Concern over arrivals – Bolt to join camp within two days, MVP athletes delayed by visa issues

first_img They were originally advised by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) that they would be able to secure their Chinese visas from any Chinese embassy in the world. The group, which started arriving in Japan yesterday, will now receive their documents for China through the Japanese government. Fraser-Pryce is expected to arrive in Japan by tomorrow. “That issue had to do with some visa issues in Europe. Visas for China will now be obtained in Japan. MVP is, of course, based in Italy at this time of the year and they (Italian officials) wouldn’t issue visas to China for non-Italians there,” Watts explained. “The Japanese foreign ministry has made arrangements with the Chinese embassy so they can secure the visas within a day or two after arriving here.” MVP president Bruce James further explained. “The only reason why everyone isn’t already in Japan is because we thought we could get the Chinese visas from Italy. The JAAA advised us that we could get the visas for China there and again confirmed even after (Chinese Embassy in) Milan said no,” said James. “Once we got all the athletes, (MVP assistant manager) Aundre Edwards went twice (to the Chinese Embassy in Italy) and the second time that he went, they said they couldn’t do it for non-Italians, so the decision was to fly into Japan and get the visas there.” James also noted that the difficulty since then, has been to get earlier flights into Japan, which best accommodate the large group. O’Dayne Richards and Jonia McDonald are already in Japan, with several others expected to arrive in Japan early tomorrow (Japan time). “Getting in there is another challenge because, as you know, there are a lot of them – 15 athletes, coaches, managers, massage therapists – but everyone will be in Japan this week,” added James. “We speak every day to the JAAA and they know the schedule and are making arrangements to pick them up and so on, so it’s working well,” said James. Reason for the delay Sprint king Usain Bolt is expected to arrive in Tottori, Japan, within two days, while Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Kaliese Spencer, Elaine Thompson and the majority of the MVP Track Club athletes selected to represent Jamaica at the World Championships are also yet to arrive, due to visa issues. Speaking from the team’s hotel in the Japan prefecture of Tottori, where Jamaica’s athletes are staging a pre-World Championships training camp, team manager Ludlow Watts told Gleaner Athletics that he is expecting the triple world record holder Bolt to join the group within two days. Watts also admitted that not having all 53 athletes selected to represent the country in camp, some five days after they arrived in Japan, was somewhat of a concern for the technical staff. “I would have to say ‘Yes, it affects us’, because if you have everyone together, you would be able to do everything together, but if you don’t have everyone, it means that you would not get the maximum out of the whole plans for the camp,” said Watts. “Bolt? We expect him (to arrive in Japan) shortly. I cannot be sure (when exactly he will arrive), but he should be here within two days,” Watts said. The 15-strong MVP group, which also consists of experienced campaigner Nesta Carter, along with the likes of Janieve Russell, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Julian Forte and Rusheen McDonald, were not able to travel to Japan because of difficulties in obtaining their visas for China, from their European base in Lignano, Italy.last_img read more

Eccles’ first health centre expected to be completed this year

first_imgResidents of Eccles, East Bank Demerara will, by the end of the year, benefit from a health centre which is currently under construction to the tune of $27 million.This is according to Regional Executive Officer (REO) Pauline Lucas, who also stated that after its completion, hundreds of residents will benefit. She noted that the residents are presently forced to use the Agricola or Herstelling health centres.REO Lucas, accompanied by the Regional Health Department official Yogesh Narain, took an extensive tour of the facility, where she met with the contractors’ brothers, Mario and Marlon Andrews. she said the regular visits to projects being undertaken within her region is geared at ensuring that contractors are completing work in a timely manner and according to specifications.The outside of the health centre taking shape“What we have seen over the years is that contractors do whatever they think that they should do, while in other cases they seek to ‘cut corners,’ thus robbing the public of the facilities that had been entrusted to them to build. Since assuming the position of REO, I have sought to take a more hands on approach, so my engineer would visit regularly while I would also go and inspect, so that they are cognisant that I am not prepared (to accept substandard or poorly executed works).“If we are paying them tax payers’ monies, then all we seek is value for money,” she declared.The REO said she is very excited at ongoing construction of the health centre. She noted that, for a number of years, residents of Eccles have been calling for such a facility.“Many have complained that they were forced to seek attention at Agricola or Herstelling, thus making them uncomfortable. So with this new facility, which is the first for their community, I am confident that a number of health-related issues being faced by residents can be effectively addressed,” she declared.It was disclosed that this heath centre would contain a number of features that would certainly bolster the delivery of healthcare to residents and patients. REO Lucas revealed that among the features would be three consultation rooms, a pharmacy, a records room, a dressing room, a treatment room, a VCT room, a rehabilitation room, and bathrooms which will cater for those differently-abled.“I have reiterated to contractors that, when constructing public facilities, catering for the differently-able must remain a priority, as no longer can we imagine that those (who are) differently-able would not want to access the same facilities and services like those who are able. As such, the health centre will be constructed so as to cater for those who are differently-able, that they, too, can access the many services that will be provided there,” an evidently happy REO said.Regional Health Officer (RHO) Dr. Quincy Jones, in commenting on the construction of the new health centre, said it is very timely and the RDC and his department have collectively answered the cries and requests of residents.“It has been a long time since residents have been asking for a health centre in this community, as they have expressed concerns of visiting both Agricola and Herstelling health centres. So I am very pleased that our REO has ensured that such a project has been undertaken. I now await its completion, so that all, especially the patients who would be accessing it, can be elated over the construction of this health facility,” Dr Jones stressed.The RHO expressed sentiments similar to REO Lucas’s — satisfied with the construction and the fact that thus far everything is moving ahead nicely.“This new health centre will certainly play a pivotal and critically important role in the effective delivery of healthcare to those accessing it,” Dr Jones said. REO Lucas added, “I can tell you that based on what we are seeing now, when this health centre is completed and opens its doors, the general public would certainly be impressed with everything.”last_img read more

