Roggy is still inspiring Hornets’ javelin throwers and students

first_imgBy TIM MORRIS Staff Writer The Bob Roggy Plaza at the Holmdel High School football field honors the memory of late Holmdel graduate Bob Roggy, who held the American record in the javelin throw. I t was as if Scott Cannon had pulled Excalibur out of a stone. He was in possession of something very special — javelins used by the late Bob Roggy, the Holmdel High School graduate who competed on the world stage in the javelin and was once ranked No. 1 in the world.After the death of Roggy’s parents, Cannon, who was a neighbor, helped the family get their house ready for sale. While going through the attic, he discovered five of Roggy’s javelins, much to his surprise and delight. As a friend of Roggy’s, the family gave the spears to Cannon.After Roggy died two days shy of his 30th birthday in a 1986 accident in which he fell off the back of a pickup truck, a scholarship fund was set up in his name at Holmdel. Each year, Holmdel’s best male and female track athletes receive Bob Roggy scholarships. Cannon, Holmdel’s throwing coach, was looking forward to the year a Hornets thrower would receive that honor so that he could present one of the javelins to him. Holmdel High School’s Eric Williams, a 2013 graduate, holds the two javelins he cherished. The one on his right was the one he used in setting the school record this spring, and the one on his left was used by the late Bob Roggy in competition. Roggy’s javelin was given to him by Scott Cannon, his throwing coach at Holmdel and a friend of Roggy. Roggy set the American record in the javelin in 1982 and was ranked No. 1 in the world. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR That year arrived this spring, when Eric Williams set a school record of 195-9 while finishing second at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MOC). He had captured the Group II state title on the way to the MOC.“I was very honored to win the award,” Williams said. “It was a great moment in my life.”“I think it’s awesome we can bring the scholarship back to a javelin thrower,” he added. “[Roggy’s] spirit lives on.”Williams was touched by Cannon’s gift of the javelin used by Roggy in competition.“It has incredible sentimental value,” the Hornets’ thrower said. “It’s going to hang on the wall with the javelin I set the school record with.”Roggy’s javelin means so much to Williams that he hasn’t even been tempted to throw it for fear it might break, he noted.Williams pointed out that Roggy is still inspiring Holmdel students 27 years after his tragic death.“Everybody knows his story,” he said. “He’s a hero.”Williams said he believed the Hornets are “honoring his name” by competing in the event.A statue of Roggy throwing the javelin sits atop Roggy Plaza near the entrance to the football field and track as a reminder to everyone of his importance to the school and the community.It was only fitting that Cannon had the opportunity to present a javelin that Roggy used in competition to one of his athletes. He grew up in the same Holmdel neighborhood as Roggy, which is not far from the school itself, and was a friend of his. He took up football and throwing because of him.“Bob led the way,” Cannon said. “We all looked up to him. Bob inspired a lot of people.“Bob Roggy put Holmdel track on the map, let’s face it” the Hornets’ coach added. “In track, Bob Roggy will never go away.”The map that Cannon referred to was global thanks to Roggy’s accomplishments.After starring at Holmdel, Roggy went on to Southern Illinois University, where he won the NCAA championship in 1978 and set a championship meet record with his 293-0 throw.From 1977 until his death, Roggy was ranked in the top 10 in the country every year, reaching the pinnacle in 1982.That was the year the ex-Hornets star was ranked No. 1 in the world, the same year he set the American record at 314-4. That 1982 season was a magical one for Roggy, as he broke the American record three times. He broke the record first with a 307-6, followed by a 309-11 and finally out to 314-4 in Stuttgart, Germany. He was the first American to be ranked No. 1 in the world in javelin. He was the top-ranked American four times. But Cannon knew Roggy as more than just a tremendous athlete.“He would walk into a room and just light it up,” he said. “He’d give you the shirt off his back.”“Adding to the tragedy, the world lost a good man,” Cannon added “He died too young.”Roggy’s death hit the Holmdel community hard.“I can’t describe the feeling,” Cannon said. “The neighborhood was in shock.”Roggy would be proud of the javelin tradition he began at Holmdel, which was carried on this year by not only Williams, but also teammate Travis Closs, who finished 10th at the MOC. The Hornets had the best one-two in the event with Closs, a junior, coming up with a personal best of 181-5 at the MOC.Williams, at 6 feet tall and 160 pounds, was the smallest competitor in the field, but it takes more than size and muscle to throw the spear well.Williams ran cross-country for the Hornets as a freshman. He said he gave the javelin a try in the spring because he used to be a catcher in baseball and knew the throwing motion. He just tried it and liked it, finding that his crosscountry running would come in handy.“For me, everything is speed and getting the perfect technique,” he said. “Then I work on power.”With the help of Cannon, Williams, who is headed to Arizona State University to major in civil engineering, broke down every facet of the throw.“Everything has a point and a purpose,” he said.Point and purpose came together at the MOC, where the recent Holmdel graduate “did it right finally,” uncorking his school record of 195-9. It was a throw that would have been met with approval from Roggy.last_img read more

