GREAT SHAPE MONTE CARLO, Monaco: Olympic champion Omar McLeod described his gold-medal run at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as technically his worst, but he underlined that with Olympic gold now fixed around his neck, his ambition has turned to breaking the 110 metres hurdles world record. McLeod capped a dominant year in the event with a 13.05 seconds run in a soaked Olympic Games final in Rio de Janeiro but noted that in that race, his focus was simply to cross the line in front and win his and Jamaica’s first Olympic gold medal in the event. “Technically, the Rio final was my worst race of the season. I didn’t get out; I was just preserving, holding back,” McLeod said. “I wanted to be an Olympic champion first. I didn’t want to overdo it. I had nothing to prove. I knew all I needed to do was stay in my comfort zone and hurdle, and once I got over the barriers, I would be a clear winner. “When I was at the Olympics, I told myself that all I needed to do was hurdle, not to try anything spectacular, just hurdle and be an Olympic champion first, and then I have all my career to break the world record,” added McLeod. McLeod, earlier in the year also won gold in the 60m at the World Indoor Championships, which he said helped his confidence going into the rest of the year. “It’s definitely an ambition. It’s every athlete’s goal to be the best at what they do, to break a world record to go in the history books, and I am no different. I think I was in great shape to do it this year, but, in this sport, you have to set your priorities straight,” said McLeod. “I have the speed, but it tends to get the better of me at times, such as when I had the two falls before the Olympics, but it goes to show that I was in great shape and ready to run fast, but I had to make an adjustment. “Being an Olympic champion – it’s an amazing feeling. That’s the pinnacle of all sport,” McLeod continued. “Just to be an Olympian is a big deal, so to be an Olympic champion, it’s even a bigger deal, and never in a million years did I think I would achieve that so early. I remember it like yesterday. It’s an indescribable feeling. It’s awesome to be honest.” McLeod, who is switching his technique to a seven-step approach, added that his win indoors came as a surprise and went some distance towards helping towards his Rio success. “I was really impressed that I actually won. I didn’t go there with that expectancy. I am not doubting myself, but there were experienced people there who also medalled already in the event, so I was just going there to have fun and it led to a gold medal, so I was really grateful,” McLeod said.
Annsert White finished eight in 50.80 in the 400m hurdles event which was won by Abderrahaman Samba, 48.44. Qatar’s Femi Ogunode was third in 10.13 with Justin Gatlin finishing fourth in 10.14 ahead of Canada’s Andre De Grasse, 10.21. Aisha Praught Leer ran a national record of 9:19.29 in the 3000m Steeplechase finishing eight behind winner Hyvin Kiyeng, 9:00.12 with second place going Beatrice Chepkoech, 9:01.57 and Ruth Jebet, 9:01.99. Asafa Powell missed out on a 98th sub-10 seconds clocking in the 100m after finishing second to South African Akani Simbine at the Doha Diamond League in Qatar. Powell clocked 10.08 as Simbine took a famous victory in a time of 9.99 seconds to continue his impressive start to the season. #DohaDL Men’s 100m: 1st SIMBINE /S Africa, 9.99; 2nd @officialasafa 10.08; 3rd OGUNODE /Qatar; 10.13. GATLIN 4th, 10.14. #glnrDiamondLeague pic.twitter.com/RwOJzh01uA — Jamaica Gleaner (@JamaicaGleaner) May 5, 2017 It was a good win for the South African who took advantage of the fact that he has ran much more than the others given that the South African season is well advanced at this stage. “First (real) race of the season, and looking forward to the World Champs. I’m happy with my shape now, just to come up here and set a motivation for the rest of the season is what I was hoping for,” said Simbine. Powell said he was disappointed to have not gone below 10 seconds but is not surprised by the loss to Simbine as his season is just getting started. “I’m not surprised coming in second, we’re only just beginning our season. I wanted to go sub-10, but couldn’t because of the wind,” said Powell.
Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Goffin beats Federer at ATP Finals, faces Dimitrov in final Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Isaiah Austin. Photo from Fiba.comIn a perfect world, Gilas Pilipinas wiould have a pool of naturalized players at its disposal ready for every tournament it joins.Unfortunately for Gilas, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) vice chairman Robbie Puno said it’s not always the case.ADVERTISEMENT “The more we naturalize, the more difficult it becomes because the argument that we are frequently confronted with is the argument that we have too many naturalized players. We will just naturalize for the sake of it,” Puno shared on Saturday during the Smart Gilas Pilipinas sendoff for the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pasig.Currently, the Philippines has Andray Blatche and Christian Standhardinger as its naturalized players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the thronePuno, who authored the bills that naturalized Blatche and Standhardinger, bared that a bill for the possible naturalization of another big man in Isaiah Austin is already on the table. However, he’s still waiting for the green light from SBP officials before proceeding with the process. View comments “We have a bill prepared [for Austin], but it has not been filed. It’s my understanding that we are waiting on the go-signal of two powers that be: both of the team and in Congress. The first step really is having a clear mandate for us to pursue the naturalization of Isaiah Austin and we do not have that yet,” he said.Puno also said the SBP is taking a cautious approach with Austin’s situation. “[The SBP] wants to observe and they want to see the other candidates. Because if and when we pull the trigger on this, it’s a very tedious and difficult process. What we don’t want to do is to file a bill and then pull it out like we did with Javale McGee and several other players. We don’t want to go through that.”Austin made himself a candidate for naturalization after impressing in his stint for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup where he averaged 20.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, and 2.4 assists.He is currently seeing action for Yulon Luxgen Dinos in the Super Basketball League in Taiwan.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ However, Puno said getting the approval is just the tip of the iceberg, with Austin’s application expected to face stiff deliberation from Congress.“I recall that when I filed and appeared in a session in congress to naturalize Andray Blatche, even coach Yeng Guiao said that the naturalization component of our national team has to be a temporary program. We can’t naturalize indefinitely. There’s got to be a time when this is going to stop,” he said.“I cannot present a bill saying that this is the next one, this the one this year, and we’re going to get another one next year. In other countries, the naturalization program may include people who a country wants to get because of exceptional merit and ability. There is no such program in the Philippines. I present the naturalization bills that we file along those lines, but we have to be very careful whenever we launch a naturalization program, it includes a lot of things. It’s a tedious and an expensive process.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours
The days of conflict and confrontation between the National Staff Association (NASA) of the UN Mission in Liberia and UNMIL administration are now over, that’s according to the newly inducted president of NASA.NASA is the association of UNMIL workers in Liberia.During the induction ceremony over the weekend, the newly elected president of the association Momolu Johnson noted that the ceremony marked a new era in which collaboration, not conflict or confrontation will be the hallmark of the leadership’s policies.According to Johnson, the new NASA leadership intends to work with and not against UNMIL administration to ensure that national staff get the recognition and legitimate rewards they deserve for their immense sacrifices made in order to “turn UNMIL into one of the most successful peace keeping missions around the world.”He said the long awaited change that was desired by the membership of NASA since its formation will now be experienced under his leadership. “To achieve the change that we desperately need is going to require a new direction and new ways of doing things; that is to put in place a new system that will address the most crucial needs of UNMIL National Staff.“The change that I am talking about will be characterized by honesty, hard-work and dedicated staff with the zest to make a change. People who will lead and not rule, to influence members and not to manipulate them, are what NASA needs at the moment.”“This new system,” the NASA president pointed out, “will remain in place so that even when we are gone, incoming NASA administrations will have no choice but to adapt to the structure and continue with the policies that we are going to create”.He disclosed that an Ad Hoc Committee of Professionals will be established to look at possibility options for the most efficient way of using NASA’s funds as a way of exhibiting transparency and accountability. Mr. Johnson described as a disservice to members of the national staff that their meager funds deducted from their hard – earned salaries cannot be used to benefit them but are rather used to sponsor lavish parties that benefit only a few while a most of them are left to swallow their spite, envy and frustration. He vowed that such actions will not happen under his administration. The vision of NASA will be firstly to see all eligible national staff assuming managerial roles in UNMIL. He warned that the draw down and hand over of mission can only be achieved once the national staffs of all sections exhibit the high level of commitment