WESTERN BUREAU: Former national football star, Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, was one of nine prominent St James residents to have roads renamed in their honour at a ceremony hosted by the St James Parish Council at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Tuesday. “I am deeply honoured and extremely privileged to be among the list of persons to be recognised by the St James Parish Council in such a significant way,” said Whitmore, who represented Jamaica with distinction in the 1998 World Cup Finals in France. “To have a road named after me is truly humbling. “I have spent most of my adult life dedicated to something I love, which is football. Not many people have the awesome blessing of getting up each day and working in an environment that fills their heart with such satisfaction,” continued Whitmore. “Therefore, it is my fervent desire to continue to serve my country and community by contributing in all ways I can to uplift those with whom I come in contact with, but more important, the less fortunate.” Whitmore also took the opportunity to make an impassioned plea for greater investment in the youth, citing the recent successes of two of St James football clubs. “On Saturday, the Granville Football Club won the Western Confederation Super League and Montego Bay United won the Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday,” said Whitmore. “These two championship successes have brought great pride to the west and are sterling examples of how community programmes can provide a positive alternative to our youths. “That is why I am convinced we can turn things around for our young men and women and (help them) regain their self-esteem through dignified work and community interaction.” He continued: “As I accept this gesture by the parish council, I do not only do so with a grateful heart, but also with a call for renewal in community development and greater investment in our young people.” Whitmore was one of nine honourees at the ceremony, which named 10 roadways in Montego Bay after prominent Montegonians – living and deceased – who offered exemplary service to the city through business, politics and sports. The two roadways named after Whitmore are: Theodore Whitmore Crescent, the section of roadway from the Howard Cooke Boulevard turning on to the Montego Bay Road and then right at the first roundabout in the southerly direction, passing the Catherine Hall Shopping Complex (MegaMart) to the second roundabout; and Theodore Whitmore Close, the section of roadway from Theodore Whitmore Crescent to the Montego Bay Sports Complex Bleachers’ Car Park. The other eight newly named roadways in Montego Bay are: – A.G.S. Coombs Road, named after the late former Minister of Communication and Works A.G.S. Coombs. – Arthur Gilchrist Boulevard, after the late former Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Arthur Gilchrist. – Charles E. Sinclair Road, after the late former Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Charles E. Sinclair. – Clarence Nelson Drive, after the late former Custos Rotulorum of St James Clarence Nelson. – Francis Tulloch Road, after businessman and former Minister of Tourism Francis Tulloch. – Glaister Dehaney Close, after businessman Glaister Dehaney. – Maffessanti Drive, after developer and builder Guiseppe Maffessanti. – Dr Marco Brown Road, after retired medical practitioner Dr Marco Brown.
0Shares0000Farewell: Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta holds the Liga trophy © AFP / Josep LAGOMADRID, Spain, May 21 – Two Spanish giants bid farewell to their boyhood clubs on Sunday as Andres Iniesta waved goodbye to Barcelona and Fernando Torres went out with a bang at Aletico Madrid.Torres scored twice on his final appearance for Atletico, even if a Lucas Hernandez red card helped Eibar claim a 2-2 draw on the last day of the La Liga season. Iniesta’s 22-year association with Barcelona, meanwhile, ended with a victory as the player marked out as the Spaniard’s successor, Philippe Coutinho, proved the difference in a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad.With a tear in his eye, Iniesta walked off to a standing ovation from the Camp Nou in the second half, having unfastened his captain’s armband and handed it to Lionel Messi.He hugged the Argentinian and then embraced the rest of his colleagues. The 34-year-old clapped the crowd, blew them a kiss, before exhaling and ducking into the dug-out.An extravagent post-match ceremony followed, celebratng both Iniesta and the winning of La Liga and the Copa del Rey. Barca’s players returned to the pitch all wearing shirts with Iniesta’s name on their backs.“It is a difficult day,” Iniesta said in a speech to the crowd. “But it has been a wonderful 22 years. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to defend and represent this club, for me the best in the world. I will keep you in my heart forever.”Barca’s players then huddled beneath Iniesta and tossed him into the air.“I feel privileged,” coach Ernesto Valverde said. “Just as they all do to have been a part of it. He is a unique, unrepeatable player. There is none like him.”After 22 years at the club and 16 in the first team, Iniesta’s 674 appearances for Barcelona is bettered only by Xavi Hernandez, who was also on the pitch before kick-off to join in the tributes.Real Sociedad welcomed Iniesta with a guard of honour while the crowd formed an impressive mosaic to spell out ‘Infinit Iniesta’ on the two sides of the stadium, with an infinity symbol, doubling up as number eights, at the ends.A giant flag behind one of the goals read ‘Gracies Per Tant’, ‘thank you for so much’.Torres’ swansong was less emotional, perhaps because his fairytale ending had already arrived on Wednesday, when he lifted his first Atleti trophy after the Europa League final against Marseille.But his double against Eibar added some extra sparkle in front of his own supporters, who stayed on after the final whistle to watch the team form another guard of honour as the striker left the pitch.On his 404th appearance for Atletico, Torres’ goals were his 128th and 129th for the club, coming 17 years after his first, scored against Albacete in the Segunda Division in 2001.Thanks for the memories: Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres waves to fans in his last match for the club © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS“I thank the whole Atletico family,” Torres said afterwards. “I knew I wanted to play here and it has been an honour and a privilege to wear this shirt more than 400 times. You have made me the happiest person in the world.”Torres, like Iniesta, has yet to declare his next move but this display — speedy, sharp and clinical — will have caught the eye of any interested parties.He had walked out before kick-off, with his three children, through a corridor formed by the Eibar players as Atletico’s fans displayed the words, ‘De Nino A Leyenda’, meaning ‘from a kid to a legend’.Outside the ground, fans had posed for photos next to life-size Torres cut-outs and peered at message boards, detailing the player’s greatest moments.This, after all, was a boyhood Atletico fan, who first watched his team with his grandfather as a child, and who, when he returned to the club for a second spell in 2015, drew a crowd of more than 40,000 just for his presentation.Atletico coach Diego Simeone predicted Torres will one day be back again.“His return was something I’d never seen before and today’s farewell was equal to that,” Simeone said. “I have no doubt he will return to the Atletico, maybe we will meet again at some point. A life in football is very long.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)