Jamaica Diaspora Conference for Miramar March 21-25

first_imgWith the Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force 3rd Biennial Diaspora Education Task Force Summit 2018 only a week away, plans are in high gear to welcome Jamaicans, Diasporans, and Friends of both in the education community to the City of Miramar from March 21st to 25th.This is the first Summit being hosted in the United States. The significance to attract educators from Jamaica and around the Diaspora is in keeping true with JDETF’s mission to advance education in Jamaica to realize VISION 2030.   Led by JDETF Co-Chairpersons Karlene Largie of the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations, Inc., (UJAA) and Lorraine Tracey of Legacy Learning Foundation, Inc., Summit 2018 will address the major aspects of STEM/STEAM, SPECIAL EDUCATION, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT through plenary sessions with Q & A opportunities and an open forum on the state of education for the betterment and growth of all schools in Jamaica.The Summit has the full support of the Jamaican Ministry of Education.  The Minister of Education Ruel Reid has confirmed his full attendance for the week-long activities; Mayor Wayne Messam of the City of Miramar is the esteemed host, along with Dr. Robert Runcie, Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools and Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness of Broward County. The Jamaican  ambassador to the USA, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, will also be in attendance.With the Summit being held in South Florida, there will also be robust engagement with the worldwide alumni groups, with pledged support from the five umbrella organizations in New York, Canada, England, Jamaica, and, of course, Florida.  Representatives from the Jamaica National Education Inspectorate (NEI), the National Education Trust (NET) have confirmed their participation.  The JDETF Summit will continue to foster a culture of excellence through the sharing of best practices, intense training in top-tier pedagogy, and data-driven, transformative methodologies between educators in Jamaica and the Diaspora in order to positively impact every student in the island nation. An invitation is extended to anyone interested in the advancement of education in Jamaica to attend the Summit. It is the belief of the JDETF that education is everyone’s business so everyone can play a role.For registration please visit: information please contact: jdetfeducationsummit@gmail.comFor information contact: Karlene Largie at karlenemlargie@aol.com 516.713.8270, and/or Lorraine Tracey at legacylearninginc@gmail.com   954.980.4032last_img read more

World Championships: Bolt To Race In 100m, 4x100m In London

first_imgRelated Jamaican Usain Bolt is set to compete in the 100m event at Diamond League meeting in Monaco holding on Friday. This will be the last test run for Bolt heading into the World Championships in London in August.The Olympic Gold medallist has also been confirmed to race in the 100m and 4x100m relay at the World Championships, before calling it curtains to an illustrious career glazed with an eight Gold Olympic medals.“My aim is to win in London. I want to retire on a winning note,” – Usain BoltThe fastest man alive has returned slower times in his two previous races in June this season, he clocked 10.03s and 10.06s in Jamaica and Ostrava respectively. Blaming the poor timing to a recurring back tightness for which he would consult a doctor.Is London definitely the last race for Usain Bolt? #MonacoDL pic.twitter.com/RiOCxO4n6o— IAAF Diamond League (@Diamond_League) July 19, 2017On the men’s 100m start list on Friday in Monaco, Bolt will have his hands full against two of the fastest athletes this year – South Africa’s Akani Simbine and American Chris Belcher, both of which have raced to a sub 10 seconds this season. The World champion has to put in a stellar shift in Monaco – his last Diamond League meeting, to afford himself enough motivation ahead of his farewell race in London.last_img read more

