Pan Am Games silver for Dwyer, Facey gets bronze

first_imgJAMAICA increased its medal tally by two at yesterday’s Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.Rasheed Dwyer picked up silver in the men’s 200 metres while Simone Facey captured the bronze in the women’s equivalent. With just one day of competition to go, the country’s medal tally stands at seven overall – three gold, two silver and two bronze. The country has six medals in track and field and is fourth overall behind the United States, Canada and Cuba.Facey, the silver medallist two years ago in Mexico, had to settle for bronze this time around. She clocked 22.74 as teammate Kerron Stewart finished a disappointing fifth in a pedestrian 23.07.The United States were one, two. Seventeen-year-old Kaylin Whitney captured the gold medal after winning in 22.65 seconds ahead of teammate Kyra Jefferson who finished second in 22.72.Following his record-breaking run on Thursday’s third day of competition, Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer went into the men’s 200m final as the howling favourite to capture the gold medal. Drawn in lane four, Dwyer came off the curve into the lead and, with less than 50 metres to go, looked all over the winner. However, this was not to be as Dwyer lost his form with less than 20m and 100m champion Andre DeGrasse, spurred on by his home-crowd supporters, came storming through in lane eight to score a close win in a bang-up finish. DeGrasse clocked a personal best 19.86 for the gold as he completed the sprint double.Photo finishIn a very tight photo finish, both Dwyer and Alonso Edwards of Panama werecredited with the same time of 19.9, but it was the Jamaican who was given the nod for silver.Competing in his first senior meet, last year’s world junior 110 metres hurdles silver medallist, Tyler Mason, had no luck in the men’s 110m hurdles final. Mason, who went into the final as the fourth-fastest qualifier after clocking 13.40 seconds in the preliminary round earlier in the day, could only manage seventh in 13.69.American David Oliver pocketed the gold medal, winning in a Games record 13.07seconds. He erased the old mark of 13.10 set by Cuba’s Dayron Robles two years ago in Guadalajara, Mexico. Miguel Francis of Trinidad and Tobago finished second in a personal best 13.17 while it was also a personal best for Shane Braithwaite of Barbados who captured the bronze medal in 13.21.The country will be hoping for more silverware today when track and field comes to an end. Both male and female 4x400m teams finished second in their semi-finals to advance to today’s final. The women clocked 3:30.29 , behind winners the United States, 3:28.15.The men also finished behind the United States in 3:03.72. The Americans clocked 3:02.99. The semi-finals of both the men’s and women’s 4x100m were scheduled for last night.last_img read more

