Fifteen-year-old Janique Burgher won gold in the Class Three high jump on yesterday’s third day of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletic Championships to go with the bronze she won in the event in 2014 while competing in Class Four. Despite the Edwin Allen High School athlete’s exploits, her father is not totally satisfied, as his dream is for her to be on the track. “I am fairly proud, but I think she should doing something (running) on track as well, because I think she has the potential to do it,” 60-year-old Hopeton Burgher said. “I have been trying everything, but she is adamant on doing the high jump, so I just let her have her way.” Young Burgher said she finds running to be boring, hence her decision to stick to the high jump. “With the high jump I have something that I have to jump over, an obstacle,” the slim-built athlete said. However, her father, who represented Holmwood Technical High School in the 100m, 200m and 400m, is not giving up hope of her doing the sprints. “She is always saying she is going to be the next Shelly-Ann Fraser (Pryce), but I always tell her she can only be in the limelight if she does track,” he said. “Persons who are sponsoring they are looking for the hype, so they are not going to sponsor you if they don’t get the hype. “But in time to come I will take it back up with her and take her and make me and her go train. I think she needs to do some sprinting.” Janique was the only athlete in her event to clear 1.70 metres, which earned her the gold medal, with Hydel’s Shauntia Davidson taking the silver with her clearance of 1.65m, on the first attempt Three athletes, Kaliah Jones of Excelsior High, Lacovia High’s Kadian Myers and Camperdown High’s Ramona Hylton tied for the bronze, as they all cleared 1.65m on their second attempt. “I am happy to have won the gold medal, but I am a little bit disappointed, because my PR (personal record) is 1.75m. But my groin is hurting me right now and I am having a bellyache,” the champion athlete said. “I had to just focus on the event and forget about the pain.” email@example.com
Embed from Getty ImagesWith the best time of year, football season, starting and going ahead, we thought we would compile a list of the most controversial moments in English League football. I guess only a handful of us will be able to remember all of them. 1) Derby County’s Penalty Spot FiascoDerby County’s old ground, The Baseball Ground (BBG), was renowned for being a horror to play on. Instead of the bright, green pitches of today, 1970s football was literally played on mud.The BBG in the seventies, then, was a literal warzone. Things reached a head when Derby County played Manchester City at home in 1977, which is a contender for the worst English pitch ever used to be used in an official game.The ground was so muddy that following a penalty decision, a groundskeeper had to run on the field to paint a new one on:Nowadays, as football has become more commercialised and professional, pitches are kept in a fit state thanks to line-marking businesses like BowCom. Even back then, however, to have a groundskeeper perform maintenance mid-game was unprecedented.2) Keegan’s “Love it” SpeechNewcastle and Manchester United’s title race in 1996 was gloriously entertaining, but then-manager Kevin Keegan’s post-match speech defined the future of Premier League discourse between managers: it was full of fire, passion and a total lack of respect.Back on April 29, 1996, Keegan’s side beat Leeds 1-0 in a tight game to go within three points of leaders Manchester United, with a game in hand and two left to play. Before the game, Ferguson implied that Newcastle was in their position as teams didn’t try against them, to which Keegan responded with the following:“I’ve kept really quiet but I’ll tell you something, he went down in my estimations when he said that. We have not resorted to that. You can tell him now, we’re still fighting for this title and he’s got to go to Middlesbrough and get something – and I’ll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them. Love it. It really has got to me. I’ve voiced it live, not in front of the press or anywhere. I’m not even going to the press conference, but the battle is still on and Man United have not won this yet.”There have been more confrontational post-match interviews, but this set the tone for the Premier League.3) Alan Pardew Loses the PlotAlan Pardew isn’t remembered fondly for his personality and for good reason. The manager has always had a reputation for being a little thuggish, which he proved in 2014 after he headbutted a midfielder for an opposing team.Managing Newcastle at the time, Pardew, randomly, headbutted David Meyler as the midfielder took a throw-in. The manager left Newcastle that year in disgrace.4) Paolo Di Canio Loses the Plot, TooSadly, disrespect of referees is synonymous with football. The rocky relationship between player and referee has never been sound, but Paolo Di Canio’s assault of referee Paul Alcock in 1998 set the tone for the league’s officiating trends. The controversial striker has always been remembered more for his antics that his decent playing career, but even by his standards this was too far.Following a deserved