It was an emotional night for Calabar High School’s coach, Ludlow Barker, after watching his team hold off Ardenne High to win back-to-back Under-19 ISSA National Basketball Championship titles, following a 62-52 overtime win at the G.C. Foster College auditorium on Tuesday evening.Led by a game-high 28 points from MVP Maliek McCarthy and 13 points from Jevaun Faulder, Calabar High shrugged off a fourth-quarter surge from the Basil Barrett-coached Ardenne before going on to dominate overtime 12-4.Justin Rhoden was Ardenne’s top scorer with 15 points.However, in his post-match interview, Calabar High’s coach, Barker, could not restrain the tears as emotions overwhelmed him while he piled praises on his players for their sacrifice on the road to winning back-to-back Southern Conference and national championship honours.”I know these players,” said a tearful Barker. “When they commit to do the work, they come up trumps. I believe in them; they believe in me. I just love these players. I love coaching the school because they have heart and soul.TOP COACH, PLAYERS”They (players) say they have a top coach, but I say I have top players – the greatest players in the world – and I’d never exchange them for anything,” he stated.”Winning back-to-back South Conference titles was going to be tough, but winning back-to-back all-island was going to be harder. We had to have a lot of self-discipline and play good defence.”After an evenly contested first quarter (12-12), Calabar High captured the second period 11-7 to lead 23-19 at half-time. They continued to hold the ascendancy after taking the third quarter 17-14, but in the final quarter, Ardenne upped their game a couple of notches and Calabar High could find no answer as the Basil Barrett-coached team were hitting shots from all angles and range. In the final analysis, Ardenne High won the period 15-8 to be tied 48-48 at the final whistle.However, in overtime, Ardenne did not know what hit them as Calabar High came out firing and easily captured the period 12-4 for a convincing win.”My team held its nerve when it went to overtime. They were still feeling good about themselves even though they gave up the lead,” Barker admitted. “We didn’t lose concentration. We stuck to the game plan and we supported each other, and defensively, we did an excellent job. So to repeat at this level is quite a joy.”In the junior final, St George’s College avenged their Southern Conference final defeat to St Catherine High with a 54-47 win.Jordon Gilles with 17 points and Nathan Reid (10 points) were the top scorers for St George’s. Shevran Williams was St Catherine’s top scorer with 13 points.
By Rufus S. Berry II, MBAThe job of a cabinet minister in the Liberian government or a mayor is an extraordinary one. You are picked from among your peers, by the President of the Republic, to be a chief decision maker and a joint leader of a large and complex organization that you may know absolutely nothing about.Temporarily, your new role commences the moment you’re appointed by the President – perhaps with some instruction from the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs about the President agenda and vision for the country and what he would like you to do; perhaps you might not get any instruction at all. Officially, your new role starts immediately after you’re confirmed by the Liberian Senate, and it’s certainly is a great privilege and most likely the highlight of your political/professional career.Your boss, the President has broad powers to manage national affairs and the priorities of the Liberian government. He has the authority to issue rules, regulations, and instructions called executive orders, which have the binding force of law upon all government entities but do not require approval of the Liberian legislature. The president appoints you at ‘his will and pleasure’ and you at all times should be conscious of the fact that your job in President Weah’s administration is an incredible opportunity but it’s also temporary, however well you perform. One day the President could decide that it is time for a reshuffle, and you could leave the ministry or city hall just as suddenly as you entered it – hopefully having averted disasters and achieved your policy goals.The President in his inaugural address promised to do everything in his power to be the agent of positive change. But he cannot do it alone, and this is where he needs you to help him create the ‘Change’ that will positivity affect the Liberian people with the goal of changing the fabric of the Liberian society, especially in developing additional accountability within the administration, drastically reduce corruption as it is the archenemy of development and educating our people so that they have the opportunity to make a better life for themselves. I couldn’t agree more with President Weah when he said, “the foundation of the New Liberia must be reinforced by the steel of integrity.”Being a minister or a mayor is undoubtedly a damn hard work. Everybody will want you to pay attention to their issues, speak at their events, make the decisions, they might even go as far as asking you to solve some of their personal problems like paying their children school fees, paying their rent, paying their hospital bills, giving (not loan) them money to start their businesses, purchasing their airline tickets to travel abroad. (Note: You can’t solve everyone’s problems.) You should at all times have the genuine desire and drive to get things done; to deliver on the promises and demonstrate the values on which you were appointed, and for which the CDC was prodigiously elected by the Liberian people. You will all get some