Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) CEO Courtney Francis believes that having two cricketers nominated for the RJR Sports Foundation 2016 National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards is already a victory in itself for the sport.Chris Gayle was the last cricketer to lift the accolade in 2010, and although Francis says that it will be difficult for either Stafanie Taylor, who is nominated for the sportswoman award, or Marlon Samuels – a Sportsman of the Year nominee – to repeat the feat this year because of the prominence of track and field athletes on the list, he says that their nomination is itself a win for the JCA. The administrator also emphasized that the nominations are an indication that local cricket continues to play an important role on the domestic sporting landscape.”It’s (nomination) very significant to the Jamaica Cricket Association because we are only second to track and field in nomination. Of the eight persons nominated, it’s only from track and field, cricket, and swimming, and cricket and track and field span both male and female, which means cricket is still a big part of our culture, and it still plays a major role in the sporting landscape of our nation,” Francis told The Gleaner.He continued that Taylor is as deserving of the award as any Olympian and that she will receive it one day, if not this year, while pointing to Samuels’ talismanic performance in West Indies winning back-to-back World Cup tournaments.”Stafanie Taylor is exceptional, and we feel it’s a matter of time before she is crowned with all the accolades of the highest order in this country. Stafanie’s achievement is global. Also she has been named captain of the world team, and that is something you cannot surpass. We may be biased towards Olympics, but she is as equal in our eyes as any Olympian who took on the world and became number one.”Marlon has played a significant role in international cricket. We have won two World Cups and he was named man of the match, and while the criteria are set out for performance over the previous year only, he was very significant to West Indies winning the World Cup. But we can appreciate that the Olympics was held this year, so we believe that it (chance of winning) is 60-40,” Francis stated.Francis admitted that track and field is the king of Jamaican sports at this points and that it’s impact on the nation cannot be easily overlooked.”We are not fooled to take away from that, because they (track and field athletes) have impacted not just the sport, but the nation, so their impact is more significant than Marlon’s performance at the World Cup,” said Francis. “But we are keeping our fingers crossed. We are not going to be disappointed. Cricket has already won by having two persons short-listed. We consider that a victory, and if any of those persons are selected, it would top it off for us, but to be nominated is a victory for cricket in itself.”Besides Gayle, the other cricketers to win the Sportsman of the Year award are Jackie Hendricks (1966), Lawrence Rowe (1972, 1974), Maurice Foster (1973), Jeffrey Dujon (1988), Patrick Patterson (1991), James Adams (1994), and Courtney Walsh (1998, 1999, 2000).Vivalyn Latty-Scott (1976) is the only cricketer to have won the Sportswoman of the Year award.
Three months after a North Ruimveldt labourer was charged in connection with several armed robberies, he was further remanded to prison by Magistrate Leron Daly when he made another court appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.According to Magistrate Daly, no special reasons were given for the defendant to be granted his pre-trial liberty.It is alleged that on January 7, 2019, at West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, while being armed with a gun, Seon Goodluck robbed Jason Busbury of one Honda XR motorcycle with registration number CJ 4339 valued $435,000.It was further alleged that on January 9, 2019, at West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he fraudulently imitated registration number CJ 7296 on one Honda XR motorcycle, which is registered with CJ 4339.On his first appearance, he pleaded not guilty to both charges after they were read to him by Principal Magistrate Sherdel Marcus-Isaacs.The court was told that on the day in question, the defendant contacted Pizza Hut delivery service and made an order. The court heard that upon Busbury’s arrival at the location, the defendant pulled out a gun from his waistband and relieved him of his motorcycle and escaped.Days after the robbery, the victim saw Goodluck’s photo in the media after he was charged with several armed robberies and immediately went to the Police and informed them that it was the same man who had robbed him. As such, charges were instituted.The Prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds that the defendant has several matters of similar nature, pending before the courts.During December 2018, Goodluck was also slapped with four armed robbery charges and was placed on remand for those matters. He was instructed to make his next court appearance on April 1, 2019.