Hi-five for Jamaica athletes

first_imgThere were five wins for Jamaican athletes at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet at the National Stadium on Saturday night, with the Stephen Francis-coached Janieve Russell and Elaine Thompson leading the way with big wins, while there were also wins for Kemar Bailey-Cole, Asafa Powell, and Javon Francis.There were also top-three finishes for Jamaican females Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby, Novlene Williams-Mills, Danielle Williams, and Stephenie-Ann McPherson.A finalist in the women’s 400 metres hurdles at last year’s World Championships in Beijing, China, Russell ran a well-controlled race and hit top form in the latter stages to get by early leader Leah Nugent of the United States, to win in a personal best of 54.61 seconds, the second-fastest time this season. Ristananna Tracey finished strongly for second in a season best 55.31 seconds, while Nugent was third in 56.24.”I am feeling extremely happy after my performance, knowing that I did a PR so early in the season, and this has set the tone for the rest of the season. (The) fast time was not on my mind as I ran to the instructions of my coach, to take it easy, as I went out a bit slow and finished strong at the end as the objective was to finish among the top three, and this is telling me and Jamaica that something special will happen this year as for the first time, I am running injury-free early, and I am very excited,” said Russell.Thompson, the World Championships 200m silver medallist, defended her JII 100m title with a big performance, clocking a wind-aided 10.71 seconds (+2.4 metres per second wind reading). American English Gardner was second in 10.85 seconds, with third going to Trinidad and Tobago, Michelle Lee-Ahye, in 10.98 seconds.Defending champion Shaunae Miller of The Bahamas, the world leader in the women’s 400m, cantered away from rivals to win the 200m in 22.14 seconds (+2.2 mps), with McLaughlin-Whilby second in 22.70, and the United States’ Shalonda Solomon third in 22.80 seconds.NO START FOR SHELLYJamaica’s World and Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who was expected to compete, did not start in the event.Billed as the female race of the meet, the women’s 400 did not disappoint. It was close going all the way before 2014 winner and last year’s second-place finisher Francena McCorory of the United States won in 50.52 ahead of Williams-Mills, 50.87, while McPherson placed third in 51.20.Competing in her first race at home since winning the 100m hurdles World title a year ago, Williams, in a blanket finish, was nipped for third in 12.55 seconds. The United States pair of Brianna Rollins, 12.52 and Queen Harrison (12.54) took first and second, respectively.Among the men, Bailey-Cole, who was missing from the track most of last year due to injury, won a close 100m in 10.01 seconds. The United States’ Mike Rodgers was second in 10.03, with local Julian Forte third in 10.06.”I am happy going into the Trials this year as I didn’t have a win on my mind as I just came out to see where I am because of the hamstring injury I had, but definitely, this win has really boosted my confidence for the remainder of the season,” said Bailey-Cole.Powell led from the start and took the men’s 200 metres in 20.45 seconds.Beejay Lee of the United States was second in 20.52, the same time done by third-place Jamaican Rasheed Dwyer.Francis closed the show by winning the men’s 400m in a season best 44.85 seconds, getting the better of Vernon Norwood of the United States (45.00) and Kevin Borlee of Belgium, 45.17.Earlier, there was a vintage performance from World Junior 400m hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde. He upstaged his more senior rivals, only to be edged out by Bahamian Jeffrey Gibson (48.96).Hyde clocked a season best 49.16 seconds, with experienced American Bershawn Jackson third in 49.29 seconds.- R. G.last_img read more