The lowdown on Manchester City’s hottest new star

first_img1 Kelechi Iheanacho (left) Manchester City boast a galaxy of stars on their books but it was little known Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho who had Blues fars purring with delight against Kansas City in a pre-season encounter. talkSPORT’s Talent Spotter has the latest on the starlet, who could light up the Etihad for years to come.Name: Kelechi IheanachoDate of birth: 3 October, 1996Birthplace: NigeriaClub: Manchester City Position: AttackerInternational: Seven Nigeria U17 caps, six goalsWhat’s the latest?Manchester City saw off European heavyweights Manchester United, Arsenal and Porto to land the Nigerian teenager back in January after he had lit up and helped his nation win the U17 World Cup. Iheanacho got his first taste of action for City in the 4-1 pre-season win over Kansas City on Thursday and totally ran the show, scoring the last goal for the visitors. The nitty gritty1. Prior to his City debut many would be forgiven for being clueless over who Iheanacho is. The 17-year-old only really came to prominence following his devastating displays for Nigeria in the U17 World Cup in the UAE. There he scored six goals and conjured up seven assists to help his nation lift the trophy in 2013. 2. Iheanacho’s sensational performances, which led to him being given the Golden Ball award for player of the tournament, prompted talk of a shock World Cup call up for the senior side. However, Super Eagles boss Stephen Keshi, while recognising the youngster’s talent said he needed some more experience. 3. Iheanacho is best described as deep-lying number 10, with the attacker seemingly most effective playing behind the striker. As he proved at the U17 World Cup, he has a very keen eye for a pass and is blessed with wonderful creativity for a player so young.4. He names former Arsenal and Nigeria striker Nwankwo Kanu as his hero. When asked how important Kanu had been to the development of Iheanacho and the other young stars, he described him as “everything to me”.5. The teenager shone against Kansas, dictating play for City, testing the opposition goalkeeper with several blistering drives and eventually scoring on his debut. Such a fine show delighted boss Manuel Pellegrini, though the Chilean admitted after the match they may be forced to loan Iheanacho out abroad until he acquires necessary work permit to play football in England. He says:“A lot of the boys thought maybe I was too small, too skinny to be a good player. But I realised now with what I’ve done here that God is preparing something special for me” – Iheanacho on his rise to prominence in the U17 World CupThey say:“Kelechi is just 17 years old and he’s a very important player for us in the future. He demonstrated today what he can do in the future. It depends on the way he takes this profession, but I think he’s a good talent. “For the moment he will stay with us and we’ll see when we return to England what will happen with him. But he’s a very important player for the future for the club. He’s signed for us. But after the tour we will see what happens with him. There are a lot of things to arrange to play in England but he has an important future.”– Manuel Pellegrini on Iheanacho’s display and future at CityVideo evidenceIheanacho’s goal against Kansas CityIheanacho’s best bitsManchester City fans, what do you make of Iheanacho? Comment below.last_img read more

Exclusive – Rosler admits interest in Brighton job

first_imgUwe Rosler has told talkSPORT he is keen on the vacant manager’s job at Brighton and Hove Albion.The Seagulls are currently without a boss following the resignation of Sami Hyypia earlier in the week after just six month in charge at the Amex Stadium.And Rosler, who has been out of work since being dismissed by Wigan in November, revealed to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast he would be interested in taking the role.He said: “I think the Brighton job is a very attractive job and obviously it’s an available job and managers out of work at the moment, like I am, will be linked to it. It’s a natural procedure in this business and nobody can stop that.“For me, that is all I can say at the moment.”last_img read more

