The dissenting voices against Usain Bolt being voted the 2015 Male Athlete of the Year across all sports by members of the international media ahead of tennis’ Novak Djokovic, football’s Lionel Messi, and Formula One’s Lewis Hamilton are relatively few but quite fervent.I too would have voted for Bolt to win this award, not because he is a Jamaican, but because of the impact of his performances at the World Championships.Indeed, I am shocked that the American decathlete, Ashton Eaton, was given the nod ahead of Bolt for the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year, but that is a separate issue.The core argument being put forward is that Bolt was not by any stretch of the imagination the most consistent athlete across all sports in 2015. Certainly, he was not more consistent than Djokovic, who won three of the four available grand slam titles and lost in the final of the other, therefore, Bolt should not have received this award.Just listening to this debate unfold, it confirms a fundamental deficiency in the analysis of sports performances in terms of impact and the magnitude of one performance relative to another.CONSISTENCY ARGUMENTThe notion seems to be that performances at the top in one sport automatically make that performance equal to the top performances in other sports. Nothing could be further from the truth. Winning three grand slam titles in tennis is hardly equivalent to winning three gold medals at the World championships.Not surprisingly, these are by and large the same voices that have been attempting to use the same flawed premise to make the case that Messi is the greatest footballer of all time based on his consistent performances season after season for his club.Again, there is a conspicuous inability or unwillingness to properly reconcile Messi’s excellent club achievements with his abysmal international failures. The simplistic thinking is that he is consistent week in, week out, so he is the best, with no regard for the magnitude of big-day performances.What the journalists across the world saw in Bolt’s performances in Beijing was enough impact in those big performances to outweigh all other performances.Who remembers that Novak won three grand slams?BIGGESTRACEOFTHEDECADEWe all remember vividly, though, that Bolt won the biggest race of the decade, repelling the threat of the drug-tainted Justin Gatlin and all that a victory for the American might have meant to the very credibility of the sport, thus the school of thought that Bolt not only retained his 100 metres title, but effectively saved the sport of track and field.These are the intangibles, the context and perspective about a particular performance which cannot be ‘Googled’ and will not show up on the stats sheet.Bolt does not have to compete every week on the Diamond League circuit to be crowned the Male Athlete of the Year. This award, after all, is not a consistency award.If there is a global event such as the World Championships and Bolt performed the way he did in Beijing in 2015, the sheer magnitude of those performances would have decimated all other performances on the relatively smaller stages provided by the other sports.That is why most of the astute international sports journalists across the globe quite rightly voted for the ‘Big Man’ as 2015 Male Athlete of the Year.Neither my fellow journalists nor I can be held responsible for anyone’s inability to grasp that simple principle.
Investigators from the Liberia National Police, headed by Senior Inspector Patrick T. Sudue recently uncovered the skeletal remains of the motorcyclist who was reported missing in July 2015.Inspector Sudue told the Daily Observer that during the interrogation of murder suspect Bill Lawrence, who was recently linked to the killing of another motorcyclist on September 30, he confessed his involvement in the cyclist’s death, saying he sold the victims’ motorbikes.According to Inspector Sudue, the culprit confessed that whenever he and unnamed friends were in need of money, they would get on a bike and ask the cyclist to take them home. It is then that they would eventually kill the cyclist and later sell the bike. “The suspect said they are three in number carrying out the deadly operation, but one of them (Decent Boy) was killed by angry mobs during the recent riot in Ganta,” he said.He said during his interrogation Lawrence confessed to hiring a motorcyclist on the night of July 26 and directed the cyclist to the Methodist Field (the same area where they did the recent killing) and then clubbed him to death.He said the body was disposed of in a pool of water and covered with leaves. They then sold the murdered cyclist’s motorbike for US$450. “After the confession,” said Inspector Sudue, “the culprit showed us the area where the body was deposited; and when we went there, we discovered a skeleton that was later identified as Prince Washington’s by his T-Shirt.”According to the officer, the late Prince Washington’s parents have been in search of him since July and reported him missing, but documents bearing the record of him being missing were destroyed during the ransacking of the police station in September.The police quoted the family as saying: “After we searched for Prince and could not find him, we thought that he had sold the motorbike and fled to Grand Gedeh gold field.” The wave of motorcyclists’ killings intensified in September when two bodies were discovered in one week in Ganta and nearby Blohn.Bill Lawrence was picked up by rioters on September 30 and during the rioting which left properties belonging to businessman Prince Howard destroyed, and his house set ablaze. A police station and the local office of the Drug Enforcement Agency were also vandalized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The champions of the 2015 Coca Cola Big 8 Tournament, BYC I, has finally and officially celebrated their “title victory” in an awesome style yesterday at the Mamba Point Hotel in Central Monrovia.Attended