Due to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia this year, we were forced to postpone the 2014 Liberia Marathon from 31 August 2014 to 25 January 2015 after receiving advice from medical authorities.It was the hope of all in Liberia that Ebola would be eradicated by January. Unfortunately, despite major progress, Ebola continues to threaten our country. While an Ebola-free Liberia by 25 January 2015 may still be a possibility, the complex process and time required to prepare for a marathon makes it impossible to hold the Liberia Marathon on the 25th January 2015 as hoped.In this light, and in consultation with our partners, we have decided that the 2015 Liberia Marathon will be held in August 2015. The precise date will be announced shortly.This new timing is in keeping with the tradition of the Marathon being held in August to take advantage of cooler temperatures. It also provides adequate time to ensure that Liberia is Ebola-free, guarantee the safety of all participants, and to plan a first-rate event. The Liberia Marathon Trust is also exploring the possibility of a shorter program earlier in 2015.Next year, 2015, is an opportunity to start anew. A new beginning for Liberia and a new beginning for the Marathon. The 2015 Liberia Marathon will be held in honor of those we have lost to the ebola virus, those who served on the front lines to fight it, and those who survived.The marathon will be working with many partners over the coming months to find ways for the marathon to help fight stigma and be a true symbol of Liberia’s bright future.The marathon would like to apologize for the inconvenience this unforeseeable delay may have caused, and to assure all runners who already registered for 2014 that their registration will remain valid in 2015.Finally, the Liberia Marathon would like to urge the general public to continue to take every precaution to stop Ebola, to follow health advice closely, and do our best to fight stigma in all its forms, the organizers said in a press statement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Liberia Evangelical Baptist Convention (LEBC) Incorpated has ended its second annual fellowship at the Trumpet Baptist Central Church in Ganta, Nimba County.The convention, which brought people from 40 churches across the country and partners from the Diaspora, was held under the theme, “Equip Yourself for the Task Ahead,” with text from II Timothy 2:14 –15.According to the general overseer of the church, Rev. Arthur Gboe Wheyee, the convention was held to celebrate the existence of the living Christ; to preach the Good News of salvation to the unreached communities; to communicate biblical truth for spiritual growth; and to demonstrate God’s love to all and for all.He said the convention witnessed the baptism of about 12 persons and the ordination of two ministers of the Gospel.The Liberia Evangelical Baptist Convention’s request to serve on the International Board of the Baptist was accepted by their international guest. Rev. Wheyee spoke of tremendous achievements the church has made in a very short period of time such as the purchasing of over 1500 acres of farmland.“We are going to start cultivating our farmland this month as a means of sustaining ourselves,” he said.The occasion was attended by scores of ministers from other Baptist conventions from across the globe.However, during the climax of the convention on Sunday, November 6, several ministers headed by Rev. Wheyee were inducted into office to steer the affairs of the LEBC for the next four years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…ahead of International Day of Men and BoysAs the Social Cohesion Ministry kick-started the celebrations of International Day of Men and Boys in Guyana, Minister George Norton highlighted that men are now harmfully stereotyped which increases their vulnerability and promotes gender inequality.Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton joined by a group of school boys at the launch of International Day of Men and Boys in GuyanaThis was as he relayed to a gathering at the Umana Yana on Thursday that, “There is no doubt about the fact that harmful stereotyping of men is an issue we face but we must work to eliminate this issue.”Norton was at the time speaking at the local launch ahead of Sunday’s observation of the international day set aside for the honouring of men and their contributions to society.In his address, the Minister suggested that feminist efforts to promote women and gender equality can often open the doors for men to suffer at the hands of a number of social injustices.In doing so, he relayed, “Sometimes, men and boys are reluctant to speak out on certain issues affecting them, but I must encourage you to let your voices be heard.”Continuing on that note, Minister Norton indicated that the idea of women being the only victims of domestic violence and abuse are among the misconceptions which tend to silence male victims.With that in mind, he encouraged the male gathering to embrace their responsibility as men in society despite the stereotypes which seek to threaten their masculinity.