Northampton New dawn for Northampton

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Men encouraged to have their prostate tested

first_imgLocalNews Men encouraged to have their prostate tested by: – March 30, 2012 Share Share Tweet 18 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Patrick HendersonMen are being asked to turn out in large numbers on Saturday to have their prostates tested.Free prostate screening will be undertaken at the Clinical Facility of Portsmouth Genera Hospital commencing at 8:30 am, targeting residents of the North.One member of the Dominica Cancer Society Patrick Henderson noted that too often men shy away from taking care of their medical health.“While women go check on their health, men have the tendency to put it off until it’s too late. What we want them to do is go get their exam and if everything is okay that’s fine but if it’s not then they need to be referred to their doctors,” he said.He said the examination takes a few seconds because “one of the fears men have is that they don’t like the nature of it however some men who have gone through that explained to us that it wasn’t so bad,” he said.He said the prostate status can change hence the reason why men should have regular checkups.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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CARICOM benefits from renewable energy workshop

first_img 14 Views   no discussions Tweet NewsRegional CARICOM benefits from renewable energy workshop by: – May 29, 2012 Share Photo credit: sbc-technologies.comGEORGETOWN, Guyana — Thirty persons from CARICOM member states recently participated in four technical sessions held during a training workshop on renewable energy technologies, in particular, solar cooling and heating systems, photovoltaics and wind energy. The workshop, held from 9-11 May in Bridgetown, Barbados, was titled SATIS 2012: Sustainable Alternatives for Tropical Island States, a training workshop on Renewable Energy Technologies. It was hosted by the Caribbean Solar Energy Society with key sponsorship provided by the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID) (representing the Government of Spain). SATIS 2012 was supported by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, and the Organization of American States (OAS). According to Caribbean Solar Energy Society (CSES) president, Dr Indra Haraksingh, the aim of the SATIS series is to bring together persons interested in sustainable energy for the Caribbean region to present and discuss ongoing work in renewable energy resources and technology with relevance to the Caribbean. The first conference of the SATIS series, which was organized by the CSES), took place in Barbados in 1994. After seven conferences, eighteen years later, the meeting returned to the site of its origin. Delivering the feature address at the workshop’s opening ceremony, minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Energy, Senator Darcy Boyce, outlined the government of Barbados’ plans and initiatives in keeping with its thrust towards increased deployment and use of sustainable energy. He stated that the government of Barbados aimed to increase the percentage of renewables in the energy mix to 30% within the next 30 years, primarily through waste-to-energy programmes, solar and wind energy systems. He also announced that 19 government buildings would be retrofitted for efficient energy use as well as outfitted with photovoltaic panels to demonstrate to businesses that renewable energy could be an economically feasible option. Other initiatives which the Barbados government was considering to stimulate the use of renewables include a 50% rebate on land tax for properties used to produce energy and the development of a curriculum for certifying persons in the design and installation of renewable energy systems. Joaquin de Arístegui LaBorde, ambassador of Spain to CARICOM, also addressed the opening ceremony. He informed the audience that Spain was one of the world’s largest investors in sustainable energy and indicated that 37 per cent of its electricity consumption was met from renewable energy sources. He noted that his country had “a wealth of experience in the most problematic areas of renewable energy: cost-effectiveness, technological challenges, and raising public awareness and acceptance of renewable energy systems”. He reaffirmed his government’s commitment to lending its expertise to countries and/or bodies within the region interested in advancing the use of renewables. The CARICOM Secretariat was represented by Joseph Williams, Programme Manager, Energy, and the OAS by Kevin de Cuba, ECPA Caribbean Initiative Manager, Division of Energy and Climate Change Mitigation. They both brought greetings and reaffirmed their commitment to supporting capacity-building and renewable energy development at a regional level. The workshop was especially timely, coming on the heels of the United Nations Development Programme UNDP High Level Conference of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on Achieving Sustainable Energy for All. Attaining the goals espoused at this meeting will depend on having a critical mass of persons trained in effective renewable energy development and utilisation. Three of the four workshop facilitators were regional experts in their fields, while the fourth, a lecturer and expert in Solar Cooling technology, was from the Netherlands. The first and third days of the workshop took the form of plenary sessions, dealing with solar thermal energy, with a focus on solar water heating technology, and solar cooling, while on the second day, participants delved into the intricacies of their chosen form of renewable energy harvesting, photovoltaics or wind energy, looking at the resource and the technology of systems currently in use or available in the region and prospects for the future. The workshop also included a field trip to one of Barbados’ recent photovoltaics installations at the National Oil Company’s office location. Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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China bars US military ships, aircraft from HK

