The Wright View; Much hope for Rio

first_imgFour years after the London Olympics, the hype regarding the safety of the next venue, Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, seems to have died down, particularly where track and field is concerned. The start of the lucrative Diamond League series has heralded the onset of several other meets all over the world, giving fans and indeed athletes an opportunity to discover who are the potential finalists in the many events to be contested this summer. Jamaicans got an opportunity, up close, to witness one such early contest with the staging of the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet last Saturday at the National Stadium. The meet was well attended and the usual World leading and personal best performances of some of the athletes on show added to the general satisfaction of those who attended or who watched on television. The late withdrawal of some of the big name stars seemed not to have dampened spectator enthusiasm except when it was announced – just before the start of the women’s 200-metre event – that double Olympic sprint champion and Jamaican sprint queen, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce would not be running. The Jamaican hopefuls who did compete, however, gave fans confidence that the prophesy of Olympian and new Member of Parliament, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, would be fulfilled. Mrs Cuthbert-Flynn predicted that the nation would surpass the 12 medals garnered at the event in London in 2012. Elaine Thompson (10.79), Kemar Bailey-Cole (10.01) in the 100-metre races, Danielle Williams (12.55) in the sprint hurdles, Janieve Russell (54.61), Jaheel Hyde (49.16) in the 400m hurdles races, Javon Francis (44.85) and Novlene Williams-Mills (50.87) in the flat 400m, all showed signs of being in the finals of their events in Rio. This is not to say that the other Jamaicans who competed last Saturday night have no chance in reaching the finals or even medalling in Rio. Asafa Powell looked very good in the early stages of the men’s 200m and his time of 20.45 is not to be sniffed at. However, with his history of groin and hamstring injuries, I am confident that his handlers will encourage him to concentrate on the 100m and the second or finishing leg of the 4x100m relay, of which the nation seems to be a sure pick for the gold in Rio. There were other very notable performances at the JII last Saturday. Bahamian Shaunae Miller, who ran what seemed to be an easy 22.14 in the women’s 200m, was the standout performance of the night. Miller is better known as a 400m runner, who uses the 200m to sharpen her speed in the first 200m of the race. Her body type is reminiscent of another top world class runner (a male) and if she continues to progress (as it now appears), Marita Koch’s very suspicious world record of 47.60 seconds may be in danger. Well, maybe not this year, but definitely before the following Olympics.last_img read more

GTU’s books not audited since 1989 – AG

first_img…“We have nothing to hide” – Union’s PresidentAs the countrywide teachers’ strike over wage increases enters its fourth straight day, attention is simultaneously being placed on the financial status of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), after a request was made for Auditor General Deodat Sharma to conduct an audit of the union’s finances.Auditor General Deodat SharmaThis request was made after the union announced that it cannot pay full strike relief to all teachers.While the probe has not started, Auditor General Sharma told Guyana Times on Wednesday that, based on the information obtained so far, the GTU’s books have not been audited in almost 30 years. He pointed out that his office had written the GTU in the past to submit its records.“The last audit was since 1989. We had written them to submit their records. I don’t think they’ve got it for those years, but I have to double-check my records. Normally, based of financial statement audits, unless we get the financial statement, we don’t really go in, unless there is some inquiry or accusation,” Sharma observed.GTU President Mark Lyte speaking after the breakdown on talks in salary increasesSharma cautioned that the audit would move forward once the records are present. On those grounds, he pointed out that at this point he could not say how long a probe would last.“I don’t know. First of all, it’s due to the availability of the records. Once we get the records, within two to three weeks we should be able to have something,” the official surmised.GTU not afraidMeanwhile, at least two executives of the GTU, while responding to disclosure of the possible probe, questioned the timing of the request and pondered if the letter has truly come from a concerned teacher. GTU President Mark Lyte told this newspaper that the union is focused on advancing improved wages.“It (the letter) says it’s coming from a teacher, but I believe it’s coming from a certain office that everyone knows where,” Lyte said.He told this newspaper the GTU’s books were audited, and maintained that the union has no issue with being re-audited.“Why does the media have to be tracking us down for this? The issue at hand is teachers’ livable wages and salary, and that is the focus right now. If the books have to be audited, the people who have to audit, come and audit; we don’t have anything to hide,” Lyte disclosed.Even as the possibility of an audit probe looms, the union President stressed that the teachers’ 50 percent strike relief would not be affected.“It affects nothing; we’ve already said to the teachers that strike relief would be provided,” he asserted.No distractionLyte’s fellow executive, GTU General Secretary Coretta McDonald, declared that the union has been a transparent one, having suggested that there continues to be regular internal audits.“We have no difficulty with [an audit]. Our books are always opened. Our teachers at any time can come and peruse our books. At every General Council meeting, we have a report from the treasurer, with audited statements coming from our auditors,” McDonald declared.“If you check history, every time a union decides to call industrial action, whichever Government in power always wants to threaten you that your books are not audited; so we will not be distracted by them,” she added.Guyana Times, in trying to ascertain when the last audit was done, the executive stressed that the GTU auditing is ongoing.“Auditing is a process, so our process is ongoing. In 2016, we had our elections, and we had audited statements that were issued.Our focus is to move this matter to arbitration, end this fiasco and ensure that our nation’s children are being taking care of before we fight to see if our books are up to date,” she noted.In the August 23, 2018 letter, the “concerned” teacher requested that an audit be conducted in the management of funds paid to the Guyana Teachers Union. It related union President Mark Lyte initially saying that the union could not provide relief benefits as the union had other financial commitments, such as bursaries, death benefits, and buildings to maintain.Teachers had been concerned that there would be cuts to their salaries, and were not sure if the union would provide strike relief; but the GTU General Council held a meeting on Tuesday and decided to offer partial strike relief to teachers amounting to 50 percent of their salaries. However, Lyte also cautioned that the relief fund could cover teachers for up to one month. Teachers are seeking increases of some 40%. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

