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  • Epsom & Leatherhead

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  • Bill Nunn Jr remembered…Black pioneer journalist, NFL scout dies at 89

    first_imgBill Nunn JrHe said he always based his life’s decisions on where he could do the most good.Forner Courier Managing Editor and legendary Pittsburgh Steelers scout Bill Nunn Jr. died May 7 after suffering a stroke two weeks’ prior at a Steelers meeting in which he was helping the team put together information for the recent 2014 draft.He is survived by his wife Frances of 63 years, a son, Bill Nunn III, an actor; a daughter Lynell Nunn, an attorney; three grand children and one great grand-child. The viewing was at John A. Freyvogel Sons May 13, and the funeral was sheduled for Grace Memorial Church in the Hill District, May 14.Nunn had two great careers which impacted Blacks nationwide as he opened doors and kept doors open for Blacks in sports, as a writer, editor for the Courier and as a scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers.“I had some tough choices when I graduated from West Virginia State in 1948,” Nunn said. “I could have signed with the Harlem Globetrotters but I chose the Courier.  I chose the Courier because I could do more good.”Nunn left the Courier in 1969 to join the Steelers scouting team full time, once again stating that he felt he could do more good.He became the first African-American appointed to a front-office position with the Steelers and held the title of senior assistant in their player personnel office when he died.“We have lost a great friend and a great person who did so much for the Steelers organization with the passing of Bill Nunn,” said Steelers chairman Dan Rooney.“Bill was a special person who did everything in his career, from playing sports to being an excellent journalist, all of which led to his outstanding career in scouting for the Steelers.”After joining the Steelers part time in 1967 and moving to fulltime in 1969 Nunn more than anyone else helped channel Black College players into the NFL. Prior to Nunn there were not just a few Blacks entering the NFL from Black colleges but few Blacks period.Nunn, first through his work with the Courier, after replacing Wendell Smith as the principal sports writer crusading to get more Blacks into the professional ranks of football, basketball and baseball, after Jackie Robinson broke the color barriers in pro sports, and then as a scout for the Steelers.As the man who put together the Pittsburgh Courier Black College All American team which showcased the best of the best among Black Colleges, Nunn knew better than anyone the talent available at Black Colleges and he used this knowledge to feed these players along with others to the Steelers.Even though they all didn’t come from Black colleges, Joe Greene, L. C. Greenwood, Mel Blount, Frank Lewis, John Stallworth, Donnie Shell, Ernie Holmes, Dwight White, Glen Edwards, are just some of the players who were drafted by the Steelers through the guidance of Nunn, which led to four Steelers Super Bowls.The Steelers success led to other teams realizing that if they wanted to win or be competitive they had to go after the Black players not only from the larger colleges but Black colleges as well. It also forced major Division I football and basketball college programs to go after the top Black athletes, who had previously been going to Black colleges. This led to the NFL and NBA growing from less than 10 percent of the players being Black to more than 70 percent.“I left the Courier to become a fulltime scout for the Steelers because John Sengstacke, (the new owner of the Courier at the time) wanted me to leave Pittsburgh and go to Chicago. I’m a Pittsburgher,” Nunn said about his decision to leave the Courier at which he had worked for 22 years. He was the managing editor of the National Edition at the time. “I loved the Courier, but I knew it was in good hands. Plus with the great decline in the national readership and my working relationship with the Rooney’s I felt I could do more to help get more Blacks into the NFL as players, coaches, and front office personnel.”Nunn continued to put together the Courier Black College All American team for several years after leaving the paper.Even though Nunn never played or coached football, he was an inaugural member of the Black College Football Hall of Fame in 2010, joining the likes of Walter Payton, Jerry Rice, Deacon Jones and Eddie Robinson. Nunn also was nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.He said that a conversation with Art Rooney, the Steelers founder and Dan Rooney is what led to him being hired as a scout. He said it also helped in that his father knew Art very well. They had been friends for years. Later Dan Rooney stated that in his conversation with Nunn Jr., about which direction the team should go in selecting players they agreed on just about every point.In talking about his decision to join the paper after graduating from West Virginia State instead of joining the Harlem Globetrotters, who had offered him a lucrative contract Nunn said. “My father never put any pressure on me to join the paper. I think he wanted me to play for the Harlem Globetrotters, who wanted me badly. But I chose the Courier because of its history, and what it was doing and what it was going to do. And I knew Wendell was leaving which would make me the main sports writer.”Following in his fathers’ footsteps, Nunn Jr. had some big shoes to fill. Robert L. Vann, publisher; Ira Lewis, business manager; and Bill Nunn Sr., managing editor; together built the Courier into the largest and most influential Black newspaper in the country. So when the young Nunn decided to join the paper his boss was his father, and the man he was replacing was the legendary Wendell Smith, but that didn’t faze him.He went on to build his own legacy as a writer and editor with the Courier then moved on to become one of the greatest scouts in NFL history helping turn the Steelers from a perennial loser to one of the greatest franchises in history, all because he always put the interest of the Black community first.He always spoke with great pride in the fact that he stayed in the Hill District, and lived in his father’s house.last_img read more

