Abraham M. Keita: A Journey from Slum to Stardom

first_imgThe clock was ticking towards a new day for thousands of Liberian Children. Africa’s first independent nation was gradually propelling to an admirable height of universal honor and respect. It was time to send a memo of hope to children living in slum communities and appalling conditions. It was a defining occasion to rekindle the spirit of self-confidence. It was a grand beginning to either embrace optimism or pessimism. A spectacular moment to choose between possibilities and impossibilities. The world stood still watching with amazement an inspiring journey of a teenage boy whose passion for humanity led him out of the slum to prominence.A new paragraph in World History was about to be written. Another page in African History was about to be penned down. A whole chapter in Liberian History was nearing completion as a young Liberian patriot stood with courage, pride and dignity to revive the dying hope, dream and aspiration of his peers in his country and on his continent. His journey from slum to stardom was never a glowing one, but a tough highway with steep slopes and potholes. When almost everyone thought nothing good could come out of the slum of West Point, a child of daring courage, intelligence and prudence made an extraordinary difference by defeating such erroneous notion.The red, white and blue flag of Liberia was once more flown far above Pakistan and Puerto Rica by a nationalistic icon whose passion for change has shifted global attention to his poverty-stricken nation. The world had no option, but to stand and listen with excitement to the National Anthem of a small Republic still struggling to rise above the sickening semblance of all forms of human indignity. With standing ovation, everyone sitting in the “Hall of Knights” in The Hague had to HAIL LIBERIA. There was total silence afterwards as a new story was about to be told by a futurist of Liberia.This time around, international and local news headlines via electronic and print media did not describe Liberia as the second most corrupt country on planet earth; neither did they broadcast Liberia as a country with a messy educational sector or a broken health system. All we could see and hear through variety of media outlets was ‘A Liberian Child’ has won the most prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize for the first time. The caption used by Mail & Guardian News Service was “From the land that was hell for children: Liberian teenager wins International Children’s Peace Prize.”This captivating news spread across Liberia and Africa like wildfire. For 11 years now, no Liberian teenager has won this award besides seventeen-year-old Abraham Keita. This Child Rights Advocate has made our nation so proud by engraving his name on the golden stone of history. Truly, he is a leader of his generation and a symbol of hope for millions of children whose dream is currently kidnapped by poverty and hijacked by hardship. The generation of today and even tomorrow has got a living legend to emulate.It was a fantastic scene in The Hague for Liberia once more. It was a gleaming Monday with a euphoric atmosphere! This time around, it was not Nkosi Johnson of South Africa or Om Prakash Guriar of India. We did not hear the name of Thandiwe Chama of Zambia or Mayra Avellar Neves of Brazil. It was not Baruani Ndume of Tanzania or Francia Simon of Dominican Republic. It was not Michaela Chaeli Mycroft of South or Kesz Valdez of Philippine. It was not Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan or Neha Gupta of the United States of America. It was a young hero of West Africa and Liberia in particular. It was a fearless defender of children’s rights. It was an ingenious proponent of equality and justice. It was a campaigner for human dignity. It was a powerful voice from the biggest slum community in Liberia. O yes, it was Abraham Keita who proudly won the International Children Peace Prize this year.His accolade was never a surprise to most of us, because we have been keen admirers of his good deeds and words. For more than seven (7) years, Abraham Keita has been an agent of positive change in his community and country. He has diligently worked with his peers to attract public attention to inhumane treatments and violence against children. Since 2008, Abraham has been an uncompromising advocate, promoting the dignity and welfare of his fellow compatriots, especially those living in abysmal circumstances.During his tenure at the Liberian Children’s Parliament, he organized and led peaceful demonstrations and presented petitions to State-organs and global partners. All these proactive initiatives were geared towards lobbying for children’s participation in national decision-making processes and combating gruesome crimes against teenagers. In his many articles, he repeatedly stressed the need for the government and its partners to provide free quality primary and secondary education for all children.As a result of his commitment to advocating for children, he has succeeded through unswerving engagement with government to pass national legislation protecting the rights of children. In 2012, Liberia became one of the first African countries to adopt comprehensive laws for children, incorporating both the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the African Charter. This young activist was only 9 years old when he took part in his first child-led protest. Young Keita was inspired to act when he saw a young 13-year-old girl in his area raped and killed by her foster parents. Since that day, he has never stopped fighting to protect children’s rights and welfare in his homeland.After eight years of steady struggle, he was thrilled to reap the fruit of his labor. After eight years of defending underprivileged and marginalized Liberian Children, he was elated to receive the International Children’s Peace Prize on November 9, 2015 from Madam Leymah Gbowee, another Liberian who in 2011 won the Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for the safety of women during the