first_imgChina last week promised it wouldissue “firm counter measures” after US President Donald Trump signed into lawthe Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which supports anti-governmentprotesters in Hong Kong and threatens China with sanctions for human rightsabuses.(Reuters) “We urge the US to correct themistakes and stop interfering in our internal affairs. China will take furthersteps if necessary to uphold Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity and China’ssovereignty,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. BEIJING – China on Monday bannedUnited States (US) military ships and aircraft from visiting Hong Kong andslapped sanctions on several US non-government organizations for allegedlyencouraging anti-government protesters in the city to commit violent acts.  center_img Hua Chunying, spokeswoman of China’s Foreign Ministry, speaks at a regular news conference in Beijing, China on Jan. 6, 2016. REUTERS/JASON LEElast_img read more

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IMCA Modified Madness at Davenport pays $2,000 to win

first_imgDAVENPORT, Iowa – IMCA Modifieds chase a top check of $2,000 along with a berth on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational at Davenport Speedway’s Friday, May 18 Modified Madness 50 special.The main event pays a minimum of $100 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and Iowa State points, but no track points will be awarded.Modifieds are draw/redraw. There is a $50 entry fee.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:45 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $30.IMCA Late Models and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are also on the program that evening, vying for all points.  All racing will be on the quarter-mile oval.More information is available by calling 563 340-4079 and at the www.davenportspeedway.com website.last_img read more

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King: We have sown the seeds

first_img Press Association The scoring was wrapped up 13 minutes from time when Shomko could only help substitute Aiden McGeady’s cross into his own goal under pressure from Kevin Doyle and Keane. However, the performance did not meet with universal acclaim and King was unhappy with some of the criticism which was levelled at the team by pundits afterwards. He said: “Every player works, every player has his strengths and his weaknesses. They have worked their socks off for themselves, for their families, for Ireland and they deserve credit. “They have got a victory, they don’t deserve to be ridiculed by anybody. We need to stop that, we need to appreciate who we are as a country, what we are capable of and get on and try to become the best international football team we can be. “Give up the nonsense.” Kazakhstan boss Miroslav Beranek admitted Ireland had deserved to win the game. He said: “We played very well in the first half, we scored a wonderful goal, then we couldn’t manage to succeed in what we wanted to do. “In the second half, Ireland played very well and they deserved to win in the end I congratulate the Irish team on their victory.” However, there was bad news for both Ireland and Everton when midfielder Darron Gibson, who has only just returned to the international fold after his difference of opinion with Trapattoni, was carried from the field on a stretcher with suspected knee ligament damage before half-time. The Irish ended a run of three successive Group C defeats in their final match as King tasted victory at the second attempt. Having added the previously discarded Andy Reid and Anthony Stokes to the mix, he saw his team fight back from an early setback to claim the points and, he believes, pave the way for a new future – if Giovanni Trapattoni’s permanent successor wants it. King said: “It depends who comes in. If a manager comes in and wants to play long ball, well maybe some of that stuff is not as important as it was. “If a manager comes in and wants to play a passing game, there were certainly seeds sown there.” Asked if the squad was in better shape now that it had been before he took over, King, who adopted a 4-2-3-1 formation both at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday night and in Germany on Friday, said: “The group would have played a different type of football in the last two games. “I think they would have defended in a different way and I think they would have attacked in a different way. “That’s my way and I was very clear even before I took the job it was going to be my way, and that’s why I was so worried because if my way wasn’t successful, then it wouldn’t have been very nice.” Ireland’s evening got off to an inauspicious start when Kazakhstan defender Dmitriy Shomko rifled a 25-yard drive across keeper David Forde and inside the far post to give the visitors a 13th-minute lead. But Ireland have been able to rely upon skipper Robbie Keane to get them out of trouble for so long and on a night when he did not have one of his better games for his country playing as a lone frontman, the 33-year-old dragged them back into it with a calmly-converted penalty three minutes later. That was Keane’s 61st senior goal for his country, but their second on the night came from a much less prolific source when defender John O’Shea struck for just the second time in his 93rd appearance. Interim boss Noel King has insisted the seeds for a more expansive approach were sown by Ireland in the 3-1 World Cup qualifier victory over Kazakhstan.last_img read more

