Jamaican Assistant Professor Gets UNIA Award

first_imgAdvertisements Story HighlightsAssistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University, Jamaica born Dr. Basil Morgan, is the recipient of the 2014 Marcus Garvey Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) Award.It was presented to him by the Jamaica Association of Maryland (JAM), at its annual Independence Ball commemorating the country’s 52nd year of independence, on Saturday, August 9.Dr. Morgan has given much to Jamaica and the Caribbean Diaspora in the areas of general health and eye care. Jamaican Assistant Professor Gets UNIA AwardJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedService of Thanksgiving for Vin Martin Photo: JIS PhotographerMaryland House of Delegates Representative and founding member of the Jamaica Association of Maryland (JAM), Shirley Natham-Pulliam (2nd left), presents the 2014 Marcus Garvey UNIA award to Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University, Jamaican born Dr. Basil Morgan (3rd left), at JAM’s annual Independence Ball commemorating the country’s 52nd year of independence on Saturday, August 9, at the Martin West Ballroom in Baltimore, Maryland. Sharing in the occasion (from left) are: President of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO), Rick Nugent and President of (JAM), Mr. Noel Godfrey. RelatedGovernment Committed to Strengthening Ties With Diaspora – PMcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaican Assistant Professor Gets UNIA Award Foreign AffairsAugust 11, 2014Written by: Derrick Scott, Information Attache (Jamaican Embassy, USA) RelatedAmbassador Vasciannie to Chair OAS Committee Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University, Jamaica born Dr. Basil Morgan, is the recipient of the 2014 Marcus Garvey Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) Award.It was presented to him by the Jamaica Association of Maryland (JAM), at its annual Independence Ball commemorating the country’s 52nd year of independence, on Saturday, August 9, at the Martin West Ballroom in Baltimore, Maryland.Presenting the award, Maryland House of Delegates Representative and founding member of JAM, Shirley Natham-Pulliam, said Dr. Morgan has given much to Jamaica and the Caribbean Diaspora in the areas of general health and eye care.She noted that the award was presented for Dr. Morgan’s outstanding achievement in medicine and that he was a well-deserved recipient.Accepting the award, Dr. Morgan, who hails from the parish of Clarendon, said he was honoured to be recognized in this way and was committed to serving the people of Jamaica as well as the Caribbean.The Marcus Garvey Award is presented annually by JAM to a Jamaican who has distinguished him or herself in his or her chosen career.In his message, Lieutenant Governor for the state of Maryland, Anthony Brown, called on Jamaicans to take the opportunity to reflect on the struggles of independence and how that journey and the 52 years of freedom have shaped the story of the people.“For so many of us, it is a reminder of our own family’s journey to the United States.  It is a celebration of freedom that allows us to share our rich culture and heritage with our friends and neighbours, both here in Baltimore and throughout Maryland.  It was this freedom along with the chance to obtain an education and pursue the American dream that assured my father when he left Kingston and came to the USA so many years ago,” said Mr. Brown, who is of Jamaican heritage.Meanwhile, President of JAM, Mr. Noel Godfrey, said that, “as we celebrate Jamaica’s independence this year, it is important for us to reflect on the past achievements while looking towards the future.”He argued that if JAM is to survive as an association, it must now turn its attention to attracting the younger generation.For his part, President of the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO), Rick Nugent, commended the association for the deep commitment it continues to demonstrate in seeking to provide scholarships for needy students in the USA and Jamaica.The final curtain will come down on Independence celebrations in Washington on Friday, August 16, when the Washington based Jamaica Nationals Association (JNA) will host its Annual Independence Ball, under the distinguished patronage of Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie.last_img read more

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Onyx Equities acquires massive New Jersey office portfolio for $160M

