Ex-Director of Federal Ministry slumps, dies

first_imgRelatedPosts Community petitions CP over alleged invasion by armed uniformed men Troops storm bandits camps in Benue, Nasarawa, kill one, arrest four Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league A former Director of Facilities and Stadia Management Department in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Katmwan Dungse, is dead. According to available information, the Director slumped and died in his house on Sunday evening. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Gabriel Aduda, said in a statement on Monday that the news of Dungse’s “death was received by the Management with shock and deep pain”. Aduda said Architect Dungse had meritoriously served the nation for over 30 years and brought his wealth of experience and proficiency to advance the vision and mandate of the Ministry. He said: “The entire ministry and indeed management have expressed sincere condolences to the immediate family of Architect Dungse and pray that the good Lord grant his soul peaceful rest.” The remains of the former Director have since been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi, Nasarawa State, while the Ministry will liaise with the family for burial arrangements. Aduda added: “The Ministry’s heartfelt prayers are with the family at this present painful and challenged period. “Rest on! Adieu.”Tags: Gabriel Adudakatmwan DungseNasarawa Statelast_img read more

Mariners Move on to NAC Semifinals with 12-5 Win Over Thomas

first_imgThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder text admin Latest posts by admin (see all) Latest Posts The ball squirts out during a face off between MMA’s Philip McNerney (13) and Mitch Bickford (8) of the Terriers.—MIKE OLESCastine — Freshman attacker Brian Corain (Berwick, ME) had a 6 point afternoon as the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners beat the Thomas College Terriers 12-5 in a North Atlantic Conference Quarterfinal men’s lacrosse game played Saturday afternoon at Ritchie Field.Devin Cooper (24) of the Mariners hammers Thomas attacker Jeremy Parmely (18) during MMA’s NAC quarterfinal win over the Terriers.—MIKE OLESWith the victory, MMA improves to 8-3 while Thomas ends their season at 4-7. MMA will move on and play at Mount Ida on Wednesday.MMA (8-3,7-2 NAC) got 4 goals from sophomore Chris Keiley and 3 goals from senior Garrett Lake. Brian Corain collected 2 goals to go along with his 4 assists while Nick Lund added 2 goals and an assist. The Mariners had 11 assists in their 12 goals. Daniel Redmond (Westbrook, ME) made 20 saves for the Mariners on 45 Thomas shots picking up his school record 8th win of the year. Peter Betti (Upper Saddle River, NJ) led the Mariners with 9 ground balls in the game. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Bio House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSecretariat wins Kentucky Derby…againUNDATED (AP) — Secretariat has won a virtual Kentucky Derby against 12 fellow Triple Crown winners, 47 years after the chestnut colt won the real race at Churchill Downs.Secretariat was the 7-2 favorite, although there was no wagering. Instead, fans selecting the winning horse online were entered to win a VIP experience at the Derby this fall.Saturday’s 1 1/4-mile race featured computer-generated imagery and was held the same day the 146th Derby had been scheduled until it was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Derby has been re-set for Sept. 5. Nadal won the second division, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert a sweep of the two events.Charlatan led all the way in a race pushed back three weeks to help fill a void when the Kentucky Derby was postponed until September due to the coronavirus pandemic. Twenty-one 3-year-olds ran in two divisions of the Derby at Oaklawn, each worth $500,000.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-BORDER WARKansas, Missouri renew Border War with 4-game football setKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas and Missouri are resuming their bitter Border War in football. Update on the latest sports Associated Press Hill started 25 of 30 games for the Bruins under first-year coach Mick Cronin last season, averaging 9 points and a team-leading 6.9 rebounds.OBIT-KEOUGHMatt Keough, former A’s pitcher and executive, dies at 64OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former Oakland Athletics pitcher and special assistant Matt Keough (KEE’-oh) has died at age 64.Billy Beane, the A’s executive vice president of baseball operations, issued a statement saying, “Matt was a great baseball man and a proud Oakland A.” May 3, 2020 The former Big 12 rivals have agreed to a four-game series in which each school will play two home games beginning in September 2025.The fourth-longest rivalry in college football dates to 1891, but it has been on hiatus since Missouri departed for the Southeastern Conference. The schools recently announced a six-game series in men’s basketball beginning with the upcoming season that includes two games on each campus and two in Kansas City, Missouri.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-UCLA-HILLUCLA’s Jalen Hill withdraws name from NBA draftLOS ANGELES (AP) — Jalen Hill is staying at UCLA for his redshirt junior season. A team spokesman says Hill has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft. Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press the Dallas Cowboys have signed Andy Dalton to a one-year deal, two days after he was released by the Bengals. The contract guarantees the former Cincinnati starter $3 million and could be worth up to $7 million, although he is expected to serve as Dak Prescott’s backup.The Houston native led TCU to an undefeated season that included a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin during the 2010 campaign. He led the Bengals to five playoff berths in his nine seasons with the team but was never able to win a playoff game.Dalton owns most of Cincinnati’s passing records and started 13 games for the Bengals last season.Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears are indicating they are running out of patience with Mitchell Trubisky.A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the Bears have declined their fifth-year option on the quarterback for the 2021 season. In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Brighton has become the first English Premier League club to publicly oppose plans to try to restart the season in neutral stadiums during the coronavirus pandemic. Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says the league’s integrity would be damaged if teams couldn’t play at home. The Premier League sees using only up to half of the 20 stadiums as the most viable way of completing the season, which was suspended almost two months ago. West Ham vice chair Karren Brady says “no one wants” neutral stadiums but government and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority would have to approve the locations of games.— Cologne’s players are continuing to train despite three positive tests for coronavirus that have unsettled the German soccer league’s restart plans. The squad is currently training in small groups. Players and staff around the league began giving samples Thursday as part of a testing process designed to enable teams to return to full training and then to games later this month. Cologne said Friday that three people had tested positive but didn’t name them or say whether they were players.— Scott McLaughlin has won his second IndyCar iRace in a wild finish that saw most of the leaders crash as they rushed toward the checkered flag. Formula One driver Lando Norris was headed for what appeared a 1-2-3 podium sweep for the Arrow McLaren SP entries on the final lap. But Norris ran into the back of Simon Pagenaud and the defending Indy 500 champion, to take himself out of contention. Conor Daly finished second and was followed by Santino Ferrucci, who figured there would be a lot of angry drivers after the 175-mile race.— Formula One hopes to finally start the season with a double-header in the naturally isolated environment around the venue for the Austrian Grand Prix. Despite the first 10 races having been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the targeted start date is July 5 in Austria. F1 still hopes to hold 15 to 18 of the 22 scheduled Grand Prix races. One way to make up for lost time would be to have consecutive weekends on one circuit, like the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Its location in the mountains makes it naturally isolated. — The NCAA’s chief medical officer says widespread testing for coronavirus will be crucial to having college sports in the fall, especially contact sports such as football and basketball. Dr. Brian Hainline expressed cautious optimism in an interview with The Associated Press. The NCAA unveiled a three-phase recommended plan for getting sports up and running on campuses this fall. They all depend on schools having students back on campus.— Cycling’s European Road Championships have been postponed until next year amid the coronavirus pandemic. The championships were scheduled to take place Sept. 9-13 in Trentino, Italy, but the European Cycling Union says the “uncertainty of the current health crisis” means there are not enough guarantees “for organizing an event of such magnitude.” The championship will move to either Sept. 1-5 or 8-12 in 2021. The International Cycling Union is expected to announce which dates when it publishes next year’s calendar in the coming months.HORSE RACING-ARKANSAS DERBYCharlatan takes first division of Arkansas DerbyHOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP)— Charlatan romped in the first division of the Arkansas Derby, outlasting Basin and Gouverneur Morris. The move is hardly a surprise considering the way Trubisky struggled in his third season since the Bears drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick. His 2019 statistics sagged across the board from the previous season as he finished with 3,138 yards passing, a 63.2% completion rate, 17 touchdowns and an 83 quarterback rating.General manager Ryan Pace largely staked his reputation to Trubisky when he traded up a spot with San Francisco to draft him ahead of Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Houston’s Deshaun Watson.The Bears acquired 2018 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles from Jacksonville in March and plan to hold an open competition for the starting job.In other NFL news:— The Chiefs have agreed to a contract with defensive end Taco Charlton, the 28th overall pick in the 2017 draft. Charlton flamed out in Dallas and Miami, but his athleticism is a perfect match for coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s defense. The 25-year-old made seven starts for the Cowboys before sustaining a shoulder injury. He was waived just two weeks into last season and was let go by the Dolphins on Thursday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSCowboys land Dalton…Bears pass on Trubisky optionUNDATED (AP) — One veteran NFL quarterback has found a new team, while another appears to have worn out his welcome. Keough was an American League All-Star as a rookie in 1978 and was selected AL Comeback Player of the Year in 1980. He was 58-84 with a 4.17 ERA with Oakland (1977-83), the New York Yankees (1983), St. Louis (1985), Chicago Cubs (1986) and Houston (1986), then went 45-44 with a 3/73 ERA in Japan with Hanshin (1987-90).Keough’s father, Marty and uncle, Joe, were major league outfielders.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

