US Embassy Hustle On The Roc – A Suh Di Ting Set

You have to see this to believe what takes place.  I witness it first hand and the Embassy is not creating a fuss because they are not being a nuisance neither a hindrance.  In fact, it is the opposite.  Those of you remember the queues at Oxford Road decades ago.  Hope Road is no different.  The sun is righteous to say the least, and standing on your feet in that condition is not ideal.

Call of nature, for a price, you will be sorted.  In need of some printing of documents, you never know, sorted for a price ofcourse.  The list of services goes on and on.  The flow of traffic is not inhibited and they are clad in a manner that draws you to them rather than away.  There is no offensive odour coming from where they operate, no rats running across the streets, no fighting or warring for prospective business.  In other words this cannot be deemed ‘locals harassment’.    Can this viable business opportunity be organised in a manner that is conducive to all and sundry?  Yes it can.  At a cost obviously but who is willing to pay?  Presently, no one is raising a storm as the Embassy by its silence is not bothered.  It appears for now, there is no need to stir up ants nest.

Presence of US mission helping Standpipe residents to do thriving business outside its walls

Embassy hustle

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, August 28, 2016

Some persons rent chairs as they await their appointment at the embassy. (Michael Gordon)

For some residents of Standpipe — the community across from the US Embassy in Liguanea, eastern St Andrew — the mission’s presence has brought with it a means of survival.

The vicinity is riddled with entrepreneurs who all offer a service targeted at people who conduct business at the US Embassy, following its removal from its Oxford Road address in 2006 to its present location at 142 Old Hope Road.

The embassy’s website warns that: “Electronic items, including cellphones, cameras, beepers, and pagers are prohibited on the embassy compound and should be secured elsewhere before entering the embassy. The embassy reserves the right to limit the entry of possessions and does not have the means to store these items.”

With this policy, persons like Devon Stewart who stores ‘unauthorised’ devices on the outside of the facility, has had an opportunity to earn what he terms “an

But since his start in 2010, the entrepreneur told the Jamaica Observer that business has slowed in recent times.

“Right now it not going on like how it used to,” Stewart shared when asked how business has been for him. “Tings change ‘cause it look like tings get a likkle harder,” suggested Stewart who held dearly his string bag used to store the items.

“Di people dem now start come in from country, an dem a carry people now fi keep dem stuff,” he explained. “An’ when dem carry people fi keep dem stuff, dem pay more money pan di bus, ‘cause we woulda charge all $300 or $500 an’ dem pay somebody fare dat a bout $1,000 fi keep stuff. So dem end up still a lose both ways,” he continued.

Despite the challenges, Stewart boasted the efficiency of the services offered.

“Di greatest ting, nobody nah say dem miss tings up here so, ‘cause we get tings an’ we keep tings weh value all over $100,000 fi people, di phone weh dem give we an’ di bags an’ laptop an’ dem sumn deh,” he said with pride.

“Di police dem nah give we fight, neither, ‘cause dem deh yah wid we, dem only tell yuh say fi stay cross di road ‘cause dem nah stop we, an di embassy nah stop it neither, ‘cause fi dem policy mean nothing go inside,” he continued.

He noted that, like any other business, his entity was systematic and ‘official’. Proudly displaying the cards he issues to customers, Stewart explained the efficiency of his system. “You get a card, me have di phone, we keep di phone dem an mek sure everything alright,” he noted.

Another ‘phone keeper’, who has been offering his service for the past 10 years, noted that the profitability of his business fluctuates. His reasoning: “A million phone can come out here an a only three me store fi di day.”

The decade-old service provider, in stating that there were over 20 personnel along the roadway now, said the competition had increased since he started in 2006.

One merchant, who only identified herself as Ann, told the Sunday Observer that she resumed selling at her stall roughly seven months ago when she lost her job.

“Really, right now I’m here [but] it nah gwan too much enuh, just hand to mouth; you can fill a gap an everything, but it’s ok so far,” she said.

In addition to selling goods, Ann stores “phones, handbags, make-up, cologne”, among other items.

She said the cost is dependent on the value of the item, but isn’t usually greater than $500.

“…Because if we drop the phones we have to pay for it,” Ann reasoned. “It’s storage enuh, so we have to keep it safe…and when you come out you get it. Sometimes we charge $200 or $300; dem likkle bit a money deh we a charge,” she noted.

“Sometimes the people dem don’t have it, so when they come, we keep dem phone fi free; we just tell dem fi buy we a juice, an ‘dem just buy we a juice, give we a $100 an dat cyaan do nothing, but dem just still help out a situation,”Ann continued.

Asked whether or not persons were comfortable with a stranger keeping their personal items, Ann confidently told the Sunday Observer: “Yea, man, because you approach them properly, you approach them nicely, you go to them tell them ‘good morning, good evening, good afternoon’, and take it from there.”


The embassy website also states that, while visitors’ parking is not provided, “ample commercial parking is available in a lot close to the Embassy”.

Clad in their brightly coloured safety jackets, men bob and weave through traffic offering parking places to seemingly bewildered motorists.

“Yuh want a park?” they can be heard shouting.

One ‘parker’, who requested anonymity, said the cost for parking is dependent on the type of vehicle. This cost, according to him, can be as low as $300.

“Dem (vehicles) very safe man, nothing nah happen to dem,” the businessman stated before racing to solicit more business.

Though he did not explain in detail, the service provider noted that he also operates a chair rental service to persons waiting to enter the compound.

To alleviate the struggle of standing long hours, some residents rent plastic chairs to persons waiting to enter the compound. Scores of persons were observed seated across from the embassy, often with an envelope of documents in hand.


In addition to parking and device storage, some vendors line the corridor, selling an array of items including: fruits, snacks, juices pens and mints.

Gwendolyn Clarke, aged 81, said that she has been selling produce at her same station years before the embassy moved to its current location.

She admitted that since its relocation, however, her business has improved.

“Mi have five kids right yah so. An di children weh me have right yah so give me grand an great grand,” she said, admitting that it has sustained her over the years.

“It is not big like how mi want it to be, but thank God mi can buy mi likkle food and medication” Clarke noted.

