Laurie Foster | Saint Stephen? … MVP boss showing softer side

first_img Judging from all this, as was the case in previous situations, with Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson, Melaine Walker and so many high profilers, the MVP door is not a revolving one. Once you leave, you stay out – no room for reconsideration or revisit by either party – rough but real. Returning to Jamaica seems to have brought out a change of direction. The hitherto perceived ‘my way or the highway’ super coach is now singing from a different hymn sheet. Regional track and field exclusive website, carried a story: ‘Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce could return to MVP’. The thought was fuelled by a Francis comment that did not typify the no-nonsense, no retreat, no return, academically gifted former accountant. “From what I’m hearing, it looks as if things are not as clear-cut as they were before. It seemed clear-cut back in Rio, but it doesn’t seem as clear-cut now,” Francis continued, “we will see what happens.” That final offering at the Airport welcome ceremony, has sparked the sentiment that Francis is on a different path. Could it be one that accommodates a view leading to dialogue? Jamaica, nor for that matter, the world is not awash with coaches of the calibre of a Stephen Francis. He has been vilified in the past for an attitude that can compromise the fortunes of our most talented. A case in point was that anti-camp face off at the 2009 Berlin World Champs that led to a frenzied pull-out of some eventual medalists. It was only astute and assiduous action by some top administrators that saved that day and the nation’s global image. Every Third World nation deserves to have its best athletes and its best coaches working in tandem to achieve best results. If what we are seeing is real, Foster’s Fairplay welcomes the new and refreshed Stephen Francis. • For feedback: Email NO REVOLVING DOOR Is the sport of track and field actually seeing a new Stephen Francis? Talk is that in recent times, most specifically, after the Rio Olympics, the MVP Track Club’s head coach is displaying a softer side to his personality, previously hidden from public view. Foster’s Fairplay has received a few calls on the matter and is compelled to give an ear to what seems to be real chat. The traditionally highly combative Francis is known for his belligerent stance, taking on the sport’s elite thinkers, adamant to illustrate that he should be included in that lot. His open defiance of, aligned with ranting and raving against, certain edicts from top administrators, has become a feature of the highly spirited interaction with the authorities, while on the cusp of major championships. Usually, the point of discussion rests with compulsory pre-competition camps, which the University of Michigan MBA graduate sees as anathema in respect of the needs of his athletes. Immediately after the crowning of MVP’s new sprinting sensation, Elaine Thompson, as the latest Olympic 100m queen, the dethroned Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, amidst all her grace, elegance and charm, dropped a bombshell. She responded to journalists’ queries in a manner that suggested that all did not go well in her preparation for a momentous event. Her chance of becoming the first ever triple-gold medalist in the short sprint, had been shattered. A series of interviews, revealed that coach Francis was being asked to shoulder the blame for a performance that denied Fraser-Pryce a special place in history. Then came what was described as the “Shelly Shocker” with this newspaper’s special projects editor, AndrÈ Lowe, reporting from Rio that “MVP coach Stephen Francis has confirmed that Olympic 100m bronze medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has lost confidence in the programme and is moving on.” Francis responded: “I am in agreement with her that she should try something different.” This was after another alleged statement suggesting that he held up his hand when the question of Shelly-Ann’s not making the historic cut a few weeks earlier was raised. There was an admission of guilt. “Coaches of the disappointed people, like myself have to take the blame, and I accept full blame for Shelly-Ann not performing the way she expected to.”last_img read more

Rep. Adolph Lawrence, Another CDC Ranking Defector, Dies

