February 27, 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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first_imgFr.Damian McGroarty was relying on some divine intervention from his corner when he stepped into the boxing ring for charity at the weekend.The well-known priest agreed to take part in a charity white collar boxing event to help raise almost €700,000 needed for renovation funds on St.Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny. Fr.McGroarty, who is originally from the Fanad Peninsula, showed he was well able to punch above his weight as he swapped blows with Liam Gordon in a bloody encounter at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny.  Before getting into the ring the recently-ordained priest admitted he had been putting in the training. He cut out all the junk-food and trained at least twice a week. “I was involved in athletics when I was younger so I liked to keep fit. But the boxing training got me into good shape. “I cut out the junk food a good bit and it was great to get a few tips from some of the lads at the Letterkenny Boxing Club. I really enjoyed it,” he said. He admitted that some people might have raised an eyebrow at a priest steeping into the ‘squared circle’ but said he was delighted it was all for a good cause. “I suppose some people might have raised an eyebrow at a priest getting involved in a boxing match but it’s only a bit of fun and it’s good that some from the church is right at the centre of the fundraising,” he said.Before the bruising encounter, TV3 personality Noel Cunningham, who was the Master of Ceremonies for the night, warned Liam Gordan to watch out for the punching priest. “He’d better be careful the next time he goes to mass and tries to get communion that he doesn’t get an upper-cut instead,” he laughed.After a very enjoyable contest the referee declared the contest a draw. And after his bout, it was back to work as normal as Fr.McGroarty as he donned his clerical collar as he was congratulated by hundreds of well-wishers.Fr.Damian lost 6kgs during his gruelling two month training regime combined with his healthy-eating programme.A capacity crowd of almost 700 people turned up for the Big Fight Night with all proceeds going to the St.Eunan’s Cathedral Restoration Fund.One of those who turned up was St.Eunan’s Administrator Fr.Eamon Kelly who was there to support his colleague Fr.Damian. Former TD and local GP Dr Jim McDaid was also on hand to oversee the boxer’s welfare on the night.He was called into action when local butcher Stephen Shiels came up against Donegal GAA star Ciaran Greene in a no-holds-barred affair which lasted all of 60 seconds.Dr.Jim, who was accompanied by his wife Siobhan and some friends, came to the ring and called a halt to proceedings.The most entertaining fight of the night was the heavyweight clash between local man Malachy Dunleavy and Garda Ian Oates who had the capacity crowd on their feet for the full three rounds. EndsFR.DAMIAN FIGHTS HIS CORNER FOR ST.EUNAN’S HUGELY SUCCESSFUL CHARITY FIGHT NIGHT was last modified: April 4th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:boxingFr.Damian McGroartySt.Eunan’s Cathedrallast_img read more


Students Urged to be Responsible Digital Citizens

first_imgChairman of e-Learning Jamaica, Yvonne McCalla-Sobers, has made a call for students to be responsible digital citizens, and to exercise extreme care when using the Internet.Citing a recent video posting of a school where some “terrible things were happening,” she told the students that pictures and other information sent over the Internet are exposed all over the world, and “they must at all times be in good order, and depict the best image of themselves”.“Your responsibility as digital citizens is not just to educate yourself…your responsibility is also to respect yourself, respect your own privacy, respect the privacy of others. Make sure that you are responsible digital citizens,” Mrs. McCalla-Sobers stated.She was addressing the e-Learning Jamaica network installation and handing over at the Steer Town Academy in St. Ann, recently.In her address, Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Grace McLean, told the students that they have a role to play in ensuring that Jamaica becomes a more disciplined society.“Jamaica cannot be developed into the kind of society that we require unless there is discipline, there is order, there is respect and there is love for our people,” she stated.“As we utilise the technology, let us also remember that it takes the kind of principles and values that are becoming of a developed society that will take this country forward,” she added.[RELATED: Investment in Technology Will Ensure Parity – Robinson]Mrs. McLean lauded the investments made in technology for schools through the e-Learning Jamaica Project, which she said, have enabled vast improvement in the achievement of students.The e-Learning project began in 2006, and has provided a range of educational resources to assist in the preparation of students in 11 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects. It has also provided training for over 11,000 teachers.The e-Learning Jamaica project is responsible for implementing projects funded by the Universal Service Fund, including the infusion of technology in the education system, facilitating the training of professionals to enable the process, and the provision of digitalised learning materials.Steer Town Academy was the last of nearly 200 educational institutions to be equipped under the project. Computers and tablets were handed over to the school, with network connection provided.Contact: Garfield L. Anguslast_img read more

