Olympian hopes book will start dialogue and open eyes

first_img EVERYDAY STRUGGLE Blake recalled that his humble upbringing in the deep-rural Morningside district in St Elizabeth, and his everyday struggles to attend St Elizabeth Technical High School, “propelled” him to win a relay bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and silver at the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. “It’s (book) going to start a dialogue and open the eyes. To be honest, I am not trying to be a millionaire from this book, My hope is that it will reach in the hands of all high-school athletes and they will be able to take this book home and let their parents read it,” explained Blake, who says he wants to help athletes stay focused “on the rugged path to athletic prowess”. He added that, the track arena is not going to be easy for the athletes, while noting he suffered “fights” during his time on the track. “The whole idea is to motivate athletes who come from a struggling background, disenfranchised kids. Kids sidelined and losing hope, this book is going to teach them to fight that type of demon and propel themselves forward. “I’ve had the experience of making the national team and some people did not want me on the 4x400m and coaches told me I am to stay focused, and I know exactly what that meant …” he recalled. Blake is of the view that past athletes are not well appreciated in Jamaica but he considers them “trend-setters for upcoming athletes to excel towards”. Blake, who represented Jamaica at two Olympic Games, two World Championships, two World University Games, one Pan American Games and one Commonwealth Games, stressed that he feels Jamaican athletes should show more guts and courage and not take abuse. “I find that with professional athletes, they have no backbone these days … . I have had experiences where these athletes just take anything. Sports in Jamaica has gone to a point where it’s all about winning, and athletes have suffered for the sport that they love, and the book is going to talk about some of the challenges that I have faced and correlate it with some of the challenges that other athletes have and will face over the years,” stressed Blake. Retired Olympian, Dennis Blake says he is hoping to use his book, Dennis Blake’s Memoir: An Olympian’s Hidden Secrets, to help young athletes, their parents, coaches and stakeholders of track and field to “knock out fear, overcome challenges and achieve their goals”. Blake, 45, describes himself as a coach, does consultation and gives motivational speeches to students, athletes and professionals seeking to reach the highest levels in sport. “This book opens an important conversation for anyone who is struggling to make a difference in their lives and to fulfil their personal goals,” he said. “Readers will be inspired by the indelible stories which will also shed light on the significant challenges faced by athletes when competing at the elite level,” Blake told The Gleaner in an interview. His book will be published in two parts, the first of which is scheduled to hit the shelves in summer in the United States and will be sold for US$14.95. “My hope and dream for this book is for it to be read by all athletes. It is mostly geared towards those disenfranchised athletes, those athletes who have goals and feel like they can’t make it or they don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel,” added Blake, who is now based in the United States.last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Ultan GAA NewsRoyal Flush Lotto –Royal Flush Draw results for 16/11/2014 were 5, 6, 14 & 22. There was no winner, consolation prizes went to Packie McGuire, Pat Daniels, Killybegs & Paul Gavigan, Tullintain. Next week’s jackpot now stands at €540. AGM –The CLG Naomh Ultan Annual General Meeting takes place Sunday November 30th at 5pm in the clubhouse. All welcome to attend.Adult Football –Our Seniors drew after extra time in a tense and exciting affair with Red Hughs on Saturday last in Bundoran. Both teams had chances to win it but a late fight back by the lads deep into extra time meant that the result would have to be determined on another day.The replay for the Promotion/Relegation Playoff is fixed to take place Saturday week, Nov 29th in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey at 2:30pm.We’d encourage as much support as possible once again, as it was phenomenal last Saturday and at times spurred the team on when they needed it most.GAA NEWS: NAOMH ULTAN FACE RED HUGHS IN PLAY-OFF REPLAY AT MAC CUMHAILL PARK was last modified: November 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANaomh UltanNoticesSportlast_img read more

Round-up: Terry backed by ex-Chelsea man, QPR youngster’s loan move, Chery’s hopes, Bartlett’s new deal

