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Lone Star, Play with Your Hearts!

first_imgIt could very well be called “the game of the decade,” when tomorrow, Liberia’s Lone Star meets the Elephants of La Cote d’Ivoire in a World Cup qualifier football match. We choose to call it the game of the decade, because this is the 12th time in 50 years that the two teams are meeting. In their 11 previous encounters, the Elephants defeated Liberia eight times, with three draws. This is the Lone Star’s fifth meeting at home in Monrovia with the Ivorian Elephants, who are Africa’s reigning champions. These brief historical notes show that tomorrow’s game will be a very serious clash between the teams of two great West African sisterly neighbors. Their very close relations date back to the early 1960s, when President W.V.S. Tubman forged warm, friendly relations with Ivorian President Felix Houphouet-Boigny, even before La Cote d’Ivoire attained its independence from France on August 7, 1960. As is customary, the day of August 7 was celebrated in Liberia as a national holiday. During that Independence season—the 1960s—President Tubman made it a policy that each time an African nation got its independence, the day would be observed in Liberia as a national holiday. So La Cote d’Ivoire’s was no exception.As Liberia meets the Goliath of African football, the Ivorian Elephants, the Lone Star must play with their hearts and muster all the determination, faith and stamina to play the match, and play like David to win. The story of David and Goliath is all too familiar to us. For David, it was not the Philistine giant’s height, weight, strength or armor that mattered. None of these did. “You come with your strength and armor,” murmured David, “but I come in the name of the Lord, the God of Israel.” Besides his faith and total reliance on the power of God, all else that David had was his sling and a rock. And when he had finished using them, the giant lay on the ground, dead!We pray that Coach James Salinsa Debbah has done well his coaching work, and prepared his team for a victorious encounter with the Elephants. What they need now are: faith in God, belief in themselves and the determination to do one thing—win the match.All Liberians should join our team in fervent prayer that Liberia will rise above the past defeats and draws and go on to be triumphant against the Elephants both here at home and subsequently in Abidjan.Remember, nothing is impossible. Indeed with God ALL things are possible. Remember, too, President Edwin Barclay’s enduring challenge to all Liberians of every age. In his immortal Anthem, “The Lone Star Forever,” Barclay wrote, “Then forward, sons of Freedom, March!Defend the sacred heritage!The nation’s call from age to ageWhere’er it sounds ‘neath Heaven’s arch.Wherever foes assail.Be ever ready to obey‘Gainst treason and rebellion’s front,‘Gainst foul aggression. In the brunt Of battle lay the hero’s way!All hail, Lone Star, all hail!”Share 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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Jury gets case of McDonald’s strip search

first_imgCOURTS: Trial revolved around hoax call to woman who said she was “petrified.” By Brett Barrouquere THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. – A jury on Thursday began deliberating the case of a woman who said she was forced to strip in a McDonald’s back office at the behest of a caller posing as a police officer. The jury forewoman also told the judge that one juror wanted to see a clip of the security video taken of the strip search. McDonald said if there were still questions after reviewing other evidence, he would allow the jury to see the video clip. Ogborn was 18 and working at a McDonald’s in April 2004 when she was told to strip after a man called the store, claiming he was investigating a theft. At one point during the 31/2-hour search, the assistant manager’s boyfriend was left to handle the phone call. Donna Jean Summers, the assistant manager, was convicted of unlawful imprisonment. Her former fiancee, Walter Nix Jr., is serving a 5-year sentence for sexual abuse and other crimes. During the trial, jurors saw over an hour of a security video, on which a nude Ogborn performs sex acts on herself and Nix. Ogborn’s attorney, Ann Oldfather, asked Ogborn why she didn’t leave the manager’s office during the assault, particularly when she was left alone. “I was scared, and I was petrified,” Ogborn said. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t know if this was my last day on Earth.”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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityLouise Ogborn, 21, is suing McDonald’s, accusing it of failing to warn her and other employees about the hoaxer, who had struck other McDonald’s stores and fast-food restaurants across the U.S. Ogborn is seeking $200 million in compensatory and punitive damages. McDonald’s has said Ogborn is responsible for whatever damages she suffered for not realizing it was a hoax. The trial so far has lasted four weeks. After about two hours, jurors asked to review some of the evidence. Judge Thomas McDonald said he would allow jurors to see a copy of the employee handbook Ogborn signed, but he denied requests to review a map showing the locations where other hoax calls were received and a timeline of events. last_img read more

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