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Laurie Foster: Protecting Fuller’s legacy

first_imgLast Saturday, Manchester High School hosted the fourth staging of the Charlie Fuller Memorial field events meet. It was founded through the concept to relive the memory of a man who gave sterling support to track and field at the mid-island institution. The chief person who conceptualised the meet, still the engine that drives the event, is the former outstanding sprinter out of the neighbouring parish’s St Elizabeth Technical High School, Carlos Samuels. Issues of coaching leadership at the school have led Samuels elsewhere. Although he works assiduously to ensure otherwise, there is no doubt that the image of the event, could be tarnished. Fuller was a sporting personality, whose contribution to the upliftment and empowerment of the female track and field programme at Manchester High knew no limits. However, there were no geographic boundaries. This columnist recalls a trip to visit the Falmouth home of a girl from Vere Technical, who had been granted a track scholarship, just to offer congratulations and wish bon voyage. CLOUDS OF UNCERTAINTY With so many offers for Samuels’ talent as a coach and motivator of athletes, it is unlikely that his services will again be available to the Manchester team. What seems more likely is that with or without his invitation, some will want to take up residence within his new programme if logistically permissible. With all these clouds of uncertainty, where does this leave the event held to commemorate the excellence promoted and sustained by Fuller that was Manchester High School under his canopy of passionate support and stewardship? It must be remembered that even the inception of the event was contested by the organisers of the long-standing JAAA/Puma Invitational, held simultaneously crosstown at Kirkvine. They were not amused that competition would be coming from persons who once were aligned to their event. It is to the credit of the opposing parties and some fruitful dialogue following disruptive stand-offs that good sense triumphed and they can now coexist. An existing destructive culture may not allow this harmony to persist. Whatever happens, the CFMFEM should not suffer. The legacy of Charlie, his spirit of goodwill and malice to no one, need to be sustained. Foster’s Fairplay issues a fervent call for constant interaction with the parties to lift and sustain the positive direction in which the meet is now trending. It is incumbent on these stakeholders to ensure that this takes place. Do not allow the memory of this great man to be sullied in any way. – For Feedback, email: lauriefoster2012@gmail.com MEMORABLE SUNDAY Then came the thought that her younger teammate, slightly errant at times, would benefit from the trip as a motivational tool. The fact that the latter miss lived in Kingston was no hurdle. The stout-hearted benefactor, as was Fuller, journeyed from his Manchester home to the city, collected the young athlete, drove to Trelawny for the visit, returned to Kingston for the drop-off, and made his way home all in one memorable Sunday. The incidents of selflessness, displaying single-minded dedication to the female athletes at “Chester” were numerous. The accompanying, domestic deprivation is best described by his devoted wife, Olive. With what Mr Fuller gave to Manchester High during the years he substantially funded the track and field programme the areas of controversy surrounding the introduction and subsequent staging of the meet are unfortunate. There is a threatening situation that needs to be set right if the memory of the peaceful and non-contentious individual is to be adequately maintained. As this column is being written, former head coach Samuels has taken up duties at a Kingston school. This as the Mandeville school administration ponders an altercation between his assistant, Rahnsomn Edwards, and him. Reports are that there was a physical confrontation and both were placed on suspension. Previous to that development, former head coach Jerry Holness returned from stints overseas and resumed his position, displacing Samuels, who, from all reports, had endeared himself to the athletes. Tales of a fallout in enthusiasm are rife a testimony to the influence Samuels had, and presumably, still has, even from a position external to the programme. Holness, now seemingly firmly in the saddle, has gone for another experienced coach as his assistant in Duane Jarrett. Jarrett was his deputy in the first overseas stint in Dubai.last_img read more

