Father and daughter at odds over high jump focus

first_imgFifteen-year-old Janique Burgher won gold in the Class Three high jump on yesterday’s third day of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships to go with the bronze she won in the event in 2014 while competing in Class Four. Despite the Edwin Allen High School athlete’s exploits, her father is not totally satisfied, as his dream is for her to be on the track. “I am fairly proud, but I think she should doing something (running) on track as well, because I think she has the potential to do it,” 60-year-old Hopeton Burgher said. “I have been trying everything, but she is adamant on doing the high jump, so I just let her have her way.” Young Burgher said she finds running to be boring, hence her decision to stick to the high jump. “With the high jump I have something that I have to jump over, an obstacle,” the slim-built athlete said. However, her father, who represented Holmwood Technical High School in the 100m, 200m and 400m, is not giving up hope of her doing the sprints. “She is always saying she is going to be the next Shelly-Ann Fraser (Pryce), but I always tell her she can only be in the limelight if she does track,” he said. “Persons who are sponsoring they are looking for the hype, so they are not going to sponsor you if they don’t get the hype. “But in time to come I will take it back up with her and take her and make me and her go train. I think she needs to do some sprinting.” Janique was the only athlete in her event to clear 1.70 metres, which earned her the gold medal, with Hydel’s Shauntia Davidson taking the silver with her clearance of 1.65m, on the first attempt Three athletes, Kaliah Jones of Excelsior High, Lacovia High’s Kadian Myers and Camperdown High’s Ramona Hylton tied for the bronze, as they all cleared 1.65m on their second attempt. “I am happy to have won the gold medal, but I am a little bit disappointed, because my PR (personal record) is 1.75m. But my groin is hurting me right now and I am having a bellyache,” the champion athlete said. “I had to just focus on the event and forget about the pain.” ryon.jones@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

JOIN DONEGAL’S BIG COAST CLEAN-UP!

first_imgClean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean is happening this weekend and Donegal is taking part.Easkey Britton is our Clean Coast Ambassador.Clean Coasts is teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy again for the International Coastal Cleanup event.Last year 645,015 volunteers in 92 countries removed 5,580 tonnes of marine litter from the world’s oceans. This year’s Big Beach Clean is the biggest yet with 100 cleanups taking place! Find a cleanup near you www.bigbeachclean.ie. This year, people from all over Co. Donegal are coming together to clean as many beaches as possible as part of the Big Beach Clean.Community groups as well as businesses from Derrybeg, Moville, Arranmore, Bundoran, Killybegs and Carrickfinn are taking part in clean ups across numerous locations.These are the times and the locations.Trá Glasagh/Cnoc Fola coastal path walkway 20/21/09/2014Pocket beaches at Glenburnie Carnagarve Moville Co. Donegal21/09/2014Leabgarrow beach, Arainn Mhoir,21/09/2014 Buncrana20/09/2014At and Around Carrickfinn beach area19/20/21-09/2014 Fintra Beach, Killybegs, Co. Donegal19/20/2014Carrickfinn Blue Flag Beach, Carrickfinn, Annagry, Co. Donegal20/09/2014Main Beach Bundoran20/09/2014Buncrana Shore Front19/09/2014During the Big Beach Clean, Clean Coasts volunteers are asked to carry out marine litter surveys to quantify the amount and types of marine litter on Irish beaches. These surveys are aimed at heightening awareness about the issue of marine litter and serve as an indicator of the magnitude of the problem.Speaking about the Big Beach Clean, Annabel FitzGerald, Clean Coasts National Manager said, “Marine litter is a global concern, affecting all the oceans of the world. Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in our seas and oceans, posing environmental, economic, health and aesthetic challenges. Ireland boasts spectacular sandy beaches and rocky shores and we all have a responsibility in caring for it. Every single piece of litter removed during the Big Beach Clean is one less piece of litter that will pollute our beautiful beaches or harm wildlife.”Donegal’s own Clean Coasts Ambassador, Easkey Britton spoke about her support of the Big Beach Clean.“The ocean is important – our personal health and wellbeing is so interconnected with the health of our coasts and ocean but it’s in trouble. Marine litter is a big issue but each one of us has the power to do something about it and make a real impact for our health and the ocean’s. Take action now and register for the Big Beach Clean!”Join the movement for litter free seas and register a cleanup for the Big Beach Clean weekend www.bigbeachclean.ie. Clean Coasts is operated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce and is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Fáilte Ireland and Coca-Cola.JOIN DONEGAL’S BIG COAST CLEAN-UP! was last modified: September 17th, 2014 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:beachesBig Coast Clan-updonegallast_img read more