Like others, the senior citizen said that her busiest time of day is in the morning when persons buy fruits while they await the opening of the embassy.

Being self-sufficient is of utmost importance to residents of Standpipe, who sell goods and services to persons going into the US Embassy daily.

Another fruit vendor, who identified himself as Brooks, told the Sunday Observer that he started his business to avoid breaking the law and robbing others.

“Mi see seh di Embassy need a likkle ting like dis,weh people can buy fruits inna di morning. As you know, you go doctor, di doctor tell you seh fruits a di best ting inna di morning, and you see it all pan di TV…so mi try fi come sell some fruits,” said Brooks as he explained further the reason he started his business.

Brooks said that he goes to the market to purchase goods as early as 1:00 each morning and is back by 5:00 am to offer the early Embassy-goers some fruits for breakfast.

“Mi thankful wid weh mi receive,” he said, “Dem support me. All di people buy from me a morning time; orange, banana, pine, plantain, dem support me straight all di people dem come mek a money.”

Demus, a soup and porridge vendor, admitted that the presence of the Embassy has boosted his business.

“In a sense me would a say di business better. A nuh nothing big, but is a likkle hustling. We an di embassy alright cause we nuh see dem a deal wid we inna no disrespectful way,” he noted.

He noted that he had been selling soup on that corridor years before the embassy was relocated there.

“Business alright, as a likkle man inna di street, di business kinda alright. Now an’ den we get likkle harassment from di police, but it alright,” added the soup vendor.

Demus, who sells his soup for $150 and $200 a cup, was almost out of soup last Wednesday morning when the Sunday Observer visited his stall.

Photography is another service offered on Old Hope Road to embassy customers. Though residents were tightlipped about it, the

Sunday Observer noticed a photography station across from the Embassy.

The white sheet of cloth often used by photographers as backgrounds was quickly removed when the news team started enquiring about the service.


Recently counsellor for public affairs at the embassy, Joshua Polacheck noted that, between the 2013 and 2016 fiscal years, the number of applications went up from approximately 85,000 per year to 185,000 per year.

Earlier this month, the US Embassy confirmed that all interview dates for nonimmigrant visas were exhausted for the rest of the year. The United States Embassy now schedules up to 1,000 appointments daily for non-immigrant visa applications.

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Jamaica Public Service – Why, Why, Why Must We Suffer With You???

Even within the marriage vows, the familiar words, ’till death do us path’, while some persons take this literally, the vast majority can get out of that union if they wish.  Costly for some, but if you are hell bent on terminating the relationship, it can be done.

For years, we the citizens who pay our electricity bills and not the few who ‘bridge’ tief light, suffer the most.  When the JLP were in opposition there were high emotions and even a request for citizens to wear all black in protestation of this company.  What did we achieve?   A new CEO, hot off the press.  Again, what have we achieved?  Same company, same excuses, rhetoric defined differently, but still the same company, Jamaica Public Service.  I like to keep it simple.  Tell me, why is it we fear competition?  Why is it we cannot attract any other power company to replace JPS?  Are you telling me that the contract the government signed is one that lasts for a lifetime?  What is the hold that JPS has over this country?  Monopoly in any industry is not to be encouraged and this Island of under 3 million habitants’ leaders, seem to relish in this kind of engagement.  If the JPS operated in another region, would they still be in operation with the kinds of inefficiencies we have experienced in Jamaica?  I do not want to hear the excuses, consistency in delivery is what the consumer base requires.  This was no freak earthquake, hurricane or storm.

We can await this report which after you sift through the cock n bull story that will always be outside of their control, ultimately leads us straight back to MONEY.   When you have no regard for the people of a country, you pretty much become a fat cat pretty fast.  Doing the rounds, learn the culture quickly understanding that politriks will always be at the forefront.

Will the people be compensated for this outage I ask?  I lost electricity for 4 hours; I think it is quite in order to credit my account.  JPS relishes on collecting $250.00 deemed late payment if you do not pay your bill on the due date.  Oh no it matters not that you are not in any form of arrears.   No grace period extended, but $250.00 will be collected one way or the other.  So tell me JPS, how much money are you going to us for the loss of electricity which for me came at around 5.00pm – 9.00pm?

‘Procedural error’ leads to islandwide blackout

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, August 28, 2016 31 Comments

Staff at 20/20 Beauty Salon at Park Plaza in Half-Way-Tree use light from a cellphone to work last evening after the islandwide power outage.

WJamaica was plunged into darkness late yesterday evening from what the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) reported was a “procedural error”.

“It was a procedural error that resulted in the generating units going off line,” JPS’ Director, Corporate Communications Winsome Callum told the Jamaica Observer last night.

At 8:45 pm when the Sunday Observer spoke to Callum she said that power had been restored to Western Jamaica “from Westmoreland all the way round to Trelawny”.

She also said that electricity service had been restored in sections of Clarendon, St Catherine and Kingston.

Callum said that the company expected to restore power to all sections of the island “within a few hours” but it was difficult to give a time when the process would be completed.

Shortly after the power went, the police announced that they had deployed personnel to assist where necessary and said people should look out for the blue flashing lights on patrol vehicles.

The police also advised the public to exercise caution and to drive carefully on the roads, especially when approaching major intersections.

“We are also urging residents to remain inside their homes as much as possible until electricity is restored,” the police said.

In Half-Way-Tree, one of the busiest commercial hubs in St Andrew, some stores remained open as they were being powered by generators. Others, however, had to close.

A woman who gave her name only as Trudy and who runs the 20/20 Beauty Salon in Park Plaza, was furious about the power outage.

“It affect mi a whole lot because mi have mi pickney dem back-to-school fi tek care of and mi haffi send mi client dem home,” she said.

“Di one likkle day weh wi get fi work, no light. Mi did have a lot of clients inna di shop. A slackness dis,” she fumed.

Jermaine Johnson, who operates a clothing store in Half-Way-Tree, said he lost a lot of business. He told the Sunday Observer that he resorted to taking some of the goods outside his shop, placed them on a bench and used the headlights on his car to conduct business.

Another man, who gave his name only as Kevin, said he had to close his clothing store downtown Kingston.

