ICE arrests father of 3 as he was getting kids ready for school

first_img Related ABCNews.com(LAWRENCE, Kan.) — A Kansas father of three, who was detained by immigration officials last week as he was getting his kids ready for school, is facing deportation.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested Syed Ahmed Jamal, 55, outside his home in Lawrence, Kansas, on Jan. 24. He’s since been detained and will be deported to Bangladesh, where he’s from, ICE said in a statement.Jamal has been living in the United States for decades and attained his undergraduate and master degrees here, his family told ABC affiliate KMBC-TV. He and his wife, who is also from Bangladesh, have three children who are all American citizens.Now, his family worries they’ll never see him again.“I don’t really understand why this is happening.” Jamal’s daughter, Naheen, told KMBC-TV as tears rolled down her cheeks. “So that’s frustrating because he hasn’t done anything wrong.”An online petition to stay Jamal’s deportation has garnered well over 8,000 signatures. The petition describes him as a “family man, scientist and community leader” who has lived in the United States for 30 years.“He’s obviously a very dedicated dad,” Jamal’s eldest son, Taseen, told KMBC-TV. “I just want him to come back.”ICE told ABC News in a statement that Jamal initially legally entered the United States in July 1998 on a temporary nonimmigrant visa. After he overstayed that visa, a federal immigration judge gave him 120 days to depart the United States. Jamal abided the judge’s order and left for Bangladesh in July 2002, according to the statement from ICE.Three months later, Jamal legally re-entered the United States on a temporary nonimmigrant visa. He again overstayed his visit and a federal judge gave him 120 days to depart. But Jamal violated the judge’s order and failed to leave the United States, so the judge issued a final order of removal, or deportation, according to the statement from ICE.ICE said Jamal came to the agency’s attention in September 2012 after he was arrested on misdemeanor criminal charges in Johnson County, Kansas. ICE agents took Jamal into custody and subsequently released him on an order of supervision, requiring him to report to an ICE office in November 2012. In May 2013, the Board of Immigration Appeals dismissed Jamal’s appeal of his removal order, according to the statement from ICE.“To effect this removal order, deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested Jamal outside his residence on Jan. 24, 2018. He is currently in ICE custody pending his removal to Bangladesh,” ICE said in the statement.Jeffrey Bennett, a Kansas City lawyer reportedly retained by the Jamal family, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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KIJHL governors reject expansion application by Williams Lake, Quesnel

first_imgA bid to add two more teams to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League was rejected by governors during a special meeting Sunday in Castlegar.KIJHL President Bill Ohlhausen told The Nelson Daily the governors “decided this was not the right time to expand.”“The governors felt that maybe at another time expansion would better fit the league, but right now they did not vote in favour of expansion,” Ohlhausen explained.last_img

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Eoghan Clifford Speaks to Galway Bay FM following Paralympic Gold

first_img Eoghan Clifford Speaks to Galway Bay FM following Paralympic Gold Forward 60 seconds Back 15 seconds Forward 60 seconds Galway Bay FM Sport 更多 Eoghan Clifford Speaks to Galway Bay FM following Paralympic Gold Back 15 secondscenter_img Currently Playing Galway Bay FM Sport Eoghan Clifford Speaks to Galway Bay FM following Paralympic Gold Galway Bay FM Sport He Spoke to Keith Finnegan and Ollie Turner about his Paralympic experiences. Galway Cyclist Eoghan Clifford returned from the Paralympic Games in Rio with a gold and a bronze following outstanding performances on the track and road. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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2018 Feile Fixtures

