You can see why UK Athletics would suggest an erasure of all track and field world records. Not only does it appear that some athletes are tempted to boost their performances illegally, but now there are also alleged incidences of corruption in high places. It’s a matter of trust.With changes in the testing regime and prosecution of those proven to be corrupt, trust could eventually be restored. It’s all nice and neat. The only trouble is the cost to those athletes who set records fairly and would yet lose those marks because of the ‘bandooloo’ of others.There’s a real danger that the swathe of the broad brush will colour everybody dirty. That isn’t fair. Why should the likes of Usain Bolt, Michael Johnson, David Rudisha, Hicham El Guerrouj, Kenenisa Bekele, Aries Merritt, Mike Powell, Jonathan Edwards, Renaud Lavillenie, Jan Zelenzy and Ashton Eaton lose records that most people believe they set through hard work and talent?The same goes for performers like Tirunesh and Genzebe Dibaba, Galina Chistyakova, Elena Isinbaeva, Inessa Kravets, Stefka Kostadinova, Barbora Spotakova, Anita Wlodarczyk and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.It’s probably fairer to wipe records away when there is proof of evil doing.EASTGERMANYTRAVESTYSadly, the sport has been slow to wipe away the performances of the former East Germany, even though formerly secret documents pinpoint athletes like 400-metre world record holder Marita Koch as subjects of its state-organised steroid use programme.Koch, her East German teammates Marlies Gohr, Silke Gladisch and Heike Drechsler, and American Diane Williams, beat Merlene Ottey out of three World Championships gold medals in 1983 and 1987.Williams later confessed to using illegal performances at the time when she was third in the 1983 World Championships 100m behind Gohr and Koch and ahead of Ottey.As a general principle, once there is proof, as in the case of the East Germans, the record books should be wiped clean and medals re-assigned.Ironically, the UK Athletics suggestion has been rebuffed by one of their own. World marathon record holder Paula Radcliffe has always been a staunch opponent of those who use of performance enhancing drugs. She believes the ‘wipe all records’ suggestion goes over board.It is easier, in times of trouble, to throw the baby out with the bath water.As important as it is to stop the rot, it’s equally important to do it justly and not penalise those who did their great feats by dint of hard work, astute coaching and the gifts they were born with.Even now, in this time where trust is stretched to the limit, those athletes are an inspiration to us all.n Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.
Dr. S. Jabaru Carlon Dies, Former Commissioner, Governance Commission, former Unity Party Vice Presidential…
Dr. S. Jabaru Calon, renowned Liberian educator, politician and statesman, died Tuesday, October 21, 2014 en route to the SOS Clinic in Congotown, Monrovia, following a brief illness.Dr. Carlon most recently served as Commissioner of the Governance Commission, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Amos Sawyer. In 1997 Dr. Carlon joined Dr. Edward B. Kesselly, standard bearer of Unity Party, as his running mate in the presidential and general elections of that year.He had earlier served as Secretary General of the Mano River Union at its headquarters in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Prior to that he was Director of African Studies Department at the University of Liberia (UL), where he taught for many years.In the 1980s Dr. Carlon served as president of Tubman Technical College (now Tubman University) in Harper, Cape Palmas, Maryland County.In the early days of the Interim Government of National Unity (1990-1994), Dr. Carlon served as Minister of Youth and Sports under Dr. Amos Sawyer, President of IGNU.Simon Jabaru Carlon was born on December 31, 1935 in Bendaja, Kporkpa District, Grand Cape Mount County to the union of Mr. Jabatee Carlon and his wife Maima. Simon obtained his early education at the St. Phillips Episcopal Mission School in Bendaja, along with his close cousin, T. Edison Gbana. Upon completion of the sixth grade, the two boys proceeded to the Mbaloma Episcopal Elementary school in Grand Cape Mount’s Gola Konneh District, where they completed their elementary education. Simon, following completion of Mbaloma, proceeded to Mambo in Tewor District, Grand Cape Mount County, where he taught in the Episcopal School there. Four years later he entered the St. John’s Episcopal High School in Robersport, Cape Mount, where he completed high school.He later entered the University of Liberia where he specialized in Education at the UL’s Teacher’s College.Simon was later awarded a fellowship to do graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he earned the Doctor of Philosophy in Education.On July 16, 1967, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Camp Johnson Road, he took the hand of young Ms. Edith Massa Fahnbulleh in marriage. This union, according to the eldest offspring, Dabbah, the union was blessed with eight children and many foster children.Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Edith Massa Carlon, eight children Dabbah, Satta, Kula, Tenneh, Wuyatta, Zue, two sons, Sandi and Dao Carlon.Funeral arrangements will be announced later.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The chief organizer of “Face of Paynesville” beauty pageant Lyee Bility has lauded contestants for showing a keen interest in the second edition of the program.