Alaska gains semifinals; No. 8 GlobalPort forces decider vs top-ranked ROS

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Wayne Chism led the Hotshots with 20, shooting eight in the fourth to help Magnolia close to within four. Ian Sangalang was the only other player in twin digits for the Hotshots with 14 as the Alaska defense forced Magnolia’s big guns out of their sweet spots.Earlier, Jonathan Grey knocked down the game-winning triple from deep right corner that gave GlobalPort a 114-113 squeaker over top-ranked Rain or Shine, sending their quarterfinal duel to a deciding game at Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday.GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio was prepared to coach his final game this conference.“That was a lucky shot,” said a smiling Jarencio. “I thought we wouldn’t be having practice anymore [on Wednesday]. I honestly didn’t think that we could win this game.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Indeed, it has been a while for Alaska, a traditional Philippine Basketball Association powerhouse which had to sit on pins and needles in the fourth quarter before pulling off an 89-78 victory over Magnolia on Tuesday night that gave the Aces their first PBA Final Four berth after two seasons.It was truly special, considering that the Aces have been through a lot in the Commissioner’s Cup like the Calvin Abueva suspension, change of import, among others.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I missed the semis, we usually had a good relationship, the semis and Alaska,” coach Alex Compton told reporters after the Aces almost blew a 16-point lead to open up the fourth. “I’m just so proud of the team after all [the adversities] that we went through.”Vic Manuel scored 22 points and Chris Banchero added 14 for Alaska, which snagged the first Final Four slot despite going scoreless in the first four minutes of the fourth and making just 11 in the entire payoff frame. LATEST STORIES MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cool Smashers eye title Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team With 66 seconds left, a female fan at the lower box section of Smart Araneta Coliseum danced while holding aloft a sign that read “Hello Semis.”ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio nameslast_img read more

Repeating the Plea for Military Patrols to Restrain Ebola

first_imgOn several occasion in recent weeks we have pleaded with the government to deploy military personnel along Liberia’s border, especially near our Ebola-affected neighbors, La Guinea and Sierra Leone.The purpose of this appeal is to help control border crossings and prevent the deadly virus from crossing into Liberia again.  Remember, it took only one person, a Guinean woman, to cross over from neighboring Guinea into Liberia at the Foya border in Lofa County that caused the disease to spread like wildfire into our country, setting the record as the worst Ebola hit nation in history.In several recent Editorials we have pleaded with the government to deploy soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), along with some of the United States forces on the ground to patrol our borders in a bid to help restrain indiscriminate border crossings which have a tendency to reignite the viral spread in our country.  For unknown reasons, however, GOL has not heeded this call, and this has led to the continuous spread of the virus across the borders, especially with Sierra Leone.Today is the eighth day of the year 2015 and we had hoped that by now, we would have truly had something tangible to celebrate—an Ebola-free Liberia.  Alas!  Here we are, well into the second week of the New Year, facing 49 new Ebola cases, 27 of them confirmed, 13 suspected and nine probable.  This is not newspaper speculation.  This alarming and distressing report came from the lips of non other than the Ministry of Health Assistant Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, head of the Incident Management System (IMS) established by government to fight the spread of the virus. And to what did he attribute this discouraging revelation?  To “the increased migration of people suspected of the virus and the continuous denial by some residents that people are dying of the Ebola epidemic in the country.”  According to the Minister, “people are still observing traditional practices, which undermine the fight against the deadly virus and stifle efforts made by IMS and other international partners.”Grand Cape Mount is one of the counties closest to the Sierra Leonean border, where there is a renewed spread of the virus.  The same thing happened about a month ago, occasioning a repeated call by this newspaper on GOL to monitor very closely the borders to prevent just the same recurrence of this deadly menace that has come again into our country to afflict our hapless people.  And we know that we do not have the healthcare delivery capacity to handle normal disease, how much more Ebola?We once again make this urgent appeal to GOL to deploy soldiers to the borders to monitor and limit border crossings, in a determined bid to restrain the totally unnecessary renewed transmission of the virus into Liberia.  Our soldiers should be accompanied by an American contingent, who are far better equipped with transportation, communication and other logistical gear to make the border patrol effective.Let us NOT turn the clock back in this New Year!  Let us press on conscientiously and expeditiously press on until Ebola is driven far from Liberia, and even further from the Mano River basin, yea the African continent.      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)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

