Hubert Lawrence | Exit the tall man

first_img MANY DOUBTERS Sunday ushered in an era many wanted to postpone. It’s time to ponder world athletics without the incomparable Usain Bolt. It’s a mark of respect for a career so great that it makes smiles appear. His athletic brilliance is one thing. As strange as it seems, his monumental 100- and 200-metre records – 9.58 seconds and 19.19 seconds – may well be broken in the distant future. Theoretically, someone could match his stunning consistency with sprint doubles in three back-to-back Olympic Games. It’s a stretch of the imagination but it’s possible. It’s harder to imagine a better Brand Jamaica ambassador than Bolt. Along with the speed that has been passed down from his ancestors, Bolt broke the mould of the stony-faced running machine. During his decade at the top, he was the epitome of fun at high speed. Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson, the previous kings of athletics, left the sport with far less fanfare than Bolt received last weekend at the World Championships in London. Lewis’ detractors warmed to him and his tuxedo track suits near the end of his brilliant career. By comparison, Johnson was far quieter and less colourful than the tall man from Trelawny. There were times when Bolt was a running machine and other times when he was a superhero. The first case was exemplified when his precise sprinting at the 2009 World Championships produced mind-boggling world records. The other came into stark relief when he bounced back from injury just in time to nip Justin Gatlin in the 100m at the 2015 World Championships. Sadly, there are Jamaicans who doubt him. One gentlemen beckoned me across on Tuesday at the supermarket only to ask, “Hubert, you tink him fake pull in the relay?” It’s a sad thought about an icon who has always given his all. Presumably, such Jamaican doubting Thomases are few. For me, the painful end to Bolt’s career confirmed that he had run the thread off the tyre. Thirteen major individual gold medals, 52 sub-10 100m races and 34 sub-20 200m efforts will do that. Confronted with a deficit in the 4x100m relay, he drew for a gear that was no longer there. It doesn’t matter now. It doesn’t even matter that the cramp may also have been caused by a long wait to race in ghastly London weather. What we saw at the end of the World Championships was an outpouring of love for Mr Brand Jamaica, Usain Bolt. Fittingly, while he walked a coronation lap of the London Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Park, the air was filled with music by Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley. Travelling Jamaicans know the difference he has made. When they ventured abroad in the past, their hosts would ask about Marley. If the journey was to an international athletics event, the question would refer to legendary Herb McKenley. Now all they ask about is Bolt. – Hubert Lawrence has watched Bolt since 2000.last_img read more

Waterhouse, St Andrews clash today in charity friendly

first_imgWaterhouse FC’s coach Marcel Gayle says today’s international club friendly against Maltese outfit, St Andrews FC, will be a great opportunity for the club’s young players to display their abilities to an international audience. St Andrews have strong ties with the Phoenix Academy, and several Jamaica-born players from the local academy are in the St Andrews’ squad. Also down to wear the colours of the Maltese club as guest players are Bayer Leverkusen star, Jamaica’s Leon Bailey, and his brother, Kyle Butler, who is currently signed to Austrian Bundesliga club LASK Linz. Gayle said that while he is looking to give his young players a chance to showcase their talent, he wants to strike the right balance with senior players. “This is a great opportunity for members of the Waterhouse squad to showcase their talent. This is also a good platform, especially for our young players to go up against stars like Bailey and Butler,” he said. “It will be a mixture of youth and senior players for Sunday’s match. We hope we can strike the balance,” Gayle said last Friday. The match, which has been in the making for more than a year, was announced at a press conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston last Thursday. Waterhouse are currently the leaders of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) and they boast some good talent such as Keammar Daley, Tremaine Stewart, Kenroy Howell, Girvon Brown, Shawn Lawes, Keithy Simpson and Ricardo Thomas. The St Andrews/Phoenix Invitational team, in addition to featuring Bailey and his brother Kyle, will also have a number of other Phoenix Academy graduates such as Kemar Reid, Kevaughn Atkinson, Kemmu Jackson, Martin Davis, Chevaughn McLaren, Travis Blagrove and Ricardo Martin. The game is scheduled to start 7.30 p.m. This will be preceded by a match between the Waterhouse Under-17 and Phoenix Academy Under-17 teams. Part proceeds from the match will go towards the Jamaica Cancer Society to assist children living with cancer. “I think it is the right thing to do because cancer is such a cruel disease” president of Waterhouse, Donovan White. said at Thursday’s official launch of the match. STRIKING THE RIGHT BALANCElast_img read more

