Baraweez in Galway repeat

first_img The Alistair Whillans-trained Scottish challenger Pintura, another horse with previous form at the track when previously with Kevin Ryan, set sail for home in the straight, but Baraweez reeled him in and got up by a neck. Ellison said: “It’s horses for courses. We’ve had a hard week with him. He’d a bruised foot and was lame all week but my staff have done a great job and the vet here was also a great help. “He only came sound this morning and if the race was yesterday he wouldn’t have run. The lad cantered him two furlongs this morning and he was fine afterwards. “This course probably suits him because he travels well, although the ground was a bit soft for him today. He was very game, and the kid gave him a great ride. “He’ll come back for the race he won at Leopardstown in September, and back here again next year hopefully. “We love coming here as they do a great job and everyone is so friendly.” Baraweez landed the Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Ahonoora” Handicap for the second successive year as British raiders dominated the feature event on the final day of the Galway Festival. Brian Ellison’s charge was the 7-4 favourite to repeat his Ballybrit triumph of 12 months ago, having been placed in the Topaz Mile, also for the second time, on Tuesday. With Donnacha O’Brien keeping the ride, Baraweez was settled against the rail, before switching wide to mount his challenge rounding the home turn. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Collins expected to be available for Clare Qualifier

first_imgThe footballers play Roscommon on the football qualifiers in Galway on Saturday while the hurlers face Galway in the All Ireland quarter final on Sundaylast_img

The process of getting ‘The Pond’ ready at the Northern Lights Arena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — Learn all about the process of preparing the ice rink ‘The Pond’ at the Northern Lights Arena above!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: figure skating, Ice, Ice Hockey, Ice Rink, Ice rink technology, Northern Lights Arena, Northern Lights Arena Community, paint, regulation rink size, The Pond, vinylContinue ReadingPrevious Grant donation to help transport local students to the 2019 Thunder Bay International Film FestivalNext Alcona Elementary Receives Major Grant to Help Bring Art Back to Classrooms After a Decadelast_img

BiH Paralympic Team traveling to Rio today

first_imgThe sport delegation of Bosnia and Herzegovina is traveling to Rio de Janeiro today, where the 15th Paralympic Games will be held from September 7 until September 18.The BiH Paralympic team consists of 24 members, 14 of whom are athletes.At the official opening ceremony, the flag of BiH will be carried by Dženita Klico.The most decorated BiH national team – the sitting volleyball national team, will be fighting for the fifth Paralympic medal in Rio. In four consecutive performances in the finals, the BiH sitting volleyball players won gold in Athens in 2004 and in London in 2012, and silver medals in Sydney in 200 and Beijing in 2008.At the volleyball tournament which begins on September 9, BiH volleyball team will be playing in the B Group with teams of Iran, Russia and China.The BiH team will start the competition with a match against Ukraine on September 10 at 2:30 am Central European Time. Two days later, at the same time they will play against the team of Iran, and on September 14 they will weigh forces with China at 11:30 pm. Semifinals are scheduled for September 16 and finals for September 18.The BiH shot putter Dženita Klico will perform on September 10 in the period from 3 pm until 6 pm, while Dževak Pandžić will perform in the same discipline and in the same time frame on September 16.During the Paralympic Games, the Paralympic Village will accommodate more than 4.350 athletes from 176 countries, together with around 3.000 coaches and other staff.(Source: read more