country’s peace-building process. After eight years of raising alarm about issues affecting children in Liberia and around the world, a son of West Point finally stood tall above hundreds of nominees. After eight years of unrelenting advocacy, Abraham Keita is still demanding justice for teenager Shaki Kamara who was horribly murdered by AFL soldiers during the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia!Today amidst abundant natural resources in Liberia, some 80% of the population still lives below the benchmark of poverty. In a country where 60% of the population is under the age of 25, almost 4,500 children lost one or both parents in the outbreak in which some 5,000 people died. According to a report by the University of Leiden, in the west of the Netherlands, almost half of Liberia’s children have experienced some kind of physical violence and 13% of girls have been sexually abused. As a result of these prevailing and terrifying statistics, Abraham M. Keita is even more energetic than ever before to demonstrate an unflinching resilience to help address some of these pressing concerns.In his speech titled “Justice for Children”, he highlighted the urgency for world leaders to ensure justice for all children who has been victimized by violence. He said children worldwide are still exposed to violence and injustice while thugs often go unpunished. The 2015 International Children’s Peace Prize award winner said Liberian children are victims of civil war, poverty, corruption, and violence. “If you give justice to children, you are giving it to the world”, the global child rights activist said. In addition, KidsRights, the organizers of the International Children Peace Prize said, “Keita’s tireless work as a campaigner, bringing attention to crimes against children and campaigning until the perpetrators are locked away, stood out and convinced the jury.” Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee, who attended the ceremony in The Hague, said Keita’s work was “inspiring”, adding that “she recognizes in him a true change-maker, fighting to end extreme violence against children.”Truly, this award is a symbol of hope for the children of Liberia, Africa and the World. As a result of Keita’s role in human history, the KidsRights Foundation is poised to invest some 100,000 euros (US$108,000) in projects in Liberia. The achievement of this global icon is worth commending and we must exceedingly celebrate it across our country. We are proud of him and will forever remain as he invests his lifetime championing a common agenda for change.When I spoke to Keita on November 4, 2015 before his departure to The Hague, these were my exact words to him “Go with confidence and courage knowing that nothing is impossible for those with extraordinary qualities. Go and prove to them that education is not a mess in Liberia. Go and tell them that something good can come out of West Point. I trust your ability to beat them all. You have done it and you can do it again. Wish you all the best as you travel to make Liberia proud.”Ending this piece without lauding the endless parental care of his single Mother would render it meaningless. I hope his father was alive to witness his 17-year-old son speaking with prudence and eloquence to global actors in the “Hall of Knights” in The Hague. How I hope he was alive to sit near his wife in this historic hall to witness little Keita presenting a powerful speech of hope, possibilities and great dreams!With unending appreciation, we can never forget about the mentorship role played by comrade Vandalark Patricks through whose nomination the work of this brilliant Child Rights Advocate became visible to the entire World. History shall forever remain kind to Brother Patricks as our nation endures these perilous times. We are grateful also to all of the Schools young Keita ever attended. Special recognition to J. J. Roberts United Methodist High School in Sinkor, Monrovia where this world icon currently attends as a senior student.As we celebrate this award nationwide, I encourage all children including youth and adults to learn the following lessons from young Keita:1. Success must never be kidnapped or hijacked by your current location, condition or association.2. Courage, Confidence and Consistency breed Greatness and unforeseen ends.3. Education, discipline and honesty are hallmarks of growth.4. Non-violence in advocacy is an indispensable agent of positive change.5. Pessimism must never override Optimism.I hope the government of Liberia will organize a National Program to celebrate this award as was done in the case of Nobel Laureates Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee in 2011. Even though this regime has failed miserably in creating opportunities, friendly space for children to exist and protecting them from all forms of violence, but this award still belongs to Liberia. I hope a book will be written soon to honor the great work of this young scholar and leader. I hope all Liberians will assemble at the Roberts International Airport to welcome this proud son of our country upon his return. All hail Abraham M. Keita – All hail Liberia – All hail West Africa – All hail Africa – All hail the Children of the World.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was never wrong in his assertion when he said “The heights by which great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but through sleepless nights of determination.”Let me now end in Swahili by saying “Ibrahimu Keita ni icon kweli wa kizazi chake” meaning in English “Abraham Keita is a true icon of his generation.”About The Author: Martin K. N. Kollie is a Liberian youth activist, student leader, an emerging economist, and a young writer. He is currently a student at the University of Liberia reading Economics and a member of the Student Unification Party (SUP). His passion is to ensure a new Liberia of socio-economic equality and justice for ALL. He can be reached at: martinkerkula1989@yahoo.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Lord appointed new E Division Commander

