Biggest opening weekend for World Para Athletics Champs

first_img BROKEN RECORDS EXPECTED The World Para Athletics Championships kicks off the Summer of World Athletics today with 10 days of action at the London Stadium. On the morning of the first day of action from the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017, organisers have confirmed that the event will enjoy the biggest audience in World Para Sport championship history. Tonight’s session at the London Stadium will open with 20,000, before a Saturday night attendance expected to exceed 27,000. With tomorrow night set for at least 31,000 spectators, athletes will experience the best support ever experienced outside of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The excitement will be further heightened in the early part of the week as the Mayor of London-backed schools’ ticketing pro-gramme will see tens of thousands of schoolchildren attend the Championships – 70,000 of whom will help fill the stadium on Monday and Tuesday’s morning sessions alone. In addition, records are set to be broken in terms of broadcasting, with TV pictures set to be beamed to more than 20 countries around the world. The final days before the Championships have also garnered royal support to #FillTheStadium, with Prince Harry joining forces with T42 sprinter and Paralympic bronze medallist Dave Henson to encourage people to show their support for the world’s best Para athletes. Niels de Vos, championship director, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce a record-opening weekend for a World Para Sport championship as well as the amazing global reach of the broadcast figures. We wanted to make this the most watched World Para Athletics Championships in history for the sport.” Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee president, said: “Even before London 2017 begins, it is record breaking in pretty much all areas. Not only has the event shattered all records in terms of spectator attendance and commercial support for a Para Sport championships, the global reach of the event will also make history. “With TV pictures set to be beamed to more than 20 countries and over 800 media accredited, the World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 will reach more people than ever before around the world. Just like London 2012, this is going to be an event not to be missed.” The World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 kick off the Summer of World Athletics and the biggest sporting event in the world in 2017 with the IAAF World Championships following at the London Stadium, August 4-13.last_img read more

Several to be arraigned in WBD robbery

first_imgSeveral persons are expected to be arraigned today at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court in relation to a robbery which was executed at a Chinese restaurant at Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara on March 3 at about 03:00hrs.This is according to Police “D” Division Commander, Leslie James.Reports are that several men broke into the worker’s quarters, the second building in the yard. The Chinese restaurant is situated at the front, and and the owner, Su San, occupies living quarters at the back.This publication was told that one of the workers was awakened by a strange sound, and upon checking was confronted by a group of men, who took away his mobile phone and took him into the living quarters, where they demanded money and other valuables.Reportedly armed with cutlasses, crowbars, and knives, according to Police “D” Division Commander, Leslie James, the armed men ransacked several rooms in the building but did not find cash. However, they fled the scene with one computer, one mobile phone and bottle of Hennessy, James said.The Police were contacted and a search was quickly launched. At the scene, a toy gun was recovered. However, it is uncertain if that was the instrument used to conduct the daring robbery. Within hours, the police had apprehended several persons in relation to this incident.last_img read more

