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Maurie Fa’asavalu makes huge hit on Andrea Masi in the Aviva Premiership

first_imgSaturday Feb 15, 2014 Maurie Fa’asavalu makes huge hit on Andrea Masi in the Aviva Premiership This massive hit by flanker Maurie Fa’asavalu is from last weekend’s match between Wasps and Harlequins, and features Italian back Andrea Masi on the receiving end of a big Samoan shoulder.While some might question the legality of it, stills show that former rugby league player Fa’asavalu made an attempt to wrap, but his huge arm simply smashed Masi before he could.Whether that’s a correct assesment or not, the impact was absolutely brutal.With so much rugby on this weekend, your requests and submissions are key to us posting all the best moments from around the world. Get in touch via our Facebook page, Twitter or email. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… 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

La Salle Lancers Sign National Letters of Intent

first_img Community News Business News Four student-athletes from La Salle High School signed National Letters of Intent to their respective universities. Kyle Cuellar and Ryan Garcia both received scholarships from UCLA to play baseball for the Bruins. Katherine Knop received a scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley for volleyball and Paula Damas will be attending Biola University on a softball scholarship in the fall.La Salle High School, 3880 East Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 351-8951 or visit www.lasallehs.org. HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sweet Things You Should Tell Your Boyfriend ASAPHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Normal To Date Your BFF’s Ex?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuffcenter_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. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Photo Gallery La Salle Lancers Sign National Letters of Intent Story and Photography By JOHN C. BLACKSTOCK ’67 Published on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 1:22 pm Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

Ronald McDonald House Receives Donation From D-Patrick Honda

first_imgRonald McDonald House Receives Donation From D-Patrick HondaAPRIL 2ND, 2018  BRITNEY TAYLOR EVANSVILLE, INDIANA The Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley is getting some extra help from D-Patrick Honda. Charity representatives accepted a check for $2,500 from D-Patrick this morning.The donation is part of the dealership’s Honda Helping Kids campaign. Every month D-Patrick awards a check to a different non-profit as a way to support people who help others in the Tri-State.“Ronald McDonald House is one of our favorite go-to charities because it’s such a good one. It takes care of children who are sick and allows their families to be near them. We have a lot of children who have difficulties here in the Tri-State that come into both St. Vincent and Deaconess, and their families have nowhere to stay necessarily. So the Ronald McDonald House provides them with shelter and food and what they need.”Ronald McDonald House offers parents and family members a reprieve from hospital waiting rooms 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It offers beds, hot showers, home-cooked meals, kitchen and laundry facilities, and more.Britney TaylorWeb ProducerMore Posts – WebsiteFollow Me:TwitterFacebook FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Year in Sports : Eyeing London: Past and present SU athletes hope to compete at Summer Olympics

