Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Secretary General of the Liberia National Olympics Committee (LNOC), has been described as the “Integral backbone and key” to the promotion and development of sports in the country.Mr. Joseph F. Willie, popularly known as Bob Willie, despite his disability, remains the brain behind the LNOC, according to president Philipbert S. Browne said.“Up to present, Bob Willie remains the secretary general of the LNOC, whose efficiency on the job has not been deterred by his physical disability,” the LNOC boss opined.Browne said Bob Willie came into prominence as a sports administrator and as president of the Inter-School Sports Administration (ISSA). At the time, Browne was a director of sports for one of the schools that took part in the ISSA’s League.Later, Browne became vice president of Liberia Basketball Federation (LBF) and then its president – and Willie, being then president of the ISSA was automatically a member of the Executive Committee.And by virtue of their positions at the LBF and ISSA both men were executive members of the LNOC.Bob Willie was the secretary and Browne was vice president for operations.Then came a period when the LNOC was mired in confusion in which Willie served as the mediator, with the case finally settled with support with Olympic officials in Switzerland.In 2005, Browne was elected president and Willie got the secretary general’s post.Six years later, after building a vibrant, peaceable and answerable LNOC, Mr. Willie suffered from diabetes and one of his legs had to be amputated.“Unfortunately, as the LNOC began to master its trade, calamity struck which almost brought the Liberian Olympic movement to its knees,” Browne said.During the 2012 London Olympic Games, Willie was treated in an advanced hospital and after a month returned home in excellent health.Having fully recovered, Willie traveled to Ghana and got a prosthetic leg.“Bob returned home with his new leg and started to take steps. It was good seeing my Secretary General walking again, but apparently that was just the beginning of his trouble,” Mr. Browne noted.Browne said: “That old devil wouldn’t leave Bob alone, putting him through hell to curse God and die, but that wouldn’t be the case.“His faith as a Deacon at an Assembly of God Church was steadfast and would take whatever Satan would throw his ways.”Few days after Bob got his prosthetic leg; his second foot had gone bad and was amputated.“I rushed to the hospital the next morning, but the surgery had been completed successfully– this time I made a complete fool of myself because I looked at Bob Willie and cried bitterly.”
QPR fans on Twitter seem split over the news that striker Sebastian Polter will be allowed to leave the club should a suitable offer come in.West London Sport revealed on Tuesday that while R’s boss Ian Holloway is in no rush to offload the German, he would happily sell to allow for reinvestment in the squad.Holloway said changes would be made quickly in the January transfer window – with Tjarron Chery and Karl Henry set to leave – but some supporters would not be happy to see Polter [email protected] that is madness @polti1991 is the heart of the team and when fit a match for any defence in the championship #sebmuststay— balhampa (@balhampa) January 3, [email protected] I would like to keep Polter. A very hard worker.— Truth and Justice (@number8buser) January 3, 2017We scored 3 goals in December and will get rid of Polter ? He is not prolific scorer but defenders don’t like to play against him for sure— Alex Petronov (@Hoopsap) January 3, 2017Not bothered about Chery or Henry but wouldn’t want to see Polter leave in my opinion. #QPR— Matt Littlewood (@matt_85) January 3, 2017Not sure I’d let Polter go, must have a striker lined up?— Alistair Hopkins (@AliHoops1882) January 3, 2017However others feel that Polter, who has scored 10 goals in 51 league appearances since being signed from Mainz in the summer of 2015, does not offer the sort of goal threat required in the [email protected]_knottsy1 @WestLondonSport @polti1991 Too inconsistent and doesn’t score enough. Average’s a goal every 5 games, we need better.— TBATW (@TBATW_) January 3, 2017Really hope Polter goes https://t.co/9KAsCfyiqM— D-Kersh (@David123Kershaw) January 3, 2017Still can’t get my head around the fascination with so many over polter, never been prolific 1 goal in over every 5, shocking stats— Rob Lathwell (@roblath83) January 3, 2017I’m glad #qpr considering selling Polter as we were far too direct when he played— Abiola (@AbiolaHP) January 3, 2017No problem in selling Polter nice guy great attitude but let’s be honest he ain’t good enough #QPR— Russell Maynard (@MrRussellmyn) January 3, 2017 Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
