Facebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee issued guidance for resuming real estate and fitness operations in Phase 2.Through the Washington “Safe Start” plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in phases, with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks.Additionally, counties with less than 10 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents over a 14-day span can apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 of “Safe Start” before other parts of the state. County variance applications will be approved or denied by the secretary of the Department of Health. Ten counties have received the variance.For counties granted variance to move to Phase 2, real estate operations may resume, effective May 19.Guidance documents:Memo: Phase 2 Real Estate RequirementsPhase 2 Real Estate COVID-19 RequirementsInslee also released guidance today regarding fitness and training operations, which may resume, effective May 19.Memo: Resuming Fitness and TrainingPhase 2 Fitness and Training Restart COVID-19 Reopening RequirementsFull list of guidance for all current businesses.
By Chris Spiewak |Like most parents, Helen and Paul Seldin of Fair Haven, both classically trained musicians, wanted the best for their son Norman. They got him started on the piano at age 3.“Mom pushed me pretty hard,” Seldin recalls.Days of four-hour rehearsals by age 12 were not uncommon. Little did they know at the time that their actions would lead to a 50-year career in all phases of the music business for Stormin’ Norman Seldin.And when it came to business, perhaps the experience of working in his parents’ jewelry store on Broad Street in Red Bank in the late 1950s piqued Seldin’s interest in the business world; in his teen years he began booking local bands in local venues.“Mom would drive me to the gigs,” he says proudly, “and she would sign the contracts and checks for me because I was too young.”Seldin was quite astute as a teenager, and noticed that young people in the 1960s were gravitating to the soul and rhythm and blues music of artists like Little Richard and Fats Domino. At the jewelry store, Seldin and store employee Horner Williams became friends, and once Williams introduced him to this music, Seldin was hooked.He remembers “sneaking R&B LPs into the house and playing them when mom and dad weren’t home.”At age 13 he became the youngest member of the American Federation of Musicians and performed with his first band, The Naturals, at his 8th grade graduation dance. His studies at the Manhattan School of Music allowed him to visit a few big studios in New York City. Here he would befriend acclaimed R&B drummer Bernard Purdie and learn much from him.Seldin established himself as a top-notch promoter, booking regional and national acts in Monmouth County. Harry Ray, The Duprees, R&B singer Johnny Thunder and Bobby Lewis were just a few of the names Seldin worked with, along with The Motifs, a hugely popular band from Howell. One notable show occurred at the Matawan-Keyport Roller Drome in 1965, where he booked The Young Rascals right after they opened for The Beatles at Shea Stadium.“I was 18 years old with a Jaguar XKE,” recalls Seldin. “Some people hated me!”With his name now firmly entrenched at the Jersey Shore and the money flowing, Stormin’ Norman set out to entertain people from the stage and not just from behind the scenes. He began in 1969 with the band Soul Set, but then quickly formed Joyful Noyze in 1970, with guitarists Hal Hollander and Billy Ryan, drummer Barry Lynn and vocalist Karen Cassidy. One fateful night at John Barleycorn’s in Ocean Township in 1970 would have a profound impact on the shore music scene. It seemed that a certain young man was having car trouble and walked into the club to use the phone.After the call, he approached the band. “Do you want to sit in?” Seldin asked, and Clarence Clemons said, “Sure.”This was the beginning of an amazing year for the band, working six and seven night a week. Unfortunately for Joyful Noyze, Clemons met Bruce Springsteen in late 1971. After Springsteen sat in with Joyful Noyze a few times in 1972, he asked Clemons to join him for his first tour and Seldin was not happy. Being the consummate professional, Seldin let it go and continued his successful career touring throughout the Northeast.“You wouldn’t believe how cold it is in Messina, New York, in the wintertime!” he said.With Joyful Noyze eventually morphing into Steel Breeze, Seldin didn’t slow down until a catastrophic event in 2002. During a performance, his aorta ruptured and he was rushed to the hospital for several hours of surgery. “The doctors gave me a less than 5 percent chance of survival,” says Seldin.Miraculously, he survived, but “my doctors insisted that I take it easy for six months. How could I do that? I’ve got to be back onstage!”Returning in only five weeks, he realized that a change was needed.