Ramjattan accuses educators of selling illegal substances in schools

first_img– law enforcement officials monitoring suspectsPersons within the school system are suspected to be culprits in the emerging issue of students using illegal drugs. This is according to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who said all efforts are being made to put an end to this scourge.He recently noted that law enforcement officials have been successful in capturing some persons who were involved with the introduction and/or sale of ecstasy and other illegal substances in certain schools but there still may be some who are employed in the school environments.“I would not want to give you all the activities that we have done but we believe that people inside of the school system might now be indulging and that is why we will still have [illegal substances in schools]. And all we can do in relation to that is, of course, when we caught them we will prosecute and so on. But we are asking those persons not to do those things, it is harming our society, it is harming our children, and we have to have some self-restraint in what you indulge in.”According to the Minister, persons who are trying to earn monies by threatening the wellbeing and health of children need to desist from doing so, especially in instances where they are acting outside of the law.“That’s a crime to begin with to be in possession of ecstasy and whatever else these new forms of drugs and plastic drugs, and whatever the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) people call them. But it is endangering our next generation. And we don’t want them and these are bright kids and just for a couple dollars these officials might very well be doing it.”Minister Ramjattan also pointed out that it is a very difficult task in identifying every individual who may be indulging in the use of illegal substances in the school system but reiterated that law enforcement officials are monitoring those suspected.“We have done certain activities that have seen them or others who we have suspected moving away from those schools…and so we have to talk to some of these school officials too because we believe that the culprits are within those schools. It is very difficult to identify them but we have some suspects…so we will be carrying on that activity and hopefully, more and more information is going to come from the other students too.”In February of this year, a 20-year-old private school student was sentenced to three years in prison after he was found to have ecstasy in his possession.CANU had also recently disclosed that it discovered a drug ring in several city schools.last_img read more

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Santa gets some local help

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAbout 50 people working out of the Whittier Community Center packed toys into bags and sacks so they could be taken away later that afternoon for distribution. There were about 12,000 blocks, more than 1,000 toy cars, trucks and other vehicles, 35 cradles and 20 baby strollers. “Most of us feel like little kids who need toys at Christmastime,” said John Rodgers, club president. “If we can do that we’re happy.” And the organizations getting these toys are thrilled. “We’re going to give them to the people in the community who are in need,” said Peggy Smith, recreation leader at Adventure County Park. “We’re thrilled to death,” Smith said. “They’re beautiful. They’re really like craft work. The items they’ve made are absolutely exquisite.” The Woodworkers of Whittier started about 15 years ago with the idea of making toys for children, Rodgers said. “If we can make them and spread some good feeling, we feel good,” he said. But instead of giving the wooden toys away themselves, they’ve found it easier to give to a variety of organizations, such as Los Angeles Fire and Sheriff’s departments, Whittier police, churches, and some local schools. The group has about 50 members, all of whom are woodworkers. The wood for the toys is donated by three companies: Pacific Architectural Millworks of La Habra, Renaissance Doors and Windows of Fullerton and Schroeder and Bogardus Die Co. of Anaheim. Terry Schroeder, owner of Schroeder and Bogardus Die Co., who brought his wife and three sons to help with the packing Wednesday, said he is impressed by the craftsmen. “It’s amazing,” Schroeder. “I can’t imagine the amount of time it takes to produce such a beautiful product. They have to cut it, sand it and paint it.” The latter (painting) is done by women at the Whittier Senior Center. Jane Agee, one of the 25 woman painters, said the time spent is enjoyable. “It’s kind of fun,” she said. “We can talk while we paint.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 ——— To see a video, log on to: www.whittierdailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Santa’s Elve’s Workshop • Video: Santa’s Elve’s Workshop WHITTIER – Who needs lead-laden toys from China? For the last year, members of the Woodworkers of Whittier have been as busy as Santa’s elves creating toys for tots. On Wednesday, the many wooden blocks, cars, trucks, baby cradles and beds all were finished, packed and sent off to more than 25 organizations that will give them to children in need. last_img read more

