THE Mico University College launched its first 5K Run/Walk last Friday at the college campus on Marescaux Road, Cross Roads.Set for Sunday, October 30, the event will start at 7 a.m. at the gates of the Mico campus on Marescaux Road. Funds from the event will go to the Pre-University Men’s Programme (PUMP).At Friday’s launch, President of the Mico University College Dr Asburn Pinnock spoke about the importance of the PUMP programme which started in 2008.”Recently, a University of the West Indies researcher revealed that more than 76 per cent of the teachers in the classrooms are females, and this has since rekindled the discussion regarding male marginalisation in our education system. We aim to balance this equation by providing opportunities for more men to be qualified as teachers”, said Pinnock. “While our PUMP programme is geared mainly to matriculate students to access teacher-education programmes here at Mico I believe we can also expand to include certification in music, physical education, art , animation , entrepreneurial and other professional development courses,” stated Pinnock.RACING ROUTEChairman of the organising committee for the event, Ian Forbes of Sherwin Williams, spoke about the route which will see the runners starting at the college gate on Marescaux Road then up on to Caledonia Avenue, left Tom Redcam Drive, straight across Oxford Road, right on to Knutsford Road, down Tom Redcam Drive, right on to Caledonia Avenue, then back to Marescaux Road, ending at the campus gate.There will be prizes for the top-three male and female finishers and several other categories including males and females ages 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over. Entry fees will see students with IDs paying $500, and $800 for Groups of 20, while it will be $1,000 for other individuals.PUMA sportswear will be the major sponsors of the event. The company was represented by Juliet Campbell.
Darjeeling: Incessant rains in Darjeeling and Kalimpong since Tuesday night has thrown life out of gear. The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a “Yellow warning” from Thursday.Heavy rains have been accompanied by strong gushes of wind. Trees have been uprooted in many places, blocking the roads while landslides have also been reported. The National Highway 10 to Sikkim was blocked for the larger part of the day owing to a landslide near the 29th Mile. Earth movers were pressed into service and at around 10 am, the road was open to vehicular traffic (one way.) However, at many places along the NH-10 especially at Kalijhora, there were reports of rocks and stones sliding down the road. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn Darjeeling town, there were reports of trees being uprooted at many places owing to the gusty winds. At the Darjeeling Railway station, an uprooted tree blocked the National Highway 55 to Siliguri for more than half-an-hour. Manish Gazmer, a resident of Rajbari, Darjeeling, was injured in the incident and has been admitted to the Darjeeling Sadar Hospital. Trees were uprooted at Navin Gram, Municipal Ward number 11, Darjeeling. Darjeeling Chowrasta was badly affected by uprooted trees and broken branches. The hawkers’ market below the Mahakal Temple remained closed. Workers from the Darjeeling Municipality later cleared the road. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAn uprooted tree smashed the house of one Gautam Lama in Gandhi Road, Darjeeling. An 88-year-old man was in the house when the incident took place but he managed to escape unhurt. Rainfall recorded in the last 24 hours (till 8:30 am on Wednesday) was 109.2 mm in Kalimpong; 87.8 mm in Kurseong; 57.6 mm in Darjeeling and 34.4 mm in Gangtok. In Tung, 8 km away from Kurseong, a two-storeyed dilapidated old wooden house collapsed owing to high winds. No one used to reside in the house.