Inishowen road in “awful state” prohibiting HSE from treating elderly, Cllr says

first_imgConcern has been expressed over what has been described as a road in ‘an awful state’ which is stopping the HSE from treating the elderly in the area. Councillor Rena Donaghey said the road in on the outskirts of Buncrana was also prohibiting Home Help service and An Post from gaining easy access to the area.It is understood that there are three dwellings in the vicinity, including one with “a very sick person” which is stopping the HSE from travelling down the road due to its disrepair. Asking Donegal County Council to examine the road, the Inishowen councillor said: “One road in particular that I wanted to highlight is a road in Ballynahone, which is a county road and is an awful state altogether.“The HSE bus has refused to go down to pick up a very sick person, the postman is complaining and I have received a letter from the home help worker which says she has broken two suspensions on her car and she will have to stop providing the service that she is currently providing.“A number of elderly be on the bus when they are collecting the resident in the area and they’re nearly shaking apart when travelling down the road.”“What I am asking is that the Donegal County Council to add it to an emergency list and for it to be repaired as soon as possible.” Seamus Hopkins, Area Manager for Donegal County Council, said the authority would consider the road as a matter of urgency.Inishowen road in “awful state” prohibiting HSE from treating elderly, Cllr says was last modified: October 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Top 10 Epic Tech-Gadget Failures

