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Hubert Lawrence: Sometimes we forget

first_imgOne national icon reminds us not to forget our past. We do anyway. The year that closes today contained many important sporting anniversaries, and all of them have passed quietly. It’s a real pity. The schoolboy football season has passed with hardly a whisper of the Kingston College (KC) team that dominated the various competitions in 1964 and 1965. Captained in the former year by KC legend Tony Keyes and by Dennis Johnson in the latter, these purple-and-whites went undefeated for two whole seasons. In fact, they won every game they played en route to consecutive Manning Cup/Walker Cup/Olivier Shield triple without a single draw to mar their record. In 1985, Stephen ‘The Don’ Hylton won the second of his three Caribbean table tennis singles titles. In 1990, Jamaica performed a miracle on grass in hockey. Led by supremely skilled Sharon Malcolm and coached by Michelle Holt, our ladies went to the Central American and Caribbean Games and beat host country Mexico on penalties in the final. Their gold medal is Jamaica’s highest achievement in that sport. RECORD BREAKING Just 10 years ago, Asafa Powell took the 100 metre world record to all of us with a run of 9.77 seconds in Athens. It was the first time a Jamaican had held the electronically timed world record in this blue-ribbon event. Later that year, at the World Championships in Helsinki, Trecia-Kaye Smith bounded to first place in the triple jump to win our first gold medal in a field event at the World or Olympic level. That was a glorious moment. These milestones have passed quietly, even though many of those who did those great deeds are still with us. They need not be just symbols of the past, but their experiences may help illuminate the way forward. At the very least, they can inspire those who aim for the heights. It’s December 31 and, therefore, too late to meaningfully celebrate those historic moments in 2015. Fortunately, there’s a bright side, sort of. Two major milestones mature like gilt-edged securities in the new year. Donald Quarrie (DQ) crowned a glorious career with a gold-medal run in the Montreal Olympics in 1976. DQ took the 200 metres days after a close runner-up finish in the 100 and became Jamaica’s first Olympic champion in a sprint event. Tweny years later, in the Atlanta Olympic Games, Deon Hemmings broke the meet record twice en route to a defeat of Kim Batten and Tonja Buford, then the fastest two female 400 metre hurdlers of all time. Despite brilliant efforts by Merlene Ottey, Grace Jackson and Juliet Cuthbert, Hemmings earned the honour of being the first Jamaican woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Like Quarrie’s victory two decades earlier, the Hemmings success is a landmark in Jamaica’s sporting history. We can’t do much about the things we’ve already forgotten. One thing is clear. No person or nation should live in the past, but great gold-medal moments like those in 1976 and 1996 shouldn’t pass too quietly. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980.last_img read more

Chelsea boss Sarri close to Juventus switch

first_img0Shares0000Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri my leave after a single season © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 1 – Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has told the club he wants to leave after a single season to join Italian champions Juventus, according to reports on Saturday.Sarri has been an uncomfortable fit with fans at Stamford Bridge and despite winning the Europa League this week and finishing third in the Premier League, there is a perception the chain-smoking coach is unwilling to adapt tactics when things go wrong. Sarri has been widely linked with Juventus, who are seeking a successor to Massimiliano Allegri, although sports daily Gazzetta reported Saturday that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was also on their radar.Sarri held talks with Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia on Friday and informed her that he wanted to return to his homeland, the reports in Britain and Italy said.Granovskaia, it is said, has promised to talk to club owner Roman Abramovich about his future, but it would seem Chelsea will seek compensation from any suitor.Sarri succeeded Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager last summer after spending three years at Napoli.The 60-year-old enjoyed a tremendous start at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea went unbeaten in 18 games.But Sarri endured consistent criticism from a significant portion of the club’s supporters throughout the campaign and suffered heavy 4-0 and 6-0 defeats at Bournemouth and Manchester City.Chelsea, however, reached the Carabao Cup final, which they lost on penalties to Manchester City, before finishing the season strongly.Sarri claimed the first major trophy of his career when Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 in Baku on Wednesday to win the Europa League final, but refused to commit his future to the club, saying: “You know very well that I love the Premier League, the level of the competition, and I am lucky because I am at Chelsea, one of the best teams in the best championship in the world.“So at the moment I am happy, but of course I want to know if the club is happy, if we can improve.“It’s normal I think; I have a discussion with the owner after every season with every club.”Chelsea are facing a transfer ban next season which could restrict their ability to attract a big name coach.The club have been linked with their former midfielder Frank Lampard, now the manager of Championship side Derby, should Sarri leave Stamford Bridge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Trustees to review Rio Hondo projects

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – When it comes to convenient and accessible parking for Rio Hondo College, trustees say they can agree it’s a priority for the upcoming bond-funded overhaul of the aging hilltop campus. But how that parking should be implemented is where the differences lie. “The board and the staff has been going back and forth with this, and we have yet to go through a decision-making process on whether a parking structure is feasible,” said board President Gary Mendez. As such, parking and other issues like bus services, carpool incentives and increased shuttle service will be up for debate among trustees during a special board meeting slated for April 5. The meeting was set up to review the current draft of the college’s Facilities Master Plan – or the vision for the college – which is scheduled for adoption sometime this spring. Much of the renovations in the plan will be paid for through the college’s $245 million bond, which voters approved two years ago. Once the master plan is adopted, Mendez said officials should be able to make up a working construction budget that will tell trustees “where we’re at and how we’re meeting our facilities goals.” “The cost of construction is going up tremendously and that’s what’s scary,” Mendez said. “That’s why we’re antsy to work on the budget. “As a former Rio Hondo student, I know what it’s like to walk from the bottom to the top of the hill. So personally, I want to make sure there’s a parking structure in the plan.” Fellow trustee Andre Quintero says his priority is also accessible parking – but that’s different than talking about parking structures. “I support the concept of accessible parking but my priority is to put the resources into the classroom first,” Quintero said. “And we should put resources into making the lower level parking more accessible.” For example, one option is to have a covered escalator run from the lower-level parking to the top of campus, similar to those at Universal Studios or Dodger Stadium. “The issue here is not the number of parking spaces because there are enough spaces to go around, but everyone wants the spaces at the top of the hill so they don’t have to climb up like pack mules,” Quintero said. “If we make the lower parking more user-friendly, maybe we don’t have to build a parking structure right away.” Student Carlos Avilez, 18, agreed – he said parking is bad at the beginning of the semester but then settles down, and empty parking spaces are normal. “It eliminates itself a month into the semester, so I don’t think it’s that big of a problem,” Avilez said. The board’s April 5 meeting is open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. in the board room on campus, 3600 Workman Mill Road. For more information, call the college at (562) 692-0921. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img read more