Organisers pleased with participation in Kingston City Run

first_imgKINGSTON:THE speed is not quite like that taking place at the annual ‘Champs’ now taking place at the National Stadium.However, the competition was just as intense at the Kingston City Run, where thousands of patrons turned out for the fourth staging on Sunday, with runners and walkers participating in the 10K, 5K, and half marathon through the streets of the Capital city. Plus, there was ideal weather.”I was encouraged by the number of entries,” said Nicola Madden-Greig, president, Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, conceptualisers of the event that attracted close to 4,000 participants. “In fact, we almost reached the limit that we could accommodate.”Troy Pennington made the most of the lovely early-morning conditions and won the men’s title in the 10K, in 36 minutes, 48 seconds.On the female side, Heather Facey shone brightest, landing the 10K in 47 minutes and 55 seconds.Olivia McKoy, the former Olympian, showed that she’s still on top of her game in winning the women’s 5K, in 23 minutes and 26 seconds; while Shawn Pitter, who has had a number of successes on the circuit, took the men’s 5K in 16 minutes and 41 seconds.Pauline Murphy was the leading female in the half marathon, clocking one hour, 37 minutes and 49 seconds to claim the top female spot; while in the men’s equivalent, Kemar Leslie reigned supreme with victory in one hour, 16 minutes and 49 seconds.Many of the competitors spoke highly of the organisation, marshalling, and convivial atmosphere, which helped to make the event enjoyable for all ages. The morning inspiration was brought by both Edna Manley dancers and drummers and members of the Campion College drum core.Most entrants were local, but some participants came from overseas, including a group of friends from Belgium, who started planning a two-week vacation to Jamaica, then heard about the Kingston City Run and in a moment decided to extend their vacation by another week.”We kept hearing about Kingston City Run. It was a chance to experience the beauty of Jamaica and also see some of the historical sites,” said Sam Clusters, theatre manager for Kinepolis.”After being here for two weeks, partying in Montego Bay and Port Antonio, we knew it would be really nice to see Kingston in a different way. We have been here a couple of days and we really love the vibes in Kingston,” admitted Clusters.Madden-Greig said: “Whatever your nationality, age or ability, the Kingston City Run is about getting everyone active while having fun and raising as much money for charity and the local community as possible. Everyone, whether here in Jamaica or overseas, looks forward to experiencing Kingston in a way that has been described as eye-opening and beautiful by our participants.”last_img read more

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‘Fake Bond’ Lawyer Escapes

first_imgReliable information reaching the Daily Observer say that the lawyer who used a “fake bond” that released a Portuguese national from the Monrovia Central Prison has gone into hiding.Charaf Khaled was arrested in November last year, between Liberia and Guinea, in the Ganta area; he was attempting to escape the country, after relieving a Guinean businessman, Mohammed Bah, of US$138,500, it was alleged.Police later retrieved US$110,200 of the stash and charged him with theft of property.But, on November 26, 2013, Khalid’s lawyer (name unknown) had him released him on bail, after being held at the Monrovia Central Prison for a week.The bail was intended for his day-to-day appearance in the court, following final disposal of the matter.Unfortunately, when the Monrovia City Court scheduled the case for hearing, neither defendant Khaled nor his lawyer could not be found in court—or anywhere else.The defendant is believed to have escaped the country; and court officials admit that they have not been able to locate his lawyer.The question now is what becomes of Bah’s money?That was when, after looking a bit farther, the prosecution discovered that the bail, believed to have come from Medicare Insurance, had been “faked.”But the insurance company has so far denied issuing the bail, claiming that it is a “false bail.”They, however, refused to comment further on the matter. They did say, however, that they were considering doing whatever it takes to ensure that the court produces the lawyer.Before a bail is issued to release a criminal from prison, it is always approved by another court: Criminal Court ‘A,’ which usually hosts the grand jury for Montserrado County.“In recent years, the use of bail bonds and pretrial release rates have been raised in the country,” a judicial expert told the Observer.The judicial expert explained that that has been the regular practices at the Court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Sophia man slapped with manslaughter charge

