Courts Dominica hosts ‘Super Mom Challenge’ ahead of Mother’s Day

first_img 23 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Courts Dominica hosts ‘Super Mom Challenge’ ahead of Mother’s Day by: – May 11, 2012 Courts Dominica will host the first ever ‘Super Mom Challenge’ on Friday to show appreciation for mothers ahead of Mother’s Day 2012 celebrations.Every year, the second Sunday in May is set aside as Mother’s Day affording persons an opportunity to honour their mothers.The challenge will be hosted at the organization’s Roseau outlet and is open to anyone who believes that they possess the skills and fortitude to complete the challenges outline bellow in the shortest possible time.Participants will have to compete in eight (8) challenges while holding a baby.They will be judged on adherence to allotted time, skills, confidence and overall presentation.The winner will receive EC$2000.00There will also be in-store specials during the challenge for persons who would want to do last minute shopping for the mothers in their lives.The competition will commence from 3pm.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

The life of a student-athlete in the Final Four

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — Forgive Gordon Hayward for daydreaming.Twenty-four hours before the biggest game of his life, the Butler star will be sitting in a lecture hall instead of a locker room. His hometown Bulldogs might be the toast of college basketball, but that won’t get the sophomore out of attending class the day before taking on Michigan State in the Final Four. Thanks to an unbalanced schedule (who takes Friday classes anyway?) and a bracket-busting run through the NCAA Tournament, Hayward is scheduled to study applied mathematics before studying the Spartans on Friday.Such is the life of a student-athlete in the Final Four.Butler teammate Shelvin Mack said as soon as his Thursday news conference was over, he had to run back to the team hotel and write a four-to-six page paper.Such is the life of a student-athlete in the Final Four.But not all of the athletes are able to stay afloat academically as much as Mack and Hayward. Some players feel as if they are totally immersed athletically and will just have to deal with classes once they get back to campus after the tournament.“The last two weeks, I’ve been to maybe four classes total,” Butler center Matt Howard said. “It feels like an extended spring break, you can’t really beat that. You’re playing basketball and that’s about all there is. That’s a college player’s dream.”Juggling academics and athletics is a laborious task amid a month appropriately known as “March Madness.” And when you’re forced to spend a majority of the time away from your classrooms and teachers, it can be a particularly difficult one, too.“We were in San Jose and Salt Lake City for the tournament,” Hayward said, “and right before that we had spring break. We’ve missed almost a month of school probably.”Such is the life of a student-athlete in the Final Four.Making up missed lectures and assignments can be a heavy burden, and one that falls on the players and the team’s academic support staff. But when factoring in games, travel, practices, film sessions, team meals, team meetings, medical treatments, media availability and pep rallies, you’re not left with a whole lot of time to hit the books. It is the ultimate test in time management. Find a way to keep your grades up, while also finding a way to keep your hardwood dreams alive.Some schools consider themselves well-trained experts in that area, such as Michigan State, which has been to six Final Fours in their last 12 years under head coach Tom Izzo.“We’ve had so much success that we have a nice template for dealing with the tournament,” said Jim Pignataro, Michigan State’s director of student-athlete support services.The proactive plan takes chance out of the equation. Spartan players prepare for a Final Four run in February, getting ahead on their class work and doing as much as they can academically before the athletic portion of their lives ramps up. Tutors aren’t allowed to travel with the team, but nightly study sessions are as commonplace as wind sprints in the Breslin Center. In his 15th year with the Spartans, Pignataro said he has learned to try and work with the players individually, because each one faces different circumstances and different classes.Players from all four schools benefit from having understanding professors. When your excuse for missing class is, “I’m playing in the Final Four,” and not, “My dog ate my homework,” teachers tend to be a bit more flexible. And with paper syllabuses becoming a thing of the past and online classes becoming more and more prevalent, Pignataro said it is becoming even easier for students to keep up during the season.Take Spartan senior Raymar Morgan, an advertising major, for example. Morgan has been taking advertising classes for four years and his professors know this time of the year tends to be busy for the basketball team.“They know him. They know he’s responsible. They know he’s busy. We work something out ahead of time and we almost never have a problem,” Pignataro said.The same is the case at Duke, where Academic Coordinator Kenny King oversees the team’s academic work.“I tell the players at the beginning of every semester that the best way to prepare for conference and postseason travel is to build strong relationships with their professors and that starts with great communication,” he said.King said the players do as much as they can before they leave and frantically try and catch up once they get back, but a lot of their class work is done on the run, which he described as no easy task.“Over the past three weeks, we’ve submitted multiple papers and had to prepare for multiple exams the Monday or Tuesday immediately following our first four rounds,” he said. “We have had to carve time out on the road to make sure we are prepared for the next play, so to speak.”Senior guard Nolan Smith said King does a good job of staying up on them, whether it be a 9 a.m. wake-up call reminding them to go to class or helping them back at the team hotel with an assignment.