“I had to put a resume together and I said, ‘What’s a resume?’ I never needed one before!”As fate would have it, Jacobs Music Company was looking for a salesperson in their Lawrenceville store in 2005. The Rinaldi family, owners of Jacobs Music, saw intrinsic value in this lifelong entertainer and he was quickly hired. Now selling products by Steinway & Sons, one of the most prestigious makers of pianos in the world, Seldin has recently been awarded the esteemed title of Spirio recording artist for Steinway’s new high-tech Spirio player pianos.He also released a double CD in 2008 entitled “Asbury Park, Then and Now,” with music recorded as far back as the mid-‘60s. A highlight is several tracks from 1980 with E-Streeters Roy Bittan, Clarence Clemons, Garry Tallent, Max Weinberg and Danny Federici playing alongside Seldin in the studio. These 45 songs clearly define the group known as “The Sound of Asbury Park.” It is no wonder that Stormin’ Norman is part of that special 35-member club whose names are spelled out on the S.O.A.P. plaque situated outside Convention Hall in Asbury Park.In 2017, Seldin is still busy with regular gigs at venues like the Bay Pointe Inn in Highlands, as well as with his philanthropic endeavors for the annual Light Of Day concerts in Asbury Park, and donating his time and expertise for other big shows such as the benefit for the Humane Society of Tinton Falls, held at Monmouth University last summer. With help from performers Pam McCoy, Jillian McCoy, Mary McCrink, Ronnie Brandt and others, this concert raised over $10,000 to assist the society in their mission to help pets in desperate need of attention.Stormin’ Norman Seldin has led an incredibly full life: a successful singer, songwriter, promoter, husband and father of two. In August he’s off to Nashville to record a new song at Sony studios with famed producer Doc Holiday, proving that Norman is not done stormin’ anytime soon.This article was first published on the Scene Page of the July 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
Science Now said that a “slightly embarrassing gap” in the fossil record has been filled by a find in Wyoming. The oldest known bird, Archaeopteryx was older than its presumed ancestors, the Maniraptorans, its closest dinosaurian relatives. A team near Thermopolis, Wyoming found a maniraptoran dating from about the same time as Archaeopteryx. This new fossil “begins to fill the time gap between bird fossils and their closest dinosaur relatives.” The team feels this supports the idea that flight evolved from the ground up. Another team thinks they have figured out the foot feathers on the strange Chinese fossil Microraptor gui (see 05/19/2003). MSNBC News reported that a Texas Tech team believes the foot feathers formed another flight surface, making the animal fly like a biplane. EurekAlert says the Wright Brothers have been upstaged. Sankar Chatterjee of the Texas Tech group remarked that “The biplane wing configuration was probably a very first experiment in nature,” paralleling the human design of flight. “It is intriguing to contemplate that perhaps avian flight, like aircraft evolution, went through a biplane stage before the monoplane was introduced,” said Chatterjee. “It seems likely that Microraptor invented the biplane 125 million years before the Wright 1903 Flyer.” These researchers feel it was unlikely Microraptor could have run along the ground with its foot feathers, and must have taken off from high branches. The team feels this supports the idea that flight evolved from the trees down.We don’t think that Wilbur and Orville would be flattered by the suggestion that their invention was the product of blind, unguided processes of evolution. Whatever Microraptor gui was, or how it lived, it was not an experiment. Chance does not do experiments. Humans sometimes do, but they more often stumble around in their own imaginations. Darwinists need to be more embarrassed. To call the gap before Archaeopteryx “slightly embarrassing” does not do justice to the degree of blushing we should be observing. Did this new maniraptoran fossil explain how the early bird, a strong flyer with completely modern feathers, arose from a grandpa its own age? Did the aboreans convince the cursorians by finding a fossil dinosaur leaping off a fossilized limb of a fossilized tree? (see Kevin Padian’s sarcasm, 05/19/2003). We may not be witnessing the evolution of flight, but we are amassing plenty of observations on the flightiness of evolution, both from the top down and the bottom up. We’ve even identified the species: cuckoo.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