first_imgFinal________v________15-Apr1.00pmKenny ParkBrian Keown 3CraughwellvCastlegar14-Apr11.00amCraughwellGordon Duane 2Meelick EyrecourtvAhascragh Fohenagh13-Apr6.30pmClonfertDara Kelly Final________v________15-Apr12.00pmKenny ParkNoel Quinn 1. Kilnadeema Leitrim1Kilnadeema LeitrimvKillimordaly11-Apr6.30pmKilnadeemaPeter Murphy 2Mountbellew MoyloughvKinvara13-Apr6.30pmMountbellewJohn Cahill Round 4.Tynagh/Abbey/DuniryRound DateTimeVenueReferee DateTimeVenueReferee 2AbbeyknockmoyvMícheál Breathnach13-Apr6.30pmAbbeyknockmoyTom Lally Round 2KillimordalyvArdrahan13-Apr6.30pmKillimordalyJohn Cahill DateTimeVenueReferee DateTimeVenueReferee 3KilconeironvMullagh/Kiltormer14-Apr11.00amKilconeironJames Lundon 1. Sylane1SylanevTurloughmore11-Apr6.30pmSylaneDavid Staunton 3Mountbellew MoyloughvMeelick Eyrecourt14-Apr12.00pmKinvaraKarol Collins Group B – Coordinator: T LarkinRound 5Padraig PearsesvBallygar14-Apr1.50pmBallymacwardD. Moloney DateTimeVenueReferee Group C – Coordinator: M KellyRound Round 2Tommy LarkinsvSarsfields13-Apr6.30pmWoodfordDavid Cunningham Group ARound 3Kilnadeema LeitrimvArdrahan14-Apr11.00amKilnadeemaLiam Gordon 4SkehanavBallygar14-Apr12.30pmBallymacwardJohn Donovan DateTimeVenueReferee Round 4. Oranmore MareeRound Group A – Coordinator: J BurkeRound DateTimeVenueReferee DateTimeVenueReferee 3 LoughreavTurloughmore14-Apr12.00pmSylaneSean Byrne 2Oranmore MareevBallinasloe13-Apr6.30pmOranmorePat Brennan DateTimeVenueReferee 2. Turloughmore1Michael Cusacksv Loughrea11-Apr6.30pmKilbeacantyNoel Quinn Round DateTimeVenueReferee TODDIE BYRNE CUP 2. Tuam1AnnaghdownvAbbeyknockmoy11-Apr6.30pmCreggStephen Doyle Group D – Coordinator: M DonoghueRound 2. Moycullen1Mullagh/KiltormervSt Thomas11-Apr6.30pmMullaghShane Curley 2AthenryvCraughwell13-Apr6.30pmAthenryKevin Egan 3Mícheál BreathnachvAnnaghdown14-Apr12.10pmIndreabhánDavid Earls 3CarnmorevBallindereen14-Apr11.00amCarnmorePaul Fahy DateTimeVenueReferee 4. LoughreaRound DateTimeVenueReferee 3. Ahascragh Fohenagh DateTimeVenueReferee 3Tynagh/Abbey/DuniryvKillimordaly14-Apr12.00pmKilnadeemaLiam Gordon Semi Final_______AvD_______14-Apr6.30pmKenny ParkDerek Kelly 3KinvaravAhascragh Fohenagh14-Apr11.00amKinvaraKarol Collins 1. Carnmore1CarnmorevCappataggle11-Apr6.30pmCarnmoreMike Tarpey 3Cois FharraigevLiam Mellows14-Apr11.00amAn SpidéalJohn Keane DateTimeVenueReferee TODDIE BYRNE CUP (Team 1 “HOST” team on Saturday 14th April 2018) 2. Meelick Eyrecourt1Ahascragh FohenaghvMountbellew Moylough11-Apr6.30pmAhascraghVincent Burke 3BallinasloevSarsfields14-Apr11.00amBallinasloeTrevor Lohan DateTimeVenueReferee DateTimeVenueReferee 2SkehanavKillimor13-Apr6.30pmKillimorJ. Rosney Semi Final_______CvB_______14-Apr5.30pmKenny ParkShane Hynes 3. Liam Mellows TODDIE BYRNE CUP Round 5. KillimorRound Round DateTimeVenueReferee 5KillimorvPortumna14-Apr1.10pmBallymacwardVincent Earls 3AthenryvClarinbridge14-Apr12.00pmCraughwellGordon Duane 2. Tommy Larkins1SarsfieldsvOranmore Maree11-Apr6.30pmNew InnGerry Hurley DateTimeVenueReferee 4. Rahoon NewcastleRound DateTimeVenueReferee Group B – Coordinator: D EarlsRound 4PortumnaBye 2ClarinbridgevCastlegar12-Apr6.30pmClarinbridgeJohn Mcdonagh DateTimeVenueReferee Group B – Coordinator: P. KellyRound 2GortvCois Fharraige13-Apr6.30pmGortPascal Sheehancenter_img 2CappatagglevBallindereen13-Apr6.30pmCappataggleSeamus Canning 3KillimorBye 3St ThomasvMoycullen14-Apr12.00pmKilconeironJames Lundon 2TurloughmorevMichael Cusacks13-Apr6.30pmLackaghR. Mc Nicholas 4. GortRound 2 LoughreavSylane13-Apr6.30pm LoughreaChristy Brown Round 4. St ThomasRound 3AbbeyknockmoyvTuam14-Apr1.00pmIndreabhánDavid Earls DateTimeVenueReferee 3. Annaghdown 1. Padraig Pearses1PortumnavSkehana11-Apr6.30pmSkehanaMichael Malone Group D. T Lambert & M. BrennanRound DateTimeVenueReferee 1. Cois Fharraige1Cois FharraigevSalthill Knocknacarra11-Apr6.30pmAn SpidéalRonan McNulty 5SkehanaBye DateTimeVenueReferee Round 2TuamvAnnaghdown13-Apr6.30pmTuamJames Hoade 3. Ardrahan 3. Ballindereen DateTimeVenueReferee 4. Mountbellew MoyloughRound 2Salthill KnocknacarravLiam Mellows13-Apr6.30pmThe PrairieAlan Kelly 3. Mullagh/Kiltormer DateTimeVenueReferee 3. AthenryRound DateTimeVenueReferee 4KillimorvPadraig Pearses14-Apr11.50amBallymacwardVincent Earls 2. Portumna1BallygarvKillimor11-Apr6.30pmBallygarCharlie Warde Group A – Coordinator: K EganRound 4. Skehana 2. Salthill Knocknacarra1Liam MellowsvGort11-Apr6.30pmBallyloughaneMichael Connolly DateTimeVenueReferee 1. Kinvara1KinvaravMeelick Eyrecourt11-Apr6.30pmKinvaraFergal Bermingham print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email 2Padraig PearsesvPortumna13-Apr6.30pmPortumnaMichael Kelly Semi Final_______AvC_______14-Apr6.30pmCraughwellSeamus Golderick DateTimeVenueReferee JUSTIN CHEEVERS CUP (Team 1 “HOST” team on Saturday 14th April 2018) 3Padraig PearsesvSkehana14-Apr11.10amBallymacwardD. Moloney 2Tynagh/Abbey/DuniryvKilnadeema Leitrim13-Apr6.30pmTynaghJoe Larkin Round 4. AbbeyknockmoyRound 2BallygarBye 3Rahoon NewcastlevCappataggle14-Apr12.00pmCarnmorePaul Fahy 3GortvSalthill Knocknacarra14-Apr12.00pmAn SpidéalJohn Keane Cordinator P. Lohan 086 1737467 2St ThomasvKilconeiron13-Apr6.30pmCastledalyDavid Corbett Final________v________15-Apr2.00pmKenny ParkJohn McDonagh Round TODDIE BYRNE SHIELD 1. Ballinasloe1BallinasloevTommy Larkins11-Apr6.30pmBallinasloePeter Cambell 1. Kilconeiron1KilconeironvMoycullen11-Apr6.30pmKilconeironKevin Quirke 1. Mícheál Breathnach1Mícheál BreathnachvTuam11-Apr6.30pmIndreabhánDavid Earls Group C – Coordinator: J Mc DonaghRound 3SylanevMichael Cusacks14-Apr11.00amSylaneSean Byrne DateTimeVenueReferee DateTimeVenueReferee 3Oranmore MareevTommy Larkins14-Apr12.00pmBallinasloeTrevor Lohan 3. Ballygar1Padraig PearsesBye Round DateTimeVenueReferee DateTimeVenueReferee DateTimeVenueReferee TODDIE BYRNE SHIELD (Team 1 “HOST” team on Saturday 14th April 2018) 2. Cappataggle1BallindereenvRahoon Newcastle11-Apr6.30pmBallindereenTom Mc Nicholas DateTimeVenueReferee 3. Michael Cusacks JUSTIN CHEEVERS CUP 2. Clarinbridge1CastlegarvAthenry11-Apr6.30pmCastlegarTom Lally 3. Castlegar Semi Final_______BvD_______14-Apr5.30pmCraughwellRonan Stankard 2Rahoon NewcastlevCarnmore13-Apr6.30pmTonabruckyKatie Kilbane. 2. Killimordaly1ArdrahanvTynagh/Abbey/Duniry11-Apr6.30pmArdrahanGer o Connor JUSTIN CHEEVERS CUP 2MoycullenvMullagh/Kiltormer13-Apr6.30pmMoycullenJoeseph Mc Namara 3. Sarsfields 1. Craughwell1CraughwellvClarinbridge11-Apr6.30pmCraughwellOllie Flanagan 3PortumnavBallygar14-Apr10.30amBallymacwardJohn Donovanlast_img read more

