Insurers Refusing Bond for Patricks?

first_imgHighly placed sources has informed the Daily Observer that almost all of the insurance companies registered with the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to do bail business are reportedly ‘behind time,’ or slow (not willing) to do business with the Patricks family, who is making frantic attempts to secure a US$15,000 bond for political activist Vandalark Patricks. The bond would temporarily release him from prison to await trial.Facing sedition and criminal libel charges against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Patricks will remain at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP) until his lawyers can file a credible bond for him to appear in court, the Daily Observer was informed yesterday. The US$15,000 bond was determined by Criminal Court ‘A’, where Patricks is expected to stand trial should his lawyers meet the legal requirements.Up to press time last night, there was no news about the ‘activist’ being bailed out of jail.Patricks was indicted immediately a day after he was investigated and charged by officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) on multiple charges of “Sedition and Criminal Libel against the President.”Last Tuesday, February 23, police invited Patricks in connection to a statement he made on Sunday, February 21, insinuating that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf gave direct orders to shoot at the then Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) standard bearer, Winston Tubman, vice standard bearer, George Weah, and murdered innocent and defenseless citizens on November 7, 2011.Patricks also said the government hired “assassins to murder the former Liberia Petroleum Refinery (LPRC) Managing Director, Harry A. Greaves Jr., and eliminate other political opponents to maintain state power.” In a statement, the LNP said, “Mr. Patricks was called in to assist security authorities establish facts surrounding his statements,” which the police believe, “has the potential to undermine the peace of the state.”The LNP maintains that the statements made by Mr. Patricks are “grave and require the establishment of truthfulness for the common good of the Liberian society.” The LNP also notes that speech that incites violence and maliciously defames the government does not fall under the category of “protected free speech,” and as such, emphasizes that “this action ought not to reflect on the enviable record of the government in protecting freedom of speech and the press.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drake Track & Field and Cross Country Announces Coaching Staff

