Atlanta Hawks honored at Georgia capital

first_imgThe biggest story of the 2014-15 season has not been the Golden State Warriors nor the return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Atlanta Hawks have been lighting up the NBA.With no true superstar on the roster, the traditionally-mediocre Hawks have thrown the gears into overdrive, flying down the left lane towards the playoffs and owners of the best record in the NBA.For their troubles, the Hawks were paid tribute at the Georgia capital in Atlanta, just down the street from the Phillips Arena where the Hawks have been punishing teams thoroughly and turned the usually half-empty arena into a jam-packed party.Team vice president and Hall of Fame legend Dominique Wilkins and team owner Steven Koonin were on hand as the Hawks were recognized for their sportsmanship, citizenship and significant economic impact to the City of Atlanta. The 2015 Eastern Conference All-Star and Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer, current players Kyle Korver and Elton Brand and Hawks alumni were on-site to meet with civic officials from throughout the state of Georgia.Wilkins, nicknamed the “Human Highlight Film” during his spectacular career at the University of Georgia and the Hawks, was blown away by the recognition because it’s the first time during his 30-year career with the team that the Hawks had ever been bestowed such an honor.Koonin said the Hawks’ streak of success has captured the imagination of fans beyond metro Atlanta.“The recognition of the accomplishments should really go to our fans — from LaGrange to Macon to Ellijay, the Atlanta Hawks have become Georgia’s team,” he told lawmakers during the tribute.Koonin also mentioned that, since the winning streak began, the team has experienced the fastest growing attendance in the NBA and television ratings soared an astounding 70 percent over the past year.The Hawks are owners of the longest winning streak this season at 19 games, which is also the a franchise record and fourth-best winning streak in the history of the league. Behind the All-Star caliber play of point guard Jeff Teague, power forward Paul Milsap, sniper shooting guard Kyle Korver and center Al Horford, the Hawks have soared to the top of the Eastern Conference with a 40-9 record while demolishing the league’s most glamorous teams and traditional powers alike.last_img read more

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Dandenong and District Junior Football League

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Suspended Blatter appears before FIFA ethics board,

first_imgBy John MillerSuspended FIFA President Sepp Blatter appeared before the ethics committee of world soccer’s governing body on Thursday in a case that could end with him banned from the sport for years.FIFA is reeling from the worst corruption scandal in its more than 100-year history, with 41 people including national soccer bosses as well as entities charged by U.S. prosecutors and Blatter under criminal investigation in Switzerland.Blatter, who is due to leave the post on Feb. 26 when his successor will be elected, arrived at FIFA headquarters in Zurich in a chauffeur-driven vehicle with one of his lawyers.Blatter was suspended on Oct. 8 from all soccer-related activity for 90 days alongside European (UEFA) soccer chief Michel Platini pending a full investigation into their conduct.The FIFA ethics inquiry began in the wake of the Swiss attorney general office’s decision to open criminal proceedings against Blatter over a $2 million payment to Platini in 2011.Blatter and Platini have both denied wrongdoing.Platini, who had intended to run for the FIFA presidency, was due to be heard by the committee on Friday but has refused to attend, saying the process against him is purely political.Earlier this week, Blatter wrote to FIFA’s 209 member state associations, on his own stationary, proclaiming his innocence.He reiterated that the payment made when Blatter was running for re-election of UEFA, was legitimate and resulted from a verbal contract for work Platini had done for FIFA years before.Separately, a spokesman for the Swiss Justice Ministry said on Thursday it had frozen millions of Swiss francs related to FIFA in response to a request from U.S. investigators.“U.S. authorities asked for documents related to 50 accounts at different banks, through which corruption money is supposed to have transited,” Swiss Justice Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said, confirming a report by Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger.In a statement, Galli said a “high double-digit million amount” had been frozen following the U.S. request to authorities in Switzerland, where FIFA is based.last_img read more

