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marie-claire ends 2014 on high note with UN performance

first_img Sharing is caring! Share EntertainmentLocalNews marie-claire ends 2014 on high note with UN performance by: – January 27, 2015 201 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Tweet marie-claire ends 2014 on a high note with UN performanceAGSelectPR, New York City NY, Tuesday, 27 January, 2015: Two performances at the UN Headquarters in New York on 10th December 2014, rounded off a fruitful year and set the tone for an eventful 2015 for jazz/opera singer, marie-claire.Accompanied by pianist Mun Tzun Wong, marie-claire performed “Amazing Grace” and “Laschia Ch’io Pianga” (from Hendel’s Rinaldio) at the High-Level Pledging Luncheon to raise funds for the Permanent Memorial at the UN to honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.Chair of the Permanent Memorial Committee and Jamaica’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Courtney Rattray, praised marie-claire for her “exquisite and resounding performance” which played “an invaluable role” in the success of the event.That night the Permanent Memorial Committee raised over USD $400,000 towards the completion of the Memorial scheduled for unveiling on 25th March 2015– International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The Memorial, called “The Ark of Return” was designed by M Rodney Leon, a celebrated American architect of Haitian descent.Immediately following the pledging luncheon, marie-claire sang the Negro Spiritual “Deep River” at the launch of the Decade for People of African Descent (2014-2024).Ambassador and Chef de Cabinet Arthur Kafeero called her performance “exceptional.”Her contribution to both events was momentous as the Dominica-born, Bronx-bred artist was the only performing act from the Caribbean egion. Due to her excellent showing, marie-claire will return to the UN General Assembly hall on 30th June 2015 to perform at the UN 70th Anniversary Gala Concert.“I feel truly honored to be chosen to be a part of these two distinguished events,” says marie-claire. “Especially in light of my background in philanthropy and human rights,” she added.In 2010 marie-claire raised funds for disadvantaged Dominican youth through the Year of the Child concert which she co-founded and co-produced. She has also shared words of encouragement with female victims of sexual abuse in Dominica, Jamaica and St. Vincent. In New York she continues to mentor young women. In March 2014 marie-claire was honoured by the Williamsbbridge chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for her service to her community as part of Women’s History Month celebrations.Apart from recognition of her charitable efforts, marie-claire’s vocal and acting talents were put to good use during the year. In June, she took part in the off-Broadway play Mothers. During the year she also had well-received performances at the Metropolitan Room and noted jazz venue Smalls Jazz Club – both in New York City. She also penned lyrics to four compositions by Pulitzer Prize-winning and Metropolitan Opera House-commissioned composer of the Great Gatsby, John Harbison.She has already kicked off 2015 with a show at the Metropolitan Room on 20th January. She returns to the UN in June and in October her vocals will be on show in Jaipur India at the private collection presentation of “Quatre Poeme Hindo de Maurice Delage” – a four song cycle by the French pianist and composer. marie-claire will sing the cycle in French. The multi-talented entertainer is also reading for co-starring roles in two movies.– / 4Editorial Note: Please be informed that the artiste, marie-claire wishes her name to be spelt WITHOUT capital letters.last_img read more