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‘Impeccable’ McIlroy earns plaudits

first_img Mickelson had a front-row seat as McIlroy covered the back nine in 31 for a round of 67 which left him seven under par and just two shots behind halfway leaders Craig Lee and Rafael Cabrera-Bello. “The back nine was really impressive, a beautiful nine holes of golf,” said five-time major winner Mickelson, who returned a 70 to lie one under. “He is really striking the ball well. His game looks really sharp and his driving was impeccable.” It was all a far cry from the same event 12 months ago, when McIlroy’s controversial multi-million pound switch to Nike was greeted with fireworks and fizzled out with a missed cut after consecutive rounds of 75. “Coming off the last green last year I was deflated to say the least,” admitted McIlroy, who endured a turbulent 2013 before finally claiming his first win of the season in the Australian Open in December. The 24-year-old also proposed to girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki in Sydney on New Year’s Eve and joked he had been hanging around tennis players too much after grunting with the effort of a recovery shot from the heavy rough. That was the result of a rare wayward drive – another into a bush cost him a double-bogey on the sixth – but McIlroy has otherwise been delighted with his long game. “Standing there 30 yards ahead of everyone else is nice,” the former world number one said. “When you are confident with the driver it takes a lot of pressure off your game. “I got a few putts to drop on the back nine which was nice and I feel like I have a great chance of winning. “It would be nice to win your first start of the season rather than your last start. It’s exactly what I wanted. It’s a great way to test your game under pressure. With a strong start to the year you can really get some momentum.” Lee had set the clubhouse target on nine under par after adding a 67 to his opening 68, the 36-year-old looking for his first European Tour win after losing out to Thomas Bjorn in a play-off for the Omega European Masters last September. Rory McIlroy had Open champion Phil Mickelson reaching for the superlatives after storming into contention for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Friday. “I think Santa has brought me a good putting stroke for Christmas,” Lee said. “My brother installed an astroturf putting green in my front garden at the end of last year and that’s made a difference as I’ve been able to keep putting every day. It’s 20 feet by 14 feet and the neighbours have been peering over the fence.” Bjorn was just two shots behind Lee on seven under after shooting his own 67, and Lee added: “I would like to take the two of us side-by-side in a play-off again.” The round of the day came from England’s Danny Willett, who carded seven birdies and an eagle in his 63 to finish eight under par and continue a brilliant fightback. Willett was five over par after 10 holes on Thursday, but played the remaining eight in four under and is a total of 13 under for his last 26 holes. “To be honest I’ve not done a massive amount different,” Willett said. “If you miss a fairway by two or three yards and get a bad lie you’ve got no way to get to some of these greens. “Today I played nice, hit it a little closer and hit a few more fairways and rolled a few putts in. I holed a wedge from 50 yards on eight (for eagle) which helps and the last 20-odd holes have been pretty good.” England’s Tommy Fleetwood made the most of his chance to impress Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, although he may not get the full benefit of his flawless 65. As well as McGinley, Fleetwood was playing with fellow Nike professional Thorbjorn Olesen and the pair turned up in almost identical clothes, much to McGinley’s confusion. “He kept saying good shot but he never knew which one it was,” joked Fleetwood, who won the Johnnie Walker Championship at Ryder Cup venue Gleneagles last year, four days before the qualifying race started, and was third in the Volvo Golf Champions last week. “He kept throwing a name out there and we’re like ‘No, no, Paul, it was the other one.’ “I played with him in Holland last year as well and scrapped it around there for two days so to finally play some good golf is good. “It’s every single European golfer’s dream to play in a Ryder Cup, you watch it every year on TV and get so motivated by it you want to go out and fight someone when you’re watching it. “It’s the best sporting event in the world but at the moment it’s one thing I am trying to keep at the back of my mind.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Benik Afobe glad to finally land in the Premier League

