Hazard returns from injury

first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Zinedine Zidane is set to have Eden Hazard at his disposal once again, with the Real Madrid star recovering from his ankle injury in time for the clash with Celta Vigo on Sunday. The Belgian limped out of Real’s Champions League group clash with PSG in November after a slow start to life with the Spanish giants. Hazard has only one goal in 13 appearances this season and admitted he began the season overweight. As he takes to the field again after two months out, the former Chelsea star will be under pressure to impress after his £130 million summer move. “He’s going to need this week, which will be a long one,” Zidane said. “We’ll see him next weekend, I hope.” In his absence Real have overhauled Barcelona and distanced their rivals by three points at the top of LaLiga. However, a firing Hazard would be a huge boost to Zidane’s side ahead of restarting their Champions League campaign against Manchester City. Hazard was so often the difference for Chelsea in his 352 appearances in England, but is yet to show his devastating sharpness and quick feet in Spain. He still has a lot to prove to Madrid’s demanding fanbase, but City boss Pep Guardiola believes the star is not the one to blame for his sluggish start. “If he’s not playing well, something’s going on at Madrid because he is really good,” Guardiola told Spanish YouTuber DjMaRiiO. “Not a top player, another level above. What we saw in England… he is world class.”Tags: Celta VigoChampions LeagueEden HazardManchester CityReal MadridZinedine Zidanelast_img read more

Steps for Finley: Race helps couple honor daughter’s memory

first_img Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest Posts Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. ELLSWORTH — Travis and Katelin Burpee were not prepared for the news they received on May 14 while having an ultrasound.Eight months into Katelin’s pregnancy, their baby’s heartbeat could not be found.“The doctor checked, then double-checked, then triple-checked,” Travis said. “There were no symptoms. It was totally unexpected.”Katelin gave birth to a stillborn 4-pound, 14-ounce girl named Finley Jayde Burpee. Finley died after a placental abruption — a condition in which the placenta separates from the wall of the uterus before labor.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Franklin couple, Katelin, 29, and Travis, 31 — both Jackson Laboratory employees — decided to honor Finley through a 5-kilometer race Sunday morning. They named it “Steps for Finley” for the steps their daughter would never get to take.Some 100 runners and walkers participated in the event, which began at the Moore Community Center. The race raised thousands of dollars that will go to supporting other families that have lost children through stillbirth or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).“We felt that, if we could celebrate Finley and share her with everybody, maybe it would help us cope,” Katelin said, looking down at their 3-year-old daughter, Jaylin. “I love them both the same.”Katelin and Travis also went through a miscarriage years ago, which Katelin said was a much different experience.“That was handled a lot differently because it happened earlier on,” Katelin said. “A lot of people don’t realize that when Finley passed away, we still had to have a funeral.”Stillbirth — which is a fetal death occurring after 20 weeks of pregnancy — is not uncommon. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 24,000 stillbirths were reported in the United States in 2013.Still, the topic remains shrouded in silence.Travis Burpee and his 3-year-old daughter, Jaylin, smile at the Steps for Finley 5K on Sunday at the Moore Center. Travis and his wife, Katelin, organized the race in honor of their daughter, Finley, who was stillborn in May.“Often, people get offended by pictures and stuff like that. They don’t talk about it because it’s taboo,” Katelin said. “So families will withdraw and go into some kind of depression, or they’ll pretend their kid doesn’t exist.”A week after Finley’s death, Katelin and Travis decided they wanted to raise awareness to help other families like theirs feel less isolated.“A lot of people have this tragedy in their life,” Katelin said. “So we were like, ‘You know what? We’re going to throw a party so that we can celebrate Finley and anybody else who has lost a child.’”Katelin said she knew of many parents participating in the Steps for Finley 5K who have lost children in similar fashion but were not yet comfortable discussing it.“People just don’t talk about it because it’s too painful or they’re ashamed,” Katelin said. “I am fortunate because I have amazing support, but there are parents or single mothers out there who don’t have that.”Nonprofit organizations such as Empty Arms in Bangor can offer families that support.Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County Bereavement Services Coordinator Janice Ronco is working with an Empty Arms support group facilitator, Laurie Mouradian, to bring those programs to Ellsworth.Ronco said she began working with Mouradian after regularly receiving calls from parents scheduling appointments with her after a prenatal loss.“Then they’d decide they weren’t ready and cancel,” Ronco said. “Parents are suffering alone, and the pain is so great that they can’t bring themselves to come in.”Ronco said the loss doesn’t just fade away with time. It is felt during those milestones such as the child’s birthdays or when he or she would be entering school.“It’s a unique loss because so much of it involves the dreams and expectations of who that child would have become,” Ronco said. “Support groups or workshops can help validate that tremendous sense of loss and provide a forum for those challenges.”Proceeds from the Steps for Finley 5K will go to purchasing “memory boxes” for families who have lost children and a “cuddle cot” for a local hospital, which acts as a refrigerated bassinet, allowing stillborn babies to stay in the room with their parents.And while no one can prepare for the loss of a child, the Burpees want those families to know two things:“It’s nothing to be ashamed of,” Katelin says. “And you’re not alone.”center_img EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Biolast_img read more

