Cardinals Participate In State CYO Track Meet

first_imgSeveral members of the St. Louis Track and Field team competed in the finals of the CYO Track and Field Championships at IUPUI on Wednesday evening.  It was an outstanding night for the Cardinals from both a weather and performance perspective.Joshua Myers began the evening with a 1st place finish in the cadet age group (7th/8th grade) 1600m run along with a new school record time of 4:49.80.  This marked the third time this year that Joshua broke the school record in this event.  Adam Moster placed 5th in the 1600m run with a PR of 5:12.39 while Tyler Kuntz took 16th with a PR as well at 5:39.07.  Benjamin Moster competed in the 5th/6th grade age group and placed 4th overall with a PR of 5:31.08.  The 1600m set the stage for the remainder of the evening as the Cardinals dug in and continued to be very competitive.Benjamin Moster and Zachary Harmeyer took the track next in the 400m dash.  Benjamin placed 5th in his age group and did a nice job in competing shortly after setting his PR in the 1600m.  Zachary placed 4th in the cadet age group and set a PR at 58.75.The Moster brothers along with Joshua Myers competed very well in the 800m run later in the evening.  Benjamin placed 5th in his age group at 2:33.47 capping off a terrific evening.  Joshua Myers placed 3rd at 2:19.23 and Adam Moster followed closely in 6th at 2:22.59 in the cadet age group.Zachary Harmeyer followed his 400m performance with a 6th place effort in the cadet 100m age group while Grace Mack placed 9th in the girls cadet age group.  Zach and Grace both did a nice job as the 100m is a bit out of their range.Max Giesting, Adam Moster, Zachary Harmeyer and Joshua Myers finished the evening with a 4th place effort in the 800m sprint medley while breaking the school record.  The team finished the 100-100-200-400 relay in a time of 1:58.51.  Congratulations to everyone who participated in the finals on Wednesday evening.  What a great way to end the 2016 track season!Courtesy of Cardinals Coach John Harmeyer.last_img read more

Bale staying at Madrid

first_imgGareth Bale won’t be going to Manchester United for now – that’s according to Reds manager Jose Mourinho and the player himself.The Welsh forward played in Madrid’s 2-1 win against United in last night’s UEFA Super Cup Final and Mourinho says it’s ‘game over’ because ‘everybody knows he is going to stay’.Bale says he doesn’t want to move and there’s not much more he can say. Photo © – pixabaylast_img

Modric Beats Ronaldo, Salah to UEFA Player of the Year Award

first_img“It’s an incredible moment for me, I feel really excited and proud of this great award,” said the 32-year-old, who started out at Dinamo Zagreb and then had four years with Tottenham before Real prised him away six years ago.Modric, whose success sets him up as a favourite to win the Ballon d’Or world player of the year accolade, saw off former Real teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah for the overall award.Real Madrid’s achievement in winning the Champions League for the third season running was further recognised as Modric also won the UEFA award for the best midfielder of last season.His clubmate Sergio Ramos was named best defender while Real shot stopper Keylor Navas won the best goalkeeper prize.Ronaldo, who did not appear at the ceremony, was awarded the award for best striker chosen by Champions League and Europa League coaches from last season and journalists.The award “recognises the best players, irrespective of nationality, playing for a club within the territory of a UEFA member association during the past season. Players are judged on their performances in all competitions – domestic, continental and international”.Danish international Pernille Harder, of German club Wolfsburg, won the UEFA women’s player of the year prize.Wolfsburg lost to dominant French outfit Lyon in the Champions League final in Kiev in May.There was also an award for David Beckham, the former Manchester United, Real Madrid and England star collecting the UEFA President’s Award for his achievements in the game and his work since retiring as a player. AFPShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Luka Modric of Real Madrid and Croatia on Thursday received the accolade of UEFA Player of the Year in Monaco after his Champions League exploits.Speaking shortly after he was presented with the award, the Croatian star attributed all he is today to his father.“My father always pushed me to fight for my dreams, I owe him a lot for everything,” said Modric, whose silky midfield skills helped Real to a third straight European crown and then propelled Croatia to the World Cup final. Luka Modric (C) receiving the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award from UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin (R) during the draw for UEFA Champions League football tournament at The Grimaldi Forum in Monaco…thursdaylast_img read more

