Broadening the scope of physical activities in our education system

first_imgDear Editor,The Ministry of Education must be complimented for their efforts to promote physical activity via sports. Organised sports have many physical, psychological, social and emotional character-building attributes; and of course they also provide opportunities for fun, frolic and friendly competition.Similar benefits can be derived from activities associated with gardening, carpentry, and simple ‘mechanical’ maintenance (which were ‘staples’ in the curriculum during my school days).Additionally, attention to such activities can enhance the attraction of careers in agriculture and mechanical trades, which our country needs to realise its true and natural potential.I take this opportunity to remind our leaders in education and Government to keep the focus on such activities, lest we end up with too many pen & keyboard pushers and too few practitioners for our economic development.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Professor honored for ‘Excellence’

first_img Manley was instrumental in establishing the college’s career center, and he led the committee that searched for a new college president. Raised on a farm, Manley taught and worked as a counselor at community colleges in Illinois and Texas before going to work in Antelope Valley College’s counseling division in 1988. His Illinois work included seven years teaching psychology and career-development courses inside Joliet State Prison for the local community college. Manley, a Palmdale resident, wrote a book about surviving cancer, “Portrait of Healing,” published in 2003. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College counselor and psychology professor Richard J. Manley has been honored by state education leaders for his work supporting students, his college and his profession. Manley is one of the four statewide winners of the Hayward Award for Excellence in Education, which recognizes top faculty at California community colleges and includes a $1,250 prize. “I feel deeply honored, very appreciative and very fortunate,” Manley said. “This is something I’ll remember the rest of my life.” The notice comes just months after Manley received Antelope Valley College’s top faculty award, Scholar in Residence. The Scholar in Residence is awarded to a faculty member who brings credit to the college, is a compassionate and skillful educator, demonstrates persistent dedication to innovation and excellence, and increases knowledge in his or her academic discipline. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “After Scholar in Residence, I thought it was the end of the accolades. When this happened I was floored,” Manley said. “I’m still trying to get my arms around what this means for me.” Manley is the fourth AVC faculty member to receive a Hayward Award since the award was created in 1985 by the state community colleges board of governors. The previous AVC Hayward recipients were Bruce Smith, Martha Wengert and Patricia Sandoval. AVC President Jackie Fisher Sr. said Manley’s contributions to the college include developing the college’s shared governance policy and revising the college board’s policies and procedures. “This is a great honor for Richard and a tribute to the fine faculty at AVC,” Fisher said. “This college holds the distinction of having the most Hayward Award winners of any college in Los Angeles County.” In 18 years at Antelope Valley College, Manley has counseled an array of students – recent high school graduates, women getting off welfare and workers in their 50s and 60s retraining for new careers after losing jobs or pensions. last_img read more


first_imgMayo 2-10 Donegal 0-4 Donegal are on the verge of being knocked out of the All-Ireland championship – at half-time.McGuinness will need a miracle at half-timeMayo have literally peppered the Donegal goal with goals and points with the All-Ireland champions being given a footballing lesson.All around Croke Park, Donegal have been beaten to the ball. And the sad reality is that Mayo should be even further ahead.Mayo have scored form every angle and have wasted few scoring chances.Jim McGuinness made two late changes with Mark McHugh beating all the odds to start while Karl Lacey didn’t make the starting fifteen.Almost 50,000 have piled into Croke Park for a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final. But what they have seen so far is certainly not a reflection of last year’s game as Mayo tore Donegal apart from the backline to the frontline.Cilian O’Connor opened the score for Mayo with a calmly taken point after just a minute.Just a minute later Ballintubber man Alan Dillon added a second when he scored from long range.Paddy McBreartyCillian O’Connor stuck the knife into the Donegal defence when Eamon McGee was disposed and O’Connor slotted home form close range. In just six minutes Mayo had opened up a six point lead when Alan Dillon scored again for Mayo.Donegal composed themselves a little more with twoscores to make it 0-6 to 0-2 for Mayo after 8 minutes.Frank McGlynn was left struggling when Aidan O’Shea caught him in the chest – getting the Mayo man a deserved yellow card.Mark McHugh shot wide a couple of times when he perhaps should have scored. Michael Muprhy cecrased the lead to three points when he scored a point after Rory Kavanagh was fouled.But disaster hit Donegal in the next passage of play when Paul Durcan was beaten to a fifty fifty bouncing through ball by Donal Vaughan who netted to give Mayo their six point advantage again.Murphy pulled another point back with a free after Colm McFadden was fouled.Alan Dillon scored a fine point in the 20th minute to put six points between the teams again.Karl Lacey was drafted in for Anthony Thompson on 23 minutes as McGuinness sought to give his team some form of fluidity.But Mayo answered with another fine point to stretch the lead to seven points a minute later.Donegal were officially in trouble when Matthew Ward another another to put eight points between them.Alan Freeman found another score as Mayo began to make it look easy to make it 2-7 to 0-4.Kevin McLaughlin could have netted yet another only for an outstretched leg from Mark McHugh as Donegal’s forwards were left all at sea.Mayo pushed it to an eleven point lead with another point in the 34th minute.O’Carroll could have natted even another goal when O’Carroll hitColm Boyle managed another point to put a margin bigger than Mt Errigal between the sides at half time.DONEGAL LEFT SHELL-SHOCKED AS MAYO RACE TO HUGE HALF-TIME LEAD was last modified: August 4th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