first_img3. DivXDivX was a proprietary compact disc video player designed by an entertainment law firm and Circuit City to ensure that movie studios and other interested parties collected every possible cent owed to them. DivX was marketed, however, as a way to ensure the movies you rented did not encur late fees because they self-erased after 48 hours. The public didn’t buy the marketing and they didn’t buy DivX either. DivX was gone by 1999, and Circuit City followed a decade later. The DivX name does live on in an online video codec.  2. Highway Hi-FiReleased in a time when classy ladies wore gloves to hide their lye-eaten hands, Highway Hi-Fi by Columbia Records and Chrysler was one of the first ways to take your tunes with you on the road. As you might imagine, it turned out to be a bad idea to use a record player while driving over bumpy roads. The needle pressure necessary to prevent skipping cut gouges into the records and shortened the lifespan of the player and the needle as well. The special records required weren’t easy to come by either, after you received your initial boxed set. First there were only a few dozen available, all Columbia artists, and you had to order them directly from the label. Add the danger related to changing a record every few minutes as you raced along, and you can understand why the project was quickly scrapped. They tried again a few years later, doing away with the proprietary format and fixing the issue related to changing a single record every time, but it’s no surprise the Highway Hi-Fi didn’t catch on. 8-Track Tapes came along a few years later and records in cars were thankfully retired. (Photo from The Scooter Scoop.) 8. Solar Bath ApparatusIf you’ve ever had catarrh of the head, and who hasn’t, you’ll appreciate this device.  The solar bath apparatus was one of those weird inventions of the early 20th Century that sounded all scientific and such but was really just bold shenanigans. Go ahead, stick your head in our upside-down trashcan. It will cure what ails your naively trusting broken head.You do have to appreciate that the literature admits it’s not fully tested but that it will probably eventually do what the ad has already claimed it will do. I’m not sure where the solar part comes in. (Photo from Modern Mechanix.) 7. Panasonic JungleMMORPGs – massively multiplayer online role-playing games – are time and mobility stealers. One minute you’re at your desk, hunched over your morning bowl of cereal trying to slam as much into your face as possible during load screens, and the next minute it’s midnight and there you sit, still at the desk, maybe sobbing over the shell of a real life you’re living. Panasonic had a plan to help you.Panasonic didn’t want you to stop playing MMORPGs, it just thought you should retain your mobility while doing so. The company announced The Jungle in the fall of 2010 with three titles supported. Unfortunately none of them were games that people played all that much. Just months later Panasonic admitted that it was not going to produce the handheld MMORPG player after all. Maybe it shouldn’t have asked the same team responsible for the 3DO to try their hands at console creating again. Tech gadgets come and go. Some succeed, most fail. Most failures disappear without a trace, while others are so awful that we can’t seem to forget them. And some failures set the stage for future innovations.  This list of the 10 most epic tech-gadget failures is by nature subjective. Some of these epic fails just weren’t yet ready for prime time, whether due to poor implementation or because the public wasn’t fully aware of their usefulness. Others were simply absurd, and no amount of further development or customer preparation would have saved them. You can decide for yourself which category these no-longer-with us devices and technologies fit into. Just be warned that the list veers decidedly toward the absurd as it approaches Number 10.  Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 10. Walking Toaster (The Aristocrat of Toasters, The Toast-O-Lator)Watching bread toast is practically the definition of boring. The walking toaster was designed to solve the problem of boring toast. Instead of having to wait for that one moment of excitement when your toast finally pops up, the Walking Toaster lets you watch the toast through a two inch window as it slowly, tortuously “walks” along a series of steps and eases out the other side. Bread goes in, toast comes out – It’s as not as if anything has really changed – except it doesn’t even pop up. For even more excitement, watch two of them race. (Photo from Toast-O-Lator by nickbrett on Flickr.)Have any other suggestions for our list? Please share them in the comments.Top image photo by1722 Highway Hi-Fibybsabarnowlon Flickr. robyn tippins 9. FlobeeThis was great for men and women; really anyone who likes to cut their own hair with a vacuum cleaner (still available for purchase if you are so inclined). Apparently not many people do like to vacuum-cut their hair, but everyone can and should watch the instructional video above. See also this early automatic hair cutter/hair burner.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#audrey#divx#flowbee#hi-way hi fi#internet devices#Microsoft#minidisc#palm foleo#panasonic jungle#solar bath apparatus#toast-o-lator#web tv 4. Web TVHave you ever watched a television commercial and wished you could click through to the website? That was the dream of the Web TV television/computer hybrid. Microsoft liked the idea, too, and bought the company – Web TV Networks – in 1997. Sadly it was an idea that was ahead of its time. We now all marry the computer and television through internet-connected TVs, streaming videos on our laptops and AirPlay. RIP Web TV. (Photo from webtv by ehavir on Flickr.) 5. The Audrey Internet ApplianceNamed after Audrey Hepburn, Audrey was a 3com device intended to live in different rooms in your home and give you limited internet connectivity for very specific purposes. In your kitchen, for example, you could pull up a recipe without having to lug your laptop from room to room. Of course, the entire point of laptops is portability, so not many people agreed that limited internet devices were necessary. Today, we’re stuck to lugging our tablets from room to room for internet snacking, at least until the Internet of Things catches up that is. (Photo from Audrey by 3Com by cimatti on Flickr.) 1. MinidiscThere were several reasons the minidisc never took off in the US, despite some real sucess in Japan. The initial unit, in 1992, was incredibly expensive at $750. Teenage music fans just didn’t have that kind of cash, so they continued to use cassettes for recording their mix tapes, and to do their listening on CDs.Despite lowering the price to a more reasonalbe $250 in 1998, and bombarding the public with $30 million worth of advertising, people still didn’t bite. There were few pre-recorded albums on the format because record labels didn’t embrace the smaller disc. If you wanted an album that wasn’t by a Sony artist, you were out of luck. And by the time other labels started to eye the Minidisc, a little thing called the iPod revolutionized music. Despite a small following of diehard Minidisc fans, the format finally gave up the ghost in 2011. (Photo from MiniDisc Portable Recorder/Player by mr.smashy on Flickr.) A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 6. Palm FoleoI wanted this one so badly. Announced in May of 2007 to critical derision and scrapped a mere three months later, the Palm Foleo subnoted computer was another idea that was on the cusp of greatness but just missed its mark. Not long after killing the project, subnotebooks caught on as netbooks, and decision makers at Palm slapped their foreheads for listening to said critics. Palm was purchased in 2010 by HP and is now virtually extinct. (Photo from Palm Foleo by whatcounts on Flickr.) 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

