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Phenomenal running! – Taylor earns new respect after Bloomfield challenge

By on February 10, 2020

first_img However, the KC athlete, who admitted that he came into the championships at around 60 per cent and is the only schoolboy many genuinely believe can beat Taylor over the 400m, made sure he conserved this time so that he could participate in the relays. So when both were pitted against each other on the final leg of the 4x400m, it had the entire stadium on its feet in excited anticipation. They were not disappointed, as it was a race for the ages, truly one of the great races of ‘Champs’. When Taylor received the baton approximately 10 metres ahead of Bloomfield, the Calabar fans were celebrating wildly. But the moment Bloomfield got hold of the baton, the noise of the KC faithfuls snuffed out that of their perennial rivals, as Bloomfield – in all his magnificence – rounded Taylor on the backstretch and went on to create a 10-metre gap at the 200 mark. It was then that Taylor made his move. As they headed into the final straight, like David and Goliath, the gigantic Bloomfield began to wane, while the pint-sized Taylor, who always appeared to have energy to spare, stood tall, caught and passed his opponent with nearly 50 metres and sprinted to a clear victory. The modest youngsters told The Gleaner that only God can explain his extraordinary talent and put his win over Bloomfield down to his race strategy. “I can’t say anything about that (talent). God gave me the talent and the speed … you would have to ask God that question,” he commented. “The strategy going into the race (4x400m) was that if I got the baton first, I am just going to maintain my pace, no big outburst of speed, then accelerate in the home straight,” Taylor pointed out. “I was confident in my team and knew that I would play my part, and I just went and executed a perfect game plan in the final of the 4×4, and I give God thanks for the victory,” he said on Saturday night after the event. Everyone knows Calabar High School’s track and field star, Christopher Taylor, is special. However, the just-concluded 2016 Girls and Boys’ Athletic Championships proved much more. The young Calabar athlete burst on to the scene as a 400 metre sensation with stamina to burn and no one in his age ranks close to being his rival, as he broke record after record in the event. This season, however, he revealed that he is a true sprint phenomenon. At the championships, he easily walked away with the Class Two 200m and 400m gold medals, setting records in both events (20.80 in 200m and 46.33 in 400m) in the preliminaries and won the respective finals in 21.24 and 47.76. He also helped Calabar break the Class Two 4x100m record, erasing the old mark of 40.54 set by JC in 2013 with a scorching 40.29. However, it was the young runner’s magnificent run in the meet’s closing event, the 4x400m anchor leg against Kingston College’s (KC) outstanding and talented quarter-miler/sprinter, Akeem Bloom-field, that brought the house down and lifted his stocks among track and field enthusiasts to another level. Bloomfield, the Class One record holder, set the record (44.93) last year, but took no part in the relays. “I didn’t surprise myself because I have been training for this for the last months, but coming out here tonight and doing this is really amazing.” Calabar’s assistant coach, Omar Hawes, said Taylor surprises them everyday. “This is how we normally set up our (4x400m) team, it is not a Bloomfield situation why we put him out there, that is where he normally runs in the order. But if Bloomfield is there and he thought he could have gone past Christopher Taylor and won that race, he had a next thing coming. That young man is so talented that everyday he does something new, I am impressed again, he is that special.” The school’s head coach, Michael Clarke, says it is a joy working with the youngster. “He is an extraordinary talent, a wonderful person to work with, and I’m looking to work with him for some time to come.” PREPARED WELL HEIGHTENED ANTICIPATIONlast_img read more

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PUL Fines Nation Times for “Ethical Breach”

By on January 14, 2020

first_imgThe Press Union of Liberia (PUL) has fined the Nation Times Newspaper LD2,500 for “ethical breach” and requested its Publisher, Octavin Williams, to apologize and retract a misleading headline against Vice President Joseph Boakai in a story published on April 8, 2015.The decision was recommended by the PUL’s Grievance and Ethics Committee and endorsed by the Union’s Executive Committee, following investigations into a complaint filed by the Liberian Government, through the Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT).MICAT on April 8, filed a letter of complaint to the PUL, claiming “unethical reporting” by the Nation Times, after the paper carried a front page lead titled, “VP BOAKAI IN CORRUPTION ACT— Over $68 Million Disappears In Thin Air.” During investigations, the Grievance and Ethics Committee found that the Nation Times wrongly phrased the headline of its April 8, front page lead story. The selection to coin the headline in such a definitive fashion was a lapse in news judgment, making it appear as though Vice President Joseph Boakai and his office had already been convicted of corruption.Article 11 of the PUL Code of Conduct and Ethics denounces the use of misleading headlines when it states: “The journalist should not engage in negative journalism, misleading headlines and fabrications. Newspapers should be fully warranted by the contents of the articles they accompany. Photographs should give an accurate picture of an event and not highlight an event out of context.”Investigations show that the Vice President has neither been forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for investigation nor did he appear in court for any judicial action in connection with the report.The Committee’s report, however, noted that despite the professional breach, the Nation Times story reflected the various voices, including a reaction from the Vice President’s Chief of Office Staff, Sam Stevequoah, in reporting details of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) report.The PUL said while it remains committed to advocating for greater press freedom and social justice, it will not relent in cautioning and penalizing its members and other journalists, who slip away from the ethical path of professional journalism, according to a release signed by PUL Secretary General D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Over 400 Homes Get Electricity in Maryland

