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Sergeant marshalling middle-distance troops

first_imgHaving swept the top three positions in the men’s one mile open run at the highly rated Gibson/McCook Relays at the National Stadium last Saturday, coach Milton Sergeant believes his Maximum Aerobic Club will be an exciting project in coming years. The Spalding-based athletes Chadoye Dawson was first in four minutes 20.15 seconds; followed by Kevin Campbell, 4:22.46′ and Ainsworth Daley 4:23.45. Kingston College’s Shane Buchanan (4:24.87) was fourth. Added to Saturday’s triumph, they were winning their fourth consecutive title. They won the 4x800m at the S.W. Isaac Henry Invitational, Central and Hurdles Relays and Western Relays, respectively. “I would like to see these athletes being able to compete with the elite athletes of Kenya and other parts of the world because it is believed we are only good in the sprints. But I believe that we can also do well in the middle distances, especially in the 800 and 1500 metres,” Sergeant shared. The club started last year and Sergeant, who has been coaching for about 12 years, has seven male athletes at the club where he works alongside assistant Jason Clowson. “This is my passion. I was an 800, 1500 and 5,000-metre athlete. I’ve always been producing middle distance athletes who have been producing well at Champs,” he told The Gleaner in an interview. Sergeant ran for Holmwood Technical during his early years and has since coached at his alma mater, as well as Foga Road and Spalding High schools. “At present I have seven men that I am working with. Most of them are under the age of 24. The bulk of them are athletes I have already coached in high school and have already gone like one minute, 51.55 seconds. We are really seeing if I can basically start an Olympic cycle program for them, so I am looking for them in the next four years to be running 3:36 and 800s in 1:43 or 1:44,” he pointed out. Presently, Sergeant admits he gets very’ good’ support from Ludlow Watts. Otherwise, he is funding his project by himself and calls for assistance. “I am doing it basically by myself. One Mr Ludlow Watts is giving me very good assistance. There are times when I would call them and they would give me track shoes and spikes and he believes in the program.” He added that Watts, a treasurer of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), has encouraged his dream and helped him out with two of his athletes getting about $30,000 per month from the JAAA.last_img read more

Viewership up for Oscars show

first_imgDespite a nearly four-hour running time, the Oscars pulled in an average 39.9 million Sunday night. ABC’s telecast of “The 79th Annual Academy Awards” was up a bit over last year, earning a 14.0 rating among adults 18 to 49, according to ABC’s fast national Nielsen ratings. Last year’s show earned a 13.9. ABC noted the show was the most-watched entertainment broadcast of the season. – Daily News 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Local graduate awarded RCMP scholarship

first_imgWuth will be attending the University of Toronto studying towards an undergraduate degree in Forensic Science. “Our youth are our future.” stated Inspector Egan, “The Fort St. John RCMP recognizes the value of education. We are very pleased that Mandy received our scholarship and we know she will put it to good use in her studies at the University of Toronto.” Wuth has also been instrumental in starting up and organization the My Strength is Not for Hurting campaigns at the high school over the past two years.- Advertisement –last_img

Dr. Kearney takes Into the Woods to the Cultural Centre

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, consider seeing Dr. Kearney Middle School Musical Theatre’s latest production, Into the Woods Jr.It debuted last night at the North Peace Culture Centre, and continues tonight and tomorrow night. The show starts at 7 p.m. and runs for an hour and a half.The musical follows a baker and his wife, who learn they’ve been cursed by the Witch next door. They embark on a quest — deceiving and stealing from such already-victimized characters as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel — to get the things they need to break the spell.- Advertisement -However, the story isn’t as simple as ‘happily ever after,’ as decisions come with consequences.Into the Woods Jr., appropriate for all ages, is based on the Broadway production which won several Tony Awards, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and the original book by James Lapine.It’s noted that there may be minimal use of a fog machine during the production.Advertisement Tickers are on sale, $15 for Adults, $13 for Students/Seniors, and $11 for Children. Children under five have free admission. Tickets can be bought at the NPCC Box Office.last_img read more

MEP HARKIN ‘WALKS ON WATER’ TO SECURE DEAL FOR DONEGAL ORGANIC FARMERS!

