“If you look back at the race, I was actually in third position and then my back flared up a bit on me.” With his deep baritone unwavering, he said: “There was nothing I could have done.” Informed of his Track and Field News ranking, he said: “I wasn’t expecting it but I put in the work, and it definitely did pay off for me.” Hughes and his Jamaican coach, Patrick Dawson, a highly regarded assistant to sprint guru Glen Mills at Racers Track Club, have reviewed his 2015 efforts and are cautiously looking forward to Rio and a place in the 200m final. “As to the medal”, said Dawson, “I’m not one of those who like to count my eggs before they hatch, but it would be great to see him on the medal rostrum.” Hughes has started his 2016 programme with a 400-metre personal best of 47.12 seconds. That’s part of an effort to make the sprinter stronger. The plan also includes 100-metre races. He did only one last season and achieved a clocking of 10.15 seconds. While he is confident of lowering his 100-metre best, he is sombre about breaking 20 seconds in the 200m. “Expectations are there,” he said diplomatically. “Work is definitely being put in right now”, he revealed, with the advice that he is expecting the work again to pay off. “It’s just for me to continue to work hard, and to trust my coach and to stay injury free and to continue to climb to the top,” he said, full of hope and determination. “So definitely, maybe one day I could be the world record holder. “You never know.” Third position British sprinter Zharnel Hughes has come a long way since his first international experience at the 2010 Carifta Games. Fresh from a 2015 campaign highlighted by a fifth-place finish in the 200 metres at the World Championships, Hughes has his eyes on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is quietly confident and is expecting his hard work to pay off. In 2010, at the Carifta Games in Grand Cayman, Hughes was timid. “I was always thinking I probably won’t medal,” he recalled. He placed eighth and last in the Under-17 100-metre final won by Jamaica’s Odean Skeen, now at Auburn University in Alabama. “I just went out there and I didn’t know what to do,” he reminisced. The 6’5″ native of Anguilla is far more confident these days. World ranked at number five in the 200 metres by respected US publication Track and Field News, he said: “I just go out there with a positive mindset each time instead of having to doubt myself.” He ended his days as a junior athlete with gold medals from Carifta, the CAC Junior and Pan-Am Junior Championships and the ISSA Boys’ Championships Class One 100-metre record of 10.12 seconds. He entered 2015 with a 200m personal best of 20.32 seconds – from his 2014 season at Kingston College – and cut and carved it down to 20.02 seconds. That time and his fifth-place finish in the World final came despite a minor injury that first surfaced in the semi.
A City Constable and his accomplice on Monday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Alex Moore charged for breaking and entering and larceny.Seon Isaacs (left) and his alleged accomplice, Delmar Booker, being escorted to court by a City Constable on MondaySeon Isaacs, 22, a City Constable, and Delmar Booker were both charged for the offence which stated that between April 13 and April 14 at Stabroek Market, they broke and entered an electronics store and stole a quantity of items.The articles valued in excess of $2 million are the property of Bhagmattie Haripershad.It was reported that the two were caught red-handed by a passing civilian, who alerted the Police.They were remanded to prison. The defendants will make their next appearance on April 29.
