Guyana, SVG win male, female CARICOM 10k title

first_imgGuyana and Trinidad and Tobago take titles: CARICOM 10KGuyanese Cleveland Forde and Trinidadian Tonya Nero made it two in a row when they retained their male and female titles respectively in the 2015 edition of the CARICOM 10K race held in Bridgetown Barbados, Sunday 28 June 2015. Forde followed up his 2014 win with victory in a close…June 29, 2015In “Barbados”CARICOM 10K runs off on Sunday in BarbadosAmateur and professional athletes from across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will meet early Sunday (28 June) to compete in the Eleventh Annual CARICOM 10K Road Race on Bay Street Esplanade, Barbados. A much anticipated feature ahead of the Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government, this edition…June 25, 2015In “Anguilla”Mark! Set! Go! CARICOM 10k Race to be held 3 JulyThe twelfth Annual CARICOM 10K race will be held on Sunday, 3 July, 2016, at 6:00 am in Georgetown, Guyana. The event will be held under the Theme ‘Promoting Healthy and Peaceful Societies’. The race is held to coincide with the Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of…June 13, 2016In “Antigua & Barbuda”Share this on WhatsApp You may be interested in… CARICOM 10k races off on Sunday morning Of special note were the two eldest participants in the 10k and 5k races Mr. Franklin Archer and Mr Phillip Beckles, both of Guyana, who completed their races with commendation. There were four participants in the 1500 m race for schools and the youngest participant was Jalani Cheddi. The winner in that category was Ezekiel DeSouza, while second and third went to Khelani Glen and Jeremiah Harrison respectively. The event was attended by CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Dominica Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt, Secretary General of CARICOM Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Minister in the Ministry of Sports, Guyana, Hon. Nicolette Henry. In his remarks at the awards presentation ceremony Prime Minister Skerritt commended all of the participants for their efforts. He said physical activity was critically important within the Region which continued to deal with the challenges of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCDs). He also commended the CARICOM Secretariat for including all levels of society in the event. All levels of society need to be involved in physical activity to prevent CNCDs,” Prime Minister Skerritt said. Secretary-General LaRocque in his remarks said everyone who participated was a winner. He also used the opportunity to thank the sponsors and partners which included Digicel Guyana, Courts Guyana, Demerara Distillers Limited, Eureka Laboratories, CARICOM Rice Mills Limited, the Guyana Athletics Association, Guyana Ministry of Sports, Guyana Defence Force, Guyana Police Force, Guyana Ministry of Public Health, Guyana Ministry of Public Infrastructure and the Guyana City Engineers. Guyana’s Minister of Sports, Hon Nicolette Henry said it was wonderful to see the high number of participants. She said those who participated were examples of how commitment and dedication paid off for health and well-being. The race was held to coincide with the 37th Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government which will be held in Georgetown, Guyana, 4-6 July. The opening ceremony will be held tomorrow at the National Cultural Centre at 5:00 p.m. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Jun 28, 2019 Jul 6, 2018 Jul 21, 2017center_img UN SG lauds CARICOM leadership on global issues CARICOM Road Race on 7 July This was the twelfth staging of the CARICOM 10k race which was held under the theme ‘Promoting Healthy and Peaceful Societies’. The start line was the CARICOM Secretariat, while the end point was the National Park where a presentation ceremony was held.  In addition to the main event, there were three supporting events –  a 5K race, a 1500m race for schools, and a special race for athletes with disabilities. The first place male winner in the 5k race was Ricky Williams, while second and third went to Tyrese Yensen and Joel Williams respectively. All three athletes were from Guyana. In the female category first place went to Joana Archer second place to Tabitha Benman and third to Kissanna Glen, all from Guyana. Athletes pose for a photograph outside the CARICOM Secretariat before the race on Sunday morning CARICOM 10k winners Cleveland Forde from Guyana and Linda McDonalnd from St. Vincent and the Grenadines pose for a photo with Minister in the Ministry of Sports, Guyana, Hon. Nicolette Henry. CARICOM Chairman and Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerritt, and Secretary-General of CARICOM Ambassador Irwin LaRocque after the twelfth staging of the event on Sunday July 3, 2016. Four-time CARICOM  10k winner Cleveland Forde of Guyana copped his fifth title in the latest edition of the CARICOM 10k Race on Sunday morning (July 3) in his native Guyana. He completed the race in 32:39 minutes. Linda McDonald  brought victory to St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the female category with a time of 37:57.  The second place in the male category went to Curtis Cox of Trinidad and Tobago clocking in at 32:56 while Winston Missingher of Guyana raced to third place with a time of 33:28. Second place for the females went to Euleen Josiah-Tanner from Guyana who finished at 39:46 and Guyanese Andrea Foster got third place with a time of 40:37. Sep 22, 2017 Health checks for CARICOM staff members during Caribbean… last_img read more