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Fred Savage And Ashley Argota To Host StarStudded 2016 Looking Ahead Awards

first_imgThe Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead Program will present The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.Hosted by Fred Savage and Ashley Argota, The Looking Ahead Awards honors leaders in the current and former young performer community who inspire the world by living the program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service. Wilmer Valderrama will honor his parents, Sobeida Valderrama and Balbino A. Valderrama, with The Judy and Hilary Swank Award for Parenting. (Sobeida Valderrama will accept on their behalf); “black-ish” stars Miles Brown, Marsai Martin and Marcus Scribner will receive The Elizabeth Taylor Award for Social Awareness from Naomi Wilding and Tarquin Wilding (Elizabeth Taylor’s grandchildren); Jordana Brewster will receive the Looking Ahead Award for Education from her sister Isabella Brewster; Lance Bass will receive The Looking Ahead Award for Community Service from his husband Michael Turchin; and Paul Petersen will be honored with The Shirley Temple Award by his “The Donna Reed Show” co-star and longtime friend Shelley Fabares. Tickets are now on sale at www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwardsThe gala features exciting “blue carpet” arrivals, cocktail hour, gourmet dinner and celebrity-studded awards ceremony. Individual tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets or tables please visit www.actorsfund.org/LookingAheadAwards or contact Kathleen Cahill at 323-933-9244 or kcahill@actorsfund.org.The Looking Ahead Program was created in 2003 in partnership with SAF-AFTRA to work with youth between the ages of 9 and 18, helping them develop the values, skills and confidence they need to make successful transitions to fulfilling adult lives. Now serving more than 300 youths per year, their families and alumni, the program aims to create a nurturing environment where young performers get support through individual, family and education counseling, leadership development, community service and social events. Looking Ahead is guided by an Advisory Committee of professionals in youth development and youth-related entertainment, which is co-chaired by actor, director and producer Fred Savage and freelance casting director and former head of casting at Nickelodeon Sharon Lieblein.The 2016 Looking Ahead Awards is generously sponsored by Disney Channel, Disney XD, Nickelodeon, SAG-AFTRA, The Osbrink Agency, Kelly and Lou Gonda, Devotion Vodka, Hint Water and Sextant Wines.last_img read more

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Putting Handlen away is a long time dream says Monica Jacks sister

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsMonica Jack’s younger sister Liz Kraus remembers her as beautiful, loving, caring – and her protector.“Monica took care of me all the time, not letting anyone hurt me,” said Kraus in an interview with APTN News.“Putting Handlen away will be a long time dream of mine – to take care of her as she took care of me.”It was an emotional first week at Monica Jack’s murder trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver.The jury heard a police recording of Garry Taylor Handlen from 2014 telling an undercover officer that he had possibly killed the 12-year old Jacks 40 years ago.The alleged confession was part of an elaborate RCMP operation where Handlen believed the undercover cop was ‘the boss’ of a fictitious crime organization.“I remember picking up a broad one time. Havin’ sex. Then I just lost it for some reason.” Handlen told him. “I think I strangled her. I’m not sure.“All I know is she was Indian.”Handlen, now in his 70’s, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, but Kraus hopes he’ll change his mind.“He has kept this secret for many years,” said Kraus. “I hope that he finally has a tiny bit of remorse and will let this all be over quickly.”Acording to media reports the trial has heard that on May 6, 1978, Monica Rose Jack was riding her bike home along Highway 5A near Merritt.She lived with her mother and siblings on Quilchena reserve on Nicola Lake.Monica’s bicycle was found the next day near a pullout by the lake.In the 90 minute video tape, Handlen told the officer, “I just grabbed her. Threw her bike in the lake, grabbed her, took her in the camper and went up the hill.”The officer asked Handlen what he did with the body.“I think I just threw it behind a log,” Handlen said.“I didn’t bury it. Just put it, uh, a clearing there. There was a log there, and I just put it behind a log.”Kraus says she and her family knew about Handlen’s confession long before the trial.“When I heard what he did to her it made me sick,” said Kraus.“I couldn’t breathe and I cried for days.”“I still cry today because losing her was the worst thing that ever happened to me.”Liz was 11-years old when her sister went missing.  She had last seen Monica as she passed her along the highway while driving with her mother, Madeline.In the family’s station wagon, she asked Monica if she wanted a drive, but she declined.“She never made it home,” said Kraus.“We searched for her for weeks.”It wasn’t until 17 years later that Monica’s remains were discovered by forestry workers about 20 kilometres from where her bike was found.Dental records confirmed it was her.And it took another two decades before Handlen was finally charged for Monica’s murder.“It’s taken a very long time, but I’m positive he’ll be convicted,” said Kraus.The trial is expected to last 10 weeks.lhamelin@aptn.ca@laurie_hamelinlast_img read more