USC must overcome injuries on the road

first_imgThe USC women’s soccer team, fresh off a sweep of its two-game home stand, heads to Oklahoma for the first time this weekend as it faces No. 24 Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. But this is a much different USC team that is making this trip than anyone expected at the start of the season.The Women of Troy (3-3), No. 8 in the preseason national rankings, were supposed to travel to Oklahoma State (5-2), who lost only one game last year, this weekend for a battle of top-10 teams.Season-ending · Junior midfielder Ashli Sandoval will miss the remainder of the season after tearing her ACL against Gonzaga. – Geo Tu | Daily TrojanJunior midfielder Ashli Sandoval, the team’s leading point-scorer last season, was supposed to be the next big star for the Women of Troy, the 2007 national champions. Senior All-American Meagan Holmes was ready to have a full, healthy season and anchor USC’s backline.But the Women of Troy have struggled thus far this season. Sandoval tore her ACL against Gonzaga on Friday and is out for the season, and Holmes is still nursing a knee injury. The injuries, combined with the lack of experience from a young team and the loss of key seniors from last season, have caused USC to come out of the gate much slower than anticipated and have left a void in the leadership role on the team.“It just takes time. A lot of these kids are doing things we haven’t asked them to do,” coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “I think they’re coming along, slowly, but they’re coming along.”USC showed signs of improvement last weekend as it beat two non-conference opponents to get back to .500. Khosroshahin said the second half of Sunday’s game was the best half of soccer he’s seen from the team this season. But there are still areas the team needs to improve on. He changed practice this week to emphasize one-touch ball movement and reading plays, rather than reacting to them.“We just need to think faster, play quicker and just be more aware of what’s happening,” Khosroshahin said. “I hope we’re taking care of the ball and limiting our mental mistakes.”Sandoval and Holmes’ injuries have taken a big toll on the team as USC tries to replace them in the backline (Sandoval played defense in place of Holmes this season). In Sunday’s game, USC had just one player who saw significant minutes last year, junior Karter Haug in the backline.“It’s been difficult because a lot of us are fresh and new this season,” sophomore defender Chelsea Buehning said Sunday. “But Karter’s been doing an awesome job in the middle, and we’re all just taking our own responsibilities and pulling it together.”With all the new players in the back, the Women of Troy have struggled at times to find chemistry and build an attack.“Last year, we liked to play out of the back and knock it and dribble out of the back. But this year, we still have a target on our back, so a lot of teams have three forwards which means we’re playing one versus one a lot of the time,” sophomore defender Claire Schloemer said.The USC backline has been getting better in distributing balls to the attacking players. But while the forwards have been getting plenty of shots, they need to be more efficient around the net.Last weekend the Women of Troy had a combined 41 shots and only scored four goals in the two games. With away games against ranked Oklahoma State and an improved Oklahoma (4-2-1) that’s already won more games this season than all of last year, USC can’t afford to let chances go by the wayside.“We need to take care of our opportunities and be really aggressive in the box,” junior forward Megan Ohai said. “When we have those chances we have to take them because we don’t know how many we are going to get.”USC is finally starting to look like the team many thought they would be. But with the injuries and the inexperience on the field, Khosroshahin stresses that the team just needs time.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer moves up to No. 2 in rankings

