Marathon Runner Seeks Support

first_img– Advertisement – By Kate ThomasOn a recent overcast afternoon in the Monrovia suburb of Chocolate City, 25-year-old Joy Kollie laced up her sneakers. Then she grabbed the hand of her younger sister Love, 22, and the pair began to warm up for a training session.“I train twice a week,” Kollie said as she stretched. “I love to run. When I run, I feel joy in my heart.”Running might elicit the kind of happiness for which she was named, but becoming a top athlete in a country like Liberia is no easy feat. Since Kollie began running marathons in 2013, she has won two third-place medals in the Liberia Marathon. But in a country like Liberia, where sport is largely seen as the preserve of men, she has also faced stigma and logistical challenges.Born in 1992 to a mother who once played soccer at a national level, Kollie’s deep love for sports began in her childhood. But in Liberia, the mid-1990s were plagued by fractious conflicts, and as the country descended deeper into war, Kollie’s mother moved the family to Lagos, Nigeria. “In Nigeria, girls can play sports,” Kollie said. “They play like men.”When her mother died, the sisters decided to return to Liberia, moving to their childhood community of Chocolate City, on the western outskirts of the capital, Monrovia. By then, Joy Kollie was 20.“When we arrived, I realized that Liberia was far behind Nigeria … no water here, no lights, no good roads,” Joy Kollie said. “When people see girls play soccer, they say, ‘Don’t play, oh!’ They say soccer is only for men. But I say, ‘Who told you that?’”Discouraged by these reactions – especially in a country led by Africa’s first elected female head of state, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Joy Kollie turned to running, pounding the pot-holed streets in the early mornings before the day became too hot. In 2013, she ran her first Liberia Marathon, winning third place with a time of 34:19:28.She began training in earnest for the next marathon, due to be held in 2014. Then the Ebola outbreak hit and the organizers had to cancel the race.At the time, Joy Kollie had her own Ebola scare. “My skin was hot and my mouth was bitter,” she said. “They tested me for Ebola and after three days the results came back negative. I was alright; I only had malaria.”But she was not immune to the stigma associated with the illness, and resorted to photocopying her result papers to prove to other members of her community that she had not contracted the virus.“Nobody wanted to talk to me,” she said. “They said, ‘we thought you had Ebola: why did you come back here?’ Nobody believed me.”Taking advice from the Liberia Marathon organizers, Joy Kollie poured her energy into her training, going on to win third place in the 21km race of the 2015 marathon.She dreams of racing internationally, but she doesn’t have any sponsors. In Liberia, sponsorship opportunities are rare. In 2016, the Liberian Olympic Committee was forced to take out a bank loan to ensure its two-person Olympic track team made it to the games in Rio de Janeiro.Without sponsorship, Joy can’t afford to travel to races. Like many young Liberian women, she doesn’t have a steady job. Instead, she relies on small business opportunities in the informal sector, such as selling goods on the streets, or on handouts from family members to get by.“Female athletes have not been given equal opportunities to their male counterparts, not even half of it,” says Martina Brooks, a Liberian sports journalist. “Not much attention has been given to female athletes across every sphere in the sporting arena, from soccer to basketball to athletics. We always hear that there’s no money, there’s no money, there’s no money.”In the future, Joy hopes to train young female athletes. In her Chocolate City community, there is already a group of young girls eager to follow in her sneaker-clad footsteps.“I encourage them. I say, ‘Run! run!,’” she said. “But if they start, who’s going to help them? Who’s going to sponsor them? After training, they ask me for money. They say, ‘Aunty, I want to buy water. Aunty, I want to eat.’ And I just can’t help them with that.”Still, some of them could have a shot at greater sporting opportunities. In 2016, the Monrovia Football Academy – the first school in Liberia to combine soccer training with the standard Liberian curriculum – opened its doors to 30 boys and 20 girls under the age of 13.Love, Joy’s sister, says her heart is in soccer and she harbors the hope that Liberia will one day start to take female soccer seriously. The women’s soccer team has not been active since 2014, when the Ebola outbreak brought national sports to a halt. The Ebola crisis is over, but funding and organizational problems mean the team has not been able to kick off again. There is, however, a women’s national soccer league that was re-launched in 2016. Love Kollie plays for one of these teams, called Blanco FC.As Johnson Sirleaf finishes her term in office in January 2018, Joy Kollie said she hopes the president will be succeeded by a leader who encourages female athletes, be they runners like herself, or soccer players like her younger sister.“We want leaders who will encourage people to do sports,” she said. “We need it.” (UPI).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Joy Kollie is one of Liberia’s top marathon runners, but she lacks sponsor. (Photo by Kate Thomas/Women & Girls Hub)last_img read more

