Harlequins pip London Wasps after incredible comeback at Twickenham

first_imgTuesday Sep 4, 2012 Harlequins pip London Wasps after incredible comeback at Twickenham Harlequins mounted a stirring comeback on the opening weekend of the Aviva Premiership season as they came back from 40-13 down to seal a 42-40 victory over Wasps at Twickenham. Nick Evans kicked the winning penalty in his 100th ‘Quins game.Wasps got off to a great start as they shot to 20-0 up after only 12 minutes, before Harlequins came back sensationally after trailing by 27 points. Evans was key, scoring 22 points by fulltime.“We were horrific first half and Conor O’Shea had a few choice words with us at half-time,” said Evans. “I cannot explain what was wrong, but we didn’t play and had to really chase the game. Danny Care said to me that if we could come back from this deficit we’d never forget it. We won’t.“No excuses, we were very poor for too much of the game, but we also showed our character and belief in one another to fight back.”The new TMO adjudication came into play for the first time as a Tom Varndell try was called back after a forward pass had occurred, costing Wasps a first half bonus point. They picked it up later through Marco Wentzel, but after Tim Payne scored for ‘Quins, the game changed.Evans’ 77th minute penalty sealed the deal for an astonishing comeback, and great start to the Premiership season. Below are short, official highlights from the match. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Board Supports Antonovich Motion to Identify Existing Funds for Homeless

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich directing the County CEO, the Health Agency and other departments to identify existing funding that can be redirected to fund the County’s homelessness effort. It also asks the CEO to continue lobbying the state legislature on behalf of local governments for additional resources to address the homeless crisis.To avoid placing an additional burden on local taxpayers, this action requests that the county look within its own budget, and appeal to the state in our mutual effort to address the statewide homelessness crisis,” said Antonovich. “It is the state’s responsibility to take a proactive role in reimbursing local governments for the costs associated with homelessness.” Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Government Board Supports Antonovich Motion to Identify Existing Funds for Homeless Published on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 | 5:11 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Make a comment More Cool Stuff Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

The Booming Built-For-Rent Industry

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago August 5, 2019 1,420 Views Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Share Save Tagged with: builders Investment Rent Single-Family Rent Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago builders Investment Rent Single-Family Rent 2019-08-05 Seth Welborn Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Booming Built-For-Rent Industry  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand for single-family rentals is heating up, and is now the fastest growing segment of the housing market. Data from CoreLogic’s 2018 SFR report indicates that its single-family rental index increased 4.1% since January 2018, noting that low rental home inventory, relative to demand is fueling the growth of single-family rent prices.In response, many homebuilders are turning to build-for-rent properties, CNBC reports.AHV Communities, partnering with Bristol Group, is one builder turning from for sale homes to build for rent. CNBC reports that the company is putting up 250 new detached homes in San Antonio’s Pradera neighborhood, where rents range from about $1,800 to $2,300 per month.“We basically took an apartment and went horizontal instead of vertical,” AHV founder and CEO Mark Wolf said on CNBC. “About 93% of the apartment stock consists of studios, one and two bedrooms, very few three bedrooms. We saw a growing need coming out of the downturn, to provide three- and four-bedroom homes to the renter society.”“We think there’s a major shift in the demographics,” Wolf added. “Empty nesters are done taking care of their homes. They want to downsize, they want portability, mobility in the lease. The millennial household formation, they’re not really dialed into taking care of a home, they want to go out and do the same thing that the boomers are doing, which is enjoy life, not work hard for their house.”According to CNBC, builders are finding single family starter homes difficult to profit from, as costs have risen and regulation has tightened.“Our business is booming right now with build-to-rent feasibility work,” said John Burns, founder and CEO of John Burns Real Estate Consulting. “We are discussing new projects with clients almost daily. The market has become so hot that we are already having conversations about when we will conclude the market is overbuilt.”Learn more about single-family rental investment at the Five Star Conference Single Family Rental and Investment Roundtable, to be held on Monday, September 23 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, moderated by RCN Capital CEO Jeffrey Tesch. Grab a seat at the table to hear what opportunities are available to help you meet your investment objectives. Hear from industry experts on how you can continue to meet your performance objectives. Participating companies include:Bayview Loan ServicingCoreVest FinanceHome DepotNational Tax SearchRCN Capitaland moreLearn more about the Single Family Rental and Investment Roundtable here. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Booming Built-For-Rent Industry Subscribe Previous: The Long-Term Impact of the Uniform Mortgage-Backed Security Next: When Does a Condo Owner’s Lien Liability End? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Woman playing ‘Pokemon Go’ finds missing man with dementia in park

