A long time ago, in a Science class not so far way

first_img Top Searches Top Searches ScottWest UnionRichard Seas PreviousACOVSD Board holds April 19 meetingNextLady Indians improve to 7-4 with SHAC win at Lynchburg Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel HomeNewsA long time ago, in a Science class not so far way By Ashley McCartyNorth Adams High School eighth-grade Science teacher Matt Young was recently awarded the Middle School Teacher of the Year from the American Chemical Society of Cincinnati.Each year, the American Chemical Society recognizes high school teachers with exceptional skills in teaching and a consistent record of dedication to the growth and welfare of their students. It would be hard to believe that Young’s penchant for teaching did not come naturally.“I bounced around from college to college before I knew what I wanted to do; University of Cincinnati, Shawnee State University, Southern State Community College, and the University of Dayton. To be honest with you, teaching was never a passion. I wanted to go into the medical field. I had a lot of family members that taught, and I had no interest to teach at all, so I decided that wasn’t going to be my route,” said Young.One year, after his family purchased a driving school, he was asked if he would be interested in teaching over the summer.“I caught the bug I guess. I never really had the calling, but I went back to school and I attended Shawnee State University for two years and got my teaching license there. I’ve been teaching now for 21 years,” said Young.After college, Young was hired at North Adams Elementary as a sixth-grade Math teacher.“I basically taught everything, but primarily sixth-grade Math for 10 to 12 years with Social Studies and Language Arts thrown in there. During that time I received my principal’s license and took a really weird job. I was the assistant principal at the elementary and the high school at the same time, so I was going back and forth. It was really a quick way to the top, but I had a principal that I was working for resign midway through the year on Christmas break, and with me basically only having half a year of experience, they asked me to take this job as North Adams High School Principal,” said Young.For four years Young performed his duties as a principal, but it just wasn’t the same.“I really just missed the kids, to be honest. I didn’t have the same relationship with the kids as a principal. You just can’t interact the way you can in a classroom. I was also raising a family. At the time, my wife and I had a set of twins that would have been four or five, and my son, who would have been about 10. I started to miss some of their things. Instead of wanting to go watch them play their sports or activities, I was covering here. It was one of those things where you need to go back and look at your priorities. So [between] family and the kids here at school, I got back in here to enjoy it,” said Young.A stipulation in his contract stated that he would have to find employment elsewhere for a year after being a principal.“I taught one year at West Union Elementary. That was a great experience, I had great co-workers there. After that, the eighth grade Science position opened here, so I’ve been here for three years and I love it. I love Science,” said Young.Over the years, his philosophy of teaching has evolved with experience.“When I first started teaching, it was all about state testing. Anytime I taught a class, it was always the test. I equated it to the Super Bowl. We’re practicing the whole year, the state test comes. I was very good at prepping and getting those kids pumped up for the test, and we always did really well. As I attained more experience, I started seeing that the kids needed something else. I want my kids to have social skills, I want them to be able to survive socially and emotionally in society. If you gain that trust with the kids and you treat them like young adults with respect, they’ll run through a wall for you. The test will just come. I teach Science in the classroom, obviously, but trying to instill values and trying to get them to be productive young men and women,” said Young.Instilling those values is more important to him than actually teaching science, he said.“I try to interact with every kid. I have the seventh grade that is coming through, they come by my room every day. I don’t teach them, but I interact with them. It’s not just me, my colleagues are great. We’re all interacting with those kids,” said Young.Two years ago, North Adams High School Principal Linda Naylor tasked Young with creating two non-credit electives for junior high.“So I came up with things that I like. I thought well if I like it, I should be able to have a passion to teach it. So I decided to come up with a class called “The Science of Star Wars” or “Star Wars Science”. We take the unbelievable science fiction part of Star Wars and apply it to actual science. I thought the kids would like it, but it made me feel really old that these kids were coming into the classroom and had no idea about Star Wars. So, I felt like I kind of swung and missed with that one, but I do feel like the kids being in the classroom get exposure to it and they’re like, ‘Hey, this isn’t that bad.’ It’s a classic story, good versus evil, and they can all relate to it,” said Young.Some of the students jumped into it and thought it was neat, he said.“So, for example, we create the lava lamp of Mustafar — which Mustafar is where Darth Vader was created — so we go in and create a lava lamp. I relate that then with volcanoes, so we go really in-depth with volcanoes. That’s one quarter or one nine weeks, and then I did a Sports Science class. You can grab those athletes that may not enjoy the [science-fiction]. I made some good connections. I have Dr. Baseball, he works for the Reds. I was able to make contact with him, and with COVID-19 it’s been a mess with both of these classes. The hands-on aspect has kind of gone away, but I still have that connection where I can go to him and we can start looking at the new launch angles and exit velocity that they’re doing in baseball. We can bring that into the classroom and kids can enjoy that,” said Young.Having options make the classroom more popular than just an eighth-grade Science class, he said.Young has been a fan of Star Wars since its debut in 1977.“I had all the toys and still do. I have half of a refrigerator box cut with all of my toys still in it. They’re all the originals, though not in the packages, unfortunately. Anything that’s Marvel, Star Wars, anything Disney right now, I bring it to the classroom. Marvel is probably more popular right now than Star Wars, so we try to bring in something with that. Even if it’s not science-related, we’ll just have a conversation. The kids enjoy having those conversations. Not necessarily just during class time, but just in the hallways and having conversations they like,” said Young.Perhaps surprisingly, some of the most avid Star Wars fans in his classroom are girls. While there are more male students engaged, some of his top students are female.“The kids [are what I enjoy most about teaching]. I have great colleagues, too. I enjoy coming to work. It’s fun, and the kids make it different. People will say that the kids get on your nerves, but the thing is, if the kids get on your nerves, you probably shouldn’t be a teacher. The kids need us. I’m not just talking about the kids that are at-risk, all kids need someone to talk to. They spend basically eight hours with us a day, they need to have somebody that they can trust, somebody who is going to make their educational experience enjoyable. I can’t imagine sitting in the school for eight hours and really not feel like you’re being cared about,” said Young.His philosophy as a teacher and a principal has always been “you have to love your kids more than you love the subject that you teach.”“It’s embarrassing a little bit [to receive this award]. I like it because it promotes education. Every time I open my Facebook there’s my face. It’s great, but I like the fact that’s it’s at least promoting education to that point. It’s nice that I was recognized as teaching in Adams County when like the High Scool Teacher of the Year was from Madeira, Ohio, and then the Elementary School Teacher of the Year was from Our Lady of Lourdes. So, it’s nice to get recognition here when you have all of Cincinnati competing. It typically doesn’t work out that way. I like that because it promotes the area. Myself, I’m not much of a self-promoter. It’s humbling. It was very surprising, and then I accepted my award through Zoom because of COVID-19. I’m thankful for it. Just to be recognized is wonderful,” said Young.Naylor, who nominated Young for the award, was thrilled.“When I looked at the criteria, Mr. Young has a lot of teaching experience. I worked with him when he has taught English, language arts, math and now he’s teaching science. He’s good at whatever he teaches. I really feel that he’s excelled in this eighth-grade science area. It’s an area that is tested by the state, and while we’ve only had one year of testing because of COVID-19, he’s had great results. I’m looking forward to good results again this year. I was thrilled [when he won]. I had no idea how big the pool would be or who he would be competing against, so when I got the notification back from the American Chemical Society I was just thrilled for him,” said Naylor.center_img Powered By 10 Sec How to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a Pro NextStay How to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel TomatoesNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYINGHow to Carve a Whole ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Make the Ultimate Light and Fluffy Mashed PotatoesNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHow to Core and Slice a PineappleNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. A long time ago, in a Science class not so far wayNA Science teacher Matt Young brings a unique style and creativity to the junior high classroomApril 27, 2021Mark CarpenterNews, Top Stories0 With his unique style and creative lessons, North Adams High School eighth-grade Science teacher Matt Young was recently awarded the Middle School Teacher of the Year from the American Chemical Society of Cincinnati. (Provided photo)last_img read more

