THERE were brilliant performances on and off the track at Saturday’s historical Wint/McKenley Classic at Calabar High School.It was a great job by the organising committee as the entire meet was first class. Entering the environs of the Red Hills Road institution brought memories of the Penn Relays. The large crowd was in a carnival mood.The performances by home team Calabar High boys as well as Hydel High girls, brought great satisfaction for the large number of fans who turned out to be a part of history.Home boy Aykeem Francis became the first Calabar athlete to be crowned champion on the new synthetic track.Francis was a cut above his peers in the Open 400 metres hurdles, as he raced to a season and personal best 53.10 seconds to win.Andre Pickersgill of Cameron Blazers Track Club was second in 54.55 seconds, with Francis’ teammate, Damion Dixon, third in 55.94.Francis returned to close a double by taking the Class One 400 metres in 49.12.St Jago High’s Lerone Clarke was second overall in 49.34 seconds, with Calabar’s Avraldo Hoggart third with 59.60.World Youth 400m champion Christopher Taylor teased his many home supporters in the Class Two 400m.He shut it down in the last 100m, but was still able to clock 46.99 seconds, which was good enough for top spot.Brandon Heath clocked 49.65 seconds for second overall. Vere’s Romane Lindo was third best with 50.36.It was truly a Calabar show as Dejour Russell, Orville Dixon, Tyrone Bryan and Warren Barrett Jr had good wins.Russell, who won the Class Two boys’ 110m hurdles at Champs a year ago, started his season campaign in fine style, taking the event in 13.78.It was a clean sweep for the home team. Orlando Bennett (14.28) and Michael Stephens (14.39) seconds finished second and third, respectively.Dixon captured the Class One boys’ 1500m in 4:05.20, ahead of St Jago’s Thaleeito Green in 4:06.31.Brown won the Class One 110m hurdles in 14.44 seconds.EXCELLENT FORMBarrett continued his excellent form this season with double victory in the throws. He took the Class One discus throw with 51.14m and the shot put with a heave of 18.89m.Despite their coach playing down their chances of finishing in the top three at Champs this year, Hydel totally dominated the female section.In the girl’s 400m Class One, it was joint first place for Semoy Hemmings and Taquece Duggan, who both clocked 55.18 seconds.The Ferry-based team swept all 400m events. In Class Two, Abigail Brooks won in 58.64 seconds, while in Class Three, it was Jada Martin in 57.25 seconds.Hydel girls also had good results in the hurdles.Class Four athlete, Gabrielle Matthews, became the fastest girl in the age group so far this season in the 70m hurdles, winning in 10.99 seconds.In the Class Three 80m hurdles, it was Donna Ray Lee in 12.09 seconds, while in the Class One 100 hurdles, Trishauna Hemmings won in 14.68 seconds. Jada Campbell was best in Class Two, with 14.84 seconds.
Chief Justice Korkpor: “I have heard and read and continue to hear and read many accusations, innuendoes and speculative views about his role in the process.-Chief Justice Korkpor breaks silenceFor the first time since he began to preside over the Senate impeachment trial of Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor has broken his silence about the treatment against him.Breaking his silence at the opening of the March 2019 term of the Supreme Court Chief Justice Korkpor claimed that he had heard and read and continues to hear and read many accusations, and speculative views about his role in the process.“And, some of these views are coming from people who ought to know better,” Korkpor told a gathering of lawyers. “As the matter is being tried, I will, for now, refrain from making any substantive comments regarding my own role. But, I assure that in the end, the truth will emerge.”Justice Korkpor, was among four justices and an Ad Hoc justice that cast a 3-2 vote of the full bench, rejecting Justice Ja’neh’s prohibition request against the House of Representatives, before the Senate could commence Ja’neh’s impeachment trial.Chief Justice Korkpor, Associate Justice Joseph Nagbe, and Ad Hoc Justice Boima Kontoe were the Justices that voted “no,” while Associate Justices Jamesetta Howard Wolokolie and Sie-A-Nyene Yuoh, voted yes. It was the vote that opened the door to the ongoing trial of Ja’neh.Justice Korkpor said he saw his role as the presiding officer to ensure that the trial process is in keeping with due process of law as mandated by the Constitution.The Chief Justice admitted that it was no secret that the Supreme Court was going through challenging times. “We cannot ignore this,” he declared.He said the ongoing impeachment trial was unprecedented in the history of the country. “To the best of my recollection, no impeachment proceedings in our nation have taken on the form of a full-blown trial before the Senate,” he confessed.“My role as the presiding officer was mandated by the Constitution,” he stressed. Justice Korkpor quoted Article 43 of the Constitution, which he said, provides that “When the President, Vice President or an Associate Justice is to be tried, the Chief Justice shall preside.”According to Justice Korkpor, the Liberian Senate tries the proceedings and he is the sole judge whether or not the justice has committed an impeachable offense.“We have no doubt that the honorable men and women of the Senate will, at the end of the trial, make a fair and just determination based on the findings,” the Chief Justice emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)