Loney determined to be among best

first_img “I should have just maintained my form but I’ll just go back to the drawing board and come back better the next time, because I’m determined to be one of the best,” the Mico student athlete resolved. Jamaica is especially good in the women’s 400m at this time, but the 2015 Boys and Girls Championships Class one 400m winner isn’t daunted. “I know I can get a spot in that group based on my hard work and my dedication,” she said passionately, “and I know my abilities and my strength, and that’s the best thing.” Her previous lifetime best was 52.35 seconds. Loney, who hopes to run the 200m at this weekend’s Utech Classic, to work on her finish, said, “Practice is great, just going hard every day, knowing what I want to push me forward.” She is benefiting from the knowledge of her coach, 1983 World 400m champion Bert Cameron. “That’s really, really helpful because he tells us his experience so we may learn by his experience and others and just try to be the best that we can,” she said. Determined Dawnalee Loney of The Mico University College didn’t win the 400m at last week’s Jamaica Inter-collegiate Track and Field Championships, but she left with her resolve strengthened. Loney is eager to take her place amongst the nation’s best and she believes she is on her way. Her bright outlook is based on how well her training is going currently. Loney lost a competitive Inter-collegiate final to Verone Chambers of the G.C. Foster College, despite clocking a personal-best 52.08 seconds. “I had planned just to go out, run off the first curve, travel down the backstretch, try to cover as much ground as I can and then run off the 110, then keep my form in the straight”, said the former Balaclava and Camperdown High School star minutes after the race. “But when I saw Verone coming, I responded by leaning back at the last 20 metres, which I shouldn’t have done,” she confessed about an encounter that reversed the result of a race she won over Chambers a month ago at the G.C. Foster Classic, 52.36 to 52.40 seconds.last_img read more

Thrilling win for Centeno: ‘I thought I lost the gold’

first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES Takahashi gives PH its 2nd gold in judo, shocks Thai champ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies She went on to become part of the national team, winning gold medal in the 2015 Shanghai Open.Her career reached another peak when she beat Amit for the gold in the Singapore SEA Games two years ago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees “I was rooting for McGregor, but he lost,” added the back-to-back SEA Games champion from Zamboanga City.On the pool table Sunday afternoon, she was the winner. But not before a big fright.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I thought I lost the gold when she also went on a hill. I didn’t expect it to turn out that way,” said Centeno, who edged Amit, 7-6.READ: Centeno wins gold, Amit settles for silver anew in women’s 9-ball She said she has learned a lot from the two-time World 10-ball champion.“Champ (Amit) is a great player,” said said. “I learned a lot from her. Like her safety shots.”Fortunately for Centeno, Amit didn’t play safe in the 13th rack and gave away a clear table en route to the gold.READ: ‘Disappointed’ Amit says Centeno deserves the goldThe 18-year-old Centeno came in the spotlight when as an 11-year-old she competed in the Philippine National Games in Dumaguete in 2010.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Roommates here and close friends back home, Rubilen Amit and Chezka Centeno vowed that they never, ever, talked about their duel in the final.“We talked about many things, including the Mayweather-McGregor fight, but no, we didn’t talk about the final match,” said the soft-spoken Centeno in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ateneo rolls to 4th straight win, blanks struggling UP

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Padda, Adamson embrace inner Wakandan in win over La Salle Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Read Next FILE – Ateneo Lady Eagles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo upped its winning streak to four games after beating University of the Philippines in straight sets, 25-20, 25-22, 28-26, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Eagles are now at 4-2 and tied De La Salle for second place in the standings while the Lady Maroons have lost their fourth consecutive game after winning their season opener.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Now that Ateneo has steadied its ship, midde blocker Bea De Leon said every game for them is a learning experience after they dropped to 0-2 in their first two outings.“Being on the actual game is a big game for us and every game is learning experience,” said De Leon. “The 0-2 start was really tough so it was either go up or just stay there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJules Samonte led Ateneo with 15 points while Jhoana Maraguinot added 11.Diana Carlos had a game-high 20 points to lead the Lady Maroons while Isa Molde had 16. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

