Still, he does have two World Championships bronze medals to his name and he does carry a greater sense of calmness and confidence about him these days, but despite the cold shoulder he’s receiving from the pundits, Powell remains convinced that this may be his shot and actually welcomes the fact that most eyes are focused elsewhere. It’s a shame really. Powell arrived in Beijing as the second fastest man on the planet with his 9.81 seconds season’s best bettered only by Gatlin and having posted seven sub-10 seconds times. “It’s a good feeling to be back, we have a lot of great memories here in Beijing. At the 2008 Olympics the Jamaican team came here and dominated and we left our signature here in Beijing so it’s good to be back, I think everyone remembers that and they are coming out to see the Jamaican team again,” Powell added. “I don’t mind, let them focus on whoever they want to focus on and leave me out of it, let me do what I am supposed to do. Everyone has their own opinion and beliefs. I believe in myself and I am going out there to show them that I am there,” Powell told The Gleaner yesterday during an interview at the Nuo Hotel in Beijing. BEIJING, China: With all the talk about a Usain Bolt/Justin Gatlin clash in the 100 metres heading into the 15th IAAF World Championships in Beijing, one can be excused for forgetting that another Jamaican speedster Asafa Powell is also in the medal mix. “I’m in gold medal shape, I am one to contend with and I am going out there to give everything I have and I will definitely run fast here,” added Powell, whose camouflage pants matched his militant attitude. “I know that they are in the race with me but I try to focus on my own thing there’s nothing you can do to avoid competing with these guys so it doesn’t make sense to make them be your problem. My problem is to execute my race and run like I’m supposed to,” Powell continued. Under normal circumstances, it would be criminal to write off a man with such an impressive record and a history of high – level performances. The thing is, Powell will not easily shake his reputation of being an athlete that more often than not fails to deliver when it really matters – at major international championships. “Come Sunday when we cross the finish line (after men’s 100m final), I want to be the one in front, that would be the most satisfying thing for me because over the years I have been running and I’ve not been able to get that individual gold medal yet so that’s really my aim,” said Powell, who added that he isn’t too worried about Gatlin’s form or Bolt’s ability, noting that his focus is to execute his own race. The heats of the men’s 100m get started at 6:20 a.m. Jamaica time on Saturday.
Grand Gedeh County Chief Education Officer (CCEO) has underscored the importance of industrial education as a means to obtaining better paying jobs in Liberia.CEO Harrison Darwolor made the remark recently at program that marked the graduation of 110 youth in Grand Gedeh County with skills in carpentry, masonry and cosmetology. They included 16 carpenters, 18 masons, 26 cosmetologists.The graduation exercise is the conclusion of an initiative by IBIS-Liberia, aimed at empowering young people by providing job skills with focus on adolescent girls particularly in the Southeastern region.“Today is another remarkable day for young people who have acquired industrial skills to be more efficient to our society. We have come to witness their entry into the global society from their past performance. For that, we want to express gratitude to IBIS-Liberia,” Mr. Darwolor said.He said it is important for Liberians to study industrial and vocational courses, because the country is in need of professionals in those areas to support development initiatives.“We have come to recognize the importance of much needed skills to develop the country, an idea which IBIS-Liberia has made possible,” said CEO Darwolor.He challenged the graduates to undertake the task of nation building, adding, “We wholeheartedly depend on you to use the skills you acquired for the betterment of the country. “Industrial education,” he said, “is one of the policies that bring development to any nation.” Mr. Darwolor, further urged the graduates to set good examples to motivate and become role models for others who would want to follow their fine examples by taking up courses in the industrial education.IBIS-Liberia Education for Youth Empowerment (EYE) program manager, Eusebio Rincon, said in his remarks that education and youth empowerment are IBIS’s key priorities.The EYE project is a 10-month non-formal education program with three equally important components including literacy and numeracy with life skills training for disadvantaged youth. EYE aims at responding to the education and training needs of illiterate and semi-literate youth. Mr. Rincon said that back in 2005, IBIS together with partners WHH and Medica started to implement the Reintegration and Recovery Program in the Southeast with funding from the German government through KFW. Morris W. Gbessagee, IBIS Governance Program Director, said the issue of youth development and employment was one of the critical components to education development.He said IBIS-Liberia and partners including the government realized the need to address the challenge of youth underdevelopment and unemployment, and will continue to train and equip young people with employable skills. He lauded the graduates for taking advantage of the opportunity IBIS-Liberia has provided to acquire knowledge and skills that would make them productive citizens.IBIS, he said has worked in the country for a little over 11 years through its joint education and governance thematic programs. He said it will continue to support the development of the country in partnership with local and national civil society organizations to encourage and promote active citizens’ participation, representation and decision-making. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)