3 December 2015The top three winning teams from around the country from the Step Up 2 a Start Up II initiative were announced on 1 December at a glamorous awards evening in Joburg.Taking the top spot:Ribane Laka High School, GautengBusiness: Fash-Tag – new age name-tags, an instrument to break down communication barriersTeam members: Anna Mathiba Machaka and Precious MasetlaIn second place:Masibambane Secondary, Western CapeBusiness: Ketcha-Fire – a product to be installed in townships to prevent firesTeam members: Ennieter Ndlovu, Sindiswa Eleki, Phumeza XuzaIn third place:Leap Science & Maths School, GautengBusiness: Witraco – a mobile application that connects commuters and taxi driversTeam members: Lerato Ranamane and Omphile SenkweteFirst awards of the evening presented by Vivian William of Regenesys Business School. #StepUp2AStartUp pic.twitter.com/0dHylK1fW5— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) December 1, 2015In the competition, the students had to adhere to the credo: “Design it, make it, sell it.”Facilitated by PrimeStars Marketing and endorsed by Proudly South African, the Step Up 2 a Start Up II initiative celebrates youth entrepreneurship. It is sponsored by the National Youth Development Agency, Brand South Africa, Absa, MTN, Sasol, Putco, and others.#StepUp2StartUp is about #BuildingIdeas #BuildingDreams @PrimestarsMarke @3M pic.twitter.com/Gr7MvSjpHR— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) December 1, 2015“The Step Up 2 a Start Up programme aligns perfectly with Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative, as it encourages young people to contribute to community development through entrepreneurship,” explained Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s general manager for marketing.“Programmes such as Step Up 2 a Start Up ensure that young people can play their part in achieving the goals of the National Development Plan (NDP), which envisages a socio-economically transformed South Africa.“Young South Africans armed with education, skills and motivation, facilitated by programmes such as Step Up 2 a Start Up, will be critical to the success of the NDP. By playing their part, the youth contribute to a better South Africa for all,” said Ntombela.The processThe competition consisted of three phases, and students began developing their business skills in August:The production and screening of an educational film; Learners receiving an Entrepreneurs and Makers Tool Kit; A National Maker Competition, Makers Boot Camp and finally, the Awards Ceremony. See what the students had to say about it:The awardsMartin Sweet, the managing director of Primestars Marketing, congratulated the successful teams on the night.“I don’t think there has been another event this year with so many sponsors,” he said. “Today I take my hat off to the Step Up 2 a Start Up finalists who are here with their educators from the far reaches of the country.”Sweet hoped the process would be the start of a journey for learners to ignite their entrepreneurial passions and hone their business skills.Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buthi Manamela and Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu delivered key note addresses on the night. Their message was clear: South Africa needed more job creators instead of job seekers.Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Lindiwe Zulu has given our guests of honour some important words of wisdom. pic.twitter.com/JMwYlKgKBk— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) December 1, 2015Musicians such as Khanyo, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Diversity, and The Gudfella entertained the audience.SouthAfrica.info reporter
20 January 2014 Just over a thousand rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa in 2013, the equivalent of nearly three animals a day, making it the worst year ever for rhino poaching in the country, the Department of Environmental Affairs revealed on Friday. A total of 1 004 rhinos were poached in 2013, the department reported, compared to 668 rhinos poached in 2012 and 448 in 2011. Thirty-seven rhinos have already been illegally killed since 1 January 2014. “The number of rhino poachers arrested during 2013 increased considerably, with 343 being arrested, 133 of them in the Kruger National Park,” the department said. “In 2012, 267 alleged poachers were arrested. Since the beginning of 2014, six alleged poachers have been arrested.” According to independent conservation organisation WWF South Africa (WWF-SA), the increase in poaching is bringing South Africa’s rhino population “ever closer to the tipping point when deaths outnumber births and they go into serious decline”. The organisation’s rhino programme manager, Jo Shaw, said in a statement on Friday that the criminal networks behind the poaching “are threatening our national