  • Final touches for Peter Mokaba Stadium

    first_img27 October 2009Peter Mokaba Stadium in South Africa’s Limpopo province is 96% complete and will be officially opened in January, the 2010 provincial technical committee announced after a meeting in Polokwane this week.“It is not surprising that Fifa and the Local Organising Committee in their recent visit were satisfied with our preparations,” said provincial 2010 co-ordinator Seipati Tlaka. “We are working as a team of winners.”Final touchesThe stadium needs only some paintwork and final touches to the surrounding lawns before it is ready for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.To prepare for an influx of tourists, Limpopo Tourism and Parks will train garage operators and taxi operators along the province’s main roads in both customer and foreign languages.“This will assist in making sure visitors do not feel lost, and will enhance interpersonal engagements during the coming soccer showpiece,” Tlaka said. “In terms of readiness in disaster management, the Capricorn District added three fire-fighting vehicles to be delivered next month.”Some 2 300 citizens also applied for the 2010 volunteer programme, and will start training in January.Tourist attractionsCommunications manager from the Limpopo coordinating unit, Naledzani Rasila, said mobile cellphone suppliers have been asked to strengthen their coverage in surrounding areas.“Some of these areas are tourism attraction centres such as the Nwanedi Resort in the Vhembe district,” Rasila said.Celebrations to mark the 200-day countdown to the 2010 World Cup will kick off on 22 November.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

  • Nagas take out rally in Delhi

    first_imgCarrying blue flags, thousands of Nagas marched in Delhi on Saturday to demand an “immediate political solution” to the Naga issue lingering on for decades.This was the first time that such a large mobilisation of Naga residents had taken place in Delhi after August 2015, when the government signed an agreement with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), the largest group representing the Nagas. A press statement issued by the group said, “The BJP has no merit to campaign for support among the Nagas in the upcoming 2019 general election unless there is a concrete promise for a solution.” The solution should be “honourable and acceptable” to them, they said.The Naga peace accord, which has been hanging fire since a framework agreement was signed with the NSCN-IM in 2015, is tied in knots.The rally was organised by the Naga Student Union Delhi (NSUD) in collaboration with the Naga community in Delhi under the theme ‘Global Nagas call for immediate political solution — honourable and acceptable”.After signing an agreement with the NSCN-IM, the Centre signed a preamble in November 2017 with six Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) to further hold discussions to find a solution to the issue.The protesters were carrying banners which said, “PM Modi pass an ordinance to solve Indo-Naga issue within stipulated time. PM Modi, where is the promised solution?” Around 3,000 Naga residents converged at Mandi House and later marched towards Jantar Mantar.last_img read more

  • Cyclone Fani: GoAir cancels flights to Bhubaneswar from Mumbai, Kolkata for Friday

    first_imgBudget carrier GoAir cancelled its flights on the Kolkata-Bhubaneswar and Mumbai-Bhubaneswar routes for Friday, owing to cyclone Fani and provide full refund to the passengers for its action. The extremely severe cyclonic storm is expected to hit the Odisha coast on Friday.“Owing to cyclonic storm Fani, the flights on the Kolkata-Bhubaneswar-Kolkata and Mumbai-Bhubaneswar-Mumbai routes stand cancelled for May 3,” GoAir said in a statement on Thursday.Earlier the airline had also announced waiving of the rescheduling/cancellations for its flights to and from Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Ranchi between May 2 and May 5 in the wake of the cyclone.The operations of various domestic airlines have already been affected due to the oncoming cyclone.“GoAir is waiving cancellation and change fees for Bhubaneswar, Kolkata and Ranchi flights for travel between May 2 and May 5,” the airline said. It also said the passengers can re-book their flights within seven days of scheduled departure of the flight.Other States on the eastern coast, such as West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are also expected to be affected by the cyclone. Two other carriers – full service Vistara and budget carrier IndiGo – have already issued travel advisories to their respective customers on Twitter.IndiGo, later, in a revised statement said due to cyclone Fani, IndiGo flights to or from Bhubaneshwar have been disrupted. Flights later in the evening on Thursday are likely to be affected and all flights operating on Friday, stand cancelled.“We are accommodating passengers to the next available flights at no additional charge, waiving off cancellation fee and refunding full amount,” it said adding the airline will continue to review the situation and provide real time updates to passengers through various social platforms.last_img read more

