Archive for January, 2016

The year of our Lord Two Thousand and Sixteen is upon us and well underway. A Happy New Year To all. Before we dive into another year of “Reasoning” it is only right that we look back at what has been an eventful year that has departed from our company. Rather than looking back at 2015 from a personal point of view, I feel the need to present a compilation of what to my mind were the years’ biggest stories in news and sports.

With that in mind what will follow will is a list of the:

  • Top 10 news stories Jamaica
  • Top 10 news stories in Internationally
  • Top 5 sports stories Jamaica
  • Top 5 sports stories in Internationally

Disclaimer – these stories are what came to my mind most readily and it is hoped that once read persons can suggest additions and subtractions as we all collaborate to remember the year that was 2015…

Top 10 News Stories of 2015 in Jamaica

  1. The “Dead Babies Scandal” – http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20151023/timeline-deadbabiesscandal-how-hospitals-responded
  2. Election False Start – http://nationwideradiojm.com/pm-waiting-for-the-masters-touch/
  3. Unsigned Senate Letter Saga – http://nationwideradiojm.com/court-rule-against-holness-in-removing-williams-from-senate-details/
  4. Obama Visit – https://cunning1jm.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/barack-on-the-rock-a-few-lessons-learned-from-the-visit-of-president-obama/
  5. David Cameron Visit – https://cunning1jm.wordpress.com/2015/10/06/cameroninja-removing-the-scab-from-eternal-wounds/
  6. Another Riverton fire – http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20150319/march-2015-riverton-fire-%E2%80%93-disaster-historic-proportions
  7. Severe Drought – http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20150702/outlook-grim-no-relief-sweltering-heat-and-drought-any-time-soon
  8. Crawford/Pryce Out –http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20151024/editorial-might-party-delegates
  9. Ganja decriminalization – http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20150422/pros-and-cons-weed-decriminalisation
  10. CCJ Debate – https://www.panmedia.com.jm/news/201510/marlene-malahoo-forte-vs-aj-nicholson

Honourable Mention

The emerging “Bad Gas Scandal” –

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Tell-us-who-s-selling-bad-gas-_47383

Top 10 Stories in International News for 2015

  1. Middle East – EU Migrant crisis – http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34131911
  2. #BlackLivesMatter/Police brutality in the US – http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/28/us/tamir-rice-shooting/index.html
  3. US – Cuba re-establishment of diplomatic ties – http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/20/us-cuba-diplomatic-relations-formally-restored/
  4. Iran Nuclear Deal – http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/03/18/snap-poll-is-the-iran-deal-good-for-your-countrys-national-security/
  5. The Presidential Candidacy of Donald Tr(ch)ump – http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/donald-trumps-most-surprising-outrageous-and-newsworthy-moments-2015
  6. US Federal Gay Marriage Ruling / Ireland Gay Marriage Referendum – http://www.dallasnews.com/news/local-news/20150628-same-sex-marriage-ruling-resonates-globally.ece
  7. Syrian Airstrikes/ Russian involvement/ Turkey shooting down jet – http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34882503
  8. Boko Haram becoming #1 terror org in the world – http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/19/world/africa/boko-haram-ranked-ahead-of-isis-for-deadliest-terror-group.html?_r=0
  9. “Grexit” from the EU averted – http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-eurozone-bonds-spain-italy-idUKKCN0PQ0Y520150716
  10. Al shabab attack on Kenyan university – http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32169080

Honourable Mention

  • Nepal Earthquake – http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32701385
  • Bill Cosby Scandal – http://www.etonline.com/news/154160_timeline_of_bill_cosby_sexual_assault_allegations/

Top 5 Sports Stories of 2015 in Jamaica

  1. Danielle Williams’ 100m Hurdles Gold medal at the Beijing World Athletics Championships – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a65YrzyTdSw
  2. Usain Bolt defends his Gold medals X 3 at the Beijing World Athletics Championships – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-WBKfnqBHM
  3. Women’s 4x4oom relay triumph at the Beijing World Athletics Championships – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbsmA7tG4hE
  4. Reggae Boyz defeating the USA in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Semi- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtVQdKiYFTUfinals
  5. Simon Dawkins Campaign saving late strike vs Nicaragua – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImaLuBAocaQ

Honourable Mention

  • Schoolboy Football season 2015 – https://www.schoolboyfootball.com/index.php/component/joomsport/venue/3?Itemid=101
  • MVP exodus – http://www.trackalerts.com/Articles/day-morrison-out-of-mvp/14579/?fb_comment_id=761097617333591_761197697323583#f4f4ac6d

Top 5 Sports Stories of 2015 Internationally

  1. FIFA corruption – bans for Blatter and Platini – http://www.espnfc.com/blog/fifa/243/post/2765839/sepp-blatter-and-michel-platini-given-eight-year-fifa-bans
  2. Russian  Track & Field Doping Scandal/Ban – http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2015/nov/26/russia-full-indefinite-ban-world-athletics-doping-scandal
  3. IAAF corruption –the fall of Lamine Diack – http://www.bbc.com/sport/athletics/34782521
  4. Usain Bolt vs Gatlin: good vs evil – http://www.the42.ie/bbc-bolt-gatlin-discussion-2296462-Aug2015/
  5. Mayweather vs Pacquiao Disappointing Dud – http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/05/03/floyd_mayweather_wins_tame_fight_of_the_century_highilghts_from_his_boring.html

Honourable Mention

  • New England Patriots Deflategate saga -http://espn.go.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4782561/timeline-of-events-for-deflategate-tom-brady
  • Golden State Warriors and the Rise of Steph Curry – http://hoopshabit.com/2015/06/18/golden-state-warriors-title-caps-historically-great-season/

As previously stated these were the stories for the year 2015 that jumped out at me. What have I left out? Feel free to share.

To conclude this first of hopefully many more posts for 2016 I leave you with a New Year’s Quote I found quite interesting for some reason:

The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months! ~Edward Payson Powell

PS – Apologies re: some of the article links not being hyperlinked

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