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Apologies to Usain Bolt

first_img His innate superiority as a sprinter was never in question. What was in doubt was him getting into championship, winning shape in limited time, relative to Justin Gatlin’s flying form. Neither was it a matter of the big Jamaican being able to cope with the pressure of the moment. Even after his slip in the semi-final and his overall unimpressive sprinting up to the final, compared to Gatlin’s conspicuously immaculate preliminary run in the rounds, in what must be a true index of his greatness, Bolt never seemed troubled. To the other mere mortals, the increased pressure would have likely taken a toll, but the undisputed ‘world boss’ of sprinting was not the one who buckled in the final. Instead, Gatlin was the one who fell apart technically. While Bolt ran his race, the American champion, crumbled and ended up over-striding and tying up as the big Jamaican calmly took home the bacon. Admittedly, this was one prediction I didn’t mind getting wrong. I never wished or hoped that Bolt would lose to Gatlin. The form books and logical analysis were pointing squarely in that direction. The form book, however, did not measure the heart, desire, competitiveness, and the champion mentality of Bolt. The build-up and the spectacle of the race itself were great for the sport of athletics. Bolt’s rivalry with Gatlin, with all the peripheral ingredients, provided good seasoning for the athletics pot. Despite all the whispers and loud shouts of disapproval, Gatlin’s presence in the sport has helped its visibility. Gatlin the villain was a major character in writing this latest chapter in the book on the greatness of Usain Bolt. In the eyes of the world, good prevailed over evil this time around. For now, the issue is settled and the ARGUMENT DONE. We underestimated the heart and quality of a champion. That was the mistake that the majority in the track and field world made, myself included, leading into the Beijing World Championships. For that underestimation, apologies are in order to the big man, who is easily, not just the greatest sprinter of all time, but, arguably, the greatest sportsman of all time. Bolt never needed that victory over the previously imperious American, Justin Gatlin, in the 100 metres event in Beijing to confirm that status. But it was, indeed, a timely reminder of just how great an athlete Usain Bolt really is. The dynamics surrounding the build-up to this race are well documented and made that victory perhaps, the greatest of Bolt’s decorated career. Bolt was not just being asked to defend his title, but to save the sport, to right the wrongs, and to correct some of the administrative shortcomings of the sport. He was mandated to do the ‘dirty work” of ensuring that the double-convicted drug cheat, Justin Gatlin, did not become the face of the sport. The pressure must have been immense, but the big man responded like a true champion, as the entire world breathed a collective sigh of relief. Leading into the World Championships, all the indicators were, indeed, pointing to a Gatlin win. The American was unbeaten in 27 sprint races across two seasons. In contrast, Bolt was ordinary over the same period. Gatlin was, obviously, the man to beat up the start of that final. If all the circumstances leading into these championships should arise again, I would set emotions aside and probably make the same call. There is absolutely no shame in getting a prediction wrong, courtesy of this calibre of greatness by Bolt. unimpressive sprintinglast_img read more

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Holding On to the Party that Let Her Go, Sirleaf Sues Boakai

