Actress Performs for Jamaica 50

first_imgRelatedActress Performs for Jamaica 50 RelatedActress Performs for Jamaica 50 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail WASHINGTON — Jamaica’s 50th year of independence is still in the spotlight in the United States, as Jamaican born actress, Debra Ehrhardt, staged her outstanding monologue, ‘Jamaica Farewell’, at the Kreeger Theatre, Rockville, Maryland on Saturday, November 3. The play, which traces the early years and experiences of the former Debra Phillips, and which highlights the challenging circumstances of her departure from Jamaica, was  applauded by the appreciative audience made up mainly of Jamaicans in the Washington metropolitan area. Ms. Erhardt, a Jamaican actress based in Los Angeles, is leading ‘Jamaica Farewell’ on tour, before the play is made into a movie. The play is scheduled to debut in Toronto, another city with a substantial Jamaican community.      Last Saturday’s performance of was organised by Ms. Ehrhardt, in association with the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, D.C., and served as part of the Embassy’s ongoing Jamaica 50 activities. Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie, and Mrs. Vasciannie and their children, joined the large number Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica who turned out to see the play.  Ambassador Vasciannie said Jamaica Farewell is “a wonderful play, which evokes almost constant laughter, tears, serious reflection and feelings of great relief.” “Ms. Ehrhardt’s performance is stunning; she fills the stage with her versatility, grace and style, and she’s helped by witty, well-structured text that tugs at our nostalgic sensibilities,” he added. The Ambassador said he was delighted that the Embassy was associated with the production.center_img RelatedActress Performs for Jamaica 50 Actress Performs for Jamaica 50 CultureNovember 6, 2012last_img read more

