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Doha,Qatar: Akeem Bloomfield has admitted that the decision he and his coach, Henry Rolle, made to concentrate on the 200m earlier this season was a mistake and has said that he will be focusing on the 400m next season. The former Kingston College athlete opted to run the 200m instead of the 400m at the Jamaica Senior Championships back in June, but he did not secure one of the top three spots in the event and was given a place to run the quarter-mile event after Terry Thomas and Javon Francis did not make the qualifying mark to compete here. “I started with the 200m, and so the endurance side of racing took a really long time to develop, and I got hurt a lot before switching back to the 400m,” Bloomfield said after finishing eighth in the men’s 400m final here at the IAAF World Championships. “I think for the majority of next season, me and my coach will be sticking to the 400m.” Bloomfield, who predominantly runs the 400m, became one of the few men in history to have gone under 44 seconds and 20 seconds in the 400 and 200m, respectively, last season. His 19.81 seconds at the London Anniversary Games last year may have prompted the decision to concentrate on the 200m. “I have no excuses,” he said. “It just didn’t work out for me this year. My body has been feeling a bit tired. I was happy to be in the final, and valuable experience can be taken from it,” he said about how he performed in the 400m final on Friday.
Dr. Tokpa Nah Tipoteh, a renowned Liberian politician, has called on Liberians to participate in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the country.Dr. Tipoteh made the call yesterday during a program marking the government of Liberia (GOL) and the United Nations Development Program’s (UNDP) dialogue on the SDGs, held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County. The dialogue is held under the theme, “Enhancing the Capacities and National Statistical Foundation for the Evidence Based Policies toward the Domestication and Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals.”Members of various civil society organizations (CSO) attending the weeklong dialogue have expressed the need for government and international partners to ensure that all sectors are included in the implementation of the SDGs. Bassa Women for Development Association (BAWODA) president, Martha Karnga, said it was important for women’s organizations to form part of the SDG process.“If the SDGs are to be achieved, let them address issues concerning women’s organizations, issues such as good farm to market roads, roads from villages to towns so that the women will be able to give birth without having to walk for hours to seek treatment or send their children to school,” she said.Madam Karnga said the SDGs can only be achieved when women are allowed to play active roles and are educated on the importance of keeping their children in school. She called on the government and her development partners to provide the medium through which women can have access to compulsory education, and discuss translating the SDGs into local dialects. As for the Liberia Business Association (LIBA), the lack of market structures and storage for local produce causes wastage and hinders the proper use of outputs. Mr. David Sembah informed participants that economic growth is the main driver of poverty alleviation “because an increase in productivity and output leads to the creation of jobs, higher incomes and net income opportunities.”In order for Liberia to meet the SDGs requires innovation and the use of technology, which is an important quality for local businesses that want to be competitive, according to Sembah. Sembah believes innovation needs attention as Liberia moves into the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Common Tariff (CET), adding that a business can act as a conveyor belt for innovative solutions.He said business and market approaches are not total solutions for tracking poverty, but can significantly contribute to addressing the need for poverty reduction.Jallah Grayfield, vice president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), who presented a paper on the role of the media in the implementation of the SDGs, expressed the need for the dialogue to target poverty alleviation. UNFPA representative Mohammed Sesay said in the 2000s, the world made a pledge to foster development in terms of reducing poverty. Mr. Sesay indicated that it was about time the world wins the war against poverty, adding that renewed opportunity to target development must be met.“The development of democracy, ensuring accountability and transparency are important steps in achieving the SDGs,” Mr. Sesay said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) farmers currently battling a caterpillar infestation have expressed satisfaction with the intervention by the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) in combatting the situation.The caterpillars, which infested farmlands at Wakapoa, Curimaru, Myrie and Yarrashirima, all riverine areas, affected over 200 acres of cassava plants.According to a recent statement, the farmers are pleased with the chemicals provided by NAREI, noting that they were definitely effective in destroying caterpillars that had infested their farms earlier this month.Farmers are now nurturing their crops to ensure the cassava matures.Some of the caterpillars that had overrun the farmlands in Region TwoStanley Emanuel, whose farm was affected, said of his two-and-a-half acres only half acre was saved from the pest.Had it not been for NAREI’s intervention the prospect of reviving the other two acres would have been bleak, he indicated.According to Emanuel, farmers are grateful for the assistance offered by NAREI.Extension officers of NAREI have been working with farmers since the report was made on May 4.Following the report, extension officers visited the communities to assess the situation. Chemicals and blowers were sent into the area for farmers to tackle the pest. Demonstrations were done to enlighten farmers of how much chemical to use and how to handle the blowers for optimal results.Emanuel found NAREI’s response to be highly effective since there is no caterpillar visible.However, he is heeding NAREI’s advice to monitor his farm regularly for any signs of the pest.Another farmer who shared his experience with NAREI is Joel Smith. His entire three-and-a-half acres were destroyed by the pest. He is thankful for the assistance from NAREI but is troubled about his finances.“The fields damage real bad… I am happy the chemicals really helped… they don’t have any caterpillar right now but I have to wait and see how this crop turn out,” Smith said.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman 1 Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has played down speculation linking him with the Barcelona job.The Dutchman has enjoyed a sensational first season in the Premier League, guiding Southampton to within touching distance of the Champions League.So great has the 51-year-old’s success been that reports in Spain had labelled him as the man to potentially succeed Luis Enrique as the Barcelona boss.But, Koeman has now acted quickly to stop any rumours of him leaving Southampton to coach the club he played for as a player.“Always Ronald Koeman is linked to Barcelona. I want to respect my contract and I’m happy here,” he said.