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RCMP investigating skate park assault

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP are hoping the public can bring to light more information on a recent assault. At around 9pm on Sunday August 30th, a young male said he had been assaulted at the skate park, on 96th Ave. The detachment says there is no description of the perpetrator, but says there were other witnesses at the skate park at the time, who may be able to provide further information. – Advertisement -Anyone with information that could prove useful in the investigation is asked to call the RCMP detachment, at (250) 787-8140, or crimestoppers, at 1-800-222-8477.last_img

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ICONIC POPSTAR LULU ANNOUNCES HER FIRST EVER DONEGAL CONCERT DATE

first_imgIconic popstar LULU has announced that she will play a concert in Donegal for the first time ever in her long illustrious career at The Mount Errigal Hotel. LULU will perform in concert at The Mount Errigal Hotel on Tuesday the 13th of October as part of her UK and Ireland tour.It will be the first solo tour in over TEN years for LULU when she kicks-off a series of live dates in Autumn 2015. LULU, is a legendary Scottish singer, actress and television personality.She will be performing all her hit songs that have influenced her life.LULU has been successful in the entertainment business from the 1960s through to the present day.LULU is also celebrating her 50th year as a recording artist with Decca Records ‘Making Life Rhyme’ which will be released today; Monday 13th April. The tour coincides with a brand new album which is her first since 2005.The Grammy-nominated songwriter’s album will showcase a return to her soulful roots, being both the music which initially inspired her to perform and her enduring passion.This new tour will give LULU the chance to reconnect with her Donegal and Irish fans.Over the last decade, the Scottish legend has played hugely successful club dates in the US and UK, (including a sold-out gig at B.B. King’s in New York City), toured with Jools Holland and headlined the sold-out ‘Here Come The Girls’ tours which starred Anastacia, Chaka Khan and Heather Small.She was also chosen to perform at the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. LULU said, “I’ve always loved doing live gigs. After performing at the legendary BB King’s NYC last year and now starting to record the album, I’m re-invigorated and ready to get back on the road again.“Even before I ever had a hit record I was doing three or four live gigs each week.“And recently I’ve had a renewed sense of purpose. I just feel a compulsion to make this new record and, because of that, the songs are just pouring out.”Some of her most biggest hits and most iconic songs are outlined below. ** Shout ** The Boat That I Row ** To Sir With Love ** Boom Bang-a-Bang ** The Man Who Sold The World ** My Boy Lollipop ** I’m Back For More (With Bobby Womack) ** Relight My Fire (Take That Featuring Lulu) ** How ‘Bout Us ** Where The Poor Boys Dance ** We’ve Got Tonight (Ronan Keating Featuring Lulu) **For ONE night only, LULU will be performing at the Mount Errigal Hotel on 13th October 2015.Discounted rate of Ticket B&B €89pps available now to book with €50 deposit per person.This is a VIP pre-sale rate which is only available for a limited time only.Don’t miss your chance to see this legend onstage!Call and book at the discounted pre-sale rate now 074-91-22700Tickets Available from Saturday 9th MayThe Mount Errigal Hotel www.ticketmastert.ie on line joegallagherentertainments.comICONIC POPSTAR LULU ANNOUNCES HER FIRST EVER DONEGAL CONCERT DATE was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:concertEntertainmentFeaturesLULUMount Errigal Hotelnewslast_img read more

