The former vice chairman of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Mr. Willis D. Knuckles, Jr., died in Accra, Ghana, on Monday July 28, 2014, after a brief illness, family sources told the Daily Observer yesterday.In the 1980s, he was appointed as vice chairman of the Liberia Football Association, to head a team that changed the future of Liberian football for the better.Though the late President Samuel K. Doe held on to the chairmanship of the LFA, the operational aspects of the association were under his leadership.Knuckles was assisted by Mr. Paul E. Mulbah, as Chief of Operations, with the late Marcel E. Bertin as Secretary General.His administrative secretary was Mr. Harry M. Attoh. President Doe worked along with the team at the LFA, and reorganized the administration of football in the country.Under his leadership, major reforms were introduced, including the establishment of sub-committees and sub-associations throughout the country. They are still the bedrock of the Liberia Football Association.A regular soccer league was put into place and the traditional Invincible Eleven versus Mighty Barrolle regulars were replaced with a system.Knuckles supervised a new football association, and with effective administrative skills, backed by presidential support and funding, began football competitions that helped to bring out the George Weah generation.It was still under his administration that teams in the national league increased to 12, with clubs like Monrovia Black Star, Fulani FC (all in Monrovia) and Young Eagles of Harbel challenged the league’s dominance of Invincible Eleven, St. Joseph’s Warriors and Mighty Barrolle, to begin Liberia’s participation in continental tournaments.In fact Young Eagles were known as the giant killers, with goalkeeper John Dorbor as one of the nation’s best, despite his height advantage.Knuckles’ administration expanded the league and encouraged the formation of soccer teams that were fully supported by government agencies.For instance, LPRC-Oilers and NPA-Anchors were born in this period and with players being financially supported, (many were employed at the various corporations), and much attention was placed on the actual game performance.Unfortunately, Knuckles resigned his vice chairman position due to what was described as ‘policy differences’ with President Doe and was the publisher of the erstwhile SPORTS WORLD newspaper.It was later learned that Knuckles advised against spending money to get foreign nationals to play for the Lone Star, at the expense of developing local talent.After he resigned, Mr. Cletus S. Wotorson, (Grand Kru Senator), was appointed to his stead. Mr. Wotorson had succeeded by lifting basketball to another level and President Doe was convinced he was the best replacement and he did not disappoint him.When contacted yesterday, Sen. Wotorson told the Daily Observer, “I was in a state of shock and despair when I heard the announcement of Mr. Knuckles’ death. He was my best friend.”Sen. Wotorson added that the late Knuckles was very dependable and loyal who would go the extra mile for a friend. “He was approachable and well organized for a task, though not an engineer, he did excellently well at the Ministry of Public Works,” Sen. Wotorson said.He expressed his deepest condolences to the family and prayed for God’s support in this difficult time.Knuckles also held positions as Public Works Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs of the Republic of Liberia in President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s administration. He was Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Youth and Sports at the time of the 1980 coup d’etat.He was the founder of the Alpha Old Timers Football Club, and active player in the old timers’ league, till his recent illness, family sources said. It was during his administration at the LFA that the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, SWAL, was organized.He was also a member of the LFA Advisory Committee that reviews current activities of the Liberia Football Association with recommendations for President Musa Bility’s consideration. It is headed by Information Minister Lewis Brown.A spokesman for the Advisory Committee expressed condolences to the family and friends, and requested for God’s blessings for the family. Funeral arrangements will be announced later, a family source said.He is survived by his loving wife, Mrs. Hawa Sherman Knuckles, two daughters, Hawa Ellen and Ethel Virginia, a son, Willis III, grand children, several brothers, including Gabriel Knuckles, a sister, Bushin Knuckles and many other relatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next But from the rubble of the past season is where Pumaren hopes the Red Warriors will come out of as they aspire to go deep this time around.“It was a really disappointing season for us last year,” Pumaren said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We are looking forward for a better performance this coming season and we’re hoping that the guys I’m relying on to deliver will deliver this time,” he said.Pumaren is putting Alvin Pasaol under the spotlight as the 6-foot-3 forward will be front and center in UE’s charge this season after a promising showing last year SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: UE Red Warriors156 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coach: Derrick PumarenLast Season: 3-11 (7th Place)Holdovers: Alvin Pasaol, Philip Manalang, Mark OlayonAdditions: Mark MalolesKey Losses: Bonbon Batiller, Edgar Charcos, Paul VarillaUniversity of the East had a failed campaign last year, finishing at the bottom of the standings with only three wins to show.ADVERTISEMENT “I expect him to carry the load for our team. He will be our leader for this season. He played well last season. In the first three to four games, he was still adjusting, but this season, I expect him to have a full blast right from the start,” he said.But it’s not just about Pasaol as the Red Warriors will also have guard Philip Manalang and team captain Mark Olayon giving Pumaren enough reasons to think that his team would be no pushover.“We are there. We’re getting there. As I’ve said, of course I’d be lying if we are not looking at the Final Four. We’re not just there for participation, but the objective right now is to better our performance last season because we disappointed the UE community,” he said.“That’s what I’m looking forward. And the team knows that. We are looking forward and hopefully, we’ll just play hard and compete with other teams.”ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UAAP Season 80 Preview: Sablan vows different UST Tigers will show up LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games