security and damaging our economy by frightening away tourists. Rhino poaching and rhino horn trafficking are not simply environmental issues, they represent threats to the very fabric of our society.” According to WWF-SA, rhino horns are smuggled by organised transnational criminal networks to Asia, mainly Vietnam, where they are primarily used as a status symbol and health tonic. “There is growing evidence of links between the criminal gangs and other forms of organised crime, including the trafficking of people, drugs and weapons,” WWF-SA said. In December 2012, South Africa and Vietnam signed a memorandum of understanding on tackling wildlife trafficking between the two nations, and later developed a joint rhino action plan. South Africa signed a similar agreement with China in 2013, and is developing others with Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Hong Kong. South Africa is also due to sign a memorandum of understanding with neighbouring Mozambique, which borders South Africa’s Kruger National Park and serves as a transit point for rhino horn exiting Africa. “The bottom line is South Africa’s rhinos are up against the wall, facing a genuine crisis, and international agreements like these have to translate into meaningful action on the ground,” said Shaw. South Africans are urged to report incidents of poaching and tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime Line on 32211. SAinfo reporter and WWF-South Africa
nick statt Evolving over time is a very important concept in today’s media landscape. As was clearly apparent during the frenzy surrounding the Boston bombings last month, breaking news begins breaking first on Twitter, with uploaded photos and 140-character snippets of what may or may not be verified facts that then ripple nearly everywhere. Circa’s approach is to take the tools and tactics used to tackle a story of that magnitude and complexity and apply it to all its stories. Because journalism no longer fits a defined model of measurable length and finality, the idea of an article is now a fluid concept in Circa’s eyes.As stories shrink and grow depending on the amount of information available and both the platform and device a reader is using, Circa wants readers to be able to get the most important facts first, subscribe to what they’re interested in and be able to check back for the more later without reading old news. “I’d say that the nature of our stories is very different as opposed to finite pieces of information,” Galligan reemphasizes. The Future Of Mobile-Native NewsFor burgeoning and untraditional news sources, partnering with mainstream media giants is a prime way to expand a publication’s presence and establish legitimacy, for instance when BuzzFeed paired with The New York Times last summer to tackle the Democratic and Republican national conventions (BuzzFeed also just partnered with CNN). In a world where traditional news organizations haven’t yet fully grasped a mobile-native approach, Circa could be in a prime spot to take on that mantle. “There’s definitely some benefits from the right kind of partnerships. We’ll certainly explore some of those options,” De Rosa says, though he stressed that that avenue is more the territory of Galligan, who was tight-lipped on any Circa partnership possibilities and stressed that Circa’s focus was on growth and the long-term potential of original reporting. As for De Rosa’s other plans as editor in chief, taking some of his social-media savvy to the editorial team is a priority. “I intend to fuse what I’ve learned as someone whose primary role was social media into my new position. You’ll be seeing Circa out in the wild far more often,” he says. “It needs to be the beacon for all news and I plan on making sure you come to us to follow any story. Social plays a huge part in that.”Circa will be launching on Android later this year, and by the time it’s a cross-platform news experience, mobile-native publication could very well be what the The New York Times, CNN and every other major news outlet is desperate to capitalize on. Tags:#mobile#news apps#smartphones Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The struggle to figure out how social media and smartphones can best fit into the daily news cycle seems never-ending. Considering the torrent of reporting fiascos surrounding the Boston Marathon bombing – most of which centered, as they often do in the age of social media, on erroneous tweets and the virality of misinformation – it’s still anybody’s guess how to tackle a world where stories evolve by the minute. Circa, an iOS app that considers itself the first mobile-native publication, wants to find the light. What’s mobile-native news? It’s an approach to delivering stories that are best designed for smartphones, mixing mobile design with varying