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  An 83-year-old man with dementia was reunited with his family on Friday — and he has “Pokemon Go” to thank for it.Homer Howard was discovered a state away from his hometown of Maineville, Ohio, by Allison Hines, according to Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO. Hines just so happened to be in Kenney Shields Park in Covington, Kentucky, at the right time on Friday morning. The park is a daily destination for her due to its designation as a Pokestop — a real-life location with in-game supplies for the video game which swept the nation with an unrivaled hysteria in the summer of 2016.But on Friday, Hines came across a stranger who seemed in need of help. Hines passed the elderly man, waving due to his Navy baseball cap. Hines herself is a Navy veteran.“As I turned the corner, everything in my being said, ‘Stop, turn this car around and go check on him,’” she told WCPO.Hines went back and spoke to the man, who told her his name — Homer Howard. But he was very surprised to find out he wasn’t even in his home state anymore.“I said, ‘Do you know you’re in Kentucky?’” Hines said. Maineville is 30 miles northeast of Covington, and it’s still unclear how Howard made his way so far south after being reported missing by his daughters, Tammy Richardson and Tonya Geringer, 24 hours earlier.“Lots of thoughts went through my mind,” Richardson said. “I just had to stop them. I just had to keep hoping, praying and waiting until we heard from him.”Howard returned home to his daughters on Friday evening and Hines said she hopes she can take him to dinner soon.“I’m very grateful for ‘Pokemon Go,’” she said. “My goodness. What I loved about it is, when I played its it got me out in the community. It was a social game. Today, it saved a man’s life.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Shares Music Video For New Anders Osborne Collab, “Change My Way” [Watch]

first_imgKarl Denson’s Tiny Universe has released the second single, “Change My Way”, from their forthcoming studio album, Gnomes & Badgers–due out March 8th via Seven Spheres Records. Marking the group’s first new recording in five years, the new collection of music faithfully displays the road warriors’ live aesthetic in a studio setting.Today’s iteration of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe features guitarist DJ Williams, lap steel guitarist Seth Freeman, trumpeter Chris Littlefield, organist David Veith, bassist Chris Stillwell, and drummer Zak Najor. On the studio album, the band is joined by The Rolling Stones keyboardist and Allman Brothers Band alum Chuck Leavell, guitar-slinging singer-songwriter Lukas Nelson, New Orleans guitar hero Anders Osborne, Austin producer and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Quesada, and NOLA R&B royal Ivan Neville.Following the release of “I’m Your Biggest Fan“, today’s new song comes in the form of a music video and addresses the current crisis at the U.S. border. “Change My Way” was co-written with Anders Osborne and co-produced with Adrian Quesada (Brownout, Spanish Gold).As Denson tells Paste Magazine about the song, “‘Change My Way’ is a discussion about borders, boundaries, love and law.” Herrington adds, “Both the song and the video is a body of work seeking answers to some fundamental questions: Where would America be without the benefit of colordiversity of different races, faces, beliefs and creeds? What happened to ‘Love Thy Neighbor’? What happened to ‘Give me your tired, huddled masses yearning to be free’? Remember we were them not too long ago.”“Change My Way”[Video: KarlDensonVENO]In support of the 11-track new album, KDTU will head out on the road with Kung Fu and Urban Gorilla Orchestra. The band also has an official set at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 26th, as well as a tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, at The Orpheum Theater on May 3rd, and summer festival appearances at High Sierra Music Festival and Floydfest. Denson then picks up his reoccurring role as touring saxophonist with The Rolling Stones on their U.S. summer tour.‘Gnomes & Badgers’ Track Listing1. What If You Knew2. Gossip3. Change My Way4. I’m Your Biggest Fan5. Can We Trade6. Millvale, PA7. Something Sweet8. Falling Down9. Time To Pray10. Smart Boy11. Just RememberedView Track ListingKarl Denson’s Tiny Universe 2019 Tour Dates2/22 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall +2/23 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall ++3/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour3/15 – San Diego, CA – The Music Box3/16 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent3/20 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge3/21 – Seattle, WA – Nectar Lounge3/22 – Homer, AK – Alice’s Champagne Palace3/23- Homer, AK – Alice’s Champagne Palace4/26 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival4/26 – New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s5/3 – New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theater ^6/14 – Bethel, NY – Mountain Jam7/4 – Portland, OR – Waterfront Blues Festival7/5 – Portland, OR – Waterfront Blues Festival7/6 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival ^^7/7 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival ^^7/27 – Floyd, VA – Floydfest+ w/ special guests Kung Fu++ w/ special guests Urban Gorilla Orchestra^ R.E.S.P.E.K.T. A Tribute to the Queen of Soul^^ Eat a Bunch of PeachesView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