OFFICIAL: Nominees for the Ghana Golf Awards out

first_imgThe nominees for the second edition of the  Ghana Golf Awards have officially been released ahead of Saturday’s event at the Events Haven, Trade Fair Center.The 13 nominated awardees has Tema Golf Club leading the list, with three of its golfers being nominated, followed by Tafo Golf club/ Royal Golf Club with two nominees each whiles Achimota Golf Club, Celebrity Golf Club, Obuasi Golf Club, Tarkwa Golf Club and Damang Golf Club all having a nominee each.The event which is strictly by invitation will see Sir Sam Jonah chairing the occasion alongside other august dignitaries on the day.NOMINEESKwabena Poku (Royal Golf Club) Felicity Okyei Gyeabour (Royal Golf Club)  Eric Oddoye-Sowah (Achimota Golf Club) Mercy Wenner (Tema Country Club) Kwame Ligbidi (Tema Country Club)Catherine Boateng (Celebrity Golf Club) Davidson Atila (Tafo Golf Club)  Pamela Atila (Tafo Golf Club) Yayha Musah (Obuasi Golf Club)Matilda Kusi (Tarkwa Golf Club) Vincent Torgah (Tema Country Club) Alfred Baku (Damang Golf Club)  GOLFER OF THE YEAR (FLAGSHIP)  to be announced on the day.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw sees his postseason legacy get another re-write

first_imgHOUSTON — Clayton Kershaw is only 29 years old, still too young to allow a definitive ranking among history’s all-time great pitchers.And yet, Kershaw has already won more awards than most major leaguers will earn in their lifetimes. His $215 million contract is worth more than any active pitcher not named David Price. Between his talent, and the expectations he and the Dodgers have already set for himself, every pitch Kershaw throws invites an opinion about his “legacy.”And every October turns this conversation into a pretzel.In Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, Kershaw threw 4⅔ innings against the Houston Astros. He was removed with a 7-4 lead that evaporated when the next batter, Jose Altuve, hit a three-run home run against reliever Kenta Maeda. Related Articles Astros edge Dodgers in walk-off thriller, lead World Series 3-2 Houston had no hits against Kershaw until the third inning and did not score until the fourth, when a walk to George Springer, a single by Jose Altuve, and an RBI double put the Astros on the board. Kershaw then served up a juicy slider to Yuli Gurriel, whose three-run home run cleared the bases.In the span of five batters, the Dodgers’ 4-0 lead had disappeared into a tie game.By the fifth inning, Kershaw’s command had failed him. His biggest problem was his slider – arguably his best individual pitch. He threw 10 in the fifth inning, but only three for strikes. In all, Kershaw threw only 16 of his 34 sliders for strikes.After getting two quick outs, Kershaw walked Springer on eight pitches. Manager Dave Roberts let his ace face dangerous third baseman Alex Bregman. A 10-pitch duel ensued. The final pitch was a slider in the dirt for ball four.Roberts promptly summoned Maeda from the bullpen. Altuve’s home run to center field changed the tenor of the game, and left Kershaw on the hook for arguably the worst postseason start of his career.Kershaw’s career postseason ERA rose to 4.50. It now stands in further contrast to his superlative regular-season ERA of 2.36, which has only gone down every year. His legacy, again, needed a re-write. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Whicker: Bullpen roulette backfires on Dodgers in bizarre Game 5 loss Photos: Incredible Game 5 of the World Series – Astros outslug Dodgers World Series Game 5 never-ending highlights: Astros outslug Dodgers Kershaw was charged with six earned runs, the most he’s allowed in a playoff game since the 2014 National League Division Series. His two strikeouts represented a new low in 19 career postseason starts.By the time the game ended with the Astros winning 13-12 in 10 innings, hours had elapsed since Kershaw’s final pitch. That, plus the travel day between Games 5 and 6, might not be enough time to make sense of Kershaw’s latest postseason misadventure.October had treated Kershaw kindly until Sunday. He was 3-0 with a 2.96 earned-run average in four postseason starts. Kershaw had allowed seven home runs, but got away with it by ensuring the bases were empty prior to all but one.Game 5 was Kershaw’s first start at Minute Maid Park since 2015, when the Astros were only starting to emerge from a rebuild and Jed Lowrie was batting cleanup. Sunday, Kershaw succumbed to the same domed dungeon that made many elite pitchers look like mortal men. WATCH: Relive the best Dodgers 2017 World Series moments Bill Miller’s large, imperfect strike zone ultimately favored hitters in World Series Game 5 last_img read more

