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Grad student wins award

By on January 26, 2021

first_imgAbigail Weaver, a chemistry graduate student at Notre Dame, received the 2014 Baxter Young Investigator Award for her work aimed at analyzing and identifying counterfeit drugs. Her winning research project was titled, “New Analytical Tools for Qualitative Pharmaceutical Analysis in Field Settings.”Weaver completed her undergraduate education at Anderson University and earned her master’s degree at Purdue University. She is currently in her fifth year as a graduate student at Notre Dame.“The aim of the Baxter Young Investigator Award is to reward research in the development of therapies and medical products,” Weaver said.The prestigious award is awarded by Baxter International Inc., a global healthcare company headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois. It is open to graduate and post-doctoral students in the Midwest and includes four different scientific categories, such as life sciences, medical device engineering and pharmaceutical sciences. Weaver won the prize in the company’s instrumental and analytical science division.The introduction of Weaver’s research project states statistical information regarding the pharmaceutical supply chain’s modern complexity. According to Weaver, the U.S. imports 40 percent of finished medications, as well as 80 percent of active ingredients.Weaver said her project was aimed at overcoming the problem imposed by the counterfeit pharmaceutical industry. She helped develop a chromatography paper that tests the contents of any pharmaceutical drug swiped across it.“The problem is poor quality drugs,” Weaver said. “The test card makes a profile and screens the pharmaceuticals, so that you can see if there’s a variation in the active ingredients.“You get a color bar code of the pharmaceutical that can be compared with the pattern of colors the authentic drug gives. We can identify differences between the two drugs based on the color bar code.”Weaver said the guidance of Marya Lieberman, Notre Dame associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and the efforts of undergraduate students, helped make this project possible.“Marya Lieberman had started the project and was working with undergraduates,” Weaver said. “I’ve been working with her for four-and-a-half years.”Weaver said her paper-based test minimizes the gap between the scientist’s lab and the real world by acting as an inexpensive way to check for quality pharmaceuticals. Additionally, she has already completed some work with the FDA and has used the test in several developing countries, such as Haiti and Kenya.“I had done a little bit of research already with Lieberman,” Weaver said. “We were working with the Haiti program to find a low-tech method for quantifying medication in salt for lymphatic filariasis. That work was taken down to Haiti and was implemented in a salt plant [there].”Despite her extensive research and accomplishments, Weaver said she is not finished yet. She continues to work towards promoting scientific technologies that aim to improve the standard of living in developing countries.“I would like to see organizations using this test to screen pharmaceuticals,” Weaver said. “I would also like to see it inspire other people to develop technologies that work in developing countries.”Tags: 2014 baxter young investigator award, abigail weaver, chemistry graduate studentlast_img read more

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Blind judge works to assist children