Leicester goalkeeper Schmeichel proud to reach 50 caps with Denmarkby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is proud to have reached 50 caps with Denmark.Schmeichel produced a stunning performance on Saturday night to record a clean sheet on his 50th outing for his country, an appearance that saw him match Andy King as City’s most-capped player.The 32-year-old stopper made four high-class saves to keep Switzerland at bay, Yussuf Poulsen’s goal in the final 10 minutes sealing a 1-0 victory that boosts Denmark’s chances of reaching the Euro 2020 finals. “I don’t know if it was my best international match – but at least it was important,” Schmeichel said after the win.“It was a fantastic and really, really important victory. It wasn’t our best international match, but we fought and fought all the way through, and it’s incredibly important.“It was a big motivating factor that I was not involved in the national team earlier in my career, but I am grateful to be part of it now and it makes me proud to play 50 games for my country. Now I just hope for 50 more.“If I don’t last five years, then I will be disappointed.“You can’t plan for football. Anything can happen. You can get hurt tomorrow and not have the opportunity to come back, so you have to be grateful every time you are teamed up with the national team.“Every match I get to play in front of such a crowd, I am incredibly grateful for, because it happens so rarely. We must be proud of all the matches we can fight on the national team.”Asked if he’s improved over recent years, Schmeichel joked: “I always think I’ve been so good.“I don’t know if I’ve progressed so much. A goalkeeper’s game is very much about routine and about playing lots of matches. I have been doing this for a number of years and it has borne fruit.“I am also surrounded by good teammates and good coaches with the national team and at my club, where my strengths are utilised.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
meyer calls out camperWhen Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is speaking, you better have your eyes on him. Thursday, Meyer spoke briefly at a satellite camp in New Jersey, giving recruits advice on how to conduct themselves in front of coaches to impress them. Meyer wasn’t thrilled with one camper, who he claims was “looking all over the place” while he was talking.Here’s video, via NUC Sports. Meyer also pitcher his program, boasting about the team’s 50-4 record the past few years and its impressive NFL Draft. Meyer is one of the most respected coaches in the nation, so the players would be wise to listen.
zoom As part of its CAD 1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan, Canada has unveiled a total investment of over CAD 175 million (USD 140 million) in seven measures to help protect Arctic waters.According to the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, the measures include CAD 94.3 million over five years to support safer, and more efficient Arctic resupply operations through the Federal Investments in Safety Equipment and Basic Marine Infrastructure in Northern Communities Initiative.Additionally, the government will enhance partnerships with Indigenous communities and Arctic stakeholders to establish Low Impact Shipping Corridors. The shipping routes established through these initiatives will provide the infrastructure, navigational support and emergency response services needed for safer marine navigation, while respecting the environment and local ecology and cultures.Of the amount, CAD 29.9 million is designated for the construction of a new Arctic National Aerial Surveillance Program Complex in Iqaluit, Nunavut, to further improve spill prevention. This investment will enhance Transport Canada’s National Aerial Surveillance Program Arctic operations to keep a watchful eye over the growing number of ships operating in Canada’s Arctic waters.Furthermore, CAD 21 million would be invested over five years for Transport Canada’s Marine Training Contribution Fund, to enhance and expand marine training and opportunities to underrepresented groups.Other investments include CAD 16.89 million over five years to establish Transport Canada’s Office of Incident Management, which will modernize and standardize the department’s incident response processes, as well as CAD 13.4 million to expand Transport Canada’s Community Participation Funding Program.The government will also continue the expansion of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary in the Arctic to bolster its collective ability to respond to maritime all-hazard incidents in the future.“The measures we are announcing today will protect Canada’s Arctic coast and water for future generations and continue to provide critical jobs and employment,” Garneau said.“Our government is proud to be implementing the Oceans Protection Plan, a historic, $1.5-billion investment to help keep our oceans safe and clean,” the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, added.