first_imgRep. Adolph Akwe Lawrence was a geologist, 50 years old and former member of the CDC, but became an independent in 2018.The founding Chairman of the Committee on Hydro Carbon of the House of Representatives, geologist and Rep. Adolph Akwe Lawrence, age 50, is dead.Rep. Lawrence formerly served the Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy & Environment before the founding of Hydro Carbon, were he served as its first Chairman, up to his death. He also served the Investment and Concessions and Youth and Sports and the Contracts and Monopolies committees.Montserrado County District #15 Rep. Lawrence died early Monday morning near the Tower Hill Community, Robertsfield Highway in a tragic motor accident, following the celebration of his 50th birthday in Buchanan on the night of Sunday, March 24 at the home of his wife, Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence.The vehicle conveying the representative also had on board Carlos Tingban Edison, Chairman of the UL-based Students’ Unification Party (SUP); as well as Gwendolyn Dabah Wilson, a recent graduate of the University. Ms. Wilson died, while Edison survived, severely wounded.He was the second ranking defector of CDC, and member of the 54th Legislature. The first ranking defector, Senator Geraldine Doe Sherif died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday, February 10,  2019, four days after her 52nd birthday.In 2011, the Montserrado County lawmaker was elected as Representative, and in 2017, he was reelected on the ticket of the Congress of Democratic Change (CDC) of the Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC), but defected early in 2018. His wife, Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, was in 2018 named the political leader of the opposition Liberty Party, succeeding three-time presidential contender, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine.Rep. Lawrence was one of the proponents of the 2013 Nationwide Oil Consultation tour, which was intended for the passage of the New Petroleum (Oil & Gas) Laws.Prior to his election at the House of Representatives, Rep. Lawrence served as Vice President for Operations (VPO) at the Liberia Football Association (LFA), 2006 – 2010, and he also served as Education Officer in the Catholic Secretariat.Last CommunicationThe former Montserrado County District #15 Representative tendered his last communication, on March 19, imploring the Speaker and members of the House of Representatives to summon Justice Minister Cllr. Frank Musa Dean, Police Inspector General Patrick Sudue and the Chairman of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) to appear before the full Plenary on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.The three officials from the executive branch are expected to appear in Today’s (Tuesday, March 26, 2019) session to provide detailed report over the mysterious deaths of Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Deputy Director for Micro-finance Department, Matthew Innis; former LPRC boss, Harry Greaves and Cllr. Michael Allison.The House’s Plenary reached the decision on Thursday, March 21, 2019 during the 21st day sitting of the 2nd Session of the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature following pressure from the late Rep. Lawrence, after his communication was snubbed for more than three weeks before it was finally placed on the House’s agenda.Independent Legislative CaucusRep. Lawrence was also one of the aggrieved members of the House of Representatives and a founding member of the Independent Legislative Caucus.The Independent Legislative Caucus  aims at restoring independence, sanity and credibility to the House of Representatives as well as  to resurrect the Legislature from its current state of a partisanship Legislature.Lawrence and other members of the Independent Legislative Caucus, including Reps. Jay Nagbe Sloh (Sinoe County Dist. #2) and Yekeh Kolubah (Montserrado Dist. #10, Independent), had criticized Speaker Chambers, citing ‘poor leadership’ arguing that the Speaker has made the House of Representatives to appear “weak and inconsistent.”The late Montserrado County District #15 Representative Adolph Lawrence was twice thrown out of Tuesday’s session on the orders of House Speaker Bhofal Chambers over what the Speaker called his “continuous disturbances to stall the business of the session. Sinoe County District #2 Representative J. Nagbe Sloh and Montserrado County District #10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah, in defense of Rep. Lawrence, argued that the Speaker and his majority bloc are “ostracizing and denying” them their benefits and participation in debates during sessions.The trio (Reps. Kolubah, Sloh, and Lawrence) had also revealed that they had in their possession documents showing that some lawmakers, with the consent of the Speaker, have over the months received, and personally disposed of a “huge quantity” of duty-free gasoline that was intended for the entire body. Rules, Order & Administration Chairperson, Rep. Mariamu Fofana was also linked.Following their revelation, a letter from Rep. Munah E. Pelham-Youngblood was read in session, during the House’s 3rd day sitting, on Thursday, January 17. In her letter, she called for the three representatives to be investigated for attempting to tarnish the good name of the Speaker.  