Advance Voting by Mail for city/school election begins March 13

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Advance Voting by Mail for the City /School General Election is available beginning March 13.  An Application for an Advance Ballot may be submitted to the Clerk’s office and a ballot will be mailed.The last day to apply for an Advance Ballot by Mail is April March 29.  Applications are available on the Sumner County website at  The form is on the County Clerk and Election Officer’s Advance Voting Information page.    Advance Voting In-Person begins seven days before the election.  In-Person voting will begin March 26 and continues until noon on April 1.  A voter may complete an Application for an Advance Ballot and vote In-Person in the County Clerk’s Office.Touch screen voting machines will be in use for In-Person Advance Voting in the Clerk’s Office and at all voting locations on Election Day.  If a voter prefers to vote an optical scan paper ballot, the voter is encouraged to apply for an Advance Ballot by Mail.Election Day is Tuesday, April 2, with Sumner County polling locations open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  The listing of polling locations is available on the county website or a voter may search their information on the Secretary of State’s VoterView website at‘ Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Roy Williams drops F-bomb during intense postgame news conference

first_imgNorth Carolina has lost six straight games — the longest losing streak in the Roy Williams era — and the coach is clearly frustrated about it.Following UNC’s 77-76 loss to Notre Dame on Monday, Williams delivered a fiery postgame news conference and immediately apologized after using an F-bomb. The Tar Heels had a 15-point lead in Monday’s game but lost by one-point after Notre Dame’s Nate Laszewski made a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left to play.Up next for UNC? No. 11 Louisville on Saturday.”You’ve got to be all in or you’ve got to leave,” Williams said. “Yeah, it’s frustrating. It makes you angry. Every little mistake you wonder why, but the bottom line is we’re going to play a game again on Saturday and we’ll see what happens.” MORE: Roy Williams after UNC’s collapse vs. Duke: We’re not going to quit”You got two choices: You can compete your butt off, or you can get in the fetal position and curl up and start crying,” Williams said. “I’m not going to freaking do that. We’re going to f—ing, excuse me, I apologize to everybody — we’re going to freaking compete. That’s what we’re going to do. We play Saturday. You feel sorry for yourself, and you’re going to do that for the rest of your freaking life. I apologize. I don’t know what I’m doing right now the way I’m cursing.”His frustrations are easy to understand. North Carolina is 10-16 this season and 3-12 in ACC play.last_img read more

Intercity Transit Named Bicycle Friendly Business

first_imgFacebook3Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Intercity TransitOlympia/Thurston County WA – Just as the nation celebrates another Earth Day, there’s timely news occurring in Olympia, Washington, as well as elsewhere around the country. Intercity Transit, the region’s public transportation provider, was recognized as one of the first transit systems in the U.S. to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists.Along with Intercity Transit, 62 other organizations – from across the private and public sectors – earned the Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) designation this year.The recognition for Intercity Transit, known for its sustainability efforts, is due to its long history supporting bicycling as an earth friendly and appealing commute option, as well as for its substantial bike programs. One of those programs is the popular Bicycle Commuter Contest, which engages about 1,500 cyclists each May in bicycling to work, school, and on errands, reducing harmful CO2 emissions by 60 tons and an estimated 120,000 miles of car trips each time.The agency also runs an innovative Bike PARTners program in which a largely volunteer staff rebuilds discarded bicycles and works with elementary school students teaching bike mechanics and safety, resulting in the students “earning” bikes for their future transportation use. And last year Intercity Transit began a staff bicycle program for employee use when traveling to nearby meetings and mid-day errands, effectively expanding employee wellness initiatives.“When employees bike, great things happen,” said Ann Freeman-Manzanares, Interim General Manager for Intercity Transit. “By encouraging a bike friendly culture, we decrease our carbon foot print, connect with our community more, and promote a fun and healthy work culture.”Over 500 organizations now have the BFB designation (past and current designees). This enables these organizations access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League of American Bicyclists toward enhancing their bicycling culture.“More and more business leaders are realizing that bicycling is a simple and cost-effective way to move toward a more productive company,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “Promoting healthy transportation is increasingly attractive to employers and prospective employees – and it’s moving America toward a more sustainable future.”To learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at To learn about other Intercity Transit sustainability initiatives, visit read more