zoom The Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) has “turned a cold shoulder” to requests by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform to visit the shipbreaking yards on the tidal beach of Alang.According to the Platform, for the past two months the Indian authority has refused to reply to repeated requests, submitted via the Indian member organisation Toxics Link, to visit and see the working and environmental conditions at the shipbreaking yards.“By refusing to reply to the requests to visit the yards, the GMB has opted to keep the negative environmental and labour impacts of the operations at Alang out of sight,” NGO Shipbreaking Platform said.“This lack of openness is disappointing and represents a decision by the GMB to keep Indian ship recycling in the dark ages,” Ingvild Jenssen, Director and Founder of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, said.The European Commission is expected to prohibit the recycling of EU-flagged ships in beaching yards when it publishes its upcoming list of approved ship recycling facilities in non-EU countries.The EU list represents an important turning point for sustainable ship recycling by setting a benchmark for an industry in which standards have been historically absent.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Here’s the full list of winners, but don’t forget to check out Amanda Siebert’s review of Before the Streets, here.Before the Streets, Borsos Award for Best Canadian FeatureChloé Leriche Best Borsos Director, Before the StreetsKawennahere Devery Jacobs Best Performance in a Borsos Film, The Sun at Midnight. (Honourable Mention for Performance to Rykko Bellemare in Before the Streets)The Cyclotron, Borsos Award for Best ScreenplayThe Cyclotron, Best Cinematography in a Borsos FilmSled Dogs and The Will to Fly tied for World Documentary Award (Honourable Mention for World Documentary to Mr. Zartisky on TV)The Will to Fly, Best Mountain Culture Film“Mutants”, Canadian ShortWork Award“Timecode”, International ShortWork AwardThe Head Vanishes, Best Canadian Screenplay Award“Bombing”, ShortWork Student Award goes to BOMBING“Good Girls Don’t”, MPPIA Short Film AwardBefore the Streets, AWFJ EDA Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature AwardSled Dogs, AWFJ EDA Best Female-Directed Documentary AwardBY Adrian Mack – THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT Twitter
Eddie Days doesn’t look much like a basketball player. Generously listed at 6 feet, and weighing 180 pounds, the stocky Days looks more like he should be playing running back for Jim Tressel than guard for Thad Matta. But Eddie is more passionate about basketball than most people are about anything. He simply loves the game. At Richmond Heights High School near Cleveland, Eddie was a star. As a senior in 2006, he averaged 22 points, six rebounds and five assists per game, and was named first-team All-Ohio. But despite all of his success, he still didn’t have any Division I scholarship offers. Eddie had opportunities to play for Division II or Division III schools, but that wasn’t what he had in mind. Even when Eddie was young, he said his dream was to play basketball for the Buckeyes. “I always wanted to come (to Ohio State). My dad came here. All my family lives here in Columbus,” Eddie said. “I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.” Unbeknownst to Matta and his staff, Eddie decided to pay his way and try to walk on the basketball team at OSU. He loved the game too much to stay away. “Even before tryouts my freshman year, I would play ball at the RPAC probably five hours a day,” Eddie said. “Not even just to stay in shape or just because I knew I was trying out, but just because I loved playing.” After those daily, five-hour sessions, he’d hit the weights. “If I didn’t play ball,” Eddie said, “I was having a bad day.” When the day of the tryouts came, Eddie walked up to the Schottenstein Center and, along with 11 other guys, ran a few drills and scrimmaged for about a half-hour. The whole process lasted about 45 minutes. That was it. Everything Days worked for came down to that moment. “Right after tryouts were over, Jamar Butler, Daequan Cook and David (Lighty) were in there watching tryouts,” Eddie said. “Jamar came up to me afterwards and said: ‘The coaches like you. They think you’re probably going to be the one.’” Eddie made the squad. “He was just so, so excited,” said Judie Days, Eddie’s mother. “I can’t explain how excited he was.” Eddie planned to take the bus straight back to his residence hall, but that didn’t exactly happen. “I ended up just sitting on the bus for like an hour, just riding and kind of reflecting on how I played that day,” Eddie said. “I’d probably have to say that would be my favorite memory.” But his happiness was short-lived. During his junior year of high school, Eddie passed out during a morning basketball practice. After running a battery of tests, the doctors at the Cleveland Clinic discovered he had a rare heart condition. Days was put on