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first_imgS. Mitra Kalita currently dons two prominent roles as Washington Post education reporter and president of the South Asian Journalist Association. Her career has taken her to many journalistic outlets: the Associated Press in Trenton, NJ, Newsday as a business reporter and to Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.What is your view of the silent hostility between the Indian Americans and the Whites in Edison?It’s not necessarily silent. Indians have certainly put up with their share of verbal and even violent hostilities, although they can be accused of being too insular in their early years along Oak Tree Road. You hear a lot of time residents lament that they wish things were the way they used to be. Funny enough, you can say Indians who arrive to strange shores want the same thing – so they recreate it.Can you point out the limitations and strengths of a larger more open-ended book format as opposed to a more concise news report?It’s a lot harder, trust me! A part of the challenge is just making sure you have done enough research and observation to back things up. Also, the traditional relationship you have with sources goes out the window. I got close to these subjects, slept over at their houses, formed true relationships with them and then had to step back and tell their stories honestly and, to some extent, dispassionately. My concern with a book like this is that it is only read in Indian circles. I hope it penetrates the mainstream. Because I have worked for mainstream publications, I think I’ve gotten used to having readers of all kinds react to my work. I hope that happens here.How have your readers’ reactions been to the book and specifically to its cast of characters?People seem to be very caught up in their lives! That’s a good thing; it means my words formed a connection with the characters and, in turn, the reader. S. Mitra KalitaWhat have the Patels’, Kotharis’ and Sarmas’ reactions been to their portrayals in the book?They have been wonderful through this process and are really to be applauded. They had a few concerns and suggestions for revisions. I accepted some, not others. We still stay in touch, although not as much as before!How has the culture clash between your Indian Assamese and American worlds, formed your personality in your perception?Tangible examples: I never dated in high school or even uttered the word “boyfriend” at home, but secretly longed for the popular people in school to like me. My parents were not active volunteers in the school, not because they weren’t interested, but I don’t know if they could relate to the prom or football games.We’ve overcome a lot of it now as I turn to my parents often to get the authentic doses of Indianness one needs in a country that now knows Bollywood, bindis and bhangra. My personality has become quite chameleon-like. I adapt easily to new situations and settings because I lived in so many places growing up. I retained a lot of traditional values and have a very deep relationship with India and my hordes of relatives who still live there. My identity is an evolving one that has taken me from wanting to be a white suburban teenager who wore only Gap to a bohemian desi who donned flowing skirts and scarves to a tight-shirt-wearing club-going desi diva who shook to bhangra and hip hop.Now I suppose I consider myself a combination of all of my environments: Assamese, mainstream Indian and mainstream American. In a sign of how times are changing (and my own self-assertion), I am also demanding more that institutions occasionally cater to me as well.You have referenced Little India magazine a few times in your book. Do you have any special relationship with the magazine?No, but I admire Little India’s work of telling stories of a community from within that community. They, along with Rediff.com, were the only publication I found that had spent some serious time in this ethnic enclave.Do you think the perceptions of second-generation Indian Americans (such as yourself) about the place of race in the American psyche, is markedly different from those of their parents? I think our parents’ generation definitely experienced or currently experience racism, but perhaps might not readily vocalize it as we do. Remember, we have the privilege of birthright, unaccented English and an upbringing of Western ways.I hope this book sheds some light on the diversity that is the South Asian diaspora, generationally, economically, socially. I hope people reading the book might think twice about the circumstances of the man who pumps their gas or the cashier who rings up their groceries.Indian Americans have often been labeled a “model minority” but they are often also a silent minority, hesitant to be involved locally in politics and matters of community. It is only recently that we see this trend being reversed. How can we galvanize more Indian Americans to be active participants in their communities?I hope this book inspires successful Indians to strive for more than economic equality with their neighbors. Political parity is important. As people like Pradip Kothari illustrate, the next challenge for his generation, generally an economically successful group, is to attain political clout. For those who don’t aspire to political office, perhaps the answer is to find other ways to give back to both their own community as well as the larger one.  Related Itemslast_img read more

