Last leap – High jumper Germaine Mason dead at 34

first_img ALMOST A DAD Olympic Games (representing Great Britain) – Silver: 2008 – Beijing World Junior Championships (representing Jamaica) – Silver: 2000 – Santiago – Bronze: 2002 – Kingston World Indoor Championships – Bronze: 2004 – Budapest Pan American Games – Gold: 2003 – Santo Domingo Mason, who was due to become a father for a second time in a few months, holds both the national junior and senior records in the high jump event, winning medals at the Carifta, CAC Junior Championships, Pan American Games, World Junior Championships and World Indoor Championships for Jamaica before mining Olympic silver for Great Britain – the nation of his father’s birth in 2008. The impact of his death was also quite evident at the MVP Track Club’s training session at Stadium East yesterday morning, where old friend Brigitte Foster-Hylton and former coach Stephen Francis were seen taking their charges through their paces despite the obvious hurt. “I’m never sure what to say in times like these, but God knows best. I cannot see any explanation why he would take Germaine from us … but we all have to be strong,” said a tearful Foster-Hylton, who, along with Mason, were the first top-level athletes at the club. “We have been together since the inception of my professional career. He is like my brother.” Francis, who had known Mason for more than 20 years – first as a schoolboy at Wolmer’s Boys’ School before coaching him to Olympic success, was also visibly shaken up by the incident. “I am, of course, quite sad about what happened. I have known Germaine since he was 13 years old and I coached him up to the point when his injuries were too much for him to continue. We went through a lot together,” Francis said, head in hand. “It is quite sad that he came back to Jamaica to have fun and the fun ended up costing him his life,” added Francis. Meanwhile, technical director of Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Relays in Nassau, The Bahamas, Maurice Wilson, said the team’s management will be looking to provide counselling and support to members of the team, some of whom arrived at the site of the accident on their way to the Norman Manley International Airport, while Mason’s body was still on the scene. Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Minister of Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, British High Commissioner to Jamaica David Fitton, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association president Dr Warren Blake and scores of current and former local and international track and field figures are among those who have expressed condolences and spoken to the athlete’s death. Germaine Mason’s fatal early-morning bike crash yesterday sent ripples across the globe as the local and international athletics community mourned the loss of a man who not only distinguished himself in the sport, but was also a friend to some of the island’s most recognisable sporting figures. Mason, who arrived in the island earlier this week to attend carnival, left a downtown Kingston soca party alone aboard a Honda CBR motorcycle around 4 a.m. He was earlier seen partying with close friends, including Usain Bolt and Ricardo Gardner. The 34-year-old Mason would breathe his last breath less than 30 minutes later some five miles east of the party venue, with Bolt and other close friends learning of the tragedy while on their way home. Visibly devastated, Bolt who has been extremely close to Mason for a number of years and former Reggae Boyz and Bolton Wanderers star Ricardo Gardner, who essentially grew up with the high jumper, were among those who arrived early on the scene where they were seen weeping uncontrollably. Recording artiste Chris Martin, former Jamaica defender Ian Goodison, as well as sprinter Michael Frater were also at the crash site. For Mason, the mangled wreckage provided a haunting parallel of a dreadful end to a life that mirrored his career, which in itself delivered so much, but was also interrupted before time due to stubborn injuries. Mason’s major medalslast_img read more