first_imgJim Boeheim and Carmelo Anthony helped restore the legacy of USA Basketball in the 2008 Beijing Games.Coming off a disappointing bronze medal performance at the Olympics in Athens in 2004 – the United States national team’s first finish without a gold medal in 16 years – the team breezed through five games in pool play with a 32.2-point average margin of victory and beat Australia and Argentina handily to advance to the finals.Anthony finished with 13 points as the Americans reasserted their international dominance by taking down a Pau Gasol-led Spain squad 118-107 in the gold medal game.‘It was an unbelievable thrill to represent your country and to win the gold medal,’ Boeheim said. ‘… All the players were great, but it’s a special thing to be with (Anthony) again. Being there this summer as well, I’m sure it’ll be fun to get back and work with him again.’This summer, Boeheim returns as the top assistant to head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Anthony is expected to be a key cog in the team, though the official roster will not be announced until June 18, at the latest. Fellow superstars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade are also expected to come back as the Americans look to repeat in London.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe United States has won 13 of 17 gold medals since men’s basketball was introduced to the Summer Olympics in 1936. And for Boeheim, the opportunity to represent his country and win another gold medal is his highest motivation to coach the team.‘It’s very competitive now,’ Boeheim said of the sport’s global parity. ‘It’s not easy like it used to be. It was a great thrill to be able to (win gold) and to be able to go back this year. It’s a great feeling.’Boeheim started working with USA Basketball in 1982. Since then, he has coached junior national teams and served as an assistant for the 1990 World Championships and Goodwill Games teams.But the chance to work with the nation’s most talented basketball players and Krzyzewski, as well as fellow assistants Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan has been even more special, Boeheim said.It’s made him a better coach, too. Since Boeheim’s return from Beijing, the Orange has recorded a 91-16 record – its most successful three-year span in program history.‘I think it’s been an unbelievable experience in terms of helping our program, as well as the opportunity to work and represent your country,’ Boeheim said.And come London, Boeheim has only one goal. The coach wants to recapture the feeling of Olympic triumph he experienced after winning gold four years ago.‘It came down really to the last couple plays of the game, and really, the game could have gone either way,’ Boeheim said. ‘We made some plays and won the game, and it was a great feeling to be in a battle like that and still to win. It was a great feeling.’Finding the strokeMike Gennaro describes it as the most miserable experience of his life.He lives in an unfurnished house on the San Francisco Bay. He shares that house – and its lone bathroom – with nine other rowers.But waking up on his air mattress each morning, the Olympic hopeful reminds himself why he chose this life.‘This is single-handedly the worst thing I’ve ever been a part of,’ Gennaro said, ‘but I’m positive that I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.’Gennaro is one of 19 oarsmen still competing for a spot on the United States men’s eight team, which will compete in the Olympics in London this summer. For him, that process includes two-a-day rowing sessions and regular weightlifting workouts at the California-Berkeley facilities. Head coach Mike Teti has yet to announce his final roster.Gennaro, a 2011 SU graduate, is one of four former Syracuse rowers competing for seats on a boat in London. Martin Etem (quadruple scull) and Justin Stangel (pair) look to don the red, white and blue as well, while Natalie Mastracci (eight) hopes to represent her native Canada.‘I haven’t put much thought into serving for my country,’ Gennaro said, ‘but I think that’s the next-best option. From my experiences rowing on the national team, I’ve never experienced a better feeling in my life than putting on a uniform that has the flag of the United States on it.’Wearing the American colors, Gennaro has racked up five gold medals in international competition as a member of the Under-23 team during the last three years. He earned a gold medal with the men’s eight in the U23 Championships in Amsterdam this past July. Gennaro won another goal medal in the eight and one in the pair at the Pan American Games in Mexico in October.The passion that propelled Gennaro to that success was apparent on his first day at SU, said men’s rowing head coach Dave Reischman. Gennaro constantly pushed his fellow freshmen to challenge the varsity squad in races each practice, and more often than not, they won.