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Bolt to conquer Beijing again – Mills

first_imgNEW YORK (CMC):Usain Bolt’s coach, Glen Mills, has backed the superstar to come good at this month’s World Championships in Beijing.The 28-year-old Bolt will enter the August 22-30 showpiece at the Bird’s Nest Stadium with question marks over his form, after a series of lacklustre performances in recent months.However, Mills said while Bolt had suffered several injury setbacks recently which had affected his preparation, he was the type of athlete who was always highly motivated for the major championships.”The last two years have been very challenging for both Usain and myself,” Mills was quoted as saying.”Unfortunately, he has had a number of different injuries to overcome which have affected his training and the number of competitions he has been able to compete in.”But Bolt is a champion who knows nothing but excellence when performing on the world stage.”Gatlin challengeBolt enters the World Championships as the defending champion in both the 100 and 200 metres following his conquests in Moscow two years ago, but with a serious challenge expected from resurgent American Justin Gatlin.This year, Gatlin has produced the better form, posting world-leading times of 9.74 seconds in the 100 metres in Doha back in May and 19.57 seconds in the 200 metres at the US Trials in Oregon the following month.Bolt’s 100 metres best this year has been a 9.87 clocking under pressure in London last month.The injury issues last year and early this season have been a major problem, but Mills said a few changes to his training regime had proven productive.”We have been making a number of changes on the way he trains and have been getting results,” said Mills. “However, I would have wanted him to have had more races.”Bolt is the finest sprinter in the history of the sport. He captured the sprint double at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and successfully defended the titles at the following Olympiad in London three years ago.He also did the double at the Berlin World Championships in 2009 and only a false start in the 100m at the 2011 edition in Daegu prevented him from completing yet another double.last_img read more

Milo serves up $750,000 for prep/primary swim champs

first_imgNestle/Milo will serve up a whopping $750,000 sponsorship and other incentives at the 19th renewal of an eagerly anticipated Milo Prep/Primary Schools Swimming Championships slated for June 3- 4, at the National Aquatics Centre. The event was launched at the same venue on Wednesday. The annual championship serves as a major development meet for children not involved in club competitive swimming at the prep and primary school level, between ages four and 12. More than 200 swimmers will compete for the respective honours and prizes this year. Amateur Swimming Association of Jamaica (ASAJ) president, Handel Lamey, praised NestlÈ for its 19 years of sponsorship. “I am very very pleased that Milo has increased their sponsorship, it’s a tremendous boost to swimming in Jamaica, because it is very expensive to host a meet like this over a two-day period, so this sponsorship is very significant and we want corporate Jamaica to come on board and to really give back to the sport,” Lamey told The Gleaner. According to Lamey, he has no doubt outstanding swimmers like Zaneta Alveranga of St Hugh’s Prep who said the prayer on Wednesday, Zacharay Jackson-Blaine from Creative Kids Learning Academy who gave the vote of thanks and Christanya Shirley of Wolmer’s Prep will several records at the meet. John Sinclair delivered the meet overview yesterday, tipping the event to be one of their ‘most exciting and competitive.’ The reigning Champion Schools are Wolmer’s Prep in the boys’ category and Immaculate Preparatory for girls while Excelsior are the Champion Primary school. Director of Sports in the Ministry of Culture and Sports Florette Blackwood lauded the efforts of Nestle/Milo for being “good corporate citizens and for their stewardship in the development of the sport of swimming.” Marketing manager of Milo, Ockino Petrie, said besides their $750,000 sponsorship they are introducing a $100,000 incentive to make his company’s 19th year as sponsors a memorable one.last_img read more

