For love of teaching, ain’t no mountain high

first_img“For me, teaching here is a mission,”says Almio who volunteered teaching in the primary school for two years priorto becoming a regular teacher in the lowlands. “Walaako kabalo if ang ila pagtuon okay manor indi, pero ikaw diri sa bukidginabakasan nga makamaan ang mga bata diri,” says Gascon. The only male teacher at Taganghin Primary School, 29-year-old Wilmar Almio, teaches Grade 5 and Grade 6 pupils. No regrets teaching in this remote village, he stresses. For 33-year-old Flordeluna Monares,primary school teacher in the mountain barangay of Taganghin, Tapaz, Capiz,teaching is her destiny and the love for her profession is what makes herovercome the arduous and perilous trek to Taganghin Primary School. She handles Grade 2 to Grade 3 pupils.“Ang amon heart para gid diri sa mga kabataan,” she says. “We consider them oursecond family. We are their parents in school.” In educating the children, Monares,Gascon and Almio are ably assisted by volunteer teacher Maria ConcepcionHernandez, 31. TO TEACH IS TO WALK THE TALK. These women are public elementary school teachers. They teach children in the remote barangay of Taganghin in Tapaz, Capiz some 30 kilometers from the town center. It is a two-hour travel by habal-habal (single motorcycle) if the weather is fine but takes much longer if they must walk when it’s rainy. IAN PAUL CORDERO According to Gascon, this is also thetime they could go home and spend time for some 10 days with their respectivefamilies. “These children start from nothing.Our hearts are filled with joy seeing them learn how to read and write. Isa na ina kadako nga fulfillment para sa amon,” she says. The only time they would go down tothe town center – once a month – is when they have to replenish their supplies,primarily food and school supplies. Gascon, volunteer teacher for twoyears before become a regular teacher in 2015, is a single mother of two kids,one in Grade 9 and the other in Grade 10. A ‘habal-habal’ (single motorcycle) makes the ascent to Barangay Tagangihin a little faster if not easier. Monares agrees. Due to the remoteness of the barangay,Gason and her three co-teachers stay in the village – roughly 20 days in amonth.center_img Combined Grade 2 and Grade 3 pupils listen attentively to their teacher Flordeluna Monares. Barangay Taganghin is some 30kilometers from the poblacion ofTapaz. Monares must brave undulating hills, winding rough roads and anunpredictable river to reach the primary school – the only public school in theremote village. Crossing this bamboo bridge is a balancing act. When the weather is fine, the water level is low and calm, it is safe to cross the river. Keeping track of her children’sstudies is difficult, she says, and kind of ironic. A bamboo raft keeps the teachers from getting wet when crossing a deep portion of this river The teaching force in arangay Taganghin, Tapaz, capiz. From left: Angeli Katipunan, Gladys Gicole, Vaniza Gascon, Wilmar Almio, Maria Concepcion Hernandez, and Flordeluna Monares. Their assignment in this far-flungschool is a challenge not only physically but also emotionally, according to35-year-old Vaniza Gascon, office-in-charge of Taganghin Primary School. Shealso handles Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes. But eventually, says Almio, he decidedto return to Taganghin Primary School. “IF WE ARE not going to teach thesechildren, who will?” “I hope children here would be able tofinish their studies up to college. Who knows, someday someone from thisvillage would become the mayor of Tapaz or governor of our province. This iswhy indi kami mag-untat sa pagtudlo dirisa upland,” says Almio. Vaniza Gascon teaches combined Kindergarten and Grade 1 pupils how to count. “Sa mga kabataan gid nalooy kami. Ang mga parents kulang gid, waay may na iskwelahan. Sa kabataan na lang kami ga-focus nga at least matudloan sila magbasa, mag-isip para sa pila ka adlaw indi sila mabudlayan or indi sila maintuan kung mag adto sila mga syudad,” Hernandez says./PNlast_img read more