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Galway Ladies lose out to Dublin in Moycullen

first_imgThe only unbeaten record in the Lidl NFL Division 1 was ended in Moycullenas goals from Sinead Aherne and Siobhan Woods gave Dublin the points againstConnacht champions Galway.Tim Rabbitte’s Galway were already sure of their spot in the semi-finalsahead of this game, but they have now been joined there by Donegal, Cork andDublin, who ground out the win in west Galway.Dublin got off to a great start when Aherne palmed to the net after eightminutes, but Galway replied through Barbara Hannon to only trail by one athalf-time.But with Aherne and Nicole Owens in point scoring form, the closest Galwaycould get was one point as Mick Bohan’s side finished strongly to claim thehonours.Dublin were first out of the blocks when Aherne goaled, but Galway respondedimmediately with an Olivia Divilly point.In a low scoring first-half, it was Dublin who looked the more clinical infront of goal. Firstly, a long-range effort from wing back Aoife Kane put themback into a three-point lead, which was quickly followed up by a well takenpoint by midfielder Jennifer Dunne.The Galway ladies were spurred on by a large home crowd and Hannon’s smartfinish cut the gap to a point. Almost straight from the kick-out Divilly droveat the Dublin defence and set-up Roisin Leonard who tapped it over from closerange to level the game on 26 minutes.The final score of the half came by way of a super Nicole Owens point butDublin were certainly the happier side at the interval as they led 1-3 to 1-2.Aherne and Tracey Leonard exchanged frees to start the second half, but themove of the game resulted in Woods’s goal after 38 minutes, which proveddecisive.Galway continued to battle hard and Roisin Leonard reduced the gap back tothree points with 15 minutes remaining. But that was as good as it got forGalway as Aherne and Owens pointed Dublin towards the win as they reclaimed topspot in the table by virtue of their superior points’ difference.Dublin: C Trant, M Byrne, N Collins, R Ruddy, A Kane (0-1),O Carey, S Goldrick, J Dunne (0-1), L Magee, O Nolan, N McEvoy, C Rowe, SAherne (1-3), N Healy, N Owens (0-2) Subs: L Davey (0-1) forMcEvoy (h-t), S Woods (1-0) for Nolan (h-t), N Hetherton for Dunne (45), SKilleen for Owens 50, H O’Neill for Magee 60.Galway: RNi Chonghaile; O Murphy, S Lynch, F Cooney; S Burke, B Hannon (1-0), C Cooney;O Divilly (0-1), L Ward; L Coen, T Leonard (0-2), M Glynn (0-1) L Hannon, RLeonard (0-2), L Gannon Subs: M Seoighe for Hannon (21), SConneally (0-1) for Coen (34), S Molloy for Burke (38), M Coyne for Cooney (48),R Ni Flaharta for Gannon (55), L Noone for Divilly (60).print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Dublin 2-8 Galway 1-7 By Tommy Devane last_img read more