TENNIS : SU uses Notre Dame defeat as motivation with tournament play looming

first_imgEmily Harman’s heart sunk. She walked back onto the court following a first-set defeat during last season’s Big East semifinal against Notre Dame. But before the set could even start, the match was over.The referees and coaches informed Harman that she would not have to finish the rest of her individual match because Syracuse had already lost.‘It’s still a feeling that I hold onto to motivate me to get even more pumped up for a time like that,’ Harman said. ‘I don’t want to have that feeling again. It’s one of those times where, in the moment, you really hate it. It’s a gut feeling you have, but in the end it made me better.‘It made me realize where we are as a team and how much we needed to work to get better.’The match against Notre Dame remains etched in the minds of the five remaining players from a year ago. It was the definitive moment that signified Syracuse was not going to be bullied by ranked opponents anymore. A difficult schedule in the past two seasons, marked by six matches against ranked opponents, has Syracuse players believing they are prepared to make a push for a chance at redemption.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU head coach Luke Jensen explained that this stretch is the most important of the season to gain momentum and to use what his team has encountered throughout the season to make one final push.‘The next two or three weeks, we have to use all those battle scars,’ Jensen said. ‘All of the good and bad and say, ‘Next time I’m in that situation, how am I going to react? How am I going to play? How am I going to find a little more performance for my game?”With just two matches remaining this season, a chance at redemption is fueling Syracuse (14-6, 6-1) to gather some steam heading into the Big East tournament. SU has the second-best winning percentage in the Big East. The Orange is coming off a difficult 1-6 loss to No. 49 William & Mary that came before its 6-1 win over Old Dominion.This season, Syracuse’s most difficult test came at the hands of then-No. 9 Southern California. The Orange pushed the Trojans to a 4-3 result, and despite the loss, SU has inched closer to beating its superior opponents this season.The older players now have experience playing through pressure-infused matches. Each player has gained the ability to articulate a match and overcome adversity during anxious moments. The younger players have gotten the feel for the implications of more significant matches.The growth for players like freshman Maddie Kobelt could mean sizeable contributions on the horizon in the season’s biggest moments.‘Now in matches, I’m able to know more exactly what I want to do, and I’m able to better execute or fix the problem,’ Kobelt said. ‘If I miss a forehand long instead of trying for that same shot again, now I know exactly what to do, whether it’s taking a little spin off or add a little more spin.’The challenging schedule has caused some astounding developments to take shape. After winning 10 consecutive matches, Kobelt and Harman combined to create the 32nd-ranked pairing in the nation.‘I think that the team as a whole is a lot more battle-tested, and we’re not going to go down without a fight,’ Harman said. ‘For us to be able to do that going into the Big East tournament, everyone knows what we’re all about, and that really puts us on the radar and it gives better competition for us as well.’The Orange routs opponents that it should rout, and it has finally started to put a scare on ranked opponents. But for Jensen, despite playing three nationally ranked teams, coming out of that portion of the schedule with three losses is unacceptable.It’s an area that will have to change in the home stretch, heading into the anticipated chance for redemption at the Big East tournament.‘When you get into the Big East, you’re going to be playing higher-ranked teams than No. 40,’ Jensen said. ‘You better be playing good tennis in the next two or three weeks, or this season is going to end shorter than it should.’adtredin@syr.edu Published on April 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women of Troy face CSU Bakersfield

