Trinidadian Born Storyteller Rita Cox to be Honored by CTO

first_imgTORONTO, Canada, CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says it will honour Trinidad-born storyteller, Rita Cox, with its Lifetime Achievement Award later this month.It said that Cox, who chronicles the Caribbean legacy, will be given the award during the CTO Media Day luncheon scheduled for August 22.CTO said that Cox, a librarian by profession, “is a renowned storyteller and admired leader in the community”.She joined the Toronto public library as a children’s librarian in 1960 and in 1972 she became the head of the Parkdale branch where she launched literacy programmes and other initiatives that promoted multiculturalism throughout Toronto.During her tenure, Cox pioneered the library’s “Black Heritage and West Indian Resource Collection,” which was renamed in 1998 to the “Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection.” It soon became one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in Canada and today, continues to be a source of pride for the community.“The Caribbean Tourism Organization appreciates Rita Cox’s passion for promoting Caribbean heritage through the collection she developed for the Toronto public library as well as her storytelling events that pass our history on to the next generation,” said Sylma Brown, director of CTO-USA.“Her commitment to preserving Caribbean culture and dedication to keeping the region at the forefront of Canadian society over decades is the reason we are honouring her with the lifetime achievement award.”Cox established “Cumbayah,” a festival of black heritage and storytelling. As a renowned storyteller who has entertained audiences worldwide, and she ensured the Toronto public library’s storytelling legacy by training a new generation of storytellers, many of whom are current library staff. After her retirement from the Toronto public library in 1995, Cox was appointed a citizenship court judge by the government of Canada.Cox has won numerous awards, including the Canadian Library Association’s Public Service Award and the Black Achievement Award (1986). In 1997,She was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for her outstanding work in storytelling and literacy. Both Wilfrid Laurier University and York University have awarded her honorary doctorate degrees.last_img read more

Iowa’s governor says e-cigarette use among teens ‘alarming’

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says there are dangers associated with “vaping” and she’s discussing policy options with key advisers.“I think it’s alarming what we’re continuing to see and the increase in the number of cases and so we continue to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health to collect the data,” she says.State officials announced last Friday that nearly two dozen Iowans had been diagnosed with a respiratory illness linked to so-called “vaping” with an electronic cigarette. Reynolds says a majority of the illnesses involved vaping products containing THC, a chemical from marijuana.“That’s a significant concern,” Reynolds says. “That’s, you know, illegal.”According to federal officials, nine people have died in the U.S. from the mysterious illness connected to vaping and hundreds have been hospitalized.“The increases that we’re seeing in people using, especially young people, is concerning,” Reynolds says, “to see the growth really in a short time frame.”This week the Republican governor of Massachusetts declared vaping a “public health emergency” and imposed a four-month ban on all vaping products. Also this week, Minnesota’s governor called on his state’s legislature to ban the sale of the flavored pods inserted in “e-cigarettes.” Similar bans are already in effect in New York and Michigan.A federal study found the number of high school seniors who were “vaping” doubled from 2017 to 2018. Preliminary data from this year’s survey indicates one in nine teenagers “vapes” daily.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant dies at 41

first_imgBryant was a five-time NBA champion in a career that began in 1996 straight out of a high school and lasted until his retirement in 2016.He also was a two-time Olympic gold medalist, helping spark the US squad of NBA stars to titles in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 at London.Bryant bowed out of the NBA in 2016, scoring 60 points in his final appearance before his adoring fans at the Staples Center.It was a fairytale farewell to a sporting career which had begun two decades earlier.The son of former NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, the Lakers legend was born in Philadelphia in 1978 while his father played for the 76ers.The elder Bryant played from 1984 to 1991 in Italy, giving young Kobe a global worldview as he grew up dreaming of following his dad into the NBA.When his father retired as a player, the family moved back to the Philadelphia area and Kobe began his star turn at Lower Merion High School, where his jersey number 33 was retired.He decided at age 17 to jump directly from the prep ranks to the NBA, only the sixth player and first guard to make such a leap.Bryant was selected 13th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA Draft but they were picking for the Lakers in a deal made before the draft.At 18, Bryant became, at the time, the youngest player or starter in an NBA game and the youngest winner of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.In 1998, he became the youngest NBA All-Star starter. In a 1999 campaign shortened by a labor dispute, Bryant started every game for the Lakers and signed a six-year deal worth $70 million.As the Michael Jordan era ended in Chicago, Bulls coach Phil Jackson wound up joining the Lakers and with sharpshooter Bryant joining dominating inside force Shaquille O’Neal, the Lakers captured three NBA crowns in a row from 2000-2002, returning the team to glory days unseen since 1988.He remained with the franchise for the remainder of his career, successfully branching out into the entertainment industry following his retirement.In 2018, he won an Oscar for his animated short film “Dear Basketball”, a love letter to the sport which brought him fame and fortune.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 5x NBA Champion2x Finals MVP1x NBA Most Valuable Player 18x NBA All-Star4x NBA All-Star Game MVP11x All-NBA First Team2x All-NBA Second Team2x All-NBA Third Team9x NBA All-Defensive First Team2x NBA Scoring Champion2x Olympic Gold MedalistLos Angeles, United States | AFP |  NBA legend Kobe Bryant died Sunday when a helicopter crashed and burst into flames in foggy conditions in suburban Los Angeles, leaving five people dead, US media reported on Sunday.Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said there were no survivors from the morning crash on a rugged hillside in Calabasas, west of Los Angeles.The helicopter was described as a Sikorsky S-76, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said.TMZ was the first US outlet to report that Bryant was among the fatalities. The NBA icon’s death was later confirmed by ESPN, CNN and the Los Angeles Times citing unidentified sources.TMZ reported that Bryant’s wife, Vanessa was not among those on board the helicopter.Early reports of Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the world, with fellow stars and celebrities expressing disbelief at the news.“I’m stunned,” wrote Hall-of-Fame NBA star Scottie Pippen. “Words can’t even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day.”“This can’t be true,” Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic wrote on Twitter. “No please.”Tennis great Martina Navratilova added: “Gone much too soon, how devastating to hear of his passing, he gave joy to so many for so long – deep condolences to his family, his friends, his Laker family. RIP Kobe.”At the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, dozens of shocked fans gathered to pay tribute to the star.The crash came only hours after the 41-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers icon was passed by current Lakers star LeBron James for third on the all-time NBA scoring list in a Saturday game at Philadelphia.Bryant’s final post on social media had been a tweet congratulating James on surpassing him.“Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames,” Bryant wrote. “Much respect my brother #33644”.– Five-time champion –last_img read more