‘That’s quite unsettling if you’re a varsity oarsman, to look across and see this group of freshmen that are gunning for you every time you do pieces with them,’ Reischman said. ‘… Those guys would kill themselves to stay up and actually took pieces from the varsity.’But the Olympics are the highest level of international competition. Only the best of the best make the cut, and Gennaro recognizes that.It’s what gets him up from his air mattress every morning. And it’s what makes all the misery worthwhile.‘It’s awful,’ Gennaro said, ‘but you just keep looking ahead at the big picture and you just keep telling yourself that you’re willing to give up anything to get to London.‘And not only just to get to London, but to win in London. That’s the end goal.’Taylor madeShannon Taylor was at the forefront of USA Field Hockey’s greatest feat in its history.Tallying a crucial goal in the 15th minute of the Pan American Games championship match last October, Taylor gave the Americans an early 2-0 lead over Argentina, then the No. 1 team in the world.The eventual 4-2 victory gave the United States its first-ever win over Argentina and first-ever gold medal in any international competition.Now the 2008 Syracuse graduate hopes for an opportunity to elevate the U.S. team to even greater heights.‘Competing in the Olympics would honestly be a dream come true,’ Taylor said in an email. ‘It is a goal I set for myself quite some time ago, and to accomplish it would be incredible.’With any luck, that dream will become a reality. Taylor is one of 23 current members of the U.S. women’s national team. Sixteen players and two alternates will make the final roster for London, which will be announced on June 23. Having played more than 50 games for the national team during her career, the 25-year-old striker is experienced at the international level.‘Representing the United States is truly an honor,’ Taylor said. ‘Every time I put on a USA jersey, it gives me chills. Every international match that starts out with our national anthem is such a humbling feeling.’With the gold medal in the Pan Am Games, the United States received an automatic spot in the Olympics.The team has trained in San Diego while other countries have competed in qualifying tournaments. The Americans’ intense regimen includes four two-a-day workouts per week and a series of six-hour training sessions with Navy SEALs to mentally prepare for the Games. Friendly matches against New Zealand, Great Britain and Spain in San Diego, along with a Four Nations Tournament in which the United States played New Zealand, Australia and India, completed the training.And for Taylor, that tour has rounded out her game.SU head coach Ange Bradley said Taylor found a niche as a corner specialist and has been crushing the ball off the sets.‘She’s such a winner,’ Bradley said. ‘She truly knows what it means to have the ‘I’ in win, and she also can surrender herself for the team, and that’s what makes her a champion in my eyes.’But she still has just under two months until she learns whether she made head coach Lee Bodimeade’s Olympic roster.Until then, Taylor and her teammates can only keep training.‘I try to think about the things I can control, and that is only the way I play,’ Taylor said. ‘Everything else, you have to let take care of itself.‘In the end, I hope I am one of the 16 athletes chosen to represent our country in the Games.’On trackFlings Owusu-Agyapong couldn’t hold back the smile.Hands on her hips, she stood proudly by the track in Manley Field House. Chest out, sweat dripping from her brow, Owusu-Agyapong had just finished her sprints workout for the day.But when asked about her chances to qualify for the Summer Olympics, the Syracuse graduate student broke her stern stance and the corners of her lips perked up.‘Right now, I guess I’m the second-fastest in the country,’ Owusu-Agyapong said. ‘We have the national championship after NCAAs, so we’ll get a better picture, but it’s looking pretty good.’For Owusu-Agyapong, a chance to represent her native Ghana on the ultimate international stage would be accomplishing a career-long dream. Despite moving to Toronto, Ontario at the age of 8, she said she ‘hasn’t lost touch of her Ghanian side’ and hopes to qualify in both the 100-meter and 4×100 meter relay.Along with Owusu-Agyapong, fellow graduate student Jarret Eaton – who won the national championship in the 60-meter hurdles this indoor season – and SU alumnus Mike LeBlanc of Canada and Ramon Sosa of the Dominican Republic are also hoping to qualify for London.‘It’s a great feeling just because you know you’re not training by yourself,’ Owusu-Agyapong said. ‘Even though we’d be competing for different countries, right now we’re like one family, and that’s pretty much how we train, just like one family.’Eaton notched the second-fastest time in NCAA history at the Penn State National Invitational in January, crossing the line at 7.49 seconds. Competing against the best America has to offer, he faces an uphill battle.But Eaton said he is focused solely on his own performance. If he keeps winning his races, he’ll be ready when the time comes to go after those heavy hitters in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials June 22.But LeBlanc, a 100-meter runner, and Sosa, a 110-meter hurdler, can’t take that approach. As post-graduates, the two have to be self-motivated. They are individual athletes, running to represent their countries.There are no guaranteed meets, and there is no next year.