Last Chance

first_imgGLENEAGLES, Scotland – This is the recurring nightmare for American golf. A scoreboard bluer than Tom Watson’s eyes. That infuriating song – “Ole, ole, ole, ole” – already echoing to the far corners of the Scottish Highlands. It’s only Saturday night, but Europe’s poised to turn Sunday singles into another victory parade through the American ranks. The champagne’s on ice. Scottish bagpipers are prepping their blow sticks, ironing their kilts. With a near clean sweep of Saturday’s afternoon foursomes, Europe built a commanding 10-6 lead. “We got shellacked this afternoon,” U.S. captain Tom Watson said. Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie, a Ryder Cup star and winning captain, doesn’t see much hope for the Americans. “I can’t see Europe losing,” Montgomerie said. No, it’s not officially over. We’ve seen epic comebacks in this event before. We saw the Americans overcome that same deficit at Brookline in ’99. We saw the Europeans do it just two years ago at Medinah, but that powerful phenomenon so integral to these Ryder Cups is rolling all downhill on the Americans. Momentum favors the Euros as they seek to win this event for the sixth time in seven tries and the eighth time in the last 10. The merciless way Europe finished Saturday makes you believe a record rout is more likely than an epic comeback. Ryder Cup: Articles, videos and photos With the Americans looking as if they might salvage one stinking point in the afternoon foursomes, the Euros wouldn’t take a foot off their necks. Teaming with Martin Kaymer, Europe’s Justin Rose holed a 5-foot birdie at the last to win a half point in the last match on the course against Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, who looked to be in control until Reed missed an 18-inch putt at the 16th hole. “We were just talking about that in the locker room just now, talking about how important Justin’s putt on 18 was,” Europe’s Graeme McDowell said. “Because any glimmer of momentum that [the Americans] had, say they win that match, they take something with them into the locker room.” McDowell remembered how important that was to the Euros two years ago, when they came roaring back on Sunday at Medinah. Ian Poulter’s hard charge on Saturday evening, his five-birdie finish to win a match that kept the Americans from taking an 11-5 lead into Sunday, resonated through Europe’s team room. “That’s why that putt for Justin was so huge, because it gave them nothing to take away this evening,” McDowell said. European captain Paul McGinley has been striking the right notes all week, from bringing Manchester United soccer legend Sir Alex Ferguson into the team ranks, to his almost shaman-like devotion to some secret architectural template unique to Europe’s Ryder Cup effort, to the inspirational images and messages he has posted in the team room. One image was particularly relevant Saturday night. “It’s a picture of a European rock in the middle of a raging storm,” McGinley said. That’s what McGinley’s expecting from the Americans Sunday. He’s expecting them to storm Gleneagles, but he’s expecting something else, too. “We will be that rock when the storm arrives.” That’s the inspirational message McGinley said is printed out below the image. All of this brings Capt. Watson to a moment of truth. Can he fix what’s so dreadfully wrong with the American Ryder Cup effort? This is his time. This is his moment. And this is a crossroads for the PGA of America. It’s why the organization broke tradition so boldly, bringing Watson back at age 65 to see if he could work one more magical victory in Scotland, where he won four of his five British Opens. “You might think it’s a given that the Europeans are going to win, but I sure as hell don’t,” Watson said. The woeful plight of the American Ryder Cup effort, and the depth of its desperation, is evident in the singles lineup Watson is sending out. He is putting rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed out first and second in a front-loaded lineup. Spieth (21) and Reed (24) combined to win 2 1/2 points in fourballs and foursomes on Friday and Saturday. They were the best American team this week. They were also the youngest American pairing in the history of the Ryder Cup. “As I told the rookies, you could be the future soul of the Ryder Cup,” Watson said. “I like their attitudes. They are fiery. I like the look in their eyes.” Is this where the American Ryder Cup effort is at? Rebuilding for the future? Hoping there’s something better for these rookies to lead someday? Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley were the best new American team in years at Medinah. Watson sat them both sessions Saturday. Watson is frontloading his lineup with youth. He’s sending Rickie Fowler (25) out third behind Spieth and Reed. “Every player here is going to have to fight their guts out,” Watson said looking over his singles lineup. If Watson’s all out of golfing miracles, if the Euros finish this shellacking, where does the American Ryder Cup effort go next? Back to Paul Azinger? Do they bring back the last captain to lead the Americans to victory? His pod system in ’08 at Valhalla, his intricate architectural construct, seems closer to whatever template McGinley secretly guards than anything the Americans offer. McGinley spoke all week about how certain principles and practices have been handed down by past European captains. The Americans don’t have anything like that in place. They go in a new direction every two years. The writing’s on the wall for Capt. Watson. There are two fates awaiting him in the history books, it seems. He’ll be remembered as one of the greatest American captains ever, the savior and demigod who rescued the U.S. effort. Or he’ll be the icon whose legend got gashed, the old man who was too far removed from today’s game, too out of touch with today’s players, to make a difference. That’s the way it is for Ryder Cup captains these days, all or nothing. If reaching for Watson was a desperate act, where does the desperation reach next? What about following the lead of corporate America? What about outsourcing? What about doing what American sports empires do best? Go after the other team’s best coaches and players. Sign ‘em up as free agents. Change the American Ryder Cup rules. Forget about requiring players and captains to be American born. Sign up Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Graeme McDowell. They live in Orlando most of the year, anyway. Sign up Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood. They’ve got homes in South Florida. Sign up Bernhard Langer as captain. He lives in Boca Raton. OK, that’s a joke, but if Watson doesn’t bring home the Ryder Cup, the PGA better have some radical new template in mind, because it makes no sense that the United States should have so many highly ranked players who can’t win a Ryder Cup.last_img read more

Nederland, Lamar graduate promoted to Navy Lt.

first_imgChristopher N. Bishop, a 2014 Nederland High School and 2018 Lamar University graduate in engineering, has been promoted to the rank of Lt. JG in the U.S. Navy. Bishop is the son of retired U.S. AF Major Steven N. Bishop and Tao Bishop of Nederland. Special to The [email protected]center_img He and wife Bree and daughter Anslee are presently assigned to CEC, Civil Engineering on the U.S. territory of Guam.last_img

