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September 27, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgTaranaki Daily News 27 March 2012Medicating children and teenagers to treat mental illness is creating a “toxic environment” for New Zealand’s youth, a suicide prevention advocate says. Maria Bradshaw, chief executive of suicide prevention group Casper has slammed the use of medication to treat those as young as babies for mental illness. “We are creating a toxic environment for our children. Schools or families may not be meeting their needs and instead of looking at ourselves as adults, saying we need to make changes, we’re making it something wrong about them,” Ms Bradshaw said. “We’re medicating them which is not only not beneficial for them but also harmful, creating an increase in violence and aggression and doubling the risk of suicide.”Fairfax yesterday revealed youth services nationally have seen a spike in the number of children referred for treatment. Pharmac figures show an average 10 per cent increase in prescriptions of mood-stabilising drugs for children aged 5 and over compared to five years ago. The use of anti-psychotic medication among 10 to 19-year-olds has leapt 47 per cent since 2007, with 3240 children taking the drugs in 2011. But Ms Bradshaw says the situation is much more dire than those figures suggest. read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgUSC libraries debuted their new Holocaust and Genocide Studies collection this week — a large, multi-disciplinary archive featuring rare books, original Nazi pamphlets, diaries, eyewitness testimonies and a variety of other resources.“The unique thing about the collection is that it’s an interdisciplinary collection,” said Lynn Sipe, director of collection resources for USC’s Information Services Division and one of the collection’s facilitators. “It’s interdisciplinary in the sense that its not only history, but it’s also philosophy, religion, a little bit of art, medicine, psychology and a lot of literature and fiction — all dealing with the Holocaust.”Sipe and the collection’s co-facilitator, history and Jewish studies professor Wolf Gruner, bought the 8,000-item collection from a book dealer in the San Fernando Valley more than two years ago. The purchase was funded by the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences and USC Libraries.“When we bought a collection as big as this, we had nowhere to put it that it would be readily accessible,” Sipe said. “We wanted it to be available to students to use as easily as possible.”The new collection has been given a special room in the basement of Doheney Memorial Library.What sat in that room on the floor nine months ago, stored in more than 300 boxes, is now shelved, catalogued and ready for students to use.The collection is open to anyone with a USC student ID, and can be accessed anytime the library is open by picking up at key at Doheney’s main desk.“It contains a variety of subjects which are of interest for a research paper,” Gruner said. “Children, resistance, churches, ghettos — almost every aspect of the Holocaust.”In addition to covering a wide range of topics and disciplines, the collection includes resources written in a multitude of languages, such as English, German, Polish, Yiddish and Hebrew.Another important reason for creating the collection, Gruner said, was laying a foundation for establishing a Holocaust and genocide studies program at USC.Though the collection officially made its debut just this week with an open house for library employees to become more familiar with the collection, Gruner and Sipe are still looking to build the collection.“The next step to enrich our collection, and my aim is to attract, for example, survivors’ families to donate private papers that can complement the Nazi documents we have in there and provide more materials from the perspective of the victims,” Gruner said.Gruner and Sipe have also organized a Visions and Voices event next semester, featuring performances and conversation inspired by materials from the collection.The event will take place on April 14 and will include a performance of a play created by two USC faculty artists and a panel discussion about the use of testimony and trauma for creative expression.Correction: A previous version of this article identified Lynn Sipe as the director of collection resources for USC’s Information Services Division. He is the associate dean for Collections for USC Libraries. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgPresident C. L. Max Nikias delivered his State of the University address to the public on Thursday at Bovard Auditorium. Nikias spoke about inclusivity in the current political climate, the University Village and the Campaign for USC.“Being a member of the USC community for the past 25 years has been one of the greatest joys of my life,” Nikias said. “I have always admired our community’s competitiveness and ambition, creativity and foresight, collaborative spirit and commitment to the most sacred values of the academy, which are ancient yet forever youthful.”American universities, he said, have been a magnet for people from all continents because diversity, inclusion and innovation have defined their character for generations. In the light of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, Nikias brought up the issue of two American values coming into conflict — national security and the openness of the United States to the outside world. Even though he emphasized the importance of safety, he remained unwavering in the University’s support for immigrants.