first_imgNew Bournemouth signing Benik Afobe has praised MK Dons manager Karl Robinson for helping to shape his career. Press Association Afobe was unveiled as a Bournemouth player on Monday after moving from Wolves, but it was with the Dons – for whom he scored 19 goals in a six-month loan spell – that he showed what he was made of. “I thank Karl Robinson a lot at MK Dons, it was a bit of a stop-start career with my injuries, I went on loan and some of them were pretty unsuccessful, but then I went to him at MK Dons and he gave me a lot of confidence,” Afobe said. center_img “He used to have one-to-one meetings with me after training, telling me what I was doing right and also what I was doing wrong and what I can improve. “I remember one conversation with him and he said ‘in 18 months time you could be playing in the Premier League’ – here I am a bit less than that. Afobe started his career at Arsenal and was expected to make the Arsenal first team before injury scuppered his chances and he ended up being sent out on loan to help him back to full fitness. He has now landed in the Premier League and believes the injuries have improved him as a person and a player. “Before (my injuries), I was always a young player who had a chance and life was pretty good and then, just when I thought I was about to break through, I had a career-threatening injury and it took me years to get back to my best. “Now it means more being here than it would have done if I had played in the Premier League at 19”. Manager Eddie Howe has described Afobe as “strong” and “a handful” and the new boy now wants to vindicate the faith. “Since I was six I have always dreamed about playing in the Premier League and the manager here has given me the opportunity to repay him by doing well for the team and scoring as many goals as I can,” he said. “I am very excited, he is working hard here and his philosophy is great. “I have spoke to a few of the players here and they have said that since he came in they have all improved so I am going to keep listening to the manager both on and off the pitch because I know he is going to advise correctly.” last_img read more

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The Latest: Baseball Hall of Fame to reopen Friday