Groups taking legal steps to clean up water

first_imgIn the mid-1990s, the NRDC and Baykeeper filed a federal lawsuit claiming the county violated clean water standards by failing to control storm water polluting Santa Monica Bay. The two sides settled in 1996 with the county promising to develop a program to find the type and source of pollutants. In 1999, the same conservation groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing for 20 years to ensure that state waters were clean. In a settlement that year, the EPA agreed to set pollution limits for the 156 water bodies in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. In this latest round of legal action, the NRDC and Baykeeper say the county and Malibu have routinely violated clean water standards by discharging contaminated water and urban runoff into coastal waters. County data showed that Malibu Creek and the Santa Clara, Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers repeatedly exceeded safe levels of cyanide, aluminum and fecal coliform. The groups’ notice seeks imposition of penalties for violations of the Clean Water Act ranging from $27,500 to $32,500 per day dating to May 2002. Some of the area’s most famous beaches have been plagued for years by water quality problems, which can make people sick. Los Angeles County had 2,213 beach closings in 2005, the notice said. Christi Hogan, the Malibu city attorney, called the threat of legal action an “unfortunate confrontation” at a time when the city has been spending a lot of time and money to put together a clean water plan. “When have you ever gotten clean water out of a courtroom?” Hogan said. “Of course we didn’t know this was coming. I just opened my mail and bam!” Mark Pestrella, assistant deputy director of the county Department of Public Works, said he was disappointed by the legal action. “The Santa Monica Baykeeper has been a partner in many of the county’s efforts to prevent stormwater pollution, particularly in the north Santa Monica Bay,” Pestrella said in a statement. “Our staff is often side-by-side at the table with the Baykeeper working on solutions, so this announcement does come as a surprise.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – A decade after environmental groups settled a federal lawsuit with a plan to control pollution flowing into Southern California coastal waters, they have filed an intent to sue again – this time to force local agencies to actually clean up the water. The Natural Resources Defense Council and the Santa Monica Baykeeper used Los Angeles County’s data to show how the county and the city of Malibu potentially owe millions of dollars in fines for violating the Clean Water Act. The notice, which was sent on May 31, is the first step in filing a federal lawsuit. “This lawsuit focuses explicitly on results measured at the beach and in local waters,” said David Beckman, senior attorney for the NRDC. “No longer could the county merely file a paper program to be in compliance with the Clean Water Act. It would have to actually clean up the water to be in compliance with the Clean Water Act.” The federal law required pollution limits to be set by 1979 for all water in the United States considered unsafe for people and aquatic life. last_img read more

Man United flop needs oxygen after 36 minutes of football

first_imgFormer Manchester United midfielder Anderson may have thought he had put issues surrounding his ballooning weight and poor fitness behind him, but they came back with a vengence, with the Brazilian being hauled off and needing oxygen after just 36 minutes in a clash for new side Internacional.To be fair to the 26-year-old, he wasn’t the only player to suffer, as Internacional laboured to a 3-1 defeat at 3,600-metres above sea-level against Bolivian side The Strongest, but even by his standards, it was a worrying example of how much he has fallen in recent seasons.Prior to leaving Old Trafford, Anderson’s reportedly wild lifestyle and lack of professionalism had become a point of contention both in Manchester and back in his native Brazil, and while Internacional offered him the opportunity to rebuild his career, life back in South America didn’t start too well, with the midfielder missing a penalty on his debut.last_img read more

Gwen Stefani will shun sexy fashions in Malaysia

first_imgGwen Stefani will not wear revealing costumes during her Aug. 21 concert in Malaysia after Muslim students protested her sexy outfits and steamy performances. Show organizer Maxis Communications Bhd. said the 37-year-old singer will follow the local code of ethics for foreign artists, which bans the unnecessary baring of skin. “Gwen Stefani has confirmed that her concert will not feature any revealing costumes. She will abide by the Malaysian authorities’ guidelines to ensure that her show will not be offensive to local sensitivities,” the company said Thursday in a statement. Maxis, the country’s biggest mobile phone company, hopes to attract some 9,000 people to the show in Kuala Lampur, one of the stops on Stefani’s Sweet Escape world tour. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The National Union of Malaysian Muslim Students, which has some 10,000 members, charged that Stefani’s skimpy outfits and cheeky performances clashed with Islamic values. Under the official guide to performing in Malaysia, a female artist must be covered from the top of her chest to her knees. No jumping, shouting or throwing of objects onstage or at the audience is allowed. Performers cannot hug or kiss, and their clothes cannot have obscene or drug-related messages.last_img read more


