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Rematch in two-lap event

first_imgLast year, it seemed certain that mercurial Javauney James of Saint Elizabeth Technical High School would make a run at the Class Two 800 metres record during the course of the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. That mark – 1 minute 52.27 by Aldwyn Sappleton – had stood since 1997 and James, the reigning champion, seemed to have prepared well. The evidence appeared at the Gibson-McCook Relays when he ran a 4×800 anchor leg in 1.51.5. The record attempt fizzled when James added the 400 metres to his championships programme. He defended his 1500m title on Champs Friday and was a good fourth in the 400m the following day. When challenged by Leon Clarke of St Jago High School two hours later in the 800m final, he had no energy to resist and had to settle for the silver medal. While he concentrated mostly on the 400 metres hurdles after that, Clarke, the tall St Jago boy, reached the finals of the 800m at both the World Youth Championships and the Commonwealth Youth Games. On the way, he lowered his personal best from 1.51.33 at the National Senior Championships to 1.50.70 at the World Youth event and finally to 1.50.49 at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Both have decent speed. James covered 400 metres in 48.33 seconds at Champs last year. Clarke’s fastest time in the one-lap event is 48.70 seconds. James, whose 800m win streak dated back to his days in Class Three, will want to regain the ascendancy. If he and the long-legged Clarke, now in Class One, are both fresh, they may stretch defending champion Paul Tate, also of Saint Elizabeth Technical, with the ensuing battle drawing them close to the 1.50 barrier, with three other 2015 finalists -Shemar Walker of Jamaica College, Shevon Parkes of Bellefield, who is the 2015 1500m champion, and Rojay Granston of Holmwood all in the medal picture. LOFTY THRESHOLD No one has breached that lofty threshold at Champs since 1990 when Clevon Clair of Jamaica College and Mike Williams of St Jago clocked 1.49.51 and 1.49.96, respectively. James’ teammate Shemar Salmon ran a 1.52 flat 4×800 relay split last week at the Central Hurdles and Relays. He ran three individual events, the 800m, 1500m and 5000m in Class Two last year, possibly in pursuit of valuable Championship points. The gambit failed as the lad ended in a non-scoring ninth place in the 1500m final, after being tipped to medal in an event where he had beaten James earlier in the season. He was third in the 800m and second in the 5000m. Girls often do the 800m-1500m-3000m triple, but the 800m-1500m-5000m combo is rare. While the girls’ 3000m has been contested as a straight final for many years, the boys’ 5000m always has a preliminary round race. That makes for a particularly tough Champs Thursday with the first round of the 1500m at 9:35 a.m. on the 2015 schedule, the 800m semis at 4:30 p.m., and the 5000m preliminaries at 5:20 p.m. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980.last_img read more

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DONEGAL BREAST CANCER PATIENTS WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO TRAVEL TO GALWAY

first_imgThe Breast Service Unit is to continue at Letterkenny General Hospital meaning women will no longer have to travel to Galway for treatment.Letterkenny General HospitalThe news was relayed by Minister of State Joe McHugh TD who met with both Management and Consultants at the hospital on Friday last.Deputy McHugh said it was brought to his attention that the hospital would not be in a position to provide a consultancy service to patients who had been referred by their GP for specific breast services. “During the three hour meeting at the hospital, I was informed that the current number of routine patients awaiting an appointment at Letterkenny Hospital, which was in direct breach of the HSE’s 12 week target, was estimated at 600. The suggested proposal was to write to each person, requesting that they travel to Galway to avail of consultant services at Galway Hospital.“Following that meeting, I contacted the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, to highlight what I had been informed of and to discuss what steps were needed to be taken in order to prevent this action from going ahead. The Minister, his staff and his officials at the Department took immediate action and a conference call took place between the relevant HSE officials and the Saolta Group on Monday, 19 January 2015“I can confirm that during that conference call, a number of decisions were taken –– Short Term: a further review of the situation would take place immediately; that an immediate appointment of a locum consultant breast surgeon would be made; and additional clinics would be arranged at Letterkenny Hospital to support the review of patients. – Medium Term: Consideration will be given to the placement of GP support to the Consultant at the Letterkenny Unit; the recruitment of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner to help support the Unit; to review the delivery of an integrated Breast Services across the Group.Deputy McHugh added that he now understands that a detailed plan will be drafted to deal with the backlog currently in place, within this coming week.The Group will then be in a position to give a specific timeframe for full compliance of the 12 week target.“I will continue to engage with both my colleague, Minister Varadkar, and his office to ensure that the essential services at Letterkenny Hospital not only continue, but that the challenges currently faced by the Unit at the hospital are addressed and a system introduced to ensure that such a backlog will not occur in the future.” DONEGAL BREAST CANCER PATIENTS WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO TRAVEL TO GALWAY was last modified: January 21st, 2015 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) Tags:breast cancerdonegalGalwayLetterkenny General HospitalMinister Joe McHighlast_img read more

