LA Lakers Lonzo Ball & Kyle Kuzma Listen To The Grateful Dead At Shoot-Around [Watch]

first_imgEarlier today, NBA on ESPN editor Jovan Buha posted a video to Instagram of players from the Los Angeles Lakers, namely Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, practicing basketball at the UCLA Health Training Center. Buha was quick to point out the soundtrack that the duo was practicing to, explaining in his caption, “Post-shootaround 3-point shooting contest with @zo and @kuzmakyle w/ The Grateful Dead casually playing in the background ”. Sure enough, if you watch the video, you can hear what sounds like the studio version of “Sugar Magnolia” off the 1970 album American Beauty. Both Ball and Kuzma are NBA rookies who were taken in the first round of the draft in 2017. It’s probably safe to assume the Grateful practice music comes from head coach Luke Walton, himself a former Laker. Luke’s father, NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton, is a widely documented Deadhead and has even joined Dead & Company onstage.last_img read more

Colombian Navy Battles Childhood Malnutrition in La Guajira

first_imgEvery 40 or 45 days, the Navy holds a Development Support Outreach event in La Guajira as an Armed Forces initiative to bring together the efforts of government and private institutions to promote the health and welfare of Colombians in places farthest from urban centers. The outreach events have been held since the 1970s, and continue to be held nationwide. However, the Navy’s efforts have focused on Alta Guajira during the last year. La Guajira’s predominant culture is the Wayúu indigenous community, which speaks Wayuunaiki – one of the department’s official languages since 1992. According to the 2005 demographic census, La Guajira was home to 619,135 residents, 45 percent of whom are indigenous, representing 20 percent of the indigenous population nationwide. The Navy manages fair trade channels in favor of the artisans, who are primarily women, to ensure DreamWeavers’ sustainability. Rear Admiral Andrés Vásquez, stated that DreamWeavers will create a logistical cycle of economic prosperity because the families will organize into artisanal cooperatives, which will facilitate the filling of orders efficiently. By Dialogo April 05, 2016 Navy supports region’s production projects A year in Alta Guajira The San Andrés Navy Social Action group, made up of volunteers who are spouses of active-duty and retired officers from the Navy, started an organization called DreamWeavers to help alleviate poverty in the area by creating entrepreneurial opportunities. “Traditionally, the Wayúu communities have made artisanal products, such as backpacks and hammocks woven from woolen thread,” said Clarena Hernández, president of the Navy Social Action group. “Through DreamWeavers, we want to incentivize this valuable tradition […] and establish it as a production project.” In 2010, the infant mortality rate for La Guajira’s indigenous communities was approximately 42 deaths for every 1,000 live births, according to a study on the sociodemographic profile of La Guajira published by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL). “A comparison of the nationwide totals [of infant mortality] reveals that this department’s rates are systematically higher, and the differences are greater compared to childhood mortality. This means that there is a greater probability of early death among the children of La Guajira,” the study reported. “Since September 2015, the Navy has concentrated its efforts in Alta Guajira, whose communities are among those most difficult to reach and where water transportation is the best option,” Rear Adm. Ramírez said. “This region does not have a permanent government presence, there are adverse geographical conditions, the zone is a desert, the municipalities are remote, there are limited means of access, and the emergency has become more severe because of this. Additionally, the population is mostly indigenous.” On September 16th, the Navy held the first Development Support Outreach event in the Alta Guajira sectors of Castillete and Puerto López. It provided 1,425 persons with 200 kilograms of Bienestarina, a nutritional supplement produced by the Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF) that contains nutrients from cow’s milk and flours from numerous grains. The Navy also transported 37,000 liters of water to a town where it has not rained for over two years. El Niño impact center_img The Development Support Outreach events last three or four days. In each event, authorities provide medical treatments, dentistry, pediatrics, psychology, and ophthalmology, among other health services provided by volunteers. Furthermore, the outreach programs include masonry and carpentry work, as well as work by other professionals who can quickly build or repair basic structures like wells, parks, and schools. The Colombian Navy has activated a humanitarian aid plan to help communities in Alta Guajira in the department of La Guajira, where childhood malnutrition has climbed to alarming levels. In 2015, 30 of every 100,000 children under the age of 5 died from causes related to the condition. The Navy has provided aid such as potable water, which is very scarce in the region, along with food, medical treatment, and raw materials for establishing sustainable production projects in those communities as part of government-issued Development Support Outreach events. Rear Admiral Evelio Ramírez, commanding officer of the Naval Force in the Caribbean, told Diálogo that the Armed Forces’ duties include a social assistance component. The Military provides aid to the most vulnerable populations, especially during high-risk situations like the current crisis. The Navy has performed a total of five Development Support Outreach events to date that have benefited approximately 6,000 persons, providing comprehensive medical treatment, 400,000 liters of water, 66 tons of food and school materials, and a ton of clothes and shoes. The number of residents receiving assistance is especially high because of the difficulties in accessing the region’s remote towns. Alta Guajira’s geography has become more arid due to the absence of rainfall for more than a year. The area’s water reservoirs and food production have also been impacted by the El Niño phenomenon. Colombia guarantees the right to healthcare and has special provisions for providing services to indigenous communities, according to CEPAL. The Development Support Outreach events are part of the services the government provides to indigenous communities. “To help the residents of La Guajira effectively, we gather food, donations, tanker trucks of water, medical personnel, and everything else in Cartagena,” Rear Adm. Ramírez said. ”We departed with the 200-ton cargo-capacity ship fully loaded and headed to Puerto López-Guajira, where we conducted the outreach event all along the peninsula’s coastline. Though there are adverse conditions on these waters with winds over 30 knots and two-meter high waves during 98 percent of the time, it is all worth it, because ground access to these communities is even more difficult due to no or very deteriorated roadways.” “The idea is to help communities continue their traditional artisanal process with clients who will purchase a final product at a fair price. This will reinvigorate the trade cycle, since they should not be dependent on donations for sustenance.” Acute malnutrition has played a role in La Guajira’s infant mortality rate, according to the Ministry of Health. In 2015, preliminary figures indicated acute malnutrition led to 30 deaths per 100,000 children under the age of 5, two fewer than in 2013, and 10 more than in 2011. So far in 2016, there have been 10 deaths in this age demographic, with the majority of cases occurring within the Wayúu community. last_img read more

