Monday, 16 May 2016

MAN TALK: Bolt warms up in Cayman + Bobby Montague tackles squatting + Sir Hilary Beckles challenges UVI grads

Olympic men’s sprint double defending champion Usain Bolt officially opened his 2016 season at this past weekend’s Cayman Invitational, running the 100M dash in a respectable 10.05 seconds, ahead of compatriot and Racers Track Club stablemate Kemar Bailey-Cole, who clocked 10.12 seconds for second place. Speaking with reporters after his win, Bolt noted, “This was my first race of the season, and I felt rusty, but thank God I finished healthy. I really wanted to run a fast time, as training has been good. But wining at training and in competition are two different things.” Ahead of this summer’s Rio Olympics in Brazil, Bolt will compete in Ostrava and at the National Senior Trials here in Kingston.

Squatting is hardly a new phenomenon across Jamaica, but National Security minister Robert ‘Bobby’ Montague has devised a five-pillar crime strategy, which he says includes destroying squatter settlements that are frustratingly contributing to the crime rate by harbouring criminal elements. “It will take time, it will take patience, and it will take understanding,” he recently told an interviewer. “It is going to mean that we are going to upset some people, and that we are going to step on some toes. But if you want an omelette, you have to break an egg.”

UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles on Thursday gave a rousing speech, as he addressed the 2016 graduating class of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). “You are now faced with the extraordinary responsibility to rebuild a broken Caribbean economy, as the infrastructure on which we must survive. This region needs to generate more wealth and promote its equitable distribution,” he told the grads. “We need to produce a class of entrepreneurs and innovators who will drive the competitiveness of our economies, ensure their technological advancement and make provision for social and cultural services that are part of an advancing civilization. These are your obligations to the future.”

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