Watch ‘mad man’ Aurier’s horror stamp on Bayern’s Alaba that somehow avoids red card

first_imgTOTTENHAM fell apart against Bayern Munich and it somehow could have been even worse – if Serge Aurier had been sent off for hacking David Alaba.The right-back, 26, went in with both feet off the ground having badly misjudged Alaba’s slide tackle clearance.So what’s the point of VAR when Aurier is doing tackles like this @baz1701_baz— RonDon (@Triggz187) October 1, 2019 3 Aurier escaped a booking for the lungeCredit: ReutersThe incident occurred only in the eighth minute of the match and, even with Aurier remaining on the pitch, Spurs went on to lose 7-2.There will no doubt be some fans arguing the scoreline would have been improved had the Ivorian been given his marching orders, such was his starring role in a number of Munich’s goals.But the moment also raises serious questions of VAR and how officials reviewing the incident decided not to advise a red card.Alaba only made it to half-time at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and was down for several moments following the lunge, providing ample time for a video replay.And referee Clement Turpin didn’t even book Aurier, seemingly accepting it had no malicious intent despite being very dangerous.VAR has been less inclined to upgrade dodgy challenges to dismissals since its introduction, although AC Milan defender Matteo Musacchio had his foul on a Fiorentina player upgraded from yellow to red on the weekend.🤦‍♂ It goes from bad to worse for Milan🔴 Musacchio goes in on Ribery with his studs up and after consulting with VAR, Piero Giacomelli upgrades his initial yellow card to a red!— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) September 29, 2019 Latest Football NewsSILVA’S GOLDEN GIRLModel Ines Tomaz has been helping Bernardo Silva through quarantineGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleNeedless to say, Spurs fans were furious with Aurier’s showing on Tuesday.One Twitter user wrote: “Aurier genuinely looked like he wanted to be off the pitch, stomping into Alaba’s chest.”Tom added: “Aurier played that 2nd half as if he’d actually been sent off for that Alaba challenge.”Marcus, meanwhile, attempted to explain the tackle: “Aurier hurdles a challenge and Alaba slides under where he’s gonna land so it’s just an accident.”But Gabriel tweeted: “Alaba went in sliding early and Aurier jumped early at the same time like players do when they want to jump OVER the person sliding. But it was so mistimed that he stamped on him with both legs. Easily a red.”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one3 Some believe the moment was an accidentCredit: Reuters3 The defender protested his innocence after the tackleCredit: PA:Press AssociationSerge Gnabry loses the match ball after team-mates trip him up and kick the ball into the Bayern fanslast_img read more

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Chelsea hero Fabregas trolls Spurs on ‘Battle of the Bridge’ anniversary

first_imgCESC FABREGAS has trolled Tottenham over the infamous “Battle Of The Bridge” that resulted in Leicester winning the Premier League title.Four years ago today Spurs travelled to Chelsea still in with a shot of pipping the Foxes to the crown.2 Cesc Fabregas played the full 90 minutes at Chelsea stopped Spurs in their tracksCredit: AFP or licensors2And moving into a 2-0 lead, the dream was on for Spurs thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.But Gary Cahill gave Chelsea some hope of getting something from the game, and then Mauricio Pochettino and Co’s hopes were killed when Eden Hazard scored the equaliser at the death.And looking back to that infamous day, Fabregas has riled up a fair few Spurs fans.The Spaniard, now playing at Monaco, tweeted: “Today 4 years ago we won the Premier League.”He then cheekily added: “For Leicester City.”There was drama all over the pitch on that day in West London, with a total of THIRTEEN yellow cards, nine for Spurs.Moussa Dembele was retrospectively banned for six games for appearing to gouge Diego Costa, and Erik Lamela “accidentally” stamped on Fabregas’ head.Most Read In FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticWhat resulted was Leicester and boss Claudio Ranieri winning the Premier League at odds of 5,000/1, with games still to go.Fabregas’ throwback tweet unsurprisingly went down well with Chelsea and Leicester fans, with some professing their love for the “legend”.Spurs fans were less happy, with one labelling the 32-year-old “a toddler” and telling him to “grow up”.It comes after Jamie Carragher hailed Leicester’s title winners as greater than Manchester United’s Treble side or Arsenal’s Invincibles.Leicester win Premier League as Spurs drawlast_img read more