Africa Rice, in collaboration with the Government of Liberia and SAPEC, has begun a three week workshop for 20 artisans to build modern ASI rice threshers in Gbarnga, Bong County.Speaking at the opening of the workshop, the Country Representative of Africa Rice Liberia Dr. Inoussa Akintayo disclosed that Liberia spends over US$200m a year on food importation.He stated that the artisans will be trained by three professional staff of DESFABENG Company Ltd of Nigeria while a Liberian, Mr. Benedict Sampson who is the Chief Executive Officer of Moonlight Metal Works in Gbarnga and one of the participants.The workshop, when completed, he said will enable local farmers to be able construct their own locally made rice threshers to strengthen the production of rice.“Rice is a major staple food in Africa in general and in Liberia in particular, but despite favorable conditions, including adequate rainfall, fertile land, good sunshine, Liberia continues to spend over USD200m every year to import rice to close the gap of local production,” Dr. Akintayo said. The Director for the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), Dr. Walter Wiles, called on the participants to take advantage of the training to build up their skills and contribute to food security in the country.“Why we keep asking ourselves whether the country can feed itself, the issue of Liberia feeding herself can’t be done alone but through the participation of farmers, by giving them the responsibility to grow food and building their capacities through training and provision of logistical support,” Dr. Wiles said. He used the medium to thanked Africa Rice and partners for their immense contribution to the country’s agriculture sector and pledged CARI’s support to farmers by helping them acquire the knowledge to make a change in the agricultural sector.Representing the 20 farmers, Mohammed Hamilton disclosed that participants hoped to achieve better knowledge on fabricating threshers to expand the production of rice in Liberia.“Let us work and organize a network that will bring us together as we join our hands in helping to contribute to the agriculture activities through our works to move this country forward,” Hamilton said.Thomas Gbokie, Deputy Minister for Research and Extension at the Ministry of Agriculture, stressed the significance of mechanized farming and encouraged the participants to focus and learn as much as they can.“Feeding ourselves requires us moving from the labor cost intensive to mechanized farming. We need to work together. There is a shift towards agriculture and we are here because there is a need to look at agriculture in a new way and it’s through such means that we can promote farmers in food production,” he said.Meanwhile, the agronomist of SAPEC Project, Mr. Emmanuel Vah, Jr. explained that his organization is closely working with Africa Rice and GoL to implement those key issues that are affecting local farmers.“We are working on four major parts of this initiative which include sustainable crop production and SAPEC will develop 1000 acres of low land, 500 hectares for vegetable production, will rehabilitate 270 kilometers road for famers to have easy access of farm to market roads, and improve mechanized farming among others,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LGE 2018The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Tuesday rolled out its full list of candidates contesting for the Linden municipality at the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) on November 12, with party members urging full support for those on the list.The candidates were introduced on Tuesday evening, as the Party launched its Linden LGE 2018 campaign at its regional office at Mackenzie, Linden.Party Member and Opposition Member of Parliament, Juan Edghill, who introduced the list of candidates, called on supporters to vote in their numbers, as he pointed out that the Party has candidates contesting in all of the eight constituencies across Linden. The candidates for the various constituenciesOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo with some of the PPP’s LGE Linden candidatesinclude constituency one Akahni Blair; constituency two Hazelyn Luther; constituency three Mona Razack, constituency four, Dr Orrin Miller; constituency five Sheri James Fife; constituency six Michael Smart; constituency seven Patricia Hinds and constituency eight Paula Moshette. ”Comrades, these persons have offered themselves to be of service to you as constituency candidates…,” Edghill told the large gathering in the compound of the local office for the event, as he reiterated support for the party. “…because you know in Local Government Elections you have to vote twice. You have to vote for the Party, and the only place you must put your X is next to the cup for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic”, he added. Edghill said the Party also has a number of Proportional Representative (PR) candidates whom he referred to as “stalwarts” that have been with the Party for years. He noted that once elected, these representatives will work solely towards the benefit of the people of Linden.