Will Smith plays leading role again in another Dodgers win

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season PreviousLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 and Yimi Garcia #63 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate an 8-2 victory over the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Will Smith celebrates as he trots toward home plate after hitting a go-ahead grand slam during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Joey Lucchesi #37 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe watches his solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, left, during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. At rear are catcher Will Smith and home plate umpire John Libka. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe watches his solo home run next to Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe, left, watches his solo home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, foreground, during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres’ Hunter Renfroe, right, celebrates with Eric Hosmer after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers waits in the dugout for his at bat during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi throws during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, top, hits a solo home run off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi, foreground, during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, heads to first on a solo home run off San Diego Padres’ Joey Lucchesi, who walks off the mound, while catcher Austin Hedges and home plate umpire John Libka watch during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his solo homerun, to tie the game 1-1 with the San Diego Padres, during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger heads to second after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo homerun, to tie the game 1-1 with the San Diego Padres, during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Manny Machado #13 of the San Diego Padres singles in Austin Hedges #18, to take a 2-1 lead, during the third inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres scores on a Manny Machado #13 single, in front of Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, to take a 2-1 lead, during the second inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers looks on during the first inning against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Kristopher Negron, right, takes the throw before tagging out San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. at third as catcher Will Smith backs him up after Manuel Margot hit a sacrifice bunt during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr., right, is tagged out by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Kristopher Negron, center, as catcher Will Smith backs him up after a sacrifice bunt by Manuel Margot during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Tyler White #28 of the Los Angeles Dodgers smiles as he leaves the field at the end of the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Joey Lucchesi #37 of the San Diego Padres leaves the mound during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith hits a grand slam during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith hits a grand slam in front of San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges and home plate umpire John Libka during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his grand slam homerun, to take a 5-2 lead over the San Diego Padres, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his grand slam homerun, to take a 5-2 lead over the San Diego Padres, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith, left, runs to first after hitting a grand slam as San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith rounds first after hitting a grand slam during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his grand slam homerun, to take a 5-2 lead over the San Diego Padres, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his grand slam homerun, to take a 5-2 lead over the San Diego Padres, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)San Diego Padres relief pitcher Trey Wingenter scowls after giving up a grand slam to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith, left, scores as teammates Tyler White, Cody Bellinger and A.J. Pollock, from second from left, wait for him after he hit a grand slam during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his grand slam homerun with A.J. Pollock #11, Cody Bellinger #35 and Tyler White #28, to take a 5-2 lead as Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres looks on, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his grand slam homerun with A.J. Pollock #11, Cody Bellinger #35 and Tyler White #28, to take a 5-2 lead as Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres looks on, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his grand slam homerun with Cody Bellinger #35 and Tyler White #28, to take a 5-2 lead over the San Diego Padres, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres reacts after a grand slam homerun from Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, for a 5-2 Dodger lead, during the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw gets set to pitch during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw throws during the sixth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the dugout before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger tosses his bat as he hits a two RBI double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Yimi Garcia throws to the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 01: Will Smith #16 and Yimi Garcia #63 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate an 8-2 victory over the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Will Smith celebrates as he trots toward home plate after hitting a go-ahead grand slam during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 42The Dodgers’ Will Smith celebrates as he trots toward home plate after hitting a go-ahead grand slam during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Will Smith starred in another Hollywood blockbuster.The Dodgers’ 24-year-old catcher had packed a lot into his first 13 big-league games – game-winning hits, walk-off homers, a six-RBI game. But he still had some things unchecked on his big-league bucket list.Smith’s first career grand slam came in the sixth inning Thursday night, awakening a sluggish offense and sparking the Dodgers to an 8-2 victory over the San Diego Padres.“He keeps coming up with big hits,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s just one of those things right now – he’s got clarity in the box. He’s conducting good at-bats.” “It’s amazing. It seems like every situation that’s been a really key situation he’s come up big for us. Another one tonight,” Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw said.“It seems like big hit after big hit.”Kershaw went six innings, struggling with his control most of the way. Kershaw gave up a solo home run to Hunter Renfroe in the second inning and another run in the third when he issued two of his season-high five walks.“I can’t even talk about it, it was so bad,” he said. “I’m just going to move on to the next one and get ready for the Cardinals.”Along the way, Kershaw did strike out five, moving his career total to 2,397 – one more than Sandy Koufax. Kershaw now ranks third all-time among Dodgers pitchers behind Hall of Famers Don Sutton and Don Drysdale.“It’s really cool,” Kershaw said, pointing to the souvenir baseball in his locker. “It’s a special thing any time you get mentioned in the same breath with Sandy.” The decisive grand slam came one day after Smith hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning at Coors Field to break a scoreless tie – ending a trip that featured that six-RBI game in his first start after returning from Triple-A.Roberts had to reference an obscure outfielder from the franchise’s distant past to find another rookie who made this kind of impact so quickly in the big leagues.“I’m cautious to make this comparison,” Roberts said. “But Puig was like this when he came up.“That’s the only time I’ll compare Will Smith and Yasiel Puig. That excitement … that expectation when he steps up.”In 14 games with the Dodgers, Smith is batting .349 (15 for 43) with six home runs and 19 RBIs. Only three players since 1920 (when RBIs became an official stat in MLB) have had more RBIs in their first 14 big-league games than Smith – Jim Greengrass (21 for the Reds in 1952), Austin Riley (20 for the Braves this season) and Mandy Brooks (20 for the Cubs in 1925). According to STATS Inc., Smith’s .884 slugging percentage is second only to Willie McCovey (.885 in 1959) for the highest by a National League player through the first 14 games of a career (minimum 45 plate appearances). Kershaw passes Koufax. 👏(MLB x @BudweiserUSA) pic.twitter.com/eKLfa92N0Q— MLB (@MLB) August 2, 2019 Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco 35 for No. 35. pic.twitter.com/Mvh9UD7Dip— MLB (@MLB) August 2, 2019 Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start The rest of the Dodgers’ catchers have seven home runs, 29 RBIs and a .208 average in 97 games this season.“I don’t really surprise myself,” Smith said when asked if he had surprised himself with how much of an impact he has made. “I mean, you never know what you’re going to do when you get called up. But I think every guy down in Triple-A believes in themselves, that they can compete at this level. Yeah, I did and I’m showing it.”The Dodgers managed just one run and four hits through 5-2/3 innings against Padres starter Joey Lucchesi on Thursday night. The lone run came on a solo home run by Cody Bellinger in the second inning, his 35th of the season but first since July 16.Lucchesi gave up a leadoff single to A.J. Pollock in the sixth, retired the next two batters but walked Bellinger and Tyler White to load the bases and push his pitch count to 99.That was enough for Padres manager Andy Green, who brought in right-handed reliever Trey Wingenter to face Smith.Smith got ahead in the count 2-and-0, took a fastball for a strike then turned on the next one, sending it over the wall just to the right of straightaway center field.“He’s been awesome. It’s fun to watch,” said Pollock who left the game early as a precaution when he felt something in a groin muscle while running the bases.“The bigger the at-bat, the better the at-bat he puts on. … He doesn’t look like a rookie.”The grand slam turned a 2-1 deficit into a Dodger lead that grew to 6-2 when Kristopher Negron drew a walk and scored from first on Matt Beaty’s double.Related Articles Dave Roberts reflects on what he’s seen from Will Smith during his time with the #Dodgers and more after tonight’s comeback win vs. SD. pic.twitter.com/vdYDp3CcCn— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) August 2, 2019 How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

