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Thompson smiling again after tough four years

first_imgPersistent injuries have jeopardised the promising athletics career of 2013 World Youth champion hurdler Yanique Thompson. Despite those troubles, the GC Foster College student-athlete is slowly getting back on track. Now, with some encouraging wins under her belt, Thompson is smiling again. The former Holmwood Technical High school star was beaming after her 100 metre hurdles win at last Saturday’s JAAA All Comers meet held inside the National Stadium. “I’m feeling great apart from the injuries and stuff”, she said cheerfully. “It’s good to be back on track, trying to run myself back in some form.” Improved form has brought her the 2017 Inter-Collegiate 100 metre hurdles title and a new career best of 13.13 seconds. Thompson, however, isn’t getting ahead of herself. Better times “This year, I’m just focusing on me”, the 21 year-old reasoned. “Just to better my times each time I run.” “So, it’s not to have that goal that I’ll have to make the Trials or something like that, It’s just to get back myself in form because as you know, I’ve been out for almost four years, so it’s just basically working back my way to the top,” Thompson shared. A bothersome knee injury has been the problem. “Sometimes I cannot hurdle. Sometimes when I hurdle, it hurts and stuff, so I have to try and be patient with it and try to get the best doctors to look at it and go with the best decisions,” she added. Thompson is one of the most successful sprint hurdlers in Boys and Girls Championships history, with wins in classes two, three and four and a Carifta Games Under 20 title from 2015. The Maurice Wilson – coached speedball has high hopes for the future. “When I’m over my injuries, (and I am able to) build my confidence and everything, I don’t know, I’m just going to continue to do great things”, she hoped.last_img read more

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Dawson Creek heads to referendum

first_imgThe city of Dawson Creek will listen to residents, and hold a referendum on its borrowing bylaws. The Dawson Creek Daily News reports a petition, signed by at least a thousand people, has prompted city council to schedule the vote for November 21st. At issue, is a policy that allows the city to borrow money for major capital projects, rather than having to raise taxes by a large percentage in one year. – Advertisement -That’s been standard operating procedure for the city for 30 years, but concerned citizens have now demanded a referendum on the issue, out of concern for spiraling costs. Councilor Bud Powell is quoted by the Daily News as saying “a vote against this referendum will completely destroy where the city has gone over the past 10 years.”Powell implies residents of Dawson Creek have three simple choices, borrowing money, raising taxes, or cutting services. Advertisement The city’s current five-year plan includes a tax increase of approximately zero per cent in 2010, three per cent in 2011, three per cent in 2012, and zero per cent in 2013 and 2014.last_img read more

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Re- Stór: A one day retreat that will radically recharge your business and your life!

first_imgInspired by the Irish word ‘Stór’, with a focus on restoring ourselves and recharging our businesses, Re-Stór is a business retreat with a difference.Over the course of one day, in the stunning surrounds of Rathmullan House hotel and with lunch included, you will get the chance to work with experts in the area of business storytelling and communications, digital strategy and financial best practice.You will learn practical skills and gain a new perspective on how to stay both mentally and physically well in a world that offers increasing distractions, burn-out and overwhelm. Re-Stór is for entrepreneurs and business owners who long for a brief escape from their ‘Customer To-Do Lists’ to focus on what they want in business for a change. Co-founders Shane Breslin and Sally Murphy will lead the day. Business owners and entrepreneurs, they consult in digital, storytelling, marketing and communications with people all over the world, in industries from blue-chip technology giants to boutique drinks start-ups.For this event, they are delighted to introduce their Donegal audience to guest speaker Conor Devine. Conor is a Belfast-based entrepreneur, investor and author, who through several business interests has assisted business owners throughout the finance spectrum — from debt mediation on one end to alternative finance and investment on the other.Conor is also a Multiple Sclerosis survivor and plant-based wholefood Ironman triathlete! He will share his phenomenal personal and business experience, astutely linking the health of our minds and bodies to the health of our finances and businesses. In this one day retreat we will explore topics like:What’s going on in business and communications? How did we get here? And where should we go next?!How can we tell our stories with honesty in a way that helps us connect with our ideal customers?Can we grab the digital opportunity and the best of the internet – without falling victim to overwhelm?Here’s the truth. If the only thing you got from the Re-Stór retreat was that you walked away feeling nourished, like you had learned something worthwhile, got great value for money and made connections to support you going forward then it would be worth it.The reality is that the Re-Stór business retreat will give you all that and much, much more.You will leave the room with a clear sense of how to nourish your health so that you can grow your business, what your totally unique story is and, what digital strategies you will embrace!What other people have said about Re-Stór – “It was a great experience to take a day out of my business and reassess a few things. It helped me to have another look at the big picture of what I am trying to achieve and how I am going to do it in an energised and savvy way. Hearing other people’s stories also helped to get ideas and to reaffirm my own path. This is something all business owners should take part in, both for connecting with a fab community as well as the well-needed recharge.”Tickets available via this linkhttps://www.eventbrite.ie/e/re-stor-a-one-day-retreat-to-radically-recharge-your-business-your-life-tickets-71342638753Further Info see: www.restor.ie Contact: Sally Murphy, sally@murphycommunications.ie, T: 0871476339Re- Stór: A one day retreat that will radically recharge your business and your life! was last modified: October 19th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:BusinessRe- Stórlast_img read more