‘I’m delighted to be back’ – Cllr Mickey Doherty takes his seat at Donegal County Council

first_imgFine Gael Councillor Mickey Doherty has been welcomed back to the fold on his return to the Donegal County Council chambers in Lifford today.The Quigley’s Point councillor was co-opted on to the council to replace John Ryan, who stepped down in May.Cllr Doherty has previously served as a councillor from 2009-2014, representing the Inishowen electoral area. On his first meeting back today, Cllr Doherty told the members that he was delighted to be back working with all parties.“I am absolutely overwhelmed to be back here. I missed all of you. It’s great seeing old faces and new faces I’m delighted to get to know,” Cllr Doherty said.Cllr Doherty commended the council on the success of the recent Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, saying: “The outstanding delivery of the Irish Open has just proven big time of what working together means.”He added: “Teamwork is what creates success and that is very evident in Donegal County Council.” Cllr Mickey Doherty and family: Marian, Samantha, Mickey and FionaCllr Doherty was welcomed back by Cathaoirleach Seamus Ó Domhnaill and cross party representatives.Cllr Ó Domhnaill said: “We have less than a year left in this council chamber. It’s good timing for Mickey. This will give him an opportunity to represent the people he loves so dearly in Inishowen.”Cllr Mickey Doherty is co-opted to Donehal County Council. Pictured: Cllr Kavanagh, Cllr Harley, Cllr O’Neill, Cllr Doherty, Cllr Slowey and Cllr McGuinness‘I’m delighted to be back’ – Cllr Mickey Doherty takes his seat at Donegal County Council was last modified: July 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Cllr Mickey DohertyDonegal County Councillast_img read more