By on December 19, 2020

first_img October 1, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Blind judge works to assist children Blind judge works to assist children Associate Editor Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Joseph Donahey, Jr., rolled into surgery to correct eroding discs in his back.When he woke up, he was blind.He’ll never forget these comforting words softly spoken in his hospital room by longtime friend and colleague Judge Stanley Mills: “They’re not paying for you to see. They’re paying for your mind and experience. You are just as useful now as before.”Since that fateful day in January 1999, Judge Donahey has proven that’s true. Ten months after his botched surgery, Donahey was back to work, the only blind judge in Florida, armed with a white-tipped red cane, his 110-pound yellow lab guide dog Radar, new knowledge in how to read braille and operate a voice-activated computer — and driven by a passion to dedicate himself to helping children.Struck by the realization he had been presiding over the trials of grandchildren of defendants he had once prosecuted in the 1960s, or children of clients he had defended for 34 years as a trial lawyer, he thought: “What are we doing in our criminal justice system? What are we really contributing to the world if it just goes on and on and perpetuates itself, the convictions and punishment of people that does nothing to interfere or interrupt this process?“When I was sitting at home recuperating, I had a lot of time to think about things,” Judge Donahey recalled. “And I said to myself, ‘You know, dummy, maybe where your attention should be focused is on kids.’”So he volunteered for the job many judges run away from: delinquency, dependency, and adoption cases.As though that weren’t challenging enough, he was inspired by a speech he heard given by a Kentucky judge, Joan Byer, who started the Truancy Court Diversion Project in Louisville. This fact stuck with him: 92 percent of the prison population was chronically truant in elementary and middle school. He realized truancy is already a lifestyle for most of the kids who appear before him in delinquency court.So before showing up to tackle his daily docket, Judge Donahey reports weekly at one of 11 middle schools in Pasco County, participating in the Judges in Schools Program he started, patterned after Byer’s successful program. In 10-week sessions with eight chronic truant children and their parents, the judges team up with prosecutors, public defenders, sheriff’s deputies, volunteer family advocates, and social workers to preach the value of going to school every day.“I stand in awe of him, I really do,” said Judge Mills. “I don’t know if I could accomplish what he has with my sight intact. He’s been an inspiration to all of us. While blind, he conceived of, twisted arms, and implemented this truancy prevention program and has a majority of judges participating, showing up at the schools at 7 in the morning. We’re not there in any official capacity,” he said of the voluntary program.“But it’s awfully hard to say no to Joe. Every time I think, aw, I really don’t need to do another semester of Judges in Schools, every time I think that I say, ‘You lazy slug. If a blind guy quite a bit older can do it, how can you say you don’t have time?’” Learning a New Way to See Time froze in chilling horror when Judge Donahey opened his eyes after waking up from surgery and saw nothing but the faintest shadows against a backdrop of blackness.“I didn’t know how to react or respond. I had gone into surgery anticipating a three- or four-month recovery period, and I had books all stacked up by my bed at home. Here I was blind,” he recalled. “I was in a state of shock and disbelief, trying to sort through it all and figure it out, and sort of in denial. OK, I’m blind today, but in a month from now I will see.”His wife, Tena, jumped in to help, scheduling an appointment with a representative from the Division of Blind Services who came to visit Judge Donahey a month after his tragic surgery.“It was like the sales pitch of a used car salesman, this litany of things this lady started telling me: ‘Your life isn’t over. This is what you can do.’“The longer she talks, the more I draw into a personal shell. I’m sure a scowl came over my face and my arms were crossed over my chest. She was talking. I heard the noise, but I didn’t hear what she was saying. She was astute enough to perceive that and stopped talking.”After a long pause, the woman employed the perfect psychology when she said: “Judge, you realize, don’t you, that you are now illiterate?”“Wow! She could have hit me over the head with a bludgeon. My denial had never permitted me to think about these things. After this pause, she said, ‘You realize, you can neither read nor write.’“And that was a stunning concept. Here I am, with my doctor of laws, on the bench for five years, a practicing trial lawyer for 34 years, trying cases in state and federal court, a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and this lady is telling me I’m illiterate.“That was a lot to absorb. I sat there and pondered this for a minute or two. The whole realization flooded over me, and I unlocked my arms, sat up, took a deep breath and said: ‘OK, what do we do about it?’”He started the challenging process of learning all over again. He learned to type, a skill stagnated after four decades of disuse. The computer in his office that he had regarded like a rattlesnake — “I didn’t bother it, and it didn’t bother me” — became his friend, an electronic voice speaking the words he now could not see.Then came something new called “O&M training.”