first_img…as Vanderhyden retires after 37 yearsSuperintendent of Police Linden Lord has been appointed Commander of ‘E’ Division (Linden-Kwakwani), replacing Senior Superintendent Anthony Vanderhyden, who proceeds into retirement after served in that capacity for eight months.New E Division Commander, Superintendent of Police Linden LordThis was the final week for Vanderhyden, who has been with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for 37 years, and who served in the capacity of Divisional Commander from February 19 this year.Lord has been a member of the GPF since 1985, and was serving mainly as an investigator of serious crimes in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). He has over 28 years of experience in criminal investigative services.He took up the new post earlier this week, and has shared some of his plans to move ‘E’ Division forward.“I’m happy for the exposure as a Divisional Commander. (This is) my first position as a Commander”, he told this publication. “I would have worked (at) several branches and divisions, including Narcotics Branch, Presidential Guard area… I have worked at CID Headquarters. I was also involved in (investigating) many of those high profile crimes in this country; (and was) part of the investigations (of) both the Bartica and Lusignan massacres. I was integrally involved in those investigations”, he continued.Lord said he intends to work closely with members of the community in the fight against crime.“In terms of crime-fighting, I intend to get the Intel team up and running, so that most of the operations or crime investigations would be intelligence-led. That is the way that the Force is trying to go at this time, instead of willy-nilly. You get your Intel and you work on it, and it makes your case more successful. So I am intending to get the CID ranks involved and getting an Intel Group, so that when we go to do certain investigations, (they) can be intelligence-led and we can be better able to get success out of those investigations. I plan to do that very soon”, he explained.Collaborate with CPG‘E’ Division’s new Commander also plans to work closely with Community Policing Groups (CPG) and youths. He assured that narcotics eradication exercises will also continue in the Division.Former E Division Commander, Senior SuperintendentAnthony VanderhydenLord indicated further that he has an open door policy. “Members of the public can come here at any time…Anybody is welcome here at any time to see the Commander with any issue…the main thing for me is to fully understand the culture of the people”, he said.Lord has since attended a meeting with the Cops and Faith network, which he noted intervenes in solving domestic matters, as he pointed to future collaborations in having such matters pacified. Additionally, he has met with Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell, Regional Chairman Renis Morian, Regional Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph and others, as he announced outlined plans to work closely with Region 10 officials and stakeholders with the common goal of crime reduction.Meanwhile, at a retirement event hosted for the outgoing Commander last week, Vanderhyden declared that he is leaving with mixed emotions. Vanderhyden recalled joining the GPF in the first batch of apprentices on June 1, 1981, and noted that he is leaving the Force at a time when it is “solid”.“It’s been a long journey”, he told ranks and other stakeholders.Crime fightingThe outgoing Commander also referenced implementing strategies for crime fighting in Linden, which he said is evidenced by the lowest level of crime and traffic violations in the country. This, he noted, was made possible through a collaborative effort with ranks of the community.In his final advice to ranks, he urged them to remain professional and work towards self-development, noting that he has worked hard and is satisfied.“You’ve got to be professional. You have to be smart. You got to work right…Integrity, professionalism; you’ve got to be disciplined and listen to the people above you…If you don’t have merit you will not make it to the next level…I have never had a charge sheet. I was never absent from duty, and I’ve worked the years to this level. I want to thank the administration of the Force for seeing the ability in the work that I’ve done to bring me to this level of (being) the Divisional Commander…I want to say to all of you at this time that it was good working with you…We have done our best…”, he said.Vanderhyden also urged ranks to pay attention to the new reform programme and the new Police Service Commission, noting that they will now have to be more accountable. He said ranks must educate and make themselves marketable, noting that there is a lot of work to be done, as he challenged them to ensure that they make it happen.Ranks were also urged to take advantage of available facilities to continue to work towards making Linden a safe place.The outgoing Commander also thanked members of the community, as he urged ranks to continue working along with them in an effort to develop the level of trust and confidentiality needed.“I am leaving you and I’m going into the civilian life. I have some plans that I have already started, and I will continue to work on that…I know for a fact that I’m going to miss all of you…but I want you to show appreciation, respect, professionalism, courtesy, integrity and everything to the new Commander, so that we will be able to work together to make Linden safe”, he concluded.last_img read more