first_imgA friendship so long: Lifelong friends and teammates of 12 years, Ellen Sirleaf and Joe Boakai, might be forced to settle their scores in court.Lawyers representing former President and standard bearer emeritus of the Unity Party (UP) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf have filed a lawsuit against former vice president and standard bearer of the party Joseph N. Boakai, alleging her expulsion orchestrated by Boakai was in violation of the UP’s Constitution and the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.The suit before the Board of Commissioners (BOC) of the National Elections Commission (NEC) named other party’s officials also expelled and seeking legal redress were  Senator Commany B. Wesseh of River Gee County and member of the party’s executive committee, Medina A, Wesseh, ex-executive members and chairpersons on publicity committee and Patrick Worzie, acting secretary general.The matter is expected to be heard on Tuesday, February 20, at 2pm, in the Dispute Hearing Room of the commission.Madam Sirleaf and other party executive were expelled on January 18 of this year for allegedly violated the party’s constitution as the former president was seen campaigning with now President George Weah, who was then running under the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC( during the 2017 Presidential and Legislative elections.“The behavior of the expelled persons… constitutes sabotage and undermined the existence of the party,” said the statement announcing the decision, which was taken by the party’s executive committee.The lawsuit filed by the International Law Group (LLG) alleges among others the meeting which led to the expulsion of the former president and other executive members of the party was secretly held at the residence of Boakai with 31 executive members in attendance, but only 17  voted to effect said prejudicial and illegal action.They argued that the party’s constitution provides that the National Executive Committee shall require at least 42 votes in favor to acquire the two-thirds majority of the 65 members at the time of the decision, unfortunately only a majority of 32 were at the residence of Boakai that took the expulsion action.“The said vote cast was far less than the two-thirds majority called for by the party’s constitution to constitute a quorum to effect any major decision as enshrined in the by-laws and constitution, of which Boakai must be held liable for the illegal expulsion and gross violation of the those legal instruments of the party,” the suit filed by LLG chief of litigation, Cllr. Jonathan Massaquoi alleges.But when contacted for comment, Unity Party spokesperson, Mo Ali denied having any knowledge about the suit filed by former President Sirleaf. He however clarified that it was the Party acting through its Executive Committee that expelled former President Sirleaf and others.It can be recalled that on Thursday, January 14, a group of individuals described as thugs converged on the UP Congo Town headquarters to stage a protest against the expulsion of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and few other party members. The protesting group had come to read a statement debunking the expulsions but met stiff resistance from security officers and other partisans on ground according to a report carried in the January 19th edition of the Daily Observer newspaper.Further, according to the story, protesters who besieged the party headquarters were reportedly imported from various slums communities in and around Monrovia. They were described by party officials as thugs who have no stake in the party but had come to make the vicinity chaotic and bring the institution into public disrepute.They were said to have been led by expelled UP Acting Secretary General, Patrick Worzie and several confidantes of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was booted out of the Party earlier, when the protesters stormed party headquarters demanding use of the facilities to hold their press conference.Some of those reported to have been involved in the fracas at the UP headquarters were the National Chair-lady of UP Women’s Wing, Maceatoh Wreh, former Nimba County Representative, Worlea Saywah Dunah, Assistant Minister at Transport Ministry, Kansualism Kansuah, Deputy Information Minister, Rixch Barsigiah, and several others.The report further observed that scuffles erupted when security officers and few UP partisans who were on the ground initially resisted the entry of the group whose members were conveyed by four buses to the grounds of the headquarters.Reacting to the expulsion at the time, the then Presidential Press Secretary Jerolimek Piah declared the party’s rules were clear on the requirement for expulsion, noting that such requirements had not been fully exhausted.He said President Sirleaf had heard of the action against her by the party, but was focused on the conclusion of her transition. According to him the pronounced action by the UP did not deserve or require a reaction adding, “when she leaves the presidency, the party matter will be handled the party way”.But the matter had since gone cold apparently leaving many with the impression that the issue had been laid to rest. However with this latest lawsuit seeking to reverse her expulsion, it appears that former President Sirleaf and her expelled allies have not since let go and are seemingly prepared to have the matter run its gamut including up to the Supreme Court if needs be.It remains to be seen, however, whether this latest move on the part of former President Sirleaf will prove sufficient to compel a reversal of her misfortunes now that she is no longer president and lacks the coercive power of the office of an imperial Presidency.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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Marco Silva calls for calm as Sunderland damage Hull’s top flight survival hopes

