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Junior camps coming back – Dr Blake

first_img NO EXCUSE “We will really have no excuse not to have a camp at G.C. Foster this year,” Blake asserted. A three-day camp actually was held to prepare Jamaica’s team to last year’s Pan-American Junior Championships. In former years, however, camps held at G.C. Foster College were staged on weekends during the summer term and on weekdays once the school year was completed. At the previous World Youth Championships, in 2013, Jamaica was outstanding with six gold medals. Some members of that team, including World Youth 110 metres hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde, are eligible for the 2016 World Junior Championships. The host city for the meet is yet to be finalised, but action will begin on July 19. With the World Junior Championships coming in July, athletics chief Warren Blake is promising that junior team training camps will be held this year. Blake, the president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), made the promise as he evaluated Jamaica’s performance at last year’s World Youth Championships. Jamaica won just one medal at the event. Blake said that was cause for concern. That single medal was golden, thanks to a fine performance by Christopher Taylor. While that was excellent, the modest team medal count was the worst by a Jamaican World Youth squad. “That is a bit of a concern for us,” he said candidly, “and this year we will be making sure that we have junior camps.” Such camps were standard fare up to 2004. However, the JAAA president said the unavailability of the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport prevented staging one last year. Now the college has a new track and has seen repairs to important facilities there.last_img read more

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Asia League: Mbala buzzer-beater saves Seoul past Fubon

first_imgMOST READ “I wanted to go one-on-one up top but I brought it back and I saw Ben wide open for an easy layup,” said Cosey whose team is a two-time champion in the prestigious Korean Basketball League.“My guy over helped, and Glenn gave me the perfect pass,” said Mbala. “I finished it, we got the W, that’s just instinct.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Samsung Thunders, however, played catch-up late in the game after falling 79-73 with 3:08 remaining in the fourth after Orton’s three-point play.Despite getting the win, Seoul head coach Lee Sangmin was dissatisfied with his team’s performance, especially in the glass. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college After 2 closes loses, Philippines bags first win in AVC Asian Cup Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Fubon Braves vs Seoul Samsung Thunders during The Asia League’s ‘The Terrific 12’ at Studio City Event Center on 18 September 2018, in Macau, Macau. Photo by Chung Yan Man / Power Sport Images for Asia LeagueMACAU—Former La Salle star Ben Mbala came through in the nick of time to lift Seoul past Fubon, 84-82, in the Group B of the Asia League The Terrific 12 Tuesday at Studio City Events Center here.Guard Glenn Cosey made everything possible, attracting the defense of big man Daniel Orton that allowed him to lob a pass to Mbala underneath for the game-winning layup.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Braves outrebounded the Samsung Thunders 54-34 and Seoul’s total is just one more than Fubon’s defensive rebound tally.“We allowed too many rebounds and we are supposed to lose with those numbers,” said Lee through a translator. “Wasn’t a satisfying game but we ended up with the W (win) and that’s good.”Cosey put up a game-high 28 points with seven assists for the Samsung Thunders while Mbala had 22 points and 11 rebounds.Shaquille Keith, who fouled out with 5:09 left, had 23 points for the Braves who plays in the Super Basketball League of the Republic of China.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Jazz blast Rockets as Harden leaves game in 4th