by more than 50 people, including representatives from the Liberia Football Association (LFA), the 2015 BYC Coca Cola Award Ceremony was organized by BYC Football in collaboration with the Robert A. Sirleaf Foundation (RASF).The head coach of BYC I, Robert Larteh, dubbed Coach Pella and the team’s 3rd Captain Francis Jallabah presented the medals and souvenir disc which contained photos of the team during the tournament, to the players, technical and support staff as well as the management of the BYC Blue Field.A logical pictorial which showcased the players during the 10-day Coca Cola Tournament at the Blue Field Award Ceremony was shown.The tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) wonderful striker Van Dave-Harmon was awarded a “Sculpture with angels holding a football,” by BYC, but the Secretary General of the LFA, B. Alphonso Armah, in his remarks appealed to the BYC management for the “Sculpture” to be presented at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) during BYC games.Mr. Armah urged the players to be disciplined and work harder.The BYC captain during the Coca Cola Tournament, Francis Jallabah, alias Stopper and midfield defensive maestro, Gideon William, dubbed D-Jon or Bad Boy were selected as the co-MVPs. Both players are 22 years.Defender Jallabah has been with BYC Football since 2003, while Gideon joined the ‘Blue Family’ on loan from Watanga FC in 2014 and has finally signed with the team.BYC President Sekou Konneh and Mr. Sirleaf, on behalf of BYC Football and RASF, presented the duo ‘plastic plagues and bag of football materials,’ including iPhones.The BYC CEO, Mr. Sirleaf said BYC despite their “though moments” is the best playing team in the country and confident the team would reclaim future titles.For his part, Mr. Konneh said the ‘spirit of togetherness’ has caused the team to clinch the maiden edition of the Coca Cola Tournament.He said the upholding of the team’s morale and spirit lies in the hands of everybody and therefore urged the players and technical staff to remain focus.The Coca Cola Cup is the eighth trophy of BYC I. The team has won three Super Cups, two Championships and two Liberian Cups (Knockout).It may be recalled that on Sunday, May 10, during the grand final of the Coca Cola tournament between BYC I and Nimba United, Van Dave Harmon’s hat trick was enough for his side BYC in their 3-1 triumph over Nimba United to lift the trophy.Elijah Golo scored Nimba United’s consolation goal from the penalty spot after a defender of BYC was booked for committing a foul against opponent Titus Cooper of Nimba United in the penalty box. BYC, dubbed ‘the Go Blue Boys’ moved to the finals after a 1-0 win over IE, converted from the spot-kick by attacking midfielder Gideon Williams.In the preliminary rounds, the Go Blue boys topped Group A with nine points, winning all her games without conceding a goal. Coach Robert Larteh’s boys whipped Nimba United 1-0; Mighty Barrolle 2-0 and LISCR FC 1-0.Sunday’s defeat over Nimba United has shown that Coach Sam Chebli needs an overhaul in the middle and front to withstand the shots.Nimba United narrowly crossed over to meet BYC through a lottery shoot against NPA Anchors, 4-0, after the 90 minutes ended in one-all.Earlier, though the Mountainous suffered her first defeat to BYC 1-0, but drew with LISCR 2-2 and pinned Mighty Barrolle 2-1.The eight participating teams were awarded certificates of participation while Nimba United received a cheque for US$1,000 as runner and BYC got US$2,000 and trophy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The 250 nursing students who wrote the 2016 nursing exams, which was allegedly compromised, took the test for a second time on Tuesday.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence along with her Junior Minster, Dr Karen Cummings, paid a visit to the students just before they wrote the examination at the Critchlow Labour College.At last: Some 250 Nurses re-sit Examinations after being in limbo since last year; the students from four nursing establishments representing the Counties of Demerara and Berbice were forced to retake the exams following the discovery of a breach after the two-day Clinical and Functional tests in October 2016In a statement released by the Health Ministry, the Minister said to a group of students “We are here to give you moral and spiritual support; we have full confidence in you”.Minister Cummings also spoke to the students and said “We know you will have good success. Believe in yourselves”.Those who re-wrote the nursing exams were students from the Georgetown School of Nursing, the Charles Roza School of Nursing located in Linden, the New Amsterdam School of Nursing and the privately-operated St Joseph Mercy Hospital in Georgetown.The students from the four nursing institutions were all forced to retake the exams after it was discovered that there was a breach following the two-day Clinical and Functional tests in October 2016.The nurses were outraged at having to retake the examination, staging multiple protest actions and calling for an alternative decision.However, after lengthy debates and discussions within the Public Health Ministry, it was determined that having the nurses rewrite the examination would be the best option.Investigations into the leaking of the professional examinations papers which were reportedly sold to students to the tune of some $180,000 are currently ongoing.The authorities are confident that the breach originated from the Nursing Council. However, they are awaiting an unknown person who is currently abroad to assist with the investigations.On Tuesday, Ministers Lawrence and Cummings said their presence at the College was to reaffirm their confidence in the integrity of the tests and the intelligence of the students.The Education Ministry was tasked with preparing and executing the exams and will also be responsible for marking the papers.The results of the examination are to be known on February 28.