“We honor efforts to keep our nation safe,” Nikias said. “However, we will champion the inclusiveness and openness that set our nation and its top universities apart.”Nikias said he believed USC was founded with a commitment to international diversity, nourishing greatness through the rich exchange of ideas, spanning a limitless range of nationalities and religions.“If we lose the inclusive spirit, my fellow Trojans, we lose our souls,” Nikias said.Due to USC’s academic scope and breadth, independence as a private university, history of public service and vigorous entrepreneurial spirit, Nikias expressed his desire for USC to shape this century.He went on to say that faculty are the foundation of all academic excellence and expressed his condolences about the passing of Professor Bosco Tjan.“We honor him by celebrating his example as a scholar and as a person, and we are also seriously addressing the faculty-student relationships for the well-being of our entire USC community,” Nikias said.One of these opportunities for enhancing student life is the University Village, Nikias said, calling it an elite residential academic environment, housing 2600 students and composed of eight colleges with their own flags and symbols, giving rise to powerful new student life and traditions.“Make no mistake about it, my fellow Trojans,” Nikias said. “The Village will be the envy of American higher education.”With an eye toward the future, Nikias mentioned that the University has an obligation to steer students to career placement opportunities. While the Trojan family is a powerful network, Nikias said, more investments in student job placement are necessary, especially since the career landscape changes rapidly. He announced that the University will begin fundraising for the construction of a new hospital on the Health Sciences Campus. It will include the expansion of operating rooms, intensive care units and cancer patient programs. According to Nikias, the state-of-the-art facility will reflect the needs of the future as far as revolutionary technology.“It will make a statement that we are the destination to treat very sick patients,” Nikias said.Another area where USC has excelled is its presence and initiative in Los Angeles, Nikias said.“Not only are we the largest private employer in the city of Los Angeles, but also USC’s economic impact on this region is $8 billion annually,” Nikias said.Nikias said that the Campaign for USC, the initiative to raise $6 billion, will be completed 18 months ahead of schedule. Due to its success, Nikias announced that the University will be extending its campaign for five more years.He emphasized that academic investment remains crucial and key to making new friends, while promoting USC’s academic initiatives.“My wife Niki and I are as excited as ever by the challenge, because we know it will bring our university to its ultimate, final and glorious destination,” Nikias said. “My fellow Trojans: Let us always, always remember that our dreams do have a deadline. Therefore, urgently … let us continue gathering resources to make them a reality.”Nikias acknowledged that while USC has made great progress, the challenge is far from over.“My fellow Trojans, I honestly believe we are exactly at that moment of our academic ascent,” Nikias said. “We have caught our own glimpse of an ocean of grand possibilities, the promise of a brighter future as an undisputedly elite academic institution. Let us therefore go forward with passion, with confidence and determination. And let us transform the promise into a magnificent reality.”last_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgUSC administration appointed Laura Mosqueda to be the dean of the Keck School of Medicine as of May 1, Provost Michael Quick said in a memorandum sent to faculty, staff and Keck students. She is the first woman to be named dean of Keck since the school was established in 1885. Photo courtesy of Keck School of Medicine of USCSince October last year, Mosqueda has served as the interim dean of Keck. She will hold the May S. and John H. Hooval Dean’s Chair. According to the memo, Mosqueda was chosen for her leadership over the past six months as interim dean. “We sought input from members of the Keck School community, including department heads, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and administrators, who responded with overwhelming support for Dr. Mosqueda’s efforts in the last six months,” Quick said in the memo. “They praised the stability and continuity she managed and the positive tone she set for the future.” Mosqueda obtained her medical degree from USC and serves as a professor of family medicine and geriatrics. Prior to becoming interim dean, she served as the associate dean of primary care, and the chair of the department of family medicine at Keck, according to the memo. Mosqueda is widely known as an expert in elder abuse and family medicine. She founded the first Elder Abuse Forensic Center in 2003, and now directs the National Center on Elder Abuse. “We know that Dr. Mosqueda will continue working with the entire Keck community and the community at large to build an inclusive and diverse environment … and to advance the educational mission of the School as our students seek to improve local and global health in the 21st century,” Quick said in the memo.Mosqueda is the third dean to head USC’s school of medicine in as many years. Former Keck dean Carmen Puliafito resigned in 2016. His resignation was followed by a Los Angeles Times report in 2017 that