Prisoner sets fire to Grove/ Diamond Police Station

first_imgA prisoner currently being held at the Diamond Police Station lockups, East Bank Demerara reportedly set fire to the station after he was reportedly denied cigarettes.This incident occurred sometime around 13:00h on Thursday. Commander of A Division Clifton Hicken confirmed the fire scorched a CCTV camera and two wooden doors at the facility.According to Hicken, the inmate began making loud noises shortly after which ranks saw smoke emanating from the cell. The Guyana Fire Service was immediately called and the fire was subsequently contained. The Commander disclosed that ranks discovered that a cloth was placed over a CCTV camera and this is believed to be where the fire originated.Ranks from the Guyana Fire Service at the Grove/Diamond Police StationAccording to reports, family members and friends were at the time visiting those incarcerated at the station to deliver meals when the alarm of fire was raised. Meanwhile, the Police in a statement on the incident saidprisoners in the lockups at the Golden Grove Police Station, EBD, were taken out of their cells by the police for ablution purposes, at the conclusion of which three of them demanded cigarettes and refused to return to their cells after their request was denied. According to the Police, three prisoners began throwing faeces at police ranks during efforts to get them back into the cells and remained in the passageway behind the main door leading to the cells, which was locked. “Later at about 13:30h smoke was seen coming from the lockupsand the three prisonerswere seen with lit newspapers which they placed in the passage-way at the main door. The blaze which scorched two wooden doors and damaged a CCTV camera was extinguished and the three prisoners were subsequently replaced in their cells in the lockups,” the Police said in a statement. On March 3 inmates at the Camp Street penitentiary riotedand set fire to mattresses and other flammable materials with which they had access. That riot caused the death of 17 prisoners. It is not yet clear which prisoner was able to start thefire at Grove. The prisoners, whose identities were not disclosed, remain in custody as investigations continue.last_img read more

President “searching” for “unbribable” Top Cop

first_imgAs the search continues for a new Commissioner of Police, President David Granger has said some of the qualities the new Top Cop should possess are: integrity, intelligence and impartiality.The Head of State told reporters on Thursday that with reconstitution of the Police Service Commission, the appointment of a new Police Commissioner will now move forward.Article 211 (1) of the Constitution vests the President with the authority to appoint the Commissioner of Police and every Deputy Commissioner of Police “…after meaningful consultation with the Leader of the Opposition, and Chairperson of the Police Service Commission after the Chairperson has consulted with the other members of the Commission.”To this end, President Granger noted that he intends to engage both parties in “meaningful consultations” to have a substantive Commissioner of PolicePSC Chairman Paul Sloweappointed as soon as practical. In fact, he noted that he has already spoken with the Chairman of the new Police Service Commission, Paul Slowe, on the matter.“He has just been sworn in so he has to now meet with his colleagues of the Police Service Commission and review the potential candidates before he can consult with me. I told him that I am ready at any time, because such [appointments] are prohibited from proceeding with the consultations,” the President said.Questioned about the qualities he would be looking for in the new Top Cop, the Head of State posited that integrity is the most important one, along with intelligence and impartiality. “I don’t give orders to the Commissioner of Police, but I want somebody who is unbribable; I want somebody who is intelligent; and I want somebody whose commitment is to carrying the programme of Security Sector Reform, who has the initiative and who can generate public trust. If I put somebody there who is not trust worthy, the public would laugh,” the President noted.Asked whether he has found anyone with these qualities, the President said he is “searching”. He reminded that apart from now awaiting advice from the PSC, he has already interviewed the eight Assistant Commissioners in the Force, so he has got a sense of the pool from which he has to choose.While some Caribbean nations have turned to foreign nationals to head their Police Force, the Head of State is insistent that the new Top Cop must be a Guyanese.“I think we have the talent in Guyana, and I intend to turn to Guyanese; but I’m looking for somebody who has the intelligence, the impartiality and the integrity to hold such a position. I think Guyana needs to have a Commissioner to look up to, and I expect that he is gonna be supported by four Deputy Commissioners. We haven’t had four Deputy Commissioners for a long time, and the hierarchy has been flat. You know everybody is of the same rank, and of course that created moral problems. Everybody wants to rise to the top,” President Granger asserted.PSC Chairman Paul Slowe has said he would be consulting with his fellow Commission members before approaching the President with any recommendation. However, he did note that the PSC would be looking for a competent candidate, who can earn respect not only within the Force, but outside as well.“People must have confidence in that person. So I think those are the two main things that I would be looking at – competence, and a person who can command respect of his subordinates and members of the public,” Slowe asserted.Former Commissioner of Police Seelall Persaud went into pre-retirement leave back in February, and officially retired two months later. Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Administration, David Ramnarine, has since been the acting Top Cop. He and seven other Assistant Commissioners were each interviewed for the post.The other ACPs are: Crime Chief Paul Williams; ACP – Operations, Clifton Hicken; Force’s Finance Officer, Nigel Hoppie; ‘A’ Division Commander (ag), Leslie James; substantive ‘A’ Division Commander Marlon Chapman, who is currently on leave; ‘B’ Division Commander Lyndon Alves; and for the first time ever, a female contender in ACP-Administration II, Maxine Graham.last_img read more

