Hubert Lawrence | Student athletes and academics

first_img GOOD NEWS It’s brilliant that a fourth-form class of 33 students at Wolmer’s Girls’ School could sit CXC Mathematics and hammer it to the tune of 33 distinctions. This accomplishment speaks volumes about the aptitude and attitude of the girls, the work of their teacher and the learning environment provided at the school. A closer look reveals good news for sport. Five of those 33 bright sparks represent Wolmer’s in sport. This quintet includes national Under-17 goalkeeper Oneilia Yearde, three track and field hopefuls and the other is part of the traditionally strong Wolmer’s volleyball group. Their success flies in the face of the conventional wisdom that asserts that academics and sport don’t mix. We’ve all heard the stories about sportsmen who needed help to complete their travel documents, capable only of a barely legible scribble for a signature. I haven’t heard those tales in years. The Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), the governing body for high school sport and the teachers in our schools deserve a lot of credit. Years ago, ISSA instituted a minimum academic performance eligibility rule. This statute sets out to ensure that student-athletes have to make an effort in the classroom as well as on the field of play. Recently, I witnessed a teacher handing out assignments to members of a Manning Cup team after a match. She issued a word of encouragement to each recipient and reminded all of the due date for completion. That type of care and diligence for our student-sports is very valuable. The teacher of the Wolmer’s 33 is Lance McFarlane, a Boys and Girls’ Championships medal-winning sprint hurdler and 400-metre runner for Kingston College (KC) in 1999 and 2000. Teacher McFarlane represents another piece of good news. Though his days as an active athlete are long gone, he is excelling in the classroom. With his help, those 33 young ladies have put CXC mathematics behind them. Now they can tackle fifth form with a lighter course load and with the confidence that they can do well at whatever they choose. He also is a symbol of a productive life for retired sportsmen and women. Retirement comes sooner, for some like McFarlane, or later for luminaries like the incomparable Usain Bolt, but it comes nevertheless. If they pursue their new lives with the energy they showed as athletes, they can be successful. Some may walk away as Bolt plans to do next year as global brands, with the world at their feet. Others may test the waters in business before they retire like super sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Whatever the course of action, all must carefully map the way forward for the rest of their lives. For now, let’s all hail Yearde and her fellow student-athletes in that stellar group of 33 at Wolmer’s Girl’s. Along with their teacher, they represent bright hope for the future. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

Favorable draw for Malditas in AFC Asian Cup

first_imgMOST READ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIt was always going to be a tough draw either way for the Philippines in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. But the  Malditas got a slice of good fortune when they landed in Group A together with Southeast Asian powerhouse Thailand, host Jordan and 13th ranked China in their maiden appearance in the prestigious tournament in April next year.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Still, they will be facing their toughest test yet in the Asian Cup, where the Top Five teams will actually make the Womens World Cup in France in 2019. Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta hopes the country will rally around the Malditas as they seek a World Cup berth next year.“We are happy with the outcome of the draw and look forward to the opportunity to bring honor to our country,” said Araneta, who has taken charge of the preparations for the tournament. “We call on all true supporters of Philippine Football to come together to help make the World Cup Qualification a reality. In 2010, the Miracle in Hanoi brought us all together to support the men’s national team. Now is the time for Women’s football to take us to the next level.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The draw held at the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Center in the Dead Sea last Saturday night saw former World Cup winner Japan, Australia, Korea Republic and Vietnam in Group B. But with three of the four top-ranked teams in the competition in the other group, the Malditas’ chances of surviving the group stage actually look good. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseMalditas co-captain Inna Palacios is upbeat of the team’s chances following the draw.“We see light and hope to make the next round,” said Palacios. “But again, it’s not going to be an easy journey. It never will. Proper preparation is crucial here.” Ceres, Global forge PFL Finals duel Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

“We can Win This fight”