‘It’s more difficult because essentially you’re running for your life,’ LeBlanc said. ‘… But in a way, that’s also good because it’s kind of a distractor. It’s like this is all I have, so the ante is up, so to speak.‘But I love it. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be doing it.’Running at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey in March, LeBlanc placed 10th in the 60-meter.LeBlanc said he’s run a 10.18 100-meter Olympic qualifying time before but will need to be ready when he’s presented with the opportune conditions.All four athletes will have opportunities throughout the outdoor season to officially qualify for the Olympics.For Owusu-Agyapong, who has represented Ghana in the African Games in 2010 in Kenya and 2011 in Mozambique, a chance to don her nation’s colors in London this summer would be an incomparable experience.She is already recognized by her community when she returns home each summer, but an Olympic appearance would keep that smile on her face all summer.‘That’s been my dream for as long as I’ve been running track,’ Owusu-Agyapong said. ‘I can’t really express how that would feel. It would just be the most amazing thing ever.’Shattered DreamsOne shocking announcement from the International Olympic Committee in July of 2005 shattered the dreams of young girls across the country.The IOC declared softball would be removed from the Olympics starting in 2012, and one of those young girls was then-16-year-old Jenna Caira, who had long yearned to pitch on the greatest international stage of them all.‘Oh man, I remember my dad videotaping me at one of my birthdays or something,’ Caira said. ‘I was probably about 5 years old. He was like, ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’‘I said, ‘I want to play in the Olympics.”But for Caira – Syracuse’s star pitcher and the first hurler to record 1,000 strikeouts in Big East history -and the 1.3 million girls who play youth softball in America per year, those childhood aspirations will likely never come to fruition. The IOC elected to pull softball and baseball from its Summer Olympics lineup, reasoning that there was not enough parity in the sport as the United States and Canada dominated play.While supporters of the sport are hopeful it will be reinstated in future Games, the removal has set the sport’s global growth back dramatically.Syracuse head coach Leigh Ross, another staunch supporter of the sport of softball, said the competitive balance in the sport was improving before softball was cut from the Olympics and that Japan’s gold medal in the 2008 Games in Beijing proves that.‘We had been so successful as a country in that sport,’ Ross said of the United States. ‘I knew it was just a matter of time for the other countries to catch up. … If they had given it a few more years, I think everybody else would’ve started catching up, which they did.But the decision had already been made.And for Caira, who was ineligible to compete for Team Canada in the 2008 Games as a junior national team member, losing potentially her only chance to achieve her dream was heartbreaking.‘As a kid, when you’re playing softball, you realize, ‘Oh, what is your biggest dream?’ and you think, ‘Go to the Olympics,” Caira said. ‘For women, we don’t really say in softball that we want to go play professional softball. It’s always to go to the Olympics and to be able to represent your country and find success.’The senior pitcher is now on the Canadian senior national team and is one of a handful of current Orange players who would have had a chance to make an Olympic roster. Fellow Canadian Carey-Leigh Thomas, who played on the junior national team last year, as well as Lisaira and Shirley Daniels, who both play on the Puerto Rican national team, could have joined Caira in London, Ross said.But the Syracuse players do their best to persevere and continue to spread the sport they love. Ross said many will look to play overseas, like second baseman Stephanie Watts, who is headed to Germany this summer.Although Caira can’t play in the Olympics, she can still train with Canada’s best and compete against elite international competition in the Pan American Games and other tournaments.‘Just to be able to play with the girls who are former Olympians is allowing me to learn from them still,’ Caira said, ‘and it’s still an honor to be able to represent my country.‘It’s bittersweet, I think.’[email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on April 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

