Former NBA Commissioner Stern dies at 77, made league ‘truly global brand’

first_imgFormer National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern, who oversaw explosive growth in the popularity of the game during his 30-year tenure, died on Wednesday at the age of 77, the league said.Stern, the NBA’s longest-serving commissioner before being succeeded by Adam Silver on Feb. 1, 2014, had been in serious condition after emergency surgery on Dec. 12 in New York following a sudden brain hemorrhage.“Every member of the NBA family is the beneficiary of David’s vision, generosity and inspiration,” Silver, who worked with Stern for 22 years, said in a statement.“Because of David, the NBA is a truly global brand.”Under Stern, the NBA experienced extraordinary growth, with seven new franchises – including expansion to Canada in 1995 – a more than 30-fold increase in revenue, a dramatic gain in national TV exposure and the launch of the Women’s National Basketball Association and NBA Development League.He also had a role in many other initiatives that helped shape the league, including a drug policy, salary-cap system and dress code.“Without David Stern, the NBA would not be what it is today,” former Chicago Bulls superstar and current Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan said in a statement.“He guided the league through turbulent times and grew the league into an international phenomenon.”National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell remembered Stern as “a driving force in sports for decades.”Stern’s greatest accomplishment as commissioner is widely considered to be the way he transformed the NBA, once largely an unknown commodity outside the United States, into a globally televised powerhouse.Under Stern’s leadership, the league opened 13 global NBA offices and became in 1990 the first U.S. professional sports league to stage a regular-season game outside North America, when the Phoenix Suns played the Utah Jazz in Japan.“David Stern was the most important non-player/non-coach who ever passed through the NBA and it’s not really close,” Bill Simmons, broadcaster and author of “The Book of Basketball: The NBA,” said on Twitter.“David Stern earned and deserved inclusion in our land of giants,” the National Basketball Players Association added in a statement.Current Los Angeles Lakers star, LeBron James, a three-time NBA champion, praised Stern for changing the lives of so many young adults, and “more importantly your vision to make our game become worldwide, a vision only you could make happen.”Bill Russell, who won 11 championships in 13 years with the Boston Celtics long before Stern became commissioner, said in a tweet: “He changed so many lives. David was a great innovator and made the game we love what it is today. This is a horrible loss.”Another retired NBA star, Shaquille O’Neal, called Stern: “The best commissioner to ever do it.”“We lost a legend,” said Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki, a 14-time all-star with the Dallas Mavericks.last_img read more

KC made me – Graham hails impact of personal experience at ‘Purples’

first_img GREAT SEASON Lennox Graham, the coach of former world champion Danielle Williams and world number three in the 400m hurdles Kyron McMaster, believes it was the endless days and nights he spent at Kingston College (KC) as a coach that has made him into one of the in demand hurdles coaches in the world today. The Clemson University sprint and hurdles coach guided ‘The Purples’ to six of their 31 Boys Champs titles, and he believes it was those formative years as a coach at 2A North Street why athletes and coaches regard him as a hurdles guru. “A lot of people would see it now, but obviously it started a long time ago from my days as a coach at KC. We used to stay down there till two in the morning sometimes, and it continued with Leford Green, Shermaine Williams, Rosemarie Carty and Samantha Elliot at Johnson C Smith University,” Graham explained. “It is a learning experience every year. I have learned to be patient and tweak new things each year. For example, Danielle, she has been with me for seven years now and every year we have to find a way to get her faster over the hurdles.” In his last year in charge of KC, Graham swept all the hurdles events in the boys’ category at Champs. But it was his work with the Williams sisters, Green and McMaster, who represents the British Virgin Island, which has thrust him into the spotlight as the go-to man for the hurdles. Williams and McMaster are enjoying one of the best seasons of their careers. Having won titles at the Commonwealth Games, Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC) and North America, Central America and Caribbean Championships (NACAC), McMaster registered the third fastest 400m hurdles times in the world this year with his 47.54 seconds effort. Williams, who finished second in the 100m hurdles at the Commonwealth Games and NACAC Championships, also ran a lifetime best this year with 12.48 seconds. Their exploits over the past few seasons have caught the eyes of many hurdlers, who want to be under the tutelage of Graham. “I am focused on Clemson right now, so I don’t want my group to get too big,” Graham said. NUGENT JOINS TRAINING Recently, Olympian Leah Nugent announced that she will be joining Graham and his group when training for the 2019 athletics season begins in the fall. “We (Graham) connected well in 2016 at the Rio Olympics. I like his coaching style, and I believe I will be able to reach the goals that I have set with him,” said Nugent, who underlined the importance of this change, considering the upcoming cycle of global athletics events. According to Graham, his objective for his growing elite group remains to maximise their potentials. “What is at the forefront of my mind whoever comes in front of me, I try to get the best out of them,” Graham said.last_img read more

