Bolt is a privilege – Grange

first_imgSports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says that Jamaicans should feel privileged to have seen sprint legend Usain Bolt compete.Grange was speaking at the launch of the JN Racers Grand Prix, and hailed Bolt for continually achieving excellence on behalf of the country. She described him as someone who is a superstar but also very humble, adding that he should be respected for succeeding every time he competed.”We have said it many times. He’s extraordinary, he’s wonderful, he’s funny, he’s truly amazing,” Grange said. “But I’m not sure that we quite understand yet what a privilege it is for us to live in the time of Usain Bolt. In a way, he has spoilt us – not only Jamaicans, but he has spoilt the entire world! He represents tremendous talent, hard work and he knows how to have fun.”STATUE THIS SUMMERGrange also reminded the audience that Bolt will be honoured at Statue Park at the National Stadium this summer with an eight-foot statue to be made by local sculptor Basil Watson.”We are on schedule to complete this statue by Independence and to have the mounting coincide with Bolt’s final World Championships in London,” Grange said. “It will be spoken about and studied by athletes for generations to come. I’m determined that Jamaica will do its part in memorialising and celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime athlete, and there are more things to come.”The minister said that although this is only the second staging of the meet, she is expecting it to be a “highly anticipated event”.”(This is) particularly because the country’s greatest athletics son – the world’s greatest athlete, Usain Bolt – will compete for us one last time on home soil. Is that so?” Grange said while jokingly suggesting to Bolt that she wants him to reconsider retirement.- R.P.last_img read more

200-year-old pony trap is completely unrecognisable after restoration work

first_imgMembers of the Men’s Shed project in Carndonagh have painstakingly restored a 200-year-old old pony trap, salvaged from a local farm, to its former glory.The pony trap was used by a local family in the Glentogher area since approximately the 1800s.Men’s Shed Carn, Chairman Jimmy Marchbank said; “One of our members brought in the pony trap which had been donated to him by a local family. It was falling apart and needed significant restoration and repair. Through some support from Inishowen Development Partnership’s School Completion Fund, one of our members Robert Toland took it on as a project and with the help of some of the other members, successfully restored the centuries old pony trap to its former glory. “Techniques used in the restoration project were as close to the original techniques as possible including ‘hooping the cart’ wheels.”Ross Buchanan, a member of the family who donated the pony trap, explained how they were delighted at how it has been restored and went on to tell the story and history of the pony trap.“The old trap had lain in the top of the byre since I was a boy, and indeed since my mother was a child. Much of the woodwork had been consumed by woodworm and when the old byre was demolished the trap could easily have been lost forever.“The McMonagle family have been on the land in Glentogher since the early 1860s. The first son to live here was James McMonagle who married Annie Smyth and they moved there from further down Glentogher in 1863 after their wedding. James had four sons and seven daughters in the home. “The pony trap was certainly there in the time of James’ son William and was regularly used to go to Hillhead Church. Rumour has it that the young lads would race home against the Cunninghams of Cashel, and perhaps the Northeys of the Planting who also had a grand trap.“It isn’t known if this was the cause of a pony’s death on the way home one Sunday, when the unfortunate animal collapsed on the way back at the site of the old Glen school. I once heard a story that my grandmother (née Smyth) had recounted that the McMonagles thought they were something special coming to church in a trap. Perhaps that is why she married one!Robert Toland and the restored pony trap“The previous occupants of the house, an English family by the name of Gare, had left in the late 1850s. In recent years, the descendants of one Edward Gare who had lived there during that time, made the trek back from Australia, and by chance their paths crossed with my mother.“They passed on a journal that Edward had composed which included a fascinating account of his time in Ireland and life in Glentogher.Men’s Shed Carn members, Denise Mc Cool Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP), and Annie and Ross Buchanan and their children (in the trap).“One of his tales mentions a trip with horse and conveyance to purchase a plough. Upon completion of the transaction the vendor insisted that young Edward take a drink of whiskey with him. “Young Edward was reluctant at first, but finally succumbed to sustained pressure after being assured it was superior stuff which tasted like milk. Before he was halfway home, our hero was overcome and awoke in his bed the following day; the horse having safely brought him and the rig home. It is probably unlikely that this was our trap, as traps became popular later in the century.“It is wonderful to see such an antiquity revived, which for all intents and purposes was lost. Robert has done a first class job of restoring the trap. Indeed its renewed condition is a testament to his perseverant efforts. I hope that it may serve well as a rallying beacon for the Men’s Shed of Carndonagh.”Jimmy Marchbank says that the Men’s Shed Carn was established in 2012 to give men of the area an opportunity to share their skills in a community-based setting.For more information you can check out their Facebook page. 200-year-old pony trap is completely unrecognisable after restoration work was last modified: July 19th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Men’s Shedprojectrestorationlast_img read more

