Reigning MVP Kevin Durant will be forced to sit and watch his team when as the NBA season begins, due to a foot injury he sustained during the preseason. He will be sidelined for 6 to eight weeks.
By Charles Glover, Jr.
As the beginning of the 2014-15 NBA season approaches, there are more injury concerns that will have an impact on teams which reached last season’s playoffs. General managers and coaches will be challenged to fill large voids left by injured stars.
Chicago Bulls fans are tired of seeing Derrick Rose in a suit like they have for much of the past two seasons. Hopefully, Rose can put his injury woes behind him for good.
Last year, the Chicago Bulls had their hopes of a deep playoff run dashed again when Derrick Rose went down with a season-ending injury for the second straight season. Brook Lopez’s season-ending injury changed the expectations for the veteran Brooklyn Nets team to do well. Both teams were able to make the playoffs but neither had a deep playoff run.
Pacers fans will likely have to wait until next season before seeing Paul George in uniform again.
There has already been key injuries to big NBA stars before the season has begun. The Indiana Pacers will be scrambling to replace Paul George, who went down with a gruesome injury this summer while playing with Team USA.
Young guard Bradley Beal has helped the Wizards become a playoff team. They will need him healthy if they plan on improving from last year.
Bradley Beal has been ruled out for the next several weeks which could also change the season outlook for a Washington Wizards team that is looking to build on its playoff success from last year.
The Thunder general manager and coaches will have to make changes to endure Durant’s preseason injury.
Perhaps no injury will impact the NBA more than the foot injury sustained by reigning MVP Kevin Durant. Durant is expected to miss the next 6 to 8 weeks as he recovers from the injury he sustained during the preseason. The Thunder are fortunate enough to have another superstar in Russell Westbrook to help the team adapt but there will definitely be a change in the team’s production this season.
Thunder fans are hoping the team responds to Durant’s injury the way they did last season when Westbrook missed numerous games.
Time will tell if these general managers and coaches can help thees teams cope with these drastic changes. The Thunder faced a similar challenge when Westbrook started the season injured last year, but there are no assurances the team will have the same kind of success this year. While teams with injured stars can still make the playoffs, there are no guarantees as the league becomes more competitive due to huge player and personnel changes. Read OnPointPress.net for new developments.–OnPointPress.net–
Charles Glover, Jr. is a training/benefits consultant and a sports aficionado. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.
Vin Martin, Jamaica’s late honorary consul to Atlanta, now has scholarships awarded in his name.
Montego Bay, Jamaica, Oct. 12 (JIS): Three high school students from the parish of St. James are to benefit from annual scholarships valued at $150,000 from the Vin Martin Memorial Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister Cities Health Mission. The scholarship award program was announced by head of the annual health mission, Dr. Yvonne Smith during the opening ceremony of the 2014 mission on Monday, October 6, at the St. John’s Methodist Church Hall in Montego Bay. The award will be presented annually to students selected by the health mission’s committee.
“We pledge to do this for every year, while the health mission is in force,” Dr. Smith said. She informed that the scholarship program was instituted in memory of the late chairman and founding member of the mission, Vin Martin, whom, she said, had dedicated himself to the program. Dr. Smith expressed commitment on the part of the team of medical personnel and other volunteers, to continue “to carry out the work that has been set forth by Mr. Martin. We will endeavor to continue to serve the people of Montego Bay and St. James for many more years to come,” she stated.
The annual Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister Cities Health Mission has been renamed the Vin Martin Memorial Atlanta/Montego Bay Health Mission, in honor of Mr. Martin, who died on July 23 in Atlanta, Georgia, after a long illness. Mr. Martin was a prominent attorney, who served as Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Atlanta from 1997 to 2013-OnPointPress.net.
Jamaica’s Minster of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. The Hon. Omar Davies
JIS, 10/10/2014: Jamaica’s Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, said that increasing the efficiency and capacity of the air transport sector is an important element of the Government’s growth strategy. The, move, he said, is in recognition of the impact of air transportation on all sectors, among them tourism, agriculture, health, education and high-tech industries, many of which are critical to the advancement of developing and emerging states. Dr. Davies was addressing the opening of the International Civil Aviation Authority’s (ICAO) three-day Regional Air Transportation Conference on Tuesday October at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James.