first_imgIn support of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has opened a five-day Training of Trainers (TOT) of social workers and mental Health clinicians across Liberia. At the opening of the workshop yesterday at the Corinna Hotel in Sinkor, the Deputy Representative, Dr. Fazlul Haque, said the training is intended to provide the relevant skills and ability to roll out the needed psychosocial services to meet the needs of the Ebola-affected communities. “We are fully delighted to provide support to the government of Liberia to train these social workers and mental health clinicians of various counties to ensure that we meet the necessary needs of affected communities,” Dr. Haque stated. He noted that Liberia is in a serious state of national health crisis; so are Guinea and Sierra Leone, with all schools being closed, causing children sitting home; and civil services operating with essential staff only. The workshop brought together over 25 social workers and mental health clinicians of Bomi, Maryland, Margibi, Bong, Grand Gedeh and Montserrado counties, among others, to be trained and help fight the epidemic. The UNICEF executive underlined health services as the key response of government and other partners to combating the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia and West Africa at large. According to him, there is at the moment a pressing need to scale up the work modalities in providing more Ebola treatment facilities in other parts of the country to help kick the epidemic out of Liberia. “There are currently over 2,500 suspected, probable and confirmed cases of the deadly Ebola virus with 1,349 deaths (making it the highest in the sub-region) since the outbreak of the virus in West Africa,” he said. He explained that, children who have lost their parent to Ebola are now in an extremely vulnerable position and unable to access the usual community support due to stigma and fear of people catching the disease. Dr. Haque said, “Children confirmed cases recorded are 15%, all fatalities recorded are children; while 75% of confirmed cases are women. Mothers, as primary caregivers, are more likely to get infected.” According to the Deputy Representative, Liberia can only fight the disease “if we are fully prepared with the right information, right tools and the commitment to win. You have to take the responsibility as duty bearers and service providers working with closely community members and leaders to win the fight.” He urged the public and other partners to commit themselves to ensure that the community will not stop taking positive action to safe guard children and their families until the country is free of the virus. Urging the social workers and mental health clinicians, Mr. Haque said psychosocial support is needed for the children who are affected, children with family members affected, patients in quarantine, patients suffering from Ebola, health workers caring for patients and community members. Other partners who also attended the workshop were those from World Health Organization (WHO), Mrs. Vivian Cherue from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and students from various colleges and universities in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Travelspan partners with American Airlines for NYC/Guyana flights

first_imgTravelspan Vacations has announced a new sales agreement with United States carrier, American Airlines (AA), for the new North America to Guyana routes.The travel agency said on Tuesday this agreement will bridge the gap by supplying more seats and another option for travel in the market. American Airlines is set to commence operations in Guyana from November 15.The Airlines’ new non-stop service between Miami and Georgetown will offer easy connections from many American cities such as New York, Atlanta, Washington, North Carolina, Houston and Canada.Travelspan brings 25 years of extensive experience and sales knowledge serving the Guyana markets, with multiple offices in Brooklyn and Queens, NY, USA; as well as in Georgetown, Berbice, and West Coast Demerara in Guyana; and Trinidad.“This is a much-needed service for Guyana, the ease for passengers to connect from most US cities, Canada and Europe will be a major boast to Guyana’s economy,” stated Travelspan CEO Nohar Singh.Travelspan has set itself in a prime position with its sales and distribution offices, and commitment to providing its customers with the best options possible for quality air service into Guyana.Last month, Government announced that approval was given to American Airlines to commence flights between the Miami International Airport (MIA) and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in November, with four flights per week.The carrier, which is scheduling to have daily flights from June 2019, has indicated that it will first ply the Georgetown-Miami route before possibly extending to other destinations. The Airline will use an Airbus 319 with capacity for 120 passengers to fly to Guyana from Miami four times per week departing from Miami at 18:00h and arriving in Georgetown at 22:40h.American Airlines offers an average of nearly 6700 flights per day to approximately 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.This airline is coming to this country at a time when, for the first time in its aviation history, Guyana will be hosting the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO’s) Air Transport Meeting, which will attract delegates from many of the ICAO’s 192-member states.AA had earlier this year expressed interest in operating flights in Guyana. Then the Fort Worth Texas-based carrier later announced that it would begin offering seats on the route from December 20, 2018, with tickets going on sale from April 2. However, that was before any permission was actually sought from the GCAA for the operations.last_img read more

Update: Tumbler Ridge could have power restored by Thursday evening

first_img– Advertisement -They believe a faulity binding wire caught fire and caused the problems.  A helicopter crew has been working in the area and they are currently awaiting parts to fix the problem.  If everything goes well, power could be restored as early as this afternoon or early this evening. BC Hydro expects to give another update later this afternoon and will pass along that information once we get it. It could be late Thursday afternoon or early Thursday evening before residents of Tumbler Ridge will have power restored. The community has been without power since 5:30pm Wednesday when a BC Hydro substation failed.  Were able to access the substation early this morning and discovered that one of the three power poles at the site had been burnt by a fire. Residents of the District that need assistance can head to the town hall as that building has a back up generator and heat. For more updates you can also visit read more