Brazil’s transgender volleyball star eyes Congress seat

first_imgFILE – Bauru’s volleyball player Tiffany Abreu spikes the ball during a Brazilian volleyball league match in Bauru, Brazil, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Tiffany Abreu is Brazil’s first transgender person to play in the top volleyball league for women. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)After a decade of tearing up professional men’s volleyball leagues in Europe, Tiffany Abreu is used to taking on steep challenges. Fresh from becoming Brazil’s first transgender player, she is running for Congress in next month’s elections.“Why not?” is the campaign slogan of a 33-year old who has learned to face down discrimination in a country struggling to curb violence against gay and transgender people.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ As Rodrigo Pereira de Abreu, a career in men’s volleyball had taken her to Europe, where she played in Portugal, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium and France.But she says she always felt the torment of being a woman trapped in a man’s body.“For 27 years, I’ve been consumed inside,” Abreu told AFP on a hotel terrace during a break between training and campaigning.“I wanted to make my transition when I was 12 or 13 years old, because even from childhood, I knew I was a woman. But I lacked information, guidance and above all, hospitals where I could get the operation done.”Born into a poor family in the central town of Goias, Abreu finally changed sex in 2012, after a long bout with depression.ADVERTISEMENT Abreu is running as a candidate for MBD, the center-right party of unpopular President Michel Temer in the October 7 election.She has faced down criticism from the LGBT community over choosing to run for Temer’s conservatives, when most other candidates supported by the community represent leftist parties at the polls.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I don’t give any importance to parties, but to people,” she said. Her links to the party come through her club, Volei Bauru, which is sponsored by industries linked to the MDB.Abreu shot to public attention in Brazil last December, when she became the first transsexual to play in Brazil’s Superliga, the country’s top women’s volleyball league. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I have the impression that they are criticizing me out of jealousy, a little like Neymar,” she said.‘For the love of God’Despite their struggles for acceptance in Brazil’s macho society, 53 of the candidates in October’s elections are transgender — compared to just five in the last elections.Abreu is one of the very few not to represent a leftist party. But she’s hoping her example will help transsexuals’ struggle for acceptance.The stakes are higher than anywhere else. According to figures from the National Association of Transsexuals and Transvestites, Brazil has the world’s highest rate of trans murders, with 179 in 2017 alone.“When they offered to bring me back to Brazil, many people advised me to stay in Europe because of discrimination, but thank God things are starting to change.”The aspiring MP knows that if she makes it to Congress, other obstacles lie in wait within the parliament itself, where diversity is far from the order of the day.Her mother has given her blessing for the move into politics. On one condition: “She told me: Don’t become like those politicians who rob the people and who’ve done so much harm to the country.” ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Tokyo Olympics begin search for 80,000 unpaid volunteers Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I left a team where I was the second-top scorer in the championship (in the Belgian second division) to start the transition.“I could not live in that body anymore. I could not show that I was a man, when I was a woman. I couldn’t stand feeling ashamed of myself,” said Abreu, who has become one of the top players in her sport.Protected by the rulesExtensive hormone treatment followed in Europe, as well as a series of operations — the most recent coming in May in Spain to sharpen her features.The return to play in Brazil was a bombshell, for Abreu and the Superliga. Women’s league players were up in arms, denouncing what they saw as unfair competition.But she was allowed thanks to International Olympic Committee rules that permits trans athletes to compete in women’s competitions if their testosterone levels in the bloodstream remain controlled.It didn’t help that among her fiercest critics was Brazil’s Olympic bronze medalist Ana Paula Henkel, who said Abreu had an unfair advantage of having trained in the sport as a man.“It’s not a question of prejudice, but physiology,” said Henkel on Twitter. “Her body was built with testosterone all her life.”Abreu, who is eyeing a chance to win a place on Brazil’s team for the Tokyo Olympics, has taken it in her stride.“If I’m protected by the rules, why should I worry about what people are saying,” said Abreu. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