Protestants join migrant debate

first_imgThe proposed legislation would also criminalize the undocumented members of Latino churches, he said. On Thursday, about eight religious leaders met at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, where Ricardo Moreno, organizer for Latino relations for the Pasadena office of Bread for the World, has an office. Moreno said the leaders started meeting in February, and gatherings have included up to 150 Los Angeles-area pastors. In previous meetings, the pastors wrote a declaration calling for immigration law that: Recognizes the contributions of undocumented immigrants to the United States. Legalizes the status of thousands of people who are working in the U.S. without legal documentation. Establishes a just system for foreign workers to legally meet the economic needs of the United States. Provides opportunities for undocumented families to stay together. Regional networks of pastors are forming throughout the country, Moreno said, in Florida, Texas, New York and Washington, D.C. “The reality is most of these churches are where the undocumented people are,” he said. “I bet half of the congregations are struggling with their immigration status.” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a Washington, D.C.-based conservative Christian organization that promotes family values, is part of the outreach effort to non-Latino leaders. He attended the meeting with Latino leaders at Fuller, and will host his own forum on immigration Thursday. Perkins said the Family Research Council does not have a position on immigration, and there are few Latinos in its constituency. He was on a fact-finding mission at Fuller, he said. “I just think this is an issue of great importance to the family and to the culture and the environment in which we raise our families,” Perkins said. Undocumented immigrants are in the shadows of American society, unable to assimilate, he said. Immigration must be reformed to facilitate their inclusion in American culture, he said. Moreno said the coalition of Latino leaders is also calling for an end to the partisan politics and rhetoric surrounding immigration reform. “At the end of the day, the people who are suffering are the people who are in our pews and churches,” Moreno said. “They want a solution and we want a humane solution to this problem.” Fuller seminary is scheduling an upcoming community forum on immigration reform. The Associated Press contributed to this report. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventLatinos are a sleeping giant in American politics, and share common values with both Democrats and Republicans, according to experts. Traditionally, the group has not been unified, and tends to be morally and ethically conservative but politically and economically liberal. The Roman Catholic church is the traditional voice for social justice causes in the Latino community. But as the nation debates immigration reform, Protestants also have been making their positions known. Legislation passed by the House would make it a felony to be an undocumented immigrant, and fence the border between the United States and Mexico. The Senate is debating other measures that would boost border security but also include a temporary guest- worker program. Reforms that criminalize illegal immigration and alienate other nations are unacceptable, according to Latino Christian leaders. Juan Martinez, assistant dean of the Hispanic Church Studies program at Fuller Theological Seminary, said such measures violate the Christian mandate to care for the poor and marginalized. PASADENA – Latino Protestants are uniting to join the immigration debate, mobilizing nationwide to push the political process toward what leaders call a “humane solution.” Pastors are speaking about immigration issues in their churches. Believers are joining public protests and contacting legislators. And leaders are calling on non-Latino Protestants to bolster their position. “This is an unprecedented moment in the history of the Hispanic evangelical church,” said the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, a sister organization of the National Association of Evangelicals. “There has never been a mass mobilization to the degree we’re seeing here.” The majority of the 25 million Latinos in the United States are Roman Catholic, according to a 2003 report by the research project Hispanic Churches in American Public Life. But about 7 million are Protestants, and 88 percent of those are evangelical or “born again.” last_img read more