8 July 2004African delegates attending the African Union’s recent executive summit of foreign affairs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia praised AU Commission chairperson Alpha Konare for delivering a comprehensive, realistic roadmap for achieving economic growth and development on the continent.Konare presented a far-reaching, multifaceted plan aimed at revolutionising Africa’s growth and links with the globe – particularly with Africans in the Diaspora.The plan also covers civil society in the region and its ties with the international community in tackling poverty, disease, unemployment and illiteracy in Africa.The plan was submitted to the African heads of state summit in Addis Ababa this week.The three-volume plan covers the AU’s vision and mission, a plan for the AU Commission for 2004-2007, and a plan of action to speed up integration, and includes a guideline document entitled “Africa, our common destiny”. Vision and Mission of the African UnionStrategic Framework of the AU CommissionPlan of Action While the guidelines, mission and vision outlines Africa’s evolution and the political context within which the AU operates, the strategic framework identifies the challenges in implementing programmes such as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).The time-bound action plan highlights “priority programmes” covering practical ways of bridging the digital bridge, pushing for equitable world trade, food security and self sufficiency, generating investment on the continent, and linking Africa with the Diaspora.It also includes workable proposals for encouraging education, deepening peace efforts, distributing clean water and fighting disease on the continent.Questioning Africa’s povertyThe report questions why Africa continues to be marginalised and poor while possessing massive human and natural resources.The continent, it says, accounts for 30% of the total mineral reserves on earth, including 40% of world’s gold and 60% of cobalt, making Africa what it terms “a strategic producer”.Africa is also a leading coffee and cocoa producer, awash with diamonds and oil in numerous countries – yet it remains a “complex continent beset with difficulties”, accounting for just one percent of the world’s GDP and barely two percent of global trade.Besides Africa’s population living on less than a dollar per day on average, the continent’s people remain highly restricted to their countries with little freedom movement, hamper knowledge sharing among different communities.‘An Africa reconciled with itself’On African leadership, the plan’s agenda is that of pan-Africanism, which the plan says should be built on regional integration, good governance and democratic principles.The vision is that of an Africa “integrated, prosperous and peaceful, an Africa driven by its own citizens, a dynamic force in the global arena … an Africa reconciled with itself and with its Diaspora, an Africa using its own resources to play a major role that it can legitimately claim in a polycentric and more equitable world in which there will be no economic, political and ideological hegemonies which characterised the previous century”.Source: BuaNews
Delivered at the memorial service in honour of former President Nelson MandelaFNB Stadium, Johannesburg10 December 2013Mama Graca Machel and the entire Mandela family and the abaThembu clan,Excellencies Heads of State and Government,Excellencies Former Heads of State and Government,Deputy Presidents and representatives of governments,Heads of international organisations in all regions of the world,The leadership of the ANC and Alliance partners,Leaders of fraternal political organisations in Africa and abroad,Activists of the former anti-apartheid Movement,Eminent persons, friends of South Africa from all over the world,Fellow South Africans,Sanibonani!Good day!Molweni!South Africans sing a popular freedom song about former President Nelson Mandela.We sing that he is one of a kind, that there is no one quite like him. Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela akekho ofana naye.The song is one of the most accurate descriptions of this global icon who is the founding President of a free and democratic South Africa and also the former President of the oldest liberation movement in the continent, the ANC.His passing has marked an unprecedented outpouring of grief across the world. Yet, it is grief, tinged with admiration and celebration.Everyone has had a Mandela moment, when this world icon has touched their lives.Let me begin therefore, by thanking all the Heads of State and Government and international delegations present here today.We also extend our deepest gratitude for the messages of condolence that we continue to receive.The Mandela family, the South African people and the African continent as a whole, feel stronger today, because we are being comforted by millions throughout the world.Dear South Africans,That we are Madiba’s compatriots and have lived during his time, is a cause for a great celebration and enormous pride.Never before has our country celebrated a life as we are doing with that of Madiba.We do not call Madiba the father of our rainbow nation merely for political correctness and relevance.We do so because he laid a firm foundation for the South Africa of our dreams – one that is united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous.We do so because Madiba was a courageous leader.Courageous leaders are able to abandon their narrow concerns for bigger and all-embracing dreams, even if those dreams come at a huge price.Madiba embodied this trait. He was a fearless freedom fighter who refused to allow the brutality of the apartheid state to stand in the way of the struggle for the liberation of his people.Being a lawyer, he understood the possible consequences of his actions. But he also knew that no unjust system could last forever.He said at an ANC Youth League conference in 1951;“True, the struggle will be a bitter one. Leaders will be deported, imprisoned, and even shot.