Tyson Gay, Wolmer's Girls Math prowess and Our Heroes' Clean Slate
Tyson Gay Loses his daugther in shootout
Tyson Gay has always maintained a close relationship with Jamaica in the friendly rivalry that we have in track and field. While most Jamaicans were happy whenever we best the American in a race, we also enjoyed the thrill of when we met on the track and he seemed to enjoy the opportunity to face a challenge and grow as an athlete plus lacking the cockiness of Justin Gatlin, he was ok in our books. So it comes a shock when we learnt of his 15 year old daughter's shooting at the Cook Out restaurant in Layfayette and of course, we put down our rivalry and view him as a friend who needs us. We Jamaicans are merciless in our teasing - plus with his name? - and as it is an Olympic year where we are successful once again, we have much we could poke fun at him with. But now is not the time for gloating but to embrace our brother in the spirit of friendship and grieve with him as Jamaica itself is grappling with the loss of many of her children. We stand with you Tyson in your time of grief.
Source: BBC News
Wolmer's Girl School has the Formula
Jamaica’s educational system has always been something of a functional mess that lacks many of the basic necessities to produce a truly well rounded and educated population. Still our dedicated teachers have made the best of their circumstances and manage to produce some of the finest scholars the world has ever seen. We should celebrate these moments with the fervor of a gold in the Olympics as they are our rays of sunshine in a country plagued by bad news each passing day. It is with this in mind that we must congratulate the Wolmer’s Girls School on their monumental achievement of an entire class gaining Grade 1 in their CSEC Mathematics exams. The 33 young ladies were hand-picked to be involved in a pilot programme that sought to bridge the gap between CSEC mathematics and mathematics at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) level. The fact that their teacher is male which is a rare occurrence these days in that profession makes this even better.
Source: Jamaica Observer
Free at Last
Jamaica's Cabinet has started the process of clearing the criminal records of three of our national heroes and one Maroon historical figure. Marcus Garvey, Samuel (Sam) Sharpe and Paul Bogle, Maroon Chief Tacky is also set to be cleared of his wrongdoings.
Earlier this year a petition was made for Marcus Garvey to be pardoned for his conviction of mail fraud in the United States on Change.org, unfortunately it failed to secure the required signatures in order to be reviewed by the White House. It had gathered just over 25,000 signatures of the 100,000 needed. His criminal record in Jamaica consisted of being charged for contempt of court and fined £100 and 3 months imprisonment in the St. Catherine District Prison.
Both Sam Sharpe and Paul Bogle were both tried, convicted and hanged for their roles in the 1831 Christmas Day rebellions and Morant Bay rebellions respectively. The Christmas Day rebellion or the Baptist War as it was known was born out the slaves' belief that they were set free by Britain but were being denied this freedom by the their masters in Jamaica. It started as a peaceful strike across many estates in the Western end of the island but eventually turned into the island's largest slave rebellion with looting and burning of plantations being rampant. Sam Sharpe was known to be utter his famous last words before being hanged "I would rather die among yonder gallows, than live in slavery."
Paul Bogle was a Baptist preacher and was outspoken individual against the injustices being perpetuated against the black population which caused him to lead a protest to the Morant Bay Courthouse to speak against these injustices. One of the island's most violent revolts and also one of its last, the Morant Bay rebellion is credited with bringing about the end of of the rule of Governor Eyre in the island. Eyre who ruled with an iron hand often sided with the ruling whites and ignored the plight of the poorer black population and this fuelled the resentment felt by these persons. The rebellion was not planned but arose out of a peaceful demonstration in which Paul Bogle marched with a large group of blacks to demand a meeting with the Governor to discuss their situation but were met with resistance by the local army. Another of our national heroes George William Gordon who wasn't even present, -being in Kingston at the time- but was believed to be the organiser of the rebellion due to his open criticism of the Governor's policies was also hanged. Tacky on the other hand was implicated in the 1760 slave rebellion.
The legislation will seek to clear these individuals of any wrong doing as their actions today would not be seen as such but instead be seen as fighting against an oppressive system that sought to put them down.