PSL: F2 Logistics makes quick work of Generika-Ayala

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Defending champion F2 Logistics hardly broke a sweat in a 25-18, 25-16, 25-12 beatdown of Generika-Ayala in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Maria Jose Perez showed the way for the Cargo Movers, who ended their campaign in the first round at 6-1, with 18 points.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Magnolia returns to PBA Finals, ousts NLEX in 6 games Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Group B will be comprised of squads owning the No. 2, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 7 spots at the end of the opening round.Generika wraps up the first phase of the tournament against Cignal in a game that will determine the Life Savers’ placing in the second round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The win kept F2 Logistics among the top teams in the league as it trails No. 1 Petron (7-0) by only a game in the standings.Perez had ample help with locals and former La Salle standouts Aby Maraño adding nine points while skipper Cha Cruz and Ara Galang chipping in eight apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Life Savers, who drew 11 points from American import Symone Hayden, fell to 1-5.The second round of the eliminations features two groups with four teams each. Group A will be composed of the top finisher after the first round joined by the third, sixth and eighth seeds. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Timeline needed for completion – NTC Vice Chairman

first_imgAhead of a National Toshaos’ Council (NTC) executive meeting in October, Vice Chairman Lenox Shuman is imploring the Government to sit with the Council and set a timeline for the completion of the revision of the Amerindian Act.Shuman said while the revision must be comprehensive and methodical, it is pertinent for a timeline to be established. The Council has signalled its intention that it would like to become the key player in the amendment of the Act and also called for widespread consultation on the piece of legislation, since it would affect the entire Indigenous peoples’ population.The process of discussions began at the National Toshaos’ Council Conference two weeks ago when recommendations were offered from various Indigenous leaders and villages. These suggestions have been recorded and will be discussed at the Council’s executive meeting in October.NTC Vice ChairmanLenox ShumanThe Vice Chairman, meanwhile, indicated that the State has failed to fulfil its obligation to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples. He stated that they are still maintaining somewhat discriminatory laws – the Mining Act, the Forest Act and the Protected Areas Act.“All of these things they are discriminatory in nature and do not fall in line with Article 149 G,” Shuman said, adding that the Council is working with Government to develop a framework to ensure that Government meets their obligations.“When there is a constitutional right, the State has an obligation to fulfil that right and that has not been done since the Constitution has been established,” he stressed, saying that while they are hopeful that the process of the revision of the Act itself would be expeditious, it is good to be cautious to ensure that all parts are addressed appropriately.He stated that Indigenous people should enjoy full protection under the law and preservation of their culture and heritage.Shuman previously stated that they have only “scratched the surface” in the discussions for the amendment of the Amerindian Act. He said that those responsible for discussing the way forward should adopt a careful approach because Indigenous people would not want another 2006 Amerindian Act since “it would lead to our continued destruction”.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had also stated that the purpose of the Amerindian Act is to cater for the needs of the Amerindian people of Guyana, adding that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic will never at the national level, support any changes that will erode the rights afforded to the Amerindian people.He had implored the Toshaos to enquire thoroughly about the benefits to be accrued by any proposed changes and if however, the answer is in the negative then, it is the duty of the Amerindian people to fight against the changes.Meanwhile, Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock has stated that Government is committed to the protection of the rights of Indigenous peoples and their lands and culture.Allicock had stated that the Council has not submitted its proposals for the revision of the Act. He stated that in 2015, they had discussed the need for the strengthening of the Act and when he spoke to the Executive Council on the first meeting, he vowed to take to Cabinet a “menu of the amendments of the Act for approval” and present them to the National Assembly for passage into law. However, the Council has not submitted its written proposals.On the other hand, the Vice Chairman stated that the establishment of a secretariat for the NTC is crucial. He said the secretariat will enable the people to channel their concerns to the NTC, thus empowering the Council to truly execute its mandate, as it is laid out in the Act.“It is difficult for us to fulfil our mandate having no office to operate from, having no permanent staff and no technical support to ensure that that mandate is met,” he said, noting that they are seeking funding.He stated that so far, they have had very positive engagement with the Inter-American Development Bank to receive funding.last_img read more