first_imgOnyx Equities’ Jonathan B. Schultz (left) and John Saraceno, Jr. with 7 Sylvan Way (right) and 8 Campus Drive in New Jersey (Onyx Equities)Mack-Cali Realty Corp. continues to shed its suburban office buildings as it focuses on properties closer to the New Jersey waterfront.The Jersey City-based real estate investment trust recently sold a 1.5 million-square-foot office portfolio in Morris County, New Jersey, to Onyx Equities, along with partners Taconic Capital Advisors, Axonic Capital and Machine Investment Group. According to the firm, Onyx and its partners paid $160 million for the 10-building parcel. The sale comes two years after Onyx acquired another Mack-Cali office portfolio in nearby Bergen County.“ReadInside Gilmartin’s short-term gig at Mack-CaliThe Mack DaddyOnyx Equities secures 320k sf of tristate leases Mack-Cali has in recent years shifted its strategy to focus on the acquisition of office and multifamily properties on the Hudson County waterfront. In 2019, the firm announced that it would shed its entire suburban office portfolio in order to pay down its corporate debt. The REIT also recently tapped MaryAnne Gilmartin to temporarily serve as CEO amid a larger shake-up of its leadership team.“Our team’s effort, led by Ricardo Cardoso, has achieved a major milestone for the company with the strategic sale of our Parsippany assets,” said Gilmartin. She said the firm would continue to prune its portfolio and focus on commercial waterfront assets.Although the Morris County assemblage went into contract before the pandemic, the unusual investing environment, and the question of whether employees will be returning to offices in the near future, impacted the transaction.John Saraceno, Jr., managing principal for Onyx Equities, said the final purchase price was 10 percent lower than the initial offer, and some assets were left out of the transaction. Real Estate New Jersey reported in December 2019 that Onyx was in contract to buy 2.4 million square feet for $288.5 million.“In conjunction with Mack-Cali, we worked through some revisions to pricing and staggered the closing,” said Saraceno. “We both recognized the world was different.”The buildings included in the transaction are all located in Morris County. Nine are in Parsippany: 1, 3, 5 and 7 Sylvan Way; 4, 6 and 8 Campus Drive; 2 Dryden Way and 2 Hilton Court. The final building is 1 Giralda Farms, in Madison.The properties are 84 percent leased, Saraceno said, and he believes they’re well-positioned to benefit both from tenants already in the suburbs who are looking for office space, as well as those looking for space outside of New York City due to Covid-19.Saraceno acknowledged that in the office sector, the next two to three years may be “choppy,” but he said there will still be a demand for high-quality productivity space — especially if it allows some workers the flexibility to not commute into New York City.“Our anecdotal evidence tells us that people enjoy being closer to their house,” Saraceno said. “People have recognized once and for all that they don’t need to go to New York City.”Georgia Kromrei Email Address* Message*center_img Full Name* This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Sports briefs

first_imgWomen top Northeastern, 3-1, in Beanpot semifinalsIn women????s Beanpot action, junior Jenny Brine tallied a pair of goals to pace the No. 1 Crimson to a 3-1 victory over the Huskies on Tuesday night (Feb. 5) at BU’s Walter Brown Arena. Down 1-0 just 42 seconds into the contest, Harvard (20-1-0) battled back with consecutive goals in the first and second periods, courtesy of Brine. Harvard’s Sarah Vaillancourt ’09 added an insurance tally late in the final stanza to pick up her team-leading 13th goal.The Crimson will look to capture its 12th Beanpot championship against host BU on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.Icers break 10-year drought, set to compete for ’PotPaul Dufault ’08, Mike Taylor ’08, and Doug Rogers ’10 each tallied a goal in the opening seven minutes of play to lift the Harvard men’s hockey team past No. 14 Northeastern, 3-1, in the opening round of the 56th annual Beanpot this past Monday (Feb. 4) at TD Banknorth Garden. With the win, Harvard (8-10-3 overall) advances to the championship game (set for Feb. 11 at the Garden) against No. 9 Boston College. The Crimson program last competed for the title in 1998.Skiers capture ninth at UV carnival in Stowe, Vt.The Harvard men’s and women’s alpine and Nordic ski teams placed ninth out of 11 schools at the University of Vermont Winter Carnival in Stowe, Vt., this past Feb. 1-2. Battling snow showers and icy conditions, the women’s Nordic team posted the program’s strongest finish of the weekend with a seventh-place effort in the freestyle.last_img read more

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Oral Tracey | No holiday for Whitmore and the Boyz

first_imgTHE CORONAVIRUS pandemic has forced millions of people across the world to stay within the confines of their homes, cornered into what can be seen at best as a forced vacation, unfortunately for many, without pay. Despite several sporting events being cancelled and/or postponed, with the very fabric of global sports being sharply discombobulated, the timing of the COVID-19 outbreak has not yet affected one major sporting spectacle.The start of the final round of FIFA World Cup-qualifying football is still scheduled for late August, and although things could change at short notice, August remains four months away and based on current global trends, four months represent a timeline that should see the pandemic run at least its initial course.A worst-case scenario could see the qualifiers pushed back a month or two, or even three, which would still be soon enough to ensure teams across the world, including Jamaica, that are serious about getting to Qatar do not rest on their laurels. National head coach Theodore Whitmore, in this his forced time at home, cannot afford to lapse into a vacation-like wait-and-see mode. He and his technical team must use this time wisely, by getting extra busy on their telephones and laptops, and not just meticulously scouting their Concacaf rivals. Even more important, they need to ensure that tactically they are clear with plans A, B, and C, and crucially on the combination of players they need to execute these plans.Relative to our Concacaf opponents, Jamaica has a very good pool of players to choose from. In that regard, the destiny of this crucial campaign will ultimately be decided by the astuteness of Whitmore’s team selection and tactical decisions.Jamaica Football Federation President Michael Ricketts recently announced that the federation is not relenting in playing its part in the quest to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Ricketts said the technical team was constantly engaged with the leadership of the federation and that fitness programmes have been designed by the coaching staff for the local-based members of the pool. With all due respect to that decision, the fact of the matter is that very few, if any, local players will be a part of that squad whenever the qualifiers begin.That cancelled game against Catalonia, which was set for March 30 in Spain, was designed specifically for Whitmore and his team to have a look at a number of England-based players, with a view of having even more additions to the pool. With that game also falling victim to COVID-19, what, then, of that exercise and those potential additional players?These and other like decisions should appropriately be giving Whitmore sleepless nights and days, but these are challenges he should embrace, and problems he must solve in the weeks and months ahead. The current extenuating circumstances have surely rendered his job that more difficult, but his was never an easy job. It is fair to assume that the likes of Mexico, USA, who missed out on the last World Cup, and Costa Rica, et al, are not on pre-World Cup-qualifying vacation. Plans, programmes and systems are being put into place as we speak. Jamaica cannot afford to be left behind. Despite the challenges, Jamaica should represent with the conviction and confidence that the Qatar 2022 mission is accomplishable. It will all come down to Whitmore, his technical team, and the attitude of the players. All things considered, a good showing is definitely on the cards, and no excuses should be tolerated, not even the coronavirus. Oral Tracey is a radio and television broadcaster with over 20 years of experience in providing sports commentary. Send feedback to [email protected] or on Instagram at oraltraceymaverick.last_img read more