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Tackling Aids, poverty – the Thanda way

first_img30 November 2011Five years ago, at the age of 22, Angela Larkan established non-profit organisation Thanda.org to fight the impact of HIV/Aids and poverty in rural communities. Today, her project supports over 300 children daily, and she is working to bring hope to thousands more through her model for community change.Last year, Larkan was named the winner of Brand South Africa’s inaugural Mzansi Soul Awards, which recognise people who express the spirit of ubuntu in contributing to a better country for all South Africans.Recognition of her work went international in September this year, when she was chosen to be featured in Levi’s “Go Forth” campaign, which rallies for positive change in the world by showcasing the work of “pioneering individuals from across the globe who are tackling the greatest challenges of our time”.The Thanda After-School projectThanda, which means “love” in isiZulu, is a non-profit organization under Orphans Against Aids which provides support for Aids orphans and other vulnerable children in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.Larkan, who says she grew up in South Africa “not understanding why some people lived in luxury and some were sleeping on cardboard”, decided to tackle one of the country’s biggest challenges, and began researching HIV/Aids and its impact on poorer communities.This formed the basis for a unique, workable, sustainable model for supporting South Africa’s orphans and vulnerable children. The Thanda After-School project was created three years ago as a prototype of this model to help overburdened communities care for their orphan children.Thanda After-School makes use of existing resources to provide daily after-school support to vulnerable children, enabling them to stay in their community while acquiring the skills they need to break out of the cycle of poverty and HIV/Aids.Based on traditional community structure“Thanda is based on the traditional Zulu community structure, where family members and neighbours help children in need, no matter how thinly stretched resources are,” Larkan explainsCreated alongside the community members of Mtwalume on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Thanda provides after-school support for over 300 children from within existing buildings such as classrooms and sports fields.Thanda gives the children a meal and the skills to help them reach their full potential and become active members of their community. All the staff members are role models employed from within the community.Levi’s said of Larkan: “This inspiring young woman is defining a new approach to ending poverty and HIV/Aids in rural communities, and developing a new model of orphan care that could be implemented throughout Africa.”Says Larkan: “I would like to show people that although it’s scary to start something new or to go against what everyone else is doing with their lives, the rewards are invaluable, because when you help a crying child in need, support a grandmother who feels alone, or enable a teenager to have hope, we all feel that lost humanity once again.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Recycling companies across South Africa