WBF Title Bout Proof of GOtv Boxing Night’s Progress, Says Alumona

first_imgThe Managing Director of Flykite Productions, organisers of GOtv Boxing Night Jenkins Alumona, has declared that forthcoming World Boxing Federation Intercontinental super featherweight title fight on Nigerian soil is proof of progress the event has made. The bout, which will headline GOtv Boxing Night 17, holding on 28 December at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, will see Nigeria’s Seun Wahab taking on Tanzania’s Issa “Peche Boy” Nampepeche.Speaking in Lagos yesterday, Alumona explained that the WBF International title is one tier below the world title and entitles its winner to take a shot at the latter.“The WBF Intercontinental title is just a street, away from the world title, so to speak. It puts the winner in the frame for a shot at the world title. From the start, our aim with GOtv Boxing Night has been to stage a world boxing title fight on Nigerian soil. We are happy that we are inching closer to that goal, which we hope will be realized within a very short time,” he said. GOtv Boxing Night 17, an eight-fight show across weight divisions, will also feature an international middleweight challenge contest between US-based Nigerian, Oluwafemi “The Eagle” Oyeleye and Meshack “Smart Boy” Mwankemwa of Tanzania.The event will similarly feature big hitters on the domestic scene. They include Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, who will take on Yusuf Mufutau in a national light welterweight challenge; reigning African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, who takes on Hammed “Ese” Hammed Ganiyu in a challenge duel; the flamboyant national lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu who goes against Mubarak Hamzat; and the fast-rising Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola who takes on former national lightweight king, Nurudeen “Prince” Fatai.The middleweight division will see a return to action of Ebubechukwu “Coded Man” Eze, a graduate of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search 1, who takes on Femi “Small Tyson” Akintayo; while the bantamweight class delivers the pairing of Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi, best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 4, and Jamiu Dada.GOtv Boxing Night is supported by MultiChoice, BetKing, Paragonis Multimedia Limited, Complete Sports, Bond FM, Newsbreak.ng, and Brila FM.The best boxer at the event, which will be aired live on SuperSport to viewers in 47 African countries, will go home with a cash prize of N1.5 million attached to the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Longtime Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler enters Hall of Fame with no regrets

