Saclepea Lawmaker Scowls at ‘Upper -Lower’ Nimba Split

first_imgRep. Domah has contrasting view about the division of Nimba-Says ‘majority Nimbaians’ will decide The creation of 5 new counties in 1964 by President Tubman was intended to address the issue of unequal representation. Prior to 1964 Liberia was divided into five counties, Grand Cape Mount, Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Sinoe and Maryland, 3 provinces, and 4 territories namely Marshall, Bomi Territory, Gibi Territory, Kru Coast Territory and Sasstown Territory.The provinces were Central Province, which includes present- day Nimba and Bong counties, Western Province which comprises present-day Lofa and Gbarpolu counties, and Eastern Province, made up of present-day, River Gee, Grand Gedeh, and Grand Kru counties.Until 1964, Nimba was  part of Central Province, which included present-day Bong County. Since Nimba gained county status, it has never been divided as has been the case with Grand Gedeh, Maryland and Lofa counties. There has never even been a discussion about a division of Upper and Lower Nimba County, unlike Bong County where a presumed dichotomy exists between what is referred to as Upper Bong and Lower Bong.Nimba, the most populous, has been making enviable strides in economic development. But since 2011, Nimba County has played hosts to an intense power struggle (bickering, squabbling), with some residents calling for a split which on the one hand would create Lower Nimba and, on the other, Upper Nimba.Since 2017 the power play has intensified, leading to widespread debates among the County’s lawmakers and beyond.In the aftermath of claims and counter-clams, Nimba County District #7 Representative, Roger Domah, has told the Daily Observer that though he “seriously stands against the split,” he believes that majority of his kinsmen will decide the fate of the County.The UP lawmaker frowned on the idea of splitting the County, adding: “I support a united Nimba County instead.”Domah has advised the leadership of Nimba County Caucus not to meddle in citizens’ politics suggesting the County’s split, but to allow the citizens to make the decision all by themselves. He however said it would be at the disadvantage of the citizens to divide the County.Rep. Domah replaced Representative Worlea-Saywah Dunah, who did not seek re-election after serving for 12 years at the 52nd and 53rd Legislature respectively.Reports say the “split” debate in the County is being masterminded by some influential people, especially members of the Legislature from southeastern Liberia, to relegate  Senator Prince Y. Johnson’s somehow unchallenged  role as  the sole “Political Godfather of the County.”Even though there has not been any law up to press time yesterday to officially divide the County, there are also reports that the County Electoral District #5 Representative, Samuel G. Korgar, and some southern Lawmakers are among those pushing for the implementation of a law that would see Nimba County divided into two.Besides seeking to oust a single man (Senator Prince Johnson) as the political godfather of the County, they also claim the division would create an avenue (way, path) for additional seats in the upper house of parliament (senate).However, there has been  stiff resistance from majority of the citizens, who believe that the law, if implemented, would break down the unity and the political prowess of the County, increasing ethnic tension.It may be recalled that on March 10, during a week-long Reconciliation Program of Rep. Domah, Sinoe County District #2 Representative Jay Nagbe Sloh argued that sometimes division is necessary to promote infrastructural developments, though he claims  not to support  the division of Nimba.“I am not supporting division of the County, but Montserrado has six senators today because they divided themselves,” Rep. Sloh argued.He said Bomi and Margibi counties have two senators each, while River Cess and River Gee, which broke away from Bassa and Grand Gedeh counties respectively, also have two senators each.“You can still be divided and maintain your unity,’ the Sinoe lawmaker indicated.Since March 10, Rep. Sloh’s statement has left many with the belief that the division of Nimba is being masterminded by lawmakers from the southeast. Some have pointed fingers at Senate Pro-tempore  Albert Chie, who is believed to be one of the main protagonists supporting the division of Nimba and what is foreseen by some as the  County’s subsequent collapse.In an interview with Senator Thomas Grupee concerning the threats of a Gbi and Doru incorporation into River Cess County, he (Grupee) pointed fingers at Senator Francis Paye of River Cess for advancing the idea. He said that Paye orchestrated the splitting of Nimba in order to gain political relevance, because of promises made to his constituency.Nimba County is located in northeastern Liberia and shares borders with La Côte d’Ivoire in the East and the Republic of Guinea in the Northeast. One of 15 counties that comprise the first-level of administrative division, the County has six statutory districts. Sanniquellie serves as the capital with the area of the County measuring 11,551 square kilometres (4,460 sq mi), the largest in the nation. Ganta is the most populous city in Nimba County. As of the 2008 Census, it had a population of 462,026, making it the second most populous county.Named after Neinbaa Tohn Mountain, the tallest peak in the Nimba mountain range, Nimba County is also bordered by Bong and Grand Bassa counties to the west, River Cess County to the southwest, and Grand Gedeh County to the southeast.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ramstad crowned Links Champion

first_imgFinally, in the Women’s Long Drive, Valerie Unruh’s drive of 208 yards won her the title of longest drive. Ramstad, playing in the Championship Flight, defeated Ritchie Hosker by a single stroke to win the two-day event.Winning the First flight was Sheldon Wheeler, while Adam Krueger took Flight Two, and Justin Taylor Flight Three.The weekend also included an event which featured a combination of muscle and technique in a Longest Drive Contest.- Advertisement -In the 25 and Under category, Adam Krueger smashed a drive 308 yards for first place.In the 26-49 category, Ritchie Hosker placed first with an impressive drive of 317 yards, while in the 50 plus division, Sheldon Wheeler sent the ball on a 287 yard flight, to take first place.The ladies also hit the course throughout the tournament, where Jan Jorven emerged as the Women’s Club Champion.Advertisementlast_img read more

