Flow powers confident KC at Champs tour

first_imgCoach Neil Harrison’s confidence was clear: “We are ready. We were born ready.”That’s the message he is sending as it relates to his Kingston College (KC) charges’ readiness for the fast-approaching ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships.Harrison was speaking at an entertaining Journey to Champs stop in which telecommunications and cable company FLOW boosted KC’s coffers with $200,000 towards their sports development and sports programme at the institution’s Elleston Road Campus, which houses grades seven to nine, yesterday.Over the past three weeks, FLOW has stopped by three schools – Jamaica College, Hydel, and now, KC.The next stops for the FLOW Champs tour are Girls’ champions’, Edwin Allen High, next Tuesday, and Boys’ champions, Calabar, on March 11.The championships’ title sponsor, GraceKennedy, was also on hand to distribute gift bags, refreshment, prizes and nutritional advice to the students.The exciting day included entertainer Bugle releasing a number of hits from his catalogue. There were entertaining dancing battles and lyrical battles between students and FLOW dancers, while former KC students Elli the Viner and Prince Pine entertained and chanted the school’s motto to much jubilation.FLOW’s Whitney Fennell, who is in charge of retail sales, who himself is a Fortis old boy, rallied his former school ahead of Champs.”FLOW believes that the future of this country rests with young people, and we will all be supporting our youngsters, so we will always power our footballers and our athletes in whatever sport they choose,” Fennell outlined.Meanwhile, dean of discipline of the North Street campus Ainsworth Walker jolted the crowd with: “KC, KC, KC … Fortis forever!””I think we are prepared to win Champs, barring injuries. We only have one serious injury in the Class One with Chadwick Brown, and hopefully, he will recover,” Walker told The Gleaner in an interview.”We stand a great chance; they (athletes) just need to be consistent in their training and be advised about their physical and mental state, and once they find a twitch, they should take it serious,” he continued.Ironically, GraceKennedy’s digital media officer, Dwayne Extol, who helped to dethrone KC of the championships at Wolmer’s Boys in 2010, said: “Calabar by far looks impressive all season, JC are dark horses, as they are well-rounded and look a strong unit this year,” Extol pointed out.last_img read more

Security guard chopped to death during attempted robbery

first_imgA security guard, attached to the Best Buy Hardware Store, Bladen Hall, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was killed after challenging two men who invaded his workplace while he was on duty.Dead is Sattaur Kaderr, 53, of Foulis, ECD. He was chopped about his body by two men in what is believed to have been an attempted robbery.According to reports, around 22:45h on Wednesday, Kaderr attempted to confront two men who had entered the business place’s compound from the rear and it was during this confrontation that the perpetrators dealt several chops about the security guard’s body with cutlasses before fleeing the scene.Kaderr was subsequently rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The deceased man’s son indicated that his uncle telephoned informing him and their family of the tragedy that had befallen his father.It was highlighted that Kaderr had only been employed at the entity for one year prior to his death. He leaves to mourn his wife, three children and other relatives.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum on Thursday said that investigations were still ongoing. However, several persons were taken in for questioning – two of whom remain suspects.last_img read more

When harvest is delayed, fall tillage is too

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It’s no secret that the 2017 harvest season is behind schedule. For many farmers, that means fall tillage is behind schedule as well. For this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Seneca, Crawford and Wyandot County’s Territory Manager Derek Hunker tells the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins that it may take a hard freeze to get tillage back on schedule.last_img

Former OFBF Executive Vice President Bill Swank dies at 88

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest C. William Swank, who served as Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president from 1968-1996, died Sept. 21, 2019. Swank helped Ohio Farm Bureau grow into the advocacy organization it is today, all the while keeping the economic and social well being of farm families top of mind.Among the most important legislative accomplishments that occurred during his tenure were the establishment of Current Agriculture Use Value (CAUV) program, the phase out of the personal property tax for agricultural production and in 1992 leading a coalition of business and industry groups against Issue 5, the chemical labeling law ballot initiative.During his 40-year career, Swank received the Ohio State University Board of Trustees Distinguished Service Award, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award and is a member of the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame, to name just a few.A U.S. Air Force veteran, Swank earned his Bachelor of Science, master’s and doctorate from Ohio State University and was recognized by the university in many ways, including the establishment of an endowed chair in Rural\Urban Policy. An economist and participant in agricultural issues nationally and internationally, Swank regularly kept in touch with Farm Bureau staff and industry leaders on current issues.“Bill Swank was one of the true giants in Ohio agriculture,” said Adam Sharp, Ohio Farm Bureau executive vice president. “His visionary leadership built Farm Bureau into a powerful tool for farm families and helped guide the entire food and farm industry.  His passion for farmers was unmatched. He was smart, funny and kind. All of us in agriculture today are benefiting from his legacy.”He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Helen, and two daughters and their families, including nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael.Remember that we are always looking at a parade of people. They’re moving through and past–it’s never done. You can know and teach that group that’s right in front of you, but pretty soon, they’re not here and it’s a new group. We’ve got the knowledge that there always is this parade of people, a parade of issues–it never stops and so our work is never done. ~ C. William Swank in his 1995 retirement address at the 77th Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting.Service detailsFamily will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 at The Church of the Messiah, U.M., 51 N. State St., Westerville where services will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday.Photo caption: In 2017, former Executive Vice President Bill Swank (pictured with his wife, Helen, and OFBF Executive Vice President Adam Sharp) was honored at the Ohio Farm Bureau state office. The executive conference room, which holds not only meetings but plaques and awards from Swank’s time as executive vice president, was renamed the C. William Swank Executive Conference Room.last_img read more

Virginity test: Maharashtra Minister promises action against Kanjarbhat caste panchayats

first_imgThe Maharashtra government on Wednesday assured the State Legislative Council that caste panchayats of the Kanjarbhat community would face action if they compelled newly married women to undergo a ‘virginity test’Action would also be taken if the panchayat members were found to be interfering in cases of rape and sexual harassment, said Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil.The Minister was responding to a calling attention motion tabled by Shiv Sena’s Neelam Gorhe.‘Hurts women’s dignity’The Kanjarbhat community’s custom, in which newly married women are expected to undergo a test to prove that they were virgin before marriage, hurt women’s dignity, Mr. Gorhe said.She also alleged that these panchayats also tried and settled cases of rape and sexual harassment outside the court.‘File criminal case’“Cases should be registered against them (panchayat members). Conducting a virginity test and announcing its result publicly is a violation of woman’s right to privacy. Her virginity status should not be disclosed to the public,” Mr. Gorhe said.Mr. Patil said police would be asked to register a criminal case if a panchayat forced a woman to undergo a virginity test.Awareness meet“The government will also take action if caste panchayat members are found interfering in cases of rape and sexual harassment,” he added.“We will hold a meeting of caste panchayats and social activists next month to create awareness about the issue,” Mr. Patil said.last_img read more