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Officials Continue To Stress Parent, Teacher Feedback Vital In Reopening

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I have 5 kids this is not going to work and 3 more I baby sit MGN ImageALBANY – With just a few weeks ahead of the start of the school year, New York leaders are continuing to lay out what that could look like across the state.Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday echoed what he’s been saying for the past couple of weeks, although the state is allowing schools to reopen, it will be up to each district on how that actually happens.He says ultimately the school districts need to cater to what the parents and teachers want because, without their say, there won’t be a school if the parents don’t send their child or the teachers don’t go to work.That’s why each district must answer any questions or concerns ahead of reopening. “The parents are right to be concerned. It’s only natural for the parents and teachers to have questions, they’re not being obstructionists. And I want the local school districts to understand that,” Cuomo said.The state is requiring each district to hold three to five information sessions by the end of the week.This is so school officials can speak directly to parents and teachers before the start of this school year.last_img read more

Justices receive model family court plan

first_imgPromoting the utilization of qualified programs for supervised visitation and/or monitored exchange. The needs and best interests of children should be the primary consideration of any family court. The court’s role in family restructuring is to identify services and craft solutions appropriate for long-term stability and that minimize the need for subsequent court action. Coordinated Management The FCSC also recommended the court adopt a family court model based on “coordinated management.” “In a coordinated management system, all pending family cases are coordinated and managed by a staff member or team of staff members to facilitate the delivery of appropriate social services, maximize judicial resources, avoid conflicting court orders, and prevent multiple court appearances by the parties on the same issues,” the report said, adding that as a court grows to more than seven judges, it becomes inefficient to divide all cases equally among judges. Because judges rotate in and out of divisions, the report said, it is impossible to keep one judge with the same family. In the coordinated management model, this is unnecessary since a staff member or team of staff provides continuity for the family instead of the judge, the committee said. The panel recommended the court also require each circuit to establish an intake process to provide information, make referrals to legal or social services, and assist self-represented litigants. The panel also said services should be available whether or not the person files a lawsuit and without regard to income. Family division judges also must have sufficient case management staff to perform differentiated case management, to coordinate all cases involving a single family, to coordinate and monitor services provided to each family, and to collect aggregate data to measure performance of the family division. The court also needs an integrated management information system to monitor and coordinate cases in the family division. The system should be integrated with the clerk of court and be able to provide information on all pending and closed cases involving the members of a family, the panel said. The Supreme Court also should require the chief judge of each circuit to appoint an administrative family law judge for the circuit and give the administrative judge authority to oversee and coordinate the circuit’s family initiative. The panel said each circuit should employ at least one family court administrator or coordinator to assist the chief judge, trial court administrator, and administrative family law judge in the management responsibilities of the family division and in establishing links with appropriate community services and programs. The Supreme Court should also require chief judges to assign to the family division only those judges who are committed to children and families. “Judges assigned to the family division must have expertise in all matters involving children and families,” the panel said. “They must be motivated to learn multi-disciplinary skills in the areas of domestic violence, family dynamics, child development, psychology and mediation.” The court also must encourage chief judges to assign judges to the family division for at least a three-year term, give them the opportunity to rotate out at the end of their term, and stagger rotation to ensure that a significant portion of the family division judges are experienced in family law, the FCSC said. The committee said judges who are assigned to the family division for the first time, or who have not served in the family division for two years, should receive mandatory training in the fundamentals of family law, domestic violence, juvenile dependency, and juvenile delinquency before assuming the assignment or within 60 days after assuming the assignment. Family law judges also should be provided with continuing education in technical legal requirements of domestic relations and juvenile law, training in nonlegal subjects such as child development, family systems, mental health, behavioral sciences, social work, mediation, and information on public benefits and programs that are available for children and families. The committee said each circuit also should create a family law advisory group that is open to court staff, judges, members of the bar, social service providers, local community leaders and any other interested persons or organizations to support and advise the family court. The Supreme Court also should require each circuit to provide regular public information through the Internet and any other media that is easily accessible to the community about how to access the court, what services are available, what the public can expect from the legal system, and any limitations on the court’s authority and resources. Providing adequate and sufficient security personnel and equipment to ensure family divisions are safe. Justices receive model family court plan Using education programs for parents involved in family law proceedings. August 1, 2000 Associate Editor Regular News Assuring the availability of crisis intervention and long-term counseling/treatment programs and ensuring that compliance is monitored when such services are court ordered. center_img Providing the court with evaluative information in proceedings involving custody disputes. Cases involving inter-related family law issues should be consolidated or coordinated to maximize use of court resources to avoid conflicting decisions and to minimize inconvenience to the families. Therapeutic justice should be a key part of the family court process. The panel said the guiding principles do not rule out adversary litigation and the panel recognizes the adversary system is essential to resolve differences of opinion, to balance power in relationships and to enforce orders on recalcitrant parties. “The adversary system is essential to protect due process rights of children