Girls’ soccer: Desert Chr. going for ring

first_imgDesert Christian has won 16in a row, all by shutout. On a collision course: Hart of Newhall and Thousand Oaks began their seasons by scrimmaging one another in November. Now the teams are each one victory away from a rematch in the Div. II final. Thousand Oaks (21-4-3) brings a 16-match unbeaten streak into today’s semifinal at top-seed Temecula Valley (22-0-5). The Lancers last reached the final four in 2005, losing at Chaparral of Temecula. Hart (25-3-1), the No. 2 seed, plays host to Redlands East Valley (22-2-2) at 5:30p.m. at College of the Canyons. The Indians, seeking their first finals berth since 1999, have overcome several injuries to survive double-overtime battles twice in the first three rounds. “We’re on a roll right now, so we can’t think about the injuries,” Hart coach Louis Romero said. “I’m so proud of the girls the way they’ve battled and come back time and time again. They’ve showed that we want it, that we’re not just talk.” High five: Oaks Christian of Westlake Village will play in its fifth consecutive Div. V semifinal today against Notre Dame Academy at West L.A. College. The accomplishment is even more impressive considering the Lions (15-6-1) were in fifth place near the midway point of the Tri-Valley League schedule, and needed to win a wild-card match then knock off No. 4 Brentwood in the first round to keep their streak alive. “There were times when I had my doubts,” Oaks Christian coach Jan Hethcock said. “But these kids never quit and they never stopped believing in themselves and they’re playing their best soccer when it matters most.” (818) 713-3607 GIRLS’ SOCCER SEMIFINALS Southern Section Div. II: Thousand Oaks (21-4-3) at Temecula Valley (22-0-5), 3 p.m. Redlands East Valley (22-2-2) vs. Hart (25-3-1) at Coll. of the Canyons, 5:30 p.m. Div. V: Oaks Christian (15-6-1) vs. Notre Dame Acad. (13-4-5) at West L.A. Coll., 3 p.m. Div. VI: Desert Christian/Lancaster (22-1-2) at Calvary Chapel/Murr. (20-5-4), 3 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Garcia and her teammates have used the disappointment from the past two years as their motivation this season. Desert Christian (22-1-2), the top seed in Div. VI, faces its toughest test of the postseason today in a semifinal showdown at Calvary Chapel of Murrieta (20-5-4). “Vanessa was a captain on that 2003 team and my mom was a coach, and I look up to my sister so much, so that’s my personal motivation,” said Garcia, a returning All-Southern Section honoree who has scored 20 goals this season. “But I also want to win for the seniors. They were the freshmen coming in after the championship team and they had a huge burden on their shoulders, so if I can get them a ring, I will be so pleased. “Plus, I’m a jewelry person and I want a ring, too.” Garcia learned that winning championships, even in Div.VI, didn’t come easy, with the Knights suffering heartbreaking quarterfinal losses her first two seasons. “Thinking about it now, it was not the right view to look at it with,” Garcia said. “Our freshman year was a very humbling experience.” center_img After watching her sister, Vanessa, lead the Desert Christian of Lancaster girls’ soccer team to the Southern Section Div. VI title in 2003 and a semifinal appearance in 2004 – losing to co-champion Windward of Los Angeles on penalty kicks – Jaide Garcia had visions of wearing multiple championship rings during her high school career. “(Junior forward Robyn Estrada) and I were talking about having rings on all our fingers,” said Garcia, the Knights’ junior captain. “We thought we’d have brass knuckles by the time we graduate.” last_img read more

