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Commonwealth Games: Ghana’s Hor Halutie’s 100m qualification time in context

first_imgOn Sunday morning, the teenage Hor Halutie qualified for the final of the women’s 100m at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.For her, the dash lasted just 11.46 seconds, and it is very likely she has no idea what kind of buzz she’s created within her circles at the Games. In Ghana, the news is spreading, fast.For a country that’s not used to athletics success in the last many international tournaments, the excitement is understandable. But it’s important to contextualize her semifinal finish, in order to keep expectations for the budding talent at an appreciable level.First, the 19-year old qualified as one of two fastest losers. Halutie was in semifinal 3, in a field of eight athletes (see main photo). Her start was shaky, but once she gained her rhythm, the sprinter flew past a Ugandan, a Cypriot, an English, and then a Nigerian opposition.The alum of T.I Ahmaddiya Secondary finished third, behind Reyare Thomas (Trinidad and Tobago, second place in 11.36) and Christiana Williams (Jamaica, first in 11.22). Halutie, therefore, had to wait for the fourth semifinal to be sure she made it to the final. Once she realised she had made it, she was ecstatic, because she had barely made it. “I’ve been very, very lucky because I just got in as the last of the eight qualifiers, but I will take it!” she said.In context, of all the eight finalists, she had the eighth best time. However, that does not mean she won’t do well in the final, and she knows it, for the time she ran is not even the fastest she’s ever done. Her best was a second faster, 11.45, during Heat 1 of the same event in Australia.”Anything can happen in the final, and I just have to be focused. Some of the ladies here are also really good with excellent starts, but never say never,” she said after the race.The women’s 100m final is on Monday at 11.50am, and Halutie will be the only African in the field of eight.  All the races are live in Ghana on SuperSport 11.last_img read more

Holmdel Historic Cemetery Is Getting A Facelift

first_imgStory and photos by Joseph SapiaHOLMDEL – At the Beau Ridge residential development on Laurel Avenue, one can park a car and walk across a footbridge over a stream, only to find a small hill with a cemetery, surrounded by condominiums.It is one of various family burial grounds one can find in Central Jersey, where the farm that once sat in place is now developed land, with the cemetery still, sometimes barely, hanging on. This one is the Hendricks Family Burial Ground, where members of among the township’s oldest families – Hendricks or Hendricksons, depending on the variation of the surname – were buried from about 1700 to 1950.Now, with the warmer weather here, work is continuing on restoring the 1-acre cemetery, where it is believed 99 are buried, but with only 63 graves that are marked.What happened to the cemetery was a combination of the land being sold by the Hendrickson family in about 1985, when it was then a horse farm, for the Beau Ridge development; the cemetery falling into disrepair; and, in 2010, the governing body of Beau Ridge residents hiring a company to clear the cemetery, according to Art Rittenhouse of Sayreville, one of the family members.The latter led to a lawsuit by the Hendricks and Hendrickson Family Association of New Jersey against Beau Ridge and various parties, Rittenhouse said. The litigation was settled in the last several months, for a confidential amount – “enough money” to rehabilitate the cemetery, Rittenhouse said.“I’m glad the destruction has stopped, the settlement made and the restoration started,” said Robert Hendrickson of Wall. Rittenhouse said it was “probably in the early ‘90s” the cemetery began falling into disrepair. In 1999, the family had a reunion and visited the cemetery, which “was a mess,” according to Hendrickson.Over the months, the cemetery has been cleaned, which remains a work in progress. In the last year or so, a wooden fence was put up as part of a Boy Scouts Eagle project, for example.The rehabilitation also includes clearing out vegetation, repositioning old gravestones, and putting in new, but historic-looking, gravestones.“We’re hoping for possibly September to have a rededication (of the cemetery),” Rittenhouse said.Lois Hendrickson Ketcham of Wall is a Hendricks-Hendrickson family member who does family history.“Doing family history, I’m proud how the family has been here from the beginning,” Ketcham said. “I don’t want to forget the past.”Although there is room for more burials, “we’re not planning on putting” more graves in, Rittenhouse said.Rittenhouse said it appears his roots through his maternal side go back to William Hendrickson, a founder of Holmdel. William and his brother, Daniel, another township founder, were buried at the cemetery in the early 1700s.Earlier this year, various family members visited cemetery together.“I’m very happy we’re all here today,” said Claire Hendrickson Waltsak of Wall. “I feel I’m made up of all these people buried here.“We’re still here,” Waltsak said. “I hope I make my founders proud.”last_img read more