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Adventure Coachlines kickstarts post-lockdown day trips next month

first_imgNew Adventure Travel (NAT) Group’s coaching arm Adventure Coachlines is launching a series of day trips this half term to help restore confidence in coach travel. The service will start with two excursions to Bath and the Cotswolds in October.NAT Group says it made the decision after public appetite for UK travel increased following the relaxing of travel restrictions.Passengers are to be kept safe through stringent cleaning procedures which meet all Welsh government regulations. The operator is maintaining space between seats, issuing PPE to drivers and making available ‘COVID safety kits’ including hand sanitiser, wipes, gloves and face masks. Temperature checking is being enforced across the whole coaching division.Adventure Coachlines Sales Executive Lauryn Tunnel says: “The last six months have seen immense change within our business, however the coaching arm has been slower to show signs of recovery.“The introduction of our Adventure Coachlines day trips is a significant step in our ambition to return to some kind of ‘business as usual’ and we look forward to welcoming individuals, couples and families aboard to visit some beautiful parts of neighbouring England.”last_img read more

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Vahe Baloulian – BetConstruct – What else is out there?

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Submit Share Share Related Articles Vahe Baloulian, BetConstructVahe Baloulian is the CEO at BetConstruct. He’ll be speaking at the two day Betting on Sports Conference late next week at London’s prestigious Grange Tower Bridge Hotel.Vahe will be speaking on marketing and customer acquisition strategies alongside Pinnacle’s Harry Lang, Richard Hayler of IBAS, Jacob Lopez Curciel of Optima with Rebecca Jennings of Global Reviews as chair.SBC: The method of acquiring players hasn’t changed much since the start of the industry – basically a sign up bonus. Is this method still viable?Vahe: This method is still viable but it is boring, overused and sometimes quite expensive. What else is out there? Well, generally speaking, not much. The industry, and not only ours, is moving towards automating every possible task. On this path, we tend to look at our relationship with humans who contribute to our success – our players – as a technical issue we have to resolve with the technical tools we have. Only when we again rediscover that players are humans and we try to address them through humans we employ, we will uncover a lot more ways to attract, engage and make them like us for what we are, not for the free bonuses we give.SBC: What alternative methods of player acquisition have caught your eye?Vahe: Recently, everything I see from the global brands boils down to free bonuses. In the past, there was a lot more acquisition through direct contact and interaction with players. Yes, the number of actual players who were touched by the operators was limited but word of mouth and publicity from these events did contribute enormously to acquisition efforts. For example, we have a small number of operators that never used bonuses in their local markets amidst fierce competition and still are market leaders. They generate business the old-fashioned way – by concentrating on their players and doing the best possible job for them. The most powerful marketing anywhere is a satisfied customer. SBC: Given there is so much focus on acquiring new players, is the industry missing a trick by not investing more in retention of players?Vahe: Industry invests in retention but I think this investment often goes to buying tools that are supposed to help us retain players instead of investing in human interactions with players. We have to treat players as our friends. Those of us who do – have no problem with retention. It’s hard to find great friends. And once players feel your genuine friendship – they stay. It is not easy to ditch a good friend. You don’t forget your real friends and you trust them. Building trust is a laborious process, but well worth the investment. The benefits are enormous. For me that’s the most obvious task for those involved in retention efforts – to make every player feel as a real friend. That’s how you earn their loyalty – something that can’t be purchased with a free bonus.SBC: Is the industry making the most of the channels available to it when reaching new players?Vahe: I don’t know about the industry as a whole but we have operators who definitely value that approach. For those who outsource their marketing efforts to us, we use social and legacy media, direct and digital mail, webcasts and live events to create expectations of positive consequences for joining their brands and, as a result, we acquire new customers. The most successful efforts are those where through creative symbiosis of all the channels we manage to deliver a uniquely powerful message of our partner’s brand. We activate brand advocates and make sure the message is focused on the most important attributes of their brand, on their values. We try to make players feel like our partner is next to them.SBC: Can cross-selling other products and other channels be an effective way to retain custom?Vahe: For cross-selling and reaching out through different channels to help your retention efforts, you first of all need to know who your players are. You can have a unique proposition, excellent content, and customer support ready to handle any question via all the channels. If you don’t know who you are talking to, all that effort will be irrelevant. If you treat your players as faceless data points on your screen, you will have harder time retaining them. To retain you need to go to basics – know your customer and treat him or her the way they expect to be treated.Who are they? How do they get entertained? What motivates and aspires them? What bothers or scares them? The human-to-human connection is the way to understand your customer. Without this you may trigger negative experiences and drive them into hands of your competitors.Check out the full Betting on Sports agenda here. StumbleUpon ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020last_img read more