Giants make big decision on Kevin Pillar, center field becomes a question mark again

first_imgThe San Francisco Giants’ leader in home runs, RBI, runs scored and stolen bases will not return to the organization next season.Center fielder Kevin Pillar expressed a desire to remain with the Giants in 2020, but ahead of Monday’s non-tender deadline, Pillar was informed he will not have the chance to do so.With a bold decision that is certain to disappoint a significant percentage of Giants fans that fell in love with Pillar’s all-gas, no brakes style of play, president of baseball …last_img

Warm weather boosts fieldwork in Ohio Crop Progress

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Temperatures were about 8 degrees above normal for the week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 14. Fields were still soft, but operators were able to spray weeds, spread manure, and apply top-dressings to fields before rain fell Sunday. Fruit trees were beginning to bud and winter damage assessments were being made. Cold season vegetables were reportedly going into the ground as soil temperatures began to increase. Oats were planted at a quick pace compared to the 5-year average while weather conditions allowed. Winter wheat continued to green up. Conditions improved slightly with 33 percent of wheat rated good to excellent condition.Click here to read the full reportlast_img read more

High Visibility: The Weather Underground Goes Full-Screen

first_imgRelated Posts Thanks to the Weather Underground, the weather just started to look a lot nicer. The popular weather-tracking site just launched fullscreenweather.com, which does exactly what the name implies. The new site gives you a full screen Google Maps display and overlays it with current weather reports from the over 16,000 personal weather stations that report data to the service. The map can also display a precipitation layer or cloud layer and you can, of course, see local forecasts and sever weather alerts. frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web Most importantly, though, the maps just look gorgeous. By default, the map will show temperature readings around your location from the Weather Underground’s vast network of personal weather stations. That network could be a liability if the data wasn’t good, but as RWW’s resident weather expert (and webmaster) Jared Smith just told me, the company has a very good reputation among weather geeks for weeding out bad data.As the company points out, the web service should also work very well with touch-enabled devices, including the iPad.Overall, this isn’t a groundbreaking new application, but it sure is a very nice way to browse through weather data on a large interactive map. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Cardona makes PBA return with GlobalPort: ‘I feel like a rookie again’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Close to quitting, Tiongson finds resurgence with NLEX LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Mac Cardona of GlobalPort makes his PBA return against NLEX on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Cardona finished with four points and two rebounds in a 109-99 loss. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMac Cardona quest to make it back to the PBA has ended with GlobalPort on Sunday.Falling on hard times last year, the 35-year-old Cardona was able to pick up the pieces and he feels rejuvenated after being given a second chance.ADVERTISEMENT The former La Salle standout didn’t deny that he felt overwhelmed with his return.“I feel goosebumps that it’s like I’m back in the UAAP. When I was gone for almost a year, I was able to rest and I felt excited to play again,” said Cardona, who had four points and two rebounds in eight minutes of action.Cardona’s journey back into the PBA started in the PBA D-League where newcomer Zark’s Burger signed him up to play a couple of games in the 2017 Foundation Cup.“It was like a sign from the Lord that when they called me to play in the D-League, I still can make it back playing basketball,” he said.It didn’t take long the opportunity for a PBA return came knocking and it was his former college coach at La Salle in Franz Pumaren, who gave him the shot in his road to redemption.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Even if his return ended in a 99-109 defeat to NLEX, which ironically, is the previous PBA team he played for before a drug overdose in an apparent suicide attempt nearly ended his life, Cardona remains grateful for his new beginning, sharing that he has already moved past that dark chapter and is now hoping to live his life to the fullest.“Whatever happened to me in the past — I know I’ve made mistakes — but I tried to move on because I can no longer take those back. I’m just grateful for all the support that I got because if not for them, I wouldn’t have had my drive to get back here. I’m moving forward,” he said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I feel like a rookie again,” quipped Cardona. “I don’t remember how the court looks. I’m just happy that I made it back to the PBA and the people saw me playing again.”But it’s not just the fans, but also his new Batang Pier teammates, who welcomed him with open arms.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 shutout“They’re happy to see me back, especially Terrence (Romeo). He was telling me that I still got it, that they’re there for me. The same goes for Mike (Cortez) and Ryan (Araña),” he said.“I’m just happy to get back. I didn’t expect that I’ll still be able to play in the PBA after all that happened to me last year. So I’m thankful for coach Franz (Pumaren), boss Mikee Romero, and boss Erick Arejola because they gave me a chance that I can still play.”  MOST READlast_img read more

