Brilliant Mo Farah wins 5,000m to achieve ‘double-double’

first_imgGREAT Britain’s Mo Farah won his fourth Olympic gold medal as he became only the second man in history to retain the 5,000m and 10,000m titles.The 33-year-old won yesterday’s 5,000m final in Rio to extend his tally as Britain’s most successful Olympic track and field athlete of all time.Farah won in 13 minutes 3.30 seconds as Scot Andrew Butchart finished fourth.“It shows I didn’t just fluke it in London. To do it again is incredible. I can’t believe it,” said Farah.Farah’s was GB’s 27th gold in Rio and their 65th medal, matching the haul at London 2012.They surpassed that tally when the women’s 4x400m relay team won bronze shortly after.Ethiopians Dejen Gebremeske and Hagos Gebrhiwet took turns to set a quick pace in the first half of the race.Farah moved to the front shortly after the 3,000m mark, taking control of the pace before accelerating to hold on in the final straight.“I was surprised by the first lap; I thought it was going to be a slow race,” said Farah.“They had a plan – they wanted to take the sting out of me. But when I hit the front, I wasn’t letting anyone past me.”Farah finished 0.6secs clear of American Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo, who was disqualified along with fourth-placed Muktar Edris of Ethiopia and Canada’s Mohammed Ahmed in fifth.Gebrhiwet, who crossed the line in third, won silver, and Bernard Lagat of the United States was promoted from sixth place to bronze.The disqualifications pushed Butchart, who ran a personal best of 13:08.61, up to fourth.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

BFF Calls for Trust Between Gov’t, Civil Service

first_imgAmid threats of imminent go-slow action expected to commence on December 16, 2019, Better Future Foundation (BFF), has appealed to the Consortium of Public Sector Workers Organizations to remain constructively engaged with the government in response to the workers’ demands as contained in the October 23, 2019, seven-count Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).In a statement issued in Monrovia on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, BFF also called on the government to remain committed to honoring its binding obligations, as contained in the MoU signed between the government and the over 77,000 public sector workers.BFF said the MoU, which was made and entered by the parties on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, borders on the payment of salary arrears, and improving the economic livelihood of public sector employees and their families.The MoU was also based on an earlier resolution signed by the Consortium on October 23, 2019, to peacefully engage the government aimed at addressing the plight of the workers, and for the preservation and sustainability of Liberia’s hard-won peace and democracy.BFF, in the release further said that an essential component of mitigating problems in a post-conflict and fragile state, such as Liberia primarily borders on government’s sincere commitment in building a relationship of trust, and confidence with its citizens, especially public sector workers, who constitute a major source of revenue generation for sustainable economic, peace and development in the country.According to the BFF, the government, which is represented in the MoU by the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel F. McGill, Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel D. Tweah, Jr.; Moses Kollie, Minister of Labor; Cllr. Frank Musah Dean, Minister of Justice; and the Director General of the Civil Service Agency of Liberia, Laurine W. Johnson, have committed to work with the Consortium of Public Sector Workers Organizations, to implement protective adjustments to civil servants salaries, while maintaining the government US$297 million to ensure stability in the civil servants’s salaries before the end of November 2019.“The government has also committed to regularize the monthly payment of all civil servants, and to issue monthly pay slips by December 2019 consistent with the stable pay determined by end of November 2019,” BFF added.In the MoU, the government further committed to regularizing the employment status of all public school teachers on the Supplementary payroll, who received salary increment under its “harmonization program” on or before end of December 2019, said the BFF release, signed by its secretariat.In line with the MoU, the Consortium, which comprises a workforce of over 77,000 employees, was represented by Moibah K. Johnson, president Civil Servants Union of Liberia; Mary W. Mulbah Nyumah, National Teachers Association of Liberia; Joseph Soko Tamba, National Health Workers Union of Liberia; Vinton Gareay, MCSS Teachers’ Association, etc.It was further agreed upon that the government and the Consortium remain engaged during these periods for better communication and problem-solving and that the Inter-Agency Wage Harmonization Team, will improve data and information sharing amongst technicians of the CSA and MFDP to ensure better communication, and information dissemination to the Consortium of Public Sector Workers Organizations, and civil servants across the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more