February 10

‘Fit like a Fiddle’ Dayne Graham devises perfect plan for High Mountain 10K

first_imgHigh Mountain Coffee Road Race 10K champion Dayne Graham said he had been plotting and training to defeat last year’s winner, Andrew Brodeur, for the last two years.Graham watched the American walk away with the top prize for two consecutive years.”For the last two years, I have been training and telling myself that I am going to come for that white guy big and serious, and I know that I was going to beat him because I need it. I know I was going to beat him because I have the energy, and everything and I did. I beat him today,” said Graham.”Nobody expected me to win, but I was confident in myself to know that I was going to win this race, no ifs, no buts. I know my feet are working and I am fit and in very good condition. That’s why I won this race,” he said.St Jago youngster Phaleetio Green led most of the journey up the hill, closely pursued by Broduer, who eventually passed him at the top of the hill and was eventually joined by Graham for the downhill trek.Graham and Brodeur stayed together for another two kilometres before Graham started making distance between them. By the time they left Kendal, Graham was almost 100m ahead of the defending champion, with about two kilometres to go.The St Mary native, showing remarkable energy and stamina, maintained his pace to finish in 32.28 minutes, 15 seconds, ahead of Kirk Brown (32.43), who overtook Broduer (32.44) on the final stretch to claim second.ALWAYS IN CONTROLGraham, who was third in 2015 and fourth in 2014, said that the American never gave him the challenge he expected and that he was always in control of the race.”I stayed with him; I had him. At one time, I had to give him some water because he didn’t have any water. I even ‘buss’ (opened) the water for him. I just had the race my way because I need it. I stayed beside him like I was tracking (jogging), and I had him from there as I saw that I could give a strong finish and take it.”Up on the hill, I saw I could handle him. When I was going downhill to the flat, I knew I would get him there because I am good there, and that is where I conquered him,” he said.Graham also had a lot of encouragement from the locals, especially females, on his way to victory.”The policeman (race guide) helped me a lot and I respect that,” he noted.Graham has been racing on the circuit for the last three years. His first success came in the 2015 Reggae Marathon, and Sunday’s win was the biggest of the 29-year-old’s career.”I have been doing it for three years. Never went to any big high school, but I just run same way. Then I linked up with Andrew Gutzmore, and he made me run some 5Ks until I got perfect, and right now, I am fit like a fiddle, so I won’t stop,” he said.Broduer, who flew in the day before, offered no excuses.”It was a little more pressure going in, winning the last couple of years. But it’s anybody’s race on any day,” he said.”They were just better. They had a lot better strategy going in and they executed perfectly. They did awesome,” Brodeur continued. “Usually, I have a little more spring in my step at about five or six K as that is where a winner makes his move, but all that room between me (and Graham) and I just had nothing to respond with. I was surprised to be in that position as I thought I was in much better shape.”last_img read more

January 12

Friends of Slo-Pitch to have kick off dance in support of Fort St. John Slow Pitch Society

first_imgThe newly formed Friends of Slo-Pitch will be having a dance prior to the upcoming season. The group will be having the dance at the Charlie Lake Hall on May 9 with the proceeds going towards the Fort St. John Mixed Slow Pitch Society.Shane Baker of the Friends of Slo-Pitch said the group consists of ball players past and present with the goal of making the society financially stable again.“It’s just a group of us that played ball over the years,” he said. “Some of the guys and ladies have retired from playing slow pitch but we’re still friends and we decided to get together and try to organize this dance not only to get new softball players but old retirees that played the game for years to get friends out for a dance before the season starts.”- Advertisement -Tickets for the event are $30, or $50 for a pair. Free midnight snacks will be served, and there will be raffle and door prizes. There will be rides home available for those attending. The event will go from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.Those interested in tickets can get in touch with Baker by phone at 250-793-9127, or on Facebook.last_img read more

