Warren Blake, the president of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA), says he intends to offer himself for a second term. Speaking in an exclusive interview, Dr Blake told The Gleaner his time in office had been challenging and successful. He hopes to seek re-election at the JAAA annual general meeting later this year. Blake first took office in 2011, just after the untimely passing of sitting JAAA president, Howard Aris, and served the last year of Aris’ term in office. He was elected in 2012 to continue as president. “I still intend to go again, to offer myself for a second term,” he said quietly, “and the second term would be my final term. “It has been a very challenging four years, and I think the team that I have worked with is a very good team, he reflected.” We have had quite a lot of successes, I would say, and if you look at medal counts, except for that one major games that we spoke about, one medal at World Youth Championships, this has really been the most successful period in Jamaica’s track and field history.” In 2012, Jamaica took home 12 medals with four gold, four silver and four bronze from the London Olympics. That is one more than the previous Olympic high of 11 from the 2008 Games in Beijing. MORE SUCCESS That was followed by a six gold medal portion of a total nine at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and seven gold from a haul of 12 at the 2015 Worlds. That’s just one short of Jamaica’s 13-medal collection at the 2009 World Championships. That team performance garnered seven gold medals. JAAA elections occur after each Olympic Games. One of Blake’s major objectives for the rest of his current term and any other time he might have in office is to take the JAAA into what he calls ‘a more professional approach to track and field’. One area under his stethoscope is the running of the JAAA office. “Right now, we survive in the office because we have a treasurer, Mr (Ludlow) Watts, who is really a full-time worker without any pay,” he remarked. “He comes to the office every day and puts in a full shift.” According to the president, general secretary Garth Gayle also does extensive work there. “If we didn’t have workers like this who really sacrifice tremendous time and effort to keep the day to day affairs of the organisation going we’d be in serious trouble,” he explained. “I think we do need to find a way, find a sponsor, or find out if our budget is able to pay someone full time to be in the office to do the day to day activities of the association. “I think that is something that must happen,” he asserted.
By Julius Kullie Kanubah, Public Policy AnalystUpfront I must say: President George Weah’s comments and the attending press statement by his Office accusing the BBC Liberia correspondent of being against him and undermining his professed campaign for human rights in Liberia demonstrates a reckless act of political immaturity, but also a flippant and disingenuous act, manifesting loss of judgment.President Weah and his Office have without any empirical evidence – up to now – shown how and by what means journalist Jonathan Paye-Layleh has been “one person against” Mr. Weah or “undermining” his self-styled campaign of “advocating for justice and creating awareness to the gross human rights violations perpetrated against the Liberian people during the 14 years civil conflict.”The lack of specificity and evidence to the claims made against journalist Paye-Layleh, no doubt, seriously undermines and opens a credibility gap both on President Weah and his Office, just over two months into his presidency – which by all accounts has shown manifestations of leadership ambiguity and misjudgment.President Weah has two options to tackle this emerging credibility deficit: first, he needs to provide the facts on the exact circumstances and nature of his claims which can then be subjected to communicative rationality in the sense of discursive validity and invalidity.If this cannot be done, the second-best alternative is for President Weah and his Office to without much hesitation, recant the claims and apologize unreservedly to journalist Paye-Layleh. Especially, at a time Liberia is gripped with increasing political rhetoric and uncertainty on the future policy direction of the country in terms of good governance, it cannot be stressed that President Weah and his Office will be subjected to obvious suspicions in their relationship with the media and conscious minds within the public unless the truth surrounding his claims are made known.The President and his Office should be aware that in branding journalist Paye-Layleh as being “against” Weah in the past is a direct move to frame the journalist as an antagonist, if not, an adversary.Normative, neither is it a crime to be both. But …! In the context of Liberia, such characterization has huge repercussions as history has shown in light of mysterious deaths and cold-blooded murders as well as violent attacks on persons,including journalists considered to be “against” the President of the Land.Simply, the presumption here is that by finger-pointing a perceived antagonist or adversary, president Weah is telling his zealous supporters to beware of journalist Paye-Layleh – the man who has been “against” your ‘revolutionary leader’ and‘country giant’ over time. It means, it is him (Paye-Layleh) “against” Us (me -Weah and You – my followers).Clearly, it is a dangerous comment by President Weah, which when taken together with the co-constructed and factually flawed press statement by his Office directly puts the life of journalist Paye-Layleh at even greater risk.Unarguably, the rights of journalist Paye-Layleh to move freely and perform his journalistic work as a citizen of Liberia has now been endangered and substantially undermined.In a setting such as ours, no one, especially a consistently truth-seeking journalist of the orientation of Jonathan Paye-Layleh, can move psychologically peaceful when you are publicly depicted by a ‘populist’ president as someone