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Border collie named Verb wins Westminster agility contest

first_imgSo far, Border collies and Australian shepherds have won the annual contest since it began in 2014. Participants say the sport builds a special bond between dogs and owners.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Clippers rally from 28 down, beat Celtics Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Verb tore through an obstacle course, guided by handler Perry DeWitt of Wyncote, Pennsylvania.A dog called Plop got a special award for top mixed-breed. Plop is handled by Lisa Topol of New York City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 330 contestants were as small as a Chihuahua and as big as a 98-pound Bernese mountain dog.The dogs navigate jumps, ramps, tunnels and other objects on a route packed with tricky turns. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Border collie named Stella competes in the masters agility preliminary rounds during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)NEW YORK — The Verb is: “win.”A border collie named Verb won the Westminster Kennel Club’s agility contest Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Massy Group pledges support towards suicide prevention, mental health awareness

first_imgTo mark World Suicide Prevention Day, which is being observed today, the Massy Group which operates in Guyana has again pledged its support towards the prevention of suicide as well as bringing awareness to mental health, an issue which is sometimes overlooked. For this year’s observance, the establishment has collaborated with the Mental Health Unit of the Public Health Ministry to undertake similar activities, including an annual suicide prevention walk in collaboration with Prevention of Teenage Suicide (POTS), debating competitions tackling suicide prevention and mental health, and the hosting of an impactful and strong production of a theatrical performance at the National Culture Centre.Director of the Massy Group, Christpen Bobb-Semple noted that the company will continue to collaborate with the relevant stakeholders to get the message out that one life lost is one too many. He further indicated that the activities for the Group include ongoing social media posts with positive and uplifting messages – which also include phone numbers for lifelines that can be utilised. In a greater effort to sensitise Guyana’s population at large, the group will provide sponsorship for the mental health segment of a television programme, titled “Perspectives” which will be aired on Television Guyana (TVG)-Channel 28 every Tuesday at 14:00h for the next three months. This programme will explore the contributory factors such as depression, substance abuse, among others.In addition to this, the company is also in discussions with the Rotaract Club of the University of Guyana to lend support to a discussion forum targeting mental health on campus. This will be complemented with a play slated for October 10 – World Mental Health Day— an event which the company seeks to partner with Ministry of Education in order to have students’ attendance.With this year’s theme being ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’, the Director has announced that plans for 2020 have also been discussed with Director of the Mental Health Unit, Dr Util Thomas, as the Massy Group is committed to play its part in reversing the numbers.Guyana was previously labelled as one of the region’s most suicide-plagued countries, according to statistics over the past few years.Clinical Psychologist attached to the Public Health Ministry, Balogun Osunbiyi earlier this year explained that the suicide death rates in Guyana stood at 44.2 per cent in 2012.Over the years, this high percentage has decreased with 2016 figures standing at 29 per cent and in 2017, 24.67 per cent.If you or someone you may know may be at risk for suicide, seek help by calling the lifelines: 226-1402, 226-1405, 226-1416.last_img read more

