BEIJING, China:Jamaica’s 110m hurdles finalists, Omar McLeod and Hansle Parchment, will both be looking for improvement as they go in search of Jamaica’s first gold medal in this event at the World Championships.The pair enter today’s final at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China, as the third- and fourth-fastest qualifiers heading into the medal round. However, none was particularly pleased with their performance and are well aware that a medal in what has been one of the closest races this year, will most likely not come their way unlessMcLeod, the fastest hurdler in China, this year, after his 12.97 run at Jamaica’s national championships a few weeks ago, showed no mercy towards the hurdles in his semi-final, hitting all 10 on his way to a 13.14 second-place finish. This followed early problems in his heat and despite taking solace in his ability to remain focused even when the race has fallen apart, McLeod is aware it’s the hurdler with the least mistakes who is likely to win.”I’m going to do my very best to have a clean race, I want to do well for myself, my country, and my family so I’m trying to prove that I can do great things against these big boys,” said McLeod. “Coming this young, is an exception, I have nothing to lose. I just need to go out there and run my race, run the same race I have been running all season and once I do that relaxed, great things will happen.””It (the ability to recover in bad races) shows that I’m strong, so I’m happy that I have something to work on. Hurdles is something you have to be technically sound in. I think it’s going to boil down to who has the perfect race because I think everyone is going to be up there, I’m just focusing on getting out, holding it together,” McLeod told The Gleaner.”It would mean everything to win a medal here, it would be exceptional! Coming here as a 21-year-old, medalling. I mean making the final is a great thing but medalling would be the icing on the cake and I really think I can do it. I have trained hard, the focus is there, the exuberance is there,” McLeod beamed.Parchment, the Olympic bronze medal winner, who was second in his semi-final with a 13.16 mark, said he is looking to improve his focus at the start as he expressed confidence in his chances of winning here.”I am very happy that I got through, but I’m very disappointed with the first part of the race it was a very slow start, I don’t think my mind was in the right place but I’m into the final and I’m very happy about that,” Parchment said.”I think I was thinking about the start or about getting out too much so when the gun went off, I was still thinking and then I realised its time to race. I need to focus and not worry about these things and just leave it on the track,” he added.The 110m hurdles final gets under way at 8:20 a.m. today.-A.L.
0Shares0000Thierry Henry will not join Bordeax, the French club has confirmed© AFP CHRISTOPHE SIMONBORDEAUX, France, Aug 28 – Thierry Henry will not be the next coach of Bordeaux, with the French club’s president confirming to AFP on Tuesday that negotiations had broken down.“Yes, we can confirm the end of those negotiations,” Stephane Martin told AFP, following earlier reports in France and England that Henry had turned the job down. Sky Sports, the channel for whom Henry worked as a pundit for four years before quitting last month, said late on Monday that he had refused the offer to take his first managerial role since retiring as a player.According to French sports daily L’Equipe, Henry felt that he had not been given sufficient guarantees by General American Capital Partners (GACP), the American consortium expected to take over Bordeaux at the end of September from current owners, the media conglomerate M6.Despite his lack of experience as a coach, appointing the 41-year-old would have been a remarkable coup for Bordeaux, the six-time French champions.They are looking for a replacement for the Uruguayan Gustavo Poyet, whose departure from the club is expected to be made official later on Tuesday.Poyet was only appointed in January and led the club to European qualification at the end of last season, but he was suspended earlier this month after a very public outburst at directors over transfer policy.Henry, who had been working as an assistant coach to the Belgian national team, met GACP in New York at the end of last week having come to an initial agreement with M6.According to reports, however, Bordeaux were surprised by his salary demands given his lack of experience as a coach. Reports say he also wanted three new signings before the transfer window closes at the end of this week.Bordeaux had already been turned down by former coach Laurent Blanc and Remi Garde, another ex-Arsenal player who is now at Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer.As their search for a successor to Poyet goes on, interim coach Eric Bedouet is set to take charge of the team in their next game, the Europa League play-off, second leg at home to Belgian club Gent on Thursday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
