Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Alcides Escobar (Venezuela), Shortstop, Kansas City Royals

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Oscar Taveras | Outfielder St Louis Cardinals (RIP)

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Oscar Taveras | Outfielder St Louis Cardinals

Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend were tragically killed in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. The 22-year-old outfielder and top prospect was set to compete for a starting job in the St. Louis Cardinals outfield in 2015.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Taveras (born June 19, 1992) played as a rookie in the 2014 National League Championship Series for the St. Louis Cardinals.  He hit a game-tying pinch-hit home run, helping to propel the Cardinals to a victory over the Giants in Game 2 of the NLCS.

Taveres was one of the highest-rated prospects in all of Minor League Baseball. He was the recipient of many awards and won batting titles in three minor leagues, including in the Midwest League with a .386 batting average in 2011. Through 2013, Taveras' career minor league batting average was .320 with 45 home runs and 275 runs batted in in 374 games.

 

KJ

October 28, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Gregor Blanco (Venezuela), San Francisco Giants

Born in Venezuela, Gregor Blanco is the center fielder and leadoff hitter for the San Francisco Giants and played in the team's Game 3 of the World Series last night.  He also has played with the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals.  Blanco signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants in November 2011, and was selected to be part of the Giants' 2012 Opening Day roster as an outfielder.

The San Francisco Giants won the third game of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a 5-4 walk-off win in 10 innings. With a runner on base, Blanco squared up to sacrifice bunt.  He bunted and the pitcher threw the ball into right field allowing the runner to score.

KJ

October 25, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Steve Nash (Canada), Professional Basketball Player

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Steve Nash,is a professional basketball player with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After a successful high-school basketball career in British Columbia, he earned a scholarship to Santa Clara University. In his four seasons with the Broncos, the team made three NCAA Tournament appearances, and Nash was twice named the West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year.

Nash graduated from Santa Clara as the team's all-time leader in assists and was taken as the 15th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 1998. By his third season with the Mavericks, Nash was voted to his first NBA All-Star Game and had earned his first All-NBA selection. Nash led the Mavericks to the Western Conference Finals the following season. After the 2003-04 season, Nash returned as a free agent to the Phoenix Suns.

In the 2004-05 season, Nash led the Suns to the Western Conference Finals and was named the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP). He was named MVP again in the 2005-06 season. Named by ESPN in 2006 as the ninth greatest point guard of all time, Nash has led the league in assists and free-throw percentage at various points in his career. He is also ranked as one of the top players in NBA league history in three-point shooting, free-throw shooting, total assists, and assists per game.

In July 2012, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Nash.les was the best fit for him and his family. Nash has been hobbled by injuries for the last two years.  Yesterday, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that Nash will be out for the entire 2014-15 season.  Nash will miss the entire season because of a back injury, putting his future in the NBA in doubt.

In 2006, Nash was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He also received the Order of Canada in 2007 and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Victoria in 2008. Nash is a co-owner of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC professional soccer team.

Nash was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to a Welsh mother and an English father. He holds British as well as Canadian citizenship. Nash's family moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, when he was 18 months old, before settling in Victoria, British Columbia.

 

KJ

October 24, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Immigrant of Day Kelvin Herrera Wins Game 2 of World Series

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Norichika Aoki | Outfielder, Kansas City Royals (Japan)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wayne Gretzky From Canada | Hockey Player

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Wayne Gretzky From Canada | Hockey Player

Hockey legend Wayne ("The Great") Gretzky, who was a star player from the age of ten, joined the National Hockey League and went on to become the game’s all-time greatest player: winning the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s Most Valuable Player nine times; leading the league in scoring for 10 seasons, and amassing more assists (1,963), more goals (894), and more points (2,857) than any other player in NHL history. After retiring, he became part owner and head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. Gretzky was the final Olympic torchbearer at the 2010 Winter Olympics. S

Gretzky played for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, and the New York Rangers during his NHL career.

KJ

 

October 18, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Santiago Casilla (Dominican Republic), San Francisco Giants

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Kelvin Herrera (Dominican Republic), Kansas City Royals

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After decades of mediocrity, the Kansas City Royals are headed to their first World Series since 1985, finishing a four-game sweep in the AL Championship Series with a 2-1 victory Wednesday over the Baltimore Orioles.

Our Immigrant of the Day,Kelvin Herrera pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the Royals.  Born in the Dominican Republic, Herrera was first called up to the majors in September 2011.   On August 30, 2012, Herrera got his first career save.

Herrera throws extremely hard; his fastball averages about 97 mph and tops out at 103. He pairs his fastball with a deceptive changeup.

 

KJ

October 16, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Wei-Yin Chen (Taiwan), Baltimore Orioles

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Born in Taiwan, Wei-Yin Chen is a Taiwanese professional baseball pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball. Prior to joining the Orioles, Chen spent four years pitching in the Nippon Professional Baseball league in Japan.

Starting the third game last night, Chen pitched well but was the losing pitcher in the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series.