Angelenos march against illegal-immigration bill

first_imgIn a continuing call for immigrant rights, residents and community leaders marched across Los Angeles on Monday during a National Day of Action held in dozens of U.S. cities. Thousands of Angelenos rallied downtown and in the San Fernando Valley urging lawmakers to halt anti-illegal-immigrant legislation and allow a path to citizenship for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. Brandishing the Stars and Stripes and “We are America” placards, immigrants and their supporters marched on federal buildings downtown and in Van Nuys, where they lit candles to protest pending immigration reform. “This Congress has to acknowledge that (immigrants) built this country from its founding,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told thousands of protesters who cheered from the steps of La Placita, one of the city’s oldest churches. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“Today we say to America: We’ve come here to work: We clean your toilets. We clean your hotels. We build your houses. We take care of your children. We want you to help us take care of our children as well.” The marchers joined what immigrant advocates hoped would be the largest national protest ever. At dozens of rallies from Los Angeles to Denver to Washington, D.C., demonstrators protested federal legislation that would quicken deportations, tighten border security and turn undocumented immigrants into felons. A bill to grant citizenship to a vast majority of illegal immigrants collapsed in the Senate last week. Hours before the evening march, Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, addressed a South Los Angeles school in support of the failed Senate bill. “I believe in balance,” said Kerry. “Our borders do have to mean something, ladies and gentlemen. In the age of 9-11, it is important to know who’s crossing our borders.” In Washington, D.C., immigrants streamed down to the National Mall, walking from Malcolm X Park – a traditional staging ground for protests in the capital. Maria Gomez, 25, draped herself with a Salvadoran flag. Gomez, who acknowledged being in the U.S. illegally, said she hopes politicians’ minds are changed by the rallies. “We just want to work. We’re not hurting anybody,” she said. Oscar Rivera, 38, said he believes Congress should grant full amnesty to illegal immigrants. Originally from El Salvador, Rivera, a photographer, said he is a legal permanent resident of the U.S., and believes in open borders. “If globalization means companies can go into any country looking for cheap labor,” he said, “then why can’t people, why can’t my family, go where they want to get better wages?” The rallies came two weeks on the heels of the largest demonstration in Los Angeles, when upward of 500,000 residents marched in support of immigrants’ rights. In Los Angeles on Monday, more than 7,000 marchers took to the streets, waving American flags and clutching votive candles as they walked several downtown blocks across the 101 Freeway. The demonstration began at 5 p.m. and ended at the federal courthouse at sunset. Organizers billed the vigil as an interfaith day of action that spanned across race and class, and they say they will next push for a massive voting campaign and larger national demonstrations. “We are here because we are struggling for our people, for legalization,” said Efrain Santa Cruz, 44, of Monterey Park. “The silence is broken.” An estimated 4,000 demonstrators marched from Panorama City to the Van Nuys federal courthouse, shutting down Van Nuys for two miles. Teresa Diaz, 45, of North Hollywood said she left four children in Mexico to find work in Los Angeles. “We came here to escape poverty,” said Diaz, who is a citizen. “We are Americans.” “I see the necessity of legalization firsthand,” added Dora Posado, 41, of Sun Valley, a U.S. citizen who emigrated from El Salvador 26 years ago for better jobs. “When we don’t have papers, they want to pay us less, they want to discriminate.” Meanwhile, a coalition of immigrant-rights activists planned to disrupt the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today by reserving time on each agenda item for discussion of immigrant issues. Maria Vergara, an activist with La Gente Unida, said speakers plan to send a “silent message” to the board. Miguel Guzman, president of La Gente Unida Political Action Committee, said the supervisors need to learn about how immigrants are suffering in the county. “We can’t be looked down on as a lower class,” he said. “We deserve equal opportunities and don’t need anybody to step on our spirits like this.” Daily News Staff Reporter Troy Anderson contributed to this report. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

FINN VALLEY’S SARAH NAMED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK IN STATES

first_imgFINN VALLEY’S Sarah Collin’s has been named Big East athlete of the week after her impressive run in the Lehigh University cross country invitational on Friday.This was a high profile University meet involving 40 teams and as a freshman finishing 3rd in the 6k event her time 20.23 just 25 seconds down on the winner earned her the prestigious award!Her next outing is October 12th at the University of Winconsin! Go Sarah! FINN VALLEY’S SARAH NAMED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK IN STATES was last modified: October 4th, 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:FINN VALLEY’S SARAH NAMED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK IN STATESlast_img read more

QPR 1-0 Wigan: Highlights of Rangers’ victory against the Latics

first_imgRob Green produced a series of saves to ensure a 16th-minute goal by Yossi Benayoun was enough to give QPR victory.See also:Benayoun strikes again as QPR beat WiganInjury concerns for QPR after home victory’Dependable’ Green hailed after QPR winQPR v Wigan player ratings QPR’s Bond backs ‘disappointed’ YunFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Sharks defenseman to make NHL debut with blue line depleted by injuries

first_imgSAN JOSE — For most of the season, the Sharks have carried eight defensemen, going essentially with the same lineup on the blue line until Radim Simek bumped Joakim Ryan out of the mix on Dec. 2.Now, with the NHL’s most offensively-prolific team rolling into SAP Center Saturday night, the Sharks (22-13-7) are undergoing a major shakeup on the backend to absorb the loss of three defensemen who’ve suffered injuries this week.Jacob Middleton, 23, will make his NHL debut against the Tampa Bay …last_img read more

