Following Mason’s untimely passing, thoughts turn now to the way in which the nation can pay tribute to an athlete who has broken barriers while competing for Jamaica, Land We Love, as well as being so gracious in the execution. National honours come immediately to mind. Having said that, there is hesitation. A recent experience informs that the process to recommend someone thought to be worthy is a very awkward one. In filling out the required form, a lot more is required than a mere rehearsal of the nominee’s performances that triggered the idea. One would have thought that an account from a witness to a particular act or series of acts, should be sufficient, especially when there is corroboration from elsewhere or can be easily checked. Not so, as the feeling is that unless details of the individual’s background are cited, the exercise is one of near futility. Foster’s Fairplay, with all said in mind, issues two calls to the Minister holding the sports portfolio. First, given the contribution to the sport by Mason, consideration should be given to granting him a posthumous award. There is no intention to steer the minister’s mind in any particular direction as to the type of award to be offered. There is not even a compulsion that it should be under the heading of an existing one, as there should be no difficulty in creating a suitable one. The honourable lady is blessed with good judgement, and has over time, clearly shown that she is alert and sympathetic to the deeds of our athletes when they don the black, green and gold. In Mason’s case, his attributes, as already described, stretch even further. Whatever she might miss, there are enough knowledgeable individuals in her midst to afford the quality advice necessary. Once the decision to take the suggested advice is cemented, the second ask is that the system of nomination be streamlined and made less cumbersome to recommend a candidate. Germaine Mason’s image and the qualities he has left with us who follow the sport should be indelible. Let them be recognised as a memento to his family and friends. Rest well, soldier. • For feedback email email@example.com Tributes Jamaica’s sporting family lost one of its finest sons this past week, when outstanding high jumper at both senior and junior levels, Germaine Mason, left us tragically as a result of injuries sustained during a motorcycle crash on the Palisadoes Road. It has been a bitter blow to all who were privileged to know him. The comments on social media, as the news took a telling effect early on Thursday morning, succinctly sum up the nature of the young man. They depicted a humility of spirit which was in alignment with his admirable disposition and demeanour, as he displayed his skills in an area of competition where Jamaica had not before him medalled at the global level. That happened for the first time in 2000, when he took a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile, followed by bronze in 2002 at the subsequent staging on home soil of the biennial event. In 2003, he proceeded to a still personal best Pan American gold at 2.34m, which broke Jamaica’s record for the event, and equalled it while taking silver for his new country, Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Competing at the 2003 World Indoors, he copped a bronze medal. Foster’s Fairplay worked as a journalist covering several competitions in which the Wolmerian participated. The experience was made extra special given not only his gentlemanly attitude when approached, but to be selfish, his journalist-friendly behaviour at all times. There was an incident while this columnist was covering the Kingston-staged World Juniors in 2002. It is recounted to further demonstrate the air of cordiality that he carried, even when dealing with virtual strangers. There was an embargo placed on this journalist to interview athletes, following a comment that had made team management a bit uncomfortable. Mason was approached. In low apologetic tones, he expressed a reluctance to oblige for the reasons given. However, he escorted this surprised journalist to a secluded area and did what he was required to do. A story on his performance was made on the back of an act of goodwill to someone he was meeting for the first time.
Vick, who already pleaded guilty in federal court to a dogfighting conspiracy charge and is awaiting sentencing on Dec. 10, was indicted for beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs and engaging in or promoting dogfighting. The grand jury met for more than three hours. The charges are the first leveled against Vick in the county where he built a home on 15 acres that was the base of the dogfighting operation. Surry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter asked that the four be arraigned Oct. 3 and requested that each be released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond. None of the defendants nor their lawyers were in court. By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer SUSSEX, Va. – Michael Vick and three co-defendants were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on state charges related to a dogfighting ring operated on Vick’s Virginia property. The grand jury passed on indicting the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and two of co-defendants on eight counts of animal cruelty, which would have exposed them to as many as 40 years in prison if convicted. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
RANK and file Gardai in Co Donegal are set to oppose proposed cuts to their pay.Representatives of local officers say any Government plans to further reduce wages further hit morale in the force.The union which represents them – the Garda Representative Association – will meet on Monday to discuss the proposals. The GRA said the government has presented a ‘menu’ of cost cutting measures and changes to working practices that will be outlined at our central executive committee meeting on Monday.GRA President John Parker said: “Gardaí are facing great financial hardship while continuing to provide great dedication and commitment to the community.“Our members cannot pay their loans and mortgages. This is not about choice; pay cuts are not an option.” ANGRY DONEGAL GARDAI TO OPPOSE PAY CUTS was last modified: February 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ANGRY DONEGAL GARDAI TO OPPOSE PAY CUTSdonegalGRA