Family Literacy Initiative Completes Year One

first_imgThe Family Literacy Initiative (FLI), an early childhood development program, has ended its first year of operation. FLI is grounded in the belief that learning begins at home and that parents are their children’s first teachers. FLI celebrated its first year of instruction with agrand program including the 54 families and their children that participated in the project. One hundred and fifty persons from Caldwell, Duazon and West Point communities including other stakeholders attended the program.T. Michael Weah, WE-CARE Executive Director, underscored the importance of the program, saying that it is because statistics show that more than 46 percent of Liberia’s population is between the ages of 1 and 15, and that such a program is giving these future leaders a head start as they enter school.Mrs. Yukhiko Amnon, Assistant Education Minister for early childhood development (ECD), in her remarks, lauded the efforts of WE-CARE and underscored to parents the importance of their role in educating their children. Mrs. Teresa Saysay of Save the Children, Kronyahn Weefur and James Roberts of WE-CARE Board and Kolubah H. Flomo, District Education Officer, presented certificates to the children.The program started in Liberia as a pilot project in November 2015recruiting 60 out of school children from three communities. FLI’s goal is to help parents in these economically challenged communities to become their children’s first teachers preparing their pre-school children for success in school. The program’s six home visitors worked with the parents in theirrespective homes teaching them strategies to teach their children, including books to help them read and learn. Regarding the continuation of the FLI project, Mrs. Gbima K. Bahtokpah, the program supervisor, said FLI has made plans for the expansion of the program in the three communities in year two.FLI is a partnership of WE-CARE Foundation, Friends of Liberia (FOL), and Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY-USA). The program is of interest to the Bureau of Early Childhood Education of the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Brother of accused teen testifies as PI continues

first_imgKilling over 0 at Canal No 1The Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the murder of Canal Number One Polder teen Leon Ritchie continued before Magistrate Rushell Liverpool at the Wales Magistrate’s Court on Thursday last. The accused, Andrew Gittens, allegedly stabbed his cousin on January 18, 2017 after he, Ritchie, did not repay $440 that was borrowed to purchase bread.At last week’s court proceedings, Gittens’ brother, Akeem, 21, testified to the events that surrounded his cousin’s fatal stabbing. Other witnesses taking the stand to testify in the matter were Robert Adams and Corporal Lallbachan.Ritchie, then 17, was killed at his Lot 20 L’Oratoire, Canal Number One Polder, West Bank Demerara (WBD) residence after the accused reportedly came up to him and demanded that he repay the money. Reports were that an argument ensued between the two over the $440 that Ritchie had borrowed two weeks prior. It was stated that after a scuffle, Gittens, also a teenager, stabbed his cousin to the chest.  An injured Ritchie reportedly collapsed and upon realising what he had done, the alleged perpetrator had raised an alarm and the injured teen was taken to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, where he had been pronounced dead on arrival.When interviewed back in January, the father said that his son lived at his grandparent’s house along with his other cousins. Their grandfather, who had supervised the boys, passed away in 2016 and ever since then, the young family members had lived alone.last_img read more

Feedback pours in about bus experiences

first_imgWith disabling leg problems, 58-year-old Larry Moore of Glendale relies on his walker to get around. The MTA reserves seats in front of the bus for seniors and handicapped riders such as Moore. But more often than not, Moore said, able-bodied passengers grab those seats, leaving him to hobble down the narrow aisle in search of another seat. “Some of the bus drivers will tell people to get out of those seats. Sometimes the riders will laugh at you,” Moore said. “If they don’t move, the drivers say there’s nothing they can do about it.” What on earth is the matter with these people? Commuting in Los Angeles is tough enough. In fact, Los Angeles residents spent about 623,796,000 hours stuck in traffic in 2003, costing about $10.7 billion in gas and lost time, according to the Texas Transportation Institute. Moore said getting around can create such frustrations that sometimes it’s not worth even leaving the house. Even with all completely functional limbs, I don’t want to leave my place on some days and deal with the commute. Although there are times when the sun is shining and the Beatles are playing on the radio that there’s no finer place to be cruising around than in Southern California. But driving behind cell-phone talkers who hold up lanes of traffic while lost in the never-never land of their conversations drives me completely berserk. At those moments I visualize sticking a filthy plunger to their car windows and flinging them off the roads. All with one hand. Harsh? I can’t help myself. Like I said, this is Los Angeles and we generally don’t like anything that messes with the ride. So what drives you crazy about your commute? Whether it’s by bus, bike, train or car, there’s bound to be a thing or two that sends you over the edge. Tell us what should be done about it. Send your thoughts to our new transportation blog at: (818) 713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! My head is still spinning from the phone calls, letters and e-mails from readers bristling about troubles with the MTA bus system. You related tales of rudeness, inconsiderate Los Angeles motorists and the stress of traveling some of the nation’s most congested streets. And those were just the comments from bus drivers. After reading my last column about Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus drivers who deliberately start routes late, rush past their stops to gain extra time and sleep during their breaks, one bus driver left four voice mails offering his take. He said the MTA does not give drivers enough time to make it through their routes, and when traffic clogs or cars crash along the way there’s even less time for them to catch their breath and recover from the stress. So some drivers create their own breaks. “Sometimes we do things we shouldn’t do because we’re trying to make it work for us,” he said. Another called with tales of passengers spitting, punching and making faces at drivers. If he defended himself, he’s sure that would be the end of his job. No one ever said driving a bus was easy, especially in Los Angeles where people can get a little nuts when anything interferes with their commutes. Riding the bus isn’t always a breeze either and many called and wrote about their own public transportation war stories. last_img read more

