Adam Silver reveals advice he’s given to Zion Williamson

first_imgNBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a news conference before Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he has already offered presumed No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson advice on enjoying the process of entering the league.Silver, who appears on the latest episode of PodcastOne Sports Now with AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds, also says he sees no reason to intervene with the drama that has surrounded the Los Angeles Lakers in recent weeks. He says he’s monitoring matters, but adds that it’s his understanding that owner Jeanie Buss and former team president Magic Johnson have simply decided they’re better off as friends and not business partners.ADVERTISEMENT Williamson is likely to go No. 1 overall to New Orleans. David Griffin has taken over as the executive in charge of the basketball operation for the Pelicans, and Silver says his sense is that “Griff is the right guy at the right time” for that franchise — one that may have to decide whether to trade star center Anthony Davis in the coming weeks or months.Silver also discusses the FIBA World Cup that will be held in China this summer, the fascination with free agency and the excitement level in Toronto for the NBA Finals between the Raptors and the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAlso on the program: Raptors coach Nick Nurse talks about Canada’s excitement level, Warriors coach Steve Kerr tells how he missed a game-winner once in Toronto’s baseball stadium, and Reynolds and fellow AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney realize they have no idea how to properly pronounce the name of the city that has played host to Games 1 and 2 of the title series. Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge MOST READ View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Raptors lead at halftime of Game 2 vs Warriors LATEST STORIES Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanaolast_img read more

Satellites to improve weather forecasting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe information gathered will be used to enhance research and improve weather forecasting. Scientists hope the data will help them better track storms and monitor long-term climate change. The satellites, which weigh 155 pounds each and are 40 inches long, are equipped with three instruments including a GPS radio receiver, a photometer and a beacon to relay data to the ground station on Earth. The $100-million mission was funded by Taiwan and several U.S. agencies including the National Science Foundation. The mission is known as COSMIC in the United States and FORMOSAT-3 in Taiwan. VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE – Six weather satellites successfully reached orbit and were ready to begin their five-year mission to track hurricanes, monitor climate change and study space weather, it was announced Saturday. “Ground stations have received signals from all six satellites,” according to an update on the Web site for the project’s manager, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. The satellites were launched on a rocket booster Friday evening from this Central Coast base. They were placed into orbit about 500 miles above Earth, where they separated to form a chain. The satellites will take about 2,500 daily measurements by using global positioning receivers to track radio signals passing through the atmosphere, scientists said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DEAL DONE! Middlesbrough sign Adama Traore from Aston Villa

first_imgMiddlesbrough have announced the signing of former Barcelona youngster Adama Traore from Aston Villa.The 20-year-old winger arrives at the Riverside for an undisclosed fee, signing a four-year deal with Aitor Karanka’s men.Adama joined Aston Villa last summer, but managed only appearances for the club – including one on the Championship this season. Largely forced to sit on the sidelines through injury, the youngster was unable to show the talent which he displayed whilst on the books of LaLiga giants Barcelona.Known as a pacy and tricky winger, Adama scored one goal in four appearances for the Barca first-team, as well as excelling at reserve level – scoring eight goals and registering 18 assists in 63 games.He becomes Boro’s 11th signing of the summer, and arrives on Teesside the same day as Albert Adomah’s switch to Adama’s former club Villa. 1 Adama Traore is a product of Barcelona’s famed academy last_img read more

Karius wants FIFA action against Besiktas after ‘going unpaid for four months’

