It was in the spring of 1978 that for the first time in the country’s history, a Jamaican schoolboy leapt over seven feet.Thousands discarded abiding love for schools nurtured in the competitive atmosphere that characterised Champs.Track and field enthusiasts were keen to partake in a delectable piece of history that was tauntingly placed before them.Former Kingston College (KC) high jumper Desmond “Zele” Morris, might have been the only athlete at Champs to silence the entire stadium in one soaring swoop.No one dared to cheer when he lifted his lanky frame beyond seven feet, a new feat at the great games.Zele was a tall, lanky, hurdler and sprinter.A gazelle in his own right, but Zele was not quite as quick over the hurdles as his teammate, Kenneth ‘Sonny’ Gray.Nor was he as fast in the sprints as Marlon Pottinger.But there were no two ways about it – Zele was the supreme high jumper, constantly rising to new levels since the early 1970s.So it was that the lanky lad, already the holder of the classes three and two long jump records, was expected to soar to unprecedented heights in 1979.The record for Class One high jump 37 years ago was in the region of 6′ 10″ when he lounged for the tackle.It was twilight under the glare of the National Stadium lights.Zele had broken the old mark and was approaching the hitherto unbelievable height of seven feet.The suspense was heightened by Zele’s need to don his purple and white sweat suit as if some magic was concealed in its secret compartment.Thousands waited on him.Zele jumped.Again.The painstaking process was repeated.Finally, Zele was challenged to clear the unbelievable height.He did and even went a quarter of an inch above the “unreachable” mark.The packed stadium, awe saluted by applauding.Like many had done before, another Jamaican had created history to make the Boys and Girls’ Championships only the greatest of its kind on the globe.
The Philippines’ bid to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics got another much-needed shot in the arm.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The other way for the Philippines to make the Olympics is through ranking points, which the country is currently way behind.As host, the Philippines gets to filed in two teams in the Super Quest.The top three finishers in the Super Quest will qualify for the World Tour.The unveiling of the Super Quest comes on the heels of the country’s successful staging of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 League, the first-ever 3×3 league in the Philippines, which made quite a good impression on Fiba 3×3 managing director Alex Sanchez.“After last year’s success of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup organized by SBP, the initiative of Chooks-to-go to set up a tournament with international teams from Asia-Pacific qualifying to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour is excellent news, underpins the effort of Chooks-to-go in organizing dozens of local 3×3 events and will accelerate the development of 3×3 in Philippines,” said Sanchez.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Fiba World Cup qualifiers: Thirdy Ravena makes Gilas Pilipinas’ final 12 vs Qatar Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chooks-to-Go on Tuesday revealed that the country will stage the Chooks-to-Go Asia Pacific Super Quest, an international 3×3 event tentatively set on April 6 to 7 in Manila.The Quest, a tournament which Fiba opted to award the hosting rights to the Philippines, serves as another avenue for the country to participate in the Olympic 3×3 event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We are looking for tangible ways for the country to find its way to the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments. I know it’s hard at this point but we will try everything,” said Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas. “We are happy to be chosen to host the first-ever Super Quest.”“The Super Quest will serve as a qualifier to get to the World Tour,” said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 League commissioner Eric Altamirano. “It opened a pathway for us first to get to the World tour and then, hopefully in the World Tour we get a spot in the Olympics.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments There is no reason why Philippines cannot have successful teams playing at World Tour level, considering the depth of talent and love for the game in the country.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
The Government of Liberia has paid homage to fallen former Chief Justice of Liberia, His Honor Johnnie N. Lewis, who ably served his country in several capacities.