January 6

Isuza extra time curler sends Kenya to CECAFA final

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars players celebrate Whyvonne Isuza’s goal against Burundi during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-finals at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKISUMU, Kenya, Dec 14- Whyvonne Isuza’s 95th minute curling effort from inside the box saw Kenya’s Harambee Stars sail into the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final after beating Burundi 1-0 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu.On an afternoon that Kenya’s performance was wanting, Isuza handed Stars the last laugh, scoring five minutes into the first period of extra time off a Samuel Onyango assist. For most part of the match, Burundi was the better team creating more chances, but it was the hosts who got luckier as they keep the hunt for a fifth CECAFA crown.The Burundians boasting a strong squad including the returning Abdul Razak Fiston who had been in Angola to negotiate for a transfer started strong.In the 10th minute, Patrick Matasi was called into his first save of the tie, tipping the ball over from a curling corner taken by Shasir Nahimana.Harambee Stars winger Ovellah Ochieng strolls forward against Burundi’s Moussa Omar during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tie at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFour minutes later Musa Mohammed was forced into a goal-line clearance after Shabaan Hussein headed in from a Laudit Mavugo cross with keeper Matasi already beaten.Burundi continued to dominate, knocking the ball around with ease while Kenya struggled to keep possession. The usual fast movement the players have been accustomed to over their past four games was a far cry against Burundi.In the 28th minute, Shabaan had a shot fly over from distance after gliding his way smoothly past Kenyan markers on the right before shifting to a favorable shooting position.Towards the end of the half, Dennis Sikhayi made a superb tackle inside the box to deny Nahimana who had broken into the box from a Fiston ball on the left which had left Matasi for the dead.In the second half, Burundi continued to dominate and just two minutes in, centre back Moussa Omar saw his header off a Kwizera corner drop just wide at the far post.Kenya v BurundiThere were back to back chances in the 65th minute, first Matasi doing well to get behind a shot from Mavugo while on the counter launched, Ovella’s shot from the right went straight to the Burundi keeper.Stars were dealt a major blow with skipper Musa Mohammed limping off injured and in his place came Duncan Otieno who was slotted straight into defense, away from his usual preference in midfield. George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo was also substituted for Kepha Aswani.Harambee Stars striker Kepha Aswani vies for the ball against Burundi goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana during a CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup tie at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAswani had a chance five minutes to time when he met a long throw from Wesley Onguso, but the effort went over with the keeper off his line.Another injury blow was meted on Kenya with Oburu limping off injured and replaced by Onyango.Onyango proved his worth five minutes into the first period of extra time, slicing in a low cross from the left and Isuza curling in the ball from inside the box unmarked.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

December 28

SADNESS AT PASSING OF MADGIE McGEE

first_imgThere has been widespread sadness in West Donegal and further afield following the death of Madgie McGee.Madgie (nee Boyle), from Upper Dore, Gweedre and formerly of Bunaman, Annagry, leaves behind a large circle of family and friends including grandsons Neil and Eamon from the Donegal senior GAA team.Her remains are reposing at her late residence at Upper Dore, Bunbeg. Funeral arrangements are to be confirmed later.The house is private from 11pm till 10am.Family flowers only with donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o Shaun Mc Glynn, Funeral Directors, Dungloe or any family member.  SADNESS AT PASSING OF MADGIE McGEE was last modified: August 27th, 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:deathdonegalGweedoreMadgie McGeelast_img read more

December 25

YACHT MAN’S BODY FOUND IN MULROY BAY

first_imgThe body of a man in his 30s has been found near cliffs at Downings.The remains are believed to be that of the missing yachtsman Michael Green whose boat has been anchored in Sheephaven Bay for the past two weeks. Mulroy Coastguard discovered the body at approximately 5.40pm yesterday evening.The area was sealed of and the body was then handed over to Gardai.The Gardai subsequently removed the body to Letterkenny General Hospital where a post mortem is expected to be carried out.A spokesman for the Malin Head Coastguard confirmed the body has been positively identified as that of the missing man. Mr Green was from just outside Rathmullan but had spent some years living and working in England.An alert was sparked last week when the man’s yacht, Wood Magic, was boarded by Gardai after it had been anchored in Sheephaven Bay off Ards Friary for several days.It is not yet known how the man died.   YACHT MAN’S BODY FOUND IN MULROY BAY was last modified: July 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