Cooper-Standard Automotive Names New Chairman, CEO and COO

first_imgNOVI, MI — Cooper-Standard Automotive has named James McElya chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer (CEO) of the company. McElya had previously served as president and CEO. S.A. “Tony” Johnson, who had previously served as chairman, has assumed the role of lead director. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The company also appointed Ed Hasler to president and the newly-created role of chief operating officer. In this role, Hasler is responsible for leading the global operational activities for the company’s three divisions. For the past three years Hasler has been president of the company’s global sealing division, and prior to that Hasler was in charge of the company’s International division. Hasler will retain his role as president of the global sealing division in addition to his new responsibilities. For more information about Cooper-Standard, go to:,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

Middle East appointment for Air Products

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Touch of hypocrisy?

first_imgThe same Gazette carries the story on page 4 ‘Serial litigants outcry’ reporting on an early day motion signed by 40 MPs condemning a website set up by an employment lawyer to identify serial litigants (also commented on by the editor on page 8). Am I alone in thinking that there may be a touch of hypocrisy here? Peter Evans, Hugh James Solicitors, Cardifflast_img

Family grateful for support after son’s death

first_img Austin McKay, 18, from Hanover Park, was stabbed to death on Wednesday May 15. 1 of 2 Austin McKay, 18, from Hanover Park, was stabbed to death on Wednesday May 15. The McKay family say they are overwhelmed by the support shown by the community since their son was stabbed to death on Wednesday May 15.Austin McKay, 18, a Grade 10 pupil at Crystal High School in Hanover Park, was stabbed in the chest and died on his way to the hospital. According to Philippi SAPS spokesperson, Captain Lance Goliath, Austin was involved in a fight when he was stabbed. He was apparently sent home from school when the incident happened. “We are trying to get witnesses to assist us with the case. The perpetrator has not been arrested yet,” Captain Goliath said.On Thursday May 16, members of the Hanover Park Safety Forum visited the family home in Suria Crescent, Hanover Park, to express their condolences. They were among hundreds of people who came to show their respect, since the news of his death travelled throughout the community.Austin’s father, Ruben McKay, said his son had an affable personality. “Everybody in the community liked him. He liked to help people out. He used to scrub mats, and ran to the shop for the neighbours. Our neighbours loved him so much, that they even, at times, took him with them if they went to the beach, for example. I never expected my son to lose his life in this way. He was not a gangster. I am in pain. Losing my son has left a deep wound in my heart that I don’t think will ever be healed,” Mr McKay said.His mother, Rachel McKay, overcome with emotion, said: “He had big dreams. He wanted to study after school. Even though he was a few grades behind, he was determined to complete his schooling. He promised me he would take care of me once he completed his studies. They robbed my son of his life in the blink of an eye. He was a very good child. I thank God for him. I couldn’t have asked for a better son,” Ms McKay said.His aunt Agnes McKay, agreed that her nephew was determined to complete his schooling. “There were times when there was no money for electricity and he would sit and study in candlelight. He had a willing heart. He also joined a church and he was doing so well there. We don’t know why he was sent home on Wednesday – we thought he was safe behind a locked school gate,” Agnes said.Neighbour Belinda Moodie said Austin was part of her family. “One can almost say he grew up in my house. He was very helpful. Never rude,” Ms Moodie said.Her daughter, Nadeema Moo-die agreed, saying he even helped her care for her bed-ridden grandfather. “I can’t believe he is gone. I’m going to miss his smile,” she said.There were talks about Austin being involved with stone-throwing incidents, where rival groups of boys pelt each other with bricks, but this could not be confirmed by Philippi SAPS.Community worker Kashiefa Mohammed believes the school and the police failed the community. “We informed the station commander and the sector commander about the stone throwing, but they never came out. We are heartbroken and disappointed. We want answers. We need answers from the school as well. This child was not a violent child,” she said. Captain Goliath said police cannot act if incidents are not being reported. “We ask that parents come forward and lay charges. We cannot act if it is not on record, and what we find is that the community is reluctant to give statements,” Captain Goliath said.Western Cape Education Department spokesperson, Bronagh Hammond, said: “Our heartfelt condolences go to the pupil’s family, friends and school community. We are devastated by the loss of such a young life. Counselling will be made available for pupils at the school as required.”center_img Members of the Hanover Park Safety Forum visited the family home to express their condolences.last_img read more