J&K Bank fraud case: 70 entities under ED scanner

first_imgNearly 70 entities have come under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the money laundering investigation into the J&K Bank-related cases registered by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Jammu and Kashmir government.The primary allegation being probed is the diversion of funds received from the bank in the form of credit facilities through these entities, which include companies that received loans. The agency suspects that several of these companies were incorporated solely for the purpose of money laundering and they were later shut down after routing the funds.Two of the cases being investigated by the ED are related to a group whose two companies are said to be involved in a bank fraud involving over ₹300 crore. One of the firms did not pay up the outstanding amount and the loan amount became non-performing asset (NPA) and the issue was subsequently settled in its favour through a one-time settlement, allegedly as part of a conspiracy with bank officials.In another case, the ACB alleges fraud involving ₹1,124 crore. According to the agency, officials of the J&K Bank’s Mahim branch in Mumbai and in Delhi’s Ansal Plaza sanctioned loans to the tune of ₹800 crore in favour of REI Agro Limited during 2011-13 on fake documents. The loan accounts turned NPA in 2014.The company, which showed its head office in Kolkata and corporate office in Delhi, had approached the bank’s Mumbai branch and got the loans and advances to the tune of ₹550 crore sanctioned in its favour. Another amount of ₹139 crore as supplier bill discounting facility and takeovers was extended by the bank’s Vasant Vihar branch.The ACB is investigating another ₹350-crore fraud case allegedly involving one Rawther Spices.last_img read more

Pablo proves she’s all worth it

first_imgLast year, Pablo inked a P4.6 million five-year deal with Pocari. And she has consistently proven that she’s all worth it.Meanwhile, Game 1 of the men’s finals between Cignal TV and Mega Builders is also slated this Wednesday at 1 p.m.The top two teams forged the duel after sweeping Sta. Elena and Philippine Air Force, respectively, in the Final Four. —JASMINE W. PAYOSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We just kept the faith and showed teamwork,” said Pablo after the Lady Warriors kept their bid for a fourth straight championship alive on Sunday.Pablo finished with 22 points built on 20 attacks and two blocks in a stellar performance that earned her the Philips Gold-PVL Press Corps Player of the Week honors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe veteran open spiker bested BaliPure’s Aiko Urdas and Creamline’s Rosemarie Vargas for the weekly citation.In Pocari’s Game 1 loss to Air Force, 25-20, 25-19,25-20, the day before, Pablo still paced her squad with 13 points and seven digs. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ PSC backs Watanabe’s Tokyo Olympic bid FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Pocari and Air Force will battle for a title slot at 4 p.m. this Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Creamline and BaliPure, also tied at 1-1, collide in the other best-of-three Final Four series at 6:30 p.m.After the elimination round, Pablo emerged as one of the leading contenders for the Most Valuable Player award.The former National University stalwart led the scoring race with 143 points built on 128 spikes, 11 blocks and four service aces.Pablo also ranked second in the spiking department with a 39.75 percent success rating and wound up No. 9 in blocking with 0.42 average per set.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo It’s no longer a surprise who turned up when Pocari Sweat needed a win.Just a set away from elimination, the Lady Warriors banked on Pablo in crucial stretches to rally past Air Force, 25-22, 16-25, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12, and forge a do-or-die semifinal match in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