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Wenger rejects Mourinho jinx

first_imgWith just six games left of the season, Chelsea look set to win their first league title since 2010, but their neighbours will be looking to create a bit of uncertainty in that outcome on Sunday, while also further cementing second spot.Wenger is well aware that he has not managed to beat Mourinho in 12 attempts, but he does not think that fact will have any influence on the game this weekend.“I am not a great believer in history. We have not always lost in 12 attempts and a few times have been close to beating them.“But, having said that, the result on Sunday will be just down to the performance on the day.“We’re on a good run and from a good run of form you get good belief. We have a strong solidarity too.“We know we have passed many tests. We’ve beaten Manchester City away from home and we have another test on Sunday that we want to pass.“What we require is to nullify Chelsea’s strengths. If you look at the numbers they have been very efficient on counter-attacks, very efficient on set-pieces.”Even if Arsenal manage to claim victory on Sunday, Wenger admits it will still be difficult to catch Chelsea at the top of the table.“Mathematically possible. But Chelsea have the championship in their hands but what we can do is get closer to them,” he said.“We have an opportunity to do that at home and we want to take it. We want to strengthen our position in second because it’s far from being done.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, April 23- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the club’s recent struggles against Chelsea will have no bearing on the clash between the two sides on Sunday.The two London clubs sit first and second in the Premier League, but the Blues will arrive at the Emirates with a 10-point advantage over the Gunners.last_img read more

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Disney Cruise Line Weekly Preview — Week of November 25

first_imgDisney Cruise Line: In The NewsDress in costume, you will. Star Wars Day at Sea sailings return on the Disney Fantasy beginning in January, and it’s not too early to begin thinking about your packing list if you are on one of these epic sailings! Disney Parks Blog shared a video that may help you find the perfect costume. Will you be representing the light side or the dark side??Photo Courtesy of DisneyThe holiday season has gone full steam ahead on the entire fleet, and we are well on our way into the Very Merrytime Cruise season for 2017. There is so much fun to be had during these sailings, and Disney Parks Blog brought us a list of six special experiences not to miss. Of course this includes a visit from the big man himself — where else would Santa rest up besides on a Disney Cruise?Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:MoanaBeauty and the BeastBorn in ChinaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesCars 3Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryThor: RagnarokCocoFor future reference, films debut on the Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and Information Last week, we told you about the exciting addition of Rapunzel’s Royal Table coming to the Disney Magic this spring. Can’t wait until then to get your fill of Tangled fun? If you will be sailing on the Disney Magic, be sure to go see Tangled: The Musical. On the night of the show, do NOT MISS the transformation of O’Gills into the Snuggly Duckling — quite simply the best family pub there ever was! You’ll be treated to snacks, sing-alongs with Thugs, and enjoy a rousing game of THUGO. Best night ever!! Share This!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.Ahoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Glad to have you aboard, and away we go with this week’s preview.Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)Disney Magic25 November – At Sea26 November – New York (46/30, 40%)27 November – At Sea28 November – At Sea29 November – At Sea30 November – Antigua (83/76, 20%)   1 December – San Juan (86/74, 60%)Disney Wonder25 November – At Sea26 November – Key West (78/68, 42%)27 November – Castaway Cay (76/68, 20%)28 November – Nassau (83/70, 25%)29 November – At Sea30 November – At Sea   1 December – Galveston (67/54, 30%)Disney Dream25 November – Nassau (85/72, 54%)26 November – Castaway Cay (77/70, 2%)27 November – Port Canaveral (72/63, 25%)28 November – Nassau (83/70, 25%)29 November – Castaway Cay (79/63, 6%)30 November – At Sea   1 December – Port Canaveral (74/57, 25%)Disney Fantasy25 November – Port Canaveral (74/58, 9%)26 November – At Sea27 November – Cozumel (79/71, 42%)28 November – Grand Cayman (81/78, 20%)29 November – Falmouth (85/75, 60%)30 November – At Sea   1 December – Castaway Cay (80/62, 55%)center_img If you’ve been on the Disney Fantasy and noticed a stateroom door on Deck 5 that’s not quite like the others, you have discovered the room of Pepe the King Prawn! Pepe’s door plays a role in the Muppet version of the Midship Detective Agency game on board. Did you know you can also call Pepe’s stateroom and be treated to much hilarity on his answering machine? Just dial 41-5148 and enjoy! If you simply can’t wait and don’t mind spoilers, check out the audio recording from The Disney Cruise Line Blog.Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time deciding which ship fits all of your desires? Well, our own Laurel Stewart has put together a chart that makes it easy to compare all of the options in one place. Also available as a valuable planning and companion guide from authors Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. The companion guide contains a complete overview of each Disney ship as well as Castaway Cay and includes valuable tips on how to save time and money during your cruise!Special thanks to Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week! Until next time, may you have sweet dreams of the sea!last_img read more