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In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgwell in Manchester Major LeagueHillstars dished out their second 4-1 win in the Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League, taking advantage of Greenvale at the Kirkvine Sports Club last Sunday.Shaquille Wellington powered the defending champions, scoring twice to effect a 2-0 lead and following Jermaine Green’s 54th-minute strike, which made it 3-0, returned in the final minute to complete a hat-trick. Tennison Brown’s 70th-minute for Greenvale goal proved merely consolatory.The previous week, Comfort had felt a similar beating. Jermaine Green was the hero on that occasion, netting twice.Ricam have also scored two impressive wins. The first came against Downs, a team which had just gathered a weekend highlight 5-1 win over Villa United.In a game that saw two goals being scored in time added on, Ricam achieved a 4-1 victory on the back of a Maxwell Robinson hat-trick. Ricam’s second win, which came last Saturday, was a 3-0 shut-out of Porus.Matches are scheduled for today and tomorrow at Brooks Park and Kirkvine.Mount St Joseph, Knox win Manchester Prep titlesMount St Joseph returned a mixed bag of football finals results in their defence of the 2015 Manchester FA-run Brumalia House-sponsored Howie Chin male and female Prep School League, which was completed recently.Mount St Joseph retained their female title when they defeated long-time rivals Belair Prep 2-1.However, a new champion was created in the male category after Knox defeated Charagape 1-0. The new champions actually dethroned the defending champions via the penalty shoot-out route in the semi-finals.In retaining their female title, Mount St Joseph spoiled Belair’s perfect-win-season record. They were, however, forced to do it the hard way, coming from a 0-1 deficit after Timika Scarlett scored for Belair in the 24th minute. Jada Blake earned the equaliser for the champions in the 28th minute before Dania-Lee Wint sealed the championship with a 45th-minute goal.The advance of Knox and Charagape to the male finals represented the first time that neither Belair nor Mount St Joseph had made it there. In a very tense final, Jamal Lovelace’s 32nd-minute strike gave Knox their first-ever hold, having reached the semi-finals last year.Rappa Pam Pam Shoot for MandevilleMandeville will host its final competitive shooting match of the year tomorrow when the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC) hosts its Christmas extravaganza dubbed “Rappa Pam Pam”. Venue will be the MRPC’s home in Lincoln.The tournament is the club’s “give-back” to shooters and patrons throughout 2015. The match will require 100 rounds, a count which is designed to attract regular contestants on the circuit as well as regular firearm holders. A feature of the day will be cooked food and soup for all, free of cost. Children will also be fÍted with play facilities, food, and ice cream.There is likely to be a new year-end champion other than club captain Orville Henriques based on the practice match earlier this week. The injured Henriques was beaten into third place, with Ellsworth Dixon and Thomas Jones taking first and second, respectively.Following the tournament, an awards ceremony will follow, where the Shooter of the Year and Most Improved Shooter categories will be announced.Holmwood athletes dominate Ron Hamilton 5KHolmwood Technical athletes dominated the second running of the Ron Hamilton 5K road race held in Christiana last Sunday.The event is named in honour of retired Holmwood Principal Ron Hamilton. It was also a fundraiser for the Holmwood track and field teams.Holmwood athletes took the first four places in the 5K road race that saw competitors run from the gate of Holmwood, take the new highway, turn at Christiana High before finishing back at Holmwood’s gates. The walk event was limited to 3K and began at the Christiana High School gate.Leading the Holmwood charge was Kajay Walker, who clocked 17 minutes five seconds to edge out Shaquille Onfroy, Shemar Legister, and Javion Lewis, respectively. Rodrick Reese ofKnox stopped the top 10 sweep, coming in at number five in 18 minutes and 25 seconds.It was a similar affair in the female section, where Chrissani May led a sweep of the top 10 places.Hanbury top historic Peter Bunting Football night showIn the first ever night game for the final of a community league, Hanbury won the Peter Bunting Central Manchester Community Football League with a 5-3 win on penalties over the Mandeville police team.No goal was scored throughout regulation and extra time, and it seemed fitting that Hanbury, as the historic host, triumphed to cop the $100,000 first prize. The lawmen earned $60,000. It was a cash-rich evening as earlier in the thirdplace play-off, Land Settlement won $40,000 after defeating Heartease 3-0. Ramon Senior netted a hat-trick.Individual awards were ignored, but the divisional winners were all awarded prize money. Divional winners were Blue