The excitement was high yesterday as several local footballers and fans got a chance to get a close-up view of the world famous FA Cup.A partnership between telecommunications giants FLOW and FA Cup holders Manchester United has given Jamaicans the opportunity to see the trophy here for the first time.”We are excited that Jamaicans can see the FA Cup for the first time,” Stephen Miller, FLOW’s promotions and events manager said, after the FA Cup arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday.”Manchester United are holders of the trophy and based on our partnership with Man U, the trophy is here,” he added.Meanwhile, the FA Cup made a stop at The Gleaner yesterday afternoon and several Manning Cup football stars are now dreaming of playing in England for a club vying for the FA Cup after viewing it for the first time.”Seeing the trophy is added inspiration. The cup is beautiful, so I wish to be a member of a team that will play in the FA Cup,” said Jahwahi Hinds, captain of FLOW Cup champions Wolmer’s Boys’.OVERJOYEDOquin Robinson, captain of Manning Cup champions Jamaica College said: “It says a lot for local football that the trophy is here. I would certainly love to get a chance to play for the historic FA Cup trophy one day. I am excited that the trophy is here.”Aszett Williams of Holy Trinity High was also overjoyed after viewing the trophy.”It is a great inspiration for me to see the trophy. This moment will boost my desire to play overseas, especially in England. I would also love to play for the trophy as the competition has been around for over a century,” Williams noted.The trophy is in the Caribbean courtesy of a deal between telecommunications giant FLOW and Manchester United FC. The deal was inked last February and gave FLOW distribution rights of the MUTV channel in the Caribbean.The FA Cup is the oldest association football competition in the world. It was first played for during the 1871-72 English season.Students at Charlie Smith High in Arnett Gardens will get a chance to see the trophy this morning at 7:30. Tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a fan event at 100 Hope Road.
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But the ACLU, which with Muslim groups signed the letter expressing “grave” concerns over the plans, remained skeptical. “We are concerned that (the plan) not come back doing exactly what the map plan did, but in another name,” said Ramona Ripston, executive director of the ACLU of Southern California. “It has to be explained. It has to be done with openness and transparency.” During a radio interview on Wednesday night, Downing said “we are going to push the word mapping to the side.” “The three objectives we are trying to reach here is how do we better understand Muslim communities in Los Angeles…? How do we have meaningful engagement and how do we prioritize this engagement?” Los Angeles has the second largest Muslim population in the country after Detroit. There are an estimated 500,000 Muslims in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. “We believe 99.999 percent of our Muslim population are integrated and healthy and spirited and aligned with us in protecting American values,” Downing said. “But we believe there are isolated communities that can use support.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the LAPD made the right decision. “While I believe the department’s efforts to reach out to the Muslim communities were well-intentioned,” Villaraigosa said, “the mapping proposal has created a level of fear and apprehension that made it counterproductive.” firstname.lastname@example.org 818-713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The LAPD dropped plans Wednesday to map the city’s Muslim community as part of a counterterrorism initiative, less than a week after prominent Muslims and the ACLU decried the move as racial profiling. A day ahead of a meeting with Muslim leaders and the American Civil Liberties Union, the LAPD said it would not go ahead with plans to keep detailed records of neighborhoods with significant Muslim populations. “It’s been put aside,” said LAPD spokeswoman Mary Grady. “It became clear to us they were not comfortable with the word `mapping’ and what they believed it meant: racial profiling.” Instead, Grady said the Los Angeles Police Department would build relationships with the Muslim community. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The decision was welcomed by Muslim leaders who in a letter last week denounced the department after its head of counterterrorism, Michael Downing, told Congress the LAPD embarked on the mapping to follow the influence of radical Muslims who push a “violent, ideologically based extremism.” “I think it’s a positive step,” said Salam Al-Marayati, director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. “The whole concept of mapping has received such negative feedback. I don’t see them moving forward on the mapping at all. “My reading is that he wants to move forward on a dialogue and constructive engagement. And to start building trust and transparency,” he said. “(Today) will be the first step toward that dialogue.”