first_imgThe No. 2 USC women’s sand volleyball team will have its first home match against CSU Bakersfield today at Merle Norman Stadium at 4 p.m. The Women of Troy (1-1) will head into their home opener against the Roadrunners (1-1) having defeated Cal State Northridge last weekend, 5-0, before falling to top-ranked Pepperdine, 0-5.Against CSUN last weekend, senior Kirby Burnham and freshman Sara Hughes won big on court one, posting a 21-11 score in both sets. Not far behind on court two, freshman Kelly Claes and sophomore Alexa Strange topped Marissa Boyd and Casey Hinger of Northridge, 21-11, 21-17. The same story continued on courts three and four where junior Eve Ettinger and senior Brooke Fournier dominated their opponents, 21-5, 21-8, and freshman Allie Wheeler and junior Bria Russ won 21-12, 21-17.Unfortunately, the dynamic duos for USC could not continue their winning ways as Pepperdine clinched its 36th all-time victory  compared to only one loss. Pepperdine’s win was also its sixth straight victory over the Women of Troy through two seasons.Only one USC pair was able to win a set against the Waves, as Wheeler and freshman Nicolette Martin took it to three sets against Pepperdine’s Sophie Asprey and Victoria Adelhelm.Cal State Bakersfield will travel to USC after suffering a 3-2 loss to UCLA and picking up a 5-0 victory over Irvine Valley College. CSUB’s No. 2 team of Mariah Alvidrez and Shayna Guitare took home two victories on the day, as did the tandem of Danika Youngblood and Sara Little.USC head coach Anna Collier is heading into the weekend with some confidence in her team and some specific goals in mind.“We need to work on hustle,” Collier said. “I want to play what I like to call ‘SC volleyball’ — really aggressive, hard volleyball … I think we’re ready. We can’t worry about the score, we just want to compete and play the kind of ball we know we can.”The ultimate goal for Collier and her team is to sweep their opponent by playing the way they have been competing at practices. Seniors Burnham, Fournier and Sam Hirschmann have some great goals for their team as they tap into their final season here at USC.Fournier expressed a few of her goals for these three upcoming matches by talking about some of the specific aspects of the game she and her team have been attempting to master.“I’m really looking forward to having everyone come out and watch us this weekend,” Fournier said. “It will be fun to have all of the students and other athletes come and watch the kickoff to our season.”The feeling of excitement is a common theme throughout the roster and coaching staff of the USC sand volleyball team as they prepare for their first homestand. The Women of Troy will be facing three tough opponents, including CSU Bakersfield, No. 4 Florida State and Loyola Marymount.USC will face off against Florida State at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, and following that match they will play Loyola Marymount at 2 p.m. The Trojans have never beaten Florida State, and it would be an incredible accomplishment if they could break their losing streak against the Seminoles and tally a win.USC’s action-packed weekend kicks off today at Merle Norman Stadium at 4 p.m.last_img read more

WATCH PHOTOS: Black Stars players in town to storm Ghana Golf Awards on Saturday

first_imgMost Black Stars players are in town from  their bases in Europe to join their friends and families during the Christmas festivities and to eventually open Ghana’s preparations towards the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as well attend the second edition Ghana Golf Awards.Defender Jonathan Mensah with  little sister wishing you all a Merry ChristmasAndre Ayew in town spending time with his family Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu  Afriyie Acquah at his home in Ghana Asamoah Gyan with his father and brothersMubarak Wakaso unable to travel to Ghanalast_img

Five things you didn’t know about Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game