Valuable PR

first_imgDear Editor,The continuing and increasing incidence of Human Resource Management (HRM) practitioners including at the bottom of their Vacancy Advertisements statements like “only short listed applicants will be acknowledged” or words to that effect risk undermining the very purpose of advertising vacancies.The prime objective of public announcements of vacancies is to attract the widest possible pool of potentially suitable candidates from among whom to make a competitive choice.Carefully worded Ads (‘market-oriented’ as opposed to some which merely copy extracts from the Job Description/Specification) will reduce the chances of too many ‘unsuitable’ applicants and by the same token increase the chances of a wide, competitive field from which effective selection can be made.The Ad is an invitation to a select group of people as described therein; if this invitation projects an ‘exclusivity’, the criteria for which only those who do the shortlisting are privy, then the chances increase that many potentially competent people might not apply because they prefer to avoid the ‘insult’ of being rejected without even knowing if their application was received. And the organisation risks unwittingly rejecting a good candidate.The formal acknowledgement of applications is at least courteous and valuable Public Relations (PR). It used to be done routinely in my early days as an HRM practitioner when the labour and material costs of doing so was relatively higher than in these days of cheap, easy electronic communication.There is no doubt in my mind that organisations lose much more than they gain by refusing to acknowledge applications and then adding insult to injury by advertising their discourtesy in not doing so. Nevertheless, I am prepared to be proven wrong if HRM colleagues who indulge in this malpractice can publicise their rationale for not acknowledging applications.Yours truly,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more

Police issues wanted bulletin for mastermind

first_imgKN grenade attackThe Police on Friday issued a wanted bulletin for Shemar Wilson also known as “Abdue” for questioning inWanted: Shemar Wilson, also known as “Abdue”relation to the recent grenade attack on Kaieteur News on June 6 at Saffon Streets, Charlestown, Georgetown.Wilson, 20, whose last known addresses were given as Lot 43 North Sophia, Georgetown and Lot 51 West La Penitence, Georgetown, is believed to be the mastermind of the attack.However, Guyana Times understands that 13 persons are now in Police custody being interrogated in connection with the incident. This was confirmed by Police sources that revealed two others were on Thursday evening arrested.One of the two arrested on Thursday is said to have paid over money to the contracted persons threw the grenade at Lall’s luxury vehicle, while it was parked in front of the building on Saturday last.With the recent arrests, the source told Guyana Times that a total of 13 people, mostly teenagers, are now being questioned. The Police however, have secured an extension to detain those who were arrested since Tuesday.This include the 19-year-old driver of a Toyota Spacio similar to the one allegedly used by the perpetrators who hurled the grenade. He is said to be giving conflicting statements. He initially claimed that his car was hijacked on Saturday at about 22:30h by two men on a CG motorcycle, while driving along Albert Street, Alberttown.The car was subsequently found abandoned on Norton Street and Mandela Avenue.The grenade was hurled at the luxury vehicle belonging to Kaieteur News publisher Glenn Lall last Saturday night during the first night of wake for Assistant Editor Dale Andrews.Persons who were at the wake recalled hearing a strange sound but assumed it was a shattering glass. However, when a thorough check was made, the grenade was found lying next to the right tyre of Lall’s black Lexus vehicle.The Police were summoned and the area was immediately cordoned off while bomb experts deactivated the device. They noted it was a miracle the grenade did not explode.It was after the review of the surveillance cameras that the grey car was identified. Prompt investigations lead to discovery of the car and the arrest of six persons who were later joined by seven others as investigations continued.Meanwhile, the police are encouraging anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the wanted man to contact the police on phone numbers 225-6411, 225-227, 225-8196, 227-1149, 226-7065, 911 or the nearest police station. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

