OCHO RIOS:The two big semi-final showdowns in the Sandals St. Ann-St. Mary Business House Football competition are on today.Defending champions Couples Tower Isle will clash with Grand Bahai Principe at 4 p.m. while in the feature match at 6 p.m., Couples Sans Souci meet National Water Commission. Both matches will be played at the Drax Hall playing field.Couples Tower Isle are the howling favourites to march into the final at the expense of Gran Bahai, having racked up a string of impressive performances so far. The champions have scored 12 goals, conceding just three, and will be led by skipper Gregory Tape and the hard-kicking Shavar Thomas.confidentGran Bahai, however, are not to be underestimated. They include the likes of Shavar Brown, Segree Murray and goalkeeper Rauel Wilson. Their manager, Stacy Benjamin, is quietly confident that her side has the manpower to overcome all odds and create a big upset this eveningIn the feature match, former champions National Water Commission (NWC) will seek to prevent it from being an all-Couples finals. They have the likes of Dwayne Holmes and Ricardo Reid, two of the top strikers in the competition. Coach David Pryce and his charges enter the match brimming with confidence.Ian Spencer, regional public relations manager for the sponsors, Sandals Resorts International, says he is pleased with the level of play so far and expects a big crowd to be on hand for the match this evening.”We want everyone to come out in their numbers and support the competition, “Spencer noted. “We are expecting some top-class football and I know we will be in for a treat.”
– $25M plus contract signedA Municipal Market contract in excess of $25 million was on Monday signed between the Communities Ministry and BML Architects and Engineers for the continuation of rehabilitative works on the Kitty Market.Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, along with Town Clerk Royston King (extreme right), contractor Baynard Lord (left) and two other officials from the MinistryCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkan said the contract would see the construction of 15 external and 10 internal stalls, and completion of the sanitary block, the revenue collection section and an office for the Kitty Market clerk.“We are pleased to be in a position to award this contract to the successful bidder …to allow for this project to go forward…to allow for occupation and use of this market by our vendors,” Minister Bulkan said.The rehabilitation of the Market began in 2016 by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC), but was delayed after the Council experienced constraints.Central Government stepped in providing the M&CC with $200 million in the 2018 National Budget of which $50 million has been dedicated by the Council for works on the Kitty Market.Town Clerk Royston King said this was a demonstration of Government’s commitment to the M&CC’s efforts to sustainably develop the capital city.“Stallholders, as well as residents of the Kitty community, would be very happy with this latest development,” King said. He expressed gratitude to the Government for the support in this venture.Minister Ronald Bulkan hands over a copy of the contract to Town Clerk Royston King BML Architects and Engineers is owned and operated by Baynard Lord.Only recently, vendors protested the long wait for the completion of the market. The M&CC is hoping for a March 2018 completion.
“Everyone was happy to have four cars in the race, because that was pretty much what we’ve been saying all along,” White said. “Our expectations were to have four and maybe five cars in the race. We were hoping for somebody to turn up in the top 15, and actually, when the wrecks started happening with 25laps to go, we really thought it might work out that way.” Jarrett was the highest finishing Toyota driver at Daytona. He came in 22nd. Waltrip and Dave Blaney, who drives for Bill Davis Racing, were credited with top-35 finishes. “The way it worked out, we didn’t inherit a top-15 finish,” White said. “But we got three in the top 35, so if they can just continue on with that for the next four races, then maybe we can get some guys that will be in those guaranteed positions. We’ll carry on to Fontana … keep on working and we’ll be OK.” But getting NASCAR fans to accept Toyotas in the series is going to be a challenge. It is only one obstacle the car manufacturer faces as it prepares for its first full season in the Nextel Cup Series. There is the question of how Toyota will affect the economics of NASCAR. Toyota is expected to pour record amounts of money into its programs in pursuit of race wins and championships. There is the question of teamwork. Toyota expects its three teams – Bill Davis Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing and Team Red Bull – to share information and data. And then there’s the big question of acceptance. Toyota may be based in Japan, but the Toyota Camrys are built in Kentucky. At present, they are the only model driven by Cup teams that is actually built in the United States. “But you’re not going to get that across to some people,” Jarrett said. “And I’m not going to try to, and that’s not my job or my plight to come out here and try to convince everybody that this is the right thing to do for Toyota to be involved.” Ready or not, here comes Toyota. It’s a journey that started seven years ago, when Toyota entered in the NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series. By 2004, Toyota was in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. In three years, Toyota Tundras won 26 races, including the season-opener at Daytona, 31 poles and one championship. At the Truck Series level, there hasn’t been much discussion about whether Toyota Tundras belong racing next to Chevrolet Silverados and Ford F-150s. And it didn’t take long for Toyota to become successful. But gaining that level of success will be a little more difficult in the Cup series. “I definitely feel that they are going to be up there fighting for wins and a championship, but it just might take them a little time is all,” said