Raptors go west, Kawhi Leonard back to Oracle where so much changed

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? It’s a rematch of perhaps the game of the season and another potential NBA Finals preview. Leonard scored 37 points on Nov. 29 in Toronto, when the Raptors overcame a season-high 51 points from Kevin Durant to win 131-128 in overtime. Toronto has the NBA’s best record, but this time would have to beat the Warriors with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, who were injured in the first matchup.Leonard dealt with injuries for a long time, but he appears just about back to where he was at his peak. Coach Nick Nurse has noticed how Leonard is jumping higher on his dunks and not coming up short on his 3-pointers, and the Raptors are close to eliminating all the minutes restrictions that were in place when the season started.“I think there’s more to come,” Nurse said.LOOKING AT LUKALuka Doncic will have a chance to show the teams who passed on drafting him what they are missing.ADVERTISEMENT The Dallas Mavericks’ schedule includes a home game against Atlanta on Wednesday, then a visit to Phoenix on Thursday before a home game against Sacramento on Sunday.Any of those opponents could have had the 19-year-old who might be the favorite for Rookie of the Year, but he’s not any extra motivated to play against them.“It’s like any game,” he said. “I’m more motivated when I play, like, superstars, like LeBron, KD, James Harden.”The Mavericks positioned themselves to take the versatile guard who already had a decorated resume in Europe by trading with the Hawks to move up two spots to No. 3 in the draft. Atlanta used that No. 5 selection on Trae Young.The Suns had the top pick and the Kings were No. 2, but both went with big men. The Suns — whose coach, Igor Kokoskov, guided Doncic and Slovenia to the European title — took Deandre Ayton. The Kings — perhaps wary that the Euroleague MVP would remain with Real Madrid if he didn’t like his draft situation — took Duke’s Marvin Bagley III. Both have shown promise, but so far Doncic has been the best.The Western Conference rookie of the month for October/November and leading scorer among first-year players stole the Mavs a win over Houston on Saturday with a personal 11-0 run late in the game.Doncic has helped turn the Mavs (13-11) around and isn’t thinking about what might have been.“No,” he said. “I’m happy here.”OTHER GAMES TO WATCH DURING THE WEEK:Detroit at Philadelphia, Monday. Joel Embiid sat out the 76ers’ victory in Detroit on Friday so might be extra eager for this shot at rival center Andre Drummond. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) looks to shoot as Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) and forward Khris Middleton (22) defend during first-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)So much changed after Kawhi Leonard crashed to the Oracle Arena floor on May 14, 2017.The San Antonio Spurs had a 23-point lead on the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals when Leonard departed with 26 points, poised to take away home-court advantage in the series between teams who won more than 60 games.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:14Carpio 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Golden State Warriors named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of Year LATEST STORIES View comments Leonard injured his ankle when he landed on Zaza Pachulia’s foot after taking a jump shot, and things were never the same again for the Spurs or Leonard. The Spurs couldn’t hold on to win that game or any other in the series without their All-Star forward, whose ankle injury would be followed by a lingering thigh injury that would limit him to just nine games the following season and strain relations between the team and player. Leonard was ultimately granted his desire to leave San Antonio when he was traded to Toronto in the offseason.If Leonard doesn’t go down, maybe the Spurs win that game, maybe the series and maybe another championship. Maybe Leonard wouldn’t have wanted to leave.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Regardless of the fact, would’ve, could’ve, should’ve, we’re here now,” said Danny Green, who was traded to Toronto with Leonard. “And obviously it would have been nice if things went differently then and we would have continued to play and maybe had something special happen then, but we’re here now so we want to try to make some good things happen now.”Leonard is set to play at Oracle Arena for the first time since his injury on Wednesday, again looking like the player whose team might be the biggest threat to the Warriors. Miami at Los Angeles Lakers, Monday. Likely the last time friends and former teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade play in an NBA game together.Toronto at Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday. Everything looks great in Toronto, but Leonard will be a free agent in July and those rumors about him wanting to play in Los Angeles haven’t gone away.Orlando vs. Chicago, Thursday, and vs. Utah, Saturday. The NBA plays two regular-season games in Mexico City for the third straight year.HURTING BUT HOMEThe Nuggets are hurting, but at least they’re home.They limped back to Denver after losing two games and two key players late in their road trip and now face Memphis, Oklahoma City, Toronto and Dallas on their homestand.They do it after losing Gary Harris (right hip) and Paul Millsap (broken right big toe) on their trip. They dropped the final two games of it, falling to Atlanta 106-98 on Saturday hours after announcing the injury news.“It’s a tough way to finish up a long road trip,” coach Michael Malone said.Painful one, too. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Shakie Kamara Memorial Scholarship Fund: “A Classic Humanitarian Intervention”