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “It’s nothing serious. Nothing serious,” he said. “It’s not close to last year. Just being cautious.”Harden scored 29 points and Carmelo Anthony had a season-high 22 for the Rockets, who were missing two starters. Paul finished up a two-game suspension for his role in a fight with the Lakers last week and James Ennis sat out with a strained right hamstring.Eric Gordon made his second straight start in place of Paul and Michael Carter-Williams made his first start of the season with Ennis on the bench.Coach Mike D’Antoni knows that no one is happy about how the team is playing right now, but he’s confident that his group will turn things around soon.“Bad start, we get it, but I saw some things tonight that we can get better at, work on and it’s not that far off,” he said. “We’ll get CP back on Friday … (and) we’re going to do this and this team is going to be good. This team is going to be really good. We just got to hang in there for a little bit and go through some growing pains.”ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James gets 1st win as a Laker in romp over Suns Paul’s suspension came because of an altercation he had with Rajon Rondo after Paul said the Lakers guard spit at him. On Tuesday night Rondo did an interview with ESPN where he called Paul a “horrible teammate.” Harden said he hadn’t heard about Rondo’s comments when asked after the game but shared his thoughts on playing with the nine-time All-Star.“I think he’s a pretty cool teammate to me,” Harden said. “Pretty cool guy to be around. For real.”UP NEXTJazz: Visit New Orleans on Saturday.Rockets: Host Clippers on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Utah Jazz forward Jae Crowder (99) reacts after drawing a foul as forward Royce O’Neale watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, In Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON  — Just four games into the season the Houston Rockets already have three losses, have dealt with the suspension of Chris Paul and now must wait to see if a hamstring injury will cause James Harden to miss any time.Donovan Mitchell scored 38 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 100-89 victory over the Rockets on Wednesday night in a game Harden left with what the team called tightness in his left hamstring.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Rockets got within five points midway through the fourth quarter but Harden headed to the locker room soon after and didn’t return.With Harden out, the Jazz regained control, scoring the next 10 points to make it 94-79 and cruise to the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Just felt tightness in my left hamstring,” Harden said. “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”Harden missed seven games last season with a Grade 2 hamstring strain and said this was not the same type of injury. Utah got this season’s series with Houston off on a good note after the Rockets beat the Jazz 4-1 in the Western Conference semifinals after winning all four regular-season meetings.Mitchell had his best game of the young season, with seven assists and five rebounds after failing to score 20 points in Utah’s first three games. He said he was “110 percent” frustrated after not playing as well as he’d liked in the last three games.“Not so much from a scoring aspect, just because I wasn’t making the plays that I need to make,” he said.The Jazz had a 15-point lead early in the fourth after scoring the first six points of the quarter. Houston got going after that, scoring the next seven points, with the first four from Clint Capela and a 3 from Anthony to make it 81-75 with about nine minutes left.Mitchell hit a 3-pointer with less than eight minutes to go to leave the Jazz up by nine. Harden re-entered the game soon after that and made a jump shot after a steal by P.J. Tucker. Tucker grabbed another steal on the next possession and dished it to Harden, who found Capela ahead of the defense for a slam dunk that cut the lead to 84-79 and had Jazz coach Quin Snyder calling for a timeout as Harden implored the crowd to get louder.The Jazz led by eight at halftime after holding Houston to just 15 points in the second quarter and had pushed the lead to 16 midway through the third after a 3-pointer by Joe Ingles. Utah was up 75-66 entering the fourth.TIP-INSJazz: Raul Neto missed his fourth straight game with a hamstring injury. … Rudy Gobert had 12 points and 13 rebounds. … Ingles added 11 points.Rockets: Centers Nene (right calf tightness) and Zhou Qi (left knee sprain), and forward Marquese Chriss (left ankle sprain) did not play. … Anthony hadn’t scored more than nine points in any of the first three games.WHAT A TEAMMATElast_img read more

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Sierra Leone Girls Forced into ‘Degrading’ Pregnancy Tests after School Ban

first_imgThousands of school girls in Sierra Leone have been forced to undergo humiliating and degrading public pregnancy tests since the government banned pregnant girls from attending mainstream schools and taking exams, Amnesty International reported last Friday.Girls have had their breasts and stomachs felt by teachers and nurses in front of their peers and have been forced to take urine tests, which has discouraged many of the school age girls from going to school, whether they are pregnant or not, according to the rights group.A ban on pregnant girls attending school has informally existed for a decade, but it was declared a government policy in April, when schools re-opened in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.“This humiliating and degrading treatment has led to girls taking health risks to sit exams, such as strapping down their stomachs and breasts,” Amnesty International West Africa researcher Sabrina Mahtani told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.“Pregnant girls are being blamed and shamed… (and)as Sierra Leone moves forward from the devastating Ebola crisis, it is vital that these girls are not left behind,” Mahtani said.Sexual violence and abusive relationships were rife in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak, and fuelled a spike in teenage pregnancies, Amnesty said in its report, “Shamed and blamed: Pregnant girls’ rights at risk in Sierra Leone.”The epidemic hindered access to services including abortion, emergency contraception and post-rape counseling, while the closure of schools for almost a year left many girls particularly vulnerable to violence, the rights group said.“It is not right. During Ebola, their parents did not have money so many girls had to go to men,” one girl told Amnesty.Encouraging Pregnancies?Even before Ebola broke out in December 2013, Sierra Leone had one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the world. One in four girls between the ages of 15 and 19 had children or were pregnant, a government health survey from 2013 found.Preliminary estimates from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) put the number of teenage girls who became pregnant in Sierra Leone at the height of the Ebola outbreak at more than 14,300.After the ban was imposed earlier this year, the country’s Ministry of Education said allowing pregnant girls to go to school would undermine their ability to concentrate and participate in class, expose them to ridicule and encourage others to become pregnant.The government announced in May an alternative “bridging” education system allowing pregnant girls to go to school, but at different premises and times to their peers, which could lead to further stigmatization and marginalization, Amnesty said.Only six in 10 girls between the ages of 15 and 24 in Sierra Leone are literate, compared with three-quarters of boys in that age range, figures from the 2013 government health survey show.“Education is a right and not something for governments to arbitrarily take away as a punishment,” Mahtani said.“Pregnant girls are being denied key chances to move forward with their lives, and to ensure early pregnancy does not become the event that determines the rest of their lives.” Several organizations including UNICEF, the UK Department for International Development and UNFPA, are helping girls to continue their education after giving birth, and give counseling and access to maternal and neonatal health services.Maternal death rates in Sierra Leone halved between 1990 and 2013, yet it still has one of the highest rates in the world — more than one in 100 women dies in childbirth — according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 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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Opposition Leader open to nominating foreigner for GECOM Chair