“Men and boys I appeal to you do not be discouraged because of these stereotyping. We must abandon those stereotypes and embrace positive attributes,” Norton stated in his encouragement to men and went on to highlight that that would mean, “Be good role models, build healthy relationships and always be respectful.”The Social Cohesion Minister went on to point out the important role men continue to play in the development of their families and by extension the country.“The role of men and boys should never be underestimated. Men and boys must see themselves as responsible, caring and non-violent individuals, who contribute meaningfully to society,” he expressed.Sharing the similar concerns as it relates to the marginalisation of men in societies, not only in Guyana but across the world, Dr Williams Adu-Krow, who is the country representative attached to the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO).Dr Adu-Krow in his remarks at the event noted that the idea of masculinity often results in men being sceptical as it relates to seeking assistance in fear of falling below society’s expectation of their inherent bravery.This, he noted, often leads to men neglecting basic necessities, such as health care. As such, he is calling for a change in the way males are socialised, with less emphasis being placed on society’s expectations of masculinity, so as to truly level the playing field between men and women, particularly in the Caribbean.International Day of Men and Boys is celebrated on November 19 in about 70 countries across the globe.This occasion was earmarked to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of men and boys and more so to focus on their health, promoting gender equality and improving gender relations.To further commemorate this event in Guyana, the Social Protection Ministry will be hosting a public forum in Georgetown on Sunday.
1 Newcastle United fans will be hoping Rolando Aarons can fire them to Premier League safety with goals like this. The Magpies’ Jamaican-born forward was on international duty with England’s Under-21s when he hit this beauty in training. An aerial view shows the forward rising in an acrobatic fashion to meet the ball, striking it on the volley and beating the goalkeeper at his near post.Aarons is yet to score in nine first-team appearances for Newcastle this season, so he will be proud of this impressive training ground strike. The 20-year-old posted the video on his Instagram account – see below! Newcastle United forward Rolando Aarons (left) in training with England Under-21s
Rapper turned actress, singer, spokeswoman and producer Queen Latifah on Wednesday became the first hip-hop artist crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “I think the reason I am here is to inspire African-American women who are rappers, full-figured women to know that they can do it too,” Latifah, 35, said at the unveiling of the sidewalk’s 2,298th star. Family and friends, including actor Terrence Howard, cheered Latifah on. “Who would have known that in the ’70s, when a pink 8-pound baby girl was born, this is where she would be today. She came out screaming, ‘Look out world, here I come,”‘ her mother Rita Owens said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Honorary Mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant sent his regards from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was delayed after entertaining American troops. Born Dana Owens, Queen Latifah debuted in 1989 with seminal hip-hop album “All Hail the Queen.” Her third album “Black Reign” earned her a Grammy award in 1994. Latifah’s leap to television in 1993 with the sitcom “Living Single” widened her appeal. She went on to star in such films as “Set It Off,” “Bringing Down the House” and 2005’s “Beauty Shop,” which she also produced. But it was the New Jersey native’s stint as soulful prison matron Mama Morton in 2002’s “Chicago” that earned her a supporting actress Oscar nomination and brought her singing acclaim. Her latest release “The Dana Owens Album,” a jazzy collection of blues, pop and soul classics, garnered her a Grammy nod last year. Latifah is also a spokeswoman for CoverGirl and its record label CG Vibes, among other companies. She co-chairs the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation, named for her older brother who was killed while riding a motorcycle she bought for him. Latifah plays a woman with a terminal illness in the upcoming film “Last Holiday.