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Grateful Bolt, Fraser-Pryce top RJR Sportsman, Sportswoman awards

first_imgSprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were on Friday night presented with the 2015 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards at the Jamaica Pegasus. Bolt was winning his sixth Sportsman of the Year award, after copping titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, while Fraser-Pryce, who also won in 2012 and 2013, was winning her third Sportswoman of the year award. “I want to thank my fans, who supported me this season, I really needed it. I want to thank my coach, I put him through a lot of stress, he has stood by me this season … I want to thank God and I promise I will try to do my best this season,” said a grateful Bolt. Fraser-Pryce, who won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, as well as the Diamond League 100m title, was also presented with the Sagicor Iconic award. The sprinter has won two Olympic gold medals and seven at the World Championships level since her ‘arrival’ at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. “Everything I have done is attributed to how much God has blessed me,” said Fraser-Pryce. “I am honoured to be here collecting this award a third time. I want to thank my coach for believing in me and putting up with me; and for me putting up with him sometimes.” Bolt’s award, which now puts him second in the all – time list behind boxer Michael McCallum (7) came after another dominant season by the powerful sprinter, who won three gold medals at the World Championships (100m, 200m and 4x100m). World Championships 100m hurdles gold medal winner Danielle Williams was the runner-up to the Sportswoman of the year, with shot put bronze medal winner O’Dayne Richards took home the male equivalent. The first award of the evening went to veteran quarter-miler and cancer survivor Novlene Williams-Mills, who was presented with the Chairman’s award. The People’s Choice Award for ‘Performance of the Year’ went to Jamaica’s senior women’s 4x400m relay team, which won gold at the World Championships, while former Netball Jamaica president Marva Bernard received the Lifetime Achievement Award.last_img read more

Police Seize Ammunition, Liquor in Ganta

first_imgThe Liberia National Police Ganta Detail on February 13, arrested a large quantity of single barrel rifle ammunition, along with quantities of liquor from a warehouse in Ganta, Nimba County.The street value and the total quantity of the seized items are yet to be disclosed, but sources from the police station put the quantity of the ammunition at approximately 10 cartons, and the liquor at about 16 cartons.These items are believed to have come from Guinea, en route to Grand Gedeh where sporadic hunting is said to be taking place. The warehouse is believed to be a holding point for smuggled goods. Bearing no trademark or service name, the warehouse is situated in central Ganta. The caches upon seizure were sent to the Ganta Magisterial Court, with the warehouse owner facing court judgement. Meanwhile, the warehouse remains open.This is not the first time that police have arrested single barrel rounds from the same warehouse, but what became of the earlier case is unknown.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

From Civil War to Canada’s U-20 Soccer Team

first_imgThe young Edmonton soccer player has been picked for Canada’s U-20 team at the tender age of 15. His journey from Liberia on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean and is nothing short of remarkable.Alphonso Davies grew up watching his brother and father play soccer and felt the itch to participate.“Watching them when I was growing up, I really wanted to play,” he said.He began training with the St. Nicholas Soccer Academy and it was clear to his former coach that he was special.“He’s got unbelievable skill and speed,” soccer academy director Marco Bossio said.“Right off the bat, he was something special for sure. He was remarkable with his feet. He can shoot from a distance. He’s a phenomenal player.”Alphonso trained with the soccer academy for three years from Grade 7 to Grade 9 then was recruited to play with the Vancouver Whitecaps USL team. He has been playing with them for six months.“It’s a very good experience. Me coming in and trying to fit in, it’s going to be difficult, but I’m glad that I’m getting it done,” he said.There are several other players on the team who are around Alphonso’s age. The majority, are older than him but Alphonso said that isn’t nerve-racking.“Once you’re on the field, everybody is the same age. If you have the ability to play, you’re all equal to play,” he said.“You just gotta dig deep, gotta believe in yourself.”And he turned out to be right: one day when Alphonso was training, the team’s technical director informed him he had made the U-20 team.“It was a big surprise to me,” he said.Bossio said the selection of a 15-year-old for the team, where most players are closer to 18 and 19 years old, is significant.“The U-20 national team has selected the top talent in Canada. They chose Alphonso, even though he’s 15. They wanted to give him that experience with the U-20 program. That’s very, very rare and very special,” he said.“At the rate that he’s going, the sky’s the limit.”Alphonso’s soccer experience is remarkable on its own but even more so when his personal story comes to light.The soccer player was born in Liberia as the country was in the midst of a civil war.“I was really young. I can’t remember anything,” he said.“We managed to get out. We went to Ghana in a refugee camp. Then…we managed to get out of there, get to Toronto and come to Edmonton.”Alphonso can’t remember many details but said it was a trying period for his family.“It was a really tough journey. We went through a lot,” he said.Upon arriving in Edmonton, Alphonso said his family wanted to settle into a comfortable life.“We all just thought ‘move here, go to school, get an education’ but I started playing soccer and I started to develop a love for the game,” he said.Alphonso’s talent for the game is clear but he said his mother still wants him to focus on getting his education.“They’re really excited for me. They’re really happy. But my mom is telling me education is first. You don’t know — soccer can end tomorrow, it can end today,” he said.But Alphonso’s his sights are set on something big.“If I keep performing and keep putting in the work, I can really see myself excelling to the next level,” he said.“My goal is to play the highest that I can play [like] national team or overseas.” (Source: http://globalnews.ca)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more