Oxbridge alumni ‘run the magic circle’

first_imgMore than half of top partners at magic circle firms attended Oxbridge, new research on social mobility has revealed.The Sutton Trust’s Leading People 2016 report states that 55% of the magic circle’s ‘band 1’ partners went to Oxbridge; while 43% went to the 30 ‘most highly selective’ universities (known as ST30).Across England and Wales, 32% of partners who were UK-educated attended independent schools. This figure rises to 41% in London.‘Marginally’ fewer partners at the UK’s largest law firms (50 partners or more) attended independent schools. In Wales, at least four in five partners attended state schools.The Sutton Trust said it was working with law firms to increase the representation of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in the legal profession through its Pathways to Law programme, which was set up a decade ago.The report found that the proportion of High Court and Court of Appeal judges who attended fee-paying schools had remained ‘remarkably’ stable for a quarter of a century. However, there had been a fall in the number of judges who attended Oxbridge: 74% in 2015 compared with 88% in 1989.last_img read more

IT Chapter 2 review

first_imgThe plot follows on 27 years after the events of the first movie. The Losers Club have now all grown up and moved away from the small town of Derry which was terrorised by the demonic clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) when they were kids. That is, all but one of them. Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa) stayed in Derry and has dedicated his life to studying the history of the town and Pennywise in order to defeat ‘It’ once again, should he surface again. When you leave Derry, the memories of Pennywise dissipate, which is why Beverly Marsh (Jessica Chastain), Bill Denbrough (James McAvoy), Richie Tozier (Bill Hader), Ben Hanscom (Jay Ryan), Eddie Kaspbrak (James Ransone) and Stanley Uris (Andy Bean) have been able to move on in life. But when Mike calls them all back to Derry to honour their blood oath, tensions rise once again. Can the adult Losers Club defeat Pennywise once and for all or will the clown finally get his revenge on the ones that got away?Credit: Warner BrosThe start of IT Chapter 2 contains the most frightening sequence in the whole movie because it’s so real. A gay couple are harassed by some small minded, small-town bullies at the fair ground and this sequence leaves you cold. It’s visceral and grounded, which really drives home the horror. The same can be said when he are introduced to the adult Beverly (Chastain) who is stuck in an abusive relationship. These real-world traumas feed into the natural sense of unease the film wants to conjure up, but sadly these threads don’t go anywhere. It would have been far more rewarding to have these themes run alongside the outlandish, in-your-face horror to give a more balanced and disturbing vibe to the whole narrative.Instead, what the film leans heavily on (once again) is CGI scares, and that’s a real shame. They’ve done the hard parts well in creating characters you genuinely empathise with and want to champion, and creating lots of scare sequences that have lots of disturbing potential. But in almost every scare-scene of the film there’s a ridiculous amount of CGI on show which just reduces the hard work of the build-up and turns it into just another ‘jump’ fright. Director Andy Muschietti clearly has a flair for the theatrics of horror but he hasn’t mastered the lingering fright that stays with you long after the end credits roll. The sequence with the old woman in the flat (which was brilliantly used in the teaser trailer campaign) is so utterly creepy until the very end, but then it turns into a CGI mess of absurdity for example. Credit: Warner BrosThe Tim Curry version of Pennywise is terrifying for a lot of reasons, but mainly because he looks creepy as hell, and that his human form is just that, ‘human’. That immediately sparks realism in the fright – something that is lacking in this iteration of IT. There’s a well-constructed sequence in a funhouse when McAvoy’s Bill is desperately running around a hall of mirrors to save a child from Pennywise. When faced with the clown, Pennywise drags his tongue along a mirror with his tongue growing longer and longer. Imagine swapping this for Skarsgård just doing this without the CGI – it instantly becomes scarier and less like a cartoon scene. The film is peppered with these types of problem sequences that, for me, took me out of the fright zone and constantly reminded me that I was watching a film. This problem aside, IT Chapter 2 is still very enjoyable and that’s largely down to the cast who all hand in noteworthy performances. The younger versions of The Losers Club make a very welcome return. Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer and Finn Wolfhard are all on-hand for key flashback sequences that further the story on. The adult casting is spot-on too – casting director Rich Delia and the casting department deserve an Oscar because they’ve outdone themselves here. Not only do the adults counterparts work in a character-sense, they all genuinely feel like grown-up versions of the faces we know.Credit: Warner BrosJessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Isaiah Mustafa and Andy Bean are all excellent. Hader steals the film with great comedic moments (something which the film fully embraces and is the better for it). Nicholas Hamilton played the bully Henry Bowers in the first film and Teach Grant now plays him as a disturbed adult who resides in a mental asylum. This is the greatest piece of casting you’ll see this year, Grant absolutely nails Hamilton’s mannerisms and it’s scarily uncanny. Bill Skarsgård once again does well as Pennywise and is given a lot more to do this time around which is good. He transcends the script with a detached, almost childlike clown that flips into terrifying at the drop of a dime. It’s a shame the build-up he works so hard on is almost always lessened by big, clumsy CGI at the key moment.I’m a massive fan of IMAX, and all that the format brings to moviegoers. It enhances the cinematic experience from start to end and if the option exists to see a film in this manner, I’ll always want to try it. It’s not often that we get a horror gracing IMAX screens but IT Chapter 2 fully embraces its chance to deliver extra chills on the big stage. The absorbing sound and crystal clear images really pop during the steady build-ups to the scares, and certainly helps to make the viewing experience that much more immersive. The extra large screen is also fantastic for the set-pieces too, giving the frights the biggest canvas possible to really drive home the horror. If you can afford the uplift, then I certainly recommend IMAX because it does add value to the cinema experience here.Credit: Warner BrosIT Chapter 2 is very entertaining and does the basics right. The same problems plague the sequel as it did the first film, but if you approach it in the right way, there’s a lot of scary fun to be had here. It will be a massive success regardless, and it’s nice to see a mainstream horror dominate ad campaigns once again. Not many genre films get blockbuster status but IT: Chapter 2 certainly earns those stripes. For a jumpy night at the movies, Pennywise will dutifully oblige once again. Cast: Jessica Chastain, Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Isaiah Mustafa, Andy Bean, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Teach Grant, Luke Roessler, Joan Gregson, Nicholas Hamilton Director: Andy Muschietti Writer: Gary Dauberman Certificate: 15 Duration: 169mins Released by: Warner Bros Release date: 6th September 2019 After pulling in a ridiculous amount of money at the box-office, we now find ourselves bracing for IT Chapter 2, one of the most anticipated horrors in recent times. The remake of the Stephen King classic certainly hit the right notes with modern viewers in 2017. I thought IT: Chapter 1 was an enjoyable genre film but the jolts weren’t as impactful as they could have been. IT: Chapter 2 fares exactly the same way, with a story that nails the human element, but that relies too heavily on CGI to scare the audience. Part 2 was always going to be tricky to get right given the events of the book (which is funnily enough parodied in the film, with Stephen King also making a rare cameo appearance as an antiques shop owner). IT Chapter 2 is still an entertaining ride despite the choices the book makes, something which even the Tim Curry TV movie suffered from. The whole package of IT Chapter 2 delivers a memorable ride, even if the scares should have worked a little harder, and the needlessly epic runtime (at almost 3 hours) could have done with some trimming. last_img read more