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‘I WILL FLY TO IRELAND TO SEE THE TAOISEACH AND BEG HIM TO PLAY CROKE PARK’

first_imgSINGER Garth Brooks today said he’s prepared to beg Enda Kenny to be allowed to play five shows at Croke Park at the end of this month.Speaking at a press conference in America, the singer was emotional as he said he would do anything to make sure that the concerts go ahead.“If the prime minister wants to talk to me, I will crawl, I will swim or I will fly to him, I will sit in front of him, drop on my knees and beg – let me play to these 400,000 people,” said Brooks in Tennessee. He said the reason he wanted to do all five – and not three – shows was because everyone should be given the chance to see him.“We don’t do golden circle, it’s always been the same price across the board, You treat everyone equal, same way here, even in Vegas,” he said.A meeting to discuss the issue in Dublin was cancelled earlier – with even the Mexican ambassador offering his diplomatic services to help solve the row.Brooks said he had always been “treated like a king in Ireland” and he was perplexed by the row since Dublin City Council said he could only play three of his planned gigs. “Why are the 160,000 people being treated different to the 240,000? The statement to me was you can make 240,000 happy and play three shows, and mine back was, yes, or you can make 400,000 happy and let me play five shows. I don’t know how we got here but the ‘powers that be’ aren’t here to help,” he said.Some 70,000 people from abroad have booked flights into Dublin for the show. ‘I WILL FLY TO IRELAND TO SEE THE TAOISEACH AND BEG HIM TO PLAY CROKE PARK’ was last modified: July 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Croke ParkGarth Brooksticketslast_img read more

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RORY OFFERS OASIS BROTHERS €200 TO OPEN HIS NEW BAR!

first_imgCheeky Donegal musician Rory Gallagher has contacted Oasis star Noel Gallagher’s management offering them €200 if he makes up with brother Liam and opens his new bar.Rory and the Island!Rory, famous for his GAA anthem ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’, wrote to Primary Talent asking them if the Gallagher Brothers were available.The Kilcar man already runs The Island Bar on the sun-kissed island of Lanzarote. The former Revs lead singer said he only wants Noel to sing two tunes on the opening night of his new bar Gallagher’s on August 21st next.Rory wrote “We would like to book Noel for the opening party on the 21st of this month as we feel that the fact he has the same surname he would only love to do it. I am sorry about the short notice but he only needs to sing two songs …..’Wonderful’ and “Don’t Look Back In Anger’“The place holds about 57 people and we are willing to pay €120 to Noel and we might be able to sort out his accommodation (flight not included).“Now I know this is a stretch….but if we offer an extra €80 (that’s €200 in total) could we get Liam to come as well?..as two of them together would definitely get us half a page in the local gazette, also my wife prefers the tone of Liam’s voice.” Rory also left specific times for Noel’s management to contact him back if they were interested.He added “Well, I will leave it with you. Please do not call before 1pm as I sleep late and there’s also no point in calling after 4pm as I am normally playing the PS4 then getting dinner. Thanks you – Rory Gallagher.”RORY OFFERS OASIS BROTHERS €200 TO OPEN HIS NEW BAR! was last modified: August 11th, 2015 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:donegalgallagherLanzaroteLiam GallagherNoelOasisRory Gallagherlast_img read more

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$5 billion windfall should give Arnold a boost in election run