who are charged with delinquent acts,” the report said. “Furthermore, the goal of therapeutic jurisprudence does not rule out retribution for criminal acts such as domestic violence and delinquent behavior.” Types of Cases The report said a model family court or division should include the following types of cases: dissolution of marriage, division and distribution of property arising out of a dissolution of marriage, annulment, support unconnected with dissolution of marriage, paternity, child support, URESA/UIFSA, custodial care and access to children, adoption, name change, declaratory judgment actions related to premarital, marital, or post-marital agreements, civil domestic and repeat violence injunctions, juvenile dependency, termination of parental rights, juvenile delinquency, emancipation of a minor, CINS/FINS, truancy, and modification and enforcement of orders entered in those cases. The committee has proposed pilot projects to develop models of best practice in monitoring, tracking, and coordinating cases in the family division and other litigation involving the same family members. The committee limited the model to juvenile matters and traditional domestic relations cases for three primary reasons: “First, there is a great deal of overlapping issues that can be addressed more efficiently if all of these cases are in the same division,” the report said. “Most of the cases involve the welfare of children who are not parties to the proceedings. As a result, the legal system, the parties, and the attorneys have a responsibility to protect the best interests of the children involved. Finally, the objectives of therapeutic justice apply to all cases included in the model.” While the FCSC voted to include juvenile delinquency in the model family courts, the panel did not recommend including criminal cases involving family members in the family division. “There are good arguments for and against including misdemeanor and felony domestic violence in a family division,” the report said. “Likewise, there are good arguments for dedicated domestic violence courts with jurisdiction over both civil and criminal domestic violence cases. Consequently, at this time, there is more than one acceptable way for the court system to address domestic violence in a comprehensive manner.” The FCSC, however, said failure to include criminal cases involving family members will not preclude a circuit or county from establishing a domestic violence court with criminal jurisdiction as part of a family division or separate from, but coordinated with, the family division. Getting Judges Talking The committee said the Supreme Court should adopt a rule of judicial administration requiring judges who are assigned to different cases involving the same family to confer, and to coordinate pending litigation to maximize judicial efforts, avoid inconsistent court orders, and avoid multiple court appearances by the parties on the same issues. This rule also should clarify what happens when the judges disagree after conferring, the panel said. Essential Elements The panel said there are 12 fundamental elements essential to a model family court. They include case management; self-help programs, such as providing intake, screening, and procedural guidance to self-represented litigants; ensuring cases involving domestic violence are identified and managed in a manner that is organized, timely, and sensitive to the special dynamics involved in those cases; alternative dispute resolution; utilizing guardians ad litem in all family cases involving abused, abandoned or neglected children, and children at risk of harm; and using quasi-judicial officers to expedite hearings and expand judicial resources. Also identified as essential were: Justices receive model family court plan Mark D. Killian Associate Editor The Family Court Steering Committee has presented the Supreme Court with plans to create a model family court in Florida to provide families and children with an accessible and coordinated means of resolving legal matters. The welfare of children and families, nonadversarial dispute resolution and providing related social services are at the heart of the recommendations which were filed with the court June 29. The report said the traditional adversarial process is detrimental to children because “it drives parents further apart at a time their children need them to work together to restructure their system of parenting,” and the fragmented legal system is damaging to families. Fifth Circuit Judge Raymond McNeal, who chaired the Model Court Subcommittee which drafted the recommendations, said children do best when they have two good parents involved in their lives. “We’re not here to put lawyers out of business. We envision a broader, deeper role for lawyers,” said McNeal, addressing those gathered at a Family Law Symposium at the Bar’s recent Annual Meeting. “Litigation is not the only way.” The model family court recommendations were six years in the making. In 1994 the Supreme Court directed the Family Court Steering Committee to develop recommendations on the characteristics of a model family court, including organization, policy, procedures, staffing, resources, and links to community services to assist children and families involved in litigation. Justice Major Harding noted a steering committee survey found “even members of our own legal community see unnecessary litigation and call family law `a fee-generating machine.’ One person surveyed wrote the `judiciary does not like families and it shows.’” Harding said if lawyers give bad marks to the family law process, how must that appear to the public? “It is too easy for us to blame each other,” Harding said. “It’s always the fault of the other guy’s lawyer, the recalcitrant client, the stupid judge or the unwilling legislature. But is that really the case?. . . If what we do to each other falls out on the clients, it’s time to change.” Eleventh Circuit Judge Judy Kreeger, a steering committee member, recalled a line from a classic book about family law: There could be a family law situation where every layer of the court system is encountered. Children and their families could be in litigation in every division of the court system simultaneously: domestic violence, abuse and neglect, house in foreclosure, guardianship in probate, etc. “That’s the nightmare of the present system,” Judge Kreeger said, noting many times judges in one division don’t know what judges in another division are deciding about the same family. “We need to devise a system that eliminates or minimizes conflicts of decision-making,” Kreeger said, adding currently there are no mechanisms in place for who decides issues when there are multiple judges involved with one family. Guiding Principles The panel’s recommendations begin with a list of guiding principles to be used as a foundation for defining and implementing a model family court, including: Children should live in safe and permanent homes. Providing computer hardware, systems and training to access information essential to case management and coordination, to print forms and notices immediately, and to generate statistical reports, to provide public and inter-agency access to records, and to allow telephone conferences and appearance of witnesses by electronic means. last_img