Indonesia’s threat to exit Paris accord over palm oil seen as cynical ploy

first_imgBanner image: An oil palm plantation adjacent to tropical forest in Borneo. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay. Amazon Soy, Biodiesel, Bioenergy, Biofuels, carbon, Carbon Credits, Carbon Emissions, carbon markets, Cattle, Cattle Pasture, Cattle Ranching, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Change Negotiations, Deforestation, Dry Forests, Environment, Fires, forest degradation, Forest Destruction, Forest Fires, Forests, Haze, Oil Palm, Palm Oil, Palm Oil And Biodiversity, Peatlands, Plantations, Rainforest Deforestation, Rainforest Destruction, Rainforests, Renewable Energy, Southeast Asian Haze, Soy, Sustainability Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored A top Indonesian minister says the country may consider pulling out of the Paris climate agreement in retaliation for a European policy to phase out palm oil from biofuels by 2030.Luhut Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for maritime affairs, says Indonesia, the world’s biggest producer of palm oil, can follow in the footsteps of the United States, which has declared its withdrawal from the climate pact, and Brazil, which is considering doing the same.The threat is the latest escalation in a diplomatic spat that has also seen Indonesia and Malaysia, the No. 2 palm oil producer, threaten retaliatory trade measures against the European Union.The EU says its policy is driven by growing consumer concerns about the sustainability of palm oil, which in Indonesia is often grown on plantations for which vast swaths of rainforest have had to be cleared. JAKARTA — Environmental activists have blasted threats by a senior Indonesian minister that the country will withdraw from the Paris climate accord over a European plan to phase out palm oil from renewable biofuels.The statements by Luhut Pandjaitan, the coordinating minister for maritime affairs, who oversees the palm oil industry in the world’s biggest producer of the commodity, have been likened to the nationalist rhetoric employed by U.S. President Donald Trump to pull his country out of the agreement.“If Trump exited the Paris Agreement to defend the coal industry, Luhut is defending the palm oil industry to his last breath,” said Yuyun Harmono, a climate justice campaigner with the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi). “Both are commodities that destroy the environment and exacerbate climate change. If Luhut is proud to be associated with Trump, then go ahead.”The war of words marks the latest escalation stemming from a decision by the European Union to phase out the use of palm oil in biofuels by 2030, over concerns that production of the crop, often on land cleared of rainforest, contributes to global carbon emissions and thus exacerbates climate change.Indonesia and Malaysia, which together supply 85 percent of the world’s palm oil, have threatened a host of retaliatory measures, including filing complaints with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and restricting imports of goods from the EU.The most drastic option on the table is Indonesia withdrawing from the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement. Indonesia has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 29 percent (and up to 41 percent with international assistance) by 2030, mainly through reduced deforestation and increased reforestation.Luhut, one of President Joko Widodo’s closest advisers and the owner of a string of palm oil companies himself, said the government might follow in the footsteps of the U.S. and Brazil. The new president of the latter, Jair Bolsonaro, promised during his campaign last year to abandon the Paris Agreement.“If we’re talking about environmental issues, the U.S. was able to exit the climate change [agreement] and Brazil could potentially do so as well,” Luhut said in Jakarta recently as reported by The Jakarta Post. “So, we could consider withdrawing from the deal also. Why not?”He also framed the issue as one of economic development, telling online outlet Kumparan that the EU was “thinking only about [saving] orangutans” while he was concerned with the livelihoods of the 17 million Indonesians employed in the palm oil industry.Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesian coordinating ministry of maritime affairs. Image by the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry of Politics, Law and Human Rights/wikimedia.‘Bargaining chip’“We all agree [on the Paris Agreement] and we all respect it,” Luhut said as quoted by Liputan 6. “But if you don’t respect our people, then I have to ask what it is that we’re getting from climate change [deal]. They talk about carbon [payments] but where are [they]?”Walhi’s Yuyun questioned the argument that the climate accord needed to be financially beneficial to be meaningful. “Did we join the Paris agreement just to make money from carbon trading?” he said.“Luhut is using our involvement in the agreement as a bargaining chip for economic interests and to defend the interests of the palm oil industry,” he added. “That’s just not right.”Dechen Tsering, the Bangkok-based Asia-Pacific director for the United Nations Environment Programme, called on Indonesia to stay in the Paris climate deal, saying the agreement would be undermined if it left.“We need countries like Indonesia in the Paris Agreement, taking forward their commitments quite seriously,” she told Reuters.Indonesia is the world’s fourth-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, due largely to deforestation and forest fires. These activities, in turn, are carried out for the most part to clear land for plantations and logging concessions.The country is home to the third-biggest expanse of tropical forest left on the planet, after the Amazon and the Congo Basin, making it a globally significant carbon sink. Indonesia’s peatlands alone hold at least 57 billion tons of carbon. If all of it were released into the atmosphere, it would account for a third of all the CO2 the world is projected to emit between now and 2050.A Bornean orangutan in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo. The endangered species, the ape is threatened by the unbridled expansion of oil palm plantations into their forest homes. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Political supportIn Jakarta, however, the importance of keeping Indonesia within the Paris Agreement hasn’t resonated as strongly as the nationalist fervor to take a stand for palm oil, with both the Foreign Ministry and the House of Representatives backing Luhut.Peter F. Gontha, a policy adviser to the ministry, said Indonesia could learn from Brazil’s plan to exit the Paris accord. He said that Brazil wanted to withdraw so that it could open up large tracts of its land for sugarcane plantations to produce ethanol for biofuel and for cattle ranching. The latter activity accounts for 80 percent of new deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.“This could be a reference for Indonesia,” Peter said. “If Indonesia is merely a victim of the Paris Agreement, then we [will] exit [the agreement] just like what Brazil and the U.S. do, Since the beginning, Indonesia isn’t obligated to join the Paris Agreement because our emission is still low.”He added that the decision by the EU to phase out palm oil from its biofuel mix constituted a form of discrimination that advantaged European producers of other types of vegetable oils.“We’ve implemented a moratorium [on new palm oil plantation permits] and we’ve said no more land [clearing], but we’re still discriminated against,” he said.Firman Subagyo, one of the most vocal proponents of the palm oil industry in the House of Representatives, who previously criticized the permit moratorium as the result of foreign meddling, welcomed Luhut’s statements.“Our stance is if they boycott us, we boycott them,” he said as reported by Bisnis. “So even though it’s a bit late [for the government to adopt it], I appreciate and support the step they’ve taken.”An aerial view of Sulawesi Island in Indonesia. Low-lying areas are expected to be swamped by the end of the century due to rising sea levels. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Sinking islandsBoth Luhut and Peter, who previously served as the Indonesian ambassador to Poland, said Indonesia had shown good faith in global efforts to mitigate climate change, as seen during the U.N. climate talks in Poland last year. Luhut said a large part of Indonesia’s commitment centered on promoting palm oil-based biodiesel and reducing coal consumption.The minister has argued that while Indonesia has done much in recent years to tackle emissions from the palm oil industry, including imposing the nationwide moratorium on new permits, implementing a one-map policy to address land claims, and devising its own certification scheme called Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO). The EU, Luhut said, had failed to fully recognize these efforts.“So Indonesia is very aware,” he said in a statement on his ministry’s website. “Don’t perceive us as being not aware about the environment, because we understand that if we don’t handle [climate change] well, then the next generation is going to be the one that feels the impact.”Peter agreed that environmental protection required sustainable development.“Economic growth has to be coupled with an increase in the quality of life as well as environmental sustainability,” he told Indonesian media at the climate talks in Katowice last December. “This is a herculean task. This is Indonesia’s task looking ahead.”But that commitment to improving the livelihoods of everyday Indonesians seems to be lacking, Yuyun suggested. He cited cases of coastal villages and islands being drowned by rising sea levels, and said it was ironic that Luhut, nominally in charge of maritime affairs, neglected to address this very issue.“Some villages have disappeared, same with small islands. There’s such a big threat hanging over this country, which has more than 17,000 islands,” Yuyun said.“It’s such a contradiction for a maritime minister to not work to save coastal people,” he added, “but instead fight for palm oil companies that are among the industries that contribute to climate change.”A Malaysian oil palm plantation with adjoining forest patches. Image by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.Retaliatory measuresWhile withdrawing from the climate accord is the most drastic option raised by Indonesia in response to the EU biofuel policy (and the worst one, by Luhut’s own admission), Jakarta has threatened a host of other retaliatory measures.This includes possibly cancelling an order for 300 Swedish-made buses for Jakarta’s public bus network. “We whispered to the Swedish ambassador to Indonesia that we’re afraid their buses aren’t allowed to come in,” Foreign Ministry adviser Peter said.Last month, Peter wrote on his Facebook page that it would be better to buy buses from Japan or Australia rather than Sweden, a member of a union that, by his account, was discriminating against Indonesia’s palm oil.While that threat hasn’t been carried through, European spirits makers may have become the first casualty in the looming trade war.Reuters reported last week that members of SpiritsEurope, which represents major liquor producers and national associations, were suffering delays in securing approval to bring EU products into Indonesia — something that non-EU liquors had no trouble with.The Indonesian government has denied this is linked to the palm oil spat, saying the domestic market simply prefers spirits from the U.S.Diplomatic disputes have also flared up between Indonesia and individual European countries considering imposing their own restrictions on palm oil.Last December, Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita threatened to block market access for Norwegian salmon under a trade deal with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) if its members — Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein — restricted access for palm oil.The threat came after the Norwegian parliament asked the government to develop measures to exclude biofuels with a high risk of deforestation in their production.France has also been looking to restrict imports of palm oil, first through a plan to tax unsustainable palm oil in 2016. The plan was eventually scrapped after Indonesia reportedly insinuated it would execute a French citizen on a death row for drug trafficking if France went ahead with the tax.The Indonesian Foreign Ministry has denied the report.Malaysia, too, has threatened its own tit-for-tat measures. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad last month said Malaysia might retaliate by purchasing new fighter jets from China instead of Europe.“If they keep on taking action against us, we will think of buying airplanes from China or any other country,” he said as quoted by the official Bernama news agency.Smoke from fires burning on drained peatlands cleared for oil palm in East Kalimantan, Indonesia in 2018. Photo courtesy of Linus.Reassessment windowThere’s still a chance the EU might walk back the planned phase-out, enshrined in a so-called delegated act. The delegated act passes into law after a two-month scrutiny period, but there’s a reassessment period in 2021 during which European authorities will consider the latest data from palm oil producers to determine anew the deforestation risk.“The European Commission will reassess the data and, if appropriate, the methodology in 2021 and will carry out a revision of the delegated regulation in 2023,” the EU says. “At that moment, any efforts undertaken by Indonesia will be taken into account.”President Widodo and Prime Minister Mahathir have both sent official letters to the EU asking for it to reconsider its policy on palm oil.“Both our governments’ view this as a deliberate, calculated and adverse economic and political strategy to remove palm oil from the EU marketplace,” they said. “Should this delegated regulation enter into force, our governments shall review our relationship with the EU as a whole, as well as its member states.”For its part, the EU denies it is engaged in a campaign to smear the reputation of palm oil to advantage its own vegetable oil producers.“What is frequently described here as a ‘black campaign’ against palm oil is an expression of the genuine environmental concerns of consumers as well as manufacturers,” EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Guérend said in a press statement. “Informed consumers (in the EU and elsewhere) increasingly favor healthier, fairer and more-sustainable consumption patterns: recycling waste, using canvas rather than plastic bags, buying locally grown produce and so on. Preserving our planet for future generations is at the core of these patterns.”An oil palm plantation in Malaysia. Agribusiness, with its conversion of forests to croplands ¬(including oil palm, soy, cotton, corn, sugarcane and rubber crops to feed global markets) is a major contributor to climate change and to changes in tropical rainfall patterns. Image by Rhett A. Butler / Mongabay.To-do listActivists see the reassessment period as a window of opportunity for Indonesia and Malaysia to address the environmental concerns raised by the EU, including deforestation. For Indonesia, one of the most pressing matters to attend to is the lack of definitive data on oil palm plantations.Dono Boestami, the head of the Indonesian Oil Palm Estate Fund (BPDP-KS), a Finance Ministry initiative to develop sustainable palm oil, said there were at least three sets of official data about how much land was dedicated to oil palm concessions.According to figures from the Agriculture Ministry, the oil palm land bank spans 140,000 square kilometers (54,000 square miles); the Central Statistics Agency puts it at between 120,000 and 300,000 square kilometers (46,300 and 115,800 square miles); and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), which has increased its scrutiny of graft in the palm oil sector, records total plantation area at 200,000 square kilometers (77,200 square miles).“How can we get a valid figure of our palm oil total production when we still don’t know the exact total area of our plantations?” Dono said as quoted by The Jakarta Post. “It’s unsurprising if we get criticized for our lack of valid data.”Edi Sutrisno, executive director of TuK Indonesia, an NGO that advocates for social justice in the agribusiness sector, said there was no way to achieve sustainable palm oil without a transparent and accurate data set.“That’s a huge challenge which makes it difficult for the government to determine the potential revenue [from palm oil taxes],” he told Mongabay. “If the data is clear, then I think the efforts to push for sustainability will be clear as well. How can you plan something without clear data?”The lack of clear data has given rise to problems such as tax avoidance and financial irregularities, according to Muhammad Teguh Surya, executive director of the environmental NGO Yayasan Madani Berkelanjutan.Many palm oil companies aren’t paying their taxes, with a compliance rate of only 6 to 7 percent, according to the tax office. That’s because the government doesn’t know how many taxpaying entities there are in the palm oil industry.A recent study by the Jakarta-based think tank Perkumpulan Prakarsa shows a flow of illicit money from the palm oil industry in Indonesia to other countries, including Finland, which doesn’t import palm oil from Indonesia, totaling more than $40 billion.“So if the government is arguing that it’s defending the palm oil industry because it’s a national interest, why doesn’t it address these problems?” Teguh said. “It’s impossible to argue that this is a national interest if the government allows millions of dollars of money from the palm oil industry to pour out of the country for years.”And while Indonesia has its own sustainability criteria, the ISPO, it only covers 41,100 square kilometers (15,900 square miles) of plantations, a fraction of the total figures listed above.Edi said other items on Indonesia’s long to-do list to achieve sustainability include resolving land conflicts between plantation companies and residents, and the looming threat of industrial-scale deforestation in previously untouched regions such as Papua.In the end, he said, Jakarta has to realize that the biggest enemy of Indonesia’s palm oil industry isn’t the EU.“There are still many land conflicts, and the expansion of palm oil in Papua continues despite the moratorium,” Edi said. “[And yet] our stance is to be defensive. We’re not being honest about the facts [on the ground]. Regardless of the diplomatic challenge with the EU, our biggest challenge is actually our own nation.” Article published by Hans Nicholas Jonglast_img read more