KJ

October 15, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Oscar Taveras, St. Louis Cardinals (Dominican Republic)

Born in the Dominican Republic, Oscar Taveras is a professional baseball player with the St. Louis Cardinals. He spent time in Montreal, Canada during high school but returned to the Dominican Republic.  Taveres is the recipient of many awards and won batting titles in three minor leagues, including in the Midwest League with a .386 batting average in 2011.  Last night, Taveres hit a game-tying pinch hit home run in the Cardinals' win in the second game of the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants.

KJ

October 13, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Pablo Sandoval (Venezuela)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Jhonny Peralta (Dominican Republic)

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Born in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Jhonny Antonio Peralta is a professional baseball shortstop for Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals. The Cleveland Indians signed him as a free agent in 1999. Peralta made his Major League debut for the Indians four years later and has also played for the Detroit Tigers. He is a two-time All-Star selection.

Peralta is the starting shortstop for the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants.

 

KJ

October 11, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Zygi Wilf From Germany | Owner of Minnesota Vikings

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Zygi Wilf From Germany | Owner of Minnesota Vikings

The son of Holocaust survivors, Zygi Wilf is a real estate developer who achieved success in his business ventures with Garden Homes Development, a nationwide leader in retail, commercial, and private residential development. Wilf is the principal owner of the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings. In 2013, he was given the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s Tank Younger Award for his commitment to hiring minorities within the Viking franchise.

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KJ

October 9, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Shahid Khan (Pakistan), Owner of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars

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Shahid Khani(born July 18, 1950) is a billionaire businessman. He is the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League, the English Football League Championship team Fulham F.C., and automobile parts manufacturer Flex-N-Gate. As of September 2013, Khan's net worth is over $3.8 billion. He is ranked 122nd in the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans and is overall the 349th wealthiest person in the world.

Khan was featured on the front cover of Forbes Magazine in 2012, associating him as the face of the American Dream.

KJ

September 6, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Elena Pirozhkova From Russia | Olympic Wrestling Champion

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Elena Pirozhkova From Russia | Olympic Wrestling Champion

Born in Russia, in 1986, wrestler Elena Pirozhkova is the top-ranked American female grappler in the 63-kilogram weight class. She joined her first wrestling team in the seventh grade, wrestling primarily against boys. Since then, she has gone on to win, among her many prizes, the World Wrestling Championships silver medal, in 2010, the gold medal, in 2012, and the bronze medal, in 2013. She is also part of the women’s U.S. Olympic team and was the U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion, in 2012.

 

 KJ

 

August 9, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Maurice Ashley From Jamaica | Chess Grandmaster

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Maurice Ashley From Jamaica | Chess Grandmaster

Maurice Ashley was motivated to become the first black chess player to reach the level of International Grandmaster after watching Tiger Woods win the U.S. Masters in 1997. Already an International Master at the time, Ashley then spent two intensive years training and realized his dream in the 1999 Manhattan International. He is now an ESPN commentator, a three-time national championship coach, author, and motivational speaker who works to share his inspirational story and the character-building benefits of chess with underprivileged youth around the world. 

 

KJ

August 3, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Computer Glitch, Visa Delay Threatens Las Vegas Fight, Sen. Harry Reid to the Rescue

Earlier this week, ESPN reported that the Brandon Rios/Diego Chaves professional boxing match  in Las Vegas tonight was in jeopardy Diego Chaves, was stuck in Argentina, just one of the thousands of people around the world unable to secure a visa to enter the United States because of a computer crash at the State Department last week.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said Wednesday that Chaves' visa had finally been taken care of and that he was expected in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Rios, a former lightweight titleholder, and Chaves, a former interim welterweight titlist, are scheduled to meet in the 10-round welterweight main event of an HBO-televised card on Saturday night at The Cosmopolitan.

Arum said Nevada Sen. Harry Reid was instrumental in assisting Chaves to obtain his visa.

KJ

 

 

August 2, 2014 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Paulina Porizkova From Czech Republic | Fashion Model

 

Paulina Porizkova From Czech Republic | Fashion Model

Paulina Porizkova became the first woman from Eastern Europe to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. After appearing on covers of top magazines—and winning a contract of unprecedented value with Estée Lauder—American Photo named her “the model of the 1980s.” She has since branched out from modeling, appearing in several films, participating as a judge in America’s Next Top Model, and writing both a children’s book and a novel.

Porizkova holds dual U.S. and Swedish citizenship.  Born in Czechoslovakia, she was a toddler when her parents fled Czechoslovakia to Sweden to escape the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion. She was left in the care of her grandmother. Czechoslovakian authorities would not allow her parents to reclaim her, and the ensuing battle was widely publicized in the Swedish press, making Porizkova a cause célèbre. After a failed rescue attempt, in which her mother was detained by the national police, international political pressure caused the  government to allow the family to be reunited after seven years. Porizkova acquired Swedish citizenship.

KJ

 

August 1, 2014 in Current Affairs, Film & Television, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Immigrant of the Day: Sanya Richards-Ross (Jamaica)