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Rachel Ward with Megan & Noreen Marley welcome the 86 motorcyclists!Eighty Six motorbikes set off from the Diamond, Donegal Town recently for the first ever Bike Run & Show. The idea was the brainchild of Jackie Maguire and Ian & William Gillmore and the lucky beneficaries of the fundraising event was the Donegal Branch of Multiple Sclerosis Ireland.The organisation provides vital support and assisatance to those suffering from the dehibillitating and as yet, incurable disease. Cousins Erin & Kian Gallagher pose behind a special “Limo” Honda 90.To date a super €2,200 has been collected from the event.The Run took in Ballybofey, Convoy and Letterkenny finishing up in Donegal Town for a Barbecue and music in O’Donnell’s Bar.The organisers also ran an art competition for pupils of the Abbey Vocational School.The winners were: Eimear McGee, Erica Price and Rossa Doherty whose paintings will now be auctioned at an award function to be announced shortly. All proceeds will be go to MS iIreland ( Donegal Branch).Many thanks to Paul O’Sullivan for the pictures.Ronan & Keara Flannagan, Raphoe & family enjoy the sunshine in Donegal Town Last Of The Summer Wine!: Jackie Irwin, Tommy McGroary & Winston Robinson Linda Lyons & Veronica Gillen collecting for MS Ireland. The cavalcade returning to the Diamond MOTORCYCLISTS DO THEIR BIT TO FIGHT MS IN DONEGAL was last modified: August 31st, 2013 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) Tags:Donegal TownmotorcyclistsMS
Bamford has impressed for BoroPatrick BamfordThe Chelsea forward, on-loan at Middlesbrough, has been shortlisted for the Championship player of the year. The 21-year-old, who earlier this week was also nominated for the Football League’s young player of the year award, has scored 17 league goals for Boro. Watford’s Troy Deeney and Daryl Murphy of Ipswich are the other two players in contention for the honour, which in previous years has been won by Danny Ings, Rickie Lambert, Kevin Nolan and QPR’s Adel Taarabt.Andy ImpeyThe former QPR winger has returned to Loftus Road to shadow the club’s Under-18 coaches Paul Furlong and Paul Hall. Impey, who played for Rangers between 1990 and 1997, will be starting his coaching badges in May and is working with Furlong and Hall to gain an understanding of their work.FulhamThe Whites’ Under-21s were beaten 2-0 by Sunderland at Craven Cottage, with Duncan Watmore scoring both goals. Larnell Cole was included in the starting line-up but came off after 41 minutes, while Solomon Sambou limped out early on. Patrick Roberts and Moussa Dembele also played the full 90 minutes and the latter went close to scoring in the second half.BrentfordKyjuon Marsh-Brown and Tyrell Miller-Rodney scored as the Bees’ development side ended their season with a 3-2 home defeat against Charlton. Karlan Ahearne-Grant put the Addicks in front after 17 minutes but Marsh-Brown levelled with a curling shot from 18 yards. Miller-Rodney then put Brentford ahead after good work from Josh Laurent and Zain Westbrooke but Charlton equalised immediately through Aheane-Grant. The visitors netted a winner five minutes from time when Rhys Browne turned a defender and slotted home.Chelsea LadiesWycombe’s Adams Park will be the venue for the FA Women’s Cup semi-final with Manchester City on Monday 4 May. Kick-off is at 2pm, and the winners will go through to the final at Wembley on 1 August.Hampton & Richmond BoroughSupporters at Saturday’s game with Bury Town will be able to pay what they want to get in, with the club hoping to attract 1,000 fans. Victory will confirm the Beavers’ Ryman Premier Division safety.MiddlesexA virtual full-strength side will play Sunbury CC in a Twenty20 friendly on Saturday. Adam Voges, Nick Compton, Neil Dexter, James Harris and John Simpson have all been named in a 14-man squad for the match, which starts at 12pm. Entry is free.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe battle between current and past NCAA champions turned one-sided in favor of Arellano, which plastered St. Benilde, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, Saturday at the start of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jovielyn Prado led the Lady Chiefs with 14 points in the rematch between semifinalists of last NCAA season’s tournament.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Mary Anne Esguerra added 13 points while Necole Ebuen and Reginal Arocha chipped in nine each.Arellano coach Obet Javier said the Lady Chiefs’ experience in the Reinforced and Open Conferences of the league organized by Sports Vision is starting to bear fruit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I told them to use their PVL experience and help motivate their younger teammates,” said Javier.Earlier, La Salle and UST hurdled their respective rivals in the men’s side of the season-ending conference. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim WATCH: LeBron James rocks Manila for third time MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES The Green Spikers fought back from a set down to turn back the St. Benilde Blazers, 25-27, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22, while the Tigers dominated the UP Maroons, 25-17, 25-22, 25-15.Meanwhile, junior volleyball gets a big shot in the arm as the UAAP and Sports Vision joined hands for the tournament that starts Sept. 9.Unlike in previous seasons where the UAAP juniors competitions are held at school gyms, the girls’ and boys’ tournament will now be played at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.“In our continuing effort to develop the sport, particularly our young players, we will provide them good playing conditions which will help raise the level of competition,” said Sports Vision president Moying Martelino.The matches will be played in between the men’s and women’s games of the Collegiate Conference every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Officially, it was the U.S. Olympic team, together for just a few weeks.To the basketball world, it was the Dream Team, and its gold-medal run changed hoops forever.An American sport was transformed into a global phenomenon when Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and the rest of the NBA’s best arrived in Barcelona for the 1992 Olympics. They sparked an interest in basketball that continues to impact the NBA —on and off the court.The league is now a $5.5 billion industry and arguably the most popular international sport behind soccer.“I think basketball was about to explode and the dynamite stick to explode it was the Dream Team,” said U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski, an assistant on that team.Springfield, Massachusetts, is basketball’s birthplace. But the modern NBA game was born in Barcelona.Major league baseball and the NFL would like to emulate the NBA’s international success. Since 1992, the league has played about 150 international basketball games and its contests been televised in more than 200 countries and territories.With Spain hosting the Basketball World Cup the last three weeks— capped off with the U.S. beating Serbia 129-92 in the gold-medal game — here’s a look back at the Barcelona Games and how the sport is changing:THE PLAYERSWhen Jerry Colangelo went to sign the first players from behind the Iron Curtain, he didn’t do a Pat Riley and drop a couple of championship rings on the table to woo Georgi Glushkov.It was the mid-1980s, and the former Phoenix owner had been told about the Bulgarian big man who had done a good job against Hall of Fame center Arvydas Sabonis in a European tournament. So Colangelo and a Suns assistant traveled to Sofia to negotiate a contract.Colangelo walked into a room at the Office of Sports Ministry to find six Bulgarians, some shot glasses and a Coke as a chaser.“We talked a few hours, made a deal where the government was getting most of the money and the player getting a small piece of it,” Colangelo said.While the 6-foot-8 Glushkov’s career was short-lived — he’s now the President of Bulgaria’s basketball federation — it’s much easier finding international prospects with NBA scouts packing under-19 and under-18 tournaments around the globe.The 1992 Olympics “just all kind of changed everything,” said Colangelo, Chairman of USA Basketball. “It opened the door for a lot of people and then people started to jump into it.”People including eventual NBA MVPs, league champions, No. 1 draft picks — players like Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Tony Parker.But Jordi Villacampa, President of the Spanish basketball club Joventut Badalona, cautions that just like American college kids, some international players bolt to the NBA too early.“For me it is important that players, before going to the NBA, master the game and play very well and for several years growing in the European leagues, in our case, in the ACB,” said Villacampa, who played for Spain at the Barcelona Games and is the Spanish league’s No. 2 scorer. “Perhaps the timing (of some players) hasn’t been the best to get the most out of their talent.”Still, more than 90 international players began last season on NBA rostersINTERNATONAL INFLUENCEAs beautiful as the Dream Team made the game look, basketball in the NBA was getting pretty ugly.The Detroit Pistons of Chuck Daly, who coached the Dream Team, were known as the “Bad Boys,” a rough unit that played hard and fouled harder in winning consecutive NBA titles. Pat Riley’s Knicks of the early and mid-1990s would play the same way, and offensive creativity had given way to post-ups and isolation play.Enter the international influence. Rather than pound the ball inside, they spread the floor and put good-shooting big men on the perimeter.