story lengths, from sentence-long snippets to full stories. More importantly, it’s an approach that incorporates the very idea of a social media-infused news environment where information is a constant barrage that must be sorted, verified and organized. With Circa, all stories evolve over time through a clever subscribing system that ensures users are never rereading information.The Circa app has so far subsisted on larger, more traditional news outlets’ original reporting to generate its articles, leading many to call the app a news summarizer, rewriter, or aggregator. But that may soon change. On Monday, the company named its first editor in chief: Anthony De Rosa, formerly the social media editor of Thomson Reuters, one of the world’s most reliable and far-reaching news wires.(De Rosa’s departure follows the indictment in March of his superior, Reuters’ deputy social media editor Matthew Keys, for allegedly assisting Anonymous in hacking the LA Times website. De Rosa’s boss at the time, former Reuters.com editor Kenneth Li, claims that he was considering leaving before Keys’ indictment.)De Rosa, who became increasingly more prominent during his six years at Reuters through his Twitter and Tumblr influence, already has plans when he starts mid-June, and it could push the company towards its make-or-break moment as a true-blue publication. “We’re too small to do original reporting initially but I intend to make that a goal down the line,” De Rosa told ReadWrite via email. “If we want to go far and wide, we need to figure out how to do that in the most efficient way and that often means balancing putting boots on the ground with vetting what’s out there from our own newsroom.”Evolving Over TimeCirca was launched last October by Ben Huh, CEO of the Web’s sprawling meme database Cheezburger Network, along with Matt Galligan and Arsenio Santos. It also racked up an impressive list of investors, including Tumblr creator David Karp and Path co-founder Dave Morin. Galligan, who now serves as CEO, is not shy when it comes to establishing Circa’s presence. “We’re not news reader, or a news aggregator. We are a mobile news publication and we’re the first one like it,” he said in an interview with ReadWrite. “The way that you read a Circa story is on mobile, and the way we write is mobile-first. Our goal is to be essentially a newspaper on somebody’s phone.”So what exactly makes Circa so unique? Principally, it’s the app’s ability to cater to the way stories now evolve over time through social media and the discovery of new information. A Circa user can subscribe to individual stories, and then receive updates on those stories as time goes on. “We’re betting on the idea that we write one story and that it evolves over time. That’s the way we have built and structured our company,” Galligan says. 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The air rifle shooting hall at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London had a fair sprinkling of Indians. Apart from coaches, competitors and a large media presence, there were fans who came in after purchasing tickets.To those not so conversant with shooting, this was billed as a battle between Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang. At one stage, the packed hall was choking and supporters of both Bindra and Narang were hoping that both would be in the final.In fact, it seemed possible at one stage before Bindra lost his rhythm. I was sitting next to one of the officials of an Indian private sports promoter and joked how Indian Olympic medallists never are able to reproduce the same form at the next Games.Take the cases of Leander Paes, Karnam Malleswari, RVS Rathore and now Bindra. After winning medals in Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing respectively, they have been unable to produce the same magic four years later.By the time Leander was competing in Sydney after his bronze medal effort in 1996, he had to give up singles in tennis.As for Malleswari, she had a “dead lift” in Athens after her Sydney bronze, prompting critics to say that she may have tanked for strange reasons.And as regards Rathore, he blew it up in Beijing, after his silver showing in Athens. In four years, he had actually become aloof and was not competing the same hard way as Olympic champions do.Rathore did try to get into the London Olympics as one quota place was being surrendered by the National Rifle Association of India but the fact remains he is past his prime.In London, for two days in a row, the question which I had to answer repeatedly was why India had still not won a medal.Now that Gagan Narang has opened the tally, we can expect the pressure to ease off. If someone like Bindra says he has been under pressure, you can well imagine what it takes to win a medal.Coming back