first_imgThe establishment of Shakie Kamara Memorial Scholarship Fund by Montserrado senatorial candidate, Dr. Christopher Z. Neyor, has become a basis for intense debate in many quarters of the intellectual and political parlance of Liberia.Little Shakie Kamara’s tragic death sustained from a shootout by security forces during the imposition of quarantine on West Point brought wave of humanitarian interventions to Shakie’s bereaved family and Titus Nouaha, another victim who is recovering from operation of bullet from his lower abdomen.In consolation to the loss, many have taken rice, some cash donation, and others provisions to the affected families. Of all the humanitarian interventions in sympathy to the loss, none has triggered highest recognition and debate unlike the scholarship fund established by Dr. Neyor in honor and memory of the child who was killed in cold blood.Few, on the one hand of the controversy, see the intervention of Dr. Neyor as a calculated attempt to sway voters toward his Montserrado County senatorial bid from the densely populated slum community of West Point as well as from other sympathizers of Shakie and other victims. They see it as a mere show of an “election time philanthropist”, a kind of benevolence that has characterized and defined the modus operandi of politicking in a country whose people are ravaged in abject poverty; hence, trade their votes for anything to keep alive.For many, on the other hand, the humanitarian gesture of Mr. Neyor is a new phenomenon in the humanitarian sphere, a paradigm shift from the old order. Insightful about this, or rightly term, classic, is that Neyor’s intervention brings shockwave to the Liberian humanitarian community. From time immemorial, it has been intervention-as-usual for humanitarians to provide food, cash and other supplies to victims and families of disasters. Sometimes, surviving victims as well as family members are given scholarship opportunities to appease them of the damage or loss. But these are sustained for quite a while and benefit relatively few persons.This view of the latter block holds strong warrant as opposed to the former as it stems from Christopher Neyor’s long history of identifying with the needy, long before he had the slightest thought of contesting as senator. In fact it was Mr. Neyor who coined the phrase “election time philanthropists” and “campaign time do-gooders” for those who become generous overnight to sway votes their way.Ever since his days at the Liberia Electricity Corporation, where he served in many capacities up to managing director, Neyor began a career of caring and giving to humanity, a career that has run parallel to his professional career as an internationally acclaimed energy expert. This was embodied in the many scholarships he provided to Liberians to study abroad through the corporations he headed, his contribution to sports when he served as president of Mighty Barolle, his extraordinary support to improving the lives of Liberian youths, students, Yanna Boys, marketeers and others when he served as President and CEO of the National Oil Company, and his personal scholarship scheme of over a decade that many students continue to benefit from, at secondary and undergraduate levels. In addition, it is expressed in his spirit of humanity that enables him to, through his private company that survives on external consultancy, contribute to government revenue through taxes, and employ many Liberians on better salaries and give up to hundred thousand of United States dollars per annual as corporate social responsibility.Thus, to this latter block whose argument is bordered on objectivity rather than sophistry, the establishment of a scholarship fund to “memorialize and immortalize” the late Shakie Kamara of West Point cannot be based on a narrow “because of politics” assumption. One has to have a true spirit of giving and a better understanding of what giving is and what type is needed at a particular time to think of and provide such an initiative.Of greater shock to this gesture are the people of West Point Township whose children are to be the beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme that was launched with an initial donation of one million Liberian dollars. After the lifting of the quarantine, this community played host to many organizations and individuals of prestige who brought forth food and cash donations among others. But when all had died down, the silence was broken by the arrival of Christopher Neyor and his team of officials of his company Morweh Energy, Friends of Christopher Neyor and partnering team of the Liberia