first_img“Now that we have a staff in place, we are ready to get to work to bring success to the Drake track & field and cross country programs in the coming years,” Carroll said. Jay Koloseus joins Drake as the program’s assistant men’s distance coach and recruiting coordinator. Most recently at Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C., Koloseus has been the head track & field and cross country coach since 2013. There, he started the cross country programs and was the 2014 Region X NJCAA cross country men’s team champion and the men’s and women’s Coach of the Year. In 2015, he started the track and field programs at Louisburg and quickly started winning titles. The program’s first two seasons, 2015 and 2016, both the men’s and women’s team won regional championships and Koloseus was again named Region Coach of the Year, bringing his total Coach of the Year awards to six. In 2015, the programs recorded a top-20 finish at the National Championships in their first year of existence with no scholarship student-athletes.  Prior to constructing the program’s and Louisburg, Koloseus was a graduate assistant coach at Auburn where he helped oversee the Tigers’ cross country teams and distance runners. As a student-athlete, Koloseus was a member of two BIG EAST champion cross country teams at Syracuse and was an All-BIG EAST team selection. Zane Chapman will oversee the Bulldogs’ throwers after spending the last season at the University of Wisconsin as the Badgers’ volunteer throws coach. In his season at UW, he aided in coaching four NCAA All-Americans, nine NCAA regional qualifiers, Olympian Kelsey Card and assisted in all aspects of the throws program. DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University director of track & field and cross country Mark Carroll has announced the hiring of four assistant coaches to complete his staff heading into his first season leading the Bulldogs’ track & field and cross country programs. “We are excited to have Zane come on board to recruit and coach the Drake throws events,” Carroll said. Ngonidzashe Makusha has served as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, Florida State while competing internationally since 2012. While coaching at FSU, Makusha helped mentor the Atlantic Coast Conference triple jump and long jump champion and runner-up. His student-athletes also qualified for NCAA Championships three times and earned three All-America honors. As a competitor, Makusha was one of track and field’s most decorated student-athletes. In 2011, he set the NCAA 100-meter record at 9.89, a record that stood until the spring of 2017. In 2011, he was also the winner of the Bowerman Award, collegiate track and field’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, and was named the NCAA Male Athlete of the Year. That same year, he won both the 100 meters and long jump at the NCAA Championships at Drake Stadium to give him a total of seven career NCAA titles. “We are excited for Coach Makusha to bring his knowledge, expertise and experience to the sprints, hurdles and jumps events,” Carroll said. “Coach Makusha served as a volunteer while competing at the highest levels of international track and field.” Makusha’s success at the international level came primarily in the long jump where he finished fourth in the 2008 Olympics representing his native Zimbabwe. Makusha owns the Zimbabwe’s national records in both the 100 meters (9.89) and long jump (8.40m/27-6.75). “Jay was a successful collegiate athlete at Syracuse University and has brought his experience to set up a successful program at Louisburg,” Carroll said. “Jay will serve as the recruiting coordinator for all event areas at Drake.” Joining the staff for the 2017-18 season will be two-time Olympian and former American record holder Amy Rudolph, seven-time NCAA champion and former NCAA 100-meter record holder Ngonidzashe Makusha, Jay Koloseus and Zane Chapman. “Coach Amy Rudolph will bring her vast experience in cross country and distance events to coach the women’s distance squad,” Carroll said. “Amy has years of coaching experience at Bryant University, Providence College and Auburn University along with her collegiate and international experience.” Amy Rudolph joins the staff as an accomplished distance coach and elite athlete. Rudolph was a two-time Olympian and a finalist in the 5,000 meters at the 1996 Olympics, finishing 10th. That same year, she set the then American record in the 5,000 meters at 14:56.04. Rudolph was also a seven-time member of U.S. World Championship teams and was a three-time USA National Champion. In 1996, she was the USA Champion in the 10,000 meters and followed that with a pair of USA Indoor national titles in the 3,000 meters in 1997 and 2002. As a collegian at Providence College, Rudolph was a two-time NCAA Champion and a 10-time All-American. Following her competitive career, Rudolph served as an assistant track & field and cross country coach at Providence College, Bryant University and Auburn University. He joined the staff at UW after a season at his alma mater, Eastern Illinois. At both EIU and UW, he gained extensive experience in strength and conditioning programs. As a student-athlete, he was a team captain at EIU during his senior season as a well-rounded thrower that competed in all four throws and scored points in the discus, hammer throw and shot put to help the Panthers win an Ohio Valley Championship. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Crabs wrap season with 3-game sweep

first_imgBronson Grubbs had a game-high four hits and three RBIs in the Humboldt Crabs season finale as the Crabs defeated the visiting Bay Area Blues 19-6 Sunday afternoon at the Arcata Ballpark.“A great group of guys up and down the roster,” Crabs manager Robin Guiver said. “They came to play the right way.”The win on Sunday was the in a fourth win in a row for the Crabs (37-10), who swept the Blues in three games. They outscord the Blues 40-16 over the three games.The Crabs scored their first run …last_img

San Jose Sharks forward’s NHL career at a crossroads

first_imgSAN JOSE — Forward Antti Suomela, arguably the Sharks’ biggest free agent signing out of Europe in 2018, is now fighting for a job to stay in the NHL.“This is the biggest year for me, absolutely,” Suomela said Tuesday. “I really want to play well this year.”Suomela, 25, receives his first opportunity Tuesday to show he belongs, as he’ll start on a line with Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc for the Sharks’ preseason … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img

Fleming dismisses reports to coach India after World Cup

first_imgFormer New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has dismissed reports about him succeeding Gary Kirsten as the coach of the Indian team after the World Cup in the sub-continent.The New Zealand Herald quoted Fleming as saying that coaching isn’t an important part of his life at the moment.Rumours were rife that the IPL team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach would take over the reins of the national team from Kirsten once the South African’s contract expires after the quadrennial event.Fleming, a veteran of 111 Tests and 280 ODIs, said that cricket is only important for him two to three months a year when he’s looking after the CSK in the IPL.He said he is enjoying his career in business and has made a commitment to spending more time with his family.- With PTI inputslast_img