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Johnson collects Late Model win at Off Road Speedway

first_img“It’s been a rough start, with a new car and new chassis. I’m finally getting it figured out,” he said. “I finally loosened the car up, and it’s been better the last couple of nights; tonight I just drove the wheels off it.”  “I was running the bottom, saw the lapped traffic and knew I’d have to be up high to clear it,” he said. “(Those drivers) are supposed to hold their line, and they did a really good job of holding that bottom and giving everybody a line outside of them.” NORFOLK, Neb. (June 29) – Jim Johnson raced to his second IMCA Late Model victory in as many nights, coming out ahead of a four-car battle for the lead at Off Road Speedway. National point leader Ramsey Meyer was the Mach-1 Sport Compact winner. With a dozen laps remaining, the leaders caught up to lapped traffic but Johnson was able to avoid losing his momentum.  Kyle Wilkinson led the final 12 laps to win the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. sports@norfolkdailynews.comcenter_img Travis Dickes, Ben Sukup and Chris Johnson battled Johnson most of the race. Ultimately, Sukup was able to pass Dickes for second place with two laps remaining, but fell just short of catching Jim Johnson at the finish line. In the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature, Jeremy Hoskinson won after passing Shannon Pospisil on a restart with three laps to go. Point leader and race frontrunner Cameron Wilkinson had exited with mechanical problems in bringing out that caution.  By Randy Pospishil Also the Friday winner at Boone County Raceway, Johnson is hoping the two wins might be a turning point.  Wes Hochstein picked up his second Off Road Speedway win of the season in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature.last_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp’s first Liverpool press conference – what he said

first_img On his message to players and fans. “You have to change from doubters to believers. We have to start anew and see what happens this year.” On the long wait for a Premier League title “Twenty five years ago is a long time. You don’t take history in your backpack and carry it with you for 25 years.” On their title prospects. “We can wait for it but I don’t want to say we can wait 20 years. If we sit here in four years I think we’ll have won one title – I’m pretty sure.” On himself. “I don’t want to describe myself. Does anyone in this room think I can do wonders? No. I am a totally normal guy. I am the Normal One.” On how he wants to be thought of. “When I left Dortmund, my last sentence was ‘It is not so important what people think when you come in, it is much more important what they think what you leave’.” On the British press. “All the people tell me so much about the British press so it is up to you (the media) to show me they are all liars.” New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp charmed a huge group of assembled media with an entertaining 26-minute press conference. Here are some of the highlights: On what he did since leaving Borussia Dortmund in May. “I had a normal holiday. I am 48 and most of the time in my life I had no money to take a holiday and then I had no time. Then I had four months. I played a lot of tennis, watched football all over the world. Of course I thought I had until next year.” On becoming Liverpool manager. “Of course it is surreal. I have to accept it. I woke up this morning and I was manager of Liverpool FC. I am prepared but of course this is absolutely crazy what has happened.” On the task facing him. “I’ve been given this opportunity to try to help in a situation that is not so difficult as all the people in this room feel.” On the squad he has inherited. “This is a great club with big potential, fast players, strong players, good defenders. Everything is there. Four or five strikers you can work with when they are not injured, midfielders, defenders are experienced and young, goalkeeper is really good.” On cutting short his year-long sabbatical. “I’m back in the race and it’s the biggest honour I can imagine. It is the perfect next step for me to be here to try to help.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Guyana’s beach footballers for World Cup trials