Rangers Win 2-1, Move to Round 2

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Rangers advanced to the last eight of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs with a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh on Friday, with Carl Hagelin’s overtime goal and spectacular goaltending by Henrik Lundqvist steering the hosts to a victory which completed a 4-1 series win.In the day’s other games, Ottawa staved off elimination again by winning at Montreal, and Minnesota moved within one win of a series victory by defeating St. Louis.New York’s Hagelin netted the overtime winner when he skated out from behind the net and put a wrist shot on the short side behind Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.The Rangers, who got all four wins in the series by the same 2-1 score, will play the winner of the Washington-New York Islanders series, which the Capitals lead 3-2.Lundqvist made 37 saves, including a memorable stop on Brandon Sutter in an overtime session that was wide open, a bit sloppy, but very entertaining.New York’s problematic power play opened the scoring. Dan Boyle’s weak shot from the point fooled Fleury, who knocked it down — directly to Derek Stepan in front of him. Stepan put home a tap-in just 3:23 in. Pittsburgh’s Nick Spaling tied it in the second period.Ottawa won 5-1 at Montreal to reduce the series deficit to 3-2, having trailed 3-0.Senators goalie Craig Anderson made 45 saves while Bobby Ryan, Patrick Wiercioch, Erik Karlsson, Erik Condra and Mike Hoffman scored for Ottawa. The Senators are trying to become the fifth team in NHL history to win a series after trailing 3-0.Tom Gilbert had the lone goal for Montreal, and Carey Price stopped 20 shots.Montreal’s struggling power play went 0 for 3 to drop to 1 for 19 in the series.Ottawa, which was 2 for 4 with the extra man, will host Game 6 on Sunday.Minnesota also claimed an impressive road win, beating St. Louis 4-1 to go up 3-2 in the series.Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, who gave up six goals in two periods in Game 4, put in a much improved performance, with 36 saves, including twice robbing Alexander Steen from close range in the second period.The Wild scored four straight goals after Vladimir Tarasenko gave St. Louis the early edge with his playoff-leading sixth goal.Nino Niederreiter scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and Marco Scandella, Mikko Koivo and Charlie Coyle also scored for Minnesota, which hosts Game 6 on Sunday.The Central Division champion Blues will be trying to avoid their third straight first-round elimination and bring the series back home for Game 7 on Wednesday. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Cricket is a captain’s game, coach must take back seat: Ganguly

first_imgPune, Sep 24 (PTI) Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly Monday said that unlike football, cricket is a “captain’s game” and the coach should take a “back seat”. The 46-year-old, one of India’s most successful captains, said “man management” is one of the key qualities a coach should possess. Ganguly was at the Symbiosis International (Deemed University) to launch his book – ‘A Century is not Enough’, co-authored with senior sports writer Gautam Bhattacharya. The cricketer later took part in a panel discussion along with Bhattacharya. “It is not like football. A lot of current cricket coaches think that they are going to run a cricket team like a football team, but cricket is a captain’s game and coach hasto take a backseat and that is important,” said Ganguly. The 113-Test veteran was replying to a question on the role of coaches in cricket. He was asked what qualities a coach should have and he replied, “man management”, adding “hardly few have it”. Asked what is the best advice he had received during his career, Ganguly quipped, “Never pick a coach.” Asked if he is given a chance what question he will pose to the current India head coach Ravi Shastri, he said, “Who picks up the team, Rohit Sharma (stand-in ODI captain) or Ravi Shastri.” Ganguly, who also played in the IPL, said he was fortunate enough to lead a team which was full of champions like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh. Players such as Harbhajan, Zaheer and Yuvraj Singh have said in the past they owed their careers to Ganguly as he backed them as the captain.advertisement There are several talented players today but they are not sure whether they will play the next game, and asked about it, Ganguly said, “Virat (Kohli) needs to work little on it. I backed them because I saw them closely, I have seen them how they react to pressure.” He said pressure is must in professional life but too much pressure is not good. Talking to reporters over the dismal performance of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the ongoing Asia Cup in the UAE, Ganguly said it was just a temporary phase for these teams and they will overcome it. “I think it is just a phase and they will get back on the track. They are strong teams,” he said. Talking about the current Australian team, he said the present squad is the weakest he has seen in the last 20-25 years. PTI SPK RSY AHlast_img read more

Sargent aims for ‘breakthrough’ Werder campaign

first_imgJosh Sargent is hoping improved tactical understanding and a stronger body can lead to a “breakthrough” campaign with Werder Bremen this season.Sargent enjoyed a promising debut season for the Bundesliga club, breaking into the first-team in December and scoring a goal in his first appearance.But his promising start gave way to a lack of playing time in the second half of the year, with Sargent featuring just once in the Bundesliga after February. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? That time on the bench was partially to blame for Sargent’s absence from the United States’ Gold Cup roster, which he has since admitted disappointed him but also has acted as motivation.And the 19-year-old now believes he has a better understanding of what is expected from Werder head coach Florian Kohfeldt, which puts him in a position to potentially have a breakout season.”I’m now more familiar with how the coach wants to play,” Sargent told Weser-Kurier (via Bundesliga.com).”The coach has sometimes told me after a good finish that you cannot teach it. I think I have a nose for goal in the box. “Scoring goals is my favorite pastime, it happens instinctively. That’s why playing as a center forward suits me best, but I play wherever the coach wants me to. “The main thing is that I have more playing time. I hope to make my breakthrough soon. If it happens in the new season, it would be great.” Moussa Niakhate Josh Sargent Mainz Werder BermenIn addition to the mental and tactical aspects of the game, Sargent also has a better understanding than this time last year of what is required physically.He credits the club’s fitness team in helping him become stronger, but not hinder him going forward.”I feel really good right now, especially compared to my first year at Werder. I’ve learned a lot in this time, also about my body,” Sargent said.”I worked hard with Werder’s fitness coaches. It was about becoming stronger and stronger – but not too much; after all, I still want to be able to walk!”I am very happy here at Werder at the moment. Now it’s about getting more playing time. I’ll do anything for it because that’s my goal for the new season: more goals and more games.”Kohfeldt has previously indicated Sargent faces a tough battle for playing time with an impressive array of forwards at Werder’s disposal.Milot Rashica, Johannes Eggestein, Martin Harnik, Claudio Pizarro, Niclas Fullkrug and Luc Ihorst are all in the mix for playing time up front and Sargent knows that he could face an uphill battle to see the field.”There are again a lot of players in the squad for the same positions, I do not know if my chances have increased,” Sargent said. “I can only influence what I give and do. I work as hard as I can to convince the coach to let me play more often.”Among those options is the veteran Pizarro, who has said the upcoming season will be his last.And Sargent is grateful for the help the 40-year-old Peru international has provided him during his time.”Claudio is a great help on and off the pitch,” Sargent said. “He’s great at communicating with the whole team.”On the pitch, he helps me with tips on many little things. Passing, movement… he is also very important in terms of mentality.”last_img read more