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Kids swap suburbs for township

first_imgBoys taking part in the exchange programme get a chance to attend a school that is very different to their own.“I went from a 10-roomed house in Rondebosch to a three-roomed house in Khayelitsha,” said Jem Wilson, one of a group of children from an elite Cape Town primary school who took part in a unique life-skills initiative.The Luleka Exchange Programme, set up over eight years ago, gives boys from Rondebosch Preparatory School in the upmarket Cape Town suburb of Rondebosch and boys from the no-fees state-run Luleka Primary School in Khayelitsha township a chance to spend a day in each others shoes.“Going to Luleka has really opened my eyes to seeing how differently people live,” Jem said.Rondebosch and Khayelitsha are very different places. The former is a residential suburb in the south of Cape Town city centre, nestling below Devil’s Peak and near the main campus of the University of Cape Town. Khayelitsha, on the other hand, is a sprawling semi-informal settlement on the wide plains of the Cape Flats, far from the affluence of the city.In past years the programme only saw boys from Luleka going to spend a day and night in Rondebosch. This year there was a proper exchange, with boys from Khayelitsha going to Rondebosch and Rondebosch boys going to Khayelitsha.The exchange, held in mid-September, kicked off with children and teachers from both schools having an evening get-together at Rondebosch Prep to break the ice. That night each of the Rondebosch kids hosted one of the Khayelitsha boys at their home. The next day the boys from Luleka Primary spent the day at Rondebosch Prep, after which they all left for Khayelitsha.The process was then repeated, with each Khayelitsha boy hosting one Rondebosch boy at their home for the night. The following day the Rondebosch pupils attended Luleka Primary School.Jordan Corfe from Rondebosch Prep was anxious about spending the night in Khayelitsha.“We hear all these horror stories about Khayelitsha, but when I started talking and walking around I soon got the feel of the place,” he said.His schoolmates also quickly learned that the township was not as bad as they had believed. “I didn’t expect that my perception of Khayelitsha was so wrong,” said Daniel Jollivet de Oliviera. “I thought that the crime would be worse than where I live, but our hosts have never been robbed before and they keep their doors open with confidence.“I was surprised at how [many] people my host knew. It seemed as if the whole family lived there, including aunties, cousins and grandparents. It is very community-based.“The Luleka exchange was an awesome experience.”Chris Verster, a teacher at Rondebosch Prep, said the programme is an extension of existing exchange initiatives at the school. “Our aim was for our boys to experience and understand a little bit of another culture,” he said. “We do a lot of interaction with other ‘of our own’ schools as well as two exchanges abroad, in England and Wales.“We hope for our boys to realise that there are other diverse cultures on our doorstep, that contribute to all of us being South African.”Thandi Matrose, a Luleka Primary School teacher, agrees that the programme helps expose children to other cultures.“We are not that different, even though we eat different food and do different things,” she said.She hopes the exchange will help break what she calls, “the cycle of inferiority, and the race barrier”. She believes that despite 15 years of democracy many black people, especially children in townships, still live with the misconception that white people are better and smarter. The exchange showed that that the children from Khayelitsha never expected to have so much in common with kids from a privileged neighborhood.“It was good to see that he showed respect to my parents,” said Luleka pupil Pabotse Lefatsa of his guest from Rondebosch. “You don’t always expect that from a white person.”Although the boys from both schools discovered they had much more in common than they expected, their experience of education was something else.“The boys from Khayelitsha were amazed by the technology at the school, especially the overhead projectors, and also by the sizes of the classrooms,” said Rondebosch pupil Michael Palframan.Describing Luleka Primary, Jett Rogerson from Rondebosch Prep said: “Their school was very different to ours. The teachers did not seem to care what the pupils did. We could walk around outside, you could throw things, and nothing happened. There was little discipline.”Andile Mamfengu from Khayelitsha said of Rondebosch Prep said: “The school was great, they have good discipline and the classes are also smaller. We have 40 kids in a class, they have only 20.”Verster said the two schools cannot really be compared. “We depend nearly entirely on parents’ school fees. Luleka is a no-fees school. The education department supply schools for basic education; we strive to maintain a school of excellence.”Nonetheless, both groups of boys agreed that the experience had taught them that their differences were mainly on the surface. Behind the privilege and the poverty they are much the same – for the most part, overcoming language and cultural barriers was as easy as grabbing a football.More than that, it broadened their view of human experience. As Rondebosch Prep pupil Michael Palframan said, “I thought this was Cape Town, but it is not. 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Midmar Mile ‘sets the bar’: FINA expert

