Charles Flaherty will represent Puerto Rico in the alpine skiing category The Caribbean will be represented by only two nations at the Winter Olympic Games, so get ready to cheer as the opening ceremony gets underway from Pyeongchang, South Korea this Friday, Feb. 9th. Jamaica will compete in the bobsleigh and skeleton competitions while Puerto Rico will compete in Alpine skiing. Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, Carrie Russell and Audra Segree are the first Jamaican women to qualify for the bobsleigh competition at the Games. Jamaica’s women’s bobsleigh team to compete at 2018 Winter OlympicsAnthony Watson is the first athlete to represent Jamaica in skeleton at the Winter Games. He received a late call-up to the competition after several countries declined places for the event. Jamaica’s contingent in South Korea will be completed by Chris Stokes, president of the Jamaica Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation; Leo Campbell, chef de mission; and Dudley Stokes, team captain. Jamaica’s sports minister, Olivia Grange, said she is confident of a podium finish for Jamaica. “I feel that the girls will make the podium,” was the minister’s optimistic assessment. Seventeen-year-old Charles Flaherty is representing Puerto Rico. The Games run from February 9 to 25.
A 30-year-old man was today sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for robbing a former INews reporter.Albert DefreitasAlbert Defreitas, 30, of Leopold Street, Georgetown, was on trial before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.He was accused of breaking into the reporter’s car in 2017 and carting off with articles value $550,000.Defreitas had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on January 31, 2017 at Parade Street, Georgetown, he stole a quantity of articles and cash.The prosecution contended that the vehicle was parked while the reporter and her fiancé were conducting a pre-wedding photo-shoot at the Georgetown Marriott Hotel, a short distance away.Nonetheless, after the incident, Defreitas attempted to sell a laptop which was stolen from the car, but the prospective buyer, a woman, cancelled the transaction after she became suspicious of the actions of Defreitas. Instead, she contacted the Police, allowing for ranks to intercept the suspect, who was nabbed with the stolen items in his possession.