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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Alleged chain snatcher, bike thief on bail

first_imgTwo men accused of larceny found themselves before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday.Anthony Persaud, 24, of Lot 28 Middle Road, La Penitence, Georgetown and Travis McKenzie of Lot 10 B Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown both denied the separate charges.It was alleged that on September 20, 2018 at South Road, Georgetown, Persaud robbed Avil Covlin of a gold chain valued $38,000.The Police Prosecutor had no objections to bail. Magistrate Azore released Persaud on $35,000 bail. The case will continue on October 24, 2018.Meanwhile, it was alleged that 38-year-old McKenzie stole a blue motorcycle valued $175,000, property of Davita Richardson, on July 8, 2018 at the Georgetown seawall.An unrepresented McKenzie in an explanation told the court that he was a father of six children and was the sole provider of his family.The Police Prosecutor made no objections to bail and the Magistrate released him on $25,000 bail. The case will continue on October 25, 2018.last_img read more

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Michelle Phan Endemol Beyond Germany and Viacom In

first_imgMichelle PhanEndemol Beyond Germany and Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe have partnered to launch a local version of multiplatform lifestyle channel Icon.The pair and brand partner ASOS has created FLiP, which is a local language version of Icon, which premiered in the UK and US in March 2015 and is now being adapted in 16 more markets.Furthermore, a TV spin-off will air in Germany on Fridays at 10.25pm from tonight on Nicknight.Digital star Michelle Phan leads Endemol Beyond-owned Icon on the creative front. The German network will offer content from up-and-coming digital influencers such as Mel (AMissMelle / Vanellimelli), Melissa (BreedingUnicorns) and Hatice (Hatice Schmidt)/Endemol Beyond’s global managing director, George Ramme, is based in Germany. His digital group is part of Endemol Shine Group.“The launch of FLiP marks the next step in the growth of Endemol Beyond as we bring one of our digital formats to television for the first time,” said Ramme.“Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe pursues with its brands a multi-platform approach to offer the audience and users targetgroup focused, interesting and exciting entertainment via linear and non-linear channels at all relevant platforms and devices,” said VIMN’s VP of digital, north, Mathias Blüm. “With FLiP we create the perfect combination of linear and non-linear with a clear focus on ‘digital first’.”last_img read more

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