first_imgMarco Silva called for calm after Hull City’s survival hopes were dented by relegated Sunderland.The Portuguese has worked wonders since his surprise January appointment at the KCOM Stadium, bringing hope to embattled City thanks largely to their superb home form.So Hull’s first home defeat under Silva couldn’t have arrived at a worst possible time, as second-half goals from Billy Jones and Jermain Defoe ended rock-bottom Sunderland’s three-month wait for a win.The 2-0 reverse handed Swansea the chance to send Hull into the drop zone, but a clearly-frustrated Silva called for his side to stay calm.“Of course it is not a good moment for us, but nothing finished this afternoon,” the Tigers boss said.“Even if we achieved a good result today, these are my words to you. Of course it is a not a good afternoon for us but it doesn’t change nothing.“We need to work hard during the next week to prepare for the next game, and after the last game as well.“Of course it is not a good moment but this is a moment to be calm because, for me, it is clear this afternoon our players don’t play calm.“They tried to do everything too fast and fast and well is not easy. They tried to do everything too fast in some moments, not be calm.“If you’re not calm, it is impossible to play well.”Silva’s frustration extended to the officials, having felt Hull should have been awarded two penalties and that Defoe was offside for Sunderland’s second.“Every week the same thing happens with our team,” he said. “It is not easy for me to talk (about) and I don’t like really to talk every week about the referees.“But again it is not is an excuse for me. The football, we didn’t play well. That is truth.“You asked me about the referees because I don’t want to talk about the referees, but again the penalty in the first half for me is clear.“The second goal, my staff said to me, is offside again and I think the moment with (Harry) Maguire in the second half (was a penalty).“It is too many things in one afternoon for one team like us to happen with our players – not only because we don’t play well, it is clear to me, but all the things is too many things for our team.” Marco Silva during Hull’s defeat to Sunderland 1last_img read more

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GAELIC GAMES: ST NAUL’S GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgSt. Naul’s Club NewsSlotto: There was no winner of this week’s jackpot. Numbers drawn were 2 3 7 6 4 1 5. The consolation prize of €80 went to Jodie McInaw, Mountcharles. Next week’s jackpot will be €2,300. Thank you all for your continued support.White Collar Boxing: The big night is all over and it went out with a bang! The club would like to thank everyone involved in helping out and organizing in anyway. Very special thanks to all the boxers for taking part and putting on a great show, you were all winners. A big thank you to the huge crowd also that turned out to support and provided a great atmosphere on the night. To all the sponsors for their great support and Donna Gormely for her creative designing for the posters and excellent program. To the St. Johns Boxing centre for the use of the boxing ring, thank you. Lastly a huge thank you to Eddie Gorman and his fighting fit team for training and preparing the boxers so well and providing the equipment, corner men, judges and referee on the night, it was all so professionally done. Club membership: Still available for 2013 please get it as soon as you can to help facilitate the club registrar.Reminder: We need to again emphasize to all parents with any underage boys or girls going out to train this year that every child needs to have a gum shield as this is now compulsory in all clubs from GAA headquarters. All managers need to really reinforce this new rule also. No gum shield, No training or No playing in a game.Congratulations: To Pauric O Donnell of the Abbey Vocational School and all the U-14 Team on reaching the Ulster Mc Devitt Cup Final. St Nauls are strongly represented on this team so well done to our boys. Also congrats to Patrick Boyle, Drimarone, on reaching the U16 Vocational School’s Ulster Final with Carrick.Workshops: The level 1 coaching course will be held in Four Masters this weekend again for those who have signed up already just a quick reminder.   GAELIC GAMES: ST NAUL’S GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: March 5th, 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:GAELIC GAMES: ST NAUL’S GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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Suspicious ice chest clears middle school

first_imgROSAMOND – Hundreds of Tropico Middle School students were sent to another school for three hours Thursday morning as sheriff’s deputies investigated an abandoned ice chest that ultimately proved to be harmless. The school deputy spotted the container about 7:45 a.m. outside a fence on the west side of the campus and thought it suspicious, officials said. “They saw a container sitting outside the fence at the school that didn’t have any markings on it and decided they wanted to investigate it,” Southern Kern Unified School District Superintendent Rod Van Norman said. “The deputy contacted me and suggested that he didn’t want any traffic or people (around the area).” Students at the 800-pupil middle school, where the school day starts at 8:45 a.m., were diverted to Rosamond High School, which is a designated evacuation site for the district. Some parents kept their children at home, Van Norman said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After it was determined that the container was harmless, classes at Tropico resumed shortly after 11 a.m., Van Norman said. The Kern County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad responded with a robot used to inspect suspicious packages, but deputies instead decided to use a more low-tech approach, Van Norman said. “They looped a rope over the fence down to the cooler lid, attached it, walked back a long ways and pulled the rope,” Van Norman said. “The lid came up and then they said it was clear.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com last_img read more

