RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: Jamaica last night ended track and field competition at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with 11 medals, including six gold – matching its best-ever gold medal return at an Olympic Games, but technical leader Maurice Wilson is warning that there needs to be continued support to ensure that the country’s success continues. The island’s 11-medal campaign matches the Beijing 2008 returns and falls one short of the 12 that were won in London four years ago, but Wilson, who hailed the athletes and the support team of coaches and medical personnel here, underlined the importance of proper investment in the country’s track and field development. “I think the team of athletes and management staff represented Jamaica extremely well. We would have surpassed, in terms of gold medals what we did at the 2012 Games, and that was our primary objective. The fact that we have garnered 11 medals shows the power of our people and of our athletes, and I am extremely pleased,” Wilson told The Sunday Gleaner after Jamaica’s double silver in the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays last night inside the Olympic stadium. “We need to invest more in terms of the youth camps, in terms of giving assistance to the various institutions that have been turning out the athletes and coaches – G.C. Foster College, University of Technology and the University of the West Indies – and try to improve in our collegiate structure,” added Wilson. “We see where the clubs are playing a great role in providing the athletes, so we have to make investments in those areas. We cannot sit back. INVESTING “We see countries such as Japan, China, Bahrain, and so on, investing and doing well, so it’s important for us to build on the success of the past by building a strong path for the future,” he added. “The base has been laid and we have to build on the successes that have been enjoyed over the years.” Wilson noted that there were some challenges along the way, but that the management team did well to resolve the issues that arose. “I am here to make sure I resolve all disputes in the interest of the country. Anything that will make the athletes do better, I am here to provide that sort of assistance,” he said.
Dear Editor,I would like to acknowledge my debt to an extraordinary man, Dr Mohammed Shahabuddeen, former Attorney General and World Court Judge. Uncle Shahab, a man of par excellence. He was the spark of my intellect, the fire of my soul. He humbled me with his intelligence and his passion for knowledge and growth. He made us all Essequibians proud, an eminent and world court jurist.Dr Mohammed ShahabuddeenHis passing brought us sadness and irrevocable memories. Uncle Shahab and his two brothers Moeen and Zahir frequent us at a little Mosque at Johanna Cecilia, Essequibo Coast. A humble man, he would pray with us on that hard floor covered by a discoloured carpet. He would exchange pleasantry with the old folks and encourage the young ones to work hard at school. I can never forget him and his brother’s generosity. We eat from their hands during the rough days of poverty. My mom looked forward for their charity and Zakat and Uncle Shahab had never failed us and for that I am eternally grateful.Uncle Shahab has impacted my life tremendously, words fail me and adjectives are limited to correctly describe this gem – Dr Mohammed Shahabuddeen, but permit me, I will still try.He was full of grace. Grace is the life of talents. Grace is the breath of speech. Grace is the soul of action, and grace is the ornament of ornaments.Perfection is the adornment of our nature. But grace is the adornment of perfection itself. Without grace, beauty is lifeless. It surpasses valour, discretion, prudence, even majesty itself.That was Dr Mohammed Shahabuddeen – pure and amazing grace. It’s a pity that a fantastic, astonishing man like Dr Mohammed Shahabuddeen is only born once in a generation. He consumed my entire being through his extraordinary brilliance. His stunning words were the most dazzling pearl necklace around the neck of humanity. Millions will stand in front of God-Almighty wearing his necklace and be granted salvation through the fact that his astonishing words brought them into contact with the divine author.Additionally, when our contemporary historians will write the annals of our history, Dr Mohammed Shahabuddeen will be on the top of the list of the most influential men of our time. He stood tall like a palm tree and was never swayed by the wind.The joy of having known him trumps all the other temporary pleasures I ever had. I cannot bear the thought that if I were to subtract him out of my history, what my life would be like. Throughout our sojourn on earth one person can touch our lives and we become better, much better.Peace to the greatest jurist of the 21st century, as he has returned to the divine author, peace to a stern advisor, peace to a generous giver and peace to a friend.May Allah – the Almighty, bless him with the highest station in paradise. May Allah – the Almighty, give his love ones patience and perseverance in this time of grief.Yours truly,Nazar Mohamed
An early Tuesday morning fire has completely razed a Craig, East Bank Demerara (EBD) home, leaving two persons homeless.The fire reportedly started at the Lot 436 Craig house about 08:30h; no one was at home at the time.The owner of the house, Damien Bailey, works in the interior, while the lone occupant was already at work when the fire started. Reports are smoke was seenThe house moments after it was engulfed in flamesbillowing from the wooden structure and within minutes, the entire building was engulfed in flames. By the time the firefighters arrived, the house was already gutted.Persons in the area noted that owing to the intensity of the heat, those who rushed to assist retreated and as such, no household items were salvaged.Hours after the blaze, the occupant, Clement Pierre was still in disarray, claiming that he has lost a lot in the blaze. <<