The grass is green all over the field at Melbourne Oval and club president Mark Neita says that although he is pleased with what he described as a tremendous improvement of the playing surface, he wants it to be even better.Neita, who was re-elected club president in December, had previously told The Gleaner that one of his main objectives was to have a playing area fully covered by grass and said he intended to achieve that goal early this year.The Gleaner visited the clubhouse located on Courtney Walsh Drive, Half-Way Tree, yesterday and found that Neita has been meeting his objective as almost the entire ground is covered by grass.”This has been a tremendous effort by everybody at Melbourne and CHASE (the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education Fund),” Neita said. “The (cost of ) field renovation is close to $7 million and we got a significant amount of it from CHASE, but there’s more to come. It has been a tremendous effort from our members and ground staff. It is not yet at the point of perfection, but it is about 75 per cent there. In the next three to four weeks, we intend to have the entire area fully grassed.”But what about the periods of drought common to Jamaica? Neita says that this has been considered and the club is ready for such an occurrence.FULLY AUTOMATED”What we did is that we have a fully automated irrigation system. Unfortunately, we couldn’t dig a well because of that expense. So instead, we have created adequate storage of 15,000 gallons of water. Once the field gets to the point of maturity, we’ll be able to water it maybe once or twice per week and maintain it throughout the dry spell with the hope that once the rain starts, we’ll be OK.”Neita says that the problems arise if you do not water fields like theirs throughout dry periods or if the soil is not healthy enough.”We’ve brought in 100 loads of topsoil and full irrigation system, so every corner of the park will be watered once we turn it on,” he said. “It’s going to be maintenance maintenance, maintenance, because you can’t spend this kind of money for one or two years. This must last for the next 10 or 15 years. Sustainability is a big part of what we’re trying to do here.”
On December 5 last week the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Medical Team, jointly with Chinese Expert Group on Bamboo and Rattan Weaving and Vegetable Plantation and East International Group, donated anti-Ebola materials to SKD Community, including nearby police stations and the Red Light Market.The materials included sanitizer powder and buckets; motorcycles, rice, cooking-oil, amongst others, estimated to have cost at least US$40,000. The donation was witnessed by his Excellency Mr. Zhang Yue, Chinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia.Mr. Wang Yungui, Head of the Chinese PLA Medical Team, lauded the people of SKD Community for their kindness and support to the Chinese ETU, promising to work together with the locals in order to win the battle against Ebola.Representatives from SKD community extended their gratitude to the long-term and selfless support shown Liberia by the Chinese government. Commending the rapid speed and high quality of the Chinese ETU construction, they said, that Asian nation’s treatment units have made them feel safer amid the Ebola epidemic. They promised that they would cooperate closely with their Chinese counterparts, ensuring that all the work goes ahead as planned.The SKD Community residents extended their thanks by a visit to the Chinese-built ETU, including its training center.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
• Photo Gallery: Renaissance FairePerformers rehearse Sunday for Saturday’s opening of the 45th annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire and Artisans Market. The event is at the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E. Arrow Highway, Irwindale and runs 10a.m. to 7 p.m. seven weekends through May 20. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 5-12 (children under 5 are free) and a discounted price of $22.50 for military, students and seniors (62+). For discount advance tickets, call (877)772-5425 or visit www.RenFaire.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The faire is a re-creation of an Elizabethan English country faire and marketplace. Visitors can cheer on knights, learn to juggle, chat with William Shakespeare, haggle with a fishwife, and see Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I. Nearly 1,000 costumed performers surround fairegoers with entertainment, including swashbuckling heroes, minstrels, daredevils, belly dancers and other colorful characters. – From staff reports
2 Daniel Sturridge’s goals Everton v Liverpool is live on talkSPORT at 1.30pm on Sunday 4 October. 2 Daniel Sturridge marked what was only his second start of the season with two goals, as Aston Villa were beaten 3-2 by Liverpool last weekend.And if this is the striker back to his goal scoring best, he might just save Brendan Rodgers’ job.The manager is under pressure in the dugout following some poor displays, but unsurprisingly Liverpool are much better when Sturridge plays.Along with Luis Suarez who scored 31 times in the 2013/14 season, the England striker scored 21 Premier League goals as the Reds just missed out on the title.However, a lengthy absence as a result of injury meant he started seven times last season and a return to goal scoring form may give the Anfield faithful some hope they can beat Everton in what will certainly be a tough Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on 4 October.
Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder is set to snub interest from Premier League champions Leicester to join Sevilla.According to reports in France, the 25-year-old is a target for Claudio Ranieri, who is likely to sign a striker should Jamie Vardy join Arsenal.However, it seems that the Italian manager will not be completing a deal for Ben Yedder, who reportedly looks ready to choose a move to Spain.The striker, who notched 17 times in 35 Ligue 1 appearances last season, has also been linked with West Ham and Tottenham but it appears that Sevilla have won the race to sign him.The La Liga club have tracked him for the past year and are thought to be closing in on a £12m move to land him this summer. 1 Wissam Ben Yedder in action for Toulouse
A Donegal woman has been fined €100 and ordered to pay €725.08 to the ISPCA to cover veterinary costs after she was convicted of failing to provide sufficient food for a Rottweiler dog, which was found emaciated on her property.Justine Duffy, age 24, of Oakland Heights, Drumkeen, pleaded guilty to one offence under Section 13 of the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013, with two offences under Section 12 and another under Section 11 taken into consideration. The case originated from a call to the ISPCA’s National Animal Cruelty Helpline.Senior Inspector Kevin Mc Ginley responded and, after multiple visits to the property, he finally made contact with Justine Duffy and was able to view the dog in question on 11th May 2017.He observed an emaciated female Rottweiler dog with protruding ribs, hips and backbone.The defendant agreed to surrender the dog, named Titch, and Inspector McGinley immediately transported her to a vet in Letterkenny. On examination the dog was found to weigh only 20.8kg.Senior Inspector McGinley told Judge Paul Kelly that blood tests were conducted in order to rule out any underlying health issues such as diabetes.The court was also informed by Inspector McGinley that the dog was in the care of the ISPCA for approximately 20 weeks and that in that time she gained 12 Kgs, more than half of her initial weight.Inspector Mc Ginley said: “When I saw the dog on this property, I was instantly concerned for her welfare upon observing how thin she was. Pet owners have an obligation to provide sufficient food for their animals, and an obligation to proactively seek advice from a vet if their animal isn’t eating. It was shocking to see someone let their dog get to this state.”Titch was transferred to the ISPCA National Animal Centre in Longford where she made a full recovery and was rehomed in Co Kildare.Donegal woman convicted for failure to adequately feed her dog was last modified: March 6th, 2019 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:courtDOGDrumkeenFeedJustine Duffy
Poor A.J. Cole. The Raiders flew to Canada for an exhibition game with the Packers, and all the rookie punter got was this stupid hoodie.Looks like @DanielCarlson38 and @AJCole90 are ready for pic.twitter.com/Is0m7MqoY3— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) August 21, 2019 Oh, look closer, eh? Winnipeg is in the province of Manitoba (known for its northern polar bear population), not Alberta (known for badlands, glaciers and vast coniferous forests).Someone should have warned the rook …
“Sleep deprivation was the biggest one,” he said of the challenges he faced in 2007. “Obviously you have to be very fit. You start hallucinating, there is tendonitis in your wrists, sore bums from sitting down the whole time. “The river is quite dangerous,” he added. “You can’t go too close to the bank. Branches and massive trees fall out, so they are 30 metres into the river and you can’t see the branches and the river is flowing really fast, and you get hooked up in those. The water temperature is four or five degrees.”A bigger boat Due to the nature of the race, it is entirely possible that, apart from the start, they might not see any of their fellow competitors at all along the route. The vast distance and the tough requirements of the test that lies in weight means the Dung Beetles have to use a bigger boat than usual. “It’s a sea kayak,” Paul explained , “bigger than our kayaks because you’ve got a long list of mandatory things you have to take, like tents, sleeping bags, two stoves, three weeks of food, bear spray, flares. It has two hatches, so you are taking a lot of kit. “The boat will weight from 80 to 100 kilograms by the time we are packed up and ready to start. It’s an expedition.”Spot devices The duo will also carry two Spot devices with them, in case one of the tracking gadgets breaks down. The devices allow them to be tracked by satellite. Every day, they must stop paddling by 23:00, when it gets dark, and within 15 minutes they must press their device. The competitors are allowed to start paddling the next morning at 05:00, when