first_img[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Elorde brothers continue to shine’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Friday, March 3, 2017 [av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]BROTHERS Juan Miguel and Juan Martin Elorde successfully retained their World Boxing Organization (WBO) titles in the main event of “Boxing Kontra Droga” card recently at the Elorde Sports Center in Parañaque City.Juan Miguel was able to defend his WBO Asia-Pacific super bantamweight title for the second time after scoring a technical-knockout victory over Indonesian boxer Erick Deztroyer.Juan Miguel, No. 3 in the WBO rankings, started strongly by knocking down Deztroyer in the first round. The Indonesian fell to the canvass again on the fourth round, although referee Bruce Mctavish ruled a slip.With the victory, Juan Miguel improved his boxing slate to 23-1-0, including 12 knockout victories, while the record of the much younger Deztroyer slid to 8-5-1, with one stoppage win.Meanwhile Juan Martin had an impressive night when he successfully defended the WBO Oriental lightweight championship via stoppage victory over Thai boxer Aekkawee Kaewmanee.The first two rounds saw an even exchange of punches between Juan Martin and Kaewmanee, but the former kept his composure with a combination of upper cuts and right hooks that staggered the opponent.Juan Martin continued to pressure Kaewmanee with solid body blows, which put the Thai on the defense. The Thai did not get up anymore from his seat, prompting referee Ferdinand Estrella to declare a TKO win.The 32-year-old Juan Martin stretched his winning streak to 11 and a 22-1-1 win-loss-draw slate, with nine knockout wins, while the 35-year-old Kaewmanee’s record fell to 16-8-0, with six stoppage victories.Both fights by the grandsons of the legendary Gabriel Elorde were the main events of Boxing Kontra Droga presented by the Johnny Elorde Management International in cooperation with the Rotary Club of Manila Premier.***Nearly a decade after it decided to bolt from the PBA, the Sta. Lucia Land, Inc. is making a grand return in big sport leagues when it joins the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference starting March 4 at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.The Sta. Lucia Land, which has won two PBA titles during its stint from 1993 to 2010, will try its luck on women’s volleyball when its sponsors a squad composed of NCAA superstars.Sta. Lucia Land head coach Michael Cariño said even if they have a short time to prepare for the PSL Invitational, he believes he has a young team capable of pulling off surprises.Composing the squad are Janine Navarro, Djanel Cheng, Ranya Musa, Rachel Austero, Melanie Torres, Lourdes Clemente, Nacael Gual, Cindy Imbo, Dana Henson, Jonna Sabete, Rica Enclona, Rialen Sante, and Shaira Umandal.“What we have is a young but fighting team,” said Cariño. “We have been preparing for Philippine Superliga the past three weeks, and we’re confident that we will make the company proud.”PSL president Ramon Suzara said he expects the squad — one of the new teams this season — to make an immediate impact in the 2017 season opener.“I expect Sta. Lucia to be competitive right in its debut and give PSL mainstays Petron (Tri-Activ Spikers), Cignal (HD Spikers), Foton (Tornadoes), Generika (Lifesavers), and Cocolife a run for their money,” Suzara said.“Sta. Lucia is known for its fighting spirit and winning tradition when it was still involved in professional basketball,” Suzara added. “The team has already been assembled, and we’re expecting it to hit the ground running.”/PNcenter_img [/av_textblock]last_img read more

Mike Harris, Alaska Aces escape Meralco Bolts

first_imgAlaska Aces’ Mike Harris hangs on to the leather as Meralco Bolts’ Reynel Hugnatan attempts to steal it. PBA MANILA – Mike Harris carried Alaska Aces on his back in the endgame for them to escape with a 104-102 win over Meralco Bolts in Game 3 of their 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal round on Thursday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.With both teams tied at 95-all after a triple by the Bolts’ Reynel Hugnatan, Harris drained 5 straight points – an inside hit and a 3-point play – for the Aces to surge 100-98.After the Bolts tied the scores 100-all on a conversion by Allen Durham, Harris connected another 3-point play for the Aces for a 103-100 lead. After a Durham layup cut the deficit to one, Harris split from the line to raise the lead 104-102.The Bolts had multiple opportunities to force an overtime but Durham and Hugnatan misfired in their shots from inside while the last minute heave by Anjo Caram was wayward. Harris finished the match with 31 points to go along with 24 rebounds and seven assists for the Aces, which moved closer to returning to the PBA Finals by taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five semifinal series.Simon Enciso and Chris Banchero added 17 markers apiece, while Bacolodnon Siverino Baclao came off the bench to score 11 points for Alaska. The Aces last reached the Finals two years ago.It was a seesaw battle in the opening half. The Aces dominated the first canto 25-22 on shots by Harris and Enciso while the Bolts countered in the second frame for a 53-47 halftime advantage.The Bolts were on top 64-53 early in the third period when the Aces went on a huge tear behind Harris, Vic Manuel and Banchero for a 70-all score before taking a 75-74 lead on a Jvee Casio trey.Meralco went up again 85-79 at the onset of the fourth frame but Alaska countered with a run from Banchero, Harris and Enciso to keep the match on a deadlock for the last time at 100-all.Durham finished with 37 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, while Hugnatan and Chris Newsome chipped in 19 and 18 markers, respectively, for the Bolts, which were hoping for a third straight Governors’ Cup Finals stint./PNlast_img read more