first_imgMORE: Classic photos of Wilt Chamberlain, an unstoppable giantAside from the fact that Chamberlain hit triple-digits, what do you really know about the game? Let’s go back 58 years to learn more about Chamberlain’s iconic performance.1. Wilt Chamberlain’s stat line was insane, even beyond the 100 points. Chamberlain finished with 100 points on 36-of-63 shooting from the field (57.1 percent) and 28-of-32 shooting from the free throw line (87.5 percent). Keep in mind Chamberlain shot 51.1 percent from the line for his career, so hitting nearly 90 percent of his free throws in one game is some kind of anomaly. Miss only one extra free throw, and he’s stuck on 99. (Not impressive at all!)Along with all of the buckets, Chamberlain also grabbed 25 rebounds and found time to dish out two assists. The NBA did not record blocks until the 1973-74 season, so it’s likely he also had a few of those. Heck, Chamberlain might have posted a 100-point triple-double. 2. This was the perfect matchup for Wilt Chamberlain to score 100 points.All the pieces fell perfectly into place. The Knicks finished as the worst team in the Eastern Division that year, and they didn’t have their full frontcourt to challenge Chamberlain in the paint. New York’s starting center, Phil Jordon, was out with the flu, though it may have been something else keeping him on the sidelines.”The inside scoop was he was hungover,” said Darrall Imhoff (via the Los Angeles Times), the man who took Jordon’s spot in the starting lineup. Imhoff struggled with foul trouble throughout the game, leaving 6-9 rookie Cleveland Buckner to battle Chamberlain, and as everyone now knows, that didn’t go well.But hey, let’s at least give Buckner credit for scoring 33 points of his own. He just happened to come up 67 points short of his opponent.3. The Warriors started force-feeding Wilt Chamberlain once they realized 100 points was possible.Chamberlain scored 41 points in the first half, not all that surprising considering he averaged 50.4 points per game over the entire season. Chamberlain routinely went off for 50 or 60 points throughout his career, but this one felt different, especially when the crowd got behind the chase for 100.Via NBA.com:He scored 23 points in the first quarter and had 41 by halftime, then tallied 28 in the third quarter, when the fans began to chant, “Give It To Wilt! Give It To Wilt!”That’s exactly what the Warriors did, feeding Chamberlain at every opportunity in the fourth quarter. The Knicks tried fouling other Philadelphia players to keep the ball away from Chamberlain, but the Warriors countered by committing fouls of their own to get the ball back.Chamberlain took a pass from Warriors guard Joe Ruklick, who played only eight minutes off the bench, and scored his final two points with 46 seconds left to the delight of the fans in attendance. (And you guys complain about Russell Westbrook chasing triple-doubles.)4. The 100-point game was played in Hershey, Pa., not Philadelphia or New York. The Warriors were playing a “home” game, but the team had to travel to Hersheypark Arena. Uh, what?Back in those days, the NBA was working to gain a larger audience, and without the benefit of a massive TV deal, teams had to reach the fans directly. Neutral site games were not all that uncommon, but the schedule did present a challenge for players.”There were no hotels for us to go to or stay in because we didn’t do those kinds of things in those days,” Chamberlain said. “We went straight to the arena where we had to wait around for five or six hours for the game. But it happened to be in this arena they had a shooting gallery, old penny arcade, so some of the guys went there, and I started shooting rifles and so forth.”And I couldn’t miss anything. So if there was ever a clue that I was going to have a hot day, this was definitely the clue.”5. The only thing more absurd than Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game was his stat line for the entire 1961-62 season. Seriously, just take a moment and think about this: 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds per game on 50.6 percent shooting from the field and 61.3 percent from the line (a career high, by the way). Chamberlain attempted nearly 40 field goals and shot 17 free throws per game. But that’s not the best part. Chamberlain averaged 48.5 minutes per game. If you’re scratching your head now, yes, NBA games are only 48 minutes long. However, the Warriors also played 10 overtime periods that season, and Chamberlain logged 3,882 of a possible 3,890 minutes.It’s safe to say we won’t see any NBA players eclipsing those season numbers or the famous 100-point total any time soon. Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain didn’t have the ability to use the “100” emoji on March 2, 1962, so he had to settle for a simple piece of paper to illustrate his level of dominance that night.”The Big Dipper” dropped 100 points in 48 minutes of work as the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the New York Knicks, 169-147. In leading the Warriors to victory, Chamberlain broke his own single-game scoring record of 78 points set on Dec. 8, 1961, against the Los Angeles Lakers, a game that included multiple overtime periods. Only one player has even eclipsed the 80-point threshold since Chamberlain’s historic night — the late Kobe Bryant poured in 81 against the Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006.last_img read more