Linden women complain of alleged “Police brutality”

first_imgA number of Linden mothers are presently seeking justice for their sons who they allege have fallen victims to Police brutality.The women have also alleged that their sons who are either behind bars or served time already are all wrongfully accused of crimes they know nothing about.Mothers Karen Crawford  (left) and Deborah GrahamSpeaking with the media on Friday, the women, including Karen Crawford, Eva Stephen, Deborah McAlmont, Kayla Mcbean, Deborah Graham and Alison Stephens all related experiences they allegedly encountered with the Police as it relates to their sons’ alleged involvement in crimes.The issues ranged from Police not finding case jackets during trial to the callous manner they claim they were treated when they make enquiries about their incarcerated offsprings.According to Crawford, the Police in Linden have incarcerated two of her sons over alleged cultivation of marijuana.The woman is adamant that her son was cultivating a “food” farm and that marijuana plants obtained by Police are from another farm. She also claimed that her other son was victimised, slapped with five robbery under arm charges, taken to Camp Street prison and beaten, while also maintaining that he is innocent.Stephen also claimed her son Devon Scott who is presently behind bars for robbery under arms was targeted by Police. While Devon remains behind bars, she said her other son who was also incarcerated for the same offence had the case against him dismissed. She also denies her sons’ involvement.Meanwhile, McAlmont who worked as a Special Constable said she believes she was recently fired over an alleged incident involving herself, Police and her two sons at their home.She claims that Police in plainclothes attacked her sons and beat them, while also making unannounced visits to her home and abusing the rest of her family.She alleged being cuffed in her back by E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Calvin Brutus and her son Dexter was slapped with six charges. However, Brutus when contacted said the alleged incident is presently being investigated. McAlmont said her service was terminated on March 26 as a result.Graham also related that her son has been wrongfully accused of cultivating marijuana and claims he was beaten by Police who she also alleged fired gunshots over his head and submerged his head in water. The incident is alleged to have occurred at Old England.Similar sentiments were echoed by Stephens whose son Ken Stephens was also charged in relation to the incident. He remains on remand but the woman is adamant there was no marijuana being planted in the area the men were found. Her son was placed on $400,000 bail.“I don’t even have $400,000”, she lamented.ProbesSpeaking with this newspaper afterwards, Commander Brutus noted that a few of the alleged incidents are being investigated by the Office of the President and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).Only recently, family of some incarcerated young men in the community staged a protest over alleged Police brutality and excess.The Commander has however denied the claims, which were also brought against Inspector Singh and Corporal Kendall of the Mackenzie Police Station, noting that in many cases, the men were charged based on advice or the amount of evidence brought against them.Meanwhile, in an invited comment, Prime Ministerial Representative Vladimir Glasgow said the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) fully condemns any such behaviour portrayed by Police, noting that it creates hostile tension between them and civilians.“I had several complaints coming to my office about police brutality and the way Police conduct themselves in the Region… It’s not good for crime solving… the OPM fully condemns any such behaviour pattern by Police and we will look into the matter to make sure that some sort of change can be made to the way in which the Officers conduct their business in the Region”, he stated.last_img read more