Drogba wins African EPL player April award

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, May 7- Chelsea’s Ivorian legend Didier Drogba has been named the winner of the English Premier League African Player of the Month of April.In a statement released by Tunde Adelakun, CEO of the organisers New African Soccer, Drogba, 37, beat off competition from Crystal Palace’s DR Congo winger Yannick Bolassie and Senegalese Dame N’doye of Hull City.“The support for Drogba was overwhelming”, said Adelakun, who revealed that the Chelsea star was the biggest surprise of the awards programme being run by his organisation thus far.“Everyone welcomed Didier Drogba back to the Premier League, and to Chelsea, but we all knew he was a 36 year old and never expected much of him”, he said.“But to have taken up the role of main striker in a big team like Chelsea, at the age of 37, and completing three consecutive 90-minute games, scoring a crucial goal in the process, it is no surprise that his name came up in the shortlist”.Drogba played all through the game that clinched the Premier League title for Chelsea – against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge at the weekend, and he led the celebrations in the dressing room.“I think he has rewritten the rule book for 37 year old strikers and well worth the award”, Adelakun concluded.Drogba is the ninth awardee of the NAS Premier League Player of the Month programme that started this season and has had winners like Mame Biram Diouf, Victor Wanyama, John Obi Mikel, Sadio Mane among others, in the course of the season.His award will be presented to him in the coming days, according to organisers.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Two-week trash strike ends with new labor contract

first_imgIt’s back to work today for Waste Management Inc. truck drivers and mechanics who ended a two-week strike and have a new five-year labor contract containing the same provisions they had previously rejected. An estimated 225,000 customers in areas such as Inglewood, Carson, Rolling Hills, Rancho Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, South Gate, Long Beach, Huntington Park and portions of the San Fernando Valley, were affected by the strike, which began Oct. 19. The strike did not affect residents in the city of Los Angeles, but an estimated 29,000 businesses in the city contract with Waste Management for garbage collection. Jay Phillips, president of Teamsters Local 396, which represents roughly 470 drivers, mechanics and support personnel, said the contract was ratified yesterday by a vote of 266-78, and the workers would be back on the job today. Police in Long Beach said one replacement driver was hit in the head with a baseball bat while making his rounds. The assailant also struck the truck with the aluminum bat, police said. Sheriff’s deputies were also called on several occasions to preserve the peace at the Waste Management yard in Carson to defuse tensions between the striking garbage truck drivers and company security guards. Phillips said the contract includes wage increases over the next five years, along with boosts in medical coverage and pensions. “I think it’s an offer that we can live with,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Ironically, the contract was the same one the workers rejected on a 247- 115 vote before the Oct. 19 strike began. “It was a combination of things,” Phillips said about the reversal of opinion on the contract offer. “It’s difficult to stay out (on strike) for an extended period of time. The company threatened to replace the workers permanently. That puts the workers and the union in a very tough situation.” Kit Cole of Waste Management said the company is “glad the employees have accepted our contract offer.” “We are pleased that we have reached an agreement and can focus on providing service to our customers,” he said. Waste Management officials had hired some replacement drivers, sparking scattered violence. last_img read more

Here’s how close it is at the top of La Liga, plus remaining games

first_img2 2 Following Barcelona’s shock home defeat to Valencia at the weekend, which could be heard live on talkSPORT 2, the Spanish Liga was blown wide open.It was the club’s third straight league loss and came just as Real and Atletico put together victories, meaning before the midweek fixtures, just a point separated the teams with five games to go.But then Barcelona thrashed Deportivo 8-0. The only problem is that Real and Atletico Madrid also won, beating Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao respectively.Have a look at the table and the remaining fixtures in Spain’s top flight. BARCELONALa Liga: Sporting Gijon (home) – 23 April (for commentary, check out talkSPORT 2 from 7pm)La Liga: Real Betis (away) – 30 AprilLa Liga: Espanyol (home) – 8 MayLa Liga: Granada (away) – 15 MayCopa del Rey final: Sevilla – 22 MayATLETICO MADRIDLa Liga: Malaga (home) – 23 AprilChampions League: Bayern (home) – 27 AprilLa Liga: Rayo Vallecano (home) – 30 AprilChampions League: Bayern (away) – 3 MayLa Liga: Levante (away) – 8 MayLa Liga: Celta Vigo (home) – 15 May  REAL MADRIDLa Liga: Rayo Vallecano (away) – 23 AprilChampions League: Man City (away) – 26 AprilLa Liga Real Sociedad (away) – 30 AprilChampions League: Man City (home) – 4 MayLa Liga: Valencia (home) – 8 MayLa Liga: Deportivo (away) – 15 May Have a look at the Liga table following Barca’s hammering of Deportivo last_img read more