Argos Host Mississippi College for Home Opener

first_imgConference Play Begins UWF is 5-1 all-time against Mississippi College,  outscoring the Choctaws 14-5 in a sweep in Clinton last year. Mississippi College stands at 6-5 on the year, after splitting a doubleheader against Spring Hill on Wednesday. Three of those wins have come against Miles, which UWF opened the season with at the Gulf Coast Invitational. A couple of Choctaws to watch will be Lauren Mulligan, who is hitting .393 with two home runs, and Haley Thompson, who is hitting .317 and has a league-best 15 stolen bases in 15 tries. West Florida will begin its run through the conference schedule with Mississippi College this weekend, and the Argonauts went 23-10 in league play last season. 2016 marked UWF’s highest winning percentage in conference play (.697) since 2006, when the team went 22-9 (.710). The Argonauts have historically been one of the strongest teams in the conference, holding the third-most wins in GSC history (383) and the fourth-best winning percentage (.668) in conference play, out of 21 current and former member institutions. Kathleen Smiley tore up GSC pitching as a freshman last season. The Pensacola native led the team in batting (.367), OBP (.451), slugging (.561), home runs (4), RBI (32), and total bases (55), while totaling 14 walks and just 8 strikeouts. #GuardTheFork Wow, We Are Good at Hitting PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida softball team will open up home and conference play at the UWF Softball Complex this weekend, hosting Gulf South Conference opponent Mississippi College. UWF stands at 8-1 on the year after a two-day sweep over Lander and Columbus State and the Cougar Classic in Columbus, Georgia, last weekend. Sass, Man University of West Florida sophomore Rhiannon Sassman has been selected for the 2017 NFCA DII Player of the Year Watchlist, the organization announced on Wednesday. Sassman led UWF with 65 hits, 14 doubles, 6 triples and 103 total bases in 2016, becoming the first Argonaut to tally 100 total bases since 2010. She also ranked second on the team with 47 runs scored, 50 RBI and a .542 slugging percentage. In all, 50 total student-athletes took spots on the list, and the Orlando, Florida, native joins fellow Gulf South Conference members Hillary Carpenter and Reagan Tittle of North Alabama and Kaitlyn Bannister of Alabama Huntsville. UWF senior Becca Taylor ranks third in program history in fewest walks per seven innings (1.02), following last year when she walked less than a batter per game and ranked fifth in single-season UWF history last year with 0.83 walks per seven. That mark was the second-best in the Gulf South Conference and the 15th-best in Division II. **FULL PDF NOTES** #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version This is a Walk-Free Zone The Argonauts will return to the UWF Softball Complex for their home opener against Mississippi College this weekend, a year after putting together one of the best home records in the GSC. UWF finished the year 15-4 at “The Fork,” good for a .789 winning percentage. Since 2009, UWF is 172-90 (.656) at home. The pitching stood out for West Florida in Pensacola’s friendly confines last year, as Argonauts put together a 1.51 ERA and allowed opponents to bat just .195.center_img Oh Dang, Meghan Toney 2016 NFCA first team All-American Rhiannon Sassman took no time getting into a groove offensively this year, hitting .563 after a weekend of play. She leads the team in runs (12), slugging (.719), walks (5), total (23) and home runs (2). She put together a strong weekend at the Cougar Classic, going 5-16 at the plate with four runs scored. Through two weekends of play, West Florida leads the GSC in batting average (.385), on-base percentage (.436) and slugging (.508). The Argonauts also rank third in total bases (132), despite playing two fewer games than league leader Valdosta State (144). Fewest Walks per 7 Innings (UWF Career)1.         Joann Tobin (1988-89)               0.842.         Jordan Ratliff (2012-13)              0.873.         Becca Taylor (2014-present)       1.024.         Jillian Lafrance (2008-10)           1.085.         Krissy Styrna (1999-2002)           1.15 A Look at Mississippi College Fewest Walks per 7 Innings (GSC, 2016)1.         Taylor Johnson, Delta St.           0.612.         Becca Taylor, West Florida        0.833.         Kimberly Jack, Ala.-Huntsville    1.164.         Tyler Harrison, Ala.-Huntsville    1.205.         Taylor Tucker, Delta St.             1.37 These Newcomers The doubleheader on Saturday will begin at 1 pm, as will the series finale on Sunday. All three games will feature a live video broadcast and live stats, and links for those can be found at #AwardWatch It was another strong weekend for UWF’s newcomers at the Cougar Classic. Like during the opening weekend in Gulf Shores, everyone on the UWF roster saw some playing time in Columbus, Georgia. Tiona Hill has started at third base in all nine games this season, hitting .360 and slugging better than .600 across 25 at-bats. The junior wrapped up the weekend with a 3-for-5 day against Lander and Columbus State with two doubles in the afternoon contest against CSU. She scored at least one run in all five games at the Gulf Coast Invitational to open the season. Freshman and Navarre, Florida, native Callan Taylor has started and served as the DP in all nine of UWF’s games. The rookie went a combined 3-6 with a double and a run scored in two games against Columbus State last weekend. The season’s opening weekend was a little rocky for Taylor Rolison, but the freshman was sharp in the Cougar Classic. Rolison threw a complete game shutout against Lander on Saturday, striking out three and allowing just two hits in the 5-0 win. It was her second shutout of the year, following a win over Tuskegee in the Gulf Coast Invitational. Baleigh Boltz made the most of her starting spot against Tuskegee in the GCI, going 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. She began that game with a single and soon came around to score on a wild pitch as a result of some heads-up baserunning. She tacked on an RBI with a single in the 3rd inning, and she scored the walkoff run in the 8-0, five-inning win after a single in the bottom of the fifth. Meghan Toney continued her hot streak at the Cougar Classic last weekend, going 10-16 (.625) with four runs scored and four stolen bases. After two weeks of play, she leads the Gulf South Conference in batting average (.655), hits (19) and on-base percentage (.688). In addition to her efforts with the bat, Toney also moved into the UWF record books by being hit by a pitch for the 10th time in her career. That ranks her 10th in program history in times hit by pitch.last_img read more