Rising construction costs could make Overland Park arboretum visitors center more expensive

first_imgThe long-planned visitors center at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens may cost $1.4 million more than the $17.25 million already planned because of increases in construction costs, city council members learned Wednesday.At the community development committee meeting, councilmembers took up the visitor center discussion for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic, when the design was in the early stages. However, now that the design has been more fully developed, councilmembers were told that some changes, along with the general increase in construction costs, would make the project more expensive.Much of the project will be paid by private donations from the Arts and Recreation Foundation of Overland Park. That group has pledged $10 million for development that includes not only the center building but garden space, a circular “wedding lawn” and ponds and drives. The center has been in the works since 2013.A rendering of the proposed arboretum amphitheatre and visitors center.Not included in the plan is the amphitheater and lawn proposal that was controversial with neighbors a year ago. That part of the arboretum master plan has been delayed to an undetermined time in the future.Private fundraising nears goalVicki Lilly, executive director of the foundation, told the committee that $9.6 million has already been raised from 150 donors, and that fundraising won’t stop once the foundation hits its goal amount. She said groundbreaking is likely to prompt more donations.“The visitors’ center is going to turn the arboretum into a true destination used by thousands more residents and visitors each year,” that will bring in more revenue, Lilly said. “We totally understand that it is costing more than anticipated, but I think we can all agree that it will never cost any less to build than it will today. We are convinced that trimming the project would be a disservice to the community.”Bryan Toben, assistant director of recreation services, said the biggest driver of the cost increase was $550,000 for structural steel for the building. Other contributors to the cost increase, he said, included adjustments made to deal with rock that must be drilled through to make way for sewer lines for the building, changes to make the restrooms unisex and the addition of a driveway.The committee gave the staff direction to move ahead with the project. Several more steps will have to be taken by the city council and planning commission before any dirt is turned.Discussion about impact on budgetCouncilmember Faris Farassati voted for the project to move ahead, but only on the condition that the committee’s direction doesn’t yet obligate the city to add the extra money into the capital budget. That spending plan covers a variety of building projects about five years into the future. The original $17.25 million is already included in the city’s capital improvements budget.Farassati said he was open to a conversation with the foundation about the project, but is cautious about the financial impact of the pandemic.Councilmember Stacie Gram said she is enthusiastic about the project. “I think that it will be a great asset for the city long term,” and will benefit the city and businesses economically, she said.Groundbreaking could be as early as summer of next year, once full approval is given.last_img read more

NMHU: Christopher Ulibarri Appointed Student Regent

first_imgNMHU News:LAS VEGAS, NM — Christopher Ulibarri, a student government leader at New Mexico Highlands University, is the university’s newest student regent.New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made Ulibarri’s appointment official March 13. Ulibarri’s term extends to the adjournment of the next regular session of the New Mexico State Legislature in 2021.Ulibarri, a 19-year-old from Buena Vista, north of Las Vegas, has earned a 3.93 GPA to date as a triple major in political science, environmental geology and history. His expected graduation date is December 2022.“Christopher is a courageous leader who is respected by his peers,” said Kimberly Blea, dean of students at Highlands. “Christopher has a passion for service to others and is very hard-working. This is evident by his commitment to volunteering with Amnesty International and the fact that he is a triple major.”Blea said Ulibarri’s calm demeanor will help him handle difficult situations as a regent.“Christopher was also a recent participant in Highlands’ Legislative Fellowship program, an experience that will serve him well in his new role as a regent,” Blea said.Ulibarri said Highlands provided him with many opportunities.“I wanted to become a student regent to contribute back to Highlands,” Ulibarri said. “While the other regents represent Highlands, none of them continuously work or study on campus. Being a student puts me in the unique position of representing both the student body and faculty on the Board of Regents.”Ulibarri said the COVID-19 pandemic is driving his priorities as a new regent.“My most immediate goal as a student regent is to help come up with solutions to the problems that Highlands faces during the COVID-19 crisis, working with both the student body and the faculty,” Ulibarri said.Ulibarri said being a student senator at Highlands was a valuable learning experience.“Representing other students taught me about the values students hold and how to be an advocate for them,” Ulibarri said.Ulibarri enrolled full-time at Highlands when he was 17.“I was amazed at just how much everyone cares at Highlands. If it wasn’t for the quality education I’ve received here, I would never have had the skills that it takes to be a student regent. Being a triple major gives me a broad understanding of the academic programs at Highlands,” Ulibarri said.Ulibarri has taken a number of classes from Highlands geology professor Michael Petronis.“Christopher is one of those students that come along now and again that shines very brightly above the rest,” Petronis said “He is exactly the type of person academia needs: motivated, brilliant and personable. He will be an outstanding student regent, leading the university forward.”Outside the classroom, Ulibarri volunteers as a legislative coordinator for Amnesty International, lobbying members of the U.S. Congress on pressing national and international human rights issues.When he’s not juggling his triple-major and other responsibilities, since 2016 Ulibarri has worked 20 to 35 hours a week in his family’s business, Ulibarri Farms Candy Shoppe in Las Vegas.“I assist customers in the store, on the phone and online. I also built a website for our family company and am our graphic designer. I make decisions that impact our company’s future,” Ulibarri said.Looking ahead, Ulibarri has his sights set on a legal career as an environmental attorney.“Growing up on a small ranch with the Mora River and two acequias running through it, I learned how powerful corporate ranchers can block the river illegally, limiting water downstream. I want to be an attorney that helps people like my family and my Buena Vista community when these kinds of injustices occur,” Ulibarri said.last_img read more