first_imgLOFT Youth Project, Letterkenny are planning a bumper filled summer programme again this year.The 8 week long programme which gets underway on June 26th offers a wide range of activities for 12-18 year olds, from a cookery course, a Get active week, an Outdoor week, the ever popular Rock School and the all new AMP project, which offers young people the opportunity to try out DJing, Graffiti, spoken word, street drumming and dance.There will also be a range of other weekly groups and activities that young people can take part in, such as the Loft Fashion group, weekly jam sessions and weekly art workshops, so you have absolutely no reason to say you will be bored this summer. If you would like to sign up to a particular course do so now, as places are limited. An information evening will be held at the LOFT on Friday the 15th of June. The LOFT Youth Project is a partnership project jointly managed by Donegal Youth Service and Foroige and is funded by the Health Service Executive. The full details of the programme are as follows:CookeryTwo camps, 26th – 29th June (Ages 16-18) and 10th – 13th July (ages 12-14); with a focus on healthy eating, learn to cook meals from scratch and enjoy eating the fruits of your labour at the end of each workshop! HIFY – Emotional & Mental HealthFrom the 3rd to 6th July Ages 13-16); the members of the HIFY team (Health Initiatives for Youth) will deliver peer led workshops and activities. The camp will combine lots of opportunity to learn about and discuss emotional and mental health with fun activities, drama, outdoor pursuits and trips.REAL U10th- 13th July for ages 16 – 18 Years; A Week packed with the REAL U Programme (Relationships Explored And Life Uncovered) and fun packed activities and trips. 12 – 5pm Tuesday – FridayGet Active17th – 20th July for ages 13 to 15, Get Active is a fun packed activity week where young people will be encouraged to participate in various activities and encourage healthy lifestyles. The emphasis will be on having fun and making friends while learning valuable skills. Rockschool24th – 27th July (Ages 12-18); If you play music, sing or would like to develop your music skill, Rockschool is ideal. With tuition in guitar,, bass, drums and vocals as well as various music styles, recording techniques and master classes with local musicians. The combination of tutorials and jam sessions, theory and performance always makes Rockshool a popular choice.Art & Music Project (AMP)31st July – 3rd Aug (Ages 12-18); would you like to try some new art or music techniques or develop your existing skills? With workshops in DJ skills, Grafitti, spoken word, rap, dance , photography and much more. AMP will be a great opportunity to let your creative side shine. Outdoor Week 7th – 10th August for ages 15 – 17 ; Not going away this year but still want to have some great summer experiences? This week we are going spend 98% outside taking part in fun packed activities, challenges and learning a bit about our nature and how to survive in the wild. Don’t forget; there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing… so sign up and show us how tough you really are!It’s A Small World14th – 17th Aug (Ages 13 – 16); Learn skills from around the world and combine these with a closer look at our local community. We will also be marking National Heritage Week. Activities include sport, music, art and more.Multi-Activity Week21st – 24th Aug Ages 12 – 18); This week will be packed with activities, challenges, competitions and more with a big day out to round off the summer holidaysTransition ProgrammeTwo day programme for students making the transition from primary to secondary school. The topics covered include preparing for change, dealing with bullying; understanding timetables, building friendships and creative arts activities.3rd & 4th July, 10th & 11th July, 18th & 19th July or 24th & 25th JulyGroups & CoursesLOFT Fashion Group/Customising Clothes: Thursdays 6pm – 8pmComputer Programming Wednesday s 6pm – 8pmJam Session Wednesday s 6pm – 8pmArt workshops Saturdays 4pm-6pmGeek Week 18th – 21st July (activities daily)To find out more about any of the activities please contact the LOFT staff on 074 – 9188271 or visit the LOFT on the Port Road, Letterkenny.SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AT LETTERKENNY’S LOFT SUMMER PROGRAMME was last modified: June 12th, 2012 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:letterkennysummer programmeThe Loftlast_img read more

Premier League’s richest owners and each club’s ground ranked from worst to best

first_img1 As part of the build up to the New Year, talkSPORT reveals the most popular content on for every month of 2016…BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: JULY 2016MOST READ1. Every Premier League club’s stadium ranked from worst to firstWhich ground is a winner and which is a ‘soulless of bowl of doom’?Find out here.2. Revealed: The Premier League’s richest ownersFrom Steve Parish’s £45m to Sheik Mansour’s £20bn and everyone in between.See the rich list here.3. Power ranking every Premier League club’s greatest ever managerBeginning with Phil Brown at Hull, talkSPORT looks at each team’s top boss.Agree with this list?MOST POPULAR VIDEOEight football moments that became memes.TALKSPORT PICK OF JULY 2016Each Premier League club ranked by their greatest ever foreign signingFrom Max Gradel to Luis Suarez.See this list here.last_img read more