Nations League thrills and spills win over skeptics

first_img“I am sure this tournament will become a classic because it is a tournament for the entire European family,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. “To be the first winner will go down in history.”More than 20,000 travelling fans came to northern Portugal from England, The Netherlands and Switzerland in the past week to show that supporters had also been won over.Yet, the success of the Nations League is likely to stir up more conflict in the continuous battle between club and country.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been the most outspoken critic of adding a new competition at a time when top players are already being burned out by the demands of long, intense seasons at club level.“If we don’t learn to deal with our players in a better way, competition-wise, then it’s the only chance to kill this wonderful game,” said Klopp last month. “Because without the players, it’s not a good one.”England’s preparation for the past week was seriously affected with seven players in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad involved in the Champions League final and all were left out from the start in defeat against the Dutch.Yet, had England not reached the Nations League finals, they would have had two more qualifiers for the European Championships this week in a six-team group rather than five.And having scored 10 goals in winning their opening two qualifiers, Southgate believes the Nations League is far more appealing to players, coaches and fans alike.“We could be playing qualifying matches somewhere else tonight,” he said after a second semi-final defeat in 12 months. “We weren’t, we were playing another semi-final.”Share on: WhatsApp Portugal win the Nations League tournament. PHOTO via @UEFAEUROPorto, Portugal | AFP | Portugal’s victory in the inaugural Nations League sparked celebrations long into the night in Porto on Sunday, but the hosts were far from the only ones happy at the end of UEFA’s attempt to add more competition to the international calendar.A complex format that saw UEFA’s 55 nations split into four tiers with promotion and relegation on offer, as well as the chance of a playoff to qualify for next year’s European Championships, took some time to get used to.England’s Harry Maguire even admitted before the Three Lions opening game of the competition against Spain that he did not fully understand the format.Yet, that skepticism was washed away once the games got under way with competitive football between nations of a similar level replacing meaningless friendlies and often one-sided qualifiers.“I think it is a great tournament,” said Ronald Koeman, whose Netherlands side was beaten 1-0 by Portugal in Sunday’s final.“The intensity in the groups was really high and the idea to organise the Nations League was a perfect one. We are looking forward to the next one.”For all four sides who made the semi-finals in Portugal, the past week may well also prove to be the perfect launching pad to next summer’s European Championships.Portugal look a better side than when they won Euro 2016 with a host of young talent led by Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Dias to ease the burden on a 34-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo.After missing out on the last two major tournaments, the Netherlands gained some vital experience, even if they did fall at the final hurdle after beating world champions France, Germany and England to make the final.England built on the success of reaching the semi-finals at last year’s World Cup by beating Spain and Croatia in the group stages, while Switzerland could easily have upset Portugal in the semi-finals with better finishing.last_img read more

What became of Maniche?

