Follow The Trace | The brave fell

first_img Lack of confidence Title favourites Kingston College (KC) failed to live up to their famous school motto “the brave may fall but never yield” by falling and eventually yielding in their unsuccessful bid to unseat defending champions Calabar at the 2017 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships on the weekend. In one of the most epic Champs battles of all time, Calabar showed the poise and class in the critical moments that were worthy of champions on their way to securing a sixth straight hold on the Mortimer Geddes Trophy, but it was equally that Kingston College underperformed and wilted under the pressure after all the pundits agreed that it was their Champs to lose, and lose it they certainly did. The narrow three-point margin, and all the unpredictable variables, including the pivotal injuries to Kingston College star man and team leader Jhevaughn Matherson, as well as top Class Two man Wayne Pinnock, all played a part. However, in the end, it was as much the championship mettle of the Calabar coaching staff led by the guru Michael Clarke, alongside his battle-hardened group of athletes, that once again set the champions apart. This entire generation of Calabar athletes simply do not know what it is to lose this title. The feeling of champs defeat is foreign to this group, and they were willing to fight tooth and nail to avoid that feeling. Confidence and focus are also pivotal to sports performance. Calabar, at no point during this season’s twists and turns, took their eyes off the prize. Conversely, this Kingston College crop does not know what it is like to lift that trophy. With that uncertainty come doubts and a lack of confidence, which, in the end, cost KC another Champs they should have won. Clarke took the entire Kingston College staff to school with some super strategic and tactical moves that severed the head of the snake and totally shifted the balance of power midway the championships. Blistering pace That decision to have the two Calabar runners in the Class Two 1,500m put the race at such a blistering pace effectively took the popular Ugandan Aryamanya Rodgers out of his comfort zone. To score a decisive points and psychological victory over the purples sucked the energy and confidence out of their athletes. With that damage done, the pre-championship title favourites and their droves of fans were sent scampering for all the mathematical possibilities, which never added up in the end. It is difficult to do any kind of credible post-Champs analysis without factoring in the additional motivation that the Calabar team must have received from the fact that they had been written off by almost every single local pundit before a single race was run. This columnist went as far as to predict confidently a 70-to-100 point defeat of Calabar at the hands of Kingston College. These public pronouncements must have added an extra motivational pep or two in the step in every single Calabar athletes. The Rodgers controversy must have also fanned the Calabar flames significantly as the way the saga unfolded, with Calabar emerging as the villains that hated Kingston College and Rodgers. All that drama must have fired up the Red Hills Road team to emphatically show us all that we should never ever underestimate the heart of a champion. Additionally, it could be argued that poetic justice took its course as too much conjecture and too many unanswered questions abounded relating to the participation of Rodgers at Champs. In the end, “God was fully awake” as the famed Purples fell and yielded.last_img read more