“The government will terrorise the people and their leaders in an effort to halt the forward march; ordinary forms of organisation will be rendered impossible. But the spirit of the people cannot be crushed…until full victory is won”.The struggle became Madiba’s life.He was at the forefront of the radical change in the ANC in the 1940s, advancing the long walk to freedom.He became a Volunteer in Chief during the Defiance Campaign in the early 1950s and became the first Commander in Chief of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto We Sizwe, in the early 1960s.He paid dearly for his beliefs and actions through imprisonment.He stated in 1962;“I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done, but because of what I stood for, because of what I thought, because of my conscience.”Arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment during the Rivonia Trial later in 1964, he never lost his fighting spirit.For 27 years, the South African people spoke about him in hushed tones, out of fear. In fact, if the apartheid government had its way, they would have been banned even from thinking about Madiba.But the powerful name of Nelson Mandela lived on.He continued to inspire our people every single day, from inside prison walls.He demonstrated unique leadership in starting negotiations with the enemy whilst in prison. He also negotiated for the release of his fellow political prisoners first before his own release.His release from Victor Verster prison on the 11th of February 1990 was one of the most remarkable and moving moments in world history.The world came to a standstill watching this tall imposing figure walking out into a world he had left behind 27 years before.The emotions and feelings we felt on that day are difficult to express in human language.A downtrodden people who had been dehumanised and made to feel like pariahs in the land of their birth, suddenly saw signs that freedom would be attained in their lifetime.South Africa needed a leader like Madiba to help us through a difficult transition from apartheid to a free democratic society.In the bumpy road to our historic first free and fair elections, there are many times that he brought our nation back from the brink of catastrophe.The massacre at Boipatong in 1992 and the killing of the popular leader of our people, Chris Hani in 1993, are some of the occasions when our country faltered in its long walk to freedom, when we stared into the heart of darkness.It is at these times that Madiba restored a sense of calm and purpose and brought us back on the road to freedom.South Africa’s first democratic elections were largely peaceful because of this leadership that he displayed.Indeed, there is no one like Madiba. He was one of a kind.Today, on International Human Rights Day, we celebrate Madiba the man of peace. Today is the 20thanniversary of his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, on the 10th of December 1993.This freedom fighter had always stated that the ANC had resorted to arms because of the intransigence of the apartheid regime which responded with violence, bannings and detentions to simple demands for equal citizenship, human rights and justice.To him, for South Africa to attain peace, the armed struggle was inevitable, but it was a means to an end but not an end in itself.Madiba’s love for peace was also evident in the work he did in the continent. The people of Burundi enjoy peace and democracy today because of the seeds of peace planted by Madiba.Following the historic national elections on 27 April 1994, an unprecedented number of Heads of State and Government and eminent persons from around the world descended upon our shores for Madiba’s inauguration as the first president of a free and democratic South Africa.Today, the whole world is standing still again, to pay tribute to this greatest son of South Africa and Africa.Fellow mourners,There is no one like Madiba, he was one of a kind.The world speaks fondly of Madiba’s promotion of unity, reconciliation and non-racialism during his Presidency.He had declared as follows during trial in 1964;“The ANC has spent half a century fighting against racialism. When it triumphs it will not change that policy’’.Thus his promotion of non-racialism and reconciliation during his tenure as President of the Republic was not surprising.Compatriots and friendsSpeaking at the adoption of a new Constitution of the Republic adopted in 1996, Madiba outlined the vision of the new society.He said;“Let us give practical recognition to the injustices of the past, by building a future based on equality and social justice. “Let us nurture our national unity by recognizing, with respect and joy, the languages, cultures and religions of South Africa in all their diversity.“Let tolerance for one another’s views create the peaceful conditions which give space for the best in all of us to find expression and to flourish. Above all, let us work together in striving to banish homelessness, illiteracy, hunger and disease.”With the magnitude of challenges facing the young South Africa in mind, Madiba set about uniting the nation.He carefully managed the anger and frustrations of both the oppressors and the oppressed, and reminded us of our common humanity that transcended racial boundaries.He also managed both the fears of the minority and the high expectations and impatience of the majority.He told us that the promises of democracy would not be met overnight and that the fears of the few would not be allowed to derail the newly won freedom.We all agreed with him, as Madiba never hesitated to speak his mind when it was necessary to do so, regardless of how uncomfortable the words may be to recipients!Many leaders, some of whom are present here today, have experienced his sharp tongue.Realising the power of sport to conquer prejudice, former President Mandela