Czech Jarmila Kratochvilova has the only records still standing from the inaugural IAAF World Athletics Championships in 1983. She won the women’s 400m in 47.99 seconds and 800m in 1:54.68.
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“I believe that the Almighty intends, through the instrumentality of those colonies, to restore Africa her long-lost glory. Here it is probable, science and virtue will attain their highest perfection, society shine in the most beautiful and lovely form, and produce the highest felicity (happiness). As virtue alone, however, can ensure real happiness and solid glory, this must be a prevailing principle before society can attain them.”Mr. Roberts insisted that there is an inseparable connection between virtue and happiness. This alone can ensure the prosperity of the state.These were the visionary words of Joseph Jenkins Roberts, Governor of the Commonwealth of Liberia, written on January 4, 1847. He was endeavoring to encourage his compatriots, as they prepared to convene a constitutional convention, during which they were to make the momentous decision to establish an independent State, the Republic of Liberia.Governor Roberts’ compatriots at the time comprised the citizens of Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Sinoe Counties. Without the faith, vision, courage and tenacity of J.J. Roberts, Liberia may never have become an independent state. Charles Henry Huberich, whose seminal work (Political and Legislative History of Liberia – 1947), remains the basic text on Liberian history, states in his biographical sketch of Roberts that had he (Roberts) not taken the initiative in January 1847 to convene the Constitutional Convention, Liberia may never have become an independent republic. Among the keenest watchers of the Colony and later Commonwealth of Liberia was Great Britain. Don’t forget that the British had already colonized Sierra Leone in 1787. Huberich wrote that had Roberts not taken the initiative toward Liberia’s independence, the entire Liberian territory may have been annexed to Sierra Leone in the name of “the stability of West Africa.”To attest to the distinct possibility, we are reminded of how the British, by the force of a gunboat, annexed a huge part of southwestern Liberia, known as the Gallinas Country, part of Grand Cape Mount County. It became part of Sierra Leone.The particular series of events that impelled Mr. Roberts to make the move toward independence was the consistent refusal of British and French merchants to pay duty at our seaports. They said they did not recognize Liberia. In his message to the Commonwealth Legislature on January 4, 1847, President Roberts’ said: “We are told that England regards the Liberians only ‘in the light of a Society, or private company of traders, or settlers’ without any national rights or privileges.”Mr. Roberts mentioned the possibility of the British buying up land from the kings and chiefs of Liberia. All of this made him more convinced that the time had come to declare Liberia a sovereign and independent state.This is the most important part of President Roberts’ legacy—the founding of Africa’s first independent Republic. He rightly predicted that many others would follow—and so they did—54 in all.Another significant part of his legacy is the fact that Roberts was so good and effective a leader that he was elected six times as President. A third aspect of President Roberts’ legacy was his founding of Liberia College (now University of Liberia), becoming its first president.Another J.J. Roberts legacy is his will, in which he left everything he owned for the education of Liberian youth. He is so far the only Liberian President to do so. We close this Editorial with a repeat of one of the principles that governed President Roberts’ life. It is one that we in this country seem to have lost, and that is why we are having so much difficulty finding peace and prosperity in our country.“. . . virtue alone . . . can ensure real happiness and solid glory . . . this must be a prevailing principle before society can attain them.”How virtuous are we Liberians? We saw on Wednesday how we treat our dead—we vandalize them by desecrating their graves. But all is not lost. Let us commit ourselves to change for the better, by nurturing those ideals of goodness, kindness, love for one another and love for our country. Let us never forget the virtue of our first President that led him to do all he did for Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