Garage band hits big time

first_imgThey play the Alpine in Ventura on Saturday and will be featured at the Minneapolis Mayhem Festival on Aug. 26, with East Coast and European dates being arranged. “Andy starts school tomorrow,” said Karen Holder. “I’m not sure how the tour is going to work into that, but they’ll make it happen.” The band has played some local gigs, including a Third Friday concert for the city and at the now-closed Cactus Club and teen nightclub Suburbia, but found better success in Hollywood, where it routinely sells out clubs like the Whisky, Roxy and Knitting Factory. “Merciless Death has played to hundreds of screaming fans at Suburbia,” said club owner Bret Lieberman. “With their hard-core sound, they are on their way to becoming a household name in the heavy metal music scene. We wish them tons of success.” Of the three musicians, only Daniel has had any formal music training, having taken guitar while a student at Canyon High School. (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – With a name like Merciless Death, they have to be good. The thrash-metal group made up of two Canyon Country brothers and a friend just inked a three-record deal with Punkcore Records to market and distribute their music, including the “Evil In the Night” CD they just finished recording on their own. “It’s fast, aggressive ’80s metal,” bass guitarist Andy Torres, 20, said. “We get our inspiration and influence from the whole thrash-metal genre, not just one group. All of our stuff is original, no covers.” Torres’ younger brother, Cesar, 17, is the drummer and Daniel Holder, 20, is the lead guitarist. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Holder’s father, Bob, provides rehearsal space in his garage, which led to the band developing a cult following among the neighbors on North Oaks Street. As Bob Holder recorded their sound at 105 decibels, the group played a few samples, Andy and Daniel deftly steering a frenetic melody from their respective strings, supported strongly by Cesar’s drumming. “You have to admire the talent it takes to play at this speed,” Bob Holder said. “In the beginning, the neighbors put their earplugs in but as the boys got the speed and tune down, they developed a following.” The band members credit MySpace with much of their success. The social-networking Web site, popular with people in their teens and 20s, is where Punkcore found them and asked for a couple of cuts for a compilation CD the label was developing. When Merciless Death’s popularity went worldwide (“we have fans in the Netherlands, France, Brazil …,” said Andy), the label signed the deal and made arrangements to send them on tour. last_img read more

Naby Keita forced off injured during Livcerpool’s Premier League game at Wolves

first_img MONEY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Keita has been unlucky with injuries in his Liverpool career so far REVEALED 1 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita has been forced off injured during the Reds’ Premier League clash against Wolves at Molineux.The midfielder was replaced by Adam Lallana in the 58th minute after going down near the halfway line. It’s not clear what the injury is or the extent of it but this could be a result of a knock to the side he sustained just before the Reds’ first goal against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be hoping it’s not a serious knock as the Reds are in the middle of a busy run of games.Keita has been unlucky with injuries since completing his move to Anfield in the summer – he sustained a back injury in their Champions League match at Napoli in October.He also sustained a hamstring injury on international duty with Guinea later that month. RANKED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow ADVICE Latest Football Newslast_img read more

Zlatan, Conte and Hazard compete in Euro 2016’s ‘Group of Death’