Sweden beat South Korea with VAR penalty

first_img0Shares0000Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist, left, celebrates after opening the scoring from the penalty spot.NIZHNIY NOVGOROD, Russia, Jun 18- Sweden beat South Korea 1-0 in both countries’ first match at the 2018 World Cup in Russia thanks to a penalty from captain Andreas Granqvist that was awarded thanks to VAR.Veteran Swedish skipper Granqvist scored the only goal of the game from the spot after Viktor Claesson was upended by South Korean substitute Kim Min-woo Kim in the 62nd minute. Despite furious appeals, El Salvadorean referee Joel Aguilar, who had ironically been whistle-happy up until that point, intially waved away Swedish penalty claims.But after consulting the video, he pointed to the spot.It was the third VAR penalty awarded at these championships after France and Peru also benefitted from video referrals.The win was reward for Sweden’s more attacking approach, but it was unsurprising the winner came from the penalty spot in a game between two sides who had only managed two goals between them in seven games heading into Russia.Sweden never really convinced that they would score prior to the penalty despite their domination and a toothless South Korea did not manage one shot on target.However they should have equalised in the 90th minute but Hwang Hee-chan put a free header wide, spurning the Koreans’ best chace of the game by far.The victory leaves Sweden joint top of the group after Mexico’s surprise victory against world champions Germany on Sunday.Next up for the Swedes is an intriguing encounter against Germany in Sochi on June 23.South Korea started the game brightly, forcing the first corner in the fourth minute, but were gradually forced back by an attritional Swedish side.It was the Europeans who came closest to breaking the deadlock when forward Marcus Berg was denied by a fine point-blank save Jo Hyeon-woo in the 20th minute.Berg was denied again nine minutes later by a desperate last-ditch block from Kim Young-gwon.Captain Andreas Granqvist scored the penalty that gave Sweden victoryDespite their increasing dominance, Sweden also demonstrated why they have struggled to score goals.Berg, again, and Claesson went close before the end of the half, but it was clear for everyone to see why they had only scored once in their four matches prior to Russia.Korea threatened only on the break where Son Heung-min’s pace troubled 33-year-old Granqvist, who was without defending partner Victor Lindelof, who was ill.The somewhat rancorous build-up to the game — where Sweden were accused of spying on their opponents — was increasingly reflected in the niggly nature of the match.Resilient Sweden held firm after the goal and the Hwang late scare aside, and a half-hearted South Korea appeal for a penalty, their defence rarely looked troubled.The huge celebrations, the first match played in the $290 million stadium, at the end showed the importance the Swedes attached to this match.Before the game, South Korea’s coach Tae Yong-shin called it a “must win” game but the defeat leaves his side contemplating only an early exit.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Why 90,000 at Wembley Proves Football Isn’t Just A Man’s Game

first_imgIt’s been a huge year for women’s football, particularly in the UK. Phil Neville’s Lionesses built a whole new audience, while members of the US team even took on the President!It’s been a staggering rise as Super League teams continue to see attendances rise, while the game between England and Germany at Wembley sold out. It’s undoubtedly a landmark year, and Wembley will make many sit up and take note of the women’s game, conclusively proving it’s far from being a man’s game.The likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are investing more and more in their women’s team, and that will see more commercial activity taking place.More female orientated industries will now have the opportunity to target an ever-increasing audience, just as the likes of gambling, motoring and beer has in the men’s game.That could see the likes of online bingo, cosmetics and fashion begin to make its way into the game. Bingo is particularly an interesting one. Online gambling is a huge part of sponsorship income in the men’s game, and with the likes of Moon Bingo now hugely popular among British players, a foray into sports sponsorship could be on the horizon.Liverpool linked with Avon just a few years ago, which was considered a landmark deal, and it is expected that more and more partners will begin to take note of the women’s game.It’s been a long time coming, but what that will do is then bring more money into the game, offer better wages, offer the opportunity for more clubs to go full time and in turn improve the standard of the game.That will help inspire generations and a whole new lifecycle will begin as the game continues to improve.A full Wembley, 24,000 at Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea play Spurs will inspire a new breed of players, particularly as the likes of Beth England, Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton become more and more of a household name.It will be interesting to see how the game in Britain can kick on from the World Cup. It’s the perfect start in filling Wembley, but with another major tournament not due until 2021, when the European Championships are hosted in England, the game needs to keep up the momentum.Do that and 2021 could be even more groundbreaking. 2019 has seen the women’s game well and truly stand up in its own right. The Super League, clubs and the FA now need to put the infrastructure in terms of commercial sponsorships and investment in place to take it to the next level. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youCosmoWomensMagThe Most Remarkable Oscar Outfits EverCosmoWomensMagUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoMiss Penny StocksWesley Snipes Is 57 And This Is His Real Life PartnerMiss Penny StocksUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoNutrition Expert11 Best Foods to Eliminate Knee Pain NaturallyNutrition ExpertUndoFood Eat Safe7 Surprising Foods That Burn FatFood Eat SafeUndoDroneXProThis Selfie trend is going viral worldwide…DroneXProUndoFood Eat Safe11 Foods to Avoid When Trying to Lose WeightFood Eat SafeUndolast_img read more

Oldest Fossil Insect Alleged