Jimmie Johnson, the 2006 Nextel Cup Series champ and driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Hendrick Motorsports. Some say Toyota can buy its way to wins. Jarrett said Toyota has no illusions about how hard it will be to win races at the Nextel Cup Series level. It will take pouring resources into research and development. It will take having engineers and mechanics with experience building and maintaining Cup cars. And it will take tapping existing teams for some of those experienced people. “When Dodge came in and Ray Evernham started his deal up, he had to go do the same thing,” Jarrett said. “To get experienced people to make sure that things start off in a pretty good mode, you have to go get some experienced people. “You can’t take all novices and rookies and bring them in and expect to be pretty good. So, you might have to pay someone a little bit more to get them to come over.” That’s what Toyota has done – to an extent. Two of the crew chiefs working on Toyota cars this year will be Matt Borland and Doug Richert. Borland was Ryan Newman’s crew chief at Penske Racing South. Richert last worked as crew chief for Greg Biffle’s team at Roush Racing. Richert is also known for working on Dale Earnhardt’s championship teams of the 1980s at Richard Childress Racing. Jarrett insists Toyota didn’t overpay to lure experienced professionals to their teams. Toyota did, however, help bring in some very talented people. “Is Toyota coming in and stepping things up from an engineering standpoint? Absolutely,” Jarrett said. “That’s where they are going to step everything up. Dodge did the same thing when they came in, they had a huge engineering staff and a lot of technology there, and that’s where their dollars were.” Johnson said he expects Toyota to aggressively pursue personnel and resources. “Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, all of these teams have been in the sport for a long, long time,” said Johnson, who drives for Hendrick Motorsports. “They all have money. Mr. (Rick) Hendrick has his finances and program in place. It takes time. You just can’t come in – we know Toyota wants to succeed, and they will spend the dollars to do it – but it takes time to get the people, equipment, the staff put together and get the momentum going.” Jarrett said working with the other two teams was the model Toyota presented to him from the first meeting. “Even before we got here to start testing on the racetrack, that was happening, from other tests at tracks when we were going to Kentucky or we were going to Nashville or even Lakeland (Fla.),” Jarrett said. “And Red Bull was the same way, Bill Davis the same way. So information is being shared, and we feel like that’s our quickest way to get over some of the hurdles that we have.” Apparently the Toyota teams are in agreement that the best way to be successful is to work together as closely as possible in the early stages of the season. “You know, there will come a point in time that some of that will break away,” Jarrett said. “But we have a ways to go before we get to that point, and I think everyone understands that and is very much willing to work together.” With resources, personnel, cooperation and experience, Toyota looks like it has everything in place to produce wins at the race track. How quickly that will happen is anybody’s guess. “I think all of the talk is over,” said Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Richard Childress Racing. “It’s time to finally go race, and we don’t have to hear about (how) Toyota is going to change the sport and how this is going to happen and how that’s going to happen. We’re going to actually see what’s going to happen.” Road to the series Pouring in resources Three for one firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3715 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dale Jarrett has his doubts that NASCAR fans will readily embrace Toyota in the Nextel Cup Series. The Japanese car manufacturer is making its debut this year in NASCAR’s top division, joining the ranks of American powerhouses Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge. “We could get into the argument about where the Ford Fusion is built. Every one of them are built in Mexico,” Jarrett said. “The Monte Carlos are built in Canada. So we could go through all that stuff and see who is right and who is wrong, but there are a lot of Toyotas that are built in the United States.” International car manufacturers have shied away from racing in NASCAR for more than 50 years. But Toyota has made the long, patient journey to reach the Nextel Cup Series ranks. With three teams and seven drivers, Toyota Camrys will race alongside the Cup versions of Ford Fusions, Chevrolet Monte Carlos and Dodge Chargers. “I think it’s good Toyota is coming in,” said Chip Ganassi, who owns a three-car Cup team powered by Dodge engines. “I have some experience with them in Indy car racing over the years, and they’ll come in and they’ll do it right. They’ll do it in a big way, and the fact of the matter is the sport obviously needs some new interest and new excitement, and I think Toyota is going to provide that.” Four Toyota drivers qualified for the season-opening Daytona 500. Michael Waltrip, owner of a three-car Toyota team, was caught in a cheating scandal that saw him lose his car, his crew chief and 100 driver points. His crew chief was also fined $100,000 and his team lost 100 owner points. Despite the controversy, Lee White, senior vice president and general manager of Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A., said the Toyota teams had a good week at Daytona. Some will say Toyota has no business being in an American stock car series. Some will say NASCAR is an American sport and has no room for foreign influences. Some will say Toyota should stick to racing in other internationally accepted arenas of motor sports, such as Formula One and the American Le Mans Series. Jarrett, who made the switch from Robert Yates Racing’s Fords to Michael Waltrip Racing’s Toyotas, said NASCAR fans need to embrace the change rather than fight it.