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Kate Hudson shows off just how seriously her family takes Christmas

first_imgABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — A typical American family Christmas card normally depicts smiling faces and festive outfits, right?  Well, Kate Hudson’s version only featured just one of those holiday staples.The Almost Famous actress posted her family’s snarky take on the holiday spirit to Instagram, writing, “We take Christmas MERRY seriously…”  While all five family members check off the holiday outfit requirement, everyone, including one-year-old Rani Rose, stares coldly and disapprovingly at the camera.However, instead of coming off as intimidating, the card is all the more hilarious given the outlandish outfits the family is wearing.Kate’s two sons, 15-year-old Ryder and eight-year-old Bingham, look cozy as they pose barefoot in their respective Christmas pajamas, but it’s their spirited Christmas tree hats that really complete their look.The Fabletics mogul, who wears the same exact hat as her sons, wears an ugly Christmas sweater that could rival her headpiece, along with a garish pair of red, white, and green patterned overalls. Meanwhile, boyfriend Danny Fujikawa bears a steely-faced expression as he sports the same holiday-print overalls as Kate over a brown knit sweater.  He is also the only person in the photo wearing shoes.Obviously, fans and friends had a field day in the comments section.  Comedian Chelsea Handler poked fun at Fujikawa by asking “Is that mr Klaus?”  On the other side of the spectrum, journalist Katie Couric praised the family photo and called it “SO cute.” Probably safe to say when it comes to the Hudson clan, they know how to prove just how seriously they take Christmas, as evidenced by Kate’s hashtag that declares, “Don’t mess with our Xmas Game.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Man City forward Leroy Sane is on Bayern Munich’s summer wishlist

first_img EFE 20/05/2019 Upd. at 17:47 CEST Now, with Robben and Ribery’s cycles at the club ending, the Bavarian club are ready to move for Sane once again.  Germany international Leroy Sane, currently at Manchester City, could become a Bayern Munich player as they look to renew their squad this summer, according to Kicker.  Leroy Sané, en los planes del Bayerncenter_img IN SPORT.ES During the current campaign, Coman and Serge Gnabry have been regulars on the Bayern wing with Robben and Ribery winding down. Sane’s arrival would add more competition for places. Bayern hoped to sign Sane three years ago but due to the excess of wingers they had at the time — Franck Ribéry, Arjen Robben, Kingsley Coman and Douglas Costa — they missed out on him to City.  In their favour is the fact Sane hasn’t played as much as he would have liked at City this season. And he has not renewed his deal at the Premier League champions, which expires in 2021.  City, according to Kicker, aware that Sane either wants to move to Bayern or let his contract run down, so could be open to doing a deal with the German champions. last_img read more

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First Sight fame in the frame

first_imgBy KATHRYN BERMINGHAM With a career in photography spanning 15 years, Genelle Bevan’s hardest job came in May 2014. The…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Son military service blow as South Korea stunned by Malaysia in Asian Games

first_imgTOTTENHAM’S Son Heung-min has been dealt a blow in his quest to avoid military exemption after South Korea lost 2-1 to Malaysia in the Asian Games.The Tottenham winger, 26, came on as a second half substitute during the second match in Group E, but failed to help his side get a result.4 South Korean winger Son Heung-min needs to win the Asian Games to be exempt from military serviceCredit: Getty Images – Getty4 Tottenham ace Son could be facing two years of military serviceCredit: Getty Images – GettyFailure to win the Asian Games would require Son to undergo two years of military service.Under Korean law, all men must do 21 months of National Service before they turn 28.South Korea are the defending champions of the tournament, having beat North Korea in the final four years ago.Son’s former side Bayer Leverkusen refused to let the forward participate in the 2014 Asian Games in UAE.Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino tries his hand at the Dele Alli celebration 4 Son, 26, started on the bench for the Group E defeat against Malaysia todayCredit: Getty Images – GettyA bit of a bump in Son Hyeumg-min’s road to military exemption. South Korea have lost their second group match at the Asian Games 2-1 to Malaysia. They’re 2nd in the group which would be enough to reach the next round. Son came on as a sub. Bet he starts the next one…— Mani Djazmi (@BBC_Mani) August 17, 2018 Son Heung-min replies to Pedro Obiang’s goal with an amazing long range effort himself4 Former Bayer Leverkusen forward Son will surely be starting against Kyrgyzstan on MondayCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut they are in danger of crashing out after Safawi Rasid netted a goal in either half, before Hwang Ui-jo pulled a goal back at the death.And you can expect Son to be in the starting line when South Korea face Kyrgyzstan in their final group match on Monday.Kyrgyzstan currently sit third in the group following their 2-2 draw against Bahrain, and know a win against South Korea would see them leapfrog their upcoming opponents.Son came narrowly close to exemption from national service in 2015, but Korea lost against Australia in the final of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.Tottenham striker Son Heung-min is proud of the club’s young players who starred on the U.S. tour MOST READ IN FOOTBALLRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashlast_img read more