Education Revolution countdown

first_imgThe May 15 runoff election for control of the Los Angeles Unified School District is fast approaching, with the future of the educational system at stake. The candidates and power brokers have yet to come clean on what they intend to do to dramatically turn the district around, but that doesn’t mean you have to keep silent. So speak your mind by going to and clicking on Education Revolution or go directly to, where we will post our editorials, information from our reporters and your comments. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgColaisti Inis Eoghain have launched their second annual fundraising draw, which will help fund the participation of two schools teams in Ulster Colleges Competitions in 2012/2013, which begin in just two weeks time.There is expected to be unprecedented demand for the draw, with 2 x Cusack Stand tickets for Donegal’s forthcoming All Ireland Final date with Mayo in Croke Park on 23rs September on offer as the top prize.Also included as part of the first prize is B & B accommodation for two people in the 4* Gibson Hotel on the Saturday night prior to the big game. Second prize is a Donegal Jersey and a €50 Voucher for Supervalu in Carndonagh and a third prize of a Donegal Jersey. Members of the Rannafast Cup and Corn Na nOg Cup squads will be out and about all over the peninsula during the next two weeks selling lines for the draw, as will mentors and members of the Inishowen Board.The organisers are appealing for support for the draw as this will be their one and only draw for the year and it is a great opportunity for the GAA community to support schools football in Inishowen.Colaisti Inis Eoghain begin their Rannafast Cup campaign with a game against Omagh CBS in the week commencing Monday 17th September, with the venue to be confirmed in the next few days, and games against St Colman’s Newry and Our Lady’s Castleblaney will follow. The Corn na nOg Cup begins at the start of October.   COLAISTI INIS EOGHAIN ALL-IRELAND FUNDRAISING DRAW was last modified: September 3rd, 2012 by StephenShare 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:COLAISTI INIS EOGHAINfundraising drawlast_img read more


first_imgThere was no winner of last weeks lotto. The numbers drawn were 1,4,9 and 28. Two prizes of €50 went to Maria Craig Ard Patrick and Fiona Burke The Rock. Next weeks jackpot is €4,200.The minor boards AGM will take place on Friday 7th December in the Clubhouse at 8.00pm. This is a very important meeting where underage managers for the coming year will be appointed. Anyone interested in helping out in any way is asked to attend.The clubs AGM will take place in the Clubhouse on Friday 14th December at 8.00pm. Commiserations to the U13 team who were beaten by the narrowest of margins 1 point in the county final by St Eunans. Naomh Conaill 3-05 3-06 St Eunans.Well done to the U21 team who are through to the county semi final after they overcame Letterkenny Gaels in the quarter final last Saturday in Convoy. Naomh Conaill 0-10 2-03 Letterkenny Gaels. They now play Cloughaneely in the semi final this Sunday 2nd December at 12.30pm in O’Donnell park Letterkenny.The senior team played their last league game of the year on Sunday in Towney where they overcame Kilcar 1-04 to 3-05.Club merchandise is now available in The Iniskeel Co-op Glenties and Maxwells Ballinamore. This includes jerseys,jackets,t-shirts, hoddies and kitbags. The Naomh Conaill Ladies presentation night for all underage girls will take place in the Highlands Hotel on Sunday 2nd December at 7.00pm. This was a very special year for our underage girls as a large number of girls have three county medals to receive. Our U13 girls won the County league, U14 won the County feile and the county league. It would be appreciated if as many as possible could come along on the night to show their support. There will be a few special guests on the night. GAA: NAOMH CONAILL GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: November 28th, 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) Tags:GAA: NAOMH CONAILL GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Man who killed best pal in horror crash walks free after family’s plea