Counting the World Cup benefits

first_imgThe social and economic benefits created by hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup will continue to benefit South Africa long after the final whistle.Green Point Stadium, one of the stadiums purpose built for the World Cup, close to completion. (Image: Jim Sher)Brand South Africa reporterThe social and economic benefits created by hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup will continue to benefit South Africa long after the final whistle has blown, says former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.“I think as South Africans, we need to remember that we are a teenager in the world of nations, and for us this has been a proud moment since 1994, and from the economic point of view all the investment was money well spent,” Gordhan said at a press conference in Johannesburg on Friday.He said the tournament’s benefits included not only its economic legacy; the event would also help the country increase its delivery capacity while demonstrating to the world its ability to host major events.Extra R38-billion in GDPGordhan said current projections were that the tournament will add 0.4 percent to South Africa’s real gross domestic product (GDP). “What this actually means is that about R38-billion will be added to the GDP as a result of the World Cup.”He said while some benefits from hosting the event were not clear-cut for now, South Africa had prospects of fast growth as a result of the infrastructure that had been built for the World Cup.South Africa’s government spent more than R33-billion over a period of four years on infrastructure and preparation for the World Cup, Gordhan said. Close to R12-billion was spent on stadium infrastructure, R11-billion on transport infrastructure, and R1.5-billion on event broadcast and telecommunications.“This infrastructure we have built is not short-term infrastructure that you build today and destroy tomorrow. We have increased the productivity of the people of South Africa, and all of that is part of our development and long-term planning for our country. ”The Gautrain station at OR Tambo airport, public transport infrastructure was upgraded ahead of the World Cup. (Image: Ulrika)An estimated 130 000 jobs, most of them leading up to the World Cup, were created in the construction, roads and transport and hospitality industry.A reputation transformed“I know there are questions that are being asked, but I’m sure you will all realise long after the World Cup the social and economic benefits that this tournament has been able to provide for our country.“Today, we have earned the reputation of a country that can actually deliver, and that is good for future growth,” Gordhan said, adding that the event had helped to bring an end to the Afro-pessimism that had dominated foreign media for years.While some businesses, especially those in the hospitality industry, would struggle to sustain the high profits generated by the World Cup, at least one economist believes the future benefits for South African business will be enormous.“Yes, it’s true that business will hate to see the World Cup go – especially the hospitality industry, where production is expected to drop again,” economist Iraj Abedian said at the briefing. “But I believe with a little creativity and coordination we can actually turn this into future opportunities.“For instance, the success of this event will ensure that most of the people who have visited our country will surely come back, so the infrastructure we have spent on hotels is not a waste at all,” Abedian said.“History has taught us that hosting events of this magnitude can boost the country’s credibility,” he added.An estimated 130 000 jobs, most of them leading up to the World Cup, were created in the construction, roads and transport and hospitality industry. (Image: World Bank)Trust, confidenceInitial research shows that restaurants, hotels, informal traders and shopping malls have been experiencing better than usual business over the World Cup period as fans flock to the country for the tournament, while overall business activity has picked up since the arrival of the first team and fans in the country a few weeks ago.Abedian said that when South Africa was first awarded the right to host the event, with all the accompanying deadlines, business was “worried” about the country’s ability to meet all of the deadlines.“We were worried about what [it would mean for the country] if we didn’t meet all of them … but now we are all smiling. All the Afro-pessimism we are accustomed to is now being replaced by a high level of trust and confidence, which is good for attracting foreign investors and visitors to our country.’ he said.Fifa, meanwhile, has made revenue of US$3.2-billion from hosting the tournament in South Africa, Fifa spokesperson Nicola Maingot said at the press conference, pointing out that World Cup revenue accounted for more than 90 percent of the governing body’s budget for a period of four years.“So what this means is that the money has to sustain Fifa’s development programmes for the next four years,” Maingot said.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Raj Thackeray wants ECI to shun EVMs, go back to ballot paper

first_imgThe Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora in New Delhi on Monday and demanded that Maharashtra Assembly polls, due later this year, be conducted through paper ballots instead of Electronic Voting Machines.In a rare appearance outside Maharashtra, especially in New Delhi, Mr. Thackeray submitted a letter to Election Commission of India (ECI), demanding the switch back to paper ballot. Later, he termed the meeting a “mere formality”.“There are doubts in the minds of voters that the votes they cast do not go to their chosen candidates. In such a scenario, the Election Commission should switch back to paper ballots and conduct the Maharashtra polls through it. We strongly feel that the EVMs can be tampered with,” said Mr. Thackeray.The MNS chief in his letter cited media reports on differences in the tally between the votes cast and votes counted in nearly 220 Lok Sabha constituencies. “This gave rise to suspicion in our minds. The doubts over credibility of the EVMs further increased when the Election Commission removed this data from its website,” he said in the letter to ECI.He also sought to know how secure are the Public Sector Undertakings — Bharat Electronic Ltd and Electronic Corporation of India — which manufacture the EVMs. Two weeks back, opposition Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jayant Patil too had dared Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the Assembly to pass a resolution asking ECI to conduct Assembly polls on ballot paper. Mr. Fadnavis had ridiculed the NCP leader asking him to stop blaming EVMs for their defeat.Courtesy visitMeanwhile, Mr. Thackeray also called on UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi. While no official word was given about the meeting, sources within both parties indicated the possibility of a discussion on the upcoming Assembly polls. However, the MNS later released a statement saying it was only a courtesy visit. This is the second time that any member of the Thackeray clan is meeting a Gandhi family member. Late Bal Thackeray had met late Indira Gandhi in 1976 at Mumbai. In the recently-held Lok Sabha polls, which MNS did not contest, Mr. Thackeray campaigned extensively across the State against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and had attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Since the general elections results, there has been intense speculation that Mr. Thackeray would join hands with the opposition. The meeting with Ms. Gandhi is also significant in that it was the local Congress leadership of Maharashtra which had opposed the entry of Mr. Thackeray into their alliance citing his violent protests against north Indians. The meeting with UPA chairperson indicates that the MNS may be welcomed to take on the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition in the State. Mr. Thackeray had also held a meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar recentlylast_img read more

