Breaking gender barriersAs the world celebrates International Women’s Day today, the ladies in the aviation sector are observing International Women in Aviation Week, which began on March 5 and concludes on March 11.To commemorate this, the National Air Transport Association (NATA) is hosting a series of activities and, on Tuesday, had a panel discussion at the University of Guyana with the trailbreakers in the sector.The panel featured veteran pilots Annette Arjoon-Martins; Captain Christine Marcus, who heads the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Drone Operations Unit; GCAA General Counsel Amanza Desir; Captain Claudia Brown and youngNATA President Annette Arjoon-Martins, GCAA General Counsel Amanza Desir, Devia Tamradhwaj, Captain Claudia Brown and Captain Christine Marcusengineer Devia Tamradhwaj.The Women in Aviation Week was launched in 2010 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first female pilot being issued with a commercial licence.According to Arjoon-Martins, who also heads NATA, the panel discussion is just one aspect of the many activities they have planned.“The reason we chose the University of Guyana (for the discussion) is because through the pioneering work of Ms Roxanne Reece, Ms Sharon Correira and Ms Alicia Trim for the first time the University of Guyana, as of January last, is now offering a Diploma in Aviation Management. We wanted to hold it here to attract students to become interested in the aviation industry,” she said.When asked about the plans for advancing the interests of women in the sector, she said that they would be embarking on a mentorship programme. She added that the sector also needed more women explaining that the current women have been breaking all the barriers in what was typically a male-dominated industry.“We have several avenues to follow up on… we will be holding sessions every three months and we will be doing school outreaches to guide students. The intention is to do (panel discussions) at least four times a year,” she explained.In relating her experience as a young engineer, Tamradhwaj said that at the Ogle Airport, there were only five female engineers and made the call for that to be bettered. She noted that females were more detail-oriented and as such, if they wanted to join the aeronautical engineering fraternity, then they should not be dissuaded.“We are doing many jobs that are conventionally a man’s job…we have a lot of females that are taking up jobs that are traditionally a man’s job…,” she noted.“Women have to make an unusual amount of effort in order to be successful in most fields and if she is to fail, you will not hear she does not have what it takes, you will hear women don’t have what it takes…if we empower one another, we will reach much further, much faster,” Tamradhwaj said.Meanwhile, Marcus urged the women to take advantage of the emerging need for drones. She noted that drones were machines of the future and if women joined that industry, then it would be a ground-breaking path for them.“This (drones) brings new opportunities for everyone. Everyone especially women, women who otherwise have to break in to the aviation industry – a man’s world, break the social and cultural norms of the industry,” she said.Overall, the session saw the panellists being engaged by the women in the audience about the opportunities in the sector, while the men in attendance honoured them for breaking the barriers.
Kipchoge who began the year by winning the London Marathon made – London Marathon champion the biggest improvement on a men’s marathon world record since 1967.🚨Alert🚨#AthleticsAwards announcement 🤩@EliudKipchoge is one of 10 nominees for Male World Athlete of the Year 2018✅Retweet this post to vote for him👇 pic.twitter.com/GQB01Ya6cj— IAAF (@iaaforg) October 23, 2018Also shortlisted are Diamond League champions Timothy Cheruiyot and Emmanuel Korir who dominated the 1500m and 800m races respectively this season, adding on with medals at continental championships.Youngster Korir who finished second at the African Senior Athletics Championship in Asaba, Nigeria enjoyed a good season in only his second year donning the Kenyan red also won the Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech republic as well as earning the world lead and the world’s fastest at 800m since 2012.Timothy Cheruiyot smiles after victory at the Rome IAAF Diamond League on May 31, 2018. PHOTO/IAAFCheruiyot who has played second fiddle to training partner Elijah Manangoi in major championships won nine out of 11 races he entered to compete at the Diamond League and enjoys world leads at both the 1500m and mile.🚨Alert🚨#AthleticsAwards announcement 🤩@Tim_Cheruiyot is one of 10 nominees for Male World Athlete of the Year 2018✅Retweet this post to vote for him👇 pic.twitter.com/MCwc5oMCZr— IAAF (@iaaforg) October 23, 2018The soft-spoken 24-year old finished in silver medal positions at the African Championships and Commonwealth Games, both behind Manangoi.They will compete for the crown alongside the United States sprints duo of Chris Coleman and Noah Lyles as well as South African long-jumper Luvo Manyonga.Kipchoge, Cheruiyot and Korir have the task of seeing the title come back to Kenya for the first time in eight years after David Rudisha won it in 2010. He was the first and only Kenyan athlete to win the award.🚨Alert🚨#AthleticsAwards announcement 🤩@EEmmanuelkorir is one of 10 nominees for Male World Athlete of the Year 2018✅Retweet this post to vote for him👇 pic.twitter.com/3pVr2AgG8b— IAAF (@iaaforg) October 23, 2018US athlete Christian Coleman broke the 60 meter indoor world record at the Clemson Invitational track meet crossing the line in 6.37 seconds to surpass the previous record of 6.39Last year’s title was won by Qatari high-jumper Mutaz Barshim.A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.The IAAF Council and the IAAF Family will cast their votes by email, while fans can vote online via the IAAF’s social media platforms. Individual graphics for each nominee will be posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this week; a ‘like’ on Facebook and Instagram or a retweet on Twitter will count as one vote.The IAAF Council’s vote will count for 50% of the result, while the IAAF Family’s votes and the public votes will each count for 25% of the final result.Voting for the Male World Athlete of the Year closes on 13 November. At the conclusion of the voting process, five men and five women finalists will be announced by the IAAF.Nominees for Male Athlete of the YearTimothy Cheruiyot (KEN)– World leads at both 1500m and one mile, with nine out of 11 wins across those distances– Diamond League champion– Silvers at the Commonwealth Games and African Championships Christian Coleman (USA)– World indoor record and world indoor champion at 60m– World lead and Diamond League champion at 100m Armand Duplantis (SWE)– European champion at pole vault with a world-leading height– World under-20 champion– Eight world under-20 records or bests, indoors and out Eliud Kipchoge (KEN)– London Marathon champion– Berlin Marathon champion with the biggest improvement on a men’s marathon world record since 1967Emmanuel Korir (KEN)– World lead and the world’s fastest at 800m since 2012– Diamond League champion, Continental Cup winner and African Championships silver– World number six at 400m Noah Lyles (USA)– World lead and unbeaten in his five races at 200m, including at the Diamond League final– Continental Cup winner at 100m & 4x100m– World lead at 150m straight Luvo Manyonga (RSA)– Diamond League and Commonwealth Games champion at long jump– Silvers at World Indoor and African Championships Kevin Mayer (FRA)– World Indoor champion at heptathlon– World record at decathlon, when he scored exactly the same number of points on each of the two daysAbderrahman Samba (QAT)– World lead and unbeaten in nine finals at 400m hurdles, setting the world’s quickest time since 1992– Asian Games champion at 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay– Continental Cup winner– Asian Indoor champion at 4x400m relay Tomas Walsh (NZL)– World lead with the world’s longest shot put since 2003– World Indoor, Commonwealth Games and Diamond League champion0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eliud Kipchoge crosses the line to win the 2018 Berlin Marathon in a new World Record time of 2:01:39NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 23 – World Marathon Record Holder and Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge leads a list of three Kenyans who have been named in the final shortlist of 10 for the 2018 IAAF Male Athlete of the Year Award.Kipchoge who stunned the world in September cutting almost a minute and a half to set a new World Record of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds is seen as the front runner for the award to be dished out at the IAAF gala in Monaco in December.