President Granger asks media to be “tolerant”

first_img…says busy schedule reason for no press conferencesIn defending why he has not held a press conference in months and why there were fewer formal engagements with the media, President David Granger has said that his schedule was a major factor.“My heart is in the right place, but right now, I’ve had a really difficult period of public engagement and overseas travel,” the President told the media on the sidelines of an event on Monday.“This time last week I was in Montego Bay, the week before I was in Da Nang, Vietnam. It could be a very challenging period and soon as I get the opportunity I will engage with the press, but I’ve been travelling quite a lot … I’m asking the media to be tolerant,” the President said.He noted that he also has to deal with several local issues. “It could be a challenging period and as soon as I get the opportunity, I would engage with the press, but I’ve been travelling quite a lot and then to deal with domestic issues – the sugar industry, we have to deal with the petroleum industry, I have to deal with crime and security,” he explained.The Guyana Press Association and other groups, including the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), have urged Granger to meet with the press.These groups have also criticised Government for its silence on a number of matters of national importance, calling on the President to toughen up and face the entire local media corps.The GPA had acknowledged that the President was not averse to speaking with the media on the sidelines of public events or during his “Public Interest” televised programme; however, the Association believes that accountability to the Guyanese people would be best served through press conferences.Public officials under the coalition Government have gone mute for a while now. Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who has responsibility for public information, is also unavailable to the media and does not host press conferences to update the media or the public on what is going on with his office or the Government.Political analysts and commentators have noted that there was a new culture seemingly developing whereby Ministers of Government were abusing and assaulting the media directly when displeased with a specific line of questioning, coverage of an event or editorial position of a newspaper on a particular matter.After two years in office, President Granger held a press conference in December 2017, only the second since the coalition came into Government in May 2015.last_img read more

New Totem Archery Club to hold Outdoor 3D Tournament this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The New Totem Archery Club will be holding their Outdoor 3D Tournament this weekend, June 8 and 9.Graham Goertzen, of the New Totem Archery Club, says this event is open to all ages and all skill levels and will feature various categories for both men and women.“It’s going to be open to all ages, all skill levels. There’s going to be men’s and women’s divisions in compound unlimited, which means there are no equipment restrictions, there’s going to be men’s and women’s compound fixed pin, and men’s and women’s traditional, as well as categories for youth and junior age children.”- Advertisement -The Outdoor 3D Tournament is taking place June 8 and 9 at the Outdoor Range on Jones Sub Division Road, north of Fort St. John.Pricing for the Outdoor Tournament is $50.00 for adults, $20.00 for juniors, and $15.00 for cubs and peewees. The family fee is $110.00.For more information, you can visit the New Totem Archery Club’s website.Advertisementlast_img read more