first_imgA Judge has listened to the pleas of a tragic family who asked him not to jail the man who killed their son in a horrific car crash in Co Donegal.Martin Strain was just 19 when he was killed by his best friend Evan Quinn. Quinn, who had only hours earlier been told to fix his defective car by Gardai, lost control of the vehicle after it slid on a grass verge in August 2015.His car crashed through a bus shelter and hit a lamp-post and the impact was so severe that the engine was thrown out of the car.Quinn, now aged 22, survived but Mr Strain was killed instantly and his girlfriend Kayleigh Fullerton was seriously injured following the crash at Tooban.Quinn, who returned from Australia for the case, pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving causing death.Letterkenny Circuit Court had heard that around 4.30am near Tooban, Quinn failed to take a bend, mounted a grass verge and lost control of the car.A Garda forensic expert revealed how the car was sent into a clockwise spin and hit a kerb, a bus shelter, a lamp-post and finally a tree before coming to a stop.The court was told the driver was a ‘novice’ who had only been behind the wheel a number of months with a full license.Letterkenny Courthouse (North West Newspix)However, the tragic family of the late Mr Strain, from Burnfoot, pleaded with Judge John Aylmer not to jail the driver.Mr Strain’s father Hugh admitted that they had been left with a void in their lives but he added that his “happy and hardworking” son would not have wanted Evan Quinn going to jail.He said “We have forgiven Evan Quinn. What happened that night was a tragedy. But we are thankful that we have not been put through a trial.“We want to let the world and the court know what a happy go lucky and hard-working son he was. Our hopes and dreams have been taken from us that we will never fulfil.“He was a loving son and brother to Stephen. He was a friend to many, much more than we realised. He was loved by everyone.”Passing sentence Judge Aylmer said it was unclear from the forensic examination if Quinn was exceeding the speed limit or that a bald tyre was a contributory factor in the accident.He said this was a “momentary lapse with devastating consequences” and said there were no other aggravating circumstances.He added that he placed the offence in the mid-range of such offences and one which merited a sentence of one year in prison.He reduced this to nine months because of a range of factors including the fact that he had no previous convictions and also the psychological effect killing his best friend had had on him.Judge Aylmer said he had particular regard for the “sympathetic and charitable” statement from the Strain family imploring him not to impose a custodial sentence.He said the probation services had said Quinn was at low risk of reoffending and also that he was suffering from “survivor’s syndrome” and was deeply remorseful for the accident which killed his friend.He then suspended the nine months sentence for a period of 12 months and ordered Quinn to sign a bond to keep the peace for that period.On another charge of assault in which Quinn stood on a man’s head, Judge Aylmer said he accepted that he was influenced by medication while drinking and ordered him to do 240 hours community service in lieu of 18 months in prison.He also disqualified Quinn, from Meenagorey, Buncrana, from driving for four years.Man who killed best pal in horror crash walks free after family’s plea was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:buncranacareless drivingcourtdeathdonegalEvan QuinnMichael Strainlast_img read more

What Killed the Great Beasts of North America?

