Mexico defeats Jamaica, 3-1, for CONCACAF Gold Cup

Darren Mattocks scored Jamaica's lone goal in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. The Reggae Boyz lost 3;1 against Mexico.

Darren Mattocks scored Jamaica’s lone goal in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. The Reggae Boyz lost 3;1 against Mexico.

By Carmen Glover

Mexico defeated Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 26, delivering a crushing blow to the excited Jamaican fans who cheered on their team in a match that was too brutal to watch.

In what appeared to be a lopsided pairing, Mexico scored all three goals before Darren Mattocks mercifully spared the Reggae Boyz the embarrassment of total annihilation by scoring Jamaica’s lone goal in the seventy-ninth minute.

Jamaica and Mexico faced off at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which Mexico won 3-1.

Jamaica and Mexico faced off at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which Mexico won 3-1.

But Mattocks’ efforts were too little, too late and Jamaican fans who crowded into the stadium, eager to see glimmers of the dominant team that trounced the USA men’s team, were denied their desired outcome.

As Mexico’s fans celebrated jubilantly, Jamaica’s fans ended up shell-shocked, leaving the stadium dejected, angry and bitterly disappointed, asking themselves the perennial question: What’s next for the Reggae Boyz?

Panama beat the US s men’s team on Saturday, taking third place-OnPointPress.net.

In historic win, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz thrashes the US men’s team, 2-1

Giles Barnes, striker for Jamaica's Reggae Boyz, scored the second goal for Jamaica against the USA.

Giles Barnes, striker for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz, scored the second goal for Jamaica against the USA.

By  Ephieum Allen

In an historic display of football dominance, Jamaica’s exciting team, the Reggae Boyz, delivered a resounding beating to the USMNT in Atlanta, Georgia this evening, July 22, to qualify for the semi-final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. With the victory, the Reggae Boyz are automatic qualifiers for the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Ryan Thompson, the Reggae Boyz' goalkeeper, delivered for the team against the US men's team.

Ryan Thompson, the Reggae Boyz’ goalkeeper, delivered for the team against the US men’s team.

The match began with the Reggae Boyz vigorously attacking the US team for the first 15 minutes then the US responded by attacking the Reggae Boyz for a few minutes.

Jamaica’s first goal was scored by Darren Mattocks in the thirty-first minute. Mattocks headed the ball, which hit the left side post and went across to the other side, connecting on a beautiful goal.

Darren Mattocks of Jamaica's Reggae Boyz started the game by delivery a blistery goal against the USA team.

Darren Mattocks of Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz started the game by delivery a blistery goal against the USA team.

Moments later, in the thirty- sixth minute, Giles Barnes scored the second goal with a free kick inside the 18-yard box which rocketed to the roof of the net, leaving US goal keeper, dazed and confused, with no chance of recovery.

Jamaica bullied the US for the final 15 minutes, leaving the USMNT defenseless, overmatched, outclassed and outplayed in every domain possible. Within the first five minutes of the second half, the US countered with a shot from inside the 18-yard box, which was too hot for Jamaican goalkeeper Ryan Thompson to handle, so he blocked the shot and it went directly into the path of US midfielder Michael Bradley who scored the sole goal for the US.

US goalkeeper Brad Guzan is stunned out of his mind by the Reggae Boys' brilliance and dominance.

US goalkeeper Brad Guzan is stunned out of his mind by the Reggae Boyz’ brilliance and dominance.

The Jamaican victory is in contrast to the Reggae Boyz’ performance in the recently concluded Copa America.  On route to playing the decisive game against the US for the Gold Cup, Jamaica lost to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in the Copa America tournament. Nonetheless, the Reggae Boyz were considered a formidable force to reckon with, which the US team discovered, much too late.

 USA Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann

A dejected USA Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann, watches helplessly as his team is soundly defeated by the Reggae Boyz of Jamaica in the Gold Cup semi-final match in Atlanta, Ga on July 22, 2015.