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The real conflict

first_imgWitnessing the upsurge of ethnic tensions amidst the increased polarisation in our society following the successful No-confidence Motion (NCM) in the National Assembly, there are renewed calls for “constitutional change” to resolve the political crisis that is seen as behind it all. “If only the PPP and PNC could gather around a table and come to a settlement!” I wish it were that simple.As I have been saying for three decades, our conflict is so intractable because it challenges the premises on which our political institutions are based. It is identity or more specifically ethnic based, rather than class or economic based and as such, most of our Liberal-based institutional innovations fail to address the roots of our political conflict. It is not surprising that we are back at square one with the two major groups “squared off” at each together.Theories of social-psychological motivations far better explain our ethnic conflict and locate its sources in the way in which we perceive our society; locate ourselves in it, and on that basis, form individual and group identities that guide our behaviour and actions. In Guyana, each group has developed its own narrative of its place in Guyana and the hitch is these narratives clash at various nodes. Unless we identify and resolve these clashes, we are really shadow boxing at our conflict.Groups placed in the same environment share a universal tendency to compare themselves against each other: each become “the other” to each other. When, as in Guyana, groups with reinforcing cleavages of culture, attitudes, race, religion, etc, are thrown into the same society, comparison is inevitable and inescapable. The intractability of ethnicity lies in this fact: social groups can only be evaluated comparatively. Each category of individuals with similar traits evaluates itself positively and others with dissimilar traits, negatively.Over the course of time, the process results in stereotypical attitudes being formed as the cultural or physical or other trait is given a social meaning, which is applied, to the whole group. This group comparison is of great significance because of its stress on the “worth” of its members to whom this evaluation becomes an integral part of his/her identity and self-esteem. Some individuals may be impoverished but as members of a powerful group, they still have some pride of self-worth vis a vis members of less “powerful” groups.At the abolition of slavery, the Whites, Coloureds and Africans formed distinct social strata in descending order of status, power and economic worth. While, for instance, all accepted the values of Creole culture, the Coloureds had different speech patterns, foods habits, dress, etc from the African masses and considered the latter their social inferiors. The introduction of Indians into Guyana – with their acceptance of “slave work”, “heathen” religion, unfamiliarity with Creole culture and values – gave the society and especially the Africans, the opportunity to further compare and afterwards designate a new low man on the totem pole. He was the ‘coolie’, whose typical immigrant’s focus on economic advancement was labelled as “mean and stingy”, and stoic acceptance of hardships in fulfilling his indentured contract, “docile”.The Indian on the other hand, sequestered in the rural plantations came primarily into contact with rural Africans. They defensively valued their culture and heritage highly, rejected the “coolie” categorisation and when in social comparison, utilised their own criteria to stereotype the African. They were “lazy” (for rejecting their despised “slave’s” work!), hedonistic (for his emphasis on fancy clothes and weekend revelry), licentious (for their serial polygamy) and lacking their own culture (for imitating the British).One armament used by some groups in the competition over relative group worth, is the notion of ‘legitimacy’ where one group is convinced that it has a greater right than other groups to the national patrimony. In Guyana, as in the West Indies as a whole, because of their prior arrival, greater acculturation to White values, earlier entry into governmental services and politics, Africans and Coloureds viewed themselves as having greater claims to legitimacy than Indians, Amerindians and other groups. The latter groups however rejected these claims and countered that their contribution to the development of the country and the international norms of equality conferred on them as much rights as other groups to all that the country offered.The potential for ethnic conflict in Guyana, or elsewhere, is stimulated when there are changes that cause one or more ethnic groups in a given society to feel threatened by other groups. Changes that affect the groups’ self-worth, especially if they are structural and thus self-perpetuating and widespread, create the greatest potential for conflict.This is where we are today.last_img read more

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Blow for Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool! France star agrees Atletico Madrid move

first_imgAntoine Griezmann will not be heading to England after Atletico Madrid agreed a deal to sign the France international from Real Sociedad.The forward, 23, had been linked with a number of Premier League teams, including Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, but he will remain in Spain to continue his career with the La Liga champions.Atletico have confirmed that they have agreed terms with Real Sociedad and that the 23-year-old will sign a contract at the Vicente Calderon once he has completed his medical.Griezmann notched 16 goals in 35 league outings last term and followed up his impressive domestic form with a series of strong outings for France at the World Cup. France star Antoine Griezmann 1last_img read more

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Moratorium on fast food is half-baked

first_imgBut a blanket ban on fast food? What about fast-food establishments that are making an honest effort to offer customers lower-fat alternatives? And considering the concentration of fast-food establishments already in some L.A. neighborhoods, perhaps the saturation point has been reached already. We’re not opposed to public education campaigns encouraging people to try healthier lifestyles. And a better labeling system to measure the fat content of fast foods could help make consumers wise up. But trying to legislate how adults behave on a level as basic as eating strikes us as biting off more than one can chew. After all, governments have never had much luck when they attempt to save people from themselves. Los Angeles city officials are whipping up another helping of nanny-government legislation. This one, according to media reports, is a proposed moratorium on fast-food restaurants in parts of the city where there are high concentrations of such eateries, such as South Los Angeles. City Councilwoman Jan Perry initially proposed such a moratorium in June. Certainly there are some nuggets of good intentions here. Areas where there is more poverty tend to have greater numbers of obese residents. And trying to encourage people to be more health-conscious eaters is understandable. But would a moratorium really do much to get people to change their habits? Considering the business all these fast-food restaurants are doing, one must conclude that they are providing a product people want. As Scripps Howard News Service pointed out in an editorial, people like fast food because “it’s cheap and quick, and the working poor by definition don’t have a great deal of either money or time.” We can understand enacting moratoriums to address difficult issues. Limits on liquor stores may make sense in crime-plagued areas. Residential development can be restricted to provide time to resolve density concerns. 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

