Other than the fact that Jamaica’s only sports college was named after him, not much is known about Gerald Claude Eugene Foster. For many, Jamaica’s track and field history began in 1948 at the London Olympic Games, where Jamaicans like Arthur Wint, Herb McKinley, and George Rhoden began to write their own significant legacies, but in reality, it could easily be argued that G. C. Foster was actually the man who started it all, first as an athlete in the early 1900s; later, as a coach who played a key part in Jamaica’s schoolboy sports; and even later, as coach and physiotherapist at the British Empire Games in 1934 and the Olympic Games in 1948. In comparison to others, history has been unkind to Foster, whose work has gone relatively unrecognised. “In some ways, I don’t think he was valued enough at that time, and when we look back now at his role in coaching schoolboy athletes – whichever school he coached had a very good chance at winning Champs that year – maybe he wasn’t valued enough,” said Diane Shaw, Foster’s granddaughter, who, on Wednesday, launched a book on her grandfather’s life at the Football Factory on Olivier Road in Kingston. The book is called Remembering G. C. Foster and was edited by Arnold Bertram, who has written several books on Jamaica’s rich track and field history. Shaw is the last grandchild of Foster, who unsuccessfully bid to represent Jamaica at the 1908 Olympic Games because Jamaica was not yet a member of the Olympic charter. She began research for the book decades ago, interviewing persons like the late Barclay Ewart, who benefitted from Foster’s tutelage while he was a student at Jamaica College back in the 1950s. She also interviewed the late Keith Gardner, another of Foster’s early protegÈs, as well as Mauricio Ventura. Shaw also spent time discussing her grandfather’s contributions with coaches Glen Mills and Freddie Green, as well as modern stars like Yohan Blake. She said she did not get the opportunity to speak with Usain Bolt. She recalls that each of the persons she interviewed for the book had nothing but glowing recollections of Foster, who died in 1966 at the age of 80. “Most of the people that I interviewed just loved him because he was such a positive influence,” she said. Shaw admitted that while she knew her grandfather well while growing up, she discovered new things about him during her years of research. “He had a passion for excellence, and he was a very endearing man. He also had a great sense of humour. There was a lot of laughter. After the athletes had their sessions, there was a lot of laughter after. He never tired. He could go on into the night massaging people until sweat poured down his face,” she said. “He had endless energy for coaching, massaging, and prompting them to be the very best they could be.” All this work, he did for free. The book is available at the Football Factory as distribution deals are still being worked out.
If you’re having a ruff week, then it’s well worth visiting the Letterkenny Shopping Centre this Friday afternoon for a cheering up.Irish Guide Dogs, Assistance Dogs and Ambassador Dogs are having a puppy party today to celebrate the relaunch of the local branch of the Irish Guide Dogs charity in Donegal.The gathering is the pawfect chance to learn about the organisation and donate a few euro to support the training and care of life-changing dogs. Ambassador Zaide at the launch of the Donegal branch of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Photo Rachel McLaughlinIrish Guide Dogs Regional Volunteer Coordinator Lynda Foley and local brand ambassdor Jennifer Doherty with guide dog Sybil at the launch of the Donegal branch of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Photo Rachel McLaughlinThere are 14 working dogs in Donegal – seven assistance dogs for children with autism and seven guide dogs for people with visual impairments.The newly launched branch will be led by guide dog user and local awareness ambassador Jennifer Doherty, puppy trainer Lesley Newberry and kennels owner Michelle Healy. The team have brought some friendly companions with them to celebrate the launch, much to the delight of shoppers in Letterkenny. Jennifer Doherty, Lesley Newberry, Michelle Healy, Harry McDaid, Alex Good and Lynda Foley with Sybil, Zaide and MillieShoppers from the Ballyraine Training Centre with Jennifer Doherty and Sybil at the launch of the Donegal branch of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Photo Rachel McLaughlinTracey and Ryan Peoples, Con Baird and Ambassador Dog Zaide at the launch of the Donegal branch of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Photo Rachel McLaughlinDog lovers can visit the stand to pick up some great merchandise, including bags, notebooks, toys and popular puppy teddies with their own harnesses. Raffle tickets are on sale for a national draw with a Ford Focus up for grabs. People can also sign up to volunteer with the local branch or apply for a representative to visit their workplace or school/ college and give a talk.Every euro counts for Irish Guide Dogs, which has around 70 branches across the country. Lynda Foley, regional fundraising coordinator said: “It costs €5million a year to provide the services we do for people who are visually impaired and children with autism. We have a large volunteer network and I am super grateful to the people here in Donegal who are giving up their time voluntarily to support the organisation. Our headquarters is in Cork, so we are absolutely thrilled to be reaching up to Letterkenny and into Donegal.”The Donegal branch will link local guide dog and assistance dog owners socially and co-ordinate fundraisers throughout the year, particularly at Christmas and the annual Guide Dog collection day.Check out the Facebook page for more info: Donegal Branch of Irish Guide Dogs Ambassador Dog Millie at the launch of the Donegal branch of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Photo Rachel McLaughlinClaire Doherty with assistance dog Banjo and local brand ambassdor Jennifer Doherty with guide dog Sybil at the launch of the Donegal branch of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Photo Rachel McLaughlinLaunch of the Donegal branch of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Photo Rachel McLaughlinPaw yeah! Pooches hit the shops for launch of Irish Guide Dogs Donegal – Picture Special was last modified: July 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:charitydonegal branchfundraiserirish guide dogsLetterkenny Shopping Centre.
Gizmodo has published an amazing story about shenanigans inside Apple stores. Somehow Gizmodo got current and former Apple store employees to dish about the naughty stuff that goes on. The list includes breaking stuff just for fun, stealing, sexual harassment, plain old consensual sex (sometimes inside the store), fraud and drugs.But the grossest, creepiest thing: Geniuses looking through people’s hard drives for nasty personal photos, collecting them and sometimes even posting them on the Internet.Women, BewareReporter Sam Biddle writes: “If a woman walked in, her stuff would get digged through, shared and laughed at. Team bonding. Your iPhone camera roll isn’t safe.”Quote from one tipster: “I used to be an Apple store Expert and the most common practice by Geniuses was going through young girls computers and emailing their private photos to themselves so they could have them for personal use.”Another Apple employee tells a tale of a girl who brought in a computer with a broken display. They took it out back to fix it, went through her photos, found naked pictures she’d taken of herself, and “added that to the collection.”Biddle sums up:“There are – and always will be – miscreants in every job… But when emails arrived in droves repeating the same naughty phenomena, you have to wonder why a company whose rep is as sterling as Apple’s seems to have such a pattern of internal havoc.”One tipster who claimed to be a former Apple employee who had opened retail stores in North America and Asia wrote: “The corruption within Apple goes straight to the top… Apple is fracturing from the inside out.”It’s an amazing, scary, must-read story with lots of screen grabs, emails, documents and photos. See the full story here.Image courtesy of Reuters. dan lyons Tags:#Apple#Genius#imac#iPad#iPhone#iPod#retail Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market