first_imgA 31-year-old labourer accused of killing 26-year-old Seon Harry was on Tuesday hauled to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where he faced a manslaughter charge before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The charge against Darrius Barrington of Lot 634 A Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, stated that on October 18, 2018 at South Sophia, he unlawfully killed Harry.Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the court that on October 18, 2018, the now deceased man and the accused were involved in a heated argument, which escalated into a scuffle. According to the Prosecutor, during the scuffle, Harry dealt the accused three chops about the body. In retaliation, the accused, who was also armed with a knife, inflicted one stab wound on Harry. Both men were taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where Harry was pronounced dead.Defence Attorney Lawrence Harris, in a bail application, told the court that his client was not a flight risk, further stating that his client was attacked by the now deceased, which resulted in him being fatally stabbed. However, the Chief Magistrate remanded the father of three to prison. The case will continue on November 5, 2018.Guyana Times had previously reported that on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, the now dead man had borrowed the accused’s bicycle, which he returned after midnight. This resulted in the two having a brief but heated exchange of words.The following day, October 18, the now dead man armed himself with a cutlass and dealt the accused several chops while he was hanging out with his friends. The accused sustained chop wounds to his head, abdomen and arm. In retaliation, the injured man dealt the deceased one fatal stab to his body.last_img read more

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Local racer earns bronze in Red Deer at Spartan Canadian National Series

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local obstacle course racer, Morgan Burdock, was in Red Deer over the weekend for the Spartan Canadian National Series.Burdock competed in the Spartan Sprint 5 km and ran a Burpee Free Race managing to earn third place in the 25 to 29 years age group.According to Burdock, when it comes to obstacle races, the Spartan Race is the most challenging as it involves heavy physical penalties, climbing and about 20 obstacles per every 5 km race.- Advertisement -“The spartan races are one of the most challenging OCR races as you are penalized 30 burpees for any failed obstacles. Some obstacles include 15’ rope climb, monkey bars, 8’ walls, monkey bars and rings, barb wire crawls and many more. On average there are about 20 obstacles per 5k race, obstacles increasing as distances increase.”Burdock says she plans to attend at least three more Spartan Races this year, with a 20 km Beast in Kimberly and another 5 km Sprint and a 10 km Super in Calgary.Burdock will be taking part in the Vertical Slam Challenge this Saturday, June 8.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Moroccans bitter over World Cup 2026 flop

first_imgIn a tweet, Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani saluted the “seriousness and professionalism” of Morocco’s bid committee, which itself warmly congratulated the winners.On the streets of Rabat, nearly deserted during the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, 49-year-old Abdelmula was less diplomatic.“It was Africa’s turn, but (the vote) was biased because Morocco is part of the Third World and the powerful may have conspired against it,” he told AFP.Said, 62, blamed the African kingdom’s loss on US pressure.“Unfortunately, we can’t help it. Things turned political when President (Donald) Trump threatened those who were going to vote for us,” he said.– Trump ‘threats’ –During the bidding process, Trump had threatened that nations that did not support the North American bid should not expect US support on other issues.If FIFA, world football’s governing body, had been “impartial, it would have disqualified the North American bid after the threats from Donald Trump”, said Driss Abis, a sports commentator and former coach.While some on social media were outraged by Morocco’s loss, others questioned its capacity to host the tournament.“We must be realistic, we do not have the infrastructure it takes, our stadiums exist only on paper,” said 28-year-old Sufyan.Moroccans had held out hope until the last minute, with Wednesday morning newspaper headlines reading “Morocco believes it” and “Decisive day for the dream”.Even after the results were announced, the local press congratulated Morocco on its bid but said the outcome had come as a “cold shower”.“I was sad when the winner was announced,” said former Moroccan footballer Abdelkrim El Hadrioui.“At the same time, I wasn’t surprised because Morocco went up against the American giant, which mobilised in recent weeks to influence voters,” Hadrioui said.Morocco’s bid was its fifth failure, after setbacks in 2010, 2006, 1998 and 1994.– ‘Knives in the back’ –Saudi Arabia, Morocco’s long-time ally, “led an all-out campaign” in favour of the North American trio’s World Cup bid, according to local press.And while the Arab League in April announced its support for Morocco’s bid, seven Arab countries voted for the “United 2026” candidacy.“God protect me from my friends, my enemies I can deal with,” Moncef Belkhayat, an ex-sports minister and a member of the kingdom’s bid committee, quipped before the vote.Samira Sitail, head of public broadcaster M2, tweeted: “The United States has a new state. It is Arab and Muslim, easily exploitable, and it loves to put knives in friends’ backs.”Morocco had hoped the location and geography of the kingdom, at the crossroads of Europe and Africa, would make it a strong candidate, as well as its passion for football.But a FIFA task force deployed to rank potential venues had given Morocco an average mark of 2.7 out of 5, just above the required minimum of 2 for candidates.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The president of the Moroccan Football Federation, Fouzi Lekjaa, presented the unsuccessful bid to host the 2026 World Cup in Moscow © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVRABAT, Morocco, Jun 13 – The award of the 2026 World Cup to North America on Wednesday was met with bitter disappointment in Morocco, after its fifth failed bid to host the tournament.The joint ticket of the United States, Canada and Mexico won 134 votes, compared to 65 for Morocco, at a FIFA Congress in Moscow where this year’s World Cup kicks off on Thursday.last_img read more