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Farm Workers Donate Cash And Supplies To Childrens Home

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 May 2015 – KINGSTON, May 5 (JIS): Cash and supplies worth more than $250,000 have been donated to the Hanbury Children’s Home in Manchester, by Jamaican farm workers employed overseas, through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.The presentation was made to the home on April 30 by farm workers attached to Gebbers Farm in the state of Washington, in the United States (US).The donation will be used to renovate the home’s dining area and to revitalise its backyard gardening project. Camp Supervisor at Gebbers Farm, Eyon Gayle, told JIS News that the donation to the home, which caters to children up to 18 years old, resulted from the group’s desire to give back to the most vulnerable in Jamaica. “The interest started from our Jamaica 50 celebrations when we were away in the US working in 2012 and we wanted to have our own event, so we planned our own Jamaica Day, cooked and sold Jamaican cuisine. It was decided that the proceeds would be given to charity or some vulnerable group in Jamaica,” he said.Along with the group’s cash donation, the children’s home also received seedlings from the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and 30 fruit trees from the ‘Trees That Feed’ Foundation, an overseas charity organisation established by a Jamaican.Mr. Gayle said the smile on the children’s faces made the experience memorable and would encourage them to continue their support to their homeland.“To see the smiling children in Manchester was a joy for us and pushes us further to want to contribute. It is good to know that we are making a meaningful contribution and that it will enhance their lives. We just can’t stop at this time,” he said.The farm workers made their first donation of $250,000 to the Golden Age Home in Vineyard Town back in 2013. This amount was matched by their employer who was impressed by the group’s philanthropic venture and donated to the Golden Age Home located in the West Kingston community of Denham Town.Last year, the offices of the Overseas Employment Service Centre on East Street benefitted from the second donation of $250,000 to erect a gazebo. The amount was again matched by the operators of Gebbers Farm and presented to Garland Hall Memorial Children’s Home in St. James. Gebbers Farm has been a participant in the Ministry’s Overseas Agricultural (Farm Work) Programme since 2010. Currently, there are over 500 Jamaican farm workers employed on the farm, engaged in fruit-picking activities. Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Related Items:gebber farm, Hanbury Children’s Home, jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclavelast_img read more

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Survey Interactive Ads Highly Engaging

first_imgPublishers may not be overwhelmed with the sheer numbers of digital readers to this point (in announcing its highest North American circulation ever, The Economist revealed it has about 5,000 subscribers to its digital editions), but those readers are highly engaged with interactive magazine ads, according to Affinity’s VISTA Digital Service, which measures the effectiveness of ads delivered through iPad apps and other mobile platforms. Eight-eight percent of readers who watched a sponsored video embedded in an ad said they enjoyed the experience, while 89 percent believe that the advertiser is “innovative” for developing the ad. Readers who viewed photo galleries made accessible through a digital magazine ad said they were able to learn more about the product, while almost nine out of 10 respondents viewed the advertiser as innovative. Meanwhile, 92 percent of readers who tap and slide on an ad for a 3D view of the product said that interactive feature enhanced their overall magazine reading experience.last_img read more