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Valentine, top signee from LSU’s ’14 class, leaves team

first_imgTravonte Valentine has left the LSU program.Travonte Valentine has left the LSU program.HOOVER, Ala. – LSU’s 2014 recruiting class, judged the second best in the nation by Rivals.com that February, took another hit Wednesday with LSU’s confirmation that defensive tackle Travonte Valentine will be transferring to Arizona Western, a junior college in Yuma.Valentine was the No. 3 defensive tackle in the nation out of Champagnat Catholic High in Hialeah, Florida, in 2013-14 and a major reason that Tigers’ class garnered such a high ranking. He never played at LSU and barely practiced, as he was a late enrollee due to academics last fall. He was enrolled at LSU during the past spring semester but was held out of spring practice for disciplinary reasons that included failed drug tests.At 6-foot-3 and 286 pounds, Valentine was needed on a defensive line that struggled early last season. Already transferred to Arizona Western is LSU 2014 signee Clifton Garrett, the No. 3 inside linebacker in the nation out of Joliet, Illinois. Garrett struggled with the Baton Rouge heat last season and played sparingly. He was not expected to play a lot this season and transferred for more playing time last month.The Tigers also recently lost 2014 signee Trey Lealaimatafao, the No. 26 defensive tackle in the nation out of San Antonio when he was dismissed from the program by LSU coach Les Miles following his arrest on a charge that he hit a woman in the face. Lealaimatafao is also expected to transfer to Arizona Western.LSU offensive tackle Jevonte Domond, another 2014 signee, is currently on indefinite suspension after his arrest in May on a felony battery charge of a woman. He is a junior college transfer from Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona. TIGERS’ TURN THURSDAY: LSU will take its turn at the SEC Media Days as the 14th and final school at about noon following Georgia and Ole Miss. After Miles speaks, tailback Leonard Fournette, middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith and offensive tackle Vadal Alexander will be available to reporters. DURAL ON BILETNIKOFF LIST: LSU junior wide receiver Travin Dural of Breaux Bridge has been named to the watch list for the Fred Biletnikoff award that goes to the nation’s best receiver. Dural finished ninth in the SEC last year in receiving yards per game with 58.3 and caught seven touchdowns. He led LSU with 37 catches for 758 yards.Ten semifinalists for the award will be named Nov. 16. The winner will be named Dec. 10. Former LSU wide receiver Josh Reed of Rayne won the Biletnikoff award in 2001. STAT OF THE DAY: LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings’ lowly finishes in the SEC and NCAA statistics in passing efficiency and total passing yards have been well-documented. But he did finish in the top 10 in the nation in one passing statistic. Jennings, a junior returning starter on indefinite suspension since June on a felony charge of unauthorized entry of a dwelling, finished the 2015 season 10th in the nation in passing yards per completion at 14.51 yards.One of those completions was a 94-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Travin Dural on LSU’s first play from scrimmage against Sam Houston State last season. It set the record for longest pass play in LSU history. Jennings’ also brought his yards-per-completion average up with an 80-yard touchdown pass to Dural in the season opening win over Wisconsin.Jennings beat out Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in this category as Prescott was 14th with 14.14 yards a completion. QUOTE OF THE DAY: “LSU is a special one in my heart just because it was our first SEC victory. I’d be a liar if I didn’t say that won’t mean a lot for me for the rest of my life.”— Arkansas coach Bret Bielema Wednesday on his team’s 17-0 win over LSU last season that broke Bielema’s 0-13 record in the SEC as the Hogs’ coach.last_img read more

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