The Manual Guide to Summer Ties

first_img Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Indian Motorcycle’s 2020 Scout Lineup Pays Homage to Its 100-Year Legacy Editors’ Recommendations How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts Summer is fast approaching and it’s time to start thinking about that wardrobe, whether it’s for the office or a coastal getaway. Many men forget that ties aren’t just a noose around the neck that we get for Father’s Day. With the right collar size (so you aren’t getting strangled through the day) and a well tugged four in hand, your appeal level can go from 0-100 with one easy accessory.Also, tie’s aren’t all shiny rayon either. There are wool and velvet ties for the winter months and cotton, linen, silk and even knitted ties for summer.Note: with any knitted tie be sure to roll it and store it. If you hang it with the rest of your ties it will stretch and end up to your knees. The Manual has searched far and wide to provide you with a selection of ties that will give your summer style a little more pop. Check out our slideshow to find the one that is right for you and let us know if you have a summer favorite to share with us.J.Crew’s Indian Cotton Plaid Tie David Hart’s Gray Donegal 100% Silk TieRalph Lauren’s Silk Knit TieBrooks Brothers Tattersall Slim Tie Theory’s Cotton Linen Tweed Skinny Tie Social Primer’s Limited Edition 100% silk ALPHA tie 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties: Buy It Once, Have It Forever last_img read more

Precautions Urged for Possible Localized Flooding Storm Surges

first_imgAs a strong weather system continues to bring wind gusts and heavy rainfall across most of the province, the Emergency Management Office (EMO) is reminding Nova Scotians to use extra caution to stay safe and be prepared for localized flooding and storm surges. As with any storm that produces wind gusts, power outages are also possible. Environment Canada is predicting the storm system will continue to move east across the province during the next 24 hours. As much as 100 millimetres of rain could fall in southwestern coastal areas, with winds gusting up to 90 km/h. Water levels along some coastal areas will be higher than normal with potential for storm surge. “I encourage people to be aware of the dangers presented by flooding and storm surges, especially in low-lying and coastal areas,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister for Emergency Management. “I urge them to take all appropriate steps to prepare and protect themselves.” The Emergency Management Office is monitoring the impact of the weather system, with assistance from partners, including Environment Canada and Nova Scotia Power. Nova Scotia Power has had crews out overnight and today and is working to restore any power outages. While there were no reports of significant flooding as of early Friday afternoon, EMO regional officers are working closely with municipalities. EMO advises residents who live in areas prone to flooding to take appropriate precautions such as moving furniture and personal property away from possible flood water, and securing property that might be swept away or damaged by high winds or floods. In the event of a flood: Listen to the radio. Local authorities will issue instructions for those living in the affected areas. Know how to turn off water, gas and electricity in case you are instructed to by local officials. If the main power box is not in a dry, safe area, do not try to turn off electricity. Contact Nova Scotia Power at 428-6004 or 1-877-428-6004 for instructions. Ensure storm drains and gutters are free of debris. Have drinking water on hand in case the regular supply is unavailable or becomes contaminated. In flooded areas, do not use well water for drinking, cooking or bathing until the water has been tested and it has been deemed safe to use. Questions about safe drinking water can be directed to local environment offices at 1-877-936-8476 during regular business hours. For urgent environmental matters after hours call 1-800-565-1633. During storm surge, maintain a safe distance from the coast. Getting caught near the shoreline during a storm surge could be life-threatening. For more information on preparing for a flood, visit EMO’s website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo .last_img read more