embraced South Africa’s 1995 Rugby World Cup ambitions, donning the Springbok jersey at a time when it was much-maligned by the majority of the population.This would be a hallmark of his Presidency.Our sports teams yearned for the Madiba Magic that his visit would bring, each time they faced formidable opponents.Beyond promoting reconciliation, Madiba also laid a firm foundation for transformation as well as reconstruction and development.He knew that reconciliation without transformation and reconstruction, would be meaningless.Under his leadership, the new democratically elected government focused on addressing historical injustices and creating new institutions to facilitate the building of a democratic society based on the principles of non-racialism and non-sexism.Close to 800 racist apartheid laws were removed from the statute books in the first 10 years of democracy.The dismantling of the legal framework of apartheid and transformation of many state institutions led to the visible improvement of the socio-economic conditions of millions of people.Thus, Madiba laid a foundation for a better life for all, which was the rallying cry of his Presidency.Madiba also laid the foundation for our country’s now successful fight against one of the greatest scourges of our time, that of HIV and AIDS, while still in office and during his retirement.The global 4 666 4 campaign gave birth to Mandela Day, a global call to action, mobilising people to spend at least 67 minutes helping those in need.In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared the 18th of July as “Nelson Mandela International Day”.Each year on the 18th of July, the world comes together to celebrate Mandela Day, recognising Madiba’s selfless sacrifice in betterment of others.Indeed, Madiba was one of a kind.Bantu baseNingizimu Africa,Silahlekelwe kakhulu ngobaba wesizwe uTata uMadiba.Siyazi benimthanda kakhulu, futhi nisamthanda kakhulu namanje.Leliqhawe liyibekile induku ebandla. Sikhumbula namhlanje leliVolontiya elikhulu likaKhongolose.Sikhumbula umkhuzi wokuqala wamabutho oMkhonto weSizwe.Sikhumbula iqhawe elalizimisele ngisho nokufa imbala, ukuze abantu abamnyama bathole inkululeko.Sikhumbula iqhawe elalwela ukuthi abantu baseNingizimu Africa baphile ngentokozo ezweni elingenakho ukwesaba, elingenanhlupheko nalapho abantu belingana bonke khona.Yingakho nje sithi akekho ofana no-Tata uMadiba.Compatriots and friends,While saying Madiba was one of a kind, we also remember that he believed in collective leadership and that he never wanted to be viewed as a messiah or a saint.He emphasised that all his achievements were derived from working with the ANC collective, among whom in his own words, were men and women who were more capable than he was.Thus, the South Africa that you see today, is a reflection of Madiba and many others like him, who sacrificed their lives for a free nation.We thus remain truly grateful to his peers, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Reginald Tambo, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Dorothy Nyembe, Florence Mophosho and countless others who left indelible marks in the history of our struggle.Compatriots and friends,Today Madiba is no more.He leaves behind a nation that loves him dearly.He leaves a continent that is truly proud to call him an African.He leaves the people of the world who embraced him as their beloved icon.Most importantly, he leaves behind a deeply entrenched legacy of freedom, human rights and democracy in our country.In his honour we commit ourselves to continue building a nation based on the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.United in our diversity, we will continue working to build a nation free of poverty, hunger, homelessness and inequality.As the African continent led by the African Union, we will continue working to fulfil his desire for a better Africa and a more just, peaceful and equitable world.Tomorrow, our people will accompany Madiba on his last journey to the seat of government, the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where his body will lie in state for three days.I have the honour today, to announce, that the Union Buildings Amphitheatre, where Madiba was inaugurated as President in 1994, and where his body will lie in state, will, with effect from today, be called the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre.This is a fitting tribute to a man who transformed the Union Buildings from a symbol of racism and repression to one of peace, unity, democracy and progress.Compatriots, comrades and friends,We extend yet again, our deepest condolences to Mama Graca Machel, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the entire extended family.Madiba has run a good race. He declared in his own words in 1994;He said;“Death is something inevitable.“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.“I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for eternity.”I thank you.Issued by The PresidencyPretoria
