O’Dayne Richards maintains he will be working hard to medal at the IAAF World Championships in London next year.The 27-year-old Richards has a bronze medal under his belt from last year’s Beijing World Championships.”I am always looking to not just maintain, but increase. If you are not number one, you still might have work to do to maintain it,” said Richards, who is all about medal contention in London.”Definitely, that is the way I have to think as a professional athlete. I always have to think I am able to win a global title, break records – and world records,” he continued.OPTIMISTICHe said he is optimistic about next year, due to his ability to “fight through injuries, surgery and still make it to the Olympic final” in Rio.”It kinda gives me hope that I will still manage to get into the top 10 or even top three in the world next year in London, so I am really looking forward to that,” he told The Gleaner, adding that he took lessons away from Rio ahead of the new season.”Patience is one of the things I took forward from 2016, to be mindful of the fact that anything can happen and not to pressure myself too much.”I look forward to the possibilities that are ready and waiting for me in 2017, if the Lord wills,” he added.Richards is also a 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Pan Am Games gold medal winner last year. He explained that despite not medalling in Rio, he will grow from the experience.”I am grateful for what happened this year. I had a few injuries and because of that I wasn’t able to perform as well as I would like, but I still managed to make it to the Olympic final and I am grateful,” he reiterated.
The contestant from Nimba County, Wokie Dolo, has emerged as winner of the nation’s most glamorous and prestigious beauty pageant, Miss Liberia. According to the judges, she outperformed her fellow competitors with her poise, confidence and intelligence.Dolo, managed to steal the show with her traditional warrior outfit, which served her well in her quest for the title. However, the first and second runners-up, Tina F. Nyunkor and Goretti L. Itoka from Lofa and Maryland Counties respectively, were the only contestants that seriously challenged Wokie for the title.In a brief interview with the Daily Observer’s LIB Life, the newly crowned Miss Liberia 2016/2017 said she was not surprised when she was announced the winner, “I was just speechless.”“Sincerely speaking, I had the confidence that I was going to win this year’s Miss Liberia judging from my previous experiences participating in other pageants.” In 2012, Dolo also captured the crown of her alma mater, Cuttington University. “However, the first few minutes before I was called to give my speech, I was completely out of words. It sounds funny, but it’s true. Winning Miss Liberia is an honor which puts me in the right position to serve my country,” she said.Meanwhile, finishing fourth in the competition, Alfreda Toomey from Grand Bassa, who was given the People’s Choice award, walked away with a cash prize of over US$2,000. As the winner of the 23rd edition of Miss Liberia, held under the theme: “Beautiful Mind, Everything Liberia,” Dolo came away with a brand new car (a Renault), a cash prize and other fabulous rewards.This year’s event was held at Destiny Entertainment Center, and featured 10 contestants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
THE emotions of Sept. 11, 2001, are so raw that even six years later they are still palpable: The shock, the sorrow, the fear, the anger, the helplessness; followed by the patriotism, the pride, the sense of national unity and resolve. After six years, we’ve gone through more grief cycles than the psychiatrists can name. We’re less fearful, if only because we’ve grown tired of being afraid; and we’ve long since lost our unity, if only because bickering was our default way of life. But there’s also much more at work in our complex national psyche. Six years without another major attack on American soil has made us feel safer, whether justifiably or not. We’re not convinced, as we were then, that the next attack will come at any moment, and so we spend less time thinking about it. Yet, despite having achieved temporary safety, we are also well aware that we have achieved nothing close to “victory” in the War on Terror. The situation in Iraq may have momentarily improved, but it remains a mess. Afghanistan is far from stable. And we continue to apprehend operational terrorist cells across the world – a testament to the hard work of our security forces, but also a reminder that the enemy has by no means surrendered. Six years later, it’s not any clearer how to battle the idea that has declared war on us – a militant, radical variation of Islam. Even White House officials don’t seem to believe in the Bush Doctrine anymore, and no one in either party has offered anything approaching a coherent replacement. All of which makes for a strange 9-11 anniversary. No one wants to relive the agony and the pain. No one wants to be reminded, for the zillionth time, that “it’s not a matter of if, but when” the next attack will come. And least of all, no one wants to endure the politicians’ crass attempts to manipulate those memories for partisan purposes. So perhaps when remembering 9-11, it’s best not to focus on the horror, which would be emotionally exhausting; nor to speculate about future, which is ambiguous as ever; nor to engage in political fights – we’ve had plenty of those already . Instead, maybe the best way to use this day is to remember the heroes. Think of the police, medics and firefighters who stormed those towers, looking to save others’ lives while knowing that they were sacrificing their own. Think of those passengers on Flight 93, ordinary people who fought terrorists with their bare hands, saving hundreds, if not thousands, of their fellow Americans in the process. Think about the soldiers who, ever since, have done whatever their confused nation has asked of them. On 9-11, in the form of 19 hijackers, we saw humanity at its worst. But then, and ever since, we have seen it at its best in countless others. The heroes around us have given an example of how to live and love that transcends both the uncertainties and the divisions of these times. It’s their example – their selflessness, their bravery, their generosity – that we would all do well to emulate as the country continues to come to terms with the day that radically changed life for us all.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!