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Syracuse jumped three spots in the official NSCAA poll to claim the No. 2 spot in this week’s rankings.The Orange (7-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) defeated Hofstra last Tuesday, 1-0, and beat No. 15 Boston College on Friday night, 2-0, to climb the polls. Of the four teams ahead of Syracuse in last week’s rankings, only No. 4 Maryland went 2-0. The Terrapins are the nation’s new No. 1. Both UMD and SU received 11 first-place votes but Maryland had 15 more total points than the Orange.Previous No. 1 Notre Dame beat UConn in double overtime, 1-0, before dropping a 1-0 result at Louisville. No. 2 North Carolina lost, 1-0, to East Tennessee State at home before beating visiting Pittsburgh by the same score. No. 3 Indiana beat Michigan on the road, 2-0, before playing to a scoreless draw at home against Northwestern. The fourth-ranked Terrapins beat Rutgers on the road in double overtime, 2-1, before a 3-2 overtime win against Penn State at home.This week, Maryland, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Indiana and North Carolina-Charlotte make up the top five.The Orange was ranked No. 1 in Monday’s TopDrawerSoccer.com poll.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith a win Tuesday night against Cornell (0-5-2), Syracuse (7-0) will be off to its best start in program history. Commentslast_img read more

Portugal Stumbles, France Shines in Warm-ups

first_imgWORLD CUP BUILD UPEuropean champions Portugal spurned a two-goal lead against Tunisia, stumbling to a 2-2 draw, while France, one of the World Cup favourites, flexed their muscles with a comfortable 2-0 win over Ireland in warm-up friendlies late Monday night.Portugal played without her talismanic captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, after he won the Champions League with Real Madrid on Saturday. Tunisia however exposed defensive frailties in Fernando Santos’ side which Group B opponents Spain, Morocco and Iran will try to exploit.Andre Silva and Joao Mario fired Portugal ahead in Braga but Tunisia’s speed on the counter-attack was a problem for the hosts.Anice Badri and Fakhreddine Ben Youssef pulled the African side level, proving that they will be no pushovers for group G favourites Belgium and England, as well as Panama.France put in a strong performance in Paris, with goals from Olivier Giroud and Nabil Fekir not telling the complete story of their dominance against Ireland.Impressive surges from full backs Benjamin Mendy and Djibril Sidibe showed Les Bleus have attacking power outside their collection of talented forwards and Didier Deschamps’ team selection highlighted their squad depth.Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante did not start but Giroud, Fekir and Corentin Tolisso impressed in their absence.Coach Roberto Mancini began his Italy reign with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia and his former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli opened the scoring on his return to the national team for the first time since 2014.Italy failed to reach the World Cup but began a new era with Andrea Belotti adding a second goal, but Saudi Arabia hit back thanks to Yahya Al Sheri and could have grabbed a late equaliser.Their revival gives them hope of competing well in World Cup group A, where hosts Russia, Uruguay and Egypt await.Iran suffered a blow to her confidence, losing 2-1 in Istanbul against Turkey, who did not qualify for the finals, Cenk Tosun scoring both goals for the home team early in each half.Ashkan Dejagah netted from the penalty spot in the 92nd minute to give the visitors a consolation.Iran, appearing in their fifth World Cup, will go to Russia hoping to advance for the first time to the knockout phase from group B.Forward Son Heung-min lashed home from distance as South Korea beat Honduras 2-0 in Daegu, getting their preparations for Russia off to a good start.Former Barcelona B midfielder Lee Seung-woo, now at Hellas Verona, impressed on his debut and pushed his claims to be included in coach Shin Tae-yong’s final 23-man squad.South Korea is the underdog in Group F, where it will face Germany, Mexico and Sweden.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