first_imgMarian Harkin, MEPThe adoption by the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of measures to encourage organic farming in Donegal was very positive for the sector and emphasised the role which an individual MEP could play in influencing EU legislation.This was stated by Independent Marian Harkin who put forward 54 amendments to the present regulations and succeeded in having changes adopted favourable to Irish organic growers….including one with a twist!“My amendments were developed in close consultation with the Irish Organic Farmers & Growers Association and with strong support from my ALDE Group we have delivered a significantly improved basis for the development of organic farming in Ireland throughout the EU”, Marian Harkin said. An accepted Harkin amendment means that in future when Donegal growers were having difficulty in obtaining inputs, such as feed, they can now source it from a distance of 150km which would now include not just the North but Scotland too!“This is in comparison to the Commission’s Draft Report which called for much tighter restrictions for organic growers. This increased distance was achieved by eliminating the stretch of water between Ireland and the UK in the calculation of distance”, she said.The increased use of delegated acts by the European commission had been a constant problem and the changes agreed by the European Parliament had helped to reduce the power the European Commission would have with regard to the implementation of the regulation, Marian Harkin said.She continued:- “The main contentious issue was the proposal by the European Commission to introduce thresholds for pesticide residues on organic farms which might be caused by contamination from other non-organic farms. Thankfully, my amendment to eliminate this penalty on organic farmers was accepted by the Committee. This will allow organic farmers to invest in the sector without the threat of penalties from the European Commission. “The Parliament this week took a very progressive step forward to address many issues which have been inhibiting the growth of organic production to meet the ever increasing demand, and I have been very pleased at the outcome which meets the requirement of Irish growers as individuals and groups. I now hope that the negotiations with the Commission and the Council will take on board the position adopted by the Agriculture Committee”, Independent MEP Marian Harkin concluded.MEP HARKIN ‘WALKS ON WATER’ TO SECURE DEAL FOR DONEGAL ORGANIC FARMERS! was last modified: October 16th, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalmarian harkinMEPorganic farmerslast_img read more

PICTURES AND RESULTS FROM THE COMMUNITY GAMES GYMNASTICS FINALS

first_imgUnder 9 years Area FinalsThe Rosses – 1st Ella McBride, 2nd Ruby McBrideFanad – 1st Jessica Grace CollCranford – 1st Cassie GallagherMilford – 1st Alice O’Conner, 2nd Rebecca MurrayLetterkenny East – 1st Chloe Shiels, 2nd Demi Crossan, 3rd Emmalei MurphyLetterkenny West – 1st Kayleigh McGuinnessRamelton – 1st Tamara Blaney, 2nd Abi O’ConnorUnder 11 years Area FinalsDonegal Town – 1st Kerry MitchellLagan – 1st Serena McCrossan McArdleLetterkenny East – Natalia Mangan, 2nd Nadine Rodgers, 3rd Erin Mc GlynnLetterkenny West – 1st Calista Doherty, 2nd Caitlin WhoriskeyMilford – 1st Emily O’Connor, Rianna Mottram, Ciara BlissRamelton – 1st Tori O’Connor, 2nd Roise RobinsonKillybegs (Boys)- 1st Christopher Mulligan Under 13 years Area FinalsCranford – 1st Molly GallagherLagan – 1st Gemma McGlynnLetterkenny East – 1st Orla Lonergan, 2nd Maria Gallagher, 3rd Elisha McLaughlinLetterkenny West – 1st Katy Hassan, 2nd Meghan KeowanMilford – 1st Rebecca HoneRamelton – 1st Brianagh Scanlon, 2nd Chloe KerrLetterkenny East (Boys) – 1st Conor DonnellyUnder 15 years Area FinalsLetterkenny East – 1st Alanna Gallagher, 2nd Amy Doran, 3rd Natasha TinneyRamelton – 1st Emma Doherty, 2nd Aoife O’ConnorCounty FinalsUnder 9 years – 1st Tamara Blaney, 2nd Demi Crossan, 3rd Chloe ShielsUnder 11 years – 1st Rianna Mottram, 2nd Serena McCrossan McArdle, 3rd Emily O’ConnorUnder 11 years boys – 1st Christopher MulliganUnder 13 years – 1st Orla Lonergan, 2nd Maria Gallagher, 3rd Molly GallagherUnder 13 years boys – 1st Connor DonnellyUnder 15 years – 1st Alanna Gallagher, 2nd Aoife O’Connor, 3rd Amy Doran     PICTURES AND RESULTS FROM THE COMMUNITY GAMES GYMNASTICS FINALS was last modified: March 24th, 2013 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:PICTURES AND RESULTS FROM THE COMMUNITY GAMES GYMNASTICS FINALSlast_img read more