LeBron James, Lakers top the NBA in jersey sales

first_img👀 the NBA’s most popular jersey and team merchandise lists… based on @NBASTORE sales since the beginning of the 2018-19 NBA Regular Season! pic.twitter.com/KxqUCpLfrE— NBA (@NBA) April 25, 2019Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving and 76ers center Joel Embiid rounded out the top five most popular jerseys while their respective teams also finished in the top-five most popular team jerseys. Boston, Philadelphia and Milwaukee all trailed L.A. and Golden State. LeBron James disputes reported rift with Lakers front office Lakers interview Jason Kidd for head coaching job, report says LeBron James and the Lakers are at the top of the NBA — no, really.James boasts the most popular jersey on the league’s merchandise list and Los Angeles had the highest selling team jersey, according to NBA Store sales.center_img Stephen Curry and the Warriors fell into second in both categories after topping the charts last season and spending three consecutive regular seasons at No. 1. The rankings are based on sales since the beginning of the 2018-19 season. Related Newslast_img read more

Arthur Dunn, 91, Pearl Harbor survivor: August 26, 1923 – July 12, 2015

first_imgArthur DunnArthur R. Dunn, formerly of Belle Plaine, died Sunday, July 12, 2015 at Wellington Health & Rehab in Wellington at the age of 91.Arthur was born the son of Walter and Mary E. (Gray) Dunn on Sunday, August 26, 1923 at the family farm south of Yale, Oklahoma.On Sept. 2, 1953, Arthur and L. Marlene Knox were united in marriage in Wichita. Together they celebrated 50 years of marriage before her death in 2003.At the age of 17, Arthur enlisted in the US Navy to serve during WWII. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor and spent his later years educating the public about the attack while also being a liaison to the local media for Pearl Harbor information. Arthur was employed for the City of Belle Plaine in many capacities such as a Reserve Police Officer and Water Supervisor. He worked at Boeing Aircraft and retired from the Photo Lab following 23 years of employment. Survivors include his son, Duane Dunn and his wife Cindy of Caldwell, daughter, Cheryl Baumgartner and her husband Tim of Riverdale, granddaughter, Danielle Hall and her husband Jay of South Haven, grandson, Nicolas Baumgartner and his wife Megan of Haysville, grandson, Nate Baumgartner and his wife Chaylin of Wellington, granddaughter, Hayley Baumgartner-Carson and her wife Danielle of Oxford, step-granddaughter, Dena Berry of Wichita, great-grandchildren: Levi Schuster of Manhattan, Audrey Schuster of Wellington, Aiden Taylor of Wellington, Kyleigh Baumgartner of Wellington, step great-grandchildren: Kyle Hill of Caldwell, Ashli Johnson of Missouri, Josey Evans and her husband Wes and Abi, Natalie and Sydney Hall all of Magnolia, Delaware, step great-great-grandson, Aaiden Hill of Caldwell, sister, Charlotte Wilhite of Haysville along with numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, 5 brothers and 3 sisters.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 14, 2015 with the family present from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Graveside services for Arthur will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in the Belle Plaine Cemetery, Belle Plaine.A memorial fund has been established in his loving memory to the Barner Senior Center, Belle Plaine or the Haysville VFW Post 6957, Haysville. Contributions may be mailed or left with the funeral home.To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.comArrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

National college title for Dulcie Sverdloff

first_img9 Mar 2012 National college title for Dulcie Sverdloff Essex teenager Dulcie Sverdloff has won the British Colleges Sport national championship at her first attempt. Essex teenager Dulcie Sverdloff has won the British Colleges Sport national championship at her first attempt. The 17-year-old from Garon Park claimed the women’s title in the final at the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa, and also won the companion open event which was held simultaneously.    Dulcie, who is studying for A levels at Seevic College in Essex, shot one-over par 74 on the Hotchkin course, followed by one-under 71 on the Bracken. She finished two clear of Samantha Meese (Enville/King Edward VI Stourbridge), while Rebecca Horner (Woodham/QE Darlington) was third. “It’s nice to shoot a couple of good scores and give myself a quick start to the season,” said  Dulcie, who is enjoying the confidence boost as she prepares for the 2012 national amateur circuit. Dulcie reckons the key to her success was leaving her driver in the bag in favour of her three-wood, avoiding all but two of the many bunkers on the Hotchkin course, and producing a tip-top short game. She was leading by two after the first round and produced a strong finish to secure the title, holing from 30ft on the 16th for a par and finishing with an up-and-down for birdie on the last. Dulcie is an Essex county player and was the 2010 winner of the Abraham Trophy, contested by England’s most improved girl golfers. She carried on improving last season with a string of good performances and plans to test herself further in 2012. Full scores: www.bcsport.org Image credit: leaderboardphotography.comlast_img read more