The Guerrillas’ Child Armies

first_imgBy Dialogo April 01, 2011 It is incredible that situations like this, which harm our children, are happening in this day and age. So, what’s going on with the International Organizations that were created to defend and protect children? Why aren’t they vigorously performing their work? Growing abuses by the Shining Path in Peru In Peru, the outlook is equally as bleak, with the recruitment of minors showing a similar rising trend despite the Convention on the Rights of the Child having been in effect since 1990. In addition, Peru is a signatory of the optional Protocol on the Convention on the Rights of the Child concerning child participation in armed conflicts, promoted by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Despite these agreements, terrorist groups ignore these international protections. The Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path, or SL, has approximately 300 people captive, including more than 70 children, according to the intelligence directorate of the Peruvian Ministry of the Interior. Various media in the country have also reported extensively on cases of SL kidnapping children. These children are abducted from their homes in Andean towns and forced to live in the jungle around the valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers, or vRAE, to be indoctrinated into the Maoist ideology and terrorist activities, according to Peruvian news site RPP Noticias. The articles and videos show children marching in unison to the sound of Maoist chants, while carrying weapons bigger than they are. In January of 2010, a joint operation between the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command, or CCFFAA, and the VRAE Special Command resulted in the rescue of a 9-year-old child from the hands of a SL camp in the VRAE. “Carlitos,” whose real identity has been protected, was found in extremely poor condition, having endured more than three years of physical and mental torture while in captivity. His body showed the marks of brutal beatings and burns to his feet and hands, inflicted by a SL militant known as “Camarada Sergio,” who was also captured during the operation. CCFFAA authorities transferred the boy to a children’s home run by the National Comprehensive Program for Family Welfare, or INABIF, since he did not know who his family was or where he came from. The home ordered that the boy receive urgent psychological care to treat the after effects of his experiences. In a TV report by Punto Final, INABIF psychologist Gianfranco vacchelli explained that Carlitos couldn’t put his experiences into words when he arrived, though he managed to depict them in drawings. The color red (for blood) was prominent in his drawings, which showed machetes and mutilated children, as well as images of his kidnapper killing another child and cutting off his limbs. Given the national outcry against the recruitment of minors in the country, UNICEF condemned illegal armed forces for their exploitation of minors, the international NGO Corresponsal de Paz (Correspondent of Peace) reported. In addition, in support of the VRAE Special Command, CCFFAA launched a campaign to rescue children kidnapped by SL. While U.N. Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflicts Radhika Coomaraswamy declared in September 2009 that there were some 250,000 minors involved in conflicts around the world, the NGO Save the Children estimates that today there are some 300,000 child soldiers in Latin America alone. Likewise, Coomaraswamy emphasized that governments, international agencies and nonstate actors have made relative progress in preventing the use of minors by terrorist groups and militias and that they are now more aware of the problems associated with the protection of minors in situations of conflict. In 2000, the U.N. General Assembly approved the optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflicts. While in 2005, the U.N. Security Council approved Resolution 1612 on reporting violations of children’s rights in armed conflicts. In a speech to the U.N. Security Council in April 2009, U.N. Secretary-General Bam Ki-moon called for compliance with the international humanitarian law for the protection of minors and for all civilians. He highlighted the need to hold violators responsible: “We must send a resounding message to the world that those who commit vicious crimes against children in conflict situations will be brought to justice,” he stated. The message is clear: New solutions are needed to counter the threats to children in conflict areas. Raising awareness, improving legal mechanisms and tools do not necessarily lead to actual change, said Coomaraswamy, who emphasized the need for action. “We have created national and international frameworks to protect the rights of children — now we need to implement them,” she said. The internal armed conflict in Colombia is increasingly destroying the lives of children, according to nongovernmental organizations working to protect minors in the country. The guerrilla war being carried out by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, is not only affecting the livelihood of children in the remote areas where it operates, it is also enlisting them into its ranks as child soldiers. Likewise, the Peruvian terrorist group Shining Path follows similar practices, abusing Peruvian children through recruitment and violence. Seventeen thousand minors are involved in the conflict in 2011 according to Nuestra niñez Tarea sin fin (Our Children an Endless Task), a Colombian non-governmental organization, or NGO. Another NGO, the International Tribunal for Children affected by War and Poverty, estimates that 6,000 to 11,000 minors in Colombia were enlisted as child soldiers in 2009. Half are believed to be among the ranks of the FARC. “They are using children as young as 6 for intelligence work, laying anti-personnel mines and transporting explosives,” said Sergio Tapia, director of the State’s tribunal. These figures put Colombia in fifth place among countries where illegal armed forces recruit minors, according to Colombian magazine Cambio. Figures from the Colombian Humanitarian Aid for the Demobilized Program, or PAHD, however, reveal that the average recruitment age in the country is actually between 6 and 14 years old. According to León valencia, director of the NGO Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris (New Rainbow Corporation), terrorist groups are recruiting these youngsters to offset their militant casualties and defections. “New narco-paramilitaries need cheaper labor, and the easiest to exploit, use and discard are children,” according to a report by Colombian NGO Consultoría para los Derechos Humanos y el Desplazamiento (Human Rights and Displacement Consultancy). The fact that these youngsters come from social backgrounds with little or no opportunities influences their decision to join the guerrilla ranks, seeing it as their only option for escape. Natalia Springer, a Colombian political analyst, reveals in the analysis “Combatant Prisoners” that more than 70 percent of demobilized minors interviewed confirmed having had no access to land, education or money in order to create a future for themselves. In fact, more than 80 percent of those interviewed stated that they received only a very basic formal education before joining the guerrillas. “The simple fact of living in an area of violence, being in a dysfunctional family environment subject to poverty, displacement and conflict over wealth, make children easy prey for war,” said Springer. A related consequence of recruitment is the forced prostitution of girls, Mauricio Romero of the New Rainbow Corporation stated in a report published in the Colombian magazine Semana. According to the ombudsman’s office of Colombia, 92 percent of girls who become pregnant while part of the guerrilla organizations are forced to have abortions. In a video published by the Colombian Ministry of Defense, a demobilized girl, with her face covered to protect her identity, said she joined the ranks of the FARC before the age of 14 and described the abuses she suffered. “There were these three guys, and the three of them grabbed me and raped me,’’ she said Later, she added, “They injected me with something and I started to feel these really horrible, horrible pains,” she said. “I started bleeding, I got ill … then they took me to a room where they performed an abortion on me. That’s nothing … after they took out the baby, they punished me severely.” Despite agreements signed in the late 1990s by the illegal Colombian armed groups the National Liberation Army, or ELN, and the FARC promising not to recruit minors under the age of 16 and 15, respectively, reports show that this practice not only continues but also is on the rise. last_img read more