Innovation is as close as your living room

first_imgIn the 11 years that we’ve been growing innovative ideas at Filene, we have developed a methodology for innovation that is grounded in human-centered design. At its core, HCD is about solving the biggest problems for your members, potential members and employees.To solve these problems, we must first understand the problem to solve. That begins by gathering insights–observations about what people are experiencing, going through, struggling with and even what they are thrilled about.Insights that might lead to innovation can come from anywhere: sitting in one of your branches and watching members; engaging with colleagues at a conference; or from a conversation with a friend over coffee.One of my most recent insights surrounds the future of diagnosing ear infections from the comfort of your home. And it translates well to credit unions. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

COVID-19: Pertamina Foundation provides housing for medical workers at referral hospital

first_imgTo assist efforts to tackle COVID-19, the Pertamina Foundation is providing housing for medical workers treating patients at the Pertamina General Hospital in South Jakarta.The hospital, run under the Pertamina Group, is among the 132 referral hospitals for COVID-19 cases in Indonesia.The foundation will allow healthcare workers of the hospital to stay in its two guesthouses on Jl. Kyai Maja in South Jakarta starting next week. The guesthouses, located close to the hospital, were initially designated for trainees and retirees of the state-owned energy company. “Medical workers who are on call to handle the COVID-19 outbreak will stay at the guesthouses, so they don’t need to be worried about going home after treating patients at the hospital,” Pertamina Foundation president director Agus Mashud S. Asngari said in a statement on Thursday.Read also: Pertamina Hospital in Jakarta to handle coronavirus patients, laboratory testsThe initiative follows an instruction from the state-owned enterprises minister for Patra Jasa and other subsidiaries of Pertamina Group to support healthcare workers at hospitals owned by the enterprises.Pertamina Foundation asset director Nato Presdianto said the foundation had prepared 46 rooms with a capacity for 92 people. “We are ready to accept medical workers here.”The foundation has also provided lunches for healthcare workers at the Pertamina General Hospital, distributed hand sanitizer to Islamic boarding schools and orphanages and set up portable sinks at the Kemayoran athletes village in Central Jakarta, which has been transformed into a makeshift emergency hospital for COVID-19 patients.Topics :last_img read more