NS police chief elects trial by judge alone on sex charges involving

first_imgBRIDGEWATER, N.S. – A Nova Scotia police chief facing sex charges involving a 17-year-old girl has elected to have the case heard in Supreme Court by judge alone.John Collyer of the Bridgewater police force will appear in provincial court next April for a preliminary hearing and — if he’s committed to stand trial — he will enter a plea once the matter lands in Supreme Court.The case was briefly in Bridgewater provincial court Thursday.The town’s police commission suspended Collyer on May 4 for 60 days with pay, the same day it was announced he was facing charges.Pat Cappello, chairman of the commission, said Thursday that Collyer’s suspension with pay has been extended until more information becomes available.“I cannot comment on the amount of pay or any other matter that may be considered a personnel matter,” he said in an email.The 53-year-old had been placed on administrative leave last August after the province’s Serious Incident Response Team confirmed it was investigating the alleged sexual assault.The independent police watchdog laid one charge of sexual assault and two charges of sexual exploitation against Collyer over allegations dating between April 1 and July 31 of last year.The girl was 17 at the time of the alleged offences in the Bridgewater area on Nova Scotia’s south shore.Collyer, a 26-year veteran of the police force, had been chief for five years when the allegations surfaced.last_img read more

Colorado lawsuit could ripple through US cannabis industry

first_imgDENVER – A federal trial in Colorado could have far-reaching effects on the United States’ budding marijuana industry if a jury sides with a couple who say having a cannabis business as a neighbour hurts their property’s value.The trial set to begin Monday in Denver is the first time a jury will consider a lawsuit using federal anti-racketeering law to target cannabis companies. But the marijuana industry has closely watched the case since 2015, when attorneys with a Washington, D.C.-based firm first filed their sweeping complaint on behalf of Hope and Michael Reilly.One of the couple’s lawyers, Brian Barnes, said they bought the southern Colorado land for its views of Pikes Peak and have since built a house on the rural property. They also hike and ride horses there.But they claim “pungent, foul odours” from a neighbouring indoor marijuana grow have hurt the property’s value and their ability to use and enjoy it.“That’s just not right,” Barnes said. “It’s not right to have people in violation of federal law injuring others.”An attorney for the business targeted by the suit plans to argue the couple’s property has not been damaged, relying in part on the county’s tax valuations of the Reillys’ land ticking up over time.Vulnerability to similar lawsuits is among the many risks facing marijuana businesses licensed by states but still violating federal law. Suits using the same strategy have been filed in California, Massachusetts and Oregon.Mirroring the Reilly complaint, several claim the smell of marijuana damages neighbouring owners’ ability to enjoy their land or harms their property value.The question now is whether jurors accept the argument.“They can claim a $1 million drop in property value, but if a jury does not agree and says $5,000, that’s not that big of a deal,” said Rob Mikos, a Vanderbilt University law professor who specializes in drug law. “That’s why there are a lot of eyes on the case.”Congress created the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act — better known as RICO — to target the Mafia in the 1970s, allowing prosecutors to argue leaders of a criminal enterprise should pay a price along with lower-level defendants.But the anti-racketeering law also allows private parties to file lawsuits claiming their business or property has been damaged by a criminal enterprise. Those who prove it can be financially compensated for damages times three, plus attorneys’ expenses.Starting in 2015, opponents of the marijuana industry decided to use the strategy against companies producing or selling marijuana products, along with investors, insurers, state regulators and other players. Cannabis companies immediately saw the danger of high legal fees or court-ordered payouts.That concern only grew when a Denver-based federal appeals court ruled in 2017 that the Reillys could use anti-racketeering law to sue the licensed cannabis grower neighbouring their property. Insurance companies and other entities originally named in the Reillys’ suit have gradually been removed, some after reaching financial settlements out of court.The case focuses on property in Pueblo County, where local officials saw marijuana as an opportunity to boost an area left behind by the steel industry. Most Colorado counties ban outdoor grows, forcing pot cultivators to find expensive warehouse space.Pueblo officials positioned their sunny, flat plains as the alternative. They created financial incentives in hopes of drawing growers to outdoor fields or cavernous buildings left vacant by other industries.Parker Walton was among the early comers, buying 40 acres in the rural town of Rye in 2014.Barnes said the Reillys made three separate land purchases between 2011 and 2014, gradually reaching more than 100 acres. They learned about plans for the marijuana business bordering their final purchase four months after completing the sale, he said.Walton put up a 5,000-square-foot (465-square-meter) building to grow and harvest marijuana plants indoors. The Reillys filed their lawsuit in early 2015. A year later, Walton announced the company’s first harvest via Instagram, snapping a photo of a strain dubbed “Purple Trainwreck” hanging to cure in a dim room.Fewer than five people including Walton work for the company, which sells its products to retail stores, his attorney, Matthew Buck said.Buck said he’s confident jurors will decide the Reillys’ property has not been harmed. Buck warned, though, that defending against a similar lawsuit comes at a high cost for marijuana businesses while plaintiffs with support from a large law firm have little to lose.Cooper & Kirk, the firm handling the couple’s suit, has a conservative reputation, including a founding partner who worked for the U.S. Justice Department during the Reagan administration. Barnes said members of the firm were “troubled” as states began legalizing the adult use of marijuana because of the inherent conflict with federal law, and they brainstormed legal strategies.Walton created a website this month to raise money for his defence. He wrote that a loss could jeopardize “all legal cannabis operations in all states.”But some lawyers who have defended companies in similar lawsuits said those fears are overhyped.Adam Wolf, a California attorney, said he believes the suits are primarily intended to scare third-party companies into cutting ties with marijuana firms or persuading cannabis companies to shut down. But long-term, Wolf said the U.S. Supreme Court has curtailed lawsuits making civil racketeering claims against other industries.Courts could apply the same logic to cannabis, he argued.“What the plaintiffs seemed to be saying is anybody who touched, in any matter, any marijuana business is potentially liable,” Wolf said. “And that is a soundly rejected argument by the courts.”Barnes, though, said the number of racketeering lawsuits awaiting action suggests attorneys with no ties to his firm believe in the strategy.___Kathleen Foody is a member of AP’s marijuana beat team. Follow her at twitter.com/katiefoodyFind complete AP marijuana coverage here:apnews.com/tag/LegalMarijuanalast_img read more