first_imgIn a pattern that sounds familiar, an insect fossil has been found that (1) is the oldest ever discovered, and (2) shows that “winged flight may have emerged earlier than previously thought.”  Estimates put this fossil at about 400 million years old, among the first creatures to colonize the land.  Though wing impressions were not found, the specimens may have belonged, based on other detectable features, to an order of winged insects.Source: BBC News, based on the finding by Engel and Grimaldi published in Nature.1  The authors say, “In fact, Rhyniognatha has derived characters shared with winged insects, suggesting that the origin of wings may have been earlier than previously believed.  Regardless, Rhyniognatha indicates that insects originated in the Silurian period and were members of some of the earliest terrestrial faunas.”1Michael S. Engel and David A. Grimaldi, “New light shed on the oldest insect,” Nature 427, 627 – 630 (12 February 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02291.Anybody see evolution here?  The first bugs are already bugs.  The authors make a valiant attempt to fit these into some kind of evolving lineage, but the discussion is all inference based on guesswork.  A set of disconnected links does not comprise a chain.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa turns to jobless for its War on Leaks

first_imgThe War on Leaks campaign will train 15 000 young people to mend leaking taps and pipes and help the country save R7 billion in water.Trainees had to have a minimum of matric or an N3 certificate and a science and math background before being accepted for training. (Image: GovZA)Brand South Africa reporterA total of 15 000 young people with the minimum qualification of Grade 12 matric or N3 with maths and science, will be trained for campaign called War on Leaks, set up to save water through stopping water leaks.It was launched by President Jacob Zuma on 28 August in Port Elizabeth. South Africa is said to lose more than R7-billion worth of water annually because of leaking taps and pipes.Given this, the youngsters will be trained to fix leaking taps. They will do repairs, retrofitting and replacements. They will also be able to identify aged infrastructure, one of the causes of the problem.Zuma said the programme was expected to be rolled out countrywide. “Our key message to you today is that we must save water. Water is not unlimited. If we do not look after it, we will lose it.”It was everyone’s responsibility to save water. “When you see a leaking tap, close it. When you see a leaking pipe on the road, inform the authorities. Nobody should waste water; it is very scarce.”A long-term national water plan was needed to address the country’s future needs regarding water and sanitation, he added.Through War on Leaks, the government would train unemployed young people as water agents. “They will be responsible for visiting communities to investigate water leaks and to teach people to save water,” said the president.“We will also train plumbers who will assist to do a number of things such as reducing water losses and repairing the sources of the leaks.”Training is followed by community outreach to find and fix leaks and teach people how to save water. (Image: GovZA)Training will take place in three phases: in phase one, 3 000 people will be trained in the 2015/16 financial year; in phase two, 5 000 will be trained in 2016/17; and in phase three, 7 000 will be trained in 2017/18. About R680- million has been budgeted for the campaign in the current financial year.In addition, Zuma said the Department of Water and Sanitation had committed funding for the construction of the Nooitgedacht Water Scheme, which would boost the water supply to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.Construction had started and the scheme was scheduled for completion in February 2017.Earlier in the day, the president visited the home of Cynthia Ncapayi in Zwide. The family’s water bill ran into several thousands of rand and it had been discovered that water leaks were to blame for the consumption figures. The family was unable to pay the high bill.Similar cases are being reported throughout the municipality’s townships and metro.Municipal capacityWater and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said 27 district municipalities in the country were in a dire state in terms of water capacity.“Working together with the water boards, we will train youngsters, give them accreditation through [sector education and training authorities] and they will be attached to our different water boards. That will help us with capacity.”Many young people, she added, would also be placed in district municipalities where interventions were needed.Over and above the first 3 000 trainees, Mokonyane told the SABC, a further 1 000 trainees had been targeted to ” deal with the cleaning of our dams, the cleaning of infrastructure in KwaZulu-Natal”.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Asian Games: Asiad ’82 in New Delhi comes to a glorious end

first_imgThe massed combined services band spells out ‘IX ASIAD ’82’ during the emotional closing ceremonyFor sixteen drama-filled days, it had occupied centre-stage in the vast Asian continent, dominating headlines in 33 countries and overshadowing the election of a prime minister (in Japan) and the state visit of the French President,The massed combined services band spells out ‘IX ASIAD ’82’ during the emotional closing ceremonyFor sixteen drama-filled days, it had occupied centre-stage in the vast Asian continent, dominating headlines in 33 countries and overshadowing the election of a prime minister (in Japan) and the state visit of the French President (to India). And finally, it was over. When the giant flame atop Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the heart of New Delhi flickered out for the last time, it was meant to symbolise the final curtain on Asiad ’82.But it also symbolised something much more – the end, and even perhaps the beginning, of a glorious chapter in Asian sport. Never had the Asiad flame burned brighter and never had the gap between Asian performances and that of the best in the world been narrower.If Asiad ’82 was a triumph for Indian crisis-management, it was overshadowed by the dramatic performance of the participants. In just 14 days of competition, an incredible 74 Asian Games and Asian records were shattered.If the pixie-like Chinese gymnast Wu Jiani was the centre-piece in the first week of Asiad, by the end of the second she had been dislodged from her perch of prominence by at least 10 other participants