first_imgTo remember Maniche solely for his time at Atlético de Madrid would be an understatement. Portuguese dressed the red and white jersey for two and a half seasons, with half an intermediate course at Inter Milan after a great confrontation with Javier Aguirre, by then mattress technician and left the team separated by indiscipline. The irregularity marked Maniche’s stage in Spain, leaving droppers samples of a quality that in 2004 had served him to become one of the best midfielders in the world.Because such praise is not an exaggeration. Portuguese was a key piece for Porto to become champion of the Champions by Mourinho and for your selection to reach the final of the Eurocup where she started as an amphitheater. A wayward footballer, who needed an environment and a tailor-made coach to perform, but when he got his best version he was a fantastic player. With ability to command in the middle, distribution of the game, covering a lot of field, working in the recovery, managing the game long and with a fantastic arrival in the rival area. Currently, he has not separated from football, as he is the ambassador of FIFA and UEFA and is a television commentator.FRANCK FIFE & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Maniche celebrates a goal in the Champions League with Porto.FRANCK FIFE (AFP) Beginnings and turbulent exit of BenficaNuno Ricardo de Oliveira Ribeiro (November 11, 1977), his real name, began his sports career at Benfica at age nine, the great team from his native Lisbon alongside Sporting, where he would retire. The footballer collected the nickname of Maniche from his physical resemblance, with long hair included, which evoked the figure of Michael Manniche, a Danish center forward who played for Benfica between 1983 and 1987 and who won two leagues and three cups in the Lisbon team. Maniche, who had been rising step by step since childhood, debuted with the Eagles’ first team in UEFA on September 12, 1995 at the age of 17.His precocity led him to look for a club where he could accumulate experience. The humble Alverca, a Benfica satellite, took over his services for three seasons, beginning to demonstrate his abilities to channel the team’s game and his arrival from the second line. His good level led Benfica to recover the player in the 1999-00 season, where he scored 12 goals among all competitions, coming to play second striker. Powerful long shot, ability to step on the area where the defense did not expect and a lot of intelligence in the auction. His good level led him in the following season to ask for a raise. In the push and pull with Benfica, His rival for the title, Porto, appeared to reach an agreement with the player. An operation that the lisboetas took to the courts and that in their maximum anger caused Maniche to go to Benfica B until he decided to renew, which did not happen.Explosion in PortoOn his arrival at the dragons, without any payment for the transfer, he coincided with José Mourinho, the coach who marked his career. “Maniche only plays well with me because I know how to understand him” the technician declared. After a first season in which he scored nine goals in 44 games, his great year came, the academic year 2003-04. Porto began the Champions League with the intention of playing a good role after win the league, the portuguese cup and UEFA (beating Celtic in overtime) in a fantastic year, but nobody expected it to go beyond eighths, where it crossed Manchester United. However, the 2-1 victory at Porto was followed by a draw to one at Old Trafford that served the Portuguese team into the quarters. A team that sent for its strength in midfield with Maniche together with Deco generating game and contributing a lot of goal and with Costinha from behind acting as a stopper.JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO & nbsp; (REUTERS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Maniche kisses the Champions after defeating Monaco.JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO (REUTERS) In quarters, Porto passed over the Olympique Lyon (overall 4-2) and Deportivo was measured in the semifinals. A zero draw in Portugal and the Portuguese victory in Coruña by 0-1 led Porto to the final and ended the great dream of the Galician team, who experienced a surreal expulsion to Jorge Andrade in the first leg. In the final it was Monaco, the executioner of Madrid, who suffered the power of Mourinho’s team. A spectacular 3-0 that gave the Champions to the dragons, again champions in league.Not content with that, in the summer of 2004 Maniche became a benchmark in the Portuguese team. A team that it had Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Carvalho… for the Eurocopa that played at home and