Remembering Munich … History-making Jamaican Olympic diver looks back at German memories

first_imgIn 1966, a Gleaner article declared: “Jamaicans are naturally athletic and agile people, and we could produce divers of world class if more attention was paid to this aspect of swimming.” This bold proclamation was made just after 10 year-old Betsy Sullivan had represented Jamaica in 3m diving competition at the 1966 Commonwealth Games held in Kingston. ” … at that age you kind of know no fear. Whatever is there to do you just do it. Life is just for living at that age, you’re enjoying yourself and having a great time, totally oblivious to the fact I had qualified to a games at age 10 and the magnitude of what that meant. I was just an average 10 year-old playing with my friends, having a good time,” she remembered. “I wasn’t there to win, I didn’t have any expectations at that age, it was just a good experience and I really enjoyed it.” Six years down the road, the then – teenager, Sullivan – now Betsy Sharpe, became the first Jamaican to qualify for the Olympics in the diving event. MUNICH 1972 It will become the scene of both her most fulfilling and horrific experiences, but for the Olympian, it was the moment that defined her for the rest of her life. “That one was the pinnacle, because once you are an Olympian, you will always be an Olympian. That is something no one can ever take away from you. I was proud to represent my country,” said Sharpe during a recent chat with The Gleaner. A great accomplishment for a bright-eyed 16 year-old; still, the Munich Olympics, which were ironically marketed as ‘The Happy Games’, will be mostly remembered for the killing of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches by a group of Palestinian terrorists who had taken them hostage. Sharpe reminisced on the scenes in the Athletes Village and how that incident not only changed the mood of the Games, but also her own perspective. “I remember probably more than I want to remember from it. We could see the terrorist standing outside on the balcony with his gun because of the way the village was set out,” she shared. “The mood of the Games changed. The last time it was held in Germany, it was held in Berlin, and the whole thing with Jesse Owens and (Adolf) Hitler, and so Germany was going out of their way to try and make this a comfortable, friendly games, and that’s how we felt about it.” The extra security detail and the jubilant reactions to the false news that the hostages had been freed are all still fresh in her mind. “I was going through the line at breakfast and I had a smile on my face and the lady that was serving me breakfast she said ‘You don’t know do you? Nobody knows.’ “And I said, ‘Know what?’ And she said, ‘They were all killed.” What didn’t die for Sharpe, is the resolve that she developed from that experience. “Its not something that I usually tell people. I don’t believe in tooting my own horn from that point of view. There is something inside of me that no one can take away from me; I know what my accomplishments are, I just feel like I can hold myself up so high from the experience of being an Olympian, and I always have that self confidence and that’s what reaching that level of sports gives you – you know who you are,” she beamed. This summer, she will have company in the chronicles of Jamaican diving history with Yona Knight-Wisdom set to carve his name beside hers as Jamaican diving Olympian after his qualification to the Rio Olympic Games.last_img read more

Final phase of €16m N56 upgrade to get underway in August

first_imgContracts have been signed on the final phase of the strategic N56 Mountcharles to Inver Road Scheme, with works due to get underway next month.The N56 Drumbeigh to Inver Road Scheme which is located approximately 3.5km west of the village of Mountcharles is the second and final phase of the overall €16m N56 Mountcharles to Inver Road Scheme.  The first phase, from Mountcharles to Drumbeigh, is now approaching completion. This key strategic infrastructural project will not only improve the level of service and safety for all road users but will enhance the accessibility of south west Donegal and in particular, Killybegs Port.  Cathaoirleach Cllr. Nicholas Crossan signed contracts for the final phase last Friday afternoon.Speaking at the signing Cllr. Crossan said “this is an important step forward in securing the long term economic, social and cultural viability of Donegal and indeed South West Donegal. “This investment will see the completion of a major piece of infrastructure that will facilitate more ease of access for businesses, visitors and investors to south west Donegal including Killybegs Port which continues to be a significant contributor to the economic development of the county. “This type of investment is crucial for Donegal and the entire North West region if we are to realise our ambitions as a region for growth and prosperity.” Construction will commence in August 2019 and it is expected to be open to the public in early 2021. Wills Bros. Ltd, have been appointed contractor based on the Most Economically Advantageous Tender process. Wills Bros. Ltd have completed similar works on the Donegal’s national road network in recent years including the N56 Mountcharles To Drumbeigh Scheme, N15 Blackburn Bridge and N56 Boyoughter to Kilkenny. Cathaoirleach of Donegal MD, Cllr. Noel Jordan also welcomed the signing of the second and final contract for this project and referred to the positive impact that phase one has had on the local community saying “the impact that the work to date has had on road users and those living and working in the locality has been very positive.  What was a narrow and dangerous stretch of road is now much safer and provides greater access for all road users and especially for the local community.”Director of Roads and Transportation with Donegal County Council John McLaughlin explains “these works will see the existing N56 single carriageway with narrow hard strips and poor vertical and horizontal alignment being replaced with a new Type 1 Single Carriageway including a 3.65m wide lane in each direction with 2.5m wide hard shoulders. “Works will include site clearance, fencing, safety barriers, drainage and service ducts, diversion of watermains and other utilities, accommodation works, landscaping and environmental mitigation measures”. The construction of the works will be supervised on behalf of Donegal County Council by Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers.This Scheme is funded fully by Transport Infrastructure Ireland and is included in the published Capital Plan ‘Building on Recovery 2016 – 2021’. Final phase of €16m N56 upgrade to get underway in August was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:N56 Mountcharles to Inver Road Schemelast_img read more