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Cattlemen’s Gala fundraiser to be held Aug. 24

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The third annual Cattlemen’s Gala Celebration and Fundraiser will be held Saturday, Aug. 24 at Leeds Farm in Ostrander. The Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) tax deductible charity, and Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will coordinate the event.Ohio’s cattlemen have a lot to celebrate. Plan to join the celebration on Saturday, Aug. 24 to support the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation youth scholarship fund benefiting the next generation of beef industry leaders. The 2018 event raised $35,000 for scholarships, and the 2019 event will build off that success.Gala attendees will gather in their boots and hats for dinner, drinks and dancing in the barn at Leeds Farm. Each registration includes 2 drink tickets, appetizers, a beef tenderloin dinner and entertainment. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. and will feature live music by the John D. Hale Band, a nationally known Red Dirt country music group from Missouri.Silent and live auctions will also be held during the evening to support youth scholarships and sponsorship opportunities are also available. From event sponsorships to live or silent auction donations, don’t miss out on the chance to support the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation youth scholarship fund. The Cattlemen’s Gala is open to all. Don’t miss what is sure to be a good time for a great cause.For more information on the day’s events, sponsorship opportunities or to register, visit www.ohiocattle.org or contact the Foundation at 614-873-6736. The registration deadline for the event is Aug. 12, 2019.last_img read more

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Cause-Based Funding: Startl and Philanthropic Startup Investment

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts The rise of such philanthropic investment groups may open up new categories for startup funding. EBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s Omiyar Network prides itself on being an organization that offers opportunities for entrepreneurs to “catalyze economic, social and political change”. The network has invested in government transparency, micro-finance and education-focused companies. Meanwhile, the Knight Foundation’s Knight News Challenge offers funding for community news innovations. Past prize recipients have included EveryBlock and Spot.us. We know we’re just skimming the surface for cause-related startup funding. If you’ve got suggestions, let us know in the comments below. Raising funding is hard any way you slice it, but the emergence of cause-base resources is helping pave the way for ethical startups that might have otherwise gone unseen. A few years ago we featured 13 seed funding options for entrepreneurs. Since then a few investment groups have come forward with a different approach. One such funder is the education-focused incubator Startl. As mentioned in Fred Wilson’s latest blog post, Startl is similar to seed fund incubators like Techstars and YCombinator except that its a nonprofit organization focused specifically on advancing new learning experiences. While the program offers a mobile app design bootcamp in New York, it’s Startl’s 3 month accelerator program hosted by Philadelphia-based DreamIt Ventures and Ideo design firm that will allow entrepreneurs to learn the ins and outs of creating an education-based business. DreamIt celebrated a graduation and demo day in August and the new Startl program will be folded into the next cycle of DreamIt participants. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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A-Rod Used Most Potent Drugs