Sherwood will NOT try and keep Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal target, talkSPORT told

first_imgTim Sherwood will NOT try and keep wantaway striker Christian Benteke at Aston Villa, according to Mark Bosnich.The powerful hitman, who scored 15 goals in 34 appearances last season, has been linked with a move away from Villa Park after admitting uncertainty over his future.Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal are said to be interested in the Belgian forward, and ex-goalkeeper Bosnich believes the 24-year-old’s time at the club is coming to an end.“I don’t know if Tim Sherwood will try and keep Christian Benteke at Aston Villa,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “Once a player comes out publically and says he wants to go to another club, there’s no use having him there.“Villa just need to get the best price for him and use that money wisely. Tim Sherwood’s hand is forced. He has to sell him and line up replacements now.”last_img read more

How a WW2 Spitfire was found in Inishowen thanks to bag of chocolate Buttons

first_imgJonny Mc Nee and his six year old daughter had been travelling through Gleneely when she asked him to stop at a filling station for chocolate buttons. Little did Jonny know when he pulled into the station that the encounters about to ensue in the shop would lead to the biggest discovery of his career. Jonny, an aviation historian who now lives in Claudy, has been searching for a rumoured crashed spitfire for several years, leading the BBC dig at the City of Derry airport, which had once been an RAF base at Eglinton. Claims that the plane was sabotaged by nationalists from Donegal in 1941 had been dismissed.The search was given up on when nothing had been found, however Jonny never gave up hope of finding it. He had heard claims that it had come down somewhere on the Inishowen penninsula, but no solid evidence ever came to light. Jonny with his little history protégé GraceSpeaking to the Belfast Telegraph, he said; “Grace said that chocolate buttons might help us find the plane and I stopped at a filling station to buy her a packet”.  On a whim, Jonny decided to ask the lady behind the counter if she had ever heard of a spitfire which may have crashed on the penninsula during World War Two.She told him to ask a man called Kieran Faulkner. At the mention of his name he walked into the shop and instead directed Jonny to Martin Kearney. The woman behind the till let out a scream as Martin had just pulled up on the forecourt to fill up his car!Martin’s father had been at the site of the crash and took Jonny and Grace up to it.“Even more bizarrely, the next customer was the son of the landlowner into whose field the Spitfire’s pilot had parachuted.” After carrying out 3D scans of the bog in which Martin directed them to, they found the remnants of the plane 30 foot below the peat.They found the pilot’s leather helmet along with papers which had been preserved by the bog.In his book, ‘The Story of the Donegal Spitfire’, Jonny said; “An army officer told me they looked as if they’d been buried only a week before”. In fact, everything was so well preserved by the peat that one of the machine guns was still capable of firing!Further research revealed much more than just remnants of a fallen plane – the pilot, Roland ‘Bud’ Wolfe had been arrested in Donegal when he parachuted down to safety and was detained in a camp in Kildare to protect Ireland’s neutrality.Despite writing to Eamon de Valera, he wasn’t allowed to be released. He escaped and fled to Northern Ireland, only to be caught and brought back down to the camp. Roland ‘Bud’ WolfeWhen Wolfe was eventually released, he continued his career with the American army. He passed in 1994 so never got to see the day when his spitfire was recovered.Exactly 70 years after he crashed, his family were brought to Ireland to view the spitfire which had crashed so many decades before.The spitfire will be on display at the Air Waves festival at Portrush this weekend.Grace, who is now 12, will be attending, too. Jonny framed the empty packet of buttons which lead him to this spectacular discovery.How a WW2 Spitfire was found in Inishowen thanks to bag of chocolate Buttons was last modified: September 3rd, 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:buttonsdonegalhistoryInishowenjonny mc neerafroland bud wolfeSpitfireWW2last_img read more


first_imgSTILL not decided where to party with your friends this Christmas?Well Donegal Daily and the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny have come together so that one lucky winner can take NINE friends on a wonderful night out on Friday, December 12.Abba Reunion returns due to popular demand to the Mount Errigal Hotel that night. And we have a table for ten to give away. Celebrating Abba’s 40th year of Flares, Fame & Fabulousness! This is THE best Abba tribute in Europe, this group have toured the world and stars the original Frida from the West End!The Christmas Party Package includes:* A Warm Welcome By Your Dedicated Party Host* Bellini Cocktail By The Lobby Fire * 4 Course Meal to include the Mount Errigal Hotel’s Famous, 10oz Josper Sirloin Steak* Abba Reunion, superbly accurate harmony vocals, stunning replica costumes & excellent visuals.* Followed by Disco by Donegal’s best DJ – John Bosco.So how do you win this fabulous prize?It’s simple. Log on to to see their fabulous Christmas Party Line-up. Answer this question:How many nights will Abba Reunion play at the Mount Errigal Hotel this Christmas?The send an email to giving your name, contact number and where you’re from! Simple.Closing date for entries is next Monday, November 17 at noon. Usual competition rules apply. The prize is for Friday, December 12th. No alternative dates are on offer and there is no cash alternative. Good luck!COMPETITION! WIN A CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHT OUT FOR TEN AT THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL! was last modified: November 11th, 2014 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:Letterkenny competitionMount Errigal Hotelwinwin Christmas Partylast_img read more

