KC: All relays should be very competitive as there are three where it looks like it will be a Jamaica vs USA rivalry. AndrÈ: Yes, the sprint relays and the women’s 4x400m should be a straight war between the Jamaicans and the Americans. The thing is the US are far more prepared than Jamaica since they have been practising for a while and have already competed together so that’s an interesting point to consider. KC: It is so strange that we are a such a small nation compared to the United States and we can never get our people to come together to practise or to compete as a relay group before any major Championship and this has hurt us big time in the past and it could happen once again this weekend AndrÈ: We always seem to figure it out and rely on instincts more than anything else and we won’t see the value of true preparation until it hurts us. KC: But we are not learning as it has always hurt us and I do not see this changing soon because of the club situation where I think this takes precedent over national representation. AndrÈ: I agree, but we can only hope we have no major hiccups here. If we don’t, then we should be in for some exciting relay clashes. I’m interested to hear what the line up will be for the men 4x100m. Do we put Bolt on the backstretch or do we ask Asafa to run his first backstretch and receive and change the stick for the first time? Also, do we start the women’s 4×100 with the inexperienced Natasha Morrison and Elaine Thompson on the opening two legs? KC: Coming into the championships the United States looked very good but after the 100 and 200 metres things looked to be swinging into our favour especially on the female side. Morrison after a sub 11 seconds looks perfect for us on the lead off leg. AndrÈ: Like you, I’ve grown in confidence where the women’s 4x100m team is concerned. As long as nothing silly is done and the right people are used at the right time, I think we will win this. Morrison to Thompson to VCB to SFP may be our best line up now. Keep it simple, get the stick around and the gold medal is ours. KC: Perfect but who will be rested in the preliminary round. With so much at stake I don’t think the coaching staff should take any chances here as the same quartet for the final should start here with Morrison to Thompson to VCB to Shelly. I wouldn’t risk Stewart or Simpson on this team . AndrÈ: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is fresh after doing only the 100m and should be fine for the heats … I would rest VCB and bring in Sherone for the heats to run the third leg. KC: Not a bad idea but still a risk. I think we have a glorious chance of breaking the world record of 40.82 seconds set by the USA at the London Olympics. My only concern is that they have not done much baton changes as the camp was a waste of time. On the other hand the USA competed in Monaco where they ran two teams with the A team winning in 41.96 seconds which is a world leading time. However, I think we have a line-up which can run over one full second faster. AndrÈ: I’m going with a win for Jamaica, US. A will finish next best with Trinidad and Tobago getting the bronze. KC: The race will be won on the second leg where Allyson Felix and Elaine Thompson should have a battle royal but our two final kegs should have things their way with Shelly-Ann sprinting away to victory as the USA will be second with Trinidad, Great Britain, and Ukraine fighting for the bronze medal.
Liberians and foreign residents from all walks of life have described the condition of Monrovia’s open drainages as unhealthy and a sanitation nightmare.The golden promise made by Public Works Minister William Gyude Moore some time ago that Monrovia’s drainages will be maintained under his Ministry, is now comfortably on what some residents call “perpetual ice.”During a midday tour of central Monrovia and its environs on Tuesday, it was visible that a majority, if not all sections of the uncovered drainages are clogged, with grass growing wild in some of them.To make matters worse, residents on some streets and in communities in Monrovia that over the years built houses and other structures on the borders of the open drainage system have installed pipes projecting into the drainages to dispose of waste from their bathrooms. This is in addition to residents throwing their household and business garbage into the drains on a daily basis.The practice of disposing such waste into the open drains have greatly contributed to the unsanitary condition of many of Monrovia’s rural and urban settlements such as Bushrod Island, Duala, Old Road, Buzzy Quarter, Soneiwein and many more.Such behaviour on the part of residents in Central Monrovia, is gravely contributing to the city’s endless sanitation crises.The health of residents of the communities near the open, clogged drainages is constantly in serious danger of any disease outbreak. The bush, garbage, plastic, sewer and other waste stagnating in the structures create the perfect breeding