Gang rape of undergraduate ignites anger about the safety of women…

first_imgNigeria Air Force welcomes first women fighter pilots Nigerian police have arrested a member of a gang suspected of raping and killing of an undergraduate in Benin, a southern city in Nigeria, a crime that ignited anger about women’s safety in the West Africa country over rape cases and brutality.Vera Uwaila OmozuwaPhoto courtesy: The Nigerian VoiceVera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 23-year-old student of the University of Benin was raped by a gang of unknown men on May 27 and died a few days later in a local hospital. She was attacked in an empty church where she had gone to study.The state police spokesperson Chidi Nwabuzor told media on Tuesday one suspect was arrested after the fingerprint on the fire extinguisher she was attacked with was examined.“The item used in the assault, which was a fire extinguisher, was recovered, immediately the operatives who were with some specialists screened the fingerprints which led to our suspect,” Nwabuzor said, adding the suspect was arrested around the place of the incident.Nigeria’s police chief Mohammed Adamu had earlier deployed investigators to help speed up the investigations, assuring that the perpetrators of the crime will be brought to book in the shortest possible time.Similarly, another 11 suspects were also recently arrested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in the northwest state of Jigawa.The suspects were arrested on Saturday after the police received a complaint that one of the suspects was seen at Limawa market in Dutse, the state capital, trying to lure the victim.The crimes had continued to raise concerns and stirred reactions from Nigerians. Officials and observers expressed worry that many Nigerian girls and women might have experienced at least one form of verbal and physical abuse or assault in their lifetime.Data on the number of reported cases is very limited, but a 2014 national survey on violence against children in Nigeria found that one in four women had experienced sexual violence in childhood, with approximately 70 percent reporting more than one incident. Only 5 percent sought help, and 3.5 percent received any services.Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, in a statement sent to Xinhua on Wednesday, said the government had directed the police to unravel the circumstances surrounding the gang-rape and murder of the student and sexual abuse of a minor in northwest Jigawa state by 14 men.By bringing the perpetrators of the heinous crimes to justice, the government will be serving a strong notice of its total aversion to gender-based violence in whatever form, Mohamemd added.On his part, President of the Senate Ahmad Lawan has advocated for stiffer penalties for rape in Nigeria.Lawan made the call on Tuesday in his concluding remarks on a motion over increasing rape cases and brutality against the girl child in the country.According to him, having stiffer penalties in Nigeria’s criminal and penal code will serve as deterrent to perpetrators of the act.In the same vein, Adesuwa Urhoghide-Edigin, president of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria decried the rape and murder of Omozuwa, calling on the authorities to fish out and punish the culprits.She described the incident as “devilish acts of unkind beings”Related Weaving skills economically empower women in Nigeriacenter_img Nigeria’s Women groups campaigning for equal rightslast_img read more