New cranes to boost Durban harbour

first_imgSouth African state company Transnet has signed an agreement with Chinese firm Shanghai Zenhua Heavy Industries for the purchase of seven tandem lift ship-to-shore cranes for the Durban Container Terminal’s Pier 2. The new truck entrance comprises four lanes and a fifth for abnormal cargo, compared with the original two lanes. In addition, the trucks will now be serviced from kiosks located adjacent to each lane, resulting in a quicker and safer service. The purchases form part of Transnet’s R110.6-billion infrastructure investment programme for the next five years, which is funded on the strength of its balance sheet. In Cape Town, Transnet reached another milestone when the new truck entrance and staging area was officially opened at the Cape Town Container Terminal. This will include partnering with a local partner for the manufacture of crane spares locally and for the provision of after sales support and maintenance. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 8 September 2011 The tandem lift capability of the cranes, which can simultaneously handle two 12m containers or four 6m containers together weighing up to 80 tons, is a significant step towards making Pier 2 a globally competitive terminal as is the case with Pier 1. Furthermore, Transnet has recently acquired 28 new diesel-electric straddle carriers, 14 of which have twin lift capability. “We have begun taking delivery of some of the parts, with the last batch due at the end of December this year,” the company said. “In line with Transnet’s commitment to [the] government’s Competitive Supplier Development Programme (CSDP), the agreement has a significant localisation component which includes job creation, skills development and localisation,” the company said. The CSDP, which is led by the Department of Public Enterprises, is an initiative designed to boost the local component of imported goods by encouraging original equipment manufacturers to partner with local suppliers.center_img In addition to the purchase of new equipment for Pier 2, the programme includes capacity expansion for the Cape Town Container Terminal from 700 000 TEUs per annum to 1.4-million TEUs. Supplier development component Upgrades at Cape Town harbour Transnet is in the process of renewing its fleet of port handling equipment in an effort to boost efficiency and productivity at Durban, South Africa’s flagship port. Pier 1 of the port has already been refitted with state-of-the art equipment. The cranes, to be manufactured in China, will be installed during the 2012/13 financial year. “The purchase of the cranes will result in improved operational efficiencies and reduced service times,” Transnet said in a statement this week. The purchase of the cranes is in addition to the implementation of a new Terminal Operating System, NAVIS Sparcs N4, which will enable enhanced vessel and terminal planning to further boost efficiency at the terminal. “This is a significant milestone for the port users, as it will alleviate truck congestion from Duncan Road, located within the Port of Cape Town,” Transnet said. The cranes are also designed to suit the future deepened north quay berths of Pier 2 and be able to easily service the new generation megamax container vessels.last_img read more

Dialogue will be with all in Jammu and Kashmir: Madhav

first_imgBJP national general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday said the Centre’s special representative and former Intelligence Bureau Director, Dineshwar Sharma, “is mandated to talk to all groups and leaders in Jammu and Kashmir”, hinting at New Delhi’s willingness to engage with the Hurriyat too.“Mr. Sharma will talk to all those groups who want to talk. He is a representative of the Government of India,” said Mr. Madhav, who is in Srinagar on a two-day visit when he will chair the BJP’s State Working Committee meeting.He described the appointment of Mr. Sharma as a “continuation of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s earlier dialogue” last year at the peak of public unrest. Continuity in talks“Mr. Sharma’s [initiative] is the continuity of that process as the Home Minister cannot himself visit again and again,” he said.On the question whether the special representative would talk to the separatist Hurriyat or not, Mr. Madhav said, “This question should be asked to the Hurriyat whether they are ready or not to talk.”The BJP leader refused to comment on the Central government’s plan to extend talks offer to Pakistan too.Neither rejecting nor accepting the Centre’s dialogue offer so far, separatist leaders — Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik — on Friday described Jammu and Kashmir’s ordinance on setting the quantum of punishment for protests and damage to property as “outrageous and dictatorial”.“Observing a shutdown is a universally accepted democratic and peaceful right of protest. Fixing a punishment for it reflects the totalitarian and repressive mindset,” they said in a statement. They alleged the ordinance, which calls for imprisonment over calling for public protests, “is aimed at instilling fear of retribution and punishment”.last_img read more