Dacres on show in Paris

first_imgEleven Jamaicans, led by top discus thrower Fedrick Dacres, will be in action at today’s seventh stage of the lucrative Diamond League series in Paris. Dacres who won at the Stockholm meet with a season’s best 69.57 metres, will be hoping for another big win here in a bid to improve on his third place in the standings. He has 19 points and fans can expect another great battle among the top throwers including leader and reigning World champion Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania who is on 22 points, Christoph Harting, Piotr Malachowski and Daniel Stahl. In the women’s triple jump, both Shanieka Ricketts with a season’s best 14.55 metres and Kimberly Williams with a best of 14.64 metres, will once again square off with leader Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia who has a season’s best of 14.83 metres and Venezuela’s, Yulimer Rojas. A lot of eyes will also be focused on new American sensation Toni Franklin who has a season’s best 14.84 metres. Commonwealth Games gold and silver medallists in the men’s 110m hurdles, Ronald Levy and Hansle Parchment, will be hoping to advance from the heats of their event to the finals later in the day. Levy showed good form during the recent JAAA National Championships and he will be hoping to improve on his season’s best 13.16 seconds and in the process complete back to back success at the meet after winning the event last year. Russian Sergey Shubenkov with a season’s best 12.99 seconds, along with Orlando Ortega of Spain and American Devon Allen are expected to be the main threats for the Jamaicans. Following his disappointment at the National Championships, Yohan Blake will match strides with a quality field in the men’s 100 metres. With a season’s best of 10.00 seconds at the Racers Grand Prix, Blake will do battle with five athletes who have gone sub 10 seconds this season. They include Americans Michael Rodgers, 9.89, and Ronnie Baker, 9.90, home boy, Jimmy Vicaut 9.92, China’s Bingtian Su, 9.91 and Arthur Cisse (9.94) of Cote d’Ivoire. The other Jamaicans down to compete today are Stephenie Ann McPherson and Anastasia Le-Roy in the women’s 400 metres, Natoya Goule in the 800 metres and Aisha Praught in the 3000m steeplechase. 11:50 a.m: Women’s Triple Jump Shanieka Ricketts, Kimberly Williamson 12:17 p.m: Men’s 110m hurdles – Heat 1 Hansle Parchment 12:26 p.m: Men’s 110m hurdles – Heat 2 Ronald Levy 1:12 pm: Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Aisha Praught 1:26 pm: Men’s discus throw Fredrick Dacres 1:53 pm : Men’s 110m hurdles final 2:03 pm: Women’s 400m Stephenie Ann McPherson, Anastasia Le-Roy 2:33 pm: Women’s 200m Shericka Jackson 2:42 pm: Women’s 800m Natoya Goule 2:52 p.m: Men’s 100m Yohan Blake Schedule for Jamaicans:last_img read more

