secure the turbines quickly from a vendor. Speaking to utility managers, Commissioner Nick Patsaouras called the lack of progress “a total disappointment.” Colleague David Nahai said it is unclear how the DWP will reach a goal of 20 percent by 2010. DWP General Manager Ron Deaton said building the transmission infrastructure is difficult and time-consuming. “I do not believe there is a utility in this state working harder, investing more money and more effort, trying to get the transmission lines to the areas where there is green power,” he told the commission. White, from the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, joined city officials last November for the public introduction of a $300 million geothermal energy proposal involving both new power sources and transmission lines. Now, though, White said he fears that project could become “just another boondoggle” if the lines end up carrying power from dirty sources like coal. “They’re going through the motions, but they’re not getting it done,” he said about the Green Power Program. The program was an early effort to get started on adding renewables, White noted. He said he thought it was overpublicized but important. “The fact there was a number of citizens ready to participate tells you there is a hunger in the city for people wanting to do their part,” he said. Councilwoman Jan Perry, who chairs the Energy and Environment Committee, said that she is loathe to criticize the program’s pace because renewables are a new and complex field, but would like to see more urgency. Perry said she will introduce new incentives to complement the Green Power Program, including tax credits for businesses that invest in green products. “To do a reassessment of what’s working and what may not be working may not be a bad thing,” she said. “It’s a good thing because it gives us an opportunity to really assess the marketplace and the need and where the gaps are.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 email@example.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 MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “They don’t let the people do their part, and the department’s not doing its part,” said John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies. “Nothing is happening.” Tensions surrounding the clean-power efforts boiled over last week when DWP commissioners lashed out at department managers for moving too slowly toward renewable energy. While Commission President Mary Nichols joined her colleagues in expressing frustration, she said in an interview that, although reaching clean-energy goals will take time, the crucial first steps are being taken. “There are a lot of things to work on, and going to our customers and asking them to voluntarily participate in helping to move that process forward faster than we could otherwise is certainly an appropriate thing to do,” she said. “But we want to make sure, for us to ask people to voluntarily pay extra, that they’re getting something for their money. And until we know what the basic minimum is going to be and how we’re going to get there, we don’t want to unfairly penalize our customers who want to do the right thing.” As the new leadership of the Department of Water and Power makes clean energy a top priority, one of the utility’s earliest and most prominent green-power programs is languishing in limbo. Participation in the DWP’s Green Power Program, in which customers voluntarily pay extra to fund environmentally sound energy, plummeted for the third consecutive year in 2005, records show. Participants totaled 24,320, down from a peak of 31,543 in 2002. Revenue from the program, meanwhile, sank to $1.8 million from a peak of $2.8 million. Some environmentalists say the declining Green Power Program symbolizes a lack of commitment to move toward clean energy.
Donegal players had a massively successful weekend in Omagh, winning all three of the competitions being hosted.On the Friday evening Darryl Doherty from Lifford came through the field to beat Mark Graham, Tyrone, in the final of the Category B Tournament. Saturday saw the showcase event: the Inter-County 4-a-side team event. Donegal had a very strong line-up with three county champions – David Moore, Niall McDaid, Shaun Sharkey – and snooker supremo, Johnny Connors. The lads came through the group stages unbeaten and then beat a strong Antrim side 11-9 in the semi-finals. They faced a Tyrone team featuring All-Ireland winning players in the final and were 8-4 down before rallying back in spectacular fashion to win 7 matches on the trot and prevail on an 11-8 scoreline.On the Sunday, Shaun Sharkey then capped off a truly memorable weekend with victory in the Ulster Champions’ Cup event. Shaun – a current Irish international – displayed all his class by beating one of Northern Ireland’s finest, Tyrone’s Damien Corrigan, 8-1 in the semi final. He then saw off the resolute challenge of Antrim’s Andy Park 9-4 in the final.In other news, a fundraising pool day for the Donegal Hospice will take place this Saturday the 25th in Jameson’s of Drumkeen. Organised by Niall McDaid, there will be a number of novelty events and a scotch doubles tournament. For further information, go to the facebook page of Donegal PoolNews or contact 0863463744.POOL NEWS: DONEGAL DOMINATE ULSTER POOL PLAYER’S FESTIVAL was last modified: July 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:NoticesSport