Four Bulldogs Earn Cross Country’s Leadership Awards

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Reed Fischer, Emma Huston, Cole Friedman and Meghan Kearney have been named the recipients of the Drake men’s and women’s cross country team’s leadership awards for the 2015 season, head coach Dan Hostager has announced.Fischer, a native of Minnetonka, Minn., was named the recipient of the Fred Feiler Leadership Award following a tremendous junior season for the Bulldogs. Fischer was the Bulldogs’ top finisher in each meet he competed in and finished second at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship to earn first-team All-MVC and first team Academic All-MVC. He closed his season by finished 20th at the NCAA Midwest Region Championship to earn All-Region honors. The Fred Feiler Award is given annually to a team member who most exemplifies Drake cross country excellence in both performance and leadership. The award is named after Fred Feiler who was a three-time NCAA Cross Country All-American in 1944, 1945 and 1946 that twice won the NCAA individual championship in 1944 and 1945.  Feiler served as the team captain for all three of Drake’s NCAA Champion cross country team in 1944, 1945 and 1946. After graduating, Fred stayed at Drake to coach cross country and led that team to an Iowa AAU and Central Collegiate Championship and a third place showing at the NCAA Championships.  Fred later went on to teach and coach for 28 years in Yuma, Arizona.Huston, a Des Moines native, was honored with the Gary Osborn Leadership Award following a senior season in which she earned All-MVC honors by finishing fourth at the MVC Championship and later 17th at the NCAA Midwest Regional to lead the Bulldogs. During the course of the season, she ran one of the fastest 5-kilometer races in program history in 16:48.09 and the fastest 6-kilometer time in school history at 20:28. Academically, she earned the MVC Elite 18 Award for cross country and MVC Scholar-Athlete team honors. The award is given in honor of Gary Osborn, the head coach of the Drake women’s cross country program from 1989-99 who also assumed the head coaching duties of the women’s track & field program during the 1993-94 season. Under Osborn’s guidance, Drake won consecutive Missouri Valley Conference cross country titles in 1994 and 1995, as well as 1998. In all, Osborn spent 32 years involved in coaching at Drake. Osborn was named the MVC Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1983, when he guided Drake to within one point of the league title. Freshman Cole Friedman was named the Jim Garrison Leadership Award winner. The award is given to the freshman that best exemplifies the qualities of an up-and-coming Drake student-athlete. Friedman was one of the few freshmen to run in the Bulldogs’ top seven the entire season and was the seventh Bulldog across the line at the MVC Championship to finish in the top 60. He capped his season by being the third Drake runner across the line at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship with a 10-kilometer personal best of 33:39.9. The award is given in honor of Jim Garrison, a four-year letter winner from 1984-88. A true student-athlete, Garrison posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in four of his eight semesters at Drake that began law school while still competing. For the women’s up-and-coming leadership award winner, Meghan Kearney was tabbed wit the Karla Burds leadership Award. Kearney was the Bulldogs’ top freshman runner, and the 12th fastest freshman in the league, at the MVC Championship with a 53rd-place finish and a personal best. The award’s namesake, Karla Burds, was a standout for the Bulldogs from 1988-92. She won the individual cross-country title at the 1988 and 1989 Missouri Valley Conference Championships. She also competed in the 1989 NCAA Cross Country Championships.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Arcata girls overcome slow start, down Justin-Siena

first_imgSophomore Grace Talty led the Tigers with 10 points as the Arcata High girls basketball team shook off a slow start to down Justin-Siena 36-34, Wednesday evening in Healdsburg in the first-round of the Redwood Empire Tournament.Arcata fell behind 12-5 after one quarter of play. Jocelyn Bliven, who finished with eight points, scored five of them for the Tigers in the second frame as Arcata’s defense stepped up to hold Justin-Siena to seven second-quarter points.At the break Arcata trailed …last_img