red card, Di Canio reacted by pushing the referee over.The assault on the referee was certainly minor, but the crossing of that physical barrier was a symptom of football’s erosion of respect between officials and players.5)Eric Cantona’s Kung-Fu KickFor a player of Eric Cantona’s quality, it is saddening that he is remembered for such a violent outburst. The now-legendary reaction has gone down in football folklore. Cantona, in January 1995, performed a moment that shocked football and is likely the most famous case of common assault in the English legal system.Following a red card for lashing out at another player, Cantona, on his way to the tunnel, received a hurl of abuse from a fan in the crowd. Out of nowhere, Cantona reacted in what can only be described as a kung-fu kick, hitting the fan in the chest. A brawl ensued, with the player escorted down the tunnel.The player was given jail time for his assault, serving two weeks in prison. The moment set up the Premier League as not only a place for attractive football, but as an arena of controversy. 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The number of close encounters between drones and aircraft in Australia is forecast to jump by 75 per cent this year as the number of the remotely piloted aircraft doubles.A new report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau on the safety of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) — the official name for drones — warned it was not possible to accurately assess how many were operating in Australia.But forecasts based on the number of registered operators as well as Google trends shopping data suggested the number would double by the end of this year.The report found there had been 180 safety incidents involving drones between 2012 and 2016, including crashes. High capacity air transport accounted for 45 per cent of the reports with charter operators accounting for a further 5 per cent.Of these, there were 108 instances of “near encounters’ between drones and aircraft — where a drone forced an aircraft to manoeuvre to maintain a safe distance or was seen near an aircraft which would have done so if there had been more opportunity.More than 60 per cent of these incidents occurred in 2016 and the report said statistical models forecast a 75 percent increase this year.“Almost half of all reported near encounters involved high capacity air transport aircraft,’’ it said. “Taking into account hours flown, helicopters were over-represented in RPAS near encounters.“Most occurrences happened in the main capital cities, with Sydney accounting for 37 per cent of all near encounters. ‘’One of the surprising findings was that most of the near encounter incidents took place above 1000ft, with about half occurring between 1000ft and 5000ft.Because the drones remained unidentified, the ATSB was unable to say whether they were certified, model aircraft or toys but it did not believe they were being used commercially.Most of the operators were also likely to be either unaware or unconcerned about breaking rules requiring that drones remain in a visual line of sight at a height of less than 400ft, more than 5km away from aerodrome boundaries and away from populated areas.Also unclear were the consequences of a collision between an aircraft and a drone.There have been no reported collisions in Australia and of the five known collisions globally, three resulted in no damage beyond scratches.But a 2010 collision with a sports biplane in the US resulted in a crushed wing and 1997 incident with a German motor glider killed two people.The report said the lack of information meant bird strike data had been used to predict what might happen in a drone strike.The ATSB analysis showed that 7.7 per cent of birdstrikes on high capacity used by airlines resulted in engine ingestions, about a fifth of which led to engine damage. The wings were the next area most likely to be damaged.For smaller air transport aircraft, wings are most likely to be damaged, and to a much lesser extent, engines and propellers.“As remotely piloted aircraft are rigid and generally heavier than most birds, the overall proportion of collisions resulting in aircraft damage is expected to be higher than for birdstrikes, and the distribution of damage across an airframe will probably also differ,’’ the report said.The ATSB suggested RPAS components could conceivably penetrate the wing or fuselage of an airliner, although they believed the probability of this happening was low.“Engine ingestion in high capacity air transport aircraft (mostly with large turbofan engines) can be expected for about eight per cent of RPAS collisions based on birdstrike data,’’ it said.“The proportion of RPAS ingestions expected to cause engine damage and engine shutdown will be higher than for bird ingestion. However, loss of a single engine should have minimal consequence to the safety of the aircraft.’’The risk of damage to general aviation aircraft was higher, with windscreens, flight surfaces and engines potential problem areas.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest What are the critical stages in the life of a corn plant? Actually, corn needs a lot of tender loving care throughout the growing season. The growth of corn is pretty consistent and is driven by heat units or Growing Degree Days (GDDs).