With all these front page issues surrounding the life of the previously secluded country lad, that of when to call time on his illustrious career, could not escape. That crucial decision for a top-of-the-line athlete, was always going to take centre stage at some point. There is a culture endemic to the country’s track and field and sport in general. Call it unacceptable, for lack of a harsher word. It suggests that “time to go” decisions are to be made by other than the individual in question. Foster’s Fairplay is of the firm view that packing it all in, should reside in the province of the athlete along with his or her handlers. Too often, it comes and in many cases, distastefully so, from administrators and others looking on. Few around at the time can forget the case with the outstanding and most successful at the time, Olympic sprinter, Donald Quarrie. Coincidentally, with Hurricane Matthew heading in Jamaica’s direction, although prayers for a reprieve are ongoing, it was Gilbert time, approaching the Seoul Olympics in 1988, when DQ, as he was affectionately known, was denied a sixth Olympic moment. The Montreal 1976 100m/200m silver and gold medallist, respectively, had achieved the qualifying mark and placed second in the longer distance, at the trials, but was forced to return to his Los Angeles, California residence without the joy and splendour of hitting that career-ending six. It is now Bolt’s time to drop the departure bomb. Once again, he is handling the limelight, in consonance with the showman image that he has adopted. In dramatic style, he is carefully selecting his exit date. The seemingly favourite option is the 2017 London World Championships, where the Jamaican backdrop will be huge – a most fitting stage to say goodbye. One senses that the world’s most elite does not envisage any threat to his supremacy, although there is the suggestion that only one sprint would be attempted. Although not specified, this might very well be the half-lap race. This so, as there is a lingering career dream, still not fulfilled – the prospect of putting the 200m world record to rest, with a mind-boggling 18 point. To even contemplate that feat is scary for lesser mortals. A famous quote from the sports aficionados when fantastic times from the big man in upcoming events are discussed, sometimes trashed by the non-believers, is “Remember, this is Bolt.” There is even talk of taking some time away from the sport, recharge his batteries, rebore his cylinders, and return for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A recent quote attributed to him while going through a particularly rigorous gym routine in his Rio preparations, is instructive. “Why am I doing this?” That self-uttered thought alone should snuff out any flicker of taking on the best in the world in another four years, while on the doorstep of age 34. Leaving the sport, which his presence has graced with a splendidly enhanced and redecorated image, must be solely the prerogative of Usain Bolt. With no qualification to so rule, Foster’s Fairplay suggests: Let London 2017 be the grand farewell. Thank you, Usain. Email feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. London goodbye When to quit Usain St Leo Bolt has never failed to be a prime time focus of attention. Call him superstar, superman, super hero or just simply a legend, his athletic achievements, awesome presence and antics, to boot, to which the less gifted can only aspire, have attracted the cameras and microphones of the world. The accrued exposure attached to the excitement and ecstasy within his adoring fanbase has catapulted his image far beyond the global sporting cohort. This product of a Christian background, maintained by caring parents, Wellesley and Jennifer, rigid in discipline and decency, has assumed an image that can aptly be described as “larger than life.” There is a highly predictable result to all this adulation and acclaim. The only ‘triple trebler’ in sprinting competition at the prestigious Olympic Games, has his every move tracked with precision. The nature of this mirrors the inner workings of the Hublot watch brand, for which, alongside fellow sporting greats, Pele, Kobe Bryant and JosÈ Mourinho, he has been appointed an ambassador. Even his private life (can someone of his stature have such a thing?) has been placed under intense, intrusive and intimately-revealing post Rio scrutiny.
GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ateneo star Kai Sotto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKai Sotto displayed his strength and led Ateneo to an 86-70 drubbing of National University to take a 1-0 series lead in the UAAP Season 80 juniors’ basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The 7-foot-2 Sotto had a preposterous triple-double of 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 blocks as the Blue Eaglets are now one win away from a record 19th title.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Casiño uses familiarity to deliver the dagger vs former team After trailing 30-17 early in the second quarter, the Blue Eaglets went into kill mode with a 33-5 run to take a 50-35 lead in the third period and never looked back.Ateneo head coach Joe Silva admitted his team’s inexperience were in full exposure in the first quarter as they trailed 17-11 heading into the second period, but they were able to weather the storm just in time for the game-changing run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“The experience is on NU’s side especially when we played shaky in the first quarter,” said Silva, who led the Eaglets to the Season 78 title, in Filipino.“So I called a timeout and I told them ‘now you see what it’s like in the Finals, let’s just do our best.’” MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sean Ildefonso finished with 21 points with seven rebounds to boot for Ateneo while SJ Belangel filled the stat sheets with 17 points, seven boards, eight assists, and five steals.Terrence Fortea led the Bullpups with 21 points while Rhayyan Amsali had an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double.THE SCORESAteneo 86 – Sotto 22, Ildefonso 21, Belangel 17, Credo 13, David 8, Escalona 3, Manuel 2, Angeles 0, Chiu 0, Jaymalin 0, Lopa 0.NU 70 – Fortea 21, Oczon 13, Amsali 11, Gonzales 8, Minerva 8, Malonzo 4, Manalang 2, Felicida 2, Coyoca 1, Javillonar 0, Pangilinan 0.Quarterscores: 11-17, 31-31, 61-51, 86-70 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View comments read more
Featured authors at the Liberia Rising literary festivalThere is a popular belief that Liberians are lazy writers and readers. Thus, if one hides something from a Liberian in a book, he or she is expected not to find it.But a recent ten-day literary festival held last month (July 20-30) under the theme: “Liberia Rising,” showed the misconception of such belief. Since its completion, it is helping to change the narrative.If one can recall, last year in July, Monrovia READS hosted two Ghanaian writers and three Liberian writers in a Minifest. Over the past year, a monthly reading event has been organized by Monrovia READS which features exclusively Liberian writers reading from their original works.The festival, according to the organizers, was focused on the arts – music, literature, painting, acting, carving, and other creative professions. Speaking to Dr. Patrick Burrowes, co-founder of the festival and author of the book, Between the Kola Forest and the Salty Sea-Liberia Before 1800, he said, “We are holding ourselves back by not appreciating the arts. Creative people are the ones who give a society its vision. Without vision, people perish. Without the arts, we cannot be fully human.”When asked about the reason behind the festival, D. Othniel Forte, publisher and author (Liberian Administrative System: The Legislature) said, “Seeing how Liberians tend to look down on or disregard the arts, we felt it necessary to highlight the necessity of the arts in any society. The situation has been so bad that some parents often discourage their children from going into the literary field. We can’t allow this misconception to continue.”He further noted that “Since the end of the festival, we are beginning to feel its impact on society, as people demand more of such events and small-scale literary activities. They are now more interested in books by Liberian writers. The whole belief that Liberians cannot read and write is slowly being reexamined. The problem is partly that Liberians at home have not been exposed to or do not easily have access to Liberian literature. We now have the chance to rewrite this story.”The festival opened with a stage play, “Citizen Teage”, written and produced by Dr. Burrowes. It starred Liberian actor, Major Owusu Danhsaw as the late Hilary Teage, a founding father of Liberia (speaking from his grave). Several literary conversations, debates, and panel discussions focusing on the play and a biography of Mr. Teage have sprung up. It has also ignited discussions on books published by Liberians authors and others of current literature on social, and political issues.Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor (far right) attended and others in audience at the play, “Citizen Teage”Liberia Rising festival, the first of its kind in post-war Liberia, attracted roughly 300 participating including the Vice President of Liberia, Jewel Howard-Taylor. It is getting favorable reviews and many are demanding the play be taught in schools across the country.Constance Teage, a descendant of the late Hilary and one of the many participants at the festival, described it has one of the biggest things to have ever happened in Liberia literary landscape.“The play brought to life too many things that were off limits, like the story of Hilary Teage. This was a brilliant idea. It is a move that will change the negative stereotype that Liberians are not passionate about their own arts and culture,” she said.The Literary festival, according to several Liberian writers comes with a lot of positive influence because it makes people culturally active and socially involved and help people overcome illiteracy and ignorance.And also create space where people come together to celebrate their cultural heritage and to be proud of it.Another major voice in this regard was that of the Vice President, who noted that the play, “highlights literary stories to help shape identity [which] is more important than ever.Vice President Howard-Taylor added, “This is another milestone in the new Liberia we all envision. It is a festival that we will support for it to continue. I’m so surprised to see lots of Liberian writings. That is great and the beginning of good things to come.”“Other countries that went through a war, but they are moving ahead. This is because they are united and have self-confidence. Their recovery was not just about building luxury hotels and importing shiny things. Their recovery focused first on lifting the spirit of the people. The arts and knowledge of your own history play key roles in that process. Knowing who you are as a people and the accomplishments of your ancestors give self-confidence,” Dr. Burrowes said.The festival showcased writers like renown Liberian poet, Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Dr. Patrick Burrowes, D. Othniel Forte, Mae Azango, Saye Zonen, Nvasekie Konneh, James Dwalu, Kpana Gaygay, S. Kpangbayeaze Duworko and Samuel G. Dweh. It also featured several upcoming Liberian writers Janetta Konnah and Mohammed Sy among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
Roma centre-back and Greece international Kostas Manolas 1 Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has held talks with Roma defender Kostas Manolas, according to reports in Italy.The former Juventus boss was announced as the new manager at Stamford Bridge this week and will take over after Euro 2016.The Italian has already ready set about revamping his squad and Chelsea have been linked with a host of top players.Manolas, according to Calciomercato, is the latest to be targeted and Conte has spoken to the player about moving this summer.The centre-back was a target for Arsenal back in 2014, but he eventually left Olympiakos for Roma.Chelsea, though, are now ready to test the Italian’s club resolve to keep hold of the Greece international with an offer this summer.