life storms and the road will be rough at times, but you should never be frustrated when your efforts to shape policy are slowed down.As the former US President Barack Obama said, “a true patriot is someone who’s armed with a brilliant mind, a big heart, and an insatiable desire to give back to his country, someone who devotes his/her life to empowering people and making government work better for all of its citizens. A patriot works tirelessly to give citizens a louder voice in the society and pushes for more transparency in government and to ensure opportunity for all.”Let’s give our new government the chance to work for the Liberian people, and stop judging the President and his new administration on every word that is uttered, every hour, and instead hold him accountable over time for the implementation of policies under which he ran and promised to deliver for the Liberian people, especially in the battle against corruption. All Liberians who believe in transparency, accountability, and rule of law have a moral duty to speak out. We need to realize that public office is not to be used to enrich individuals at the expense of the general citizenry. We must live by principle. Otherwise, we as a nation will have no safety, no progress, no patriotism, and no trust in the government. Now is the time for the new Liberia to resolve one of its primary problems that stems from entrenched graft and nepotism. It has long been established that Liberia functions like a small town where everyone in government knows everybody. Many people are related to each other. There is an, “I’ll stroke your back, if you stroke mine,” mentality. We need strong and forceful minsters and mayors to oversee and end misuse of taxpayer’s dollars.God bless you all and we wish you well in your various government positions. The nation is with you, and together, we pledge allegiance to the flag of Liberia and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Mama Liberia will Rise Again.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Deulofue scored a hat trick against Cardiff CityWith Man City playing the League Cup final, Liverpool missed the chance to go three points clear at the top of the Premier League as they played out a goalless draw away to Man United. Despite United losing three players to injury in the first half, the Kops failed to get going for the entire 90 minutes, registering only one shot on target in the game.The draw also means that United slip out of the Champions League places following Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Southampton. The Gunners who are now 4th had Alexander Lacazatte and Henrik Mkhitaryan to thank for scoring the two first half goals that won the game.Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspurs’s chances of winning a first Premier League title were dented a huge blow as they lost 2-1 away to Burnely. After a goalless first half, Chris Wood put the hosts ahead on 57 minutes but the returning Harry Kane equalized 8 minutes later. With 7 minutes to the end, Ashley Barnes poked home the winner to inflict a 7th loss of the season on Spurs.Watford, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Newcastle also won their respective fixtures. Watford were the big winners on the weekend as they defeated Cardiff City 5-1 away from home, Palace were 4-1 winners against Leicester City, West Ham overcame Fulham 3-1 while Newcastle scrapped to a 2-0 win at home to Huddersfield.Here are the IX players that stood out in game week 25 according to PML Daily Sports Editor, Shaban Lubega, in a 3:4:3 formation.GK: Allison Backer (Liverpool).What a signing the big Brazilian has been for Liverpool. Allison keeps bailing the Kops out and on Sunday, he was at it again, making a miraculous save to deny Jesse Lingard.CB: Victor Lindelof (Man United).Victor Lindelof made more clearances than any of his Man United teammates and completely shut-out the opposition in their 0-0 draw against Liverpool at Old Trafford.CB: James Tarkowski (Burnley).As far as competitors go, they don’t come much better than James Tarkowski. The England defender’s heroics at the back caused Tottenham a great deal of pain on Saturday.CB: James Tomkins (Crystal Palace).I always give credit where it is due and on Saturday, Tomkins produced one of his best displays as Palace defeated Leicester City 4-1.MF: Ashley Young (Man United).No Man Unitedplayer had more touches (63) or made more passes (44) than Ashley Young in their 0-0 draw at home to table leaders Liverpool.MF: Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal) Sead Kolasinac gained possession on 10 occasions and made two blocks as he helped Arsenal to a 2-0 victory over Southampton.MF: Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).Milivojevic continues to provide cool leadership on the field for Palace, which perfectly reflects that provided by Roy Hodgson in the dugout. Excellent in the win over Leicester and scoring one of the four goals.MF: Miguel Almiron (Newcastle United).No Newcastle player had more shots on target (3) or created more chances (6) than Miguel Almiron against Huddersfield.FW: Gerard Deulofeu (Watford).Gerard Deulofeu became the first Watford player to score a top-flight hat-trick since Mark Falco in October 1986. He did so on Friday as his side defeated Cardiff City 5-1 in Wales.FW: Troy Deeney (Watford).Denney was at his absolute best again this past week. The Englishman scored twice and made one assist in the 5-1 win over Cardiff.FW: Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace).The two goals against Leicester just had to put Zaha in my team of the week.Comments Tags: premier league team of the weektop