That final sprint!

first_imgWith virtually every stride, Usain Bolt has written a paragraph of Jamaican and global track and field history. Chapter after chapter, the iconic sprinter has both defied logic and stretched the boundaries of our expectations.Last night, inside the National Stadium, Bolt went with the starter’s gun for the final time on the Jamaican stage. His 84th race on local soil became his last.More than 30,000 screaming fans – many of whom witnessed some of his other special races at home – like that 2002 World Junior Championships 200 metres gold medal charge – pressured the very seams of the National Stadium at the JN Racers Grand Prix for the chance to get a final glimpse of greatness – in the flesh.Dignitaries, fellow global superstars, grateful Jamaicans, foreigner from near and far – the National Stadium was a hive of emotions.It was a fitting farewell for the big Jamaican and a clear demonstration of his impact and influence in a country that, though so insignificant in geographical terms, has made a gargantuan contribution to the planet’s pulse – whether through culture or sports.But even among Jamaica’s giants, Bolt is a colossus.Sports Minister Olivia Grange puts it best.”Next biggest Jamaican star after Bob Marley? Yes. Anywhere around the world you go, and you say ‘Jamaica’, they say ‘Bob’ and ‘Bolt’. So Bob Marley is synonymous with Jamaica and Usain Bolt is synonymous with Jamaica, so somebody says Usain Bolt, and they think of Jamaica,” Grange said in the build-up to last night’s run.AWESOME WORLD PRESENCE”They listen to Bob Marley’s music (and) they think of Jamaica. It’s just a wonderful, as we would say in Jamaica, ‘link up’ and connection that Jamaica – which is such a small country – has such an awesome presence through its music and through track and field,” added Grange.On the track, Bolt is an inspiration, but his influence does not stop there.His ascension has brought and will continue to push more talented Jamaican youth to the sport. In Jamaica, where not enough is taken seriously enough, athletics is now seen as big business – Bolt’s brilliance has led a boom where the local industry is concerned. We are still far behind as it relates to sports tourism , but again, Bolt has been a major contributor to the thrust – or trickle – of the Jamaican sports tourism product.The hunt will begin in earnest for the ‘next Bolt’, but in truth, Bolt is Bolt; quite like Jesse Owens was Jesse Owens – irreplaceable, incomparable.”There might not be another Usain Bolt, but there will be another athlete who, in his own right, will create history in Jamaica and in the world,” said Grange, again hitting the nail on its head. “He has a wonderful personality. He is just a special human being. He has a dynamic personality. And he is awesome in how he performs as an athlete, yet he is so humble. It is almost as if he is above everything else, but his feet are firmly planted on the ground.”For Bolt, his motivation was simple:”I just wanted to make my country proud … .”Seems the serial winner has had another victory in that department.The journey continues at this Summer’s IAAF World Championships in London – Bolt’s home away from home – but, of course, there’s nowhere quite like home.last_img read more