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Spurs REFUSE City fans refund after game date switch because of ground delay

first_imgTOTTENHAM have REFUSED to pay Manchester City fans their travel costs for next month’s rearranged Premier League match.The game has been switched to Monday, October 29, as Tottenham’s new £850million stadium will still not be ready.4 Manchester City fans have been left out of pocket after travel arrangements were ruined when Spurs changed the date and venure of their Premier League clashCredit: Getty Images – Getty4 Tottenham have refused to refund Man City fans out of pocket after the club changed date and venue of clash to WembleyCredit: PA:Empics SportTheir temporary home of Wembley is booked up that weekend as it is being used by the NFL.City fans hoping to make the trip south were going to be left out of pocket following thechange.Now Pep Guardiola’s champions have stepped in to help out fans after talks with Spurs fizzled out.City announced they will refund all coach and train tickets bought by fans who now cannot go on the new date.4 Tottenham’s new stadium has been delayed amid problems with the safety systemsCredit: Alamy Live NewsTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino jokes that may go to the new stadium and help on the building site 4 Workers are still busy trying to get the new Spurs stadium readyCredit: Alamy Live NewsAnd they will also provide free coach travel for supporters still going to the game.An Etihad source said: “The conversations with Tottenham didn’t go anywhere so we decided to go ahead and make plans.“We wanted to do the right thing by our fans.”Tottenham declined to comment on the issue but privately feel they have already done plenty to make amends.Burst pipe floods new Tottenham stadiumMost read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordTickets for away fans are capped at £30 under Prem rules, while the game has been downgraded to a category B, which helps with costs.Spurs have to fork out to turn Wembley around quickly as they will only get it back from the NFL on the Monday morningThey also say their offer to move the game to the Etihad on the Sunday was snubbed by City.The fixture change means holders City will have to push back their Carabao Cup match to Thursday that week if they get to the fourth round.Southampton have announced their trip to the Etihad could move back 24 hours to Sunday, November 4, if the cup tie changes.last_img read more

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Tony Becca | Grant’s night to remember