December 22

Health Minister vows to review hospital car parking charges

first_imgHealth Minister Simon Harris has vowed to conduct a review of the car parking charges in our hospitals and promises to establish new national guidelines to inform practice in hospital car parking charges around the country.Deputy Harris has today said that he has tasked the HSE to conduct the review of the charges, and will engage with patient advocacy groups during the process.I want to see the issue of parking charges at hospitals addressed to help patients who have to frequently visit hospitals including cancer patients. We have never had national policy on this before. That must now change. Have asked that patient advocacy groups be involved in this https://t.co/3GuGsx3Mm9— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) March 16, 2018 A recent report from the Irish Independent has revealed that Letterkenny University Hospital has one of the most expensive short-stay car parks in the country, with parking costing €3 for four hours, €6 per 24 hours and €15 for a weekly rate. However, their weekly pass is amongst the cheapest in Ireland.An Irish Cancer Society campaign revealed that across the country, cancer patients can spend up to €63 a week on parking.Minister Harris said: “I have heard from many patients, as well as groups such as the Irish Cancer Society, in relation to car parking charges in our hospitals and the need for national guidelines.“I know that some hospitals do take into account the pressure that these charges can put on patients and families who are dealing with illness, particularly long-term illness, and have measures in place to alleviate this pressure. However, I want to make sure that we have national guidelines in place to inform practice in hospital parking charges around the country. “I have now asked the HSE to carry out a review of hospital car parking charges, with the aim of establishing clear national guidelines on this area for the first time.“I have asked the HSE to engage with the Irish Cancer Society and other patient advocacy groups, in order to ensure that the review takes account of the circumstances of patients, particularly those who require long-term care.“This review will examine existing arrangements within hospitals, the financial impact of parking charges on patients and families, the data in relation to the income generated from these charges, and any other factors.“It is my intention that we will then have clear national guidelines on this area for the very first time.”We warmly welcome yesterday’s announcement by Minister Simon Harris of a review of the car parking charges in our hospitals and his commitment to establish new national guidelines to inform practice in hospital car parking charges around the country. pic.twitter.com/H73JJIeW3H— Irish Cancer Society (@IrishCancerSoc) March 16, 2018The Irish Cancer Society has welcomed this morning’s news, and hopes it will lighten the financial burden of patients and visitors who spend time in Ireland’s hospitals.“The Society consistently hears from cancer patients about the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis and we have, for some time, called for national guidelines for car parking in hospitals,” a spokesperson says. “We welcome the opportunity to engage with the Minister and the HSE to find solutions which take into account the needs of patients who are required to regularly visit our hospitals for cancer treatment. We will work to ensure early adoption of new patient focused car parking charges.”Earlier this week, Sinn Féin called for a total scrap of hospital charges.Donegal SF Senator Padraig MacLochlainn welcomed the party’s calls, and commented: “Hospital car parking fees are an unnecessary nuisance for the families and friends of hospital patients.“In some cases these fees bring financial hardship to families who are worried about the health of their loved ones. “Sinn Féin has explored the possibility of scrapping hospital parking fees and I welcome that this measure will now be included in our manifesto for the next general election.”Calls made to scrap hospital parking feesHealth Minister vows to review hospital car parking charges was last modified: March 16th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:hospitalluhParkingSimon Harrislast_img read more