The Minister, who declared the event open, highlighted the fact that the nations of the world “share a global sky. Hence the need for all countries and regions to work together to ensure an efficient, safe and sustainable air transportation future.”
He contended that the pace at which the global economy will progress “rests substantially on the shoulders of the international air transport industry.”
President of the ICAO Council, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, in his presentation, outlined some objectives, which the nations of the world, particularly developing and small island states, must continuously pursue in the interest of economic development and sustainable growth in global aviation. He also announced that the regional conference is expected to culminate in a Declaration, establishing an agreement between participating states of the region to further key safety, security and efficiency objectives.
The ICAO, which is the global body governing international civil aviation activities, is partnering with the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) in convening the conference. Over 200 representatives from regional and international regulatory bodies, civil aviation authorities and the air transport industry, as well as participants from academia, air transport attorneys-at-law, consultants, and international air transport organizations are in attendance.
The three-day conference will feature moderated discussions and presentations on the role of air transport in global and regional economies; the sustainable development of air transport in the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACC) region; challenges to growth; measures for optimizing the synergies between the air transport and tourism sectors; establishing international agreements to foster a liberalized air transport environment and the impact of taxation on the sector’s development–OnPointPress.net
Black men face a steep climb in finding well-paid, full-time jobs, despite the decline in the unemployment numbers and the steady increase in available jobs, many of which are for part-time work.
By Carmen Glover
The October 3 report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics was mixed, showing some areas that are cause for celebration, such as the creation of 248,000 jobs. But other areas are grim, such as the high unemployment rate for blacks, which elicit feelings of profound concern.
While the figures showed a dip in the overall unemployment rate down to 5.9 percent, they also showed that the unemployment rate for African-Americans is at 11 percent, almost twice the national rate, with black men facing the greatest challenge in finding a job. Conversely, the overall unemployment rate for whites is now 5.1%, Hispanics, 6.9%, teenagers 20% and Asians 4.3%. Also, the figures showed that the participation rate for workers held steady at 62.3 percent, which means that of the entire workforce almost 40 percent of capable workers have become so discouraged that they have dropped out of the employment race.
Furthermore, the industries that showed the greatest employment gains were unchanged: healthcare, retail, professional services, business and construction, with part-time employees having a better chance of holding a job, which often has no benefits, than a college graduate who is seeking a well-paid full-time job.
The stock markets rejoiced at the news of the low unemployment figures but discouraged job seekers have become frustrated with the paucity of jobs that match their qualifications and areas of interest. Despite the dip in the unemployment rate, and the consistent period of steady job growth, more jobs are needed to enable a higher participation rate, which can only be achieved when there is a greater variety of well-paid jobs available across a broader cross-section of careers.–OnPointPress.net.
The Royals will have to bring their stellar pitching to Baltimore to face the Orioles and their hot bats. (l) Greg Holland, closer Royals. (r) Nelson Cruz, outfielder, Orioles.
By Charles Glover, Jr.
Both American League division series ended Sunday, October 5, with both teams completing a 3-game sweep. In the evening, the Baltimore Orioles swept the Detroit Tigers with a final score of 2 – 1 to be the first team to advance to the next round. In the nightcap, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Los Angeles Angels 8 – 3, to advance to the American League Championship Series.
Adam Jones (l) and Nelson Cruz (r) must stay hot if they are to help lead their team to the World Series.
The ALCS should be an excellent matchup of contrasting styles. The Orioles are one of the best scoring teams in MLB this season. They displayed their scoring prowess in the ALDS by scoring 21 total runs in the 3-game series against the Tigers. The Royals, on the other hand, have leaned heavily on their pitching. They were able to hold the high-powered Angels offense to 6 combined runs in the 3-game ALDS series.
The Royals must continue their excellent pitching and defense to have a chance to slow down the high-powered Orioles. (l – r) Alcides Escobar – Shortstop, Lorenzo Cain – Center fielder, Mike Moustakas – Third Baseman.
The ALCS will begin on Friday, October 10 with the Orioles playing host to the Royals to begin the 7-game series. It will be interesting to see if the Royals can continue to show resiliency and clutch hitting or if the Orioles can keep their offense flowing. Either way, don’t expect a sweep in this series to determine who will head to the World Series.–OnPointPress.net–
Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com.