Southern rugby’s export boom

first_img29 June 2007Springbok captain John Smit will be playing his rugby in France for the next two years, joining what could become an exodus of top South African rugby players to Europe. Judging by similar moves by Australian and New Zealand players, the game could be in for a shake-up after the World Cup in France.Smit announced on Wednesday that he has accepted an offer to play for Cleremont Auvergne in 2008/09. Free State Cheetahs’ centre Marius Joubert is joining Smit there, while former Springbok Grant Esterhuizen is already on the club’s books.“Representing the Springboks since my debut in 2000 and also playing for my beloved Sharks was a real dream come true for me and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with them,” Smit said on the Sharks website. “However, the time has come to make a change and move on in my professional career.”Smit’s decision notwithstanding, national coach Jake White, should he remain coach of the Springboks after the World Cup, has said he would still pick the hooker to captain the Boks. “Without a doubt, John’s ability to lead a team, coupled with his strength in the scrums and accuracy in the lineout, make him special,” White said.Andy Marinos, the manager of South Africa’s national rugby teams, said Smit had consulted SA Rugby throughout the process and “we respect his decision”.More international skippersSmit might not be the only Springbok captain heading for France. Ambitious French second division side Toulon recently announced that Victor Matfield, who led South Africa against New Zealand in Durban recently, has been signed.Matfield hasn’t yet confirmed the move. The French media, however, have quoted the lock as saying he has only a few loose ends to tie up and is committed to Toulon in principle.Former All Black captain Tana Umaga is both a player and the club’s general manager. He’s been very active signing players, and apart from chasing Matfield – viewed by many as the best lineout forward in world rugby – Umaga has signed Australia’s George Gregan, the most capped player in test, former All Blacks flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens, and Anton Oliver who, like Umaga, has led New Zealand.South Africans at ToulonToulon has a good number of South African players on its books, including Daniel Muller, Nicky Smit, Charl van Vliet, Nico Breedt, Norman Jordaan and Chris Rossouw, so it appears that settling settling in wouldn’t be a problem for Matfield.The club’s most recently announced signing, prop Lawrence Sephaka, brings the number of South African players, excluding Matfield, to seven.Toulon even has a South African coaching connection, with Tim Lane, who previously coached the Cats (now Lions) in Super Rugby and served as a Springbok assistant coach, in charge.While Matfield is 30 and probably doesn’t have that many years left in his career, another Springbok star, Schalk Burger, has drawn the interest of France’s Toulouse and England’s NEC Harlequins, and he is just 24 years of age.Currency issuesNaturally, South African rugby would rather not lose a young superstar to a northern hemisphere club, but it is an uphill battle for South Africa’s provinces and the SA Rugby Union – at current exchange rates the euro is worth close to R10, while the pound is worth over R14.It would be difficult, if not impossible, for South Africa to match the money Europe can offer players of the stature of Smit, Matfield and Burger.The list of players rumoured to be heading north doesn’t end there, however, and, if the number of New Zealanders and Australians also heading in that direction after the World Cup is any indication, a lot of South Africans will be joining them.UK callingPercy Montgomery, who previously had a stint in Wales with the Newport Gwent Dragons, has been linked with Perpignan, as has Bok winger Ashwin Willemse. Gerrie Britz has already signed a three-year contract with the club.Springbok flyhalf Butch James has reportedly been approached by English club Bath, while 39-test veteran De Wet Barry recently signed a two-year contract with Harlequins.Should a large number of frontline Springboks sign contracts with French and English clubs, there could be problems for SA rugby down the line.One need only to look back on England’s recent tour of South Africa and France’s tour of New Zealand, where both touring teams were missing many top players because of club rugby commitments.In both series, the southern hemisphere teams, at full strength, recorded record margins of victory over the northern hemisphere sides. South Africa thumped England 58-10 and 55-22, while the All Blacks hammered France 42-11 and 61-10.World rugby shake-up?Increasingly, countries are selecting teams for test matches that are not their strongest line-ups, but rather selections that are used to gauge whether players are potential World Cup players or not.The rugby world could be in for a big shake-up after the World Cup in France, with more watering down of national teams a definite possibility.An exodus of South African, New Zealand and Australian players could result in a weakened Tri-Nations competition; it could even end up with the southern hemisphere powers sending out third-string teams against the northern hemisphere.When England tackled the Springboks recently, 30 top players were unavailable for selection, mostly because of club commitments. The shoe could soon be on the other foot.SA players in EuropeBelow is a list of South Africans who played club rugby in France or England this past season, or who are set to play in Europe next season (A * indicates players linked with a move to a club, ^ indicates players who have recently signed contracts).Included in the list are a number of English, French, New Zealand and Welsh rugby internationals who were born and/or grew up in South Africa.FRANCEStade FrançaisPieter de Villiers (French international), Boela du Plooy, Brian Liebenberg (French international), Frans ViljoenToulouseDaan Human, Gaffie du ToitCleremont AuvergneGrant Esterhuizen, John Smit*, Marius Joubert*PerpignanGavin Hume, Gerrie Britz*, Percy Montgomery^, Ashwin Willemse^BourgoinRudi Coetzee, Wessel JoosteMontaubanBraam ImmelmanCastresDanie Saayman, Gerhard VoslooBriveVickus Liebenberg, Johan van Zyl, Hendrik Gerber, Charl van RensburgMontpellierDrikus Hancke, Rickus LubbeBayonneRob Linde, Jacques Deen, Sam Gerber, Eduard CoetzeeNarbonneHenk Eksteen, Retief Uys, Tinus van RensburgAgenWillem Stoltz, Adri Badenhorst, Pietman van Niekerk, Conrad StoltzToulouseSchalk Burger^Toulon (Division Two)Daniel Muller, Nicky Smit, Charl van Vliet, Nico Breedt, Norman Jordaan, Chris Rossouw, Victor Matfield^ENGLANDGloucesterRudi Keil, Jake BoerSaracensCobus Visagie, Neil de KockLondon IrishMike Catt (England international), Danie Coetzee, Faan RautenbachNEC HarlequinsStuart Abbott (England international), Hal Luscombe (Wales international), Andre Vos, Schalk Burger^BathPieter Dixon, Hottie Louw, Matt Stevens (England international), Michael Claassens, Butch JamesNewcastle FalconsRussell WinterWorcester WarriorsThinus Delport, Greg Rawlinson (New Zealand international)Northampton Saints Joe van Niekerk, Geoff Appleford (England international), Pat Barnard Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Kelly wary of ‘legend’ Boku in return fight to ONE