  • Chris Young Performs At Boots On The Beach Benefit Event

    first_imgComing off of National Military Appreciation month in May, Sandals Resorts continued its longstanding history of supporting U.S. service members by teaming with Sony Music Nashville to host the Boots on the Beach Vacation over Memorial Day weekend at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in Jamaica.A country music celebration to benefit Boot Campaign, the event raised more than $10,000 toward promoting patriotism for America and the military community while providing assistance for the unique challenges service members and their families face during and post-service.“This weekend was a culmination of our ongoing support for U.S. service members and their families. It was our privilege to be part of an event which raised awareness and funds for such a worthy cause. These people have given so much. It’s an honor to do something special for them,” said Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, parent company of Sandals Resorts.“Country music has always had deep ties with the men and women serving our nation,” remarked Paul Barnabee, Sony Music Nashville’s Senior Vice President, Marketing, “and on behalf of our artists and all of us at Sony Music Nashville, we were very proud to partner with Sandals Resorts, Funjet Vacations, Alliance Connection and the Jamaica Tourist Board to present an event whose benefits honor the true spirit of Memorial Day.”Hosted by Katie Cook of Country Music Television’s Hot 20 Countdown, and with appearances by Boot Campaign Ambassador Taya Kyle, widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle and Boot Campaign COO Joey Jones, the weekend kicked off at Sandals Ochi’s Sundowner Bar with an acoustic jam session by up-and-coming artists Logan Mize, Josh Dorr and Cam. Guests were also treated to performances by platinum-selling artists Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann and Tyler Farr. In addition to the star-studded performances, the weekend featured exciting events with the country artists such as the Sandals Beach Olympics, a live performance pool party with American Idol finalist Casey James and a silent auction to benefit Boot Campaign. The holiday weekend also included VIP meet-and-greets and excursions for the military couples, including an Island Routes catamaran cruise, visit to Villa Rio Chico with the Sandals Foundation and a tribute performance at the Jamaican home of country music legend Johnny Cash, where Sony Music honored his musical success at Sony with a plaque commemorating sales of more than 14 million records.As part of the celebration, six deserving military couples were surprised with the vacation of a lifetime to attend Boots on the Beach Vacation courtesy of Funjet Vacations, known for delivering unparalleled travel experiences at an exceptional value. One of the couples, Tatiana & Phillip McGill of San Antonio, Texas, both Marine Corps veterans who met during their tour, were married in 2005 in a justice of the peace ceremony. Never having a traditional wedding or honeymoon, their Sandals Ochi trip was a welcomed addition to their love story and even featured a ‘first dance’ serenaded by Chris Young. In addition to the military couples, 20 sweepstakes winners were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with the Funjet Vacations Do Something You’ll Never Forget Meet and Greet VIP Experience, offering one-on-one time with all the artists.Sandals Resorts has a long tradition of honoring those in service, a commitment begun by Stewart following the Gulf War when Sandals donated vacations worth $1 million to returning troops, and then again with Operation Relax, which doubled the offer to troops returning from Iraq. Today, Sandals Resorts offers a 10% savings to all active duty, reserve or retired members of all branches of the U.S. Military and their spouses.Guests, sponsors and musicians also got a sneak peek at the all new Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, Sandals’ largest and Jamaica’s newest resort to-date. The completely renovated resort was rebuilt to offer a dynamic beach experience complete with stylish beach club vibes, chic exclusivity and innovative culinary concepts. Sandals Ochi Beach Resort features a fresh, modern design aesthetic along with seven uniquely new Gourmet Discovery Dining options, a fresh, trendy Ochi Beach Club, reinvented resort entertainment, upgraded luxurious accommodations and more.Boots on the Beach Vacation was produced in association with Sandals Resorts, Sony Music Nashville, Alliance Connection Productions, All Access Experience, Jamaica Tourist Board, Funjet Vacations and of course, Boot Campaign.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