first_img MONEY ADVICE LIVE on talkSPORT The 25-year-old has established himself as Besiktas’ no.1 since signing on loan, missing just two matches in all competitions throughout 2018/19.However, the club’s manager, Senol Gunes, hit out at Karius last week after making a mistake in Sunday’s 3-2 defeat of Konyaspor.“He was at fault for the goals he conceded,” said Gunes said. “Karius has gone a bit stagnant, something is wrong with his electricity, motivation, enthusiasm for the game. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury RANKED 1 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade There are 10 live commentaries remaining across the talkSPORT network this week. Find out what they are and when you can hear them, below… BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice REVEALED center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining REPLY REVEALED Karius left Liverpool after his horror show in last season’s Champions League final Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade “It has been like that since the beginning. He does not really feel a part of the team, it’s something we haven’t been able to work out and, of course, I am partly to blame for this.“Something is wrong, he has also been unlucky. [He] is talented but it hasn’t worked out and we have a problem. Let me put it this way, if I still had Tolga available I would play him.” Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has demanded FIFA take action against Besiktas having not been paid by his loan club for four months.Karius joined the Turkish side on a two-year loan last summer, with the club having to buy him outright at the end of the temporary spell should certain clauses be met. Bayern Munich vs Liverpool (Wednesday) – talkSPORTNottingham Forest vs Aston Villa (Wednesday) – talkSPORT 2Dynamo Kyiv vs Chelsea (Thursday) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Crystal Palace (Saturday) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Sheffield United (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2West Ham vs Huddersfield (Saturday) – talkSPORT 2Swansea vs Manchester City (Saturday) – talkSPORTWolves vs Manchester United (Saturday) – talkSPORTMillwall vs Brighton (Sunday) – talkSPORT 2Fulham vs Liverpool (Sunday) – talkSPORT It appears Karius’ relationship with the club is breaking down, and reports that the goalkeeper has gone unpaid for four months will not help matters.As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Karius has filed a complaint with FIFA over Besiktas’ failure to pay his salary, as the club did not meet a deadline the shot-stopper set to pay him what he is due.According to reports, Besiktas have already tried to get Karius off their books with an approach to Liverpool to exchange the glovesman for striker Divock Origi in a bizarre loan swap. huge blow last_img read more

John E. Oathout, 84, of Brownstown

first_imgMr. John E. Oathout, 84, of Brownstown, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus with his loving family by his side. He was born in Jackson County to the late Roland and Faye (Hamilton) Oathout.Funeral services will be at Voss & Sons Funeral Service on Friday, June 14 at 10:30 am. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery.Family and friends may call at Voss & Sons Funeral Service on Thursday from 4-8 pm and Friday from 9:30 am until time of service. He was a graduate of Cortland High School. He was a member of First Baptist Church. He retired as a Supervisor from Reliance Electric after many years of service. John enjoyed fishing and visiting flea markets but loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.John is survived by his children, Cynthia (Floyd) Smith, Sandra (Marty) Vogel and Jan (David) Bozman; grandchildren, Don, Jon, Matthew, David, Justin, Joseph, Allison and Luke; 13 great-grandchildren; fiancé, Shannon Lamping; sister, Barbara Ferry; loyal dog, Buster; and mother of his children, Kay Oathout.He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack Oathout, Robert Oathout and Roger Oathout; and sisters, Cathleen Borgman and Maxine Hulley.Memorials may be written to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, in care of Voss & Sons Funeral Service.Online condolences may be given on the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.com.last_img read more