President Barack Obama issued proclamation in observation of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence, Mental Health and Breast Cancer are being observed during the month of October.
During the month of October, Mental Health, Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer Awareness are observed. On September 30, President Barack Obama issued proclamations highlighting Domestic Violence and Breast Cancer. The Domestic Violence Awareness proclamation appears in full below:
Domestic violence affects every American. It harms our communities, weakens the foundation of our Nation, and hurts those we love most. It is an affront to our basic decency and humanity, and it must end. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we acknowledge the progress made in reducing these shameful crimes, embrace the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse, and recognize that more work remains until every individual is able to live free from fear.
Last month, our Nation marked the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Before this historic law, domestic violence was seen by many as a lesser offense, and women in danger often had nowhere to go. But VAWA marked a turning point, and it slowly transformed the way people think about domestic abuse. Today, as 1 out of every 10 teenagers are physically hurt on purpose by someone they are dating, we seek to once again profoundly change our culture and reject the quiet tolerance of what is fundamentally unacceptable.
That is why Vice President Joe Biden launched the 1is2many initiative to engage educators, parents, and students while raising awareness about dating violence and the role we all have to play in stopping it. And it is why the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and the newly launched “It’s On Us” campaign will address the intersection of sexual assault and dating violence on college campuses.
Since VAWA’s passage, domestic violence has dropped by almost two-thirds, but despite these strides, there is more to do. Nearly two out of three Americans 15 years of age or older know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, and domestic violence homicides claim the lives of three women every day. When women and children are deprived of a loving home, legal protections, or financial independence because they fear for their safety, our Nation is denied its full potential.
My Administration is committed to reaching a future free of domestic violence. We are building public-private partnerships to directly address domestic violence in our neighborhoods and workplaces, and we are helping communities use evidence-based screening programs to prevent domestic violence homicides. At the same time, the Federal Government is leading by example, developing policies to ensure domestic violence is addressed in the Federal workforce.
Women, one holding a placard, take part in a rally, notably to denounce domestic violence, on the “International Women’s Day” on March 8, 2014 in front of the National Museum in the capital Beirut. The “International Women’s Day” dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century and has been observed by the United Nations since 1975. AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO (Photo credit should read ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images)
New protections under the Affordable Care Act provide more women with access to free screenings and counseling for domestic violence. And when I proudly reauthorized VAWA last year, we expanded housing assistance; added critical protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans; and empowered tribal governments to protect Native American women from domestic violence in Indian Country.
Our Nation’s success can be judged by how we treat women and girls, and we must all work together to end domestic violence. As we honor the advocates and victim service providers who offer support during the darkest moments of someone’s life, I encourage survivors and their loved ones who are seeking assistance to reach out by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visiting www.TheHotline.org.
This month, we recognize the survivors and victims of abuse whose courage inspires us all. We recommit to offering a helping hand to those most in need, and we remind them that they are not alone.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2014 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I call on all Americans to speak out against domestic violence and support local efforts to assist victims of these crimes in finding the help and healing they need.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth. BARACK OBAMA.
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline .Support, resources and advice for your safety.1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 24/7, 365 days a year. Bilingual advocates on hand. thehotline.orgM-F, 10am-8pm ET; Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Tel: (800) 656-HOPE; Safe Horizon (212)-385-0357 –OnPointPress.net
Terrie Williams, author, mental health advocate and publicist champions the cause of those who suffer from mental health diagnoses and encourages blacks to stop hiding and seek help. She is author of the book “Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting,” which deals with mental health in the black community and the stigma associated with dealing with mental illness.
By Carmen Glover
Mental health continues to be an area of profound concern globally because mental health diagnoses continue to be shrouded in secrecy, and for some, profound shame. Interestingly, some individuals find it much easier to admit that they are HIV positive, because of the support that society provides through housing and financial aid, rather than acknowledge that they struggle with a mental health diagnosis.
Terrie Williams, mental health advocate, author and public relations specialist
Although both HIV and mental heath diagnoses are protected by health shield laws, they can both be lethal if left untreated. When troubled rapper DMX appeared on “Iyanla Fix My Life,” the episode burned up social media because of the spectacle he made of himself. But some viewers were shrewd enough to recognize that his bizarre behavior was fueled by more than drug addiction. He displayed evidence of a co-occurring disorder, which was supported by revelations that he suffers from mental illness.