Kwame McCoy to be charged for assaulting Mark Benschop

first_imgFormer Press and Publicity Officer at the Office of the President under the People’s Progressive Party/CivicKwame McCoy(PPP/C) Administration, Kwame McCoy, will on Wednesday appear in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to face three charges relating to a 2011 altercation with former treason accused turned politician Mark Benschop. This was confirmed by Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum on Tuesday.Blanhum said that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has advised that McCoy be charged with simple larceny, malicious damage to property and assault committed on Benschop.McCoy was recently questioned after Police reopened the 2011 case and was subsequently released on self bail.The attack occurred outside McCoy’s Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara home on March 5, 2011, while Benschop was attempting to take photographs of McCoy’s house which was under construction at the time.Benschop claimed that he was forced to flee the scene on foot and seek refuge in a resident’s yard following a scuffle with McCoy, and after attempts were made to take away his camera.Benschop repeatedly identified McCoy as the individual who attacked him.He also alleged that McCoy damaged his vehicle and removed several items.However, McCoy told reporters that Benschop and at least three other men turned up at his home and illegally entered the premises. McCoy’s home was under construction and according to him, Benschop and his group broke a window.Last month, McCoy and three others were arraigned and subsequently placed on bail for a 2010 incident in which faeces was thrown onto columnist Freddie Kissoon in Robb Street, Georgetown.last_img read more

Climate-change vigil scheduled for Friday night

first_imgPictures will be presented to the Mayor Bruce Lantz, North Peace MLA Pat Pimm and MP Jay Hill.Photo:  The native tribe ‘Totonacas’ gather at the ancient ruins of El Tajin in Veracruz, Mexico to promote the ‘350’ campaign – courtesy of www.350.org. Photo: Snorkelers promote the ‘350’ concept off the coast of the Great Barrier reef – courtesy of www.350.org.Friday night’s climate change vigil in Fort St. John will try to send a message a world away.On Friday night, those dedicated to the ‘350’ campaign will be rallying for change, in an effort to impact world leaders at the Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark.- Advertisement -Leaders from all over the world, including Canada, are in the European city to craft a new global treaty on cutting emissions.But, www.350.org says the treaty currently on the table doesn’t meet the severity of the climate crisis.The ‘350’ concept attempts to unite the world, by rallying for a safe level of CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Many scientists claim that C02 is a leading cause of greenhouse gases, which many believe is causing global warming.www.350.org states scientists have determined that 350 Parts-Per-Million is the highest safe level of C02 in the atmosphere.Advertisement So, candlelight vigils have been held worldwide, to promote that message. Rallies have been documented in thousands of locations worldwide, including Cairo, Egypt and the Great Barrier Reef of the coast of Australia.Now, there will be a local vigil at the Centennial Park on Friday night.The vigil begins at 7:00 p.m. and lasts for roughly a half an hour.Organizers request that you bring your own candle and candle holder. The goal is to get enough people to form a “350” logo.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ranchers expect little rain relief

