Promoted Content7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeJapanese Inventions That Make You Wish You Lived In Japan7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAP6 Reasons Sharks Are Afraid Of DolphinsCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Earns More Than Ronaldo? Rivaldo thinks Chelsea winger, Willian could succeed at Barcelona. The Brazilian is set to become a free agent this summer, with Spurs, Arsenal and Barca vying for his signature. And Blaugrana legend Rivaldo thinks his countrymen would fit in at the Camp Nou. He told Betfair: “Willian has been linked in the past with Barcelona and I think he could do well there, because of his personality and ability to make the difference at important moments.Advertisement Loading… “In the last few years, Barcelona has signed some big players, like Antoine Griezmann, who are yet to produce their best football with Lionel Messi by their side. Perhaps the responsibility and pressure has been too much for them. “I do not know how it would work for Willian, but what I’m suggesting is that Barcelona need to consider carefully their signings for big money as things have not gone so well recently in the transfer market for them. read also:Willian reveals ‘no transfer offers’ as PSG, Barca emerge as favourites “Players seem to get intimidated by Messi’s presence, and that has been a recent problem for the club. The club need to carefully evaluate a player’s personality, weigh up his ability to succeed and impose himself at Camp Nou.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Virtual programs bring State Parks to your home
Statewide—Instead of working on the frontline at state parks these days, interpretive naturalists are working online. As a result, at-home “park visitors” who are unable to enjoy state park features interpreters normally provide, like in-person nature hikes and programs, can enjoy virtual hikes, presentations, and live streaming programs from their homes.Topics include wildflower walks, nature talks, live captive animal feedings, history programs, craft tutorials, pre-school programs, property tours, and more. Program length ranges from five to 50 minutes. “People’s day-to-day activities have changed, slowed, or stopped altogether because of COVID-19, but nature keeps on moving,” said Ginger Murphy, deputy director for stewardship for Indiana State Parks. “Our interpretive naturalists are dedicated to sharing the outdoors, virtually, to keep Hoosiers engaged and uplifted.”Upcoming virtual programs can be found by clicking here. Locate them by typing “Virtual” in the Keyword Search. You can also go to stateparks.IN.gov and click next to the turtle photo on “Find a Virtual Program.” All state parks’ virtual programs are listed together. Click here for a complete list. Visit your favorite park’s Facebook page to look for videos. Search the page using #VirtualINStatePark, where you can also check out past virtual programs. If you don’t know where to start, search for Brown County State Park and Monroe Lake for example.
David Stern left behind a complicated but decorated legacy in Los Angeles basketball
How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers played a video tribute ahead of their game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. Team owner Jeanie Buss spoke to a small group of reporters beforehand, calling Stern “a great leader” and “strategic thinker.“My father, Dr. Buss, told me if I ever needed guidance or advice or counsel to call David, that I could trust him and rely on him, and he was always there for me,” she said. “This is a very sad day for me because he was somebody that was not only a professional relationship, but he was a friend and somebody that I admired on a personal level.”The Clippers did not play on Wednesday night but released a statement on Twitter: “The L.A. Clippers and #ClipperNation are saddened by the loss of David Stern, whose vision and leadership over his 30 years as NBA commissioner transformed our sport into the game we love today. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”The story of Los Angeles’ NBA franchises helps tell the story of Stern. When the New Jersey-born attorney took over the league in 1984, he accentuated the rise of such stars as Magic Johnson, which he believed was the NBA’s true appeal for fans.When he took over, some NBA playoff games were still aired on tape delay. Stern led the drive to highlight the NBA’s biggest personalities and best teams on television. At the time, Johnson and his “Showtime” Lakers set the bar in both realms. Stern and Jerry Buss also enjoyed a relationship of mutual respect: Stern admired Buss for the marketing and television partnerships he set up for his franchise, while Buss toed the company line when it came to items like revenue sharing that disproportionately hurt the Lakers’ bottom line but helped grow the league at large. LOS ANGELES — In his heyday, David Stern’s name was either spoken with reverence or muttered under one’s breath.In his 30 years as NBA commissioner, Stern was both a visionary and a tyrant – he grew a once floundering league to unprecedented heights of prosperity for owners and players, and he ruffled plenty of feathers along the way. Arguably the central figure bridging the NBA from its grassroots origins to its current form as a multi-billion dollar international enterprise, Stern ruled with unwavering confidence and a cudgel.The man who helped grow and shape professional basketball – and profoundly influenced the direction of the Lakers and Clippers in Los Angeles – died on Sunday, three weeks after a brain hemorrhage that left him hospitalized. The NBA reported that he was surrounded by family at the time of his death. He was 77.