Juventus ‘ultras’ leaders arrested over alleged ticketing racket

first_imgReuse this content The suspects allegedly threatened to sing racist songs if they were not given cut-price tickets to sell on. Photograph: Luca Bruno/AP Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share via Email Italy Juventus was fined in 2017 and its president, Andrea Agnelli, banned for a year over an alleged scheme that involved giving tickets to ultras in exchange for guaranteeing peace in the stadium.Italy’s ultras tend to be well organised, extremely violent and racist. A murder investigation was launched in August after Fabrizio Piscitelli, a leading member of the Lazio ultras, was shot dead in a park in Rome. The Lazio ultras, also known as Irriducibili (irreducibles), have been linked to several acts of racism and antisemitism that have blighted the Serie A club in recent years.In April, they paid tribute to the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini in Milan before an Italian Cup match between Lazio and AC Milan. Two AC Milan players were also subjected to racist chants by fans during the game.The arrests on Monday came after an Italian football journalist was sacked for making on-air racist remarks about the Inter Milan player Romelu Lukaku. Luciano Passirani was a guest on the TV show Qui Studio a Voi Stadio when he said the only way to stop Lukaku was to give him “10 bananas to eat”. Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Messengercenter_img Juventus Share on Pinterest Facebook Share on LinkedIn Europe Twitter Pinterest Twelve leaders of hardcore Juventus “ultra” football fan groups have been arrested on suspicion of criminal association, money laundering, violence and aggravated extortion in connection with ticket sales.The suspects allegedly threatened to sing racist chants during matches if the Italian Serie A champions’ ticketing officials did not hand over blocks of reduced-price tickets that the ultras could then sell on to fans. The threats came after Juventus stopped distributing blocks of tickets for sale in 2017. Clubs are fined and can have points deducted over racist chanting.The investigation by Turin prosecutors, which was carried out with the help of police forces across central and northern Italy, began last year after a complaint by the club. The investigation was linked to alleged mafia infiltration into the ultras’ ticket touting.Police said those arrested had established a “widespread criminal strategy to ‘restore’ lost favours”.last_img read more

Bill Simmons Blasts ESPN For Reporting False Information Regarding Deflategate

first_imgBill Simmons during a photo shoot.Bill SimmonsBill Simmons isn’t done ripping his old employer. Earlier this week, the former ESPN star accused Stephen A. Smith and other Worldwide Leader reporters of leaking anti-Tom Brady material to help the NFL in its Deflategate case. Now, he’s going after the network’s reporting.Saturday, Simmons criticized ESPN for publishing a timeline of Deflategate that includes Chris Mortensen’s report that 11 of the 12 balls used in the first half of New England’s contest against the Indianapolis Colts were “significantly underinflated.” Mortensen’s original report stated that 11 of the 12 balls were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch – and it was later corrected after the Ted Wells report. The correction stated that 11 of the 12 balls were underinflated, ranging up to 2 pounds per square inch.Clearly, Simmons doesn’t think the piece of news should be included at all.ESPN’s DeflateGate timeline includes Mort’s 11 of 12 “significantly deflated” report like it was true. Hilarious.https://t.co/b1MuJrctYs— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 16, 2016At this point, it doesn’t look like Simmons is going to stop blasting ESPN any time soon.last_img read more