ground for water and air borne disease carriers such as flies, mosquitoes, rats, cockroaches, wild spiders, scorpions and more. The bushy grass already growing in some of the clogged drainages have escalated the problem of stagnation and hindered the free flow of water through these structures. A few months ago, Public Works Minister William Gyude Moore told a team of Daily Observer reporters that a well-designed plan was afoot to clean Monrovia’s clogged drainages during the just ended dry season.That cardinal promise by Minister Moore is yet to be seen as the rainy season has already started in earnest. In Monrovia and Paynesville, one would be hard pressed to find anyone who is not intensely critical about the unsanitary, offensive and unacceptable conditions prevailing in most communities. Everywhere this reporter went residents, business people, school authorities and many others who share the common space through which the drainage systems run, described it as a sanitation crisis and an unending nightmare.Mr. Fineboy B. Dennis, 38, of United Nations Drive told this newspaper that the drainage system needs to be redesigned and structured to give for central Monrovia a better look.“I would like to suggest that the drainages be rebuilt and they cover all the openings in order to minimize the offensive odors and spread of disease in our city,” Mr. Dennis stressed.Resident Boima K. Fallah, 42, of Lynch Street noted that the Ministry of Public Works Sanitation and Environmental team should rise to the occasion and carry out its statutory responsibilities.“I want Minister Gyude Moore and all his principal deputies to leave the comfort of their offices and see firsthand the deplorable state of our drainages in the city this rainy season,” Mr. Fallah challenged.Resident Washington G. Ngumbu, 48, of Randall Street stressed that self-help initiatives and the enforcement of zoning laws would deter the wanton disposal of garbage into the already clogged drainages in Monrovia.“We as residents and business people of our various communities must get involved in the collection and disposal of garbage and other waste,” Mr. Ngumbu stressed.Used clothes dealer Elizabeth K. Blama, 54, of Red-Light Gobachop Market, called on the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) to intensify the collection and disposal of garbage.“We are aware of the enormous challenges of the PCC in its garbage collection and disposal drive, but I want to appeal to our PCC leaders to develop a sustainable garbage collection and disposal mechanism at Gobachop Market,” Madam Blama pleaded.Waterside businesswoman Mary B. Morrison told the Daily Observer that the market has become a haven for air and water diseases because of uncollected garbage.“We are now used to selling in the stench and squalor because we have no other choice but to continue finding our daily bread here at this stinking place,” Madam Morrison lamented.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
DONEGAL was lashed by winds of up to 16o km/hr today – taking power from 2,000 homes and several schools. Schools on Aranmore closed for the day and Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair also closed due to a power failure caused by high winds. A number of trees are also down in many parts of the county and there were reports of damage to some homes and outbuildings.Both RTE and the BBC have updated their warnings for this evening – especially in the North-West where the winds have died down but there are warnings of extremely high tides with the possibility of coastal flooding.In Scotland the Government took the unprecedented step of closing ALL schools along the west coast while schools on the east coast closed at noon.The gusts saw winds 40km/hr HIGHER than hurricane-style storms which battered the county in the autumn. That’s worse than the winds which hit Donegal in September when 120 km/hr winds were recorded at Malin Head when the remnants of Hurricane Katia hit the county. Our video above – taken back then – shows one man’s struggle with the winds that day.Donegal County Council closed the Harry Blaney Bridge for a time and Gardai warned drivers of high-sided vehicles of serious dangers to them.Met Eireann has also updated its forecast for this evening to say: “It will be cold and extremely windy on Thursday night with strong to gale force and gusty westerly winds. Showers too, mainly in the north and west, some heavy and turning wintry, with some snow at times. This mainly on high ground, but some possible at lower levels also. Lowest temperatures -2 to plus 2 C., with frost and icy patches countrywide also.”The BBC and RTE are also now forecasting snow (as above) for Thursday night/Friday and Saturday night/Sunday.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comLATEST: HOMES HIT AS 160 KM/HR WINDS BATTER DONEGAL was last modified: December 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:donegal snowdonegal weatherex-hurricane katiarainsnowwind