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WATCH: Liverpool players embarrass themselves by rapping famous hip hop verses

first_imgLiverpool are heading to the West Coast and Midwest of the USA this summer for their pre-season preparations.And to get the players used to the local culture, the Reds decided it would be a good idea to set the squad a task.Unfortunately, this task involved certain players rapping famous verses from American hip hop numbers – and it was recorded on film!Some live up the challenge – Christian Benteke’s cover of 2Pac’s California Love is certainly enjoyable – but others struggle to keep up.James Milner’s dulcet tones make Regulate by Warren G almost unrecognisable.You can watch the video above…last_img read more

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MINDFULNESS MEDITATION AT THE RESOURCE CENTRE

first_imgMINDFULNESS MEDITATIONMEDITATION CLASSES FOR ALL WORKING OR SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT JOB  MANAGING EVERYDAY OBSTACLES FINDING TIME FOR YOURSELF TO RELAX AND SWITCH OFF CONFIDENCE BOOSTING AND ENERGISING RESTORATIVE TO HEALTH  INSPIRING AND UPLIFTING IN TIMES OF STRESSMEDITATION IS PERFECT TO EASE THE PRESSURES OF EVERYDAY LIFE FOR EVERYONEMONDAY 3RD SEPTEMEBER 9.15 TO 10.15 AMA BRIGHT START TO THE WEEKWEDNESDAY 5TH 9.15 TO 10.15 AM EVENING 5PM TO 6 PM MIDWEEK TIME TO LIGHTEN THE LOADFRIDAY 9.15 TO 10.15 AMRELAX FOR THE WEEKENDAT CONGRESS RESOURCE CENTRE, LETTERKENNY COST €3 or DONATION OPEN TO ALL For details sign up at Resource Centre or call 0871121881 VISIT www.resourcecentreletterkenny.comBOOKING REQUIRED AS CLASS LIMITED TO TEN WEEKLY ONGOINGBEST STRESS MANAGEMENT AVAILABLEMINDFULNESS MEDITATION AT THE RESOURCE CENTRE was last modified: September 3rd, 2012 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:Mindfulness MeditationResource Centrelast_img read more

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DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN SCHOOL REUNION DVD NOW AVAILABLE

first_imgDrumkeen Youth ClubYouth club this Fri 20th Dec. 7:30-9:30 pm. Leaders this week Claire, Julie and Aidan. We are taking a short break until Fri 10th Jan. We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year. Charlie Daly & H-Block Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann DrumkeenLotto Results 12th Dec 01, 10, 14, 23. No jackpot winner. 2 winners €50 each. Pauline Hunter, Creeslough. Barney Gallagher, Creeslough. Next weeks jackpot €750. Go raibh maith agat. Irish Conversational ClassesNo class this Tues. Classes will resume on Tues 07th Jan Hope you all have a great holiday. Go raibh maith agat.Drumkeen Old School Reunion DVDThis double DVD includes 2 hours of video footage (courtesy of Patsy Bonner) plus an extra 2 hours of photographs (courtesy of Packie Bonner) taken during our reunion weekend. Priced at a very reasonable €10 with all proceeds going to charity. Available from the local Gala supermarket or any committee member. Contact Maeve on 086 3940761 or Henry on 087 2914267.Parish HallAnyone wishing to book the hall should contact Charlie Quinn on 91/34010 or 087 7728608Drumkeen NotesAnyone wishing to have material included for next week Please Email: drumkeennotes@gmail.com or text 086 4083625 (Deadline Fri @ 8pm)DD LOCAL: DRUMKEEN SCHOOL REUNION DVD NOW AVAILABLE was last modified: December 15th, 2013 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:cOMMUNITY NOTESDrumkeenlast_img read more

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New deadline set for superintendent

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’They said the district is in capable hands under interim Superintendent Roger Gallizzi, the former assistant superintendent for personnel and a 17-year district veteran. “They are looking for the widest possible range of candidates. The board realized this is the most important decision a board has to make on behalf of school district,” said Gallizzi, who took the interim post with the understanding he would not seek the permanent appointment. “The board feels there is no urgency. There is no reason to get in someone real fast and make a hurried decision.” The 15 who applied will remain in the applicant pool. The majority work in California as superintendents, associate or assistant superintendents, or directors, officials said. Palmdale is seeking to replace former Superintendent Jack Gyves, who retired at the end of June. Open-mindedness, good communication skills, and an ability to work with a diverse community were some of the attributes desired in a new superintendent, according to input taken at a community forum. The person should have experience working as an administrator and teacher in a large district, and being able to speak Spanish also would be good, residents said at the forum. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – To get the broadest range of candidates, Palmdale School District trustees have decided to extend the deadline to apply for the job of superintendent. About 15 people applied by the previous deadline, Oct. 20, but board members were told that there were several people who missed the deadline and wanted to apply. “In all fairness, what we would like to do is see if we can get those people to apply. It gives us a bigger range of candidates to evaluate,” board president Sheldon Epstein said. “We would like the field to be increased a little more. We are looking for the best match for the district. If we have to extend the timeline, that’s what we’ll do.” The date of the second deadline has not been set, and trustees said they were in no particular hurry to find someone. last_img read more

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