Premier League 2017-18 fixtures in full: Every team, every game

first_imgPremier League fixtures 2017-1812/08/2017    15:00    Arsenal v Leicester City12/08/2017    15:00    Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City12/08/2017    15:00    Chelsea v Burnley12/08/2017    15:00    Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town12/08/2017    15:00    Everton v Stoke City12/08/2017    15:00    Manchester United v West Ham United12/08/2017    15:00    Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur12/08/2017    15:00    Southampton v Swansea City12/08/2017    15:00    Watford v Liverpool12/08/2017    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Bournemouth19/08/2017    15:00    Bournemouth v Watford19/08/2017    15:00    Burnley v West Bromwich Albion19/08/2017    15:00    Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United19/08/2017    15:00    Leicester City v Brighton and Hove Albion19/08/2017    15:00    Liverpool v Crystal Palace19/08/2017    15:00    Manchester City v Everton19/08/2017    15:00    Stoke City v Arsenal19/08/2017    15:00    Swansea City v Manchester United19/08/2017    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea19/08/2017    15:00    West Ham United v Southampton26/08/2017    15:00    Bournemouth v Manchester City26/08/2017    15:00    Chelsea v Everton26/08/2017    15:00    Crystal Palace v Swansea City26/08/2017    15:00    Huddersfield Town v Southampton26/08/2017    15:00    Liverpool v Arsenal26/08/2017    15:00    Manchester United v Leicester City26/08/2017    15:00    Newcastle United v West Ham United26/08/2017    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley26/08/2017    15:00    Watford v Brighton and Hove Albion26/08/2017    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City09/09/2017    15:00    Arsenal v Bournemouth09/09/2017    15:00    Brighton and Hove Albion v West Bromwich Albion09/09/2017    15:00    Burnley v Crystal Palace09/09/2017    15:00    Everton v Tottenham Hotspur09/09/2017    15:00    Leicester City v Chelsea09/09/2017    15:00    Manchester City v Liverpool09/09/2017    15:00    Southampton v Watford09/09/2017    15:00    Stoke City v Manchester United09/09/2017    15:00    Swansea City v Newcastle United09/09/2017    15:00    West Ham United v Huddersfield Town16/09/2017    15:00    Bournemouth v Brighton and Hove Albion16/09/2017    15:00    Chelsea v Arsenal16/09/2017    15:00    Crystal Palace v Southampton16/09/2017    15:00    Huddersfield Town v Leicester City16/09/2017    15:00    Liverpool v Burnley16/09/2017    15:00    Manchester United v Everton16/09/2017    15:00    Newcastle United v Stoke City16/09/2017    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City16/09/2017    15:00    Watford v Manchester City16/09/2017    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United23/09/2017    15:00    Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion23/09/2017    15:00    Brighton and Hove Albion v Newcastle United23/09/2017    15:00    Burnley v Huddersfield Town23/09/2017    15:00    Everton v Bournemouth23/09/2017    15:00    Leicester City v Liverpool23/09/2017    15:00    Manchester City v Crystal Palace23/09/2017    15:00    Southampton v Manchester United23/09/2017    15:00    Stoke City v Chelsea23/09/2017    15:00    Swansea City v Watford23/09/2017    15:00    West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur30/09/2017    15:00    Bournemouth v Leicester City30/09/2017    15:00    Arsenal v Brighton and Hove Albion30/09/2017    15:00    Chelsea v Manchester City30/09/2017    15:00    Everton v Burnley30/09/2017    15:00    Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur30/09/2017    15:00    Manchester United v Crystal Palace30/09/2017    15:00    Newcastle United v Liverpool30/09/2017    15:00    Stoke City v Southampton30/09/2017    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Watford30/09/2017    15:00    West Ham United v Swansea City14/10/2017    15:00    Brighton and Hove Albion v Everton14/10/2017    15:00    Burnley v West Ham United14/10/2017    15:00    Crystal Palace v Chelsea14/10/2017    15:00    Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion14/10/2017    15:00    Liverpool v Manchester United14/10/2017    15:00    Manchester City v Stoke City14/10/2017    15:00    Southampton v Newcastle United14/10/2017    15:00    Swansea City v Huddersfield Town14/10/2017    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth14/10/2017    15:00    Watford v Arsenal21/10/2017    15:00    Chelsea v Watford21/10/2017    15:00    Everton v Arsenal21/10/2017    15:00    Huddersfield Town v Manchester United21/10/2017    15:00    Manchester City v Burnley21/10/2017    15:00    Newcastle United v Crystal Palace21/10/2017    15:00    Southampton v West Bromwich Albion21/10/2017    15:00    Stoke City v Bournemouth21/10/2017    15:00    Swansea City v Leicester City21/10/2017    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool21/10/2017    15:00    West Ham United v Brighton and Hove Albion28/10/2017    15:00    Bournemouth v Chelsea28/10/2017    15:00    Arsenal v Swansea City28/10/2017    15:00    Brighton and Hove Albion v Southampton28/10/2017    15:00    Burnley v Newcastle United28/10/2017    15:00    Crystal Palace v West Ham United28/10/2017    15:00    Leicester City v Everton28/10/2017    15:00    Liverpool v Huddersfield Town28/10/2017    15:00    Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur28/10/2017    15:00    Watford v Stoke City28/10/2017    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City04/11/2017    15:00    Chelsea v Manchester United04/11/2017    15:00    Everton v Watford04/11/2017    15:00    Huddersfield Town v West Bromwich Albion04/11/2017    15:00    Manchester City v Arsenal04/11/2017    15:00    Newcastle United v Bournemouth04/11/2017    15:00    Southampton v Burnley04/11/2017    15:00    Stoke City v Leicester City04/11/2017    15:00    Swansea City v Brighton and Hove Albion04/11/2017    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace04/11/2017    15:00    West Ham United v Liverpool18/11/2017    15:00    Bournemouth v Huddersfield Town18/11/2017    15:00    Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur18/11/2017    15:00    Brighton and Hove Albion v Stoke City18/11/2017    15:00    Burnley v Swansea City18/11/2017    15:00    Crystal Palace v Everton18/11/2017    15:00    Leicester City v Manchester City18/11/2017    15:00    Liverpool v Southampton18/11/2017    15:00    Manchester United v Newcastle United18/11/2017    15:00    Watford v West Ham United18/11/2017    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea25/11/2017    15:00    Burnley v Arsenal25/11/2017    15:00    Crystal Palace v Stoke City25/11/2017    15:00    Huddersfield Town v Manchester City25/11/2017    15:00    Liverpool v Chelsea25/11/2017    15:00    Manchester United v Brighton and Hove Albion25/11/2017    15:00    Newcastle United v Watford25/11/2017    15:00    Southampton v Everton25/11/2017    15:00    Swansea City v Bournemouth25/11/2017    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion25/11/2017    15:00    West Ham United v Leicester City28/11/2017    19:45    Bournemouth v Burnley28/11/2017    19:45    Arsenal v Huddersfield Town28/11/2017    19:45    Brighton and Hove Albion v Crystal Palace28/11/2017    19:45    Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur28/11/2017    19:45    Watford v Manchester United28/11/2017    20:00    West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United29/11/2017    19:45    Chelsea v Swansea City29/11/2017    19:45    Everton v West Ham United29/11/2017    20:00    Manchester City v Southampton29/11/2017    20:00    Stoke City v Liverpool02/12/2017    15:00    Bournemouth v Southampton02/12/2017    15:00    Arsenal v Manchester United02/12/2017    15:00    Brighton and Hove Albion v Liverpool02/12/2017    15:00    Chelsea v Newcastle United02/12/2017    15:00    Everton v Huddersfield Town02/12/2017    15:00    Leicester City v Burnley02/12/2017    15:00    Manchester City v West Ham United02/12/2017    15:00    Stoke City v Swansea City02/12/2017    15:00    Watford v Tottenham Hotspur02/12/2017    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace09/12/2017    15:00    Burnley v Watford09/12/2017    15:00    Crystal Palace v Bournemouth09/12/2017    15:00    Huddersfield Town v Brighton and Hove Albion09/12/2017    15:00    Liverpool v Everton09/12/2017    15:00    Manchester United v Manchester City09/12/2017    15:00    Newcastle United v Leicester City09/12/2017    15:00    Southampton v Arsenal09/12/2017    15:00    Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion09/12/2017    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City09/12/2017    15:00    West Ham United v Chelsea12/12/2017    19:45    Burnley v Stoke City12/12/2017    20:00    Crystal Palace v Watford12/12/2017    19:45    Huddersfield Town v Chelsea12/12/2017    20:00    Manchester United v Bournemouth12/12/2017    19:45    Swansea City v Manchester City12/12/2017    19:45    West Ham United v Arsenal13/12/2017    20:00    Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion13/12/2017    19:45    Newcastle United v Everton13/12/2017    19:45    Southampton v Leicester City13/12/2017    20:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton and Hove Albion16/12/2017    15:00    Bournemouth v Liverpool16/12/2017    15:00    Arsenal v Newcastle United16/12/2017    15:00    Brighton and Hove Albion v Burnley16/12/2017    15:00    Chelsea v Southampton16/12/2017    15:00    Everton v Swansea City16/12/2017    15:00    Leicester City v Crystal Palace16/12/2017    15:00    Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur16/12/2017    15:00    Stoke City v West Ham United16/12/2017    15:00    Watford v Huddersfield Town16/12/2017    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United23/12/2017    15:00    Arsenal v Liverpool23/12/2017    15:00    Brighton and Hove Albion v Watford23/12/2017    15:00    Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur23/12/2017    15:00    Everton v Chelsea23/12/2017    15:00    Leicester City v Manchester United23/12/2017    15:00    Manchester City v Bournemouth23/12/2017    15:00    Southampton v Huddersfield Town23/12/2017    15:00    Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion23/12/2017    15:00    Swansea City v Crystal Palace23/12/2017    15:00    West Ham United v Newcastle United26/12/2017    15:00    Bournemouth v West Ham United26/12/2017    15:00    Chelsea v Brighton and Hove Albion26/12/2017    15:00    Crystal Palace v Arsenal26/12/2017    15:00    Huddersfield Town v Stoke City26/12/2017    15:00    Liverpool v Swansea City26/12/2017    15:00    Manchester United v Burnley26/12/2017    15:00    Newcastle United v Manchester City26/12/2017    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton26/12/2017    15:00    Watford v Leicester City26/12/2017    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Everton30/12/2017    15:00    Bournemouth v Everton30/12/2017    15:00    Chelsea v Stoke City30/12/2017    15:00    Crystal Palace v Manchester City30/12/2017    15:00    Huddersfield Town v Burnley30/12/2017    15:00    Liverpool v Leicester City30/12/2017    15:00    Manchester United v Southampton30/12/2017    15:00    Newcastle United v Brighton and Hove Albion30/12/2017    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United30/12/2017    15:00    Watford v Swansea City30/12/2017    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal01/01/2018    15:00    Arsenal v Chelsea01/01/2018    15:00   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Southampton17/03/2018    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United17/03/2018    15:00    West Ham United v Manchester United31/03/2018    15:00    Arsenal v Stoke City31/03/2018    15:00    Brighton and Hove Albion v Leicester City31/03/2018    15:00    Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur31/03/2018    15:00    Crystal Palace v Liverpool31/03/2018    15:00    Everton v Manchester City31/03/2018    15:00    Manchester United v Swansea City31/03/2018    15:00    Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town31/03/2018    15:00    Southampton v West Ham United31/03/2018    15:00    Watford v Bournemouth31/03/2018    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Burnley07/04/2018    15:00    Bournemouth v Crystal Palace07/04/2018    15:00    Arsenal v Southampton07/04/2018    15:00    Brighton and Hove Albion v Huddersfield Town07/04/2018    15:00    Chelsea v West Ham United07/04/2018    15:00    Everton v Liverpool07/04/2018    15:00    Leicester City v Newcastle United07/04/2018    15:00    Manchester City v 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Southampton21/04/2018    15:00    Manchester City v Swansea City21/04/2018    15:00    Stoke City v Burnley21/04/2018    15:00    Watford v Crystal Palace21/04/2018    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool28/04/2018    15:00    Burnley v Brighton and Hove Albion28/04/2018    15:00    Crystal Palace v Leicester City28/04/2018    15:00    Huddersfield Town v Everton28/04/2018    15:00    Liverpool v Stoke City28/04/2018    15:00    Manchester United v Arsenal28/04/2018    15:00    Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion28/04/2018    15:00    Southampton v Bournemouth28/04/2018    15:00    Swansea City v Chelsea28/04/2018    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Watford28/04/2018    15:00    West Ham United v Manchester City05/05/2018    15:00    Bournemouth v Swansea City05/05/2018    15:00    Arsenal v Burnley05/05/2018    15:00    Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester United05/05/2018    15:00    Chelsea v Liverpool05/05/2018    15:00    Everton v Southampton05/05/2018    15:00    Leicester City v West Ham United05/05/2018    15:00    Manchester City v Huddersfield Town05/05/2018    15:00    Stoke City v Crystal Palace05/05/2018    15:00    Watford v Newcastle United05/05/2018    15:00    West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur13/05/2018    15:00    Burnley v Bournemouth13/05/2018    15:00    Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion13/05/2018    15:00    Huddersfield Town v Arsenal13/05/2018    15:00    Liverpool v Brighton and Hove Albion13/05/2018    15:00    Manchester United v Watford13/05/2018    15:00    Newcastle United v Chelsea13/05/2018    15:00    Southampton v Manchester City13/05/2018    15:00    Swansea City v Stoke City13/05/2018    15:00    Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City13/05/2018    15:00    West Ham United v Everton Scroll down for all the 2017-18 Premier League fixtures 1last_img read more

