Yesterday I did an article on the practice of hiring men to officiate high school games over women even when the woman would be equal or better than the man. This is the case for Pam Shively of East Central who is in much better condition and ability to referee high school boys games than many of her male counterparts. I recently had a conversation with Pam, and she related the reluctance of most schools to give her the opportunity to referee boys games.Pam not only referees basketball games, but she also is an accomplished official for volleyball. She is a starter for both cross country and track meets. When Pam is hired to do any of these events, you can bet that she is as prepared as any official can be. Because of age and physical condition, many of her male counterparts cannot keep up with the pace of today’s basketball games. Pam is able to do this because she is still very active as a physical education teacher and participant in adult sports.I hope Pam is given the opportunity to do boys games before she gets discouraged and does not keep up her license to officiate men’s contests. Pam is also an accomplished collegiate official. Keep it up, Pam!
The top trainer and jockey respectively at the Cheltenham Festival, the latest Mullins and Walsh representative was a 1-6 favourite after he bolted up on his second start in Ireland at Gowran Park a month ago. Walsh kept things simple in the Limerick Races Congratulate World Hurdle Winner Solwhit Hurdle, bouncing out in front from flag-fall, and had most of his rivals cooked a long way from home. Press Association Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh continued their fantastic week as Djakadam justified cramped odds with an all-the-way victory at Limerick. Courage, a long way behind Djakadam at Gowran Park, made more of a race of it on this occasion, but was still seven lengths behind at the line. Walsh said: “He beat Courage plenty far the last day, so he was entitled to do it again. He can’t do any more than win, I suppose. I’d imagine he’ll step up in class now. He was bought to be a chaser and that’s what he will do.” Unoccupied ran out a wide-margin winner of the Newton Abbot Racecourse Handicap Hurdle for Edward O’Grady and Mark Enright. A 6-1 shot following a disappointing performance at Naas three weeks ago, the seven-year-old pulled right away in the home straight, safely negotiating the final couple of obstacles to seal a 12-length verdict. The Charles Byrnes-trained Whiskey Hall was a heavily-backed 2-1 favourite on his first start since finishing second in this race a year ago, but once again had to make do with the runner-up spot.
Khattar said Haryana Safai Karamchari Ayog will look after the interests of Safai Karamcharis and work for their betterment.Speaking at the function organised on the eve of Maharishi Valmiki Jayanti here, he said efforts would be made to ensure that 50 per cent Safai contracts (for cleanliness) were given to the people belonging to Valmiki Community.He also announced construction of Valmiki Bhawans in Ambala and Karnal and Balmiki Bhawan on behalf of Union Minister for Steel Birender Singh in Narwana.He also announced an award after the name of Dayanad Mayana, a freedom fighter of the Valmiki Community and said the new sports stadium in sector-9 here would be named after Eklavya.Congratulating people on the eve of the birth anniversary of Maharishi Valmiki, the Chief Minister exhorted the people to take inspiration from his life.Khattar said the BJP government in the state, which is completing two years in office on October 26, will during its third year, focus on creating maximum job opportunities for the youth in both government and private sectors and also through skill development make them self-employed.Referring to the demand of Singh, who was also present on the occasion, the Chief Minister assured that the state government would get the proposal examined regarding reducing the age limit of SC beneficiaries of old age allowance from 60 years to 55.He said the government is working to make the Haryana kerosene free state.”It is matter of pride that eight districts would become kerosene free by November 1 and by March 31, 2017 all remaining districts of the state would achieve this feat,” he said.advertisementKhattar said the Haryana Housing Board has constructed and allotted 87,000 houses, including 65,000 for the economically weaker sections.Apart from this, 13,000 houses are under construction of which 5,000 houses would be allotted before December 31, he informed.Earlier, speaking on this occasion, Singh urged the people belonging to Scheduled Castes to “remain united and not to be misguided by those having vested interests”.Without naming any party, he said during the last 60 years, a party made tall claims for their welfare “but did nothing for them”. PTI SUN AQS AQS