Education Minister Werner’s Work Is Just Beginning

first_imgThe President said two years ago that Liberia’s education system was “in a mess.” At that point, Madam Ettie Tarpeh, who succeeded Education Minister Othello Gongar, was in charge of the system.Dr. George K. Werner succeeded her as the new Education Minister. A few months ago shortly following his appointment, he toured the counties observing the operation of the school system in the interior.Last week he took his first stern action by suspending “for time indefinite,” Nimba’s Chief Education Officer, Wleh T. Sailah. Our Education Correspondent C.Y. Kwanue quoted two Nimba teachers, Larlesseh Whapoe and Mohammedd Saryon, who accused Wleh Sailah of placing on the on the county education payroll as teachers “two of his children and his girlfriend.” It was further revealed that the CEO’s two children are not teachers, neither do they even reside in the county.According to Correspondent Kwanue, the biometric system was employed by the Civil Service Agency (CSV) to check the teachers’ names and also their “unique physical and other traits, for the purpose of identification and security.”According to Mr. Kwanue, a cross-section of teachers in the county who had already gone through the biometric exercise accused the former CEO of introducing “fraudulent acts” during the biometric process, which included “deleting the names of legitimate teachers.” Well, since the CEO was allegedly determined to place his own children and girlfriend on the payroll, he had to exclude real teachers to make way for his fraudulent act. Where is the integrity? Where is the patriotism in the nation’s educational system? One of the first things that Madam Tarpeh did when she was appointed Education Minister was to tackle the major and crippling issue of “ghost teachers” on the Education payroll. And guess what: many of the very teachers resisted the exercise, some holding demonstrations outside the Education and Finance Ministries. But Ettie persisted in employing the biometric system, provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to curtail, if not eliminate fraud in the nation’s payment system. Informed sources told the Daily Observer at the time that certain Ministries, names withheld, tried to resist the biometric exercise, which was aimed at eliminating the colossal list of “ghost teachers” on the Education payroll. But Minister Tarpeh and then CSA Director General William Allen persisted and the exercise was carried out.Alas, those who were intent on beating the system by cheating became determined to find ways around it. So did CEO Wleh Sailah, who allegedly simply removed from the list qualified teachers, in order to ensure that his unqualified and unemployed children got on the payroll.We find it most unfortunate that it is Nimba again in which this alleged fraud has been uncovered. Remember that in the midst of the terrible Ebola crisis that afflicted the country two years ago, some Nimba healthcare workers were found commandeering a truck load of foreign-donated supplies toward theGuinea border. The truck was apprehended, searched and returned to Ganta, but nothing came of the case because the court could find no one willing to testify or say anything! What a massive, criminal conspiracy of silence! This newspaper has always lamented, “What kind of people are we?” Here was Liberia, faced with the worst health crisis in our history, and here, too, are the same Liberians determined to cheat, steal from and undermine government’s efforts, backed by the largesse of the international community, to deal a decisive blow to the epidemic.Remember, too, the riotous Nimba youth who violently attacked ArcelorMittal and destroyed millions of dollars of its property only because of a disagreement they had with the company. Remember, too, the Ganta motorcyclists and youth who angrily destroyed the property and home of one of Liberia’s few entrepreneurs.All of these have led this newspaper to ask frequently: Do Liberians really want development?Of course, when the alleged culprits in the recent education scandal are turned over to the justice system—if they ever will be—they will deny everything. Will whistle blowers Larlesseh Bordeh and Mohammed Saryon come forward to affirm their testimonies in court? We hope and pray that they will not take cover like Ganta’s Ebola supplies thieves. And yet Liberians frequently severely criticize the government, even abusing the President, for the lack of development. Do we really want development?We pray that Minister Werner has the guts to deal forthrightly and effectively with the monumental task on his hands, clean up our educational “mess” and reestablish a credible school system in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Joint Services rank nabbed with ganja

first_img…2 others arrested in separate drug bust A Joint Services rank is one of six persons who have been arrested in connection with two drug busts made by members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) early Saturday morning.About 00:25h on Saturday, acting on information received, Police stopped and searched a motor car on the western side of the Demerara Harbour Bridge and found 927 grams of cannabis packaged in small ziplock bags. The driver, who currently serves in the Disciplined Services, and three male passengers were arrested.A few hours later, Police in Bartica went to the Bartica Stelling about 08:45h and detained a 32-year-old female resident of Patentia, West Bank Demerara (WBD) who was in possession of a plastic that contained two taped parcels of compressed cannabis, which amounted to 1169 grams. Based on further information, a 30-year-old male resident of La Grange, WBD, was arrested nearby.On Friday, a rank attached to the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) was intercepted by his colleagues at Cove and John, East Coast Demerara (ECD) with some 21 kilograms of marijuana in his possession.The rank, Delon Alexander, of New Amsterdam, Berbice, was headed to Georgetown when the car in which he was the sole occupant was stopped by ranks of the TSU who were at the time acting on information. When the vehicle was searched, some 10 well-wrapped parcels were reportedly found in several sections of the car, including the back seat and in the trunk.last_img read more