“Councillors must look after the interest of the people who have elected them. And it is with that spirit, it is with that confidence, it is with that assurance, within the guidance of the General Secretary, with the leadership of the Party’s executive – they are not specialists, they are not masters but they are people who are willing to serve. That is why we say, ‘give us an opportunity to serve,” he reiterated. EdghillOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo being greeted by Lindeners before the meeting on Tuesdaywent on to state that the representatives will also be guided by Opposition Leader and Party General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo as well as other party members.“What they don’t know we will teach them. The advice that they need we will give it to them. The tutoring that they need, Jagdeo will give it to them,” he emphasised, adding that the Party’s campaign has been working with an aim of lifting the hopes of the people of Linden.Meanwhile, Jagdeo told the gathering that the only way this victory can be achieved is through support, as he also urged full support for candidates contesting in the upcoming LGE. He said while no candidate is perfect, all of the Party’s candidates stand for a cause.Urging full support for the Party, Jagdeo noted that the PPP is on the road to reclaiming Guyana in 2020. “Our party appreciates the support that you’ve given us over the many years. And those of you who are new to the People’s Progressive Party you are welcome in our family. It is only because of this support that you’ve given over the years that despite of many challenges we’ve been able to transform this country. But we have a long way to go, and that is why tonight (Tuesday) I am here to…speak in support of our candidates who are contesting the Local Government Elections and secondly to give you a perspective as to where our country is going and what future you will have if the APNU (A Partnership for National Unity) stays in office”, Jagdeo noted.He then cited Government’s “failed campaign promises”, noting that thousands of jobs have been lost since the APNU/AFC took office.Jagdeo said every sector is presently on the decline, with the rice sector in trouble and 7000 workers on the breadline. He added that Government has not come up with a single, new major project, while industries and jobs are on the decline. He also pointed out that Value Added Tax (VAT) has been added to 46 food items and essential items such as pharmaceuticals and machinery. Old age pension, he said, has been increased by a small amount though the APNU/AFC had campaigned for significant increases. Jagdeo added that despite the promise for massive salary increases, years later there has been no change. Despite major Government spending, Jagdeo said the health sector and education sectors are deteriorating and crime is on the increase. The Opposition Leader also highlighted Government’s ban on used tyres and older model vehicles among other things, noting that Government’s policies are leading to the impoverishment of the country.
The city of Fort St. John could become a more welcoming environment after Council passed a motion, Monday, to fund a study looking into revitalizing the downtown core.The study would be to generate a long-term plan to create “a vibrant area that is attractive to business, shoppers and residents.”Although there have been several groups formed to look into similar studies over the years, no concrete plans have come out of them.- Advertisement -Councillor Bruce Christensen raised concerns at the meeting over having studies done that aren’t seen through. Councillor Larry Evans said there had been one study done in the early 1980s but that it was met with opposition and so was never realized.Mayor Bruce Lantz said he believes this study will be different it will take input from various groups.[asset|aid=3052|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c60bc6f2496afa9e8bfe0841c434d1af-Lantz- Downtown Revitalization_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Councillor Lori Ackerman said that any projects that result would most likely be done in phases over several years, so the funding would be spread out over that time. He said that although the groups will be decided at a later time, he thinks groups like the City, the Chamber of Commerce, property owners and the general public will probably all be able to take part in the discussions.Currently, $95,000 of the study budget is coming through grants and Lantz said a further $55,000 is coming from the city.He said if certain projects are chosen out of the study, the total cost could be in the millions of dollars, which would also come from various sources, but may still include taxpayer money.[asset|aid=3053|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c60bc6f2496afa9e8bfe0841c434d1af-Lantz – Downtown Revitalization 2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement
GLENDALE – Local Congress members and labor leaders rallied Thursday in support of proposed reforms to federal labor laws just outside a hotel where a unionization drive has been stymied for several years. The rally outside the Glendale Hilton by the county Federation of Labor touted HR 800 – the Employee Free Choice Act introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this month and slated for a vote next week. Proponents of the bill said it would streamline the certification of unions by the National Labor Relations Board, which involves a secret ballot election they say is now rife with employer meddling. “What we’re asking for is just the chance to even the playing field,” said Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles. The proposed bill would force management to recognize a union if a majority of workers sign up. It also requires employers to begin talks with prospective unions within 10 days of being notified of a union’s certification, and steps up the involvement of federal mediation and arbitration during negotiation. The bill also would strengthen enforcement and penalties against employers for unfair labor practices – including worker intimidation and dismissal – during organizing drives. “The fines are so small, they consider it part of the regular cost of doing business,” said Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood and member of the Committee on Education and Labor. Meanwhile, the local Hilton remains a site of labor contention, with Unite Here Local 11 trying to unionize the hotel’s 180 housekeepers, valets, restaurants workers and others for the past two years. Officials at the hotel owned by Eagle Hospitality of Covington, Ky., say they are neutral on the organizing drive. “The hotel recognizes that Unite Here has the federal right to go about their process,” said Tim Wildey, the hotel’s sales and marketing director. “We recognize the team members under federal law have the right and free choice to make the decision.” But Angie Reid, a bartender at the hotel for seven years, said that’s not how her employer acts, with management insisting to resolve the union drive with an election. “When we first went public, extra security guards were watching us, our bags were being checked, … we have anti-union letters stapled to our paychecks,” she said. “We should not be harassed for wanting a better life.” Hotel management was accused last year of intimidating employees and interfering with the campaign. It settled after the NLRB filed a complaint. While management does prefer an election, Wildey said they are not trying to sway anyone’s decision. “What we’ve done is communicate to them that they need to get all the facts about the union before they make their decisions,” he said. Union leaders have urged a boycott, which city Councilman Frank Quintero supports. “They don’t want the business to go under,” Becerra said. “If there’s no work, there’s no paycheck. Angie wants to make the Hilton hotel here more profitable. Let her do it while she gets a decent wage.” email@example.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MILWAUKEE – Jeannette Wright constantly reuses plastic food containers, whether it’s to carry snacks for her two young sons or store last night’s dinner in the fridge. That is, until they get dirty. Or she loses them. Then she simply buys more. Gone are the days of putting your name on food storage containers or chasing down recipients of holiday cookies who have yet to return them. Wright, of West Allis, Wis., said it doesn’t matter what happens to the containers because they cost only about $1 each. She figures she spends about $8 a month to keep her cabinets restocked. “If I lose them, it’s not a big deal because it’s not like you spend a lot of money on them,” said Wright, 33. The food storage industry is huge, with Americans spending about $1.4 billion a year in the segment, which is dominated by plastic bags and includes plastic wrap, aluminum foil and wax paper. While sales in the overall segment have flattened slightly, according to research firm Mintel, the disposable plastic container market has grown, with receipts at about $130 million in 2003, the last year figures were available. It’s now approaching $200 million a year, with some 1 billion containers sold in the U.S. each year, said Raquel Beckett, senior brand manager for Ziploc containers with S.C. Johnson & Sons in Racine, Wis. Manufacturers are racing to create more specialized products to further grow the market, crafting containers with tighter seals or seasonal colors, or adding interlocking lids so kitchen cabinets won’t be so cluttered. Consumers like the containers, analysts say, because they’re sturdier than plastic bags and can hold liquids. They also cost less than offerings such as Tupperware, which originated the food storage craze with its trademark purchasing parties in the 1950s. People originally didn’t mind spending more on containers like Tupperware because they were primarily used in the home, said Marcia Mogelonsky senior research analyst with Mintel International. But as more women entered the work force and as lifestyles became more hectic, disposable products just made sense, she said. Consumers would get their money’s worth after a few uses, so it was OK to forget them at the office or just toss them out rather than washing, she said. “We’re in a rush. It’s the convenience factor that’s a major thing to drive this,” she said. “It’s not convenient to have to remember to bring your dirty dishes home.” The containers were first introduced nationally by GladWare, a division of Oakland-based Clorox Co. in 1998. Sales at the time were around $56 million, compared with $777 million for plastic food bags, according to Mintel. Glad noticed that people were reusing items like cottage cheese and yogurt containers to store leftovers and other foods, and realized there was an unmet need, said David Kellis, a spokesman for Glad. “When you see consumers creating makeshift products – that’s when you know there’s an opportunity out there,” he said. Ed Tucker, an associate research fellow with Glad, first came up with the idea for a disposable plastic container in the