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ARRANMORE MURDER TRIAL: ACCUSED ADMITS MANSLAUGHTER

first_imgA 41-year-old man accused of murdering a teenager on Arranmore has gone on trial.Stephen Boyle, Austen House, Cambridge Road, Kilburn Park in London is accused of murdering Paul Boyle, 19, at Early’s Bar, Leabgarrow, Arranmore on October 3, 2009.Mr Boyle has pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty of manslaughter. Opening the trial Mr Paul O’ Higgins SC prosecuting told the jury the accused had admitted killing Paul Boyle but what they had to decide was whether this amounted to murder or a lesser crime of manslaughter.Mr O’ Higgins said Paul Boyle who was from Arranmore was out on the night of October 2, 2009 with his father and friends.The court heard Stephen Boyle left for London in 1988 and came back and forward to a house he built on Arranmore.He told the court while the group was in one pub the accused Stephen Boyle was talking to Paul Boyle.Mr O’ Higgins told the court the pair “didn’t get on well” and there was a row about money.He said Paul Boyle who worked for Stephen Boyle in London was of the view that he was owed £400 sterling.Mr O’ Higgins said Paul Boyle and his group moved to Earley’s Bar and Stephen Boyle arrived there later.He said Stephen Boyle came up with a Heineken glass and “stabbed it into Paul Boyle’s neck”.The court was told there were two major wounds and two minor wounds in his neck.It was also told Paul Boyle was brought to the mainland to Letterkenny Hospital but he died at 10.20am on October 3.Mr O’ Higgins said Arranmore has a population of 522 people and this killing caused “immense shock and sadness on the island”.The trial continues before a jury of six men and six women presided over by Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy.ARRANMORE MURDER TRIAL: ACCUSED ADMITS MANSLAUGHTER was last modified: January 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgTODAY Grand Opening, 5:30 p.m. at Gateway Cleaners, 28227 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Hispanic Business Committee Mixer, 6 p.m. at South Point Argentine Grill, 24320 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call Felicia Scorse at (661) 702-6977. Reading Group will discuss “The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Agnes Zagar at (661) 259-8942. SATURDAY National Trails Day event needs volunteers to help clear trails, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Volunteer Orientation, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Free used oil recycling kits will be distributed, 6 p.m. at Valencia AutoSpa, 23440 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 286-4098. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Trail Team will meet to clear trails, 9 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. at 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Flame of Life volunteers will install new officers 6 p.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8082.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Santa Clarita Corvette Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-4675. Le Tip Business Network Group will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Lisa Eichman at (661) 297-3333 or visit www.allvalleyletip.com. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. last_img read more

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Armenian pontiff to visit memorial

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “It will be such an important event for me,” said Knar Kortoshian, a member of the Western Prelacy. “It is our Catholicos paying his respect to our martyrs’ monument and speaking on our rights as human beings.” The pontiff’s historic trip is focused on the theme of “Toward the Light of Knowledge.” Aram I serves as the moderator for the World Council of Churches, an organization representing more than 400 million Christians worldwide. After visiting Montebello, he is scheduled to participate in a number of religious ceremonies, education programs and youth forums in Los Angeles, Fresno and San Francisco. His holiness was elected in 1995 as head of the Great House of Cilicia, the diaspora branch of the church, based in Lebanon. During his many years of service, he has assumed important responsibilities in the Armenian Catholiscosate of Cilicia, as well as the worldwide ecumenical movement. MONTEBELLO — Area Armenians were anxiously awaiting the arrival today of the spiritual leader of one of the Armenian Apostolic Church’s two branches, who will visit the city’s memorial to Armenian genocide victims. His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, will conduct a brief religious ceremony at the Armenian Genocide Monument, which commemorates the estimated 1.5 million Armenians believed to have been massacred by the Turkish government in 1915. “This is an occasion that does not come often, the tremendous opportunity to see him and meet him,” said Zanku Armenian, spokesman for the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, the church’s administrative body for the Western United States, which is hosting today’s event. The local visit at 10 a.m. in Bicknell Park is one of many stops in the pontiff’s 15-day visit to California to mark the 90th anniversary of the mass killings. — Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e-mail at debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Dead mom’s parents win right to visit grandchild

