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Jamaica’s goal will be to improve squad to tackle US in Austria

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Theodore Whitmore, the Jamaica head coach, will get an opportunity to rue his eye over his European-based players in an exhibition match against the USA in Austria on 25 March. The contest, a rematch of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final that Jamaica lost 3-1, falls on a FIFA fixture date so Whitmore will have his pick of players available and will probably consider bringing in new faces. Austria’s venue will be the 10,000-capacity Stadion Wiener Neustadt south of Vienna, which is home to the club SC Wiener Neustadt although the purpose-built stadium has also been used for speedway. The United States have previously been successful in the stadium, having defeated Panama 6-2 in a friendly in November 2020. Although the US have won 16 of the p...
The Interview

Pandemic Entrepreneur

Mario McPherson Mario McPherson’s story begins in Lawrence Tavern, St. Andrew. That was 26 years ago. His educational journey took him from Mona Primary to Kingsway High School then his track and field prowess parachuted him to Kingston College, where as a member of the Fortis brigade, he performed well. His prospects for college were good, indeed, he was admitted to three Universities, Iowa State University in the United States, Fanshawe College in Canada and home-based University of Technology (UTECH). His true passion was dentistry, but tuition costs put that dream out of his reach. Instead, he enrolled in a business course at UTECH and with the encouragement of a lecturer, joined the marketing club which paid big dividends for him. McPherson became Marketing Vice Pr...
Sport

History-maker Mayers injects life into Windies to claim miraculous win

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Kyle Mayers helped the West Indies register an unimaginable 1st Test victory with an historical debutant double century to stun hosts Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong today (7 February). Kyle Mayers The Barbados all rounder’s sparkling unbeaten knock of 210, which sealed a staggering three wicket success, seemed inconceivable and beyond the wildest dreams of the Windies when they were reduced to 59-3 in their second innings and chasing a total of 395. And given that the 27-year-old only bagged his maiden first-class century last month in St. Vincent, when representing Barbados Pride against Windward Islands Volcanoes in a four-day match, puts his brilliant history-making innings into perspective. He is the only cricket...
The Interview

Tea with Dr. Tres-Ann Kremer

Dumfries to the world! When one reads of Tres-Ann Kremer’s career strides, it’s easy to be overcome by a feeling of job envy. Dr. Tres-Ann Kremer As head of Good Offices for Peace and the Lead Political advisor to the Caribbean of the London-based Commonwealth’s Secretariat’s Good Offices Section, Tres-Ann earns a living while travelling to most of the 54 former colonies that make up the Commonwealth. A glance at Tres-Ann’s resume reveals how many thousands of miles she has logged and the fact that she has engaged with many powerful political figures. The weight of the Office of the Secretary General is used to influence member countries to adhere to the values and aspirations that seek to glue this diverse group together, as expressed in the guiding document known as the Comm...
News

Whither Negro River?

By John Myers Jr. Negro River in Jamaica? You better believe it. There are in fact two Negro Rivers in the network of about 100 rivers that flow across the Jamaican landscape. There is a Negro River in St. Ann and another in St. Thomas. Not much is known about the latter except that it is located in Danvers Pen and is part of the Yallahs River system.   McIntosh photo The Negro River sign is prominently displayed along the North Coast Highway near the entrance to the parish capital of St. Ann’s Bay. Many people wonder: how did this come about? Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, Sydney Stewart, explains that the river was named in “honour” of slaves who once worked on the Richmond and Llandovery sugar plantations and who would gather by the river to rest.  “I have...
Sport

WI lack fizz as Bangladesh find their sparkle with seventh ODI win on the bounce

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Jason Mohammed’s latest defeat as recently-installed One Day International (ODI) skipper, heavily beaten by seven wickets today (22 January) in Bangladesh, means the tourists have embarrassingly lost their three-match series with a game remaining. Mohammed, who stepped into the shoes of regular ODI captain Kieron Pollard (Trinidad) because of a large contingent turning down the opportunity to tour, won the toss but his teams looked in dire straits at 88-8. Having failed so miserably 48 hours before at the same Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Dhaka’s Mirpur, a vast improvement was expected from Mohammed’s troops. Yet they tasted a seventh successive ODI defeat to Bangladesh with a real whimper. Although they edged their way to...
Sport

Mission impossible for misfiring Mohammed’s troops

By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Jason Mohammed ended the dismal Bangladesh tour as the recently-installed One Day International (ODI) West Indies skipper with a disappointing clean sweep of defeats today (25 January). Jason Mohammed The tourists were embarrassingly toppled by 120 runs as their three-match series came crashing down in Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS), and leaves the Windies facing an uphill struggle to qualify for the World Cup. At least Mohammed (Trinidad & Tobago) isn’t part of the Test squad that faces buoyant Bangladesh next month for two games, which will offer the Windies a shot at redeeming their reputation after recent tepid Tours to England and New Zealand respectively. Mohammed, who replaced regular ODI captain Kieron Pollard ...
Sport

Simmons spices up WI tour of ‘favourites’ Bangladesh

Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd Phil Simmons, the West Indies head coach, has admitted that hosts Bangladesh are the clear favourites against his depleted contingent in the upcoming five-match series. Phil Simmons With an inexperienced line-up, which includes the notable absence of Test skipper Jason Holder (Barbados) and One Day International (ODI) captain Kieron Pollard (Trinidad), Simmons certainly has his work cut out.The Windies landed in Bangladesh on January 10, so are preparing for yet another whistlestop overseas tour during the coronavirus crisis, having produced a tepid display in England last July and been outplayed by New Zealand - but this could be third time lucky.A trio of 50 overs ODIs and a pair of Test matches will be a tricky ask, but at least the tourists have ...
Health

All in the Family: Dental Technicians

Everyone gets two sets of teeth, naturally – once as a baby, called the milk teeth, then as an adolescent. As the saying goes, if you need a third set, it’s not free you must buy it.It is persons who seek that third set of teeth that continue to keep York McIntosh and members of his family in employment, as dental technicians. A remarkable achievement since less than one-third of family businesses make into the second generation. York McIntosh - dental technician His mother Maud Bowen, established Bowen’s Dental Laboratory in the 1970’s after graduating from the dental auxiliary school which was then located on Arthur Wint Drive in Kingston. Her older son Gary followed in her footsteps. On graduation from St. Georges College, young York worked in the food distribution sector. Howeve...
Entertainment

Cool Drive-In Memories!

The year 2004 marked a poignant end to the Harbour View Drive-in movie theatre in East Kingston, after 41 years. When Category Three Hurricane Ivan came roaring ashore in 2004 the facility was almost at its last gasp.The owners were struggling as violence kept crowds away, the introduction of the VCR meant that movie buffs could indulge in their favourite pastime from the comfort of their living rooms. The drive-in could not survive Ivan’s devastation. The sign is all that remains Many people thought outdoor movie theatre was a dead and buried past and the young may have rue the idea that they would ever have that experience. But the Drive-in is back.We were prompted to revisit Harbour View Drive-in theatre after Palace Amusement Company signed a two-year contract to operate the Ne...