Playing politics…

first_img…with blinders onAs we can see, the field appears to be getting rather crowded in the political sweepstakes! “Appears”!! By the time nomination day rolls around, 80% of the newbies will fall by the wayside on account of their inability to garner even the minimum number of signatures (150) in six of our 10 regions to endorse them!!But what’s troubling is that, while promising alternatives to the two big boys on the block, the newbies just insist that whatever the latter do, they can do better! Fight corruption better; create jobs better; be more gender-and-youth-sensitive, and so on, and so forth. But, from where your Eyewitness is standing, they’re missing the point. Did they ever think they may need to present a completely new paradigm from that wherein the PPP and PNC have been operating??When Jagan appeared on the scene in the 1940s, there were all sorts of politicians already entrenched. But he looked around and realised that the new circumstance of universal franchise would shake up the old premises of politics, and he offered a new vision to incorporate the folks who’d been ignored up to then: the poor and the powerless, who now had something of value – their votes. What is the new vision of these new political wannabees to deal with the new political reality??And what is that reality, you ask, dear reader?? Well, duh!! Just look at the news from across the world on your TV screens. See all those protests? They may have different local proximate causes, but they all boil down to the fact that the neo-liberal paradigm which had swept the globe from the 1980s has collapsed, and confusion and disorder now rein. As Gramsci noted apropos an earlier world crisis, “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.”The “new” will be born only when a new vision is articulated to deal with the specific challenges roiling so many countries. Look at the protests in Chile, where the neoliberal prescriptions of “liberalisation, privatisation and stabilisation” were first unleashed. They first produced the dictator Pinochet, who killed thousands before the Holy Grail of “growth” at any cost was achieved. But, as in the other countries where the medicine was tried, there WAS growth – but at a price – severe inequalities!So while the middle class has increased, 1% of the population in Chile owns 25 percent of the wealth generated in the country!! And imagine, it’s even worse in the US!!With oil coming, where’s the new vision to prevent that happening here?…or hardball?The PNC don’t mind taking candy from a baby, nor do they mind kicking folks who’re already on the ground. As your Eyewitness showed yesterday, they practise the hardball politics of Machiavelli! Imagine, with the full panoply of AFC execs — including two sitting ministers of the Government and one former minister — declaring that the negotiations between their party and the PNC had stalled over the PM candidate, the chief negotiator for the PNC — Volda Lawrence — flatly told them she didn’t know what the hell they were talking about.Using Machiavelli’s advice to find plausible excuses for lying, Volda “only-PNC-friends” Lawrence explained that, constitutionally, Granger’s the President, and HE gets to choose his PM. Never mind the agreements. She reiterated Granger’s earlier statement: that he was “open to suggestions from all partners”!! So now a new list of six names will be suggested, and we know who Granger will choose, don’t we? The PNC person he always had in mind!!Lawrence assured the AFC that, “We’ll come out stronger than ever”. “We”, of course, is the PNC!!…with sugarGuySuCo’s falling so far behind its projected target that there’s got to be more in the mortar than the pestle can pound. Unmet targets mean no Annual Production Incentive (API) payouts for sugar workers, and that means they’ll have a very bleak Christmas. Take that, PPP supporters!!last_img read more

Former PS hauls Govt to court over dismissal

first_img…seeking M in damagesThe dismissal of a public servant by the coalition Government has provoked legal action, with a former Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Public Health Ministry mounting a legal challenge against the state more than two years after he was dismissed.Former PS, Leslie CadoganThrough his attorney, former Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall, Leslie Cadogan, who served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health before he was dismissed with effect from September 1, 2015, is seeking compensation in excess of $36 million.According to court documents seen by this publication, Attorney General Basil Williams has been named as the respondent.The writ sets out that Cadogan is seeking a declaration that he was wrongfully and unlawfully dismissed by the Defendant; and damages in excess of $18 million for unlawful dismissal.Attorney General Basil WilliamsThe former PS is also seeking damages in excess of $18 million for breach of contract; exemplary damages, costs of the court proceedings, and “interest pursuant to Section 12 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act Chap 6:02, at the rate of six per cent (6 per cent) per annum from the date of filing to the date of judgment, and thereafter at the rate of four per cent (4%) per until fully paid.”According to the writ, Cadogan was contracted to perform the functions of PS from November 7, 2014 until December 11, 2017 at a monthly salary of $566,480. His other emoluments included paid electricity, cellular and residential telephone service, as well as 24 hr security at his official place of residence.The writ notes that “if the person engaged shall be compelled by reason of ill-health (not caused by his own misconduct) to resign from office, or if at any time it shall be certified by a duly qualified medical officer employed by the Government that he is incapable by reason of infirmity of mind or body, of rendering further efficient service in Guyana, the Government shall pay him/her salary up to the date of such a certificate, but he/she shall have no further claims on the Government.”It adds that if the contracted PS had neglected or refused to comply with any order for any cause other than ill health, and became unable to perform any of his duties; or shall disclose any information respecting the affairs of the Government to any unauthorized person; or in any manner misconduct himself,” the Government could terminate the contract.According to Nandlall in the writ, the defendant has been denied over $15 million in salary from September 2015 to December 2017, as well as emoluments such as gratuity and vacation allowance.last_img read more