NFL picks, Week 10: Home sweet home for Raiders, 49ers

first_imgLong story short, Week 10 of the NFL season begins and ends under the Bay Area lights, and look for the Raiders and 49ers to win on their respective prime-time stage in this week’s picks:Raiders 23, Chargers 17: To paraphrase the Chargers owner this week: they’re not going to London and they’re not going anywhere, other than to Oakland to lose in their final visit. Line: Raiders +149ers 26, Seahawks 16: Jimmy Garoppolo becomes only the second quarterback to lead a team to a 9-0 start after …last_img

Corbett Tiger Reserve Director removed after his shoot-at-sight order

first_img Last week, Mr. Dhakate had issued shoot-at-sight order and pressed two drones into service after movement of poachers was reported along the southern fringes of the park.150 forest officials were deployed and a total of 388 camera traps installed at sensitive points within the territory of the park.Villagers in the area were also informed of the same and were advised to avoid taking animals for grazing to the core areas.The order, however, raised eyebrows following which Mr. Dhakate has been removed from his post. The Director of Corbett Tiger Reserve has been removed from his post following a controversy over shoot-at-sight order issued by him in the national park to check the activities of poachers.Uttrakhand’s Chief Secretary S. Ramaswamy said that Parag Madhukar Dhakate has been replaced by Dheeraj Pandey as Director.D.V.S Khati, the Chief Wildlife Warden, said that Mr. Dhakate was not authorised to issue any such order.Also Read Corbett Tiger Reserve workers get the nod to kill armed poachers last_img read more

Honda Activa 125 Price Revealed Launch on 28 April

first_imgHonda ‘s much awaited scooter Activa 125 is all set to hit Indian roads on 28 April.Activa 125, the latest offering of Honda in the Activa line up has been the talk of the town since its first appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014.The two wheeler enthusiasts in the country have waited enough to hear about the launch of the Activa 125 in the domestic market and now the latest report suggests that the scooter will finally reach showrooms on 28 April.A report by Motoroids claims that the Honda has started sending invite for the Activa 125 launch and the event will also mark the inauguration of the sales of the scooter. Earlier in this week, Honda revealed the prices of its upcoming Activa 125.Activa 125 will be made available in two variants – Standard (with drum brakes) and Deluxe (Disc brakes & alloys). While the Standard version is priced at 52,447, the Deluxe comes at a price point of 58,156 (ex-showroom, Delhi).The latest Activa pack a 125cc, single cylinder, four-stroke engine under the hood ,which  can churn out a power of 8.6bhp at 6500 rpm and a peak torque of 10.12 Nm at 5500 rpm .The scooter, a strong rival of Piaggio’s Vespa, Suzuki’s Access and Swish and Mahindra’s Duro and Rodeo in India comes mated to a V-Matic CVT transmission and comes with telescopic fork suspension at the front and hydraulic type at the rear.It measures 1,814 mm in length, 704 mm in width, 1,151 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 1,260 mm. Promising a fuel efficiency of 60-65 kmpl, the Activa 125 is the first Honda scooter in the 125cc segment to come with Honda Efficiency Technology (HET). The scooter will be offered in four colour variants in the sub-continent market- midnight blue, black, pearl white and sword silver – and comes with features like optional disc brake, tubeless tires, digital meter and metal body.Technical Specifications of Honda Activa 125Engine Type: 4 Stroke, Air Cooled, SI EngineDisplacement: 124.9ccMax Power: 6.38 Kw (8.6 Bhp)@6500 rpmMax Torque: 10.12 Nm@5500 rpmDimension: 1814mmX704mmX1151mmWheel Base: 1260mmSeat Height: 765mm[ED:VS]last_img read more