Student among 3 killed in highway smash-up

first_img… Policeman, another battling for lifeNineteen-year-old Keston Bollers of Lot 133 Thomas Street, Kara Kara, Linden was among the three people killed in Friday’s horrific smash-up at Kairuni, Soesdyke/Linden Highway.Dead: Vallan BowenThe young man, who would have celebrated his 20th birthday on July 25, was returning home after submitting his documents to the University of Guyana administration as he was schedule to commence studies in the new semester.Speaking with Guyana Times at her home, Gloria Bollers popularly known as “Mel”, explained that her son was scheduled to graduate on July 27 after completing two years of studies at the Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA).The distraught mother said that her son left home on Friday and travelled to Georgetown so that he can present his documents to the University of Guyana for enrolment. However, the mother, who tried to hold back her tears, explained that on the fateful night, she was at home when she received news that her son was involved in an accident.Dead: Malroy Ross“It was about 10 o’clock so after I get the call I went to the hospital to look for him but found him dead… He was in the mortuary. His body wasn’t damage but his head sustained most of the injuries,” she recalled.She however, does not know the others who were involved in the accident and speculated that her son might have joined one of the private cars that ply the Linden/Georgetown route. The young man is survived by his parents and three other siblings.Also involved in the accident were 60-year-old Vallan Bowen of Lot 29 Fair’s Rust, Linden and 30-year-old Malroy Fitzgerald Ross of Lot 524 Canvas City, Linden, who also died.At the home of Bowen, his daughter, Cari Bowen was too distraught to speak but after some prompting and comforting by relatives, she explained that she was at home on Friday evening when her aunt messaged her claiming that an uncle had identified her father’s body.Dead: Keston BollersAt that moment, she was baffled as to what her aunt meant, and upon enquiring further, she was told her father was one of the persons killed in the accident. She noted that indeed she saw photographs on social media about an accident but at the time was not aware that her father was one of the occupants of the car.She recalled that her father, who was logger, left home at about 14:00h to travel to Georgetown to conduct business and suspected that he was on his way home when the accident occured. In fact, the driver of the car, Police Corporal Rayon Wilson is a relative.While the aggrieved woman was upset, she noted that drivers have to pay more attention when traversing the roadway. “We were made to understand that the truck was there since Thursday… it’s just a little more caution that is needed when traversing the roadway,” she stated.Bowen leaves to mourn his four children and grandchildren.Over in Canvas City, the relatives of Ross converged upon hearing the devastating news. His sister, Shemika Thom told Guyana Times that the family is still in a state of disbelief, knowing her brother’s two young daughters have to grow up without a father.Thom explained that she became worried on Friday evening upon hearing the constant sound of sirens. She immediately picked up her phone and attempted to contact Ross but her efforts proved futile.She then decided to call her father to enquire about her brother but was told that he went to Georgetown. “I called back his phone twice again but same thing… one of my cousins later called and asked that I make urgent contact with my sister and upon doing so, I was told that Ross was involved in an accident.”In the midst of the confusion, she received another telephone call informing her that her brother was dead. The dead man’s father, who was at home at the time this publication visited, related that he spoke with his son at about 19:00h and was told that he was on his way home.Ross has been working with Bosai Mineral Inc for the past year as a mechanic. Before that, he worked as a private auto mechanic in and around Canvas City.Meanwhile, Police Corporal Rayon Wilson, and another passenger, Junior Hudson of Industrial Area are patients at the Georgetown Public Hospital. The driver of the motor lorry, a 32-year-old man from Kara Kara Linden is in Police custody assisting with investigations.He reportedly told investigators that the truck encountered mechanical problems and he was attempting to mend the broken part when he felt the impact. He noted that as he looked, he saw the car with five occupants.With the help of public spirited citizens, they were able to pull four who were still alive. Bollers died on the spot due the injuries he sustained. He was reportedly in the front passenger’s seat of the motorcar bearing registration number, PHH 9398 which was heading to the mining town of Linden.In the past, several persons have lost their lives along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway involving parked lorries that were not properly equipped with proper reflectors. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