whose individual performances blazed a meteoric trail across the tartan tracks and synthetic surfaces of the New Delhi Games.India’s gold-medal grappler Satpal Singh in action during his final boutBut the history books will fail to record the real triumph of Asiad ’82. For, in the end, the New Delhi Games were not just another inter-continental sporting meet but a spectacular celebration: except for one ugly incident during the football tournament, never had the spirit of sport manifested itself so powerfully.Unforgettable Spectacle: At the emotion-charged closing ceremony, the sight of 5,000 athletes linking arms regardless of country or political ideology and waving gaily to the 70,000 spectators will not be easily forgotten.advertisementNor will the impulsive gesture of the smartly-clad Japanese athletes, who broke away from the crowd on the track to toss their white panama hats into the crowd as if in acknowledgement of their unrecorded contribution to the success of the Games.Heavyweight pugilist Kaur Singh, India’s solitary gold medallist in the boxing tournament, weaves away from his opponent in the finalAnd, as the sun slowly set on Asiad ’82, there were moments that reached out and touched even the stoniest of spectators. At the closing ceremony, when the Asiad high started coming down, there were at least two occasions that epitomised Asiad theatre at its most poignant. One was when the floral Appu, the lovable mascot of the Games, made his last bow and disappeared into the bowels of the stadium for the last time and the scoreboard flickered an electronic farewell.An object of much derision when the Games started owing to the needless controversy about a live mascot, by the time Asiad ended Appu had come to symbolise all that is still elevating about an event like this.The other was when the massed services bands played the hauntingly beautiful hymn Abide With Me. There could not have been a more appropriate and emotional end to the astonishingly successful Games than that one perfectly-rendered melody that lingered on in the mist-laden air long after the last member of the audience had left.Posterity, however, will record only the performances but even those were inspiring enough. Ironically enough, the most-coveted victor’s laurel wreath went to the sportsman who was the most advanced in age, at least on the athletic field Shigenobu Morofushi, at 38, was old enough to be considered a veteran, but his incredible performance set almost impossible standards for the rest.Built like a Sumo wrestler, the balding Japanese sports instructor created Asiad history when he continued his amazing gold streak by winning the hammer throw – for the fourth Asiad in succession.He had won in Bangkok (1970), Teheran (1974) Bangkok (1978) and now New Delhi. In fact, Morofushi was participating in his fifth Asiad, having settled for a silver at the 966 Bangkok Games at the age of 22. He obliterated his own previous Asian Games record of 68.26 m with his third effort which saw the spherical “hammer” hit the dust at an incredible 71.14m. The throw fetched him not just the gold medal but the cup for the best sportsman of the Games, a distinction that could only have gone to him.Either he is a surprisingly modest man or his string of victories have made him blase about the whole thing. Immediately after his record-breaking performance, he closeted himself with his Rumanian wife, Serafina, in their Village room for a private celebration.But there were obviously other Morofushis waiting in the wings, notably the highly intelligent long distance runner Masanari Shintaku. The talented Japanese ran a brilliantly-plotted race in the 5,000 m to canter home in 13:53.7 for a new Asian Games record.advertisementAthletics, in fact, set the competitive tone of the Games which, predictably enough, boiled down to the traditional battle for supremacy between Japan and China.Though in overall performance and drive there was very little to choose between the two, China’s medal-hungry athletes created history by toppling Japan from the top of the medals table for the first time. For the spectators, at least, the Japanese and Chinese national anthems eventually became as well-known as the Indian, so often were they played.China’s high jump stars Zhou Jianhua who just missed the world recordJapan’s early lead, established with its splurge of swimming medals, was gradually whittled down until it became obvious that the deciding factor lay in the track and field events.The China-Japan battle and that of the two Koreas who dogged their heels diligently, provided additional flavour for what always is the glamour event of an international sporting meet. The result was some outstanding performances which had the surprisingly knowledgeable Indian crowd glued to their fibre glass seats.Out of 39 events where new records were possible, no less than 27 Asian Games records were shattered as compared to a mere 12 in the last Asiad at Bangkok. There were at least three world class athletes on display and many more who would be by the time the 1984 Olympics came around.Zhong Dazhen’s gold medal high jumpChina’s star high jumper Zhou Jianhua had the entire 60,000-strong audience holding their collective breath as he made his go-for-broke bid to break the world record. He failed by the proverbial whisker but his mark of 2.33 m made a mockery of the old Games record of 2.21 m, eclipsed his own Asian best of 2.30 m set last year and was tantalisingly close to the world mark of 2.36 m.Great Effort: The real star performance at the Games came from the Indian athletics contingent, which picked up a total of 21 medals to finish third after Japan and China in the track and field tally.M.D. Valsamma’s record-breaking 400 m hurdles effort and the equally outstanding performance by 800 m gold medallist Charles Borromeo earned, of course, the pride of place but another outstanding performance was long jumper Mercy Mathew who picked up a surprise silver in the event with a best ever jump of 6.2 m.Crowd go delirious after India score firstIn fact, Mathew’s best jump was 6.43 m which would have beaten the eventual gold medal winner Liao Wenfen of China’s record mark of 6.42 m but was called a foul jump. Mathew, in fact, inexplicably fouled four of her six jumps and was understandably dejected after her performance. “Never in my life have I fouled four jumps,” she wailed, “it was just not my day.”Another surprise medal in the jumps came from S. Balasubramaniam who ignored the awesome reputation of Zhou Zhenxian to