first_imgFormer Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair has told West London Sport he believes John Terry will still be a key man for the Blues even they sign John Stones. Chelsea are looking to sign Everton defender Stones, who has been touted as the long-term replacement for Terry, but Sinclair insists the skipper won’t be moving aside for the foreseeable future.Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah has finally completed his loan move from Chelsea to Roma.Chelsea youngster Todd Kane has also moved on loan – he’s joined Dutch club NEC Nijmegen on a season-long deal.QPR have also sent a youngster out on loan, with teenage defender Niko Hamalainen joining Dagenham & Redbridge for a month, and have signed midfielder Oscar Gobern following his recent trial.One player who won’t be leaving Rangers for the time being at least is midfielder Leroy Fer, whose agent has confirmed that an injury problem led to the Dutchman’s proposed loan move to Sunderland being scrapped.Fer’s loan move to Sunderland was scrappedFer could yet line up alongside summer signing Tjronn Chery, who has spoken about his desire to play in the number 10 role at Rangers, as well being a free-kick specialist and wanting to take his career to the “next step”.Once again there is speculation about Charlie Austin’s future – it’s been claimed that Tottenham want to sign him. Spurs have not shown any interest in the R’s striker.Fans of both clubs have been discussing Spurs’ supposed interest in Austin on Twitter.Fulham have injury concerns ahead of their Championship opener at Cardiff on Saturday – Scott Parker is one of five players who will miss the game.The Whites have offered new contracts to Moussa Dembele, Marcus Bettinelli and Emerson Hyndman, while manager Kit Symons says the club have ended their pursuit of Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald.Elsewhere, long-serving manager Gordon Bartlett has signed a new contract at Wealdstone.And Middlesex face a struggle to qualify for the Royal London One-Day Cup knockout stages after losing to Nottinghamshire at Lord’s.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chlorinated water sanitation of leafy green vegetables for fresh produce processors

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Before leafy green vegetables get to your local grocery store they are treated with sanitizers to reduce bacteria that have come in contact with the produce prior to or during harvesting and to prevent cross-contamination.Chlorinated water is usually used in fresh produce industry. Chlorinated water treatment is cost-effective and easiest to manage among all of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved sanitizers for fresh produce. If the produce is dirty, it is rinsed first with cool water because organic material reduces the efficacy of the sanitation process.Keep in mind this information is intended for small food processors. This sanitation process is not recommended for use at home to clean lettuce or other leafy vegetables from your garden, unless the chlorine meets food grade classification.Chlorinated water is produced by adding either chlorine gas, calcium hypochlorite, or sodium hypochlorite to water. Sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), also known as bleach, is sold in liquid form. Although more costly than other options, it is safer and relatively easy to use. Since minimal monitoring is required, NaOCl is a common chlorine source for chlorinated water in smaller scale operations. Sodium hypochlorite solution should be stored in a dark and dry place at temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees F and should be used within three months. How is chlorinated water prepared?Chlorinated water with a concentration range of 75 to 200 parts per million (ppm) active chlorine is commonly used. Active chlorine concentration of 200 ppm is the maximum amount allowed to be used by law. The chlorinated water solution with 200 ppm active chlorine is prepared by mixing approximately 1 tablespoon of 5.25% food-grade NaOCl solution, with 1 gallon of water. Although commercial household bleaches (such as Clorox) are sodium hypochlorite solution in water at 5.25% concentration, they may not be food grade. Food grade bleach is defined as sodium hypochlorite solution without any additives such as fragrances, stabilizers, or thickeners. Read the label because only food grade bleach is approved by the EPA for use in food processing.Chlorinated water should be prepared fresh daily. Because chlorine content decreases with time, it should be monitored by using chlorine test strips or kits which measures the concentration of “free chlorine or available chlorine.” How is chlorinated water applied?Chlorinated water is applied by either submerging or spraying the fresh produce. Submerging involves loading produce into a long channel filled with cool, chlorinated water. Submersion for one minute, in a concentration of 75 to 200 ppm available chlorine, is usually effective. Spraying which also provides hydro-cooling is applied to the produce which is placed on a conveyor belt that simultaneously cools and sanitizes. For leafy greens, chlorinated water with available chlorine concentration of 75 to 150 ppm is used. Why is pH of chlorinated water important for effective sanitation?The effectiveness of chlorinated water is highly dependent on the pH of the solution.The solution should be held between pH values of 6.5 to 7.5 to produce hypochlorous acid (HOCl). A pH below 6.5 is corrosive to processing equipment. A pH above 7.5 reduces the effectiveness of sanitation. How is the pH of chlorinated water checked and adjusted?The pH must be checked frequently so that adjustments can be made to offset the addition of the organic matter from the fresh produce. A pH meter shouldbe used, but pH test kits and even litmus paper can provide general pH ranges.If the pH is found to be outside of the necessary range, sodium carbonate is added to raise the pH, and hydrochloric acid, vinegar or sodium bisulfate is added to lower the pH. A test kit is used to determine how much acid or base must be added to be within the desired range.A more detailed fact sheet on this topic can be found on Ohioline (http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/aex-262) Gönül Kaletunç, Professor and food safety engineering specialist, can be reached at 614-292-0419, or kaletunc.1@osu.edu. This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Cattlemen urge action to reduce trade barriers in Japan