who has been“against” him across time and space. Will President Weah, his government, and his fervent supporters ever believe the reportage of journalist Paye-Layleh, now and into the future? Unless the truth is told with evidence, President Weah has probably ruined the career of journalist Paye-Layleh, so rapidly by his vague accusation and vile attack by his Office. It is very painful for Paye-Layleh and the practice of journalism in Liberia. Paye-Layleh and Liberian journalism deserve a full understanding of this charge by President Weah and his Office.Additionally, president Weah and his Office should really be ashamed to think at the slightest of consciousness that journalist Paye-Layleh was “bent on … depicting a positive image of the carnage” in the context of his reportage of the 14 years of conflict in Liberia.Without mincing any words, this characterization is very dull for any reasonable mind to grasp as a belief, least to mention a president of a Republic or even an individual that should be called a press secretary to a President. It is not to say that president Weah or his press secretary is dull but their collective failure to represent the truth regarding journalist Paye-Layleh and his reportage for about quarter-of-a-century is the lowest point of their rather few weeks at the highest office in public sector governance.It was a timid and paranoid characterization, which mischaracterizes an impeccable and celebrated journalist! This needs to be retracted as soon as consciousness is gained.To be sure, president Weah and his press secretary either have not apprehended the nature of journalistic work in Liberia during the wartime and in post-conflict context or they did not follow the lengthy and painstaking investigative proceedings of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and its Final Report.That might just be the sad truth! Hence, President Weah and his press secretary need to take time and read or re-read the TRC findings and recommendations to establish if journalist Paye-Layleh was ever branded as“depicting a positive image of the carnage” or whatever as Mr. Weah and his press secretary have co-constructed to gratify themselves and misrepresent the realities of the past.The facts are living: Journalist Paye-Layleh is one Liberian Citizen who has, despite many difficulties,diligently worked and reported on the Liberian nightmare even when Weah was comfortably living in Europe, genuinely earning hundreds of thousands of pounds for his extraordinary soccer abilities.While it is not disputed that Weah did play a role in creating awareness for peace and engaging in humanitarian services during the Liberian conflict, these were in all fairness sporadically done and mostly engineered by the ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ title rightly bestowed on him in April 1997 by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).President Weah and his Office must be told that their fight to decrease the journalistic legitimacy of Jonathan Paye-Layleh is a breeding ground for further confrontations with the media and the public. Journalists work and serve the ‘public interest’! – whether in an environment characterized by the political rhetoric of “Poverty Reduction”, “Agenda for Transformation” or the now overly pronounced “Pro-Poor” phraseology.If Weah and his Office are to reverse the negative path being self-created, they must learn that former president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf failed in her somewhat adversarial posture with journalists who she had mistakenly branded as “checkbook journalists,” even if checkbook journalism on the other hand really means that journalists pay sources for information rather than the other way around as framed by Mrs. Sirleaf.When Mrs. Sirleaf made the comment in the early months of her presidency in 2006, it served to define her interaction with journalists throughout her 12-year rule.To put it bluntly, Mrs. Sirleaf suffered in her relationship with journalists till she left power because of her ill-advised characterization of journalists and her dearth of understanding of the journalistic field as a shared discourse and one of struggles and contestations as well as negotiations of journalism’s identity and place in society.Former president Sirleaf, as the Press Union of Liberiathen Secretary General, Alphonsus Zeon, rightly described, spoke out of frustration and that she was a frustrated president when she made the accusation.It is tempting to say that president Weah might not have spoken out of frustration or he might not have been a frustrated president when he made the comments against journalist Paye-Layleh.But,his comments and the attending press statement by his Office in the aftermath of journalist Paye-Layleh’s genuine request for valid clarification on Weah’s claims represent a reckless act of political immaturity and the lowest point of the Weah presidency, so far.Contrary to the claim by the Office of the president, it cannot be a “determination to foster peace, reconciliation and forgiveness” or “expressing … feelings in the spirit of genuine reconciliation and national unity”when a president accuses a journalist without producing any evidence. If this is the understanding of President Weah and his Office of the delicate subject of reconciliation and national unity in Liberia, then, it is rather too thin, and one can envisage that Liberia is headed for troubles in the coming days and months of the Weah Presidency.Is President Weah and his government ready for every Liberian to follow his “footsteps by expressing their feelings” in accusatory tones as he has done with Paye-Layleh? Also, the response by one of Weah’s officials at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Eugene Fahngon, that the President was exercising his rights to freedom of speech when he made the claims against journalist Paye-Layleh and to which journalists must uphold and defend, is rather terribly flimsy, shortsighted and opportunistic.No