come up with a remarkable triple jump of 16.14 m to pick up the bronze. The jump not only won him a medal, but it also set a new national mark. He has never crossed 16 m before but graciously attributed his performance to crowd support. “Their cheering really gave me the added distance,” he said modestly.advertisementThe biggest upset in the jumps, however, was that of Japan’s Hisayo Fukimitsu who had beaten world record holder Sara Simeoni of Italy and holds the Asian record of 1.93 m in the women’s high jump. This time, however, she looked sadly out of form and was beaten to the gold by China’s Zheng Dazhen who established a new Asian Games record by clearing 1.89 m.India’s Negi helplessly watches another goal being scoredAs far as India was concerned, the spirit-dampening and humiliating defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the hockey finals (page 97) was more than offset by the overall performance of the Indian contingent which wound up with the largest number of medals ever won by the country in the Asian Games – 57, more than double their 1978 Bangkok tally of 28.Their 13 gold medals was also the highest recorded since the 1951 Asiad in which only six countries participated. In fact, in total medals won, India finished the Games in fourth position behind China, Japan and South Korea, but with North Korea having won more golds, was officially listed as fifth.In fact, India would have fared even better were it not for the fact that the medal hopes in the wrestling and boxing events failed to bring home the expected bacon. Apart from Kaur Singh who retained his heavyweight crown and grappler Satpal Singh who won India’s solitary wrestling gold, the other boxers and wrestlers were clearly outclassed, as they were in the weightlifting competition where nine new Asian Games records were established and one equalled in a total of 10 events.Marathon gold medallist yang Kon Kim of South Korea collapses in the arms of his coach after the race and Iraq’s wonderboy Falleh Jaralla storms into the final lap for his record-breaking 1,500 m runSimilarly, India lost a certain medal in the men’s 4 400 m relay when the last two runners in the Indian team, Pavittar Singh and Premachandran fumbled with the baton and finally dropped it at a crucial moment when India were well in the lead.The women’s relay team almost met the same fate when a similar fumble by the last two runners lost the lead that Valsamma’s fantastic lap had given them and wound up with the silver. Clearly, Asiad ’82 belonged to the women, at least as far as India was concerned. The euphoria at the gold medal performance by the women’s hockey team continued at the athletic stadium where the women bettered no less than six national records and bagged nine medals. Valsamma’s glorious 400 m hurdles run for a new Asian record made her the pick of the bunch and she picked up another silver in the 400 m relay.An elated Iraqi team after winning the football final against facied KuwaitAnother double-medal winner was Geeta Zutshi. the painfully shy middle-distance runner from Haryana. Zutshi failed narrowly to pick up golds in the 800 m and the 1,500 m but she rewrote the national record books with timings of 2:5.77 and 4:19.33 respectively in what appears to be her last Asian Games. P.T. Usha, the scrawny-looking sprint queen also picked up two medals in the 100 m and 200 m, clocking a personal best of 24.28 sees in the latter during the heats.The honours clearly belonged to the two giants, China and Japan, and the two Koreas an overt indication of the priority and care given to the development of sport in those countries.Equally encouraging was the obvious improvement in standards among the Middle East countries. Their dominance in the football tournament was absolute with Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia taking the three top spots, but their performance in other arenas was a clear indication that they will no longer settle for being also-rans.Easily the most outstanding individual performance from among the Middle East contingents was the breathtaking run by Iraq’s colourful middle-distance runner Faleh Jaralla.The fumble that cost India the gold in the 4 x 400 m relay for womenJaralla’s failure in the quarter-mile had virtually put him out of the reckoning for the 1,500 m finals but he ran a dream race, staying in the background till the last round and then powering his way through the final lap in an astonishing 55.4 sees to smash the Asian Games record with a time of 3:43.49.But the loudest cheer was raised for the marathon man, Kim Yang Kon of South Korea, who barely managed to finish the gruelling race before collapsing into the arms of his coach.Other Stars: Tragically, because of the glamour of the track and field events, the real stars of the Games were virtually unnoticed. One was Gil Man So, the North Korean marksman who picked up the highest number of individual gold medals – four – in the shooting competition.But for a man who won the most medals, So was also the most taciturn. When asked about his future plans, he put it in a single word: “Olympics”.The giant scoreboard flickers out its last messageSwimming, as usual, produced its own superstars, as would be expected considering that no less than 25 Asian Games records were demolished. Japan predictably ruled the pool while China took the diving honours but the swimming show was stolen by the two Choi sisters of South Korea, Youn Hee and Youn Jon who between them won seven medals out of the 12 won by their country’s swimming contingent. Youn Hee, in fact, proved the only swimmer to win three individual golds, a remarkable performance by any standards.There were other images that, as usual, will outlive the perishable statistics. There was the glamour girl of the Games. Lydia de Vega of the Philippines, the 100 m gold medallist, being mobbed by autograph hunters by day and boogeying away in the Village discotheque by night; and the indestructible Han Jian, China’s badminton gold medallist displaying nerves of steel to destroy the fancied Indonesian Liem Swie King.Surprisingly, host country India picked up most glory outside the athletics stadium, and registered dramatic improvements in almost every competition. On the badminton courts, minus star player Prakash Padukone, the Indians picked up five bronze medals which signifies their best-ever performance in the Asian Games.The volleyball team’s fourth placing was again nothing to be sneezed at, while the most creditable improvement came in swimming