The Girls in Tech’s local chapter will be hosting its first-ever mentor/mentee engagement on October 10, bringing together students and professionals in the technology field. The event will be held at the Education Lecture Theatre of the University of Guyana (UG), bridging the gap between local and global programmes to Guyana’s female tech students, enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and professionals.Girls in Tech is a global non-profit that works to put an end to gender inequality in high-tech industries and start-up enterprises. According to the organisation, the programme “focuses on the education and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship. Offered for university and professional women, the goal of the programme is to identify and solve the obstacles keeping mentees from achieving their professional goals. As a result, the programme is customised to each participant and her goals.”This meeting will be celebrated under the banner: “Coffee and Code”. The main objective is geared at customising a goal for each mentee which also circles around career development. They will be paired to have regular meetings and the programme will then utilise an extensive vetting process that ensures they match mentors and mentees optimally. The event may be directed at girls, but men are welcomed to be mentors.At the meet-up, attendees will get the chance to hear from an outstanding woman in technology, the challenges she faced or faces, and how she navigates them.Girls in Tech, headquartered in San Francisco, USA, was founded in 2007. The Girls in Tech global community is 60 chapters strong with an impact of more than 100,000 members in 36 countries. As a result, events and programming in each chapter vary to fit the unique needs of each community.Their mission is “to support women with the access and community they need to succeed in tech by educating and empowering women who are passionate about technology and entrepreneurship in technical industries”.
REDLANDS MEN’S BASKETBALL Three players from the University of Redlands men’s basketball team have earned Academic All-District VIII honors by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Daniel Markus, who boasts a 3.94 GPA in international business, was named to the first team while Dave Thomas and Amir Mazarei, both accounting majors, were named to the second team. Thomas and Mazarei boast GPAs of 3.88 and 3.38, respectively. REDLANDS SWIMMING Redlands junior swimmer Tommy Stoughton earned SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week honors for his showing in the Bulldogs’ 142-101 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Stoughton, a Damien High School grad, won the 200-meter individual medley (2:00.75) and the 200 breaststroke (2:17.11) and swam a leg on the winning 400 medley relay. GROSSMONT BASEBALL Visiting Grossmont combined for five runs in the seventh and eighth innings to erase a two-run deficit and deal Chaffey College a 6-3 loss Tuesday in a nonconference game. The Panthers (5-4 overall) got six innings of one-run pitching from David McCarthy. Chaffey hosts San Diego Mesa Thursday at 2 p.m. CAL STATE S.B. SOFTBALL Leslie Carrasco, Magan Spano and Ashley Collinwood each drove in a run and scored a run in a six-run fourth inning as the Coyotes defeated Azusa Pacific 6-4 in game two to sweep a nonconference doubleheader. In the opener, Jordan Dahl homered and drove in three runs and pitched an eight-hitter as the Coyotes (5-5) won 6-1. The Cougars (0-2) commmitted eight errors in the doubleheader, leading to seven unearned runs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Victor Valley had six more players make decisions on their college futures, with defensive backs Duayne Paul and Jonathan Carraway heading to Weber State in Ogden, Utah. Rounding out the group are linebacker Charlton Hankston (Arkansas State) linebacker Ahmad Griffin (Missouri Western), wide receiver Jahan Jones (Alabama State) and offensive lineman Shaun Gaddis (Texas A&M-Commerce). Coach Dave Hoover said Foothill Conference Defensive Player of the Year Justin Halas (Serrano) is still looking at options after a Division I school pulled back its offer a week before signing day. Elsewhere, LB Ruben Graciano (Miller) of San Bernardino Valley College has signed with Division II Adams State. He is the fifth Wolverine to move on. Others previously announced were DB Chris Goodson (TCU), Chris Simms (Ottawa), OL Mike Taylor (Missouri State) and LB Mike Regester (Wayne State). Chaffey had a handful of players go on, including DL Luke Plante (Rim of the World/UNLV), DL Ray Parker (Texas State), DL Rodney Beamon (Tennessee-Chattanooga), WR Mike Williams (Nebraska-Omaha), DB Eddie Gilmore (Missouri Southern), LB Joe Boley (Ontario/Ottawa, Kan.), LB Mark Meng (Rim/Fort Lewis), OL Brett Oldenkamp (Hesperia/Fort Lewis) and QB David Nieman (Ayala/Fort Lewis). CAL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Cal State San Bernardino junior center Vanessa Wilt (Sultana) has earned CCAA women’s basketball player of the week honors for the third time in five weeks. In three games last week, Wilt averaged 19 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. Her best showing was a 28-point, 12-rebound game against Monterey Bay.