“I’d heard of S&M, but I didn’t know what O&M is,” Judge Donahey said with a chuckle. “It is orientation and mobilization. Or, in other words, how to get around without killing yourself.”He overcame his prejudice of the pitiful sight of someone tapping a white-tipped red cane, and learned how to maneuver his way around with the newer version cane that has a roller on the bottom.The first time he crossed a busy four-way intersection in downtown Clearwater, listening to the timing of the traffic lights as he’d been trained, he leapt forward too quickly, poked out his cane, and caught it in the spokes of a bike whizzing by, crashing a dazed kid to the ground. At the Countryside Mall in Clearwater, he impaled a woman in her 80s hobbling by in a walker.He laughs heartily at the telling.“Here’s the choice. I could sit around and cry. I could mope. I could get angry. I could curl up in the fetal position and moan and groan. Gosh, I think that would be very unpleasant. The alternative was to try to do something.”So, he enrolled in computer and braille classes at the Watson Center in Pinellas County. And he received an encouraging phone call from a New York federal judge, who went slowly blind while practicing law and was appointed to the bench, who put him in touch with a computer expert who knew about the JAWS program — Job Access with Speech — computer software that talks.“When other judges open files, I sit and review my days’ activities — calendars, motions, case law — on the computer,” Judge Donahey explains.The courts approved hiring a computer-savvy staff attorney to learn JAWS and help him go through his files and pleadings, along with his longtime judicial assistant Lucy Butcher, who has worked for him for 40 years.Together, they get the job done.“I’m really impressed,” says Butcher. “Even though he’s blind, he’s not signing these orders blindly. He really thinks about what I’m reading to him.” Keeping Kids in School Unless people watch him walk through the public hallways of the courthouse with Radar, it would be difficult to tell Judge Donahey is blind. He wears glasses in the courtroom and directs his blank gaze in the direction of the person speaking.The judge has noticed something interesting. All the excuses he hears from parents for not providing for their children — sore back, diabetes, whatever, “I think they are uncomfortable saying all the woe-are-me things to the blind man. Maybe there are not fewer excuses, but they are spoken less passionately.”At the Judges in Schools Program, Judge Donahey hears all the excuses for skipping school and knocks them down, one by one. He has even given out alarm clocks, with the instruction to set it across the bedroom.“By the time you get to the last parent and child, they’ve run out of excuses,” Judge Donahey said.And he’s perfected the carrot-and-stick approach to making showing up at school attractive.He asks each child what they are really interested in, realizing most chronic truants have few extracurricular activities.To the little girl who said she likes horses, the volunteer family advocate located a farm not far from school where wealthy parents buy their children riding lessons, and talked the owner into giving the girl a free ride. But she also learned how to clean stables and groom the horses.“By the end of the semester she was up on horseback and she was going to school,” Judge Donahey said of the after-school incentives that come with the deal that the child will attend school.When Judge Donahey was frustrated that the children who appear before him in delinquency court had no clue how serious their felony crimes were, he went to the superintendent of schools with an offer. Judge Donahey agreed to provide an educational 15-minute video, and the superintendent agreed to use them in classes in Pasco County, as part of the curriculum, to spark classroom discussions. With help from video production pros at St. Petersburg College, the video begins with a pep talk from Tampa Bay Buccaneers All-Pro defensive back John Lynch, scenes at the jail and detention center, a dialog of kids’ excuses, and crime-and-punishment reality checks from the state attorney and public defender, as well as a message from Judge Donahey that ignorance of the law is no excuse.“He has some very strong opinions about what should happen with children in getting them on the right track. Sometimes, coming from a judge, people are fearful of those opinions. We hold our breath and see what will come down next,” admitted Saybra Chapman, supervisor of student services for the distict school board of Pasco County.“But the one thing different about Judge Donahey is he’ll vent about his frustrations and then his next statement is: ‘Who do we get to do something about it?’”And Judge Donahey invests his time and energy to bring the right people together to get something done together.This year, Judge Donahey turns 68, just 15 months shy of the mandatory retirement age of 70, so he is not seeking reelection.But that doesn’t mean he will retire from a career in the law.“I don’t think there’s a chance in the world that he is going to be out rocking on his front porch,” said his good friend Judge Mills. “He’s already committed to another year of Judges in Schools. I can’t think of anyone I admire in this world more than Joe.”last_img read more