“I lost a lot of business,” he complained, as he explained that he would normally make the bulk of his sales late on a Saturday evening.

“This evening was going on good as people were doing back-to-school shopping,” he said.

In April this year, the island was affected by a massive power outage. At the time, JPS said that several of its generating units went offline simultaneously, resulting in the loss of electricity for some customers.

The company stated that several of the affected areas were restored within a few minutes of the power outage, while other customers were gradually connected to the power grid in phases.

The power system was back to normal in just over three hours.

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Seeityanow – Waste or Not Of Police Time, You Decide……..

This particular case had me baffled to say the least.  No family member reported this female or her gentleman missing, who clearly remains in the dark, visibly that is.  Have you seen a photo of him?  So let us look at what we have.  The workplace sounded the alarm.  Why???  Maybe her not turning up for work was out of character.  Did they speak to her relatives to ascertain if she had another side to her that was not known to the colleagues meaning, does this appear normal to them?  After all, one would think your family if there is some closeness would have an idea as to your behavior when work is over?  I believe that is fair to deduce.  The only ones who seemed extremely worried were persons affiliated with the hospital.  I for one did not feel any discomfort in the pit of my stomach as I normally do when some of these cases are reported.  My thoughts, however, are focused on the next time.  How will law enforcement proceed moving forward?  Will they pursue cases only when family members report missing loved ones?  Why did they act so vigorously on this case when the report came from her employers and not her family?

Curiosity surrounds this individual in her actions and will continue to follow her whether she cares or not.  Your business has been made public and it certainly sheds light into your mental state of being.  Would it not been easier for you to contact your place of employ and the constabulary to say, something like, ‘I am out of commission until……..’  No answers to questions that may be asked so that unnecessary emotions evoked by the public would be reserved for the real.

Oh I wonder, does she still have a job waiting for her at the hospital?

Case closed on ‘missing’ Mandeville doctor

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, August 26, 2016 | 4:28 PM     38 Comments

 Chanique Cousins

Manchester, Jamaica – Superintendent of the Manchester Police Division, Vendolyn Cameron-Powell, has confirmed that 28-year-old medical doctor Chanique Cousins who was believed to be missing is now back home.

Cousins and her companion, 42-year-old Winston Davidson, were reportedly seen at their home in Mike Town in the parish yesterday.

Cameron-Powell said they revealed that they are “OK.”

Cousins’ whereabouts was questioned when she did not return to work at the Mandeville Regional Hospital as scheduled and could not be located, after asking for a change of duty before the start of the Emancipation and Independence holidays.

Reports that she was last seen leaving home in the Mike Town community with Davidson, who is a high school teacher, led the police to also start searching for him.

However, Cameron-Powell told OBSERVER ONLINE that although the authority at the Hospital brought the matter to their attention, Cousins and Davidson were never reported missing by relatives.

She said that for the police the case is now closed.

“We do not have anything to charge them for,” said Cameron-Powell.

Prior to the couple’s eventual return, police say that there were reports of them being spotted at different places in and outside of the parish.

The Manchester Superintendent said that there is another element to the case on which she could not comment as it is not a police matter.

The Southern Regional Health Authority confirmed that Cousins is not back at work at the Mandeville Regional Hospital.


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Zika Virus The Fight – This Is Of National Importance – Not The Constant Dissecting Of Consenting Adults Personal Lives Who Did Not Ask To Become The World’s God!!!!!

We have no control over natural disasters, neither viruses that are deemed to  infiltrate Planet Earth.  However, we surely can take responsibility once we have been given the facts, preventative measures to reduce the risks and ultimate potential epidemic.  Sounds scary, we should be scared.  How soon we forget about Ebola, the measures that had to be forced into place so as to reduce the spread.    Chikungunya…………………….what were we told, what did we do, and what have we continued to do?  Absolutely nothing by the sounds of it.  We are a people who tidy our houses when the visitor is coming but as soon as they are gone revert to old habits.  Prevention is better than cure, how often have we heard this.  Of late, from the pulpit, the political platform, the hospital and yes the grave yard.  Yet we give it as much attention as we do our own personal responsibility for our space, choosing to pay more attention to the sex lives of the rich and famous.

Take a good look at the Roc when you are traversing day by day.  Filth and grime is the order.  Any old structure is hoisted on the side of the roads without facilities thereby conducive to mosquitoes and all the rodents that are living in this country.  Cleanliness has nothing to do with being poor, rich or in between.  Too many of our people have lost pride in their personal space and too many condone this way of life resulting in no permanent action undertaken by any government to shut this down.  What have we become when a government has to issue house inspection cards to see if your yard dutty or clean.  Kiss mi granny.  If dis a nuh summen fi wi fi shame bout, I really do not know what is.

I ask you this question.  Is the government’s role to now come into your bedroom and clean it up for you?  I guess when it becomes a national security issue, it is a must.  How about enforcing the laws that I am sure are in the archives somewhere that speaks to what constitutes as a health hazard.  We labour for one day and the other 364 days we expect no severe consequence when the plagues visit us.    Do we live for epidemics, pandemics or do we strive for containment if at all possible?

Gov’t to start issuing house inspection cards in fight against mosquito-borne diseases

(Jamaica Gleaner) Saturday | August 27, 2016 | 3:22pm

The Health Ministry said following each assessment, vector control workers will note on the cards measures citizens can take to destroy mosquito breeding sites around their premises.

The Health Ministry could soon start issuing house inspection cards as part of its efforts to fight the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.

The ministry says vector control workers will begin using the cards next month as a tool to assess homes and identify mosquito breeding sites islandwide.

It says the cards will indicate whether premises are high, medium or low risk for mosquito borne diseases such as Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue.

IN PHOTO: Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton

In a statement, the Health Ministry said following each assessment, vector control workers will note on the cards measures citizens can take to destroy mosquito breeding sites around their premises.

Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton said the use of the cards will help to encourage persons to take individual responsibility for reducing the risk of mosquito borne diseases.

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Jamaican Judge Pusey Needs Her Own TV Show – What Say You?????

