Jamaica is a country of vivid colors. The azure waters surrounding the island are as bright as a new pair of jeans. The ripe saffron-hued mangos and blood-red Otaheite Apples glisten like gems from their branches. And the concrete homes painted yellow, pink and lime green sparkle under the glow of the Caribbean light in midday.
But nowhere on the island is this kaleidoscope more visible than in Kingston, where the annual Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys’ and Girls’ Athletic Championships — known simply as “Champs” to locals — takes place the first week in April at the National Stadium. At Champs, colors matter. Purple and white signify powerhouse Kingston College. (In Jamaica, a high school can be called a “college” in the manner typical of British Commonwealth nations, and are often held in higher esteem by alumni than the universities they attend.) Supporters of K.C.’s archrivals, Calabar High of Kingston, sport green and black. The faithful of Wolmer’s High, also in Kingston, arrive decked out in maroon and yellow.
High school track and field is serious business in Jamaica. After all, this is the country that produced Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Melaine Walker, Michael Frater, Nesta Carter, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Asafa Powell, all of whom won gold medals in sprinting at the Beijing Olympic Games last summer. And for 99 years Champs has been the meet at which almost every Jamaican runner has had to prove him or herself at before bursting onto the international stage.
WASHINGTON—Taking advantage of the warm spring weather Monday, Vice President Joe Biden parked his 1981 Trans Am in the White House driveway, removed his undershirt, and spent a leisurely afternoon washing the muscle car and drinking beer.
"This baby just needs a little scrub down," said Biden, addressing a tour group as he tucked the sweat-covered top into the belt loop of his cutoff jean shorts. "Gotta get her looking good so I can impress the chicks when I’m cruising down Pennsylvania [Avenue]."
RT @carlyluvsunited: Heard about the Chelsea fan who nailed his season ticket to a tree? He went back the next day and the nail was gone!lol RT @carlyluvsunited: There’s been a big explosion at Fulham Broadway station - apparently Chelsea’s bubble has burst.
“Then there’s Washington Examiner columnist Byron York, who actually wrote that Obama’s “sky-high ratings among African-Americans make some of his positions appear a bit more popular overall than they actually are.” Got that? Apart from those pesky minorities, real (i.e., white) Americans dislike Obama. York’s not a Texan; he’s from Alabama.”—