New claims allege ‘toxic and confusing’ environment in Canadian soccer

first_imgShare via Email Share on Facebook Canada Women’s football Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest US sports New details have emerged of a “toxic and confusing” environment inside top Canadian women’s soccer teams as a player and a former team manager have come forward to describe “sexual targeting” and inappropriate text messages with one player left “shattered” after a private meeting with a coach.The latest claims come after the Guardian’s report last week where a former player described a the actions of a top coach – in charge of a national youth team and the Vancouver Whitecaps women’s team – as “the sickest thing”. Football Canada Soccer and the Vancouver Whitecaps have yet to contact the players or team manager about their claims – that date from 2008 – while FIFPro, the global representative body for footballers, has weighed into the issue and called for the allegations to be investigated “in full”.Canada Soccer have declined multiple requests from the Guardian for an official to comment on the allegations. In a club statement, the Whitecaps said: “With respect to the matters raised regarding the Whitecaps Women’s team in 2008: Complaints regarding behaviour within the program were brought forward to senior club management at that time. The club immediately engaged an independent ombudsperson, a leading expert in workplace safety and respected lawyer who specializes in this field, to do a thorough and impartial investigation into the complaints.“As part of her investigation, the Ombudsperson had access to players and staff to conduct confidential interviews and gather information on an anonymous basis. Upon conclusion of the investigation, while the ombudsperson had no recommendations for further action, the club and coach parted ways.”Equally important, and still unanswered, is how a coach investigated for alleged inappropriate behavior was able to take up a new position with a Vancouver club coaching young women immediately after he parted ways with Canada Soccer and the Whitecaps in 2008.“I watched what was a very professional environment created by the previous coach change into something extremely toxic and confusing,” said Eden Hingwing, who played under coach Bob Birarda for both the Canada women’s Under-20 international team and the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2008.“One of the girls showed me a text message from him and I was like, ‘What the heck?’ He would constantly want to meet with girls one-on-one. The previous coach never asked about your love life or made sexual remarks or a sexual joke. Those boundaries became very confusing.”Birarda has been identified as the coach in the spotlight by former players, a team manager, and the Vancouver club from which he is is currently suspended pending an internal investigation. Birarda did not respond to multiple requests from the Guardian for an interview. He has not been charged with any crimes by police.“Leading up to the U-20 World Cup in 2008 I really started dreading playing for him and I hated how I felt on that team,” recalled Hingwing. “After that I never wanted to talk about being a national team player. It was really sad because it was everything I ever dreamed of. The shame of being part of it made me feel almost like an accomplice, knowing what I knew and what I saw and him still being able to coach today.”Diane Voice was the highly respected team manager for the Whitecaps women’s team from 2001 until 2012 and is well-known as a coach and administrator in British Columbia. Voice said that she reported Birarda to the Whitecaps management on at least three occasions after she saw “very worrisome warning signs”.“You do pick up the little nuances that are happening and I did bring that to the attention of the club,” Voice said. “We had assistant coaches who were concerned. There was something wrong here.”Voice said she supported the former players’ recent accounts as reported by the Guardian and in two blogs posted online: “Without question, none of these girls were given to exaggeration or lies.”“One young lady came up to me before practice one day and was just shattered,” Voice said. “I phoned the office and said we have a major problem right now. She was in tears, she was shaking, she was crying, she could barely talk. The minute I touched her shoulder she broke down in tears, bawling. Slowly the story came out. She felt coerced. She felt bullied. She felt picked on. She felt that he was taking things out on her. Nobody ever called me back to come down to the office and detail more.”Some players in the Whitecaps women’s program who were from outside the Vancouver area were provided accommodation in an apartment complex by the club. Birarda, even though he lived in the area, was also given an apartment in the building with the players.