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The fifth annual Ohio AgriBusiness Association Industry Conference started yesterday, focusing on framing the future of Ohio agriculture through a variety of speakers and sessions.OABA members, along with other industry professionals heard from leading experts, educators and researchers. The Industry Networking Dinner and Annual Meeting Feb. 1 was held last night with keynote speaker Mark Jewell, who turns stories from his Minnesota farm past into relevant lessons today.In addition to Jewell, the speaker lineup represented a wide array of agribusinesses, higher education institutions and organizations located in Ohio and across the country, including Wells Fargo, AgroLiquid, INTL FCStone, Inc., Monsanto, Nutrients for Life Foundation, The Ohio State University, Iowa State University and University of Illinois. Attendees learned about topics including building relationships with the general public, an update on Ohio’s legislative outlook and a broad look at the growing industry of biologicals in agricultural production.Here are some highlights from yesterday’s speakers:OABA Mark Fritz talks 4Rs with Dale MinyoOABA Harriet Wegmeyer with Dale MinyoOABA Chris Henny on the overall meeting with Dale MinyoOABA Andy Swerlein with Dale MinyoOABA David Barrett speaking with Dale Minyo
Amid speculation that Indian cricketers are unhappy with the prize money announced for their World Cup triumph, the BCCI on Wednesday increased it from Rs one crore to Rs two crore each. The BCCI, in its working committee meeting in Mumbai, decided to increase the incentive to Rs two crore per player, which is still less than the Rs 5 crore each that the players had reportedly demanded. “The cash incentive to the members of the World Cup winning Indian team has been increased from Rs 1 crore per player to Rs 2 crore per player,” BCCI secretary and president-elect N Srinivasan said in a media release. The decision comes after speculation that several top Indian cricketers made an informal demand to the cricket board to increase the reward money to Rs 5 crore instead of just 1 crore for winning the biggest cricketing event after 28 years. However, such reports were rejected by the BCCI with Srinivasan terming them as incorrect. India won the ICC World Cup beating Sri Lanka in the final on April 2 at the Wankhede Stadium. Immediately after the triumph, BCCI President Shashank Manohar had announced a reward of Rs one crore for each of the 15-member World Cup squad. He also announced that the support staff would be awarded Rs 50 lakh each.- With PTI inputs
It is the year of the FIFA World Cup and soccer fans in the city of Kolkata are no where behind in terms of preparations to welcome the big event. Arrangements are on full swing to experience another season of the football frenzy.While most households and clubs are in hurtle to ensure the installation of plasma screens for better and maximum view, the case does not remain the same for others. For the television space does not seem to suffice the passionate football fans!”This is the first time I will be going with my aunt and uncle. Brazil is the hot favourite country for football; it is like heaven. It is like going to the Mecca of football for the first time in my life. We will stay there for twenty days. We will go there via Singapore and spend four days in Singapore on our way back”, says Aditya Chatterjee.Many have opted for a tour across the globe to the grounds itself for the real feel! Fortunately, the decision of these die-hard fans have come down well with the tourism industry as travel agents make attempts to collaborate with various banks to introduce EMI schemes only to create friendly business.”This time it is very encouraging. We have about 200 families traveling, which is much more than our expectations and this is very nice. We see a lot of new segments also as a part of this so we’ve got good numbers and there may be much more when the game gets closer to the qualifying round. If their favourite teams are winning, I can get more passengers, it looks like”, says Anil Panjabi, a leading travel advisor and planner in kolkata.advertisementWhat is even more interesting is the consistent perseverance and determination of few to have a glimpse of the most awaited tournament. Families have saved very innings of their income for the past years and are now eagerly awaiting the tour.”It feels good. We prepare for this for four years. We work very hard so that we can attend the tournament. When it is finally time to go then I feel happy. This will be our ninth time. I don’t look into the expenses, my husband does. It costs two lakh a head, we already have four tickets. We will go there and try and get tickets for four more matches. I support Brazil”, says Chaitali Chatterjee.”I have been going since 1982, first Spain, then Mexico then Italy. This will be my 9th World Cup. The expense is around 2 lakhs per head. FIFA is giving us our own apartment to stay. We are leaving on the 17th of June at night. Five of us are going. Of course I am happy that I am going to the World Cup. Brazil is the world’s best location for football”, says Panna Lal Chatterjee.
NEW YORK — It took 141 regular-season games and one extra day for Rick Nash to get his first hat trick with the New York Rangers.A little help from the NHL official scorer on Christmas Eve made it so.About 12 hours after the Rangers beat the Washington Capitals on Dec. 23d, Nash was credited with his third goal of the game, it has been announced.Nash gave New York a 1-0 lead in the first period and a 3-0 edge 5:12 into the third. He was originally given an assist on a power-play goal awarded to Martin St. Louis that made it 4-2 with 3:48 remaining, but it was determined that St. Louis didn’t touch the puck.Nash was the last Rangers player to get his stick on it before Capitals goalie Braden Holtby knocked the puck into the net with his glove.In 32 games this season, Nash has 23 goals — two behind than NHL leader Tyler Seguin of Dallas. He notched only 26 in 65 games last season, his second with the Rangers.TweetPinShare0 Shares