“There is a rule that is not fair and Barça has benefited”

first_img“We believe that there is a regulation that is not fair. FC Barcelona has benefited from this regulation. The injured party is Leganés “, he insisted. Because of this situation, Barcelona has not moved to Leganés, which, in the future, will help pickles with possible transfers or transfers.Gratitude to Braithwaite and message of encouragementFurther, Ortega has thanked Braithwaite for his attitude throughout this process. “He has been a gentleman. Yesterday, even knowing what could happen, he trained with his classmates normally. Knowing that he could be injured. He has been a great professional in Leganés. Until yesterday he came to say goodbye to all the club staff and to inform us of the situation he had. We wish him the best of luck, “he insisted.Ortega does not criticize him for not doing anything to stop his greeting to Barça. “We are aware that, if Barcelona calls a Leganés player, there is little to talk about,” he added before closing his appearance with a message of encouragement and energy.“On behalf of the club we want to remember that nobody is going to lower their arms here. It has cost us a lot to stay in First. Here, from the first to the last we will give effort. We have full confidence in our staff and in the front. Also in the coaching staff. We will fight until the end “, Ortega settled.Victoria Pavón: “The damage is irreparable”Martín Ortega has not been the only director of the club that has referred harshly to the fact that the rule has allowed Barcelona to take Braithwaite away from paying the clause and without the option of finding spare parts. Moreover, Pavón has insisted that, even if they obtain RFEF permission to sign, the damage is irreparable.“For us it is an exceptional situation that we did not expect. The damage is already done. Whether or not they give us the option to sign, it is difficult to repair the damage. Of course we are hurt. We are not going to enter the values ​​of others, “she commented asked in an impromptu huddle because of Barça’s attitude in this operation. Pavón has left the stadium without wishing to make more statements and serious gesture. Martín Ortega, general director of Leganés, has publicly denounced the situation of defenselessness in which the current regulations leave the picklers after FC Barcelona has executed the Martin Braithwaite termination clause (18 million) and has left them without their best footballer and, probably, without options to sign any replacement.“The current regulations are against the integrity of the competition and against the right of all clubs to compete on equal terms. It is almost irreparable damage, but we will spend all our bullets to try to solve it “, Ortega has denounced with serious gesture and hard tone minutes after Barcelona made official the signing of the Danish.“We want to raise our voice. The damage is enormous. We don’t understand the current regulation in any way. That a team, because a long-term player is injured, may unilaterally transfer that problem 100% to Leganés, “he continued.“We would understand that the regulations enabled an authorization to Barcelona to carry out a signing by mutual agreement, but not through this formula, with the payment of the termination clause,” he continued. “We have asked the RFEF to let us sign”In the appearance Ortega has revealed that, since Monday, when Barça transferred interest in the player, LaLiga has worked to try to allow the RFEF to authorize the Leganes a signing that supplants Braithwaite.“We received a reply yesterday. The RFEF informs LaLiga and us that they do not find it convenient to work on hypotheses and without consummated facts. In the event that what happened happened, it would have to be the Leganes who made the request. 20 minutes ago the player has deposited the clause and we have already made the request to the Federation. We are waiting for an answer “, has reported.The RFEF has transferred to Leganés that the response will be as quick as possible, although in Butarque there is pessimism of doors inside. Outside doors, illusion is transmitted. “If we did not have that illusion we would not have made the request”, Ortega has commented.Zero negotiationMartín Ortega has also been very resounding in informing that there has been no negotiation despite the fact that Barça tried to close the previous signing agreement with the Madrid entity. “Barcelona knows the damage it can do with the march of Braithwaite”, The general director of Leganés has said that, despite this, he has nothing to reproach the Catalans.last_img read more

