January 23 was a momentous day in the history of Jamaican track and field. Most people will remember it as the day Calabar High School opened the doors to its first synthetic track to be laid at a high school in Jamaica. The meet, the first McKenley/Wint Classic, was a memorable occasion.The mood was bright as all present enjoyed the sight and feel of the new facility. From a viewing perspective, the only drawbacks are that the throws and horizontal jumps are outside the oval, but that doesn’t detract from the overall value the new track brings. In any case, those ‘so-called’ drawbacks disappear if you view the new facility mainly as a training venue.As befits a meet carrying the names of megastar Olympians Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley, the event was thoughtfully operated with ticketing, parking and access to the track well worked out. It seems reasonable to assume that in the years to come, the grounds around the track will be developed with additional spectator seating and lighting.Calabar High wasn’t the only place that a new track opened on the 23rd. Thirty minutes away, the newly resurfaced oval at the GC Foster College for Physical Education & Sport was put into service at the Central Hurdles and Relays meet.Never before have two new synthetic tracks been opened in Jamaica on the same day. That’s history.Calabar High and GC Foster College join the National Stadium, the Stadium East field, the University of the West Indies and the Catherine Hall Sport Complex as locations with modern tracks.Catherine Hall is a great venue. It has already hosted the 2011 Carifta Games and shortly will play host to the annual Western Championships and Western Relays. For at least two reasons, it might be a good idea to move the Carifta Trials between Kingston and Montego Bay.Having the Trials at the Sports Complex might stimulate interest in the sport in the west. It would also relieve western teams of the financial burden of travelling in alternate years. As things stand, western teams must budget for trips to Kingston for the Gibson-McCook Relays, the Trials and Boys and Girls’ Championships, as well as for other meets in the Corporate Area that fit their needs.Consider a future where a synthetic track is laid at a central Jamaica venue like the Kirkvine Sports Club just outside Mandeville. In that future, the Trials could move from Kingston to Kirkvine and then to Montego Bay. Imagine that.n HUBERT LAWRENCE has been making notes at track side since 1980.
Diet? Why? If you ever read a newspaper or switch on the TV, you’ll know that we are in the middle of, what some media have termed, an ‘obesity crisis’.So it’s no wonder that the bookshops are filled with diet titles and slimming magazines, and every celebrity is endorsing their diet plans and exercise DVD’s!At Slimming World, DIET is a four letter word! And if you’ve had your fill of these “off and on eating regimes”, if you’re fed up of going to bed early because you’re hungry – and if you never want to think ‘dare I eat that’ ever again – then look no further, slimming world is the place for you!Forget calorie countingForget deprivation and hungerForget the strict rules and regulations of past dietsForget completely any previous dieting dos and don’ts – they’ll only get in your way.Forget diet pills that interfere with your body and your mind’s natural, healthy functions.Embrace completely the freedom, flexibility and generosity of Food Optimising!The stroke of genius behind Food Optimising lies in its concept of Free Food – healthy, satisfying foods that can be enjoyed in any amount whenever you’re hungry – the only limit is your appetite.They’re called Free Foods because they’re unlimited – no obsessive counting or tedious weighing; no feelings of hunger and deprivation, morning, noon or night!And because Free Foods are ordinary, wholesome, everyday foods, the whole family can enjoy them. Take care of your family’s health as well as your own; encourage them too to fill up on hunger-busting, health-giving, energy-providing Free Food – everyone will reap the benefits.With such a delicious, healthy, liberating and, yes, slimming way of eating, is it any wonder why so many people attend Slimming World groups every week – where they receive the support, encouragement and motivation of a fully trained Consultant and together with a supportive group of like-minded people, to help them reach their personal weight loss target!From a full Irish breakfast, to a sunday roast and even a dessert after, with Slimming World you really can have it all.Slimming World’s food optimising plan is safe to follow for everyone and we have extra support booklets to help pregnant and breast feeding members, members with diabetes and members looking to stop smoking.Along with a separate free to go plan for our young adults between 11-15 years to help them learn how to eat healthy while still enjoying life and never going without. There is no-one who cannot reap the benefits of the most generous eating plan around.So make it a gift to yourself – that you’ll ditch any excess ‘dieting’ baggage you’ve been carrying with you and set off on your new, exciting journey to success with Slimming World!For more information on your nearest group click on the picture above, check out