Ulster Senior League: Crossan doesn’t need ‘super-stars’ at Swilly Park

first_imgUSL PREVIEW: NEW SWILLY ROVERS manager Gerry Crossan says he doesn’t need ‘super stars’ at Swilly Park, but that his men will battle for their points.Although denied a win in each of their two Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League games so far this term, Crossan has been pleased with his squad since he assumed charge following Aaron Rogan’s departure.Swilly led against both Bonagee United and Fanad United only to be hit by late concessions each time. The Ramelton men are out of the frying pan and into the fire this Sunday when they make the short trip to face old foes Letterkenny Rovers at Leckview Park (kick-off 2pm).“You don’t like losing goals in the dying minutes when you could be taking maximum points from games,” Crossan said.On Sunday, John McGarvey’s late goal for Fanad thwarted Swilly, who led thanks to a fine opener from Ryan McDaid.“We probably have to be happy when you look at the chances the other teams and the possession that other teams have had against us. “Bonagee, in fairness, deserved something against us, but we had real chances to put the Fanad game to put and it was disappointing to lose the goal late on. We weren’t clinical enough up to that point.”Crossan has been involved in managing at inter-league level with the Donegal Schoolboys and also looks after underage teams at Swilly. This is his first venture into the Ulster Senior League.He said: “It’s probably more than I bargained for, but the boys have responded well. We have 24 or 25 players in the squad and most of them are from the immediate area.“The question I pose all the time to the boys is? Are we the calibre who will put an effort in and who are good enough to be here?“We aren’t littered with high profile players, but it has been positive so far. We don’t need super stars, but these boys will spill blood and sweat – and that’s what they’ve given so far. “After two games with them, they seem up to it. People doubted if we were good enough, but we want to show that people shouldn’t be overlooking us.“They’re going to have to do this week-in, week-out, though. They’ll need to go out each week with a backs-to-the-wall mindset.”Letterkenny are one of the early-season title favourites. Eamon McConigley’s squad has lost Mark Forker, who is moving to Dubai in the coming weeks, while David Shovlin is out injured.As they showed on Sunday, though, when they drew 2-2 with Cockhill at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds, Rovers are battle-hardened and the new faces have slipped seamlessly into the squad. Meetings between Letterkenny and Swilly have become the stuff of legend around the two clubs.It’s all new to Crossan, though. He said: “I’m only a ‘blow-in’ here so maybe I don’t get the sense of rivalry, but Letterkenny are a big club and for me this is another game that we want to get something from and for us to show that we have made progress.“For the local lads, it’s maybe more personal.”There are just two games down for decision on Sunday.The other game sees Derry City Reserves host Bonagee United.Bonagee manager Peter Moran was involved at Derry City’s Under-21s in a previous guise and Aidan McCauley, a recent recruit for Moran at Dry Arch Park, has signed for Bonagee having been at the Candystripes.McCauley has shown his worth so far in his time at Bonagee and they’ll be looking to build on Sunday’s 2-1 win over Finn Harps Reserves, when Francesco Crisco and Aidan McLaughlin netted.Kenny Shiels has been using the USL to blood young members of his squad and it has been common for members of the Derry first team to see action in the local intermediate grade too.RESULTS Four Lanterns Ulster Senior League, Sunday October 2Bonagee United 2-1 Finn Harps ReservesCockhill Celtic 2-2 Letterkenny RoversSwilly Rovers 1-1 Fanad UnitedFIXTURESFour Lanterns Ulster Senior League, Sunday October 9, kick-off 2pmLetterkenny Rovers v Swilly Rovers           Paul Duffy; assistants Marty Quinn and Vincent McLoughlinDerry City Reserves v Bonagee United      Packie Coll; assistants Marty McGarrigle, Michael Connolly.USLPWDLFAGDPTSLetterkenny Rovers21104314Cockhill Celtic21103214Bonagee United21103214Swilly Rovers20202202Fanad United201112-11Finn Harps Reserves100112-10Derry City Reserves100112-10CUP DRAWTHE DRAW for the second round of the 2016/17 FAI Intermediate Cup was made earlier today at FAI headquarters in Abbotstown.Cockhill Celtic, who overcame last season’s finalists Letterkenny Rovers in the opening round, have been handed a home tie against Swilly Rovers.A goal by Derek Doherty in the sixth minute saw Cockhill defeat Letterkenny on a day when player-manager Gavin Cullen was Man of the Match.Now, Cockhill will host Gerry Crossan’s Swilly in the next round.Fanad United, two times winner of the Intermediate Cup in 1988 and 1995, will be at home to Bonagee United.FAI Intermediate Cup second round drawCockhill Celtic v Swilly RoversFanad United v Bonagee United* ties to be played on the weekend ending October 23INTERPROVINCIALSTHE Ulster Senior League Inter-Provincial squad, under the management of Peter Moran (Bonagee United) continued their preparation for next weekend’s FAI Intermediate Interprovincials with a 2-0 win over Institute on Tuesday night,Laurence Toland (Swilly Rovers) and Stephen Duffy (Derry City Reserves) netted the goals for the USL selection.Ulster Senior League team: Harry Doherty (Cockhill Celtic); Gareth Breslin (Bonagee United), Conor Tourish (Letterkenny Rovers), Derek Doherty (Cockhill Celtic), Matthew Crossan (Fanad United); Seamus Friel (Fanad United), Aidan McCauley (Bonagee United), Ronan Wilson (Derry City Reserves), Paul McVeigh (Letterkenny Rovers); Davitt Walsh (Fanad United), Laurence Toland (Swilly Rovers). Subs used: Ronan Doherty (Cockhill Celtic), Peter Doherty (Cockhil Celtic), Dean Brown (Derry City Reserves), Stephen Duffy (Derry City Reserves), Conor Keddy (Cockhill Celtic).THE FIXTURES have been confirmed for next weekend’s FAI Intermediate Inter-League Tournament in Cork.The Ulster Senior League squad will be under the guidance of Bonagee United boss Peter Moran, with Letterkenny Rovers’ Anthony Gorman also on the management team.The USL will open the tournament on Friday-week, October 14, at St Mary’s Park.On the Saturday, the USL selection will take on Connacht in Corinthians Park before completing their weekend on the Sunday by taking on hosts Munster at Turner’s Cross, the home of Cork City.The Ulster Senior League were last winners of the Michael Ward Trophy in 2013 and 2014.The USL squad has yet to be finalised.Friday, October 14, 7.30pmLeinster Senior League v Ulster Senior League     St Mary’s ParkConnacht v Munster Senior League                                    Knockgriffin, MidletonSaturday, October 151.30pmUlster Senior League v Connacht                            Corinthians Park3.30pmMunster Senior League v Leinster Senior League O’Shea Park, BlarneySunday, October 16, 10.45amLeinster Senior League v Connacht                                    Ringmahon ParkMunster Senior League v Ulster Senior League    Turner’s CrossCLUB NOTESULSTER Senior League clubs are asked to forward weekly notes to new League PRO Chris McNulty at for circulation to the media and for inclusion on the Ulster Senior League website.Ulster Senior League: Crossan doesn’t need ‘super-stars’ at Swilly Park was last modified: October 5th, 2016 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:fixturesGerry CrossanLetterkenny RoverspreviewResultsSWILLY PARKswilly roversUSLlast_img read more