Job Vacancies: Cavanagh Hooper Dolan Insurances are looking to recruit enthusiastic and motivated persons for the following roles:Personal Lines Account ExecutiveFull-Time position based in our Letterkenny officeCommercial Account HandlerFull-Time position based in our Sligo office Key Responsibilities/Duties:Assisting new and existing clients with their insurance requirementsDealing with inbound calls from current clientsMaintaining client relationshipsPromoting professionalism and integrityPersonal attributes:A team playerStrong attention to detailStrong organisational skillsPersonableGood time keeping and attendanceThe ideal candidate will:Have APA, CIP or equivalent qualification (CIP or equivalent essential for Commercial Account Handler role; qualification desirable but not essential for the Personal Lines Account Executive role)Be client focusedComply with Central Bank of Ireland’s Minimum Competency CodeHave Relay software experience (desirable but not essential)Have a proven ability to meet agreed targetsHave excellent telephone manner and customer care skillsSalary will be commensurate with experience. To Apply: If you are interested in hearing more about this opportunity, please apply in confidence with CV to email@example.com or FAO: Manager, Cavanagh Hooper Dolan Insurances, Rossview Business Park, Port Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.Cavanagh Hooper Dolan Insurances Limited is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.Job Vacancies: Leading Donegal insurance firm seeks staff was last modified: January 19th, 2018 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) Tags:Cavanagh Hooper Dolan read more
A LETTERKENNY family is appealing for help in finding their missing pup, now missing for more than 10 days.The Spaniel pup has missing from noon on Feb 5 from Glencar area.He is 4 months old, black with white patch on chest and back paws, name Rexx, and was wearing a reflective collar. If found please contact Marie urgently 087 6886582 or 087 7598597.A reward is offered for his safe return. FAMILY’S HEARTACHE OVER PUPPY MISSING FOR TEN DAYS was last modified: February 15th, 2013 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:CAN YOU HELP FIND MISSING PUP REX? read more
MOJAVE – Adventurer Steve Fossett is planning one more record-setting flight in the Mojave-built GlobalFlyer, this time to wrestle away from the Mojave-built Voyager the record for the longest flight over a closed circuit without landing. Just a few weeks after setting a record for the longest flight, a 26,389.3-mile journey in February, Fossett is setting his sights on the 24,986.7-mile record set in 1986 by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager in Voyager, built like GlobalFlyer by famed designer Burt Rutan, Dick’s brother. A closed-circuit course means the aircraft will take off and land in the same location, in this case Salina, Kansas. The flight could occur as early as next week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The flight was announced by Kansas State University, whose students will serve as Fossett’s crew for the record attempt. Kansas State University students also worked on Fossett’s around-the-world flight last year. In his recently completed longest non-stop flight, Fossett flew GlobalFlyer from Kennedy Space Center in Florida completely around the world and then crossed the Atlantic Ocean for a second time, landing in Bournemouth in the United Kingdom. Last February, Fossett flew the GlobalFlyer around the world to claim the first solo non-stop flight around the world. That flight also originated and ended in Salina; however, at approximately 22,876 miles, it did not surpass the distance of the 24,986.7-mile Voyager around-the-world flight. For this flight, Fossett will fly a course that is projected to be 25,181 miles. GlobalFlyer looks somewhat like Voyager: a cockpit mounted on the wing between twin booms. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But the jet-powered GlobalFlyer is a much higher-flying aircraft than the propeller-driven Voyager, which flew under 20,500 feet. GlobalFlyer can fly as high as 52,000 feet – higher than jetliners. Voyager had two engines; GlobalFlyer, one. GlobalFlyer was commissioned by Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin companies, including Virgin Atlantic airlines. At the start of the flight, the plane will weigh 22,006 pounds, with the fuel weight causing the airplane’s wings to sag. At the end of the flight, the airplane will weigh less than 4,000 pounds. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 firstname.lastname@example.org read more
The Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr is to propose that Donegal County Council host a civic reception for the Donegal Team, including the Management team and representatives of the County Board.The Mayor will bring this proposal to the next meeting of the Council in October to recognise their outstanding achievements in winning the Ulster Championship back to back in 2011 and 2012 and their fantastic victory over Mayo in the All-Ireland final in Croke Park on Sunday last.Speaking earlier today, the Mayor stated that he will be proposing that the reception be held in November at the latest. He added that bringing the Sam Maguire Cup back to Donegal, has had a marvellous impact in terms of raising spirits and creating a feel good factor in every town and village throughout the county and that it is both timely and appropriate to honour the team, management and County Board in this way. COUNCIL TO GIVE DONEGAL TEAM A CIVIC RECEPTION was last modified: September 27th, 2012 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:civic receptiondonegal read more