first_imgLongtime Clippers broadcaster Ralph Lawler receives the Curt Gowdy Electronic Media award at Thursday’s Basketball Hall of Fame Awards Dinner as part of this week’s enshrinement ceremonies at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. (Photo via Basketball Hall of Fame/Twitter) Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters He said he’s proud to have been with the team when Steve Ballmer purchased it for $2 billion in 2014, the start of a monumental turnaround for the franchise.“When Steve Ballmer bought the basketball team, you knew right away, as soon as you met him and talked to him and sensed his commitment: This is going to happen, what has happened this summer,” said Lawler, who repeated what he told the Staples Center crowd on Ralph Lawler Night late last season. “This team is gonna win not a championship, but multiple championships. And I think people now can see that wasn’t some wild prophecy.”Lawler said he’d almost retired for the night on July 5 when he learned of the late-night deals to bring aboard Leonard and George.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “I was resigned to the point that the Clippers aren’t going to be able to make any moves at all,” Lawler said. “I thought, ‘Man, that’s gonna be tough to handle and a tough sell for the ballclub; everybody was so excited.’ But before I went to bed at 11, I said ‘Let me just check my phone one more time.’ And then I go, ‘Holy cow! Look at that!’ It was not just one, it was two. And I jumped up and down in bed and hugged my wife: ‘They’ve got both Kawhi and Paul George, for crying out loud!’ ”Indeed, Lawler said he’s spent his first offseason of retirement much like he’s spent every other offseason – staying on top of basketball news.“I’m on Twitter all day, every day it seems,” said Lawler, who’s one of a small group of announcers to call games in each of the four major U.S. sports leagues, including the NFL (Chargers), MLB (Phillies), NHL (Flyers) and NBA (Clippers and 76ers).“I bought my first basketball magazine for the fall, I just don’t know how to not do that. We’re signed up for NBA League pass. I’ll be watching every game, I can promise you that.” Lawler, of course, kept fans entertained and tuning in through many poor Clippers’ seasons with his quick wit and focus on humanity.On Thursday, he credited former broadcast partner Bill Walton – a Hall of Famer who joined Lawler’s wife, Jo, and his other family members, Fox Sports personnel and Gillian Zucker, the Clippers’ President of Business Operations, in Springfield – with teaching him the importance of keeping broadcasts fun, regardless of the score.“Bill made me realize this is about having fun,” said Lawler, who’s previously been recognized with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and three Emmy awards. “If we’re having fun, the viewers are having fun. If we care about the players and talk not so much the basketball game, but who they are as people, all of a sudden people connect to them, and they care about them as more than No. 14.”Longtime NBA reporter Marc Stein (an El Toro High and Cal State Fullerton graduate who previously worked for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News and San Bernardino Sun), also was honored Thursday with the Curt Gowdy Award, which is awarded to members of the electronic and print media for outstanding contributions to basketball.Lawler was known for his catchphrases, including “Lawler’s Law” – or as he put it: “First team to 100 wins; it’s the law.” He came aboard with the then-San Diego Clippers in 1978, the team’s first season in California and moved with the franchise to Los Angeles six years later. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Ralph Lawler posed for selfies, signed autographs, appreciated all the “Lawlerisms” he heard and enjoyed the “thrill of a lifetime” Thursday when he received the Curt Gowdy Award at the Family Reunion and Awards Dinner at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend.Lawler, 81, retired this spring after 40 seasons calling 3,229 regular-season Clippers games – and though he said he’s ready for an anonymous life in Bend, Oregon, there’s part of him that wishes he’d timed his exit a little differently.Within the month, the Clippers – serious contenders for the next NBA title with the additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George – will begin training camp without Lawler, which “is awkward, to say the least,” he said by phone from Springfield, Mass.“I say that without any hint of regret about the decision that we’ve made,” Lawler said. “We are looking forward to the future with great excitement. But the timing stinks. I wish I’d have done all this a year ago or put off retiring for a year; it’s going to be hard to miss what’s going to be a golden year for this franchise.”last_img read more