1 Eden Hazard Zinedine Zidane, the current coach of Real Madrid Castilla, has spoken out in praise of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, further fuelling speculation of Los Blancos’ interest in signing the winger.‘After Messi and Ronaldo, Hazard is my favourite player,’ Zidane said. ‘I love watching him because he is a player who creates things and it is often spectacular to see him play. ‘Do I see him going to Real Madrid? Ask someone else. I love the player and that’s all.’As has been reported, Zidane was key in luring Gareth Bale to the Santiago Bernabeu two years’ ago, and there are suggestions that the Frenchman could play a key role in enticing Hazard to the Spanish capital, too.And, unsurprisingly, there has been some interesting reaction to his comments.Some Chelsea supporters are hopeful that such words could motivate the under performing Belgian, while others have warned Zidane off their club’s prized asset.
1 A host of top European clubs are tracking Marseille starlet Kamara Manchester City are working on a deal for teen star Boubacar Kamara.The 17-year-old has been impressing for Marseille’s youth sides and is tipped for a bright future by French football experts.The defender has attracted plenty of interest as a result, with the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and Bayern Munich all monitoring his development.But, according to L’Equipe, it is Manchester City who are putting the wheels in motion for a summer swoop.Pep Guardiola is keen to bolster his squad with some young talent for the future and is reportedly a big fan of Kamara.Marseille, however, are desperate to keep the centre-back and will offer him a new deal in the coming weeks.
Lombardi Ranch is open to the public, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 296-8697. Sierra Club hike along Mine Gulch Trail will meet, 8 a.m. today at the Canyon Country Rideshare. Call Ken Kerner at (661) 251-5156 or Gaylon Rodin (661) 263-0568. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Kid Expo will feature exhibitors showcasing services and activities for children, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Cheryl Jones at (661) 255-6847, Ext. 3018. Breast Cancer Awareness Tea 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call (661) 633-3550. Healthy hike, 8 a.m. every Tuesday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. “Terror By Gaslight” will be presented, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $11-$14 for adults and $9-$11 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. Sierra Club hike to Strawberry Peak will meet, 8 a.m. Saturday at the entrance to Ed Davis/Towsley Canyon Park in Newhall. Call Ken Kerner at (661) 251-5156. Make a Difference Day is a day of community service throughout the day Saturday across Santa Clarita. Call Lupe Franco-Butler at (661) 250-3720 or visit www.volunteerinscv.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “The Rocky Horror Show” will be presented, 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday and 7 and 11 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.canyonspac.com. “Proof” will be presented, 2 p.m. today and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” will be presented, 6:30 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Saturday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $11-$14 for adults and $9-$11 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. “An Evening with Stephen Schwartz” will present the musical works of the composer and lyricist, 7:30 p.m. today at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $25-$150. Call (661) 633-3550 or visit www.canyonspac.com. Crawford-Fleming Golf Invitational will support the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday at the Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Road, Valencia. Call Janis Engel at Valencia Acura at (661) 255-3000.