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Kotetsu Boku is five years Kelly’s senior and has done what the Filipino hasn’tand that is to win the ONE World featherweight title.“Boku’s a legend, he’s a veteran fighter so come Saturday I’ll be wary of him,” said Kelly in Filipino Thursday at his hotel room in Holiday Inn. “Boku is a skillful fighter, but with his age he might tire faster than me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We all know that when you age, you get winded quicker unlike those younger fighters and I think my training regimen in Baguio will give me the advantage in stamina against Boku.”Kelly, though, has been dormant for the past year after losing Narantungalag Jadambaa and he’s eager to erase his previous disappointments once he takes on Boku (25-11-2). Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Eric Kelly talks to the media at his hotel room ahead of his ONE Championship fight against Kotetsu Boku on Saturday at Cotai Arena.MACAU—Eric Kelly has built himself an impressive mixed martial arts resume going 12-3 in his professional career and is often regarded as one of the most experienced Filipino fighters.And yet there is still someone who’s more seasoned than the 35-year-old from Baguio City.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Tara Borlain, Juan Baniqued eye fitting end to IronKids stint MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet His loss against Jadambaa was his second straight, third overall, and going up against Boku is a task Kelly does not take lightly.“Well I hope I can do my best against Boku, I’ve prepared for him well,” said Kelly who doesn’t train under one stable. “I want to prove that even though there are younger fighters than I am I can still proudly represent the Philippines in MMA.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Vajpayee Government does minor reshuffle of portfolios

first_imgIN HIGH PLACES: (From left) Adsul, Verma, Geete, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Vajpayee, Shekhawat and L.K. AdvaniThe minor reshuffle of portfolios in the Vajpayee Government was indeed minor. The move to depute two BJP ministers for party work fizzled out.While Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee was forced to replace Shiv Sena’s Suresh,IN HIGH PLACES: (From left) Adsul, Verma, Geete, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Vajpayee, Shekhawat and L.K. AdvaniThe minor reshuffle of portfolios in the Vajpayee Government was indeed minor. The move to depute two BJP ministers for party work fizzled out.While Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee was forced to replace Shiv Sena’s Suresh Prabhu with Anant Geete as power minister following Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray’s diktat, he stopped short of positive action.While senior Union ministers Arun Jaitley and M. Venkaiah Naidu stepped down from the Cabinet to strengthen the party last month, Vasundhara Raje and Uma Bharati are having second thoughts.The BJP brass has been unable to persuade Minister of State for Personnel Raje to work out a time-table to take over as Rajasthan party chief.After Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat’s move to the Centre, there is a vacuum in Jaipur, but Raje hasn’t yet obliged. Neither did the former sports minister.Bharati’s shift to the Coal Ministry though is rather surprising, coming as it does after her high-profile presence at the Manchester Commonwealth Games. She was supposed to take over from Madhya Pradesh BJP party president Vikram Verma, who has been given the sports portfolio, but didn’t. Former chief minister Kailash Joshi has been named for the post.The BJP’s “generational shift” strategy has come apart within a month. The other addition in the Vajpayee ministry – now 78 strong – is Sena MP Anantrao Adsul. If Adsul and Geete fail to deliver on Thackeray’s demands, there might be another reshuffle.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2019: Shane Watson and Rashid Khan in verbal spat as CSK return to Chepauk