“Time Square Ball” for Strip Restaurant and Bar

first_imgAs cities around the world ring in the New Year in their own unique ways, Pulse Entertainment is doing it again, this time hosting a party titled, “Time Square Ball”. A night of sophistication, parting, dancing and much more will descend on the Strip Restaurant and Bar, Giftland Mall, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.Patrons will be treated to the full works – the lights, screens, confetti, the ball drop and the countdown to a new and exciting 2019. To take patrons through the event until the stroke of midnight will be Deejay Shizzle, Deejay Anisah and Pulse Entertainment’s Deejay Ryan. The will make sure the stage is set for a guest artiste who is expected to step up the partying a notch.Regular tickets for the Pulse Entertainment Event will be $5000 and for those who want to be a part of the dinner and ball aspect will be pay $15,000. Tickets are available at The Strip, Giftland Mall; Pulse Online Shopping, South Road; and Gizmos and Gadgets, Robb and Wellington Streets, Georgetown.If you do not have your tickets in advance, more will be charged at the gate.last_img read more

Fighting off online attack

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsTo someone with a beef against your business, a blog, chat room or other web forum is an inviting place. Some small businesses have been attacked via postings on AOL, Yahoo, MySpace, Angie’s List, Facebook and other major sites. John Dozier, who heads Dozier Internet Law and often represents businesses, recommends staying on top of what people might be saying about you online. He suggests using Google Alerts. Dozier’s firm has seen it all: A competitor posting another business owner’s credit report online. An ex-girlfriend publishing false information about her boyfriend’s businesss. A participant in a failed venture launching a derogatory replica of a company site and advertising it with pay-per-click. Responding to unkind comments can be tricky. The owner of a New York dry cleaning business faced a nightmare when a disgruntled customer sued and took the complaint online as well. Debra Guzov, with the law firm Guzov Ofsink, represented the dry cleaner, and suggests steps that a business should take when a customer has a complaint and takes it online: 1)Review the complaint for accuracy. Most of the time, once the issues are clear, there’s a simple fix to the problem. 2)If the complainer persists, search online for any further evidence of a smear campaign against the business. 3)Document what’s happened. Print hard copies of relevant online postings. 4)Explain the situation to your employees, and devise an approach if other customers ask about it. 5)If the problem threatens to move from irritating to damaging, seek legal advice. Register your domain name in all available extensions (like .net, .biz, .org, .info and others). Daniel Kehrer ( is editor of, the top business search engine, and, a “how-to” site for small business.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Question: Recently, an unhappy former employee of ours decided to take his grievance to the Internet. He posted complaints all over the Web, and we’re concerned his comments could give our business an undeserved black eye. How can we prevent this? – WEB TARGET ANSWER: Disgruntled customers, ex-employees and sinister competitors have unlimited options to undermine your business online. Complaints, rumors or lies that once passed orally are plastered instantly across the Internet, available for the world to see. Basically, if someone is intent on causing a business grief, the Web offers lots of ammunition. Many of today’s fastest growing Web sites are built around the concept of allowing anyone to contribute their own comments. last_img read more


first_imgThe 12th Donegal (Manorcunningham) Scout Group are running a charity event tonight in the Shamrock Bar, Manorcunningham to raise funds to reduce the costs of outings for our club members.We have Seamus Moore live from 10p.m and tickets are €5.DD NOTICE: CHARITY EVENT FOR DONEGAL MANORCUNNINGHAM SCOUT GROUP was last modified: July 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DD NOTICE: FeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

Liverpool and Tottenham target training on his own after Inter Milan row

first_img1 Geoffrey Kondogbia Liverpool and Tottenham target Geoffrey Kondogbia is being forced to train on his own at Inter Milan.The France international has had a huge falling out with the Italian club after refusing to turn up to training last week.The midfielder has since reportedly been fined around £200,000 and, according to Premium Sport, he is also training on his own.That news will be music to the ears of both Liverpool and Tottenham, who have been linked with Kondogbia.The Premier League pair are fans of the 24-year-old and it has been reported they could move for him before the transfer window ends.However, Kondogbia could also end up at Valencia as part of a deal that would see full-back Joao Cancelo go the other way.last_img