HE SAID “They should be ‘SportsCenter’ nominees. Both of them.” – Palmdale quarterback Rodney Trimm, on receiver Tyreace House’s and running back Dominic Blood’s acrobatic plays that figured prominently in Friday’s 35-21 victory over Lancaster. SPOTLIGHT Antelope Valley senior two-way lineman Spencer Johnson is an unheralded impact player who has attracted the attention of college scouts. The athletic, 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is being recruited by several Division I colleges, including Fresno State, Oregon, Washington and Boise State. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “He’s a great student, and he’s a great kid,” Antelope Valley coach Jon Fleming said. “He’s the total package.” TRIVIA QUESTION The last Antelope Valley small schools team to win a Southern Section football title was Paraclete, which captured the Div. XII title in 2001. Who was the last area team to play in a section championship game? OFF THE CHARTS Rosamond averages 29.5 points per game with an offense run behind a decidedly small offensive line. Meet the Roadrunners’ undersized overachievers: Name, Pos., Ht., Wt. Chris Winner G 5-7 213 Javier Navarro G 5-9 180 Jason Del Toro C 5-7 180 Cody Hubkey T 6-3 221 Jesus Chamorro T 5-11 170 OFFBEAT Retiring Littlerock coach Lin Parker’s 40-year coaching career included a 10-year college head-coaching stint at the intensely academic-oriented Caltech of Pasadena. Parker said he still takes high daily doses of vitamin C on the advice of former Caltech colleague Linus Pauling, a two-time Nobel prize winner for science. “He said it would cure cancer and keep colds away,” Parker said. “It’s never been proven, but he went to his grave espousing that.” TRIVIA ANSWER Desert played in the 2002 Div. XII championship game against Ontario Christian, which won 27-19. GAME OF THE WEEK PALMDALE (5-4) at QUARTZ HILL (5-4), 7 p.m. Key stat: 4. Successive Golden League titles Palmdale will have won with a victory tonight. Outlook: After struggling against an exceedingly difficult nonleague schedule that included three defending Southern Section champions, Palmdale (4-1 Golden) is coming off its best game, a 35-21 victory over Lancaster. The Falcons figures to take nothing for granted as they play for, at the least, a share of the league title. Quartz Hill (2-3) is coming off a heartbreaking, 31-24 double-overtime loss to Highland. ANTELOPE VALLEY (6-3) at LITTLEROCK (3-6), 7 p.m. Key stat: 89. Antelope Valley running back Andre Crenshaw‘s rushing total in last week’s 29-0 victory over Knight, his first big game since suffering a calf injury that limited his effectiveness most of October. Outlook: With at least a share of a league title and preferred playoff seeding (based on head-to-head victory over Palmdale) at stake, Antelope Valley (4-1) can’t have a letdown. Littlerock coach Lin Parker is seeking an upset over his alma mater. HIGHLAND (4-5) at KNIGHT (2-7), 7 p.m. Key stat: 4. Number of turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble recovery) Highland forced in last week’s 31-24 double-overtime victory over Quartz Hill. Outlook: Highland (3-2) can clinch a tie for third place with Lancaster and an automatic playoff berth in a game featuring two of the area’s best backs. Highland’s Micah Littlejohn (5-6, 150) rushed for 128 yards on 12 carries in the Quartz Hill game. Knight is led by Terrel Merrit (5-foot-5, 140 pounds), who rushed for 137 yards on 27 carries in last week’s loss to Antelope Valley. ROSAMOND (7-2) at KERN VALLEY of Lake Isabella (5-4), 7 p.m. Outlook: Rosamond (4-0) can clinch its first High Desert League title since 1999 with a victory. The Roadrunners moved up to No. 3 in this week’s Southern Section Div. XII poll after last week’s 14-0 win over then-No. 1 Bishop. RIO HONDO PREP of Arcadia (7-1) at VASQUEZ (7-1), Friday, 7:30 p.m. Outlook: Vasquez, ranked No. 6 in this week’s Southern Section poll, looks to position itself for a deep playoff run against formidable Rio Hondo Prep, which is ranked No. 4 in Div. XIII. Versatile Casey Schlock, Vasquez’s leading receiver, takes over at quarterback for Joe Perez, who will sit out Friday’s game because of an unsportsmanlike penalty in Vasquez’s last game, a 56-14 victory Oct. 28 over Santa Clara of Oxnard. DESERT (3-6) at MOJAVE (3-4), 7 p.m. Outlook: Desert (2-2) is coming off a 16-12 High Desert League victory over Kern Valley and is looking to clinch its first playoff berth since 2002. Mojave’s Week 9 game against Frazier Mountain of Lebec was canceled because of a threat of gang violence. Because it was canceled by mutual consent, it doesn’t count in the standings, and the Mustangs can claim their eighth consecutive playoff berth with a victory tonight.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Interim boss Roberto Di Matteo was delighted to see Chelsea play with passion in their FA Cup victory at Birmingham.Di Matteo, placed in charge following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, saw goals from Juan Mata and Raul Meireles secure a 2-0 win and a quarter-final clash with Leicester.It was an encouraging performance by the Blues in their first game since Villas-Boas was shown the door.