The increase came during revelations the average DWP worker makes nearly $77,000 a year – nearly 20 percent more than the average civilian city worker. Most neighborhood council representatives said their communities were against the rate hike, mainly because of a lack of clear rate information from the DWP. “DWP is a public company, and as its owner we have a right to know what’s going on,” said Jack Humphreville, chairman of the DWP Oversight Committee. “The way the rate was spun conflicted with the what’s really going on.” Humphreville said hidden fees – such as energy cost increases that are automatically passed on to customers – could leave many people paying a lot more than the $1.75 a month more that DWP officials touted. HOLLYWOOD – Neighborhood council members Saturday questioned a controversial Department of Water and Power rate increase that many said was confusing – and misleading. “Our council voted down this increase because there was just too much we didn’t understand,” Woodland Hills representative August Steurer said at a monthly neighborhood council congress in Hollywood. “The average person doesn’t understand the DWP; (it has its) own language.” This week, the DWP board approved its first rate increase in 15 years. The plan would increase electric rates by 9 percent over the next three years, and water rates would increase 6 percent over two years. “You be the judge,” he said. The rate increase hits Angelenos on top of an automatic bump in rates approved last year to pay for energy-efficiency programs. Humphreville said DWP customers should not be surprised if their bills were 25 percent higher in the next two years. Jeffery Peltola, director of budget, rates and efficiency for the DWP, said the rate increases were desperately needed to maintain quality service. “If we don’t fix things now, make no mistake, we will be in crisis mode, and it will be more expensive,” Peltola said. Several neighborhood representatives suggested appointing a DWP customer advocate to avoid future communication problems. They also demanded better accountability from the giant city utility. “There are so many areas that we weren’t told about, so many things we don’t understand,” said Dan Wiseman of the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council. “We need one person that can advocate for the average person.” San Fernando Valley neighborhood councils did celebrate one victory: A Valley rate zone that will allow Valley DWP customers to use more power without paying more for it. The Valley zone will allow customers to remain in lower-cost rate tiers for longer periods of energy use. For example, a Valley homeowner will pay 13 cents an hour to use up to 1,500 kilowatts during the summer, versus 15 cents an hour for a West L.A. homeowner who uses a third less power. “In the Valley, the climate is different,” said Leonard Shaffer, a Tarzana neighborhood council member. “Air-conditioning is not luxury for most – it’s a necessity.” email@example.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A Donegal pub has been named in the top ten by the Sunday World’s infamous Pub Spy.The secretive Pub Spy and his trusted commandoes visit pubs across the country each week and give them marks out of five pints!Now the Marine Bar in Bundoran has made it into the spy’s top ten of best bars visited in the past year. As well as being a large an airy pub, Pub Spy said he was impressed by the fact that the toilets were immaculate! BUNDORAN PUB NAMED IN PUB SPY’S TOP TEN! was last modified: January 1st, 2012 by StephenShare 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:bundoranMarine BarPub Spy
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says he has not made any promises to Donegal man Shay Given about his starting prospects.Shay Given – back in the Irish squad.The Aston Villa goalkeeper, 38, retired from international football after Ireland’s Euro 2012 disaster, but now finds himself in contention to start Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign after a surprise recall to O’Neill’s 27-man squad.The squad also contains goalkeepers David Forde, Keiren Westwood and Rob Elliot. O’Neill said: “He still has that desire to come and play but no promises have been made whatsoever.“He’s going to come here for a few days. Aston Villa have given him permission to do so and I’ll have a look at it.