Michael Devlin: Consolidating league status is Hamilton’s priority

first_imgWith the smallest club and budget in the league the underdog label is often used to describe Hamilton’s chances but their new captain was quick to play down any change in Accies’ approach.Devlin said: “It’s something that we’ve been used to, to be honest, right from the play-off game when we beat Hibs. “The first game we were 2-0 down and everybody wrote us off and we kind of showed what we’re made of. “The nucleus of the squad is still there, that same team is still there, and we’ve been used to that since we got back to the premier league. “Everybody tends to write us off but then that makes it kind of sweeter when we prove people wrong and stay in the league.“It’s not something we look into too much, as I say we’re kind of used to that by now. “We’re professionals and we’ve to do a job – that job is to stay in the league for the club and for the fans. ” “We’re the smallest club in the league, we’ve got the smallest budget and we’ll only ever look to make sure we consolidate our Premiership status.“Anything other than that is a bonus. That’s first and foremost the priority. It’s the same every single year. “If we’re able to achieve anything more than that then great but as a club that’ll be the aim.”Accies were the first team to benefit from the new play-off system into the Scottish Premiership having come from behind to defeat Hibernian two years ago. Michael Devlin admits Hamilton Accies’ first and foremost priority is to retain their place in the Scottish Premiership and says anything above that is a bonus.Despite being the tender age of 22 the defender has been handed captaincy by manager Martin Canning, himself a former owner of the armband at the club.And while Hamilton only finished seven points above the play-off spot at the end of last season it was enough to keep the Lanarkshire men happy with facing another season in the top flight.Devlin said: “We’ll never look any further than staying in the league – first and foremost that’s the most important thing. last_img read more

Rangers to complete Flanagan deal after successful medical

first_imgRangers are set to complete the signing of Jon Flanagan after the former Liverpool defender passed a rigorous medical.The right-back will be former Anfield team-mate Steven Gerrard’s seventh signing at Ibrox.Flanagan, who has also been capped by England, spent the second half of last season on loan at Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers after seven years at the Champions League finalists.Handed his debut by Celtic and Scotland legend Kenny Dalglish in a victory over Man City in 2011, Flanagan also played under current hoops boss Brendan Rodgers. He said: “He shown a great deal of remorse, which he should of, and he’s been punished.“He’s taken the punishment and he wants to get on with rebuilding not just his life in football but his personal life.“He’s a strong character and the big thing is that he’s played for a club where the expectation is so high.“That’s not dissimilar to Rangers, where that expectation is still there.“You are under the microscope every minute of every game, so we’re confident he can cope with that.“He’s versatile across the back line, he’ll bring a lot.” The 25-year-old is poised to join the Rangers first-team squad at their training camp in Malaga.The medical was rigorous due to him having to have a recent knee operation.In January, Flanagan was sentenced to a 12-month community order after admitting attacking his girlfriend three days before Christmas last year.However, Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister believes he is due a second chance after showing a “great deal of remorse”.last_img read more

Power distributors urged to invest

first_img3 May 2007The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has released the findings of an audit into 11 major electricity distributors in the country, recommending that the government spend more than R400-million on refurbishing of infrastructure.The energy regulator was forced to intervene following a spate of power outages across the country in 2005, blamed mainly on the poor state of South Africa’s electricity distribution infrastructure.Addressing the media in Pretoria on Wednesday, Nersa chairperson Collin Matjila said the problem was especially severe in smaller municipalities. “They are heavily under-resourced and stressed in the delivery of the necessary levels of service,” he said.The audit has also found that few formal systems were in place to ensure proper maintenance of electricity infrastructure, with much reliance being placed on individual engineers.“This adds great risk when individuals leave the service, at the same time limiting the introduction of modern, innovative technologies and systems, thus ensuring that these utilities remain static,” Matjila said.The audit found that the 11 distributors needed to spend R431-million on their electricity networks.The distibutors were those in Ekurhuleni (East Rand), Tshwane (greater Pretoria), Cape Town, Ethekwini (greater Durban), Emfuleni (greater Vereeniging), Mangaung (greater Bloemfontein), Msunduzi (greater Pietermaritzburg), the Nelson Mandela Metro (greater Port Elizabeth) and Rustenburg, as well as Eskom’s southern and north-west regions.Matjila said, however, that the energy regulator was encouraged by the well designed and installed energy networks in the country’s metropolitan municipalities.“The electricity transmission and distribution systems operated by the metros are generally of a well-designed and serviceable state,” he said.Eskom is currently on a skills development drive, aiming to attract up to 400 new engineers, with more than 200 already hired. The state-owned electricity company is also seeking to lure older engineers out of retirement to train apprentices.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

