Press Association Elwood’s charges battled bravely on the restart with the wind at their backs, but the benefit of a strong replacements bench was vital for Glasgow as five points from the boot of another Lion Stuart Hogg, allied to Maitland’s 70th-minute effort, eased them over the line. On a windy night in the west of Ireland, Connacht were hoping to provide a winning send-off for departing head coach Eric Elwood with the match also marking the final outings for the province of Johnny O’Connor, Adrian Flavin and the Leinster-bound Mike McCarthy. However, a Ruaridh Jackson penalty was added by a Van der Merwe try as the visitors established a 10-3 half-time advantage with Dan Parks nailing a late penalty for Connacht. Glasgow Warriors missed out on a home semi-final in the RaboDirect Pro12 but tries from DTH van der Merwe and British and Irish Lions call-up Sean Maitland did see the Scottish side advance to the play-offs on the back of a 20-3 victory over Connacht.
Military Appreciation Week featured events including the Veteran and Military Families Recruiting Night, where about 45 employers came to recruit military and veterans to work for them. Photo courtesy of Josh Byun.The Veterans Resource Center at USC hosted its annual Military Appreciation Week on campus this week, which featured events from professional development to community service.“We really wanted to emphasize the military community, because it definitely takes an entire family to support their person that’s serving or has served,” VRC Coordinator Jennifer Perdomo said. “We appreciate them for their service and their time and their commitment, as well as show them all the supportive offices and departments that are on campus.”The week kicked off with a “Salute to Veterans” event on Monday, which honored USC’s veterans and military members over lunch, followed by a professional development workshop sponsored by the Veterans Association at USC. It featured a brief informational presentation and allowed veterans to practice one-on-one interview skills and elevator pitches. Perdomo said the largest and most anticipated event of the week was Wednesday’s Veteran and Military Families Recruiting Night, a University-wide collaboration among several organizations, including the Provost’s office.Around 45 employers attended the event, and 465 registered veterans and military family members came from as far as San Diego to participate, Perdomo said. Joshua Lynch, a senior majoring in business administration who helped coordinate recruiting night and was also the lead presenter for professional development workshops, said that career development is important for student veterans. “At this school, with the kind of opportunities you have, it’s not about what you know, but who you know,” Lynch said. “That applies everywhere, but it’s not always apparent to student vets, especially when networking isn’t a common or apparent strategy for navigating your career within the military, at least at lower levels of your career.” In addition to professional development events, free exercise classes were also offered to Military Appreciation Week participants through USC Recreational Sports. The week ended with a community service opportunity for veterans and military members to build homes through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, as well as a free ticket to Friday’s basketball game against Cal State Fullerton and an invitation to a Trojan football watch party with the Veterans Alumni Network. Overall, Lynch said that this year’s Military Appreciation Week was a success. “There were plenty of opportunities to get involved — maybe too many,” Lynch said. “I think we covered most, if not all interests from the University interests and the interests of the student-vets.”
– Minister Dawn Hasting-Williams urges youths to make education a priorityFifty grade six students preparing to enter secondary school in early September successfully completed the six weeks’ Republic Bank Summer Camp, and graduated last weekend during an impressive ceremony hosted by the ten cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS.The twelve top students pose with Minister Dawn Hasting-Williams and Republic Bank Manager Eon Grant”Minister of Public Affairs, Hon Dawn Hasting-Williams, was Guest Speaker at the event, which was also attended by Manager Eon Grant of the Republic Bank’s Rose Hall Town Branch, executives and members of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS and parents of the students.Secretary/CEO of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, Hilbert Foster, presented a comprehensive report on the camp, which started in early July with sixty students registered. Ten students failed to complete the camp due to several reasons, but Foster hailed the 2018 camp as the best ever due to the hard work and commitment of Director Damon Vantull.The main objectives of the Republic Bank’s Summer Camp are to make sure that the students make a successful transition from primary to secondary, to promote the club’s Say No/Say Yes message, and to assist the students to understand their roles as mentors.Foster praised the outstanding work of Camp Director Damon Vantull and Asst Secretary Simon Naidu, for their efforts in making the camp successful. Vantull, a former Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club member, volunteered his services, and assembled a battery of educators across Guyana to teach the students on a wide variety of subjects, including Maths, English A, English B, Social Studies, Information Technology, Geography and Agriculture Science.The students were also involved in a wide range of career lectures from several prominent Guyanese, including Attorney-at-Law Charles Ramson Jnr, Asst Commander of Police ‘B’ Division, and an officer of Republic Bank. Vantull also conducted sessions with the youths on topics such as Suicide, Drug Abuse, Importance of Discipline and Personal Hygiene. The students were also involved in several sporting sessions as well.Minister Dawn Hasting-Williams, in an inspirational feature address, spoke widely on the importance of education and the role it plays in the lives of youths. Education, she stated, open doors of opportunities, and she urged the youths to take advantage of Government’s investment in the educational system.She spoke broadly of President David Granger’s efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of students via his Five ‘Bs’ Campaign, which are boats, bicycles, books, breakfast and buses. She congratulated the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club on the outstanding work it is doing among youths in Berbice, and urged others to emulate the Medal of Service awardee.Republic Bank Manager Eon Grant stated that the Bank was pleased to be associated with the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, and congratulated the graduates for successfully completing the camp. Republic Bank, he stated, strongly believes in investing in education, sports and culture.Allan Bangari copped the Top Student Award, with Antowne Walters, Divya Singh, Kamini Looknauth, Ashmini Brijbasi, Leah Puran, Annah Puran, Noel Lewis, Delena Marks, Divy Gwalani, Avinash Kessa and Seeta Budraj completed the top twelve students who received special prizes. Bangari collected a bicycle, trophy and medal, while each student at the camp received a school bag from the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club Patron’s Fund.