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

Can the new Mayor make a difference?

first_imgDear Editor,I was looking at the new Mayor of Georgetown for the year 2019, Mr Ubraj Narine, and immediately my reaction to the news was a long, deep sigh. The reason for my lamentation is the fact that the new mayor was flanked by two known characters; current Mayor, Patricia Chase Greene and Mr Oscar Clarke.Green and Clarke are already ex-officio members of the new finance committee of the Council whose stewardship so far have been utterly tainted by corruption. With such a cabal of corrupt officials on the Council, and in particular, members of the finance committee, one wonders what the new mayor can do, if anything at all, surrounded by so great a multitude of vile people.That corruption, for certain, was engineered and fostered by the very same group who placed him there. I am speaking of felons, persons found guilty of grand theft and other misconduct in public office by a Commission of Inquiry. The only thing left now is for their indictment in a court of law.So, one wonders what this latest election to the grand office of mayor is all about? Is this The APNU’s new charade to show that the much talked about “cohesion” is truly on the move, or must we conclude that the young face to the Mayor’s position is just another window dressing? The point is, when you are surrounded by such dead weight how much of a takeoff flight can Mr Narine make? This is the burning question.Comrade Narine might be well intentioned in his approach to the office, and might want to infuse new ideas, all for the wellbeing of the citizens of Georgetown, but can he, or rightly put, how effective would those ideas be? These are the burning questions the ordinary citizen is forced to ask? Can he really make a difference?To make those new and progressive ideas work, Mr Narine will soon be on a collision course with the old Guard in The PNC on that Council. It means that the new mayor would be stepping on the toes of his so called PNC friends and we are quite familiar with that real case scenario. It means that he would soon be faced with a no-confidence vote which would see an abrupt end to his tenure as mayor. So, again I pose the question, will he be another Uncle Tom like Moses Nagamootoo who now embraces all the filth he once derided when he was with The PPP or will he break free and become a patriot? Only time will tell.In this regard, I urge The Pandit to read more of The Ramayan and possibly baptise all his APNU friends in “nuff dye water” to cleanse their corrupt minds and wash away their burdensome sins. I rest my case.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

GUMS Honors 110 Students

first_imgAlthough the 2015/2016 academic year is still in progress, the Ganta United Methodist High School (GUMS) recently honored about 110 students for academic excellence.The Principal of the school, Reverend Roger Domah, said honoring the students was his administration’s way of encouraging them to continue to ‘study hard.’ “The exercise is to also encourage their fellow students to study hard to earn the academic laurels for themselves,” Rev. Domah told the Daily Observer at the awards ceremony. He said because of the school’s strict academic policy, students have resolved to study hard and remain focused on their lessons.“We honored students who obtained grade point averages of 85 percent and above.” Domah said the school decided to honor about 110 students who attained the required grade point averages out of 769 students.The honorees included students from kindergarten to grade 12. They received certificates of appreciation for their achievements during the 1st semester.Regional Education officer, George S. S. Wuo, who served as keynote speaker, encouraged the honorees to redouble their efforts to continue receiving awards for excellent work.He also urged other students who did not meet the requirement to study hard and copy the examples set by their colleagues.The Ganta United Methodist School is one of the leading schools in Ganta, with a large enrolment of students. Its administration had earlier threatened to demote students, who do not perform well in their studies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Another CoI to be launched