first_imgUntil about 11,000 years ago, mammoths, giant beavers, and other massive mammals roamed North America. Many researchers have blamed their demise on incoming Paleoindians, the first Americans, who allegedly hunted them to extinction. But a new study fingers climate and environmental changes instead. The findings could have implications for conservation strategies, including controversial proposals for “rewilding” lions and elephants into North America.The idea that humans wiped out North America’s giant mammals, or megafauna, is known as the “overkill hypothesis.” First proposed by geoscientist Paul Martin more than 40 years ago, it was inspired in part by advances in radiocarbon dating, which seemed to indicate an overlap between the arrival of the first humans in North America and the demise of the great mammals. But over the years, a number of archaeologists have challenged the idea on several grounds. For example, some researchers have argued that out of 36 animals that went extinct, only two—the mammoth and the mastodon—show clear signs of having been hunted, such as cuts on their bones made by stone tools. Others have pointed to correlations between the timing of the extinctions and dramatic fluctuations in temperatures as the last ice age came to a halting close.To get a higher resolution picture of what may have happened, archaeologists Matthew Boulanger and R. Lee Lyman of the University of Missouri, Columbia, decided to look at a region that had not been well studied in the past: the northeast of North America, including the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine, and the Canadian province of Ontario. “This is a region that has been virtually absent from discussions” about megafaunal extinctions, Boulanger says, which have mostly focused on the Great Plains and the American Southwest. “Yet it is also a region with an incredibly rich record” of prehistoric animal remains. For example, the bones of at least 140 mastodons and 18 mammoths have been found in New York state alone.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Boulanger and Lyman compiled databases of radiocarbon dates from both megafaunal finds and Paleoindian sites for the northeast, throwing out any dates whose reliability had been or could be questioned. This gave a final sample of 57 megafauna dates from 47 different sites and 25 Paleoindian dates from 22 sites. When the two databases were compared, it became clear that most of the megafauna had already disappeared before humans came on the scene—suggesting that the humans had little to do with their demise.The radiocarbon dates also suggest that northeastern megafauna underwent two major declines before finally going extinct. The first was 14,100 years ago, before any humans were in the region, but the number of animals then recovered after about 500 years; the second and final population crash began 12,700 years ago, when Paleoindians had just arrived in the region, according to the archaeological record. Moreover, the team reports in the 1 February issue of Quaternary Science Reviews, even though humans and megafauna continued to coexist for about 1000 years before the animals finally went extinct, the animals were already on their way out: Between 75% and 90% of the northeastern megafauna were gone before humans ever came on the scene. Yet even during the millennium of human and animal overlap, the team argues, there is no evidence for hunting: Neither megafaunal nor Paleoindian sites in the northeast contained animal bones that were butchered or otherwise modified.The authors stress that their results can be directly applied only to northeastern North America, and not to other regions such as the Great Plains and Southwest. Nevertheless, given the large amount of megafauna in the northeast, and the lack of evidence for human involvement in their demise, they argue that overkill cannot have been the only or even the major factor for continent-wide extinctions: Climate and environmental stresses must have also played a key role. The timing of the second megafaunal crash, 12,700 years ago, corresponds with the beginning of a major, 1300-year-long cold snap called the Younger Dryas, which was followed by the warming trend (called the Holocene) we still live in today.The new work bolsters the views of many researchers that “the arguments and evidence are stronger for environmental and climatic explanations,” says Lisa Nagaoka, a zooarchaeologist at the University of North Texas, Denton. By the time humans arrived, she says, the “tipping point” toward megafaunal extinctions may already have been reached.And although these events occurred thousands of years ago, Lyman says that they have important implications today. Recently, a number of conservationists have begun advocating the “rewilding” of North America by reintroducing species such as elephants—which are closely related to extinct animals like mastodons and mammoths—and African lions, which are related to the extinct American lion.This idea has received increasing attention in both the scientific literature and the popular media. For example, rewilding proponents advocate introducing elephants and Bactrian camels—which are now close to extinction in the Gobi Desert—onto the continent, with the idea that they would eat woody plants and weeds that threaten grasslands in the western United States, and that a new habitat would help protect them from extinction. But some researchers have argued that these proposals are based on faulty ecological logic and could end up hurting ecosystems rather than helping them, as well as threatening existing species.And Lyman says that the strategy is based in large part on the ethical argument that because humans killed off relatives of these animals, they bear responsibility for now saving them and restoring their habitats. “The overkill hypothesis is a very weak foundation for rewilding.”Meanwhile, advocates of the overkill hypothesis remain unconvinced by the new study. “The authors have engaged in an exercise in data analysis that neither proves nor disproves overkill,” says Gary Haynes, an archaeologist at the University of Nevada, Reno. Humans may have come into the northeast earlier than the radiocarbon database indicates, but their remains may not yet have been found, he says. Todd Surovell, an archaeologist at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, insists that the new study is entirely consistent with the view that humans dealt the final blow to the great beasts of North America: “The fundamental question is whether these animals would have suffered extinction if humans had not arrived.”last_img read more