Mountain (Bellefield division), Mandeville Police (Mandeville), Albion (Knockpatrick), and Land Settlement (Royal Flat).The occasion fetched thousands of spectators, and during the day, children of the community, as well as others from the wider central Manchester constituency were fÍted and fed.Mid-season finalists beatenBoth Cedar Grove and Braeton United, the teams that will contest the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League mid-season final were beaten last Sunday. Cedar Grove suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Cumberland (five points), which won their first match in four tries. Braeton United remained on six points from three games as they were clipped 1-0 by Edgewater.In another game Daytona (seven points) spanked Southborough 4-2. The mid-season final is scheduled for Sunday, December 27, at the Cedar Grove playing field, starting at 3 p.m.Winter Football Junior camp a successChicago-based coach Dean Lothian and his team from the United States hosted a four-day football camp in Portmore dubbed Winter Football Camp Jamaica, which finished last Thursday at the Portsmouth Primary playing field.Lothian is from Portsmouth in Portmore and played for Rodwood FC in his earlier career. He received a scholarship and benefited from college football in the USA. He said that as a coach, over the years, he has received loads of equipment including balls from sponsors, and he decided to donate coaching expertise and equipment to local coaches and young players in Jamaica.Patrick Dunkley, the coach of East Portmore Portals, was instrumental in getting the Winter Camp team in Jamaica.The camp attracted scores of youngsters in the eight-16 year-old age group and ran from Monday, December 14 to Thursday, December 17. The vision of the project is to be a football club that produces high-quality players, playing in the highest level locally and internationally through the intentional emphasis on building self-esteem and self-awareness. Both girls and boys participated.The team of foreign-based coaches will now turn their attention to Westmoreland.Rivoli oust Old Harbour in FLOW Happy Sutherland KODefending champions Rivoli United sent Old Harbour Bay United packing with a 2-0 win in the feature match of a double-header in the quarter-final round of the Flow-sponsored St Catherine FA Happy Sutherland Knockout competition last Thursday night at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.In the opening game at the venue, Bodles eliminated Frazsiers Whip 2-0.In matches on Wednesday, former champions Portmore United defeated Marcus Garvey 2-0 and Royal Lakes clipped Dunbeholden 2-1.The semi-final pairings pit Rivoli United versus Portmore United and Bodles versus Royal Lakes on January 20, 2016, at Spanish Town Prison Oval.Westchester on topWestchester’s netball team leads the South East St Catherine Netball League with 16 points as the preliminary round comes to a close. Mega Angels, with 13 points, occupy second spot, Pro Santos (12) are third, while Pro Santos A and Express All Stars are tied for fourth on nine points apiece.In a recent game, Mega Angels dismissed Pro Santos B 24-11. The top three teams will progress to the semi-final automatically, while the next four will battle for the fourth and final spot. The competition continues on January 9. Nathan cops prestigious Abe Alexander TrophyFormer president Richard ‘Roots’ Nathan capped the prestigious Abe Alexander Memorial Trophy at the KSAFA Western Sports Business House Football Association awards presentation at the Red Stripe Sports Club recently.Petrojam, the 2015 Division One triple champions, won most awards, including the KO and Challenge Trophy against Division Two champions Peak Bottling.Former national player and Premier League winning coach Lenworth Hyde Sr, who guided Petrojam to the triple, was named Coach of the Year; Corey Samuels, Manager of the Year; Cornelius Simms KO MVP; and Jaron Richards the League MVP.Nathan, a former president of KSAFA and the Business House Football Association, was honoured for his outstanding contribution to football since 1973 as player and administrator. He received the award from newly elected president of Netball Jamaica, Dr Paula Daley-Morris, the guest speaker at the function.GraceKennedy, who went under to Petrojam 2-3 on penalties in the Division One final, walked away with the Division Two runners-up trophy, while Sagicor, who lost out to Peak Bottling in the Division Two final, collected he runners-up award.Troyland Williams of Peak Bottling won the leading goalscorer award in Division Two, and teammate Andrew Morrison the MVP award. Metrodade’s Kemar Beckford won the award for leading scorer in Division One.Carib Cement won the award as five-a-side champions, with ATL taking the runners-up award.Scotiabank was cited as the Most Prepared Team, Nicholas Scott (Scotia) the KO competition’s top scorer. Carvel Banton was named Referee of the Year, while Khonordo Johnson won the assistant referee award.Champions startlast_img read more