Athlete Simpson demands unpaid bonuses from GAA

first_imgGhana athlete Margaret Simpson is growing impatient over her unpaid bonuses after winning Gold last year at the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.The Mauritius- based athlete and other medalist from the 2010 Africa multi sport event were promised undisclosed sums of monies by President John Mahama who was then the vice president of Ghana.The Hepthatlete queen claims she is owed ten thousand dollars from previous athletics competitions. Margaret, who has won gold in the last three editions of the All Africa Games, is unhappy with the situation and wants the Ghana Athletics Association to pay her all outstanding bonuses.“The problem is that, last year when we went to the all Africa games, the monies given to us were only for winning the gold medals”. Said Simpson“The Vice President at the time, John Mahama promised us he was going add some since the money was too small but since then we have not heard anything but I was told that President Mahama had given the money but was locked somewhere”.“Ghana athletics association owes me about ten thousand dollars and it is not only me because some of my colleagues have been complaining as well. We need our money from the association”. Meanwhile the Ghana Athletics Association has admitted to Margaret Simpson’s claims but explains they cannot be blamed for the long delay.“It is true that the bonuses for the athletes have not been paid yet and we are still in the process of finalizing approval from the ministry to the government so that the funds will be released to settle them but as to when the money will come I can’t tell”.last_img read more