Nanny government decried

first_img“Some people in that building believe we should have more government nose-wipers running around, intervening in every possible situation they can,” said Doug LaMalfa, a Republican assemblyman who represents Northern California. What’s going on is not unusual for an Assembly and Senate controlled by Democrats, many of them with a leftward bent, who worry that if constituents are left to their own devices they won’t make the right decisions. California has seen this before. The Legislature in the 1980s made motorcyclists wear helmets and car occupants use seat belts – laws that undoubtedly have saved thousands of lives. But many people, especially Libertarians, think it’s government run amok. “Unfortunately, politicians believe they can run your life better than you can,” said Aaron Starr, chairman of the California Libertarian Party. “They’re a bunch of busybodies. They should all do us a favor and go home.” Ban parents from spanking their toddlers. Force restaurants to disclose calories on menus. Forbid school cafeterias from cooking with trans fats. Prohibit smoking on state beaches. Make homeowners switch to energy- efficient light bulbs. Legislators who have proposed these measures, mostly Democrats, have been on a tear in recent weeks, telling Californians, “Hey, we know what’s best for you.” But enough already, say their mostly Republican opponents, who are increasingly railing against what they call “frivolous” proposals and embracing a term often repeated in the Capitol this legislative session: Nanny government. But the purveyors of so-called nanny government would like the public to consider another question: What’s wrong with making the state a better, safer place to live? “I guess the government is trying to be the nanny, or the parent, or the supervisor,” acknowledged Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, author of legislation to ban the sale of energy-hogging incandescent light bulbs. “And you know what? Sometimes the nanny is right, sometimes the parents are right. … Oftentimes the parents are right.” So far, some of the measures are meant to protect children – such as the anti-spanking proposal and another that would prohibit parents from smoking in cars when kids are present. Other measures are meant to help people eat right – such as bills to require chain restaurants to display the calorie content of meals and a bill to ban trans fats from restaurants and school cafeterias. And then there are measures meant to protect the environment – such as Levine’s light bulb bill, which would cut greenhouse gas emissions by pushing people to use compact fluorescent bulbs. All of the measures irk Republicans. “If somebody wants to go ahead and choose to do something that may not always be in their best interest, hey, this is America, you get to choose those things,” said Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster. Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, disagrees. “At some point our personal liberties bump into the need to keep the public safe,” Simitian said, “and that’s the balance we have to strike.” Geoffrey Nunberg, a linguistics professor at UC Berkeley and author of “Talking Right,” credits Republicans with effectively using the phrase “nanny government” to make a point that appeals to the party’s conservative base. “It does everything the right wants it to do,” said Nunberg. “It suggests these measures are not just officious meddling but there’s something unmanly about them. It’s the old story: The Republicans are the daddy party and the Democrats are the mommy party.” egarcia@mercurynews.com (916) 441-4651 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Stoke relegated from EPL after Palace defeat

first_img0Shares0000SStoke City were relegated from the Premier League after crashing to a 2-1 defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, May 5 – After a decade in the top flight Stoke City were relegated from the Premier League on Saturday when they blew a one goal lead to lose 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace.Paul Lambert’s side are second bottom, three points from the safety zone, but with only one game remaining they are doomed. With fourth-bottom Swansea and third-bottom Southampton playing each other in midweek, it is impossible for Stoke to collect enough points to avoid slipping into the Championship.Stoke spent 10 seasons in the Premier League, but a run of 13 games without a victory ensured that streak is over.Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland was in tears at the final whistle and City fans were just as emotional as the realisation of their team’s relegation sank in.Hundreds left the bet365 stadium in the closing minutes before those that remained sang “City til I die” in a defiant rallying cry.Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross conceded the players had only themselves to blame.“It’s difficult obviously but it’s not just about one game. It’s over a season and we’ve not been good enough all season,” he said.“Ultimately it’s down to the players. Since the gaffer has come in we’ve had a right go and been in every game.”The blame for Stoke’s predicament lies jointly with Lambert and Mark Hughes, who was sacked in January after a wretched run culminated with an embarrassing FA Cup third round defeat against fourth tier Coventry.“My emotions are up and down. It is a tough afternoon. I am feeling for everyone connected with the club,” Lambert said.“When teams don’t get results you can be sleep-walking into positions you don’t want to be in. We never had enough.“Since I came in the lads have given everything but we came short. It is a chance to rebuild.”The Potters won their first match with Lambert in charge against Huddersfield, but that was a false dawn as they remained deep in trouble for the rest of the season.Hughes could suffer the indignity of having a role in two relegations in one season as his Southampton side, who face Everton later on Saturday, are in severe trouble themselves.Xherdan Shaqiri had described the Palace clash as “a war we have to win” and the Stoke star landed the first blow in the 43rd minute.Having been fouled on the edge of the penalty area, Shaqiri picked himself up and exacted his revenge.Shaqiri’s superb left-footed free-kick took a slight deflection off Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek as it curled past Wayne Hennessey before he could react.It was the Swiss forward’s first goal since February and he celebrated by sprinting to the touchline to jump into Lambert’s arms.But Stoke’s nerves were still frayed.They couldn’t cling onto their lead and Palace midfielder James McArthur equalised with a clinical finish in the 68th minute.Forced to throw men forward in search of a winner, Lambert’s side were carved open in the 86th minute as Patrick van Aanholt slotted home to seal Stoke’s fate.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The new Fabregas and Leeds’ next star: Ones to watch this season