first_imgJohannesburg’s municipal refuse collection agency, Pikitup, has a list of recycling buy-back centres in Gauteng, as well as 41 garden refuse transfer sites. Pikitup provides containers to dispose of light garden waste at these sites.Various sites have extended their services to accepting ewaste and used oil. Ewaste refers to electronic and electrical waste such as computers, entertainment electronics, cellphones, household appliances, spent fluorescent tubes, batteries and battery-operated toys.There are also containers or receptacles to deposit reclaimable products, such as paper, plastic and cans. Pikitup also runs a separation at source project. Residents are encouraged to divide up their waste for recycling and collection by Pikitup. Its website lists areas participating in this project.My Waste is a simple online application that helps you find recycling centres close to home; simply enter your suburb and the product you need to recycle and you’ll receive a list of companies with contact details and maps for each.Netday recycles used computers for use at disadvantaged schools. Phone +27 (0) 11 403 5997.Mzansi Office Recycling and Consumables recycles toner cartridges and raises funds for WWF, Childline, SPCA, Cotlands and the HIV Paediatrics Foundation. Phone +27 (0) 11 493 5700.Habitat for Humanity accepts leftover building material such as good quality bricks, SABS approved paint, tiles or other materials and will collect big loads. Phone +27 (0) 11 836 0710.MPact, formerly Mondi Recycling, places paper recycling bins at retailers, churches, schools, old age homes, community centres and dump sites in large metropolitan areas. The green bins are labelled “Mpact Recycling”; some may still be orange with the Mondi logo. Phone 0800 022 112 or +27 (0) 11 538 8600.Collect a Can has a guide to setting up a recycling committee at your school, and a list of what can and cannot be recycled. Drop off cans – remember to separate aluminium from tin – at a Collect a Can depot. Phone +27 (0) 11 466 2939.The Glass Recycling Company accepts glass beverage bottles and glass food jars only at its banks. The website has a comprehensive list of glass bank drop offs. Businesses, schools, townhouse complexes and malls can also apply to host a glass bank, as long as there is enough traffic to warrant it. Phone +27 (0) 11 803 0767.PET Recycling Company has 430 recovery stations for plastic bottles throughout South Africa, while locally recyclable plastic bottles can be taken to municipal sites; check which recyclables your site accepts. Municipal collection points in all major metropolitan areas have set up plastics recovery stations and recyclers will collect from these centres. Community-based organisations also offer this facility, as do some shopping centres. Phone 0860 147 738 or +27 (0) 21 788 9954.eWaste Association of South Africa (eWasa) oversees a sustainable environmentally sound ewaste management system for South Africa. The non-profit organisation works with manufacturers; vendors and distributors of electronic and electrical goods; and ewaste handlers, including refurbishers, dismantlers and recyclers, to manage ewaste effectively. Phone +27 (0) 31 575 8119.Plastics Federation of South Africa lists drop offs for plastic waste. Phone+27 (0) 11 314 4021.The Polystyrene Packaging Council provides information on drop-off sites for this type of plastic. Phone +27 (0)11 793 2658.The National Recycling Forum is a non-profit organisation created to extend the interests of the formal recycling industry in South Africa. It has information on its members as well as links to the latest legislation, recycling resources and advice on how to recycle. Phone +27 (0) 11 675 3462/4.Cities have specific waste collection strategies. Check their websites for information: Cape Town, Durban, Tshwane, Bloemfontein, Mahikeng, Mbombela, Polokwane.The Pikitup Waste Recycling Programme directly to households, Separation at Source Programme, is currently only operational in Avalon Farm (Orange Farm only), Marlboro Depot Area, Southdale Depot Area, Midrand (Diepsloot only), Zondi and Central Camp depot areas.In these areas, Pikitup, in partnership with cooperatives and SMMEs made up of youth, reclaimers and informal recyclers, is collecting recyclables directly from households. Pikitup provides the plastic bags for this collection and issues households in the areas serviced by the Separation at Source programme with a starter pack comprising:•             A clear plastic bag for recyclables (polystyrene, tins, plastic, glass); and•             A hessian bag for paper.In areas not yet covered by this programme residents can deliver all their recyclables to all Pikitup garden sites where waste entrepreneurs collect these for recycling purpose. All recyclables besides metal are collected i.e. oil (garden sites only), glass, paper, cartons, e-waste, and cans.The separated refuse is collected by Pikitup’s partner cooperatives and SMMEs. After collection they are delivered to various private- and City-owned sorting facilities where they are processed and sold by these cooperatives and SMMEs for their own benefit.In areas where the Separation at Source programme has not rolled out, Pikitup takes all the refuse to the landfills but residents are encouraged to deliver recyclables to any of the Pikitup garden sites. Pikitup is in the process of building sorting facilities in three of its landfill sites to ensure that even the waste that goes to the landfill is further sorted before final disposal.BUYING ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTSThe Green Shop sells eco-friendly items sourced from all over the world, from toys for children and gadgets for executives, to interesting and funky lights or items to help you recycle. Its products are powered by a range of alternative energy sources, such as solar, wind-up, hydrogen and push power. Phone 083 629 7986.The South African Vegan Directory is a guide for environmentally friendly toiletries and cosmetics, as well as to vegan-friendly restaurants, shops, food and drinks, products and accommodation around South Africa.Eco Smart sells environmentally friendly cleaning products. Phone +27 (0) 11 477 8936last_img read more