first_imgWith grass in short supply before the hot summer months, many ranchers supplement their livestock with hay, which becomes expensive and scarce when a whole region is dry at the same time. Although the prices consumers pay for beef and lamb are not expected to increase from the dry spell that has continued throughout the spring, milk prices may go up, experts said. Dairy farmers usually buy hay for their cows. But with beef cattle and sheep ranchers also competing for feed, hay prices are going up, forcing some dairy operators to cut back on the amount they fork out to their animals, said Mike Marsh, a spokesman for the Western United Dairymen. “Better-fed cows provide more milk. If you can’t feed the cows, then that lessened supply can drive the overall prices up,” Marsh said. The lack of precipitation this spring has led to the lowest Sierra Nevada snowpack since the 1980s, state water resource officials said Monday. Customers throughout the state rely on melted snow collected in reservoirs for drinking, irrigation and ranching operations. “If it’s low, well, that just leads to a whole string of problems,” Blasingame said. He worries that a second dry winter next year would exacerbate the problems he faces this year feeding and watering his calves, especially if rangeland that usually gets all its moisture from the clouds has to be irrigated.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FRESNO – After a dry winter that left the Central Valley’s sheep and cattle with parched rangeland to graze, projections for summer water supplies are running as low as this year’s rainfall. The forecasts spell trouble for California ranchers, who say they expect to lose millions in revenue this year after spending more to feed animals who might not grow as big as their owners want and therefore won’t fetch premium prices when they are sold. Mike Blasingame, a fifth-generation rancher in the Fresno County foothills, said the unusually parched spring has left the calves he buys from throughout the country less natural grass to eat. He fattens them up during California’s mild winters before selling them to large slaughterhouses in the Midwest. “My business is all about the gain,” said Blasingame. “How much can they gain if there’s nothing out there for them to eat?” he said. last_img read more

Insider Trading: Laporte to Man United latest, plus Pogba, Sanogo, Eto’o and Mitrovic update

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.He gives us the latest information surrounding Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte’s reported move to Manchester United.There’s an update on the Red Devils’ pursuit of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, along with Yaya Sanogo’s future at Arsenal.Meanwhile, Haughton tells Paul and Andy why Samuel Eto’o is unhappy at Everton and discusses Aleksandar Mitrovic’s possible move to the Premier League.Here’s some of the top transfer rumours on talkSPORT.com:It’s all lies! Messi hits out at reports he could leave Barcelona for Man City or ChelseaAston Villa expected to wrap up £4million deal for Valencia midfielderRoma starlet could be on the move – Arsenal to reignite interest?Blow for Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham! Tenerife offer goalkeeper new dealGold confident West Ham can land Song on permanent dealBalotelli to leave Liverpool for Juventus? Not true, insists Allegri!Sampdoria step up pursuit of frustrated Everton strikerJuventus quash reports Pogba set for £70m-plus move back to Man UnitedArsenal transfer update! Wenger claims Gunners ARE looking at new signingsWest Ham close in on PSG teenage starlast_img read more

Zapata pleased with Ingwe fighting spirit

first_img“It was a very exciting game and my boys put in great effort. They fought and played well to the last minute. We lost on penalties; which is anybody’s game but in the 90 minutes I am happy with what they gave,” the tactician noted.“I am proud of their performance. They created so many opportunities to score but sometimes this is how football is. We move forward to the league now and I am happy because the players are responding to my philosophy,” the tactician further explained.Zapata fielded his strongest squad for the match, perhaps the only absentee being defender Salim ‘Shitu’ Abdallah who is nursing an injury.He now hopes the passion and fighting spirit exhibited in the derby will be translated in the league where Ingwe are struggling with a run of five winless matches.AFC Leopards head coach Radolfo Zapata during their Hull City Challenge match against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on May 1, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I know our supporters are not happy that we lost in the derby, but we promise them we will fight for them in the league. We need to keep working step by step because the league is still open and I think so far we are in the right way,” added the Argentine coach.Against Gor, AFC Leopards kept their first clean sheet in five games, having conceded a total of eight goals over that period of time.This was mostly attributed to keeper youngster Ezekiel Owade who made his first start for Ingwe since moving from Nakumatt FC in January.The blundering duo of Jairus Adira and Gabriel Andika might now find it hard to get their first team gloves back after Owade’s performance.“I think he (Owade) did really well but overall I think we improved in defense from the two matches I have watched. We still need to improve in more aspects moving forward because there is work to do. But we have the quality,” the tactician further noted.AFC will travel to Kisumu on Saturday for their 14th Kenyan Premier league fixture this season, taking on their Achilles heel, Chemelil Sugar.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Radolfo Zapata passes instructions to his players at half time during their Hull City Challenge match against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on May 1, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 2- Despite losing 5-4 on post-match penalties to arch rivals Gor Mahia in the Hull City play-off match, AFC Leopards new boss Radolfo Zapata says he was impressed with the fighting spirit displayed by his charges.Speaking to Capital Sport after the exciting encounter at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium, Zapata noted that the quality exhibited by his players showed that they can head back to the Kenyan Premier League and fight for the crown, though he admitted he needs time to get his philosophy through.last_img read more