first_imgSACRAMENTO – A multibillion-dollar tax windfall has eased the strain of California’s perennial state budget debate and handed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a chance to buy off Democratic and Republican critics as he heads into his re-election campaign. Stock gains, home sales, business profits and taxes on rising gas prices are expected to bring in revenue at least $5 billion above forecasts from just two months ago. The money already has allowed the Schwarzenegger administration to pledge that it will give more to public education and appease the state’s teachers union, which has been critical of the governor’s spending. “It really helps the governor, there’s no doubt about it,” said Larry Gerston, political science professor at San Jose State University. “It makes it harder for the Democrats in terms of the November election to say he’s failed.” But economists warn that the billions in revenue is likely to provide only a one-time boost that will do little to reverse the state’s ongoing structural deficit, the state’s practice of spending more than it expects to take in during the next fiscal year. Administration officials offered the latest details Thursday, saying the governor will increase spending on the state’s children’s health initiative. Funding for the program, which covers children who are not eligible for Medi-Cal or other programs, will increase by nearly $24 million above his January proposal in an attempt to cover 11,000 children waiting for coverage. The governor will also direct the first of $75 million in payments over 20 years to build housing for mentally ill homeless people. Speaking in Sacramento, Schwarzenegger cast the state’s overflowing coffers as part of a “golden moment” for California to reflect on its economic recovery since he took office. He said his budget for the next fiscal year is intended to achieve three goals: increase funding for classrooms, repay debt and stimulate economic growth by not raising taxes. AT A GLANCE Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s revised 2006-07 budget proposes using a tax windfall to appease both Democratic and Republican interests. Among the governor’s proposed uses for the revenue: $2.8 billion in additional funding for schools that would be spread over the rest of the current fiscal year and the budget year beginning July 1. $2.9 billion to repay schools over seven years – from 2007 to 2013. That would settle a dispute over a budget deal the governor cut with educators to help the state climb out of a budget deficit during the 2004-05 fiscal year. $2 billion for reserves to cover potential costs from pending lawsuits, prison reforms, new union contracts for state employees and other potential costs. $1 billion to retire state bonds earlier than anticipated. The bonds were approved by voters to help balance the 2004-05 budget. SOURCE: Governor’s Office160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsNor will it correct California’s dismal credit rating, which remains tied with Louisiana for the lowest in the nation. “This budget is still incredibly fragile; we’re deficit spending,” said Chris Thornberg, senior economist with the UCLA Anderson Forecast. “It’s hard to fathom, but it’s like you’re spending $100 more a week than you earn and get a $50 raise so you think you can then spend $50 more. It’s crazy.” Today, Schwarzenegger will release his revised budget plan for the 2006-07 fiscal year, which must be approved next month by the Legislature to take effect on time July 1. The total amount of new revenue might be even higher than $5 billion. His administration has been leaking details of how it plans to spend the money over the past few days. On Wednesday, Schwarzenegger announced he will pump an additional $2.8 billion more into education than he initially proposed in January. He also will propose repaying over seven years an additional $2.9 billion that education advocates claim he has owed public schools since the two sides struck a budget-balancing deal in 2003, just months after Schwarzenegger took office. last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES

first_imgNaomh Colmcille Senior team drew with Naomh ColumbaNaomh Colmcille Senior reserve team lost by 1 point to Naomh Columba reservesNaomh Colmcille Training Schedule this week is as follows · Under 8’s: Training will be this Saturday 18th of August at 11 am.· Under 10’s: Training cancelled for August, will resume in September.· Under 13’s: Training begins this Wednesday 15th at 7:30 pm· Under 14’s, Under 16’s and Under 18’s: training/match tbc; · please check Facebook or club website for updates.· Gaelic for Girls training: Training cancelled for August, will resume in September.Can all under age players please bring €2, boots, shorts /track bottoms and a drink please.· Senior training will continue this week as per notification via TEXT from Senior Manager Joe HigginsNew players are always welcome!! Note: all updates about training and match fixtures will be on the Club’s website (www.naomhcolmcille.com) and Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille GAA.)Naomh Colmcille’s Weekly Lotto: This week’s winning sequence was 9.12.17.19.21. Congratulations to Declan Coyle c/o Coyles Bar, Emma Mc Cann (Kilmacrennan), and Rhonda Gillian c/o Carriage Inn won €25 each. Next week’s jack pot €900. The Club would like to take the opportunity to Thank Everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the Club the essential means of continuing to give our local Kids and Adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pass time.The club is now registered for a ‘Lucozade sport promotion’ where we could get either €10,000 if we collect the most bottle caps, or entered into a draw for €5,000 if we collect over 500 caps, so start collecting your bottle caps now!’ There are only a few weeks left for this promotion so please leave all bottle caps in the bag just inside the door of the clubhouse. Caps can also be given to any Club member, player, and coach or committee member.Naomh Colmcille would greatly appreciate if everyone in the local community and beyond could start collecting these caps on behalf of the Club as it would mean a great deal to our local youth and bring much needed equipment to aid the development of our underage teams. GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 13th, 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:NAOMH COLMCILLE CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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3 relief workers suspects in fraud