December 17

Big catfishing opportunities abound on the Ohio River

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the day ends on another humid, sultry summer day in the hills of southern Ohio, the boys gather at dusk along the mighty and muddy Ohio River. The heat of day subsiding, and their work for the day complete, it is time for play, relaxing on the banks of this great American river in pursuit of its prize possession — trophy-sized catfish.The sun descends beneath the low green hills, a lone coal barge slips through the water, washing the banks with its wake, a low campfire illuminates the secret honey hole that the men have come to fish. As the evening wears on, a cool jug is passed around, the guys rib and harass each other, jokes are told that would make their wives blush, and good-natured reflections on previous adventures are shared.Tight-lining with chicken livers, live minnows, and a vast variety of foul smelling baits on heavy treble- and single-hook rigs, the fishermen reel in a respectable catch of mudcats from the currents of the Ohio. The night rolls along with the big river and the lights from a small burgh across the way twinkle like the stars over the water on this clear country night. The bugs hum. The fire crackles.As the hour drifts past midnight, the men watch their lines with the help of the moonlight, an old Coleman lantern, and the smoldering fire at their feet, when suddenly, the line and rod of one of their catfish rigs bounces with emphasis — big fish on! The line is set, the fish takes off, and the fisherman fights the fish and current as the big cat burns drag and dives several times into the depths of the river for what seems like several nervous, adrenalized hours.Finally, the tired fish surfaces and is brought to shore — a tremendous, ancient catfish for which this river is famous surrenders itself to the hands of the angler. The fish is landed, high fives and celebratory whoops are exchanged, the fish is unhooked, a picture is snapped, and the fatigued fish is released to lazily swim back to the depths of its underwater lair.Forming a large part of the eastern and the entire southern border of the state, the Ohio River, one of the longest and largest watersheds in our nation, is an undervalued fishing destination of which more fishermen are considering for the opportunities it provides for hooking onto a monster catfish — and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources concurs.“Ohio is blessed in that we have two great resources — one of which often gets overlooked. Of course, Lake Erie is regarded as a top walleye and yellow perch destination in the Midwest, if not the country, not to mention it’s smallmouth bass fishery. It is our crown jewel,” said Tim Parrett, ODNR Wildlife District 4 Manager. “But the Ohio River is an underutilized resource that deserves attention. There are trophy-sized blue catfish in the Ohio River. There are a lot of giant blues, as well as huge flathead and channel catfish.”Jeremy Pritt, the ODNR Fisheries Biologist at the Inland Fisheries Research Unit, agrees with Parrett.“As a consequence of its size, the Ohio River has the potential to produce trophy catfish and offers Ohio anglers the best chance to catch truly huge fish. The Ohio River is a unique fishery in the state of Ohio, especially for blue catfish. Blue catfish are most abundant in the biggest rivers and reservoirs in the southeast U.S. and the Ohio River is on the northern edge of its native range,” Pritt said. “As a result, the Ohio River is one of few places in Ohio and bordering states anglers can catch trophy blue catfish.”For those looking for some line-thumping freshwater action with strong, hard-fighting fish, catfishing on the Ohio River is the place to be.“Blue and flathead catfish in the 20 to 40 pound range are common, with fish over 50 pounds being a real possibility. Channel catfish in the 5 to10 pound range are abundant and fish over 10 pounds are caught regularly,” Pritt said. “The state record blue catfish of 96 pounds was taken in 2009 from the Markland Pool near Cincinnati. As one of the biggest rivers in the country, the Ohio River offers a diverse array of habitats and forage fish needed to support some of the nation’s best catfishing.”Pritt is in charge of an Ohio River catfish telemetry project that began in October 2014 and will continue through 2017. This interesting program is designed to help biologists learn more about catfish behaviors and movements in the Ohio River, as there is not much known about their underwater travel habits. The goal of the project is to better understand the species and thereby better manage the fish.“We are tracking movements of large — greater than 25 inches — blue and flathead catfish to determine whether fish are capable of navigating past dams and moving from pool to pool and to identify critical habitats,” Pritt said. “To accomplish these goals, we are surgically placing transmitters inside catfish captured in fishing tournaments or during DNR targeted sampling. These transmitters emit a unique ‘ping’ every minute and an array of receivers placed at various places along the river listen for pinging fish. When a receiver detects a fish, we know the date and time the fish was near the receiver.”The breadth of this study is large in scope, covering several hundred miles, and these catfish have been found to travel great distances.“We are tagging catfish in the Meldahl Pool, which is the 95 mile stretch of river between the Meldahl Dam near Chilo, Ohio and the Greenup Dam near Wheelersburg, Ohio and the receiver array stretches from the McAlpine Pool in Indiana to the Willow Island Pool near Marietta, a distance of over 400 river miles,” Pritt said. “Since the beginning of the project in October 2014, we have tagged 58 blue and 62 flathead catfish. We have observed long-distance movements of more than 50 miles for both species, including a blue catfish that moved over 120 miles after being tagged. We have also documented between-pool movements of four blue catfish.”Given the size of these fish, their plentitude, and the hard-pulling, tugging battle that they put up, it is no wonder more Buckeyes are pursuing Ohio River catfish for recreation and sport. “Catfishing, in my opinion, is where there has been the biggest, most significant growth in Ohio sport fishing in the last decade,” Parrett said. “People used to look down on catfish as a lesser species, but trophy catfishing has really skyrocketed in recent years.”And fishing for catfish does not require fancy gear or lures. Pritt says that flathead fishermen typically use live bait like sunfish or suckers and that anglers experience success fishing for blue cats with cut bait such as shad or skipjack. Catfish can be caught still-fishing from shore or by boat, where fishermen drift or anchor, looking for breaks in the current and deep holes into which they can drop their lines. A heavy action rod and reel and heavy test line are required if one plans to land a monster cat.In regards to where to search for these Ohio River mudcats, more good news for sportsmen is that they are pretty much scattered everywhere along the watershed and can be found if anglers can read the water and banks with a discerning eye,” Pritt said.“Big flathead catfish can be taken along the entirety of Ohio’s 452 miles of the Ohio River and in many of the bigger tributaries, such as the Scioto and Muskingum Rivers. Flathead catfish are most frequently found around structure, such as logjams, in dam tailwaters and near tributary mouths. Blue catfish are most common in the lower portion of Ohio’s stretch of the river in the Meldahl and Markland Pools,” Pritt said. “While flathead catfish ambush prey from structure, blue catfish are more mobile and will follow schools of baitfish. They are often found in current breaks around structure, islands, and tributary mouths.”Fish prove an intriguing study for fisherman and fisheries specialists alike. Their behaviors and habits, no matter how hard studied, can prove confounding, complex, and stimulating. And indeed, study of them, whether for sport or scientific purposes, adds to an appreciation of existence in this world. Perhaps the “Fisherman’s Prayer” best exemplifies the relationship between man, the fish, and that which lies beyond:I pray that I may live to fish until my dying day,And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray,When in the Lord’s great landing net, and peacefully asleep,That in His mercy I be judged big enough to keep.last_img read more