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described the late Chief Justice, whom she appointed at the beginning of her first term in 2006, as a long tenured public servant in both Liberia and the international community.Speaking yesterday when she officially announced the death of the retired Chief Justice to the Liberian public in a nationwide address on state radio, the President noted that “Cllr. Lewis served his country and the world with extra-ordinary talent, intellect, knowledge and brilliance.”The late Counselor served as Chief Justice for over six years before stepping down as a result of poor health. While he served, he brought many reforms in the Judiciary system.He died at the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital on Wednesday at 5 p.m.President Sirleaf, during the nationwide address, called on Liberians to give the fallen former Chief Justice the respect that he duly deserves. She made specific reference to the Supreme Court of Liberia and the Liberia National Bar Association where the late veteran lawyer ably served his country. “Our deepest condolence goes to his biological family, his friends and his official family—the honorable Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia and the Liberia National Bar Association. May we all grant him the respect that he duly deserves,” said the President.She has declared that the national flag be flown at half-mast throughout the Republic and all Liberia’s missions abroad for 15 days from January 22 to February 5.This, she noted, is as a mark of last respect and tribute to the late former Chief Justice.Meanwhile funeral arrangements for the late Former Chief Justice will be announced later.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In spite of Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan already signing off on the by-laws governing the controversial operation of the parking meter system implemented throughout Georgetown, Attorney General Basil Williams is currently reviewing the documents before they are approved for gazetting.This was disclosed by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Thursday at the post-CabinetMinister of State,Joseph Harmonpress briefing.According to Harmon, “in as much as it is signed off by Minister of Communities, (the by-laws) still have to go through the process of the Attorney General vetting it and checking to ensure that it is consistent with the laws of Guyana and that the rules, which require certain levels of fairness, are all embedded in those bylaws.”He explained that once the vetting process is completed, the by-laws would then be presented to Cabinet for its final approval before they are advertised in the official gazette.“So, we have to ensure that things are very tight where the by-laws are concerned and they’ve actually been sent to the AG for him to exercise that scrutiny,” the Minister of State posited.Two days prior to last week’s roll-out of the parking meter project, Minister Bulkan signed off on the by-laws after they were submitted last minute by the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC).It had previously been reported that because of the time and location where the documents were received, the Minister could not give his authorisation until legal experts had perused them. Hence, paid parking did not commence as scheduled on January 23.However, amid concerns that he had rushed through the by-laws without any proper scrutiny before signing off on them, Minister Bulkan had stated that the by-laws were reviewed by the Attorney General before they were signed off on. But Harmon could not confirm whether this was done. He noted that this would be known when the Attorney General submits his report to Cabinet.In this vein, the State Minister was asked whether it was appropriate for the Communities Minister to sign off before Cabinet approved the by-laws. In his response, he asserted that the City Council was authorised to implement the project regardless, under the rules and regulations of the Council.According to Harmon, these by-laws are basically for gazetting. Moreover, he outlined that these by-laws would seek to address certain categories of exemptions.“There are certain agencies like emergency vehicles, vehicles of the State and diplomatic vehicles – there will have to be some arrangement (for exemption). All of these arrangements, I don’t believe, are fully in place under the current arrangements and, therefore, they need to have by-laws to regulate how that functions,” the State Minister posited.On the other hand, with regard to concerns raised by organisations such as the Brickdam Cathedral, which has been recently demarcated as a parking zone, Harmon posited that the affected groups should approach the City Council and the company operating the parking meter system – Smart City Solutions – for exemption status as was done by the Guyana Teachers’ Union in relation to parking in front of schools.The parking meter project, since its initial announcement, was criticised by stakeholders. However, the M&CC has maintained that it was necessary in order to bring in revenue for the cash-strapped municipality.Smart City Solutions had given a grace period from the beginning of the year until January 23 when persons were expected to begin paying for parking throughout the city. Nevertheless, the introduction of paid parking last week received a cold welcome as drivers played it safe and avoided using spaces demarcated for parking meters.While this trend continued throughout most of the first week, the first day of paid parking saw at locations such as Republic Bank and Muneshwars on Water Street, in addition to Hand-in-Hand and the Bank of Guyana on the Avenue of the Republic, parking meters cut lonely figures. The usually congested parking areas of these enterprises were conspicuously empty.Persons refusing to pay for parking, which is done by using meter cards purchased from identified retailers, will have their vehicles clamped by officers from the SCS and City Council. They will also be made to pay an $8000 fine to have that clamp removed. However, this payment will have to be made within two hours of the vehicle being clamped; otherwise, it will be towed to a SCS compound.