Another Grammy nod for Soweto choir

first_img6 December 2010South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir is looking forward to making space for another award in its already crowded trophy cabinet. The world-renowned singers have been nominated for a Grammy Award for their fifth album, Grace, in the Best Traditional World Music Album category.It’s the group’s fourth Grammy nomination in five years. The albums Blessed and African Spirit won Grammys for Best Traditional World Music Album in 2007 and 2008 respectively.Grace, released on the Universal Music label, was produced by Robin Hogarth and Zwai Bala, and directed by Lucas Bok, Vusi Shabalala and Diniloxolo Ndlakuse, working with engineer Richard Mitchell.Other nominees in the category vying for the statuette are the Gyuto Monks of Tibet; Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba and Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate, both from Mali; and Vayo from Uruguay.Winning the award would tie the choir with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who hold top spot among South African groups with three Grammys under their belts.The choir also sings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on the song Baba Wetu, which was produced and arranged by Christopher Tin and has been nominated for an arranger’s award in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) category.Other silverware in the choir’s trophy cupboard includes an American Gospel Music Award for Best Choir in 2003; Gospel Music Award for Best International Choir in 2004; and a Helpmann Award, Australia’s prestigious Performing Arts Award, for Best Contemporary Music Concert in 2003.OriginsFormed in 2002, the choir’s road to success has been a heart-warming one, a group of talented young Christians uniting in song to spread the gospel.The late David Mulovhedzi, the co-founder and director, said: “The talent we showcase is in everything that we do; it’s a musical ministry. We are ministering through music, as we travel around the world singing the beautiful songs that we brought from South Africa.”While the original members all came from Soweto, today auditions are held for singers from around South Africa.“Many influences really played a major role in helping us to come up with a black gospel outfit in South Africa,” said Bev Bryer, the choir’s executive producer and director, in explaining its formation.“Friends from Australia, the deacon from South Africa and people from Soweto asked us to form a gospel group. So in 2002, I and David Mulovhedzi started auditioning different groups from different churches and communities around the township.“After the auditions, we came up with 32 beautiful voices and, of course, that is what we needed – that and self-discipline. Within a week the Soweto Gospel Choir was born,” says Bryer.The rest is history. The choir has performed with international heavyweights such as U2, Celine Dion, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Diana Ross, Johnny Clegg, Jimmy Cliff and Bebe Waynans. It has performed sold out concerts around the world and sung for Oprah Winfrey and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and former presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and Bill Clinton, to name a few.CharityPart of the choir’s philosophy is giving back to the community. This is done by donating money it raises to orphanages and community groups. As of August 2010, the choir has raised a total of R8 886 901 for a number of charities.In 2003, it founded its own Aids orphan foundation, Nkosi’s Haven Vukani, an outreach programme that helps home-based organisations in townships. Those it helps include Sizanani Home-based Care in Orange Farm, Tsogang Sechaba in Protea South, Rosca House in Braamfontein, Living Hope in Germiston and Hillbrow Home of Hope.“Vukani was made what it is today with the donations that we have received at our shows,” Bryer says. “We are seriously trying to make a better life for [the] orphans. We have to play a part in assisting those children.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Ford boost for SA engineering skills

first_img2 February 2011Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has opened a world-class production simulator facility at the company’s assembly plant outside Pretoria that will be used to train both its own employees as well as engineering students from various institutions.The facility, which is attached to the motor company’s assembly plant in Silverton, is expected to provide practical training for mechanical and industrial engineering students from institutions such as the Tshwane University of Technology.“We’re excited about the opportunities this training facility will afford students in the engineering field,” FMCSA chief executive Jeff Nemeth said in Pretoria this week. “We see this facility as an enabler to grow and develop more engineering candidates, not only for Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, but for the industry as a whole.”World-class facilityThe facility, which was officially opened on Tuesday, follows the announcement that the company would invest R3.4-billion to produce its all-new Ford Ranger pick-up truck in South Africa.This world-class production simulator facility is focused on improving the assembly process capabilities of current and future FMCSA employees, in preparation for the production of the Ranger.The facility will enable FMCSA to train employees through simulating production processes off the line long before they start building the new vehicle.“While the facility will allow us to develop the assembly sequence and processes for our new product without disrupting the production of current models, it will allow us to improve the skills of our employees dramatically, enabling them to build world-class vehicles, with best in class quality, and compete with the best in the world,” said Nemeth.Commitment to auto industryGauteng MEC for Economic Development Qedani Dorothy Mahlangu said the provincial government was committed to growth in the automotive industry and had included the sector in its industrial policies and future strategies.She said an amount of R32-million had been allocated for training and development programmes at the assembly plant, giving a much-needed boost to skills development in the sector.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

