President George Weah along with delegates f the Liberia National Olympic Committee (Photo: Executive Mansion)Days after seeking the audience of the Chief Patron of Sports, the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) has met Chief Patron George Weah ahead of their trip to Algiers, Algeria, for the 3rd edition of the African Youth Games (AYG).Liberia is expected to join over 50 other countries to participate in the youthful international multi-sport events, held every four years and will be represented in seven disciplines, including athletics (four athletes); table tennis (two athletes); taekwondo (two athletes) and cycling (one athlete), long Tennis (two athletes), Shooting Gun (one athlete) and Swimming (two athletes).According to the website of the Executive Mansion, President Weah yesterday met in audience the delegation of the LNOC headed by Youth and Sports Minister Hon. Zeogar Wilson at his Foreign Affairs Office.President Weah encouraged the team to ignite all efforts in raising the flag of Liberia and to represent the nation as ambassadors who are serving on a duty for a national cause, according to the website.He said the team should view their presence and participation in the pending tournament as a means of lifting the flag of Liberia through sports and should ensure that Liberia achieves the purpose for their participation on the African Continent.Earlier, the LNOC intended to formally present the delegation to the Chief Patron and request for financial assistance in the tune of US$55,000 to enable the 22-man delegation to go to Algiers, Algeria, for the 10 days of the event. According to reports, an undisclosed amount was presented to the delegation to facilitate their trip to the competition.AYG is an international multi-sport event held to complement the current All-Africa Games. The first games were hosted in Rabat, Morocco. This international sportive event has been created by Lassana Palenfo, current director of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa. The idea arose in 2006, but the very first African Youth Games only occurred in 2010. The second edition was held in Botswana, 2010 with Egypt winning the highest number of medals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Bratton referenced that struggle in explaining his recent endorsement of council President Alex Padilla in his run for a North San Fernando Valley State Senate seat. The influential Christopher Commission report on LAPD reform frowned on police chiefs making endorsements, but Bratton said he was swayed by Padilla’s support for the department. The Padilla endorsement is Bratton’s second such nod since arriving in L.A. His first was for the man who hired him, former Mayor James Hahn. The chief said he had a better personal relationship with Villaraigosa, but Hahn “brought me to the dance.” Bratton navigated the election well, Sonenshein said, and it is now paying dividends in his relationship with Villaraigosa. “The success of each is essential to the other,” he said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The mayor agrees, saying he feels “very fortunate to have a man of his skill and leadership” at the LAPD. One major difference between Bratton’s tenures in the nation’s two largest cities is that Giuliani’s top priority was crime fighting – Villaraigosa so far has spent more time emphasizing issues such as education and transportation. The structure of government in Los Angeles is another difference, said Raphael Sonenshein, a political scientist at California State University, Fullerton. Charter reforms have eroded the LAPD’s independence, he said. “The polls show he’s very well regarded,” Sonenshein said. “Being popular isn’t the same as being powerful.” Sonenshein pointed to Bratton’s difficulties in convincing the City Council or the required supermajority of voters to fund thousands of more cops. When William Bratton was police commissioner in New York, his relationship with then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani famously soured after Bratton appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Now that Bratton is the top cop in Los Angeles, where the dynamic new mayor just graced the cover of Newsweek, can another such clash be in the works? Quite the contrary, they say. “We have an extraordinarily good relationship,” Bratton said of his rapport with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.