Stuart Pearce has denied making any contact with West Ham United after reports suggested the former defender was set to join David Moyes’ coaching staff.Slaven Bilic was fired as manager of the Hammers on Monday and talkSPORT sources understand former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland manager Moyes will take over on Tuesday until the end of the season.The Scot will inherit a disjointed, troubled squad from Bilic and it was widely believed that ex-England defender Pearce would be brought in as a coach to add some much needed steel.The 55-year-old is best known for his time playing for Nottingham Forest but played for West Ham between 1999 and 2001 under Harry Redknapp.Pearce – who has 78 England caps – is also no stranger to management having been head coach of both Manchester City and the England Under-21s in the past.“I’ve had no contact with West Ham if that’s what you mean,” the former defender told Kick Off.“But if I had contact with them I would certainly go and talk to them.”When asked if he knew Moyes well Pearce responded: “Well enough of course.“We are members of the same union don’t you know. He tried to sign me when he was at Preston actually.“I really enjoy doing the media work but then again I enjoy coaching – I’ve been at a club today coaching.”On a separate note Pearce also had words of praise for departing West Ham boss Bilic.“I must say as well I think Slaven has conducted himself with great dignity over what’s gone on,” he said.“It means a great deal to him to represent West Ham you can tell that.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Ford announced a turnaround plan in January that called for shedding 25,000 to 30,000 jobs and closing 14 plants by 2012. By year’s end, the company was to have cut production capacity 15 percent. Bill Ford said last month that the plan – dubbed the “Way Forward” – would be accelerated. He said Friday that the details would be revealed in September. In response to the production cuts, Fitch Ratings downgraded Ford’s debt further into junk status, while two other ratings agencies placed the company on review. Analysts said next month’s announcements could include more plant closures and job cuts, as well as speeded-up introductions of new cars and crossovers. The company said fourth-quarter production would be down 21 percent, or 168,000 units, from last year. Third-quarter production will be 20,000 units below what was previously announced and 78,000 units below last year. For the full year, Ford plans to produce about 9 percent fewer vehicles than last year for a total of just above 3 million. “We know this decision will have a dramatic impact on our employees, as well as our suppliers,” Bill Ford said in an e-mail to employees. “This is, however, the right call for our customers, our dealers and our long-term future.” He said it was the company’s biggest North American production cut in more than 20 years. Dearborn-based Ford, which lost $254 million in the second quarter, said last month that the speed of the market shift away from trucks had taken it by surprise. Like other U.S. automakers, Ford is heavily dependent on sport utility vehicles and other trucks, which have far higher profit margins than cars. Last year, 68 percent of the vehicles sold by the company in the U.S. were trucks, compared with 58 percent for the industry as a whole. “An unprecedented spike in gasoline prices during the second quarter impacted our product lineup more than that of our competitors because of the long-standing success of our trucks and SUVs,” Bill Ford said in his note Friday. The nation’s second-largest automaker said that by better matching inventories to demand, it can avoid costly incentives and reduce inventory carrying costs for dealers. Reducing incentives will help improve resale values of vehicles, and more rational inventories will help “stabilize operating patterns for our plants and our suppliers,” Mark Fields, Ford’s president of the Americas, said in a statement. The Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified sources, reported Friday that Ford is considering shutting down more factories and cutting salaried jobs and benefits by 10 percent to 30 percent. Ford spokesman Oscar Suris declined to comment on the report. The new production schedule will result in temporary shutdowns this year at assembly plants in St. Thomas, Ontario; Chicago; Wixom, Mich.; Louisville, Ky.; Wayne, Mich.; St. Paul, Minn.; Kansas City, Mo.; Norfolk, Va.; and Dearborn, Mich.; Ford said. Company officials would not say what specific impact the production cuts would have on workers. In general, hourly workers placed on temporary layoff receive 95 percent of their wages through state unemployment benefits and a supplement by Ford. The United Auto Workers had no immediate comment on the announcement. In Louisville, which has two affected plants, Mayor Jerry Abramson said he was told by Ford executives that the Louisville Assembly Plant, which makes the Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer, will be shuttered for six weeks. The Kentucky Truck Plant, one of four plants producing the best-selling F-Series pickups, will close for five weeks in the fourth quarter, he said. Abramson said state and local officials have asked to meet with Ford officials. The production cuts are the second time this week that slower sales have forced Ford to announce changes. On Tuesday, it said it would trim the number of dealerships it has in 18 metropolitan areas. Dealer profits declined an average of 10 percent in the first half of 2006, the company has said. In response to the production cuts, Fitch downgraded Ford and its finance arm Ford Motor Credit Co. to B from B+ and lowered its senior unsecured debt to B+ from BB-. “Implicit in the production cutbacks are expectations of continued weak pickup sales that have resulted in extended inventories,” the agency said. “Volume declines in Ford’s pickup segment, along with continued declines in mid-size and large SUVs, are likely to accelerate revenue declines and negative cash flows in 2006.” Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services and Moody’s Investors Service both put Ford’s credit ratings on review for possible downgrades further into junk territory. Ford shares fell 17 cents, or 2.1 percent, to close at $8 on the New York Stock Exchange. Bank of America analyst Ron Tadross said the cuts are a sign that “Ford is getting more realistic about its share trajectory.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. said Friday that it would temporarily halt production at 10 assembly plants between now and the end of the year, blaming high gas prices for pushing many consumers away from its pickups and SUVs and toward higher-mileage models. Ford said the cuts will reduce the need for costly incentives to reduce bloated inventories. But they also illustrate just how out of step the lineup at the nation’s second-largest automaker has become, as it loses market share to mostly Asian competitors under the watch of Chairman and Chief Executive Bill Ford. General Motors Corp. and DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group also have been caught in the shift away from trucks and SUVs to smaller cars and crossovers as consumers seek better fuel economy. The Big Three’s combined U.S. market share fell to 54.5 percent for the first seven months of 2006, down from 58.7 percent in the same period a year ago. GM already has announced it will cut production 7 percent to 8 percent in the third quarter.