‘Operation WASH Ebola Away’ Goes to Margibi County

first_imgAs the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector “Operation WASH Ebola Away” continues, the sector and partners have extended the program to Margibi County, a county hard hit by the outbreak.The ‘Operation WASH Ebola Away’ was launched in Kakata, capital of the county, with the distribution of 8,000 hygiene kits for the use of communities affected by the virus.The kit comprises two jerry cans, 12 pieces of soap, Clorox, rubber bucket with faucet, 3 bottles of water guard, 2 pairs of gloves and rubber cup.Launching the operation on behalf of the WASH sector, Deputy Public Works Minister for Administration, Jackson Paye, said the sector was gratified to extend the program to Margibi County.Deputy Minister Paye told Margibians that the launch of the operation is in conjunction with the National Task Force on Ebola.He said the sector in its strategy has decided to use a community-based approach to combat the Ebola virus.He noted that the WASH sector has been in the vanguard addressing the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene and at this crucial period of the country’s history, it is necessary for the sector to assist in the fight against Ebola.Providing an overview of the strategy, the head of the National WASH Promotion Committee, Abdul Koroma, said the approach by WASH is to reach hygiene practices to communities.Koroma noted that it is through the sector’s strategy that the idea of a Community Care Center came about.Making remarks, Margibi County Superintendent John Buway thanked the WASH for remembering the people of the county.Superintendent Buway, asserted that the fight around the disease is all about good hygiene practice and as such the role of the WASH sector cannot be overemphasized.He assured the sector that the kits provided by the Government of Liberia and partners will be used by citizens in the fight against Ebola.The Margibi County Superintendent said with the provision of the kits, it is an indication that the county is not alone in the fight against Ebola.He called residents of the county to ensure that the kits are used for the intended purpose.Commending Government and partners, an Ebola survivor Wonnor Dunnor, expressed his appreciation to Government of Liberia for the gesture.Dunor called on others to emulate the good example of sector by joining the fight against the virus.He said as a member of the Ebola survival group, he will ensure that community members get the facts about Ebola virus.“Operation WASH Ebola Away” is expected to be launched in the 15 counties by the WASH sector in order to break the transmission of the Ebola virus.The operation is been heavily supported by Global Communities, an American based charity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

James C. Dennis, Sr., Oldest Liberian Journalist and PUL’s Longest Serving President, Turns 86…