first_img14 February 2011 Age group races: men Steve Munatones summed up the allure of the Midmar Mile brilliantly when he asked what a marathon runner says after completing a race. The answer will be: “I did it in” and the runner then says what time he/she did it in. For a Midmar Mile swimmer, the answer is “I did it!”. The 2011 aQuelle Midmar Mile, which took place at the Midmar Dam near Howick in the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on the weekend, also benefitted from the attendance of former South African Olympic swimmer, Charlene Wittstock, who will become the Princess of Monaco in mid-year when she marries Prince Albert. Afterwards, Wittstock and Van Almsick indicated that they would like to return to the race, with Wittstock saying that maybe next time Prince Albert would also be in tow! He was also very impressed with the gender breakdown of the event, which was 53% male to 47% female. This bucks the worldwide trend of two to one in favour of males. Munatones predicts (in fact, he first predicted it some years ago) that the narrowing of the gap will continue around the world until more women take part in the sport than men. Corinne Evans, at the age of 74, was the oldest female finisher. Gail Bristow, meanwhile, completed her 37th Midmar Mile. The only race she has missed out on was in its first year, when female swimmers were not allowed. Herman, with a lovely flowing stroke, took the early lead, with Britain’s David Davies, the fastest 1 500 metres swimmer in the field, and Alfie Howes pushing him. Unlike the women’s race, the field remained tight through the first 400 metres. By 800 metres Ho had surged to the front. Across the way, British national coach Sean Kelly was waving his hands, urging his swimmers to pick up the pace as the South African star powered towards the finish. Slovernia’s Rok Kerin, who was ranked eighth in the 2010 Fina Open Water Grand Prix, placed seventh and was asked for his thoughts on the Midmar Mile after his first visit to the event. He described it as the “greatest” he has ever attended. Lewis Pugh, the man known as “the Human Polar Bear” and a renowned campaigner for the environment, swam to raise money for Doctor Ian Player’s Wilderness Leadership School, and later spoke passionately about the need to look after the country’s rivers and water supply. He noted that the water in the Midmar Dam was, at 25 degrees Celcius, considerably warmer than when he swam in minus-1.7 degrees at the North Pole! Ho, the defending champion, was swimming incredibly strongly, a fact remarked upon by 18-time European champion Franziska van Almsick, who exclaimed: “Look, he’s not even kicking. Imagine if he was kicking!” Maintaining a fantastic stroke rate, she pulled clear at a remarkable pace and by the first hot spot at 400 metres her lead was 50 metres. By 800 metres, she was 75 metres ahead. Wittstock had invited former 10-time Olympic medallist Franziska van Almsick to accompany her, and the German beauty was followed by a German camera crew. Strangely, though, for the first time in a number of years there were no Germans in contention for line honours in the open events on Sunday. Herman, who was second in the 1 500 metres at last year’s Commonwealth Games, claimed the first hotspot at 400 metres, just ahead of Chad Ho, who had pulled up onto his feet. The fourth-oldest man to complete the Midmar Mile was 78-year-old Mike Arbuthnot, one of the founders of the race, and the only man to have officially swum it every year since its inception in 1974. He swam a total of four miles over the course of the weekend, leaving him with 74 miles in total, as he has previously also swum as a member of the Eight Mile Club. “Buthy”, as he is known, aims to have swum 80 miles by the time he turns 80. Age group races: women Saturday’s racing also included the Company Relay, the Non-Company Relay and the Family Relay. The men’s open race proved to be one of not only swimming ability, but also of tactics as the British swimmers adopted a line to the right of the course, while South Africa’s Heerden Herman and Chad Ho chose a line more to the left hand side. He clearly enjoyed his swim, using freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke, and even stopping for a short interview along the way. Despite his laid-back approach, Neethling crossed the line in a strong 20 minutes and 38 seconds to finish 21 seconds ahead of the under-13 winner, Matthew Meyer, who was also the second swimmer over the line. Two events later, the brothers combined to win the Family Relay, with Gareth finishing second behind Ruan du Plessis, Shaun in third, and Paul in 15th. Steve Munatones, a FINA technical committee member for open water swimming, is also one of 28 people with voting rights for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. After visiting South Africa’s aQuelle Midmar Mile on the weekend, he told SAinfo: “It sets the worldwide bar in every category.” Achmet Hassiem, who is missing a lower leg, led the physically disabled swimmers in a time of 22:24, while Hendrik Nortje was the leading visually impaired swimmer. Joshua Grog claimed the Courage Trophy. Munatones, a former world 25-kilometre open water champion and coach of the USA’s national team at numerous open water World Championships, named a number of areas in which the world can learn from the Midmar Mile, including safety, hospitality, organisation, the inclusion of disabled athletes (he is involved with the Special Olympics), signage, awards, and the scale of the event. The Internationals produced the leading two swimmers, with Slovenian national champion Rok Kerin taking victory in 19:41, followed by rising South African star Abdul Malick Railoun. She put in one of the most dominating and outstanding swims in the 38-year history of the race to completely destroy the challenges of her nearest rivals. Cassie Patten, like Payne, a medallist at the Beijing