December 17

Highly systemic fungicide key for protecting new growth

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Affiance Fungicide, offered by Gowan, is “highly systemic”. As Account Manager Jon Sherwin explains, a fungicide with systemic movement has the ability of a pesticide to translocate or move within a plant into new growth. This provides better protection for new growth that emerges after application than non-systemic products that only protect plant tissue that comes in contact with the spray mixture.last_img

December 16

What To Get Your Sweetie for Valentines Day? How About iOS 4.3

first_imgTags:#Apple#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting According to rumors, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 4.3, will be released on February 14th. At 10 a.m. PST to be precise. Unlike the cheap box of chocolates that leaves you guessing whether the next bite brings nougat or that strawberry cream filling, we’ve already figured out much of what we can expect for iOS 4.3. So, if you find yourself pining and alone on everyone’s favorite holiday, just remember that you have a date…with iOS 4.3. According to Apple-centric blog MacStories, current beta versions of iOS 4.3 will include AirPlay, bug fixes and code maintenance, as well as a series of APIs to bring subscriptions to apps.ReadWriteWeb’s Sarah Perez looked at the features expected for the next version of iOS and came up with this list: Wi-Fi Hotspot: As we already knew, the personal hotspot capabilities are present for GSM devices, although it’s up to individual carriers to implement this setting. It’s doubtful that AT&T will be one of them. Verizon, however, is. AirPlay support for third-party native and Web applications: Previously in iOS 4.2, AirPlay, the feature that lets you stream video from your mobile device to an Apple TV or other third-party AirPlay-enabled hardware, was only available to the built-in Apple apps. With 4.3, any third party app can offer this functionality, too. A redesigned FaceTime icon: A minor change, but it looks good. Support for fullscreen iAd banners on iPad: A new iAd format which Apple says is “easy to implement,” allows its users to collect 60% of the revenue generated. Configurable switch for the iPad, as mentioned above, the toggle can be used as a mute button or orientation lock HTTP Live Streaming Statistics: This allows developers to track their video streams’ popularity and measure their performance. MobileCrunch warns not to pin all of your hopes and dreams on an iOS 4.3 release on February 14th exactly, but says that “just about all of the rumors pin the launch sometimes around the middle of February.” The real question, however, is how long until iOS 4.3 is jailbroken? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts mike melansonlast_img read more