The beautiful harvest

first_imgSouth Africa’s wine industry is booming – it’s more professional, more transparent, and gaining credibility in leaps and bounds in international markets.A recent article in the New York Times said: “It took a little longer than the winemakers predicted in 1994. And, indeed, not everybody is up to speed. But the best wines are exceptionally good and there is every reason to expect that dozens, no, hundreds of Cape wines will improve exponentially in the years to come.”That’s to top the success of Cape Wine 2004, the country’s biggest ever wine trade exhibition, that showcased 4000 wines over four days to more than 1200 people with a specialist interest in wine. It represented nearly all of the country’s exporters. Wines of South Africa CEO Su Birch says it was one of the most successful exhibitions yet.“It has provided an outstanding opportunity to show international trade and media the scope and depth of our industry,” said Birch.And despite dire predictions about wine exports on a strong rand, South African wine producers almost doubled the number of cases they sold in the £5 (R59) price category in the UK last year – selling 7.6-million nine-litre cases of wine in all price categories, an increase of 227% over 2002.But where do you turn to if you want to get in on the boom? Fortunately the industry has several outstanding online resources to help you on your way:Wines of South AfricaWosa, a non-profit organisation, represents all South African producers of wine who export their products. It has over 320 exporters on its database, comprising all the major South African wine exporters. It operates independently of any producer or wholesaling company. It is also independent of any government department, although it is recognised by government as an export council.SA Wine Industry Information & SystemsSawis is a non-profit company under control and direction of the South African wine industry. Its main functions involve the collection, processing and dissemination of industry information and administration of the industry’s Wine of Origin system. South African Wine.co.zaSA Wine.co.za, South Africa’s online wine information centre, is a useful resource with up-to-date news, links, resources, and contacts. Cape Winemakers GuildThe guild aims to set a global standard for South African wines. Agricultural Research CouncilThe ARC aims to promote agriculture and related sectors through research and technology development. SA Society for Enology & ViticultureThe aim of SASEV is to serve as a forum for making the latest relevant scientific knowledge available to all South African wine and grape producers and to optimize the quality of South African grapes, wines and related products. Cap Classique Producers AssociationThe CCPA was established in 1992 by a group of like-minded producers who share a passion for bottle-fermented sparkling wines, made according to the traditional method (Methode Champenoise). Their vision is to promote South Africa’s premium Methode Cap Classique wines, as well as the common interests of the producers. Cenin Blanc AssociationThis website provides you with an introduction to the Chenin blanc community in South Africa. Pinotage AssociationThe Pinotage Association is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of Pinotage. SA Wine & Brandy CompanySAWB was established in 2002 by representatives of the wine producers, cellars, labour and wholesale merchants. It is a non-profit company. Its mission is to “enhance the strategic environment for the benefit of the South African wine industry’. South African Wine Industry TrustThis website still under construction, but relevant contact details are available online.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Soil is more valuable than gold