On Saturday July 4, citizens of the remote village of Malangai in Zota District, Bong County celebrated the arrival of safe drinking water in their community.The more than one thousand inhabitants of this farming community just on the edge of the Guinea border had fetched water from muddy, infested ponds and other shallow water holes since its 50 years of existence until recently when Mission to Liberia, a US based charity, came to their rescue with the construction of a hand pump.The group’s intervention followed a publication in the Daily Observer newspaper on the deprivation of safe drinking water that the people of Malangai have endured for decades.Prior to the recent construction of the hand pump, water related diseases topped illnesses that affected residents of the community. Also a major hardship faced by Malangai residents was the long distance they had to travel to fetch water putting at risk children and women who are the water carriers for their families.Speaking at the turning over ceremony, Mr. David Fenkpolo, who implemented the project for Mission to Liberia, outlined the group’s contribution to Liberia’s development in rural communities.Mr. Fenkpolo stated that his organization has been involved with the construction of hand pumps as well as contributing significantly to the education sector of Liberia. He recounted the donation of a consignment of text books to the Cuttington University as well as secondary schools in the county.The dedication of the hand pump was celebrated by the locals who praised Mission to Liberia with traditional songs of appreciation and redemption.Town Chief Victor Juah took the lead to voice his appreciation to the American charity for bringing them life through the provision of a hand pump that would provide them safe drinking water.“Our people will never forget Mission to Liberia family for the work you have done for us,” Chief Juah said.He said the people of Malangai will ensure that the hand pump is used for the intended purpose and measures were already in place for its maintenance.After decades of drinking infested, muddy water Malangai residents can now enjoy the taste of safe, clean drinking water.Residents confident that with the hand pump in the community, they will begin to experience better health, void of water-borne diseases.The Daily Observer gathered that like Malangai before its hand pump arrived, there are many rural communities across Bong County that do not have access to safe drinking water.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
First, what is a money monger? A money monger is a peddler or hawker—someone promoting something undesirable, contemptible (disgraceful, shameful) or discreditable.Is that what we expect of our politicians, even those who say they want to be our president? Surely not! For what such people would end up doing is selling any and everything they can get their hands on, including the country.And we know that there are enough people around here with more than enough money to buy anything, including our entire government. And we know they are already doing it.Remember that this newspaper has often quoted Lebanese and other foreign businesspeople who, after treating a Liberian badly, even brutally—such as was done by a Lebanese boy to a Liberian at the Mamba Point Hotel a few years ago—have boasted to their poor, hapless Liberian victims, “Take me anywhere; it is you who will leave there, not me. We have got the Liberian government in our pockets!”We have repeated such an ugly quote many times and we know of no government official from any of the three branches—Legislative, Executive and Judicial—who has challenged or asked us to prove such a shameful and despicable boast.Why are we writing this editorial? Out of anxiety, fear and even trepidation, which means that if we are not careful, something sinister, or terribly evil is about to happen that could sink our country for good. That is why we feel compelled to write and publish this editorial today.Last week’s alarming story about the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) presidential standard bearer George Weah’s alleged attempt to peddle (sell) for money the party’s legislative candidacies is fresh in all our minds. And we Liberians are so apathetic that we did not realize the seriousness of this despicable intent until a young, talented Liberian, Kanio Bai Gballa, in deep disappointment and desperation, resigned from the CDC. “I visualize myself as a man of personal conviction, consistency and honor,” he declared on the day he resigned.Kanio was frightened by the alleged call by his own standard bearer, George Weah, to boldly and shamelessly demand money from his incumbent partisans, to protect their seats from being contested in the party primaries.What else could George Weah not sell were he to be elected president of Liberia?We at the Daily Observer have constantly striven to keep our people informed about current events and developments around the world. Just last week we published two highly positive stories about Africa. The first was from Nigeria, one of whose leading entrepreneurs, Mr. Dangote, announced plans to make Nigeria a net exporter of rice within the next five years. The second was an announcement that Kenya, a country that got its independence in the 1960s, over 115 years after Liberia, had been declared “one of the most favorable destinations for top organizations looking to establish their headquarters in Africa!Are we Liberians concerned that we are at the bottom of the development ladder in Africa and the world—in everything including agriculture, education, energy, healthcare delivery, roads and other infrastructure?Yet, here is a man, George Weah, who for the past 15 years has been trying to become president of Liberia; here is he, not the least bothered about the country’s woeful standing in African development, but about money mongering—making money in the most shameful way, selling candidacies to his own partisans because he has a presumed popular following among the people.It seems to us that at this pitiful