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Leaders Without Vision – The Root Cause of the Liberian Crisis

first_imgPresident Joseph G. Herring, officers and Members of this distinguished organization, President Emmanuel Smith and members of the national board, distinguished guests present, fellow Liberians, ladies and gentlemen- friends:It is both an honor to join you today on this historic occasion marking the inauguration of a new leadership, poised to steer the ship of destiny of UNIBOA – AH MUN BEDO in Maryland. It is also a pleasure to stand in solidarity with this great organization which represents an historic culture that transcends many county lines, forming a belt that surround  four counties – Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Margibi, and Montserrado – in a regional union of ethnic kinship which can otherwise be referred to as the THE BASSA NATION.The Liberian nation is defined by many ethnic groups but I can say tonight with facts and conviction that the Bassa nation stands tall among the ethnic groups of Liberia when it comes to her contribution to the history, culture, and political landscape of Liberia.  Indeed, Bassa has produced many great Liberians – from politicians, to cultural artists, diplomats, doctors, engineers, educators, and of course – the long list of eminent lawyers.I must commend you for the wise selection of the theme “Working together to win it together” The fact that we are gathered here together- the fact that many have subscribed in membership to this great organization- the fact that we share a common patrimony,  signifies at least the desire to work together. But how do we win it together? To win it, my friends, it takes a leader with a vision – a transformational leader who is endowed with the passion to initiate meaningful action to achieve advancement for his or her people.  This leads me to the topic of my message to you today: Leaders Without Vision – The Root Cause of the Liberian Crisis.Most reference books would define a leader as a guide – an individual selected and trusted to steer a group to achieve their desired ends – one responsible for the survival and safety of a group – Like a parent to family. The Bible often likens a leader to a shepherd who guides his sheep to feed in green pastures, quenching their thirst by the rivers and streams.  Allow me in a few minutes to illustrate the virtues of a good leader in the sense of a designated driver, selected and trusted by his peers to lead them with a sober mind to their desired destination – having responsibility to a large extent for their safety. A good designated driver, who takes his role of leadership seriously, would get the group together and remind them of goals while selecting the most competent amongst them to assist him in the front seat. He would first secure a roadmap by means of an ordinary map, GPS, map-quest or even a scribbled outline. As a good leader he would then ensure that the vehicle is basically equipped, having sufficient gasoline, spare tires and jack. He would even go further to check out the traffic, weather reports, and possible alternate routes. With this kind of leadership, the group is bound to find itself smoothly on a superhighway, riding on cruise control to the land of their destiny. In other words, a leader who is conscientious and committed to succeed comes prepared with a plan – never neglecting the basic needs and aspirations of his people.But on the other hand, there exist a different breed of leaders. Those who are the ones whose interests are not focused upon “working together to win it together.” Their self-conceited modus operandi is rather focused upon working to win it for themselves. Those are the shepherds who instead of leading their sheep to green pastures and flowing streams, would recklessly take them to the wilderness to die of hunger and thirst, simply because of their own quest for fortune and fame. Those are the leaders who would dare to take the drivers’ seat unprepared, and without a roadmap or plan.  In the last 34 years, the progress of our nation Liberia has suffered tremendous stagnation characterized by a series of devastating experiences because of leaders without a plan. Yes, indeed, we have had our share of bad drivers without a roadmap. It started with the one who seized the wheel even though he did not know how to drive. Predictably, he ran us off the road after 10 years of adventure, causing panic and confusion. We then took our chances from one miscellaneous driver to another for seven years – taking us from one dead end to the other. We though we solved the problem when we gave the wheel to the chief agitator, who took the wheel and ran us over the cliff – taking the lives of so many of our love ones.  And finally, after finding our way out of that wreckage, another driver, who professed to have so many credentials, has led us into a valley of the shadow of death, facing a hopeless situation of disease and distress simply because of the lack of a plan or appreciation for preparedness. Yes, that is the story of our nation. What we need to forge ahead as a nation, and finally achieve our destiny as people, is a committed leader, imbued with a vision of progress, and a mission for transformation. What we need is a leader with the ability to inspire his or her people to rise up on their feet from a hopeless state of complacency to achieve their God-given potential.With a plan for progress sanctioned by the will of the people we can transform that vision into a mission, and then we can declare with true conviction, that we are ready and willing to WORK TOGETHER TO WIN IT TOGETHER. Let me admonish you, my fellow Bassolians, that in this struggle “to win it together”, we cannot gave up on our nation. Let us keep Liberia close to our hearts. It is true that the unfolding events of recent decades have been challenging to our sense of endurance.Decade after decade, we have found ourselves dressed up in the morning in cloaks of hope, only to go to bed in shredded garments of distress and frustration. If I was asked to write the story about my experience as a child, and millions of others like me, who grew up in Liberia during this turbulent era, the title will certainly not be “THIS CHILD WOULD BE GREAT – It will be properly labeled “shattered dreams, wounded hearts  and broken souls.”  Sad but true – That is the legacy that those before us has left for us to grapple with. But something deep within me tell me those shatter dreams can be transformed into bright hope for tomorrow if we come together and believe that we are in this together. The famous poet,  John Dunn put it right when he said:No man is an island,Entire of itself,Every man is a piece of the continent,A part of the main.Any man’s death diminishes me,Because I am involved in mankind,And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;It tolls for thee.The turbulent storm of destruction has had its way with us. The rude awakening of this disastrous epidemic has brought us to our knees, but no, we cannot give up. From one era of distress to another, our nation has endured.  Yes, we were shaken by the forces of instability at the hands of one tyrant to the other. The relics of infrastructural destruction, coupled with devastating socio-economic woes are scars that we will bear for years. And yet, we have still endured.  Even in this moment of untold human suffering brought by a deadly epidemic, I can say with faith, that with God above, we will still endure.  We will endure because sooner or later, the scars will heal, the broken walls will be mended together again, and the wounded hearts torn apart by tragedy and pain will be healed again. It may seem long, but when the night of healing is complete, we will see the dawn of prosperity. Our star will shine bright in the horizon – AND Liberia shall rise again.With the winds of adversity behind us, besides us, and stirring ahead of us, we must build courage to forge ahead. With this kind of resolve, I’m certain that we can enter into a new era of progress. So, out of adversity, let us reap advancement, out of frustration, let us muster the will of determination, out of this moment of pain, together, we can make gains. Together, only together, we can turn this dark night of tragedy into a bright morning of triumph.Yes, Ah Mun Bedo, Liberia shall rise again because we can work together to win it together.I THANK YOU 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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Liberian Literacy Redefined