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Brentwood Frieght Train Derailment Sparks LIRR Suspensions

By on December 18, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island Rail Road train service was twice suspended in both directions on the Ronkonkoma Branch as crews make repairs after a freight-train derailment in Brentwood early Friday morning.The LIRR had restored service in time for the westbound morning rush-hour commute after service was initially suspended shortly before 3 a.m., although there were residual delays and canceled trains throughout the morning.Service was suspended a second time Friday morning between Ronkonkoma and Farmingdale on the Main Line after rush hour ended to allow a crane to assist in re-railing a stretch of track damaged in the derailment, according to the MTA.Eastbound LIRR service was restored on the branch shortly before 3 p.m., just in time for the Friday evening rush-hour commute.last_img read more

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PREMIUMYogyakarta offered best public services in 2019: Ombudsman

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Log in with your social account Facebook Linkedin Yogyakarta had the highest quality of public services among 10 provinces surveyed in 2019, the Indonesian Ombudsman revealed on Wednesday.The annual Maladministration Perception Index (Inperma) gives Yogakarta a score of 3.50, signifying a low rate of maladministration in public service, such as illegal gratuities, irregularities and discrimination.Adrianus Meliala, the Indonesian Ombudsman commissioner who oversaw the survey, said Yogyakarta had the best score partly because it was a tourist destination. As the province was exposed to foreign tourists, its civil servants were held to international standards.”Moreover, Yogyakarta is seeing middle-class people and students come to the province, which encouraged the administration to enhance the quality of its public services,” Adrianus said at the publication of the survey at the Indonesian Ombudsman’s office on … Topics : #Ombudsman Ombudsman Yogyakarta #Yogyakarta public-service #public-service Forgot Password ?last_img read more

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Teekay Agrees to Shed Remaining Stake in Teekay Offshore

By on September 28, 2020

first_imgTeekay Corporation has reached an agreement to sell remaining interests in Teekay Offshore Partners to asset management company Brookfield.The deal includes Teekay’s 49% general partner interest, common units, warrants, and an outstanding USD 25 million loan to Teekay Offshore to be sold for total proceeds of USD 100 million in cash.The company said that the transaction is expected to be completed in early to mid-May 2019.“The divestment of our remaining interests in Teekay Offshore is aligned with Teekay’s current strategy to simplify and focus on our core gas and tanker businesses,” Kenneth Hvid, Teekay’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said.“The proceeds from this transaction allow us to further strengthen Teekay Corporation’s balance sheet and credit profile, while significantly enhancing our near-term financial flexibility and range of options to address our near-term bond maturity.”last_img read more

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Griezmann rests as Atletico Madrid train for Copa del Rey

By on September 20, 2020

first_imgMadrid: Atletico de Madrid’s French striker Antoine Griezmann took a rest on Monday while his teammates trained for the upcoming match against fourth-tier Spanish league club Sant Andreu in the Copa del Rey round-of-32.Also absent were Uruguay defender Diego Godin, who did recovery work, while his countryman Jose Maria Gimenez was still out after getting injured in the 1-1 La Liga tie against Villarreal on October 20. France defender Lucas Hernandez remained in the gym after discomfort forced him to retire at the half during Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Real Sociedad in La Liga.The rest of the squad trained under Argentine coach Diego Simeone, who worked on a possible offensive-minded lineup involving midfielders Rodrigo Hernandez, Thomas Partey, Thomas Lemar and Victor “Vitolo” Machin, as well as winger Gelson Martins and striker Nikola Kalinic, with the forward Angel Correa as a man free that could combine with the two groups. The session ended with free kicks and corner kicks, in which Lemar played a starring role, running both long and short to surprise the defense.On Tuesday, Sant Andreu will host Atletico Madrid at Camp Municipal Narcis Sala in Barcelona. IANSlast_img read more

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Kuwik’s sterling pitching performances lead Syracuse to doubleheader sweep of Villanova