Schwarzenegger pushes proposals in Valley visit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata said last week that Schwarzenegger told him he would have vetoed the measure unless it applied the “design-build” concept on a statewide basis. The concept is opposed by unions representing state workers. The governor also was trying to build support for Proposition 76, one of the four reform measures on the Nov. 8 ballot. Called the “Live Within Our Means Act,” the measure asks voters to give the governor more leeway on a variety of voter-approved programs. Also, the governor insisted the measure would not reduce funding to education, but Robin Swanson of the No on Proposition 76 Committee disputed that claim. “We believe this would underfund the schools by $4 billion a year – that’s $600 a student,” Swanson said. “Proposition 76 puts these funds at risk. What the measure does is give the governor more power without having to deal with the state Legislature.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 SHERMAN OAKS – With the jammed 405 Freeway as a backdrop, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger made a pitch Monday for changing how freeways statewide are built, while also pushing one of his reform proposals on the November ballot. Speaking at a news conference atop the Sherman Oaks Galleria parking structure, Schwarzenegger would not comment on reports that he would have vetoed a bill to expedite funding for a car-pool lane for the northbound 405 Freeway, but did say he wants to see a change in how freeways are improved. “You have to build as quickly as possible,” Schwarzenegger said. “The current law says it would take seven years to build a new freeway. I don’t think we should have to wait that long.” The state Senate last month adjourned without approving a package to provide money to draw $130 million in matching funds for the HOV lane, over the objections of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. 160Want 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