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WOMAN WHO STOLE CASH FROM DONEGAL CONGREGATION MOVES TO NEW CHURCH

first_imgA HEARTLESS crook who stole cash donated by people in the memory of dead relatives to a church restoration fund has switched religions.Brazen thief Lyndsey Bredin, 27, stole money given to her for a new roof for Muff Church of Ireland.She also stole from the church’s congregation in Derry. In Donegal Bredin asked people to write notes in memory of dead relatives and buy slates for the historic Muff church.Instead of giving the money to the fund, she destroyed the notes and pocketed the cash – stealing Stg£60,000 in all.Earlier this week a judge in Derry gave her suspended prison sentences after she admitted 19 counts of theft.The thief from Primity Crescent in Newbuildings in Derry has now left the Church of Ireland and joined Newbuildings Methodist Church.Last night those who knew her in Donegal said they were “glad to see the back of her.”One woman who donated money to the Muff restoration fund told Donegal Daily: “I know it is the Christian thing to do, to forgive, but I haven’t seen any remorse.“The Methodists are welcome to her. Just don’t let her count the Sunday collection unsupervised. That would be my advice.”Bredin spent the money she stole on a new car, holidays abroad, nights out at restaurants and paying for bills.She was rumbled when new Minister Rev Robert Millar arrived to cover the Culmore and Muff congregations in 2011 and found her failure to provide financial records odd.WOMAN WHO STOLE CASH FROM DONEGAL CONGREGATION MOVES TO NEW CHURCH was last modified: April 30th, 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) Tags:Church of IrelandcourtcrookCulmoreLyndsey Bredinmuffthieflast_img read more

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Water flows to new treatment plant

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake About 64 percent of the funding came from companies listed as potentially responsible for the contaminants, including Aerojet-General Corp.; Azusa Land Reclamation Co., Inc.; Fairchild Holding Corp.; Hartwell Corp.; Huffy Corp.; Oil & Solvent Process Co.; Reichhold Inc. and Wynn Oil Co. Water is pulled out of the water basin within a half-mile of the plant. It first goes through ‘air stripping towers’ to remove volatile organic compounds, which are carcinogenic. It then runs through an ion exchange system, which removes perchlorate and nitrates, which are cardiovascular toxicants. Then it enters an ultraviolet radiation system that cleans the water of the carcinogens NDMA, and 1,4 dioxane. After being disinfected, the water is pumped into Valley County Water District and Suburban Water Systems pipelines. The plant will handle about 7,800 gallons of water a minute. Tom Mortenson, CQoperations and maintenance manager for the district, said the water has gone through four phases of Department of Health Services testing and is safe to drink. Officials have been testing the water over the last year. BALDWIN PARK – With a few clicks on a computer mouse, officials ‘flipped the switch’ on a nearly $50 million water treatment facility designed to clean dangerous chemicals out of some of the San Gabriel Valley’s most polluted water. Ten minutes later, water began flowing through Valley County Water District’s Arrow-Lante Treatment Facility. The plant took five years to plan and build. ‘This water is going to enter the drinking water supply,’ said Armando Macias,CQ one of the district’s newly elected board members. ‘This is an incredible accomplishment.’ Poisonous industrial solvents and other contaminants were discovered in the San Gabriel basin water supply in 1979. The pollution came from years of improper chemical disposal by local companies that began in the 1940s, when many industries used the chemicals for manufacturing during World War II. ‘All the contaminants addressed have been removed. The water tastes great,’ he said. shirley.hsu@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Advances in Windows