ST EUNAN’S U14 Camogie girls have made history this evening by winning the club’s first county A Championship title in 40 years.The mothers of some of the players on this young team weren’t even born the last time the black and amber brought this title home to the Cathedral Town.The St Eunan’s girls caused a sensation by beating Burt by seven points in this evening’s final played in Carndonagh. First half goals from Eadaoin Kelly and Sally Hannigan rocked hot hot favourites Burt who went in at the break scoreless thanks, in the main, to a battling Eunan’s defence.With the wind at their backs, Burt – with 12 county players on their panel – began to attack again at the start of the second half but saw their efforts thwarted.Eventually they did find the net to reduce matters to a single goal.But St Eunan’s went up the other end where Katherine Kelly, a star of the county U14 and club football teams, managed to kick a wonderful point over the bar from all of 25 metres. St Eunan’s defence stood solid, before Laura Kealy sealed the victory with the Letterkenny club’s third goal and a 3-01 to 1-00 win.It was a battling effort from Burt, the premier club at this level for so many years in Donegal.But the St Eunan’s team were deserved winners, winning key battles in the midfield, half-back and half-forward lines.After a cavalcade through Letterkenny this evening, Eunan O’Donnell from hurling minor board congratulated the players on their historic victory – which they now add to their All-Ireland Feile title won in Co Derry in June.He had particular words of thanks for the camogie team manager and Kilkenny native Joe Kealy and his work with the U12s, U14s and U16s at St Eunan’s. “The future for St Eunan’s camogie teams is very bright indeed,” said Eunan.“Tonight this group of girls under Joe Kealy have made history, bringing this title back here to St Eunan’s and to Letterkenny for the first time in 45 years.”Commiserations to Burt and their management team.THE HISTORY GIRLS AS ST EUNAN’S U14 CAMÓGS WIN FIRST COUNTY TITLE IN 40 YEARS was last modified: September 4th, 2015 by John2Share 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:BURTcamogiehistoryletterkennySt Eunans read more
Giroud brings out the best in players around him BEST OF REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League assists this season ADVICE Olivier Giroud is the guy who holds the door open and never receives any thanks, forever under-appreciated.The Chelsea frontman is king of the thankless task, providing the tools for others to succeed without claiming his fair share of the glory. RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Johan Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) – four assistsOlivier Giroud (Chelsea) – four assistsJose Holebas (Watford) – four assistsBenjamin Mendy (Man City) – four assistsLuciano Vietto (Fulham) – four assistsCallum Wilson (Bournemouth) – four assists 3 REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY 3 Giroud was France’s no. 9 for throughout their World Cup triumph 3 Giroud has a special relationship with Hazard Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions He is yet to score this season and, to many, that’s a problem. Strikers are, as we’re so often told, judged on goals.However, nobody in the Premier League can boast more assists than Giroud after the opening eight games.Ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Stamford Bridge, the French World Cup winner has created four goals this campaign – equal to the number scored by Cardiff and Huddersfield. After Morata rounded off an incredible 31-pass goal against Southampton, Sarri said: “Is this how I want my team to play? Something like this.“We moved the ball very quick. I think one touch, maximum two touches and we arrived at the goal so easily. I think it’s my football.“It was my favourite goal and I can see my football in this.”But until that fully materialises, Giroud will keep Chelsea’s attacking machine running, because there is more to his game that just putting the ball in the net.And it’s about time he started getting some credit for it. Of course Chelsea fans would like him to contribute, but not at the expense of Hazard’s brilliance. Giroud’s current role as creator comes from a deeper position which allows Hazard closer to goal.The former Arsenal man possesses the skill and awareness to influence a game without getting himself on the scoresheet, much like Harry Kane did for England against Spain on Monday.And what’s more, Giroud has provided the perfect antidote to Alvaro Morata’s goalscoring woes as he allows Maurizio Sarri’s men to function perfectly without a prolific striker.It’s no secret that Sarri’s dream Chelsea features Morata running in behind and firing on all cylinders. That’s his job, the man who makes everyone else look good. Eden Hazard recently described Giroud as a ‘point of reference’, the vital cog in his supercar.Hazard, the Premier League’s top scorer and Player of the Month for September, has benefited from a striker whose primary role is to make him flourish.And the Belgian knows exactly where the credit is due, hailing Giroud as the best target man in world football. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow read more