Bolt in running for Athlete of the YearMONACO, (CMC):Sprint superstar Usain Bolt is among three athletes on the shortlist for the 2015 IAAF World Male Athlete of the Year award. The Jamaican sprinter has been selected along with the American pair of Ashton Eaton, a decathlete, and Christian Taylor, a triple jumper.Bolt successfully defended his 100m, 200m, and 4x100m titles at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August and clocked a world-leading time of 19.55 when winning the 200m.Eaton won his second successive gold medal at the World Championships, setting a decathlon world record of 9,045 points.Taylor won the triple jump title in Beijing with a North American record of 18.21 metres, the second-best jump in history.Last month, the IAAF Family, which includes top athletes and agents, IAAF officials, and selected media representatives from around the world, was asked to select nine men and nine women from 10 categories.The top-voted athletes in each category formed the long list, from which an international panel of 10 experts selected the three finalists.Gabriel, Warrican fined for dissentST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Trinidad and Tobago Red Force pacer Shannon Gabriel will part with 70 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of dissent during the second-round game in the Regional First Class Championship against Barbados Pride last weekend.The 27-year-old shouted an obscenity after an appeal for lbw was turned down by the umpire during the Pride first innings. This was considered a show of dissent at the umpire’s decision. He was initially reported for a Level One breach of the Code of Conduct, but this was upgraded to Level Two because the player had committed the same offence within the last year.Meanwhile, Pride left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican was also fined, but only 10 per cent of his match fee, after also being charged with showing dissent. After being given out in the first innings, he remained at the crease and opened his arms, appearing to question the umpire’s decision.Paris determined to host2024 OlympicsPRAGUE, (AP):The deadly attacks in Paris won’t deter the French capital’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics. Tony Estanguet, co-president of the Paris candidacy, said at first after the attacks “you forget about your business and your work and for some days we were not concerned about the bid”.But Estanguet told The Associated Press that the team is now determined “more than ever” to secure the Games, offering Parisians a chance to “share good moments, positive moments”.Exactly a week after the attacks that killed 130, Estanguet was in Prague to attend the general assembly of European Olympic Committees.Russia says three athletes found breaking suspensionMOSCOW, (AP):Russia’s athletics federation says three athletes have been found in breach of its suspension from international track and field. World athletics governing body IAAF suspended Russia last week, and their athletes are only allowed to compete in domestic events.In a statement on the Russian athletics federation website, General Secretary Mikhail Butov said the IAAF notified the federation of three cases in which Russians have “taken part in marathons and races on November 14 and 15” in violation of thesuspension.One of the three is believed to be Viktor Ugarov, who won the Kanazawa marathon in Japan on Sunday, two days after the suspension was announced, and was later disqualified. The identities of the other two were not immediately clear.Nadal stays unbeaten at ATP finalsLONDON, (AP):Rafael Nadal outlasted David Ferrer 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4 yesterday to finish the group stage unbeaten at the ATP World Tour Finals.Neither player had much at stake as Nadal had already clinched first place in the group and Ferrer had been eliminated, but the two baseline sluggers still went at it relentlessly for more than two and a half hours in a match full of heavy hitting and long rallies. Nadal earned the decisive break to go up 5-4 in the third set – having previously wasted five break points in a marathon first game of the decider – and sealed victory with a backhand volley winner.Nadal faces Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals today.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday, February 13, 2014 issued a new round of appointees to positions in Government, pending confirmation hearing where applicable, a press release from the Executive Mansion says. Key among them is Frank O. Nyekan, the new director of the Executive Protection Services, replacing Othello Warrick who spent the better part of 2013 nursing infamy from utterances threats issued the Liberian media. Warrick maintains his words were “misconstrued”. Also key in this round of appointments is the new board of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (Libtelco), in which only two were saved from the President’s axe, following the infamous deal earlier this year with K3 Telecom which the previous board unilaterally signed, completely ignoring the public procurement law. The appointees and their respective new posts include:Ms. Kou Joseph, Deputy Minister for Road and Rail, Ministry of Transport, (replacing Mr. Charles Nelson who is being reassigned) and Mr. Augustine Williams, Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Labor.Several appointments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs include: Atty. Jeddi M. Armah, Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs (replacing Atty. David Kolleh); Mr. Dehpue Y. Zuo, Assistant Minister for International Cooperation (replacing Mr. Chris W. Moore who is being called into Diplomatic Service); Mr. Rufus Neufville, Chief of Protocol, Republic of Liberia. At the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, the President appointed Mr. Alphaiour Ahmed Bah, III, Deputy Minister for Industry & Inspector General and Ms. Makeda Gurley, Deputy Inspector General for Enforcement.At the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mr. Fong Zuagele becomes the new Superintendent of Nimba County. The Executive Protection Services is now under the leadership of Mr. Frank O. Nyekan, Director (replacing Mr. Othello Warrick who is being reassigned) and Mr. Darlington George, Assistant Director.President Sirleaf also constituted (and reconstituted) a few boards including the Bomi Community College Board of Directors; Libtelco Board of Directors and the Monrovia City Corporation Council. Bomi Community College Board of Directors includes Rev. Dr. Kortu K. Browne, Chairman; the Chairman, Bomi Legislative Caucus; the County Superintendent, Bomi County; the County Superintendent, Gbarpolu County; the City Mayor, Tubmanburg City Corporation; Women Representative, Hon. Hajai Washington; Business Representative; Dr. John S. David; Dr. Daniel B. Edwards; Mr. Robert B. Kennedy; Cllr. William Sando; Dr. Michael Abou Jones; The President, Bomi Community College, Secretary to the Board; and the Minister of Education – Ex-Officio.On the Monrovia City Corporation Council, President Sirleaf appointed Ms. Clara Doe Mvogo, Chair; Cllr. Henry Reed Cooper, Member; Ms. Marthalene Nyankun, Member (replacing Mr. Blama Gaye); Ms. Massa Roberts, Member (replacing Madam Grace Kpaan); Ms. Elizabeth Jones, Member (replacing Ms. Elizabeth Mulbah); Mr. Diallo Bella, Member (replacing Mr. William Findley); Ms. Melvana Vetkeh, Member (replacing Mr. Matthias Korpu); and Mr. Garrison Bailey, Member (replacing Mr. Abel Voker).President Sirleaf reconstituted the Libtelco Board of Directors in the persons of Mr. Fredrick Norkeh, Chairman (Minister of Post & Telecommunications, replacing Mr. Francis Horton); Mr. Thomas Yaya Nimley, Member (replacing Mr. Jackson E. Doe); Mr. Pierre King, Member (replacing Mr. Floyd Thomas); Ms. Ciatta Victor, Member; and Mr. James P. Cooper, MemberShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)