Sir Hilary: Protect Ja’s sporting tradition

first_imgJamaican sport has reached a pinnacle of excellence which all Jamaicans have a collective responsibility to maintain and sustain.That was the message from Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, who was guest speaker at Friday night’s RJR Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards Ceremony at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.”This extraordinary nation has made a most incredible contribution to sport,” Sir Hilary told the audience at the ceremony to honour Jamaica’s best in sport for 2015.Sir Hilary, who has an affinity to cricket in particular, noted that Jamaican sport history was unique in its style, quality, and performance, and its capacity to establish gender equality in the process.”Jamaica has done what many countries have aspired to do in many areas, but especially in sporting culture. This phenomenal achievement has been recognised and it has been respected,” he said.”There is a tradition of excellence in Jamaica, and this excellence has to be maintained and it has to be sustained. It must be institutionalised and it must be industrialised,” the Barbados-born educator said.some societies”If it is not institutionalised and industrialised it will be lost. I have seen how many nations have lost that excellence they have achieved,” Sir Hilary added.Sir Hilary used West Indies cricket as an example of a sport which had at one stage been excellent but later deteriorated dramatically.”In some societies it is considered a crime to lose that excellence,” he said.”This must never happen to Jamaican sport. I don’t wish to be writing in the closing stages of my career about the fall of Jamaican sport,” he added.”Every child in Jamaica must grow to see that things are designed in Jamaica, patented … exported from Jamaica, representing the legends in Jamaican sport. We are here to celebrate this monument. It must not fall.”Sir Hilary, who gained tenure at age 37, said the University of the West Indies had an important role to play in ensuring that Jamaican sport does not lose its value.”Research, innovation, bringing culture, manufacturing, finance, and technology together to sustain this incredible achievement,” he said.”We all have a responsibility. There has to be accountability. It must not be taken lightly. The efforts of generations must not be dashed overnight.”last_img read more

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Ex-school janitor guilty of annoying girl

first_img(661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A former Antelope Valley College janitor accused of making advances toward a 14-year-old girl has been acquitted of felony false imprisonment, but convicted of misdemeanor child annoying. Juan Diego Cabral, a 49-year-old grandfather who had worked at the college since May 1989 but has since resigned, was accused of taking the girl around the campus, including the indoor pool and weight room, and hugging her twice against her wishes. “I can only surmise the jurors were paying close attention to the fact that the door to the indoor pool area does not lock from the inside,” Cabral’s attorney, James Bates, said. “It’s either she’s locked in or not.” An Antelope Valley Superior Court jury deliberated about a day before acquitting Cabral on Monday of the more serious charge. The jury also acquitted him of a lesser charge of misdemeanor false imprisonment. Cabral faces up to a year in jail when he is sentenced May 11. The girl was on campus July 6 watching her cousin play tennis. Cabral was working that day and had talked with her at one point, prosecutors said. “At some point, she went back to the bleachers. He came up from behind, grabbed her, pulled her up and led her to an isolated part of the campus to the indoor swimming pool area and the weight room,” Deputy District Attorney Valerie Little said. As she left the area, Cabral, who has a real estate license, handed her his business card with his name, telephone number and photograph, Little said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com last_img read more

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