By on September 17, 2020

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 18, 2013 at 12:27 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse With three balls, two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning with the score tied, Corinne Ozanne stood 60 feet from a Syracuse victory.Representing the winning run, Ozanne needed something from Danielle Chitkowski. After Chitkowski watched ball four sail well off of the outside corner, Ozanne slowly trotted down the third-base line and clinched an Orange win, tapping her right foot on home plate.Syracuse streamed out of the third-base dugout to celebrate the 3-2 walk-off win. Ozanne was embraced by her teammates, Morgan Nandin and Jasmine Watson exchanged a celebratory hug, and Leigh Ross beckoned her team to line up and shake hands.But lost in the euphoria of the exciting win was senior pitcher Stacy Kuwik, Syracuse’s workhorse and hero on the day.Syracuse (16-22, 4-7 Big East) took both games of a doubleheader against Villanova (15-22, 2-11) at SU Softball Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. SU’s offense was unable to build its lead in a 1-0 win in game one, and missed many opportunities to put the Wildcats away in a 3-2 victory in game two. But despite a lack of offensive support, Kuwik leaned on the strength of her arm and the fielding behind her to steal the show.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I am so proud of her,” pitching coach Jenna Caira said. “Everybody has humps to get over, and today was huge for her.”After a dominant junior season, Kuwik has struggled since the start of conference play in 2013. With the absence of Lindsay Taylor, she has been called upon to throw a lot of innings, and has struggled to keep opponents off of the scoreboard.On Wednesday, Kuwik forgot about her struggles and focused. In 14 innings over two games, she gave up just two runs and commanded the confidence of a team itching to win its first home conference game.As each inning passed, Kuwik’s fastball grew stronger and her confident smile grew wider. Villanova third-base coach Gerry Mauro kept urging Wildcat hitters to find the right pitch to hit, but Kuwik wasn’t yielding anything over the plate. Her strong command allowed her to get quick outs, and she threw a total of 11 pitches in the third and fourth innings of game two.“You could see her smiling out there and having fun with her teammates,” Caira said. “I keep telling her to stop thinking so much and just pitch, and it turned into a fantastic job.”Yet Kuwik didn’t act alone.Up 1-0 in the top of the fourth of game one, Villanova’s Sierra McConnell slapped a ground ball to Nandin at shortstop. Nandin scooped it up, quickly fired the ball home and Ashley Dimon slapped the tag on Valerie Ortega to keep the Wildcats from tying the game.With the game tied at 2-2 in the top of the sixth in game two, the Orange defense delivered once again. McConnell hit another ground ball to Nandin, who faked to first then threw out pinch runner Danielle Lewandowski leaking off of third. One play later, Veronica Grant threw pinch runner Kera Pezzuti out at the plate after Julie Smith singled to center.“We had a good practice yesterday and have been taking a lot of fielding reps,” Nandin said. “Everyone made good decisions and we did our best for Stacy today.”After two dramatic outs, Kuwik took matters into her own hands. Center-fielder Shea Palmer swung and missed at her 1-2 offering, and Kuwik pumped her fist and briskly ran toward the dugout where an energized team awaited.“I love the feeling of getting the out myself,” Kuwik said. “It’s nice to have the girls playing well behind you, but striking a girl out is the best thing.“It was good to get some personal wins today, but I was just glad to be here for my team and help us win as a group.” Commentslast_img read more

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Tipp hurlers will need to match the Banner’s intensity

By on September 16, 2020

first_imgKennedy says it’s likely the game will be played at Championship intensity.Injury concerns regarding Denis Maher, Patrick Maher, Shane McGrath, Paddy Stapleton and Michael Cahill means Eamon O’Shea will have to test the depth of his squad. Kennedy, who won two All Irelands with Tipperary, says the game against Clare is the perfect platform for fringe players to put their hands up for selection. A concept that Eamon O’Shea has said he is open to.Sunday’s game against Clare throws-in at 2 o’clock and we’ll have full live coverage from Cusack Park here on Tipp FM in association with Nenagh Quickfit Centre, Ormond Street Nenagh and Doherty Hardware, Rosemary Square Roscrea. The Premier County will travel to Cusack Park to take on a Banner side who are sitting at the bottom of Division 1A. Kennedy, who won two All Irelands with Tipperary, says a win for Eamon O’Shea’s team will add to their momentum heading into the next round. He spoke to Tipp FM Sport ahead of Sunday’s game in Ennis. last_img read more

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Angels in Titanic Battle in Yenagoa for AITEO Cup