first_imgBy Ras WadadaTHE Guyana Beach Football Association (GBFA) will tomorrow begin preparations for next year’s CONCACAF Beach World Cup Preliminary football competition to be staged from January 29 to February 5 in Florida.The GBFA has shortlisted a squad of twenty-five players who will participate in two trial matches to be played at the Bay Rock Beach Soccer facility in Wismar tomorrow, beginning at 15:00hrs.GBFA president Rollin Tappin GBFA president Rollin TappinSpeaking to Chronicle Sport, president of the GBFA, Rollin Toppin, explained the plan to get Guyana ready for the January 2017 engagement. “We have shortlisted a squad of twenty-five players and will play two games on Sunday from which the Technical Staff will select the best 20 to go into weekly training preparations, beginning next Sunday and every other following Sunday. In all we will have 25 training days between now and next year to get prepared and we at the GBFA believe that is adequate time.“The tour party will comprise 12 players and three officials. Of course we would have loved to have some international exposure as part of our preparations but due to the unavailability of finance that is ruled out. Abdullah Hamid has been appointed head coach while his assistant and the manager will be named shortly.”The first national beach football league competition was played between January and April of this year when Royal Youths of Blueberry Hill emerged as champions and Kuru Kuru Warriors the runners-up from the 12 teams.During the competition the GBFA received valuable assistance from a Brazilian coach, who was sought to help develop beach football, but his financial requirement was beyond reach.“Beach football is played by five players inclusive of a goalkeeper on each side and in four quarters of 12 minutes each, but for these two trial games we will play two halves of 22 minutes,” Tappin revealed.The GBFA boss also stated that “CONCACAF will be holding a two-day workshop for competing countries in Miami, October 17 and 18, when the draw for the respective groups will be made as well”.This is Guyana’s debut appearance at an International Beach Football competition though representative teams had travelled to Tobago to play in sub-regional competition.“Beach football is still in its infancy stage here in Guyana but we at the GBFA would like to work hand-in-hand with all stakeholders in the different communities to introduce the game and make it into the mainstream sports. It has tremendous potential for Sports Tourism and must be tapped into. All you need is an area of sand measuring 80 feet by 100 feet.” Tappin informed Chronicle Sport.Tappin was also loud in praise for the GFF, “The current Administration of the GFF has been very, very supportive of all our efforts to promote and develop Beach football which is not culturally known in Guyana, so attracting corporate sponsorship will take some time,” Tappin emphasised.The total cost for the 15-member team to participate in Florida next year is $3.5M.last_img read more

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Women of Troy lose late advantage, fall in overtime

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team was unable to continue its four-game winning streak Thursday night as it lost a tough game on the road against the No. 7 California Golden Bears, 71-63 in overtime. This was the Women of Troy’s fifth Pac-12 conference game and was also their first loss in Pac-12 conference play.On fire · Sophomore guard Ariya Crook finished Thursday’s matchup with a team-high 21 points to go with five rebounds and four assists in USC’s 71-63 overtime loss against the No. 7 Cal Golden Bears. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy (7-9, 4-1 Pac-12) had a six-point lead with 1:42 to play in regulation, but Cal rallied back to send the game into overtime. They outscored the Trojans 9-1 in the extra period to overcome the Women of Troy.Sophomore guard Ariya Cook led the Trojans in scoring off the bench with 21 points, while junior forward Cassie Harberts added 15 points. Junior forward Kate Oliver recorded her second-straight double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.“This was a really tough loss for us but I am really proud of our team for playing hard against a great Cal team, and we are just going to have to move on to the next one,” Harberts said.Senior guard Layshia Clarendon led the Golden Bears (14-2, 4-1) with 27 points while adding six rebounds. Junior forward Gennifer Brandon dropped in 23 points of her own while contributing a career-high 26 rebounds. All six points to tie the game in the closing minutes of regulation were scored by Brandon, who also added a timely block to help send the game into overtime. With her performance on the boards, she was able to assist the Golden Bears in outrebounding the Trojans, 54-43.Though USC barely outshot Cal, shooting 34.4 percent to the Golden Bears’ 31.4 percent, they were once again plagued by turnovers with 15. A contributing factor to this was the 11 steals racked up by the Golden Bears.“We are going to need to play fundamentally sound basketball and avoid these two- to three-minute lapses that we have should we want to continue to be successful in conference play,” Harberts said.The Trojans controlled the tempo for much of the first 35 minutes, as they limited points in the paint and kept Cal off the boards, but still trailed at halftime 36-31. After being down by as much as six points, USC went on an 11-0 run to take a 46-41 lead early in the second half. A 3-pointer from Cook made it 58-53 with only 2:53 remaining, but Cal played well enough down the stretch to take the game into overtime.The Women of Troy now move on to play at No. 6 Stanford, who faces off against UCLA on Friday. The Trojans will later return home beginning on Jan. 25 for a two-game home stand against the Arizona State Sun Devils (10-6, 2-2) and the Arizona Wildcats (10-5, 2-2).last_img read more

