UWI to confer former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson, with honorary doctorate

first_imgSimpson Miller served as the seventh Prime Minister of Jamaica from 2006-2007 and 2012-2016, she was also the recipient of the Jamaican Order of the Nation in 2006. Outstanding contribution to public lifeThe university says the degree is being conferred in recognition of Simpson Miller’s “outstanding and meritorious contribution to public life, and of her phenomenal achievements as a woman from the working class community who, without the privileges of wealth, colour, class and respected profession, overcame those obstacles and emerged as the first female Prime Minister of Jamaica.” Commitment to regional integration“As Prime Minister, she emphasized her commitment to regional integration and cooperation. During her tenure, she used her considerable political and social skills to harness international and domestic support for the stabilization and growth of the Jamaican economy,” the UWI said in a statement. Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will be conferred with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University of the West Indies (UWI), during an official ceremony scheduled for September 30.center_img The ceremony will be held at the UWI’s Mona Campus . The former Prime Minister is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, which is an international network of current and former women Presidents and Prime Ministers whose mission is to advance women’s issues.last_img read more

Norfleet makes historic NASCAR debut

first_imgNorfleet obtained her NASCAR license two years ago and made her first NASCAR debut on Aug. 4 at the Motor Mile Speedway in Fairlawn, Va. Norfleet, who is sponsored by Verizon, finished 23rd out of 25 drivers at the CMC Supply Twin 100s at Motor Mile Speedway in Fairlawn, Va.With an early start at five years old racing her Barbie Corvette—replaced with two new car batteries to increase the speed by her father Bobby Norfleet—Norfleet stopped at nothing to make her racing dreams a reality.“It’s a blessing to do what you love to do,” Norfleet said.Bobby Norfleet, an inspiration to his daughter, has a long history of racing. Founder of Bobby Norfleet Racing, Inc., he began his career in motorcycle racing, then moved to drag before competing in NASCAR in 1992. His mentor was Wendell Scott, the legendary African-American racer who competed in NASCAR in the ’60s and ’70s and was the only African American to win a race.Bobby proudly wore Scott’s number “34,” which he then passed on to his eldest daughter, Norfleet, who wears the symbolic number with a long lineage. Bobby has always supported his daughter’s dreams and encouraged her to make the decision to race on her own.“I didn’t influence her at all—that was her decision,” he said. “She took an interest in racing whereas my boys didn’t. Whatever the kids wanted to do, if it was positive, we are behind them. I just told her she has to want to do it.”Norfleet was 14 when she realized she wanted to make racing a career. She knew hard work and dedication would be the key to success—despite what anyone else told her.“There were plenty of people, even recently, that would say they don’t get it or ‘it won’t work,’ trying to discourage me,” she said. “Misery loves company but I didn’t listen to them because had I listened to them I would be right there with them.”Off the track, Norfleet is engaged in a number of community efforts that include working with children and programs like the National African American Drug Policy Coalition and the Motorsports Institute, Inc.Norfleet keeps a busy schedule and routine to remain mentally and physically fit. Her racing career is “surreal,” as she describes it.“I’m just really a driver like everyone else, I just happen to be a Black female,” she said. “I didn’t set out to be the first African-American female—I just wanted to drive.”Norfleet plans to participate in more races this year. With a strong team behind her, she is enthused for what the future holds.“Now we’re just preparing to run a lot more races this year and getting ready for Daytona 2013,” Bobby Norfleet said.(Special to the Courier from the Philadelphia Tribune.) by Kimberley Richards For New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)—Since Tia Norfleet was a young girl she knew she had a desire for racing cars. Her passion for racing led to her breaking barriers—becoming the first and only African-American female licensed by NASCAR. MOVE OVER DANICA—Tia Norfleet, the daughter of NASCAR pioneer Bobby Norfleet, races for her father’s team and debuted in NASCAR on Aug. 4 at the CMC Supply Twin 100s, finishing 23rd. (Courtesy Photo/Tia Norfleet) last_img read more

Shuttlers Satwiksairaj and Chirag settle for doubles silver in French Open

first_imgAdvertisement mdveNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4yqrbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E20s( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5ki6Would you ever consider trying this?😱9n9jCan your students do this? 🌚eskRoller skating! Powered by Firework India bagged the silver medal in men’s doubles category of the French Open Super 750, thanks to the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty. The duo lost the finals in straight games against the top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia by a 18-21 16-21 margin, on Sunday.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BWFBadminton.comIt took the Indonesian pair just 35 minutes to beat their opponent, who looked rather nervy from the start. But even after their failure, the Indian duo commands respect as this was the first time an Indian men’s doubles pair had reached a Super 750 final. In singles though, Kidambi Srikanth won the men’s title back in 2017 while Saina Nehwal reached the women’s final in 2012.Both Satwik and Chirag weren’t in their best shape from the beginning and allowed Marcus and Kevin to take a huge lead of 7-1 in the first game. However, the Indian shuttlers showed character, coming back to the game at 17-17 a few moments later. With the scores level, the Indonesians changed their gear and quickly finished the game with three easy points.Advertisement The second game proved to be quite tight, as Satwik and Chirag took the game to 12-12, before the winners with their continuous pressure on the Indians, took home the match by a score of 16-21.The Indian duo, ranked world no. 11 raised a few eyebrows on their way to the finals, when they defeated the reigning world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan. They also registered two stunning wins over Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen the world no. 8 and Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe, another favourites of the tournament.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Mates hold down lead as WKFFL reaches mid-season mark

first_imgThe Brewers are fourth in the league with a 1-4 mark.Vikings, defending league champs, kept pace with the Mates by posting a 30-12 victory over Hour Glass.Quarterback Steve Mota tossed three touchdown passes for Vikings to John Lloyd, John Foley and Jay  Trower.Mota also rushed for the major and picked off one interception.Teams take a week off from the schedule as the league is hosting a Pro Bowl Sunday at Mount Sentinel Field.This game is an open invitation for new players to come out and test their flag football skills. The South Slocan Mates hold down top spot in the West Kootenay Flag Football League standings at the mid-season mark of the schedule.Mates, undefeated in five games, lead Castlegar Vikings and Nelson Hour Glass by two games in league standings.last_img

