Tuesday, 26 February 2013

NEWS & NOTES: Teddy McCook conferred with IAAF’s highest honour + Jamaica’s fifth Contractor General ready for duty

FIGHTING WORDS: “We must be prepared to do whatever it takes, for however long it takes, to continue, renew and reshape our strategy in our fight against the abominable crime called corruption,” emphasizes attorney Dirk Harrison, who was on Monday sworn in as Jamaica’s fifth Contractor-General at King’s House by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen. “If we intend to make a difference, collectively, we must work together as we develop strategies and guidelines to fight crime. I therefore invite my countrymen to tell us what you know and we will take the fight to the corrupt. We will protect the whistle-blowers and report wrong-doing in the confines of observing fairness, the laws of natural justice, and seek to make Jamaica a better place to live, work and play.” Prior to his appointment, which takes effect on March 1, Harrison (a graduate of the Norman Manley School) served as deputy director of public prosecutions. 

PURE GOLD: For his outstanding contribution and meritorious service to the sport of athletics, the late Jamaican stalwart Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook has been posthumously awarded the IAAF Golden Order of Merit, the sporting body’s highest honour. The announcement was made this past Sunday on the occasion of McCook’s memorial service, held at the chapel of his alma mater, Kingston College. An IAAF delegation led by Senior Vice President Robert Hersh, Vice President Sebastian Coe and Cheikh Thiaré, Director of the Executive Office, attended the service. McCook, a former President of the Jamaica Amateur Athletics Association (from 1984-1996), was an IAAF Council Member from 1999, and President of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association from 2007 to the time of his death earlier this month.

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