American Jewish Delegation Visits Morocco Supports Its Territorial Integrity

Rabat – A delegation from the American Jewish Committee (AJC), a leading global Jewish advocacy organization, hailed Morocco’s economic and political progress and its security partnership with the United States of America.In a meeting with Chief of Government Abdelilah Benkirane and other senior Moroccan officials, the 12-member delegation conveyed messages of support for the efforts of King Mohammed VI in combating extremism and advance regional peace and prosperity.“In an era of turmoil across the Arab world, Morocco, an exemplar and defender of moderation, plays an increasingly vital role?,” said Jason Isaacson, AJC Associate Executive Director for Policy. The American Jewish Committee reaffirmed its support for Morocco’s territorial integrity of the historic kingdom, including its sovereignty with local autonomy in the Western Sahara region.AJC expressed support for Morocco’s security and its strategic cooperation with the United States and participation in the anti-ISIS coalition.The delegation also expressed solidarity with the two-millennia-old Moroccan Jewish community, and met with its leaders and visited Jewish sites in five Moroccan cities?.AJC maintains a formal association agreement with the ?Communauté Juive Marocaine, headed by Ambassador Serge Berdugo.The American Jewish Committee was established in 1906 to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and to advance human rights and democratic values for all. read more

Gold smuggling attempt in India foiled Lankan arrested

He claimed that his friend had asked him to handover the suitcase to a contact outside the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) for a commission of Indian Rs. 10,000. Indian customs officials have arrested a 24-year-old Sri Lankan national and recovered three gold wires weighing 511 grams concealed in the lining of his suitcase.Inshaf Mohammed confessed that he was a trader of ready-made garments, who used to come to Bengaluru to pick up goods and sell it in Sri Lanka, The Hindu newspaper reported. read more

Ferron City Planning Commission Adds Cats to Citys Animal Ordinance

By Julie JohansenThe Ferron City Planning Commission met on Tuesday evening to discuss adding cats to the city’s animal ordinance.During the meeting, it was decided to add the word “cats” to the ordinance every place there was the word “dogs.” So, now the ordinance will read dogs and cats, making the same regulations for cat owners as for dog owners.The ordinance will be presented to the Ferron City Council at its next meeting for possible approval and adoption.