Bubble Dribble: ‘NBA Summer Camp’ makes fun into serious business

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I don’t know what to tell you,” Adebayo said, and then he slid an arm over Tatum’s shoulder as they strolled down the hallway on their way to their buses.The wholesomeness of this entire scene sort of belies the competitive, work-oriented environment of the bubble that I’ve written about a lot since I’ve been here. Yes, the strain of being isolated in Florida feels tough. But there’s also a lot of friendly, fun moments that would not happen in almost any other environment. While players like Damian Lillard and Paul George might be going back and forth, there’s a lot of very mellow socializing throughout the bubble.There’s a lot of these little interactions we can see in the public eye, then those we can’t: late night card games, bottles of wine and golf course excursions. Paul Millsap was recently asked how many times he had played golf since arriving in early July.“Too many for me to put it out in public,” he said. “I’d rather not put it in a number. Just know that I get a lot of sun and a lot of fresh air.”So is the bubble a summer camp? Is it a workplace? In my personal experience, it can be both. Editor’s note: This is the Monday Aug. 10 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon, who is among the few reporters with a credential inside the NBA bubble. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — After a recent game between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, I was standing in one of the small back rooms that now functions as a Zoom press conference area. Jayson Tatum was answering questions about a 112-106 loss when suddenly, Bam Adebayo deputized himself as one of the press corps.Adebayo is one of the more light-hearted players I’ve seen in the bubble: He was wearing a sweater with Mickey Mouse on it. To Tatum’s left, he started making faces — trying to distract his opponent’s performance. After Tatum’s press conference wrapped up, the two men embraced.“You a All-Star,” Tatum told Adebayo, “but you shot free-throws like you won MVP or something.” I can tell you I’ve been to an NBA practice, scrimmage or game for 22 straight days — even in a regular 82-game season, there are days when I don’t have to go anywhere. I usually have somewhere to be in the morning, and now that games have started, I usually have an arena to be in at night. On a recent day after a game that went past midnight, I stared at my screen for four hours and words simply would not come. I’ve started writing a sentence, closed my eyes for an indeterminate length of time, then been unable to remember where I was going with the thought. As a West Coaster, I have a hard time sleeping here, and I know many others who do too: After one of the Lakers’ late night tips, I was told that some players couldn’t get to sleep until 4:30 a.m.I can also tell you there is fun to be had: Between practices, I’ve stubbornly spent 30 minutes at a pool just to feel the sun. I’ve played pickleball and cornhole on summer evenings with friends of mine in the media and the league. The last two weekends, I’ve taken morning trips to the Yacht Club and the Grand Floridian to ride in boats, which is one of the most liberating things I’ve done since March when the entire country started locking down. I’ve played cards until late into the night with a few adult beverages. I’m probably tanner now than when I arrived.There is an undoubtedly summer camp vibe to our surroundings, especially when NBA players and staff overlap into the media’s small quadrant of campus. There are player-only areas that we have no access to, protecting the privacy of the players living here. But general managers and players alike walk laps around the lake, on the phone talking business or just getting air. I’ve seen Nick Nurse peddling a bike through our housing area. Several coaches are regular visitors to our pool, which is better for lap swimming that offers cardio and releases stress. The NBA referees, led by veteran caller Scott Foster, are constant presences in the morning on the pickleball court in the swampy Florida humidity — I’ve realized that many of these officials who we rarely acknowledge (unless we virulently disagree with them) are serious fitness freaks.At the