What is the optimial time for a property to be listed before it becomes “stale’’

first_imgHow long is too long, on the market?“I’m not in a hurry to sell, we can wait for the right buyer”This is one of the most common comments made by home owners when they are selling their property. Ironically, the polar opposite is the question asked by most buyers “How long has this house been on the market?”.Understanding how real estate works can give insight and subsequently comfort to people when they are in real estate mode.Experience has taught me that real estate is a now business.A property is worth what you can sell it for now. You can wait and you might get more money or you could wait and you might get less money.Unlike other investments, real estate, has to be lived in. So equations like square metre rates, comparable sales and returns are appropriate considerations but if the liveability of a property isn’t appealing or a market condition has changed then there is no guarantee of that price. Your confidence in the price offered should be born from your exposure to the market (eg. the number of inspections) and your belief in your agent’s ability to negotiate and market your property effectively.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours ago SIX SIGNS A BUYER IS SERIOUS In 2007 I could never have imagined that more than ten years later we would still be struggling to achieve the same price today.This is the case in some market segments in the southeast corner. Similarly I doubt five years ago that Sydney agents would have believed that their inner city market would enjoy a 20 per cent year on year compounding capital growth for five years.Timing and time on are the two most important considerations when selling your home. If real estate is a now business then ask yourself the question, “is now the best time to sell?’’.Also, time on the market matters.Buyers associate the length a time a property has been on the market with its value.If it’s more than sixty days then they tend to consider there something is wrong with the property or the price.The optimum selling period is 21-30 days. This gives you enough time to welcome the market through your property, to use the main marketing avenues of print, internet and agent data base, and to negotiate effectively with those buyers. Whether that be through auction or private treaty.last_img read more

COVID-19 infects three rural health workers: New Lucena RHU, municipal hall temporary closed

first_imgThey were the following: Mayor Liecel Mondejar-Seville of New Lucena, Iloilo urges her constituents not to panic and strictly observe health protocols at all times such as social distancing and wearing of face mask. As of Monday, the town has five confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 cases. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * 53-year-old female (Patient No. 533) The town’s first COVID-19 patient was reported last June 26 – a 36-year-old repatriated LSI from Metro Manila (Patient No. 441).  * 37-year-old female (Patient No. 531) * 37-year-old male (Patient No. 532) Mayor Liecel Mondejar-Seville said they immediately conduct contact tracing of all those who had close contact with the three RHU personnel – a doctor, a driver and an encoder. The remaining case was a 27-year-old female locally stranded individual (LSI), also tagged as Patient No. 530.  These four new infections brought to five the total number of confirmed cases in New Lucena. With the RHU closure, she advised residents who would need to avail themselves of health services to go to the New Lucena Polytechnic College Medical Clinic & Hospital.   Seville urged her constituents not to panic and strictly observe health protocols at all times such as social distancing and wearing of face mask./PN Aside from the RHU, Seville also ordered on Monday the temporary closure of the municipal hall and other public places in New Lucena for disinfection. The three infected RHU personnel were among the four confirmed cases of the town that the Department of Health Region 6 confirmed on Monday. According to Seville, these patients were all asymptomatic and were confined at the town’s quarantine center. Seville said they will immediately subject close contacts to reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing once local authorities finish tracking them down. ILOILO – The Rural Health Unit (RHU) of New Lucena, Iloilo was temporarily closed yesterday until further notice after three of its employees contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, the municipal hall will resume operation this Tuesday but only on skeletal work arrangement.last_img read more

Fans mourn ex-footballer called best in the world by Maradona

first_img Loading… With the country in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, fans filled out the stands wearing red and blue face masks, the colours of the Central Cordoba club with whom Carlovich made his name, to bid farewell to a player Maradona regarded as his superior. Carlovich died on Friday at the age of 74 after he was struck on the head during a violent robbery. A hearse carried his casket to the centre of the pitch, where it was laid on the grass with a ball placed on top, for his final goodbye. His death shocked the world of Argentine football, particularly in Rosario, the birthplace of Lionel Messi among others. Read Also: Maradona autographs jersey to help Buenos Aires poorCarlovich, a player who shunned fame and preferred to play for smaller clubs, received high praise form Maradona and had spoken of turning down an approach from Pele to join the New York Cosmos in the 1970s.Last February, Carlovich met with the former Argentina captain who was in Rosario for a game in his role as Gimnasia coach. “Trinche, you were better than me,” Maradona wrote as he presented Carlovich with a signed shirt.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content17 Astonishingly Beautiful Cave Churches7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithTime Playing Video Games Can Have A Detrimental Effect On You7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes Hundreds of supporters paid their respects on Saturday to former Argentine footballer Tomas ‘Trinche’ Carlovich, a player Diego Maradona called the best in the world, at an open-air wake at a stadium in Rosario. Tomas Carlovich was remembered by hundreds of fansAdvertisementlast_img read more