In Memoriam: Larry Yeager

first_imgThe retail asset protection industry lost one of its most interesting and popular people with the recent passing of Larry R. Yeager after a long and painful fight against a non-malignant brain tumor. He had retired in late 2012 after a distinguished 20-year career as the general manager of Alpha Security Products, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems a number of years ago. Under his indomitable leadership, the terms “keeper,” “spider wrap,” and “3-alarm” became an integral part of the item-level security arsenal used by retailers all over the world. He was often referred to by his coworkers as “the Mayor of Alpha.”In the fifteen years prior to his tenure at Alpha, Larry had founded CheckMate, an EAS manufacturer, and Trident, a manufacturer of security fixtures for apparel and other retail merchandise. After Protex acquired his company, Larry continued on as the vice president of marketing for a few years before moving to Alpha.Larry’s real legacy is the impressive array of positive character traits he possessed, and the larger-than-life way that he impacted the people around him.Fiercely patriotic, he served in Vietnam with the US Navy. In fact, his leadership style favored many of the team-building principles and tactics used by the military. If you were one of his people, he had your back, no matter what. He demanded excellence and integrity. “Larry instilled in each of us that if we always do the right thing, we would never regret it.” wrote Gus Kratzer, a long-time Alpha sales manager. “My favorite line from him is ‘don’t confuse arrogance for confidence.’”- Sponsor – Carlos Perez, Alpha’s former vice president of marketing, reminded us that “Larry was well known within the LP fraternity as an innovator with several of the Alpha patents bearing his name. He was a problem solver and an ethical solutions provider whose word was his bond.”Larry was not politically correct—a trait that I particularly like. He was direct, and sometimes blunt, but he called everything exactly how he saw it, providing praise as well as constructive criticism. Jennifer Cairns, Larry’s long-time assistant, summed up Larry’s business character perfectly: “He was a mentor, leader, friend who taught, provided guidance, direction, and instilled confidence in you when you thought you didn’t have any. He empowered you to make decisions on your own—even if it wasn’t the right one—and encouraged you to dream and strive for the impossible. He was loyal, full of integrity, charismatic, and most of all, he gave and forgave.”He worked and played really hard. He liked his steaks “black and blue” accompanied by vodka martinis. “Whenever Larry would go to a party or out to dinner, he would pack four olives stuffed with blue cheese for his Absolute,” recalled Lance Weeden, Alpha’s head of international sales. He also liked hot peppers and carried a mini-bottle of Tabasco in his pocket that he sprinkled on everything—including breakfast.Larry never shied away from a spicy challenge, or any other challenge, for that matter. Brad Cheslock, a long-tenured Alpha account manager recalled, “One year Larry, August Polito, and I were having lunch at a new diner near the Alpha office. Larry ordered and asked the waiter to have the cook ‘tune it up a bit.’ When our food arrived, Larry took one bite and began to sweat and choke. August and I looked at each other and said neither of us know the Heimlich maneuver, as the waiter and cook came to assist us. Once Larry regained his composure, the chef asked him if it was hot enough? Larry was still unable to speak as the chef said, ‘I will take that as a yes.’”Larry was generous, without calling attention to himself. “The year after Alpha changed ownership,” Brad Cheslock recalled, “corporate stopped Alpha’s long-held tradition of providing Thanksgiving turkeys for all of the employees. After unsuccessfully trying to get the decision changed, Larry purchased the turkeys himself. Not many people are aware of this.”Larry was compassionate, caring, and always ready to be of help. Mark Stinde, working for Circuit City at the time remembered this: “I joined Circuit City in 2007, and Alpha was doing a lot of business with our company. In early 2009, Circuit City closed all 600-plus stores. I am sure that Larry’s company was significantly impacted by the bankruptcy filing. But upon hearing the news, Larry called me to see how my team was doing and how I was doing. He told me that he would do whatever he could do to help me.”My most memorable encounter with Larry’s kindness took place in 1991. I was meeting with him at Protex headquarters on Long Island, NY, when I was interrupted by a phone call from one of my brothers. Our mother had just suffered a stroke and was in a coma at a hospital about 100 miles away. Hearing the situation, Larry took immediate charge by giving me a hug and comforting me. He then dropped everything he was doing and arranged for a rental car for me. Over the next couple of days, he was in constant contact to make sure that I was okay and to see if he could help. From then on, we became fast and close friends.Larry Yeager will be mourned and missed by many people. But to his family, friends, teammates, customers, and competitors, he will never be forgotten. Mark Stinde offered a poignant final message: “I pray for long golden roads and pristine Corvettes for your eternity. I will miss you my friend.”AUTHOR’S NOTE: I knew Larry for almost 40 years. We worked, shared cocktails, and socialized together on countless occasions, and he was one of my very best friends. I reached out to a small number of Larry Yeager’s coworkers, friends, customers, and competitors for their thoughts and observations. The written comments exceed 2,000 words. Reading them in their entirety during a single sitting gives me the feeling that we are having a celebration of Larry’s life, like he would have wanted had there been an organized service. I can’t speak for the others, but thinking and writing about his life, and reading the reflections of others has lessened my sadness at his passing. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Microsoft Buys Social Network Yammer for $1.2 Billion