Qld’s first Westin is combining the best of hotel and residential living

first_imgVanessa and Anthony Iwers are looking forward to life at Mary Lane Residences. Picture – Darren England.LUXURY residential apartments on top of the internationally renowned Westin Brisbane in the middle of the CBD, ticks all of the boxes for high flying professionals and empty nesters.Sitting atop of the Westin Brisbane, the first Westin to be built in Queensland, Mary Lane Residences takes up levels 17 to 37 giving residents luxury apartment living with all of the perks of a world-class hotel … including the option of room service.Mary Lane Residences is part of a $325 million development. The Westin Brisbane is adjacent to Four Points by Sheraton. Both are owned by related entities.Anthony and Vanessa Iwers are looking forward to moving into their two-bedroom Mary Lane apartment, downsizing from their five-bedroom Queenslander in Camp Hill.Mr Iwers said it was the Westin brand quality that attracted them to the development, after staying at The Westin Melbourne.“As the first Westin to come to Brisbane, it also gives the sense of being part of a vibrant and new part of our city, plus offering us access to the associated luxury hotels worldwide,” he said.The mixed-use development will include 184 apartments, a five-star hotel with 286 rooms and high-end retail.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoMary Lane Residences at Westin Brisbane.Mary Lane Residences will have separate entry, lifts and parking to the hotels guests, with the added bonus that residents can access the hotel facilities including spa treatments, hotel concierge and in-room dining.With both the Iwers working in the CBD they said they were looking forward to a new low maintenance lifestyle in the vibrant inner city.“We love our house but we are looking forward to a different lifestyle which allows us more freedom, convenience and comforts,” Mr Iwers said.“Less property maintenance will free us to focus on living and doing things that we want to do at this stage of our lives.”The Iwers apartment sits on the 29th floor with impressive views of the Story Bridge and Brisbane River, which they can enjoy from their large balcony.Construction is well underway on the development, with completion expected in October next year.Sales being lead by Colliers International are going strong with almost all three-bedroom stock sold out. Two and three-bedroom apartments on Levels 24 to 35 are now selling from $910,000 to $1.56 million.last_img read more