where Maniche was apparently going to be a second sword. But he became indisputable in the middle and beyond the goal against Russia in groups, qualified Portugal for the final with an extraordinary goal in the semifinals against the Netherlands that slipped through the entire squad after a short corner kick. Finally, Greece took the title and left Portugal with honey on her lips. FRANCOIS GUILLOT & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Portugal bested the Netherlands in the Euro Cup semifinals with a goal by Maniche’s squad.FRANCOIS GUILLOT (AFP) Departure from PortoAfter a last season in Porto without Mourinho on the bench, Dynamo Moscow paid 16 million for its services. In Russia he played only half a season before Mourinho claimed his services to Chelsea on loan. In the Premier League he crossed out his First major league on the map and lifted the Premier League title. Although it had been almost two years at a lower level than the Euro Cup, in the World Cup in Germany a great version of Maniche appeared again. Again it was the executioner of Holland, in this case in eighths, getting the only goal of the match. Holder throughout the tournament, Portugal fell in the semifinals against France with a solitary goal from Zidane’s penalty.Land at AtléticoHis great tournament led Atlético to take over his services for 9 million. The rojiblanco team had been interested in Maniche for several summers, but it wasn’t until 2006 that they got it. As the rojiblanco, the dominant midfielder of years ago could not be seen and interspersed pills of his troubled talent for his strong character, in addition to a fame that accompanied him for being too nocturnal. Although he was not the best Maniche, he consolidated himself as a starter in the same course where they had landed on the banks of the Manzanares also his ex-partners Costinha and Seitaridis, without meeting any of them expectations.PHILIPPE DESMAZES & nbsp; (AFP) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Maniche, during a match with Atlético.PHILIPPE DESMAZES (AFP)center_img Maniche today.@maniche_official In his first season he did four goals in 30 games. However, in his second year, still being an important piece in the eleven, he had a direct confrontation with coach Javier Aguirre who It led him to leave on loan to Inter Milan after seeing six consecutive games from the stands by decision of the Mexican. Thus, Maniche played in England, Spain and Italy in just three seasons. On his return from Inter, where he won Serie A, the midfielder was again important in an Atlético that with Forlán and Agüero returned to the Champions League. In their first match in the top European competition after so many years absent, the Atletico team won 0-3 on their visit to PSV with a goal by Maniche himself in addition to Kun’s double.But since March he did not have a participation with the team again, showing his bad relationship with Abel Resino, who he called the worst coach of his career and in April he was fined 50,000 euros and removed from the team with Seitaridis for not attending Atlético-Sporting, something mandatory for all players despite not being called. He did not put on the Atlético shirt again before set course for the colony and he stayed 16 games away from having a plate in the Wanda Metropolitano.Withdrawal in PortugalManiche played 30 games and scored two goals for the German team before returning to Portugal for a final year of his career at Sporting, Benfica’s greatest rival. At the end of that 2010-11 season (27 games and four goals), the midfielder hung up his boots. In his trunk of memories was a historic Champions League with Porto, where the best Maniche was seen, the participation in the three great teams of Portugal, his name in the Russian, English, Spanish, Italian and German league, and the league titles in Porto, Chelsea and Inter, a baggage that few players can boast. Currently Maniche, who was physically compared to actor Jim Carrey, He is an ambassador for FIFA, UEFA and is a television commentator in Portugal. In addition, he has published a book with his memories as an elite athlete, ‘Maniche 18’, the number that accompanied him for much of his career. A book that reviews his career and where several of the great players with whom he shared costumes participate: Deco, Cristiano, Figo, Casillas, Torres or the technicians Mourinho, Scolari and Villas Boas. A player who confronted his talent and character and who left almost the same great football moments with anecdotes and confrontations against technicians who tried to tame him without success. If at Atlético his role as Mr. Hyde was seen more, at Porto, Dr. Jekyll left his name etched in the history of the club.last_img read more