UCLA ready to put early exit behind No. 1 seed out West.

first_imgUCLA will learn today whether the NCAA Tournament selection committee will punish one poor week of play when measured against four very good months, and with it the Bruins will learn their destination and opponent for the first round. However, it will still be a few more days before UCLA learns something much more vital to its long-term prognosis – if it is mentally strong and mature enough to tune out a bad week, or whether the absence of a senior on the roster will hurt in a tournament where senior leadership is often a determinant of games. Several projections still have UCLA as the top seed in the West, meaning the Bruins would open in Sacramento, with the opportunity to play the regional semifinals and final in San Jose. And even if the selection committee penalizes UCLA (26-5) for finishing the season with losses to seventh-place Washington and Cal, and falls to a No. 2 seed, the Bruins are still expected to be placed in Sacramento, with a chance to go through San Jose on the way to a possible Final Four appearance in Atlanta. However, talk of seeding and potential opponents is a non-issue for the Bruins. What matters is whether they can learn, and flourish, from the adversity. “I think that will be a reflection of myself,” said Bruins all-American junior guard Arron Afflalo, who scored three points and fouled out in the loss to Cal. “I think if I’m mature enough to handle this situation &because there’s no mystery about it, the way I played (against Cal) is the majority of the reason why we lost. “I think it will be a reflection on how I bounce back, and I think the other guys will do a great job leading along with me.” Still stung by an unforeseen first-round exit at the hands of eighth-place California in the first round of the Pacific-10 Tournament, league winners UCLA will gather this afternoon at the school’s Morgan Center to watch the selection show with more questions than how the brackets shake down. “We have some soul-searching to do in terms of what we need to do to get back to playing as well as we were last Thursday,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “We won the league championship (March 1), so we’re not that far away from playing good. It’s the really small things that are the difference between winning and losing.” center_img During the run to the national title game loss to Florida last season, the Bruins relied heavily on experience. Although Afflalo and Jordan Farmar were the regular season stars, center Ryan Hollins and wing Cedric Bozeman played big roles on and off the court in the NCAAs. Hollins, an enigma much of his career, was the most outstanding player of the Oakland regional. Bozeman’s quiet, calm demeanor served as a reassuring presence, and he played well defensively in the tournament. The current collection of Bruins lack such experience. Afflalo is a third-year starter, but beyond that the Bruins are sophomore- and freshmen-laden. So how does UCLA show its maturity to get through its lack of senior leadership? “Hard work,” Howland said. “It’s basic. It’s fundamental.” Players said poor effort was the primary reason for both losses, though such reasoning never sits well with Howland. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Slayings at Cal State remembered