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo…still no date from Granger for meetingAhead of the much anticipated meeting with President David Granger on the appointment of a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had stated that in addition to the 18 previous nominees that were identified for the post, he is also looking at some new names, including foreign nominees.“We’re hoping that he would’ve had the 18 names and that he’s prepared to say if any of the 18 names are acceptable. (But) we’ve started the process of soliciting new names, just in case, and we’re prepared to explore bringing names from outside of Guyana. Because as far as we look, you can submit names of people from the Commonwealth. So, we’re prepared to engage on a one-on-one and continuously until we resolve this matter,” Jagdeo said during his weekly press conference on Thursday.Former GECOM Chairman retired Justice James Patterson was forced to step down after the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled last week that his unilateral appointment by President David Granger was flawed and unconstitutional. The Court had urged that the two sides meet and come up with a consensus mechanism on the new appointment.As such, President David Granger last Friday extended an invitation to the Opposition Leader to meet, and Jagdeo has since accepted the invite. However, a date is yet to be announced for that meeting, although the Opposition Leader indicated that he was willing to meet on a daily basis.“I have not, up to the time of this press conference, received a response from the President to my letter and that letter indicated that I was prepared to meet continuously and on a daily basis if necessary, to resolve the issue of the (appointment of a new) Chairman of GECOM. As you know, the Court said that that appointment has to be on a consensual basis and so I would hope that the President would’ve addressed this matter with the urgency that it requires,” Jagdeo posited.According to the Opposition Leader, he needs to meet with the Head of State to first determine how they will proceed with the new appointment, that is, whether they will select someone from the previous lists or come up with an entirely new list.“First of all, I need to talk to the President about them. If the President finds someone on the list then I can put them on a list, get their consent and then move it back to him,” Jagdeo said.Back in 2017, the Opposition Leader had submitted three separate lists of six nominees for the GECOM Chairman, but President Granger had rejected all 18 names.These included: Christopher Ram, Lawrence Lachmansingh, retired Major General Norman McLean, Ramesh Dookhoo, Rhyaan Shah, James Rose, retired Justice of Appeal B.S Roy, retired Justice William Ramlall, former Magistrate Oneidge Walrond-Allicock, Attorney Kashir Khan, Attorney Nadia Sagar, Gerald Gouveia, Joseph Singh, Attorney Teni Housty, Attorney Sanjeev Datadin, Annette Arjoon-Martins, Pastor Onesi La Fleur, and former Magistrate Mr Krishnadatt Persaud.Asked by the Guyana Times during Thursday’s press conference whether these 18 persons are willing to accept another nomination after being rejected, Jagdeo said, “I’ve spoken to some of them and some are willing to. I haven’t spoken to all of them as yet.”In its June 18 ruling, the Trinidad-based regional Court ruled that Justice Patterson’s unilateral appointment was unconstitutional and the process used by the Guyanese President was “fatally flawed”. CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders, said that President Granger gave no specific reason for refusing to appoint a Chairman from the lists submitted by the Opposition Leader, adding that giving the President the power to reject candidates without given reasons would frustrate what the Constitution contemplates.In fact, the Court decided that the President had a duty to give reasons for rejecting names in the interest of transparency.To this end, the CCJ concluded that the most sensible approach to the process of appointing the Chairman of GECOM is for the Leader of the Opposition and the President to communicate with each other in good faith and, perhaps, even meet to discuss eligible candidates for the position of Chairman before a list is submitted formally.This case, which was heard by the CCJ on May 8, was brought by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha. Mustapha challenged the appointment of Patterson who was appointed to the position of Chairman of GECOM in October 2017.President David Grangerlast_img read more