“The attitude was right. The commitment was right. The passion was there,” Di Matteo told ITV.“It’s important to show that we care – that we can fight for the club and our supporters. The players were up for it.“We’re all in this together. We have to help each other so that we can achieve our goals for the rest of the season.“It will only be possible if all 25 players are unselfish and we pull together.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceALAMEDA — Before he even officially became a Raider, Johnathan Abram told his head coach he’d “light his a** up.”Jon Gruden called Abram Thursday night to inform him he’d be the newest Raider with the 27th overall pick, and said in a video posted by the team, “I’m gonna be calling plays against you this spring and I can’t wait to get after your a**, man.”“Imma light your a** up, coach,” Abram responded. …
What do you get when you cross a polar bear with a grizzly bear? It’s not a joke; look at the BBC News and see. You get bears with mixed shades of fur and a blend of characteristics. Live Science also commented on the BBC report. Scientists have known that these species can hybridize, but the birth of mixed cubs in a German zoo allowed the first-ever study of them. The blending of traits extends from behavior down to the individual hairs. Only one hybrid is known in the wild; a few others have occurred in captivity. The male hybrid appears to be sterile, but scientists are trying to determine if the female hybrid is capable of bearing offspring.Hybrids are common in plants and animals. This is nothing all that unusual. It attracts attention because of the large size of the animals and their distinctive colorations. Creationists commonly believe that most bears are descendants of a single bear “kind” or baramin. That’s not evolution in the sense Darwin used the word (common ancestry of all life by unguided processes of variation and selection). It’s just a sorting out of traits. The sorting persists according to adaptation to the local environment. For instance, thick hair on Alaskan dogs helps them survive the cold winter, even though all domestic dogs are the same species. That kind of “natural selection” is not controversial. The genetic information was already present. Coming up with a dog from bacteria is another issue altogether.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
14 February 2008South Africa’s transport and logistics infrastructure projects are progressing well, Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin told journalists in Cape Town on Monday, detailing the government’s plans for road maintenance, rail upgrades, taxi recapitalisation and the development of mass transit public transport networks.Erwin said the efficient and timely rollout of the country’s various infrastructure programmes was crucial to ensure that the government met its economic growth and poverty alleviation goals.He said the government had allocated R7.7-billion for the rollout of the taxi recapitalisation programme that aims to improve safety and help formalise South Africa’s taxi industry, with the target of scrapping and replacing 80% of the old taxi fleet by 2010.“The scrapping of taxis commenced in 2006 and to date more than 13 261 old taxi vehicles have been scrapped, amounting to payments of over R663-million,” he said.South Africa also plans to rehabilitate, maintain and preserve road infrastructure with the help of a budget allocation that has been raised from R600-million to R2.2-billion.Rail transportIn addition, the South African Rail Commuter Corporation is working towards ensuring that rail services support the integrated transport plans developed by the government.“Metrorail express services will be deployed effectively as part of our transport operation plans for both the Confederations Cup in 2009 and ultimately the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” Erwin said. “We have committed almost R10-billion to upgrade both rolling stock and infrastructure over the next three years.”In another programme, over 1 700 rail police have been deployed countrywide a further 5 000 officers are to be deployed by 2010.A further investment in rail infrastructure to the value of R16-billion is expected for the refurbishment and overhaul of coaches as the rail safety management system is implemented.South Africa has also developed a strategy to revitalise non-core rail lines to ensure the economic sustainability of small towns and rural communities, the minister said.Integrated, rapid public transportRegarding the public transport strategy, Erwin said the Cabinet had approved key projects aimed at achieving the goal of mass transit public transport networks.An essential feature of the strategy deals with a phased extension of the mode-based vehicle recapitalisation into integrated rapid public transport networks, which comprises rapid rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) priority corridors especially in major cities.Erwin said the Public Transport Infrastructure and System Fund had been allocated an amount of R9.2-billion between now and 2010 to fund projects including the Khulani Corridor, the N1 and N2 toll highway, the Rea Vaya BRT system in Johannesburg, the Sani Pass Road between South Africa and Lesotho and the BRT network in Pretoira.Airports Company South Africa, meanwhile, is developing the country’s airport infrastructure in line with passenger growth through its R19.3-billion capital expenditure programme, with passenger numbers expected to increase to 31-million by 2012.Smaller provincial airports are also being upgraded to meet growth demands, Erwin said.Source: BuaNews
Nina Hastie celebrates South Africa’s progressive Constitution and how the right to freedom of expression is a pillar of democracy in South Africa. Nina Hastie is a permanent fixture in the South African comedy industry and hosts the popular talk show, Trending SA. (Image: Nina Hastie , Facebook)Nina HastieI’m a professional comedian. That’s my job. It’s my right to have this job. It would not have been possible before 1994. Gathering in groups of many races, late at night, talking politics and dissecting the government! Our world-class Constitution has paved the way for the youth to be able to work in the fields of their choice.Before democracy we were censored on many levels – the music played on our radios, the shows and movies that were allowed to be played in our cinemas. We are finally making and playing our own films, telling our own stories – we even have our own actors playing our own heroes as with Thabo Rametsi playing freedom fighter, Solomon Mahlangu.The knock on effect of our own stories being taken away left a nation with a low self-esteem… everybody thinking that they didn’t deserve to be heard. What a travesty, as the only democratic country that has had a moderately peaceful transition into democracy in the world!We need to make sure we protect this Constitution and make sure that the guardians of our Constitution maintain our freedom because without being able to express ourselves, we are not free.There is also a fine line between freedom of expression and hate speech, freedom which needs not be abused. Your freedom does not allow you to oppress another person. I read a tweet that Khaya Dlanga posted regarding a Microsoft study about South Africa’s digital behaviour – that South Africans treat each other with the least amount of respect and dignity online.This made me very sad, it made me realise that we confuse our freedom with power. We have a long way to go, and the only way we are going to get there is by honouring our magnificent Constitution, that was written by our struggle forefathers ensuring that we would truly be a free country. Let’s empower ourselves with knowledge, and respect for our Constitution. It was put in place not only to free us, but to protect us, from ourselves.#InspiredByMyConstitutionWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Despite the Chinese government’s control efforts, the spread of African swine fever (ASF) continues in China. The official reports from the World Health Organization (OIE) now say there have been more than 40 cases confirmed in 11 provinces, including one in the far south of the country. Despite this geographic advance, some pig movement has been allowed to help with China’s domestic demand for pork.And, according to a recent Global Disease Monitoring Report by the Swine Health Information Center, Brazil has reported a case of classical swine fever (CSF) in their country. The Brazilian case, which was reported earlier this month, was in the country’s far north, which is not in a major pig-producing area. This part of Brazil was already not considered to be free of CSF.U.S. pork is not affected by the ASF outbreaks in other countries and is safe to eat.ASF does not affect humans and therefore is not a public health threat.Pork products from animals with ASF are safe to consume.The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has measures in place to prevent sick animals from entering the food supply.ASF virus is a highly contagious viral disease impacting only pigs, not people — so it is not a public health threat or food-safety concern.ASF cannot be transmitted to humans through contact with pigs or pork.Members of the pig family, including domestic wild pigs, are the only animals susceptible to the ASF virus.ASF can be transmitted to pigs through feeding of uncooked garbage containing contaminated pork products. The Swine Health Protection Act regulates the feeding of food waste containing any meat products to swine, ensuring that all food waste fed to swine is properly treated to kill any disease organisms.ASF is easily transmitted to other pigs through direct contact with infected pigs or their waste, contaminated clothing, feed, equipment and vehicles, and in some cases, by blood-sucking insects, including some tick species.Currently, there is no vaccine that protects against ASF.
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