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Syracuse football recruiting: Class of 2018 lineman Willem Froumy commits to Syracuse

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 20, 2017 at 3:21 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Grahamcenter_img Class of 2018 offensive lineman Willem Froumy committed to Syracuse on Tuesday afternoon, Froumy confirmed to The Daily Orange. The tackle visited SU unofficially on Sunday, attending the “Dino Babers Football Camp.”“When I went up this weekend (to Syracuse),” Froumy said, “everything clicked.”At the camp, Froumy was hoping to show coaches his versatility, he said. Coming from an offense that is run heavy, he wanted to show his abilities to work in a passing offense.“I’ll be redshirted most likely,” Froumy admitted. “I’ve got a lot of stuff to learn.”SU first got in contact with Froumy in early May, Froumy said, and his primary recruiters were co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Mike Lynch and defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Brian Ward.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange offered the recruit on Monday and he picked the Orange over Bryant, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire a day later. Syracuse and Boston College were the two schools Froumy said he had sights set on, mostly due to conference and proximity. Syracuse was the first to come calling.“I wanted to try and stay closer (to home),” Froumy said, citing the relative proximity of Syracuse to his hometown in Exeter, New Hampshire.The 6-foot-6, 290 pound tackle has no stars from 247sports.com but bench presses 370 pounds and cleans 275, while also clocking a 4.56 shuttle, per his Hudl page.Froumy is the 11th commit in Babers’ 2018 class at SU, and the second offensive lineman, joining four-star talent Tyrone Sampson Jr. Froumy is the only player from New Hampshire currently committed to SU. Track the rest of the 2018 class here.last_img read more

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MAC becomes first FBS conference to cancel fall college football season

first_imgWith the vote, the MAC becomes the first FBS conference to cancel its 2020 football season; Stadium reports the conference will attempt to play in the spring.MORE: COVID-19 and college football: Where each Power 5 conference stands on 2020 scheduleCOVID-19 health concerns were the primary reason for canceling the season. Northern Illinois is located in a state that has almost 200,000 cases. Nine of the member schools are in Ohio and Michigan, states which are close to 100,000 reported cases. There will be no #MACtion in 2020.The Mid-American Conference canceled its fall football season on Saturday, according to an initial report from Stadium’s Brett McMurphy. MAC presidents voted on whether to cancel the season after Northern Illinois president Lisa Freeman — a former research research scientist — told fellow presidents on Thursday that her school planned not to play in the fall. The conference also took a hit when the Big Ten moved to a conference-only schedule: The MAC lost 11 nonconference matchups that cost the conference $10.5 million, according to the report. The MAC’s decision means a total of 13 FBS programs — 10 percent of member schools — will not have a fall season.FBS independent UConn canceled its football season on Wednesday. The Huskies are joined by the Mid-American Conference’s 12 schools: Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio) and Ohio in the conference’s East division, and Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan from the MAC West.The MAC’s decision will also impact the ACC schedule, which was released earlier this week. Pitt had Miami (Ohio) scheduled for its opener. Boston College had Ohio scheduled for its opener, and Notre Dame had Western Michigan on the schedule on Sept. 19.last_img read more

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FEU starts strong, routs UP

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Arvin Tolentino scored 13 off the bench and was a plus-23 while Wendell Comboy added 12 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Tamaraws.FEU, which posted its second win in three outings, scored eight unanswered points to start the game and never trailed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Tamaraws, who shot 52 percent from the field, extended their lead to 24, 63-49, after Comboy sank a 3-pointer with 5:15 left in the third.Guards Jasper Parker and Axel Iñigo chipped in 11 points to help FEU bounce back from a 76-74 loss to University of Santo Tomas on September 12. Birds of prey View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Prince Orizu Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University banked on a strong start to dump University of the Philippines, 89-73, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Five Tamaraws hit double-figure scoring led by a perfect offensive game from Prince Orizu, who had 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the field. He scored nine points in the first quarter alone.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brothers Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano paced the Fighting Maroons, who dropped to 1-2, with 15 and 13 points, respectively while Bright Akhuetie added nine points and 11 rebounds. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