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Bartica teen receives full scholarship from GTT

first_imgSixteen-year-old Runique Belle of Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) is the newest recipient of GTT’s benevolence as she received a cheque for a full scholarship to the University of Guyana (UG).GTT Retail Commercial Sales Manager Nicola Duggan; Bartica Councillor Kenneth Williams; GTT scholarship awardee Runique Belle, along with her parents Rundy and Chrystal Belle and GTT PR & Corporate Communications Manager Jasmin Harris“I am standing here today to tell you how grateful and blessed I am to be attending UG. I was born in Bartica and growing up here as child, I always had a passion for education. I always wanted to be in school, and thanks to GTT, this dream has become possible,” the teenager stated.“Runique made us really proud and I still remember her screaming with joy as she announced her CSEC achievements,” said the smiling mother of the scholarship awardee, Chrystal Belle, as she held the hands of GTT Public Relations Officer and Corporate Communications Manager Jasmin Harris.The teen was able to secure a place in the 2018 academic year at the University of Guyana, majoring in Chemistry in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. She secured 14 subjects at the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) – nine Grade Ones and five Grade Twos.Her father, Rundy Belle, was proud to showcase Runique’s many achievements through trophies and awards. GTT will pay the teen’s tuition fees for the next four years once she maintains a GPA of 3.0.In addition, Harris presented the teenager with a laptop and printer. Runique assured the telecommunications giant that she would continue to excel at her studies. She will also be given a monthly allowance for GTT’s Internet and mobile services.The teenager was selected as a beneficiary with the kind assistance of the Bartica Town Council.Speaking on behalf of Mayor Gifford Marshall, Councillor Kenneth Williams expressed his gratitude to GTT for making this commitment.The company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Justin Nedd explained that philanthropy was a very important area of focus for GTT, as it was an avenue to assist in improving and developing Guyana’s future.“GTT remains true to what our brand stands for; we are about giving more. We want to be the game changer for Guyana, and we are starting this programme in Bartica. We will play our role in creating future entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, engineers, accountants and the many other professions, developing a strong workforce for Guyana’s future,” the CEO added.Nedd revealed that the company planned to roll out its network in Bartica by September 2019.He declared that this was a promise the telecoms giant would deliver on. “We will provide the citizens of Bartica premium services at affordable prices, keeping them connected to their friends and families.”He added that “GTT is devoted to its vision of improving life experiences by unlocking innovation through applications and infrastructure to every home and business.”last_img read more

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Federal Election-Local Candidates

first_imgThe first full day of the October 14th federal election campaign opened with Prime Minister Harper and NDP leader Jack Layton, in B-C’s lower mainland. The Liberals’ Stephane Dion is in Montreal, while Green Party leader Elizabeth May is in Ottawa. Locally there are only two candidates officially nominated in the Prince George/Peace River riding and, both were guests this morning on Moose-FM’s Issues and Answers program. The NDP has nominated Betty Bekkering of Prince George, a long time environmentalist and labor leader. Given that background it comes as no surprise the new Democrats Green Plan is the focal point of her campaign… [asset|aid=229|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Bekkering – Green Plan_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -However, it is the Canadian Mission in Afghanistan which has arguably surfaced, initially at least, as the number one issue of the campaign. Incumbent Tory MP Jay Hill, who has represented the local constituency since 1993 had this to say today, when asked about that… [asset|aid=230|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Hill- Afghanistan_1_Pub.mp3] There are 308 ridings being contested in this election and, the Tories have about 85 percent of their candidates nominated. However, at last report the major opposition parties each had only about fifty percent of a full slate.last_img read more