first_imgFULLERTON – A gunman’s massacre at Virginia Tech on Monday resonated at a college campus in California where a janitor shot seven people to death 30 years ago. On July 12, 1976, Edward Allaway opened fire with a .22-caliber rifle in the Cal State Fullerton library. He killed two custodians, a photographer, a retired professor, a library assistant, a graphic artist and an audio technician. Two other people were wounded. A woman whose father, Frank Teplansky, was among the Fullerton dead, told The Orange County Register that the shooting at Virginia Tech will scar those victims’ survivors. “The ripple effect is going to last forever,” Patricia Almazan said in a story posted on the newspaper’s Web site. “And it’s not something that most people can achieve closure on. It’s always going to be there – always.” “You can’t conceptualize how a human being can do something so horrific,” Almazan said. Allaway told authorities he killed his co-workers because they teased him about his belief that pornographic movies were being made on campus. At his trial, he testified that homosexual men were using the school’s library for sexual liaisons and were plotting to kill him. A judge found him innocent by reason of insanity in 1977 after a jury was unable to reach a verdict, and he was remanded to a state mental hospital. In 2001, he testified that he had cured himself of schizophrenia but his last bid to be released from Patton State Hospital was rejected by an Orange County Superior Court judge. In 2003, the California Supreme Court rejected without comment his appeal for release. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Arsenal target Xhaka: Decision over future will ‘definitely be made before Euros

first_img1 Arsenal will have to fork out over £30m to land Swiss star Granit Xhaka this summer Arsenal target Granit Xhaka insists his future will be decided before Euro 2016.The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to north London in recent weeks as a part of a deal which could be worth over £30m.And as speculation continues to rumble on, the midfielder has urged Borussia Monchengladbach to sort out his future before he heads to the Euros with Switzerland.“I’m the wrong person to say something, you might need to check that with Max Eberl [Borussia Monchengladbach’s director of sport],” Xhaka told RP.“It is so that the season’s over now and there might be discussions over the next few days. Whatever decision is made, we will make it together.“There will definitely be a decision before the Euros.”last_img read more

DDTV: INISHOWEN STUDENTS PROVE SCIENCE CAN BE FUN!

first_imgStudents at one Inishowen school have shown that school doesn’t have to be boring!Pupils from Crana College in Buncrana rolled up their sleeves to take part in their Science Fair this week. All sorts of experiments were undertaken and a great day was had by all involved.Simply click on the video to see how exactly how much fun and enjoyment was had.DDTV: INISHOWEN STUDENTS PROVE SCIENCE CAN BE FUN! was last modified: November 19th, 2014 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) Tags:buncranaCRANA COLLEGEScience Fairlast_img read more

TWO YOUNG DONEGAL COMPANIES CHOSEN FOR JUNIOR DRAGON’S DEN

first_imgTwo young Donegal companies have been chosen to take part in the final of RTE’s Junior Dragon’s Den.Donegal companies The Easy Grower and Donegal Pens are among just 20 young firms from across the country to qualify for the final.The company owners, from Rosses Community School in Dungloe and St.Columba’s College in Stranorlar, will appear on RTE when the series starts in 2013.  TWO YOUNG DONEGAL COMPANIES CHOSEN FOR JUNIOR DRAGON’S DEN was last modified: December 10th, 2012 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) Tags:DONEGAL PENSJunior Dragon’s DenThe Easy Growerlast_img read more

What’s wrong with the Warriors? Steve Kerr shares his thoughts

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – This time, the Warriors did not hold a long film session or an intense scrimmage.Unlike after their 33-point loss last week to an Eastern Conference contender (Boston Celtics), Warriors coach Steve Kerr decided against punishing his team with that workload following their defeat on Sunday to the Western Conference’s worst team (Phoenix Suns). Therefore, …last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awards $34,000 in scholarships