first_imgWindows have a huge impact on the energy use of our homes. Fortunately, there have been dramatic advances in window technology over the past thirty years. This column will take a look at factors that affect the energy performance of windows.Multiple panes of glass. A single layer of glass—and the layers of relatively still air on both sides of it—insulate to about R-1. If we add a second pane of glass ( “glazing” in industry parlance) separated by an air space, we increase the insulating value to between R-1.75 and R-2. We can do this by adding a storm window or by using two layers of glass in the prime window. Two layers of glass with a sealed air space between them is referred to as an “insulated glazing unit,” and most windows sold in the U.S. today have such glazing. Providing three layers of glass or two layers of glass and a suspended plastic film boosts performance further by creating two layers of trapped air.Thickness of the air space. Older insulated glass units often have just a quarter-inch air space. If that air space is increased to a half inch, the insulating performance of the window, measured at the center of the glass panel, increases about 15%. If the spacing is too wide, though, the air can form convection loops and the insulating performance drops a bit. Assuming air fills the space in the sealed insulated glazing unit, the optimal thickness of the air space is between ½ inch and 1 inch. We’ll see that if a gas other than air fills that space, the optimal thickness may differ.Low-emissivity coatings. In the mid-1970s scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology figured out that a very thin metallic coating on a layer of glass or plastic film would block the escape of radiant heat. These coatings allow shortwave length light to pass through (so we can see through them just fine), but they block longer wavelength heat radiation. Technically, they reduce the emittance of radiant heat—thus the name, low-emissivity or low-e. For windows sold in our climate, low-e coatings have become fairly standard.Low-e coatings can be deposited on the glass (referred to as soft-coat low-e), or they can be incorporated into the surface of the glass when the glass is still molten (referred to as hard-coat or pyrolytic low-e). In general soft-coat low-e adds more R-value than hard-coat low-e, but it also blocks more solar gain, so may not be the best choice for south-facing windows when you want to benefit from passive solar heating—more about that in a future column.Assuming a half-inch air space, adding a layer of soft-coat low-e to one of the panes of glass boosts the energy performance (measured at the center of the window) by over 50%.Low-conductivity gas fill. Some gasses have lower conductivity than air, so replacing the air in a sealed insulated glazing unit with one of these low-conductivity gas fills can boost insulating performance. The most common gas-fill is argon, though krypton is even better and is used in higher-performance windows. With krypton, the optimal thickness is about a quarter-inch.Improved edge spacers. In an insulated glazing unit, the panes of glass are held apart by a continue glazing spacer—usually a hollow channel of aluminum. Because aluminum is highly conductive, this spacer creates a “thermal bridge,” reducing the overall insulating performance of the window—and sometimes causing condensation at the window edges (because the inner glass surface will be colder there). There are some alternative “warm-edge” spacers on the market made of thinner-walled stainless steel channel, silicone, or rubber.Frame materials. Finally, some window frame materials insulate better than others. Wood provides about R-1 per inch. Hollow fiberglass or vinyl channel that is insulated with fiberglass or foam insulation can boost the insulating performance of the entire window unit (glazing plus frame). The better the energy performance of the glazing, the more significant the heat flow through the frames. This is also why—with high-performance glazings—windows with large undivided glazing units perform better than windows with lots of small panes of glass; the latter have a higher proportion of framing.By combining the best of these glazing and frame technologies, center-of-glass insulating values can be increased up to R-8 or even higher and whole-unit R-values (accounting for heat loss through the frames) can reach R-5 or higher. Only a few U.S. manufacturers provide such top-performing windows. Canadian window manufacturers are much more focused on energy performance.last_img read more