first_imgThere are few things that bother me more than when people try to confuse knowing to read and write as being literate and not knowing how as illiterate. This uninformed assumption could not be furthest from the true meaning of the word. In this piece, I will give you a clear distinction between the two, and how it should be defined in Liberia rather than going along with the present distorted definition that is causing our beloved country so much confusion.But first, I will define literacy as understood by civilized and educated societies; this will be followed by how we Liberians should define the word we perceive as negative – illiterate, and positive form, literate.The word in its most simplistic form is defined as being able to read and write or showing knowledge about a particular subject. Notice the second portion of this simple definition is beginning to reveal the true meaning of the word and removes itself from that narrow definition that the typical Liberian understands. In its broader meaning, literacy is a process that enlightens and changes one’s thoughts and attitudes; is knowledgeable and constant, well-read, scholarly and educated; in essence, it is transformative in its application. It doesn’t look at the world through selfish lenses, but rather employs its scholarly lessons to elevate the communities in which it resides. To put it even simpler: It is the light!! As the good book would say, “By their fruits, we should know them”. Such is literacy. If you’re not bearing the fruits that a literate society bears, simply put, you’re not literate.  Now let’s come to Liberia and discuss how we see literacy and how we shouldn’t see it. Now that we know what literacy is, I will focus on what literacy is not.For example, the reliance on foreigners to initiate, engineer, and lead everything that strengthens economic growth in a given location and naively expecting them to put Liberian interests first, the acceptance and indifferent attitude of our overpaid officials towards the long-suffering of the overwhelming majority of the population, the total disregard of the rule of law by the very people charged with upholding it, is the birth of Liberian illiteracy.When you have foreigners come into our country and rape our young women and pillage all we have, walk around boastfully claiming that government officials are “in their pockets” without consequence; commit murders at will, and in many cases walk free. In the few cases where they are tried and convicted, those verdicts are eventually overturn because some corrupt official has been paid off to circumvent statutory laws not realizing his actions devalues the lives of every single Liberian including his own, is nothing but self-hate illiteracy.For those of you who went to America under the age of 40, allowing con artist pastors to chop all you have in your quest to get a visa, fill three acre swamps in Duala so prayer mothers can pray for you, and by some luck you win DV, arrive in America with all the opportunities on God’s green earth presented to you on a silver platter, and you settle for doing “double” in some smelly nursing home, that, my friends, is “your suffering just started” illiteracy. Working three shifts in some group home in America simply to buy an inflated plane ticket to go to Liberia’s 105 degree heat in an Alaskan fur coat to bluff and possibly die from dehydration, is “Jonny just come” illiteracy.Catering to foreigners, especially white ones and refusing to extend that same courtesy to your fellow Liberians because you believe doing so will lower your social economic status, is just plain “inferiority complex” illiteracy. Preaching against nepotism, and when you’re given a double chance to do away with such practice refuse and employs it to the highest degree and claim that since your son’s are qualified (whatever that means) it is not nepotism but a leadership sanctioned by Western Countries,  this is treasonable illiteracy.  Knowingly appointing incompetents and thieves to very crucial roles in the government to the detriment of the suffering masses is unforgiveable illiteracy. Purchasing $60k luxury vehicles every year (not 10K off road pickups) for officials whose last vehicle rides were in the back of a dump truck in a country with poor roads, poor schools and hospitals, half the population malnourished, infant mortality amongst the highest in the world, unemployment at 80%, corruption, cronyism is rampant, the courts and legislature hold no one to account, this, my friends is time for “drastic action” illiteracy.Electing idiots and thieves who have accomplished nothing in their lives but sat in a cushioned position given them by wicked leaders is “you sentenced yourselves to long-suffering” illiteracy. Buying grades from University of Liberia and claiming you’re education is “just laughable” illiteracy. Stopping a government-issued vehicle in the middle of busy traffic (while everybody else is waiting on you) to make sure everybody sees you in your cheap Chinese suit while talking to a teenage girl you’ve already impregnated, “is 25 to life” illiteracy.Hiring a news anchor who can barely read on a 7th grade level and claiming s/he will learn on the job is simply stupid illiteracy. Studying the dictionary and memorizing fancy vocabularies you can’t properly pronounce is just village illiteracy.Building a million dollars mansion overnight in the midst of the very people you help impoverished, and when they jump over your poorly built fence to reclaim what you have stolen from them, then you turnaround and call them armed robbers, is “ God bless you” illiteracy. Raping our teenage girls and forcing homosexuality on our boys and claiming they wore provocative clothing in a 105 degree heat is “mob justice justified” illiteracy.Starting LU night school after you get elected (stopped in the 7th grade before the war) and all of a of sudden you’re the new dux and Suma Cum Laude extraordinaire even though you still can’t read, that’s just “wonders never end” illiteracy. Wearing a three piece suit so people can call you kwi (civilized) as described by the brilliant Liberian Poet Kona Khasu in his poem “Our Man on Broad Street”, is just “mind-boggling” illiteracy.Having a public official fail miserably at his task, millions entrusted to him disappeared, same road paved 3x in one year because the public works minister is a thieving idiot, and a so-called Harvard educated economist (she actually studied something else but goes along with the economist label), reshuffles him as the “special economic advisor to the president” is “third world” illiteracy.Claiming to be educated with a master’s and boasting about your academic prowess, yet your girlfriends live better than your wife and kids; your wife is a stranger who doesn’t even know your salary or any details that could protect the family, whenever you get paid you disappear from your family for days “chartering” drinking spots while your wife and kids beg neighbors for food. Your idea of spending time with your family is coming home drunk at 3 am, vomiting all over the house and telling your 5 year old daughter to keep quiet because she’s crying too much from hunger pains. My people, this is the mother of all illiteracy.Calling poor people in an over populated shanty town “country” for throwing dirt in the streets when the government has not provided any sanitary means of disposing wastes, is just plain “I am holier than thou” illiteracy.Believing that because your embezzlement-funded house, car and office are cleaned, all your friends and closed confidants eat in the best places in town and the next possible Ebola outbreak will skip you because you hang out with government thieves, not realizing these “best places” buy their restaurant food from some of the nastiest, most unsanitary places is just illiteracy “pass max”.I could go on for days, but time and space won’t permit me. Now let’s turn to what civilized people consider literacy and why we can’t straightly limit literacy to reading and writing.When Tamba builds his toilet downhill and his well at the top of the hill taking gravity into consideration and ensuring he does not contaminate his drinking water, that’s health literacy. When Ma Fatta sweeps the sidewalk in her community to keep a clean and safe environment for the kids to play, who can argue that this is not literacy? When brother Trokon’s trap catches a deer and he shares a pound of meat with each member of the village as mandated by tradition, that’s “One for all and all for one” literacy. When a farming village in the hills of Bomi can adequately calculate the seasons and continuously ensures a bountiful harvest, that’s “astronomical literacy”.The point I am trying to make is literacy is not limited to having three pens in one’s breast pocket and claiming to know book. The true meaning of knowing book is when that acquired knowledge transforms your people. If your literacy only transforms you, you’re still illiterate. Literacy cannot preach one thing, and when given a chance and the tools to right those very ills it preached against, turns around and practices them at levels never before seen. Literacy must be constant, transferable, admirable, honorable (not as we know it in Liberia) considerate, selfless and imaginative.  It must be free of quid pro quo. In truth, it must light up those in its presence!!I will leave you with a quote of one of the most literate men I know – my grandfather. He lived all of his 92 years in our village, but could accurately predict the weather, build bridges, read and understand the thoughts of the forest, interpret dreams; an expert marksman and master builder, the financier of the first grade school built in our village, lone voice against some practices of the “Grebo Bush” and a chief, who was loved by his people. He was illiterate by Liberian standards but a problem solver and a scholar by developed societies’ standards. “Son” he begins, “you can have ideas greater than our ancestors, but if they are not coupled with action, they can never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied”!   Dedicated to my grandfather, old man Momoh, who bought me my first book and taught me how to lay my first possum trap. Miss you and RIP, Grandpa.About the Author: Mr. Zuo is the author of several articles including the “Liberian Psyche”. He’s a proud graduate of Buutuo Cultural University, specializing in Changing Liberians Minds and Attitudes. He presently lives in Buutuo, Nimba County with his two hunting dogs, Government Official and Chief Embezzler. He loves to drink palm wine with roasted cassava dipped in fresh palm oil. 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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Huskies falter in third period, lose game three 6-3