where, though the Indians failed to pick up a medal, they had swimmers in almost every final where their performances saw them smashing national records by unbelievable margins.Sanjiv Chakravorty clipped 1.33 secs off the national record in the 100 m freestyle finals with a time of 55.77 secs, Bula Choudhury sliced Anita Sood’s 100 m butterfly record by 0.86 secs.Glamour girl Lydia de Vega: 100 m winnerT.J. Jacob reduced his own national record for the 400 m individual medley by 3.02 secs while in the women’s event, Persis Madan fared even better by chopping the national record by a creditable 5.48 secs. Similarly, in the 200 m breaststroke, Gita Anand chopped 6.59 secs off the national record.But the most outstanding performance was by 200 m butterfly champions Khazan Singh and Bula Choudhury who reduced the national records by 8.43 secs and 11.64 secs respectively.Brigadier D.N. Devine-Jones, secretary of the Indian Boxing Federation, points to an equally improved performance by the Indian boxing team. In 1974, India won three silvers and two bronzes while in 1978 the tally was just one silver and two bronzes, This time, the final count was one gold, two silvers and three bronzes.Mantu Debnath, coach of the Indian gymnastics team, was quite content with the fifth position secured by the men’s team in the competition after China, Japan and the two Koreas. since it represents the best Asiad performance to date. In weight-lifting, the absence of any significant medal contribution was no indication of the vast improvement in performances. In fact, Indian lifters have bettered national records an incredible 69 times in 1982, a tribute to the planned training programme they have been on in recent months.Asiad athletes relaxing in the village disotheque during the GamesThe Counterpoint to the encouraging overall improvement of Indian sporting standards was the question that loomed large in the aftermath of the Games – how long will the tempo continue? Obviously, India’s performance stems from the build-up to the Asiad over the last two years where no expense was spared to get the best equipment and the best coaches available. But in international terms, there is still a long way to go looking at the manner in which other Asian countries are nurturing sport within a well-planned long-term perspective.The Philippines has one of the most interesting sports programmes going called Gintong Alay (Offering of Gold) with the ultimate objective of producing world-class athletes. Baguio City, a hill-station some 250 km north of Manila, is the hub of the national sports training programme which was started in December 1979. The money for the programme comes from a foundation set up by President Ferdinand Marcos with the equivalent of Rs 2,000 crore.Talent scouts travel the country looking for promising athletes in their early teens. They are brought to Baguio City where there are adequate educational facilities so that schooling is not disrupted. Says Gintong Alay’s Chief Coach, Australian Anthony Benson: “Everything is provided free and a small allowance given to the athletes. It is important to have them throughout the year so that training is continuous to build up endurance. This is how Filipino athletes have bettered national performances 70 times since the project started (Lydia de Vega is a Gintong Alay find). We have blueprinted our training schedule towards one goal – the 1984 Olympics.”Japan’s Kaori Yanase after her record-breaking spurt in the 100 m free style finalMassive Drive: In South Korea, which will host the 1988 Olympics as well as the 1986 Asiad, an even more ambitious project is in the works.Says Jong Yul Kim, chef de mission of the South Korean contingent to the New Delhi Games: “The task of preparing for the Olympics has already started. Six million children underwent an initial screening for fitness of whom 100,000 were selected. After some more tests, 10,000 children aged around 12 or 13 years have been selected. Next month, a final screening will take place and 5,000 children will be picked and they will form the core of the Korean challenge in the 1988 Olympics.”Similarly, China’s current success stems from the solid foundations laid down through the years. Wu Zhongyuan, one of the four deputy leaders of the Chinese contingent, revealed that there are three aspects to China’s sports programme: “The first is the state commission for physical culture and sports which is a government body charged with the finance, planning and development of sports and infrastructure. The second is the all-China sports federation to which are affiliated the various associations. This is an autonomous body that looks after coaching of both athletes and coaches. The third body is the Chinese Olympic Committee which organises all the major meets.”Zhongyuan also says that China has 13 sports institutes and about 3,000 gymnasiums, stadia and running tracks. There are also schools of physical culture all over the country which train youngsters between the ages of 15 and 18 years.There is one school for each province and 90 per cent of China’s athletes come from these schools. He also attributes China’s success to the fact that sports exchanges with other countries and participation in international meets has increased tremendously in recent years. Which, of course, throws up the crucial questions: can the sudden interest in sports in India be sustained and will the Government and the newly-formed Sports Ministry keep their promises of giving Indian sport the long-awaited boost?The fantastic interest generated all over the country by Asiad ’82 and the fabulous stadia and equipment conjured up for the Games means that there has never been a more opportune moment than now for giving Indian sport a massive boost. On current form, the signs are hardly optimistic. Says Gursewak Singh, chef de mission of the Indian contingent for the Delhi Asiad and treasurer of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA): “If the Government is serious about proper usage of the facilities, a sports authority, similar to the Trade Fair Authority, will have to be created. The Sports Ministry does not have the experience to maintain the stadia. The federations have conducted the Games flawlessly and the authority, if it is created, must include people from them.”A dramatic moment in the wrestling competition at the Ambedkar StadiumGymnastics coach Debnath feels that it is unlikely that the progress made in the sport over the past few months will be maintained, unless a superhuman effort is