journalist or any Liberian has questioned President Weah’s rights to freedom of speech or to represent his ideas and feelings in lieu of his claims against journalist Paye-Layleh.The fact of the matter is that the President is being simply requested to do what is required as one central basis of freedom of speech: he must back his claims by being specific and more importantly produce evidence.How can this be a situation that the President’s comments are being “misconstrued,” Mr. Fahngon? Something might be horribly wrong with this Weah official and his conception of the term “misconstrued!”In discourses within the public sphere, to request evidence as the first step to engage in meta-communication best reflects communicative rationality and pluralistic agonist than a “misconception.” Thus, the President and his Office together with the official Eugene Fahngon must be communicative rational enough rather than being disingenuous and engaging in a reckless act of political immaturity to decrease the trust to interaction of journalist Paye-Layleh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
1 Stevenage have confirmed they are in talks with former Man United, Tottenham and England striker Teddy Sheringham about the manager’s position.The ex-Three Lions star is currently working for West Ham as attacking coach.Graham Westley, whose contract expires on May 31, has hinted he may leave Broadhall Way after the club failed to get promotion through the League Two play-offs.And chairman Phil Wallace has announced the club are in talks with Sheringham.“Graham Westley’s agreement ends on 31 May and his team couldn’t have done more from a results viewpoint this season, but Graham’s been Stevenage manager for 8 of the past 12 years and that’s a long time at this level of football,” he said. “Our board doesn’t dishonor contracts at a whim, so even when things weren’t going well in 2014, we kept the faith and our faith was rewarded by results in 2015.“Graham may now have some football offers coming in that we wouldn’t be able to match and I know he has some opportunities outside of football to consider. Despite the utmost respect and appreciation I have for everything he’s done for Stevenage FC, sometimes you have to accept that a business needs to change to refresh itself and evolve. Sometimes that means management, sometimes it means owners and sometimes it means both. Change inevitably brings risk and that can’t be avoided, but at some stage change in a football club has to occur if it’s been shown that attendances do not provide sufficient funds for a successful team.” Teddy Sheringham
RANKED Tottenham Hotspur host Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in the latest instalment of their long-standing rivalry.There have been a number of classic clashes between these two teams, with Chelsea holding the upper hand for a number of years. Astonishingly, Spurs raced into a 4-1 lead, cancelling out Diego Costa’s early strike to make a mockery of a Chelsea side that had been so dominant for much of the season.A late goal from John Terry could not prevent a first defeat against Spurs in five years as Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table was now shared with Manchester City. They would however, end the campaign with a fourth Premier League title.1. Battle of the Bridge – 2016The roles had seemingly been reversed heading into this match and also for much of the season. Spurs were in fine form and challenging for the title, while Chelsea had endured an indifferent campaign and parted ways with Jose Mourinho as a result.Knowing only victory would give them a chance of a first league crown since 1961, Spurs started like a team possessed and took a two-goal lead through Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min.Tensions boiled inside the Bridge, a record 12 yellow cards were dished out, as Gary Cahill struck to breath life into the Chelsea fightback, which was completed when Eden Hazard curled his strike first time into the top corner to send Chelsea and Leicester fans into a state of euphoria. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Tore Andre Flo scored a hat-trick against Spurs in 1997 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Harry Kane scored twice against Chelsea 6 MONEY 6 William Gallas was the hero for Chelsea 2. Kane leads the way – 2015Inspired by Harry Kane, Chelsea were made to pay for some slack play on this New year’s day encounter as they were soundly beaten 5-3. Johnathan Woodgate scored against Chelsea yet again 4. Gallas the unlikely hero – 2006A second successive Premier League title was within touching distance for Chelsea, but like an uninvited guest to the party, Spurs did their best to try and spoil the occasion.Making the most of a rare start, Shaun Wright-Phillips drilled in a low cross which was finished off by Michael Essien to give Chelsea a 14th minute lead in the lunchtime kick-off.Spurs were deservedly level on the stroke of half-time, when Jermaine Jenas prodded Michael Carrick’s free-kick past Petr Cech.With Michael Dawson and Ledley King unwavering in defence, it looked as if Chelsea would be denied victory, but in stoppage time, Gallas cut in on to his favoured right foot and thundered his shot beyond Paul Robinson.Cue euphoria on the home bench and a five point gap over nearest challengers Manchester United. Latest Football News 6 BEST OF REVEALED huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions However, Spurs finally ended their 28-year wait for victory at Stamford Bridge in April, triumphing 3-1 thanks to goals from Christian Eriksen and a Dele Alli double.Ahead of their next encounter – live on talkSPORT – we take a look at some of their most memorable Premier League matches in recent times.5. Spurs mauled at the Lane – 1997Christmas came early for Chelsea in this December meeting 21 years ago, as a woeful Spurs side were dealt a crushing 6-1 defeat.Tore Andre Flo opened the scoring for the visitors, but it was quickly cancelled out by Ramon Vega. A Roberto Di Matteo header restored Chelsea’s lead minutes after half-time.Further strikes from Dan Petrescu and Mark Nicholls increased the scoreline and Flo completed his treble to extend the unbeaten run against Spurs to 17 matches. 