same time as I’ve written before, we’re all here to work. Not going to games and practices can feel like a waste of time that you’re going to spend on campus anyway, even if you gradually spread yourself thinner and thinner. In the bubble, when you grab those rare moments of freedom, you want to really seize it — for me and some of my media colleagues, we looked forward to a Sunday morning two-hour fishing trip all week long.For other kinds of employees, that desperation to get away can build up even more. I spoke to an employee who was brought in for non-basketball services who has to commute from the Coronado Springs Resort to the Yacht Club to work from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Breaks are scheduled on this person’s shift, but they can’t return to their hotel room during this time off.So what do you do when you can’t go home, but you want to burn off some steam? “I go fishing,” this person said. “It’s pretty much the only thing I can do.”It’s a strange feeling that Jaylen Brown articulated well on Sunday night as he spoke about the need to acknowledge mental health struggles in the bubble. Even though there are diversions, it’s difficult to truly unplug.“I guess people might not speak on it, but it is a challenge to a lot of guys,” he said. “It’s like you’re at work all the time. A lot of time, a lot of guys when get done playing basketball, and they want to be able to leave and not think about basketball. It’s impossible here in the bubble.”The endless hustle and the steady stream of games and storylines can distract us from what’s most important, too. Occasionally conversations shake me out of it. This past Wednesday, I was speaking to a high-level official who was involved in the creation of the NBA’s Foundation that will donate $300 million over 10 years to advance economic empowerment in the Black community. I congratulated this person on the announcement, to which they replied: “Yes, thank goodness. Still no positive tests.”We got our wires crossed on what announcement we were talking about, because even though several consecutive announcements of no confirmed positives in the bubble has slid that to the back of our minds, the people at the top of the NBA are still worried about it. The arrival of player guests — including families and other loved ones — should help salve some of the mental wear and tear, but it represents a major threat to the integrity of the bubble with a huge new group of people coming in.There’s two months before the season ends, and the Lakers are one of the teams that is mentally preparing for that marathon. In the bubble, it’s definitely possible to have fun. But long-term, “fun” doesn’t really displace the desire to get back home.“We just kind of adjusted to it and become just a little more used to the atmosphere but at the same time, I wouldn’t say it’s ever easy,” Green said. “I think day by day, I think for some guys, the longer that they’re away from their families, or their kids, it gets a little tougher.”— Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon, who is among the few reporters with a credential inside the NBA bubble. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Inside the BubbleHow the Lakers rely on teamwork with a short staff – For a picture into the whirlwind workplace of the bubble, here’s a good place to start with just how much multi-tasking goes on to pull of NBA games.Mental wear and tear – The Lakers acknowledged that they’re feeling some strain as the month mark passed in the bubble.Could tanking affect the eighth seed? – As teams pull their starters in games with a playoff race impact, it’s a question circulating throughout the NBA.Outpaced in a nail-biter – The Lakers continue to struggle to get on the same page in a close loss to the Pacers as LeBron surges but Anthony Davis struggles.An older, wiser, more improved Brandon Ingram – The Pelicans pursuit of a playoff spot ended yesterday, but I got a chance to catch up with him on what he learned from his three years with the Lakers.Rondo back? – He’s in Florida, and he could be back with the team during the first round of playoffs.Rookie dreams come true – Talen Horton-Tucker scored his first NBA points last week and spoke to us on video about it.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