Local artists honored at Indiana Statehouse

first_imgJoni Huber and Treasurer Kelly MitchellIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and the Indiana Arts Commission recently celebrated the 2019 Hoosier women artists at the Statehouse.“Being able to promote female artists throughout our state brings me such joy and I look forward to this ceremony every year,” Crouch said. “We had an astonishing amount of art submitted, and it was very difficult to decide which pieces to bring into the office. I want to continue to encourage women in Indiana to keep exercising their artistic passions and share them.”The Hoosier Women Artists competition was established in 2008 to celebrate the importance of the arts in Indiana’s communities and showcase the work of talented female artists throughout the state. The annual competition was announced in January, and today’s 39 honorees were selected out of more than 220 entries. The entries were judged by a panel of visual Indiana arts professionals and then selected for display by Crouch and Mitchell.“As always, the amount of talent and creativity Hoosier women possess and display is impressive,” Mitchell said. “I am honored to celebrate their skill by displaying these beautiful works of art in our office during the coming year.The 39 pieces of artwork will be displayed in the offices of: Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Treasurer of State Kelly Mitchell, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Auditor of State Tera Klutz, Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick, as well as in the office of First Lady Janet Holcomb in the governor’s residence.Photos from the event are online here.Below is a full list of winners. HollyGeeslinIndianapolisFLShouting LOVE to the heavens in American Sign LanguagePhotography JaneLohmeyerValparaisoTOSImprisoned by Lake Michigan Shelf IceTorn Paper, Tissue Paper, Watercolor, Acrylic Paint JackieHuppenthalDyerTOSWinter is Coming to Cataract FallsPhotograph ArenStraigerCarmelSOSWinged WomanLinocut Print JoniHuberBatesvilleTOSColored CurrentsMixed Media, Collage and Acrylic Paint SavannahLopezAndersonLGAlbion IndianaInk Pen First NameLast NameCityDisplayedTitleMediumPrevious HWA year SusanRingNorth ManchesterTOSFollowing the LightOil painting on canvas2011, 2017, 2018 ClaraSegardPortageAOSGhanian JoyCharcoal BeverlyWilsonGreensburgTOSSister Edna’s RoomPhotography GinnyPayneTerre HauteTOSMore than CoexistDigital Design, Floating Frame on 3/4 Baltic Birch Wood JessicaSaundersBrownsburgTOSDesireacrylic on canvas HeatherSteedMuncieAOSCaught By NaturePhotography CarolEstesLaPorteLGThree Sistersinfrared photography2014 JenniferFoxMartinsvilleLGThe Run Out of Carson CityNero pencils PeggyHobsonRussiavilleSupreme CourtCircle of SwirlsStained Glass JodyBrunsCarmelLGOn a Winter’s DayPrintmaking: Woodcut Reduction2017 AliciaCriswellLafayetteLGReconciliationacrylic on canvas RobertaAvidorIndianapolisLGMonument StepsOil on canvas CharleneLongMishawakaDOEEarly Morning GlowOil on canvas2016, 2017, 2018 LauraCutlerLa PorteTOSMystic BisonOil on Canvas2014 MaryFirtlSouth BendLGBeach View from Beverly Shores, IndianaSoft Pastels2018 PennyDealNorth ManchesterDOEHay BalesOil on Belgian Linen2009, 2016 RadieSteinerIndianapolisTOSIndiana LandscapePhoto printed on metal AndreaEnglandAuroraLGSpecialgraphite pencil AnnMcGriffinIndianapolisTOSApproaching Migraine 4Acrylic on canvas KassieWoodworthIndianapolisSOSSilent FlockIntaglio Etching SharonChuppElkhartLGSnowy Day at Pine CreekAcrylic2017 DarleneRosario-ReeseEast ChicagoLG“Don’t See My Art, Feel It.”Coloring Pencils, Gel Pens,  Crayons,  Acrylic Paints, Gold Sharpie, PencilNA LouisaMurzynMunsterTOSHaunting SeasPhotography MychelleRoweGoshenLG“The Music in Me”Acrylic on canvas HeidiAhmedIndianapolisLG“Richmondena cardinalis”Watercolor Anna and MichelleCase-JohnsonIndianapolisLGSup?Mixed Media on Canvas SusanKirtValparaisoLGHummingbird and Cardinal FlowerPhotography BrendaStichterWarsawTOSFull of His GloryPainted with the finest quality heavy-body acrylic paint on acid-free, heavy weight Fabriano watercolor paper2016 JoyBaileyMonticelloFL“Geologists’ Dream”watercolor on yupo paper StephanieMcDairmantWarsawTOSAslan and the Dragonacrylic paint2018 Constance EdwardsScopelitisIndianapolisSupreme CourtAngel the Gooil and graphite on canvas AshleyRichardsonIndianapolisLGThis Silent FireScanner and Inkjet Printer2015 PatriciaRhoden BartelsNashvilleTOSIlluminatedsilver leaf and oil2018last_img read more