first_img Jordon Ibe, Lewis Cook, Joel Campbell and Gedion Zelalem 1 Pre-season tours often give youngsters a chance to impress ahead of the new season.Isaiah Brown grabbed two goals for Chelsea against Wycombe Wanderers. A host of starlets played for Arsenal against Boreham Wood on Saturday and Brendan Rodgers has taken several promising players to America for Liverpool’s games against Roma and Olympiakos.So here at talkSPORT we asked our fans on Facebook which players they would like to see play for their club’s first team this year. Like us on Facebook and join in the debate.last_img read more

Sala remembered as Arsenal beat Cardiff

first_imgA minute’s reflection was held before kick-off and visiting Cardiff fans unveiled a banner reading: “We never saw you play and never saw you score but Emiliano our beautiful bluebird we will love you forever more.”The captains of both sides also laid a bouquet of flowers on the pitch before kick-off, while Argentina shirts and flags were waved among the visiting support.Cardiff manager Neil Warnock described the past week as the toughest of his career and revealed both he and some of his players had sought the help of psychologists ahead of the game.However, in tragic circumstances, Cardiff performed admirably once the action got underway and could have given their chances of survival a huge boost had they taken advantage of a number of opportunities in the first half.Bobby Reid volleyed wide and then headed over with the two clearest chances early on.Arsenal boss Unai Emery surprisingly named Mesut Ozil as captain as the German was recalled among seven changes from the side that started Friday’s FA Cup defeat by Manchester United.Ozil was starting a Premier League game for the first time since Boxing Day, but failed to make an impact before being replaced 14 minutes from time as Arsenal struggled to get going in sodden conditions.The Gunners did have two strong penalty appeals turned down before the break, though, as Alexandre Lacazette appeared to be clipped by Bruno Ecuele Manga and then Sol Bamba.– Cardiff’s big chance –Cardiff had another big chance to go in front early in the second period when Shkodran Mustafi got across to block debutant Oumar Niasse’s shot.And Arsenal finally clicked into gear and got the penalty they wanted at the third time of asking when Manga tripped Sead Kolasinac as the Bosnian burst into the box.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang coolly slotted away the penalty for his 15th Premier League goal of the season to move to within one of the division’s top scorer Mohamed Salah.Cardiff ‘keeper Neil Etheridge stood up well to block Alex Iwobi’s powerful drive from a narrow angle moments later.However, Lacazette’s angled shot did have too much power for the Filipino stopper seven minutes from time to seal a vital three points in Arsenal’s bid for a return to the Champions League next season.The Gunners remain in fifth on goal difference, but move level on points with Chelsea, who are in action at Bournemouth on Wednesday.Cardiff on the other hand remain rooted in the bottom three, but did at least grab a consolation their efforts on the night deserved when substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing curled home in stoppage time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cardiff City were in action for the first time at Arsenal since the disappearance of striker Emiliano Sala© AFP Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 29 – Arsenal condemned Cardiff to a 2-1 defeat on Tuesday as the Welsh side returned to action for the first time since a plane carrying the club’s record signing Emiliano Sala disappeared over the Channel Islands over a week ago.Sala never got the chance to play for Cardiff as the aircraft carrying the Argentine and pilot David Ibbotson lost contact when on its way to the Welsh capital on January 21 just two days after completing a £15 million ($20 million) move from Nantes.last_img read more