COURTS: A man who knocked down a pedestrian left the scene because his young child took a tantrum. Stephen Hegarty, 32, with an address at Ard Caoin, Manorcunnigham appeared in court in relation to an incident which occurred on the 19th July, 2015. The court heard that Mr Hegarty was sitting in his car opposite Black’s Centra, Lower Main Street when he was approached by a pedestrian who asked him for a lift.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said, “Mr Hegarty was sitting in his car, and had his young child in the back, when a pedestrian approached him and asked him to give him a lift out to Churchill.“He knocked out on the window and asked for the lift, but Mr Hegarty declined.“A member of Mr Hegarty’s family then jumped in the car, and then had a conversation for a few minutes.“The defendant then let his clutch out slightly, and went to reverse, but didn’t see the pedestrian was standing at the back of his car.“He knocked him over, but the contact was very slight, the pedestrian had a cut on his elbow.“Mr Hegarty wanted to take the pedestrian to the hospital to get checked out, but he declined, but they insisted to had to take him to the hospital.“However, his young child took a tantrum and he left the scene, but Mr Hegarty had arranged with a member of his family to take the pedestrian who was knocked down to hospital.”“He got x-rays taken, but there was no serious injuries sustained.”The court heard that Mr Hegarty was a hard working family man, who worked full-time with a local maintenance company, and that he had no previous convictions.He was charged with failing to remain at the scene, failing to report the incident and careless driving.Judge Paul Kelly struck out the first two charges, but fined the defendant €150 for careless driving.MAN WHO KNOCKED PEDESTRIAN DOWN LEFT SCENE BECAUSE CHILD TOOK TANTRUM was last modified: May 23rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Childcourtsknocked downnewsPedestrianStephen HegartyTantrum
Naomh Conaill disposed of Kilcar in the SFC semi-final.Pic NorthWestNewsPixBY PADDY WALSHEUNAN’S AND NAOMH CONAILL CLEAN UPWhat a weekend for Letterkenny and Glenties. Winning awards in the National Tidy Towns competition having already cleaned up in the county semi-finals. And nobody able to point a finger at either performance and say ‘what a load of rubbish’. It looked like it was going to be a close run thing in the opening match of the weekend but St Eunan’s always looked like they could move up a gear and move up they did when St Michael’s threatened to come back into it – indeed did come back into when they held the lead at the start of the second half.But Maxi Curran has his team in the finest of fettle and with the experience of the likes of big John Haran and Rory Kavanagh in the middle of the park allied with the young guns such as Rory Carr and Conor Gibbons, not just the immediate future looks good for the Letterkenny team but the distant one as well.For St. Michael’s this was a hugely disappointing evening. They had ghosted past Liam Bradley’s Malin in the quarter-final and were odds on to at least make a game of it against the defending champions.Similar expectations from the weekend’s second semi-final but again the scoreboard told a different story. There were only a few scant moments in the opening half when you felt Kilcar could take their performance to a new level but that level was never reached and inspired by the ‘Brick’ Molloy – get that man back into the county squad again – and Anthony Thompson, Naomh Conaill were the fullest of value for their comprehensive win. Again a brief response from their opponents at the start of the second half but those quick fire goals from Leon Thompson and Leo McLoone put the seal on the signature. St. Eunan’s will start as favourites to repeat their win over the Glenties men in the 2012 Final but that very memory of Lee McMonagle’s late, late goal that helped the Letterkenny side to capture the Dr. Maguire Cup will surely have Martin Regan’s outfit fired up.Of course, St. Eunan’s will face them secure in the knowledge that whatever happens they’re going home to the tidiest town in Ireland.WRESTLERS 3…STUDENTS 0….I’ve seen some decent performances from Finn Harps this season – and some, let’s face it, very indecent ones as well – but the one that put paid to U.C.D. in Ballybofey on Friday evening was as polished a display as has been the case for some time.Even before the students could have the excuse of being a man short, Harps looked likely and cohesive and created three or four good openings in those early stages. Indeed for a spell after Chris Mulhall saw red for an alleged stamp on Ciaran Coll, the home side didn’t appear to know what to do with the extra man and play became disjointed. But they weren’t long finding their rhythm again and by the end could have rattled in double their final total. The passing and movement hasn’t always been evident in Harps performances this season but on this occasion they played it along the ground at every opportunity and had U.C.D. run ragged at times. Not bad for a team of “wrestlers” as