West Ham fans appear to throw a dildo at Chelsea star Eden Hazard after scoring

first_imgWest Ham fans appeared to throw a dildo at Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard after he opened the scoring at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.The Blues won 2-0 to move back into third place in the Premier League, two points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur having played a game more.Hazard showed the Chelsea fans what they might be missing next year with a virtuoso opener and late second in the sort of display that could convince Real Madrid to meet Chelsea’s reported £100million asking price. The 28-year-old’s current Chelsea deal expires next summer and Madrid are reported to be closing in on his signature, although not without matching the Stamford Bridge hierarchy’s valuation.Hazard moved to 19 goals in all competitions as he eyes the 20 mark for the first time at Chelsea. His 16 league goals leave him top of the pile for combined finishes and assists, with 28.By the time Hazard applied the finish to his stunning opener, he had ghosted past Declan Rice and Mark Noble, and flummoxed Fabian Balbuena, Angelo Ogbonna and Ryan Fredericks.However, it was his celebration afterwards which has left eagle-eyed fans dumbfounded. Eden Hazard taunts the West Ham fans after his stunning strike 2 Rudiger appears to throw a dildo off the Stamford Bridge pitch center_img 2 @Louis_Beneventi It appears as though a dildo was thrown by a disgruntled away fan towards the Belgium captain as he slid on his knees in celebration in front of the Matthew Harding stand.In a picture posted on Twitter by @Louis_Beneventi, Antonio Rudiger can be seen throwing the sex toy off the pitch as the Chelsea players joined Hazard during his celebrations.Last season, Hammers fans took inflatable dildos into the London Stadium after owners David Gold and David Sullivan were given an unfortunate nickname by the Sporting Lisbon chairman.Whilst trying to negotiate the sale of William Carvalho, Bruno de Carvalho accused the businessmen of being liars and labelled them ‘The Dildo Brothers’.last_img read more

Ex-Arsenal chief Mislintat lands new job

first_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… shining Sven Mislintat signed nine players during his time at Arsenal REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ex-Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has become Stuttgart’s new director of football.The 46-year-old left his role at the Emirates back in February. LIVE ON talkSPORT gameday cracker huge blow Slavia Prague vs Chelsea (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Wolves (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester United vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Wigan vs Norwich (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Manchester City (Sunday, 2:05pm) – talkSPORT ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “I grew up in the environment of traditional clubs, this atmosphere is very important to me.“The talks with [president] Wolfgang Dietrich and Thomas Hitzlsperger were extremely good and decisive for my decision for VfB.“Our joint focus is in the coming weeks on the fight for survival, of course, the look is also already on the plans for the new season.”center_img BEST OF tense Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 1 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY Gunners stars such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lucas Torreira joined the club during Mislintat’s reign.He will now work alongside former Everton and Aston Villa midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, who is head of sport at Stuttgart.Speaking about his arrival at the Bundesliga club, Mislintat said: “It is a huge challenge and at the same time a great honour to work for a club like VfB. REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Mislintat joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in December 2017.Gunners boss Unai Emery is reportedly set to have a small transfer budget to spend on new players this summer, which is believed to be one of the reasons why Mislintat left.Arsenal were unable to make any permanent signings in the January transfer window and only managed to secure a loan move for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, who is yet to start a game.last_img read more