“In his own view, he retired at the time, obviously disappointed with the way things had gone at the European Championship. Sometimes you do something and you feel as if maybe you’ve got something left to give.”The Lifford man, who has 125 international caps, says he knows there are no guarantees. He said: “There are no guarantees. There are no demands from me. I read somewhere that I demanded to play – that’s all rubbish.“I am here to try help the group and try to get us qualified. We have some very tough games coming up. Hopefully I can do that.”But he added “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I was sharp enough to play.”Shay admitted he missed the ‘buzz’ of playing for his country.He said: “I probably missed it as much as anything, the honour of playing for Ireland and the buzz you get and the privilege of playing for your country. “You miss that, and you are a long time retired, so you have a long time to look back. It’s about giving it another go and playing a few more games and trying to help the country as best I can.“I don’t want to have any regrets when I do hang up my boots. That was sort of eating away at me as well.”SHAY: I KNOW I AM NOT GUARANTEED A STARTING PLACE was last modified: September 1st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:goalkeeperMartin O’NeillRepublic of IrelandShay Given
Martin Kristopher (DB, Quartz Hill, Sr.), D’Andre Goodwin (DB, Antelope Valley, Sr.), Marcus Wyre (DB, Lancaster, Jr.), Davon House (DB, Palmdale, Jr.), Steve Fischenich (LB, Quartz Hill, Jr.), Darius Roberts (LB, Antelope Valley, Sr.), Vernard Wilkins (LB, Highland, Sr.), Bryan Meek (LB, Lancaster, Sr.), Ryan Cambaliza (DL, Littlerock, Sr.), Darrel Hicks (DL, Palmdale, Sr.), Jason Fonzi (DL, Quartz Hill, Jr.), Nathan Drakes (DL, Lancaster, Sr.), Matthew Gocke (DB, Quartz Hill, Sr.). SECOND TEAM Offense Tim Ennis (QB, Lancaster, Jr.), Terrel Merritt (RB, Knight, Jr.), Conrad Henry (RB, Highland, Sr.), Josh Gaines (RB, Lancaster, Sr.), Marshall Mora (RB, Quartz Hill, Sr.), Andrew Tolley (WR, Palmdale, Sr.), Antione Adams (WR, Quartz Hill, Sr.), Andrew Parrish (OL, Knight, Jr.), Jaren Harrell (OL, Quartz Hill, Sr.), Ricky Doll (OL, Palmdale, Sr.), Scott Freni (OL, Antelope Valley, Sr.), Greg Wright (OL, Lancaster, Jr.), Kolin Brown (TE, Highland, Jr.). Defense Jermond Blackburn (DB, Knight, Jr.), Fred Anderson (DB, Highland, Jr.), Dustin Vong (DB, Antelope Valley, Sr.), Khristian Guillory (DB, Palmdale, So.), David Coleman (LB, Palmdale, Jr.), Justin Paulson (LB, Antelope Valley, Sr.), Ryan Marlow (LB, Highland, Jr.), Gerald Phillips (LB, Littlerock, Sr.), Giovanni Sarran (DL, Palmdale, Jr.), Daron Forte (DL, Antelope Valley, Sr.), Anthony Como (DL, Highland, Sr.), Chris Ross (DL, Lancaster, Jr.), Michael Miller (LB, Knight, Jr.). HONORABLE MENTION Luis Castaneda (Knight, So.), Richard Lopez (Lancaster, Sr.), Rodrigo Lopez (Palmdale, Sr.), Jordan Vignoni (Quartz Hill, Sr.), Ronaiah Tuiasosopo (Antelope Valley, So.), Deshawn Shead (Highland, Jr.), Joaquin Rodriguez (Littlerock, So.). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Palmdale High senior receiver Tyreace House has been selected the Golden League Player of the Year. House caught 36 passes for 794 yards and four touchdowns and rushed 56 times for 524 yards and nine touchdowns. Antelope Valley’s Allan Mohan is the Back of the Year. Mohan, a senior linebacker and running back, led the Antelopes defense with 121 tackles, two sacks and one interception. He also rushed for 501 yards and two touchdowns. Antelope Valley senior Spencer Johnson is the Lineman of the Year and sophomore Brent Lloyd is Kicker of the Year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Antelope Valley (8-4, 5-1) and Palmdale (5-6, 5-1) shared the league title. Other selections made by Golden League coaches: FIRST TEAM Offense Rodney Trimm (QB, Palmdale, Sr.), Andre Crenshaw (RB, Antelope Valley, Sr.), Micah Littlejohn (RB, Highland, Sr.), Tony Jackson (RB, Lancaster, Sr.), Dominic Blood (RB, Palmdale, Sr.), Brandon McLaughlin (WR, Palmdale, Sr.), London Landry (WR, Lancaster, Sr.), Hayworth Hicks (OL, Palmdale, Jr.), Dillon Bennewitz (OL, Quartz Hill, Jr.), Marc Matthews (OL, Antelope Valley, Jr.), Brad Awedeisan (OL, Highland, Sr.), Paul Dilger (OL, Lancaster, Sr.), Randy Burton (TE, Antelope Valley, Sr.). Defense