“Now we’ve gone more that way, because there aren’t that many good big post players to start out with,” said Rod Thorn, NBA President of Operations. “We didn’t have what is called a stretch 4 until we started getting all these kids from Europe. The Nowitzkis of the world in particular, guys who could shoot the ball out on the court and were big, and now everybody looks for a stretch 4.”Nowhere is the change more evident than with the Spurs.Their first title in 1999 was won the old way, throwing it into David Robinson and Tim Duncan, and it wasn’t much fun to watch. But the basketball they played to win the title in June didn’t look like that.This year’s collection of Spurs looked like, well, the Dream Team — but with a roster comprised of nine players born outside the U.S.GLOBAL MARKETINGThe NBA was the first U.S. pro league to play regular-season games outside North America when Phoenix and Utah met in Japan in 1990. But it wasn’t until after the Dream Team that interest there really took off.“The finals in ’93 between Phoenix and the Bulls, I think we probably had like 20 (Japanese) media, but ’92 there were only me and the cameraman between the Bulls and Blazers,” journalist Yoko Miyaji said.The NBA took notice.Building in Asia became a priority, particularly in China, where an NBA China division was launched and where the league estimated there were 300 million people playing basketball at the time of the 2008 Olympics. Shanghai and Beijing, with state of the art arenas that would make many U.S. cities envious, have become regular stops on the preseason schedule, and the Philippines joined them last year with its own sparkling facility.Eric Doust, Vice President of Global Marketing at SQ1 Agency, believes the NBA has done as well as any league growing internationally, in part because of its diverse rosters.“They’ve got so many international players now, and you can see that from Spain in the FIBA World Cup,” Doust said. “So that’s where I think they gain a lot of leverage as well versus other leagues. … That’s where their growth is going to come from as well.”Doust said there were 16 billion page views and more than 9 billion video views on NBA.com China over a three-year period.Now it’s on to India and Africa, where the league will stage an exhibition game next summer.LeBron James’ first game against Miami will come in none other than Brazil, hosting another preseason game as the league ramps up its marketing efforts before the 2016 Olympics.Barcelona showed just how big NBA players were — Thorn and Krzyzewski say players on the Dream Team “were like the Beatles” — and now the sport is bigger than ever.“I would say today maybe there are a couple of soccer players that might be as popular as LeBron James around the world, maybe,” Thorn said, “but he’s right in there with anybody.”Along with the NBA.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James considered swigging a beer while scoring 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 24 and the Cleveland Cavaliers picked up where they left off following a long layoff and throttled the Toronto Raptors 116-105 on Monday night in the opener of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal.The Cavs hadn’t played since April 23, when they completed a four-game sweep of Indiana. But the defending champions didn’t show signs of rust and were well-prepared to face the revenge-seeking Raptors, who lost to Cleveland in last year’s conference finals.Toronto dropped to 1-12 in playoff openers.Game 2 is Wednesday night.Kyle Lowry scored 20 and DeMar DeRozan 19 for the Raptors, who were within seven in the third quarter before James dropped a 3-pointer, converted a three-point play, drained another 3 and then considered washing down a brew.ROCKETS 126, SPURS 99SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Trevor Ariza scored 23 points while James Harden added 20 points and 14 rebounds as Houston stormed past San Antonio in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, the Spurs’ worst loss in a series opener under Gregg Popovich.The Rockets were 22 for 50 on 3-pointers, the most 3s attempted and made against the Spurs in their long postseason history.Houston had six players in double figures, including 20 points and 13 rebounds from Clint Capela.Game 2 is Wednesday in San Antonio.Houston led by as many as 39 points, including a 30-point lead in the first half, in the opener of the first series between the rivals since the Rockets’ victory in the 1995 Western Conference finals.TweetPinShare0 Shares