13 Reasons Why One Developer Dropped Google App Engine

first_imgTags:#cloud#cloud computing A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Carlos Ble is a developer out of Spain. His company decided to use Google App Engine (GAE) but dropped it after what he said were months of delays.Earlier this week, Ble outlined in a blog post the 13 reasons why his company decided to drop Google App Engine. The post had 89,000 views and 158 comments in one day. Some commenters were sympathetic, others chided Ble for blaming Google when the company should have done more research to see if the platform was right for what he and his team wanted to do.One comment came from Patrick Chanezon, Google Developer Relations Manager for Cloud & Tools. In respect to Chanezon and to clarify his concerns, Ble updated his post but still felt there were enough problems to stick with his criticisms. Here are five issues Ble lists that give a sense of the problems his team encountered. It requires Python 2.5, which is really old. Using Ubuntu that means that you need a virtualenv or chroot with a separate environment in order to work with the SDK properly: Ok, just a small frustration. You can’t use HTTPS with your own domain (naked domain as they called) so secure connections should go though This just sucks. No request can take more than 30 seconds to run, otherwise it is stopped: Oh my god, this has been a pain in the ass all the time. When we were uploading data to the database (called datastore a no-sql engine) the upload was broken after 30 seconds so we have to split the files and do all kind of difficult stuff to manage the situation. Running background tasks (cron) have to be very very well engineered too, because the same rule applies. There are many many tasks that need to take more than 30 seconds in website administration operations. Can you imagine? Every GET or POST from the server to other site, is aborted if it has not finished within 5 seconds. You can configure it to wait till 10 seconds max. This makes impossible to work with Twitter and Facebook many times so you need intermediate servers. Again, this duplicates the time you need to accomplish what seemed to be a simple task You can’t use python libraries that are build on C, just libraries written in python: Forget about those great libraries you wanted to use.Ble writes that in September, Google App Engine repeatedly failed. He says they faced 500 error codes that some days had the site down 60% of the time. Six times out of 10, users visiting the site couldn’t register or use the site. Ble admits that he should have been more careful but he had confidence in Google.“For us, GAE has been a failure like Wave or Buzz were but this time, we have paid it with our money. I’ve been too stubborn just because this great company was behind the platform but I’ve learned an important lesson: good companies make mistakes too. I didn’t do enough spikes before developing actual features. I should have performed more proofs of concept before investing so much money. I was blind.”Several commenters were not so sympathetic with Ble’s plight. They said he should have done more research or that he had a design problem. But then comes this comment from Eugene Ciurana, who literally wrote the book about Google App Engine:“Carlos, I wrote the first book about Google App Engine programming a couple of years ago. Ever since publication I had several opportunities to speak about App Engine for Python and Java at various conferences; I realized early on that my presentation “Google App Engine HOWTO” had become a “things to watch out in App Engine” and ultimately recommended folks to NOT use it for anything serious.I enjoyed your post and have tweeted because I think it’s an important cautionary tale. Most of the work I do has to do with scalability and high availability. While I’d like App Engine to become part of my arsenal, it’s now only a marginal part of it, relegated to providing stateless RESTful web services instead of full blown apps. The real app continues to sit in a regular data centre or we put it on Amazon/Rackspace/etc.About NoSQL systems: Datastore is hardly a good example of a good one. It’s good enough for App Engine, but you now know its caveats. Right tool, right job. I’d suggest that, should you identify document- or column-based data storage and retrieval needs, that you take a look at mongoDB and HBase. We’re using both in production with large enterprise clients without issues. Take care and cheers! Eugene Ciurana”In his comment, Chanezon said that many of the points that Ble makes are known by Google. He said the company is working to correct the problems. Chanezon stressed that it is critical that people read the Google App Engine documentation. He said limits have been lifted. The service is designed for highly scalable applications that need to scale rapidly to large volume of users and/or data. He refers to as an example.What do you think? Does Ble have legitimate concerns? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts alex williams 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more