and professionalism in the discharge of their respective duties.For her part, the key note speaker at induction in Congo Town, Commissioner Davidetta Browne-Lansanah called on the new leadership to use communication as their administrative hallmark.Madam Browne-Lansanah, a Commissioner at the National Elections Commission, noted that an effective use of communication will enhance the understanding of NASA leadership in working with members of the association as well as to engage UNMIL administration on issues that would improve the overall wellbeing of NASA members without confrontation.She urged NASA officials to make their administration participatory by involving the members in decision making because if the membership are supportive of plans and actions, then their leadership will become stronger. The former officer – in – charge of NASA, Agatha Kollie, spoke of the immense contributions made by her leadership. She disclosed that for the first time in the Association’s history, a past leader is leaving in NASA’s coffers more than US$11K (eleven thousand United States Dollars) for the new leadership to begin working with.Those inducted in Friday’s ceremony held at the German Embassy also included: Joseph B. K. Camara, Vice President for Administration, Margaret Taylor, Vice President for Operations, Andrew Kendema, Secretary General, David J. K. Starks, Sr., Assistant Secretary General, Albert Quenah, Treasurer and Geraldine Donald, Financial Secretary.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Artist’s impression of a scene from the Trans-Atlantic slave trade: Slaves being herded into captivity (source: www.tec.com)A Review of Carl Patrick Burrowes’ Between The Kola Forest And The Salty Sea (Part IV)By Keith Neville Asumuyaya Best(To Recap) A young man who told me he had read Part III, asked whether I believed Dr. Burrowes had found writing his book, “a piece of cake.”“No, I corrected, apologizing that he had gotten that impression. We had simply tried — without trying to shut out the competition — to hint at the esoteric, (special interest in the matter and special knowledge or understanding of the historical background) indispensable to grasping the total picture of this region’s past and its ramifications, as well as Europe’s chauvinism (prejudiced belief in the superiority of one’s own group) and other negative activities that seem directed at the continent and its people. Accordingly, we listed the skills and experience any writer or historian would need, as well as the mindset and perspective required. Also discussed were some of the things the author had to do to ensure that the book ended up a job, well-done!OdysseyQuite some time earlier, Dr. Burrowes had set out on an ‘Odyssey,’ (a long journey) that took him wherever he needed to go to double-check everything he planned to capture in his book. That included a number of facts and details about Liberia and the sub-region that skeptics, (doubters, non-believers) might label “outrageous,” having done so little reading on either of the three topics.Had this epic (larger-than-life) adventure — begun with European colonial intrusion into the region in the mid 1700s? Not really — even though the search for gold from the African interior that began it all would help pave the way for incoming European colonialism — and the tribulations it would rain down on the Continent. Add to that, some serious scattering of African men, women and children away from their homeland, to unknown parts of the world) and it would be the first of its kind and, probably, the first of this magnitude, (scale, size) ever, on the Continent!No larger than the state of Ohio, these 43,000 sq. miles (Liberia) boasts a 360-mile long coastal-line that runs across the southern base of its peninsula capital, Monrovia, to the south, abutting the Atlantic Ocean. (Coastal segments outside Montserrado County might not be included in this 360-mile long costal-line mentioned above. Liberia is contiguous, (sharing common borders and cultural similarities — lifestyle, language, food staple, dress, etc.) with three other countries: The Ivory Coast, to the east, Sierra Leone, to the west and La Guinée, to the north.The Peopling of LiberiaBeyond these immediate three nations, the sub-region’s land area pushes farther inland into a number of more-internally situated nations that the West African sub-region comprises. They include Ghana, Benin, Togo, Mali, Senegal Guinea Bissau, The Gambia, Mauritania, Nigeria, Niger and Chad. These countries extend northward, toward the Sahara Desert, gradually drifting a bit eastward, as one goes from one country to the other.This, and a bit more, is the sub-region — a plateau that would command the entire western world to its shores, in the name of “trade”, as the Europeans gladly anointed it, for their duplicitous (double-dealing, two-faced) purposes. Over the centuries, such “trade,” would morph (reconfigure, transform) itself into booty grabbing, that would take various forms — while a gradual domination of the communities they engaged, proceeded as predicted, in accordance with the dictates of their ‘’trade,” their vocation.The internal or land migrants — from as far inland as the Niger River basin — obviously were in search of a greener, healthier, peaceful and, of course, prosperous situations they could control. Their sojourn is explained away in part, by what befell the nearby kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhay, that we already might have mentioned.A Defining MomentFrom the opposite direction across the ocean, a ship sailed and dropped anchor in the sub-region. Then came another, and yet, another, bringing strangers from distant lands. In time, for reasons best known to these travelers, the world from beyond would follow, wending its way to these shores and onward — reportedly, as far inland as the Sahel: the Saharan coast.It is a story of the ages that memorializes, even