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 According to Kern County court records, Candelaria was convicted of petty theft and battery; Porter was convicted of misdemeanor burglary, grand theft and petty theft; and Ray was convicted of drug possession. A spokesman for Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Spherion, which operates the call center, said the company didn’t have time to run background checks on its 1,200 employees. “Time was of the essence,” Spherion spokesman Kip Havel told The Bakersfield Californian newspaper. “Given those circumstances, not all the background checks could be completed.” Spherion and the Red Cross said they are cooperating with authorities. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAKERSFIELD – Three Red Cross call-center employees charged in an alleged scheme to steal Hurricane Katrina assistance funds have criminal records, including convictions for theft, burglary and drug possession. The three are among 14 suspects facing federal wire fraud charges for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars allocated for hurricane victims. David Robert Candelaria, 37, Sheena Porter, 21, and Elizabeth Ray, 46, were employed at the Red Cross national call center in Bakersfield set up to provide financial assistance to hurricane victims. The suspects were accused of using or giving out personal identification numbers that were supposed to be provided to qualifying victims who could present them at Western Union for cash. Not all the 14 suspects worked for the call center; some were charged with trying to claim the funds. last_img read more

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Hurricane Katrina overwhelming choice for 2005’s top story

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) – The onslaught of Gulf Coast hurricanes, notably Katrina and the deadly flooding which devastated New Orleans, was overwhelmingly picked by U.S. editors and news directors as the top story of 2005 in The Associated Press’ annual vote. The hurricanes received 242 first-place votes out of 288 ballots cast. No other story received more than 18 first-place votes. The death of Pope John Paul II, and the election of Joseph Ratzinger to succeed him as Pope Benedict XVI, was the No. 2 pick, followed by the situation in Iraq, where news of violence and politics vied almost equally for attention throughout the year. Iraq was voted the top story in 2002 and 2003, and was runner-up in 2004 to the U.S. election in which President Bush won a second term. Here are 2005’s top 10 stories, as voted by AP members: 1. HURRICANE KATRINA: Days in advance, America knew it was coming. But even though Hurricane Katrina weakened slightly from its frightening Category 5 strength, its impact was stunning. It killed more than 1,300 people in five states, ravaged the Mississippi Gulf Coast and set off flooding that submerged 80 percent of New Orleans, forcing the largest urban dislocation in U.S. history. Hurricanes Wilma and Rita also inflicted severe damage. 2: PAPAL TRANSITION: John Paul II’s death marked the passing of the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and ended a 26-year pontificate, third-longest in history. In a remarkable show of affection, many millions attended services worldwide on the day of his funeral. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, expected to continue a conservative doctrinal approach, became the new pope and promptly waived the normal waiting period so John Paul could swiftly be considered for sainthood. 3: IRAQ: As in 2004, news from Iraq ranged from the grim, including a devastating wave of suicide bombings, to the promising – Iraqis voting for new leaders and thrashing out differences on a new constitution. The U.S. military death toll surpassed 2,000, and President Bush estimated the Iraqi toll at 30,000, but he insisted U.S. forces would stay until Iraqi troops could contain insurgents on their own. 4: SUPREME COURT: Not since 1994 had a Supreme Court seat become vacant. Suddenly there were two openings due to Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement and Chief Justice William Rehnquist’s death. John Roberts was smoothly confirmed to succeed Rehnquist, but President Bush’s next nominee, Harriet Miers, had to bow out amid conservative complaints. The right liked the next choice, Samuel Alito, but he could face tough Democratic opposition at confirmation hearings in January. 5: OIL PRICES: Crude oil prices hit an all-time peak of almost $71 a barrel in August before subsiding. Costly gasoline prompted some motorists to rethink their driving habits; the beleaguered U.S. airline industry had to spend $9 billion more on jet fuel in 2005 than in 2004. 6: LONDON BOMBINGS: Attacks on three rush-hour subway trains and a bus killed 56 people on July 7, including four bombers with ties to Islamic militants. Authorities said three of the alleged bombers were born in Britain to immigrant parents from Pakistan; the fourth was from Jamaica. 7: ASIAN QUAKE: A massive earthquake near the Pakistan-India border killed more than 87,000, and left more than 3 million homeless. Worried relief officials appealed for more emergency aid as winter arrived in the stricken region. 8: TERRI SCHIAVO: A family feud escalated into a wrenching national debate as the husband of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo struggled and finally succeeded in getting clearance to remove the feeding tube that had kept her alive for 15 years. President Bush, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and members of Congress joined Terri Schiavo’s parents in efforts to have the tube reinserted before she died. 9: CIA LEAK: Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby, was indicted and several prominent journalists were entangled in complex offshoots as a special prosecutor investigated the Bush administration’s leaking of Valerie Plame’s CIA status to the news media in 2003. Plame’s husband, a former U.S. diplomat, had accused the administration of manipulating prewar intelligence on Iraq. 10: BUSH’S STRUGGLES: Multiple factors, including public doubts about Iraq, a flawed response to Hurricane Katrina and a failed Supreme Court nomination, drove President Bush’s national approval ratings below 40 percent, the lowest of his presidency. Just missing out on the Top 10 was the start of toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s trial on charges of mass murder and torture. Voters in the AP survey were invited to write in their own suggestions of top stories. Three cited the auto industry’s woes, including layoffs at General Motors, and one suggested the revelation that former FBI official Mark Felt was the Watergate source “Deep Throat.” Mark Bowden, editor of The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, offered a general observation on his ballot. “The world was wracked with pain in 2005, enduring a parade of natural disasters,” he wrote. “And, of course some of the pain was self-inflicted – war, terrorism, rebellion, violence, crime, drug abuse, business fraud. … There is never a slow day in the news business.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Former Donegal Minister back out on the election trail!