Govt yet to give tax relief for World Cup

first_imgLess than 40 days are left for the World Cup to begin in South Asia, but the International Cricket Council (ICC) has not received income tax exemption from the Indian government despite having submitted all the relevant papers.ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat and BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty.While allotting the tournaments owned by it, the ICC seeks a tax exemption guarantee from host countries so that it could manage its profits/foreign exchange generated at the events in the way it deems fit.In 2006, while hosting the Champions Trophy, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had struggled to get tax exemption. It took a senior Congress party leader and his son from Andhra Pradesh to get the required permission from the highest offices of the government. So far, the BCCI has not approached the duo.BCCI officials are, however, hopeful that permission would come soon to enable the 14- nation tournament to take off as planned on February 17. “There is a government policy that supports tax exemption.Whatever profit the ICC earns is under consideration for exemption. The Indian government is fully backing the event. The [joint] bid submitted with the ICC carried a message from the Prime Minister [Manohan Singh] supporting the event,” BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty told MAIL TODAY.”The government will continue to do that, whether it is its home ministry or the external affairs ministry or the visa relaxation or the finance ministry. The papers have been submitted with the government and it should be anytime that clearance would come,” he said confidently.advertisementBCCI treasurer MP Pandove explained why tax exemption is required by the host nation’s government on income generated from tournaments owned by the ICC.”Earlier, the tax exemption was on a case-to-case basis as all series used to be bilateral ones and the exemption was available to state associations as well as the BCCI. But ever since ICC has taken control of the World Cup and all other premier tournaments, all income goes to ICC, except for the income generated from the sale of tickets that goes to the host associations,” Pandove told MAIL TODAY .”So if it is proved that the ICC has made profit from the World Cup, it will be liable for income tax. And that’s why ICC needs exemption.” Pandove, also secretary of the Punjab Cricket Association ( PCA), clarified that the ICC would not have to pay Value Added Tax ( VAT) or sales tax for the World Cup. “VAT will have to be paid by the matchhosting state associations for whatever purchases they will make,” he said.The ICC doesn’t fall in the entertainment tax bracket too.Giving the example of the Punjab government, Pandove said that host venues will have to pay this tax. “Entertainment tax is also a state subject. For instance, in Punjab, the entertainment tax has been reduced from 125 per cent to 25 per cent and is now payable by all institutions, including cinema halls and sports bodies. The last Test against Australia that we staged in Mohali was under the new rule,” he pointed out.”Now, no exemption will be given to anybody since the state government has reduced the entertainment tax. So, we’ll have to pay 25 per cent tax for the World Cup matches [in Mohali] too. The ICC will have to pay only income tax.”While the BCCI is confident of getting tax exemption for the ICC, it has not sought help of the men who had helped it organise the Champions Trophy five years ago – former Hyderabad Cricket Association ( HCA) president G Vinod and his father and current Congress steering committee member G Venkataswamy.”At that time, we had got it done through Mr P Chidambaram [then finance minister] and Mr Manmohan Singh.This time, BCCI president Mr Shahshank Manohar has not contacted us so far. If they contact us, I don’t see why we can’t get the work done again,” Vinod told MAIL TODAY.”In a way, my father was solely responsible for getting the World Cup here because had tax exemption not been secured for the 2006 Champions Trophy, we wouldn’t have been eligible for hosting the World Cup.” The World Cup is being cohosted by Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.last_img read more

Honda car sales in India go up by a whopping 88% in August 2014

first_imgHonda Cars India Honda Cars India today reported 88 per cent increase indomestic sales in August 2014 at 16,758 units as against 8,913 units the same monthlast year.Last month, the company sold 1,211 units of small car Brio, 9,198 units ofcompact sedan Amaze, 5,530 units of Mobilio and 757 units of the mid-sizedsedan City, Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) said in a statement.Besides, the company sold 62 units of sports utility vehicle CRV. In addition,the company exported a total of 460 units during the month.HCIL Senior Vice-President (Marketing and Sales) Jnaneswar Sen said: “Weare extremely happy to witness consistent growth for Honda cars month aftermonth. The festive season has already set-in and will bring further cheer tothe market. We are geared up for strong sales in coming months.”The company will resume production of its Honda City sedan from the 1st week ofSeptember 2014 and the car will now be manufactured at the Tapukara plant inRajasthan.last_img read more