Aubameyang swaps football for F1

first_imgRelatedPosts Everton sign Real Madrid midfielder for £22m Monaco force draw against Reims in Kovac’s first game in charge Monaco Prince tests positive for coronavirus Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be taking tips from McLaren’s Lando Norris before the pair line up for a virtual Formula One Grand Prix around Monaco’s street circuit on Sunday.The half-distance race, with drivers competing from home on simulators, will be around a virtual version of the tight and twisty street circuit on the day the cancelled real Grand Prix would have happened. Both the Formula One and Premier League seasons are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Gabon international Aubameyang is the latest in a line of high-profile football players making guest appearances in the virtual race series on the official F1 2019 video game against real F1 drivers.Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero took part in the previous virtual Spanish Grand Prix, along with Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo.AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli has also featured.“You’d better be good, you’d better be fast,” a laughing Norris told Aubameyang, who played for AS Monaco on loan in 2010-11, in a video clip posted by McLaren on Twitter. “It’s a bit hard but I try to train every day,” said the striker. “Some turns are really, really hard.”“Yeah, they chose the hardest track for you to join. Monaco is not easy at all,” replied Norris, before Aubameyang requested some time for them to train together.“To tell the truth, I’m free every day,” said the Arsenal player. “I am training but then I have all day. The morning definitely I’m not there. But definitely I need some advice on the virtual thing… I need your help, bro.”Aubameyang, the Premier League’s joint top goalscorer in 2018-19 and Arsenal’s leading marksman this season, needs no help at least from Formula One’s youngest British driver when it comes to his own day job.Tags: F1Lando NorrisMclarenMonacoPiere-Emerick AubameyangVirtual Grand Prixlast_img read more

Over 1500 athletes set to compete at 59th National Schools Championship

first_img..5K race set for this morning  By Faizool DeoOVER 1500 athletes will compete in this year’s Ministry of Education, Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) 59th National Schools Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championship, which runs off from this morning at the National Park.This top national event is expected to improve this year, according to Competitions Director Ceon Bristol.  He said despite a late start all systems are in place for the weeklong event. “We started late as usual, but from the time we started, we moved at a reasonable pace to meet our deadline.” Bristol added that the organisers are trying to be “better and more effective” in their delivery this year. Students will represent 15 Districts across Guyana, starting with a 5k race this morning on the outer circuit of the National Park. The action then moves to the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora for the 10k battle from 15:30hrsTomorrow the event continues with swimming and cycling. From 09:30hrs swimmers will compete at the National Aquatic Centre, while cyclists will battle at the National Park at the same time.District 10 (Upper Demerara-Kwakwani) have dominated the event over the years and are favourites again for the overall title this year.On Tuesday, action continues at Leonora with the 400m heats and the start of the field events. On Wednesday, the 100m and the 800m heats and finals will take place, while on Thursday athletes will contest in 200m and 1500m heats and finals.On the last day, Friday, sprinters will run the 400m final.District 11 (North Georgetown) won over half of the events last year in the pool. They amassed 434 points from 27 first-place finishes. Their main rivals, District 10 (Upper Demerara-Kwakwani), finished second in swimming with 319 points from six overall wins.Meanwhile, District Six (Corentyne) only just retained their cycling title after a strong challenge from District 10 in 2018.District 10 then performed well on the track and in the field to win the overall title.  North Georgetown and District 13 (South Georgetown) were tied for second place overall last year.last_img read more

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