to the shooting hall today, it was nice to see the arena packed. On Monday, the LOCOG said at some empty venues, tickets would be resold if they did not fill up.There is obviously some reason why this has happened because in London, everyone talks of wanting to buy tickets and there being none.One man who has been around and watched several Olympics as a shooting coach in India is Sunny Thomas. He is a man with limited technical skills and is lucky to have got the Dronacharya Award.As a manager, he does his role well. After Gagan Narang’s victory, “Sunny” was being chased for quotes. Even Narang was looking for Sunny Sir. “Arree, he has been praying hard for me, I have to think him,” said Narang just before the medal ceremony.At a time when athletes like Leander Paes talk of this being their sixth Olympics, Sunny has also been around for a long time.He knows his limitations and helps out the shooters whichever way he can. There was a funny incident in London today when a local TV reporter asked Sunny for his number.Like most of us here, he did not remember it and checked his cell phone book. Sure enough, Sunny China, Sunny Korea, Sunny Germany numbers were popping up in his phone!While he is not one of those who likes to collect sim cards as a hobby, by the time the reporter got Sunny’s London number, it was a nice wait. She was impressed Sunny travels so much.Others joked as to how Sunny has a thick passport and it could be worth photographing.Even as people joke with Sunny, he remains serious while doing his job. I am sure one day when I decide to write a book on Indian shooting, Sunny will be able to give me a lot of dope!advertisement
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, passes the ball in front ofOrlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook is on another one of those runs.The dynamic point guard had 16 points, 16 assists and 15 rebounds in his seventh straight triple-double, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Orlando Magic 132-122 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Westbrook clinched his triple-double on a rebound with 3:33 left in the third quarter. His overall play sparked a 29-10 run that put the Thunder back in front for good. Oklahoma City led 98-92 at the end of the third quarter after making 15 of 24 shots in the period.“We were getting busted the first half,” Thunder guard Terrance Ferguson said. “We just came together, started being aggressive, started making plays.”A steal and 3-pointer by Terrence Ross cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 128-122 with 31 seconds to play, but the Thunder held on.Clifford said the Magic simply stopped doing what was working.“We just — I don’t want to say we revert back or whatever, but we don’t always just stay with it,” he said. “When you’ve got a way to play, especially against a team as good as them, you’ve got to stay with it.”TIP-INSMagic: Reserve center Mo Bamba is out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his left leg. … Gordon was called for a technical in the fourth quarter. … Gordon fouled out with 36.6 seconds left. … Fournier fouled out with 29.6 seconds to play.Thunder: Westbrook was called for a technical foul in the first quarter. Coach Billy Donovan was called for one in the second. … Oklahoma City is 14-6 this season when Westbrook gets a triple-double.STAT LINESGeorge scored at least 37 points for the fifth straight game. He is averaging 38.4 points in those contests and has made 31 of 64 3-pointers in that span. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Evan Fournier scored 25 points for the Magic, and Aaron Gordon added 18 points and 10 assists.The Magic committed 29 fouls and had two players foul out. George made 15 of 16 free throws.“Well, I think the biggest thing that I’ll watch on the film is the fouling,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “We’re on the road, we score 122 — and that’s with playing a really poor third quarter period. But I thought we played three good quarters, but we’re not disciplined enough when people are driving the ball.”Orlando led 69-62 at halftime behind 15 points from Gordon and 58 percent shooting as a team. George scored 18 in the first half for the Thunder.Orlando stretched its lead to 79-67 early in the third quarter, causing the Thunder to call a timeout. Oklahoma City came back strong in a two-minute span. A lob from George to Grant for a two-handed jam cut Orlando’s lead to 81-78, and the Magic called a timeout.