Retirement after 41 years at Bokmakierie Primary School

first_imgLarry Lewis, 64, principal of Bokmakierie Primary School, is retiring at the end of this term, after 41 years at the school. Choosing education as a career and spending most of his life living out this passion at Bokmakierie Primary School, “was almost as if it was pre-determined for me”. So says principal Larry Lewis, 64, who is retiring at the end of the term, after 41 years at the school.With no teachers in his family, he reckons the best explanation for how he came to be one is that the Hewatt College of Education was opposite his high school, Alexander Sinton. “In my teens, I used to play soccer against the youths from Bokmakierie. My father also sold and delivered hampers in Bokmakierie. “In my final year of studies, I already secured a post at Alexander Sinton for the next year. However, I lived closer to Bokmakierie Primary, and John Thomas, a former lecturer, convinced me to rather work here. I specialised in physical education. “At that stage, it was an Afrikaans-medium school, and I didn’t do Afrikaans. I did mytwo-week practice teaching here, and, evenat that stage, I said, ‘No, I am not taking thepost at Bokmakierie.’ Up until this day, I don’t know what made me change my mind,” Mr Lewis said.He has no regrets, though. Mr Lewis started as a PE teacher, and eight years later, was appointed the head of department. Thereafter, he held the acting principal role for two years, before being appointed as principal in 1994.When asked what he would miss the most, Mr Lewis said: “I will miss everything – theinteraction with the teachers, and I’ll especially miss the children. I was a starter for 20 years(at the athletics). I was involved with schoolsport all the time. I didn’t pass on that dutyto others. When the children were with me, people knew they were off the street and out of danger.”Mr Lewis hopes that the staff – especially the new staff members – will follow the example he set. He added that he had always been guided by “positive values”. He also appealed to the community to take ownership of the school, which has been described as a beacon of hope for that community.“Education is the key to get out of poverty, and the school needs to be kept in a good state so that many future generations can benefit from it,” Mr Lewis said.He has no immediate plans for the future and joked that boredom at home might inspire him to take on a project. In the meantime, he will be busy “tying up” some of the projects he started at the school.last_img read more

Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson transferring to IMG Academy

first_imgCalvary Baptist quarterback Shea Patterson throws to an open receiver in the Medicomp 7 on 7 tournament in Madison.Calvary Baptist quarterback Shea Patterson throws to an open receiver in the Medicomp 7 on 7 tournament in Madison.After leading Calvary Baptist (La.) to back-to-back Division III state championships as a sophomore and junior, Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson announced he will transfer to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.Patterson’s father Sean confirmed the news of his son’s transfer to The Clarion-Ledger on— Shea Patterson (@SheaPatterson_1) July 13, 2015Sean Patterson said his son had been considering a transfer for awhile and that the opportunity to play at a school with state-of-the-art facilities and the reputation IMG carries was too much to pass up.The Ascenders will also play on national television this fall.IMG Academy faces Miramar (Fla.) on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. on ESPNU as part of GEICO’s ESPN High School Kickoff.Patterson committed to Ole Miss on Feb. 16 and is the highest-rated player in the Rebels 2016 class.Last season, Patterson completed 65 percent of his passes with 2,428 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and three interceptions. As a sophomore, he threw for 2,655 yards, 34 touchdowns and four interceptions, completing 62 percent of his passes.The Ole Miss commit is coming off a week of strong performances at the Elite 11 Finals and Nike Football’s The Opening. The quarterback earned MVP honors of the former after starting out the final day ranked ninth among the attendees and finishing as the top-ranked player. Patterson also led Team Lunarbeast to the 7-on-7 championship at The Opening after going 0-3 in pool play and losing the first game of the tournament to move to the loser’s bracket.Patterson is expected to report to school on July 20.last_img read more

Texas leading rusher Foreman to have finger surgery

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas tailback and leader rusher D’Onta Foreman will have surgery on his right pinkie and his status is uncertain for the Longhorns’ next game against Texas Tech on Thanksgiving, coach Charlie Strong said Wednesday.Foreman has 681 yards this season and averages 7.2 yards per carry for Texas (4-6, 3-4 Big 12). He was injured in the second half of last week’s loss at West Virginia. The Longhorns must win their final two games to automatically qualify for a bowl in Strong’s second season.Strong also denied speculation that he could be interested in the vacant head coaching job at Miami. His name has repeatedly surfaced because of his ties to the state of Florida in previous stints at the University of Florida.Strong is 10-13 in two years at Texas.“I have to be successful here,” Strong said.last_img read more