first_imgChennai Super Kings opener Shane Watson and Sunrisers Hyderabad leg-spinner Rashid Khan were involved in a heated war of words in a high-scoring 2019 IPL match at the Chepauk on Tuesday.Shane Watson and Suresh Raina had got off to a rapid start in pursuit of 176 against Sunrisers Hyderabad after Faf du Plessis was brilliantly run out by Deepak Hooda.Watson, who has been out of from in the 2019 Indian Premier League was key for the defending champions as Chennai Super Kings sought to reclaim the top spot in the points table. Rashid Khan, the most dangerous bowler in the SRH camp, was targetted early in his first over by Shane Watson and both men were fired up.Rashid Khan glared at Shane Watson after he hit him for a boundary off only his 2nd delivery and it was soon a public verbal joust even as the over ended.What’s going on, mate?#CSKvSRH pic.twitter.com/nz9HVrh6c5IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 23, 2019Rashid Khan, in his next over, bowled a beautful googly to remove Suresh Raina, who was looking in sublime touch. Meanwhile, Shane Watson continued to hold fort for the Super Kings in a steep chase as Ambati Rayudu joined him in the middle.In the end, Rashid Khan conceded 44 runs off his 4 overs – the most expensive spell he has bowled in the 2019 IPL. Shane Watson, meanwhile, smashed 96 and scripted CSK’s 6-wicket win at the Chepauk.This was not the first time Shane Watson got involved in a sledge-fest this season.advertisementLast month, Shane Watson had somehow managed to rile up Delhi Capitals fast bowler Ishan Sharma. DC skipper Shreyas Iyer pulled his pacer away but Watson next had an exchange with Kagiso Rabada.Incidentally, in that game, Shane Watson smashed 44 off 26 balls as Chennai Super Kings stormed to a 6-wicket win. Watson was named man-of-the-match.Between the Feroz Shah Kotla game on March 26 and the Chepauk game on April 23, Shane Watson’s run of scores read 13. 5, 26., 17, 0, 6, 31 and 5. He was on fire against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday but there were the usual Watson sparks flying again.In the 2018 IPL final against Sunrisers, Shane Watson had hit a sensational hundred as Chennai Super Kings won the title for the 3rd time.Also Read | The guys are frustrated: Jacques Kallis as KKR seek to end 5-match losing streakAlso Read | Want to play for RCB in IPL throughout my life: Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Seelast_img read more

10 months ago​Fulham’s Chambers enjoying central midfield role

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Fulham’s Chambers enjoying central midfield roleby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCalum Chambers is enjoying his time at Fulham, despite a disappointing result against West Ham United.In the game where Claudio Ranieri’s men were beaten 2-0 by West Ham United, Chambers was getting used to a new role in central midfield.And despite the result, the youngster admits that he enjoyed his time in central midfield and would be happy to continue there.He said to the Evening Standard: “I’m enjoying it, obviously it’s nicer if we get a win, but I’m doing what I can for the team defensively and going forward. I’m learning game by game in that position.”At the moment I don’t know whether I’ll go back to defence or stay in midfield. I’m taking on what I’ve been told to do in there and trying to execute it in the games.”Chambers is on loan at Fulham from Arsenal. He has appeared in 11 Premier League games this season. last_img read more