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that grandparents can be awarded visitation rights with grandchildren over a parent’s wishes in some circumstances. The court’s unanimous decision sided with maternal grandparents who wanted to visit a granddaughter after the death of her mother but were challenged by the girl’s father. The girl’s parents were never married, and the father said the grandparents tried to turn the girl against him. After the mother died of cancer, the grandparents raised the girl until she was 5 years old and the father gained custody. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The ruling requires a judge to set up a visitation schedule for Gary and Carol Harrold of Wooster, Ohio, and their granddaughter Brittany. Her father, Brian Collier, has custody. Messages were left for attorneys representing the girl’s father and the girl’s grandparents, but calls were not returned Monday. The decision is one in a series of diverse state rulings after a 2000 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the visitation rights of grandparents. The Ohio ruling focuses on a narrow group of cases in which one parent has died, said Tracy Thomas, a family law professor at the University of Akron. “It’s got to be more than grandparents wanting to see the children,” she said.last_img read more

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COMMUNITY ALERT: THIEVES STRIKE IN MILFORD AND MANORCUNNINGHAM

first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: GARDAÍ are once again warning property owners to be on the look-out for thieves after two more incidents overnight.Criminal gangs have been operating in both Milford and in Manorcunningham, but gardaí say that all property owners in the county should be on the look-out for thieves in their area.The highly-mobile gangs target rural and empty properties. A cement mixer valued at more than €300 was stolen in Labbadoo while thieves caused €1,50o worth of a damage when they attempted to break into a shed at Drumbarnett, Manorcunningham.The Manor incident follows reports of suspicious activity in east Donegal in recent days.The communities there are being warned to be extra vigilant, check on elderly neighbours regularly and be mindful that thieves are also operating during daylight hours.  COMMUNITY ALERT: THIEVES STRIKE IN MILFORD AND MANORCUNNINGHAM was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crime alertdonegalmanorcunninghamMilfordlast_img read more

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TERMON’S OLIVE McCAFFERTY NAMED AT HALF-BACK FOR SCOTLAND’S ALL-IRELAND BID

first_imgTERMON’S Olive McCafferty has been named at centre half back for Scotland in their bid to win the All-Ireland Ladies Junior title at Croke Park on Sunday.The classy defender commuted home for Termon’s incredible championship-winning season this year, but plays her county football for the Scots.Her ‘county’ team-mates – except one other player – all play club football with Dunedin Connollys. And they take on Louth in the junior curtain-raiser at football headquarters.This is also going to be a big day for Scotland captain Rosanne Heeney who leads her Scotland team out against her native county.There is plenty of other Donegal interest in Dublin this weekend.Termon’s Senior Ladies take part in the All-Ireland 7s on Saturday. And St Eunan’s and Milford’s U14s are taking part in the prestigious Kilmacud Crokes 7s, also on Saturday. TERMON’S OLIVE McCAFFERTY NAMED AT HALF-BACK FOR SCOTLAND’S ALL-IRELAND BID was last modified: September 24th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MilfordSt EunansTermonlast_img read more

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Villas-Boas: Confidence restored, but Spurs assessing injury to defender

first_imgTottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said his team’s victory at Fulham was another step in the right direction following their recent bad spell.Having beaten Tromso and now Fulham and drawn with Manchester United since being thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City, Villa-Boas believes their confidence has received an important boost.The former Chelsea boss said: “This game was very important. For both teams, a win would be a boost of confidence, and it went our way.“At the moment it’s going well for us. We managed to get two good wins and played well against Manchester United.“To complete the bounce back it would be great to get a win [against Sunderland] on Saturday.”But Spurs are assessing an ankle injury suffered by defender Jan Vertonghen during their 2-1 win at Craven Cottage.“He rolled over it and at the moment it’s quite sore,” Villas-Boas said.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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