first_img FEMALE CHANGE There have been some adjustments to the list of athletes that will represent the country at this weekend’s, Carifta Games to be held in Williamstad, CuraÁao, as following the completion of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships several days ago, some of the athletes who were originally on the list have been replaced due to injuries . Kingston College’s Jhevaughn Matherson has been the main casualty. Matherson, who captured the boys’ Under-20 100m event at the trials in early March, in an equalling personal best of 10.25 seconds, and who suffered a hamstring injury just after his semi-final in the Class 1 100m at Champs, has been replaced in the 100m by Jamaica College’s Delano Dunkley, who will now team up with Jelani Walker in the blue-riband event. Matherson’s teammate, Wayne Pinnock of Kingston College who was a winner in the boys’ long jump, who also finished second to Calabar High’s DeJour Russell in the boys’ Under-18 110m hurdles, is also out. He will be replaced by his teammate, Terrol Wilson, in the long jump, while Champs Class Two 110m hurdles winner, Jeremy Farr of Wolmer’s Boys’ School, will be the replacement in the 110m hurdles. Boys’ Under-20 5000m champion Keenan Lawrence of St Jago High will also miss this weekend’s action. No substitution has been made for Lawrence in the event, as the second-place finisher at the trials, Shemar Solomon of St Elizabeth Technical High School, will be the only competitor here for Jamaica. On the female side, Hydel’s Abigail Brooks, who finished second in the girls’ Under-17 400m to Vere Technical’s Sanique Walker, is the only athlete who has been withdrawn due to injury. She has been replaced by St Jago High’s Kimara Francis. Francis, who failed to advance to the finals at the trials after finishing third in her heat, in 56.99 seconds, showed rapid improvement to surprise Walker in the Class Two event at Champs, to win the event in a personal best of 54.11 seconds and will team up with Walker. Also, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association has made an addition of two athletes to their original squad, as 84 will now compete for Jamaica. Heptathlon winner, Peter-Gay McKenzie of Edwin Allen High, and decathlon winner Donovan Thames of Kingston College have been drafted into the team to do the multiple events. The team will leave the island on Thursday and return on Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgThe local superintendent of Glakon Statutory District #2, in Grand Bassa County has stressed the need for national government to reintroduce and enforce its ‘Liberianization Policy’ to help boost the country’s economy.Superintendent Morris A. Siryon made the utterance last Monday, during an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at his office in the district.Mr. Siryon said the reintroduction of the Liberianization Policy will encourage Liberian businesses be it wholesalers or retailers as “it is government’s responsibility.He noted that it was predicated upon this commitment that government expediently introduced and enforced the Liberianization Policy in the 1970s to strengthen sectors of the economy that were aimed at supporting Liberians without any discrimination.When reintroduced and enforced, the policy should only be restricted to Liberians who engage in the business of retailers and wholesalers of flour, rice, gas stations, and all kinds of drinks among others, through the Ministry of Commerce rather than foreign businessmen who are said to be engaged in retailing and wholesaling with huge loans to help them prosper.Mr. Siryon regretted that the policy was reportedly suspended by the regime of the late President Samuel Kanyan Doe in the 1980s when he became Head of State of the People’s Redemption Council (PRC), a Military Government.He reiterated that if Liberians are given the opportunities to get loans backed by the policy, they will earn more profits to enable them invest in the country rather than foreign businessmen taking the money from Liberia and invest same in their countries.“Liberians will make immense contributions towards the economy to help rebuild post war Liberia if the policy takes immediate effect,” he underscored.“We are not against foreign businessmen who we can claim to be our partners in progress, but let Liberians be given preference to taste the fruits of the policy” he pleaded.He reminded government that the reintroduction and enforcement of the policy will definitely provide job opportunities for educated and skillful Liberian job-seekers in the country.He said the policy will also benefit educated students upon whose shoulders Liberia depends to help revamp the economy that will transform post war Liberia and the living standards of the war-torn citizens.He is therefore appealing to national government to see ‘all reasons’ and reintroduce and enforce the policy to enable Liberians get jobs, operate businesses for the booming of the economy through payment of taxes instead of wholly depending on foreign business people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more