Reduced hours at Taylor Medical Clinic due to physician shortage

first_imgThe clinic was not open as usual on January 3rd and 8th, and it is scheduled to be closed again on the 10th, 24th, and 27th. A note from the FSJ Medical Clinic explains, “Due to the Fort St. John doctor shortage it has become increasingly difficult to provide a doctor on each of the regular days there,” adding, “It is inevitable that there will continue to be days where no doctor is available.” Fort St. John has been facing a physician shortage for several months, which has led to days without the walk-in clinic open, and the temporary closure of the Travel Clinic. Northern Health is currently recruiting four General Practitioners for Fort St. John.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Roma counting on Dzeko-inspired miracle against Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000For Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco, striker Edin Dzeko (L) holds the key to unlocking their Champions League final bid against Liverpool on Wednesday © AFP/File / Filippo MONTEFORTEROME, Italy, May 1 – Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco said Tuesday he is counting on another Edin Dzeko-inspired miracle against Liverpool to reach the Champions League final.Trailing 5-2 after the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, Roma need to score at least three goals at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday to reach the May 26 final in Kiev. Dzeko scored a crucial, late away goal in the 4-1 quarter-final first leg defeat at Barcelona and the opening goal of Roma’s 3-0 second leg win at the Stadio Olimpico that saw the Italians through on away goals.The Bosnian handed Roma another lifeline with an 81st strike after Liverpool had romped to a five-goal lead at Anfield last week, Diego Perotti adding a precious second from the spot four minutes later to keep Roma’s final hopes alive.“Players with his (Dzeko) qualities must be decisive as (Mohamed) Salah was in the first leg,” said Di Francesco.Former Roma forward Salah tore through his former club at Anfield, scoring twice and setting up two more goals.“We can’t change a team just for him (Salah) or put three players on him, we have to be good at raising the athletic level, giving little, but remembering that we have to score three goals.“We were at the mercy of Liverpool for 25 minutes and that cannot happen. We want to try and do something big in a stadium with 70,000 people.“If I could, I would copy and paste that performance against Barcelona, not just technically but on a mental and physical level,” he added, of their comeback from 4-1 down against the Spaniards last month to reach the semi-finals.“The desire to make another miracle happen must push us all to give that extra something.”Bosnian forward Dzeko has scored 24 goals this season for Roma in all competitions, and Radja Nainggolan warned he was ready to break his European drought.“I’ve never scored in the Champions League, maybe I’ll break through tomorrow,” said the Belgian.“We will try to complete another comeback, and although it will be complicated I’m the type of person who never likes the simple way.”Dutch defensive midfielder Kevin Strootman however has been ruled out with a leg injury.Roma lost the European Cup final to Liverpool 34 years ago, but Di Francesco warned: “The 1984 final is in the hearts of the people, but they are two games that cannot be compared.”Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s assistant Zeljko Buvac stepped aside this week for personal reason, and Di Francesco joked: “I’ve kicked out my assistant too to make it even!“It’s internal stuff, I’m not preparing the game based on that. We’ll face a strong and determined team which represents a great club, one with a great history in Europe.“I don’t think one staff member can make a difference.”Off-pitch tensions are also high as Liverpool supporter Sean Cox lies in a coma after being attacked before last week’s first leg in Anfield.“There are bad apples among all fans,” said Di Francesco. “I’ve already said that I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Sean Cox and his family and I’m against all forms of violence, like we all are here.“There are good fans in Rome, we can’t allow a small number of fans, which I think there are in England too, to ruin our beautiful sport.“I want to make an appeal, it must be a joy to come to the stadium tomorrow.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Buffon would like to stay a second season at PSG

first_imgAt PSG, he has split goalkeeping duties with Alphonse Areola, who was part of the France squad that won the World Cup last summer.“If Alphonse and the club want it, I would stay another season here, but for the moment, it’s important to stay focused on the objective, the match in Lyon, then Bordeaux and after that Manchester,” Buffon said.Runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG visit third-placed Lyon on Sunday and take on Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League on February 12 and March 6.“As to my contract for the next season, we have plenty of time to think about it,” said Buffon, at a press conference he gave with Areola on Saturday.– ‘Not completely satisfied’ –Meanwhile, coach Thomas Tuchel said Saturday he was “not completely satisfied” with the club’s dealings in the January transfer window but that he “wasn’t angry.”Tuchel had asked for two players to increase his defensive options, but the club only landed one.“Angry, no, no,” the German said. “The winter transfer window is so complicated. Who wants to lose a player?“There are very few possibilities in the winter transfer window. The challenge is putting together a team during the summer.”“If you need to do a lot of deals in the winter, you will probably be disappointed,” Tuchel added.At Christmas, he asked for “a second (Marco) Verratti and a second Marquinhos” but PSG only bought Argentine midfielder Leandro Paredes for an estimated 47 million euros ($54m) from Zenit Saint Petersburg, while Everton turned down PSG bids for Idrissa Gueye.PSG have lost Neymar with injury until early April and midfielder Adrien Rabiot remains at the club after the transfer window but has expressed his desire to leave.“If you ask if I’m satisfied with Paredes, I say clearly yes,” Tuchel said. “He has the quality and personality to play for PSG,” he said. “He has a good vision of the game. He can accelerate play. He can make a lot of passes.”Tuchel denied reports that his relationship with sporting director Antero Henrique had deteriorated.“Our relationship during the transfer window is always very, very close, I have my opinion, he has his own,” said the German. “We have to do the best for the club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gianluigi Buffon would like a second season at Paris Saint-Germain © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Feb 2 – Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said on Saturday that he wants “to stay another season” at Paris Saint-Germain.The 41-year-old, who played 176 times for Italy and won the World Cup in 2006, arrived as a free agent from Juventus last summer on a one-year contract with an option for a second.last_img read more