Across the USA as carnage explodes in the form of mass murders and unprovoked attacks, mental health is often found to be the underlying trigger. Terrie Williams, who earned a master’s degree in sociology from Columbia University and stumbled into public relations as a career while caring for the late Miles Davis, went on to count Eddie Murphy, Nia Long and Essence Magazine among her boldfaced clientele. She wrote one of the most enduring books on the public relations industry, “The Personal Touch,” which some communications expert view as “the PR Bible.”
But, speaking frankly at last year’s regional NABJ media conference at the Associated Press headquarters, Williams described tackling mental illness at the pinnacle of her very public career.
“I had a nervous breakdown several years ago and I’m on anti-depressants. For white people, therapy is a badge of honor and they will tell you, unasked, what anti-depressants they are on but blacks are afraid to face their struggles,” she said, to shouts of “Amen.” Pausing and glancing around the room, she smiled, then said “Everyone is walking the fine line of crazy. Face the truth of who you are: the good and the crazy as hell side. Be kind to everyone you meet because you never know what that person’s journey is.”
She cautioned the journalists listening to her raptly to take care of themselves. “Choose your friends and colleagues wisely because people’s spirits are transferable,” she said, to appreciative nods. “Release past hurts and learn to forgive, especially yourself. We are absolutely nothing without our emotional and physical health,” she added, before urging “Get help. Therapy is the gift that keeps on giving.”
Somehow, when someone who lives in the public eye like Williams does, shares a personal story, it resonates. If you have been feeling as if something is not quite right with you or a loved one, get help. Mental illness, at its most destructive, leads to suicide, feelings of hopelessness and uncontrolled rage If you are a loved one experience any of the signs of depression, seek help. As Williams puts it “Be able to ask for help when you are the strong one that everyone goes to for help and give yourself permission to say no.”
October is Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health Awareness Week is being observed from October 5 to October 11. October 9 is National Depression Screening Day and October 10 is World Mental Health Day.–OnPointPress.net.
October 1-31: National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence (DV) has been in the news a lot recently due to NFL players being involved in graphic DV incidents. But DV is not limited to athletes. DV victims live in constant fear for their personal safety and often struggle with planning their escape. Many are terrified to share their plight. Call the following numbers for help: National Domestic Violence Hotline (800)-799-7233, (800)-787-3224 (TTY); Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Tel: (800) 656-HOPE; Safe Horizon (212)-385-0357.
October 1-31: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Women are encouraged to get mammograms and focus on early detection for the optimum care. Find a walk near you by visiting makingstrideswalk.org.
Circle of Sisters is a two -day entertainment and self-help event hosted at the Jacob Javits Center October 4-5, 2014.
October 4-5: Circle of Sisters returns to New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center for a combination of self-help seminars, music, vendor display, fun and family interaction. See performers such as Tank, Tyrese, Johnny Gill, Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson, Tamar and Vince. Listen to panel discussions led by TVOne’s Roland Martin, and many more. Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St. New York, NY 10001.
October 4: Co-op City hosts a college fair to break down the college application process. The fair targets two groups: Students in grades 3-6 (accompanied by an adult)will be seen from 10:00 a.m-12;00 noon, while students in grades 7-12 will be seen from 12;00 noon through 6;00 p.m. Location 177 Dreiser Loop Auditorium, Co-op City, Bronx, NY 10475.
October 3-31: New Movies such as Nas’ “Time is Illmatic,” “Gone Girl,” join movies with good buzz such as Denzel Washington’s ” The Equalizer,” Idris Elba’s and Tajiki P. Henson’s “No Good Deed,” and Liam Neeson’s “Walk Among the Tombstones.” Check local listings for movie times.–OnPointPress.net.
Multiple Oscar winner Denzel Washington is somber as he ponders his next move in his latest thriller “The Equalizer,” which won the box office when it opened 9/26/2014.
By Carmen Glover
In their first pairing since their Academy Award-winning turn in “Training Day,” director Antoine Fuqua and legendary actor Denzel Washington joined forces again to dominate the box officer last weekend with the thriller “The Equalizer,” which grossed close to $35 million in ticket sales when it opened on September 26, with movie theaters reporting brisk sales and numerous sold out shows.