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded $34,000 in scholarships to students across the state. The foundation annually recognizes Ohio students for their academic effort, community engagement and career interests that link agriculture to community service, education or scientific research. Cindy Hollingshead ScholarshipRecipients are Sarah Lehner of Delaware County; Meredith Oglesby of Highland County; Katie Frost of Fayette County; Todd Peterson of Fayette County; Louisa Pullins of Wood County; Sumedha Kappagantula of Butler County; Kady Davis of Carroll County; Kaitlyn Evans of Richland County and Danielle Leeper of Union County. This fund honors Cynthia Anne (Cindy) Hollingshead for her 39 years of service as Ohio Farm Bureau’s executive secretary, as well as a lifetime of volunteer commitment to local government and community service activities. Financial assistance goes to students who are pursuing careers focused on agriculture, community service and association leadership. Darwin Bryan ScholarshipRecipients are Kristen Eisenhauer of Richland County; Katie Frost of Fayette County; Melanie Fuhrmann of Scioto County; Sarah Lehner of Delaware County and Todd Peterson of Fayette County. This fund was established in 1985 in honor of Darwin R. Bryan whose enthusiastic leadership during his 37 years of service to Ohio Farm Bureau has been an inspiration to rural youth throughout Ohio. The fund assists students who have been active in Farm Bureau’s youth program and/or whose parents are Farm Bureau members. Jack Fisher ScholarshipRecipients are Cora Dorman of Licking County; Kady Davis of Carroll County; Mary Baker of Wayne County; Garrett Stanfield of Adams County; Todd Peterson of Fayette County; Meredith Oglesby of Highland County; Savannah Ireland of Jackson County; Kayla Walls of Mercer County; Abigail Durheim of Delaware County, and Sarah Lehner of Delaware County. This fund is named after John C. “Jack” Fisher, Ohio Farm Bureau’s executive vice president for 20 years. His vision for this scholarship is to enable people to acquire the necessary tools for a more fulfilling life. Kenny Walter Scholarship FundKady Davis of Carroll County and Cora Dorman of Licking County received this award, which honors Kenny Walter, a long-time Farm Bureau staff member, leader and advocate for rural Ohio. The fund provides scholarships to students pursuing post-secondary education in agriculture who come from the 29 northeastern counties Walter served as a regional supervisor and organization director. Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar AwardReceiving this award are Clare Sollars of Fayette County; Todd Peterson of Fayette County; Garrett Stanfield of Adams County and Meredith Oglesby of Highland County. This award recognizes students for academic effort, community service and career interests that use agriculture to enhance the partnership between producers and consumers in rural, suburban and/or urban settings. Women’s Leadership in Agriculture ScholarshipReceiving the scholarship are Sarah Lehner of Delaware County; Melanie Fuhrmann of Scioto County; Katie Frost of Fayette County; Meredith Oglesby of Highland County; Holly Schmenk of Putnam County; Olivia Blay of Portage County and Courtney Heiser of Seneca County. This scholarship is for students who have chosen a career path that benefits agricultural or community development such as food production, scientific research, education/outreach or leadership development. The program was established by an endowment from the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, FifthThird Bank, Trustee.last_img read more