Bamboo shoots up in Eastern Cape

first_imgBamboo cultivation and its use in productsranging from furniture to biofuel andbaskets, is set to take off in the EasternCape province.(Image: Wikimedia)Emily van RijswijckIt is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and has a multiplicity of uses, from the manufacture of biofuel to decor accessories, furniture and building materials.A miracle plant? No, just the ordinary bamboo, a plant usually associated with Asia and giant pandas, but one which also proves to be well adapted to the dryer conditions of the Eastern Cape.And it is these qualities – and the potential to alleviate poverty in South Africa’s poorest province – which have convinced the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) to embark on pilot projects for the cultivation and production of bamboo and its related products.Already a one hectare plot at St Albans near Port Elizabeth has been planted with the evergreen grass, with another two, larger projects of five hectares each taking shape in Centani in the former Transkei and at Ndakana near Stutterheim.The three projects are funded by the ECDC for the benefit of the Eastern Cape community and the plants will be harvested according to the market that is available at that time, confirmed Ken Bern, regional head of the East London-based ECDC.“We are hoping to be able to harvest the first shoots for hand weaving in two years’ time,” he said. For hardwood products used in the making of floorboards or furniture, the bamboo shoots would have to be matured to at least five years.Economically viable within five yearsBamboo can grow at an incredible rate. In temperate conditions it shoots up at three to 10 centimetres per day; in ideal conditions by as much as 100 centimetres per day. One hectare can yield anything from 20 to 40 tons of bamboo and can be economically viable within five years of planting.But it is its incredible adaptability to different, often poor soil conditions and its numerous applications which makes it such an attractive crop, especially for the poorer rural communities of the Eastern Cape.Clumps of these plants can be found around the province, showing that it can grow here successfully, said Pelo Gabaraane, MD of SA Bamboo, the company which has been commissioned by the ECDC to manage the Centani and Ndakana pilots.“The plant is regenerative and fast growing, and provides tremendous potential to fight poverty in the province.”Gabaraane and his colleague Nkosinathi William are project managers at the Centani and Ndakana plantations.Five people have already been employed at each plot and will actively be running the project, with SA Bamboo overseeing operations. For the moment the projects will remain small as this provides the ideal conditions for training the community in the aspects of cultivation and processing, said Gabaraane.“For the moment, the projects are not economically viable. It is simply useful as a teaching mechanism,” he confirmed.The bamboo organisation is already in negotiations with the Department of Economic Development to secure funds for the eventual extension of the project in Ndakana to 300 hectares to achieve greater economic viability, said Gabaraane.At least 300 people will be able to find direct employment at a project of this scale. In the meantime, while the bamboo shoots are small, the land will also be used for intercropping with the planting of vegetables between the bamboo rows.Downstream productsThe pilot projects will focus on passing on skills training for the supply of raw materials in three bamboo related products: basket weaving; furniture and building materials; and biofuels.At the moment South African bamboo furniture producers import all their raw materials from oversees. The Eastern Cape community has the potential to eventually tap into this lucrative market once they start to produce their own bamboo crops on large a scale, Gabaraane believes.“It is important to realise that there are two aspects to the pilot projects, both of which provides skill transfer and employment opportunities,” he said. ”These are the actual cultivating of the product and the downstream processing of the product. We want to make sure that the projects bring about real, viable economic benefits to the larger Eastern Cape community in the long term.”The basket weaving project gets going in January 2012 in Ndakana, with SA Bamboo sourcing mature plants from around the province to train five local women in the equipment and weaving processes used. These products will be available in curio shops around the area.“We believe the community has to be involved in the project from the beginning, from the actual planning phases all the way to the growing and processing of the raw product.”A big stalk of grass Genetically speaking, bamboo is just a very big, sturdy stalk of grass: a stalk of grass with amazing properties. It is said to be able to absorb 30% more carbon than trees and has the ability to grow rapidly in diverse conditions.While pine plantations will only be able to yield a harvest in 20 years, producers of bamboo will be able to harvest their bamboo in no more than five years.In South Africa, the Indian species Bambusa balcooa has been completely naturalised and has been around for over 300 years. As a hardwood for furniture and building related applications, it has no equal.South Africa only has one indigenous bamboo species, the hardy Thamnocalamus tessellatus or berg bamboo. This plant grows in its typical clumps all around the colder Drakensberg region in the south-east of the country.last_img read more