medication and had no problems following the fainting incident, but OSU doctors didn’t want to take any chances. They wanted to take a closer look at the problem. By the time the doctors were satisfied and cleared Eddie to play, the roster was full. Eddie was denied his chance to be a part of the team. “That was really devastating,” Judie said. “That was really hard for him and (his family).” After being let down, Eddie wouldn’t let up. He kept up with his daily marathon gym sessions, and even started helping the women’s basketball team practice to get more gym time. Though Eddie wasn’t able to play for the men’s team, the way he played during tryouts earned their respect. Former Buckeye guard Jon Diebler has known Eddie since 2007, and said the team thought highly of him. “Eddie’s a guy who has always been around the program, and whenever we would have open gyms Eddie was welcome to come and play,” Diebler said. “Even when he wasn’t on the team, he would still come and play because we knew the type of player he was.” When Eddie came back in 2007, the roster was full and the team didn’t hold tryouts. The following year there was a tryout, but the team ultimately decided not to take anyone. Three years had passed, and Eddie still wasn’t where he wanted to be. Some thought it was time for him to try something else, but he refused to give up. “I even asked him at one point. I said, ‘Well, would you maybe want to think about going into coaching?’ But he said, ‘No, I want to play,’” Judie said. “He was adamant.” So for a fourth consecutive year, Eddie attended tryouts. This time, he made it. “It finally worked out,” Eddie said. “I think they just wanted somebody who would play hard and understand that if they make the team, they may not play a lot, but they still have to bring it every day in practice. And I understood that.” Eddie was a practice player, and said he loved it. “My role was to bring it every day in practice. Especially this year, with five or six freshmen, just to kind of be a leader and show them how things are done and lead by example,” Eddie said. “I think it helps when you play hard on scout teams and the practice team against the starters. It really helps them out.” Eddie was routinely matched up with some of the best players in college basketball. His first year, he was in charge of checking Evan Turner in practice. This year, he guarded William Buford, Diebler and Lighty. “Eddie’s a guy who’s really strong, so he would be really physical with us and he did a great job of guarding us,” Diebler said. “He would challenge a lot of our shots, and I know by him guarding, you know, myself, Dave and Will, it made us better.” Eddie said he loved the opportunity. “I loved playing and practicing against NBA-caliber players every day,” he said. “The things I’ve learned from these coaches and the times we had together, you know, with my teammates and everything, we really became like a family. Especially this year.” Eddie didn’t get a chance to play in many games, but on March 20, with about three minutes left in the Buckeyes’ pummeling of George Mason in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, the OSU faithful at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland started a chant. It was quiet at first, but continued to gain volume. “Ehh-dee, Ehh-dee, Ehh-dee,” the crowd chanted. Shortly thereafter, Matta relented to the crowd’s request, and Eddie entered the biggest tournament in college basketball. “The Eddie chant,” Judie said. “I just could not believe it.” Eddie was fouled at the end of the game, and was sent to the foul line where, in front of his hometown and many members of his family, he hit one of two free-throw attempts for the first and only point in his collegiate career. “For me, (the free throw) felt like 20 points,” Judie said. Eddie wasn’t as excited as his mom, but still enjoyed the moment. “I had a lot of friends and family there,” he said. “It was definitely a good night.” Eddie said he’s definitely going to miss playing for the Buckeyes, but he’s going to miss the people on the team and the times they had most of all. “We were really like brothers,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where we are or what we’re doing; it was always a good time, a lot of laughs.” Diebler remembers Eddie being a fierce pingpong competitor, sometimes showing up 90 minutes before practice just to play a few games and be with the guys. Although Diebler claims to be the pingpong king, Eddie could hold his own. “He was definitely top-five,” Diebler said. Though the experience ended abruptly, and ultimately short of the team’s lofty goals, Eddie said he doesn’t regret a second of it. “I’m really going to miss the program,” he said. “It hasn’t really hit me yet that it’s over.” Now, Eddie will focus on finishing his last quarter at OSU, from which he plans to graduate in June with a degree in consumer sciences and a minor in business. But don’t be surprised if you see him tearing up the RPAC sometime soon, you know, for old times’ sake.