Reality TV is the biggest commodity in this century it would seem.  There are actually a few shows we could do well to copy; as we do with so many others.  Covering the courts on the Roc I deem is informative and quite humorous at times.  Whether we agree or not with the judgements we can admit that Judge Pusey is an original.  She certainly knows how to communicate across the social levels that enters her court.  This is real life, and often times we forget what court house runnings is all about.   Some knowledge will do us well as it can shed some well needed light on your rights when and if you are faced with certain situations.

Many persons attend court house as they watch soap opera on television.  In fact if I had the time to spare, I daresay I may be inclined to witness some of these court appearances and listen to cases presented.  At times I wonder if the people realise where they are.  In fact their casualness and pronouncements when addressing the Judge makes you wonder if they are acting.  Sooner than later you observe this is the real McCoy.  It matters not who you are; many will waltz in their vexation state and dish it out without warnings or hesitations.  This type of livity makes for great TV and I can only hope those in media could see the value.

Judge Pusey could be sold to the International audience as the diaspora is well established in many countries.  Imagine being syndicated in the Caribbean, Africa, North America and South America, Europe for starters. I for one would love to see her on local TV as from my view, there is not much aired that caters to my genre.   Obviously, this can only be if the esteemed Judge is open to such.



Brother says sister wants to run his house but he is the king

Covering the Courts

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, August 21, 2016     7 Comments

There was laughter in the court on Wednesday when a man appeared before the judge, accused of biting his sister and destroying her refrigerator, door and her gas stove.

Richard Palmer was arrested and charged with unlawful wounding and malicious destruction of property following allegations that he destroyed his sister’s appliance and bit her on her arm during a dispute at their home.

The 24-year-old man, who was in an irritable mood when he appeared in court, told Judge Pusey that he and his big sister were not getting along because she wanted “to programme him” and was carrying “past feelings” for him.

He also accused his sister of biting him on his finger and destroying his possession.

“A she mash up me bed and trigger off me head,” Palmer said, eliciting laughter from the court.

“She grudge mi cause mi a work. A December she born, she badmind,” he said, amidst further laughter from the court.

“She never help me mada raise mi, and left and come back and waa run the house and a me a de king,” Palmer proclaimed as the laughter continued.

Judge Pusey, after patiently listening to Palmer said: “I understand what is going on, it’s all about power. But all this power struggle needs to stop.”

The judge as a result instructed the siblings to speak with the probation officer with a view of scheduling a date for counselling.

“Whether you are the king, this nonsense up a mama yard has to stop,” the judge told Palmer before extending his bail for him to return to court on October 14.

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Thank You – A Sense Of Pride Overwhelms Every Solitary Time Our Athletes Shine – Olympics, Rio 2016

You do not need to be a sports enthusiast to get excited when the Olympics are in full swing.  You just have to have love for your country, respect for all our athletes who put in the time, effort, commitment and consistency to be seen on such a platform.  The money, wealth, bling, floss cannot come until they have delivered, until they have been recognised where it matters and for that it takes an exceedingly amount of discipline and consistency.  Despite their injuries as they are humans, the emotional, financial challenges they may have or are experiencing on their quest to stardom, we see in them courage.

It is no coincidence that Jamaica has successfully dominated track n field for over a decade, making history along the way.  We not only have the talent, but also the finest Coaches on Planet Earth.  Our athletes who grace the public arena are young people.  Young people who need the time to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually to take on all that comes with fame or the pursuit of fame.  We have seen them overcome some struggles.  Many have developed their mindset to be able to conquer, break new grounds and yes through it all represent our country Jamaica.  Through the Olympics we see another side of human nature.  The side that is welcoming, one which brings out the best in all of us as we celebrate each and every one.  Chanting, feeling the pressure, disappointment when those we expected did not make that stage this time.  This is so because we care, we want them to succeed.  The vast majority are from beginnings where financial wealth was not an easy access for them.  Their courage, a few people believing and investing in them has led them to become who they are today.

The future looks bright as long as they continue to have the desire measured with discipline, commitment and dedication.  Retirement comes for us all one day soon.  In a sport such as the ones they pursue retirement can come before they even reach their prime.  With their new found wealth, we are indeed happy for them.  Wishing them every success that comes their way.   Rewards they receive are not only for themselves but I can imagine shared amongst their family and those who loved them before they became famous.  They are deserving of every accolade and Jamaicans in the diaspora and on the Roc can continue to be proud and salivate at witnessing history which many of us may not likely to experience again.

#RioGoldRush: Javon Francis anchors Jamaica to superb silver in men’s 4X400m relay

 (Jamaica Gleaner) Saturday | August 20, 2016 | 9:04 PM
 Jamaica closed out its participation in the Games of the 31st Olympiad with another silver medal.

This after the mile relay team of Fitzroy Dunkley, Nathon Allen, Peter Matthews and Javon Francis, finished second in 2:58.16 in the final of the men’s 4x400m relay, the final track and field event of the Games.

It is the fourth fastest time by a Jamaica quartet.

The team secured the medal thanks to a superb last leg by Francis, the former Calabar High School star who overtook the runners from The Bahamas and Botswana.

The United States won the gold while The Bahamas stayed on for the bronze.

Jamaica has finished the Games with a total of eleven medals: six gold, three silver and two bronze.

PROFILE – Javon Francis
21 years old
High School: Calabar High School
Events: Men’s 400m, 4x400m
Personal Best: 44.50s
Interesting Fact:
His nickname in high school was ‘Donkey Man’

PROFILE – Fitzroy Dunkley
23 years old
High School: Jamaica College
Tertiary Education: Louisiana State University
Events: men’s 400m, 4x400m
Personal Best: 45.06s

PROFILE – Nathon Allen
20 years old
High School: St. Jago High School
Tertiary Education: Auburn University
Events: Men’s 400m, 4x400m
Personal Best: 45.30s

PROFILE – Peter Matthews
Personal Best: 44.69s

#RioGoldRush: Women’s 4X400m relay team gets silver

(Jamaica Gleaner) Saturday | August 20, 2016 | 8:43 PM

Jamaica has now claimed 10 medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after the women’s mile relay team won silver in the penultimate track and field event.