It’s definitely not cricket

first_imgWhen Mahendra Singh Dhoni lifted the World Cup trophy recently, cricketers from Bihar suddenly recalled his association with the state.Dhoni had, after all, made his debut for Bihar in the Ranji Trophy and other tournaments much before Jharkhand was carved out of the state.The World Cup triumph brought back cascades of nostalgic memories for many players who were Dhoni’s teammates in the Bihar team. But it also brought back into focus the sorry state of cricketing affairs in the state.Dhoni’s association with Bihar in the maiden First Class cricket season of his career remains the last bright spot in the chequered history of the state’s cricket. Since his departure, cricket has been a victim of unabashed politics both at the state and the BCCI levels.Bihar has been a veritable graveyard for budding cricketers for the past 10 years ever since the BCCI derecognised the Bihar Cricket Association ( BCA) and granted affiliation to the new Jharkhand State Cricket Association ( JSCA) in 2001. Cricket in the state remains mired in political and legal battles since then.It is still baffling to know that the BCCI chose to disaffiliate a parent state body and grant affiliation to the association of a new state which had just come into being. Votaries of Bihar cricket had argued that it was against the principles of natural justice but nobody at the BCCI paid heed to them. They were told that Jharkhand had been granted full membership because all cricketing activities in undivided Bihar used to take place in the districts which had gone to Jharkhand.advertisementMoreover, the headquarters of the erstwhile BCA of 1935 was in Jamshedpur which, too, is located in Jharkhand. The representatives from Bihar had argued that they had no objection to Jharkhand getting full membership but the de- recognition of the cricketing body of the parent state was simply unjust. They also pointed out that many players in the Bihar team such as Syed Saba Karim and Sunil Kumar had come from Patna and other north Bihar districts but to no avail.The prolonged spell of uncertainty resulted in exodus of players from Bihar to other states.Players from Bihar allege that politics has dealt a blow to the state cricket. Many of them believe that the entry of Lalu Prasad as the president of the BCA after the bifurcation did more harm than good to state cricket.Incidentally, the BCCI headed by A. C. Muthaiah had recognised the Lalu- led BCA at its annual general meeting in 2001. But Muthaiah subsequently lost the BCCI president’s election to Jagmohan Dalmiya who went on to overturn his predecessor’s decision on Bihar and granted affiliation to Jharkhand. It is alleged that Dalmiya had done so because Lalu’s BCA had voted for Muthaiah in that election. It is said Dalmiya was wary of Lalu’s control over Bihar’s cricketing body. He apparently did not want any powerful politician to challenge his authority in the east zone. It is altogether a different matter that Lalu was not at all interested in the administration of Bihar cricket. He attended the BCA’s meeting only once and left it to his lieutenants to run the association.It is also said he developed a sudden interest in cricket because of his sons, who wanted to pursue careers in the sport at that time.Whatever be the reason, the BCCI decision led to more politics within state cricket. A separate cricket association headed by former Indian cricket player Kirti Azad came up to stake claim to the BCCI affiliation. A couple of other associations, too, jumped on the bandwagon to seek affiliation. The claims and counter- claims by rival associations gave the BCCI a valid reason to put Bihar’s affiliation issue on hold for years.The BCCI finally granted associate membership to the Laluled BCA in 2008 by allowing it to organise junior level matches. But that decision, too, was challenged in the court.The biggest victims of these prolonged fights among the various associations have been the state’s young cricketers. They want all the warring associations to come under one umbrella but that still seems to be a remote possibility in the near future.What Bihar cricket needs is for both Lalu and Kirti Azad to join hands for the sake of the state’s cricketers. It cannot hope to produce another Dhoni until all rival associations sink their differences.Bihar may have many a Dhoni waiting in the wings for the right opportunities to strike gold for the state.last_img read more