Olympics, hit the water first, but the Johannesburg-born Payne soon hit the front and took charge of the race. Chad Ho the men’s open champion Looking back on his win, Ho said that after the first 400 metres: “I put my head down, caught up to Herman, just went for it and headed for home.” Wittstock raised the profile of the event with her presence and raised almost R600 000 for Special Olympics South Africa at the same time. On the Thursday preceding the weekend’s racing, she handed over a cheque to Special Olympics SA at a dinner to welcome her and other dignitaries.center_img Company, non-company, family relays In the men’s race, the 31-and-over group stood up well to their younger opposition, which was not surprising as the dominating winner was former three-times Midmar Mile champion Ryk Neethling, the only man in history to contest the final of the 100 and 1 500 metres freestyle at the Olympic Games. The ladies’ 13-to-30 race featured the British national open water swimming team, including 2009 10-kilometre open water world champion Keri-Anne Payne, who had previously won the Midmar Mile five times, as well as winning the 13-and-under title. Meyer had the crowd in stitches, describing how he had chased Neethling and would be back to beat him next year. He described the Olympic gold medal winner as his role model and wore a massive grin as Neethling joined him to shake hands. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Behind Payne, her fellow Britons Patten and Charlotte Wooliscraft were battling South Africa’s Michelle Weber, the winner of the 31-and-under title last year, and Rene Warnes for the minor podium places. Another British swimmer, Abbie Henderson, swimming the Midmar Mile for the first time, also moved up into contention. To hearty roars from the crowd, Ho emerged from the water first and sprinted across the line to take victory in 18 minutes and 27 seconds. Britain’s Davies was second, 11 seconds later, with Howes in third in 18 minutes and 47 seconds, four seconds clear of Herman. Future Princess of Monaco in attendance Wittstock, Van Almsick, Olympic gold medallist Roland Schoeman, and Olympic silver medallist Terence Parkin all swam in race one on Saturday, which includes swimmers with disabilities and Ironman and Ironwoman competitors, as part of their fund-raising efforts. Gregg Price was the third man across the line and the winner of the 41-to-50 age group in 21:11. Mike Semple, a member of the Eight Mile Club, topped the 51-to-60 category in 21:48, while Charles Flesker led the 61-and-over men in 26 minutes and four seconds. Tiger Bulafkin, aged 81, was the oldest male finisher. The Non-Company relay was won by a Varsity College team that included 2009 Midmar Mile open champion Riaan Schoeman, Kathyrn Meaklim and Rohan Jacobs, who finished just ahead of the International All Stars. Payne raced on, claiming the third and final hotspot at 1 200 metres, and went on to cross the line to massive applause from the big crowd in 18 minutes and 51 seconds, a huge 38 seconds clear of Patten, who took second. Wooliscraft was third, a further six seconds off the pace. Weber was the leading South African, finishing fourth in 19 minutes and 34 seconds. By winning the open title for a sixth time, Payne equalled the record for the most victories by a women, which was previously held by Natasha Figge. Interviewed on the slipway afterwards by South Africa’s former Olympic breaststroke champion Penny Heyns, Payne said of her victory: “It means so much to me. I was born in South Africa, lived in Joburg. We’d always come and do Midmar every year when I was a kid. Loved it.” Dias and Sons Tool and Die, featuring 2008 Midmar Mile open category winner Shaun with his brothers Gareth and Paul, claimed victory in the Company Relay. Third place went to Kerry Hunter, who last year won a car in Halfway Toyota’s annual car giveaway at the Midmar Mile. Swimmers with disabilities For the 14th time in 14 attempts, Craig Groenewald, competing in the mentally-impaired category, won the first race going away in a time of 21 minutes and six seconds. Rachelle Isakov won the women’s 31-to-40 age group, Barbara Bowley was even faster and the winner among women 41-to-50, while Rita Townsend captured the title in the 51-to-60 age group, and Bev Shuttleworth led the women 61-and-over home. The prizes for swimmers with disabilities were presented by the future Princess of Monaco, who showed a heartfelt affection for them. Defending men’s open champion Chad Ho, who won the overall Fina 10-kilometre World Cup men’s open water title last year, used the race to get a feel for the water, but didn’t push himself at all, clocking a time of 23 minutes and 30 seconds. Sunday’s more competitive racing began with the girls’ 13-and-under and women’s 31-and-over event. As is usually the case, the younger swimmers trumped the older competitors, with Marlise Ross winning in 20 minutes and 49 seconds, 17 seconds clear of Sasha-Lee Nordengen. Also in the event was Chad Gifford, a winner of the Courage Trophy the previous two years. Gifford, who has no lower limbs, was swimming as a member of the Eight-Mile Club, which raises funds for charity by the members of the club swimming all eight miles. Incredibly, he achieved the feat. World champion Keri-Anne Payne At 1 200 metres it appeared that the gap Ho enjoyed over his nearest chasers had narrowed, but he possesses rare staying power and once again upped his stroke to move clear. The astuteness of Ho’s choice of line became clear as the course narrowed towards the finish and he enjoyed a clear lead. With the times of the top three finishers of each company counting, they ended in second, fourth, and seventh place overall to secure a convincing victory by about eight-and-a-half minutes over Waterbrats. Chris McGlynn crossed the finishing line first in 20 minutes and 47 seconds, three seconds ahead of Shaun Dias.last_img read more