England fined for World Cup All Blacks haka response

first_img0Shares0000Some England players crossed the halfway line as New Zealand performed the haka © AFP/File / Behrouz MEHRITOKYO, Japan, Oct 30 – England have been fined for crossing the halfway line during New Zealand’s haka after they formed a provocative V-shaped formation at last weekend’s World Cup semi-final in Yokohama, tournament organisers said Wednesday.Protocol states opponents must remain in their own half while the All Blacks perform their traditional war dance, but several England players strayed across halfway despite the efforts of officials to usher them back. Despite the fine, New Zealand’s beaten coach Steve Hansen on Wednesday praised the way England’s players faced down the haka, calling it “fantastic” and insisting “the haka requires a response”.England won the blockbuster semi-final 19-7 to dethrone the two-time defending champions and will take on South Africa in Saturday’s final.As New Zealand lined up to begin the haka, England’s players opted not to face the challenge shoulder-to-shoulder, as is customary, and instead lined up in an inverted V — with the two prongs arrowing towards their rivals, as if to envelop them.At the tips of the formation, six players — Joe Marler, Billy Vunipola, Mark Wilson, Elliot Daly, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Ben Youngs — appeared to be in New Zealand’s half as referee Nigel Owens tried in vain to order them back.After the blockbuster clash, New Zealand scrum-half Aaron Smith claimed that England captain Owen Farrell, who stood at the apex of the V, had winked at him.Videos of Farrell and centre Manu Tuilagi smirking at the haka, while prop Kyle Sinckler rolls his eyes, have gone viral.England’s Mako Vunipola revealed that head coach Eddie Jones, one of rugby’s great wind-up merchants, had come up with the idea as a ploy to “rile up” the All Blacks.Farrell added: “We wanted not to just stand there and let them come at us.”But World Rugby said England had breached tournament rules “relating to cultural challenges, which states that no players from the team receiving the challenge may advance beyond the halfway line”.– French fine –The amount of the fine was not revealed but in 2011, France were docked Sh320,000 ($3,200) after they formed an arrowhead shape and marched towards the haka before the World Cup final in Auckland.Hansen, meanwhile, applauded the actions of the English players.“I thought their response was fantastic,” he said.“They didn’t get fined for responding to the haka — they got fined for coming over halfway.“Joe (Marler) didn’t go back when he was told two or three times. The haka requires a response. It’s a challenge to you, personally, and it requires a response. I thought it was brilliant and quite imaginative, too.”Marler continued to remonstrate with Owens as he left the pitch to take his place on the bench.After the haka, England dominated the early skirmishes in Yokohama, with Tuilagi crashing over for the opening try after just 96 seconds — setting the All Blacks on their way to their first World Cup defeat in 12 years.However, New Zealand’s players and coaches dismissed the significance of the haka challenge, while Springboks head coach Rassie Erasmus said: “I don’t think it was disrespectful… I wouldn’t make a big issue about it, but it’s not for me to decide.”World Rugby’s decision to fine England opens the governing body to accusations of hypocrisy, however, after trumpeting England’s response to the haka with a video post that was widely viewed online.The clip on World Rugby’s YouTube channel, entitled “England’s incredible response to intense New Zealand haka”, has racked up more than four million views.0Shares0000(Visited 49 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Kim Livingstone set to showcase her handmade jewelry at the Oscars in Los Angeles

