NBA coaches put priority on their health to cope with grind

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college NBA clears Cavaliers of wrongdoing in Patrick McCaw signing, waiving View comments “A lot of it is just common sense that everybody has to deal with to take care of yourself,” Stotts said. “It’s not just coaches, obviously, it’s everybody, a lot of middle-aged men need to be doing the same, and some like me, beyond-middle-aged men. The fact that our lifestyle, if you give in to it, it can be a detriment, and everybody needs to be aware of it.”Clifford is in Orlando now, and he understands better than ever the importance of taking care of himself and monitoring his own health in a business where keeping your job depends largely on winning. He took significant steps to improve his sleep patterns and overall health, this after a previous heart scare as well.The 57-year-old Clifford deeply appreciated Kerr’s call.“It was great,” Clifford said. “He was one of the guys who reached out and obviously we had the health issue in common. It was a terrific gesture.”Last season, former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue dealt with anxiety and needed a mental and physical break.“Wellness isn’t just physical. It’s mental as well,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said. “I think the position we’re in as professional athletes and with coaches in the social media age, it’s a little more difficult. That takes it to a much higher level from physical and mental … when you’ve got people talking about you all the time, on Twitter bashing you. People just have so much more access to you. It becomes a more stressful job, much more pressure on your job and so many more eyes.”Coaches are also realizing they can’t always do it alone, relying on experts to stay healthy.Golden State hired Rick Celebrini this past offseason as director of sports medicine and performance.“If you can find some help, somebody to give you a little guidance,” Kerr said, “like we have here with Rick and Drew Yoder, I think it’s a big help.”The coaches association sends out a newsletter at least once a month with guidance from nutrition consultant Stacy Goldberg, who also is always available for 1-on-1 conversations. “Often, coaches are so focused on taking care of the players that they are not always focused on taking care of themselves,” said Goldberg, founder and CEO of Savorfull. “This is especially true when it comes to their nutrition.”Added Carlisle: “We view this as important as anything else we do with the NBA coaches association.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title FILE – In this May 20, 2018 file photo, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, center, watches during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland, Calif. Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr called Steve Clifford in support after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches among other symptoms. The NBA Coaches Association now provides guidance to its members on everything from diet and exercise to sleep and mental health. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)OAKLAND, Calif. — Luke Walton began a wellness program for his Lakers coaching staff. Steve Kerr reached out to Steve Clifford after each spent significant time away from the sideline because of debilitating headaches and other symptoms.Coaches around the league are taking preventive measures to help deal with the grind and stresses of a long NBA season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a priority,” Lakers assistant Mark Madsen said. “It’s important because think about all the late nights. We’ll get into cities at 4 in the morning sometimes. You have to stay on top of it.”As a youngster, J.B. Bickerstaff knew there were a couple of hours in the afternoon on game days his father needed for himself. Bernie Bickerstaff took a power nap that allowed him to be fresh for a long night on the NBA bench.J.B. Bickerstaff now does it the same exact way as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies.The coaches association is providing support and guidance like never before, and many coaches are making a point to openly discuss wellness strategies and share ideas.There’s also a close-knit support system within this crop of NBA coaches that Dallas’ Rick Carlisle, the coaches association president, considers special.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award That hasn’t always been the case. Now, the NBA Coaches Association provides guidance to its members on everything from diet and exercise to sleep and mental health.“Well, we’re trying. We all are trying, we all are conscious of it,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “I don’t think we’re very good at it, honestly. I know I’ve tried. It’s still very hard to accomplish. The game consumes us. It consumes me at least, and it should, if you love it. And it’s just hard to turn off. It’s important. We have to do it. We should have been doing it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAfter a late arrival in Bay Area last month, it was after 10 p.m. when Rivers had the team tissue therapist work on his body, including knees and ankle — “and my brain.” He has consulted a sleep doctor, too.In L.A., Walton is being proactive by encouraging every member of his staff to stay physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. Recharge when necessary, however that is best accomplished for each individual. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “We also have a unique group of head coaches right now, guys that are extremely competitive but have great respect for one another and provide a high level of support for each other,” Carlisle said. “Guys who are going through tough times with health and even things like losing streaks. We’ve got a very high character group.”For example, Clifford so appreciated a call he got last season from Kerr, each having gone through his own challenging health ordeal that kept him from the bench for an extensive stretch.Clifford, then coaching the Charlotte Hornets, missed more than five weeks dealing with agonizing headaches that after a battery of tests were deemed to be caused by sleep deprivation.Kerr has endured some of the most high-profile absences.He missed the initial 43 games of the 2015-16 season — including a record 24-0 start — dealing with painful and confounding symptoms following a pair of back surgeries.Kerr was sidelined again for 11 games during the Warriors’ 16-1 postseason in 2017 before returning to the bench for Game 2 of the NBA Finals the Warriors wound up winning in five games against LeBron James and Cleveland. Kerr had undergone a procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak on May 5, 2017, at Duke University but was not well enough to return until June 4.He made it through last year’s repeat run to a title.“My advice to coaches who are coming into the league: Don’t get back surgery,” Kerr quipped. “That’s my main advice. Sorry, bad joke. Luke Walton, when he took the Laker job, we talked a lot about that. He told me his whole staff is really on a conditioning program and a health-wellness program. I think it’s really smart, something that every staff should try to do is just make sure you’ve got people looking after you and looking after each other.”Kerr practices regular yoga and can often be seen on the elliptical machine after practice in a corner of the gym, getting loose on a foam roller or stretching with the assistance of an athletic trainer.Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts appreciates the points of emphasis and information provided by the coaches association “whether it’s diet or things to alleviate stress.” He watches what he eats and works in exercise whenever he can, saying those two things are “the remedy for everybody.” Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