MLB considering drastic rule changes that could speed up games, create universal DH

first_imgBy Dave Sheinin | The Washington PostMajor League Baseball and its union have had substantive discussions in recent days over a series of proposals, among the most drastic proposed changes in years, that could bring significant rule changes to the sport in 2019 and beyond, according to two sources familiar with those talks. The discussions have included both on-field rule changes, pushed by Commissioner Rob Manfred, and proposals from the union to improve competitive balance.According to …last_img read more

Beef Industry Update Meetings

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will be hosting Beef Industry Update Meetings September 9 and 10.  OCA Allied Industry Council member, Multimin USA, is the title sponsor of the meetings. Their sponsorship will provide a complimentary beef dinner to all of the attendees at the meetings.Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association is set to host the meeting on September 9. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Carrollton High School Cafeteria, 252 3rd St. NE, Carrollton, Ohio 44615.The September 10 meeting will be hosted by the Knox County Cattlemen’s Association. The meeting will be held at Dudgeon Family Farm, 8230 Grove Church Road, Gambier, Ohio 43022, at 6 p.m.Both meetings are open to all beef producers and will feature Dr. Brad Degroot, veterinarian and researcher with Multimin USA, as the speaker. He will be discussing how to enhance your herd’s performance with Multimin USA’s trace mineral program. Prior to Dr. Degroot, there will be an OCA membership and policy update.Contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at 614-873-6736 or email [email protected] for more information about the industry update meetings or to RSVP.The Beef Industry Updates are sponsored by Multimin USA.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal, Valencia in contact with unsettled Man Utd midfielder Andreas Pereira

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal, Valencia in contact with unsettled Man Utd midfielder Andreas Pereiraby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are watching the situation of Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira.The Mirror says he could walk away from Manchester United on a free transfer this summer with Arsenal and Valencia both linked.The Brazilian’s current deal concludes at the end of the season and the Red Devils are stalling over offering the 23-year-old a new deal. Two major clubs linked with midfielder are Arsenal and Valencia.Pereira spent last season on loan at the Mestalla and featured in a reasonable 29 appearances for La Liga giants.However, with just two Premier League starts to his name this season and only 17 minutes of action under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there are fears his progression could plateu.Valencia president Jose Carlos Peres recently revealed: “He is a player that interests us a lot. He is a santista and wants to play for Santos. The family is trying. His father wants to see him at Santos for at least a year.”The problem is that Manchester are playing hard. We know the end of the contract is in the middle of the year, but we want the player now. With his father, I’ve been speaking, but we have not yet entered into the details of values.”Esporte UOL says three Premier League clubs have already made official approaches for Pereira.Among those teams are Arsenal, with Everton and West Ham also keen to recruit the player’s services. last_img read more

Video: Johnny Manziel Kicked Out Of Nightclub After Fight

first_imgVideo of Johnny Manziel being tossed out of a night club.Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel cannot stay out of the headlines. Friday night, according to TMZ, Manziel was involved in a fight at Jewel Nightclub in Las Vegas just before a Drake performance was scheduled. Manziel was later kicked out of the club for the incident.Here’s more, via TMZ.Witnesses inside Jewel Nightclub at the Aria tell TMZ Johnny was in a VIP booth near the stage Friday night. Drake showed up for a surprise performance and club goers started to push and shove to get up front. Our sources say Johnny got pushed and turned and slugged the club goer.TMZ also obtained video of a small portion of the incident.Manziel appears to be struggling big time right now. Let’s hope he straightens his life out sooner rather than later.last_img read more