Midterms the morning after rocky road ahead for Republicans Dems plot course

first_imgWASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump must have been spoiling for a fight Wednesday when he woke up to a harsh new political reality: a divided Congress, newly empowered Democrats and maybe even a powerful new presidential challenger.While a surge of opposition didn’t swamp the Senate, where the Republicans actually made gains, Democrats turned the tide in the House of Representatives, forming a majority that gives them more power to subpoena cabinet members, investigate the president’s ties to Russia and compel the release of the his tax returns.But to hear Trump tell it, the midterms represented an “almost total victory” for his party.By turns conciliatory and combative, Trump put on a vintage performance Wednesday in the East Room of the White House — listing Republicans who lost after rejecting his campaign help, sparring angrily with reporters and offering to work with Democrats only if they stand down on their investigative threats.“They did very poorly,” he said of a number of Republican incumbents who turned down his support, several of whom he mentioned by name. “I’m not sure that I should be happy or sad, but I feel just fine about it.”Within hours of the end of the 90-minute news conference, another prominent name was gone: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who submitted his resignation Wednesday “at (Trump’s) request” after months of being vilified and embarassed publicy by the president for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.Whenever the subject of Russia or taxes came up Wednesday, Trump sounded like he was issuing an ultimatum.“They’ve got nothing, zero. You know why? ‘Cause there is nothing,” he said of the Democrats, suggesting that he would push Senate investigations of Democrats’ conduct if they try the same thing with him.“They can play that game, but we can play it better, because we have a thing called the United States Senate, and a lot of very questionable things were done, between leaks of classified information and many other elements that should not have taken place.”One thing that clearly didn’t change overnight was Trump’s contempt for the media, particularly CNN.“You are a rude, terrible person,” Trump said during one especially heated exchange when CNN’s Jim Acosta tried to steer the line of questioning towards the ongoing Russia investigation.“The way you treat (press secretary) Sarah Huckabee is horrible and the way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”Tuesday’s vote ushered a number of new and diverse faces into Congress, including the first Muslim, Indigenous and Korean-born women, while voters in Colorado made Jared Polis the first openly gay man to be elected a state governor.And it might also have freed up another Democratic superstar to take a run at the White House: the charismatic Beto O’Rourke, who was edged out in his bid to represent Texas in the Senate by Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.O’Rourke capped off a remarkably strong campaign with a concession speech that sounded much more like a call to arms.“We are great people: ambitious, defined by our aspirations, the hard work that we are willing to commit in order to achieve them,” he told supporters in his hometown of El Paso.“Every single one of us — Republicans, Democrats, independents, from the biggest of cities to the smallest of towns — the people of Texas want to do and will do the great work of this country.”Before Tuesday’s result, O’Rourke had said he had no plans to seek the presidential nomination in 2020.Asked if she believes him, University of Texas at Austin politics lecturer Victoria DeFrancesco had a simple answer: “No.”“Had he won, then 2020 would have been tough for him to justify,” DeFrancesco said in an interview. “He is a fantastic fundraiser, he has a great message and if you watched his concession speech — I’ve never seen a concession speech like that. That was basically a campaign speech. So you can read between the lines.”Of course, no shortage of Democratic hopefuls are waiting in the wings, all representing segments of the demographic and ideological formula some believe comprises the perfect candidate: elder statesman Joe Biden, visible minorities Cory Booker and Kamala Harris and political veteran Elizabeth Warren, among others.“I think he’s as strong of a candidate as anyone else, but it would not be a cakewalk, because there are a lot of other talented people out there,” DeFrancesco said.“You could boil it down to two camps: some say, ‘Let’s play to that middle,’ and others will say, ‘No, let’s fortify the bases.’ So I think the next 12 to 18 months are going to be about defining which of those two visions wins out.”last_img read more

Battle over BC mega dam heading to courts

first_imgAPTN National NewsNow that premier Christy Clark has approved the Site C dam, residents and First Nations in northern British Columbia are ramping up their court case.The dam is expected to flood 5500 hectares of land along the Peace River along the eastern edge of the province.Government officials say it will provide enough electricity to power nearly a half a million homes.But local First Nations say the dam is a non-starter.APTN’s Tina House reports.last_img