Richard Sherman Cites Race in DeSean Jacksons Release by

For Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman wrote about how race played a role in DeSean Jackson’s release by the Philadelphia Eagles and his relationship with his childhood friend. The Eagles cut the Pro Bowl receiver amid rumors he had connections with an L.A. gang. Jackson vehemently denied the allegations and eventually signed a three-year, $24-million contract with with the Washington Redskins.I’m not going to tell you that DeSean Jackson isn’t in a gang, because I can’t say unequivocally that he isn’t. I can’t tell you whether his friends have done the things police have accused them of doing, because I wasn’t there. I can’t tell you what DeSean does with his time, because we play football on opposite ends of the country. I can only tell you that I believe him to be a good person, and if you think, say or write otherwise without knowing the man, you’re in the wrong.And if it’s true the Eagles terminated his contract in part because they grew afraid of his alleged “gang ties,” then they did something worse. [Editor’s note: Jackson has agreed to terms with the Redskins.]I look at those words—gang ties—and I think about all the players I’ve met in the NFL and all of us who come from inner-city neighborhoods like mine in Los Angeles, and I wonder how many of us could honestly say we’re not friends with guys doing the wrong things.I can’t.I grew up in Watts, and I played baseball with DeSean in elementary school on a team coached by his father near Inglewood. His father, Bill, picked me up from elementary school 30 minutes away from his home for practice and games because my parents both worked and didn’t finish until later, and I wanted to play baseball with some childhood friends. Bill was a great coach, and a great man. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2009, the summer after his son’s rookie season. DeSean and I didn’t hang out then like we did as kids.Those men with DeSean in the social pictures and the police reports weren’t his closest friends in childhood, but when his father died and few people were there for him, they were there. When a tragic event like that happens, the people who are around are the people who are around, and they were there for him.Was DeSean supposed to then say, “Thanks guys, but now that I’m a millionaire, please leave me alone”? Even if he wanted to, he wouldn’t have. In desperate times for people who come from desperate communities, your friends become your family. I wouldn’t expect DeSean to “distance himself” from anybody, as so many people suggest pro athletes ought to do despite having no understanding of what that means. Going to college and playing in the NFL creates a natural distance, but we can’t push people away just because they’re not as successful as us. I can’t change who I grew up with, but what I can do is try to educate them on the right way of doing things, help them when they need it, and try to keep them out of trouble.There is, of course, a tipping point. There have been times when I realized that someone can’t be helped, because they continue doing the wrong things. Typically, the only time I cut someone off is when they’re in jail, because I can’t help them there.And if they’re accused of a crime, as DeSean’s friends have been, should that reflect poorly on me? Consider that for every several guys I try to help who end up dead or in jail, there’s another person I was able to rescue from a similar end. Should I give up on everybody out of fear of being dirtied by the media?Sorry, but I was born in this dirt.NFL teams understand that. The Seattle Seahawks get it. The Philadelphia Eagles apparently do not.This offseason they re-signed a player who was caught on video screaming, “I will fight every n—– here.” He was representing the Philadelphia Eagles when he said it, because, of course, everything we do is reflective of the organization. But what did they do to Riley Cooper, who, if he’s not a racist, at least has “ties” to racist activity? They fined him and sent him to counseling. No suspension necessary for Cooper and no punishment from the NFL, despite its new interest in policing our use of the N-word on the field. Riley instead got a few days off from training camp and a nice contract in the offseason, too.Commit certain crimes in this league and be a certain color, and you get help, not scorn. Look at the way many in the media wrote about Jim Irsay after his DUI arrest. Nobody suggested the Colts owner had “ties” to drug trafficking, even though he was caught driving with controlled substances (prescription pills) and $29,000 in cash to do who-knows-what with. Instead, poor millionaire Mr. Irsay needs help, some wrote.But DeSean Jackson is the menace, right? He’s just as bad as those guys he parties with because he threw up a Crip sign in a picture and he owns a gangsta rap record label. If only all record-label owners were held to this standard, somebody might realize that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg weren’t the bosses behind NWA. Jim Irsay lookalikes in suits were.But go ahead and judge DeSean for the company he keeps. While you’re at it, judge me, too, because I still live in Los Angeles, and my family does, too. We didn’t run from where we grew up. We aren’t afraid to be associated with the people who came up with us. We brought some of our money back and started charities and tried to help out a few guys who were with us when we were nobodies.I won’t apologize for that, and I suspect neither will DeSean when he’s back on the field doing what he’s always done: grinding through adversity. read more

Skype for Xbox is coming

first_imgYou’ve got an Xbox 360. You’ve got a Kinect sensor. The chances you are also connected to the Internet are also pretty high. Does it come as a surprise, then, to hear that Microsoft is busy seeking out developers who can integrate Skype into their do-it-all living room console?The same job board that recently revealed a bevy of positions related to building a web-based version of Skype also indicate that Microsoft is gearing up for a console remix. This particular posting is for Skype’s London office, where the successful applicant will put his or her XDK, XNA, C++, C#, and .Net programming skills to good use. Experience with Metro development is also considered a plus — not surprising, since the dashboard has already been given a Metro-style overhaul and many suspect that the next iteration of the Xbox (like Windows Phone 8) might run the NT kernel.Skype is already available on all kinds of devices, from desktops and laptops to smartphones, smart TVs, and connected Blu-ray players. The Xbox 360 definitely has the muscle to run a Skype app, but Microsoft hasn’t gotten specific about whether their development plans are aimed at the current-gen console or if they’re holding out for the next hardware iteration.Skype has had living room domination in their sights for quite some time, however, and the Xbox 360 would give the service instant access to hundreds of millions of new and existing users. That kind of presence would go a long way to boosting their already-impressive revenues from subscriptions and pay-as-you-go calling users.More at enConnectedlast_img read more

WWE to broadcast RAW live on Christmas night and New Year’s night

first_img 3 COMMENTS Google+ September 5, 2017 at 12:31 am Now Playing Up Next Rob Giles WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Nick Noel Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte September 5, 2017 at 3:55 am Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter September 4, 2017 at 8:06 pm Kurt Angle Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE announced on Monday that they would be broadcasting RAW live for the first time ever on both Christmas and New Year’s night in December and January.In the past, WWE had run “best of” episodes when the show fell on major holidays. December 25 and January 1 both fall on a Monday this year and next.WWE added the following.“This marks the first time that WWE will present Monday night’s hottest show live on the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. These unprecedented broadcasts aim to best serve you, the WWE Universe, during the holiday season.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook They will either pre-record it or just show best of RAW moments because i doubt they will make wrestlers work on christmas. This will be changed time Christmas comes around plus it’s unfair to the RAW roster Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Terrible idea WWE needs to put out less content not more and the poor wrestler have to work days everyone else gets off. Videos Articles BornFreeOrDie Yeah, kinda feel bad for the wrestlers. They’re on the road enough as it is throughout the year. Now they can’t even spend the holidays with their families anymore. Cesaro Videos Articles Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Comments are closed.last_img read more