Warriors stave off elimination

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Stephen Curry scored 31 points, raising his arms in the early moments to awaken Golden State’s raucous crowd as the defending champion Warriors staved off elimination with a 120-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.The MVP made a slick lay-up late and dished out six assists, while Klay Thompson added 27 points as Golden State sent the best the best-of-seven series back to Oklahoma City for Game 6 tonight. Golden State trail 3-2 and are trying to become just the 10th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit.”We ain’t going home! We’re not going home!” Curry yelled at the top of his lungs in the waning moments.For all the speculation about the current state of Curry’s beat-up body – that troublesome ankle, sore knee or tender elbow – he did it all.”I thought he looked like 91 per cent,” coach Steve Kerr cracked. “He came out and played a really good game. That’s all I can tell you. He’s going to compete every night. He had an excellent night and helped us get it done.”Led by Curry, the Warriors looked like their old winning selves again.Kevin Durant scored 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 31 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and five steals for the Thunder, trying for the fifth NBA Finals appearance in franchise history and first championship since moving from Seattle.The record-setting, 73-win Warriors, coming off their first back-to-back defeats all season, had been blown out in two losses at Oklahoma City by a combined 52 points.last_img read more

Garbage Stench Raises Health Hazard at Wood Camp/Parker Paint Junction

first_imgA three-week unattended garbage dump at a four-road junction of Wood Camp and Parker Paint continues to raise  serious health hazard in Paynesville.Angry and frustrated residents and private pharmacy owners have sounded an urgent appeal to the Paynesville City Corporation, (PCC) to place first premium on the disposal of the rotten garbage.A garbage bin posted by a sanitation company has been over whelmed by the huge volume of dirt dumped by residents and business entities from the Wood Camp and Edward Komo Sackor  communities.According to the affected residents and businesspeople, the long stay of the rotten garbage has generated grave concern as it poses serious health and environmental hazards.The rotten garbage continues to play host to hundreds of flies, cockroaches, scorpions and deadly animal species.The affected residents and businesspeople had on many occasions expressed outrage over the garbage stench and its attending health and environmental consequences.The residents and businesspeople also pointed that they have repeatedly stressed the need to partake in the planning, management, execution and disposal of the garbage the Wood Camp and Parker Paint Junction in Paynesville, but the Paynesville City authorities have paid them no heed.The old Parker Paint facilities near the rotten garbage continue to be threatened by the offensive odors and deadly and dangerous scorpions and problematic ants in search of food.A pharmacy owner, Stevenson B. Kolleh, whose business is situated few yards from the garbage dump, told the Daily Observer Tuesday that the offensive odor was not only hazardous but gradually destroying the medical contents of the drugs.Mr. Kolleh stressed the need for the swift removal of the rotten dirt in order to avoid an imminent outbreak of water and air borne diseases in the area.“I think the swift removal of the dirt would enhance the health, sanitary and environmental conditions of the residents and other businesspeople in the immediate premises,” Mr. Kolleh emphasized.Several occupants and businesses operating in the Barr’s compound also expressed grave concern over the long delay of the stench of garbage in front of the old Parker Paint’s premises at Wood Camp Junction in Paynesville.“We are now innocent victims of circumstances over which  we have no control.  We want the Paynesville City Corporation to design another strategy to free our city from  rotten garbage,” Kennedy Zubah Barr stressed.A roast meat seller Ms. Rose Martin Sackie, two yards away from the stench of garbage,  pleaded with the PCC leadership to remove the  garbage everyday instead of every week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