Field Talk: A Q&A with Providers Supporting Military Families

first_imgThis post was written by Robyn DiPietro-Wells & Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD, members of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. Field Talk is a monthly blog post sharing the voices of early childhood providers who serve or have served military families of young children with disabilities (birth to 5 years old).  We hope you find it to be educational, personable, and encouraging.This month we welcome Lana Sperry, M.A., CCC-SLP.  Lana works as a speech-language pathologist in Clarksville, TN.  The names within this interview have been changed and their stories used with permission.  This interview was edited for length and clarity.Describe your current role.I am a speech-language pathologist in a civilian hospital outpatient rehabilitation setting. In the clinic I see pediatric clients, where I am the sole provider of swallowing and feeding therapy for infants and children. I also provide augmentative communication device training, as well as speech and language therapy. Finally, I see adult and geriatric populations for whom provide swallowing, speech, language, voice, and cognitive therapy.What’s your favorite part of your current job?I love helping people. It’s an amazing feeling to see the smiles on people’s faces when they have accomplished a goal.Tell us about experiences you have had working with military families.In 2002, following graduate school, I moved to Clarksville, TN which is located very near Fort Campbell, KY. This area serves a large military population, and it was in in Clarksville that I began working with families in the military.The ages and diagnoses of individuals I have seen have ranged from infants to teens. These children have had diagnoses including: autism, spina bifida, developmental delays, Down syndrome, feeding difficulties, and speech-articulation impairments. I have learned that children with the same diagnosis can be very different.Fresh out of graduate school, I worked at a clinic that provided home health services to the birth to 3-year population. I vividly recall a 2 year old named ‘Sam,’ whose parents were young and the father was in the military. Sam was unable to communicate verbally. He would instead take adults to a desired object or bring an object to them. When upset he would escalate quickly and have difficulty calming himself. It was while working with Sam that I suspected he had autism. This was my first experience sharing my suspicions with parents. I referred them for further testing and this diagnosis was confirmed. Luckily the parents took the news well. It was important for them to remember that a diagnosis did not change their child. In therapy ‘Sam’ was able to use the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) to communicate. He was successful in using this system to request items such as toys and food. The family was reassigned and moved before we could try using an augmentative communication device with Sam. I will always remember ‘Sam’ as he was my first hands-on experience with a child with autism.Describe a rewarding experience working with military families.A few years ago I worked with a young child named Jessa. She had spina bifida, which resulted in her being paralyzed from the waist down. She was a cute little blonde who pushed herself around the clinic in a tiny wheelchair. Her communication skills were extremely limited due to severe oral and speech apraxia. She could produce a few basic vowels and would use these with appropriate voice inflection. A sentence such as “Look at that ball” might sound like “Oo aa aa ah.”I worked with Jessa 3 days a week, which allowed me to become close to her as well as her family. Progress was slow but present. We established that she could produce consonants such as “b” in “ball,” but she had to separate the word “buh – all”. Toward the end of her therapy, and prior to moving, Jessa could use a variety of word approximations involving many different consonants. When the family was preparing to move, the mom expressed sadness in having to leave the area and find a new speech therapist. It was very rewarding to have helped Jessa and to have given the parents a chance to see her progress. It is rewarding to have parents tell me that they wish they could take me with them to continue to treat their child. While I am pleased that parents have seen their child make progress, I am sad to say good-bye to them.Describe a challenging experience working with military families.Military families often move around a great deal which means frequent changes in medical and therapeutic providers. Therefore, it can be challenging to access therapy notes from former speech, physical, and occupational providers. Also, a child’s plan of care may not be met when a child is in my care for only a short amount of time due to military assignments.When one works with families for months or years there is a certain “sense of ownership” over the child’s intervention plan and their speech-language progress. So when a family has to leave and start working with another therapist, I feel a sense of loss. I do, however try to be available for the new therapist to answer questions.Also, as a civilian, I am not completely familiar with military terminology. This can be challenging when communicating with families. It is helpful to have some understanding of military acronyms.From your experience, how are military families similar and different from other types of families?Military families are generally in the area for shorter time periods than civilian families. I find that the parents, especially mothers, of children with disabilities are strong advocates for their children. In my experience, military mothers are often more assertive due to the need to fight for services for their child. In some ways, I adjust my practice when caring for a child in a military family. For example, if I know in advance that a family will only be living in the area for a short amount of time, I modify my plan of care to be more aggressive in an effort to address more targets during the family’s time here. However, in many ways I treat military families the same as civilian families.As providers, how can we support military parents who are deployed or away frequently due to trainings/school?  Communication between providers and families is essential. After every session I summarize the goals addressed in that session and the child’s performance on each goal. I send this home with the hope that it will help keep the caregiver informed of the child’s progress even when they cannot attend sessions.I try to understand the needs of each military family. If a family notifies me of upcoming travel or a deployment, and there is the need for the child to miss some appointments, I do my best to reserve availability on my schedule. For example, I am working with a child whose extended family is from another country. The mother has taken the children to visit family for the summer while the father is deployed. In this case, I did not discharge the child, but instead put his chart on “hold,” and when the child returns, I will re-evaluate him.Describe a specific stressor that military families with whom you have worked have shared or experienced.Military families who have children with disabilities have expressed stress when they have to re-establish services for their children in new towns. It can be difficult to move to a new city and try to find quality service providers. I generally try to do an Internet search or ask other SLPs to recommend providers. I also like to prepare a detailed letter including the child’s goals, test scores, and progress for the parent to give to the next therapist. This can help the new therapist initiate services.What “insider” tips or advice do you have for service providers working with military families who have young children with disabilities?Be open to and accepting of different cultures and ways of life. It is our place to listen to the parents and provide the best care possible to their children.If you could change or improve one thing for military families with young children with disabilities, what would it be?It would be nice if the military provided families with a list of physicians and service providers located near each military base.What types of resources have you sought out to feel more confident and competent at meeting the specific needs of military families? (e.g., trainings, blog posts, organizations, etc.)I have reached out to the parents of the children with whom I work. They are generally happy to explain the hierarchy of the military, the acronyms, the procedures, etc.last_img read more