first_imgA Partial ReprintWhen President Tubman Was Alive the Two Shared the Birthday CelebrationMr. James Cambric Dennis, the longest serving president of the Press Union of Liberia (1966-1980), turns 86 on Sunday, November 30, 2014. He was born on November 30, 1929, to the union of Mr. Charles C. Dennis, Sr. of Monrovia, and his wife Mrs. Isabel Mary Thompson Dennis of Harper, Cape Palmas, Maryland County.Jimmy, like his younger brother, C. Cecil Dennis, Jr., received his early education at their mother’s knees in Louisiana, a St. Paul River (Up River) settlement in Montserrado County, Liberia, where Mr. and Mrs. Dennis had a farm.  The father was then appointed to positions in the nation’s interior service, starting in Tappita, then in the Central Province, now in Nimba County.                 Lorma-made BootsHe served also in Lofa County.  It was there that Mr. Dennis, Sr. discovered that the Lorma people were making their own shoes and boots.  He reported this to President Edwin J. Barclay, who became highly impressed and immediately ordered a consignment of boots and shoes for the soldiers of the Liberia Frontier Force (FFL), now Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).  That is when, for the first time, the ordinary soldiers, the enlisted men, started wearing shoes every day.  Before then, only the officers wore shoes, while enlisted men went barefooted, wearing only thick socks with their uniform. From Lofa, Mr. Dennis, Sr. was assigned to Grand Cape Mount County.  But shortly after Tubman got elected President in 1943, things started changing because it was believed that Tubman did not want too many Barclay people in the interior service.Barclay had opened a Government Store Down Water Side, where some of the interior people could bring their manufactured goods, including the Lormas’ boots and shoes, for sale.  Barclay felt that this would encourage others to emulate the Lormas’ example.   Edwin Barclay’s Interior PolicyOne of President Edwin Barclay’s interior policies was that foreign traders should be limited to Monrovia and reach not beyond Kakata.  That, he felt, would give Liberians the opportunity to do business in the interior and thereby better control the country’s economy. But shortly after Tubman became President he closed the government store and at the same time launched the Open Door Policy, which allowed foreigners the permission to trade any and everywhere in Liberia.  That immediately began the slow but steady decline of Liberian entrepreneurial capacity.  Everyone can see the result of that today: Liberia’s economy is firmly under the control of foreign business people.CWAJimmy and his younger brother Cecil then entered Monrovia’s   College of West Africa    (CWA), both in the 4th grade.  They   graduated together                                                                                                                                                  from high school in 1949.  Their classmates were Maude and Spriggs Parker, T. Edwin Lomax, Julia Gibson and Billy Gibson; Ayo Taylor Cummings, Hilda Luke, Dr. Edwin Jallah and Sam Richelieu Watkins. Jimmy recalls that during their high school days he and others went to see their classmate, Edwin Lomax, who lived with his uncle-in-law, President Barclay.   President Edwin Barclay.  Barclay, the intellectual, once showed some microscopes he had at his home at the corner of Broad and Randall Streets, just where the Executive Pavilion sits. Frequently President Barclay had them investigating various organisms through the microscopes. In 1950, shortly after graduation, Jimmy and his brother traveled to the USA for further studies, Cecil for Law, and Jimmy, Medicine.That same year Mr. Dennis, Sr. and his wife Isabela started Liberia’s first daily newspaper, the Daily Listener.The Switch from Medicine In 1952 in the USA Jimmy married his high school sweetheart, Hilda Luke, and the marriage, though   short-lived, was blessed with two sons.In 1952 the American government, seeing the interest generated by the Dennis family’s newspaper, The Listener, extended an invitation to C.C. Dennis under the “Leaders Grant” program to tour America to acquaint themselves with the operations of large and small US newspapers.  He traveled to 22 states.  But first he went to Lincoln University in Oxford, Pennsylvania (PA), to see his sons, Jimmy and Cecil, who were both enrolled there.  The purpose of Mr. Dennis, Sr.’s visit was to convince Jimmy to travel along with him around the USA.  The reason: C.C. Dennis, as the father was commonly called, earnestly wanted Jimmy to leave Medicine and study Journalism, so that one day he would take over the Daily Listener. “We went through 22 states and by the time we got through half of them, my mind was made up,” Jimmy Dennis told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview. After a summer of travel around the country with his father, Jimmy then switched from Medicine to Journalism.  He entered the other Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri (MI), where he graduated with the Bachelor of Journalism (BJ) degree.  He then found employment with the Argus newspaper and later the St. Louis American newspaper, both in St. Louis, MI.  It was at the Argus Newspaper that Jimmy met his second wife, Doris J. Cole Dennis, a petite (small) African American beauty working for the same paper.   