Ignoring the state of the City Hall structure

first_imgDear Editor,Persons with an active interest in Guyana, particularly Georgetown, are unfortunately subjected to daily episodes of the real-life Georgetown City Council soap opera, known not as the ‘Bold and the Beautiful’ or the ‘Young and the Restless’ but rather as the “Incompetent” starring the ‘Queen’ and ‘King’ of the city.A recent episode featuring the continued disintegration of the once picturesque City Hall edifice caused the readers to be inadvertently placed in a time capsule and transported back into the times when fairy tales were popular.Just like Rip Van Winkle, who supposedly drank a magic potion after which he fell into a deep sleep, awakening 20 years later only to find out that he had missed the proverbial bus, similarly it was reported that the Town Clerk seemed to have just awakened and discovered that the structure of City Hall was decaying to the point where continuing to occupy the facility would be a threat to life and limb. Now really? This discovery is a comical one coming from someone who has been with the municipality for more than three decades and whose office is located in the very decrepit and ruinous facility for years now.Has this gentleman never read the reports that were done by several groups of international experts? Is he not privy to the warnings that were issued by his own building inspectors and engineering staff over the years? Is he blind and deaf? How could he not have been aware of the significant chunks of the building that periodically fall off posing a serious threat to passersby on Regent Street? Is he not aware that most of the roof is no good and is covered partially by tarpaulin? Is he unaware that the Concert Hall and Tower have long become a sanctuary for Guyana’s wildlife such as bats, pigeons, and other indigenous fauna?Had the shoe been on the other foot whereby the building was owned by someone else, the City Council would have condemned and closed that facility ages ago. But the City Council is above its own laws and public safety regulations. It must be considered downright reckless of the Town Clerk to have ignored the state of the City Hall structure over the last three years and to just unconcernedly allow scores of workers to occupy the building on a daily basis and to host frequent meetings for Councillors and others, all the while. His irresponsible actions should be roundly condemned by all.For the City Council to have failed to have carried out even the most basic of rehabilitative works to that edifice in the last three decades, in spite of receiving tens of billions of dollars in property rates, a portion of which is allotted for this purpose, is just simply scandalous and appalling.For the City Council to expect the Private Sector, foreign entities, NGOs and other charitable organisations to fund the restoration of its headquarters where they operate from, whilst they waste the citizens’ money on overseas trips, celebrating city week anniversaries, buying fancy sports utility vehicles for themselves, maintaining a bloated staff strength of nearly one thousand workers, half of whom have nothing to do, building presidential parks and petting zoos and fancy townhouses for themselves etc. Surely she could not be serious.This is not rocket science, all the City Council has to do for a project of this nature as is done in most other cities undertaking capital works, is to put up for sale municipal bonds, and once the interest rate is more beneficial than what is offered at the commercial banks, then there would be no shortage of people willing to invest in the bonds.Why are we paying these people super salaries with considerable perks to lead us and solve our problems when they are unable to come up with solutions that could be easily figured out by a ten-year-old?Sincerely,Mark Roopanlast_img read more