Jacqueline O’Donovan made Fellow of the CIWM

first_imgJacqueline O’Donovan is one of just over 100 industry professionals to achieve a CIWM FellowshipIn more than 30 years with the family business, Jacqueline has grown the company to employ 185 members and has worked closely with Industry bodies and government in a bid to improve the reputation and raise standards across the sector, as well as investing in the business to maximise recycling and achieve zero waste to landfill.“I’m delighted to have been appointed a Fellow of the CIWM. It is an honour to achieve this level of recognition within such an esteemed Institution and it stands as testament to the achievements of the whole O’Donovan team in working towards industry best practice.”Sarah Poulter, CIWM CEO, said: “CIWM Fellowship is awarded to leading professionals in resources and waste and is an acknowledgement of the hard work and commitment by an individual to the sector as a whole. CIWM Fellows are peer-assessed, so it truly is an accolade to have your achievements recognised by the very people who work within our sector.”The CIWM represents more than 5,500 individuals in the United Kingdom and overseas. Jacqueline O’Donovan, managing director of London-based O’Donovan Waste Disposal, has been made a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM).She joins an elite group of 104 industry professionals who have achieved a Fellowship.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Utah golfers still in the hunt for PGA, Tour cards

first_imgFormer BYU golfer Dean Wilson and Richfield native Dusty Fielding will need to go awfully low in the final round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament today to have any chance of earning their PGA cards for next year.Heading into the final round of the six-day 108-hole tournament at the PGA West Course in LaQuinta, Calif., Fielding stands in a tie for 74th place at 9-under-par 351, while Wilson, a nine-year PGA Tour veteran, who lost his card last year, is tied for 98th place at 354.Only the top 25 players and ties will receive PGA Tour cards for 2013. The next nearest-number-to-50 will earn fully exempt Tour cards for the first 10 events in 2013, and the remainder of the 172-man field will receive conditional Tour status.Steven Bowditch leads the tourney at 23-under-par 337, a stroke ahead of Kris Blanks. The 25th spot is at 15-under, meaning it will be very tough for Fielding or Wilson to crack the Top 25, although both have a reasonable chance of making the Tour.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Figure Skating Club

first_imgNelson Figure skaters include Breanna Tomlin, Courtney Shrieves, Isabella Kroker Kimber, Christina Champlin, Charly DeFouw, Morgan Sabo, Tia Berrrens, Lila McKechnie, Helena Keating, Courtney Donaldson and Lulu Nyiti.The final big event of the year is “Express To The Stars”, a musical tribute to the golden age of train travel. As always, all members of the club perform from the tiniest tots to the most seasoned skaters with music from “Madagascar”, “Polar Express” and much more. The show will be performed on May 10 from 2 – 3 p.m. Tickets available at the door. The Nelson Figure Skating Club enjoyed a banner season as the club completed the campaign on ice with a boatload of medals during local major competitions — Kootenay Regional ChampionshipsStaff at Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the skaters with Team of the Week status.last_img read more