Xavi open to being Qatar World Cup 2022 coach

first_img0Shares0000Spanish footballer Xavi Hernandez currently plays in Qatar for Al-Sadd © AFP / KARIM JAAFARDOHA, Qatar, Oct 9 – Xavi Hernandez said he is open to being Qatar’s coach when it hosts the 2022 World Cup and rebuffed critics by claiming he is “very proud” to be in Doha.The Barcelona great, 37, who currently plays in Qatar for Al Sadd, told AFP he is “90 percent” certain to retire at the end of this season and then launch his coaching career. And the World Cup winner says he wants to coach on the biggest stage.Asked if that mean being Qatar’s coach in 2022, he replied: “Why not? I think it would be nice to be a coach here for the national team.“We will see. I need experience, I need staff, I need everything but at least I know the Qatari players, I know the environment here.”The Spanish 2010 World Cup winner added: “I am here to help them to be better, to compete well at this World Cup.“I think my aim is to be the head coach.”He added that he would initially like to get involved coaching Qatar’s under-19s or under-23s before working with the senior team.And he advocated a playing style similar to that of Barcelona’s famous passing game, of which Xavi — who won eight La Liga and four Champions’ League titles with the Catalans — was an integral part.“I think that we must follow this legacy of Johann Cruyff, of Van Rijkaard, Van Gaal, Pep Guardiola, not only in Barcelona but also in the world of football.“Everybody enjoyed our style, in Barcelona and the national team. I think we have to follow this way.”He added that Barcelona and Spain’s style of play was “the highest point” of his career.Xavi expects to call time on his exceptional career and begin coaching courses in Madrid next year.“I feel a little bit sad, I want to play more, until 60 or 70 but I cannot,” he said.“It’s a pity. But I started to think as a coach two or three years ago.”– Qatar pride –Qatar failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, which means that in 2022 they will become the first nation to host football’s biggest tournament without ever playing in a finals since Italy in 1934.They had three coaches during the qualification period and currently Xavi’s fellow Spaniard Felix Sanchez is in temporary charge.Xavi — who also said it was his “dream” to coach Barcelona — has been in Qatar since 2015.He signed a two-year contract, extended by 12 months, which ends in 2018.Qatar has come under intense scrutiny over corruption and labour abuse allegations since winning the right to host the World Cup, charges it denies.That criticism has heightened during the ongoing Gulf political crisis, which has seen Qatar isolated by neighbouring countries, and fresh calls for FIFA to take the tournament from Doha.As Qatar football’s biggest star, Xavi, who is already an ambassador for the 2022 tournament, has also found himself criticised for playing in the emirate.But Xavi says he is unconcerned.“People don’t know the country, the work they are doing here,” he said.“I would invite them to come here and then they can see — but I am very proud to be here.”He added: “I think they (Qatar) are doing well. I don’t care about the criticism.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

PSG will NOT allow wantaway Arsenal-linked star to leave in January

first_img1 Paris Saint-Germain are not about to sanction a loan move for Adrien Rabiot, who is a target for Arsenal.As talkSPORT told you on Monday, the gifted midfielder is seeking a temporary switch away from Paris with his game time limited to just eight Ligue 1 starts so far this term.And Arsenal, who have been long-term admirers of the 20-year-old, were said to be exploring the chances of loaning him until the summer.But now French newspaper L’Equipe has stated that PSG will not be willing to let Rabiot leave when the window opens and a source has told the newspaper the topic is not even being discussed.It does go on to say, however, that a ‘huge offer’ might change their minds – suggesting he must leave permanently or not at all.As well as Arsenal, their north London rivals Tottenham have also expressed an interest in the youngster and they are said to be monitoring the situation. Paris Saint-Germain starlet Adrien Rabiot last_img read more