made. “The cost is prohibitive,” he says. “Even Indian gymnastics sets, which are of poor quality, cost over Rs 50,000 and safety equipment is not available. Where can a learner practise? I think the Asian Games have done a lot for gymnastics in that people all over the country are suddenly aware of this sport. That is great but maximum benefit of this new awareness can only be got if new facilities are provided. Otherwise all will be lost.”Gautam Kaul, chief administrator of the Indraprastha Indoor Stadium, echoes Debnath’s views. “Indian gymnastics standards are on the rise,” he says, “but the main problem is the enormous lack of good coaches. There are states that have only one gymnastics coach and there are only about 50 for the whole country.”Doubts: At the most vital level, the actual participants, there is also a tangible air of distrust and apprehension of the future.Indu Puri, a member of the Indian table tennis team, says that the North Korean coach who trained the team for a year before the Asiad, helped them improve their technique a great deal but he will leave shortly and then they will be back to their old coaching system. Says she spiritedly: “In the leading sports nations, a player gets to the top as part of a larger programme. An Indian player is there only by virtue of his individual effort to get to the top. Secondly, their coaching starts much earlier than ours.”‘Puri goes on to say: “There is an enormous paucity of coaches. I have never been coached till now except by my father who was a club-level player and at the few coaching camps that are held. But the biggest problem is that of space to practise. We approach some schools but it is like begging.The one great advantage of Asiad would be if they let us have the Hall of States for practice – let’s see what happens.” Adds Eliza Nelson, captain of the victorious women’s hockey team: “It’s great to see the enthusiasm. But will it last?” Ultimately, it is that air of uncertainty that pervades the current post-Asiad atmosphere. Says Devine-Jones: “I am doubtful if financial and other pressures will ease after the Asiad. But with a Sports Ministry, there is reason for at least some optimism.” Rajiv Bali, manager of the Indian volleyball team, is equally cautious about the future: “We’ll have to wait and cross our fingers. It all depends on what is decided in the coming months.”Optimism: There lies the rub. So far, Sports Minister Buta Singh has been content to bask in the Asiad glory without making any concrete promises for the future. “We are working on a national sports policy,” he says. “Once that is finalised, we can go ahead with our plans.” But what exactly those plans are he is not willing to comment on just yet. Similarly, India’s ambitious plans to host international meets, including the 1992 Olympics, are mere straws in the wind as yet.The only certainty so far is next year’s Afro-Asian Games; the myriad world championships that were bid for during the Asiad euphoria are unlikely to materialise unless a major concentrated effort is made.However, Raja Bhalindra Singh, president of the IOA, is quite optimistic of India’s sporting future. “Delhi stands a good chance of getting the Olympics,” he says. “The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be meeting for the first time in March 1983, when it will decide whether to give India the Olympic Games.” Singh adds that what is needed is massive promotion of sports which can help in building up the sports industry so that high-quality equipment is available in India.But discussions with various federation heads, coaches and athletes reveal that in their opinion a huge gap has to be bridged before India can achieve results and take on the image of a leading sporting country:In a situation where the average age of athletes in every sport is gradually decreasing, it is of vital importance to introduce a ‘catch-them-young’ policy like East Germany has. This is the basic level where India loses out. Devine-Jones says that he gets boxers to train after they have joined the army, which gives them just a couple of years of international competition. In the sports-conscious countries, talent is picked up between the ages of nine and 13 and scholarships, free facilities and expert coaching combine to make them into world class prospects. In India, the lack of incentive or financial gain in sports means that the people who take to it seriously are sorely limited.The future of any sports programme rests in the broadness of the base that can be provided and this, again, is where India lags far behind. The lack of sports consciousness means that India’s base, from where future sportsmen can be nurtured, is tragically narrow. Even in schools, the emphasis is usually on educational distinction rather than sports. Rural India, with 75 per cent of the population, is virtually non-existent as far as sports facilities and sportsmen are concerned.Another major drawback is in the process of selection which all too often is riven by parochial conflicts and regional divisions. Eventually, the end result is hardly conducive to the betterment of sport.The lack of adequate competition is one of the most significant reasons for Indian sport being in limbo. It is impossible to improve performances if the competition is only as good as you are. Apart from cricket and hockey, the international exposure that Indian sportsmen are provided with is severely limited.Poor spectator response leads to poor finances. Apart from the glamour sports like cricket and in some places, football, the spectator turn-out at most sporting events hardly makes up the cost of staging the event. A professional approach to the selling of sport and the involvement of more private commercial houses could go a long way in increasing gate receipts at sporting fixtures.Lack of experienced and expert coaches is obviously one of the more serious defects in the system. Again, this requires more international exposure so that Indian coaches can keep up with modern developments. One of the main reasons that India fared so creditably in the Games was the unprecedented presence of a large number of expert foreign coaches who brought with them modern techniques and training methods.Finally, there are the facilities. If the Asiad facilities and stadia are going to be wrapped up in cocoons and only taken out of moth-balls for major international meets, that leaves Indian sportsmen still woefully short of practice facilities. Table tennis players have nowhere to practise, tennis players find