Nandlall raps Govt over Bank of America withdrawal from local banks

first_imgFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlall on Friday lambasted Government for one of America’s largest banksFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlallsevering ties with local banks and stated that if they do not rectify the deficiencies swiftly, the situation will worsen.With foreign banks, particularly those in the United States cutting relationship with financial institutions in the Caribbean over money laundering concerns, the Bank of America has penned its notice to sever ties with “indigenous banks” in Guyana.On Friday, Nandlall said that when a bank of such magnitude pulls out of a country it will have an impact on that nation, noting that the future between international banks and Guyana does not bode well.“Unless we rectify our deficiencies quickly, the situation will become worse. The government seems incapable of extricating Guyana from the problem they put Guyana in,” he said.Guyana Times was told that the Bank of America sent a notice indicating that it was severing its corresponding relationship with “indigenous banks” in Guyana. The notice was sent about a month ago.This matter was on the agenda for discussion at the 37th Caricom Heads of Government Meeting held in Guyana July 4 to 6, as Caribbean leaders try to tackle the cut-off of regional indigenous banks, referred to as de-risking – a situation that poses ominous costs for the Region, including crushing the wider economy.De-risking is when international banks withdraw from their relationships with indigenous banks because of fears of money laundering and questionable sources of funds which would cause the international banks to receive heavy fines from their regulators.Caribbean banking institutions rely on such relationships in order to allow residents to conduct international financial transactions. However, since last year, the Region has been facing the impact of de-risking and the issue has been occupying the attention of Regional policy-makers, following signals by international banks that they were unwilling to continue carrying the business of regional banks.Nandlall in a statement on Friday stated that during his tenure as Attorney General and Minister with responsibility over Guyana’s AML/CFT compliance regime, he had spent the greater part of three years battling with the Joint Opposition, in vain, to secure their support in the National Assembly to enact changes to our laws to make Guyana compliant with international standards in respect of Guyana’s AML/CFT regime.“We explained at every available opportunity the dangers to which our nation’s financial and commercial sectors will be exposed.We warned of the great volume of background information which will have to be supplied in relation to financial transactions both locally and across borders.We highlighted the unnecessary expenditures which will be incurred to do business across international borders.We emphasised the severance of relations that would take place between banks in other countries and local bank.We predicted that international trade and commerce between local businesses and those across our borders would decline,” he remarked.He noted that although they secured the votes of the diplomatic community, the entire private sector, the labour movement, the religious organisations and almost every civil society organisation of worth the coalition government did not budge.“They refused to budge. They held the nation to ransom. At every meeting their political demands increased. They accused us of creating panic in the country. They claimed that we are crying wolf; that nothing will happen if the Bills are not passed.”He added that in the end the then opposition reduced this deep-seated national issue to that of a “political football”.“They voted down the required AML/CFT Bill twice in the Tenth Parliament. They caused CFATF to issue a series of adverse Public Statements against Guyana, informing the world that Guyana poses a threat to the global financial structures and warned countries to take the necessary steps to protect their financial landscape from the threat posed by Guyana’s financial sector,” he said, highlighting that Caricom and indeed the world took note and implemented countermeasures against Guyana.“It is now a nightmare to transact business with the local banking sectors. Businessmen can relate the ordeal which they endure daily to conduct simple business transactions. As a result, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) begun a review process of Guyana. Thus, Guyana is stained globally as a country that encourages money laundering and terrorism. A year after assuming the reins of Government, this very Joint Opposition, now in government with a controlling Parliament has been unable to extricate Guyana from the morass in which they have dumped us,” he criticised.He opined that Attorney General Basil Williams appears shockingly clueless on how to propel the nation out of this state of international delinquency: “As if he is on a trial and error mission, he piloted four Bills, thus far, through the National Assembly. Instead of advancing out of the process, we seem to be backsliding. The level of incompetence is remarkable. He still, clumsily, blames the PPP/C administration for the technical deficiencies which afflict our system. A few days ago, he boldly informs the nation that we shall soon exit the review process.”Nandlall questioned how is it possible to exit the review process and at the same time a huge bank, like Bank of America, cutting out.“Someone is lying through their teeth. We continue to reel from the consequences of being an AML/CFT delinquent nation,” he said, adding that he disclosed that FATF’s latest Public Statement on Guyana contradicts the impression conveyed by the Attorney General that the country was exiting the FATF review process.The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) quoted a November World Bank survey saying that about 75 per cent of international banks have experienced a reduction in correspondent banking services with the Caribbean being the worst affected.last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgThe dialogue on harnessing the latent energy of young people towards a peaceful electoral process continues.Harnessing the latent energy of young people for the peaceful conduct on the next Presidential elections in Liberia is not merely a strategy, but the strategy for the peaceful conduct of the elections. Never again should young people be drawn into violent extremism and elections violence. The time has come for our politicians to harness the latent energy in young people for peace and for young people to unleash their potentials for peace.Latent energy among young people is huge and cannot only be harnessed but could be transformed for sustainable peace, security and development. The youth who has been made obtuse by violence will say he is not conscious of violence. Youths are gifted, creative, and innovative and have time on their side.Harnessing the latent energy of young people is a preventive measure as well as a precursor for sustainable peace. However, most governments, according to the United Nations, spend more resources responding to crises than preventing it. A case in point was the Ebola Epidemic in 2013/14 and the quest for Government to invest in human security.According to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, “Too many prevention opportunities have been lost because Member States mistrusted each other’s motives, and because of concerns over national sovereignty. Such concerns are understandable, in a world where power is unequal and principles have sometimes been applied selectively.” He went on to state, “Prevention is not merely a priority, but the priority. If we live up to our responsibilities, we will save lives, reduce suffering and give hope to millions.” Over the past years, we have observed that when a young person fails in their personal experience, it is always because he/she has never received anything or benefited from adequate human security. The only sign that young people opt for peace is because he/she has been sensitized in peace education and provided with the good things of life. We need to teach young people about self-awareness mediation, and compassion so as to harness their latent energy.When we are unaware of the impact of our negative or disruptive actions as young people, it affects our decision making process. Mediation teaches us to distinguish between useless rumination and constructive anguish. The challenges before us are grave and young people are at the receiving end. In order to harness the latent energy of young people for peace and security issues, we need to address issues of inequality, marginalization, exclusion, corruption, weak institutional support and poor governance. We also need to invest more in the social security of our youth and it is on this basis that we commend the Youth Opportunities Projects supported by the World Bank because of its very strong potential to contribute to peace, security, stability, economic growth and the wellbeing of the country. As part of our contribution to harnessing the latent energy of youths to peace, a sum of L$10,000 would be given monthly to each published article on peace and security issues. Interested youths ages 8-25 can submit their articles to The Liberian Daily Observer in Paynesville or Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP) office, 2nd floor of Presbyterian Building on Broad Street, adjacent Lonestar Cell. Contact us via email: messengersofpeaceliberia@gmail.com or +231770125282, +231777661143, +2317770358383. Until next week when we come to you with Part 3 of “Harnessing the latent energy of youth for peaceful elections,” it is peace above all else, peace first, may peace prevail in our time!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Parasnauth slams unbeaten 163