Medina High School Boys Varsity Cross Country finishes 2nd place at Greater Cleveland Conference Meet

first_imgMedina High School257 Related Topics The varsity boys cross country team finished in 2nd Place at the Greater Cleveland Conference Championship Meet on Saturday morning.The boys came up just 8 points behind Solon for the title. Harry Custer finished in 2nd place overall on a muddy course. Caleb Cummings (8th place), Graham Hayden (12th), Michael Palocko (13th), and Charlie Heidinger (22nd) also scored for the Bees.The team will be back in action next Saturday when they compete in the OHSAA Division I District Meet held at Ella Canavan Elementary.Provided to NEOSI by Medina VNNcenter_img Vince McKeelast_img read more

Report Shows Parnell Paid $20,000 for Two Months Consulting

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A recent report shows former Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell was paid $20,000 for two months of consulting work for the Republican caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives. According to a note he wrote which was shared by the Alaska Republican Party, Parnell is working to “better connect them with the governors and state leadership of our country.” The Politico report that detailed Parnell’s earnings stated his work included “meetings and conversations between state-based aides to governors and House GOP leadership,” and calling state governors prior to recent Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act. After losing the 2014 gubernatorial election to Governor Bill Walker, Parnell opened a consulting business with his formal rural affairs adviser, John Moller. The expense report also showed over $6,000 paid to Parnell for travel costs.last_img read more

Harada victorious at wind-shortened large hill nationals

first_imgMasahiko Harada only needed one jump to ensure himself a fourth large hill crown and his second title in 24 hours at the ski jumping national championships Sunday in Hakuba, Nagano Prefecture.Harada nailed the day’s best effort of 123 meters in the first round of jumps on the K-120 hill and was declared the winner after strong winds forced the cancellation of the second round. “I was beginning to feel the pressure and was secretly hoping that they would end the competition after the first round,” Harada said after strong winds repeatedly interrupted the second round.Asked about competing at next year’s Olympics in Salt Lake City, the 32-year-old Harada remarked “I’ve been competing these three years (since the 1998 Nagano Games) with the aim of being in Salt Lake next year. I’m overdue for a big result.”The 32-year-old Harada, who won his first normal hill national title since 1999 on Saturday, collected 122.4 points and took his overall national ski jumping title tally to an unprecedented eight.Yukio Sakano took second after his 121.5-meter leap earned him 118.7 points while Kazuki Nishishita’s 121-meter jump gave him third with 117.3 points. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Toyo University wins ekiden in record time