That union was blessed with three children, a girl, Peta J., Charles C. Dennis III and Roger Cambric Dennis.    The Return Home: Wife Doris’ PursuasionBut Jimmy was enjoying his journalism career in the USA, where the press was free. Being aware of the difficulties under which the press fared during the Tubman administration, Jimmy said he was reluctant to return home.  It took four trips by Mr. C.C. Dennis and his wife Isabela to the USA to persuade their son to return home and take over The Listener.  But it was Jimmy’s wife Doris that envisioned the need to return home and help lift Liberian journalism to a new level.  She persuaded her husband to take the challenge and Jimmy agreed.They departed America and landed in Liberia in June, 1962 with their   only daughter Peta.The first morning at the Daily Listener, Jimmy discovered to his utter surprise that while he had been helping to run a 48- page newspaper in the States, his father’s newspaper was only four pages!  “That was a shock!  And,” he said, “you could hardly read  the archaic (ancient) type faces.  The idea of computers was then not even a dream.  Newspapers were type-set by either the linotype or by hand, using old type-faces that had to be placed letter by letter.  But worse yet, the staff quickly informed their new boss, Jimmy, that they had not been paid for four months!Jimmy Takes Over The Listener“It was at that point that I called a meeting with my parents and asked my father to completely step aside and let me take over the newspaper, with my mother’s assistance.  CC was completely shocked at Jimmy’s proposal, but reluctantly accepted it, especially since he saw that his wife was on her son’s side. CC also knew that that was the saving grace for the newspaper.“We reorganized the paper and had two signatories, unlike in the past, when my father was the sole signatory, strutting around town with the checkbook in his pocket.” Within three months Jimmy, the new publisher, had paid the staff off, and the paper had been increased to eight pages.  Within a year, the size was increased to 16, then 32, then 48 pages.    48-page Paper“How did it get to 48 pages, the Daily Observer asked Jimmy?”“Realizing that a newspaper is a business that cannot operate without advertising,” Jimmy replied, “we then began to solicit and educate business houses to support the newspaper, a suggestion which they willingly accepted. It was at that time that we introduced the concept of welcoming   President Tubman whenever he returned from visits abroad.“The first 48 pages we published followed a most auspicious visit, that of President and Mrs. William V.S. Tubman from their state visit to Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburg, Prince Phillip, in 1962. “It was the first time the President and most people had seen a local newspaper of that volume.  It was at that point that I began to receive invitations from foreign governments to visit their respective countries and publish activities that might attract local interest.   And this stimulated my interest to move further to establish Palm Magazine in the year 1964.”  Palm was a monthly.  Encouragement to KYB“What you have come through, Kenneth, is a most courageous feat.   When I came home in 2004 after many years in the States, I found you very busy trying to put your old establishment back together.  The awards and recognitions you have received, are most certainly deserving.  I am proud to sit with you and discuss the kind of journalism that needs to be practiced in our country.  I am the oldest journalist in Liberia.  But you can say that you are the oldest practicing Liberian journalist.     “May the good Lord continue to strengthen, guide and protect you to practice this profession, which is the only way of promoting our country to the world.“Sitting at your desk this afternoon has re-inspired me to reflect that I, too, once sat in a similar seat.“My wife Kathryn Louise White-Dennis joins me in wishing you and your family and staff good luck, long life and happiness throughout your endeavor in trying to keep Liberia in the forefront of this world of ours.  Congratulations!”Thanking Mr. Dennis, the Daily Observer publisher said he was  humbled by those kind and encouraging words from an elder colleague who has himself been there in the hot seat.  This will be seen later in Jimmy’s fascinating story.Life in the Press UnionJimmy Dennis, like K.Y.  Best, was a founding member of the Press Union of Liberia, 1964.  Its first president was Henry B. Cole, then editor of the Liberian Age, the news organ of the ruling True Whig Party (TWP).  Mr. Cole wanted to be president for only a year; so in the following election, 1965, Tuan Wreh, a journalist who had been persecuted by the Tubman administration during the political crisis of 1955, was elected the union’s second president.  In 1966 Jimmy Dennis, managing editor of the Daily Listener and publisher of Palm Magazine, founded by him and his wife Doris,  was elected the third president of the PUL.  Jimmy went on to become the longest serving PUL president in the organization’s history.  He remained president until 1980 when the bloody military coup d’état occurred, killing the President and many of his topmost officials.    