More Than Me Back to the Rescue

first_imgOn August 14- 19, 2015, the Minister of Education, More Than Me (MTM) and Shelter for Life International went on a five day scoping tour to visit some of the Liberian schools tucked away in remote locations.The trip covered 10 of Liberia’s 15 counties and enabled representatives from the Ministry of Education, MTM and its tour partners to see for themselves the conditions of over more than 12 schools in Grand Bassa, Sinoe, Grand Kru, Maryland, River Gee, Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Bong, Margibi and Montserrado Counties.“I hope the world sees the emergency that Liberia’s education state is in and I hope that I can help bring attention and real change to it,” Katie Meyler remarked. “Liberia needs as much help as possible. Until Liberia builds their education system, how can we re-build any other part of the country?”Katie Meyler, founder of MTM, is no stranger to Liberia’s school sector. Since 2009, Katie has with strong determination and passion, changed the future and lives of scores of girls living in West Point. To date, more than 150 girls living in and around WestPoint, including 11 orphans are being impacted by MTM’s higher learning program.“We provide full services to our children which includes a social working department, clinic in and outside of the school and also a feeding program,” stated Laura Smith, Principle and country director of MTM.During the uproar and heat of the Ebola outbreak, MTM stepped in with services that helped quarantined homes receive the necessities that would allow them to stay put. The Ebola task forces in most of the communities were given allowances and training to help them effectively track and trace those infected; not to mention the aid that was given to the Liberian government by MTM.This time around, Katie feels highly connected and eager in seeing the best for Liberia and its pupils.“I hope to be as much of support to the Minister of Education as possible. MTM wants to work with him. We’re not coming on our own to do anything but rather to see how we can be most supportive,” Katie noted.For the meantime, Laura Smith, MTM’s principal says that their interest in making such a trip was to see for themselves the needs of other schools around Liberia. During the visit, in most of the schools visited, there were leaking roofs, lack of infrastructure, broken or no chairs at all, as well as the issue of the lack of school text books.“We’re at the very beginning stages to get a general idea of what’s going on in the counties. We will be able to go back and talk with each other, other organizations and talk about these needs and how we can all come together and help,” Laura shared.During the visitation at the government schools, Sam Herring, MTM’s Special Projects Program Manager was there with a mobile phone mapping all of the schools. It is a mapping system that he says will enable MTM to visit the schools individually, a second time.“We’re conducting a community survey as well as a survey of school administrators and that includes the GPS. We’re mapping all the schools we may possibly work with to know exactly where they are, how we can access them and what the challenges are,” he stated.“The GPS will give us directions and show us the location of the school whether a structured building is there or not. Google has done well for us with its Google Earth Search Software. It won’t be 100% accurate especially in the rural areas,but we’ve been using it. I’m capturing the GPS coordinates and when you put the latitude and longitude, Google will let us know exactly where these schools are,” he shared.According to Sam, such a tour or interest by MTM does not mean that the organization wants to be in the forefront, but rather just an extra hand.“It’s not a hostile take over. We want to know what are the needs, what they are doing well that could be used in other schools as well and what MTM can bring to the table,” he assured.Meanwhile, representatives working closely along the Minister of Education say MTM’s program in itself is ‘good’ and the government has talked about possible partnerships with the award-winning academy.“We met with MTM in New York and met a lot of donors. Katie has the platform and credibility to get money on our behalf and put it into our schools. The idea is to identify some schools that the government can replicate into MTM,” stated a rep from the Ministry.“Shelter for Life International has access within the US department of agriculture, which has about US$50 million in food aid. If they were to put together a good program with Liberia, they could give us that amount because the World Food Program has been lobbying the Ministry of Education,” they further added.In as much, Katie knows that she can help in yet another fight; a fight that involves infrastructure, fixing broken pieces that have caused the education sector to be troubling sector. “What we’ve been good at in the short amount of years we’ve existed is getting things done. Understanding and listening to the people and communicating with others out there are our strengthening points. Hopefully we’ll use what we’re good at and be a part of the community to come together and support the ministry of education. I don’t like a lot of talking because I want to see action. There’s some things we don’t need to talk about like the fact that there’s basic human rights for people, some of which we hope we can gather funding around,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more