first_imgFormer Donegal TD Dinny McGinley is back on the canvass trail after being appointed Director of Elections for Glenties Electoral Area candidate Evelyn Sweeney.The former Fine Gael Minister – who fought in 12 general elections – will bring his vast experience to help elect mother of three and Gaoth Dobhair native Sweeney.“I was delighted and honoured to be asked to be Evelyn’s director of elections,” said Mr McGinley. “Evelyn is a young mother of three who brings vast experience having worked with Minister Joe McHugh. She understands the issues on the ground because she is dealing with them every day.“That experience in representing local people is of huge benefit to her and it’s important for politics that people like Evelyn are elected to the next Donegal County Council.“It is very important for the Fine Gael party too that we have someone like Evelyn working on the ground at a grassroots level, helping to deliver change for people in the Glenties Electoral Area. She’s a brilliant candidate.”Mr McGinley, who served as a TD for 35 years, added: “We have brilliant candidates across Donegal and I am very optimistic that the party can do very well on May 24. It’s important that we have grassroots councillors working alongside Minister McHugh at Government level to deliver for Donegal.” Evelyn Sweeney is backed by former Minister Dinny McGinleyMcGinley and Education Minister Joe McHugh will be guest speakers at Sweeney’s election launch at Teach Jack in Gaoth Dobhair this Friday at 8pm.“I am delighted and honoured to have Dinny as my director of elections,” said Sweeney.“His vast experience in election campaigns is unrivalled. I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response on the ground and the positive response too to Michael McClafferty who is running with me in the Glenties Electoral Area.“This is a very important local election; Michael and I want to work hard on the ground on local issues and use that effort at Government level so that north and west Donegal benefits in the years ahead.”She added: “I am also delighted that I am one of four female candidates in this election – Eimer Friel in Milford, Michelle McKenna in South Inishowen and Bernie Moran in Letterkenny. We are all working together and supporting each other and we are all very hopeful for May 24.” Former Donegal Minister back out on the election trail! was last modified: April 10th, 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:Dinny McGinleyelection trailMinisterlast_img read more