U.C.D. boss, Collie O’Donnell, had labelled Harps who can now go into their final two league fixtures of the season in the comfort zone having booked their place in the first – and let’s hope there’s a second – of the play-off ties.U.C.D.’s Director of Football – a term that surely leaves the actual manager a bit peeved off to say the least – Pat Devlin had a brief (and we should say, good-humoured) exchange with a couple of Harps stalwarts at the end of the game, Seamus McKelvey and Seamus Gallagher, and suggested the students actually wanted to play the first leg of the play-off at home.But, hey, Pat, look over your shoulder – the Shels are a solitary point behind ye now and you may not have to concern yourself with either leg if you’re not careful.ANOTHER REPORT LANDS ON THE TABLE Brilliant. Even more brilliant than the last one. And the one before that. Or perhaps there wasn’t one before that. Or even a last one.Difficult to tell with these reports seeing as nothing ever seems to change.Haven’t had time – haven’t made time, let me be honest about it – to delve through the newly published F.A.I. report that aims to completely revitalise the League of Ireland.But – and pardon me if I’ve misread the bit I did get through – I think it’s an outstanding plan. Create a new structure and reduce the number of suits by three or four. Like I say, brilliant. There’s too many of them at the top level, time to cut them down to size, and relegate some of them into oblivion.Then there’s the mighty brainwave to actually market the league. Brilliant again. Why didn’t someone think of that one before? Simple business logic. Place your product in the shop window and help persuade the punters to come in and buy. And not just the punters but potential sponsors as well. Sound sense sitting there staring us full in the face. And now thanks to this report, the F.A.I. may be about to consider going down the P.R. route. That’s a marketing ploy if ever there was one.For which I can only use the word of the week once more. Brilliant.JACK OPTS FOR ROY (AND IT’S NOT KEANO)“Jack Who?”, was one cynical online reaction to football’s big news this week that young Grealish has, as almost universally expected, opted for the colours of England to pursue his international career under Roy Hodgson.Our own Shay Given, who never had that decision to make, was quick off the blocks on Twitter when the statement came through. “Sad to see Jack Grealish has chosen to play for England and not us. Wish him well for the future,” the Lifford man graciously declared.Surprisingly there were quite a few similar messages on the R.T.E. website with a couple of honourable exceptions.“No loss, he can go back now to Craggy Island as Fr. Damo!,” one wit insisted (and do you know something there IS a distinct likeness there).And then this from one ‘Michael Owen’ though I’m not sure if he’s the one we all know: “Play for Ireland and never win anything or play for England and never win anything.” Truer words in jest and all that.But the one that caught this eye was the following: “Richie Towell scoring 22 goals from midfield for Dundalk and being ignored by Martin O’Neill.”And not a hint of a clamour from our very own media who inevitably must wait for a player to cross the great divide before deciding that he’s of international quality.I’ve no doubt the Dundalk ace, who has been in inspirational form this season (and likewise last), will indeed be persuaded to sign for one of the bigger clubs in England and equally no doubt that our soccer scribes in Dublin will then begin raving about him.And then we’ll all be saying “Jack Who?…”HEADGEARSaw the St. Eunan’s squad emerge from the Mount Errigal Hotel on Saturday evening to board the bus for their big semi-final in Ballybofey and one thing struck me (apart from the fact that I’d tipped St. Michael’s in last week’s column).It was like watching those Champions League matches when Ronaldo, Messi & Co. are arriving at the stadiums and the cameras are focusing on them and the common denominator is that close to every single player has a set of headphones on and is listening to his iPhone and whatever sounds he has got on the download.To be fair, not every Eunan’s player had one but I wonder for those who did and do, does it help ease the nerves or is it just a cool phase they’re going through, such as selfies, that will soon pass on to something completely different.Such as getting putting away our iPhones and iPads and our Facebooks and Twitters and actually getting back to engaging with one another in the true social sense of the word.OVAL BALL GAME KEEPS ON GIVINGThe previous week it was Japan who added to the party mood of the rugby World Cup and put our own performance against the Canadians into perspective.Last weekend it was the turn of another of the lesser lights of the world game, Wales, to knock over a big ‘un (apparently Tom Jones met up with the Welsh squad before the England game and inspired them to victory on the hosts very own green, green grass of home).And now the day before the Boys in Green do battle against Italy, the English will go into