LAPD buys `dirty bomb’ detectors

first_imgDirty bombs employ conventional explosives to scatter radioactive material into the surrounding atmosphere. “New York and Washington are still the biggest risks in the country,” Bratton told the newspaper. “We come in right behind them because of the special assets we have: the port, the airport and just the symbolism of so much of what they hate.” Bratton said the department has been awarded $3 million in Homeland Security funds and also used that money to buy a $900,000 bomb-response truck that has a robot that can be operated from a mile away. SECURITY: Bratton says city is big target for terrorists because of its “special assets.” By City News Service Saying it’s only a matter of time before America is the target of a dirty bomb, Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton has purchased seven devices that can sniff out the radioactive signature of such a device, it was reported Saturday. The Los Angeles Times reports that one of the devices has been installed in a helicopter and is capable of detecting an unexploded dirty bomb from an altitude of 800 feet. The department also invested in a mobile response truck for LAPD public information officers, to serve as a portable center for communicating information via news media, the chief said.160Want 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

Jail for man with 95 previous convictions caught driving twice during 10-year ban

first_imgA Letterkenny man with 95 previous convictions has been jailed for six months and banned from driving for ten years after being found driving twice in a two-week spell, while serving a separate ten-year driving ban.Thomas Mongan was observed driving by Garda Hannigan on February 26, 2017 and by Garda Kelly on March 7, 2017. Garda Kelly was aware that Mongan had been disqualified for ten years in 2015 and subsequently arrested the defendant.Letterkenny District Court heard that Mr Mongan, the father of four children, ‘had a difficult past’ since being severely injured in an assault, but had what were described as ‘positive liaison’ with the probation service.“He has no explanation, he knew that it was the wrong thing to do,” defending solicitor Frank Dorrian said.“He has written a letter, addressed to the judge to apologise and he has said that he wasn’t thinking properly. He has been under the care of mental health services and has had some worrying times when he finds it hard to cope.”Judge Paul Kelly said that he could not deal with the mater by way of a custodial sentence.For the offences on February 26, Judge Kelly imposed 4 months imprisonment and an eight-year disqualification and a 4-month sentence with an eight-year disqualification.The Judge imposed a six-month sentence and a ten-year disqualification and a six-month jail term with a ten-year disqualification for the offences on March 7.All sentences are to run concurrently.Jail for man with 95 previous convictions caught driving twice during 10-year ban was last modified: May 8th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Judge Paul KellyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN UNDER 14S WIN COUNTY FINAL

first_imgRoyal Flush Draw – Royal Flush Draw results for the weekend of 07/07/2013 were 2, 3, 16 & 19. There was no winner of the jackpot of €1540. Consolation prizes went to John O’Shea, Ciaran Kelly & John McGinley Jr.Clothes Bank – A reminder to all in the parish there is clothes bank just outside the grounds of the clubhouse and it can be used anytime. All proceeds made goes back to the club so please try your best to support.Club Website – Over the past year a club website has been designed and will be ready to launch in a couple of weeks. Anyone who has rare photo’s, written pieces etc regarding the club and think they are of importance please feel free to forward them via email to pro.naomhultandunkinneely.donegal@gaa.ie. Underage Football – A huge congratulations to the Under 14 side who won the Division 3 County League Final in Castlefinn last Friday evening. Final score was Naomh Ultan 2-10 Moville 2-5, A great achievement for all involved and credit is due after putting in a hard year’s work.Adult Football – The Senior team are fixed to play their second leg of the Junior A Championship bout with Milford this Sunday, July 14th at 3pm in Dunkineely. All support would be greatly appreciated.GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN UNDER 14S WIN COUNTY FINAL was last modified: July 9th, 2013 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:Naomh Ultan Club Noteslast_img read more

