May 12, 2020

MLS pioneer Butler to be honoured by Earthquakes

first_imgNational Under-20 coach and former Reggae Boy, Altimont ‘Freddie’ Butler will tomorrow be honoured by the San Jose Earthquakes as one of the Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise’s original roster members when the league kicked off 20 years ago. Butler, the first Jamaican to play in the MLS, was drafted by the San Jose Clash (later renamed Earthquakes) in February 1996 in the second round (eighteenth overall) of 250 players in the league’s Inaugural Player Draft. He was also on the team’s roster for the first ever MLS game to be played which was against DC United. Tomorrow the San Jose Earthquakes will hold a 20th Anniversary Celebration when D.C. United visits to Avaya Stadium in a recreation of MLS’ inaugural match in San Jose on April 6, 1996, just four days shy of the exact day 20 years ago. As part of the affair all the former San Jose Clash players, staff and MLS representatives that made the inaugural season possible will be honoured at half-time. “It is always a great feeling to be part of history especially being the first Jamaican to be drafted for and to play in the MLS. Being recognised as one of the pioneers is a special feeling,” said Butler who departed the island yesterday for California. Among the former players who will be honoured alongside Butler are current Chelsea technical director and former Nigeria international Michael Emenalo, US Internationals Eric Wynalda, Eddie Lewis, Paul Bravo and John Doyle. Others include Mexican international Eduardo Missael Espinoza, Jorge Rodas (Guatemala) and  Ben Iroha (Nigeria). Having been there at the start Butler now looks on with pride. “It has grown a lot. Right now it is a real big league compared to what it was then and all the signs show that it will grow even more. What I am most proud about is that it has opened the doors for a lot of Jamaicans and the performance of most of them means that we can become a major supplier of talent for the League,” said Butler, who was drafted out of the University of Southern New Hampshire. Even with that success though, the Port Royal native who distinguished himself as a schoolboy at Dunoon Technical High and at Harbour View before venturing overseas, said there is still more for Jamaicans to do in the MLS. “We have to change our outlook, training attitudes and approach. We are too laid back and that is one of the reasons for the most part why some of us do not stay too long there. Our thinking has to get to the level where we treat the sport as a job. We have to prepare our youngsters to know that this (football) is a job just like those you get dressed up in your suits for,” the man, who shares coaching responsibility for the country under-20 Boyz with his former Reggae Boy teammate Ricardo Gardner, said.last_img read more

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International travelers advised to think ahead for vaccination

first_imgFor more information on travel health immunizations for adults, residents can call HealthLink BC tollfree at 8-1-1, go online at or TTY at 7-1-1 for people who are speech or hearing impaired. Registered nurses at HealthLink BC can provide confidential non-emergency health advice and information, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Translation services are available in 130 languages. Northern Health encourages residents with international travel plans to think ahead when it comes to vaccination requirements for their destinations. NH will be redeveloping its delivery of travel health immunizations, effective January 2009. Among the changes international travelers will notice are a restructuring of fees and a consolidation of services from 27 to 14 sites across the north. Northern Health is the final health authority to make changes to its travel health services, which are not covered under the Canada Health Act and have never been publicly funded. The Public Health Agency of Canada’s Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel(CATMAT) sets standards for provision of travel immunizations. In smaller communities, low service levels have posed achallenge for public health nurses to meet their practice standards. – Advertisement -“We look forward to providing Northern residents with a more consistent and coordinated travel health immunization program,” said Kathy MacDonald, Regional Director, Preventative Public Health. “The changesare necessary in order to continue providing this service, and they will also help to improve the delivery of basic public health services in our Northern communities.” Northern Health will offer travel health services in the following communities:o Smitherso Terraceo Kitimato Prince Ruperto Queen Charlotte Cityo Prince Georgeo Vanderhoofo Burns Lakeo Quesnelo McBrideo Mackenzieo Fort St. Johno Dawson Creeko Fort Nelson In some communities, travel health immunizations may also be available through private providers and some physicians’ offices. Advertisementlast_img read more

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