Slimming World Donegal on facebook, or contact Anne Marie on 0860848705.Sample Recipie: Speedy ChineseFor a quick, filling alternative to your Friday night takeaway, rustle up your own Chinese delights by heating some low calorie oil spray (less than one calorie per spray) in a wok, adding some chopped chicken or prawns, spring onions, peppers, red chilli, finely chopped ginger and crushed garlic, fry for a couple of minutes, then throw in a pack of mixed stir-fry veg from the supermarket.If you’re feeling adventurous, add other oriental delights like water chestnuts or lychees! Add lots of Soy sauce to taste, cook for 3 or 4 minutes and serve on a mound of boiled egg noodles.Check out www.slimmingworld.ie for a 7 day sample menu.FED UP OF DIETING? THEN SLIMMING WORLD IS THE PLACE FOR YOU was last modified: April 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeatureshealthnewsSlimming World
Raising funds can be a daunting task but for Ballybofey man, Gerry Byrne, it’s all more than worth the effort and to this end he has organised a 35 mile cycle and 5k fun run this Sunday just to prove it!Gerry has faced up to the challenge of cancer and from personal experience knows the tremendous asset both Cancer Care West and the Good and New Cancer Bus have proven for the people in Donegal.The bus has provided a valuable and essential service to the many cancer sufferers from all over the northwest who have to travel to Galway for treatment. The bus does not receive any funding and depends solely on the kindness of those who donate or organise various fund raising events as well as the income generated from the Good and New Charity Shop at Canal Road, Letterkenny. It takes up to €1,000 per week to keep this bus running and the service to date has helped almost 600 people since it started in 2009. Cancer Care West is dedicated to providing support to anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis in a safe, nurturing and accessible environment. It aims to provide an holistic service that complements medical treatments through the provision of residential accommodation and support services.Patient support is the central focus of everything it does. Its priority it to equip all they meet with the practical and emotional support the need to maintain peace of mind and quality of life. Cancer Care West also provides cancer awareness and educational programmes and supports research into patient care.Gerry says he had his ‘eyes opened’ as a patient when he discovered just how much these charities were supporting cancer suffers in this area on a daily basis without any funding whatsoever from government or any of the statutory agencies.“On one particular day the bus had 21 people from Donegal going to Galway for treatment. They had to leave their families and stay away for the duration of their treatment and this can have a traumatic effort for all, particularly where someone may be caring for relatives at home.” “In one case I know of a daughter had to take her elderly mother who was in her care with her to stay in Galway while she was having treatment. Not only does this cause stress to all but there are financial implications in circumstances like these and not everyone would be able to go and avail of the treatment if it were not for the services provided by the two charities”, he says.This Sunday, September 4, people all over Donegal will get a chance to boost the much needed funds of these charities as Gerry has organised a 35mile cycle and a 5k fun run – both events starting at the Finn Valley Athletic Club centre.The cycle registration will take place with a bike sign in at 9am with participants leaving the centre at 10am. The cost per bike is €10. The route will see them travel from Stranorlar via Barnesmore Gap, back around via the Derg Line to Castlederg, on to Castlefin then returning to the Finn Valley Centre. The funwalk will leave at centre at 11am the follow the local 5k circuit around the Twin Towns and entry fee for this is €5.For more information you can contact Gerry on 087 6595754Gerry invites you to run, walk, and cycle to raise funds for Cancer Care this Sunday was last modified: September 1st, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5kBallybofeycancer carecharityfundraisinggerry byrnegood and new cancer bus
LABOUR Senator Jimmy Harte has welcomed the announcement that 14 Donegal schools are to be added to the summer works programme.The funding will include repairs such as the fixing of windows and roofs.The full list of Donegal schools is –Gartan N S Gartan – ToiletsSt Oran’s N S Buncrana – RoofsSn An Leinbh Iosa Coxtown – ToiletsGlebe N S, The Glebe, Donegal – RoofsScoil Naomh Chaitriona Ballyshannon – RoofsS N Muire Gan Smal, Clochar Loreto, Leitir Ceannain – RoofsScoil Mhuire, An Craosloch, Letterkenny – RoofsScoil Aodh Rua & Nuala, Donegal Town – ToiletsScoil Mhuire Secondary School, St. Orans Road, Buncrana – RoofsSt Columba’s College Stranorlar – RoofsDeele College Raphoe – RoofsSt Columba’s Comprehensive School Glenties – RoofsThe Royal And Prior School Raphoe – WindowsPobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola An Fálcarrach – Roofs NAMED: 14 DONEGAL SCHOOLS ADDED TO SUMMER WORKS SCHEME was last modified: May 11th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)