first_imgIf Anthony Bosch were still in business today, bet on this much: His phone would be buzzing nonstop with athletes trying to order the Alex Rodriguez treatment.The self-taught doping guru whose testimony and records brought down Rodriguez sounded at times like a snake-oil salesman while detailing the down-to-the-minute regimen of performance-enhancing substances he delivered to the disgraced baseball star.Included were concoctions called “gummies” and “liquid soap,” ”pink cream,” ”blue cream” and even “PM cream” — each with varying doses of testosterone delivered in different ways throughout the day.Silly as those sound, don’t laugh. Elite athletes would gargle with antifreeze if they believed that would improve performance without tripping a positive test.And unlike the deer-antler spray and the other crackpot cures (holographic stickers, negatively charged water, underwear exposed to radio waves) that NFL linebacker Ray Lewis tried to explain away at last year’s Super Bowl, nearly all of what Bosch was providing A-Rod for $12,000 a month actually worked.Peel away the pseudo-science and Bosch’s bragging and what remained was “probably the most potent and sophisticated drug program developed for an athlete that we’ve ever seen,” U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart said.“No one who cares about clean sports likes to hear it,” Tygart said in an interview with The Associated Press. “And don’t just take my word for it. Look at the findings of an independent arbitrator who saw all the evidence, sat through the testimony and laid the whole conspiracy out.”Tygart said Bosch’s regimen included dozens of blood tests to see how the drugs were metabolizing and which doses to use when. It included peptides and female fertility drugs to supplement testosterone, human growth hormone and an insulin-like growth factor.“At the end of the day,” Tygart added, “this was a potent cocktail of sophisticated PEDs stacked together to deliver power, aid recovery, avoid detection and create a home run champion.”Added Dr. Gary Wadler, past chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned substance committee, “It was illegal from start to finish and not all of it was scientific, but let’s be honest — this guy Bosch knew an awful lot of what he was talking about.”Tygart takes some consolation in knowing that improvements to MLB’s drug-testing program make it unlikely a player could avoid detection employing the same regimen today. What troubles him, though, is that much of the discussion in the wake of Bosch’s “60 Minutes” TV interview has focused on those substances with catchy nicknames like “gummies” and “pink food,” but actually did little to improve performance.Instead, Tygart said the real threat was the sophisticated and comprehensive knowledge about a doping regimen that Bosch — who was not a licensed physician — was able to acquire and deploy.Bosch faces potential charges stemming from the investigation into his Biogenesis clinic in south Florida.Tygart referred specifically to an exchange in which Rodriguez told Bosch he had an important game coming up and asked whether he should take “gummies” — a lozenge dosed with testosterone — at 10:45 a.m. in case he wound up being required to take a drug test postgame. Bosch replied “10:30.”“Look, no one can say with that much certainty how long the window (to avoid detection) would be open,” Tygart said. “And most people know that tiny dose, even fast-acting testosterone, won’t provide much of a boost. But look at it as part of an overall (PED) program, while in-season testing is taking place. It’s more like maintenance; it’s going to be hard to find, plus it makes the other drugs you’re using more effective. …“Another point that may have gotten missed,” Tygart added, “is that insiders like Bosch want to give the perception they know. It’s part of the pitch, how you market to pro athletes. So saying 10:45 instead of 10:30 makes the athlete think, ‘Hey, this guy really knows his stuff.’”In Bosch’s case, that was largely true. So much so that anti-doping experts like Tygart and Wadler have broadened the scope of their investigations to include many of the same tactics law enforcement agencies use to pursue suppliers of a wide range of illegal drugs.“How many guys will take (Bosch’s) protocols and adopt them?” Wadler asked. “Plenty. Enhancing performance is tied up with a lot of things, legal and illegal, but the bottom line is always money. … When we look at this case, it’s troubling in a very real sense because most of the science passes muster.“What I’d stress is not the part about it being good science, but that it’s illicit science,” he said finally. “And quite possibly, dangerous at some level, too.”(Jim Litke, AP Sports Columnist)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Vine: Roquan Smith Puts On UCLA Gloves, Commits To Bruins Over Home-State Team Georgia