first_imgThe Latest: Baseball Hall of Fame to reopen Friday ___The University of Connecticut is eliminating four athletic teams as it deals with an expected budget deficit driven by issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.UConn President Thomas Katsouleas told the school’s Board of Trustees Wednesday that the school will reduce the number of sports it supports from 24 to 20, eliminating its men’s cross-country, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s rowing teams.He said eliminating those programs, along with mandating a 15% cut in the operating budget of all sports and cutting some scholarships, should result in a requested savings of $10 million annually, or 25% of the school’s subsidy to the Division of Athletics over the next three years. That subsidy was $42 million in 2019.The school will continue to support the eliminated sports through the 2020-21 academic year, allowing the 124 affected athletes time to transfer or make other decisions, officials said. Organizers say “after extensive examination and various discussions” they were not able to find a later date. Authorities in Germany have blocked the hosting of major events through October.The marathon was scheduled for Sept. 27.The Berlin Marathon is one of the fastest in the world. The current men’s world record was set in Berlin by Eliud Kipchoge in 2018.It will be the first year with no Berlin Marathon since the race was founded in 1974.The announcement came on the same day that the New York City Marathon was canceled. That race had been scheduled for Nov. 1. Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo remains optimistic that the Midshipmen won’t be playing in an empty stadium in the season opener at home against Notre Dame.The longest continuous intersectional rivalry in the country was moved from Ireland to Annapolis because of COVID-19 and is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 5.“At this point I feel good about all the plans we have in place,” Niumatalolo said Wednesday. “Obviously it won’t be a full stadium and it will be a lot different from other games that we’ve ever played at the Naval Academy, but that’s the new norm now.”This will be the first time Notre Dame visits Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the 94-year history of the rivalry. It will not be sellout because social distancing will be required.“I would love to have the stadium packed with all of our fans,” Niumatalolo said. “I’m grateful that there will be some fans there if we do play, and it looks like everything is pressing forward that way.” The race track will open the first and second floors of the clubhouse. All fans must wear masks or a face covering upon entering the facility.Pimlico is scheduled to host the Preakness on Oct. 3. Nearby Laurel Park remains closed to the general public.___This year’s Berlin Marathon has been canceled following months of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “While this is a painful decision, it is in the best interests of the long-term viability of UConn and of UConn athletics,” Katsouleas said. The decision came as the Board of Trustees approved a $1.5 billion spending plan for its main campus in Storrs and regional campuses.___Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila says one player and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19.Avila said on a video conference that the player was living in Florida, but was not working out at the team’s spring training facilities in Lakeland. He did not identify the two people who tested positive. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is preparing to reopen on Friday, in accordance with New York state’s phased plan. The university said it projects more than $500,000 in savings with all of its athletics cost-saving measures.___A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that several players and staff members of the Toronto Blue Jays have tested positive for the coronavirus.The person confirmed the test results to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because there was no official announcement but did not specify a number. “We aren’t confirming names or numbers for positive tests,” the person said.The Blue Jays closed their training facility last Friday in Dunedin, Florida, after a player showed symptoms consistent with the virus. June 24, 2020center_img ___The University of Northern Colorado will discontinue the men’s and women’s tennis programs as part of a cost-saving effort due to budget shortfalls created by the COVID-19 pandemic.The school located in Greeley, Colorado, will now sponsor 17 intercollegiate athletic programs, including nine women’s sports.Northern Colorado says it will honor the scholarships of the affected student-athletes who continue their education at the school. In accordance with NCAA transfer rules, the student-athletes are immediately eligible to compete for another school. Northern Colorado said it will support them during the transfer process.“This is one of the most excruciating decisions you can be involved in as an athletics director,” Northern Colorado director of athletics Darren Dunn said. “There is no right time or easy way to come to this conclusion. … Unfortunately, due to facility and budget limitations, we cannot provide a championship experience for our tennis student-athletes.” “They’re going through the process, obviously, of recovering as we speak,” Avila said. “It was just recently, a few days ago, so they’re still in the recovery stages, and at some point they’ll be tested again.”With baseball returning for a shortened season, the Tigers are set to have training camp in Detroit.___Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore will open Thursday for wagering on simulcast horse races.Fans will be required to wear masks, maintain social distancing and follow safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Associated Press ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred imposed a 60-game season Tuesday night after failed negotiations between owners and players. The season that’s been delayed by the pandemic will begin either July 23 or 24.Many players around the majors have been working in recent weeks at either their home ballparks or their team’s spring training complexes in Florida or Arizona. MLB closed all camp sites last Friday because of virus concerns.It remains unclear where the Blue Jays plan to hold their training camp and play home games this summer. The Canadian government is open to Major League Baseball playing in Toronto this summer, but the league has not submitted the required plan to health authorities.— Reporting by Rob Gillies in Toronto. ___ Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said a few players have tested positive for COVID-19.Dipoto declined to specify the number of players or if they are part of Seattle’s 40-man roster. Dipoto said they have all been asymptomatic.“With the cases popping up, especially in some of the hot spots around the country, we have had a few players test positive,” Dipoto said. “Right now they’re asymptomatic, they feel great, but we are aware that they’re positive.”The Mariners expect players to begin arriving this weekend in Seattle for workouts leading into the start of the season in late July. Some players had been working out at the team’s spring training facility in Peoria, Arizona, but Dipoto did not specify where the players that had the positive tests were located.“Obviously, they will not be in the environment when we open up until we’ve determined either A) they are part of the roster group, or B) they’re healthy enough to be a part of that,” Dipoto said. The use of face masks for all staff and guests will be required, and free single-use masks will be available at the museum entrance for visitors who do not have one. Capacity will be limited and admission will be based on a timed ticketing process to allow for physical distancing. Tickets are available for purchase at baseballhall.org on a first-come, first-served basis.All exhibit spaces are expected to remain open and functional, and guests will receive a rubber-tipped stylus to use when interacting with touch screens and buttons.Directional markers have been added to museum spaces and more than 25 hand-sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the building. The Hall of Fame’s larger gathering spaces, such as the Grandstand Theater and Bullpen Theater, will remain closed.___last_img read more

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2020 Nigeria Table Tennis Open Tournament Cancelled

first_imgHe stated that the athletes’ health was always the main priority of the LOC because they are the main actors.“We also have to think about the safety and health of the large numbers of fans that throng the stadium to watch the event.“We are pained that we have to cancel the tournament this year because all plans were in place to stage a befitting tournament while our sponsors are also looking forward to an exciting tournament considering what we witnessed in 2019.“But we are constrained by this pandemic to cancel this year’s edition and we are looking forward to being part of the new World Table Tennis (WTT) Series in 2021,” Oshodi concluded.However, there are plans by the LOC, Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) and the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) to stage a special invitational tournament toward the end of the year with top players across the world expected to grace the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) to cancel the 2020 edition of the Challenge Plus Nigeria Open scheduled for between August 18 and 22 this year.The tournament, which is Africa’s elite tournament, attracted top global stars from the world’s top 200 players in past editionsAccording to the Chairman of the LOC, Wahid Enitan Oshodi, “it is pertinent to be realistic about what is presently happening globally and that is why we have decided to cancel the tournament this year because nobody knows when the pandemic would disappear.”last_img read more

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