Lakewood 198, Jordan 284 Derek Smith shot a 1-over 37 at Skylinks and Tyler Ono shot 39 for the Lancers (4-1, 1-0) in their Moore League opener. Poly 377, Avalon 419 Eric Frazzetta shot a 2-over 66 for 18 holes at Avalon Golf Course, leading the Jackrabbits (2-2, 1-0) to victory in their Moore League opener. Fidel Rodriguez led the Lancers (0-1) with a 69. Thanks to a six-birdie performance, Los Alamitos High senior Jeff Lewis shot a remarkable round of 30 on Monday at El Dorado Park Golf Course and led the Griffins to a 182-206 nonleague victory over Downey. Lewis birdied six holes and parred the other three for a 6-under-par round. Los Alamitos coach John Haygood said the score was the lowest during his five years as coach. Miles Cole shot an even-par 36 for Los Alamitos (2-1) and Jonathan Saunders shot 38. Angel Hernandez led the Vikings (2-3) with a 39. Wilson 182, SJ Bosco 222 Taylor Latimer shot a 2-under 34 at Recreation Park to lead the Bruins (5-0) to a nonleague victory. Cerritos 186, Glenn 267 Kevin Tech shot an even-par 35 at La Mirada Golf Course to lead the Dons (2-1, 1-0) to victory in their Suburban League opener. Bellflower 258, Paramount 310 Dane Hustrulid shot an even-par 35 at Los Amigos to lead the Buccaneers (1-3) to a nonleague victory over the Pirates (0-4). Valley Chr. 201, R. Alamitos 257 Mike Dykema shot an even-par 36 at Willowwick Golf Course to lead the Crusaders (3-0) to a nonleague victory. Boys tennis Mayfair 9, Downey 9 Mayfair wins on games, 82-73 The Monsoons edged the Vikings in nonleague play. Kevin Tren and Abraham Sandoval each won twice in singles for Downey (2-2). Baseball Glenn 7, Santa Fe 0 Kirk Wallace allowed just one hit in a complete-game victory for the Eagles (1-1) at the Montebello Tournament. David Neff went 2 for 4 with a double and solo home run. Dominguez 6, Crenshaw 4 Adrian Garcia went 3 for 3 with two RBI, two runs and two stolen bases for the host Dons (2-0) in nonleague play. Kori Wimley pitched four innings for the victory. Softball Gahr 3, Mayfair 0 Roni Alvarado struck out 11 batters and allowed five hits for the visiting Gladiators (3-0) in nonleague play. Alyssa Morales and Grace Murray each went 2 for 3. Boys volleyball Palos Verdes 2, Valley Chr. 1 The Crusaders reached the semifinals of the 36-team Redondo Tournament before falling to Palos Verdes, 25-19, 21-25, 15-11. Macaine Piercy had 12 kills and Kevin King had 21 assists. Lynwood 3, Centennial 0 Andy Morales had 24 kills and six aces in the Knights’ 25-19, 25-9, 25-6 nonleague victory. La Mirada 3, California 0 Andrew Speth had 13 kills, 10 assists and four aces for the Matadores (1-0) in a 27-25, 25-23, 25-17 nonleague victory. Carson 3, Palisades 0 Paul Nihipali had 10 kills and five aces in a 25-16, 25-17, 25-20 nonleague victory. Girls swimming Poly 102, Huntington Beach 69 Kendall Starkman won the 200 freestyle (2:03.17) and the 100 backstroke (1:04.93) and swam on two winning relays for the Jackrabbits (2-0) in nonleague action. Boys swimming Poly 92, Huntington Beach 78 Julian Callanta won the 200 IM (1:10.43) and swam on a pair of winning relays for the Jackrabbits (1-1) in a nonleague meet. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Here in School District 60, there’s so far been four trustee applications reported for a board that needs to see seven.Two of those applications are that of incumbents, which includes Ida Campbell and Darell Pasichnyk. Erin Evans, who served on the trustee’s board prior to 2011, is also running for a seat, while Jeffrey Richert is looking to fill a position.If you would like to become a member of School District 60’s Trustee Board, you have until Friday to apply.- Advertisement -For more information, contact Sherry Hunt at 250 262 6008, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parenthood might be one of life’s most fulfilling roles, but it can be hell on a marriage. Just ask Deanna Emad, who gave birth to twins six months ago at the age of 45. “It feels like you lose your freedom completely,” Emad said. The Sherman Oaks mother said caring for the babies was so challenging in the beginning, and she was so sleep-deprived, that she fantasized about getting a divorce. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “I had it all worked out. I thought, we’ll get two town homes next to each other and trade off taking the babies. At least then I could sleep three nights a week.” The answer for this couple was a night nanny hired to get up with the babies in the wee hours. That’s when things began improving between Emad and her husband, Behzad “After two weeks of having night help, it’s like I fell in love with him again. We pay more in child care than our mortgage. But it is so worth it; without that, we lose our family.” There’s nothing new about kids sapping the romance out of a relationship. Children are life’s greatest joy, but they require a huge amount of effort and attention – and there’s the added financial pressure. What has changed, researchers say, is parents’ expectations and demands. The National Marriage Project, a research initiative based at Rutgers University, concludes in its 2006 State of Our Unions report that parents report significantly lower marital satisfaction than nonparents because they have had happy periods in their adult lives without children. “Today, the expanding non-child-rearing years have become life stages