Jimmy’s younger  brother C. Cecil Dennis, Jr., Tolbert’s Foreign Minister, was among the 13 top officials that were executed by firing squad on April 22, 1980.          Upon Jimmy’s election as PUL president in 1966, President Tubman invited the entire PUL to the Executive Mansion for the installation ceremonies.  It was a full blast affair, with all senior members of government, the full diplomatic corps and other prominent personalities in the society in attendance.PUL Prexy’s First Test from TubmanBut not long following these joyous installation festivities, something serious happened.Tuan Wreh wrote something in one of the newspapers that made President Tubman very angry; so, as usual, one Friday morning he had the journalist locked up, for the second time, and the President promptly took off for his Totota farm.That was the weekend and you know, it  meant spending the entire weekend in the cell at South Beach, until Monday morning.  For who would stand your bond if the President had ordered you locked up?  Nobody!But Jimmy Dennis knew that as PUL president, he had to act, and act fast.  He fired off a cable to the President at his farm.  President Tubman promptly replied saying that he would handle the matter on his return on Monday morning.  But the President’s telegram did not reach the PUL president.  So Jimmy, accompanied by another senior journalist, James (Jimmy) Marshall, assistant editor of the Liberian Age, drove off to Totota.  They stopped at Coocoo’s Nest, the motel which the President had built and named after his daughter, Mrs. Wilhelmina Coocoo Tucker. The two Jimmys proceeded to the bar to have a drink, awaiting the President, who they knew would be coming down to have drinks with friends at around 5 p.m.  The President did indeed show up at five p.m. He saw both men, whom he knew, sitting at the bar, and passed them without saying a word. After a few drinks the President departed for his farm home on the hill.  This made the two Jimmies very nervous and they knew they were in trouble.  About an hour later they heard sirens.  Suddenly in came some strapping (big and strong) police officers announcing that the President had sent for them.  The two Jimmies were petrified (scared stiff).  Jimmy Marshall, who stammered (stuttered) all his life, became speechless, striving in vain to utter a single word.But Jimmy Dennis told his colleague to take courage and answer the President’s call.  So they went along with the officers.On arrival, President Tubman greeted the PUL leader thus: “Good evening, Mr. President.  Jimmy Dennis’ retort was immediate and decisive: “No, Mr. President!  As far as I know there is only one President in the Republic of Liberia, and that’s you, Sir!”That outburst of humility and political savvy was a brave attempt to put Tubman at ease, but it wasn’t enough.  After offering the two men a seat, President Tubman put the question straight to Jimmy Dennis.   “Did you not receive my cable telling you to await my return to Monrovia on Monday?  Then why did you come up here?” Jimmy Dennis bounced from his seat and told the President he had not received the cable.  “Do you think, Mr.President, that I would be so defiant to have received your cable and then come up here?  That would have been defiance, Mr. President, and I could never do that.  Please forgive me, Mr. President, but I did not receive your cable.”The Liberian leader beckoned (signaled)  the PUL president to sit.Then the President, apparently impressed by Jimmy’s contrite (apologetic, sorry) demeanor (behavior),  ordered drinks and the three sat the whole evening drinking until it was dinner time.  Meanwhile, the President sent a cable to the Attorney General, Joseph Francis Jefferson Chesson, ordering Tuan Wreh’s immediate release from prison!The two journalists were more than thrilled to be invited by the President of Liberia to his dinner table.  It was a happy ending to a very tense and scary evening in Totota. Fond Memories from  StockholmThe following year, 1967, the PUL was invited to participate in a meeting of the International Association of Journalists (IAJ), held in Stockholm, the Swedish capital.   During that meeting, the PUL was formally admitted to membership in the IAJ, which made President Tubman very proud.    On the other hand, Ghana was expelled from the organization.  It was during the Nkrumah era, when press freedom was an anathema (something hated) to that defacto (actual) one-party regime.  Mark you, Liberia was not that much different, except that it was a dejure (not by law) one-party state, where press freedom was not welcomed either.  But Kwame Nkrumah appeared in the eyes of the international community to be much more rigid.  And don’t forget, Liberia was staunchly pro-Western.  Also, LAMCO, the Swedish iron ore mining company in Yekepa, Nimba County, was in full swing.President Tubman was at the time in Zurich, Switzerland on his annual medical vacation.  He sent for the entire PUL delegation from Stockholm.  The delegation included PUL president Dennis, Stanton Peabody, assistant editor of the Liberian Age, T. Kla Williams and J. Milton Greaves, both senior executives of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS). The PUL delegation  met with the President at the Doldergrande Hotel in Zurich, where he congratulated them on their successful mission to Stockholm and invited them to have dinner with him.  