first_imgOntario Round-Arm Softball T20 cricket…Veteran Canada-based Guyanese softball player Bobby Parasnauth slammed a brilliant, unbeaten 163 for Shawson against Panthers on Sunday when action continued in the 2018 Ontario Round-Arm Softball Cricket Association 20-over competition began.Bobby ParasnauthPlaying at Fieldgate ground in Mississauga, the pugnacious right-handed Parasnauth hit 14 sixes and ten fours as his side piled up a massive 231-2 from the 20-overs. Panthers could respond with only 161 all out in the penultimate over.Parasnauth, who represented Demerara in softball inter-county matches over the past two decades ago, also shared an entertaining 168-run second-wicket stand with Mitch Bacchus, who contributed a cameo 67.Bishram Sancharran was the only batsman to offer any sort of resistance in the Panthers’ reply, with an even half-century. Jerome Choti grabbed two wickets for 21 runs from his four-over spell. He was supported by Arjune Harrichar and Bacchus with two scalps each.Meanwhile, still in the softball arena, former national youth batsman Rovendra Mandolall scored 107 not out for Carr Tec Sports Club to help beat Scarborough Angels the same day in the Ontario Softball Cricket League 20-over tournament.Imran Alli, who represented Sunshine in that competition, strokeed 105, while Ravi Bodo registered a hundred (102) for Restoration Warriors, also in the OSCL competition, to be among the top batsmen.The two competitions will resume this weekend with a series of matches across the Greater Toronto Area.last_img read more