Dairy Producers Previously enrolled in the Livestock Gross Margin Program now eligible for 2018 MPP

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019.Producers enrolled in 2018 LGM-Dairy, administered by USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA), previously were determined by the 2014 Farm Bill to be ineligible for coverage under MPP-Dairy, a safety net program available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).“The 2018 Farm Bill included substantial changes to USDA dairy programs,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “This includes the ability for producers with LGM coverage to retroactively enroll in MPP-Dairy for 2018. It also integrated recent improvements to the MPP-Dairy in the new Dairy Margin Coverage program, beginning with the 2019 calendar year.”The MPP-Dairy program offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the national all-milk price and the national average feed cost — the margin — falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producers in a dairy operation. LGM-Dairy is an insurance product that provides protection when feed costs rise or milk prices drop. The gross margin is the market value of milk minus feed costs.This retroactive sign-up is only for dairy producers with 2018 LGM coverage who produced and commercially marketed milk in 2018 but did not obtain full year MPP-Dairy coverage. FSA will notify eligible producers by postcard and provide a one-time payment for all of the months in 2018 that had margins triggering MPP-Dairy assistance.“I’m pleased that dairy producers will now be able to take advantage of enrolling in both Livestock Gross Margin and the Margin Protection Program for 2018 coverage,” said Martin Barbre, RMA Administrator. “The 2018 Farm Bill gave dairy producers more options like these and when combined with the new Dairy Protection Program offered by RMA, that means more overall coverage for dairy producers.”Eligible producers can enroll during the sign-up period at their local USDA service center.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast September 20, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A few minor tweaks to the outlook this morning as we head into the weekend. WE still see only one “good” rain threat, but the atmosphere may end up being a little more unsettled on those other days where rain is not expected as much. Here is what we mean.Today turns out partly to mostly sunny and warm. Conditions should be very similar to yesterday. Tomorrow also remains warm, but we expect a bit of an increase in clouds, in fact, we cant rule out a few chances for isolated showers across Ohio, bringing a few hundredths to a tenth…but coverage will be under 20%. WE are back to fully dry weather all day Sunday, but clouds start to thicken up late afternoon and evening ahead of our cold front arrival.That front moves through Ohio on Monday. Rains do not look all that impressive, and we really think that thunderstorms will not be an issue anywhere. Therefore, we are lowering rain totals to a few hundredths to half an inch with coverage at 80% of the state. A majority of that will be .25″ or less. This system, as we mentioned yesterday, is falling apart and losing its moisture as it moves east, so we just don’t get very much here. If the front can tap into another source of moisture, rain totals can be higher.Tuesday through Sunday of next week we are starting to see a rather interesting pattern. The overall feel is somewhat unsettled, as there is just a bit of moisture dancing around the state through that 6 day stretch. However, there is no organization to go along with that minor moisture…so we don’t think it develops into much. For now, we will be looking at a mix of clouds and sun each day, and while we cant rule out that isolated shower or two on any given day, we think the overall period will be mostly dry. Temps will be cooler behind the front on Monday, but will not be cold. In fact, one could expect near normal temps as we finish out the month.10 day cumulative rain potentialFor the extended period, we have showers for Monday the 30th, but minor totals, and after a dry start to October on Tuesday, we have a significant round of rain and thunderstorms for Wednesday the 2nd. Those rains can total .1″-1″ with coverage at 90%. Then we are dry to finish the 11-16 day period for Thursday the 3rd through Saturday the 5th.last_img read more

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