Wisconsin Forward Vitto Brown Had A Funny Interaction Today With A Flight Attendant Who’s A Kentucky Fan

first_imgWisconsin Forward Vitto Brown talks about his interaction with a flight attendant.Wisconsin Forward Vitto BrownWisconsin’s men’s basketball program and its fans likely won’t ever forget the Badgers’ victory against Kentucky in this past season’s Final Four. The same can probably be said about the Wildcats and their fan base about their devastating loss. A flight attendant/Kentucky fan hasn’t forgotten about it, anyway. Today, Wisconsin guard Vitto Brown wore a Badgers’ shirt while flying. A flight attendant on his plane couldn’t stand the sight of it. Walked on the plane with a Badgers shirt.. Flight attendant asked if I played. I said yes. She said she bleeds blue. I said keep bleeding.— Vitto Brown (@SenseiSwat33) June 28, 2015 Lol she was a Kentucky grad, I could see the salt visibly spewing from her face as I sat down with sly grin. She said she don’t like me..— Vitto Brown (@SenseiSwat33) June 28, 2015 Brown and his teammates will be able to brag about that victory for the rest of their lives.last_img read more

Coach That John Calipari Confronted About Cheating Allegations May Be Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin

first_imgJohn Calipari wearing a Kentucky pullover while pointing with his left hand.ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 04: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats points while the Wildcats practice ahead of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four at AT&T Stadium on April 4, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) kentucky basketball jones calipari kidd-gilchrist teagueTwitter/@tneelOn Tuesday night, we shared a clip from Gary Parrish’s radio show, in which he told a story about John Calipari accosting a fellow coach over recruiting allegations. Kentucky Sports Radio has look further into things, and as it turns out, this story might not be a new one. KSR’s Drew Franklin found an old story from Parrish in 2010, that is largely the same as the one he told this week. The coach in question? Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin.Parrish noted that Calipari will let people know when he has problems with others and he liked the fact that he is up front. He told a story about a confrontation Calipari had with Cincinnati Coach Mick Cronin after he heard Cronin had told some associates that he didnt understand how he could go to every game for a kid and then Calipari could come in at the last minute and take him (presumably Marquis Teague). Calipari heard the comment, went to Cronin and basically said “you have to go see all the kid’s games…I can sit back and decide which kid I want and come and get them.”While we’re not totally sure that Cronin was the example given again, it does seem like this is the same story. It’d probably be hard for Calipari to get away with using the same rant too many times. This is probably not something Cincinnati basketball fans want to be reminded of too often, though.last_img read more

Condolence Books Open for Edward Seaga

first_img Jamaicans residing overseas will also be able to pay their respects by signing condolence books, which will open at various overseas Missions. These include the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Gordon House, OPM (Western Jamaica office), the Jamaica Labour Party headquarters on Belmont Road, in Kingston, and all the Municipal Corporations. Story Highlights Condolence books are scheduled to open today (May 30), for former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, at several locations islandwide. Condolence books are scheduled to open today (May 30), for former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, at several locations islandwide.These include the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Gordon House, OPM (Western Jamaica office), the Jamaica Labour Party headquarters on Belmont Road, in Kingston, and all the Municipal Corporations.Jamaicans residing overseas will also be able to pay their respects by signing condolence books, which will open at various overseas Missions.Mr. Seaga, aged 89, died in a United States hospital on May 28. He was Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister, serving from October 1980 to February 1989.Through 43 years of unwavering service to the nation, the former Prime Minister played a fundamental role in shaping Jamaica’s post-Independence parliamentary landscape.Mr. Seaga was one of the founding fathers who framed the Jamaican Constitution in 1961.He initiated a rewrite of the Human Rights section of the Constitution to provide for a Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms; and created the office of Public Defender.The former Prime Minister was also a member of the first Parliament of independent Jamaica.Described as a prolific, transformational leader, he had the distinction of being the longest-serving Member of Parliament (MP) in the history of Jamaica and the Caribbean region. Mr. Seaga represented the constituency of West Kingston from 1962 until his retirement from active politics in 2005.last_img read more