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first_imgOver 400 homes in Maryland County have been connected to electricity provided by the West Africa Power Pool, a power program that is supplying four of Liberia’s counties bordering La Cote d’Ivoire.The other counties are Nimba, Grand Gedeh and River Gee.The head of the volunteers of the Liberia Electricity Corporation, Cooper Dahn, working alongside the Ghanaian electricity contracting firm Energy Ventures, told the Daily Observer recently that over 400 homes have been connected, with more connections still pending.He said other communities outside Harper and Pleebo, including Fish Town, Grand Cavalla and Rock Town will soon be connected.Mr. Dahn said they are still waiting for LEC to begin collecting electricity bills, because they were only helping to enhance the process so that the contractor could have easy access to homes.There were allegations that consumers were being asked to pay for meters, wires and light poles, before being connected, but the local LEC authority has denied the report explaining that since the project does not cover every part of those cities, those in need of electricity could provide their poles and wires for connection.“If any adjacent home wants to be connected and can provide their own wires or poles they can be connected,” a worker said.Meanwhile residents of Pleebo and Harper are enjoying 24 hours electricity in their homes and business places, but they are yet to know when the LEC will begin to collect electricity bills.The electricity connection, which enters the county through the border town of Porolo is helping to boost economic activities in Harper and Pleebo.A volunteer worker said feasibility studies are ongoing to connect River Gee County with power lines.“We are thinking about taking lines from Maryland to River Gee, because it will be shorter than getting the line from Zwedru,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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NPSS senior boys volleyball team finish first at home tourney

By on January 12, 2020

first_imgNorth Peace Secondary School held their annual senior volleyball tournament over the weekend, and for the boys team it was mission accomplished. The team came away with the top spot after a hard fought final game.Coach Diane Sandberg said it was a well rounded weekend for the team with the offence, defence, and passing hitting on all cylinders.“Our passing was great this weekend. We had some great hitting in that last game. Our blocking was really improved this weekend. I was really impressed with the boys playing their positions well on defence,” she said.- Advertisement -The team will be back on the court at their next tournament in two weeks time.last_img read more

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Gunman kills at least 5 at Salt Lake mall

By on January 11, 2020

first_img“Then we heard shot after shot after shot – loud, loud, loud,” said McKeown, saying she heard about 20. She and three others hid under a staircase until it was safe to leave. Many employees and shoppers – “a lot of scared people” – were hunkered down and waiting for a police escort, Snyder said. “This is a huge area to cover,” she said. Streets were blocked outside the mall as police swarmed the scene. Dozens of people lingered on the sidewalk, many wrapped in blankets as they talked about what they had seen inside. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SALT LAKE CITY – A gunman entered a shopping mall and randomly opened fire on customers Monday night, killing five people and injuring many others before he was killed, police said. More than three hours later, police were searching stores for shocked shoppers and employees who were hunkered down awaiting a safe escort from the Trolley Square mall. “We have six fatalities and multiple victims at hospitals,” police Detective Robin Snyder said. “They were found throughout the mall. I don’t know male or female or ages. “The suspect has been killed,” she said. The two-story enclosed mall, just southeast of downtown, is a refurbished old trolley barn, with a series of winding hallways and about 80 stores. At least four people were hospitalized, three in critical condition and one in serious condition, hospital representatives said. Two of the critically injured were men ages 16 and 50, a spokesman said. Authorities offered few details but said the gunman entered the mall about 6:45 p.m. MST. Antique store owner Barrett Dodds, 29, said he saw a man in a trench coat exchanging gunfire with a police officer outside a card store. The gunman was backed into a children’s clothing store, he said. “I saw the cops go in the store. I saw the shooter go down,” said Dodds, who watched from the second floor. Barb McKeown, 60, of Washington, D.C., was in another antique shop when two women ran in and reported gunshots. last_img read more

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Ex-Hammer warns Chelsea: West Ham can give anyone a game

By on January 6, 2020

first_imgAlvin Martin has warned Chelsea:  “West Ham feel they can give anyone a game.”The Hammers go into the contest at Stamford Bridge in fourth place in the Premier League and on a run of five matches without defeat, including four wins.And former England centre-half Martin feels the confidence surging through the squad means they can travel to west London in bullish mood.“They will go there looking to score goals,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “If West Ham are to move forward they have to go to places like Chelsea and say, ‘we can mix it with the best of them’.“There is a lot to be said for not having an inferior complex, for saying we are good enough and we will frighten you.”last_img read more

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Cancer claims Argentine World Cup winner ‘Crazy’ Houseman