Kenya Faces Fresh Anti-doping Crisis

first_imgKenya, one of the major forces in world athletics, has already missed two World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) deadlines to show it is tackling cheating in sport.Now Wada is expected to rule the country ‘non-compliant’ when its board meets in Montreal on Thursday.After a series of drugs and corruption scandals, Kenya had been warned to comply with Wada’s rules or face sanctions.Last month, it finally passed legislation that created a new national anti-doping agency, with President Uhuru Kenyatta personally driving the new law through.It was widely assumed that the measure would satisfy Wada.However, it can now be revealed that Wada’s compliance committee has recommended that Kenya should be declared in breach of its code.The Wada board is expected to accept that recommendation.It will now be up to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) or sport’s international federations to decide whether to ban Kenyan athletes from the Rio Games or any other competitions.They could come under pressure to do so, amid an unprecedented doping crisis and mounting concern over the country’s lack of action against cheating.The Olympic participation of another powerhouse athletics nation – Russia – is already in doubt.In November, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) banned the country’s track and field athletes from international competition following allegations of systemic state-sponsored cheating.The IAAF, which governs world athletics, will decide on Russia’s possible reinstatement in Vienna on17 June.Kenya is dominant at distance running, winning 11 medals at London 2012 and topping the table at the World Championships in Beijing last year with seven golds.But the country has become mired in doping and bribery allegations, with more than 40 of its athletes failing drugs tests since 2011.In November, former Wada president Dick Pound said it was “pretty clear that there are a lot of performance-enhancing drugs being used” in Kenya.How did it come to this?In February, the BBC revealed Kenya hadmissed a deadline to pass a law establishing a new national anti-doping agency so that more testing could take place.Wada placed it on a ‘watch-list’ of nations at risk of breaching its code and gave it until 5 April to comply, with IAAF president Lord Coe threatening Kenya with a ban if it did not pass the bill into law.Kenya missed that second deadline, too, but was then given until 12 May to make its national agency operational.Last month, Kenya finally passed the crucial legislation.In fact, it went further than Wada had requested by criminalising doping and threatening cheats with prison sentences.At the time, President Kenyatta said he was confident Wada would “look upon the passage of our anti-doping law favourably”. That view was echoed by some of Kenya’s top athletes, who feared they might be thrown out of the Rio Olympics if the law was not passed.“That’s what Wada was waiting for in Kenya, so we are safe,” London Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge said.However, it is understood Wada officials are not happy they were not informed of certain key amendments to the legislation.What will the decision mean?Declaring Kenya non-compliant will be seen as a sign that the organisation is finally getting tough with countries that flout their rules.In the last few weeks, it has suspended national anti-doping laboratories in Moscow, Beijing, Lisbon and Bloemfontein, raising serious concerns about the effectiveness of drugs-testing in the build-up to Rio.This week, Wada also opened an investigation into allegations of Russian doping at the Sochi 2014 Olympics.Any other problems for Kenya?The IAAF has suspended Isaac Mwangi, chief executive of Athletics Kenya following allegations he requested a bribe to reduce the doping suspensions of two athletes.Three other senior officials at Athletics Kenya have also been suspended following accusations they were involved in corruption linked to Doha’s successful bid for the 2019 World Championships.All four officials and the Qatar campaign team deny any wrongdoing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kenya is set to be declared in breach of global anti-doping rules, the BBC has learned.The surprise move will mean some of the world’s top athletes are at risk of missing August’s Olympic Games in Rio.last_img read more

Beating Tony Yeboah’s PL record is a massive achievement – Ayew

first_imgJordan Ayew became Ghana’s highest scoring player in Premier League history with 25 goals, breaking Tony Yeboah’s 23 year old record.That record breaking goal for Crystal Palace against Bournemouth, also sent him top of the scorers chart for Palace this season.The 28 year old is delighted with his accomplishments this season, especially surpassing Yeboah’s record.“Tony Yeboah is massive, maybe the best striker of all-time in Ghana,” he told Sky Sports.”To beat his total and get to 25 goals in the Premier League is a great achievement for me and my family.“I’ve always thought that I was a good finisher, but sometimes you just need a bit of luck.“This year, I’ve had quite a bit of luck, but luck doesn’t just come like that, you need to provoke it. I’ve been working really, really hard on that but there’s still room for improvement”, he addedlast_img read more