“Because of David, the NBA is a truly global brand,” Commissioner Adam Silver, Stern’s hand-picked successor, said in a statement, “making him not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time but also one of the most influential business leaders of his generation.” One of Stern’s greatest tests of character came in 1991, when he was present at Johnson’s announcement that he had contracted HIV. One of the most memorable moments came when Stern hugged Johnson – at the time, people with HIV were widely stigmatized.“We were all personally shook and worried, not understanding what the future would be,” Jeanie Buss said. “David was fearless in his embracing Earvin.”Johnson retired officially from the NBA, but with Stern’s backing he played in the 1992 All-Star Game and on the 1992 Dream Team. In a 2018 interview with Sports Illustrated, Stern called that moment a memory that represented “the best stuff” from his time in the league. On Twitter, Johnson said of Stern’s influence, “we were able to change the world.”Stern’s relationships with other players was far more contentious. Stern presided over several lockouts during his tenure, and in the final one in 2011, he sat across the table in heated negotiations with NBA stars including now-Lakers forward LeBron James. CBA discussions dragged out for months, shortening the regular season to just 66 games.Jared Dudley said the players union would bicker with Stern for hours. Then they would take a break, and Stern would remind them gently that he cared about them and he considered everyone on the same side.“He would tell us, ‘We’re enemies but friends,’” Dudley said. “It was indicative of his personality where, whatever side he was on, he was going to fight tooth and nail. And he was on our side 99 percent of the time.”Time might have healed some wounds. LeBron James compared Stern’s influence to Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. Naismith might have made the game; Stern made it global. While James acknowledged that he and Stern found themselves at odds in the past, he called him “a visionary” who the world owed credit.“We had our battles, that’s for sure, trying to figure it out,” he said. “But at the end of day, we wanted to do whatever it takes to help grow the game.”Immediately after the lockout ended, Stern became infamous for a decision that profoundly influenced the direction of the two L.A. franchises for the next decade. When the Lakers set up a three-team trade to acquire Chris Paul from the then-New Orleans Hornets in December of 2011, Stern vetoed the deal in his temporary role as governor of the Hornets (the NBA was running the team at the time). Critics of the move decried the league interfering to such a stark degree.Paul later was traded to the Clippers, and the All-Star point guard became a foundational piece of six straight playoff teams for a franchise that had never experienced such sustained success. The Lakers ended up in a tailspin for the decade after Kobe Bryant got injured, stumbling to an unprecedented six seasons out of the playoffs.Monty Williams was the head coach in New Orleans at the time, and he said he understood the veto as merely Stern looking out for the team. Working directly with Stern gave him an added appreciation for his accomplishments.Williams recalled a meeting in 2014 when Stern talked openly about where the NBA was when he started.“We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Commissioner Stern running tapes from games to CBS back in the day because we were in tape delay,” Williams said. “And getting companies to buy into the NBA because they wouldn’t even sponsor black athletes on TV. People have no idea what he did for the game and African-Americans in general.”Notable on Stern’s vast résumé is his role in the founding of the WNBA in June 1997. A financial blueprint was put together in the early 1990s, but Stern decided the time was right on the heels of the gold-medal success of the U.S. women’s basketball team at the 1996 Atlanta OlympicsThe L.A. Sparks were among those original teams, and are one of only three remaining, along with the New York Liberty and Phoenix Mercury.Related Articles Sparks star Candace Parker was among those with WNBA connections to praise Stern on Wednesday for his innovative approach to growing the game. Tweeted Parker: “Your legacy is what you stood for & what lessons you leave to those left behind. David Stern, I’m so thankful for the impact you’ve had on my life and the opportunities you gave all of us in the WNBA. You leveled the playing field long before it was ‘the thing to do.’”While Stern had a way of occasionally rubbing people the wrong way, he got a lot done.“There wasn’t much gray area,” Williams said. “I didn’t see him as an iron fist. It was a guy that was like, ‘This is how we’re going to get it done. If you just trust me, it will work out.’ That’s how I saw it. … He built the NBA. What else can you say? He literally built the NBA.”Staff writer Mirjam Swanson contributed to this story. Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Oral Tracey: We cannot handle success