WE don’t know what they’re feeding the children in Kilmacrennan these days, but it must be lots of fruit and vegatables…because these children have BIG BRAINS!For the pupils at Kilmacrennan National School are the North West Garda Quiz champions.The competition for primary school children took place in the Craobhin in Termon at the weekend. Fifteen teams in all took part in the competition stretching from Illistrin NS in the east to Magheraroarty NS in the west of the county.The questions proved very tough with 6 rounds of 11 questions being asked.In the end it was the quiz team from Kilmacrennan NS who won out on the night.Said proud teacher Mel O’Donnell: “The children worked extremely hard and we are so delighted that they are through to the finals.” They now go forward to the county finals along with Magheraraorty NS and St Josephs NS, Rathmullan that will take place on Fri. 23rd March.Results: 1st Kilmacrennan NS 50pts2nd Magheraroarty NS 44pts3rd Rathmullan NS 42 pts KILMACRENNAN NATIONAL SCHOOL ARE QUIZ MASTERMINDS! was last modified: February 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:KILMACRENNAN NATIONAL SCHOOL ARE QUIZ MASTERMINDS!
Box Score (PDF) Live Stats ESPN 1350 The Valley On ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live PEORIA, Ill. – Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) poured in a game-high 25 points and sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) scored 20 as the Drake University women’s basketball overcame a slow start to push past the Bradley Braves, 76-64, on Friday night at Renaissance Coliseum. Drake (13-6, 6-2 MVC), who trailed by 11 points late in the first quarter, chipped away at the deficit to start the second period before an 8-0 scoring run going into halftime giving the Bulldogs a 35-27 advantage. Dean had the final five points in the scoring run, including a clutch three with 1:18 remaining to give the Bulldogs their first lead at 33-31 since Wendell opened the contest with a layup. “Tonight we didn’t have the energy at the beginning and credit to Bradley because they came out with it and put us in a hole in that first quarter,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “But I’m proud of our team for overcoming that slow start and the better effort in the second quarter especially going into halftime. Lizzy, Maddy and Paige (Greiner) (Williamsburg, Iowa) did an excellent job of sparking us. Lizzy and Maddy both had some big baskets, and Paige made some great hustle plays getting on the floor going after the basketball.” At the 5:10 mark in the third quarter, junior Cortni Rush (Mason City, Iowa) had a huge rebound and putback to make the score 44-35, Drake’s largest lead of the game at that point. Later, freshman Sara Rhine’s (Eldon, Mo.) layup with 2:15 left in the quarter pushed Drake’s advantage to 18, but the Braves ended the quarter on an 8-2 run to make it 56-44 after three periods. Bradley battled back to pull within five points with just over three minutes to go in the game, but Dean quickly answered with a three and Wendell added a layup to get the lead back to 10 as Drake pulled away for the road win. Drake battled poor shooting and turnovers in the opening quarter falling behind by as many as 11 points before closing the period on an 8-0 run to trail just 17-14 after one. Rhine, who had 10 points and nine rebounds on the night, led Drake with six points in the first period. Bradley answered the Drake run with its own 7-0 run to open the second quarter but the Bulldogs regrouped behind Wendell who had in 10 points and Dean who had the final five points as part of a closing 8-0 run to give Drake a 35-31 halftime lead. Wendell moved into 13th all-time in career scoring with her 25 points, going in front of former standout Tammi Blackstone (1996-2000), who had 1,581 career points. Wendell has 1,596 career points and only needs 10 points to jump up to 11th all-time in school history. Junior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) battled foul trouble all game, but still finished with seven points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Freshman Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) added six points off the bench. Fellow freshman Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) helped spark the Bulldogs on the glass with seven as the team outrebounded Bradley, 46-36. Drake closes its Illinois road trip with a Sunday matinee at Loyola with tip-off against the Ramblers set for 2 p.m. Print Friendly Version Box Score (HMTL) Story Links Full Schedule Roster Preview at Loyola 1/31/2016 – 2:00 PM Next Game: