NASSAU, Bahamas: Reigning Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson says she is excited ahead of her IAAF World Relays debut in The Bahamas, where she’s hoping to lead Jamaica’s defence of the women’s 4x100m title. The two-day championships is set to begin here today. Thompson missed the first two stagings of the championships in 2014 and 2015 due to personal reasons despite initially being selected for both teams. However, Thompson, who, last year, established herself as the leading female sprinter on the planet, says he is eager to get going at the event and is looking forward to a strong showing. “I am super excited,” said Thompson. “I have been selected for the third time for the World Relays and this is my first time going and so I am really excited and looking forward to it.’ The Jamaican women’s team will be without veterans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown for the championships, but despite this, Thompson believes they have a very talented team that will do well in The Bahamas. “Despite the fact that two of our main athletes are not on the team, I believe that once we can take that baton safely around, then we can definitely take home that gold medal,” she said. “They (Fraser-Pryce and Campbell-Brown) are my role models and for me to be a trendsetter now, I am just going to keep pushing so that we can take home the gold for Jamaica,” Thompson said. Along with Thompson, the other members of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team are Simone Facey, Natasha Morrison, Christania Williams and Sashalee Forbes. Facey is the only returning member of Jamaica’s team, which finished first in a time of 41.14 seconds in The Bahamas two years ago. Defending the 2015 victory will not be easy for the Jamaicans as strong competition is expected from the rebuilt United States team. It’s why there will have to be careful selection of the legs for each runners. Thompson said that she is not sure which one of the legs she will be competing in at the championships, but that she will be “more than happy” to run any of the legs. “I am not sure which leg I will be running, but any leg I am selected for, I will take it on,” the Manchester-born sprinter said. The 24-year-old Thompson opened her outdoor season in winning the women’s 100m in a wind-aided 10.75 seconds at the UTech Classic on April 15. Thompson established her pedigree with gold-medal runs in the 100m and 200m at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ANTICIPATING A WIN
The Natural Resources Ministry (MNRE) facilitated a one-day workshop and officially launched Guyana’s gender integration program in REDD Plus readiness on Friday at the Pegasus Hotel.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman told the gathering that women are the nurturers and sustainers of life, and he expressed satisfaction that women are being reintegrated into the forestry sector.“This REDD Plus initiative of course ensures that the Indigenous and forest- dependent communities, (which) are traditionally involved in forest management and conservation, have a voice and can tell us what it is we should be doing,” the Minister underscored.The Minister admitted that a gender responsive and participatory approach to REDD Plus is seemingly the ‘most simple’ initiative that should have beenIDB Country Representative, Sophie Makonnenintroduced earlier. He nevertheless said he is happy that it has now begun.The Gender in REDD Plus readiness is a responsive and participatory approach through the REDD Plus cycle which seeks to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of forest activities.It was related that gender integration can increase ownership and maximise the ecological dividends of forest conservation.The new initiative will ensure that all women — and men too — benefit from the advances being made in REDD Plus and aspects of the Government’s green agenda.Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Country Representative Sophie Makonnen expressed her appreciation for women being part of the Forestry sector.“The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has recognised that empowering both women and men will result in improved conservation of the forest resources. This workshop is an example of such an initiative to increase the capacity of women in decision-making in REDD in Guyana and REDD Plus in Guyana,” she noted. She explained that despite Guyana’s population having slightly more women than men, women are underrepresented in most, if not almost all, decision- making positions, such as Parliament and the local council level. “Historically, women participated less in village level government and decision- making institutions, and particularly those that address forest-related decisions. However, while there is still a long way to go to include women in decision-making, it is encouraging…” Makonnen added.She posited that women perceive the forest differently than men, and this is simply not acknowledged in most cases.Intervention in forest and natural resources management and conservation have often failed to recognise these gender differences as well, she pointed out; and this results in greater hardships for women and their households, among other challenges.“Empowering women in decision-making is essential if everyone is to benefit from this country’s beautiful resources,” Makonnen stated.
Hate to bring it up at a time when CNN’s Wolf Blitzer has veered away from bombs over Baghdad to do “The Situation Room” show live from Vegas because this is such a pressing matter, but now that Terribly Tiny-Minded Tim Hardaway has learned things the hard way and become the NBA’s new whipping boy for Sound Bites Gone Wrong, can we at least pat the guy on the rear end for honestly answering a question that so many closed-minded machomen would avoid, even if it ignited a spirited dialogue and eventually produced an agent-written apology that no one in their right mind believes is sincere? How long did the guy play in the greater San Francisco area for the Golden State Warriors? Who says Hardaway’s post-NBA career is over? Can’t John Amechi’s publishing company hire him as a spokesman for the book? How glad are the folks at GLAAD now that they have another idiot to hold up as an example of prehistoric thinking? How’s this lead paragraph from the fake-news service The Onion really sum everything up: “British homosexual John Amaechi sent shockwaves throughout the sporting world last week when he announced, much to the surprise of his family and friends – in addition to NBA players and fans – that he lived a double life for five years in which he secretly worked as a professional basketball player.” Aside from its integrity, what does the NBA have to lose by gambling on a weekend-long $2.99 sirloin steak buffet part in Vegas this weekend disguised as an All-Star Game? How soon do the Maloof brothers move the sad-sack Sacramento Kings into the basement of the Palms once the rest of the league deep thinkers convince David Stern there’s too much money to leave on the crap tables by banning a franchise in the city of Michael Jordan’s lost wages? How many more close games will it take for Phil Jackson to figure out that there’s no point in having Kobe Bryant on your roster if not to take the last shot, no matter whose ego you’re trying to artifically boost? How many more of Andy Reid’s kids are going to be read the riot act? What kind of wisenheimer NFL owner will hire Marty Schottenheimer now? Does it take a lightning bolt to the head to figure out that, with all their talent, the San Diego Chargers might not even need a head coach on the payroll? Any way to get one of those DQ’d NASCAR crew chiefs to fix the leaking crank shaft on my Mitsubishi Gallant that no one else seems to be able to figure out despite all their stupid diagnostic machines, super-duper scanners and metric box-head screwdrivers? Tom Hoffarth’s “It’s Out of the Question” column appears Saturdays. email@example.com. (818) 713-3661 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini expressed his frustration with referee Mark Clattenburg after his side’s controversial defeat to title rivals Tottenham.Spurs benefited from a dubious penalty decision as they won 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium in a highly-charged Premier League contest.Harry Kane opened the scoring from spot after Raheem Sterling was harshly adjudged to have handled the ball as he turned his back to block a cross from Danny Rose.It was the second time this season Clattenburg had frustrated City in a Spurs clash after two controversial offside decisions in the 4-1 loss at White Hart Lane in September.Pellegrini said at his post-match press conference: “More important than my view of penalty is that everyone saw what happened. Unfortunately for us it was the same referee, Clattenburg, as when we lost against Tottenham in the first round with two clear goals offside.“It was a penalty that was decisive for the game. I don’t have nothing more to say.”Asked why he approached the fourth official after the game, Pellegrini said: “Just to congratulate the referee – about the decision.”When asked about the appointment of Clattenburg, Pellegrini said: “For me I don’t think it is a good decision to have the same referee but I don’t want to talk any more about that.”Pellegrini was pressed further on the matter but would not comment.The Chilean said firmly: “I am finished with the referee.”City recovered after conceding the penalty to level through substitute Kelechi Iheanacho but Spurs snatched victory with an 83rd-minute winner from Christian Eriksen.Pellegrini said: “I don’t want to just talk about the decisions. It was a very close game, a very good game. We made a mistake for the second goal.“But that moment, when the referee whistled for a penalty, was a very important moment, we were playing well.”The result lifted Spurs within two points of leaders Leicester and left City fourth, still six points off the top in a compelling title race.It was a second successive damaging defeat after last week’s loss to Leicester but Pellegrini insisted his team can still recover.He said: “The last two results we had here at home were very bad. We never expected not to win a very important six points but we must continue fighting.“I saw a very good reaction from the team. We have 36 points more to play for. It is very important to start working again and believe all things can happen.”
“They get to run on the grass without being on a leash,” said Cheryl Zsadanyi, a volunteer. “That’s good for them. They really enjoy it.” Thanks to the expansion, cats also now have kitty condos, with space to roam and new scratching posts. The number of cages for felines has increased by 68, to 167. In the future, there are plans to have a 10-stall barn onsite for livestock – a first in the Valley, officials said. Denise Margarite, an animal-care technician, said the shelter looks fabulous. “We got a chance to see it as it was coming along,” she said. “They did a good job. We’re looking forward to the grand opening.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It was trying, to say the least. We’re excited now.” The building, originally 22,080 square feet, more than doubled in size. Today, there is more than 95,000 square feet of grass and landscape area for the dogs. The new and improved shelter will be able to house 152 dogs, up from 56, which means each dog will get its own kennel that allows it to be indoors or outdoors. Pooches will have heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. The old kennels will be used for sick or aggressive dogs. There are private rooms allowing potential adopters to get acquainted with a pet. In grassy areas resembling dog parks, dogs can be let loose. CHATSWORTH – Homeless pooches are getting fancy new digs that feature air-conditioned dog kennels to help them weather the summer heat. The West Valley Shelter in Chatsworth underwent a 50,000-square-foot expansion, to be unveiled in a grand opening with tours, vendor booths, demonstrations and other activities scheduled for Thursday. Construction on the nearly $14 million project – which features new office space, a community room, grooming area, a spay and neuter clinic, and other features – started in March 2005. “We had to live through it,” said Capt. Jan Selder, West Valley Animal Care and Control district manager for the city of Los Angeles. “They tore down the entire shelter and we worked out of two trailers under difficult conditions.
In another warning to city department managers, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa renewed his call Thursday to slow hiring as he set cutback goals for all agencies to try to deal with a projected budget deficit. Villaraigosa released a letter to managers late in the day warning again of the financial problems the city faces and singling out the worst spenders in the city: the Office of Finance, City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and the General Services Department. In separate letters to the departments, the mayor laid out targets of $400,000 in reduced spending for each department as part of a citywide effort. “All city leaders must work together to mitigate this projected deficit by year-end,” Villaraigosa said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsTo achieve some savings, a managed-hiring plan is being put into effect by the mayor to try to reduce spending by $7 million. “Managed hiring is a prudent action,” Villaraigosa said. “(It) will balance responsible management with the need to maintain our core services to Los Angeles city residents.” In the plan, the mayor and city administrative officer identified savings that can be expected from each department – ranging from $100,000 in the Office of Finance to $2 million at the Los Angeles Police Department and $1.7 million in the Office of Technology. The warning from the mayor is the latest in a series he has issued since the city’s $6.8 billion budget took effect July 1. He has ordered a slowdown in hiring to save money, frozen all new spending and ordered department heads to scale back budgets for the coming year. If spending patterns don’t change, the mayor and other city officials have warned Los Angeles will face as much as a $75 million shortfall when it begins its budget deliberations next year. This week, the city began a survey of residents to try to engage them in the budget process, with an electronic survey available at the city’s Web site, www.lacity.org The mayor earlier this month won a showdown with the City Council over police hiring, with council members agreeing to let the Los Angeles Police Department proceed with plans to hire 780 officers this year. The LAPD has also come under fire for its overtime spending as it is expected to go $13 million over its $84 million overtime budget this year. Police officials have said the amount spent on overtime is the same as it has been for several years. The City Council has agreed to hold off on new spending. Among the programs that could be affected are the city attorney’s gang prosecutor program, expense accounts, fuel purchases, homeless shelters, various anti-gang program, new police and fire stations and workers’ compensation attorneys. City Adminstrative Offiver Karen Sisson has said the city’s problems are due to a dropoff in revenue in a number of city tax categories. firstname.lastname@example.org 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Lamine Sane has chosen a move to Werder Bremen over Premier League side Hull Hull City have missed out on the signing of Lamine Sane, who has completed a move to Werder Bremen instead.The Senegalese has been heavily linked with a move to the newly-promoted Tigers this summer after falling out of favour at Bordeaux.However the uncertainty at Hull, who currently have no manager following Steve Bruce’s unexpected departure, has allowed Bremen to swoop.The defender, who has played 187 times in Ligue 1, told the club’s official website: “I am very pleased that the deal has gone through.“I would like to thank Bordeaux for allowing me to make the move and Werder for having faith in me.” 1
AODH RUADH GAA NEWSHurlingA senior hurling meeting to review 2014 and plan for 2015 will take place on Thursday 18th December in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8pm. Anyone interested in senior hurling in Ballyshannon is welcome to attend. Coláiste Cholmcille played Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana in their Ulster semi-final in Convoy last Thursday. On a terrible day for hurling, both teams produced a very competitive game. The Buncrana side’s greater physicality and ability to deal with the conditions proved the difference between the teams as they ran out worthy winners 3-7 to 1-4.The juvenile hurlers annual table quiz takes place this Thursday in Owen Roe’s. Karl Duggan as usual will act as quiz master and the fun begins at 9.45pm. As always there will be lots of prizes in the raffle, a great night’s craic is guaranteed, please support this event.CongratulationsCongratulations to Terence McShea on being appointed Development Officer and Mick McGrath on being returned as Children’s Officer at Donegal County Convention over the weekend. Home-Coming quizPlease make some room in your festive diary for our Home-Coming Quiz on Sunday December 28th at 9pm in Dicey Reilly’s. Funds go to support the work of Aodh Ruadh.Abbey Centre BingoThe winner of last week’s €400 was Mary Anne Horan. This Friday night will be the December big bingo with a €2,950 prize fund, including the €1,000 jackpot game and the game seven snowball, which now stands at €350 on 50 numbers or less. Books for big bingo are priced at €15 for full book, €8 for a half, or get your book and a half for €20. Christmas spot prizes included! See you there!Aodh Ruadh Lotto There was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto Jackpot of €3,600. The numbers drawn were 2, 5, 9, 11, 12 and 13. In the lucky dip €20 went to Mary Duggan, Cornhill; Seamus Connolly, Moy Road; Mary and Benny Dorrian, College Street; John Hughes, Cornhill; and Ron Sennett, c/o Pat’s Bar. Next week’s draw for a jackpot of €3,700 takes place at 8.30pm in McGinley’s Bar on Sunday.The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: LADIES.The lotto team for Kernan’s Spar this Saturday is: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.You can receive the club notes by e-mail every Tuesday morning. To subscribe, enter your details on the website, www.aodhruadh.org, or e-mail your request to email@example.com This is the weekly e-mail newsletter from Aodh Ruadh GAA Club. If you have received it in error, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Follow us on the social mediaFacebook: Aodh Ruadh CLGTwitter: @aodhruadh.GAA NEWS: AODH RUADH LAUNCH HURLING REVIEW MEETING was last modified: December 16th, 2014 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:Aodh RuadhGAANoticesSport
Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship EFL result Bolasie has been unable to get back to his best after knee ligament damage stalemate goalless Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer REPLY 1 GREAT NEWS impact Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place However now, according to the Birmingham Mail, Bolasie is considering other options after Steve Bruce also made an approach to take him to Villa Park.The winger returned to action for the Toffees in December last year after 12 months on the sidelines recovering from knee ligament damage.He struggled to rediscover his best form and is therefore set for a temporary switch elsewhere. Latest Championship News ROUND-UP Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Yannick Bolasie reportedly held talks with Aston Villa on Tuesday afternoon, regarding a possible loan move to the Midlands.The 29-year-old had previously been speaking with Tony Pulis and Middlesbrough, and appeared close to joining from Everton for the 2018/19 season. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack
The St. Eunan’s GAA Club today hit out at the decision to divide the town between the club and Letterkenny Gaels – and insist they don;t recognise it.In a statement to donegaldaily.com today, a club spokesman said: “The club is angry and disappointed at the decision taken on Monday night at the Donegal County Committee meeting not to recognise an existing agreement between ourselves and Letterkenny Gaels in relation to boundaries.“We wish to reassure our members that no designated boundaries are in place in the Letterkenny area as result of Monday night’s decision. “St. Eunan’s Club is now appealing the failure of County Committee to recognise the existing agreement between ourselves and Letterkenny Gaels to the relevant Ulster Hearings Committee.”The issue has caused bitterness and division in GAA circles throughout the county.Indeed the vote on Monday night was almost split – 40 to 36.Letterkenny Gaels have so far not issued any statement. Under the proposal adopted by the county GAA, the Gaels have access to players in the Aughaninshin part of the town declared as their club’s catchment area.© 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/donegaldaily Sell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comST EUNAN’S ‘ANGRY AND DISAPPOINTED’ – VOW TO FIGHT BOUNDARY RULING was last modified: November 10th, 2011 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:Letterkenny GaelsSt Eunan’s GAA club