in their own right. These years have been invested with positive meaning and purpose. Against the pressures and responsibilities of life with children, the ‘child-free’ stages hold out the alluring prospect of fun, freedom and fulfillment.” Previous generations reported more satisfaction, the theory goes, because they had children at a much younger age, didn’t have the experience of life as an adult without kids, and didn’t know what they were missing. For today’s parents who have already lived entire lifetimes before children, suddenly switching gears in middle age can be jarring. Diane Connell, an office manager in Encino and stepmother to two preteen boys, had no idea what lay ahead. Before marrying four years ago, she and her husband had plans to do things by themselves every weekend. Now, every outing is a family affair, and Connell is more involved in the kids’ homework, doctor appointments and disciplinary struggles than she ever imagined. Quality time with her husband means watching the Discovery Channel after the kids are asleep. “I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t this,” she said. “I didn’t expect it to be this much of a struggle.” Calling in a professional That’s another relatively new development in how people react to becoming parents. In a Dr. Phil society, there’s a much greater willingness to call in a professional – whether it’s to take over the night feedings or to repair a marriage tested by demanding kids. “Couples therapy has lost its stigma,” said Barbara Swenson, a marriage and family therapist who said she’s been getting more calls from couples experiencing extra strain on their relationship after the birth of a baby. “I find a lot of couples really fearful of divorce. People are more willing to admit it’s rough sailing.” Marriage and family therapists all agree that a happy couple makes happy children, and spending time away from the kids is absolutely essential. That doesn’t have to mean going away for the weekend or getting a baby sitter every weekend. Dr. Kerby Alvy, founder of the Center for the Improvement of Child Caring in Studio City and author of a new book, “The Positive Parent,” has a suggestion for stressed parents living in traffic-choked Los Angeles: At-home dating. That’s where you cook a gourmet meal together and eat it in peace after the kids go to bed. For other couples, the problem isn’t about a lack of communication, but about the quality of the communication. For Connell, the stepmother in Encino, the bickering with her husband about disciplining the kids escalated to the point that she felt she needed to bring in a professional. Her husband agreed to see a counselor, even though he also said he didn’t see a problem. But since going, Connell has seen major improvement in communication. “We’re approaching each other differently when we discuss things. Before reacting emotionally, now we take a moment to take a breath. You think about what it is you are feeling and then think about what conclusion you want out of it. It takes a lot of restraint to wait and pace it out.” email@example.com 818-713-3662160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“We’re in search of a seven-fishes dinner,” Helene Sacca said. The meal is an Italian tradition for those who don’t believe in eating meat on the day they celebrate Christ’s birth. “It’s cold back East and raining,” she said. “Here, there are nice people, perfect weather.” Temperatures will be only slightly cooler the rest of the week through Friday, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s, Hoffer said. On Friday, there will be a 30 percent chance of rain during the day and a 20 percent chance at night. Manie and Corlie Kohn moved from South Africa to Redondo Beach just two months ago. They licked ice cream and relaxed on the easy day at the pier. “It’s lovely,” Corlie Kohn said. “This feels like holiday to us.” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was Christmas Eve in the South Bay and, as usual, not a speck of snow could be found anywhere. But that didn’t stop Lisa and Dan Aitken from getting out their bright yellow toboggan. They took their children sledding Southern California style – on the sand in Hermosa Beach. “We bought it for snow, but we thought we’d combine what would be a winter tradition with the beach,” Lisa Aitken said. “It’s such a beautiful day, the kids wanted to get out.” Today should also be sunny, with temperatures in the mid-60s to low 70s along the coast, said National Weather Service spokesman Bill Hoffer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonWindy conditions are expected through 6 p.m. There is also a red flag warning because of low humidity and wind gusts, Hoffer said. Elsewhere around downtown Hermosa Beach, out-of-towners took advantage of the excellent weather, strolling along the beach and Pier Plaza. And so did some locals like the Aitkens, who had already finished their Christmas shopping. Around the Hermosa Beach Pier, families fished, looked at distant hills through binoculars, and rode bicycles, skateboards and scooters. And all around, admirers of the pleasant day sat on benches, enjoying the break from work and school. The Sacca family had just flown in from southern New Jersey to visit their relocated daughter. They basked in the good weather, but couldn’t find a restaurant offering their favorite Christmas Eve meal.