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NLEX eyes QF bonus

first_imgRead Next LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Can Pacquiao wangle a rematch now? 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments NLEX is tied for the lead with idle Barangay Ginebra at 7-2 and Guiao had said that he thinks the magic number for a top four slot—and a twice-to-beat privilege—would be eight wins.“It will be tough. But who knows? We could get lucky again in one of our last two games,” he said.Aaron Fuller has proven to be exactly what the doctor has ordered to resuscitate NLEX. Then there’s Guiao’s genius of tweaking the local lineup to get the players he wants.“I think the players just jelled earlier than I anticipated,” Guiao said as Larry Fonacier, JR Quiñahan and Alex Mallari have come to fore and are immediately playing with impact for the Road Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Alex Mallari is among the newcomers who have taken the lead for NLEX’s turnaround this season. —Sherwin VardeleonANTIPOLO—Yeng Guiao hasn’t had this kind of a view for quite a while.The NLEX coach is looking down on almost everyone for the first time this PBA season, and the Road Warriors take the first of two shots to nail down a big quarterfinal advantage in the Governors’ Cup with a win over TNT KaTropa Wednesday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Weather permitting, tip off is at 7 p.m. and Guiao knows exactly what’s in store for his Road Warriors if they win.“That’s the good thing with our situation right now—we know what we need to do to get a top four slot,” Guiao said.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 shutoutThe Texters, meanwhile, will play for the first time in eight years with Ranidel de Ocampo no longer part of the squad after dealing the veteran forward to Meralco in a trade that also involved Phoenix.TNT got Justin Chua, who Meralco first shipped to the Fuel Masters. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

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RJ Barrett has triple-double, Duke beats NC State