Natl Aids program to launch pilot to reduce stigma

first_img ‘Positives’ for HIV/Aids down in Turks and Caicos; Testing today Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Apr 2015 – A pilot program is being launched which the National Aids Program believes will not only be more cost effective, but eliminate any stigma surrounding medical treatment of HIV infected residents.A three day workshop is underway this week to ready the medical staff of government clinics and private practitioners who will begin treating HIV at the primary health care stage. Leading the sessions is guest presenter from the Bahamas, Dr. Phillipa Pratt, Registrar of Infectious diseases. “The thing about HIV now, is we’re thinking about it like a chronic disease – like hypertension or diabetes – so the message is that you can live well with HIV, you can live with HIV, you could graduate, take care of your children and everything so it is important that people actually know their status and know it early, so that you can get the treatments that they need in a comfortable environment, not thinking that you’re gonna go one clinic and people are gonna know that you’re there for HIV, but you can go there with anybody else who is coming for regular cholesterol check-ups, pregnancy tests or STI screening.”Coordinator of the TCI program, Aldora Robinson said this strategy is a trending move now within the region, as HIV is treated as a chronic illness with no set day or time for those infected to get care.Six medical centers will participate in this six month trial run of the maneuver.The workshop, which is being held at the Environmental Center was opened by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, Tamera Robinson. EU money available for TCI smaller business owners; workshops planned to train on accessing it Local farmer helps North Caicos celebrate World Aids Day Recommended for you Related Items:Dr. phillipa pratt, Hiv, national aids program, tamera robinson, workshoplast_img read more

The Governor General Attends Reception Celebrating 2018 Chinese Spring Festival

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 14, 2018 – Nassau – Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling attended a Reception celebrating the 2018 Chinese Spring Festival at the British Colonial Hilton on Thursday evening, February 8, 2018 hosted by  Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Mr. Huang Qinguo and his wife, Madame Zheng Chuncao.Also in attendance were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator the Hon. Carl Bethel, and Minister of Foreign Affairs the Hon. Darren Henfield.  Photos show officials and reception guests.(BIS Photos/Kristaan Ingraham) Related Items:last_img read more

It wouldve been really nice to face Messi – Alvarez

first_imgAhead of Friday’s friendly match between Mexico and Argentina, El Tri defender Edson Alvarez regrets that Argentina star, Lionel Messi won’t feature in the match.Argentina would usually be the top dog against Mexico but for the friendly match on Friday, where Messi will be absent, Mexican defender feels it’s time for Mexican football shine.“It would’ve been really nice to face Messi,” said Alvarez in a press conference Wednesday, before training in Cordoba, according to ESPN.“But his health comes first. Personally, it would’ve great to play against him.”Speaking in comparison of Mexican’s victory against Germany in the 2018 World Cup and their upcoming match against Argentina, Alvarez continued:“We’ve shown that in adversity when we are the underdogs we step up,”“I like these challenges … what better way to show our quality than now, against a great team in front of their fans? We all want to play the game already.”“The quality and potential is there,”FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).He also encouraged any new coach coming to focus on improving the mentality of the team and gave a little hint about his future.“We’ve missed out more because of mentality. We block ourselves. We showed the world against Germany that we were better than them. Mexican football can move forward.”“Playing in Europe is every player’s dream, at least it is mine,” said Alvarez when asked by ESPN.“There is interest from certain teams and that is the only thing I can say.”On the other hand, the Argentine federation (AFA) president Claudio Tapia believes Messi will soon be back for the national team.“Having the best player in the world gives you a better possibility of doing well and we all want that,” said Tapia on Monday in a news conference.“Now is the time to stop stewing over what happened in the World Cup and I have no doubt that [Messi] will continue [with Argentina]. I haven’t spoken with him because it isn’t time yet but I know his feelings for the shirt.”last_img read more