first_imgGrande Prairie took the lead on their first shot of the game as Daniel Bishop went around Daylen Pearson on a one on one rush and beat Travis McLean. The Huskies were undeterred by the tough start as they tied the game midway through the first, and got the go ahead goal a few minutes after.The second period was evenly contest, but Fort St. John managed to extend their lead to 3-1 eight minutes into the frame.The Huskies started the third shorthanded and that was the start of their downfall in the frame. A powerplay goal was followed by four more goals as Grande Prairie took the 6-3 win.- Advertisement -Assistant coach Todd Alexander says the outcome is a part of hockey some nights, and the Huskies will be prepared to go Tuesday night for game four.“There was about six minutes there where we let off the pedal a bit. That’s hockey some nights,” he says. “It’s not for a lack of effort or anything, it just is what it is. It’s a touch pill to swallow. We’re going to go home and regroup and pick ourselves up off the mat. It takes four wins to win a series. They have two, we have one. We’ll be ready to go for Tuesday.”Despite the third, Alexander was encouraged by how the team played in the five periods prior.Advertisement “We know what our A game is, we know what we bring. We’re going to come out, we’re going to work, and we’re not going to worry about anything else. Until they tell us we don’t have anymore games to play we’re going to keep going forward.”Scoring in order for the Huskies were Jordan Gies, Blair Karasiuk, and Brighton Campbell.Game four goes Tuesday night from the North Peace Arena at 8 p.m. with Grande Prairie leading the best of seven series 2-1.last_img read more