stage we Liberians and our country are in, all of us who have some intellect, some talent, some managerial expertise and other advantages, would use these to the best of our ability to move our country forward. Not Mr. Weah, whose only talent is his football prowess that has won him popularity.And what is he doing with it— squandering it in a vain hope of seeking an office—the presidency—for which he and his supporters know he is totally unqualified. Yet they, among whom are some highly educated people, are pushing him to run. Why? Heaven knows; but we can assume, to use his ineptitude to further squander our meager resources.We hope and pray that his latest revealing of himself as a money monger has shown Liberians his true colors, and that Liberians will tell him truthfully that he is not and can never be the president we so desperately need.Liberia wants, needs and demands something better—someone who understands and knows the desperate, even shameful plight we are in as Africa’s oldest republic—someone who will use every fiber in his being, every ounce of his intellect and every particle of his experience to lift Liberia and move her FORWARD.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Residents living in the north of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), particularly in the Pomeroon areas, continue to face tremendous economic hardship accessing public oral health services owing to the condition of the Charity Oscar Joseph Hospital’s dental department, which is currently out of operation.The department’s unsanitary conditions have forced staff to send patients to Suddie and Anna Regina dental departments.The current condition of the Charity Oscar Joseph dental departmentResidents related that they have to travel long hours and when they reach Suddie, they were often sent away.“When we reach Suddie, we are told that they already reached the amount of patients for the day and as such, we have to come back, I travelled from as far as Wakapao in the Pomeroon River to do an extraction and that is what I was told,” a resident told Guyana Times.Other residents related that they have to incur additional expenses to venture to the Anna Regina Health Centre to access dental services. This poses an extra burden on persons’ pocketbooks.In March 2017, the Charity Oscar Joseph Hospital’s dental department was closed as a result of bat and ant infestations. The matter was discussed at the last statutory meeting of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in detail.Head of the Region Two RDC, Devanand Ramdatt said he was not aware that Suddie’s dental department has a “cut off” on the numbers of persons it treated, but he would investigate.Ramdatt said he was, however, concerned about the way a particular contractor was carrying out his job at the Charity facility. He noted that a contract was awarded for works to be done at Suddie and Charity hospitals, but the contractor was moving at a snail’s pace. Ramdatt further said on account of the slothfulness of the contractor, the dental department at the Charity hospital remained out of operation. He stated that the works at the hospitals needed to be sped up so that services could be made available to the people. (Indrawattie Natram)
This weekend will provide hockey fans with their first glimpse this year of the Fort St. John Senior Flyers. The Flyers will be welcoming the Fort Nelson Yeti to the North Peace Arena with exhibition games to be played Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.The teams will be on the ice at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.After this weekend the Flyers will open the regular season on home ice October 24 against Manning at 8:30 p.m.- Advertisement –
GABA/Rainforest Water/Malta Supreme…The action continues tonight in the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA)/Rainforest Water/Malta Supreme Under-23, second-division and first-division tournament when the Pepsi Sonics clash with the in-form Plaisance Guardians.The night gets started in the second-division category at 18:30h, then the first-division players take centre stage as Sonics take on Nets at 20:30h at the Burnham Hard Court.With the Plaisance Guardians being crowned the victorious second-division champions in March 2018 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, the team have always classified themselves as one of the top squads.As of recent, the Guardians have recorded a number of wins in the GABA League as they search for yet another title to add to their name. The Guardians have been in form as they demolished the Pacesetters 72-62 in their recent clash over the weekend with skipper Terrence Daniels (18), leading from the front yet again as he received valuable support from Delroy Critchlow (11) and Hillman Bovell (10).Daniels has kept his performance consistent throughout the tournament with back-to-back leading scores. Guardians have an advantage over the Sonics who seem to be having an off season.In the next match-up for the night, the Sonics will face the Nets. The Sonics have been trying to win games, but can hardly find the net as they seem to be having a dry spell.In last Saturday’s match-up, the Colts defeated the Sonics 62-51. Sonics led 20-14 after the first quarter, but the opposition’s defence got better as the game progressed which saw Sonics being outscored in the next three periods 10-15, 10-17, 11-16, respectively, to proverbially snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.In the majority of their games, the Sonics have managed to excel at the start, but somewhere along the line, they lose their flair.