first_imgPrison fire/jailbreakGovernment will be launching a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the fire that razed the Camp Street Prison on Sunday last; a little over a year after another one was conducted into a deadly blaze at that very facility.This was made known in the wake of a meeting held between a Government team composed of Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud and members of the political Opposition.Government has been briefing stakeholders and members of civil society on it efforts to relocate prisoners, secure existing infrastructure and recapture the prisoners who used Sunday’s blaze to escape under the cover of confusion.During Friday’s meeting with the Opposition team comprising of former Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee and parliamentarians Juan Edghill, Harry Gill and Bheri Ramsarran, Minister Ramjattan announced that a CoI would be launched into the tragedy.Last year March, a fire raged through the Camp Street Prison, claiming the lives of 17 prisoners. Afterwards, a Commission of Inquiry which cost the Treasury some $13 million was ordered by President David Granger, despite criticisms at the time that it would just regurgitate facts already known about Guyana’s prison and judicial system.According to the report compiled by the Commissioners, the combination of overcrowding, uncomfortable and unhygienic confinement are all ideal conditions for epidemics, for gangs to prosper and to propagate discontent.Moreover, the CoI found that reducing numbers in prison to manageable levels is the single most important priority for establishing safe, humane and purposeful prisons.It was further noted that repeat offenders have increased by over 100 per cent, “indicating not only a waste of taxpayer dollars but also the need for a more comprehensive and structured partnership within the wider justice system.”In order to effect a reduction in the prison population, the report had been specific in explaining what needed to be done. For one, it had recommended that Government move to abolish mandatory minimum sentences and decriminalise possession of minimum amounts of marijuana for personal use.In addition, there were recommendations for establishing and expanding alternatives to incarceration for those charged with low-level drug offences; as well as ensuring proportionality in sentencing.The report had noted the importance of distinguishing between drug trafficking and other types of crime, low-, medium- and high-level drug offences, rank or position of the accused in drug-trafficking networks, and violent and non-violent offences.In addition, there were recommendations for avoiding remand in the case of low-level, non-violent offenders; for the judiciary to employ non-custodial sentences in all cases of possession – such as treatment, educational opportunities or community service – that are available to those involved in other types of offences.The CoI report also recommended that law enforcement efforts be re-oriented to target high-level drug-trafficking networks instead of low-level drug traffickers such as consumers, small-scale farmers, low-level dealers and mules.There had also been recommendations for the Government to undertake periodically comprehensive prison censuses to upgrade and expand criminal justice data systems and ensure timely access to criminal justice information for policymakers and the public.Action takenBut despite the emphasis in the CoI report on reducing numbers, Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels himself confirmed that at the time of the fire on Sunday last, over 1000 prisoners were being housed at the prison, with a contingent out on labour duty. The Camp Street Prison was originally built to house nearly half that number.When asked at a press conference about the progress made in implementing the recommendations from last year, the Director has said that money just was not there to implement the major recommendations. According to Samuels at a press conference, some were a “work in progress.”“As it relates to some of the recommendations made, we have gone on a recruitment drive where our entry level is filled in terms of recruiting persons to assist in manning the prison,” Samuels said. “There are some 40-odd recommendations that came out of the last CoI and a lot of the major recommendations that came out require capital investment which we are currently working on.”Government has also faced accusations that it ignored recommendations made in other CoIs, such as the CoI into the state of the Guyana Sugar Corporation. While one of the recommendations from that CoI was that no estates be closed, Government has already stated it will forge ahead with closing all estates except Blairmont, Uitvlugt and Albion.It has also launched a plethora of CoIs into several aspects of Government, including education, public service, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit and abandoned planes found in the interior. Most recently, Government has announced a CoI into an alleged assassination plot against the President.last_img read more

AC Milan face Europa League ban

first_imgUEFA announced last week that the seven-time European champions had failed to convince officials they are financially sound and referred the case to the adjudicatory chamber of its financial control unit to recommend an appropriate punishment.A decision is expected next week and according to the New York Times investigators “have recommended excluding .. AC Milan from continental competition”.UEFA are concerned over AC Milan’s stability after it was purchased by Chinese businessman Li Yonghong from Silvio Berlusconi for 740 million euros ($918mn) in April last year.The club also spent more than 200 million euros on new players in the summer and have a massive high interest loan of 300 million euros from US hedge fund Elliott Management.Milan finished sixth in the Serie A last season and qualified for the second-tier Europa League for a second consecutive season missing out on the money-spinning Champions League.If Milan were excluded they would become the highest profile club banished from Europe, following Spanish club Malaga, Red Star Belgrade and Turkey’s Galatasary who were banned for a year in the past for failing to meet financial criteria.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AC Milan’s defender Leonardo Bonucci greets fans at the end of the Italian Tim Cup (Coppa Italia) final Juventus vs AC Milan at the Olympic stadium on May 9, 2018 in Rome © AFP / Isabella BonottoMILAN, Italy, Jun 1 – European football’s top financial investigators have recommended excluding Chinese-owned AC Milan from the Europa League next season for violating rules that limit spending, the New York Times reported on Friday.According to the US daily newspaper, “two people involved in the process” have confirmed that UEFA investigators have recommended Milan be excluded from European competition for violating Financial Fair Play rules.last_img read more