Jurgen Klinsmann, the coach for the USMNT, said, prior to the match, that the game against the Reggae Boyz was the “most important tournament for the US this year.”

The second semi-final game is now underway with Mexico going up against Panama. The winner of that match will face the Reggae Boyz in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 26–OnPointPress.net.

NAJASO honors trailblazers at its 38th annual convention

 

Mr. Earl Jarrett

Mr. Earl Jarrett received the award for outstanding service.

The National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations (NAJASO) held its 38th annual convention from July 16 to July 18, 2015 in Cleveland Ohio, USA.

The featured speakers for the conference were Mr. Earl Jarrett, general
manager for Jamaica National Building Society, at the luncheon banquet
and the Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, Jamaica’s minister of health, at the dinner banquet.
Both receptions were well attended and the final dinner banquet had an
attendance of approximately 200. Mr. Jarrett built his discussion around
the conferences theme “Building a Sustainable Future” and addressed the
audience from the perspective of a “family talk” on economic growth and
development for Jamaica.

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Dr. Robert Clarke, MD, (NAJASC’s executive vice president and co-founder of HELP Jamaica Medical Mission, presents a book of the organization’s history to Jamaica’s minister of health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, MD, while HELP’s co-founder, Dr.  Rudolph Wills looks on.

Minister Ferguson, a founding member of NAJASO under the Progressive
International Cultural Organization (PICO), was a student
at Howard University in Washington, DC. in 1977. The minister spoke of NAJASO’s
contributions in health as well as education, He also praised NAJASO for its
leadership in supporting Jamaica over the past 38 years and discussed
current and future initiatives to further improve and develop health
sectors in the country. NAJASO also conducted elections for its national officers.–OnPointPress.net.

 

 

 

 

Did Sandra Bland commit suicide or was she murdered by Texas police?

Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland, a graduate of Prairie View A& M University, an historically black college, was found dead in her jail cell in Waller County on Monday, July 13. Texas officials said she committed suicide but her friends and family say she would not take her own life because she had a lot to live for and was eager to start a new job at her alma mater.

By Carmen Glover

As questions continue to mount over the true cause of 28-year-old activist Sandra Bland’s death in Waller County, Texas, her family announced on Sunday, July 19 that they have requested an independent autopsy to get answers.

“We want to understand how it is that this all played out and what ultimately ended up being the real cause of her death,” said Cannon Lambert, Sr. the family’s attorney.

A video captured Sandra Bland's altercation with Texas police. In the video, a police officer is seen with his knees on her back.

A video captured Sandra Bland’s altercation with Texas police. In the video, a police officer is seen with his knees on her back.

The family is contesting the assertions by Texas officials who ruled her death ‘self-inflicted asphyxiation,” and insisted that Bland hanged herself with a plastic bag while she was held in jail on Monday, July 13. Texas officials pointed to a Facebook message posted by Bland in March 2015, during which she said:

“I’m going through something many of you might be experiencing, It’s a little bit of depression and PTSD.”

Bland did not state in the message whether or not she had been diagnosed by a licensed mental health official or whether she diagnosed herself.

Sandra Bland after she was arrested for failing to signal for a lane change.

Sandra Bland after she was arrested for failing to signal for a lane change.

As vigils and marches continue to express outrage about her death, one central question remains: Why does a motorist end up dead, in jail, for a routine traffic signal?

According to Texas officials, Bland kicked state trooper, Brian Encinia, 30, after he tried to pull her out of her when she failed to signal for a lane turn, on Friday, July 10. Encinia was put on desk duty on Friday, July 17, after an investigation concluded that he violated Texas Department of Public Safety protocols.

William Mitchell, 5, of Houston, holds a sign at a rally at the Waller County Jail in Hempstead, Texas, on Friday July 17, 2015, to protest the death of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in the jail. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

William Mitchell, 5, of Houston, holds a sign at a rally at the Waller County Jail in Hempstead, Texas, on Friday July 17, 2015, to protest the death of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in the jail. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

A video recording that allegedly captured Bland’s altercation with Encinia, showed the woman on the ground with the officer’s knees in her back as Bland raged at him shouting:

“For a traffic signal you shove me into the ground and everything?”