first_imgNBA, FIBA announce plans for pro league in Africa Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Zion Williamson scored 32 points on 12-of-16 shooting and Tre Jones added 13 to help the Blue Devils (23-2, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) win their ninth straight.“My teammates were obviously finishing, and it was great to play with them, especially Zion especially at the end, just grabbing everything, finishing everything,” Barrett said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBarrett became the fourth Duke player with a triple-double and the first since Shelden Williams in January 2006. He completed it in the final minute, hitting Williamson for a layup that put Duke up 90-74.“I wouldn’t say satisfying, but I’m glad I could help, because he is my brother,” Williamson said with a smile. “If it was anybody, I’m glad it was me.” Duke’s RJ Barrett (5) celebrates after a score while North Carolina State’s Torin Dorn (2) looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)DURHAM, N.C. — RJ Barrett always seems to do it all for No. 2 Duke. This time, it showed up on the stat sheet.The freshman had the program’s first triple-double in 13 years, finishing with 23 points, 11 rebounds and a season-high 10 assists in the Blue Devils’ 94-78 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Duke overcame 19 percent shooting from 3-point range by building a 44-26 rebounding advantage and scoring 22 points off N.C. State’s 12 turnovers.Markell Johnson had 16 points and 10 assists, Torin Dorn scored 17 points and C.J. Bryce added 13 points for the Wolfpack (18-8, 6-7), who had their two-game winning streak snapped.BIG PICTUREN.C. State: The Wolfpack played like a team that believed it could beat Duke — because they had, winning each of the last two meetings — and kept coming up with an answer when the Blue Devils tried to pull away. But their struggles to keep Duke from scoring in the paint — the Blue Devils had 58 points there — kept them from their first three-game winning streak in the series since 1987-88.“You’ve got to cut down on your mistakes and you’ve got to be able to rebound the basketball,” N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts said. “But I like my team. We’ve fought and competed against every team in this league.”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Duke: The Blue Devils didn’t need a rally in this one, unlike their victory at Louisville four nights earlier in which they stormed back after trailing by 23 with less than 10 minutes left. They kept one neighborhood rival at arm’s length all night — though they never really delivered a knockout blow — and now they can focus on a bigger one: No. 8 North Carolina, which comes in Wednesday night.STAR WATCHBarrett did everything for Duke except turn the ball over — this was his first game with zero turnovers. “I’ve been having so many turnovers lately, so I’m really happy for that,” he said. He’d flirted with triple-doubles twice before, finishing three assists shy of one against Stetson in December and was one assist short of one last month in the home loss to Syracuse.IN THE SEATSThere was even more buzz inside Cameron Indoor Stadium for this one, with boxer Floyd Mayweather sitting directly behind the Duke bench and next to former Blue Devils guard Quinn Cook. Among the handful of other NBA players in attendance was Minnesota’s Tyus Jones, the older brother of the current Duke point guard, and Phoenix’s T.J. Warren, a Durham native and former N.C. State star who was in the stands with NBA All-Star Weekend taking place 2 hours away in Charlotte.“I think that’s just the Duke effect,” Williamson said. “You’ve got to understand, (Mike Krzyzewski) is the greatest coach of all time, so a lot of people want to just come and experience Cameron. We appreciate Floyd and especially the former players who came back, because you know, they’re part of the brotherhood.”HE SAID IT“Why are they talking about me? Oh my gosh. I guess it’s dope. I mean, those are two of the best players in the league. But I mean, I’m hoping to be there competing against them next year,” — Williamson, when he was told that LeBron James and Stephen Curry were talking about him at NBA All-Star media day. Williamson has not formally announced his plans for next season.“He’s very advanced, and he’s very young, and he’s going to be here a very short time,” Krzyzewski, on Barrett.UP NEXT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes N.C. State: Plays host to Boston College on Wednesday night.Duke: Plays host to the Tar Heels on Wednesday night. 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10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari explains leaving Isco on bench

first_imgReal Madrid coach Solari explains leaving Isco on benchby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari left Isco on the bench for victory over Rayo Vallecano.Real overcame Rayo 1-0 via a Karim Benzema strike, with Solari pleased about the win, which he discussed after explaining his benching of Isco.”My interest is in ensuring that all players are well, happy and committed and we all work for that,” he said.”I try not to make mistakes in the formation or the substitutions and I do that because it is part of my job.”With the way the match went, I brought Dani Ceballos in for Marco [Asensio] because he was tired then Fede [Valverde] for the midfield and Vini came in because he was the only forward on the bench who could replace Benzema.”We were dominant against Rayo and should have gone in at half-time with a more comfortable lead but when you don’t take your chances you will suffer.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 days agoFred assures Man Utd fans: I feel like I’m getting better

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fred assures Man Utd fans: I feel like I’m getting betterby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Fred says he’s finally adapting to the rigours of Premier League football.The Brazilian has been disappointing since arriving from Shahktar Donestk for a whopping £52m in the summer of 2018.But Fred insists he has needed time to change his playing style from the Ukrainian leagues.”My first season was difficult but that is normal when a footballer changes league,” he said. “The Ukrainian league isn’t as strong as the Premier League. It’s faster and more physical here.”You need to start games strongly and finish them strongly.”It’s the full force for 90 minutes, but it takes time to adapt to English football when you come from Ukraine, even though I was playing against some of the best teams in the Champions League, but I believe I am adapting.”The 26-year-old added that feeling more settled in the city of Manchester is playing a role in his improvement on the pitch.”I’m learning day by day. I feel like I’m getting better. I have a big heart. I will play better.”I like Manchester. My family are here and they like it too. They are speaking English. I’m having English classes, too, but it’s not possible all the time because we travel a lot but we speak lots of languages here.” last_img read more