Tariji P. Henson and Idris Elba keep audiences breathless perched at the edge of their seats as the scenes unfold in “No Good Deed,” which topped the box office when it opened September 12, and continues to draw a strong crowd.
The movie comes on the heels of “No Good Deed,” a fast paced thriller starring heart-throb sensations Idris Elba and Tariji P. Henson, who both infused their roles with rich texture that had them emanating from the screen with compelling authenticity. “No Good Deed,” which opened in theaters on September 12, also surged to the top of the box office with strong sales, supported by a diverse audience.
On October 3, rapper Nas adds to the offerings with the debut a film by One 9 and Erik Parker, “Nas: Time is Illmatic,” which opened earlier this year at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary chronicles Nas’ journey from childhood to music stardom while examining the lives of his friends along the way, and how they fared.
Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder and Brian “Astro” Bradley, as T.J. in the film “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” which opened on September 19.
Various other movies round out the menu of what is being shown in movie theaters, giving audiences a wide range of stellar performances and an opportunity to shine. One that is particularly noteworthy is the gem “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” starring Liam Neeson and featuring a smooth portrayal by Brian “Astro” Bradley, whose ease in the role is as natural as it is riveting.
After a great year in 2013 which featured a mixture of solid roles featuring black actors, 2014 is continuing the trend of showcasing black actors in movies that give them a chance to shine with excellent scripts. It remains to be seen if this trend will continue–OnPointPress.net.
Mrs. Janice Miller, Jamaica’s High Commission-designate to Canada.
Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade recently announced the appointments of three high commissioner-designates. Mrs. Janice Miller, currently serving as Under Secretary for multilateral affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has been appointed High Commissioner–designate to Canada. She succeeds High Commissioner Sheila Sealy Monteith, who served as high commissioner for Jamaica to Canada since 2010 and who will be returning to a senior position in the Ministry.
Mrs. Miller is a career diplomat with over 17 years of experience in the Jamaican foreign service. She is one of the deputy permanent representatives for the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and serves on the board of directors of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica and the Jamaica National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Mrs. Miller holds a first class honors bachelor of arts degree in history, french and politics from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, and a masters of philosophy degree in international relations from the UWI, St. Augustine. She is married to Donald Miller and they have two daughters, Rachel and Rianna. She is expected to assume duties in Ottawa by mid-October 2014.
Ms. Cheryl Spencer, Jamaica’s High Commission-designate to South Africa.
South Africa High Commissioner-designate Ms. Cheryl Spencer is currently the senior director for the foreign trade department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade with responsibility for trade policy, trade related issues and technical leadership and coordination of Jamaica’s positions in trade negotiations. She replaces High Commissioner Norma Taylor Roberts whose tour of duty came to an end earlier this year and who has proceeded on retirement.
Ms. Spencer’s education and training background is in international relations and trade, and includes an honors bachelor of science degree in international relations from the University of the West Indies (Mona) and certificates in trade policy and trade negotiating techniques and skills from the World Trade Organization (WTO). A career diplomat, Ms. Spencer has 24 years experience in international relations and diplomacy at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels. Proficient in both french and spanish, she has previously served as first secretary at the embassy of Jamaica in Brussels, Belgium, among other positions. Ms. Spencer currently serves as deputy chairman of the board of the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC).
Mr. David Prendergast, Jamaica’s High Commission-designate to Trinidad & Tobago.
Trinidad and Tobago High Commission -designate Mr. David Prendergast currently serves as head of trade agreements implementation coordination unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and has responsibility for overseeing the implementation of Jamaica’s obligations under the revised treaty of Chaguaramas in relation to the CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the CARIFORUM-European Union Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). He will succeed Her Excellency Sharon Saunders who has served as High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago since 2009 and who is being reassigned to a senior position in Kingston.
A career diplomat, Mr. Prendergast holds an honors bachelor of science in international relations from the University of the West Indies and a master’s degree in international relations and strategic studies from the Lancaster University in the United Kingdom where he was a Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Scholar. Mr. Prendergast was an Edward S. Mason Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School from 2012-2013 where he received a Masters in Public Administration and a Certificate in Public Policy and Management. Mr. Prendergast is married to Angella and they have one son, Joseph.
The High Commissioner-designate will assume duties in Port of Spain at end of 2014-OnPointPress.net.