The Caribbean people and the Jamaican people, in particular, must be among the most talented, most creative and most resilient people in the entire world. On the few occasions when we have managed to put our collective energies together, we have been unstoppable. We seem, however, to have some serious and crippling flaws in our character, which make it most challenging for us to actually unite consistently for any meaningful cause. One such cause, West Indies cricket, has long been a victim of this debilitating fractiousness. The recent and ongoing controversy raging across the region – ironically ignited by the recent success of the regional cricket teams – the direction the rhetoric is going, poignantly highlights some of these fundamental flaws. The term ‘crab in a barrel’ has often been used to describe people who tend to pull down the progressive ones in their midst instead of supporting and encouraging their success. That is exactly what’s been playing out since the recent success of the West Indies team – in the glorious moments when the Caribbean people should be enjoying the unprecedented success of our Under-19 team, our women’s T20 team and our men’s T20 team all simultaneously boasting the status of world champions. Instead of celebrating and appreciating these rare and precious moments, the rhetoric has been toxic and the energies concentrated in the cause of tearing down the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and getting rid of its Jamaican president, Mr Dave Cameron. It is nothing short of ironic that the catalyst for this ongoing bickering was indeed our success. The incessant calls for the blood of Cameron in the instant of the region’s most successful on-field run in close to three decades, I think, merits some in-depth sociological and anthropological research. So many among us seem so willing to subscribe to the fickle notion that winning these world titles was achieved in spite of the administrators, and not because of them, implying therefore that now is as good a time as any to launch the ‘anti-WICB attacks’. Pettiness, maliciousness It would be understandable if this attitude emanated from some lofty and noble pursuit of a higher standard of consistency of excellence from our players and administrators, but the inherent pettiness and tone of maliciousness in the attacks, specifically against the board president, implies a complex and inexplicable personal dislike which defies rational discourse. In what is supposed to be one of our proudest moments, we have degenerated to our divisive worst. Not long ago, I was way down the wicket, in terms of my personal resignation to the fatal demise of West Indies cricket as an institution, after repeatedly witnessing and living the embarrassment of some stinging recent defeats in Tests and one-day internationals. Then came T20 and the near-immediate compatibility of this new format with the natural athleticism, pace and power of the average Caribbean cricketer. Flames of hope were rekindled when the West Indies went on to win the world T20 in 2012. Then came the men’s team and then the women’s team of 2016 and the historic double, as the flames were now fully ablaze. But just for a fleeting moment. Instead of gratitude and satisfaction, bickering has become the order of the day with past and current players leading the way, with the proverbial angry mob behind them. Misinformation and half-truths have permeated the air, as personal agendas have taken charge. Lost in the quagmire is another potentially inspirational and motivational gem, transformed instead into another opportunity to self-destruct. Despite the obvious redemptive value of T20 to the region’s cricket, we appear destined to drop the catch, as apparently we cannot handle success.
Holmes holds on for league crown
Josh Holmes capped an impressive spring on the local golf courses by clinching the Humboldt-Del Norte League crown with a final round of six-over 74 at the Eureka Muni on Thursday.Holmes came into the day leading Eureka’s Matt Dusi by five strokes in the season standings and did enough to secure the individual crown.Dusi made it interesting, shooting a 71 to pull within two strokes of Holmes, but the St. Bernard’s golfer held on for the league win.Del Norte’s Cameron Schultz was top golfer …
Marshawn Lynch’s soul food restaurant is now open in Emeryville
Beast Mode is now foodie mode.Oakland Raider Marshawn Lynch has opened his long-awaited restaurant, Rob Ben’s Restaurant & Lounge, in the former Scend’s spot on San Pablo Avenue in Emeryville.Just like Scend’s, Rob Ben’s is a soul food restaurant — wings, catfish, red beans and rice — with a giant custom-built smoker in the parking lot. According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate, Lynch bought the restaurant from Scend’s owner Cassie Nickelson in the summer of 2017, when the 80-year-old …
Cape Town celebrates Mandela’s life
11 December 2013Cape Town is gearing up for its tribute to Nelson Mandela at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening.The commemorative event – Nelson Mandela: A Life Celebrated – will serve as Cape Town’s memorial service to honour the life of Mandela, the city said in a statement on Tuesday.The city has allocated R72-million for its week-long programme of events honouring Mandela, the former state president who died at his Johannesburg home last Thursday. The city’s events are in line with the national week of mourning.On Tuesday night, a remembrance evening was held at OR Tambo community hall in Khayelitsha. An address by poet Don Mattera, stirring performances by choirs including the Masi Choir from Masiphumelele township, as well as inter-faith prayers by community and religious leaders, were part of the evening’s events.Cape Town also hosted a special joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament – the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces – on Monday to honour and commemorate Mandela.Some of South Africa’s favourite artists, including Johnny Clegg, Freshlyground and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, have been asked to perform at Wednesday’s tribute event.Former Springbok rugby player Francois Pienaar who captained the team that won the Rugby World Cup in 1995, Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille, and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille will share their memories and impressions of Mandela, the city said.Shado Twala will be the MC for the evening. There will also be performances by the Bala Brothers, Allou April, and Carla Diamond as well as various choirs.Transport and safety plans used during the 2010 World Cup have been initiated to ensure things run smoothly. Free public transport will be available for the memorial and funeral services on Wednesday and Sunday.In an effort to maintain order and safety, the city instituted a free coupon system. By Tuesday morning, all 64 000 coupons had been issued, which was “a wonderful display of Madiba’s great impact on everyone’s lives”, the city said.Coupon-holders were asked to give away the coupons that they would not be using as “this is the best way of honouring Madiba: ensuring that as many people as possible can attend the event”.Other events planned by the city include a remembrance evening in Atlantis on Thursday; a night vigial on the Grand Parade on the eve of Mandela’s funeral; and the screening of the national funeral on the Grand Parade on Sunday.Robben Island, the Drakenstein Correctional Centre, Pollsmoor, Cape Town City Hall and the Grand Parade have been identified as key areas where people are likely to congregate to pay their respects. The city has also assured its residents that there will also be “free and convenient” access to venues and related events close to their homes.Public viewing areas where communities may view the remembrance and funeral services are: the Grand Parade, Atlantis, Durbanville, Khayelitsha, Swartklip, Vygieskraal, Muizenberg.Visit the City of Cape Town’s website for more information: www.capetown.gov.zaWatch as Mandela surprises Johnny Clegg during his performance of Asimbonanga, which he performed in Frankfurt in 1999SAinfo reporter and City of Cape Town
Blackwater set to acquire Maliksi from Star in 4-player trade
E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn an interesting turn of events, Star is sending sweet-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi to Blackwater in a four-player trade.Sources close to the situation bared that the Hotshots are shipping Maliksi and rookie big man Chris Javier to Blackwater for hardworking forward Bambam Gamalinda and promising big man Kyle Pascual.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Trade papers have already been sent to the Office of the Commissioner on Sunday, beating the trade deadline on Monday.The 29-year-old Maliksi has had a career resurgence this season for Star, averaging a career-best 13.4 points on 41 percent shooting from three and 2.9 rebounds this season, enough for him to earn a nod to the Gilas Pilipinas squad in the 2017 Seaba Championship last May.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJavier, meanwhile, has struggled to find playing time in his first year in the pros after a stellar career from the University of the East.The two are expected to bring immediate impact to Blackwater, which is hoping to advance to the quarterfinals for only the second time in its franchise history. Stephens tells best friend Keys: ‘I wish it could have been a draw’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Gamalinda on the other hand is averaging 7.22 points on a 53 percent shooting from three to go with 3.8 rebounds this conference.Pascual is also hoping to finally get the break with the Hotshots after seeing his numbers dip in the import-laden conferences. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City
Lanes out of bounds but confusion over timing is on
Brace for traffic jams on Monday as the Delhi traffic police have made the exclusive CWG lanes operational with effect from Sunday.But there is confusion about the timings.Reports on Sunday cited Home Ministry sources claiming that the lanes would be reserved for 24 hours instead of the 12-hour window (8 am-8 pm) announced earlier.Neither the Delhi Police nor the home ministry confirmed the changes. Special traffic police commissioner Ajay Chadha said: “We are not aware of any such development and the reserved lane system would be implemented only from 8 am to 8 pm.”But if the reports are true, Delhiites should be ready to spend hours on the roads or simply take the Metro. “These exclusive lanes will be from the Games Village, NH 24, Ring Road up to the Barapullah flyover, Fourth Avenue, Lodhi Road, Safdarjung Road, Kamal ata Turk Marg and Panchsheel Marg,” said JCP (traffic) Satyendra Garg.”These Games lanes will be maintained up to October 16,” Garg said.Delhi Police vehicles, ambulances, fire tenders and emergency service vehicles are exempt from the restrictions.The traffic police will provide updates about the traffic situation on their website, Facebook, through SMSs and the helpline.On Sunday, 1,600 blueline buses were taken off the roads around the Games venues areas and localities expected to be frequented by the athletes, officials and visitors.On Monday, Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit will launch the hop- on hop- off bus service, which will ferry visitors to tourist attractions.