BEIJING, China:When Sanjay Ayre slipped from the silver-medal spot to fourth place in the men’s 4x400m final in the space of a few metres at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan, it hurt.Not even that colossal anchor leg failure could have given as much grief as Jamaica’s agonising fourth-place finish on the final day of the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, yesterday.The team of Peter Matthews, Ricardo Chambers, Rusheen McDonald, and Javon Francis clocked 2:58.51, the same time as bronze-medal winners Great Britain and Northern Ireland, with the USA running away with the gold medal in 2:57.82 and Trinidad and Tobago getting the silver in 2:58.20.The Jamaicans were in a good position up to the third leg, when McDonald slipped to almost sixth, before handing over the baton to Francis.FAst moveFrancis wasted little time in moving to the front of the pack, showing his 20.58 200-metre speed at the first opportunity. It looked familiar, as his 44.00 split from the Moscow 2013 World Championships, which dragged Jamaica from fifth to second in the event, looked like it was about to repeat itself.As brave as he was, Francis faded towards the end and was caught on the 100m stretch. Clinging for dear life to the bronze medal now, the Jamaican stepped across the line as Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s Martyn Rooney clipped him for third, despite both times being rounded up to reflect 2:58.51, as was confirmed by the photo-finish camera.It was a heart-crushing defeat. Francis was devastated.”From I have been losing races, this is one of the most hurtful losses I have ever experienced,” lamented Chambers. “But we came out here as a team, and we fought as a team, but today we didn’t have enough to win.”We got the same time as Great Britain, but we just have to accept the result and move on to next year and different targets,” added Chambers.disappointedThe Jamaican team management didn’t readily accept the result, as they had the tape reviewed to see if they could have gotten a share of the bronze medal.”To be honest, I am really disappointed that we didn’t make the podium, but we are thankful at the same time,” said Peter Matthews. “I am really feeling hurt, and I’m sure the other fellows are as well; we really wanted this.”Matthews is hoping that the team can stay together and believes that the capability is there for a medal at next year’s Olympic Games.”With everyone, healthy next year, we have a good chance of even winning the 4x400m in Rio. We had a good side this year, but the competition was also very good, too,” Matthews said.
The first Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hub for 2018 was officially launched on last week, in Sisters Village on the East Bank of Berbice (EBB).The ICT hub’s establishment was made possible through a partnership between the Ministry of Public Telecommunication (MoPT), the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), and the Guyana Police Force (GPF).Cutting of the ribbon: Director Phillip Walcott assists two young members of Sister Village to officially launch the ICT hub. Looking on is Commander of ‘B’ Division Lyndon AlvesAddressing residents, Director of Community Development and Social Management, of the NDMA, Phillip Walcott said the Government is working to introduce more services online. Soon, residents of Sisters Village will be able to apply for birth vertificates, passports, make land registry queries and access other services online. Walcott urged villagers to share their knowledge with others who are willing to learn, “so no one gets left behind as the country moves into the digital age”.Also expressing his satisfaction with the establishment of the ICT hub was Commander of ‘B’ Division, Linden Alves. The Commander noted that the community will now be able to benefit from the internet service. He also expressed appreciation to the MoPT, on behalf of the Guyana Police Force, and made a commitment that the GPF is prepared to collaborate to establish hubs in other communities.In August 2016, a survey was conducted in the village by Regional Staff of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) to determine the youth population, the number of micro, small, and medium enterprises; safe spaces within the community and the cost of assessing internet service, among other factors.Commander of ‘B’ Division Lyndon Alves and Director of Community Development and Social Management, NDMA, Phillip Walcott.Following a thorough assessment, it was discovered that the Sisters Community Centre was inhabitable as a result of vandalism. However, through Community networking, the decision was made to approach the GPF to assist with providing a safe space within the Sisters Police Station to facilitate the ICT hub. Commander Alves readily agreed to the idea.The Sisters Police Station has a youth group of over 70 youths between the ages of seven and eighteen. These youths are involved in skills building activities such as arts and craft which they proudly displayed at the launching ceremony.This hub takes the total to 17 established in Region Six , with a further 18 more slated to be operational by December 2018.