Puliafito engaged in drug-related misconduct during his term as dean. His successor, former Keck dean Rohit Varma, resigned in October, less than a year after he was officially named dean. Varma’s resignation came shortly after the Los Angeles Times reported that USC disciplined Varma in 2003 for allegedly sexually harassing a researcher while he was a junior professor.last_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe USC’s men’s tennis team will have its hands full Friday, hosting a doubleheader against Notre Dame and Hawai’i at Marks Stadium.The Trojans (13-2), who come into the matchup ranked No. 4 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, sport an undefeated mark at home this season, and will put that on the line against the No. 8 Fighting Irish (11-4) and the unranked Warriors (1-5).The Trojans will undoubtedly bring some momentum into the matches, having swept a difficult doubleheader over the weekend. Last Sunday, the Trojans grinded out a 5-2 victory over No. 12 Baylor, before blowing out UC Riverside, 7-0.USC head coach Peter Smith praised his team’s character in coming back to win against Baylor after dropping the doubles point and the first singles match to go down 2-0 early on.“The Baylor match was a great indicator for me,” Smith said. “Even if we had played that hard and lost, they were jumping on us and we had our toes hanging off the cliff and we fought back, so that was great. To me that tells me we can be special.”Smith highlighted the three-set victories by senior Ray Sarmiento and juniors Yannick Hanfmann and Eric Johnson as key moments in that match. Sarmiento took down Baylor’s Julian Lenz, who was previously undefeated on the season, and with that win, Sarmiento moved up to the No. 3 singles slot in the nation — a career high for the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native.Junior Roberto Quiroz rattled off an easy 6-1, 6-2 victory in that match, catapulting him back into the national singles rankings. Quiroz has also had success in doubles this season with freshman Connor Farren, but the newcomer’s recent foot injury has had Quiroz playing with a new partner: freshman Rob Bellamy.“I’ve been enjoying these two matches I’ve played with Robby,” Quiroz said. “We did pretty well against Baylor. We lost, but I think we played really good tennis. I think we need more focus in the key moments, but we’re going to get better.”In doubles, USC will have its sights set on Notre Dame’s Greg Andrews and Alex Lawson, who are ranked No. 18 in the nation together. USC’s Sarmiento and Hanfmann, however, are slotted eighth in the country as a pair, and are 7-1 on the season together.USC’s senior Michael Grant and freshman Nick Crystal are also nationally ranked in doubles, at No. 49 in the nation. Meanwhile, USC boasts six ranked singles players, tied with Virginia for the most in the country.Notre Dame’s Andrews is the only ranked singles player on the Fighting Irish squad, sitting at No. 28 nationally. Hawai’i has no ranked players in singles or doubles.Despite only having one ranked singles player and one ranked doubles team, Smith says the Irish are never off the Trojans’ radar, especially considering the historic rivalry between the schools.“Notre Dame this year is good,” Smith said. “They’re solid. They’re dangerous. They should have all of our attention.”No matter the outcome of the clash against Notre Dame, the Trojans will have to get right back on the court to take on Hawai’i immediately afterward. Though playing two matches in a day can be exhausting, Smith insists that the doubleheader format creates a great opportunity for some players who don’t usually start to get time on the court.“This is my opportunity to sub guys in,” Smith said. “It gives guys like Nick and Rob and Michael, and guys who didn’t get a chance to play the first match, a chance … I’m just trying to keep everybody engaged.”The Trojans kick off their doubleheader on Friday noon against Notre Dame. The match against Hawai’i is set to begin at 4 p.m.last_img read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgJunior Keegan Meuer hopes to win an NCAA title in hockey like two of his uncles did at Wisconsin.[/media-credit]Wisconsin athletics is no stranger to family affairs.Over the last several seasons, multiple teams have had sibling athletes, from the Kelter twins on both the women’s soccer and hockey teams, the Ammerman sisters on the women’s hockey team, the Little brothers on the men’s hockey team and the Trotter and Armstrong brothers on the football team.But rarely has a family had such a strong connection with UW as the Meuer family.While Keegan skates his junior season with the men’s hockey team, his younger sister McKenna is in the midst of her freshman campaign with the women’s soccer team.And they aren’t even the first of the Meuer clan to don the cardinal and white. Their father, Kelly Meuer, played for the men’s soccer team in the late ’70s. Their older sisters both played for the women’s soccer team – Molly and Katy played their senior seasons in ’04 and ’07, respectively.“It’s ingrained as a way of life for us,” Keegan said. “When you’re that close to it, you don’t realize how special it is and how lucky you are to be a part of something like that, it [isn’t] taken for granted. All of us have worked extremely hard at our craft and what we love to do to make it possible, to make it happen. There’s a sense of ownership and wanting to continue that tradition.”For the Meuers, that tradition seems to lie at McClimon complex – the very place McKenna has held court this fall.In just her first year, the midfielder has netted four goals – the most of any freshman – and one assist through 17 games played, 15 of which she started.The transition to college can always be a tricky one – especially in Division I athletics – but for McKenna, having Keegan right on campus has made her freshman year that much easier.