first_imgThe Bruins flag flies as the UCLA Bruins score a touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field.BOULDER, CO – SEPTEMBER 29: The Bruins flag flies as the UCLA Bruins score a touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on September 29, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado. UCLA defeated Colorado 42-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Update: An interesting development from the Roquan Smith commitment:BREAKING: Despite announcing his commitment to #UCLA, 4* LB Roquan Smith tells me he has not reached final decision, has not signed LOI.— Jake Reuse (@ReuseRecruiting) February 4, 2015Earlier: UCLA may wind up being the winners of this year’s National Signing Day. Jim Mora’s program has already had a big day, landing top-rated recruits like Soso Jamabo over Texas and Chris Clark over Michigan, and now they’ve plucked a top five outside linebacker out of Georgia’s back yard. Roquan Smith was down to Georgia, Michigan, Texas A&M, and UCLA during his ceremony today. After having signs for the Wolverines and Aggies flipped over to indicate that the schools were out, Smith put on UCLA gloves under the table to reveal his commitment.Some UCLA fans may be concerned about the program’s ability to compete at the top of the Pac-12 without Brett Hundley, but Mora is proving that the Bruins should not be a flash in the pan. [@BoltonSports]last_img read more

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Got pot Travellers to Canada will be asked if theyre carrying cannabis

first_imgOTTAWA – Travellers to Canada will be routinely asked whether they are bringing marijuana into the country as Ottawa moves to legalize recreational pot use.Signs will also be posted at major ports of entry to remind people that the unauthorized importation of pot remains illegal, said Peter Hill, associate vice-president of the Canada Border Services Agency.In addition, the border agency plans a communications campaign through social media to ensure travellers “are aware of the new legislation and the requirements,” Hill told MPs on the House of Commons public safety committee.The Liberals plan to allow adults to legally possess and use small amounts of cannabis by next July, saying it will help keep marijuana out of the hands of young people while denying profits to criminal organizations.The government is devoting more than $110 million over five years to Public Safety, the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency to ensure organized crime does not infiltrate the legalized system and to keep pot from crossing borders.The question to travellers about marijuana will be similar to those that officers already ask about other controlled or prohibited goods, such as firearms, food and animal products, said Jayden Robertson, a border agency spokesman.“The intent of the cannabis-related question is to encourage traveller compliance regarding importations of cannabis and provide travellers with the opportunity to declare whether or not they are in possession of cannabis,” Robertson said in an emailed response to questions.The border agency hopes the question will reduce the risk of “unintentional violations” of the law, he added.Under the proposed Cannabis Act, it will remain illegal to import into Canada, or export from Canada, cannabis and related products without a valid permit issued by the federal government.The unauthorized international cross-border movement of cannabis will still be a serious criminal offence that can result in up to 14 years in prison, the government says.Plans for signs at the border are “under development,” Robertson said.Although a number of U.S. states have legalized recreational marijuana, pot remains illegal under federal law, which applies at the border. As a result, Canadians have been turned away by U.S. border officials — sometimes for simply admitting they’ve used it.Every country has the right to establish the standards that determine who is allowed to enter, said Malcolm Brown, deputy minister of Public Safety Canada.“So, it wouldn’t be, frankly, appropriate for us to counsel the U.S. about changing their approach,” he told the Commons committee meeting this week.But he quickly added that such issues are discussed regularly at the “highest levels” with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, “so they understand the approach and we will continue to encourage them, as they do with us, to be as welcoming and supportive of Canadians crossing the border into the U.S. as we try to be generally with Americans coming into Canada.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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Stop Paying Attention To Johnny Manziel And All Preseason QB Battles