World Cup success has given Pogba a boost -Mourinho

first_img0Shares0000World Cup has given Paul Pogba a boost – Mourinho © AFP / Alain GROSCLAUDEManchester, United Kingdom, Sep 22 – Paul Pogba’s fine form for Manchester United this season is evidence that post-World Cup hangovers are as much mental as physical, according to the club’s manager Jose Mourinho.Pogba played a crucial role in France’s path to being crowned world champions — scoring a sublime goal in the final against Croatia — in Russia in July. Yet despite a short close-season break, he has been given the captaincy by Mourinho and performed impressively.The issue of post-World Cup fatigue has been debated extensively be club managers, with Tottenham striker Harry Kane the most high-profile example of those sturggling to replicate their best form.Mourinho, though, thinks that Pogba’s success with France has given the midfielder an extra surge of energy.“I think good results, and good performances, they make miracles,” said Mourinho at his press conference on Friday.“And bad results and bad performances, they make you look more tired, more upset, more ugly, more everything.”Mourinho’s remarks are likely to be welcomed by Pogba especially as the Portuguese had reportedly angered the 25-year-old last month when he implied Pogba played much better for France at the World Cup than he did for United last season as he was not surrounded by his entourage.“Paul came back from the World Cup, and he was the last one to come because he played the final,” said Mourinho.“But I think the happiness, the confidence, the self-esteem was what pushed him to play in our first match against Leicester almost without training and he played a very good match.“It’s more about the moment and the momentum is very important — in both the positive and negative way.”– ‘Difficult season’ –Mourinho has indicated Pogba’s compatriot Anthony Martial, despite scoring against Young Boys in the Champions League this week, will drop to the bench against Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday to make way for Alexis Sanchez, who was an unused substitute on Wednesday.Asked why he was dropping him to bring back the Chilean, the United manager replied Martial had played the whole game and Sanchez not taken part at all.Mourinho’s side go into the weekend six points behind leaders Chelsea, having lost two of their opening five matches, at Brighton and at home to Tottenham.However, with his side having won their past three matches in all competitions, Mourinho believes his team are showing they are better than they were last season, when they finished runners-up to Manchester City in the Premier League.“I am optimistic, but it will be a difficult season, yes,” he said.“I don’t change that because we won two matches in the Premier League.“You see the level of the teams — you see Liverpool’s squad, Manchester City’s squad, Chelsea’s squad, Tottenham’s squad, and Arsenal are improving.“I am not saying we are going to have more points than last season because last season we collected a very acceptable level of points. But I think we are going to be a better team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

INCREDIBLE PICTURE: Liverpool fans hurl abuse at wantaway star

first_imgRaheem Sterling has came under attack from Liverpool fans ahead of the club’s final game of the Premier League season at the Brittania Stadium.The England winger has had a tumultuous week with the player’s agent first claiming he would tell the club he wanted to leave and then saying he would not sign a new deal at Anfield for £900,000 a week.And Reds fans, who were irked by the news, in Stoke hurled abuse at Sterling as he walked past them before the game. 2 Liverpool fans hurl abuse at wantaway star. Click right to see the FULL picture! 2 Fans swear and hurl abuse at starlast_img read more