first_imgDuring the protests against President David Granger on September 19, 2019, at the Pegasus Hotel, he was visibly shaken up when some concerned Guyanese inside the hall called out his government’s illegality after the constitutional timeline for elections expired the day before.While the protesters voiced their concerns within the hall and the Police intervened, Mr Granger posed with feet crossed, one hand akimbo and the other on the rostrum to wait out the period until they left.That pose has since gone viral and his supporters labelled it as him being unbothered by the proceedings. Others saw it as him being clearly shell-shocked by the incident. Whatever the view, the label of being unbothered seems apt for various reasons.At a recent rally in Linden, he re-enacted the pose, and from all reports, it sent his supporters into a frenzy. That seems to demonstrate their love for his unbothered disposition. He, himself, appears to latch on to it. It suggests, among other things, him being unbothered by the fact that the Government became unconstitutional after September 18.The day after, leading members of the international community issued an official statement alluding to that unconstitutionality. Subsequently, other international bodies did likewise. That’s aside from the Opposition and civil society organisations here in Guyana. All were common in their calls: an unconstitutional Government and the need for an election date to be named.With pressure brought to bear, he eventually, after the first attempt to not be definitive, named the election date. Subsequently, and again only after mountain pressure, he followed up with the requisite proclamation.From his actions since December 21, 2018, it appears he is totally unbothered by the expiration of the constitutional election timeline and its unavoidable consequences to both the country and people. Guyana is now with an unconstitutional Government.This situation may have its genesis in Mr Granger’s interpretation of the law; seemingly in a manner that conflicts with the Constitution. He seems unbothered by accusations of him deliberately misinterpreting the Constitution to drive a believed agenda.That snowballed and created situations where the Constitution and an order from the country’s highest court of arbitration were fragrantly disregarded, seemingly to extend his government’s stay in office. That’s clearly demonstrative of an open defiance of the rule of law to which Mr Granger appears to be— again, by his actions and the marketing of his pose— unbothered.Him being unbothered has caused much bother for Guyanese as they are faced with a situation in which the President and his Government, having taken an oath to uphold the Constitution, openly disrespect it.In reflecting on APNU/AFC’s tenure in office, unmistakably, it would reveal many other things Mr Granger and his administration seemed unbothered about. Giving his Ministers a 50% pay hike while claiming a lack of funds to increase salaries for public servants, the firing of hundreds of Indigenous Guyanese, forcing thousands of sugar workers out of their jobs by closing estates without exploring alternative employment and then withholding their severance pay, were just a few cases he and APNU/AFC seemed unbothered about.The closing of the estates has created devastating and humiliating social impacts on thousands of families. Mr Granger’s government’s implementation of some two hundred new tax measures has brought untold sufferings on the backs of ordinary Guyanese. His seeming uninspiring economic policies have led to a drastic slowing down of a once vibrant and growing economy.That economic slowdown has led to the closure of a number of businesses, forcing many workers into unemployment. There is now increasing frequency of power outages— an average of eight per day as stated by the electricity company. The disruption to production and productivity and the unbearable inconvenience it foists upon Guyanese, is inconceivable, as is the constant disruption to traffic resulting from City streets being barricaded to insulate Mr Granger from any semblance of protest action.Recently, spring tides and overtopping caused numerous communities along the coast to flood. The heavy loss to residents and farmers is still being determined. Almost immediately, the Leader of the Opposition and other members of his party were seen present in many of those communities in an effort to assess, comfort, and assist those affected.To date, the President is yet to visit any of those areas. With unrelenting crime that leads to fatalities in some instances, Guyanese live in constant fear. These scenarios show clearly who is unbothered and who really cares.It’s very possible that Mr Granger will re-enact his unbothered pose to energise his base during this election period. In doing so, since he hasn’t distanced himself from his supporters’ take on the pose, he stands to further confirm the growing belief of him, and his now unconstitutional government, being unbothered by the concerns of the citizens.Unfortunately, he is not alone, for Caricom, up to this point, appears similarly unbothered by the situation here. Their silence speaks volumes as Mr Granger’s pose.last_img read more