There’s still no word of a verdict in the Prince George second degree murder trial of 30 year old Leonard Freedom Ballantyne. He’s charged with death of 27 year old Neil McNamara, who died from shotgun stomach wounds received in a Fort St. John apartment complex in September of 2006.The jury got the case last Friday afternoon and the period of jury deliberations is being cited by some obvservers as the longest for a Prince George jury trial in recent memory. – Advertisement –
Arsenal were rocked when it was announced that club-record signing Mesut Ozil would be ruled out for up to three months with a knee injury.It would seem to be a hammer blow to the Gunners, on the face of it, but not everyone sees it that way.Indeed in a recent talkSPORT poll, 62 per cent of Arsenal fans believe that Ozil’s absence could be a positive for the club, in as much as it will give others a chance to flourish in place of the lackadaisical playmaker.Some have even gone further with their criticism of the £42.5m man, urging boss Arsene Wenger to move him on and recoup as much of their expenditure as possible.Reports emerged earlier this week that Bayern Munich had enquired over the availability of Ozil during the summer, but Wenger dismissed them outright, insisting that he wanted to persevere with his temperamental star, but should the Frenchman have a change of heart, there is evidence enough that Arsenal wouldn’t be short of suitors.As the comment below shows, based on his performance away to Chelsea, Ozil’s apparent inconsistency and languid style is testing the patience of sections of the club’s support. 2 But if Wenger decided to buckle to their demands and move him on, who could he replace him with?Julian Draxler – SchalkeOne such replacement could be Schalke hot-shot Julian Draxler. A younger, more dynamic player to Ozil, the young German has been firmly on Arsenal’s radar for the best part of two years, but little has yet to come of their interest. As the 21-year-old proved in Schalke’s recent 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Champions League, he certainly has the ability to mix it at the highest level as he inspired the Bundesliga outfit to come from behind against their monied opponents.Not only a talented technician, Draxler’s versatility has resulted in him playing both wide and central positions with relative ease, something Ozil has struggled with.Schalke’s comparatively poor start to the season could play a hand in his future, with the youngster likely to move on should the Konigsblauen fail to finish in the top four.Marco Reus – Borussia DortmundShould Wenger seek a replacement for Ozil, then he could always head further down the road to Dortmund and try to convince Marco Reus that North London is the perfect destination for him.His talents as a footballer are well documented, and his importance to Dortmund cannot be understated and his absence with an ankle injury has hit them hard – Dortmund currently sit 13th in the Bundesliga, with just seven points.Another player equally comfortable in wide and central positions, Reus is a far more direct player than Ozil, and his approach is perhaps more comparable to Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez than his compatriot. Reports over a release clause in his contract being activated next summer could see Reus leave for as little as £20m – well within the Gunners’ budget.Yohan Cabaye – Paris Saint-GermainThe answer to Arsenal’s apparent problems may not be in a straight like-for-like replacement for Ozil, but in returning to a former target.The Gunners’ interest in Yohan Cabaye prior to his €25m switch to Paris Saint-Germain was reportedly serious, but given the Frenchman’s diminishing standing within the Ligue 1 giants squad a move could be on the cards.A known talent, Cabaye comes with Premier League experience and a style that suggests he would fit in well at the Emirates.His lack of football this season – Cabaye has played the full 90 minutes just once this campaign – has led to him being quoted as saying he is ‘not happy’ in the French capital. A move to Arsenal might just be the perfect remedy.Arsenal fans, is it time to consider moving on Mesut Ozil? Who would you replace him with? Comment below… Mesut Ozil has been criticised 2
One of Donegal’s best-known hotels has failed to find a new owner at auction.An Ostan, Gaoth Dobhair, went under the hammer at at AllSops auction in Dublin with a knock-down reserve price of €590,000.However, the hotel failed to attract any bidders. The 32 bedroom hotel, which has its own leisure centre, sits on a stunning site of 76 acres at Bunbeg.The property also comes with 6 holiday apartments overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean.When it was opened the hotel was a hugely popular venue for weddings and other functions because of its stunning location.There were hopes that if the hotel is re-opened, it would bring a much-needed jobs boost back into the area. Landmark Donegal hotel fails to attract buyer at auction was last modified: December 14th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