Feeding Farmers Week 3 – Davisson Farms, Union County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the third week of Feeding Farmers in the Field, sponsored by AgriGold Hybrids, Dale Minyo and the crew of the Ohio Ag Net made their way south of Milford Center in Union County to Davisson Farms. Dale Davisson leads the corn and soybean operation.last_img

Pork exports struggled in 2015 but finished strong

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Despite struggling for most of 2015, U.S. pork exports posted a strong finish during December, ending a tough year on a high note. December export volume was up 3% from 2014. For the year, U.S. pork and pork variety meat exports totaled 4.7 billion pounds in volume and $5.58 billion in value, down 2% and 16%, respectively from 2014.“Without a doubt, 2015 was a difficult year for U.S. pork exports,” said Becca Nepple, vice president of international marketing for the Pork Checkoff. “The West Coast port slowdown, market-access challenges, the strong U.S. dollar and strong competition led to last year’s decrease in exports.”However, pork exports accounted for 24% of total 2015 pork and pork variety meat production. Export value per head averaged $48.31, down 23% from 2014.“With projections for increased pork production this year, the Checkoff is committed to strengthening its partnership with our international customers,” Nepple said. “The National Pork Board has allocated funding toward focused in-country promotions of U.S. pork with the U.S. Meat Export Federation during 2016.”During 2015, more than 100 countries around the world imported U.S. pork.The top five markets in total pounds of pork exported were Mexico (1.585 billion pounds), Japan (895.5 million pounds), Canada (747.5 million pounds), China and Hong Kong (443.1 million pounds) and Korea (369.3 million pounds).The top five markets in total value exported were Japan ($1.586 billion), Mexico ($1.267 billion), China and Hong Kong ($778.8 million), Canada ($700.4 million) and Korea ($470.3 million).last_img read more