• How do you calculate GDDs? Calculate average daily temperatures by adding the highest and lowest temperatures of each day and divide by 2. Subtract 50 from the average daily temperature to get the GDDs for each day with the limitation that if the low falls below 50 degrees F, we use 50 as low and if the temperature goes above 86 degrees F, we use 86 as the high for that day. This allows us to make some adjustments in the formula.• If we add the GDDs of each day from emergence to physiologic maturity (Black layer), we will have the total GDDs needed for the hybrid to mature. We need 2400 to 2800 GDDs from emergence to physiologic maturity of 105 to 115 day relative maturity hybrids.• According to Bob Nielsen, Purdue Extension Corn Specialist, after seedling emergence, with moisture, nutrients and normal sunlight availability, corn growth is pretty consistent. From emergence to V10 leaf stage, about waist-high corn; it takes an average of 82 GDDs for each leaf added. After V10 stage, corn picks up speed and adds a new leaf every 50 GDDs. Now you can almost see the corn plants grow!• At V6-V8 stage, be sure to side-dress with nitrogen before the plants are too tall, if you are going to apply additional nitrogen. Check for deficiency of nutrients like sulfur, zinc, magnesium and other micronutrients.• Pollination is the next most critical stage. Make sure that insects like Japanese beetles, western corn rootworm beetles are not clipping the silks. Use insecticides if needed to control these pests.
Wes Streeting told parliamentary colleagues in London this week that, according to advice he received from London Labour on Wednesday, parliamentary candidates for retirement or defector seats in the city will not be selected until after the mayoral election in May 2020.In an email to London Labour MPs, sent as chair of the London group, Streeting said the party would not have candidates in place in Streatham, Enfield North or Ilford South “for at least nine months”. He also informed colleagues that regional staff have apparently “not received guidance on trigger ballots in a timely fashion” and starting the reselection process before summer would be “a struggle”.LabourList made enquiries following sight of the email and understands that selection processes in two of the defector seats in London – now represented by Liberal Democrat Chuka Umunna, and Change UK’s Joan Ryan and Mike Gapes – will in fact be starting next week. Final guidance is still being awaited, but the plan is not for the selections to only start after May 2020.Streeting noted in his email that London region appears to be “stretched in terms of their own capacity”, which would be particularly problematic during trigger ballots, selections for seats that do not currently have candidates in place, and London Assembly selections. A well-placed source has denied that London region is more stretched than any other regional party.Local members in the defector and retirement seats – Ealing North, Enfield North, Ilford South, Poplar and Limehouse, Streatham, Vauxhall – have expressed confusion over the timing of selections. Candidates and members of constituency parties have told LabourList that they feel the same about the GLA selections.This is particularly the case in Enfield North, where LabourList understands that party members have been considering a vote of no confidence in London regional director Hazel Flynn because they there are concerned that the selection process is being purposefully delayed.It is thought that the Labour left in Joan Ryan’s seat already have a candidate in mind for the selection – Delia Mattis – and are worried that an early election could lead to a different candidate being imposed by the national executive committee (NEC).Commenting on the claims, a London Labour spokesperson said: “It is completely false that London region have attempted to delay the selection of Enfield North. We have begun work already on the selection in that area and we look forward to working with the CLP over the coming weeks.”Below is the full text of Wes Streeting’s message on Thursday to Labour London MPs. Dear London colleagues,At yesterday’s drop-in with Hazel Flynn and London Region, it was apparent that the regional staff have not received guidance on trigger ballots in a timely fashion; that it will be a struggle to start the process before summer; and that – while it is hoped that the process will be resolved by Christmas – we will not be selecting candidates in retirement seats or defector seats until after May’s London mayoral election.This means that we will not have candidates in place in Streatham (where we stand a real risk of losing to the Lib Dems), Enfield North or Ilford South for at least nine months. It also means that we could be in the middle of selections during a snap election. This is unacceptable. It’s also clear that Region share our concerns and are very stretched in terms of their own capacity.I will be writing to Jeremy, Tom, Jennie, Hazel and Wendy today as chair of the London Group and will keep you informed.WesTags:Labour /Parliamentary Selections /Wes Streeting /Enfield North /