their match with Australia knowing that nothing less than a win will do if they are not to be knocked out of the competition on the hallowed turf of Twickenham.This tournament’s getting better by the week. Or, possibly in England’s case, the weak. Though I still won’t be surprised if they turn over the Aussies.PROGRAMME NOTEThey ran out of match programmes on the evening Finn Harps played home to Shelbourne back in mid-August. And they ran out before I could get my mitts on one to add to the collection of dusty programmes I’ve gathered over the past few decades (at this point I have to smuggle them into the home pad as herself indoors is casting alarming glances at the tottering heaps of them located in various rooms and shelvings).Anyway Finn Park programme seller, Billy Vance, promised he’d get me one and while I’d just about forgotten about it, he produced the Harps/Shels programme from under his jacket like a magician as I was purchasing the latest publication from him for last Friday night’s game.So a grateful thanks from me to you, Billy. But no thanks at all from herself…!WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY: EUNAN’S AND NAOMH CONAILL TIDY UP, HARPS STARS AND JACK CHOOSES WRONG ROY was last modified: September 30th, 2015 by John2Share 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:columndonegal dailuDonegal Dailyfinn harpsGlentiesletterkennyPaddy Walsh
Donegal deputy Charlie McConalogue says Fianna Fail will oppose abolition of the SeanadDONEGAL Deputy Charlie McConalogue has confirmed that Fianna Fáil will campaign against the abolition of Seanad Éireann in the upcoming referendum in this autumn.Speaking after the government published its legislation to abolish the upper house, Deputy McConalogue announced that Fianna Fáil will oppose the abolition of the upper house and instead campaign for its reform.The Donegal Deputy said: “I strongly believe in the need to change how we do politics in this country. “But scrapping the Seanad outright is not the answer. Such a move, in the absence of wider reform of the political system, will actually undermine democracy rather than enhance it.“We need to make Irish politics more transparent and more accountable, and ensure that political decisions are subject to proper challenge.“Abolishing the Seanad will do the exact opposite – it will make our system less accountable and less transparent.“It will give a government with a record majority even more control over the political process. That is the very last thing that people want. “Fianna Fáil will strongly campaign against what we believe would be a step back for democracy in this country.“We intend to publish detailed proposals on Seanad reform, changing how Senators are elected and changing how the Seanad does its business.“Our plans will aim to bring more challenge and more transparency into our political system rather than undermining democracy as this proposal will do,” the Donegal Deputy added. MCCONALOGUE: SEANAD NEEDS REFORM NOT ABOLITION was last modified: June 6th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:Charlie McConalogueDEPUTYdonegalfianna failMCCONALOGUE: SEANAD NEEDS REFORM NOT ABOLITION
at MSU Live Stats The Drake University volleyball team returns to the road this weekend to take on the top two teams in the Missouri Valley Conference with matches at Missouri State and Wichita State. Defensively, Michelle Thommi currently has 460 digs for the season, the most in the MVC this season and the ninth most in a season in Drake history. Her previous two seasons with the Bulldogs also ranked in the top 10 and her 1,436 career digs rank fourth all-time. Odessa Cody matched a then career high in that loss to MSU with 10 kills. In her last outing she posted a career-high 19 kills on 42 attempts against Evansville and has now recorded 10 or more kills in two of her last three matches. The brief road trip begins on Friday evening with a 7 p.m. match at Missouri State, followed on Saturday by a 7 p.m. contest at Wichita State. Both matches will be broadcast via The Valley On ESPN3. The Bulldogs have won two of their last three matches to improve to 4-6 in the MVC standings and reside in seventh place. Both MSU and WSU have matching 8-2 records at the top of the league table. Earlier this season, Drake fell to WSU, 3-0, but thoroughly tested Missouri State in a 3-2 loss at the Knapp Center. Three Bulldogs had 10 or more kills in that loss, but could not slow down Lily Johnson, who had 33 kills for the victorious Bears. at MSU Live Video Following this weekend’s matches, the Bulldogs return to the comfort of the Knapp Center for a rare Monday match against Indiana State. First serve on Oct. 31 is set for 7 p.m. The match will be the first meeting between the Bulldogs and Sycamores this season. Print Friendly Version Last Friday, Missouri State ended Wichita State’s five-match win streak with a 3-1 win on to create an 8-2 tie for first in the MVC standings. The Bears have won eight-straight matches heading into Friday’s match. at WSU Live Stats Drake at MSU/WSU Match Notes at WSU Live Video In its wins this season, Drake is hitting .230 while averaging 0.20 more blocks per set than its opponents. In losses, the Bulldogs are hitting just .153 while facing a 0.8 blocks per set deficit. Meanwhile Drake’s four-set win over Evansville improved the team to 5-4 in four-set matches. Drake also has a winning record in three-set matches at 6-3, but just 2-4 in five-set affairs. However, the Bulldogs have enjoyed success away from home this season with a 6-3 record in road games and a 2-2 mark in MVC road games. Story Links
