Hubert Lawrence | A victory over grief

first_img2016 has seen its fair share of big sporting moments. For Jamaicans. The Olympic sprint doubles by Usain Bolt and Elaine Thompson probably top the charts with the twin triumphs by the West Indies at the World Twenty20 World Cup being the biggest accomplishments early in the year. Ranking right up there is a victory over grief. Just days after their son Dominic James collapsed during a Manning Cup game, his parents – David and Denese – came to watch last Friday’s match between St George’s College, which their son captained at the time of his death and Greater Portmore High School. To make their intent clear, they came wearing shirts their son wore during his time representing St George’s. It would have been easier to stay away but the James’ came forward to inspire their son’s team-mates. They wore light blue but their courage and dignity is an example for every Jamaican. I don’t know how many of us could do that. I know I couldn’t. In some ways, it’s even more of a shot in the arm than those famous triumphs by Bolt, Thompson and the West Indies. It is said that sport builds character. It tests character too and not just for those on the field of play. The West Indies’ double T20 triumphs showed that regional cricket, in the shortest form of that venerable game, had the potential to be the best in the world. In Rio de Janeiro at the Olympics, Bolt, Thompson and Omar McLeod showed our world class prowess in athletics. Last week Friday, James’ parents showed that there are times when Jamaicans are ‘tallawah’ off the field of play as well. It won’t be easy for Mr and Mrs James to get over the loss of their only son. Their memories will be bittersweet. Even though they too played on bravely, the St George’s Manning Cup players will need time to mend. Thankfully, all affected parties, led by James’ parents and their son’s team-mates, have faced the tragedy bravely. Together, they made Friday, September 23 one of the biggest days ever in sport. • Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

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EPA Secures US$7.4M Grant from GEF

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has secured US$7.43 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to tackle some prevailing environmental problems in the country.GEF Operational Focal Point and Executive Director of the EPA, Madam Anyaa Vohiri, made the disclosure at the GEF National Portfolio Formulation Exercise Workshop held over the weekend in Kakata, Margibi County.According to an EPA release the workshop was meant for stakeholders to identify burning environmental issues and synergize them for implementation.Madam Vohiri said the money will be used by the government to execute environmental projects in the areas of climate change, biodiversity, sustainable land management, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), international waters and chemical management.She noted that only sincere deliberation that will lead to the identification of environmental issues affecting Liberia’s developmental agenda can pave the way for speedy solution environmental related issues.The GEF was established in 1991 to assist in the protection of the global environment and to promote sustainable environmental development.Participants in the one day forum were drawn from relevant government line ministries and agencies as well as GEF implementing partners, including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), African Development Bank, Environmental NGOs Coalition, Academicians, youth groups, and among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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