“When he told me I could reach him at the apartment I said, ‘What apartment – I thought you lived in a house’,” said Voice. “I called the office immediately and said you can’t give him an apartment where the girls are. There are so many warning signs. So many signals that are wrong. You can’t do that. [The club said] said ‘Europeans do it. Other teams do it.’”The Whitecaps, whose men’s section plays in Major League Soccer, holds a storied position in Canadian sports. Longtime club president Bob Lenarduzzi is held in high regard for his record as a player and coach and for his later role as an administrator.The club’s owners include basketball legend Steve Nash and Jeff Mallett, a former president of internet company Yahoo! who also owns stakes in the San Francisco Giants and Derby County Football Club in England. Co-owner Steve Luczo is a part owner of the Boston Celtics NBA team. The Whitecaps did not respond to a request to speak with club president Bob Lenarduzzi about the allegations.Diane Voice said that, although she spent time with the players almost every day during her tenure with the women’s team, she was not told of any inappropriate sexual behavior, “until recently”.“I did hear there were inappropriate sexual texts between [a player] and the coach. The person who had the texts in hand didn’t want to get involved at that time and wouldn’t give them to me. It was another player’s mum. To my knowledge, it didn’t go forward. It may have. But I didn’t hear that it did.”Voice, like the players, had one question when she learned earlier this year that Birarda was coaching young women at Coastal FC, a prominent soccer club in British Columbia: “How was he still coaching?”Coastal FC suspended Birarda, who had been employed by the club for several years, when allegations against him went public. Executive director Chris Murphy said Birarda had been suspended pending an internal investigation. He confirmed no one from Canada Soccer or the Vancouver Whitecaps had informed the club of the nature of Birarda’s departure from their organizations at the time of his original employment.“That is my understanding although I was not part of the hiring process at that time,” Murphy said. “[The hiring process] certainly included background checks, criminal records checks, and reference checks. We’re feeling a little caught out on this as well. They are serious allegations and this is the first we are hearing of them.”FIFPro, the Amsterdam-based umbrella organization for players’ unions around the world, said football authorities had a duty of care to the game’s most vulnerable participants: young players.“We expect allegations of abuse to be investigated in full and individuals facing serious allegations to be suspended,” FIFPro spokesperson Andrew Orsatti said. “Authorities must also do everything they can to protect the players who have had the courage to bring their suffering into the public domain.”Hingwing, who helped organize a statement signed by 13 former players that outlined the allegations, said she had left soccer behind after her experience with the Canada national team and the Whitecaps. After reconnecting with ex-teammates years later she realized she was not the only former player who questioned the events of 2008.“I knew girls that were sexually targeted and even though it had been ten years since I had spoken to a lot of them I needed to see if they would be willing to put their names on a statement,” she said.“I thought that with [Canada women’s soccer icon] Andrea Neil’s statement [of support], and [former player] Ciara McCormack’s statement [describing similar incidents] I thought the organizations would call me to say they are doing an investigation and who should they contact. I could then provide them with this list of names. But I haven’t heard from them at all.”A statement from Canada Soccer sent to the Guardian said, in part: “In 2008, Canada Soccer immediately responded to the concerns raised by participating in a thorough review with an independent Ombudsperson in association with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the coach ceased to have any involvement with the National Team Program and the Ombudsperson had no recommendations for further action.”Said Eden Hingwing: “None of us were ever interviewed as part of this investigation into [Birarda’s] behavior. The actions they took with the limited information they did have in 2008 weren’t good enough because he is still able to coach.”Diane Voice said she had notified the president of a club looking to hire Birarda after he left Canada Soccer and Vancouver Whitecaps of her concerns but was ignored.“When I heard that he had been suspended by Coastal FC I thought ‘Oh, my God, that’s the same club. He has been there all along’,” she said. I would have thought that Canada Soccer and the Whitecaps would inform his new employer of the nature of his dismissal. I was sure he wouldn’t be on the pitch again. It should have been an outcome that he could not coach girls again. It should have been a given. I honestly don’t know why they didn’t.”center_img Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Topics features Read more Share on LinkedIn ‘The sickest thing’: Canadian soccer rocked by claims of systemic abuse Reuse this contentlast_img read more