Crusaders for Peace. Surprised were they to know that this arrival- occasioned by anti-Ebola awareness -into what many refer to as Liberia’s largest slum community, would leave lasting and glittering imprints on their memories.Never in the township’s history has anyone shown such compassion to them, a type bordered on the memory and immortality of a young child, aged 16, who died in so much anguish and pain and profuse bleeding.What is profound about the humanitarian gesture of the former  NOCAL boss, Christopher Neyor, is that Shakie is not memorialized in a statue built in the middle of the township as many would do; it is profound because he is memorialized in the lives of his left behind peers, who will be beneficiaries of the scholarship. It is profound because the initiative is meant for perpetuity; it is profound because the scholarship fund is left to the trusteeship of the youth and children, women and elders of West Point Township. Still so, the intervention is profound because long after the other donations are consumed, the scholarship initiative will be raising its flag to another height aloft the pedestal of history.A resounding demonstration of ideal humanities is to Neyor’s credits. To a keen and analytical mind, the Shakie Kamara Memorial Scholarship Fund is a big score in the fight against man’s greatest enemies of ignorance, disease and poverty. One can see the long term social-economic benefits this intervention would bring to a people who would otherwise have never had the opportunity for their children to obtain education. One can view through the veil of history how many children would rise out of their slumbers to life of greater status just because of the loss of one child.Another noteworthy intervention by Neyor was his financial support to victim Titus Nouaha and his pledge to do whatever he can to see that this other child gets better care, international if need be, so as to not meet the same fate as Shakie.Whether the scholarship scheme would source huge votes for Christopher Neyor in the upcoming senatorial election from sympathizers of Shakie Kamara, is insufficient to place him in the class of those who wear philanthropic garments only when they are vying for political offices. However, if three decades of giving to the needy can be said to be based on political reasons, then it is the best precedent set so far.Entertaining such a view for the sake of argument, it would be wise to suppose that for someone to use his entire adulthood to secure a political position through an unmatched character of generosity, is an attribute of a leader needed for a country that strives on the mercy of giving to survive.Although Christopher Neyor is contesting for a senatorial seat, with his long time of magnanimity crowned by the recent intervention in the Township of West Point, it is befitting, of rather demanding, to accord him the honor of an erected iconic statue in the humanitarian house of fame.Yes, the death of Shakie Kamara cannot be compensated for any price, huge what may.  Not a scholarship for all the children of West Point can fill the vacuum left in the home of his family, the vacuum of a boy who was all to his grandmother, who fetched water and did other chores to keep the home running and who had all the possibilities of life before him.Nevertheless, the humanitarian gesture is a worthy solace to a bereaved family, that though Shakie has departed from the physical, his presence would be seen in the lives of many West Point children that would be schooling on his name. To his many friends and other children from the community, his painful death is a price for their liberation from ignorance to the acquisition of knowledge.  Because of him, some of children could become what death snatched from this reach. They would forever bear to mind that they owe their success to a child whose death reveals two things: the merciless nature of a country’s security apparatus to shoot live bullets at unarmed children-protesters, and the gentleness of a humanitarian that has shown, to borrow the phraseology of a reputable person, “a classic humanitarian intervention.”About the authorIvor S. Moore is a youth, human right and political activist and a freelance writer on social, economic and political issues. He has over eight years of experience in child right advocacy and is currently the Secretary General of the Movement for Political Justice and Advocacy in Liberia (MOPJAL), a prodemocracy youth advocacy group. He is a student of the University of Liberia. He can be contacted at: +231770139026, this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more