by JOHN GILLArmed police remain on high alert on both sides of the Derry-Inishowen border as the hunt for murder suspect Kieran McLaughlin continues.The house at the centre of last night’s “stand off.”Responding to a reported sighting of McLaughlin at Whitehouse shopping complex on the Buncrana Road just outside city at around 11.50am this morning, armed police officers emerged from two vehicles and ordered a man out of a car and to keep his hands visible. However, it was quickly established that it was a case of “mistaken identity.” McLaughlin, from the Galliagh area of Derry, was named by the PSNI as the chief suspect in the killing of Barry McCrory in a flat in Shipquay Street in the city on Thursday.The 35-year-old was shot after a lone gunman gained entry to the apartment he shared with his partner. After forcing the woman into another room, the gunman turned and shot the father-of-one. He mingled with shoppers as he made his geteaway on foot.Police carried out extensive searches at homes – including those belonging to the suspect’s family – in the Galliagh area on Thursday before they took the unusual step of releasing a photograph and naming McLaughlin as the man they wanted to speak to in relation to the murder.The Whitehouse incident came after members of the Garda armed response unit surrounded a house in the Brae Road area, about five mile from the village of Burnfoot, at 5.30pm yesterday in the belief they had “cornered” the 58-year-old. However, after a “stand off” which lasted almost 11 hours the operation was “officially” stood down. Although Gardai confirmed nothing was found and no one was arrested, armed Gardai remained at the scene until noon today when a number of families who had been evacuated from their homes were allowed to returnNo one was present at the house at the centre of the “stand off” this afternoon. Although curtains in the property were open, interior lighting was switched while venetian blinds at the end of the house were closed.There was no sign of a forced entry at the house which is situated on a hillside about 50 yards off Burnfoot to Muff road.The only evidence of a police presence was flattened grass where armed police lay throughout the “siege” and an empty one litre water bottle. HUNT FOR MURDER SUSPECT: ARMED POLICE ON HIGH ALERT ON BOTH SIDES OF BORDER was last modified: October 12th, 2013 by johngerardShare 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:alerthighmurdersuspect
A fire that gutted a derelict house on the outskirts of Buncrana on Monday afternoon has ‘taken a lifetime of memories’ from a family.Kathi Davis, now based in Cork, spent her teenage years in the house, at Umricam, Buncrana and the house had returned to their family just over three years ago.On Monday afternoon, however, three fire crews battled with the flames that engulfed the house. Kathi’s elderly mother, Vera, who now resides in Muff, telephoned her other daughter, Jackie, to inform her of the incident, which Gardai are treating as suspicious.“It might or might not have been deliberate and it might only have taken a moment – but it has taken a lifetime of memories,” Kathi Davis says.“In May, 2014, my sister bought it back into the family. The house meant so much to us. We had plans for it. Obviously it is derelict, but we’d hoped to have built something there again.“It was pretty heartbreaking. There were a lot of memories in there for us. It was our home house. “I got married from that house, I brought my baby back to that house, I grew up there and my dad died from that house. There is so much family history there.“Even though we didn’t live there now, we’d always have passed it driving up and we’d always say: ‘I’d love to get it back’. It was lovely then knowing that it was back in the family when Jackie bought it.“Just looking at the pictures now, I remember jumping out that door, slamming that door behind me. Now, there’s nothing there at all.”The late Norman Davis moved back to his native Buncrana from England in 1987. His wife, Vera, twins Kathi and Pete and daughter Jackie lived there for many years.Kathi says: “Dad was from Buncrana – he was born in Dunree – and the always wanted to retire there, so he bought the property. I lived there until I was 17 or 18. The house was in the family from around 1987 until about 12 years ago, when it was sold to the Bradleys.” Kathi is now based in Cork, but says: “Buncrana will always be home for us, no matter where I live.”Gardai are keeping an open mind on the incident.Kathi paid tribute to the fire brigade and added: “The timing of it was very odd. We’re just waiting for answers at the moment. We know that there was nothing on site that could have caused it, but only time will tell. When my sister bought it, it was stripped of everything. There was no electricity on, nothing there that could have been a fire hazard, gas cylinders or anything like that.”Family left heartbroken as former home in Buncrana gutted in blaze was last modified: June 28th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:buncranaBuncrana Fire ServiceKathi DavisUmricam