During this NFL preseason, the media spotlight has shined brightest on the quarterback competition in Cleveland between incumbent Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel. Although Browns coach Mike Pettine officially named Hoyer his starter Wednesday (a decision coming, not coincidentally, after Manziel made an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins’ bench during the Browns’ 24-23 loss Monday night), the attention paid to the rivalry — and to Manziel in general — has reached crazy levels.But why?Why are we acting like the Super Bowl is riding on the outcome of Hoyer vs. Manziel? This is, after all, a team Vegas has winning the fourth-fewest games in football. Manziel is a rookie whose bona fides are far from established; Hoyer has four career starts to his name and has been a significantly below-average passer when he has played over the past two seasons.Montana vs. Young this ain’t.But preseason quarterback controversies have long captivated football fans. Who could forget J.T. O’Sullivan and Alex Smith dueling in San Francisco for the 49ers job in 2008? Or Jon Kitna’s struggle with Gus Frerotte in 2002? Or even the Browns’ own 2003 skirmish between Kelly Holcomb and Tim Couch?If you’re sensing a trend, it’s that August QB controversies usually involve a pair of equally dismal options. And, no matter who wins, he tends to produce pretty uninspiring results come the regular season.Going back to 2000, I used LexisNexis to search news reports for variations of phrases such as “quarterback competition” or “QB controversy” during the summer months, when NFL teams open up training camp and play preseason games (aka prime time for hyped-up QB rivalries). I came across 88 cases of the media discussing a competition for an NFL starting quarterback role, from Kordell Stewart vs. Kent Graham (2000 Pittsburgh Steelers) to Terrelle Pryor vs. Matt Flynn (2013 Oakland Raiders).And indeed, teams featuring preseason QB competitions tended to be mediocre-to-bad clubs. Since 2000, they averaged a shade under seven wins during the subsequent regular season, with an average adjusted net yards per attempt index, or ANY/A+, of 92.3 (100 represents the overall NFL average, and the replacement level is somewhere between 90 and 91). Among those who ended up getting at least 100 attempts during the regular season, only 22 percent of the quarterbacks involved in these controversies were average or better by ANY/A+. As a rule, teams are dealing with pretty bad passers in these situations, no matter who “wins” the competition.What’s more, it doesn’t seem to matter which quarterback a coach picks as his No. 1 coming out of the preseason. Limiting our data to the 40 cases in which both of the combatants had at least 100 pass attempts (to give ourselves a reasonable sample upon which to judge the preseason decision), teams picked the QB with the higher eventual ANY/A+ only 51.3 percent of the time. And in fact, statistically, there was no significant difference in performance between the preseason-quarterback-competition winners and losers.This suggests that picking the right horse in a preseason QB derby practically comes down to a coin flip.Now, a potential concern in the methodology outlined above is that we could have biased our results toward evenness because of the playing-time criteria. (Barring injury, the odds are low that a clear-cut quarterback competition winner would end up sharing regular-season snaps with his backup.) But we can check our results against a control group of teams with a similar distribution of passing attempts (but no reported QB controversy). In the controversy group above, the average difference between the opening-day starter and his backup was -2.0 ANY/A+; in the non-controversy group, the difference was +3.2 ANY/A+.That’s not quite a statistically significant difference (p=0.08), but it’s close. So the biasing effect could still be masking the true difference between the groups. But to some extent, it does suggest the underappreciated (yet obvious) truth about QB controversies: There isn’t going to be much difference in performance, no matter which option a team goes with as its starter.And, as a corollary, it means we’ve probably spent entirely too much time worrying about which of two generally equivalent, below-average quarterbacks will get a chance to start for a bad team. read more

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Seedorf hints at Deportivo exit

first_imgDeportivo La Coruna manager Clarence Seedorf has given a hint that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season after their 4-2 defeat to Barcelona confirmed their relegation from La LigaThe former AC Milan star was appointed in February in a bid to lead the club out of the relegation zone, but he failed to win in his opening eight games in charge.Despite having overseen a four-match unbeaten run recently, Deportivo had their fate sealed on Sunday night against a Barcelona side who sealed their 25th La Liga crown.“We’re very sad about being relegated, but I want to thank everyone at the club, the fans and the players,” said Seedorf, according to Football-Espana.“I’ve found a very good team of workers. We didn’t meet our objective, but that’s football. As for my future, everything is open.”Despite their confirmed relegation status, Seedorf is determined to see Deportivo end the season well.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I want us to finish the season well, with dignity, and keep working like we are. No doors are closed with regards to next season.” insisted the Dutchman.“I congratulate Barcelona, but I think Deportivo had a very good match. We gave a good account of ourselves.”The 42-year-old hinted that his future may be elsewhere while expressing his confidence that Deportivo can quickly return to La Liga.“It’s not the first time that this has happened to Deportivo. We must bounce back, and I wish this club all the best,” said Seedorf.“My players had a great game, and they should come out with their heads held high. There are other important things in life. You have to know how to win and know how to lose.”last_img read more

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