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Police Brutality on the Rise

first_imgThe wave of police brutality across the country is fast becoming alarming, compelling the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) to institute measures to curtail the occurrence.Addressing a news conference in Monrovia yesterday, INCHR Chairperson, retired Associate Justice Gladys K. Johnson expressed serious concern over the number of human rights violations attributed to the Liberian National Police (LNP), stressing that something must be done to save the image of the state.Based on mountains of allegations and complaints from ordinary Liberians, particularly motorcyclists and youths in concession areas, the rights body has named a team of investigators to be dispatched to Butaw, Sinoe County, where there was rioting involving some residents and police, Ms. Johnson announced.According to Chairman Johnson, one of the Commission’s investigators is due in the region shortly to launch a “comprehensive and independent investigation into unfolding events.”She noted that the move is part of “our mandate to promote and protect human rights in Liberia consistent with national and international legal instruments.” Investigating all human rights abuses remain a cardinal part of INHRC’s operations, she noted.Even though the INHRC has recruited eight investigators to be stationed in Montserrado, the lack of adequate budget support to undertake these initiatives is a challenge that needs to be overcome, Madam Johnson asserted.“We want to investigate all human rights issues in the country, but there is serious constraint with the budget to support all of our programs.“We have made appeals to the Legislature and others involved with the budget process, but Ebola and the budget shortfall last year hampered our work,” the former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court said.According to Commissioner Johnson, “US$30 million is needed to run the commission properly, and as such, we are reaching out to everyone to generate the needed funds.Meanwhile, the Commission will today hold a day-long awareness forum to educate and inform the public about the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommendations with a view to soliciting public support in carrying out the INHRC’s functions.The palava hut approach is part of a Strategic Roadmap for national healing, peace building and reconciliation launched in 2013. The move is in keeping with the Commission’s mandate as enshrined in the Accra Comprehensive Peace Accord signed in 2003.INCHR also has a mandate to ensure the full implementation of the TRC recommendations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mash 2019 deemed a success – Minister Norton

first_imgAs the Department of Social Cohesion begins to close the curtains on the Mashramani 2019 celebrations, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton has deemed the activities held thus far a success.Remaining on the calendar of events is the Linden and Berbice Mashramani parades slated for March 3, followed by the Champions in Concert, in Mahdia, on March 9.Speaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Minister Norton noted his satisfaction with the massive involvement and support shown by the young people which he opined was instrumental in the success of the country’s 49th Republic Anniversary.Minister, Dr George Norton“Though the 23rd of February has come and gone, the Mash spirit still lives, since we still have Mash activities, with the last being in Mahdia where we will have a Champions concert. But overall, I am happy for basically the crowd support… it was amazing to know that at 3 in the afternoon the Mashramani route was filled to capacity, both Vlissengen and Irving road and D’Urban Park … you had to be young, strong and active in order to withstand the longest route we have ever had, and you could have seen the energy from the young people,” he said.According to Minister Norton, from all indications, support for future Mashramani activities will continue to increase as necessary improvements will be made.“Mash is here to stay, and we will try to improve moving forward,” he said.These improvements include the upgrading of the clean-up exercise which he believes will become a fixture of the Mashramani celebration.“The organising committee will always have this on their agenda, and we will insist that the clean-up exercise starts as early as possible. Thus far, it is proving to be quite successful. However, we have taken note of complaints made about garbage bins not being placed along the route; therefore, consideration will be taken to improve the citizens’ experience,” he explained.On Republic Day, workers were seen walking behind the last float cleaning up garbage, into the wee hours of Sunday.It was highlighted that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) aims to introduce a mandatory fee in 2020 for the cleaning up of vending spots along the Mashramani route, as efforts to get persons to better dispose of their garbage were futile.last_img read more

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