Oral Tracey: Usain Bolt should pay me (lol)

first_imgWhen Usain Bolt accused me of calling him a ‘sell-out’ who ‘sold out’ to Justin Gatlin in that infamous 200 metres final at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki I reacted with dismay, knowing that I had never, called, and would never call Bolt a sell-out. For the record, I want to here and now categorically deny calling Bolt a sell-out. Desperate attempts are still being made to find the relevant commentary aired on August 11, 2005, the day of that fateful race, to verify that what I did say was that Bolt’s decision to jog the last 70 or 80 metres of that race was an act of cowardice, and he should have stopped if he was injured instead of walking to the line. I maintain to this day that it was a reasonable criticism of Bolt’s performance on that particular occasion, an opinion that many Jamaicans somehow equate with writing off the then emerging sprinter. There is, however, a fundamental difference between writing off an athlete and being critical of a specific performance by that athlete. Absolutely no one is beyond criticism, which in and of itself when merited is not necessarily a bad thing. It is how the individual responds to criticism that determines the effect of that criticism. I remember being confronted personally by Bolt about the particular incident in question. I remember telling him that my critique of him was not meant to tear him down, but to make him a better and stronger athlete and that those harsh words seemed to have done him well. PIVOTAL ROLE In all fairness, some unique and significant credit should be given for the pivotal role I played in the success story of Bolt. The mere fact that those stinging words resonated with him through the ebbs and flows of his now mega successful career suggests that those words helped to motivate, if not inspire, the now greatest sprinter of all time to the lofty heights he has attained. Criticism tends to spark the fire of excellence, and Bolt has risen above many challenges, including some moments worthy of criticism, to be now blazing a furnace of excellence. Even his exploits at last year’s World Championships in Beijing when the odds were stacked against him because of poor form and injuries, with the debate raging as to whether he would be able to overcome the challenge of a then marauding Gatlin, Bolt must have been well aware that in my capacity as his ‘main motivator’, I was early and emphatic in my prediction that he would lose to Gatlin in that 100-metre final. It is also reasonable to assume that Bolt, and the innate champion in him, must have drawn some motivation from that swirling sentiment, which helped him to put in that extra work needed to overcome the odds and prove the critics wrong in the emphatic way he did. During the last decade spanning the 2005 World Championships, through the thick and thin and ups and downs up to the 2015 Beijing World Championships, I genuinely believe that my motivational role in the building of Bolt the athlete and Bolt the brand has been immeasurable. In my retort to Bolt’s recent accusations, I suggested publicly that I was preparing an invoice to be delivered for my services. The big man subsequently responded on Twitter that he was looking forward to receiving that invoice. The tabulation continues, and the invoice will be delivered as I look forward to the day when l will be finally and adequately compensated.last_img read more

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West Holmes FFA’s Lorentz receives gold rating

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The West Holmes FFA chapter is pleased to announce that Justin Lorentz has received a gold rating at the national level for his proficiency project. The gold rating is the second highest rating an applicant can receive nationally.Justin specializes in turf grass management where he is the proud enterprise owner of Lorentz Lawn Care and Landscaping. This business involves the planting and maintaining of turf for outdoor beautification, providing a lawn mowing service; and improving recreational areas. In the future he plans to work with sport fields or golf course management.He first started out working five lawns but now has expanded to 32 lawns. He has hopes to get up to 100 lawns in the future. Justin first had to deal with evaluations, which is a process every proficiency applicant must go through, he was first checked through districts, and then state where he was awarded 1st place.He plans to attend ATI when he graduates to pursue a career in Turf Grass Management and Landscaping.last_img read more

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Seven killed as truck rams hutment in U.P.

first_imgFour minors, aged between 3 to 8, were among seven persons who died when a truck carrying cattle rammed into a hutment in Uttar Pradesh’s Chandauli district on New Year’s Day, police said. The incident occurred around 5.30 a.m. at Malda village in Chakia area – around 20 km from the district headquarters of Chandauli town, Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar Singh said. Seven personse have died and one girl was injured. She has been admitted to a hospital, the officer said. The deceased have been identified as Shyama (60), Ram Kishun (27), Suhagin (25) and four children – Golu (3), Munni (4), Monu (5) and Nisha (8), police said.SHO suspendedThe SP has suspended the Station House Officer of Ilia police station and the in-charge of Malda police outpost. The SHO of Chakia police station has been sent to police lines and two constables, along with a Dial-100 team, have also been suspended.last_img read more