Nicholls’ Cassidy Barrios Clinches Fourth Player of the Week Honor This Season

first_imgHonorable Mention: Celica Sterling, Southeastern Louisiana; Alyssa Mayfield, Stephen F. Austin; Sara Williamson, Abilene Christian; Miya Crump, LamarSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. FRISCO, Texas – For the fourth time this season, Nicholls shooting guard Cassidy Barrios has been named the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced Monday. All Southland weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.The senior scored 18 of her 40 points on the week from the free throw line, converting an 81.8-percent of her free throws. In addition to 18 rebounds and 11 assists, Barrios also locked down a 40-percent field goal average with a pair of double-digit scoring performances that pushed the Colonels to a 97-86 win over Northwestern State Jan. 2 and an 86-62 victory over Incarnate Word Jan. 5.Basketball Player of the Week – Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls – Sr. – Guard – Raceland, La.Barrios led Nicholls to a pair of double-digit victories to open up their conference slate, averaging 20 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 4.0 steals and 2.0 blocks for the week. The senior began the week with a double-double – 23 points and 11 rebounds – and added seven assists as the Colonels set a program record against Northwestern State for most points scored in a Southland game (97). She then followed up with 17 points, seven rebounds and six steals in a 24-point win over UIW, snapping a four-game skid in the series against the Cardinals. Barrios also surpassed the 1,600-point plateau to move up to No. 2 on the Nicholls’ all-time scoring list.last_img read more

Tall Tina

first_imgTINA was eight feet two inches tall. She was born in a small village. Her parents were middle income earners and she was blessed with a kid brother and a ten year-old sister, three years younger than her. There was also Purfee, a little cat given to Tina by her father who was once a general in the army. The father lost his job due to a national crisis and later found himself in the village, with his family.  They lived in a two-room house that contained few chairs, two beds and some kitchen stuff. Before settling in this village, the family traveled from one place to another because her father had become an agriculturalist, always looking for good soil. It meant change of schools for Tina and getting new friends which was not something hard for Tina when the family finally settled in the new village. Majority of the parents were low to middle income earners. As a result the students did not worry about wearing expensive clothes.  So it was but for Tina she was accustomed to wearing tee-shirts, jeans and sneakers for school and was always in a hurry to tell her friends how she climbed one of the tallest trees during the day or how she went fishing with boys and caught the biggest fish.  “Honey, another great opportunity has come,” her father said to her as they ate supper one evening. “What’s it?” Tina asked. “I’ve been called back to the army and that means going back to the city.” “Really?” “Of course,” her father said, “and we are leaving a day or two from now.” Just as almost everyone, especially kids cannot wait or even sleep on Christmas Eve, so was Tina who could not wait to find herself in an environment that was full of almost all the most talked about things, (zoo, skyscrapers, parks, popular schools and others.)  The next morning, Tina asked her father, “What hour will the camp motor arrive?” “Maybe 7:00a.m.” “How big is the camp motor?” “Like a 40 feet container.” “Can it take all the big things we have here?” “Did you say big things?” her father said.  Tina replied, “Oh, I forgot, we’ve just few things here but daddy are we to forget about our garden?”SCHOOL was about to start and parents took their children for shopping. Tina’s parents too took her to shop for her usual wearing.  THE first day of school seemed to be the worse day ever in the life of ‘little’ Tina as she was always called by her father.  Entering the school’s fence, she stood and observed for a while and all she could see were girls wearing mini dresses, high heel shoes, purses and handbags, nails painted red and so on.   These were all teenagers like me, she thought. And just as everyone turned to look at Tina, who was standing above everyone, they shouted, “Tall Tina.”   Tina wondered how they knew her name.  She tried not to faint which she actually wanted to. She could not stand her blue jeans, tee-shirt; her low cut hair and flat chest that looked like a billboard as compared to those students.   Tina felt out of place and wished she could have just evaporated into thin air and not be seen anymore. No student could learn in the class that day, for she felt eyes were teasing her.   During the class introduction, Tina who wanted to lie about everything could not do it when she introduced herself and called her name. The whole class went wide with laughter.  At home she told her parents about her experience and concluded that she did not want to return to the school. However, they encouraged her. “Whatever career that is in a person is within and can only come out by the persons’ determination to make the best of herself.” Afterwards Tina realized she did not care anymore about being described as ‘Tall Tina’ or just a straight structure.  She did not care.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more