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

Ex-Warrior Swaggy P is a mile high after signing with an NBA team

first_img— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 10, 2018An 11-year pro, Young, 33, has been desperate to return to the NBA, going so far as to post a plaintive … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSwaggy P is back in the game.Nick Young, who earned a championship ring with the Warriors last season, was signed by the Denver Nuggets on Monday, according to ESPN.Nick Young has officially joined the squad.#MileHighBasketball

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

Truth triumphed, says Bilal Kawa’s mother on his release

first_imgThe 37-year-old businessman from Srinagar, Bilal Ahmad Kawa, on Saturday described his detention by the Delhi Police as his “bad luck”. Mr. Kawa told The Hindu over phone from his Delhi residence, “This episode will not keep me away from Delhi. I have done no wrong. Why should I fear? I will keep coming to do my business here and prosper.” He said, “I am thankful to the Delhi Police for being kind enough during the detention. I am also thankful to the J&K Police for being truthful about my reality.”Mr. Bilal was arrested on January 10 this year from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, New Delhi, by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police based on inputs from the Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad (ATS). He was accused of having a role in the 2001 Red Fort attack and was declared “wanted for 17 years”. However, a Delhi court granted him bail on February 8.In custody for 29 days, Mr. Kawa was greeted by his children — Mutiya Bilal, a Class 4 student, and Falah Bilal, who is in nursery, on his arrival two days ago. “They hugged me and cried as I stepped home,” said Mr. Bilal.Mr. Bilal’s elder brother Niyaz Ahmad Kawa said the court was convinced about his innocence. “Thankfully, we got our hand on the air tickets from 2010 till 2015, since he travelled to Delhi frequently. We also provided Income Tax returns and sales tax details to prove he was very much in Delhi and doing business all this while,” said Mr. Niyaz Ahmed.The J&K Police, he said, had also been provided in writing that the Delhi Police was “never looking for him between 2000 and 2018 in any case”.For Mr. Kawa’s mother Fatima Begum, he is “born again”. “I am relieved. Truth triumphed,” said Ms. Begum, who held street protests in Srinagar to press the State government to intervene in the case.last_img read more

The transformers

first_imgFired up the entrepreneurial spirit and change they believe in, some Bangaloreans are blazing new trails of being in areas as diverse as yoga, motor sport and social initiatives. Meet some of the city’s new eclectic set.Sean Blagsvedt, 35Founder, babajob.comHe moved to Bangalore seven years ago from Redmond, US, on assignment with Microsoft Research India. “Bummed out” by the socioeconomic inequity he saw, Sean launched in the city, a Bangaloreheadquartered job search website to help informal sector workers find work through social networks. Since its inception in 2007, the Babajob experiment has not only proved to be sustainable, but is thriving too. The innovative venture has hooked up thousands of nannies, maids, cooks, drivers, plumbers, office-boys and cashiers in the city with the right employers.Finding social networks restrictive beyond a point, Blagsvedt has tied up with mobile telecoms and is using the SMS route to reach a wider audience. “As of last month, our user growth rate has tripled. We have also launched across the country and our spread has widened immensely with 500,000 positions added, and job seekers from every state, including the smaller towns, are accessing our database,” he says.Yamini Muthanna, 40Yoga PractitionerIf city-based yoga practitioner and Bharatanatyam dans-euse had her way, yoga would be prescribed as a universal panacea for all the myriad maladies of urban living. In fact, Muthanna reveals that she has on various occasions designed yoga routines to deal with very urbane issues like shopping binges, break-ups and work-related stress. “Yoga can be an everyday companion for modern day life,” quips Muthanna. She has mapped out specific yoga sequences to overcome jetlag, speech or presentation anxieties at work, addictions, and social adjustment.Dinesh Reddy, 44Founder and Managing Director Red Rooster Racing (RRR)The call of the racetrack was too persistent to ignore for this former director of Nutrine Confectionery. In 2008, Reddy quit his job as the director of the city-based sugar confectionary and started Red Rooster Racing. RRR is powered by two of Reddy’s favourite ideas-to put India on the world motor sport map and make motor sporting as big as cricket in the country. “At RRR, our goal is to see an Indian in the top three to five riders or drivers at the Formula 1 level in circuit racing, the Moto GP in motor racing, and the World Racing Championship in rallying,” says Reddy.Vineet Sethi, 27 and Manu Singh, 27 Owners, HysteriaOnce upon a time, Bangaloreans couldn’t find any original music merchandise in their hood. That has now changed with opening of music concept store Hysteria, the only offline retailer of copyrighted music merchandise in the country. Since June 2010, Hysteria has been giving a taste of hip (and original) music-related goodies like Sex Pistols bags, Bob Marley T-shirts, Green Day flip-flops, miniature guitars and Elvis Presley zippos. Set in Church Street, it is the brainchild of two enterprising MBA graduates who left their jobs to do something on their own. Hysteria sources music accessories, apparel, DVDs and art from the US, UK, Australia and Europe. “Bangalore is a cosmopolitan city where people know and love their music. So we figured that the best place to sell licenced rock’n’ roll merchandise was here,” says Singh.Ayesha Pramanik, 29Disco JockeySporting a collage of tattoos and a larger-than-life personality, DJ Ayesha belongs to the rare tribe of female disc jockeys in the country. A tech specialist of a very different sort, the freelancing DJ revs up the IT city’s electronic dance music scene, and its nightlife, with the edgy sounds of deep tech house, dub step, drum and bass. “Yes, you need to know your music, but your personality matters a lot too, and how you connect with the crowd,” explains Pramanik, who has played gigs all around the country for the past ten years.advertisementlast_img read more