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BLACKSBURG, Va. — The gunman suspected of carrying out the Virginia Tech massacre that left 33 people dead was described Tuesday as a sullen loner whose creative writing in English class was so disturbing that he was referred to the school’s counseling service. News reports also said that he may have been taking medication for depression, that he was becoming increasingly violent and erratic, and that he left a note in his dorm in which he railed against “rich kids,” ”debauchery” and “deceitful charlatans” on campus. Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old senior majoring in English, arrived in the United States as boy from South Korea in 1992 and was raised in suburban Washington, D.C., officials said. He was living on campus in a different dorm from the one where Monday’s bloodbath began. Police and university officials offered no clues as to exactly what set him off on the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history. “He was a loner, and we’re having difficulty finding information about him,” school spokesman Larry Hincker said. On Tuesday afternoon, thousands of people gathered in the basketball arena, and when it filled up, thousands more filed into the football stadium, for a memorial service for the victims. President Bush and the first lady attended. Virginia Tech President Charles Steger received a 30-second standing ovation, despite bitter complaints from parents and students that the university should have locked down the campus immediately after the first burst of gunfire. Steger expressed hope that “we will awaken from this horrible nightmare.” “As you draw closer to your families in the coming days, I ask you to reach out to those who ache for sons and daughters who are never coming home,” Bush said. A vast portrait of the victims began to emerge, among them: Christopher James Bishop, 35, who taught German at Virginia Tech and helped oversee an exchange program with a German university; Ryan “Stack” Clark, a 22-year-old student from Martinez, Ga., who was in the marching band and was working toward degrees in biology and English; Emily Jane Hilscher, a 19-year-old freshman from Woodville, Va., who was majoring in animal and poultry sciences and, naturally, loved animals; and Liviu Librescu, an Israeli engineering and math lecturer who was said to have protected his students’ lives by blocking the doorway of his classroom from the approaching gunman. Meanwhile, a chilling portrait of the gunman as a misfit began to emerge. Professor Carolyn Rude, chairwoman of the university’s English department, said she did not know Cho. But she said she spoke with Lucinda Roy, the department’s director of creative writing, who had Cho in one of her classes and described him as “troubled.” “There was some concern about him,” Rude said. “Sometimes, in creative writing, people reveal things and you never know if it’s creative or if they’re describing things, if they’re imagining things or just how real it might be. But we’re all alert to not ignore things like this.” She said Cho was referred to the counseling service, but she said she did not know when, or what the outcome was. Rude refused to release any of his writings or his grades, citing privacy laws. The Chicago Tribune reported on its Web site that he left a note in his dorm room that included a rambling list of grievances. Citing unidentified sources, the Tribune said he had recently shown troubling signs, including setting a fire in a dorm room and stalking some women. ABC, citing law enforcement sources, reported that the note, several pages long, explains Cho’s actions and says, “You caused me to do this.” Investigators believe Cho at some point had been taking medication for depression, the Tribune reported. Classmates said that on the first day of an introduction to British literature class last year, the 30 or so English students went around and introduced themselves. When it was Cho’s turn, he didn’t speak. The professor looked at the sign-in sheet and, where everyone else had written their names, Cho had written a question mark. “Is your name, ‘Question mark?’” classmate Julie Poole recalled the professor asking. The young man offered little response. Cho spent much of that class sitting in the back of the room, wearing a hat and seldom participating. In a small department, Cho distinguished himself for being anonymous. “He didn’t reach out to anyone. He never talked,” Poole said. “We just really knew him as the question mark kid,” Poole said. The rampage consisted of two attacks, more than two hours apart _ first at a dormitory, where two people were killed, then inside a classroom building, where 31 people, including Cho, died after being locked inside, Virginia State Police said. Cho committed suicide; two handguns _ a 9 mm and a .22-caliber _ were found in the classroom building. One law enforcement official said Cho’s backpack contained a receipt for a March