Spectre Bond to be a money spinner for brand sponsors too

first_img James Bond is back, and companies such as Belvedere vodka, Gillette and Heineken have paid undisclosed sums for product tie-ins with Spectre in sponsorship deals that one marketing specialist says are cinemas version of the Olympics.A day after the world premiere of Bonds 24th outing on the silver screens, brands and businesses associated with 007s adventures are already celebrating their shrewd move. Jacques de Cock, a marketing consultant and lecturer at the London School of Marketing, said the MI6 agents business appeal was clear.Bond himself is a bad boy with style with tech savvy and has morals, so anyone can see parts of what they want. The techno nerds like it, the women like it, the bad boys like it, the older generations like it. So it has a bit of everything, he said.De Cock credits Barbara Broccoli – franchise producer and daughter of James Bond movie legend Albert Cubby Broccoli – with Bonds lucrative contracts.Barbara Broccoli apparently has been working on branding Bond now for the last 30 years and is very careful to curate the right types of brand, he said.They want a brand that actually enhances the Bond brand as well, and actually this mythology helps both, because Bond is now more exclusive and so brands have to work harder to be part of Bond, so they get more money out of it, he added.De Cock said the half-century-old Bond franchise is cinemas marketing equivalent of the Olympics. He estimates Bond movies have earned some £11bn ($16.90bn) – in 2015 figures – at the box office, and another £2.6 to 3.2bn from marketing since Dr No in 1962. Although figures are not divulged, de Cock said the marketing and promotional activities associated with a modern Bond movie could run between £150m to £200m, or roughly the cost of making it.I looked at Star Wars, I looked at Harry Potter – they actually make more per movie, but therere only seven or eight movies long in terms of franchises. Its the longevity and depth in terms of franchises that makes Bond unique, he said.Being a sponsor allows companies to show Bond-themed adverts, as both Gillette and Heineken are doing, or to mount lavish drinks parties – featuring Belvedere Martinis, as the spirits company did on Tuesday (27 October) night to celebrate the films British premiere on Monday (26 October). Its the vodka brands biggest-ever promotional sponsorship, and something Belvedere President Charles Gibb said was necessary in 2015.Today marketing is very, very different to what it used to be many years ago, and being talked about in popular culture is so key, and of course this is just a cultural moment, the release of a Bond movie is a cultural moment, the release of Spectre is a passion point for so many people in so many countries, so to be talked about at that time is just tremendous for a brand like Belvedere, he said.Heinekens premium brands director in the UK, David Lette, agrees that Bonds appeal is exclusive – the brewer reportedly paid £18.3m for its sponsorship, or around a third of Spectres entire production budget.They signify similar kinds of things as well. In terms of being witty, being resourceful, being confident and being really aspirational, so I think theres a fantastic tie-in with Heineken and James Bond. The Heineken brand exists in 170 markets and were activating the Spectre movie in 85 of them, so a real global reach, which I think is beneficial to the Bond franchise, and obviously thats great for Heineken as well.One brand that can attest to longevity with Bond is Aston Martin. The carmakers Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman said that while association with Bond was part of the companys heritage, being synonymous with a popular cultural icon brought with it opportunities to be more forward-looking for consumers.Because Aston Martin is very much a trend-setter, its important to stay ahead of that curve, its important to understand it, and trend or culture or the nature of buying something is about desire. So for us its about creating desire through association, through technology, through great looks, he explains.For some brands like Gillette, the Bond sponsorship is new with this film, but for such brands it is a chance to move away from other more familiar promotions like sports. But not everyone who benefits pays to be seen in, or associated with, Bond. The green dress and hexagonal earrings that Lea Seydoux wears to an intimate dinner with Bond on a luxury train, have been plastered on billboards and buses across London – without anyone paying for sponsorship.British-based label Ghost produced the £225 slinky Salma dress that the French actress Seydoux wears to a late night dinner which takes a familiar Bond-shaped turn. The dress, and the pair of DiamonDust earrings Seydoux wears – produced by the London-based jewellery firm David Deyong – were simply bought from shops by costume designers for the film, both firms said. Closelast_img read more

Meghan Markle celebrate her first Mothers Day by sharing cute picture of

first_imgMoreover, Meghan Markle paid tribute to Archie’s grandmother, Princess Diana in her Instagram post. In her Instagram caption, The Duchess of Sussex wrote the following:”Paying tribute to all mothers today – past, present, mothers-to-be, and those lost but forever remembered. We honor and celebrate each and every one of you,” Meghan wrote. “Today is Mother’s Day in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Kenya, Japan, and several countries across Europe. This is the first Mother’s Day for The Duchess of Sussex. Quote from ‘lands’: my mother was my first country; the first place I ever lived.”Following the birth of Archie, the 34-year-old Prince Harry told the media that they both are absolutely thrilled and grateful for all the love and support they have received from everybody out there. Even Meghan shared Harry’s sentiment and after introducing Archie to the world, she gushed “It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing, I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy.” Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesThis is Meghan Markle’s first Mother’s Day and she celebrated the event by sharing some never been seen before pictures of her son, Archie.In the UK the Mother’s Day already took place on March 22 — almost two months before Meghan Markle gave birth to Archie — but she welcomed her first child just in time to celebrate the big day in the United States of America. On such a special occasion, the 37-year-old Meghan and Prince Harry shared a sweet picture of their son Archie on Instagram.In the latest upload, we can see Archie’s adorable feet which are being pampered by his proud mother. The image was taken at their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor. Check out the cute picture below: As per the latest report, Meghan Markle is going to spend the day at home with her husband, her mother Doria Ragland, and their cute little kid, Archie. While talking about Meghan’s mother, a source close to the situation stated that Harry gets on well with her and “new mom wants her own mom around at this time, so it’s great.”last_img read more