Joseph Ochaya features for his current side Lusaka Dynamos during a recent league game. File photo.FOOTBALL–With the all or nothing tie against Ghana just over 24 hours away from kickoff, Cranes and Lusaka Dynamos left back Joseph Ochaya is optmistic Uganda will go on to achive world cup qualification.The 23-year-old who is capped 33 times for the senior national team side is hoping to be part of another history making chapter in Ugandan football after being part of the team that represented Uganda at the African cup of nations earlier this year in Gabon breaking a 39 year wait.With Uganda never qualifying for the World cup before, the former Navibank Saigon, Assante Kotoko and KCCA FC defender hopes that this is the year(next) that Uganda represents Africa at the show piece of world football.“Yes Ghana is going to cause us problems inside out like they have always done in the past. The biggest factor here is that we have played them on several occassions and we hope to use that in our favour to try and get all three points on Saturday,” Ochaya said.Saturday’s meeting will be the fifth between the Cranes and Black Stars in just over three years with each team winning once and drawing twice in the past four ties.Ghana’s only win in that period came in the very last meeting of the side at the AFCON tournament early this year in Gabon as an Andre Ayew penalty in the 32nd minute proved to be the difference after 90 minutes.Uganda hosted and defeated Ghana at Namboole in the Equatoria Guinea 2015 AFCON qualifiers 1-0 the last time the Black Stars where in Kampala.Proline defender Savio Kabugo scored the solitary goal on 10 minutes via a powerful header from a Godfry Walusimbi corner.“If we defeat Ghana on Saturday, they will be out of contention and come thier last group game at home to Egypt, they(Ghana) will not let Egypt beat them at home which plays in our favor as we will only require a win away to Congo Brazzaville to qualify,” Ochaya added.On Saturday, Ghana who are four points off the pace need to better Egypt’s result as the Pharaohs host Congo Brazzaville, to still stand a chance of progression to Russia 2018 but anything short of that will see the Black Stars out of contention.With Uganda only two points behind Egypt, the Cranes will need to much or better Egypt’s result this weekend and then require all three points away to Congo and hope Ghana can defeat the Pharaohs when the two teams lock horns in Tamale on match day six.Ghana arrived in Kampala last night and will have a training session at Namboole this evening ahead of tomorrow’s game.Comments
The many learning opportunities available locally are being highlighted today on the release of the Leaving Cert 2019 exam results.With students across Donegal thinking about their options, the Chief Executive of Donegal ETB is reminding that there are many ways to progress in education and careers.“There are many different ways to achieve your goals and being creative in mapping your path is an excellent learning experience in itself,” Donegal ETB CE Anne McHugh said. Donegal ETB is the largest Further Education and Training (FET) provider in the county, offering a wide range of courses, apprenticeships, Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses, traineeships and full-time training options. The Board also manages 15 out of the 27 post-primary schools in Donegal.Ms McHugh today congratulated all students and learners who sat their Leaving Certificate examinations in June on their results. “On behalf of Donegal ETB, I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to the more than 850 Leaving Certificate students in our fifteen post-primary schools and the fifteen adult Leaving Certificate learners from our Letterkenny Further Education and Training Centre who sat their exams in June and today receive their results. “I would like to thank students, parents and adults for choosing a Donegal ETB school or centre for your education. “We pride ourselves on striving to provide the highest possible standards of teaching and learning to our students to enable them to achieve their potential.“It takes a tremendous effort from all the students and learners including their parents, families and teachers who have supported them and helped them through the whole experience. I wish the best of luck to everyone applying to further their studies or going directly into employment.”Ms McHugh reminded students and learners that, in terms of progression, “there are also many opportunities to earn and learn through our FET Service – students do not have to go away to other parts of the country to achieve their dreams. These include apprenticeships, Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses, traineeships and a wide range of other full-time training courses available through our FET Service.”Ms McHugh offered this advice