purchase of a Glock 9 mm pistol. Cho held a green card, meaning he was a legal, permanent resident, federal officials said. That meant he was eligible to buy a handgun unless he had been convicted of a felony. Roanoke Firearms owner John Markell said his shop sold the Glock and a box of practice ammo to Cho 36 days ago for $571. “He was a nice, clean-cut college kid. We won’t sell a gun if we have any idea at all that a purchase is suspicious,” Markell said. Markell said it is not unusual for college kids to make purchases at his shop as long as they are old enough. “To find out the gun came from my shop is just terrible,” Markell said. Investigators stopped short of saying Cho carried out both attacks. But ballistics tests show one gun was used in both, Virginia State Police said. And two law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the information had not been announced, said Cho’s fingerprints were found on both guns. The serial numbers on the two weapons had been filed off, the officials said. Col. Steve Flaherty, superintendent of the Virginia State Police, said it was reasonable to assume that Cho was the shooter in both attacks but that the link was not yet definitive. “There’s no evidence of any accomplice at either event, but we’re exploring the possibility,” he said. Officials said Cho graduated from Westfield High School in Chantilly, Va., in 2003. His family lived in an off-white, two-story townhouse in Centreville, Va. Two of those killed in the shooting rampage, Reema Samaha and Erin Peterson, graduated from Westfield High in 2006, school officials said. But there was no immediate word from authorities on whether Cho knew the two young women and singled them out. “He was very quiet, always by himself,” neighbor Abdul Shash said. Shash said Cho spent a lot of his free time playing basketball and would not respond if someone greeted him. He described the family as quiet. South Korea expressed its condolences, and said it hoped that the tragedy would not “stir up racial prejudice or confrontation.” ”We are in shock beyond description,” said Cho Byung-se, a Foreign Ministry official handling North American affairs. Classes were canceled for the rest of the week. Norris Hall, the classroom building, will be closed for the rest of the semester. Many students were leaving town quickly, lugging pillows, sleeping bags and backpacks down the sidewalks. Jessie Ferguson, 19, a freshman from Arlington, left Newman Hall and headed for her car with tears streaming down her red cheeks. “I’m still kind of shaky,” she said. “I had to pump myself up just to kind of come out of the building. I was going to come out, but it took a little bit of ‘OK, it’s going to be all right. There’s lots of cops around.’” Although she wanted to be with friends, she wanted her family more. “I just don’t want to be on campus,” she said. Until Monday, the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history was in Killeen, Texas, in 1991, when George Hennard plowed his pickup truck into a Luby’s Cafeteria and shot 23 people to death, then himself. Previously, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history was a rampage that took place in 1966 at the University of Texas at Austin, where Charles Whitman climbed the clock tower and opened fire with a rifle from the 28th-floor observation deck. He killed 16 people before he was shot to death by police. ___ Associated Press writers Stephen Manning in Centreville, Va.; Matt Barakat in Richmond, Va.; and Vicki Smith, Sue Lindsey and Justin Pope in Blacksburg contributed to this report.
LETTERKENNY COMMUNITY CENTRE NOTES 23rd March 2012Set Dancing Classes The class caters for both experienced dancers and beginners and you can join in at any stage. It is not necessary to have a partner, but couples may of course dance together if they wish. Set dancing has become very popular in recent years – it’s great fun, good exercise and a great way to meet people. Starting Tuesday 27th March 11.15am-1.15pm at Letterkenny Community Centre. Cost €5 per person. Contact Reception for bookings 074 91 22761Donegal Irish Dance Works Keep fit class for adults 18+yrs. Classes are based round traditional Irish Dance steps and the aim is to learn, to have fun and to keep fit. Starting Thursday 15th March 6.30-8.00pm Contact: Barry John Gallagher 086 1576563 JUNIOR SOCCER EASTER CAMP at Letterkenny Community Centre for boys & girls aged 7-12 years Monday 2nd – Thursday 5th April 10.00am – 2.00pm Cost €40 per person Bring packed lunch & drinks Football boots may be required (weather permitting) Booking Information – 074 91 22761LIVEWIRE EASTER CAMP at Letterkenny Community Centre for boys & girls aged 6-12 years Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th April 10.00am – 5.00pm Cost €65 per person Activities include; Ards Forest Park (weather permitting) swimming, bungee trampolines, traverse wall, obstacle course, dodgeball, soccer, uni-hoc and much more….. Contact Reception for bookings 074 91 22761Bounce & Tone New Class Times starting Wednesday 21st March; Mondays 5.30-6.30pm, Wednesdays 5.30-6.30pm & Fridays 10.00-11.00am LOCAL NEWS: LETTERKENNY COMMUNITY CENTRE NOTES was last modified: March 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LOCAL NEWS: LETTERKENNY COMMUNITY CENTRE NOTES