“The registration process began at a very slow pace, but it all ended well,” he said. He said further said, “without these contestants there could be no Face of Paynesville and after one month of hard work, I would just like to congratulate everyone for a job well done.”He said the commitment shown by the contestants during the registration was beyond the team’s imagination, giving them a reason to extend heartfelt gratitude for such efforts.“We entertain the hope that this newly established friendship with the participants will go a long way,” he said. “My heart is filled with joy that most of the contestants that registered for the show are community-friendly and individuals with good character.”The registration process of the competition, which began in July, ended August 31 with 12 contestants from various communities in Paynesville entering the event.The winner of this year’s “Face of Paynesville” will walk away with a car, an increase in the cash prize of US$3,500 and a laptop, among others.He said the competition has now entered its second phase, where the contestants will be taught all basic skills of pageantry, including how to speak, walk, dance, pose and portray themselves confidently.He said also as organizer his team remains committed to its promise of making young girls realize their dream through pageantry. It is our prayer that they continue that same spirit of enthusiasm shown during the registration process. The second edition of Face of Paynesville will be held under the theme: “Introducing the Beauty of Fashion in Paynesville.” The event will be a reality show featuring beachwear, evening gowns and an interview before a panel of judges.“Face of Paynesville” is geared towards the empowerment of young girls within Paynesville City.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liberian-born basketball star Saah Nimley (photo credit: Newcastle Eagles)Following another splendid performance in his debut match of the new British Basketball League season, Liberian-born basketball star and Newcastle Eagles’ point guard Saah Nimley has been named to the BBL ALL-Star Five of week one.Nimley was joined on the ALL-Star Five list by teammate Jaysean Paige, Mackey McKnight of DBL Sharks Sheffield, Demonte Flannigan of London Lions, and Daniel Edozie of Bristol Flyers, who were also on the spotlight for their respective teams in week one of the new season.The 24-year-old had an astonishing start in the new BBL season after playing a vital role in his team’s record 148-60 victory over Leeds Force. The Liberian point guard showed his scoring and creative ability with 27 points – 3 points behind the game’s highest scorer Jaysean Paige – and 7 assists, as well as 4 rebounds and 2 steals, according to BBL stats.The victory for Nimley’s Newcastle Eagles was recorded as the largest victory margin ever, 88 points, after breaking the previous record of 72 points, and also setting a record with the most points scored in a league game (previous was 145 points between 4OT and Leeds Force).Before the kickoff of the new season, the former Charleston Southern University star also helped the Eagles finish as runners-up in the British Basketball All-Star championship that featured top eight clubs in the BBL. The Eagles, Britain’s most successful basketball club, were defeated in the final after they were narrowly beaten by London Lions by a single point.During the tournament, Nimley got the first five points for the Eagles in their opening match, but were defeated by Bristol Flyers 41-22. The team later utilized their opportunity by eliminating Glasgow Rocks and Sheffield Sharks to advance to the final.The Eagles will be looking to capture another victory in the new league season and first home ground victory when they host Rocks Glasgow on Friday October 6 at the Sport Central.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Decontee George— Voicing out the silenceBy Decontee E. George, Young Professional, YMCAThe challenges of life and war of inequalities are the increasing battle of a girl child. We live in a world that is rapidly growing in increased crime rate and vulnerabilities. While there have been some gains made in addressing these issues, inequalities continue to create limited space for girls and deprive them of their basic rights and opportunities. In the last ten years, world organizations have strived to institute policies like the UN 1325 resolution, “He For She campaign,” SDG Goal # 5 all of which call for the adoption of a gender perspective to consider the special needs of women and girls.Though violence against women is illegal, the level of domestic violence and sexual assault remain significantly high. The Human Development Index reports that Liberia has a Gender Inequality Index rank of 143 out of 147. According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), this index is a composite measure to quantify the loss of achievements within a country due to gender inequality. The gender perspective in this article has tended to focus on a girl because they are more structurally subordinated and disadvantaged within existing systems.As a way of creating a safe space to tackle gender issues, parents and community need to build the emotional intelligence of the girl child to be prepared for the challenges ahead. When you are in a battle with unknown enemies, you would need sufficient information and be fully equipped. Adolescence can be tough enough to get through without questions of sex, sexuality, and sexual identity. But adolescents are humans too — no matter