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GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgNaomh Columba 19.06.2012Our men travelled to Killygordon on Friday evening for their league tie with Red Hughs. The reserves ran out comprehensive 1.13 to 0.11 winners, however the seniors lost by a point, 1.04 to 0.06.This weekend sees us host St Nauls on Saturday evening, with games set for 6pm and 7.30pm. Best of luck to the lads. In underage matters, hard luck to our under 14s, who missed out in a place in the divisional final by losing out to Bundoran by a single point in Saturday’s semi. Well done to our under 12s, who recorded a great victory away to Naomh Mhuire on Monday evening.At the time of going to press they are scheduled to host Na Cealla Beaga on Thursday evening, with a 7pm throw-in at Páirc na nGael. Our under 8 team will host a home blitz on Saturday morning at 11am, check locally for further details. The club will host the third annual Darren Mc Ginley memorial tournament on Saturday, June 30th, commencing at 11am.The day promises to be an exciting event, and as always we are requesting donations of baked goods from the local community. Further details to follow next week.Ticket orders for the Ulster semi-final clash between Donegal and Tyrone are due by 2pm this Friday. Pre-ordering is only required for the Gerry Arthur Stand (Clones). Stand tickets are priced at €25 for adults and €5 for children, while the terrace is priced at €15 for adults and €10 for children. Please book stand tickets from Denis Ellis 087 290 3456, Noel Ellis 087 919 2867, or Geraldine McGuire 086 371 5260 before 2pm Friday. Níor bhaineadh lotto na seachtaine seo caite, agus ba iad na huimhreacha a tháinig amach ná 9-16-19-21. Tugadh duaiseanna aitheantais chuig na daoine seo a leanas: €50 Christopher Byrne, Teileann. €30 Vera Carr, Mín an Draighin. €20 Marie Mc Gettigan, Droim Rua. €20 Gerard O Byrne, Málainn Bheag. €20 Abby Cunningham, Cuirrín. Duaischiste na seachtaine seo chugainn ná €4300. GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: June 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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‘John Terry is one of best defenders to ever play in the Premier League’

first_img 1 John Terry has been hailed as ‘one of the best centre-halves to ever play in the Premier League’ after the Chelsea legend decided to hang up his boots this weekend.The former Chelsea and England defender announced his retirement from football on Sunday following his departure from Aston Villa at the end of last season.The tributes have poured in for Terry, whose decorated 23-year career included five Premier League titles, victories in the Champions League and Europa League and five FA Cups.The 37-year-old is now being tipped to go straight into coaching, with he and former Arsenal rival Thierry Henry linked with taking over at Villa Park.And former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has told talkSPORT he is the best defender he ever played with, and one of the Premier League’s best ever.“For me, John Terry is definitely up there,” Schwarzer said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It’s very difficult to pick just one player, but if you talk about the top centre halves to ever play in the Premier League, I would say he has to be there. Schwarzer says John Terry was the best centre-back he ever played with during his career center_img “He’s certainly the best centre-half I’ve actually played with in the same team.“But if you’re talking about across the league over the last 20 years or so, he’s definitely in the top two or three centre-halves to ever play in the Premier League.”Listen back to Mark Schwarzer on talkSPORT abovelast_img read more

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Gillespie Named Summit League Men’s Tennis Player of the Week

first_imgGillespie teamed up with Barny Thorold and upset No. 18 Jose Grarcia/Lucas Poullain to help Drake earn the doubles point against No. 19 Florida State. In singles, Gillespie battled the nation’s No. 87 player, FSU’s Aziz Dougas to a pair of tiebreakers at No. 1 singles. The Bulldogs schedule doesn’t get any easier as they travel to No. 47 Oregon this weekend. Print Friendly Version He owns a 10-9 singles record and a 10-6 doubles mark this season.center_img ELMHURST, Ill. – For the second time this season, junior Vinny Gillespie was named Summit League Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday, March 20. A Bulldog has recorded the weekly award seven out of nine weeks in Drake’s inaugural season in the Summit League.last_img