Bow tie wearing teacher tackles education inequalities

first_imgFounder of “Bow Tie Challenge”, Chris Megaffin              Play Your Part programme is Brand South Africa’s nationwide programme that encourages active citizenship and looks to impact the country positively in order to fulfil the bigger picture of building a positive Nation Brand.Active citizenship means people get involved in their local communities and democracy at all levels, from towns and cities to nationwide projects and dedicating their own time/resources / talents to contribute to their local communities.There are numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every individual to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate.Founder of “Bow Tie Challenge”, Chris Megaffin, is a teacher who is originally from Toronto, Canada.  He is a fashion activist who is on a mission to fight for social justice and he is using bow ties to achieve this.Earlier this year the Bow Tie Challenge was launched.  The Bowtie Challenge is a fund-raising initiative that was born as a result of his passion for teaching, interest in fashion and desire to make a difference in his local community.  Chris pledged to wear a different bow tie every day for 365 days a year starting January 1st, 2018.“As an international teacher, I have come across educational inequalities in every country where I have taught and I have always wondered what I could do to make difference in the lives of these children”.South Africa has some of the highest levels of socio-economic inequality in the world, and this is nowhere more apparent than in the educational system across South Africa.  Statistics South Africa also show that children from disadvantaged backgrounds spend an average of 3 years less time in school than their privileged counterparts.Also, fewer of these children are put into early childhood development programmes – which we know to be fundamental to a child’s education and development.  The situation feeds youth unemployment, and contributes to general instability in the country, as millions of South Africans cannot afford to buy food or access healthcare, decent sanitation and other essentials of a dignified life.Chris is using the campaign to raise awareness about the importance of education and to raise funds for Afrika Tikkun. Afrika Tikkun is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide children from underprivileged communities in South Africa with high-quality education and development from cradle to career.Ensuring quality education is a national priority. The National Development Plan describes education as a key lever to improving the quality of life in a society. Education improves the overall skills and abilities of the workforce, leading to greater productivity which contributes to economic growth.Chris is collaborating with some of South Africa’s up and coming designers who will help design the bow ties.  He says this is to help support local businesses and give the designers exposure. Meet local designer ShwezuShwezu have designed a bow tie especially for the campaign in the colours of the South African flag.“When approached with the opportunity to design and produce a range of bow ties for this initiative, we didn’t hesitate for a second. Not only is it fun, colourful, creative and inspiring but it also resonates with Shwezu.co.za‘s ultimate aim – to contribute to the growth and prosperity of our nation. For this reason, we only use local materials and producers to create our unique Shwezu Shweshwe bow ties and other products. We strongly believe that by acquiring new skills (e.g. fashion design and sewing) through a good education, the youth of South Africa have the ability to unlock countless opportunities to grow and thrive.”Shwezu is an online store for South African inspired fashion, shoes, bags, accessories and gifts all tied together by one common denominator, Shweshwe – the iconically South African fabric.How to get involvedDonate to The Bow Tie Challenge via http://thetravelingeducator.com/2017/09/the-bowtie-challengeShare the Challenge on social media to raise awareness about the inequalities of education in South AfricaJoin the challenge, upload a photo of yourself wearing a bow tie to any social media platform #bowtiechallengeFacebook – https://www.facebook.com/thebowtiechallenge/?ref=bookmarksTwitter – https://twitter.com/bowtiechallengeInstagram – https://www.instagram.com/the.bow.tie.challenge/last_img read more

Are you job-market ready?

first_imgWhile South Africans are proactive in their search for jobs, the reality still exists that it is not easy to break into the job market. Citizens look to government, private and public sector to not only prioritise the development of young people, but also to create opportunities that will ensure everyone plays a part in contributing to economic growth in South Africa.If you are job hunting or will be in the market once you’ve graduated, get as much preparation done as possible, before you get that all-important phone call. Although there are general practices and procedures that recruiters follow when selecting candidates for interviews, they may choose to do things differently, especially if the vacancy needs to be filled with immediate effect.Recruiters advise that in order to be effective in the job market, you need to invest in the appropriate “marketing” tools and skills. .Given below are essential tips to help you.Make sure your CV/ résumé is up to-to-date and grabs attention. Get in contact with companies or individuals who offer CV formatting services if you are unable to do it yourself.Be easily-contactable and remember to always put your cellular phone number on your CV.Do thorough research about the industry educational and work experience required to gain entry to fields you are interested in so you can create an action plan to be equipped for employment in the chosen field.The rise and relevance of social media in the 21st century has seen many success stories. Keep an eye on social media platforms for conversations and trending topics related to recruitment. By searching #JobSeekersZA on Twitter one is able to look for specific vacancies and apply.Check your emails regularly as this has become a preferred way of communication by employers.Avail yourself for learnerships and internships. Register on company websites for these, and use the opportunity to growAdditional reporting: Spectator Index, IOL, Faith Solomon, Managing Director and Founder of Intelligent Placemenlast_img read more