how alien they may seem to their parents at times. Openly addressing the all-too-human questions of sexual development, sexual desire, and the nature of the adolescent’s developing sexual identity are critical. Sharing practical information with and giving good moral guidance to your teenager is a vitally important part of helping your teen understanding themselves. It can help your child avoid devastating, and possibly life-threatening errors and judgment.In contrast, I refer to this early adolescence as a dangerous period in youths’ sexual development, because of the inter-relationship between sexual, mental and emotional developments. Youth at this age lack such development that is necessary to make wise and healthy decisions regarding their sexuality making them ill-prepared to cope with consequences of sexual activity. The acute consequences of sexual abuse for female victims include physical injury, sexually transmitted infections/diseases (STIs/STDs), and psychological trauma with the added danger of unwanted pregnancy that in some cases lead to abandonment, abortion and or death.Learn to start a conversation with your girl child without judging her, many at times parents/guidance are so engulfed with working hard to provide their basic needs, send them to expensive schools amongst others and giving daily instructions, but not asking ourselves, how well do you know your girl child, what are the daily struggles she is going through? What is the intention of the way she is dressing? Are you concern about the very short uniforms the High schools are producing our girls’ children? To succeed in this fight of gender-based violence and inequality, the parent needs to stand up from home to keep the girl child disciplined, safe and happy from the onset.When you compromise her pride and molest her because of fear, ignorance, circumstances, etc, know that she lives in secret pain for life and if justice cannot prevail now because of the system and even perpetrators might be in the position of decision making, this should in no way discourage us. We have made significant gains along the way and we are not deterred, justice delayed may not be justice denied.Join the fight against violence of all forms against women and girls today. Save our girls and make the community a safe place for them to grow.Happy International Women’s Day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Investigators said they traced more than 20 illegal immigrants who were spirited across the border by the group. The arrest came after a two-year investigation by the Border Corruption Task Force, a multi-agency team that pursues claims against officers at border crossings in California. Elizalda was arrested in an early morning raid on his home in Chula Vista. Agents seized cash and two luxury cars – a 2000 Lexus and a 2005 BMW. Elizalda’s arrest came a day after another border officer, Michael Anthony Gilliland, was arraigned on similar charges of accepting more than $500,000 in bribes from smugglers driving illegal immigrants through the border crossing at Otay Mesa, several miles east of San Ysidro. Investigators said Thursday that they believe the two cases are unrelated. SAN DIEGO – A border inspector was arrested Thursday on charges of taking money in exchange for waving illegal immigrants through border crossings. In an indictment unsealed by federal prosecutors, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Richard Elizalda is accused of accepting cash and a luxury car from smugglers driving carloads of illegal immigrants from Tijuana, Mexico, into the U.S. through the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego. Elizalda, a 10-year veteran of the border agency, is accused of conspiring to allow at least nine illegal immigrants driven by smugglers through his inspection lane without being stopped. Seven listed in the indictment are accused of operating a smuggling ring. Members of the group are also suspected of trafficking about 230 pounds of marijuana across the border. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Our men’s team came out on top in a closely fought derby against Drumoghill Fc. Drew Connolly and Austin Marron were the scorers in an exciting game played in front of a large crowd.They have a free day this Sunday. They are running a Last Man Standing competition and entry forms can be got from any of the players.Our u/14’s had an 8-0 win over Illistrin with goal machine Ryan O’Donnell getting five. Jordan Gallagher, Jack Duffy and Eoin O’Connor were also on the score sheet. Our u/12’s lost a hard fought encounter 3-2 to Ballyraine. Oisin Bonner and Ryan Moore were the scorers. We had two u/10 teams competing in the blitz. Both teams played some excellent football with Osa Emma-Braines, Luke Parke, Ryan Magee and Rhys Boyle doing particularly well. Shay Doherty, Tiernan Brown, Luke Parke, Faolain Gibson and Matthew Peoples were among the scorers.In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 9,17,20 and 24. Three people had 3 numbers with James Gibson drawn out and winning €50. Next Weeks jackpot is €4,675.The club and community were saddened with the passing of Sarah Mc Carron last week. We offer our sincerest sympathy to her family and friends.SOCCER – LAGAN HARPS OVERCOME DRUMOGHILL was last modified: October 14th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Lagan Harps FC notes