balls too expensive, gymnasts have no proper equipment. There is also the related question of high-protein diets for the sportsmen – the lack of which has certainly contributed to the stunted growth of sport in India over the decades.By last fortnight, however, there were indications that the fate of the Asiad facilities had been settled. According to Shankaran Nair, secretary-general, soc, it has been tentatively decided to set up a sports corporation which will be an autonomous body charged with looking after the Asiad facilities, promotion of sports in India and also come up with proposals to use the available floorspace profitably.By the end of the year, the Government is expected to constitute a board which will draw up the blueprint for the sports corporation.The decision has not been welcomed in some quarters. Says Bhalindra Singh: “The Village is to be retained for international competitions, although this has upset the DDA (Delhi Development Authority) who had hoped to recover their money from the sale of the flats.” Meanwhile, the Government plans to lease the houses for intermediate durations so that they are available when required.But with the plans still in the melting pot, a number of alternative proposals have come up. One is to sell the houses to nonresident Indians while Mohammad Yunus, chairman of the Trade Fair Authority of India has his own proposal. “These houses could be used by public sector officials who are posted to Delhi and find it difficult to pay the exorbitant rents,” he says.Simultaneously, hoteliers have also submitted a proposal which would include the Village complex in a total package for tourists visiting New Delhi. They opine that a sports-cum-tourism body could better utilise the facilities. But the Government, according to available information, is in no great hurry to make a final decision and will only do so after the sports corporation Board is set up and their findings are presented.All these are encouraging signs but it is only the next few months that can really indicate which way the wind will blow for Indian sport: a gentle breeze or a gale of sufficient force to put India firmly on the international sporting map.last_img read more

Indian nationals asked to leave venue for suspicious behaviour during women’s ODI

first_imgAt least five Indian nationals were asked to leave the ground by Sri Lanka Cricket authorities on Sunday during the third women’s ODI between India and Sri Lanka at the Katunayake ground.The people were asked to leave Sri Lanka Cricket authorities for suspected behaviour throughout the course of the high-scoring match.According to an official, the people concerned were constantly on the phone and when asked about it, they said that were updating people back home about the match.”They were seen talking on their mobile phones throughout the match. When questioned they said they were informing those back home on the game,” said an official, who did not want to be named.They were handed over to the police for questioning, according to local officials and the police questioned them to find out if they had any connections with bookies.Also read – Mithali Raj’s career-best knock goes in vain as Sri Lanka beat IndiaSri Lanka won the high scoring final match by three wickets in the final over of the match, leaving India the series winner by 2-1.Batting first, Mithali Raj scored a career-best of 125 not out to help India post 253/5 from their 590 overs. In reply, Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Attapattu made her presence known and hit a 115 to help Sri Lanka win the match.The ODIs were a part of the ICC’s Women’s Championships which will determine the three automatic qualifiers for the 2021 Women’s World Cup.This is not the first time that something of this sort has happened as last month, several suspicious Indian and Pakistani nationals were similarly asked to leave the venues of the domestic T20 competition.advertisementlast_img read more

Evening News Break – April 29th 2016

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppEvening News Break, April 29th, 2019Listen Now **Tomorrow morning you can support a cook out to aid in the ‪#‎medical‬‪#‎expenses‬ of Roshara Williams at ‪#‎CIBC‬ FirstCaribbean, Leeward Highway branch.**New insurer in the country shared what research exposed are factors for the ‪#‎Caribbean‬ people not securing insurance for their properties.**‪#‎Security‬ ‪#‎companies‬ have little to no ‪#‎legislation‬ to support their own, personal security. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Police believe son murdered parents in Torrey Highlands home then committed suicide

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 19, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, August 19, 2019 Police believe son murdered parents in Torrey Highlands home then committed suicidecenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Police Department Homicide Detectives believe a man killed his parents before committing suicide by jumping off a freeway overpass on Friday Ausut 16th.At about 10 p.m. Saturday, a San Diego Police Department dispatcher received a call asking officers to check the welfare of a couple living in the Torrey Highlands Neighborhood at 7400 block of Via Rivera. The couple was expected in San Francisco earlier in the day but did not arrive. Concerned family members called police.Upon arrival, police tried to make contact at the door, then by telephone, with no success. The officers looked through a rear window and saw a body on the living room floor, police said.The officers forced their way inside the home and discovered the bodies of an Asian man and woman in their 50s with trauma to the upper body. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was inside the residence.On Friday, August 16, 2019 the San Diego Police received a call regarding a person jumping from the Eastgate Mall overpass over I-805. Officers responded to the location and discovered a male had committed suicide by jumping over the bridge, landing onto the freeway.Police said they believe the person who committed suicide was the son of the murdered couple found in their home.Homicide detectives were called to the scene and are investigating the deaths. The home did not appear to be disturbed.The victims’ identities have not been released pending confirmation by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.Detectives said they will continue investigating this case to determine a motive for the homicides. Updated: 1:57 PMlast_img read more