PM to act ‘decisively’ concerning alleged inappropriate behavior

first_img Share LocalNews PM to act ‘decisively’ concerning alleged inappropriate behavior by: Dominica Vibes News – March 2, 2016 Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, wife Melissa Skerrit and children Dmitry and Isabella Cherry-Ann SkerritPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has promised to act “decisively” on all matters requiring his intervention and attention, including reports of alleged sexual offences involving a female minor and three adults in positions of influence.Mr Skerrit was speaking at a welcome reception hosted in his honor by the Dominica Labour Party at the Canefield Airport on Tuesday 1 March 2016, in recognition of the honorary degree conferred on him by the Lovely Professional University of India on 23 February 2016. The Prime Minister, who noted that he was “touched and humbled” by the welcome reception, recommitted himself to work harder in the service of Dominica and called on his supporters to do the same by believing in this country, upholding its laws and respecting its institutions. “Now, on the domestic front, I am aware of widespread concerns among the population concerning alleged inappropriate behavior on the part of three adults in positions of trust and influence in our society,” Mr Skerrit said.The Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force is reportedly investigating a report of sexual offence and last evening a businessman was detained in relation to an allegation of sexual offence involving a female minor.The Prime Minister said he is looking forward to receiving a “full briefing” from Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports, Justina Charles who acted in his position, and all relevant office holders, with whom he would normally confer after a long period of absence from the country.“When I am brought up to speed with all what would have transpired during my absence, and also, that which is in the social, political, and economic melting pot at this time, I will act decisively, on any and all matters requiring my attention and intervention,” the Prime Minister assured.– / 27 2561 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Warnerettes founder receives Farmington Historical Commission award

first_imgGovernor Warner Mansion volunteer Sharon Bernath on Wednesday received the Farmington Historical Commission’s Dick Carvell Award.Historical Commission chair Laura Myers presents the Dick Carvell Award to Sharon Bernath Wednesday during the City of Farmington holiday party. (contributed photo)Presented during the City of Farmington’s holiday party at the Huron River Hunting & Fishing Club in Farmington, the award recognizes someone who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the preservation of Farmington history. Among other community activities, Carvell was a long-time member of the Historical Commission and involved with the Governor Warner Mansion from the time it became a city-owned museum.Historical Commission chair Laura Myers said Carvell recruited Bernath, who helped bring back the monthly porch parties, started Children’s Day and oversees the flea market during Founders Festival, organizes and writes scripts for Ghost Night, and runs a moveable gift shop the Warner General Store. The retired school librarian often volunteers to give tours, especially for the many children who tour the Mansion each year.But Bernath’s “crowning achievement,” Myers said, has been her founding of the Warnerettes Parasol Drill Team: Sharon Bernath beats the bass drum, keeping time for the Warnerettes Parasol Drill team during the 2014 Greater Farmington Founders Festival parade. “One day she mentioned that it would be nice to have a parasol drill team of women dressed as suffragettes to march in the Founders day parade. Within a few weeks she enlisted a group of women and ordered hats, umbrellas, and personally made the sashes with the lettering “Votes for Women”.“That first year, a dozen well-rehearsed women stepped out in long black skirts, white blouses, and neckties to march, twirl parasols, campaign for voting rights, and support our own Fred Warner for governor. Sharon herself brings up the rear pounding out the rhythm on a big bass drum.”Within a year, Bernath had 27 women on the team. The Warnerettes now march in Northville’s Victorian parade in the fall and Farmington’s lighted Christmas parade in December, with costumed women and children carrying signs and handing out candy and a Model T Ford carrying Fred Warner himself.To learn more about the Dick Carvell Award, learn about previous winners and the Historical Commission, visit Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more