Photo library: Infrastructure 5

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Infrastructure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: Oil rigs and drilling ships in the the harbour. Servicing and refurbishing oil installations has become a big business.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Set of a German advert production in the harbour.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Traffic moves past new construction developments.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Cape Town International Convention Centre in the heart of the commercial district,Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Cape Town International Convention Centre in the heart of the commercial district,Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: The Cape Town International Convention Centre in the heart of the commercial district,Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Fishing boats in Hout Bay harbour. The boats on theright are for catching rocklobster, and the one on theleft is used for trawlingfor sardines.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Film production crew on an incomplete elevated highway.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Cape Town International Airport undergoing renovations and enlargement to accommodate the increased number of visitors expected for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image INFRASTRUCTURE 5: {loadposition infrastructure}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

The Robben Island Bible and the SA story

first_img21 December 2012The liberation leaders and activists who served on Robben Island prison came alive on a London stage in July 2012 in a staged reading of The Robben Island Bible – inspired by a disguised copy of the Complete Works of Shakespeare – that highlighted the power and resonance of the South African story.The reading of the script by Matthew Hahn, an American-born playwright and drama lecturer who has interviewed eight of the surviving Robben Island prisoners, took place at the Southbank Centre, one of the world’s leading entertainment centres, in an event co-sponsored by Brand South Africa.At the centre of The Robben Island Bible story are the men who were forced to work long hours chipping stones from the island quarry over three decades. But in their spare time they debated strategy to overthrow apartheid, and eventually studied and read whatever they could find to assist in the process.‘The Bible by William Shakespeare’One of the books that they read and debated for many hours was a copy of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare which was sent to Sonny Venkatrathnam, a prisoner from the Unity Movement in the 1970s who lives with his wife and family in Durban, by his wife Theresa.The book was initially impounded but later returned to Venkatrathnam when he convinced a sympathetic warder that it was the “the Bible by William Shakespeare’. Coming from the Hindu faith, Venkatrathnam later disguised the cover of the book with Diwali (Hindu festival of light) greeting cards.The book became one of the most treasured documents on the island.Six months before he left the island in 1977 Venkatrathnam asked his 32 fellow- prisoners in the single-cell section which included the most senior leadership figures of the liberation movements, to choose their favourite passage from Shakespeare and sign their name alongside their chosen quote.Julius Caesar, Hamlet and The Tempest emerged as the most popular and keenly debated texts, focusing on issues such as loyalty, betrayal and assassination and what the legacy would be of the assassination of evil dictators.Robben Island’s ‘Reading Revolution’The staged reading of The Robben Island Bible was preceded by a passionate introduction to the evening by South African author Ashwin Desai, who recently published Reading Revolution: Shakespeare on Robben Island (Unisa press, 2012).As Desai notes in his book: “There was a camaraderie on the island, political discussions amid the struggle to survive. For Venkatrathnam, there was Shakespeare.”Venkatrathnam’s interest in Shakespeare had been intensified by an essay he wrote at university on the jesters in Shakespeare’s plays.Desai: “The prison setting suddenly made so many lines resonate with new meaning.”Following the staged reading was a lively panel chaired by South African actress Pamela Nomvete, with Hahn and Desai and one of the actors, South African-born Vincent Ebrahim of the Kumars fame, with many questions from the packed audience of some 300 people. The conversations went well into the night at a reception hosted by Brand South Africa.Desai spoke about the importance of the Robben Island prisoners as an example to the youth of today and their relevance to the current heated debates going on about the form and structure of South Africa’s future economic and political models and the need to honour the spirit, integrity and vision of the men on Robben Island.Inclusivity and tolerance was a strong theme, and it was moving in the extract from Hahn’s script to see the full spectrum of liberation leaders presented discussing their chosen quotes from Shakespeare: Eddie Daniels from the Liberal Party; Saths Cooper from the black consciousness movement; Neville Alexander from the Unity Movement; Theo Cholo, Michael Dingake, Govan Mbeki, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada and Nelson Mandela from the ANC; Kwede mohlobe (Kailipi) from the Pan Africanist Congress.Desai is passionate that the example of the Robben Islanders should be used to spark a reading revolution in South Africa which informs the debate about South Africa’s future in the same way that the study of Shakespeare and other texts on Robben Island informed the anti-apartheid struggle and helped win freedom for all.Playwright ‘inspired’ by Robben Island survivorsHahn, who first read about the Robben Island Bible in a brief mention in the late Anthony Sampson’s authorised biography of Mandela, admits that his life has been changed by the inspiration he has experienced interviewing eight of the surviving Robben Island prisoners.He visited South Africa again recently to pursue his vision of drama and the arts being used as a major tool for development of the country and its people.Hahn’s staged reading was first performed at the Richmond theatre in London in 2009 in collaboration with iconic South African actor John Kani.Greg Doran, the artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and his partner Sir Anthony Sher, were instrumental in getting the Robben Island Bible to Stratford- on-Avon for a major Shakespeare exhibition in 2006.Doran’s production of Julius Caesar, the first-ever RSC production with an all-black cast, drew capacity audiences in British theatres this year, and a filmed version has been shown on BBC television.Shakespeare was at the centre of Britain’s Cultural Olympiad, an arts and culture outreach which coincided with the hosting of the 2012 Olympics in London.Robben Island bible at British Museum exhibitionThe Robben Island bible, on loan to the British Museum, was a centre-piece in the hugely successful exhibition “Shakespeare: Staging the World”, which ran at the British Museum from 19 July through to 25 November.The internationally renowned director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, focused in May on the Robben Island bible in the last of a 20-part series of BBC radio programmes highlighting 20 objects on display in the Shakespeare exhibition.He said it was one of the most powerful examples of Shakespeare’s legacy that his writings could be of such influence in a political prison at the southern tip of Africa more than 400 years after his birth.Dora Thornton, the curator of the exhibition, noted: “The book was used in the same way as the Bible has been used down the ages: as a constant reference for debating the moral issues of the day.”Telling South Africa’s unique storyThe engagement of the audience at the Southbank Centre was a powerful reminder that the South African story is the rock on which the South African brand is built and the medium through which South Africans’ unique experience of turning adversity into triumph can be best communicated globally.We may have gold and amazing scenery, mountains, sunshine, beaches and game parks, and we are thankful for that. But it is the people of South Africa who move and inspire the world with their achievements, human spirit and determination not to settle for second best however difficult it may be getting there.Just as the writings of Shakespeare resonate around the world 400 years after his life, so will the readings and debates of the Robben Island prisoners will resonate for centuries to come.All the more so when we learn to take ownership of the richness of our own heritage and treasure and showcase priceless symbols and objects such as the Robben Island bible, which is becoming such a source of inspiration to audiences in Britain and the rest of the world.John Battersby is UK country manager of Brand South Africa and a former newspaper editor and foreign correspondent. Brand South Africa co-sponsored the Robben Island Bible event, which was programmed by the Southbank Centre and the Nelson Mandela Centre at the Museum for African Art in New York City.last_img read more