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS Proving its depth, Toyo University won the annual Tokyo-Hakone collegiate ekiden road relay for the third time in four years with a stunning record time on Tuesday.Toyo completed the 217.9-km round trip between Tokyo’s Otemachi business district and the spa resort of Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture in 10 hours, 51 minutes, 36 seconds, more than 8 minutes faster than the previous record of 10:59:51 set by Waseda University a year ago. Toyo University anchor Takashi Saito crosses the finish line at the annual Tokyo-Hakone collegiate ekiden road relay on Tuesday. | KYODO PHOTOcenter_img Komazawa University finished second in 11:00:38. Meiji University came in third in 11:02:50 and Waseda was fourth 20 seconds farther back.Toyo started Tuesday’s 109.9-km return trip with a lead of more than 5 minutes ahead of Waseda after ekiden superstar Ryuji Kashiwabara broke his own record in the uphill 23.4-km fifth and final leg of Monday’s race.Toyo was never in danger of losing the lead, with four of its five return-trip runners posting the fastest times in their respective legs.Among them, sophomore Yuta Shitara clocked a record 1:02:32 in the 21.3-km seventh leg. His twin brother Keita ran the second leg for Toyo on Monday.“We are so happy because we endured a tough defeat last year,” said Toyo coach Toshiyuki Sakai. “We won with a team effort. As for the record time, each of our runners did better than I could imagine.”In last year’s race, Toyo finished 21 seconds behind Waseda, the closest margin between the top two finishers in Hakone ekiden history.“I didn’t do anything as captain, and everyone thought about what to do to improve and acted in a responsible manner,” Kashiwabara said.“At times I was tired of all the attention because of this Hakone ekiden. But in the end I’m glad I set a new record and won the title with my teammates.”Kashiwabara helped Toyo win three Hakone ekiden titles in four years of his college career.The Fukushima native first came into the national spotlight in 2009 when the then-freshman broke former Juntendo University star Masato Imai’s fifth-leg record by 47 seconds.Kashiwabara rewrote his record in his sophomore and senior years. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Floodlight tapeball cricket set for Anna Regina Drying Floor tarmac

first_imgAN action-packed evening is anticipated tomorrow at the Anna Regina Drying Floor tarmac in Essequibo.Members of the Young Achievers Sports Club of Anna Regina will host a 5 Overs-a-Side Tapeball Knockout competition for teams in Region 2.The popular venue has a concrete pitch and the faster bowlers will enjoy the surface in getting the ball to climb at face height.On the other hand, batsmen, especially those who can hook well, will relish the opportunity of hitting a few out of the park.Among the teams expected to participate are Richmond Youths, Cotton Field, Walton Hall, Reliance Hustlers, Affiance, Charity and Mainstay.Meanwhile, several Essequibo inter-county players are also listed to be in action including Ramesh Narine, Basil Persaud, Narendra Mandolall, Latchmikhant Narine and Grayson Paul. Entrance fee for teams is $5 000 with the first match scheduled for 14:00hrs.Attractive monetary prizes and trophies will be at stake including best batsman and bowler in the competition. Teams are required to be at the venue by 13.00hrs to be registered, No late entrance will be permitted, according to the organisors who will provide balls and tape for the duration of the competition. (Elroy Stephney)last_img read more

Scowen sent off but QPR earn deserved point at Ipswich

first_imgSee also:Ipswich v QPR player ratings Embed from Getty ImagesIpswich 0 QPR 0QPR picked up a deserved point at Portman Road, where they played the final few minutes with 10 men after Josh Scowen was sent off.Scowen, who had an excellent game in midfield, was shown a second yellow card following a foul on Grant Ward.AdChoices广告Rangers defended resolutely and keeper Alex Smithies pushed away an early effort from David McGoldrick.The visitors, with Luke Freeman playing behind Idrissa Sylla in attack, threatened at times.Jake Bidwell’s shot following Freeman’s free-kick was tipped over by keeper Bartosz Białkowski, who gathered Alex Baptiste’s header from the resulting corner.Balls into the box from Jordan Cousins and Pawel Wszolek just evaded Sylla.And in the final minute, Białkowski kept out a shot from substitute Matt Smith.QPR: Smithies, Baptiste, Onuoha, Robinson, Wszolek, Cousins (Osayi-Samuel 82), Luongo, Scowen, Bidwell, Freeman, Sylla (Smith 79). Subs not used: Lumley, Furlong, Hall, Washington, Chair. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more