  • Original Red Power Ranger Rediscovers America To Save Missing Child

    first_imgActor and original Red Power Ranger, Austin St. John, is to be featured and compete in season 11, Fireball Run: Big Country – and will at the same time join the search for a missing child.Austin St. John – Fireball RunSynopsis: Fireball Run is the real story of road warriors in a legendary competition across America in search of obscure historic artifacts, under-discovered places, and extraordinary experiences. And it’s all for bragging rights, a greater cause, and a plastic road sign.Available on Amazon, Fireball Run is a 26-episode adventure series which inspires viewers to explore the United States. Unlike Reality TV, Fireball Run, a Factual series, chronicles authentic experiences and notable places. To win the life-sized trivia game, teams take the road less traveled in an epic quest to re-discover America while also aiding in a massive effort to recover missing children.Paramedic, actor, author, martial artist, and original Red Power Ranger, Austin St. John was the first red suit in Saban Entertainment’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers television series and has since appeared in several Ranger revival shows. Austin recently starred alongside John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard) in A Gift Of The Heart. A Taekwondo and Judo expert, Austin also aided the U.S. armed forces overseas as a medic. Today the Roswell, New Mexico native keeps busy acting and connecting with fans on the convention circuit. Austin currently resides in McKinney, Texas.“When I first heard about Fireball Run I was intrigued by the unique adventure,” said Austin, who first learned about the series through his PR agent, Zach McGinnis. He continued, “But when I learned that by just being on the show I can help a missing child, well, that was it for me. My mighty fans and I are ready to get the word out on on little Alan.”While exploring America like never before, each team is provided 1,000 posters featuring a particular missing child to distribute along the 1,200-mile journey. Austin has been assigned 6-year-old Alan Rodriguez, who was last seen in Cedar Park, Texas on Sep 2, 2016. Fireball Run’s Race to Recover America’s Missing Children awareness campaign for The Child Rescue Network, a Florida based 501c3 charity, has aided in 49 recoveries since 2007.The nine-day, forty-team, point-based competition is filmed live in different cities. Using just clues, contestants find locations where they are to take part in a rare experience or unique challenge. Daily competition ends to a live event attended by spectators and media. Although the trophy is a plastic road sign, the real prize is the journey.Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite contestant team at FireballRun.com, and to follow and interact with Austin St. John & Fireball Run on Facebook #AustinStJohn #FireballRun and Instagram #austin_st_john #fireballrunFireball Run: Big Country films September 23-30, 2017 in the destinations noted below.Eau Claire, WI (Green Flag City) Sep 23 – 24; Rochester, MN Sep 24 – 25; Dubuque, IA Sep 25-26; Burlington, IA Sep Sep 26/27; Fort Dodge, IA Sep 27/28; Vermillion, SD Sep 28; Yankton, SD Sep 29; Pierre, SD Sep 29/30; Rapid City, SD (Checkered Flag City) Sep 30.last_img read more

  • ExBlackwater contractor found guilty in 2007 Iraq shooting

    first_imgWASHINGTON — A former Blackwater security contractor has been convicted of murder at his third trial in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq.Nicholas Slatten, of Sparta, Tennessee, was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in Washington.Prosecutors say Slatten was the first to fire shots in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in Baghdad. The shooting strained relations with Iraq and drew intense scrutiny of the role of American contractors in the Iraq War.The defence had argued that Slatten opened fire because he thought a bomb-laden car was headed toward his convoy.An appeals court had overturned his 2014 conviction, saying he should have been tried separately from three other men. A jury couldn’t reach a verdict in his second trial last summer.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Presslast_img read more

  • NYC pharmacies cant sell cigarettes starting Jan 1

    first_imgNew York City pharmacies won’t be allowed to sell cigarettes or other tobacco products starting Tuesday.The Wall Street Journal reports the ban also includes businesses that contain pharmacies, such as supermarkets and big-box stores.The city’s health department says the change will affect about 500 pharmacies currently selling tobacco products.The new rules follow a ban on electronic cigarette sales at pharmacies that took effect in late August.The owner of the St. George Pharmacy on Staten Island says cigarette sales had drawn customers who ended up making other purchases. Al Gentile says the government shouldn’t ban certain stores from selling tobacco products that can be purchased elsewhere.But a deputy health commissioner, Sonia Angell, says it’s important for pharmacies to promote health.___Information from: The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Finnings successful fundraiser for United Way of Northern BC

    first_imgThe money raised will go back into community programming in Fort St. John funded by United Way of Northern B.C.  United Way of Northern B.C. thanks Finning for a very successful event and thanks to the Canadian Brewhouse for hosting the event at their venue. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The fundraising event that was held at the Canadian Brewhouse in FSJ raised a grand total of $10,517.06.Finning hosted this event as part of their annual campaign with United Way of Northern B.C. On Friday, November 30, 2018, from 6 pm until 11 pm, the cost of the tickets to attend the event entered the attendee’s names into door prizes and included an appetizer buffet.Two 50/50 draws occurred during the night – both exceeding $1000.  Silent Auction Items were available to bid on and included big-ticket items such as a Bradly Smoker, CAT Mini Fridge, CAT Generator and many other items.last_img read more