Don’t play politics with children

first_imgDear Editor,In last Cabinet’s press briefing, Minister Joseph Harmon mention that the three tiers of Government must work together in order for Government to be successful in serving the people.This is a fallacy, and it is evident that the minister only speaks about respect to local government authorities. Many decisions that are being agreed upon by majority agreement, or even unanimously, are not being respected and implemented by the Government-appointed Regional Executive Officer in the Regional Democratic Councils that are being governed by People’s Progressive Party.Just a few months ago, a motion was unanimously agreed upon by the Regional Democratic Council for Region Six to provide transportation for school children of affected sugar workers. To date, there has been no implementation of this decision. Government may want to give the excuse that this expense was not budgeted for, so it can’t be implemented.Government should know that when three David G buses were implemented in one year, the expenses for drivers, fuel and maintenance were taken out from the budget when those provisions were not catered for in the budget. This cost for the sustenance of the David G bus programme is costing taxpayers millions to sustain the program. So why can’t sugar workers’ children enjoy the same benefit?Maybe because they are not the coalition Government’s children, or just because their parents are PPP supporters.Minister Amna Ally, at a Fyrish, Corentyne handing over ceremony of a David G bus, said, ‘Region Six did not vote for us, but the coalition Government still supports the people.’ This is a clear case of discrimination, and raises a lot of questions.I can be proven incorrect if this coalition Government can give clearance for the motions to be implemented immediately, to help these poor children to go to school.The President, at almost all the five Bs programme, reminds people that children should be given equal access to education. I only hope he remembers that and implement it immediately.Don’t play politics with children and their education.Another example where this coalition Government don’t respect local democracy is when the RDC in Region Six propose in their 2018 budget rehabilitation and extension of a fishing wharf and access road to the wharf at Chesney, Albion Corentyne, but that was taken out from the budget and another project was given preference. This particular project would have improved and expanded the fishing industry in this area, where more than 1500 persons directly benefit, and a few hundred indirectly.The question is: why get rid of a project of this magnitude? This is a national disgrace when you speak something that you really don’t practice.Sincerely,Zamal HussainRDC CouncillorRegion Sixlast_img read more

Chelsea dominate PFA team of the year

first_imgThe PFA team comprised just four English players.Eden Hazard, one of the nominees for the PFA’s player of the year award, was in midfield along with Chelsea team-mate Nemanja Matic, while star striker Diego Costa, who has scored 19 goals in the Premier League so far this season, was selected up front.Blues captain John Terry and centre-back partner Gary Cahill were at the heart of the PFA team’s defence, with full-back Branislav Ivanovic also included.Ryan Bertrand, the other full-back in the PFA side, was a Chelsea player at the start of the season before joining Premier League rivals Southampton on a full-time deal following a loan move to St Mary’s.Manchester United’s David de Gea was in goal for the PFA side, while the midfield also featured Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.Meanwhile Tottenham Hotspur and England rising star Harry Kane, the favourite to be crowned the PFA’s young player of the year at an awards ceremony in London later Sunday, was chosen to partner Costa in attack.PFA team of the year:David de Gea (Manchester United); Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea), John Terry (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea); Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Nemanja Matic (Chelsea), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal); Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Diego Costa (Chelsea)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, April 26- Chelsea dominated the team of the year announced Sunday by Professional Footballers’ Association, with six players from the Premier League champions-elect in the side voted for by their fellow pros in England.Jose Mourinho’s side, who face London rivals Arsenal later on Sunday, are well clear at the top of the table and on the brink of bringing the English title back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since 2010.last_img read more

Up in smoke

first_imgOne concerned British viewer and an animated cat and mouse have sparked a debate about protecting children from smoking versus preserving art and history. After an unidentified viewer complained that two Tom and Jerry shorts in which characters lit up were not appropriate in cartoons aimed at children, Time Warner had illustrators paint over a cigar and a cigarette. Both cartoons were made more than 50 years ago, when smoking on-screen was commonplace. The flare-up has raised questions about whether altering decades-old cartoons is rewriting history to satisfy current values or whether it’s necessary to keep children safe. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesParents Television Council, a nonprofit group based in Los Angeles that advocates improving entertainment programs for younger audiences, applauded the decision to edit smoking scenes. “If children see smoking glamorized on films it makes it all the more likely they are going to pick up that habit,” said Melissa Caldwell of PTC. “That’s been the consensus of the research community.” Caldwell believes altering cartoons is a simple way to protect children. “This is an entertainment form,” she said. “It’s not like altering the `Mona Lisa’ or adding a cigarette to the `David.”‘ Illustrator Signe Wilkinson, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, disagreed. “Even if it was Tom and Jerry saying hideously racist things, it’s good for us to know where we came from,” said Wilkinson, who draws for The Philadelphia Daily News and is an outspoken advocate for free speech. “It’s also good for young people to know things can change.” Wilkinson was skeptical that smoking habits can be picked up from television. “If people pick up smoking from a Tom and Jerry cartoon, they’ve got many deeper problems that need to be attended to first.” Smoking characters have a long list of credits, even on shows aimed at youngsters. Pecos Bill, Bugs Bunny and Lampwick from “Pinocchio” all smoke. “Back in that time, it was completely acceptable to show something like that,” said Cynthia Overman, who teaches character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. “Smoking was not considered dangerous.” Because of tighter standards, episodes containing violence, rough language or racial stereotypes such as those in “Song of the South” and “Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs” have been edited or removed entirely from network line-ups, Overman said. The issue, she said, is whether people today should revise what came before when it doesn’t suit current tastes. “This is all retrospective,” Overman said. “People are looking back and looking at films saying, Well, we don’t think that way any more and this is offensive.” In one of the offending cat-and-mouse cartoons, Tom tries to woo a lady cat by rolling and smoking a cigarette with one hand. In another film, a tennis opponent is puffing on a stogie. In addition to changing the two episodes, British employees at Hanna-Barbera are reviewing other scenes that glamorize cigarettes and cigars. Cartoons broadcast domestically have not been altered, according to James Anderson, a spokesman for Cartoon Network, the U.S. cable channel owned by Time Warner that showed the episodes in Britain. “We are evaluating the scenes in the U.S. but we always do that periodically,” Anderson said. “No decision has been made whether there is going to be editing in the U.S.” The company made the changes after receiving a letter asking them to review the cartoons from Ofcom, the British equivalent of the Federal Communications Commission. The removal process is lengthy. “We just go through it frame by frame and take the cigarette out by painting over it,” said Lucy Amos of Boomerang. “It’s quite a time-consuming job, but obviously one that we are dedicated to doing because we’re primarily a children’s channel and we want to do the best for our audience.” (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