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Fishing weekend at Charlie Lake a Father’s Day splash

first_imgBelow are the top finishers from the children and adult categories:Children1. Justice Pallister – two pounds, 19.5 inches2. Austin Barber – two pounds, 17.5 inchesAdvertisement Drapeau says the children talking about the fun they had at the event are one of the reasons the event was significantly bigger this year. “It keeps getting bigger and bigger every year. It seems word of mouth and the media here jumped things a few levels. More people hear about it from the kids and how much fun the kids are having and all the goodies they get. More stuff just keeps rolling into me. A lot of the stuff even hit me today. Donations make it bigger and bigger.”She adds she started teaching on a smaller scale when her daughter said she was bored during a trip. Drapeau ended up teaching her daughter and friends how to fish and it grew when companies approached her about teaching on a larger scale.- Advertisement -“My daughter, my husband, and I we go camping. My daughter was sitting there a few years ago and she says ‘I’m bored. All my friends are in RV’s watching TV and movies and playing games,’ she explains. “I asked how many fishing rods do I have and we took the fishing rods and took our friends down and I taught all these kids how to fish and they were hooked instantly. It grew from there. We were talking about how fun it was and had companies come along and ask if I wanted to do it.”Drapeau says it feels great when she sees those taking part having a great time and knows it’s really easy for them to go fishing again in the future.“It’s the best. The absolute best. I think that with how excited I get over it would beat any little kid at Christmas with their favourite Christmas present. They catch on so quick and they go home with all the gear. They have everything they need to go out again, mom and dad just have to put a little bit of gas in the tank and go out with some snacks and sit there. Those kids are so, so happy. They’re grinning away and having a blast. Advertisement 3. Jackson Hempler – one pound 15 ounces, 17.75 inches4. Eric Louie – one pound 15 ounces, 17.5 inchesAdults1. Mike DeVries – three pounds two ounces2. Shane Pallister – three poundsAdvertisementcenter_img 3. Travis Salmond – two pounds 14 ounceslast_img read more