By RACHEL McLAUGHLIN: Free music, art and entertainment events are promised for September 20 as Letterkenny’s Culture Night schedule is revealed today.The seventh annual culture and heritage night will take place in venues all across the town from 6pm to 11pm. All events are family friendly and free of charge. Full Tilt Recording Studios will host an open recording session in studio, where a brand new dance track will be produced on the night.Live music performances will be held at An Grianán Theatre, the Regional Culture Centre and St. Eunan’s Cathedral, among other venues.Sports fans can admire and recall Donegal’s past and present Sporting Heroes at an exhibition in Donegal County Museum. Drama brings Ulster heritage to the fore in performances such as The Footstep Theatre’s ‘Planters, Paupers & Rebels’.Indoor and outdoor art exhibitions include the ‘Loinnir’ Sculpture Trail in Letterkenny Town Park. The illuminated display had great success over the years in many Donegal locations. Get hands-on at art workshops for all ages at Create a Link Art Studio, or sit back and relax at a special edition of North West Words open mic readings and music at Café Blend.Culture Night 2013 has something for everyone.View and download the events brochure at http://www.donegallibrary.ie/media/donegal-library/contentassets/files/pdflibrary/Culture_Night_2013_Programme.pdfLETTERKENNY CULTURE NIGHT 2013 EVENTS REVEALED was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
THERE IS deep sadness in Donegal football circles following the death of Swilly Rovers stalwart Ivan Grier.The death of the popular Ramelton native was announced today. Mr Grier, late of Hillcrest, Ramelton, passed away at the Ramelton Nursing Unit following an illness.Picture: Ivan Grier receives an appreciation award from Dessie Kelly and Johnny McCafferty. Last summer, the Ulster Senior League presented Ivan with an appreciation award at their annual presentation function.His contribution to his beloved Swilly Rovers goes back to 1972 and he served a variety of roles at Swilly Park over a near-50-year period.Most recently, he was club chairman at Swilly Rovers having been secretary for a long number of years.He will be fondly remembered as the gateman at Swilly Park and he was the first contact for visitors to the venue on match days. A farmer in Ramelton, Ivan is also a former board member of Donegal Creameries.Predeceased by a son, Gary, Ivan is survived by his wife, Pearl, sons Alaister, Stanley and John, and a wide circle of family and friends.Removal from Ramelton Nursing Unit today, Saturday, at 6pm to the family home.Funeral arrangements have yet to be confirmed.Death mourned of Swilly Rovers stalwart, Ivan Grier was last modified: July 27th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Donegal CreameriesIvan GrierRameltonswilly roversUlster Senior League
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, Product Manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.Frogeye leaf spot is a disease that can impact soybean yields across this eastern Corn Belt.. Typically, more prevalent in the southern growing regions, the disease can occur farther north as a result of weather favorable to its development.The fungus that causes Frogeye leaf spot (Cercospora sojina) survives in infected plant debris and can cause infections in growing plants when weather conditions are favorable. Frogeye leaf spot lesions produce spores that are easily transported by wind, acting as inoculum for leaf infections on other plants. The disease is promoted by warm, humid weather and will continue to develop on infected plants during patterns of favorable weather. With the warm and wet weather patterns that have existed in the eastern Corn Belt during 2017, it is expected that frogeye would be observed in some fields.Frogeye leaf spot symptoms begin as small yellow spots that become larger lesions with gray centers and dark reddish-purple or brown borders. Younger leaves are more susceptible to growth of lesions than older leaves, therefore, new plant growth will be impacted by disease development. In some cases, lesions can develop on the soybean stem and pods.Eastern Corn Belt soybean growers have several options for managing frogeye leaf spot. Because residue is a significant source of inoculum, burying infected residue with tillage can reduce the amount of inoculum present in a field. Crop rotation can also help in minimizing the amount of inoculum present. In this Purdue Fact Sheet, university experts recommend rotation away from soybeans at least 2 years in fields where infections occurred. Starting the growing season by planting quality, pathogen-free seed. Although residue is believed to be the most significant source of inoculum, seed infected by the pathogen will lead to infections of the plant during the growing season. Growers should work with seed company sales staff and agronomists to choose varieties with strong resistance to frogeye leaf spot. Finally, if disease infections become severe and have potential to greatly reduce yield, growers may need to apply a fungicide at the R3 stage of growth to minimize yield losses.