And, in the typical Tubman tradition, he gave each of them a purse (some money).   Jimmy Dennis told the Daily Observer a lighter but more joyful and memorable story of their visit to Stockholm.  One evening following the end of the IAJ conference, he and the delegation went to a bar.  As they sat there  drinking, they spotted a spectacularly beautiful Swede lady who walked in and sat alone at a table.  Jimmy, always a socialite like his father,   said he immediately asked the bartender to order her a drink.  She graciously accepted the gesture and, on receiving it, toasted to him from a distance.  He responded, and invited her over to join them at the bar, which she did. At a certain point, the Swedish beauty told her newly found African drinking friends, “Why are we sitting at a bar? Let’s go to my home.”They joyfully agreed and proceeded to her plush Stockholm residence not far away.  There they found that she had three bars in her the house: the first was filled with nothing but champagne; the second, nothing but whiskey; and the third an assortment of every imaginable kind of drink, the wines, the whiskies, the brandies, you name it!  It was all theirs, she told her distinguished Liberian guests.She then informed them that she was calling over some of friends to join the party.  Within minutes,  in came three other Swedish beauties and the party continued into the wee hours of the following morning. There was eating, drinking, dancing and everything else, to quote Jimmy directly!Press Club of LiberiaDuring Mr. Dennis’ PUL presidency there was one other important accomplishment.  A Press Club was established at the Ducor Intercontinental Hotel.  The hotel management was persuaded to give us a room with a bar, where drinks were sold to journalists at discounted prices.  Distinguished international visitors were interviewed at the Press Club.  Among these who came in the 1970s were Abba Eban, the Israeli Foreign Minister, and the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.  The first chairman was T. Minors Kla-Williams and the last, Kenneth Y. Best, who served through most of the 1970s.          The Family ManJimmy Dennis married two other times.  His third wife was Elnora  Simpson Dennis, niece of Mrs. Eugenia Simpson Cooper, a wealthy Monrovia mother, educator and devout church worker.  Jimmy’s current wife is Mrs. Kathryn White- Dennis.Jimmy’s children are Ricky C. Dennis, Mrs. Peta Jeimmye Murrey,   Charles C. Dennis III,  Roger C. Dennis and Cambric Ion Dennis.Kathryn’s children are Dr. Albert T. White, MD, Andy, Seta White- Holder, William, Litwete, Mydea and Essie White-Clarke.The Last Hurrah with TubmanJimmy Dennis’ last important encounter with President Tubman was during the week of November 29, 1970, the day the Liberian   leader celebrated his Diamond Jubilee, his  75th birthday, in his hometown, Harper, Cape Palmas, Maryland County.  It was an international event, with people coming from many parts of the world to join in the auspicious celebrations. At the end of the second day of the    festivities in Harper, Jimmy Dennis found his way to the President’s imposing palace on the beach overlooking the Atlantic.While seated with President Tubman upstairs on the back porch overlooking the ocean, Jimmy was asked, “What’s on your mind?”“Nothing, Mr. President,” Jimmy  replied.  “I’m just sitting here enjoying your company and looking at the ocean waves.”          “But what’s really on your mind?” Tubman persisted.  Embolden by the President’s entreaty (plea, urge), Jimmy replied, “You know something, Mr. President?”“What is it, Jimmy?”“Today is my birthday, but I never get to celebrate it because we are always so busy celebrating yours.”“For true? Today is your birthday, Jimmy?”“Yes sir, Mr. President,” Jimmy cheerfully responded.   “Well, by Jimminee! We’re going to celebrate it right now! “Jimmy,” Tubman shouted out, calling his trusted Butler, Jimmy Barrolle.  The butler immediately appeared.  “Bring the champagne.  We are celebrating Mr. Dennis’ birthday right now!”The champagne flowed through the evening until dinner time.  But during the sipping, President Tubman sent for Mrs. Tubman and informed her that Mr. Jimmy Dennis, president of the Press Union of Liberia, would be their dinner guest that evening.  “We’re celebrating his birthday, which is today, the day after mine!”“Happy birthday, Jimmy!” Mrs. Tubman said.“Thank you, Mrs. Tubman!” Jimmy responded gratefully.   That is how Jimmy Dennis, for once, got to celebrate his own birthday.  He did so in the grandest of styles—as dinner guest of the President of Liberia and the First Lady, Mrs. Antoinette Tubman, at their palatial beachside home in Harper, Cape Palmas!James C. Dennis spent his younger years as an active member of several social and civic organizations, including the YMCA, Boy Scouts of Liberia, the Go-Getters Social Club and the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.  He is also a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, in which he has served as right worshipful honorary deputy grand master, 33 degrees, past master, oriental Lodge Number 1, Order of Easter Star.In 2013 he was honored by his church, the First United Methodist Church of Monrovia, as Father of the Year.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyanese Bishop arrested, confessed to killing wife