By on September 8, 2020

first_imgCoached by Whyte Ogbonda, the Ibom Angels have earned the respect of the average women football follower, having stretched Rivers Angels in last year’s Final in Jos and generally showing consistency on the domestic scene.No doubt, their ‘star woman’ today would be defender Glory Ogbonna, who has become an integral part of the Super Falcons squad and is one of the principal reasons Ibom Angels are making their second successive appearance in the AITEO Cup final. She commands a solid defensive set-up and ensured her side has not conceded in this year’s competition.They also boast the precocious Emem Essien, a winger with so much promise and potential, as well as strong defender Fehintola Mabokanje.Cup holders Rivers Angels are certainly not coming to Yenagoa to admire the riverine landscape. Coached by former Super Falcons’ chief-in-the-dugout, Edwin Okon, the Angels have won the National Cup (which became AITEO Cup last year following the acquisition of the competition rights by AITEO Energy Group) more than any other club in the land and are looking to successfully defend their title.The girls from Garden City represent an array of some of the best performers in women football in the country, and names like Evelyn Nwabuoku, Chiamaka Nnadozie and Rofiat Sule easily strike a note in that sector.Former Super Falcons’ captain Nwabuoku has a point to prove, having been overlooked in the recent list of players called up for the defence of the Women Africa Cup of Nations title, and the prolific Sule knows her goals will matter when the whistle goes for kick off in the Bayelsa State capital.Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, who shone brilliantly for the Nigeria U20 girls at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France in August, will try to stand between Ibom Angels and a first national trophy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It is a replication of last year’s final match as defending champions, Rivers Angels and Ibom Angels clash at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa today for the right to hold aloft and keep the AITEO Women’s Cup for the next one year.The champions overpowered Bayelsa Queens in Enugu 2-0 in the semi finals, while the girls from Akwa Ibom saw off the challenge of fit –fighting Edo Queens at Owerri’s Dan Anyiam Stadium.The women’s final comes 24 hours before the men’s battle, with Rangers International of Enugu and Kano Pillars going for each other’s jugular at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba tomorrow.last_img read more

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ENTERTAINMENT BRIEFS: Lorraine Toussaint Joins AMC’s “Badlands,” Etana’s new album and…

By on August 31, 2020

first_imgTrinidad Born Actress Returns In AMC Series  By Daniel Strom  Trinidad-born actress, Lorraine Toussaint, is set to return in an AMC series. Toussaint, 57, returns to season 3 of “Into the Badlands” , which blends an apocalyptic setting with mystical martial-arts tropes.Into the Badlands Season 3 will arrive on Sunday, April 22nd at 10 p.m., with a larger order of 15 episodes this time around. Toussaint will play Cressida, described as the “self-styled Prophetess and mentor.”  The character is a spiritual guide, political counsel and chief military strategist. Haitian American Singer On Official World Cup Song  The 2018 FIFA world Cup is three months away and a top Haitian American singer is a part of the Coca-Cola’s official World Cup song, ‘Colours.’Cassper Nyovest has teamed up with Jason Derulo for the song, which was recorded at Derulo ‘s home studio in LA. Th Miramar-born Derulo, whose latest single ‘If I’m Lucky’ is currently at number 10 on the Coca-Cola Top 40 chart, shared a behind-the-scene’s look at the new song on YouTube last month. (News Americas Now.com)Soca star Machel Montano for Jamaica carnival The countdown is on to the 2018 Jamaica carnival and soca superstar Machel Montano is set to be part of the celebration. Montano, who won the hotly contested Road March competition in February with his song ‘Soca Kingdom,’ a collaboration with the legendary Austin ‘Superblue’ Lyons, a ten-time Road March champion, will be participating in Jamaica’s Carnival with the band Xodus.Jamaica’s carnival is set for Apr 8 –16th in Kingston. Etana set to drop new album Jamaican reggae singer and songwriter, Etana, was set to drop her new album on March 8th. ‘Reggae Forever,’ is a 14-track project released under Tad’s Record label and takes listeners on a mission of love and unity. It features tracks like ‘Free Pt 2,’ ‘Fighting for Nothing,’ ‘Spread Love,’ ‘Carry You,’ and ‘You’re The One.’The album will be available on all digital platform, compact disc and a vinyl release is promised for her fans this year. Etana was born in August Town, Kingston Jamaica and raised in South Florida.last_img read more

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