IndiaIsrael Security Ties Are Now in the Open Says Visiting Israeli Defence

first_imgShrugging off fears that Israel-India defence ties may be perceived as hurting India’s relationship with the Arabs, Israel acknowledged on Thursday that security ties with India are very much in the open, unlike in the past. “We used to have our relationship, security wise, behind the scene,” said Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon in New Delhi, while addressing a lecture on ”Israel-India Partnership in the 21st Century”. The nature of the security relationship between the two countries – that establish diplomatic ties in 1992 – was largely kept secret, given the sensibilities of India’s large Muslim population and also fears of adversely impacting India’s ties with Arab countries. But a new government at the Centre headed by the BJP, which is keen on enhancing defence ties with Israel to face the threat of Islamic militancy, has probably emboldened Israel.The country has also emerged as one of the top three weapons suppliers to India, said Reuters. Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon gestures while addressing a gathering during a lecture themed “Israel-India Partnership in the 21st Century”?, in New Delhi February 19, 2015. Ya’alon arrived in India on Wednesday to help sell his country’s arms industry to the world’s largest defence importer and promote deepening military ties between the two nations.ReutersOver the years, Israel has supplied India with ship defence missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, with the transactions mostly kept under the wraps.India receives most of its crude oil imports from Arab countries, and many of these countries are dependent on Indian labour for much of their local economic output, which also makes India the world’s largest receipent of remittances from migrants.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has apparently found in Israel a partner to combat Islamic militancy, and has cultivated better ties, including holding a meeting in New York last year with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is contesting in the upcoming Israeli elections next month.The meeting between the two Prime Ministers has been followed up with broad level consultations between the two countries, which has resulted in the first ever visit to India by an Israeli defence minister.”And now I am here … in Delhi to meet Prime Minister Modi and other ministers,” Ya’alon said. An Ilyushin-76 plane modified with the Israeli Phalcon strategic airborne radar system is parked at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport seen in this April 12, 2000 file picture. Israel is close to signing a deal to sell India a more than $1 billion strategic airborne radar system in the biggest arms deal since diplomatic ties were established, an Israeli official said.ReutersThe Defence Minister’s visit is considered important with India planning to acquire a pair of Phalcon AWACS – airborne early warning system, to be mounted on India’s Russian-made aircraft, according to the Reuters report. India already has three such “eyes in the sky”, which help supply the military intelligence wing with a 360 degree, 400 km wide sweep, alerting the base if it detects flying enemy aircraft or missiles. The deal was closed a decade back and signalled the start of renewed relations between the two nations.Israel was ready to share with India the necessary defence technology, Ya’alon added, supporting India’s ‘Make in India’s programme.”We see India as a partner and a friend. That is why we are ready to share technology,” he said, adding that he was looking for ways to upgrade the defence relationship.On Wednesday, Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems and India’s Bharat Forge announced a partnership to build the Spike anti-tank guided missile system, including technology transfer to India.India’s defence forces are largely been dependent on imports for their defence hardware neeeds. With a government at the Centre that is keen on technology transfer to enhance the indigenous component in defence equipment, more manufacturing activities are poised to shift to India.last_img read more

India expresses concern about situation in Rakhine

first_imgA house is burning in Mayanmar’s Hyme para area is seen from the Nytang Para area of Teknaf on Friday evening. Photo: Ashraful Alam India has said it remains deeply concerned about the situation in Rakhine State of Myanmar and the outflow of refugees from that region, reports news agency UNB.India had earlier strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State.“The two countries have since affirmed their shared determination to combat terrorism and not allow its justification under any pretext,” said the Indian External Affairs Ministry in a statement after Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali called on External Affairs Secretary Dr S Jaishankar at his office on Saturday.They discussed the situation in Rakhine.During the Indian Prime Minister’s recent visit to Myanmar, he had expressed his concern at the casualties of security forces as well as other innocent lives, and urged a solution based on respect for peace, communal harmony, justice, dignity and democratic values.It was agreed during the Prime Minister’s visit that India would provide assistance under the Rakhine State Development Programme in conjunction with the government of Myanmar,” reads the statement.“We would urge that the situation in Rakhine State be handled with restraint and maturity, focusing on the welfare of the civilian population alongside those of the security forces. It’s imperative that violence is ended and normalcy in the State restored expeditiously,” the statement added.last_img read more

What The Future Holds For Houstons Automotive Industry

first_imgThe Houston Auto Show is billed as largest auto show of the South. In its 35th year, the 2018 show brings the public an opportunity to check out new vehicles from all the major automakers. It also brings the Houston automotive community together. Dealers, manufacturers, marketers, engineers, and media all converge on the show each year.That seems like a fine opportunity to talk with some of them about the state of the automotive industry and auto sales in Houston. In an interview from the floor of the Houston Auto Show, Houston Matters Host Craig Cohen talks with Bob Krapes, regional director for Chevrolet, Chris Poulos, owner of West Point Lincoln, and Steve McDowell, president of Infonation, which produces reports about — and for — the automotive industry. Sharelast_img read more