The team of Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Anneisha McLaughlin-Wilby, Shericka Jackson and Novlene Williams-Mills finished behind the United States in the 4x400m relay.

The United Kingdom took the silver.

Jamaica’s 10 medals at the Games of the 31st Olympiad comprise six gold, two silver and two bronze.

-Livern Barrett

PROFILE – Stephenie-Ann McPherson
27 years old
High School: Mountain Grace High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women’s 400m, 4x400m relay
Personal Best: 400m – 49.92s
Interesting Fact: Her nickname is ‘Chicken Foot’

PROFILE – Shericka Jackson
22 years old
High School: Vere Technical High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Events: Women’s 400m, 4x400m relay
Personal Best: 400m – 49.99s

PROFILE – Novlene Williams Mills
34 years old
High School: Ferncourt High School
Tertiary Education: University of Florida
Event: Women’s 4x400m relay

PROFILE – Anneisha McLaughlin-Wilby
30 years old
High School: Holmwood Technical High School
Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Event: Women’s 4x400m relay

#RioGoldRush: The triple king reigns … Bolt anchors Jamaica to 4x100m relay gold

(Jamaica Gleaner) Friday | August 19, 2016 | 9:38 PM 
(From left) Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt, Nickel Ashmeade and Asafa Powell after the men’s 4X100m golden run – Ricardo Makyn photo

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt completed the triple-triple as he anchored Jamaica to victory over the men’s 4x100m relays this evening.

Bolt sprinted from his rivals on the final leg to take Jamaicans to the line in 37.27 and secure his ninth Olympic gold medal.

Bolt has now become the first man in history to win three gold medals at three straight Olympic Games.

The Jamaicans got off to a quick start with Asafa Powell handing over to Yohan Blake on the second leg.

Blake outran American Justin Gatlin to hand over to Nickel Ashmeade.

The former Jago High School star ran a superb third leg to hand over second to Bolt behind Japan.

8th Wonder! – Unbeatable Bolt romps 200m for eighth Olympic gold

Another sprint double – Bolt obliges in 200m and bids farewell to Olympics today

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, August 19, 2016

 Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (second left) crosses the finish line to win the Men’s 200m final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games last night. (Photo: AFP)ANTONIN THUILLIER

Rio de Janeiro

, Brazil — Usain Bolt easily captured the men’s 200m in 19.78 seconds (-0.5 m/s) and secured his eighth Olympic gold medal while staying on course for an unprecedented ‘treble triple’ in his pursuit of immortality.

Bolt, who had completed a third consecutive 100m crown on Sunday, did likewise in his favoured 200m, an event in which he has been unbeaten over the last nine years dating back to 2007.

Thoughts of a world record attempt to lower his 19.19secs mark to below the unimaginable sub-19-second video-game time quickly disappeared when the clouds opened up, followed by chilly gusty winds.

Bolt, who is looking to repeat his achievement of winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games, is one step closer.

And as he has done on so many occasions, Bolt entered the arena to loud applause and music, and he obliged with his usual pre-race entertainment. As the camera focused on him during the introductions, the global superstar uttered the words: “Are you ready?” And the fans erupted.

Running out of his favoured lane six, the man from Sherwood Content in Trelawny flew out of the blocks and swept past both France’s Christophe Lemaitre and Churandy Martina of the Netherlands in a flash before angling himself around the curve. The race was basically done and dusted and it was then a matter of Bolt against the time.

But the world record was never going to happen as the rest of the pack appeared too close to the far-striding giant. They were six metres behind, headed by Andre De Grasse of Canada, who notched his second medal, this time silver in 20.02 seconds. He had won bronze in the 100m on Sunday.

Lemaitre ran the race of his life for bronze in 20.12secs, and he threw himself to the ground in disbelief. Adam Gemili of Great Britain clocked the same time as Lemaitre, but was denied his first Olympic medal in the photo finish. American hope, LaShawn Merritt felt what real 200m pace was like and faltered into sixth in 20.19 seconds.

But as the time of 19.78 seconds flashed across the infield, Bolt clearly in disappointment, dropped his hands to his side. His legacy was secured, but a world record was not.

“I was not pleased with the time; I really wanted to run faster, even if I didn’t get the world record. I wanted to run faster but my legs decided [they weren’t] having it. I felt tired, and I lost my form in the last part of the race. It’s just one of those things. The key is that I won,” Bolt noted.

The 200-metre final went as scripted, as Usain Bolt became the first man in history to win both 100m and 200m titles at three-consecutive Olympics.

Bolt then went through his celebration, proudly wrapped in the black, gold and green flag of Jamaica and a Brazilian flag to boot. He kissed the running track and waved to his adoring fans after competing in his last individual event at the Olympic Games.

“I was just saying goodbye. This is my last individual event at the Olympics. In relays you never know what happens. I just wanted to say goodbye,” confirmed Bolt.

It was Bolt’s eighth Olympic gold overall. It is Jamaica’s fifth gold and seventh medal at the Rio edition. With a population of just under three million, Jamaica climbed into second place on the track and field table, inclusive of two bronze.

The USA lead with 25 made up of nine gold, eight silver and eight bronze. Long distance powerhouse Kenya are third with eight medals, inclusive of four gold and four silver.

On the overall medals table, Jamaica are in 15th position, with USA being the runaway leaders with 100 medals, including 35 gold, 33 silver and 32 bronze. Jamaica have not won any medals outside of track and field.


#RioGoldRush: Pure Bolt… Sprint superstar mines third 200m gold, says it could be his last at a major champ

 (Jamaica Gleaner) Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 9:19 PM
Usain Bolt pushes to the finish line to complete his third Olympic sprint double with France’s Christophe Lemaitre behind.
BOLT: I wasn’t happy with the time. I ran hard off the turn but when I came into the straight, it’s like my body would not respond to me. But it’s just the rounds, I am getting older, I’m not as young and fresh. I just excited that I got the gold medal and that is the key thing.
It is Olympic gold medal number eight for Jamaica’s sprint superstar Usain Bolt.

On a damp track in Rio, Brazil, Bolt easily won the men’s 200m in a season’s best 19.78 seconds at the Games of the 31st Olympiad.