Three Receive GG’s Jamaica Diaspora Award of Excellence

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – Three nationals living overseas have been honoured with the Governor-General’s Jamaica Diaspora Award of Excellence, and inducted into the Governor-General’s Diaspora Hall of Fame.They are Jamaica’s Honorary Consul General to Atlanta, Georgia, Vin Martin; Accountant and Business Consultant from the United Kingdom (UK), Howard Francis; and teacher from Canada, Dudley Morgan.Governor-General, His Excellency The Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, made the presentations at an award luncheon held as part of the just concluded 5th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference in Montego Bay.Glowing citations were paid to the honourees, with citations read extolling their contributions to the development of their country and local communities.In his address, the Governor-General lauded the awardees and the wider Diaspora for continuing to lend their intellect and experience to the crafting of strategies to grow Jamaica, through the biennial Diaspora conference.“Indeed, you are here demonstrating your concerns for our beloved homeland, and your determination to be part of the solution to propel us towards a brighter future,” he stated.He added that “we ramp-up the Diaspora-Homeland partnership, we are acutely aware that, not only is its success good for the development of Jamaica, but it is also good  for the profile of the country.”He noted that the way Jamaica is perceived internationally also impacts on the life of nationals in the Diaspora, and how they are stereotyped in every field of endeavour.The Governor-General, in the meantime, invited support for his ‘I believe Initiative’ which seeks to effect change across Jamaica. The aim is to inspire Jamaicans to believe in their potential and to continue building a peaceful nation.He informed that a partnership has been established with the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ), which will allow for contributions to be tax deductable for Americans, as long as it is done through the AFJ.Mr. Martin, who replied on behalf of the award recipients, said the honour will provide greater encouragement for them to continue pursuing their mission for the good of Jamaica.“Motivated by love of our country and commitment to charity, we have come to recognize that volunteerism is not an option, it is a responsibility; a responsibility that has given us innumerable opportunities to experience real happiness through unconditional love and service to others,” he stated.CONTACT: BRYAN MILLERJIS REGIONAL OFFICEMONTEGO BAYlast_img read more

Transport Canada implements speed limits following death of another right whale

first_imgHALIFAX — Transport Canada has implemented a speed restriction for vessels in the western part of the Gulf of St. Lawrence following yet another death of the endangered North Atlantic right whale on Wednesday.Fisheries and Oceans Canada confirmed a right whale was found dead on the shores of Anticosti Island near the Gulf of St. Lawrence, bringing the number of recent deaths up to five.Scientists are on scene collecting samples for analysis, and working with various partners to assess necropsy options, said a news release from the fisheries department.“The government of Canada takes this matter very seriously and we understand the significance of this issue,” it said.Transport Minister Marc Garneau said in a statement that effective immediately, vessels of 20 metres or more in length travelling in the two designated shipping lanes north and south of Anticosti Island in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence are restricted to 10 knotsHe added the speed restriction is an interim measure.However, the government will issue a fine of up to $25,000 to those who fail to follow the speed limit, Garneau said. A necropsy conducted on Punctuation, the North Atlantic right whale found on June 25th in Petit Etang, Nova Scotia, showed her death was due to sharp trauma, consistent with vessel strikes.Researchers had been studying Punctuation for nearly four decades. She had given birth to at least eight calves.A study published in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Animals on June 20 looked at the causes of 70 whale deaths between 2003 and 2018.It found that 22 deaths were because of entanglement, and 16 from vessel strikes. The paper also found that none of the deaths were from natural causes but rather from human activities.Some of the deaths caused by human activities inflict painful acute deaths, while others are much more protracted, causing a profound amount of suffering for each affected whale.“If the recent trends presented here are not sufficient to instigate meaningful change within North Atlantic right whale habitat, their extinction is almost certain,” the study said.“If mitigation efforts such as more effective gear modifications, extended fishery closures, and expanded vessel speed restrictions are not implemented imminently, human activities will cause an inhumane and certain extinction of this species in the all-too near future.”The fisheries department confirmed earlier this month the cause of death for one of the first two whales found was not linked to a ship strike or entanglement.The department reported on Tuesday that another dead whale had been spotted near New Brunswick’s Acadian Peninsula, and a fourth had been found west of Quebec’s Iles-de-la-Madeleine — a chain of islands northeast of P.E.I.Garneau said the government takes the protection, conservation, and recovery of endangered species very seriously.There are about 400 North Atlantic right whales left, with deaths outpacing live births.Two years ago the federal government brought about a number of measures to protect the whales after 12 of them died in Canadian waters — mostly from collisions with boats or injuries caused by tangled fishing gear.The measures included increased aerial surveillance, slower speed limits, restrictions on shipping lanes, and real-time monitoring with the help of underwater listening devices.— By Hina Alam in VancouverThe Canadian Presslast_img read more