Building Resilience One Step at a Time

first_imgRegardless of where we are in life, we can all make small changes and set goals to build our resilience. Changes may be as simple as calling a friend or as complex as developing a new skill.ReferencesHow to build resiliency. Mayo Clinic. Published 2019. Accessed June 26, 2019.The road to resilience. Published 2019. Accessed June 26, 2019.Saletnik L. Building Personal Resilience. AORN J. 2018;107(2):175-178. doi:10.1002/aorn.12067Underferth D. When setting diet and exercise goals, be SMART. MD Anderson Cancer Center. Published 2019. Accessed June 26, 2019. Self-care1, 2Take care of yourself first by eating healthy, participating in hobbies and regular physical activity, and getting plenty of sleepView yourself in a positive light and talk to yourself with careTake time to yourself for relaxation By: Annabelle Shaffer, BS, Master’s candidate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignWhat is resilience?We often think of resilience as our ability to tough it out through a bad situation alone.1 But, resilience is much more. It is a skill we consciously work to build and it allows us to adapt to undesired situations, such as workplace stressors or the death of a loved one.2 Having resilience also means we don’t attempt to face all of life’s’ challenges on our own, rather, we reach out to friends, family, and professionals for support. Resilience is great, how do we build it?Research shows that resilience is associated with optimism, self-confidence, humor, adaptability, self-esteem, hope, and flexibility.3 Several strategies to build personal resilience have been identified and relate to building and maintaining personal relationships, self-care, and maintaining a positive outlook on one’s professional and personal life.Building and maintain personal relationships1, 2Seek out opportunities to meet new people, such as faith groups, volunteering, or exercise clubsKeep in touch with close friends via electronics or in-person meetingsRemain close with family members and help one another whenever possiblecenter_img Maintaining a positive outlook on one’s professional and personal life1,2Accept that change is a part of living and look for the positives in each changeBe proactive in resolving challenges: create plans to resolve challenges and seek help when neededMove towards your personal and professional goals: always set realistic and achievable goals. Use the SMART goal method4 to ensure you can reach your goals:Specific: Do you know exactly what you are working to achieve?Measurable: Can you consistently measure your progress?Attainable: Do you have the necessary tools, time, and resources to reach your goal?Realistic: Based on where you are at currently, can you actually achieve this goal?Timely: Do you have a starting and ending date? Mark it on your calendar!last_img read more

What To Do During the Last Two Weeks of the Year

first_imgThere is a lot of whining this time of the year about how no one is in the office, and there is no work that a salesperson can reasonably do. It is not true that “no one” is at work. And there is always work you can do during the last two weeks of the year.If They Are at WorkA lot of the people who you need to call will be out during the last two weeks of the year. They will take time off for the holidays, and they may add vacation time on either end of the holidays.Just knowing that people are gone can sound like tough sledding. It’s difficult enough to get your prospective clients on the phone during a normal work week (you are using the phone, aren’t you?), let alone making calls when many people are not at work.But some people are at work. And those that are at work have very little to do. Many of them are simply killing time, cleaning their desk, and organizing themselves for the next year. Some are standing at the water cooler chatting it up.The people who are at work have time to kill.If You Have Chops and a PlanIf you have the chops to pick up the phone and schedule appointments, you will find people willing to speak with you (If you’ve been reading this blog for any reasonable period, you have the chops, don’t you?). Even if it isn’t the main contact that you feel you need to meet, there is much you can learn from other people who work inside your dream client’s company.Spend time with the people who agree to meet with you, doing as much discovery work as possible. Find out about the company, and find out about the other stakeholders you need to meet. And spend time on some personal chatter because that’s what people like to do around the holidays.When you schedule an appointment, stop by the store and pick up a couple of stockings and stuff them with candy. Give one to the person who is willing to meet with you, and leave one for the contact you are trying to reach with a note.If you are at work, work. Make appointments with people who are at work inside your dream client’s company, and start developing relationships and insights.last_img read more

No plans to form govt. with PDP in J&K: Congress

first_imgThe Congress on Monday sought to scotch speculation that the party was exploring the possibilities of forming a government in Jammu and Kashmir with Mehbooba Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Emerging from a meeting of key Congress leaders on the Kashmir situation here, former Union Minister Ambika Soni said the party wanted fresh polls in the State that has been placed under Governor’s rule after the BJP withdrew support to the PDP.Announcing that the meeting was held to “discuss the situation arising out of the imposition of Governor’s rule in the State,” Ms. Soni said there was no possibility of an alliance with the PDP, which had failed to fulfil its promises to the people of the State.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad,and Jammu and Kashmir Congress Committee president Ghulam Ahmad Mir were present in the meeting.‘Not foolish’A Congress delegation will also be visiting Leh, Ladakh and Kargil soon to assess the situation. On Tuesday, about 100 party members will meet in Srinagar for the same purpose.Later, speaking to journalists, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said in reply to a question whether the party was looking to form a government in the State: “We are not as foolish as you [the BJP] think. Our demand is that elections should happen there immediately. First, you destroyed the administration of that State, made an unethical alliance, and today you want to rule there through Governor’s rule. Three years are left there; why don’t you announce elections? Order polls if you have the courage.”“Look at their policies in such a sensitive State and they also thump their chests on nationalism,” he added.Asked about the implications of Ms. Mufti reportedly meeting former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Mr. Singhvi said: “Meeting with somebody has not to be read in terms of all other kinds of conclusions you are drawing. I have made it clear. I don’t think we should jump to conclusions.”However, the Congress media cell denied knowledge of any such meeting.Mr. Singhvi also said that terrorist incidents, army deaths, cross-border attacks and ceasefire violations had increased in the State.last_img read more