“Our focus is on a national championship, but we also have to take care of our responsibilities in the classroom,” Smith said. “We are still student-athletes, and the student comes first.”While Hayward and Howard said classes are few and far between in the month of March, West Virginia Educational Counselor Erica Wycherley said her players have been able to attend classes with some regularity at the beginning of the week.“You don’t hear much about the other half of their lives, but these kids are still engaged,” she said, “they are still very much involved.”With all of their tournament games being played in New York leading up to the Final Four, the Mountaineers have done more than their fair share of commuting. But Wycherley said players have been able to get back to campus to touch base with teachers. And although the school is currently on spring break, Wycherley said she doesn’t have a hard time convincing her players to study when the time comes.“The players know I’m pretty reasonable,” she said. “I try and keep a fair balance, because I understand what they have to do basketball-wise. It’s not like I’m saying, ‘Da’Sean (Butler), you have to be in study hall every day on this trip.’ It’s, ‘Okay, let’s set some time aside to get this done and we’ll work at it one piece at a time.”And if that doesn’t work, Wycherley said she could always turn to the coaching staff to provide a bit of extra incentive.“We used to do something that whenever someone missed study hall or a meeting with a tutor they had to flip this massive tractor tire 200 yards,” she said.But for the most part, such punishment is never needed. Wycherley said the players often call her for help and are aware they’ll have plenty to do once returning to campus — national championship trophy in-hand or not.“They are going to have to work double time compared to the average student because they are behind,” she said. “I don’t think people realize the actual time commitment of playing and traveling.”Hayward does. He’s already planning on being swamped once things quiet down and his college life is restored to some form of normalcy.But for now, Hayward will keep living the dream, and likely keep daydreaming as he sits through one last math class wondering what the weekend will hold.“The teachers have been really helpful to us,” he said. “When we go to class, a lot of it is, ‘Congrats’ and ‘Just do what you can do and do the rest when you come back.’” Such is the life of a student-athlete in the Final Four.A team of Indiana University journalists is reporting for the Final Four Student News Bureau, a project between IU’s National Sports Journalism Center and the NCAA at the men’s tournament in Indianapolis.last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgThe paradox of Ebola epidemic started from onset of the disease outbreak in Liberia. First was the denial. The International medical humanitarian organization Medicine Sans Frontieres (MSF) warned of its devastation and cried for action, very few, took notice.Fear, anxiety and the slow response from Government and the International community were paradoxes ’in the prevention and control of Ebola. Finally, the paradox of Ebola Virus Disease could best be explained by its mode of transmission. Most Liberians lost their lives because of their compassion, love and care for humanity.  Today, we notice the efforts put in place to control Ebola, the disappointment of every Liberia when a new case was identified. No longer are we in the era of denial, fear and anxiety. Control and prevention effort is now placed on stopping stigma and discrimination of Ebola survivors, educating the public about the danger of complacency and ensuring the total eradication of EVD from Liberia.To declare Liberia free of Ebola, we need to identify every person that came in contact with the last positive case and place them in quarantine. The contact tracing programme has to be enhanced.As we seek to implement lessons learned in our fight to defeat Ebola in future outbreak, we urge Government and the International community to focus on reducing the factors that contributed in the first place to the high Ebola mortality.The challenges ahead and the difficult choices that we need to make in the absence of established treatment for Ebola further explain the paradox of Ebola Virus Disease. While a large number of children orphaned by the Ebola virus now receive housing, education and other form of welfare, the country still has to deal with accounting for the huge amount of funds spent to control EVD.There is an urgent need for transparency and the sharing of information as well as data. The need for greater coalition, collaboration and coordination cannot be over-emphasized. We have come a long way and therefore need to remain on course.The Ebola outbreak is not over until there are zero cases in the entire country for 42 days. We should be constantly reminded that our neighboring countries of Sierra Leone and Guinea are not out of the wood yet.  According to Margaret Harris, “No one can make any specific predictions on when the Ebola outbreak will be over” Therefore, the control of our porous borders (Land frontiers must be a priority. The road to safety is long but the destination to an Ebola free country can be reached.To ensure that we are totally free, we need to wake people up and put in place permanent systems. We also need to educate our children through the stories and information we provide them with.Support the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind through your stories or with your generous cash donation.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates- Placing emphasis on Human Social Security”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more