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first_imgHe scored 12 goals in 53 Argentina appearances and helped the side win the 1978 World Cup on home soil.“That’s life… it ends badly,” Houseman’s former coach Cesar Louis Menotti said on radio Cooperativa at the announcement of Houseman’s death.“We were used to this threat these last few months but he kept getting through it.“This time, he couldn’t. It’s sad.”Born in Buenos Aires, Houseman made his name under Menotti at local side Huracan and was soon called up to the national team under his former club boss.He played at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, scoring three goals as Argentina crashed out in the second group stage.Four years later, though, he was part of Menotti’s side that upset the highly fancied Netherlands in the final at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, coming on as a substitute 15 minutes from time.“I don’t think another player like this who conquered the hearts of the masses can be found so quickly,” added Menotti.His death comes just eight days after that of fellow World Cup winner from 1978, Ruben Galvan, a former midfielder who died of cirrhosis at the age of 65.Brought up in a poor neighbourhood and known as a rebel, Houseman picked up the nickname “loco”, which means “crazy”.Following his career he suffered from alcohol problems.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Champions: This file picture taken on May 23, 2006, features former World Cup winners Oscar Ruggeri (left; 1986) and Rene Houseman (centre; 1978) with former Argentine national team player Juan Roman Riquelme © AFP/File / Juan MABROMATABUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Mar 23 – Argentine World Cup winner Rene “Loco” Houseman died of tongue cancer at the age of 64 on Thursday.Houseman was a tricky right winger in his day who drew comparisons to Brazilian great Garrincha.last_img read more

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Boost for Arsenal and Tottenham as Italy star nears AC Milan exit

By on January 3, 2020

first_img Stephan El Shaarawy in action for AC Milan 1 Arsenal and Tottenham have been put on red alert after reports in Italy claimed AC Milan are willing to sell Stephan El Shaarawy in the summer.The 22-year-old took Serie A by storm during the 2012/13 season, scoring 19 goals and finishing as Milan’s top scorer.However, since then the forward has struggled with injuries and he has scored just two goals in the past two seasons.That though has not put off the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, who would reportedly be willing to give El Shaarawy the chance to rejuvenate his career.And, according to Tuttosport, the Premier League duo have been put on red alert after Milan admitted they would part with the Italy international this summer.The Serie A club are hoping that the sale of El Shaarawy will provide the necessary funds to strengthen the whole squad.last_img read more

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ST. GENEVIEVE

By on December 25, 2019

first_imgRECORD: 0-10-0 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Medina,I.130 St. Anthony09/16/20050101235 Village Christian09/23/2005010754 San Ysidro09/09/20050102663 Saenz,C.24361.51 Inda,A.2 Garcia,M.252202 Cantwell10/28/2005010735 Fstkchian,G.3250 Punting Total1852629.2 Inda,A.70042 SCORINGTDPATFGTP Perez,J.16402.50 Valencia,C.1006 RUSHINGTCBNYGAvg.TD Frazier Mountain10/07/20050101425 Saenz,C.3340 Sierras,M.37-2-0.11 PASSINGPAPCPIYDSTDRating Kelly,J.1006 Inda,A.528516 Rushing Total2134602.26 Parra,B.353480 Escareno,G.1042752.61 Valencia,C.4710 Valencia,C.13413.20 Garcia,M.20012 Perez,J.2290 Kelly,J.2center_img Parra,B.1 VS SCHOOLDateWLTPFPA Kelly,J.166.00 Salesian10/14/20050101620 Sierras,M.213108914049111.57 Saenz,C.673010414171.76 Passing Total28013819181810 RECEIVINGRECYDSTD Golden Valley11/11/20050102028 Kelly,J.1461 Sierras,M.1006 Bell-Jeff10/21/20050101321 TOTAL20050100128330 INTERCEPTIONSNo. Escareno,G.111801 Daniel Murphy11/04/2005010025 Parra,B.3-7-2.30 Arredondo,D.1110 Fstkchyan,G.30018 Receiving Total138181810 PUNTINGNo.YDSAvg. Parra,B.1852629.2 Escareno,G.20012 Fstkchain,G.15714.73 Scoring Total19111128 Malibu09/30/20050101324 Parra,B.111120 Interceptions Total5 Saenz,C.1006last_img read more

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Here’s the 5 things people panic bought before Storm Emma arrived

By on December 22, 2019

first_imgThe deadline to be indoors yesterday was 4pm according to Met Eireann, so naturally shops were kept busy as people stocked up on essentials before Storm Emma arrived in Donegal.According to food retailer and wholesale company BWG Foods, there were five items on Irish peoples’ shopping lists that flew off the shelves yesterday.Unsurprisingly, bread was at the top of people’s lists as bread shelves were emptied across the country. This was followed by a litre of milk, a 6 pack of eggs, firelights, and wine (of course!).Egg sandwich anyone?Here’s the 5 things people panic bought before Storm Emma arrived was last modified: March 2nd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:armabreadonbreaddonegalpanic buyshopslast_img read more

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