J&K leaders refuse to sign release bonds

first_imgThe Jammu and Kashmir administration has opened channels of communication with 32 detained political prisoners of the regional parties, but put riders on their release. Meanwhile, two leaders, Jammu and Kashmir People Democratic Front’s Hakeem Yaseen and Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Mohammad Ashraf Mir, were released on Monday, indicating a move to release the leaders in a phased manner.In the past 10 days, a Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM)-level officer visited senior leaders of the National Conference (NC), the PDP, the Peoples Conference (PC) and the J&K Peoples Movement (J&KPM) more than three times and discussed ways and means to ensure their release.Reject conditionThe officer, sources said, “insisted on abiding by the administration’s suggestion to sign bonds in lieu of their release.”Senior officials confirmed to The Hindu that NC’s top leader Ali Muhammad Sagar, a former legislator and minister; PDP’s Naeem Akhar, a former legislator and minister; PC chief Sajad Lone, a former legislator and minister, and J&K PM chief Shah Faesal, an IAS topper who quit his job join politics earlier this year, “have repeatedly refused to sign a bond for their release.”Mr. Sagar and Mr. Akhtar, sources said, told the government point man that such bonds were aimed at “curtailing the rightful political space of regional players, discredit the local leadership in front of the eyes of the locals and were being publicised later only to add to the political vacuum post August 5.”All these leaders were detained and taken into preventive detention on August 5 under Section 107, Section 109 and Section 117 of the Cr.PC. The bonds, which the leaders were being asked to sign, reads: “He/she will not make any comment or issue statement or make public speeches or participate in the public assembly related to recent events…for a period of one year from the date of signature of the bond.”Some headwayThe move by the authorities to release NC leader Mubarak Gul for a night on Saturday on parole to meet his ailing sister has failed to break the ice with the regional leaders, “who have put up a joint front inside the sub-jail of MLA Hostel in Srinagar.” However, sources said Mr. Lone’s plea to meet his mother was turned down by the authorities. Meanwhile, Mr. Yaseen and Mr. Mir’s release is a signal that the officials negotiating have been able to make some headway. A close relative of a senior NC leader said the government is not following legal procedure related to preventive detentions. “To prolong detentions under Section 107, a preventive custody, these are supposed to be proven with witnesses and evidences, which has not taken place in most of these cases,” he said. However, officials insisted that such bonds were “a legal requirement to secure releases in such cases.”last_img read more

Kentucky Hometown Honors Ali

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. — Muhammad Ali won another round of love and appreciation for his achievements as a fighter in and out of the ring. He even got the hardware to prove it.The latest celebration of the three-time world heavyweight champion and self-proclaimed “Greatest Of All Time” featured former champions and Larry Holmes and George Foreman, two notable opponents who gladly came to honor Ali as Sports Illustrated named its Sportsman Legacy Award after him Oct. 1 in his Kentucky hometown.Friends, associates, dignitaries and former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal also were on hand for the ceremony on the 40th anniversary of Ali’s third fight with Joe Frazier in the Philippines, an epic 14-round battle known as the “Thrilla in Manila.”Ali earned his second victory over Frazier when the former champion didn’t come out for the final round, and that fight is considered one of the greatest events in boxing and sports.The 73-year-old Ali is battling Parkinson’s disease. Seated at a front table with wife Lonnie to his right, the champion wore sunglasses as a slide show of iconic photos played behind him.He did not speak and photos initially weren’t permitted during a ceremony in which he received a silver award plate from the magazine to a standing ovation.The champ broke a big smile when O’Neal arrived and playfully took Lonnie’s place at the table.Said Lonnie before a packed room, “thank you for loving Muhammad as much as you have and that you still do.”Ali’s presence was one of a few yearly visits home, as he spends most of his time in Arizona along with homes in several states.Ali’s victory and other notable moments were highlighted on a backdrop of two dozen Sports Illustrated magazine covers at different points of his three-decade career as a fighter and half-century as a humanitarian. He has appeared on 39 covers overall.This week’s issue features a cover of Ali as a young fighter. Other notable moments were featured in a video montage in which he described himself as “The Greatest.”One SI cover included Ali and Foreman, who has come to grips with being a footnote in Ali’s legacy after his 1974 title loss in the “Rumble In The Jungle” in Zaire.So much so that a trim-looking Foreman praised his onetime rival and added, “this is the greatest man I’ve ever met in my life. I get excited and my heart beats (fast) every time I meet him.”Those tributes have been standard for Ali thanks to a career that included winning an Olympic gold medal and speaking out on many social, athletic and humanitarian issues. Fittingly, he was honored in the center bearing his name and just four miles from his childhood home.Wherever Ali is recognized, Holmes wants to be there. “I hope we can do this next year and the year after that,” said Holmes, a onetime sparring partner who beat Ali in 1978. (GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more