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Elana Meyer: diminutive dynamo

first_imgElana Meyer has held world records at 15 kilometres and the half marathon, and boasted five of the 15 best half-marathon times in history, a consistency unmatched by anyone else.Elana has also won the IAAF World Cup 10 000m and took Commonwealth Games 10 000m silver behind Yvonne Murray in 1994. (Image: Athletics Weekly)Brand South Africa ReporterElana Meyer was among the world’s elite athletes for over 10 years, competing when she was younger at middle distances from 1 500 to 5 000 metres, and moving on to longer distances as she grew older.At home, Meyer dominated South African athletics, winning over 20 South African titles on the track, in the half-marathon, 15 kilometres, cross-country and marathon. On the international stage she outlasted many of her former rivals.She held world records at 15 kilometres and the half marathon, and boasted five of the 15 best half-marathon times in history, a consistency unmatched by anyone else.Defining momentThe defining moment of Meyer’s career, however, came way back in 1992. Competing in the Barcelona Olympics, South Africa’s first Games since 1960, Meyer was the country’s best hope for a gold medal. It seemed the entire nation was glued to their television sets as the athletes set off in the 10 000 metres, a race that would take over 30 minutes to complete.It quickly became clear that it would be won by one of two athletes, Ethiopia’s Derartu Tulu or Meyer. Eventually, with one lap remaining, Tulu tore around the track to record a final lap of 64 seconds and claim the gold.However, the abiding memory of the event was created when Tulu and Meyer embraced, draped their national flags around their shoulders, and ran around the track together to massive applause from the crowd.Tulu’s victory was the first by a black female African athlete at the Olympics, and the shared joy of the Ethiopian and Meyer, black and white united, was a victory for a South African nation that was rapidly coming together and heading for its first democratic election.‘It is true, it is true, I am here’Reflecting on being allowed to compete at the Olympics, Meyer said: “It was amazing. I kept telling myself, ‘It is true, it is true, I am here.’ It was very emotional. I had waited such a long time.”Showing her versatility, Meyer returned to winning form in the same year and the following year with African titles in the 1 500 metres. In 1993 and 1994 she again showed how adaptable she could be when she finished sixth in the World Cross Country Championships.On the track at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Meyer competed in the 10 000 metres, but was beaten into second place as Scotland’s Yvonne Murray ran the race of her life to claim the title.Moving on to the longer distances, Meyer finished third in the prestigious Boston Marathon, a race first held in 1897. There were two big highlights for Meyer in 1994, however. She was crowned World Half Marathon champion after covering the 21.1 kilometre distance in 1:08:36, and at the World Cup in London she ran a stunning race to clinch an emphatic victory in the 10 000 metres.Runner-up in BostonIn 1995 Meyer finished second in the Boston Marathon, moving up one place from her finish the previous year. She also ended fifth in the 10 000 metres at the World Track and Field Championships.In 1996 she finished sixth in the World Cross Country Championships. The following year Meyer claimed another runner-up finish in the Boston Marathon and took fifth place at the Tokyo International Women’s Marathon. In 1998 she shifted her focus to the world’s largest marathon in Chicago, and ended third.1999 proved to be a successful year for the South African star. She finished third again in the Chicago Marathon, running just three seconds faster than the previous year. At the London Marathon she finished fifth, while she showed her liking for Japan with a victory in the Tokyo Half Marathon.Worldwide successAnother good year followed in 2000 as Meyer competed successfully all over the world. In North America she finished fourth in the Chicago Marathon and tenth in the Boston Marathon. In Australia she took eighth place in the 10 000 metres at the Sydney Olympics. In Asia she defended her title in the Tokyo Half Marathon and finished second in the Sapporo Half Marathon. In Africa, she was again crowned South African champion over 10 000 metres.If anyone thought Meyer was slowing down, her performances in 2001 proved otherwise. She claimed race victories in the Cherry Blossom 10-mile, Lilac Bloomsdat 12 kilometre, Miyazaki Ladies Half Marathon and Sendai Half Marathon. These victories went along with a third place finish in the Peachtree 10 Kilometre Road Race, seventh in the Lisbon Half Marathon and sixth at the World Half Marathon Championships.In 2002, Meyer continued competing internationally, but most of the events she competed in were in South Africa. She placed third in the San Juan World’s Best 10-kilometre race, and was seventh in the Virginia Beach Rock ‘n Roll and South Shields Great North Run half-marathons.Her schedule slowed down in 2003 and 2004 and still included some trips abroad, but after that she stopped competing competitively.A devout Christian, the humble Meyer showed that hard work and determination can carry an athlete a long, long way.Today, she is the Executive Director of the JAG Sports and Education Foundation, responsible for the running of the Foundation and implementing education programs which promote physical health, emotional well-being and personal achievement in underserved communities.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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