Check out these beautiful photos of Donegal that won Clean Coast awards

first_imgClean Coasts’ Love Your Coast Photography Awards were held on 31st October, honouring artists who captured Ireland’s spectacular and diverse coastline in stunning images. Now in its eighth year, Clean Coasts’ Love Your Coast Photography Competition is all about capturing the essence of the Irish coast. Four amazing images from Donegal won top places in the five categories of the competition.Bren Whelan was number two in the People & the Coast category with this powerful shot of the Lough Foyle RNLI and an Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter. In the Underwater category, Alan Cranston earned a number one place for this basking shark feeding off Culdaff.An impressive image of waves at Fanad Head Lighthouse by John Hall was placed at number three in Coastal Heritage photos. Darragh Gorman’s striking shot of the rugged rocks of Port was shortlisted in the top 10 Coastal Landscape images.Clean Coasts launched the Love Your Coast Photography Competition in May during Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week and with a prize fund of €5,000 it attracted huge interest from Ireland’s amateur photographers. The difficult task of judging this year’s competition was undertaken by Ken O’Sullivan – Documentary Filmmaker, Brenda Fitzsimmons – Irish Times, Naoise Culhane – Professional Photographer, Keith O’Hara – InstaIreland,  Micheal John O’Mahony – Director, Environmental Education Unit, An Taisce, Philip O’Donovan – Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and Eoin McDonnell – Failte Ireland.Sinead McCoy, Coastal Communities Manager, said: “The images submitted to the Love Your Coast Awards this year was of an extremely high standard and illustrating the vast character of our coastline from Fanad in Donegal to the Skelligs in Kerry, from dolphins to surfers and from families enjoying a day out at the beach to dramatic seascapes, these photographs truly captured the essence of the Irish Coastline.”A gallery of all the winning photographs can be found on or on Facebook/CleanCoasts.Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is supported by the Department of the Housing, Planning and Local Government, and Fáilte Ireland. Check out these beautiful photos of Donegal that won Clean Coast awards was last modified: November 1st, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Clean Coastsphotography awardsWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

Jacks’ volleyball aim to make school history

first_imgARCATA >> Two seasons ago one of the best season’s in the Humboldt State University volleyball programs history was ended by a straight-set loss in the final game of the season — ending the Jacks’ opportunity to qualify for the NCAA D-2 tournament for the first time in school history.The players that remain from that team haven’t forgotten it. This season, HSU aims for a different outcome.“All of our seniors (sans Alondra Haro), were in that final match of the season,” Jacks head coach Kelly …last_img read more