FARMER DESCRIBED AS ‘LUNATIC’ BY JUDGE HAS DRIVING BAN DOUBLED

first_imgA farmer who led Gardai on an 18km chase has had his driving ban doubled after he tried to appeal his case.Gallagher leaving court after his first case.Sean Gallagher, who claimed he was taking his case on behalf of the farmers of Ireland, even threatened Gardai by telling them he knew where they lived. The Churchill man, 44, was branded a lunatic by a judge when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court to appeal a previous District Court sentence.The unemployed father of three told Gardai when eventually stopped that they “couldn’t take the knickers off a bare a***.”Gda Paul McGee said Gallagher drove past him despite being told to stop at the Rock Bar, Newmills, Letterkenny on April 1 last year.Gallagher, from Cabra, Churchill, led gardai on an 18km chase, crossing both sides of the road on several occasions.The Garda described the incident as “the worse piece of driving I’ve seen in five years in the Traffic corps.”The accused then warned Garda McGee that he knew where he lived and that this would not be the end of the matter.Gda McGee told Judge Keenan Johnson that Gallagher had also said: “I’m leading the fightback against you boys for the farmers of Ireland.And he added “Sure I have a bicycle and I don’t have far to go for a drink.”Defence barrister Peter Nolan asked to withdraw the appeal, saying he wasn’t aware Gallagher was already banned from the road for drink-driving.However Judge Johnson refused to let the case be withdrawn.He said Gallagher was a “lunatic” and a “scourge” the roads.“You’re a disgrace, blighting the good name of farming people by claiming to represent them. It’s a miracle no-one was killed,” said the Judge.He allowed the 10 month prison sentence handed down by the District Court for drink-driving, driving whilst disqualified, failing to provide a specimen of breath.Judge Johnson increased the ten-year road ban to 20 years.“He shouldn’t be on the roads,” he said.FARMER DESCRIBED AS ‘LUNATIC’ BY JUDGE HAS DRIVING BAN DOUBLED was last modified: February 14th, 2014 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:ChurchilldonegalGarda Paul McGeeGardaiLetterkenny Circuit Courtsean gallagherlast_img read more

DDTV: GAA STARS MURPHY AND LACEY GET BEHIND IRELAND WEST KNOCK AIRPORT

first_imgDDTV VIDEO: It’s just down the road from Donegal – and it’s certainly not as crazy as trying to fly out of Dublin or Belfast. So when Ireland West Airport at Knock wanted to get the message out about their destinations and facilities, they called in the GAA big guns.Click to watch this video featuring top GAA stars getting behind the airport – including Donegal captain Michael Murphy and a certain Mr Lacey! DDTV: GAA STARS MURPHY AND LACEY GET BEHIND IRELAND WEST KNOCK AIRPORT was last modified: May 16th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: GAA STARS MURPHY AND LACEY GET BEHIND IRELAND WEST KNOCK AIRPORTlast_img read more