On The Deck Episode 3 ‘Choctaw’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisJoin Mike Beiermeister and Maritime Historian Pat Labadie as they explore one of the newest discoveries in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Choctaw was discovered on May 23, 2017.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending For June 21Next Trio Planning to Cross Lake Superior on Paddleboardlast_img

WHS Daily Bulletin: Prom entertainment applications are due tomorrow

first_img•Senior Parents: If you are interested in purchasing a senior ad in the yearbook, contact Ms. Ford at ktfordatusd353.com. •There will be a Driver’s Education meeting on April 29th at 3:15 p.m. at the Middle School in the Little Theatre.  Please stop by the office, or speak with Mr. Wilmoth for more information. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments •Seniors: Please plan on attending the Senior meeting on Wednesday, April 29th at 10 p.m. a.m. in the auditorium. You will receive information regarding Baccalaureate, marching practice, graduation and your checkout forms. •Seniors: You can turn in pictures for the Graduation video until May 1. We will not accept any pictures after May 1 unless previous arrangements are made. •Yearbook orders and money are due to Ms. Ford by the end of the day on Thursday, April 23. •There will be a short Work Ethic meeting on Tuesday right after school in the commons. •Attention STUCO members:  There will be a stuco meeting this Wednesday at 7:15 in room 107.  Please bring something to write with Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, April 20, 2015:Monday• Baseball at Buhler 2 p.m.• Softball at Buhler 4:30 p.m.• Varsity Tennis at Maize South 3 p.m.Tuesday• Tennis at Circle 1 p.m.• JV Golf at Sierra Hills 3 p.m.• Track at Caldwell 3 p.m.Wednesday• Service DayThursday• JV Golf at Hesston 1 p.m.• Baseball at WHS vs. Circle 4 p.m.• Softball at WHS vs. Circle 4:30Friday• Golf at Cherry Oaks 3 p.m.• Tennis at Winfield 3 p.m.• Track at Clearwater 3 p.m.Saturday• Prom – all day.TODAY’S LUNCH: Chicken Patty, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Green Beans, Pineapple Chunks, Hot Roll and MilkTomorrow’s Lunch: Pepperoni Pizza, Tossed Salad with Romaine, Bread Stick, Marinara Sauce, Applesauce and MilkToday’s News•Baseball will be released at 10:55 today, Varsity Tennis at 12:30 and Softball at 1:40. They will be marked Activity.center_img •Help the Library create the ultimate young adult reading list by scanning the QR Codes on the flyers around the school. Let the Library know what books you want to read!  You can also go to: http://goo.gl/forms/yElq1CUx2b •Give us a hand and donate a can. There will be a food drive this week- class against class. The winning class will be served Ice Cream on service day. The deadline to bring cans will be on Tuesday, April 21st. Freshman take your cans to room 412- Mrs. Carroll. Sophomores to Room 105- Mrs. Bristow. Juniors to room 110- Ms. Hollas and Seniors to Room 208- Defore. •Prom entertainment applications are due tomorrow to  Ms. Ford.•Juniors and Seniors: Remember you must be in attendance on Friday in order to attend prom on Saturday. •Juniors and Seniors: A few Prom Announcements–You can sign up for the dodge ball and obstacle course for after prom in the office.-If you would be interested in performing for your classmates at prom, please pick up an entertainment application from Ms. Ford or stop by the office.-Tickets are now on sale by the student entrance before and after school. They are $30.00.– You can sign-up out of town dates in the office.-If you are planning on attending After Prom, you must read and sign a student pledge sheet. You may pick up the forms in the office.-Please see Ms. Ford if you have any questions or concerns. •The Jostens man will be here to deliver class rings on Thursday, April 23rd at 11 p.m.. If you still have a balance due on your ring, don’t forget to bring your final payment on delivery day. If you forgot to order your class ring on the original order day, you can order your class ring on delivery day. If you already have  a class ring and it needs to be resized or repaired, bring it on delivery day and the Jostens man will take care of it for you. Today is:National Look Alike DayNational Lima Bean Respect DayNational Pineapple Upside Down DayFollow us on Twitter. •Attention all Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen:  If you are interested in being a class officer next year, pick up an application in the office.  Remember you must be passing 5 classes to be eligible to serve as an officer.  Applications will be due Friday, April 24.  Elections will be held Tuesday, May 5 during second Hour.last_img read more