Quest for local, efficient food production drives hydroponic greenhouse

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The battles surrounding water continue to be waged all around the farm of Wade Smith in Lucas County, just off the shores of Lake Erie. But while the water quality issues of Ohio do hit close to home for Smith, it is a much more distant water battle that is driving many of the business decisions at his Whitehouse Specialty Crops hydroponic greenhouse.“California is out of water and is sucking their aquifers dry. It is imperative that the United States makes drastic decisions on food production. California will no longer be able to provide the food that it is currently supplying to this country,” he said. “That is what continues to drive me. We need more food production here in Ohio and we need to do it responsibly and efficiently.”With this challenge in mind, Smith decided upon a new career path a few years ago that builds upon his unique set of prior life experiences.“I grew up about three miles down the road from here. We farmed 270 acres and my dad had a full time off-farm job. We started growing tomatoes in the 80s — about 4,000 field plants. That was my summer vacation. After seven years the market went south. Dad got out of it and he did cash grain,” Smith said. “I went to college at Bowling Green State University and then worked for Owens Illinois — a glass manufacturer in Toledo. I like machines and I never found myself leaving the plant, but then my father got sick and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I decided to leave the plant and go to grad school to be more local and got a master’s in industrial technology. I learned more manufacturing principles and I worked for a community developer to maintain ponds, roads and bridges.”Smith enjoyed the challenges of his work, but the real estate market in the area collapsed in 2008.“My dad had passed in 2006 and I was the fortunate recipient of three acres of daylilies. By 2008, I had already joined Maumee Valley Growers Association that is geared towards the bedding plant industry and greenhouse growers. After he passed, I got into the commercial wholesale perennial business,” Smith said. “I got to go to Belgium and see the greenhouse industry over there. It was a life changing experience for me. I saw a combination of everything I truly enjoyed doing in life — big automated greenhouses with advanced technologies growing food.”With new inspiration, he returned home four years ago and started growing two commercial tomato varieties in a 1,200-foot hydroponic greenhouse in an expensive experiment with a very steep learning curve.“I taught myself how to grow hydroponic tomatoes. Growing things indoors is dramatically different than outdoor production. It is a microclimate. It crammed a lot of information in a very short time for me. The learning curve is still huge,” Smith said. “Maintaining a plant over 52 weeks in a greenhouse is very different than growing a crop in the field for a summer. I had to learn about all of the pathogens and how to control them. It is a fairly new science in the United States. It is more based on preventative maintenance rather than response. You have to have the discipline to maintain a true Integrated Pest Management system. If you are not prepared properly, problems can explode on you.”Much of the research he relied upon for learning was based in Europe.“The quality of the products has driven this in Europe. They look at things from a more biological based mindset. You have to understand the biology of the plant and understand what the plant needs and when it needs it to be successful with hydroponic production,” Smith said. “The Dutch invented the greenhouse in the late 1400s and they have really worked to increase amount of food production. It is just a big manufacturing system for a tomato.”Smith focused almost entirely on tomatoes to become an expert in producing those. Then he almost immediately started to figure out how to justify the expense of building a larger greenhouse.“Over two and a half years I learned about pest control and control of the fungal pathogens and the nutrients, but the small greenhouse did not allow for the proper climate for consistent production. I learned how to grow tomatoes but it wasn’t profitable because it was too small,” Smith said. “We donated that greenhouse to an inner city project in the fall of 2013 and the next week we started building the current greenhouse that is 4,000 square feet and much taller than the old one. I started production by February of 2014. Then the learning curve changed because we were able to do it for more of the year. We have never found ourselves outside of the learning curve with this.”Now Smith is growing five varieties of tomatoes, mostly indeterminate varieties that continue to produce over an extended period of time, which allows them to produce more yield per square foot.“We can get from 4,000 square feet what they can get from an acre in the field. We have a target of 50 pounds per plant over 45 weeks — I shoot for one pound per plant per week,” he said. “The goal for us is to start in the late summer or fall, run through the winter and get out of the market in summer and let the field guys into the market, which allows time to clean out the greenhouse and bake it at 140 or 150 degrees for a week, sterilize everything and get a good wash on the inside. If you can start with a sterile environment it is easier to keep it that way.”The plants have to be carefully managed to keep them productive for so long. As the vines produce tomatoes, they are raised and clipped so they keep growing longer. The spent vine is coiled up like a garden hose at the base of the plant with the newest tomato blooms near the tied up end of the plant.“The nutrient needs change through the life of the plant and with the amount of light they have. The nitrogen needs go way down in winter. There were only two days of useable light in December last year so we had to change things,” he said. “When you get heavy fruit sets, the potassium needs go way up to a 2:1 ratio with nitrogen. We use several different sources of N. We now have one year of information to make nutrient recipes for the future.“We also use nutrients to keep fine line between vegetative and reproductive part of the plant. We always want to trick the plant into thinking it is the end of the season — late August or September — all year round. This winter it was impossible. It was like March every day. We have to look at the plant and understand the subtle signs the plant is telling you and adjust things as needed. Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are the most important nutrients but we also work with around eight or 10 different micronutrients to tweak the formula.”Moving forward, Smith is considering technology to automate this process that he currently does manually.“There are systems available currently that look at weather, the plants, the fruit, moisture content in the bags, and nutrient makeup of the solutions that are running and then make the right mix accordingly,” he said. “We want to get more like the Europeans. Right now we are mixing up batches of nutrient every three or four days to keep plants going. The nutrients go into the water system that runs into bags of sterilized sphagnum peat moss medium and the spent water runs out of bags of and into the ground. We are going to switch to a recirculating system.”Nutrient management also has a significant impact on tomato quality.“We try to run on little to no nitrogen and only give them what they need to produce sweeter fruit. We grow based on quality and the customers are looking for that. We pick the varieties that have flavor and they are more difficult to grow. It creates challenges for us, which is one potential advantage for the grafting more flavorful varieties on more resistant rootstock,” Smith said. “The customers don’t know the varieties but they know they like our tomatoes based on the size, flavor and color. Flavor is a product of the sugar content. We have tricks that we can do to the plant that we can transfer the sugar.”Customers are also looking for pesticide free products that are locally grown. In terms of pest management, Smith relies on natural control methods.“We have bees in the greenhouse for pollination and we use all biologic pests that we bring in and hatch. One, for example, is Encarsia formosa for controlling white flies. We use several different types during different times of year,” he said. “The beneficials are lazy and as long as they have a food source they don’t go anywhere, but if they eat everything they die. If the predators get behind you can have a pest explosion. You have to have a living population of the bad ones to keep the good ones alive and you have to learn that balance. We did this winter. We were out here with a vacuum sucking up white flies in February. We thought we may lose every plant but we saved them.“We fight botrytis (gray mold) and powdery mildew continually. We spray a mineral oil, bacteria and biological fungicide as needed to control those problems.”Selling the flavorful, locally grown, pesticide free tomatoes have never been a problem.“We have not had any trouble selling as many as I can grow. Jim Sautter, who owns the Sautter’s local grocery stores, started selling our tomatoes and they are still the main market for us,” he said. “We also sell to an organic Mexican restaurant in Toledo. With our system we can grow tomatoes specifically for what the customer needs.”The tomatoes are all hand harvested based on production and orders.“We pick tomatoes and hold them for a day to get the heat out of them. We require our order to be placed two days before. We pick them in the morning, let them sit in the box for a day and get them on the shelf,” he said. “When we say fresh we mean it. We have it on the shelf 48 hours from the vine.” Smith is typically on his own with the harvest and delivery of the tomatoes, though his wife and a local student help some.“I am mostly a one man show,” he said.Smith is already looking at his next expansion, even as he works to break even in his first year of production in his current capital-intensive system.“The next greenhouse will be glass — 1% more light means 1% more production,” he said. “We will also have to install a wash plant and step up biosecurity within three years to comply with food safety regulations. The biggest challenge is finding the economic justification for our expansion. The capital required is a big challenge. And I am always out here tweaking something to get better. This is not something you can just walk away from.”last_img read more