first_imgDeele College went Hollywood this week with the launch of the school’s highly anticipated promotional video.With a cast of 500 staff and students taking part in the ‘lip dub’ video, there was great excitement at the premiere in the school’s Sports Hall on Thursday afternoon. From mad scientists to Meatloaf impersonations, the fifteen minute video captured all aspects of life at Deele College.There were cameo performances from World Champion kick-boxer Damian Duddy and European Bronze medallist Brett McGinty, while Mr Flood illustrated why they were no match for his fighting skills.The video was shot to the sound of the popular ‘Wake me Up’ by Avichi and One Direction’s ‘Beautiful’ and will available on YouTube and on the school’s website to everyone who took part and helped to organise this wonderful event. SIMPLY CLICK THE VIDEO TO PLAY!DDTV – DEELE COLLEGE GO HOLLYWOOD WITH LIP DUB VIDEO was last modified: December 19th, 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:deele collegelip dubRaphoevideolast_img read more

Gardai accused of delaying Arlene Arkinson inquest

first_imgSinn Féin politician Pat Doherty said it is disgraceful that An Garda Síochána has delayed the inquest into the murder of teenager Arlene Arkinson by failing to produce documents or nominate witnesses.Mr Doherty said the Arkinson family has been waiting over 20 years on this inquest and it’s shocking that proceedings have yet again been delayed. The Donegal-based politician said Gardai are simply adding to the anguish of the Arkinson family.“It is unacceptable that An Garda Síochána are further adding to the anguish of the Arkinson family by delaying the inquest into Arlene’s death yet again by withholding information from the coroner.“It is important the inquest proceeds with full disclosure so the family can begin to get to the truth about Arlene’s disappearance and murder. “The Gardaí need to come back to the court as soon as possible with the relevant information so that the inquest can be completed.”Gardai accused of delaying Arlene Arkinson inquest was last modified: September 8th, 2016 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:Arlene ArkinsondonegalGardaistrabanelast_img read more


first_imgNaomh MhuireThe under 14 boys will play at home to Ardara this Friday evening with a throw-in time of 7.30pm in their final league game.The under 12 boys travelled to Ardara on Monday evening last and had 2 entertaining games against the home side. Best for Naomh Mhuire on the night were Tuathal Lunny, Mark Walsh, Jonathan Doherty, Hugh Sweeney and Conor Duffy. Both under 12 teams are in action next Monday evening at home to Dungloe. The under 10s travelled to Dungloe for a challenge game on Saturday morning last. Training this Saturday morning at 10am.The summer league continues every Friday evening at 5.30 – 6:30pm. Check the website for latest tables, fixtures and results.The adult teams have no game this weekend with the next game on Sunday 10th June at home to Cloughaneely followed by an away fixture to Bundoran.The u14 Girls will play MacCumhaills on Tuesday 29th in Ballybofey and play Naomh Naille on Tuesday 5th of June in the u14 Championship. Peil na mBan Naomh Mhuire wish all the students of the club girls and boys all the best in their Exams.‘Feile Anagaire’ takes place over the Bank holiday weekend, lets all club members help out in any way we can with the feile committee to have a successful Feile.The club have O’Neill 22″ Kit Bags for sale priced at €28. Text 0863189931 to order. Leave your name and number and you will be contacted.Lotto details for week 23rd May. Jackpot 1940 euro. No jackpot winner and six match 3 winners: Francis Doherty – Leitir Ceannain, Paddy Joe Sharkey – Coilceim, Antoin O’Dochartaigh – Rann na Feirste, Aodh O’Dochartaigh – Rann na Feirste, Dónal O’Gallochoir – Loch an Iuir agus Caoimhin O’Séarcáigh – An Austrail. Numbers drawn were 4-6-8-23.May 100 club draw will take place on Wed 30th. Its essential that ALL sellers have their returns made on time so as to keep the running smoothly. Check out details on NEWS: NAOMH MHUIRE CLUB NOTES was last modified: May 29th, 2012 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:Naomh Mhuire Club noteslast_img read more