first_imgT&T murderOne day after stabbing his Trinidadian wife to death, a Guyanese Bishop was arrested at a friend’s house and has since confessed to the heinous crime.Melroy Corbin and his now dead wife on their wedding dayAlisa Ali, 42, also called “Mother Alisa”, was stabbed to death on Saturday evening during an argument with the suspect, Melroy Corbin. Based on reports received, the couple operated a religious organisation that performed rituals.It was reported in another section of the media that after the two got married, Corbin’s relatives stayed away from them owing to the work they were involved in. Corbin is a former boxer who grew up in Linden and then moved to the twin-island republic.The now dead woman was reportedly stabbed several times in the presence of their grandchild. The now dead woman’s children, upon hearing the commotion, ran into her bedroom and found her bleeding from stab wounds.Ali’s daughter and son-in-law rushed her to the Chaguanas District Health Facility where she was pronounced dead on arrival.Meanwhile, it was reported that after committing the gruesome crime, Corbin ran out of the house towards Gill Street. Eyewitnesses told investigators that he then flagged down a passing car and escaped.last_img read more

Trackers have big four point weekend

first_imgThe N.E. B.C. and Yukon Trackers took on the Grande Prairie Storm, and Whitecourt Wolverines over the weekend. It was a productive two games for the team on the ice and in the standings as they came away with wins by scores of 5-2, and 6-2.In their game against Grande Prairie there was no scoring in the first period, but the Storm opened the scoring early in the second period.The 1-1 score held going into the third period, and before the frame was five minutes old the Trackers took their first lead of the game. They built on that advantage with goals at the 10:24, and 5:06 marks to hold a 4-1 lead. Grande Prairie closed the gap to two with 2:29 remaining, but that’s as close as they would get as the Trackers added an empty net goal in the final minute of the game.- Advertisement -Scoring in the game for the Trackers were Matthew Apsassin, Elias Thompson, Clayton Lepine, Kohlman Brinsky, and Jacob Lang.In Saturday’s game against the Wolverines the Trackers opened the scoring but were tied at two with Whitecourt after the opening 20 minutes. The Trackers pulled away down the stretch however as they scored twice in the second period and added another two in the third for the 6-2 win.Next up for the team is a busy weekend on the road as they’ll be on the ice for three games against Vegreville, Fort Saskatchewan, and Camrose.Advertisementlast_img read more

Crews still trying to put out ConocoPhillips Well Fire

first_imgConocoPhillips crews are still trying to put out a natural gas well fire in northeast B-C.Company spokesman Darryl Hass says 120 crew members are on site near Chetwynd trying to get the blaze under control.The fire broke out on Tuesday and was sparked by routine drilling.- Advertisement -Hass says public safety is not a concern because the fire is in a very remote area.last_img