Raj Kapoor’s memorial to get world’s largest peace hall in Pune

first_imgLate actor Raj Kapoor’s memorial in Loni Khabhor, Pune, will soon contain the world’s largest peace hall designed by architect and educationist Dr. Viswanath Karad, founder-chairman, MIT University.The hall will be inaugurated on October 2 this year with a World Peace Conference. The hall will be larger than the St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and house statues of various philosophers, saints as well as scientists. Construction of the monument began in 2005 with no blueprint, sketches or a professional architect, but only with help from local labourers. The structure will stand for world peace and will have bronze structures weighing around 2,000 kilos each. “I had wanted to create a peace monument and started my work 13 years ago on the structure. It was a tribute to Mother India who has withstood the onslaught of time and amalgamated the cultures that came in as her own. It developed with time into a magnificent dome and will now house the world’s largest peace library besides being the world’s largest peace prayer hall,” Dr. Karad said. The memorial, which stands on the same land as the late actor’s farmhouse, was purchased by Dr. Karad from Kapoor’s family 13 years ago, and he began working on the hall shortly thereafter. Kapoor, in his will, had stated that his farmhouse, if ever sold, should go to an educational institution. Kapoor’s bungalow, which still exists on the land, will stand along with statues of him from his best films, a seven-pagoda tribute and the peace hall. “Something more had to be done here. The dome was destined to be on this land,” Dr. Karad said.On being asked about his hidden narrative in his new architectural project Dr. Karad said “Philosophy, spiritualism and science coexist and when they come together, the world becomes a better place to live in. Whether it be my speech in the UN or here, through the statues of the saints, philosophers or scientists who bless us, the mission is world peace and coexistence. The dome was destined to be on this land. I am merely an instrument.”last_img read more

Odisha’s wildlife sanctuaries ravaged by Fani

first_imgCyclone Fani: Anger boils over in hungry Puri  “As per eye estimate, the cyclone damaged nearly 55 lakh trees, mostly casuarinas,” said Harsabardhan Udgatta, Divisional Forest Officer of Puri (wildlife) division. “As many as 20% of the trees were uprooted, while the rest were found snapped and broken. The devastation has left around 400 spotted deer homeless,” he said.Apart from deer, the sanctuary, spread over an area of 87 sq km, was home to wild boar, jackals, striped hyenas, wolves and mongooses. While the DFO asserted that no carcasses of spotted deer had been sighted, it was hard to imagine that the animals had actually escaped the cyclone’s fury.Nandankanan closedIn Bhubaneswar, the cyclone had uprooted decades-old trees inside the Nandankanan Zoological Park. Several animal enclosures too have been affected forcing authorities to shut down the zoo for an indefinite period. The Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary, which is close by, has also been impacted with thousands of trees uprooted. Authorities are attempting to assess the extent of damage.As a result, hundreds of displaced monkeys have now entered residential colonies in the periphery of Bhubaneswar. Residents have reported cases of the simians iattacking people after loss of habitat and food sources. Severe Cyclone Fani rendered not only several thousand people homeless as it tore along India’s east coast last week, but also dealt a body blow to wildlife and forest resources in the region.The scenic stretch along the tree-lined Marine Drive that bisects the Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary adjacent to the Bay of Bengal between Puri and Konark, is now a wasteland with hardly any tree left untouched, wildlife officials said.Also Readlast_img read more