They were subject to a probe by the House’s Rules and Procedures, that was to report to the body within a week.Bong County District #3 Representative J. Marvin Cole, then acting as chairman of the Rules, Order, and Administration Committee, was expected to investigate the trio (Reps. Kolubah, Sloh, and Lawrence). According to reports, the investigation was never held.In another episode, at the House of Representatives, earlier this month, Rep. Lawrence referred to the Plenary’s adopted agenda as “trash”, prompting Speaker Chambers to order the Sergeant-at-arms, Brigadier General Martin Johnson, to escort the Montserrado County lawmaker out of session for what he (Speaker Chambers) termed as his disturbance and unruly behavior.SUPIST and CatholicThe Rep. Adolph Lawrence stood as a ‘Veteran SUPIST’  during the tribute paid by the Student Unification Party (SUP) at the special requiem for the late Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif held at the Rotunda of the Capitol Building on Thursday, March 14.He nodded, smiled and responded to ‘Amandla’ as other SUPISTs, when SUP in its tribute , upbraided the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) for mourning fallen Senator Geraldine Doe-Sherif after calling her a ‘betrayer.’In its tribute at the crowded  service, SUP Chairman Carlos T. Edison said the fallen Senator was bashed and chased out of the CDC and labeled as “traitor and betrayer’ in 2011; and then the CDC, was again tactically planning to obviously unseat her in the pending 2020 Senatorial Elections the SUP Chairman noted.Also, like the fallen Senator Doe-Sherif, the late Rep. Lawrence was a Catholic.Meanwhile, President George Manneh Weah, on his facebook page, expressed his condolences to the Lawrence and Karnga families, as well as the 54th Legislature, for the death of Rep. Adolph Lawrence.This morning, Our Nation woke up to the shocking and sad news of the death of Honorable Adolph Lawrence, Representative of District 15, Montserrado County. According to reports, Honorable Lawrence’s death came as a result of a tragic motor accident resulting into two fatalities—Hon. Lawrence and another lady; with few others being seriously injured. The incident took place early this morning while on his way home from celebrating his birthday.“On behalf of the Government and in my own name, I wish to extend heartfelt sympathy to the Lawrence and Karnga families, the National legislature, most especially the House of Representatives, and the entire [Montserrado] District 15 constituency. Profound condolences also go out to the family of the lady who lost her life; and prayers for those that were seriously injured as a result of this catastrophe,” the President’s message read.He urged Liberians to keep the bereaved families and all those affected by the tragedy in prayers as they go through this moment of deep sorrow.“The last few months have been very tough and challenging for our Nation,” the President continued, “with the passing of two members of our National legislature and a member from our Executive branch of Government. As we mourn these losses, Let us use these testing times as a tool for solidarity, national healing and seek God’s protection and guidance upon our leaders and Nation; as we work collectively towards Nation building and a prosperous Liberia for all.“Honorable Lawrence, until we meet again, may your soul, and the souls of all faithful departed rest in perfect peace and may light perpetual shine on you. Your service to our Nation, most especially the people of District 15, will forever be cherished.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Uganda to take part in Women’s U20 African Volleyball Championship

first_img Tags: U20 African Nations Championship Egypt are the defending champions of the CompetitionU20 African Nations Championship Nairobi, KenyaAugust 26th-September 2nd, 2018Nairobi – Eight teams have confirmed their participation at the 2018 Women’s U20 African Nations Championship due to start in Nairobi, Kenya.The tourney that was last held in 2017 will run for eight days from August 26th and continue to September 2nd, 2018.Uganda will be part of the tournament which will also see hosts Kenya, defending champions Egypt, DR Congo, Rwanda, Mauritius, Cameroon and Nigeria. Tanzania and Guinea are still pending to take part in the competition.Egypt won the last edition in 2017 after beating up on Tunisia in the play off 3-0 and 3-1.After Algeria won the first edition in 2002 hosted by Tunisia, the Egyptian’s  have swept the title for the following seven editions.The competition will also serve also as a qualifier for the FIVB World Championship of this age category.UGANDA U-20 Women Provisional Squad – VolleyballNamawejje Margaret…St NoahKangye Doreen – St ElizabethAthieno Sharon – NamugongoKuloba Martha – NabisunsaBakoko Queen Mercy – NamugongoAwor Kevin – NamugongoKinobe Daphine – St NoahAinembabazi Catherine – St BridgetKarigurwa Brenda – St BridgetTino Catherine – MaryhillNuwabine Sylivia – UcuErusa Babirye – NamugongoAkwii Gloria – NamugongoTwesiime – Comfort MaryhillKamahoro – Renata MaryhillAkello Agnes – MustAinerugaba Emily – St BridgetAluka Betty – Trust HighInyangat Jesca – Trust HighNanyanzi Betty – KinawaAkarent Naume – Trust HighCoach: Alex MbaineComments last_img read more