Berbice residents complain of high meter readings, water quality

first_imgResidents of Sheet Anchor Village in East Canje, Berbice (Region Six: East Berbice-Corentyne) have complained bitterly about receiving water with high iron content and about high meter readings, issues that the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has pledged to look into.After listening to the various concerns, GWI Managing Director Dr Richard Van West-Charles reassured customers that GWI is committed to delivering potable water of World Health Organisation (WHO) standards.GWI Managing Director Dr Richard Van West-Charles addressing residents at Sheet Anchor in East BerbiceThis engagement took place at a GWI public meeting held at the Fort Ordnance Primary School in the East Canje area.With regard to the water quality, GWI will be flushing all lines and introducing SeaQuest, a product that would remove the presence of iron in the water so as to significantly improve its quality. This product will serve as a temporary solution, even as a treatment plant is being constructed in the Sheet Anchor community.Additionally, in light of the testimonies provided by residents, GWI management will explore waiving a portion of the outstanding debt to reflect their normal rates.It was also agreed at the meeting that residents would begin paying a metered rate only once they are satisfied with the quality of water being received following the implementation of SeaQuest.Dr Van West-Charles further informed them that “GWI will continue to install meters in the area due to the agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank.”GWI is also moving to meter the entire country.According to the GWI Executive Director of Operations, Mr Dwayne Shako, “Prior to the upgrading and installation of water meters, GWI’s Customer Field Representatives will be visiting residences and businesses to verify account information, in order to update or correct accounts on the GWI database.“We are appealing to all customers to cooperate with the GWI staff and contractors conducting the survey and those conducting the upgrades, since the programme will significantly improve the service provided by GWI,” Shako said.GWI is appealing to all domestic and commercial customers to support its countrywide “Metering Programme,” as the company continues to aim towards metering 100 percent of its customers.GWI wishes to advise that, in the production of treated water, the company adheres strictly to WHO standards.last_img read more

Messi is world’s best paid player: Barcelona president

first_imgNo financial terms were disclosed but Bartomeu told the Barcelona sports daily Mundo Deportivo: “He is the best player in the world and he is paid like the best in the world and in the history of football.“He is the best paid sports player, because no one brings as much to his club as Leo Messi.”Prior to his contract extension, Messi was the third highest paid sportsman in the world with an income of $80, million of which 53 million was in salary and bonuses, according the ranking published by Forbes magazine in June.His great rival, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, topped the ranking with $93 million, of which 58 million was in salary and bonuses, ahead of American basketball player LeBron James ($86,2 million of which 31,2 million in salary and bonuses).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Lionel Messi joined Barcelona’s youth training centre in 2000 when he was just 13 years old © AFP/File / Giuseppe CACACEBARCELONA, Spain, Jul 7 – Barcelona’s Argentinian striker Lionel Messi, who recently extended his contract with the Catalan club, is “the best paid player in the world,” club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said Friday.Barcelona announced Wednesday that Messi had agreed to extend his contract until 2021, in a deal that will keep the five times winner of the Ballon D’Or at the club until he is 34.last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Office administrator required

first_imgA leading Donegal company requires a full-time office administrator. Duties include taking telephone orders, answering sales queries, bank reconciliations, haulier accounts and general office tasks.Requirements for the role include good communication skills, excellent word and excel skills, attention to detail and the ability to work on own initiative in a busy office environment. The hours of work are 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Friday.If you are interested please send your up-to-date CV to emarley@donegaligroup.com by end of business on Monday 11th February, 2019.,Alternatively, you can post your CV to The Human Resources Manager, Donegal Investment Group, Ballyraine, Letterkenny.Job Vacancy: Office administrator required was last modified: February 5th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:office admininstratorSmyth’slast_img read more