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Kevin Kester urged the Trump Administration to move quickly to tear down trade barriers for U.S. beef in Japan. Speaking at a public hearing on the potential economic impact of a U.S.-Japan bilateral trade agreement, Kester noted that reducing tariff and non-tariff trade barriers would benefit Japanese consumers and U.S. cattle producers. Japan is the top export market for U.S. beef, accounting for nearly $2 billion in sales in 2017. However, U.S. beef exports face tariffs as high as 50% under some circumstances.“NCBA strongly supports prioritizing and expediting negotiations for a U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement,” Kester said in his comments. “The U.S. beef industry is at risk of losing significant market share in Japan unless immediate action is taken to level the playing field.”A number of key U.S. competitors have negotiated agreements that provide their producers with preferential access to the Japanese market. For example, under the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Australian beef exporters will enjoy a tariff reduction of 27.5% in the first year of the agreement for fresh and frozen products. In most cases, the countries who are part of CPTPP will see their tariff rates for beef exports decline to 9% over the next 15 years. In addition to CPTPP, Japan is moving ahead with a trade agreement that will give European Union beef producers similar terms to those negotiated in CPTPP.“NCBA supported the negotiated compromise under Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) because it reduced the massive tariff applied to U.S. beef, diminished the likelihood of triggering snap back tariffs, and established strong, objective, and predictable sanitary and phytosanitary standards and other rules-based trade standards,” Kester said. “We expect nothing less under a U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement.”last_img read more

Glimpse of a hero

first_imgI was overwhelmed to read about the way the Indian Army recaptured Tololing (“Taking Tololing”, July 5). It was thrilling to find how Lt. Vijayant Thapar of the Rajputana Rifles managed to keep the morale of his soliders high by playing songs from Border on his Walkman. For some strange,I was overwhelmed to read about the way the Indian Army recaptured Tololing (“Taking Tololing”, July 5). It was thrilling to find how Lt. Vijayant Thapar of the Rajputana Rifles managed to keep the morale of his soliders high by playing songs from Border on his Walkman. For some strange reason, I went through the story again and again. I peered at the photographs closely too and noticed that in the picture on page 29, one of the soldiers sported a name tag “Vijayant” on his chest. Two days later, I was stunned to hear that Thapar and some brave jawans had made the supreme sacrifice for their motherland.Datta S. Bagade, on e-mail from Aurangabadlast_img read more

10 months agoLaLiga president Tebas: Barcelona ace Messi proving superior to Ronaldo

first_imgLaLiga president Tebas: Barcelona ace Messi proving superior to Ronaldoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLaLiga president Javier Tebas hailed the hat-trick performance of Leo Messi for Barcelona’s 5-0 win at Levante on Sunday.Tebas placed the Barcelona star at the very top of football, ahead of Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo. “Anyone who saw the game against Levante, is a football fan and takes off their club colours, we have to open our eyes and say that Messi’s the best player in the world by a difference,” he said. The president added that “it doesn’t matter what team you support, if you criticise Messi and say he’s not the best in the world currently, you don’t understand football.” Asked about the comparison with Cristiano Ronaldo, Tebas, a Madrid fan, was clear: “In this era now he’s way ahead of Ronaldo. That’s now always been the case in other seasons. But he’s leading Barcelona. He keeps taking on responsibility, seemingly with a new-found youth. He’s at an incredible level.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoWolves striker Austin Samuel pens new deal

first_imgWolves striker Austin Samuel pens new dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves striker Austin Samuel has penned a new two-and-half year contract.The 18-year-old joined Wolves as an under-8 player, progressing through the Academy system, and will now remain a part of the club until 2021.In 2009 Samuels was spotted by a local scout and first signed for the club in May that year, having previously played locally for Newbridge Rangers.Since then he’s rose as high as under-23 level this season, appearing six times in all competitions for Rob Edwards’ side.The striker netted in victories over Newcastle United and Sunderland, and featured in the Checkatrade Trophy against Mansfield Town’s first-team. He could come into contention for the under-23s’ return to action against West Brom on Monday. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 hours agoNewcastle striker Carroll suffers new setback

first_imgNewcastle striker Carroll suffers new setbackby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United striker Andy Carroll has suffered a groin strain and will miss this weekend’s visit of Wolves.Newcastle are also sweating on the severity of a knee injury to star defender Fabian Schar, says the Daily Mail.Both players picked up the problems during last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Chelsea, a result that leaves the Magpies in the bottom three.Carroll is yet to start a game since rejoining his hometown club in August having undergone ankle surgery in March.Although the groin injury is not thought to be serious, it is nonetheless a setback in his bid for full fitness. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Jahlil Okafor Missed A Reverse Dunk, And Coach K Almost Lost His Mind

first_imgCoach K celebrates with the crowd.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 09: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates with fans after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 79-73 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 9, 2011 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Duke is having no trouble with 16-seed Robert Morris Friday night, but head coach Mike Krzyzewski is still rather unhappy with at least one Blue Devils player on his squad. Freshman big man Jahlil Okafor, arguably the best player in the country, did a little showboating by trying to throw down a reverse dunk early in the second half. Coach K almost lost his mind and pulled him right after.Things get a little tougher for Duke on Sunday – the Blue Devils will get either St. John’s or San Diego State.last_img read more