Nelson Kootenay Chaos Track stars shine on provincial stage

first_imgErickson and Faraguna, both 10 years of age, are part of the Nelson Kootenay Chaos Track and Field team and are coached by Alex Ulaszonek.”Matti Erickson was named the outstanding performer in his age division after winning the three events that he was entered in,” Ulaszonek explained.Ulaszonek said Erickson won the 60 meter, 300 meter and 600 meter events, all in record times.”His award for the top performance won him a Timex Harry Jerome wrist watch,” Ulaszonek said.Meanwhile, Faraguna won the silver medal in the 300 meter run and was the bronze medallist in the 60 meter sprint. Both boys, along with Adis and Semeng Atkinson will be competing in two weeks at an indoor meet in Kamloops. Two Hume School athletes are making more than a little noise on the provincial track and field circuit.Matti Erickson and Matteo Faraguna returned with a trunk load of medals at the prestigious Harry Jerome Indoor meet this past weekend at the Richmond Olympic Oval.last_img read more

Supreme Court Resumes Normal Activities

first_imgAfter closing over the weekend as part of it precautionary measure against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, the Supreme Court on Monday, August 4, resumed normal activities.The High Court was among several government institutions that were temporary shut down for spraying of the entire offices and building including the entire compound of Temple of Justice.The moved intended was to ensure the safety of employees of the Judiciary Branch of the government, after an employee of that institution was believed to have been killed by the deadly Ebola virus that had claimed the over hundreds of  lives, including medical practitioner in the country.At Monday’s opening Judges were seen performing their usual duties by proceeding with cases.One of such, court that was in action yesterday was the Criminal Court ‘C’.That Criminal Court was hearing the drug smuggling case involving  Perry Dolo, the former presidential convoy chief and four others.They were accused of trafficking over LD$3.7million substance believed to be narcotic from neighboring Sierra Leone through the Bo Waterside crossing point into the country.The claim they denied when they were appeared before that court early last month for prosecution.It can be recalled that on July 31, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Cllr.  Francis Korkpor instructed his Court’s administrator Cllr. Elizabeth J. Nelson to have all court’s activities closed pending the completion of the spraying of offices and building at  the Temple of Justice.In that directive, the    Chief Justice declared that“We are taking all precautionary measures in response to the deadly Ebola virus.” “In light of this,” Chief Justice Korkpor added, “the entire Temple of Justice compound will be fumigated (disinfected) beginning July 31 at 2:30 pm.”He further declared that “And will end on August 1.”In concluding, the Supreme Court stated that “normal activities will begin on Monday, August 4.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Frogeye and fungicides for soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Anne Dorrance, Ohio State University Extension plant pathologistFrom the scouting reports from the county educators and crop consultants, most of the soybeans in the state are very healthy with no disease symptoms.However, as the news reports have indicated, there are a few varieties in a few locations that have higher incidence of frogeye leaf spot than we are accustomed to seeing at this growth stage — mid R2 through flowering in Ohio. Most of the reports to date are along and south of route 70, which based on the past 12 years is where frogeye is the most common. When this disease occurs this early in the season, where it can be readily observed, this is a big problem and should be addressed right away with a fungicide soon and a second application at 14 to 21 days later depending on if disease continues to develop and if environmental conditions (cool nights, fogs, heavy dews, rains) continue.What if there is no frogeye on the varieties in your area? Wait and keep scouting. If you know your seed company’s resistance rating scale and your variety has good resistance, then you just saved a lot of money by not having to spray a fungicide.We know from previous work that if frogeye does not appear in a field until growth stage R5 — on a susceptible variety — there is no yield loss. This is most common in the northern part of Ohio (route 30 and north), it’s rare to have a fungicide pay for frogeye leaf spot. This disease does not really begin to move until later in the season.This disease is fairly easy to scout for. The newer leaves are the ones that are susceptible not the older, fully expanded leaves. So take a look before you buy. Check your variety ratings and keep listening to where it has been detected in your area. More importantly, we do need to evaluate if any of the strains of C. sojina are susceptible to frogeye leaf spot in the state, so please send us leaves with lesions.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: I remember Hodgson from Inter Milan and Udinese

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri: I remember Hodgson from Inter Milan and Udineseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is full of praise for Crystal Palace counterpart Roy Hodgson.The two teams meet on Sunday.Hodgson worked in Serie A with Inter Milan and Udinese while the Chelsea boss was working in the minor Italian leagues.He said: “He was and is a very good coach. I remember him in Italy in Inter and the second time in Udine.”I remember very well and he was a very good coach. I saw his team during the season and they are improving a lot I think.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Map: Where The Most Notre Dame Football Fans Are Located

first_imgA fan sitting in the stands dressed as Notre Dame's mascot.2 Nov 1996: The University of Notre Dame Leprachaun mascot leads the crowd during the Fighting Irish 54-27 win over Navy in Dublin, Ireland. Mandatory Credit: Billy Stickland/ALLSPORTEarlier today we showed you the 2016 College Football Fan Map created by users on Reddit’s college football page. The map shows the most-popular college football team in every county in the United States. You can view it here.Along with the overall map, team-specific maps have been created. Here’s where the most Notre Dame football fans are located throughout the country.Notre Dame clearly has a huge fan base that spreads throughout the United States. It’s hard to find another fan base that covers as much ground.last_img