“It’s actually been really great to have him,” McKenna said. “Obviously you don’t always get along with your siblings. With both of us being in college at the same time, it’s really helped bring us together. He’s awesome; he’ll have me over for dinner all the time – me and my soccer teammates. He’s always there to help when I need it. … It gives you another level of comfort when you’re in this new environment.”Before bonding a little more through their shared college experience, they were typical siblings – fighting, picking on each other and of course making the most of sibling rivalries.They were never at each other’s throats, nor did they ever hate each other – apparently, the kicking and screaming fights were left to Molly and Katy – but Keegan always had the upper hand.“We never didn’t get along; it was just me kind of picking on her as older siblings do,” Keegan said. “But I kind of run her show a little bit; she’s used to it. Now that she’s grown up and now that she’s in college, she’s learned to push back a little bit.”When both of her older sisters played, they each served their senior seasons as captains. While time will only tell for McKenna, one thing is certain – she has never felt any pressure from anyone outside herself to continue playing soccer, much less about doing so at Wisconsin.“When I’m playing, there’s a whole other level to it,” McKenna said. “I’m not just representing myself; I’m representing my family. People have known my sisters; there are people who know me through my sisters, through my dad and all that kind of stuff. It’s a whole different experience playing when it’s not more so about yourself, but what you represent and what your program represents. … To continue on something that started decades ago has been really awesome.”“There was never any pressure for us to follow in each other’s footsteps, but at the same time you didn’t want to let anybody down either,” Keegan added. “So there was no pressure on it which was really nice but at the end of the day you always knew you wanted to continue this. This is our hometown. This is where we live; this is where we love to be. There’s nothing better than being a Badger.”While McKenna upholds a Meuer soccer tradition, Keegan took his talents to the ice in the footsteps of his uncles – Rob and Jeff Andringa.The Andringa brothers helped UW earn three of its six NCAA titles, Rob with the 1990 team and Jeff with the 1981 and ’83 teams.Keegan admitted growing up, he wanted to be his uncle Rob. Whether watching the 1990 “Drive for Five” championship tape for the millionth time or treasuring a broken Gary Shuchuk stick – now his coach – the kid was made to skate.“I did soccer for a while, but I didn’t love it. I hated it,” Keegan said. “I play hockey so I can glide and use my momentum. I hate running. I always grew up, I wanted to play hockey. I had Ninja Turtle skates. I’d skate around the kitchen. All I did was hockey. In kindergarten show and tell I brought a hockey stick in and that was my toy. It always was hockey for me. Just having my uncles be a part of that and to be able to follow in their footsteps is definitely a great honor.”While Keegan has yet to earn a national championship ring, he was a part of the 2009-10 championship run, his true freshman season, which he redshirted. The following two seasons, the forward played 51 games and scored eight goals and six assists for 14 points. Through two games in the 2012-13 season, he has one assist on a Frankie Simonelli goal.Of his eight goals, seven were scored last season – although McKenna apparently has yet to see one.“She always comes to my games, but she’s too cool to stay for the whole thing,” Keegan said. “So she’ll leave and then I’ll score once she leaves. She’s under the impression that she can’t come anymore. … I’ll leave a ticket for her as always; my family has season tickets so she’s always welcome and I definitely welcome that. I try to get to her games whenever I can.”The support they give each other and receive from their long line of Badger ancestors gives each of them that extra edge, whether on the ice or at the pitch.“I believe that I have the best family in the world,” McKenna said. “They’ll support me no matter what I do – always there when I need them and I think that’s a huge reason again why I wanted to go to Madison, because it’s so natural when my whole family had gone there.”last_img read more