RECAP: Smoke Eaters Fall In Overtime To Wild

first_imgThe advantage was short-lived for Trail as Wenatchee came down and tied the game. Dorsey protected the puck as he raced his way into the zone and made a nice move to get past the glove side of Marcoux for his second goal of the game and knotted things up at 4-4 before overtime. Lucas Sowder ended the game 2:11 into the extra frame as he blazed down the left wing and cut to the net, going from his backhand to his forehand to give the Wild their first overtime win of the season.  Adam Marcoux stopped 27 of the 32 shots he faced in the game, suffering his 7th loss of the season while Austin Park made 19 saves on 23 shots in picking up his 6th win of the year. FINAL SCORE: 5-4 Wild (OT)SHOTS ON GOAL: 32-23 WildSMOKE EATERS PP: 1/3SMOKE EATERS PK: 2/23 STARS:1) Matt Dorsey (2-0-2)2) Lucas Sowder (1-1-2)3) Owen Ozar (2-1–3)Fortis Energy Player of the Game: Blake Bargar (0-0-0)ATTENDANCE: 1,643The Smoke Eaters (7-6-3-1) return back to the Trail Memorial Centre as they host the Mainland Division’s Prince George Spruce Kings (10-5-0-1) on Friday night. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. with tickets available for purchase at the Smoke Eaters Main Office. The Trail Smoke Eaters battled their way from behind but eventually fell in overtime to the Wenatchee Wild by a 5-4 score on Wednesday night at the Town Toyota Center. Owen Ozar collected a pair of goals and three points in his BCHL debut but it would not be enough as Trail battled back from a two-goal 1st period deficit with Lucas Sowder scoring the overtime winning goal and helping Wenatchee to a 5-4 victory in extra time. Wenatchee opened the scoring with the only goal in the first period of play, one that was very even between the two teams. Matt Gosiewski drove down the right wing and dropped a pass for Lucas Sowder in the left-wing face-off circle and passed backdoor for Matt Dorsey as he tapped the puck past Smoke Eaters goaltender Adam Marcoux for a 1-0 lead at the 7:03 mark of the opening period. The game would open up a bit in the second period as the Wild would build a 2-0 lead, stemming off of a big save from Austin Park, stonewalling Bryce Anderson in front of the goal in his attempt to tie the game. Christophe Fillion worked his way around the perimeter of the zone and had his pass to the slot area blocked in front before the puck came behind the goal and banked in off a leg from Cristophe Tellier and past Marcoux at the 4:58 mark of the middle stanza to double the Wenatchee advantage. The Smoke Eaters began to chip away at the lead and came in the way of a forward who waited 16 games to get into the action. Carter Jones started the play, making a nice deke around a defender at the right goal line and set up a pass for Braeden Tuck in the circle before he zipped the puck to the blocker side and spotted Owen Ozar at the side of the night for his first career BCHL goal and cut the deficit to one goal at the 10:49 mark of the 2nd period. Only 2:06 later, Ozar and Tuck facilitated the play that helped tie the game. Ozar pushed the puck ahead on the right side for Tuck, who spotted Trevor Zins inside the blue lien on the left wing as he one-timed a shot past the blocker side of Park for his 5th goal of the season and tied the game at the 12:53 mark. The Wild got their lead back before the period was out at the 16:09 mark of the frame after the Trail defence did a good job to force PJ Fletcher to the outside but the puck found it’s way to the slot for Nathan Iannone, who chopped it by the blocker side of Marcoux to restore the Wenatchee lead and make it a 3-2 game. The impressive BCHL debut for Ozar continued in the opening moments of the 3rd period and tied the game at the 3:26 mark of the final regulation frame. Tuck left the puck for Ozar to skate onto in the left circle as he broke past the defence and beat Park on the glove side for his second goal of the game and knotted the contest up at 3-3. The Smoke Eaters got their first lead of the game at the 12:44 mark of the 3rd period and it came courtesy of the power play. Levi Glasman centred a puck from the right face-off circle that Hayden Rowan caught a piece of and tipped the puck past Park for his 7th goal of the season and gave Trail a 4-3 lead. last_img read more