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. HE SAID ITFerguson on Westbrook: “He’s a floor general. He sees everything. He gets everyone involved. You need to stop him to stop us, and that’s hard to guard, especially when he’s in the attack mode like that.”UP NEXTThe Magic play at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday.The Thunder host the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Westbrook matched the longest triple-double streak of his career with his 20th of the season and No. 124 overall. He is averaging 20.0 points, 13.2 rebounds and 14.4 assists during the streak, and the Thunder are 6-1 during that span.With Westbrook leading the way, Oklahoma City is averaging 124.6 points in its last seven games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“He is definitely the reason for that,” said Paul George, who scored 39 points against Orlando. “He is the reason we have had the highest (offensive) months in Thunder history. 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TweetPinShare0 Shares SAN ANTONIO, TX – In one of the most dominant NBA Finals series in modern history, the San Antonio Spurs cruised to their fifth title, dethroning the defending champion Miami Heat in five games: losing one game by two points, and winning the other four in blowouts.As the buzzer sounded for the series’ final rout, a 104-87 annihilation in front of the exuberant hometown crowd, Foreigner’s “Feels Like the First Time” blasted through the arena – quite appropriately, as the Spurs savored this championship as much any any of the others, and maybe a little bit more.All five titles for the Spurs have come over the past 15 years and, amazingly, Head Coach Gregg Popovich and Power Forward Tim Duncan have been there for all of them. “Pop” is the longest-tenured coach in any major sport (he’s been in San Antonio since 1996), and Duncan, at 38, is not only one of the greatest players of all time, but remains a force to be reckoned with as most players his age merely take up space on the court, or have long retired.If Pop is the mastermind and Duncan the dominant front court player, the tandem of guards Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker arguably continue to comprise the best backcourt in basketball.Nonetheless, what makes this Spurs team special is not just that they won, but how they won. “We’re not that good” to play against the Heat man-to-man, Pop said time and again. However motivating that might have been to get his players to rise to the occasion is besides the point – it’s also true. After all, as great as Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker are, not one of them even comes close to the Heat’s Lebron James, undoubtedly the most dominant player in the NBA and considered by some to be the best ever. And then, there’s the Heat’s stellar supporting cast, not least of which is Shooting Guard Dwayne Wade – who would easily be the top player on virtually any team that didn’t include Lebron.And that’s exactly what makes the Spurs’ win so special: teamwork. Together, the Spurs are second-to-none. No other team in the league even comes close to unselfish ball movement, and that was the difference in the series.BIG THREES NOT ALWAYS THE CHARMThe NBA’s original – and arguably, greatest – “Big Three” were Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish of the heralded Boston Celtics of the 1980s. Since then, it seems every time three better-than-average players converge, they are inevitably labeled as such. Of course, the Heat’s Big Three, James, Wade, and Center Chris Bosh, are not merely better-than-average, but they are the latest trio to fall two or three championships short of a dynasty.The more recent Celtics Big Three – Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen, managed to win just one. And even the originals only won two – as did Heat’s version. They may not be done just yet, though rumors abound that at least one of the three will play elsewhere soon enough.Besides, in addition to winning the title in grand fashion, the Spurs also had the league’s best record during the regular season, so it doesn’t look like there’s any reason not to expect them to pick up next season right where they left off.
Spain coach Moreno says Barcelona whiz Fati could make 2020 Euros squadby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain coach Roberto Moreno says Barcelona whiz Ansu Fati could make their 2020 Euros squad.Fati, 16, recently acquired his Spanish passport and was called up to the Under-21 squad, replacing teammate Carles Perez for the match against Montenegro on Tuesday.”I would like Ansu Fati to be with the U21s,” Moreno said. “We had him in a pre-list.”He has broken the system in terms of players in specific age groups. Hopefully he can help the U21s with qualifying.”I’m not ruling out the fact that he could play at Euro 2020. It would be foolish to say that he will not go.”There will come a time when we have to look at the different pieces and see who is in the picture. Any good player is welcome in the team.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say