September 9, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img“It is not rocket science about swimming. At the competition in Germany, our kids swarm with Olympians. The like of Abeo Jackson of Ghana who was at the last Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil was at the competition. What is needed is to catch them young and begin proper training programme for them. If we get the support of sponsors and government, we can train them better to produce the desired results,” stressed Obatoyinbo.He said that with several medals at stake in swimming events of either the Olympics or Commonwealth Games, Nigeria cannot continue to ignore the sport and be putting money into popular sports that are not producing results for the country.“ Our kids have broken the myth that swimming is not for the black people. They competed against swimmers from 35 other clubs from seven countries in Germany and came out overall first. They won 42 gold, 39 silver and 35 bronze medals to place overall first. We equally had outstanding performances in 12 events including games records.”The Ikoyi Club Swimming Section Games Captain hinted that normal age for the competition is nine years but the Nigerian team has some swimmers aged between six and seven years who are getting full attention of the coaches.“By catching them young, we are already introducing them to the nitty-gritty of the sport. It is just a matter of time before these kids hit the limelight with the right funding for their training regimen.“For the record, I want to state here that Ikoyi Club did not go to any other competition before arriving Germany. Yet we were able to finish ahead of clubs that went on pre competition training in Belgium, The Netherlands, UK etc. If we have good funding from either the corporate world or government, you can imagine what these children are capable of doing.“I strongly belief we can make it to the Olympic and do well if we do the right things with our swimmers, most especially these young one who have been exposed to international competitions,” Obatoyinbo explained further.He admitted that the major challenge the section is facing is funding. “ From around 28 kids two three years ago, we now have over 100 children. We want to implore more sponsors to come to our aid. This year we had three banks and some other sponsors from the telcoms and oil and gas. We are looking at getting core sponsors to pick our participation in other competitions before arriving Germany to defend our title next year.”Amongst the swimmers that represented Ikoyi Club in Germany were the duo of Omo-Oluwani Obatoyinbo and Kitan Adeniji. Obatoyinbo and Adeniji were the two swimmers that represented Nigeria at the last African Junior Championships in Egypt. Obatoyinbo won two bronze medals in 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke.He told THISDAY that the experience in Germany has further prepared him for what to expect at top competitions.Little Liana Olaseinde-Rhodes and her two sisters, Siana and Arife spoke brilliantly about their experiences in Germany.“I won one gold, one silver, one bronze and a certificate in 50m freestyle, butterfly, breaststroke and backstroke. I hope to win more medals next year,” observed Siana.Twelve-year old Chiamaka Kanu who won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals however did not show excitement in competing for Nigeria.Asked if she would want to go to either the Olympics or the Commonwealth Games in Nigerian green and white colours, she retorted: “Nigeria? I don’t know. I prefer going to a country where there are better training facilities. May be if things improve, I may represent Nigeria.”She however showed enthusiasm to meet American legend of the sport, Michael Phelps. “I would love to meet Phelps and ask him the secret behind all the Olympic gold medals he has won in swimming.In some of the star events, the Ikoyi Club girls came first in the 4x100m Freestyle relay while the boys finished second in the Medley relay team. The swimmers who participated in the Boys’ Freestyle relay include; Adewole Adekoya, Akaolisa Nweze, Toluwalase Magbagbeola, and Olaseni Adekeye all of who achieved sub 1.10:00. They are 13 years of age.The Girls’ Freestyle relay team included; Chiamaka Kanu, Iman Adama, Layomi Odusanya and Maria Perner while the quartet of Adewole Adekoya, Akaolisa Nweze, Luka Okoli, and Olaseni Adekeye anchored the Boys’ Medley relayThe trio of Pius Adegboye, Barakumo Loya and Tough Atelemo were the coaches that led the Ikoyi Club 1938 children to win the competition in Germany.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *As Ikoyi Club celebrates worthy Nigerian champions from GermanyDuro IkhazuagbeVice Chairman/Games Captain of the Swimming Section of Ikoyi Club, Oloyede Obatoyinbo, has described as ‘myth’ the presumption that swimming is not one sport where the black man can excel.Speaking at the welcome party the club held at the weekend for the 42 children that won the first position at the recently concluded 46th International Swimming Competition in Neheim-Husten, Germany, Obatoyinbo said that for Nigeria to have emerged champions at this cadet level, proper grooming is all that is needed to excel at the senior level.last_img read more

September 8, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe classification match always go with the tradition of playing players who had hitherto not been part of the main stream to have a bite of action in the consolatory encounter.Mikel who is likely going to play his last game for Nigeria in this clash has been ruled out of starting even as there are clamour here in Cairo that he should be given a befitting valedictory honour.But Coach Rohr has other ideas on how to honour his captain without starting this game from the very first minute.“No sentiment about whether he is playing his last match of AFCON or last game for the national team. All I know is that we have an official match and many Nigerians who are yet to recover from Sunday’s match will be looking forward to a consolation win, hence no room for any experiment.“Mikel Obi still remains the captain of the team and we must remember that he was in the starting line up in two matches before he got injured and two days ago he overcame his knee injury meaning that he is not fully fit to play the match at hand.