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Chinese Exports Hit Sivakasi Firecracker Makers 5 Lakh Families Suffer Losses

first_imgDiwali fireworks.Creative Commons/Saad FaruqueFor over five lakh Sivakasi people, it may be a dark Diwali as the threat from Chinese firecracker exports looms large. Abundant firecrackers imports from Chinese markets have hit Tamil Nadu’s firecrackers manufacturing industry — the biggest in India.Illegal import of Chinese firecrackers has forever been a trouble for Indian manufacturers, however, it was never as threatening to them as it is this time round. If Chinese firecrackers flood the Indian markets, it would suffer a loss of ₹6,000 crore.”Two years ago, the illegal imports of Chinese firecrackers were sporadic. But this year it has been phenomenal, threatening the domestic industry’s very existence. Nearly 35% of the products made for this year’s Diwali remain unsold because of clandestine imports of several container loads of Chinese products,” Sivakasi’s Tamil Nadu Fireworks and Amorces Manufacturers Association (TNFAMA) president G. Abiruben told IANS.The Indian firecrackers manufacturing industries saw their worst fears coming true when demands for bulk orders slumped severely in November-December last year.”Normally orders are placed around that time by distributors. Orders for this Diwali came down drastically as compared to 2012,” TNFAMA senior advisory committee member K. Mariappan said.He added that the imports of Chinese goods have been happening illegally, without licences and the government has not taken a strong stance at the increasing illegal Chinese poaching of Indian firecrackers market.”Earlier the central government used to seize container loads of Chinese firecrackers. Instead of being destroyed, the seized products were handed back to the illegal importers after levying a fine. Those products later found their way into the market through other channels,” Mariappan said. A labourer works with gun powder mixture inside a firecracker factory. [Representational Image]Reuters FileThe central government had assured the Indian manufacturers that they would issue warning against illegal imports, but nothing has happened yet, he added.Mariappan further said that the Indian firecracker factories have to follow strict rules and has to ensure authenticity of the products they are selling, which is not applicable in case of Chinese importers who make most out of it leaving Indian industry crumbling behind it.”Our products have to comply with the noise pollution standard levels and also the packaging rules. Our packets should specify the maximum retail price, the phone numbers in case of any emergency and usage methods whereas no such stipulations are there for the Chinese products,” he said.Worried about this year’s business and families of employers working at Sivakasi’s firecracker manufacturing industries, he raised his concern about the flourishing illegal Chinese market and its dreadful impact and complained about the lack of facilities to export their products in other countries.”If external products are allowed to come in, the domestic industry will be wiped out,” Mariappan said, adding, “We can export our products but our ports do not accept firecrackers as storage facilities are not sufficient. While the Indian gates are open for illegal imports, the gates are closed for legal exports.”last_img read more

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Houston To See Heavy Rainfall Early This Week

first_img Share Twitter via @SpaceCityWXHarris County emergency management officials are monitoring a tropical disturbance in the Gulf that’s slated to bring heavy downpours to the Houston area for the early part of the week.It could also bring the possibility of street flooding.Forecasters say expect a range of about 1-3 inches north of I-10 to 3-6 inches south of I-10.Use extra caution while driving on the roads and plan for extra time during your commute.last_img

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Silkworms spinning spider webs

first_img Firm uses genetic modification to coax spider silk from silkworms © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — A spiders silk is strong and more elastic and has a large range of possible medical applications. However, spiders have a history of being territorial and prone to cannibalism, so the idea of having a large population to produce commercial amounts of silk is not possible. However, silk worms have been producing their silk commercially for some time. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Silkworms spinning spider webs (2012, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-silkworms-spider-webs.html More information: Silkworms transformed with chimeric silkworm/spider silk genes spin composite silk fibers with improved mechanical properties, PNAS, dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1109420109 It was this idea that led Professor Don Jarvis from the University of Wyoming to develop a way to genetically modify the silkworm to spin silk with spider protein. The results of this recent research have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.These new genetically modified silkworms are able to produce composite fibers that contain silk threads from both the spider and the silk worm.On average, these fibers have proven stronger than the fibers produced by either the silkworm or the spider. This could possible open the door for large scale production and the use of these fibers in many different medical applications.Possible applications include artificial ligaments and tendons, tissue scaffolds and new biomaterials for wound dressing. The fibers are also strong enough that they could provide a possible new material to be used in bulletproof jackets and vests.In order to make this happen, the researchers transferred the key spider genes responsible for the thread making into the silkworm. Given that silkworms are capable of creating mile-long threads in their cocoons, they provide a way to greatly increase the stronger threads.This is not the first time that researchers have tried to create genetically modified spider alternatives. Synthetic spider genes have been placed into bacteria, animals and plants. However, none of these were able to produce enough pure silk protein needed for commercial production. The successful use of the silkworm may prove to finally be the solution they have been looking for. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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