it becomes light again. They must press the Spot device every six hours. In case of an emergency, the Spot devices contain a rescue mechanism, which would alert the Coast Guard on the United States side of the border and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada.Goal Paul and Boshoff have spent six months preparing for the Yukon 1 000, putting in training sessions of up to 100 kilometres a day. They’re planning to finish the distance in eight days, although seven days would be something they would be very pleased with, said Paul. The race record is six-and-a-half days. Keeping up their energy will be vital to achieving their goals and finishing the race, he added. Food “We both trained by going to a dietician. Our intake is all based on calories and what you are burning up every day, so we have balanced that out,” Paul said. “You can’t replace the calories as fast as you are burning them. We eat every half- hour, or at least every hour. A lot of that comes from energy drinks, probably 75 percent. You have to drink about half-a-litre every hour. You have to drink at least eight litres every day. That’s what we plan to do.” Paul’s and Boshoff’s progress can be tracked on their blog – The South African Dung Beetles Blog 17 July 2014 Only 12 teams have been brave enough to enter this year’s edition of the longest canoe race in the world, the Yukon 1 000 – meaning 1 000 miles (1 600 kilometres) – and they include the “South African Dung Beetles”, Duncan Paul and Donovan Boshoff of the Natal Canoe Club. The event starts in Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon, in Alaska, and concludes at the Alaska Pipeline/Dalton Highway after seven to 12 days of paddling for 18 hours a day. Clearly, it is not for the faint of heart.Unsupported As an unsupported race, the contestants have to look out for their own wellbeing and that means carrying three weeks of food supplies. “You have to take three weeks of food with you because if you have bad weather conditions or someone gets injured there is no way you can be helped out there,” Paul said at a send-off function in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday. On Wednesday, he and Boshoff jetted off on their way to Canada for the start of the Yukon 1 000, which takes place from Monday, 21 July. Paul previously took part in the Yukon River Quest in 2007, completing the mammoth 740 kilometre journey with fellow Natal Canoe Club member Colin Burden in 50 hours, while taking only one seven-hour and one three-hour break along the way.Useful knowledge Thanks to that previous experience, Paul explained, he learned some useful things, like the kinds of trials he and Boshoff can expect to face in the even longer Yukon 1 000.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Consumers’ holiday food costs have declined, but farmers still receive less than 20% of the food dollar, according to the annual Thanksgiving edition of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Farmer’s Share publication. The popular Thanksgiving Farmer’s Share compares the retail food price of traditional holiday dinner items to the amount the farmer receives for each item.“It’s important to understand the difference between the price consumers pay for food at the grocery store or restaurant and the commodity prices farmers are paid for their products. Just recently food costs started to drop, but farm and ranch families have been plagued by low commodity prices for nearly three years,” said Roger Johnson, president of NFU. “Comparatively, the costs associated with the rest of the supply chain have a more pronounced effect on consumers’ food prices.”On average, farmers receive 17.4 cents of every food dollar consumers spend, while more than 80% of food costs cover marketing, processing, wholesaling, distribution and retailing. For the 15 items NFU tracks for the Thanksgiving version, farmers received 19.4 cents of the retail food dollar.Turkey growers, who raise the staple Thanksgiving dish, receive about 89 cents per pound retailing at $1.59. Wheat farmers averaged 4 cents on 12 dinner rolls that retail for $3.29. And dairy producers received only $1.44 for the $4.49 gallon of fat free milk.Thanksgiving presents an opportunity to raise awareness about food production, including misconceptions about food costs, Johnson explained. “Farmers and ranchers play the most valuable role in actually producing the food that is served at holiday dinners, yet they make just pennies on the dollar for their products.”The Farmers’ Share is based on calculations derived from the monthly Agriculture Prices report produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, and compared to price points of common grocery food items at Safeway supermarket.The Thanksgiving Farmers’ Share can be viewed and downloaded here.
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