“I wasn’t happy with the time. I ran hard off the turn but when I came into the straight, it’s like my body would not respond to me. But it’s just the rounds, I am getting older, I’m not as young and fresh. I just excited that I got the gold medal and that is the key thing, ” Bolt told the BBC One.

Bolt also hinted that this could be his last 200 metre at a major championship.

“My coach has a way of trying to convincing me, but personally this I think is my last one,” Bolt said.

Canada’s Andre De Grasse won the silver while France’s Christophe Lemaitre captured the bronze medal.
IN PHOTO: Athletics fans in Half-Way Tree celebrating Bolt’s golden run 

With the victory, the Jamaican becomes the first athlete to win the sprint double at three consecutive Olympic Games.

Bolt also won the sprint double at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and again at the London Games four years later.

He also remains on course to winning an unprecedented third consecutive sprint triple at the Olympic Games when he competes as part of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team, which has already advanced to the finals.

PROFILE – Usain Bolt
Age: 29 years old
High School: William Knibb Memorial High School
Events: Men’s 100m, 200m, 4x100m
Personal Best: 100m – 9.58s, 200m – 19.19s
Interesting Facts:
His nickname is ‘Lightning Bolt’
In the 2012 Olympic Games, Bolt became the first athlete in history to win the 100m and 200m sprints at successive Olympic Games

Brilliant! – History made as McLeod mines Olympics gold in 110m hurdles

(Jamaica Gleaner) Wednesday | August 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Omar McLeod (centre) celebrates as he crosses the line in first place in yesterday’s men’s 110m hurdles final at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
McLeod clears another hurdle effortlessly on his way to the gold medal.
Shericka Jackson displays her medal during the presentation ceremony for the women’s 400 metres inside the Olympic stadium at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, last night.
 Omar McLeod revels in his accomplishment of winning the 110m hurdles on Tuesday night at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo: Bryan
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Higher Education Attained – Sorry You Have Not Arrived – You Have Only Just Begun – Lascelles Chin Speaks

You are certified, the cost for your tertiary education was not peanuts.  We get it, now you get this.  Your certification gets you through the doors hopefully without nepotism, however, it will not keep you inside.  Neither will your certification afford you a salary package that is going to be exciting for you once you have attained it.

Are you a potential trail blazer?  How much work experience do you have?  Oops sorry you just graduated.  Six months……………sorry what did you say?…………..What value did you add at your last employ?    Excuse me I did not hear you……………..are you going to respond to the question?

Once you have proved your worth, your money will come.  I cannot say it any plainer.  You must have the total package in order to command that income you think you deserve.  When someone asks about you as it relates to your work performance.  You must dazzle, the place for you to shine and floss is in the execution of your job.  If no one who matters and yes matters on the job thinks highly of you in the workplace, not the party place, I suggest if you want to demand more money, go start your own company and see how much you will earn.

Your brilliance must be reflected in your job if you are certified, if you are as good as you say.  Take the time to grow, align yourself with those whose work ethics is impressive and carry yourself the way you want to be viewed.  If you believe you deserve to earn a higher income then for crying out loud carry yourself on that level.  Take pride in your job, be grateful for the job you have while working for what you believe you deserve.  Never entitled rather deserve, based on the value you add.

Diplomas are just learning permits, says Lascelles Chin

 (Jamaica Gleaner) Wednesday | August 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Outgoing president of Northern Caribbean University, Dr Trevor Gardner (left), presenting executive chairman of the LASCO group of companies, Hon Lascelles Chin, with a Doctor of Humane letters degree at the 93rd second commencement held on Sunday.
Upon receiving a degree, many university graduates believe the hard work has ended and their qualifications will now work for them, but executive chairman of the LASCO Affiliated Companies, Lascelles Chin, says only continuous hard work will bring about success.

Presenting the main address at the Northern Caribbean University’s (NCU) 93rd second commencement on Sunday, Chin gave a spirited charge to the graduates, using his own experiences as examples of the results of being persistent.

“The diploma you will receive today is really just your learner’s permit for the rest of your journey through life. Remember, you don’t have to be smarter than the next person, you only have to be willing to work hard, persevere and exercise courage in the face of obstacles, always remaining true to the values of honesty, integrity and caring for your fellowmen…”

Road to success

He said further, “Like many of you, my parents did not have life easy. I had to work very hard to achieve success and was denied many things in life. I did not have enough lunch money at times and had to make my own toys … I started business in 1962 with £175 as a commissioned agent. I rented half of a house for my family to live in … that was where National Trading Company started. Today, I head one of the most successful groups of companies with a combined market capitalisation amounting to more than $48 billion.”

Chin, who was conferred with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree by NCU, implored the graduates to adapt to and embrace change in an effort to finding “golden opportunities”.

“Your time here is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise or opinions of others drown out your inner voice, and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

Just under 700 graduates were conferred with their degrees.

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Nuff Respect To Ireland – But Oono Nuh Too Proud Fi Beg & Tief

What is your claim to fame?  Education can get you so far unless you are prepared to work that education to your advantage.  The time limit you choose to put on yourself in achieving your goals is all good and well.  However, many fail to realise that Rome was not built in a day.  Neither is the road paved identically.  Therefore the question returns, what is your claim to fame?

I find people in general look at someone and make assumptions about their financial luggage, whether it is heavy, light or plain empty.  We are not interested in the story which must have a beginning, the journey before the NOW.  In fact we much rather focus on what we see now and then make a determination as to whether the financial luggage/suitcase is heavy, light or empty.  I say Rome was not built in a day, and yes that is well known, however, our microwave way of thinking shoots any reference to that analogy through the doors.  Instead we focus on the fast food livity and have no time to even glance at the hard working Ireland’s in our midst.  As we do with segregation, we deem ‘profession’ to be an elite trade.  There are some jobs that evoke pride in oneself and there are those that evoke ridicule from the masses.  Never does it cross our minds, often enough, that a bag juice seller could one day become the BOSS MAN.  The cleaner, domestic help could one day be running a recruitment agency employing workers to fill that need.  Many of them do not even see that for themselves, yet Ireland knew he was not going to remain a bag juice seller. No for to do so, it would cause us to accept that our beginnings, humble or otherwise does not and cannot define you unless you claim it to be.  Those who either look up, or look down on you really do not matter in the bigger streams of life.  The only important factor is what you believe and how you feel about self.