first_img MOST MEMORABLE FIGHT Sandwiched between stars like George Headley, Herb McKenley, Arthur Wint, and George Rhoden, and others like Lawrence Rowe, Don Quarrie, Michael Holding, and Merlene Ottey is Bunny Grant, one of the greatest boxers Jamaica has ever produced. As a boxer, and the Jamaica and the Commonwealth champion, Grant, who died a few days ago, was one of the greatest heroes of the Jamaican people. On three occasions, Grant featured in three memorable fights between two great Jamaicans when he fought a draw with Percy Hayles at George V1 Memorial Park in 1960, when he defeated his compatriot at George VI Memorial Park, and again when he defeated him for both the Commonwealth (British Empire) and Jamaica lightweight titles in the National Stadium in 1965. Those three fights and the two victories set Grant on the way to becoming a household name in Jamaica. Grant, however, was more than a household name, and he proved that by not only beating other Jamaicans, like Killer Solomon, Gerald Gray, Kid Banga, Kid Bassey, and Roy Goss, but also dozens of fighters from around the world, at home and abroad, including men like Lennox Beckles of Guyana, Johnny DePeiza of Trinidad and Tobago, Carlos Teo Cruz of Puerto Rico, Maurice Cullen of England, and Bruno Acran of Italy. Probably the best of them, the one to remember, however, came on the eve of Jamaica’s independence, at Jamaica’s spanking new National Stadium, and before the eyes of his own people. On August 5, 1962, all of Jamaica, it seemed, made their way to the National Stadium. The roads leading to the stadium were blocked with traffic, and they were jammed for hours. My father of blessed memory, in his black Ford Anglia motor car, my mother, two brothers, and I, were caught up in what appeared an unending traffic jam on that memorable night. That was the night when Grant and England’s Dave Charnley fought for the Commonwealth (British Empire) lightweight title and the crowd went wild, chanting “Bunny, Bunny” with every left jab that found its mark. The Jamaican, the hometown boy, carved out a victory that when the result was announced, the cheers were so loud that all of Jamaica – from Negril to Morant Point – must have heard the roar of happiness. Grant’s fast hands, his speedy footwork, and his stinging left jabs were too much for the Englishman as he boxed his way into Jamaican folklore, giving Jamaica, and the tens of thousands who packed in the stadium that night, an early Independence gift, a gift which saw him finishing the year, at age 22, with four titles – the Latin American junior welterweight title, the British Empire lightweight title, the Jamaica lightweight title, the Jamaica welterweight title, as well as the Machado Sportsman of the Year award. The victory over Charnley may have been Grant’s finest hour as far as decorations won were concerned, but there were other fights which probably meant more. One was in 1963 when he fought world-rated Carlos Hernandez of Venezuela and lost, and another was a few months earlier, shortly after the Charnley fight, when he fought the world number three lightweight, Doug Valiant of Cuba, at the National Stadium and beat him on points in what, according to the records, was Grant’s biggest win. His biggest fight, however, was against Eddie Perkins, the world welterweight champion. In becoming the first Jamaican to battle for a world title, Grant traded punches with Perkins at the National Stadium on Aril 18, 1964, in the first world title fight in Jamaica for the WBC and the WBA junior welterweight and lost, a unanimous decision. In his time, George Leslie Grant, popularly called ‘Bunny’, fought eight world championship fights in a career spanning 15 years and in which he boasted a record of 102 fights, 86 wins, 10 losses, and six draws. However, the one Jamaicans will always remember, the one Jamaicans will always talk about, is the one when the Jamaican beat the Englishman for the Commonwealth title and handed Jamaica a fitting birthday gift.last_img read more

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Cape Town night sky tops at photo contest

first_imgCape Town photographer Eric Nathan’s shot of the Mother City at night has earned him the top prize at the International Earth & Sky Photo Contest. But it also points out the effect light pollution has on our skies and the need to reclaim and reconnect with the stars. Eric Nathan’s image of Cape Town at night has earned the photographer worldwide acclaim. His image beat 839 entries to claim top prize at the International Earth & Sky Photo Contest. Click image to view in larger resolution. (Image: Eric Nathan) Staff writerWhen Cape Town photographer Eric Nathan stood at the top of Lion’s Head on a cold June night and snapped the Mother City, he would not have thought the image would garner worldwide attention. Yet it has done exactly that.The photograph Nathan titled Star trails above Table Mountain has earned him first prize in the 2015 International Earth & Sky Photo Contest, beating 839 other entries. It also took top spot in the Against the Lights category. But apart from these accolades, the success of Nathan’s image is in showing the effects of light pollution and that we need to reconnect with the stars we have lost to artificial light.The competition is hosted by photographic institution The World at Night (TWAN) and Dark Skies Awareness Project, which looks to preserve natural sites that are important to astronomical studies.Nathan, who lives between the Cape Town and London, would have taken more than seven hours to produce the image as it is a stack of over 900 30-second exposures.The image shows just how artificial light has come to dominate the natural world, with Table Mountain framed by the southern areas to the left and the exclusive beachside suburbs of Camps Bay to the right.According to TWAN, the images selected as winners were most effective in showing how important and delicate the starry sky is, and how bad the problem of light pollution has become. “Today, most city skies are virtually devoid of stars. Light pollution is not only a major waste of energy, it also obscures the stars, disrupts ecosystems and has adverse health effects.”TWAN founder and contest chair, Babak Tafreshi, said the contest’s goal was to present the night sky in this context and encourage us to preserve and reconnect with it. “The sky above us is an essential part of our nature, a heritage for us and other species on this planet.”View the rest of the 2015 International Earth & Sky Photo Contest entries:last_img read more

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