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Schools to benefit for Mandela Day

first_imgA new campaign to alleviate the infrastructure backlog in primary schools in poor communities across the country will make a significant contribution to fulfilling former president Nelson Mandela’s dream for every child in South Africa to be educated. (Image: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory) Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said the project is a call to government, business and civil society to get involved in transforming education in the country. (Image: Nicky Rehbock) MEDIA CONTACTS • Louis Taylor   Department of Basic Education  +27 12 357 3364 RELATED ARTICLES • Education goes mobile with Vodacom • SA education project wins top award • Pens for needy children • Can drive raises R8.5m for education Wilma den HartighA new campaign to alleviate the infrastructure backlog in primary schools in poor communities across the country will make a significant contribution to fulfilling former president Nelson Mandela’s dream for every child in South Africa to be educated.The primary objective of the 94+ Schools Project for Madiba is to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday by giving hope and dignity to children in at least 94 schools across South Africa, through improvements to school infrastructure.The initiative was launched by the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation ahead of this year’s Mandela Day, celebrated every year on the former statesman’s birthday, on 18 July.Mandela Day was officially declared in 2009 by the UN as an annual international day in honour of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The aim of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help make the world a better place.Changing livesAt the launch, basic education minister Angie Motshekga said that the new project will change the lives of thousands of pupils across the country.The department has identified 94 schools in all nine provinces in need of urgent infrastructure upgrades.The children and teachers in some of these schools get by with less than the basics. Children are taught in mud structures and don’t have any sport facilities, any sanitation or running water.“Former President Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday presents the DBE with a rare opportunity to do good with our school infrastructure,” Motshekga said.Basic education director-general Bobby Soobrayan said that with the project, the department wants to create an environment that is conducive to quality teaching, learning and improved performance in targeted schools.“Public-private partnerships are one of the most effective ways to meet infrastructure backlogs,” Soobrayan said.Motshekga said that Nelson Mandela forged invaluable partnerships with the private sector towards the building of schools, particularly in poor communities across South Africa – an initiative that the education sector can build on.Creative solutions to a big problemBrand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said the project is a call to government, business and civil society to get involved in transforming education in the country.“We have to find new ways to build human capital in our country,” Matola said. “Our approach requires innovation and partnerships to deal with the challenges.”The new campaign is a creative response to the enormous infrastructure challenges that impact negatively on the quality of teaching and learning in many South African schools.To date, significant achievements have been recorded in the provision of infrastructure to schools across the country: 1 206 schools and 38 664 additional classrooms have been built; 5 214 schools were provided with water infrastructure; 10 621 sanitation projects were completed; 2 847 schools were provided with electrical infrastructure and 2 655 schools were provided with security fencing.Despite these achievements, there are still huge gaps in infrastructure provision such as a shortage of classrooms, laboratories and libraries; sanitation; replacement of mud, prefabricated and metal structures; inadequate maintenance leading to leaking roofs, broken windows and doors and sport facilities.The DBE estimates that R66.6-billion (US$8.4-billion) is required to elevate all ordinary schools to a level of optimal functionality and this amount excludes escalating costs. An additional R20-billion ($2.5-billion) is required for maintenance and repairs to existing infrastructure.All South Africans can make a differenceThe government has admitted that it cannot solve the problem alone, and appealed to all South Africans to lend a hand.Motshekga said that with current budget allocations, it would take the department 30 years to clear the current backlog in infrastructure and maintenance.Matola said that the initiative is much more than a corporate social investment project. “Our contribution to this project is leaving a legacy for our children.”Nurturing future innovatorsThe project also forms part of the government’s broader infrastructure roll-out plan to provide better living conditions for all. It will also contribute to South Africa’s skills development programme by providing skills training to unemployed young adults.CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Achmat Dangor, said that infrastructure is just the beginning. “After that we have to make sure that our young people become the innovators that South Africa and the world needs,” he said.last_img read more

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