Ireland’s story depicts just that.  He was an entrepreneur from the age of 9.  His class mates and many others were clueless.  Unfortunately until we open our minds and fill our thoughts with wholesome food and not junk, there will be fewer Ireland’s achieving success in a way that can truly inspire others.  Our pride has become misplaced.  We are not too proud to beg or steal, but too proud to do what or mates or strangers may deem lowly.


From bag juice beginnings, Ireland grows fresh produce empire

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, August 21, 2016     11 Comments

Greenhouse sweet pepper farmer in Mile Gully Side, Manchester, Steve Johnson prepares produce for Ireland’s Farmers and Farm Supplies

“David Ireland a sell bag juice!” Those were the words echoed across St Andrew Primary School when one of Ireland’s schoolmates saw him selling in the Coronation Market in downtown Kingston.

Evidently, this intimidated the 9-year-old, who was subject to much ridicule thereafter by his peers. But little did they know that Ireland would be operating a highly profitable fruit and vegetable distribution business one day.

What started out as a means to obtain supplementary income to send himself and his brothers to school and to assist his mother who was also a vendor in the market, quickly turned into a sustainable operation – one which now serves more than 20 hotels and restaurants in Kingston and St Andrew.

“I’m from very humble beginnings. My brother, who is older than I am, sold bag juice in Kingston before moving on to sell ground provisions in the market. Back then people would ask me to supply restaurants and I saw an opportunity where I could make a profit from doing that. Anything I didn’t have I could get from fellow sellers in the market,” Ireland told the Jamaica Observer during a round-table in interview recently.

The business, registered as Ireland’s Farmers and Farm Supplies, distributes all kinds of produce including hard-to- get items like strawberries, kiwis, romaine lettuce, coloured sweet peppers, zucchini, irish potato and yellow squash in the order of up to 3,000 pounds per week. The business is operated from his home in Patrick City.

Ireland’s Farmers and Farm Supplies’ biggest customers are the Spanish Court Hotel, Knutsford Court Hotel, Pegasus Hotel, Courtleigh Hotel, Eden Gardens, Terra Nova Hotel and Christar Villa along with corporate office canteens, Chinese restaurants and fine gifts distributor, All Wrapped Up.

But getting the business off the ground was not an easy task.

“The transition from selling downtown to supplying restaurants started when someone introduced us to buying produce from farmers in the country. The individual had a bus and would go to country and buy fresh produce at lower prices,” the 34-year-old told

Sunday Finance.

“Back then the loan agency Fortune Corporation provided vendors with the option to take in their purchases and credit note books and they could receive a loan to purchase a vehicle. I asked my mom to apply for the loan and she was a bit hesitant, but I eventually convinced her that it would work.”

By this time, Ireland was approaching age 17, and under the law could not operate the vehicle on his own. His older brother had migrated shortly before they acquired the vehicle, thus Ireland and his mother took the decision to hire a driver who would assist with locating the farmers.

Things were off to a slow start, but that was about to change when he was approached by the operator of a Chinese restaurant on the Pavilion Mall in Kingston. Today, Ireland supports more than 40 farmers across the island in carrying out the operations of his business. He also employs six people to ensure efficiency in business transactions.

And there is room for more growth as Ireland eyes an acquisition for next March.

“We definitely will be growing. Someone that I currently purchase produce from will be retiring, so he opted to sell me the business,” he said. “However, this individual is in the business of importation. Produce that we don’t have locally like American apples, grapes; that’s the business that they are in and so we would purchase those produce from him.”

The acquisition would result in the growth of Ireland’s customer base to include individuals who supply Burger King and Restaurants of Jamaica, operators of KFC and Pizza Hut. What’s more, the acquisition would require Ireland to hire an additional 20 people to support the business venture.

“The business also supplies many hotels and supermarkets island-wide, so once I purchase it my business will start seeing much more growth,” Ireland continued. “This is what I want to do, I’ve never done a nine to five job and I don’t have any plans to do that, so I’m giving this business my all and I also believe in this country.”

The past student of Denham Town High School in downtown Kingston noted that his ultimate dream is to build his market locally, and to eventually get a toehold into the exportation of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

“That would be a dream come true. I’ve always been supplying produce to individuals who export. I do a lot of business with farmers in St Thomas that have acres of scotch bonnet peppers and I also consider bananas. But before all of that, I’d like to cement business relations here in Jamaica before moving overseas,” Ireland said.

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Lightning Strikes Three Times In A Row – The Legend Has Silenced Them All – Usain Bolt

Take your bow Usain Bolt………… are firmly seated amongst the greats of our times, Muhammad Ali, Bob Marley and others who have captured.  Captured the hearts of millions of people around the world.  It is one thing to have raw talent.  Another thing to be able to execute and to put your money where your mouth is repeatedly.  You have done just that and through it all have brought people from all nations, nationalities, cultures and class together in oneness.  Loving you, being in awe of your ability to consistently over twelve years be able to raise your bar when it matters the most.  Not only to you, but to your loving fans. In a sport where performance enhancement drugs have marred the trueness, rawness in talent of so many athletes.  We are even more astounded by your performance knowing that you did not fall prey whether intentionally or unintentionally. What a fine way to take your last bow at an Olympics as you have made the world know Rio will be your last.

It cannot be denied.  It cannot be challenged.  It cannot even be disputed.  Usain Bolt, the ultimate show stopper, the man who engages the world once he makes an entrance.  He owns every event he takes on.  His presence is felt, he knows he has a responsibility to be the best he can be and he recognises his fans expects nothing less.  With that, he acknowledges ALL.  The Creator, his fans and himself.  He can and he has earned it.  He struts, he thumbs his heart, he is proud of his country and we can see that.  The world sees this and through Usain Bolt, Brand Jamaica is always re-established on a different level.  He is the greatest athlete we have seen in track n field and might be the last for many of us in this life time.  How can you not be in awe of such a man?????