‘This is precious’: City eye fresh title glory

first_img0Shares0000Captain Vincent Kompany says this time Manchester City have the hunger to keep hold of the Premier League trophy. © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 10 – Vincent Kompany has warned Manchester City’s rivals that the Premier League champions won’t rest on their laurels as they aim to follow their record-breaking season with another title triumph.Pep Guardiola’s side swept to the title last term with a record 100 points, amassing more wins and scoring more goals than any previous champion in the Premier League era. Inspired by Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and David Silva, City’s eye-catching style earned comparisons with the finest teams in English football history.But no team has successfully defended the Premier League title since Manchester United in 2008 and 2009, while City were unable to maintain the standards of their 2012 and 2014 title wins in the campaigns that followed.City captain Kompany admits his team lacked urgency and desire in those failed title defences under Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini, but the Belgian has sensed a far more focused approach from Guardiola’s group.“Before saying anything or doing anything, you want to observe and see if you see the same mistakes which we’ve done previously,” Kompany said.“I’ve got to be honest, there was a feeling when we’ve won the league previously, you came back in to the training sessions and everybody was a little bit less intense, a little bit more smiles and happiness, but a little bit less committed.“Teams that actually wanted it more could hurt us. I came in to training this time and it’s completely different.”With Guardiola saying he is still “starving” for more success, there appears to be little chance of a City letdown.They have already made a positive impression ahead of the new campaign by winning the Community Shield with an emphatic 2-0 victory over Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.That was the perfect preparation for Sunday’s Premier League opener at Arsenal and Kompany added: “Number one, we realise this is precious and we want to hold on to it.“Number two, we went into the game with Chelsea – we lost two Community Shields before – and this was a strong Chelsea team. We played really well against them and that, for me, is a great sign.”– ‘Of course we can improve’ –City were so strong last term that Guardiola has needed to make only one major close-season signing — landing Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester in a £60 million deal.And City defender Kyle Walker epitomised the squad’s hunger for more silverware by cutting short his post-World Cup holiday to return to training ahead of the Community Shield.Walker had just two weeks off following England’s run to the World Cup semi-finals, but he said: “I had the option if I wanted to come back later I could, but I wanted to be involved.“I left Manchester City at the end of last season in a good place and I wanted to pick up where we left off. I’m not resting on this. It is a short career. I want to win as much as I can win.”Manchester City started the season by winning the English Community Shield and manager Pep Guardiola says he is ‘starving’ for more success. © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONGuardiola doesn’t expect City to beat their points record this season, but with a first Champions League crown also in their sights, the Spaniard is determined to keep driving his players towards greater heights.“People say, ‘Can you improve on 100 points?’ – I say no. We are not here to do that,” Guardiola said.“But individually the players can improve. Of course we can improve. If I felt we could not improve the team I would call my chairman and say, ‘OK, I leave’.“We believe we can do better, dominate more and we will try to do it. Is it going to happen? I don’t know but we believe we can do it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Time.com Dips its Toes Into the Real-Time Stream

first_imgfrederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts For mainstream newsweeklies like Time Magazine, Newsweek, the Web must still feel like a wild and wooly place. Now that we expect to get news in real time over the Internet, a weekly publication rhythm seems almost quaint to many news consumers. While all of these weekly magazine now have a Web presence, speed isn’t necessarily a strong suit. Time Magazine’s website, however, is launching NewsFeed today, a new feature that tries to bring the world of newsweeklies and the real-time web together. As Dan Fletcher, the lead writer for Time’s new NewsFeed site, as well as a Time reporter and social media producer, told us earlier this week, NewsFeed will offer Time.com’s readers fast updates about trending topics with lots of links to third-party sites. NewsFeed’s team of editors plans to post about 20 updates per day, with topics ranging from politics, to breaking news, sports, tech and entertainment. According to Time Magazine, the site is meant to “put breaking news and online memes into perspective as they happen.” Time Magazine is using WordPress as its publishing platform and the site’s comments are powered by JS-Kit’s Echo commenting platform.NewsFeed will also become Time.com’s hub for breaking news. It will replace the “Latest Headlines” widget on Time.com’s homepage that is currently populated with headlines from the Associated Press. Besides the editorial content, NewsFeed will also display the raw feed of trending topics from Google and Twitter. NewsFeed will offer daily email digests and breaking news updates by email. For those of us who take real-time updates and the publishing speed of modern technology blogs for granted, Time magazine’s excitement about these new features feels almost a bit strange. The real-time web, however, is something these publications have to adapt to and even if they are just dipping their toes into the stream for now, the fact that they are now taking this movement serious is a good indicator that the real-time web is indeed becoming a mainstream phenomenon. Tags:#New Media#news#Real-Time Web#web center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more