first_img“I honestly have no idea who will show up and I might not know any of them. I know that they introduce them as they come in. They basically set up this big ball room, almost like a trade show and they introduce each one as they come in and each one gets a little personal shopper to carry their bags.”Kim says that while the opportunity is amazing for her, she is doing this to prove to her kids and others that hard work does pay off in the end.“I’m honestly going to show my kids and I have a lot of little girls who love my stuff and I just want to show them that, you can go and work hard and work late nights and miss coffee dates with your friends and things you want to be at because your working and get invited to something so cool that you would have never thought possible.I always thought maybe I could get to Vancouver for a show and that was a big goal of mine to get to Vancouver and I was never going to go to L.A. in my entire life.”She says she will also be prepared with some of her bracelets in her purse to share her experience with people.Advertisement “That is why the first time I thought it was a scam. My husband and I had gotten an email and we had just moved into this house and that was why we couldn’t go (the first time) and it is expensive to go because you have to pay your way and you have to pay to get in so I had actually said no this time again. I wrote her after a few days of contemplating, we haven’t been on a family vacation for six to seven years with our kids or anything and I was like ‘we can’t give up this kind of money’ so I had thanked her again but I told her I can’t do it and she asked me why and what they could do better and I said I’m a stay at home mom, I can’t afford and it is also American, I can’t afford to pay you this.”Kim says the woman she was in contact with talked to her producer. She explained that some companies have massive advertising budgets so for those companies, it isn’t as big of a deal but she said once you explain your situation and they want you at the awards show badly, they will work with you.“I called a girl in New York who has done the AMA’s, The Golden Globes and her work was featured on Desperate Housewives and others after going to these shows and she said that when they say they want to build a relationship with you and your product works well, they truly will ask you to come back.”In the end, they ended up making the trip more affordable and Kim decided that she would attend. Kim Livingstone of Sand and Stone will be attending a Oscars party to showcase her jewelry/Photo: Sand and Stone jewelryFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Kim Livingstone and her handmade jewelry are well known and adored throughout Fort St. John and other parts of the world and it is about to be on display in Hollywood.Kim’s jewelry has caught the eye of those with the Oscars, one of the biggest award shows of the year.- Advertisement -Kim has received and accepted an invitation to showcase her jewelry at the pre-party luxury gifting suite honouring The Academy Awards® on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles.Only 50 companies from around the world are selected to showcase their items and Sand and Stone from Fort St. John is one of them. Around two and a half years ago, Kim received a similar invitation but from the Emmy’s to showcase her jewelry.“When I got offered to go to the Emmy’s, I thought for sure it was a scam. How could someone find someone in Fort St. John. I’m just this stay at home mom who works out of her basement. It is a little bit of Big Brother but they can actually see on the back end of the internet so they can track pages and Instagram. I don’t know exactly what made mine stand out, I have over 5,000 followers on Facebook but there are some pages that have 100,000 so I’m not to sure but they told me they have someone who can track it and that is how they found me.”Advertisement As for celebrities, she isn’t quite sure who she’ll run into while she is showcasing her work but nonetheless is excited.Advertisementcenter_img “I want to spread the love as I go. We have to fly Fort St. John to Calgary, Calgary to Vancouver, Vancouver to L.A. and I want to kind of gift them as I go. So maybe it is going to be the WestJet flight attendant, I want to spread it as I go and tell people ‘this is something that I’ve made and wear it or not but I just felt you needed to have it’.”Kim hasn’t left the country since 2011, which led her to having to order a Passport for her adventure, something she said was stressful but it did eventually arrive the other day and she can now focus and enjoy the upcoming trip.“Canada Post here actually went above and beyond for me. I had messed up on something and they had really just taken 10 minutes out of their day. I could have always driven to Edmonton and I thought for sure this week, I would be driving to Edmonton but I can’t really afford losing the two work days to go but Canada Post, they really made my Passport happen.”Kim has a special place in her heart for Fort St. John and the community, without them, she says her success wouldn’t be where it is today.“When I started five years ago, I thought I was going to be making stuff for my friends and maybe 20 people would like my page. I was a stay at home mom, I was pregnant. Fort St. John women and men have been so supportive of my business. I really feel like these local handmade gifts in any other town, I may not have done as well as I have done here because the support system in this town is huge. The support that Fort St. John has as a whole and families supporting families is pretty different from anywhere else you can find.”Kim is set to leave Fort St. John on February 21st with her husband to experience a once in a lifetime experience. Livingstone says she hopes to pick someones brain when she arrives in Los Angeles as to how she was chosen.“There are 50 (vendors) from around the world. Do you go to each country and maybe type in ‘Canada’ and see what pages are trending in Canada?”She says that she has been asked to bring between 160 and 200 items to the show to gift to Oscar nominated celebrities. If you can’t bring that many items for various reasons, you can also bring gift certificates but Kim says she plans to bring the required amount of items of her jewelry.With Fort St. John being a small community, she says she was surprised that they were able to find her and that she was chosen to attend such a big awards show.Advertisementlast_img read more

Battle on for ‘new Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ as Arsenal and Manchester City join chase

first_imgArsenal, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are ready to battle it out for Partizan Belgrade starlet Dusan Vlahovic.The 16-year-old, who has been dubbed ‘the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic’, is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in European football.The striker signed his first professional contract with Partizan Belgrade at the age of 15 and in doing so became the youngster ever player on the club’s books.Arsenal, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, according to France Football, are all huge fans of Vlahovic and are ready to scrap for his signature this summer.The trio have reportedly scouted the Serbian on several occasions this season and have been impressed by what they have seen.However, Partizan are keen to hold onto Vlahovic for another year and are reluctant to sell this summer.Check out footage of Vlahovic in action below… Dusan Vlahovic 1last_img read more