Then-sophomore guard Ameryst Alston drives to the hoop in a game against Old Dominion Nov. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-60.Credit: Liz Young / Editor in chiefComing off its first losing record in 12 years, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is looking forward to the start of a new season.OSU is set to return to action on Sunday coming off of a 17-18 (5-11) season, which culminated in a loss to Iowa in the semifinal of the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes will have to play without freshman forwards Makayla Waterman and Chelsea Mitchell for the season after they suffered ACL injuries during practice. OSU will also be without redshirt-freshman guard and Duke transfer Kianna Holland because of an ACL injury.Freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell said it was difficult to see her teammates suffer such devastating injuries before the start of the season.“It’s a lot to deal with, it’s hard,” Kelsey Mitchell said. “Especially considering that we’re all teammates and we all love each other very much. It just made things a lot harder to see the ones that work hard go down over something they can’t control.”Freshman guard Asia Doss said the team is hoping for a fast recovery for their sidelined teammates and has come closer as a group since the injuries occured.“Everything’s just coming together,” Doss said. “With all the adversity we’ve faced, we’ve come together.”With sophomore forward and Georgetown transfer Shayla Cooper ineligible to play for the Buckeyes until the end of the semester and the dismissal of senior guard Raven Ferguson from the program, OSU will have to compete with only seven active members on the roster to start the season.“Most teams only play seven or eight players,” junior guard Ameryst Alston said. “We’re not going to let that discourage us.”Along with playing more minutes, the team will also have to focus on limiting fouls to keep players in games. Doss said fouling is something the team will have to be careful with but can’t let it change their style of play.“We can’t think about it too much to the point where we don’t play aggressive,” Doss said. “We just have to keep our hands off the offensive player.”Alston said with the lack of depth currently on the roster, the team will need to focus on being in shape to endure extra minutes.“We definitely have to make sure that we’re well conditioned,” Alston said. “We’ve just got to be in good shape and do what we do.”Alston was tied for first in the Big Ten in minutes played last season, averaging 36.7 minutes per game.Coach Kevin McGuff said the addition of Kelsey Mitchell has helped take pressure off of Alston and sees the pair working well together.“They play really well together,” McGuff said. “They’ve got good chemistry, they both share the ball really well, and so they make each other better and their teammates.”Alston had praise for her new teammate as well, and added she looks experienced beyond her years.“She’s such a great player,” Alston said. “She doesn’t look like a freshman at all. She’s very fun to watch and to play with.”The team is also looking forward to the return of redshirt-sophomore forward Kalpana Beach, who missed the previous two seasons because of knee injuries. McGuff said Beach has looked good in practice and hopes she can be a factor for the Buckeyes.“I think she’s making really good progress,” McGuff said. “She’s got great athletic ability and I think can really help us in an area we’re going to need it, rebounding.”Junior guard Cait Craft and freshman forward Alexa Hart are the final two healthy players McGuff has on his roster.McGuff also noted that there is a possibility for a walk-on to join the team but is waiting for the right person to come around.“If we came across somebody that made sense, we’d certainly entertain the idea but it hasn’t happened yet,” McGuff said.OSU is set to start its season with an exhibition game against Eckerd College on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.