Pieter Twine (MySchool General Manager), Roxy Mitchell from the Children’s Hospital Trust, patient Tyrone Siljeur and Silva Kuschke, Chief Audiologist at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. (Image: Children’s Hospital Trust)Children at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital will now have specialist ear, nose and throat (ENT) equipment with the help of the Woolworths My School programme.The retailer and hospital celebrated the handover of a R400 000 donation – raised through their 2015 Christmas campaign – to the Children’s Hospital Trust, the fund-raising arm of the hospital in Cape Town.The Trust will use the gift to purchase specialist ENT equipment. It will enable the hospital to save the lives of children with life-threatening ailments and test the hearing of hundreds of other children.Much needed gearA high speed otologic drill is among the first pieces of equipment bought with the funds. This highly specialised piece of surgical equipment will be used on children who suffer from cholesteatoma; a disease of the middle-ear that can lead to death when untreated.A specialist microscope used for examination and diagnosis to prevent hearing loss will also benefit the hospital’s out patients. This will assist in more accurate and effective diagnoses, and improved procedures, which, in turn, will help the hospital maintain its high standards of paediatric care.The Christmas campaignThe My School, My Village and My Planet fundraising programmes is one of the biggest in South Africa. It raises essential funds for schools, charities and environmental organisations by encouraging cardholders to swipe their cards at retail partners. In turn, retailers donate a percentage of the purchase value to the beneficiary of the buyer’s choice.The Woolworths Christmas Giving campaign was supported by international music sensation Pharrell Williams. Woolworths customers donated to the campaign every time they used their linked cards in a store between the 5 November and 25 December 2015.Louise Driver, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust, said: “Woolworths and My School are such valued supporters of the Children’s Hospital Trust and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.“As benefactors of their annual Christmas Campaign, the Trust has have been able to purchase much-needed ENT equipment to perform life-changing operations and interventions on children who suffer from severe ear disease, ensuring that they regain or do not lose their ability to hear. We want to thank them for their generous donation, as well as all the customers who swiped their cards while shopping. Every little swipe has made a huge difference in a child’s life.”Pieter Twine Woolworth’s manager of Loyalty and My School, said: “We are delighted that our customers were part of this successful campaign to give the gift of hearing to South African children in need.“The funds raised for this was in addition to our normal contributions to customers’ beneficiaries. So, it was an easy way for them, at no extra cost, to participate in the essential, but very expensive upgrade of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital’s ENT equipment. The festive season should always be about giving, and it is such a pleasure to help to improve children’s access to specialist medical care.”
26 August 2014The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has announced plans to develop a R2-billion aqua-farming facility on 300 hectares of land at the Coega industrial development zone outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.This follows the completion of a feasibility study indicating that local conditions were well suited for the commercial cultivation of marine animals and plants, including abalone, finfish and seaweed, Engineering News reported.“The CDC aims to dedicate 80 hectares to abalone farming by 2020, creating about 2 080 permanent jobs,” CDC agroprocessing project manager Dr Keith du Plessis told Engineering News on Monday. “South Africa is widely known to have of the best abalone and the best product in the world, all of which is exported to the Far East.”Finfish farming on a further 120 hectares of the industrial development zone (IDZ) had also been proposed, Du Plessis said.“Another species that could potentially be farmed is seaweed, which is complementary to abalone farming and can be used for abalone feed and various pharmaceutical uses.”He said the CDC was now advancing the relevant environmental impact assessments.Last month, the government unveiled a plan to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans, as the first activation of a new initiative, dubbed Operation Phakisa, that seeks to fast-track the delivery of priorities outlined in the country’s National Development Plan (NDP).President Jacob Zuma, speaking at the launch of a “blue economy” working group, said South Africa’s oceans had the potential to contribute up to R177-billion to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), while creating up to 1-million new jobs, by 2033 – compared to R54-billion generated, and 316 000 jobs created, in 2010.Aquaculture is one of four focus areas that the group – including representatives from the government, business, labour, civil society and academia – is currently looking at as it seeks to deliver action plans for presentation to Cabinet.SAinfo reporter