Lawrence using football to cope with mom’s death

first_img Lawrence added that many supporters have commended him for his show of strength in such trying times, but he is convinced his mother’s situation didn’t impact the team’s performance during the loss, as they have been preparing for their maiden RSPL campaign for months. “Despite what was happening, I had to put it behind me. After the game, [that was the] time for suffering and pain. It’s something we had to do. My mother passed and there is nothing much I can do. You have to go on; you can’t let it stress you. You have to do what is required and get the job done. “People say I am tough, but they don’t know the hurt inside. But I don’t think what happened to my mother changed anything (Monday) because we have been making preparations for months. One incident or one day cannot stop whatever we have planned,” he said. Lawrence’s mother, Patsy Thompson, 65, passed away in hospital last Saturday morning after being admitted the evening before due to persistent vomiting and diarrhoea. However, while having tea in the morning, Thompson collapsed and passed away. Formerly of Granville, she was living with Lawrence at the time of her death. SHOW OFSTRENGTH Watching former Reggae Boyz goalkeeper Aaron Lawrence on the sidelines as Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) debutants Sandals South Coast took on defending champions Arnett Gardens in a live televised opening-round fixture at the Anthony Spaulding on Monday, you would never get the impression that the former national shot-stopper had lost his mother two days earlier. On the surface, the ex-Reno player looked his usual self, issuing instructions and directing play from the sidelines in his team’s 1-3 loss, even though on the inside, he was distraught and going through pain. But although Lawrence is suffering, he says sports is his medicine, and only football could help him forget his struggles. “Sports and football is like medicine for everyone. Things will happen at home or to you, and when it’s time to play football or your favourite sport, everything gets better. Your mind is at rest until you are finished. Then you start to focus on the negative [again], and then you start to hurt. “So it (football) really helps me to take my mind off things. I have to take my mind off the hurting and what happened with my mother. I love my mother. I miss her,” he lamented. “She has done a lot when there was no father – just me, her, my brother and sister – and football has helped me to get over these obstacles.”last_img read more

“Media Subjected to Unjustified Attacks from Several Sources”

first_imgThe President of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Abdullai K. Kamara, said in spite of efforts by the institution to regulate itself, Liberian media continues to be “subjected to unjustified attacks from several sources,” which he claimed has hampered the free press in Liberia.At a press conference in Monrovia, Mr. Kamara said worse and increasingly in our society are the multi-million-dollar lawsuits being filed against journalists and media houses, referencing the US$4 million lawsuit against Journalist Octavin Williams, for allegedly injuring the reputation of businessman, Tony Lawal.Mr. Kamara explained that in line with the civil lawsuit, Williams is obliged to produce a US$400,000 bond to secure his release from further pretrial detention. “This is punishment before judgment since it would arguably be difficult for even the President of Liberia to meet the accumulative value of Journalist Octavin Williams’ bond fee.”He said many of the lawsuits filed against journalists are built in a fashion to jail the accused, adding that these kinds of suits are actually not intended to seek justice, but to silence the journalists or media into submission.“We are not preventing people from taking recourse to the law, but we also do not believe that court actions should be unreasonable, making it impossible for people to have confidence in the court as a forum to gain justice. We must all agree that if people do not confide in the courts of law, they might be considering other options to secure justice,” Mr. Kamara stressed.Despite the challenges, he said the PUL remains supportive of efforts including the passage of laws and the provision of facilities that strengthen opportunities for journalists to have access to information from various sources within the country and across the world.“We are still determined to have the government abide by its declared commitments to decriminalize media offenses.”He added, “In the last several weeks, the PUL had the unpleasant duty of instituting fines and suspensions on some of it own members, and will not hesitate to add others to this list when they operate in unsavory ways.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more