England pair win Major Champions titles

first_img Tags: elite golf, England squads, performance England teenage internationals Conor Gough and Annabell Fuller pulled off a national double when they won the individual titles at the Major Champions Invitational at Bella Collina in Florida.Gough was 15-under in the boys’ event, while Fuller was 11-under in the girls’ championship.The event, in its second year, was created by six-time major champion Sir Nick Faldo to give opportunities to young golfers. It was supported by 18 major winners including England’s Georgia Hall, the Women’s British Open champion.Hall was represented by a team of four: Gough (Stoke Park, BB&O), Fuller (Roehampton, Surrey) and fellow England player Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland, Essex), alongside Switzerland’s Alexis Valenzuela. Together they were runners-up in the team event, on 26-under, three behind Annika’s team.Gough, the British Boys’ Champion, shot scores of 68 65 68, playing the final five holes in two-under par to finish three clear of the USA’s Andrew Goodman. Defending champion Tom McKibbin was third on 11-under.Fuller, a Curtis Cup player, snatched a one-shot victory over Korea’s Jung-Min Hong when she birdied the last hole and her opponent bogeyed it. The 16-year-old had rounds of 68 69 68.Gough, Fuller and Humphreys are all members of England Golf national squads.Click here for more informationCaption: Annabell Fuller and Conor Gough (copyright Leaderboard Photography). 11 Mar 2019 England pair win Major Champions titles last_img read more

Riverhounds clinch playoff berth with 3-2 win over VSI Tampa Bay at Highmark Stadium

first_imgRaise over $15,000 for Cystic Fibrosis FoundationPittsburgh—On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Station Square, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds defeated VSI Tampa Bay 3-2 and clinched a berth in the USL PRO playoffs. In a critical match-up for a ticket into the post-season, the Riverhounds and Tampa Bay didn’t disappoint the sold-out crowd, as five goals were scored in the second half to deliver an exciting atmosphere at Highmark Stadium.  With goals from Jose Angulo, Rob Vincent, and Darren Amoo, along with a “Jersey off the Back” raffle, the Riverhounds also raised over $15,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.With both, the Riverhounds and Tampa Bay playing two matches over the weekend, the tempo in the first half was extremely slow.  Carrying tired legs into the match, along with a temperature near ninety, both sides were scoreless at the half.Coming out of the break with playoffs on the mind, the Riverhounds would strike first in the 53rd minute when Angulo converted from the penalty stripe.  Driving down the right flank with speed, Mike Seamon would travel over sixty yards on the break.  Cutting inside the penalty area to hold off his marker, Seamon would attempt a cross for Angulo, but his service struck the arm of Josh Rife at the near post.  The referee awarded the Riverhounds a penalty kick and Angulo stepped up to score the game’s first goal.Seven minutes later, second-half substitute Stefan Lundberg took a page out of Seamon’s book and drove down the left flank with speed.  Waiting for his teammates to join him in the attack, Lundberg found defender Mike Green in the left corner.  Green played a ball back for Alfonso Motagalvan at the edge of the penalty area.  Motagalvan set the ball back for Vincent racing into the attack.  Taking a touch to prepare his body, Vincent rifled a shot that tucked just inside the left upright to put the Riverhounds up two goals.The Riverhounds counter-attacked well on the night, and their third goal came on a combination between multiple players inside their own defensive third.  Following the combination, Motagalvan found Angulo all alone on the right flank with a ball over the top. Traveling with speed towards Tampa Bay’s goal, Angulo slotted a ball towards the penalty spot for Amoo. Taking a first-time shot with his favorite left foot, Amoo passed the ball past goalkeeper Alex Horwarth to provide the Riverhounds with a three-goal lead in the 68th minute.VSI Tampa Bay recorded their first goal of the night one minute after Amoo’s goal.  Mauricio Salles found Cheyne Roberts overlapping into the right corner.  Roberts delivered a cross towards the middle of the penalty area for Chad Burt.  Taking a first-time shot on frame, Burt’s close range shot was blocked by Hunter Gilstrap, but his save was not cleared.  Following up his shot, Burt’s second chance effort would find the back of the net.Tampa Bay would cut the lead to one goal with ten minutes remaining in the match.  Receiving a dangerous set piece on right flank, Salles would deliver a cross for Andryy Budnyy at the penalty spot.  Rising up in the crowd, Budnyy’s header would deflect off of a Riverhounds Andrew Marshall and at his feet.  Taking a touch out of pressure, Budnyy would pass the ball around Gilstrap for the game’s final goal.The Riverhounds return to USL PRO action next Wednesday in North Carolina.  The Pittsburgh side will meet the Wilmington Hammerheads at 7:30 p.m. in Legion Stadium.  Tampa Bay returns to the Sunshine State next Thursday to match-up with Charlotte Eagles.  The match is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start at Plant City Stadium.last_img read more