as it celebrates, two groups of travelers — from worlds apart, thrown together along the Atlantic Coast and a little beyond these notorious forty-three thousand square miles of land at an unlikely crossroads that would work itself out and about the surrounding sub-region and its people.It was a turning point, a defining moment, almost as though nothing in the world could have prevented the life- and death-struggle that for the rest of those lives concerned, soon would entrap these two groups of people; on the one hand, the unsuspecting (naive, innocent) Africans; on the other, the disingenuous (devious, dishonest) travelers from across the sea.The Real StoryBut the real “…story of the Liberian people,” Dr. Burrowes tells us at the onset of his book: Chapter 1, “The Eden of West Africa,” begins neither in America (referencing former captives from the U.S. and elsewhere), nor The Caribbean (people who left those areas, came back to and Africa settled on the West Coast of the Continent, in 1822 and later). No, not these few thousand square miles that remained, after the French and the English had whittled (carved, cut down to 43,000 square miles) Liberia’s current territory, now the focal point of our discussion.Nor was it the 12th to the 15th century (some historians put it more specifically as between the 13th to the 15th century) large migration that had begun from as far as the Niger River basin. That migration seems to have coincided with the exodus of nations and tribes on their way out of the crumbling Songhay Empire — the last of the Ghana, Mali and Songhay trio — from the Western Sudan (790 to 1659 A.D.), that would “feature prominently in the peopling of Liberia, between the 13 th and the 15 th centuries, following the fall of Songhay, around 1650 A.D.” The three empires have been reported as having “defined the pre-colonial history of the region, laying the foundation for standards governing regional trade.”Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea tells us that Liberia’s story began in East Africa, 1.5 million years ago. From this point, mankind took off only to resurface in far-flung places all over the globe.The “Discovery” of an EraThe simple-looking items, around which the combined stories began and swirled, must have involved more than they appeared to, for some unknown reason. Dropped on a European market, starved for exotic, (foreign, striking) items, could have instigated (caused, set off) a donnybrook (brawl, free for all) among buyers drawn by the unusual appeal from the strange attraction the items seemed to exude (show, give off). That is probably what helped maintain a brisk sale for Pedro de Cintra’s 1462 gold diggers for some time until they finally spotted gold. Finally, something unusual had occurred, and the world no longer remained the same. Had this development been that big a surprise? Here is how it seems to have gone down.As usual, the gold-seekers’ manufactured goods were ferried into West Africa from Europe, in exchange for the regular cache (supply): (malagueta spice, iron, salt and tobacco, etc., that had flourished up until then. This time around, a payload was dropped off at a port-of-call on the other side of the Atlantic that, as per the manifest, would not have been ‘of record.’ This obvious new run would culminate (end, close) the triangular voyage, thanks to a detour, off the ship’s regular itinerary: from Africa, back to Europe, to berth until the next scheduled voyage.It was the first time in the sailing schedule, (agenda, time-table) that a ship would leave the West African coast, dash across the Atlantic to the South American Continent, changing the routine. That maneuver mapped out a triangle, already mentioned, activating what was soon to become the infamous, “Trade Triangle.” And now, for the first time what remained of the live cargo that earlier had been herded aboard as possessions or chattel, was now at the end of that perilous journey, dropped ashore as beasts of burden — headed for a lifetime of captivity, hard-labor and misery. And, for the first time — since the trade between the Europeans and the Africans began, centuries before — the cargo had turned into the 15th century gold-diggers’ gold: albeit, Black gold — “of Human Bondage” — though the Europeans would dub their trophies something less complimentary, trying to play down their crimes against humanity!(To Be Continued.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Best of all, the event is free of charge.Wear red and white to show off your Olympic spirit, and win additional spirit prizes.The event runs from 1-4 p.m. on February 14th.For more information, or to find a speed-skater to join your team, visit www.fsjspeedskating.com, or contact Dena at email@example.comAdvertisement By Jon ZacksWhat do you get when you combine Olympic excitement with Valentine’s Day?For Enerplex users, it’s a love of skating.- Advertisement -The City of Fort St. John, and the Elks Speed-skating club, are presenting ‘Love to Skate’ – an afternoon of fun at the Enerplex Oval.The event includes an afternoon of skating, with games, races, prizes, and food. Skaters are encouraged to get a team organized for the relay races. The team boasting the fastest combination of 1 hockey player, 1 speed-skater, and 1 figure skater will win $300.As well, there will be long-track speed-skating exhibition races, giving residents a chance to see some potential future-olympians in action.Advertisement
Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 – Sunday, Aug 22, 2010 Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 10.00 AMNEAT Jam MakingNorth Peace ArenaConferences, Lectures, Workshops & Meetings Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 – Sunday, Aug 22, 2010 Below is a list of events taking place this weekend in the North Peace. For more upcomming events, visit energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/events Friday, Aug 20, 2010 – Sunday, Aug 22, 2010 17th annual Flower Show and ExhibitionNorth Peace Cultural CentreCommunity , Art & Culture Campfire Cowboy HoedownNorth Peace Fall Fair GroundsChildren & Family , Celebration Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 08.00 AM – 03.00 PMStage North Garage Sale & Car WashOld Fort Motors BuildingFundraiser , Community , Market Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 11.30 AMNEAT Canning WorkshopNorth Peace ArenaConferences, Lectures, Workshops & Meetings Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 – Sunday, Aug 22, 2010 Stock Car RacesTaylor SpeedwayAuto/Motor Sports Mixed Slow Pitch Mens’ and Ladies’ TournamentSurerus Ball DiamondsSports & Fitness Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 09.00 AM – 02.00 PMFarmer’s MarketNorth Peace ArenaMarket , Community Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 – Sunday, Aug 22, 2010 01.00 PMHalfway River Vally Round-up Open Rodeo–Rodeo Classic Cruisers Show and ShineDowntownAuto/Motor Sports Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 10.00 AM – 03.00 PMRCMP 1st Annual Cycle & ShineEsquires Coffee HouseChildren & Family , Fundraiser , Community Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 09.00 AM – 04.00 PMHarvest FestivalNorth Peace ArenaFood , Children & Family , Community , Celebration , Market Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 – Sunday, Aug 22, 2010 Saturday, Aug 21, 2010 01.00 PMNEAT Blanching & Freezing WorkshopNorth Peace ArenaConferences, Lectures, Workshops & Meetings – Advertisement –
1 Jordon Ibe and Joe Gomez have been called into the England Under-21 squad for the forthcoming matches against the United States and Norway.The Liverpool duo are rewarded for their impressive starts to the season and are among 14 uncapped players in the 23-man party.Manchester United striker James Wilson and Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli are also part of the uncapped group, as is Everton defender Brendan Galloway.Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom has been recognised for his form on loan at Hull City, while Sunderland forward Duncan Watmore has been handed the chance to build on his eye-catching displays for the U20s at the Toulon Tournament.Despite being eligible Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, Everton’s John Stones and Manchester United’s Luke Shaw were all left out, with them likely to be in Roy Hodgson’s senior squad instead.The Young Lions, looking to bounce back from a disappointing European Championship campaign over the summer, face USA Under-23s next Thursday at Preston’s Deepdale before taking on Norway Under-21s away the following Monday.Full England Under-21 squad:Goalkeepers: Angus Gunn (Manchester City), Jordan Pickford (Preston North End [on loan from Sunderland), Christian Walton (Bury [on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion]Defenders: Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Brendan Galloway (Everton), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jack Stephens (Middlesbrough [on loan from Southampton]), Matt Targett (Southampton)Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)Forwards: Chuba Akpom (Hull City [on loan from Arsenal]), Jordon Ibe (Liverpool), Solly March (Brighton & Hove Albion), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), Duncan Watmore (Sunderland), James Wilson (Manchester United), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) Jordon Ibe
The 1978 documentary ‘Hands’ is about wool spinning in Donegal. It was filmed in Kilcar and Carrick.The documentary shows farmers haggling over sheep, how the wool is twisted into yarn, children collecting lichen to dye the clothes, and the quality of hand knitted goods such as geansaís. Mrs. Morrison‘Hands’ not only takes you through the history of wool spinning, but also the local history, “many’s a match was made at the factory!”“It’s best to spin when the sheep are asleep” was a common phrase said by spinners, however night-spinning, and all the ceoil and craic that went with it, is now a thing of the past.Mrs. Carr was able to raise thirteen children “in frugal comfort”, as they were self-supporting.Mrs. CarrThe children collected lichen from the rocks in order to dye the wool. Mrs. Coyne made three different shades. LichenMrs. Coyne admiring her different shades of woolDD History: 1978 Wool Spinning in Donegal documentary was last modified: August 12th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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 historyhandsirish traditionwool spinning
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Grijalva said the CDF has “ample” firefighters and equipment for the season. Fire seasons are based on weather. In the past, they have started as early as April in some areas and continued into December. Authorities have predicted that the biggest threat to Southern California could come in June – the driest month of the year. Early summer weather is prompting the state’s firefighting agency to declare the opening of fire season in 19 California counties. The declaration will be made Monday for counties spreading from Nevada County in the north to San Diego County in the south. “Temperatures are rising, vegetation is drying out and summer weather patterns have begun. There is always a tremendous potential for wildfire in California,” Ruben Grijalva, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said in a statement. June 12 will be the opening of fire season for other counties in the north. Separately, Orange County’s fire authority said it will declare the season open on Wednesday. The CDF declaration means that the agency will increase its fire preparedness. That could include hiring seasonal firefighters, staffing some fire stations around the clock and moving firefighting planes from Sacramento to areas around the state that have high fire danger.