first_imgTournament tradition dictates there must be a ‘Group of Death’ and this one certainly fits the bill.Packed full of star names and egos, Group E looks certain to provide drama as well as a whole load of quality football.According to the oft-derided FIFA rankings, Belgium are the best team on the continent sitting at number two while the alternative ELO rankings see them sit 11th.Italy’s recent tournament history paints a Jekyll and Hyde picture while both Sweden and the Republic of Ireland are reliant on the oldest squads in the tournament.Giorgio Chiellini will take on Romelu Lukaka. PA Belgium v Italy – Monday, June 13There’s no waiting around for the tension to build with the top two meeting on the group’s first match day.Victory in this one would be a huge confidence boost while defeat will lead to plenty of early soul searching. Tottenham’s defensive pair will be key for Belgium. PAIt’s time for Belgium’s golden generation to deliver. There was no shortage of hype surrounding the Red Devils in the build-up to the 2014 World Cup and although a credible quarter-final spot was secured, their style of play left plenty to be desired. There’s no room for excuses two years on. While injuries to captain Vincent Kompany and fellow defender Nicolas Lombaerts have hurt their chances, they can still call on the English Premier League’s most impressive central defensive pairing in Jan Vertoghen and Toby Alderweireld.Former Celtic loanee Jason Denayer will step up to the plate in Kompany’s absence following another impressive campaign, this time with Galatasaray. After a late change of heart, it seems Denayer will start the tournament at right back to allow one of Alderweireld or Vertonghen to move centrally.Marc Wilmots is under pressure to deliver PAMarc Wilmots is blessed with an embarrassment of riches in midfield and attack with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard handed the role of skipper as he aims to put a dismal season at Stamford Bridge behind him. Kevin De Bruyne combines skill with a real eye for goal with Axel Witsel and Radja Nainggolan bringing the steel.There’s plenty of ways to skin a cat in an attack containing any of Romelu Lukaku, Christian Benteke, Yannick Carrasco, Divock Origi, Dries Mertens and Michy Batshuayi. Like his team, Wilmots is under real pressure to deliver having been criticised for his tactical nous and his overly cautious style.You don’t want to mess with Leonardo Bonucci PAOne of European football’s traditional powerhouses, Italy’s class of 2016 seem to lack several key ingredients to make them contenders and yet we’ve been here before.Carried on an unlikely run to the final by Mario Balotelli last time out, his career descent has partly mirrored the fortunes of the Azzurri – some promise, ultimately unfulfilled.The Serie A swagger of old has been replaced by a side which appears to be going through the motions. That accusation can’t be levelled at the remarkable Gigi Buffon, whose tears during the Italian national anthem remain a tournament highlight and this is likely to be his swansong.Juventus trio Leonardo Bonnuci, Barzagli and Chiellini form the “BBC” defence, which remains reliable while Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi is developing into a fine wing back but it is further up the field where the worries lie.A total of 16 goals from their 10 qualifiers highlights a lack of creative spark with Southampton’s Graziano Pelle often leading the attack. Sebastian Giovinco has been left at home despite impressing in MLS with Lorenzo Insigne and Stephan El Sharawaay providing back up to Pelle.Antonio Conte has described Italy as outsiders at Euro 2016. Mike Egerton/Press Association ImagesAnd then there’s the coach. For a boss who demands total commitment from his charges, Antonio Conte’s imminent move to Chelsea raises questions over motivation. Without Marco Verratti’s influence in the centre of the park, this will be a big test of Conte’s managerial skills.With a patchy record in Europe with Juventus, this summer provides a further chance to show he belongs to the elite level of coaching. He’s already moved to play down expectations calling his team “outsiders” and saying “it isn’t a good moment for our football.”Giampiero Ventura takes the reins from Conte after the tournament and it remains to be seen if he’ll have a sunken team to lift or a hard act to follow.Republic of Ireland are looking to improve on their 2012 showing. PAIt could and should have been Scotland, alas it is the Republic of Ireland who will take their place at Euro 2016 after turning up when it really mattered.Martin O’Neill’s band of warriors is ready to upset the odds once more in a tight group, which could be decided on goal difference. Excluding games against Gibraltar, Ireland only scored more than a single goal once in the qualifying group but showed their battling qualities to find the net late in matches.There’s one unhappy Keane in the camp and this time it’s not Roy. In a squad with an average age of 29.4, Robbie’s influence on the side has been on the wane and apparently unhappy over his lack of game time, the 67-goal veteran forward remains one to watch this summer.Midfield battlers Glenn Whelan and James McCarthy provide the platform for Wes Hoolahan and Shane Long to excel but it’s unlikely to be enough in a group full of wily attackers. Victory against world champions Germany gives come cause for optimism while Ireland’s fans will ensure they enjoy being invited to the party regardless of their results.John Guidetti enjoyed a fruitful first season with Celta Vigo. PAWe’ve never been ones to typecast nations but if you were looking for an embodiment of the old Scandinavian football stereotypes then Sweden would fit the bill.Serving up a campaign of turgid, laboured and predictable football, the Swedes were saved by the mercurial talent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Having been off the pace following a 4-1 loss to Austria, Zlatan returned to “retire” the nation of Denmark with three goals in the play-off.Manager Erik Hamren has come under fierce criticism from fans for his resistance to blooding younger players, which seems surprising following the U21 team’s triumph at last summer’s European Championships. As Swedish club football enjoys a purple patch with Malmo reaching the group stages of the Champions League for a second successive year and the overall standard of the Allsvenskan continuing to rise, frustration is growing at the lack of home-grown players being handed the chance to step up to the international stage.Much will depend on the result of their opening game against Ireland.Belgium – First in Group B read more