All Cultures – Tony Eltakchi

first_imgEltakchi shares his story on how he became involved in the sport of Touch Football. Tony is from a Lebanese background and talks about how his parents didn’t understand what sport in Australia was and how he is helping to attract people from a multicultural background to the sport of Touch Football.To view the story, please click on the following link: To learn more about the Australian Sports Commission’s All Cultures initiative, please visit their website:

10 months agoMonaco coach Henry turns to Crystal Palace defender Sakho

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Monaco coach Henry turns to Crystal Palace defender Sakhoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco coach Thierry Henry is seeking Premier League signings to rescue their season.Deep in talks with Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, Henry is also eager to strengthen his defenceL’Equipe says Monaco are this week moving for Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho.The Frenchman has revived his career over the past year, playing his way back into the France squad this season.ASM are ready to test Palace’s resolve with a firm offer for Sakho after talks with free agent Pepe fell through last week. last_img

10 months agoEverton boss Marco Silva explains halftime shake-up for Lincoln FA Cup win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva explains halftime shake-up for Lincoln FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva admits beaten FA Cup opponents Lincoln City forced him into major halftime changes.Silva took off Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin at the break and replaced them with Andre Gomes and Cenk Tosun, in a sign of how tough Lincoln were making it.”In that moment, I felt we needed a player like Andre,” Silva said.”We completely controlled the game with the ball and were creating problems for them but when they score we started to have some doubts in our build-up and we needed Andre in that moment.”About the situation with Dominic, it was the moment for us to give Cenk the chance to show his quality.”Lincoln brought nearly 5,500 fans to the tie with Goodison almost sold-out and Silva thanked the home support.”Some words for our fans also,” he said.”When you play against Lincoln at home, and with big respect for our opponent, we nearly sold out the stadium and that shows us how important the competition is.”We knew that before the match and they proved and show to us again that is important and the enthusiasm they have when we play in this competition. Congratulations to them.” last_img read more

a month agoNeville: Man Utd don’t need Rice

first_imgNeville: Man Utd don’t need Riceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says they don’t need West Ham United defensive midfielder Declan Rice.Neville believes Rice can develop into a ‘fantastic’ player but not sure if he’s the player that United need.”Would I say yes now at 80million, 90 million? I’m not feeling that personally at this moment in time,” he told Sky Sports.”But am I seeing a really good player who could potentially develop into something fantastic for the next ten years? Yes. I really do think that.“But do United need another player? They’ve already got Matic, they’ve already got McTominay who are doing a similar role to what I see Rice doing.“ TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

5 Ohio State womens track and field members qualify for NCAA championships

Five members of the Ohio State women’s track and field team qualified for the NCAA championships last weekend at the NCAA East Regional preliminaries in Bloomington, Ind. After winning the Big Ten indoor and outdoor championships for the first time in program history, the Buckeyes entered preliminaries knowing the veterans would have to perform at their best. “Anytime you’re in a field that strong, nothing is taken for granted,” coach Karen Dennis said. Senior sprinter and hurdler Letecia Wright had a successful weekend, taking first place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.97 seconds. Junior Christina Manning also qualified for nationals with a fifth-place finish. “Making it to nationals once again feels like a redeeming meet,” Manning said. “I have a statement to make on the track and I plan on making it early.” Manning and Wright combined with junior Madison McNary and freshman Chesna Sykes to help the 4-by-100-meter relay team reach the NCAA finals. Wright is no stranger to succeeding on a big stage. “It feels really good to make it to outdoor nationals for the fourth year in a row,” she said. “It was a big surprise to me to win East Regionals because there are a lot of great hurdlers, so my goal was to just make it to nationals.” Wright’s strong performance comes as no surprise to Dennis. “I think it sets her up for just being able to be confident and prepared for the National Championships next week,” Dennis said. “She ran exceptionally well. … She recognizes this is her last year, and I think she wants to end the year on a real positive note.” Junior high jumper Ashley Galbraith qualified with a jump of 1.78 meters. Galbraith usually competes in multi-events for the track and field team, but participated only in the high jump at the preliminary meet. Dennis said this helped Galbraith perform at a higher level. “Regionals afforded her an opportunity to compete in the high jump with fresh legs, and she had a real awesome day,” Dennis said. “I’m really glad we were able to get through the region. … We’re going to the National Championships. We have to refocus our energy and our effort, and realize that we’re getting ready to face the top in both regions.” read more