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GRFU commences 2018 15s Season…

first_imgDespite the muddy condition of the National Park’s rugby field, the Guyana Rugby Football Union’s (GRFU’s) 2018 season was off to a perfect start.Pepsi Hornets team held off a strong challenge from the Panthers to win 12 -10 in the season opener of the Bounty Farm 15s tournament on Sunday.Hornets’ tries came from National player Leon Greaves, along with a conversion from captain Ryan Gonsalves; while Panthers’ Godfrey Broomes scored both tries for his team.The GRFU also presented the Panthers Club with its second division trophy for winning the GRFU Tens tournament.Additionally, Guyana Defence Force (GDF) were presented with a trophy for winning the GRFU Bounty Farm 15s 2017 tournament, which ended on Saturday.The final points standing read: GDF – 36 points, Panthers – 31, Police Falcons – 14, Pepsi Hornets – 11 and Yamaha Caribs – 6.During the next two months, the GRFU will be engaged in three international tournaments for 2018: the CACSO Games Rugby Sevens, Americas Rugby Challenge Championships Fifteens, and RAN Sevens Championships, which will also serve as qualifiers for the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru.last_img read more

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Study paints a bleak arts education picture

first_img$500 million in one-time funds to be shared with physical education programs. That’s substantial money, said Ayanna Hudson-Higgins, director of arts education at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. “That is a huge step in the right direction,” she said. Many districts in Los Angeles County, including the Pasadena Unified School District, are way ahead of the game, she added. PUSD was one of the first districts to sign on to the county “Arts for All” program in 2002, which calls for developing a detailed plan to integrate the arts into all students’ lives and hiring an arts director to oversee the process. The district has finished its plan and is now reviewing the curriculum. Teachers and administrators are working on first bringing music and visual arts to all kindergarten through sixth grade students. “Yes we need more money, but I can tell you that based on our own local work that these school districts are so committed to providing arts education,” Hudson-Higgins said about PUSD and 19 other county school districts that have already come on board. “I see it time and time again. It’s really about the commitment.” (626) 578-6300 Ext. 4494160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – For decades, gloomy pictures have been painted of arts education in California’s public schools. The decline of music, theater and visual arts classes – and the rise of standardized testing that leaves little time for enrichment instruction – is often mentioned. A statewide study commissioned by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation suggests that the arts education landscape is actually bleaker than even the media have portrayed it. SRI International’s “An Unfinished Canvas, Arts Education in California: Taking Stock of Policies and Practices,” found that 89 percent of California public schools are failing to provide standards-based courses in four main areas of the arts: music, visual arts, theater and dance. Just under 30 percent of schools were found to not offer the required instruction in any of the disciplines. Researchers described the numbers as startling. “The results of this study provide a needed wake-up call to lawmakers, educators, parents and the public,” said Marshall Smith, director of the education program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. “We know that arts instruction can benefit many aspects of a student’s life, including academic performance. It’s time we take real steps to ensure that all of California’s children receive a quality arts education.” The deficit is reportedly highest at the elementary-school level, where the state is said to lag behind the national average in hours of arts instruction – up to 50 percent in music and visual arts instruction. Researchers cited the fact that most art instruction is now taught by general classroom teachers, with the majority of schools no longer retaining specially trained teachers for music and art. However, the news might not all be grim. This year, California allocated $105 million for arts education, as well as last_img read more

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New Charlton boss Luzon unsure about the Addicks’ transfer fund

first_img New Charlton boss Guy Luzon New Charlton boss Guy Luzon says he will find out after this weekend’s match against Watford whether he will have money to spend in the January transfer window.Luzon became Charlton’s second head coach of the year when he was unveiled on Wednesday, replacing Bob Peeters who was dismissed last week.The Addicks are currently sitting 14th in the Championship, 10 points off the play-off places and fans have urged the club to spend this month.But new boss Luzon has revealed no decisions will be made on signings until after this weekend’s trip to Vicarage Road.“I am only 12 or 20 hours in and I am focused only on the next game against Watford,” said Luzon.“After the game against Watford we will see what we are going to do.” 1last_img

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