The supporters clubs of the Community of Madrid create their ‘white channel’

first_imgThe Peñas Federation, located precisely in the community most punished by COVID-19, In this way, it aims to help alleviate the long hours of confinement at home and alleviate as much as possible the frustration that fans have as the days go by. For a soccer fanatic not having soccer is terrible and even more if it is the team of his loves. Something like this has never happened and at least the wait until the competition resumes will be less desperate for the white supporters. The circumstances generated by the serious health crisis derived from the coronavirus It is making the different groups react by seeking to make confinement and the inevitable restrictions generated by the state of alarm more bearable. Thus, the Federation of Madrid Supporters Clubs of Madrid, chaired by Luis Cáceres, It has taken a good initiative that will allow supporters from all over Spain to make the quarantine more bearable. That is why they have opened a communication channel in TELEGRAM (Telegram.Canal. Federación.Peñas) that will allow downloading all kinds of content related to Real Madrid.In this material there are historical parties that can be seen complete (finals of the European Cup, the King’s Cup, the famous European comebacks of the 70s and 80s …), as well as documentaries (from the time of the Bernabéu, the Quinta del Buitre, the Galacticos…), on historical stars of the team, vintage interviews, and even download in PDF sports newspapers, magazines or books whose content is focused on the past, present and future of the Madrid entity.last_img read more

Balanced NLEX subdues GlobalPort in Christmas clash

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — NLEX shared the blessings and in turn, went on to have a merry Christmas after a 115-104 win over GlobalPort to stay unbeaten in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Monday at Philippine Arena here.Leaning on a balanced attack, the Road Warriors negated the 33-point outing from Stanley Pringle to improve to 2-0 in the conference.ADVERTISEMENT Quiñahan preserved NLEX’s 10-point cushion in the fourth before Ravena and Fonacier drilled treys to seal the win in the waning minutes.“We’re just taking advantage of the breaks we’re getting, and at the same time, it’s giving us time to jell,” said Guiao.Pringle’s high-scoring output and all-around brilliance went to waste as he also corralled 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the losing effort.Sean Anthony chimed in 19 markers, nine boards, and three dimes off the bench, while Jonathan Grey got 13 points and two assists.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Kiefer Ravena unloaded 20 points and had two rebounds, five assists and four steals to lead the assault for NLEX. He capped another stellar outing and punctuated the Road Warriors’ victory with a slam with 37 seconds left.“We just gave ourselves and our supporters a really nice Christmas gift on Christmas day,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We’re happy that we were able to carry our winning momentum because it’s going to be a two-week break for us. But we’ll keep on practicing through the holidays.”The Road Warriors took advantage of the Batang Pier missing the services of main gunner Terrence Romeo, who is still recovering from his knee contusion, as they made the world’s largest indoor arena as their playground to knock off the numerous rallies from the opposition. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Christmas tradition: Warriors, Cavs headline holiday hoops LATEST STORIES NLEX 115 — Ravena 20, Quiñahan 19, Fonacier 12, Tiongson 10, Alas 9, Baguio 8, Gotladera 8, Miranda 8, Mallari 6, Monfort 5, Rios 5, Taulava 3, Al-Hussaini 2.GLOBALPORT 104 — Pringle 33, Anthony 19, Grey 13, Nabong 9, Araña 8, Elorde 5, Guinto 4, Juico 4, Taha 4, Flores 2, Sargent 2, Gabayni 1.Quarters: 25-25, 50-45, 84-76, 115-104.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