Bland’s older sister Sharon Cooper, said it’s unlikely that Bland committed suicide as the Texas police said, because she had recently moved back to Texas from her hometown of Chicago, to start a new job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M, an historically black college from which Bland graduated in 2009.

Protests continue as family and community members seek answers about the exact cause of Sandra Bland's death.

Protests continue as family and community members seek answers about the exact cause of Sandra Bland’s death.

“Based on the Sandy I knew, this is unfathomable to me. I heard from her on Saturday and she said her bail was set at $5,000 so we were trying to put that together,” said Cooper, who explained that her sister complained that her hand and shoulder hurt due to what the police did to her. “We’re just trying to understand what happened.”

Meanwhile, Sigma Gamma Rho, Bland’s former sorority, released a statement expressing that they were “deeply saddened by the death of our sorority sister,” and Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said, last week that:

“The death of Sandra Bland will not be swept under the rug. The truth will come out.”

With Bland’s family ordering an independent autopsy, it appears as if they are taking matters into their own hands to ensure that the truth, in fact, comes out.–OnPointPress.net

 

NABJ president tackles media bias towards tennis ace Serena Williams

NABJ President Bob Butler addresses media bias towards Serena Williams.

NABJ President Bob Butler addresses media bias towards Serena Williams.

Serena Williams’ dominance in sports has been greeted with pride in some quarters while she has been mercilessly attacked for her appearance and body image in others. NABJ President Bob Butler responds to the vitriol below:

Here we go again. Another media company is apologizing for publishing or broadcasting racially insensitive comments, then going right back to business as usual. It’s happened with television stations, radio stations and newspapers, but this latest case of poor journalism is by The New York Times, long regarded as one the United States’ newspapers of record. During Wimbledon, The Times ran a story by Ben Rothenberg that explored whether other women tennis players wanted to have bodies like Serena Williams.

Serena has shown repeatedly that she has no equal in tennis.

Serena Williams has shown repeatedly that she has no equal in tennis.

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), believes journalists are supposed to be accurate but the article implied that Williams does not look feminine because she has a muscular body. The article has been pilloried on the Internet.There is more than one standard of beauty and to even broach this subject in this manner is at best disingenuous and insulting. Throughout her career Williams has been described in any number of unflattering ways, including being called “manly.”

Many white women have been praised for their surgery-enhanced curves while Serena Williams has been vilified for hers, which are natural.

Many white women have been praised for their surgery-enhanced curves while Serena Williams has been vilified for hers, which are natural.

Rothenberg did NOT do that, but he should know that writing about Williams’ body invites the haters – or racists – to call her anything but a championship tennis player who arguably is the best athlete in the world – male or female.NABJ, African-Americans and women are tired of it. In an apology of sorts, Times public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote that Rothenberg “…. sees some of the ways that the article could have been approached differently.”

Serena Williams showcases her beautiful curves in Essence magazine.

Serena Williams showcases her beautiful curves in Essence magazine.

Whether it’s television anchors using the long-outdated term “colored” or other racially offensive terms, a meteorologist messing up the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s name or a newspaper referring to an African-American hockey player as the “dark guy,” this can’t keep happening. It is not OK to make these kinds of mistakes and then think issuing an apology or disciplining the guilty party makes everything alright.

Longtime media critic – and NABJ member – Eric Deggans says many news outlets seem to forget that, because it’s 2015, they can’t possibly have the same problems with race and gender coverage that they had 10 or 15 years ago.

Essence magazine has celebrated Serena Williams' curves while encouraging all women to celebrate theirs as well.

Essence magazine has celebrated Serena Williams’ curves while encouraging all women to celebrate theirs as well.

