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 protected] 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.
1 Liverpool’s tough start to the season – playing Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City away from home before the end of November – has been met with anger by the club’s fans.But if the supporters are upset, we can only imagine how disappointed Liverpool’s beleagured manager Brendan Rodgers must be feeling this morning.After a poor 2014/15 season that saw the Reds slip out of the Champions League and top four, with a whimper, the pressure is on Rodgers to turn things around.Liverpool’s owners have given him the opportunity to do that, but it now feels as if it’s going to be either boom or bust for Brendan.Here’s how Twitter reacted to Liverpool and Rodgers’ nightmare fixture list… Brendan Rodgers
All eyes will be on the skies tonight as a rare ‘super blue blood moon’ will be seen shining above Donegal.Tonight’s super blue blood moon is the first to grace the skies in over 150 years.At around 2am tonight, the spectacle should be visible over Donegal weather permitting. The regional forecast indicates that for stargazers tonight, showers will become more isolated during the night with clear spells with a nip in the air (temperatures of 1 to 4 degrees). David Moore, the chairperson of Astronomy Ireland, says that the last super blue blood moon was observed in 1866, and won’t be seen in Irish skies again until 2037.Speaking on RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland show today, Moore says that Ireland is on the wrong side of the earth to experience the ruby effect caused by the lunar eclipse, but we should circle January 21st 2019 in our calendars for when the blood moon will be seen in Irish skies.NASA explains that tonight’s moon is special for three reasons: “It’s the third in a series of ‘supermoons,’ when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit — known as perigee — and about 14 percent brighter than usual. “It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a ‘blue moon.’ The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse.“While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a ‘blood moon’.” Will you be taking pictures of the moon tonight? We’d love to see them! Send your snaps to [email protected] First ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ in 150 years to be visible tonight was last modified: January 31st, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Astronomy Irelanddonegalsuper blue blood moontimeweather