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Man United transfer boost? Feyenoord sign replacement for Red Devils bound stars

first_imgFeyenoord have snapped up former Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz on a free transfer – and that could hand Manchester United a double transfer boost.The centre-back, who spent the majority of the past two seasons at Danish club Brondby, has signed a one-year deal with an option for another year.Boulahrouz, who has been capped 35 times for Holland, began his career at RKC Waalwijk before making his name at Hamburg.His performances at Hamburg helped him land an £8.5m move to Chelsea in 2006, but he struggled at Stamford Bridge, managing only 10 Premier League starts in two seasons before being returning to Germany to join Stuttgart.The 32-year-old’s arrival in Rotterdam could pave the way for Bruno Martins Indi and Stefan de Vrij, who have both been linked with Manchester United, to leave the Eredivisie club. Khalid Boularouz 1last_img read more

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal tells goalkeeper he can leave for FREE

first_img Anders Lindegaard Manchester United are preparing to offload goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.Louis van Gaal currently has numerous options in the goalkeeping department, with David De Gea, Victor Valdes and Sergio Romero all on the books.Valdes is set to leave this summer after refusing to play for the Under-21s, while Real Madrid target De Gea’s future is also in serious doubt.Lindegaard had been hoping their possible departures could open the door to more first-team opportunities.But Van Gaal has informed the Denmark international he has no future at Old Trafford.Lindegaard is under contract until 2016 but United are prepared to let him leave on a free in the coming weeks, with Van Gaal ready to move youngster Sam Johnstone up the packing order. 1last_img

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Lancaster irked by game change

first_img Playoff central: In addition to Lancaster, Golden League teams Palmdale, Knight and Highland are among nine Antelope Valley playoff qualifiers. Four-time league champion Palmdale (18-9), which is ranked No. 6 by the Daily News, plays on Saturday in a Div. I-AA first-round game against the winner of tonight’s Valencia/Paramount wild-card game. Knight (15-12) makes its first playoff appearance in school history when it plays at Arroyo of El Monte (24-2) on Saturday in a Div. II-AA first round game. Highland (13-11) plays at Warren of Downey (11-12) in a Div. I-AA wild card game tonight at 7:30. High Desert League champion Mojave (19-1) and Desert Mountain League champions Desert Christian (19-3) have first-round byes in the Div. IV-AA bracket. On Saturday, Mojave plays host to the winner of Thursday’s Malibu/St. Bonaventure of Ventura game, and Desert Christian hosts the winner of Thursday’s Whitney/Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana game. Also in the Div. IV-AA bracket, Rosamond (12-12) plays host to Village Christian of Sun Valley (13-12) tonight at 7:30, and Paraclete (10-13) plays host to Bishop (17-9) tonight at 7:30. Boron (13-6) plays host to Apple Valley Christian (6-14) in a Div. V-A game tonight at 7:30. Gideon Rubin, (818)713-3607 gideon.rubin@dailynews.com 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Southern Section spokesman Thom Simmons said Lancaster officials “grudgingly agreed” to the change. “Playing on Thursday doesn’t really bother me,” Lancaster coach John Gallen said, “but being told we have to (play on Thursday) does bother me, and having to play at 5 really bothers me.” Molly Bobic, whose daughter Andrea is a starting guard for Lancaster, said she has had to juggle her work schedule so she can make the approximately 90-minute drive. She said several parents won’t be able to attend the game because of work obligations. Lancaster players are nevertheless viewing the challenge of making school history as an opportunity. “It would mean a lot,” Andrea Bobic said. “It’s exciting because everybody is always talking about Palmdale, and they’re a really good team, but we have a really good program here too. Hopefully we can do it.” LANCASTER – The Lancaster High girls’ basketball team has a chance to make history tonight. But because of a controversial scheduling change, some parents might not see it happen. Lancaster (21-6), which has already set the school’s single-season victory record, will seek its first non-wild-card playoff victory when it plays at Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga (16-9) tonight at 5 p.m. in a Southern Section Div. I-AA first-round game. The game was moved from Saturday – when most of the division’s first-round games are played – to Thursday because Los Osos is hosting a Southern Section divisional wrestling tournament on Saturday. Tonight’s game will be played at 5 instead of the 7:30 time most playoff games are held because the Los Osos boys’ team also has a first-round home game, which is scheduled to tip off at 7. Lancaster athletic director Casey Jones said he went to the Southern Section office because both schools could not agree on a time and site for the game. He said he was told by a Southern Section official that the game would be played at 5 p.m. at Los Osos. last_img read more