Lingard celebrates scoring against Panama After inviting the media into the training camp, many have been surprised at just how harmonious Gareth Southgate’s 23-man group is.Led by the free-scoring Harry Kane, Lingard said this young squad is fantastically well-balanced and willing to play for one another.With a vital game against Belgium on Thursday, that tight-knit unity could be crucial as they progress.“All the lads are on the same level, we are all on the same page – we can read each other,” he added.“It’s a tight knit group and this team spirit at the moment it’s amazing and we play with confidence and enjoyment.”Check out the video from our official Twitter page below! Jesse Lingard admitted it was ‘an amazing feeling’ to net his first World Cup goal.The Manchester United midfielder sensational’s strike was the pick of the bunch in England’s 6-1 drubbing of Panama on Sunday afternoon, which ensured the Three Lions qualified for the knockout stages. After missing several gilt-edged chances in the first group game against Tunisia, Lingard had said he was bound to score eventually.And he said finding the net early set the tone for England to go out and score more.When asked how it felt to score in Russia, he told talkSPORT: “Yeah I mean, it’s an amazing feeling.“I said in the week I was due a goal and it came at the right time – the lads worked hard today considering the weather and it was a physical game, but we knew that from the get go.“So to get the two goals it kind of us settled us and we wanted more and more after that.” 2 2 The England players are incredibly close, according to the Manchester United man “The team spirit is amazing”Jesse Lingard tells talkSPORT about the atmosphere in the #ENG camp, and discusses his wonder goal ⚽️#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/YTCzGJFkjD— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 24, 2018talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.
Termon Ladies win Division One crown in Moville todayTERMON’S incredible success in Ladies Gaelic Football continued today when they won the Division One county title.The ladies added to the burgeoning trophy cabinet with a win away at Moville.The visitors eventually ran in 3-23 to the Foylesiders 1-01. Geraldine McLaughlin hit 1-08 of Termon’s score with Emer Gallagher and Lucy O’Flynn hitting the other goals. TERMON LADIES CROWNED COUNTY DIVISION ONE CHAMPIONS was last modified: June 30th, 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:TERMON LADIES CROWNED COUNTY DIVISION ONE CHAMPIONS
Head of Donegal Childcare Committee Avril McMonagle.Donegal County Childcare Committee has welcomed the Pobal Annual Early Years Sector Survey 2013 and in particular key findings in relation to supports provided to childcare services’ by local CCCs.The report notes that ‘… in line with previous years, responses represent a very positive statement from childcare services about the supports provided to them by their local CCC … CCC’s are providing valued supports across the whole sector …’Donegal County Childcare Committee supports over 150 early childhood services across County Donegal and is the first point of contact for service providers seeking approval for childcare places under childcare programmes administered by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). In addition to this, DCCC staff provide a wide variety of services locally including; a range of supports, advice, information and training to new and existing childcare services, parents and students in their local area.The questionnaire which provided the results is considered to be an honest appraisal of CCC’s from the perspective of childcare services as responses were submitted anonymously.Childcare service providers were asked to rate supports provided by their local CCC in a variety of areas including preparing service returns to the DCYA, training, information meetings and printed information, sustainability and financial planning, fee payment policies and site visits. The annual report highlighted that 90% of childcare services surveyed had received at least one form of support from their local CCC during 2013.Every category of support or interaction between service providers and the local CCC was rated positively by over 92.5% of early childhood services who responded. 95.6% of services who had received training from their local CCC gave the training a positive rating with 63.4% stating that they had made changes to their service as a result of the training provided. Donegal County Childcare has played a fundamental role in supporting childcare services to prepare annual service returns to DCYA, and this was reflected in the survey results where 94.5% of respondents gave a positive rating to the support provided by the local CCC in this area with 93.8% stating that they would feel more confident completing an online return next time around. A similar high level of support was reported in relation to fees policies, with 95.8% of services providing a positive rating around support to develop a fee payment policy.Avril McMonagle, Manager of Donegal County Childcare welcomed the survey as an important monitoring mechanism of trends and changes in the early childhood sector in Ireland.“I am delighted that the important and high level work of Donegal Childcare at local level has been acknowledged. Overall, it is clear that the local focus and knowledge held by DCCC means that local structures are well positioned to support the development and sustainment of early education and childcare services across County Donegal’. SURVEY FINDS DONEGAL COUNTY CHILDCARE COMMITTEE PROVIDING HIGH LEVEL SUPPORTS was last modified: July 30th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)