Stoke midfielder commits future to Premier League club until 2018

first_img Glenn Whelan of Stoke 1 Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan has penned a one-year contract extension, the Premier League club have announced.The 32-year-old Republic of Ireland international, whose new deal runs until the summer of 2018, has made over 300 appearances for the Potters since moving from Sheffield Wednesday for £500,000 in 2008.He was a key part of Mark Hughes’ side last season, appearing in 42 games in all competitions and missing just one league match.“Glenn has been one of the mainstays of our side since his arrival and few players can have provided such value for money in the history of the Premier League,” chief executive Tony Scholes told the club’s official website.“He remains a key figure in Mark Hughes’ squad and we are delighted he has decided to extend his stay at the bet365 Stadium.”last_img read more

Can you be boss’s friend?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Memo to the six workers who report to Bonnie Hall: “Do not call her boss.” She prefers Bonnie, and the formality of a “me-boss, you-worker” relationship drives her nuts. She prefers to cultivate a friendship with her subordinates rather than rule over them like a feudal lord. “We as employees practically see each other in our pajamas,” said Hall, 50, manager of Aaron Cremation and Burial Services in San Bernardino. She said her workers rely on each other to help them through the stress of always dealing with emotionally distraught customers. “It comes with the territory. We need to be tight.” But you can’t always force a boss-and-subordinate relationship to blossom into friendship. Social dynamics are always changing in the workplace, and while some work environments bode well for bonding, others do not. From the eyes of James Culbert, author of the recently published “Don’t Kill the Bosses!,” superiors and subordinates are becoming too self-sufficient, favoring self-preservation over team unity. True friendships, as well as honest working relationships, are among the casualties of the modern office, Culbert argues. “We’re living in an era when subordinates are telling bosses what they want to hear so they can achieve their own goals,” said Culbert, a professor of organizational behavior at University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management. The key to a good relationship between bosses and employees comes down to one word authenticity, according to Culbert. The more truth among colleagues, the less back-stabbing behind closed doors. Nathan David, a film composer from Woodland Hills, agrees with Culbert. He’s always honest with his superiors even willing to make friends with them. But occasionally he catches an unauthentic moment. “Producers and directors are all looking for something that makes you unique and special,” said the 23-year-old graduate of the University of Texas. “And I think sometimes I’m not as genuine as I’d like to be.” Of course, some workers aren’t seeking a friendship with their superiors, or at least, they question their superior’s integrity. Of 7,718 U.S. adults surveyed, just over a third believe their “top management displays integrity and morality,” according to a poll by Harris Interactive last spring. Diana Leal, a Woodland Hills paralegal, said when she was working in Dallas, she lost immediate respect for her attorney boss when he asked her out for dinner. “I couldn’t believe it. I think he just fell for my beauty or something. And then when I said no,’ he fired me,” Leal said. “Bottom line, you can’t be friends with your boss. It complicates things.” Fred Masserick, a human resources professor emeritus and colleague of Culbert, said distinguishing a friendship between a boss and employee versus a romantic interest can be touchy. “We start asking ourselves, why are we brown-nosing or is this simply good cooperation? And that depends on so many different variables,” said Masserick, noting that the shrewdest of workers will adapt to the environment, which often forces them to be friends and kiss up simultaneously. That’s something Masserick learned the hard way when he worked for Douglas Aircraft several decades ago. “I posted a pinup in my cubicle and it didn’t go over so well,” said Masserick, who then resorted to kissing up to his boss and becoming friends to avoid further fallout from the pinup. James Peeler, founder of advertising firm Beeler & Associates in Long Beach, recalls his first encounter with a train wreck at work. Several years back, he worked for Hiatt Medical Corp., a company that managed more than 30 hospitals. “We’d travel a lot, and get to know our fellow colleagues. And there were friendships. But then the game-playing started,” said Beeler, who soon realized his friends, people who managed him and vice versa, were politically motivated. “There were a lot of egos and back-biting activity. And all you’re trying to do is crawl up that ladder.” Culbert recommends finding a boss who takes the time to help employees advance their careers. “Bosses and subordinates are always talking about team work. But the only way that happens is if they help each other,” he said. “And then friendship can follow.” evan.pondel@dailynews.com (818) 713-3682 last_img read more