On our journey called life, when you are able to witness history, it can take a few seconds, days or even weeks to fully comprehend what it all means.  There are those of us whose journey is to conquer on a global scale.  We all will not chart the same course, neither will we all have the same flight plan.  What we all will be able to do as long as we can SEE is to acknowledge the legendary status that Usain Bolt has earned.  He truly is one of a kind.


(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | August 14, 2016 | 8:39 PM

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

The indomitable Usain Bolt once again engraved his name in the history books and endeared himself to track and field fans around the world after becoming the first athlete to win three consecutive Olympic 100m titles.

Bolt recovered from his usual slow start to secure Jamaica’s third medal of the 2016 Rio Olympics when he stopped the clock in a season’s best (SB) 9.81 seconds to win the men’s 100m final.

The silver medal went to America’s Justin Gatlin in 9.89 seconds with Canadian Andre de Grasse taking the bronze in a personal best of 9.91 seconds.

Jamaica’s other representative in the final, Yohan Blake, was fourth in a SB of 9.93 seconds.

Bolt, who has reiterated that this will be his last Olympics, will be looking to make it a triple-triple having also won the 200m and 4X100m at the last two Games.

He has now won 12 individual major championships gold medals-five at the Olympics and seven at the World Championships.

PROFILE – Usain Bolt
29 years old
High School: William Knibb Memorial High School
Events: Men’s 100m, 200m, 4x100m
Personal Best: 100m – 9.58s, 200m – 19.19s
Interesting Facts:
Bolt made his Olympic debut as a 17-year-old at Athens 2004, where, hampered by a torn hamstring, he went out in the opening round of the 200m.
He is the first athlete to set three world records in a single Olympic Games competition.
In the 2012 Olympic Games Bolt became the first athlete in history to win the 100m and 200m sprints at successive Olympic Games

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Dominate We Do – Athletics Is Where We Make and Leave Our Mark – A New Champ Is Born

There is something about the Olympics, not that easy to define in a few words.  Magical for those who are able to gain that optimal gold medal.  Joy to be able to attain a silver, bronze medal.  It puts you on a platform where the taste of success can surely become addictive.  Your defeat, knowing you were almost there can also drive you to another type of addiction, a healthy addiction that holds you for the next four years and that I can say is a little bit of what the Olympics is about.

First timers making their entrance, how do they focus when they are amongst the best of the best in the world hoping that they too can be on that platform?  Nerves must be contended with don’t you think so? Alot to take in for them, nonetheless pride they surely must have to be able to represent their country.  Adorning themselves in their respective country colours, hearing anthems being played.  You begin to realise that the Olympics is indeed a special event, like no other.  An event where individuals, teams all vie for that GOLD knowing full well the country they left behind is more than 100% behind them.  We wait with baited breaths, hoping, that our athletes will shine and deliver for US.  We can only wish we had their talents, as we appreciate what it takes to make it to the Olympics.  What it takes to prepare for four years, only to have a few minutes, mere seconds, to deliver.

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce the consummate athlete who with an injured toe put it together went to work ran on that toe in her best time to give us a medal. Come on now we have persons who have a minor headache, an upset tummy and call in sick or leave their plase of work early.  Nooo not Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.  What more could you ask for from the woman who gave us GOLD two times in a row on the Olympic platform?  Respect………………………and see you in Tokyo, 2020.

Elaine Thompson held it down, was in peak performance, and shine she most certainly did.  Her moment is her moment deservedly so, and as the flood gates to success begin to open we say thank you Elaine for giving Jamaica its first GOLD.

‘It’s Elaine’s time’ – Thompson: I’m excited, really happy

 (Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday 14 August 2016
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson celebrates with the National Flag after her impressive 10.71 seconds win in the women’s 100 metres final at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games last night.
Elaine Thompson (right) of Jamaica winning the women’s 100 metres gold medal in 10.71 seconds at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil last night. American Tori Bowie (centre) was second in 10.83 while Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the defending champion, took third in a season’s best 10.86.
Elaine Thompson says last year’s World Championships silver medal in the 200 metres was the big motivator behind her sprint to the women’s 100m Olympic gold medal last night inside the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Thompson clocked 10.71 seconds – the second-fastest time in Olympic women’s 100m final in history – to get the better of American Tori Bowie (10.83) and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.87).

“I’m very excited. I’m really happy. Jamaica has so many talented sprinters, and to be only the second Olympic champion, I’m really happy about that. As long as it (the title) remains with Jamaica, I’m happy,” Thompson said.

The sprinter from Banana Ground in Manchester became the 17th Olympic 100m champion and only the second Jamaican to top the podium in the event at the Olympic Games.

“Last year was a big motivation for me, so coming here, I was even more motivated and was determined to put in the work and train hard. I look up to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce so much. She had such a rough season and competing with her is a honour,” added Thompson.

Fraser-Pryce, who was looking to become the first woman to win three Olympic gold medals in the 100m, says she was thrilled that she was able to overcome what was her most challenging season, given a problematic toe injury, and said she was happy that Thompson – her training partner at the MVP Track Club – was able to secure the gold medal.


“I’m really happy I persevered. One of the things I was happy about is that Elaine (Thompson) was able to get across the line and get her gold medal. I am really happy for her. I have seen her work hard, and it was her time,” Fraser-Pryce said. “In 2008, it was my time. In 2016, it is her time, and I’m happy Jamaica gets to keep the gold.

“When I started my season in 2015 and I was looking forward to this (Olympics), I never imagined something like this (injury) would happen. I was just excited to defend my title, and then the unexpected happened. Looking back, I have accomplished so much, and if I had the opportunity to sit and write this story, I wouldn’t even know where to start. To be able to stand on the podium with Elaine is a wonderful feeling,” Fraser-Pryce added.

Fraser-Pryce said she will be bringing her season to a close after the Olympics and will be consulting with several medical professionals, noting that a surgical procedure to correct her toe injury is “very possible.”

The other Jamaican in the event, Christania Williams, finished eighth in 11.40, after apparently picking up an injury.

Thompson will now turn her attention to the 200m and the 4x100m, where she is also expected to team up with Fraser-Pryce, Veronica Campbell-Brown, Simone Facey, Sashalee Forbes and Williams.

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