DeRozan, Spurs rally from 18 down to beat Raptors

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Being down what we was down and still being able to fight back and pull it out was big, especially on the road,” DeRozan said.San Antonio used a big fourth quarter to win for the third time in four games. Derrick White scored 13 points for the Spurs, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 11. DeRozan also collected eight rebounds and four assists while topping 20 points for the 11th straight game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“He’s been huge,” White said of DeRozan. “Creating for us, scoring, doing just about everything. He made big plays down the stretch.”San Antonio trailed 82-69 to begin the fourth and fell behind 87-73 on a 3 by Matt Thomas with 10:14 left. The Spurs responded with a 17-0 run, taking an 88-87 lead on Aldridge’s layup with 6:34 to play, then capping their spurt with a pair of free throws from DeRozan. More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high The Spurs led 100-91 with 2:37 left, but Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell and Serge Ibaka each made 3-pointers as Toronto tied it 100-100 on Ibaka’s shot from distance with 1:17 left.Siakam broke the tie by making the second of two free throws with 41 seconds left, but Marco Belinelli replied with a 3 for the Spurs, making it 103-101 with 28 seconds remaining.After a Toronto timeout, Siakam missed a shot that would have tied the game. San Antonio’s Lonnie Walker IV grabbed the rebound, Lowry fouled DeRozan, and the former Raptors star pushed the lead to four points by making a pair from the line.Lowry replied with a deep 3, cutting the deficit to one, and Aldridge missed a pair of free throws with four seconds left. But Siakam’s long 3-pointer bounced off the backboard at the buzzer.DeRozan missed his first three free throws but made 11 straight the rest of the way. He didn’t score until 1:25 remained in the first half and attempted just three shots in the first two quarters, but made six of nine attempts in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ San Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan shares a joke with the Toronto Raptors bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan got another warm welcome in Toronto, and then helped San Antonio top the struggling Raptors.DeRozan scored 25 points, Rudy Gay had 15 and the Spurs rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Toronto 105-104 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Playing in Toronto as a visitor for only the second time, DeRozan received loud applause when he was introduced before the game. Fans rose for a standing ovation when DeRozan was honored with a tribute video during a first-quarter timeout, part of Toronto’s ongoing 25th anniversary celebrations.“It’s amazing to be able to get that much recognition,” DeRozan said. “It never gets old.”When the Spurs visited Toronto last February, DeRozan turned the ball over in the final seconds, leading to a go-ahead dunk by Kawhi Leonard.This time, there were no miscues in the final moments.“I’m pretty sure it means a lot to him to come back here and get a win,” said Spurs center Jakob Poeltl, DeRozan’s teammate in Toronto and San Antonio. “Last year we were really close, we ended up losing a close game. This year it was a close game again and we ended up winning it.”Ibaka had 21 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for the Raptors, and Lowry finished with 16 points and a season-high 15 assists.Toronto is 4-6 since a five-game winning streak ended with a loss at Indiana on Dec. 23. The Raptors blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter against Portland last Tuesday, and needed overtime to win at Charlotte the following night.“Normally our fourth-quarter defense is great, but it wasn’t tonight,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.San Antonio’s comeback spoiled the returns of Siakam and Powell, each of whom had missed 11 games since a Dec. 18 win at Detroit. Powell scored 20 points and Siakam had 15, including 12 in the first.“Obviously happy to be back,” Siakam said. “Definitely a little tired but I’ll take that after being out for a month.” Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areascenter_img Motorbike racer Paulo Gonçalves dies during Dakar Rally Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption View comments FAMILY FIRSTWhile battling San Antonio’s Bryn Forbes for a loose ball in the third, Lowry landed heavily on Toronto’s baseline, just in front of where his family was seated. Lowry got up and gave his son a kiss on the cheek, then returned to the court.TIP-INSSpurs: San Antonio is 6-12 on the road. … Poeltl had 10 rebounds.Raptors: Ibaka’s double-double was his career-best eighth straight. … Toronto is still without C Marc Gasol, who has also been out since Dec. 18 because of a strained left hamstring, and G Fred VanVleet, who sat for the third straight because of a strained right hamstring.UP NEXTSpurs: Visit the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.Raptors: Visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. ‘People evacuated on their own’last_img read more

L.A. shelters to limit hours on drop-offs

first_img“They’re your babies,” she said. “You want to find homes for them.” Barrera’s colleague, Christine Carr, 31, couldn’t bring herself to give up two cats she fostered during her off-time. “You just fall in love with them,” said Carr, who already owned three cats. Officials said pet owners should exhaust all other options before bringing animals to a shelter. Too many owners drop off animals at shelters instead of working to correct problem behavior or find a family on their own, Carr said. “We’re trusting that if somebody loves an animal enough to bring it to us in the first place,” he said, “they’re loving enough to want it to have the best chance possible of being adopted.” [email protected] (818) 713-3708160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Citywide, shelters on average receive a total of about 150 animals a day. But during kitten season from March to September, that number can double on some days. Shelters will only take healthy pets Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2-5 p.m. or Thursdays from 2-7 p.m. Boks said they will continue to accept sick or injured pets at any time. Over the last year, about 18,000 animals at city shelters were euthanized. Healthy animals stay an average of 45 days before they’re destroyed, Boks said. The fact that there are so many kittens and so few homes has drawn out the motherly instincts of Elaine Barrera, 26, who works at an animal shelter in Chatsworth. Barrera has taken a few home with her to improve their chances for survival. Caught between thousands of feral kittens and public pressure to limit the number of animals it puts down, Los Angeles animal shelters will for the first time restrict hours to drop off all unwanted pets. The onset of kitten season – when thousands of stray cats across the city begin producing litters – has packed shelters so much that officials say they might have to kill more animals to make room. Beginning next week, animal shelters will limit hours for dropping off unwanted pets. Their plan: If they don’t have them, they can’t kill them. “We’re taking in about a thousand kittens a month right now, in addition to the hundreds of dogs or cats,” said Ed Boks, general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services. last_img read more

‘They’re a disgrace!’ – Spurs kids rant at Arsenal

first_imgThe biggest north London derby in years takes place on Saturday at White Hart Lane, with tensions between the fans at breaking point as both clubs go hunting for the Premier League crown.Supporters from both sides are born into hating their arch-rivals, but what do the youngest fans really think about their bitter enemies?YouTube pranksters Woody and Kleiny asked some young Spurs fans what they thought of Arsenal ahead of the derby.The response was predictably entertaining, with one young Tottenham fan claiming Arsenal “don’t eat their vegetables”.Check out our mates Woody and Kleiny on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to talkSPORT for more sports entertainment.last_img read more