With polls coming Gurugram police cracks down on drugs illegal liquor

first_imgGurugram: Gurugram police are cracking down on drug mafia and illegal liquor cartels as the election nears. According to law enforcement officials, the mafia involving in this form of illegal trade becomes active as they can make big profits during this time. The millennium city is apparently witnessing a rise in the illegal trade of marijuana with the police have seized 60 kgs of the banned substance worth around Rs 80 lakh in March. “We have registered 19 FIRs linked to the trade and transportation of contraband. Of this, 17 are linked to marijuana export”, said a senior police official from Gurugram police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe law and order challenge posed by drug mafia posed in Haryana can be gauged from the fact that in 2017 over 2,000 criminals involved in the crime of drug trafficking were arrested. Being the richest district of the state the drug mafia along with illegal liquor trade is now posing a major law and order challenge to law enforcement officials. On Tuesday there were seven drug traffickers that were arrested. In one of the incident, a person was arrested with 35 kgs of the sulpha drug. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsNot only are the officials from Gurugram police but now even the special task force (STF) has become involved in curbing the drug mafia in the city. According to sources most of the big criminal gangs that are operating in the city are now shifting their focus from illegal land deals, extortion to transportation and supply of drugs. While Synthetic drugs like Ganja, Sulfa are in high demand other forms like charas, Opium and heroin are also gaining popularity. In the recent arrest made by Gurugram police, seven people have been arrested for trafficking methadone drug that is believed to be the new addition.last_img read more

Mens basketball Ohio State hires Chris Holtmann as head coach

Butler head coach Chris Holtmann directs his team during the first half against Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Virginia advanced, 77-69. Credit: Courtesy of TNSOhio State announced it has hired Butler head coach Chris Holtmann to replace Thad Matta, who was fired Monday. Holtmann, the 14th head coach in OSU history, has agreed to an eight-year contract worth about $3 million annually, according to the press release.The initial report of Holtmann’s hire was first reported by Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch.“Chris is focused on academics, is a high-integrity person, a relentless recruiter with Midwestern ties and a proven winner,” said Athletics Director Gene Smith in the press release. Smith spoke about the importance of recruiting the Midwest at Monday’s press conference announcing Matta’s firing.Holtmann, who agreed to an extension with Butler through the 2024-25 season, spent the past three seasons at the helm of Butler. Last season, the Bulldogs finished 25-9 – Butler’s best record since 2012-13 – and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010-11 season, losing to eventual-national champion North Carolina.Butler finished with over 20 wins and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament in Holtmann’s first and second years as head coach.He was originally hired by the Bulldogs as an assistant coach in 2013, and spent a season in the position. In October 2014, he was named interim head coach when Brandon Miller took a medical leave of absence. Butler went 10-4 before the interim tag was removed on Jan. 2, 2015.The 45-year-old began his head coaching career at Gardner-Webb in 2010. His first two years in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, his team finished 11-21 and 12-20. But in his third and final year, the Runnin’ Bulldogs improved, achieving a 21-13 record and earning Holtmann a job offer as an assistant coach from Butler.Prior to being a head coach at Gardner-Webb, Holtmann spent 12 years as an assistant coach at Geneva (1998-1999), Taylor (1999-2003), Gardner-Webb (2003-2008) and Ohio (2008-2010). He was an assistant under former OSU assistant John Groce at Ohio.He has experience recruiting in the Buckeye State, as Butler reeled in commitments from Ohioans in each of its past three recruiting classes. His 2017 recruiting class is the No. 34 ranked class in the nation, according to 247Sports, and features 6-foot-6 small forward Kyle Young, a four-star prospect from Massillon, Ohio.In six years as a head coach, Holtmann owns an overall record of 114-85 and has reached the NCAA Tournament appearances on three occasions.Matta, who also coached at Butler, won 337 games at OSU, the most in program history. He presided over a program that reached the Final Four twice and reached the NCAA Tournament on nine occasions. Matta’s OSU teams won five Big Ten championships and won the conference tournament four times in his 13 seasons. read more

Mariano Diaz wrote a goodbye letter to Lyon fans

first_imgThe Dominican Republic striker spend one year in the French Ligue 1 team and now goes back to Real Madrid in La LigaAfter spending playing for one year in French Ligue 1 side Lyon, Mariano Sanchez has said goodbye and will now join Real Madrid.The 25-year-old feels very grateful to the French team, where he played for 37 matches, scoring 18 goals.But he was not leaving without saying goodbye, and he published on Twitter a heartful letter to the club and fans.“With every effort, every action, every controlled pass, every goal, I have defended with my life the Olympique Lyonnais jersey,” he said on Twitter as reported by Marca.“Today is the day where I say goodbye to a club that helped me to progress as a player and as a person.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I can only be thankful to my teammates, to the member of the technical staff, the club’s employees and especially to the fans who are there every day.”The player will be presented in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium tomorrow.À bientôt et merci @OL pic.twitter.com/mbkNwFsViI— Mariano Diaz Mejia (@marianodiaz9) August 30, 2018last_img read more