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Mystery behind giant Celtic cross on Donegal landscape revealed

first_imgThe mystery behind a massive Celtic cross planted into the Donegal landscape using thousands of trees has been solved.In recent days, people have been left in awe of the symbol carved into the countryside outside the village of Killea near the border with Derry.The recent good spell of weather and stunning Autumn colours have helped the almost perfect cross stand out even more. But is this an ancient message from our ancestors or a freak of nature?The answer is even more heart wrenching than we could imagine.The trees, which measure more than 100 metres long, were planted on the hillside by local man Liam Emery in what has been described as a feat of “horticultural engineering.”Using two different types of trees, they have thrown off different colours and cast the Celtic cross symbol on the landscape as Darren Sheaffer’s stunning picture shows. Tragically Liam passed away six years ago, aged just 51, after he was involved in an accident and suffered brain damage.His wife Norma said she partially forgot about Liam’s planting project but says he would have been delighted to see it come to fruition the way it has.Donegal Daily gardening columnist Gareth Austin said this was a true piece of horticultural engineering.“It’s not just cutting patterns in your back garden. This horticultural engineering – we will be appreciating this for up to the next 70 years,” he said.Mystery behind giant Celtic cross on Donegal landscape revealed was last modified: August 13th, 2019 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)last_img read more

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South African songbird backs malaria fight

first_imgSouth African songstress Yvonne ChakaChaka has been recognised for herefforts in the fight against malaria. Chaka Chaka receiving a recognitionaward from Prof Ahmed Wadee, dean ofthe Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Borrie La GrangeHead of CommunicationsMSF South Africa+27 83 287 5294RELATED ARTICLES• Holgate’s goodwill drive to Juba• Malaria cases halved in SA• Roger Milla, Fifa give malaria the boot• Swaziland to wipe out malariaBongani NkosiSix months after Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s backing singer Phumzile Ntuli died of cerebral malaria in 2004, the renowned musician resolved to start bold awareness campaigns about the deadly disease.Chaka Chaka’s group were unaware that Ntuli had contracted malaria when they returned from a musical festival in Gabon. Not suspecting that her malaise signalled an infection, Ntuli was driven home to rest.She visited a doctor the following day when her condition deteriorated, but it was misdiagnosed as general fever – according to Chaka Chaka.“She was put in the intensive care unit at the Johannesburg General Hospital (now Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital) and two days later she died.“That was a turning point in my life,” said Chaka Chaka, speaking at the opening of the Malaria in Context exhibition at Wits University on 25 July 2011.Chaka Chaka became a goodwill ambassador for Unicef in 2005 and has since used this status to raise awareness about malaria.It’s estimated that the mosquito-borne infectious disease kills at least 800 000 people, mostly pregnant women and children, in Africa each year.Although Unicef initially approached Chaka Chaka to become a goodwill ambassador for HIV/Aids, she chose instead to focus on malaria due to the unexpected death of her band member.During her life, Ntuli had also sung alongside legendary musicians such as Letta Mbulu and the late Miriam Makeba.The tragic loss made Chaka Chaka realise how uninformed South Africans are about the disease, as it’s no longer a common killer in this country.“I was totally ignorant of malaria as well,” she said. “You don’t know until it happens to you.”Through her involvement in several awareness campaigns, Chaka Chaka has travelled the continent and the world to speak out about the disease and distribute mosquito nets.Her goodwill ambassadorship for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) is her most notable contribution to the cause.This campaign – led by the World Bank, World Health Organisation, Unicef and the UN Development Programme – is a “global framework for coordinated action against” the disease.For her efforts, RBM and the UN honoured Chaka Chaka with a special award of recognition in November 2010.The New York-based Explorer’s Club honoured her in June 2011 alongside South African explorer Kingsley Holgate, who has fought for many years to combat the disease.Chaka Chaka’s foundation, Princess of Africa, has also positioned itself as a leading voice on the issue.In addition, she has endorsed Doctors without Borders’ (MSF) Kiss Malaria Goodbye, a new online campaign that seeks to raise awareness of malaria among South Africans.Wits exhibitionAt the exhibition opening, Wits University’s Faculty of Health Sciences Prof Ahmed Wadee said of Chaka Chaka’s efforts: “She has taken her public profile and used it as a goodwill ambassador.”Sponsored by MSF, the exhibition illustrates the history of the disease in South Africa and shows how the country is fighting to eliminate the disease.“I’m proud to be associated with this initiative the exhibition,” Chaka Chaka said.‘It can be beaten’Chaka Chaka has seen various improvements in curbing the impact of malaria. While in 2005 it used to kill at least one child every 35 seconds in Africa, statistics show that this has dropped slightly to one death every 45 seconds.But figures show it remains a serious concern, she noted. Chaka Chaka believes African governments need to invest more in fighting the disease – and for it to become a public- and private-sector initiative.“It can be done,” she said. “If we don’t do it now, we’re going to be judged by the next generation.”Some countries have shown that it’s possible to eradicate malaria completely. Australia achieved this in 1970, and Morocco in 2007.Mosquito nets have become highly successful in preventing malaria in risk-prone African areas. But actual treatment still needs to be improved, according to MSF.The organisation said it was lobbying governments to adopt artemisinin-based therapy, which it said is more effective, safer and easier to administer than quinine.last_img read more