early 1990s. The secret to its success, Tucker said, was in the way it was produced, through a process called thermoforming. Large sheets of plastic are heated and formed over molds, which creates a lighter product faster, than injecting plastic into molds. That process takes longer and creates a somewhat sturdier product, but one that is typically more expensive, he said. The technology that goes into production is improving so much that the products have few usage issues and hold up better to heat and cold, said Beckett, with SC Johnson, which also makes Saran plastic wrap and Windex cleaner. With consumers already sold on the concept, container makers are differentiating themselves by creating more specialized products, such as Ziploc containers’ new way of locking while twisting, Mogelonsky said. The GladWare product line is in its third generation of developments, including new lids that interlock. “Whatever they can do to make it a more useful container, that’s where the competition lies – in making it more useful, inexpensive and disposable,” she said. Sales peak around the holiday season, when people give food as gifts, and before school starts, when parents load up on containers for their children, Beckett said. The average family has about 62 disposable containers, many of those replacing sturdier products, she said. “They’re very close to long-life containers,” Beckett said. “If you talk to consumers, there’s little difference to them with the long-life ones.” Private labels are also getting into the market, providing cheaper alternatives, she said, but the big brands will keep finding new developments. Manufacturers are now looking at ways to make the containers biodegradable, possibly by using corn-based products, Beckett said. Developments are intriguing and could further simplify life, especially eliminating cabinet clutter, said Wright, the mother in suburban Milwaukee. But for her, price is key. “I just go with whatever is on sale,” she said. Tupperware Brands Corp., the Orlando-based maker of Tupperware, never considered making low-cost plastic containers because its products are known for their longevity, said CEO Rick Goings. Sales have not been affected, despite the higher price – about $6 each – because people hang on to things they value, he said. “I’m holding a disposable pen,” Goings said. “I will lose two or three of these a week. But my better pens? I always know where they are.”
1 Sligo Rovers have had a tough start to the season of in Ireland, winning just one game in 12, so far – until yesterday.With no victories at home and fellow strugglers Drogheda United visiting the Showgrounds it needed something drastic to change their fortunes.And they found their inspiration in the form of American TV show Breaking Bad as a huge banner draped across one of the stands featured main character Walter White and the words ‘All bad things must come to an end’.In the end it was a Dinny Corcoran double that did the job for Sligo in a 2-0 victory and no doubt we might see Heisenberg popping up at a few more stadiums now.Take note John Carver… Sligo Rovers and their Breaking Bad banner
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.This truly atmospheric picture was captured in the past couple of days in Dungloe. It shows local lad Karl Wallace, 11, of Toberkeen, Dungloe on a public phone.We think the great thing about the picture is not just the snow, but the fact that there isn’t a mobile phone is sight but rather one of the few remaining public phoneboxes left in the county.In fact the timeless portrait could have been taken 20 years ago.We doubt if the same portrait will be captured in another 20 years. © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com A COLD CALL FROM THE PAST! was last modified: December 18th, 2011 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)
INDEPENDENT TD Thomas Pringle has hit out at the increase in the health insurance levy which will hit families across Donegal.“The recent announcement of the 40% increase in the Health Insurance Levy will mean extra costs for customers with private health insurance. This is despite the government saying that the companies should not pass it on,” said Deputy Pringle.“We have seen the impotence of the government before with the pension levy introduced in June of last year. At that time they said it was only 0.6% and that the pension companies would not pass it on. It now turns out that many pensioners have seen their pensions reduced by over 10%’. “There is over €1.9billion paid in health insurance premiums in this country, by people who are afraid that they will not be treated in the system if they do not have insurance. I have to wonder what the health system would be like if this money was invested in the health services and not in the profits of private health insurers instead.“Investing €1.9billion annually in Hospitals and Primary Care would totally transform the health services in this country,” said the TD.“What we need in this country is a Universal Health Care system where people are treated regardless of ability to pay. Not Universal Health Insurance that will privatise the health services that we depend on’ concluded Pringle.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyPRINGLE HITS OUT AT HEALTH INSURANCE LEVY INCREASE was last modified: January 6th, 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:Deputy Thomas Pringlehealth insurance levy