Fates are sealed in BALCO hearing

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO — BALCO founder Victor Conte and Barry Bonds’ personal trainer were sentenced to prison time for their roles in a scheme to provide pro athletes with undetectable banned drugs. Conte, who started the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative and masterminded the plan, was sentenced to four months in prison and four months’ home confinement Tuesday after negotiating a plea deal with federal prosecutors. Greg Anderson, Bonds’ personal trainer, was sentenced to three months behind bars and three months in home confinement after pleading guilty to money laundering and a steroid distribution charge. Anderson and Bonds have been friends since childhood. The lab, according to court records, counted dozens of prominent athletes among its clients, including Bonds, New York Yankees slugger Jason Giambi and Olympic track and field star Marion Jones. James Valente, vice president of Burlingame-based BALCO, was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to reduced charges of steroid distribution. Outside the courthouse, Conte read a statement saying he wanted to rid the sporting world of steroids. “I’ve decided to direct my knowledge, experience and determination toward making sports more honorable for the athletes and fans,” Conte said. The case prompted pro sports to stiffen steroid policies and thrust performance-enhancing drugs into the spotlight. THG, a steroid uncovered in the investigation, is now banned throughout sports. Conte pleaded guilty in July to money laundering and a steroid distribution charge; dozens of counts were dropped as part of his plea deal. Anderson and Conte, who remain free on bond, are scheduled to surrender to prison authorities Dec. 1. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said she was not thrilled with the plea deals, but accepted them anyway. Illston could have sentenced Conte to a year in prison. She had harsh words for Anderson, who faced a maximum six months confinement. She called his behavior criminally and morally wrong. Anderson and his attorney had argued for no prison time. “I’m sorry for my actions,” Anderson told the judge. U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan in San Francisco said Tuesday the July plea deals were spurred in part by weak steroid laws and by the fact that some of the chemicals were not banned at the time. He noted, however, that the prosecution’s fallout was larger than the case itself. “This case is bigger at this point than the defendants who were sentenced today,” Ryan said. “This case galvanized the debate about steroids.” Ryan added that he would “seriously consider” Conte’s help in tracking down illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Track coach Remi Korchemny, the fourth and final defendant in the case, is expected to get probation at a later sentencing date. Still, authorities are now taking aim at the alleged BALCO suppliers. Last month, the authorities raided a laboratory in Champaign, Ill., headed by Patrick Arnold, who’s known for introducing the steroid precursor androstenedione to the U.S. Andro came to public attention in 1998 when St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire said he used it when breaking baseball’s home run record. Court records suggest Arnold supplied BALCO with THG, which was known as “the clear.” Ryan declined to comment on the investigation’s next stages. The two dozen or so athletes who appeared before a grand jury here have not been targets of the steroid probe. They have been granted immunity in exchange for their testimony, and authorities said Tuesday the investigation did not target the steroid users. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weeklast_img read more

Teachers Getting Reluctant to Teach Evolution

first_imgCornelia Dean in the New York Times worries that, to stay out of trouble, more and more biology teachers are avoiding the discussion of evolution.Dean quotes someone who claims “the practice of avoiding the topic was widespread, particularly in districts where many people adhere to fundamentalist faiths.”  But why would teachers fear discussing it because of that?  It’s open season on “fundamentalist” faiths (loaded words for Bible-believing Christians).  Most teachers have no problem with attributing everything bad in the world to Christianity.  Maybe the students from those districts are better at asking the hard questions that give Darwin Party biology teachers stomach aches (see 06/14/2004 commentary).    Most creationists support the teaching of evolution, as long as the problems and controversies are taught instead of one-sided indoctrination.  Teaching evolution can be a valuable lesson on how smart people can believe dumb things.  So don’t avoid it; let’s open the Darwin Hall of Shame and talk about Piltdown man, pigtooth man, peppered moths, doctored drawings of embryos, National Geographic misinfomercials and all the rest.  Students need a little humor to break up the day.  Be creative; with February 12 coming, you can celebrate Darwin Day with games and contests, and even sing some evolution songs.  Evolution teaching can be fun!    Sweeping such an important controversy under the rug is not a healthy educational policy.  Like it or not, evolution has had a major influence on the world for 140 years.  Today, the subject is in a state of major ferment and reconsideration.  The teacher doesn’t have to take sides.  Many bright young people will actually wake up to science if evolution is taught as a controversial subject: that is, if they get a chance to exercise critical thinking about the evidence for and against it, and can debate the issues in class openly without ridicule, rather than hearing a borrrrrring one-sided sales pitch.  It’s only the teachers on a mission to indoctrinate blank slates into the Cult of Charlie that have anything to fear.    For those teachers still afraid, we have a simple solution; get the film Where Does the Evidence Lead? and show it as a six-part series (10 minutes each).  It will take you off the hook, and teach the students sufficient information to cover the curriculum requirement, without worries about religion in the biology class.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Budget airlines break the billion-passenger barrier.