“The other thing we know at NABJ is that covering race and gender well is a constant process,” he said. “In the same way you can never stop striving to be accurate, you can never stop working hard to fairly cover race and gender issues – which includes maintaining a diverse newsroom and paying particular attention to stories touching on these themes,” Deggans added.

Serena Williams has won the last 2 major tennis tournaments and is closing in on a 3rd straight this week at Wimbledon.

Serena Williams has won the last three  major tennis tournaments when she won at Wimbledon last week but instead of being praised for her achievements she has been met with vitriol for her looks and body type.

You can kind of understand slips of the tongue on live television or radio. But The Times admits four editors signed off on the story. It’s hard to believe that not one of them saw this as being offensive to African-Americans and women. Were any of these editors people of color? That might be the problem and it’s only a matter of time before something else offensive is broadcast or published.

An advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and provides career development as well as educational and other support to its members worldwide. For additional information, please visit, www.nabj.org.–OnPointPress.net.

Medical school set to open at Harlem’s CUNY campus in 2016

City University of New York (CUNY) will open a medical school on it's Harlem-based City College campus

City University of New York (CUNY) will open a medical school on the Harlem-based City College campus

By Carmen Glover

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday, July 14, that the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest public university system, which offers affordable tuition to middle and working class families, the poor and immigrants, will open a medical school in 2016, accepting its first batch of medical students that September.

“This new school is another step toward making medical care more accessible for all,” said Cuomo, who also stated that the medical school “increases employment, research and learning opportunities for students and faculty.”

CUNY's City College is located on Convent Avenue in Harlem, New York City.

CUNY’s City College is located on Convent Avenue in Harlem, New York City.

The CUNY School of Medicine will be housed at the City College campus, located at Convent Avenue in Harlem. City College boasts top-tier graduates including retired Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell. CUNY has a reputation for churning out Pulitzer Prize winners, Noble Prize winners and other exceptional graduates, including Lehman College graduate and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, who have made significant contributions in various fields across the world.

CUNY has run the Sophie Davis School, which offers pre-medical classes, as of 1973, and many students at the school got the foundation which allowed them to pursue medical careers upon graduation. With the CUNY School of Medicine becoming a part of the university’s brand, those students, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, will find attending medical school to be more affordable.

James Milliken, CUNY Chancellor.

James Milliken, CUNY Chancellor.

CUNY Chancellor James Milliken said the medical school, which is being created in collaboration with Saint Barnabas Health System in the Bronx, is a “logical and necessary expansion,” while touting the expected scope of the medical school in training doctors to serve in underserved communities through the provision of increased medical access.

Although CUNY initially offered tuition-free education, that changed decades ago and the yearly tuition increases have marginalized many potential students who are too poor to afford the rising costs. Nevertheless, with CUNY revamping itself during the past decade and introducing an Honors Program, many competitive high school seniors have declined admission to Ivy League universities and chosen to accept full scholarships to CUNY instead, boosting the institution’s reputation as a cheaper alternative which provides quality education.

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CUNY was established in New York city 170 years ago and has a rich tradition of educational variety and excellence. President Barack Obama launched his signature initiative for minority boys, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, at CUNY’s majestic Lehman College campus in the Bronx, earlier this spring.–OnPointPress.net.

OnPointPress.net’s Editorial Director earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in counselor education at Lehman College, CUNY.

 

Are the burnings of Black churches meant to incite fear?

 

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Briar Creek Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, burns on June 24.

By Carmen Glover

When the Confederate flag was brought down with pomp and circumstance in Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, July 10, after contentious debates in the Legislature, Dylann Roof, whose social media accounts featured him posing with the flag and guns, lost again.

Roof wanted to start a race war when he sat quietly through Bible study at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, on Wednesday, June 18, before casually standing to his feel and unleashing a barrage of bullets into the bodies of trusting, defenseless parishioners, who gave him refuge in the Lord’s house.

Mt Zion AME Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina burns to the ground.