to students and learners who feel that they did not achieve the results they wanted: “First talk to the Guidance Counsellor in your school or centre – they will be able to outline your options which may include repeating some exams. “Donegal ETB also provides learning opportunities through our Youthreach programme in our six centres across the county for young people aged 16-20 years for whom the Leaving Cert has not worked out.” A full suite of information on courses offered by Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service, including apprenticeships, can be found the course finder on their website https://www.donegaletb.ie/further-education-training/course-finder/ or, if you need more information, check out the FET Programmes Explained section – https://www.donegaletb.ie/further-education-training/fet-programmes-explained/. You’ll also find information on Donegal ETB’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts (@DonegalETB).‘Students do not have to go away to achieve their dreams’ – Donegal ETB CE was last modified: August 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Donegal ETBeducationFurther Education and TrainingLeaving Cert Results
Campus-wide student integration,reinvigorating academic culture andnurturing the most promising youngstudents through the vice-chancellor’sprestige programme are among theinnovations that earned the University ofthe Free State the Best Practice in HigherEducation in 2010 award.(Image: On the University)MEDIA CONTACTS• Lacea LoaderUniversity of the Free State+27 51 401 9111RELATED ARTICLES• Top award for Rhodes scientist• SA charity in line for top award• SA films scoop awards at Fespaco• SA scientists win AU awardNosimilo NdlovuThe University of the Free State has been honoured with the award for Best Practice in Higher Education in 2010 for its fresh approach in promoting racial harmony and academic excellence.The award, presented by the World Universities Forum, is based on a strict set of criteria, including innovative curriculums; quality of research projects; and student services.The forum said the award recognised a number of positive reforms at the university over the last year following a culture of “racial division, student failure and academic stagnation”.Campus-wide student integration, reinvigorating academic culture and nurturing the most promising young students through the vice-chancellor’s prestige programme are among the innovations made, according to university spokesperson Lacea Loader.In the last year the university sent 71 first-year students to US universities such as Harvard to help them become non-racial leaders on campus.It has also identified 20 of the most under-performing high schools in the Free State and is building relationships with them to help improve conditions.“We feel that the University of the Free State’s innovations demonstrate the profound impact higher education practices can have when they are well conceived and implemented. We applaud these innovations and the ways in which they promote racial harmony, student success and overall academic vitality,” the forum said.The university’s vice-chancellor and rector Prof Jonathan Jansen said: “We are humbled and encouraged by the recognition of academic excellence and institutional transformation that comes with this prestigious international award.”Jansen has had his work cut out for him following an incident on campus in 2008 which made international headlines. The media storm was in response to a racially insensitive video filmed by four students belonging to the university’s Reitz residence.Deserved recognitionThe university will formally accept the award at the World Universities Forum gathering at The Hong Kong Institute of Education from 14 to 16 January 2011.The forum was launched in Davos, Switzerland, in 2008 and meets annually at various venues around the world. It was held in Mumbai, India, in 2009 and again in Davos in 2010.The forum focuses on matters affecting higher education, politics and the global economy. During this year’s gathering, the forum will continue the discussion on the current role and future possibilities for universities around the world, and cultural tolerance at these institutions.“We are pleased that this discussion will include recognition of the University of the Free State and its tremendous efforts to address its own challenges,” the forum said.Loader said this was the first such honour for the university and representatives were excited about receiving the award.