‘I’m not certain that’s where he’s happiest’ – Southgate admits Rashford doubt

first_img update Gareth Southgate has put a lot of faith in Marcus Rashford with England latest Getty Images – Getty deals Harry Kane says England can beat France, Spain and HollandAnd as Harry Kane is the Three Lions’ talisman and guaranteed starter at centre-forward, Rashford regularly features out wide for his country.Southgate has now conceded he believes Rashford is ‘happiest’ when on the wing, though the boss has admitted the 21-year-old is ‘still a work in progress’.“For a long time we have almost wanted Marcus to be that option as a no .9,” said Southgate, “but I’m still not certain that is where he is happiest and where he does his best work. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman appointed Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship “Marcus is still relatively young. Over the last 12 to 18 months with us he’s had a big impact on our games with a number of goals and assists. So, I think he’s still a work in progress.“A lot of his development at United was as a ‘wide raider’ and I think he isn’t as strong as Harry Kane with his back to goal holding play up.“If he plays as a no. 9, he will play it differently to Harry, but a lot of his best work is on the left coming in off the line. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:39Loaded: 25.39%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:39 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen statement rookie error 1 England vs Kosovo (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTDerby vs Cardiff (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Newcastle (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTFulham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Norwich vs Man City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Barnsley vs Leeds (Sunday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTcenter_img Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta “I don’t think that’s a problem; we have to be aware that’s probably his profile to get the best out of him, they’re the areas that he needs to get in.”Rashford has not scored for Manchester United since netting twice in their opening weekend defeat of Chelsea last month, while his most recent England goal came against the Netherlands during the Nations League finals in June.Rashford remains a key part of England’s current and future plans, and Southgate claims England’s attack is exciting as any other in the world.Kane took the headlines at the weekend with his hat-trick but is complemented by the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi, as well as Rashford.“I think that they’re as exciting as anything, really,” Southgate said of his attacking unit.“I remember going to Spain and thinking ‘well, a really tough game, but actually you look at our front three and their front three on the night and I felt that we were strong’.“And I’ve got to say, we’ve got Sancho and Hudson-Odoi who are going to push, and really push, so I think that it is exciting.“You need to have players on the field to affect the games, but you need to have players that can come in and have an impact and I think we’re in a healthy position.” targets Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti on target stalemate BIG PRESENTS UP TOP What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son LIVE on talkSPORT Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is NOT a centre-forward, England boss Gareth Southgate believes.The Red Devils star has been played as a no.9 for the majority of his career, though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has preferred to select him out wide throughout the early stages of this season. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ last_img read more

Gormley takes charge at St Molaise Gaels

first_imgSt Molaise Gaels chairman Sean Herron with Willie Gormley.Willie Gormley is set to take charge of St Molaise Gaels’ senior footballers next season.The Bunninadden native, who guided Tubbercurry to a Senior Championship win in 2014, has since managed both IT Sligo’s senior team, and Bundoran in Donegal.The Grange-based club won the intermediate title in 2016, and retained their senior status in the season just finished.Former Leitrim intercounty footballer Gareth Phelan will be part of Gormley’s backroom team, along with James Watters and Philip Lang.Mick McElligott will remain on as junior team manager, having guided the club to the Junior B Championship title in 2017.Gaels are the second Sligo club to confirm their senior team manager for next season, following confirmation last week that Padraig McGourty will take charge of Coolaney/Mullinabreena for 2018.last_img read more