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Japan Inc.’s Thriving Outpost Sits in This Dusty Indian Town

first_imgIn the desert-like scrub land of Rajasthan, beside a barren stretch of highway, an unlikely oasis appears: an island of Japan Inc.On more than 1,100 acres of land dedicated exclusively to Japan’s corporations, global titans such as Toyota, Daikin Industries and Hitachi have clustered together to protect themselves from the vagaries of India’s chaotic business landscape.Located roughly three hours from New Delhi, the sprawling industrial complex provides Japanese companies with largely uninterrupted power and water supplies. It also offers a streamlined license and approval process that bypasses local officials who might ask for bribes. These are rare luxuries in a country ranked 130th by the World Bank for ease of doing business. The project has been so successful that there are plans for another location that is similarly dedicated to Japanese firms.For Japanese expats, the perks are even better. There are three karaoke lounges, a hotel with Japanese TV channels and magazines, traditional pine-wood baths, a golf simulator and four restaurants serving everything from ramen to sushi.“In India, the size of investment matters,” said Takayoshi Tokimune, the managing director of the India subsidiary for Dainichiseika Color & Chemicals Manufacturing Co. “So we flocked together.”Japan’s foreign direct investment in India has risen since the global financial crisis, reaching nearly $3.5 billion in 2016. Japan is India’s 10th largest trading partner  with the bilateral relationship worth about $14.5 billion. Japan has the technological know-how and a cadre of mighty corporations hungry for new markets, as economic growth and its population shrink at home. India has rapid growth, an expanding middle class eager for higher-quality products and more than one million youth joining the labor force every month.Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe, both right-leaning nationalist leaders, personify the tight-knit relationship, embracing every time they meet.“They have what we don’t, and we have what they don’t,” said Hiroshi Daikoku, a senior investment adviser to the Japanese external trade promotion agency, JETRO.Businesses — as well as Abe’s government — also view India as a low-cost regional base to ship Japanese products into Southeast Asia and across the Arabian Sea to the frontier markets of Africa.“If you look at this whole market from Africa to Southeast Asia, India is the core,” Kenko Sone, economic head of Japan’s embassy in New Delhi, said in an interview. “It’s easier from India to see the African market. And Indian companies also have strong connections with African businesses, especially on the east coast. We can collaborate.”As Japanese capital flowed into India’s fast-growing economy, the intriguing industrial experiment at Neemrana — a collaboration between JETRO and the government of Rajasthan — has created about 10,000 factory jobs.Daikin Air Conditioning assembly line. Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg With the allotted land now more than 90 percent full of factories, mainly linked to the automotive sector, the project is being expanded to a separate 500-acre plot in Rajasthan, as well as to other Indian states such as Gujarat. Japanese executives in India said the vast Neemrana estate has allowed them to bypass the single biggest hurdle to setting up a factory in India: Obtaining a piece of land at a fair price that won’t be subject to contested land claims at a later date, and without needing to offer bribes to local officials.“They would say no to investment, and then yes the next day — with conditions,” said Eiichiro Terada, managing director for Mitsui Chemicals Inc. subsidiary Mitsui Prime Advanced Composites India. “It’s very difficult to talk to local government officials.”In Neemrana, that was not an issue. JETRO officials and company executives approached several state governments roughly a decade ago. With very little heavy industry, Rajasthan’s government was eager to set up the zone to attract investment.Investment was slow to start. Interest only picked up after the global financial crisis, fueled by healthy profits at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., which is 56 percent-owned by Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp. and dominates India’s booming passenger car market.“Land was cheap, so many companies bought large amounts, but the construction, the initial investment, was small,” Tokimune said. “Now people are expanding.”Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/BloombergThe Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency looked into a similar zone for Korean companies, but abandoned the effort after Korean firms chose to set up in existing industrial clusters.Attention’s now turning to a new industrial park in western India, in the state once governed by Modi. “Every Japanese company is now looking at Gujarat,” Tokimune said.Daikin, which has global sales of more than $17 billion, is expanding its factory at Neemrana with a new building, going from around 1500 employees to 2000.Kohei Yamamoto, the assistant general manager for finance and compliance at Daikin’s Neemrana facility, strolled across the cavernous facility where a 500-person shift was busy at work, some assembling the wall-mounted AC units that are ubiquitous across much of Asia.“We’re going to export to Southeast Asia and Africa,” Yamamoto said. “But right now it’s mainly India.”— Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img read more

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