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Housing Development Continues at Luana in St. Elizabeth

first_imgStory Highlights The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) has announced that work is ongoing for the construction of phase three of the Luana Gardens housing development in St. Elizabeth. “We are continuing the development of Luana Gardens. We just finished developing approximately 189 serviced lots and we’ll be doing the engineering designs for approximately 400 solutions, comprising serviced lots and houses,” Director of Technical Services at the HAJ, Rosemarie Brown, told JIS News. Ms. Brown said that by mid-2019, the agency will be able to recommend an award of contract for the development. The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) has announced that work is ongoing for the construction of phase three of the Luana Gardens housing development in St. Elizabeth.“We are continuing the development of Luana Gardens. We just finished developing approximately 189 serviced lots and we’ll be doing the engineering designs for approximately 400 solutions, comprising serviced lots and houses,” Director of Technical Services at the HAJ, Rosemarie Brown, told JIS News.Ms. Brown said that by mid-2019, the agency will be able to recommend an award of contract for the development.Meanwhile, she noted that the HAJ is anticipating the development of at least two high-rise housing solutions.“We are actively looking at a project in Kingston where we anticipate that we will be given the approval to do high-rise apartment blocks. Rhyne Park (housing development) in St. James will also have some apartment blocks,” Ms. Brown said.She highlighted that one major benefit of high-rise housing solutions is that it allows for more units to be created while occupying a smaller or equal space as a single-storey housing development.Ms. Brown also noted that the HAJ creates housing solutions that satisfy the housing demand of persons living with disabilities. She listed the agency’s Bernard Lodge housing development as one such housing project.last_img read more

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Caledonia Medical to Provide Lab Tests for Several Public Hospitals

first_img Under the agreement, Caledonia Medical Laboratory will provide microbiology services to Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), Bustamante Hospital for Children, Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Spanish Town Hospital, National Chest Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and Linstead Hospital. Story Highlights The Ministry of Health and Wellness has partnered with Caledonia Medical Laboratory Limited to provide laboratory tests for several public hospitals across the island. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has partnered with Caledonia Medical Laboratory Limited to provide laboratory tests for several public hospitals across the island.Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; and Managing Director of Caledonia Medical Laboratory, Barbara Hendricks, signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Monday (May 13), at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices.Under the agreement, Caledonia Medical Laboratory will provide microbiology services to Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), Bustamante Hospital for Children, Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Spanish Town Hospital, National Chest Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and Linstead Hospital.Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (seated, centre), along with Managing Director, Caledonia Medical Laboratory Limited, Barbara Hendricks (seated, right), affix their signatures to a copy of a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which will see the laboratory providing diagnostic tests for several public hospitals across the island. The signing took place during a ceremony at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on Monday (May 13). Also pictured (seated, at left) is Permanent Secretary in the Health Ministry, Dunstan Bryan. Others (standing from left) are Director, Policy Planning and Development in the Ministry, Howard Lynch; Director, Health Systems Support and Monitoring, Dr. Beverley Wright; Head, Health Promotion and Protection Branch, Dr. Simone Spence; Administrative Manager, Caledonia Medical, June Bryan; and Technical Manager at the lab, Marcia Grant.center_img Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton; and Managing Director of Caledonia Medical Laboratory, Barbara Hendricks, signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Monday (May 13), at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices. The tests include ear, eye, throat, nasal, sputum, urine, blood, and sterility.The provision is part of a $1-billion programme being undertaken by the Government to reduce waiting time within the public health system.The programme, which was announced by portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, during his Sectoral presentation on May 7, aims to address delays in the provision of diagnostic tests, day and inpatient surgeries, and also shortage in bed space.Caledonia Medical Laboratory is the first entity to sign on to the diagnostic aspect of the programme.Dr. Tufton said that the Government’s objective is to “do away” with the practice of sending public health patients to do diagnostic tests privately, at their expense.As such, he said that the arrangement will enable persons to access diagnostic services in the private space “but we will deal with the cost”.“We want to be able, once we identify limited capacity, to boost our capacity by adding private providers within a transparent governance framework to add to what we do. We really believe in the partnerships and we think Caledonia clearly qualifies for this,” he said.Under the initiative, it is intended that Jamaicans who are examined in the public health system and approved for diagnostic tests will be given the tests free of charge, even if they have to get them done by an approved private provider.These include computerised tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound, angiography, endoscopy (colonoscopy and urogenital endoscopy), and histopathology.last_img read more

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