Death penalty sought in case

first_imgProsecutors said Shove wanted Cal Aero Supply, a surplus hardware and tool business in Paramount owned by the Southers, so he hired Hardin to kill the couple. Hubert Souther had no intention of selling Cal Aero. On Tuesday, the prosecution focused on the Southers and how their deaths affected their family. A granddaughter, Shannon Abbott, who was close to the couple, testified that she swallowed a bottle of aspirin a year after the killings. “I just wanted to be with them,” Abbott said. LOS ANGELES – A prosecutor asked a jury Tuesday to give the death penalty to two men convicted of killing an elderly La Habra Heights couple in a murder-for-hire scheme. The penalty phase began Tuesday in the trial of Theodore Shove, 55, and Lewis Hardin, 35, who were found guilty Oct. 30 of the first- degree murders of Hubert “Bert” Souther, 81, and his wife, Elizabeth Ann, 79, with the special circumstance that the killings were done for financial gain. The jury will decide whether Shove and Hardin deserve the death sentence or life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Southers were beaten to death with a tire iron and their bodies were discovered in their home Sept. 17, 2001, by one of their daughters. The prosecution also sought to portray the two men as violent. They said Hardin also abused his girlfriends, kidnapping and threatening one with a knife. They referred to prior violent acts by Shove, including a robbery he orchestrated in 1981, and the abuse of his former wives. His oldest sister, Mary Julian, testified she sustained broken ribs when he shoved her and she fell against a metal desk during a fight in the ’70s over her refusal to cash checks for him. In 2000 or 2001, she saw him pointing what looked like a gun at her through the window. “He said, `Bang. You’re dead,”‘ Julian said. Deputy District Attorney Cathryn Brougham showed the jury pictures of the Southers with family members, and the Southers’ bodies as they were discovered and while lying on the coroner’s examination tables. “They were asleep in their beds. They could not have been more vulnerable,” she said. She asked the jury to think about the couple’s last moments. She said Elizabeth Souther was hit several times on the head with the tire iron then smothered with a pillow so hard that her nose was broken. She said Hubert Souther tried to defend himself and his wife but he too was vulnerable. He was beaten on the head so hard his ear was nearly severed and several of his teeth knocked out, she added. “And this is what the defendants reduced Bert and Elizabeth Souther to,” Brougham said, adding that Shove and Hardin planned the killings. “They decided they would kill these two people for money. That’s what drove them: greed for money,” she said. Jeffrey Brodey, one of Hardin’s attorney’s, disputed Brougham’s version, saying no one knows what happened in that room. Brodey told the jury that Hardin had a terrible childhood and fell under the influence of Shove. Hardin was beaten by an uncle and his stepfather when he was a child in Kansas and lived on the streets for two years when he was thrown out of the house at 14. He said Hardin’s life improved when he moved in with his cousin and he was a good athlete in high school. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgHow totally embarrassing but all in a good cause!Pramerica Employees did a Onesie day in aid of the “Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy” charity”. Back Row: From Left to Right Stephen McDaid, Conal McKinney, Dan Sheerin, Barry McIntyre, David Doherty, Kevin Timoney, Donal Friel and Lorraine Gallagher.Front Row Left to Right: Shirley Boyle Mairead Doherty(Carson) Rachel Jones Evan and Ciara Colhoun. ‘ONESIE’ IS NOT AMUSED AT PRAMERICA! was last modified: May 6th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:charitypramericalast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal judge has slashed his working hours after he suffered a health scare.Judge Sean McBride, a former solicitor from Moville, is the Justice for the Cavan/Monaghan region.The no-nonsense Judge is known for his radical approach to the law and has greatly reduced his court lists in the area. He regularly sits until late in the evening hearing various cases.But now the former Fianna Fail member has decided to cut back his working hours in health grounds and will not sit on the bench after 4pm.The controversial Judge pulls no punches and had to apologise after he called Tyrone people “thick.”He also he was forced to apologise after saying he would blow the head off intruders if they broke into his home.He made the remarks as he sentenced a man for stealing from a pensioner’s home.The judge was also criticised last year after saying he was offended by the use of Londonderry and suggesting he was not sure how to spell it.EndsDONEGAL JUDGE SLASHES WORKING HOURS AFTER HEALTH SCARE was last modified: January 8th, 2011 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

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