Augmented City Surveillance and Response Capability launched

first_imgJamshedpur, Sept 12 (PTI) The police in partnership with Tata steel today launched an Augmented City Surveillance and Response Capability, a police-public partnership initiative for better policing, here today. Jharkhand Director General of Police D K Pandey and Tata Steel Vice-President (Corporate Services) Sunil Bhaskaran jointly launched the facility at JRD Tata Sports Complex here. For this initiative, Tata Steel has provided 18 motorcycles equipped with GPS system for patrolling the city. A Jharkhand police and a private security company personnel in each vehicle will patrol the city in their respective beats, which would be monitored from a central police control room. Speaking on the occasion, Pandey said significance of the two-wheeler was that in case the patrolling team would divert from its beat area, the bike could be locked from the control room with the help of GPS. Admitting inadequate infrastructure in the police department of the state, he assured that a modern police control room will be developed in all the 24 districts of the state and make the dial 100 (for receiving complaint) will be strengthened soon. “We have plan to improve the critical police apparatus, set up a modern police control room in all the district, introduce police control room vans equipped with communication system and GPS to improve the law and order situation”, he said. The electronic surveillance system was important, he said, as it would not only help improve the law and order situation but also help check the huge wastage of our human resources. The purpose was to reduce the response time and reach the spot within five minutes on receiving complaints, he said. PTI BS MMadvertisementlast_img read more

Colombia advance at Copa America with 2-1 win over Paraguay

first_imgJames Rodriguez scored a goal and set up another in the first 30 minutes, and Colombia clinched a berth in the Copa America quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory over Paraguay on Tuesday night.Colombia became the first team to secure advancement to the knockout stage of the tournament with stellar goaltending from David Ospina and another dynamic performance from Rodriguez, who shook off a shoulder injury that made his availability a game-time decision at the Rose Bowl.The Real Madrid midfielder propelled Colombia to their second win in two matches, following a 2-0 victory over the United States last week.Victor Ayala scored Paraguay’s first goal of the Copa America in the 71st minute on a long shot past Ospina, who made a handful of jaw-dropping saves to keep Colombia ahead.Despite a few defensive struggles, the world’s third-ranked team has lived up to its billing so far stateside with a fluid, attacking game built around Rodriguez, who played despite hurting his shoulder last week.Carlos Bacca scored on a header from Rodriguez’s corner kick in the 12th minute. Rodriguez then scored with an exceptional shot after a long scramble in the box in the 30th minute. Colombia missed on several chances to score in a back-and-forth second half, while Ospina stopped everything except Ayala’s exceptional long strike.Los Cafeteros wrap up group play against Costa Rica in Houston on Saturday, while Paraguay travels to Philadelphia to face the Americans. Paraguay must beat the home team to stay in contention for advancement.advertisementParaguay tested Colombia’s defense throughout an entertaining game, but La Albirroja don’t have a player with the skills of Rodriguez – or the goaltending reflexes of James’ brother-in-law, Ospina.After Bacca put Colombia ahead with another goal in his strong run of recent play, Rodriguez showed off his skill with his team-leading 16th goal for Los Cafeteros. Surrounded by defenders, Edwin Cardona tipped the ball outside to the charging star, and Rodriguez slotted a pinpoint shot into the far corner of the net.Ospina, the Arsenal backup, made a fingertip save in first-half injury time to deflect Dario Lezcano’s short free kick off the crossbar. He was even better in the second half with a flying, one-handed deflection of a header in traffic.But Ospina could do nothing against Ayala, who trimmed Colombia’s lead and made the final minutes uncomfortable.Paraguay’s task became tougher when Oscar Romero was sent off in the 81st minute, getting his second yellow card in three minutes after a defensive sequence in which he pulled roughly on Rodriguez’s jersey and wrapped both arms around Guillermo Celis.The Rose Bowl crowd of 42,766 was dominated by yellow-clad fans from Los Angeles’ vibrant Colombian community and beyond. They gathered in Arroyo Seco several hours before kickoff for food, music and a celebration of a serious championship-contending team.last_img read more