first_imgRelated Posts On Monday Microsoft finalized its acquisition of Yammer, one of the leading providers of social networking and real-time chat tools for enterprises. Yammer’s team will continue to report to its current CEO, David Sacks, under the umbrella of the Microsoft Office Division. The deal closed for $1.2 billion in cash.Yammer currently has more than five million users and is deployed at 85% of Fortune 500 companies. It enables employees at a company to communicate in a manner more like Facebook than email, as well as collaborate on projects.Microsoft plans to push adoption of Yammer alongside its cloud offerings in Office, such as SharePoint and Office 365, as well as Skype. Sacks maintains that Yammer will continue to develop as a standalone service, but that joining Microsoft will “give us access to the technologies, expertise and resources we’ll need to scale and innovate.”SEE ALSO: Q: Why Does Microsoft Need Yammer? A: To Save SharePoint Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Microsoft#web jon mitchellcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Google+ Gets More Business-Friendly with New APIs

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification brian proffitt Tags:#APIs#Google#social networks#Social Web#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts center_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Google+ is growing up.The fledgling social media platform, which has increasingly been seen as more of a threat to Facebook and Twitter, just took another step towards social media maturity with the release of some new hooks to let other social media management tools connect directly to Google’s social network.Businesses and organizations have been chomping at the bit for these APIs (Application Programming Interfaces), so that social media management tools like HootSuite and Buddy Media can fully connect with Google+ pages, ever since Google introduced its Pages feature to the social platform back in November.Some conections were available, but only to a select few software partners, according to Google developer Eduardo Thuler.“In recent months we’ve been been previewing a new set of Google+ management APIs with some of these companies (including Buddy Media, Context Optional, Hearsay Social, HootSuite, Involver, and Vitrue),” Thuler wrote on his Google+ page.But even that access to Google+ Pages was limited. HootSuite, for instance, was not allowed to let too many users access the social media management app to control a Page account. So only paid users of the app were given this access.Now that the APIs are available to all, no such restrictions are in place, and social media management is a wide-open field for Google+.Businesses OnlyThe APIs only let third-party tools manage a brand or business page, not a personal Google+ account. But this is a huge help for businesses that want to capitalize on Google+, because now they can use third-party tools to schedule, monitor and track posts as needed.This represents a big change for Google+, if only because businesses will start to take it much more seriously. Google+ was slammed at its initial launch for having little to no tools for businesses to make their presence known on the platform, and even after Pages were introduced, Google still guarded its APIs strongly.If anything, today’s change means that Google+ has shaken off any “lab” reputation it might have had, so Google’s annoying tendency to drop services that people still like probably won’t apply to Google+.Google+ is growing fast, thanks to all the new Android users who get signed on when they activate their phones. That’s a big audience to tap into, and the new APIs make it easier for businessesto climb on board to be a part of the experience.last_img read more