Ag’s Digital Transformation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterSAVANNAH, Ga. (DTN) — Global agriculture has been somewhat behind other industries in adopting digital technology. But, as in other aspects of modern life, this technology is slowly transforming different areas of agriculture, including how crops and livestock are produced and how ag businesses operate.Digital technology and its impact on agriculture was one major topic of discussion at the 2019 Fertilizer Outlook and Technology Conference here on Wednesday. The annual meeting is hosted by The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and the Fertilizer Industry Round Table (FIRT).IMPROVED TRANSPARENCYAllan Gray, executive director of the Center for Food and Agriculture Business at Purdue University and Land O’Lakes chair in food and agribusiness, said during a round-table discussion that digital technology will aid in improved transparency and increased production and sustainability in the future of agriculture. Consumers want to know details about their food, and digital technology helps to satisfy their need for information, he said.A recent survey reported transparency is “extremely important” to 36% of consumers, Gray said. A complete list of ingredients was the most important factor for 65% of consumers in the same survey, he said.Gray said that among the technologies included in this area would be “blockchain,” a term used frequently recently that many people don’t completely understand. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition, blockchain is “a digital database containing information (such as records of financial transactions) that can be simultaneously used and shared within a large decentralized, publicly accessible network.”There could be several different uses for blockchain technology, Gray said, including overseeing farm inventories, enhancing the ag supply chain and modernizing farm management software.Walmart already uses the technology to track its leafy-green vegetables from its suppliers’ fields through being processed and sold in its stores. This process can pinpoint issues in the entire supply chain and protect customers from foodborne illnesses.Gray said agriculture is behind other industries in adapting digital technologies. While this may be the case, ag is moving toward adapting the technology thanks to innovative smaller companies leading the charge.“You look at robotic milking machines on dairy farms as one example of this technology already in use,” Gray said. “These producers can now become better managers with more time to examine data since they aren’t the ones milking the cows.”Gray said another advantage of digital technology is that it can be scalable. He used a 300-cow dairy with robotic milkers as an example.The technology allows those who incorporate it to use fewer resources and get more from the technology. It can increase productivity and improve sustainability, he said.Michael Swanson, senior vice president, agriculture economist and consultant for Wells Fargo and Company, said because of digital technology, nearly everything is connected. This is true with ag, and we are now in a closed-loop system, he said.“I compare this technology to when basketball added the three-point line; I’m sure some of you remember this,” Swanson said. “This one rule completely changed how the game is played, and the same can be said about this technology in agriculture.”TECHNOLOGY IN AFRICAWhile digital technology can aid in North American agriculture, it can also help small farmers in such places as Africa. The technology can increase crop yields in places often called “the last frontier” of agriculture.William Wu is co-founder and CEO of QED, a small firm in Africa attempting to use digital technology to solve basic issues on the continent, ranging from agriculture to human health. The company builds low-cost data systems for farmers and others in Africa.In many cases, African countries face more obstacles than other countries do that can limit crop yields. Some of these issues include a lack of education, limited fertilizer use and local corruption.“We are customizing technology for the realities on the ground here in Africa,” Wu said. “We are motivated by technologies with problems worth fighting for.”Among the products QED is in the process of developing is in-field spectroscope. This process uses a smartphone to analyze soil samples in the field in a short amount of time, he said.The product eliminates a couple different issues often found in African agriculture. Many places don’t have an expensive spectroscope equipment to break down what is found in soil, and transporting soil samples between different locations is often an extremely slow process, Wu said.This technology will allow African farmers to know what is in their soil in a short amount of time and then do something about it, he said.“We really feel industrial partnerships is key for the future of humanity in Africa,” he said.Russ Quinn can be reached at russ.quinn@dtn.com(AGSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more