first_imgLow-cost carriers for the first time carried more than a billion passengers in 2016,  with new figures showing they accounted  for 28 per cent of the 3.7 billion passengers who boarded scheduled services worldwide.Budget airlines helped fuel a global passenger growth of 6 per cent — slightly slower than the previous year’s 7.1 per cent —  and in some markets are now carrying almost a third of all passengers.Figures released by the United Nations-backed International Civil Aviation Organisation show that LCC’s now account for 32 per cent of all passengers carried in Europe, 31 per cent in the Asia-Pacific and 25 per cent in North America.The figures underscore the rising importance of budget carriers over the past decade and their impact on the industry as a whole. “The increasing presence of low-cost carriers notably in emerging economies (has)  contributed to the overall growth of passenger traffic,’’ ICAO said.The number of global scheduled airline departures rose to 35 million in 2016 as more than half the world’s international tourists travelled across borders by air and the industry accounted for 35 per cent of world trade.Sluggish growth in advanced economies, low commodity prices, weak global trade and diminishing capital growth contributed to a lower than expected global gross domestic product (GDP) of 2.4 per cent. GDP and aviation growth are closely linked but despite the weak economic conditions, ICAO said global passenger traffic continued to grow “helped by the lower air fares owing to the fall in oil prices’’.International scheduled passenger traffic expressed in the standard airline format of revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) rose 6.3 per cent down from growth of 7 per cent the previous year.The report said that all regions, except for Africa and the Middle East, posted slower growth than 2015. Europe accounted for the biggest share of RPKs with 36 per cent and posted an increase of 4.3 per cent. The Middle East posted the strongest growth in RPKs of 11.2 per cent, followed by the Asia-Pacific (8 per cent), Latin America and the Caribbean (6.5 per cent), Africa (5.7 per cent) and North America (3.5 per cent).Domestic scheduled services grew by 6.2 percent in 2016, down from 7.3 per cent the previous year. North America, the world’s biggest domestic market accounting for 43 per cent of all RPKs in this category, grew by 4.9 per cent.“Owing to the strong demand in India and China, the Asia-Pacific region grew strongly by 10 per cent in 2016 and accounted for 40 per cent of world domestic scheduled traffic,’’ ICAO  said.Total capacity in available seat kilometres (ASKs) increased globally by around 6.4 per cent and outpaced the increase in passenger traffic. As a result, the overall load factor dropped slightly from 80.4 per cent in 2015 to 80.3 per cent this year. The load factor varied by region and ranged from 68 per cent for Africa to 83.3 per cent for North America. Strong capacity expansion in the Middle east continued to put the region’s load factor under pressure and it was expected to fall to 74.7 per cent in 2016 from 76.3 per cent the previous year.World air freight grew at a slightly quicker rate of 2.6 per cent in 2016 but “remained challenging’’ while low fuel prices helped maintain airline profitability.The industry was expected to end 2016 with a record operating profit of $US60 billion, up $US2 billion on 2015, with a third of all profits coming from North American carriers buoyed by their domestic markets.“Improving economic conditions forecast by the World Bank will see traffic growth and air carrier profitability momentum continuing in 2017,’’ the report said.last_img read more