6 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 6 Chelsea dented Spurs’ title hopes in this fiery encounter REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 6 no dice 3. Eight-goal thriller- 2008The big screens inside White Hart Lane replayed highlights of Spurs Carling Cup success over Chelsea the previous month and the visitors would be left cursing their luck once again.In total, Chelsea took the lead twice in this match and even led 3-1, thanks to a brilliant performance from Joe Cole, but just like at Wembley, Jonathan Woodgate and Dimitar Berbatov repeated their goalscoring heroics.Two minutes remained and Chelsea must have felt they done enough to leave with three points and a measure of revenge, but Robbie Keane made it 4-4 when he curled a stunning effort beyond Carlo Cudicini. Tottenham won the most recent meeting 3-1 in April ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move
Letterkenny General Hospital has been forced to cancel a number of clinics again today as staff struggle to cope with the large number of patients there.E.N.T. and dermatology clinics have been postponed to a later date and other clinics may also be cancelled.The hospital says it will try to contact patients but anyone due to attend Letterkenny General today should try to contact the hospital beforehand. The hospital can be contacted at 074 9125888.“We regret any inconvenience that these measures may cause and we would like to thank the public for their help and co-operation,” it said in a statement.There has been a large number of admissions to A&E over the weekend.HERE WE GO AGAIN….CLINICS CANCELLED AS HOSPITAL STRUGGLES TO COPE was last modified: June 7th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Letterkenny General Hospital
The Irish Aerial Dance Festival held in Letterkenny over the past two weeks has been a roaring success.It attracted over 80 participants from as far afield as America and across Europe for this unique event.There are very few places in the world where people can access this training and that is reflected in the distances people were willing to travel. ‘It brought a lot of income and visitors to town’ said An Grianan Theatre’s Marketing Manager Daithi Ramsay. ‘Most of the participants had never visited Donegal before, some of them had never been to Ireland. We’ve hired rehearsal spaces and accomodation, they’ve bought food, eaten out, socialised in the area over the two weeks, although probably not socialised too late as the classes are quite a workout!.“It really is a wonder to behold. We also had quite a few locals trying out the Beginner’s Taster Weekend with a variety of backgrounds, some had tried polercise, some gymnastics, some yoga, and they all coped really well.’The Festival was a unique opportunity to experience the joy of ‘dancing in the air’ and included classes for beginners through to advanced aerial dancers and circus aerialists.The main aim of the Fest was to offer high quality classes to aerialists, dancers, actors and anyone that might want to give it a go, and of course to give the local economy that little boost. ‘We already have people looking to book for next year and many who tried out the Taster Weekend are looking to step up to do a week or the full two weeks so we’ll definitely do it again, it’s been a great experience for all of us.’The IADF was organised by An Grianan Theatre and the Aerial dance company Fidget Feet, in association with Donegal County Council.Fidget Feet are Ireland’s leading Aerial Company and were founded by Stranorlar’s Chantel McCormick and her partner Jym Darling.All photos by Jym Darling.End UNIQUE AERIAL DANCE FESTIVAL A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: June 17th, 2011 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)
Kennedy’s appointment comes after Schwarzenegger lost badly in the November special election, seeing voters reject all four of the ballot measures he promoted. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision to hire a prominent Democrat as his chief of staff has sparked a growing uprising among Republican Party loyalists, who have requested a meeting with Schwarzenegger to hear him explain the choice. The governor has agreed to meet Dec. 15 with leaders of the California Republican Party to hear their concerns that Susan Kennedy, an aide to former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, is now positioned to learn critical details of GOP campaign strategy and political policy. Some Republicans said they want the governor to rescind the appointment and warn that Schwarzenegger’s support in the upcoming re-election campaign could be jeopardized if their concerns are not addressed. California Republican Party Chairman Duf Sundheim said he is optimistic that the differences can be resolved without a major rebellion. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Every indication is that this will be a constructive meeting,” Sundheim said. “The two major things people want to understand is what her role will be in the campaign.” Rob Stutzman, the governor’s communications director, said Republicans have raised legitimate concerns, but added that Schwarzenegger is not inclined to consider rescinding Kennedy’s appointment. “Any elected official has the right to hire the person he believes will best help him accomplish his mission,” Stutzman said. “This is not something for a political party to decide.” Kennedy, 45, served as Cabinet secretary to Davis and campaigned for her former boss during the 2003 recall election that brought Schwarzenegger to power. She also is a former director of an abortion rights group and a former staff aide to Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Kennedy will replace Patricia Clarey, who will leave as chief of staff Jan. 1.
* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *SALT LAKE CITY — As he sat at his locker stall and enjoyed a post-game meal, Warriors forward Jordan Bell processed what has become a frustrating reality during his second NBA season.In the Warriors’ 108-103 loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, Bell went scoreless, missed two shots and grabbed three rebounds in nine minutes. The Warriors currently have a thin …
IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#Interviews#news#Products Yammer came to the market with one of the first microblogging services. In the span of their existence, a number of companies launched their own versions of an activity stream. But Yammer looks like they have the customers to prove they have a hold on their sector of the market.At today’s Enterprise 2.0 conference, Yammer announced that 50,000 networks have been established with its service. We asked Yammer’s Steve Apfelberg what the size of these networks look like. He said they run from a few people to a few thousand, with an average of about 25 to 50 people per network. He declined to provide details about the number of paying clients but said they are showing revenues. But if you did the math, it could be extrapolated that Yammer has 1.25 to 2.5 million customers. How many of those are paying for the Yammer service? You look around the Enterprise 2.0 conference and it becomes apparent that microblogging is the hot feature for companies on the exhibit floor.A few of these companies started as wiki providers and added microblogging which helped diversify their products. It’s a strategy that works when larger clients want an all-in-one application. But Yammer says they get feedback from clients who want the Yammer service to go deeper. They prefer Yammer’s singular focus.For Yammer, that means deeper active directory integration and fits into enterprise SaaS applications around sales and customer service use cases. That would make sense. Applications of all varieties are integrating into Salesforce.com. For Yammer, Sharepoint integration makes sense, too. By acting as a one point product, a company like Yammer can be flexible with where it integrates.Here’s an interview with Apfelberg and a demo of the Yammer service: Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… alex williams
IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#news Last year Paul Greenberg profiled her as a rising star, but noted “To call Maria Ogneva a ‘rising’ star is a bit disingenuous really. She is already star in her own right.” Ogneva was most recently the director of community engagement at the CRM startup Nimble. Prior to that she was director of social media at the social media analytics company Attensity.The hire is coup for Yammer as it jockeys for leadership and influence in the enterprise community and collaboration space. “I think it’s a great role for her,” says R “Ray” Wang, principal analyst and CEO of Constellation Research. “Yammer’s hasn’t done the best job with outbound communications. Maria’s the right person for the job!”Mikeal Rogers, a former Mozilla developer and CouchOne “employee number one,” recently joined Yammer as a developer advocate – another talent win for the company, and one that should improve its standing with developers.The role of social media advocates is growing among vendors. Mark Fidelman wrote about the “Scoble effect” last month. Fidelman noted the correlation between Rackspace hiring Robert Scoble and the company’s stock price ( Rackspace talked to Dennis Howlett about the subject), and noted several several other companies that have social media evangelists. Fidelman himself works for Mindtouch in that capacity.Greenberg noted in his CRM Watchlist that Attensity got on his radar thanks to Ogneva. We’ll have to wait and see if Yammer experiences a “Ogneva effect.” 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Social media maven Maria Ogneva announced today that she is joining Yammer next week as head of community. “To me, this is not just another job. In many ways, I feel like everything I’ve done up until this point was to give me the tools and skills to do this job effectively,” she writes. “Enterprises face challenges I can sink my teeth into.”Ogneva tells us the role head of community role will encompass several areas, both internal and external. She’ll be working on internal initiatives to improve community and collaboration within Yammer. “I’m going to provide a lot of best practices and process around blogging, tweeting, participation in events, etc,” she says. She’ll also be “Collaborating with other departments to make social media engagement a natural part of the team’s lives, if they choose to participate.” Externally, she’ll be working with customers to learn how to improve Yammer. She’ll also be creating content such as case studies. klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…