“Many people including the media questioned his inclusion on the final 23-man list when I had to drop some players who were part of the qualifying series.“That is life for you and I have no regrets in the selection and we have to move on,” he explained before the media at the pre match conference yesterday afternoon.After the first two matches, Obi told the world media that this tournament will be his last AFCON for the national team.THISDAY recalled that in 2006 then Captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha just managed to play in some of the matches till the third play match against Senegal when he came in as late substitute.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi Solaja in CairoSuper Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr, yesterday ruled out the possibility of Captain John Obi Mikel starting in the third place match against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia this night in Cairo.Nigeria and Tunisia will take the centre stage against this evening for the mandatory classification match for the bronze medal after conceding defeat respectively to their opponents in the semi finals last Sunday.last_img read more

August 14, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMORE: Kawhi would return in ‘phenomenal’ shape if season resumes, Rivers saysAsked how he would feel if the season could not be finished, James — whose Lakers were leading the Western Conference at the time of the postponement — told reporters on Wednesday: “I don’t know if I will be able to have any closure.”Initially against the idea of playing games without fans if and when the season restarts, the three-time NBA champion added: “If it comes to a point if we’re playing without our fans, we still know that we have Laker faithful with us in spirit. We know they’ll be home cheering us on, online, on their phones, on their tablets watching us playing, so hopefully we can bottle that energy that we know we’re getting from them.”Bottle that loyalty that they’ve had for not only this year but since the Lakers have been in Los Angeles. So hopefully we’re able to channel that. Channel that energy, channel that focus and bring them with us if we’re either at Staples (Center) without fans or we’re somewhere in an isolated location playing the game of basketball.”When LeBron decided to turn an NBA game into a highlight tape #BestOfLakersBulls— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 8, 2020The NBA is reportedly exploring the possibility of holding the entire postseason in Las Vegas. The Lakers had played 63 games of the 82-game regular season when the campaign was halted.”I believe once [the pandemic is] under control and they allow us to resume some type of activity, I would love to get the season back going,” James, 35, continued. “I feel like we’re in a position where we can get back and start to compete for a championship, get back to doing what we love to do, making our Laker faithful proud of us, of being back on the floor.”And if it’s in one single isolated destination … if it’s Las Vegas or somewhere else that can hold us and keep us in the best possible chance to be safe, not only on the floor but also off the floor as well, then those conversations will be had. Just figuring out a way.”After a difficult first season in Los Angeles, James had returned to his brilliant best for the Lakers in 2019-20. His performance has catapulted him into the mix for a fifth MVP award. At the time of the NBA suspending its season, James was averaging 25.7 points, 10.6 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game.”I can have some satisfaction on what our team has been able to do this year, having a first-year coach (Frank Vogel), first-year system, a whole new coaching staff, bringing on so many new pieces to our team this year,” James said.”Doing the things that I honestly — like I told you guys all year — I honestly didn’t think that we would be able to come together as fast as we did. I thought it would take us a lot longer than it did. But I was wrong. I was very wrong about that.” LeBron James is optimistic the coronavirus-hit NBA season can resume, though the Lakers superstar would struggle to find “closure” if the campaign did not conclude.The NBA has been on hiatus since March 11 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 88,500 deaths worldwide and more than 1.5 million confirmed cases. NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league will not be able to make any decisions regarding the season until at least May.last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgShe’s got legs – and she knew how to use them. But Wednesday night, the magic finally ran out for Haley Scarnato on “American Idol.” (Yes, that means the Sanjaya phenomenon continues.) The departure of Scarnato, 24, of San Antonio, trimmed the number of finalists to seven. The winner will be chosen in May. Simon Cowell suggested on Tuesday’s program that Scarnato was using her curve-hugging, leg-baring attire as a “tactic” to stay in the competition. “I’m not gonna wear anything … that’s completely inappropriate,” a jeans-clad Scarnato countered. Phil Stacey and Chris Richardson had the next-lowest vote tallies in the phone balloting, which drew more than 35 million calls and text messages. Wednesday’s program featured performances by rapper Akon and the glamorous Jennifer Lopez, who doled out valuable advice as guest coach. “I guess I come from the Paula (Abdul) school of criticism. … Not that we don’t need our Simon,” Lopez told Ryan Seacrest, who asked for her reaction to the judges’ critiques of the finalists.last_img read more