Remembering Muhammad Ali in Africa

first_imgAmerican boxing legend Muhammad Ali had a deep connection with Africa: the continent’s fighting spirit influenced his own articulate political and spiritual philosophy. Ali also fought his greatest fight in Africa – the famous “Rumble in the Jungle” – and was a close friend of Nelson Mandela, freedom fighter and another iconic boxer.Muhammad Ali, “The Greatest”, born 1942, died 2016. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonAli and AfricaThere is no doubt that Ali identified strongly with Africa and its people. From an early age, as a descendant of African slaves, Ali looked to the continent to help define his unique identity and form his strong political and spiritual convictions.For Africans, Muhammad Ali’s appeal went far beyond the boxing ring: he was a strong black role model during a time when there were none, at least not as high- profile as he was.As an early champion of black consciousness, Ali’s outspokenness on war, racism and inequality made him more than just a boxer, it made him a symbol of power and hope. He inspired generations of Africans to not only take up the sport, but also to make a defiant stand against injustice.Ali, the fighter in AfricaAli in Kinshasa, Zaire. Rumble in the Jungle #RIPChamp pic.twitter.com/OjK0m9lslK— oneinonepointfour (@Shabs_i_r) June 4, 2016When Ali arrived for his fight against George Foreman in Zaire (today’s Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1974, he was greeted by thousands as a returning African son.Throughout his time in the country, he was followed everywhere by adoring fans, including youngsters chanting what would become Ali’s unofficial African fight song: “Ali Bomaye!”The fight itself was a spectacle, a down-to-the-wire battle between the era’s best fighters inside a brutally hot Kinshasa stadium filled to the brim with over 60 000 people. Ali and Foreman both gave as good as each got, but it was Ali who triumphed with one of his trademark knockout blows in the eighth round to conclude what many call “the greatest sporting event of the 20th century”.The fight and Ali’s trip to Africa became the basis for a number of films, including Michael Mann’s Ali, starring Will Smith as Ali. It was also celebrated in literary works, such as Norman Mailer’s The Fight, and by other great sport writers of the era, including George Plimpton and Hunter S Thompson.The Rumble in the Jungle brought Africa to a worldwide audience for the first time in the modern era, all helped by the iconic status of Ali.Ali and MandelaNelson Mandela, a former boxer himself, had always been a big fan of Muhammad Ali, calling him his personal hero and keeping a photo of Ali in his office as inspiration. The feeling was mutual. When Mandela was released from prison Ali rushed to meet him, calling him a “fellow freedom fighter, both in and out the ring”.Upon Mandela’s release Ali travelled to South Africa to greet his brother; a freedom fighter in&out of the ring too. pic.twitter.com/Y8j4g7rGzy— Beauty’sOnlySkinDeep (@BlackPearlMoi) June 5, 2016The two met regularly over the years, and together used their influence as living legends to draw attention to many shared charitable causes – including HIV/Aids and poverty awareness – as well as to strengthen Africa’s presence in the rest of the world.Nelson Mandela kept a photo of Muhammad Ali on his desk. He was Mandela’s hero, says the Mandela Foundation pic.twitter.com/0etqMUuU8p— Shreeya Sinha (@ShreeyaSinha) June 4, 2016On the day Mandela died in 2013, Ali eulogised him as “a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge. He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale.”Source: Wikipedia Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

Caraway wins 2016 Ohio Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Stephen Caraway of West Union is the winner of the 2016 Ohio Farm Bureau Discussion Meet. The final round of the competition was held during Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals Leadership Conference Jan. 29 in Columbus.The annual contest tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills.Caraway won $1,000 from Nationwide Insurance, a Polaris Most Versatile Generator and an expense-paid trip to the 2017 American Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Phoenix where he will represent Ohio in the national Discussion Meet contest.Caraway, an Adams County Farm Bureau member, serves as an Adams County commissioner. He is a member of West Union Lions Club and numerous other civic organizations. He grew up on an 124-acre pumpkin and agritourism operation.The other finalists were Mike Derringer of Eaton, Andy Korb of Oxford and Joy Sizemore of Monroeville.The Discussion Meet is hosted by Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals – singles and married couples ages 18 to 35 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. To learn more about Discussion Meet and the Young Ag Professionals program, visit experienceyap.com.last_img read more