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BAY CITY ROLLERS ANNOUNCE NEW DONEGAL DOUBLE GIG

first_imgBay City Rollers on stage last nightTHE Bay City Rollers have announced a return to Donegal for two more gigs after last night’s sell-out concert at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny.Les Mc Keown, the band’s front man admitted today: “All I can say is ‘wow’s. We couldn’t believe the crowd in Donegal.“It was an incredible feeling and we’ve decided we’re coming back for Christmas. We just can’t wait.” Carolynne Harrison, the Sales & Marketing Manager at the Mount Errigal thought she would strike when the iron was hot and immediately after they came off stage, she asked the band to commit to two dates in December for their Christmas Party nights.“BCR have signed the deal and we are so excited to announce that we have them for Thursday 17th and Friday 18th December,” she said“It’ll be one of the biggest bands to hit the Christmas Party Scene in the North West of Ireland.“This morning the hotel already received numerous bookings from those who thoroughly enjoyed the show last night.” Drinks Reception, 4 course meal and Bay City Rollers Live on stage, tickets €45, deposit of €20 per person. Overnight packages also available. BAY CITY ROLLERS ANNOUNCE NEW DONEGAL DOUBLE GIG was last modified: April 20th, 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:2015Bay City RollersChristmas Party NightsletterkennyMount Errigal Hotellast_img read more

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Peter Crouch named the only player ever to scare him

first_img Muscat never pulled out of challenges, picking up 123 yellow cards in his career 4 Crouch was left terrified by the Aussie hard man 4 Stoke City forward Peter Crouch revealed the only footballer to ever truly scare him was Kevin Muscat.Veteran striker Crouch has enjoyed a lengthy career at the highest level, winning 42 caps for England, representing 11 different clubs – and playing in a Champions League final for Liverpool. Speaking on his show, ‘That Peter Crouch Podcast’, the 6ft 7ins striker said: “Kevin Muscat scared me.“You know people would say ‘I’m going to break your legs’ – when he would say it, you genuinely believed him.” Crouch infamously clashed with Gennaro Gattuso in 2012 center_img Muscat tackles Nigel Reo-Coker while captaining Millwall in a clash with West Ham 4 4 Along the way, the 37-year-old has experienced his fair share of highs and lows and met some unsavoury characters.However, they all pale in comparison to legendary hard man Muscat, who counts Rangers, Wolves and Millwall among his former clubs. The Australian defender was once known as ‘the most hated man in football’ after gaining a reputation as a brutal enforcer on the pitch.Former Charlton Athletic midfielder Matty Holmes was awarded £250,000 by the High Court in 2004 after a malicious challenge by Muscat left the player requiring skin grafts and a metal bolt inserted in his ankle after the clash.Other incidents included being branded a ‘lowlife’ by Arsenal great Ian Wright, stamping on Danny Webber’s head, elbowing Gold Coast United midfielder Jason Culina, threatening to break Ashley Young’s legs while he was a young winger at Watford, and committing was has been branded one of the worst tackles in football history on Adrian Zahra.He ended his professional career with 123 yellow cards and 12 red cards, and in 2013 was voted ‘football’s dirtiest ever player’ by Spanish outlet El Gol Digital.last_img read more

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University-bound student wins All-Ireland Fleadh title

first_imgA young Letterkenny uilleann piper has claimed All-Ireland success.18 year-old Eoin Orr from Mountain Top, Letterkenny recently achieved success at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis last weekend.The youth officer of Letterkenny’s local branch of Comhaltas faced stiff opposition in the Senior Uilleann Pipes competition from all over Ireland, Britain, Germany and America and came out on top, taking home the much-coveted trophy – and all in the same year as his Leaving Cert! Earlier that same week Eoin, having received his Leaving Cert results, was delighted to discover he had been offered a place at Ulster University’s Electronic Engineering course.When asked how he felt about winning an All-Ireland title, the modest young man replied “I was lucky on the day” – but truth be told it’s very difficult to win a Senior All-Ireland competition. Very few can claim such an accolade.University-bound student wins All-Ireland Fleadh title was last modified: August 22nd, 2017 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:donegalEoin Orrletterkennyuilleann pipeslast_img read more

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