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In terms of civilization, it is more valuable than gold. The soil is the foundation for food and stability required for organized, structured society. Without good, productive soils, everything else starts to erode away. The loss of productive soil is a sad tale that shows up over and over throughout the history of mankind.This repeated trend throughout the earth’s millennia of agriculture intrigued David Montgomery, a geologist at the University of Washington in Seattle, who spoke at the Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference in March.“As a geologist I started looking at soils and studied erosion around the world. A decade ago I got really interested in how soil erosion affected ancient civilizations. That culminated in a book that looked at the role of soil degradation in the decline of ancient civilizations. There is a depressing component to that because you see the same story play out in society after society. Societies that degraded their land didn’t prosper in the long run. You can look at places like Syria or Libya as modern examples of places that degraded their land to the extent that it compromised their descendants greatly in terms of their prosperity and stability,” Montgomery said. “Then my wife and I bought a house in north Seattle that came with a yard with dirt — not much in the way of soil. It had an old growth Seattle lawn with six inches of tangled roots. We pulled that lawn off to make a garden and we didn’t find a single worm. It was dead dirt. We embarked on an attempt to bring life back to the soil to make a garden.”In the small-scale urban backyard project, Montgomery and his wife had surprising success in rebuilding their soil with the addition or organic matter, increasing biological diversity and minimizing soil disturbance.“We restored the soil really fast, much faster than I would have guessed from the research I had done on ancient civilizations. Nature takes a long time to make an inch of soil, but we can do it much faster by taking advantage of our ability to bring organic matter in to enhance what nature would take a long time to do. We wrote a book about that experience and the parallels between what microbial activity does in the soil to help plants and what happens in the human gut. They are kind of like the same system. Then I was left wondering if we could do that same thing on a global scale on farms around the world,” Montgomery said. “I took some time off of teaching at the University of Washington in Seattle to visit farmers around the world who had already restored fertility to their land. I brought a shovel with me and said, ‘What’d you do? What did you start with and what do you have now? Can we dig a hole here and at your neighbor’s place?’ I was really impressed how rapidly some farmers had been able to restore fertility to their land and how much they had been able to reduce their use of fertilizers and pesticides. No-till was a sort of foundation for re-building soil health.”The crucial role of reducing and eliminating tillage initially surprised Montgomery.“What do you think of in terms of icons for agriculture? The plow. It is on the seal of the USDA — Thomas Jefferson’s plow is still there. Societies throughout history have relied on it. The idea that plowing could degrade soil over the long run is a little counter intuitive but it is pretty solid in terms of causing soil erosion. If you till the soil you are leaving it vulnerable to the wind and the rain until the next plant comes up. If you do that for generations it can really add up,” Montgomery said. “I found three simple principles that were in common among the farmers who had reversed the trend of ancient soil degradation and rebuilt the fertility of the land. The principles are: ditch the plow, cover up with cover crops, and grow a diversity of crops, whether in the cash crops or cover crops. Some of the farmers I visited with were growing corn, soybeans and wheat and adding diversity with cover crops in between. They had all greatly reduced fertilizers and pesticides while maintaining yields, which increases farmer profits. I view rebuilding soil health as the best long-term investment a farmer can make but it can also pencil out over the short run too. We are starting to learn about the role of soil life bacteria and fungi in plants and crops. They can help rebuild soil health at a pace that, as a geologist I find quite fast.”Montgomery’s first popular book, “Dirt,” was a fairly grim look at how erosion undermined ancient civilizations around the world. The follow up “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life,” is more of a good-news environmental story. Montgomery’s most recent book, “The Hidden Half of Nature,” co-written with his wife, Anne Biklé, looks at the power of microbes in the soil and in human health. His books are available at books.wwnorton.com/books/Growing-a-Revolution/.last_img read more

On Snake Oil and Medicine

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The people who sell snake oil stand on boxes and shout about it’s great value, how it has changed lives, how you will never be the same. They promise fast, effective, easy answers to serious problems. They’re great at their pitch. These hucksters want you to believe that the snake oil is going to cure what ails you, just like it has cured all the other people who have tried it.The snake oil itself often comes in a pretty package. Not only do the words sound good; the packaging is amazing. There are excellent graphics, inspiring images, and tons of facts and figures that the snake oil salespeople point to in order to prove that what they sell can and will help you. It’s a compelling picture.And, the snake oil tastes good, too. It’s a happy, bubbly, sugary substance. It’s high octane, and you can almost feel it working at first sip. You try it, and you want more.It’s easy to believe that there are easy answers. But for difficult, important, and serious issues, there isn’t.The medicine that heals you is different. Most of the time, your health is greatly improved by doing things that aren’t nearly as attractive as the snake oil. There is nothing sexy or magical about eating right, exercising regularly, eating well, drinking more water than you want to, and not drinking too much alcohol. There isn’t anything particularly sexy about making your calls, either.When you do need real medicine, it doesn’t come in a pretty package, and it doesn’t taste good. If you wait too long to take your medicine, you can miss the opportunity and suffer worse outcomes from failing to deal with a little discomfort when you had the chance.One of the reasons snake oil is so attractive is that the real medicine you need to take is so unattractive. But the snake oil will cost you time, money, and the overall results you really want.When you haven’t been doing what you should have been doing, you need to take your medicine. You’ve never heard anyone say, “You need to take your snake oil.”last_img read more

Gurus in trouble: Charges Against Some of India’s Self-styled Godmen

first_imgAsaram was sentenced to life imprisonment till death for raping a teenage girl + studying at his ashram in August 2013. The disgraced “godman” was arrested in Indore on September 1, 2013 and has been lodged at the Jodhpur Central Jail ever since. While reading out the judgement, the judge said “In my humble opinion, Asaram not only broke the faith of the complainant but also spoiled the image of saints among common men.”Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img