Mt Zion AME Church in Greeneville, South Carolina burns to the ground on June 30.

“You have to go. You rape our women and take over our country,” Roof allegedly said, as he sought strength through terrorizing church-goers with a hail of bullets. Where Roof failed, it appears, according to published reports, other terrorists have taken up the mantle.

During the week of Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26, six Black churches have been set on fire, some burning to the ground, in Southern states including, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Ohio.

College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, TN, burns on June 22.

College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, TN, burns on June 22.

Among the churches that were burned are Glover Grove Baptist Church in Warrenville, South Carolina, which burned to the ground on Friday, June 26; Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, which burned on Wednesday, June 24; Fruitland Presbyterian Church in Gibson County, Tennessee, which also burned on Wednesday, June 24; God’s Power Church of Christ, in Macon, Georgia which burned on June, College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, which burned on Monday, June 22 and Mt. Zion AME Church in Greenville, SC, which burned on June 30.

While investigators take their time to unearth all the possible clues before labeling the spate of fires arson, one thing is clear: The aim of the perpetrators seem to be squarely focused on inciting fear in the hearts of African-Americans to soothe the minds of race-baiters who feel threatened by what they perceive as “Blacks taking over the country,” a sentiment that has become pervasive.

Baptist church in Elyria, Ohiio, June 17

Baptist church in Elyria, Ohio, burns on June 17

Speaking on WABC’s public affairs program “Here and Now,” with host Sandra Bookman on Sunday, July 12, Rev Marcellus Morris, pastor of St. Luke A.M.E. Church in New York was blunt in his assessment, stating:

“Not all people are racist but people’s true colors are coming out. We live in a time where people have been hiding but not they are coming out. Some people can’t get over the fact that we have a black president.”

The solution, said Rev. Jacqueline Lewis, who participated in the discussion, is activist ministry.

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Nine victims who were murdered during Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, have all been laid to rest. SC Governor Nikki Haley used nine pens to sign the executive order authorizing the removal of the Confederate Flag, in honor of the victims.

“Black churches and Black people are being attacked so anti-racism work needs to be the cornerstone of our faith.” Lewis referenced another horrific act of church terrorism that still haunts her.

“I remember watching the news with my mother when the four little girls were killed in the church in Birmingham,” she said, explaining that not much has changed with regard to racist sentiment and action, which is why activist ministry in always important.

Four black girls were killed when white terrorists bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

Four black girls were killed when white terrorists bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

In the Black community, church interaction is seen as the bedrock of the community, the beacon of faith and hope. Church serves as the place where people go for comfort and solace. It is viewed as the institution that undergirds the principles by which children are raised, supervised and nurtured. And yes, church can be the source of pain and anguish when abuse is hidden and victims go voiceless. So when a decision is made by a person, or a group of persons, to venture into a church and set fire to a place of worship for one specific community then the message is being sent that “You are not safe anywhere,” and “We will destroy your symbol of hope.”

Terrorizing Blacks by burning down, bombing, or otherwise defacing their churches is hardly a new phenomenon in the history of the racial culture of Blacks across the globe and African-Americans in particular. Prior to  Roof desecrating  the Emanuel AME Church is Charleston on June 18, he stated in his online manifesto that he targeted the church because of its “history.”

Emmanuel AME Church

Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where 9 church members were massacred by racist terrorist Dylann Roof, who wanted to start a race war.

Yet while the church has been a refuge to members and non-members alike, it’s central role in the lives of Blacks should not be taken lightly, despite the utter depravity that would inspire the spate of burnings that have destroyed the buildings, but not the faith of those who view the Black church as a symbol of peace, hope, tranquility and solace.

As more attention is being focused on this disturbing pattern of intimidation and terrorism, more members of the media are paying attention to this situation to see what evidence the investigators uncover and whether anyone will ultimately be charged and brought to justice. One thing will remain constant, however, and that is the Black community’s unwavering faith and the solace that is drawn from interactions in church.–OnPointPress.net.