Boxer goes for dream

first_imgQUARTZ HILL – Matthew Villanueva began thinking big after winning last year’s Golden Gloves district championship in Los Angeles. But he never spoke about his ambition to represent the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and eventually turn pro, even with close friends. “I didn’t really know if I was good enough, so I pretty much just kept it to myself,” Villanueva said. Now he knows. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesVillanueva’s confidence got a major boost after winning the 119-pound division of the prestigious Desert Showdown in Coachella on July 15. Villanueva, a 19-year-old Palmdale resident, said the Desert Showdown – a tournament that featured top amateur boxers from across the United States and Mexico – was the highlight of his career. Now he’s comfortable speaking freely about his dreams. “If I go to the Olympics, I’ll be recognized when I turn pro,” he said. “Even if I don’t make the Olympics, I’ll have the chance to fight against the best, and that’ll make me better.” He reached the title bout in three previous Desert Showdown appearances but never won. Villanueva (12-3) is by no means an unknown in amateur boxing circles. But considering his experience level, his victory was a surprise. Villanueva has been boxing for just four years. Before that, he competed in kick boxing and martial arts. The tournament featured state champions in his division from Texas and Arizona. His championship bout opponent had logged 50 fights. “A lot of my opponents had a lot more fights,” he said. “I was surprised.” Villanueva ran track and cross country at Palmdale High before leaving his senior year for personal reasons. He completed his high school degree at Antelope Valley Adult School and is enrolled at Antelope Valley College. His aspirations aren’t so far-fetched, said his trainer, Mike Booton. “He’s a natural athlete,” Booton said. “If he just sticks to his training regiment, he’s got as good a shot as anybody in his weight class.” A key factor in Villanueva’s development is a more aggressive approach he’s developed working under Booton, who’s coached him for three months. Booton said the athletic Villanueva has learned to sit in the pocket, putting more of his weight into his punches. The result is a more powerful punch. “Before he’d kind of slap out punches in a flurry,” Booton said. “Now he kind of sits in front and turns into his punches. “He hits hard now, and that’s made a big difference.” Booton said Villanueva’s unassuming disposition suits him well. “I’ll introduce new training methods and he won’t say anything,” Booton said. “He just does it.” Villanueva acknowledged there is no guarantee he will achieve his ambitious boxing goals. He is taking classes at AVC in preparation for a career as a radiologist just in case. “I go to school as a second option in case I don’t make it so I’ll have something else to fall back on,” he said. “A lot of people don’t make it.” If Villanueva doesn’t make it, Booton said it won’t be for lack of effort. Booton said he’s never seen anyone push as hard as Villanueva, noting that he kept sparring with a partner even when it became apparent he was dehydrated amid last week’s heat wave. “He would pass out on the floor before he would complain about anything,” Booton said. “He’s that type.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Throwback Thursday – Historically Speaking

first_imgLater in life, Mary Reid-Lusk appeared before a state medical examiner’s board, which awarded her with a doctorate in medicine. This is a picture of Mary Reid-Lusk in her much later years, according to Washington County Historian Jeremy Elliott.“From the bio below you can easily judge that she was quite the woman!,” noted Elliott. “She will officially be included in the new UGRR display opening next month at the Stevens Museum”  Mary Reid was the daughter of Reverend Isiah Reid Sr., a South Carolina Covenanter, who left the South to escape the atrocities of slavery and settled on Walnut Ridge in 1817. When her older brother Samuel entered medical school at the University of Louisville, it is said Mary, who had an unquenchable desire for learning, studied everything her brother’s classes could offer and had a thorough understanding of the medical profession by the time of his graduation. At the age of 18, she married the Reverend Robert Lusk, a traveling minister from Pennsylvania, who had degrees in theology and medicine. He also reportedly had an extensive library consisting of over 1,100 titles, which assisted in furthering Mary’s medical knowledge.She was soon, riding her horse all over the county and surrounding counties, to assist pioneer settlers with any and all medical needs. This included child birth and performing surgery.  Women medical practitioners at this time were referred to as “Grannies” and this is how she garnered the moniker, Granny Reid-Lusk.Her stout abolitionist views were inherent and reportedly she became heavily involved with assisting her brothers, Thomas and Isaiah Jr., with running the Reid Line of the county’s UGRR.  Some even claim she was the “real” manager of that line. Undoubtedly, she was one of the most important people in Washington County, involved with the overall operation, due to her medical knowledge, aptitude and willingness to help any human being in need.last_img read more