History and Us: Elijah Johnson, Great Liberian Pioneer

first_imgElijah Johnson was one of the earliest leaders of the colonists, having arrived here on January 7, 1822 the ship Elizabeth. It was the ship that brought the first group of colonist from the United States to found a home in Africa, their Motherland. He is noted for being the author of two historic statements.  After the Sierra Leone people and the British colonial government had refused the colonists from America settlement at Shebro Island, Elijah Johnson led the colonists from there to Providence Island near Cape Mesurado. The general area they later named Monrovia. At the time, many on the ship Elizabeth urged the group return to the USA.  But Elijah Johnson responded with these historic, inspiring words:“For two long years I have sought a home.  Here I have found one, and here will I remain.”His other historic statement came when the British, in a subtle attempt to colonize Liberia during the tribal uprising against the settlers, offered to put up their flag in a bid to scare off the colonists’   tribal opponents. But Elijah Johnson, who was then Acting Agent of the American Colonization Society, defiantly told the British: “We want no flagstaff put up here that will cost us more to take down than to whip the natives.”By that one remark, Liberia was saved from colonization and remains till this day the only African territory that was never colonized.Elijah Johnson attained a great legacy as a leader.  He was one of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention that started in January, 1847 and ended with the establishment of the Republic of Liberia on July 26 that year.  He was therefore, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.His legacy of leadership has continued down through the generations.  His son, Hilary Richard Wright Johnson, became president of Liberia in 1884.  Hilary was a charismatic leader. He was nominated by both the Republican Party, founded by J. J. Roberts, Liberia first President, and the True Whig Party, of which E. J. Roye became the first standard bearer, later elected President. After his election as President (1884), Hilary Richard Wright Johnson chose his cabinet from both the Republican and True Whig Parties. And that spelled the end of the Republican Party.Elijah Johnson’s great great grandson, Gabriel Johnson Tucker, became one of Liberia’s great Secretaries of Public Works and was probably the most popular member of the Tolbert government.  When the coup took place in 1980 Tucker, who managed men and women from ditch diggers to architects and civil and structural engineers, was one of only four Ministers of the Tolbert government who were never arrested in 1980.  Public Works employees ran to his house on the morning the coup to protect him.Elijah Johnson’s leadership legacy continued with Martinus Johnson, also a great grandson, who became Liberia’s Ambassador to Egypt.  A great great granddaughter, Ruby Johnson, was a fashion model in the 1970s who adorned West African magazine covers.  She now serves as a Commissioner on the Human Rights Commission of Liberia.The Johnson people seemed to have had a special fondness for Marylanders.  Elijah Johnson’s great granddaughter, Danielette Johnson, married Mr. Tucker  of Cape Palmas and their son, Gabriel Johnson Tucker,  married another Marylander, Wilhelmina “Coocoo” Tubman, daughter of President W.V.S. Tubman. The Woods sisters of Edina, Grand Bassa County, are also descendants of Elijah Johnson because their mother was an Elijah Johnson descendant.  One of her grand daughters, Hesta, married Goda Baker, a Marylander of the Grebo ethnic group; while Hesta’s older sister, Elizabeth, married Hebert Brewer of the Brewer family of Cape Palmas. But that was not all.  Hesta’s eldest sister Maria was wedded to Mitch Brownell, another prominent Marylander; and so was Hesta daughter, also named Hesta, who married a Pearson from Cape Palmas.One of Ruby Johnson’s relatives has written a history of Elijah Johnson which we hope to share with our readers in the near future.  Elijah Johnson also links us today with Liberia’s current President, Ellen Jonson-Sirleaf. How and why? Kenneth Y. Best, in his book, Albert Porte, record that Ellen’s grandfather,Mr. Jah Maley, was a gifted linguist who fluently spoke several Liberian languages. This is typical of the Deys and Golas, from whom Jah Maley hailed. As a result of his linguistic talents, Mr. Maley became the principal interpreter of President Hilary Richard Wright Johnson (1884-1892).  President Johnson took Ellen’s grandfather, Mr. Jah Maley, everywhere he went.  So the grandfather, Mr. Maley, decided to adopt the name Johnson as his surname. That is how Ellen’s father Carney, son of Jah Maley Johnson, became Carney Johnson.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more