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — October 30, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Showers at the start and end of the week slowed harvest progress, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3.7 days available for fieldwork for the week ending October 29, 2017. Cool, wet weather at the start of the week was enough to keep corn harvest behind the 5-year average by 13 percentage points while soybean harvest remained 2 percentage points behind last year. Average grain moisture for corn harvested was 18 percent and soybean moisture was 12 percent. Frost affected much of the state in the middle of the week, ending the season for some vegetable producers and road side stands. Winter wheat, hay seedings, and cover crops were reported to be in good condition.Read the full report herelast_img read more

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Postling: Etsy Founders Do Social Media for Small Business

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#enterprise#Products Half of the team that founded Etsy, along with a former Etsy and Amazon.com product manager, have quietly launched a new startup. Postling is a centralized platform for small businesses to publish to the social Web. The pitch is that it’s a single place to do all your social media work. If you’re thinking it sounds like a clone of other multi-network social media apps, you’d be only partly correct. By signing up on the site, businesses get a single place to blog, share photos and post to social networks. With no free option, it’s clearly positioning itself as a business tool and not a place for social media addicts, like FriendFeed or Ping.fm. Social Media Labor-saving DeviceChris Maguire and Haim Schoppik are co-founders of Etsy and now make up the engineering side of Postling. CEO David Lifson was a product manager at both Etsy and Amazon.com previously. Its value proposition is to save time for small businesses that want to test the social media waters. You publish to a variety of platforms and networks, and all your activity is also aggregated in a central Postling blog hosted on a subdomain. There’s a free 30-day trial for the service, but after that it’ll be $9/month or $90/year. Once you sign up and connect your accounts, Postling offers a simple interface for four basic activities. In trying out all of them, we quickly saw that although Postling has the right idea, it is definitely still in beta. Status Updates: You can selectively post updates to Twitter and Facebook. Nothing really special here, since it’s not doing anything that TweetDeck or Seesmic Desktop can’t do for either of those networks. Blogging: Postling supports posting to your WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, or Squarespace blog. On the one hand, it was extremely fast and easy to write and send off a post. But there were some bugs and missing functionality, such as poor image handling and no ability to add categories in WordPress. Images Uploads: You upload images to include in posts, and you can also upload them to Flickr. Instead of images alone, it’d be really nice to upload videos and integrate with YouTube, Blip.tv or Vimeo. Online video is a medium growing in importance for many businesses, especially small ones which usually can’t afford big production costs. Share a Link: This task was the most confusing. Most social media participants use social networks like Twitter and Facebook for link sharing, or they use social bookmarking. But it appeared that “sharing a link” as a separate function meant composing a blog post. Turn the Bullhorn AroundIt’s easy to forgive bugs in a service less than a week old. But there’s one thing that is glaringly absent from Postling right now: the ability to receive updates and then publish them. Though it looks like the team at Postling is working on listening capabilities right now, until they show up, the service will be of limited utility. In the near future, be sure to look for new features that will flesh out Postling as a social media tool for business. Tip of the hat to Bre Pettis. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair steven walling Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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