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Actress, Kerry Washington to be Honored at Jamaica’s Independence Gala

first_imgNEW YORK – Emmy and Golden Globe nominated American/Jamaican actress Kerry Washington will be honored with an ‘Artistic Achievement Award’ at Jamaica’s 57th Independence Black Tie Gala, slated for the Hilton Westchester Hotel, Rye, New York on August 10, 2019.Daughter of Jamaican motherBorn in New York City to parents Valerie (Moss) from St. Elizabeth, Jamaica and Earl Washington, from South Carolina.Kerry’s career took flight in 2004 when she appeared as Della Bea Robinson, the wife of musician Ray Charles, in the biopic Ray. She won “Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture” for Ray at the NAACP Image Awards in 2005.Washington is best known for her portrayal of Olivia Pope in the ABC TV drama ‘Scandal’ – that has earned her several Emmy, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Golden Globe nominations – and for her portrayal of lawyer/academic Anita Hill in the 2016 HBO film ‘Confirmation,’ which she executive produced under the banner of her production company Simpson Street.In 2018, Washington starred on Broadway in ‘American Son,’ which has since been shot as a movie and will premiere on Netflix in Fall of 2019. Washington serves as executive producer.She also recently appeared in ABC’s live presentation of ‘The Jeffersons’ as Helen Willis alongside Wanda Sykes, Will Ferrell and Jamie Foxx and is currently in production on ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ for Hulu, which she and Reese Witherspoon both executive produce and star in.“We are extremely proud to honor the talented Kerry Washington at our Jamaica Independence Gala” said event Chairman/Producer Sephron Mair.“Kerry is an outstanding actress and movie director and is the first woman of color to headline a network TV drama since 1974, when she starred in Scandal. In 2013 she was ranked #2 on the 100 Most Beautiful People list by People Magazine” he added.The Black Tie Gala – Jamaica’s marquee Independence celebration in New York – is being held under the distinguish patronage of the Minister of Tourism, the Hon Edmund Bartlett, who will bring greeting on behalf of Jamaica.Also in attendance and acting as ‘Brand Ambassador’ will be the Hon Lisa Hanna, MP and 1993 Miss World winner.The Keynote Address will be delivered by United States Federal Judge, the Hon. Norman Hemming. The event will be attended by over 1,000 celebrants under the theme ‘Celebrating Brand Jamaica.’Part proceeds from the Gala will be donated to Food for the Poor, Jamaica (FFP), the largest charity organization in Jamaica and Food For The Poor Inc., located in Florida, the largest international relief and development organization in the United States.last_img read more

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Rapid-fire Goretzka puts Germany in Confed Cup final

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp The early goals sparked life into comeback kings Mexico, who fought back in all three group stage matches to beat New Zealand and Russia after scrambling a draw with Portugal.Midfielder Giovani dos Santos was a constant first-half threat.When Draxler was caught napping on the edge of the area, Dos Santos robbed him of possession, but fired just wide.LA Galaxy’s Dos Santos and his Villarreal namesake Jonathan Dos Santos forced Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a double save with half an hour gone.Javier Hernandez squandered Mexico’s best chance when his effort flew agonisingly over the woodwork just a few minutes later.Mexico sustained the pressure and Hector Herrera’s free-kick had to be tipped over the bar by Ter Stegen.It stayed 2-0 at the break, but Mexico had 62 percent possession in the first half and 10 shots to Germany’s five.The world champions tightened their defence accordingly for the second half and Ter Stegen was rock-solid in denying Mexico’s half-chances.It was three shortly before the hour mark when Draxler’s pass into the area found Jonas Hector, who drew Ochoa for Werner to tap home for his third goal in Russia after Sunday’s double against Cameroon.Goretzka was replaced by Liverpool midfielder Emre Can for the final 23 minutes as Loew rested him for Sunday’s final.With 15 minutes left, Raul Jimenez headed against the crossbar with Ter Stegen beaten.There was nothing on when Fabian stepped up for a free-kick just inside the German half, but his strike rocketed into the top corner.The Germans were briefly rattled, but replacement Younes settled any nerves with a fourth goal in injury-time. Sochi, Russia | AFP |  Germany booked their place in the Confederations Cup final as Leon Goretzka scored twice in a devastating opening spell to Thursday’s 4-1 semi-final win over Mexico.Attacking midfielder Goretzka ran riot in Sochi with goals on six and eight minutes before Timo Werner and substitute Amin Younes netted in the second half.Marco Fabian scored Mexico’s stunning consolation in the 89th minute with a thunderbolt free-kick from long range.World champions Germany will face Chile in Sunday’s final in St Petersburg while Mexico play Portugal in Moscow’s third-place play-off.“We now need to reward ourselves for our hard work and we want to get the title,” said Goretzka.The Germans drew 1-1 with Copa America champions Chile when the teams met last Thursday in Kazan.“We already played them in the group stage and we know they are good, they are one of the best teams in the competition I have seen so far,” said Germany captain Julian Draxler.Goretzka and Werner are now the tournament’s joint top-scorers with three goals a-piece in Russia.Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said the result was not a fair reflection.His side had twice as many shots as the Germans, but could not take their chances.“Our way of playing is very aggressive. We try to get forward all the time and we paid for that,” Osorio said.“They are fair winners, but the scoreline would seem to suggest they were way better and I don’t think that was the case.”Germany head coach Joachim Loew pulled a surprise before kick-off by naming 20-year-old Benjamin Henrichs on the right wing for only his third international and first start in Russia.The bold move paid off as Henrichs pounced on an early mistake and his pass found Goretzka sprinting towards the box.The Schalke forward took the ball in his stride and stroked his shot past Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa on six minutes.Goretzka struck again soon after when Werner’s pass split the Mexican defence open and he drove home.last_img read more

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Miami-Dade Police Shoot, Kill North Carolina Fugitive After Firefight

first_imgMiami-Dade Police reportedly shot and killed a man they described as being a fugitive from North Carolina, after the man shot an officer in his bulletproof vest.Investigators tracked him down to a house on the 25500 block of SW 147th Avenue, where the 56-year-old man barricaded himself inside.At one point, Miami-Dade’s Special Response Team was called in to assist hostage negotiators, but were unable to convince the man to surrender.SRT officers then entered the house. The man “opened fire, striking an SRT officer on his ballistic vest,” according to a police press release.A firefight unfolded and the man was ultimately shot and killed.“The officer did not sustain any injuries,” police said.Officials did not provide any details or the man’s identity, but said that he was wanted for a shooting in North Carolina.last_img read more

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