EUREKA >> Humboldt B-52s head coach Scott St. John said wanted to see some fire and intensity from his players in the second of the three-game series against the Redding Colt 45s, and well, he got it.The Bombers came out on top with a 7-5 hard fought victory over Redding Saturday, putting them at 7-4 overall as they look to take the series from the Colt 45s today at 11:30 a.m.“My guys listened to what I said (Friday),” St. John said. “They actually heard what I was saying and brought the …
27 FebruaryThe third test match between South Africa and Australia, which gets under way at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday, will form part of the country’s 20 Years of Freedom celebrations, the Department of Sport and Recreation said on Wednesday.A number of activities have been lined up around the test, starting on Friday with a coaching clinic at Khayelitsha Cricket Club, where 150 learners from the area will have an opportunity to interact with 15 coaches.Former cricketing greats including Gary Kirsten, Paul Adams, Monde Zondeki, and Peter Kirsten will be in attendance, along with players from provincial side the Cape Cobras.Three-hundred learners from selected schools will be transported to the stadium to watch the test match on the fourth and fifth days.Freedom PlaqueOn Saturday, Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula will hand over a 20 Years of Freedom plaque to Cricket South Africa, the Australian Cricket Association, and Proteas’ great Jacques Kallis.On Sunday, there will be a gala dinner with 200 former cricket players and administrators to celebrate Kallis, who retired from test cricket after South Africa’s series against India in December. The dinner will also celebrate Cricket South Africa’s achievements.OptimisticMeanwhile, the Proteas’s recent 231-run win over Australia, which levelled the three-test series at 1-1, has left the squad in an optimistic mood ahead of the series decider.Proteas coach Russell Domingo said the positive energy has given his squad the edge heading into the deciding test.‘Winning is important’“A breakfast area a day after winning a cricket game and losing one are two totally different areas,” Domingo told the media on Wednesday afternoon. “Winning is important, no matter how you try not to emphasise the importance of winning because you want to focus on your processes.“The general vibe around the team after a good win has so much more energy than after a loss. There is a lot of tension after a loss, reflection and what-ifs, but after you win you try and emphasise the reasons you have been successful.“There is a good energy around the side; guys know that they have played more to their potential, probably not their best, but to their potential in the last test match.”FieldingUnusually for the South African team, a key department that they will have to improve on to perform at their clinical best will be the fielding, which has been a let-down in the first two matches.“We always pride ourselves in our fielding,” Domingo said. “We have generally fielded well and taken some great catches, but it’s like everything else in the game, if you put one or two down there is always a little bit of anxiety around it.”Last Newlands meetingThe Proteas held their first training session at Newlands on Wednesday afternoon, the same venue where they famously dismissed Australia for only 47 in their second innings in November 2011. Although the current Australian team contains many of the players involved in that game, which South Africa won by eight wickets, Domingo said memories of the match wouldn’t be a major concern for the visiting team.“I don’t think it makes too much difference,” Domingo said of the scarring. “They have played great cricket between that test match and over the last few months. I’m sure they will probably look at the highlights over the next couple of days and see what happened. There will be a little bit of anxiety, but that is part of it.”Warner’s allegationsDomingo also commented on David Warner’s jibes at the Proteas, in which the outspoken Australian opener suggested that the South Africans had deliberately scuffed the ball in Port Elizabeth to create more reverse swing, and described the allegations as “disappointing”.“It’s always a bit disappointing when guys throw those sort of accusations around,” Domingo admitted. “We are a seriously motivated team and I suppose he has added 10% towards our motivation levels after the comments he has made.“We pride ourselves on playing the game as openly and as honestly, so those comments have definitely motivated us.”SAinfo reporter and Cricket South Africa