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Pride and passion shine through as Foodie Destination judges visit Donegal

first_imgDonegal is on the rise from a food perspective and there is a growing pride and confidence in the sector in what the county has to offer – That was the sentiment expressed to the judges from the Irish Foodie Destination Awards at the weekend.“Things in Donegal are nurtured gently and grow organically, that’s what we are seeing with The Food Coast Donegal,” judges were told, as they took part in an interesting question and answer session with The Food Coast members in Oakfield Park.Earlier the judges, Deirdre McGlone and Anthony O’Toole, had been treated to a symphony of the senses as they were escorted to eight locations around Oakfield Park, each one highlighting a different aspect of the amazing food offering available in Donegal. At the first stop, Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, gave a brief outline to the judges of the aims and ambitions of The Food Coast Donegal as it set about to make Donegal famous for food.Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney speaks to the judges of the Irish Foodie Destination Awards and a large group of members from The Food Coast Donegal, at the question and answer session in Oakfield Park last week.Primary producers, festivals, seafood producers, chefs and restaurants, Donegal drinks and sample experiences, all formed stops along the way on the tour that saw the judges engage with The Food Coast participants and enjoy spectacular samples.Afterwards judge Anthony O’Toole tweeted his appreciation.“This afternoon will be remembered for years to come. Not just for the experience, but for the future collaborations born between Donegal producers, chefs and social enterprises. I for one have a few ideas I will be calling on to work with Donegal soon.” Indeed he suggested during the question and answer session, that the passion that went into making the dishes could be tasted, adding that the styles he had witnessed during the day complimented each other.The Food Coast members at the event highlighted the pride and passion they have in Donegal food.“We feel confident that if you are in a food business, this is the right place to be. The food culture is here, it is a great place to live and we have a growing scene. Whatever the outcome of the competition, we will continue to shine brightly,” judges were told.The Foodie Destinations awards are run by the Restaurants Association of Ireland, with the aim of finding the ultimate foodie destination in Ireland and while the judges’ visit is now over, the Donegal public can still increase Donegal’s chances of winning by going online to vote.The public can vote for Food Coast Donegal until noon on Tuesday 20th of August. They can do this through www.foodiedestinations.ie Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. To contact the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal, log on to www.localenterprise.ie/donegal or phone 0749160735.Pride and passion shine through as Foodie Destination judges visit Donegal was last modified: August 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:donegal food coastfoodie destinationsOakfield Parklast_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, January 2, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry weather over the state today, but clouds may prove to be a tough foe to overcome. Yesterday, as High pressure moved into the upper Midwest and western corn belt, we still saw most of those areas completely socked in with clouds. So, today, we are optimistic that we see some sun, but realistic in keeping clouds in our thoughts. We are making some tweaks in our forecast this morning, and together, they are moving our outlook a little drier. Today, look for a mix of clouds and sun, and temps stay near normal for early January. Our next system is not kicking out of the southern plains as quickly and also is looking to stay slightly farther south. Because of that we are shifting to a completely dry Thursday period with south winds developing and warming temps. Then for Friday, we see clouds increase in the south and west, ahead of our next chance of moisture in Ohio. Rain does not arrive in SW OH until later Friday evening, and then continues overnight into early Saturday before diminishing. Our expectations are for .05”-.5”, and most of that likely stays from I-70 southward. At this time we think rain stays out of areas from I-70 northward. The big question will be precipitation type near the north end of the action. Temps will be falling Friday night to the middle 30s, and that may be enough to trigger some sloppy wet snow flakes closer to the I-70 corridor, but that is where the lightest moisture is anyway, so perhaps nothing really happens. Time will tell. The map at right shows precipitation potential as we finish the week. Dry for the weekend and cool with north winds returning. We should see clouds mix with some sun. Then a cold front sweeps through from the northwest for Monday, bringing .1”-.6” rain to 80% of the state. This takes temps down for a day or two into midweek next week. South winds re-develop for the end of next week, allowing temps to move to normal and a bit above normal levels. However, we have no significant precipitation threat for the last part of the week. The extended period starts off a little active, with two minor disturbances for the 12th and 13th, each bringing mostly rain, and combined moisture totals up to .4”. But the remainder of the 11-16 day forecast period looks to be drier, from the 14th through the 17th. Colder air is pushing in for that stretch, and the northwest flow will keep clouds top of mind, particularly in the northern part of the state, and we wont rule out lake effect there. However, strong fronts do not look to have significant impact at mid-month.last_img read more

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