For Lakers teammates, it’s all about sharing court with Lonzo Ball

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“The way Julius was rolling to the basket in the fourth quarter (on Sunday),” Walton said, “I’d like to get them some minutes together. You could go down the line. … I’d like to keep Brook and Lonzo in together.”The problem with achieving all of those wishes should by now be obvious.“A lot of those guys are overlapping positions,” Walton lamented, “and we’re not going to play Lonzo 48 minutes.”Corey Brewer has often compared playing with Ball to his days alongside Andre Miller in Denver and Jason Kidd in Dallas.“He makes the game easier for you,” Brewer said. “When you’ve got a guy like that who’s going to get you the ball in the right spots, the game comes easy so you want to play with him.” LOS ANGELES — The close bond shared by Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball is on display during pregame banter in front of their side-by-side lockers and half-court shooting contests at practice. They live only a mile apart in Marina del Rey, though Kuzma joked Wednesday that the pair had not yet carpooled to practice.“He don’t want to pick me up,” Kuzma said. “He usually has a full car at practice. Brings the entourage.”As Kuzma teased, Ball rolled his eyes.The pair’s chemistry is reflected on the floor, as well. Coach Luke Walton said before the Lakers’ game against Washington that he is searching for opportunities to pair the pals on the floor more often. Although, the more he looked at that, he realized that was true of everyone.center_img Kuzma said he and Ball click so well on the floor because they are both comfortable playing fast.“He likes to push the pace on offense in transition,” Kuzma said. “I’m usually one of the first ones down the floor, (it leads to) just easy baskets like that. We’ve had good chemistry since summer league, just playing with each other.”The 27th pick in June’s draft, acquired along with Brook Lopez in the D’Angelo Russell deal, Kuzma has looked comfortable regardless of who he shares the floor with. In his first three games, he averaged 14.7 points while shooting 60.7 percent from the floor.In some ways, he has been surprised by his own NBA success, saying it has been “easier than what I thought, yes, but at the same time it’s hard, too.”“I’m a pretty smart basketball player,” said Kuzma, who played three years of college at Utah. “I pick up on things easily, but you’re still playing against the best players in the world and you have to guard those guys.”THE RETURN OF BRYANTThe Lakers on Wednesday assigned rookie Thomas Bryant to their G-League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers. A few hours later, they called him back.Expect that to happen frequently this season, as the team tries to get the center from the University of Indiana practice time in the NBA Gatorade League and with Walton’s Lakers.“The G-League is great for this reason,” Walton said. “He has been great in practice. He brings energy. He’s a good young player. But we’ve got three games in four nights. And again next week. There’s just not a ton of practice time.”Walton said Bryant, who has not appeared in a regular-season game, needs to be playing every day. On Wednesday, he participated in morning shootaround with the Lakers, practiced with the South Bay affiliate, and was back for tipoff against the Wizards.“It’s just getting those guys as much development as possible because there’s not minutes in the rotation for them,” Walton said. “It allows them to keep growing as players.”last_img read more

Wellington Christmas Decorating contest winners announced

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Becky Basinger · 243 weeks ago This is crazy! The house on west 16th has an incredible show and should have, at the very least placed in this contest! Something just doesn’t seem right about that! Report Reply 5 replies · active 242 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Mje · 242 weeks ago Do you even know that they entered? Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down Andrea Kreifels · 242 weeks ago Yes, we entered. We submitted our form the very first day it came out. We’ve been planning our house all year, since we didn’t place last year either. Our house is different than the houses that won. You just can’t drive by, you have to watch. There’s a countdown on the house that shows how many minutes until a show plays. The shows play every 10 minutes. There’s 6 different songs programmed to dance. Programming takes a long time…last year we had 3 songs, but we couldn’t reuse them because we tripled last year’s set up and had to upgrade the software we used. Eventually, we will have enough to keep the show going continuously. We have a radio station that plays the music and gives info on the whole set up. I know our house is different. It’s beautiful to us, we did it for us, not for the competition. While we are disappointed that we didn’t place this year either, we are happy for the ones that did. But, our house will never look like theirs. We enjoy the customization and unique aspect too much. Often times, you’ll see me standing out there watching. Because, even though I’ve spent so much time working on it this year playing the songs over and over to make each set of lights work exactly the way I want it to, I still find it beautiful and I’m so overjoyed with how it looks and I love watching it! We’ve got bigger things planned next year; it’s only going to get bigger from here! I Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 242 weeks ago Andrea, it would help if you could include an address so we know where to go to see your great decorations. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Andrea · 242 weeks ago Sorry… It’s 909 W 16th. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Becky Basinger · 242 weeks ago Yes they entered according to a post on summer county buy sell trade Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down sunshine · 242 weeks ago Way to go Nelsons They work really hard every year. They really have the spirit. Report Reply 0 replies · active 242 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Home town Boy · 242 weeks ago That’s the way it works in Wellington Report Reply 0 replies · active 242 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments From left, Wellington Mayor Shelley Hansel; WACC director Annarose White; City Administrative Clerk Kelly Ford and City Manager Roy Eckert receiving the Lightpole decorating contest first place prize.By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Christmas decorating contest at its coffee held Thursday morning.The winners are as follows:Business 1.Wheatland Services, 120 N. Washington.2. Lucky Rhinestone, 114 S. Washington.3. Geranamo Gifts, 116 S. Washington.Residential1. Mark Ellis, 1128 North C. St.2. Lee and Brenda Neslson, 1404 N. Plum.3. Maggie Redford, 405 S. Olive.Pole Decorating Contest1. City of Wellington.2. No. 7 Coffeehouse.3. Cornerbank.We will have pictures later tonight of the winning Christmas decorations.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more